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sisilia

Joined May 2016

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Need something lighter to read next…. so I decided to be with the Pringles again 😃

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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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I made it! 3⭐️ for me… this is the hardest chunkster I have read so far. I felt that Mann had this collection of thoughts that he wanted to share, and he decided to dump everything into this story of Hans Castorp. Despite this, I still like the way the story is set up, and also the smart little details that only a good author can produce, and the sprinkle of humours that made me giggle in parts of the book. A tough book, but worth the effort.

Dilara 👏 👏 👏 6d
BarbaraBB Well done! I loved this one but thought it way too long 6d
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 6d
Megabooks 🤩🤩🤩 5d
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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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I have 7 hours left til the book club meeting. Do you think I can make it? The philosophical chatters in this novel makes my head spin 🤪

Tamra Go go go! 6d
Leftcoastzen Mann is a load! 6d
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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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Still reading this chunkster

Ruthiella It took me the better part of a year to finish it! 2w
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The Magic Mountain | Thomas Mann
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Beginning

Liz_M Reading this book, I've never wanted a lingering illness so much in my life.... Beautiful mountain views, maps in lounge chairs, five gourmet meals a day... 4w
Simona Loved the first book, but I still have to read the second …. 4w
sarahbarnes This is one of my favorites. 4w
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4⭐️ Thank you NYRB for publishing this excellent WWI memoir. The author‘s grandson did an amazing translation and editing work that it‘s so easy to read despite the heavy topic.

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Flight back to Singapore with this book. From WWII, I‘m moving back to WWI

Leftcoastzen Oh , fly safe ! Didn‘t know about that one! 1mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen Randomly saw it in NYRB catalogue and it intrigued me 😊 1mo
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4⭐️ This chunky novel is super readable. What you need is just lots of allocated reading time and no phone nearby 😝 If you like stories during WWII era, this one is for you. I learned a lot about Rumania from Book 2, and I wonder what the Levant Trilogy would bring me.

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Friends and Heroes | Olivia Manning
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The momentum picks up in this book 3. More characters, more of Harriet‘s exasperation 😜 I‘m just amazed at how these British people keep moving from one country to another to avoid the Germans. I guess that‘s how war is 🤷🏻‍♀️

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My kind of beach read 😆

Leftcoastzen I‘m with you! beautiful setting! 1mo
Liz_M Oh, I want to be there. 1mo
quietjenn *swoon* 1mo
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous 😍 1mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful ♥️ 1mo
batsy Bliss! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Envy! 😍 1mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚❤️📚❤️ 1mo
batsy Happy birthday!! 🎂📚🎈 1mo
sisilia Thank you @LeahBergen @batsy 🥰 1mo
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The Spoilt City | Olivia Manning
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Second book of the Balkan Trilogy. Things are moving faster now, with the fall of Carol 2 and Germany‘s about to move into Bucharest. Some parts reminded me of the 1998 riot in Indonesia. Everyone‘s anxious and scared 😞 The Pringles are brave couple to be able to go through all of these. Now Harriet has flown to Athens, and I‘m super keen to read Book 3

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It‘s public holiday here in Singapore, which means I have time to read 💃🏻

Leftcoastzen Another book you are reading I want to read . Hope your holiday is great. 1mo
sisilia @Leftcoastzen Thanks Linda 😄 I think you‘ll love this… Book 1 is a bit slow but things get sooo much better in Book 2 1mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! 1mo
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Back to reading this book…. after a year 🙈 I finished Book 1 of the trilogy last year, and was somehow distracted by other, more pressing reads 🤪

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The Child | Jules Valls
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3⭐️ My problem with this book is the way it‘s being told. Its first half is just like a collection of snippets from childhood, and I almost lost my interest. The second half is much better with stories flowing instead of the stop and go approach used at the start. In the hand of Emile Zola, this story of a child living with abusive parents would have been a jaw-dropping page turner. Alas, Valles is not Zola.

BarbaraBB NYRB did great again with this cover! 2mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB They never disappoint 😀 2mo
Liz_M that last line of your review! 😂 2mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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4⭐️ I fell in love with de Waal‘s writing in this novel that I immediately bought The Exiles Return the moment I finished this one. There‘s something about her writing; she is detailed but she does not reveal too much that the reader is often caught surprised. The revelation is told with poker face; well, at least that‘s how I felt 😅 Thank you #PersephoneClub for recommending this. What an enjoyable read!

LeahBergen What a great review! I‘m about to start it myself. ❤️ 2mo
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Milton Place | Elisabeth de Waal
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Loving my current read 🥰

BarbaraBB You can‘t go wrong with Persephone 🤍 2mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB That‘s so true! 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! It‘s our October read for the #PersephoneClub. 😊 2mo
sisilia @LeahBergen I know 😆 I took a screenshot of the list of books for Persephone and Furrowed Middlebrow clubs 😅 They all look interesting! I‘m loving Milton Place a lot and am only halfway in. Good picks! 2mo
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3⭐️ This started really well; it‘s funny and refreshing, but I didn‘t like it when the story has became heavy with slapstick comedy. It‘s the winner of Pulitzer price of fiction 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just don‘t get it. All the awards and prizes have been quite questionable of late, anyway.

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The Child | Jules Valls
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Whoaaa… Starting this soon 😃

Suet624 Ouch. 3mo
batsy Wow. Yet another NYRB I wasn't aware of! And yet another to add to the wishlist 😅 3mo
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Belchamber | Howard Sturgis
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4⭐️ Sainty aka Lord Belchamber is not the usual aristrocrat. He‘s introverted, bookish, physically delicate, and an overall decent person. He feels responsible to do what‘s best for his family, but his lack of assertiveness attracts one tragedy after another. This novel is a rare find, and thanks to NYRB for publishing this. I enjoyed Sturgis‘ humour and beautiful prose, and I didn‘t want it to end.

batsy This sounds interesting! 3mo
sisilia @batsy Highly recommended! I just had a bookclub discussion and it‘s avg 4.2⭐️ from the club. We love this book 🤩 3mo
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Belchamber | Howard Sturgis
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Otw home from the gym, with this excellent companion

LeahBergen This sounds like a good one. 👍 3mo
sisilia @LeahBergen It is 😊 Funny and an easy read so far. And also, Sturgis was a good friend of Edith Wharton and Henry James 3mo
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Slow progress….

TrishB Great pic 👍🏻 3mo
Bookzombie Love this photo! 3mo
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Lol ! Love this! I think I‘ll be having a good time with this novel

UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 4mo
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Oblomov | Ivan Goncharov
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5⭐️ Oblomov is an honest and kind person, but he is terribly lazy. He believes in doing nothing so that he can enjoy life. For a moment I was scared that I have this Oblomovitis in me because I, too, like to just stay at home and do nothing 😆 But nope, when it‘s rest for me, it‘s permanent lifestyle choice for Oblomov. He‘s so lazy that I want to kick his ass! Goncharov also offers his views about love, friendship, etc that I really appreciate.

Suet624 I‘m with you. 4mo
batsy Oblomovitis! I love that. Need to read this, because he sounds way too relatable and I'm worried 😅 Nice review! 4mo
sisilia @Suet624 🙌🏻 4mo
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sisilia @batsy Haha it‘s funny, too! I think you‘ll enjoy it 😃 4mo
Sparklemn So this should make me feel ambitious by comparison?? 😁 😅 3mo
sisilia @Sparklemn haha something like that… i‘ve never met a person that lazy in real life 3mo
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Another level of annotation 🤔🤯😐 This is quite a popular booktok https://vt.tiktok.com/ZSRkQgUwX/

I don‘t think I can do this to my books. I don‘t think I can read this way, either.

wanderinglynn That is a bit too much. 4mo
kspenmoll Where are the words?!! 4mo
AnneCecilie How can anyone read that? 4mo
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Caught reading 😄

BarbaraBB Fab pic ❤️ 4mo
UwannaPublishme Great shot! 4mo
BiblioLitten Love these ‘caught reading‘ pics. 3mo
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Found this photo on Pinterest. I can‘t appreciate excessive tabbings 🫣🤪 … and also, why so many tabs on Hunger Games? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Even my CBT textbook doesn‘t get as much love from me haha

LauraJ My cat would have a field day tearing all those tabs out! 😼 4mo
sisilia @LauraJ Hahahaha 🤣 4mo
Leftcoastzen That‘s just insane. 4mo
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vivastory I don't even understand how someone would read this 😂 4mo
Hooked_on_books The picture makes me laugh, but this also reminds me of people who highlight every word. When you tab or highlight to that extent, it becomes meaningless. 4mo
sisilia @Hooked_on_books Agree 🙌🏻 4mo
UwannaPublishme 😂😂😂 4mo
julesG So basically highlight the whole text?! 🙈😂😂 4mo
sisilia @julesG and tab every page 😅 4mo
julesG @sisilia With at least one tab of every colour available 4mo
batsy Utter chaos, and for Hunger Games?! 4mo
Susanita This seems…excessive. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 4mo
CoverToCoverGirl 🤯… just wow! 4mo
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Current mood

erzascarletbookgasm 👍❤️ 4mo
batsy Want to live inside that painting! 4mo
BarbaraBB Wonderful. Who is the painter? 4mo
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Oblomov | Ivan Goncharov
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Today is probably the first time since the start of this year that I can read for hours without any distraction. The feeling is 👌🏻

Leftcoastzen 👏👍 4mo
batsy 🙌🏾 4mo
TheSpineView Enjoy!💜📖 4mo
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3⭐️ I was skeptical when I started this book because romance is not my thing. I was pleased to find that this is not cringy at all; lots of feelings there that only Zola could stir nicely into a story. I guessed the outcome correctly, and that‘s why 3⭐️🤪 Please shock me, Zola. I have 10 more titles to read in this series, so🤞🏻

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Oblomov | Ivan Goncharov
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My abandoned child 🤦🏻‍♀️ I started this novel 5 months ago and had to stop to read bookclub books, plus I got busy with work and school. Poor Oblomov. I‘m with you now❤️‍🩹

BarbaraBB He‘s such a funny character! 4mo
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Late Fame | Arthur Schnitzler
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4⭐️ The reason I chose this book is because Schnitzler was a good friend of my fav author Stefan Zweig. Vienna in the 19th century was the heaven for artists. They gathered in Cafe Griensteidl to discuss and formulate their thoughts. Late Fame is a story about an old man longing to find late fame when all has been forgotten, only to realize that it‘s just a lost hope 😥

BarbaraBB I didn‘t know about their friendship. I love Zweig too. 4mo
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Isn‘t this the best way to live? 😄

BookNAround Absolutely! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Awww!Yes , indeed! 4mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly 🎯🎯🎯 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely! 4mo
kspenmoll Wonderful!💕💕 4mo
BarbaraBB Lovely picture 🥰 4mo
LeahBergen It is!!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
TrishB Definitely ❤️ 4mo
batsy ❤️ 4mo
Gissy Lovely rocking chair😍 4mo
Magpiegem 100% 4mo
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The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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3⭐️ Read this: “When he reached the dining-room Lillian was already at the table, behind the percolator. “Good morning, Godfrey. I hope you had a good night.” Her tone just faintly implied that he hadn‘t deserved one.” Ouch! 🙈Isn‘t she lovely? 😄 I have a problem with the structure of this novel, though. From a story about an aging professor and his family, she changed gear and told the story about the professor‘s dearest pupil. Why? 😫

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My kind of lunch

vivastory Rory would definitely be chilling at a bar with a book now 🍷📚 7mo
Tamra 👍🏾😊 7mo
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Saw this on Instagram, and I‘m surprised that this was life goals 🤔 I often sit alone in a cafe, eating a cake, drinking tea and reading a book. I‘m in my 40s so am “an older woman”, too? 🤷🏻‍♀️

vivastory I was overjoyed to see some random person on twitter several months ago get roasted for days for saying that people who read at bars are boring, or something along those lines. 7mo
sisilia @vivastory Hahaha s/he deserved it 😆 7mo
kspenmoll You are not an older woman!!! I read alone in lots of places! 7mo
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Megabooks I‘m in my 40s and love reading alone in restaurants/bars. And we‘re only old in teen movies 😉 7mo
Tamra 😆 “older” is relative and at this point I just don‘t care! (edited) 7mo
REPollock I interpreted it that the woman is able to sit at a bar alone drinking a martini/eating cheesesticks/reading without some guy hitting on her or otherwise interrupting her. 7mo
MyNamesParadise I‘ve always enjoyed going out to eat alone and bringing a book with me! I just turned 30. 7mo
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The Professor's House | Willa Cather
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Currently reading ….

Tamra ❤️ 7mo
Cinfhen Hi!!!!! 7mo
sisilia @Cinfhen Hi Cindy 😀 Hope things are well with you 7mo
Cinfhen All good here, hope you‘re well too 💖 7mo
CarolynM Love Willa Cather ❤️ Enjoy! 7mo
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4⭐️ Reading this novel feels like watching Taiwanese family drama series 🤪 I love how Mann jumps from one incident to another, making me alert with much anticipation. Short chapters with total of 11 parts, this chunkster doesn‘t feel like a chunkster at all. It‘s super readable and I enjoyed it so much.

EvieBee Kudos on your accomplishment! Also, beautiful pic. 7mo
Leftcoastzen I need to get to this one,I started once but got sidetracked. 7mo
Cinfhen Love the photo 7mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 7mo
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Currently reading…. It‘s so entertaining I cannot stop!

Sleepswithbooks Your Snoopy 💛 7mo
Ruthiella I read this a few years ago. An excellent family saga. 7mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too 7mo
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Hello Littens, anyone of you a member of Silent Book Club? I‘m creating one for Singapore, and would love to hear any suggestions on how to run this 🥳

Cathythoughts I‘ve never heard of it , but sounds interesting. 7mo
BarbaraBB Me neither. And it does sound interesting indeed! 7mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB I‘m excited for this… a quiet reading session with fellow bookworms 🤪 7mo
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Hard Rain Falling | Don Carpenter
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3⭐️ A friend recommended this book, saying that it‘s one of his faves, so I had high hopes when I started reading this. It‘s indeed a page-turner, but I find nothing special with the story. Tough prison survival, and the characters feeling trapped in life, craving for something but don‘t know what exactly, and the angst towards social injustice…. I‘ve read / watched similar stories somewhere everywhere, both real stories and fictions 🤷🏻‍♀️

StaceGhost Is the title from the sister Rosetta Tharpe song? It sounds like it would jive with the storyline 8mo
sisilia @StaceGhost I‘m not sure about that. I‘ll ask my bookclub if anyone knows 😄 8mo
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I love this subscriber-only newsletter from the NYT. It‘s called Read Like The Wind by Molly Young. She recommends old and new books, and I like her picks.

LeahBergen I‘ll have to check it out! 8mo
Sparklemn @sisilia I wasn't aware of this newsletter. Just signed up. Thanks!
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Oblomov | Ivan Goncharov
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“Don‘t come near, don‘t come near, you‘re straight from the cold street.” 😂 Said Oblomov to all his visitors 😅

This guy is so lazy it‘s so funny

LeahBergen I‘m feeling a bit like him myself lately. 😆 9mo
batsy Very relatable dude 😂 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh yes ! It‘s good to relax 😁 9mo
BarbaraBB I remember him as so funny too! 9mo
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Oblomov | Ivan Goncharov
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Just started this… 40 pages in and I‘m loving it

Hamlet Great book! I‘m glad you‘ve found it; it‘s been forgotten by too many. 9mo
sisilia @Hamlet Thanks to @Oblomov26 for the recommendation 😀 9mo
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Jakob von Gunten | Robert Walser
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3⭐️ Based on Walser‘s personal experience, this is a fictitious diary of a young man from a rich family who enrolled himself into a school for servants. It gets odd in the middle when Jakob shares his weird dreams, and I‘ve never truly enjoyed a story where reality and dream blend together 😞Jakob‘s mix of arrogance and humility somehow reminds me of Uriah Heep (from David Copperfield)😂 …minus the writhing, of course.

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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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5⭐️ The famous opening paragraph sold this novel to me, and I‘m not disappointed. I love the plot and the mix of characters; the inserted humour in bleak narratives is something that only a masterful writer like Dickens could produce effortlessly. Afterall, this is Dickens‘ favorite child 😻 I wonder how much truth is reflected in this story.

BkClubCare I like your photo composition here. 9mo
sisilia @BkClubCare Thank you 🥰 9mo
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Good Behaviour | Molly Keane
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4⭐️ Aroon St. Charles is an unattractive girl from a wealthy Irish family. She is so clueless and delusional (but maybe she‘s not?) that she‘s oblivious of what‘s going on around her. I love how Keane teases her readers‘ minds by leaving everything open for interpretation. What a treat! 🥳

BarbaraBB Such a great read! 10mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB I like her style 😻 Will find other titles by her 10mo
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I have no time for leisure reading lately. Long hours at work, and I have this book 👆🏻 to read for school 😅😅😅

MrsMalaprop Any good? Are you a psychologist? 10mo
TheSpineView Pesky work!🤪 10mo
sisilia @MrsMalaprop I‘m not 😄 but I‘m interested in psychology, so I enrolled myself in Grad Diploma in Psychotherapy and Counselling. CBT is so popular, and this book is really for the beginners. I like this therapy technique, and have been applying it to myself 😆 10mo
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sisilia @TheSpineView I miss reading novels hahaha 10mo
MrsMalaprop Ooh, how interesting. I‘m a school psychologist & am currently do an Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) course online. I think it‘s important to use it on yourself (& your friends/family - in an ethical way of course!). 😁 10mo
sisilia @MrsMalaprop Self-therapy hahaha 10mo
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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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I want to hug this little boy David Copperfield 💔 This novel is giving me all the feelings. Both tragedy and comedy melted in one

This could be my first 5⭐️ read in 2022 🥰

Kammbia1 I don‘t read a lot of classics but I have read David Copperfield and liked it a lot. 11mo
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A photo of Melon to brighten your day 🤪

Melon lives with my sister in Jakarta. I hope I can visit them soon 🤞🏻

AlaMich Awww, what a sweetie-pie!! 🐶❤️ 11mo
BookBabe Aww, such a cutie! Hi Melon! 😄🐶 11mo
BookBabe @CafeBookstelo 🐶💕 11mo
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Simona Super cute face❣️ 11mo
LeahBergen 🥰🥰 11mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
maich Cute❤❤😘 11mo
Reggie So cute!!! 😍 11mo
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David Copperfield (Revised) | Charles Dickens
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Loving the illustrations in this book 😍