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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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#BookReport 46/19

This week I finished two great books: We are Called to Rise and Too Much Lip.
I also managed to make a start with this month‘s choice for the #NYRBBookclub.
And I am still reading the Wells. I am not enjoying it at all and just able to read it in very small portions.

Cinfhen Kudos for sticking with Wells 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5h
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh man it‘s hard working 😅 4h
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I love it when a first sentence pulls me right in! #NYRBBookclub

LeeRHarry This is in my top ten books - hope you enjoy it 😊 12h
Simona I can‘t remember if you had read North Water, but this book have unforgettable first paragraph. 11h
batsy I can't wait to start! 11h
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BarbaraBB @Simona I still need to, I have a copy and have been wanting to read it for years. I really don‘t know why I don‘t! 10h
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry That‘s quite a recommendation! I am 50 pages in and really enjoying it a lot! @batsy Hope you‘ll have your copy soon! 10h
batsy My copy is here! I just need the time 🤣 Stretched myself a bit thin with a few buddy reads 😳 10h
BarbaraBB @batsy I know what you mean. The stress of reading, such a lovely problem 😀😍 10h
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The House of Broken Angels | Luis Alberto Urrea
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"All we do, mija, is love. Love is the answer. Nothing stops it. Not borders. Not death." 

One of my favorite books this year tells what it means to be the first generation to live two lives across one #borderline. #MOvember

Cinfhen Wonderful \ still trying to get my IRL bookclub to read this one 🤓 4h
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope you‘ll succeed! 4h
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The Twin | Gerbrand Bakker
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Following @Kalalalatja @julesG and @Simona I‘ll post a few local authors for some Dutch inspiration for the ones participating in #ReadingEurope2020. 🇱🇺🇱🇺

Below I‘ll tag some favorites, but of course there‘s always Herman Koch too 😀

BarbaraBB This is a quiet book about Dutch rural areas where a father and son live together on a small farm 23h
BarbaraBB Another about fathers and sons but this time set in Amsterdam and with a lot of twists. 23h
BarbaraBB One about an old Dutch man who emigrated to Canada year‘s before. His memories get lost because of Altzeimer‘s. Heartbreaking. An all-time favorite 23h
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BarbaraBB All Hermans‘ books are excellent. This one is my favorite and set in WWII 23h
BarbaraBB Arnon Grunberg is very popular. I‘m not much of a fan but this one is good. (edited) 23h
BarbaraBB A classic. About WWII and Indonesia, a Dutch colony at the time. Very poignant. You can‘t go wrong with Brouwers either. 23h
BarbaraBB This one may be my favorite ever. It‘s the story of a woman who knows what she wants in 19th century The Hague. It reminded me of Wharton, Austen and Dickens. 23h
BarbaraBB Anna Enquist writes stories like poetry. I hope her sentences are as good when translated. Great plot too. 23h
AceOnRoam This is excellent, thanks @BarbaraBB 22h
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam I hope you will join next year‘s challenge! 😘 22h
lele1432 Oooh I took a screenshot of this! These titles sound interesting! 22h
BarbaraBB @lele1432 Does that mean you‘re joining too? I hope so! 💕 22h
Kalalalatja Eline Vere sounds perfect! Thanks for putting it on my radar 👏 22h
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja It was originally published as a feuilleton in the newspaper, so it consists of short chapters all with a sort of cliffhanger. It‘s soooo good! 22h
Librarybelle Awesome! 20h
LeeRHarry Thanks ! I think I have Herman Koch‘s The Dinner somewhere so I may read that one 😊 20h
lele1432 Yes I‘d love to join! 20h
batsy This great! Thank you all for the suggestions @Kalalalatja @julesG @Simona (And now I really wish Litsy has a way for us to save certain posts...) 18h
batsy @BarbaraBB Glad to hear there's a book about twins that's quiet and calm, very different from twins we've encountered via NYRB... 😂 18h
Freespirit Wow this is such a great post! Thank you I shall look out for some of these books😊 17h
erzascarletbookgasm @batsy I hear you! Meanwhile we have to be content with screenshots! And 😂 on the twins! 16h
BarbaraBB @lele1432 Thanks for signing up! Very happy to have you! 15h
BarbaraBB @batsy @erzascarletbookgasm I had to think about that immediately too 😉 15h
BarbaraBB @Freespirit You‘re very welcome. I hope they‘ll be easily available! 🤞 15h
CarolynM Thank you, that will be helpful.😘 14h
jveezer I really liked the Twin! First Dutch author I read, off the top of my head. 14h
AnneCecilie Thanks for the tips. I might read one of these. 12h
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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It took some time getting into this novel, mainly because of the use of local slang. But then it took off and I was drawn hard into the fast-paced plot about an Aboriginal family. They all have developed their own ways to cope with Australian society and their position within it. Addiction, criminal activities, lethargy, avoidance: it is each for their own, within society and within the family. 👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 #ozfiction

BarbaraBB A potential threat of losing their land, and the shared determination to protect it, does change things however. It‘s a gritty yet loving and respectful novel and as a ‘dugai‘ I have learned a lot 😀 . Thank you so much for sending it to me, Carolyn! 💕 (edited) 1d
squirrelbrain Sounds really interesting! 1d
Megabooks This is on my TBR! Great review! 21h
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LeeRHarry Great review! I have it in my library pile to read, it‘s been bumped up that pile now 😊 hopefully I‘ll get to it before it has to go back! 20h
Freespirit Great review! 16h
CarolynM I'm so glad you enjoyed it. It's so hard to know how much use of language and references rely on our particular cultural knowledge and how much is more widely understood. I'm reminded of the old joke about the English and the Americans being separated by a common language 😂 I think the thing I loved most about it was that it didn't shy away from the bad stuff but it's tone was fundamentally positive. The characters were strong and resilient. 14h
BarbaraBB I am sure I didn‘t understand all but I really loved Kerry and how she stood up for things that mattered to her. And I loved the rawness about it all. While typing this I realize I may romanticize that aspect a bit 😊 @CarolynM (edited) 14h
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We‘re taking a trip through Europe in 2020! Join @Librarybelle and me on a year long challenge to read books set in an European country or by an author from an European country. Track your reading by signing up for the challenge using the below link. Post throughout the year with #ReadingEurope2020 and remember to tag us!


Librarybelle Hooray!! 1d
CarolynM I'm hopeless at challenges but I want to give this a go. It will take me a while to work out which book for which category though! 1d
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jenniferw88 Just signed up for this! 1d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM You are joining? Wow! It should be just fun, trying to read as many books set in different countries and/or by authors from different countries. We can give eachother recommendations. The hashtag turned out to be a good starting point for finding good books in this years #ReadingUSA2019! 1d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 Super nice! Let‘s do this! ❤️ 1d
Sace I just signed up. I couldn't resist. I haven't figured out what I'll read though. 1d
Cinfhen Thanks for tagging me!!! Going to sign up right now ❤️ 1d
Cathythoughts I‘m diving in ! Signed up 👍🏻❤️thanks for the tag !! (edited) 1d
LeeRHarry I‘m going to give this a go too - like @CarolynM I‘m not the best with challenges 😏 - sounds like fun! 😊 Still including the UK ? 🤪 (edited) 1d
Cinfhen It‘s Like Eurovision for books!!! Let‘s see how far I get xx can‘t wait to start seeing everyone‘s ideas 1d
BarbaraBB @Sace So happy to have you! This will be fun! ❤️ 1d
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts So nice that you‘re joining! Thanks! 💕 1d
batsy Thanks for the tag! I'm going to peruse and have a think ❤️ and most likely will be persuaded 😁 1d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yay! Let‘s do this! ReadingUSA has been so much fun! 1d
BarbaraBB @LeeRHarry Really great to have you joining! We‘ll share ideas and see how far we‘ll get! UK will always be Europe- with or without EU 😉❤️ 1d
BarbaraBB @batsy Give me an SO if you need any convincing 😂 1d
JennyM I‘ve enjoyed my first challenge this year so I‘ve just signed up! Let‘s see how I go...eek! Thanks for hosting guys 😘 @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB 1d
Emilymdxn Yes so excited! Let‘s do this! Very excited to become even more European and until I‘m the ultimate Nigel Farage-angering machine 💙💛💙💛 1d
LittleBug Signed up! Let‘s see how far my TBR stack gets me☺️ 1d
CarolynM Yes, I've just signed up. I'll definitely need your recommendations for some of the countries. Don't let the Brexiteers hear you - they've never believed the UK is part of Europe. I plan to read the last of Ali Smith's quartet for that one - seems appropriate @LeeRHarry 1d
batsy Ok, I signed up! 😆🎉 1d
saresmoore Sara, a few days ago: “I‘m not going to do any reading challenges next year. I always fail at them.” Sara, this morning upon seeing this post: “Oh oh oh! I‘m definitely doing this reading challenge!” 😆🤷‍♀️🥳 1d
LeeRHarry @CarolynM Sounds like a good choice! 😊 1d
squirrelbrain @Emilymdxn 🤣🤣🤣 1d
mklong I‘m in! Sounds like fun!! 1d
andrew61 I've signed up, which now makes my second challenge for next year but as @CarolynM has alluded to the deaded B word this is my way of embracing the joy of Europe. Although i haven't got a clue how i do the Google list, is it as i go along, may just post here as go along. Thanks for organising ☺ 1d
BarbaraBB @JennyM @Emilymdxn @LittleBug @CarolynM @batsy @saresmoore @mklong @andrew61 Wow, coming out of a meeting and you all have signed up! This is going to be great! ❤️👍🏼 1d
BookNAround I‘m terrible at challenges and have a way of getting seriously distracted (plus once my reading for my job ramps up Feb-Aug, I don‘t have a ton of flexibility) but I think I‘m going to sign up and see where I get. 1d
BarbaraBB @BookNAround Please do! I think it will be very hard to actually finish it. Let‘s just see where it goes and discover some new writers! That‘s how I think of it as well! 1d
Liz_M I'm in! (Using all 1001 books, of course 😉) I won't get very far, but hope to read at least one per month. 1d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Great! I have a lot of 1001 books on my shelves coming from various European countries too! 1d
Kalalalatja I‘m so excited! I‘ll have to start planning this and #Booked2020 soon 😄 1d
Simona I just signed up, and I think that I'm gonna enjoy in this challenge very much❣️ Thank you @BarbaraBB and @Librarybelle for your effort😘 1d
youneverarrived I‘ve just signed up. Thanks for putting it together ♥️ 1d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Simona Great! Are you going to share some great Danish and Slovenian books with us? 1d
BarbaraBB @youneverarrived I was hoping you would join too! (edited) 1d
Kalalalatja Good idea! But I‘ll have to brush up on my Danish lit, it isn‘t really what I read the most 😅 1d
Simona It‘s the same with me☺️ @Kalalalatja ...and there is also problem with the translations. Slovenian books translated into a English are rarity @BarbaraBB 1d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @Simona The same goes for me. I don‘t read that many Dutch authors either. For Slovenia, I was thinking of 1d
Simona Yes, I would recommend it, but with the slightest reservation ... I would also recommend anything by Drago Jančar, my favorite by him is 1d
Simona and also translated in English is Brina Svit 1d
julesG I'm still on the fence re: signing up, but I'll put together a few German authors translated into English. 1d
BarbaraBB @julesG That would be so nice! Translated German authors as well as you signing up 😉. Thanks! 💕 24h
julesG I caved. But I'm not promising to do all the states. 24h
BarbaraBB @julesG I honestly doubt if it‘s possible to read them all. I‘m happy to try. Thanks for caving 😀 23h
AceOnRoam I'll join in thanks for all the effort you've put into this, it's much appreciated 💕 22h
BarbaraBB @AceOnRoam You‘re very welcome and most of the work has been done by @Librarybelle - she made the Google form! 22h
AceOnRoam Great, thanks, I have just thanked her on her own post too. 22h
AceOnRoam @AnneFindsJoy you maybe interested? 22h
AnneFindsJoy @AceOnRoam thanks for tagging me, interested for sure :) thanks to the organizers!!! 20h
Texreader Signed up! 19h
lele1432 I signed up! 😄 19h
arubabookwoman Great idea! I signed up, but not sure if I did it right because I didn't fill in the books yet. Was I supposed to? (edited) 15h
BarbaraBB @AnneFindsJoy Let‘s make this as inspiring as this year‘s #ReadingUSA2019! 15h
BarbaraBB @Texreader @lele1432 @arubabookwoman Thanks for signing up! This will be such fun! 💃 Deborah, you don‘t need to fill in your books yet, you can do that during the year, to keep track. 15h
Texreader @BarbaraBB Thanks for doing this! I think it will be lots of fun! 14h
JazzFeathers I'm a disaster with challenges, but this is too good to pass on. 2h
BarbaraBB @JazzFeathers I hope you‘ll sign up, there‘s no failing in this challenge! It‘ll be fun to discover some new authors. I don‘t think many will actually complete it 😉 2h
JazzFeathers @BarbaraBB Just signed up 😁 2h
BarbaraBB @JazzFeathers I saw! I‘m glad you did! 2h
Linsy Yay!!! 2h
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Orlando: A Biography | Virginia Woolf
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“Near London Bridge, a wrecked wherry boat was plainly visible, lying on the bed of the river where it had sunk last autumn. The old bumboat woman, who was carrying her fruit to market on the Surrey side, sat there in her plaids and farthingales with her lap full of apples, for all the world as if she were about to serve a customer, though a certain blueness about the lips hinted the truth."

The #Frozen Thames described by Woolf. ?❄️ #MOvember

Cinfhen Lovely images 2d
JennyM Bumboat woman - what a description ❄️ 2d
batsy Love this quote and image! 1d
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BarbaraBB @JennyM @batsy I‘ll never forget Woolf‘s descriptions of the frozen Thames. So vivid ❤️ 1d
Billypar One of my all -time favorites, and I love the frozen Thames part! 1d
KarenUK Love this 😍💕 1d
merelybookish Beautiful! I'm hoping to re-read this before the month ends! 1d
BarbaraBB @Billypar It‘s unforgettable 💙 1d
youneverarrived This scene is so vivid 💙 1d
Severnmeadows A very beautiful picture! 23h
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Human Traces | Sebastian Faulks
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This book explores the development of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the late 19th century. It is a search into #HumanNature in combination with the upcoming WWI, one of Faulks‘ returning subjects.
It‘s a good book - not as good as Birdsong though. #MOvember

Cinfhen Haven‘t read this author yet 🙈 2d
Kalalalatja Me neither @Cinfhen but Barbara is hitting all my buzz words with this blurb 😂 2d
Cinfhen Would that be psychiatry and psychoanalysis !?!?! @Kalalalatja ❤️ 2d
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it would, everything remotely related to psychology and the human mind are buzz words for me 😄 2d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja You will probably like it indeed 😀 2d
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The Great Book Swap | Alan Mitchell
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I couldn‘t resist this one again. It‘s just books and chocolat and I loved it last year. Thank for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon ! Check Chelle‘s post for all details, you can still enter! #Jolabokaflodswap

MaleficentBookDragon THANK YOU FOR SHARING! 3d
LiteraryinLititz I signed up! ☺️ 3d
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The Trick to Time | Kit de Waal
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Birthday #bookhaul 💙

This year I decided I really just wanted books. Everyone thinks I‘ve lost it this time, but I couldn‘t be happier!

Rachel.Rencher Happy birthday! 🥳 3d
TrishB The best presents ❤️ 3d
LiteraryinLititz Happy birthday! 3d
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Chelsea.Poole Happy birthday 🎈 3d
BarbaraBB @Rachel.Rencher Thank You Rachel 😘 3d
Aimeesue Congrats on making another whole trip around the sun! Happy birthday! 3d
MicheleinPhilly Well what else could you possibly want? Great haul! 3d
Liz_M Happy Birthday 🎂 🍷 🍫🍾 3d
batsy Can never go wrong 📚📚😍 3d
Megabooks Nice haul!! I loved this one. I hope you do too! ❤️🥳🎉📚😘 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Fabulous stack! 3d
Tamra Happy Book Day! 😁 3d
BarbaraBB @LiteraryinLititz @Chelsea.Poole @Aimeesue @Liz_M @Tamra Thank you, it‘s been a good one ❤️😘 3d
Kalalalatja I understand you are happy, what a stack 😍 3d
Hooked_on_books I don‘t think you‘ve lost it—I think you are wise! Happy Birthday! 3d
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, my friend! 😘😘😘 3d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @LeahBergen Thank you 🙏 I had a great day eyeing my new books 😂😘 3d
Cinfhen What a great group of happiness 🥰 2d
LeeRHarry Happy birthday! 💐🧁🎉 2d
youneverarrived Great stack there 😍 2d
vivastory Happy Birthday!!! 🎉🎂📚 2d
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks! The book isn‘t even among them. My daughter literally took it before I could take the picture 😂 2d
CarolynM You have another parcel coming. Sorry it's late😬 2d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM The Japanese one! Looking forward to it. ❤️You still haven‘t answered my question when it‘s your birthday! (edited) 1d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I just finished Too Much Lip. Wow! I will post my review later today. Have to think about it a bit more! 1d
CarolynM Sorry, I meant to answer but I forgot. I'm keeping my birthday out of this public forum for security reasons. I'll send you an email. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say about Too Much Lip. I hope it made sense to you. 1d
BarbaraBB I understand about security! Looking forward to your mail. Looking for a reason to thank you properly for your gifts but it can be X-mas as well 😉😘 1d
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The Pisces: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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@robinb @squirrelbrain Today I was finally allowed to open your parcels and postcards. You sending me this from across the North Sea and the Atlantic means so much to me. I am so happy to have you in my life 💕! And Helen, the book does seem weird, I agree, but I‘ve seen so many good reviews! I‘ll keep you posted! Thanks again!

squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 🤞Hope you had a lovely birthday! 😘 3d
youneverarrived Intrigued what you‘ll make of this one 😆 2d
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Case Histories: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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Check @Cinfhen ‘s post about #BelowZer00s. In January it is party time again 💃🕺I am co-hosting Cindy in the #buddyread of Case Histories and in sharing our memories (Music🎶! Food🍿! Drinks🍷! Hair💇🏽‍♀️! Outfits👗!) of the zero‘s. We will be celebrating here the weekend from 10-12 January. So get your copy and get ready! All Littens are welcome to join of course. Tagged are some people who have indicated that they wanna join. Share the word!

bookandcat Yes I want to read this it's been sitting on my shelf for ages!!! Thanks for remembering me 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Yes!! 👍 3d
nomadreader This has been on my TBR forever! Would love to join. Thanks for tagging me, @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 3d
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Megabooks 🎉🎉 I‘m going to party like it‘s 2005! Thanks for reminding me! 3d
BookwormAHN Looking forward to it 😸 3d
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3d
jenniferw88 I'm interested! 3d
Cinfhen What a fun group!!! It‘s gonna be a great way to start 2020 @bookandcat @erzascarletbookgasm @nomadreader @Megabooks @BookwormAHN @jenniferw88 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳 3d
Kalalalatja I had completely forgotten about this, but I‘m so excited! Can‘t wait to party with you all 🙌 3d
thereadingowlvina Yay! Can't wait! 😊 3d
JennyM Count me in for the party 🥳 @cinfhen @BarbaraBB 3d
BarbaraBB @Redwritinghood Thank You 😘 3d
CarolynM Thanks for the tag. I'll be there.🙂 3d
gradcat Thanks for the reminder! I have already read the book, so I might just lurk, but maybe I‘ll be in for a reread. We‘ll see. Right now I‘m reading the latest in the series, 3d
BarbaraBB @gradcat You don‘t need to reread to join the party with your memories and pictures of the 00s 😘😊 3d
gradcat @BarbaraBB Oh, okay then—I‘m in!! Thanks for letting me know! 3d
Mdargusch Fun! I had forgotten about this. I‘m so excited to join in the fun! 3d
Crazeedi I'm game, not sure of what all to do, but in going to look for the book!! 3d
vivastory I'm ridiculously excited to read this!! I have the sneaky suspicion that this might become a new favorite series 🙌 2d
BarbaraBB @vivastory So happy you‘ll be there! 🕺💃 2d
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In my father's garden | Jan Siebelink
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This is the heartbreaking story of the gradual but unstoppable slipping of a wounded man, who flees into the darkest Calvinism and the pain this causes in his immediate environment. It‘s also the story of the love between a man who lives for the hereafter, and a woman who wants to live now.

This is one of my favorite Dutch novels and I can recommend it for #ReadingEurope2020 (soon to be announced by @Librarybelle and me‼️)

erzascarletbookgasm ReadingEurope2020? Sounds exciting! 4d
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Can‘t wait for #ReadingEurope2020 and HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎉🎈🎂🎁 💋🍷 4d
Hooked_on_books Hooray for ReadingEurope2020! I shall be signing up. I‘ve already started to comb through some of my books and reshelve them so I can find some options more easily when the time comes. 👏🏼 4d
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JennyM Happy birthday lovely! Hope you have a wonderful day x 😘 4d
Kalalalatja #ReadingEurope2020 sounds just like something that could motivate me to read more! 👏 4d
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉 enjoy your day. 4d
Cathythoughts Happy Birthday 👍🏻❤️🎁. 4d
batsy Happy birthday, friend! Have a fantastic day ❤️🎉📚📚📚 3d
Cathythoughts #ReadingEurope2020 sounds really interesting... Id like to give it a try .... will watch out for your announcements 👍🏻❤️ 3d
LauraBrook Happy birthday!!! Have a wonderful day! ❤️ 3d
Simona Happy birthday❣️🍾🥂 3d
youneverarrived Happy Birthday. Hope you have a lovely day 🍷😘😘 3d
Librarybelle Hooray! Great recommendation for next year. Happy Birthday!! I got your email and will make the changes later on today. 😁 3d
saresmoore Happy birthday, friend! 🥳 3d
LauraBeth Happy Birthday! 😘🎉🎉🎉 3d
JulAnna Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day! 🎉😊 3d
merelybookish Happy Birthday Barbara! Hope the day is lovely! 🎉🎁🎂🎈📚 3d
Kdgordon88 Happy, happy Birthday! 🎂 3d
MaureenMc Happy birthday!🎈 3d
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday!!! I hope you are having a fabulous day! 3d
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We Are Called to Rise | Laura McBride
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Las Vegas, city of opposites, where glamour and wealth seem never far away from poverty and harshness.
A refugee boy, a lonely wife, a war veteran with PTSD, another veteran in rehab, and a social worker. I‘d like to read more about each of them.
But this book is about the tragedy that interweaves their storylines. A tragedy that represents the major themes of current times. It is sad with a glimpse of hope. I loved it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Nevada

Kalalalatja Great review! 👏 5d
JennyM Fantastic review - and sounds totally my type of read. Thanks for sharing #stacked 😘 5d
MicheleinPhilly I just went to stack this and then thought, “This sounds familiar.” On Kindle. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5d
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Librarybelle Great review! 5d
Cinfhen Beautiful review! So glad it was a pick❣️I‘m always a little worried when I recommend a book. You‘re almost there 🙌🏻 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Most of the time we‘re in sync 💕 5d
Cinfhen True @BarbaraBB 👯‍♀️ 5d
Jee_HookedOnBookz I love this cover! But I think I saw a different one in BN. Great review! ❤️ 4d
BarbaraBB @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! It‘s the UK edition I think. I bought it from BookDepository. 4d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I hope you‘ll get to it soon! 4d
Reggie This sounds great. Stacked! 4d
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Too Much Lip | Melissa Lucashenko
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#WeeklyReport 46/19

I started We are Called to Rise today and am absolutely LOVING it so far. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Cindy. Next will be Too Much Lip, which I am so happy was gifted to me by @CarolynM Her review was so good. I‘ll read this one for #ATY2019.
In between I‘ll continue reading the Wells, both in hardcopy and on #SerialRead.
Lovely week ahead, don‘t you think?!

emilyhaldi We are Called does sound really good!!! Adding to my tbr 🤗 6d
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you‘re loving it, barbara!!! It‘s really good ~ don‘t want to say too much so I look forward to reading next week‘s #BookReport 😁 6d
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Kalalalatja It sounds like you are in for a great week! ☺️ and your birthday is this week, right? 6d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes! Just like yours 😉😘 6d
Kalalalatja It can only be a great week, then 😉 6d
CarolynM Hope you enjoy Too Much Lip. Don't forget the glossary and you can ask me anything and I'll try to answer - I may need help from @MrsMalaprop 🙂 6d
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM 👏👏👏 So excited to see this being read widely. Have you read ? 6d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @MrsMalaprop Thanks! I know how to find you 😘 6d
CarolynM @MrsMalaprop My book group has just chosen The Yield for our summer read. Looking forward to it. 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM do you know where I can find a glossary? I just started and it would come in handy 😀 5d
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I thought there was one in the back of the book but I've just checked and found it was in her earlier book Mullumbimby. My memory is getting worse and worse. I'm going to try to scan in that one and email it to you. (edited) 5d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM That would be so nice. Maybe there‘s one online as well. I‘ll have a look! 5d
CarolynM @BarbaraBB I've just emailed you a PDF of the Glossary from Mullumbimby from my westgarthwoman account. Hope you can access it! 4d
BarbaraBB @CarolynM perfect, I have received it and have already found some words that I was wondering about! 😘 4d
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#BookReport 45/19

According to plan I finished Beware of Pity (4*) and The Glass Bees (3*). Also I made a start with The Island of Doctor Moreau for the #1001books list. I am looking forward to an easy book to read alongside this one.

Megabooks I‘ve thought about reading The Island of Dr Moreau. Interested to read your thoughts!! 😊💜 (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Pretty photo!!! Impressed, you‘re staying true to your #WeeklyForecast 1w
arubabookwoman I have The Glass Bees on my Kindle, but have been putting off reading it because somehow I thought it was massive. It looks fairly short though. 1w
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It‘s really short. And it‘s worth reading! 7d
vivastory I really hope you like Dr Moreau. It might be my favorite Wells. 7d
BarbaraBB @vivastory I hope too. I‘m not a fan of Wells 🤞 7d
Liz_M @arubabookwoman Don't confuse it with the tagged 1001 book, which is much longer. 😆😆😆 6d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M @arubabookwoman Lots of glass in the #1001books, there‘s also 6d
arubabookwoman You know, it was The Glass Bead Game I was thinking of. Have either of you read it? @Liz_M @BarbaraBB 6d
BarbaraBB I bailed on it decades ago. I haven‘t tried again since. @Liz_M will probably have read it! 6d
Liz_M @arubabookwoman @BarbaraBB I bailed on the audio book, but own a paper copy and will get to it......eventually. 😁 6d
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The Glass Bees | Ernst Jnger
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I‘m the first to review this book on Litsy. That hardly happens anymore!

This is a disturbing story of a jobless former soldier who feels lost in an overmechanized world symbolized by artificial bees. He has an unusual job interview at Zapparoni Works.
The narrative blends his depiction of this interview, flashbacks to his childhood and his days as a soldier, and reflection on the themes of technology and morality.

#NYRB #1001books

Texreader Great review 1w
BarbaraBB @Texreader Thank You! 1w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank You 😊 7d
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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A young Austrian officer befriends a local millionaire and his family, but in particular the man's crippled daughter, Edith, for whom he feels sorry. The consequences are terrible.
But there is so much more to the story. As always, Zweigs‘ plot unfolds through things left unsaid, situations misread.
The only possible downside to this book is that it would be even more powerful if he‘d written it as a novella.

#Booked2019 #SoldiersStory

Cinfhen Oh, didn‘t realize this was for #Booked2019 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! Two more to go for this year! 1w
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I too have started planning my books for the winter prompts of #Booked2020. I am now thinking of these six but can‘t promise that it won‘t change completely.
But I love the planning, it‘s so much fun!

Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! I‘m excited by your choices!!! I ♥️your #CoverCrush it‘s swoon-y 1w
TrishB Look great 👍🏻 1w
Megabooks I loved Made for Love and Woman No 17! 1w
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4thhouseontheleft Great picks! 🙌🏽💜 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That is good to know! 1w
UnidragonFrag I've gotten as far as writing the prompts in my bujo and two books that I want to read as they're bookclub books, but not sure yet where they'll fit in lol 1w
BarbaraBB @UnidragonFrag Just computing them in a bujo is great, isn‘t it?! 😊 1w
Kalalalatja I have only heard of two of these, so I‘ll be excited to hear your thought if/when you get to them all! 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 I‘ve only heard of the Jacobson book. I‘d better start planning too! 1w
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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He feels #sorry for her but is that a good starting point for a relationship? That‘s what this book is about and I don‘t know where it will lead yet, but it‘s great. Zweig‘s style is addictive. It‘s just that Chelsea-Ajax is on tv and that is distracting! #MOvember

Freespirit Another one for the list! 2w
TrishB Was at Liverpool match and this score kept getting updated!! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Such a crazy match! Liverpool did great again I think? 2w
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Cinfhen My two favorite #FootieGirls plus @arlenefinnigan she‘s a fav too!!! @TrishB @BarbaraBB so 3 #FootieGirls ⚽️⚽️⚽️ 2w
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen we are on a lucky streak - the top players not at their best but others stepping up! 2w
arlenefinnigan We were watching the Liverpool game in the pub with a Man Who Doesn't Know Anything About Football Talking Very Loudly About Football. "is that Mané diving again?" - probably not seeing as he's not on the pitch. "well when Celtic won the European Cup in 1968" - they won it in 1967, Manchester United won it in 1968, famously, 10 years after the Munich disaster. Ugh. Men. 1w
BarbaraBB @arlenefinnigan @TrishB @Cinfhen I agree. Nothing worse than people who don‘t know anything about football talking about it! Happy that Liverpool won! Ajax felt screwed by the arbiter 😡😉 (edited) 1w
TrishB @arlenefinnigan how many of them are there!! 1w
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Voting for the #GoodreadsChoiceAwards is open now. I‘m disappointed again by the nominated books. They are so middle of the road, so predictable and uninspired. I know it‘s based on added and reviewed books on the platform itself, so I shouldn‘t be surprised, yet I do think these Awards do add nothing to what we already know without voting. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

Kalalalatja I feel you. I haven‘t even looked at the nominated books yet, and I already know, I won‘t be surprised.. 2w
Cinfhen I agree; these awards are usually uninspiring!!! I haven‘t looked but I guarantee Testaments and Crawdad‘s are going to win 🙄 2w
Cinfhen I guess Crawdad‘s was on the list last year🤷🏼‍♀️did it win??? 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It must have been on the list last year, it‘s one of those predictable nominees indeed. Give me the #ToB longlist over this one any time! 💕 (edited) 2w
LeahBergen These lists are always so “meh” for me, too. 😐 2w
Reggie What‘s a book you would like to see win some award? 2w
BarbaraBB @Reggie I‘m not sure if they were all published in this timeframe but I loved 2w
BarbaraBB To name a few! 2w
Reggie I haven‘t read any of them, booooo, I‘ll have to change that. 2w
Birdsong28 You can add your own suggestion 2w
batsy Agreed! Because it's based on GR data it'll inevitably be the most hyped books that end up there. 2w
Ms_T Litsy should do a Best Books of 2019, the list would contain a much greater variety of literature. 2w
Amiable I agree. I‘m usually uninspired by the choices. 2w
BarbaraBB @Ms_T Litsy does! I think it‘s organized by @LibrarianRyan (edited) 2w
LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB @Ms_T yep. Nominations for the #LitsyAwards will start Dec 1. I have the form ready and everything. Click through the hashtag to see the last two years worth of awards. 2w
Ms_T @LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB Great, I‘ll check it out! 2w
MicheleinPhilly I completely agree. These “awards” are just silly. I have this list bookmarked as they update it every month. It‘s fantastic: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/entertainment/best-books-2019 2w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Wow, that is a fantastic site. I know what I‘m gonna go tonight 😎😜 2w
lele1432 Yeah, I'm writing in a YA book I'm almost finished with that's not listed sadly, due to not enough hype, but it's fantastic! I'm excited for the #LitsyAwards! 2w
BarbaraBB @lele1432 That one sounds good! I do have a weak spot for everything related to Haïti ?? 1w
BarbaraBB @LibrarianRyan Thanks! Looking forward to it! 1w
lele1432 I thought it was so good! I hadn't read anything related to Haiti before. 😊 1w
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Beware of Pity | Stefan Zweig, Trevor Blewitt
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#WeeklyForecast 45/19

A new month means another 50 pages of Proust - like I‘ve been doing since 2017. This is the last book in the series but it‘ll take months to finish it.
I just started the tagged book. Zweig is becoming a favorite author.
Next will be a shorty for the #1001books list, The Glass Bees.
I guess that will be it for this week but just in case, I added the next one for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge, We are Called to Rise.

Cinfhen I‘m guessing that‘s your Nevada pick 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes! Weren‘t you the one who suggested it? 2w
Cinfhen I think so 😬🤞🏼🤞🏼 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Its premise looks great! I hope I‘ll get to it this wel but that may be a bit too ambitious 😉 2w
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True Grit | Charles Portis
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An old school western, this book. Raving reviews everywhere but I wasn‘t pulled in for one minute. I couldn‘t connect to the plot, the setting or the characters. Well, at least I can tick off #Arkansas for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge!

Graywacke Think I‘ll pass on this (ok, it wasn‘t on the list anyway...) 2w
ValerieAndBooks I really liked this one! But I know sometimes one doesn‘t always like what “everyone” likes 😉 2w
sprainedbrain I‘m taking this off of my tbr... I‘ve been hesitant to read it for years and you just helped me decide. 😃 2w
jillrhudy I loved it too! 2w
Librarybelle Yes - at least another one ticked off the list! 2w
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#BookReport week 44/19

The Man who Saw Everything was a quick read and everything I hoped for.
The Princess of Cleves, a kind of 18th century soap, I had to bail on. I used it for the public domain prompt for #Booked2019 though.
The Lowland had been on my shelves since 2014. I finally read it because it is set in Rhode Island, a state I still needed for #ReadingUSA2019. I enjoyed it much more than I anticipated.

So I had a good reading week!

squirrelbrain 😁👍 Great week! 2w
Cinfhen Nice week!!! I had a bail too!!!! 2w
Lcsmcat I‘ve got The Lowland on my shelf. Maybe I should bump it up. 2w
Centique What @Lcsmcat said ☝️exactly the same here. 😊 2w
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Melkboer met de blues | Huub van der Lubbe
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Sometimes I wish you all would speak Dutch. Then I could share this book with you. It contains the lyrics of my favorite Dutch band, called De Dijk.
I grew up with their #music (a mix of rock and blues), and their lyrics are pure poetry; they touch my heart again and again ❤️

ljuliel What does the title say in English ? 2w
BarbaraBB @ljuliel Milkman with the blues! 2w
Chrissyreadit I absolutely wish I could speak Dutch... 2w
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ljuliel That‘s strange that the word blues is the same ! I‘m not much of a language expert. I took Latin, but that was back when mini skirts were still in style. 2w
emilyhaldi If only!!! 2w
BarbaraBB @ljuliel We just don‘t translate it. It‘s a bit of an untranslatable word, ‘the blues‘. Literally we translate blue into ‘blauw‘. 2w
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit It‘s no use for you English speaking people, almost no one speaks it outside my little country 😀 2w
Chrissyreadit Ironically my daughter has to help a little girl speak a few lines in Dutch for the play A Miracle On 34 Street 2w
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit That is such a coincidence! 2w
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The Lowland | Jhumpa Lahiri
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I liked this book more than I expected. It is a family saga set in turbulent Calcutta and quiet Rhode Island. It‘s about brothers and wives, mothers and daughters. Above all it is about people making choices for themselves and the consequences of those choices for others. Lahiri is a thoughtful storyteller with a lot to tell.

#ReadingUSA2019 #RhodeIsland

Librarybelle Awesome! 2w
vivastory I love Lahiri's stories, I need to read this one 2w
Blaire One of my go-to authors! 2w
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I just received the #Persephone Biannually, always a pleasant surprise. But in it I read that they consider to stop publishing if/when Brexit continues. That would be such a shame!

emilyhaldi What?!?! 😱 2w
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! Quick @emilyhaldi - make sure your sister doesn‘t see/hear this! 2w
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A classic from the #1001books list. Really short but I didn't manage to finish it. I think it is supposed to be a kind of classic soap novel but I really couldn't keep track of all the character. Sometimes it seemed as if in every other sentence a new character was introduced or mentioned. Not for me!

#Booked2019 #PublicDomain

Cathythoughts I‘m useless with loads of characters ... can‘t keep track at all 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Neither do I 🙈 2w
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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#octoberstats #octoberwrapup

In October I read 14 books, a pretty good amount for me. Among those 14 my favorite was the tagged little book, more of a poem actually but so heartbreaking. That was a 5 star read for me, but I also had 9 (!) 4 star reads so I had a very satisfactory month!

Cinfhen That‘s a great reading month!!!! 2w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
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Simona 14 is a big number, definitely very good reading month❣️ 2w
jillrhudy Me too! But I think Lonesome Dove should count three times! 2w
BarbaraBB @jillrhudy absolutely! 2w
youneverarrived Great month! 2w
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USA Activity Book | Heather Alexander
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Almost there! With another 4 reads in October I have only 7 states left to read my way through for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge. And I do have a title for these 7, so I think I‘ll be able to finish before the end of the year!

The 4 books I read this month are:
🍀 Indiana: The Fault in our Stars
🍀 South Dakota: The Work of Wolves
🍀 Connecticut: On Earth we‘re Briefly Gorgeous
🍀 South Carolina: The Secret Life of Bees

Cinfhen Woohoo 🎉 are you and @Librarybelle working on a European challenge???? 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Yes we are!! 2w
ljuliel You‘re doing terrific ✨✨✨✨✨✨ 2w
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BarbaraBB @ljuliel Thank you😊 2w
Cinfhen Can‘t wait!! 2w
Kimzey Such a great reading challenge! 2w
BarbaraBB @Kimzey Definitely. Are you participating too? In any case, next year will be #ReadingEurope2020 if your interested! (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain Yay! Looking forward to the Europe challenge! 😘 2w
Hooked_on_books Nice job! And I like the Europe idea—I‘ll definitely have to join that. 2w
Librarybelle You‘re almost done! And, it looks like we have a lot of interest in #ReadingEurope2020 ...hooray! 2w
Simona #ReadingEurope2020 ⁉️⁉️ I‘m definitely interested .... 2w
BarbaraBB @Simona I was hoping you would be! I‘ll keep you posted! 😘 2w
Simona Yes, please and thank you 😘 2w
jenniferw88 I'm interested in this too. I'm already planning a capital cities challenge for 2020 so I know I have some European countries covered! 3d
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 We‘ll be launching the challenge one of these days and I‘ll make sure to tag you. I am so happy you want to join! 💕 3d
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It‘s that time of the year again, the one in which to decide what reading challenges to participate in and what books to choose for each prompt. It‘s almost as good as the reading itself 😍

#ATY2020, Goodreads‘ Around The Year Challenge, is the first I saw and it‘s looking great. It won‘t be the same doing this challenge without @Rachel_nyc 💔but I am tempted to participate again.

merelybookish The planning is the best part! And I'm still thinking about Rachel. I didn't know her well, but the loss of a virtual friend is still a loss. 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish The planning is so exciting for us book nerds! And I am surprised how touched I am by the loss of a virtual friend. 3w
marleed Thank you for letting us know about Rachel. I found her public FB page yesterday and thought of her all day and still today. It breaks my IRL heart. 3w
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BarbaraBB @marleed I feel the same. Life can be rude. 3w
batsy I've been thinking about Rachel ever since you shared the news, too. I didn't know her well but I enjoyed her posts and her comments in discussion. I still can't wrap my mind around it 😔 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy It feels unreal. And it feels close even if we didn‘t know her well 😒 2w
Suet624 I‘m with you all in the news about Rachel too. It has really affected me. 2w
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Saul Adler, the main character in this book, is not a very likeable character, but the way Levy places him in the middle of the turbulent second half of Europe‘s 20th century is brilliant.

I can‘t say much without spoiling things, but be prepared that even the smallest details recur, reform, and return with new significance and meaning in Saul‘s struggle to bring order to his life and story.

(Pic: Dutch skies)

JamieArc I read about all the symbolism Levy places in this after I read it, and I missed so much! Would have been helpful to know more Beetles references too. I think I need to reread it at some point. 3w
BarbaraBB @JamieArc I read an article afterwards too and you‘re right, there so much that I missed! Such a clever use of language! 3w
Kalalalatja Stunning picture 👌 3w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Thank you 😀 2w
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I am at loss for words but I just found out and feel I need to inform you that my dear Litsy friend Rachel_nyc passed away.

I didn‘t know her personally but through our shared passion for books, it feels as if I‘ve lost a real friend.
I feel so sorry for your family and loved ones, dear Rachel. You were way too young to die. Way too full of life and plans

I will miss you here and I‘m sure many more of us will❤️💔❤️ (tagging the #nyrbbookclub)

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm so sorry to hear that. 💔 3w
suvata So sad 💔 3w
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merelybookish Oh my gosh! Heartbreaking! 3w
sprainedbrain Oh no. This is so sad. 💔 3w
marleed Ohh. I am so sad. 3w
thebluestocking Thank you for letting us all know. I really enjoyed Rachel here on Litsy. 3w
batsy This is so sad. I'm so sorry to hear this 😔 3w
Cinfhen Thank you dear sweet Barbara for sharing this heartbreaking news with our community. Sending condolences to Rachel‘s friends and family. You‘ll be missed, Rachel 💔 (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain Such sad news to hear - sending love and condolences to Rachel‘s family and friends. Know that Rachel was very loved here in our Litsy community. 3w
GatheringBooks oh my goodness. heart breaking news. :( how very sad, indeed. prayers and warm thoughts to Rachel‘s family. 3w
vivastory Thank you for posting this Barbara. I didn't know Rachel very well, but she always had great insight into the monthly NYRB selections & I always looked forward to her chiming in on the monthly discussion. She'll be missed by friends & family. 3w
youneverarrived Oh my gosh that‘s so sad 💔 my heart goes out to her family and friends and she will certainly be missed by us all on here. 3w
mklong Thank you for letting us know. This is so terribly sad. 3w
Balibee146 So sorry to read this 💔 3w
Cathythoughts I‘m very sorry to hear this 💔 3w
Kalalalatja I‘m so sorry to hear 💔 3w
AmyG I am so very sorry. 😪 3w
MicheleinPhilly Oh god. What absolutely horrible news. I am so sorry to hear this. 😞 3w
Come-read-with-me @BarbaraBB This is such a sad loss. I am truly sorry. 😞 3w
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB way too young . So sorry to hear this.Heartbreaking loss. 3w
ValerieAndBooks That is sad news. My heart goes out to her loved ones. 3w
BookNAround So very sad. Peace for everyone whose life she touched. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm So sorry to hear this. 😔 I remember seeing her post a few weeks ago. 3w
TheBookHippie Oh 😭. So very heartbreaking . Sending love to all who knew her. 3w
Jas16 I am sorry to hear this. Such sad news. 3w
LeahBergen Oh, my goodness. This is so heartbreakingly sad. 💔💔 She was such a delight here on Litsy. 😢 3w
Suet624 I have been so sad about this after hearing from you. I am so sorry for her family and friends. She will be missed on Litsy. 3w
sisilia Omg! I‘m so sorry to hear this 💔 3w
JoScho I‘m so sorry 😔 3w
CarolynM Such sad news. I'm very sorry to hear this. 3w
saresmoore Oh, how terrible! I‘m so sorry to hear this. 3w
Reviewsbylola Omg that‘s so awful. 💔 3w
Bklover Awful news! Thank you for letting us know. So very sad. I‘m so sorry. 3w
emilyhaldi How awful 💔💔💔 so sorry to hear this 2w
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Such a great new idea from @Cinfhen , to do a #weeklyforecast on Sunday followed by a#Bookreport on Saturday!

I started the tagged book today and when it‘s as good as other Levy‘s, I‘ll finish it soon. Then I will start The Lowland for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge, a book I have been dreading for years, I don‘t know why. On @SerialReader and hardcopy I started The Princess of Cleves, a #1001read. This will take a while I think.

Cinfhen Super curious about your tagged book!!!! It sounds SO STRANGE from the synopsis but I‘ve seen good reviews. And I was also dreading the Lahiri but it was way better than I expected. We had really good #bookclub discussion 3w
Cinfhen Thanks for joining in 🥰 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That‘s good to know about the Lahiri! And of course I‘m joining! 😘 3w
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KarenUK I‘m dying to read the Deborah Levy.... 3w
CarolynM I look forward to your thoughts on the Levy. I loved it. 3w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @KarenUK @Cinfhen Just 20 pages in but loving it so far! 3w
lele1432 Those look really good! 3w
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The Secret Life of Bees | Sue Monk Kidd
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Such a lovely read about a young girl learning what love is all about among a group of women and bees. A feel good book with a touch of YA but a perfect read for a lazy weekend and I am glad I finally read it!

#ReadingUSA2019 #SouthCarolina

JennyM Cool pic 😎 3w
Librarybelle I really liked this one! Great picture! I‘ve been thinking about next year‘s challenge and will be in touch soon about it. 🙂 3w
Eggs Great book! 3w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yay! Looking forward to it! I have made a list of European countries as well - which turned out to be not as easy as you‘d think 😂 3w
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Sea Prayer | Khaled Hosseini
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“Because all I can think tonight is how deep the sea is. How powerless I am to protect you from it.
You are the most precious cargo there ever was.
I pray the sea knows this. Inshallah.”

What a heartbreaking book, inspired by the story of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year old Syrian refugee who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea trying to reach safety in Europe in 2015. 😢💔

The Dumb House | John Burnside
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This book reminded me of The Collector and The Wasp Factory. Books with main characters who are cold and ruthless in an intelligent and argumentative way. I don‘t know what it says about me 🙈 but I did enjoy this freaky read about a man using his own kids to create a ‘Dumb House‘ experiment.

Thanks for sharing @Cinfhen 💕 and for putting it on my radar @Kalalalatja 😘

(Pic: Drents Museum, Assen, NL)

LeahBergen Well, now I KNOW I‘ll like it. 😆😆 3w
Kalalalatja I‘m glad you liked it! And I‘m a fan of the dark and twisty MCs, too 😅 3w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen I think so too. And it‘s about twins again, so I can see a pattern 😂 3w
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BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja You should read this one too 3w
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Is it?? 😆 👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Cinfhen Cool photo 💓What does it say about me when all my besties are so dark & twisted???!!?! @Kalalalatja @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB 😉 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It makes you the sweet innocence 😂 3w
Cinfhen Thanks 😘😇my lovely 😈 3w
Kalalalatja Thanks for the rec Barbara, it sounds great! And @Cinfhen you could always join us on the dark side 😄😈 3w
Cinfhen Trust me @Kalalalatja I‘ve taken the walk 🤪🖤 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 😂😂 3w
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Antonio Mancini: con cinquantasei tavole | Virgilio Guzzi, Antonio Mancini
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For work I visited the exhibition Sprezzatura in Assen, the Netherlands. It‘s about Italian artists from the 19th century. Look at this painting by Antonio Mancini, of a boy reading. Love it! #art

tpixie 😍😍😍 3w
Libby1 It‘s wonderful. ❤️ 3w
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Give Me Your Hand | Megan Abbott
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Disappointing. Two ambitious women, chasing a career in science (which is not really relevant for the plot), know about eachother‘s secret. This results in a strange balance between them, waiting to be disturbed.
Megan Abbott wants to put so much in this thriller but in the end it‘s all rather far-fetched.

LeeRHarry Totally agree with your review - I picked it up because I‘m a scientist myself and found that side of it unrealistic. 3w
Redwritinghood Agree. I think this was based on real events, but I agree she didn‘t really make the characters or events plausible. 3w
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The Book of Mormon: The Only Book That Matters | Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
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I went to this musical tonight because my sister had an extra ticket. I don‘t like musicals at all, I thought. But I was wrong. I had such a good time! Such great actors, fantastic choreography, and such terrible political incorrect songs 😂 Loved it!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This musical is amazing! 4w
Amiable I laughed so hard during this I was afraid I‘d wet myself. 😄 4w
kspenmoll I was lucky enough to see this on Broadway with the original cast- 😂😂😂 4w
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jveezer As someone (an outsider) who went to the University of Utah, I especially enjoyed that show. 😜 4w
BarbaraBB @Amiable @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It is hilarious and I loved the self-mockery (If that is a correct English word)! 4w
BarbaraBB @kspenmoll I think I saw it with the original cast too (not sure). It was an American cast, doing the show for the first time in a non-English speaking country. 4w
BarbaraBB @jveezer I visited Utah this summer and read a lot about Mormonism, that made it extra nice!! How did you feel at the University of Utah? I had the idea people from all over the country come to SLC to live there but I might be wrong of course. 4w
jveezer @BarbaraBB Back in the ‘80s it was like landing on a different planet where separation of church and state didn‘t exist. Felt like a betrayal of my ideal of my country. 3w
BarbaraBB @jveezer That sounds weird! 3w
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At Dusk | Hwang Sok-Yong
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Park Minwoo is a Korean architect who is part of Seoul‘s rapid urban development. The traditional slums are fast being removed and replaced by modern buildings. But with it, Minwoo realizes his own roots and that of his country are disappearing. A slow, sad read. Very good!

(Pic: Amsterdam marathon)

Kalalalatja I love that you brought a book to a Marathon 😂 4w
LeahBergen Another great photo!! 😍 4w
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yeah well... no excuse I think 😂 4w
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The Other | Thomas Tryon
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For me this book was too crowded. Too many people, too many rooms and corners in the house, too many words. All of this made it hard for me to concentrate on what was happening. Still it was a scary read with smart twists. The horror was real and I am looking forward to discussing this one with the #NYRBBookClub!

(Pic: My son in his usual pose 😂)

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 made me feel claustrophobic! 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture ♥️ 1mo
batsy Nice review! Thanks for the reminder that I should read this soon 😆 I keep thinking October lasts forever! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk Ha! Looks like my son 😜 1mo
Suet624 I was just wondering how folks were faring with this book. I chose to skip this one because I don‘t like being scared. 😁 1mo
mklong Great review! And @batsy Same! I guess it doesn‘t last forever just bc I want it to. 1mo
LeahBergen @batsy @mklong Me, too! I better get cracking on this one as it‘s my pick. 😆😆 1mo
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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Somehow I never read this one. I now did. In one breath. To imagine that what Wiesel went through happened here, in Europe, just 75 years ago! It‘s incredible and good to always be reminded of. This can never happen again and yet, when I read the news and realize that I know just a fraction of what is happening right now in Syria, in Central Africa, in Haiti, to name just a few. It‘s incomprehensible what people are able to do to one another 💔

Kalalalatja It truly is heartbreaking 💔 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- good perspective- I feel like we are standing by while genocide has happened in this century already- Syria and Rohyngia to begin with. 1mo
Amiable Elie Wiesel was a professor at my university when I was in college. He was equally as impressive a speaker as he was a writer. He would be speaking loudly and forcefully about what it going on in Syria today. 1mo
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JenniferP I somehow haven‘t read this yet, either! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Chrissyreadit Rohyngia indeed, how awful I forgot about them already 🤭 (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Amiable It must have been so special to have him as your professor. 1mo
BarbaraBB @JenniferP It‘s a must-read I think, in line with Primo Levi and Jorge Semprun! 1mo
Chrissyreadit @Amiable what an amazing opportunity!!! 1mo
lele1432 I have never read this either. Bought it on audio a few months ago. I really need to get to it! Still kind of blows my mind it happened less than 100 years ago... 1mo
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The Fugitive | Marcel Proust
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On this raining autumn day I finally finished another Proust.
In between the typical, endless meandering sentences, there does happen a lot in this 6th book of In Search of Lost Time. Albertine loses much of her magic when Marcel learns more about her after she falls from a horse. He feels finally free to visit Venice with his mother. Also he meets Gilberte again, on the brink of yet another unhappy marriage, of which the series has a lot!

Liz_M Captive/Fugitive were the weakest part of this story. The last volume has some stunning writing, as good or better than the best bits in the first volume! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Liz_M That is good to know! I‘ll start it next month and will read about 50 pages a month so a year from now I will be finished. I think my next 1001 project then will be 1mo
thebluestocking This is highly impressive. I have the first four volumes but haven‘t read past the first chapter of volume one! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @thebluestocking It took me almost three years to get this far 😄 1mo
jveezer I love Proust and am on the middle of a reread with the recent English translations. I‘m on Sodom & Gomorrah, which is the last one of the new translations available in the USA due to copyright, so I‘ll have to find used copies that someone bought in Europe to finish the cycle... 1mo
BarbaraBB @jveezer I‘m reading them in Dutch or I would have send you my copies! 1mo
thebluestocking @jveezer I didn‘t know the rest of the translations were done but not available in the US! I‘ll have to hunt down the others. 1mo
Ruthiella BOOK SIX! Amazing - you‘re almost done. I‘ve always been daunted by these books. I had to read Swan in Love for a French lit class in college but I kinda just skimmed it unfortunately. Bad student! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I have skimmed some parts too. That‘s unavoidable with Proust I think 😂 1mo
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What a beautiful, sad book. So many beautiful sentences used to tell the story of the hard way of growing up when you‘re born in Vietnam, your family traumatized, and start a new life in America, where you are yellow and gay, small and with not enough English vocabulary to stand up for yourself. Heartbreaking 💔

#ReadingUSA2019 #Connecticut #Booked2019 #Newin2019

batsy I need to read this! Lovely review. 1mo
Librarybelle Great review! 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review. I really need to get to this one. 1mo
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Cinfhen So glad you loved it too 💗and awesome that it worked for Connecticut 1mo
rohit-sawant Wonderfully put. 1mo
Kalalalatja Great review! 1mo
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Thanks so much for yet another awesome bookmail Cindy 💕. Of course I‘ll read the tagged one, I completely trust your judgment😀! And The Dumb House I have been wanting to read ever since @Kalalalatja started raving about it! I really like disturbed books 🙈!
Thanks so much for everything, dear friend 💜😘

TrishB Lovely 💕 1mo
LeahBergen I liked A Head Full of Ghosts! 👍🏻 1mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Enjoy 😘 1mo
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Kalalalatja How nice! 💕 1mo
Libby1 Hello! Will you be in Amsterdam this Wednesday or Thursday? I will be there then and it would be lovely to meet you for a quick coffee and chat if you‘re free. My schedule is very flexible, as I‘ll be arriving from Delft sometime on Wednesday and flying home after 9 PM on Thursday. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Libby1 Oh Libby that would be so nice, as you are one of the first friends I made on Litsy. Unfortunately I‘ll be in Den Bosch in the south of the country for work from Tuesday on.. 😞😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Libby1 There is a great exhibition in Delft by the way that I can recommend: Pieter de Hoogh in Prinsenhof. It just opened! As did Rembrandt and Velasquez in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam if you‘re into some art... 1mo
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I‘ve pre-ordered this one ages ago. It won‘t be long now: Flea‘s memoirs have finally been published ❤️🌶💃 (pic: Flea on Instagram)

An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This thriller kept me awake half the night. Not because it was so scary that I couldn't sleep, but because I couldn't stop reading. The story of Jess, who as a client comes under the spell of the perfect and mysterious psychiatrist Doctor Shields, is filled with twists that kept me guessing until the end. Recommended!

Cathythoughts Well that‘s a great recommendation! Stacked 1mo
Readswithcoffee Agreed! I‘m not usually a fan of the psychological thriller genre, but this is a good one. (edited) 1mo
riversong153 I remember really enjoying this book when I read it but now I can‘t remember the twist lol! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @riversong153 I have that all the time as well! 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m not a thriller reader, but with a psychiatrist-client relationship involved, I‘m suddenly interested! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja If you don‘t expect too much you might enjoy the psychiatric aspects in the book. I did! 1mo
Mdargusch I still need to read the Wife Between Us. It‘s been on my shelf for months! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I enjoyed that one too but I think I prefer this one. 1mo
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Red Clocks: A Novel | Leni Zumas
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Told from the perspective of four women, Red Clocks re-imagines what the US would be like if abortion was once again illegal and criminalized while also outlawing single parents from adopting. The women in this novel each deal with this new reality in different ways. Zumas did a good job in creating four wildly different characters whose paths cross and who all in their own way are so strong and authentic.

rambiepaige This is such a great book! ❤️ 1mo
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I made it halfway through the challenge so far. Three more months for 10 books. It does sound easy!

megnews 👏👏👏 I‘ve got 8, working on my 9th now. Too easily distracted by so many other great books. (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen Way to go!!! It‘s great having a “concrete” plan, although I have read some books not on my “list” 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m super curious about that memoir 1mo
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Cinfhen Oh, YOU read Shotgun LoveSong???? Isn‘t it great?!!? 1mo
BarbaraBB @megnews I read many others too, I doubt I will even make these 20 but so far so good! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It was a pick for me, but not a five star one! 1mo
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