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Daisey
Nada | Carmen Laforet
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Andrea comes to Barcelona to live with family while attending university. Once there, she learns things are not good in her family home and she makes few friends attending class. Yet, she perseveres through a difficult year to finally find her way. The mood of much of this book is dark, but the detail in creating that mood and the hope in the end made it a light pick.

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Daisey
The Drover's Wife | Leah Purcell
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There were a few aspects of the way this was written, terminology used by the characters that seemed odd for the time and the switching between perspectives, that sometimes distracted me from the experience of the story. However, the story itself of a woman raising her children on her own in the Australian bush and meeting an aboriginal man on the run was powerful. I was completely caught up in their stories and how those stories came together.

Daisey *I accessed this audiobook through the #Librofm Educator ALC program.

#audiobook #ReadingOceania2024 #Australia #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld
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Tamra I‘m anxious to read this! Have you seen the film? I haven‘t yet. 4w
Daisey @Tamra I haven‘t. I just happened to download it from Libro.fm and then realized it would be a great choice for an Australia book. I‘d like to say I‘ll look up the movie now, but I rarely actually get to a movie after reading the book. 4w
Tamra @Daisey I‘m always looking for a good film or show to watch for the treadmill. 😂 4w
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Daisey
Nada | Carmen Laforet
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I made a breakfast quesadilla this morning to have alongside a few pages of my new book. This is my pick for Spain this month.

#Spain #FoodAndLit #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #1001books #BookAndBreakfast

Tamra Perfect! 1mo
Daisey @Tamra It was a great way to start the day. 4w
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Daisey
Mister Pip | Lloyd Jones
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I liked this, but I think I either needed more context for the historical aspect than the few minutes of online reading I did or more love for Great Expectations to truly appreciate it.

#ReadingOceania2024 #PapuaNewGuinea #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #audiobook

BkClubCare Oh! One of my favorites 2mo
Librarybelle Good to know about the context and how helpful it would be to have some knowledge of Great Expectations! 2mo
Daisey @BkClubCare Do you love Great Expectations or Dickens in general? I feel like that would have made this more impactful for me. (edited) 2mo
BkClubCare @Daisey - not sure if I have truly read Great Expectations or just “know” the story, and I like Dickens well enough. Can‘t remember why I enjoyed this one so much but I did. Years ago 😊 2mo
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Daisey
Mister Pip | Lloyd Jones
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It was a beautiful evening, so I spent a bit of time in the hammock in the back yard with Gandalf and my current audiobook. Mr. Pip is set in Papua New Guinea and includes the only white man remaining on the island reading Great Expectations to students in the local school.

#audiobook #ReadingOceania2024 #PapuaNewGuinea #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #HammockReading

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
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Daisey
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This book is an interesting mix of an older parent trying to find new happiness in the face of loss, family dynamics, immigration (to England), and Ukrainian history. It‘s definitely got some dark humor while also delving into realistic family issues. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

#1001books #Ukraine #ReadAroundTheWorld #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld

quietlycuriouskate Fabulous book! 5mo
BarbaraBB What a great edition you have! I enjoyed this one too 5mo
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Daisey
His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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This afternoon I made spicy jollof rice with chicken while I listened to the end of this audiobook. I had sympathy for most of the women at some point during the story. I could believe in the beginning that Afi was naive enough to think her situation would change, and in the later part, I appreciated her determination to not just go along with the family‘s expectations. This was absolutely a different cultural experience for me to read about.

Texreader That dish sounds good. Ghana is definitely a different world. 5mo
Daisey @Texreader I had a hard time finding a recipe for Ghana with easily accessible ingredients that also sounded like something I would like, but this turned out great. 5mo
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Catsandbooks Looks great! 🇬🇭 Also I like your potholder! 🐓 5mo
ChasingOm This was my choice to read as well! 5mo
mabell That sounds like a perfect winter dish! 5mo
Bookwormjillk I just started this book today. 5mo
Daisey @ChasingOm @Bookwormjillk I‘ll look forward to seeing your reviews. 😃 5mo
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Daisey
His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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Luthien and I took a longer walk again today and I started listening to this audiobook. I‘m intrigued so far, but can‘t say I‘m optimistic about how the story is going to go for the main character.

#FoodAndLit #ReadTheWorld #ReadingTheWorld #Ghana #audiobook #audiowalk

Ruthiella I liked this book a lot. I definitely now want to read her second novel 5mo
Daisey @Ruthiella I enjoyed it and will definitely keep the other one in mind as well. 5mo
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Daisey
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Although I still have some reading to do this week, I think I‘ve finished all I‘m going to fit in for #ReadingTheAmericas2023. I completed at least 15 books and experienced more countries through them. 7 of these books are also on the #1001books list. This challenge was a great way to continue to broaden my reading, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

#ReadingTheWorld #ReadTheWorld #2023Stats

BarbaraBB Wow, well done and such a great graphic! 6mo
Librarybelle Awesome! Thanks so much for joining us this year! 6mo
Daisey @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Thank you both so much for hosting these. They‘ve been a fun and interesting way to add more variety to my reading! 6mo
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Daisey
Faceless Killers | Henning Mankell
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I spent a good part of today listening to this murder mystery set in Sweden while working around the house. It‘s the first book of the Wallander series and I can see myself picking up another sometime, although I know I will never make my way through all of them. It is a great winter listen if you want something bleakly realistic rather than cozy.

#audiobook #NordicNoir #1001books #FoodAndLit #Sweden #ReadingTheWorld #ReadTheWorld #translated