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readingjedi
The Fever Tree | Jennifer McVeigh
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This well researched & written historical fiction with a slow burn romance gets a Pick rating. Set against the backdrop of South Africa's diamond mines, it's the experiences of a young woman recently migrated from England. It is entertaining & engaging, in parts genuinely moving (the conditions for the natives in the mines, the smallpox victims) & has interesting things to say about the exploitation of SA by white colonialists. However...cont. ⬇️

readingjedi Cont. from above ... do not get me started on the main character. Bone-headed and annoying doesn't even begin to describe this selfish, blinkered idiot. OK, yes I started, but seriously, she was awful. And I know the author intended her this way but I think she overdid it slightly as she (the MC) is impossible to like or sympathise with. She kinda deserved everything she got ... except the happy ending!!! 4d
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes it's like authors create unlikable characters so that they can show how the character grows/matures throughout the story... except they forget to do the part where the characters grows and matures! 4d
Chrissyreadit Hmmm- I love historical fiction, but struggle with unlivable main characters. I‘m so torn. 4d
Tamra @readingjedi she got a happy ending? That would be the icing on the annoyance cake! 4d
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TamTracy
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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This was an amazing audiobook. It came highly recommended and I definitely wasn‘t disappointed. Can‘t wait for this to become a movie. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BeaG I loved it too. 5d
TamTracy @BeaG It was so good! 4d
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Dawnrod1970
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Thank you so much @lele1432 can‘t wait to read it. #readinginthenewyearswap

lele1432 Yayyy!! I hope you like the rest of the package! 🤗 1w
Dawnrod1970 @lele1432 I absolutely loved everything I have to post it. Things have been crazy the last couple weeks. 1w
lele1432 Oh good!! I definitely understand lol! 1w
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Abailliekaras
You Will Be Safe Here | Damian Barr
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I loved this! I expected it to be grim but it has some wonderful, uplifting, strong women characters and I learnt much about South Africa, the Boer War and its aftermath. Written from interesting perspectives - a mother in a concentration camp, a teenage boy & a single mother. There‘s an undercurrent of violence & the tension builds. A great ear for dialogue and characters written with care & compassion. Recommended.

Cinfhen Stacked!!! Thanks for sharing 💕 1w
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, stacking. 1w
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Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @erzascarletbookgasm I thought I might use it for #subjectmostlynewtoyou as I know nothing of the Boer war 1w
Cinfhen Great idea!! Let me know if you pick up a copy @Cathythoughts 1w
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts fantastic! Hope you‘ll find a copy. I‘ll keep this book in mind for the prompt too! 😘 1w
Abailliekaras @cathythoughts I too knew nothing of the Boer war - would be a great choice for that prompt! 7d
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swliblady
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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This one helped me check off several BINGO squares (ebook, award winner, nonfiction, recommended by library staff - bonus!). This was a very interesting book, and I will definitely recommend it, though the jumping around timeline threw me a bit.

DGRachel I recommend this audiobook to everyone who asks for audio recommendations regardless of what kinds of books they like to read because Noah‘s narration and his story are just that good. 😍 2w
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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Even though I have a stack of books ready and (eagerly) waiting for 2020, I'm still working my way through The Power of One, carried over from last year, which, to be honest, I'm struggling to finish. The first half is great and you almost cant put it down, but after about half way my interest has dwindled, the same as it did 24 years ago when I first read it. I read til about halfway through and DNF.
Looks like I've only got about a quarter to go

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Bookwormjillk
The Woman Next Door | Yewande Omotoso
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What a great way to start off the new year. I really enjoyed this book about two women who are complete opposites but find they need to rely on each other. #elfies #WinterGames

lele1432 Okay I need to read this one this year! 2w
Bookwormjillk @lele1432 it was really good. Thanks so much for sending it. 2w
lele1432 You‘re welcome!! 🤗 2w
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rigo.padilla
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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A perfect way to end 2019. Powered through this book w/ many emotions - laughter, anger, tears - as we learn about South Africa through the life of #TrevorNoah. I MUST read for sure. 😭 #apartheid #UnconditionalLove #BornACrime

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rigo.padilla
Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

"The hood made me realize that crime succeeds b/c crime does the one thing that the government doesn't: crime cares. Crime is grassroots. Crime looks for the young kids who need support & a lifting hand. Crime offers internship programs & summer jobs & opportunities for advancement. Crime here involved in the community. Crime doesn't discriminate." #Crime #FailedGovernments