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Eggs
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Can you imagine hiking 2 miles x2/day to reach your only water source (pond)??

#Hike #NovemberNarrative @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

suvata Oh my! We are so spoiled. 3w
Eggs @suvata True! 3w
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vivastory
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Last week I came across the On the Road with Penguin Classics podcast. They have one episode remaining in their third season. OTR features Henry Eliot, editor of two wonderful coffee table books about Penguin (The Penguin Classics Book & The Penguin Modern Classics Book), with a different guest talking about classics. These range from Chaucer to Carrington. I have listened to only two episodes so far, but I was very impressed by it. Any fans?

psalva I haven‘t heard it but I‘m going to check it out and see. I‘ve been cautious about listening to too many bookish podcasts lately for fear of overwhelming myself with TBR additions. However, this does sound interesting. 1mo
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vivastory @psalva I thought it was excellent. Eliot seems to select interesting guests to talk to & the format with them walking around and talking about different areas important to a writer translated well. It's more of a deep dive book podcast, which I appreciate as so many seem to skim over a lot of titles in an episode 1mo
LitStephanie No, but sounds interesting! 1mo
psalva @vivastory I have downloaded the episode about Maurice, which I read recently. It doesn‘t have that many episodes so far, so I may actually be able to catch up on it without getting overwhelmed :) 1mo
Branwen Oooh this sounds delightful! 1mo
LeahBergen Sounds good! 👍 1mo
merelybookish Haha. I guess our podcast worlds overlapped! I didn't see this before I posted. Clearly we have similar taste. 👍😀 1mo
vivastory @merelybookish Do you ever listen to Mookse & Gripes? I think you'd like it... 1mo
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Liz_M
The Wedding of Zein | Tayeb Salih
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A kind of holy fool, seeming grotesque in appearance and simple of thought, Zein is beloved by in the town Told almost in a series of gossiping stories, the narrative starts with the news of Zein‘s impending marriage and then digresses into a stories about him, other villagers, and incidents that led up to this momentous event, allowing the reader to meet many characters and the author to subtly depict tensions between the different communities.

Liz_M “The doum tree of Wad Hamid“ is about 20 pages. A villager is talking to a visitor, taking it for granted that the visitor will only stay a night, and must be interested in the town's only object of significance - a tree. So he tells how the led to the founding of the town, it's miraculous properties, how how the defense of it has led the villagers to forego modernization. Interesting, but addressing the story to “you“ is off putting. 2mo
Liz_M “A handful of dates“ is a very short story, just six pages. But in those six pages the author is able to describe the relationship/balance of power between two individuals and the moment a grandson becomes aware of this. A perfect ending. 2mo
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BarbaraBB Great choice! Did you love this one too: 2mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB Yes, I read that 1001 book ages ago. 😝 2mo
Librarybelle Awesome!! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5d
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squirrelbrain
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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I enjoyed this but it wasn‘t my favourite book #aboutanexploration that I‘ve read. I prefer there to be a bit more about the people / communities that the explorer meets along the way, whereas this walk took place at a time of great political upheaval and civil war so it was more about that.

(Photo is of sunset two nights ago at our campsite on the Norfolk coast)

#booked2022

Lizpixie That‘s a gorgeous sunset! I‘m a sucker for a beautiful sky🌅 3mo
TrishB Lovely pic 😁 3mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo - sorry you didn‘t love this book - I really loved it and still think about Mama Fina and of course the tragedy 3mo
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youneverarrived Stunning 😍 3mo
squirrelbrain Yes, the tragedy @Cinfhen - I think that was my problem with this one - the whole book was very dark and he didn‘t really seem to want to be there at all. 3mo
Cinfhen That‘s true!! I‘m looking forward to reading this one next- I think it might be a 2023 challenge 😁😉 3mo
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous photo! 😍 3mo
Megabooks Beautiful photo!!! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
Megabooks I hope Henry is enjoying camping! 3mo
squirrelbrain He‘s thoroughly enjoying himself! @Megabooks He loves the beach and the sea, been on 3 bus trips and been to lots of cafes where he got dog treats! 3mo
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Lizwarnerpdx
Triumph of the Sun | Wilbur Smith
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Book #12 in the Courtney family series. Smith makes the transitions between generations pretty seamless- the son takes over when the dad dies & continues on…a lot of repeating storylines/themes. Just the generation, and maybe location, changes. But there‘s gaps/overlaps between family branches that I wish were more clear. I had to bail & will quit this series now because at this point it just feels like it‘s on repeat.

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Hooked_on_books
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Saba is a young woman in a refugee camp in #Sudan, but the location doesn‘t prevent her from being repressed by the people around her. She longs for an education and to become a doctor, but, of course, any way she asserts herself brands her a whore. I actually thought the beginning of this book was a mess, but I loved the second half.

#ReadingAfrica2022

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DivineDiana
What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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A remarkable book based on the true life story of Valentino Achak Deng, who left his home in Sudan at age 7 by force and walked hundreds of miles to find safety. Very sad, but written in a way that celebrates the tenacity and strength of a boy who becomes a man. Reading it reinforced my gratitude for all that I have. I alternated between reading the printed book and listening to the audio. The narrator on the audiobook, Dion Graham, was fantastic!

Librarybelle Double challenge prompts! Hooray! 3mo
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BarbaraBB
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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#BookReport 33/22

I still am to busy (literally and mentally) to read much. I did finish those too though and I enjoyed both of them a lot so it‘s been a good week nevertheless!

TrishB Still reading though ♥️ hard it when life‘s that busy you can‘t read! 3mo
Cinfhen So glad you enjoyed 3mo
Cinfhen Sorry life is so hectic 😔but glad kids are healthy and happy 3mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen That is the most important and they both are! 3mo
Cinfhen 💕💕💕💕💕 3mo
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BarbaraBB
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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Another great travel book by Levison Wood. He is a great storyteller besides being a courageous and humble man who walks the Nile with respect for other people and culture.
This journey turned out to be even heavier than he had expected with unbearable heat in #Uganda, civil war in South Sudan, the desert in Sudan without water and police control everywhere in Egypt.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention @jenniferw88

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇺🇬

Bookwormjillk I liked this one too 3mo
Librarybelle I do need to read his books! 3mo
Megabooks I need to pick this up with my next audible credit! 3mo
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DivineDiana
What Is the What | Dave Eggers
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Current audio+physical book combination. #mttbr #readingafrica2022

Librarybelle @BarbaraBB had really good things to say about this one…it sounds very good and impactful! 4mo
LeeRHarry I read this ages ago but remember it being excellent. 4mo
Tamra Such a great book! 4mo
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JamieArc I have a vivid memory of this book making me cry while reading it in the break room during my lunch break at work. I was pretty embarrassed 😂 4mo
DivineDiana @Librarybelle I respect @BarbaraBB ‘s opinion! 4mo
DivineDiana @LeeRHarry I bought it at a used Book Store years ago! Thank you for letting me know you liked it! 4mo
DivineDiana @Tamra So glad to hear that! 4mo
DivineDiana @JamieArc Thank you for telling me. I will make certain to read it in private. ❤️ 4mo
BarbaraBB 😘 4mo
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