Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Simona

Simona

Joined March 2016

🙋🐶🐱📚 Carpe Librum https://www.goodreads.com/Anomis
review
Simona
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
post image
Pickpick

This is definitely my favorite fiction book by Adichie. Focus is on Nigerian family, their interpersonal relationship, their view on the world (which is deeply marked by Catholicism) and society‘s view on them, with the backdrop in turbulent times in Nigerian history. Atmospheric story, with many themes, in the core very brutal content, but written in matter of fact style, without preachiness and overly sentimental prose. #AuthorAMonth

Tanisha_A I was so sad and angry, while and after reading this. What a book! 14h
BarbaraBB Good to know, I have it on my shelves. 14h
37 likes3 comments
blurb
Simona
The Corset | Laura Purcell
post image

Lazy Sunday - although the morning looks beautiful sunny I prefer breakfast in my reading nest ...

Cathythoughts Lovely picture ✨ 3d
ephemeralwaltz 😍😍 3d
Sace Cozy arrangement and lovely book cover (sounds like a good story too!) 3d
LeahBergen Lovely! 😍😍 3d
Zelma Very nice! 3d
60 likes5 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

Retail therapy ... after some very bad weeks I just need to reduce my stress level, and here it is - mixed pile of reading possibilities. Happy reading and relaxing weekend Littens 😘

batsy Lovely pile! Hope the upcoming weeks improve for you ❤️ 4d
Tanisha_A Awesome stack! Better days ahead. 💛 4d
ClairesReads Best kind of retail therapy- I hope the next week is kinder 4d
See All 10 Comments
Cathythoughts Lovely stack ! Wishing you well 👍🏻♥️ 4d
Sace Hope you start feeling better soon. 4d
ljuliel I hope your books can take you away to other places for awhile. A vacation for your brain ! (edited) 4d
charl08 Ooh! Nice stack. I want to read Travellers in the 3rd Reich. 4d
Simona @Sace @ljuliel Thank you 😊Lazy weekend without any kind of obligations definitely helped me. 3d
Balibee146 Hope you are starting to feel better 👍 16h
71 likes1 stack add10 comments
review
Simona
Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
post image
Pickpick

For me, curiosity-driven science is a very interesting researching field, especially in the connection with nature. How fascinating is the fact that the trees have memory, that they can decide things⁉️ This heartwarming story is presentation of a complicated life of a scientist, from personal to professional struggles/sacrifices, and this story is also beautiful, simple ode to the nature, friendship and patience.

mrsmarch “pajakis” 🤣🤣🤣 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I absolutely loved this book. So good in so many different ways! 1w
66 likes2 stack adds4 comments
blurb
Simona
Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
post image

After I skipped Malawi in September, Magic Mountain is my pick for Germany #ReadAroundTheWorld in October. My progress is in the pace of the 🐌, but I really enjoy in the lush prose and I really enjoy in my quiet lunch breaks.

Tove_Reads Why did you skip Malawi? 2w
Simona @Tove_Reads September was stressful and busy month for me, so I decided that I‘ll skip all reading challenges... 2w
RachelO Nice to see you! 🌷 2w
Simona @RachelO Thank you 😊 It‘s nice to have time (and energy) for reading 😘 1w
51 likes4 comments
blurb
Simona
The Convert | Stefan Hertmans
post image

#7covers7days

Would you like to join in #CoverCrush @PetrozavaRR ? No explanation, just post a new cover each day for one week and each day tag one Litten.

LeahBergen This sounds GOOD. 😮 1mo
PetrozavaRR Thank you so much for tagging me and welcoming me in such a sweet way🥰🥰❤❤🌹Definitely will do it!🤗📚 1mo
batsy Sounds and looks so good. 1mo
Simona @PetrozavaRR My pleasure 😘 Looking forward to see what you will pick! 1mo
Simona @LeahBergen @batsy Yes, sounds very promising and he have interesting style to tell the story - mixing nonfiction with fiction. 1mo
48 likes5 comments
blurb
Simona
A Start in Life | Anita Brookner
post image

Day 6 #7covers7days

No explanation needed, just post a new cover each day for a week and each day tag some new Litten. Would you like to join in the #CoverCrush @Tianarose ?

merelybookish Love this! 1mo
Cinfhen That‘s a great cover 🤩 1mo
Simona @merelybookish @Cinfhen It is from Penguin Essentials collection, and almost all covers are beautiful or at least different/unique. https://www.penguin.co.uk/series/peness/penguin-essentials.2.html 1mo
Caroline2 😍 1mo
68 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

Day 5 #7covers7days

@Emhill Would you like to join in #CoverCrush ? Post a favorite cover every day for one week, no explanation needed and tag new Litten each day.

erzascarletbookgasm 🙌 ❤️ I have this too! 😘 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice 👍🏻💙 1mo
Tanisha_A Love! 1mo
See All 10 Comments
BarbaraBB Beauty! 1mo
Amiable Haunting and spooky—and gorgeous! 1mo
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A @BarbaraBB @Amiable Gorgeous cover, but I was quite disappointed by the content ... 1mo
Nute Good gracious! That is amazing book cover art! 1mo
Come-read-with-me @simona It looks like you could walk right in to that forest - and never come out! 1mo
Simona @Come-read-with-me Birch forest is beautiful, but always with slightly vicious vibes 😬 1mo
BiblioLitten Wow! 1mo
75 likes1 stack add10 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

Day 4 #7covers7days

Would you like to join @PlayingBonny ? Post a photo of your favorite covers each day for a week, no explanation, and each day invite a Litten to play the game #CoverCrush

PlayingBonny I‘ll give it a go 😊 1mo
batsy Nice one! I love the spines of these editions 😍 1mo
Simona @PlayingBonny It‘s a fun, enjoy 😘 1mo
Simona @batsy Me too, it‘s very satisfying view 😘 1mo
57 likes4 comments
blurb
Simona
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
post image

Day 3 #7covers7days

How about your #CoverCrush @AmyK1 ? Would you like to share with us for 7 days some beautiful covers? No explanation needed, just post the photo each day and tag one Litten.

Tanisha_A 🤩 1mo
cathipink Wow, I've never seen this cover before! Beautiful. 1mo
Verity Love the cover, but bailed on the book. ☺️ 1mo
See All 12 Comments
Leftcoastzen Pretty! 1mo
AmyK1 Love this one! I don‘t have anything nearly as pretty but I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 1mo
LeahBergen I love this edition! 😍 1mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 1mo
Simona @AmyK1 It is fun to see our different tastes. Enjoy😘 1mo
Simona @Verity It‘s still unread, because I saw very mixed reviews after I bought the book... 1mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja Shiny covers speaks to me 🤗 1mo
Verity @Simona I really liked his first book, but was so disappointed in this. But it got so much buzz that I started to doubt my judgement! 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never seen this edition. I loved this book and now have his other one on my shelves 1mo
73 likes2 stack adds12 comments
blurb
Simona
1950s Omnibus | Agatha Christie
post image

Day 2 for #7covers7days #CoverCrush

Would you like to show us your favorite covers @BookieBiker ? No explanation needed, post a photo and tag one Litten each day for the week.

Cinfhen 😻 1mo
Simona @Cinfhen I‘m in love with those covers from Christie‘s omnibus collection ... 1mo
LeahBergen Love it! 1mo
See All 9 Comments
Cinfhen I was going to tag @LeahBergen but there she is😘 1mo
LeahBergen @Cinfhen 😆😆 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love these AC ‘decade‘ editions! 1mo
CarolynM I love that cover 😍 1mo
Simona @CarolynM The whole collection have a very beautiful covers 😍 1mo
64 likes9 comments
blurb
Simona
The Familiars | Stacey Halls
post image

Of course @Kalalalatja I‘m shameless cover buyer 🤷‍♀️ Day 1 #7covers7days #CoverCrush

Tagging my new Litsy friend @Book_ish No explanation, just show us some of your favorite covers each day for a week 😘

Book_ish Oh this will be fun! 1mo
LeahBergen This is a great cover. ❤️ 1mo
Kalalalatja What a beauty! 😍 1mo
See All 6 Comments
Cinfhen Exactly the cover that speaks to me 💜 1mo
Simona @Book_ish Enjoy😘 1mo
Simona @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja It‘s a very intriguing cover, but still unread ... @Cinfhen I have the feeling that is from ‘not buy, borrow‘ category 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
73 likes6 comments
blurb
Simona
Testaments | Margaret Atwood
post image

Finally‼️Expectations are high ... I eagerly waited for my lunch break. 😁

BarbaraBB Have you finished this one yet? Did it make your shortlist? 1mo
Simona @barbarabb Yes, one week ago, but I didn‘t wrote the review, because I don‘t have nothing to say about this book. It‘s a compelling read in the YA dystopian manner, and with, in my opinion, very superficial, awkward/inorganic dialogues. I would say so-so, just because I was curious about the plot line, but I strongly doubt about the literary value of it ... 🤷‍♀️ Many words for ‘nothing to say‘ 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB That is interesting. You‘re the first to say do but I have been afraid it would be YA dystopian mostly. I‘ll pass for now! 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is obvious that the story is written for TV adoption, unfortunately ... but I do like reading all the praising reviews 😁 1mo
75 likes4 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

Cozy night with cozy book ... and cuddly cat.

Jenken1998 Love that series! 2mo
julesG 🐱 2mo
Crazeedi Cuddly cat is precious!! 2mo
charl08 Aw! Love the book, and this photo is ❤ 1mo
UwannaPublishme Aw! How cute! 😻 1mo
73 likes5 comments
review
Simona
post image
Pickpick

In short story are the last lines, final execution, crucial for the success of it, and perfect example for this is story Lottery, but I have to say that majority of the stories in this collection aren‘t so effective and most of them have left me hungry, unsatisfied. Collection of very dark and atmospheric stories with interesting themes. I liked them, but I‘m not in love with them.⭐️⭐️⭐️
Few days late, but here is my contribution for #AuthorAmonth

Soubhiville I feel like this cover art is the most fitting I‘ve ever seen for this book. Also, pretty much everyone has expressed the same disappointment with the “other” stories. 2mo
Simona @Soubhiville I also like this cover in Slovenian edition, creepy cover for slightly creepy stories. Yes, I scrolled through reviews and I was quite pleased that I‘m not alone 😁 although I do think that thematically stories are very good and interesting, but unfortunately they are without the last, final punch. 2mo
70 likes2 comments
blurb
Simona
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
post image

My shortlist for #BookerPrize2019 🤓

L.Ellmann - Ducks, Newburyport; B.Evaristo - Girl, Woman, Other; D.Levy - The Man Who Saw Everything; S.Rushdie - Quichotte; K.Barry - Night Boat to Tangier; V.Luiselli - Lost Children Archive

Kalalalatja I have only read Lost Children Archive of those six, and I wasn‘t the biggest fan, but I have high hopes for the others! 2mo
Simona @Kalalalatja I‘m not a fan either, but I ‘had to‘ make a choice between Lost Children Archive and An Orchestra of Minorities ... but I think (I hope) that it will be replaced with 2mo
8little_paws I *really* want to read ducks but I have sooooo many other books I should be reading..... 2mo
Simona @8little_paws It‘s surprisingly quick read, when you catch the rhythm and absolutely worth the time. 2mo
64 likes4 comments
review
Simona
post image
Pickpick

Saul, young historian, was hit by a car while crossing the famous Abbey Road, and from there on the reader is thrown into his self-obsessed thoughts, his relations with family, love and the world. It‘s difficult to say anything else about the content, because the narration and the structure is set up in quite twisty way and could be easily spoiled. Enigmatic story about inner and outer walls, beautiful language with some very vivid and ... 👇

Simona and emotional scenes, despite very unlikable main character. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019 2mo
56 likes2 stack adds1 comment
review
Simona
Quichotte | Salman Rushdie
post image
Pickpick

I‘m not Rushdie fan (his writing style is usually too complicated for me), but I quite liked this story (in the story) about modern society, seduced by opioids and fake news ... story is set in the Age Of Anything Can Happen and in this circumstances - Rushdie‘s imagination becomes unstoppable. Complicated structure, complex characters, intriguing story about love, family ties, gender, race, religion/spiritualism ... and spiced up with 👇

Simona ... surrealism/magical realism. Heavy with references and author‘s explanations, but still - surprisingly enjoyable read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019 2mo
Cinfhen Great review but sounds like a lot of work to read through 🤪I‘m gonna pass 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen It isn‘t easy breezy book, but on some level it is very satisfying read. I wouldn‘t read it, if it wasn‘t on Booker longlist, so I completely understand you 😘 2mo
See All 8 Comments
Cinfhen When is the shortlist announced??? I‘m kind of rooting for 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen This Tuesday! My winner, without any doubt, is 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m totally terrified to tackle that one ☝️ 1000 + pages and no punctuation 😱 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen No punctuation is exaggeration ... The book have some proper, completed sentences, I think - eight 😘 2mo
Cinfhen Oh, well THAT changes EVERYTHING 😉#stacked 2mo
63 likes7 stack adds8 comments
blurb
Simona
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Current situation with my #Nonfiction2019 bingo ... just a few more and I‘m ✅

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looking good! 2mo
Bklover Wow! You‘re doing great! 2mo
Amiable Great job! 👍🏼 2mo
kspenmoll Wonderful!!‘ 2mo
55 likes4 comments
review
Simona
Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
post image
Mehso-so

Good, atmospheric, slow paced story about migrations and marriage falling apart. Usually stories like this, meditation on family relations, mixed with some broader topics works really well for me, but unfortunately, not in this case ... Good, but not for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPriza2019

Cathythoughts Interesting review 👍🏻... I must try & see what I think. Mixed reviews for this one 2mo
Kalalalatja I felt the same 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
arubabookwoman I just finished this, mostly skimming the last 100 or so pages. I couldn't stand the pretentious pseudo- intellectualism of "Ma." 2mo
68 likes3 comments
review
Simona
The Wall | John Lanchester
post image
Panpan

I still have to read three books from the Booker longlist, but I‘m 💯% sure that this is the weakest book on this year‘s list. In my opinion this is just an average dystopian YA story. Some interesting thoughts/ideas about near future, but poor execution. #BookerPrize2019

Redwritinghood Agree! 2mo
Redheadrambles Yep that seems fair. 2mo
52 likes2 comments
review
Simona
Night Boat to Tangier | Kevin Barry
post image
Pickpick

While waiting for the missing daughter at a Spanish port, two aging friends - drug dealers contemplating about fortune/misfortune in life, and through passages from the past, reveling their common history. This is a slow, atmospheric, ‘plotless‘ story, written in a captivating, strong prose, and I think that the prose is the strongest point in this quite cruel, but still very emotional novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019

Cathythoughts Great review! You are moving through the long list 👍🏻. This one sounds good. My son read it , I must ask him about it too. 2mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊. Since three books aren‘t published yet, I‘m done with the longlist till the end of August .... 2mo
BarbaraBB It‘s almost the end of August! And you‘re going real fast indeed! This will be my next one, great review! 2mo
See All 9 Comments
charl08 Oh, I liked this one more than 3 stars, but tha k you for the review: and that's such a powerful quote. 2mo
rmaclean4 What do you predict will make the short list?? 2mo
Crazeedi Very interesting review 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Thank you 😊 It depends on how you look at things, for me - we are in the middle of month😘😘😘 2mo
Simona @charl08 I‘m very stingy with the ⭐️ 😘 2mo
Simona @rmaclean4 Three books are still unpublished, so it‘s a little bit harder to predict, but my guess for now is: Ducks, Newburyport; Girl, Woman, Other; An Orchestra of Minorities; Night Boat to Tangier; Quichotte and The Testaments. 2mo
72 likes1 stack add9 comments
review
Simona
post image
Mehso-so

Everything was good, gripping starting point, interesting story about Leila, about dynamic in her (later estranged) family, about her new family - 5 outcast friends, about she-city Istanbul with some glimpses into Turkish history ... till the last part of the story. I was so disappointed with the turn from solid drama to the some kind action/comic scenes. In the name of five friends I was feeling offended by the end. 🤷‍♀️ #BookerPrize2019

Cathythoughts Another interesting review 👍🏻 Another one I‘m not drawn to ... 2mo
Simona #ayupaugust Narrator in this story is a dead woman by the name #Tequila Leila who remembers her life while she is ‘waiting‘ for her brains to stop functioning. @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain 2mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I was quite intrigued by the premise of this book, but I was also a little bit hesitant about it, because I tried two books by Shafak before and I absolutely didn‘t like the prose. For me, her language was too sentimental and melodramatic, but not in this book. (edited) 2mo
See All 6 Comments
squirrelbrain Good choice! I‘m also not sure about this one @Cathythoughts - I think I‘d try it if I could get it from the library, but probably not buy it... 2mo
Cinfhen Those #BookerBooks are so controversial 🙄I don‘t get how they make their determinations 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen It isn‘t a bad book, but also it isn‘t ‘fiction at its finest‘. Definitely in the category borrow not buy ... 2mo
63 likes6 comments
review
Simona
Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
post image
Mehso-so

I liked the general message of this book - the fear of changes and the questions/doubts about the future remains the same. 200 years ago or now, we still ask ourselves the same questions. I liked the part of the story about Mary Shelly, but I didn‘t liked the chapters from the present days. In these chapters are too many topics that remain just that - topics, there isn‘t any serious characterization, some parts are like reading ... 👇

Simona .... textbooks ... The story is fun, readable, but I think that doesn‘t represents Booker‘s motto “fiction at is finest”. #BookerPrize2019 2mo
Cathythoughts Interesting review! It‘s not one I‘m drawn too 2mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Not my cup of tea either, I read it just because it‘s on Booker longlist 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
batsy I love anything about Frankenstein and Mary Shelley, but after I read this one by Winterson and didn't like it, I'm wary of reading more 2mo
Simona @batsy I‘ll share with you some of my dirty secrets - Frankenstein is still in my TBR pile, and I‘m not interested in Winterson‘s work. Frankissstein was my first book by her ... 🤭🤫🤗 Your review of The Gap of Time is pretty hard and can also be transferred to the Frankissstein. 2mo
66 likes5 comments
review
Simona
Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
post image
Pickpick

The key topics, race and gender, are told through 12 strong, complex, more or less connected women of different age, classes, heritage, race ... in a very interesting prose and structured composition. Despite its difficult topics, this novel brings warmth, humanity and great perspective on marginal groups in our society. Strong story, spiced with humor. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019

BarbaraBB Your favorite so far? 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Nope, so far my favorite is Ducks, Newburyport. An exhausting narrative, but worth the time 😘 2mo
61 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Simona
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
post image
Mehso-so

From perspective of the writing technique this book is perfect. Interesting story, perfect blend of old/traditional beliefs with the modern world, dynamic structure, deep characterization, main themes runs smoothly through the narration ... but I didn‘t liked the narrator - chi, spiritual guide. His almost pleading undertones in his voice was too dramatic for me, although I think that the narrator, as a plot device, is a brilliant choice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

gradcat Nice review! 2mo
Simona @gradcat Thank you 😊 2mo
60 likes3 stack adds3 comments
review
Simona
post image
Mehso-so

This is my pick for #Nonfiction2019 #SomethingWithPolitics If you are interested in Russian royal dynasty and if you are looking for something light from history field, than I recommend this book. It‘s quick and well informative book about the world of unbelievable power, but some parts were just on the too trashy side ...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I can‘t imagine pushing all that history into 12 hours. That‘s an impressive audiobook! Good job! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I‘ve read some of his other books, so I might like this one too 😂! 3mo
Simona It‘s still enough informative if you aren‘t familiar with the Russian court, but it‘s lacking in some deeper analysis of the history... just okay/readable overview. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @ValerieAndBooks (edited) 2mo
54 likes2 stack adds3 comments
blurb
Simona
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Done ✅ No, I will not increase the number ... I‘m going to enjoy the excess 🤓

Heideschrampf Well done! 3mo
Lovesbooks87 Yay! Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
4thhouseontheleft Congrats!! 3mo
See All 16 Comments
TheDaysGoBy Congrats! 3mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 3mo
Daisey Congratulations! 🎉 3mo
batsy Fabulous 🙌🏽 3mo
DGRachel Congrats!! Great job! 3mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Reggie Wow!! Great job!!! 3mo
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊🎉📚 3mo
UwannaPublishme Way to go! 👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yay!! 🎉🎉📚📚♥️♥️👊🏻👊🏻 3mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Check you out! With months to spare and everything!! 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin Fantastic! Congratulations!🎉🎉🎉 2mo
Simona @PurpleyPumpkin Thank you, my reading year is completed 😘 2mo
65 likes16 comments
quote
Simona
An Orchestra of Minorities | Chigozie Obioma
post image

It‘s a strange name for a bag, so I googled it ... Some interesting history facts from my current read https://medium.com/the-original-impostor/where-does-ghana-must-go-come-from-a2df...

Cathythoughts I‘m reading it now too ... I‘m enjoying the book 👍🏻 3mo
Lindy I‘m about to start reading this too. Interesting that you mention Ghana Must Go bags. The first time I heard of them was in a novel of that name: 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts I‘m wondering about the role of the narrator - if he is only the narrator, or he will a more significant role later in the story 🤔 3mo
See All 6 Comments
Cathythoughts He is a wonderful narrator... it‘s an inspired idea ... interesting question you have 🤔 3mo
Simona @Lindy I‘ve never saw/heard this term before and I had to check the story behind that quite offensive term ... the book sounds very interesting, thank you for recommendation🙏 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts If his role is only as omniscient narrator I will be disappointed ... 3mo
40 likes6 comments
review
Simona
Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image
Pickpick

A very atmospheric novel that revolves around the murder and some deeper themes, like gender, class, mental health ... I liked how everything in this novel is up for interpretation, and how the author left the empty space between two different narrators (and dynamic structure) for the reader to decide/ponder for himself about guilt and innocence. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#AuthorAMonth

Alicepondpoe One of my favorite authors, have you read Oryx and Crake, the MaddAddam trilogy? 3mo
Simona @Alicepondpoe Just the Oryx and I didn‘t like it ... dystopia isn‘t my genre 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Alicepondpoe @Simona I understand that, dystopia is kind of an acquired taste I think, like pickles and ice cream lol. I like Margaret Atwood's poetry also. I really like that she is a chameleon and writes a little of everything. 3mo
See All 8 Comments
ShyBookOwl Gah! I loved this, especially on audio!!! 3mo
Simona @Alicepondpoe ... poetry also isn‘t for me 🤗 but she is definitely very productive chameleon ... 3mo
Simona @ShyBookOwl I‘m sure that such an atmospheric book must be good audiobook. 3mo
Tanisha_A I haven't read the book. Love the Netflix mini-series. 3mo
Tanisha_A *Loved 3mo
72 likes8 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

Mission completed, I‘m done with the #Booked2019 See you next year😘😂

My pick for Graphic Novel was in Slovenian translation, so if you are interested - in the tag is in English. My favorite from this quarter is Old Drift by Namwali Serpell - rich family/history story, set in Zambia and seasoned with the pinch of magical realism.

4thhouseontheleft Way to go!! 🎉🎉 3mo
Megabooks Awesome!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Cinfhen And she‘s done it again 😘😘😘can‘t wait to see you back on Jan 1, 2020 😜 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fantastic job @Simona — another great year of prompts is in the boooooks! 🎉🎉👊🏻♥️📚 3mo
Simona Thank you 😊 @4thhouseontheleft @Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m patiently waiting for new prompts @Cinfhen 😘 3mo
53 likes5 comments
review
Simona
Lanny: A Novel | Max Porter
post image
Mehso-so

I decided for the audiobook, because I don‘t like typographical elements as a narration style, and I believe that because of this my reading experience wasn‘t as rich, comprehensive as it could have been. The strongest point in the story was for me characterization of the boy - we get to know Lanny through the eyes of mother, father, artist Pete and Dead Papa Toothwort, and each of them sees Lanny from another perspective. I liked the story ... 👇

Simona ... enough that I listened with the interest, but for me was just so-so. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BookerPrize2019 3mo
Cathythoughts I really loved this one 3mo
Redwritinghood I wasn‘t enamored of this one either. 3mo
See All 6 Comments
Simona @Cathythoughts I know, I saw your review ... but we are on the same page with crime novels😘 3mo
Simona @Redwritinghood If the book wasn‘t on the longlist, I wouldn‘t read it ... I wasn‘t even interested in the previous one ... 3mo
Cathythoughts @👍🏻😘 3mo
60 likes1 stack add6 comments
review
Simona
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
post image
Pickpick

Main character is a stay at home mom with four kids, and we are thrown into her spinning, restless mind for 1000+ pages. Her stream of consciousness (occasionally interrupted with the story about lioness) is dense flow of the thoughts about EVERYTHING that is wrong in today‘s world/society, particular in America. Main character also likes to do online jigsaw puzzles ... and reading this book is almost the same experience - her thoughts are ... 👇

Simona ... cluttered, scattered and reader have to place all the parts together alone. Although, I think that the book could be shorter for a few 100 pages, the reading experience is very satisfying. In appendix is quote from Edith Wharton - “I had no one but myself to talk to, and is absurd to write down what one says to oneself.” This book is exactly that - conglomerate of the absurd thoughts ... #BookerPrize2019 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (edited) 3mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 but I don‘t think it‘s for me! 3mo
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this helpful review! I don‘t think I‘d like it but I‘m glad to know more about it. 3mo
See All 14 Comments
Simona @TrishB @LiteraryinLititz I‘m really sad, because I know that this book will get a lot of negative reviews. It is tiresome read, and the style of the narration is annoying, but all of this is with the reason and you have to stick with it till the very end to understand why ... I‘m also very sad that I can‘t tell you anything more about content, because of the spoilers, but this story is perfect mirror to the today‘s world. 3mo
TrishB I know I can‘t read 900 pages of a stream of consciousness. It just puts me in a negative place to start and then I probably wouldn‘t finish. 3mo
Simona @TrishB I understand that. This book is definitely too long and that‘s my only complain ... 3mo
TrishB I screenshot the page you posted and that was hard! I commend you for finishing, and we all get different things from books 😁 3mo
Simona @TrishB Absolutely! To advocate this book is a difficult job😅😘 3mo
batsy Fantastic review, Simona. I'm keen to read this but I gasped when I saw the price for the current UK edition! 🤑 I pre-ordered the US edition and look forward to it... I do hope I read it this year 🙈 3mo
Tanisha_A Brilliant review! I look forward to reading it. 3mo
Simona @batsy Thank you 😊 I have ebook from iBook and the price was good - 8 euros. It‘s crucial to read it before spoilers start to emerge‼️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I‘m going to give it a try but I‘m a little afraid of it 3mo
Simona Thank you @Tanisha_A ☺️ The narrative style is demanding, and the author definitely doesn‘t eased the reading for the reader. I hope you will enjoy it😘 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 🙏Don‘t be❣️ It‘s only a book which demands attention and patience 😘 3mo
54 likes5 stack adds14 comments
blurb
Simona
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
post image

I don‘t have any plans for this weekend, so I‘ll be readathoning 🤓

#24b4Monday

jb72 So glad you could join us! Cute puppy! 3mo
Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 3mo
batsy Doggo 😍 3mo
See All 10 Comments
mklong I'll be doing the same, with the same book and also with an adorable dog. Enjoy! 3mo
Simona @jb72 @Andrew65 Thank you 😁 3mo
Simona @mklong The style of narration is so exhausting that I have to take a break every 50 pages, but otherwise - quite enjoyable read. You too, enjoy 😘 3mo
TheReadingMermaid "readathoning" haha love it! ??❤️ 3mo
Moray_Reads I'll be interested in your views of this one. I usually love an unconventional writing style but 1000 pages is so long... 3mo
Simona @Moray_Reads Unconventional writing style isn‘t my cup of tea, but I like well done stream of consciousness, and this book, in that sense is perfect. Currently I‘m on over the half of it, and I have the feeling that this book is at least 500 pages too long ...🤯 3mo
Moray_Reads @Simona I generally need a very good reason for books to be more than 350 pages 3mo
62 likes10 comments
review
Simona
Dope | Sara Gran
post image
Pickpick

Dark, ugly and tense - noir thriller about former addict and missing girl in the 50s New York. Perfect one sitting read, written in a very clear and crisp language, strong female character and with interesting twisty story.

Thank you @Cinfhen for this page-turner 😘

#Booked2019 #BookGiftedToYo

TrishB I love your mug ❤️ 3mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a stack 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen Love the photo and review!! And that mug is ❤️🙌🏻 3mo
See All 12 Comments
Simona @TrishB It‘s a mug from Slovenian artist https://polonapolona.com/ 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Perfect chilly read for hot summer days 😘 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you ☺️ 3mo
TrishB That‘s a great site 👍🏻 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds really good! 👊🏻♥️📚 3mo
Margot0817 Dark and tense as in scary or more of suspense? 3mo
Simona @Margot0817 Sorry for my late response 🤗 Dark and nasty as suspense, not scary .... 3mo
Margot0817 @Simona Thank you! 3mo
Simona @Margot0817 You‘re welcome 😉 3mo
67 likes6 stack adds12 comments
blurb
Simona
Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
post image

Perfect morning - contemplating about my reading plans for #BookerPrize2019 and sipping coffee from my new Litsy mug. Thank you @Litsy 🙏♥️😍

Megabooks 👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
UwannaPublishme Love that mug! 😍 3mo
Ms_T Oh, that mug! 3mo
See All 12 Comments
julesG 😍😍😍 The mug is perfect. 3mo
ephemeralwaltz Awesome morning! 3mo
Simona @UwannaPublishme @Ms_T @julesG Currently - my favorite mug 😘 3mo
Simona @ephemeralwaltz Indeed! My last few days dedicated only to reading, before Monday working madness strikes again ☹️ 3mo
julesG Mine, too. 3mo
Emilymdxn I‘m really excited by the list! Hope I manage to get through all of them this time 3mo
Simona @Emilymdxn It is a big pile! My favorite thing to do is to put together short list before the official one is announced, but this year this is almost impossible, because Atwood‘s book will be published on September 10th ... ☹️ 3mo
kspenmoll Love that mug! (edited) 3mo
BooknerdsLife Love your mug! 😍 3mo
90 likes12 comments
blurb
Simona
post image

I‘m done with the Fall part of the #Booked19 reading challenge and my favorite is the book in the tag. Plotless and slow story about growing, but rich in setting and prose.

Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻. I‘ve still 2 books to read for summer ... better hurry up 😉 3mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊well done ♥️ 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! ♥️📚👊🏻 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊I have to read for the summer only one book and then my Booked 2019 challenge will be completed🤓 3mo
49 likes5 comments
review
Simona
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
post image
Mehso-so

My main problem with this book was constant comparison with the Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Same starting point - missing girl(s) in the village, same construction - chapters are narrated by different, more or less connected characters through the months, in the Reservoir - through the years. Disappearing Earth is a very readable, slow story with slightly touch of a few hot topics, but I liked McGregor‘s version more ... although 👇

Simona .... Julia Phillips‘ detailed, observing prose in some parts, especially in characterization, is very strong and beautiful.
3mo
Simona @Bookwormjillk My answer 😘 3mo
See All 6 Comments
SamAnne I loved the book. But have not read Reservoir 13. 2mo
Simona @SamAnne I liked some parts very much, but I couldn‘t deal with the quite movie-happy-ending. 2mo
SamAnne @Simona yeah can agree on that point. 2mo
73 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
Simona
Alice in Wonderland | Lewis Carroll
post image

Hour 36, #LiteraryLootChallenge
I don‘t have a lot of bookish goodies, but here are my favorite and most used: T-shirt, mug and candle.

#24in48 readathon

UwannaPublishme Love your t-shirt! 😍 3mo
Simona @UwannaPublishme Me too 😘😘😘 3mo
77 likes2 comments
blurb
Simona
Untitled | Unknown
post image

#BookFitnessChallenge #BFCr2 #BFC

Bookish goals: Planned books 2 ➡️ 4
Fitness goals: 2 hours of yoga ✅, walking: 25 km ➡️ 27,2 km, workout at home: 4 hours ➡️ 2 hours and 55 minutes, and I tried guided meditation, but I‘m not sure about this ...

julesG 👏👏👏 3mo
Bookwormjillk How did you like 3mo
Bookwormjillk PS great job this week! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A great week! 🎉 Guided meditation does take some time to adapt to. And like yoga or other instructor-led activities, sometimes the right “guide“ makes a difference. 3mo
65 likes4 comments
blurb
Simona
Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
post image

Hour 12, #Audiobook Challenge: I‘m Scribd user and I‘m quite new in the world of audiobooks. At the beginning I was listening only nonfiction books, because I couldn‘t concentrate on fictionalized stories, but now, after some practice, they are important part of my reading life.

#24in48 readathon

Cathythoughts Go on #readathon peeps 👍🏻🎉🎉🎉📚📚 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thanks 🙏 3mo
UwannaPublishme Cool! I‘ve listened to mostly nonfiction and recently branched out into live plays. There are some really good ones out there. Happy Readathoning! 3mo
47 likes3 comments
review
Simona
post image
Pickpick

It‘s very absurd and dark story about young woman trying to understand her life, on the surface still humorous, but narration quickly becomes a story about grief, depression and restlessness. To like the book,I don‘t need likable characters. It‘s authors job to persuade me to understand unlikable, unusual characters and their deeds, and Moshfegh certainly is capable of doing that. If you think that hibernation is boring-you should read this book.

batsy Yes! Great review 👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
Megabooks Great review! I love this book! 3mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
See All 10 Comments
LauraBeth Great review - just finished this and really liked it! 3mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Your kind of book I think. I liked it a lot too 💜 3mo
Simona @batsy @Megabooks @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊 (edited) 3mo
Simona @LauraBeth I saw your review and I completely agree ... and I kept thinking about connection between modern art - performance/installations, with the life of the character in this book. It seems to me that this story can be read as performance ... 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I just like unlikable characters 😘 3mo
Tanisha_A I loved this. Great review! 👏 And I am the same about what you said on unlikeable characters. 3mo
Simona @Tanisha_A Thank you ☺️ 3mo
61 likes2 stack adds10 comments
blurb
Simona
Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
post image

My current read is Alias Grace and I want to finish it first, but here it is, my pile of possibilities for #24in48Readathon

julesG Thanks for reminding me of the readathon and putting together a stack of books. 😘 3mo
rmaclean4 So ready for a weekend of reading!! 3mo
writerlibrarian I have Dai Siije's book in my to read French books pile. Hoping to get to it after the Ferrante 3mo
See All 6 Comments
Simona @julesG You‘re welcome😘 3mo
Simona @rmaclean4 Me too! 3mo
Simona @writerlibrarian This is my plan too, but after Atwood. 3mo
77 likes6 comments
review
Simona
My Life as a Rat: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
post image
Pickpick

12 yo Violet Rue is girl from large family where loyalty is everything, she breaks that rule becoming a rat. Excluded from the family, living with the aunt, her life becomes a nightmare and a vicious cycle of a guilt. It‘s a extremely dark, melancholic story exploring race, gander, class, forgiveness and inner struggles of a abused child. Between 3 and 4 ⭐️.

54 likes3 stack adds
review
Simona
post image
Pickpick

Book is the mixture of literary criticism, biography, memoir, travelogue, and this dynamic structure is quite impressive pulled together in coherent story about inner demons and struggles of six, more or less connected and successful writers. Heavy and complex topic treated with respect, well researched, written in readable, almost chatty, prose and with very personal touch. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen This sounds really good‼️‼️would also work for #genrebusting 3mo
See All 11 Comments
ephemeralwaltz Stacked! And this is a really beautiful cover. 3mo
Leftcoastzen I really loved it. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I might have to stack this one. 3mo
Simona @Cinfhen It is a good for#genrebusting but only for #nonfiction lovers. 3mo
Simona @ephemeralwaltz I like retro vibes on this cover too❣️ 3mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I can‘t say that I loved it, but I liked it enough that I can recommend it. 3mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Not the perfect book, but very interesting approach to the subject. 3mo
Crazeedi Great photo, sound interesting! 3mo
76 likes6 stack adds11 comments
blurb
Simona
At the Wolf's Table: A Novel | Rosella Postorino
post image

New week, new audiobook (novel about Hitler‘s food tasters), and profiterole cake. Perfect❣️

Kalalalatja IS PROFITEROLE CAKE SERIOUSLY A THING????? What have I been doing with my life until now 🤤🤤🤤🤤 3mo
BookwormM Cake looks amazing 3mo
Simona @Kalalalatja @BookwormM It‘s a perfect combination of sweetness of the cream, bitterness of the dark chocolate and with a little bit of sourness of the raspberries. Delicious cake from McCafe 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Crazeedi Yum! Intriguing book 3mo
48 likes2 stack adds4 comments
review
Simona
Census | Panos Ioannides
post image
Mehso-so

This book is about contemporary Nativity - birth of the healing energy, and the story/allegory is dense packed with symbolism, magical realism, philosophy, metaphysical questions ... I liked the first part of the story where Maria and Joseph arrived in the village, but I was lost in the second part when strange things started ... too heavy in symbolism, and the writing in the second part is too experimental for my taste.

Simona Reading ahead for #ReadAroundTheWorld #Cyprus 🇨🇾 3mo
Emilymdxn Sounds interesting! I often like experimental prose so might give it a go. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read anything from Cyprus at all 3mo
Simona @Emilymdxn It was my first book from Cyprus author too, interesting, thoughtful premise, but too heavy execution for me ... I‘m almost sure that you will like it 😘 3mo
See All 6 Comments
BookwormM I still need to get to Lebanon I have 2 books waiting to be read 3mo
Simona @BookwormM I read ahead just because of Booker Prize longlist 😘 3mo
BookwormM Arrr don‘t even mention that 🤣🤣 3mo
44 likes1 stack add6 comments
blurb
Simona
Untitled | Unknown
post image

Books goal was 2 books ➡️ I finished 4.
Fitness goals: Walking: 25 km ➡️ 25,2 km, Workout at home: 4 hours ➡️ 4 hours and 10 minutes and I attended 2 hours long yoga class as I planned.
It was good #BFCr2 week.

#BookFitnessChallenge

DivineDiana 👏🏻👍🏻💪🏻 3mo
Cheshirecat913 It was a great week indeed, awesome job 3mo
wanderinglynn w00t! Fantastic week! 🙌🏻 Way to go! 🎉 3mo
59 likes4 comments
review
Simona
post image
Pickpick

This is the first book in the Inspector Lynley mysteries, and also first book for me by this author. Very readable crime novel, interesting characters, set in remote English village, compelling twists and turns, and with very horrifying end.

TrishB Have these ready to read 👍🏻 (edited) 3mo
Simona @TrishB Enjoy, I certainly did❣️ 3mo
Crazeedi This is a series I need to read ! Heard good things about! 3mo
See All 19 Comments
Cathythoughts Oh I think I‘d like to try one - this one is first 👍🏻🏃🏻‍♀️off to get my kindle 🏃🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Cathythoughts And it‘s 1.78 on kindle..... 👍🏻 3mo
CarolynM I read the first few years ago, I'll be interested in how all of you feel about them now @TrishB @Crazeedi @Cathythoughts 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I liked the style of writing, it feels very ‘British‘, from an American writer. I liked this one, agree it‘s horrifying. 3mo
TrishB @CarolynM I‘m trying to catch up on some other series before starting another new one! 3mo
CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm some of the aristocratic stuff was a bit off, though, didn't you think? Some of it made me laugh. 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM I don‘t remember any of that..but then I‘ve only read the first two in the series (lots of books in the series!) and got sidetracked. 😁 3mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm horrifying you say .... I‘m really interested now ( 😬 strange but true ... 3mo
Simona @Crazeedi I liked the first book, so I hope that the rest of the series are good too. 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Ooo, I have to check if the rest of the books are available for a good price! 3mo
Simona @CarolynM You have in mind eccentric lady with the mansion? I wasn‘t distracted by the descriptions of the aristocracy, but sometimes theirs behavior is amusing 😘 3mo
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm I was very surprised by this, and even more curious about the rest of the series. 3mo
Crazeedi @Simona 👍❤ 3mo
CarolynM Over the first 6 or 7 books you find out more about Lynley and his family and friends and some of that is a little...odd, shall we say? 3mo
Simona @CarolynM Now I‘m very tempted to skip the rest 😁 3mo
CarolynM No, don't skip them, the mysteries are really good, and I really liked the way she wrote the characters who are just there for the one book. I was mostly amused by the goings on of the toffs. Also, I was in love with Barbara Havers in those first few books. (edited) 3mo
54 likes2 stack adds19 comments
review
Simona
post image
Mehso-so

This is nonfiction book (but with very strong fiction vibes), biography of author‘s mother, which was married at 14 against her will with her brother-in-law. The story is of course sad and heartbreaking, but unfortunately I can‘t say that I like it. I was missing something ...

#ReadAroundTheWorld #Lebanon

RachelO 🙁 3mo
Simona @RachelO Exactly how I felt 😕🙁☹️ 3mo
41 likes2 comments