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Dragons in the Waters | Madeleine L'Engle
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My next audiobook for #Venezuela for #foodandlit

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Princess-Kingofkings Fascinating cover 🐉 10h
Catsandbooks Interested to see how you like this one. I loved A wrinkle in time as a kid! 10h
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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This makes me think of Hugo Chavez but it would have been his grandmother in the crowd

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Gissy 🤣 1d
Catsandbooks 😂 10h
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The author‘s father kept his life in Czechoslovakia secret from her, identifying himself as Venezuelan. When she learned from a complete stranger in college that her name was Jewish, she was shocked. With very few hints from her father, and a box he left her when he died bearing little information, she went on a search for how he came to be in #Venezuela. This book is about her genealogical search, and her father‘s and his family‘s story during ⬇️

Texreader WWII. The prologue felt like I was about to read the author‘s memoir, but it really settles into most specifically her father‘s story and his family. It is very deeply researched and to the extent she could, she provided immense detail in a way that shed light on what life was like trying to survive Nazi occupation and concentration camp as a Jew. It was always revealing—always making the reader think: how would I survive this? The narrator was ⬇️ 3d
Texreader perfect for the audiobook. Her voice was calm and appropriate throughout the story. I‘m also glad I checked out the ebook from the library at the same time because it has photos. A highly recommended read for both its apt approach to telling about a genealogical search and of course, describing a life of fear and survival in Nazi-occupied Prague. #foodandlit 3d
TheBookHippie It was so good. I‘m still thinking about it. 3d
Catsandbooks Wow quite the story! 3d
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Ruth, living on an island in Canada, discovers a diary (written by Nau who lives in Japan), letters from WWII, and a watch inside a Hello Kitty lunchbox on the beach. They presumably made the Pacific crossing from Japan‘s massive tsunami. Ruth, who is half Japanese is able to read the diary but not the letters. The diary, though, leads her to believe Nau and her father are intent on committing suicide. Ruth illogically thinks she can save them ⬇️

Texreader when in reality, given the time for the diary to cross the ocean, the deeds are probably already done. Everything about this situation though is unusual and time isn‘t what we think it is. This is a very dark book and there are so many trigger warnings, I made a list:
Sexual Assault
Suicide
Harm to animals
9-11 jumper
Kamikazi pilot who doesn‘t want to die
Prostitution
Tsunami
Radiation
Bullying is the one of the worst, and it makes the ⬇️
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Texreader reader want to bail. However, it is resolved in the end with a most unique ending I may have ever read. I wish this book weren‘t so dark. It really felt like the author was trying to make it as horrific as possible. So I had to take quite a long time to think on it before writing a review. Because of the ending, I recommend it. But beware of the darkness before the light. #authoramonth 3d
TheBookHippie I bailed…. 3d
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Texreader @TheBookHippie I really wanted to but had invested so much time into it, and it‘s well-written. I‘m glad I stuck it out, but it was so darned dark. I felt a burden off my shoulders once I finished it. 3d
TheBookHippie @Texreader there‘s enough dark I fight not doing it in book form was my mantra. Writing is good. It‘s just too dark. 3d
slategreyskies Thank you for the trigger warning on this one. I think I‘ll drop the copy I‘ve been meaning to read off at the Little Free Library instead. 3d
Yenya1954 This was a very difficult book. I wanted to enjoy the story but I didn‘t. I had the audiobook and I didn‘t care for the narrator‘s voice. I wondered if I would have found it better on paper. 1d
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I just read this book last month for #SouthKorea for #foodandlit, a harsh look at Korea before and after World War II and the relationship of the two Koreas from the eyes of courtesans. The ebook is currently on sale

slategreyskies Just picked up a copy. Thanks! 3d
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The opening quote of the tagged book

The book is a fictional take on Stevenson and Fannie and their crazy travels. I‘m looking forward to it!

#Samoa #readingOceania @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about this one! 3d
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An excellent review about this book by Litsy‘s own @ChrisBohjalian

https://apple.news/AVHljPo3NRfqIuqaaVpjgQQ

I for one plan to read this one, having had my share of beloved monsters

AmyG Thanks for posting this. I love his books….see it‘s out on Tuesday. 4d
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#5joysFriday Thanks @DebinHawaii for the tag! This is so fun to do and to read everyone‘s responses

1) getting to see part of the eclipse (thru thick clouds)
2-3) my baby bell peppers and cherry tomatoes
4) my son‘s 18th birthday party with a bunch of great guys
5) husband‘s starting his trip today to hike/camp the Appalachian trail—he flew into Atlanta this afternoon

DebinHawaii What a fabulous list of joy! 💛💛💛 Loving the garden pics! 🫑🌶️🍅 Thanks for joining in! I am loving seeing all the joy lists! 🤗 5d
dabbe 💙🩵💙 5d
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#wondrouswednesday Thanks @TheSpineView for the tag!

1) Chavez wrecks Venezuela
2) I‘ve planned my year of books to read based on my challenges. I have 2 I‘m looking forward to re-reading: The Historian (for the umpteenth time) and The No. 1 Ladies‘ Detective Agency
3) The Historian ❤️🧛‍♂️ and Bram Stoker‘s Dracula, James Rollins for thriller mysteries most often based on some historical fact, and Bernard Cornwell‘s Last Kingdom series

TheSpineView 👍🤩😘 6d
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I‘m struggling to keep up with all the family names in the audiobook so I have checked out the ebook from Libby. Now I have a family tree I think I have to start over. In the meantime, a map!

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

TheBookHippie I made a list 😅 4d
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Eva Luna | Isabel Allende
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#motivationalmonday

1) just clients keeping me very busy this week
2) hot chocolate in the winter, otherwise just ice water to drink; I rarely snack when reading unless there‘s a chocolate bar about
3) bookmarks
4) tagged

Cupcake12 Great answers. Have a great week x 1w
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Cachitos and tequenos from the Venezuelan restaurant for dinner tonight. Mixed reviews but they were from frozen. #Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks They look good! 🇻🇪 1w
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Little Free Library trades today

dabbe Have to ask, did you make that quilt? It's stunning! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
CogsOfEncouragement I‘m reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog now. Same paperback cover. 😃 I found it at a used bookstore. 1w
Sapphire My first Barbary and my first Europa published book! I never kept books after I read them until this one! 1w
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Márquez on Hugo Chavez

#Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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I sure hope so!! I do it whenever I see bookshelves!

(Borrowed from insta)

Soscha I surely do & be judging you all. 🤨 2w
Crazeedi I hope so cause I love looking at others books! And talk about them! 2w
Texreader @Soscha LOL 😂 😂😂 2w
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Texreader @Crazeedi Me too!! 2w
Roary47 If anything it‘s a conversation starter. The only one available to my public is my kids shelves though. 😅 2w
Bookwormjillk I hope so!! If not I am really rude! 2w
SilversReviews I hope so. I don‘t mind. 2w
julesG To me it's like family photos, if you don't want me to look at them, then put them away. 2w
kspenmoll I welcome it- leads to book talk! If I am at someone‘s house I like to peruse their bookshelves- books tell some of their story! 2w
TheBookgeekFrau How could you not?!! I've never encountered a shelf I didn't browse 🤩 2w
CatLass007 Of course. I expect people to peruse my shelves and I peruse the shelves of others. 2w
Ruthiella Yikes! If not, I have been very inappropriate in the past. 😂 But I like it when people look at my bookshelves! 👍 (edited) 2w
Aimeesue What reader has the restraint not to browse??? 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm sure it's appropriate to browse, but inappropriate to comment if you see something like, "Sex Be Nimble, Sex Be Quick". ? 1w
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Such a fun visit to Zulia‘s Venezuelan food restaurant. Here are a few items I bought from its little market, the menu, and the decorated refrigerator. #Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

And in other news, a Korean restaurant is opening in town just a little too late for last month‘s #foodandlit country!!

Bookwormjillk Very cool! 2w
TheBookHippie How fun!!! 2w
CatLass007 Yummy!🤤 2w
Catsandbooks Love this! ❤️ 1w
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Welp. Venezuelan food is now among my favorite ethnic foods. The mashed potato/cheese pastelito (top right) with garlic aioli was out of this world. The brisket arepa was delicious. Fortunately this place is only about 15 minutes from our house. So I anticipate visiting again. And it had a little market so I bought a few more things. #Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks @suvata

suvata It looks delich 2w
kspenmoll Looks & sounds yummy! 2w
Tamra 😋😋 2w
wanderinglynn 😋 that looks ah-mazing! 2w
Catsandbooks That's awesome and looks so delicious! 🇻🇪 1w
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Trying Venezuelan food for lunch today #Venezuela #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

CatLass007 🤤 2w
suvata Let us know how it was. I‘ve never had Venezuelan food before. 2w
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Having participated in every #readingthecontinents challenge, I‘ve read many books about walking across countries or continents. Strangely they‘ve become a genre I really enjoy. So this book should have been perfect for me. And the walking bits, describing #SouthKorea was good (not great compared to other authors). But the author—based on one or two meetings with a limited number of people—passes judgment like an old white Brit guy. I have ⬇️

Texreader little respect left for him. He met and went with a few American men from one of the bases, and they had southern accents, according to Winchester none too bright, and just consort with prostitutes on their time off. Of course he always said he was game for that, and it was left rather ambiguous whether he did or didn‘t in some instances. Those Korean women—they are all about sex with old hairy white guys. Really that‘s the message I got. So ⬇️ 2w
Texreader these American military men didn‘t hold a candle to the one “educated” officer he met who “actually cared” about Korea. Winchester just felt so judgmental through much of the book. I couldn‘t even forgive him when he was much kinder to a soldier from Texas with his Texas accent. I‘ve read 3 books now by this author. I just don‘t think his writing is as up to par as other nonfiction writers and this book in those parts frustrated me. Barely a pick. 2w
Crazeedi I've only read 1 book by author, thought it was good, but don't know if I care to read this one! 2w
Catsandbooks That's not good ☹️ 2w
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I‘m looking forward to checking out some recipes for #Venezuela #foodandlit! These are free with Kindle Unlimited

@Catsandbooks

TheBookHippie Yummmm 2w
Catsandbooks Hey that's great! 🇻🇪 2w
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Finally! I get to start my first book for #Venezuela #foodandlit! @Catsandbooks

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My little reading buddy tonight. Almost finished with the tagged book for #SouthKorea #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks Aw so cute! 💜 2w
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This is an exchange book I just got from the closest Little Free Library to my house. In brand new condition, too! I have two other LFLs in easy walking distance from my house. The other two, though, tend to have less interesting books.

CindyMyLifeIsLit Have you read this before? 2w
Texreader @CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘ve read Danse Macabre, when I was in high school. I‘ve read quotes from the tagged book and the books seem very similar. 2w
CindyMyLifeIsLit It‘s considered by many writing teachers as an excellent writing guide. Fascinating memoir, as well! 2w
Hooked_on_books What a great find! It‘s a terrific book. 2w
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Ireland: History of a Nation | David Ross, Judy Hamilton
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There‘s a good chance husband and I will travel to England (to see family) and Ireland for a wee vacation before taking our daughter to study in Dublin. So of course I have to start reading all things Irish! So I‘m jumping in to a rather academic history.

Gissy How nice! 🤗 2w
kwmg40 How exciting! Good luck to your daughter. 2w
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I‘d pick A. You?

Graphic from Goodwilllibrarian on instagram

Librarybelle A for sure! 2w
Bookzombie Definitely A. 2w
AmyG C. 2w
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Ruthiella I pick C! 2w
RosePressedPages I‘d pick B! 2w
Texreader @RosePressedPages Where would you go? 2w
RamsFan1963 I'd pick A. C seems like a good choice, but what good is a thousand dollars worth of books if I never have the time to read them? 2w
julesG @RamsFan1963 That's my thought too. 2w
julesG I'd pick B. I'd hope to visit St Mary's 😉 and persuade them to let me go on a jump or two. But they also have a great library. Speaking of libraries, The Folly from Rivers of London also has a nice one. And there's the Invisible Library, and Thursday Next, and... I guess I'd visit a different Urban Fantasy world each year. 2w
coffees I would pick C because I always find time to read, I just don't always have money 😂 2w
dabbe “A“ all the way! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
LA1 Tough one, leaning towards “B” though 🤔 2w
RosePressedPages @Texreader For the first couple of trips, I think it would be Middle Earth or Narnia. I‘d also want to experience the world from Psalm for the Wild Built. After that, I‘d look for books with massive libraries in their stories or time travel :) 2w
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March was another excellent reading month for me. I read 4 Jane Harper books for #authoramonth, 3 of which are also for #serieslove2024. I read 4 books for #SouthKorea #foodandlit (5 when I finish the tagged book—I couldn‘t squeeze it in for March) and 5 for #readingOceania (Pacific worked for two challenges). XOXO worked for the ever-difficult #letterX for #litsyatoz @Soubhiville @Catsandbooks @Andrew65 @TheSpineView @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Librarybelle Awesome job!! 2w
Catsandbooks That's amazing!! 🎉 👏🏼 💖 2w
TheSpineView Great job! 2w
marleed Oh how fun to binge a series in one month! 2w
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A Korean hunter saves a Japanese soldier from a tiger. The story follows the hunter‘s son and the soldier, and the many people‘s lives touched by them both during the Japanese occupation of Korea, but especially the son‘s great love, courtesan Jade. This is a deep dive into the dreadful occupation and how Korean‘s survived and the aftermath. It‘s an excellent read if a little slow. I especially loved how it ended on the island of Jeju, since I ⬇️

Texreader just reread The Island of Sea Women this month, a book I love. #SouthKorea #foodandlit 2w
Catsandbooks Wonderful! 🇰🇷🐅 2w
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I‘m experiencing a book coincidence, the tagged book I‘m reading for #SouthKorea #foodandlit and A Tale for the Time Being for #authoramonth. Both describe Buddhism‘s enlightenment—those who postpone their own on behalf of others. @Catsandbooks @Soubhiville

Soubhiville I love when that happens 🙂 2w
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Dated, written during Obama‘s administration, but that doesn‘t necessarily affect how I feel about a book because I enjoy reading histories. Some of the chapters—corresponding to specific topics—were very interesting, like the one about North Korea. But some chapters felt so haphazard lacking a strong central theme, like the one about peoples gaining their independence, and believe it or not, the chapter about Australia. Themes weren‘t always ⬇️

Texreader obvious so rather than focus on what was being said, I was trying to figure out what the heck the chapter was about. I liked that the author narrated the audiobook—he had a Pooh bear-like voice and he could get away with voicing him! Sadly this was a long investment of time for a so-so rating. #foodandlit #SouthKorea #readingOceania #Australia #marshallislands #micronesia #Kiribati #Tuvalu #Vanuatu #Nauru #PapuaNewGuinea (some just a mention) 2w
Librarybelle Great review! I‘ve liked other books by him, but this one sounds like this one is a bit lackluster. 2w
Texreader @Librarybelle That‘s a good way to describe it 2w
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼🇰🇷 2w
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I started this ebook/audiobook tonight. #authoramonth @Soubhiville

mcctrish I love this book 2w
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A lot about drinking alcohol

#SouthKorea #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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A lot of detail about food for a birthday party

#SouthKorea #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

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CrowCAH That‘s a wicked cool cake!!! 😍 2w
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Exiles | Jane Harper
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Aaron Falk has gone to Marralee to undertake his being named godfather for a close friend‘s baby. The event was postponed after a woman disappeared a year beforehand at the annual wine festival. Everyone in this close community wanted to find the woman, and Falk, a Melbourne investigator, inadvertently started following the clues to find her. Third and last in this series, I have come to realize that Harper always has an unexpected twist and ⬇️

Texreader this book was no different. I especially liked how surprising the ending was because it demonstrated well how normal someone can be to the outside world, but quite destructive within a family. #authoramonth #Australia #readingOceania #serieslove2024 (book 3) and #letterE #litsyatoz

@Soubhiville @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @TheSpineView @Andrew65
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Librarybelle Completely agree! 2w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
Andrew65 Excellent, I‘m currently enjoying book 2 in this series. 👏👏👏 2w
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See Bell Peppers Grow | Kirsten Chang
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#whatsnewwednesday Thanks @Read4life for the tag! I finally thought of some new news! My baby bell pepper plant has babies, and growing at a very rapid rate!!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TieDyeDude

Read4life You‘re welcome and thanks for sharing! 💙💙 3w
Leftcoastzen That‘s cool! 3w
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The author starts his walk across Korea at Cheju Island, or Jeju Island, the location of my most recent book The Island of Sea Women. I hope he mentions the Haenyeo.

#SouthKorea #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Catsandbooks ❤️🇰🇷 3w
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#Micronesia has gone through its own painful occupations

#readingOceania @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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This is already a grim read about the South Pacific islands. There‘s a detailed description of the #MarshallIslands, including how dreadfully its residents are treated thanks to the ultra-secret US base there. #readingOceania @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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I thought it‘d be neat to post my first review of this book back in 2021 to compare it with my new review:

The Korean “sea women” endure frigid waters to collect sea animals to sell & survive, for they are the breadwinners & heads of family on the island of Jeju, Korea. Men care for the children. I loved this matrifocal book about fiercely strong women thru the terrorizing Japanese & American occupations (read it & you‘ll understand) to today. ⬇️

Texreader Brutal, absolutely brutal—so beware. I learned so much history in a compelling & heartbreaking story about female friendship and forgiveness under the harshest of circumstances. This edition has an interview with Lisa See and I don‘t doubt her knowledge of the topic: her research was comprehensive. Beautifully written. Five stars in a heartbeat. #SouthKorea #foodandlit @Catsandbooks (edited) 3w
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Two friends grow up on Japanese-occupied Jeju island, through WWII, marry, and suffer through the transition to the island becoming part of #SouthKorea. On Jeju, many women including the friends are haenyeo, who can tolerate extremely cold temperatures and hold their breath for inordinate amounts of time to dive for seafood. This is their astounding story, as well as the heinous acts and murder of Jeju residents by South Korean soldiers under ⬇️

Texreader America‘s watch during the transition to divide up the Koreas. The story is also a fable about the cost of hate. This is a reread and I still love it. A beautiful if not tragic tale, told by an expert storyteller. #foodandlit @catsandbooks 3w
Catsandbooks Wonderful! ❤️🇰🇷 3w
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XOXO | Axie Oh
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American-Korean girl meets cute Korean boy in LA, has loads of fun, and falls head over heels. But he goes back to #SouthKorea & doesn‘t respond to her texts. When she travels to Korea with her Mom to help with her ill grandmother, she meets him again-& surprise! He‘s a k-pop superstar! This is a super cute fun read, with many good food references. Highly recommended! #foodandlit @Catsandbooks

Bookwormjillk Sounds fun! Adding it to my list. 3w
Texreader @Bookwormjillk It‘s such a nice, well-written, sweet read…especially if you‘ve been reading dark or sad books. 3w
Catsandbooks I've heard great things about this author! 🩵 3w
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My next audiobook. Works for #Korea #foodandlit and some unknowable number of countries for #readingOceania, that I will identify as I go along. @Catsandbooks @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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Little Free Library haul tonight

Graywacke Love this so much 3w
BarbaraBB Me too 3w
quietlycuriouskate Oh, I loved this! 3w
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Exiles | Jane Harper
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I‘ve been at these ricotta meatballs for almost 1-1/2 hours! Thank heavens for audiocooking. #authoramonth #Australia #readingOceania #serieslove2024 (book 3) and #letterE #litsyatoz

@Soubhiville @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @TheSpineView @Andrew65

tpixie Yum!!! 😋 you‘ve been mothering those meatballs to perfection! (edited) 3w
tpixie Hum another book about Australia named exiles! 3w
TheBookHippie @tpixie I read that one! 3w
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TheBookHippie Yummmmmm 3w
tpixie @TheBookHippie 😀 🇦🇺 3w
kspenmoll Oh YUM!!! 3w
TheSpineView Looks so good! 3w
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 3w
TheBookgeekFrau Looks and sounds delish!! 3w
Tamra Yum! 3w
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