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Americanah
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
One of The New York Times'sTen Best Books of the YearWinner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for FictionAn NPR "Great Reads" Book, a Chicago Tribune Best Book, a Washington Post Notable Book, a Seattle Times Best Book, an Entertainment Weekly Top Fiction Book, a Newsday Top 10 Book, and a Goodreads Best of the Year pick.A powerful, tender story of race and identity by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun. Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passionfor each other and for their homeland.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Amandajoy
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My #top10ofthedecade #fictionedition. Sorting through the books I read the last 10 (!) years showed me I read some great books. These are the ones that seemed to stick with me the most.

Cinfhen I can‘t believe I forgot to add it!!!!! 1d
WomanistBibliophile Americanah, Homegoing, and Dietland are three of my all-time favourites too! I think Dietland is underrated 1d
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Kalalalatja Love Pullman and Zafón ? 20h
Amandajoy @Cinfhen it was definitely an underrated book! 19h
Amandajoy @WomanistBibliophile I want to stand on the street and hand it to any woman who says she needs to go on a diet. 19h
Amandajoy @Kalalalatja I tried to get a quote from His Dark Materials into my wedding this year, but ended up with one from Neil Gaiman instead. 19h
jillrhudy Another Lonesome Dove! 19h
Kalalalatja Another fantastic author! 👌 17h
Reggie I loved Dietland!!! 1h
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plemmdog
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I was lucky enough to hear Adichie speak at my institution two weeks ago. An engaging and powerful speaker. Finally made it through 588 pages and loved it, though still mixed feelings about the ending. Anyone else?

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jen_the_scribe
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Here's my next listen, interested in the love story and the eye opening racial issues.

Scochrane26 I LOVE this book. 4w
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IndoorDame
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Ngozi Adichie is an author I continually like. She‘s sharp and unapologetic, and writes with a type of honesty we need more of. This was a smart commentary on the immigrant experience. There‘s oftentimes a tendency to exaggerate both the majesty and the hardship of home when you‘re away from it. I was impressed with Ifemelu‘s mitigated memories of Nigeria when she was in America, and vice versa. It made her a very reliable narrator.

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LibrarianBecky
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Finally finished .. only took 2 months lol! Great read .. look up the author she does some great TED talks.

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ElectricKatyLand
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Engrossing. Follows two Nigerians who were in love as teenagers as they leave home, (im)migrate to the US and UK, and eventually re-connect in Lagos 10+ years later. Adichie's writing is beautiful and immersive. Looking forward to discussing this one with our book club!

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SW-T
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Lupita Nyong‘o and Danai Gurira‘s planned adaptation of the novel “Americanah” has received a straight-to-series order at HBO Max.

HBO Max has given the limited series a 10-episode order. Nyong‘o will star in the series, with Gurira writing the pilot and serving as showrunner.

#bookstofilm

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ValerieAndBooks
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A few dropped threads & an abrupt conclusion kept this overall well-written novel from being great in structure. But there is much food for thought here which I‘m still digesting, so it‘s a pick. Lots to think about (& discuss) regarding race relations. I thought about my and others‘ experiences of being Deaf (& that being white & Deaf is “easier” than being black & Deaf). I wonder if author Adichie is more intersectional in general elsewhere.

Reviewsbylola I really enjoyed this one. 2mo
HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola it definitely is was a compelling read; still thinking about it!! 2mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️ 2mo
Soubhiville Logged 🤗 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My library hold for this just became available! So I‘ll start this for #authoramonth , before reading her *Purple Hibiscus* which I already own.

CafeMom I really loved this book. 2mo
Soubhiville I love this one. Enjoy! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks @CafeMom @Soubhiville it‘s off to a promising start 👍! 2mo
Tanisha_A I love love this book! 2mo
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Soubhiville
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It‘s almost October #AuthorAMonth Readers! Have you got your Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie books chosen yet? I highly recommend Americanah if you haven‘t read it.

Want to join us?

There‘s one more day to get your VE Schwab reviews in. Don‘t forget to use the hashtag and also tag me to be sure I get you entered on the spreadsheet.

New leader: @BookwormAHN with 5 books read.

There will be a prize book for the most books read by mid December.

BookwormAHN I'm thinking of reading Americanah 😺 3mo
DivineDiana I have read Americanah and agree it‘s a good one! She looks beautiful in your photo! ❤️ 3mo
CareBear She‘s coming to CT at the end of this month, so the timing on this is perfect! She‘s one of my favorite authors and I only have left of hers I haven‘t read yet; I‘ve been saving it! 3mo
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CareBear Can you tag me going forward, too? I‘d like to join in! 3mo
Soubhiville @carebear yes! I‘m adding you to my spreadsheet right now 😁 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I don‘t think I‘m going to finish anything by VE Schwab this month 😔. Although she‘s well-loved, I don‘t think she‘s for me. I do have Adichie‘s Purple Hibiscus in my TBR so I‘ll definitely start that in October! Hoping to find Half of a Yellow Sun soon, because it‘s on the 1001 Books list. 3mo
Soubhiville @ValerieAndBooks that‘s ok! I‘m reading Purple Hibiscus this month too. I‘ve been meaning to read it for some time. 😊 3mo
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Eggbeater
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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2nd book for the #24B4Monday #readathon completed

There are some good, hard truths about racism and immigration in this book that I needed to hear. A few sections felt slightly drawn out, but I was really invested in the characters and I learned a lot about modern Nigeria.

@TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Andrew65 Going great. 👏👏👏 3mo
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Eggbeater
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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"Racism should never have happened and so you don't get a cookie for reducing it." --Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanh

BAM! Some good, hard truths in this book.

#24B4Monday #readathon

LoverofLit This my first read of hers and I loved it so much! 3mo
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MrBook
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Today‘s author spotlight: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! The 41-year-old was born in the Nigerian university town of Nsukka, the 5th of 6 children in an Igbo family. Her family lost nearly everything in the Nigerian Civil War, including her grandfathers. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University, and got further degrees from Johns Hopkins and Yale. She has a daughter. #AuthorPotpourri #TheMoreYouKnow

Amiable Psst ... it‘s Eastern Connecticut State University. Not East. (I used to work there, and they are very proud of their famous alumna. 🙂) (edited) 3mo
MrBook @Amiable Duly notes and corrected! 😁 3mo
Megara Oh! I spent a semester at Eastern! I didn‘t know she graduated from there. @TheBookDream 3mo
ljuliel Beautiful .. I have yet to read any of this author‘s books. Great idea, Mr Book, to pick an author a day to spotlight. Might give us some new ideas 💡 (edited) 3mo
MrBook @ljuliel 😁🤗 2mo
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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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FFS I‘ve checked a book out of the library that I already owned. 😂😂🤣

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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It has been a long time since I've sunk into a book containing prose this rich & dense with meaning & imagery. I had forgotten its capacity of literary fiction for realness and complexity.

This was a luxurious read. I savored it over the course of fifteen days—pausing often to examine a revelation, to relish an especially apt turn of phrase, or to simply close my eyes and envision the images painted by her words.

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Zoes_Human
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“He took her hand in his, both clasped on the table, and between them silence grew, an ancient silence that they both knew. She was inside this silence and she was safe.”

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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“The best thing about America is that it gives you space. I like that. I like that you buy into the dream, it‘s a lie but you buy into it and that‘s all that matters.”

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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A little R & R & R with Caribbean food and a lovely malbec

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Schlinkles
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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September‘s feminist book club pick, this has been on my shelf for a while.

Megabooks So good!! 4mo
lauren.lerner Amazing book!! 4mo
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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A perfect Sunday

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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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“... she was a person who denied things were as they were. A person who had to spread the cloak of religion over her own petty desires.”

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Zoes_Human
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It‘s been a hot minute since I‘ve sunk into something with prose this dense and rich. This is going to be a long, leisurely read.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
Zoes_Human @RaimeyGallant Thank you! 4mo
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sojalattens
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Meet Wilson. He has been my reading companion for five years now. Here he is using one of my absolute favorite books Americanah. There is something about the way Chimamanda writes that makes me fall in love with all of her books. she has a certain way of describing the surroundings that make it feel like you are right there.

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notreallyelaine
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Got a little lost in this book. ROMANTIC - can‘t decide if it was refreshingly or predictably so.

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OriginalCyn620
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Admittedly, I haven‘t read tons of books set in #Africa, but this one was great! The author paints a great picture of life in Nigeria. #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one on my shelf!!! 💗 5mo
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Pam.Kokomo
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Mehso-so

Mixed on this one and I‘m not sure why. Adichie is a talented writer, the narrator was great, and I feel like I learned so much, but there were a few times where I just didn‘t care anymore, especially toward the end.

llawela Agree. Loved it, but maybe needed a heavier handed editor? 4mo
Mixele Yes,it was the same for me. I had a hard time getting through it. Too many tangents. Irl I‘d probably be friends with Ifemelu but in the story I didn‘t really care so much, and just when I did care, some blog post or side story draws my interest away. 3mo
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MelKelsey
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Americanah is a meaty, satisfying novel about a Nigerian woman's transition to the US and then back again to Nigeria. It will challenge your views about race as it highlights the experience of immigrants. It is extremely well-written; you will feel like you had been starving for substantive literature. The vocabulary is rich and the insights are piercing. The end read more like a memoir than a novel; the writing less demanding. A favorite!

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Emilymdxn
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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My #top6reads for the year so far! This was SO hard to put together, I‘ve read a lot of very good books! Love this hashtag it‘s so interesting seeing what everyone‘s picked

Caterina Americanah 😍😍😍 I just started the audiobook of There There! And I loved Grief Is the Thing with Feathers, so I super want to read Lanny! 5mo
marleed Oh There There was so close to my top 6. I just think it‘s an important book! 5mo
MelissaSue81 Oh shoot! I didn‘t have Americanah on my top 6! I think I should have!! 5mo
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Cinfhen I agree, I‘m loving the diversity in everyone‘s choices!!!! And I‘m getting great ideas to frame the rest of my reading year 5mo
Kalalalatja I need to get my hands on Lanny at some point! 5mo
vivastory Crime & Punishment was on my best of 2018 list. Wonderful choices! 5mo
Megabooks Americanah 🙌🏻🙌🏻 5mo
erank58 Lanny has been on my radar but haven't heard alot of people talking about it---now I'm really excited to get my hands on it! 5mo
Emilymdxn @caterina I found grief is the thing with feathers a bit too weird when I tried it and I gave up, but then I was trying it just after I finished exams so not the time probably. I need to give it another try 5mo
Emilymdxn @marleed i agree it‘s something that deserves to have a huge impact, we need a lot more books like that and I hope publishers will take note 5mo
Emilymdxn @MelissaSue81 @Megabooks I felt like americanah couldn‘t live up to the hype and then it just astonished me! Even better than the hype! 5mo
Emilymdxn @Cinfhen me too! I love seeing what everyone picked 5mo
Emilymdxn @vivastory it was so much better than I expected! 5mo
Emilymdxn @TheEllieMo here it is! 5mo
TheEllieMo Ooh, Lanny - that‘s one I was going to totally avoid but a member of my book club, who has similar taste to me, said he enjoyed it. I think I‘m going to have to add it to the TBR pile 5mo
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MelKelsey
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Reading on my back while my boys play at the park.

hermyknee Cool photo! 5mo
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Emilymdxn
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I tried so hard to narrow it down to a top 10 to mark halfway through 2019 and I just couldn‘t! So this was a top 13 but became a top 14 when I realised I just couldn‘t bring myself to cut Thomas Hardy out.

I‘ve read a lot of great things this year - lil bit behind on my goodreads challenge. I didn‘t manage to make it last year so I really really really want to make it ground and crack the challenge this year. I‘m very competitive with myself!

sarahbarnes Great list! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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It‘s June wrap up time! Slightly fewer than some other months and im getting behind on my goodreads challenge (the horror 😨) but I‘ve been sick and on holiday so eh.

Americanah was definitely my absolute standout this month, probably one of the best novels I‘ve ever read. If anything else beats it out for best book of the year that‘ll be a good book indeed!

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MelKelsey
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A beautiful description of love!

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MelKelsey
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I love this comparison of books to cotton candy, "so easily evaporated from... tongue's memory".

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MelKelsey
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The writing is cleverly funny!

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MelKelsey
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First sentence. A long, meaty one. This book has potential!

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Emilymdxn
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How did I wait this long to read this?? Absolutely one of the best novels I‘ve read this year, probably ever. Ifemelu is incredible, the way she thinks, changes, acts in ways I feel I understand so well even tho she‘s in circumstances I‘ve never been in. The supporting characters and bit parts who were barely in it were all so well observed and meaningful. How does CNA describe places and societies so well with such small details? Breathtaking

BarbaraBB Stellar review. I have this one on my shelves, must get to it soon! 6mo
Amiable Loved this book so much! Glad to see you did too! 6mo
Theaelizabet Couldn‘t agree more. A top read for the year in which I read it. 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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This book makes me wish so much I didn‘t have to work, or do errands, or do shopping ever I literally only want to read it. Yes I dog-ear don‘t @ me 😭

KathyWheeler Loved this book. 6mo
wanderinglynn I feel you. I just want to read. 📚And drink coffee. ☕️ And pet puppies. 🐶 😉 6mo
saresmoore Preach. 6mo
Susannah Same! 6mo
Stacypatrice @wanderinglynn - You nailed it!!!!! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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Lunchtime reading! I‘m officially in love with Americanah, this is a phenomenal book though I‘m still quite near the beginning - it‘s very long in quite small print.

saresmoore I really enjoyed it to the end. In hindsight, it didn‘t seem long. 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Next up! This has been on my shelf about five years but I‘m trying to read through my backlist so I can give more books away before I move out of my parents house. Need to clear so much out, I don‘t like being surrounded by stacks and stacks of unread books. I‘ve been meaning to read it so much but the length put me off as thick physical books can make my wrists hurt badly (carpal tunnel 😰) but I‘ll see how I go!

Amiable This is such a great book! 6mo
Theaelizabet Loved this book! 6mo
Caterina Loved this book! It was my first #blameitonlitsy purchase and I immediately read it, back in 2016. It kicked off my intentional diverse reading, my reading of current lit that isn't "classic" yet, and was the first book I read with a chapter about black hair, which I have now encountered in so many books. Honestly between this book and reading Evicted for class the same fall, it was the beginning of a new era in my life. Hope you enjoy it! ? 6mo
Ruthiella You need to get a book buddy book pillow. I have one and it works great for when you need to give your hands/wrists a break! PS I also loved this title. Hope you do too.😀 6mo
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LapReader
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Wow! So many surprises in 1 little book. I didn‘t even notice them all the 1st time I read through! I ❤️ your choice of fabric for the envelope. If I was a book I‘d want to be in there. I enjoy colouring during ad breaks on tv & I find mandalas very meditative. Thanks muchly. It arrived on time too not like my poor partner‘s parcel. @TheReadingMermaid were you able to let her know it will be late? Thanks for organising & your patience. Sorry.

TheReadingMermaid Yes I did. Thank you darling 6mo
wanderinglynn I‘m so glad you like it. I did it a slight bit differently than @TheReadingMermaid has suggested only because the book I ordered for it was damaged. I hated to throw it away, so I improvised, which is why I glued things on the pages and why the last third of the book is what it is (that‘s where most of the damage had been). 😉 (edited) 6mo
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collegecatlady
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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The letter C was much harder than I thought it would be! #alphabetbookishquiz

RealLifeReading This made me realize I‘ve never read The Green Mile 6mo
Lova I love this font- what‘s it called? 6mo
collegecatlady @Lova I‘m not sure. I use Instasize though! 6mo
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m.kart
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This book is incredible. I can confidently say that Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s Americanah is my favorite book of all time. Romance, growth, loss, identity, and incredible narration — this book has it all. Can‘t recommend it enough.

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Elvira1
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Fantastic. One of my favourites this year...

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 6mo
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Saknicole
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Finally finding a little reading time. I'm in Homer AK to help the handsomest man I know time a track meet. It is dreary and rainy, and I'm happy I could go inside for a tick.

Tamra Love Homer! Best halibut is fresh halibut. 😋 7mo
Kimberlone I see you are avoiding 7mo
Saknicole @Kimberlone I'm still grading essays I need to have some joy in life left 7mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole lol I hope you will be documenting your dick journey on litsy though 7mo
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mldkennedy
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M19 - This has been on my list for a long time and I finally read it -and definitely lives up to all of the hype! Adichie's bold and poignant commentary on blackness in the United States is made even more powerful when accompanied by her incredible prose and story-telling. Her subtle, spot-on characterizations throughout this novel and HALF OF A YELLOW SUN and her descriptions of the nuances in every relationship is some of the best I've read. 👏

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Captivatedbybooks
Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Reading and writing much over due letters to my #penpals (i hope we‘re still penpals) and #jb. This book is my #workbookclubs pick for April

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marleed
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I finished the audio of this book and found it interesting. I went in not knowing anything about the book (I do this often with audio) so did some research upon completion. I‘m confused, the author wrote the book with a humorous intent. I never realized that and come to think of it, didn‘t laugh at any point in the story. Now I think I should start my Overdrive audio back to the beginning.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Omg you guys, I've been so busy! Final projects/ essays are in full swing, I'm still subbing 5 days a week, training for the reading institute just started, and I've been in meetings to figure out grad school. This is the first chance I've had to read in like a week.

Anyway, just wanted to pop on and say Happy Easter if you celebrate. 🐇 Lucas and I stopped by my mom's, I'm going to read for a bit and then we're going to re-pot our plants. 🌱

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Easter 🐣 8mo
Buechersuechtling Thank you. Happy Easter for both of you, too. 😄 Hope you can enjoy family time and relax a bit. ☀️🌳🌼 8mo
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Saknicole
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I'm already loving this book. It's pulling me in deep and quick.