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BarbaraBB

Joined June 2017

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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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I am happy to host the August reads of #CampLitsy!

We will discuss the first half of Either/Or on August 6th, the remainder on August 13th.

Then the first half of Our Wives Under the Sea on August 20th, and the second half on August 27th.

@Megabooks @squirrelbrain and I are looking forward to seeing you there.

After the final discussion you all can vote for your winner and we will have our #CampLitsy Summer champion!

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mklong Yay! Either/Or is the one I‘m most looking forward to 8h
BarbaraBB @mklong I am looking forward to it too but I am also very intrigued by that cover of 8h
squirrelbrain I too love the cover of Our Wives Barbara. @Oryx has read that one already…. 8h
Oryx @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain It's a strange book Our Wives - I'm looking forward to hearing what others think of it. 8h
Leniverse These two both look suitably weird. I look forward to them, but I'm also glad for the time to read the Idiot before Either/Or. 7h
BkClubCare @Leniverse - I proudly state that I loved The Idiot ✋ (edited) 7h
BkClubCare @mklong - ditto, I am definitely going to break my budget to buy E/O 7h
BarbaraBB @Leniverse We did that on purpose. @batsy too mentioned that she hoped to read The Idiot first. We thought it best therefore to wait with E/O until August! 7h
batsy Oh, nice! Thank you for the thoughtful planning 💜 I definitely plan to do my homework first and read The Idiot before August 🤞🏾😆 7h
Megabooks I also have to read The Idiot first as well @batsy and @leniverse . I‘m going to look for it used when I sell several books…I‘m certainly not going to get anything else..😉😁 So glad to have everyone excited with us!! 6h
Hooked_on_books Nice! I really look forward to both of these reads and discussions! 2h
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Pickpick

This is a wonderful read about Cyprus and love. Greek and Turkish people have lived separately for ages at the island, but Kostas and Isabella know how to find each other across visible and invisible borders. The fig tree is their witness and has always been.
Quite special! Thank you for choosing this book for me Meg!

#pop22 #BookTokRecommendation

KarenUK Glad you loved it. I did too… just lovely. 1d
sarahbarnes Excited to read this one! 1d
Megabooks So glad you loved it! 💜💜 1d
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes! You knew I would! 🤍 19h
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 15h
youneverarrived I‘m glad you enjoyed it too! Beautiful photo. 3h
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Threatened | Eliot Schrefer
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Mehso-so


A YA novel set in the #Gabon jungle about a boy coming of age all alone with a bunch of chimpanzees is not generally a book I‘d choose. And I wasn‘t really interested but I admit the ending was touching and sweet.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇦 #pop22 #TitleBeginsWithLastLetterPreviousRead

(Pic: Exhibition in a church, audiobook instead of audio your 🤣)

vlwelser Great pic. Audiobooking in a museum/exhibition is one of my favorite activities. 1d
BarbaraBB @vlwelser It was new to me but a good combination indeed! 1d
Librarybelle Great picture! I‘ve not listened to an audiobook while at an exhibition, but I‘ve never really thought about it. Something interesting to try! 21h
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Thanks all for participating in the poll! We‘ve tallied the votes, and our summer reads are now set. We‘re excited to share the winners!

We‘ll read and discuss half of a book each week. At the end of the month, Camp decides which of the two books we just read heads to the end-of-summer finale. There, you‘ll cast a final vote to decide which book will be our #CampLitsy summer champion!

We‘ll get back to you with the schedule soon!

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Hooked_on_books Interesting mix! I‘ve read two already, so I‘m in good shape! 2d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books It would have been VERY surprising if you hadn't read one the books 😉 I hope you like the outcome, fortunately one of the books you voted for made it into our summer reads! 2d
batsy This looks great! I'm looking forward to reading all of these as long I'll be able to access a copy 🙂 (and maybe squeezing in The Idiot before Either/Or!) 2d
Cinfhen Thank you hosts!!!! I‘m more excited for our tournament- will try my best to read all but not promising 2d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You're having a busy Summer so don't make any promises! You know we're happy to have you join in the reading and discussions whenever you can! 2d
BarbaraBB @batsy I didn't even know Either/Or is a sequel to The Idiot but I liked that one too. 2d
Centique That‘s exciting! 2d
Leniverse I haven't read any of these, or the Idiot. And I'm still working on the Women's Prize shortlist. 😅 I better have myself a month long readathon. 2d
merelybookish Well this feels like a true TOB list. A mix of familiar, unfamiliar (to me) & a little weird. 👏👏 I also hope to read them all! 2d
youneverarrived Exciting! Hopefully I‘ll be able to squeeze in some reading while baby is feeding etc, might go the audio route for some of these. 1d
Megabooks Woo hoo!! So excited about this list! Soon we‘ll release the brackets. 👍🏻 @BkClubCare and @zenwldflwr noticed yours weren‘t blue and linked so tagging you here. @Suet624 I remember you also wanted to be on the tag list even if you didn‘t vote. Welcome to camp everyone!! 😁📚🏕 1d
Addison_Reads Awesome! I've read 3 already, now I just need to get a copy of the others. I'm excited for our #CampLitsy 😁 1d
Suet624 @Megabooks yes! Thank you so much for including me. 1d
BkClubCare 😍🤩🥸 Let‘s DO this! 📚 🏕 (edited) 1d
rockpools I‘m so excited about this! (Even if half a book a week suddenly sounds LOADS!) There a few on here I really want to read. 1d
Laughterhp Ooh nice! A good looking group of books! 1d
jlhammar Very exciting! Looks like Our Wives Under the Sea doesn't come out in the U.S. until July 12 so hoping that one will be later in the camp schedule. 1d
sarahbarnes What a great list! Looking forward to this - thank you for organizing it! 📚 1d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 Sorry I forgot to tag you! @Centique You‘re very welcome to read along too and join in the discussions! 🤍 1d
BarbaraBB @jlhammar Thanks! We‘ll keep that in mind! @Megabooks has researched publication dates in both the US and the UK. We‘ll work out the best time to read them and post soon about it! 1d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB no problem. You have a lot of names to keep track of! 1d
Kdgordon88 Looking forward to camp! Thanks, ladies. @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 1d
vivastory What great selections 👏👏📚📚 1d
Ruthiella I just got the confirmation from the library that my holds for True Biz and How High We Go came in! Woohoo! 😃 1d
Soubhiville Just got home from travels so I didn‘t get in on the vote, but three of these are books I would have voted for, so I‘m excited! Picked up True Biz on my trip. 🙂 1d
Soubhiville I‘m going to do my best to read along too. Could I get on the tag list? 1d
Centique @BarbaraBB I won‘t read along with the schedule I just love watching you all reading and having a good time! I‘ll pick some to read from all your reviews 😍 1d
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville Of course you can! We‘re happy when you‘re joining whenever you can and want! Tagging @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 1d
BarbaraBB @Leniverse I hope you like the outcome of the poll! 1d
BarbaraBB @Centique That is perfect of course 🤍 1d
Leniverse @BarbaraBB I don't think I voted for any of them, but all but one are books I almost voted for, so good enough. 😆 1d
BarbaraBB @Leniverse There were so many good ones on the longlist! I am excited to discover some books I hadn‘t heard of! 1d
Well-ReadNeck What a great list!!!! 🤗🤗🤗 21h
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck Happy you think so! I was a bit underwhelmed by #CampToB so am glad we have our own Camp! 19h
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Winter in Sokcho | ELISA. SHUA DUSAPIN
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#WeeklyForecast 20/22

Still enjoying and cherishing The Island of Missing Trees. Then I‘ll read the short but very intriguing Winter in Sokcho, followed by this month‘s #NYRBBookClub choice.
After that, I guess it will all be about Camp!

Cinfhen Hahaha and don‘t forget #SummerHeat ♥️😘 3d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Absolutely not! I‘ve got my copy ready to go! (edited) 3d
Hooked_on_books How are you doing with The Books of Jacob? Are you hanging on with it? 3d
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Megabooks I think you‘ll love Sokcho! 3d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I haven‘t picked it up again. I might if it wins the International Booker but I am not tempted too. You bailed too didn‘t you? 3d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I expect so too! 3d
Hooked_on_books I did bail. I just couldn‘t get engaged in it. 3d
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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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#BookReport 19/22

I‘ve read three completely different books again this week. From wealthy Ghana to proud Afghanistan to a permanent residence in a London hotel. Incomparable but all good!

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“There‘s a witch in that clock, holding it back.”

Time passes slowly in The Claremont, a hotel where elderly can live, though they are not allowed to die there. Mrs Palfrey is a widow who moves there and gets acquainted with the other permanent residents. They pass the time reminiscing and hiding their loneliness. Every once in a while we get a glimpse of the persons they once were. An honest witty read about life‘s last stage.

KarenUK This sounds lovely! And looks like a gorgeous day 💕 5d
BarbaraBB @KarenUK This is definitely a book you‘d love too! And indeed, spring is in the air 🌸 🌺 5d
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Chelsea.Poole Beautiful photo and nice review! 5d
sarahbarnes Beautiful review and photo! ❤️☀️ 5d
squirrelbrain I love that cover, it‘s so simple, but very striking! 5d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I love the cover too for those reasons! 5d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @sarahbarnes Thank you Friends 🙏 5d
arubabookwoman The movie was very good too! This was the 1st Elizabeth Taylor book I read and I loved it. 5d
vivastory I have heard from several people this is their favorite Elizabeth Taylor. Have you read this one @merelybookish? 5d
vivastory If you're interested, I just noticed that there is a panel discussion video linked onto the NYRB site about the book feat. Michael Hofmann, Gwendoline Riley & Merve Emre
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BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman I must find out where to watch the movie. I‘d love to see the atmosphere of the hotel! 5d
BarbaraBB @vivastory Thanks, I‘ll go and have a look. It‘s my favorite Taylor too I think. And definitely a book for @merelybookish And @batsy for that matter 🙂 5d
vivastory I am also curious to read some of Taylor's short stories. I have heard that at least some of them have a Roald Dahl/Shirley Jackson vibe to them 5d
BarbaraBB @vivastory Really? I can‘t imagine that vibe in her books. But you got me interested now! 5d
batsy Yes! I already have it on my TBR 😊 (And definitely one for @LeahBergen too) Great review and I really like that cover, as well! 5d
Ruthiella This book is nearly perfect I think. I love getting lost in long books but I also love a short book that says so much in so few words. 5d
LeahBergen @batsy It‘s waiting on my shelves, of course! 😆 5d
merelybookish @BarbaraBB @vivastory @batsy @LeahBergen I also have an (unread) copy. 🙃🙈 5d
charl08 Still got this one on the shelf to read. Must Do Better! 4d
BarbaraBB @charl08 You should 😉 4d
BkClubCare I loved both book and movie. 16m
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Tell Me How to Be | NEEL. PATEL
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#bookhaul

Too many influencers here on Litsy - with #CampLitsy, #CampToB and #Booker22 yet to come 😳😳
But I really felt I need to read these!

BookwormM 🤣🤣I know which one you are blaming on me 6d
BookwormM Booker 22 is scaring me I have so many books to read 6d
Cinfhen I‘m 💯 sure you‘re gonna love this one….but I was blown away by the audio!!! Awesome #BookHaul 6d
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vivastory These all sound great! 6d
TrishB What a lovely pile 😁 6d
squirrelbrain I quite fancy this one, based on @TrishB ‘s review! 6d
BarbaraBB @BookwormM I know! And yet I can‘t control myself 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I hope to read it very soon! 6d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Yes, @TrishB is to blame for that one 😀 6d
Megabooks I‘m excited for the Kawakami but holding off until we know whether it‘s in #CampLitsy. I loved how to be as well!! 6d
Megabooks And I‘ve thought about getting Faraz Ali several times. 👍🏻👍🏻 6d
Cinfhen Me too @squirrelbrain that one from @TrishB caught my eye last week 👀 6d
squirrelbrain I‘ve requested the Kawakami on #NetGalley @Megabooks , just in case! Just my luck it‘ll be one of those I don‘t get granted. 🤷‍♀️ 6d
LMJenkins What's #Booker22? 6d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I know you and @cinfhen loved it so my expectations are sky high 😂. I read a great review of Faraz in a local newspaper and then @BookwormM recommended it as well. 6d
BarbaraBB @LMJenkins BookerPrize. I didn‘t use the right hashtag I think. 6d
Graywacke Great stack. You should try that little one in the middle. 🙂 6d
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I thought you‘d say so 😀 and I will. Soon! (edited) 6d
LeahBergen Nice! 6d
TrishB I hope you enjoy it ♥️🤞🏻 3d
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Hi friends, we are excited to announce #CampLitsy, a Camp ToB-style summer read along run by @squirrelbrain @Megabooks and @BarbaraBB
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Everyone is welcome to join!

We‘ve made a longlist from last weekend‘s nominees. Link to the list: https://bit.ly/3w5SSIN.

Once you‘ve decided on your top 6, we‘ve opened up voting in this Google Doc:
https://forms.gle/ZTL8pH1rUWB9EvCG7

We hope you‘ll vote & join share❗️
Poll closes on Monday 16 May!

BarbaraBB @LitsyEvents Can you please share? Thanks 🙏 6d
Megabooks Can‘t wait to see what our campers choose! 6d
KarenUK Done! Excited to see the final choices. 6d
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squirrelbrain Exciting! But it‘s so difficult to choose just 6 from this fabulous list! 6d
rsteve388 Selected! I have been trying to read a lot more sci-fi this year, so I picked a few of those. 6d
Chelsea.Poole Squee! 🏕 Thank you guys so much for organizing! @Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 6d
sarahbarnes I love this so much! Thank you for organizing it! ☀️ 6d
Cinfhen This is SOOOOO AWESOME!!! I can‘t wait to get my #CampLitsy t-shirt 😁well done @squirrelbrain @Megabooks 6d
Addison_Reads What a great idea! Thank you guys for putting this together. 6d
vivastory To be honest, the Litsy TOB is way more exciting than the real TOB. So many wonderful selections that I'm only voting for a few of my own nominees! Thank you campers! 6d
Ruthiella Fantastic! Thank you @BarbaraBB, @squirrelbrain and @Megabooks for making it happen! 😃 (edited) 6d
Ruthiella @vivastory Yup! My six choices will now also be influenced by all the intriguing titles proposed last week by others! 6d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @vivastory I love that I will vote for books I hadn‘t heard of before last week! 6d
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole @sarahbarnes @Cinfhen @Addison_Reads You‘re very welcome. We were on a flow creating the thing 😀 6d
batsy This is brilliant! Thank you @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks for putting this together. I'm off to vote 🥳 6d
erzascarletbookgasm How does this work?? 6d
merelybookish This is so exciting! I figured there was no way the official TOB could live up to our picks. So I'm thrilled we get to do one of our own! Thank you for organizing! @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 6d
merelybookish @erzascarletbookgasm Click on the 2nd link in Barbara's post. It gives a good breakdown of how the tournament works. I hope that helps! Would be great if you joined. 🙂 6d
Cathythoughts I‘m very interested in joining in , and I‘m also wondering @erzascarletbookgasm how this works ? Well done you three littens 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 you are onto something very exciting here 💫 6d
Megabooks @Cathythoughts the Google document linked above has a good description of how things will work. Basically, we‘re choosing six books to read together and discuss in June, July, and August (2 books per month) and we‘ll vote on a winner each month and then a grand winner from among the three monthly winners. 👍🏻👍🏻 @erzascarletbookgasm 😀 (edited) 6d
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Thanks Meg , I‘ll get cracking and have a look at the list and pick my six. Well done you guys 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6d
MicheleinPhilly I'm looking forward to this and am really, really, REALLY going to try to play. I will force myself to prioritize it if I have to, damn it! 😁 6d
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm Tournament of Books is a kind of knockout competition for books run every year. Barbara runs a Litsy version alongside to see if we vote the same. It was my first year joining in this year and it was fun! There is also a mini CampToB in the summer with just 6 books. This year we decided to nominate our own books for Camp then we‘ll read and vote for our winner. 6d
BkClubCare Fyi - book that I suggested is not actually released until Aug 2nd…. (edited) 6d
Chelsea.Poole @cinfhen what's this I read about a Camp Litsy t-shirt?? Because NEED 😻 6d
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen 👍🏻♥️ I‘ve sent mine in 👍🏻 6d
squirrelbrain Oops @BkClubCare - we thought we‘d taken out all of the books published late-June and onwards. I must have missed that one. We‘ll cross that bridge if it gets voted for! 6d
Cinfhen I‘m just joking @Chelsea.Poole but I feel just like The Rooster we should have merch too😉 6d
Chelsea.Poole @cinfhen I thought so...BUT how cool would that be! 😎 6d
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - sounds good. I made a note on my sug‘d six, also… 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @Chelsea.Poole How cool that would be 😍! 6d
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts How great you are joining! @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you will too, if you still have questions, let us know! 6d
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly We‘re counting on you to at least vote! One step at a time 😉😘 (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Check this out - instead of your co-workers 😉😂 6d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly Yes, please join what you can! I'm not planning on reading all 6 books on schedule but some of my favorites of this year were books that were in the most recent tob (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I don‘t think I will read all of them either. I just love to have so many options! 6d
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB @vivastory I‘ve voted but I saved a copy of the spreadsheet because there are so many interesting sounding books! 6d
LMJenkins Just voted! Excited for this. 6d
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB That's a great idea! I'm going to do the same! 📚📚 6d
BarbaraBB @LMJenkins Happy you‘re joining, thanks for voting! 6d
Hooked_on_books I want to vote but I can‘t! The form is requiring me to sign in but I don‘t know my password and can‘t recover it because it wants to text a phone number I no longer have! Grrrrrr! Edit: I was able to fix it and vote! Thank goodness! 🥳 (edited) 6d
Suet624 My brain isn‘t working - lyme and last month of job - so I‘d prefer that you all decide the books to read and I‘ll join in after they‘ve been selected. 6d
Desha Voted! This sounds like so much fun! ♥️📚 6d
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Margot, Meg, Helen 👍👍👍 Sounds exciting! Will take a look. @merelybookish @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 6d
Megabooks @Suet624 I‘m feeling you there unfortunately! I‘m having terrible long haul Covid brain fog today. Glad you have you on board, and I hope the brain fog clears! 💜 6d
Megabooks @Desha fantastic! We‘ll have fun this summer for sure! 😀🏕 6d
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Thank goodness! A password shouldn‘t be necessary to fill out the form. Glad you fixed it! 6d
Suet624 @Megabooks I‘m so sorry to hear about your brain fog. I didn‘t realize you were experiencing long haul Covid. That makes me sad. 💕 6d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I‘m sorry your Lyme is bothering you again. I noticed you‘ve been quiet lonely. Take care 🤍, we‘ll choose some nice books for you! 6d
BarbaraBB @Desha Very happy you are joining us! 6d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB thanks Barbara. The Lyme symptoms pop up randomly and I have to slow way down. Also an upcoming transition regarding work is impacting me more than I thought it would. I‘m feeling a bit wobbly about it. It‘ll all be fine eventually, I‘m sure. 6d
Suet624 @BarbaraBB it‘s also 2:30 am and my sleep pattern is a mess. 😩 6d
Megabooks @Suet624 I‘m so sorry you have Lyme. That‘s a very hard condition to have long term. I‘ve had a different chronic illness for 25 years, but the exhaustion has been way worse since Covid. The brain fog is new, and I‘m not enjoying it. And sleep issues are a real problem. I napped from 8-11 PM and now it‘s almost 2 and I‘m up!! Hope you can fall asleep soon. 💜💜 (edited) 6d
Suet624 @Megabooks brain fog is no joke. Gosh, this stuff is tough. As far as sleeping, I seem to have a two hour window from 2 AM to 4 AM where I‘m awake. it‘s not bad if I don‘t have to go to work but on work days I have to be up at six. Anywho! I guess we‘ll just be sleepless sisters! 6d
4thhouseontheleft Done! So excited to see the results! So many great nominations, it took me a while to browse the list and make my choices since I didn't want to just pick the 6 I recommended! 6d
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t just vote for mine either. So many good ones! Thanks for voting! 5d
Desha @Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks so much guys! 5d
Teresereading So many great choices, I voted for some I know of, and also some unknowns with great/intriguing titles 5d
cariashley SO excited!! Thanks so much for organizing!! 5d
BarbaraBB @Teresereading I ended up too voting for books I hadn‘t heard of until then! 5d
BarbaraBB @cariashley Glad you‘re in again! 5d
Sparklemn @barbarabb I missed out on the voting but I'd love to participate in the group! 2d
BarbaraBB @Sparklemn You are very welcome to participate! And you can even still vote. It is still Monday on the west coast of the US! 2d
Megabooks @Sparklemn I have reopened the voting. There was some confusion among the organizers about when the poll would close, and I closed it early. If you‘re still awake, we‘ll leave it open until 1 AM on the west coast US, so about another two hours. I hope you will join us reading even if you aren‘t able to vote! Once again, I apologize for the confusion! 2d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks sorry Meg, my fault! Emailed you! Xxx 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks friend. Got it. I‘m glad straighten things out. Going to try to sleep for the 4th time!! 🙄 2d
cariashley I missed voting too, am hectic with my first international work trip since covid started, but I trust the hive mind here and can‘t wait to see the results! 1d
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#FoodAndLit

Andrea Busfield, an English writer, fell in love with #Afghanistan and made it her home. This book is a declaration of love to a country that is so much more than war and drugs.
I felt really uplifted by the story of the young Fawad, his friends and family, their beautiful country and their optimism, despite the ever present political unrest.⬇️

BarbaraBB It‘s almost surreal to read this book now, when once again the people of Afghanistan are suffering under fundamentalism and neglect of human rights 💔 1w
sarahbarnes 💔💔 1w
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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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This book showed a completely other side of Africa. The side of the wealthy in modern day #Ghana. Arranged marriages are still possible though. Afi is supposed to be lucky to marry Eli, a rich and kind man. Their love story is quite unrealistic and not very well worked out but it was easy and fun to read. A light pick.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇭

Librarybelle On my to read list! 1w
Cinfhen I really enjoyed this book! It was my #Ghana pick too!! 1w
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The Storygraph shows some interesting about my reading during the first four months of the year. What does it say about me that I mostly read emotional, reflective, challenging and dark books?! Literary though 😉 and not necessarily my daily mood!

It‘s a fun app!

LoverOfLearning Wow how many books have you read so far this year?

I like the app as well!
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Amiable I hear you —StoryGraph says I lean mostly towards emotional, informative, sad and dark! 1w
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BarbaraBB @Amiable What does that tell about us 😉?! 1w
Amiable @BarbaraBB I like to think it means we read good books with realistic plots. :) 1w
sarahbarnes This is really cool! I feel like my chart would look pretty similar. 😂 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I think so too! 1w
BarbaraBB @Amiable That must be it 😀 1w
LoverOfLearning @BarbaraBB oh wow! Good for you! 1w
Megabooks I‘m having a similar year except informative as well 1w
Kitta My graph is similar 😂 emotional, reflective, dark. 1w
BarbaraBB @Kitta @Megabooks We have good taste I guess 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 1w
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Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont | Elizabeth Taylor
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#WeeklyForecast 19/22

I‘m late with my forecast, sorry. This week‘s plans are to read my #FoodAndLit choice for Afghanistan, to read the tagged for #Booked2022 and Missing Trees because I want to!

Cinfhen Enjoy 💚 1w
Megabooks I hope you enjoy missing trees! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 1w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I suppose so, I‘ve heard such good things! And you loved it! 1w
BkClubCare I adored Mrs. Palfrey!!!! 😁 oh, do watch the film, too, if you like to do the book-to-film thing. Oh. 💔 1w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare I just started it! Happy you loved it! 1w
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…. Continuing my last post: these books I suggested for #CampToB22. Please share your 6 #MostAnticipatedBooks!

I had to include one thriller although I know that‘s not really ToB‘ish 🤷🏻‍♀️😉

To reach the real ToB people, here is the form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfM6VOvtv_dy9-7v6GFk0ccZFrPnJG-vcnWHVaJ...

Cinfhen I really want to read 2w
Cinfhen And I think this would be perfect for discussion 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I changed my hashtag into yours 😀 #SummerCampSuggestions (edited) 2w
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Cinfhen 🥰😘 2w
squirrelbrain I‘m still thinking about mine….! 🤔 2w
squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - I too want to read The Swimmers. 2w
Ruthiella Great list! I‘d gladly read these six for Summer Camp. 👍 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Ruthiella You‘ll come up with books I‘m sure I‘d want to read! 2w
Hooked_on_books I‘ve read The School for Good Mothers along with the bottom three and I think they‘d all be good choices for CampTOB! 2w
rockpools I‘m just going to work my way through this hashtag stacking things. So many I haven‘t heard of! 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I probably was inspired by your reviews! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Great list! I hadn‘t heard of the Tessa Hadley. And yes to this one — excited about it this summer. (edited) 1w
merelybookish Great picks! I already have The Swimmers & Free Love stacked. 👍 Now to add more! 1w
BkClubCare 👏👏👏 1w
thebluestocking Lovely list! I want to read several of these too (well, now all of them because I trust your taste)! 💙 1w
sarahbarnes The Swimmers is on my list as well! And I am going to be adding some of these to my TBR now, too! 1w
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader I've read Don't Cry For Me, it's an excellent book. Hope you'll enjoy it! 1w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole That‘s one that @Cinfhen has been raving about and that can lead to a great discussion. I really want to read it! 1w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking I hope they are as good as I expect 😀 1w
BarbaraBB @Adventures-of-a-French-Reader Thanks! It sounds so good! 1w
Sophronisba This looks like a great list! I would love to talk about Free Love with the commentariat. 1w
Megabooks I think The Seimmers has a good chance but I‘m excited for the Emezi too! 1w
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What do you think of the new way of selecting books for #CampToB22?

I see why the overexposure of some books makes them want to try a different approach but I‘m not sure if we readers can come up with the right books. I mean that part of the fun is that #ToB always comes up with obscure books I‘d never heard of. I am a bit scared that we‘ll be reading bestsellers this summer. What do you think?
And will you send in suggestions?

Ruthiella Hmmm. Can they be published ANY year? Or just in 2022? 2w
Cinfhen I think it‘s a cool idea but definitely will probably feature bigger named authors 😔I‘m curious though! And I‘m trying to come up with some suggestions- are you?? 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella I assume 2022 but am not sure! 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Me too! Can‘t wait to see your suggestions! Will you post them? 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I will!!! That‘s a fun idea!!!! 2w
Cinfhen I accidentally deleted the email 🫣can you please send me the link ( if it‘s possible) 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella Yes they should be published in 2022, I just read! 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I‘ll post mine too, that‘s fun indeed! 2w
Cinfhen Thanks SO MUCH xxx 2w
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I don‘t love their plan. I agree about them finding obscure or small press books I may not otherwise find. I think they should instead make a rule that, say, the top 4 finishers in CampTOB are automatically ineligible for inclusion in TOB. Then they could still pick unusual stuff and not end up with the same winner of both or overexposure. 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books I thought in the past only the winner of Camp was included in the real tournament. That worked well I thought. But you read so many books: what 6 books would you suggest for this year‘s camp? 2w
Hooked_on_books Oh gosh, I‘m bad at the “most anticipated” thing. I‘ll have to think about it a bit! 2w
Hooked_on_books Ok, I‘ve thought of two: Either/Or by Elif Batuman and Unlikely Animals by Annie Hartnett. 2w
Hooked_on_books Also, Woman of Light by Kali Fajardo-Anastine and Nuclear Family by Joseph Han. (Maybe I‘m better at this than I thought.) 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books Of course you are! I need to check them out immediately 😀🤍 2w
merelybookish I guess a lot of TOB fans were disappointed about Klara winning both tourneys! I will be interested to see how this goes. I have my reservations but don't care much if they muck about with Camp TOB as long as they don't change the official tournament. 🙂 1w
ImperfectCJ Totally new to Camp ToB, so no particular opinion about the change. I'm not great at picking (or even being aware of) books out during the current year. I rely a lot on stumbling across reviews and don't keep up well with new releases (there are only two 2022 books on my TBR right now), so I'm most likely just going to sit back and watch what other people pick. :-) 1w
Soubhiville I‘m really just a lurker on all your ToB discussions, but always love seeing all of your reviews. I feel like I might jump in on it? And I‘m adding a bunch of all of your suggestions to my TBR seeing your posts this morning! (edited) 1w
Larkken I‘ve only recently started paying attention to ToB (by working through the 2021 bracket, lol) and I‘m loving that it‘s bringing to my attention books I hadn‘t thought of before, instead of making me choose 😂 but I‘m still happily following and stacking these books! Yay new books!! 🥰 1w
RidgewayGirl The one thing this new rule did is made me scour the “most anticipated” lists. 1w
sarahbarnes Great idea! I will be posting mine! 1w
thebluestocking I loved the year they did nonfiction for Camp, so that‘s what I recommended! It‘ll be interesting to see what they do. I‘m fine with mixing it up. I didn‘t find the “double exposure” but I didn‘t like Klara. 1w
vivastory I like this idea. I do think there is a bit of a problem with overexposure. I'm going to do some digging & see what I find. 1w
cariashley This is interesting! I like that they‘re changing it up - I was definitely one of the people peeved about Klara. And the overexposure problem is real for me personally, at least when it comes to picking a zombie so early, before I‘ve read most of the books. I‘ll put some thought into what books I‘d like to see for the summer! 1w
BkClubCare I will be looking at the suggestions offered on the almost last day of March‘s TOB; everyone offers their next anticipated TOB books. I wrote them all down but not sure where I put it (tho my added-to-gr around that time could be a guide) I am reading Devil House now because it seems something TOB-ish. I might offer it. I also want to suggest Joan is Okay. 1w
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville You are very welcome to jump in! I‘ll tag you when the summer tournament starts! And if you like to share your most anticipated reads that you hope will make it to #CampTob we‘d love that! 🤍 1w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish totally agree! Don‘t mess with the real ToB! 1w
BarbaraBB @Larkken I know what you mean. So many great books! 1w
BarbaraBB @RidgewayGirl I did too! And they are quite comparable! Do you have any favorites for the summer tournament? To me, you are definitely the expert! 1w
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking A non fiction camp? I don‘t even remember! 1w
BarbaraBB @BkClubCare oh really? That must be such an interesting list! I hope you will find and share it. In the mean time I will look out for both books you suggest! 1w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes @vivastory @cariashley Very curious of your most anticipated reads! 1w
Addison_Reads I'm loving everyone's posts/suggestions. This will be my first CampToB and I'm excited to see what books make it in. I'll try and see if I can come up with books I'd like to see included. 1w
BarbaraBB @Addison_Reads So many great suggestions in everyone‘s posts, you‘re right! I am looking forward to your choices if you find them! 1w
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB I just went back to find it. It was not a tournament-style thing, just a discussion. https://themorningnews.org/article/welcome-to-the-rooster-nonfiction-popup 1w
BkClubCare @thebluestocking - I really enjoyed that Nonfiction TOB! 1w
BarbaraBB Super interesting Jessica! @thebluestocking 1w
4thhouseontheleft I kind of like this idea, as long as we don‘t end up with the typical bestsellers! 1w
Readerann @BarbaraBB I will have to be a lurker for CampToB as I am focusing on my old TBR for awhile. But please keep me tagged so I can keep adding new books to replace the ones I‘m reading - thereby ensuring my TBR remains ridiculously long and unmanageable. 🤣 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @Readerann haha I know what you mean! Will keep tagging you! 1w
Well-ReadNeck How do we send in suggestions? Does anyone have a link? 1w
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck I have posted the link above, in the comments! (edited) 1w
Well-ReadNeck @BarbaraBB OMG! yes! Thanks. Didn‘t scroll back far enough. Felt like I was missing some of the convo. Sorry! 1w
BarbaraBB @Well-ReadNeck I hope you‘ll post your suggestions too. We‘re planning to make a longlist of all suggestions and play our own #CampLitsy 😀 1w
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Another four #Pantone2022 colors!
Still loving their names! #Amazon #RoseViolet #LodenFrost and #ArcticWolf

merelybookish I think that must be a fun job, coming up with names for paint. 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish Yes! I was thinking of that too 🎨 2w
Liz_M I love your posts matching the colors to the book covers😍 2w
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BarbaraBB @Liz_M I‘m a bit obsessed about it to be honest 🤣 2w
Megabooks You make such great graphics! 2w
Clwojick Perfect!!! 7d
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Author Ramsey Nasr accompanies a group of Belgian biologists to #Tanzania where they research all kinds of animals in the rainforest, the savannes and along the beach. He feels like Darwin must have felt, discovering so many species he never knew about and nature in general.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇹🇿

Librarybelle Woohoo! Another country read! 2w
Megabooks Sounds interesting! 2w
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Anne Collins, Alexander McCall Smith
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#BookReport 18/22

Four books, three for #ReadingAfrica2022. The tagged one and especially The House at Sugar Beach, were absolutely great. The #Persephone was an okay read, Homo Safaricus I just finished. Review will follow soon!

squirrelbrain A good week! 😘 2w
Cinfhen Great week💕love the photo 🤩 2w
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The Making of a Marchioness | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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Another lovely #Persephone. No spinster lit this time but a story that starts off as a Cinderella one (plain girl meets her prince) but ends somewhere completely different. Not my favorite but I did spend some pleasant hours with Emily Fox-Seton and Lord Walderhurst.

(Pic: Remembrance Day, Holocaust Monument)

#pop22 #SetInVictorianTimes

Cinfhen Beautiful photo/ review ♥️ 2w
Megabooks 💜💜💜 great review and picture 2w
squirrelbrain Lovely pic and review. ❤️ 2w
LeahBergen Lovely photo! ❤️ 2w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Friendly Reminder 🧡

Our #SummerHeat buddy read, hosted by @Cinfhen and myself, is just a few weeks away!! If you need to reserve the book or order a copy, now‘s the time!! We‘ll be discussing Seven Days In June the weekend of June 17-19.
More details to follow 🍒☀️🕶🍹🏝

Tagged are people who expressed interest. If you‘d like to join us too, please comment below ⬇️
Looking forward to some #FunInTheSun

BooksNBowls Can you add me to the tag list?! 2w
BarbaraBB @BooksNBowls Yes! With pleasure! 2w
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BookwormAHN Thanks for the reminder 😺 2w
Librarybelle Looking forward to it!! 2w
KarenUK Thanks for the reminder! 2w
vlwelser 🎉🎉🎉❤ 2w
TheBookHippie I‘m ready!!! 🎉 2w
TrishB I may be slightly slow with comments as it‘s my daughters 21 that weekend and apparently we‘re having a party. 2w
squirrelbrain I have it on Kindle already! 2w
BarbaraBB @TrishB Apparently 😀 2w
Cinfhen Oh wow @TrishB HAPPY BDAY!!! 21 definitely qualifies for a PARTY 🎉 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Are you in? 2w
batsy I'm sorry that I won't be joining in for this; please feel free to remove me from the tag list. I hope all of you enjoy this buddy read 😊 2w
DGRachel Thanks for the reminder!! 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy I will, sorry to miss you but we do understand 🤍 2w
Simona Thank you for the reminder … just few days ago, when I was compiling my May book bingo list, I couldn‘t remember why I have this ‘so no me‘ book … now I know 😂 2w
BarbaraBB @Simona Totally not my kind of book either but I am looking forward to it! 2w
Simona I agree, reading something very different as usual (and looks like steaming) should be fun … 2w
Megabooks I checked: both my libraries have it available! 👍🏻👍🏻 I think I‘m going audio @Cinfhen and not my usual fare either Barbara, but it‘s nice to get out of my comfort zone! 2w
BarbaraBB @Simona Like reading local authors; we both seem to be looking for a different kind of books for a change! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks happy to have you! 2w
Bookwormjillk Sweet! I have a Libro.fm credit burning a hole in my pocket. I‘m in! 2w
TrishB Yes, so I have been informed 😁 2w
TrishB @Cinfhen she thinks so too 😁 2w
TheLudicReader Just ordered my book today. 2w
CarolynM Should be fun! @TrishB but a 21st sounds like more fun🎊🍾 Congrats to the birthday girl and her parents 2w
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One of my African favourites so far for. These are the memoirs of NYT journalist Helene Cooper, who grows up in #Liberia. When the country falls apart after the coup of 1980, she and her family flee to the US. Her less privileged half sister Eunice stays in a country that for years suffers under crazy dictators who recruit child soldiers  and drug them to fight for.. well, for whatever. ⬇️⬇️

#ReadingAfrica2022 ??

BarbaraBB Cooper tries to forget about where she came from, but the Liberian girl within her needs to go back, in search of Eunice. There is so much I never knew about this country, that I have come to love from afar. I‘m in awe of its proud people, always hospitable and dressed up, even on the ruins of civilisation. 2w
Cinfhen Wow!!! This sounds WAY BETTER than the book I read for #Liberia 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s fantastic. So informative in a extremely well written and personal way. 2w
Librarybelle Look at all of those prompts used! 2w
Lcsmcat An incredibly powerful book! 2w
Graywacke Ooh. Glad to see this title. I listened to her book on Liberia‘s inspiring female president, and it was terrific. 2w
sarahbarnes Sounds very good! And I love the lilacs! 2w
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat @Graywacke Terrific and powerful indeed. I am so glad I discovered it. 2w
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Mayday! | Clive Cussler
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May plans! My #bookspin is Anos Ku Ta Amanda for #ReadingAfrica2022, #doublespin is one by a favorite author: After you‘d gone. So I should be fine 😇

squirrelbrain Have a great reading month, Barbara! 2w
Cathythoughts Another Maggie OFarrell ❤️ sounds good. 2w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen, you too 🤍 2w
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BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts She always delivers! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 2w
Megabooks Yay!! 2w
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Picture, caption, quote: all about this page is heartbreaking ❤️‍🩹

However, this book about a childhood in #Liberia is much more than that. #ReadingAfrica2022

DivineDiana It certainly is. 💔 2w
LeahBergen Oh my God. 💔 2w
KristiAhlers Oh my goodness. 🥲 2w
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Librarybelle Oh my! 💔 2w
Linsy 😭 2w
Megabooks Terrible 😢 (edited) 2w
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The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency | Anne Collins, Alexander McCall Smith
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If not for #ReadingAfrica2022 I would never have discovered this popular series about the lovely Mma Ramotswe, owner of the first ladies‘ detective agency in #Botswana. The mysteries she solves are not the point I think, the book especially shows a deep love for Africa. It‘s hard to believe a white man wrote this book yet he did an excellent job!

#19822022 #1998 #ReadingAfrica2022 🇧🇼

Librarybelle Great choice!! 2w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Yes, it‘s a great read! 2w
Libby1 I love this series. He‘s one of my favourite authors. 2w
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BarbaraBB @Libby1 I am glad I have discovered him! 2w
katcalvin Loooove these books. The HBO series was also a delight. 2w
BarbaraBB @katcalvin I didn‘t know there is a series as well. I‘ll have to check it out! Thanks! 2w
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The Making of a Marchioness | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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#WeeklyForecast 18/22

I am in the middle of two books for #ReadingAfrica2022 that I hope to finish this week. Also I want to treat myself to reading one #Persephone book a month. They really are the ultimate comfort reading. This month‘s is the tagged one.

squirrelbrain Lovely idea for a treat! 💕 2w
LeahBergen I loved this Persephone. 😊 2w
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen That is certainly good to know! 2w
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Megabooks Sometimes we just need something comforting. Especially people like us who read (and usually enjoy) a lot of sad books. 💜 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks That is so true! It‘d be interesting to explore why we read so many sad books 🤔 2w
Megabooks I‘ve wondered that as well. I find a lot of meaning in sad books that speaks to me. Plus you know how I like to find spots of hope. I think those are the books that move me enough to bump to five stars. They feel more true to life (at least mine). 2w
Suet624 I wonder about why I read so many sad books too. Light reads are few and far between. 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks @Suet624 Those kind of Books are the ones that make me think most and that can stay with me. They are indeed the only ones that can be five star reads. Light reads I choose are mostly comforting, like the the Persephone‘s, or thrillers/mysteries. They hardly ever are worth 5 stars in my opinion though. Interesting! 2w
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April | Gabrielle Lord
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#AprilStats #AprilWrapUp
Look at those 4.5 star reads! I had a good month, with an unusual amount of Dutch books too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Elena knows
Love, if that‘s what it is
The fortnight in September
Sea of tranquility
Noodweer (Dutch)
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The master key
The journey
The purple violet of Oshaantu
Purple hibiscus
⭐️⭐️⭐️✨
Monterosso, mon amour (Dutch)
Mijn pa is nooit alleen (Dutch)
Paradais
⭐️⭐️⭐️
La bastarda
The book of mother
Cursed bunny

Cinfhen Excellent month 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
youneverarrived Fab month 🤍 2w
Megabooks Wow! I‘ve rarely seen you with that many 4.5⭐️! 2w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes! And many 4⭐️ as well! Now on to those 5⭐️ reads 😀 2w
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Paradais | Fernanda Melchor
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#BookReport 17/22

I have been ill this week and haven‘t read for a few days. And yet I‘ve managed to finish these four books. Sea of Tranquility was the obvious favorite although I enjoyed the tagged one too and loved the Dutch book Noodweer.

IuliaC I hope you feel better! 3w
batsy Hope you're feeling much improved 🌻 3w
Cinfhen Oh no!! Sorry to hear you haven‘t been feeling well😫Hope all is better 3w
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Nute Hope that you are feeling better now! 3w
sarahbarnes I‘m sorry you‘ve been under the weather! I hope you‘re feeling better. 3w
BarbaraBB @IuliaC @batsy @Nute @sarahbarnes Thank you for your best wishes. I do feel better already 🤍😘 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I feel better, and will email soon! 😘 3w
Ruthiella Hope you feel better soon! ❤️🤒 3w
kwmg40 Sending you good wishes for your recovery! 3w
TheLudicReader Hope you‘re on the mend. 😘 2w
DivineDiana Wishing you are feeling better! 2w
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Noodweer | Marijke Schermer
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Emilia and Bruch are happily married, but their relationship is based on a lie. When they first meet, Emilia conceals something important that happened to her. At first, this doesn't seem to hinder their love and for a long time she thinks it won‘t be necessary to tell him. But over time she realizes the impossibility of doing so. Should she come clear or is it too late? Schermer allows the reader to witness the doubt and despair of Emilia.

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Africa | David Petersen
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In April I read four more countries for #ReadingAfrica2022. I liked all of them but the Adichie was the best!

🔸 Chad: The journey
🔸 Equatorial Guinea: La Bastarda
🔸 Namibia: The purple violet of Oshaantu
🔸 Nigeria: Purple hibiscus

Velvetfur Wow, you've read so much already! I've only read 6! I'm impressed 😁 3w
BarbaraBB @Velvetfur I‘m surprised myself too. But 6 is very good too! 3w
TrishB Very impressive 😁 3w
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squirrelbrain Well done! 👍 3w
Librarybelle Your map is looking great!!! 3w
merelybookish Good work! 3w
Cathythoughts Great stuff 👍🏻 3w
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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I haven‘t been feeling well for the last few days (the flu I think) and this book was obviously not the best companion. A mix of horror and violence and SF and monsters and rats and abortions… I had a hard time finishing these short stories, especially the ones in the second half of the book. Definitely not among my favorite short story books.

#InternationalBookerPrize2022

LeahBergen Oh, I definitely think you might need somethings cozier to read! Feel better soon! 😘😘 3w
merelybookish Hope you're on the mend! Maybe a different read will help. 3w
AmyG Feel better! 3w
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CarolynM Might be time for some Furrowed Middlebrow or Persephone🙂 Hope you feel better soon💐 3w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM @LeahBergen @merelybookish You are so right! I have been reading a Dutch one (that‘s quite comforting for me as well) but have a Persephone lined up 🤍 (edited) 3w
Bookwomble I hope you're soon feeling more comfortable 💖 3w
sarahbarnes I had mixed feelings about this one, too. 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I was happy to read your review! I thought I‘d be the only one! 3w
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble @AmyG Thank you 🤍 I feel better already! 3w
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB 😊👍🏻 3w
Megabooks I think I‘ll skip it. I hope you continue to feel better! 💕💕💕 3w
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A School for Fools | Sasha Sokolov
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Page after page of stream of consciousness without any break or paragraph… it was hard to keep up and then I didn‘t even want to any longer. I am sorry Sarah and Scott and the rest of my #NYRBBookClub squad but my mind can‘t handle it at the moment 🤷🏻‍♀️

LeahBergen I read an excerpt from this before buying it and thought it wasn‘t my sort of read either. 😬 3w
DivineDiana Stream of consciousness does not appeal to me as well. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3w
arubabookwoman I read it several years ago and was totally lost in the beginning. Before bailing I read the intro (not sure if it was a NYRB edition), which explained what the author was doing/ehat was going on, & after that I was able to follow what I was reading. 3w
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sarahbarnes No worries at all. I will say that the style changes after the first part and for me it got easier to follow. But it was way more of a challenge to read than I expected it to be! 3w
batsy I was thinking about bailing because this is also not a good time for me to read this! Lots going on in life and super hard to focus on this style. But I'll give the suggestion by @arubabookwoman a go tonight & read the intro in the NYRB edition to see if I feel like I might soldier on 😁 3w
BarbaraBB @batsy It is very helpful indeed what @arubabookwoman suggests. Let me know what you think when you‘ve read it! (edited) 3w
batsy @BarbaraBB @arubabookwoman It's a brief translator's note in the NYRB, but yes it is quite enticing and makes me think I'll carry on for now and see where this leads... 🙂 3w
sarahbarnes I totally get it! It was a way more strenuous read than I expected it to be and I don‘t think I liked it for the most part, although parts of it were interesting. 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes I am sorry I bailed but I wasn‘t in the right mood for it 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
sarahbarnes Don‘t be sorry! To be honest I‘m not sure I would‘ve finished it if I didn‘t feel like I had to. 😂 3w
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Paradais | Fernanda Melchor
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This is the uncomfortable read about two Mexican boys, more or less condemned to each other out of loneliness, and frustration about how life is turning out. They can‘t be more different yet they keep meeting each other. But it‘s a toxic friendship and you know from the start that no good can come from this.

#52BooksIn52weeks #WealthyCharacter
#internationalBookerPrize2022

merelybookish Are you going hiking? 🥾 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish My daughter is about to go traveling for two months… these are her shoes and stuff 🤍 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB oh wow! Sounds fun! 3w
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Megabooks Looks like R is all organized, but I know your Mama heart will worry after her while she‘s gone. 💜 3w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks You are so right! She is extremely organized and she‘ll be fine but I‘ll be worrying and missing her those months! 3w
sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m on the list for this one at the library. I hope your daughter‘s travels go well. ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes You‘ll enjoy this one, I think! My daughter arrived safely in Costa Rica but I‘ll be a bit worried throughout her whole trip I think 😇 3w
sarahbarnes I‘m looking forward to it! And I completely understand-I always worry, too. ❤️ 3w
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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#WeeklyForecast 17/22

I am still making my way through the #InternationalBookerPrize2022 longlist. Paradais and The Books of Jacob are in progress, next will be Cursed Bunny, which is shortlisted. I also need to get to our #NYRBBookClub selection, which I get a feeling is all but an easy read.

Cinfhen I love both your covers!! 3w
TrishB What @Cinfhen said ❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @TrishB I do too. Unfortunately I had to bail the left one so I am hoping the right one will live up to the expectations raised by its cover 🙌 3w
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3w
Megabooks So curious about 3w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Much has been said about this book and I too loved it. Once again ESJM has created characters who feel so real and human. Their relationships and fears, whether set in the past or the future, feel extra relatable now that we ourselves have just experienced a pandemic. But how Mandel writes about it makes COVID and current times even more scary. Yet I could have read on and on about those characters - in any time or place.

BarbaraBB Tagging the #pop22 crew (#ParallelReality) and also using the book for #Booked2022 #SetInCanada 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! I will get to this soon….reading The Glass Hotel first in early May. 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I now think I should have reread that one before reading this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
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Cinfhen Excellent review 💚💚💚 3w
Megabooks Fantastic review! Glad you loved it. 💜 3w
KarenUK So glad you loved it. 💕💕 3w
BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks I really did. I read it almost in one go! (edited) 3w
Nute Wonderful review, Barbara! Are her last three novels a series or companion reads or not related at all? I have Station Eleven and this book, but not The Glass Hotel. 3w
BarbaraBB @Nute they are a bit related but you can absolutely read them as stand-alone novels. I would however recommend The Glass Hotel anyway! It‘s very good and some characters return in this book. 3w
Nute Good to know. I‘m happy for the success of her writing career. Her novels seem to be very well liked. 3w
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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#BookReport 16/22

Just those two but man were they good. Completely different but both highly recommended!

Lindy I really enjoyed Purple Hibiscus too, and have since read everything else she‘s written. 😊 4w
BarbaraBB @Lindy I think I have too! 4w
Megabooks Fantastic! 4w
Cinfhen We read Purple Hibiscus for bookclub a few years back - tough read but good 4w
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The Fortnight in September | Robert Cedric Sherriff
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It‘s the 1930s, and the Stevens family travel to the English seaside town of Bognor. For two glorious weeks they are freed from collars and stockings, from work and duties.

It is the 20th time they go there and their days pass in the same way each year. The family can afford little but what dominates is their constant enjoyment and making the most of every little ritual.

A wonderful book, a typical #Persephone. Highly recommended.

erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got this on hold. Lovely view! 4w
Ruthiella Love this book! ❤️ 4w
Cinfhen Great photo 🥰 4w
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LeahBergen I‘m so glad you loved it, too! And I‘m very much envying you being in a boat on the canals. 😩 4w
CarolynM Well, I really do have to read it, don't I? 🙂 Lovely photo, as usual 😍 4w
TrishB Great review and pic ♥️ 4w
batsy Book sounds really good. The view is gorgeous 💙 4w
squirrelbrain Fab photo! ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @CarolynM @batsy I hope you‘ll read it. It‘s your (our) kind of book! 4w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @LeahBergen I really loved it. The honesty and the positivity. The Stevens absolutely made the most of their vacation! 4w
Karons1 Beautiful 🤩 view with a beautiful edition Persephone books 📖 are amazing 🤩 4w
BarbaraBB @Karons1 They are! And reading them is so comfortable too: right don‘t, right paper, easy to hold in your hands. I love them! 4w
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is the beautiful, sad story of 15-year-old Kambili, set in #Nigeria. She is the daughter of a wealthy and fanatical religious man who physically and emotionally abuses his family if they don‘t live up to his Catholic standards. During a sleepover with her free-spirited aunt Kambili starts thinking of her own identity - with all consequences. Recommended!

#19822022 #2003 #ReadingAfrica2022 🇳🇬 #52BooksIn52weeks #FiveSyllableTitle

Smrloomis Beautiful photo! Don‘t know if I can handle this one to be honest 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Lovely pic! I really liked this book too. 1mo
Librarybelle I so love your photos!! 4w
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sarahbarnes Oooh, I need to check this one out. 4w
batsy I loved this a lot when I first read it 💜 (and it's been many years—time *does* fly!) 4w
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle Thank You! 4w
BarbaraBB @Smrloomis It is a sad book but there‘s also lightness and positivity! 4w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Our kind of book! 4w
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The Fortnight in September | Robert Cedric Sherriff
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#WeeklyForecast 16/22

A little late only because I was hoping I could include Sea of Tranquility but it still hasn‘t arrived. These two to kill the time 😉

Cinfhen Wow!!! It‘s taking such a long time 1mo
Cinfhen You‘re being very patient 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen not exactly my strength 😉 1mo
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sarahbarnes I‘m waiting on Paradais from the library and have been waiting for a minute. 1mo
LeahBergen The Fortnight in September! ❤️❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes How are you doing with 1mo
sarahbarnes I am still in book 2. 😳 I feel like other books keeping taking my attention. I like it, but it is slow going for me. Maybe that‘s okay. How are you doing with it? 1mo
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Exactly the same. I‘m not really motivated to pick it up again even though I like it too. Other books all seem more appealing! 1mo
CarolynM I need to get The Fortnight in September. Look forward to your review. 1mo
Megabooks Hoping SoT arrives soon! 1mo
vivastory I can't wait to read the new Melchor! It's going to be published in the states 5/10. Honestly, if it was going to be longer I'd probably order the Fitzcarraldo edition 4w
BarbaraBB @vivastory I don‘t know Melchor, I have no idea what I‘m in for but review are good! 4w
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It did! Today! Finally! 4w
Megabooks Awesome!! 👍🏻👍🏻 4w
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Just wrote my review. It‘s a delightful book. I hope you‘ll read it! @LeahBergen You were so right! 🤍 4w
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Mijn pa is nooit alleen | Jan van Mersbergen
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A book about hermits, about fathers and sons and about getting away from our past only to cherish it when we‘re older.

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The Book of Mother: A Novel | Violaine Huisman
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#bookreport 15/22

I finished two books for #ReadingAfrica2022, the tagged one was longlisted for the #InternationalBookerPrize20222 and I have been reading some Dutch fiction which I hardly ever do but have been in the mood for lately.

Simona I can relate to this - I hardly ever read Slovenian authors, but this year I already have read three 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Simona That is interesting. Why would that be? I am wondering why I am suddenly reading Dutch authors 1mo
Megabooks I noticed you were suddenly reading more Dutch authors. Perhaps you want to feel your own experience (as far as language and culture) reflected more strongly right now. 🤷🏻‍♀️ also, I might find it comforting to read something familiar too. But perhaps I am projecting my own feelings. 💜 1mo
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BarbaraBB @Megabooks Interesting thoughts. I mostly avoid my own language and culture because it feels a bit claustrophobic - the Netherlands are so small I often recognize the setting or feel like the mc could have been my neighbor. Reading English just keeps a distance I appreciate. I can‘t just read American novels though, that gets too American at times (no offense!) so I‘m glad for translated literature and the reading the world challenges. ⬇️ (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I like to travel (as you know!), by books as well. So I really wonder why I suddenly read Dutch while I‘ve been aching to leave the Netherlands/Amsterdam for a while after two years of Covid. You might be right about feeling my own experience, I hadn‘t thought of that! 😘 1mo
Simona @BarbaraBB I can strongly understand what you meant with claustrophobic - that is the reason why I don‘t read Slovenian authors so often. It is always more interesting to read about others misery, than about familiar depressing surroundings … and the neighbours‘ grass is always more green, isn‘t it? 😘 1mo
Megabooks Interesting. I see your point about translated literature and your love of travel and escaping your everyday. I‘d imagine a lot of Dutch novels are set in Amsterdam like NYC for American or London for British. I can relate to the claustrophobia a bit because I feel that way about Kentucky at times. I love traveling through lit as well, but more because there are a lot of places I am not likely to see. You gave me a lot to think about! 💜 1mo
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Pantone: Colors | Pantone
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Four more prompts for #Pantone2022 :
#ChiseledStone #Skydiver #AbundantGreen and #Poinciana. I‘m halfway through now but the second half is always harder!

Clwojick You‘re doing great! 💙 1mo
Christyco125 Fantastic progress 1mo
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Monterosso mon amour: een novelle | Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer
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Carmen reads a lot, but she never recognizes herself in her books. Stories are rarely about women like her. “I have experienced and accomplished little in my life yet I would like to read about it,” she tells her neighbor on the plane, flying home from Cinque Terre where she went in search of her first love. The neighbor is author Pfeijffer. He fulfills her wish. The result is this novella, written especially for the Week of Dutch Books promotion.

KarenUK This sounds lovely 💕 1mo
Megabooks Beautiful book, beautiful picture 💜 1mo
squirrelbrain It does sound lovely! ❤️ 1mo
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Ali‘s friend Kaunda doesn‘t cry when her husband dies. He had not been a good man and abused her so why should she be sad? Because her in-laws demand it, because that‘s the way things are supposed to go in rural #Namibia. Based on this main storyline, this novel explores the status of women in traditional Namibian society. A very good read. I am learning so much about Africa!

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇳🇦 #1982022 #2001

TrishB And a lovely pic ❤️ 1mo
Librarybelle Once again an amazing photo! 1mo
Billypar Sounds great! And on a side note, it looks like you are driving into a painting 🙂 1mo
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Suet624 I want to be where you are. In a car. With you. Looking at that scenery. 💝 1mo
BarbaraBB @Billypar I felt that way too. I live in the city but we‘re having Easter break and drove towards the countryside yesterday. So much sky! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 That would be fantastic! One day I‘ll come to Vermont and we will drive and talk and watch the scenery and listen to great music 🤍🤍 (edited) 1mo
Suet624 That would be amazing. 1mo
Bookwomble I'm glad you enjoyed it, Barbara. 🙂 1mo
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The Book of Mother: A Novel | Violaine Huisman
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Elsa‘s and Violaine‘s mother, Catherine is beautiful, brilliant and bipolar; she is a dancer who is determined to live life to the max. Why would she give up her right to freedom? Just because she has two kids?

After the war and the bleak fifties in France, she parties, argues, drinks and makes love throughout the sixties. Despite their mother's unpredictability, her daughters love her unconditionally.

TrishB Great pic and review👍🏻 sounds like a good read. If a man was doing this no one would bat an eye lid. 1mo
britt_brooke Perfect photo! 1mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB Exactly! You‘d almost say she lived like a man 🤣. However it‘s a French book so there‘s a lot of dark drama. It‘s in fact a heavy and sad book 🤷🏻‍♀️ (edited) 1mo
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BarbaraBB @britt_brooke Thanks! It was spontaneous by my daughter but worked out well 😀 1mo
LeahBergen Great review and fabulous photo! I love the peek at your Persephones and NYRBs. 😊 1mo
CBee Love this photo!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @LeahBergen of course you notice them 🤣! I like to display some of them in my living room 😇 1mo
Megabooks I love this picture!! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CBee @Megabooks Thanks! I was pleased with the result too 😉 1mo
squirrelbrain Fab picture! 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen 🤍 1mo
Cathythoughts Great picture 👌🏻 1mo
batsy What a lovely photo! And the discreet stacks of NYRBs and Persephones 😍 1mo
sarahbarnes Great review - this one is up next for me and now I‘m more excited to read it. And such a great photo! 1mo
Suet624 I love all of this and I appreciate the way you wrote about the book. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Terrific photo 👍 1mo
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#WeeklyForecast 15/22

I am still working my way through Jacob and will for some time to come. I am planning to read another book from the International Booker longlist, another African one and hopefully my pre-order of Sea of Tranquility will arrive!

Bookwomble I enjoyed Purple Violet - I hope you do, too 💜 1mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwomble your review made me buy it! 1mo
Bookwomble @BarbaraBB Then I definitely hope you like it 🤞🏻 1mo
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La Bastarda | Trifonia Melibea Obono
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I got a rare and unique insight in #EquatorialGuinea, a country I knew nothing about, a country that never makes the news. Having said that, the story was not written well. It‘s about the coming out of a girl, being a so called “man-woman”. I appreciate the book though for learning about this small country.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇬🇶 #pop22 #AboutGenderIdentity #Booked2022 #ComingOutStory #52BooksIn52weeks #IndieRead
(Pic: Shoreditch, London)

Cinfhen Kudos for finding a book for this country!! I took an awesome graffiti street tour in Shoreditch a few years back😍So fun and more sunny days ♥️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Great work on all the challenges! 1mo
Librarybelle Look at all of those prompts! 1mo
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1984 | George Orwell
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Meeting up with friends in a pub in Soho, London. I suddenly notice that George Orwell visited this pub too. What are the odds?! 😇

vivastory That's so cool! 1mo
Ruthiella Pretty neat! 1mo
TrishB Very cool 😁 1mo
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Cathythoughts Enjoy ! 1mo
squirrelbrain Cool! ❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen Cool! 1mo
SRWCF Neat! One of my all-time favorite books! 1mo
readordierachel How cool! 1mo
kspenmoll What fun! 1mo
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Liefde, als dat het is | Marijke Schermer
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I hope this book will be translated in English.

A married couple. She leaves, she has sex with another man and her husband seems so boring. Their children, reading a chat between their mother and her lover. The father, Tindering for the first time.The daughter, in love with a cute Moroccan boy. The father‘s love for his kids. The mother, irritated with the responsibilities coming with being a mother.

#pop22 #CutleryOnCover
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Cinfhen Yay!!! Sunny London 💕💕💕Book sounds fabulous 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It is so good! You‘d love it too but unfortunately it hasn‘t been translated. And sunny London feels like a gift too. In a pub in Soho now, feel so lucky! ❤️ 1mo
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erzascarletbookgasm On vacation? 😍 Enjoy 1mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t know you were heading over here Barbara - have a lovely time! The book sounds great. 1mo
BarbaraBB @erzascarletbookgasm @squirrelbrain For work, just the weekend unfortunately! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 1mo
KarenUK Have a lovely time! I‘m super surprised it‘s sunny! And this book sounds my cuppa tea…. Hope it gets translated 💕 1mo
Megabooks Sounds like a book I‘d enjoy! Love the photo too. 😁 1mo
CarolynM I'm so jealous,I miss London. Enjoy 💕 The book sounds good too🙂 1mo
BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks you both would enjoy it I think. And I feel so lucky walking through London in the sun! 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM Are you English? 1mo
CarolynM No, 100% Australian. I just love London and I was lucky enough to he able to visit frequently during the 2010s. 1mo
BarbaraBB @CarolynM I thought so but suddenly was wondering if maybe I was wrong! I hope you‘ll be able to visit London again soon! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @KarenUK @Megabooks I just finished another book by this great author and suddenly noticed that this one 🔝 HAS been translated. You all might like it I think 3w
squirrelbrain Thanks for the recommendation Barbara - I‘ve stacked it! 3w
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The Master Key | Masako Togawa
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#BookReport 14/22

I traveled the world this week: from Japan to Argentina to Africa. All three were completely different and all were VERY good.

Cinfhen Yay!!! 🌏💫✨ 1mo
batsy Love when that happens! 1mo
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JOURNEY. | ABDUL. MUSA ADAM
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When he is just 7 years old, the army kills Abdul‘s entire family and burns his home in Darfur. He flees to a refugee camp in #Chad. Via Lybia (another war) he manages to cross the Mediterranean and make it to England, a young boy with PTSD, all alone in the world. Today he is a British citizen and jockey of royal horses. Like his journey, his story is hard & emotional.

#ReadingAfrica2022 🇹🇩
#19822022 #2020 #52BooksIn52weeks #PhotographsInside

Librarybelle What a harrowing journey 1mo
Cinfhen This was an emotional read but also hopeful @Librarybelle ♥️ 1mo
BarbaraBB @Librarybelle You can say so. And so many young Africans who try to do the same don‘t succeed. This testimony feels really important 💔 1mo
Megabooks Wow. That does sound very emotional. 1mo
Suet624 Wow. 1mo
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