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Joined March 2016

readtheworld.org | Reading and recommending books from around the globe.
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Zoli: A Novel | Colum McCann
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Just started this one and already loving it. McCann‘s writing is gorgeous! What‘s your #weekendread? 📖

#readtheworld #colummccann #librarybook

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I LOVED this biography of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman president of Liberia. It gives a great overview of Liberia‘s history, from its founding by formerly enslaved Americans to the 14-year-long civil war and Ebola epidemic. I knew a bit about Liberia through work (one of the nonprofits I write for has grantees there), but this book covers so much important history through the lens of a fascinating public figure.

#readtheworld #audio

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Finished this detective novel yesterday. It‘s the second in Adler-Olsen‘s Department Q series, and set in Copenhagen. I loved the first one (The Keeper of Lost Causes) and this one was a bit of a disappointment. The pacing was slow throughout, and I never love the kind of detective novel where you know who the villain is from the start.

#weekendreads #readtheworld #detectivenovel #departmentq #justfinished #librarybook

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Trying to finish this one today — wish I could just stay inside and read, as it‘s so rainy and grey outside.

#mystery #saturdayreads

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Columbine | Dave Cullen
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I learned a lot from this one, despite the fact that I thought I knew quite a bit about this tragedy. Cullen does a great job explaining all the facets of the case and its aftermath, and writes with great compassion.

#nonfiction #audiobook #audio

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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Still working my way through this one — every time I pick it up I enjoy it, but it‘s not nearly as suspenseful as the first one in the series.

#springreads #librarybook #mystery #readingoutside

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Eating Animals | Jonathan Safran Foer
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Happy #EarthDay! This is a great read for anyone looking to reduce their impact on our planet. 🌿

Foer considers why we eat meat from many angles: ethical, emotional, economic, and environmental. He interviews animal rights activists and farmers, looks at the human impact in terms of disease control and workers‘ rights, and delves into his own moral quandaries. My only criticism of the book is that he largely ignores the dairy industry.

TheBee 🌷 1mo
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Really enjoyed this one on audio — it‘s a mix of travel memoir and research on the merits of solitude. Set in #Paris, #Istanbul, #Florence, and #Manhattan.

#audiobook #travel #nonfiction #readtheworld

CouronneDhiver Oh, I‘m intrigued. 1mo
NatalieR Seems like a perfect read for me! 1mo
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“There were moments of anarchic poetry: a bulldozer that someone had left on a building site was liberated by a couple of kids, who sat atop the huge machine and drove it jauntily down a West Belfast street, to great whoops and cheers from their compatriots. At a certain point the boys lost control of their hulking steed and crashed into a telegraph pole — where somebody immediately lobbed a petrol bomb at the bulldozer and it burst into flames.”

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The Absent One | Jussi Adler-Olsen
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😱😱😱

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A charming blend of fiction and nonfiction that follows the author as she tries to force herself to write a book while living alone on the Falkland Islands. Great audiobook narration, too.

#memoir #audiobook #booksaboutbooks #readtheworld

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The Tenth Island | Diana Marcum
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My current library book stack:
📖 Zoli by Colum McCann
📖 The Tenth Island by Diana Marcum
📖 The Absent One by Jussi Adler-Olsen
📖 Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

I‘ve already listened to Say Nothing on audio, but sometimes I like to check out the print version of a book as well, to help me find my favorite parts again or see if there are any pictures included.

#readtheworld
#librarybook
#librarybooks
#bookstack
#bookpile
#bookspines

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Zoli: A Novel | Colum McCann
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#Libraryhaul! Excited about these three — I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump (well, in print at least) and I‘m hoping one bumps the slump.

#librarybooks #mystery #bookspines #bookstack

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Just finished this on audio. It‘s engaging and thought-provoking, and will definitely make you bust out a spreadsheet or two! I did wish that there was a bit more about her own personal story in the book, but this is much more of a how-to than a memoir.

I really liked the author‘s narration as well, which makes sense since I love her on the Fairer Cents podcast.

#nonfiction #finance #retirement #earlyretirement #fire #fairercents #audiobook

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Nothing on my TBR was jumping out at me this morning, so I decided to reread Murder on the Orient Express — which I read so long ago that I can no longer recall the ending!

#fridayreads #reread #agathachristie #mystery #poirot #weekendread

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The Art Forger: A Novel | B. A. Shapiro
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Thirty years ago, two men broke into The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and stole 13 works of art. The paintings—including a Degas and a Vermeer—were never recovered.

The Art Forger is a captivating novel about a struggling artist who is hired to make a realistic copy of a painting — only to discover that she‘s actually being paid to forge one of the stolen masterpieces.

#boston #booksaboutart #coverart #bookcover

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A deep dive into the last few decades of violence and politics in Northern Ireland. I didn‘t know much about the troubles going into Say Nothing, and am so glad I read this. The audio narration is excellent — highly recommended.

#northernireland #audiobook #audio #history #politics #ireland

Theaelizabet Loved this book. Still thinking about it. 2mo
readtheworld @Theaelizabet I‘m sure I‘ll be thinking about it for a long time, too. It made me really consider how easily a normal person could get swept up in a violent movement. Scary and sobering. 2mo
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Just realized I missed #nationalpuppyday — here‘s a shot from yesterday when the doggo trespassed on my picture of The Trespasser.

#booksandpups #dogsoflitsy #photobomb

DGRachel 😍🐶😍 2mo
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The Trespasser | Tana French
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Finished this yesterday while home sick with a fever. I accidentally skipped the book before this one in the series, but didn‘t realize until I was already well into it.

Tana French creates absorbing plots and fascinating characters, and The Trespasser is no exception — I sped through the second half of the book in one sitting.

#mystery #tanafrench #ireland #dublin #readtheworld

Lovesbooks87 Hope you are feeling better! 2mo
vivastory The one prior to this one is honestly my least favorite in the series 2mo
readtheworld @Lovesbooks87 Thanks! I am definitely on the mend, but giving myself permission to stay in and read all day! 2mo
readtheworld @vivastory Good to know — I‘m sure I‘ll pick it up at some point, but probably not rush to get it. 2mo
seebiscan I‘m obsessed with Tana French! 2mo
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Small Country | Gael Faye
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I really enjoyed this short novel set in 1990s Burundi. Though its plot is set against the war and genocide in neighboring Rwanda, Small Country uses its young narrator to balance the horror and tragedy with childhood adventure.

#readtheworld #botm #bookofthemonth #readdiversely #readdiversebooks #marchreads

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Small Country | Gael Faye
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As soon as I got home from work, I settled in on the deck with my book. Feels like spring today!

#springreads #botm #readingoutside #novel

mrsthilkey I really enjoyed this one! 2mo
readtheworld @mrsthilkey I‘m almost done and love it! 2mo
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A heartfelt and meandering memoir about growing up in West Virginia during the 1940s. I especially enjoyed Bailey Carr‘s narration.

#audiobook #audio #memoir #nonfiction #westvirginia

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Happy #InternationalWomensDay! Here are a few books from my shelves to celebrate women‘s stories:

? Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García
? When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
? The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez
? A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid
? The Joys of Motherhood by Buchi Emecheta
? Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich
? The Vegetarian by Han Kang
? The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar

#readtheworld #readwomen

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The Door | Magda Szabo
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A few books from my TBR that I‘m hoping to read in March. I‘m in the middle of Small Country right now and really enjoying the writing. What‘s on your list for this month?



#readtheworld #2019reads #readdiversely #tbr #bookstack #bookpile #marchreads #springreads #botm #bookofthemonth

Avidreader25 Loved The Trespasser! 3mo
readtheworld @Avidreader25 That‘s great to hear! I‘ve enjoyed all the others in the series so far. 3mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous pic and I‘ve got your tagged book on my tbr shelf as well! 3mo
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readtheworld @BarbaraBB Thanks! 😊 3mo
Billypar I really liked The Door...intense and unsettling. 3mo
readtheworld @Billypar Ooh, glad to hear that! 3mo
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A fascinating and alarming memoir about a childhood spent in the woods and on the run. Cea Sunrise Person grew up living in tents in the Yukon wilderness and squatting in unoccupied summer cottages in Alberta.

Excellent on audio. Trigger warnings for child sexual abuse.

#audiobook #canadian #memoir #nonfiction #audio

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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Black History Month is coming to a close. In today‘s political climate it‘s especially important to celebrate the many and varied contributions Black Americans have made to our country and our culture. What books did you read in honor of Black History Month?

#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #readdiversely #readdiversebooks #bookstack #bookpile

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Just finished this on audio. I loved hearing Michelle Obama‘s powerful story in her own words, and by the end of the book I felt such a deep respect for her. She gives some wonderful tidbits about life in the White House and is frank about the difficulties of weighing her career against her husband‘s — and her desire to stay out of the spotlight against her drive to help the country.

#audiobook #memoir #politics #bookrec #justfinished

NovelGirl82 I absolutely loved her memoir! I definitely think that it was more powerful hearing it in her own voice. 3mo
EmilyM I'm currently listening to this and I love hearing her reading it. 3mo
readtheworld @NovelGirl82 @EmilyM Yup! It‘s definitely worth the audio — though I had the best of both worlds as my mom lent me her print copy as well (which was nice as I otherwise would have missed the pictures in the book). 3mo
EmilyM @readtheworld I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend and I looked at all the pictures 🤣 3mo
readtheworld @EmilyM Ha, I‘ve done that before! 3mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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”Walking in the deep snow was exhausting; she clambered and panted, spilling her drink. The air was abrasive on her throat. Her nose burned. She felt the moisture freeze on her eyelashes, turning them crunchy. Strangely, though, her body itself wasn‘t cold. Her blood was hot with adrenaline. She felt radioactive. She didn‘t even have gloves, but she felt like she could spend all night out here.”

#thriller #booksinthesnow #snow #botm

Soubhiville Great photo for the quote! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I thought this one was well done. So creepy! 3mo
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Man Tiger: A Novel | Eka Kurniawan
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Set in Indonesia, this short novel begins with a vicious murder and then unravels the events that led up to it — including how a young man became possessed by the spirit of a white tiger. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though the book summary stresses the tiger-possession element of the story more than the narrative bears out. It‘s much more about the young man‘s family and daily life in his small town.

#indonesia #readtheworld #readdiversely

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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On #PresidentsDay, I‘m reading First Lady Michelle Obama‘s inspiring #memoir. I‘m not too far into it, but I love her narration and writing style. It‘s not often that I have audio and print copies of the same book, but a few days after my audio library hold came through, my mom gave me her hardcover copy. And since the print version has photos, I‘m going back and forth between them. Have you read Becoming yet? I‘d love to hear your thoughts!

irre I really liked it. I listened to the audio. 3mo
readtheworld @irre Great! I‘m loving it so far. 3mo
EKonrad Actually reading it right now. So good! 3mo
8little_paws I had nothing to do yesterday, so I binged it. I really liked it! 3mo
Layali926 I have the audio too and so far. I‘m on chapter 10 and I love it. I love her narration. 3mo
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Didn‘t love this one, which is too bad as the story is right up my alley — a woman travels to Italy to trace her roots and research a long-ago family murder. For nonfiction, there was way too much fictionalization/recreation of her ancestors‘ inner thoughts. There was an author note at the end that addressed this, but in my opinion the book would have benefitted from sticking to the actual history.

#readtheworld #italy #memoir #audiobook

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Man Tiger: A Novel | Eka Kurniawan
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Snagging some reading in where I can today — including in the lobby of the gym. 💪

#parkour #gymreads #fridayreads #weekendreads

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Love Poems | Pablo Neruda
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Happy Valentine‘s Day! Always a good excuse to read some Pablo Neruda 💕

#valentinesday #lovepoems #poetry #pabloneruda

trazo Beautiful plant! What is it? 🌱 3mo
readtheworld I‘m actually not sure what it‘s called — it was one of the many plants I took from my grandma‘s house after she passed away. But I love it! 3mo
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This book begins as a regular travel memoir — two friends embark on an ambitious backpacking trip to China after graduating from college in the late 1980s — but takes a very unexpected turn halfway through. It‘s hard to say much more without spoiling it, so I‘ll just say I really enjoyed it.

#travelmemoir #travel #memoir #setinchina #readtheworld #audiobook #audio

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Man Tiger: A Novel | Eka Kurniawan
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Sitting in a sunbeam, reading the day away. What‘s your #weekendread? 📖

#librarybook #readtheworld #readdiversebooks

Kimberlone Great pic! 3mo
readtheworld @Kimberlone thanks! 🙃 3mo
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Man Tiger: A Novel | Eka Kurniawan
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Starting Man Tiger this morning! I had checked this out for the #24in48 readathon but didn‘t end up getting to it that weekend.

#bookcover #readtheworld #readdiversebooks #librarybook #weekendreads #fridayreads

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I stayed up waaaaay past my bedtime last night to finish this. Once I got to the halfway mark I could not put it down!

Scary and gory and gripping, this thriller will make you really glad to be warm indoors. 🥶

#botm #thriller #scarybook #unputdownable

KristenDuck Sounds like a good one! 3mo
readtheworld @KristenDuck It is! Though it was definitely past my level of comfort for gore and scariness (I‘m a bit of a wimp!) 3mo
annkuch13 Such a good book! I love this photo! 3mo
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readtheworld @annkuch13 thanks! 🙃 3mo
allthingskayla This book is so amazing. 3mo
ShereeCook Waiting for this to arrive in the mail. So excited to get stuck into it 3mo
RadicalReader @readtheworld absolutely awesome to have books so gripping you can‘t put down especially when you want to stop at the end of the chapter but then you‘re hooked because of the plot or the sentence of the chapter. 3mo
readtheworld @RadicalReader Yes, exactly! This book‘s pages basically turned themselves. 3mo
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I really enjoyed this memoir, in which famed chef Eric Ripert tells the story of his childhood in southern France and Andorra, as well as his early days of cooking in Paris.

#foodmemoir #memoir #cooking #nonfiction #chef

Lindy This sounds interesting. There can‘t be very many books from Andorra for #readtheworld 3mo
IamIamIam I didn't even know he wrote a book! I love him!!!! 3mo
AJBowers This sounds like it would make me very hungry 3mo
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readtheworld @Lindy Yup! About a third of the book takes place in Andorra. 3mo
readtheworld @IamIamIam Same! I‘d basically read anything by anyone on Top Chef 👩‍🍳 3mo
readtheworld @AJBowers It will! And it will also make you want to visit Provence and Andorra — they sound so lovely. 3mo
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Started this during last week‘s #24in48 readathon and finished it a few nights ago. Set in Russia and Germany, this novel tells the story of Rosalinda, whose quest to give her beloved granddaughter a better life is by turns hilarious and horrifying.

#fiction #litfic #translation #readtheworld #bookrec

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The five print books I finished in January:
📖A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
📖One Out of Two by Daniel Sada
📖A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn
📖Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
📖The Woman In Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

#2019reads #januarywrapup #printbooks #bookstack #mysteries #litfic #januaryreads #winterreads #readtheworld

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Just finished this on audio — Sedaris‘s essays are weird and delightful. His narration adds an additional layer to the book, and I honestly don‘t think I want to read a book of his in print again!

#audiobook #libby #essays #nonfiction #justfinished

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Can‘t believe I made it to 24 hours in the #24in48 readathon this weekend!

Here are the print books I read over the past two days (though I still have about 100 pages left of The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine). I also listened to one full audiobook (The Cut Out Girl) and half of another (Let‘s Explore Diabetes with Owls).

#24in48 #bookcovers #weekendreads #readathon

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love listening to Sedaris! 😂 4mo
readtheworld @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Same! I don‘t think I ever want to read a book of his in print again... 4mo
eraderneely I was surprised at how funny Hottest Dishes was! 4mo
readtheworld @eraderneely It‘s hilarious! 4mo
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I reached 24 hours just a few minutes after midnight — whew! Ready for bed now, but excited to keep reading this tomorrow morning.

Happy #24in48, everyone!

GypsyKat Congratulations!🎉 4mo
sprainedbrain Woohoo! 🎉 4mo
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BarbaraJean Woohoo! 🎉👏🏼🍾🥂 4mo
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻🎊🎊🙌🙌👏🏻👏🏻🎉🎉🎉🥳📚 4mo
Simona Congrats 👏👏👏 4mo
Worldforreading Great 🎉 4mo
JazzFeathers Wow!!! Fantastic! 4mo
PurpleyPumpkin Well done, congrats!🎉 4mo
Librarybelle Congratulations! 4mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 4mo
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The fascinating and heartbreaking true story of a young Jewish girl who lived with the author‘s grandparents in the Netherlands during World War II. It‘s great on audio, though I may need to find a hard copy in order to see if it has photos in it.

I started this yesterday and am now on to my second audiobook of #24in48, Let‘s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris.

#audiobook #readathon #wwii #nonfiction

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Just finished this odd but lovely novella. Set in a small Mexican town, it follows the Gamal sisters, identical and inseparable Constitución and Gloria. But when one of them begins a courtship with a man, the new romance threatens to tear them apart.

Next-up for #24in48, I‘m starting The Hottest Dishes of the Tartar Cuisine. I‘m also still working slowly through the end of Gilead and listening to The Cut Out Girl. So many books to read!

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Good morning! I made it to 10 hours last night before falling asleep, and this morning I‘m waking myself up with tea, scones, and One Out of Two. I‘m about halfway through this short novel and really enjoying it.

What are you reading for the second morning of #24in48?

#readathon #booksandtea #booksandbreakfast #readdiversely #danielsada #coverart #novella

JazzFeathers 👏👏💪 I'm at the grand total of 2 hours 😶 4mo
batsy I really liked this one, too! 4mo
readtheworld @JazzFeathers That‘s great! Any reading during a readathon is worth it. 4mo
readtheworld @batsy I just finished it. What a strange and wonderful book! 4mo
batsy Yes! Strange and wonderful captures it perfectly. 4mo
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Gilead | Marilynne Robinson
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Switching back to Gilead for short chunks of reading — I‘m starting to feel sleepy and the slow pace of this novel doesn‘t lend itself to long sessions.

#readathon #hoursix #24in48 #gilead #litfic

rmaclean4 I find I need to switch books often in these read-a-thons! 4mo
readtheworld @rmaclean4 Same. Though picking very short books also solves that problem! 4mo
rmaclean4 @readtheworld very true! 4mo
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Just finished this mystery set in 1952
South Africa. Fast-paced and suspenseful, with an ending that has almost too many twists.

Next-up for #24in48, I‘m getting some things done around the house while listening to The Cut Out Girl on audio.

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While I enjoy the readathon, she enjoys her snoozathon 😴

#24in48 #readathon #mystery #dogsoflitsy

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Starting the #24in48 readathon! Here‘s my book stack for the weekend (audiobooks not shown). I‘m already partway through both A Beautiful Place to Die and Gilead, so I‘ll probably start off with those.

What are you reading today? 📚
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#readathon #reading #toread #weekendreads #bookstack #bookpile #reader #bookworm #librarybooks #readinglife #booklife

cathysaid ❤️ Gilead 4mo
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