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Gingerbread
Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
"The prize-winning, bestselling author of Boy, Snow, Bird and What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours returns with a bewitching and inventive novel."--
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Manoshgirl51
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Bailedbailed

Belletrist March Pick

I'm gonna be honest, it took me gritting my teeth to get through this book. There was literally no point to this story and I couldn't understand if it was all a flashback, made up or present day. Seriously, don't read it but if you do, proceed with caution.

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theshrinkette
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Pickpick

Taking a page out of @xicanti's book and got Edgar to pose. This book was a weird trip, I was into it.

xicanti HI, EDGAR!!!!! 2w
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gossamerchild
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Gingerbread is technically a pastry, right? RIGHT? ;-)

#riotgrams #booksandpastries

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Abailliekaras
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Our new episode is up! We discuss Gingerbread. Annie loves Helen Oyeyemi, but how will Anna cope with all the magic? 😜📖 Tune into Books On The Go. 🎧

tpixie Cute gingerbreads!! 3w
Hooked_on_books Great pic! 2w
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mr_annie Omg you made the cutest gingerbread people!! I hope they don‘t have any magic ingredients though... 2w
ephemeralwaltz Cute!!! 2w
Abailliekaras @hook_on_books @ephemeralwaltz thank you! ☺️ @mr_annie made with help from Perrymans 😉 2w
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Expandingbookshelf
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Instagram professionals-TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!!! I walked by half a dozen women artfully posing with their fancy treats, and I‘m sitting at a dirty outdoor table trying to take this picture before all the ice cream drizzles down my arm. I‘m so stickyyyy! Anyway the book is good.

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Abailliekaras
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Coming up on the podcast ... 📚 Read along with us!

Redheadrambles Looks good ! 1mo
readordierachel I'm reading Lanny right now and it is quite good! 1mo
Abailliekaras @readordierachel I‘m looking forward to Lanny! 1mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt5 This is a magical realism story from the author of Boy Snow Bird. Set in London, it‘s the story of a family, friendship, mythical worlds & gingerbread. Perdita Lee grows in a family that‘s touched by the strange. As an adult, she decides to track down her mothers closest friend, which brings out more of her mothers story with jealousy, ambition, wealth & that gingerbread.

GatheringBooks the book cover is a work of Art! 1mo
youneverarrived This cover is so gorgeous 💙💙 1mo
zezeki That cover! 😍😍 1mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime ooo i love this cover! the copy i saw did not look like this 1mo
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ReadingSusan
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Well I made my daily goal of 4 miles yay. I really had to push myself to do it when I got home from work as this was my first day working 8-5. Excited for my new job but sad to lose some reading time. I also listened to the Pachinko audiobook. It‘s started to lag a little in the middle. #BookFitnessChallenge

Caterina Yay you did it!! I hope Pachinko picks up again for you. I feel the “sad to lose some reading time,“ I'm starting grad school in the fall and feel like I have to devour ALL the books in the meantime. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Success! Well done! If only someone would pay us to stay home and read.. oh how wonderful would that be?! (edited) 1mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 1mo
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BethM Way to push through! 1mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 1mo
Kaye 👍🏼🌟👍🏼 1mo
Laughterhp Great job! 👏🏻 1mo
TheSpineView Well done! Keep up the good work! 1mo
bewareofwords Good for you for getting it done 👏🏽🤗 1mo
ReadingSusan @Caterina it did pick up again!! Yes school is definitely a reading killer! 1mo
ReadingSusan @CoverToCoverGirl that would be so wonderful. Some people think librarians read all day and thats so incorrect 🤣 1mo
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stephothebesto
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Bailedbailed

This is a challenging book and I don't think I'm in the mood for it at the moment..not sure when I will be, but it's not now.

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Redwritinghood
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Pickpick

While it was sometimes difficult to get a hold on the story line, this whimsical and intriguing book is still a pick. The audiobook is read by the author and her voice is incredibly charming and lends a further fairy tale feel to the story. 3⭐️

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Abailliekaras
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Pickpick

Harriet and daughter Perdita (gingerbread makers) go on a quest to find Harriet‘s childhood friend Gretel from her home country Druhastana. But it‘s not on any maps (nor is Gretel). I loved the warmth, bold writing, humour, inventive story & strong women characters. The fairytale elements made me think but tripped me up constantly & I couldn‘t get a grip on the story or engage fully, because it felt make-believe. Modern whimsy fans will love it.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Smizing 👀

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Tameeka
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Reading on rainy Sundays are my thing.
#blacklitsy

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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

I can see how people found this book odd and not what they were expecting, but even though I wasn‘t always sure what was happening I absolutely loved it! The originality, the writing style, the character and the way the weird magic realist magic blended in the was more than worth it!

emtobiasz That cover is gorgeous! 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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Happy bank holiday weekend! Have I mentioned I love three day weekends...

Starting Saturday off right with a chocolate croissant and Gingerbread to read at my bf‘s house.

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Abailliekaras
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I‘m currently reading this and not sure how I feel about it (the surreal / fairytale bits in particular). It might be growing on me though. Any thoughts? 😬📖

Aimeesue I had a bit of difficulty with it as well - Boy, Snow, Bird and Mr. Fox hewed a bit closer to the original fairy tales -but it grew on me. It IS surreal, though. 2mo
LeeRHarry Such a gorgeous cover - it has been catching my eye for a while now 😊 2mo
Abailliekaras @Aimeesue I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! It has grown on me now that I‘m into the swing of it ... but I‘m still not sure ... @LeeRHarry yes beautiful cover! 😍 2mo
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Emilymdxn
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I know the reviews are mixed but I‘m loving this one so far. Weird literary magic realism is so very much my thing so I‘m really hoping I‘ll like it

Aimeesue I need a map of Drunastrana. 2mo
Caterina Girl you had me at weird literary magical realism 😍 2mo
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Owlizabeth
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Next up after an Eve Dallas palate cleanser! This has *very* mixed reviews, so I‘m a little nervous, but I looooooved Boy, Snow, Bird so I‘m hoping I like this one as well.

charl08 Want to read this. She never goes in the same direction twice. 2mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

This was a super weird book. Mothers and daughters. But also fantasy lands and magical gingerbread.

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Aimeesue
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Somebody wishes this was REAL gingerbread. Sluiuurp.
#dogsoitsy
#pitbullsoflitsy
#pibble
#stella

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LindaGrace812
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I loved this book. I really can‘t explain the book; I can only explain that Ms. Oyeyemi is a rare talent. Her prose is lyrical, her plot is magical. I honestly struggled to keep up with this novel, but it was so beautifully written, I couldn‘t put it down. I kept thinking about the characters even when I was supposed to be doing anything else!

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Lindy
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I love being somewhat confounded by what I read, especially when the prose is as beguiling, subversive and frisky as Oyeyemi‘s. I finished this fabulous novel a week ago, but I‘ve been digesting the content and sampling the crumbs of my flagged passages ever since. Realism with a big dollop of fantastical & fairytale elements is used to condemn capitalism and greed while delivering an enthralling tale of family secrets.

charl08 So looking forward to this! 2mo
Lindy @charl08 With only a 25% approval rating, it looks like a lot of Littens didn‘t care for this, but I hope you love it as much as I did. 2mo
Fridameetslucy Your review has made me reconsider this book. Ty. Going to the Strand soon 2mo
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Lindy @Fridameetslucy Excellent! Every book has a perfect reader. I hope it‘s a good match for you. 2mo
Centique I love your review. I haven‘t tried any Oyeyemi yet but I‘m very keen to. I often like those “marmite” books that divide readers! 2mo
Lindy @Centique Yay! If you can‘t easily get this new one of Oyeyemi‘s, I also recommend Mr Fox and 2mo
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Lindy
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Margot was ashamed of her father‘s squalid opportunism & even if she hadn‘t had romantic notions about growing her own food, she‘d still have fallen for her husband‘s good looks, rough courtesy & self reliance. She felt like an ant that had somehow lassoed a mountain. Simple Simon Lee. She forsook her mansion for the fields he oversaw & soon learned that the farm was his captor & hers, unreliable units of manpower that they were.

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Lindy
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Her gingerbread keeps and keeps. It outlasts all daintier gifts. Flowers wilt and shed mottled petals, mould blooms greenis-white on chocolate truffles, and Harriet‘s gingerbread hunkers down in its tin, no more attractive than the day it arrived, but no more repellent either.

readordierachel Is that a turtle? 🐢 2mo
batsy 😀 2mo
Lindy @readordierachel @batsy Yep, a custard bun in the shape of a turtle. Not dainty, but it was delicious. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😆👏😁 2mo
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Lindy
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Margot is no fan of gingerbread. She stood over her mixing bowl and stirred with the clenched fist of a pugilist.

(All this reading about gingerbread gave me cravings. I made a batch of molasses cookies to take to tonight‘s literary salon.)

ladym30 They look yummy!😍 2mo
Soubhiville I love gingerbread and now I‘m craving it too! Those look delicious! 2mo
merelybookish Yum! I love gingerbread. 2mo
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AlaMich I‘m not even reading it, but every time I see the book mentioned somewhere I want to bake some! (edited) 2mo
Lindy @AlaMich Hahaha! You‘re even more suggestible than I am. 😁 2mo
Lindy @merelybookish @Soubhiville @ladym30 Thanks! You are all welcome to come over and have some. 😊 2mo
Centique Those look amazing! 2mo
diovival Yum! I ♥️ ginger cookies. 2mo
Lindy @Centique @diovival There was a huge spread and a smallish turnout (7 people, as opposed to our usual 11) so I‘ve got leftover cookies to share with my neighbours. 🍪😊 2mo
diovival @Lindy lucky neighbors 2mo
readordierachel My favorite cookie. Yum! 2mo
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Lindy
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Harriet read more voraciously than Simon and Margot ever had. They discouraged this; she‘d be so bored once she ran out of texts that were new to her. She surprised them with the discovery that once an avid reader runs out of books, she reads people. Harriet read everybody she met, and when she met them again, she reread them.

Texreader And then rereads all the books! 2mo
Lindy @Texreader 😁 2mo
Tonton Kanda?Jinbocho?Great photo 2mo
Lindy @Tonton Jinbocho 🥇😁 2mo
Tonton @Lindy 😊 lovely! 2mo
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Lindy
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Harriet‘s stomach felt full of what she could only describe as glitterfizz; it seemed the baby had decided to have some fun and convert its amniotic fluid into prosecco.

(Internet photo)

Tanisha_A Oh god, this photo! 😂 2mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A I‘m glad you like it. 😜 2mo
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Lindy
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Harriet Lee was happy. No? Joyously giddy? What if I just say she experienced some emotion of extremely high hedonic value—like a diamond, only a feeling—and she experienced it so strongly that it… echoed. No? Oh, because it‘s a sound word & no particular sound was singled out for Harriet‘s attention? You give me a word for it, then. You tell me what it is when some sensation leaves you for the space of one heartbeat & returns at double strength.

batsy Fab pic 😊 2mo
Lindy @batsy Thanks! The photo was taken when I was leading a poetry walk in downtown Edmonton a few years ago. (Poetry read aloud in the places the poems referenced.) 2mo
batsy Leading a poetry walk! You are full of cool 🤩 2mo
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Lindy @batsy I had a lot of fun putting the walk together. It was intended to be just for a small group of my friends, but then my idea was accepted as a special event to kick off the Edmonton Poetry Festival. About 50 people attended. 2mo
wanderinglynn A poetry walk sounds like a great idea! 2mo
Lindy @wanderinglynn Yes! I got the idea from a friend who attended a poetry walk organized by Poets House in NYC. 2mo
LeahBergen What a wonderful photo of you! ❤️ 2mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Thanks! It was taken by my friend Randall Edwards, a professional photographer. 2mo
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Lindy
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The German hiker recognized this as a gingerbread house, a classic gingerbread house at that, straight out of a story he‘d been told as a child. A group of tourists from Kyoto who also managed to snap some photographs don‘t think the house is made of gingerbread; they reckon it‘s made of thinner, crisper stuff … That‘s yatsuhashi, they said.

(Photo: plate of yatsuhashi samples in Kyoto)

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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

I should love a book like this, but while I appreciate it, “love” isn‘t a word I‘d use to describe my reading experience with this one. I didn‘t feel a connection with any of the characters or compelled by the plot. It was like I was at arm‘s length the whole time. To be fair, I came to this book with high expectations, and it‘s easy to be disappointing in those cases. #catsoflitsy

MelissaS I‘m struggling with this one right now. I need to set it aside because it‘s becoming a burden to read it 2mo
Abailliekaras This is exactly how I‘m feeling! Reading it now and can‘t quite get a grip on the characters or story. But want to love it! 😬 2mo
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Lindy
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She undid Harriet‘s pigtails and held up an oversized white shirt against her. Harriet retied her pigtails, did up her bonnet, and said “You wear that yourself.” So Gretel did, with tight jeans, floral patterned bovver boots, a long black cloak, and a heap of woollen scarves. They went out of the residential complex arm in arm, Little Miss Muffet and a scarf model.

saresmoore I appreciated Oyeyemi‘s thoughtful & telling descriptions of fashion as it relates to personality in 2mo
Lindy @saresmoore She writes like a dream. Evocative and surprising. ❤️ 2mo
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Lindy
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Margot Lee had an eidolic beauty in those days, her eyes downcast as she tended to what flickered within, the drowsy, drowsy beating of a heart that knows how few its needs are.

[Eidolic: something or someone who is ideal and perfect, or something that doesn't exist. This novel is enlarging my vocabulary.]

readordierachel What lovely prose. And a lovely new word! Thanks for sharing 🙂 2mo
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Unabridged
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Pickpick

This book is deeply weird. I liked it. I think. I'm not sure I can describe it with any sort of coherence, but here goes: Helen Oyeyemi's GINGERBREAD centers on three generations of grey-haired women: Perdita, her mother Harriet, and her grandmother Margot. The story begins as Harriet, a teacher, tries to win her way into the parent group at Perdita's school by way of her gingerbread. (continued in comments)

Unabridged The gingerbread has a mythic quality from page 1, but its meaning shifts. Harriet tells the story of her childhood in the perhaps imaginary land of Druhastrana with her best friend Gretel. I had a hard time hanging with the book at the beginning, but once Harriet's story begins, I was entranced. Ultimately, it reconfirmed my intention to read all of Oyeyemi's work, which is surprising and challenging in all the best ways. 2mo
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Lindy
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That note, in an envelope addressed to Mother, had read: ‘You! You‘ve embarrassed me for the last time. Grandma‘s going to raise me, so don‘t ever talk to me or come near me anymore. P.S. Thank you for the food and lodging to date.‘

ShyBookOwl 😂 2mo
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Lindy
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Harriet ate a piece of gingerbread and tingled all over. It was a square meal and a good night‘s sleep and a long, blood-splattered howl at the moon rolled into one.

(Internet photo)

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Lindy
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Harriet sits in front of her computer practicing her favourite form of procrastination: writing highly positive reviews of her purchases. Five stars for everybody. She didn‘t finish one of the books she gave 5 stars to. She just liked the author photo. Five stars for the portrait photographer, then. She‘s been doing this ever since some of her students told her they do this with 1-star reviews. Opposing random negativity with random positivity […]

Bibliogeekery Can't wait to read this! Are you enjoying it? 2mo
Lindy @Bibliogeekery Yes! I‘m 50 pages in and I‘ve flagged about 10 lovely passages already. 2mo
Tanisha_A Recently read an interview article featuring her. Interesting! Here is the link if you want to read - Helen Oyeyemi Wants to Bewitch You https://themillions.com/2019/03/helen-oyeyemis-new-book-wants-to-bewitch-you.htm... 2mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A Oooh, that is a bewitching interview. How a story is told matters to me very much and that‘s what I love about Oyeyemi‘s writing. And this: “That is entirely the point of being a writer. We are all just trying to say what it means to be alive right now.” 2mo
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Godpants
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Bailedbailed

I like reading hard books, but this one feels difficult in an exhausting way. I picked up and read 3 books between the 170 pages I made it through. I‘ve finally decided to stop torturing myself and passing on it.

Godpants Wait! Does it count a book you bailed on in your read count? That seems weird. (edited) 2mo
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simpledutchgirl
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Mehso-so

I didn't much care for this tale. Some whimsy, some magic, some total nonsense....hard to follow....kept thinking I missed something and had to reread parts....just jumped around a lot.

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DancingPhoenix
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“Daughters are enigmatic minefields of classified information.”

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kbuggle
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Mehso-so

Surreal and abstract, Helen Oyeyami‘s newest novel is full of folk and fairytales. This, I don‘t think, will be everyone- I‘m not even sure it‘s for me. A lot of twisting and turning, many rabbit holes, to the point where I sometimes wasn‘t sure what I was still holding onto at parts- but maybe that was the point? I applaud the wonderful way she weaves sentences, and I think (and hope) she had fun with writing this one.

simpledutchgirl I agree with you...can't say I enjoyed this one. 3mo
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Cinfhen
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I think I‘ve now received the last of my MASSIVE #giveaway win from the INCREDIBLE @LibrarianRyan 😘😘😘Besides all these books ( and one is not pictured, mom is reading it😬) Ryan gifted me with SO MANY extras, I‘m beyond spoiled and my hubby is beyond speechless. He still can‘t get over the generosity amongst Littens. There aren‘t enough ways to thank you, Ryan. You‘re truly one of a kind 💚🙌🏻 Forever grateful and feeling blessed 🙏🏻💋

Cinfhen Now I need to read them all!! Started this one yesterday .... mixed feelings so far 3mo
Cinfhen And cover for Gingerbread is stunning🥰😍🤩 3mo
Kalalalatja The generosity of Littens is truly something else 💕 3mo
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Tanisha_A Wow! 😍 3mo
squirrelbrain Wow, amazing! 😍 @LibrarianRyan - you are also amazing! 3mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah. One more end of May. 3mo
ElishaLovesBooks Wow! 💖 3mo
Cinfhen No way!!! My hubby totally thinks I‘m ordering books on a secret credit card @LibrarianRyan 😂😂I cant wait until you turn 50 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳consider me entered for THAT giveaway 😉🥰 (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Ridiculous @ElishaLovesBooks @squirrelbrain but I‘m not complaining 😂😁🤩 (edited) 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Awesome! 3mo
whatshesreadingnow Yay for you!!! 💖 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks friends!!! It was my LUCKY DAY @whatshesreadingnow @erzascarletbookgasm 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Cinfhen 😂 let‘s not get there too quickly. 3mo
LeahBergen Wonderful! 😍 3mo
TrishB Brilliant ❤️ they think the same in my house! More Litsy stuff....is generally what they say. 3mo
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Twocougs
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Bailedbailed

I kept trying,it‘s unique and well written but I just could not get into it. Time to let it go.

Megabooks I keep on suspending my hold on this at the library. I‘m kind of unsure about it. 3mo
Twocougs @Megabooks I was very excited about it. I just could not get into it and at 2/3 I just had to stop. (edited) 3mo
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AnneCecilie
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Mehso-so

This so-so is closer to a pan. I didn‘t connect with the book and sometimes that‘s just how it is, I didn‘t care about any of the characters and there was probably too many of them too. This was a huge disappointment after “Boy, Snow, Bird”.

The only positive thing about this book is the cover.

This was my fairy tale retelling for #Booked2019
This is my first book finished for #24B4Monday

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover!! I bailed on Boy, Snow, Bird so I think this book might be a problem for me. 😰 3mo
Siri_reads Nydelig bokomslag! 😍 Synd boka ikke var bedre da... 3mo
AnneCecilie @Cinfhen Then I probably wouldn‘t give this one a go. 3mo
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AnneCecilie @SiriK “Boy, Snow, Bird” er en av mine favorittbøker. Så fallhøyden var nok ganske stor. 3mo
Andrew65 Well done on finishing it! 3mo
AnneCecilie @Andrew65 thanks, I kept hoping it would improve on some point 3mo
Andrew65 @AnneCecilie I‘m the same, hate not finishing a book in case it does get better. 3mo
suzisteffen 😱 3mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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LIBRARY HAUL!!!

I‘ve read two chapters of Gingerbread and I think I‘ll give it one more to hook me otherwise I‘m out...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love your shelves! 3mo
tpixie That‘s the good thing about library books. No skin in the game if you don't like the book! 3mo
riversong153 I like Oyeyemi but her books are definitely hit or miss! 3mo
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Drocchio03 What a beautifully composed photo - all the colors brought a smile to my face! 3mo
readordierachel Excellent haul! 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Riveted_Reader_Melissa, thank you! They make me smile! 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @tpixie, I certainly wouldn‘t have been able to read all the things I‘ve read without the benefit of local, public libraries! Long may they be well funded! 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @riversong153, it‘s the first one I‘ve tried - so might return this for another... what‘s your favourite of hers? 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Drocchio03, thank you so much! Colourful bookshelves are the closest I can get to a feature wall (will be renting for quite a while, I think) - they make me smile too. 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @readordierachel, I‘m pretty pleased with it (to the point where I think I made too many social and not enough reading plans for this weekend) 3mo
tpixie @thegirlwiththelibrarybag yes! Libraries save money!!! And lives!!! 3mo
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gingerandjazz
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Stoked to finally start reading Gingerbread!

gingerandjazz lol update I finished it in less than a day and freaking loved every second of it. 2w
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Godpants
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All I know is that this one has very mixed reviews. I‘m definitely up for a challenging read while I‘m stuck at home.

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mcctrish
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Mehso-so

It starts with a mom concerned for her teenage daughter who has skipped out of school. There is an excessive amount of gingerbread made that is presented to PTA members, maybe as a bribe? Then a back story begins describing the mom‘s early years where you forget this story began in present day so when it picks back up with the present day storyline it‘s unsettling. It‘s magical and nonsensical and quite an eccentric tale is woven.

cariashley I just got this via the @strandbookstore fiction subscription box. I‘m hesitant because I didn‘t love the other Oyeyemi I read 3mo
mcctrish @cariashley I have Boy, Snow, Bird from my sister ( not her favourite) but I haven‘t read it yet. I did like her short stories. They still have that fairy tale, magical distorted reality but maybe easier to stay with 🤷🏻‍♀️I did try putting this down because so many other books are calling my name, but it just got confusing. Everyone is odd, not unlikeable so that‘s positive 3mo
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NenaB
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Mehso-so

Ok I gave this book 3 stars. After reading the 1st chapter I realized I was lost. It was too quirky for me and although some parts were ok with great writing there were too many different timelines..magical realism..fairytales and multiple characters. I can say it was a unique book but just too complex for my taste. This is my opinion and I hope someone reads it and explains it to me.

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AnneCecilie
Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Next up. I loved “Boy, Snow, Bird” and hope this is just as good.

HardcoverHearts The UK cover is so much better than the US one, imho. 😍 3mo
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