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Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation | Octavia E. Butler
Octavia E. Butlers bestselling literary science-fiction masterpiece, Kindred, now in graphic novel format. More than 35 years after its release, Kindred continues to draw in new readers with its deep exploration of the violence and loss of humanity caused by slavery in the United States, and its complex and lasting impact on the present day. Adapted by celebrated academics and comics artists Damian Duffy and John Jennings, this graphic novel powerfully renders Butlers mysterious and moving story, which spans racial and gender divides in the antebellum South through the 20th century. Butlers most celebrated, critically acclaimed work tells the story of Dana, a young black woman who is suddenly and inexplicably transported from her home in 1970s California to the preCivil War South. As she time-travels between worlds, one in which she is a free woman and one where she is part of her own complicated familial history on a southern plantation, she becomes frighteningly entangled in the lives of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder and one of Danas own ancestors, and the many people who are enslaved by him. Held up as an essential work in feminist, science-fiction, and fantasy genres, and a cornerstone of the Afrofuturism movement, there are over 500,000 copies of Kindred in print. The intersectionality of race, history, and the treatment of women addressed within the original work remain critical topics in contemporary dialogue, both in the classroom and in the public sphere. Frightening, compelling, and richly imagined, Kindred offers an unflinching look at our complicated social history, transformed by the graphic novel format into a visually stunning work for a new generation of readers.
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MolliesaurusRex
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Okay the entire time I was reading this book I was like “wait aren‘t they turning this into a movie soon?” And I looked but found nothing. Scrolling through FB and see an ad for this and realize that this is what I was thinking of - looks like a somewhat similar story. Anyone else agree or have I officially lost it?🤣

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MolliesaurusRex
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I‘ve been really into graphic novels lately. I‘m not totally sure why - maybe because they‘re generally quick reads for me? This is the second one I‘ve finished in the past three days, and I‘ve got three more borrowed or on hold from my library that I‘m sure I‘ll finish just as quickly. I‘d never read any of Octavia Butler‘s books, but this one was interesting, if not slightly confusing due to the back and forth. I definitely recommend it.

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MicheleinPhilly
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I‘m still not a graphic novel fan but the power and enormity of this particular work moved me to tears. I read this novel in school many, many, MANY moons ago and remember regarding it as I did any required reading - “It‘s fine but don‘t tell me what to read.” (Gosh, I was such an asshole.) Now I‘m curious to re-read the original as I like to think I‘m less of an asshole. 4⭐️ #pocparanormal #booked2019

ChasingOm May we all be less of assholes than we were in our teens. 😂 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @ChasingOm It‘s my resolution for 2020. 😉 1mo
Reviewsbylola That was my stance on required reading in high school too, although sometimes I just refused to read the book altogether. 😬 1mo
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TrishB Why I never did an Eng Lit degree as couldn‘t bear the thought of being told what to read for years!! 1mo
marleed Oh my gosh, I moved 1250 miles away from home for college. Darn if an older cousin I‘d never met didn‘t live nearby my college. She invited me to her home for Thanksgiving. I didn‘t go - friends you know. Much later when I realized how rude I was, I reached out, but too late as she had no interest in including me again. It still embarrasses me to think about it. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Reviewsbylola I was a big fan of Cliff Notes! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB That was my reasoning too. I didn‘t want it to feel like a chore. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @marleed Have you met since? 1mo
marleed No, she moved away shortly after I graduated. By that time I was married. She had my address and we exchanged cards where she mentioned her annual trip back to KC to visit friends. I was not among who she visited - I had decided I received it was my annual reminder to treat family with more respect. Years later her cards included grandkid pics - one boy loved trains so I sent her my son‘s collection of Japanese train books. 1mo
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the book was is very good so far my favorite part of the book is when she first time travel in the book.i think the book is a great book even though i dont like reading i think the author of this book did a great job of getting me to want to read more of the book.

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Eyelit
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Stealing a prompt from @hes7 to hold myself accountable... here are #tenonmytbr that I plan to finish by the end of the year. 😁📚❤️

(Yes, I know there are technically 11 books in that stack. I don‘t really like even numbers)

hes7 You can do it! Pride‘s a fun read. 8mo
8little_paws Speak is one of my favorites. I hope you love it too! 8mo
Smrloomis I loved Speak too - and Exit West. 8mo
Johanna414 Slayer was suuuper fun!
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TheLudicReader Can't wait to read Slayer 8mo
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tammysue
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I read Kindred ages ago in the regular book format. I saw this graphic copy at the library last week and picked it up. Has very vivid pictures and was interesting to read in this context.

#graphicnovels for #MayMadness

Clwojick It looks great! I‘ve had it stacked for ages! 8mo
tammysue @Clwojick I was surprised to find that many books I‘ve read are available in that format. Pretty neat! 8mo
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Dogearedcopy
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I read the book last December but I don't know which is more correct to say, that the book didn't get under my skin or that I couldn't under *its* skin! It was a fast read, but I never felt connected to the story on any more than a superficial level.

I decided to "re-read" it on GN form: The adaptation is excellent, with bold use of line and an interesting color palette. The story line remains virtually intact...

KimM Oh cool! I‘m sending this one to you Monday 😊 11mo
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eri.reads
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This graphic novel was amazing. I've never read any of Octavia Butler's books yet, but after finishing this adaptation I can't wait to read Kindred. This was discomforting and poignant. Truly unique storyline and it brings the effects of slavery to the forefront. The graphics were very well done and I was hooked from beginning to end. I'll probably be thinking about this one for quite some time.
#kindred #thoughtprovoking #blackhistorymonth

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theinfophile
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BookInMyHands
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I loved this graphic novel adaptation, but it‘s been awhile since I read the original.

Dana is a young black woman in California in the 1970‘s. Inexplicably, she finds herself pulled back in time to the antebellum South to save the life of a young white child. As Dana finds herself pushed and pulled through time, the stakes get higher each journey as the child grows into a white slaveholder.

80 of 100 #crossculturalstories read

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Seshat
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Revisited Kindred in the form of this graphic novel edition. It is a classic and devastating as always. A must-read.

Texreader Great book. Didn‘t know it was a graphic novel 1y
Seshat @Texreader the GN version just came out. 1y
Seshat And @Texreader I am motivated to re-read the novel. 1y
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watermelontaco13
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Liked but didn‘t love. The story felt very rushed and didn‘t really like the art. I think I‘ll like the book version better.

TheSpineView I agree. I have the ARC I read a while back. I liked the novel better. I think I still that ARC somewhere if anyone wants it. 1y
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Weaponxgirl
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Look what beauty I just found on scribd! #scribdpicks for anyone else who uses it.
@mhillis

mhillis Great find! 2y
Weaponxgirl @mhillis I've already started it and it's giving me palpitations 2y
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Deborah42
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A graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler‘s novel about a young black woman who travels back and forth in time. Every time her ancestor, Rufus Weylin, risks his life, she is pulled back in time to pre-Civil War Maryland. Not only does she save his life, but she also tries to help the slaves on the Weylin plantation and teach Rufus to be a better human.

Loved the graphic novel adaptation , but now I want to read the original even more!

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Fancypants
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Betty
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You were sent out on a job or home. "Home meant no money. So put another potato in the oven. Or visit the clinic down the street from the agency to sell blood.
Sent out meant the minimum wage for as many hours as you were needed.
You did whatever you were sent out to do.
It was always mindless work & as far as employers were concerned, done by mindless people. Nonpeople, rented for a few days, a few weeks. It didn't matter"

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Betty
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I'm so glad to discover Hoopla! Enjoying my #coffeecoffeecoffee while reading graphic novels. @hermyknee is having a #giveaway! This mug is the second one I bought at #Malaprops Bookstore in Asheville. My daughter took me there to celebrate a birthday two years ago.

Cinfhen Great mug!!! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Hoopla is amazing! 2y
4thhouseontheleft Malaprops! 💙💙💙 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Best first line from my #24in48readathon book stack.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am getting ready for #24in48 challenge this weekend. Here are my books so far. What are you reading for the challenge?

danibolahood I've got an entire shelf of new books I WANT to read for #24in48 but I'm going to be a good girl and finish Big Little Lies which I have to return to someone and then read my two library books due back on Monday. The Stranger by Harlan Coben and I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer Flemming. 2y
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Kabukay
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Week 2: A graphic novel adaption of a classic, the illustrations of vibrancy and strength only contribute to a story so full of pain, culture, love, and what it means for a Black woman to survive slavery - while she is also living in the 1970s. I felt tugged in all directions. I feel like I should read this version again. What a powerful read!

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Zelma
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This is tough to review. I really liked Butler‘s novel, Kindred, and highly recommend. However, it didn‘t quite work for me as a graphic novel. The art wasn‘t overly impressive; some of the body proportions are off and the images don‘t bring much new to the text. Mainly, it lacks the nuance and complexity of the novel. It hits all of the major plot points but loses the emotional resonance that makes this book so impactful. Skip and read the book.

GondorGirl I agree. The book is AMAZING, but the graphic novel added nothing new. 2y
Zelma @GondorGirl glad you agree. I figured this might be an unpopular opinion, but the GN really isn‘t necessary or good. I felt the same about The Lottery adaptation. 2y
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Leslie2
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Loved this graphic novel of Kindred! The origional book has been on my TBR and I have not picked it up yet. So A BIG THANKS again to @RanaElizabeth for picking this book for me for the Halloween exchange!

Molly_the_mezzo I loved this sooooooo much! 2y
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KathyWheeler
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I still prefer the novel, but this graphic novel adaptation of Butler‘s story about a black woman, Dana, repeatedly drawn back through time to save her white plantation owner ancestor is very powerful and beautiful. It honors Butler‘s original work.

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Leslie2
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I finally finished reading Good Omens last night, which I started back in October😣. I have just had so much going on and many very long days that did not allow much reading time-but that is almost over! My reading game plan for today is to start Kindred on my lunch break today. Have a great day folks! 😊

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alanacristin
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I've been wanting to reread Kindred, & this worked for a quick refresher. Often graphic novelizations feel flat or unnecessary but this one really does justice to the original. The cruelty is hard to see but was even harder to read. Dana's tangle of emotions comes through well as do the major plot points. This could be an enticement to sink into the novel or a standalone for those so inclined. #mommyreads #graphicnovel #adaptation #timetravel

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Molly_the_mezzo
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Reading this amazing graphic novel with Bubbe‘s Baklava tea from David‘s Tea! #teaandbooks

alanacristin I just got this from the library! I loved the novel but tag it several years ago and thought the graphic novel might be a good refresher. But it seems like disturbing content to actually visualize? 2y
Molly_the_mezzo @alanacristin It isn‘t overly graphic in its depictions; it shows everything, but tastefully. 2y
alanacristin @Molly_the_mezzo thanks for taking away my nervousness! 2y
brilliantglow Ohhh I love bubbie's Baklava. Such a great oolong 2y
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laurenesalisbury
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This adaptation could not compare to it's source material but it was nice to get to see some of the characters. I wish more care and time had been taken with the traveling and returning scenes to really demonstrate the action.

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Blair_Reads
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Rereading for class

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missberlyreads
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Damien Duffy and John Jennings did a fantastic job adapting Octavia Butler's #Kindred to a graphic novel! Have you read either one yet? #octaviabutler #timetravel #slavery #getlit #kvnreads17

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EchoLogical
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Anything from Octavia Butler will always get a thumbs up from me BUT this adaptation didn't quite do it for me. I think there was something lost in translation but I can't put my finger on what it is. On top of that, I didn't really like the illustrations. Still, the source material shines bright. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

#LitsyPartyofOne @Ambrosnazzy

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hermyknee
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So I won't make the #7in7readathon goal, but it was totally worth participating to get me started on this #epic read. #Sofarsogood #OctaviaButler #graphicnovel

Sace The novel was fantastic. I'll have to give the graphic novel a try at some point. 2y
hermyknee @RestlessFickleBookSlut this is my first experience with Octavia Butler, but my sister-in-law gave me Wild Seed as my Christmas present! So far this is incredible. 2y
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hermyknee
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Joining up with the #7in7readathon with this fun book pile! I plan to make some major headway on my #TBR this week! Not pictured here: Hunger by Roxane Gay (I will be listening to that one on audio). What a fun challenge: read 7 things in 7 days and it can be ANYTHING! Books, audiobooks, comics, magazines, newspapers, etc. Thanks @readsusieread and @Ashley_Nicoletto for advertising this fun challenge! It's not too late to join!

charissharpe Looks like you have some great reads lined up! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Yayyyy! I'm so excited for you! Hopefully we can make it through 7 books. I'm doubting myself today. 😂😂 2y
readsusieread You all rock! You got this! 2y
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Kathrin
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Great imaginative story and once again Butler has an interesting plot coupled with precise observations about the human race. The graphic format only worked so-so for me, the storytelling did feel rushed, but then again, I haven't read the novel format of the book.

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hermyknee
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#GraphicNovel #Amazon #BookHaul - I can't wait to get started reading this graphic novel adaptation of Octavia Butler's Kindred.

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LazyLimaLife
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Probably reading too many books at the same time, but oh well.

Melissa_J Ha ha! I have the same problem 😉 3y
Reggie I loved this book. Edana is my hero. 3y
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Chelsibno
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I just saw Damian Duffy and John Jennings at the ALA Conference! #graphicnovels #ALAAC17

Lacythebookworm It was great meeting you! I hope you have a fantastic conference 😊 3y
Chelsibno @Lacythebookworm Thank you! It was amazing to meet you, as well! I hope you're having an excellent time at the conference! 3y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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A wonderful thanks to @Chassie for these amazing goodies! I love that you did local & the mug from Chattanooga whiskey along with your descriptions of your indie bookstore makes me want to visit! My son saw the moon pies and they disappeared!😜. Thank you as I haven't read any of these books and will look forward to reading them! I love everything especially your note! Thanks to @BookishMarginalia for organizing this! #summersantagoespostal

Chassie Yay! I'm so glad! You've read so many books I was afraid of duplicates! Happy reading! 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess @Chassie Thank you! You did a wonderful job!! It's my job being a librarian that gets to read me a lot!😜 (edited) 3y
BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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BethFishReads Great selection 3y
melrailey @Chassie you're from Chattanooga! I'm basically from Chattanooga. I live in Lafayette just across the state line. I always tell everybody Chattanooga because everyone knows it. We're neighbors! 3y
Chassie @melrailey I grew up in Cleveland, and we always just told people we were from Chattanooga for the same reason. I just never moved back after college. 3y
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Jjohnsen
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The adaptation of the original novel is great, I don't feel like it left anything major out that is important. Unfortunately the art detracts from the great writing, I'm sure it's a style but it seems very rushed and distracting, a some points it was tough to tell which characters were in the scene. I'd recommend the original novel over this graphic novel.

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Chelsibno
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I loved this #graphicnovel #adaptation of Octavia Butler's groundbreaking novel. The most innovative aspect of the artwork was the use of color in differentiating the two different time periods. While the scenes in the past are fully colored, the present day scenes are sepia toned. As Butler's novel is rich in dialogue, it's great to see her work adapted into a medium that takes advantage of dialogue. This is definitely a must-read!

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Crystalblu
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#bookhaul Trying not to pick up too many after my volunteer shift at the library 😜 and I wanted to show off my rad new lunch box by bestie got me for my birthday 🎉

BookishMarginalia Love it! 3y
MaleficentBookDragon ❤️💙💜 that lunchbox! 3y
Crystalblu @MaleficentBookDragon Right! The kicker is it looks almost exactly like my first car! 3y
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Krisjericho
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A good adaptation of a great book. The art is not really my style, but it ended up fitting the book well. I was really impressed with the adaptor. I wondered how such a complex, dialogue heavy story could be adapted without losing the essence of the original, but this is successful.

vivastory Yeah, I'm not crazy about the art style 3y
the_hibernator I just finished the audiobook. I don't think I could pull off reading the graphic novel with the illustration as it is. 3y
Krisjericho One thing the art does do really well is color. The color changes with mood and scene effectively. So I focused on that part of it. 3y
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Chelsibno
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#JuneBookBugs #JuneMostAnticipated I love Octavia Butler's stories, and I can't wait to read this #graphicnovel adaptation of one of her most famous novels. #tbr

LazyLimaLife I just got this from the library a couple days ago! Hopefully I can read it this weekend! 3y
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Mimi28
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Going to try to finish these two this weekend. I hope it doesn't rain much cuz I have to go return the Hero book and pick up my antibiotics for tonsillitis. I don't like talking anyway, lol. My throat and this cough are driving me nuttier, lol. Everything irritates me lately because it's so green out there! Allergies galore! Hope you guys have a great weekend! My neighbors are loud and barbecue with a ton of lighter fluid 🙄but YOU GUYS are cool👍

Mimi28 #catsoflitsy #petsoflitsy Here's Ozzie in my recliner. You can see his 6th thumb/toe in this pic!!! 😻😻😻 3y
Dragon Hope you feel better soon! 💐 3y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 3y
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Mimi28 @Dragon Thanks! I'm finally on antibiotics. I just have to go pick them up, lol. I get to go to the library too though 😊 3y
Bklover Hope you feel better and get to enjoy your weekend! Take care!🌺🌸🌺 3y
Mimi28 @Bklover Thanks! Once I start the meds I'll be better and I have ear plugs for the neighbors. Holidays are rough for introverted practical shut-ins like me because the way people who work unwind on their off days is quite annoying, lol 3y
Megabooks Allergens are terrible this year! 3y
Mimi28 @Booksandcooks Yep! Claritin helps a little but not much. I try to go out for fresh air and to grab something sweet from the store and come back feeling worse than when I left, lol 3y
Megabooks @Mimi28 my hair is so dry but I've had to wash it a bunch of times this week to get the pollen out! ☹️ 3y
Mimi28 @Booksandcooks aaaaawww!!! That sucks. 3y
DGRachel Feel better! Sorry about the obnoxious neighbors. I'm so grateful that my corner of the neighborhood is quiet. 3y
Mimi28 @DGRachel Thanks! It's ok. I guess it could be worse. I've lived here 35 years and as the times change the neighbors change 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3y
Mimi28 @rubyslippersreads Thanks! He's so cute! 😻❤️ 3y
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TheBookbabeblog84
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This really doesn't even need a caption.....#lemonadesyllabus #octaviabutler

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TheBookbabeblog84
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😂😂😂😂 I have relatives that think I'm weird for my book obsession 🤓 (Quote from Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adapation by Octavia Butler) #lemonadesyllabus #good books

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When babies mimic slave markets....I can't even imagine this being a game. Heartbreaking. #lemonadesyllabus #octiavaButler

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rach_simone
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This book did a pretty good job of translating her work into a graphic novel. I did think some of the more complicated emotions (like the stuff between Dana and Rufus) were lost in translation.

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rach_simone
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Here we go