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Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox
Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox | Maggie O'Farrell
Maggie O'Farrell's captivating and critically acclaimed gothic tale of family secrets and the irrepressible freedom that truth brings Chic and independent, Iris Lockhart is tending to her vintage-clothing shop in Edinburgh (and evading her married boyfriend) when she receives a stunning phone call: her great-aunt Esme whom she never knew existed is being released from Cauldstone Hospital, where she has been locked away for more than sixty years. Iris s grandmother Kitty always claimed to be an only child. But Esme s papers prove she is Kitty s sister, and Iris can see the shadow of her father in Esme s face. Esme has been labeled harmless sane enough to coexist with the rest of the world but she's still basically a stranger, a family member hidden away who will surely bring secrets with her when she leaves the ward. Moving expertly among the voices of Iris, Kitty, and Esme herself, Maggie O'Farrell reveals the story of Esme's tragic and haunting absence."
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Kazzie
Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox | Maggie O'Farrell
Mehso-so

Big Maggie O‘Farrell fan, but this is not her best. The end is too ambiguous, but hints at a character taking a dramatic shift that doesn‘t seem true to her previous actions/self.

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rachaich
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Pickpick

Fab writing, love some of the sentences and turns of phrase.
I liked the intertwining stories, Esme's life and Iris's flow together. The third narrator suddenly appears and that threw me st first bit it's actually cleverly written.
The men are all quite unlikable!
Still unsure what happened at the end! It's playing on my mind... 🤔🤔😄

jlhammar Great book! 7mo
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rachaich
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After reading a few others by O'Farrell I picked up this book to start.

TheLudicReader I enjoyed this 7mo
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Gissy
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What a sad but beautiful book. Iris found out about her grandmother‘s sister when she received a call informing her that the sanatorium will close and she was in the contact list to take care of her aunt. Her grandmother has Alzheimer‘s, no one knows about this aunt. Many family secrets will be revealed. I love the way it was written it was like been in Esme thoughts, talking with someone but also lost in her self talk.I used the audio & book4.5⭐️

Gissy My first book by this author, definitely not the last one. I highly recommend the audio since the story is told from different perspectives. I couldn‘t put it down, I read it in one day.

Book read last week for #Pastabdpresentreadathon YouTuber Read a Book Gem prompt-Protagonist older than me

#BookSpinBingo
#2022ReadingGoals read book from my old tbr
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TrishB Loved this ♥️ and this author! 8mo
Gissy @TrishB Which ones will you can recommend me? I will read Hamnet next March for by tbr by Irish authors. 8mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one and Hamnet is great! 8mo
Gissy @TrishB Already in my online cart for my next purchase. Thank you🤗 8mo
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LapReader
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So spoilt! Thankyou @MrsMalaprop You stalked very well. The ☁️ didn‘t last long. So yummy. A new treat for me. I ❤️ shower steamers & so fitting given my town is responsible for the super spreader night club incident. Ha! Germaine is 1 of my fav feminists! Good job on the ☕️. I tore into the 📦 but I loved the little hints. My dad grew chick peas on the farm. I❤️ them raw & roasted you magic woman! I think I will start on The Glass Hotel.

MrsMalaprop Oh yay! Merry Christmas! Enjoy 😊 9mo
CarolynM Such lovely gifts 🎄🙂 9mo
lynneamch Esme Lennox was my first Maggie O'Farrell, after which I ordered everything I could by her from Thrift Books! 9mo
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HettyG
Pickpick

I enjoyed this story quite a bit although found the voice switches jarring on the audiobook version, may have been easier to follow in printed format.

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Lesliereadsalot
Pickpick

Family secrets come out when a great aunt appears. A book with a great ending.

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Jas16
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Iris discovers that she has a great aunt that she has never heard of who has been locked in a mental institution for over 60 years. The institution is about to close and Iris the only relative left to make decisions. Who is this woman? Why was she erased from their family? Slim, sad, and difficult to put down as the family secrets come to light. Definitely a book I will recommend often.

ChaoticMissAdventures I found Maggie O'Farrell about 2 years ago and everything I pick up from her I just love. 1y
Jas16 @ChaoticMissAdventures I have only read a couple of her books but really need to read them all. 1y
Suet624 Great and intriguing review. 1y
youneverarrived I really liked this too! 1y
charl08 Still remember this one despite a goldfish memory. Made an impact on me. 1y
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KimM
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Pickpick

First book of 2021 was a winner

Erinreadsthebooks This one is on my TBR 😍 1y
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Tineke
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What a sad and frustrating book. I had to put it down a couple of times, exclaiming "No, they didn't!" I had not expected to like it, as I read another book by this author I really did not like.
This was my February #doublespin. @TheAromaofBooks

TBR since July 2nd. 2017; 277 pages.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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EmilyRoseReads
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This is the best book I‘ve read in a long time, a truly heartbreaking story that gripped me from start to finish. I‘d highly recommend!

BarbaraBB She is such a great writer! 2y
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Magslhalliday
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Pickpick

Deceptively simple prose, switching between three voices.

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LapReader
Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox | Maggie O'Farrell
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My most recent pick up from my building‘s book exchange.

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LauraJ
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Stayed up way too late reading this last night. Odds are I‘ll do the same tonight.

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CaroPi
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And here I say goodnight. I didn't read the 24 hours but enjoy the weekend #24in48

angela_fi13 Yo solo hice 5 horas larguitas 😬 4y
parttimedomestic Great job! 🎉🎉🎉 4y
CaroPi @angela_fi13 lo importante es disfrutar de la lectura 😁 4y
CaroPi @parttimedomestic Thanks a lot!!! 4y
angela_fi13 Es cierto! Es divertido 4y
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tdrosebud
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1. Tagged
2. Victoria Thompson
3. 🤷‍♀️
4. Vanilla ice cream
#manicmonday #letterv @JoScho

JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Samplergal
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Yes! Finished in just a few hours, that‘s how good it is. Put this one on your TBR. Beautiful writing. Non-linear story, but easily followed. 4⭐️

umbrellagirl This was excellent! 4y
tonyahoswalt I love this book! 4y
KarenUK I love this author so much..... 😍 4y
Samplergal @KarenUK I see why. Only my second one, but I‘ll be reading more. Writing this from Daunt Books atm! 4y
KarenUK Omg I love that book store.... have fun!!! 💕💕💕💕 4y
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Samplergal
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Relaxing with this this evening. Needing some alone time.

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Lcsmcat
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I don‘t remember much about this except that I didn‘t think it lived up to the hype. #vanishing #coolbooks @Linsy

Aimeesue I agree with you there. I have absolutely no feelings associated with this book. No glee, no delight, no sadness. OTOH, no exasperation or disdain, either, So it probably wasn't TERRIBLE. 😋 (edited) 4y
Lcsmcat @Aimeesue Exactly. I gave it 3 stars on Goodreads, but the only emotion I associate with it is slight disappointment. 4y
Linsy So hard when things are hyped. That‘s how we hear about them, but sometimes I wish I‘d happened upon them by chance! 4y
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youngreadrshelf
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Wow! Powerful! From #MountTBR

MuddyPuddle This was a good one! 4y
youngreadrshelf @MuddyPuddle I know I couldn‘t put it down. 4y
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leweirdo
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Esme Lennox your story broke my heart 💔😕

WanderingBookaneer Mine too! 4y
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suvata
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#7favesin7days* 📚❤️ 4/7

* Post a book you love each day for 7 days, without review or comment, with the hashtag #7favesin7days in your post so we can keep it going!

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WanderingBookaneer
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Spotted at B&N; added to my #TBR !

rubyslippersreads Great cover! 5y
RebelReader This is my favorite Maggie O‘ Farrell! ❤️❤️ 5y
tonyahoswalt I read this book when I first started working at my library system, around 2007, and loved it! 5y
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EvieBee
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Couldn‘t pass up this unadvertised Kindle deal! Thus far I‘ve purchased most of my O‘Farrell books as Kindle deals. Never full price. I like that!

#KindleDeal

Cathythoughts 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5y
JaclynW Nice!! I really loved this one! 5y
MicheleinPhilly This is a great one! Heads up @Cinfhen . I know you were interested in this one but can‘t remember if you Kindle. 5y
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Cinfhen Thanks @MicheleinPhilly 😘😘I‘m not a big Ebook reader but some deals are too good to miss 😊 5y
JillR I just love Maggie O‘Farrell ❤️ 5y
EvieBee @JaclynW It‘s actually her work of fiction I wanted to start off with, so very happy! I‘ve only read her memoir. Can‘t wait! 5y
EvieBee @MicheleinPhilly I am so excited! My library didn‘t have physical or digital copies, so super jazzed. 5y
EvieBee @JillR I really enjoyed her memoir! Now I need to get cracking on her fiction. I just have a feeling I will love her too. 😊🤗 5y
JaclynW @EvieBee I am looking forward to her memoir! Enjoy her fiction! 5y
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SitkaBelle1217
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" 'Do you have a photograph of him?'
'Yes.' Iris points. 'That's him there.'
Esme bends to look. She eases out the
drawing-pin and holds the photograph close to her face.
'It was taken just before he died,' Iris says. "

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
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MicheleinPhilly
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Pickpick

I have had this on my shelves for YEARS and am mad at myself for not having read it sooner. If you enjoy historical fiction that has a parallel present-day narrative, you will love this. It is a quiet, lovely gem. 4 ⭐️.

Redwritinghood I have this on a shelf too. Sounds like I may regret not moving it up on my tbr. 5y
LeafingThroughLife One of my favorite authors. I‘ve got to read this one! 5y
Cathythoughts I love this author 💕💕 5y
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EvieBee I want to read this! Her novel is on sale today for Kindle $2.99. I snapped it up. Think I‘d like to collect all her work. 5y
MicheleinPhilly @EvieBee OOOH, thanks for the heads up! 5y
Cinfhen I almost bought it and put it back... darn, it was before my #bookbuyingpan 5y
MicheleinPhilly Happy to send it to you after the holidays! (The post office scares me this time of year.) OR I can hold onto it for you until our summer Litsy meet-up. @Cinfhen (edited) 5y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Wow! I just realized that by reading this book, I inadvertently finished the #LitsyAtoZ Challenge for 2017! I was stuck on 25 for so many months that I stopped paying attention. 😁

julesG Congratulations! 5y
BookFreakOut Hadn‘t looked at my list in a while, found some I hadn‘t included but still I, U, X and Z to go...I sense some graphic novels or comics in my future! 😬 5y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 5y
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EchoLogical 🎉📚🎉📚 5y
megt Congrats! 5y
brilliantglow Nice job! 5y
Jas16 🙌🏽 5y
tammysue 🎉👏🏻👏🏻 5y
Pamwurtzler 👏🎉 5y
BookMaven407 Congrats! 👏👏 5y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Pickpick

Started and finished this very intriguing book this weekend. I‘d mostly recommend this book to readers who can tolerate some ambiguity in their books. You‘re not going to understand what you‘re reading for a while, and some of your questions may not be answered at all. Still, O‘Farrell has created a darkly atmospheric tale about what connects us and what divides us from our families. I suspect these characters will stay with me.

Tanzy13 🐱 5y
TricksyTails 😻♥️ 5y
Beckys_Books This is hilarious - I thought that was my cat when I first saw the photo. 5y
minkyb Love the review! 5y
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shawnmooney
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I‘m a bit late to the O‘Farrell party, but I think I might be here to stay! A fascinatingly screwed-up woman discovers a great-aunt she never knew about, now released from a psychiatric institution after more than 5 decades; as secret after secret unfurls, as she begins to take responsibility for this aunt, the protagonist begins to own her own secret, illicit desires. In economical, deceptively simple prose, O‘Farrell roped me all the way in.

IamIamIam Oooooooooh 5y
emilyhaldi great review- I‘m hooked! (edited) 5y
BookHermit This is my V on #LitsyAtoZ. I‘ve been saving it. 5y
Cinfhen I‘m excited to read this author...Great review 5y
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TrishB
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Didn't think I'd manage another book this month but I couldn't put this down tonight and there was no way I could go to bed without finishing it!
Ohhhh Esme 😓😓. This is such a sad read. I would like to think that mental health issues are better addressed now but sadly that's not always the case.
A great read. My love affair with Maggie O'Farrell continues. ( But no chapters does irritate me - when am I supposed to make a cup of tea!)

saresmoore Ha! Good point about the chapter breaks. Great review—I think I will like this one, too. 5y
Ms_T Well done for sneaking in another book! 5y
Andrew65 I agree about no chapter books! 5y
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TrishB @saresmoore you will want to run away with 16 year old Esme 💔 5y
TrishB @Ms_T 😀 5y
TrishB @Andrew65 I get the literary reasons in this one, but still.... 5y
Michelle_mck Oh this book! I loved it so hard! 5y
LiteraryinLawrence I‘d never heard of this one, but your review convinced me: stacked! 5y
Reggie Oh man, @TrishB, point me to the 😭😭books and I will follow. Lol 5y
TrishB @Michelle_mck it was awesome 👍 5y
TrishB @Reggie Esme has been in my head all night! I think you will like this. 5y
Marchpane Ha, yes tea breaks are important! Maggie O'Farrell is one of the (many) authors I need to get around to reading. 5y
RaimeyGallant Intriguing. 5y
Cathythoughts Oh I‘m looking forward to this. !!! If only there was more time! Stacking 👍 (edited) 5y
Agentfalco Ooh 😮 no chapters! I find no or few paragraphs the hardest to keep your place in the text 😫 5y
emmaturi I love Maggie O'Farrell books 5y
TrishB @emmaturi me too now. I only read my first a few months ago and don't know how I missed her for so long. 5y
emmaturi Well she has loads of novels and have enjoyed them all@ 5y
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shawnmooney
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shawnmooney
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The first few pages of this are gorgeous!

#QuoteOfTheDay

TrishB Have this on the tbr 😀 5y
saresmoore Stop reading all of the books I want to read! Okay, well, don‘t actually stop. I‘m just brimming with #readingenvy over your current reads, as always. 5y
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BarbaraBB
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This is the story of Esme, who has stayed in a mental institution for over sixty years. Until Iris learns that Esme is her unknown great-aunt and comes to get her. Esme's memories, those of her sister Kitty with Alzheimer, and Iris's own life come together in a dazzling, shocking story.

Picture: Valencia

andrew61 I loved this book. 5y
BarbaraBB @andrew61 Yes, me too. My first Maggie O'Farell. Looking forward to more of her books. 5y
BarbaraBB Look @Cinfhen , recognize it?! 2mo
Cinfhen Yup!!! I took a similar photo with the star in the background 😍😘5 years ago for you!!! Book sounds good 2mo
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MadCatRamble
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Do you know how, every now and then, you start a book, and you *immediately* know that it will become a favorite? That happened here. This book is so brilliantly executed in every possible way, that I fell into it and couldn't set it aside, despite the fact that it broke my heart. Maggie O'Farrell is...honestly, I have no words. I need to read everything she's ever done.

LiteraryinLawrence High praise indeed! 5y
MadCatRamble It's SO good! I'm still processing how much I loved it 24hrs after finishing. ❤️ 5y
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shelf-improvement
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Plane reading. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterV

Reviewsbylola Love that cover! 5y
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StephTKO
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Pickpick

Saw this on a list of "books you can't put down." Not quite that good, but excellent story telling. Not what I expected.

Suzze I read that! I gave it 4⭐️ but really don't remember it! 5y
StephTKO @Suzze it was good, it probably deserved more than 3 stars but I've been a harsh book critic lately lol 5y
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StephTKO
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Next up on audio.

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Sweettartlaura
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Maggie O'Farrell is my new author I #lovetorecommend - I just found her last year. And I find this book is the easiest for newbies to access. The story is deceptively easy to follow. It's only at the end that you realize the magic trick O'Farrell pulls off: she lays out the story of a woman with Alzheimer's and another woman who's been institutionalized for 50 years, in less than 250 pages, without either really saying a word.
#17booklove

lynneamch Yes. Yes. Yes. I agree on every count. Also loved Instuctions for a Heatwave. Just finished After You'd Gone, but warn that the title is a true indication of what happens. Her newest is SO good 6y
saresmoore Oh, I bought a used version of this. I'm looking forward to reading it! 6y
Sweettartlaura @lynneamch This Must be the Place is the first I read by her - I adore it❤️. I just find it hard to describe to people - this one is easy, yet so much more than one expects 😍 6y
Sweettartlaura @saresmoore You're in for a treat❤️ 6y
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mauveandrosysky
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Mehso-so

This was one of those books where I enjoyed the thought-provoking themes and ideas more than the overall execution. It's about the ways that women have been historically mistreated—both by society and by the mental health system. It's about the importance of agency, and what happens when that is taken away. It left me with a lot to think about, and I always appreciate that. But the writing style and narration just didn't quite work for me.

lynneamch Oh gosh. This was the first Maggie O'Farrell I read and loved it so much that I bought all her others. Good thing for authors that we readers have different tastes. 😉 6y
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saresmoore
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A happy little used #bookhaul from @BetterWorldBooks —purchased before my #bookbuyingban. Why, yes I did buy myself a French textbook. One of my bookish goals for the year is to be able to read a book in French. (Je voudrais pouvoir lire un livre en français.)

saresmoore Unfortunately, the copy of Atonement is in pretty appalling condition. I might pass it right along to Goodwill. 😕 6y
LeahBergen Oh no. I loved Atonement. 6y
SharonGoforth You really do need to read Atonement, though. So good!! 6y
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mhillis Nice! Check out our #languagelearning posts! 6y
saresmoore @LeahBergen @SharonGoforth It's crazy that I haven't read Atonement yet! I'm going to clean up the copy I got and read it anyway. At least I will feel no guilt if I'm tempted to underline! 6y
saresmoore @mhillis Yay! Thank you! 6y
rabbitprincess Très bien! ? 6y
saresmoore @rabbitprincess I took four semesters of French classes...ten years ago. I'm hoping it will all come flooding back! 6y
SaraFair I took eight years of French 30 years ago. It does come flooding back- try the Duolingo app cause its more fun than a textbook. 6y
saresmoore @SaraFair 8 years! Wow! I do like Duolingo—time to reinstall the app!That and Rosetta Stone will be helpful for keeping my pronunciation sharp. Thank you! 😊 6y
LauraBeth I should push myself to do this! One side of my family is French and speak nothing but French (but it's that crazy southern French) and reading French comes easy to me 🤔 maybe when I get done reading Don Quixote 😂 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth Is it terribly pessimistic of me that I immediately replaced your "when" with an "if"? Haha! DQ is SO DENSE. I have a little paperback of the first Harry Potter in French, but I'm thinking even that may be too ambitious. If I can't get through it, I'll send it along to you! ? 6y
LauraBeth @saresmoore noooooo - don't jinx me! 😂 6y
saresmoore @LauraBeth You can do it! I really did enjoy it when I read it—and actually finished it before watching my friend perform in Man of La Mancha. Hmm, now that I think about it, I must've had a crush on him... 🤔 6y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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Hanging out with Bowie and The Dude. So jealous! #dressesoncovers #readjanuary

lynneamch One of my fav books ever, but my cover is different. Like this one! 6y
CherylDeFranceschi @lynneamch I love her writing! 6y
lynneamch Recently finished ❤❤💕 6y
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dawnsworldblog
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I really enjoyed this book. An extremely sad story which left me feeling very thoughtful. I can't say I was a massive fan of the ending though I did appreciate the poignancy of it. There was also a subplot that I didn't think was really necessary to the story and I felt it wasn't ended well as if the author wasn't sure where to go with it. Overall though a thoroughly good book that i would definitely recommend.

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dawnsworldblog
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Starting this while on a spa night in Montreal. It's set in Edinburgh so it's nice to picture Scotland (home) while I read it. I'm still very early into it but so far so good 😍

MrBook Spa and book. Nice combo 😎👌🏻 6y
dawnsworldblog @MrBook perfect combo 👍🏻 6y
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Sweettartlaura
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Oh, wow! This was beautiful ❤️. So glad I picked it up.
If you read it, try to do it in one, maybe two, sessions. It's short, & so wound together that you don't want to let it loose for a couple days if you don't have to.
Maggie O'Farrell, where have you been all my life? 😍

lynneamch Where has she been is right! This book was suggested to me at a little used book store I visit once or twice a year on vacation. I loved it so much I ordered everything she had written. So excited for the new one. 6y
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Sweettartlaura
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It's passages like this that make Maggie O'Farrell a treasure.

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Sweettartlaura
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I can squeeze a short one in this weekend, between my buddy read & my arc, right? 📚

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Sweettartlaura
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I was supposed to read this with a book club, but we didn't get to it. Last week, I read an ARC of her latest, This Must be the Place. Now I can't wait to tear into this one. #HPBhaul

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shawnmooney
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Another from yesterday's used bookstore haul. Been hearing great things about the author.

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