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She Would Be King
She Would Be King: A Novel | Waytu Moore
A novel of exhilarating range, magical realism, and historya dazzling retelling of Liberias formation Waytu Moores powerful debut novel, She Would Be King, reimagines the dramatic story of Liberias early years through three unforgettable characters who share an uncommon bond. Gbessa, exiled from the West African village of Lai, is starved, bitten by a viper, and left for dead, but still she survives. June Dey, raised on a plantation in Virginia, hides his unusual strength until a confrontation with the overseer forces him to flee. Norman Aragon, the child of a white British colonizer and a Maroon slave from Jamaica, can fade from sight when the earth calls him. When the three meet in the settlement of Monrovia, their gifts help them salvage the tense relationship between the African American settlers and the indigenous tribes, as a new nation forms around them. Moores intermingling of history and magical realism finds voice not just in these three characters but also in the fleeting spirit of the wind, who embodies an ancient wisdom. If she was not a woman, the wind says of Gbessa, she would be king. In this vibrant story of the African diaspora, Moore, a talented storyteller and a daring writer, illuminates with radiant and exacting prose the tumultuous roots of a country inextricably bound to the United States. She Would Be King is a novel of profound depth set against a vast canvas and a transcendent debut from a major new author.
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Evita
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3.5 out of 5

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Andrew65
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Have started off the #20in4 Readathon by reading this book which is a reimagining of the birth of #Liberia. Ideal for #ReadingAfrica2022

Librarybelle I‘ve seen this one a few times for Liberia! Hope you like it! 2mo
Gissy I enjoyed this book. Sometimes magical realism doesn‘t work for me but I tried to to focus in the plot and I love Gbessa. In the audiobook, the narrator is the author and she has a lovely, soft, pleasant voice. 2mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

This book follows 3 different characters who come together and break apart as they are a part of #Liberia coming to be. Parts were great—there‘s some lovely prose, the characters are interesting, and at times I was riveting by the story, but ultimately it didn‘t quite come together for me. I feel like there were too many disparate pieces in too small a space.

#ReadingAfrica2022
#doublespin

Cinfhen Great review! I couldn‘t string the story together either. I remember having a similar reading experience. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
Librarybelle I‘ve got her memoir lined up to read for #Liberia 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Sweet doggie snuggles! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Leftcoastzen I love when she does this! 2mo
Hooked_on_books @Librarybelle That looks terrific! 2mo
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Gissy
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Mix feelings with this novel. There are three different stories that are interconnected as a way to explain the creation of Liberia. I loved the story and the beautiful writing style narrated by the author who has a pleasant, soft voice and was amazing to understand each character. Love Gbessa, the witch. But the use of magical realism in the story in my opinion took some beauty away from the story, was like reading a superhero story😬3.75/3.8⭐️

Gissy I have to admit that magical realism not always works for me😳 Love that cover😍

#FabulousFebruary #Readathon @Andrew65

February 2022 #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaOfBooks

#Buzzword (she) for February YouTuber
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# BlackHistoryMonth

#2022ReadingGoals read more books from old tbr
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Myth, magical realism & history all blend in this reimagining story about the formation of #Liberia #ReadingAfrica22
Told through the eyes of three indigenous ancestors, each possessing a special power.
It‘s beautifully written and parts really touched me, however there were too many parts of the story I didn‘t really understand.
Maybe it‘s end of the month burnout but this was a difficult read, even though it was less than 6 hours.

Librarybelle I‘ve seen mixed reviews about this one. I didn‘t realize the audio was under 6 hours! 3mo
Cinfhen I started on 1.6 speed and then moved down to 1.5 but it was still under 6 hours @Librarybelle and that felt like more than enough 😉 3mo
BarbaraBB I was thinking of this one but now I think I‘ll take a pass. 3mo
Cinfhen If you don‘t own it I wouldn‘t purchase the book. It‘s definitely a #BorrowNotBuy @BarbaraBB her memoir sounds better 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Cinfhen I bet that‘s going to be a wonderful read @Librarybelle her writing is very good but so far I haven‘t gotten to a single word about #Liberia in this novel 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks I have this up for Liberia too 👍🏻 3mo
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kissmehardy
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As metaphors, these characters work. As people, I have my doubts, but I also recognize that my experiences and theirs are in no way similar, so it could just be my perspective. #literaryfiction #magicalrealism

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JackieGreco
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I loved this story of a witch from Liberia. This was a great story following three main characters and their fight for what it meant to be free. I am interested in learning more about Liberia.

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MelKelsey
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Book 113

She Would Be King is a mythical story about the creation of Liberia. It's well-written with three, unequally-strong, characters. It started out compelling, but when I returned to reading after taking several days off (ggrrrr...work!!), it was hard to get back into. 3.5 🌟 s

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Tattooedteacher
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Received this and started for #lmpbc round 11. Last one in this historical fiction group. Not sure what to think. It‘s a setting (West Africa) I‘m not at all familiar with so my brain is struggling to connect. I‘m away from my list, so hopefully I tagged the right peeps.

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Bookwormjillk
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This book was sad and depressing so I can‘t say I liked it, but it was so well written it is a pick. I have so much to think about after reading this book, and I will definitely be reading more about the history of Liberia. #LMPBC

DanaManiac I can understand that! It‘s so interesting to see the spilt reaction when writing is great but content is sad. I think you‘ll like the next book that‘s headed your way ☺️ 13mo
Wife @Tattooedteacher Hi Christine, I sent this book out to you yesterday. Sorry I was late☹️. 11mo
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DanaManiac
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Mehso-so

2.75 ⭐️

I thought I would LOVE this book. I adore historical fiction & have been trying to branch out from Regency era titles. There are too many trigger warnings to keep count.

I enjoyed Gbessa's transformation as she became more confident & secure. The synopsis makes it sound like the 3 stories would unite once their back stories were told, so I was disappointed after Book One. I think this read will stick with me, but in a frustrating way...

Bookwormjillk Should be an interesting LMPBC discussion! 1y
Bookwormjillk Got this book today @DanaManiac 14mo
DanaManiac @Bookwormjillk Great! Can‘t wait to see what you think! 14mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Hey #LMPBC #GroupX! Here are four from my shelves that I was thinking about. Let me know your thoughts/ feelings and if you've read any!

#UnintentionalBlueTheme

@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @KatieB @Read-y_Picker

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Read-y_Picker Ooooh this looks excellent 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I haven't read any, and they all sound really good to me. 2y
KatieB I have read To The Bright Edge of the World but any of the others sound great. Pressure is on for my picks! 2y
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Megabooks
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Omg Catie, not only are you literally saving lives on the front lines of Covid, you found time to send me this book! You are so incredibly thoughtful! Just yesterday I was thinking, “I want to read more from the African diaspora,” so now I can check Liberia off. And a beautiful edition, too! 💜💜 Seriously, thank you. #litsylove #bookfriendsarethebestfriends

AmyG 💕 2y
catiewithac 🥰🤩🤓 2y
Megabooks @AmyG 😊😊 2y
Megabooks @catiewithac 😘📚🙏🏻 2y
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Storied
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I'm so excited that my library is open again and offering curbside! I plan to read this and then her memoir, The Dragons, the Giant, the Women.

#SheWouldbeKing #WayetuMoore

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bookandbedandtea
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The first third and the last third of this book were wonderful. The story got bogged down in the middle and I started to lose interest but I'm glad I stuck with it. The three MCs were fantastic and I learned a lot. It's full of heartbreak and hope. Overall its a pick.

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alisonrose
Mehso-so

The separate elements of this story are all ones that usually intrigue me, but combining them all in one kind of lessened the impact of each. The writing is often beautiful and the author conveyed the pain and emotions of the characters quite well. I liked learning about Liberia‘s history too. But it was a bit choppy and disjointed, and I just wish that it had been a little more narrowly focused. Still a good read overall though. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
Mehso-so

The separate elements of this story are all ones that usually intrigue me, but combining them all in one kind of lessened the impact of each. The writing is often beautiful and the author conveyed the pain and emotions of the characters quite well. I liked learning about Liberia‘s history too. But it was a bit choppy and disjointed, and I just wish that it had been a little more narrowly focused. Still a good read overall though. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Why does it seem like every other damn book I pick up lately has animal cruelty in it?? The opening scene in this one is about an old woman who beats a cat to death with a broom. The cat‘s ghost comes back and causes her house to collapse on her, so it got revenge, at least. But JFC. Wish I‘d known about it before I started reading. But I‘ll keep going with it because the story sounds intriguing. #nowreading

OrangeMooseReads I was eyeballing this book it looks interesting. Thank you for the warning now I know if I do read it. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
She Would Be King | Waytu Moore
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Toilet Paper Would Be King!

MidnightBookGirl Right now, it could make a successful run for president! TP would just have to promise to always be there for each and every voter.
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Tamra Truth! 😂 2y
Tamra Mine is “Elizabeth and her German Toilet Paper.” 😂 2y
JamieArc Mine is aptly “After the Toilet Paper” (Flood) 😂😂 2y
Velvetfur Haha! Toilet paper *is* king at the moment 😂 2y
kiks The lost toiler paper! (the lost continent by Bill Bryson) 2y
Lesanne The Unwinding of the Toilet Paper (Miracle) 😃 2y
diovival My Sister, the Toilet Paper Killer 😂 2y
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sheriboggs
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I‘m glad I was reading so slowly I had to summon Audible. The author‘s narration was gorgeous and full.

SW-T Welcome to Litsy! 🥳@LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 2y
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Jasxnicole
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Today‘s pick for #bookquotewednesday comes from She Would Be King

This stuck out to me because it reminded me of all of the Black historical figures I never learned about in school and am just now finding through either newly published books or movies.

While its awful that such rich history is either glossed over, edited or just never mentioned, I‘m grateful to be able to learn these things on my own with new resources.

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Lesliereads
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“I lived at Emerson before. And that year, you would come outside to find the wind so deep in her feelings that she knocked over buckets full of water from the wash tables and stole clothes from the hanging lines before they hardened.” -pg.41 #wayetumoore

BrownGirlReading This one is on my TBR too 2y
Lesliereads @BrownGirlReading Hey Lady! It was at my neighborhood branch library, so I‘m reading it sooner than I had anticipated. So far it‘s got my attention! Bises 😘 2y
BrownGirlReading @Lesliereads Great to hear! Your reading is starting off strong!😍 2y
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thereflectiveflaneur
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Three chapters in and WOW! This is a wonderful story and beautifully crafted! I think I will be staying up into the early hours of morning reading more of this fascinating tale.

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mdemanatee
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Books I‘ve picked up at Women and Children First in the past week or so

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xxjenadanxx
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. I'm about to start The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee, I'm also reading Between a Rock and a Hard Place by George Zelt
2. She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore
3. Teeth in the Mist by Dawn Kurtagich and The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

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GypsyKat
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Wow. This was truly compelling. I‘m not sure how to classify this one. Historical magical realism maybe? It was a fascinating mix of mythology and history and legend. Some tough subject matter for sure, but was beautiful written. Powerful.

EllieDottie I loved this book! 3y
GypsyKat @EllieDottie It was so good! 3y
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GypsyKat
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I did some #AudioBaking today. Brownies with chocolate chips, pecans, and Nutella. I‘ve got a cold glass of milk, and a couple of jealous dogs. 😋😋😋

JoScho Brownies are just the best! 3y
Jen_Reads That looks delicious 😋 3y
Bookzombie Drool! 3y
Grrlbrarian Fabulous!!! ✨ 3y
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GypsyKat
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I did some #AudioCrafting the other day while listening to the tagged book. It‘s hard to get a good picture of them, but these are the mini #FunkoPops in their Weasley sweaters from the advent calendar last Christmas. I made them into ornaments. 😊🎄❤️⚡️ #PotterHead

MommyOfTwo 😮❤️ 3y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Holy awesome sauce! Great idea. 😍😍😍 3y
Sweetkokoro That so cute!!! 3y
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GypsyKat @GrilledCheeseSamurai Thanks! It was really easy, too! I‘m probably going to do some more. I like having some of them on display, but not all. This way I‘ll still get to enjoy them during the holidays. 😊😊😊 3y
GypsyKat @MommyOfTwo @Sweetkokoro Thank you! ❤️😊 3y
Soubhiville What a great idea! I was thinking of getting the advent calendar this year, but wondering what I would do with the toys... how did you make the snow? 3y
DGRachel Gred and Forge! My favorite Weasleys! 😂 Seriously, though, these are awesome! 😍😍 3y
JoScho I love these! Can you give us a brief tutorial? Did you use glue? 3y
GypsyKat @JoScho @Soubhiville These were really pretty easy! I bought the globes at Michel‘s last year so I had those. I had some artificial snow, and I had small acrylic discs that I brought from Amazon. So first I hot glued the figures to the discs, then I hot glued the discs into one half of the globes. Then I put some fake some mostly under (and a little over) the discs, then I glued the second half of the globe on and added string. That‘s it. 😊❤️ 3y
mrp27 Love! 3y
Soubhiville @GypsyKat thanks, I really love them! So creative 🧡 3y
GypsyKat @Soubhiville Thank you! I was going to just drill tiny holes in the tops of them for eye screws in them, but this way is less permanent if I ever feel like displaying them. ❤️ 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! Great job! Love them! 3y
KirstieE What a clever idea!! I love them 😍😍 3y
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GypsyKat
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I was doing some #AudioCleaning and organizing in my craft room tonight. Arya likes to keep me company by laying on top of the cedar chest and look out the window. 💖
#DogsOfLitsy

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xxjenadanxx
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Fun fact: The striped background I chose here is actually an example of Liberian 'country cloth' which is a heavy cotton that is hand-spun and hand-woven before being hand dyed in colors like blues and tans, cut into strips and sewn together to create the striped pattern.

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xxjenadanxx
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Today's library haul! A refresh was needed after the weekends reading. Which ones have you read?

1.Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
2.The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
3.The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
4.A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A Fletcher
5.The Philospher's War by Tom Miller
6.She Would Be King by Wayetu Moore

Deifio Good Omens! Very nice! That books had me laughing so much. The new TV series is a very good adaptation. BTW is that a lamp to the right? Looks cool 🤩 3y
xxjenadanxx @Deifio I haven't seen the show yet but I'm looking forward to it! It isn't a lamp, but that would be cool. Just a decorative armillary sphere from Amazon! 3y
TrishB Poisonwood Bible 👍🏻 loved it. 3y
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Emilymdxn Good omens! I‘m a huge fan I just read it this year before the tv show came out (edited) 3y
SharonAlger I loved the tv show of Good Omens! 3y
jewright Poisonwood Bible was haunting. 3y
AmyK1 The Poisonwood Bible 👍🏼 3y
Scochrane26 The Poisonwood Bible is a top 5 favorite book. It‘s amazing, my high schoolers at camp actually recommended it to me. Started my love of Barbara Kingsolver. I think this is her “masterpiece”. 3y
Scochrane26 I also think Good Omens is hilarious. 3y
Zelma Good Omens and The Poisonwood Bible are fantastic, albeit very different. I think I‘m in the minority but I hated The Bride Test; nothing like the sweet and sexy Kiss Quotient. 3y
xxjenadanxx @Scochrane26 it's the book that's been on my TBR the longest (according to Goodreads) so I decided I needed to finally tackle it this year. 3y
xxjenadanxx @Zelma I love variety! I hope I like the Bride Test because I really loved the Kiss Quotient. 3y
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Currey
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I was expecting an historical fiction about the formation of Liberia and found myself in a Fantasy super hero tale. Gbessa, our MC, is a wonderful character whose life unfolds in unexpected ways. The other characters were not as well formed but I liked the idea of them. Good first outing for this author. #sjp #bookclubcentral #liberia #readingaroundtheworld

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KathrynElise
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This was an odd read, but I really enjoyed it. I‘m not usually one for anything focused on modern history, but by blending African-American history with mystical tales of witches and curses, Moore managed to have me hooked from the start. The only thing that I think may have added to the book is more detail on each of the characters - I found I just didn‘t develop any strong attachments to these characters. Overall though, a pretty great read 👍🏼

KathrynElise Also works for the #popsugar2019 prompt: “A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America” (Moore was born in Liberia 🇱🇷) 3y
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KathrynElise
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“If she was not a girl or if she was not a woman... She would be king”. - Wayétu Moore, ‘She Would Be King‘

Of all the lines in this wonderful book, this resonated with me the most. ❤️?

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KathrynElise
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Keen to make a start on this baby and what better way to do that than with a coffee in hand? Yay for Saturday mornings 📖☕️

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MallenNC
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This book is a retelling of the creation of the nation of Liberia and is the most recent book I‘ve read that is set in #Africa. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by the author. I really liked her reading style. #LetsTravelJuly

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 3y
BookwormM Sounds good for reading around the world 3y
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essence_dionne
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I didn't know "She Would be King" was historical fiction about Liberia when I first started reading, and ended up being pleasantly surprised. I loved Norman Aragon, June Dey, and especially Gbessa. I wanted them to win; to get through all hurdles that came their way. This is a book I'd come back to.

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essence_dionne
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I wanted to read this because I thought the title was dope... I didn't know what I was about to get into, and it's been a pleasant surprise. When I have time to read, I have a hard time putting it down.
#SheWouldBeKing #HappyFriday #books

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MallenNC
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I enjoyed this book, which was recommended for me by @bookriot through their Tailored Book Recommendations (TBR) program. I listened to it and that made me a little confused at times about what was going on, but overall I enjoyed it. There's magical realism in this story, which is something I don't usually read. What I liked best were the strong women characters. I also liked hearing the author read her own work.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Mehso-so

"They told us we had no history but darkness, so they kept the books away for fear we might understand the truth better, and thus find those lost selves"

I had a tough time getting into this book in the beginning, but really starting enjoying it about a third of the way through. I loved learning the history of the founding of Liberia. For once, I actually feel like this story would be stronger portrayed on screen than as a novel.

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MallenNC
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My current audiobook. I‘m just starting to get a good idea of what‘s happening but I like it. The author does the narration and she is great.

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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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Mehso-so

I'm glad I got to read this book. Despite a difficult beginning (quite fuzzy), I was able to really enter into the story. It reads well, I liked the use of magical realism which here looks more like tales & legends. It was a very interesting book to read, I just wished it had been more detailed so the characters would have been more developed. It's between so-so and pick...

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Plaidsticks
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💛💛💛 So glad I ended up buying the audiobook instead of going with the physical book from the library, thus I could binge listen. So good. So, so good. Probably my favorite book so far this year. #audiobook

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AnimalRiotPress
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This book is intense already 😧

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AnimalRiotPress
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Editor-in-Chief Katie Rainey is reading Wayetu Moore‘s She Would Be King with her 9th graders this year ❤️
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#bookstagram #bookstagrammer #amwriting #amreading #writerslife #writingcommunity #writersofinstagram #readingseries

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tricours
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I‘m a but disappointed with myself for not paying more attention during the first half of the book. I thought these were short stories at first, then when I realized they weren‘t I also realized that I should have figured that out earlier 🤦‍♀️ Great book though!

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hdhubbard
Bailedbailed

6/10 Struggled to keep track of the characters and story line. Stopped a 1/3 way in, may try to read again at a later date

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amma-keep-reading
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I read this book like I used to savor candy bars when I was a little girl: enjoying the book in small chunks to extend the experience and savor the magic of it.
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This is beautifully written story.

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