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Here Comes the Sun
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
Capturing the distinct rhythms of Jamaican life and dialect, Nicole Dennis- Benn pens a tender hymn to a world hidden among pristine beaches and the wide expanse of turquoise seas. At an opulent resort in Montego Bay, Margot hustles to send her younger sister, Thandi, to school. Taught as a girl to trade her sexuality for survival, Margot is ruthlessly determined to shield Thandi from the same fate. When plans for a new hotel threaten their village, Margot sees not only an opportunity for her own financial independence but also perhaps a chance to admit a shocking secret: her forbidden love for another woman. As they face the impending destruction of their community, each womanfighting to balance the burdens she shoulders with the freedom she cravesmust confront long-hidden scars. From a much-heralded new writer, Here Comes the Sun offers a dramatic glimpse into a vibrant, passionate world most outsiders see simply as paradise.
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Jari-chan
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The last stop of my literary-culinary world-tour: #Jamaica

This book inspired me to do this whole project and it was so much fun ♥️

Breakfast: Banana Fritters 🍌❤️
Lunch: Potato Curry
Dinner: Jamaican Rice

Suet624 Nice!!! 1mo
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Jari-chan
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A wonderful book and definitely one of my highlights this year. Dennis-Benn asks important questions: what is important to us? What are we willing to sacrifice? Whom are we willing to sacrifice? And is it worth it?

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CallieBrowning
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t my favourite. All of the characters are too angry and none of them seem to have a good day. I didn‘t come away with the warmest feelings about it.

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CallieBrowning
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn

I started off loving this book, but that changed.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
CallieBrowning Thanks love! 4mo
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RachelO
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Winning the prizes for ‘longest tine on my litsy tbr‘ and ‘OMG 😍 all-the-covers‘, this has to be my pick for #CaribbeanQueen #wanderingJune . One day!

Cinfhen I recently read her new book - Patsy. Haven‘t read your tagged book yet, but I think it‘s gonna be good!!! 5mo
BarbaraBB The one longest on your tbr! Any plans of changing that? 5mo
RachelO @BarbaraBB Probably not in the near future tbh 😕! I‘m guessing it didn‘t get so much coverage in the UK, so it hasn‘t made it into our public library system. One day! 5mo
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TheEllieMo
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Seriously, it‘s been raining all day, until we start doing our spin class, When the sun comes out and suddenly the spin studio is like a sauna!🙄

#BookFitnessChallenge Week 5 summary:

🥘 I have not quite kept within calories but I have been far more mindful, and honest, about what I‘m eating.

🚶‍♀️ 122,949 steps! Well in excess of my 105,000 target for the week.

📚 polished off three books this week, taking me to my target of 9!

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 5mo
TheSpineView Wow.. wow! you are doing awesome! 5mo
britt_brooke Ugh! When it‘s humid, our spin room at the Y is a swamp. So gross. 5mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 5mo
Clwojick Way to go! 💛💚💙 You are KILLING those goals! 🙌🏻 5mo
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Cinfhen
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Too literal!?!?? It‘s on my TBR @Eggs #BeatleMaynia #HereComesTheSun 😎

squirrelbrain Nothing wrong with being literal 🤣 7mo
Eggs Works for me 🤗 7mo
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LoverofLit
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Bailedbailed

My first bail in months, I found myself 70% of the way through and dreading listening to it anymore. While the writing was beautiful and the lush backdrop setting of Jamaica drew me in, there were a lot of triggers that the author lingered on over and OVER in every single chapter and it just made me sick to my stomach listening to it. Characters I should have felt pity for I ended up hating for the choices they made that hurt others.

LoverofLit #ReadingWomenChallenge Lambda Literary Award Winner 7mo
mreads I DNF'd this one too. For that challenge I'm reading a classic vampire novel if you like that sort of thing 7mo
LoverofLit @mreads Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely check it out 😊 7mo
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CallieBrowning I felt so ostracized by the rest of the reading community for having a harsh opinion on this. I did feel inclined to DNF at one point but changed my mind and stuck it out. In my review, I did state that I found the characters unlikeable. None of them have any redeeming qualities. 4mo
LoverofLit @CallieBrowning I'm so sorry you were made to feel that way by reading community! You're definitely not alone in your opinion. That's the amazing thing about books though, someone may absolutely love a book and another person will loathe it. And both opinions are completely valid. 4mo
CallieBrowning Totally. It was a book club read and my opinion didn‘t go so well😂 4mo
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Tianareadslgbt
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“The black seeps into her, masking any sentiments, mangling any desire to forgive, hardening the weak pulp of a muscle beating inside her chest.”
5/5 This book is so raw and honest. It touches on heavy subjects such as sexual assault, colorism, fetishization, homophobia, and how tourism negatively affects the native community in Jamaica. Overall, this book truly reflects the harsh reality of life as a woman in Jamaica in its fictional pages.

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Kalalalatja
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I wish #ICanSeeTheSuninLateDecember, but unfortunately, Denmark is grey as always. At least I can always look at this bright and sunny cover when I need some light in my life 🌞

#WinterWonderland

Lmstraubie That is a great cover! 11mo
Amiable My husband, son and I are flying to Copenhagen in late April. Planning to take the train from there to Stockholm and then to Malmö (my husband and I both have ancestors from that area, so we want to visit) before heading back to Copenhagen. Any suggestions for must-sees while we are there? Or recommendations for places to stay? 11mo
Kalalalatja @Amiable how lovely, hope you have a lovely trip! I live in the other end of the country, so I can‘t really recommend places to stay, but I would definitely recommend going on a boat trip on the canals, seeing Nyhavn, and a stop at Politikens Boghal, which is a great bookshop just by the City Hall ? Vesterbro has a lot of great cafés and there are some great museums, too ? 11mo
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Amiable Thank you for your suggestions! I'm starting to plan our week, and I'm getting excited by your recommendations. 🙂👍🏼 11mo
Cinfhen That is an awesome book cover...still haven‘t read this one 😝 11mo
AlaMich Much better cover than the the US edition (as always). 11mo
TrishB Pretty grey here too! 11mo
mrp27 I'll trade your gray for some of my sun. I get so sick of the sun shinning! 😝 11mo
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riversong153
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Pickpick

This was a heartbreaking story, but well written. Very few likeable characters but the story is good enough to keep you reading. #kindlitsy read.

riversong153 @kaye thank you! I‘m only able to tag you in the comments. I guess Litsy is still on the fritz. 11mo
Kaye Glad you got a chance to read it ♥️. . Don‘t know why I can‘t be tagged. That‘s strange. 11mo
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riversong153
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Hey guys!!! 🤩🤩 I got a #kindlitsy kindle book from the amazing kaye !! I can‘t tag her for some reason but I want to say thanks!! 😍 This will help ignite my goal of reading more black women writers!

kgriffith It‘s easier to tag in comments when someone‘s username is short/the base for usernames with more characters. You can do it in the original post by typing @ Kaye and then going back and deleting the space. It‘s not elegant, but it works for now, and the issue is on our radar 😊 11mo
Kaye You are certainly welcome. The fault isn‘t with my name. It‘s Litsy on the blink again. The past hour or so it‘s been working intermittently. I hope you enjoy the book ♥️ 11mo
riversong153 @kaye I‘m sure I will! 11mo
Matilda One of my favorites! 11mo
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BookswithB
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Day 9. Books that take place on an island.
#bookreadhappyhour
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☀️i still think about this debut novel from last summer...despite it being in one of my favorite locations, JA 🇯🇲, a sunny locale does not make for a bright setting. 💔Anyone else enjoy this as much as I did? I CAN NOT WAIT until the release of her next novel.

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Julsmarshall
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#24in48 #hour12 #challenge A whole new world. This fantastic family drama from Jamaica is a page-turning tour de force. If you haven‘t read it yet, you should!

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Kalalalatja
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Even though Margot, the MC of this book, would rather say #IKissedaGirl, she has to sell her body to men she doesn‘t like, to keep her little sister from having to do the same. In a community where homosexuality is taboo, and where your family‘s needs are more important than your own, Margot struggles to find her place, and to find love 💔

#HeatinJuly

Cinfhen I tried this book, it was too “heavy” for me at the time. 1y
LoverofLit @Cinfhen I'm so glad I found your comment after guiltily bailing on this book. My first bail in months, I found myself really sick to my stomach trying to finish this. Really heavy topic, though an important one! 7mo
Cinfhen That cover is SO deceiving @LoverofLit I just couldn‘t read it any longer, either!!! Don‘t feel guilty, books aren‘t meant to torture us🙁 7mo
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cocomass
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This book was so evocative. Dennis-Benn describes so many sides of Jamaica in such detail. I felt like I could hear the ocean and taste the food and see the people. It was definitely hard to read in (many) places, but it felt honest. This was a fabulous #ownvoices debut AND it‘s one of my favorite #pridereads this year 💛💚💚💜❤️🧡

#blacklitsy

Kalalalatja Great review! This book hit med hard last year 💔 1y
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brigittekong
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Mehso-so

Everything hurts. Don‘t let this pretty cover fool you

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Addison1
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Pickpick

Just got home from book club. What a fantastically written book. Warning: the title is a little misleading, but still worth the read! I loved it.

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alisonrose
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Panpan

Unfortunately this didn't work well for me. The scene setting was beautiful and I appreciated some of the issues the author explores. But the story is just intensely dreary AND slow as hell. Like, nothing happens. It's just a day followed by a day etc etc. I didn't feel any connection to the characters aside from Thandi. And I was really disgusted by what Margot did to Novia. Plus I admit the patois could be extremely hard to grasp. 2/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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Not possible to read this title without humming it to the tune, I have found. #nowreading

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GinEyre22
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Current status of #LitsyAtoZ

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Christine
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Pickpick

Can‘t remember the last time I repeatedly yelled “Noooooo, please don‘t do that!!!” at a book. 😢 Many of the characters‘ decisions were deeply upsetting, but Dennis-Benn does such a beautiful job of portraying their context and aftermath. The level of tragedy and pain is rough. But I loved the writing so, so much and definitely consider it a five-star read. And as always Bahni Turpin‘s audio performance was perfection.

MicheleinPhilly One of my favorite books! 2y
Kalalalatja Yes to everything! 2y
Christine @MicheleinPhilly With good reason - soooo great! I went in with high expectations, but it exceeded them for sure. ❤️ 2y
Christine @Kalalalatja So heartbreaking but so good!! ❤️ 2y
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Lindy
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I was first to arrive at the Edmonton Lesbian Book Club tonight. Audreys, an independent book store, has been hosting our monthly meetings for over a decade. We discussed Here Comes the Sun—everyone loved it. Tragic, much to talk about.
http://lesbianbookclub.blogspot.ca/

Bklover Sounds wonderful- ten years is a long time for a group to hold together! 2y
LeahBergen I‘ve heard of that store but haven‘t made it there when I‘ve been in Edmonton. 2y
Lindy @Bklover We started in 2003, so that‘s 15 years already. Our fearless leader Kim is the one who has held us together from the start. 2y
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Lindy @LeahBergen Next time you‘re in Edmonton, let‘s meet up at Audreys. 😊 2y
LeahBergen @Lindy That would be great! 2y
Lindy @LeahBergen 👍👍 2y
minkyb Wonderful! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Margot learns quickly that she has to sell and work everything she‘s got to make sure her sister, Thandie, doesn‘t have to the same. #Sheworkshardforthemoney so Thandie can go to school and be everything Margot isn‘t.

#FierceFeb

Chrissyreadit Sounds sad. 2y
emilyhaldi Beautiful cover 😍 2y
batsy I've had my eye on this one and need to read it... Good pick! 2y
Cinfhen I love that bright cover ❤️great pick 💡💡💡💡 2y
Kalalalatja @Chrissyreadit it is, and pretty tough, but also kinda beautiful, if that helps @emilyhaldi @Cinfhen the cover is beyond awesome 👌 @batsy I think you‘ll like it! It is a bit dark and tough, but with descriptions that made me want to go to Jamaica immediately! 2y
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Coleen
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Pickpick

Set in Jamaica, this story of three women (a mother and her two daughters) examines the harsh reality of what it takes to survive, the sacrifices made, and the different ways in which each go about doing so. While these are not necessarily likable characters, the way in which they manipulate themselves & each other makes for an interesting story. The reader for the audio nails it — I‘d recommend that format.

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Matilda
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If you enjoy a soak and a book I paired bath bombs and books 🛁📚: https://bookriot.com/2018/02/07/book-and-bath-bomb-pairings/

Johanna414 Love it! You‘ve inspired me- I‘m headed up to the bath with my book and one of my bath bombs from Christmas! ☺️ 2y
Matilda @Johanna414 enjoy! 🛁📚 2y
rachelsbrittain Love this so much! And I got so excited when I saw you included The Regional Office is Under Attack-- I love that one but I feel like I don't often see other people talking about it 😊 2y
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RebelReader
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My #idealbookatoir is anywhere near a body of water. This is Anna Maria Island, FL, where the Gulf meets Tampa Bay. Last place I've been with water, a beach and a book. Heaven! 😇

Chelleo I lived in Clearwater FL and loved the beaches there 😍 2y
CrinolineDream Such a beautiful area! St. Pete Beach is my favorite. 🌊 🐚 ☀️ 2y
Reecaspieces I agree....a beach and a book!! The best ever 2y
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MissAimz_55 Same I love being by the water while reading 2y
RebelReader @Chelleo I'm trying to convince my husband we need to winter in Florida. 🤣My sister wants me to winter in Arizona, but I love the water! Minnesota winters are killing me! 😩😩 2y
TheLibrarian I‘ll be going there next week! It‘s so beautiful. 2y
RebelReader @TheLibrarian Have a great time! The beaches are fabulous! 😎😎 2y
kspenmoll Beautiful! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage We were just in Ft. Myers, and I love the Gulf side of FL. Reading on the beach is the best!! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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#TobeYoungGiftedandBlack and write debuts like these are pretty amazing! I will definitely pick up anything new by these authors, since I loved all of the books above 👌📚

#FierceFeb

KarenUK I‘ve read 3/5 and loved them, so I guess I should read the other two... 😊👍💕 2y
batsy Beautiful picture! All still unread by me 😳 2y
JennAndrew I‘ve read Stay With Me and really enjoyed it and have The Fishermen on my eBook TBR, so I may have to track down the others too 👍🏻 2y
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Cinfhen Great photo! I‘ve read all but one and I‘ve been amazed by the striking prose! Looks like I must read 2y
Buddys_Momma I loved ALL of these books!! Amazing stuff 😉👍🏽 2y
Kalalalatja @KarenUK @batsy @JennAndrew they are all worth a read in my opinion! 👍 @Cinfhen I completely agree! It is amazing how talented some people just are! @Buddys_Momma Yay, another fan! 😄 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Beautiful covers! I‘ve only read Homegoing 2y
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PLeonieSmith
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I an‘ I did know weh me want long ago. An‘ it didn‘t have nothing to do wid weh dem teach inna school. Dem creating robots outta our children, Margot. Is di white man‘s philosophy dem learning. What about our heritage and culture?” He kisses his teeth. “Ah Babylon business dem ah fill up di children‘s minds wid

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rach_simone
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Pickpick

Don't be fooled by the fun cover - this is a deep and devastating novel. It follows a family (mother and two daughters) living in Jamaica and the ways they compromise themselves and each other.

RebelReader @rach_simone You described this book perfectly! 👍🏼👍🏼 2y
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eraderneely
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Day 6: #booksandbells
Of course I didn‘t buy those bells with my holiday decorations just to have something for this picture! (Reader, I did)
#decktheshelves

BookMaven407 😂 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Margot gave up everything to give her little sister a better future than what she could see for herself. Her principles, her body and her soul. #SoldmySoul

This debut is hard hitting, raw and brutal, but it is also amazing insanely good 👌

#TuneintoNovember

Cinfhen Great photo, beautiful book cover....sounds brutal 💔 2y
Robothugs Agreeing with @Cinfhen 2y
Jabberwocky Sounds like this would break my heart- I‘ve sacrificed a lot but not quite that much for my sister- need. 2y
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bookloo I had to stop scrolling to get a better look at that cover!! Beautiful. 🧡💚 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @Robothugs @Jaberwocky it is a tough read, but a stunning debut. I would definitely recommend it, but it does require the right state of mind. 2y
Kalalalatja @bookloo it is so gorgeous! 2y
Avanders Really far behind! (See comment in completely unrelated prior post 😁) 2y
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Jenna2
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Jenna2 I‘m not sure I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did if it weren't an audiobook. Listening to narration of the characters and the Patois of Jamaica brought me back to another time in my life. It's also a pleasant surprise to find representation when not specifically seeking it 🌈 (edited) 2y
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addendumadventure
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3 fantastic novels by 3 different Caribbean authors.

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ReadingEnvy
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Started this one in audio today. Very good so far, and free in Hoopla! (Lauren talked about it on reading envy episode 097.)

gossamerchild I really want to read this book and appreciate the cover, but every single time I see the title I INSTANTLY have the song stuck in my head. It's a compulsion, almost 😋😊🙄 2y
Lola I loved this book. And the audio IS excellent. 2y
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HardcoverHearts That narrator is just the best! I will listen to her read anything. 2y
ReadingEnvy @gossamerchild 🌅 it's all right.... 2y
ReadingEnvy @Lola @HardcoverHearts I'm impressed so far! I've had some really bad Jamaican accents in audiobooks before. 2y
Ms_T I listened to this podcast a few days ago. Very entertaining 👍🏻 2y
Lola @HardcoverHearts I agree! She has done quite a few including 2y
BestDogDad I hope the audio sticker is enjoying that romantic walk in the beach. 2y
ReadingEnvy @JeffKoeppen I felt a bit skeevy adding him considering the context of the book. But I bet he's happy. 2y
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Caterina
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My current #hoopla #audiobook, and also a very depressing listen so far, especially given the cheerful cover. I have a feeling it's going to crush my soul. At least I can cross stitch while it's doing that! #audiostitching

Mommamanzi Love it! I need to start audio stitching! 2y
CrowCAH Looks great! 2y
kspenmoll Love your cross stitch! 2y
Caterina @Mommamanzi Thanks! And I would highly recommend audiostitching, it's my favorite thing ever! @CrowCAH @kspenmoll Thank you!! 😊 2y
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TirzahPrice
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It‘s a rainy day and I wish I could just stay in bed reading this vibrant book...

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mdhughes72
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Pickpick

This one plods along for a couple hundred pages, and then -- BAM! It explodes like a firecracker. Or perhaps a piñata. Fantastic storytelling and compelling characters. Converging plot lines and layers of intrigue. Joins The Nix and Hag-Seed as my top fiction of 2016. This one is a perfect gem of a book, with many twinkling facets. Highest recommendation -- don't miss it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BooksForEmpathy Great review!!! 2y
mdhughes72 Thanks @BooksForEmpathy! Love your handle! 2y
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Liberty
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DGRachel He's so beautiful 😍 2y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 2y
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Graciouswarriorprincess 😻❤️📚 2y
MandaChittles Grumpy Cat! 2y
Libby1 He is lying over a book called Lit Chat. Isn't chat the French word for cat? 😻 2y
kspenmoll Great picture! 😻😻😻 2y
Megara @Libby1 Chat is the word for cat in French! (And, if you were curious "lit" means bed in French ?) 2y
Libby1 Excellent, @Megara ! 2y
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CocoReads
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We went out to see the eclipse. My sister dropped us off some glasses, it was pretty nifty even with the clouds and not full totality. Now watching tv coverage.

haileybean We had complete cloud coverage so I'm watching on TV. It's amazing 2y
CocoReads @haileyhugsbooks that's a bummer. We had some clouds but it was clear enough we could see it. It was pretty freakin amazing! 2y
robinb ❤️ It was awesome! Makes you feel how small you are in this incredible universe around you. 2y
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Daija: "This is about a young girl in Jamaica trying to make it out. She wants to go to Europe or America. I don't know why yet. The author is from the island and it's refreshing to read a female author of color. We need to hear minority voices and support women of color. They're often spoken over. Look at our current president, the government, the news, everyday life. Systematic racism is real."

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Kalalalatja
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All of these books have some pretty #badgirls in them which made me love them even more. I love an imperfect character, and these books had plenty! 💁

#AugustGrrrl

Clwojick I keep meaning to read Here Comes the Sun. How was it? 2y
Kalalalatja @Clwojick I thought it was great! I was swept up by the story, and would definitely recommend it! 👍 2y
Cinfhen And I'm curious about 2y
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Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I liked it, but it has been getting a lot of mixed reviews, which I can see why. It is an interesting concept, but the author could have done more/gone a different way with it. I am glad I read it, and it was a pick for me, but it won't be one of my favourites of the year. 2y
aeeklund Okay, okay, okay. *Moves Crimson Petal up the stack* 😉 2y
minkyb I love that cover!!! (edited) 2y
Kalalalatja @aeeklund I will keep showing it until you read it 😉 2y
Kalalalatja @minkyb I love it too! 👏👏 2y
Cinfhen I've heard @Kalalalatja which is why it's still low on my TBR! Thanks for offering your honest opinion 2y
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Bookishaf
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Read this for book club at work and it was fantastic! It takes a look at what's outside our resort views when we go on vacation. It explores love, homosexuality, how women can be oversexualized, the struggle to get ahead, classism and beauty standards. It's a lot I know but it is so well written. Pick it up sometime soon!

Lola I loved this book! The audio is fantastic. 2y
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Kalalalatja
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There something about books set in Jamaica - they feel more #pepper-y, more spicy, more colourful, more vibrant. I really liked both of these books, and my wish to see Jamaica some day did not become smaller after I read them 👌

#90sinJuly

vivastory I really love that cover of BHOSK 2y
RachelO 😃I like your take on this one! 2y
Cinfhen Nicely played 🙌🏻🎶 2y
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Cinfhen And I LOVED a brief history 2y
Robothugs Great job 😊 2y
Kalalalatja @vivastory It's slightly embossd, too, so it feels a bit like you are feeling a record 👌 2y
Kalalalatja @RachelO @Cinfhen @Robothugs I'm just glad it makes sense to others too 😄 2y
Hooked_on_books Those are great covers! Very different from the ones in the US. 2y
Kalalalatja @Hooked_on_books I think, they are the UK covers, but I am not completely sure. But they are great! 2y
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Skeeterisme
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Mehso-so

I'm sure it's a good book. Just not my cup of tea.

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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

The book is well done, I couldn't put it down and it drew me in. But at the same time it's one of the most depressing books I've read in a long time. I give it a pick because it made me feel, but it's the opposite of the cover art, which is bright. I'm sure that is the point though. As a tourist we often don't see below the surface.

AmyG I am not sure what this says about me...but I love a good, depressing book. 😳 2y
Julsmarshall You're right, it's so good but so depressing. I've recommended it to a couple people and neither of them liked it 😬 I guess I like well written sad books. 2y
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KGlibrarian
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Pickpick

Today's rainy NY weather was perfect for finishing this dark, complex novel that tells the heartbreaking tale of three generations of struggling Jamaican women. Race, sexism, prostitution, and corporate greed are all addressed through characters who force readers to see Jamaica and its natives in an entirely new light.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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This is a beautifully done book, excellently narrated by Bahni Turpin. But it was so bleak. Generation after generation of women struggling under sexism, racism, shadism, visiting the sins (mostly sexual violence) done to them onto younger women. I'm just not sure what to do with a book like this that feels so hopeless. It was so dark by the end of the book I found myself dreading going back to it, even though I wanted to find out what happened.

Verity Books like that are so tricky. You feel glad you read it in the end, but the reading of it was hard and you wouldn't do it again. They're also tricky to recommend aren't they? 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Verity Agreed on all fronts! 2y
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Lola
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I loved Homegoing and Here Comes the Sun. I bought Open City because I loved Every Day for the Thief by the same author. Looking forward to reading the others on this stack. Reading diversely takes me outside of myself, my world, and what's known to me. And those are some of my favorite things about reading. #weneeddiversebooks #ownvoices #24in48 #hour18

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Here Comes the Sun | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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I was a little skeptical of this narrator Bahni Turpin as I didn't love her voice as the narrator for Everything Everything (she was especially bad at doing the teenage boy's voice), but I like her with this book. The Jamaican accent is great! (I mean, as far as I can tell). #AwesomeAudiobooks

Lacythebookworm I love Turpin's narration, especially in Underground Railroad. I didn't listen to Everything, Everything so I can't compare. Glad you're giving her another chance! 2y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Lacythebookworm I'm glad too! Maybe she isn't the best choice for teenagers voices, I don't know. 2y
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