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Filipino-American society is explored in this tender story about a woman‘s journey from torture in the #Philippines to a new life in California.
Hero is her name and she became my hero while reading. How she copes with her past and her trust issues. Her relationship with Rosalyn, her family and her friends, the many dialects that separate them, the food that always unites them. A lovable read.

#ReadingAsia2021 🇵🇭 #Booked2020 #HeartInTheTitle

BarbaraTheBibliophage Stacked, since my husband is Filipino-American. However, it‘s his grandfather who emigrated here. 3y
BarbaraBB @Texreader @Butterfinger @Catsandbooks I forgot to mention this is also my choice for #FoodAndLit! 3y
Librarybelle Great review! 3y
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BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage In that case I would highly recommend it, it will definitely resonate with you! 3y
Catsandbooks Sounds excellent! 3y
Cinfhen Great review!!! #stacked 3y
batsy Thus book had a lot of love in it ❤️ 3y
GatheringBooks Definitely one of my favorite reads of the year. 💕 3y
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I love this series! While keeping me interested with twists and turns, it also just makes me laugh at times. I had to request that my library obtain a copy (and they bought it within a few days!) plus it has fewer reviews than a lot of popular books so I‘m using it for #underrated for #booked2021. As a side note, I stumbled on this series because of a prompt for #booked2020 and am so glad I did. #litsyatoz #f #seriesread

TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖 3y
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 awesomeness ❣️❣️❣️ 3y
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#booked2020 #winter

1 Set in Australia - The Survivors
2 Nonfiction science - Henrietta Lacks
3 Baked goods on cover - Killer Cupcakes
4 #covidheroes - The Language of Kindness
5 Mustache on cover - Just Mercy
6 Author‘s first name starts with A,B or C - Reading Lolita in Tehran

I‘ve submitted my form as well. Thanks for a fun season!

Cinfhen Well done!! Some fabulous choices 🧡🧡🧡 3y
maich Good job👏👏 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! And you get a break before the next season starts! 3y
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Bookzombie This is for #Booked2021 right? I only noticed because I clicked the hashtag on your post. 🙂 3y
squirrelbrain Oops yes that‘s right @Bookzombie ! 3y
Cathythoughts Well done 👏🏻 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Gorgeous. Atmospheric, weird, clever, touching - did I say weird? SUCH a strong sense of place. I loved it! I‘m really sad to be leaving it behind.

Thanks for putting it on my radar @julesG - I don‘t think it‘s something I‘d have picked up on my own. And thanks for making me actually read it, #buddyread folks - the ooh, urr... and wtf?? comments made me actually pick it up. Looking forward to our conversation now 😊.

rockpools Bizarrely, this is the second buddy read I‘ve finished this year - 2020 broke me good and proper!! First book finished for #slumpathon, free space for #bookspinbingo, and I‘m hoping someone with a print copy can confirm, but I‘m pretty sure the faun‘s playing a #musicalinstrumentonthecover #booked2021. I‘m also going to use this for #constellation #fourfoursin21 as Piranesi spends a lot of time mapping the stars. 3y
Lauredhel @rockpools this has been on my tbr since it came out... thanks for the reminder! 3y
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julesG @Lauredhel Read it! It's very good. @scripturient just posted her review on her blog. Just in case you need further encouragement. And no, I still don't get any commission. 😉 3y
julesG Very glad you liked it Rachel. And 🎉💪 for finishing another #buddyread. 3y
rockpools @Lauredhel It‘s difficult to gush about without actually saying anything about it! But yes, do give it a go. 3y
rockpools @julesG You‘re really going to have to sort out the commission thing! 3y
TrishB Woohoo 🙌 another successful buddy read! 3y
Caroline2 I just finished too...I‘m still digesting tho! I liked it but not sure I loved it? I don‘t think I was in the right mood for all it‘s quirky weirdness. 🤔 3y
rockpools @TrishB 🎉🎉🎉 3y
rockpools @Caroline2 I‘m glad you liked it - but that‘s absolutely fair enough. It is seriously weird! 3y
squirrelbrain Another buddy read ticked off the list - are you sure you‘re feeling OK?! 🤣 Ooh and thanks for pointing out the musical instrument on the cover - I can tick that one off #booked2020 now! 😘 3y
Oryx It was my second successful buddy read ever too I think 😄. Glad you enjoyed, it was a brilliant world to spend time in. 3y
rockpools @squirrelbrain It is something musical, isn‘t it? And no, obviously brain-scrambled! It‘ll be fun if it lasts though😁 - I think I‘ve bust through the worst of my chunksterphobia as well. Yay! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 3y
squirrelbrain Yes,it‘s some kind of pan-pipey-bugley thing! I‘m calling it that anyway... 3y
rockpools @Oryx Ha! That‘s good to know - I usually bail or grind to a staggering halt with buddy reads. But it was such a fab choice of book. I may be about to start a mini tides-and-architecture obsession! 3y
BarbaraBB That sense of place will stay with me for some time to come. So good 🤍 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad to hear all the positive reviews. I‘ve been wondering if I‘d like this one! 3y
rockpools @BarbaraBB Exactly! I kind of wonder if there‘s a Raphael story on the cards, so we can spend more time there. 3y
rockpools @BarbaraTheBibliophage I think it‘s worth giving it a go, even if it‘s not your usual thing. Lots to think about, even if you don‘t‘like‘ it. 3y
Ruthiella I totally want more stories from this world! Are there maybe doorways leadings to other worlds? 🤨 3y
rockpools @Ruthiella Ooh, that‘s an idea! I‘d really like to know about the statues too - who/what/how??? Is P going to come across all of them, back in the other place? 3y
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My final #botm #bookmail arrived! 📚🥳

And I used my #booked2020 gift card win to get a book that fulfills a #booked2021 prompt (library in the title). Thank you @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage and @4thhouseontheleft 💖💖💖 Looking forward to this buzzy book!

Rocking RBG on my shelf forever! ✊ https://getarchd.com/collections/bookends/products/build-your-own-feminist-women...

(I only put the link because I get asked. No compensation.)

GinaKButler Our book club is reading The Midnight Library this month also! Excited after seeing all the great reviews! 4y
monalyisha I just bought this one today! It‘s my IRL book club‘s book for January — & a #NewYearWhoDis pick from @erinreads! 4y
Megabooks @GinaKButler me too! So many great reviews here. I hope your book club has a great discussion. 4y
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Megabooks @monalyisha very popular book club pick! And nice re: #newyearwhodis! I loved one I‘ve read and strongly liked another of my match‘s. It‘s so much fun that you do it each year. Thanks!!!! 4y
Cinfhen Yay!!! You choose WELL!!! I‘m thinking of getting the audio but I keep waiting for it to appear on #Scribd 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 my library has the ebook but not the audio, so I treated myself. 😊😊 thank you! 4y
Cinfhen 😍🥰😘 #TreatYoShelf (edited) 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen darn right, dear friend! 😘🥰 4y
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Hey all. I am still trying to get caught up from December. I finally have my challenges totaled. Not too bad. Didn‘t finish as many as normal but I came close. Here is the breakdown.

Goodreads goal
Story graph goal
#ReadwithMrBook @MrBook

Close but no cigar
#LitsyAtoZ children‘s 25/26 (damn you letter x) @BookishMarginalia @WanderingBookaneer
#LitsyAtoZGN 19/26 (harder than I thought it would be.

LibrarianRyan Read Harder 21/24 for more on this list than I thought I would 4y
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LibrarianRyan #booked2020 @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraBB 21/24. This one I‘m mad at. I was so close. And I had two of the missing books but both were chunckaters and I didn‘t get to them. 4y
LibrarianRyan Popsugar, 24/40, Pop Sugar Advances 7/10 4y
LibrarianRyan And lastly Beat the backlist 65/80 4y
BarbaraBB You did super well, especially considering the amount of challenges! I am not the host of #Booked2020 though, you mean @BarbaraTheBibliophage ! 4y
LibrarianRyan @BarbaraBB sorry about that bi did know it was the other Barbara. I must have hit the wrong name as I was typing. 4y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You still had a great year! 4y
BarbaraBB No problem at all of course 🤍 4y
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One Of Us Is Lying | Karen McManus
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4 1/2 🌟

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

#booked2020 #fall #charactersarefrenemies @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

#litsyatoz #abcedarian #letterK @BookishMarginalia (Kelleher for the surname)

#tbrdeckofcards #aceofspades @Clwojick - I haven't randomly selected the cards this month as I had a planned TBR, from February onwards it will be less organised hopefully!

Cinfhen Yay 😁 4y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4y
Clwojick Woohoo❤️🖤 4y
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1. Definitely, they allow me to focus and to try and get a bit of “Me Time”
2. I enjoyed #booked2020 and signed up this this years. #litsyA-Z was great fun especially trying to fill in the gaps!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday! 4y
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🎉🎉 What a fantastic #booked2020 year we just finished. We are so grateful to everyone who participated and cheered our readers on! 🥳🥳

🤩🤩. NOW ... what you‘ve been waiting for .... And the winner of the FALL season drawing and a $20 bookish gift card is ... @Megabooks ! Let‘s give her lots of applause and congrats! 👏🏻👏🏻

#fall2020 #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Cinfhen Woohoo @Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳🥳so excited by this win!!!! And thanks to EVERYONE who participated 😍 4y
samantharoberts Congratulations @Megabooks !! 🥳 4y
TrishB Congrats @Megabooks 🎉🎉 4y
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Megabooks Omg, what a great thing to wake up to!!! Thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft !! I am thrilled!! (edited) 4y
Megabooks @samanthagutt @TrishB thanks!! 👍🏻❤️ 4y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks You‘re welcome! Happy New Books Year! 4y
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage ☺️🥳🎉 I just emailed you. 4y
alisiakae Congrats @Megabooks !! 🎉🎉🥳 (edited) 4y
youneverarrived Yay!! @Megabooks 🥳🥳 4y
BarbaraBB Congratulations @Megabooks! Happy for you 💚 4y
squirrelbrain Yay! Well done @megabooks! 🎉🎉🎉 4y
TheNerdyProfessor Yay!! 🎉💕🤩 4y
Cathythoughts Well done 🥳 woooohoooo 4y
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft thanks!! You all run a great challenge!! It‘s so much fun each year.💜💜 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage 4y
Cinfhen And we love seeing what you all are reading!!!! @Megabooks 💜💜💜This was our third year... excited to start our 4th year 🎉🎉🎉🎉 (edited) 4y
mrp27 📚🎉📚🎉📚 4y
Simona Congrats @Megabooks ❣️ 4y
BookwormAHN Congratulations @Megabooks 👏🏻 4y
marleed Congrats @Megabooks! 4y
Ruthiella Congratulations @Megabooks !🥳 (edited) 4y
CoverToCoverGirl Congratulations @Megabooks 🎉🎉 4y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m excited to be reading for 2021!! Thanks! 💜💜💖 (edited) 4y
Megabooks @mrp27 @Simona @BookwormAHN @marleed @IndoorDame @Laughterhp @Ruthiella @CoverToCoverGirl thanks y‘all!! What an exciting way to start the year!! 👍🏻🎉🥳⭐️ 4y
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