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Daughter and I at the San Antonio Book Festival this morning

kspenmoll What fun! Love the photo! 9h
Nute I am overjoyed! So happy to see all the amazing in-person book festivals!🤗 Hi, Karen! 8h
BookBabe How cool is that! Great photo! 8h
marleed Oh fun! 6h
Soubhiville How did I not know that was happening today? I hope it was marvelous! 5h
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Librarybelle Thanks for posting! 1d
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Three free ebooks

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A free ebook today! It‘s never too early to stock up on Halloween reads because it‘s one of my favorite times of the year on Litsy!!

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Maybe my favorite comic ever!!

Tamra 🤣 22h
Prairiegirl_reading 😹😹😹 21h
GingerAntics 🧡🧡🧡 17h
Kimzey Perfect! 😻😹 14h
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#twofortuesday It‘s been a heckuva week so I‘m just now getting to focus on Litsy, so thanks @TheSpineView for forgiving my long delay!!

1) Both! 😂

2) Bibliophile: “a person who collects or has a great love of books” I googled it because I assumed from the question they were different! Great gotcha! I think if someone were a voracious reader, they‘d have to fit in one of the two, or both parts of that definition

Fun one!!

TheSpineView No worries! Thanks for playing! 1d
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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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#wondrouswednesday. Thanks @Eggs for the tag & allowing me to post late

1) I love to garden but it doesn‘t always work out every year. As a kid my parents indulged me & found me spots to try growing things. As a child, my best gardens were one year gorgeous tomato plants with a bumper crop of tomatoes, and another year a garden‘s worth of marigolds

2) veggies, but I want to expand to flowers 💐

3) tagged

What about you @freeatlast1137 ?

TheBookHippie My grandson wants marigolds this year! 1d
Texreader @TheBookHippie They‘re super easy to grow so highly recommended for a new gardener 13h
Eggs Thanks for joining in Karen🥰 11h
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#thoughtfulthursday Thanks for the tag @BrittanyReads !

1) tagged
2) IRL
3) 5–it‘s such a remarkable piece of history
4) only when reading IRL books for work, because I‘m one of those who likes my books to be like new 😁 I do highlight my ebooks. I find it very helpful

A day late but I still love responding to these so I couldn‘t pass it up! @MoonWitch94

MoonWitch94 It‘s never too late! I love reading everyone‘s responses. Thanks for playing 📚☺️ 3h
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Under a Poacher's Moon | W. Aaron Vandiver
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Librarybelle Thanks for posting! 4d
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Satyricon | Petronius
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I love that my daughter (she just finished the tagged book) thought that last sentence described me well. Yep. I‘ve read that the Greeks were not kind to women. I‘d definitely be huffy.

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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I‘m really enjoying this book. The writing is lovely. #Tunisia #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Wolves at the Door | Gunnar Staalesen
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An ebook by my husband‘s fave Norwegian author is on sale! Staalesen‘s books are often set in my husband‘s hometown of Bergen, Norway. He has all his books in Norwegian and I have only been able to find English translations in London. So this is fun to have an English ebook! But it does appear to be a very dark Scandinavian noir book.

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Ebook on sale today. I love nonfiction about fearless journalists. So here I go again because it should have been on my tbr list all along

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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The kingdom being referenced is Saudi Arabia, where the main character worked for a time. #Tunisia #readingafrica2022 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

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When the father and older brother must leave Kabul to avoid punishment/conscription by the Taliban, the oldest sister living at home must figure out how to make money to feed her siblings. She starts a business that ultimately employs quite a few women, who desperately need jobs to survive, right under the noses of Taliban soldiers. What is life like for women in #Afghanistan under the Taliban? This book, while amazingly inspiring, tears ⬇️

Texreader your heart out learning what their lives were like. Doubly so knowing that the Taliban is cracking down as hard now as it did then, after so much hope. I believe this is an important read to show how brutally women are treated by the Taliban, but also how women can be so brilliant and such creative thinkers to save their communities. Also, if you need pointers on how to start a business, this is entrepreneurship 101! An excellent book. #foodandlit 6d
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Four free ebooks on Amazon right now. These sound exactly like the kind of books I love

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The Man Who Died | Antti Tuomainen
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I bought this ebook on sale today. It‘s set in #Finland by an author from Helsinki. My dear wonderful sister-in-law is from Helsinki so I like to try to learn about where she‘s from.

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“The four men responsible for this last deal in human flesh…were natives of Maine…”

The captain and owner of the ship, Clotilda, which made the final illegal run for slaves, was from Nova Scotia.

I thought these were enlightening facts—northerners were often as racist as southern slave owners, they just lacked an economy that supported slavery, so they moved south. 😡

#Benin #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

KathyWheeler I really need to read this book as the remains of the Clotilda were recently found up the road from where I live. 6d
Texreader @KathyWheeler That just answered a huge question I had. In the intro the author states that the wreck of the Clotilda could still be seen, and so I had wondered if it had been preserved. The captain torched and scuttled it, but later regretted it because it was more valuable than the slaves he received as compensation. 😡 Thanks for posting about it. Question answered! It was lost then found again! 6d
Hooked_on_books I learned from Clint Smith‘s book that the second largest slave market in the US was in Manhattan. That shows how “southern” slavery was. 6d
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Texreader @Hooked_on_books Really?? I had no idea. 6d
Texreader @Hooked_on_books I just stacked the book. Thank you!! 6d
Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome. It‘s so good! 6d
KathyWheeler @Texreader here‘s a story about it. There‘s more media coverage linked a bottom of the page: https://www.mobile.org/things-to-do/history/african-american/clotilda/ 6d
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“The Viking press again asks for the life of Kossula, but in language rather than dialect.…” The dialect was a vital and authenticating feature of the narrative. Hurston would not submit to such a revision.

I love that Hurston stood her ground, even though it cost her the publication of the book during her lifetime. An anthropologist/historian true to her profession.

#Benin #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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Update on the status of the #readingafrica2022 challenge. Current reads are for the smaller countries of #swaziland #tunisia (for the tagged book) and #Benin—which I‘ve colored with stripes. @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Awesome! 6d
BarbaraBB Wow 🤩 6d
Andrew65 Wow! You are doing brilliantly. 6d
DrexEdit Nice progress! I think it will take me 3 years to finish this 1 year challenge. 😂 6d
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BarbaraBB I didn‘t know it is set in Benin. Very good to know. 6d
Texreader @BarbaraBB The “barracoons” are in the “Bight of Benin”—the holding pens for the slaves before putting on ships. 🙁 This one‘s been on my tbr for a long time and I need Benin so I decided to make it work. 6d
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Ebook on sale today. Long on my tbr so I bought it. It‘s a murder mystery set in 1800 Korea

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I‘m finally unboxing my latest craft supplies! I love the stamp bottom right for #litsylove! I‘ve got a lot of letters to catch up on! I‘m also looking forward to when we do paper crafts for #litsycrafters! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Catsandbooks @curiouserandcurioser

curiouserandcurioser @Texreader i love these! They will be wonderful for paper crafting:) 6d
Catsandbooks So cute! I love the animal ones! 🐅 5d
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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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I love the writing style in this book. The author is making poignant points about poverty in humorous ways. It‘s quite effective.

#readingafrica2022 #Tunisia @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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“The villagers were completely discombobulated. Most of them hadn‘t even chosen their spouses, and now they were meant to choose who would govern them.”

This made me chuckle. And one of my most favorite words: discombobulated

#readingafrica2022 #Tunisia @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

Suet624 I still use that word quite often. 😊 1w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I don‘t know what it means. I even wonder if I ever came across it 🙂 1w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I use it when I‘m thoroughly confused or things don‘t make sense. 1w
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB It may be an Americanism…I‘ve not seen it in anything other than works from the US. Definitely a word I grew up with 1w
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Starting this one as my next audiobook. It‘s set in #Eswatini aka #Swaziland. #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Another one I have planned to read too. Looking forward to your review! 1w
Librarybelle I see Bahni Turpin is the narrator! 1w
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“ The partnership between America and my country, it‘s a good and helpful beginning. Together, I believe that we can and will make even more progress in building a more stable and successful Afghanistan.“

Such a good book but sad and poignant knowing what we know now.

#foodandlit #Afghanistan @Catsandbooks @Butterfinger

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Osama bin Laden, the “wealthy Saudi,” brought death not only to Americans. By establishing his base in Afghanistan, thanks to protection from the Taliban, he brought even more death and destruction upon innocent Afghans who wanted nothing to do with him or the Taliban. I‘m so sad that after all the Afghan women have been through they‘re going through it all again. #foodandlit #Afghanistan

GingerAntics This is all so true and makes it seem more and more like we just turned our backs on them. 1w
KristiAhlers Which is why my blood boils when I think of us turning our backs on them. Sigh. 1w
KristiAhlers @GingerAntics I completely agree 1w
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Texreader @GingerAntics @KristiAhlers Truth. This book though is so awesome. It‘s about how brave some of the women were to find a way to “thrive” as best they could under the worst conditions for women. It‘s powerful and makes me wonder if I could be that brave in the face of such danger. 1w
GingerAntics @Texreader I fear we‘re going to find out soon enough here in America. 1w
KristiAhlers I have it stacked! 1w
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#thoughtfulthursday Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView & @Ddzmini ! 🤗

1) I shopped for craft supplies! Like books, you can never have enough!

2) daughter is home from college so I took part of day off to spend with her (we reorganized a bookshelf), and then I‘ve been doing special things with her and my son when his day is done at high school like I did when they were little. Today was a froyo run. It‘s nostalgic for me and fun for them.

TheSpineView You're welcome! 1w
KristiAhlers I had a sound bath and then a guided meditation that aligned all my chakras. Then of course after I came home and read and had a cup of tea and let life take care of life for a few hours 1w
Bookwormjillk You‘re never too old for a froyo run! 1w
MoonWitch94 You can never have too many crafty things! Thanks for playing ☺️🌸📖 1w
Ddzmini It‘s always great to read everyone‘s post and how the process of self health is different and the same at times loved reading the answers 🤗 5d
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Dracula | Bram Stoker
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#wondrouswednesday

1) no; but I dream whole stories. When I wrote one of them for college creative writing, the prof said it was my best writing yet. I should write more of them down. I even remember some of these dreams as if they‘re books

2) tagged (I‘m weird)

3) sigh, surgery in 2 weeks on my elbow—so getting my books organized today has helped me prepare for downtime to read

Want to play @Nute @GingerAntics @KristiAhlers @Catsandbooks ?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s so cool 😴 1w
GingerAntics Oh no, what‘s up with your elbow?! Elbow injuries are the worst. You never realise how many movements jostle, tense, or somehow involve your elbow until the bloody thing hurts to move. Worst injury ever. I‘ve dreamed whole chapters of stories as well. I always try to write them down. I actually have the paperback of Dracula. I‘ve never read it though. I can‘t remember if I was supposed to read it for a class or not. 😬 1w
TheBookHippie I read Dracula every October with students 🖤 1w
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TheBookHippie And owie… sending healing vibes for speedy recovery!!! 1w
Catsandbooks Good luck with the elbow surgery!! 1w
Texreader @GingerAntics @TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks Thanks for your kind wishes. I have a torn something (tendon/ligament?) in the elbow that will be removed. It feels like a knife is embedded in it and it even hurts to the touch (even breeze from a fan on it ratchets up the pain). Second surgery in 4 months! But I desperately cannot wait for this one. I‘m in so much pain it‘s almost unbearable. 1w
GingerAntics @Texreader oh god that sounds terrible!!! I hope this surgery stops all that pain. Holy crap. 1w
Catsandbooks @Texreader oh ouch! That sounds terrible! I hope this surgery brings you much needed relief! 1w
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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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#twofortuesday a bit late. Thanks @TheSpineView and @Eggs for the tag!

1) tagged; the MC loves his bees deeply as they set out to harvest spring flowers. I‘ve barely started it but the writing is beautiful

2) I do, even though I rarely do so. When I was young and reading chunksters at unbelievably fast speed, I‘d listen to my 80s singles (I ❤️ I was a teen in the 80s). ‘Der Kommisar‘ will always remind me of Winds of War and War & Remembrance

TheSpineView Never too late to play!👍🌞🤩 1w
Eggs 💗💗 1w
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Free ebook today

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A free ebook today for fans of Lord Byron. I‘ve read another historical fiction book by this author and loved it. She does her research and her writing is well done.

Bklover Thanks!!❤️ 1w
Vansa This sounds so interesting. All 6 volumes on KU, I'm seriously toying with the idea of getting into it!! 1w
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The Third Temple | Christopher Cartwright
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This author frustrates me to no end. He‘s a fantastic writer but every book I‘ve read by him has several serious editing issues, like the big one in this book. The characters are all admiring a glass skull that a page later is removed from a briefcase. How??? Dialog is often unrealistic although it improved in this book. It always makes me want to stop right there. But his descriptions are top notch—some of the best landscape descriptions ⬇️

Texreader I‘ve read, such as his descriptions of the Skeleton Coast of #Namibia and the hidden underground lake in the Kalahari Desert. They are fantastic! He does his homework and he does it well. With a bit more care, these could easily be 5-star thrillers. #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @barbarabb (edited) 1w
Librarybelle Definite editing error about the skull! 1w
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Equator | Miguel Sousa Tavares
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I‘m borrowing daughter‘s dorm room wheeled cart (she‘s now home from college for the summer) for my challenge reads. With her immense amount of help, we organized and updated my fave books bookshelf (in the background). Then we pulled out my IRL challenge books for #readingafrica2022 (top of cart) #foodandlit2022 and #litsyatoz and put them on her cart. I decided to throw in a couple of my Wilbur Smith books for Africa because, why not?

Nute Nice! 1w
KristiAhlers Nice! I love organizing books. Or bullet journals or just about anything. I just visited my local bookstore and came away with a couple more reads for the #readafrica2022 challenge. I‘m going to be away for the weekend but I‘m hoping to get some reading done will traveling in the car. Total perk of being the passenger! 1w
Texreader @KristiAhlers Oooh! Post what you bought! What countries? I‘m so excited! 1w
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Librarybelle Yay for organizing books…so much fun!! 1w
KristiAhlers @Texreader I picked up a copy of that takes place in the Belgian Congo! 1w
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Black Mamba Boy: A Novel | Nadifa Mohamed
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Jama is a young Somalian boy when his mother dies in the port city of Aden, Yemen, and so he decides he will undertake a trek to find his father, who he believes to be a “driver” somewhere in #Sudan. Thus begins his travels across north Africa & on to England all during the most dangerous time the world has ever seen, WWII. He is smart and lucky (thanks to his being born under the lucky sign of the black mamba). But he also makes stupid ⬇️

Texreader decisions, which can be inordinately frustrating for the reader. Then you have to remember he is a homeless kid without an adult to love and teach him. To say he remains a mostly ethical, good person is surprising given all he experiences in his travels. There are a few scenes, one in particular, that is beyond gruesome. So trigger warning for violence against children. The audiobook is free for Audible subscribers but I‘m not sure I‘d ⬇️ 2w
Texreader recommend it because Jama meets so many people and travels so extensively, it‘s really hard to keep track. Often I just had to acknowledge I didn‘t recognize names I should have, or didn‘t have a clue where he was sometimes. I wish Audible would include chapter names. That would clarify a lot. The narrator was lovely, however, so no discredit to him. Recommended, if not the audiobook. #Somalia #Djibouti #Eritrea and #Sudan. (edited) 2w
Librarybelle Excellent review! 2w
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Posted by the author recognizing it‘s National Mental Health Awareness Week. https://www.instagram.com/p/CdYLagbMZOf/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

Such an excellent book.

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The Ardent Swarm | Yamen Manai
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I‘m starting this book tonight for #Tunisia #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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Please Look After Mom | Kyung-Sook Shin
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This has been on my tbr list so I snatched it right up now that the ebook is on sale for $1.99.

ErinSueMreads That one cent credit really made it didn't it?? 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Texreader @ErinSueMreads I know! Isn‘t that hilarious? It‘s like when you see a markdown at the grocery store by one cent. What the heck? 😂😂😂 2w
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The Judge Hunter | Christopher Buckley
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One more challenge list—my remaining letters for #litsyatoz2022. I‘ve never been this close to finishing the #litsyatoz challenge this early in the year (& I hope I didn‘t just jinx it). Obviously I have books lined up and ready to go! This will be my fifth year doing this challenge so I‘m very excited to finish it again this year (hopefully). @BookishMarginalia

Nute That‘s amazing, Karen. Good luck! 2w
Texreader @Nute Thank you so much for all your kind comments! I think about you daily and compose letters in my head to you. I‘m in a lengthy letter writing slump-I‘m sure you‘ve figured that out-and it makes me sad because I am missing our correspondence. I promise to snap out of it someday and resume. Btw. Husband is in your hometown this week on business! So all the more I‘m thinking of you. 1w
Texreader @Nute I‘m having surgery on my right elbow in two weeks so I clearly won‘t be writing for awhile after that!! 😬 1w
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Black Mamba Boy: A Novel | Nadifa Mohamed
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I finished this audiobook tonight. It grew on me over time and I‘m looking forward to reviewing it. In the meantime it has helped me complete a few countries for #readingafrica2022: #Somalia #Eritrea #Djibouti and #Sudan. Some of it takes place in #Egypt too. It‘s free for Audible subscribers and it certainly helped with the challenge! It can be a rough read but it‘s very good. Review to come. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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The Last Will and Testament of Senhor Da Silva Arajo | Germano Almeida, Sheila Faria Glaser
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I recently posted a list of the books I‘ve read for #readingAfrica2022, and books I‘ve purchased for more African countries. Here are the countries I have left for which I have no books, just ideas, & for Seychelles no ideas! So I‘m scouring bookstores & online for them. Those with (A) I‘ll get on Audible eventually. And if worse comes to worse, in previous years, I‘ve already read the asterisk books for Congo and Zambia. Any recommendations?

BarbaraBB I‘ve read this one, it‘s an easy okay read: 2w
BarbaraBB For Comores I plan to read this one because it was a pick for @Hooked_on_books : 2w
BarbaraBB And I can recommend this one for Mauritius 2w
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BarbaraBB I hope this is helpful. For the rest of your countries I haven‘t decided yet either! 2w
Hooked_on_books The Fish Caught in Time for Comoros I just loved, so I heartily recommend it. Never for Chad is quite book, but bleak, so if you go with that one, have something happy to follow it. And for Zambia, I read Walking the Bowl, which was a tough read, but it‘s quite good. 2w
Librarybelle 😁 2w
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Another free cozy mystery ebook today

LibrarianRyan i LOVE this series 2w
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The Third Temple | Christopher Cartwright
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@BarbaraBB I read your question about swimming in this underground lake and then read the next chapter. So, here ya go. 🤔 #Namibia #readingafrica2022 @Librarybelle

BarbaraBB This sounds so scary. Yet fascinating! 2w
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The Third Temple | Christopher Cartwright
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KristiAhlers Wow! 2w
BarbaraBB Imagine swimming there 😱 2w
GingerAntics Beautiful 2w
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The Third Temple | Christopher Cartwright
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Why do I love to read? Learning fascinating new things like this!

#Namibia #readingafrica2022 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

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Murder by the Cup | Abigail Lynn Thornton
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Free cozy mystery ebook!

Dragon Thanks 🙏 downloading 💚🐉 2w
BethM Downloaded thanks! 2w
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Four free cozy mystery ebooks centered around chocolate? Yes please!

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