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Akata Witch
Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
Read Nnedi Okorafor's blogs and other content on the Penguin Community.Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits. And then she discovers something amazing-she is a "free agent," with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?
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Laughterhp
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Here is my #MakeMeReadIt stack! Let me know what you think I should read from this stack in the month of July! I‘ll read in order based on the amount of votes!

All of these are on my TBR and some I just need a little motivation to actually pick up!

Crazeedi Wow, they all look good and I haven't read any so I'm going to stack a few of these too!! Thanks!💞 4d
BookHoarder32 I haven't really heard of any of these except 4d
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Lcsmcat Both of these are excellent: 4d
ladyneverwhere It's such a good book! 4d
Hooked_on_books I‘ll vote for the Underground Railroad, since I still need to read it, too. However, Americanah, The Alienist, and The Sparrow are all terrific. 4d
BarbaraBB I‘ve only read The Underground Railroad but if I were you I‘d start with 4d
Caterina Americanah!! 😍❤️ 4d
jb72 I found that book used. Looks good. 4d
Andrew65 The Alienist. 2d
TheBookAddict Akata Witch would be my second vote 2d
BrittanyReads Underground Railroad 2d
Reviewsbylola Such a great stack! My top vote would be The Fair Fight, followed by Americanah, The Alienist, and The Underground Railroad. 11h
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sammisho
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Fantastic! Loved the audio narration. I am excited to share this with my middle schooler.

#booked2019 Diverse middle school @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen
#blitsy

hermyknee Did you mean to choose “PAN 👎🏼” ? It sounds like this one was a Pick! 2mo
sammisho @hermyknee Good looking out! Thank you! Totally a pick, that's what happens when I multi task! 2mo
hermyknee I get it! 2mo
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NeamhainHughes Ahhhh I love this series so much! Sooo good and stands up to rereads. 2mo
Cinfhen I wasn‘t aware this was middle grade🤷‍♀️Thanks for sharing & posting!! 2mo
sammisho @Cinfhen I was surprised when I found it on a middle grade reading list, but definitely reads as a middle grade book, but not in a bad way! 1mo
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riversong153
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Sooo this book was amazing! I picked it up in a moment where I wasn‘t feeling so great emotionally and this shifted my mood instantly. It‘s funny, imaginative, heartfelt and interesting.
#grateful21 19-20

So glad to have picked this book up. It made my day! (Or past couple of days)!

SW-T 😊😊😊 2mo
BridgetteM I loved this book, too! 2mo
Eggs 💗📚💗 2mo
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vlwelser
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This was brilliant. Read it. 💖📚

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VanChocStrawberry
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I love Okorafor, but I‘ve not read her kids‘ books. Listening to this one and loving the voice performance!

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This gorgeous fantasy novel is so amazing! In Akata Witch, Okorafor tells the story of Sunny, an American-born Nigerian with a contentious relationship with her father who struggles with bullying because of her albinism. (continued in comments)

Unabridged She finds comfort in her friends, Orlu, Chichi, and Sasha, who tell her that she is a Leopard and initiate her into a magical world. As understands herself and her powers, Sunny's confidence grows, and her bonds with her friends are cemented. Love this first novel in a series so much! 3mo
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Sarz
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5 ⭐
This is so great. I love this world that Okorafor has created. This book is captivating, the characters endearing. Again, because there's so much world building, there isn't much of a plot and it resolves very quickly, but it's still a great story.

This is my #PoCparanormal pick for #booked2019
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft I have the same book picked for this prompt. Great review! 3mo
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟

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StaceyKondla
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I enjoyed the audiobook and bounced over to the print copy as well. Good story. From an editorial standpoint it bothered me how often the characters sucked their teeth, but really a minor thing. Great narration in the audio version.

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SphinxFeathers
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Absolutely loved this book! It‘s not often I find a book where I cannot stand to be distracted, and cannot find enough time to just read it. I‘ve not read a lot of teen fiction (or any fiction to be honest) that‘s set in Africa and now I‘m ready for more!
I‘ve got book two in my hands right now, and I‘m so excited I can feel my heart squeezing a little bit. I hope this book is just as exciting as the first and just as mythologically bound.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Chelleo Welcome 🤗 3mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! ❤️💜♥️💕💚 3mo
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Swe_Eva
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Wonderful blue skies this morning! The book has its problems, but it's keeping my interest. #audiowalk #litsywalkers

RachelO That‘s a beautiful photo! 4mo
Swe_Eva @RachelO Thank you! 4mo
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lauren.lerner
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Killing time in my favorite manner until my red-eye flight boards in 40 minutes.... It been an amazing weekend celebrating my SIL but I can‘t wait to get home to my Little Dude!
🌵📖🛫😴🤞🏻🛬🏡👶🏻💗

#currentlyreading #readblackwomen

Cinfhen Ugh!! Red Eye ✈️ 4mo
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GeekGirlOnAQuest
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This was such an enjoyable read! I love reading and learning about other cultures and was looking up so many things as I read. The mythology, food, and music were wonderful to learn about, but the story was also so exciting that I couldn‘t put it down. I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series and more from Okorafor!

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What a great dedication!

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Sarz
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Thank you again @HufflepuffGirl90 for this wonderful gift. You are so generous. It arrived safe and sound, and much earlier than I expected. I can't wait to read this one!!

HufflepuffGirl90 I‘m so glad you got it alright! Happy Reading!! 💛🖤📚 4mo
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alanacristin
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Yess!!! 🎉🎉🎉 This book is everything I wanna read & by far my favorite thing I've read recently 💘💘💘 I love the world building and the integration of folk lore and maybe alternate history (I'm not familiar enough with Nigerian culture to know which references exist outside this series). Pupils and teachers of magic hidden within contemporary society, the existence of magical beings, large magical festivals...*swoon* #mommyreasa #ya #fantasy

alanacristin Also badass women, libraries and bookstores, and descriptions of food 😋 and excepts from a study text. Just gah all the things I'm here for 😍 5mo
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krystldwn
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I‘m late but I‘m here (title of my future memoir) and also my first post for #24in48 - LETS GOOOO

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introvertedbooks
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Im so glad I picked this book from @Tiffanywrites2 list of books. Not only was it super enjoyable but I loved the characters and the world Nnedi Okorafor created. I cant wait to read the next one. Sunny has always been unique, shes albino but once she learns shes a free agent, she is introduced to a whole new world and is assigned a task that might get her and her friends killed. #newyearwhodis

Tiffanywrites2 I‘m so glad you liked it! I loved it. The next one is just as amazing! 4mo
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ColleenIsReading
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I really enjoyed this book! Loved the worldbuilding and looking forward to the next book in the series. I listened to part of it on audio and the reader‘s voice was lovely as well. I expected to finish during #24in48 this weekend, but now the deck is cleared for some different books...also this is the first of my #LitsyAtoZ challenge titles for the year! @BookishMarginalia

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Emily92Bibliophile
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AMAZING. I have been on the lookout for a series that reminds me of the magical world building& writing of Harry Potter...I have found it in this one. Reading it,I remembered the 8 year old me reading Sorcerer‘s Stone for the first time, falling in love with The Wizarding World,& loving READING for the first time 💙Frustrated that my library only has this series in Kindle, $ book 1 of Binti series on Kindle 😑Going to make a trip soon to HPB soon

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Emily92Bibliophile
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Bad Cold+ tissues galore + voice gone= tea and reading for this extra day weekend. So thankful for a break tomorrow - apparently my body needs it! Love this book so far ; reminds me of Harry Potter and my first time reading experience with it growing up. I‘m in love with it!

cherinium Me too! 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile @cherinium have you read the Binti series? If so is it good? Currently reading a Kindle loan copy from my library but I honestly now want to buy my own set of both the Akata and Binti series. 5mo
cherinium I realize now my earlier comment is ambiguous. I was actually referring to the part of your post regarding the cold. I have not read these series. Sorry for the confusion. 5mo
Emily92Bibliophile No worries! I wasn‘t sure-hope you get lots of rest this long weekend ! @cherinium 5mo
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Deborah42
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A middle grade fantasy rooted in Nigerian culture and mythology. Comparisons to Harry Potter are inevitable (A+ worldbuilding). Sunny was born in the US, but moved to Nigeria. Being both American and albino, she feels like she doesn‘t fit in anywhere. A terrible vision puts her on a magical path and she sets out to master her powers in order to save the world (with a little help from some new friends). I enjoyed exploring Sunny‘s world!

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Almost halfway through this one and really enjoying. Would never have picked it up if it wasn't for #newyearwhodis! Great pick @Tiffanywrites2 !! #youngadult #diversebooks #ownvoices #audiobooks

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Sarz
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Oh my goodness, @HufflepuffGirl90 - what a fantastic achievement! Congratulations! Thank you for hosting this wonderful giveaway.
My vote is for Akata Witch, because I keep hearing such amazing things about it but it's not available at my local library.
I have also read a lot of the other books, so I think you and I may have very similar tastes 😊

HufflepuffGirl90 Yay!! I love finding people with similar reading tastes! Thank you so much for entering and for the share. I‘m announcing the final tally at the end of the week 💛🖤📚 5mo
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MirrorMask
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“We embrace those things that make us unique or odd. For only in these things can we locate and then develop our most individual abilities.”

This was a really quick, fun read! I really liked all the characters and the setting. Sunny finds out that she‘s a Leopard person (a person capable of magic) thanks to a friend who believes she must be magic because of her albinism.

Prompt 11: Includes African Mythology #SFFTBRChallenge @DuckOfDoom

DuckOfDoom I loved this! I plan on using the second book for the same prompt 😀 I just don't know how this can be compared to Harry Potter. It's so different 5mo
MirrorMask @DuckOfDoom It's compared to Harry Potter??? They're not very similar at all. LOL 5mo
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ColleenIsReading
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Just starting this! First read on my #LitsyAtoZ challenge-I decided to do all women authors, and wanted to see if I could make it extra challenging by doing all TBR plus AOC. I was able to nearly do it! My prospective reading list is complete and I have a book from a woman AOC for every letter,but had to reach beyond the TBR for 3 books—but those are all on Hoopla so I won‘t have to buy any extra. Making the list was fun, now I‘m ready to read!

Soubhiville AOC? And that‘s awesome! I hadn‘t thought to try all women. Maybe next year... I‘m also using TBR for as much as possible, and library for the rest! Good luck! 5mo
mcipher I‘m probably being dumb... but what is AOC? Google was no help so I have to ask. 😳 5mo
Zelma @mcipher I just figured it out. I believe it‘s Authors of Color. 5mo
ColleenIsReading Yup Authors of Color. I hadn‘t heard the term previously but saw it on several challenge reading lists and decided to adopt! 5mo
mcipher @Zelma @ColleenIsReading Thank you! I don‘t think I‘d ever have guessed that! 5mo
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Dragon
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I‘m not the target audience for this book. It‘s a bit too young YA for me. My thirteen year old niece is coming over today so I‘m bailing halfway and giving her the book. I‘m pretty sure she‘ll love it. Oh here is my friend‘s cat hating her reindeer hat #Caturday 😹

Siannalyn She's wonderful! 😍😍😍😍😍 6mo
Nebklvr She looks a wee bit miffed 6mo
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MaGoose Beautiful cat, but it does look seriously miffed. 😃 6mo
Christine11 LOVE the reindeer hat! 😍 6mo
BookishTrish My 11 yo loved it, the book and the hat 6mo
Dragon Thanks @Siannalyn @Nebklvr @MaGoose @Christine11 Cali Cat was very displeased with my friend and the reindeer hat. But it‘s so darn cute! @BookishTrish glad to hear your 11 yo loved it, and the hat 🎩. 💚😻🐉🎄 6mo
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CandycaneBelle I absolutely LOVE Akata witch and Warrior! 6mo
Ericalambbrown So much good stuff on this list! I wish they‘d included Ben Aaronovitch‘s Rivers of London series. That‘s my favorite find this year. (edited) 6mo
vivastory @Ericalambbrown I've had my eye on that series 6mo
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Ericalambbrown @vivastory I love them! And if you do audiobooks, I highly recommend it for this series. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith‘s performance is resplendent. I seriously read and listen to every book just because he‘s so good. And the storytelling is wonderful, I think. 6mo
vivastory @Ericalambbrown I will definitely keep that in mind. Thanks for the recommendation! 6mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Nice! I did my undergrad thesis on Wonder, Repetition, and Social Justice in Urban Fantasy. My document included a pressed fairy, too! 6mo
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TheBookAddict
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Enjoyed it very much. Can‘t wait to get my hands on Akata Warrior now. 😊

#diversebooks #diverseauthor #yafantasy

56/60

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“Nice shoes,” Chichi said, looking at Orlu‘s brand-new red Chuck Taylors.
#chuckstravaganza

@surlyspice

Tiffanywrites2 I love this book. 6mo
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Tiffanywrites2
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I never realize my true love for fantasy books. This book made my realization come true. It helped me through some things I needed to understand in my own life. This book is life! If you have not read it and love fantasy, even if you don‘t. This book reads like magic, I read it so quickly. Nnedi is by far an amazing writer! I cannot wait to order the next one.

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Tiffanywrites2
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My new arrival. She‘s going to the top of the TBR read. Now reading...

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rmaclean4
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Great fun to learn a new world.

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@DuckOfDoom #witchpleaseswap
Thrilled to dig into the Okorafor book as I know nothing about this one at all. The Schiff is intriguing, too. She digs deep into her research (that Cleopatra was crazy deep). I see that both of us had the same issue with wrapping. I‘ve been dealing with essential oils for years now, but hadn‘t worked in the magic side. Extremely thoughtful. Thank you.

monalyisha “Akata Witch” is still on my TBR, too. Hope you had a happy #WitchPleaseSwap! 🔮 7mo
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Lennox is keeping me company while I recover from food poisoning (ick!) and continue reading Akata Witch. It‘s so good!!! #lennox #catsoflitsy #mounttbr

Eyelit Wishing you a swift recovery! Food poisoning is awful 😩 8mo
jen_hayes7 @Eyelit Thank you so much!!! It certainly is!! 8mo
BookFrog Oh wow! Hope you feel better! 8mo
jen_hayes7 @Slajaunie Thank you so much!!! It took most of the week, but I‘ve finally recovered. Whew! 7mo
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Nutmegnc
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Deal alert! “There‘s more imagination on a page of Nnedi Okorafor‘s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics” (Ursula K. Le Guin)

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Schnoebs
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Got my ticket for the signing at the end of the event. Now patiently waiting for the author event to begin with Nnedi Okorafor!

#umn #gophers #minnesota #bookweek #excitement #binti #scifi #fantasy #booksleeve #mpls #twincities

Mandigolightly Omg you‘re so lucky! I love her so much 8mo
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TheBookAddict
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So we went to #HalfPricedBooks looking for Akata Witch since I had to return the copy I was reading to the library before finishing it. They didn‘t have the book, but they had other books...😅 @KennethTolesJr went kinda crazy as soon as he walked in and I found these! I‘ve read Water for Elephants and needed to own it. I even got coupons for November and a frequent shopper rewards card. #sherlocked #SherlockHolmes #Elementary #bookhaul

KennethTolesJr Shhhh... I didn't go crazy. It was just like... Narnia or something... 8mo
Bookladylinda 😂 8mo
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TheBookAddict
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Flying through this one! Too bad I must go to bed now. #litsyloveslibraries #diversebooks #diverseauthors

The best #readingbuddy is one who keeps you warm and doesn‘t mind being a book rest. 😁 😻

#TwinkyToles #GingerBrat #TolesBrats #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

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TheBookAddict
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Up next! #blameitonlitsy I think it was @Liberty who talked this book up so much on here and on the podcast that I just couldn‘t resist.

#litsyloveslibraries #diversebooks #diverseauthors

Johanna414 I loved this one! 8mo
TheBookAddict @Johanna414 I‘m loving it so far! I‘m blowing through it, which is a good sign. 🙂 8mo
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MirrorMask
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This is beyond perfect! I just volunteered at a Nnedi Okorafor event yesterday and had the pleasure of hearing her talk about her life and writing process. I can't wait to read Akata Witch! I loved the wrapping so I had to feature it. Thank you @StellaDz for everything. The Skittles won't make it to Halloween 😁, and I love love love the Maple Pumpkin. The Frankenstein mug is so adorable I don't think I can drink out of it, but keep it as decor.

StellaDz Yay!! I‘m so glad you liked it!! I was tempted to by myself the same mug!! ❤️❤️ For my first swap, it was so much fun! 8mo
Leftcoastzen I added it to my stack, keep forgetting about it so now , at least , on mountain TBR. 8mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍🎃🎃 ty for participating! 8mo
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Just found out that Nnedi Okorafor is going to have a talk in a few weeks at my school! I‘m so excited! Akata Witch and Binti have been on my tbr for so long and I was able to get the night off from work to go! Definitely bringing my copies to get signed!

#bookweek #UMN #author #bookevent #mpls #twincities

MirrorMask She'll be in Columbus on Friday and I can't wait to see her. 8mo
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I haven't been on here much lately, but decided I need to be on here more and ignore other social media more. Anyway, I found this photo challenge today and decided I'd try to start at the beginning and post a couple a day until I'm caught up. #witchytbr #witchyreads

Linsy I feel you! Litsy always brings a smile to my face. 8mo
booksandsympathy @Linsy Mine too. Other social media is just too much sometimes. 8mo
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MirrorMask
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Here are a few of my #WitchyTBR I have way too many #WitchyReads

@Linsy

inthegreensandblues 👍👍 I'm reading Akata Witch and Sea Witch is up next! 8mo
Linsy These look great! I‘ve been eyeing Akata Witch. 👀 8mo
booksandsympathy I read Sweep last year and enjoyed it. The others are on my tbr. 8mo
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GivenLemons
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A beautiful book that I couldn‘t bear to put down. I love the blend of contemporary Nigeria and West African mythology. I can‘t wait for the next one! #YA #fantasy

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Sophie2
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Young adult. Pretty good.

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MirrorMask
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1. Nnedi Okorafor and Tomi Adeyemi
2. None
3. Journaling
4. Approximately 474 miles

#SundaySurvey @alisonrose

alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 9mo
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violabrain
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Fantasy isn‘t usually my thing, but I really enjoyed this book! It‘s kind of like Harry Potter, but set in Nigeria with a different kind of magic…. The ending felt a bit rushed to me, but other than that it was a great read!

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JPeterson
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This is one of the books I really wish I just read the physical copy. The narrator was fine, but I just couldn‘t connect when listening too it. Maybe I‘ll give it another try later, and hopefully enjoy it more.

kaysworld1 This is on my list from the library I'm looking forward to reading it 10mo
JPeterson @kaysworld1 I hope you like it! I‘m starting to realize how the narrator did the adult voices was what didn‘t do it for me. 😕 9mo
kaysworld1 @JPeterson mine will be an actual book I might not get that x 9mo
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