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The Bluest Eye
The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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SantieWantie
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This is the third book by Toni Morrison that I‘ve read. Her writing is good, granted, but I find her stories over-layered, inaccessible, and all over the place. This particular book is very segmented and that made it hard for me to focus. The topic of this book is interesting so I had very high expectations on how she would navigate it and what answers she had to offer but unfortunately she didn‘t do that for me.

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steph_phanie
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⚠️https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/southlake-texas-anti-racist-book-school-library-rcna2734

'“One of the questions we‘re supposed to ask is ‘Does the writer have a neutral stance on the topic?‘” the teacher said. “Well, if you are Toni Morrison, how can you have a neutral stance toward racism? Now history is being depicted through this rose-colored lens, and all of this is creating a chilling effect that‘s going to hurt our students.”'

TrishB What a terrible statement! 2mo
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TheBookHippie
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UwannaPublishme Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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ClairesReads
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I can confirm that this novel hurt my feelings in all the ways I expected it to and more. Its measured examination of how trauma is accumulated and internalised is thoughtful, and most importantly confronting. It‘s basically a perfect novel.

Centique Amen to everything you said. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything that hurt as much as reading this. And I‘m so glad it exists 🙌 2mo
ClairesReads @Centique me too x 2mo
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ClairesReads
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#BannedBook
#FallTreasures

A couple from my tbr shelf 💙📚

Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2mo
Nute Very cool bookmark! 2mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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How does one even review a book that causes this many feelings? Toni Morrison delivered gut punch after gut punch that all coincided with one another as the seasons went on. I want to reread this now that I know how all the pieces come together.

staci.reads One of the most beautifully written books I've ever read. The last paragraph of that book is one of my favorite passages in literature ❤ 4mo
Reign_1982 I had to read this book for my AP class in 11th grade. Memories of so long ago 😂 4mo
Rachel.Rencher @staci.reads I can see why 💙 4mo
Rachel.Rencher @Reign_1982 You got to read Toni Morrison in high school?! That's awesome 👏 4mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I 💙 Toni Morrison. I never read her books until I started my master's degree, but WOW. She quickly became one of my favorites after I read Song of Solomon.

I picked up this one at a thrift store, and I'm excited to jump in. 😍

vivastory I've only read Song of Solomon, but it's one of my fave books of all-time. I really need to read more by her 4mo
DivineDiana I read this book years ago, but it has stayed in my mind. It will touch your heart. 4mo
KathyWheeler I‘m not a crier but this book made me weep. 4mo
SamAnne Everything she‘s written ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 4mo
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Rissreads
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Thanks @Tanisha_A for gifting me this book.
I‘m embarrassed to say it is my first Morrison but it definitely won‘t be my last.
Such a sad book. So much pain and tragedy. It‘s heartbreaking that society is the cause of such self hatred in some children. That there is only one way to look, one kind of beauty. And if you don‘t conform to this beauty standard then you are worthless. We still have such a long way to go to undo these wrongs.

Reggie There is a whole passage about a sofa and what it means to a family that I always think about when this book comes up. Morrison is a master at writing. 6mo
Rissreads @Reggie the passage that got to me most was when Mrs. Breedlove was cruel to her own daughter Pecola but kind to the little girl of the people she worked for. That just broke my heart! 6mo
Centique I think this is the saddest book I ever read! But it also captured falling in love better than many books do too. Toni Morrison is incredible - there is such a world of wonderful writing for you to enjoy from her! 5mo
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vlwelser
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I loved this. If you're reluctant to dive into Toni Morrison because of a previous bad experience (🙋), I definitely recommend this one. And the #audiobook is amazing and read by the author. ❤ It's so good. I can't believe this was her first book.

I'm late posting some of my May reads, so bear with me while I catch up. 😂

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked 💙💙 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I mailed you a letter with only one spray 🤣 We will see if the scent is still there!! 6mo
vlwelser @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks. 💙💙💙 😂 that stuff is pretty potent. What brand is it? 6mo
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Cortg
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I took a couple days off to visit with my parents and a couple of my siblings and their families. For whatever reason, I have woken up The last two mornings at 5:38am. It‘s weird, but I do love my morning coffee and reading before the chaos starts up! Starting this one as a reread for book club ❤️

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Wildly_Bookish
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Finished my seventh and final book for the #readtherainbow challenge! For violet, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Wildly_Bookish
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Up next for the #readtherainbow challenge is The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. I've been meaning to read this for SO long!

SamAnne Hard read but a great read. 8mo
Wildly_Bookish I couldn't agree more! 8mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Book 9 of Top10 Challenged Books. Well written. Because of that the ugly and sad parts really hit you. I always have trouble with Rating books like this. It's a classic and important read. But while I was intrigued to see how it was going to end, it was a hard read. So now I can say I've read it and it's doubtful I will ever read again.
9️⃣ #top10challengedbooks

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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ALA announced the Top 10 Challenged Books of 2020 today as part of #NationalLibraryWeek.
Once again I will be counting down to #BannedBooksWeek Sep 26 - Oct 2 and reading Amy I haven't previously read.
Numbers 9,8,6,4,3, & 2.

GingerAntics LGBTQIA+ has been supplanted as the top reason things were banned for “promotes anti-police message.” I don‘t get how calling out bad cops is anti-police, but okay. Not surprised Stamped got challenged and banned in places. There are some white people truly up in arms about anything that says they might not be the superior race or that they might have done something wrong. 8mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics Sorry I didn't see your reply until now. For some reason Litsy is not show up in my phone notifications. 8mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @GingerAntics absolutely I see that here where I live whole bunch of white Republicans acting like they've done nothing wrong. 8mo
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GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig oh let‘s see...just off the top of my head...they‘ve voted in people who actively restrict voting rights, they insist of forcing their religious beliefs on others (“freedom of religion” only applies to you apparently), they‘ve looked the other way or full on supported systemic racism, sexism, homophobia and xenophobia... they‘re right. They‘re so innocent. 🤦🏼‍♀️🥃 8mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig those people are so deluded, but if you try to come from a “lived experience” angle they lose their bloody minds. 8mo
GingerAntics @Crinoline_Laphroaig I have the adult version on audio. I should have listened to it in February. 8mo
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Beccacraft
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A powerful book that is meant to have readers reflect on our role in the ongoing issues with racism, classism, sexism, and white beauty standards. The story was excellent, albeit heartbreaking, but the organization of the narrative made this book feel unnecessarily complicated to understand and took away from the potential power of the story.

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JackieGreco
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This is a powerful story by Toni Morrison. It forces you to reflect on your part in the story and why the story happened the way it did.

SamAnne A devastating read. 8mo
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cpellee
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4.7/5

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ARTDJG
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WomanistBibliophile Heart-achingly good 11mo
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KatieDid927
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Toni Morrison‘s writing is beautiful and poetic. I really enjoyed how she constructed the narrative. While the writing is beautiful, the story is incredibly heartbreaking. Basically all the CWs with this one.

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Caryl
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9: After watching the Toni Morrison documentary (The Pieces I Am), my husband and I read this one together — her first novel.

#12booksof2020 @Andrew65

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marleed
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This book was almost too much for me to take in. Every child has an inalienable right to be loved and feel beloved within their family. Today‘s a perfect day for me to reach out and make sure those depending on me to unconditionally love them, know that indeed I do.

Oh, and this makes me 12 for 12 on both the Jenna and the Reese bookclubs!

And Merry Christmas Everyone!

erzascarletbookgasm Merry Christmas 🎄 11mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 11mo
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rachelk
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Morrison brilliantly, poetically tells a story of internalized racism, classism, sexism, white beauty standards and the heartbreaking life of a poor black girl in the 1940‘s. I think this is an important book to read, but you need to be in the right headspace mentally because it‘s really sad.

Reggie This is sooo not a December book. But that Morrison writing sticks with ya. 12mo
rachelk @Reggie Yeah. I think I better read something a little easier on my heart now. 12mo
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ErraticElle
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A powerful book with excellent historical inclusion & social commentary. The writing is beautiful & flows incredibly nicely. However, the organization & construction of the narrative felt very jarring and took away from the cohesiveness and power of the story. I will read more Toni Morrison, but this felt unnecessarily complicated to read.

TheBookHippie My favorite of hers, although I read it in 1983 the first time. It haunted me for years. I have reread it a few times over the years with students. 12mo
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Hilary427
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My first time reading Toni Morrison... the chapters seemed to delve off occasionally which made it hard for my overworked brain to stay focused on. A very sad book on several levels, but easy to read.

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readordierachel
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Is there anyone else like Morrison? Even the foreword was amazing. Beautifully written and incredibly sad. Lots to chew on.

Tanisha_A LOTS, definitely. 13mo
Reggie Ughhhhh this book...😭. Also, there‘s a section about a sofa in here that I really love. 13mo
ephemeralwaltz Nobody like her. For sure. 13mo
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shaynarae
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I meant to pick this up for Banned Books Week, but I‘m never on time with my banned books. And I had a hard time getting into this one. Race relations in America is never easy, but it has to be faced. I had a hard time not comparing it to Beloved, which I liked a lot more. But Toni Morrison does not disappoint. #dogsoflitsy

ShelleyBooksie Cute doggy 13mo
shaynarae @ShelleyBooksie Thanks! 🐶 13mo
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Yahui07
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Everyone has his or her own burden. You thought you would be happy once you have the blue eyes⋯⋯

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HeatherBookNerd
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A devastating, sometimes disturbing look at how a helpless child without any support is crushed by racism, poverty, and abuse. But wow, Morrison is such an amazing storyteller and masterful with language. She is a voice whispering every character‘s secrets and prompting the reader to consider how we might be complicit in the destruction of this poor girl. A very good, hard book. Morrison did the audiobook herself and it is mesmerizing.

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derr.liz
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"The careful development of thrift, patience, high morals, and good manners. In short, how to get rid of the funkiness. The dreadful funkiness of passion, the funkiness of nature, the funkiness of the wide range of human emotions."

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Samary
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Heart breaking, heart melting at parts. Some parts a little herd to read about. A lesson on be careful what you wish for. It‘s not always that great or won‘t make you happy after all.

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Brooklyn.anne
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SamAnne Reread it this year. What a debut novel. 1y
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JenDR
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So.... this happened.

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kgriffith
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“I got about as much business with another mouth to feed as a cat has with side pockets.”

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Eggs
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Pecola Breedlove‘s obsession with blue eyes is an expression of her search for the “happy” childhood she will never have💔. It is a universal theme for all of us children who did not fit the blonde blue-eyed trope of Jane in Dick and Jane, and all other media that perpetrated this narrow vision of beauty and innocence 😞 #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 1y
I.be.Stef Sounds like a beautiful read. Stacked! 1y
Leftcoastzen One of the most powerful books I‘ve ever read! Great review. 1y
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TheBookHippie One of my favorite books of all time. I carried it with me from 17-24 constantly rereading it 1y
Addison_Reads I read this in 1999 for school and it still haunts me today. Some books just live inside you forever once you experience them, and this is one of them for me. 1y
TheBookHippie @Addison_Reads same except 20 years earlier 😳 I got it from the library in town, then bought a copy. 1y
Nebklvr This wrecked me 1y
Eggs @Nebklvr 😥😥 1y
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Susanita
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This book is what I have planned for #ToniMorrison for #authoramonth but I‘ve been a little hit-or-miss with that this year...
#AugustAuthors

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve been very hit or miss with #authoramonth! 1y
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Eggs
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1* tagged
2* not sure but there have been a lot that were over 450 pages
3* Where the Crawdads Sing

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Jess_Franzino
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While the writing was beautiful, the book as a whole just didn‘t “do” it for me. I had a bit of a hard time following the plot, but I think part of that was due to how I was listening to it on Audible rather than reading it. Some books are just kinda like that for me.

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The Bluest Eye was Toni Morrison‘s first book. Although Morrison‘s prose is beautiful and melodic when read aloud, the story was just ok for me. It was interesting for the most part, it I found that my mind would wander while reading and I‘d have to go back and re-read a passage to understand what was happening. Despite that I‘m glad I read it. TW: rape, pedophilia, animal abuse #AuthorAMonth #AAMTM

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Next up, from the read to diversify pile... Toni Morrison has been on my TBR for a long time but I'm actually making time for her now.

TheBookHippie One of my most favorite books! Enjoy! 1y
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CW/TW: rape, sex with minors, animal abuse
Hauntingly beautiful and devastating at the same time. This was the first novel by Ms. Morrison that I have completed, and I'm interested in reading more of her work!

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sarahlandis
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TW: this book includes sex with minors, rape.

This is my first time ever reading Toni Morrison and oh man, I am not disappointed. This book is simply beautiful, it reads like poetry. Each chapter follows a different person and tells their story and struggle. Morrison writes in each story about racial self loathing. Why does Pecola want blue eyes? How did she learn that white skin, blue eyes, and blonde hair were beautiful? How did she learn

sarahlandis she wasn‘t beautiful? How did she learn that beautiful meant better treatment, a better life? Morrison said, “the novel tried to hit the raw nerve of racial self contempt, expose it, then soothe it” 1y
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I started this book earlier this year or possibly late last year as an audiobook, but I noticed within the first 10 minutes of listening that my mind would drift so far that when I focused on the book I had no idea what was going on. So now I'm trying it again, but in print form! My library has a 6 month wait on the digital and audio versions through Libby, so I was happy to find this on the shelf.

Emilymdxn I loved this book (love is a weird word to use for such a bleak dark book but it was fantastic) but I agree it can be a hard book to be in the right mood to read 1y
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Emilymdxn I got about 30 pages in and had to take a break. Went out to water the vegetable garden and make a smoothie, but will be back at it in a bit. 🙂 1y
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Took some time this morning while #audiowalking to meditate and think on somethings. Definitely want to do this more regularly. I‘ve signed up for the #BlackHistoryBootcamp hosted by GirlTrek - every day centers on meditation inspired by a different Black Woman. Yesterday‘s was Toni Morrison. Seeing this mural and thinking, called to mind Breonna Taylor. As I thought of her, and how her birthday was yesterday... 👇🏻#BlackLivesMatter

Melismatic A live monarch butterfly flew past my head and fluttered around me before drifting away. Felt like too much of a coincidence. ❤️💔 2y
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1. Tagged and Me & White supremacy

2. When they see us

3. I give time and money to ACLU- Chicago Lights- southern poverty law- The North Star - BlackMambas - A long walk home - grassroots law- Equal Justice Initiative and My brothers keeper alliance I‘m also a planned parenthood everymomcounts, the treavor project and rainn supporter.
4. Speech -speak up in your own circles always. Figure out what your talent is and use it.
#friyayintro

Texreader I loved your answer to no. 4, discover your talent and use it for good!! 😘 2y
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Toni Morrison asked how she could engage meaningfully within a community, part of which is understanding that she couldn't be everything to everyone and be everywhere at one time. Instead, she would ask herself, "What can I do from where I am?"

To be anti racist is a daily thing. What are your gifts, how can you use them from where you are in your community..These are things I say to myself everyday.

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With everything going on right now, I‘ve decided to switch up my #ReadYourSign challenge books to include more diversity. Here are a few of the 10 I‘m planning on for this challenge for June!

#taurus #diversereads #femaleauthors #bibliophile

Meaw_catlady I was thinking about doing the same thing! Great stack!!! Thanks for sharing ! 💙💙💙 2y
magyklyXdelish Love this!! 2y
SamAnne Great stack! 2y
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Clwojick Awesome! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 Born A Crime 👍 2y
Zoes_Human The March graphics are excellent, and Born a Crime is fantastic!
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Meaw_catlady
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Read up! Here‘s a list of books we can read to educate ourselves and become more aware. Learn so we can be a voice and lead our next generation to be better! Black Lives Matter!

https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/

suzie.reads I think it is so sad that it is 2020 and people still need educating 😪 The world is a disaster at times! I have recently read 'I know why the caged bird sings' and thought it was brilliant 🙂 2y
Branwen I love Audre Lorde and Maya Angelou so much! 💕 2y
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