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Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
With her award-winning debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was heralded by the Washington Post Book World as the 21st century daughter of Chinua Achebe. Now, in her masterly, haunting new novel, she recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafras impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria during the 1960s. With the effortless grace of a natural storyteller, Adichie weaves together the lives of five characters caught up in the extraordinary tumult of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Ugwu is houseboy to Odenigbo, a university professor who sends him to school, and in whose living room Ugwu hears voices full of revolutionary zeal. Odenigbos beautiful mistress, Olanna, a sociology teacher, is running away from her parents world of wealth and excess; Kainene, her urbane twin, is taking over their fathers business; and Kainenes English lover, Richard, forms a bridge between their two worlds. As we follow these intertwined lives through a military coup, the Biafran secession and the subsequent war, Adichie brilliantly evokes the promise, and intimately, the devastating disappointments that marked this time and place.Epic, ambitious and triumphantly realized, Half of a Yellow Sun is a more powerful, dramatic and intensely emotional picture of modern Africa than any we have had before.From the Hardcover edition.
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Rachiiebookdragon
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I listened to the audiobook of this one via my library app.

It is an intriguing book.

3.5/5

Read for prompts:

#TheNerdDaily2022ReadingChallenge2022
#ReadHarder2022
#PopSugarReadingChallenge2022

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Anya91
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Anya91
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“She was like the stone that lay below a gushing spring, rubbed smooth by years and years of sparkling water, and looking at her was similar to finding the stone, knowing that there were so few like it. “

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jenniferw88
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squirrelbrain That‘s a lot of challenges! 4w
Librarybelle Woohoo! Lots of challenge prompts met for this one! 4w
Cortg Well played! The politics in this book were hard for me but I loved the story! 4w
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4thhouseontheleft This was the first book I ever read by Adichie and is still one of my favorites! Great job checking off prompts! 4w
JGadz11 What app is this?? I need it, stat. 4w
jenniferw88 @JGadz11 Storygraph 4w
Cinfhen I missed this!!! Way to go 💕💕💕 4w
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Anya91
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Borrowed this from my sister excited to divd into this one ⛅️

StaceGhost This book broke my heart ♥️ so good 1mo
Anya91 @StaceGhost so I‘m doing a little background research about the Nigerian Civil War before I start the book to get some background and it‘s so heartbreaking 💔 1mo
StaceGhost @Anya09 that‘s wise! at least you‘ll be prepared. I went in knowing relatively little. I‘m so glad this story exists 1mo
Anya91 @StaceGhost same here it is one that I think teaches you about a very important time in African history as well as change many peoples perspectives. (edited) 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
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This is a stirring look at how individual lives shape and are shaped by national events and at what the terms "military coup" and "civil war" mean in everyday life, but I'm afraid that everything that's happened since 2016 has left me leery of reading about government instability and the tyranny of the masses. I'm glad to have learned about this period in history, though, and about how the US in the 60s looked to other parts of the world.

ImperfectCJ And yes, I know this novel is about Nigeria and the short-lived country of Biafra, not the US, but I really appreciated how Adichie put the situation in Nigeria in context for me as a United Statesian by pointing out how chaotic and violent the US looked to those outside at this time. 1mo
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ImperfectCJ
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💠 Done
💠 Audiobook that I started on a run. It's not necessarily well-suited for that purpose.
💠 I really couldn't say. It's just kind of in the buildup right now.
💠 If I own a book, I will sometimes use a pencil to underline or mark a passage with a star then take notes in a separate notebook. Mostly I don't mark them, though, unless it's for #lmpbc :-)

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Want to play? @phantomx @Jadams1776 @allureofbeauty

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 1mo
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Tianarose
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Really enjoying this story. And Chimamanda is a brilliant Writer.

StaceGhost This book broke my heart and I loved it 3mo
Tianarose @StaceGhost yup, I am in the heartbreak right now. 3mo
BiblioLitten This was the first book I read by the author and I have loved her work since then💙 3w
Tianarose @BiblioLitten she is truly a gifted author! 3w
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SweetP1967
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I didn‘t want to finish this book...it was so good. The characters felt real, with enough to cover different perspectives without being overwhelming.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I loved the characters and was invested in what happened to them! The plot sometimes moved slowly, but I didn't find it unbearable and I learned about a civil war I had no previous knowledge of. I will also add that my version (Kindle) could have used some editing and that was a tad bit distracting to me.

Soubhiville I‘m not sure why I haven‘t read this yet, I love her style. I‘m glad you liked it! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Today was my first day volunteering at the charity bookshop 🤓I had to bring something home!!! This would work for both #ReadingAfrica22 & #Booked2022 #AfricanAuthor #WeatherTermInBookTitle #SharingIdeas 🥳

Lindy Excellent pick! 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Lindy it‘s been on my TBR forever!!! 8mo
StaceGhost I love this book and also it completely broke my heart (edited) 8mo
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DivineDiana Cheers to your new gig! As I volunteer at the Library‘s bookshop, I know you will love the experience! 👏🏻📚😘 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks friend xxx it was a quiet morning but still delightful @DivineDiana 😘 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward @StaceGhost 8mo
TrishB That sounds fun! And has good perks. 8mo
Cinfhen It‘s a good fit @TrishB and it‘s only from 9:30am until 13:00 8mo
hissingpotatoes Love this book! 8mo
Reggie How exciting! 8mo
TheKidUpstairs Such a good read. Hope you continue to enjoy the new gig! 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the words of encouragement @hissingpotatoes @Reggie @TheKidUpstairs I have a feeling I‘ll be bring home a lot more books, but that‘s ok 😊🎊❣️ 8mo
BarbaraBB And it‘s a good one! How was your day?? 8mo
Megabooks Enjoy! I‘m so glad you‘re doing that. Can‘t wait to hear more! 8mo
Cinfhen I owe you both an email 📧 @BarbaraBB @Megabooks 💋 8mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a perfect place to volunteer 📚 8mo
Cinfhen It really is @Crazeedi 💚 8mo
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hissingpotatoes
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So believe it or not I haven't actually seen Casablanca (*ducks tomatoes*), but based on what I know of it, I would recommend Half of a Yellow Sun. Both are stories with unforgettable characters, deal directly with the effects of war, and have a little bit of romance.

#Movie2BookRecs Oct 21 #LetterC day 10: Casablanca @Klou

Klou Perfect!! I haven't seen it either 🙈 9mo
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readingjedi
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Wasn't a huge fan of Americanah - I thought it was po-faced & boring. I felt pretty much the same about this one. I just don't click with Adichie's writing - I find it joyless & barren of hope. Her characters are unlikeable & her plots are dull - I wish I'd spent the time reading a history of Biafra instead. While this is important as a narrative of events & experiences many know nothing about, as a story I was disengaged & disappointed.

Daisey This is disappointing because I also was not particularly a fan of Americanah and was hoping to enjoy this one more. 11mo
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readingjedi
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Oh my days, this thing is taking some reading! I am utterly determined to finish the thing TONIGHT and I don't care if I'm up till 4a.m. doing it!

Really not sure how I feel about it either...review to follow. If I ever finish it!

I WILL FINISH IT! TONIGHT!

DivineDiana You will! 👍🏻 11mo
readingjedi @DivineDiana I did! 🥳 11mo
DivineDiana 🎉👏🏻👍🏻 11mo
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readingjedi
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Trying this one next. I didn't enjoy Americanah very much so I'm not sure how I'll go with this one.

hissingpotatoes I also didn't enjoy Americanah much but I really liked Half of a Yellow Sun! 11mo
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thevagabondlawyer
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Recording the history of her country, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie created a civil war story packed with gory details, intricate characters, unsavory circumstances, malnourised refugees, complicated romance. In short, Half of a Yellow Sun was a portraiture of human emotions as a cost of war. While it started really engaging and promising, I felt detached towards 👇

thevagabondlawyer the middle up to end. I thought this book could have been shorter and less dense. I didn't care enough for the characters. They became tedious and dull to follow through. But I was glad to know that part of history of Nigeria and Biafra, if only to have a better understanding of where these people were coming from with their struggles and actions. 👏📚 13mo
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Kdgordon88
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#CuriousCovers Day 6 #Yellow Another book on the paperback TBR. I loved Americanah by Adichie.

Eggs Pretty 💛🌞🧡🌼💛 13mo
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audraelizabeth
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Out of my comfort zone but i did enjoy it. It was a little hard for me to keep the characters straight on audio. I did enjoy learning about a country's history that wasnt covered in my education.

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MelKelsey
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Book 35 Set during a civil war in Nigeria in the 1960s, Half a Yellow Sun is told from the perspective of three unique characters, a low-class servant boy, a woman from a high-class Nigerian family, and a British expatriate living in Nigeria. Well-written, with highly-developed characters, and an exciting setting in Nigerian history, it's a novel worth reading. Some characters are more interesting than others, but a solid four stars.

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cslavick1221
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A visceral tribute to the millions of lives lost as a consequence of colonialism. The history of a 1960‘s war that should have been included in my elementary school education.

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anushareflects
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I am a bit torn on how I felt about this one, I enjoyed listening to it. I really love Chimamanda Adichie‘s writing. The descriptions of the characters and the scenes were fantastic. The atmosphere of a war was delivered. But I still didn‘t *love* the book. Maybe I‘m comparing it to Purple Hibiscus in terms of her writing but I didn‘t think this was worth the hype. I definitely do think it‘s a good read though! Full review on my blog (link in bio)

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MicheleinPhilly
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A much more successful book club read though very heavy for the month we‘ve just had in the U.S. More than a little disconcerting to read about civil war and a coup when...well you know. Still, Adichie‘s writing is so skillful it transports you completely to Nigeria. And all of the central characters are so richly developed. 4⭐️

TheBookStacker I love her writing so much. Americanah is one of my top 10 favorite books. 1y
MicheleinPhilly @TheBookStacker It‘s been an age since I‘ve read it but it‘s one of my favorites too. 1y
BarbaraBB @TheBookStacker @MicheleinPhilly Mine too! Someone on Litsy said me this one is even better: 1y
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Looks like I already stacked it, who knows when. ☺️ #storyofmylife 1y
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k8makesart
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Beautiful and heartbreaking. Exactly how I like to learn my history.

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MicheleinPhilly
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Spent the morning in quiet reflection of this day and then dove into my local indie‘s book club pick for the month.

Amiable I love everything Adichie writes —she‘s so amazing. 1y
Reviewsbylola I haven‘t read this one yet but I loved Americanah. 1y
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I‘m enjoying it thoroughly but it is HEAVY. Also been slammed with work so it‘s been slow going. I‘m hoping to spend a good chunk of time with it this weekend. 1y
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Canadian.Reads
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Immediately captivating. Heartbreaking with the promise, hope and devastation of the war between Nigeria and the independent republic of Biafra in the late 1960s. For me, it was a book that I couldn't stop thinking about after putting it down for the day. I want to learn more about this time period in Nigeria, and to read everything Adichie has written. I loved Americanah as well. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

#booked2021 Author's first name starts with A,B, or C

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k8makesart
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'You must never behave as if your life belongs to a man. Do you hear me?' Aunty Ifeka said. 'Your life belongs to you and you alone, soso gi (only you).'

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vivastory
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I meant to post about this last week. This is fantastic news. Half of a Yellow Sun is one of my favorite books I've read the past few years.

cariashley I really need to move this up on my TBR. 2y
vivastory @cariashley It's one that I think about frequently 2y
Vee_Bookish Isn't she horrifically transphobic though 2y
Vansa @Vee_Bookish no, she isn't. 2y
Vee_Bookish I checked Twitter, yes, she is. 2y
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TheBookHippie
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Scochrane26 I love her. 2y
staci.reads Me too! 2y
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Cortg
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1. I loved this book!
2. I didn‘t realize how long and complicated it is (both characters and politics!)
3. I had to do some googling to get a better understanding of Nigeria!
4. I‘m so glad I finally tackled it!

Jinjer A favorite of mine!!!! The movie is really good too! 2y
Cortg @Jinjer I had no idea there was a movie! I‘ll have to check it out! Thanks 😊 2y
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MallenNC
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I forgot to post this yesterday for #AugustAuthors. I enjoyed Americanah and these two are on my TBR. (Why isn‘t the cover of Purple Hibiscus purple, though?)

OriginalCyn620 You‘d think it would be! 🤔 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That is odd!! 2y
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EadieB
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Day 19 - #ChimamandaNgoziAdichie #AugustAuthors
#HalfAYellowSun

I read the tagged book in 2015.

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Anchobi413
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A dense reading that took about a month for me to read. I felt I always had to be in a certain mood to really use my imagination to visualize the scenery and each characters. Learned a lot and my heart feels thicker.

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saritaroth
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This book is very intriguing and heartbreaking. It is usually not the type of fare that I read, but it did keep my interest. The book centers around the struggles that the Biafran people have to endure in the war against the Nigerians from 1967 to 1970. 🌟🌟🌟

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charl08
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I found these duplicates when sorting out my books. (I knew I had the Adichie x3 - that's another story).

If you want one, and you're in the UK please shout. They're all second hand copies (I am a charity shop fiend).

LapReader I‘ve been sorting my shelves and found triple that amount! I‘m a worry. 2y
charl08 @LapReader The flip side is books I thought I had, but don't seem to own anymore! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Katiealice62
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This was a tough read. It was so evocative that it was hard to keep reading. It details the collapse of peoples lives in Nigeria as it descends into civil war. I learned so much about the culture in all its brutality and fragility. The story is intelligent & powerful and I loved the different perspectives. The themes of race, colonialism & class are so poignant & her descriptions bring history to life. This book will stay with me for a long time.

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Andrea313
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No matter which edition it is, I'm dying to read this book by the incomparable Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie! #SunOnTheCover #BiblioMAYnia
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚☀️ 2y
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Santie
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When you‘re in quarantine with only four books 😭😭😭😭

TheSpineView That's a panic attack for us Littens! 2y
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WriterAtHeart
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I have heard Adichie speak in TEDtalks before, but I had never read one of her novels. WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG!!!!!???? This novel was so well written and I learned a lot about Nigerian history I didn't even know about. Excellent read!

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Melancholy2243
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This book about the war between Nigeria and Biafra is horrifying and moving at the same time. The story though a bit slow at first was not something that could be put down in the later chapters. The characters were astonishing real, relatable and so varied. This book with its moments of horror, with it's ingenious insight on human nature and it's incredible account of war that changes the fate of a country and its people is a must read. Worth it.

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Beccacraft
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This historical fiction book about war between ethnic groups in Nigeria was powerful and moving. The author does a great job of creating images in a reader‘s mind through her varied character perspectives and descriptions. The book does a great job of balancing a ravaged war-torn state with hope, perseverance, and strength. I would have preferred to read it with a physical copy instead of listen via audiobook in order to fully absorb each moment.

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Santie
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You can‘t read all day if you don‘t start in the morning

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Santie
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Day 1 of National Lockdown. Got back from work, scrubbed myself clean with soap, put on sweatpants and sitting in bed. Happy self quarantine birthday to me.

WomanistBibliophile Happy birthday! 🌼 I love this book! 2y
Santie Thank you! I‘ve started it a few times but never got through it. I hope this time I will finish it. 2y
SW-T Happy (very belated) birthday! 🥳🎂 2y
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Koffeejazzandbooks
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I‘m thinking maybe I shouldn‘t read this at work....this is really pulling at my heart strings😕

staci.reads One of my favorites! 2y
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Tracyantoon
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This was a very tough read but an important one. I‘m glad I persevered and finished. Now I need a light fluffy book!

TerriGreen So glad you liked this one! 🥰 2y
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Eyelit
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Got back into the reading groove this week! Some were rereads (graphic novels), one counts toward #readingwomenchallenge and the other two I can count towards #mounttbr 😄
I think this month is going to be pretty hit or miss reading-wise as it‘s a busy work month and I‘m drawn more to Netflix than anything else when I‘m home 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookreport

Soubhiville What a great variety! 2y
Addison_Reads Great job! I love the Locke & Key series. 2y
vivastory I keep meaning to buy the Locke and Key slipcase edition 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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I'm so glad I finally picked this one off the shelf. It was beautiful and horrifying at the same time. Fully realized characters, full of lovely small moments juxtaposed against the horrors of war. From start to finish, I just had to keep reading.