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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel | Amor Towles
The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe. Town & Country From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civilitya transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotels doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the counts endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. From the Hardcover edition.
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TheBookHippie
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https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Holiday-Books-2019?WT.mc_id=12_10_20...

I may reread this next snow storm
Such a beautiful book ❤️📖❄️

Literary_Siren I loved this book so much!! 2h
TheBookHippie @Literary_Siren meeee too!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2h
Andrew65 Love this book! 1h
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CallMeIshmael
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I got this book from the library back over the summer and read it and was amazed. So at the same library they were selling it for a dollar. I am now re reading again...why? Because it makes me happy, it makes me feel safe, I want to hangout I‘m the hotel. I love the characters. It‘s an amazing book

Soubhiville I loved this one as well. 🤎 1w
Aims42 I loved this book too! Definitely worthy of a re-read every year 😍 1w
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bookandbedandtea
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I've been thinking about this story all day and I think I dreamed about it last night. I want to know what happens neeeext, she whined. #bookhangover

Aims42 Definitely one of my Top Ten Favorites!! 2w
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Sweettartlaura
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#unpopularopinion time - I didn‘t love this 🤷🏻‍♀️. Lots of head, not enough heart. It had the possibility of being like Shawshank Redemption, but it didn‘t deliver on that promise. And I don‘t like period pieces just for the sake of it enough to love it anyway.

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

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

Velvetfur Me too! Don't you just wanna stay in that hotel with all those fun characters?! 2w
JenDR @Velvetfur - So much so. It reminded me of the old TV show, the Duchess of Duke Street. It was set in a hotel as well. 1w
Velvetfur @JenDR Oh, I don't know that one, looks like we didn't have it here in the UK (or we did and I never noticed as I don't watch TV!), sounds good though 😊 1w
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JenlovesJT47
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Maybe it‘s because of the hype, but I was a little disappointed in this book. It had flashes of brilliance where I was totally engaged, but then there were long passages that just bored me to tears & it seemed all over the place, and I felt totally disconnected from the characters. An email from Book Riot last week promised some awesome twist at the end, so I pushed through despite my boredom. What twist? The end was fine but I dunno what they ⬇️

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

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

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

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

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

Nute I think that I read in another post that I need to congratulate you. Thank you for what you do. Stay safe out there, Ms. Rachel!💕 1mo
Copwithabook @Nute thank you so much! 1mo
Crazeedi This book was a 5⭐ for me 1mo
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LiteraryinLititz I just saw the previous post. Congratulations on the promotion!! That‘s awesome!! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Cute kitty!😻This has been on my TBR for a long time! 1mo
Librariana I'm with @Nute - Congratulations on your phenomenal accomplishment! 😊🎉🎉🎉 (I wanna call you 'Detective' already but I imagine we have to wait?? Before my husband sowed on Master Sergeant, they would add a 'Select' to the end of the rank 🤷🏽‍♀️ Then again, I'm a civilian and understand very little about that stuff 😁) 1mo
Copwithabook @Leftcoastzen Bean the cat says thank you. He is the most photogenic member of our household 1mo
Copwithabook @LiteraryinLititz and @Librariana thank you. I start in that position on Dec.2. My family is excited that I will be home for Christmas 1mo
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Decalino
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I read and loved this book a while ago, but today's book club meeting at the Metropol really brought it to life. Pink vodka, caviar, and an endless supply of tea. Quite an experience!

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

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

Catsandbooks I absolutely loved this book! One of my favorites! 🥰 2mo
Debdeb @Catsandbooks it‘s gorgeous isn‘t it!!! 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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Still languishing on my TBR shelf but I believe this gentleman is in fact a #count....

#countmeout
#soaringscores

TrishB Still on my tbr too- brought it in the midst of the hype and just haven‘t fancied it yet. 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!!!! Love your interpretation🙌🏻and this book is SO GOOD 2mo
BarbaraBB Smart one! 2mo
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Lcsmcat It stands up to the hype. 2mo
CrowCAH Very nice! 2mo
squirrelbrain We should try a #buddyread @TrishB - but then that will probably ruin it, knowing what we‘re like! 🤣 2mo
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Copwithabook
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Started on this beauty. The weather in Arkansas is amazing today!!

LibrarianRyan Checking in to see if you mailed your #nightmareswap yet? 1mo
Copwithabook @LibrarianRyan yes it did and I‘m hoping the wildfires don‘t cause problems with getting to her 1mo
LibrarianRyan Did you get your box? Sorry I didn‘t send this through email. It‘s (mine) is not working correctly. 1mo
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uwak
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bit of a slow burn but a moving book 🍷Towles does an excellent job of not only writing charming, memorable characters but he also paints a very vivid picture of 1920's-50's Russia and the quaint life within the Metropol. I wasn't terribly familiar with the historical context of the book's setting but Towles provided some footnotes and general information to keep the reader afloat. 😊

#historical #kindle

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oneonefour
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Sweet and heart warming

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BookBelle84
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A beautiful book. I loved the setting, the history and the characters of the Metropol. Beautiful writing.

DeleteAcct This is such a lovely book. 2mo
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uwak
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cocoa coffee, friends, and some quality time with Count Rostov ☕ I'm not very far in this book yet but so far it's been very poignant and reflective 📖

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

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

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

SauerPatch Awesome selection! 2mo
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PetrozavaRR
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Day 1 #7Days7Covers #covercrush
Just can't resist to share this masterpiece for my first choice❤📚
Tagging @Louise to join 🤗

Louise Great choice of book! That is such a moving novel! Thank you for tagging me. I recently completed Day 7 of this challenge. You can see my book cover choices in my Litsy posts. Cheers! 😊 (edited) 3mo
SauerPatch I considered this one also. I enjoyed the book as well! 3mo
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jnichole
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One of my current reads. So far, really good.

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

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perfectsinner
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I've been saying this was going to be my next read for a few weeks now... But tonight I'm finally going to start it, for real!

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morag-at-large
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Interesting concept of an aristocratic confined to house arrest in a glorious hotel post Russian Revolution.

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JillR
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Like “A Little Princess” but with a fully grown Count and the Bolsheviks. As the Russian Revolution begins Count Rostov is declared a Former Person and sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol where he is swiftly shifted from his grand rooms to the attic. I‘ve always loved Russian history and it‘s here in spades, but with such a light touch. The Count is noble, accepting, amusing, and completely broke my heart. I absolutely loved this.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! This has been on my TBR for a loooooong time. Maybe it‘s time to read it! 3mo
JillR It‘s soooo good @LiteraryinLititz 3mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Awesome Sunday so far. Loving my new Kindle Oasis by the pool. No worries if I get splashed!

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melissajayne
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Really enjoyed the book. Well written but a little slow in places. Thought the ending was well done. #2019 #bookstagram #bookreviews #bookclub #summerreads 4 ⭐️

Jenken1998 One of my faves this year ❤ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the Count! 3mo
melissajayne @Jenken1998 same here. I missed so much when I read it. (edited) 3mo
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Simona
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Day 3 #7covers7days

How about your #CoverCrush @AmyK1 ? Would you like to share with us for 7 days some beautiful covers? No explanation needed, just post the photo each day and tag one Litten.

Tanisha_A 🤩 3mo
cathipink Wow, I've never seen this cover before! Beautiful. 3mo
Verity Love the cover, but bailed on the book. ☺️ 3mo
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Leftcoastzen Pretty! 3mo
AmyK1 Love this one! I don‘t have anything nearly as pretty but I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 3mo
LeahBergen I love this edition! 😍 3mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 3mo
Simona @AmyK1 It is fun to see our different tastes. Enjoy😘 3mo
Simona @Verity It‘s still unread, because I saw very mixed reviews after I bought the book... 3mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja Shiny covers speaks to me 🤗 3mo
Verity @Simona I really liked his first book, but was so disappointed in this. But it got so much buzz that I started to doubt my judgement! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never seen this edition. I loved this book and now have his other one on my shelves 3mo
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Spainman75
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Great writing leads to a surprisingly enjoyable read. An understated story about human existence and triumph over adversity.

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marleed
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Years ago I read Les Miserables. I was so proud of myself, and must have boasted about it. What I remember is this women asking if I read the abridged version. Of course not, said I. It was a long book, said I. A few days later I arranged my completed book on a shelf. Woops, it was abridged - and I don‘t recall correcting my declaration. All this to explain AGIM gave me wonderful Russian Jean Valjean / Cosette vibes!

ruskigurl16 I need to move this book up my TBR! Ugh! 3mo
marleed @ruskigurl16 It‘s a beautiful read. And funny, I‘m following it up with the The Secrets We Kept because Reese gives me assigned reading on the first of each month. What a fun way to get some Russian history. 3mo
LoverofLit Love the mug! The Roasterie is some of my favorite coffee local to me. 3mo
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marleed @LoverofLit I have this new thing about picking up mugs by a city‘s local coffee. It seemed only right since I pick up the Starbucks you are here mugs on my travels! And I‘m a tea drinker! ...Are you in Kansas City? (edited) 3mo
LoverofLit @marleed I am in Kansas City, MO. Born and raised 😊 3mo
marleed @LoverofLit Oh cool! I just moved back here from San Antonio. I‘m in a little old house in Prairie Village - I love living a downsized life! 3mo
Scochrane26 This is a favorite book. Read it in December & still love it. 3mo
Lauren890 A Gentleman in Moscow is SO good! I also love the Roasterie! I grew up in KC and moved away but I occasionally splurge and order their coffee online. So good! 3mo
marleed @Lauren890 @LoverofLit Oh my Gosh, how fun to connect over a coffee mug!! Lauren, where do you live now? 3mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m going to have feels about this book for a long time. I‘m so happy I own it! 3mo
Lauren890 @marleed I live in northern Virginia now - we‘re close to D.C. I like it here but I miss KC! 3mo
marleed @Lauren890 Well let us know if you come back to visit! 3mo
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Djspens
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I already had this book in my "library" so no book purchase was made today! I took my English/journalism graduate daughter to hear Amor Towles speak. We're so lucky to have Iowa Writer's Workshop nearby so we get to hear some great authors!

Scochrane26 I would love to hear him speak! Glad you got to go. 3mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! I would love to hear him! 3mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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I really enjoyed most of this book. It was long and at some points slow, but it is so well written that I had to finish.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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“As an archeologist, when Thomsen divided the ages of man into Stone, Bronze, and Iron, naturally enough, he did so in accordance with the physical tools that defined each epoch. But what of man‘s spiritual development? What of his moral development? I tell you, they progressed along the very same lines. In the Stone Age, the ideas in the caveman‘s head were as blunt as the club in his hand; they were as rough as the flint from which he struck..."

Wildly_Bookish "...a spark. In the Age of Bronze, when a canny few discovered the science of metallurgy, how long did it take for them to fashion coins, crowns, and swords? That unholy trinity to which the common man was enslaved for the next one thousand years.” Mishka paused to consider the ceiling. “Then came the Age of Iron—and with it the steam engine, the printing press, and the gun." 3mo
Wildly_Bookish ..."Here was a very different trinity, indeed. For while these tools had been developed by the Bourgeoisie to further their own interests, it was through the engine, the press, and the pistol that the Proletariat began to free itself from labor, ignorance, and tyranny.” 3mo
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Jenken1998
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Well this was beautiful. Covering Russia political history from the fall of the Czar to the Cold war. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest by a Bolshevik tribunal at the glamorous Metropol hotel across from the Kremlin. There he lives his life to the fullest making the best out of his unusual circumstances. Humorous and philosophical it is going to be one of my favorite books i have ever read. Finally got it off my TBR list! Go Me!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! I love the Count ❤️ 3mo
Scochrane26 One of my favorites last yr, didn‘t read it until December 3mo
Crazeedi A rare 5 star for me!! 3mo
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TJAhearne
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For eventually, we come to hold our dearest possessions more closely than we hold our friends. We carry them from place to place...allowing memories to invest them with greater and greater importance.

Suelizbeth This is one of my most favorite books. 3mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Reading by the pool for the last day of this year :-( Should have ordered a moscow mule to go with my book lol

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princesspeanutsmommy
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Hoping to squeeze out the last seconds of summer reading by the pool

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MellieAntoinette
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What an incredibly satisfying read!!! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️

Am I the only one who doesn‘t love the idea of KB as Rostov???

Lcsmcat Since I don‘t know who KB is, you can add me to your list. 😀 3mo
MellieAntoinette @Lcsmcat Kenneth Branagh! The Count is such a young soul and it feels very Gilderoy Lockhart in Russian!! 3mo
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“One does not dump a Dobos torte on a bedcover.”

CarolynM Yum! 3mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Current read

BarbaraBB It‘s so good!! 3mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“Nevsky, like the city itself, bears a new name: October 25th Prospekt - a worthy day staking its claim on a storied street.”

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“Thus, in the ballroom of the Metropol Hotel on the twenty-first Of June 1926, was the heretic, Galileo Of Galilei, vindicated by a ping, a splat, a smash, a thunk, a thump, and a thud.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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“Dark, cold, and snowbound, Russia has the sort of climate in which the spirit of Christmas burns brightest.” ❄️

kspenmoll ❤️📚 4mo
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TheSpineView
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#AugustABC @Eggs
#X-cellentRead

Here are a few of what were "x-cellant" reads for me. To qualify I had to love them enough to read a 2nd or 3rd time. Several of these I have read twice.??

AlaMich I loved The Martian too! The movie was good, but of course, #thebookwasbetter 4mo
Andrew65 Thought this was one of my posts for a minute, first five I looked at were all books I loved too. Obviously need to read the other 3! 4mo
TheSpineView @AlaMich The book is always better!😊😋 4mo
Eggs Nice selection!! 4mo
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Syl
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This book cracks me up 😂