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The Tattooist of Auschwitz
The Tattooist of Auschwitz: based on the heart-breaking true story of love and survival | Heather Morris
For readers of Schindler's List, The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Based on the incredible true story of Lale Sokolov Heart-breaking - a tale of love and survival amidst the horrors of Auschwitz Human - the real story behind one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust - the blue numbers tattooed on prisoners' arms Inspirational - the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances Unforgettable - a story untold for over seventy years is finally shared Life-affirming - one man's determination to survive and live a full life with the woman he loved Fully verified - Lale Sokolov's background and story has been fact-checked against all available documentary evidence The Story The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews, who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia. In that terrible place, Lale was given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival - literally scratching numbers into his fellow victims' arms in indelible ink to create what would become one of the most potent symbols of the Holocaust. Lale used the infinitesimal freedom of movement that this position awarded him to exchange jewels and money taken from murdered Jews for food to keep others alive. If he had been caught he would have been killed; many owed him their survival. There have been many books about the Holocaust - and there will be many more. What makes this one so memorable is Lale Sokolov's incredible zest for life. He understood exactly what was in store for him and his fellow prisoners and he was determined to survive - not just to survive, but to leave the camp with his dignity and integrity intact, to live his life to the full. Terrible though this story is, it is also a story of hope and of courage. It is also - almost unbelievably - a love story. Waiting in line to be tattooed, terrified and shaking, was a young girl. For Lale - a dandy, a jack-the-lad, a bit of a chancer - it was love at first sight and he determined not only to survive himself, but to ensure that Gita did, too. His story - their story - will make you weep, but you will also find it uplifting. It shows the very best of humanity in the very worst of circumstances. Like many survivors, Lale and Gita told few people their story after the war. They eventually made their way to Australia, where they raised a son and had a successful life. But when Gita died, Lale felt he could no longer carry the burden of their past alone. He chose to tell his story.
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ellaburger
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is the true story of a Polish Jew deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Thanks to his skill with languages, he is made the Tätowierer (tattooist), and falls in love with a fellow inmate, vowing to survive his time in Auschwitz and live to marry her. My only complaint about this book would be that at times the story-telling felt somewhat rushed, but it is a beautiful story of love and survival that I can honestly recommend.

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mackenzie.palmarchuk
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In this book, Lale Sokolov takes us through his life in the time of WW2, when he was a prisoner and the Tätowierer in Auschwitz-Birkenau, due to being a Slovakian Jew. His experiences are horrific and brutal, but he still keeps room for compassion and love in his life. In the concentration camp, he meets the love of his life, Gita, which gives him hope that they will survive.

mackenzie.palmarchuk I would recommend this book to a mature young adult audience, anyone who enjoys a love story or learning about the Holocaust, as well as those who don‘t mind a more graphic story. The book is based on a true story from Lale Sokolov and displays the theme of hope and love surviving even in dark times and extreme hardship. We see Gita and Lale hold onto hope and use their love to make it through these disturbing and dark times of the Holocaust. 4d
MissYaremcio I love this book!! There is a second book that is told from another character! 6/6 2d
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HiMyNamesRysha
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This book caught my eye because it is based on a true story. I saw a lot of people didn't care for it because of a "lack of prose." But I listened to it which probably made that less noticeable. This has romance and heartbreak but does not read like your typical romance or tear jerker, the story is worth it though.

The_Meowgan I loved this book! 2mo
HiMyNamesRysha @The_Meowgan have you read either of the other 2 in the trilogy? 2mo
The_Meowgan @HiMyNamesRysha I haven‘t yet, but definitely intend to do so. 2mo
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GraesynEngler
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I LOVED this book. Picked it up and couldn‘t put it down until I finished it. Heather Morris paints a great picture of Lale & Gita and tells their story in such a compelling way. The book was heavy at times, as you would expect given the subject matter, but was a surprisingly quick read still. When I finished, I saw she wrote a book about another individual she writes about in this story. Can‘t wait to read that next!

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Beachgirl
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I did a book swap with a friend who normally doesn‘t read this type of story and had me intrigued… I thoroughly enjoyed this story of endurance and love which was inspired by a true story. Total recommend!!!!

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Daydreamreader
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz is a harrowing account of the atrocities committed during WWII that is beautifully told. I can‘t say it was an enjoyable read because of the subject nature but it‘s certainly an important, immersive and engaging story. Whilst the tale is poignant, moving and sad, there are elements of kindness and courage that really shine through proving humanity was still prevalent during one of our darkest times.

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BookDadGirlDad On my shelf!!! I'm afraid I may cry.... 4mo
MatchlessMarie I loved Richard Armitage‘s narration on the audio version 4mo
PhyllisH This is such a good book. 4mo
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Bookworm54
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In 1942, Lale arrived at Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. He became the Tatowierer, marking the numbers into the arms of fellow prisoners.
There he meets Gita.

Lale spends the next few years trying to survive, to ensure the survival of his love Gita, and to try to keep as many other prisoners alive as he could with the meagre help he could provide.

I chose this book for #4Horsemen #War

PhyllisH I absolutely loved this book. 4mo
AkashaVampie Great job sweetie. 4mo
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IamIamIam
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Finished this at lunch on a picture perfect day on the bay. Of course, I feel guilty for enjoying my day while reading about Lale, Gita, the Romany, Cilka... but I think they'd be happy that I could enjoy this time. I wish I had a different story to read about that time.

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TamTracy
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I read a lot of reviews with harsh criticism of the style of writing and inconsistencies. I don‘t care about any of that. It‘s a story told about one man‘s experience and I absolutely loved reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

bookaholic1 I totally agree, I don't read about other people's thoughts, alot of times when I have read a book that people aren't happy with, I find I quite enjoy them, and so goes the opposite. 5mo
TamTracy @bookaholic1 I like hearing others opinions but in this case I just don‘t care lol. The story was so moving I didn‘t care about those things. (edited) 5mo
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bookworm92
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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I have a feeling this book is going to make me cry. I heard it is a good book though!

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LostInSpace
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A very sad and poignant memoir of two people who fell in love whilst prisoners at Auschwitz.

As I have read other memoirs similar to this I did feel the author had softened the cruelty that had happened during this time - but I suppose some readers wouldn‘t necessarily want to be exposed to the true horrors of what went on during those years.

Overall it was a love story, and two people who found hope where there wasn‘t any ❤️

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Bookgoil
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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So I missed two books on my #bookspinbingo and one of them was a book I needed for one of the spins so I may try to read it next month but not sure it didn‘t appeal to me this last month so we‘ll see!

I count 6 bingos ❤️

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 6mo
kspenmoll Fantastic! 6mo
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Bookgoil
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Wow what an interesting read, I never go into a Holocaust book expecting much happiness but there were some joyful moments and definitely some feelings of fate in this one.

My #doublespin pick for #bookspinbingo

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
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pr.alm
Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris
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"If you wake up in the morning, it's a good day."
- Lale Sokolov

Amazing, simply amazing! It‘s remarkable how adversity reveals humanity's worst — and its best! They found love where it wasn‘t supposed to be, in the mists of history‘s most awful atrocities!

LindaLaforgeAuthor This was a touching and finely crafted read eh :) 6mo
PolaroidPoet I bought the sequel while vacationing in London. It‘s equally as good! 5mo
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LindaLaforgeAuthor
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I tend to listen to most of my books these days and this particular one was superbly narrated. A harrowing tale of the human spirit triumphing in adversity it is uplifting whilst being sombre. I highly recommend it to those not looking for a light read!

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shivanishinde09
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I loved reading the book; I was invested in the love story and really could not keep the book down without knowing if they end up together. But the other plot of the book is that it is, set in Auschwitz concentration camp and something was lacking in the author's description of the horror and torture the prisoners went through. It was lacklustre and did not invoke the empathy that such a reading should generate.

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Tattooedteacher
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Almost done with this one on audio. Review to come.

CoverToCoverGirl I did an audio/book read for this.. Richard Artimage is a stellar narrator. This is a well done story. 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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This book was compelling, well written, heart wrenching, and so so wonderful. My heart is heavy knowing that it was true and that Lale held onto his stories until his wife died because he didn't want her to know everything that he went through. 💔

tpixie Isn‘t that touching?? Keep reading, your heart will break again but it‘s so good 8mo
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Tachie93
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Real tears with this one.

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Rachel.Rencher
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I am never coming home. 🌊📚☕

rockpools What a beautiful spot! 8mo
GingerAntics Oh, I don‘t blame you!!! 8mo
MySharonaK Lovely! Where in the world are you? (The dog is adorable too!) 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher @MySharonaK We're on the Oregon Coast 🥰 8mo
MySharonaK @Rachel.Rencher gorgeous ! 😍 8mo
Chelsea.Poole Beautiful!! 8mo
ShelleyBooksie Stunning.view 8mo
Bookzombie That looks so relaxing! 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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This is my stack that I'm bringing to the Oregon Coast next week! Lucas and I rented an airbnb on the ocean for a much needed, socially distanced vacation.

I asked the clerk at HPB for a "light read" and she recommended The Tattooist of Auschwitz. ? This was after she'd brought over like 3 stacks of books that I already owned, so I just grabbed it because I felt bad. ?

Scochrane26 Its a good book but not a “light read”. 🤣 8mo
Rachel.Rencher @Scochrane26 I mean that's what I thought, but she was like "light is different for everyone". I told her light for me was Colleen Hoover, Jojo Moyes, Emily Henry, ya know. ? 8mo
GingerAntics I‘m not sure I‘d call anything dealing with the Holocaust a “light” read, but okay. It‘ll be a good book at least. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 8mo
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PurpleTulipGirl The weather here on the north Oregon coast is going to be lovely next week. Wherever you are going, enjoy! 8mo
Rachel.Rencher @PurpleTulipGirl We'll be in Newport! It looked like it's going to be a great week. 😍 8mo
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Lola_jimmy
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This is such a beautiful, moving story. I have simply no words. It was an emotional roller coaster and really makes you stop and think of the trauma these poor people had to survive through all those years ago.

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Booknerd2
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I just finished my very first audiobook and really enjoyed it! I never thought I would be able to pay attention but it was very relaxing while I worked on this. It may be a new thing. 😊

CoverToCoverGirl Welcome to the world of audiobooking! It‘s great when for multitasking or when you‘re on the move. 🎧 📖 9mo
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Jebpix
The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris (Screenwriter)
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mandycolesings
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟. This book is a reality check. 2020-2022 really not that hard. Real, raw and mind-blowing that this happened not to long ago. Read it.

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twolittlefeetreads
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I hate saying this book was so-so but it kinda was. I enjoyed the story but it felt empty. There was none of the emotion I expected to feel. It read like a screenplay and not like a novel, very sterile and lacking in intimacy. Then at the end of the book it says the author originally wrote as a screenplay and then reworked it into a novel. Makes sense! Honestly it would make a great movie I think but as a novel it fell short to me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I totally agree and I thought I was the only one!! It made a good prop for your photo!! Beautiful 💛 10mo
twolittlefeetreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much! 😊 10mo
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sdbruening
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Given my grandma‘s family‘s history with the Nazis, this was a difficult read. Too many moments that had real family connections. I powered through it because I thought the happy relationship that resulted from a concentration camp would be a light in the dark, but it wasn‘t enough to light that much darkness for me. I‘m glad they found each other despite the Holocaust, but too much tragedy to stomach.

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sdbruening
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Is how you treat women the way you want other men to treat your sisters?...just something to think about.

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Kris10H
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My Rating: 5/5
I was conflicted at first reading this and realizing it was a love story set during the holocaust. I was worried that in some way it was exploiting such a tragic time. Of course, I didn't realize until I got to the afterword that it is based off of a true story. I'm glad I didn't know until the end. There really is something to this blind read thing that I'm trying. This story is hope amidst tragedy.

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During my first year of teaching, about 14 years ago, I had the privilege of hearing a holocaust survivor (Philip Riteman) speak about his unimaginable experience. Reading this book has been like hearing him all over again. It is at once hard to believe that such evil can exist in the hearts of mankind, and yet unsurprising with the frequency of proof we have seen throughout history. My heart breaks.

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WhiskeyMistress
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A novelization of a true story told by the character to the author. Originally meant as a screenplay, and it reads that way. The writing wasn‘t my favorite and it was a clunky read, the flow didn‘t work particularly well.
⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars.
Read date: 2/6/2021

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Aylandra
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*Full review on Goodreads*

The story was in essence good, and needed to be told.
But it just felt that the telling didn't live up to the gravity and importance of the story.

I don't normally write long reviews, but this book had me so conflicted that I wrote a long review on Goodreads to try and get my thoughts in order.

www.goodreads.com/aimee_g

I cannot do my thoughts justice here in less than 450 words.

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SabGinesi
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I really tried to get into the book but I couldn‘t. The concept is really interesting but the writing doesn‘t do it justice. My first book I‘m bailing!

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Amy_gla
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Totally gripping & harrowing. Definitely a must read

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Ahrabs
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*****

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mamareading
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I wanted to enjoy this book more. I felt that it was sort of flippant in the way it was written, it didn‘t draw me in. It was a true story, otherwise I‘d say it was unbelievable.

This was my December #bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 11mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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This book shook me. I pride myself on being a history nerd. I pride myself on having read the histories of the Holocaust — the historical accounts as well as the survivors accounts. This book shook me. This story of the Tätowierer of Auschwitz-Birkenau offers hope where no hope existed, where existing and refusing to die were the greatest shows of resistance to immeasurable evil. This book shook me. And I am a better person for it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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mamareading
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I have big ambitions on this second day of December, we‘ll see where I end up!

#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Love the beginning-of-the-month optimism!! 12mo
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But if I tell him, then we‘ll both be sad, and I want our time together to be different. I want to forget where I am and what‘s happened to my family. And when he holds me in his arms, I do forget, just for those few brief moments. Is it wrong of me to want to escape reality for a bit? 🛤

Jensol77 This book is the 💣💣💣. Humanity in the worst of circumstances. 12mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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Suet624 Absolutely true. 12mo
Awk_Word_Smith @Suet624 👍🏻 12mo
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Awk_Word_Smith
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After the past four years, Nazi Germany seems suddenly quiet relevant once more. But let‘s find a love story set against this historical pile of human refuse. Morris writes so poetically about the intolerable suffering but ever-present human desire to live, to survive, to move forward when everything seems its bleakest.

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peanutnine
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Just took this one back to the library, although I finished reading it last month. Very moving true story from WWII. It is crazy to think about all who suffered and what they had to do to survive.

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thewhiterodriguez
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Very good albeit rather difficult to listen to knowing it is based on the true story of a tattooist in auschwitz.

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adpande

In the darkest time of the life, only love can give you a hope...

And hope is a good thing, no best thing a human can have.

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Danielle145
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💛💛💛💛💛

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JenReadsAlot
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OriginalCyn620 Great choices! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got Sold on a Monday, but haven‘t read it yet... the other 2 😭😭 1y
SilversReviews We chose TWO of the same books. Tattoist and Sold on a Monday. :) 1y
JenReadsAlot @SilversReviews such great books! 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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These were the first #3Books I‘ve read that came to mind for books #basedontruestories.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve read the first 2!! 1y
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Wife
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#LMPBC Based on a true story, this was a quick and inspiring read. Good choice Kayla! 3/5⭐️s

Wife @sprainedbrain Expect this in the mail on 9/8🌹 1y
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