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Andrew65
Chocolate Cake for Breakfast | Danielle Hawkins
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Eggs Works for me 😋 5d
DinoMom @ShelleyBooksie I feel like this book is something you would like. 5d
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Monica5
Better the Blood | Michael Bennett
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Panpan

I have read Bennett's books before and they were a lot better than this one. It was slow and just didn't keep my attention. At least I can mark it off and move on to another book, that will be hopefully better.

Netgalley ARC Published on January 10, 2023

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Monica5
Better the Blood | Michael Bennett
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Next book. It will be #3 in #JoyousJanauryReadathon. Netgalley ARC I am behind on. Surprise, Surprise!😂

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shawnmooney
Loop Tracks | Sue Orr
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https://youtu.be/AjePaaBiUng

A playlist of all episodes in the Bite-sized Book Chat series: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLU-61cZp1pQdBH5V0Zb9q-2ujl4PY8nhf

Chat #1: with Olivia from Auckland

Loop Tracks by Sue Orr

shawnmooney Chat #2: with Peter of P. English Literature - from Nigeria

They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan by Benson Deng, Alephonsion Deng, Benjamin Ajak, and Judy A. Bernstein

Disturbed in Their Nests: A Journey from Sudan's Dinkaland to San Diego's City Heights by Alephonsion Deng & Judy A. Bernstein

Chat #3: with Holly from Hawaii

Brick Lane by Monica Ali

Chat #4: with Freddie from Malaysia
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CarolynM
Greta and Valdin | Rebecca Reilly
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#12Booksof2022. #December

I just adored this story about a complicated Māori / Russian / Catalan family living and loving in Auckland. It was my favourite book, not only of December, but of all of 2022.

MrsMalaprop That‘s a heck if a recommendation. Stacked 📚 4w
Aimeesue High praise! I must check it out 4w
Rissreads Glad I‘ve already stacked it then! 4w
Andrew65 Love the sound of it. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a good way to review the year. 4w
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Lindy
Kurangaituku | Whiti Hereaka
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I had admired the birds who had adapted to their niche in nature, but the Song Makers could adapt the world to suit their needs. They had adapted the ability to adapt. It was dizzying in its audacity.

Lindy @bnp this image is from the cover of the book 1mo
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Lindy
Kurangaituku | Whiti Hereaka
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Pickpick

Māori writer Whiti Hereaka turns storytelling on its head in this brilliant retelling of an old story, Hatupatu and the Bird Woman. It‘s told from the viewpoint of Bird Woman, a supernatural being largely shaped by the stories told about her. This NZ award-winning novel can be started from either end, meeting in the middle third part which is the same regardless of direction. Beginnings? Endings? Much depends on the teller. #NewZealand #Indigenous

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Lindy
Kurangaituku | Whiti Hereaka
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Much later, when the forest had been replaced by towns & cities, the tūī learned the urban songs of machinery, jackhammers & sirens. Their mimicry of your world still delights, although most of the sounds of the tūī are wasted on you—your ears are too blunt an instrument. The song of the tūī is only truly appreciated by their fellow subjugated species—leaving you to wonder why your dog has picked up his ears.

Lindy @bnp …another tea towel with tuis on it. Thanks for asking about the images. 🤗 1mo
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Lindy
Kurangaituku | Whiti Hereaka
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The song before light is almost a prayer, an entreaty for the light to return. It is a daily miracle, and the birds‘ song is partly joy that the light has returned, and partly joy that they are alive to witness it.

Lindy @bnp this image is from our wall calendar 1mo
Suet624 I‘ll have to remember this in the summer when I get annoyed that the birds have woken me up yet again. 1mo
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Lindy
Kurangaituku | Whiti Hereaka
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The tūī sings a different song to that of the kākā. But both sing the truth.

bnp @Lindy Are these wonderful illustrations from the book? 1mo
Lindy @bnp No, this image of tuis is on a tea towel that I own. 1mo
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