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BarbaraBB
Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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#RememberingJenny

This is a very sad book about a mother and her adult sons who come together a year after the father died. Their shared past is filled with lies and secrets, with misunderstandings and things unspoken.
He has died a year earlier but the invisible father still seems the only one to bring them back together.

#52BooksIn52weeks #RedoOneOfThisYearsPrompts

Cinfhen It was super sad but ultimately hopeful. I hope it wasn‘t too sad for you to read 😢 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Hopeful indeed! It was the right book again at the right time. Easy to read but with all the feelings 🤍 3w
Cinfhen Oh good 💕💕💕 3w
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Megabooks I‘m glad it worked well for you now. 💕💕💕 I‘d agree that it is both sad and hopeful. You know I saw more of the latter. 😉 3w
Centique Oh wow it sounds a bit too tough for me to read at the moment with my dad so frail, but I will definitely get to it! 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘m sure you did! I tend towards sad, not always but in this particular book. I really didn‘t like Renu. 3w
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BarbaraBB
Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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This book was just what I needed: to escape in Eva‘s and Shane‘s world. I rooted for them, I hurt when they did. I loved the dialogues, the flirting, I loved Audre and Cece.
I didn‘t think it especially steamy or sexy but I wasn‘t looking for that. I wanted romance and that‘s what I got. I look forward to discuss it during our #SummerHeat weekend 17-19 June!

#pop22 #RomanceByABIPOCAuthor #52BooksIn52weeks #InvolvesASecondChance

Kimberlone Just got my digital library checkout so will be starting soon! 4w
squirrelbrain Looking forward to this! (Even more so after your review) 😘 4w
TrishB I‘m still a bit tentatively looking forward to it….not really my genre! 4w
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Megabooks Glad it was right for you! I thought the dialogue was really sharp, and I really enjoyed Eva, her daughter, and her posse. 4w
Megabooks @TrishB not mine either, but I did find parts to enjoy! 4w
TrishB @Megabooks my daughter has just laughed over my shoulder that I‘m going to read this! Which shows you how far from my comfort zone it is!! 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB You‘ll fly through it! It‘s my genre not at all but it‘s really well written. Looking forward to what you‘ll think! 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks those were the things I liked too! 4w
BarbaraBB @Kimberlone @squirrelbrain I hope you‘ll have some enjoyable hours with Shane and Eva! 4w
vlwelser I just started this morning. And I'm looking forward to finding out what you all have gotten us into this time. 😂❤ 4w
KarenUK Now I‘m excited! 4w
Cinfhen Hahaha the entire above discussion /comments ⬆️ @TrishB @Megabooks @vlwelser I agree with everything Barbara wrote!!! It‘s not gonna rock your world but it was a fun place to visit 😄 @squirrelbrain @KarenUK @Kimberlone 4w
BarbaraBB @vlwelser it‘s funny how we all obediently read it! But I was pleasantly surprised! 4w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK I think you‘ll enjoy it too. I suspect you have a sentimental soul just like me 🤍 4w
CarolynM Glad you enjoyed it. I do enjoy a well written romance, so I‘m definitely looking forward to getting started on it🙂 I think it will be my next bedtime book. 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I am curious to see what you‘ll make of it compared to other books in the genre. I really felt for the main characters! 4w
TrishB @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I will probably start over the weekend 😁 4w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Hopefully Charlotte won‘t laugh at you 😉 4w
vlwelser @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I'm still hoping for the next Bunny. But along for the ride regardless. I love this group. 4w
BarbaraBB @vlwelser @Cinfhen Ha Bunny! That was quite a read indeed! 4w
Cinfhen Oh that was just BONKERS @vlwelser @BarbaraBB 🐰🤪 3w
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BarbaraBB
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Tim Butcher travels through the #DemocraticRepublicCongo (DRC). Torn by war, violence, poverty and injustice yet the Congo is mostly a country that the world seems to have forgotten about. I learned so much about politics, geography, human rights etc. Most notable is that the country is not an undeveloped country, rather an undeveloping country ⬇️

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇨🇩
#52BooksIn52weeks #AudioNarratedByAuthor
#Booked2022 #InvolvesExploration

BarbaraBB All keeps deteriorating: in the 20th century it was for a while an ordinary African country where travel and trade existed; now there‘s hardly any infrastructure at all. (edited) 1mo
KristiAhlers How very heartbreaking 1mo
BarbaraBB @KristiAhlers definitely 💔 1mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve read that‘s the case in many African countries in the last 15 years 😢 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s so sad. The jungle is taking over again in the Congo and people can‘t reach one another because there are no roads nor trains - bridges were blown up and never repaired etc. I 1mo
Librarybelle Sounds like a very worthwhile read 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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One of my African favourites so far for. These are the memoirs of NYT journalist Helene Cooper, who grows up in #Liberia. When the country falls apart after the coup of 1980, she and her family flee to the US. Her less privileged half sister Eunice stays in a country that for years suffers under crazy dictators who recruit child soldiers  and drug them to fight for.. well, for whatever. ⬇️⬇️

#ReadingAfrica2022 ??

BarbaraBB Cooper tries to forget about where she came from, but the Liberian girl within her needs to go back, in search of Eunice. There is so much I never knew about this country, that I have come to love from afar. I‘m in awe of its proud people, always hospitable and dressed up, even on the ruins of civilisation. 2mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! This sounds WAY BETTER than the book I read for #Liberia 2mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s fantastic. So informative in a extremely well written and personal way. 2mo
Librarybelle Look at all of those prompts used! 2mo
Lcsmcat An incredibly powerful book! 2mo
Graywacke Ooh. Glad to see this title. I listened to her book on Liberia‘s inspiring female president, and it was terrific. 2mo
sarahbarnes Sounds very good! And I love the lilacs! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat @Graywacke Terrific and powerful indeed. I am so glad I discovered it. 2mo
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jenniferw88
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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4 1/2 🌟 because when I started reading it I quickly remembered who the murderer is, as I've watched Suchet's version too many times 😂😂😂

Using for the above #pop22 prompt, as well as #52Booksin52Weeks #Tbrdeckofcards #bilingualcharacter @Clwojick @Cinfhen @Cortg @KarenUK @Kalalalatja @4thhouseontheleft @Megabooks @Laughterhp @squirrelbrain @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead This book was incredible and even more incredible that I didn't guess the murderer 😊 2mo
LauraBrook Not a bad problem to have, hey? Love Suchet. 2mo
Clwojick Oohoo! 💜 2mo
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BarbaraBB
Paradais | Fernanda Melchor
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This is the uncomfortable read about two Mexican boys, more or less condemned to each other out of loneliness, and frustration about how life is turning out. They can‘t be more different yet they keep meeting each other. But it‘s a toxic friendship and you know from the start that no good can come from this.

#52BooksIn52weeks #WealthyCharacter
#internationalBookerPrize2022

merelybookish Are you going hiking? 🥾 2mo
BarbaraBB @merelybookish My daughter is about to go traveling for two months… these are her shoes and stuff 🤍 2mo
merelybookish @BarbaraBB oh wow! Sounds fun! 2mo
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Megabooks Looks like R is all organized, but I know your Mama heart will worry after her while she‘s gone. 💜 2mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You are so right! She is extremely organized and she‘ll be fine but I‘ll be worrying and missing her those months! 2mo
sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m on the list for this one at the library. I hope your daughter‘s travels go well. ❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes You‘ll enjoy this one, I think! My daughter arrived safely in Costa Rica but I‘ll be a bit worried throughout her whole trip I think 😇 2mo
sarahbarnes I‘m looking forward to it! And I completely understand-I always worry, too. ❤️ 2mo
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BarbaraBB
Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is the beautiful, sad story of 15-year-old Kambili, set in #Nigeria. She is the daughter of a wealthy and fanatical religious man who physically and emotionally abuses his family if they don‘t live up to his Catholic standards. During a sleepover with her free-spirited aunt Kambili starts thinking of her own identity - with all consequences. Recommended!

#19822022 #2003 #ReadingAfrica2022 🇳🇬 #52BooksIn52weeks #FiveSyllableTitle

Smrloomis Beautiful photo! Don‘t know if I can handle this one to be honest 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pic! I really liked this book too. 2mo
Librarybelle I so love your photos!! 2mo
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sarahbarnes Oooh, I need to check this one out. 2mo
batsy I loved this a lot when I first read it 💜 (and it's been many years—time *does* fly!) 2mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Thank You! 2mo
BarbaraBB @Smrloomis It is a sad book but there‘s also lightness and positivity! 2mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Our kind of book! 2mo
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jenniferw88
The Gilded Shroud | Elizabeth Bailey
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4 1/2 ?. Two things prevent this from being 5 ?, the first being that Ottilia is too "perfect" (she doesn't seem to have many flaws), and there's no link between the title and plot.

Second book for April's #roll100 @PuddleJumper
#Tbrdeckofcards #52Booksin52Weeks #relatedtothewordgold @Clwojick
#booked2022 #murdermystery @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I hate when book titles are misleading or don‘t connect to the story 2mo
PuddleJumper That's great! 2mo
Clwojick Way to go! ❤️ 2mo
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BarbaraBB
La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono
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I got a rare and unique insight in #EquatorialGuinea, a country I knew nothing about, a country that never makes the news. Having said that, the story was not written well. It‘s about the coming out of a girl, being a so called “man-woman”. I appreciate the book though for learning about this small country.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇶 #pop22 #AboutGenderIdentity #Booked2022 #ComingOutStory #52BooksIn52weeks #IndieRead
(Pic: Shoreditch, London)

Cinfhen Kudos for finding a book for this country!! I took an awesome graffiti street tour in Shoreditch a few years back😍So fun and more sunny days ♥️ 3mo
squirrelbrain Great work on all the challenges! 3mo
Librarybelle Look at all of those prompts! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
JOURNEY. | ABDUL. MUSA ADAM
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When he is just 7 years old, the army kills Abdul‘s entire family and burns his home in Darfur. He flees to a refugee camp in #Chad. Via Lybia (another war) he manages to cross the Mediterranean and make it to England, a young boy with PTSD, all alone in the world. Today he is a British citizen and jockey of royal horses. Like his journey, his story is hard & emotional.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇹🇩
#19822022 #2020 #52BooksIn52weeks #PhotographsInside

Librarybelle What a harrowing journey 3mo
Cinfhen This was an emotional read but also hopeful @Librarybelle ♥️ 3mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle You can say so. And so many young Africans who try to do the same don‘t succeed. This testimony feels really important 💔 3mo
Megabooks Wow. That does sound very emotional. 3mo
Suet624 Wow. 3mo
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