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IuliaCG

IuliaCG

Joined January 2019

“In the end, we'll all become stories“
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Le jour o j'ai appris vivre by Laurent Gounelle
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History of Bees by Maja Lunde
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Circe by Madeline Miller
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Le Testament Francais | Andre Makine
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"Dreams of my Russian Summers" is also called a novel of the double exile. How to develop a French sensibility while growing up in the post WW2 Soviet Union...The novel is written in several keys as a thrilling meditation on freedom, childhood, civilizations, the gap between imagination and reality, political and poetic at the same time

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"Our attempts to exert control over the endless stream of change disappoints us. Regardless how hard we try, our expectations are bound to be missed when any one change initiates a cascade of unexpected, uncontrollable events. And we try harder and harder, not to avail. [...] No effort is needed to keep any system at its equilibrium. When everything you do feels efortless, you'll have found your path."

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Not just another YA novel, but a lovely story for all ages. It just wonderfully reminds us of butterflies in the stomach, first kiss, first love, highschool drama and teenage insecurities

Bookwormjillk I loved this book. It was so sweet. 2w
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Such a wonderful story about abandonment, solitude and the impact of isolation on the human being. The book has all the reader is expecting from a captivating storyline - family drama, mistery, love, crime, and all of these happening in the magical nature of the marsh of North Carolina.

BarbaraBB What language are you reading in? 3w
IuliaCG @BarbaraBB It's Romanian, my native language 😊 If the books' original language is English or French and I find them in local libraries or bookshops, then I usually go for the original language 🙂 3w
BarbaraBB Interesting. I thought Romanian is related to Spanish and French but I can‘t translate this title 😀 3w
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IuliaCG @BarbaraBB You're right, it's not always very obvious because of the Slavic local influence ? In Spanish the title would look a bit similar for some of the words, I'd say "Allà donde cantan los cangrejos" but I have no idea how it was actually translated. For us over here the easiest to understand are Spanish and Italian, although French has plenty of almost identically written words as Romanian but with completely different pronounciation ? 3w
BarbaraBB I learned French and Spanish at school but Spanish is much easier for me too. But it‘s great I think, that Romanian has Slavic influences as well. Do you speak any Slavic Languages as well? 3w
IuliaCG @BarbaraBB I studied just English, French and Spanish at school, although I would have liked to be able to speak at least one of the many Slavic languages of the neighbouring countries. Before the '90s it was quite common to learn Russian in schools here. 3w
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Such interesting and useful insights on widowhood and how to bounce forward after having faced major life adversities

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"You should never settle for anything less than joy. But reaching uninterrupted happiness is not as easy as spending a night out with friends, attending a yoga class, or buying a new car. There are illusions to bust, blind spots to fix, painkillers to reject, and, finally, there are truths to ponder and grasp."

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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I will definitely remember this book for raising awareness on inflammatory breast cancer and how relevant this information is for prevention and treatment in early phases

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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“i thank the universe
for taking away
everything it has taken
and giving to me
everything it is giving

balance“

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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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"Two thousand floor-to-ceiling Buddhas began to glow and pulse a vivid blue. [...] After the family keys at the entrance, the walls light up blue, except for one single Buddha shimmering clear white. No need to squint through names trying to find Mom - the white light will guide you straight to her."

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Captivating but too predictable plot twist

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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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"Death avoidance is not an individual failing; it's a cultural one. Facing death is not for the faint-hearted. [...] Death acceptance is the responsibility of all death professionals - funeral directors, cemetery managers, hospital workers. It is the responsibility of those who have been tasked with creating physical and emotional environments where safe, open interaction with death and dead bodies is possible."

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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“What Alice forgot“ was translated a bit differently - “We forgot to be happy“. I loved how it made me wonder if what I made out of my life over the last ten years is really what my 10-year younger self would have actually wished for ...

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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Main thoughts on this story: how long can a friendship between women last and women's life lasting struggle to maintain balance between family and career

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Plunging into this one tonight 🧡

cjk 😍 1mo
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From Here to Eternity | Caitlin Doughty
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I have just turned the first page and liked the opening quote: "Adults who are racked with death anxiety are not odd birds who have contracted some exotic disease, but men and women whose family and culture have failed to knit the proper protective clothing for them to withstand the icy chill of mortality."

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Purifying karma and healing past wounds through love kind of story

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Fast and very pleasant read with an original twist at the end

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“Life is too short to be afraid of nothing. And I will show you.“ The author's fabulous debut collection of stories, cruel and devastating, erotic and sensual, revealing the mysterious and dark sides of both body and mind through a mix of pop culture and fairytale myths

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Loved this one - science and philosophy intertwined in an alternate reality - reminded me somehow of Black Mirror and the Twilight Zone

DrawingSustenance The kitty looks so soft! 2mo
IuliaCG @JulietBooks She actually is kind of soft 😁😊 2mo
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Just loved this one

Mishu94 I loveddd this one! Such a good read! 2mo
IuliaCG @Mishu94 me too, indeed ❤ 2mo
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A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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Heartbreaking through its so realistically written violent scenes...

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Brida | Paulo Coelho
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"Gardners always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World."

Crazeedi ❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤ 2mo
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Exploring Kenya in the first part of the 20th century, under the sun, through this wonderful story

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I love the cat as narrator but was expecting a bit more from the spiritual teachings which seem too commercial and light. It could be because I started with the third book; l'll probably get a clearer picture once I read the first two as well

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I just love her writing

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“You may be happy for a time, but sustained happiness depends on having a deeper sense of fulfillment. [...] The power of being in your Element is enhanced when it nurtures within you a greater sense of purpose. Having a purpose in life is the wellspring of sustained happiness.“

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Such a delicious story. I cried and laughed and cried again and then laughed harder

Crazeedi Me too! I belly laughed and heart cried. It his best book 5mo
Crazeedi And welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 5mo
IuliaCG I really really enjoyed it. I've added “My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry“ to my list as well 5mo
CherylRussell He‘s one of my favorite authors. 5mo
MusicallyMorgan Such an amazing book! I just checked out three more of his from the library! 5mo
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A wonderul twelve story collection capturing the Argentinian spirits folklore at the border of gothic fantasy

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Sunday evening is a good time to indulge in surrealism ("The Apotheosis of Homer", "The Stinking Ass", "The Lugubrious Game")

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A bit of history once in a while is good...

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Marina | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Lovely gothic fantasy on love, life and death

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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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Loved it. Can't wait to see the TV series

Crazeedi Great story 5mo
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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Heart-warming thoughts on ageing and the complexity of love and relationships

readingjedi I loved this one! 5mo
IuliaCG @readingjedi I'm loving it too! 😊 5mo
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A wonderful praise to love's essence, nature and underlying reality. A contemporary story of the destiny changing and liberating force of love, fueled by the fascinating spiritual bond between the famous Persian poet Rumi and Sufi dervish Shams of Tabriz

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"There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything [...] Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught"

StayCurious Love this book! 6mo
IuliaCG @Stay-Curious Me too, after just two chapters 6mo
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Outliers “They are products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky - but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all“

Crazeedi Hes a great thinker 5mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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What if, at a point in your life when everything seems adrift, your favorite childhood story became real with life changing consequences for you?

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The Strawberry Girl | Lisa Stromme
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Absolutely adored this love story which inspired one of the most famous paintings of all times, The Scream by Edvard Munch

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Unter dem Safranmond | Nicole C. Vosseler
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"Beneath the Saffron Moon" - just couldn't find the English version to tag this book. The adventures of an educated woman in search of freedom and love in a way that was not acceptable in Victorian England. Her adventures are partly interlaced with the travels of Richard Francis Burton and are set mostly in the deserts of 19th century Arabia, where she unexpectedly finds herself on a growth of the soul journey in search for true love

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Could be a helpful approach in dealing with negative emotions and life patterns. As I haven't read anything else yet on epigenetics and psychogenealogy, it reminded me of Karol Truman's "Feelings buried alive never die", Dr Lazarev's books on karma and Dr Bruce Lipton's "Biology of Belief" (who is actually also mentioned in this book)

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How Will You Measure Your Life? | Clayton Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon
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Looking for tools to measure if life is truly fulfilling and balanced... just loved the author's chapter on family culture

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What a lovely story! 🌟🌟🌟❤

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Zuleikha Opens Her Eyes | Guzel Yakhina
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A fabulous debut novel with an overwhelming story inspired by the author's grandmother's 16-year experience in a work camp in Siberia

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"The ethical is always more robust than the legal. Over time, it is the legal that should converge to the ethical, never the reverse. Hence: Laws come and go; ethics stay."

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I had no idea Mo Yan means "Don't Speak" and is the pen name of Chinese author Guan Moye, who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 2012
#catsoflitsy

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The local publisher picked the story "The woman with the flower bouquet" for the book's title #catsoflitsy

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Midnight's Children | Salman Rushdie
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Not really my style, but nevertheless original and ludic manner of telling the story

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And the Mountains Echoed | Khaled Hosseini
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Beautifully written and unforgettable story of several generations of Afghan families whose destinies intersect in time

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Insomnia: A Cultural History | Eluned Summers-Bremner
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A cultural history of insomnia

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"The context in which you operate sets the lens through which others will perceive you and your charisma. Choosing the right charisma style depends on your personality, goals and the situation."