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A Brief History of Seven Killings
A Brief History of Seven Killings | Marlon James
On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert, but the next day he left the country, and didnt return for two years. Not a lot was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston, with information surfacing at odd times, only to sink into rumour and misinformation.Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon Jamess bold undertaking traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined and questions asked in this compelling novel of monumental scope and ambition.
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#WanderingJune One of the first books I posted about when I first joined Litsy, 3 years ago. This was an epic read and took a whole lot of concentration and patience BUT man did it payoff!!!! Brilliant storytelling and compelling characters a true #dreadlockHoliday and Marlon James is sexy as hell 🖤

TrishB And I have thanks to you! Must get to.... 4mo
Freespirit I have had this one on my TBR shelf for a while. 4mo
Cinfhen It‘s fantastic @Freespirit @TrishB but you have to be in the right mood to read it. You need a clear head 4mo
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Blaire Good to hear this paid off. I tried and couldn‘t focus. Need to return to it at some point. 4mo
Melissa_J I was going to us this book for today‘s prompt, but now I‘ll have to think of another one 🤔 4mo
andrew61 I loved this book, definitely want to read more by him although uncertain about the new one - great choice. 4mo
Ruthiella Marlon James is pretty sexy 😀 I‘m reading Black Leopard Red Wolf right now and picturing the main character Tracker as looking like our man Marlon. 4mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t started that new book yet because I‘m told it requires your full attention @Ruthiella but I‘m curious to get to it! And picturing our man, Marlon is a definite plus 😜 4mo
Suet624 I have both of his books close to the top of my stack. I need a break after the dense Milkman. 4mo
Cinfhen MJ does not write easy feel good novels @suet624 you might want some fluff before you start reading MJ😉😁 4mo
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I cant believe i found the Red Queen coloring book and Marlon James at Dollar Tree!! 😱 I loved Waiter Rant and im thinking of rereading it!

Julsmarshall The Dollar Tree has books? 6mo
AmyG @Julsmarshall YES, they do! 6mo
bookish_wookish Yes! And sometimes they get really really good ones! They get amazing coloring books too! @Julsmarshall 6mo
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Greg fucking Brady never told anyone to Chillax.

This book is set in 1976. Who do I contact about revoking its Booker Prize?

CarolynM 😂 6mo
BarbaraBB Haha you‘re so right! 6mo
Leftcoastzen 😒 6mo
scowler1 Well done, seems obvious but I didn't spot that. I'm on the phone to him right now but he's not picking up. 6mo
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Presented as fiction, this book is based on real political and economic upheaval and graphically real poverty and crime in Jamaica. This book seemed to drag in places but it is rich with recent dark history of this beautiful country. I really enjoyed it. If you've ever traveled to Jamaica and ventured beyond the expensive resorts with high walls I think you'll be fascinated.

tpixie Welcome! 🥳📚🥳 7mo
Tonton This is so good! 7mo
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RadicalReader @bluejanetennessee highly and strongly recommend you check out the novel couldn‘t put it down because of the perfect plot and looking forward to the Netflix series next year 7mo
bluejanetennessee @RadicalReader Netflix series!?!? Whoo-hoo! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hope you're loving Litsy so far 📖💖 7mo
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉🎉 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌸 7mo
Book_Gobbler Got this in my TBR stack! Maybe time to bump it up! 🤗📚 7mo
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Went to a book sale today and found these for $9. Each had a tiny tear on their covers which meant I got a deal!

charl08 I loved The Great Believers. Would like to read her short stories! 7mo
AmyG Ooooo nice!!! 7mo
Suet624 @charl08 I know! The Borrowers was good too. 7mo
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batsy A sweet deal indeed! 7mo
kspenmoll Fantastic! 7mo
minkyb Supremely jealous and simultaneously happy for you. 6mo
Suet624 @minkyb 😂😂😂 6mo
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This book is so dense with its train of thought narration it‘s took awhile to read. It‘s amazing and graphic writing. I loved it but it was a chore.

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At 686 pages, this hefty novel demands the reader's attention and finishing it felt like completing a mental marathon. Set in Jamaica & New York from 1976-1995, A Brief History follows the lives of Jamaican gangsters, a young woman who witnesses their assassination attempt on Bob Marley, an American journalist, a CIA agent, a ghost, etc. It's a lot, and definitely not for the squeamish. An absorbing story of power, violence and missed opportunity.

Pedrocamacho Loved this book! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I can‘t believe I just purchased this exact copy at the dollar store. My bargain of a lifetime..perfect condition! 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 There were 2! I was stunned! Of course, the library would be free, but I like to own big books bc I‘m not rushed. 8mo
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Great book haul this week when selling books to Half Price Books. 2019 goal: not buying any new books until 4 TBR books read or donated.

Erinreadsthebooks I might have to adopt that goal 🤔 Thank you for sharing! 9mo
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Preparing for my first book purge of 2019! On the stack are:
-A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
-The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
-Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway
-SS-GB by Len Deighton.

The theme is books that I (unfortunately) could not finish, most of them early on.

These books are going to my local library and will most likely end up in their used bookstore at the central branch or at the yearly book sale.

Lindy Some other readers will be very pleased to get their hands on these. 9mo
Pruzy @Lindy One can only hope! 9mo
emilyhaldi I couldn‘t finish this one... made it almost 3/4 of the way but realized I was hate-reading it so I finally bailed!! 9mo
Pruzy @emilyhaldi For me, it was the writing in dialect. While I appreciate the importance of doing so, I just find it extremely difficult. It‘s also why I almost immediately put down Clockwork Orange when I tried to read it 9mo
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2019 is going to be the year of thiccc reading for me. I‘m also trying to write physical notes as I read. This is where I‘m starting. #thicccbooks2019


BHoSK is staggeringly good. James is incredibly good at conveying his characters' terror, anguish, hope, and resignation. The only downside is that there is really only one fully-developed female character.

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gradcat I love how you did the mash-up for the hashtag prompt!! Kudos! 10mo
BookishTrish 🤣 10mo
Cinfhen Awesomeness 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻and I loved the Marlon James book 🙌🏻 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm 😄 well done, brilliant! 10mo
TrishB Not read yet - but on tbr 👍🏻 10mo
Kalalalatja Creative 👏👏👏 10mo
Centique What a clever clogs! 🙌🙌 Well played sir, well played 😊 10mo
batsy Nicely done 😀 10mo
Billypar @Cinfhen Me too! Have you read Book of Night Women yet? I hear good things about that too- thinking of picking it up soon. 10mo
Cinfhen No, I really should!! 10mo
Billypar @TrishB I loved it- from reading general reactions, it seems like either a 'love it or bail' kind of book. 10mo
gradcat Adding it to my stack now...I was so intrigued by the mash-up that I forgot to do that! 10mo
OwenBanner The audio book was excellent, though I found myself speaking with a Jamaican accent for about a month afterward. 10mo
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My latest thrift shop haul had an inadvertent color scheme!

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I‘m glad I have finally finished this book. It is definitely easier to listen too than read. I enjoyed the first third and last third but got lost and bored in the middle. A lot of it was over my head. There was just way too many characters and way too much going on.

MrsMalaprop Brett read this & liked it. Looks like hard work to me! Well done for getting through it 🤓👊. 12mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop, it was hard work! 12mo
Jeg Good for you. I could not finish it. 12mo
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9999 I listened to it and I really enjoyed it. I also found it difficult and very violent. I read it shortly after, "A Little Life" which can put anything into perspective. 11mo
Rissreads @Sskk I adored ‘A Little Life‘ 💜 11mo
9999 @Rissreads that book still haunts me..... 11mo
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I tried I really did! Made it halfway through this #chunkster but it‘s just too much work and not enough payoff. I struggle to get through each chapter 😖 anyone else have trouble with this one?!

AmyG Me. I bailed on this one. 12mo
RaimeyGallant Haven't attempted it yet. 12mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I suppose its to be expected that I wouldn‘t like this since you loved it 😜 I had such high hopes!! But alas, it‘s just not for me. 12mo
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emilyhaldi @AmyG good to know I‘m not alone! (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen No!!!! 😭😭😭We are usually in #booksync 👯‍♀️oh well... U gave it a fair chance but it‘s really a brilliant book (edited) 12mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen while I couldn‘t get into the story, I‘m totally amazed by James‘ ability to write in so many different voices, and his knowledge of that time period is seriously impressive!!! 12mo
Blaire I started it in a doctor‘s waiting room last year which was not the ideal setting for a complicated book. I #bailed but hope to try again. I only got about 50 pages in. 12mo
quietjenn Yes. Technically I haven't given up yet (this is my second or third attempt) but I also haven't actually picked up in months ... And I'm not nearly as far asking as you. 12mo
Mdargusch I‘m surprised @Cinfhen liked this and you didn‘t. 🤔 12mo
Reviewsbylola Glad you finally called it quits. 12mo
BarbaraBB I had that trouble too but there was this moment when things came together and I ended up loving it. But looking back I am surprised I hold on that long. I can totally understand your bailing! 12mo
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I'm #currentlyreading the tagged book, and still not all too sure what's happening a lot of the time... 😳

I just received the second book from my library holds and am starting soon for this month's book club! Also perfectly aligning with Cindy's #helloween #buddyread! 👻


Cinfhen Yay!!! And don‘t give up on MJ....that book is hella crazzy good!!! But it takes a lot of patience to get comfortable with all the characters & voices 12mo
Reviewsbylola I may need to buy The Elementals. Idt my library hold is going to come in anytime soon. 12mo
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola mom and I both have copies you can borrow when we're done! 12mo
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I enjoy it depending on my mood 🤔 And the audio is still a struggle 300 pages in. Some chapters have me confused all over again but I'm slowly getting used to things I think 😂 definitely a challenging read!! 12mo
Reviewsbylola Ok cool!! 12mo
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It is a joy to listen to an #audiobook that features multiple narrators. The voice actors for this one make this book richer thanks to the authentic accents.

Liz_M This is such an excellent, tough read 12mo
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This book is a bit like #factfiction with James reimagining the events behind the attack on Bob Marley in 1976. Marley was preparing for a free concert in Jamaica arranged by the PM to ease political tension. I'm fascinated by the political war that is raging among the gangs in Jamaica as it's something I knew little about beforehand. Slow to start! But picking up now...

Kalalalatja Hope you end up liking it 🤞 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Great pick! I have a copy of this on my shelf. I'm excited to read it but it intimidates me! 13mo
BarbaraBB I learned so much from this book. Hope you‘ll like it! 13mo
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Cinfhen I LOVED this book....but it took a lot out of me!!! It was a hard read but worth the investment , it was the second book I posted on Litsy, the first was 13mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds so interesting!!! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Ima need to borrow. 13mo
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I must confess that I did some googling for today‘s prompt #DejaVu. Apparently there‘s a lot of songs with this title.

The lyrics to the one by Post Malone and Justin Bieber made me think of this novel

‘Cause I can‘t take it no more
No, you ain‘t like them bitches
Tell them hoes adios
And you can drop your panties
Leave them shits at the door
Dior falls on the floor


Kalalalatja I can see why the lyrics made you think of this book! 13mo
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Wow. Just finished this remarkable work of art. It's a long novel full of patois - words and phrases you'll probably have to Google. It's absolutely brutal, disturbing and beautiful at the same time. Seriously violent and profane so not for the faint hearted, but what an educating read. If you've vacationed in Jamaica and think you know about the place, this book will set you straight.

Cinfhen LOVED this chunkster!!! Brilliant and worth the struggle 13mo
scowler1 I put off reading it for a while, it's heavy stuff. It's so good though. 13mo
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Puppy snuggles and my next up! He is already snoring 😴 I bought a copy of this right after the paperback release and have put off starting it bc of the length ever since🤷🏻‍♀️

#dogsoflitsy #houndlife

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One of a few books I picked up today at the #detroitfestivalofbooks. It was about 92F, but a lot of fun to see so many people out all for the love of books! We‘d have taken a photo together, but we both melted.

BarbaraBB Great picture 1y
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Aaaaaaaagh!!! Here‘s that time Marlon James met my double chin

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Gotta join in! #MakeMeReadIt

I actually need encouragement not to DNF the Marlon James - it is so violent.
I also don‘t care for the narrator of the Ferrante book and wonder if I should switch to print.
Vanity Fair - classics challenge
The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin - bookclub
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
The House of The Seven Gables for a challenge (What‘s in a Name: category: title with 2 the‘s)

BkClubCare Oh! Please vote by tagging a book title to a comment. Thanks (I forgot to explain) (edited) 1y
BkClubCare @TheReadingMermaid - thanks! 😉 1y
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BkClubCare @TiredLibrarian - yay! I do ❤️ the short classics. 1y
TheBookKeepers I‘m a fan of bailing if you don‘t love it...life‘s too short to force ur way through books IMO! I vote for this one bc I‘ve heard great things ! 1y
keys_on_fire I‘m going with 1y
Amandajoy I liked A Brief History, but it was intense 1y
AllenTStClair I‘m reading this one now and am LOVING it. So it gets my vote. 1y
Sace I wish I could vote for Vanity Fair AND Seven Gables.... Ultimately I say 1y
shellleigh33 One I want to read 1y
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On sale today. Man Booker winner, 2015.

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Dabbling in this #chunkster over my lunch break.

MinDea I tried this book a few years ago and couldn't get into it. I keep hoping to pick it back up one day. I hope you enjoy it! 1y
JamieArc I‘m curious about this one too since it was a Man-Booker prize winner... 1y
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Couldn‘t find this title on Litsy but Black Leopard Red Wolf is the new offering by Marlon James....scheduled release is February 2019 and is available for preorder . I‘m such a big fan of his work and am so excited....between this and the Children of Blood and Bone sequel in March 2019 I may just lose my damn mind next year! 📖 📚😜

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Taking an unexpected vacation day today, because our air wasn't working and I didn't feel like going to another library. Surprise reading time! Thinking it might be time to really give this one a go.

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TrishB I‘m adding so many books to the pile with these favourites! 1y
Cinfhen It‘s kind of a mini chunkster @TrishB and it takes a bit of effort to get through the first 100 pages because sooooo many characters and dialects BUT it‘s AMAZING 🙌🏻❣️❣️❣️Have u read this one @BarbaraBB ??? 1y
TrishB I‘ll keep my eye out for it on offer! 1y
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BarbaraBB Yes I have. And enjoyed it! 😀 1y
SledgeReader Nice pick! 1y
Cinfhen I was blown away by this one @SledgeReader 1y
Leftcoastzen Been on my TBR too long. 1y
Cinfhen It‘s worth the investment @Leftcoastzen @SledgeReader 1y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen It‘s on the stack! 1y
ephemeralwaltz I have this on my shelf TBR. It's intimidating! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Also on my shelf, unread. Need more time!! 1y
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Finally finished! This was a huge book that took a long time to get through but was totally worth it, and I really recommend the audio recording which is one of the best performed audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to. Every page was so absorbing and Marlon James is clearly just the most amazingly talented writer

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Monday 😕

Back to work, back to my audiobook. I‘m not excited about another week of being overtired and indoors when it‘s gorgeous outside but I‘m v excited to finish this!

Soubhiville Are you enjoying it? I‘ve picked it up many times at used book shops and decided against it... maybe next time I should bring it home? 1y
Emilymdxn @Soubhiville yes I recommend it so much! It can be a little difficult to follow cause it skips between lots of different perspectives but I don‘t mind that myself. It works really well as an audiobook cause you‘re hearing it all in the right dialect but I think it‘d be great to read as a physical book too 1y
Soubhiville Thanks @Emilymdxn ! I‘ll see whether the physical book or audio falls in my lap first 😊 1y
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Our weekly writer crush is on Marlon James for his thrilling novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings. Winner of the Man Booker Prize, this historical fiction explores the Jamaican political situation during and after an assassination attempt was made on Bob Marley. This would be great for history buffs & anyone interested in the life and times of Bob Marley. #wcw https://buff.ly/2vys1rJ

Buddys_Momma This book is wonderful!! Plan to read again 👍🏽 1y
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This book is absolutely incredible! I really recommend it in the audiobook edition as well, the voice actors are all great. I‘m so excited to hear Marlon James speak in a few months.

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Starting this audiobook...26 hours! This better be good!

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I thought I would like this more than I did. Some things about it annoy me: it‘s often difficult to know who says what, the lack of character depth despite the length (I rarely cared about them). The most human story lines are the ones that get the least pages. When the author starts listing all his researchers in the acknowledgment part and I realize he didn‘t even get all his facts by himself, there‘s not much left for me to be impressed by.

BarbaraBB I recognize that. It was kind of good but in the end... no. 2y
Prairiegirl_reading I dnf'd this. I felt the same way and due to the length I was like I just don't care, I'm out. And I really wanted to like it! 2y
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Will I finally finish this one today? Probably not, it‘s huge and neverending.

Kalalalatja What is that delicious looking dish? 😍 (edited) 2y
tricours @Kalalalatja it‘s Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts, but I grabbed low fat yogurt by mistake so it wasn‘t any good 😔 2y
Kalalalatja That‘s too bad! 👎 2y
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Bibliogeekery Image from Rough Draft Books in NYC. 2y
Verity Excellent shade 2y
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MicheleinPhilly 🔥🔥🔥 2y
Hornsby78 THE SHADE OF IT ALL!! ☕☕☕🐸🐸🐸 2y
IWriteInTheNight I see Malala representing Pakistan!❤️ loving the collection😍 2y
JSW Damn I love booksellers‘ snark. 2y
Moray_Reads 👏👏👏 2y
HeatherBookNerd ✊🏼 2y
stargazerblue49 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 2y
JPeterson Yes!! ✊ 2y
tournevis 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺 2y
merelybookish Electric Lit published a list with that title too. 2y
Jaimelire Perfect👍 2y
Chelsea.Poole 🙌🏻💯🙌🏻 2y
melbeautyandbooks 👏🏻❤️ 2y
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I want to read. This dude does not want me to read.

britt_brooke 😍 2y
Reggie Look at that face!!!! 2y
batsy Awwww! 2y
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Well wow, this is dense reading. I‘m 225 pages in and very grateful for the Nina Burgess story line, which is the only one I find to be of any interest!! Politics, power struggles, strategies and manœuvres and whatnot are just not for me. #passportlitsy

susanw I found it a dense, tough read at times, but believe it or not, by the end they all tie together. Overall, I‘m glad I put in the time and read it. James is a talent, the research and planning for this book must have been incredible. (edited) 2y
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These are my books for #passportlitsy #litsypassportchallenge in 2018! Who else is doing it? And how many countries?

CocoReads 6 countries but I don‘t have my books yet. 2y
cajunsyd Would love to but I didn‘t get a list after requesting one...🙁. I may make up my own list and join. Your stack looks great! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m doing 6 countries in 12 months...I have most of my books selected! I‘m guessing you have Jamaica 🇯🇲 Loved this book 💚💛🖤 2y
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batsy That's a fantastic array of books! I thought I could do 12, but I think I'm going to bring it down to 7 😬 And I need to order a few of them... 2y
emilyhaldi This looks like a very interesting stack!! 👏🏻 2y
Dolly Nice stack! 💕 2y
mhillis Nice! I‘m planning to read An Unnecessary Woman this year too 2y
BarbaraBB Wow, what a good stack! 2y
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Hated it. I didn‘t care about any of these characters. Just people treating each other badly. One damn thing after another for 26 hours of audio, with no redemption or revelation. Haven‘t had this strong a negative reaction since Girls on Fire. Run, don‘t walk away from this one.

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Xavier loves plastic. He won't let go of the Barnes and Noble bag long enough for me to finish unpacking it, and is currently trying to nap on it. #catsoflitsy #bookandcat
Also pictured: book I grabbed from the library book sale! Loving it so far.

CoffeeCatsBooks Oh my gosh, that face! 😻 2y
bookandcat @CoffeeCatsBooks he's a true lovey! This is his concerned "mom you aren't taking my new special thing away are you?" face 2y
Kaye Beautiful kitty. I like cats that look powerful like him with strong muscles. 2y
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bookandcat @Kaye Xavier fluff is thankful for the compliment! He is a big boy 😼 2y
valeriegeary Too cute! 2y
Emiller That face says it all “this is MY bag” 😻😹 2y
bookandcat @Emiller his paw too, it's all curled into a kitty fist to hold on 🤣🤣 2y
Emiller Good luck on getting your bag of books back! 🤣🤣 2y
TricksyTails 😹 Oh so adorable. His paw! MINE! 😻 2y
bookandcat @TricksyTails his other paw was wedged deep in the bag to pin the bag down better 😂 2y
TricksyTails 😂😂😂 So cute! He can have all my bags! 2y
Cinfhen OMG 😸😸😸😸😸soooo cute 1y
kspenmoll What a sweet face! Cutest! 😺 1y
Leftcoastzen Very cute ! One of my kitties is obsessed with plastic bags. 1y
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What are the odds that the book you‘re reading depicts events taking place on this day in history? (I️ guess 1 in 365.) Was just minding my own business listening to this tome when it crept up on me by surprise. It was this day 41 years ago that Bob Marley was shot. All the characters and accents are confusing, but still a riveting listen.

LauraJ Actually 1 in 365.25. Taking leap years into account. 🤪 2y
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