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Death Notice | Zhou Haohui
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Look what was waiting for me when I got home from Japan. Thank you @GatheringBooks for your generous giveaway! #LitWorld2018GB

GatheringBooks awesome!! :) 9mo
Lindy @GatheringBooks You are awesome! 😎 9mo
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Bone Sparrow | Zana Fraillon
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#bookmail #litworld2018gb Thank you very much @GatheringBooks — I just found my prize from your giveaway on my front porch today!! I love it, and I love that I won something (that‘s very abnormal for me)! I look forward to reading it!

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Any Vargas Llosa fans out there? This was my first and I can't wait to try more. Not a horror story as the cover suggests, but horrors of poverty and war abound in this singular novel of a journalist who wants to write about his childhood friend's failed attempt at revolution. Though it will be fiction, he conducts interviews of acquaintances to "know what I'm lying about." Truth and fiction end up blurring together in a weird and wonderful mess.

jveezer Haven‘t read this one but loved The War at the End of the World, The Bad Girl, and The Green House. 12mo
BarbaraBB I‘m not such a fan of his work. I read The Green House and The Feast of the Goat and disliked both. Unfortunately he has 3 more books on the list of #1001books to read before you die so I hope I‘ll like those better 😀! 12mo
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Cathythoughts Yes , I have one on the shelf here TBR The Discreet Hero , must try & get to it. I havnt read any of his books ( I don‘t think 🤔..... I‘m interested to try him 👍🏻 12mo
Billypar @jveezer Great- I will keep those in mind: thanks for the reccs! 12mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Disliking one book isn't always fatal but two doesn't bode well. If you need motivation to get through the remaining ones though, I'm down for a buddy read of this author in the future! 12mo
Billypar @Cathythoughts Nice- I'll be interested to hear your take when you read it! 12mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB MVL is one of those authors that can write radically different books. I loved Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter and I also enjoyed The Storyteller. Didn't much like War End of the End of the World. The Hero is difficult (similar in style to GGMarquez) but very good. 12mo
Liz_M @Billypar And MVL is prolific, I hadn't heard of this one! 12mo
Billypar @Liz_M Good to know- thanks! The narrative to this one is pretty unconventional- I could see it even being labeled 'experimental'. One of those authors where I later wondered how he hadn't been on my radar until now. 12mo
BarbaraBB @Billypar I have The War of the End of the World on my shelves and The Time of the Hero. I‘d definitely like a buddy read of one of these if you are interested! 12mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Yeah, definitely! Looks like @Liz_M preferred Hero so maybe that one? I feel like I'm constantly trying new authors so I need reminders to go back and read more from the ones I like. 12mo
BarbaraBB I‘d like that! @Liz_M can be trusted in choosing good books. When would be a good month for you? 12mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB How's February? 12mo
Liz_M It's a tough read, but I thought worth it: https://www.librarything.com/topic/153319#5027285 12mo
BarbaraBB Would you mind to read it a bit later in the year, for example in April? In March is the Tournament of Book and I‘d love to read the shortlisted books the coming months. 12mo
Billypar @BarbaraBB Of course- let's plan for April- we can check in as it gets closer. Looking forward to it! 12mo
Billypar @Liz_M Great review! The shared narration sounds interesting, even if challenging to decipher. Mayta is similar in that as the main character is interviewing people who knew him, it suddenly shifts to Mayta's perspective without any transition or warning. Disorienting at first, but I ended up liking it when I got used to it. 12mo
BarbaraBB Me too, let‘s do this 🙌 12mo
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Edemariam's account of her grandmother's remarkable life is a moving testimony to a courageous woman and a glimpse into decades of Ethiopian history as she watches it unfold. The story begins with her marriage at the age of 8 to a student priest, and follows her raising a large family while managing taxing household responsibilities, through legal fights for her family amidst political uncertainty. Inspiring, sad, indelible- highly recommended!

Billypar I also highly recommend the audio version for Adjoah Andoh's excellent narration. 12mo
GatheringBooks sounds powerful!! 12mo
AlaMich This sounds amazing! 12mo
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Congratulations | Viola Ruelke Gommer
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Thank you to everyone who joined our #LitWorld2018GB Giveaway and reposted/shared their book journeys this year. Congratulations to @gradcat @Cinfhen @Lindy @RealLifeReading @Billypar @BookishTrish !! Please send the following details to gatheringbooks @ yahoo.com:
1️⃣ Full name
2️⃣ Address with country and zip code
3️⃣ Contact number (mobile or landline)
Looking forward to receiving your details soonest!

BookishTrish This is a wonderful surprise! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Billypar Very exciting! Thanks so much!! 😃😃😃 12mo
AmyG Congrats!! (edited) 12mo
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gradcat Yay! I won? I won, I won, I won! Congratulations to all the rest of the winners, and thanks so much @GatheringBooks ... this is so very nice! 🥰 12mo
Lindy Myra! Thanks so much! 😘😘😘 12mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Really!??? Thank you sooooooo much xx I‘m very excited and congrats to my fellow travelers ❣️❣️❣️❣️ 12mo
RealLifeReading Wow!!! What a nice surprise! Thank you! ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
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I‘ve traveled to 25+ countries in 2018, many thanks to the tagged book, a fascinating history of the Mongol rule over more land than the Roman Empire. In addition to countries id‘d in this book (Mongolia, India, Syria, Iraq, Iran, etc), I visited Germany, Wales, Italy, USA, England, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Nepal, Switzerland, Australia, China, the Netherlands, Turkey, Denmark, Kenya, South Africa, Honduras, Guatemala #litworld2018gb

GatheringBooks very nice! thanks for reposting! :) 12mo
Texreader @GatheringBooks Very very fun post. 12mo
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The Mouse Deer Kingdom | Chiew-Siah Tei
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I‘ve visited 26 countries this year, and my ‘big discovery‘ from these journeys was Serbian author Danilo Kiš - A Tomb for Boris Davidovich. I would love to read books #6.
Thank you @GatheringBooks for generous #Litworld2018gb giveaway 🎁❣️

GatheringBooks awesome! thanks for reposting! 💕🧚🏼‍♀️📚 12mo
Leftcoastzen I read him and was totally impressed 12mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen I know that feeling! After reading The Tomb I stacked his works in my TBR pile immediately. (edited) 12mo
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The Moor's Last Sigh | Salman Rushdie
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I‘ve been to either 7 or 9 countries (greece, russia, the us, mexico,brazil, china, the uk, and a couple others of the fantastical variety ;) )thru books this year :D i‘m interested in #2 #litworld2018gb @GatheringBooks

GatheringBooks great!! thanks for reposting! 🧚🏼‍♀️ 12mo
Doughtah @GatheringBooks no worries! Thanks for hosting this event/giveaway! 😊 12mo
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Last chance to join our our Literary Voyage Around the World giveaway. Just REPOST and share how many countries you visited this year through books and you automatically get a chance to win any of these titles. Guesstimate is fine! Open internationally. Indicate which book (#1 to #6) you prefer. Just tag @GatheringBooks and hashtag #LitWorld2018GB. Last day to repost today! Do share! #BookGiveaway! #PayingItForward! #FreeBooks

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Thank you @GatheringBooks #litworld2018gb

I think I‘ve “visited” 21 countries in my reading, excluding the St Mary‘s series. They travel through both space and time, and they go everywhere!

I would choose #5.

GatheringBooks awesome!! 12mo
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