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IuliaC

IuliaC

Joined January 2019

Lover of books, animals and magic
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Eileen: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Intimacies by Lucy Caldwell
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A very touching story about loss and second chances inspired by the tragic earthquake which occurred in March 2011 in Japan.

Yui is a radio broadcaster in Tokyo submerged by the loss of her daughter and mother to the tsunami. She hears about a phone booth that isn't connected to anything and where many come to confide their voice to the wind and talk to the ones they lost.

If curious to see how the Phone of the Wind looks like: bell-gardia.jp

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This volume regroups stunning letters, interviews and essays by renowned author Elena Ferrante. Apart from letting slip some clues on her background, this is another opportunity to get immersed in her amazing writing style.

It is impressive that she succeeded to not reveal her identity since her first book published in 1992, in spite of the immense pressure from the media as a result of the tremendous success reported by her novels worldwide.

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The Comfort Book | Matt Haig
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It is wonderful to be reminded from time to time to just "be" instead of "do", to be reminded there is always hope and that better days follow after bad days. This book felt like a personally tested emotional "survival guide", a balm for those days when our soul is experiencing really gloomy weather conditions and all seems bleak and forget that maybe we just need to change the perspective from which we look at things.

The_Penniless_Author Your cat looks like two different tuxedo cats we've owned combined 😻 1w
IuliaC @The_Penniless_Author 😂 tuxedo cats are nice. This is my first tuxedo and my first cat as well 😺 1w
The_Penniless_Author They're very friendly! I don't know if it's something with the breed or just the particular cats I've owned/met, but they're all extremely nice. 1w
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This book is such a delight and truly fantastic for animal lovers; an amazing journey into the universe of this magnificent creature both in captivity and in the wild.

“While stroking an octopus, it is easy to fall into reverie. To share such a moment of deep tranquility with another being, especially one as different from us as the octopus, is a humbling privilege. It‘s a shared sweetness, a gentle miracle, an uplink to universal consciousness.“

Pogue I loved this book. 2w
IuliaC @Pogue me too, I enjoyed it tremendously 2w
Nutmegnc I read this years ago and I still talk about it to anyone who will listen!! 1w
IuliaC @Nutmegnc I've already started to do the same! I hope more and more will listen 😃 1w
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Fabulous creatures ?; my favorite bit so far: ?

"Many home aquarists report that their octopuses appear to enjoy watching television with them. They particularly like sports and cartoons, with lots of movement and color. [...] King and her coauthor, Colin Dunlop, even suggest placing the tank in the same room as the TV, so owner and octopus can enjoy programs together.”

Smrloomis Whoa interesting! 😄 2w
IuliaC @Smrloomis yes, amazing discoveries about these creatures 😁 2w
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How to Be a Woman | Caitlin Moran
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Entertaining, thought-provoking and very hilarious! I enjoyed this one!

“The real problem here is that we‘re all dying. All of us. Every day the cells weaken and the fibres stretch and the heart gets closer to its last beat. The real cost of living is dying, and we‘re spending days like millionaires: a week here, a month there, casually spunked until all you have left are the two pennies on your eyes.“

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Based on extensive research and personal experience, Dr. Mate's book depicts the connection between emotional trauma, our capacity to express feelings and emotions and various types of disease (auto-immune disorders, diabetes, MS, IID, Alzheimer, cancer etc.). I particularly liked that it also includes some prevention and healing hints and principles, and references to Dr. Bruce Lipton's biology of belief.

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Page turner historical fiction novel placing a love story in 1957 Madrid under the fascist dictatorship. Although persecutions and abuses continue and the population is reduced to silence and fear, foreign tourists and businessmen continue to visit the country. Among them is the son of an American oil magnate travelling with his parents to discover his mother's native country through photography, and remains irrevocably connected to Spain.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ohhhh I love this antique phone 💛💛 3w
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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A touching and realistic depiction of the way the American dream is experienced during the 2008 financial crisis by two families in New York; the former has immigrated from Cameroon facing hardship and several jobs to make ends meet and raise their children, and the latter are their wealthier employers struggling themselves with different kinds of trouble.

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Povesti somnifere | Vlad Stroescu
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Charming bedtime stories written by a great psychiatrist ✨️

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Sufletul lumii | Camelia Cavadia
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"The Soul of the World" is a collection of short and intense stories, where reality and fantasy mix just as much as the outside and inner universe of characters. There are "in-between worlds" and magical places where characters are forced to focus on the present moment, vividly confront their emotions and live both frightening and enlightening experiences.

readingjedi Great cover 😍 1mo
IuliaC @readingjedi Indeed, lovely colors 😊 1mo
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Lean on Me | Serge Joncour
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A love story between Aurore a fashion designer and Ludovic a former farmer working as a debt collector in Paris, who apparently have nothing in common except they are neighbours and some ravens are destroying their yard. Their affair's evolution is predictable and the plot rather dull.

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After 3 years spent with the residents of a slum the author documented the struggles of the poorest of the poor in the pursuit of opportunity in an unfair system, into a remarkable, heartbreaking piece of writing.

"He wanted to be better than what he was made of. In Mumbai's dirty water, he wanted to be ice. He wanted to have ideals. For self-interested reasons, one of the ideals he most wanted to have was a belief in the possibility of justice."

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The Glass Bead Game | Hermann Hesse, Magister Ludi
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"a proper Glass Bead Game player ought to be drenched in cheerfulness as a ripe fruit is drenched in its sweet juices. He ought above all to possess the cheerful serenity of music, for after all music is nothing but an act of courage, a serene, smiling, striding forward and dancing through the terrors and flames of the world, the festive offering of a sacrifice."

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La Nuit dernire au XVe sicle | Didier Van Cauwelaert
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I believe this is my first Pan. The title reads "Last Night in the 15th Century".
The beginning of the novel sounds promising, a love story between a young lady of the 15th century and a tax officer from 2008, but soon characters become inconsistent and the plot incoherent and badly written.

BarbaraBB Beautiful picture though! 2mo
IuliaC @BarbaraBB thank you Barbara! 😊 2mo
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Aimez-vous Brahms | Franoise Sagan
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"Do You Like Brahms?" is the title translation and the question which gives life to a love story. A powerful voice painting a heart-breaking dilemma: is a 39-year old woman still young enough to let herself passionately loved by a much younger man or is she too old and should stay in a more stable but hurtful relationship with a partner her age?

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Of Mice and Men | John Steinbeck
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Another classic I felt guilty I hadn't read yet.
Lennie's heart-wrenching tragedy and the Great Depression with its devastating impact on rural communities will stay with me for a while.

slategreyskies I haven‘t read this one yet either. I think it would be a tough read (emotionally, I mean). On a side note, it saddens me that all of the people I knew who lived through the Great Depression are dead now. Still, I remember their stories, so not all of their memories and experience died with them. I‘m glad there are books like this that tell important stories. 3mo
IuliaC @slategreyskies You're right, we should remember those stories, and learn from them if possible. Those years were tough in Europe as well, especially in rural areas, I too remember my grandparents' stories... 3mo
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Short and stormy and stunning for a writer aged just 18 when the novel was published.
Another classic checked off my enormous to-read list. I have picked the review option on all these classics I am reading but I should have opted for a blurb instead as I wouldn't dare pretend to write a review but just mere thoughts.

writerlibrarian A good classic. 3mo
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Aleph and Other Stories | Jorge Luis Borges
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Thought-provoking short fantasy stories by Argentinian writer Borges published in the 1940s, which influenced the magic realism movement later. Themes include mythical spaces, dreams, immortality time travel and the perception of time, reflections on the nature of consciousness and the illusory self, the relationship between God and creation. I would have enjoyed this even more if I had some knowledge of metaphysics and the hermetic writings.

Graywacke Your comments make this sound amazing…and accessible. I‘ve been a little intimidated of Borges. 3mo
IuliaC @Graywacke Oh, but I am totally intimated too, felt discouraged while reading the first one and still not sure if I grasped 1% of what the stories were actually supposed to convey, but they left me with interesting feelings 3mo
Graywacke Ok, that‘s less encouraging. 😆 Still, seriously, sounds terrific. (edited) 3mo
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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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A majestic piece of writing! A splendid blend of romance, philosophy and suspense which kept me glued to the pages and made me feel the sea itself was one of the lead characters.
A famous theater director retires in a small village by the sea hoping to spend time in solitude and write his autobiography. Instead, he finds his first love he lost 40 years ago and all his plans for serenity are stormed off.

erzascarletbookgasm Your review makes me put this further up my tbr. 👏 3mo
IuliaC @erzascarletbookgasm thank you 😊 3mo
Liz_M I loved this one for the writing and the bit of weird that shows up. 3mo
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IuliaC @Liz_M exactly, a bit of weird and unexpected 👍 3mo
Graywacke Great post! Another book I need to read… 3mo
Graywacke @IuliaC that sounds familiar. As long as I enjoy it, I‘m doing the same. Slowly… 3mo
IuliaC @Graywacke exactly, slowly but steadily 3mo
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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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"Trembling with emotion I tore my clothes off and walked into the sea. The cold shock, then the warmth, then the strong gentle lifting motion of the quiet waves reminded me terribly of happiness."

"It is evening. The sea is golden, speckled with white points of light, lapping with a sort of mechanical self-satisfaction under a pale green sky. How huge it is, how empty, this great space for which I have been longing all my life."

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The Sea, The Sea | Iris Murdoch
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"The theatre is an attack on mankind carried on by magic: to victimize an audience every night, to make them laugh and cry and suffer and miss their trains. Of course actors regard audiences as enemies, to be deceived, drugged, incarcerated, stupefied. This is partly because the audience is also a court against which there is no appeal."

Gissy Beautiful photo 😍 3mo
IuliaC @Gissy thank you! 😊 3mo
Graywacke Whoa (also, yeah, beautiful photo) 3mo
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IuliaC @Graywacke thank you! 😊 all three photos are taken on the Black Sea coast; it's a rough sea with dangerous currents and made me think of the sea descriptions in the novel 3mo
Graywacke @IuliaC ok, that‘s really cool - seeing the Black Sea (while thinking about the UK coast) 3mo
IuliaC @Graywacke it's all I had available while reading this one 😁 the UK coast hopefully in the future while reading another novel 😊 3mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Lovely writing, a book I devoured quickly. We see the world through the eyes of 19-year old Esther in the 1950s as she recounts with realism, wit and sarcasm her life as a student, her sliding into severe depression, her inner turmoil and fight with suicidal thoughts and the ensuing atrocious treatment applied at that time.

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"And in memory of one special cat, Ethel, for a debt I can never repay."

Many of us probably have debt towards our first cat. Seeing ourselves through our cats' eyes can make us better persons.
This book is a fantastic guide and I wish I have read it before adopting my first cat. I did some of the things right based on a few facts I knew, but there are others I could have done better and will definitely take into consideration for the future.

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The Way to Paradise: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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Two biographies alternate from chapter to chapter. In the 19th century, Flora Tristan, one of the founders of feminism and grandmother of famous painter Paul Gaugain, is fighting for the rights of women and workers. Paul Gaugain discovers his passion for painting and abandons a middle class life in Paris to live in Tahiti, in search for inspiration and creativity in a world still not contamined by Western conceptions.

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Overall I enjoyed this one in spite of some slow parts. I'm seeing Oscar's drama as the hero's supreme sacrifice for love.
I particularly appreciated the parts dealing with the history of the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo dictatorship.

cheesemoi I tried to read this, but bailed because it was so sexual at the beginning… does that persist throughout the book? I figured I‘d try it again eventually, but I‘d like to know a little more :) 3mo
IuliaC @cheesemoi It was quite explicit indeed from time to time, but I think the description of the atrocities during the dictatorship impacted me more than the sexual vocabulary 3mo
Graywacke Glad you enjoyed and nice seeing a review here. I‘m surprised how much an impression this made on me. I read it years ago. It doesn‘t _seem_ that sophisticated. Mix Dominican horrors and unfiltered Dominican English, toss in Oscar. But it works. 3mo
IuliaC @Graywacke You've captured the spirit of this book so well in just a few words!! 3mo
Graywacke @IuliaC Aw, thanks. I guess I have been thinking about it awhile. 🙂 3mo
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'You are soon to enter into a relationship in which you are unconditionally loved, endlessly forgiven for your mistakes, never judged, and constantly entertained. A cat can make the stresses of your day disappear just by curling up in your lap at night. A cat will adore you on those days when you look your worst. A cat is a patient listener, even when you're telling a story for the third time. A cat will show you how to enjoy life.'

Graywacke I think your kitty agrees. (I have one here next me that says that all good when he‘s in the mood.) 4mo
IuliaC @Graywacke The perfect saying, that's so typical of them 😻 4mo
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Lux, moda si alte bagatele politicesti: In Europa de Sud-Est, in secolele XVI–XIX | GIULIA CALVI CONSTANTA VINTILA, MARIA PAKUCS-WILLCOCKS, NICOLETA ROMAN, MICHAL WASIUCIONEK
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A luxurious art and historical album on fashion, societal customs and manners in the XVI-XIX centuries in South-East Europe. A lot of interesting information about the Middle Ages in this part of the world: how people travelled at the time and what they packed, what they wore, how and where they shopped, what they ate, how they treated diseases, how they spent leisure time and prepared for hunting, the way children and childhood were treated.

DivineDiana I love that cover! 4mo
IuliaC @DivineDiana me too, I like this technique used for historical illustrations 4mo
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A delightful selection of memories and reflections written by Queen Mary of Romania (1914-1938), grand-daughter of Queen Victoria of the UK and of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. A chance to discover a romantic princess, warrior queen, charming lady, thoughtful mother, diplomat, intellectual and artist.

BkClubCare Beautiful cover 4mo
IuliaC @BkClubCare Indeed 😊 it's beautiful inside too, the text is accompanied by black and white photos from the beginning of the 20th century 4mo
BkClubCare @IuliaC nice! 🌟 4mo
claudiuo Beautiful cover but also beautiful peonies! 4mo
IuliaC @claudiuo thank you! 😊 4mo
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Impacarea cu tine insuti | PARINTELE NECULA FRANCISC DOBOS
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A beautiful interview with an Orthodox priest and a Roman-Catholic priest, debating what it means to make peace with yourself. Nothing new in this book, but ideas are dissected with tenderness, from an elevated, sensitive and refined angle. They touch on all major, hard subjects: depression, suicide, addiction, social media, hate, divorce...

Valiseb Love your reads, Iulia 4mo
IuliaC @Valiseb I'm happy to hear this 😊 4mo
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Such a beautiful satire! I appreciated the dark humour, the honesty, the realism, the reflections and inner life of this narcissistic heroine, and most of all, the artistic connotations of an act of rebirth and renaissance through sleep.

So many names of drugs I've never heard of and hopefully never will again, and I'm still not convinced a human being can survive after mixing these pills and these doses :))

StellaB I‘ve also just finished an Ottessa Moshfegh book, ‘Eileen‘, and loved it. It‘s great to hear your high opinion of this one 🙂 4mo
IuliaC @StellaB It's good to know, I'm stacking 'Eileen' too 👍😊 4mo
shortsarahrose This is on my tbr, but I also loved 4mo
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IuliaC @shortsarahrose I've added this one to my list too 😊 4mo
batsy It was so brilliant and yes, I marvelled at the precision with which the character kept track of how to mix and match the drugs 🙃 4mo
IuliaC @batsy Exactly so, very well researched! I googled the drugs just to make sure all of them were real 🙈 4mo
BkClubCare @IuliaC wow!! I enjoyed this, too but just went along for the ride and didn‘t lookup a thing 😂 (edited) 4mo
IuliaC @BkClubCare the best recipe to enjoy a book! 👍😀 4mo
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Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart - this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then - that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets.

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The Cat and the City | Nick Bradley
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I loved this collection of 15 short stories where the city of Tokyo itself and a cat are characters alongside the inhabitants populating this lively capital. Fragments of their life are beautifully and originally illustrated. They are just humans in a vibrant city, experimenting love, loss, addiction, grief, regrets, failure, healing. The stories have in common some of the characters but also possibly the legendary shapeshifting cat.

BennettBookworm That reminds me of Jemison‘s The City We Became where the cities are actual people, too! 5mo
IuliaC @BennettBookworm This sounds great, I've stacked it, thanks! 🤗 5mo
charl08 Tempting! 5mo
IuliaC @charl08 I hope you enjoy it! 😊 5mo
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Some notable ideas in this one, but it is definitely more useful if read during teenage years.

Megabooks I enjoyed this (also written by her) now that I‘m 42. 5mo
IuliaC @Megabooks I've got this one stacked too! I've also enjoyed this one 5mo
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I'm catching up on the classics with this collection of short stories by the master of the detective, mystery and macabre genres. The virtue of classic and must-read authors resides in that their work remains captivating and meaningful even almost 200 years later.

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"Yes, there was a war. Yes, we came from its epicenter. In that war, a woman gifted herself a new name-Lan-in that naming claimed herself beautiful, then made that beauty into something worth keeping. All this time I told myself we were born from war-but I was wrong, Ma. We were born from beauty."

A heart-breaking, raw and grief-stricken confession written in a beautiful poetic prose. The story itself reminded me of "Transcendent Kingdom"...

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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A powerful, disturbing and tragic story inspired by real events. The conversation between these abused women is wonderfully used as a means of illustrating all major philosophical themes and a feminine universe where fragility and vulnerability coexist with strength, wisdom and love.

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River Between | Ngugi wa Thiong'o
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Two communities live on the shores of a river in Africa; one has adhered to christianity, while the other still abides by the old traditions and rituals but has embraced school and education, both hoping that their way is the one which will provide for a better faith and life in general. While their conflict grows deeper, an innocent young couple of lovers, who try to reconcile the visions, falls victim to this rift of doubt and hate.

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This is not just short prose with an open ending but also with an unpredictable plot which invites the reader's imagination to creatively contribute to expand the stories.

This is not for a reader seeking action in a book, but for one interested in the writing style and the fine sense of observation which sheds a particularly distinctive light on common events in people's lives.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo 📷💜 5mo
IuliaC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you 😊 5mo
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Lust For Life | Irving Stone
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I'm well aware this is a masterpiece of its time (1934), but it simply didn't resonate with me.

The novel depicts 16 years of famous Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh's life between the time he worked for Goupil Gallery in London and his suicide at the age of 37.

On a separate note, I absolutely love Van Gogh's work as an artist.

Graywacke Too bad it didn‘t work. But at least it encourages searching out more Van Gogh - that‘s always good. 5mo
IuliaC @Graywacke Exactly! 😊 5mo
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Despre sensul vieții | Mihai Morar și Părintele Necula
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I received this book as a gift. It's a beautiful dialogue between a radio journalist and a Christian orthodox priest about the meaning of life. I haven't imagined I would enjoy this as much as I did.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I know I'm so late to this party but it was a fantastic one. This is my second novel by Backman and I enjoyed it even more than the first, totally worth all the hype.
Bank robbery turned into failed hostage and apartment's open house situation. I laughed out loud, then used some tissues to wipe out heavy tears, then laughed again, briefly, so representative for Backman's style!

vlwelser I love this cover. This book was great. 6mo
IuliaC @vlwelser loved this book too! 6mo
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Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta | Aglaja Veteranyi, Vincent Kling
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Short but quite shocking pseudo-autobiographical novel. A young girl travels around the world with her family of circus performers after they fled communist Romania in the 1960s and tells her disillusioning story in fresh, cruel and violent images. Her childhood is haunted by her fear of not losing her mother whose number is to dangle from her hair and by her mother's fear for her daughter not to be abused in a world of poverty and struggle.

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Why the Child is Cooking in the Polenta | Aglaja Veteranyi, Vincent Kling
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"In each new town I dig a hole in the earth in front of our wagon, I thrust my hand in it, then my head and I hear God breathing and chewing underneath. Sometimes I wish I sank, despite my fear, in there, to let myself bitten by him. God is always very hungry."

"My family broke abroad like glass breaks."

"I let my skin drop on the floor."

"I dream that my mom dies. She leaves me a box with her heart's beats."

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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This wonderful collection of essays walked me through all possible emotions. I'm so grateful to Litsy for discovering this book!

“That's what I got from these books, the ability to walk through the door where everything I thought had been lost was in fact waiting for me. All of it. The trick was being brave enough to look. The books had given me that bravery, which is another way of saying the ability to believe.“

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This memoir is a little treasure for book lovers; chapters in the author's life are entangled with references to books that have educated, shaped, amazed, supported and uplifted her in tremendous ways in good and in bad times.

"Every book holds a memory. When you hold a book in your hand, you access not only the contents of that book but fragments of the previous selves that you were when you read it."

The_Penniless_Author I've been meaning to ask you, how are things in your part of Romania? Have you gotten a big influx of people leaving Ukraine? 6mo
IuliaC @The_Penniless_Author I'm in Bucharest and although quite far from all borders with Ukraine, we still got a lot of people from Ukraine here too. In the first weeks of March almost everyone I know has been involved in a way or another in assembling donations, hosting refugees etc. I still can't believe something like this happened in 2022 and hope it ends soon. I now value peace in a whole new way... 6mo
The_Penniless_Author @IuliaC Agreed. My wife is from Bulgaria, and even though they haven't seen the same numbers Romania has, there have still been a lot of refugees passing through. I hope it ends soon, but unfortunately I don't see an easy way out of things at the moment. 6mo
IuliaC @The_Penniless_Author I totally agree with you 6mo
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⭐️ “I will make piles of my most treasured books and read through them, taking comfort not only in each book itself but also in the reassuring knowledge that there are many more to come.“

⭐️ “When the bite of real life is too brutal, I retreat into made-up worlds and tread well-worn paths.“

⭐️ “Reading built me and always has the power to put me back together again.“

DivineDiana Beautiful quotes! ❤️ 6mo
IuliaC @DivineDiana it's a very "quotable" book ? 6mo
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The Soul of a Woman | Isabel Allende
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A beautiful tribute to the women of her soul and to the women in her life. A delicate collection of thoughts about her mission, about women's condition, about ageing as a woman, her manifesto for a better world.

“The patriarchy is stony. Feminism, like the ocean, is fluid, powerful, deep and encompasses the infinite complexity of life; it moves in waves, current, tides and sometimes in storms. Like the ocean, feminism never stays quiet.”

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Galapagos: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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My first novel by Vonnegut. I enjoyed this original and surprising satire!

"Thanks to their decreased brainpower, people aren't diverted from the main business of life by the hobgoblins of opinion anymore"

KatieDid927 His wit is unmatched. If you dug this one I recommend Cat‘s Cradle. 6mo
TheNeverendingTBR Slaughterhouse-Five and Breakfast of Champions are also amazing! 👌 6mo
shortsarahrose Seconding Cat‘s Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five. Haven‘t read this one or Breakfast of Champions yet. 6mo
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IuliaC @KatieDid927 thanks for the recommendation, stacked! 👍 6mo
IuliaC @TheNeverendingTBR I've stacked both! 👍 6mo
IuliaC @shortsarahrose thanks, I've put both of them on my to read list 👍😊 6mo
The_Penniless_Author Not that you need any more recommendations at this point, but where Vonnegut is concerned I can't resist 😁 I second everything above, and would also add The Sirens of Titan and Mother Night to the list. 6mo
IuliaC @The_Penniless_Author thanks so much, added! 👍😊 6mo
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This book is the sleep bible, the science explaining the "what", the "how" and the "why" of sleep.
I've always loved a good night's sleep and knew quality sleep was crucial to health, well-being, work productivity and creativity, and now I am also aware why, as the saying goes: "Sleep is the best medicine."

jlhammar Yes! Such an interesting book. Learned a ton. 7mo
IuliaC @jlhammar me too! 👍 7mo
jewright And I suck at sleeping! I always have. 7mo
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