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The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Narrow Road to the Deep North: A novel | Richard Flanagan
Winner of the Man Booker Prize Nothing since Cormac McCarthys The Road has shaken me like this. The Washington Post From the author of the acclaimed Goulds Book of Fish, a magisterial novel of love and war that traces the life of one man from World War II to the present. August, 1943: Australian surgeon Dorrigo Evans is haunted by his affair with his uncles young wife two years earlier. His life, in a brutal Japanese POW camp on the Thai-Burma Death Railway, is a daily struggle to save the men under his command. Until he receives a letter that will change him forever. A savagely beautiful novel about the many forms of good and evil, of truth and transcendence, as one man comes of age, prospers, only to discover all that he has lost.
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Freespirit
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Wow this was so hard to pick the #top10ofthedecade ! I have picked books published in the last 10 years that I have read that have stuck with me...I can remember how I felt reading them now. Ones I would recommend unreservedly!
I have read many other brilliant classic books this decade like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Anna Karenina, Frankenstein, Dracula, and books by favourites John Le Carre, Peter Temple, Ken Follett and Edward Rutherford ❤️❤️❤️

batsy Fascinating list ❤️ I must read Max Porter soon! 1mo
JennyM Fabulous list! Thanks for sharing 😊 1mo
TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 1mo
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Cinfhen Wonderful list!!!Thanks for sharing 🧡 I really enjoyed 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard great things about this book and it‘s sitting on my shelf/ hopefully in 2020 I‘ll finally read it 1mo
Freespirit @batsy Lanny is a quick read but one that is so different 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @JennyM and @TrishB Wow how hard is it to narrow down!! 1mo
Freespirit @Cinfhen I thought The Signature of All things was brilliant..a strong female character and a moving story 1mo
CarolynM Interesting list! 1mo
Freespirit Thanks @CarolynM I really enjoyed looking through A Tree Grows last night 😍 1mo
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YLAung
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Pickpick

For me and my daughter

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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

I don‘t like having to give this a So-So rating. It‘s very worthy - 12 years in the writing, drawing on his father‘s experiences as a PoW. There are some incredible scenes, that will stay with me for a long time. But the whole Amy/Dorrigo/Ella thing - ugh; the female characters are poorly developed, and I really didn‘t care about them, and the only time I felt anything for Dorrigo was in the makeshift operating theatre.

CarolynM I thought similar things about Death of a River Guide which is the only Richard Flanagan I've read. There was a good book in there struggling to get out. 2mo
TheEllieMo @CarolynM I seem to have the same feeling about many Booker winners - good shorter books buried working unnecessarily long and verbose works🙄 2mo
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TheEllieMo
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Are you ready to hit the narrow road to the deep north?

#HitTheNorth
#RedRoseSeptember
@arlenefinnigan
@Cinfhen

Jari-chan Even though I didn't like all the parts of this book it is still very intense and unforgettable. 4mo
TheEllieMo @Jari-chan it‘s interesting how a book can get you like that, isn‘t it. I felt the same about Milkman, I can‘t say I enjoyed reading it but it has stuck with me more than other books I‘ve read this year. 4mo
Cinfhen I started this book a long time ago but for some reason I put it down and never picked it back up🤷🏼‍♀️ One of those right book wrong time situations 4mo
arlenefinnigan Nice cover 😉 4mo
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Caroline2
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I couldn‘t think of any #avenuesandalleyways but I‘ve got a narrow road?! 🤷‍♀️ (I still haven‘t read this yet. 🤦🏻‍♀️) #ayupaugust

Hestapleton This book was emotionally difficult, but really good. 5mo
Cinfhen Well played ❤️love all the red spines together 😍 5mo
Cathythoughts I thought of this one too & I still havnt read it either 5mo
squirrelbrain I also have it on the TBR shelf .... another #buddyread candidate!? 5mo
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain we have so many candidates now! 😆 5mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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Mehso-so

This book covers two broad themes: the effects of war, and the nature of love. That's a lot to tackle, which is probably why Flanagan did the former so much better than the latter. I think he would have been better off just chopping off the entire first third off the book, like cutting off a gangrenous limb (as the characters had to). Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/the-narrow-road-to-the-deep-north-richard-fl...

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Tamra
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I am going to bail on this audio 10 hours in - feels overwritten (self-conscious) and repetitive. IMHO the cruelty and horrendous conditions described would have been more impactful in a shorter work.

cathysaid I tried this one a couple of times on audio. Never even got an hour into it...and now I‘m glad. I wonder if it is any better in print? 6mo
Tamra @cathysaid it might be. I too disliked the narrator‘s reading - was kind of flat. That didn‘t help at all. 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh too bad. I loved this one - but didn't listen to the audio. Sometimes that can hurt a good book. Sometimes it elevates it. Seems like it didn't do a good job on this one. I remember having such visceral reactions when reading. 6mo
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Tamra @Penny_LiteraryHoarders it‘s definitely a “visceral” subject matter! I may try it in print because you are right narration can make or break a book. It didn‘t seem to be repetitive to you? Maybe it was the voice. 6mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra I just remember being completely absorbed. It was 5-stars for me and I was thrilled it won the Man Booker. They chose the right one! 😊 6mo
CarolynM I've read one Richard Flanagan (tagged). Over written and self conscious are good descriptions for it too. I hated it and I don't plan on reading him again 6mo
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Centique
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#wanderingjune #roadtonowhere

A bit of a stretch but the Burma Railway felt like the road to nowhere while the POWs were building it in WW2. And it says road in the title - so that‘s close enough 😋

I loved this book. I know a number of people disliked the jumps into present and past but I needed those jumps to give my head some space from the POW experience! So many memorable scenes in this, some harrowing, some filled with love.

andrew61 Wonderful choice, and i guess the scene on the bridge years later could fit that category as well. 7mo
ReadingEnvy I preferred the love story 🤷‍♂️ 7mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy That was my favourite part too, although I really liked the war story as well 7mo
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Centique @andrew61 I‘m trying to remember the bridge now - is that the fire scene? That‘s the scene that is stuck in my head. 7mo
andrew61 @Centique its a while since i read it but it is when he is crossing a bridge and sees his old lover with two children but doesn't speak to her. If im remembeing right im sure i heard the author say he had heard a similar story about a man in Croatia who fails to speak fearing the children are the womans and thinking she has moved on. Apologies if i remembering incorrectly. 7mo
Centique @andrew61 oh yes! That‘s right. Such a journey he has been on - almost full circle in figuring out his own heart. 7mo
Cinfhen I wanted to love this book but I ended up bailing very early on. I don‘t think I was in the right mood at the time. Maybe I should try again?!? 7mo
BarbaraBB I am happy with your recommendation. I have this book on my shelves but heard so many mixed things about it that I never dared trying it. 7mo
Centique @Cinfhen I think someday you might like it. When you feel like you don‘t mind quite dramatic shifts between a harsh war story and a lighter love story. 🤞🤞🤞 7mo
Centique @BarbaraBB I hope you like it! 🤞🤞 7mo
Freespirit For me a brilliant book! The story has stayed with me❤️ 7mo
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squirrelbrain
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I haven‘t read this yet, it‘s on my TBR shelf, but it certainly sounds like a #highwaytohell, being set in a Japanese POW camp....

#maymoviemagic

Cinfhen I started this book years ago and it was definitely a type of hell!! I always meant to go back and try the book again.... 9mo
BarbaraBB I have a copy and haven‘t dared reading it yet. 9mo
Cathythoughts I have it too Helen ! One of these days .... ♥️👍🏻 9mo
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Cathythoughts In fact , thanks for reminding me .. I‘d forgotten all about it 9mo
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @cathythoughts - it certainly sounds hellish. It was a charity shop find and I fear it may be one of those that languishes on the TBR shelf for a looong time.... 9mo
Centique I loved this book! The war scenes are hard but really worth it. 💔 @Cathythoughts (edited) 9mo
CarolynM @Cinfhen I'm not a Richard Flanagan fan either. I was supposed to read this for my IRL book group but I flat out refused. Life's too short. 9mo
rohit-sawant 💔💔 9mo
gradcat I don‘t know about the book, but your bookshelves are ooh la la—your books look so lovingly cared for—only a slight bit of wear in the bottom left spine corner. Oh, you must think I‘m a bookshelf stalker (I couldn‘t help myself—I love bookshelves, abnormally so!)...👀 9mo
squirrelbrain @gradcat - not a stalker at all! In fact you‘re quite normal! 🤣 A lot of my books (including this one ) actually come from charity shops. I‘m very lucky to find them in such good condition.... 📚 9mo
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Caroline2
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I‘ve had this book on my TBR shelf for 4yrs now! 😲 #long&windingroad #beatlemaynia

Ashley_Nicoletto Sameeee. Every time I see it I want to read it and then don‘t. 9mo
MidnightBookGirl That is a GORGEOUS cover. 9mo
rachaich We read this for book club at the start of the year. It was my choice and I'd had it on my pile for years. We were very divided in opinion of it. It has some extremely harrowing parts, as you'd expect. 9mo
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Caroline2 @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m the same! Weird isn‘t it! 🤷‍♀️ I‘m gonna try and conquer it this year tho! 👍🏻 9mo
Caroline2 @rachaich ohhh, interesting! 😯 I like reading divisive books, will I love it or hate it?! must read it soon! 9mo
Caroline2 @MidnightBookGirl it is, isn‘t it! 😍 9mo
Eggs Sounds really good!! 9mo
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Kalalalatja
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I‘m home sick today, which gave me the perfect opportunity to scroll back through all (!!!!!!) my posts while watching old seasons of Drag Race. I posted my first post in May 2016, and while I started on a negative note (still don‘t like the book), my Litsy experience has been beyond positive and wonderful ❤️❤️ #LitsyMemories #FirstPost

RachelO Get well soon! 🌸 10mo
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 hope you‘re feeling better soon. 10mo
cobwebmoth Hope you're feeling better soon! 10mo
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ScientistSam Hope you feel better soon! 10mo
squirrelbrain Get well soon.... ❤️ 10mo
mabell I hope you feel better soon! 10mo
julesG Feel better soon! 10mo
mabell I hope you feel better soon! 10mo
yourfavouritemixtape Reading this while watching Drag Race :) hope you feel better soon 10mo
Sarah83 Feel better soon 💖 10mo
MrBook Awww, wonderful! So glad you‘re still active on here 🤗🤗🤗🤗! Love your posts. 10mo
JennyM Get well soon 😘😘😘 10mo
Cinfhen Sorry you‘re not feeling well😣glad to see you‘re relaxing with Litsy ~ the perfect medicine 10mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 10mo
mhillis Take care! 10mo
Purrfectpages How long did it take you to scroll back? 10mo
Lizpixie Another #OGofLitsy🎉 hope you feel better soon lovely♥️ 10mo
Kalalalatja @RachelO @TrishB @cobwebmoth @ScientistSam @squirrelbrain @mabell @julesG @Sarah83 @JennyM @Cinfhen @Suet624 @mhillis thanks all! Still home today, buy hoping, hoping, hoping I‘ll be ready for tomorrow 🤞 @yourfavouritemixtape Drag Race is the best 🙌 @MrBook thanks! And good idea with the tag 👌 @Purrfectpages I must admit I didn‘t time it, but it probably took around 20 minutes. My thumb hurt quite a bit after 😂 10mo
Kalalalatja @Lizpixie thanks sweetie! And woot woot for the #OGLitsyCrew 🙌🙌 10mo
julesG Take care! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I tried to scroll back for about 20 seconds until I gave up. 😆 10mo
ephemeralwaltz I can't imagine how you scrolled so far back 😂😂 but this is awesome! I'm so happy to have connected with you on here ❤️ hope you've been feeling better! 10mo
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IuliaCG
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"Like you've thrown a plum and an orchard comes back at you. [...] These two completely different things, a note and a room, finding each other. [...] Do you think that's what we mean by love, Mr Evans? The note that comes back to you? That finds you even when you don't want to be found? That one day you find someone, and everything they are comes back to you in a strange way that hums? That fits. That's beautiful."

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Pricel101
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I‘ve read a lot about WWII but knew nothing of the railway through the Burmese jungle built by Australian POWs. The topics are HUGE- love war death obedience honesty loyalty forgiveness. Flannigan made me see all these in a different light. It‘s a brutal but brilliant read. I loved it in audio, the narrators New Zealand accent was very compelling.

2014 #manbookerprize winner 📖🏅

youneverarrived I loved this one too! 11mo
Pricel101 @youneverarrived our tastes in books are very similar 😊 11mo
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IuliaCG
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I'm not familiar with war novels. This one describes war atrocities so realistically that it almost completely overshadows the love story

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rachaich
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Blimey.
Not sure what to say about this one. Horrid detail in the POW section but that was expected and contributed to the plot. Beautifully description about life and love in other chapters. Characters are so simple to imagine. But it's left me feeling quite sad. Which I guess it would. And should. Very glad I've read it though.

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rachaich
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I've wanted to read this for some months and now beginning it.
Beautifully written :)

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Mafiacisco
Pickpick

Part war story, part coming of age - this is a great book.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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My choice for #adventrecommends
What I loved about this book was the honest and disturbing perspective of the Japanese during the building of the Burmese Railway of WWII. Unsettling and astonishing.

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Amiable
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This is a gripping, vivid story about death and violence and the terrible traits of humanity, and all the ways we destroy and degrade and torment each other. It was inspired by the author‘s father‘s grueling experiences as a POW working on the notorious “Death Railway” during WW2, in which starving and dying prisoners were forced by the Japanese to hack through the Burmese jungle and build a railway from Bangkok to Rangoon. It's not an easy read.

CarolynM Great review 14mo
sprainedbrain Great review...I loved this book! ❤️ 14mo
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jenniferheidi
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I‘m so behind with my bookstagram posts - I read this back in the summer when I had pneumonia but the book‘s impact has lingered (much like the impact of the pneumonia unfortunately). It doesn‘t flinch from the horror of the Burma death railway and the evil of those who ordered its construction.

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MariettaSG
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Having lived in Tasmania for many years, this novel, of course resonated with me and made me smile when it spoke of places that I am deeply familiar with. The actions of my neighbour, a WWII veteran who would get drunk, sing and piss on his lemon bush makes a lot more sense now. Also I've heard criticism of Darky ending up being Dorry's nephew but this is so possible, everyone is connected in Tassie.

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MariettaSG
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All that war, all that pain, all that loss - amounting to nothing.

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MariettaSG
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A day to die.
Collective death.
Prompted me to wonder whether humans have gone to war in an attempt to give death more meaning rather than getting old and fading away one night.....

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KellyHunsakerReads
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I am loving this beautifully written book. It‘s nice to be reading as it‘s been a tough week with no time for books.

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sprainedbrain
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I read a lot of historical fiction, and specifically a lot of WWII era historical fiction, but this book has stuck with me since I read it more than two years ago. Dorrigo Evans isn‘t the most likable character, and this is a hard read with scenes of a Japanese prisoner of war camp and so much suffering, but this book is wonderfully written and powerful.

#Australia #AugustIsATrip

PatienceFortitude Have you read the Billy Boyle mysteries? Really good, character driven WWII series. 1y
Abailliekaras Omg so good. ❤️ 1y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is perhaps my favorite book ever. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m going to stack this one! 1y
MamaGina What a coincidence...I ordered this one just today because so many historical fiction lovers have recommended it! 1y
ReadZenRites Sounds really good. Stacked. 1y
Tashreads Loved it! 1y
sprainedbrain @PatienceFortitude I have not, but I‘m going to check them out. Thank you! 1y
vkois88 Sounds like a hauntingly wonderful story 1y
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MariettaSG
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"Who he was he had no idea..." I get the sense that Dorry will never have an idea. Will that be the point of the book? It does seem to question existence and meaning quite regularly. I am enjoying this novel but not finding it as poignant as perhaps it was meant to be.

Amiable I had the same reaction to this book as you are. 1y
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bedandabook
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A beautiful day for an #audiowalk by The Thames today. I finished this one, which was a five star read for me. I don‘t always like authors narrating their own books, but I thought Richard Flanagan did a good job in this case. A harrowing but wonderful and haunting read which I will not forget in a long time.

RadicalReader @bedandabook what a beautiful photo!! Scenery is everything and always provides some intense photo opportunities. 2y
bedandabook Thank you, @RadicalReader. I am very lucky to live so close to the river, which provides some wonderful views! 2y
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Just settling into this on audio, read by the author, and so far it is dripping with wisdom. A powerful read.

Emilymdxn I really liked this one! 2y
Cathythoughts Ohhh !!! I would love to hear what you think of this one. .., I think it‘s going to be hard ???? But , like a lot of hard things , ultimately rewarding... look forward to your thoughts 2y
bedandabook Good to hear @Emilymdxn! I‘m enjoying it enormously so far. 2y
bedandabook I‘m really enjoying it so far, @Cathythoughts, although I have to admit I‘m finding Book II slightly easier to follow than Book I. The narrative just flows a lot easier. The language is just exquisite. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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#Newyearreads #Flowers #ozfiction 📚📚📚🇦🇺👊

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rougelette

A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your soul.

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rougelette
Pickpick

It has been on my reading list for a while so I was slightly disappointed that it wasn't a book I couldn't put down. That said, some parts of the book left me thinking so I would still recommend a read.

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AndjoSant
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My haul from the Lifeline book fair #toughguybookclub #lifeline #richardflanagan #scifi #orwell

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Cathythoughts
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#Firstsentence @BarbaraBB what a great idea ! I haven‘t read all this book ( but I intend to ) the opening paragraph ( not sentence ) I love this” toddling back & forth in and out of transcendent welcome...into the arms of women who loved him “ ❤️❤️❤️I tag @jdtchicago @TrishB @Andrew65 @Ms_T @Centique @EvieBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Izai.Amorim & all Littens 💖

BarbaraBB Beautiful. I still need to read it as well (it‘s a Booker winner). This start sounds promising! 2y
TrishB Not read this yet - but that's awesome. 2y
Cathythoughts @Barbarabb 👍👍👍 2y
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Cathythoughts @TrishB beautiful start 👍 2y
batsy Lovely! 2y
Cathythoughts @batsy isn‘t it ?!!!💕 2y
Ms_T Lovely start 😃 2y
Andrew65 A good idea, I think I need to give this some thought before posting. 2y
Centique Thanks for the tag! I loved this book - not a light read, but really immersive. Still think about it a lot. 2y
Cathythoughts @Centique that is so good to hear , I need to get back to it. No, Its not a light read , so I took a break. But hearing you still think about it a lot makes me want to go back ! I don‘t want to miss out 👍❤️ (edited) 2y
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Jessicav
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Book 4 that I've started today. It's been a great day so far despite the constant headache. I know this one is going to be hard, but also hopefully great.

cariashley That‘s precisely how I‘d describe this book. 2y
Jessicav @cariashley well that's good to know! I bought it as soon as it came out, but just never got around to it! 2y
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Abailliekaras
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Three strong books set in jungles, and the much tamer one behind our apartment. Still too many wild boars and snakes for my liking! #welcometothejungle #Rocktober

BarbaraBB I can‘t imagine living near a jungle! It seems great somehow 😀! Are you living in Australia? Or is this still Hong Kong? (edited) 2y
Abailliekaras @BarbaraBB it's definitely jungle lite! (& I stay well clear of it such as it is 😉). In Hong Kong for one more day, then back to Aus. 2y
Cinfhen Great collage & awesome photo! So many places I want to visit!!! 2y
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Abailliekaras @Cinfhen thanks! HK is a fun place to visit! 2y
MrsMalaprop Great choices for the prompt. I‘ve read and loved each of them 👍. 2y
Abailliekaras @MrsMalaprop thanks! 😊 2y
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Moray_Reads
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#Snacks, snacks, snacks. My sweet-tooth is indecisive today and for some reason I'm just not connecting with this book 🤔
#30daysofreadathon

Mdargusch Beautiful photo 👍🏼 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved this book!! Well deserving of its Man Booker Prize win! 2y
saresmoore Something made me push this book off my TBR, although I can‘t remember what now. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think if you stick with it. 2y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I think this is my favorite book. My. Favorite. Of all books. Hope you enjoy!! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore in just over halfway through and while the writing about the POW camp is powerful and horrific (and I know so little about it!) I feel like I'm only engaging with it intellectually. The parallel love affair storyline, while I realise is there to contrast the brutality of the camp, I could really do without altogether. Perhaps that's the problem! 2y
Kalalalatja I couldn't connect to this at all. Everything about it just felt off for me. I'm interested in seeing what you think of it once you finish. 2y
Simona That's exactly my 'problem' with his works. I do think, that his writing style is powerful and stories are good, but I can't connect with them 🤷‍♀️ 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @Kalalalatja @simona well, I'm done and while some of those terrible things will haunt me I just didn't like it as a novel. It never really came together and seemed confused about what it was trying to say about the characters 2y
Moray_Reads @simona @Kalalalatja and don't even get me started about Darky turning out to be Dorrigo's secret nephew 2y
Erika13137 What a perfect way to use a classic tea cup. 2y
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Simona
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I was tagged by @kspenmoll and - pile of #blue books for #boockcolortag
tagging: @batsy @BarbaraBB @Izai.Amorim @maich @Ms_T and the color is #gold or #silver

from top: L.Smith, W.Raeper - A beginner's guide to ideas
B.Green - Elegant Universe and The Fabric of the Cosmos

Izai.Amorim Will work on it! 2y
kspenmoll 💙💙 2y
maich Hvala ti😍 Sem ravno v Portorožu. Naredim naslednji teden, ko se vrnem. 2y
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youneverarrived
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I've read the top two and I'd recommend them both especially Red Love! #compasspoints #jubilantjuly

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sprainedbrain
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#JuneBookBugs #SetInTheSouthernHemisphere

Two very different books set in Australia... loved them both!

SheReadsAndWrites I just saw Big Little Lies in the bookstore! Couldn't decide. You say it's a yes? 3y
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HKGirl @SheReadsAndWrites If you can do audio, you should totally do that! The narrator (Australian, of course) is fantastic. 😊 3y
sprainedbrain @HKGirl @SheReadsAndWrites I second that! The audio is fantastic... Caroline Lee is one of my favorite narrators. 😃 3y
JazzFeathers Oh my goodness, l truly truly love that red and grey cover. It's stunning 😍 3y
Centique I loved The Narrow Road so much. Some truly hard parts to read - but WOW. He's an amazing writer. 3y
sprainedbrain @Centique yes! It was a painful book to read, but so very good. 😊 3y
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abookishrendezvous
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This just arrived this evening. Has anyone read it?

bookishrose I think it's the first time I heard of it. 3y
abookishrendezvous He's quite a popular writer 😊 3y
samra.reads I bought this book and its one of my most anticipated read 3y
abookishrendezvous Mine as well! 3y
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Abailliekaras
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Such a brilliant book and some harrowing jungle scenes... I could not find my copy and must have lent it out 😬 - I'm now making a list of books I have to 're-buy' ! As if my book buying problem wasn't bad enough... 📚🙄 #welcometothejungle #JuneTunz day 23

Cinfhen Great choice! This was a BRUTAL read🎋🌴🎋 3y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen it really was! 3y
ReadingEnvy Phew this book was rough. 3y
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MrsMalaprop ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
andrew61 A stunning read. 3y
Abailliekaras @ReadingEnvy it was but luckily beautiful too. @MrsMalaprop @andrew61 totally! I'm going to have to get myself a new copy. 3y
andrew61 I recall being stunned by the brutality of the scenes in the jungle but then feeling the emotional rug pulled from under me and being upset by the scene in the chip shop after the war. 3y
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Priyanshi
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"A good book, he had concluded, leaves you wanting to reread the book. A great book compels you to reread your own soul"

Currently reading this, and man.. What a beautiful book!

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Moray_Reads
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I'm always bad at sticking to my tbr so here is one current pile on my dresser (they're mostly just my more recent purchases and library books) #junetbr #junebookbugs

Moray_Reads @TobeyTheScavengerMonk it's a new one for me. I'm looking forward to seeing his first effort! 3y
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AbstractMonica
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This just arrived in the mail 😊

Bookish_B I loved this book! 💗 Tough read though (subject-wise). 😊 3y
sprainedbrain So good! 3y
AbstractMonica @Bookish_B @sprainedbrain can't wait to start reading it 😊 3y
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sprainedbrain
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#MayBookFlowers #War

I read a lot of different genres, but historical fiction is definitely my jam. All of these fantastic books are set during WWII. ❤️

Born.A.Reader ❤historical fiction.📚 3y
Ms_T A great selection of lovely book covers ❤️ 3y
Johanna414 I used to read a ton of historical fiction, but haven't in probably a decade. Been wanting to dip my toes back in the genre but not sure where to start... probably something YA or Middle Grade 3y
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ephemeralwaltz ❤❤❤ 3y
CareBear These are some of my all-time favorites (edited) 3y
sprainedbrain @Johanna414 I think this one counts as YA! 3y
DebinHawaii My hold just came through for the audio book of Salt to the Sea & I'm looking forward to it. 📚👍 3y
KarenUK The book thief and Life after life are two of my faves 💕 3y
Aswenson That bottom row! ❤️❤️ Love HF. 3y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜The Book Thief 3y
Gissy The Bronze Horseman is in my tbr and the rest in my wish list! 😉 3y
sprainedbrain @Gissy I ❤️ The Bronze Horseman sooooo much!!! 3y
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wanderer15
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Pickpick

This book packs one hell of a punch. Not for the faint of heart (some truly horrifying scenes from the WWII POW camp in which most of the book takes place), but well worth the experience for anyone willing to endure it. If I had any criticism, it would be that the relationship/peacetime portions weren't as masterful as the wartime ones, but the prose is consistently superb throughout. I won't quickly forget this one.

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MrsMalaprop
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Some books from my shelves #setinsoutheastasia #Aprilbookshowers. I highly recommend The Narrow Road To The Deep North.

Given how close I live to the region I have read very few books set there. Need to get on it! I'm enjoying seeing all your recommendations. 🙂

Texreader Cool! Where do you live? 3y
MrsMalaprop @Texreader Western Australia. 3y
Joanne1 I enjoyed Narrow Road too. 3y
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Kalalalatja
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This is the only book I have on my shelves which is #setinsoutheastasia. So to make up for it I included my pretty elephant I bought in Myanmar almost five years ago. 🐘 hopefully all the posts for today's prompt can inspire me a bit, so I can add more SE Asian books to my shelves 📚

#AprilBookShowers

RealLifeReading 👍 🐘 3y
Reviewsbylola That is gorgeous. 3y
DGRachel So pretty!! 😍🐘 3y
Zelma Beautiful design and colors! 😍 3y
Kalalalatja @Reviewsbylola @DGRachel @Zelma thanks, I simply adore it 😍 3y
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KarenUK
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#day11 #aprilbookshowers As it's #TBRTuesday here are three #setinsoutheastasia from my TBR.... heard great things about all three.... Anyone read any of these?

batsy Only heard of the Batacan book; it's been on my TBR for too long 3y
Ole I've actually read Flanagan, but was rather disappointed and have forgot about is 3y
KarenUK @ole good to know 👍... it's been on my TBR since it won the Man Booker in 2014, but never gotten around to it... 3y
cariashley The Flanagan floored me, it was so good. Was definitely one of the best of my year when I read it. 3y
KarenUK @cariashley Then I should give it a go! Thanks 💕 3y
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