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The Great Believers
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.
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Tonton
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Pile 2!

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xxjenadanxx
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Chronicling the lives of a group of men at the height of the AIDS epidemic in the 80s this book slowly breaks your heart, over and over again. These characters may have been fictional but their story was all too real, and that is what leaves me haunted.

Devastating.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 1w
AmyG Loved this book. 1w
overtheedge ♥️♥️ 1w
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Ange44
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I just got back from my annual trip to Portland and this is what came back with me.

Soubhiville Wow!!! 1w
Lifeisasnap Woah, that‘s a great haul!! 1w
Hooked_on_books Wow! 🤩😍 1w
Megabooks Drooling over your awesomeness!! 1w
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arubabookwoman
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I narrowed my choice from the first group of books I posted to Outlaws by Javier Cercas. Then I was in a bookstore and started reading The Great Believers by Rebecca Makai, and I think I‘d like to choose that, but it was everywhere last year and I suspect one of you may have already read it. Have any of you read it? Any preferences between these 2? @DarcysMom @Shakespearience @mcipher
Do you all have your choices yet?

DarcysMom I am working on getting my choices up. I haven't read either of the books pictured. 3w
mcipher I haven‘t read either of these! I like the sound of the tagged book. And I‘m still stuck on my choices but I‘ll figure it out in the nick of time 🙃 (edited) 3w
Shakespearience I haven‘t read either! 3w
arubabookwoman Well, I think I will go with The Great Believers as my choice then! @Shakespearience @mcipher @DarcysMom 3w
DarcysMom Sounds great to me! 3w
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CoffeeK8
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Spring baseball tryouts already this weekend. 😬 at least it‘s a gorgeous afternoon.

cathysaid I really enjoyed this book! 1mo
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CoffeeK8
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Spring baseball tryouts already this weekend. 😬 at least it‘s a gorgeous afternoon.

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xxjenadanxx
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged + Wanderers by Chuck Wendig + The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy
2.I just turned in 6 so I'm down to 5 with a whole bunch on hold and in transit!
3.Switch genres to something totally outside of what you would normally read to reset your reading brain.

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I feel like this book is as close to perfect storytelling as you can get. The characters were so fleshed-out. The multiple plot lines were woven together seamlessly. There were so many good choices and parts that fed other timelines. Really enjoyed this book. Gut-wrenching and hopeful at the same time.

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Tiltedwhirled
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A perfectly crafted story spanning two time periods and one lifetime. Fiona is the center of the story. She tends to the dying during the AIDS epidemic in the eighties in Chicago and carries through the trauma to her adult life. Riveting and heartbreaking.

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Samplergal
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1.The Great Believers. 2. It‘s an Orioles Shirt, so black and orange. 3. Went to Turks and Caicos 4. Yes. Yes. 5. Whoever sees this and wants to play along late! #friyayintro

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Cinfhen
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Congrats to the sweet and wonderful @Librarybelle on reaching a HUGE Litsy milestone #200KGiveaway

I‘d love a copy of the tagged book. I almost bought it when I was doing a bookstore crawl with another #PhillyGirl @MicheleinPhilly but I put it aside and ever since I‘ve had #FoMo 😜 Thanks for the chance to #FixMyWrong 😂

Librarybelle Thank you! 😊 I‘ve heard so many good things about this book, and I really like the cover of it! 1mo
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perfectlywinged
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Really fell hard for the characters in this book that swings between 1980s Chicago (and the start of a group of friends getting AIDs) and present day where one of those friends is trying to track down her daughter. Definitely a little sad but not overly crushing.

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Kappadeemom
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Such an amazing book. If you liked A Little Life, you would probably like this one. Get your tissues handy. #teamslaughter

@Clwojick

This one will count as over 200 pages and several characters die. #scaryscavengerhunt

Reviewsbylola I‘ve gotta read this one ASAP! 2mo
JacqMac Ooo Stacked! 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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This novel isn't just about HIV/AIDS, and it isn't just about the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s. Through characters that are real, distinct, and flawed moving through vivid settings, Makkai offers a story of friendship, love, and redemption. There's a sense of eternity, of time folding in on itself that brings a timelessness to this story. This novel is what A Little Life could/should have been.

AmyRebecca Good review 💜 2mo
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ImperfectCJ
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Final #24B4Monday numbers:

Hours read: ~14
Books finished: 2 (and started a third)

Not too shabby for a readathon I started at the last minute and never told my family about (it probably says something that me reading fourteen hours in a weekend doesn't register as noteworthy to them).

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ImperfectCJ
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My cat loves this book. Or this Kindle. Or both. Or neither. Really, I have no idea what he's thinking. Aside, perhaps, from, "Sit down, woman, so I can curl up on your lap. That bathrobe's not going to claw itself."

I also have almost no idea what this book is about. I picked it up because it's a One Book, One San Diego selection. We'll see how it unfolds.

Crazeedi Curious your opinion, I've been wanting to read! 2mo
QuietlyLaura 😻☺️ 2mo
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Samplergal
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One of the best books I‘ve read this year. Push it to the top of your TBR if you haven‘t read it yet.

JenReadsAlot Loved this! 2mo
Sapphire I heard the author speak in Chicago and purchased a copy. Haven't read it yet though. 2mo
Abailliekaras I loved this! We interviewed Rebecca Makkai for Books On The Go podcast and she was delightful. So impressive! 2mo
Samplergal @Abailliekaras I can only imagine. This book was so historically correct. She is obviously an author to watch. So well written. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Samplergal @Sapphire push it towards to top. It‘s so good. 2mo
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janeycanuck
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A hit with my Guelph #GirlyBookClub crowd. This was such a heartbreaking story. It did take a while to get into but once I did, I couldn‘t stop reading.

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Samplergal
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Currently listening to this for October book club.

Suet624 👍🏼 2mo
AmyG So good! 2mo
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CaitlinR
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Man, this was a three hankie novel, but so worth the read. I finished it at 4 AM this morning; could not put it down.

In alternating time lines, moving from 1985 to 2015, Makkai presents us with a powerful accounting of Chicagoans who died or lived through the AIDS crisis, all scarred in virtually unsurvivable ways.

I choose to believe, however, that Fiona finally finds a life in Paris and, for all of us Roman‘s videos are so healing!

💙💙💙

TrishB Loved this one too. 2mo
Scochrane26 This is on my tbr, but I didn‘t actually know what‘s it‘s about. Love the cover & knew other people liked it. I‘ve been wanting to read more about the AIDS crisis. 2mo
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Brozen
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A haunting novel and a must read.

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! @litsywelcomewagon 2mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 2mo
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HrJust
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No one wants to die before the end of the story.

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ALL these folks were great in person: Barbara Kingsolver, Laila Lalami, Richard Powers, Susan Choi, Rebecca Makkai (middle pic) Louis Bayard, Roxanna Robinson. Had to watch RBG on Youtube as line was maxed out an hour ahead. Decided to skip an hour-long wait in line for Jose Andres and just go to lunch at his tapas restaurant Jaleo instead. Fantastic day! #NatBookFest

tpixie What a great and busy day!! I bet the tapas was fun!!! Thanks for sharing!!! 🥳📚🥳 3mo
tpixie Last year we ate at busboys and poets 3mo
lynneamch @tpixie I still want to get to Busboys. Usually try to do Afterwords at Kramerbooks, but short trip this time. We tried to get in Unconventional Diner, but was full. Had no regrets about ending up at Paleo. 3mo
tpixie @lynneamch i‘ll have to try to eat at those places if I get to DC again! 3mo
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Kempfme
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I just couldn‘t get connected with the story.

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Loving Rebecca Makkai's talk at #natbookfest!

ValerieAndBooks Is that a sign language interpreter on the left? 3mo
theladygreer @valerieandbooks Yep! This interpreter did the first half and then another one switched in for the second. Seems like really hard work with a fast-paced, free-flowing interview like this one! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful. Glad to know they provide them — I‘ll look into it for next year (would not have been able to go this year anyway) 😊 3mo
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tpixie @theladygreer awesomeness! Have a blast!! 3mo
Aimeesue @ValerieAndBooks They apparently had ASL interpreters at all author stages this year, plus they are available if you ask at the accessibility desk. Many stages also had closed captioning that went up onto a screen at the side of the stage. The volunteers at the doors are *super* great about getting you to the ADA seats. I'm partially deaf and lipread, so this is the ONE day a year it's an advantage. 😋 They HAVE to save ADA seats, so you're not🔽 3mo
Aimeesue …taking a seat from anyone else - they can't seat anyone else there anyway. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks @Aimeesue that is so awesome. Is this always on Labor Day weekend? I can read lips (and speak) in conversation but when there‘s speakers like this, I depend on ASL or captions ! So good to know all this. 3mo
Aimeesue @ValerieAndBooks Yep, it‘s always the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. It used to be on the Mall, but now it‘s held at the Convention Center, which is much better for those with accessibility concerns. The ASL interpreters are fantastic. Kind of interesting to see all the different styles! 3mo
theladygreer @Aimeesue I wondered who the reserved seats up front were for! Great that they do that. And there were captioning screens at every talk I saw. Great that they're making an effort on accessibility. @ValerieAndBooks 3mo
Aimeesue @theladygreer The seats with the blue bands on the backs were ADA seats. The ones with the yellow bands were "Reserved" seats that they keep for the press, friends/family of the speakers and interpreters. They go kinda heavy on the yellow reserved seats - there were open yellow seats at every event, except for SCJ Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Most had open ADA seats as well. I'm not sure how they calculate those numbers. ??‍♀️ (edited) 3mo
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PedanticPastorMartha
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In the style of Tales of the City, Makkah has written the story of Chicago‘s gay community from the 1970‘s to the present. While I enjoyed it, and I think she writes incredibly well, she left out a big part of the story—the lesbians and bisexual women who cared for so many of those who lived (and died) with HIV/AIDS. She obviously could not cover every story, but I think this is a significant omission. Otherwise, I loved it! Well worthwhile.

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Titcomb Bookshop, Cape Cod, had to buy the book that I can't get from the library anytime in the near future.

Leftcoastzen Super cool! 3mo
Rachel_nyc Cool shop and I absolutely loved that 📖! 3mo
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Lauren890
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 Gosh this book squeezed my heart but it was so worth it. Am I the only one a little in love with Yale Tishman? The story is so moving and the characters so well fleshed out. The book flipped back and forth between 1980s Yale and 2015 Fiona which created great momentum and I enjoyed both timelines equally. As the book progresses more pieces come together. Beautifully executed.

HeatherBookNerd I loved it. My favorite book so far this year. 3mo
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I don't usually post twice in one day, but want to share this pic of #Chicago from the helicopter ride our son & daughter-in-law took yesterday to celebrate her birthday. Also an opportunity to recommend the tagged book. Makkai weaves a compelling story of art mysteries & acquisitions amidst the looming personal toll the AIDS crisis will take in 1980s Chicago. #LetsTravelAugust @alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @originalcyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 3mo
BarbaraBB I was so impressed by Chicago this summer. I had never been there before. What a great place! Loved the booo too! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! ❤️ 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“Chicago would unfurl its map to him one promising street, one intoxicating space, at a time. It would weave him into its grid, pour beer in his mouth and music in his ears. It would keep him.”

Bought this recently, still tbr, set in #Chicago in the 80s, during the AIDS epidemic.

#LetsTravelAugust

TrishB I loved this book ♥️ 3mo
squirrelbrain On my TBR shelf, still to read.... 3mo
JennyM @TrishB I second Trish. Fantastic book! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Sounds great! 👌🏻📚 3mo
Kalalalatja Really great book! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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First of all, I do see the greatness of this. It was just so gosh-darn long though! I feel bad thinking this way because it was moving and a subject matter (the AIDS crisis) I've rarely encountered. Pick, but I ended with some questions and was a bit relieved to be finished.

Hooked_on_books Frankly, I think it would have been better as just Yale‘s story. Fiona‘s didn‘t add as much as it should have. (edited) 3mo
cathipink I was a bit ho hum on this one myself (although it was Yale's story I didn't love - or, more accurately, Yale). I felt like I need to think about this one more, and I appreciate what the author was doing, but the way the story was told felt more clinical (in terms of writing and storytelling techniques) than I expected. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books I can totally see that helping with the issues I had with it! 3mo
Chelsea.Poole @cathipink Agreed! I couldn't put my finger on it exactly, but I think that's it-- "clinical" or a feeling of being removed from the action somehow. I did like the story, it's the way it was told as you said that was a problem for me! 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Newest read on #audiobook while I shuck corn for dinner 🍽 🌽
With fresh picked, homegrown tomatoes 🍅 of course!! I love summer food.

Tamra Yum! 4mo
kspenmoll Great photo!!! 4mo
Buechersuechtling Wonderful photo. Enjoy both, meal and read. 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole @Tamra it definitely was! 😋 (edited) 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @kspenmoll thank you 😊 4mo
Chelsea.Poole @Buechersuechtling thank you! We love summer corn 🌽 4mo
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britt_reads
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I picked up the top three earlier today, and the three on the bottom were kindle deals that I just couldn't resist last weekend. My August #tbr is already a bit daunting, but I'd like to fit as many of these in as I can. Where should I begin? 😳

#bookhaul

TrishB The Great Believers 👍🏻 4mo
Suet624 Either The Great Believers or Poisonwood Bible. 4mo
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Suet624
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Yes, tucked amongst the postcards and stacks of books is Rebecca Makkai reading from The Great Believers. If you have the chance to go to a reading of hers, grab the car keys and go. Engaging stories of the research done, the importance of knowing the history of AIDS and activism, and the people she met on her previous tours. I‘m happy to say she‘s a part-time Vermonter. Thanks to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier Vermont for hosting the event.

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 4mo
AmyG Such a great book. 4mo
Rachel_nyc This was one of my favorite books last year! 4mo
saresmoore Neat! 4mo
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My husband highly recommended this to me. What do you all think. My life is pretty heavy right now and I‘m finding the TV show Sharp Objects too much. Should I read it or wait?

TrishB It‘s a great read, but not a light read. 4mo
AmyG I loved this book. And agree with @TrishB - not a light read. 4mo
saresmoore Hmm, I agree with what @TrishB said. I became very emotionally invested when I read it. 4mo
Susannah If you tend to react to your books with strong(ish) emotion, you may want to hold off. It‘s very good and very emotional, too. 4mo
Historynerd07 Such a great book but you definitely need to be emotionally prepared! 4mo
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Susannah
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A slightly premature #recommendsday suggestion, this was the most recent read for my book club and one of my favorites of the year so far. It‘s kind of odd: I found the book to have a lot of flaws (mostly stemming from the fact that I think Makkai diluted the Eighties story by including the 2015 thread and that the two threads resulted in weaker character development), but I was totally engaged while I was reading it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

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Mitch
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#bookmail !

I seem to be going through a 'dark' phase with my book choices.... something more uplifting and positive must catch my eye soon!

AmyG The Great Believers is excellent! 5mo
catebutler I‘d love to hear what you think of, ‘Secondhand Time‘. It‘s been on my list for quite some time! 5mo
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cdreincarnate
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This book is so, so good, and so heartbreaking. Although I had known about the AIDS crisis in the theoretical sense, I‘m ashamed to admit that I had never really considered how devastating it must have been. I feel a little guilty reading a book about the gay community written by someone outside that community, but I think it was written with such empathy. Every character is fully fleshed out. They practically walk off the page. All the stars.

SamAnne One of my favorite novels this year. I was in my 20s during the 80s and AIDS was front and center. Lost friends and consoled friends. Makkai really captured the time. 5mo
cdreincarnate @SamAnne I was born in ‘87 so it‘s a little before my time, but I appreciated how this book made that era come alive. 5mo
Gayan What an amazing and eye opening read. I really felt connected to these characters. 5mo
cdreincarnate @Gayan I know, right? They all felt so real. 5mo
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Obviously I knew Charlie slept with Julian and caught HIV. What an #indiscretion! I couldn‘t imagine all that Fiona and many, many gay men went through in the early eighties. Terrible. And lots of kids today don‘t even bother with condoms and casual sex. Pisses me off. (I‘m a righteous ace, lol!) It‘s hard for me to believe that as a child of late 80s early 90s sex education. #StarTrekSummerJune

BkClubCare Yep, Roman REALLY made me mad. 5mo
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I‘ve gotten my F(itness) on walking and at PT. My therapist and I had a good breakthrough with exercises!!

Then, because I was close 😉😉, I got a pineapple Dole Whip and finished my errands.

Now, to get my B(ook) on until and after dinner!!

#bfc #bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenge #goteam

cobwebmoth 🙌😋 5mo
wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 5mo
Clwojick That looks delicious! 5mo
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Dawnrod1970 Awesome job! 5mo
TheEllieMo Well done! 5mo
AmyG Good job. And this is an amazing book. Enjoy. 5mo
cewilf Yummmmm I love dole whips 😍 5mo
Megabooks @cobwebmoth 😊😊😊 5mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks! 👍🏻 5mo
Megabooks @Clwojick Thank you! It was great! 😋 5mo
Samplergal Must know about Dole whips. And I‘m up from 112 to 105 on the wait list for this book at my library. Sigh. 5mo
Megabooks @TheEllieMo thanks! 😊 5mo
Megabooks @AmyG It is. I‘m about a third done. 5mo
Megabooks @cewilf So good!! 😋😋💗 5mo
Megabooks @Samplergal As far as these, it‘s pineapple mixed with ice cream. This is a local drive-in owned by a childhood friend. It has an icy/creamy mixed texture and a really strong pineapple flavor. 5mo
Megabooks @Samplergal oh and library waits! I‘ve been waiting since this book came out last year!! Bane of my existence! (edited) 5mo
Samplergal @Megabooks it looks devine ! I make pineapple smoothies but essentially pineapple ice cream sounds great. 5mo
Emilymdxn That‘s amazing! Massive well done and #goteam 5mo
BookishTrish I love pineapple whip. 4mo
Megabooks @BookishTrish So good!!!! 4mo
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Megabooks You‘re a lot farther along than I am! 5mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks - I like Yale but not sure if I am fond of Fiona. Now-timeline-Fiona is a bit ... annoying is too strong a word, I think but yea. 5mo
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On a lighter note than the next one you‘ll see...what did this person think? It‘s a book about the aids crisis! Nice Rebecca has a sense of humor about the review!

Lova Oh my goodness that‘s funny! The worst review I‘ve ever read was a one star review for Cleaving by Julie Powell that says “I only kept going to the end becauseI was REALLY hoping her poor long-suffering husband would kill her. He didn‘t.” I believe it‘s an autobiographicalish book too like Julie & Julia was. How horrible! 5mo
Megabooks @Lova OMG!! That is horrible!! That might have brought me to tears! Anyone else care to share bad reviews? 5mo
TrishB Funny 👍🏻 Mark Lawrence always talks about his one star reviews on fb. 5mo
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SaturnDoo ?? She needs to get this tweet made into a t-shirt too.... it says "went at DID it" ???? 5mo
Melissa_J My favourite bad review of all time is for Sharon Kay Penman‘s book Here Be Dragons, which is historical fiction about Wales. The reviewer gave the book a bad rating because they were upset there were no actual dragons in the book! @TrishB 5mo
TrishB @Melissa_J I love that one! 5mo
Megabooks @TrishB nice!! I love it when authors have a sense of humor! 5mo
Megabooks @SaturnDoo 😂😂😂 5mo
Megabooks @Melissa_J Yes!! The name is maybe misleading, but you think the the person would read the blurb! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤣 5mo
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#currentlyreading and enjoying all three! It feels good to finally be better from my endoscopy, and out of that slump!

Used the days between #BFC and #BFCr2 to get a Dole Whip and cheeseburger at a local drive-in, but I didn‘t think to take a picture! 😋😋🤦🏻‍♀️

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#GoodReadsgiveaway #giveawaywinner !! 🎉
Haven't won one of these in forever! I've seen good reviews of this book- can't wait to start it 😸📚
#catsoflitsy

Jee_HookedOnBookz Congrats and enjoy! 5mo
JenReadsAlot I really liked it! 5mo
BarbaraBB It‘d good!! 5mo
booksandsympathy Beautiful kitty! 😍 5mo
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jen_the_scribe
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My mother works at a hotel and somehow ends up being given used books from her coworkers and guests. She's not much of a reader so she gives them all to me. Normally I end up donating them because they're almost always books I'm not very interested in. Nothing against those who love a good romance novel, it's just not my forte. But this one was a great find on my mother's part! I've heard great things. Thanks mom! Lol.

LeeRHarry Thought this one was great! 😊 5mo
jen_the_scribe @LeeRHarry Good to know! 😊 5mo
Pruzy Wow, always inspiring to know someone is reading literary fiction while staying at a hotel! 5mo
jen_the_scribe @Pruzy Gives me faith in humanity! Lol 5mo
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quietjenn
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Missed my train. Bought a book. Those are the rules, no?

Eyelit That tracks 😄 5mo
Bookwormjillk Absolutely 5mo
Pruzy I think any downtime is an excuse to buy a book! 5mo
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HeatherBookNerd
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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So many great quotes in this book.

Cathythoughts I have this one in #hibernation .. keep thinking I must get back to it ♥️👍🏻 5mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was just marvelous. Sort of heartbreaking and hopeful at the same time. The writing is fantastic, the dialogue just perfect, and the parallel story lines compliment each other beautifully.

I have so many feelings and there‘s too much to say. This is definitely the best book I‘ve read so far this year and I was completely swept up in the lives of these people. What a moving, funny, engrossing book. Loved it.

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LadyCait84
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A difficult topic handled with meticulous care and the most human of touches, this novel not only shows more of the true and tragic circumstances of the 80s AIDS epidemic than any other literary work I know, but it also broaches the universally applicable question of what happens to those left behind by trauma, long after it‘s all “over?”

LeeRHarry Top pick for me last year 😊 5mo
Lcsmcat I heard her speak at a book festival and she‘s fascinating. 5mo
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cdreincarnate
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Ah, Sundays. 📖🐶