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Gentleman in Moscow
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
A New York Times bestseller The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow] Entertainment Weekly Elegant as lavishly filigreed as a Faberge egg O, the Oprah Magazine He can t leave his hotel. You won t want to. From theNew York Timesbestselling author ofRules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel Towles s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia. The New York Times Book Review In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. And the intrigue! [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama. The San Francisco Chronicle"
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AmyK1
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When you go to the library to pick up your one book on hold (tagged) and end up leaving with 3 more. I think Cloud approves! 🐱

Crazeedi Aww your kitty is precious! I love gentleman a favorite! 1h
Jerdencon Love what that happens! now
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Bookwormjillk
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve tried this three times, and I‘m just not into it. Bailing (for now?)

Gaylagal2 @Bookwormjillk I totally agree....lol! I thought it was awful and I hate to say that 😬 24m
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lauren.lerner
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Back home and on to my next book for #NewYearWhoDis! It has been a few years since I first read this lovely novel, so I am really looking forward to this #reread.

🏡📚

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gailpaten
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Pickpick

January 2020

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Laru79
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Started on this for book club, really enjoying it‘s funny style but keep being distracted from it. Has anyone else read it? Do I carry on? I do like it, but also feel a bit like I can‘t be bothered!!

Literary_Siren Keep with it! It starts off a little slow but soon you won‘t be able to put it down! I finished it in 2 or 3 days. 3d
Laru79 Thanks @Literary_Siren I‘ll keep going!! 3d
Scochrane26 One of my favorite books!! 3d
Laru79 @Scochrane26 I really want to keep going. Have only heard good things, so litsyans‘ reviews are even better!! 3d
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Loretta
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Loretta
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Husband in the background as I continue on this fabulous book.

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Loretta
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The speedy erosion of individuality following the Russian Revolution.

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kindergartenkat
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#readinthenewyearswap
Yay! I love my box @Reading_E ! I love the variety of genres! And I just got back from the gym and that bath bomb is calling my name. 💪🏋️‍♀️🛀📚
@MeganAnn and @Chrissyreadit

Crazeedi Brilliant friend and gentlemen are great! 7d
Chrissyreadit 🥳👏💕🎉💕👏 7d
MeganAnn 😍🎉✨👏🏻❤️ 7d
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Lcsmcat
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A #comopolitanmc , in the best sense of the word. #NewYearNewYou @Eggs

kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 1w
Eggs Yes!!!👏🏻👏🏻!!! 1w
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BobbiB
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I made a trip to a lovely bookstore yesterday and came back with a new book and bookmark. I'm already enjoying them both. Amor Towels has a unique writing style. I'm excited to see where this book is headed.

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KarenUK
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The Count was the perfect character to spend time with, under house arrest at a hotel for almost half a century. As he witnesses a changing Russia from the outside looking in, he learns to live a life of purpose, surrounded by an eccentric cast of characters. The writing is wonderfully old-fashioned, giving me Agatha Christie vibes (without a mystery) in the best way possible, with witty dialogue and descriptions of the fading glamor. Delightful!

Crazeedi This is one of my all time favorite books!🥰 1w
KarenUK @Crazeedi It really was wonderful! 1w
BarbaraBB Such a great book ❤️ 1w
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Hollie I loved this one- I may have to do a reread, but this time try it out on audio. 1w
GypsyKat I‘ve had this one on my TBR shelf for ages! I need to read it! 1w
IndoorDame This is one of two favorite books I read last year! ❤️ 1w
KarenUK @Hollie the narrator is fantastic 💕🎧👍 1w
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Loretta
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Alright insomnia, you win!

Literary_Siren I absolutely loved this book!! 2w
Velvetfur Aaww loved this one 💜 2w
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cpreja
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Craning his neck, the Count tried to identify the few [constellations] he had learned in his youth: Perseus, Orion, the Great Bear, each flawless and eternal. To what end, he wondered, had the Divine created the stars in heaven to fill a man with feelings of inspiration one day and insignificance the next?

Louise Such a good book! 👍 2w
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cpreja
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Getting ready to start my second read of 2020. Can't believe it's taken me so long to get to this one.

TheSpineView I loved it. Hope you do too! 2w
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Butterfinger
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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#wondrousWednesday @Eggs

1.Cebrating my daughter's birthday.

2. tagged

@Hazel2019 @KPS-BOOKS-45

Happy New Year!!

sblbooks I meant to read that this year. I hope to get to it soon. 2w
Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥳👏🏻📚🤗 2w
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mona91
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Pickpick

Best of 2019 ❤️ 📚

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Kristinhov
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Lots of good reads here!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Welcome To Litsy📚❤️ 4w
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Freespirit
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Pickpick

Loved this book. Beautifully written with snippets of Russian history from 1922. Count Rostov is on house arrest in the attic of a grand hotel in Moscow. One of my favourite books this year... and the 50th, which was my reading challenge🤗 #historicalfiction #readingchallenge

julesG Congratulations! 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @julesG it's double my previous challenge so I'm happy😄 1mo
BridgetteM Congrats! 🥳📚🥳 1mo
sprainedbrain Woohoo! 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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calisoul615
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This book was AMAZING! I simply couldn't tear myself away from it. The writing is beautiful, the story is captivating, and the ending - perfect. Highly recommend!

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Freespirit
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This time of year is always so busy. Sorry I have been absent from Litsy this week and have not even had much reading time😩 My tree is now up however. I have made a commitment to a more sustainable Christmas which means less buying and a focus on doing things with friends and family.
A Gentleman in Moscow is a lovely book. I hope to finish it today and post a review. Happy Christmas preparations friends. 😘❤️

Sace A very lovely tree 🎄 1mo
Freespirit Thank you @Sace 😘 1mo
batsy Pretty! 1mo
Freespirit Thank you @batsy each year I buy 1 or 2 new ornaments from my travels 1mo
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Howseldomtheydo
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#Top10oftheDecade Already second guessing myself 😂

Cinfhen Dang, A Gentleman in Moscow 🤦🏼‍♀️I loved that book!!!! Shoot... By the way you could have separated your top 10 into fiction and nonfiction / that way you get more slots😉🎉💕 (edited) 1mo
Howseldomtheydo @Cinfhen 🤷‍♀️ I was too lazy to make separate lists and collages 😂 1mo
Cinfhen Hahaha/ and I could make collages all day long!!!! 1mo
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CallMeIshmael
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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I got this book from the library back over the summer and read it and was amazed. So at the same library they were selling it for a dollar. I am now re reading again...why? Because it makes me happy, it makes me feel safe, I want to hangout I‘m the hotel. I love the characters. It‘s an amazing book

Soubhiville I loved this one as well. 🤎 2mo
Aims42 I loved this book too! Definitely worthy of a re-read every year 😍 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I've been thinking about this story all day and I think I dreamed about it last night. I want to know what happens neeeext, she whined. #bookhangover

Aims42 Definitely one of my Top Ten Favorites!! 2mo
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Sweettartlaura
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Mehso-so

#unpopularopinion time - I didn‘t love this 🤷🏻‍♀️. Lots of head, not enough heart. It had the possibility of being like Shawshank Redemption, but it didn‘t deliver on that promise. And I don‘t like period pieces just for the sake of it enough to love it anyway.

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

Happiness is...a snowy day, an attentive dog, and an absolutely lovely book.

LauraJ Your dog is beautiful! 2mo
bookandbedandtea @LauraJ Thanks! 💜🐕 2mo
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JenDR
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One of those rare books that made me want to immediately re-read it. I wasn‘t ready for it to be over.

Velvetfur Me too! Don't you just wanna stay in that hotel with all those fun characters?! 2mo
JenDR @Velvetfur - So much so. It reminded me of the old TV show, the Duchess of Duke Street. It was set in a hotel as well. 2mo
Velvetfur @JenDR Oh, I don't know that one, looks like we didn't have it here in the UK (or we did and I never noticed as I don't watch TV!), sounds good though 😊 2mo
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JenlovesJT47
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Mehso-so

Maybe it‘s because of the hype, but I was a little disappointed in this book. It had flashes of brilliance where I was totally engaged, but then there were long passages that just bored me to tears & it seemed all over the place, and I felt totally disconnected from the characters. An email from Book Riot last week promised some awesome twist at the end, so I pushed through despite my boredom. What twist? The end was fine but I dunno what they ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Were talking about. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Oh well. So, for me, it could have been better. 2.75⭐️ 2mo
Tiffiney I bailed on it 😬 2mo
JenlovesJT47 @Tiffiney ok that makes me feel better! I honestly only finished it because Book Riot said there was some cool twist at the end, and when I got to the end I was like 🤔 what did I miss? Oh well! Glad I‘m not alone! 😬 2mo
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emmaturi I agree about finding some bits really good and other meh! I read last year so can't remember the ending at all now! 2mo
Sweettartlaura Completely agree!!! So much hype - for what??? It‘s beautifully written; I‘d love to meet the Count at the restaurant; I‘d even like to stay there. But I don‘t wanna read about the Count being there for another minute. 2mo
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TheSpineView
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#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620
#ABookYouHaveReread

There are numerous books I have reread. However, I read this once twice in the same year because it was so good. Even thinking about it makes me want to read again. Strong character driven story that had me absorbed from the start.

Laura317 I totally agree! I listened to it on Audible and loved it so much that I bought the book. 2mo
ljuliel I need to a Get On The Stick. I‘ve had the audio since it came out and have yet to listen to it. Most everyone in here seems to really love this one. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!! So good!!! 2mo
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 2mo
Scochrane26 I love this book so much! 2mo
Freespirit Reading this now😊 2mo
jillrhudy It is so wonderful 2mo
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CallMeIshmael
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Book haul for 6 dollars!

ChasingOm Wow! 😳 2mo
Caroline2 I loved looking for Alaska. 💖 2mo
Velvetfur Nice haul! 👍 2mo
marleed Nice! 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Around a year ago (maybe more) I had this from the library and only read the first chapter before it was due back. I forgot I'd had it on hold for ages until it popped up on my kindle this evening. I'm really looking forward to this. #CurrentRead

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Copwithabook
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A lot has happened in my life since picking up this book so it took me a while to get through. However, I appreciated that it seemed to reflect the highs and lows in my own life. The Count is truly a special character. And I‘m glad #litsymademedoit

Nute I think that I read in another post that I need to congratulate you. Thank you for what you do. Stay safe out there, Ms. Rachel!💕 2mo
Copwithabook @Nute thank you so much! 2mo
Crazeedi This book was a 5⭐ for me 2mo
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LiteraryinLititz I just saw the previous post. Congratulations on the promotion!! That‘s awesome!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Cute kitty!😻This has been on my TBR for a long time! 2mo
Librariana I'm with @Nute - Congratulations on your phenomenal accomplishment! 😊🎉🎉🎉 (I wanna call you 'Detective' already but I imagine we have to wait?? Before my husband sowed on Master Sergeant, they would add a 'Select' to the end of the rank 🤷🏽‍♀️ Then again, I'm a civilian and understand very little about that stuff 😁) 2mo
Copwithabook @Leftcoastzen Bean the cat says thank you. He is the most photogenic member of our household 2mo
Copwithabook @LiteraryinLititz and @Librariana thank you. I start in that position on Dec.2. My family is excited that I will be home for Christmas 2mo
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MargaretPinardAuthor
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Decalino
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Pickpick

I read and loved this book a while ago, but today's book club meeting at the Metropol really brought it to life. Pink vodka, caviar, and an endless supply of tea. Quite an experience!

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JenDR
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My current read. I am really enjoying the various footnotes/asides that pop up from time to time.

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Debdeb
Pickpick

I finished this on audible a few days ago and I‘m finding now that I really miss the characters!! When doing stuff I did when listening (driving to work or making a cup of tea) I find myself thinking about them and wondering what happened to them after the story finished ... it‘s a bizarre feeling but a sign of a very well enjoyed book I think!

Catsandbooks I absolutely loved this book! One of my favorites! 🥰 3mo
Debdeb @Catsandbooks it‘s gorgeous isn‘t it!!! 3mo
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squirrelbrain
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Still languishing on my TBR shelf but I believe this gentleman is in fact a #count....

#countmeout
#soaringscores

TrishB Still on my tbr too- brought it in the midst of the hype and just haven‘t fancied it yet. 3mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!!!! Love your interpretation🙌🏻and this book is SO GOOD 3mo
BarbaraBB Smart one! 3mo
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Lcsmcat It stands up to the hype. 3mo
CrowCAH Very nice! 3mo
squirrelbrain We should try a #buddyread @TrishB - but then that will probably ruin it, knowing what we‘re like! 🤣 3mo
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Copwithabook
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Started on this beauty. The weather in Arkansas is amazing today!!

LibrarianRyan Checking in to see if you mailed your #nightmareswap yet? 3mo
Copwithabook @LibrarianRyan yes it did and I‘m hoping the wildfires don‘t cause problems with getting to her 3mo
LibrarianRyan Did you get your box? Sorry I didn‘t send this through email. It‘s (mine) is not working correctly. 3mo
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uwak
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bit of a slow burn but a moving book 🍷Towles does an excellent job of not only writing charming, memorable characters but he also paints a very vivid picture of 1920's-50's Russia and the quaint life within the Metropol. I wasn't terribly familiar with the historical context of the book's setting but Towles provided some footnotes and general information to keep the reader afloat. 😊

#historical #kindle

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oneonefour
Pickpick

Sweet and heart warming

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BookBelle84
A Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Pickpick

A beautiful book. I loved the setting, the history and the characters of the Metropol. Beautiful writing.

DeleteAcct This is such a lovely book. 3mo
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uwak
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cocoa coffee, friends, and some quality time with Count Rostov ☕ I'm not very far in this book yet but so far it's been very poignant and reflective 📖

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BookBelle84
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Rambo and Alice are all set for a weekend of reading! #catsoflitsy

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FountainOfWords
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This book is a bit of a mixed bag for me. One moment it gets tedious and the next you are hooked. It‘s like walking in a normal, mundane neighborhood for sometime with nothing interesting to see when at one point you turn a corner and get this unexpected magnificent view.

Sweettartlaura Well said 👍🏻 2mo
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Jenken1998
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September wrap up. 20 books total.....16 books , 4 audio. 5 have been on my Tbr shelf forever. And.. Amor Towles is now on my favorite author shelf .. well his books are anyhow..that would be weird if he was 🤔❤🤣

SauerPatch Awesome selection! 4mo
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PetrozavaRR
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
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Day 1 #7Days7Covers #covercrush
Just can't resist to share this masterpiece for my first choice❤📚
Tagging @Louise to join 🤗

Louise Great choice of book! That is such a moving novel! Thank you for tagging me. I recently completed Day 7 of this challenge. You can see my book cover choices in my Litsy posts. Cheers! 😊 (edited) 4mo
SauerPatch I considered this one also. I enjoyed the book as well! 4mo
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jnichole
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One of my current reads. So far, really good.

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perfectsinner
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Pickpick

Ah, great read. Definitely deserving of all the hype. 5 star