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The Book of Memory
The Book of Memory: A Novel | Petina Gappah
The story that you have asked me to tell you does not begin with the pitiful ugliness of Lloyds death. It begins on a long-ago day in August when the sun seared my blistered face and I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man. Memory, the narrator of Petina Gappahs The Book of Memory, is an albino woman languishing in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison in Harare, Zimbabwe, after being sentenced for murder. As part of her appeal, her lawyer insists that she write down what happened as she remembers it. The death penalty is a mandatory sentence for murder, and Memory is, both literally and metaphorically, writing for her life. As her story unfolds, Memory reveals that she has been tried and convicted for the murder of Lloyd Hendricks, her adopted father. But who was Lloyd Hendricks? Why does Memory feel no remorse for his death? And did everything happen exactly as she remembers? Moving between the townships of the poor and the suburbs of the rich, and between past and present, the 2009 Guardian First Book Awardwinning writer Petina Gappah weaves a compelling tale of love, obsession, the relentlessness of fate, and the treachery of memory.
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Ruthiella
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Memory is actually the main character‘s name but the story is also told in flashback as Memory recalls how she ended up convicted of murder serving out her sentence at a women‘s prison in Zimbabwe 🇿🇼.
#trytoremember
#WinterWonderland

Cinfhen I really liked this book!!! One of the first books I reviewed on Litsy 12mo
Ruthiella @Cinfhen I really enjoyed it as well 😀 12mo
TrishB Not familiar with this one 👍🏻 12mo
Ruthiella @TrishB I t was interesting especially because it took place in Harare, Zimbabwe. 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Memories
#Fallintoreading

Anyone read this one? I forgot to post it yesterday...

Rissreads I have never heard of this book. I look forward to your review! 13mo
BookBabe Ditto what @Rissreads said! 13mo
MayJasper Very funny 😀 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissreads 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookBabe 🙌🏻👍🏻🙌🏻 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MayJasper 😉😉😉 (edited) 13mo
Amie I haven't read it, but it's been on my TBR for ages, so maybe one day 😄 13mo
BookishTrish This book was my first ever Litsy post. #memories 13mo
vkois88 I haven't, but it's a nice cover 13mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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#Heyjune #frommetoyou this meandering, non linear novel takes the form of a set of journals written by Memory an Albino women incarcerated in a Zimbabwean prison for the murder of her ‘adopted‘ white father,to a western journalist. A story about memory, truth, family and fitting in. A tad too much prison vs back story for me. not a recommend if you like concise, pacy plots with clear cut endings but it was a beautiful thought provoking read.

Cinfhen I loved this book, as I never knew where it was goimg 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Beautiful #bookmail today!!! Thank you @merelybookish so much for the book and card!!! And thank you @EllieDottie and @jfalkens for the beautiful cards too!!! Nothing like #litsylove to brighten your day ☺️💞💜😘

jfalkens I'm so glad you liked it! Again I am so sorry it was late! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @jfalkens no worries!!! Thanks again!! 2y
EllieDottie 😊❤️ 2y
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jfalkens @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks no problem! Hopefully I get the next one out better lol 2y
merelybookish That was fast! Glad it arrived safely! 2y
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WomanistBibliophile
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

#remembrance

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readtheworld
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Midday book and hot cider break ☕️

collegecatlady This one was great 👍🏻 2y
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readtheworld
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The Book of Memory is so beautifully written. I‘m reading it slowly instead of rushing through.

#litfic #readdiversebooks #fiction #coverart

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collegecatlady
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This is an emotional journey that the reader takes through the book of Memory. Memory, in prison with the death penalty for a murder she makes clear from the start she did not commit, relays her story in this journalesque narrative. This novel made me very emotional, but not in the teary-eyed way. This was more of a deep, wrenching soul bruising way. Beautiful.

TheAliceEvers Lovely review! 😊👏🏻 2y
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readtheworld
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Bedtime reading... it‘s harder to underline when you‘re lying down. 📖🌙😴

dragondrool I was trying to underline in my current book for our book club the other night while stretched out on the sofa. Those lines are wonky as all get out. Yours are much nicer. 2y
readtheworld @dragondrool Haha, thanks! 2y
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readtheworld
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Starting this lovely today 📖

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collegecatlady
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1. My favorite baby, Jojen
2. 4 years
3. He loves to eat watermelon!
4. @FireHeartRattlerOfStars
#petsandpaperbacks

CoffeeCatsBooks 😻😻😻 2y
HotMessJess Jojen looks very smug and comfortable! Thank you!!! 😻😻 2y
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collegecatlady
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Finally having a relaxing day 🙌🏻

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Martta
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After reading Americanah I realized how little I have read books from Africa. Until that time I thought that I read quite diversely but then I realized that I read as diversely as it is possible with whats on offer around here. But there are not so many African writers visible in bookstores and librarys so when I saw this I just had to get it. This fits perfectly with my goal to read more diversely.

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merelybookish
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My #firstreadoftheyear was a good one. Narrated by a woman in a prison in Zimbabwe, we learn why she is there. Of course, her story is more complicated than it first appears. AND it ticked the first box (set in Africa) for the #LitsyBingo Challenge. #allthebooks2017

Cinfhen I liked this book! 2y
merelybookish Me too! I thought it was well done. 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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#finished #intense
This was another intense book about an albino woman accused of murder in Zimbabwe. A lot of the time I️ was reading this I️ felt like there is a lot I️ don‘t understand about the culture, and yet I️ was captivated by Memory‘s story. This is a book that changes you from reading it.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Trying to steal a few minutes before the school day starts to get a little reading in. It started snowing today in Chi-town. ❄️❄️🌨🌨 #canyoueverhavetoomuchcoffee #nope #teacherlife

VinceReads I love and agree with your hashtags and I‘m also not ready for the snow. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Thanks @VinceReads ! I️ have a love/hate relationship with snow!❄️ 2y
VinceReads @ElishaLovesBooks Same, I love it when I don‘t have to drive in it. 2y
AlaMich Fellow Chicagoan here 😊...I'm glad it wasn't heavier. I need to be eased in to winter; a little snow here, a little snow there, before a big one hits, amirite? 2y
ElishaLovesBooks You‘re so right @AlaMich ! November is a little early. . . I‘m not ready for a whole winter of snow! 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Trying to relax after a loooooooong day. Pomegranate white tea ☕️ and lotus cookies 🍪

MrBook Ooooh! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Interesting! I‘ve never tried the beverage or the cookies. Sounds yummy. Enjoy 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks @erzascarletbookgasm the cookies! Are amazing! They are British- “the original carmelised biscuit”-that‘s what the package says. Tastes like cookie butter spread. Very dangerous 😋🙊 2y
LeahBergen Lotus cookies (or Biscoff) are my FAVES. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @LeahBergen they are delicious!! 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Took my book to the gym this evening. I️ didn‘t get a chance to read anything but I️ always operate under the principle of #justincase #yoga 😊😊

Cinfhen Loved this book 💗 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen I‘m just at the beginning and it‘s already hooked me in!🤗 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Getting ready to start this one now! I feel so good after getting things done today- laundry, grocery shopping, 3 mile run, lunch meal prep for the week- I deserve to sit down and read!🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🥗👚👕📚 #momlife #currentlyreading

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ElishaLovesBooks
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First ever #humpdaypost @MinDea
1. My cozy, warm Uggs
2. The Book of Memory (it might change 😉)
3. Dark 🍫
4. Just seasonal allergies
5. A magnet on the whiteboard in my classroom.

MinDea Welcome to the club! Thanks for joining in! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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This book is a slow and steady build and takes some patience, but the writing is beautiful. I do think that the last 40 pages or so felt slightly rushed, with so many ends tied up at once after such a long journey to get there. But overall, this is a definite pick for me. AND, it was my 100th book for the year 🎉

Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
Kalalalatja Woohoo! 2y
Reviewsbylola Yeah girl!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉🎉 2y
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tammysue That's awesome!👏🏻👏🏻😊 2y
Ms_T Bravo! 2y
Laalaleighh Congrats on 100! 2y
[DELETED] 3803335244 Congrats 💯!!!! 2y
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! Amazing 💞💞💞💞 2y
Beachesnbooks Congrats on 100 books!! 2y
minkyb Congrats!! 2y
Mdargusch 1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣❗️❗️❗️ 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Back in LA again - just another #manicmonday 😜

#awesomeautumnbooks

Cinfhen I REALLY LIKED this one🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼hope you do too!!! 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I'm about 100 pages in and enjoying it so far 👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Yay for book 💯!! 2y
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shawnmooney Thank you for bringing this book back into my awareness - it'd been languishing on my TBR nearly forgotten for nearly a year! 2y
Mdargusch Sportsmens lodge? 2y
emilyhaldi @Mdargusch We always stay there- it's not the fanciest but it's retro and used to be the gathering place of Clark Gable & Katherine Hepburn 😎 2y
Mdargusch Sounds cool 2y
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Cinfhen
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Day 27 #JuneTunz #ManDown [👂🏼🐛Alert ] I love this song, courtesy of my friend @Ms_T 🎵My first thought for today's prompt was The Book Of Memory, which tells the story of a Zimbabwean woman called Memory whose parents sold her to a white man when she was nine. She relates her tale in flashback as she sits in prison, having been convicted of the same white man's murder. Beautifully written, with lush descriptions of time & place ~

Ms_T Great choice and great collage. Rihanna is a babe ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen She's Da Best...I mean who else can sing ? "Bitch Better Have My Money" ? @Ms_T ? 2y
Ms_T @Cinfhen 😂😂😂 2y
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TrishB @Cinfhen @Ms_T I loved her red hair! 2y
merelybookish I thought this book was good! Really well done. 2y
ValerieAndBooks Sounds good...stacking! 2y
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JenP
Book of Memory | Petina Gappah
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I'm giving away this awesome stack of books to one lucky person. Lincoln in the Bardo is signed! I own doubles of all of them so thought it would be fun to do a giveaway. I will ship internationally.

To enter just post a comment stating which is your favorite book (so far) published in 2016-2017.

Closes Monday when I pick a winner at random.

Cinfhen Love that your #payingitforward 💕💕I own two already so I want someone else to have a chance 😊have a great weekend 2y
ashsbookmarks I don't think I have read any books published in 2017 😮 but the paperback for Dark Matter was....I so choose that one!! Seriously was an amazing book!! 2y
JenP @Cinfhen you gave me my first copy of the book of Memory! I'm giving away my second copy bc I like the cover better on the edition you sent me. I loved that book! 2y
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Cinfhen Yay, I love this community of book sharers💝💝💝such a happy place! 2y
emmanoble Funnily enough, I think Lincoln in the Bardo is my fave! I was planning on getting a copy sometime soon (I borrowed it from the library) because I was totally enthralled by it..signed would be even better! 2y
Lizpixie So happy that the #payitforward movement is growing! My favourite book published in 2016-2017 is The Dry by Jane Harper. An Australian thriller by a debut author, it's a great story with a writing style that makes you smell & feel the dust & heat of a small Aussie town. (edited) 2y
JenP @emmanoble it is pretty great! I have a personalized signed copy (which I keeping). 2y
JenP @Notafraidofwords I want to read that one! 2y
JenP @ashsbookmarks that works! 2y
JenP @Lizpixie lol, I didn't know that was a thing here but I love it! 2y
Caterina What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for your generosity! My favorite is What it Means When a Man Falls from the Sky, a stunning story collection published this year from a debut author! 2y
Jerdencon Awesome! I would have to say my favorite is beartown. Loved that book! 2y
Nat_Reads My favorite 2017 release thus far is Bear and the Nightingale! What a fun giveaway! Saunders is one of my favorite writers--how exciting that you have a signed edition!! 2y
Kalalalatja What a sweet and generous giveaway! 💕 My favourite thus far is (edited) 2y
Maike This is wonderful! So far my favourite of 2017 is 2y
Reviewsbylola If I had to choose just one, 2y
ReadingEnvy This one is a great read because of the honesty and confrontation of the anti-obesity culture we live in.(and k loved Black Wave but got it from the library!) 2y
JPeterson This is awesome! I'm doing a similar #payitforward giveaway! Though, if I only can choose one for my current favorite, I think I would have to go with 2y
erzascarletbookgasm So awesome of you paying it forward @JenP . 💖Love the Litsy community. I have not read that many books published between that period, so far my favourite is this. 2y
JenP @erzascarletbookgasm one of my favorites too! 2y
JenP @JPeterson nice! I haven't read that one yet but want to 2y
JenP @ReadingEnvy I hope to read that one soon 2y
JenP @Reviewsbylola that was 2015 publication not 2016-17, I think, but I'll allow it bc it was a great book. 2y
JenP @Tamra hmm, this sounds interesting 2y
JenP @Maike 👍 2y
JenP @Kalalalatja and a march madness book too! I love it! 2y
JenP @Nat_Reads unfortunately I didn't love that one but I'm in the minority with that one. So glad you did love it. 2y
JenP @Caterina that sounds really good! 2y
JenP @Jerdencon haven't read it yet but I have a copy. Probably should push it up on my TBR list. 2y
Kalalalatja @JenP it was my pick to win it all, but alas, that didn't happen 😄 2y
Reviewsbylola Sorry I can't read. 😂😂 I thought you meant favorite book we have read in 2016 or 2017. 2y
JenP @Reviewsbylola eek, hit send too early. It's all good. No real hard and fast rules to this. It is one of my favorite books 😊 2y
vivastory It'd be impossible for me to only pick one, but Gyasi's "Homegoing" immediately came to mind 2y
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Cinfhen
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#ThrowbackThursday According to my GoodReads these are the books I was reading last June...I spy one 5 star read, which is interesting because it didn't make my year end BEST list...Modern Lover's is the book on top, which got cut-off.

Billypar Funny, I read Owen Meany on May 30th last year- his high voice must have been in the air. 3y
Cinfhen Other than the length and political overtones OM would have been a 5 star read... did u enjoy @Billypar 3y
Reviewsbylola Appears you and I had similar thoughts about The Fireman. 3y
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Billypar @Cinfhen I did- it was 5 stars for me, though the length was an issue. I take on 600+ books very reluctantly- but paid off in this case. 3y
emilyhaldi I've had this one in my book outlet cart forever- glad to see you gave 5 stars! 3y
Cinfhen The Fireman was too long, it became a nuisance to get through @Reviewsbylola 3y
Cinfhen I'm not sure if it would still be a five star @emilyhaldi but definitely worth picking up and reading 3y
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rachelwill
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Book 13: Exploring issues of race, family, mental illness and capital punishment, this was a surprisingly digestible read. Written as a reflection by our protagonist, set across two timelines, we begin to piece together the circumstances that led to her imprisonment, both in jail but also within herself as she seeks to look beyond being only the 'other'...

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JenP
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#aprilbookshowers #samebookdifferentcover

I received the book on the left from the lovely @Cinfhen for cupidgoespostal then a few weeks ago was given the same book with a different cover (purchased in South Africa).

I can't wait to read it!

Cinfhen Ooooh, the SA cover is pretty awesome ❤️🖤❤️🖤 3y
Hooked_on_books I like the cover on the left better. Is it from Israel? 3y
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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Today I am eighteen books richer! My friend gave me a massive pile of unwanted books (I know what you're thinking, and I too wondered what "unwanted" books are?!) And as if that wasn't exciting enough, I arrived home to #BookMail. Litsy, you are definitely fuelling my book obsession, and I really didn't need any help to start with!! ????

JazzFeathers 18 book richer? Such wonderful sensation! 3y
magictoyshop A Little Life! I'm going to pass on the same advice that was given to me... "Prepare to be destroyed". 3y
LauraAndTaraAndBooks @magictoyshop Oh god! Thanks for the warning 😄 It was one of those books that I've put off reading cuz I didn't think it could possibly live up to the hype, but now super excited! Love a good book that can ruin my life 😂 !!! 3y
magictoyshop @LauraAndTaraAndBooks hahhaaaaa I had the exact same reaction!!!! 3y
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Quite a beginning! "...I was nine years old and my father and mother sold me to a strange man." We know she's an adult now and in jail for killing that man. So, what happened? That is the novel: narrator Memory's recollections of her life and what led to the crime. Sounds very promising! #FirstLine

merelybookish It's good! 3y
RealBooks4ever Wow! That opening certainly grabbed me! 😯 3y
bookwrm526 It's really good 3y
Hooked_on_books I was just fondling this one on my shelf yesterday, a definite #blameitonLitsy purchase. I may have to bump it up the TBR! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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MyNamesParadise Dang. That is deep. 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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After another tough week (much improved by #CupidGoesPostal 💜❤️💜), I'm perusing new paperbacks at happy place @TheBookmarkPR -- pumpkin spice latte and warm pumpkin loaf on hand!

TrishTheBibliophile Love this pic! Hope next week is better ❤ 3y
Jennick2004 Yum! And what a pretty latte!! ❤️ hugs and hoping for a better week... 3y
Ericmanciniwriter Nice latte fern!! 3y
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8leagueboot Ooh, I see Bookburners! Jealous! 3y
Tillie Yummy! 3y
Mimi28 Hope next week is better!! ❤❤ 3y
TrishB Had one of those too 💗 got 4 new books and being taken out for tea....so it's a much nicer weekend! 3y
asiriusreader Hope next week is better for you! Looks like the perfect start to Saturday! 😊 3y
lamaman2boys I hope next week improves! I'm "dragging" my family to Powell's tomorrow for much the same reason ? 3y
LeahBergen I need a piece of that loaf. 3y
Gissy 😋 3y
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Sarah83
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Da spielt man Memory und es kommen einem trotzdem Buchthemen über den Weg. 😙

Playing memory and meeting also books there. 😙

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merelybookish
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First official read of 2017. First book completed for #LitsyAtoZ challenge. Set in Africa for #LitsyReadingChallenge. Another #ToB17 long list selection.

Highly recommend. Interesting narrative about an albino woman on death row in Zimbabwe. At the request of a journalist, Memory records her history that moves from a poor township to a colonial mansion and then eventually to prison. A great mix of the personal and the political.

vivastory Sounds very interesting. Stacked! 3y
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merelybookish
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This month's TBR is to read as many books as possible from the Tournament of Books Long List. I've read 20 thus far. Out of a possible 120. 😯 Next up is Book of Memory in print and The Unseen World by Liz Moore on audio.
#ToB17 #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

MrBook Wh-what is this Tournament of Books thing? 😳 3y
Well-ReadNeck That's a VERY long long list! Dang. My two favorites of the year are on there. Missing Dark Matter, IMHO (edited) 3y
outis Good luck! I'm waiting for the shortlist!! 3y
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Cinfhen I'm with you @outis 😉 3y
Cinfhen But 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 @merelybookish 3y
ReadingEnvy I had previously read 17 of them and now I'm working on 3y
merelybookish @MrBook Its a March Madness-like book completion that puts books into brackets until a winner is crowned. It started out as a way to poke fun at book awards but over time has developed a cult following. I love it and follow it ever year. It's hosted by The Morning News. 3y
merelybookish @outis @Cinfhen I don't really plan to read them all. There's a good 10-15, I dont really want to read. But it's fun to try. Some year I'd like to have read all 16 before the tourney starts. 3y
merelybookish @ReadingEnvy How is it? I saw where someone else bailed on it. 3y
merelybookish @Well-ReadNeck What are your 2 favorites? Vegetarian was one of mine. 3y
CocoReads Because I totally need more book lists to read I just bookmarked it! (I'm clearly out of control and I love it!) 3y
outis @merelybookish - It looks like you're using the hashtag #tob17. There's also #tob2017 - you might want to tag your posts both ways until one wins out. 3y
MrBook Ohhh, interestinnng.... 😊 3y
Zelma @MrBook the commentary is the best part of the Tournament. I look forward to it every year. It's on the Morning News site, and you can go back read previous years' tournament decisions and commentary as well. The whole idea was to have fun with book awards and make the process transparent. Then it evolved into a more serious but still fun endeavor. 3y
Megabooks The Unseen World was so good. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 3y
she_barks Love the TOB! I'm glad to see there's a hashtag to follow. 3y
BkClubCare @outis - consensus on Twitter seems to for #TOB17... just sayin' 3y
outis @merelybookish - totally agreed. That's the tag TMN suggests in their articles, but it looked like like more folks here were using the #TOB2017 tag. Just wanted to make sure we could all find each other! 3y
outis Sorry - should have tagged @BkClubCare on that comment! 3y
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Foxyfictionista
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This book left me with chills. Gappah is masterful in her telling of this story. She gives you little bits and you think you know where it's going but then it turns out to be something completely different. I'm in awe.

Cinfhen This was a good thought provoking read🤓 3y
Foxyfictionista @Cinfhen Yes, it definitely was. I live for books like this. It didn't take me where I thought it would and I found that delightful. 3y
Cinfhen I believe she has a new novel out 3y
Foxyfictionista @Cinfhen Thank you! That's now been added to my stack. 3y
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Beachesnbooks
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It's a pretty crazy Friday night over here.

JoeStalksBeck Haha! I'm in bed listening to an audiobook 3y
Iamlisa22 living the dream! ✔️ 3y
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whatthelog
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already the book of memory is giving me lots to think about.

#diversebooks #womenwriters

charl08 It's a great one. I'm reading her new short story collection, and can recommend it. 3y
whatthelog @charl08 ooh fantastic, I'll check that out! 3y
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Foxyfictionista
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"... Or there is not enough oil in the fried vegetables or there is so much that you almost fear that America will invade."

This line gave me a chuckle this morning on my commute. ?

DeborahSmall 😂❤️ 3y
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whatthelog
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bookmail! really excited for all of these, they sound brilliant.

#diversebooks #weneeddiversebooks #DiverseBookBloggers

BookishFeminist I loved The Book of Memory! 3y
Juwi Patrick ness is amazing!!! Enjoy! 3y
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Bookish_B
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Started this on Sunday thinking it would take me a day or two to finish it. Going into Wednesday I am only half way through. I hate when that happens! Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody arrived in the mail today and I'm itching to get to it 😳

Notafraidofwords I bailed on this one a while back because I was having a hard time with it too. I never went back to it. 3y
Cinfhen Stay with it @Bookish_B ❣️it gets better 😊 3y
Bookish_B @Notafraidofwords that is what's making it go so slowly. I don't dislike it enough to bail, but I'm also not dying to pick it up every time I put it down. 3y
Bookish_B @Cinfhen thank you. I do plan to finish it 😊 Hopefully today! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Bookish_B oh that's even worse. 3y
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Yas
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Bookmail! Yes I have tonnes of books I still haven't read but I can't help myself😁

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BookishTrish
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My #firstLitsypost was taken in my favourite place in the whole world to while away an afternoon reading

britt_brooke Looks like a lovely reading spot! 3y
Sea.fisher01 What a great place to read!! 3y
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Gleefulreader
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This is making me crazy because it was either about a book I have on my TBR or was intending to buy, but can't find the post now. Help? :)

Gleefulreader Aha! I found it. It was actually a review I'd read, not on Litsy. Clearly I'm losing my mind. 3y
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wen4blu
Book of Memory | Petina Gappah
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Mehso-so

An interesting and informative book set in Zimbabwe. A young woman, Memory, tries to recall her life as she waits on death row. Moving between the past and the present, it presents a view of different cultures and times in the country. Ultimately, I wanted to like this book more than I did.

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Cinfhen
Book of Memory | Petina Gappah
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Pickpick

So good! Stunning writing, complete sense of mood, locale and time. Memory is an albino woman, facing a death sentence in an African prison for killing a white man, who raised her as his daughter. Highly recommend🙌🏻

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BookishFeminist
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Memory, an albino woman, is awaiting the death penalty in a Zimbabwean prison for the murder of her adoptive father. This is her version of what happened, as told to her lawyer. Emotionally intense & full of metaphor, Gappah incisively explores the themes of memory, family, and belonging. #ReadWomen #BlackLivesMatter

Christinak I heard an interview with the author on NPR recently... I definitely want to read this one. 4y
BookBerries Wow!! 4y
BookishFeminist @Christinak I'm going to have to find that interview! Do you remember what show it was on? Definitely read this book- it's great! @BookBerries It really does have a unique perspective. Gappah is very talented. 4y
BookishFeminist @Christinak LOL. No worries, it feels like March was only yesterday. Thanks for digging this up! 4y
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Book of Memory | Petina Gappah
Pickpick

Really enjoyed this book. Found it vivid and compelling. Bummed it wasn't shortlisted for Baileys Women's Prize. Should have been.

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BookishTrish
Book of Memory | Petina Gappah
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Where were you on the questioned day which is the day that we are questioning you about today?

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beachlover20855
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Enjoying this Bailey's Women's Prize For Fiction Longlist Nominee! Hope to finish this weekend.