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Simona

Joined March 2016

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My current reads are ebook Death Comes for the Archbishop (will finish it today) and audiobook Insomnia. Everything else is pile of possibilities for next week. #weeklyforecast

Graywacke Hoping you enjoy the Cather. I think that one is my favorite by her. 4w
BarbaraBB We missed you at the Seven Days in June discussion! Hope all is well 🤍 1w
rockpools Hey Simona, hope you‘re doing well. Reserving your energy for Booker madness? x 1w
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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It's hard not to compare YM with SB because the basic story is the same - a dysfunctional family, a complicated relationship between an alcoholic mother and children, in this book - Mung's older brother, who is brutally violent, a sister who sees a way out to the better life - but this means giving up Mungo in a way, and ultimately Mungo himself - with his sexual identity and all the problems posed by homosexuality, queernes in a very toxic … 👇

Simona … and masculine environment.
The structure of the story is divided into two timelines - the past, where we learn about the relationships and dynamics of the family, then more broadly - social problems, the male-female relationship, and of course the relationship to homosexuality. 👇
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Simona The timeline that takes place in the present - is terrifying, shocking and brutally raw, but author succeeds in avoiding too melodramatic touches in the prose/scenes, and this is the component of his writing that makes his stories even more powerful. 4w
squirrelbrain Great review! I bought this the day it came out but still haven‘t got round to reading it; need to get to it soon. 4w
Simona Thank you @squirrelbrain If you liked Shuggie Bain, I am sure that you will like Young Mungo too … 4w
Megabooks Excellent review! I‘m trying to read lighter books this summer but am looking forward to this in the fall. 4w
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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Double review: One book by #Czech writer - set in France, and one by American author - set in Prague.
I‘m not Milan Kundera fan, although I find his books good, especially on the level of the individual sentences, but his overall writing style is too philosophical for me … and this book isn‘t exception. In this story he is playing with the idea of personal/intimate identity, the identity of partner/husband, how perception can reverse with the … 👇

Simona … doubts, and how the brain can creates its own reality. So-so for me 🤷🏻‍♀️
In Defenestrate we fallow twins (brother in sister) and their search for identity heavily burdened by a religious mother and by family legend(s) about the different ways of falling … the story slowly unravels through vignettes when at the end realisation hits hard. It was pick for me.
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Librarybelle Awesome! I have to start researching my reads for the 1980s…I don‘t have too many on my shelves from that decade 1mo
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I can‘t … 15 hours was enough 😔
#AuthorAMonth

vivastory I love Highsmith's fiction, but I have heard that she herself was an unpleasant person 1mo
EvieBee She‘s…A LOT! 1mo
Soubhiville 15 hours is plenty! Good job getting through that much. Did you learn anything that made those hours worthwhile? 1mo
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Simona @vivastory I don‘t know where I have read, that she was hard-core introvert and maybe because of that, she gave that impression. I reached the point where she was around her twenties, deciding what to do with the life and she was starting to explore her writing voice … and she was definitely a lot. @EvieBee Very free spirited, opinionated, but she was also very sharp observer and thinker. @Soubhiville I‘ve never read any of her books, but …👇 1mo
Simona … I‘m hoping to change that soon. 1mo
vivastory I think you would like Edith's Diary (a novel). I read it last year & I thought about it for months. I don't know if you listen to Backlisted Podcast, but they did an episode about it:
https://www.backlisted.fm/episodes/106-patricia-highsmith-ediths-diary
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Simona Thank you @vivastory for recommendation! I listen Backlisted, but I don‘t remember that episode, for sure that will be my bad story tonight. 1mo
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I‘m playing for #BookSpinBingo #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin and I‘m quite pleased with my June selection.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
EvieBee Your handwriting is beautiful! 1mo
Simona Thank you very much @EvieBee You're literally the first person who told me that. Everyone complains that my handwriting is difficult to read because the letters m,n,u are written the same. 1mo
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May was good reading month for me, although no #BookSpinBingo but I did manage to finished #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin book. I DNF one book (P. Highsmith: Her Dairies and Notes), and my favourite was Maršalinja by Zora del Buono.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 1mo
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I never thought that I will like book about fish … but I did. Till 1938 scientists were convinced that Coelacanths were extinct. Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer was curator in the small museum, always in the hunt for unusual species, and as soon as she saw to her unknown fish, she contacted the ichthyologist JLB Smith… and the treasure hunt has begun. Surprisingly readable, even a tense story about the fish that is supposed to be a missed link 👇

Simona … between fish and humans, a fish that has possessed quite a few people and caused some international conflicts. 1mo
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Librarybelle Your review really makes me want to read this! 1mo
Simona @Librarybelle It was the only book that I could find for Comoros and I wasn‘t interested in it at all, but what a surprise. Well research, well written and not at all boring. 1mo
rockpools *in very small letters* I think I read about 3 pages of my Comoros Book. I‘m doing REALLY badly at this! Glad you enjoyed this one though - always nice to get a good surprise! 1mo
BarbaraBB I remember @Hooked_on_books enjoying this book too. I am definitely reading it for Comoros as well! 1mo
Simona @rockpools I feel you … although, I already finished book for Czech Republic, and now I only have to read for Solomon Islands and I‘m back on track 😁 Are you saving your power for Booker Prize marathon? 😘 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB If you need it, I can send you the book. It is used book with yellow edges, but still in ok condition. 1mo
Hooked_on_books Yes, this one took me by surprise, too! What a great story! 1mo
rockpools @Simona Definitely not! The reason I get through the IBP is because translated books are so nice and short…. 🤔… Oh, wait…! No, seriously, one prize list a year is enough. I‘m going to do #campLitsy though. And true to form, haven‘t even started Saturday‘s reading yet! 1mo
BarbaraBB That is such a kind offer but I ordered a secondhand copy already. Thank you so much 🤍 1mo
Kitta Ooh I love fish and fish science, this seems right up my alley. 🐟 1mo
Simona @rockpools You still have enough time 😘 1mo
Simona @Kitta Oh, than you definitely need to read it. 1mo
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Catherine of Siena | Sigrid Undset
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P. Highsmith, Her Diaries and Notebooks is audiobook for #AuthorAMonth , Death Comes For the Archbishop by W. Cather is from Jenny‘s GR to-review shelf #rememberingJenny , How High We Go in the Dark is my current read (and I love it) #campLitsy , and Katarina Sienska isn‘t for any challenges, but just because …. #weeklyforecast

squirrelbrain Glad you‘re loving How High! I also really liked the Cather. 1mo
Cinfhen Some lovely reads 🧡 1mo
BarbaraBB I wanted to type the exact same message @squirrelbrain did! 1mo
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Simona @Cinfhen I'm not even halfway through Highsmith's book and I'm tired already … and I don't know if I've already mentioned that I'm listening to audiobooks at normal speed 🙄 1mo
Simona @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I didn‘t know anything about the How High We Go in the Dark, so the main theme is really surprise for me, a little bit uncomfortable to read, but I think that is also a little bit prophetic …. 1mo
Cinfhen I bailed on my Highsmith and I‘m also listening to audios at a lower speed late,y!! I‘m not sure why 🤷🏼‍♀️I hope this week‘s books surprise you in a good way xx 1mo
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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My Saturday afternoon - ebook and cherry pie with vanilla sauce. The main theme in my current read is family legacy through stories and its effects … sad story, but perfect for rainy day. #weekendReading

Andrew65 A perfect way to spend an afternoon. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Yum! Love cherry pie! 1mo
batsy That pie looks delicious! 1mo
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CaramelLunacy Pie looks so nice! 1mo
youneverarrived The pie looks so good! 1mo
Tamra So summery! 😋 1mo
Simona @UwannaPublishme @batsy @CaramelLunacy @youneverarrived Cherry pitting is time consuming, but worthy for delicious homemade pie. 1mo
Simona @Tamra Very summery pie, but unfortunately we have rained weekend … 1mo
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I Am a Girl from Africa | Elizabeth Nyamayaro
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The author describes in these memories, both her growing up in Zimbabwe, as well as traditions, believes and the problems/obstacles that she had to overcome to achieve her goal - work for the UN and to create changes in society/world. This book is a perfect example of strong will, determination and what it means to live with purpose. #ReadingAfrica2022 #Zimbabwe
#NonFiction2022 #Survivor

Leftcoastzen 🐶 1mo
LeahBergen The daisy! 🌸 1mo
Librarybelle I have this stacked from @Texreader ‘s review…it sounds really good! 1mo
Texreader It‘s such a good book and inspiring too! 1mo
Simona @Librarybelle @Texreader It‘s a sad story, but very uplifting. 1mo
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Justin Alexander Shetler was restless soul, determinant to find deeper meaning of existence through nature and eastern philosophy. He went to India, Parvati Valley, where numerous adventures went missing … and that's what happened to Jastin too. Very detailed, well written, compelling story about young man on the way to live differently.
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Simona … My only complaint is - nonlinear timeline … for sure - that makes the book more tense/interesting, but in this case, that is also a very manipulative element which gives the story a whole different subtones. 1mo
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Cinfhen I love an exploration/ adventure story but it‘s hard when the author jumps around. Still, Sounds good! 1mo
LeahBergen I love your photo. 🐕 1mo
Simona Thank you @LeahBergen My wild beast in wilderness. That is my favourite part of the hiking trail where I go almost every weekend. 1mo
Simona @Cinfhen I usually like that, but I think that in this case chronological timeline would be better and the end result would be more profound. But that is just me being meticulous. It is good story. 1mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶awwwww! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great photo! 🐶❤️ 1mo
Simona @UwannaPublishme Thank you 😊 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Gorgeous pictures you‘re posting lately, are the all near where you live? And if so where is that, I need to visit there someday 😉 1mo
Simona @Riveted_Reader_Melissa My home is 5 minutes away from the hiking trail. I live in the suburbs of Maribor, the name of the place where I live is Limbuš, and state is Slovenija. You are very welcome 😘 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Simona well it is gorgeous, just beautiful. 4w
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From today perspective - that was really interesting look at homicide ‘traditions‘ in Ancient Rome, very interesting look at what they treated as plain murder, and what was justified violent death. Serious topic, but author managed to lighten things up with some humorous comments. #NonFiction2022 #RuleBreaker

Dragon Love those golden chain flowers ( laburnum) 💛🐉 1mo
Simona @Dragon Me too, it‘s very beautiful tree with those vibrant yellow flowers. 1mo
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Defenestrate | Renee Branum
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My current read while I‘m waiting for my dog (she is in dog grooming salon). I was intrigued by the title, and now when I‘m few pages in - the content and the writing style are promising. Defenestration is a new word for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestration

Tamra Wow, me too. Who knew there was a word for that act!?! 1mo
ravenlee @Simona @Tamra it‘s not just an interesting word, it‘s got historic significance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defenestrations_of_Prague Apparently they decided to make something of a tradition out of it! (edited) 1mo
BookwormM It is one if my favourite words along with borborygmus 1mo
Simona @BookwormM Ooo … another new to me word! 1mo
Simona @tamra @ravenlee What was also interesting to me is - that I was in Prague for three times (two times on guided tours), but I have never heard for defenestration before … 1mo
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Oblivion | Sergei Lebedev
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My #weeklyforecast S.Lebedev - Oblivion, D.Pešut - Father‘s Boy, S.Undset - Catherine of Siena, and for the rest of the month, 42 hours long audiobook by P. Highsmit - Dairies and Notebooks.

Cinfhen 42 hours!!!! OMG 😱 I could never commit to that - I‘m awed 1mo
Smrloomis I‘m with @Cinfhen. I just finished 16 hours and felt it was too long… granted it wasn‘t my favorite book so maybe it just depends? 1mo
BarbaraBB They all sound pretty heavy! Buy you are reading along with fluffy Seven Days in June right?! 1mo
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Simona @Cinfhen @Smrloomis I‘m also sceptical about length, but after 6 hours I can say that diary entries are still interesting. She was really the person with very rich inner life … but we will see after 20 hours, if I‘m going to be still intrigued by her life 😅 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, and actually, I‘m looking forward to read it! 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Good to know book is holding your interest and super excited you‘re joking us for #SummerHeat 😁 1mo
Smrloomis @Simona 😂 Yes I will be interested to hear your final verdict after you get 20+ hours into it! 1mo
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My May bingo card is composed with books for different challenges (I‘m playing catch-up for few April‘s challenges), and books that I find interesting at the moment. #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

SRWCF Cool picture! 2mo
BarbaraBB Which Kundera and Adichie are you planning to read? 2mo
Simona Thanks @SRWCF 🙏 2mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB Kundera isn‘t “my” author, but synopsis of this book sounds interesting, so I thought that I could try this one and maybe even like it 🤞 and I picked Adichie because her book was published recently in Slovenian translation as the part of Fabula festival - book festival here in Slovenija https://festival-fabula.org/2022/en/ 2mo
BarbaraBB What an interesting festival! Rijneveld is an extremely nice person, will he be there? And Kawakami and Adichie, wow. That book sounds hard but no doubt she can write about grief like no other. 2mo
BarbaraBB I used to love Kundera, but that was in the 90s. I did read Identity much later but don‘t remember much 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Majority of the events was just virtual, because in the time of events in April, we were still under strict rules due to the covid. 2mo
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I finished 13 books in April, #bookspin and #doublespin but I didn‘t get #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Great month!!! 2mo
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I have only two short books and two audiobooks in this #weeklyforecast because my week is going to be, mostly, filled with long-working-hours …
Happy reading week♥️

Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 2mo
BarbaraBB I have planned to read the tagged book soon too! 2mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Thank you 😊 2mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB Surprisingly, but it is interesting! 2mo
BarbaraBB That‘s encouraging. I bought it based on @Hooked_on_books review for #readingafrica2022. 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Simona @BarbaraBB I was impressed at how engaging this one was. I hope you both enjoy it! 2mo
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A Fish Caught in Time: The Search for the Coelacanth | Samantha Weinberg, Fourth Estate
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I‘m playing catch-up with reading challenges … so, here is my March book for #ReadAroundTheWorld and #ReadingAfrica
#weekendreading

Andrew65 Looks a great read. 2mo
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The Books of Jacob | Olga Tokarczuk
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I finished #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist and here is my shortlist selection/prediction. It is interesting, thematically diverse longlist, with surprisingly number of short stories collections. Reading longlist was exhausting, but at the same time - it is rewarding experience.

LeahBergen Wow! Nicely done. 👏👏 3mo
rockpools Oh, interesting! I swapped out Paradais for Tomb of Sand, and Book of Mother for Phenotypes. I haven‘t read BoM, Phenotypes or More than I Love My Life yet - one of them is bound to be on the list! 3mo
Simona @rockpools This is my selection based only on the books that I really liked, without any combinations/calculations around political correctness, diversity … I highly doubt that the jury will pick three books from Fitzcarraldo Editions … and I agree with you - I also expect to see on official shortlist Tomb of Sand and Phenotypes. Can you imagine shortlist without Books of Jacob? Shocking thoughts 😱😘 3mo
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Simona @LeahBergen Thank you 😊 It was fun race against time ⏱⏰🕰⏳⌛️ 3mo
BarbaraBB So impressive that you managed to read them all again. Looking forward to the shortlist. I have bought a few books that I haven‘t read yet so I hope they‘ll make the shortlist (Paradais and Mother) 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Both of them are good, so even if they aren‘t on the shortlist, they are worth to reading. My only “regret” is, that I didn‘t have enough time to read first and second Septology book … 3mo
batsy Well done, you! 🙌🏽 Also, intriguing shortlist. I would love to see Elena and Bunny on the actual list but I feel like I'm hoping for too much! 3mo
Simona @batsy Your hopes have been heard😘 3mo
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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A story where the narrative style is almost fairytale-like and playful, takes place in India. We follow an 80-year-old grandmother who falls into depression after her husband's death, and while taking care of her, we meet her family ... their daily chores, life, relationships, thoughts. Throughout the story, I had a feeling that the author wanted to say something, make a statement, and we only get to the point in the last part (the book is … 👇

Simona … divided into three parts), and the whole time I was wondering about what I'm reading, what is the point. In general, the main theme is the border - between people, between countries, in relationships, gender ... Very readable, with gut-wrenching last few chapters, but at least 200 pages too long. 3mo
Simona The main point of the story has a strong (sensitive) historic background, and since I think that the details around this are a big spoiler, I advise caution in reading the reviews. 🧐 #internationalbookerprize2022 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for this review. Maybe one day, after finishing 3mo
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Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB how‘s that going ? I‘m interested but not sure I‘m up to a chunkster since I can‘t seem to finish the skinny ones. 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen It‘s surprisingly quick read. The paper is thick, some chapters are only a half page long, the new chapters always begins in right side of the book, so there is a lot empty pages … and writing style, prose is really easy to read. So don‘t be afraid, it isn‘t such a chunkster as it looks. 3mo
BarbaraBB That‘s reassuring 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen It is difficult. I am about 200 pages in. Lots of names and jumping in style and time. I should give it my utmost concentration but I can‘t just read only this book, so I keep reading others in between - which doesn‘t help. Not giving up though! 3mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 3mo
Simona Thanks @Cathythoughts Its very lovely cover. 3mo
batsy I'm looking forward to reading this! I read an interview with the author where she said when you write a book you just have to follow where it goes and sounds like she did 🙂 3mo
Simona @batsy That is exact description of the narrative arc in this book! 3mo
shawnmooney This one sounds so amazing! I have no idea when I will be able to get to it but I am so looking forward! 2mo
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Happy Stories, Mostly | Norman Erikson Pasaribu
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Another short stories collection in this year #InternationalBookerPrize2022 and this one was mixed bag for me. While I didn‘t like short short stories, the longer are pure enjoyment to read. Stories are smart, some are sad, some are ironic, but all have common thread in yearning for acceptance. I have the strong feeling that Pasaribu form to write/express in fullness is longer format than short stories.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍 3mo
Simona @Cathythoughts Stories in the longer form are really good and thoughtful, and I absolutely see myself reading them again and again … just for pure fun and pleasure. 3mo
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The main character is older, successful painter Asle and we follow his thoughts about his younger years, while in the present, he ponders about his doppelgänger Asle (yes, the same name, and to make things even more confusing - he is also painter). Although this is the third book in the series, and because I didn‘t read the previous two, a lot of this story didn‘t have sense for me … but I love Fosse‘s execution of the stream of … ?

Simona … consciousness, slow prose, connections between art and religion, contemplations about small decisions … I loved it, and in the near future I‘m definitely going to read the two previous books. #InternationalBookerPrize2022 3mo
vivastory What is your favorite international booker so far this year? 3mo
Simona @vivastory I‘m the strongest advocate for Books of Jacob. In Slovenian translation we already have it for three, four years and I was waiting for English translation with patience and eagerness. So, Books of Jacob is the winner, but The Book of Mother is something special - not the perfect style, but very touching, and I have the strong feeling that Septology (as trilogy) is magnificent and very strong, memorable story. 3mo
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BarbaraBB Like @vivastory I can‘t wait to see your verdict! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m having The Book of Mother lined up too. Good to know you loved it! (edited) 3mo
Leftcoastzen I read the first , have the second in the stack but haven‘t read it yet. 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB You know the winner 😘 3mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen After reading whole longlist, I feel a little tired, but I‘m definitely going to read Septology from cover to cover after two or three lighter books. 3mo
rockpools …and here is where we disagree! I think I‘m just too impatient and shallow for stream-of-consciousness slow prose and, yes, thoughts - I found it extremely annoying! A big part of me thinks this‘ll win 😁! 3mo
Simona @rockpools Yes, I can see/understand what you found extremely annoying, but I have soft spot for such a narrative method, especially in this particular book, I think it‘s done impeccable … especially transitions between past and present. 3mo
BarbaraBB @Simona I know 😇 I just keep hoping you change your mind 😘 3mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools Which book is your favorite? 3mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB I have to agree with Simona (sorry!) The Books of Jacob has been my reading experience of the year so far. I‘m also really enjoying Tomb of Sand, though I‘m only half way through. 3mo
BarbaraBB @rockpools That is good to know and encouraging to keep on reading! 3mo
batsy I loved the first one and want to read the rest of the series. (sorry to spam your comments, I'm loving your reviews 😁) 3mo
Simona I‘m glad to read your comments, so no need to apologise. I wasn‘t interested in it, but how wrong I was! 3mo
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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Seoul‘s queer scene, finding love in the big city, finding place in the world, taking care of sick mother … those are all big and small problems of Park Young, narrator of the story. He tells us his story in the light mood, humour, but always with the hint of some darker undertones. Interesting and charming.
#InternationalBookerPrize2022

Leftcoastzen Like the cover! 3mo
sarahbarnes Great review. This one‘s on my library pile at the moment. 3mo
BarbaraBB A so-so because of its comparison to the other nominees? 3mo
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batsy Nice review! It's a pick for me; I found the end very moving. 3mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍 I have it stacked. (edited) 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I should write a little disclaimer, shouldn‘t I? 😘 Yes, the same reason … because of that I like to read complete longlist before writing reviews, so that I can compare them, and in the comparison with the others, this one is lacking some strength @batsy 3mo
BarbaraBB I can see that. It‘s not the winner indeed. But it‘s good in its own way! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is, yes. 😊 3mo
batsy @Simona @BarbaraBB Yeah, I totally get what you mean. It likely won't make the shortlist and I understand why; it's not very Booker-y. But I hope that it gains a wider readership 💜 3mo
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After the Sun | Jonas Eika
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Four short stories (one is in two parts) and I didn‘t like any of them … polite thing to say in this case would be - that this book wasn‘t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️
#InternationalBookerPrize2022

BarbaraBB Agree! 3mo
batsy Nicely put 😁 3mo
rockpools Not even the 🦐?! 😳Very odd! 3mo
Simona @rockpools Nope … I have very strong disliking feelings about this book 🤷🏻‍♀️It didn‘t work for me on any level. I disliked the writing style, prose and content. 3mo
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Paradais / Paradise | Fernanda Melchor
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Written in quite simple prose and straightforward narration this is the story about two completely different (in every sense) teenagers who find a common point in dissatisfaction with life, and in beliefs/desires what belongs to them or what they deserve. This brutally raw and furious story is excellent comment on social stratification and based on this stratification - different reasons for violence. Unpleasant read, but incredibly powerful.

BarbaraBB Great review. Looking forward to it 3mo
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batsy I'm looking forward to this and to Hurricane Season, also hopefully soon! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @batsy I saw very mixed reviews for this one, so maybe worth to check out, before blaming me for misleading 😘 3mo
Simona @rockpools Have you already read this one? I think that this is this year The War of the Poor 😘 3mo
rockpools @Simona I have. I was dreading this one - I never did make it through Hurricane Season. And this was truly horrible. But I kind of felt for the boys, and how they ended up where they did. That was quite some clever storytelling - I thought it was powerful. (WotP - not so much 😉) 3mo
Simona @rockpools I wasn‘t interested in Hurricane Season before, but now I have it very high on my TBR list … and I still think that War of Poor is powerful 😘 3mo
batsy Yes, it seems like a dark read. I read the first page and kind of understand what to expect with her style, but I need to be in a proper frame of mind for it 🙂 3mo
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Skin in the Game | Paulo Scott
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Frederico has a lighter complexion than the rest of his black family, he is treated differently and in many ways privileged, while in others he is a victim of teasing and exclusion, and lives a completely different life than his darker brother Laurenco. Frederico becomes a member of the Brazilian committee, where they are debating about the development of the software that is supposed to determine race/skin color to fulfill the prescribed … 👇

Simona … quotas. The work of this committee as Frederico personal life are starting point for many questions - microracism within the race, social acceptability of skin tone, how colorism works within the family, injustice, rage ... a complex story where the author tries too hard to make a point and forgets to connect characters and some events into a comprehensive novelistic narrative ... a strong message, not so strong execution. (edited) 3mo
BarbaraBB The subject sounds interesting, too bad of the execution. Will you manage to read the longlist before the shortlist is announced?? 3mo
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Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m just in the middle of my last book … so I guess I will be finished with the longlist tomorrow 3mo
BarbaraBB Incredible! Will you share your prediction for the shortlist?? 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Yes, of course! I still have to ponder a little bit about two books (A New Name:Septology and Tomb of Sand). 3mo
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The story revolves around a family, three generations of women, each in their own way facing the pain caused by the generation before her. It all starts with Vera Novak, a Yugoslav Jew (who escaped to the Israel after she survived imprisonment in Goli otok - political prison in former Yugoslavia), and her dramatic decision that marks future generations. The main narrator is Gili, Vera‘s granddaughter, a filmmaker who documents the family's … 👇

Simona … journey - the actual trip to Serbia and Croatia, as well as their emotional healing. The story is based on real events, a real person (Eva Panić Nahir) who was successfully portrayed by the author as sparkling, unbreakable, dramatic, insightful, complex person ... 👇 3mo
Simona … and this characterization, at least for me, is also the strongest point of this book. Time jumps give the story more dynamic structure, but those time switches are also distracting, as well as author‘s ‘obsession‘ with unnecessary details that eventually become repetitive and boring. 3mo
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BarbaraBB Sorry to hear this, I love this writer! But I haven‘t read this one yet. 3mo
Simona @barbarabb It is a good story, but with soooo boring details about recording/filmmaking, didn‘t add anything to the atmosphere or characterisation or storyline … I have only read by him A Horse Walks into a Bar and I really liked it. If you plan to read the book, I recommending to watch (after reading) the film about Eva Panić (with English subtitles) on YT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Erw-lDi93-Y 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for the YouTube link. If you didn‘t like the details about film making (you‘re in the same kind of work!) then I highly doubt I‘ll like them! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Maybe that is the reason 😘 3mo
batsy Thanks for your thoughtful review. For some reason I'm not really drawn to this one, and since I can't read the entire longlist at this point, I'm hoping it's not shortlisted so I can skip it 🙈 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @batsy If I‘m totally fair - if the book wasn't on the list, I'd probably have made a different decision and I would probably choose pick, but because it is long-listed my reviews are more meticulous🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB That is awesome I think 👏 and now I will give it a try too I think! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB But absolutely watch YT after reading‼️ 3mo
BarbaraBB I will!! 3mo
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The Book of Mother: A Novel | Violaine Huisman
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The story of children's unconditional love for their mother, the cycle of abuse repeated from generation to generation, how to break this cycle, psychological problems/illnesses, the role of a woman/mother ... are some topics from this intimate story of a daughter (and her sister), whose task is to keep the mother alive and happy. Genre-wise, the story is autofiction, and I understood it as an attempt to reshape the past, give meaning to … 👇

Simona … maternal love, and give the voice to a woman who has battled demons for all her life. Well constructed story, where the second part (narrated by Maman) is weaker than first and third part, in an otherwise excellent, emotional narrative, but it is also true that with this narrative turn the author constructively forms a divided story into a rounded whole. 3mo
kspenmoll Fantastic review! 3mo
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Simona Thank you @kspenmoll ☺️ 3mo
Suet624 Having read the book myself I can only say that this is the best review for the book I‘ve read. so far. Wish I‘d been able to write it. 😊 (edited) 3mo
Simona ☺️Thank you @Suet624 I often feel that way, especially while reading reviews from @batsy and @nathandrake1997 and I often wish that my written English would be more expressive🤷🏻‍♀️ I read and listen English language without problems, but express my thoughts, well that is more complicated 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
batsy Thank you for your kind words Simona and I think you express yourself beautifully in English. I always look forward to your reviews 💜 I agree about @nathandrake1997 crafting book reviews with care and thought 🤩 3mo
nathandrake1997 @Simona Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Your reviews are exquisite ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
nathandrake1997 @batsy Honestly, this is a total fanboy moment for me ❤️❤️❤️❤️ You are my favourite on this platform and you praising my work means the world to me ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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I think that short stories collections can‘t compete with novels, this collection is an exception. Each individual story is a commentary either on social happenings, or the depravity of people, greed, selfishness, abuse ... and all this is told through magical realism on the border with fantastic elements, often grotesque, bizarre and surrealistic situations. The simplest description is that the stories are strange and always with a very … 👇

Simona … dark twist. Strange - in a good way. Stories that make the reader restless, uncomfortable, but they are also stories that give the reader space to think. The collection is strong, thoughtful and simply - great. 3mo
batsy Lovely review 💕 Glad that it was a pick for you. Love the point about how it gives space for the reader to think—so true! 3mo
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Simona Thank you @batsy I think that this book is the strongest short stories collection that I have ever read. 3mo
Ruthiella Great review! I am slowly reading this now and have only read three stories. The first two were very discomforting! 😱 3mo
Simona @Ruthiella Thank you ☺️ I‘m afraid that that is connecting thread of this collection … 3mo
BarbaraBB Now I want to read this one too. 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I‘m sure that you won‘t regret it. Stories are weird, but in the good sense. 3mo
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In March I did get one #BookSpinBingo but not #Bookspin or #Doublespin I hope that April is going to be more successful …

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Almost the same #weeklyforecast as previous week (just minus one book) … It was one of those weeks when real life clashes with reading life. Slowly, but I‘m getting there 😁

batsy Oh wow, you're doing well! What are some of your standouts from those you've read? 3mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! What @batsy said!! Any favs yet??!! 3mo
rockpools How DO you do it?! Of the ones you have left, I‘m loving two, I‘m not loving two (but I think you‘ll like those better) and one is 😵‍💫🦞😳weird! 3mo
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rockpools @Simona Aw, that‘s really nice of you - and I would NEVER have read Jacob if you hadn‘t (let‘s go with) ENCOURAGED me!. I‘ll drop you an email tonight - I‘ve copied your address if you want to delete it here! 😘 3mo
Simona @rockpools 👍 (edited) 3mo
Simona @rockpools Because Since it‘s been a week, I‘m a little worried that I sent you the wrong email address, or that I accidentally deleted your message … I also saw that you had health problems and I hope that everything is okay. 3mo
rockpools I‘m so sorry, Simona. Bad case of disorganisation- hopefully I‘ve emailed you now. How are things with you? 3mo
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Tomb of Sand | SHREE
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1. I‘m not comfortable with selfies/shelfies, so here is my current view while I‘m reading tagged book.
2. Not important, but very good written, emotional story about motherhood: A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa.
3. None. I very rarely bail, but last year I DNF Doctor Zhivago.

Thank you for tagging me @RaeLovesToRead #wondrouswednesday

vivastory Love your Agatha collection! 3mo
LeahBergen Look at those pretty Christie anthologies! 3mo
Simona @vivastory It is beautiful collection, and I‘m on the hunt for two volumes collection of her stories written as Mary Westmacott, and the covers are in the same style. 3mo
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RaeLovesToRead Oh wow! Those Agatha Christie's... Love them! 😀💕 3mo
BooknerdsLife Gorgeous AC collection 😍❤️ 3mo
Eggs Great phot❣️ Thanks for playing👏🏻📚 3mo
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Love in the Big City | Sang Young Park
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Another week dedicated to the International Booker longlist, only six more … I‘m going to start today Love in the Big City by Sang Young Park. #weeklyforecast

rockpools You‘re storming through these! And I‘m v happy to see the page size of Tomb of Sand is SO much smaller than Jacob 😵‍💫. 3mo
Simona @rockpools Yeah … I‘m still contemplating about reading Fosse‘s previous books 🧐🤯 … I‘m still waiting for three books to arrived, and one of them is Tomb of Sand … but I saw that the print is quite big with a lot of blank pages and because of that is more around 500p long book than official 739p … that is encouraging, isn‘t it?😘 3mo
Cinfhen Any favs yet?? 3mo
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Simona @Cinfhen Without any doubt The Books of Jacob is the winning book … so far the standing out books are The Book of Mother and Cursed Bunny, but I still have to read 6 more books. 3mo
BarbaraBB Interesting! I try to read as many as I can too but I had to start from scratch haha. Just one read, which I loved 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I found it good, but if I compare it to the others which I have read so far, it is ‘just‘ a story with YA vibes, but with more deep/philosophical musings on bullying … although, some scenes are really vividly good described, gross and unforgettable, but that doesn‘t put a book on a higher, reward worthy level … and one more although - but my prediction is that Heaven is gonna be on the shortlist🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
BarbaraBB We‘ll see! I have bought Olga and have three more books ready to go: The Book of Mother, After the Sun and Love in the Big City! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I hope that you will like them all 🤞 3mo
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Interesting themes (gender roles, discrimination, race, racial passing …), but I expected to be blown away and I wasn‘t. Maybe the reason for that is Slovenian translation🤷🏻‍♀️

vivastory You have probably read Larsen's Passing. If not, I would definitely recommend it as VH was heavily influenced by it but not as good IMO 3mo
Leniverse @vivastory I haven't read the Vanishing Half, but whenever someone talks about it I keep thinking, "so... it's Nella Larsen's Passing, but in more words and more recent setting"? I keep wondering if I should read it anyway, just because it's everywhere and everybody's read it. 3mo
Ruthiella I liked The Vanishing Half, but I think it was also overstuffed and a little heavy handed. I liked Bennett‘s debut The Mothers more. Passing is a more accomplished and subtle novel. Very short but packs a punch. 3mo
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vivastory @Leniverse I read Vanishing Half prior to Passing & overall I enjoyed it but I had several issues with it. I remember some unnecessary as well as some underdeveloped potlines Whereas Passing was one of my favorite books of last year. I'm still recommending it a year later. 3mo
vivastory @Ruthiella I will definitely read Bennett again. I want to read The Mothers. 3mo
BarbaraBB Agree with all of the above. I was disappointed by TVH too and I loved both Passing and The Mothers. 3mo
Simona @vivastory I have and I liked it very much too (I even liked the Netflix‘ film), and maybe that comparison with Passing is a little bit unfair, because that slim book really has extremely strong expressive narrative line. That was my first book by Bennett, and I don‘t know why, but I never felt that she is author for me @Ruthiella @BarbaraBB @Leniverse 3mo
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Skin in the Game | Paulo Scott
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While I like main theme - issues surrounding colourism and racial classification in Brazil, I‘m not impressed with the writing style 🤷🏻‍♀️
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Haile Selassie was the Ethiopian emperor from 1930 to 1975 when he was assassinated in a military coup. This biography was written by his nephew, and unfortunately I have to say that is not the most objective written. The author is, in a way, inappropriate opinionated on previous works and publications about the King of Kings, and conveniently omits/briefly mentions the main reason why the coup took place - a famine that already had dimensions …👇

Simona … as we know them from the time of Band Aid. Selassie undoubtedly strived for the development and progress of his country, but that does not mean that he was a good leader ... but he was undoubtedly an interesting person. 👇 3mo
Simona And another interesting fact - Selassie is the messiah of the Rastafarian movement and is still worshiped today as the incarnation of God. Despite the author's bias, the book is an interesting read that opens a window into Ethiopian history, customs, beliefs ... 3mo
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BarbaraBB Interesting!! I read a book in which he played a role too 3mo
Librarybelle Oh! Lots of challenge prompts accomplished with this one! 3mo
Simona @BarbaraBB He was interesting person, full of contradictories, and so bad for Ethiopia. 3mo
Simona @Librarybelle I‘m always very pleased with myself, when that happens 😁 3mo
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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Three books from International Booker Prize longlist, and the same audiobook as in previous #weeklyforecast for Reading Africa challenge. Yesterday I started The Book of Mother and the story is so raw and intense, and surprisingly - it is debut novel.

BarbaraBB Looking forward to your reviews! 4mo
rockpools Have you read Fosse before? Just started and feeling that I‘m probably far too shallow to appreciate it. 4mo
Simona @rockpools I haven‘t, and I‘m seriously considering to read the previous two books before reading this one … 🧐 4mo
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rockpools @Simona That would be a VERY wise move. But there are so many others on the list I want to read more, it‘s not going to happen, so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Simona @rockpools I think that I have time to do so, before shortlist will be announced … 4mo
Megabooks I love this graphic! 4mo
BookwormM 7th April for short list announcement 😱😱 4mo
Simona @BookwormM I've already read three books before announcement, I finished two books through the weekend, and except Tomb of Sand, rest of them looks relatively thin … so I think that longlist is doable. 4mo
BookwormM I am waiting on library getting the books so no way I will make it 4mo
Simona @BookwormM Yeah, that could be problem for me too … I ordered three books from Blackwells, they were dispatched today … so in the best scenario they will be delivered in 14 days 🤞🤞🤞 4mo
shawnmooney As usual, you‘re reading a whole bunch of interesting stuff! I just can‘t keep up with you! That is a compliment! 💕 4mo
Simona @shawnmooney Thank you 😊 and I could say same for you. Every year I really enjoy in International Booker longlist … I usually find in this list one or two my favourite book/s of the year. 4mo
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Only on the 10% and I already like this story, very much …
#FirstLineFridays

BarbaraBB I love this author! 4mo
Leftcoastzen I‘ve only read one of his books.I remember it was powerful, not much else.Not because it wasn‘t memorable ,but I read it so long ago I blame my brain. (edited) 4mo
Simona @BarbaraBB @Leftcoastzen Me too, I have only read one of his books, but … and I loved it. 4mo
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BarbaraBB He was written so many good books. My absolute favorite, which you should really really read is 4mo
BarbaraBB It‘s quite political, I think you‘d love it. Another great one, less political, is 4mo
Simona Thank you for recommendations @BarbaraBB I think that I need to dig in his previous books … but after IBP longlist 😘 4mo
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Bolla: A Novel | Pajtim Statovci
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In the forefront is a love story, forbidden in every way - love between two men, one Serb, another is a married Albanian from Kosovo … and in the background are nationalistic friction that escalate into war. What this book makes a very good is calm, simple prose in the contrast to the very deep, unsettling characterisation of the main protagonist who is trapped in life, and a sensitive and atmospheric demonstration of life in Kosovo.

BarbaraBB This sounds very good. 4mo
Simona @BarbaraBB It is a very good book, but I‘m afraid that if the readers doesn‘t knows about historical tensions between Serbia and Kosovo and how ‘normal‘ patriarchy is/was, than that components in the storyline are lost somehow … 4mo
BarbaraBB I understand. Do you think I‘d get it? I learned quite a bit about those countries during the war but am not sure if it‘ll be enough? 4mo
Simona @BarbaraBB This conflict has a very long beard and a great deal of ugly and cruel stories, but I think that you‘ll see beyond unpleasant, unlikeable main character. 4mo
BarbaraBB Thank you for explaining. I will go and see if I can find a cheap copy or a library one! 4mo
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Two books from previous #weeklyforecast and two new books. Bolla is book in progress (so far I like it very much), I‘m probably gonna finish reading a collection of short stories of African writers today, and since Thursday my reading life will be devoted to the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist.

Cinfhen Ohhhh, exciting!! Another award season begins 💜 4mo
Simona @Cinfhen Yes, exciting times for books nerds 😘 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty 🤍 4mo
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BookwormM I am so not ready this year 4mo
Simona @BookwormM Will be on the blog shadow panel? 4mo
BookwormM Was that an offer to join the shadow panel ? If so yes please @rockpools are you up for Booker international this year 4mo
rockpools @BookwormM Yes please 😁. I mean I‘m reading at the speed of a slug this year, so not sure how far I‘ll get, but Simona‘s had me in training…. (And go on, Simona!!) 4mo
BookwormM @rockpools 🎉🎉 I am expecting my reading to be interrupted by my second eye operation eeek 4mo
Simona @BookwormM I still have the same reasons why not, but I do like reading reviews on your blog. Sorry … 4mo
Simona I believe in you @rockpools 😘😘 4mo
BookwormM It was worth a try LOL 4mo
Simona @BookwormM Oh, I hope that everything will be okay 🤞 4mo
rockpools @BookwormM Oh no! (Or maybe good to get it done?) Do you have a date for it yet? Are you ok to do the IBP thing this year? 4mo
rockpools @Simona You may be misguided🙃And I‘ll just have to pester you here about it then 😆 Also, I wondered if you‘d seen these predictions- they made me laugh! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=QLP2vVUwhcs 4mo
Simona @rockpools Indeed, that was funny … but seriously - I‘m boycotting Booker Prize if the Jacob doesn‘t win 😘 4mo
BookwormM @rockpools I don‘t have a date yet but I am back at Moorfields 4th April if they are happy with the right eye we will schedule the left. Knowing my luck it will hit in time for the main Booker 🤣🤣 4mo
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Bolla: A Novel | Pajtim Statovci
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Lazy weekend is the perfect weekend - reading and snacking (freestyle coated strawberries). My #weekendreading is currently reading two books, and I like both of them.

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This is a criminal novel about a politics/politicians who are too friendly with bad boys. The first book was setting in Rome, and this, second one in Slovenia - Ljubljana and Piran, where the mafia whistler has found hiding place. The author is a journalist -she was the rapporteur from Rome and Brussels, where the third part will be happening. Very good, tense and with a lot of details from political dirty businesses and dirty games in journalism.

Simona The tagged book is the first one in trilogy. I can‘t find the second book Evidenca (Record) in Litsy library. 4mo
Christyco125 😞 I don‘t see that there is translation either. 4mo
Simona @Christyco125 It is recently published book and I guess not interesting for English speaking countries 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Most of the March books for my #Bookspin #DoubleSpin and #Bookspinbingo will be selected by the International Booker Prize jury … and until March 10 I will be trying to read books for my others challenges.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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I‘m always intrigued by cults and the different ways that you can be deceived into them. Language, using right words with the promise of better life can do that easily … and the author treated this serious topic - linguistic (in connection to social elements) in understandable way and with wittiness. Very readable, and I little bit scary, if you think about how quickly different aspects of our life can fall into cultish category. #audiowalks

LeahBergen What a wonderful photo! 😍 4mo
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squirrelbrain Loved this book…and such a cute pup! 4mo
Simona @LeahBergen Thanks! This is my favorite part of path on my daily walk. It looks magnificent in the summer. 4mo
Simona @squirrelbrain She is cutie 😊 and very happy when she can run freely. 4mo
BarbaraBB Look at her 😍😍 4mo
Cinfhen Look at the happy girl 🐾♥️and I agree, this book was really eye-opening. I think the author is brilliant. She‘s under 30!! 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great photo!!! 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘m done with the February … #bookspin#doublespin#bookspinbingo
My two favourites are Elena Knows and A Ghost in the Throat … in both books the motherhood is main theme.

Gissy Great! 📚📚📚👏👏👏 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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Dead Dead Girls | Nekesa Afia
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I loved the setting, atmosphere and historical bits (I didn‘t know the term for clubs - speakeasies) in this Harlem renaissance mystery, but the execution of the mystery part of the book wasn‘t so great …
#Booked2022 #TitleRepeatsItself

Cinfhen Cool cover art 4mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thanks 😊 4mo
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Trust | Domenico Starnone
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Pietro and Teresa are in passionate love, but burned out. Pietro marries Nadia, he becomes successful, but still bound to Teresa by an exchanged secret. The construction of relations, love, perception of your own self in relation to the perception of others … are the main topics. What I liked in the book was the small moments of self-reflection, but I didn't like distant and a sterile prose. Very soft pick.
#BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
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Tagged book is for #Booked2022 and #AuthorAMonth, Dnevnik nezvestobe by Emilios Salomu (I can‘t find English translation, my literal translation is Diary of Infidelity) is for #FoodAndLit , and I‘m still reading collection of short stories for #ReadingAfrica . Lost in The Valley of Death is my current audio companion and book for NonFiction2022
Happy reading week 🤓
#weeklyforecast

Cinfhen Hi!!! You‘ve been on my mind 😊💕Hope all is well xx 4mo
Cinfhen Enjoy your reads 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm Always enjoy looking at your virtual shelf 🙂 4mo
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sprainedbrain I‘m reading that Lisa See book for both challenges as well. 😊 4mo
Simona Thank you @Cinfhen I‘m fine. Hope all is well with you too! 4mo
Simona @erzascarletbookgasm I have fun with decorating them 😘 4mo
Simona @sprainedbrain Lisa See is new author to me, and I can see that she is quite prolific author. 4mo
sprainedbrain This will be my first by her as well… I actually hadn‘t even heard of her! 😬 4mo
Simona @sprainedbrain Same 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Chouette | Claire Oshetsky
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The main theme of this story is motherhood and consequences that happens when the child is not born as we expected. Distancing/response of society, disintegration of interpersonal relationship, personal sacrifices, unsuccessful treatments, therapies, and when to end with them … heavy topics treated in a very original manner.
Strongly allegorical story, which you can read as metaphorical story or, to a certain extent, even as magical realism.

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