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Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Rachel Joyce | Rachel Joyce
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life.
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 55.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 108th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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CindiB
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Pickpick

I loved this unravelling passage of pain/regret/fear towards love. It‘s a perfect story & symbol for the promise of taking the first step, of following through, of perseverance & of allowing the journey to change. And what we find at the end may be beyond our beliefs. I love Rachel Joyce. I love how she crafts a story, creates lovable, incredible but ordinary flawed characters that shimmer & pulse with longing & hope. A superb writer. 4.5/5

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Bookwomble
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Pickpick

From certain GR reviews, I'd expected this to be a rather slight and twee story of midlife crisis, and the beginning did suggest for me something of a chintzy Reggie Perrinesque tale, however...
Perhaps it's because elements of the story resonate with my own life experiences (no, I've never walked 600 miles!), but I was really moved by Harold, Maureen, David and Queenie, reduced to tears, actually.
Not what I'd expected, in a good happy/sad way 5⭐

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Bookwomble
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Outside my usual baileywick, but my wife has just finished it, and I impulsively thought I'd try reading some fiction written since the new century dawned.

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claudiuo
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Pickpick

My #DoubleSpin for back in May, just finished now and I am happy I did. This was such a great read: using as background a very unlikely walk of six hundreds of miles, with no proper equipment or planning or anything, we get to see deep into Harold's memories, with all the regrets, loses, never spoken thoughts and more. It rung so true to me, it was painful in parts. A pick!

@TheAromaOfBooks

Finished a few more books on my quest to get a bingo ⬇

claudiuo Down Among the Sticks and Bones - another great book in the Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire;
God Save the Mark - a funny mystery story by Donald E. Westlake, enjoyed it but not as much as I like his Dortmunder series;
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackmon Lowery and others - a great informative and emotional introduction to the Civil Rights Movement for younger readers.
All picks!
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books!!

Day 2
#MMMTbr

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Elizabeth2
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Pickpick

Harold Frye is living an ordinary life. He receives a letter one day from an old friend who is writing to say goodbye. What unfolds is a journey on foot, Harold walking to his friend to deliver his reply in person. The journey is about so much more, and along the way Harold remembers the mistakes he‘s made and the life he‘s watched pass by. At the same time, Harold‘s wife remembers, too. A moving story about how it‘s never too late. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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marleed
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Pickpick

This was a sweet book, but I had to chuckle because I walk outside nearly everyday, and I‘m seldom in conversation with anyone. I must be a grouch!

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Elizabeth2
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Taking up my Sunday morning position with my reading buddies. One pup behind my head, one on my feet, a cup of coffee and my book. With about 80 pages left, I am going to finish Harold‘s pilgrimage to Queenie‘s bedside today and move on to the companion novel that tells the story from Queenie‘s perspective.❤️📚 #dogsoflitsy #sundaymorningvibes #booksandcoffee

MsMelissa Enjoy! 1y
DogMomIrene Your 🐶fluffy butts🐶 are adorable! 1y
Elizabeth2 @MsMelissa thanks! It‘s been a relaxing morning! (Needed after losing an hour of sleep. 😉) @DogMomIrene thanks! They are my constant companions. 🥰 1y
DarkMina Cute dogs! 1y
Elizabeth2 @DarkMina thanks Joey! 🥰 1y
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Elizabeth2
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Really enjoying Harold‘s journey, and his wife‘s as she awaits his return. ❤️📚

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Elizabeth2
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Getting in a little reading time before I have to move to my desk and begin work for the day. No more Fridays off! We added another Realtor to our little team, so the team lead (my brother) asked me if I‘d be willing to increase my hours to better support three people. I‘m going to miss my Fridays off, but I‘m excited at the growth of the team and the extra money is always welcome (I have to pay for my book habit, after all)! ❤️📚

Aims42 Darn book habit!! Ughh, I hear ya 😆 Congrats on the growth at your company, that‘s exciting!! Seems like everyone and their brother is moving now lol 1y
Elizabeth2 Covid brought out a need in people! (That, with low rates.) We were SO busy last year! The market is a bit crazy. I‘m excited about having another member on the team! 😃 1y
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Elizabeth2
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“The letter that would change everything arrived on a Tuesday.”

I am really enjoying this story!

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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Elizabeth2
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#Saturdaymorningvibes Taking some me time this morning before I have to get moving. Making Galumpkis for dinner to honor my dad‘s memory because his birthday was this week. My son‘s GF is coming for dinner when they get back from skiiing/snowboarding today. ❤️ Already really enjoying this story.

Eggs A full day! I hope it‘s wonderful for you and your family 💕💕 1y
BoleyBooks Love the mug! 😊 1y
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Elizabeth2
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After the disturbing book I just finished, I‘m in the mood for a sweet story. Luckily, my friend @EadieB sent me just the right book a couple of months ago! Reading this one next. ❤️📚

EadieB Nice! Hope you enjoy it! 1y
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Readergrrl
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I‘m a day late, but last night‘s festivities distracted me!
❤️🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸❤️

1. My most difficult adjustment was the death of my mother in September. As an only child, her death leaves me feeling unmoored and adrift. I do have my own family (husband and daughter), but this is something different.
2. I am grateful for my family and friends. Without them, these past few months would have been insurmountable. 🥰

🌿🌹🌿🌻🌿🌷🌿🌼🌿🌸🌿🌺🌿

Texreader I‘m so sorry for your loss! I can‘t imagine what it feels like but I suspect I‘d feel very much like you do given how close we are. Lots of hugs and 💕 coming your way. 1y
Avanders I‘m so sorry for your loss. I also lost my mom in September and know exactly what you‘re talking about. 💙💙 1y
MaureenMc 💕💕💕 1y
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Kdgordon88 Sending you love and light during this hard time. 💔 1y
Crazeedi Such a difficult time in your life, sending you much love and prayers for comfort and peace 1y
Tanisha_A ❤️ 1y
Laughterhp 💚💚 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm so sorry for your loss. 💜 1y
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Victoria_Clyne
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Pickpick

Harold reveives a letter from his long-lost friend Queenie to tell him that she is dying. Rather than post the letter he writes he decides to walk to see her.

I quite enjoyed this one. One of my favourite parts was some of the characters Harold met along the way. And the flash backs to his past. However I did find that it lost its way mid way through and did almost scream in frustration at one point. I am intending to read the companion novel.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Have you read the companion novel written from Queenie's viewpoint? It3s marvelous. 😭 1y
Victoria_Clyne @Penny_LiteraryHoarders It is on my very large TBR.😄 1y
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Joanne1
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Pickpick

Really, really loved this one. So much more complexity and nuance than I was expecting.

Suet624 I‘m always so excited when I see that someone has read this book. It‘s one of those books that is so under-read. 🙂 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Ruthiella Clever! 😀 2y
Eggs Love Rachel Joyce — and this photo👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Crazeedi
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#LitfortuneCookie @KVanRead
@Branwen thanks for the tag!
This book was just a great story about an elderly man who doesnt let anything stop him from getting to his old friend before she dies. It was funny and heartwarming

Crazeedi @EadieB see what I posted before I read yours? Thanks for tag!! 2y
EadieB Thanks for playing! 2y
EadieB @Crazeedi Interesting! 2y
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Crazeedi @EadieB it was so long ago that I read this I had to scroll my goodreads list to find it. I just remembered how much I loved harold 2y
EadieB @Crazeedi Yes! He was a great positive character! 2y
KVanRead Sounds lovely 💕Thanks for playing 😊 2y
Branwen Great choice! 👏👏👏💖 2y
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EadieB
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wanderinglynn I love Up! ❤️❤️❤️ And I enjoyed Harold too. 2y
CafeMom Up fan too. 2y
PurpleTulipGirl Squirrel! 2y
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EadieB @wanderinglynn Up is a great move, I agree! Thanks for your comments! @CafeMom @PurpleTulipGirl 2y
Klou Awesome!! 2y
EadieB @Klou Thanks! 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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Panpan

I don‘t understand either the book or the hype around it. The beginning is a bit far-fetched but okay, I was willing to engage … Latest until (social) media and the pilgrims turn up. They add nothing, they just fill the plot. Very early in the book I felt that its essence is: Harold is walking. Considered that he‘s heading to a dying woman his trip gets more and more implausible. So I ended up not cherishing even the serious, profound passages.

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Buechersuechtling
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@Freespirit @julesG @Erofan Thank you so much for the #Top6Reads-tag.

It took me a while to make my choices and I was surprised how difficult it was to me to find 6 picks. Few would‘ve been easier. 😊

My life is quite busy at the moment so I absolutely have no overview who already participated – which is why I take the easy exit: Consider yourself tagged. 😉

Freespirit Thanks @Buechersuechtling always great to see people's best reads!! 2y
Erofan Great list! 👍 Metro 2033 is super! I also read the sequels (2034 and 2035), but I liked these books much less ( 2y
Buechersuechtling @Erofan Thank you. 🙇🏽‍♀️ I did not yet manage to start “Metro 2035” – because … Well, I loved “Metro 2033” for the first and for the second time but was, in comparison, so disappointed by “Metro 2034” that now I don‘t dare to touch “Metro 2035” … 😟 2y
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Buechersuechtling
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Sleepless nights are made for audiobooks, aren‘t they❓😉

I remember a recent conversation here on Litsy about this. I have forgotten with who (if it‘s you, holler 😉) but anyway – I _do_know_ that this book obviously is loved by many, so I decided to put it on my library-tbr to someday give it a try – even though I didn‘t love “Perfect” as much as everyone else obviously did …

But well, here I am already. 😇

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Helen19
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I‘m not sure it counts as a #roadtrip if it‘s on foot but it‘s the closest I had! Harold thinks he‘s just #steppinout to post a letter to someone he knew in the past. What starts as a stroll to the letterbox becomes a walk the length of the country to save a life. #boundtogetherjune #jamminjune

OriginalCyn620 I‘ve heard nothing but good things about this book...stacked! 2y
Helen19 @OriginalCyn620 if you like it you might like Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper x 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have it and have heard it‘s a wonderful book!! 2y
Eggs Great choice 👏🏻👍🏼 2y
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xicanti
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I bounced between a few books yesterday before Harold Fry finally stuck. It‘s charming and sad so far, and while I don‘t think I‘ll end up loving it, I expect to like it very much.

Also, I‘m gonna read OUTSIDE tonight, because it‘s WARM! I‘m also gonna drink this not-at-all-sweet vodka soda a friend brought over, because Victoria Day is a good day for alcoholic beverages.

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LibrarianBecky
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Pickpick

What a sweet book! If you liked “A man called Ove” you may like this one. Just a nice sweet story .. with an ending that came out of nowhere! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SilversReviews
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Thanks to:

#BloomingBibliophiles
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Prompt: WALK

Very profound and thought-provoking. Nothing but praise for this remarkable book.

The book is also a tribute to the decency of the human race for their concern and their support of a cause a fellow human being believed in.

FULL REVIEW: https://tinyurl.com/ybsdmm5r

HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?

#racheljoyceauthor
@randomhouse

Ncostell I loved this book, it‘s one I still think about from time to time. 2y
SilversReviews @Ncostell It is very memorable...thank you for commenting. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 2y
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OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read it but heard lots of great things! 2y
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ENJOY when you read it. 2y
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Andrew65
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Loved this book about the #Walk Harold Fry took one dY. if you have not read you certainly need to and it‘s partner book, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.

#BloomingBibliophiles

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have to read this one! 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You do, I‘ll get you to read it one day or we could do it as a #BOTMBuddyRead. 2y
AmyK1 I really liked this one 👍🏼 2y
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Andrew65 @AmyK1 A wonderful book. (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks wait this is the writer of the music book I threw ? @Andrew65 however I‘ll read anything /put it on the list !! 2y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie 🤣🤦 It is but a very different book! If you enjoyed Lillian Boxfish I think you‘ll enjoy this. 😬💁‍♂️🤞 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I gave it 4.5 stars but a book that has stayed with me. (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 LOVED LILLIAN!!! 2y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie 🤞🤞🤞🤞 2y
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La_Cori
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#7Days7Books
Books that have left a deep impression and changed me..
DAY 5: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this one!!! 2y
La_Cori @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's one of my favorite books, ever!!! You should definitely give it a try 😉 2y
wanderinglynn @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you should! Such a great book. 👍🏻 2y
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Buechersuechtling I learnt two things from your post: 1. I confused aluthors. I thought Rachel Joyce was Muriel Barbery, who is she obviously isn‘t 😉 and 2. I learned that I already read one of Joyce‘s books: “Perfect”. It was an okay read but I could not fully understand all the praise it got. What about “Harold Fry”❓ Is it ver similar to “Perfect” or is it a bit different – because, you know, after I saw Corinna‘s post I am a bit tempted to give “Harold” a try. 2y
La_Cori @Buechersuechtling I read "Perfect" too and for me it wasn't as good as Harold Fry.. just try and read a few chapters when you have a chance, and then you can decide to commit or not on the entire book ? 2y
Suet624 Yes!!! Such a good story. 2y
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FairyFiona
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Pickpick

Loved this book.
I was cheering on Harold the whole way, despised the 'Pilgrims' when they prevented him from walking enough and wished I could have found him to buy him some walking boots.
The flashbacks to his past with Maureen and Queenie were lovely, and though the ending was tearful, it was also beautifully written.

Andrew65 Fantastic book. 2y
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Andrew65
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One of my personal favourites.

#MagnificentMarch #NameintheTitle

Come-read-with-me I loved this book. It was such an unexpectedly funny and tender story. 2y
Andrew65 @Come-read-with-me That was my thoughts too, and also loved the partner book. 2y
Come-read-with-me @Andrew65 I haven‘t read that one yet! Thanks for the heads up- it‘s stacked! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve still got to read this!!! 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ll get you there eventually. I know you‘ll enjoy it. 2y
OriginalCyn620 Sounds really good! 2y
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 It‘s a must read. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I have both of them!! 2y
CMB It‘s not like I need another book to read but, naturally, had to add this to The List! Thanks...I think 🤔 😂 2y
Andrew65 @CMB It‘s definitely worth it! 2y
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Andrew65
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Everyone should read this pair of books. So beautifully written and so #Sentimental. 😢
#ReallyRandomFebruary

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!!! 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You do need to read them. 😍 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2y
SilversReviews I loved Harold. 2y
JaclynW I loved the first one, still have to read the second. 2y
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yvo_about_books
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Impromptu camping trip! Two days enjoying nature and the best company... 🏕🥰 Reading a chapter or two before we turn in for the night. 😴

ljuliel That sounds great ! Camping and Harold Fry. 2y
yvo_about_books @ljuliel sounded like a great choice while on a trip. 😁 2y
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Blh87
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Pickpick

Finally finished this one! It was a bit slow, but it was very heartwarming. It even had a plot twist I wasn‘t expecting!

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Blh87
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Had time for coffee and a scone (long gone) between my Dr‘s appointment and work!

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Book club night!

Megabooks Can I join? 😋😋 2y
yourfavouritemixtape @Megabooks sure! But you have to hurry! We destroyed this plate in no time 😬 2y
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Blh87
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I‘m shifting gears a bit with this one...excited! I‘d like to note that I bought this book used...I would never treat a book in such a way! 😂

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TheEllieMo
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When I read this book when it was first published back in 2012, I imagined Harold as very elderly. According to Wikipedia, he‘s 65, a mere 14 years older than I am now. So not elderly at all!! 😉

#AgingCharacters #DearDecember @Eggs

Eggs “Elderly” is a relative term I suppose. Harold is younger than me 😂 Great choice! 2y
TheEllieMo @Eggs yes, when I was a teenager, 40 was elderly! Now, anyone my parents‘ age or below is still a spring chicken! 2y
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BookWorm_89
Pickpick

Can a story be classified as “coming of age” if the protagonist is in his sixties? Rachel Joyce beautifully expresses the deep desires and unspoken hurts of Harold and Maureen Fry, driven apart twenty years earlier by pain and tragedy they could not face. Harold‘s journey brings him through strength and fear, memory and loss, fame and oblivion. Though none of us has walked 500 miles in his shoes, we have all been on a pilgrimage of our own.

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

This was a lovely book. One morning Harold Fry receives a letter from an ex work colleague with some bad news. It starts a pilgrimage to see this person by walking from Devon to Berwick Upon Tweed. On the way he meets lots of people and has time to do lots of self reflection about himself and his life. #bookcovers

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one so much more than I expected 💕 3y
emmaturi Have you read The Music Shop? That is also good! @BarbaraBB 3y
BarbaraBB No I haven‘t but I have been meaning to! 3y
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emmaturi
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#GratefulReads - my favorite genre is crime books, I do like them set in Scotland!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻 3y
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 3y
Lucy_Anywhere Christopher Brookmyre is great! Can I recommend One Fine Day In The Middle of the Night - my fave book of his 3y
emmaturi Oh yes thanks! @Lucy_Anywhere 3y
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Jenken1998
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Pickpick

This has been on my TBR list forever. Sweet story about a recently retired man who walks to the post box one day to mail a letter to a sick friend and just keeps walking. He decides if he hand delivers his letter his friend will survive. Along the way he intermally works through grief, regrets and misguided assumptions and through a cast of characters he encounters. It was a slow read but i enjoyed it enough to give it 👟👟👟👟

Crazeedi Great story, I loved it too 3y
Coleen_Nieto Love! 3y
JenDR Read it earlier this year, enjoyed it. 3y
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thewallflower0707

I feel like this book fell a bit short, around 70% I was starting to get bored but the ending was very emotional (I cried). Not as good as A Man Called Ove though!

#review #read #travel

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jenken1998 Im reading this right now. Im 1/2 through. Its just ok for me also 3y
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xicanti
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Little Free Library sighting!

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Librarybelle
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Harold Fry is not the spontaneous type. But, one day, when mailing out a letter to an old friend, he decides he wants to hand deliver the letter. Thus begins his hundreds of miles journey in England, wearing a pair of yachting shoes and a light jacket. Along the way, he meets extraordinary people and learns things about life. This is a fun, warm novel that takes the act of doing #SomethingGood to a whole new level. #Ayupaugust

squirrelbrain I loved this one - it was so much more than I expected! ♥️ 3y
Cinfhen Great choice 👍🏻😁❤️ 3y
Crazeedi ❤ this one! 3y
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La_Cori
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OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚❤️ 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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Pickpick

This is a love story, not a romance, and allows the reader to look at how relationships evolve over the course of a lifetime. It reminds you that the minutia of daily life can make you forget why you fell in love with someone. This book helps to remind you what things should be valued in life. At least that was my take away.

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NovelNancy
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Pickpick

Harold Fry appears to be a fragile old man, yet simply by being himself he inspires others. He reviews his life seeing many errors and remembering simple joys. Stepping out of his daily life, he realizes what most matters. Like his unplanned foot journey from the south coast to the north coast of England, the plot takes unexpected detours where quirky characters join and drop out along the way.