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The Fishermen
The Fishermen: A Novel | Chigozie Obioma
In a Nigerian town in the mid 1990's, four brothers encounter a madman whose mystic prophecy of violence threatens the core of their close-knit family.Told from the point of view of nine year old Benjamin, the youngest of four brothers, THE FISHERMEN is the Cain and Abel-esque story of an unforgettable childhood in 1990's Nigeria, in the small town of Akure. When their strict father has to travel to a distant city for work, the brothers take advantage of his extended absence to skip school and go fishing. At the ominous, forbidden nearby river, they meet a dangerous local madman who persuades the oldest of the boys that he is destined to be killed by one of his siblings. What happens next is an almost mythic event whose impact-both tragic and redemptive-will transcend the lives and imaginations of its characters and its readers. Dazzling and viscerally powerful, The Fishermen never leaves Akure but the story it tells has enormous universal appeal. Seen through the prism of one family's destiny, this is an essential novel about Africa with all of its contradictions-economic, political, and religious-and the epic beauty of its own culture. With this bold debut, Chigozie Obioma emerges as one of the most original new voices of modern African literature, echoing its older generation's masterful storytelling with a contemporary fearlessness and purpose.
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Sarz
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐
I struggled to get through this one. In some parts the writing was absolutely beautiful, but in others it fell short and was really clunky. I also found the lack of dialogue or direct action difficult to engage with - I didn't connect with the characters and found myself not as invested as I would have hoped.

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riversong153
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Pickpick

This was a good book but some parts were overly descriptive...I think the book could‘ve used a stronger editor because the overall story was good, but there were a lot of poor choices that should‘ve been caught by the editor.
While I‘m here, #grateful21
Day 14-15
1. I ended a relationship that needed to be ended (with no tears, though it still didn‘t feel great)
2. Did a little spring cleaning
3. I‘m still standing despite recent difficulties

Eggs 💗🌸💗 1mo
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Lesliereads
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Pickpick

A devastating tale of brotherly love and family solidarity that imagines the juncture where illness, madness, prophecy, fatalism, and superstition meet.

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riversong153
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#grateful21 Day 13
1. Mommy daughter day - manis and pedis with my baby
2. I‘m off work next week (staycation)
3. Grandma is eating again! She‘s been fighting multiple illnesses.
4. Positivity
@Eggs

Eggs Gratitude is the best attitude 🤗💗 1mo
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riversong153
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#grateful21 Days 9-12.. I have been falling off.
1 Had a good time with a friend
2 Grandma is doing a little better
3 I went to pick out paint colors to paint my home

Eggs Nice❣️❣️ 1mo
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Mafiacisco
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Pickpick

Heartbreaking

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ronkewrites
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Mehso-so

Beautifully written, imaginative, sometimes sad, frequently sad actually. Started slow and then started huttling at speed. Sometimes the images felt too vivid. I finished reading the book then i felt dissatisfied with the whole story. Sigh. I cant deny the art of it, it just left me feeling a little adrift

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RachelO
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A super-short #litsywalkers walk to the library this morning, via the churchyard - but it was outdoors at least. For reasons best not considered, all the gravestones have been moved to alongside the walls.

And a libraryhaul. I will be quoting from the local history book at some point, because you‘re going to need to know about the women of Teignmouth! (No, really!)

Kaye 💖 Great. Interested in why the headstones are all on the sides. 3mo
gradcat Ditto @kaye And where is this? It‘s really lovely! 😊 3mo
RachelO @gradcat I‘m in Devon, UK. @kaye And I just don‘t know! I‘ve only seen it in churchyards that are no longer actively used as graveyards. I have a horrible suspicion it‘s to make it easier to get the lawnmower round 🙁. But I know they‘re allowed to move headstones that are a health & safety risk, so it‘s possible there was a subsidence issue or something. And there are an awful lot of stones in a very small area here. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
Kaye It‘d be hard to find someone‘s grave if they aren‘t marked any longer , but maybe the graves are so old, no one would be left to go visit them ? We have some in our town like that. Probably any relatives they had would also be deceased a long time ago. (edited) 3mo
RachelO @kaye I think they can only move stones over 100 yrs old, and from what I can see most of these are 19th century, so that‘s probably it. 3mo
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KarenUK
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Some #redreads I‘ve really enjoyed 👍❤️📕 #literarylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of these are on my list!! ❤️❤️ 4mo
vkois88 I've only read The Handmaid's Tale, but several of the others are on my TBR list 4mo
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krismlars
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I kept my Strand purchases to a minimum. But there were about 90 other books or t-shirts or candles or socks or bags or games that I wanted to buy.

gradcat These are great picks! 👍 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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“He had it coming, he had it coming
He only had himself to blame!”

When four brothers defy their father and become Fishermen, they run into the village madman who predicts the older brother will be killed by one of his siblings. Things escalate, and you are left wondering whether everything is a question of fate or the belief in fate 🤷‍♀️

#CellBlockTango #MusicalNewYear

Amiable This one is on my list--I should bump it up. 5mo
LeeRHarry Next month‘s bookgroup read - sounds intriguing ! 😊 5mo
vivastory This has been on my TBR for far too long. Need to remedy this! 5mo
Cinfhen I might still have my copy @vivastory if I find it I‘ll send it to you 5mo
Kalalalatja @Amiable @vivastory @LeeRHarry I can only recommend it 🙌 I really enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago 5mo
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Kappadeemom
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My reading buddy tonight. He just had his 8th birthday 😻😻🍾 #catsoflitsy

CatLass007 😻😻😻😻😻 6mo
SassyBookworm Awww Happy Birthday 🎂🎉 😻 6mo
britt_brooke 💚🐾 6mo
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DebinHawaii Happy Birthday! 🐱❤️🎂 6mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Happy Birthday!😻 6mo
Purrfectpages Happy birthday! 6mo
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McFarchie
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Loving this so far 🤘🏼 🐟🐠🐡

CaroPi Is a lovely story 7mo
Foxyfictionista I really enjoyed this book 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#OctoberXfiles A band of brothers encounter the village madman, not quite the #boogieman but known throughout the village as an evil and dangerous presence, on their way down to the river. The madman delivers a prophecy which in turn alters the lives of these young boys. Mythical and luring, an atmospheric novel that gets under your bones. #AfricanLit #Debut

Kalalalatja Great pick! 8mo
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Tex2Flo
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Pickpick

I wanted to love this book but it did not move me the way I had hoped. The imagery and symbolism are very good. The Nigerian setting is vivid. I will watch this author to see how he grows past this first work. Pick, but with a bullet. 🤨

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Samplergal
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#abookaweek. #TwoinThree #3. Just starting this for a book club!

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Ellen_C
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Pickpick

Obioma‘s debut novel (2015) focuses on four brothers in Nigeria in the 1990s. While their father is away, they break the rules and go fishing, a seemingly harmless activity, except it leads to a breakdown in the family that mirrors the political breakdown of Nigeria. Extraordinary novel, grim and heart breaking. https://cannonballread.com/2018/08/a-parable-of-nigeria/

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KarenUK
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#audiobaking my man‘s favorite cake - Victoria sponge with raspberry jam......
(thank you Mary Berry for your fool-proof all-in-one recipe !) 🍰

This audiobook is a re-read for an IRL bookclub.... this narrator has the most beautiful melodic voice....😍🎧

HKGirl Oh yum! 9mo
Christine 😋 Looks fantastic! 9mo
Blaire That looks wonderful!! 9mo
emilyhaldi Jealous of this cake!!! 🤤🤤🤤 9mo
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CareBear
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Today‘s plans

Suet624 So jealous! 11mo
tracey38 Jealous here too! My sister and nieces are going to the beach this week for the second time this month. I wanna go! 11mo
Johanna414 Jealous! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 11mo
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TrishB
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Pickpick

Compelling and sad story about a family‘s life in a Nigerian community. Life, love and loss feature strongly and how we cope with these and try to move on.

JennyM You inhaled that! Speed demon reader! 😘 12mo
Notafraidofwords Omg it‘s the one book I regret bailing on 12mo
TrishB @JennyM lol 😁 that‘s what hubby says! 12mo
TrishB @Notafraidofwords it has a lull in the middle but the ending is good 👍🏻 (edited) 12mo
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TrishB
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LiterRohde Reading an ARC by this author. So far, pretty good. 12mo
TrishB @LiterRohde that looks good! I‘ll be interested in your review 😁 12mo
TrishB And I love that title! 12mo
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TrishB
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#junetbr #readingresolutions
Start of June reads 😁
I have a #whodunnituk read which is a definite and I‘ll probably do my #1001books
My tbr is overwhelming at the moment so the kids are picking the books! My daughter selected this one this morning.

ComradeMao Enjoyable read! Reads like a proverbial tale 12mo
ComradeMao Or some kind greek tragedy. 12mo
Cinfhen You‘ll knock it out in a few hours!!! It‘s strange ~ reads like an ancient fable 12mo
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Kalalalatja I really liked this! 12mo
DeborahSmall I loved this so much! As @Cinfhen said, you‘ll fly through it. ❤️ 12mo
TrishB @ComradeMao 👍🏻 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @DeborahSmall I would have liked to have sat and read today as I had a day off! Instead I‘ve been in a special sort of hell- clothes shopping with a teenage girl 😱😱 12mo
Cinfhen Oh , you have my sympathies...that‘s brutal 😣😣😣 12mo
TrishB @Cinfhen those that have been there understand totally!! 12mo
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book.s
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Pickpick

The characters are described from the perspective of a 9 year old boy(Ben), often in metaphoric terms based on birds: one character is an eagle, another a falconer, still others egrets, and these magical descriptions show people in dimensions not often found in fiction.

The Fishermen is a dark yet flamboyant novel of a close-knit family that disintegrates because of a mad man.

For more reviews on book check our blog

http://www.booxoul.com

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cocomass
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Mehso-so

This was intense and dark. A lot of young child suffering and angst, which is hard. Writing was a little dense—every 4th or 5th sentence was a forced-feeling simile or metaphor. Obioma was leaning hard on Things Fall Apart, which he mentioned explicitly a couple of times.

I was grateful for vivid characters and setting, interesting (if imperfect) prose, and a new Nigerian voice. It‘s a debut, so I‘ll try this author again for sure. 3/5

WhatDeeReads This has been on my shelf for almost two years. I fear like never get to it. 1y
UrsulaMonarch Great review! 1y
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DannyOlda
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Pickpick

A compelling, moving story beautifully read. This made a long trip go so much more quickly.

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Sandeepmv
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Pickpick

👍

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cocomass
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Commute reading, featuring a bookmark form @Mdargusch ☺️ Considering it‘s raining today it‘s a little aspirational 🤷🏽‍♀️ ☔️

readordierachel How are you liking this one? 1y
cocomass @ReadOrDieRachel I‘m almost halfway done and I‘m just not sure. It kind of freaks me out—I just described it to my mom as “Nigerian Lord of the Flies”. Have you read it? 1y
readordierachel Sounds a little intense! I haven't, but it's been on my tbr for a while, so I was curious. I'll be interested to see what you make of it when you're done. 1y
Mdargusch 😁😁😁 1y
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cocomass
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I like this. I don‘t see a lot of maps in litfic, but for this story it‘s useful! #bookmaps

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Hornsby78
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Straight up stolen from @Bibliogeekery. Image credit goes to Rough Draft Books in NYC. #Shade 🐸☕#POCAuthors

Bibliogeekery I straight up stole it from Facebook. It's too great not to share! 1y
Hornsby78 @Bibliogeekery I am SO GLAD you ganked it. 😍 1y
melbeautyandbooks ❤️👏🏻 1y
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LouLouLane
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TheWordJar Perfection ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
britt_brooke 👌🏻👌🏻 1y
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cocomass
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Thank God for the long weekend, y‘all. I‘m using #litsypartyofone as a excuse to start this #ownvoices book I borrowed from my cousin over a year ago, knowing full and well I already have two books going right now that I need to finish 💁🏽‍♀️

Tamra Just got this! Woot - it‘s been TBR a long time. Anxious to read your review! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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This story of family, consequences, and tragedy is infused with the place of Nigeria and societal superstitions. The first 3/4 is terrific, but honestly I started to lose interest toward the end. I loved the narrator of this audio—he has a wonderful voice. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Soubhiville I liked this one also. I agree with you, the first half was better than the second, but I enjoyed it overall. I saw the author speak at the Texas Book Fest in 2016, And was intrigued enough to buy the book there. 1y
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BarbaraBB
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This is the story of four teenage brothers. One day the mad man of the village predicts that the oldest brother will be killed by one of the others. This prophecy sets in motion a series of irreversible events. A tragic story of life and loss in a Nigerian community.

#manbooker

TrishB Have this on the tbr 👍 2y
Tamra I‘m anxious to read it! 2y
RebelReader I have this on my TBR shelf 2y
Kalalalatja Glad you liked it! 2y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes I did. Not as much as you I think, but I really liked the style and the storyline. Thanks for bringing it to my attention 😘 2y
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BarbaraBB
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On motherhood in my current read:

“Mother was a falconer: The one who stood on the hills and watched, trying to stave off whatever ill she perceived was coming to her children. She owned copies of our minds in the pockets of her own mind and so could easily sniff troubles early in their forming, the same way sailors discern the forming foetus of a coming storm.”

😍

Kalalalatja 👏👏👏 2y
batsy That's lovely. 2y
Tamra 👍🏾 2y
minkyb Ooh that is sooo good! 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Weekend hike with my girlfriends. Autumn and sun. No time to read but no way I go anywhere without my book. #currentread

Kalalalatja Great picture! 👏👏 2y
lauren.lerner My friends and husband make fun of me because I never go anywhere without a book - always need to be prepared just in case! 😉😂 2y
BookMaven407 Beautiful scenery! 2y
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BarbaraBB @lauren.lerner Of course, what if...?! 😂😉 2y
Liz_M I'd almost rather have books than extra water on a hike :-D. I've been known to take a book on a five minute walk to brunch with my roommates. 2y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Haha not even alone but with your roommates! I love that! 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💗 2y
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Well, this was back in the days before I had a smart phone as a method for providing amusement and reading material 2y
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Beckys_Books
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These are some books from my tbr. Let me know your thoughts for our #LMPBC group.

@DarcysMom @slategreyskies @Lissa00

Lissa00 I haven‘t read any of these! I have been meaning to read Americanah for ages:) 2y
Lacythebookworm Americanah is one of my all time favorites! I have The Fisherman on my TBR. 😊 2y
slategreyskies Wow! These all look great!! I‘d like any of them! :) 2y
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Tamra Oh, wonderful selections! 2y
DarcysMom Wow! All three look great! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The Fishermen was really good - haven‘t read the others (yet) 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Told from the view point of nine year old Benjamin, this is a story about #theunforgiven brother, a family falling apart and just how fragile blood bonds can actually be. At the same time, Nigeria is falling apart and being build up again, while the four brothers are doing their best to keep each other safe and together.

I seriously can't recommend this highly enough, so go go go and read this! 👌

#Rocktober

minkyb On my humongous tbr list! 2y
Tamra On the TBR! 2y
CuriousG It's sitting on my shelf with the dozens of other books I know are also going to be amazing. I really need to find a way to get paid to read so I can actually make a dent in the pile! 2y
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Cinfhen One of the first books I reviewed/posted on Litsy! It was really different in a good way❤️excellent writing 2y
BarbaraBB O really? I bought it last year and still haven‘t read it. Good to bring it up again! 2y
Kalalalatja @CuriousG don't we all! #goals 🙏🙏🙏 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I agree - I'm still amazed that it was a debut novel. I can't wait to read what Obioma comes out with next! 2y
Kalalalatja @minkyb @Tamra @BarbaraBB it was one of my favourite books of last year. I will not to gush about it more, so you don't feel too pressured into reading it. But.. you should.. 😄😄 2y
maich You remind me of my sister. Her name is Katja and she's obsessed with cactus😂😂 2y
Tamra @Kalalalatja definitely! 2y
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Alicia
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Finally organized all my fiction! This is "M" through "Z." I just have a few piles of non fiction and al then books will have homes!! ??

Avanders I love looking at other people's bookshelves ... 😳😜 2y
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KarenUK
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#day4 #fallintobooks #occupationintitle Loved this book, and this is one of my favorite listens on audio.... Chukwudi Iwuji's voice is so beautiful and melodic.... 💕

Cinfhen Well done! Forgot all about this book 2y
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Kalalalatja
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My favourite book about #siblings. It has everything - love, feuds, hate and fear. There's some fairy tale elements in this book, which add a ferier layer to the story and on top on all that, it is beautifully written 👌

#AwesomeAutumnBooks

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ReadingsByTheC
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And last but not least, ...#bookhaul stack #5 😁 Time to go rearrange my bookshelves!

ReadingEnvy The Sparrow 😍 2y
ReadingsByTheC @ReadingEnvy Agreed! I have it on my Kindle but needed a physical copy. 2y
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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Oh my goodness @jhod !!! Thank you so much, you've spoilt me rotten!! The books are absolutely wonderful, the bookmark is stunning and I love the colour of that nail polish! I'm so excited to dive into it all. I am one lucky Litten

Massive thanks to @BookishMarginalia for organising this #summersantagoespostal book exchange. It's been so much fun. Hope you're all having a brilliant Summer Solstice ☀️☀️☀️

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KarenUK
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#day14 #junebookbugs #debut Some of my very favorite debuts..... 💕📚💕

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Kalalalatja
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Some of my favourite #debuts 📚 coincidentally they all have amazing covers! 😍

#JuneBookBugs

britt_brooke Love this photo! 📷👏🏻 2y
Cinfhen Great photo 💘💘💘💘 2y
saresmoore Ooh, this photo just gave me a giddy feeling in my heart! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm This photo makes my heart leap! 👍🏼 2y
Suet624 Those covers are warm and rich and invite touching. 2y
Kalalalatja @britt_brooke @Cinfhen thanks you two 💕 @saresmoore @erzascarletbookgasm I love when books make my heart giddy/leap, so I am glad I could do the same for you! I enjoyed taking this picture so much. @Suet624 I did spend a bit of time just staring at them 😍 2y
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Alpha
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Now reading.....

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Kitta
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Love this

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Kitta
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Just started a new read yesterday, en route to Sakura Matsuri (the cherry blossom festival) at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Beautiful day! I'm a little sunburnt, but I got this adorable fish bag and some sake cocktails! 🌸🐡🍹Perfect

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OutlandishLit
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Mehso-so

I finally finished the audiobook of The Fishermen! It's my first book finished this #readathon. Sadly, I didn't love it as much as everyone else did. I'm not sure what I'm missing!!

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bedandabook
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For the last six months I haven't been well enough to walk round the corner to my local cafe, but today I finally managed it. Yay! Coffee and a great book ❤️

TrishB Fab 😀 enjoy 2y
Alfoster Good for you👏👏👏👏! 2y
LauraBeth I'm glad you were able to get there today 😀💕 2y
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Eyelit 💜💜💜 2y
Suet624 Wow. That's a long time. So glad you could get out today. 2y
bedandabook Thanks, @TrishB, @Alfoster, @LauraBeth, @Eyelit and @Suet624! Really enjoyed it 💕 2y
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