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Reading in the tagged book about Hugo Chavez‘s disastrous years as dictator, it‘s true the more things change the more they stay the same. And having read many books last year for #readingtheAmericas and the USA‘s historical support of South and Latin American dictators 😡, I finally understand and support reviving these sanctions.

I feel a little more knowledgeable thanks to Litsy!


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This recent history of Venezuela once again made me realize how little I know about what‘s going on in the world. Thank goodness for books and reading challenges. #FoodAndLit @Catsandbooks @Texreader Still #ReadingTheAmericas @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB You‘re so right. About Venezuela and about books. I love that you‘re still reading The Americas 🙌🏽 (edited) 2mo
Librarybelle So true!!! 2mo
Catsandbooks Fantastic! 🇻🇪 2mo
Roary47 Yay! This is on my list I‘m glad to see you liked it. 🥰💛 2mo
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The Feast of the Goat: A Novel | Mario Vargas Llosa
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I didn‘t get close to finishing #readingtheamericas2023, but I want to continue it, so I‘ll be #readingtheamericas in 2024 as well. I‘ll be using the books in the Around the World in 80 Books challenge on Goodreads as well. Anyone else still #readingtheamericas in 2024? @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle thanks for hosting and have a good time #readingoceania2024!

Librarybelle Sounds like a great plan! 5mo
BarbaraBB I am sure you‘re not the only one! 5mo
Susanita We watched the movie at my old office. It was…awkward. 5mo
Sace Almost 5 months in to 2024 and I‘m just discovering readingtheamericas. 😂 going forward I‘m going to try to add that theme to my reading life. I‘ve got so many books on my shelves that would fit. 2mo
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2023 was an excellent year. I finished the challenges I set out to finish. I read lots more than just books for challenges, such as several books about the history of Italy for my epic trip there and at least one chunkster, Papillon

Thanks to some overlap here are the totals:
#LitsyAtoZ 118
#Foodandlit 20 for 12 countries
#AuthoraMonth 13 for 12 authors
#ReadingtheAmericas at least 50 for 50 countries
#SeriesLove2023 17

Thanks to all the hosts!

Librarybelle Excellent!!! 5mo
Gissy Congratulations📚📚📚🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏 5mo
Texreader @Gissy @Librarybelle Thanks very much y‘all! Compared to a lot of folks on Litsy, it‘s a pretty low number and I‘ve learned to accept that. I get the total every year but it‘s not my goal. I absolutely love the challenges. 5mo
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TheBookgeekFrau Congratulations 🎊🎊 5mo
Texreader @TheBookgeekFrau Thank you! So much fun to get those challenges knocked out and to find such great books (and a few duds) doing them! 5mo
Catsandbooks That's amazing!! 👏🏼👏🏼💖 5mo
Amiable Thanks for the tag but I didn‘t host any of these challenges! 😬 5mo
TheSpineView Well done!📚📚📚 5mo
Andrew65 That;s brilliant and well done on finishing #ReadingTheAmericas2023, I‘ve still got a few countries, and especially the small islands, to mop up. 5mo
Texreader @Amiable I ran out of space but I did do a chunkster. Isn‘t that your challenge? 5mo
Amiable @Texreader Yes! I was thinking that I thought you‘d done a chunkster but I couldn‘t remember which one(s) — I still have PTSD from “Clarissa,” I think. The brain is slow. 😄 5mo
Gissy @Texreader Every year is different and sometimes, there books that take time to read them because of the length of the book or because the topic. There are month were we are just busy🤷🏽‍♀️But keep trying to read. You did it fantastic. If you say to any person that you read 118 books in a year, they will be surprised. That is a lot, even 50, 20 books is an amazing amount, with work, family and daily duties, it‘s fabulou. 5mo
Texreader @Gissy thanks! You are so right. Numbers fluctuate for so many reasons. When I first joined litsy years ago I felt so inadequate when I‘d see other folks‘ numbers (my numbers were much much lower). I‘ve definitely upped my game but it‘s still so inconsistent. So I‘ve learned not to let them bother me. 5mo
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Wintergames | Litsy Litsy
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#USS #WinterGames

Hi, Ugly Sweaters and all @WinterGames Participants:
I will try to post a Readathon bulletin every day in the hopes that it will help you and me keep track of all of these wonderful reading events. I fit them all on one board, so all you have to do is look at this board as your first step to see which readathons you participated in for that day.

Shoutouts and thank-yous to all of the wonderful Litsy hosts is below. 🩵❄️🩵

Clwojick Hey guys! @dabbe is FAR more organized than I am when it comes to the daily events, so check back on her profile frequently if you‘d like to refer to her event lists. ❤️ #TeamEvergreen 🌲 @TEArificbooks @Larkken @LizPixie @Jadams1776 @vonnie862 @PathfinderNicole @skygoddess1 @AsYouWish🎄 7mo
dabbe @Clwojick I couldn't have done ANY of this without you, @StayCurious and all of our other lovely leaders/hosts/creators! 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
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Andrew65 Thanks for this. There is also a bingo board for #Rushathon for anyone interested. 7mo
Julsmarshall Tagging team #restinggrinchface on this amazing post from @dabbe which beautifully tracks all the various #readathons and points. Check in with her often to refer to her amazing lists! @Airykah13 @AmandaBlaze @Coueriamb @tdrosebud @Bookworm54 @katiekat311 @Sarahreadstoomuch 7mo
LiseWorks I absolutely needed this. You are amazing for thinking of this. 7mo
Bookwormjillk #GangstaWrappers if you‘re not already following the lovely @dabbe you should! Look at what she put together for the readathons! @Pigpen_Reads @Jerdencon @JessieKB @bthegood @Traci1 @MidnightBookGirl @fandom_hellspawn99 @Alora 7mo
Traci1 This is fantastic. Thanks! 7mo
Texreader ❤️💚❤️💚 7mo
AnnR Awesome! Thanks so much! 😍🎄👍 7mo
JenReadsAlot You are amazing!! 7mo
Texreader Another note: if you‘re doing other challenges like I do, like #foodandlit #authoramonth and #readingtheamericas if the books fit the challenge then those should count as well!! @Emilymdxn 7mo
Jadams89 Awesome! I also have A Very Merry Bingo that runs all month. #AVMB23 7mo
AnnR @dabbe, I hope you don't mind me adding this info... Since I was confused about readathon participation criteria, I posted a question yesterday on my homepage. A lot of very helpful hosts gave specific answers for their individual readathon(s) requirements. You can check it out here:
If you cannot see the post, please send me a friend request as my profile setting is set to private.
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Thanks so much for this @dabbe !!! 7mo
Deblovestoread This is such a huge help! Thank you, thank you. 💚❤️💚 7mo
tdrosebud This is such a help! Thank you @dabbe 7mo
dabbe @Andrew65 I'll add that to tomorrow's post! Thanks! 🤩
dabbe @Julsmarshall 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @LiseWorks 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Bookwormjillk 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Traci1 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Texreader 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @AnnR 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @JenReadsAlot 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
Andrew65 @dabbe Thanks 😍 7mo
dabbe @AnnR Of course I don't mind! Whatever helps all of us, right? Thanks for posting! I might try to somehow include all of this info for the new post tomorrow. Unless it drives me bonkers! 🤪 7mo
dabbe @peanutnine 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @TheAromaofBooks 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Deblovestoread 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @tdrosebud 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @PuddleJumper 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
julieclair @dabbe You are my hero! Thanks for this! 7mo
Larkken Wow! This is incredible! 7mo
Alora Thank you so much!!! 7mo
Lin3han You are such a queen for thiz 7mo
Cupcake12 Thank you x 7mo
OriginalCyn620 @dabbe You are a rock star! Thank you so much! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😊 7mo
DieAReader Fantastic! Thanks so much❤️‍🔥📚🤓 7mo
dabbe @StayCurious 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @julieclair 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Larkken 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Alora 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Lin3han 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Catsandbooks 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Cupcake12 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @OriginalCyn620 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @DieAReader 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
Julsmarshall Hey Team #Restinggrinchface check out the lovely @dabbe 's wonderful board of readathons happening each day! @Airykah13 @AmandaBlaze @Coueriamb @tdrosebud @Sarahreadstoomuch @katiekat311 7mo
Airykah13 @Julsmarshall ooh thanks! I‘d missed some of these! 7mo
dabbe @Andrew65 You bet! 🤩 7mo
dabbe @Julsmarshall 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
dabbe @Airykah13 🩵❄️🩵 7mo
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Hunter of Stories | Eduardo Galeano
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This is a book of stories, no doubt, but the vast majority are a minute or shorter! Less than a handful are 3 or fewer minutes. It could be hard to grasp some of it since they are so short and I listened to it rather than read it. But some “stories” were so profound, I‘m going to have to find the IRL book. The author was from #Uruguay but he shared morsels from all over the world: quotes, news, history, thoughts. But I did love his references ⬇️

Texreader to his love of soccer (football) and the team from Uruguay that won the World Cup in 1950. The storyteller went from thoughtful and sedate to leaping out of the speakers with delight talking about soccer. While a few things I didn‘t like, including his reverence for some politics, I found this book so rewarding. A completely unexpected and delightful choice for #readingtheAmericas. @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB 7mo
Librarybelle Sounds very interesting! 7mo
Aimeesue I always mean to read more Galeano. I read Children of the Days and really loved it. Such a different style. He says so much with so few words. 7mo
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Shakerism attracted the poorest of the poor in #SaintVincentandtheGrenadines, mostly descendants of slaves, who couldn‘t afford the “fees” to belong to the established religions. Shakers worshipped God with their whole bodies, shouting and (heaven forbid, apparently) jumping, which those opposed attributed to barbaric African culture. After decades of oppression, a law was passed in 1912 prohibiting it. Then came decades to try to repeal it. ⬇️

Texreader This book (yes, the cover has no title) describes the many attempts to repeal the law and the arguments by those opposed. It is extraordinarily well-researched, cited, and well-written. It‘s very legalese, but since I‘m an attorney used to it, I found it comfortable reading for the subject matter, although sometimes tedious. The subtle points are made brilliantly though—the importance of freedom of religion and how easily it can be taken away. ⬇️ 7mo
Texreader And how difficult it can be to get that freedom back. I‘m so glad I chose to read this book simply by its unusual title and the fact the islands were in the #readingtheAmericas challenge. @librarybelle @BarbaraBB 7mo
Librarybelle Fascinating! 7mo
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Yesterday and today I finished the last two books of the #readingtheAmericas challenge hosted by @Librarybelle and @BarbaraBB that I‘ll review separately. For every year I‘ve participated in their continent challenges I feel I have gained so much as a person learning about our world. This year‘s challenge hit close to home, since it is home. Thank you ladies for hosting these amazing challenges

And now…gearing up for #wintergames!! @Emilymdxn

BarbaraBB Thank you for participating and taking the challenge to another level! Looking forward to #ReadingOceania24! 7mo
Librarybelle Thank you so much for participating! I love reading your posts about the books! 7mo
Texreader @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Thanks y‘all! I‘ve loved doing these challenges. 7mo
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Texreader @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB I‘ve finally got the StoryGraph app so I can more easily track my challenges. Was this year‘s challenge on the app? If so, would you mind sending me the link? 7mo
Texreader @Librarybelle Thank you! It may take me all night to get the books entered! 😄 7mo
BarbaraBB It‘ll be fun to scroll through it again and see all the books you read 7mo
Texreader @BarbaraBB I see that! I‘m about halfway done and it‘s 1:20 am. So I‘m calling it a night. But I anticipate spending a lot of time catching up with entering all my other challenges! 7mo
Librarybelle 😁 7mo
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This lasted for more than 50 years despite numerous efforts to repeal the law. It was finally repealed in 1965!

Finishing this book on Thanksgiving helps me to realize what more I have to be grateful for, at least for now. May our constitutional rights be protected from insidious invasion

#SaintVincentandtheGrenadines #readingtheAmericas @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

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This book is such a testament to freedom of religion. Imagine this, after decades of repression

#SaintVincentandtheGrenadines #readingtheAmericas @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB