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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

I can‘t believe I didn‘t read this book before now; I loved it! Adunni is such a wonderful MC, naïve to the ways of the world (and how evil people can be) but also wise beyond her years.

Like my fellow #buddyreaders I can‘t believe that this kind of treatment of women is still allowed and accepted in this day and age. ? Going to read back through spoiler tags now…!

#booked2022 #blackownedpublishinghouse

#loudbuddyread

squirrelbrain Fun fact: I noticed that, in her acknowledgments, the first person the author thanked was Felicity Blunt, who is an agent at Curtis Brown (the black-owned publishing house for #booked2022) and also sister of Emily and wife of the lovely Stanley Tucci! 9mo
Cinfhen Oh, that‘s such a cool fact!!! Thanks for sharing 😘 and so glad you loved this one too!!! 9mo
Cinfhen Great graphics 🥰 9mo
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RaeLovesToRead I'm only on page 90... you guys are so speedy!!!! Will try to finish in next couple of days and then I'll look back and comment 😊 9mo
squirrelbrain I‘m having a reading day today @RaeLovesToRead after working the weekend, so that‘s how I finished it so quickly. Savour it and enjoy it - don‘t feel rushed! 9mo
RaeLovesToRead It's really readable, I'm just a very slow reader. (Takes me hours to read 100 pages!) I've got a couple of hours now so I'll make myself a cuppa and settle down to it 😊 9mo
TrishB Aww, I felt like that too! Why did I leave it so long. Hands down, most successful buddy read 😁 9mo
TrishB That I‘ve been part of! 9mo
squirrelbrain Success! 🥳 @TrishB 9mo
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Cinfhen
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I‘m so thankful to #ReadingAfrica22 &
#Booked2022 for giving me the extra push to finally pick up this book. In the vein of what Khaled Hosseini did for Afghan women, Abi Dare does the same for Nigerian girls in this heartbreaking yet hopeful novel. Adunni the 14yr old MC has experienced more trauma and sorrow in her young life, yet her optimism and joyful spirit is infectious. I‘m so glad I added audio narration to my Kindle purchase, 👇🏽

Cinfhen because hearing the Nigerian dialect & authentic pronunciation of the Igbo & Yoruba added so much richness to the story. So grateful for my #LoudBuddyRead friends for sharing their thoughts. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead I'm only a fifth of the way in but I also was taken back to A Thousand Splendid Suns reading this far. Both books making me so so angry and conjuring the stifling and horrific realities of forced marriage. Which prompt are you using it for in #pop22? 9mo
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BarbaraBB Oooh sounds so good! 9mo
squirrelbrain Great review… looking forward to reading the rest of it! 9mo
emmaturi I really enjoyed this book! 9mo
TrishB Despite all the awful things, I really enjoyed it! A successful buddy read 😁 9mo
Cinfhen Yay @TrishB we‘re getting better at this buddyread thing xxx 9mo
Cinfhen It was a very pleasant surprise @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @emmaturi Better than I expected 9mo
TrishB Don‘t be jinxing it 😉😘 9mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 next month we have this one @TrishB 9mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s really good @Librarybelle I think you‘d like it 9mo
Deblovestoread I loved Adunni! The author used a deft hand in showing the horrors of being a poor female in Nigeria while keeping her dream of having and using her voice alive. It would be hard to stay hopeful with such daily abuse. 9mo
Cinfhen Adunni was the right blend of heart, humor & spunk. A great character @Kdgordon88 Im eager to continue #ReadingAfrica to discover experiences for others in different African countries 9mo
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Cinfhen Tia‘s flogging!!! Can you believe it??? 9mo
Cinfhen And how perceptive of Adunni to question why is it only the women who are in “need” of “curing” - as if male infertility is not an legitimate issue 😡 9mo
TrishB I‘m on chapter 30! I‘m enjoying the book with a heavy heart. Will get back to this when I get there. ☹️ I‘m expecting!! (edited) 9mo
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Deblovestoread At chap 34, finishing tonight. As @TrishB said good book, heavy heart. (edited) 9mo
Cinfhen I have half hour of audio to go @TrishB @Kdgordon88 - can‘t wait to discuss book with all of the buddy -readers! So glad I finally picked this up. It was on my Kindle for too long. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead Gah, I'm so intrigued..... must... not... click... spoiler tags.... 9mo
squirrelbrain I‘m trying not to either! @RaeLovesToRead 9mo
TrishB Tia 💔😡 I can‘t believe this is 2014!!! If I was reading this about the Middle Ages I‘d still think it was brutal. Why did no one help? Finding hard to believe that this was acceptable. 9mo
RaeLovesToRead I didn't expect the flogging. When I saw this post I wondered if they had taken Adunni back to Ikati and so I stayed up to make sure she was OK... then I was nearly at the end so I stayed up longer to finish it. I'm glad it had a happy-ish ending. You know you've read a good book when you think to yourself - "I wonder how things turned out for Adunni.. it's 2022 now" before you realise she is a creation. A remarkable character & a moving story. 9mo
Cinfhen Ha, exactly @RaeLovesToRead this was a really interesting look into African custom & traditions- unfortunately some of their beliefs are terrible 9mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is an ambitious memoir. Sellers covers a variety of topics and balances broader concepts with small details. His writing style is engaging, but his narration is only okay. He‘s connected to Civil Rights history, but lives with anxiety. He and his wife just celebrated their twins‘ 3rd bday. But it was touch-and-go for a while.

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com #thebibliophage2022 #booked2022 #blackcentricimprint #pantone2022 #basil

BarbaraTheBibliophage And I‘ll probably pick a prompt for #nonfictionchallenge2022 but right now I can‘t decide! @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 9mo
Cinfhen I have this one but I‘m still not really compelled to listen🎧 #MaybeSomeday 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I hear that. My reading goal this year is less challenges and more mood reading. I‘m just not feeling all the planning!! (Of course, I‘m still doing three challenges and finishing up one from 2022 … so we shall see …) 🤪 9mo
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Cinfhen It‘s a long time until 2023 so I‘m not gonna push myself to rush through challenges 😉plus I‘m listening to this audio for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouse and it‘s really good 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Sounds like a plan!! Enjoy the leisure! 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks 😘😘 9mo
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Cinfhen
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My dinner plans fell through so Im starting the #LoudBuddyRead tonight!! It‘s a no pressure self paced read for #Booked2022 #BlackOwnedPublishingHouse #ReadingAfrica22 #Nigeria

TrishB 👍🏻 mine will probably be tomorrow. Looking forward to it. 9mo
squirrelbrain I‘ll try to make a start in the next few days…work should calm down a bit mid-week. (She says, hopefully!) 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m already loving it @TrishB @squirrelbrain Helen, if you can borrow the audio, it‘s fabulous with the Nigerian dialect ♥️ 9mo
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Megabooks This was a miss for me, but I‘m glad you‘re enjoying it! 9mo
Cinfhen Did you try audio or print @Megabooks ?? Because I think you might enjoy the audio🤷🏼‍♀️ 9mo
squirrelbrain I can‘t find the audio anywhere Cindy, and TBH I have even less time for audio than I do for actual reading at the moment…. 😬 9mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! You must be SUPER busy @squirrelbrain 9mo
Megabooks Thanks for the invite, but I‘m good with my bail. 👍🏻 9mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 ok @Megabooks xx 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Inspired by @KarenUK and @jenniferw88 I‘ve tentatively chosen my 6 books for #Booked2022 #WinterPrompts
**This may all change once #POP22 drops! **

Two choices work for #ReadingAfrica2022 as well #Kenya #Nigeria

jenniferw88 I loved this one! 11mo
Cinfhen Don‘t forget @TrishB we are budding reading 11mo
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Cinfhen Yay!!! @jenniferw88 I‘m trying to use books I own!!!! So it‘s on my kindle and ready to go ❣️ 11mo
Cinfhen So that one also works for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouse @jenniferw88 (edited) 11mo
KarenUK Love your choices! A couple are on my #tbr and I loved The Mercies 💕📚 11mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I started that and never finished! 11mo
squirrelbrain Good to know about the #blackownedpublishing house book- I have that on Kindle and that was a prompt I didn‘t have. I‘m working through my books at the moment so I‘ll post mine soon! 11mo
AlaMich I loved Bluebird! 11mo
Kangaj1 The Girl with the Louding Voice is really good! 11mo
Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft has a GREAT list of resources for that prompt @squirrelbrain I tried to find it but I couldn‘t 😔maybe Alisia will post and share the list on Litsy!! 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m excited to hear that both of those books are winners!!! @AlaMich @Kangaj1 😊 11mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve been looking for an excuse to read the Franzen! And like @squirrelbrain I have no idea which books are #blackownedpublishers but I think many #ReadingAfrica2022 books will fit that prompt! (edited) 11mo
TrishB Will now be using Girl with The Louding Voice too! Have The Mercies ready 😁The only others I haven‘t got are title repeats itself or weather yet. Was having a plan yesterday. 11mo
TrishB The Girl with the Louding Voice I brought with you in Foyles, about time it was read 😁 11mo
Cinfhen So we can all buddyread The Girl @TrishB @squirrelbrain 😁 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy to send you the Franzen after I read it @BarbaraBB xx 11mo
alisiakae Girl With the Louding Voice is so good! And great pick for double title. I started the audiobook a while back and got sidetracked. Keep meaning to go back to it! 11mo
Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft can u share that link to the list of bestsellers that are from a Black owned press 11mo
BarbaraBB Really??? I‘d love that!! 🙏 11mo
Cinfhen My pleasure 😇 @BarbaraBB 11mo
BarbaraBB Don‘t rush, I know you just sent something!! 🤍🤍 11mo
Cinfhen It won‘t be for awhile before I mail it @BarbaraBB because I won‘t start the book until January 1 for #Booked2022 - so probably sometime in February ❣️❣️Hope that‘s ok😁 11mo
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