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The Murmur of Bees
The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel--her first to be translated into English--about a mysterious child with the power to change a family's history in a country on the verge of revolution. From the day that old Nana Reja found a baby abandoned under a bridge, the life of a small Mexican town forever changed. Disfigured and covered in a blanket of bees, little Simonopio is for some locals the stuff of superstition, a child kissed by the devil. But he is welcomed by landowners Francisco and Beatriz Morales, who adopt him and care for him as if he were their own. As he grows up, Simonopio becomes a cause for wonder to the Morales family, because when the uncannily gifted child closes his eyes, he can see what no one else can--visions of all that's yet to come, both beautiful and dangerous. Followed by his protective swarm of bees and living to deliver his adoptive family from threats--both human and those of nature--Simonopio's purpose in Linares will, in time, be divined. Set against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution and the devastating influenza of 1918, The Murmur of Bees captures both the fate of a country in flux and the destiny of one family that has put their love, faith, and future in the unbelievable.
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Come-read-with-me
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Thank you @rather_be_reading for introducing me to this fabulous Booksgiving tradition!! Thank you for gifting me such wonderful books and yummy cookies! Thank you for bringing me into this great community! Thank you for being the amazing friend you are!! 💖🤗💖

rather_be_reading 😍😍 2w
rather_be_reading awww you are too sweet. I am so happy to have met you this year! 2w
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mvegabec
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Finally preparation for my teacher certification exam has come to an end and also my first year teaching period of adjustment ... now I'm up to make up for all the reading time lost during the last three months. I'M BACK!😁🙌📖

Chrissyreadit 🙌👏🎉 1mo
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Graywacke
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Found this on my phone while flying at night with the cabin lights out. Mexico, early 20th century, a lot a Gabriel Garcia Marquez influence. I got really into it - good characters, interesting timeline, place, odd stuff. I‘m only 40 pages in, mind you.

Cathythoughts Sounds really good! Look forward to hearing your final word 👍🏻 1mo
Reggie I really liked this one but it is a little slow at times. 1mo
Graywacke @Cathythoughts I hope so. No expectations, except I hope it works as a distraction on my flight home. 1mo
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Graywacke @Reggie good to know, thanks. 1mo
Lcsmcat This is hanging out on my Kindle too. I‘m curious to see how you like it on land. 1mo
Graywacke @Lcsmcat for the moment I plan to put land time into more difficult books. But actually I‘m distracted by my surroundings. 1mo
SilversReviews LOVE the cover and the title. 1mo
Graywacke @SilversReviews 👍 And it‘s perfect for the book (so far) 1mo
LoverOfLearning I have this waiting for me in my Kindle! I'll get there one day. 1mo
Graywacke @LoverOfLearning I need to get back to it ☺️ Reading too many books at once. (finished one yesterday) 1mo
LoverOfLearning @Graywacke sameee my goal is to finish one of them tonight. 1mo
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tsundoker
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Magical realism at its best.

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CareBear
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This month‘s just the right book pick for me...it sounds intriguing! Anyone read it? Thoughts?

Lcsmcat I picked it up when Amazon did their read areound the world giveaway, but I haven‘t read it yet. 6mo
squirrelbrain Same here @Lcsmcat ! 6mo
CareBear @squirrelbrain @Lcsmcat would you guys have any interest in doing a very laidback buddy read with it at some point lol 6mo
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BarbaraJean @Lcsmcat @squirrelbrain Me too! @CareBear I‘d also be interested in a buddy read. 😊 6mo
squirrelbrain @Lcsmcat @CareBear @BarbaraJean - yay, that would be great! I already have buddy reads booked in until mid-July though but can do after that.... 6mo
BarbaraJean @squirrelbrain @CareBear @Lcsmcat Late July or August works for me, too. 6mo
CareBear @squirrelbrain @Lcsmcat @BarbaraJean wonderful! Why don‘t we do August? 6mo
Lcsmcat August works for me. 6mo
squirrelbrain @Lcsmcat @CareBear @BarbaraJean August it is then, looking forward to it! 6mo
Reggie Yes, I loved it but it‘s slow. 6mo
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Samreamer
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve tried. I‘ve tried so hard. I made it through probably a third of the book, and I just can‘t. It‘s sooooooo sloooooowww. There are way too many story arcs to follow. The writing itself is beautiful and poetic, and I was really excited about reading a book set in a land I don‘t often find myself reading about, but I need a little bit of movement.

cathysaid And now you know! Sounds like a healthy bail. 6mo
Samreamer @cathysaid yes ma‘am, I agree!! 6mo
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Aseleener
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Sneaking in some backyard reading before I have to go make dinner.

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Rudis
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Mehso-so

I‘m not really sure how I feel about this novel. It felt more like musings loosely tied together with some gorgeous prose than a novel. The multiple perspectives & length of time of the story made it hard for me to connect with the characters.

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SexyCajun
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almost done with this one ooooo this is a good story 🌟 Edit;
I don‘t usually reach for Historical Fiction but I‘m so glad I did with this book! The story told is mixed with reality and a sort of mysterious paranormal side! Wow and highly recommend!!

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Reggie
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This was like watching something grow. It‘s a little slow but at the end, beautiful and very worth. Taking place in the early 1900‘s, Mexico, a young baby is found alive covered in bees. He is saved by the local wet nurse. His name is Simonopio. He and his bees will forever change the lives of the godparents who care for him, Francisco and Beatriz, as well as their son, Francisco Jr. This is one of those books about life I didn‘t know I👇🏼

Reggie needed until I finished it. So good. (edited) 8mo
Jenken1998 I just grabbed this. Glad you liked it. I am looking forward to it. 8mo
Reggie @Jenken1998 I hope you like it. I did think about bailing on it early on but glad I didn‘t. And then, I spent the last hour of reading it crying off and on. So there you go. Lol 8mo
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Centique Awesome review Reggie. 😍 And the cover is so beautiful too! 8mo
Reggie @Centique Thanks!!! Yeah, this was one of those free ebooks for World Book Day. As a mother, I think you would like it, or just be nodding your head to a lot of it. 8mo
Centique @Reggie I‘m sure I will! I‘ve had a lot of moments lately of realising my teen is living in a different world. Not that parental knee jerk “social media is ruining everything” feeling - but seeing her in that life stage of wanting to change the world and having the energy to do it. 💕 8mo
GatheringBooks ooh. sounds like a slow burn. 7mo
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Reggie
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This book is slow going, but has some really nice moments of people realizing certain moments in life. There‘s one where the mother realizes the times she grew up in are not the times she‘s living in. Which sounds simple but there‘s an emotional adjustment that comes with such things. There‘s this other moment where her and her husband realize they are getting older. Just nice. However, I‘m reading a mindless slasher after this.

Nute Sometimes, this is all I want from a book - a few lovely moments! 8mo
Leftcoastzen That thing is happening to me more and more , knowing its not the same world I grew up in , some elements of culture not interested in my demographic.Even though I wouldn‘t consider my interests to be typical of most of my generation. 8mo
Leftcoastzen Adding some things are better improvements won , lost , then struggled for again. 8mo
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Reggie @Leftcoastzen so there‘s this book called The End of the Day by Claire North where this man who is an emissary of Death goes to a South American forest to give respect to this woman who is about to die who is the last speaker of her known language. The book makes it clear that after her no one will know that such a language will have existed. The other day at work, because I work at a tribal casino, I met a customer who had attended a conference 8mo
Reggie On Indigenous language. And how he at 25 was the youngest person from his tribe who was close to fluent. And that he was pretty sure their language would die out. Just depressing. 8mo
Leftcoastzen Oh gosh , I know! the thought of humanity losing language like this is heartbreaking . 8mo
Tanisha_A Mindless slasher hahaha! 8mo
mreads Computers, internet, cell phones = the world I didn't grow up in 😁 8mo
Reggie @mreads yeah, this book takes place in the early 1900‘s so there‘s none of that and I didn‘t realize how much that would affect the story. Which sounds dumb until you start reading it and realize how much that affects the pace. 8mo
Reggie @Tanisha_A I can only take so much of something for so long. 8mo
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SexyCajun
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Started this one tonight. Mexican Author. Translated to English

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RealLifeReading
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Just found out about this. There are books from Mexico, Argentina, Norway, Israel, Japan, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany

https://www.amazon.com/article/read-the-world

WhatWouldJaneDo Just downloaded all of them! So many great titles, this was amazing! 8mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Thanks! I loved this last year. I‘m so excited to see them do it again. 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! I‘m hoping my IRL book group picks at least one of these too. 8mo
BarbaraJean Thanks so much for posting this! What a treasure trove! 8mo
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kellyann28
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Just wanted to pass this information along for #Kindle users 😊 Free books from authors around the world!

TrishB But not in the UK 😔 8mo
kellyann28 Awww Sorry @TrishB! Amazon should include you all too! 8mo
tammysue Thanks for posting! 😀 8mo
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Crazeedi I got them all!!! 8mo
kellyann28 @Crazeedi I haven't had a chance to actually look at them but quite a few look GREAT! I was excited for Murmur of Bees because that's on my TBR! 8mo
Crazeedi @kellyann28 well I just decided since they're free I'd get them all, since they're by world authors I may expand my comfort zone! 8mo
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Lidia
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Yesterday I went to the Book Fair in my hometown and didn‘t go crazy with the book haul. I just got 2 books for me and 2 for my nieces ☺️

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From a beguiling voice in Mexican fiction comes an astonishing novel—her first to be translated into English—about a mysterious child with the power to change a family‘s history in a country on the verge of revolution.

This one sounds SO good! I cant wait to read it!.

Book sleeve info & code to save on one here:
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bvt_ohbB4K0/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=9row8y...

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sofiaga
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Audiolibro para la lluvia #litsyinSpanish Audiobook for a rainy commute.

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"Que escuchen con los ojos, que vean con la piel y que sientan con los oídos, porque la vida nos habla a todos y sólo debemos saber querer escucharla, verla, sentirla".

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