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Friday Black
Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Anya91
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sakeriver
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The stories in this collection have a dark humor to them that cuts right to the bone, the kind of humor where you‘re not sure whether to laugh or cry or throw up, where absurdity comes full circle into cold reality. Stories about the brutality of race in America, about rabid consumerism, about all kinds of violence, stories hard to categorize as speculative or satire or both. The observation behind these stories is so keen.

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sakeriver
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rsteve388
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On Sale Audiobooks Find these at Librofm! I picked these books.cause I have read most of them and really loved them.

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licia.reads
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Dystopian short stories that focus on themes of race and class and much more. I couldn‘t help but think of Black Mirror while listening to this. I would love to see these stories adapted to television. #blitsy #shortstories #dystopian

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rsteve388
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@TheAromaofBooks I got Bingo for #BookSpinBingo how fun! What a great way to read through my ever growing TBR.. I am having a blast. Thank you so much for hosting this awesome monthly event..

TheAromaofBooks Yay bingo!!!! Great month!!! 12mo
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rsteve388
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What an amazing collection of short stories that look at the state of our world and uses literature to discuss hard topics. Phenomenal. Excellent HIGHLY recommend!! 5 ⭐ @TheAromaofBooks This was my Double spin for #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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she.hearts.horror
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Amazing 🤩

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Pinta
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^^The Twelve-tongued god/monster, the deal with the devil. Lots of Faustian bargains & souls sold in this collection, lots of longing for comfort & decency in the face of brutality. “The Hospital Where,” a story about pain & love & writing & illness has a lovely, writerly twist at the end where the narrator‘s empathy for those in hospital care frees them, and then the lingering question: at what cost? Good twists without feeling too manipulative.

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Pinta
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Wow this collection races out of the gate & won‘t quit. Reading that provokes an adrenaline surge, a quickening. Brutal, surreal violence but when the subject is power & greed & race, it shocks without surprising. Some stories feel like a naked homage to Saunders, but why not when they are this human, the energy this furious? Blood puddles & body piles on Black Friday!? Close to real. A few miss the mark, but most of these knocked me over. 2018

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Cortg
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I‘m more of a chunkster book reader than a short story reader but these stories were great and really made me think. Maybe that‘s the point of short stories?

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Rehesina
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This book is insanely good! When you start off with a story like The Finklestein 5 then you really aren‘t holding back. Then all those stories set in a mall are just amazing depictions of what work in retails, especially during sales can be turned into, if we keep going the way we do.

#bookly

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Rehesina
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My first thought at the end of the first story was wow that was intense. I guess this story is the kind of thing that gives white people nightmares; what it'll look like if people actually act on the rage that they, rightfully, feel.

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

This was a bit tough for me to stay interested in. Some of the stories felt like they were a bit lackluster and it was hard to stay focused on them because the flow just didn‘t stay strong. Some stories were great, but I didn‘t love a lot of them and got a bit bored.

Danielthewriter Haven't read this one but it's high on my list. Which story was your absolute favorite? 2y
Victoriahoperose @Danielthewriter I think The Light Spitter was my favorite overall out of all of the stories. 2y
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Sasstronaut
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I really enjoyed these stories. Some seem present day, some post-apocalyptic or adjacent. I always love short stories.
This anthology was his first book! Hope he does more.

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jennw1212
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This book is fantastic

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Robii
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Friday Black is a thought provoking anthology. Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah created a book I could relate to while being extremely heart-struck, furious , and to my surprise joyful about. The Finkelstein 5 is the first story within Friday Black, and it sets the mood for an amazingly unique collection of stories. Adjei-Brenyah is a talented young author with the ability to write wildly relatable characters, and I anticipate his future pieces of work.

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Bookgoil
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About half way through these short stories that are so eye opening. Some are more modern and some futuristic and I cannot wait to discuss them with my group today. Reading with Calli on the couch this morning #dogsoflitsy

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mdemanatee
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Masterful storytelling. Important stories.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#manicmonday #letterF #favorites @JoScho
📚 Friday Black
✍️ Karen Joy Fowler
🍿Fast and Furious (all of them but Tokyo Drift)
📺 Father Brown
🎤 Florence
🎶 Footloose

JoScho 💙💙💙 3y
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AnansiGirl
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At 14:27:16 April‘s #24B4Monday comes to an end.
✅ The Monarch of the Glen
✅Black Dog
✅Friday Black
📖 Anansi Boys at Chapter 4
📖 Les Miserables at Vol 1 Fantine Book Fifth

@SumisBooks @jb72 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A great Readathon, well done 👏👏👏🙌🍾🥂🥳 Thanks for playing along 😊 3y
AnansiGirl @Andrew65 looking forward to next month‘s readathon! 3y
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TrishB
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All except sell!
Depends on how long the book is and the amount of time I have - average about 100 pages an hour, so quite quickly.
Tagged- just wasn‘t for me.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in ❤️👏🏻❤️ 3y
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Jasxnicole
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This was the second story collection I read last year, but one of the first I‘ve ever truly connected with in both topics and genre.

I‘d love to see some of these turn into either full novels or adaptations - there was so many instances of beautifully creepy imagery that it‘d be great to see how someone interpreted it for the screen.

#firstlinefridays

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derr.liz
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"Minding my business or up to no good, just like every other person in the world."

#blackhistorymonth

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Julsmarshall
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Wow! This collection of short stories is so powerful! It was recommended to me by @Soubhiville and I‘m so glad I took her advice! Several stories knocked me off my chair. They are well paced, topical, unflinching. #MountTBR #Booked2020 #covercrush #ownvoices @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Soubhiville I‘m so glad you liked it. What a powerful writer! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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A little reading before making dinner. #currentread #ownvoices

Librariana This one is in my February TBR 😊 3y
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Librariana
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I tend to approach reading like I do going out to eat - I order with my stomach instead of my brain and end up with far too much food, unable to finish it all.

So in this case, my ❤ is being over indulgent and wanting to READ ALL THE THINGS!

Some are carry overs from January... titles I'm still working on... others, I've had good intentions about in the past and just didn't get to for one reason or another.

#FebruaryTBR

readordierachel I like your approach ❤ 3y
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readingjedi
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Well, wow! I very rarely enjoy the short story format but I'm so glad I didn't bypass this outstanding collection. The writing is first class. The stories are weird and intriguing and disturbing and thought provoking and shocking and powerful and scary and touching and so many other things it's a wonder they all fit in such short pieces of writing. The Finkelstein Five was my favourite but I also loved the retail ones. Such black humour!

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readingjedi
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About to start this one ... with a little trepidation. Short stories are really not my thing AT ALL. Plus I've seen some Pan & Bail ratings from fellow Littens whose opinions I trust and/or whose bookish tastes are similar to mine.

But it does me good to get out my comfort zone from time to time! Who knows, it could be my favourite read of 2020! Or not... 🤔

With thanks to #netgalley for this book.

Lindy I called it a pick. Unsettling and memorable. 3y
parasolofdoom One of my absolute favorites in 2018! 3y
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Hooked_on_books
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Bailedbailed

I started this as part of a buddy read then put it down. When I tried to pick it back up today, I just didn‘t want to continue. The first story is a superb critique of navigating racist society as a black man. After that, it gets…weird. And not in a good way. So I‘m calling it at the halfway mark.

@Cinfhen and @TrishB bailed much more decisively than I did. 😬

Librariana Oh no! And I bought this one, too! 😔 Can't say I'll be reading it any time soon, but I'll share my thoughts/feelings when I get to it. 3y
Hooked_on_books @Librariana I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. It was blurbed by Roxane Gay and heavily promoted by Powell‘s, so I had high expectations. Hopefully you love it. 3y
BookishMarginalia I flat out passed on this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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Soubhiville Wow, I really liked this one. It is strange, but I was into it for the most part. 3y
Cinfhen Impressive you went back to it! This book would definitely make my #DisappointmentsOf2019 list 🙈 3y
TrishB The first story set up so many expectations than just, meh..... 3y
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Julsmarshall
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Such a joy to open your lovely package of goodies, @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ! The chocolates are some of my favorites and I‘ve had this book on my TBR for a long time! Looking forward to cuddling up, reading and snacking over my holiday break. Thanks again for your #jolabokaflodswap package and thanks for organizing @MaleficentBookDragon !

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Yay! So glad you like everything! This was fun! 3y
MaleficentBookDragon Very nice! 🍫 📖 Happy #Jolakabodflod! 3y
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Emilymdxn
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Wow this was brutal. A pick for the world building, the writing style and the capacity to explore deep stuff in new ways but... brutal is definitely the word. There were times when I could barely read it, he really didn‘t pull his punches with making this raw and uncompromising but I admire him for that, I admire how much it taught me through making me sit with that discomfort.
#wintergames #merryreaders #tbrread @Clwojick @StayCurious

Clwojick 16 pt 3y
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Howseldomtheydo
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My year in books 2019. Surpassed my challenge to read 52 books 😉 hoping to squeeze in a couple more before the end of the year! #goodreads

CrowCAH Great job! 👍🏻🎉 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Congratulations 🎉 3y
ravenlee Woohoo! Good going! 3y
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BittersweetBooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
flying_monkeys Congrats! And the tagged book was sooo good, one of the best collections I read this year. 3y
Kenyazero Nicely done! 3y
Nute Right on! 3y
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parasolofdoom
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My top 5 books of the decade (by genre) --Short Stories

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Cinfhen
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I tried/ but short story collections, especially ones that are dark and strange aren‘t my jam. Sorry @Hooked_on_books @TrishB but I‘m bailing at 51% mark.

vivastory But you're at 51%, with acknowledgements & blank endpapers that's really more like 80%... really you're almost done! 😂 3y
Cinfhen You liked this collection @vivastory right?? It was SO DARK and too out there for me. I thought the first story was the most interesting 3y
vivastory I actually haven't read it yet but dark & out there happens to be my middle name. Will probably check it out next month. 3y
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TrishB Exactly the same as me- but I only got to 45%!! 🤷‍♀️ 3y
Hooked_on_books Uh oh! You guys have bailed and I haven‘t even started yet. Total buddy read fail! Oh well. 🤷🏼‍♀️ @TrishB 3y
TrishB @Hooked_on_books I‘d still be really interested to hear what you think. 3y
Cinfhen Same @Hooked_on_books @vivastory I‘m curious to hear your thoughts like @TrishB 3y
saresmoore I do like weird & dark short story collections, but I did NOT like this. I bailed, as well. 3y
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TrishB
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Bailedbailed

Nearly half way through and bailed. The first story is really hard hitting and I think it set up expectations. Some I didn‘t understand at all and none I was very impressed with after the first. Didn‘t want to pick up again this morning!!
Buddy read failure strikes again!

Angitron Totally agree with you! The first story is so sharp, but the rest are a disappointment. 3y
Lindy I felt intellectually engaged with this collection and appreciated that aspect very much. I‘m not always in that frame of mind and, if I hadn‘t been, I probably would have bailed also. 3y
TrishB @Angitron that‘s definitely how I felt! 3y
TrishB @Lindy I think when I‘m mad busy in work that I shouldn‘t attempt the intellectual as my brain just wants entertainment!! 3y
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Cinfhen
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What could be a better beginning than a quote from Kendrick Lamar 🙌🏻🖤🎶 “Anything you imagine you possess.” Lots of mixed reviews on Litsy and I‘m not great with short stories but let‘s see where this takes me.

TrishB I couldn‘t bring myself to pick it up again today! 3y
Cinfhen I really liked the first story @TrishB but that‘s as far as I got today. Ended up meeting friends in Tel-Aviv for brunch 3y
TrishB The first one was really impressive. 3y
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britt_brooke Curious to hear your thoughts on this book. The first story is by far the best, but ultimately, it was a “pan” for me. 3y
Cinfhen I bailed at the 51% mark @britt_brooke and I only “enjoyed” the first story 3y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I just saw your bail post. I like when we agree. 🙌🏻 3y
Cinfhen Doesn‘t happen to often @britt_brooke 😉 3y
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TrishB
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Started for our buddy read @Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books hadn‘t realised it was short stories! Read the first one as watching the footie on the telly.....as the racist abuse unfolds on a black player ☹️

Balibee146 Shocking abuse... 😡😡 3y
Cinfhen I‘ll start tomorrow ~ 3y
TrishB @Balibee146 it‘s absolutely disgusting. I don‘t think I‘d be able to carry on playing. Why should they? Would anyone else be expected to sit in work whilst people shout racist abuse at them? 3y
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Balibee146 @TrishB agreed it makes my blood boil 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m scratching my head a bit!! 3y
Cinfhen Uh oh!! That doesn‘t bode well for me 😳I‘m generally NOT a fan of short story collections 3y
TrishB @Cinfhen me neither! The first one is shocking and makes you want to read on. I haven‘t understood a couple at all and now I‘m at 50% and thinking if I want another 50%! Not sure what I‘m missing..... 3y
Billypar I liked the messages behind the stories, but not the stories themselves. The only one I enjoyed was 'The Hospital Where' - not sure if you got to that one yet. I thought it was strange in a good way, unfolding like a dream. 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews, including the PAN from @Billypar ( that makes me nervous because Vinny generally likes short stories or eclectic endeavors 😜) Feel free to bail, Trish!! I‘m gonna start this morning ( my parents are going to visit relatives for the next 2 days so I‘m good to go👍🏽) 3y
TrishB @Billypar @Cinfhen I liked the messages and the first story is impressive. But it‘s gone downhill since! 3y
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Billypar
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Panpan

#unpopularopinion
I'm not a fan of the kind of satire used in this collection: once I saw what each story was driving at, they just seemed more like dreary exercises, no matter how much violence, fantasy, or dark comedy was piled on. The ones with less overt satirical elements and fantasy were oddly dry, as if they'd been edited to death. I liked one story: 'The Hospital Where', which reads like a real nightmare: wish more were like that one!

ReadingEnvy I bailed on this one. 3y
Billypar @ReadingEnvy I should have. But it's rare that I don't like a story collection. I kept finishing stories and thinking 'but maybe I'll like this next one...' 😁 3y
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lovelybookshelf
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Whoa, these stories. Talk about dark, no-holds-barred satire. I'm halfway through, and so far FRIDAY BLACK is *absolutely* living up to the hype. Anyone else read/reading this?

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Jasxnicole
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I usually don‘t so short stories, but this collection was much more my speed. Reading through this felt like watching mini episodes of Black Mirror and I wouldn‘t mind seeing some of them expanded into full novels. Imagery and the atmospheres created in each story are also beautifully done!

Highlights: The Finkelstein 5, The Era, Lark Street, Zimmer Land, Friday Black & Light Spitter

bookladyreads I was curious about this book. I'm not really into short stories and I kept adding and removing this book from my tbr. Perhaps I'll give it a try. 3y
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Mitch
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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/aug/02/nana-kwame-adjei-brenyah-black-fri...

There‘s no room in my heart for all this hate. The world is not showing off it‘s good side at the moment. We must be better than this .. 😢

Emilymdxn Amen. It‘s so hard not to get numb and apathetic when it keeps hitting you again and again when you just developed some motivation to keep on trying to help it all. Sending love 💖 3y
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teainthelibrary
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The first story in this short collection has BLOWN MY MIND! I can just tell that this book will be powerful and essential reading.

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collegecatlady
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Book #3 down for the #24b4Monday readathon!

This short story collection is exactly what I hope to write myself. Controversial issues addressed in creative, dystopian ways that you‘re sure to polarizingly love or hate. Five stars from me!

Andrew65 Going well 👏👏👏 3y
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prowlix
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Next up for #24in48 #readathon - I‘m about 10.5 hours down and finished 3 books (2 were closed to finished)! Now some cold brew coffee and short stories

parttimedomestic I read this one last readathon! ❤️ Enjoy! 3y
prowlix @parttimedomestic it‘s so good! 3y
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Soubhiville
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This little book packs a serious punch! A collection of short stories like none I‘ve read before, every one gave me things to think about.

The title story is about the monsters we become on Black Friday, barely able to communicate and so focused on deals that we don‘t mind sacrificing weaker folks to get what we want.

It‘s less than 200 pages. Check this one out! #recommendsday

OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! Cute pup! 🐶❤️ 3y
keepingupwiththepenguins I feel like I'm seeing this one everrryyywhere!! I'll have to check it out! 3y
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Hooked_on_books I have this waiting on my shelf. I remember hearing him on a podcast and now I know I need to read this sooner than later! Hi Sietje! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love love the cover! 3y
Soubhiville @Jee_HookedOnBookz I really like the cover too! 3y
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Bertha_Mason
Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH

"People say “sell your soul” like it‘s easy. But your soul is yours and it‘s not for sale. Even if you try, it‘ll still be there, waiting for you to remember it."
-"Zimmer Land"

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Bertha_Mason
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"“Hey,” [my ex-girlfriend] calls. The sound of her voice makes me wish I were a better person."
-"Zimmer Land"
Right in the gut. ?

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babyruth2510
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Hard to sum this up in so few words. Overall, I enjoyed. Several stories hit me in the gut and wouldn't let go. Others went completely over my head and not sure what he was trying to say. Definitely a good conversation piece regarding issues that face us today. 3 1/2 stars

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rkeo
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About a quarter of the way through. These short stories are excellent and eerie, like racially-charged Black Mirror episodes. I don't want to keep reading because I don't want them to end.

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