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Joined November 2016

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Jubilee | Margaret Walker
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The Big Jubillee Read was announced today - 70 books, 10 for each decade of the Queen‘s reign, from around the commonwealth. It looks like a great list. I‘ve read 12 but have picked out some others that I‘ve been meaning to read. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2Ynpj933DJ2YG5nsMS6fn8k/a-literary-cel...

jenniferw88 Read 8, another 11 were already on the tbr, but added another 25 to it! 😂😱😂 2mo
BookwormM Thanks for the link 2mo
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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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I think this book has been getting mixed reviews and the Reese‘s Book Club endorsement is usually a bad sign for me but I really enjoyed this. I loved the setting, felt invested in the characters, and looked forward to picking up the book when I wasn‘t reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #bookspin #womensprize

Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m looking forward to reading this one 👍❤️ 3mo
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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My #bookspin list for April. It is heavy on the Women‘s Prize Longlist as I‘m still, naively, trying to read them all. Maybe this is the month for a bingo?!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Mehso-so

This was just ok for me. Thought the characters were moderately interesting and the writing was alright. Not much that propelled me along but I got through it. Will need to pick up the pace if I‘m going to get through the #womens prize longlist

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Popisho: A Novel | Leone Ross
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Nope. It looks like I‘m going to be in the minority on Litsy but this wasn‘t for me. Im not sure I even understood half of it! #womensprize

squirrelbrain I‘m just about to start this (called This One Sky Day in the UK). I‘m not sure that I‘m going to like it…. 3mo
KatieB Fingers crossed that you have a better reading experience than me @squirrelbrain! 3mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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On day 2 of #marvellousmarch I finished the tagged book. Wow. The writing was humorous without downplaying the heft of the situations and so insightful. This was a book I had not heard of until the Women‘s Prize longlist was announced and it was a 5 star read for me. Fantastic!

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I agree ❤️ 4mo
TrishB Loved this too 👍🏻 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. In fact, it‘s my favourite so far of the Women‘s Prize longlist. 4mo
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Good first day of #marvellousmarch. I finished the tag book which I wanted to enjoy much more than I did and I‘m 200 pages into Sorrow and Bliss which I‘m enjoying so much more than I expected! #bookspin

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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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It‘s 5:30am and I can‘t sleep so it‘s time to start the #marvellousmarch readathon! I‘m going to get going with this one from the Women‘s Prize longlist. I‘ve judged it to be a ‘fluffy‘ read from the cover but maybe I‘ll be surprised. And if not, then maybe that‘s what I need at 5:30am on a rainy Saturday!

TrishB It‘s not fluffy, though there are some funny moments. 4mo
squirrelbrain It‘s not a ‘fluffy‘ book, but I loved it. 4mo
Cathythoughts I thought it would be kind of fluffy too …..but it‘s not , and it‘s very good 👍❤️ 4mo
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I‘m in between jobs next week and I‘m going to go for it. Would 7 books be too ambitious?! I‘d be really happy with 5 but I‘m also in the middle of a couple so I‘ve got a head start! I want to get the tagged book finished at a minimum - I‘m finding it a slog and it‘s slowing me down. #marvellousmarch

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck 😊👍 4mo
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Mehso-so

This is one of those books that is hard to rate - I don‘t really enjoy the story and actually found it a bit of a slog to get through but I can appreciate that this is a talented author and the writing was excellent. I wanted to give it a ‘pan‘ but that wouldn‘t do the author‘s talent justice, so it gets a reserved so-so or ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #doublespin

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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February was a bad reading month but I‘m going to just accept it and move on. At the end of this week, I leave the harrowing job I have been in for 10 years and then have a 2 week staycation before starting a whole new chapter in my life. Whilst there are many things I *should* do during that vacation, I‘m going to trying to give myself permission to do what I *want* to do instead. This is the list! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Here's to new beginnings!!! 4mo
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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I read 8 books last month but just missed a bingo. Let‘s try again this month! #bookspinbingo

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Bodies of Light | Jennifer Down
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Wow. Just wow. I have no idea who recommended this book to me but…wow. After following the hard life of Maggie from childhood to middle age, I feel like I know this woman and am already missing her. I keep wanting to tell other people about her story as if it‘s real. Warning: this is a bleak read (it reminded me of Shuggie Bain) with many trigger warnings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me and I‘ve already bought another of Jennifer Down‘s books. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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This was a miss from me but I recognize that my own reaction played a big part. The first half describes infidelity in a supposedly ‘perfect‘ marriage which seemed unbelievable and I was ready to DNF. However, there was a twist in the middle which I didn‘t see coming (impressive) and that kept me reading to the end. The plot was actually quite clever but not completely believable. Just not for me.⭐️⭐️ #bookspin

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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I‘m ready for a great reading year! #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 6mo
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Starting my last book of 2021. I want 2022 to be the year that I make more progress on my garden. We moved into a house 18 months ago and this is the first time I‘ve had a garden (or at least been responsible for one). I‘ve done a bit since then but it‘s time to tackle some bigger projects. I am inspired but very intimidated. I guess I just need to ‘dig in‘! 😂

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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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I‘m ready for #bookspinbingo ! So excited about so many of these books but the Doerr arrived this morning so I think I‘m going to jump in early

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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A Town Called Solace | Mary Lawson
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A book with a child narrator had a low chance of being a pick from me anyway so maybe this isn‘t a fair review. But the cliched lonely librarian and successful/nasty ex-wife meant this was definitely a pan. I‘m surprised that this was on the #bookerlonglist. I‘m not having much luck with those books so far this year but I‘ll persist!

Tamra I‘m not big on child narrators either, but I ended up liking it. I had to roll my eyes at the romance bit and ignore it because that‘s not my thing either. 😜 I don‘t know why those tropes are so popular. Nonetheless I‘m on a Lawson backlist roll! 10mo
SamAnne I can‘t do child narrators as a rule. 10mo
KatieB @tamra I know others have liked this too so I think it‘s almost certainly just my personal preferences. @samanne I‘m glad I‘m not alone. I wonder what it is that makes that so unlikeable? 10mo
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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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I only gave this 35 pages before bailing, which is very unlike me, but there are just so many other books I want to read. I don‘t mind unusual formats but there‘s got to be some sort of plot or character interest! Moving on… #bookerlonglist

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this. I thought the premise was clever and loved the idea of following characters through their whole lives. However…I really struggled to keep all the characters and their stories straight. This might just be my issue but I suspect we just didn‘t get enough time with each character to make them memorable. I‘d definitely be interested in picking up this author‘s other book however. #doublespin

ClairesReads Totally agree- so much potential but was just meh 10mo
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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No bingo in July but I‘m going to keep at it. This month will be a combo of some hangovers from last month, the booker long list, and the book tube nonfiction finalists. So many great books, so little time! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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For those in Canada… Shuggie Bain is an Amazon kindle daily deal. I thought this book was excellent - a 5⭐️ read for me

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Sweetland | Michael Crummey
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My #bookspin book for July. At the he halfway point I was ready to DNF this but a plot twist had me reconsider. The second half was certainly better than the first but still such a disappointing read overall. I had read The Innocents by this author and still think about that book all the time so maybe my expectations were just too high. ⭐️⭐️

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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This idea of this book intimidated me. Maybe it was the unusual title or the fact that it won the Booker prize. This was such a surprise. So accessible, so engaging, and so well written. Shuggie seemed reals and is a character that I will be thinking about for a while. 5*

Cathythoughts Nice review! ❤️ 12mo
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Sweetland | Michael Crummey
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My #bookspin book for July! It‘s 7am on the first day of my vacation so I am going to get in the hot tub with my kindle. Luxury! My workout can wait!

BookishMarginalia Enjoy! 12mo
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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July involves a road trip to Lake Louise so I‘m using this as a reason to focus on kindle books this month. I‘m so bad at buying kindle daily deals and then never looking at my kindle. There are some great books here! #bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks I've been working on actually organizing my Kindle books with the aid of a home library app. I'm hopeful that it will help me READ those books instead of just adding to them!! 12mo
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A Girl Is a Body of Water | Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi
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I‘m struggling to get into this book but this paragraph stopped me in my tracks. Isn‘t this the truth?

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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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1. England, in the suburbs of London
2. Vancouver, Canada
3. A twin sister
4. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit. My Dad got the book free with a magazine and I read it so many times!

@Eggs #wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 📚👏🏻💕 1y
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It‘s going to be a good month! #bookspinbingo

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I wasn‘t going to do #bookspinbingo this month because I am in the middle of a dozen or so different books but then realized this might be exactly what I need to get some of them finished! And my best chance at a bingo! I hope no one minds the cheating 😉

squirrelbrain It‘s definitely not cheating! I‘m in the middle of 6 books that are all on my April bingo board! 1y
TheAromaofBooks I'm here for it!! I like to think of it as “being prepared“ 😂 1y
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I‘m currently in the middle of so many books so obviously I‘m going to start another one! I‘ve heard great things about this one and it‘s due back to the library in 5 days. I‘m thankful it‘s short!

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An impulse purchase after seeing the Women‘s prize long list. I hadn‘t heard of this at all but it‘s a fantastic book so far. It covers lots of difficult themes and in a month when I‘ve been focussed on how stressful my life is, it makes me realize that my worries are all trivial compared to the lives some women lead. This is why I read.

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“In spite of this discovery...” 😂😂

Suet624 That‘s hysterical. 1y
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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My February #bookspinbingo! I have 4 days off work so I‘m going to dig in. I‘m thinking this could be the month for my first bingo. Wish me luck!

Read-y_Picker Good luck!! Where are you starting? 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 1y
KatieB @Read-y_Picker my #LMPBC books are my priority this weekend so I can get them off to poor @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego (sorry again Danielle!). Otherwise I have heard great things about Homeland Elegies so that might be next 1y
Read-y_Picker @KatieB Sounds like my weekend! I finally cracked open @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego's package and I've got to send it off to @TheKidUpstairs stat! The last one took almost a month to arrive, even though I kept calling them on it. Oooh I just realized this must be yours! I'm really looking forward to it, actually! 1y
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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My #bookspinbingo for February! I didn‘t get a bingo or read my book spin book last month but it motivated me to have one of the best reading months for a long time. So I‘m at it again!

Singout 1, 17 and 18 are excellent! I had a serious fantasy when doing my English undergrad in the 80s about doing deeper studies into Timothy Findley. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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I have no idea how to rate this book. I felt so disturbed reading it and that made me dread picking it up. But I‘m amazed by the strength of emotion that this book evoked in me. That would normally make it a 5* read although I would struggle to recommend it. I can‘t wait to see what else this author does but I hope she picks a different subject matter next time

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The Shapeless Unease | SAMANTHA. HARVEY
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I have never suffered from persistent insomnia but this sounds relatable and terrible

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Telephone | Percival Everett
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Mehso-so

I loved the writing (how have I not heard of this author?) and felt very connected to the characters but the story was just a so-so for me. This is not the book I wanted for those characters. The ending was also disappointed. One of the 2 storylines was wrapped up but not the one I wanted. I have heard that different versions of this book have different endings so maybe I was just unlucky?! I will definitely read another book from this author

BarbaraBB I felt the same, I loved the characters but the wrap up was a bit disappointing. I thought only the covers differed but I am not sure. 1y
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Spin (Spin, #1) | Catherine McKenzie
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I‘m jumping in on #bookspin at the last minute. I want to get to all these books so #bookspinbingo will help make the choices a little easier I hope.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Apeirogon: A Novel | Colum McCann
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I‘m in the middle of so many books but a brand new year means a brand new book, right?! I have high hopes for this one and have been saving it for Jan 1. Happy New Year everyone! 🎉🎇🎆

Read-y_Picker That is a gorgeous cover😍 1y
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This is due back at the library tomorrow. Do I dare try to read it all in that time? I‘ve heard such great things!

somesortoftimemachine Yes, I hope you did! 1y
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It arrived @TheKidUpstairs ! It felt like Christmas Day. I‘m so enjoying doing this with all of you! @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Read-y_Picker #lmpbc

Read-y_Picker Ooh this looks great! Nice pick 👍 2y
KatieB I just thought that maybe I shouldn‘t have ruined the surprise of which book was picked. Oops! 2y
Mccall0113 Such a fantastic story. 2y
TheKidUpstairs @KatieB no worries, I didn't intentionally keep it a secret from anyone, I just never got around to posting which book I picked! 2y
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Post Office | Charles Bukowski
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It‘s on its way to you Danielle! #LMPBC

@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looking forward to it. 😊 2y
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It‘s the first day of a brand new month...and nonfiction November! I have so many great choices and don‘t know where to start. Any recommendations?

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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Trying to pick my next read and having difficulty picking. Help me Litsy! What do you recommend?

cathysaid ❤️ Gilead. And love anything by Gaskell. 2y
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Ghostwritten | David Mitchell
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This is a very clever book. At times I think it was maybe a bit too clever for me and required more concentration than I was capable of but I did enjoy when I noticed distant links between characters. I‘ve heard that‘s what David Mitchell is all about. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

#bookspinbingo

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The Vanishing Half | Brit Bennett
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An enjoyable listen but I thought it was longer than it needed to be and I found the overall premise of the book over-simplified with respect to race and identity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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OK #LMPBC #GroupX : you have set the bar high! Here are my considerations. I was also thinking about The Good Lord Bird but it looks like it‘s over 400 pages. Has anyone read any of these or have any strong opinions either way?

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I haven't read any of these. They all sound interesting. 2y
BarbaraBB Three of them are my all time favorites! I am amazed to see them together here! 2y
KatieB @BarbaraBB well that‘s a glowing endorsement? Which 3? 2y
BarbaraBB All but Remarkable Creatures (which I haven‘t read but I feel now like I need to!) 2y
Cathythoughts I loved History of the Rain ... & soon to read Drive Your Plow ... must look up the others 👍🏻👏🏻 2y
TheKidUpstairs I haven't read any of these. I'd be happy with any, I've been really wanting to read 2y
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I started the tagged book this morning and it mentioned the Dalit caste in India (previously known as the Untouchables). This news story just showed up in my feed this evening. Shocking. In one study 54% of Dalit women reported being physically assaulted and 23% reported being raped. Of the victims, 46% were less than 18 years old. Puts all my ‘problems‘ in perspective. I have to know more.

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-54418513

nishaagni Yes, the caste violence against Dalits is terrible and needs to be addressed. However, for the purposes of learning more about the issue, I would recommend New York Times over BBC for international coverage. I've noticed that the BBC isn't objective and it still maintains a lot of colonial, racist sentiments against non-white communities. Many of their articles are tinged with prejudiced ideas. The NYT is great in terms of objective journalism. 2y
KatieB @nishaagni Thanks for the advice. I will take a look on the NYT website to see what they‘ve published on the topic. 2y
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I loved this book. There were a couple of chapters towards the end that weren‘t quite as good as the rest for me but otherwise this was close to a 5* book. October is off to a great start!

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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 2y
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