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KristiAhlers
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For the #readafrica2022 #sierraleone I chose this title. As a society of humanity we have to do so much better. The fact I knew he had a happy ending to his journey (and happy as in he‘s still alive and living a life he has well earned) allowed me to read the whole memoir. This is another if he could live it I could read it and acknowledge his journey with my heart breaking. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @Texreader

Librarybelle Good choice! 1mo
BarbaraBB Stacking! 1mo
Texreader I just finished it too. Letting it settle before I write my review. Nicely done 1mo
KristiAhlers @Texreader I totally get the let it settle. I did the same. As a grown woman I do t think I would‘ve had the strength to do what this child had done. I‘m so glad he made his way here and is living the life that he is. 1mo
Kitta I read this years ago! It was so interesting! 1mo
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KristiAhlers
The Missing American | Kwei Quartey
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For #readafrica2022 #Ghana I downloaded this one and let me tell you I was hooked right away. With plenty of twists this is a solid mystery/suspense read. Loved the cultural elements that truly pull you into this world! #travelthroughbooks @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I‘ve got this one on my to read list! 2mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle I think you‘ll really like this one. Different but good. 2mo
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KristiAhlers
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For #readafrica2022 representing #Madagascar I picked this novella length read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ read. This may be one of those books that things go missing with translation. This is only the second book from that island that‘s been translated from a local. His descriptions of the island is what kept me reading @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @Texreader

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry this was an underwhelming book. I am planning to read this one for Madagascar 3mo
KristiAhlers @BarbaraBB you may like it. I can‘t truly put my finger on why it didn‘t speak to me. Wasn‘t a horrible read. 3mo
Librarybelle Novellas are a hit or miss for me - I guess I‘m more of a longer novel reader. 3mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle I think I‘m that way too. Sometimes they work but for the most part I want to sit down and dig into a good story. Which requires way more words. 3mo
Librarybelle Yes! So true! 3mo
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KristiAhlers
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I chose this memoir for my #readafrica2022 to represent #rwanda. Two sides to every story. Well, in this case Hollywood‘s version and this memoir written by a survivor of the genocide. At times heartbreaking and horrifying his words stand as witness to his experience. If he could live through it and write about it. I could read it. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB This must be a tough read 3mo
KristiAhlers @BarbaraBB very much. I had to set it aside a few times. But I told myself if he could live through that I could read about it at least. 3mo
Librarybelle 🔼Very good perspective 3mo
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KristiAhlers
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For #readafrica2022 and for the country of #Egypt I selected this one. I have to say this wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be like. This ended up being a wonderful read and I found myself captives by the writing style and the characters. #travelthroughbooks @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

IuliaC I read this one a very long time ago and I remember I loved it 🤩 3mo
KristiAhlers @IuliaC I loved it too. I‘m going to go and look at his backlist as I love his writing style 3mo
IuliaC Exactly, it's his writing style. I read a couple of his books and enjoyed them all (By the River Piedra I Set Down and Wept, Eleven Minutes, The Zahir, Love) 😊 3mo
Librarybelle Great choice! 3mo
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KristiAhlers
The Lioness: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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For #readafrica2022 I picked this one representing #Tanzania. This author is an automatic buy and I loved how he brought the Tanzanian landscape to life while at the same time telling a page turning story about a kidnapping gone wrong. Book is populated by a lot of characters so that can get confusing at times as each character has his/her POV. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle #travelthroughbooks

Librarybelle I‘m excited to read this one! 3mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle I brought this one with me the past weekend. I did a quick road trip up to Wisconsin to see my best friend. This one kept me very entertained 3mo
Bklover I like his books too, but haven‘t read them all yet Hope you had a good visit! 3mo
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KristiAhlers @Bklover I did. It was so nice to get out of the area. Have some wine, catch up. It was a much needed break. And as for this guys books I think this might be one of his I like the best. 3mo
Librarybelle Awesome! 3mo
BarbaraBB Good choice! The author is on Litsy, did you know that?! @ChrisBohjalian 3mo
KristiAhlers @BarbaraBB I did not! How cool is that? 3mo
melmes Awesome 3mo
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KristiAhlers
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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For #readafrica2022 I selected this title representing #Belgiancongo #thecongo. I have to say I spent a few chapters yelling at the book. A few chapters crying and the whole book cringing as several times it was extremely uncomfortable. Which I guess is why it‘s a controversial read. In any event this country came alive for me through her descriptions and the characters. #travelthroughbooks @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Texreader

Librarybelle I‘ve yet to read this one, but I‘ve heard others describe all of the emotions they get from this one. 3mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle it was good but I wouldn‘t read it again. It was actually a draining read emotionally if you know what I mean. 3mo
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KristiAhlers
The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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@Texreader this is my current read for #readafrica2022! This one is set in Belgian Congo.

BarbaraBB Such a good choice! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll tag you in our first post about #ReadingAfrica2022, there you can find the list with all countries! 3mo
KristiAhlers @BarbaraBB thank you so much! I found this through @Texreader! 3mo
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BarbaraBB She‘s the best! 3mo
Texreader My warning: I read a few years ago and hated it and now won‘t read any books by her. Hopefully not the case for you! 😉 3mo
KristiAhlers @Texreader I‘ve heard you either love her or hate her. This is my first time reading her so fingers crossed! 3mo
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Equator | Miguel Sousa Tavares
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I‘m borrowing daughter‘s dorm room wheeled cart (she‘s now home from college for the summer) for my challenge reads. With her immense amount of help, we organized and updated my fave books bookshelf (in the background). Then we pulled out my IRL challenge books for #readingafrica2022 (top of cart) #foodandlit2022 and #litsyatoz and put them on her cart. I decided to throw in a couple of my Wilbur Smith books for Africa because, why not?

Nute Nice! 3mo
KristiAhlers Nice! I love organizing books. Or bullet journals or just about anything. I just visited my local bookstore and came away with a couple more reads for the #readafrica2022 challenge. I‘m going to be away for the weekend but I‘m hoping to get some reading done will traveling in the car. Total perk of being the passenger! 3mo
Texreader @KristiAhlers Oooh! Post what you bought! What countries? I‘m so excited! 3mo
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Texreader @Nute 🤗 3mo
Librarybelle Yay for organizing books…so much fun!! 3mo
KristiAhlers @Texreader I picked up a copy of that takes place in the Belgian Congo! 3mo
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KristiAhlers
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This was such a very good read. Written in broken English, it‘s the story of a 14 yr old girl who so desperately wants to go to school to learn to be a teacher. Instead she‘s married off by her cruel father. I learned so much about this culture and this country through this book. #readafrica2022 #Nigeria #travelthroughbooks @Texreader @Librarybelle

Librarybelle This is on my to read list! 3mo
KristiAhlers @Librarybelle oh you‘re going to love it. I loved how it was written in broken English. Truly adds to the experience of the story. 3mo
Texreader I‘m so glad you loved it too and you‘re kicking off your readingafrica challenge. You picked a good one to start. I highly recommend I Am A Girl from Africa next. Super inspirational 3mo
KristiAhlers @Texreader oh. Ok great. I‘ll download that one now! Thanks for the suggestion! 3mo
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