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The Girl with the Louding Voice
The Girl with the Louding Voice | Abi Dar
Fourteen-year-old Adunni's life is looking for her louding voice. She wants to be heard. But her desire for an education ranks low. She is the only daughter of a broke father, who sells her into marriage as the third wife of an older man. When life in her new home becomes untenable, she escapes, only to become a domestic slave in wealthy Lagos, where her voice is stolen again by her boss Big Madam. Again and again, Adunni is reminded that she is nothing. Again and again, Adunni riles against those above her. She is resolute in her quest to find her louding voice, and that is something nobody should underestimate. Because resolution can make you fearless, and Adunni knows that better than anyone.
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Karons1
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Why is it the women of Nigeria 🇳🇬 always suffer but never the men “ all too sad and true even now ; a story of a poor girl sold
into marriage and then to another awful fate in Lagos , I can never understand women treating other girls and women as awfully as misogynistic men. An out standing debut a sad theme but a very important one id like to see this book on the school syllabus. I particularly loved each chapter starting with a Nigerian fact

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Karons1
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Mollie always seems to photo bomb 💣 😂nearly finished this for my village bookclub read . Highly rated between the covers bbc book show pick last year ; slightly predictable and all too true & horrid but an amazing debut. I seem to be on a run of slightly depressing books about ladies/girls being abused/used by men I think my next pick needs to be light & fluffy
#mayreads
#bookbingo
#maybingo

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Djspens
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I really enjoyed this one! 14 year old Nigerian Adunni is forced into an abusive marriage and then sent to live as a housemaid, along the way trying to educate herself and wanting a better life. A very well written debut novel.

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Soubhiville
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My second #vacationread, and I thought it was excellent. It works for #Nigeria for #readingafrica.

Adunni is a 14 year old Nigerian girl who grew up in a small village. Her mom passed away and her alcoholic father disregards the promise he made and sells Adunni into a marriage with a much older man as a third wife. That‘s just the beginning.

Adunni‘s strong spirit and her wish to do good for her country will stay with me. All the TW though.

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Singout
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Another great #NYWD rec from @Amiable about a passionate young Nigerian woman who is determined to have a “louding voice” and make her own way despite all the odds and abuses stacked against her. Also a great #audiobook.
#Booked2022 #Africa
#ReadingAfrica2022 #Nigeria

Amiable Such a good book! Definitely one of my favorites from 2021. 2w
Cinfhen I listened to the audio too…SO GOOD 2w
BarbaraBB Wow! Good to know! 2w
Librarybelle So much love for this book! 2w
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KristiAhlers
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This was such a very good read. Written in broken English, it‘s the story of a 14 yr old girl who so desperately wants to go to school to learn to be a teacher. Instead she‘s married off by her cruel father. I learned so much about this culture and this country through this book. #readafrica2022 #Nigeria #travelthroughbooks @Texreader @Librarybelle

Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 2w
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle oh you‘re going to love it. I loved how it was written in broken English. Truly adds to the experience of the story. 2w
Texreader I‘m so glad you loved it too and you‘re kicking off your readingafrica challenge. You picked a good one to start. I highly recommend I Am A Girl from Africa next. Super inspirational 2w
KristiAhlers @Texreader oh. Ok great. I‘ll download that one now! Thanks for the suggestion! 2w
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Texreader
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Adunni, a 14-yo girl in #Nigeria, was raised by a mom who did everything she possibly could to ensure her daughter could get an education and have a voice in a world ruled by men. When her mother dies, her dreams are shattered when she‘s sold into marriage by her drunk cruel father who finds girls useless. Adunni suffers relentless abuse but works to find her way and her voice, even if it is broken English. An excellent story and I learned a ⬇️

Texreader lot about the country. I sometimes was frustrated with Adunni. She seemed to always speak when it could only bring her harm, but it was also that trait that had the power to set her free. I was more frustrated with the few times Adunni‘s narration—in random paragraphs—was told in strikingly good English. It felt like an editing issue because it didn‘t fit when it happened. Barring those minor issues, it‘s highly recommended. #readingafrica2022 3w
Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 3w
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Texreader
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I‘m enjoying a quiet moment with my book and tea at the lakehouse. All the women in my family will be joining me soon for a long crafting weekend here. I‘m looking forward to it but appreciating the quiet for now.

Sapphire I want a lake house. 😍🤪🤠 4w
Catsandbooks Sounds so fun! 4w
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Texreader
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E-book on sale today. Works for #Nigeria for #readingAfrica2022

Soubhiville Ooo, thanks, I‘ve been interested in reading this! 1mo
Librarybelle Thanks for posting this! 1mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Beautiful debut from a powerful new voice. Adunni is an unforgettable protagonist that meets the traumas and challenges of her life with strength, humor, tenacity, and optimism. Her story is a difficult one, but avoids the “trauma porn” territory that so many other books like this can veer into. I wish we could know what happens next in Adunni‘s story, but I was left knowing she is on her way to changing the world. 4⭐️

Amiable I loved this book. ❤️ 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Amiable It was very good! 1mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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We would all do well to remember Adunni‘s wisdom. 🥰

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I‘m a day late, but here are my #AwesomeApril reading goals! My focus this month is catching up on some #Booked2022 and #bookspin selections. Thanks @Andrew65 for keeping us on track and I hope you are doing well. 😀

5feet.of.fury Ooooh I loved Wild! 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 Doing well this weekend. 😍 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @5feet.of.fury It‘s been on my TBR forever! 1mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Andrew65 Glad to hear it. Thank you! 1mo
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The author notes that while the quoted book is not real, the facts cited are.

#Nigeria #readingafrica2022 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

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Texreader
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I‘ve started this one tonight for #Nigeria #readingafrica2022 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Amiable Oh, this is a good one. 👍🏼 2mo
TheBookHippie Enjoy I loved it. 1mo
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Tsalm1
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5/5 Stars ✨
Hard themes, complex characters and vivid imagery. Excellent book.

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maich
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My #BlitsySwap #BHMS package finally arrived.❤
@TiminCalifornia thank you for the gifts. I love them. All books are on my tbr and can't wait to read them. Socks are amazing😍😍❤
@Chelleo

Chelleo What a great set of goodies! 2mo
maich @Chelleo Agree with you😍❤ 2mo
TiminCalifornia Yay! Hope you enjoy - the books definitely looked good and I can vouch for Octavia Butler whose entire library is excellent! Happy Reading! 2mo
maich @TiminCalifornia I read Kindread and loved it. Then I added all her books on ny tbr. 😊 2mo
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MeganAnn
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Finished this yesterday. I‘m still thinking about it! Adunni‘s thirst for knowledge & passion for helping others makes her a wonderful character. She goes through so much, but comes out with her passion, strength & kindness intact. This is one of those books that has been languishing on my shelf for much too long. I wish I had read it earlier. Definitely check content warnings before reading for triggers.

My second #roll100 book for February.

PuddleJumper Whoot! 3mo
Peddler410 I‘ve had this book sitting in a pile on my bedroom floor since at least last summer. You make me bump it up my TBR. 3mo
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Evita
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3.75

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KellyK
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1. Tagged above.

KellyK OOPS - that was posted too soon! Here‘s the rest - 2. No. 3. The Guncle. Happy #wonderouswednesday and thanks for the tag. 4mo
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sprainedbrain
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This was a bonus book for me this month—I was ahead of my goal of reading 1 book per week with my eyeballs instead of my ears, so I pulled it off the BOTM shelf and just devoured it. An excellent debut with a dynamic, smart heroine that I loved rooting for. I really like that it‘s written in dialectic, but thought that was a little inconsistent at times, which was distracting. Still, a hopeful, shining book that I‘m glad I read.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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RaeLovesToRead
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I stayed up until half 4 in the morning to finish this book. It was fantastic.

I can't comment on the authenticity of Adunni's voice, but she is such a marvellous character: straight-talking, intellectually curious, brave, determined and observant. She felt very real to me, as did the world she inhabits. It all came alive on the page.

This book was engaging, smart, heartbreaking, hopeful, witty, infuriating and enlightening.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

TrishB So glad you enjoyed it 😁 it was a good read. 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Pickles is also unimpressed by the appalling treatment of women in this book.

So far this story is absorbing, fantastically characterised and making me very angry. I'm reminded of A Thousand Splendid Suns which I read a very long time ago.

I'm about halfway through (lagging very behind my fellow buddy readers), but so far it's excellent.

TrishB There‘s no rush! It seems wrong to say you‘re enjoying it, but it was a good read despite the content!! 4mo
TrishB And Pickles has the correct expression ❤️ 4mo
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JenReadsAlot Pickles is so cute!! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @TrishB Enjoying is not the right word, but I would say I'm invested in the story.. looking forward to reading your thoughts. 4mo
Branwen PICKLES! 😸💕 4mo
Branwen Also, this book was so hard to read. I am glad I read it, but it sure made me mad! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Last night I was so worried that it would have a sad ending that I stayed up to finish it. I'm really glad it ended on a hopeful note. Maybe there will be a sequel? (I'll tell Pickles you say hi 💕😄) 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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I can‘t believe I didn‘t read this book before now; I loved it! Adunni is such a wonderful MC, naïve to the ways of the world (and how evil people can be) but also wise beyond her years.

Like my fellow #buddyreaders I can‘t believe that this kind of treatment of women is still allowed and accepted in this day and age. ? Going to read back through spoiler tags now…!

#booked2022 #blackownedpublishinghouse

#loudbuddyread

squirrelbrain Fun fact: I noticed that, in her acknowledgments, the first person the author thanked was Felicity Blunt, who is an agent at Curtis Brown (the black-owned publishing house for #booked2022) and also sister of Emily and wife of the lovely Stanley Tucci! 4mo
Cinfhen Oh, that‘s such a cool fact!!! Thanks for sharing 😘 and so glad you loved this one too!!! 4mo
Cinfhen Great graphics 🥰 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead I'm only on page 90... you guys are so speedy!!!! Will try to finish in next couple of days and then I'll look back and comment 😊 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘m having a reading day today @RaeLovesToRead after working the weekend, so that‘s how I finished it so quickly. Savour it and enjoy it - don‘t feel rushed! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead It's really readable, I'm just a very slow reader. (Takes me hours to read 100 pages!) I've got a couple of hours now so I'll make myself a cuppa and settle down to it 😊 4mo
TrishB Aww, I felt like that too! Why did I leave it so long. Hands down, most successful buddy read 😁 4mo
TrishB That I‘ve been part of! 4mo
squirrelbrain Success! 🥳 @TrishB 4mo
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TrishB
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Sad, but full of hope and heart and you can‘t help cheering on Adunni, a brilliant character. Questioning everything and finally accepting her worth and value.
Shocking, detailed treatment of girls/women with no value or worth 💔😡
Thanks for the buddy read - look forward to your comments/insights.

Cinfhen Wonderful review, Trish!! Adunni is a GREAT character!! I kind of want to know more about the author. I wish she would have shared some of her inspiration 4mo
TrishB https://assembly.malala.org/stories/abi-dari-interview. There are also some interviews on YouTube with her- that was the next thing I wanted to know- authors experiences/inspirations. @Cinfhen 4mo
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Mynameisacolour I wish she would write a sequel for this one. 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much for sharing the article!! It was exactly what I wanted to know 😊💕 4mo
marleed A ‘louding‘ voice is now part of my vocabulary. In my granddaughter‘s treasure box, collected on her 1st birthday to be opened on her 18th birthday, I wished for her her own ‘louding‘ voice. 4mo
eanderson Good book! 😀 4mo
Kdgordon88 Great review and thanks for sharing the article. 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review - I hope to be able to read a bit more today…. 4mo
Caroline2 I enjoyed this one too. 👍 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice review Trish 👍🏻💫 4mo
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Mynameisacolour

"When I close my eyes on some days, I see my mama as a rose flower: a yellow and red and purple rose with shining leafs. And if I sniff a deep sniff, I can catch her smell too. That sweet smell of a rosebush sitting around a mint tree, of the coconut soap in her hair just after a washing at Agan waterfalls."
There were so many good passages in this book but this was one of my favorites. The depth of Adunni's love for her mom was so special?

TrishB It definitely was ♥️ 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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OK buddy readers! I'm going to get stuck in 😊 I can see I've got some catching up to do..

@Cinfhen @Mynameisacolour @TrishB @squirrelbrain @Kdgordon88

Also, looking at my bookspin, for once I actually read the #doublespin book 😁 New Year's Resolution clearly working, hehe.

Cinfhen It‘s good 😊 4mo
Cinfhen I hope you like it 4mo
TrishB I‘m enjoying the read! If not the actual subject matter. 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen @TrishB I'm a few chapters in and it's so far very engaging (and also enraging). I hope she finds her louding voice and uses it to tear these awful men a new one! 😡 4mo
squirrelbrain Don‘t worry Rae, I only read up to chapter 5 last night and won‘t get much chance this evening, either. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain Thanks, Helen! 😊 I'm a really slow reader, but I do read a lot and it's very readable so far. 4mo
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Mynameisacolour
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Set in Nigeria 2015. We meet Adunni, a 14 year old girl from a small village who dreams of an education and helping others. We follow her through heartbreak after heartbreak as she navigates the most harrowing of circumstances in pursuit of a better life and achieving her dream. This was just beautifully written, kept me on pins and needles and reading compulsively, can't reccomend it enough. 💛
#readlouder #booked2022

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Singout
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Looking forward to starting the books @Amiable has recommended for #NewYearWhoDis! I'm a sloooow reader/listener, so probably won't get through them all this year (never mind this month) but there's some really interesting stuff in there! Starting with these three: Lawson and Keefe have written excellent books that I've read previously, and we need as many girls with louding voices as we can get! Bonus: they all fit #Booked2022 prompts.

Amiable Yay! Great choices. Did you read Lawson‘s “Crow Lake” already? I want to track that one down, too. 6mo
Singout Yes, that was brilliant. It was a long time ago, but I really liked it. 6mo
Amiable I also have read Keefe‘s book about Northern Ireland. It was good, but I thought this one was even better. I actually bought a number of copies to give it out as Christmas gifts this year—that‘s how mesmerized I was by it. (edited) 6mo
Amiable Also, what are the prompts that these fit for Booked2022? I haven‘t done that particular challenge before. 6mo
Singout One has to be African, one has to be Canadian, and one has to be written by a journalist. It‘s a fun challenge! (edited) 6mo
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Monicad
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Really enjoyed this book.. A glimpse into struggles that young girls face specifically in rural Nigeria. Such a bright optimistic young lady navigating is through her story. Stunning read! Heartbreaking and uplifting

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RaeLovesToRead
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And I got these too... yes I am acquiring books quicker than I'm reading them, but I've heard good things 😊💙

vivastory Misery is still TBR, but I've heard great things 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory Someone on Goodreads suggested Salem's Lot and Misery, I think... Was going to just try one of them, but that's not really my purchasing style 😅😅😅 6mo
vivastory That's not my style either 🤣📚😂📚 6mo
RaeLovesToRead @vivastory *Litsy high five!!* 6mo
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O.G_Tems
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Adunni is effortlessly hilarioussssss🤣

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“Big Daddy look like he his having air in the top half of his body and no air in the rest bottom half” Adunni makes me cackle with her sharp mouth 🤣🤣🤣

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Bojo2006
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This book is incredible! Such compelling characters and a story that leaves me wanting to use my own louding voice. I cannot recommend this highly enough - this book is magnificent. I read the book but a friend listened to the audio. She said the audio is exceptional and recommends that as well. 10/10. Amazing story!

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steph_phanie
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Wonderful! An easy read. Full of heart and hope, despite the darkness our young Adunni faces. A celebration of young women, friendship, and the power of education and perseverance. A lesson in speaking and seeking the truth, and knowing one's worth is not defined by one's class, sex, or past. Lovely writing. Definitely recommend!

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"I tear to pieces the paper, and throw it to the floor. Then I swim deep inside the river of my soul, find the key from where it is sitting, full of rust, at the bottom of the river, and open the lock. I kneel down beside my bed, close my eyes, turn myself into a cup, and pour the memory out of me. [...] & when I finish writing, I feel weak, as if I just finished swimming a wide ocean with half of my body: one hand, one leg, one nostril." (p. 275)

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"The Balogun market is one long stretch of street, full of so many people and noise. I think that maybe God pack a whole city inside a suitcase, travel to this street, open the suitcase, and let the whole city out. Every single noise in the world must be sounding right here, right now, at the same time: I hear the peen, peen from cars, the meh of goats, "Allah hu Akbar" and "Praise the Lord" from the loudspeakers..." (p. 266)

Love this imagery!

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steph_phanie
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Started this today! In love and aching so much for Adunni, our young protagonist, already.

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GatheringBooks
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#FallTreasures Day 5: I find this to be a bit of a #SlowBurn but it‘s working for me.

Eggs It‘s a unique book 📖 8mo
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GinaKButler
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Starting this for book club next week!
#bookspinbingo

Eggs It‘s good! Love those shelves❣️ 9mo
GinaKButler @Eggs Thank you!! 9mo
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Cathyloves2read
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It isn‘t often that I don‘t want a book to end.I loved this book. I loved following the protagonist through her story,and rooted for her the entire time.I wish I could meet her in person. This is the first book that I read that took place in Nigeria. I enjoyed hearing about their culture,but was surprised to learn of the poverty of some,and the extreme wealth of others. I don‘t know what took me so long to read this book, again I LOVED IT!!

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Kris10H
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Book #54
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This book was so good. I absolutely fell in love with the protagonist. I definitely recommend the audiobook, because listening to the South African accent really helped to immerse me in the story. Heartbreaking at times throughout, but ultimately hopeful. 👍

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Traci1
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Today's #bookhaul

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#ListeningDay
#JulyJourneys

#TBR

Just looking at all my shelves of unread books gives me anxiety that I may not get to all of them!! 😩 Does anyone else feel this way?!

📚❤️📚

Ruthiella Occasionally it makes me anxious. But then the feeling passes (edited) 10mo
cariashley Always 😅 10mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes! And then I spend a day organizing and stacking and looking at them overwhelmed when I could have spent a day reading one! 😬 10mo
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KathyWheeler All my unread books make me anxious. At my age, I may never get to them all! 10mo
Eggs Clever choice📚👏🏻👂🏻 10mo
DarkMina Yes! I am trying to work thru all the unread books I have and it seems I will never get there. I have made good progress this year though.🙂 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DarkMina way to go!! If I could get my reading mojo back I could make some progress!! 10mo
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Nessavamusic
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This was a sad yet beautiful story of a girls fight for education and freedom from horrific circumstances. Written from the viewpoint and speech of the girl with just a little education, it took a while to become accustomed to the poor grammar, but it was very effective. 4.5 ⭐️ #bipocauthor Also book 2 done for #14books14weeks2021

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Nessavamusic
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#curiouscovers #purple

My next up tbr are both purple!

Eggs Pretty💜💜 Louding Voice is so good!! 11mo
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cariashley
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It‘s been a CRAZY past month with my first big post vax trip and seeing so many friends and colleagues again. All amazing and good but wow is it exhausting. This is my first day to do nothing in weeks and I‘m doing it right with some sun and an aperol spritz. This book is quite good once you get into the flow of the writing style, which I wasn‘t expecting.

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TamTracy
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This book is a must read. I loved the story and the audiobook was phenomenal. I could really feel the emotion and get sucked into the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Chelseabillups30
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Wowee WOW!!
This book was quite the ride.
Adunni‘s experiences were infuriating, heartbreaking, excruciating, devastating, and unfair.
But her resilience and sheer will & determination outshined it all.
What a page turner this read was!
If you believe in an easily accessible education for all, regardless of life circumstances or background, get your hands on this book and dive into Adunni‘s journey alongside her.
What a debut! 💯

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Cassieloo
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4/5 - this was my May #bookspin and I was nervous for this one because I knew it would be a hard read. And it was! Reading about all that Adunni went through made me uncomfortable. But more than that I was encouraged by the way Adunni continued on and never let go of her dreams, no matter the situation that she found herself in. The book also pushed me to consider the things in my life I take for granted. Adunni offers a humbling perspective.

TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! 12mo
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