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The Poisonwood Bible
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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KristiAhlers
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For #readafrica2022 I selected this title representing #Belgiancongo #thecongo. I have to say I spent a few chapters yelling at the book. A few chapters crying and the whole book cringing as several times it was extremely uncomfortable. Which I guess is why it‘s a controversial read. In any event this country came alive for me through her descriptions and the characters. #travelthroughbooks @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Texreader

Librarybelle I‘ve yet to read this one, but I‘ve heard others describe all of the emotions they get from this one. 7d
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle it was good but I wouldn‘t read it again. It was actually a draining read emotionally if you know what I mean. 7d
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KristiAhlers
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@Texreader this is my current read for #readafrica2022! This one is set in Belgian Congo.

BarbaraBB Such a good choice! 1w
BarbaraBB I‘ll tag you in our first post about #ReadingAfrica2022, there you can find the list with all countries! 1w
KristiAhlers @BarbaraBB thank you so much! I found this through @Texreader! 1w
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BarbaraBB She‘s the best! 1w
Texreader My warning: I read a few years ago and hated it and now won‘t read any books by her. Hopefully not the case for you! 😉 1w
KristiAhlers @Texreader I‘ve heard you either love her or hate her. This is my first time reading her so fingers crossed! 1w
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EdieAyala
Poisonwood Bible (Revised) | Barbara Kingsolver

The initial concept grabs you, the plot truly thickens and the years reveal unlikely twists and turns in the lives of these family members. It's one of those stories that haunts you long afterwards.

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Rissreads
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This book was sensational! I could not put it down. When I was busy I was thinking about reading it! I learnt so much and I felt so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

lynneamch One of my all-time favorites! Time for a re-read. 1mo
CarolynM I've never been drawn to this book, but you've made me think I should give it a try. 1mo
Rissreads @CarolynM I was the same! I think it‘s because it had the word ‘bible‘ in the title but Serena loved it so I gave it a go and it was so good! 1mo
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I loved this book, but was a bit hesitant recommending it to Nerissa as I read it a long time ago. So glad you loved it too @Rissreads 👏💕. 1mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I wanted to re-read this for #ReadingAfrica2022

I still love this book although I forgot how long it takes the ending to come. I think Kingsolver does a masterful job of developing the voices of these girls, and that really comes out in the audiobook.

booksellerofyourdiscontent I met a lovely woman on an airplane who couldn‘t say enough about this book. Every time I see a post or review I keep telling myself to get to it! 2mo
Librarybelle Oh! Good choice! 2mo
SilversReviews Such a good read!! 2mo
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IndoorDame
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Clwojick 💖🥳 4mo
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IndoorDame
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This was just as wonderful as everyone has always told me. I‘m so glad I finally took the time to read it. It‘s a masterful family saga. At first I was profoundly uncomfortable by the missionary aspect of the book, but the further I got into the narrative the more nuanced and interesting that aspect got. #AuthorAMonth #PopSugar2022 #ABookWithTwoPOV @Soubhiville

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Addison_Reads
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks sent this book to me and I'm so glad I finally read it.

I've never read this author before, but I am now a fan. #AuthorAMonth2022 @Soubhiville

There's not anything new I can add about this book that hasn't already been written in other reviews. It truly is a classic, full of drama, history, and heart. I was swept away in the story and didn't want it to end.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you enjoyed it!! I need to read mine! 4mo
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BookBelle84
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I'm so glad I decided to try #authoramonth and read this book. The author says she stayed true to the historical events of the Congo and I found I learned so much and was never bored. The four sisters give great contrasting views of life in the Congo and I don't know if I've ever despised a character as much as Nathan Price. Beautiful prose and thought provoking. I will be thinking about this story for a long time to come. #pop22 #popsugar

RaeLovesToRead Agree! This book was fantastic. Its the first time I've completed an #authoramonth book on time ❤ 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Impressive and expansive book about an American family that travel to the Congo to work as missionaries.

Reflective, philosophical, sometimes a little too poetic, but delivers an unflinching, eye-opening perspective on colonialism through the sisters' different voices.

A solid pick. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Branwen I might have to make this the year to read this one! 😃 It sounds great! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Hope you like it too 😊 4mo
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Books_n_Whatnot
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Mehso-so

Recommended to me by a girl I met in a bar bathroom in Galway Ireland in the summer of 2018. Finally read it! Told from the points of view of a mother and her 4 daughters. Tells about how their family goes to the Congo as missionaries and what happens to them there during a period of political uncertainty. At first it was hard to put down, but I think it was about 100 pages too long toward the end.

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RaeLovesToRead
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"Illusions mistaken for truth are the pavement under our feet. They are what we call civilisation."

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RaeLovesToRead
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PopSugar Crew... I think I'm going to use this for a book featuring two languages (although it features at least three!) Even the title references an incorrect use of the Kikongo word bängala (poisonwood tree) and there are lots of words and phrases both in Kikongo and French throughout.

#pop22 @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks @Kalalalatja @Cortg @4thhouseontheleft @Laughterhp

Megabooks Sounds good to me! 4mo
BarbaraBB Smart! 4mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful cover! 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks @BarbaraBB There are also references to other African languages, such as Lingala. I'm hoping to finish the book this afternoon 😊 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Chelsea.Poole I love it too 😊 4mo
Cinfhen I LOVED this book!!! Your edition is GORGEOUS 4mo
Branwen How are you liking it? 💕 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen So far it's really good (and I've got about 50 pages to go). I love the cover too, especially the colour palette 😊 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It's very readable! I'm learning a lot about the history of the Congo. Most of the characters are unsympathetic but voiced well. I think the description of it as like a "dysfunctional little women" is quite good ? 4mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead Ha! That's an intriguing description! 😂🤣 4mo
Ruthiella Ooh, “Dysfunctional Little Women” is spot on! 👍 4mo
Megabooks It really is a wonderful book! I gave it 5⭐️ when I read it years ago. I‘m tempted to reread it for Reading Africa. Love that cover, too. 👍🏻 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @Ruthiella Except the main theme of Little Women is sisterly love and in The Poisonwood Bible... this isn't much of a theme!!! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Megabooks I'm torn between 4 and 5 stars... 🤔🤔 4mo
Cortg Yay! I have this on my bookshelf at hone but haven‘t read it yet. 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Cortg It's really good and really readable! 😊 4mo
Cortg Hopefully I get to it sooner than later! 4mo
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jenniferw88
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Librarybelle Way to go with covering so many challenges! 4mo
BarbaraBB Cool graphic! 4mo
Cinfhen I LOVED this book and it does work for SO MANY challenges 4mo
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staci.reads
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Wow, that was epic. Early on, I was trying to decide whether to drudge through to the end but then something clicked, I started to care, and I was hooked. The book just kept getting better and better. There's a lot to process, but this is the kind of book experience that, for better or worse, makes it nearly impossible for me to not see a book through to the end. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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BookBelle84
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Attempting this one for #authoramonth . I have never read a Barabara Kingsolver book and this one has lived on my bookshelves for years. I probably won't finish it this month but will have a decent start.
@Soubhiville

MrsMalaprop I loved this book. 😍 4mo
Kimzey One of my favorite authors! 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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"Oh haiii there... whatcha doing?"

"Drinking tea from the mug you painted? About to start The Poisonwood Bible?"

"Is that supposed to be me? Immortalised in glaze?"

"Personally, I think you did a lousy job..."

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squirrelbrain So cute! 😻 4mo
JenReadsAlot I love your pickle pictures! 4mo
Soubhiville Cats are so sassy! (I think your mug is lovely) 4mo
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rockpools That mig is amazing 😻 4mo
rockpools *mug. Long day! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @squirrelbrain @JenReadsAlot Thanks! 😊😸 I feel like I'm bombarding you all with Pickle pics so I'm glad they are being enjoyed 😄 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville @rockpools Thank you! 😊 You can't see it on the picture but the mug handle is her stripy tail 😄 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Soubhiville P.S. If I can finish The Poisonwood Bible I will (at long last) have completed an #authoramonth book in the correct month 😅 4mo
Soubhiville It‘s a long one! Good luck! 4mo
Yuki_Onna Awwwww... 😂🤩😂 4mo
The_Penniless_Author The Poisonwood Bible has been on my bookshelf for five years now, and every time it moves up into the on-deck spot I go and buy a handful of other books that immediately jump it in line. Maybe your review will finally push me to read it 🤞 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Yuki_Onna She's so sweet 😋 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @The_Penniless_Author It's a book that only came to my attention through #authoramonth (a challenge I flunked badly last year by reading a grand total of zero books when I was meant to 😬). I'm trying not to read the reviews on GR so as not to have expectations... it seems to be a polarising book! 4mo
Branwen I've been wanting to read this book for a long time! Can't wait to hear what you think of it! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen Aw, thanks! 😊 It's quite a chunkster, but hopefully I'll finish it in time for Author a Month! 4mo
Branwen @RaeLovesToRead You've got this! I'm rooting for you! 4mo
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Magpiegem
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Just picked my #authorofthemonth book up from the library… it‘s a chunkster! It filled my little dyslexic heart with fear!! I‘m a very slow reader. I better get The Night Circus finished ASAP if I‘m going to get this done before Feb!

AmyG For whatever it‘s worth…..stick with this book. It disn‘t click for me until around page 75. I loved this book. Enjoy. 4mo
BookwormM Great book 4mo
Tianarose It is a slow start took me forever to read the first time. But this is one of my all-time favourite books! Worth it for sure. 4mo
Magpiegem @AmyG that‘s good to know, thank you 😊. Litsy (and Litsy challenges) really push me to expand my reading which I love. And if I had just gone to the library I probably wouldn‘t ever pick this up simply because of its size! So it‘s a good one for me to read for #authorofthemonth 4mo
Magpiegem @Tianarose thank you I‘ve heard really good things about it but I‘m glad I‘ve been warned it starts slow so I don‘t think it‘s me and give up. 4mo
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Skygoddess1
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Thank you so much for all the wonderful books @Soubhiville I can‘t wait to read each of these during this year‘s #AurhorAMonth challenge.

Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I‘m glad they arrived safely. Congratulations on 2021‘s “most read.” 4mo
JamieArc That looks like a great stack! 4mo
Jess861 I loved A Ladder To The Sky! 4mo
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Andrew65
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Finished my first Chunkster of 2022 and the first book for #ReadingAfrica2022.

This is an excellent book and a big book on so many levels, telling the story of the life of a missionary family who go to the Belgian Congo. This covers three decades of their life, and encompasses all the tumultuous events that happen to them over this period.

#AuthorAMonth #DemocraticRepublicOfCongo #BarbaraKingsolver

Book 6 of 2022

Librarybelle I have heard so many good things about this one! 4mo
sarahbellum One of my absolute favorite books. So glad you enjoyed it 🤩 4mo
Suet624 Read this years ago and I still remember passages from it 4mo
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KCofKaysville @Andrew65 I was impressed by it just a few years ago. Such a dangerous place for a family! 4mo
Andrew65 @KCofKaysville Very much so. 4mo
jewright Such a good but intense book. 4mo
Andrew65 @jewright it is that. 4mo
ChasingOm If I get around to reading for #AuthorAMonth this month, this is probably the one I‘ll choose. 4mo
BarbaraBB You did that fast! 4mo
PaperbackPirate So glad you liked it too! 🐊 4mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Woo! New books 📚 💕🥳

At least a couple of these are #litsymademedoit

I had to order in time for Author a Month (I did so badly last year)... that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Branwen THE EIGHTH LIFE IS SO SO SO GOOD! 😍 4mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen It looks great... but also enormous 😄 4mo
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night_shift
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Has anyone done cross-stitch before? I got this kit for Xmas... we'll see how it goes! I also picked up two library holds - these are 2 of 3 of my January TBR!

It's so rainy right now, perfect reading weather! 🌧📚

Reagan Hey! I got that for my sister @BRB_ImReading 🤣 4mo
lynneamch Poisonwood Bible ❤💔 Still my fave of all of hers and maybe top 10 of all books. 4mo
night_shift @lynneamch oh! Glad to hear it's good! I know very little about it! @Reagan haha.. cool! 4mo
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Andrew65
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Starting my first #AuthorAMonth book, by listening to The Poisonwood Bible. #BarbaraKingsolver

This also will take me to my second country in Africa for #ReadingAfrica2022 #DemocraticRepublicOfTheCongo

#JumpStart2022

Soubhiville Yeah, way to combine challenges! 4mo
RaeLovesToRead I ordered this this week 😊 4mo
sarahbellum One of my absolute favorites. Enjoy! ❤️ 4mo
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Librarybelle Great choice! 4mo
Kdgordon88 Love that cover! 4mo
Lizpixie I really need to read her, don‘t think I have any though. May try an ebook instead🖥 4mo
BarbaraBB You are really jump starting 💪🏽 4mo
Clwojick You‘re crushing it! Keep it up! 4mo
youneverarrived One of my favourite books. Hope you enjoy 😊 4mo
Megabooks Fantastic book! I‘m thinking about rereading it. 4mo
BookwormM Loved this book 4mo
PaperbackPirate One of my favorites by one of my favorite authors! 4mo
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BkClubCare
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Had to rely on my good ol‘ gr list again for today‘s #Scarathlon #PhotoChallenge theme of #poison. I have only read the Kingsolver; Poisoned Apples is feminist poetry (oh yea!) and I don‘t recall why I added A Fierce and Subtle Poison. Anyone read it? Happy Pumpkin 🎃 Day!

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mohabben
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such a good read, especially being a former missionary kid myself. a good look into a whole other world. narrated primarily by 4 sisters who provide insight into the different challenges and experiences that third-culture kids have.

GondorGirl I loved the first part of the book (their childhood experiences), but found the latter part very slow. Still worth reading though. 7mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Wow! I can‘t believe it took me so long to get to this book! So beautifully written, and such a gripping story. Such a wonderful depiction of how people can think they understand a situation, only to discover the limitations of their own perspective.

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alysonimagines
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I first heard about this book over a decade ago and finally decided to read it for my book club‘s May theme, “a book you‘ve been meaning to read for a long time but keep putting off,” after a friend highly recommended it. In a word: Wow. I can see why this is considered a modern classic—it‘s provocative, unsparing yet also compassionate, and unputdownable.🔸#aprilreads2021 #LitsyATXReadersSociety #LARS

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Frankies.space
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Mehso-so

Built up great characters and witty storytelling. Great use of language to build imagery.

Story of the Price Family in the Congo

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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“Imagine a ruin so strange it must never have happened.”
#FirstLineFridays

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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1. Always my current read, so the tagged book.
2. By genre, then author.
3. My happy place!! ❤️❤️
#WondrousWednesday

Eggs Great shelves and lots of books❣️📚👏🏻 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I‘m just starting this but already the language is lush: “Seen from above this way they are pale, doomed blossoms,” “I had washed up there on the riptide of my husband‘s confidence and the undertow of my children‘s needs,” “the memories rise out of me like the buzz of flies from a carcass.” The writing is beautiful!!

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Cinfhen
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Thanks for the tag @Jennifer3 Tagged book is wonderful and one I still think about. 1.Definitely having to celebrate many Jewish Holidays without my family was the most difficult adjustment this year.
2. I‘m grateful for Litsy friendships 💜 #ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

Megabooks 2 for sure!! So glad I met you!! 1y
Tanisha_A ❤️ 1y
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Cosmos_Moon I hope we can all celebrate together with our families soon 🥰 1y
Cinfhen Me too @Cosmos_Moon ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1y
TrishB Didn‘t get to this ♥️ but missing family and friends esp. at important times is hard. 1y
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paulareadsallthetime
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to the audiobook version. This is a good story about a missionary family who finds themselves unsupported by those back in the US. The father is totally committed and expects his daughters and wife to be as well. The story follows the family through life, death, marriage, children, etc.

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HeatherBookNerd
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My Top 15 Books for 2020:

The Poisonwood Bible
Housekeeping
Leave the World Behind
Goodbye, Vitamin
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity
Transcendent Kingdom
Salvage the Bones
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Idaho
Clap When You Land
The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11
On Earth We‘re Briefly Gorgeous
Good Talk
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Have Always Lived in the Castle

#bestof2020

vivastory What a fantastic list! I also included Leave the World Behind & Transcendent Kingdom on my best of the year lists. Several of the others are on my TBR: We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Poisonwood Bible, We Are All Completely etc 1y
HeatherBookNerd @vivastory Covid lockdown meant lots of book time this year, so I got a lot of catching up done on my backlist TBR! 1y
SaraFair How was Far from the Tree? It looks so good, but intimidates me- 1y
HeatherBookNerd @SaraFair don‘t be intimidated! FFTT is so beautifully written and carefully researched. Solomon is brilliant at illuminating the human stories within the facts. It‘s long, but it is divided into substantial but independent chapters. So you can read one or two and take a break to read something else in between and you won‘t lose the flow. The opening chapter alone is just magnificent. Read that and you‘ll want to finish the book. 1y
SaraFair Okay now I am gonna get it!! Thanks for the answer! 1y
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Smrloomis
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I haven‘t read this but the blurb says “calamitous” so like most of the world‘s 2020? Thanks @jenniferw88 for posting this quiz 👍🏽 https://www.faber.co.uk/blog/wp_quiz/your-2020-as-a-classic-book-quiz/

Moray_Reads Oof, the Bell Jar. It hasn't been great but it hasn't been that bad, thank goodness! 1y
Smrloomis @Moray_Reads now I want to go through and see what all the other possible answers are... 1y
vivastory I got Waiting for Godot 1y
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Moray_Reads @vivastory haha, now THAT feels more like my 2020 1y
MsMelissa I got A Fine Balance. Not what I would have expected based on my answers 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Michael_Gee Fun! @Moray_Reads me too. And agreed!! 1y
Smrloomis @Book_Fiend_Melissa hmm me either 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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Daisey
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This book took a long time to completely pull me in. I appreciated the story from the beginning, but it wasn‘t quite living up to expectations. It got much better for me once they left the village. I was fascinated by the different perspectives as the women went their own ways. I also think I may have enjoyed all of it more in print. I agree with some other reviews I‘ve seen that this #audiobook really needed multiple narrators. #1001books

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JenDR
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Update on my tidying up progress. Decided to keep my TBR pile only. It “sparks joy.” It fits in only one laundry basket. This is progress.

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AllisonM89
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#3books #ihated

The Poisonwood Bible
The Sun Also Rises
Where the Crawdads Sing

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved Crawdads 🧡 2y
AllisonM89 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks i hated the ending so so much lol 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AllisonM89 lol I‘m not sure which one of us has the #Unpopularopinion 🤣🤣🤣🤣 2y
AllisonM89 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks pretty sure it's me! Lol 2y
mollyrotondo Hahahaha crawdads 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Cinfhen
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#3Books... I LOVED 🧡🧡🧡
All are in my top 5

Interesting that they are all considered historical fiction 🤓

LeeRHarry Fab choices there ! 😊 2y
Cathythoughts I still havnt read Cutting For Stone .... must do 2y
Sharpeipup Love that cover for 2y
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OriginalCyn620 📚❤️📚 2y
Freespirit Just added Cutting for Stone to my list. Thank you😊 2y
Cinfhen YOU MUST @Cathythoughts it takes a bit of work in the beginning but the PAYOFF is HUGE !!! I‘m so glad @Freespirit I think you‘re gonna love it 🤞🏽 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @LeeRHarry and I agree @Sharpeipup 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ve never even heard of the Brooks but loved the other two so I will check it out immediately 💕 2y
Cinfhen I think you‘ll love it @BarbaraBB like the others it‘s a slow burn but once you‘re hooked it‘s absorbing 2y
KVanRead Cutting for Stone 😍😍😍 2y
Centique I so loved People of the Book. Must read it again. 😍 2y
Reviewsbylola Cutting for Stone is phenomenal. 2y
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Sreckess
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This novel holds up twenty years later. The story carries you along like a boat ride down the Congo River: quiet but underneath lurks hungry crocodiles. I wasn‘t sure how the book would fare politically in depicting the DRC and African post colonialism, but Kingsolver knows her history and she does a stellar job explaining the political through the voice of young girls. The downside is the book is 100 pages too long and I lost steam.

ErinSBecker I loved this book when I first read it in high school. Have wondered whether it would hold up to a second reading with an adult gaze and one that knows more about the history of colonization. Inspired by this review to give it another go. 2y
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Sreckess
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An oldie but goody. Rereading 20 years later and just as good as before!

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AmyG
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Tagged book
Pat Conroy
Parks and Rec
Phish
Playing in the Band - Grateful Dead

#ManicMonday #LetterP @JoScho

Cinfhen Love your book choice!!!!! 2y
JoScho Thanks for playing 💜 2y
AmyG @Cinfhen 👍🏻👊🏻 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
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Here‘s my #TopSixReads for 2020 so far. How about you?

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Christine I really love the four on the left, which makes me think I need to read the two on the right (both of which have been on my TBR for a while)! 😄 2y
Alfrazier21 oh I really enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant and The Poisonwood Bible! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag 💗🤗 2y
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Tineke
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An intense read with an infuriating Rachel who turned a blind eye to what happens, and a way of looking at life by the Africans that is certainly food for thought. I will have to chew on this one for a bit.
#bookspin for June @TheAromaofBooks
TBR since August 2nd. 2011, 543 pages.

TheAromaofBooks I've owned this book FOREVER and have never read it! 2y
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sarahlandis
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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5/5 recommend

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UnabridgedPod
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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". . . sometimes life doesn't give you all that many chances at being good" (515).⠀

I love doing buddy reads with @readwithtoni--I know that they're always thoughtful and thought-provoking, with an array of people joyfully digging into a text together. So I was excited when Toni chose this book to read in May: I love a good re-read, particularly when it's been a while. But I remembered virtually nothing. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod I last read Barbara Kingsolver's The Poisonwood Bible 15 or 20 years ago, shortly after I had started teaching. At the time, I'd read several other books by Kingsolver, and for some reason, I didn't enjoy The Poisonwood Bible. Since that time, I've remembered that--though I love Kingsolver--this book was my least favorite of hers. What was I thinking?! This novel blew me away. ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod What's a book--or other piece of art, film, television--about which you've changed your mind?

It's the story of the Prices, a missionary family from the Southern United States who travel to the Congo in 1959, completely unprepared for what they'll find. The women are the true stars of this narrative: mother Orleanna and the family's four daughters are dragged along by patriarch Nathan. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod The narrative alternates between those five distinct female characters--I could not believe how unique each voice was. I didn't even need the chapter headers to know who was speaking. ⠀

Coming to know each woman here was my favorite part of this book--Kingsolver is such an amazing writer (I was employing my book darts liberally!), and though I found gorgeous sentences and thought-provoking ideas everywhere, ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod I never confused Rachel's vanity and superficiality with Leah's toughness and determination to do what's right, or Ruth May's attempts to escape her birth-order fate as the youngest to move ahead with Adah's brilliant--and silent--determination to opt out of the demoralizingly mundane daily life of her family. Orleanna narrates her sections from decades after the Prices have left the Congo, 2y
UnabridgedPod and her reflection of what she lost and, perhaps, gained there gives her sections a resonance that is both painful and keen.⠀

You can read the rest of my review at jenlovesbooks.com.
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚☀️ 2y
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OwenBanner
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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QOTD❓ What's one novel that has set your bar for literature?
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I listened to The Poisonwood Bible while teaching at a university one year. I had a pair of bluetooth headphones around my neck at all times, so I could duck back into the novel even walking between classes. It was that engrossing.

OwenBanner The novel is a multi POV telling of a young missionary family to the Belgian Congo in the 60s. The novel is a coming of age tale, family drama, and post-colonial critique worthy of any literary reader's shelf space. Kingsolver's language is lush and wild with life. #comingofage 2y
Chelsea.Poole This one is on my list! I need to get to it soon. Maybe this summer 😊 2y
OwenBanner Definitely do. It's one of those formative novels that you think about years later. 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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I could not be more thrilled about today's episode of Unabridged, which focuses on bookish communities. We had the chance to chat with @readwithtoni, who has been a central figure in my own development of a strong bookstagram community. Toni is so welcoming to new bookstagrammers, and her amazing buddy reads provide a strong model for the ways that bookstagram can support both a love for books and a genuine connection among people.⠀⬇️

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I hope that you listen to our episode so that you can hear all about Toni's own bookstagram journey.⠀

What are some of your favorite bookish communities (online OR off)?
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ozma.of.oz I suppose it might be a little too easy to say here. But it‘s the truth. I have never had a better online experience than I do here. Even when with wildly different opinions on books, I have never felt insulted or thought less of because of what I have shared here. 2y
UnabridgedPod @ozma.of.oz I totally agree!! I think that book people are good people, and when that‘s the goal, good things happen. ❤️ 2y
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HeatherBookNerd
Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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I think I have too many thoughts and feelings and things to say. The book just really bowled me over and consumed me. Not sure why it took me like 20 years to read this extraordinary book, but I know I will read it again at some point. Definitely joins the list of my favorite books ever. This covered two prompts on the @bookriot #readharder challenge - a doorstopper by a woman, and book with disabled main character.

TrishB It‘s a great read 👍🏻 2y
Oryx A recent read for me too, and I thought it was great 2y
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