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I loved this book about two lonely teenagers, finding eachother one summer in the 90s, over the arts. They value what the other adds to what they themselves do and the result is a poster with a strange text, going viral before going viral even existed.
A highly original book, it might very well be my favorite Wilson!

(Pic: Chefchaouen, Morocco)

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Librarybelle I need to read this one! 3d
BkClubCare Have you seen the interview about the phrase? It is word for word from the author‘s own experience. He seems like a great guy. 3d
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Megabooks So glad you loved it! 3d
MicheleinPhilly Great photo! Is it stairs upon stairs upon stairs like Santorini? 3d
rmaclean4 Interested in reading this one. 3d
ImperfectCJ I'm listening to the audiobook of this one today! 3d
Cinfhen I loved this one too!! And another fabulous photo 😁 3d
CarolynM I have a copy of this on my shelf. Bumping it up the TBR 🙂 3d
Deblovestoread I‘m loving all your pictures 💜 3d
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare No! Where can I find it? 3d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly It does remind me of Greece indeed! Stairs upon stairs indeed! 3d
BarbaraBB @Deblovestoread Thanks 💙 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I loved it as much as 3d
BarbaraBB @ImperfectCJ I hope you do enjoy it as much as I did. (edited) 3d
IuliaC Love all these photos! 😍 Enjoy your time there! 3d
BarbaraBB @IuliaC Thank you 😊 3d
batsy What a stunning photo! 💙 3d
BkClubCare @BarbaraBB - let me look! It was on the Today show with Jenna Bush. https://www.today.com/video/kevin-wilson-talks-new-book-now-is-not-the-time-to-p... (edited) 3d
sarahbarnes Amazing photo! 3d
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De eerlijke vinder | Lize Spit
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A family from Kosovo finds refuge in Belgium. Jimmy befriends the family, their son Tristan becomes his best friend. When the family gets summoned to leave the country, Tristan has a plan that can assure them of being allowed to stay in Belgium. He needs Jimmy‘s help. Jimmy will do anything for his friend. A great short read.

(Pic: Chefchaouen, Morocco)

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LaraReads Lovely photo! 4d
Librarybelle Amazing photo! 4d
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CarolynM What a fabulous photo! 😍 Enjoy Morrocco 4d
Cinfhen Love the photo 💙hope you‘re having a fabulous time xxx 4d
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💙 4d
Suet624 These colors. 💙💙 4d
BarbaraBB @LaraReads @Librarybelle @CarolynM @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts @Suet624 Thank you. No need for a filter In Morocco, it‘s amazing 💙 3d
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Days in the History of Silence | Merethe Lindstrom
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Thanks for bringing this book to my attention @cariashley , what a wonderful read. And so sad. An aging couple in Norway live peacefully together after their daughters move out. The husband turns silent, giving the wife much time to think about all the things left unsaid - and their consequences. A sad and poignant book. Highly recommended!

(Pic: Tangiers, Morocco)

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BarbaraBB I should read it if I were you @sarahbarnes , I thought you were interested too! 5d
sarahbarnes Glad to see you recommend! 5d
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Cinfhen Gorgeous photo!! We didn‘t go to Tangiers, looks wonderful 😍Book sounds really good! 5d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s a beautiful city, real Mediterranean. It even feels a bit like Tel Avon and Marseille. We visited a very old synagogue, so impressive 5d
Librarybelle Oh! I‘m not familiar with this author! 4d
cariashley So glad you enjoyed it!! 4d
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Jawbone | Mnica Ojeda
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This is a dark read about the horror of becoming a woman. Teenage girls doing games , “which are only fun when they‘re dangerous”, their teacher being a frightened woman, traumatized and afraid of her students. Everyone is terrified and fascinated by eachother. I don‘t it‘s a spoiler to say this couldn‘t end well. Not my kind of book, but intriguing enough to finish it, this mix of horror and psychological drama. Set in #Ecuador

(Pic: Paris!)

Cinfhen Hmmmm, I can‘t remember if I already checked off Ecuador ….I think I did 🙈 2w
Librarybelle Wow! I‘ll probably pass on this one, but an awesome find on Ecuador! 2w
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LaraReads Beautiful photo! But, yes, definitely not my genre either! But awesome prompt usage! 2w
Hooked_on_books I just started this one today. It‘s a little confusing, frankly. But I‘m not far in. I‘ll finish it because it‘s on the National Book Awards shortlist for translated literature and I‘m reading the whole list (or trying to). If it continues the way the first couple of chapters are going, I‘m probably not going to like it much. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I bought it because of the National book award too, otherwise I wouldn‘t I think. Some chapters are great, some not so. The ending is out of control imo. 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh Paris! Are you working there? Great review - doesn‘t sound like the book for me though! 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes, just an overnight stay but always nice of course! I wouldn‘t really recommend the book. 2w
Addison_Reads @Hooked_on_books This book was confusing for me, and as an audiobook I really had a hard time keeping track of things. @BarbaraBB I definitely agree that the ending was just completely off the rails. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Addison_Reads I went back and restarted it after the first three chapters, really focusing on what the heck was going on. After that I wasn‘t confused. But I was not a fan. I felt like the long essay from Anneliese didn‘t feel like something a student would truly submit in places. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books That essay was good but felt unrealistic indeed. From that point onwards the book went off the rails for me @Addison_Reads 2w
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Maus is the second of the two graphic novels I‘ve read. The first was They Called Us Enemy. While they may not be my go to, both books were excellent and important. Maus was on my #AuldLangSpine list from @Amiable and I‘m glad to have had the incentive to pick it up. 5🌟 And now I need to read Part II of this story. Thanks for the great recommendation Amy! #52Books #SurvivalStory

squirrelbrain I really need to read this one - it sounds so good. 2w
Amiable I'm not a big reader of graphic novels, either -- I picked this one up because of the school board in Tennessee banning it last year. I'm so glad I read it, too! 2w
Librarybelle Such a good book! 2w
Cinfhen I don‘t read too many GN either but this one is really powerful 2w
Cinfhen As is this one 2w
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The Diviners | Margaret Laurence
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I am so glad I finally picked up this one. The final #Manawake novel offers a fascinating dive into #Canadian history and introduces a bunch of fantastic characters. We all need a Christie, Jules, Ella and Pique in our lives and a Morag of course. Narrator of this great book and what a woman! She is tough and authentic and a real literary heroine if you ask me.

#Roll100 #192025 #1974 #Booked2023 #InMemoriam #1001books #ReadingTheAmericas 🇨🇦

Cinfhen Cool photo - glad the book delivered!! 2w
TrishB Interesting, not read this one but have read others by the author. 2w
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BarbaraBB @TrishB All her books are great I think! 2w
squirrelbrain Love the pic! I‘ve only read one by this author and I should really read more! 2w
batsy Great review! Your last sentence—I absolutely agree. Morag's a tough, prickly character and I first read this about 20 years ago and I've never forgotten her. 2w
vivastory Fantastic review. The read through of Laurence's books remains one of my favorite buddy reads. I loved seeing all of the connections from previous books in this one. 2w
LeahBergen Wonderful review! And just what @vivastory said: this was such a great series to read together. 🥰 2w
Librarybelle Great review! 2w
Leftcoastzen Love the photo , I need to read her ! But I say that about so many authors. 2w
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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“I was a victim of racism by virtue of my failing to acknowledge racial difference and by failing to have my art be defined as an exercise in racial self-expression.”

This quote by Monk Ellison, narrator of the book, sums it all up. Monk is a Black writer who notices more is gained by writing from a Black, preferably ghetto perspective than by writing what you want, regardless of race. ⬇️⬇️

BarbaraBB It is an important storyline in yet another impressive satirical book by Percival Everett. Another storyline, about his ageing mother is equally impressive. 3w
Cinfhen Lovely photo 😍Im not a fan of satire, which is probably why I don‘t **LOVE** Everett‘s books☹️ 3w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen If you don‘t like satire I can absolutely see why Everett doesn‘t always work for you! 3w
Librarybelle You‘re doing so well with this challenge! 3w
LaraReads Great quote! And really good prompt choice too. 3w
rmaclean4 I loved The Trees...need to check this novel out next. 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! I haven‘t read any other Everett but, like you @rmaclean4, I loved The Trees so really should read more. 3w
Hooked_on_books I have a copy of this. Now I‘m even more excited to read it! 3w
Megabooks I just noticed you haven‘t been posting much either. Are you okay? 💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I am fine dear Meg, thanks for asking. Just not reading as much as I‘d want to. Work! And a bit worried about you, I wish I could help you. So much to deal with for you 🤍 2w
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If I Survive You | Jonathan Escoffery
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These are interconnected stories about a couple from #Jamaica who move to Miami to to give their kids a better future. Things don‘t work out very well. All family members keep struggling with life, relationships and work, and keep having to deal with racism - all the time! The book started out real strong but in the end it became a bit repetitive, despite the subject. A light pick.

#ReadingTheAmericas2023 🇯🇲
#52books #TitleStartingWithAnI

squirrelbrain Hmmm, I‘ve been thinking about reading this for a while, but you‘re not inspiring me…! 😁 4w
Cinfhen Excellent review!! It was a light pick for me too @squirrelbrain but audio was enjoyable 4w
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It is good. Don‘t mind me, just give it a try! 4w
Librarybelle Yay for double the prompts filled! 4w
Megabooks Idk if it‘s when I read it, but this took me to a really dark place. 🤔 4w
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Girl in Snow: A Novel | Danya Kukafka
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This book is the debut of Danya Kukafka, author of Noted on an Execution- which I loved.
This debut is another excellent atmospheric psychological thriller. Three outsiders in an average Colorado town are all, one way or another, involved in the murder of 15-year old Lucinda, one of the pretty girls in town.
It‘s good! Not as good as her second book, but it‘s definitely a pick. Thank you again, Heather, for sending me this one 🤍

squirrelbrain I haven‘t read Notes on an Execution yet. I have it on Kindle but so many books to read! This sounds good too. 4w
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ChaoticMissAdventures This cover...I thought this was a Fredrick Backman book I didn't know about at first. I have Notes on an Execution on my shirt list, might need an authors month for them! 4w
BarbaraBB @ChaoticMissAdventures It does look like a Backham book now that you mention it! 4w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain They are both worth reading. It‘s not so much about who did it as about psychology, quite interesting! 4w
Librarybelle Oh…stacking! 4w
Pageturner1 Glad you liked it. I have it on my TBR. @BarbaraBB 4w
Ruthiella Oh! Stacking! I didn‘t realize this was the same author from 4w
Cinfhen Glad it was a winner - 4w
Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 4w
Centique And what a beautiful sky! 3w
BarbaraBB @Centique No filter but very cold!! 3w
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Bodie is a successful podcaster who returns to her former boarding school to teach a class. As one of the students asks to make a podcast about Bodie‘s former room-mate, who was murdered during Bodie‘s time there, Bodie has to ask herself if that is what she hoped for all along.

I really liked this but I‘m giving it 4 stars rather than 5. Parts of it seemed really slow; in fact I had to check how long the physical book was as it felt ⬇️

squirrelbrain VERY slow in places. Bodie had an interesting back story that didn‘t seem to fully connect with the rest of the story. There were a few too many characters. 1mo
squirrelbrain I did like; the references to many other murdered / abused women. Bodie had her own ‘me-too‘ issues with something her ex-husband did, that fitted in nicely to the story. Always love an academic setting. I usually prefer my endings to be nicely wrapped up in a bow and this one wasn‘t, but it worked. 1mo
squirrelbrain #netgalley Published in the UK next week 1mo
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Cinfhen Did you do print or audio?!? 1mo
squirrelbrain I read a digital print copy @Cinfhen - in places the % just didn‘t seem to be going up and I‘m a fast reader! It picked up though later. It was never boring though, just seemed a bit slow. 1mo
Cinfhen I find too many books now tend to drag. Editors need to tighten their books 🤨 1mo
BarbaraBB Seems very interesting. Is it as good as 1mo
Megabooks I‘m hopping my library gets it, but I‘m planning to buy it if they don‘t. I do find her books bit slow paced in general. 1mo
squirrelbrain Can you believe I haven‘t read The Great Believers?! @BarbaraBB I‘ve heard so many good things about it, and this one feels quite ‘ordinary‘ when compared to what I‘ve heard about Believers. Indeed, I‘ve just seen a review included in the Crime / Mystery section of The Guardian newspaper; it‘s not ‘literary fiction‘ by any means. 1mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks - see my comment to Barbara. It might be a #borrownotbuy. I really liked it, but it certainly wasn‘t ground-breaking or unique. 1mo
Librarybelle I like this cover way more than the US cover! 1mo
BarbaraBB It sounds completely different from her earlier work. Fascinating. And I can enjoy a good thriller so am stacking! 1mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I have a copy of The Great Believers but haven‘t read it yet. I really do wish there was more time in the day! 1mo
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