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Home Fire
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
From an internationally acclaimed novelist, the suspenseful and heartbreaking story of a family ripped apart by secrets and driven to pit love against loyalty, with devastating consequences. Isma is free. After years of watching out for her younger siblings in the wake of their mothers death, shes accepted an invitation from a mentor in America that allows her to resume a dream long deferred. But she cant stop worrying about Aneeka, her beautiful, headstrong sister back in London, or their brother, Parvaiz, whos disappeared in pursuit of his own dream, to prove himself to the dark legacy of the jihadist father he never knew. When he resurfaces half a globe away, Ismas worst fears are confirmed. Then Eamonn enters the sisters lives. Son of a powerful political figure, he has his own birthright to live up toor defy. Is he to be a chance at love? The means of Parvaizs salvation? Suddenly, two families fates are inextricably, devastatingly entwined, in this searing novel that asks: What sacrifices will we make in the name of love?
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Chelsea.Poole
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This is why I love reading challenges, though I participate in few. Read for #Booked2022 for #thinkgreek as this is an Antigone retelling. I had to educate myself on Antigone before starting and it very much enhanced my reading experience. This is a heartbreaker and that ending is just wow. I absolutely loved this book and I‘m so grateful to this challenge for giving me the nudge to read it. I‘d call this a bit of a Romeo & Juliet retelling also.

Palimpsest Your cactus is beautiful 3w
CBee One of my favorites! I can‘t wait to read her newest 😊 3w
sarahbarnes Loved this one, too! 3w
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BarbaraBB Oh I loved this one so much! 3w
Cinfhen Yay!! So glad #Booked2022 “pushed” you to try something new 🫶🏼 3w
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it! 3w
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Megabooks
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This was simply fantastic! I could NOT put it down! I‘m going to tackle the rest of her backlist next year.

Isma raised her two younger siblings after their mother died. Now that Aneeka is at uni, Isma has traveled to get her own degree in the US. But their brother Parvaiz has taken a darker turn, following in their jihadist father‘s footsteps. The family‘s fate takes an interesting turn when the son of the Home Secretary enters their lives.

Megabooks Oh yes, this was my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks 🤩 2mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo! I enjoyed this book and if I remember correctly it‘s a modern retelling of a Greek tragedy 🎭 I just ordered her new book after reading your review 2mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes! Modern telling of Antigone. I had a quarter star preference for best of friends (5⭐️ vs 4.75⭐️ for this). I hope you love it too! 2mo
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BarbaraBB So happy you loved it! I can‘t wait to read Best of Friends! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I read this one around the time it was published and it has really stuck with me. So good! Plus I love that gorgeous cover. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole I loved this too! Great review 3w
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Megabooks
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We‘ll be here reading and snuggling all Fall/Winter! Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. 💜🐶

Ruthiella Molly is a lucky dog! She looks so contented! 🐶❤️ 2mo
CBee I LOVED that book ♥️ 2mo
ErikasMindfulShelf A great book!! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures I was so impressed with this book and rarely see people talking about it! One of my favorites this year. 2mo
sarahbellum Molly getting the belly rubs 🤩 2mo
BarbaraBB That looks so perfect for both of you! 🥰 2mo
Cinfhen Beautiful photo!! Molly looks super content and I see you‘re enjoying your recliner 😘 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella thank you! I love her so much. 2mo
Megabooks @CBee @ErikasMindfulShelf agreed! It is fantastic. 2mo
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures I can‘t believe it took me so long to get to it! I think I remember more buzz on litsy when it came out in 2018. 2mo
Megabooks @sarahbellum always! Touch is her love language. 😂 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen thank you! I am loving this recliner. She says hi to her aunts!! 💜😘😘 2mo
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Megabooks
Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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Both my #bookspin and my #doublespin are from my Book Outlet order that is not here yet. (🤞🏻 Monday) Anyway, HF has been on my TBR for years, but RABT is an impulse buy. Interesting to see how my reviews will shake out… 🤔

GinaKButler Ohhhh…Home Fire has been on my TBR for a while now. 2mo
Megabooks @GinaKButler I‘m excited to finally read it! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Wow this was so good! Only on my list due to winning The Women's Prize for Fiction a couple of years ago, and it was well deserved!
The writing is solid and the storyline takes a few twists that I didn't see coming.
An often heartbreaking story of family love and loss, but not overly heavy.
It is nice to find an adult fiction work set in the UK with Muslim characters that are complex and real.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! Awesome photo 💗 7mo
sarahbarnes Good stack! I‘ve been wanting to read Popisho. 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @sarahbarnes it is so good!! Original and well done. 7mo
rmaclean4 Loved this novel! I still think of it years after reading. 7mo
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mackelie
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Loved this book! It‘s about family, love, religion, betrayal, politics, national identity, and so much more.

Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz have no one else but each other until the siblings are being pulled apart by different desires. Adaptation of Antigone in a contemporary context.

A very strong pick!

BarbaraBB I felt the same. 8mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Manicure: $65
Library loans: Free

Having your nails match your random library hold pickup: priceless

😂

Kimberlone Love the manicure! So springy too! 8mo
KateReadsYA Very cute nails. 8mo
NataliePatalie Love your nails! 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Thanks!! I rarely get bright/light colors so when I picked up this book and noticed the matching I was cracking up. 8mo
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truthinfiction
Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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This book is such a brilliant and incisive meditation on religion, immigration, love, terrorism, and family. The ending was like a jolt of shock. It reads like a contemporary fiction, which is what it, in fact, is. The characters are so real, you could almost imagine what it would be like to sit across a table and have a cup of coffee with them. What it would be like to be them. To be with them. Yet, there is a magical aura...

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truthinfiction A heady stubbornness that reminds you of centuries old Arabic tales. That end is so befitting, so enchanting. This is a solid 5 star book. 9mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 9mo
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YasmiNova
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What can I say... it was a slow start but the story suddenly wakes from its slumber and legs it to the finish line, and what a finish... Some books stay with you long after you put them down and I think this will be one of them.

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#BeginsWith #Home

Two favorites and one TBR.

BiblioLitten Homegoing 💕 11mo
thewallflower0707 Both Homegoing and Home Fire are very impressive 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choices!! 11mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 11mo
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suvata
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Here are the books that I chose for each of the first 12 rounds of #LMPBC. It‘s been an amazing 4 years, y‘all. Thanks to everyone who has participated.

slategreyskies This makes me happy. 🥰 12mo
suvata @slategreyskies me too 🙂 12mo
Laughterhp Wow! 4 years!! That seems crazy to me. 12mo
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suvata @Laughterhp I know, it‘s hard to believe. 12mo
IndoorDame Thank you for continuing to organize it all these years! It‘s become such an integral part of the Litsy experience. 12mo
suvata @IndoorDame Aww. Thank you so much. 12mo
Soubhiville I love that you have a shelf for them, what a great line up! 12mo
suvata @Soubhiville Yeah, I thought it was pretty cool they all fit in one crate/self. (edited) 12mo
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Mirazzles
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It‘s cold outside..so I‘m curled up with a book my partner picked up for me at the local used bookstore ❄️📖📚

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YasmiNova
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Nothing like being nice and snug on your sofa on your day off, with a book and a cupper, while the rain drenches your windows and muffles the sounds of early morning rush hour...

BarbaraBB I loved this one. 14mo
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Bookboss
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I loved this retelling of Antigone that explores questions of love and loyalty. The characters were fully developed and the prose was lovely. The novels changes narrative viewpoints, but each one was engaging. I read the paperback and also listened to the audiobook. The audio is excellent.

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mhillis
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Not sure why I waited so long to read this. Gorgeous cover and gripping story that kept me listening until the very end!

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Bevita
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Wow. A British Pakistani family, dead jihadi father, the Home Secretary, the Islamic caliphate. Fascinating, relevant, gripping. So sad it‘s over. Make it a movie!

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CBee
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Friends, this book was AMAZING - I still think about it and I read it two or more years ago! It‘s a Kindle deal (US) today so I wanted to share it! ♥️😊

purple_takkies I agree! Also read it a few years ago and still think about it. 2y
CBee @purple_takkies it was SO good, and still relevant. 2y
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Kangaj1
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Final #Booked2020 post for me:
Parent & child memoir: More Myself - Alicia Keys, 3 stars
Tartan Noir: A Distant Echo - Val McDermid, 3 stars
Banned Book: All American Boys, 4 stars
#ThinkPink: tagged book, 4 stars
Gothic Horror: The Thirteenth Tale, 5 stars
Bottom of my TBR: Texts from Jane Eyre, 2 stars

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻congrats on completing #Fall #Booked2020 🍂🌪☔️📚This is your #OfficialFinalEntry 🎊🎊🎊 2y
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PandaPanda
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I‘ve been really sick of multiple POV‘s recently, but this was so beautiful. More of a relay race with the next character picking up the story rather than the confusing jerking back and forth that‘s so common. This book really gripped me and just kept building and getting more intense. If your on the fence about this one just do it, I can‘t believe how long I had it sitting on my shelf.

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PandaPanda
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“Isma was going to miss her flight.”

Really enjoying this sweeping book about siblings. #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Heideschrampf My favourite book of 2019! 2y
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PandaPanda
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Excited to start this read this weekend! Not in little part because of this gorgeous cover 😍🥰

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valeriegeary
Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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Charlie Waffles is making it impossible for me to get any reading done tonight.

Tanisha_A Love the photo 🤩 2y
Cathythoughts That pic makes me smile 😊 2y
batsy What a sweet face 😍 2y
AlaMich 🐶❤️ 2y
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NovelNancyM
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“'I really don't know how you survived your childhood.'
'Didn't feel like it was something that needed surviving until she died. Everything else you can live around, but not death. Death you have to live through'“ (93-94).

“'You think marriage is in the large things,' Mrs. Rahimi had once said. 'It's in the small things. Can you survive the arguments about housework, can you learn to live with each other's different TV viewing habits?'“ (100).

BarbaraBB I loved this one! 2y
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Kangaj1
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Kind of hard to see my bingo board for September, but I managed 3 bingos. The tagged book was the last one read. My kitty is Pixel. #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

Lcsmcat Pretty kitty! 😻 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great month!!! 2y
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OutAndAbout
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Rating this one a 3.5 stars. The language was overly descriptive in some places. The structure seems like a relay race, with each character introduced, then largely abandoned for the next who picked up the plot and moved on. The plot and thematic development moved along but the character development seemed sacrificed for the plot. Interesting take on the struggle between family loyalty and societal expectations. Haunting final scene.

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HeatherBookNerd
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A modern take on the story of Antigone. A tale of three siblings, two of whom are twins. When one twin joins ISIS, the fallout affects everyone around him. It was interesting to see a picture of how a vulnerable young man gets lured into a terrorist organization. a very interesting read.

#readharder

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OutAndAbout
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I see a lot of talk about how beautiful the cover is but what about a little love for the embossed hardcover?!
My husband decided we should listen to this one together so about half way through the audiobook now. It‘s good. A little more lyrical and less plot than I typically like but we are enjoying the characters. Lots of family dynamics to untangle.

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Jeg
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I‘ve gone it again. Without realising until the end that I‘d read this book before.😊 . Worth it . Was it a bookclub book @MrsMalaprop ? #2020joybooks

MrsMalaprop 😂 Yep, I chose it a couple of years ago. 👏 2y
Jeg I just found my previous review. Can‘t believe I do this!! @MrsMalaprop 😊 2y
CarolynM At least you enjoyed it, I can't think of anything worse than realising you've already read it at the end of a book you didn't enjoy! 2y
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Kindle-using british littens! It‘s so rare for me to see anything I like on our kindle daily deals but today seems like a really good one. Home fire and on earth we‘re briefly gorgeous were two of the best books I read last year and I‘ve been wanting to read man‘s search for meaning for years. Get on there if you want to get these while they‘re 99p!

TrishB Good day today 👍🏻 but I already have them all!! 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf I loved Home Fire! 2y
rockpools So much for saving my pennies! 2y
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Mrs_B Thank you! Bought! 2y
ElaineR Man's search for meaning is a game changer 🥰 2y
Nute I skipped right over “British Littens” when I saw the possibility of getting Man‘s Search for Meaning on my Kindle. I searched and searched and then realized something was awry.😳 And the second time around I noticed 99p (not dollars and cents).😆 2y
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Amtl
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Clever, moving story about UK boy being recruited to ISIS. Great characters, story starts with his sister in America. Interesting love story too. Big ending.

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Mehso-so

Bought this book for the cover! Thought it was okay but didnt love it. Another book complete for #bookspinbonanza @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks In fairness, it IS a nifty cover! 3y
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JenReadsAlot
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Friday night plans

Heideschrampf I love this book so much 📚 3y
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amyf0x
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When the orphaned Isma, Aneeka and Parvaiz meet Eamonn, son of a headstrong Muslim minister, each sibling‘s difficult decisions will reverberate through London‘s political sphere.

Read January 27-31
Rated 3.5/5 ⭐️
Book 7/60

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Moray_Reads
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It's a pick because these stories need telling and telling and telling again. These things are happening right now. The good bits (Parvaiz Aneeka, Karamat) were SO good but the unnecessarily long, target tedious sections for Isma and Eamonn needed real stamina at the beginning. I almost didn't have the patience to get to the real heart of the story.

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KendallHershey
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Have you ever bought a book because of the cover? I‘d been seeing this book everywhere, but had no idea what it was about. Turned out I read it in like 2 days and really enjoyed it! Sometimes judging a book by its cover pays off.

JenReadsAlot I also bought this based on the cover! 3y
HeathHof Pretty! 3y
Sunraven I‘ve bought tons of books based on the cover, and it frequently pays off! Visuals do matter ... although, of course, they aren‘t everything. 😉 3y
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jenniferw88
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Post 2 of 2.

I already own these so please don't double up!

@Chelleo #blitsyswap #bhmswap #blackhistorymonthswap

Libby1 @jenniferw88 ! I‘m so so sorry. I have your #LMPBC parcel ready but can‘t find your address. Can you please email it to me? I have 2 books ready for you: mine and @jhod ‘s excellent choice. 3y
jhod @Libby1 also many apologies from me - I haven't read Jenny's selection yet but will get on it asap and send on!! 3y
Libby1 @jhod - no problem! I hope you‘re well. 🤣❤️ 3y
jenniferw88 @Libby1 @jhod it's ok - as we're only a group of 3 it's actually made the rotation easier! Libby I've hopefully just emailed you - look for one from irene_gulliver@yahoo.co.uk! 3y
Libby1 @jenniferw88 - got it! 3y
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thewallflower0707
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These are the books I bought at Dussmann today! Only one (Home Fire) was on my list, with most of the others I decided to download them on my kindle because it is cheaper. However, with the four books pictured I just needed them because of their covers (the dominant colors!). Two books with short stories, two fictional, zero non-fictional this time.

#bookhaul #newbooks #bookshopping

BarbaraBB I haven‘t read Flights yet but loved the other three 💜 3y
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That ending!! This is one of those books that makes you question & think after you‘ve finished reading it. I love how it doesn‘t portray the main characters as all bad or all good. The writing style I wasn‘t a big fan of (it left me a bit confused at times) but the story itself more than made up for it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Johnyx Nice 3y
Liz_M I like your bauble tree! 3y
BarbaraBB Happy you liked it! 3y
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youneverarrived @Liz_M isn‘t it nice 😁 its my mams. 3y
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 173: Expecting a Lot from a Book.
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Jenny was happy to welcome Sarah Tittle in person to chat books we have read and liked recently. We found our way to a few unintentional themes of female empowerment and radicalism, with a little reader's memory lane of one Nicholson Baker.
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https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy173

Christine Loved your thoughts about Unfollow (I too was raised within a not-as-bad-as-Westboro-but-still-super-conservative Christian culture). I let my library hold of that slip away but now must check out again! And a bonus joy was hearing my alma mater mentioned during the episode (St. Olaf ❤️). 3y
ReadingEnvy @Christine ah, st Olaf! My sister in law also went there. 3y
Christine No way! Too fun. Wonder if we overlapped...my husband and I were there in the late 90s. 3y
ReadingEnvy @Christine oh maybe; her name would have been Heather (hmmm Peterson I think) and she graduated in 2000 I think... She was from Oregon. 3y
Christine I‘m sure our paths crossed, then (probably frequently if she was involved in choir or the Sociology or Education depts...)! I graduated in ‘99. 3y
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Libby1
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Tonight‘s furry reading buddy.

#GuineaPigsOfLitsy

Catsandbooks So cute!! I miss having a Guinea pig💕 3y
Libby1 @Catsandbooks - we have 3 boars! This one is Isaac, and he‘s the friendliest of the lot. The boys don‘t get along with each other so we have to keep them separate. ☹️ When did you have piggies? 3y
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️❤️ 3y
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Libby1 He‘s a sweetheart, @LeahBergen . He bites his brothers so they have to be kept separate, but he gives lovely kisses to make up for it. ❤️ 3y
Catsandbooks @Libby1 I had one in high school, so about 10 years ago. Her name was Gracie and she was so sweet. I miss her dearly 💜 3y
Libby1 @Catsandbooks - 💜Gracie💜 3y
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rwmg
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A powerful re-telling of Sophocles' Antigone for the 21st century. The echoes in the names were obvious, some of the twists were foreseeable from knowing the play, but some decidedly were not.

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Hooked_on_books I almost picked this one! Great cover, amazing book. 3y
erinreads @Hooked_on_books I haven‘t read it, yet, but I‘m hoping to get to it soon. Glad to hear it‘s amazing! 3y
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EvaPriest
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Home Fire is the genre of book I can‘t get enough of. It has international intrigue. It‘s suspenseful and delivers a twist. By the end, I felt satisfied, but sad. The sex scenes are a bit over the top and unbelievable at first. The author keeps the reader puzzling over an incongruity between the protagonist‘s professed religion and her behavior. That‘s why I kept turning the pages, and scratching my head. She‘s a great storyteller. More please!

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Moony
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It was a very difficult book for me. It isn't my genre and I think only read in the train isn't good gor this book. I like the writing and the theme is importsnt, so I say: Read this book! 😉

#12Littens12books

And my #bookfitnesschallenge goals for week 4:

474 / 700 active minutes 😥
59.212 / 60.000 steps 😂
1 / 1 book 😁😎

@britt_brooke @Imabusybee @LibrarianJen @Reecaspieces @jb72jen @eeyore031370 @CaroPi @CocoReads #BFCR3 #teamLetsDoThis

imabusybee Great stats 👏🏻👏🏻 3y
britt_brooke You were sooo close on steps. Great week! 💪🏻 3y
Moony @imabusybee thanks! @britt_brooke yes I'm very happy with the number because friday it looked bad. 3y
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Moony
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My books for the #24B4Monday

Home Fire is also a book for #12littens12books :)

@Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

The_Real_Nani Homefire is so good! It was definitely not what I was expecting it to me. I also loved the Northampton connection. One of my favorite places. 3y
Cathythoughts That‘s good to hear. I have this & must get to it soon 3y
Moony @The_Real_Nani oh thats motivation! It isn't my genre so I hope it's good and interessting. 3y
Moony @Cathythoughts oh perhaps you'll read it this weekend for the #24B4Monday, too? 😊 3y
Andrew65 I enjoyed this one, good luck with the Readathon. 😊👍 (edited) 3y
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PickingBooks
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My view for lunch at Brugge on North in City in Asylum in Pittsburgh. Itching to finish lunch so I can shop!

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sprainedbrain
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So very good. Although some aspects seemed a bit unrealistic, it‘s still amazing to me how well Shamsie was able to fit Antigone into our modern world. The writing is beautiful, the characters are well-developed, and the story is breathtaking and sad. I was especially upset by Parvaiz‘s part of the book. A family drama and love story, but also very poignant, timely, and important. Absolutely worth the high praise it has received.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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