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Now that I‘ve finished the #readingAfrica challenge I‘m picking up this bad boy again. #chunksterchallenge at 824 pages!

Aimeesue "The translator may have added scenes and episodes to the text" Oh, sure, like you do. ? 11h
Texreader @Aimeesue Those Swedes! 😁 11h
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This overview of current issues and and attitudes towards Africa was very informative. I especially enjoyed the parts about popular culture from my childhood like Band Aid and Coming to America. Thanks @BarbaraBB for putting this on my radar. #ReadingAfrica

Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 5d
BarbaraBB Happy you liked it. And indeed, that part about Band Aid 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5d
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Little Suns | Zakes Mda
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Another started but not finished #booked22 (and a #readingAfrica) thanks to this weeks #novelnovember. This is hard to review - overall I loved the historical elements of the novel and the story of the kingdoms of Africa pre and alongside colonisation but at times struggled with the very oral style of storytelling in its written form. Also didn‘t love the main character who was annoying and slightly stalkerish. His love has no voice of her own


The [American Presbyterian] mission [to the DRC in 1895] was once again without a white presence, and Dr. Samuel Chester, Executive Secretary of the Board for World Missions, issued an urgent call for white recruits. He said it was “absolutely necessary to have one white man, and very desirable that we have at least two…more colored people are offering than we are able to send, but no white man is offering for the African work.” #ReadingAfrica DRC

Singout Very interesting after my work for several years in the national office of a Canadian church with Presbyterian roots, in the department that included overseas partnerships and personnel. 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I decided one of my challenges next year will be to fill in the countries I didn‘t get to for #ReadingAsia and #ReadingAfrica

I‘ve enjoyed these challenges so much and I really want to finish them!

Librarybelle What an awesome idea! 3w
EvieBee That‘s awesome! 3w
BarbaraBB Such a good idea! 3w
Cinfhen That‘s a brilliant idea!!! 3w
DivineDiana Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I believe that I will follow your lead! 3w
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Aya of Yop City | Marguerite Abouet, Clment Oubrerie
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This graphic novel set in Cote d‘ Ivoire was full of entertaining drama!

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14 Cows for America | Carmen Agra Deedy
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Trying to catch up on some reviews. I read this a few weeks ago for #foodandlit #kenya. Recommended by @TheBookHippie , it is a heartwarming, true story of a Masai village who bestows a gift of fourteen cows to the American people,grieving the September 11 attacks. Beautiful illustrations. It is a children‘s picture book, but this adult found it very moving.
“To the Masai, the cow is life.” #readingafrica #kenya
#192025 #2009

TheBookHippie ♥️♥️♥️♥️I love it so much! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
Texreader This looks so good! 1mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇰🇪 1mo
DivineDiana @thebookhippie And I never would have found it without you! I returned it to the Library yesterday, and shared it with a Librarian who had not heard of it. As it turned out, she had worked in Kenya while in college and had visited a Masai village. She immediately checked it out! She plans to share with her sisters this weekend who also visited Kenya! Thank you so much! ❤️ 1mo
DivineDiana @thetexreader It is! ❤️ 1mo
TheBookHippie @DivineDiana OH MY WORD !!! How beautiful is that!!! Made me teary 🥹♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️ 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Here‘s my reading list for the #OutstandingOctober Readathon with @Andrew65

A little #FearfulFall mixed with some #FoodandLit a side of #ReadingAfrica and of course #Scarathlon2022

I can‘t wait!

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😁 2mo
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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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Raced through this for my #readingafrica Morocco option@and because I was due to land in Tangier! This was an incredibly messed up story of obsessive friendship and damaged people in Tangier in the early 1950s. The city was brought to life wonderfully and the fiesta kept on coming… on arrival this morning I dragged my husband to a cafe that features heavily!

mabell Cool real life connection! 2mo
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Start Spinning | Maggie Casey
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Yay!! The moment you have all been waiting for! 😂 October's #BookSpin is NINE and the #DoubleSpin is TEN!!

Here is what I am going to do: I am going to go post the #BookSpinBingo board. Then I am going to come back here and tag everyone (which takes a hot minute haha) Then I am NOT going to tag anyone on the Bingo post. This saves me tagging time and keeps everyone from getting double-tagged. You all are smart! You can find the Bingo board!!😆 ⬇

TheAromaofBooks Below are a few housekeeping items that I would really appreciate if you took a few moments to read. As always, my new masterpost about both #BookSpin & #BookSpinBingo can be found on my blog - https://thearomaofbooks.wordpress.com/bookspin-bookspinbingo-litsy-challenge - & this link is always available in my profile as well. ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks 1. Remember, this is a no-pressure challenge!! You can read one or both of these books. You can bail on them. You can bail on the whole challenge and try again next month. Whatever works!! This is supposed to be fun not stressful!! ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks 2. I do have a giveaway at the end of the year. Every BookSpin or DoubleSpin book completed counts as an entry!! In the past, I have tracked these myself, but for 2022 YOU are in charge of tracking your own entries!! To help with this process, I have created a Google Form that can be found here - https://forms.gle/X57ePKzuHpsqLjE5A - You can use this Form two different ways: You can update it throughout the year OR you can wait and fill in ⬇ 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) all the information at the end of the year. If you want to be entered in the giveaway you MUST use this form. However, if you do NOT want to be entered in the giveaway but still want to use the form for organizational purposes, I have set it up so that the personal info/address blank is OPTIONAL - so you can use the form without submitting your name/address. If you do not care about the giveaway you do NOT have to use this form at all ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) There is more information about how the form works when you click on the link and go to the form because I LOVE overexplaining things!!! You are also ALWAYS welcome to ask me questions!!

4. Even though I don't HAVE to see your reviews I love reading them!! So please feel free to tag me in any and all BookSpin reivews!!

5. For the giveaway, DNFs do count!! The goal for #BookSpin is to get a book off your TBR, so if you decide not to ⬇
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) finish it, it's still off the TBR and still counts as a completion in my book!!

6. If you do not finish your #BookSpin/#DoubleSpin book this month it is STILL ELIGIBLE for a giveaway entry as long as you complete it sometime in 2022!! There is space in the form for you both to put down what book you are SUPPOSED to read & then to check off which books you DID read! ⬇
TheAromaofBooks 7. Everyone is welcome to join this challenge!! If you wanted tagged & I missed you, it was completely inadvertent!! Please just let me know that you want to be added to the tag list. You can also let me know if you want to be removed - no hard feelings!! Feel free to jump in & out of this challenge as needed. Also, obviously, getting tagged doesn't mean you HAVE to actually participate!!

TheAromaofBooks 8 & final (FINALLY) - While I don't have time to reply to all of the comments to this post, I do read every one and love seeing which books got picked for you!! I do respond to any direct questions or confusion, so please feel free to ask away if something doesn't make sense or you need some clarifications. Thank you all so much for your enthusiasm, and happy reading!!! 2mo
Lcsmcat My bookspin is The Beet Queen; doublespin is In the Darkroom. Thanks for continuing to do this! 2mo
Soubhiville Thanks Sarah! I‘ll be reading Far From the Tree and Only Killers and Thieves. 📚❤️😊 (edited) 2mo
vlwelser I got Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line and Obit. They're library books so I was on a timer anyway. 2mo
sprainedbrain Hahaha tagging a lot of people is not easy!! Good idea. 😂 2mo
claudiuo Thank you so much! My BookSpin is The Shadow of the Wind and DoubleSpin is God Bless You, Mr Rosewater which came up before and I still haven‘t read it yet. 2mo
Megabooks Apparently I am not smart and can‘t find the bingo board…has it not been posted yet? I am on your page. Glad you‘re saving time because I REALLY appreciate that you take time to do this each month!!!! It is such a fun challenge!!! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Could you tag me in the bingo board post? I have a few tags blocked for one of the fall challenges (and apparently it‘s insufficient because I am STILL seeing stuff about the things people are WATCHING for it… argh…) so it doesn‘t show up for me, even on your page, unless you tag me. @Megabooks Maybe that‘s your problem as well? 2mo
Allylu Mine are The Thursday Murder Club by Osman and A Wedding in Haiti by Alvarez. 2mo
Megabooks @Clare-Dragonfly thanks for tip! Once I unmuted scarathalon, I could see it. I‘ll just remute it now that I have the board. 2mo
Kristin_Reads The bookiverse must really want me to read this because it was my pick last month too but I wasn‘t able to get to it. I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Megabooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I didn't think about people having tags blocked for the October challenge (which I totally understand doing if you aren't actually interested in the event haha) I would never have puzzled out why you couldn't see the post, so I'm glad you figured it out!!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Clare-Dragonfly - I tagged you, so let me know if you still can't see it!! 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly Thank you!!! I can see it now! 2mo
sebrittainclark Bookspin: The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2022
Doublebookspin: Kiss Her Once for Me
FelinesAndFelonies Great idea. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sweet! I'll be reading a New-To-Me Literary Magazine (now I have to pick one of the many out there) and Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake. 2mo
robinb Thanks Sarah. 😊 Joy for Beginners is #BookSpin. It‘s from an author I‘ve been meaning to get back to and I just figured out I was having a “senior” moment when I put Birds of a Feather on my list as I‘ve already read it. 😂 Ugh!! I‘m subbing in the next in series (Pardonable Lies) instead. (edited) 2mo
BarbaraJean BookSpin is tagged and DoubleSpin is Embassytown by China Mieville—two challenge reads for me! @Megabooks @Clare-Dragonfly Thanks for the heads up about not being able to see the bingo post—I had the same problem since I have the same tag muted! I‘m on my phone so it‘s a pain to go unmute, but I found it by clicking on the #BookSpinBingo tag and scrolling down. 🎉 (edited) 2mo
TheSpineView Awesome! I will be reading The Blood Card and Pandora. 🤞 2mo
Deblovestoread BookSpin is Northanger Abbey and DoubleSpin is 2mo
Singout A Long Way Gone: my #ReadingAfrica #SierraLeone book about a boy soldier. (I just finished a book about a boy soldier in Uganda: tough reading!) 2mo
Librarybelle Yay! Mine is The Guest List and The Night She Disappeared 2mo
Gissy Number 9, Yes, my birthday day this month 🥳 2mo
bookandbedandtea I love #BookSpin day! Thank you 😊 2mo
UwannaPublishme Yay! It‘s #BookSpin Day! 🙌🏻 2mo
Larkken 😊 thank you! 2mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
MrsK 9 & 10…yay💞 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraJean - Apparently I picked the wrong month to skip on the tagging thing! 😂 I'm glad everyone is finding the post nonetheless!!! 2mo
BarbaraJean Haha… like you said, we are smart! We are finding the post! You‘re just making us do our part. 😆 2mo
i.besteph Hi. Can you remove me from the tag list? Thanks :) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @I.besteph - Absolutely!! If you decide you want to play along again later, just let me know!! 2mo
i.besteph @TheAromaofBooks Great! I will 2mo
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