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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie

January hours = 272.75
Books Read = 34
Total pages Read = 9,545
DNF = 1

❤️📖❤️📚❤️

Gissy Whaaaatttt? 34 books??🤩The Queen of Books 👸🏼 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 5mo
TheSpineView @Gissy Thanks! 5mo
dabbe WOW! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
Deblovestoread Fantastic month! 🎉 5mo
bthegood 🎉 🎉 5mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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Last book read in January. Magical realism is not at all my thing🤷🏽‍♀️But I wanted to read this book because I heard amazing things about this author writing style and comments were correct. Besides the magical realism there are so many other things happening in this story beautifully written: about love, friendship, second chances for Mabel and Jack, family dynamics full with love and respect, love to nature, parenting relations.⬇️

Gissy (Cont.) the story has even humor with that Esther, what a funny, optimistic, strong character. I just love it 4.5/5⭐️ I will say that this is my best book read during this month, the last book I read this month. Thank you @Tpixie I received this book in a difficult time, after Hurricane Maria and @tpixie package was so meaningful to me at that moment. I didn‘t have electricity at that time. A touch of happiness and love after the tempest🥰 5mo
DieAReader 🥳Great 5mo
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tpixie @Gissy oh! I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! ⛄️ Thanks for tagging me. It‘s a book that both of my sisters had recommended I read, and I thought it was so sweet. 💖 Hurricane Maria was indeed a tough time 🩷🌺 🩷 5mo
Gissy #BookSpinBingo #20 (because I wanted to read it) @TheAromaOfBooks
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2025 @DieAReader @Andrew65 @Ghabi4Roses
#WickedWords winter @AsYouWish I like your Litsy name ❤️👌
Photo Challenge=Reading Challenge to me for those unread books posted #NewYearNewBooks Day 22 #TitleBegins with S @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Gissy @tpixie It was a tough time. About this author, now I want to read The Bright Edge of the World. It was recommended by a YouTuber I follow @BrittaBohler 5mo
tpixie @Gissy oh! I‘ll have to try to read it!! 5mo
AllDebooks I loved this book x 5mo
Gissy @AllDebooks Beautiful ❤️ 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 5mo
AsYouWish Awww…. Thanks!!!!💙💙💙💙 5mo
SamAnne I‘m not a magical realism fan either. But I did love this book and even more, her On the Bright Edge of the World, because of the real world history it is anchored in. (edited) 5mo
Gissy @SamAnne I‘m going to buy that one. You are the second person that recommends that book. Excited to read it 🤗 5mo
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I liked the idea of this story, should I say a retelling? A female Sherlock Holmes. I didn‘t know what to expect of this book before I read it. But the was in love with the cover😍it ends that I liked the mystery, the characters the plot. That person was terrible, can‘t say without spoiler the book🤐What I say is I have already book #2👌
Great choice @Staycurious #Pemberlittens #JaneAdjacent 3/3.5⭐️

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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Story is around the pandemic time so I had my flashbacks😳The story goes back and forth during these 56 days without a chronological order and from different perspectives. I liked that. A body is found in one apartment. It seems that the victim was someone who‘s identity was protected. Then the story goes back and forth knowing the characters, circumstances with many twists until we know what really happened. The end? It‘s a little bit open⬇️

Gissy I liked the agents as characters, Lee and Karl, they gave some humor to the story. I didn‘t see that final twist coming, I thought it was other thing. Took me by surprise. But due to that ending and some other parts I gave it 3/3.5 ⭐️ 5mo
Gissy January 2024 #BookSpinBingo #11 (Readathon) #DoubleSpin
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#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Andrew65 @Ghabi4Roses
#Sharreadathon book #4 and last book read during this Readathon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#52BookClub24 #10 (told in a not chronological order)
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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First time I read a book by this author, can you believe it?😳I have this book since 2018 thinking that I would not like it...but...
This book is intense and has the trigger of domestic violence. It is very explicit in the physical and psychological abuse. I will say this part was clinically well described. Also it was symptoms related with PTSD were well described.

Ernt and Cora married very young, Cora was 15 or 16 and Ernt was 25.⬇️

Gissy Cora hast not siblings and her parents didn‘t approve her marriage with Ernt. Cora said that Ernt changed after he came from the Vietnam War where he was captured and tortured. Cora asked him not to d listed. Since Ernt return, he cannot maintain a job, drink too much and has mood outburst. He maintains his family isolated. He inherited a home in Alaska and decided to move there with Cora and their 13 year old daughter Leni. ⬇️ 5mo
Gissy (Cont.) Living in Alaska turned Ernt into an abusive husband but also in Alaska Cora and Leni found good supportive friends. The story goes narrating what Cora and Leni lived with Ernt abusive behavior. Then something happens that the lives of Cora and Leni changed. Not much to say after this without spoiling the story.
I will say that it was hard to read in these parts and I felt frustrated with Cora decision even when I know...⬇️
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Gissy (Cont.)...her behavior is part of that abusive relationship cycle. The co-dependent relationship between these characters is so dysfunctional. In real life, is worst. I didn‘t like one part at the end which I think was unrealistic. The end? Well I will like to think that there will be hope in this type of relations. But how realistic was the end? I don‘t know. 3.8/4⭐️ 5mo
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Gissy January 2024 #BookSpinBingo #6 (book from subscription)#BookSpin @TheAromaOfBooks
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieARiver @Andrew65 @Ghabi4Roses
#Sharreadathon book 3 in this Readathon book was in Sharron pick list @Aleaysbeenaloverofbooks
#52BookClub24 #37 palindrome in the cover (Hannah)
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Gissy Useless gifts from Once Upon a Book 🤷🏽‍♀️ 5mo
Gissy Monthly Photo challenge prompts- will be for me like a reading challenge too. I will see how many unread books posted in these prompts I will read at the end of the year. This book was an unread book posted in#NewYearNewBooks photo challenge Day 4 prompt #HighwayCvr @Eggs @Alwaysbeenabooklover (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
Eggs I‘ve read lots of Hannah - really love her books. Great choice 👌🏼 5mo
BarbaraBB I still haven‘t read this author! 5mo
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Oscura es la noche | Raquel Brune
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Free translation: Dark is the Night
This story is two time line: in the present 2020, Sandra, a famous singer in a band, wants to take sometime for herself after her divorce with Olivia. Her manger found her a place in the peninsule coast. She goes by incognito, to this hotel called Hotel Paris. There, Sandra feels strange sensations, eerie atmosphere and hears a song. She decides to follow the song, to see where it comes from⬇️

Gissy She will found that there is a mystery attached to the hotel, the song and the village. There is also some tension in the village due to the presence of these wolves. During this process to explore the hotel, where the song comes from and her visits to the village, she will meet two journalist and a friend came to visit her. Then this friend disappeared. Everything is connected. During those actions we go back and forth to the 1920s. ⬇️ 5mo
Gissy She will found that there is a mystery attached to the hotel, the song and the village. There is also some tension in the village due to the presence of these wolves. During this process to explore the hotel, where the song comes from and her visits to the village, she will meet two journalist and a friend came to visit her. Then this friend disappeared. Everything is connected. During those actions we go back and forth to the 1920s. ⬇️ 5mo
Gissy (Cont.) In those parts during the 1920‘s we will know Candela and her secret. What happened to her? Her relation with the hotel, the village, the song and why all their is connected with Sandra. This is a paranormal/mystery with a touch of thriller. It is a long novel (600 pages) so many things happen. Let‘s say that is not a great novel because there were part of this paranormal element that I found absurd, but kept my attention.⬇️ 5mo
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Gissy I liked more those past parts than the present; and there were characters in the present time that I enjoyed more than the main character🤷🏽‍♀️If you see the cover, you will see a clue.

First time I read a novel by this author. 3.5/3.8⭐️
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DieAReader 🥳Great 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Northanger Abby | Jane Austen
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These are my two English editions. Do I need more editions? Of course I NEED more beautiful editions😂The gorgeous hardback😍was from @mabel during a Jane Austen swap. The print came as part of the decoration but I saved it. I think the mug was also from @mabel

Another Jane Austen novel that I enjoyed. Both editions have an introduction that helps to understand the historical events surrounding the novel topic, I liked the characters and plot⬇️

Gissy (Cont.)...that was like a soap opera with terrible characters like Isabella, a villain, a gothic mystery, impossible love because of stupid social/financial status, etc. and happy love story. Isabella...John...those characters. I don‘t want a friend like Isabella never ever. 3.8/4 ⭐️ 5mo
Gissy January 2024 #BookSpinBingo #3 #AuthorAMonth (I read only 2 books by this Jane Austen) @TheAromaOfBooks @Soubhiville
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Andrew65 @Ghabi4Roses
#JoyousJanuary #Readathon last book #5 read during this Readathon @Andrew65
#Sharreadathon first book completed during this Readathon @Alwaysbeenabooklover
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DieAReader 🥳Great 5mo
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TheAromaofBooks So hard to choose which pretty Austen editions to collect!!!! 5mo
Gissy @TheAromaofBooks That is true! 5mo
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
mabell I love this! ❤️❤️❤️ I‘m so glad you enjoyed the story! I‘m going to have to look at the introductions - I‘m curious about what they say! It is like a soap opera a little bit 😂 5mo
Gissy @mabell That Isabella was terrible and John??? Manipulative little man. Did you see @LeahBerg post about the book The Novels of Georgette Heyer: A Celebration by Jennifer Kloester. I immediately thought in you and @Chrissyreadit because you both have posted books by this author. That book is like a reference book about author‘s novels. It has high ratings in GR. I have the series Inspectors Hannasyde and Hemingway by this author. I need to read it (edited) 5mo
Gissy @mabell I think I will check that book that @LeahBerg recommended 5mo
mabell They were terrible! Yet you could picture them so well! I did see that book that Leah mentioned! It sounds really good! But I tend to avoid background type books to avoid spoiling the magic 😆 5mo
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Different reaction as an adult but full of good nostalgic memories. I liked these covers. So good to start from book 1 to remember how everything started. As I say, it was viewed from another perspective. Now I think how a middle age child will think about Nancy, who is 18 years old? Have you try these books with younger persons? Do they still read these stories in a world full of technology? Have you recommended these books to your children? ⬇️

Gissy I enjoyed the mystery and of course love Nancy as a female detective. She is 18 years old but in sometimes behave younger. So lovely the relationship she has with her father3.5⭐️

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DieAReader 🥳Great! 5mo
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forestandcrow I forgot about this book! I read alot of nancy drew in elementary 5mo
Librarybelle Hooray!! 5mo
Gissy @forestandcrow Maybe you will like to participate in the this long Readathon and read your favorite in the series 🤗 5mo
MommyOfTwo I don‘t think I‘ve ever read any but my son came up with a good title for one. Nancy Drew and the Runaway Shoe. We laughed so hard for some reason 🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 5mo
Gissy @MommyOfTwo That‘s good to know. You are a reader and is amazing what are you doing with your son..teaching him the love for books ❤️ 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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Lady Susan | Jane Austen
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I have these two editions one in English and one in Spanish. Do I need other editions? Nope. Am I going to buy other editions? Yes! Obviously😂I know I will re-read these books. I don‘t have time for re-reads but I will make a space...before I die😳🤣
I enjoy all these gossips about Susan. It was like been active in social media but through letters😂Scandals, discrimination, gossips, famous characters due to their lifestyles.⬇️

Gissy (Cont.)...In few pages you have a picture of the era,,you will know about character social status, social lifestyle etc. Amazing how the author summarized everything in few pages... writing about these topics as a woman at that time. There is always the question of with whom you will like to have a dinner, dead or alive. Austen will be in that list👌even though I didn‘t like Emma and it has been difficult to finish Pride and Prejudice😳🤷🏽‍♀️⬇️ 5mo
Gissy 3.5/3.8⭐️I enjoyed this one. I think there is a movie or tv adaptation?

January 2024 #BookSpinBingo #2 #AuthorAMonth
@TheAromaOfBooks @Soubhiville
#JumpStart2024 @Lizpixie
#ReadAway2024 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses @Andrew65
#JoyousJanuary #Readathon book 3 during this Readathon @Andrew65
#52BookClub2024 #7 At least 4 POV
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Chrissyreadit Hi my sweet friend- I‘m getting anxious- did your traveling stars package ever arrive? it was supposed to be there tuesday. 5mo
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DieAReader 🥳Great 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 5mo
Gissy @Chrissyreadit Hi! I picked it up yesterday because it was left in another place. They called me (from my complex to pick up the package) and I was going to post the photo today as soon as I finish with these late reviews.The box looks like it went through a war😂 but everything was safe. I hope everything is in there because the box also arrived open in various places. I don‘t know what happened during that delivery😳Mine should arrive next week. (edited) 5mo
Chrissyreadit oh no!!!! ok fingers crossed 5mo
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