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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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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor

This was so much fun! It has been a while since I have been able to enjoy a YA fantasy...but this was just what I needed! The friend group was cute and I enjoyed learning about the magic system right along with them. What I enjoyed the most, though, was Okorafor's brilliant blending of a magical world with our normal world. Who says that you have to choose one world over the other?

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CaliforniaCay
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Can you tell I'm excited for the new Black Panther?! Akata Witch was such a good read. Taking place in Nigeria, there's magic, preteens, rivalries, and impending doom that of course has similarities to Harry Potter. But I think Okorafor's world building and story is original enough to stand on its own. Well written, good mix of characters, exciting enough to make me want to keep reading the rest of the series. Can't wait to start the 2nd book!

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Addison_Reads
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I've heard good things about this YA series that has a mix of #magic, paranormal, and high fantasy.

#Scarathlon #ScarathlonDailyPrompts #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

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WriterAtHeart
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I very much enjoyed this Nigerian tale of magic, friendship, and finding one's self. I always love learning mythos and learning new stories.

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This stuck hardest. Being disabled means you‘re Leopard, magic. I love that premise. Sunny is an albino, who doesn‘t understand where she belongs. A foot in both worlds. Can really tell why this is dubbed the west African Harry Potter. The magic and world building is incredible, let alone the rules of juju (magic). This Black Hat is more terrifying. I adore the wasp artist. The final buildup wasn‘t as big as expected, but brought new questions.

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SpeculativeFemale
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Today I'd like to take a second to acknowledge the comfort and mental refuge that books can offer.

Pictured is dawn over the city as viewed from a hospital parking garage after waiting for someone to be seen in the emergency department for nine hours.

In a time of stress and worry when I didn't have the focus to read something new, I went back to a favorite (tagged) audiobook again, and it really helped me keep it together.

LiteraryinLawrence I find that comfort in books too. Sending you hugs. 💗 (edited) 6mo
KathyWheeler I also find familiar and loved books to be comforting. Take care. 6mo
sprainedbrain Hope things are better. 💕 6mo
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AmyG Hope all is ok. 6mo
Dragon Books can be a refuge- take good care of yourself 💐 6mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 6mo
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adoramichaels
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Loved the world building and spunk in this book! Can't wait to read the others to see how the characters grow and to learn and grow right along with them! ❤️

#akatawitch #nnediokorafor #ya #yafantasy

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Kyndrill
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView
1. The setting!
2. More character development. There is a sequel, but I didn‘t quite like the first book enough to feel compelled to read it.

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 8mo
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Kyndrill
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I love coming into a book not knowing anything about it. If someone I trust raves about a book, I'll just read it without even reading the back cover--I love being surprised! Is it just me or does everyone compare this to Harry Potter? Not just the premise, but all the zany magic too. I can't wait to finish it so I can look at reviews--always afraid of seeing spoilers, so I tend to read reviews only after finishing a book😁

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Low pick… I loved the worldbuilding and magic system, but never really felt pulled in. It felt emotionally shallow so I didn‘t feel invested in the characters or the stakes. I won‘t continue with this series, but I still want to read Who Fears Death.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I wasn‘t going to pick up another paper book this month—but then I looked at my #bookspinbingo board and saw that I can get a SECOND bingo this month if I can finish both this and A Master of Djinn (which just came in on Libby)! Am I up to the challenge? 😂

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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(Not the tagged book) A powerful tale of a son, gone for many years, studying in America, coming home, just as al-Queda raids the village and burns the library. Many old books and documents have already been moved - some by Issaka‘s father - a move that has terrible consequences for the family and opens Issaka‘s eyes to ancestral history and wisdom that he knew little (or had forgotten) about.

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SpeculativeFemale
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I absolutely DEVOURED this book in just about 24 hours, and on a workday at that. I haven't flew through something this way in a long time.

The characters, the descriptions, the story itself - I loved it all, and I'm starting on the next one immediately!

adoramichaels I agree!!! It moved up the second book in my tbr! But I'm reading another one of her books next! I was blown away! 8mo
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TheBiasedBibliophile
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This book was absolutely stunning! The world-building was unique and complex and I appreciated the way the author incorporated aspects of Sunny's culture. I thought the fact that Sunny's identity was inextricably linked to both Nigerian and American culture added a lot to the novel. Overall, the novel was a fun and dangerous adventure and Sunny's journey to develop her powers and find her place in the world was captivating.

DrexEdit Oh gosh, it's shameful how long this book has been on my#TBR. 😊 1y
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KCofKaysville
Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
Mehso-so

It's not bad, but I wanted it to be better. Liked the African mythology and setting. Too much like Harry Potter in a way and things were resolved too quickly. First in a series. Akata is a slur or bad word for non-African.

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KCofKaysville
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I'm going to give this one a try. It's in my Library where I work and is by an author I haven't read before.

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bibliobard
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🤦‍♀️ Look what finally showed up on my doorstep this morning @Endowarrior21 I imagine this is the original 📦 since it says USPS? Thank you! #elfswap

Avanders 🤭oh yay!!! 2y
Endowarrior21 Okay I will try and cancel my Amazon order 2y
Endowarrior21 Hopefully everything was there 2y
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bibliobard @Endowarrior21 sorry for the hassle! I know it was out of both of our control but since no one else can apologize I will 😅 2y
bibliobard @Endowarrior21 it was a book and notebook 2y
Endowarrior21 @Shakespearience okay that is what I sent 2y
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jenniferw88
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Crazeedi This is so cool, I love how you did this!! 2y
Andrew65 Another good choice. 2y
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PandaPanda
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I read this slowly a half an hour a night for a week or so but finally finished it last night. A Nigerian Harry Potter but they have to go to normal school too! Loved the world building and the magic, I got the next one from the library so will be reading that soon!

+16 for a TBR read @StayCurious #teamrednosedreindeer #wintergames2020

StayCurious Cool concept! 2y
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iread2much
Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
Mehso-so

I liked the world & the story was a fun way to learn more about West African culture and myths. I didn‘t care for any of the characters enough to read the rest of the series & felt the end was super rushed. 3/5 stars. Sunny is albino and an outsider due to being born in America. She must navigate a strange new magical world when her powers are awoken. Her new friends and improved understanding are needed to defeat an evil man taught by her grandma

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jenniferw88
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!! All your picks were hits🙌🏻🎉💖 congrats on completing #Summer #Booked2020 👙🌞🍦📚This is your #OfficialThirdQuarterEntry 🎊🎊🎊

2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fantastic selection! 🥳🥳 2y
thewallflower0707 A Man Called Ove always makes me cry 😭 2y
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jenniferw88
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 well done 🥳🥳🥳 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
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TaraTLK
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I feel like I have read just enough middle grade this year that I'm losing credibility saying I don't read much middle grade, especially middle grade fantasy. But this was enjoyable in audio, although there is an age appropriate bit of info withholding from our main character Sunny about what's really going on in the world of magic. But the pacing is swift and the audio narration was great.

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BarbaraJean
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I‘m so glad this was my book club‘s pick for September! Sunny is an outsider: born in the US to Nigerian parents, now living in Nigeria, she‘s albino, and a girl who‘s great at soccer. When she discovers she has magical abilities, she is initiated into a fascinating magical world full of African myths & symbols, where magical ability is tied to unique individual traits. So many deep themes here: from family and belonging to standards of beauty.

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BarbaraJean
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#BookReport:

Finished:
📚Akata Witch (for book club)
🖋Don‘t Call Us Dead (poetry for the month)
And because I needed some light reads:
🦄Virtual Unicorn Experience
🔍Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion

#WeeklyForecast:

In progress (should finish this week):
🇺🇸Americanah
🎶How to Fix a Broken Record

Will probably start:
🎧Freshwater (Akwaeke Emezi)
📚Scarlet (Stephen Lawhead)
And whatever else arrives from my library-hold-placing binge!

Bkwrm7 I adore Phoebe and Marigold and need to read that newest one myself! 2y
BarbaraJean @Bkwrm7 I was so excited when I saw it was available through Hoopla! Just what I needed this week! 2y
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Samary
Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor

Holy cow, I read so many books in August! Started with Akata Witch, and ended with Wilder Girls. And everything in between 😁

https://youtu.be/2gSpv2fhQOM

#augustwrapup #readingwrapup #wrapup #booklist

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IhoardBOOKS
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I‘m jumping back and forth between reading this book and listening to it. Narrator has a great voice and I‘m enjoying her so sticking to that a bit more. I like the world introduced but not sure about the writing style itself.

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B00SEGUMPS
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I‘m so excited that this book is the start of a series!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

It gave me an easy reading experience in an immersive magical universe that centers around friendships, self-discovery, and cultural exploration!

This take on the magical world is fresh, the main characters are fleshed out and have great chemistry, and the diversity is intentional and organic to the story! #YAseries #Magic

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Readergrrl
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Despite the massive power outages in my state, I FINALLY got my book in the mail!!! Thanks for being patient with me, #LMPBC friends!!!

Readergrrl @Littlewolf1 USPS says it should be to you in 3 days. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
Readergrrl Oh, and @iread2much, I received your book a few days ago and I‘m already almost finished!!! 2y
iread2much @Readergrrl I hope you enjoyed it! 2y
Readergrrl @iread2much We are still without power, so my reading time has multiplied!! I finished it in about a day and a half! Definitely a fun read!! 2y
iread2much I‘m sorry to hear that your power is out, but I‘m glad that you enjoyed the book! 2y
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Auntynanny
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I really enjoyed the mythology the author created for this book. This is the third book I've read by Nnedi Okorafor and I look forward to reading more.

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Samary
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I adored this so much. It‘s my first Nnedi Okorafor book and I can‘t wait to read the second one!

#akatawitch #magicalrealism

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Jebpix
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Good YA novel set in Nigeria. Full of traditions and magic. Reminded me of Rick Riordan‘s Kane Chronicles.

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hes7
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My #BookSpinBingo choices—a mix of new books and gatherings-dust ones (all fiction) to help me #readblackauthors in July. #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Oooo some fun ones there!!! 2y
Hestapleton Lots of good ones on this list! 2y
mhillis Nice list! 2y
charl08 Looks good to me too! 2y
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callielafleur
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I wish I could give this book ten stars. I wish it came with a soundtrack to listen to while reading it. It has everything I loved- magic, a crew coming together, a really amazing main character, beautiful writing. If any of this interests you, pick this one up!!

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alisiakae
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1. So many come to mind, but I‘ve tagged one of my more recent favorite fantasy reads.
2. Yep, although I should read more. I love Louise Erdrich, and have also read Sherman Alexie and Leslie Marmon Silko.

#TwoforTuesday

JamieArc I really like Silko‘s books ❤️ 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊📚💜 2y
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mhillis
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Great fantasy book! I enjoyed listening to Akata Witch while #AudioWalking and #AudioBaking Looking forward to returning to this world and reading Akata Warrior next!

DeeLew I‘ve had this on my TBR for so long! 2y
BekaReid yes! this was excellent. I need to continue the series. 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag This reminds me that I have the sequel waiting to be read! 2y
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UnRuLee
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2020 Read Harder Challenge, book 20
Prompt: Read a middle grade book that doesn‘t take place in the U.S. or the UK
Title: Akata Witch
Author: Nnedi Okorafor

OH MAN this was awesome. Described by critics as “Nigerian Harry Potter,” and it does not disappoint. Incredible worldbuilding, amazing characters, gripping plot. Pardon me while I immediately go get the second book in this series.

ErinSBecker Glad you enjoyed! This was my first Okorafor too and I'm looking forward to reading more of her work! 3y
UnRuLee @ErinSBecker me too!! She‘s a phenomenal worldbuilder. 3y
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Robii
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I enjoyed Akata Witch from start to finish. I appreciated the details about the "free agent" and how it allowed the reader to feel like they just got magical powers and were also classified as a free agent. My favorite characters were Chichi and artist wasp. They both had me laughing, and I relished artist wasp's small but unforgettable part within Akata Witch. Ultimately, to keep it short, Nnedi Okorafor did an incredible job on this book.

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Sam_D
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Such a brilliant story! I loved the history and culture interwoven into an adventure that was incredibly fun to join. Okorafor built a beautiful world with a million details to keep your mind buzzing and satisfied.

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Anna from Gustine
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Panpan

I really wanted to like Akata Witch, but I just couldn‘t. The world-building is fun and creative. It's a wonderful setting for a fantasy, but the book felt too much like the set-up for a series. There was little tension and sometimes too much world-building. Even though there is an antagonist, he was a weak presence and his appearance was anti-climactic. In conclusion, great world, but lackluster plot and generic main characters. 😕

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uwak
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Mehso-so

this is another book I'm too old for but would still recommend to people in the intended demographic. it's nice seeing non-Eurocentric fantasy stuff for pre-teens/teens, but I'll stick with Okorafor's adult fiction. I enjoyed the Nigerian mythos and juju system, but was otherwise pretty bored with this book and found it a bit juvenile even by YA standards. also wasn't a fan of everyone withholding information from the protagonist constantly.

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BeaG
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Great Young Adult book. Easy read. It didn't draw me in like Binti, but I enjoyed it.

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uwak
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me: I really like my book club but I dunno if I could handle joining another, I'm barely making a dent in my tbr as is

partner: hey want to join this sci-fi book club with me?

me: yeah sure

(tagged book is new book club read...also wanted to show off my sick new mousepad)

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

I liked the different types of magic and the relationships between the kids; however, for a story based on preventing the “end of the world”, this story was slow in several places. Also, the adult sorcerers were pretty much useless.

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Kenyazero
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This was a fun read. If you enjoy supernatural powers, #magic, #africanfolklore, and hidden magic worlds, you should give this one a read. Admittedly, I wasn't crazy about the ending because it didn't feel earned. But the rest of the book was fun. #secretmagicworld

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rsteve388
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This was a phenomenal book, I love the values of the leopard people and how they hold knowledge as their highest goal. That really spoke to me.

I listened to this on Scribd, and found it frustrating that the end of the chapters seem clipped too early before the narrator was done speaking it really pissed me off cause I wanted to hear the final word in the chapters!

Loved it, find a better Audiobook or read it.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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I put my list together last weekend. Here‘s one of my personal challenges for 2020. I decided last year to read more books written by writers from the countries I ancestrally hail from....I made sure to select mostly female writers! #diversereading #proudnigerianancestry #imirishto #imwelsh #gotatouchofcamerooninthereto

maich Great idea! 3y
Chrissyreadit Wow!!! I love this idea! 3y
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Chellebearss
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This was the first in a two book series and I really enjoyed listening to it through #audible. #2of2020 🎧

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TheKidUpstairs
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I have been searching for this book for months. I KNEW I owned it! Someone (cough, cough, hubby) put it tucked back into the corner of a shelf behind coffee table books. Welcome back to the flock, my little lost lamb!

#nothisdoesntmeanihavetoomanybooks

Cinfhen Ugh, I hate when my hubby is being “helpful” 😉🙄just leave my stuff where it is!! Thank you very much. 3y
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen right?! I knew exactly which pile I'd left it in 😁 3y
MicheleinPhilly When I know I have left a book or, ahem, pile of books somewhere and I notice it is missing I start spinning my head around like the girl in The Exorcist. “Where is it? What have you done with them?” @Cinfhen @TheKidUpstairs 3y
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mabell @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen Your husbands pick up?! 🤣🤣 3y
Cinfhen Hahaha @mabell it‘s more like a passive/aggressive “tidying” 😁 3y
Cinfhen It makes me SO MAD @MicheleinPhilly because did he move the hockey sticks or tidy up the baseball equipment??? No, HE DID NOT 3y
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GatheringBooks
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This amazing whirling dervish seemed like the perfect backdrop for Akata Witch. He swirled and whirled for 15 minutes. Finally found the time to do the touristy thing here in Dubai with the camel ride during the sunset, the quad bike, falcon show, and belly dancing and barbecue dinner. What a full and wondrous day. #WomenReadWomen2019

Velvetfur That all sounds fantastic! 😁 xx 3y
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