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Filipino-American society is explored in this tender story about a woman‘s journey from torture in the #Philippines to a new life in California.
Hero is her name and she became my hero while reading. How she copes with her past and her trust issues. Her relationship with Rosalyn, her family and her friends, the many dialects that separate them, the food that always unites them. A lovable read.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇵🇭 #Booked2020 #HeartInTheTitle

BarbaraTheBibliophage Stacked, since my husband is Filipino-American. However, it‘s his grandfather who emigrated here. 1mo
BarbaraBB @Texreader @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks I forgot to mention this is also my choice for #FoodAndLit! 1mo
Librarybelle Great review! 1mo
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BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage In that case I would highly recommend it, it will definitely resonate with you! 1mo
Catsandbooks Sounds excellent! 1mo
Cinfhen Great review!!! #stacked 1mo
batsy Thus book had a lot of love in it ❤️ 1mo
GatheringBooks Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. 💕 4w
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I love this series! While keeping me interested with twists and turns, it also just makes me laugh at times. I had to request that my library obtain a copy (and they bought it within a few days!) plus it has fewer reviews than a lot of popular books so I‘m using it for #underrated for #booked2021. As a side note, I stumbled on this series because of a prompt for #booked2020 and am so glad I did. #litsyatoz #f #seriesread

TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖 6mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 awesomeness ❣️❣️❣️ 6mo
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#booked2020 #winter

1 Set in Australia - The Survivors
2 Nonfiction science - Henrietta Lacks
3 Baked goods on cover - Killer Cupcakes
4 #covidheroes - The Language of Kindness
5 Mustache on cover - Just Mercy
6 Author‘s first name starts with A,B or C - Reading Lolita in Tehran

I‘ve submitted my form as well. Thanks for a fun season!

Cinfhen Well done!! Some fabulous choices 🧡🧡🧡 10mo
maich Good job👏👏 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! And you get a break before the next season starts! 10mo
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Bookzombie This is for #Booked2021 right? I only noticed because I clicked the hashtag on your post. 🙂 10mo
squirrelbrain Oops yes that‘s right @Bookzombie ! 10mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Gorgeous. Atmospheric, weird, clever, touching - did I say weird? SUCH a strong sense of place. I loved it! I‘m really sad to be leaving it behind.

Thanks for putting it on my radar @julesG - I don‘t think it‘s something I‘d have picked up on my own. And thanks for making me actually read it, #buddyread folks - the ooh, urr... and wtf?? comments made me actually pick it up. Looking forward to our conversation now 😊.

rockpools Bizarrely, this is the second buddy read I‘ve finished this year - 2020 broke me good and proper!! First book finished for #slumpathon, free space for #bookspinbingo, and I‘m hoping someone with a print copy can confirm, but I‘m pretty sure the faun‘s playing a #musicalinstrumentonthecover #booked2021. I‘m also going to use this for #constellation #fourfoursin21 as Piranesi spends a lot of time mapping the stars. 12mo
Lauredhel @rockpools this has been on my tbr since it came out... thanks for the reminder! 12mo
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julesG @Lauredhel Read it! It's very good. @scripturient just posted her review on her blog. Just in case you need further encouragement. And no, I still don't get any commission. 😉 12mo
julesG Very glad you liked it Rachel. And 🎉💪 for finishing another #buddyread. 12mo
rockpools @Lauredhel It‘s difficult to gush about without actually saying anything about it! But yes, do give it a go. 12mo
rockpools @julesG You‘re really going to have to sort out the commission thing! 12mo
TrishB Woohoo 🙌 another successful buddy read! 12mo
Caroline2 I just finished too...I‘m still digesting tho! I liked it but not sure I loved it? I don‘t think I was in the right mood for all it‘s quirky weirdness. 🤔 12mo
rockpools @TrishB 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
rockpools @Caroline2 I‘m glad you liked it - but that‘s absolutely fair enough. It is seriously weird! 12mo
squirrelbrain Another buddy read ticked off the list - are you sure you‘re feeling OK?! 🤣 Ooh and thanks for pointing out the musical instrument on the cover - I can tick that one off #booked2020 now! 😘 12mo
Oryx It was my second successful buddy read ever too I think 😄. Glad you enjoyed, it was a brilliant world to spend time in. 12mo
rockpools @squirrelbrain It is something musical, isn‘t it? And no, obviously brain-scrambled! It‘ll be fun if it lasts though😁 - I think I‘ve bust through the worst of my chunksterphobia as well. Yay! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
squirrelbrain Yes,it‘s some kind of pan-pipey-bugley thing! I‘m calling it that anyway... 12mo
rockpools @Oryx Ha! That‘s good to know - I usually bail or grind to a staggering halt with buddy reads. But it was such a fab choice of book. I may be about to start a mini tides-and-architecture obsession! 12mo
BarbaraBB That sense of place will stay with me for some time to come. So good 🤍 12mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad to hear all the positive reviews. I‘ve been wondering if I‘d like this one! 12mo
rockpools @BarbaraBB Exactly! I kind of wonder if there‘s a Raphael story on the cards, so we can spend more time there. 12mo
rockpools @BarbaraTheBibliophage I think it‘s worth giving it a go, even if it‘s not your usual thing. Lots to think about, even if you don‘t‘like‘ it. 12mo
Ruthiella I totally want more stories from this world! Are there maybe doorways leadings to other worlds? 🤨 12mo
rockpools @Ruthiella Ooh, that‘s an idea! I‘d really like to know about the statues too - who/what/how??? Is P going to come across all of them, back in the other place? 12mo
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My final #botm #bookmail arrived! 📚🥳

And I used my #booked2020 gift card win to get a book that fulfills a #booked2021 prompt (library in the title). Thank you @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @4thhouseontheleft 💖💖💖 Looking forward to this buzzy book!

Rocking RBG on my shelf forever! ✊ https://getarchd.com/collections/bookends/products/build-your-own-feminist-women...

(I only put the link because I get asked. No compensation.)

GinaKButler Our book club is reading The Midnight Library this month also! Excited after seeing all the great reviews! 12mo
monalyisha I just bought this one today! It‘s my IRL book club‘s book for January — & a #NewYearWhoDis pick from @erinreads! 12mo
Megabooks @GinaKButler me too! So many great reviews here. I hope your book club has a great discussion. 12mo
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Megabooks @monalyisha very popular book club pick! And nice re: #newyearwhodis! I loved one I‘ve read and strongly liked another of my match‘s. It‘s so much fun that you do it each year. Thanks!!!! 12mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! You choose WELL!!! I‘m thinking of getting the audio but I keep waiting for it to appear on #Scribd 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 my library has the ebook but not the audio, so I treated myself. 😊😊 thank you! 12mo
Cinfhen 😍🥰😘 #TreatYoShelf (edited) 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen darn right, dear friend! 😘🥰 12mo
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Hey all. I am still trying to get caught up from December. I finally have my challenges totaled. Not too bad. Didn‘t finish as many as normal but I came close. Here is the breakdown.

Goodreads goal
Story graph goal
#ReadwithMrBook @MrBook

Close but no cigar
#LitsyAtoZ children‘s 25/26 (damn you letter x) @BookishMarginalia @WanderingBookaneer
#LitsyAtoZGN 19/26 (harder than I thought it would be.

LibrarianRyan Read Harder 21/24 for more on this list than I thought I would 12mo
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LibrarianRyan #booked2020 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB 21/24. This one I‘m mad at. I was so close. And I had two of the missing books but both were chunckaters and I didn‘t get to them. 12mo
LibrarianRyan Popsugar, 24/40, Pop Sugar Advances 7/10 12mo
LibrarianRyan And lastly Beat the backlist 65/80 12mo
BarbaraBB You did super well, especially considering the amount of challenges! I am not the host of #Booked2020 though, you mean @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 12mo
LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB sorry about that bi did know it was the other Barbara. I must have hit the wrong name as I was typing. 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You still had a great year! 12mo
BarbaraBB No problem at all of course 🤍 12mo
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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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4 1/2 🌟

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

#booked2020 #fall #charactersarefrenemies @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

#litsyatoz #abcedarian #letterK @BookishMarginalia (Kelleher for the surname)

#tbrdeckofcards #aceofspades @Clwojick - I haven't randomly selected the cards this month as I had a planned TBR, from February onwards it will be less organised hopefully!

Cinfhen Yay 😁 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
Clwojick Woohoo❤️🖤 12mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Definitely, they allow me to focus and to try and get a bit of “Me Time”
2. I enjoyed #booked2020 and signed up this this years. #litsyA-Z was great fun especially trying to fill in the gaps!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 12mo
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🎉🎉 What a fantastic #booked2020 year we just finished. We are so grateful to everyone who participated and cheered our readers on! 🥳🥳

🤩🤩. NOW ... what you‘ve been waiting for .... And the winner of the FALL season drawing and a $20 bookish gift card is ... @Megabooks ! Let‘s give her lots of applause and congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻

#fall2020 #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Cinfhen Woohoo @Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳🥳so excited by this win!!!! And thanks to EVERYONE who participated 😍 13mo
samanthagutt Congratulations @Megabooks !! 🥳 13mo
TrishB Congrats @Megabooks 🎉🎉 13mo
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Megabooks Omg, what a great thing to wake up to!!! Thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft !! I am thrilled!! (edited) 13mo
Megabooks @samanthagutt @TrishB thanks!! 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks You‘re welcome! Happy New Books Year! 13mo
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage ☺️🥳🎉 I just emailed you. 13mo
4thhouseontheleft Congrats @Megabooks !! 🎉🎉🥳 (edited) 13mo
youneverarrived Yay!! @Megabooks 🥳🥳 13mo
BarbaraBB Congratulations @Megabooks! Happy for you 💚 13mo
squirrelbrain Yay! Well done @megabooks! 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
TheNerdyProfessor Yay!! 🎉💕🤩 13mo
Cathythoughts Well done 🥳 woooohoooo 13mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft thanks!! You all run a great challenge!! It‘s so much fun each year.💜💜 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage 13mo
Cinfhen And we love seeing what you all are reading!!!! @Megabooks 💜💜💜This was our third year... excited to start our 4th year 🎉🎉🎉🎉 (edited) 13mo
mrp27 📚🎉📚🎉📚 13mo
Simona Congrats @Megabooks ❣️ 13mo
BookwormAHN Congratulations @Megabooks 👏🏻 13mo
marleed Congrats @Megabooks! 13mo
Laughterhp Congrats @Megabooks ! 13mo
Ruthiella Congratulations @Megabooks !🥳 (edited) 13mo
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations @Megabooks 🎉🎉 13mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m excited to be reading for 2021!! Thanks! 💜💜💖 (edited) 13mo
Megabooks @mrp27 @Simona @BookwormAHN @marleed @IndoorDame @Laughterhp @Ruthiella @CoverToCoverGirl thanks y‘all!! What an exciting way to start the year!! 👍🏻🎉🥳⭐️ 13mo
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