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Caryl
Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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So happy this one finally came in for me at the library! Halfway through, and looking forward to reading the #CampLitsy24 posts about it.

Ruthiella I got a late start on this one too. But it is short and pretty easy to read. 🤞 4d
Caryl @Ruthiella, glad you're reading it, too! I'm really enjoying it. 😊 4d
BarbaraBB Thank you for joining the discussion. You raised such insightful points! 3d
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Megabooks Yay!! 🎉🎉 2d
Caryl @BarbaraBB, thank you for leading this #CampLitsy24 discussion! I just finished reading the book and I‘m looking forward to the questions you post on the 15th. 1d
BarbaraBB Me too! I‘ll probably post a bit later Saturday, but I will post!! 1d
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And here‘s my June #BookSpinBINGO bookshelf. It was fun to put together this variety of reads!

RaeLovesToRead Ooh, great shelfie! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1w
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Caryl
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Here‘s my May #BookSpinBINGO reading. Busy month, but I got to some wonderful reads!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 1w
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Caryl
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Great pairing this month for my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Enjoy!! 1w
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Caryl
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My June #BookSpinBINGO list is ready!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Caryl
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Here‘s my #BookSpinBINGO bookshelf for May, plus a few I have on deck for the rest of 2024.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Caryl
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I‘m back to making a list of specific titles for #BookSpinBINGO. Happy May Day!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Caryl
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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April was a busy month. I didn‘t read as much as I would have liked, and I didn‘t get to my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks yet. But I am in the middle of several great books right now. Plus, I finally got a bingo!

#BookSpinBINGO

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!! 1mo
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Caryl
Too Bright to See | Kyle Lukoff
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This is the story of Bug, who, when looking in the mirror, thinks, “It looks like someone‘s idea of what I look like, without me behind it.”
This is a ghost story, a grief story, a growing up story. This is a story about finding yourself.
This is a beautiful middle grade novel.
I loved it.

I mostly listened to the audio version which was well done.

Bookzombie I loved this one too! 1mo
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Caryl
Mexikid | Pedro Martin
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I adored this graphic novel—both the print version and the audiobook. How is it possible to make an audiobook from a graphic novel? Listen to it and you‘ll find out! Mexikid was a big winner this year: Newbery Honor, Pura Belpré Award for both author and illustrator, and an Odyssey Honor for the audio version. All well deserved. Hurra for Pedro Martín! (These great photos of his family are from the book‘s backmatter.)

mrp27 I just read this and I totally agree! So deserving of the awards. 1mo
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Last Pick | Jason Walz
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The Last Pick trilogy is a great graphic novel series for middle schoolers. Author Jason Walz, a special education teacher, understands the importance of representation; in a note he explains the main theme: “Whatever the world sees as ‘different‘ is exactly what the world needs.” I don‘t think it‘s a spoiler to say that kids turn out to be the heroes. 💖

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Caryl
Real Friends | Shannon Hale
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It was no surprise to me that young Shannon‘s favorite game was making up and acting out stories with her friends. Her middle grade graphic memoir, the first in a series, was both a joyful and painful exploration of real friendships and family relationships. I loved it. 💖

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Caryl
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I just learned it‘s the #AwesomeApril Readathon! I‘m in the middle of a few books and hope to finish them over the next nine days. And I‘m adding another goal: posting at least one book review each day on Litsy. I am way behind but inspired to catch up and share what I‘ve read. 📚🥰

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, best of luck. 😊 2mo
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Caryl
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I put together my April #BookSpinBINGO TBR shelf last night, and realized I‘d skipped number 7 when writing out my list. Oops! Corrected now, so I‘m ready to go. 😊

Megabooks Great shelf! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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Caryl
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Here‘s my March #BookSpinBINGO board. I read some great books! However, I still need to read my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 2mo
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Caryl
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m happy with my #MarvellousMarch readathon results: four books completed (1 mystery/thriller, 1 YA novel, 2 audiobooks that won Odyssey honors last year) and two more begun. Thank you, @Andrew65 !

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It‘s April already!Although I‘m feeling behind, I‘m looking forward to a fresh #BookSpinBINGO start. Off to check the numbers. 😀

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Caryl
Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m working on this book stack for the #MarvellousMarch readathon. I‘d also like to get back to posting reviews here; I am very behind!

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Caryl
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Here‘s my TBR bookshelf for March, arranged in order of my #BookSpinBINGO list.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
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Caryl
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Here‘s my March #BookSpinBINGO list. Now I can check @TheAromaofBooks ‘s picks for this month. 🥳

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Caryl
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I read some great books in February!

#BookSpinBINGO

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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At the start of every month, I put together my To Read bookshelf based on my #BookSpinBINGO list, but I missed posting it in February! Here‘s what was on my shelf at the start of last month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
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Caryl
Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Just finished for #AuthorAMonth, and I loved it. Took me awhile to warm up to it, but once I understood the rhythm of the storytelling, I was captivated by Marie and her sisters.

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Still Missing | Beth Gutcheon
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Heartbreaking, compelling, upsetting, and extremely moving. I was shocked by some of the turns the story took. I felt like I was sitting right beside Susan Selky, there in the late 1970s in her Boston home. I kept turning the pages, feeling like the more quickly I read, the sooner I might get some answers for Alex‘s mother. I quite admired her, and I appreciated the peek from Detective Menetti‘s perspective as well. (continued)

Caryl As you can see in the photo, I found my Persephone Biannually from the season it was published. I remember reading about it then. I never would have picked this one up on my own. I'm so glad I did. Thank you, @jlhammar & #PersephoneClub!

@LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @quietjenn @sisilia @CarolynM @daena @elkeOriginal @Gissy @Aimeesue @Tamra @andrew61 @Cathythoughts @jlhammar @Karons1 @julieclair @willaful
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Caryl Also: Wanted to let you all know, in case any of you live near Bath, that Persephone's Morning Book Group will be discussing Still Missing on March 21st: https://persephonebooks.co.uk/pages/book-groups 4mo
CarolynM Yes, I admired Susan too, but I could see how easily she would be misunderstood. Great review. 4mo
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Cathythoughts Great review! The characters were so well written. I‘d love to go to Persephones Book Group for that discussion …… Dream on 😆 4mo
LeahBergen What a great review and I‘m so glad we read it together, too! I‘ve bought so many Persephone books over the years but always avoided this one. 😬 I‘m with you, @Cathythoughts … I‘d love to go to that book group, too! 4mo
jlhammar Fantastic review! I felt the same. 4mo
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Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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I‘m looking forward to reading more about this one in the Tournament of Books. I had a hard time with it, as I was so upset by Sammie‘s college “friends.” I think that‘s part of the point. Plus, capitalism is painful, too. The ending was a relief. Go, Sammie!

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Ever wonder why the Mona Lisa is so famous? Sure, it‘s a rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci, but its theft in 1911 brought it directly into the public eye and imagination. Nicholas Day alternates between the story of its unbelievable heist and the life of its incredible artist. I was especially impressed with how Day made connections to issues relevant then and now: conspiracy theories, myth vs. truth, and the importance of critical thinking.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Here‘s my February #BookSpinBINGO list. I liked the approach I took in January, so I‘m doing it this way again. (I already have titles selected for most of the categories, however!)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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My January #BookSpinBINGO board is pretty full. But no BINGOs! 😂 I did read both my #BookSpin (Hello Beautiful) and #DoubleSpin (Brooklyn) picks, and enjoyed them both.

I‘m counting chapters/stories for the Shirley Jackson & Alice Munro books; I‘m doing them with two different friends as a deep-dive/study. I‘m also counting each chapter I complete of The Artist‘s Way.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!!! 4mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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What a pleasure it was to spend time with Jane Austen again! Lady Susan is a fantastic character; I sort of wish Austen had revisited this one again, once she had more experience writing novels. However, its silliness is charming. I finally watched the Whit Stillman film (because book-before-movie), and I think he got the tone just right. So funny! I highly recommend it. #AuthorAMonth

Caryl @Eyelit - I think you planned to read this one, too. I hope you enjoy/ed it as much as I did! 4mo
Eyelit I did - it was like a little confection of a novella 😃 4mo
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Caryl
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I‘ve been looking forward to this one, and it‘s finally out! A beautiful story and a great collaboration. I adore Gene Luen Yang‘s work, but I think this is my first LeUyen Pham. (I should read Real Friends next!) Bought this as a gift, but read it before giving it. (That way I can discuss it with the giftee! 😉)

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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I‘m a couple of days late with my #JoyousJanuary wrap-up, but look! I made a thing! And I read a lot! I completed four books (1 novel, 1 middle grade nonfiction, 2 graphic novels) and started three more. (I actually finished Lady Susan, but now I want to also read The Watsons and Sanditon, likely over the next couple of months.) Reviews coming soon. Thank you, @Andrew65 !

Ruthiella Nice work! 👏👏👏 5mo
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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I really enjoyed this quiet book about leaving your home and family as a young adult, through little choice of your own, and coming of age in an unfamiliar community. The small details made the time & place feel beautifully clear. Tóibín‘s writing has a gentleness and subtlety I loved, and that felt just right for this story.

This was my #DoubleSpin pick for January. #BookSpinBINGO

lynneamch Absolutely loved this book! The movie was good with great acting and accents, but I didn't like what they did with the ending. As always, read the book first! 5mo
Caryl @lynneamch I‘ve never seen the film— I plan to watch it soon! 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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Here is my book stack for the #JoyousJanuary readathon. I hope to finish the tagged book tonight and then finish at least three of the others this week.

Ruthiella I‘m eying that Shirley Jackson bio too! 5mo
Caryl @Ruthiella - It‘s really good! A friend & I are reading it together and discussing. We like reading it slowly and savoring the details as we read Jackson‘s other work, too. 5mo
Andrew65 Hope it‘s gone well. 😁 5mo
Caryl Thank you, @Andrew65 ! I‘m getting there… glad we have one more day! 5mo
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Huda F Are You? | Huda Fahmy
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Who is Huda (the author)? She is funny and wise and a great comic artist and a Muslim and an American. I adored her graphic novels! More Huda please, dear Huda. 😊

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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My mom read this one before I did, and she loved it. I always trust her opinion. However, she didn‘t warn me that I would cry so soon into the story! 😉Napolitano created beautiful, flawed, vulnerable, and strong characters that felt real to me. I was rooting for them all, all the way through. This is one of the #LitsyToB24 picks. 💖

BarbaraBB I loved this book too 🤍 5mo
Megabooks Fantastic review! Agree! 5mo
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Door of No Return | Kwame Alexander
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Visited a library book sale this week, and picked up a book that‘s been on my TBR list (tagged), and a favorite to put in a Little Free Library (The Days of Rondo).

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A friend and I are reading these Alice Munro stories, one at a time, getting together to discuss each one. 💖 We just finished “The Progress of Love.”

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This week, I put together my shelf of #BookSpinBINGO possibilities. So many great choices for January! Since I went with a more flexible list this time, these are subject to change, but for now, I‘m planning on Hello Beautiful for my #BookSpin pick and Brooklyn for my #DoubleSpin pick.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The newest Enola Holmes mystery was my last read of 2023. What a great way to end the year! Oh, how I love Enola. 💖

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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I missed Hastings, but Poirot (and Christie) made up for his absence. What a great mystery novel. (Tip: Don‘t read Louise Penny‘s introduction in this edition until you finish the book!)

batsy Does she spoil the plot in the intro? Publishers should append a spoilery intro as an afterword. 5mo
Caryl @batsy - Yes? and Yes! ITA that publishers should move this content to the back. This was a library book, so I can't double-check, but I believe there was enough to give it away, at least to a modern, astute mystery reader. There is also a forward by Christie's great grandson that is best avoided. I dislike even mild hints, so I'm extra-sensitive to this. Fortunately, I've made it a habit to avoid most front matter until I've finished the book! 5mo
batsy @Caryl I've learned the hard way to avoid it until I finish the book, too. If it's for a classic, I don't mind (most of the time the general plot is already known) but for mysteries especially publishers should do better! 5mo
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I‘m ready for 2024 with my first #BookSpinBINGO list! I decided to try a new approach; most of these are categories, to give me a little more flexibility in my selections for the month. Looking forward to trying this out for January!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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Here‘s my #BookSpinBINGO board for December. I actually got a BINGO this month! Lots of short reads, which helped.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 5mo
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How to Eat | Thich Nhat Hanh
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Recently discovered this lovely little series of books. Might read one each month.

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I can‘t stop thinking about this one. The story! The art! The insights in the Author‘s Note! I absolutely loved it. ❤️

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Alebrijes | Donna Barba Higuera
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I loved Donna Barba Higuera‘s Newbery Medal winning The Last Cuentista. Alebrijes is her newest book, and like Cuentista, it showcases both her fantastic imagination and her understanding of humanity. It‘s dark, and it takes awhile to settle into its story, but by the halfway point, I was all in.

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Lao Tzu: Tao Te Ching (Revised) | Lao-Tzu, Ursula K Le Guin, Laozi
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I tried reading the Tao Te Ching years ago, but didn‘t get far. I don‘t remember what inspired me to give it a try again — I saw it mentioned somewhere recently — but I am so glad I came across Ursula K. LeGuin‘s version of it at my library. Her approach worked really well for me. She examined many translations, then decided on the words/meanings/interpretations that worked best for her. (cont‘d below)

Caryl Her notes were just as fascinating as the text itself, and helped me engage with its complex ideas. 6mo
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I adored this book. (Hey, Kiddo is amazing as well.) JJK is a sweetheart — a wonderful storyteller, artist, and human being. 💖

This was my December #DoubleSpin pick for #BookSpinBINGO.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
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Time After Time (Best Wishes #3) | Sarah Mlynowski, Christina Soontornvat
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I attended Christina Soontornvat‘s author visit recently at a local bookstore. She was in conversation with Anne Ursu, and they were wonderful. 💞She was on tour for this one, so I picked it up as a gift — and it was my #BookSpin pick for December. Great idea for a series written by multiple authors. A sweet early-to-middle grade read. #BookSpinBINGO

Caryl I loved her books The Last Mapmaker and most recently The Tryout, and All Thirteen & A Wish in the Dark have been on my TBR shelf for awhile. (edited) 6mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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This is a such a fantastic little book. I neglected to take a photo of its magnificent 🍰 cover before returning it to the library, but I did snap a shot of the page with the line that made me laugh out loud (blurred further down the page, so as not to spoil the joy), so I could share it with the friend who recommended this gem to me. 💖

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Binti and her worlds captivated me! Although I am not a big science fiction reader, I plan to read the rest of the trilogy. Thank you for inspiring me to pick this up through the #AuthorAMonth challenge, @Soubhiville !