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In the Time of the Butterflies
In the Time of the Butterflies | Julia Alvarez
It is November 25, 1960, and the bodies of three beautiful, convent-educated sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. El Caribe, the official newspaper, reports their deaths as an accident. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Raphael Leonidas Trujillo's dictatorship. It doesn't have to. Everyone knows of Las Mariposas - "The Butterflies." Now, three decades later, Julia Alvarez, also a daughter of the Dominican Republic and long haunted by these sisters, immerses us in a tangled and dangerous moment in Hispanic Caribbean history to tell their story in the only way it can truly be understood - through fiction. In this brilliantly characterized novel, the voices of all four sisters - Minerva, Patria, Maria Teresa, and Dede - speak across the decades, to tell their own stories - from hair ribbons to gunrunning to prison torture - and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo's rule. The Butterflies were extraordinary women. Minerva, once the object of the dictator's desire, had dared to publicly slap his face. Devout Patria found her calling to the uprising through the church. Alluring - and vain - Maria Teresa joined in pursuit of romance. Only Dede, the practical one, the most diligent in her duty to family and tradition, kept apart. And only she survived to see that their names were remembered. Now, through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez's imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again. And Dede joins them as a heroine of equal courage.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much for my Valentine surprise Cynthia!! I love the card too! Can‘t wait to read this one!! I hope you have a Happy Valentine‘s Day!! 💗💗💗

#LitsyLove

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OriginalCyn620
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I didn‘t know this was #basedonatruestory. I haven‘t read it but it sounds good!
#auldlangreads

aroc Great movie too! 1mo
ljuliel Very good book. 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Excellent book. Didn‘t know there was a movie 💖 1mo
la_rose_noire Don't you just love that cover? 💚💙🖤 1mo
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Andrea313
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This book, #BasedOnATrueStory, has been on my #TBR for way too long! I need to finally get my hands on a copy. #AuldLangReads
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻😊📚 1mo
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IndoorDame
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This is one I #readinhighschool because I overheard a girl I thought was cool talking about it. And then I completely fell in love with it! I must have read it 5 or 6 times in those 4 years. #gratefulreads @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I should read it!! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Haven‘t read this one! 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks This is a beautiful book ❤️ 3mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Pickpick

Not my favorite n NEA Big Read book (last year's book was my fav so far) but still an amazing and important story/account. Still processing...

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AmyK1
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Borrowing this one from my girl @wideeyedreader I‘m liking it so far.

wideeyedreader I‘m glad you like it! 8mo
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Blaire
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Historical fiction depicting the lives of the Mirabal sisters in the Dominican Republic during the reign of Trujillo. Critical to the resistance against the regime. Their story is moving and tragic. It is not surprising that the women‘s bravery continues to inspire and be celebrated. Alvarez gives each woman a full and complex life. Powerful book.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i was assigned this book to read in college & absolutely loved it 9mo
Kaye Excellent book 🌟 9mo
Reggie If you ever think about reading her again try In the Name of Salome. One of of my favorite books ever!!! 9mo
Blaire @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @kaye an author recommended it in the nytimes and it bumped it to the top of my tbr. So glad to have read it. 9mo
Blaire @Reggie nice. Will check it out! 9mo
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strandbookstore
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👉This Strand X PEN America reading list explores how Latinx, intersectional, and multicultural identity has influenced a range of genres. ☝️Read more here: https://www.strandbooks.com/strand-blog#/entry/entry136-latin...

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Susanita
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I may have used this photo before...
#butterflies #literaryluck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🦋❤️ 11mo
vkois88 Lovely 11mo
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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"A chill goes through her, for she feels it in her bones, the future is now beginning. By the time it is over, it will be the past, and she doesn't want to be the only one left to tell their story."

In the Time of the #Butterflies
#LiteraryLuck #LasMariposas

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 11mo
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MallenNC
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I found lots of #butterflies on book covers. I had no idea this was such a common book cover illustration. I haven't read most of these. #literaryluck

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love butterflies 🦋 11mo
vkois88 I read the Disaster series by Jamie McGuire. I really liked it the first time, but looking back on it has kind of changed my mind. I still like the companion series about Travis' brothers though. 11mo
MallenNC @vkois88 I feel the same about those (I've only read the two on this collage). I do like the way the covers use the butterfly image though. 11mo
vkois88 Yes, I always found them striking! 11mo
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alcassoi
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Found this gem of a book while cleaning and reorganizing my bedroom today. I read this one as part of a Sociology of Gender course during my undergraduate career and can remember the wide array of emotions it made me feel. Very good read if you're interested in historical fiction.

CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 14mo
Theshadedbuffalo Hi! Welcome to Litsy!! ⭐️📚 14mo
Crazeedi Welcome!👍🎉 14mo
Ceratina One of my all time favorite books! 14mo
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JessFerg
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I made myself a new reading nook last weekend and someone just discovered it. #catpeopleproblems #readingcompanion

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Mamashep
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Very excited to hear Ms. Alvarez speak!

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alisonrose
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BOOK: In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
AUTHOR: Eowyn Ivey
MOVIE: It Happened One Night
FOOD: Iced tea (I know it‘s a drink and not technically “food” but the only food I could think of was ice cream and probably everyone is gonna use that! 😜)
#manicmonday #letteri

JoScho 💛💛💛 1y
Mamashep We‘re going to see Alvarez Thursday! 1y
alisonrose @Mamashep Oooh jealous!! 1y
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violabrain
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Fantastic book that should serve as a cautionary yet inspiring tale for Americans living in our current political reality.

Lcsmcat I‘ve read How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, but hadn‘t heard of this one. Stacked! 2y
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Tomigirl44
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This is my #hour30challenge for #24in48
I read this years ago and was overwhelmed by it - the ordinary family, relationships of the siblings and what their lives were like, and the danger they faced. I had known nothing of life in the Dominican Republic and my heart broke for the challenges they faced and the courage they had.

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Centique
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A fictional account of the Mirabals, victims of the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic (see authors note) It‘s written from each sister‘s POV, chronicling the journey from daughters to wives & then ‘politicos‘. Alvarez brings the epoch to life through a personal lens - girlhood, faith, marriage & motherhood, the personal interactions of prison time & house arrest, the small details make this a heartfelt read rather than a history. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Centique Note: Alvarez‘ family was forced to flee the Dominican Republic when she was 10 after her father participated in a failed coup. 2y
Reggie She is one of my top 5 authors and one of my top 10 books is her In the Name of Salome. I love How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Yo!, and also this one but Salome is my favorite of hers. I‘m glad you liked this book. 2y
Centique @Reggie I really liked it! I‘m definitely stacking all of those 😊 A bit of serendipity to read two of your favourites nearly back to back! At the start of the year I picked 12 books from countries I didn‘t think I‘d read from before - kind of a mini challenge - and this was one of those. I‘ve loved all 9 or 10 I‘ve read so far 👍👍 2y
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Captivatedbybooks
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#workbookclub i really need to get my act together and get my book blog going 😒

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lauralovesbooks1
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Beautiful and heartbreaking fictionalized account of the Mirabel sisters, 3 of whom were killed because of their opposition to the Trujillo regime in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez depicts them not just as revolutionaries, but also as sisters, wives, and mothers. Wonderful read.

Reggie Have you read any of her other books? Yo and In the Name of Salome are my favorites. They‘re great. 2y
lauralovesbooks1 @Reggie This was my first read by her -- I will pick those up. Thanks for the recommendation! 2y
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prowlix
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Started this book last night and already the language is beautiful. I don‘t know why I continue to be surprised that such important women are not widely known outside Dominican Republic but I am excited for this read! #feminism #resist

Photo from Rejected Princesses which gives a quick recap to entice you.

Reggie Julia Alvarez is wonderful. This book is great but my favorite of hers is In the Name of Salome. She‘s a poet but as with all poets, when they write novels their prose is just out of this world. I don‘t know if you‘ve ever read How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents but its follow up, Yo, is also pretty good. I just love her. 2y
prowlix @Reggie I have How the García Girls Lost Their Accent but haven‘t read it yet. I may have to track down some of her poetry next too since I‘ve been trying to read more poetry. Thanks for the recommendations! 2y
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SaraBeagle
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Based on a true story- 3 sisters involved in a movement to overthrow a 1960‘s Dominican dictator are murdered by the regime on their way to visit their husbands in prison. The story is made all the more interesting by the author‘s note at the end- her father was also involved in the movement and her family fled to the US in 1960 to escape.

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Kathrin
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In the book we follow the lives of four sisters that are killed by the regime (it's not spoiler, but a premises of the book) in the end. I liked to have the story being told by all sisters and each one of them provided a different perspective through the prism of their own personality and life choices.

It sometimes felt a little frivolous and a little fluffy for my taste, but for the most I enjoyed listening to it.

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4.5 / 5⭐️
I was introduced to this book by the Reading Around the World bookclub on GR‘s. I‘d never heard of the book or author. What a great surprise Alvarez‘s based on a true story novel about three sisters and their fight against dictator Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. It‘s hard for me to describe the feeling I had while reading the winding story, cloaked in beauty despite the difficult circumstances and location!

Kaye Such a good book. 2y
Kathrin I am also reading it for the "Around the World" Book Club... just started today! 2y
wanderlustforwords @Kaye I had never heard of it before I was introduced to it by a GR‘s book group. I absolutely loved it! I want to read more of the authors works! 2y
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wanderlustforwords @Kathrin You are??! That‘s so awesome! We‘ll get to chat here and there! Have you started the book? I haven‘t read any comments from the group for a day or two. 2y
Kathrin @wanderlustforwords I just finished it yesterday. 2y
wanderlustforwords @Kathrin no hints? 😂 I‘ll check out our group feed in the next day or so. Most seemed to feel that she handled a serious subject to lightly. I found it accessible, a great intro to the subject matter. After all, it‘s a Historical Fiction not a nonfiction 2y
Kathrin @wanderlustforwords Sorry, I was rushed. I agree that it was very accessible, but also found it light, especially when some of the sisters were in prison towards the end of the book. Well, not necessarily too light, but for me the narration sometimes focused on stuff that were irrelevant. I agree it‘s historical fiction and there was not enough information out there to write it, so she had to fill about the story somehow. 2y
wanderlustforwords @Kathrin I‘m thinking about your statement that narration was at times unfocused. It feels like I agree but I can‘t specify an example. 🧐 I found the depth and breadth that I look for in a historical fiction except I would have appreciated more cultural content to take it to the next level. Well, we both rated it 4⭐️ ! 2y
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sofiaga
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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of all Forms of Violence Against Women. The date was chosen to commemorate the murdering of the Mirabal Sisters by the regime of Trujillo in the Dominican Republic. Julia Álvarez wrote their story in this book. Many years later Latin America has the highest rates of femicide in the world. Today we march!

BarbaraBB So good! Go girl 😘💪 2y
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AlaMich
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The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic, who fought against the dictator Rafael Trujillo until he had them killed. #resistance #junetunz @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Did not love this book but such an excellent choice!!! It was a little too dry for me...interesting history that I was not aware of 3y
AlaMich @Cinfhen It was definitely an education. I've read more about the history since this book and it's fascinating in an awful sort of way. 3y
Cinfhen I recently read another book about the DR, which covers a lot of history but in a more approachable manner 3y
LauraBrook I read this in the 90s and it sent me reading a whole bunch of historical stuff. Love when books do that! 3y
AlaMich @Cinfhen oooh, yes, Oscar Wao is on my TBR audio list because there is a new version read by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The sample sounded so good!! 3y
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Jolynne
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Thought I'd add some oldie but goodies to my list of books and this certainly fits the bill! #alltimefave. #oldiebutgoodie

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Loreen
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I love the titles of both books! #mexicanamericanwriters #maybookflowers @RealLifeReading oh crap! She's #DominicanAmerican.

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BrainyHeroine
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☆☆ I bought these once as textbooks, when I was learning the history of the country I live in. I live in Nevada, much of my local culture is Hispanic. It's been between 3 and 5 years since I've read these. I think it's time to read them again. ☆☆

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MCHBurke

"You're going to fire everyone's fight, aren't you?"
"It's all the same fight, Mama," I tell her.

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BookishJess
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This one is on my 2017 TBR for the #readharder challenge. #latinxauthors #feistyfeb @RealLifeReading

AlaMich Soooo good!! ❤️ 3y
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DaniRa
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#feistyfeb #latinxauthors haven't read any of these yet but soooon 😁

Joanne1 House of Spirits is wonderful. I read it a decade ago and still picture bits of it in my mind. 3y
DaniRa @Joanne1 oohhh thank you for that, moving it up on the TBR pile😃 3y
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TriniCapini
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Heavy sigh. So much has been weighing on my mind the past many months...as I know it has on yours as well. This book is about he dictatorship of Trujillo in Dominican Republic and there have been so many passages that have struck me. But this is where I keep coming back to. How do we move on? How do we heal? How do we become an undivided nation again? Gonna go refill my coffee before I become paralyzed in fear again. 😞

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Loretta
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My friend snapped this photo of me at the Seminary Co-op. I think it captures my feelings on being in a bookstore. (Can't remember what I was laughing at.)

#shopindie #bookhaul

Lola Great picture!! And great bookstore. I love 57th Street Books, too. Have not yet been to the Hyde Park Powell's. 3y
Kristy_K I love your shirt! 3y
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Loretta @Kristy_K Thanks! I buy anything with elephants on it. 3y
Loretta @Lola I'm just visiting so knew I had to stop by one. I was here too short a time to visit more than one bookstore, unfortunately. 3y
Lola @Loretta Next trip! We are lucky to have so many great indies here in Chicago. 3y
Loretta @Lola Yep! I love wandering them everywhere I visit. 3y
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TriniCapini
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Picking up dinner. Since I tend to read a lot of ebooks (or audio), I'm trying to get in the habit of carrying a paper book in my purse again!

Officially engrossed in the story of these Mirabel sisters.

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TriniCapini
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Second time this week I've been home with a sick babe. This time the littlest. Crawled back in bed with this one while she takes her morning nap. Loving it so far--have you read it??

Godmotherx5 On my TBR. Hope little one feels better. 3y
TriniCapini @Godmotherx5 thanks Tina! If it's like the other two, she'll be better by this afternoon. But goodness I'm ready for the weekend! 3y
irisonbooks I hope she feels better soon! Both P and E have been feeling unwell on and off again for the past month. It seems it is a particularly bad year for the flu etc (at least it is over here) 3y
SusaninTX Hope she recovers as quickly as the other two! My second came home for the weekend with the flu. There's been a lot of it around here this year. Happy reading to you! 3y
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vivjm
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Book mail! Looking forward to reading this one soon

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LindsayReads
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I feel pretty good about my reading habits, but the one thing I'd really like to do in 2017 is to participate in an official readathon. I can't do the #24in48 in a few weeks, but hopefully there'll be more!

"I think that is enough resolves for a *regular* year." ? HAPPY NEW YEAR, LITTENS!!!

#BookishResolutions #ReadJanuary

Marchpane Happy New Year! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Suet624 I resolve not to think of clothes when I'm in church. Love that. 3y
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crhealey
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#fridayreads On 11/25/1960, the Mirabal sisters were assassinated for their political activism in the Dominican Republic. In their memory & in memory of all those who are victims of gender based violence, 11/25 is the International Day Against Violence Towards Women.

In The Time of the Butterflies is my very favorite book & in it Alvarez tells a fictionalized story of the Mirabal sisters that is so important and always worth a reread.

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the_hibernator
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This politically charged book takes place in the Dominican Republic during the Trujillo Dictatorship. I hear it's fantastic. It's been on my shelf for years. 😳 #photoadaynov16

shawnmooney It sounds incredible! 3y
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LindsayReads
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Oh! When you hit that stride in a book that has you sighing all over the place and your Friday lunch break is over and you have a craaaazy weekend ahead of you and you know you won't be able to do much reading in the next couple days. 😢😢 #booknerdproblems

charl08 I so want to read this. I loved 3y
RealLifeReading Hope you can squeeze in some reading time! 3y
ValerieAndBooks This was very good! I also really like her poetry. 3y
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LindsayReads @charl08 Yes! I have been wanting to read Garcia Girls, but I gotta get my #ReadHarder done. :) 3y
LindsayReads @RealLifeReading Thank you!! Me, too! 3y
LindsayReads @ValerieAndBooks Yay! I already can't wait to read more! 3y
Notafraidofwords Ugh I know. Sometimes I have to go back to work right in the middle of the climax. 3y
LauraBrook This book is so great, might be time for a reread for me. Hope you can get some pages in this weekend! 3y
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LindsayReads
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I am notoriously bad about sticking to TBR plans, so here are 3 of the 4 prospective books I'd like to read for the remainder of my #ReadHarder (play, -year- I was born, book adapted to movie). Not featured is my SE Asian author--I have a handful of contenders, but if you have recs, I'd love to hear 'em. #photoadaynov16 #NovemberTBR
@RealLifeReading

Abby-J You should read Sorcerer to the Crown because, A, you told me to read it when I was looking for a SE Asian writer, and, B, it's really good. 3y
LindsayReads @Abby-J Did I? It might have been another HLRT. But I have heard good things! I need to take a break from fantasy for a sec, but I would like to check it out. 3y
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GeekGrl82
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Starting the next book in my Hispanic & Latin American Heritage Month challenge.

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amvs1111
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Well-written novel set in Trujillo's Dominican Republic. I enjoyed the four, strong sisters that star in the story of the country's rebellion from the dictator.

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doodley
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I loved this one. I don't know how I'd missed it before this. Good historical fiction makes me want to learn more, and that's how I felt reading this - I want to know more about the Mirabals and the Dominican Republic.

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LFox
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🌺🌸🌼🌷

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ErinKwed
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Really, really fantastic. I'm embarrassed by how little I know about the Trujillo dictatorship, brb adding all the books to my TBR.

Nebklvr This was so good. Traumatic, but good. 4y
KCorter That's how I felt after reading it too! Which books are you going to read to learn more? 3y
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