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Lunakay

Joined November 2021

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Lunar Love | Lauren Kung Jessen
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Mehso-so

🌚 Did I like the MC? No, she is rude, irrational and frankly just not the brightest.

🌕 Did I love the Chinese zodiac theme? Very much.

🌝 Do I think we need a dating app based on our Chinese zodiac traits? Yes, absolutely! 😄

🌛 Have I been called over-critical: Constantly.

Most of the story didn't make sense, especially some parallels between the MCs were illogical and obviously not thought through but necessary for them to connect.

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Lunar Love | Lauren Kung Jessen
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Olivia might just be the most annoying person ever. On the other hand, I like that this is a RomCom, where the female MC is deeply flawed and not perfect and described as pretty every 2 minutes😅

I know it's probably unrealistic, but I think her love interest deserves so much better and is a rational and kind person, I sort of hope they won't end up together😅

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Pickpick

I'll say 3,5 🌟
I loved the idea how language is a resource on its own.
The book tries to capture various points of view but somehow misses some topics completely (sexism in other cultures and its effect on the characters and conflicting religious beliefs are only very remotely touched)
The in depth exploration of what it takes for people to use violence as their last resort is well written and believable.
I strongly recommend the audiobook!

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Pickpick

This was a straightforward 5 🌟 read!

I have never read anything so simply honest about the endlessly complex - and frankly - uncomfortable circumstances that make up any society and how religion, race, intergenerational trauma and national identity form our views and attitudes on every level.

I also learned about an aspect of history I wasn't even remotely aware of, an absolute win!

Perfect for #foodandlit 🌯🤤

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

BarbaraBB Sounds so good. Stacked! 2w
Lunakay @BarbaraBB I hope you'll enjoy it, let me know what you think🤗 2w
BarbaraBB I will! 2w
Texreader What an awesome review!! 2w
Catsandbooks So great! 🇺🇬 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I bought the most fantastic calendar ("The World in your Kitchen") and it's perfect for a #foodandlit -like challenge, as it includes a recipe for every month.

Because what is better than one foodandlit challenge? Two foodandlit challenges!??

It arrived only Saturday, so I'm a little behind on January, but would still like to try.

Any reading suggestions for Argentina? ???

Susanita I plan to read this for #ReadingTheAmericas 2w
Dilara Anything by Eugenia Almeida, that's available in English 😍 2w
Lunakay @Susanita @Dilara Thanks a lot, will check them out! 2w
Catsandbooks Perfect! I loved Lobizona. It's a YA fantasy 2w
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Pickpick

The story somewhat defies summaries but this picture somehow fits perfectly, sending light from an uncommon place as well.
I love how well the title fits the story!

I think it's best to go into this book without too many expectations and preconceptions, just read it! I strongly recommend the audiobook, it creates an amazing atmosphere. Make sure snacks are readily available at all times, preferably doughnuts😄🍩

julesG Perfect review! 3w
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Had an instant cover crush on this one and I am super excited to start on it for #foodandlit
#Uganda 🇺🇬🪶

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks So pretty! Hope it's a good read! 🇺🇬 4w
Lunakay @Catsandbooks Thank you, also for organising this challenge, it's a lot of fun!😊 4w
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Pickpick

I was sceptical at first but it turned out a very different and interesting read! Especially the villain's motivations were something unexpected and I liked the philosophical questions behind the overall story.
Could've been 50 pages longer to tie up some of the loose ends, but maybe there is a direct sequel planned?
???/5
Also I got "99 Red Balloons" stuck in my head for the next days?

#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks Glad you ended up liking it! 😊 1mo
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I really wonder sometimes...when people research books and incorporate words from foreign languages...does anyone check those at all??

Well, nobody cared to check the German words in this one. Not even little bit...on the bright side: I'm still laughing at "freundschaftsbezeigungen" which is not a thing. German famously allows you to lump words together, but they have to be actual words.?

Does someone share this specific bookish problem??

Dilara I‘ve seen this with French words as well. There‘s a whole genre of light novels set in France with very cringy and incorrect ”French” sentences. Also ”sacré bleu” is not a thing. The word is ”sacrebleu” and if the character isn‘t a musqueteer, don‘t have them say it🤣 1mo
Dilara @Dilara *musketeer 😅That‘s Muphry‘s law in action 1mo
Lunakay @Dilara Hahaha, I will note that for my next French interaction😂 Usually these are all basic things, translation software could absolutely cope with, so I really don't know where they get this from, it's a mystery! 🕵🏼‍♀️ 1mo
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The Drowned Woods | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Mehso-so

I don't know...somehow most of the characters' motivations and priorities didn't make much sense to me. The evil ruler is just evil, no story here.

I was also seriously annoyed at the stereotype scholar who is somehow an expert and at the same time too stupid to leave his books behind when his life is in danger.
I keep waiting for a Hermione-like characters and instead being educated is too often portrayed as flawed, annoying and useless🙄

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Pickpick

Noah is brutally honest when telling you both the tragic and the hysterical.
He's a remarkable person and I am grateful he chose to share his story with the world.

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Pickpick

I picked this up at an open "book cupboard". I never knew there was a book, the movie is a famous German classic and watched traditionally for Christmas. It's about a young man who has been home-schooled and is teased for having missed out on a lot of fun in school. So he leaves Berlin to go to a small town school and poses as a student while playing pranks, finding friends and enjoying himself thoroughly.

#foodandlit
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Texreader It sounds enjoyable! 2mo
Catsandbooks Great find! 🇩🇪🎄 2mo
Wesleypaker Hallo, wie geht es dir heute ? 1mo
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Lunakay @Wesleypaker Sehr gut, danke! :) Viele Grüße 🤗 1mo
Wesleypaker @Lunakay Grüße an dich, woher kommst du? 1mo
Lunakay @Wesleypaker Düsseldorf, wie der Autor ;) 1mo
Wesleypaker Ich bin erst vor 16 Jahren nach New York gekommen. Ich bin in Deutschland geboren, in Brasilien aufgewachsen, arbeite aber derzeit in Moskau, Russland, und arbeite als Arzt. Wie sieht es mit dir aus? @Lunakay 1mo
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S & gesund Weihnachten | Stefanie Reeb
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#foodandlit
@Texreader @Catsandbooks

When in doubt, bake cookies?! Made some of these Vanille Kipferl to unwind from work today🤗

🎄☃️🇩🇪

Texreader Recipe? Mmmm 2mo
Catsandbooks Yum!!! 🇩🇪 2mo
Lunakay @Texreader you could try this one, it's the traditional version🌜🌜🌜🌝: https://platedcravings.com/german-christmas-baking-vanillekipferl/hickleberrypun... 2mo
Texreader Thanks!! 2mo
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S & gesund Weihnachten | Stefanie Reeb
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Home-made German "Stollen-Konfekt"?

#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks Yum!! 🇩🇪 2mo
Texreader Nice!! 2mo
LitStephanie Wow, good job! 2mo
Lunakay Thank you! 🥰 2mo
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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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I liked it, but I think it tried a bit too hard to show all the ways women might have struggled in that time and society. Actually I think one essential situation might be missing: the happy woman with or without children or a happily married couple. This felt a bit forced and unrealistic, but the story is good and it wasn't easy to put down!

I bought the sequel so definitely a pick ;)
3,5/🌟

#foodandlit

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi

It's funny, there were two plot twists happening at once and I found one to be absolutely predictable, the other one left me totally surprised.
Looking forward to the next part of the book!🤓🤯

#foodandlit #india

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Cooking my favourite Paneer Pasanda and Naan for #FoodandLit India!
Should really make that more often 😅

Lunakay @TheBookHippie The recipe is from this brilliant cookbook! Highly recommended ;) 3mo
TheBookHippie @Lunakay oh thank you!!!! 3mo
Catsandbooks Looks great! 🇮🇳 2mo
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Pickpick

I read this sequel directly after the first book and wasn't disappointed! Life in Kamusari village just gets curiouser and curiouser! 😄
I really hope there will be a 3rd one!

🌲🌲🌲🌲/5

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Pickpick

I loved it! This village of Kamusari is something else! Cute and wise coming-of-age-story, but it's generally a very intriguing tale for anyone who ever felt like they didn't belong.

🌲🌲🌲🌲/5

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Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | Maika Moulite, Maritza Moulite
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Pickpick

Finally finished the October #foodandlit buddy read! (7 minutes left until November in my time zone😄)

This was a very different and unexpected story, I enjoyed Alaine's snarky remarks, mixed-medium diary/assignment reports and will definitely spend some time googling the food and dishes mentioned, Haitian cuisine sounds delicious!

4/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mehso-so

Unpopular opinion: I didn't care for it. I find it clichéd, trying a bit too hard and unnecessary stretched out.
I cared for Davey and Marjorie (the main character's brother and best friend) significantly more than for Rabbit. She and her daughter were too faultless.
Did anyone else in the universe feel something similar? :D
Not a Pan (but on the edge) because it kept me reading with some interest, but I wouldn't recommend it to a friend.

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"So in order to be a source of fulfillment, a good hobby probably should feel a bit embarrassing. That's a sign you're doing it for it's own sake"

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This was a gift from a dear friend who has no idea what kind of books I like at all?
I am still determined to give this a fair chance.

It's about a woman dying of cancer and her family coping.
I liked one simple quote of her sister and husband (the sister's) talking:
"All is well my darling", he said.
"We do our best to support her."
"And what then?"
"Then we say goodbye."

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Bailedbailed

In two words: Ok, boomer.😅
This is written from a place of immense privilege and 'why are you here?' becomes a very dark question when you haven't won the place-of-birth lottery.
The sarcasm about having enough money for retirement made me especially angry. There is a fine line between how much do you really need and being unable to afford a roof over your head.
Also all sorts of epiphanies seem to happen on expensive holidays abroad.🤔

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Mehso-so

I like the overall idea but had little patience for the soap-opera-like drama. I didn't like the protagonist too much for it (for some reason her having an affair is not as bad as her fiancé having one).
Nice twist at the end, easy read for lazy Sundays. :)
📚📚📚/5

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Liebe am Papierrand | Yoko Ogawa
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Mehso-so

Totally confusing in the end but also somewhat magical. As usual, Ogawas characters form unlikely bonds that are beautiful and heart-warming.
Fun fact: the German cover is completely random and feels like a default design for the author. Adds to the overall confusion :D

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Kitchen | Banana Yoshimoto
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Pickpick

I was instantly absorbed into the story, Yoshimoto's writing is beautiful prose that sets a perfect mood for the story.
I liked the emphasis on how people bond over shared tragedy in unexpected ways and find new families in the process.
I'm looking forward to reading her other books!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Kitchen | Banana Yoshimoto
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"And some of us will inevitably find ourselves rolling around in a puddle on some roof in a strange place with takeout katsudon in the middle of winter, looking up at the night sky, as if it were the most natural thing in the world. Ah, but the moon was lovely."

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The Cat Who Saved Books | S?suke Natsukawa
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Pickpick

Lovely book about the love of books!
A typically Japanese fantasy story that one should especially (re-)read when life seems out of your own control and you need some motivation and courage to go on.

Loved it!

🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱/5

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Reading the chapter about Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf while lounging on the "Rhine Lawn" by the Rhine river bank...priceless ?

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PHO Love Story | Loan Le

I am really surprised by the depth of this one! It portrays incredibly well how the children of immigrants experience confusion, guilt and pressure when choosing their own paths that often do not match their parents' expectations or values. Or how it feels to be brought up in a very different way than most of your friends.
Totally hits home and it feels very universal.

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Eight Detectives | Alex Pavesi
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Pickpick

This is an amazing story that includes other crime short stories, so you get 8 murder mysteries in one! Highly recommended, I don't want to spoiler any of the content, so I'll just say: This is the most original crime mystery since The Orient Express.

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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Pickpick

I was hooked from the very start: A pirate girl, who tries to survive as a boy, another girl sent off to be wed and their unlikely love and friendship caught somewhere in between.
The world-building is quite original and just the right amount to make the story work. It's full of intriguing characters to love and hate! And the Sea!
It's told from different perspectives, I think two of them would have sufficed, it just doesn't add much.

🐚🐚🐚🐚/5

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Somehow my outfit matches my book today😆
Just one of those things😄

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Mehso-so

3/5: The idea was intriguing, especially when contrasting the young and 300-years-old Addie. Still, it dragged on, Luc being the most interesting character by far, their cat-and-mouse dance over the centuries far more believable than the endless (rather cheesy) over the top romances with various artists. The story relies too much on Addie being very attractive. Not one artist failed to be inspired somehow, which becomes boring very quickly.

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Himawari House | Harmony Becker
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Pickpick

I read this in one sitting, a very moving and funny look at what it's like to find your way in a foreign country (in this case Japan). We follow the three protagonists for a year - I loved how they all struggle with languages, how they get better at them and how the relationships between the residents of Hawari House deepen and transform.
I was as sad as they were, that the year was already over. I'd love to meet them all again.

🌸🌸🌸🌸🌸

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The Lost World | Arthur Conan Doyle
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I'm two chapters in and already a great fan of Professor Challenger:

"I should have thought that only a subhuman intelligence could have failed to grasp the point, but if it really needs amplification, I shall consent to see you at the hour named"

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Pickpick

Fantastic read! I didn't know it, but Charley is exactly the hero I needed! I loved that he is exceptionally gifted with words, a phD in English Literature, not an action hero or scientist. His gift is to be able to read characters out of books and it gets him into all sorts of trouble, expecially when he asks his brother for help.
The setting in today's Wellington is also very refreshing.

All in all: 5/5 stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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"I thought I was fairly fluent, but you realize your limitations in a dead language when you're trying to explain to a legendary hero how the coffee maker works."

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BookNAround I thoroughly enjoyed this book last year. 13mo
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Pickpick

This book has everything! The deep natural history insights are well explained in short chapters but what makes it special (and hilarious) are the literary references from Harry Potter to James Bond, presenting the reader with a rather unexpected link to the animal kingdom. I ended up reading all the referenced books, it makes a brilliant reading list!