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Habibi
Habibi | Craig Thompson
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From the internationally acclaimed author of Blankets (A triumph for the genre.Library Journal), a highly anticipated new graphic novel.Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts,harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depthand frailtyof their connection.At once contemporary and timeless, Habibi gives us a love story of astounding resonance: a parable about our relationship to the natural world, the cultural divide between the first and third worlds, the common heritage of Christianity and Islam, and, most potently, the magic of storytelling.From the Hardcover edition.
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Hestapleton
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This marks book 330 for the year and my last book of 2019! Hoping to do some reading today, but probably won‘t finish any more books. This book was beyond beautiful in both story and art. I can‘t recommend it highly enough and I‘m so glad that I finally own a copy! #wintergames #impulseread #teamfozziwig

BarkingMadRun ❄️❄️❄️ 4w
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Me.Im.Gu
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I loved this graphic novel. They way in which the artist seemlessly transitioned through time while telling the story of a girl growing into a woman in a sexually oppressive climate is stunning. Thompson delicately braids in Islamic rhetoric and Arabic fables and tales in order to contrast the reality the characters face. The novel also show cases how the culture has developed and morphed over the centuries. Very insightful + beautifully executed.

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vivastory
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#7Covers7Days #CoverCrush Day 3
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books @sprainedbrain
Care to join in @madamereadsalot1 ? Just post 7 covers you love. 7 days. No explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 4mo
madamereadsalot1 Gladly! Thanks for the tag! 4mo
vivastory @madamereadsalot1 Awesome! Looking forward to it! 4mo
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Hooked_on_books Very interesting cover. I‘m loving this challenge, seeing what others are picking. It‘s been fascinating. 4mo
readordierachel Very striking! 4mo
BarbaraBB Gorgeous 4mo
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vivastory
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One of my favorite graphic novels of all time. The art work in this is like nothing else. The story is equally compelling.
#WhenIGrowUp #MusicalNewYear @Cinfhen

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I haven‘t read this, but his Blankets was a revelation for me in college. One of the most powerful reading experiences I‘ve ever had. 12mo
vivastory @TobeyTheScavengerMonk I keep meaning to read that one. 12mo
Cinfhen I think I need to hold this one in my hands!! That looks gorgeous 12mo
CouronneDhiver Wow - very interesting illustration 😍 12mo
nelehelen Looks gorgeous! You‘ve sold me haha 12mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2019Book2
I don't read enough books about people who live in the Middle East, but this graphic novel has definitely inspired me to check out more that fall into this category. This story of two slave children is absolutely heartbreaking, but their determination to survive and save each other is inspiring. It was also interesting to learn more about the Quran, which this book references frequently. And the artwork is gorgeous.

Gezemice Great review! 13mo
taraWritesSci Adding this to my TBR, thank you! I recommend Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (graphic novel that was also made into an animated movie). It's an autobiographical account of the author growing up in Iran during and after the revolution. 13mo
JacintaMCarter @taraWritesSci I read Persepolis a few years ago and loved it! 13mo
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KristinaRay
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The artwork is amazing. The illustrations alone deserve 5 stars.

It‘s a beautiful story hidden within brutality and tragedy. It explores heavy issues. It was uncomfortable at times. It made me think. It made me wonder...so a good book.

There was a lot of religious play and exploration. This was my favorite part of the novel. I enjoyed the author's perspective of the stories found within the two religions.
#graphicnovel

MoniqueReads305 May I ask how you got the purple background on your Bookly app? 1y
KristinaRay @MoniqueReads305 I edited it within the Litsy app. I applied the orchid filter. Does that make sense? 1y
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KristinaRay
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KristinaRay
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I feel like this is closer to the truth than the idea I was pressured to adopt...that kids are born rotten sinners who are lacking almost everything. 😕
#graphicnovel #philosophy

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KristinaRay
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4 hours and 44 minutes into the #24in48 readathon. I‘ve been reading Habibi for about an hour; it‘s fantastic.
#graphicnovel

WritethebookAnniemae 👉🏼 have super 😎 graphic novels 2y
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KristinaRay
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I just started this one. The illustrations are amazing.
#graphicnovel

vivastory One of my favorite graphic novels of all time! 2y
SqueakyChu I definitely want to read this. I heard the author speak at the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. 2y
KristinaRay @vivastory @SqueakyChu I‘m about a quarter in and it‘s certainly captivating. 2y
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bookworm.krizia
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Congrats @GondorGirl on your Litsy milestone!
Thank you for this awesome #GG40K giveaway

I really love the illustrations in "Habibi" by Craig Thompson. I can't choose 1 and then I saw a picture in pinterest that really sums up the book so credits to the owner.

GondorGirl Beautiful! 😍 2y
BookaholicNatty Wow this is beautiful @bookworm.krizia I have never heard of this book before I will have to check it out! 2y
bookworm.krizia @BookaholicNatty you have to! Aside from the beautiful graphics, the story is really good! 2y
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MiyakoBunny
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3/3.5🌟🌟🌟.💫This is honestly somewhere between a pick & so-so for me😐.The parts that were amazing were exceptional & extremely well executed whilst others were tough “topic” wise etc. Which wasn‘t necessarily the issue for me so much as what I felt to be the derogatory way he portrayed the Moors primarily her Harem protectors😑. It didn‘t sit well w/me honestly. The story itself was decent, but everything else saved it for me truth be told.

TricksyTails Although the book might‘ve been meh, this photo is really pretty. 😍♥️ 2y
MiyakoBunny @TricksyTails Thanks 😄 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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cristiana_de_sousa
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So good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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bookworm.krizia
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All I can say is this book is one of the greatest love story I ever read. Love you thought was impossible. its love between different races. Its also love between two religions. I'm Catholic but I'm enamored with Muslim culture after reading this book. Their stories and writings are so rich. After this one I would love to learn how to read and write Arabic. Its a language so beautiful and so well-thought off. Everybody must read "Habibi".

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bookworm.krizia
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My entry for @Kalalalatja birthday #eyecandygiveaway is Habibi by Craig Thompson! Beautiful front cover and you also must see inside! It is truly an eye catching book!

Kalalalatja I have been wanting to buy this for such a long time! It is beautiful 😍 2y
bookworm.krizia It also has an incredible story! Buy it! You won't regret it! @Kalalalatja (edited) 2y
ju.ca.no Wow😍 2y
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sofiaga
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This is @raguilaru and I's second pick to read together this year.

AmandaL The art in this book is amazing. 3y
raguilaru Too bad that I don't have the printed version (edited) 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Beautiful art and some interesting re-telling of stories from the Koran and musings about Arabic script don't make up for the fact that the bulk of this book, the "love story," relies consistently on lazy Orientalist tropes and sexual violence as ways to further the plot and incessantly sexualizes women's bodies without giving them agency. Boo racism and sexism.

BiblioNyan The stories from the Quran used in this book are terribly appropriated and offensively inaccurate as well. ☹️ 3y
unabridgedchick Uuugh, yuck. 3y
Amandajoy I feel like I always see this on best graphic novel lists. Why do you think that is? Do you recommend reading it as a "classic" in the genre? I don't read many graphic novels, so I tend to go by those lists. 3y
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emtobiasz I was so disappointed in this one because the graphics were everything-- so detailed and intricate and using every inch of the page-- but the story felt so appropriative. 👎🏽 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bibli0.Nyan Oh that's good to know. I know very little about the Koran so I wouldn't have known. Thanks! 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Amandajoy Well the art is beautiful, no question which I'm sure is why it's on those lists. I wouldn't recommend it. You could read Ms. Marvel which is a comic about a Muslim character by a Muslim author instead! 3y
Amandajoy Thanks for the suggestion! Ms Marvel's already on my shelf waiting to be read anyway 😉 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Very excited about this big late dinner I'm about to eat, not so excited to keep reading Habibi, which I'm finding, uh, both racist and sexist. Reading for a class, otherwise I would have DNFed it long ago.

Dorianna Oh that's disappointing. I have that book on my wish list. Sorry you have to slog through it. 3y
Bklover Oh I do want those potatoes 🥔!!! 3y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Dorianna Yeah, I'm disappointed too. Be warned if you do read it that there's a lot of sexual violence in it. 3y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bklover I put roasted garlic in them along with healthy amounts of butter! 3y
BookBabe Dinner looks yummy! 😋 3y
BiblioNyan Looks soooo delicious!! 😍 3y
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Lauredhel
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#bookriot #riotgrams for today is something #pretty ... That seems a bit of an understatement for the art in Habibi, which is lush and gorgeous.

DebinHawaii That is gorgeous! 💜 3y
Megabooks I love Arabic! The script is so pretty! I took it in college. 3y
398.2 Beautiful 3y
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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

This did not bowl me over, as I had expected it to do. The art work is beautiful and intricate and I loved the interplay between religious philosophy and belief and the story of Dodola and Zam. But something felt off to me. The story and setting seems too cherry-picked from the culture in order to suit the story.

But like I said, it's a beautiful book. (The picture is of a page from the short section about Geber's alchemical philosophy)

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Lauredhel
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Library haul! #library #graphicnovel

vivastory You're in for a real treat with Habibi. 3y
Lauredhel @vivastory I may have to buy or borrow the electronic version - I don't think my hands can handle this book. But I wanted to see how pretty the hardback was. 3y
vivastory @Lauredhel it's amazing. I checked it out from the library & I'm going to be buying a personal copy. I loved it so much. 3y
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Ekkross You might also like Blankets by Craig Thompson too. It's my personal favorite! 3y
Lauredhel @Ekkross I loved Blankets - it's why I sought out Habibi :) 📚 3y
queerbookreader Wicked + the Divine is such a good series!! I've been meaning to read after vol. 1 but haven't gotten to it yet. And Princeless makes my life complete if you haven't read the spinoff yet please do 3y
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sarahbellum
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Really enjoying the gorgeous illustrations in this #graphicnovel. The line work and patterns are super impressive. #art #illustration

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balletbookworm
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And today's #libraryhaul (complete with Brown Bear tote since I had to take library donations in as well).

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Jokila
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Habibi's table of contents ❤️ Interweaving dissections of Middle Eastern design, language and mathematics with fables from the Quran, Craig Thompson tells an epic love story that illustrates the power of storytelling itself. Its characters find themselves broken and remade, separated and reunited on a journey that links past and future, first and third world, to create a dreamy sense of timelessness and universal truth.

BraveNewBooks Those flowers though! 😍🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷💓 3y
Jokila @BraveNewBooks lol! 😋 I'm glad you like them! 💐 3y
BraveNewBooks @Jokila Frankly, now I want to hire you to come spread flowers around my little condo! So beautiful. 3y
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Soubhiville Gorgeous photo, and gorgeous book! Stacking! 3y
Jokila @BraveNewBooks !! 😂🤣😂 3y
Jokila @Soubhiville why thank you! ☺️ I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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Giabow
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Wow. This was so good.
(Getting some knitting done while I'm at it.) @24in48 #ReadHarderChallenge2017 #bannedbook

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Giabow
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Taking a break. Getting close to today's goal. @24in48

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Giabow
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Jeannie
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Amazing illustrations but with difficult subject matter. I also liked how religion and language were beautifully woven into the story. #litsyreadingchallenge #LRC8

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sarahbellum
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My current #toread pile from the #library 😍 #bookhaul

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sofiaga
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You know you are a book nerd when you are super excited about your new duster and getting your books clean and organized.

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AmandaL
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This was not an easy graphic novel to read. There was violence, misogyny, racism and crimes against children. The scope of the story was huge and woven with mysticism, numerology, and stories from Jewish/Christian/Islamic tradition. The art was amazing. The plot followed the paths of two orphans in a world that blended a modern metropolis with ancient Arabia.

Thedrunkstrawberry Prob one of my favorite books. It's so beautifully executed, even with its tough subject matter. 3y
AmandaL @Thedrunkstrawberry I completely agree. 3y
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AmandaL
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The art is gorgeous but the subject matter is very tough. I keep taking breaks from reading.

Thedrunkstrawberry Love this book! 3y
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Martta
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I don't usually read comics but this one I really like. The story is written for adults and is somehow poetic, religious and historic at the same time. The cover is so beautiful!

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Doucette_Library
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Mehso-so

Number 8 on the ALA's list of top 10 frequently challenged books for 2015. A dense graphic novel that is most appropriate for adults or mature teens. Objections are about nudity, sexual explicitness, and unsuited for age group. Not sure about this last one. Loved the art work but the story lost me on occasion. Available in the Doucette Library.

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Mbonfiglio
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Over 650 beautifully illustrated pages tell a painful but beautiful story of love and loss.

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Canadian.Reads
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First graphic novel ✔
This is a beautiful story, with stunning images, calligraphy, and design. I never imagined a story like this to be told in this format and so overwhelmed at how Thompson did it. I'm not sure if I would recommend this as a first graphic novel, because it's heavy, in story and pages. Or maybe that is reason enough to start with this one.

Merethebookgal I've heard great things about this one, glad you liked it! I'm just getting into graphic novels myself. 3y
Canadian.Reads @Merethebookgal it came highly recommended... I'm still not totally convinced about graphic novels but will try a few more before making a decision... I have Alison Bechdel's to try next 3y
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KtShpd
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Taking a break from standard novels to read a graphic novel.

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AdventuresOfABibliophile
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Starting my first read for Banned Books Week before I go to sleep. How beautiful is this book?! #bannedbooksweek #diversebannedbooks

Sue Gorgeous! 3y
Trav That cover is beautiful ❤️ 3y
Martta The cover is so beautiful but the story is also very good. Hope you'll enjoy it. 3y
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kmbezner
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I have some very pretty books 😊

MrBook Yes you do!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻 3y
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balletbookworm
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Got the #bannedbooksweek endcap up - celebrate the freedom to read! This is just a small selection of the books listed at the #ala website that have been banned or challenged over the years. #books #reading

balletbookworm Top: Habibi
Row 1: A Lesson Before Dying, Song of Solomon, So Far From the Bamboo Grove, The Satanic Verses
Row 2: Go Tell It On the Mountain, Fun Home, Beyond Magenta, The Color Purple
Row 3: Mexican Whiteboy, Fallen Angels, Bless Me Ultima, This One Summer, Lord of the Flies
Row 4: Invisible Man, As I Lay Dying, Two Boys Kissing, The Grapes of Wrath, Brave New World
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BethFishReads Nice job! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Very good!! 3y
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sofiaga
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Yesterday I found this signed edition in Drawn & Quarterly. Thanks to @BookishFeminist for the suggestion

BookishFeminist Enjoy! The art in this is stunning. 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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Craig Thompson is absolutely brilliant. I am pretty sure I will read anything he writes.

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Lauren.Archer
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Habibi = My Love. Craig Thompson is so amazing can't wait to delve into this one.

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Arabiatta
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Absolutely blown away by how beautiful the illustrations are, including those arabesque designs and calligraphy that seem to be done by hand. The narrative is addictive and heartbreaking when confronted with the reality of today's world. Halfway mark but can't seem to pull myself away.

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Arabiatta
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Hurray for good friends and pre-weekend book mail! I arrived home with a lovely little care package waiting at my doorstep. I wonder how they managed to pass our insightful censors? Let's just hope no one wants to peek into my little subversive library!

Dylangrrl Where are you located?? 4y
Arabiatta @Dylangrrl a tiny little island called Bahrain. Censorship is not too bad, just arbitrary and frustrating. Just surprised something as blatant as the Kamran Pacha and Pauline Rèage got through though! 4y
Dylangrrl I love F1, so I know of Bahrain. If there's anything I can ever do to help you get books, let me know!! Readers unite!! 4y
Arabiatta @Dylangrrl oh wow! That's really nice of you to offer! Thank you! 4y
Dylangrrl Anything for a kindred spirit :-] 4y
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WordWaller
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A sad, sad day today ❤️💛💚💙💜 Reading a beautiful work of the common heritage of Christianity and Islam to remind myself of the beauty and reconciliation and humanity that is possible and does exist somewhere out there. Hope all Litsy-ers in Florida are safe! 💔

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TriniCapini
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From the author of Blankets. Gorgeous artwork and incredibly ambitious story. Some of the anachronistic elements bothered me, but I found the religious aspects fascinating. Captivating!

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thmscmns
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Library graphic novel haul. I'm in a GN mood so I'm embracing it. It will break up the monotony of reading the entire Shadowhunter series. Let me know what your favorite graphic novels are!

todd I'm looking forward to reading Wytches this weekend...I'm hoping it starts me on a GN kick of my own. 4y
thmscmns I've heard a lot of good things about Wytches. I don't read DC, but apparently Snyder's Batman is the best in years. I'll need to check out both. 4y
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