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A lifelong reader of many genres and languages. Profile pic says "sii filtro, non spugna!" and is a cartoon by JUANSZELA.

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started reading Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon, #1)

Dan Brown: Angels & Demons (Paperback, 2006, Pocket Books) 3 stars

World-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a …

This is my first Bookwyrm post to explore the fediverse. I'm reading this in Italian but Bookwyrm doesn't like that so I'm doing it under the English version.

Bonnie Garmus: Lessons in Chemistry (2022, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group) 4 stars

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the …

Review of 'Lessons in Chemistry' on 'Goodreads'

2 stars

If you go in expecting a work of depressed magic realism then you might be ok. Where the cover quotes come from for it being laugh out loud funny, I have no idea. The fictional life story of a depressed woman, who is raped early on, discusses her brother's suicide, whose husband dies suddenly, whose female "friends" are also abused and depressed... Don't get me started on the 4 year old daughter with the capabilities of a mature adult. I suspect some of the book is based on the author's real-life experiences but still, I finished it purely for the dog. All of the female characters are defined by the men they are attached to, whereas male characters get to be their own person. It's pseudo-feminist stereotyping of sexist men, smart women, and autistic people. Other people have explained the issues better but I was cringing and regretting every page. …