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Jari-chan
Skios | Michael Frayn
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Panpan

I didn't expect this book to be funny or good, I just needed a book from our library set in Greece. Since the one I wanted wasn't around I chose this one. Well, I should've waited for the other one, because reading this was pretty much a waste of time. If the characters would take time and talk to each other like the grown-ups most of them should be all this mess wouldn't have happened.

Vivlio_Gnosi Thanks for the informative and cautionary review! 3d
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Inkblotsandcoffeestains
Hanukkah Bear | Eric A. Kimmel
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Clwojick 181 pt 2w
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4thhouseontheleft
Hanukkah Bear | Eric A. Kimmel
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#WinterGames #HolidayReads #TheFilthyAnimals #HolidayTraditions

Be prepared for an onslaught of Hanukkah book reviews this morning.

When I saw Chanukah Guest at the library, I didn‘t realize it is the original version of the Hanukkah Bear story we have been reading every year since Maya was little. Hanukkah Bear has newer illustrations, but a revisited, shorter text. They‘re both great in their own way!

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4thhouseontheleft
Hanukkah Bear | Eric A. Kimmel
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#WinterReadsBingo update, I almost have a diagonal Bingo! I'll have to pull out one of our Chanukah books later today to get my first bingo. Probably the one tagged, but we'll see.

Being able to read one book for multiple prompts has really helped. 😃

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading way to go!! 1pt❄ 1mo
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Kaylasarka
Egg and Spoon | Gregory Maguire

“We cant leave just like that. Cat was appalled. Where can we find you if we need you again?”

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Kaylasarka
Egg & Spoon | Gregory Maguire

I love how they talk about their being an after life after death. Because that‘s something I really believe in

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Kaylasarka
Egg and Spoon | Gregory Maguire
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Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire was amazing. If I had more time i‘d read the whole book but for now I read chapter one. It is about how heaven is real and all of humanitys greatest geniuses are up in heaven spending their eternity‘s in creative collaborations. And whispering to us on earth for enjoyment. This is an amazing read and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

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RachelO
No Place of Refuge | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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When a Canadian NGO worker goes missing, suspected of murder, from a refugee camp on Lesvos, Community Policing detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty are sent to investigate, and avert a diplomatic incident.

Thanks to NetGalley for the ARC - I‘d been looking forward to reading these books, and will be going back to read the others in the series. 👇

RachelO The murder mystery is really secondary to the plight of the refugees - we learn of the horrors they were facing in Syria, and the organised crime taking advantage of the most vulnerable as they try to flee. Khan is a former human rights lawyer, and her research cuts through the story without ever feeling forced. 4mo
RachelO Where the book falls down for me is in the personal relationships between the Canadian characters, which I didn‘t always believe, either logistically or emotionally, and found a little off-putting. I have come in at the 4th in the series, which no doubt contributed to the problem. 4mo
TrishB I‘ve just finished number 2 and am really enjoying the series!! I couldn‘t start at number 4 😱 4mo
RachelO @TrishB 🤣🤣🤣 Yes but I‘m so slow, I‘d never get anywhere if I started at the beginning! The story was fine as a standalone, but I do wonder if I‘d have found the relationships less eye-roll-y if I‘d started at number 1. Were any eyes rolled during books 1&2 for you? 4mo
TrishB I think the Esa/Rachel relationship may be worthy of the occasional eye roll! 4mo
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RachelO
No Place of Refuge | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Still working my way (very slowly) through this ARC. So far it‘s taken us #AllAroundTheWorld from Canada, to Greece, Turkey, France & the Netherlands in the search for Audrey, a missing Canadian charity worker based on the Greek islands. Meanwhile Syrian refugee Ali is still looking for his ‘baby‘, girlfriend Israa, who was separated from him in the chaos of the journey to Greece.

#redroseseptember

arlenefinnigan This sounds excellent, and heartbreaking. 4mo
RachelO @arlenefinnigan The storyline‘s excellent, and the details just keep kicking you. I think the author has a background in human rights/immigration law. But the relationships... 🙄! Not sure if I‘d be more convinced if I‘d started with book 1 in the series... 4mo
Cinfhen Oh, this is part of a series???? It sounds really good 4mo
RachelO @Cinfhen Yes, I think I‘ll read the others one day. In order! (Beware US/UK title changes though.) Think this is the first : 4mo
Cinfhen I‘ve actually heard REALLY WONDERFUL things about this series 😊 4mo
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MallenNC
A Dangerous Crossing | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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These are all set in #Syria or are about Syrian refugees. The tagged book is fiction but the others are nonfiction. #LetsTravelAugust

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇸🇾 5mo
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