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American War
American War | Omar El Akkad
An audacious and powerful debut novel: a second American Civil War, a devastating plague, and one family caught deep in the middle a story that asks what might happen if America were to turn its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. Sarat Chestnut, born in Louisiana, is only six when the Second American Civil War breaks out in 2074. But even she knows that oil is outlawed, that Louisiana is half underwater, and that unmanned drones fill the sky. When her father is killed and her family is forced into Camp Patience for displaced persons, she begins to grow up shaped by her particular time and place. But not everyone at Camp Patience is who they claim to be. Eventually Sarat is befriended by a mysterious functionary, under whose influence she is turned into a deadly instrument of war. The decisions that she makes will have tremendous consequences not just for Sarat but for her family and her country, rippling through generations of strangers and kin alike."
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Soubhiville
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

I‘m 280 pages in to my current #chunkster Golden Fool 💛 and just barely into the tagged book. I think my forecast says I‘ll be lucky if I make it through these two by Saturday. We‘ll see!

Cinfhen 🤞🏽🤞🏽 2d
vivastory I need to read more Hobb. I greatly enjoyed 15h
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Eggbeater
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Panpan

🌟🌟I liked the idea of this book, but not its application. I felt so disconnected from the characters that I was really slogging through the story. The narrator already gives away everything interesting that's going to happen in the beginning and there is much telling and no feeling. Maybe it's supposed to be so impersonal? It just didn't work for me.

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BookishJess
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Good but very sad. I still am not sure how I feel about some of the characters.. This wasn‘t quite what I was expecting from this book though. Very sad and trigger warning for torture and gore.

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BookishJess
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Making progress in American War while the fur baby sleeps and hubby plays games. Perfect Saturday for this introvert couple 😌 #dogsoflitsy #petsoflitsy

TheLibrarian That does sound like a perfect Sunday! 4mo
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valeriegeary
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Homemade tomato soup and grilled cheese on this very rainy September day.

Eyelit sounds fab all around! if you could - send some rain my way. I'm starting to tire of the 100 degree heat. lol 4mo
TheSpineView Love tomato soup and grilled cheese! Yum! 4mo
Hollie That is such a wonderful comfort meal! ♥️ 4mo
valeriegeary @Eyelit oh, oof! I'll try blowing the clouds in your direction... 😚💨🌧️ 😁 4mo
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valeriegeary
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Current read. World building is King with this book. Dystopian fiction is one of my favorite genres and this one is interesting but it's not my favorite. I'm struggling to connect with the characters and there is very little happening. I mean there is a lot happening but so much is world building and very little is forward motion, plot, or conflict. It's certainly provocative though. Who's read this one?

MicheleinPhilly 🙋🏻‍♀️I didn‘t like it at all. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole I dnf this one. 4mo
Megabooks I loved it. 4mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I loved it too. 4mo
valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly @Chelsea.Poole Honestly I'm really struggling to stay interested but I'm going to an event later this month with him and Margaret Atwood in conversation so I'm going to press on..... It feels like the right thing to do at this point, 200 pages in.... 😂😰 4mo
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Lkardos12
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Slow going in #24in48, only 3.5 hours through and taking an audiobook break.

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cherinium
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In many ways, this is a bleak novel. Even so, I really enjoyed it. The imagined future of the planet as a result of climate change is entirely plausible and terrifying. The 2nd American Civil War is imagined as a byproduct of climate change. I loved the way this story was told and truths revealed along the way were done well. I call them truths, because they're not quite twists; but the story unfolds in such a way that I had several a-ha moments.

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cherinium
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Began this last night before bed, and I have to say, I was sold by the end of the 1st page. I'm really enjoying this look at a dystopian US that is possible in many ways. I have so many questions! Hopefully they are addressed by the end!
#dystopian #BOTM (from 4/2017) #civilwar #recommendsday

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masofia
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American War offers a character driven plot that explores revolution, displacement, and the impending climate disaster. The rural southern setting evokes a place that is distant and cruel but familiar. It‘s a great book for exploring the traumatic effects of state sanctioned violence. I did want more exploration of the necessarily problematic racial politics of a “Free Southern State” though. Also this would complement Exit West very well.

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Geeklet
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Thanks for the tag @BookwormAHN ❤️

1) Sarat Chestnut
2) Love but man, she made it very hard. I spent most of the book very angry with her.
3) She goes through so much. Her life is hard and she‘s constantly having to protect herself and adapt to her situations. She has a rough personality and can be pretty unlikable. I learned to care deeply about her though. She‘s a survivor.
4) @JoScho @MichaelK

#WhatWouldYouDo @DannyHattan

JoScho Thanks for the tag 🥰 7mo
BookwormAHN 😺😺 7mo
MichaelK 👏👏👏 7mo
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BitchinBooks
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“The universal slogan of war, she learned, was simple: if it had been you, you‘d have done no different.“

“There is no future, only three kinds of past- the distant past of heritage, the near past experience, and the past in waiting.”

Kaye Your pup is pretty. What kind is it and what‘s his name ? 7mo
BitchinBooks @Kaye thank you 😊 she is an Aussie named Nancy ❤️ 7mo
Kaye Our neighbors have one of those, but it looks a bit bigger. I know nothing about dogs because I‘ve never had one, but theirs is really bushy looking , like maybe it needs brushed or a haircut ? I‘m not sure but it‘s really puffy looking. It seems to be the nicest dog. It never barks, stays in the yard and doesn‘t chase people. I don‘t know if it‘s a man or lady dog, that‘s why I‘m calling it an it. 7mo
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rsteve388
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This story was wild, a real look at what life could be if the United States ever goes to war with its self for a second time.

Brilliant in its delievery and execution, this story follows ine famiit as it endures a war, ir was never mean to be in. From living in a refugee camp, to being recruited to fight in the war as a young teen to revenge. This story gives a close up look at what desolation looks like up close and personal

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rsteve388
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Weekly Check-In:

Walked 47 miles total
Read: Furious Hours (Review forthcoming)
Still working on American War (hopefully, I'll be done by the end of this weekend)

Overall good week 3! Forward to week 4!

#BFC19 #BookFitnessChallenge
@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 8mo
julesG Great stats! 8mo
BookwormAHN Fantastic 👏🏻 8mo
DivineDiana Great job! 👏🏻👍🏻💪🏻 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

This was a huge dud for me. It started out so promisingly and then just fizzled out. Sadly I find the premise of coastal cities being obliterated due to climate change a bit too realistic to take this as dystopian. I mean, it‘s the 3rd day in a row we‘re getting tornado warnings. IN PHILADELPHIA! 😡 But this was the 2nd book in a row that lacked a cohesive narrative and compelling characters. 😕 #clifi #booked2019

Cinfhen I just remember being really underwhelmed by this book. And there was something off too but I no longer remember what it was. Oh well...at least u knocked another #BOTM backlog off 8mo
ValerieAndBooks It‘s been crazy weather for sure! One of our neighbors trees broke and fell on our side on Tuesday night!! No property damage though. Just a mess! 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly @ValerieAndBooks Thank goodness there was no damage! The number of times I have yelled “Stop screaming at me!” at my phone this week is pathetic. So many warnings! 8mo
eanderson In Indiana we had 3 tornadoes a few days ago. Hopefully it‘s finally all over! 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson Our weather seems to have turned today thankfully! 8mo
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rsteve388
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Yesterday I walked 7 miles today I ran/walked 1 mile and walked 5 miles.

I have read up to page 125 of American War.

julesG 👏👏👏 8mo
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CatherClone
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Just started it and already regretting the fact that I‘ll have to take a break from it to score AP Lit essays in Salt Lake City in five days. Scoring 1500 high school essays kind of kills one‘s desire to read for about a week.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗👏🏻 7mo
RaimeyGallant Have you come out the other side? 7mo
RaimeyGallant And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 7mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
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rsteve388
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I bought some running shoes today.

So I am gonna start running.

Lets start by running for 15 minutes every day.

#BFC19 #BookFitnessChallenge

Walked 1 mile today. Not my best.

xxjenadanxx Love the colors! 8mo
DivineDiana Very nice! 🏃🏻‍♀️ 8mo
Clwojick Way to go! 🏃‍♀️ 8mo
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BookwormAHN Cute shoes 💚 8mo
Megabooks Great shoes! You can do it!! 8mo
BooknerdsLife Awww gorgeous 😍 8mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Let‘s do this #CliFi thing. #booked2019 #BookAndLunch

Soubhiville How‘re you liking the book? It‘s on my TBR shelf. 8mo
MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville It‘s definitely interesting. I haven‘t yet reached the “can‘t put it down” point but I think that may be due to how realistic it feels. Sadly I‘m finding that to be more and more the case with dystopia these days. 😕 8mo
Aimeesue Powerful book -definitely one of the best books I read in 2018. So plausible. 8mo
Schlinkles I really liked this book, but definitely had to put it down sometimes because it was feeling a little too real.
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berniejoy
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Incredibly thought-provoking. Not a good idea to finish it before going to bed (as I did - kept on thinking about the novel instead of relaxing my mind to go to sleep). Felt a tinge of regret for skipping the book club meeting for this one (to avoid spoilers as I wasn't able to finish it in time) - I'm sure it would have made for interesting discussions 👌

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Pedrocamacho
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Panpan

I didn‘t enjoy this book. The characters felt so flat. The world, for that matter, felt flat. I kept waiting for the story to become deeper or to be surprised by something. Neither happened.

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janeycanuck
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What a fantastic conversation with my #GirlyBookClub this past week on this book - there was a lot to pick apart here. We all thought the author could have done a little more with it and while it‘s not my kind of book, the writing was outstanding.

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berniejoy
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For Monday's #bookclub #february

Pricel101 Look forward to your review! 11mo
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Vulpixen
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This book hooked me. I have to say that the first 1/4 of it was my favourite and wholly engaging. After that it dropped slightly for me, but I still found it very interesting, and one of the most unique explorations of what a war can do to a person, and what a person may choose to do in light of her circumstances, that I‘ve read. Not perfect, but I very much enjoyed it.

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Kryssy14
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Mehso-so

I was hopeful about this one. It sounds like a great set up and an interesting story. The middle was very slow and I needed to skim a lot. The beginning and end are both very good!

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Victoria_Clyne
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Now this was an interesting read. Its set in the future where today's climatical concerns have been realised. Causing the American borders to change and civil war to break out. The premise makes you sit back and take stock of the current situation. It was well told, I loved the descriptions (had very clear images) and found the characters fantastic ( I wss concerned for them).

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Redjewel_7734
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Now this an amazingly heavy, scary & not far-fetched enough story. Akkad brings the question of how radical terrorists are recruited home to rest in the American story. I wish he hadn‘t made the terrorist black as that feels too much like feeding into the racial expectations of our society. But I do love how he made her story completely understandable & relatable-I could see how this could of been anyone. Definitely a good, thought-provoking read.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This was an amazing book. I felt like it was underhyped and often overlooked. 12mo
Redjewel_7734 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I agree 100% I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it! 12mo
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Slajaunie
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Bailedbailed

Had to bail on this one. It just did not interest me. ☹️

Ruthiella Me too. I was pretty excited for it when it first came out but it was a non-starter for me. 😬 12mo
Slajaunie Glad to hear I‘m not the only one. @Ruthiella 😁 12mo
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LaurenReads
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That was really good and really creepy all at the same time. #botm

Schlinkles I had to put it down sometimes because it was hitting a little too close to home, but a great book. 13mo
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LisaW
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A book so good I had to get both Kindle and audio versions. Unfortunately for future generations, I think it could be an accurate predictor of events to come. #worldbuilding #epic #dystopia

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Started this one yesterday and I‘m hooked. Kind of foreboding in a way. I can see things headed this way even though this is dystopian fiction.

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Soozee
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AmberWB
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1. Post pumpkin picking last weekend. My daughter has a fashion sense all her own...
2. Getting ready to start it tonight.
3. Hopefully nothing!
4. My pj pants
5. You take the good, you take the bad.....
#humpdaypost
@MinDea

CouronneDhiver She looks fab! Bold and stylish 😊 1y
AmberWB @CouronneDhiver Thanks. 😊 She keeps us on our toes but I wouldn‘t have it any other way! 1y
Ingerella You take em both and there you have.. 1y
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Soozee
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Getting there with the tagged book. I thought I wasn‘t going to like it but it keeps drawing me on.
Page 177 on the BorrowBox app.
#pagenumber #31bookpics
@howjessreads

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Chelleo Welcome! Checkout #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips by @RaimeyGallant and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. They‘re great and should help you get settled in. Follow @LitsyHappenings to find out about various challenges, buddy reads, meet-ups and swaps taking place. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎃📚 1y
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FernsAndFairyTales
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This book is filled with the echoes of so many issues that the US (and the world) is facing today: climate change, refugees of war, the tensions between the north and the south that date back to before the Civil War, radicalization, and more. It‘s told through the eyes of a young girl named Sarat, who humanizes a depressingly realistic and well-imagined work of speculative fiction.

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LMJenkins
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I‘m going to catch up on #ReadingResolutions today! Here are some of my books with #black covers. @Jess7

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Sahar
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It‘s raining all weekend. I plan on reading and eating... sipping tea and ignoring everyone and everything but my books. What better way to spend the quiet hours ahead?

American War by Omar el Akkad, has been described as “Both poignant and horrifying” —I‘m counting on it. 😉

Tanisha_A It's the perfect way! 👌🙂 1y
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mooingzelda
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A near-future US besieged by rising seas is in a second civil war between north and south. A southern girl is radicalised to terrorism, with consequences for the country. I appreciated the intention of the author to show that this can happen to anyone, anywhere, and not just in 'brown' countries. You're not meant to like the protoganist - just understand her. It's well-written but depressing - it's too much of a reflection of the real world!

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Pruzy
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I may be on my third glass of wine, but I‘ve finished American War by Omar El Akkad. It is tough to summarize this novel succinctly, but it is about a second civil war in the US. Based on this year‘s Canada Reads episodes I agree with the assessment that this is the story of a refugee during a civil war and the only reason it is set is in the US is so we pay attention. It is a also a timely novel for our bipartisan times.

Pruzy Forgot to add I welcome all discussion and questions about the novel! 2y
BarbaraBB Great review. Still need to read this one. 2y
Tonton On my TBR list, it just moved up, thank you! 2y
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Pruzy @BarbaraBB Couldn‘t come more highly recommended from me! 2y
Pruzy @Tonton Great! Hope you get to it soon! 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve had this on my shelf for ages. 🙄 2y
Pruzy @LeahBergen Do it! You won‘t regret it! Seriously 1,000,000x better than I thought it was going to be. I was skeptical at first too. You can give me your page to page thought process if that‘ll help you get through it easier, I am here for it! 2y
StephanieMarie Honestly when I read this earlier this year it wasn't one of my favourites. I liked it but I wasn't blown away. But after I heard Tahmoh Penikett defend it, I found myself rooting for it to won Canada Reads! (Especially since my first choice, The Boat People, was voted out first day 😢) I am planning to do a reread at some point with that different perspective 😊 2y
StephanieMarie *win... sorry for the typo 2y
Pruzy @StephanieMarie Yes, he did a great job representing the book! The only issue I had with the book being on Canada reads is that it takes place in the US 🤦‍♂️. Other than that it was an amazing book I would not have heard about otherwise. 2y
StephanieMarie I think the only criteria for Canada reads is a Canadian author? Although of course it's easier to relate to when it is set in Canada 😁 2y
Pruzy @StephanieMarie That‘s true! Don‘t worry, I found it very good either way. Probably one of the best books to appear on Canada Reads in recent memory! ...speaking of which I now want to go back for a few years and refresh my memory about which books were on Canada Reads. Maybe there will be something good I overlooked in the past... 2y
StephanieMarie One of my favourites is the 2007 winner! 2y
Pruzy @StephanieMarie Not unexpected that Heather O‘Neill won that year! Hers is a name I recognize 👌 2y
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Pruzy
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Really enjoying American War by Omar El Akkad. Very poignant and relevant.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one. Lots to think about. 2y
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"We carried signs calling them terrorists and criminals and we vandalized the homes that would take them in. It made me feel good to do it, it made me feel rooted; their unbelonging was proof of my belonging." Finished a tough but good book with the most stunning view now that I'm back home in Michigan.

Aimeesue This was one of the best books I read last year. Very insightful about a lot of things. 2y
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wtimblin
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Working from home today...well, that's what my boss thinks anyway...mwwaahahahaha

Geeklet I adore that book! 2y
wtimblin @Geeklet I'm halfway though and it's awesome. One of those you don't want to finish it's so good! 2y
readinginthedark 😂 I wish I could do that! 2y
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RachLovesTV
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Just started this today, seemed appropriate. This is the only one of this year's #CanadaReads picks I have yet to read, so time to remedy that. Next year, I want to start reading them as soon as they're announced, so I can have them all read before the debates begin.

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KOTK
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An interesting concept with an excellent female lead. Well paced and not a tough read. I found myself seeing parallels in fanaticism of now but the human side of this was great. Story of grief and revenge but left me feeling there could be a great book in there. Overall very good if not brilliant

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collegecatlady
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This novel is a truly dynamic, fluid, intense, emotional ride. This is truly a masterpiece in my eyes and I will not easily forget Sarat‘s story. By reversing stereotypes and showing us the making of a white, Southern terrorist in the midst of the Second Civil War, the author shines a light on grief and how we handle it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this book a lot. Still think about it often! 2y
Itchyfeetreader I loved how well the world building was done and slightly terrified by how credible it was 2y
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collegecatlady
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My June stats! It was a great reading month and I got through a lot of my graphic novel backlog! 📚

mrozzz Wow!! 👏🏻 2y
sudi Woah, that's close to my goodreads challenge for an entire year, well done 👏👏🎉🎉🎉 2y
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EMWF
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"You fight the war with guns, you fight the peace with stories." Omar El Akkad joins us at #emwf18 to read from his debut novel, which asks what might happen if America turned its most devastating policies and deadly weapons upon itself. bit.ly/2tHCVa8 #CanLit

Geeklet That is such a fantastic book! 2y
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collegecatlady
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I‘m calling it on the #8intwo readathon as I move into the second half of the tagged book! It was super fun to participate this weekend and I hope everyone enjoyed it! 📚

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collegecatlady
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Onto reading my 10th book of the #8intwo! Starting to get close to the 8 hour goal!