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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#blackhistorymonth recommendations
Each year throughout February I recommend a book a day for Black History Month

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A nonfiction book about Hughes travels. This book is amazing. He speaks about traveling with no money, about the friends he makes a long the way, and the challenges he faces. He also speaks about race and how he is treated differently in different countries. All while writing in his lyrical, poetic, gorgeous style.

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Zoes_Human
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That this statement is from a one star review of Kobuk Valley National Park absolutely confuses me, because that sounds very appealing.

ozma.of.oz Yup! Like, that sounds good to me! ❤️ 48m
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Zoes_Human
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I was a little worried that I might‘ve heard most of the complaints in the Alaska section of “Subpar Parks” but this one is new to me. I guess that‘s one way to describe Denali National Park 🤣🤣😂

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rockpools
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I loved loved loved this book.

A series of essays stemming from the North Sea coast of Denmark, where the author explores the environment, home, history, belonging, the city, art, the sea, the seafarers, and all sorts, with a dry humour.

With gorgeous illustrations by her friend Signe Parkins, this was a quite lovely read, and it may be time to renew my passport and get exploring again.

rockpools Thank you for introducing me to this @Mitch through #AuldLangSpine. I‘ve loved reading the books on your list, and have a few more to read throughout the year ☺️. And thank you for putting all of this together, with such great matches @monalyisha / I‘ve really enjoyed my January reading! 11h
Mitch I had the exact same reaction. It‘s been nearly 10 years since I‘ve been to this region and the book soooooo made me want to return! 11h
rockpools @Mitch In the early 2000s, me and a friend did a bunch of North Sea ‘mini-cruises‘ - which translates as packing a suitcase full of books and catching a seriously cheap ferry there-and-back. We did the Harwich-Esbjerg one she mentions in the book (it was as described!) and actually spent a few days in Esbjerg visiting Ribe, Fanø and Copenhagen. But now I‘m wondering if I‘m up for a bit of solo Euro travel- it‘s been AGES since I‘ve been away away! 6h
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
Melbourne | Sophie Cunningham
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Day for it!

(Will my leather sandals recover from the downpour? TBD!)

CarolynM Hard to believe it's February, isn't it? 14h
LeeRHarry For sure @CarolynM, just driven through a lake to get home! 13h
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, I went through some ankle deep puddles to get back to my car ☔️ splish splash! 8h
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @CarolynM ☔️ most exciting walk back to my car this year 😂 8h
julesG It's been raining here, too. But certainly not as much as in AUS, and I'd never walk barefoot through the rain at 2°C. Hope your sandals are salvageable. 4h
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DrexEdit
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WOW! WOW! WOW! Thanks @Soubhiville for the wonderful prize PACKAGE of books for participating in the #AuthorAMonth challenge in 2022. This was WAY more than I was expecting and all perfect books I would have chosen for the 2023 challenge. Such beautiful editions too! I'm looking forward to reading all of these! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! 😊 💖

Soubhiville You‘re welcome! I hope you‘ll enjoy them. 🙂📚 16h
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ravenlee
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A boys‘ book? I mean, sure, there is a grand total of one female character and she appears in just a handful of pages (Jim‘s mother). Still, let‘s ditch the “boys‘ books and girls‘ books” already.

TheBookHippie 😵‍💫 2d
Hooked_on_books I heard someone in a bookstore about a year ago talking about buying “girl books” for someone‘s new kid because they already had “boy books.” And these were board books for tiny children! Oh good, let‘s indoctrinate them into gender roles as soon as they‘re born! 🤬 Come on! 2d
ravenlee @TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books exactly! I really expect better from Solnit, too. 2d
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Hooked_on_books Excellent point. You wouldn‘t think someone who wrote “Men Explain Things to Me” would be perpetuating sexism like this. 2d
TheBookHippie @ravenlee I am finding more and more homophobic or only for white female feminist or both lately and it‘s so disappointing …especially when the propose to be true feminist. 2d
ravenlee @Hooked_on_books @TheBookHippie I should point out that this book was published in 2000, and maybe she was less aware of passively sexist ideas like this than she has since become? 1d
TheBookHippie @ravenlee let‘s hope and probably. 1d
Hooked_on_books @ravenlee @TheBookHippie We all have the chance to evolve our ideas, so hopefully that‘s it! 23h
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ravenlee
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I fell down a rabbit hole about the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, a group that still exists (after a fashion), working for justice for the desaparecidos of the Guerra Sucia. Three of the original founders, two French nuns who helped them, and seven other helpers were kidnapped, drugged, and thrown unconscious from aircraft into the South Atlantic (a practice known as death flight). Yet the Mothers, and the Grandmothers, marched on. (cont)

ravenlee The Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo have spent decades looking for the children of their children - young pregnant women who were kidnapped and killed after giving birth, whose babies were given to military or political couples to raise. The Grandmothers have identified at least 200 such children. The Mothers have brought over 700 of those responsible for the desaparecidos to justice. 2d
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ravenlee
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Today‘s goals: finish the tagged (75 pages to go) and start catching up on Middlemarch (a week behind for #PemberLittens!). I couldn‘t focus on MM and Vanity Fair at the same time so I paused the former to finish the latter last week. Kiddo‘s had a cold (or cold- or flu-like symptoms) since Thursday so I‘ve had less reading time than usual. Hoping to accomplish at least one of these goals today! 🤞🏻

SamAnne I have wanderlust on my shelf and have not gotten to it yet! Will be interested in your review. 2d
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Texreader
Walking the Nile | Levison Wood
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Wood walked through some pretty serious terrain (the Sahara) and came this close to dying of thirst, dangerous lands (South Sudan), and paranoid lands (Egypt). What I loved most were his conversations with Boston, Wood‘s Congolese guide who lived in #Uganda, which consumed a lengthy part of his walk. Boston provided a unique perspective about so many things, but mostly from the experiences of the destitute who do what they can to survive, even ⬇️

Texreader if it means clearing forests to grow crops or catching and selling baby monkeys 😭 to feed their families. Climate change be damned when you have to feed your family. Such a horrible but enlightening truth—one we‘ve got to realize if we are to help create incentives NOT to clear habitats and kidnap baby animals. We‘ve got to listen & understand, or as my parents used to say, “walk a mile in their shoes.” I learned a lot. Highly recommended. ⬇️ 3d
Catsandbooks Wow! Sounds like a good one!! 🇺🇬👏🏼 3d
Aimeesue Great review! Stacked! 2d
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