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Bookzombie
All the Pretty Horses | Cormac McCarthy
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My husband has a list of books he is always nudging me to pick up so he was pleased that I finally got to this one. I saw the movie years ago, but I was completely sucked into the story and loved it. #Bookspin #husbandslist

Also, the start of a trilogy so now #SeriesLove2023 as I want to read the other two books as well.

Reggie Awww Penelope Cruz was in the movie. 57m
Bookzombie @Reggie Yes. We are going to rewatch it soon. It‘s one of the better book to movie adaptations. now
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jlowery999
American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins

"She'd reached an age where she expected each day to be the unveiling of some quiet new sorrow, and where she simultaneously believed there was nothing left in life that could truly surprise her."

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Pinta
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Novella in episodes. Coming of age, impossible love, memories of Mexico, resisting nostalgia, class conflict, cultural change, influx of American products, city in transformation. P33 “I looked down Avenida Álvaro Obregón and said to myself: I‘m going to hold onto my memory of this moment because everything that now exists will never be the same again.” P70 “So ancient, so remote, such an impossible story.” 1963, trans. Katherine Silver 2021

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Texreader
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Wood walks Central America with a Mexican friend he made when he lived in Merida, #Mexico. Not as rigorous as his walking the Nile, except for their passage through the Darien Gap, an impenetrable jungle that has stopped most explorers. It was quite the struggle, but oddly took up little space in the book. What was unique to this adventure was Wood's encounters with internationals trekking to enter the US illegally and gang-plagued countries ⬇

Texreader and especially when he had to employ a priest to walk him through a city who ensured his safety with the priest's contacts with the heads of the gangs. The walk occurred during the Trump/Clinton election, and those trekking north had some pretty potent opinions about Trump. This was an excellent book, but it felt much more biographical than his Nile book, and it was almost 1/3 into it before he actually got going on the walk. ⬇ (edited) 2d
Texreader That's why this wasn't a five star read. I was disappointed in the narrator. His pronunciation of Spanish words was cringeworthy. I found it odd since the author, although British, had lived in Mexico, and trained in Belize when he was in the military. I would have thought the author would vet the narrator! So, skip the audio.

#readingtheAmericas, #Mexico, #Belize, #Guatemala, #Honduras, #ElSalvador, #Nicaragua, #CostaRica, #Panama, #Colombia
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shortsarahrose It‘s probably the publisher rather than the author that picks the audio narrator. Still, they could‘ve made sure the narrator could pronounce Spanish! 2d
BarbaraBB I agree about the Spanish but one small thing in favour of the author: in Belize they do speak English, not Spanish 2d
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Andrew65
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Finished my first book for February, with much of it read in Jan. #SeriesLove2023
This book took in #Mexico for #ReadingtheAmericas2023 @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB
Loved how this brought in a whole range of characters from the series and Blake Crouch‘s books too. Quite tense in places and very sad in places. Not sure I can forgive Konrath for one outcome 😢😭
Going to take a short rest from this series now, read 8 this year.

Librarybelle I need to read this series! 4d
Andrew65 @Librarybelle They are great fun and have read the first 11 since October. 3d
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Kshakal
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#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

1. Patience… being a teacher requires it!
2. Pumpkin and Winnie… I could watch them play all day!
3. Scrolling through Pinterest (not good I know, but I do it so mindlessly)!

@KateReadsYA @Mommamanzi

Eggs When Pinterest was new, I created so many boards that I just enjoy visiting all that I‘ve saved. Thanks for playing 🥰 4d
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TheBookHippie
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Diana in the snow....... 💚

IndoorDame Lovely! 4d
Larkken I have similar pics from December of st Francis in the snow, but he looks considerably less sanguine about it 😆 4d
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Meshell1313
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Most of my most anticipated books of 2023 come out in February! I mean these are the sequels I‘ve been waiting for! I started the #clunkster that is Chain of Thorns which came out yesterday but February is looking pretty brilliant. #serieslove2023

KateReadsYA Yesss stardust in their veins 💜 4d
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Texreader
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I have identified all the countries the author walks through to count them for #readingtheAmericas and here they are:

#Mexico, #Belize, #Guatemala, #Honduras, #ElSalvador, #CostaRica, #Panama, #Colombia

Three hours to go I‘m this audiobook

Librarybelle 😁 6d
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KathyWheeler
The Black Ice | Michael Connelly
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This is the second book in the Bosch series. I like Harry better in the later books. In those, his moral code is more fleshed out. In these earlier ones, he‘s pretty much a lone wolf cop who thinks he‘s the only one in the department with a sense of justice. I still like him and the stories — this one took a twist near the end that I hadn‘t remembered. Up next as our road trip book is the 3rd one, The Concrete Blonde.