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Daisey
Soldier Boy | Keely Hutton
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Ricky was abducted in 1989 and forced to join the LRA in #Uganda. The violence he witnessed and participated in is tough to read, but the story is well told and ultimately hopeful. Ricky‘s story alternates with the perspective of another injured child soldier about 20 years later meeting the adult Ricky who is now helping other children/teens in the same kind of situation.

#FoodAndLit #audiobook #YA
#ReadingTheWorld #ReadTheWorld

Catsandbooks Sounds like a tough read 🇺🇬 2w
Daisey @Catsandbooks It was but well worth the time! 1w
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Daisey
The Reader | Bernhard Schlink
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I wasn‘t quite sure what to expect based on what I had read about this book, and it definitely took some time to get into. However, over time it developed into a story that pulled me in and made me think. I ended up really enjoying it.

#1001books #audiobook #Translated #FoodAndLit2022 #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #Germany

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Daisey
Hideous Kinky | Esther Freud
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It‘s been a wonderful Thanksgiving week, and tonight I‘m thankful for a quiet evening with good food and a book. This book‘s been on my list for a bit, and I finally started it today. So far, other than not particularly liking the narrator‘s mother, I‘m enjoying it and the descriptions of Morocco.

#1001books #ReadingAfrica2022 #Morocco #ReadingTheWorld #ReadTheWorld #ReadAndEat

Daisey Well, maybe I should have waited to post as I decided to just go ahead and read the rest of this book tonight. It‘s an interesting perspective, watching the mother‘s actions and seeing the journey through a child‘s eyes. I often disliked the mother‘s choices, but I thoroughly enjoyed the tour of Morocco. 2mo
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Daisey
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I saw the posts @Texreader made about this book, realized it was also in my Kindle library, and decided I should read it this week. It‘s a short but great memoir about a teenager who was able to beat all the odds against him as he made his way from Ghana to Spain.

* Map & author photo from book

#ReadingAfrica2022 #Ghana #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #translated #memoir #nonfiction

Texreader Yay!!! I‘m so happy you read it and enjoyed it too. 2mo
tpixie Sounds great! Perseverance & Resilience. (edited) 2mo
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Daisey
Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami
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I haven‘t particularly enjoyed previous novels by Murakami, so I didn‘t start with high expectations. It has the uncomfortable sex scenes I‘ve come to expect in his writing, but other than that I was completely caught up in the story. It‘s strange with the line between reality and dream often blurred, and I enjoyed following every unique character‘s story.

#audiobook #1001books #translated #FoodAndLit #Japan #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld

Currey @Daisey this has been on my TBR shelf for a long time. Hopefully your review will get me to read it 5mo
Daisey @Currey It really was a fascinating story! 5mo
tphil10283 He‘s a great author and it‘s a great book. The only thing that could perhaps be a little off putting for some people may be that he‘s only 15 and has sexual encounters in the story. Maybe because I was a 15 year old fifty years ago and times were different it doesn‘t seem wrong to me. I also looked up the legality of that in Japan and apparently it‘s not a big deal. The story is really out of the box and I appreciate the brain behind his work. 5mo
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Daisey
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This was a powerful story, both heartbreaking and ultimately a bit hopeful as well. Set in South Africa in the 1940s, it provides a very clear sense of time and place.

#1001books #audiobook #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #ReadingAfrica2022 #SouthAfrica

Daisey @TheAromaofBooks This is also my August #BookSpin 3. 6mo
Librarybelle Good choice! 6mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! 6mo
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Daisey @Librarybelle @DivineDiana Absolutely agree! So glad this challenge put it on my list for this year. 6mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too. 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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Daisey
One Hundred Years of Solitude | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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This is my favorite of the Garcia Marquez books I‘ve read so far. I liked this family saga much more than Love in the Time of Cholera. The repetitive character names got confusing, so I referenced a family tree. #FoodAndLit #Colombia #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #translated #1001books

Some farm jobs are more conducive to listening than others and after several days with little time to listen, I finished this #audiobook today. #BooksOnTheFarm

BarbaraBB My favorite too! 7mo
Daisey @BarbaraBB Agreed! This one was so much more enjoyable and I can even see myself revisiting it to better understand the confusing family. 7mo
BarbaraBB I read it in the 90s and still remember it, which is exceptional for me! 7mo
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The Plague | Albert Camus
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I officially put this book on my TBR in 2020, but it still took a bit to get to it. I‘m honestly glad I read it at this point. Before Covid, I don‘t think I would have really appreciated it, and now I can compare the whole book to recent experience. I also want to research a bit more about its symbolism in relation to world events when it was written.

Photo: My view between fields along the Missouri River. #BooksOnTheFarm

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Graywacke Love the photo. Camus - an author I want to get to. 7mo
Daisey @Graywacke Thanks! So many authors always on my list. I‘m doing some more listening about Camus today and I think it will give me an even better appreciation for his writing. 7mo
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Librarybelle An author I‘ve yet to read! 7mo
Suet624 Lovely photo. Congrats on getting to Camus. 7mo
Daisey @Suet624 Thanks! 7mo
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Daisey
At Swim-two-birds | Flann O'Brien
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I‘m not at all sure what I listened to the last few days! I alternated this with stories from Dubliners while also reading Ulysses, so I‘m having a very Irish reading week. I thought some aspects seemed similar to Joyce‘s style. This book is a somewhat insane mashup of the life of an often drunk student and his writing which includes an author whose characters take on a life of their own. I didn‘t fully get it but I was somewhat entertained. ⬇️

Daisey I also listened to this Censored podcast episode about the book which included an interesting discussion of Irish censorship.

#audiobook #1001books #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #Ireland

Today was another day of listening to #BooksOnTheFarm, and the background photo is my view of the other two tractors also in the same field as myself. The 4 of us working on the family farm today put in some hours and covered quite a bit of ground.
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mabell I love your farm photos and updates! You really make the most of everyday. (And make me wonder what am I doing with my time 😆) 8mo
Daisey @mabell Thanks! 😂 Believe me, there are plenty of summer days I would love to take it easy, but if I‘m going to work for my dad it‘s just what it is. 8mo
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Daisey
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I tried new earbuds while in the tractor and could barely hear the book I had started, so I switched to this. It‘s been on my someday TBR and moved up when I started Ulysses. After listening once, I felt I missed a lot, so I went back to several of the stories again. Some were fascinating and some just left me unsure of the point. I enjoyed the view of average people and the way the stories were ordered to transition from one to the next.

JazzFeathers I started reading it years ago and still haven't finished it 😶 I remember that when l read the first story l thought, l didn't understand anything. So I went looking for resources and after reading some of them, I though, this man is a genius. I still think it. But l find reading Joyce so demanding. This is why l haven't finished this yet. 8mo
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, I felt somewhat the same, but also that I could comprehend it alone better than Ulysses. I listened as I felt it would be an appropriate companion to Ulysses, but I‘ve decided all of Joyce‘s work deserves to be read in print with focus. 8mo
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