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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind | William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer
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This memoir was about so much more than just a disadvantaged Malawian boy creating a windmill for electricity. At its core is a tale of ingenuity in the face of adversity, coupled with the power of friends, family, and strangers who believe in you and your potential. 4⭐️s! Other topics tackled included: scarcity, famine, effects of hunger on the brain, predatory price-gouging during famine, school fees and the cycle of poverty,👇🏽

lele1432 “Magic” and superstition used as a scapegoat for HIV/AIDS and famine, deforestation aiding in flooding and drought, farm livelihood dependent upon weather and fertilizer, and government corruption. It packed in a LOT and I admit some of the technical parts went over my head. But overall, an inspirational story I‘m glad to have read! Thanks @RachelO! (edited) 6d
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lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2020 #Pop20 Written by an author in their 20s 6d
lele1432 #Nonfiction2020 Something about climate change, energy or environment @Riveted_Reader_Melissa (edited) 6d
lele1432 #JanuaryBookBingo recommended by a friend. I'm tired. 😬 6d
Cinfhen Nice one 🙌🏻💜That‘s the way to play!!!!! 6d
4thhouseontheleft I really like this book too. And, wow! #PromptQueen 👏 6d
RachelO Your prompts!! Brilliant! 🤣😂🤣 So glad you enjoyed it - he really did pack a lot in there. It shouldn‘t have, but the school fees thing really shocked me - it had just never occurred to me that the family would need to pay for his education in those circumstances. 6d
lele1432 @RachelO yes! I know here in the States we really take free primary/secondary education for granted. The school fees situation creating this cycle of poverty despite his obvious talent and ability to learn was heartbreaking. But it had a happy ending! 😊 6d
lele1432 Ah! Forgot #LitsyAtoZ for letter B! @BookishMarginalia 6d
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The Secret Quest | Margaret Sutton
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I've been reading this series off and on for months, but this is the last one I own, so the end for now! Judy is, as always, a likable protagonist, and I'm a bit sorry to see the end of these books.

Finishing this book put me at 6hrs14mins fo #JumpStart2020 (and 3rd book completed). It's Pennsylvania for #ReadtheUSA2020 & #SeparatedbyaPondTour (that I've unofficially joined haha), as well as #FinishinaDay for #Booked2020 AND S for #LitsyAtoZ !!

phatsallylee Wow! One book so many prompts! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @phatsallylee - I think early in the year it will be easy to fill in multiple prompts with one book, because basically none of them have been completed yet... I probably won't have as much luck quadruple dipping in, say, July! 😁 2w
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Lizpixie Well done!👏👏👏 2w
Andrew65 It‘s great to have you with us, and I‘m making it official 😂 The latest Payne and Jones book is likely to take me to Pennsylvania, tend to be global books but home base is in Pittsburgh. It‘s sat on my bedside table waiting. (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Lizpixie - thank you!! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - I anticipate it taking me a couple of years to complete the tour, but I do genuinely love maps, and I have read so many books set in the UK that I'm looking forward to paying more attention to where they actually are!! Pittsburgh is about 3hrs from here - lovely city, but a nightmare to navigate. We definitely got trapped on the wrong side of a river last time we were there! 😆 2w
4thhouseontheleft You‘re a #promptQueen today! 🙌🏽😄 That‘s one of the fun parts of January, an empty slate on all the challenges. 2w
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Think it‘ll most probably take me the same time frame too. I‘m look forward to exploring the US more through these challenges - need to extend my knowledge. Pittsburgh does sound a nightmare! 2w
mabell I have the Judy Bolton series! I had collected a few here and there from thrift/antique shops, and one Christmas my parents surprised me with the whole set! It‘s been at least 15 years since I‘ve read one. I‘ll have to get those out! I don‘t remember very much about her story now. 😬 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65 - rivers and tunnels everywhere! 😲 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - I used to come across them pretty regularly in thrift/antique stores, but never seem to find them any more! I have the majority of the collection (books 1-30, and then this one, #33). I was thinking about buying them one at a time for the rest, but they run around $15/ea, and I'm just not sure I can justify that just to complete my collection!! For some reason the later ones in the series are much harder to find than the earlier ones. 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - anyway, they are pretty fun. I first started collecting them because even though they were Nancy Drew-ish, the characters actually moved through time, got married, moved around, did things with their lives, which felt so much more realistic to me! After this reread: still in love with Peter. 😁 2w
TheAromaofBooks @4thhouseontheleft - right?? January is making me feel super accomplished! 😁 2w
mabell Oh my! I didn‘t remember there being so many! My set is residing at my parents (my house will only hold so many books and allow us to live here as well 😆) I will have to check and see how many I have - I may not have all of them. I experienced the same thing with Trixie Beldens. The later ones are very hard to find! 2w
mabell And now I remember a little about how the story grew! Very different from Nancy Drew, you‘re right. I will have to bring back a few and jump back in! 2w
BookishMarginalia I loved Trixie Belden! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @mabell - Ohno, it sounds like you need a bigger house! 😁 The last time we moved my family said it was literally the LAST TIME they were helping me move, because everyone is over carrying my books around (even me haha) (although moving six times in five years was a bit much). Anyway, YES Trixie Belden is definitely the same way. I have a bunch of those as well, but, like you, have had trouble getting a hold of the newer ones. My sister & I ⬇ 2w
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) were just saying the other day how we had a crush on Mart when we read those books back in the day. 😍 Really want to get around to a reread of those. Also, really need a BFF who is super nice, really rich, has horses, & lets me date her brother. 😆 @BookishMarginalia - I meant to tag you at the beginning of the first comment, whoops. Yes, so much Trixie Belden love!! 2w
Linsy Pretty pic! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @Linsy - thank you!! We have a giant wall map, so it seems appropriate for the background for some of my #ReadtheUSA2020 books!! 2w
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