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In the Freud Archives by Janet Malcolm
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
Out of mind | J. Bernlef
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#WeeklyForecast 03/22

I‘m having an emotional week. My mother in law passed away unexpectedly and we‘re arranging her funeral, to be held on Thursday. For comfort I‘ll reread one of my favorite Dutch books (tagged) and we‘ll be doing our Divers #buddyread, Cindy 💕
Nothing too ambitious except maybe for In the Freud Archives, which I am reading at the moment for the #NYRBBookClub. I‘m reading it slowly and so far am really enjoying it.

Reggie I‘m so sorry to hear about your mother in law. 2d
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 2d
Velvetfur I'm so sorry to hear of your loss Barbara 💔 2d
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Ruthiella You and your family have my condolences Barbara. ❤️ 2d
DrexEdit Sorry for your loss. It's good that books can be a comfort to you. 2d
Jas16 I am so very sorry for your loss 2d
squirrelbrain Sorry for your loss Barbara. Sending love to you and your family. ❤️ 2d
DivineDiana Sending condolences for your loss to you and your family. I hope that your books bring you some solace. ❤️ 2d
Simona So sorry for your loss 💔 2d
TrishB So sorry to hear Barbara. Sending love to you all ❤️ 2d
kspenmoll Barbara so so sorry to hear of your loss. Sending love to you & your family. 2d
vivastory I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Hope you find comfort in books 💙 2d
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so sorry to hear that. 💗 2d
Soubhiville I‘m so very sorry. 2d
AnneCecilie I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 2d
Megabooks Sending love to you my dear sister 💕💕💕 (edited) 2d
RaeLovesToRead Sorry to hear that. Sending well wishes to you and your family 💙 2d
marleed Oh, I‘m so sorry. 2d
Flaneurette So sorry to hear this Barbara, thinking of you and your family 2d
Chelsea.Poole So sorry for your loss. 💔 2d
Anna40 So sorry for your loss. 💕 2d
quietjenn I'm sorry for your loss 💙 2d
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 2d
staci.reads I'm so very sorry about your mother in law 💔 2d
Kdgordon88 Im so sorry for your loss. Wishing you and your family peace and comfort. 2d
LeahBergen Oh, I‘m so sorry for your loss, Barbara. Sending love. ❤️❤️❤️ 1d
MaureenMc I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💗 1d
Mindyrecycles I‘m terribly sorry, Barbara. I had a very dear MIL and it was awful to lose her. My love to all your family. 1d
Cinfhen Barbara, if you want to push off our reading I‘d totally understand. Here for you and the family. Sending much love 💗 1d
Cathythoughts So sorry for your loss Barbara ❤️ 1d
Vansa Oh, I'm so sorry , a loss of a close family member must be devastating. What a difficult time for you and your family. 1d
batsy I'm so sorry, Barbara ❤️❤️ Take care. 1d
Leftcoastzen I‘m so sorry . Hugs to you and your family. 1d
youneverarrived So sorry Barbara ♥️♥️ sending love to you all 1d
MicheleinPhilly Oh Barbara. I‘m so sorry. Sending light and love to you and your family and will keep you in my thoughts this week. ❤️ 23h
sarahbarnes I‘m so sorry. ❤️ Keeping you in my thoughts. 20h
BookNAround I‘m so sorry Barbara. May your memories bring more love and laughter than tears. 19h
BarbaraBB @Vansa @batsy @Leftcoastzen @youneverarrived @MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes @BookNAround Thank you all so much for your kind words and thoughts. It means so much to me 💕 15h
thebluestocking I‘m very sorry, Barbara. 💙 I hope you find some comfort this week. 8h
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking Thanks Jessica 🤍🤍 7h
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The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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Another tough read. A kind of Kafka in #Egypt. Governments and bureaucracy are hidden behind a gate and people are queuing to ask their questions and requests for all kinds of basic human rights. The gate never opens though and people spend their lives just waiting in line.

#pop22 #NameOfABoardGameInTitle #FoodAndLit #ReadingAfrica2022 🇪🇬
#19822022 #2016 #52BooksIn52weeks #AuthorWithXYZinTheirName

Librarybelle Look at all of those challenge prompts for this one!! 2d
squirrelbrain Wow, so many prompts! Shame about the book…. 😬 2d
Megabooks Sad because it sounds good in theory. Sometimes execution is everything! 2d
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vivastory This has been on my shelves forever... 2d
BarbaraBB @vivastory No rush needed if you ask me, but maybe @Liz_M review makes you think differently! 2d
Liz_M 😉Book twins! 2d
Reggie Oof, sounds rough. 2d
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Blue Bay Palace | Nathacha Appanah-Mouriquand
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#BookReport 02/22

I read four books this week, all completely different. My favorite is Subdivision, what a trip was that!

Cinfhen Great reading week!!! 3d
squirrelbrain It was a weird one wasn‘t it?! 3d
thebluestocking You‘re killing it with the challenges! 💙 I love seeing all the responses to the #tob books. It‘s like a preview of the Tournament. 2d
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The Shadow King | Maaza Mengiste
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I had a hard time with this difficult books about women in #Ethiopia at war against Italy in the 1930s. The characters (Hirut, Kidane and Aster) were introduced well but soon they became mere characters in ongoing descriptions of battles, sieges, and rape. In between we learned about Haile Selassi leaving his country in need, but even this part didn‘t really work for me.

#19822022 #2019 #Booked2022 #AboutAFictionalRoyal #ReadingAfrica2022 🇪🇹

Simona Ha! Your review reminded me that I have still in my TBR pile 3d
DGRachel She edited Addis Ababa Noir and I was…disappointed in that entire anthology and her short story. Your review confirms that I will not be picking up more of her work. 3d
squirrelbrain I tried to read this when it was on the Booker list, but hated it and bailed. 3d
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Cinfhen Me too @squirrelbrain !!! I bailed after a few hours of audio listening. I thought it had potential but it was requiring too much from me. Kudos to you, Barbara for sticking with it. 3d
Librarybelle That‘s a shame! 3d
Megabooks Skipping this one! Thanks! 3d
Daisey I listened to this one for FoodAndLit last year and also had a hard time with it. It was difficult content, and it didn‘t live up to the potential I thought it had in the beginning. 3d
BarbaraBB @Simona That will be much more interesting. I think Selassi was a fascinating man but I didn‘t learn much about him in this book! 3d
BarbaraBB @DGRachel @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @Daisey I‘m glad I‘m not the only one struggling! 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I would! 3d
StellaB I gave up on this too. 3d
BarbaraBB @StellaB If I had known so many people had bailed I wouldn‘t have picked it up! 2d
StellaB I didn‘t get far enough to even put it on here 🙂 2d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Books about battles are just 😫 and then to add rape on top of it … I just can‘t. Extra kudos to you for prevailing! 2d
Cinfhen Where is the photo taken ??? So cool 🐑 1d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen In the dunes near the beach, about 20 kilometers from where I live! I had been walking along the beach when I came upon them! 1d
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Look what I ran into on my way to work! Couldn‘t resist!

AmyG Yay! 5d
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! #ThePressure 🙈are you gonna start reading this weekend??? 5d
squirrelbrain How could you possibly resist?! 😁 5d
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Simona I caved yesterday … 5d
Suzze I advance ordered the ebook because of size (720 pages!) but I‘m not sure if I‘m ready to jump in yet. 5d
TrishB Good catch 😁 5d
CuriousG I have a copy on order! The indie I'm getting it from is closed this week though so I need to wait to get it. 😔 5d
Flaneurette Early critical reviews are very….polarized. I‘m awaiting all of you Litsy peeps before I wade in, I positively hated A Little Life and I‘m still mad about it so I‘m not rushing to get this 5d
Suet624 Oh!! Nice! 5d
BarbaraBB @Suzze me neither! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen No not yet! Just emailed you and want to read Diver‘s first 😘 5d
Megabooks I‘m wondering if I should‘ve gone print instead of audio?? @Cinfhen 4d
Cinfhen Im happy I went audio @Megabooks and I think you will be too!! It‘s multicast narration and the readers are very good. In the beginning I wasn‘t sure but now that I‘m nearly done I see it was the better option for me. 4d
Cinfhen Just saw your email, Barbara. Sending much love. Let‘s push diver‘s off to whenever you‘re ready. No rush, no pressure. Big hugs to the kids. 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen it will probably be for me as well. Just need to get my library borrows under control!! 4d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Thank you 🙏 Do you mind to maybe postpone a few days? I‘m not sure how much reading is possible during the weekend. 🤍 4d
Cinfhen Yes, of course!!! I have PLENTY to read 😘 thinking of you xx 4d
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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A solid read about a female scientist, renowned for her work in the field of cloning, who meets a clone representing herself. This woman is her ex husband‘s new lover. A great start, an engaging middle and a weak ending make for a soft pick. I don‘t think it should have made the #ToB22 shortlist. I do think that of several books this year 🥴

#pop22 #OnomatopoeiaInTitle

Laughterhp Yeah, this one was a low pick for me as well. 6d
4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t even think to use this for the onomatopoeia prompt! I‘ll do that too, although All‘s Well just won out over The Echo Wife as my next #tobshortlist read 6d
Suet624 Smart idea for a story. Too bad it seems it didn‘t quite hit the mark. 6d
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squirrelbrain I agree - I enjoyed it but it just wasn‘t ‘enough‘ to make the shortlist. Love your pic! ❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I was pretty pleased with myself for using this book for the onomatopoeia prompt 😉 6d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 No it didn‘t. It‘s definitely an entertaining read but the ToB? No… 6d
Cinfhen Awesome use of prompt challenge!!! I liked this book, wayyyy more than Klara but I agree, not best book to make the shortlist. Also gorgeous photo!!!!!! 6d
Megabooks That prompt 💯! I was just okay on this, too. Low pick for sure 👍🏻 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I liked Klara better. I am a bit annoyed by the ending of this one. 6d
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @squirrelbrain @Megabooks too many low picks on this year‘s shortlist if you ask me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
Megabooks Yes, I either loved them or they were just blah. Not many middle of the road. 6d
julesG Great picture. This book is on my #MountTBR. I don't understand what part of the title makes it onomatopoeic though, but I might be a bit nitpicky. Don't want to criticise, just curious. 6d
Ruthiella Let‘s see what the judge says...a few readers on Goodreads are noting that the author intended the book to reflect how young women are groomed by their abusers. But this isn‘t something I picked up on when reading it. (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB @julesG I thought (though am not sure, English is not my first language) that it‘s a word that‘s written the way it sounds? Well, the word echo echoed is echo… I was quite pleased with it but maybe I‘m interpreting it wrong 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella In her afterword the author emphasizes to stand up against domestic violence indeed. But I didn‘t pick that up while reading either. 6d
Cinfhen I think it works as onomatopoeia 😘😘and I was MORE annoyed by the ending of Klara. Regardless, I agree, too many meh or so-so books made the final 16! 6d
sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m definitely on the fence about reading this one. 6d
4thhouseontheleft @julesG @BarbaraBB @cinfhen well, echo is an onomatopoeia if you yell echo! 😂 But it also works for the mirror image on cover prompt. 6d
julesG Barbara, yes, you are right. I thought more along the lines of 6d
julesG @4thhouseontheleft I was way too far off thinking about stupid words you can yell in a canyon to get a slur as a reply than to actually realise "echo" was onomatopoeic. 6d
thebluestocking I agree with you in the ending of this one. I also just felt liked it pushed up against (and maybe past) my willingness to suspend disbelief that some of the shenanigans weren‘t discovered. 🤷‍♀️ 6d
Chelsea.Poole I finished this last week and just now getting to my review. I felt the same way you did 😊 6d
Sharpeipup I bailed in the middle and feel better knowing it has a week ending. Thank you for that! 5d
kwmg40 I agree with your assessment of the book, but I did really enjoy this one despite the flaws. 5d
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking @Chelsea.Poole @Sharpeipup I found it so improbable that someone who was living solely for science would throw that all away for someone who she despised in the first place. I could get over that because I liked the way their relationship developed but after that ending also being improbable I feel a bit let down! 5d
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 That is true, it certainly is enjoyable! 5d
Mindyrecycles I liked it but am surprised it‘s in the tourney, too. Not what I would consider literary. Interesting premise, though, and kept my attention. My husband read it, too, after I told him a little about it. That‘s never happened before with a tob contender! 2d
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles That‘s true, it kept my attention too. What did your husband think of it? 2d
Mindyrecycles He liked it but didn‘t love it. 1d
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Look wat finally arrived Carolyn! This is such a lovely gift! That tea towel and the story accompanying it, my favorite chocolate (salty!) and the book 😍. The comparison to The Stone Angel makes me love it already. Thank you so much for thinking of my birthday (in November!), I am so happy this package didn‘t get lost after all! 😘

squirrelbrain Gorgeous gifts! The lovely Carolyn sent me this book too for Christmas; we could have a #buddyread sometime if you fancy it? Not just yet though…so many books on the go and planned imminently…! 7d
batsy Lovely! That chocolate sounds delicious 🙂 7d
erzascarletbookgasm Nice! The tea towel is so pretty! 7d
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LeahBergen Lovely! 🥰 7d
CarolynM I'm so glad it has finally arrived. Hope you enjoy😘 7d
Megabooks Salted chocolate 👍🏻 6d
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Blue Bay Palace | Nathacha Appanah-Mouriquand
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“Like this country, I am a child in extremis. That is why my parents named me Maya -- illusion, the one whom we believe is, but who is not.”

Maya grows up in poverty on the island of #Mauritius, near a luxurious tourist resort. When she falls in love with its manager, she dares to dream but in the end the gap between their two worlds is too big. Her love turns into fury.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇲🇺 #19822022 #2004 #pop22 #ReadInOneSitting

Megabooks Stacking! Sounds very interesting! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It is. Short and easy and I learned a bit about this isolated country. 1w
Librarybelle Definitely stacking! 1w
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward Nice quote, stack on! 1w
Cinfhen Sounds great!!! And photo is GORGEOUS 1w
Cinfhen #stacked 💕🙌🏻 1w
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked! 1w
Cathythoughts Yes, sounds good. Stacked 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Librarybelle @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward @Cinfhen @Reggie @Cathythoughts So many stacks! I was the first to review this book so I‘d be happy for the author if her book would be known and appreciated more widely 💙 (edited) 1w
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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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#WeeklyForecast 02/22

I am focusing on a first good month of #ReadingAfrica2022 and the #ToB22. Of course I hope to tick off some prompts of other challenges as well and so far that‘s been easy - as it always is at the start of the year. Happy reading!

Graywacke I struggled with The Shadow King on audio, but maybe it works better in text. Curious what you will think. 1w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I am partly listening on audio too and agree it‘s difficult. I try to mix it a bit to keep track of what‘s happening. 1w
Megabooks I have the shadow king lined up for this year as well. 👍🏻 1w
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JillR Looking forward to hearing what you think about The Shadow King… 1w
BarbaraBB @JillR Have you read it? What did you think? 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Of course 👯‍♀️ 1w
JillR @barbarabb yes I read it last year, and will admit I struggled with it 1w
JennyM Have a good week 📚😘 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen I hope you like 1w
Cinfhen I bailed on Shadow King on audio last year @Graywacke im not sure why but it wasn‘t working for me 1w
BarbaraBB @JennyM Thank you Jenny 😘 1w
BarbaraBB @JillR you too? I hear that a lot. I will keep my expectations low. It‘s a difficult book for sure. 1w
vivastory I struggled with Shadow King, but I found it worth the effort in the end. I liked it. Didn't love it. 1w
CarolynM I downloaded a copy of The Echo Wife on impulse after reading a rave review from an author I like. I might give it a go this week too. 1w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I‘m a few chapters in. It‘s entertaining 🤍 1w
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Subdivision: A Novel | J. Robert Lennon
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Wow, this book totally sucked me in. It reminded me of old school adventure computer games, each chapter learning a bit more about what the story is about. I loved the dreamlike style, the lingering sadness throughout the whole book and the way it came together in the end even though I‘m not sure how it ends.
Books like this are why I love the Tournament of Books.

#Doublespin #Tob22 #Booked2022 #SetInAnInn #52books #AuthorsPhotoOnCover

Suet624 Ooohhh. You make it sound enticing. 1w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I was surprised by how much I loved this strange book but I was probably in the mood for it. I think you‘ll like it too! (edited) 1w
Bookwormjillk I am a huge fan of old school video games. Stacking this now. 1w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
4thhouseontheleft Great review! Moving this one up the tob stack! 1w
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk Me too, especially the point & click ones if you know which I mean! 1w
Ruthiella I really enjoyed the puzzle-like aspect of this as well. 😀 1w
Megabooks Wow! I am truly surprised that you enjoyed this so much, but totally pleased you did!! Great review! 1w
thebluestocking I‘m glad you liked this too! 💙 I really wanted a bit more resolution at the end, more of the puzzle pieces coming together. 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I was surprised too. Just the right book at the right time I think. I spent some lovely hours escaping into that dreamlike world! 1w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I know, I‘m not even sure if she died or not? But I enjoyed the flow and all the clues and what to make of them. How it (almost 😉) all came together in the end. 1w
Flaneurette I really liked this one too. Great review! 1w
JennyM Fab review and pic! 1w
vivastory I have this checked out from the library. Might have to read it soon! 1w
BarbaraBB @Flaneurette Thanks! It‘s one of my favorites so far! 6d
BarbaraBB @vivastory You might! It‘s highly original and you‘d enjoy that! 6d
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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#BookReport 01/22

The first week of the year was a good one. I enjoyed all three of these. Nice progress on the #ToB22 and #readingAfrica2022

Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳 1w
Cinfhen Everyone still feeling well?? 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! The three of us are still negative, T still positive. But he is sipping a gin tonic right now so That shows he‘s feeling fine! 1w
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Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 T‘s the boss🙌🏻🎉 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Lying in his bed in the guest room like some kind of king 🤴 😂 1w
TrishB You all got lucky 👍🏻 hubby and daughter both positive now here! 1w
thebluestocking Glad to hear you and your family doing well, considering! Nice reading week too. I‘m eager for both of these #tob books based on your recommendations. 💙 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Really? I‘m sorry to hear that. How are you all doing? 1w
TrishB They have no symptoms so far. I still have a cough and really tired, nothing major! 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Nothing major but it‘s been a week now I think? Poor you! Are you still in quarantaine or allowed to go out? 1w
TrishB I‘m negative now and allowed out 😁 still coughing badly though and as the others are positive I‘m not going anywhere anyway! 1w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Ah of course not, silly me. My son is negative now too but stays in until Wednesday. I‘ll be going to work tomorrow again. 1w
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The Queue | Basma Abdel Aziz
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I‘m in for another year of #FoodAndLit! For #Egypt I‘ve chosen this dystopian novel that‘s been on my tbr a long time. In the background you see Luxor, a place that I visited some years ago and which is so very impressive! Thanks for organizing again!

Butterfinger I will get to go to Egypt one of these days. 2w
Catsandbooks Wow! Very cool! 2w
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This book made me laugh out loud. It is so recognizable to me. Slack, the use of emojis, the attitude towards the clients: it's really like the typical office culture within creative agencies. I enjoyed how the whole book was written in Slack channels and I liked the storyline, even though I'm not sure how it ended with Gerald and Slackbot. A fun read, but not really memorable and I doubt if it's worth the Rooster! #Tob22 #pop22 #SocialHorror

Cinfhen Still need to pick this up/ how many books do you have left from the #ToBshortlist? 2w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, nice use of #pop22 🙌🏻😊💕 2w
Megabooks Agreed! But I gave it more stars than you. 😉 (storygraph) 2w
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KarenUK Agree too! Definitely a fun read…. 💕 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Wow, you gave it 4.5 stars! That‘s quite high! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I am ambit to start my eleventh, how about you? 2w
Cinfhen I‘m picking up Intimacies this weekend (( thank you 😘) and then I‘ll have 5 or 6 more. 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen After Subdivision I‘ll have 7 more but I‘m not sure if I‘m going to read Confession (very expensive) or the Ozeki (such a chunkster) 2w
Cinfhen I think I‘m able to borrow all the books I‘m missing except for the Ozeki, but it might show up in the next few weeks. I‘m very open to bailing on any of them though 😆 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m torn with this one. I can‘t get it on any of the ‘free‘ sites yet. I could use an Audible credit but it‘s very short and, because it‘s so short it seems expensive to buy. ((c9). Do you think it will work on audio? (@megabooks did you do audio?) Is it worth paying (c9 for? 2w
thebluestocking Lovely review! Like @squirrelbrain I‘m torn about this and some of the others I still need to read. This one, In Concrete, and Nervous System are books I would have to pay full price for. I‘m leaning towards buying this one and bailing on the other two. 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I did do audio. It was a full cast recording and very funny! I did buy it but it was only $13 (credits here are worth $11.50) so it didn‘t feel too bad. I‘m not sure it is worth (c9, though. 2w
Ruthiella I‘ve only read the first chapter but also found it very humorous and recognizable after two years of using a similar application at my work. I agree, it probably won‘t win. But a fun read tucked in among the rest! 2w
squirrelbrain I think I‘ll just use my Audible credit on it then - sounds fun! Thanks @Megabooks 2w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I‘d choose this one above In Concrete but I haven‘t read Nervous System yet. In Concrete starts good but went over my head later on. @Megabooks recommends audio for Several People. 2w
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Baho! | Roland Rugero
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Against the background of contemporary #Burundi this is the story of a young mute man who is falsely accused of trying to rape a woman. All of the community turn against him and his fate is in their hands.

It‘s an easy short book but it‘s insightful as well.

#19822022 #2012 #ReadingAfrica2022 🇧🇮 #52books #ChaptersHaveTitles #Booked2022 #BlackOwnedPublisher

(Pic: Quarantaine again. Son tested positive)

CBee Oh no!! I hope his symptoms are mild. What a mess this is 😞🙁🥺 2w
Soubhiville Uh oh! I hope it stays mild too. Take care! 2w
Megabooks No! I hope T is asymptomatic! 💜💜 2w
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Megabooks And that none of the rest of you test positive. 🙏🏻 2w
LeahBergen Oh no! ☹️ 2w
Reggie I hope he stays ok. 2w
Librarybelle Oh no! I hope everyone is okay! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage So sorry about the quarantine. Hope he feels better soon and everyone else stays well! 2w
readordierachel Sending good thoughts to all of you! 2w
Smrloomis Sorry to hear about the positive test. Hope it‘s only a mild case 🤞🏽 2w
Ruthiella Hope your son recovers quickly and the rest of your family stay healthy! 🤞 2w
Jas16 Keeping you all in my thoughts. 2w
BarbaraBB @CBee @Soubhiville @Megabooks @LeahBergen @Reggie @Librarybelle @BarbaraTheBibliophage @readordierachel @Smrloomis @Ruthiella @Jas16 Thank you dear friends 🤍 So far he‘s fine and mostly bored. It‘s his second time. The rest of us tested negative but according to national rules we have to stay in for five days, then test again! 2w
Cinfhen Oh no!! Poor T!! He looks perfectly fine - could it be a false positive?? Book sounds brutal but definitely worth reading. Sending love ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think it‘s very mild. He is fully vaccinated and had COVID last year too. He tested twice this time - both times positive. But he‘s fine indeed fortunately! 🤍 2w
Cinfhen Hoping the rest of you stay healthy xxxx 2w
CarolynM Hope you're all ok and stay sane in quarantine 💕 2w
Cathythoughts Take care ❤️ 2w
Graywacke That stinks but glad he‘s ok. (My daughter tested positive over xmas break. I finally was able to test Tuesday (ten days later) and can finally go into my office tomorrow.) Cute picture though. 2w
BarbaraBB @Graywacke Thank you! I hope your daughter is okay now and am glad you‘re able to get back to your office too! 2w
staci.reads I'm glad it's a mild case. My husband tested positive today, so we're back in covid mode too 😔. It's his first time, unlike the rest of the family, but he's fully vaccinated and so far it's light 🤞Hoping you and the rest of your family dodges it! 2w
BarbaraBB @staci.reads Thanks! I hope it‘ll stay mild for your husband too 🤍 2w
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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A lot is happening in this book. It‘s a book about books, about ghosts, about Native Americans, the pandemic and George Floyd. Erdrich is very good in bringing her characters to life. I loved Tookie, Pollux and Hetta and their interactions, I enjoyed many storylines, and I learned a lot. With a 100 pages less it would have been perfect!

#pop22 #BookAboutTheAfterlife #ToB22 #19822022 #2021 #52books #FeaturingABookstore

(Pic: Gengenbach, Germany)

SRWCF Love the background picture! 2w
Megabooks Gorgeous pic as always! This one definitely made me think. 2w
RaeLovesToRead I've been meaning to read this 😊 Lovely picture! 2w
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Cortg Awesome picture! I‘ve never read Erdrich before, for whatever reason. I may have to give it a go! 2w
Librarybelle Gorgeous pic! Her books bring out so many timely topics. 2w
Ruthiella Yay! I think I will like this one too! 2w
BookBosomed1 This is on my TBR! 2w
thebluestocking Lovely pic and review. I‘m looking forward to this one, but I‘m often reluctant to read the play-in books. 2w
Cinfhen Stunning photo!!! Awesome review!! Agreed, 100 pages less would have made the book perfect!!! Nice call on the #Pop22 connection #Afterlife 🙌🏻🤓 2w
squirrelbrain Lovely pic and great review! I‘m waiting for this one at the library, once it is published over here. 2w
youneverarrived Gorgeous photo. Love Germany ♥️ 2w
Centique Great review and the photo is so beautiful! 2w
BkClubCare Yes, lovely pic. I am starting this very soon. 2w
BiblioLitten Such a beautiful picture! 2w
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Baho! | Roland Rugero
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#WeeklyForecast 01/22

A new year, new challenges. This first week I‘d like to read these three, of which the tagged one is for #ReadingAfrica2022 and both others for the #ToB22.
I am a hundred pages into The Sentence and not sure yet what to think.

Megabooks Eagerly await your tob reviews! I only have Klara left, which I just got from the library. 2w
Cinfhen Happy New reading Year xxx 2w
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When #Senegal was a French colony local soldiers were recruited to fight for France during WWI. This book shows what war can do to people and how it affects them. A little book but it packs a punch.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇸🇳 #52books Main character POC #pop22 A book featuring a man-made disaster #19822022

(Pic: French Alps)

Cortg Wow! I‘m impressed you got so many challenges with one book 😍 I want to get through the new outlander book before I start my #pop22 reading. 2w
Liz_M what and where is the 52 books challenge? 2w
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Librarybelle Off to a great start! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cortg In the beginning it is easy! 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M It‘s a fun challenge with all kinds of prompts: https://www.the52book.club/2022-reading-challenge/ 2w
Cinfhen Fantastic 🙌🏻♥️ 2w
Simona It is such a strong book. Devastating and beautiful at the same time. Happy New Year, Barbara and stay safe 😘🍾🥂 2w
Megabooks Great job kicking it off, Barbara! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
BarbaraBB @Simona you too, have a happy and healthy new year with lots of books and Litsy ❤️🎆 2w
thebluestocking Snagged this one on sale for Kindle after this lovely review. 💙 2w
sophies_little_library I really want to read this! 2w
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#BookReport 52/21

2021‘s last report. I have been holidaying so plenty of time to read. I enjoyed all of them except Firefly Lane (on audio).

TrishB Still a great week 👍🏻 2w
Suet624 Happy New Year, Barbara! ❤️ 2w
BkClubCare Yay! Happy New Year 🎆 Infinite Country is good, and Hell of a Book is helluva book, for sure. I bailed on Firefly Lane, too (tbh, I bail/avoid KH books) (edited) 2w
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BarbaraBB @BkClubCare It was my first KH and I will now too! Happy new year 🎆 2w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - I will happy induct you into my “allergic-to-this-author” club with me! 😆 2w
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 what a productive week you had xxx 2w
Megabooks Great week!! 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I‘ll join your club wholeheartedly 😄 2w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - we will hold our next meeting at that time when one of slips up and reads one? LOL 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare 😂😂 We will! 2w
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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squirrelbrain Happy New Year Barbara! 🥳 2w
batsy Happy New Year! ❤️🥂 2w
LeeRHarry Happy New Year 🥳 2w
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TrishB Happy new year 🥂🎉 2w
youneverarrived Happy New Year 🥂❤️ 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2w
readordierachel Happy New Year! ❤🎉 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Have a very happy new year Helen ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived You too! With a lot of changes again! Make the most of it 🤍 2w
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

For #December I am using the book with which I completed #ReadingAsia2021. It has been such a great experience and I can‘t wait to explore Africa thanks to @Librarybelle and #ReadingAfrica2022.

Andrew65 This looks interesting. 3w
Librarybelle Yay! So looking forward to next year‘s readings!! 3w
CarolynM Happy New Year, Barbara🥂💕 2w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You too Carolyn, make the most of it ❤️😘 (edited) 2w
BkClubCare I have this on my to-be-listened to list. 2w
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My 2021 stats. Very cool that #Storygraph features these. I had a good year, the stars are as expected. My preference has been shifting from classic to contemporary literature during the past years But I‘ll guess it‘ll keep changing and it‘s fun to keep track.

TrishB Looks cool like that 👍🏻 3w
Megabooks Reflective and emotional we‘re my top two as well! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That doesn‘t surprise me at all ❤️ 3w
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TheatreSpaz I'm so glad you posted this, I've been trying to get away from goodreads and this was the perfect incentive to try something else! I just downloaded Storygraph and am importing my library now. 3w
BarbaraBB @TheatreSpaz I am glad to be of help. It really is an app with cool features and it is great for keeping track of your reading and possible reading challenges. I don‘t use GoodReads much anymore. 3w
keithmalek I never heard of this, and would love to do it. Thanks for posting. 3w
keithmalek @BarbaraBB I would only use it for the graphs, but I'm looking at it and can't figure out how to make one. Does it just do it for you automatically? 2w
BarbaraBB @keithmalek Yes it does. When you finding and ‘review‘ a nooit collects your data and the general data of the book. When you click on your name in the menu you can view the option ‘Stats‘. 2w
BkClubCare Ok, I might finally get to this app 😂 2w
thebluestocking I might have to try out Storygraph! And I love tracking my reading for just the reason you mentioned - things change over time. 💙 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare @thebluestocking It‘s a very nice and easy app. Nothing too fancy, it‘s not about interacting with others in my opinion but it‘s great for tracking your reads. 2w
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - quick question… is it more of a computer site or to be used as a smartphone app? (Cuz I can‘t get it to find my books I am reading in the app. Wondering if it is overloaded this Jan 1) 2w
BkClubCare And feel free to tell me to do my own research 🤪🤣 2w
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - we can learn it together! 2w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I mostly use it as an app but the desktop / website works well too. I did have a problem accessing today too though so I think you might be right about the overloading! 2w
MelAnn I am loving Storygraph .. I‘m on there as LifeSouvenirs… how do I find you there? 1w
BarbaraBB I am barbarabarbara over there. Just started following you there! 1w
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December | Phil Rickman
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#WrapUpDecember #bookspin #Bookspinbingo

Fresh Water For Flowers

America is not the heart
Hell of A Book

Out of Africa
Infinite country

The other black girl
The Ten Thousand Things
In concrete
Firefly Lane
People from my neighbourhood


Megabooks Poor Matrix! ☹️ But I‘m glad you enjoyed Rewind. 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3w
Suet624 Wow! Matrix? Okay, I understand. 2w
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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“But, in the end, as it is with all of us, he could not be protected from the world.”

This is a book about how hard it is to grow up as a black person in the US. It is also satirical and clever. It has different storylines. It‘s a book in a book. It‘s funny and sad. There is even some magical realism. Or is there? It‘s a hell of a book and a good one to finish the year with.

TrishB A good one for the end of the year 👍🏻 3w
Cathythoughts I like the quote ❤️ 3w
Suet624 He did an amazing job with this book. 2w
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

My #November choice is The Trees, the new Percival that I hadn‘t even heard of but that appeared on the #ToB22 shortlist. And he delivers again. So good.

Megabooks Agreed! I think this is going to be my fourth favorite tob book. 👍🏻 3w
andrew61 Seen a lot of mentions for this one. I tried the author for the first time this year so will try and find trees. 3w
Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
BarbaraBB @andrew61 I hope you‘ll find it. It‘s a very good read. 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yay! 🤍 3w
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

This book I read in #October and it still lingers in my mind. That says a lot I think.

Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
TrishB Great read ❤️ 3w
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The Fire-Dwellers | Margaret Laurence
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

In #September I joined the #manawakans buddyread, in which we read all books by Laurence set in the fictional Canadian place Manawaka. What a discovery. She is a master in bringing her characters to life. And what a characters they are!

vivastory #manawakans forever! I selected The Stone Angel & The Diviners for my #top21of21 but I could have easily also included both Fire-Dwellers AND Jest of God. 3w
LeahBergen I really loved our buddy read of this series this year! ❤️❤️ @vivastory 3w
Andrew65 Sounds great. 3w
Suet624 I need to remember to find this one. 2w
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

This was a favorite of #August. I was swept away by this fast paced story from the first page. What a ride!

AshleyHoss820 If I remember right, this book blew my sister away too! 😊 3w
Andrew65 Sounds interesting. 3w
BarbaraBB @AshleyHoss820 I hope the both of us have convinced you to pick it up too! 3w
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AshleyHoss820 @BarbaraBB I absolutely stacked it as soon as she told me about it! I‘ll have to give it a go soon, before the Spring semester starts! 😄 3w
Chelsea.Poole I loved this one! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Also, I‘m going to use your idea and only post books for #12of2021 that I didn‘t use for #top21of2021 from now on! 😊 (edited) 3w
Suet624 I'm going in! 1w
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Another end of the year wrap-up. In 2021 I only read 13 books from the #1001books list. I have now read 650 of the listed books.

squirrelbrain Wow - 650?! 3w
batsy 650!! 🙌🏽 3w
Megabooks Wow!!!! 3w
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Liz_M Not an easy batch of books to finish! Fantastic progress on the list! 3w
Daisey 650 is impressive! Nice progress! 3w
Cinfhen OMG!!!! That‘s amazing 🤩 3w
KarenUK Wow! 😱💕 2w
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Brother | Ania Ahlborn
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

In #July I discovered Ania Ahlborn‘s horror and ever since reading this one I have meant to read more. So far I haven‘t but I definitely will.

vivastory Such a great book 3w
Reggie 🖤🖤🖤 3w
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The combination of Japan and such a cover 😍 was irresistible to me. The book is a collection of short stories about the strange and unique people that color this Japanese neighbourhood. Throw in some magical realism and you have a quick, fun but forgettable read.

Catsandbooks Is that your home? It's absolutely gorgeous!! 😍 3w
Kalalalatja Winter perfection in one pic 🙌 3w
BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks This is the chalet we rented with the group I am with (3 family‘s) 🤍 3w
Catsandbooks @BarbaraBB oh wow! So fun! 3w
Megabooks Helpful review! Thanks! 3w
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Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

Persephone books are always good and often outstanding. In #June I read and loved this one.

LeahBergen Such a favourite of mine. 😊 3w
Ruthiella This was a sweet and fun book. 3w
quietjenn Love this one! 3w
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Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 3w
Andrew65 This sounds really good. 3w
andrew61 Great choice, I have just listened to the 'baclisted' episode on the book, well worth a listen. 3w
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Rewind | Catherine Ryan Howard
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The perfect holiday read. I guessed the twist early on but it still was a great read about instagram influencers, journalists of gossip websites and people who‘d like to stay below the surface. Thanks for sending me this one Meg, it was as good as I hoped.

(Pic: French Alps)

TrishB I love the commitment to the great pic 😁 3w
youneverarrived Hope you‘re having a great holiday. Love the photo 😍 3w
squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR shelf…. Just never got to it yet. Fab pic - hope you‘re having a lovely time! 3w
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BarbaraBB @TrishB @youneverarrived @squirrelbrain The pics are an alternative for the diary I used to keep. #controlfreak 3w
Megabooks Such a great view! Glad you enjoyed the book. 💜 I did not guess the twist, so good for you! 3w
Cinfhen Look at the view🤩and no gloves for you 😜 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen haha, I ran outside to take the picture and quickly back into the cafe 😉🤫 3w
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫 3w
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To finish the #52Booksin52Weeks challenge I needed to read a book by Hannah. I thought I‘d skip the prompt but the control freak in me made me pick up this one on audio. Pooh. Way too chick lit for me.
Two girls promise to stay friends forever but it‘s hard when the beauty gets a glamorous career and no one to love, and the insecure one becomes a stay at home mother surrounded by love. Too cliche. And yes I cried at the end. Cheap emotions.

TrishB I didn‘t think you‘d like this at all. 3w
jenniferw88 I did this one for that prompt, which I enjoyed but does have tw for domestic violence. I'm on my final prompt for this challenge too - using Betty for deckled edge. 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB You were right! I think your choice is a better one @jenniferw88 , it gets much Litsy love. Kudos to us for finishing the challenge and on to next year 💪🏽 3w
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youneverarrived I loved the tv series! But not sure I‘d enjoy the book so much. 3w
Suet624 Well at least you finished your challenge!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Reggie I love the end of this review. We‘re all susceptible to the cheap emotions. 3w
BarbaraBB @Reggie we are. But it‘s so annoying when I find myself in tears after fi fishing a book I didn‘t care for in the first place. 😹 (edited) 3w
Amiable I‘m not a fan of this author, either —too much chick lit for me, too. 3w
BkClubCare I, too, hate it when I feel a book manipulates 🤣 but I love a good book cry 😭 3w
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

This book had been sitting on my shelves for years. In #May @Megabooks encouraged me to finally read it. And how right she was. This is an amazing atmospheric and thrilling book.

Cinfhen I think I own this one too, on my Kindle. 3w
Cinfhen Adding it to my #TBR 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s a book that makes you want to keep reading. I always love that! 3w
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TrishB Looks good 👍🏻 3w
Cathythoughts Agreed👍 great book 3w
Suet624 I hope to get to this at some point in my life. 3w
Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
jlhammar This book has also been sitting on my shelves for years. Need to get to it! 3w
BarbaraBB It‘s another book you‘d like too I‘d think! @Suet624 (edited) 3w
Megabooks So glad we read this! (Reread for me.) 😁👍🏻 (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks me too! Worth every minute 🤍 3w
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I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

2021 was the year of #ReadingAsia2021 and that led to reading many gems and broaden my horizons. One of those special reads is this one about the importance of being beautiful in South Korea, that I read in #April.

Andrew65 Looks good. 3w
TrishB Still not got to! 3w
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this too 3w
Cinfhen I still have this book sitting unread on my shelf. Will need to add it to my TBR 💗 3w
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Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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#12BooksOf2021 I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month.

This is my choice for #March. I love almost everything by Maggie O‘Farrell and this one was no exception.

melissajayne I like the cover you have. 3w
TrishB I love her too ❤️ 3w
Andrew65 Sounds good. 3w
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Cathythoughts I must read this! She‘s such a good writer 💫 3w
JamieArc Ooh. Good title to use for a #booked2022 prompt! 3w
BarbaraBB @JamieArc Yes! Absolutely! 3w
BarbaraBB @melissajayne I actually have a very boring cover and I did like this one much better when looking for a picture online 🤫 😉 3w
Megabooks I‘ve been meaning to read this! 3w
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll try her again….I haven‘t done well with O‘Farrell 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I don‘t know what books by her you read but I was underwhelmed by 3w
Cinfhen I disliked that one and I tried 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhh, but I read and loved 3w
Cinfhen I totally forgot it was written by O‘Farrell 3w
BarbaraBB I loved Hamnet but the Hand and This Must be the Place as well so I‘m not sure she‘s for you #somanybooksolittletime 3w
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Rewind | Catherine Ryan Howard
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#WeeklyForecast 52/21

I have a lot to choose from this last week of the year. These are the books I brought on my vacation. Not in the picture are my current reads: the tagged one, which I just started but am enjoying lot, and Firefly Lane on audio.

Megabooks So glad you‘re enjoying Rewind! It‘s a great vacation read. 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I do! It‘s thrilling from page one! 3w
TrishB I loved the tagged one too 👍🏻 3w
sarahbarnes That‘s a great looking vacation stack. 😍 3w
Cinfhen You have a lot of awesomeness to choose from!!! Enjoy ❤️💚 3w
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Monk of Mokha | Dave Eggers
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#12BooksOf2021 I am sharing my almost-favorites of the year. The ones who didn‘t make my #Top21Of21 but are favorites nevertheless. One for each month. This is my choice for #February. This book came exactly at the right moment and it made me change the way I look at my career and what I want to do professionally (not actually growing coffee, but work for companies with a purpose).

Andrew65 Looks interesting. 3w
Crazeedi Isn't it something how certain books you read at just the right time. I've been the recipient of such serendipity 3w
Megabooks This was a good one! 3w
Cinfhen I loved this one too!! 3w
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Perfect Days: A Novel | Raphael Montes
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Thanks for tagging me @Andrew65 , I‘ll gladly share #12BooksOf2021. Because I have already posted my #Top21Of21 I‘ll now share twelve books that just just didn‘t make that list but that I loved anyhow.
In #January this was Perfect Days, a wonderful creepy read!

Andrew65 A great way to do it, 😍 3w
Cinfhen This was definitely an honorable mention…..so creepy 3w
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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#BookReport 51/21

Three books this week of which I liked Infinite Country best!

Cinfhen Happy Holidays dear friend xxx 3w
TrishB Hope you‘re having fun ❤️ 3w
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In Concrete | Anne Garreta
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I admire the word games in this book, it‘s quite eloquent and I‘m in awe of the translator. However the story was very thin and couldn‘t keep my attention. #ToB22

(Picture: Lake Geneva, Switzerland)

Megabooks Love the picture! How beautiful! 3w
Megabooks Merry Christmas, Barbara! 💚🎄😘 3w
TrishB Happy Christmas 🎄 great pic 3w
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Liz_M Merry Christmas 🕯️🌲🕯️ 3w
batsy Gorgeous photo! Hope you're having a lovely time. 3w
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🥰 3w
squirrelbrain Lovely picture! Shame you didn‘t love the book though! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @TrishB @Liz_M Happy holidays 🤍🎄🕯 3w
Ruthiella I have to concur! That photo is awesome. Sorry the book didn‘t measure up. 3w
sarahbarnes I have this one in my pile to read for the holiday. I‘ll be interested to see what I think of it. Merry Christmas! 🎄 3w
Mindyrecycles I admired the translator‘s work, but this one wasn‘t for me. 2d
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles Mine either. What is your favorite so far? 2d
Mindyrecycles The Trees! 1d
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Thank you my lovely friend for this well thought Christmas present! I remember your review and how it made me want to read this book. I am very happy you thought of it and of me. I wish you all the best and want you to know I cherish our friendship ❤️. Happy holidays 🎄🍀

Megabooks You are welcome, big sis!! I hope you didn‘t already have it. Thank you very much for The Doctor‘s Wife! 🥂 to a Merry Christmas and a 2022 filled with books and friendship! 💚 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks No I didn‘t have it, but meant to get it. I hope The Doctor‘s Wife is good 🤞🏽🤍 3w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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It‘s hard to review this book. It captures so well how it must be to live undocumented in a new country with half of your family in the country you left. The dilemma: going back or staying? Both options have risks, both have advantages. So I was engaged by the theme but not so much by the storytelling.
I am happy to have read it though, especially for the parts set in Colombia, a country of which I have fond memories.

(Pic: Kronberg, Germany)

BarbaraBB Thank you for sending me this book @Liz_M thank you for buddyreading it @squirrelbrain 4w
LeahBergen I‘m so envious of your travels! Enjoy and happy holidays! 😘😘 4w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Thanks! I‘m glad to be away from home for awhile. Holland is so small we‘re abroad quite soon and all feels different! Happy holidays to you too my friend. Make the most of it ❤️ 4w
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squirrelbrain Great review Barbara - I‘ll post mine later! Happy Holidays! 😘 4w
Cathythoughts Happy holidays Barbara 🎄❤️ 4w
Megabooks Glad you enjoyed it! Merry Christmas dear friend! 💚🎄 4w
Suet624 I'm so glad you liked this book. 1w
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Infinite Country: A Novel | Patricia Engel
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These may well be my favorite sentences of the book. The reality of immigrants in half a page. Wow 💔

squirrelbrain These stood out for me too. ❤️ 4w
Suet624 Ugh. I know. 1w
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After You'd Gone | Maggie O'Farrell
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Today I received a book that I‘ve been wanting to read for a long time. But I don‘t know who to thank for it!
Please let me know so I can thank you properly!

TrishB I love the mystery bookmails 😁 it‘s not me- but a good read 👍🏻 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB It‘s exciting! 4w
LeeRHarry This is my favourite Maggie O‘Farrell so I hope you enjoy it 😊 4w
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CarolynM That's from me - Merry Christmas😘 I sent you a card too, but who knows when that will arrive. Also, the birthday gift I sent you seems to be still in transit🙄☹ 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That‘s so kind! Thank you so much, I love O‘Farrell! Mail is terrible at the moment, I hope your card and birthday gift will get here safely 🤞🏽😘 I sent you a gift too - by Amazon. I‘ve been receiving updates for a few weeks now of how it‘s traveling from one US place to the other 😳 with an ETA at your place of 12 January…. (edited) 4w
CarolynM 🤣A well travelled book! I guess we should be grateful that we still have mail, even when it's so slow. 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Yes! It makes it extra special to receive something. Thanks again for the well-chosen book ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry That is good to know. So far I‘ve loved all the books I read by her, with the exception maybe of 4w
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When my family came to Holland from Indonesia they brought with them their ghosts and mystique. The stories in this book are similar to some that have been told in my family for generations. I think these stories are just a tool to create that Indonesian atmosphere. I understand and respect what Dermoût is doing but had a hard time following along. #NYRBBookClub

vivastory Great review! I wasn't aware that your ancestors are Indonesian. That's really interesting! 1mo
LeahBergen I didn‘t know about your Indonesian ancestry, either. Very cool! I made sure to go for a big Rijsttafel when I was last in Amsterdam. It was SO fun. 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen Next time I‘ll make you one 😘 1mo
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Centique Your tree is gorgeous too! 1mo
LeahBergen Yes,please! 1mo
batsy I wasn't aware of your Indonesian ancestry, either. Super interesting to learn this and love the photo 💖 1mo
Suet624 Bummer about the book but your tree is beautiful. 4w
BiblioLitten Very interesting! 4w
GatheringBooks Lovely photo. I can totally understand what you mean about having a hard time following the book. I feel the same way. Finished reading the novel yesterday. 4w
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#WeeklyForecast 51/21

I‘ve started the tagged book for the #NYRBBookClub. For those who read Wild, it‘s one of Cheryl‘s favorite books during her journey.
Next up is my #buddyread with @squirrelbrain : Infinite Country. And because I‘m off work from Thursday till the end of the year I guess I‘ll also can read another one for the #ToB.
Happy with all of these!

Cinfhen Yay for holiday break 💚♥️💚 1mo
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks Really curious about what you think of 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I just started it. Very promising! 4w
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Finally! My #pop22 plans. It‘s quite the challenge this year and I had to add a lot of books I don‘t have on my shelves. Of course, all will probably change 😃

TrishB Great planning 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thanks! You‘re not into these challenges, are you? 1mo
DGRachel I really liked A Thousand Ships. 1mo
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Bookwormjillk I liked this one a lot 1mo
TrishB No, I find it makes me miserable to have to many commitments. Too much of a mood reader. 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m at work and peeking on my phone: will have to take a better look when I get home 😍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Loads of intriguing covers that I'm going to have to investigate here!!! 😊 I absolutely loved Evelyn Hardcastle (book with a party?) 1mo
KarenUK Some of these are definitely going to make me change my picks! 😂 1mo
BarbaraBB @RaeLovesToRead No! Hugo Award winner! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I wish I was! 1mo
Lcsmcat I really liked What is the What. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat Thanks, I am glad to hear that since it‘s such a chunkster! 1mo
Megabooks Good looking list!! 1mo
Cortg Looking good! I'm excited for this challenge. 1mo
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Libertie: A Novel | Kaitlyn Greenidge
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#BookReport 50/21

Two disappointing #tob22 reads but Fresh Water for Flowers made up for that ❤️❤️

FelinesAndFelonies I did not care for The Matrix either. 1mo
TrishB Fresh Water is a lovely read ❤️ I‘m reading you‘re going back into full lockdown ☹️ take care, sending love and hugs ♥️ (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you, it‘s tough indeed 🥲😘 1mo
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CarolynM Sorry to hear about your return to lockdown ☹ So hard, especially the timing. Hang in there. Sending love💕 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Thank you my friend, it is a bit of a downer to say the least. I try so hard to stay positive but that‘s quite challenging at the moment. However I hope to escape the country a bit during Christmas. I hope we are still allowed to travel within Europe. Not sure, everything changes daily thanks to governments without a plan 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 (edited) 1mo
BiblioLitten Fresh Water for Flowers has been on my TBR forever. Eager to get to it🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB @BiblioLitten Do read it. I honestly think you‘ll love it 1mo
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Beastie Boys Book | Michael Diamond, Adam Horovitz
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She strikes again! What a fantastic box filled with goodies!!! The book looks spectacular (my graphic design heart beats faster just looking at the artwork!) and all those presents make me feel special! Thank you so much. I hope my parcel will reach you soon too! 😘

squirrelbrain Lovely! I have this book saved on Scribd after Cindy‘s review! 1mo
Cinfhen I skimmed the book before I sent it and I was just blown away by all the artwork and cool style. I hope you enjoy it. I LOVED the audio @squirrelbrain 1mo
Megabooks Great present! 1mo
britt_brooke So nice! And this book is just excellent! I listened to the audio but peeked at a copy at B&N a while back. 🤩 4w
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