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Washington Black
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
When two English brothers take the helm of a Barbados sugar plantation, nervousness and fear run high. Washington Black - an eleven year-old field slave who has known no other life - is aghast to find himself selected as personal servant to one of these men. His new master is the eccentric Christopher Wilde - naturalist, explorer, scientist, inventor and abolitionist - whose single-minded pursuit of the perfect aerial machine mystifies all around him. Through Wilde, Washington is initiated into a world of wonder: a world where the night sea viewed from a hilltop shivers with light; where a simple cloth canopy can propel a man across the sky; where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning. Then, on a disastrous voyage of escape, Wilde disappears. Washington is forced to make his way back to the civilized world alone. One day, however, a man appears in the doorway of his new life, making claims of the past. Is this truly the long-lost Wilde? If so, what are the real motives for his return? And is it possible that his resurrection will destroy everything? Based on an infamous 19th century criminal case, Washington Black tells the story of a world destroyed and made whole again, where certainty seems unattainable, and men must remain strangers even to themselves.
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bernadette
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100 pages in. It's looking like it will take turn towards steam punk and the fantastical but it hasn't gotten there yet (perhaps it won't). I've enjoyed what I read but I'm ready for the story to pick up the pace a little faster now.

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thereadingowlvina
Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
CouronneDhiver 🙌🏽🙌🏽 3d
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amyrohn
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Doing some reading in Central Park this afternoon! Loving this one so far.

MrBook I have that book 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! My #NYC bookclubs are meeting in Central Park next month, if you‘d like to join ☺️. Across from the Museum of Natural History. 1w
squirrelbrain Not jealous at all 😁👍 1w
amyrohn @MrBook that sounds lovely! 1w
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Nute
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July 1st - Happy National Day of Canada.🇨🇦 I celebrate this day in the literary world with acknowledgement and thanks for many favorite Canadian novelists. A new presence on that list is Esi Edugyan who has won the Giller Prize for Fiction twice and been long-listed and short-listed for the Booker Prize. Her novels are The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, Half-Blood Blues and Washington Black.
#LetsTravelJuly

AmyG Washington Black was so good. 3w
xicanti Love her work. She‘s a great speaker, too. 3w
Lindy Yay! Esi Edugyan is a star. 🇨🇦 3w
OriginalCyn620 😊🇨🇦❤️ 3w
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Becker
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Pickpick

A bit of science, a bit of mystery, a bit of history and a bit of adventure. 🗺

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bookandcat
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Mehso-so

Forgot to post this before! Second time through with Washington Black, this time for #lmpbc - the writing is at times lyrical and wonderfully, powerfully descriptive, but the plot threads get dropped and tangled and the mid-to-ending falls flat. My star rating dropped during my reread. However, I'd try something else by Esi Edugyan again.
@Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax
Mailing this out with the next book tomorrow!

TsundokuAleax I am glad that we seem to agree on this one. I wanted the story to be as good as the language so much that it was a bit of a let down. 4w
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax yeah auth author just lost the plot I think :-/ 4w
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LibrarianRyan
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The US version of this book has a very #uglycover compared to the UK version.

#30JuneBooks. @howjessreads

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Tashreads
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Books and kokodama. Guess who went to a workshop on the weekend? 😂😂😂

BooknerdsLife OMG! They are so cute! 😂😂🌱🌿 Didn‘t know you can put plant in those! And I love your gorgeous books! 😍💚 1mo
Tashreads @BooknerdsLife thank you 😊 I had so much fun making them! 1mo
julesG So cute!!! Now I have to find out how to do this. 1mo
marleed So gorgeous- books and plants! 1mo
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cariashley
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Today‘s reading spot is my building‘s roof deck, overlooking downtown Manhattan 😎☀️ Need to finish this book before my work book club meeting this week!

AlaMich Nice view! 1mo
cariashley @AlaMich I know, I need to utilize it more! 1mo
stacybmartin What a beautiful view! 😍 1mo
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Jillsmith
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Pickpick

This was hard to read in some parts, but a really good book!

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cariashley
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Starting this one today for my work book club! #vineyardreads

Mitch Gorgeous reading spot. I have this on my shelf and must get it near to the top of the TBR soon! 2mo
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Kathrin
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Pickpick

Almost finished the book on my #audiowalk with #dogsoflitsy today.

This was a compelling story spanning half the world that thoroughly engaged and entertained me.

Crazeedi Sweet puppy!!🐶❤ 2mo
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ReadosaurusText
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I loved seeing #tenonmytbr from @hes7 so here is mine! Definitely needed to remember #roygbiv to organize this stack. #readingrainbow 🌈

emz711 Omg fifth season! Do it! 2mo
hes7 So pretty! I keep forgetting that Crossing to Safety is on my TBR, too. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
ReadosaurusText @emz711 I seriously can‘t believe I haven‘t read it yet. I keep getting distracted by library holds becoming available! 2mo
ReadosaurusText @hes7 I just recently found a pristine used copy at a bookstore after a very strong recommendation! 🤗 2mo
RealBooks4ever Pretty rainbow! 🌈 2mo
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VictoriaB
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George Washington Black starts his life as a slave on a plantation in Barbados. He catches the interest of the plantation owner‘s brother and joins him on his scientific research journeys. Absolutely beautiful writing, and much to think about on the “white rescuer” attitude and the nature of true freedom. But I just didn‘t get hooked into the story like I so usually do, and the ending was more of just a stopping. Falls between a so-so and a pick.

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razmanda
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Mehso-so

Hmmm. I‘m not sure how I feel about this one. I can see why others enjoyed it but it wasn‘t for me. The ending felt unfinished and while I don‘t mind an open-for-interpretation fade-out, this felt more frustrating than anything. It‘s a hell of a journey but without payoff or resolution, I don‘t quite understand what the point was. That said, it‘s beautifully written. So. Yeah. Like I said, don‘t really know how I feel about this one.

DefLeppard Me too, I am giving it a so so too. Loved it up until the last page and it was like, what the hell?? What happens next. 😔 2mo
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TsundokuAleax
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting story that I wanted to like far more than I did. There were some interesting plot points and detours in Wash's story but overall it was an eh ready for me. The language is amazing and beautiful. It made up for the meandering tendency of the story and kept me engaged far longer than the actual story did. #lmpbc @Schlinkles @bookandcat

Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax I completely agree with all of that! 2mo
TsundokuAleax @bookandcat @Schlinkles sorry this one took me so long. The adjustment to the next job was much more difficult than I anticipated. On the plus side, I do think I am finding my rhythm with life and should be doing better from here on out 2mo
Schlinkles @TsundokuAleax I‘m getting ready to move and go out of town for work, so I‘ll be slower this time too. No worries! 2mo
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bookandcat @TsundokuAleax no worries, I've already read this one so I'll make some notes but am gonna be mostly scanning probably! Hope you're liking your new job! @schlinkles if you are moving do please send us your address that I should mail books to - good luck with your move! :-) 2mo
Schlinkles @bookandcat Will do! 2mo
TsundokuAleax @bookandcat @Schlinkles It is going but I don't think it is a good fit. I may need to start searching again and soon. Not looking forward to getting back on that horse. 2mo
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax good luck - job searching is the absolute suck. but it's worth it if it helps you get into a job you enjoy and feel fulfilled in. 2mo
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JSW
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Pickpick

Fantastic. Excellent. So complex and well-told. Would make a great book club pick - so many things to discuss! 📚👥❤️

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JSW
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Devastating in its clarity and truth.

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Angitron
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Edugyan can write! Loved this one. The story revolves around Wash, a boy born into slavery in Barbados. He‘s taken under the wing of an English scientist, and from there we follow Wash as he travels around the globe, ultimately seeking a wholeness he realizes is missing. There‘s a tinge of magical realism to the story, giving it the feeling of an adult fairy tale, and I found it hard to put down.

AmyG I loved this, too. 3mo
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LauraJ
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Pickpick

The audiobook was mesmerizing at times. Wish a bit more of the plot would have revolved around the building of the aquarium, but overall a good book.
#catsoflitsy

Erofan 😻 3mo
Meaw_catlady Great pic! 😻😻😻 3mo
readordierachel I love this picture 😆 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
LauraJ @Meaw_catlady @readordierachel Thanks! This is my foster kitten, Sabrina. She‘s a trip. 3mo
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JSW
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? Already hooked.

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Graywacke
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Mehso-so

The slave boy and tortured enlightened man of the Age of Reason give this almost a steampunk touch. And it has some weight to it and aspects work that I wouldn‘t have thought would. But I felt like it got plot-tangled, making for some silliness. Too awkward for me overall.

Liz_M This was an audiobook for you ? I wonder if it works better in print... 3mo
Graywacke @Liz_M yes. The reader was mostly good. A bit dramatic. One oddity was that he read all the older men like they read Thomas Jefferson in old museums ... that maybe didn‘t help. 3mo
Liz_M Ha! 3mo
Susanita I thought it started strong then fell apart as they moved away from the Barbados story. Interesting themes, though, and I‘d read more from this author. 3mo
Graywacke @Susanita I might read another her books, if it had some nice reviews. Parts worked, parts didn‘t-maybe just too convoluted a plot. Things that really didn‘t work for me: Erasmus, Tich‘s dad, Tana‘s dad, the love story, the magical expertise in aquariums. But, oddly, I did like how it ended. 3mo
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LauraJ
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I was going to read, but this audiobook has me under some kind of spell.

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TracyReadsBooks
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April was a good reading month—31 books & comics total. The tagged book was hands down my favorite. Bridge of Clay was an amazing slow burn of a character study, Middlewest a wonderful all-ages comic filled with fantasy & adventure, Ascender a great start to new comic, Fearscape #5 a brilliant ending that turned everything on its head, Feathers with its beautiful photographs, & the other books which made me laugh, think & cry the most. (Yes, cry.)

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BellaBookNook
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Happy Independent Bookstore Day! My husband and I took my youngest with us to a couple of Independent bookstores for a day of shopping. Look at the beauties I bought for myself. The one from Attah is signed!!! I scored big time on Transcription and only paid $7 for it. Which is less than half the price on Amazon. I love the bookmark too. It‘s what I want to say often when I‘m in the thick of my books. #independentbookstoresday #bookhaul

Tamra I am going to stack One Hundred Wells! 3mo
readordierachel Great haul! 3mo
BellaBookNook @Tamra Hi Tamra! I never heard of this book but the cover caught my eye and I love discovering new authors. Hope it‘s a good one! 3mo
BellaBookNook @readordierachel I did my happy dance when I got to my car. It‘s always a great feeling buying books and even better that I bought them at an independent bookstore. 3mo
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TsundokuAleax
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Really digging into this one finally and the prose is amazing. #lmpbc @bookandcat @Schlinkles

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thereadingowlvina
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#qotd 🙂

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My #haulofbookishness from Shakespeare and Company! No inside pics, b/c there are signs specifically asking you not to take them. It is super duper tiny, so I suspect selfies, etc. get in the way of people‘s book buying. And, yes, the spirit of money changing hands! 🤪 Anyway, totes for gifts (1 to keep). And I wanted to find a cool European edition of a book I want to read. Tagged one has foil stamping and is ooohlalala! Plus freebie bookmarks.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘m glad you are having a great vacation! And I realize I never even asked where you were going, sorry about that....have a great time! 3mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Mitch It‘s such a pretty store isn‘t it. I loved all the little nooks 3mo
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Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 🎉 awesome purchases!!!! And I LOVED 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Whatup buttercup? I‘m glad to know you loved it! It‘s certainly had enough buzz, without being over hyped. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa No worries, you have a lot on your mind. Did your mom have her surgery yet? I‘ve forgotten when it is. So, we are even. 🥰 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Mitch Yes, very sweet and crammed to the gills for sure! 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes she did, her surgery was yesterday... and they are sending her home today! 3mo
TheLudicReader I cheated and took pictures inside...I know, I know, but I was so excited I couldn‘t help myself. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa That‘s great news—she must be doing well! Now the rehab begins... 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @BarbaraTheBibliophage She was determined to do well enough to go home today...so she can sleep in peace! 😂 it‘s funny, but true. 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I understand that—plus, less chance of infection. 3mo
TrishB I cheated too and took pics 😮 I have one of these totes too! @TheLudicReader (edited) 3mo
BooknerdsLife @BarbaraTheBibliophage awww how lovely! 😍😍 Would love to go there one day too!! 3mo
youneverarrived 😍😍 3mo
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thereadingowlvina
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A bildungsroman, that tells the story of George Washington ("Wash") Black who was born into slavery on Faith Plantation (a sugar plantation) in Barbados. It's a story full of interesting adventures and twists that takes readers from Barbados to Virginia, Nova Scotia, London, Amsterdam and Morocco. Quite an enjoyable read!

Rating: 4?

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2793131426

Cinfhen Loved this book!! 3mo
RadicalReader @thereadingowlvina I love thriller horror books and luckily also enjoy the wonderful horror thriller movies that go along with thanks to my mom the first horror films I‘d seen were The Fly ( with the handsome Jeff Goldblum) and Pet Sematary ( the 1989 version which had its 30 year anniversary a few days ago. And with the new Remake of Pet Sematary the whole crew was watching the original on set) 3mo
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CaitlinR
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A remarkable, remarkable book. The language is rattling around in my head. And what are we to make of the final reunion between Titch and Washington after such a long search:

“Someone else might have looked upon his life and seen only how different ... I saw only what remained the same.”

I can only hope that Washington Black realized that he, not Titch, had grown wise.

A fantastic novel.

Cathythoughts Great review! Looking forward to it 3mo
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YeezyTaughtMe
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About to start my next book. Which one should I dive into?

MelissaSue81 Ooh. Washington Black And Ready Player one are both fantastic. If you‘re in the mood for fun and fast paced I‘d do RPO, a little slower but still adventurous... Washington Black 3mo
YeezyTaughtMe Thank you! I‘m so excited to get going! 3mo
rretzler Big Ready Player One fan! 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Wow—easily one of the best books I‘ve read this year. Eleven-year-old George Washington Black is a slave on a sugar plantation in Barbados when his life is upended by the arrival of his master‘s brother. A death soon after sends them fleeing one step ahead of the bounty placed on Wash‘s head. Edugyan‘s writing is exquisite & the story is heartbreaking & hopeful, humane, & a thrilling adventure. Wash is a remarkable character. Highly recommended.

AmyG Agreed. I loved this book. 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Ok, I‘m caught up on reviews and the kids are asleep—love Spring Break—so I‘m going to read a chapter or two before the day really gets going.

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TracyReadsBooks
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This book is really, really good.

ShyBookOwl I've had the audio for months. Gotta bump it up my tbr 3mo
Emilymdxn The paperback is so beautiful! 3mo
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TracyReadsBooks
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Next up.

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Jen2
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Lives up to the hype!

Kathrin I saw the book in a store recently and immediately put it on hold in the library! 3mo
nelehelen I just bought this from my local bookstore!! Can‘t wait to read it. 3mo
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Graywacke
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Just getting started on this - 17th century Barbados. So far “tropey” - horrors of slavery, spirituality of African slaves, simply cruelty of spoiled lonely slave owner, and hints at the Age of Reason. Entertaining enough though. I‘ll give it some time to evolve.

MelissaSue81 I guess I‘m not super familiar with the tropes of the genre but I do think this book eventually goes in a different direction than you would expect. 3mo
Graywacke @MelissaSue81 thanks! That‘s good to know. I‘ll give it a decent chance. 3mo
cariashley This was just picked for my work book club, I‘m excited to read it. 3mo
Graywacke @cariashley I‘m listening. Been looking forward to it, too. 3mo
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MsLeah8417
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The narrator for the audiobook does a great job.

Theaelizabet Good to know. 4mo
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Readerann
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Had some interruptions, but now starting this one for #readathon. Looks like it‘s going to be good! #ToB

Mitch Fab mug 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
readingjedi Love that mug 😍 4mo
Readerann @Mitch @readingjedi Thx, it‘s my favorite mug. I bought it at The National Portrait Gallery after seeing the painting. It‘s gorgeous! 4mo
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Samplergal It just came in my library holds! 4mo
ReadingSusan Oh my I love your mug so much!! 4mo
Readerann @Samplergal I‘m really enjoying it! 4mo
LauraBrook That one looks so good! Both the book and the mug, that is. Happy to see you‘re still at it. How‘s it going so far? 😘 4mo
Readerann @LauraBrook It‘s going well, although I never get as many pages read as I want to! Hoping to last for several more hours, but we‘ll see. As you mentioned, advancing age makes an all-nighter extra challenging. 😩😘 4mo
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TsundokuAleax
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Here is my "proof of life" since I have been in a terrible book slump. No desire to read and even less time. Trying to finish my read and hopefully send it out soon. Sorry ladies. @bookandcat @Schlinkles

bookandcat It's okay! I was like that for two months. Now I'm reading again but of course it's my busy time (dress rehearsals after work every day). Just mailed my book out today. I also already read Washington Black and rereads are usually quicker for me! 4mo
Schlinkles No worries! Sorry @bookandcat I didn‘t realize you‘d already read it! 4mo
TsundokuAleax Thanks ladies. You are the best. 4mo
bookandcat @Schlinkles it's okay! It's a great book! 4mo
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Jolynne
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Mehso-so

The first two thirds were good but it was boring at the end.

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juliegumdrop
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I completed 8 books this month, including 4 books for #middlegrademarch. Tagged book was my favorite. #marchwrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent reading!! 📖💖 4mo
Freespirit Wow that's great! 4mo
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BookItBilly
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Mehso-so

Life takes Washington Black from the heights of hot air balloons to the depths of the ocean, from Barbados to the Antarctic. There is a type of freedom in roaming the world, just as there is freedom in painting a blank canvas or choosing to explore the stars. We can try to escape in life, to arrive to new places, but we are bound to Earth and its realities. The ultimate freedom for the novel‘s characters lies in the departure, the return home.

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Suet624
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Hmmm....it‘s not great, but it‘s not bad. Not sure why I don‘t feel the love like others do. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 😁😁

Simona You are not alone 😘 4mo
BkClubCare I thought the first part better than the rest of it. 4mo
Suet624 @Simona Phew. Thank you. 4mo
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Suet624 @BkClubCare Now that you say it, yes, I‘d agree with that. I hadn‘t realized that until you said it. 😀 4mo
Zelma I agree with @BkClubCare ; I loved it it at first and then completely changed my mind after the Arctic section. 4mo
Simona @suet624 @BkClubCare @Zelma The second part was, in my opinion - YA adventure story 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Suet624 @simona @bkclubcare @zelma Yes! Jeez, you‘re all helping me with my confused response to this book. 4mo
AmyG I just loved this book. But then, not every book is for everyone. You don‘t know....unless you try. 4mo
Suet624 @AmyG Absolutely. Timing, too, matters. Maybe I would have liked it more at some other time. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I bailed on it. I couldn‘t get into it at all. 4mo
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AlizaApp
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A man born a slave in Barbados falls in with an eccentric scientist who leads him on a surprising new life that crosses the world from the Arctic to Amsterdam and Morocco. A powerful message about the inadvertent — but still pernicious — racism of Good White People. I really liked this one.

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Dolly
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Pickpick

Finished tagged book today and made my first Pad Thai. Book was very good as expected and the dish was pretty good too -and easier than I expected. #GarnishSchoolDropout

Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to reading this one soon 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Schlinkles
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Mehso-so

This one started off so strongly and then it became a chore to finish. Headed off to you @TsundokuAleax on Monday. I hope you find it less cumbersome. #lmpbc

@bookandcat

Prairiegirl_reading I just started this audio. And I doubt I can finish before it‘s due back on Libby. I‘m not sure I should keep going🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Schlinkles @Prairiegirl_reading There are some beautiful moments of prose in this book, just gorgeous writing. I‘ve been reading through the reviews and they‘re pretty split, there are lots of people who loved it. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Schlinkles yeah it got a rave review from a librarian from Nypl recommends on Facebook and that was why I put it on hold in the first place. I guess I‘ll keep going and if I‘m dying to find out how it ends I‘ll use an audible credit. 4mo
TsundokuAleax For once I am super behind. Life has been crazy and I am hoping to make a nice dent this week. 4mo
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KimM
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“Again I went very slowly towards it, extending my arms in their thick hide. The creature shot up from its rock, its orange arms boiling all around it, the suckers very white. Its gaze seemed to churn up and out of its soft mantle and burn through me, seeing, I suppose, the sad rigidity of a boy, the uselessness of his hard, inflexible bones.” Wash‘s first dive. I loved the writing in this novel. 💚

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Extremely interesting story of a man who‘s life has some extremely high highs and low lows.