More book stacks after visiting the last 8 (phew!) stores for the #greatercharlottebookcrawl today 🎉
And we got a cute vinyl sticker for completing the crawl!
I will be posting some close ups of some gorgeous editions of favorites that I found soon but in the meantime I am officially on a book buying ban. (Except for preorders, they don't count right?) 😂
In this book, we get to know two people from very different belief systems in #Trinidad. They eventually intersect in a love story. This took me a while to get into and there were aspects of it I thought could be more fleshed out, but ultimately I enjoyed it. Low pick for me.
This is lovely, Beautifully written
I didn't know that Rastafarian culture around death was utter avoidance. Darwin can only get a job as a grave digger and he must leave his mother and religion to take the job. Yejide shepherds souls to the afterlife. A total meet cute?
We spend so much time with Darwin I felt I didn't get the promised magical realism the description gave. I also felt that some scenes didn't transition well and I got a bit lost.
OMG molasses moves faster than this plot. I was ready to give up on it but was told I was at a point where the plot picks up. It did not. If you decide to read it, definitely listen to the audiobook. 2 narrators alternate reading for the main characters and they read in Caribbean accents which is helpful since the book is written in Caribbean English.
Thoroughly enjoyed this - my first ever novel from Trinidad and Tobago. We follow Yejide, a young woman bound to her ancestral home by family ties despite dysfunction, and Darwin, a young Rasta man, pushed into breaking his vows, leaving his mother and moving into the city for work. As their stories circle each other, supernatural forces are at work. @Reggie this reminded me a little bit of Mama Day 😍. This would make a good spooky read for ⬇️
@Gissy thank you for such a fun birthday package! You‘re right- it is fun to have birthday celebrations that last! I LOVE everything but am so glad you sent a fun booksleeve! I love it! And I‘ve wanted a pen pouch for myself- I keep losing my LMPBC pens. Perfect book choices too!!! 😘😘😘😘
First author I‘ve ever read from Trinidad & Tobago! The story is set in the country and is a love story with plenty of mythos involved too. Also the cover is absolutely gorgeous. There is nothing particularly angsty or lustful in this love story. It‘s a curiosity, a being drawn to one another, an entwining of lives. Devoid of the western tropes that are often in romance reads. Felt refreshing and delightful. Also family stories are very present.
I without a doubt 100% recommend this book. It‘s a love story it‘s a belief and how circumstances sometimes highlight challenges. I don‘t want to give too much away but this was a beautifully written story set in Trinidad populated by amazing characters. #travelthroughbooks #trinidad #bigjunereadathon @Clwojick
I really liked this novel. It's told from the point of view of Yejide and Darwin. Both of them deal with conflicts within their family. It's a story of loneliness and love with a ghost story and magic realism as well. The rhythm of the prose took a little getting used, but by the end it was flowing along.
This book was just exquisite! 🦜🌻🌿
An epic, alluring, dark and atmospheric tale of love, loss, connection and healing. WHEN WE WERE BIRDS is a gorgeous debut with beautiful prose. Banwo had me hooked within the first few pages and transported into this story which is such a deeply told story. Both of these characters Yejide, and Darwin are old souls carrying heavy burdens, like family traditions and expectations, and complex mother-daughter relationships. I reccomend this one!
Received this gorgeous #FantasticStrangelings book, set in Trinidad, which is where my mom was from - so excited to read this! ♥️
Also picked up this cozy to pass some time 🔪📚☕️
And look at that gorgeous weather for my day off tomorrow! #pluviophile
And buggy has recently gotten obsessed w those Moomin books… extra cute bc we have a lot of the older-reader books from when Mark was a kid. 🥰🥰
The destinies of a Rastafarian man prohibited from interacting with the dead and a woman destined to care for their spirits collide in a cemetery full of secrets in this magical realist novel set in a Trinidad “with the volume turned all the way up.” I had a tough time getting into this, but that may be holiday distractions. I enjoyed the settings and magical realism throughout the novel. I‘d especially recommend for fans of Practical Magic.