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thewallflower0707

thewallflower0707

Joined June 2017

24, 🇩🇪. Reader of not too many books, Traveller of not enough countries, Watcher of too many series. Queerfeminist & Tea enthusiasts & Cat lover.
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The Lying Life of Adults | Elena Ferrante
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Typical Ferante style, but not as good as her Neapolitan Quartet.

#elenaferante #vacation #holidayread #novel

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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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For some reason I thought that Tender is the Flesh would be the perfect read for our boat tour along the Western Coast of Corfú. This book is horrifying and disturbing, and yet it felt so real. Considering the events of the last two years, the plot doesn‘t seem crazy at all, but rather very realistic…

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#holiday #octoberread #vacation #review

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Stone Blind: A Novel | Natalie Haynes
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#StoneBlind was the perfect book for my holiday on Corfú. It‘s Haynes best book so far. We get multiple perspectives and everyone‘s background and the gods are actually portrayed as immortal & powerful. Great writing and storytelling.

#greekmythology #retelling #nataliehaynes

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I found #Sapiens in the communal bookshelf at our AirBnB on Corfu, Greece 🇬🇷. I spent yesterday at the pool, reading it. The first half was excellent, the second half, when the author got closer to the modern age, fell a bit flat.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ /5

CoffeeAndABook Corfu in September 🇬🇷 ☀️🎋 Sounds so lovely, have the best time!! And communal book are so cool, I‘ve found some real gems there! 1w
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Patricia Wants to Cuddle | Dr Samantha Leigh Allen
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Mehso-so

This book quickly changed from being a fun story about a reality TV to a complete horror story!! Yikes. Not sure what to think.
#novel #patricialikestocuddle #samanthaallen

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The Strand on Columbus Avenue | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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I really stuck to my goal to only buy books in NYC, my last stop on my USA tour. I visited the big & popular The Strand bookstore and I not only bought books, but so much bookish merch too! A tote bag, a small bag, a bookmark, a sticker, a postcard and three books. The store was very crowded and people constantly bumped into each other.

#thestrand #nyc #bookhaul #bookstore #travel

Kitta I live in nyc and I love the strand 2w
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The Strand on Columbus Avenue | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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Of course, I couldn‘t leave NYC without visiting the famous The Strand bookstore 😍. I will share my purchases later 🤩.

#NYC #TheStrand #bookstore #travel

Chrissyreadit Glad you got to experience The Strand! 3w
slategreyskies Oh, I‘ve been wanting to go there for years! I was only a couple blocks away the last time I was in NYC, but couldn‘t go because of the people I was with. I‘m so glad you got to go!! :) 3w
thewallflower0707 @Chrissyreadit it was pure madness 😅 3w
Chrissyreadit Yes!!! That is The Strand. I never go with any expectations. 3w
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Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Fifth Ave | New York, NY (Bookstore)
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In NYC, I had to visit the big Barnes & Nobles in 5th Ave of course! A great store.

#BarnesandNobles #bookstore #travel #NYC

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Fabulosa Books | San Francisco, CA (Bookstore)
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I didn‘t have time to visit a bookstore in LA, and afterwards I went on our road trip tour to Joshua Tree‘s, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Death Valley and Yosemite. We hiked through 44 degrees and saw amazing landscapes. In San Francisco, I took the metro to the Castro neighborhood and visited the Fabulosa Bookstore.

#travel #westcoast #sanfrancisco

Chrissyreadit That sounds like an amazing trip!!! How long were you there for? 3w
thewallflower0707 @Chrissyreadit 14 weeks in the USA total, 9 1/2 weeks in Camp somewhere in the woods in Pennsylvania 3w
Chrissyreadit How long were you on the West Coast? 3w
Chrissyreadit Also if you love the outdoors- I highly recommend The Adirondacks in New York. 3w
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Chicago: a satire | Thomas P. Johnson, Lawrence J. Gutter Collection of Chicagoana (University of Illinois at Chicago)
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In Chicago, my 3rd stop, I found this great bookstore close to The Bean & Chicago Museum of Art!

#bookstore #travel #Chicago

Chrissyreadit ❤️ 3w
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Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe | Washington, DC (Bookstore)
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My first stop on my tour was Philadelphia, PA. I liked the city, but I didn‘t see a bookstore during my sightseeing. In Washington DC, my 2nd stop, this fabulous bookstore was right in my neighborhood. It has a focus on LGBTQ literature and also has a cafe 🍵 included.
#washingtondc #bookstore #travel

Chrissyreadit I need to check out this one when my daughter comes home to visit. 3w
thewallflower0707 @Chrissyreadit it‘s a wonderful store, and also it is claimed that they made the idea of having a cafe and a bookstore in one popular in the US. 3w
Chrissyreadit I‘m going to look them up. 3w
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I am back from Camp!!! It was terribly exhausting, food was terrible and everyone on staff was miserable. Afterwards, I had time to travel for 4 weeks across the USA, which was marvelous! I‘m going to share some pictures of the bookstores I visited on my way now.

#travel #holiday #work

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I thought a book series about a long & difficult journey would be appropriate for me right now. I‘m spending the next ~4 months in the USA, first as a Counsellor in a summer camp 🏕 in PA, then I have some time left for traveling. Would love to hear some food/sights/experiences recs from my #fellowLittens!

#travel

Avanders 🤗😘 4mo
Chrissyreadit OMG I just saw this!!! It sounds like you had a great trip- was camp what you expected? 3w
thewallflower0707 @Chrissyreadit I expected the hard work and the bad food, I didn‘t expect the toxic work atmosphere 😬 3w
Chrissyreadit Oh no!! I would not have expected it either! That‘s awful!!! I know camp is idealized here- and not as common as it used to be (I think in the 50‘s and 60‘s it was very common) 3w
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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones

I was busy the last few days!

The Split (f/f romance with focus on a lovely friendship): ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The Children of Jocasta (good Ancient Greek story retelling): ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
The sisters of Sparta (another retelling, but characterization fell short & too much was missing): ⭐️/5
An American Marriage (different than I expected): ⭐️⭐️,5/5

#reading

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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#BookLovers is… nice. I actually liked that it followed some tropes but not ALL the tropes and that we had a strong female relationship here too. The enemies to lovers storyline could have been more dramatic.

#romance #emilyhenry #happysummer #reading

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I‘ve also finished the Neapel saga by #ElenaFerrante this week! Phew. This series also took me a while. What helped is that the series got better and better, with the last one being a triumphant and emotional finale. After reading 5 of her books, I am now officially a Ferrante fan.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5 /5

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Das achte Leben (Fr Brilka) | Nino Haratischwili
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I can happily announce that I‘ve finished the longest book (1280p) I‘ve ever read! #DasAchteLeben is not without struggle, because the story is very complex & often extremely sad and shocking. However, the author has put an immense work of research into this, and for a book that long, the number of characters was small, which really helped following along. The ending was beautiful.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,25/5

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Third book of the #NeapolitanianQuartet is done ✔️! It‘s neither very dramatic nor full of action, but you really get to follow these two women through every stage of their life, both with good & bad decisions, and I really love it.

#ElenaFerrante

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I finally bought a Knagglig from IKEA 😍. Next plan: paint the box!

I‘ve started reading #IKissedSharaWheeler today and so far, it‘s fun. #CaseyMcQuiston

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I cycled for 40km today and then I stopped at our local beach and finished #ARoomCalledEarth. We just follow the main characters thought for a whole night, and it was actually very good.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #novel #fiction

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Milk Fed: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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Today, a friend and I went to a climbing park in the woods and I really pushed myself through it 🙌. I‘m proud of myself and my arms hurt. In the morning and afternoon, I read #MilkFed, which I really enjoyed. The main character is complicated. After years of starving, she finally finds herself & her sexual drive through food.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,5/5

#novel #fiction #melissabroder

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Woman, Eating | Claire Kohda
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#WomanEating turned out to be a big disappointment. I always thought it would go SOMEWHERE, but it never actually did.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5
#ClaireKohda #fiction

rachelsbrittain Hate to hear that! I've been planning on reading this one soon. 5mo
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Okay, so I got new books this weekend ☺️. I visited my friends in Berlin again and I got around a lot the last three days 🥱.
Any idea which book I should read first?

#newbooks #bookshopping

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I have finished 2 / 4 of the Neapolitan Quartet by #ElenaFerrante and I really like it. I like that the narrative clearly takes its time and that we get to know our two main characters, Lenu & Lila, very intimately. Yesterday, book 3 & 4 arrived, so I‘m fully stacked now!

#MyBrilliantFriend

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The #WomensPrize shortlist is out! What do you all think? I‘m really disappointed that #RemoteSympathy didn‘t make it, I enjoyed it the most. #TheSentence is also great, and #GreatCircle is definitely a masterpiece, although I didn‘t enjoy it as much as I hoped it would. #TheBreadtheDevilKnead is also not to my taste. I haven‘t read the others.

#bookprize #bookawards #shortlist

squirrelbrain I got 3 right on my list, although I‘m claiming 4 as the Shafak was 7th on my list! I too am disappointed about Remote Sympathy. My least fave on the shortlist is the Ozeki, I just didn‘t love it. (edited) 5mo
TrishB I didn‘t even finish Remote Sympathy! Need to read some more though as only read 2 on shortlist. 5mo
jlhammar I'm pretty pleased with it. Four of the six I was hoping to see here made it. The only one I haven't read here is The Bread the Devil Knead so planning to give that one a try before the winner is announced. I agree, it's a shame Remote Sympathy didn't advance. I would have swapped Great Circle for Remote Sympathy or Build Your House Around My Body. 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs I decided not to read the full long list, I was waiting for this and now I'll dive in! 5mo
JillR None of the ones I‘ve had chance to read so far have made it to the shortlist! Now is that an excuse to buy more books?! 5mo
thewallflower0707 @TrishB Why didn‘t you like it? 5mo
thewallflower0707 @TheKidUpstairs Smart Choice, though I would really recommend adding Remote Sympathy to the list too! I thought it was very special. 5mo
thewallflower0707 @Squirrel oh no, Ozeki sounds cool, why didn‘t you like it? I definitely want to read Shafak‘s book! 5mo
thewallflower0707 @JillR Definitely, treat yourself! 5mo
TrishB I didn‘t like the writing style or the characters- thought Greta just came across really stupid and naive. It generally came across really unbelievable. I did give it 150 pages but I guess it wasn‘t for me. 5mo
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Happy Easter 🐣🐰 to all fellow #Littens! Did the Easter bunny bring you something special?

I got lots of chocolate, a new pillow for my sofa 🛋 and #MyBrilliantFriend by #ElenaFerrante. I heard so much praise for it! 📕

#easter #holiday #newbook #presents

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Fingers crossed 🤞 that all the Litsy recommendations won‘t let me down. I really need a great book again, after a series of ‘meh‘.

#LessonsinChemistry #kindle #novel #newrelease

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So, This was nice but it has too many similarities with #CleopatraandFrankenstein and that one was better written. I did enjoy the London setting (as always!).
It‘s about a struggling opera singer student who starts a complicated relationship with an older, more successful man.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️, 5/5

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New Animal | Ella Baxter
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I‘m not a fan. #NewAnima by #EllaBaxter is about a woman who works as a make-up stylist for a funeral home. When her mother suddenly dies, she runs away and joins a BDSM club.

It‘s very sexual and very uncomfortably.

#novel

Rating: ⭐️/5

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A Novel Obsession: A Novel | Caitlin Barasch
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Okay, that was crazy 😳. An unlikeable main character starts being obsessed with her boyfriends ex, befriends her and wants to write a book about it.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️, 75/ 5

#Novel #prettycover

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Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
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#PureColour is a beautifully written book with many note-worthy quotes. It‘s about dying, art and bodies. I recommend to be in a good mental mood for this.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#SheilaHeti #novel

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Apple TV is killing it on the streaming market!! TED LASSO, Dickinson, For all Mankind, and now an #adaptation of #Pachinko. I‘ve have watched the first episode and I really enjoyed it. They are not telling the story chronologically, which helps me follow it better since I don‘t remember a lot from the book.

jen_the_scribe Pachinko keeps popping up for me everywhere, I might have to get myself a copy. 6mo
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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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First book by #AnneTyler. #FrenchBraid is a very well-crafted and quiet book about a family, with a focus on the matriarch. There were a lot of characters & names in this, but it didn‘t feel stressful.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

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Asylum Road | Olivia Sudjic
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These are the 4 books I bought last Saturday in Berlin, and I just finished the first book, #AsylumRoad. I didn‘t know anything about it, except for seeing it a couple of times on Instagram (ads really work for me when it‘s about books!). @

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5/5

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I didn‘t get invested 🙈.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#novel #read

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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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I read this because I‘m getting #MyBrilliantFriend for Easter 🐣 and Olivia Coleman can do no wrong.

I didn‘t expect it to be so dark! It‘s about a mother who left her children for 3 years, used that time to really become a person again and doesn‘t regret it. This topic is still a big taboo, so I‘m glad it was used here.

#ElenaFerrante

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We have a #PercyJackson !!

The person I will become when this series comes out… I am already crying. I grew up with these characters, Annabeth, Thalia, Zöe, Rachel… All of my childhood heroes.

#rickriordan

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Please don‘t support this author, don‘t read this book in class, don‘t buy it for your children. The Auschwitz Memorial Museum on Twitter has heavily criticized it.

“The UCL study concluded that the book‘s use in schools helped to foster “an inaccurate perception of German ignorance of the Holocaust.”

https://www.kveller.com/the-boy-in-the-striped-pyjamas-set-holocaust-education-b...

#JohnBoyne

JenlovesJT47 I hated this book but liked the movie. I can‘t remember how old the main boy character is supposed to be but in the book he had the mentality of a 2-year-old and it just really bothered me. 6mo
thewallflower0707 @JenlovesJT47 The worst thing for me as a German is, that Bruno should be completely indoctrinated into hating Jewish people. It also spreads the lie that the normal population didn‘t know about the camp and what was going on. This book helps Holocaust denial. 6mo
JenlovesJT47 @thewallflower0707 that makes a lot of sense. Would have made the story better if Bruno was indoctrinated but became friends with him anyway. It‘s been ages since I‘ve seen the movie and the whole thing is just so sad. I‘ve read so many WWII books. Do you have any recommendations for good WWII historical fiction? 6mo
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thewallflower0707 @JenlovesJT47 I really recommend testimonials of survivors: Night by Eli Wiesel, If this is a man by Primo Levi, The Twins of Auschwitz by Eva M Kor. The Light in Hidden Places is for younger readers and based on a real story. For a better view into German minds at that time, try Remote Sympathy and The Book Thief. 6mo
thewallflower0707 @JenLovesTJ47 More Stories about survivors but not written as non-fiction, try: The Boy who followed his father into Auschwitz, The Klara Witzel Story, The Sisters of Auschwitz, The Brothers of Auschwitz. For Non-Fiction: The Choice by Edith Eger (a magnificent author), The Light of Days (about Jewish resistance), The Nine Hundred. 6mo
JenlovesJT47 Thank you! Adding them all to my list 🤗 6mo
JenlovesJT47 The only one I‘ve read of these is The Book Thief and it‘s really good. Thank you again! Gonna start with the twins book. 6mo
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Dussmann - Das Kulturkaufhaus | Berlin, Berlin, Germany (Bookstore)
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My university friend, who recently moved and now lives close to Berlin, invites me to a sleepover and we went shopping of course too! In the afternoon, we visited Dussmann (possibly my most favourite shop in the world) and I bought books, to no one‘s surprise.

#Berlin #Travel #happyweekend

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Salt Lick | Lulu Allison
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This started out very strong but I got lost somewhere around 70%.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

#WomensPrize #Fiction #Novel

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I really liked the first part, The Mind. However, around 55%, it didn‘t feel so special anymore.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

#elifshafak #novel #kindle #bookerprize

Megabooks Agree 6mo
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Remote Sympathy | Catherine Chidgey
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If you only want to read one #WomensPrize nominated book 📖 this year, choose #RemoteSympathy.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

squirrelbrain Ha! This will be the last one that I read - just reading the Kupersmith now and then onto this one…. Glad it was so good! 6mo
jlhammar So happy to hear that! Planning to read this one soon. 6mo
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Meticulously researched, emotional and harrowing. I applaud these brave and selfless women, who dedicated their lives to save their people.

#nonfiction

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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Okay, I‘m done with what feels like a very long book. I usually love historical fiction, but I just could not get invested. It‘s beautifully written though.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

#WomensPrize #novel #historicalfiction

Suet624 Agreed. 4mo
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Automaton: Roman | Berit Glanz
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This was nice and went into a different direction than I anticipated. It‘s actually not about how the anonymity of the Internet makes us all evil & careless, but that the Internet can actually connect good people who want to do good & selfless things.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,5/5

#GermanNovel

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Die Wut, die bleibt | Mareike Fallwickl
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“Die Wut, die bleibt” will probably end up on my Best of 2022 list. It‘s about a tired mother who suddenly kills herself during another lockdown in 2021. Left are her oldest daughter and her best friend, who are trying to pick up the pieces and survive in a society which treats women horribly.
This is a pandemic book that must be read. It‘s brutal and deeply honest.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
#GermanLittens #GermanNovel

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Herumtreiberinnen: Roman | Bettina Wilpert
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Yesterday we celebrated Indie Book Day, so I bought the newest novel by Wilpert. It tells the story of a house in Leipzig at three points in time: 1942-1945, 1980, 2015-2016. We follow three women who are all connected with this house (2 are imprisoned in it). It‘s harrowing and well-written.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

#GermanLittens #GermanNovel

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Boy Parts | Eliza Clark
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The blurred face matches my reaction to this book: aggressive head-shaking. The cover is so cool, and I love books which are set in The UK & especially London, however, the main character is horrible. There are several HORRIFIC scenes in this book. Not sure what the author wanted to say.

Rating: ⭐️,5 / 5
#fiction #novel

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This was very negative, dark, confusing and brutal. And somehow I didn‘t like it.

Rating: ⭐️,5 /5

#animal #novel #lisataddeo

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The Bread the Devil Knead | Lisa Allen-Agostini
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Mehso-so

#WomensPrize

Rating: ⭐️⭐️/5

TW: Domestic violence, Sexual Abuse, Abuse against Children, Gun Violence

LeeRHarry Decided I‘m giving this one a miss. 6mo
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