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Lunakay

Lunakay

Joined November 2021

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.
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julesG Stacking this for the young Whovian 9h
Eggs Perfect🩶🩶🩶 8h
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The Death of Vishnu | Manil Suri
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Eggs Beautiful 🤩🧡🤩 1d
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Table For Two | Amor Towles
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Eggs Beautiful arrangement and cover👏🏻👏🏻 1d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous 💛 1d
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Chai Time at Cinnamon Gardens | Shankari Chandran
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#CoverLove
#green, also works for #leaves

Looking forward to reading this, it's on the "to-be- read-in-the-not-too-distant-future-shelf" ??

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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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Eggs Beautiful 📗💚🌿 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💚 2d
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Wrecker | Noel OReilly
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Found this at the library sale recently and had a severe case of insta #CoverLove

Day 9: Boots - only one boot but it's super fabulous 👢

@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

julesG 😍 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 🩵 3d
Eggs It‘s quite attractive 👢👢 3d
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Eggs 🩵🩷🩵 Pretty 4d
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The Illuminated Book of Days | Kay Lee, Marshall Lee
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🤎 5d
Eggs Fantastic 🤎🤍🤎 4d
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The Gentleman from peru | Andr Aciman, Edoardo Ballerini
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#coverlove
#yellow

Actually my next read, it doesn't get more summer cover than this 🌞

@Eggs
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Pretty☀️💛🌻 6d
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LoveStar: A Novel | Andri Snaer Magnason
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Mehso-so

The genre is definitely 'weird sci-fi'.
A dystopian novel where a scientific genius from Iceland changes the world with his breakthrough tech. A lot of original ideas in here but they don't form enough of a coherent story line for me.

I liked the idea of becoming a literal shooting star instead of being buried after death.

Skyr has been eaten in honor of Iceland month :D

🇮🇸🇮🇸🇮🇸
#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks

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Together We Burn | Isabel Ibaez
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Imagine Spain, but instead of bull-fighting, it's dragon- fighting! Loved how natural the world building felt as it picks up on so many Spanish traditions💃🏻

Only complaint: Would have been quite annoying if I didn't speak Spanish, as there are many sentences and phrases included without translation.

Cheeky contribution to #foodandlit Spain 🇪🇦🍷☀️🍊

@Texreader @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Awesome! 👏🏼 🇪🇸 3w
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Love in Small Letters | Francesc Miralles
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I loved this one! Cute and different with a small cast of very quirky characters! A middle aged man who is stuck in his ways changes his life by accident, the accident being a little initial small act of love: giving a stray cat a bit of milk. And after that it gets curiouser and curiouser 😄🐱

Also, here is my veggie Paella with veggie Chorizo 🥘 🇪🇦

#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

TheBookHippie Looks good!!! 2mo
Susanita I loved this book, and your paella looks amazing 2mo
Texreader Veggie paella sounds really good to me 😋 2mo
Lunakay @susanita @TheBookHippie @Texreader Muchas gracias🍊🍷💕 2mo
Catsandbooks Yum! 🇪🇸👏🏼 2mo
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Amor en minscula | Francesc Miralles
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Bookish problem:
Halfway through this book I love it so much, that I checked what else there is by the same author.

The sequel (there's a sequel😍):

1. The only physical copy available (same publisher!) is 2cm bigger than my copy of part 1 -.-

2. The cover for all other languages is super cute (involves a cat mostly), the one for the Spanish original is so-so.

*grudgingly ordering the Spanish edition*🙄

Anyone else upset by those things?😂

Jari-chan I can totally relate... That would annoy me so much... But I love that cover 😻 2mo
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Blue Label / Etiqueta Azul | Eduardo Sanchez Rugeles
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Bit late on the reading due to travelling a lot in April but all on time with the food: Venezuelan Arepa with all kinds of delicious fillings. Eaten at Camden Market in London😄
#foodandlit
@Texreader @Catsandbooks

Texreader That looks amazing. I‘m all about Venezuelan food as well! Mmmm!! 2mo
TheSpineView Yum! That looks so good! Now I am hungry!🍽 2mo
Catsandbooks That looks amazing! 🇻🇪 2mo
MaGoose That looks amazing and so yummy. 😋 2mo
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Oben Erde, unten Himmel | Milena Michiko Flasar
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Simply beautiful, quiet and thoughtful, touching and hopeful - a little gem.

Forgot which Litten recommended this, but thank you🥰

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What a dream-like book about the importance of dreams and a good night's sleep! Very moving once it comes to the dreamers' real life stories. The one about pet dreams might have been my favourite. Heart-warming, original and featuring an excited but adorably clueless MC who matches the reader's speed and wonder. And there's a second one coming!🤩

Also pictured: Kimchi fried rice with cheese topping 🍜

#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks So great!! ❤️ 🇰🇷 3mo
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I already emersed myself into Korean literature last year and then some more, so this is my non-feasible reading stack for #foodandlit South Korea😅🇰🇷

BarbaraBB Wow! 4mo
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My summary for #foodandlit New Zealand 🇳🇿 - interesting and sometimes surprising insights into a country on the other side of the world. I liked having an American and a German perspective, they made for a good mix commenting on remarkable, funny and sad aspects of the country's culture , history and customs.

As I did not attempt to actually make a pavlova, so I had some extra kiwis this month.🥝🥝🥝

@Catsandbooks
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Catsandbooks Wonderful! 🇳🇿 5mo
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From Pasta to Pigfoot: Second Helpings | Frances Mensah Williams
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Munching on some Ghanaian chocolate I finished part two of this month's #foodandlit adventure🇬🇭🍫

I enjoyed the drama, the elaborate description of food and culture and some realistic problems with achieving a healthy work-life-balance.

Faye, the MC, has grown a lot in a way that felt natural and not too far fetched.
Some descriptions may be a bit too detailed but this style gives it a very close-to-life vibe

@Catsandbooks
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Catsandbooks That's awesome! ❤️🇬🇭 6mo
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From Pasta to Pigfoot | Frances Mensah Williams
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I feel like I actually went on a trip to Ghana! 🇬🇭
The story follows Faye, who was brought up in England and has little connection to her native Ghana. When she finally travels there, the book depicts all the adventures she finds there, no event is just skipped or mentioned in passing. You are there and I did enjoy that a lot. Also very refreshing, down-to-earth romance without any artificial drama.⬇️
#foodandlit
@Texreader @Catsandbooks

Lunakay I don't eat meat but I was just gifted a bag of one of my favourite gummy treats which happens to be piggies 😂🐽 6mo
Texreader Awwww! And sounds like a good book!! 6mo
Catsandbooks That's so great! 🇬🇭 and those gummies are so cute! 🩷 6mo
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And a lovely cinnamon roll to enjoy #foodandlit Sweden🇸🇪 😍
Some Nordic fairy tales complete the experience☺️

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Texreader That looks delicious! We love schillingboller when we‘re in Norway! 6mo
Catsandbooks Looks scrumptious! 🇸🇪 6mo
bookaholic1 Yummy!!! 6mo
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That was a fun ride through South Africa, Sweden and some places in between😂 I think the king might have been my favourite character.
Lots of laugh-out-loud moments and wise comments on life, culture and international cooperation.
And with this, 12/12 I proudly finished the #foodandlit challenge for 2023 with Sweden 🇸🇪 🥳
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader Fantastic!!! Way to go!! 6mo
Catsandbooks Hooray! Great job! 🙌🏼 🎉🇸🇪 6mo
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Part 2 of my shelf project🤩

I work from home and this is directly next to my desk and sparks a lot of joy during long meetings🥰

julesG 😍😍😍 7mo
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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Behold, my all new Japanese literature shelf😍🌸🇯🇵
I assembled the booknook all by myself (my first one!)
Sparking so much joy😍
I have two more booknooks and more Japanese books, so there is a vision for the whole shelf (3 levels)🤭

julesG 😍😍😍 7mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 7mo
BookmarkTavern So beautiful! 7mo
Deblovestoread Love this so much 🌸 7mo
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This short novel made me think about so many different things: living with nature vs. controlling it, how even the kindest people can be irrational due to cultural rules and customs, how reading can offer an escape in the most unlikely places, how to make the best of the hand you were dealt...

Will spend some more time contemplating 🤔

#foodandlit
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Catsandbooks Lovely review! ❤️🇨🇱 8mo
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I absolutely loved this one! I was looking for something light and romantic and got far more than I expected!
Beautiful story about found family and how the world can always change, even if it is little by little.

I did not see the major plot twist coming😄
🧙‍♀️ 🪄 🧹 ❤️

GondorGirl I loved this book! And we're getting a second one in the spring! 8mo
Lunakay @GondorGirl I've seen, super excited already😍✨️ 8mo
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Lagoon | Nnedi Okorafor
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A perfect chaos with magic, aliens and a lots of creatures from the sea ?
It's a different setting and spin on the first contact story, focusing less on the aliens but more on the variety of people's reactions.
Kudos for actually using the "take me to your leader" phrase without being ridiculous.

#foodandlit
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Ties That Tether | Jane Igharo
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I ended up liking this romcom/culture clash story. The Nigerian-Canadian MC is conflicted about her cultural identity in the way that comes with immigration, the inevitable generational conflict with her mother and a life that does not go according to plan.
I like the way she grows in this story and the happy end makes you feel all warm and cozy.
Also good introduction to some Nigerian food and traditions.
#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks Wonderful! This one is on my shelf! 🇳🇬 (edited) 9mo
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Old God's Time: A Novel | Sebastian Barry
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The story did not capture me too much, this is not due to the horrible incidents described and the tough topic. I feel that the topic got the prize nomination (a sit is so often the case) and not necessarily the quality of presentation.
Long-winded descriptions that are hard to follow in a stream of consciousness narration didn't work for me. Some events/parts seemed to only exist to make the story even bleaker, they felt unnecessary and random.

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This story captured me from the very beginning, moved me to tears several times and left me with lots to think about. The characters are vivid and following them through their whole life spans was quite the experience.

There were rumours it might be nominated for the Booker, which it wasn't. I read 2 of the actual nominations and none of them come close 🤔

Highly recommended, 4,5 🌟

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This was certainly strange, weird and terrifying, as one gets the extremely uncomfortable realisation that the world in the book is not at all far off from our own.

The repetition of certain scenarios and key phrases worked surprisingly well for me, I had to put the book down several times to think about the conclusion of each chapter.

A bit late but originally a pick for #foodandlit China 🇨🇳 😅😂

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks It's never too late! ❤️ 9mo
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SOOO MUCH FUN!
An epic quest for an illusive cure to save the children of Ku-fu which inlcudes ghosts, magic, trickery, romance, fantastic beasts and quite a bit of wine ?

My cheeky second pick for #foodandlit China, as this book is a "Novel of an ancient China that never was"
It's of course based on Chinese mythology, but there is no need to know any of it to enjoy the story (you'll feel clever if you do though ;))

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader What a wonderful review! 10mo
Catsandbooks Very cool! 🇨🇳 10mo
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I know it's a classic, but I found it hard to follow and remember who is who and which husband it was again.
BUT it captures some of the universal truths about mothers and daughters in the context of immigration. The relationship is different due to language, cultural influences and overall setting.
For that, it's a pick!
#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks Terrific! 🇨🇳 10mo
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Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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Haunting and the story pulls you in.. I finished it in 2 or 3 days. I get that the author wanted to show all sorts of motherly sacrifices but it felt a bit much to me, the mother being almost a saint and everyone else being selfish to the extent of gross negligence.

I am currently travelling through Korea, the pic shows the Starlight Library in Seoul.
(The bookshops here look just as great, almost tragic that I can't read anything)😄

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Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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Another "book-matching-outfit-incident"?

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The House of Doors | Tan Twan Eng
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Interesting story in an unfamiliar setting with a deep exploration of marriage and society. It's hard to review without spoilering, but I enjoyed particularly that all characters were nuanced, flawed and quite realistic.
Not sure about the Booker nomination, it's a decent read, but not outstanding or something I feel the need to recommend to people.

#booker13

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Costa Rican Gallo Pinto for #foodandlit!
I got the Salsa Lizano at the South American shop and it worked well for a first try😊
Yummy!

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks So tasty! 🇨🇷 11mo
Texreader Yes!!! 11mo
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This is a highly recommended collection of Costa Rican folklore, beautifully written with a humorous tone and obvious love for the country and its culture.

There is sure a lot of throwing things and people into volcanoes going on here🌋😅
I especially liked the story about the Tapir goddess ⛰️

#foodandlit
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Catsandbooks Sounds great! 🇨🇷 11mo
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In Ascension | Martin MacInnes
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I feel like I need an "ending explained" video. So many things were left unresolved. There is some beautiful writing, but the overall story is a bit of a mess.
It reads like a draft with half of the story still to write.

What I liked though, was the detailed portrait of a scientist striving for the frontiers of science and our planet. It requires a special mindset and determination that comes with a price to pay.

#booker23

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Everything I love in Japanese literature is in this book!
It's going to be a favourite on the shelf, the stories are inspirational, but not unrealistic, people of all ages and in different situations struggle with life's challenges and find answers through a very wise librarian. The stories are loosely linked in a way that makes sense and has its own meaning. The book includes lovely illustrations and I'm happy to have bought my own copy🥰🌸

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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Oh, that was fun, those were some nasty dinosaurs 🦖 I see how this is a classic, I really liked the mathematician and his predictions, his criticism of modern society, ethics and also how he makes everyone consider the responsibility for their actions, even the palaeontologists.
Absorbing, couldn't stop listening!
(I never watched the movies, but will watch at least the first one now😃)

#foodandlit Costa Rica 🇨🇷
@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader Set in Costa Rica? I had no idea! Fun! 11mo
Catsandbooks Oh the movies are fun! Enjoy! 11mo
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"Journey by Moonlight": ?????
The protagonist is lost because the common expectations for an adult don't work for him and it's questioned whether they actually work for anyone. Many options of escape are shown, all have their downsides, but somehow everyone has to deal with life (and death) as good as they can.

Got some yummy pastries from the Hungarian bakery, note the paprika on the napkin.?

#foodandlit
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Texreader Yum! How fortunate to have a Hungarian bakery that you can visit! 11mo
Catsandbooks Ooo those look so good! 🇭🇺❤️ 11mo
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There were so many feelings in this one. And because of that, some logic and common sense got a bit lost. I agree with most of it, but not as absolute as depicted by the author.
It's s a mostly justified rant on how German school reading is chosen from a very questionable pool of outdated literature (I always felt the modern choices my teachers made were even worse, tbh😅) and needs a new canon. I was hoping for more than the school context here.

julesG Agree, required reading in German schools is so outdated; my daughter dared to ask (in year 6) why they had to read yet another book by an old white man and the teacher was not amused. I was though. 😂😂 But you're right, the discussion should be about other set lists as well, like those 'the top 5/10/... books you need to read this summer/year,' which are just 🙄🙄🙄 11mo
Lunakay @julesG Awesome kid!? The author loses herself in the "who wrote it" but forgets about why it may have merit today. That's what I read about Faust once: Highly influential, with skill and language that are unparalleled, very difficult to translate and it is thus a privilege to be able to read (or even enjoy) it in the original. That would be a good answer to why should we read this? Native language as a VIP ticket stayed with me :D 11mo
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Just a blurb about how much I love the #foodandlit challenge. Every month my horizon expands to more of the world's literature, history, culture and of course various delicacies🥰

This book is another example, I don't think I would have found it otherwise. It feels very modern for a product of the 30s.
It's also quite refreshing to read from and less about this decade, without any artificial foreshadowing of the war.
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Texreader Very happy to hear this!! Thank you!! 12mo
Catsandbooks So glad you're a part of our group and enjoy it so much! ❤️ 12mo
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Major book trauma😭
I binged the Reckless audiobooks and I sort of thought it's 4 books and a complete series. Book 4 ends on a massive cliffhanger and there is no estimated release date for book 5 or even a confirmation that it will exist🙈 ok, it probably will, it's all set up for a wrap up book.
I will never learn to check more thoroughly before starting a series😅

Unrelated picture of a nice rainbow I saw yesterday😄

LitStephanie How dare that author leave you hanging like that! 12mo
Jari-chan Is that a new thing among authors? 🤔 12mo
Lunakay @Jari-chan @LitStephanie Right?? I need a "series not yet complete, try again in 5 years" warning at all times. 12mo
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Jari-chan @Lunakay That should be an official trigger warning🙈 12mo
LitStephanie @Jari-chan agree! 12mo
dabbe So that‘s what rain looks like. I had forgotten. 😀 #4monthswithnorainandcounting 12mo
Lunakay @dabbe Oh, we have some classic German July weather over here, sending over some clouds right now! 🌦😉 12mo
dabbe @Lunakay 🤩😍🤗 12mo
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Potato-veggie-gulash on a very rainy Sunday for #foodandlit #Hungary

Haven't made that in a while, should do it more often🥘👩🏼‍🍳

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Soubhiville Oh yum! 12mo
Texreader Yay!!! Can‘t wait to make mine!! 12mo
Catsandbooks Looks delicious! 🇭🇺 12mo
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Very funny culture-clash story about life and work in Budapest. The author uses a very colloquial style to describe her adventures during her time in Hungary. Her East-German background makes her observations especially entertaining, insightful and -in many cases- hilarious.
After reading this I want to go to Budapest asap, sit in coffee houses and eat some of the fabulous cakes she mentioned.

#foodandlit
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@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader This sounds great! I wonder if it‘s available in English 12mo
Catsandbooks That sounds wonderful! ❤️🇭🇺 12mo
Lunakay @Texreader Sadly it's not, I wanted to look up some news about the author and couldn't find anything, very mysterious🤨 12mo
Jari-chan I loved that book! 😁 12mo
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Aaaand I binged part two of this series as well😅
Cornelia Funke did not disappoint in the sequel, might have even liked it better than part one.
There are two more to go which messes completely with my current reading schedule😂

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Reckless | Cornelia Funke
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I sort of binged it, the reading is brilliant, well arranged with some music. Cool dark twist on familiar German fairy tales. I liked how technological advancement trickled from our world into the magic world behind the mirror, making it fantastically mismatched and creating a rather unusual connection between the two. I haven't seen it done like that before!
💎👑🧚🏼‍♀️🥀🦊

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I am a little late (who's counting? 😋), but I finally made Australian Anzac cookies for #foodandlit Australia🇦🇺

Very happy with the results, they're delicious! Now I can switch to all things Hungarian while munching on these😃

@Catsandbooks @Texreader

Texreader Looks yummy!! 12mo
Catsandbooks Yum! Looks so good! 12mo
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Very cool collection of short stories, loosely built on myths and legends from around the world, making the women into modern heroines in the best possible way. I enjoyed a story every now and then since January and will certainly come back to them at a later time.