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Salt to the Sea
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
New York Times Bestseller!"Masterly crafted"The Wall Street JournalFor readers ofBetween Shades of Grayand All the Light We Cannot See, bestselling author Ruta Sepetysreturns to WWII in this epic novel thatshines a light on one of the war's most devastatingyet unknowntragedies.World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, many with something to hide.Among them areJoana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to theship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other testedwith each step closer to safety. Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Notcountry, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.Told in alternating points of view and perfect for fans of Anthony Doerr's Pulitzer Prize-winningAll the Light We Cannot See, Erik Larson'sDead Wake, and Elizabeth Wein's Printz Honor BookCode Name Verity, this masterful work of historical fiction is inspired by the real-life tragedy that was the sinking of theWilhelm Gustloffthe greatest maritime disaster in history. As she did inBetween Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys unearths a shockingly little-known casualty of a gruesome war, and proves that humanity can prevail, even in the darkest of hours.Praise forSalt to the Sea:Featured on NPR's Morning Edition ? Superlativemasterfully crafted[a] powerful work of historical fiction.The Wall Street Journal ? [Sepetys is] a master of YA fictionshe once again anchors a panoramic view of epic tragedy in perspectives that feel deeply textured and immediate.Entertainment Weekly ? Compelling for both adult and teenage readers.New York Times Book Review ? Intimate, extraordinary, artfully craftedbrilliant.Shelf Awareness ? [H]aunting, heartbreaking, hopeful and altogether gorgeousone of the best young-adult novels to appear in a very long time.Salt Lake Tribune ? *"This haunting gem of a novel begs to be remembered."Booklist,starred review ? *"Artfully told and sensitively crafted...will leave readers weeping."School Library Journal,starred reviewPraise for Between Shades of Gray:New York TimesNotable Book, 2011 ? Wall Street JournalBest Childrens Book, 2011 ? APublishers Weekly,School Library Journal, Booklist, and KirkusBest Book of 2011 ? iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen Novel ? A Carnegie Medal andWilliam C. Morris Finalist ? ANew York Timesand InternationalBestseller ? Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both.The Washington Post ? *"Beautifully written and deeply feltan important book that deserves the widest possible readership.BooklistFrom the Hardcover edition.
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I've started reading this World War 2 historical fiction that seems very compelling already. I found it at a local Little Free Library.

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Finally got around to finishing this re-read for #literarycrew and it was just as good this time around maybe better as this time I opted for the audiobook version for about half the time. The voice actors were wonderful and the characters really came to life. I highly recommend this complicated and heartbreaking tragedy.

Librarybelle Good to know about the audio! 5d
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I had never heard of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff, one of the worst maritime disasters in history with far greater loss of life than the Titanic, until reading this book. Almost 9,000 people, mostly civilians, died when a Russian sub torpedoed the German vessel. This novel follows a group of young people each hiding dangerous secrets who hope to reach safety in Germany. Told in short alternating POV chapters and impossible to put down.

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Un-put-downable historical fiction, about the evacuation of German citizens as the Russians invaded German-occupied East Prussia towards the end of World War II. Told from 4 points of view, in short alternating chapters. Rich character development, fascinating story line, and heart-wrenching, realistic details about the horrors encountered by the refugees trying to flee. ⬇️

julieclair Human goodness and human cruelty, courage and cowardice, are all displayed. Well researched. This one will stay with me a long time.
Thank you, @Librarybelle , for selecting this book for a #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead. Great choice… so much to discuss.
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Librarybelle So glad you liked it! There is so much to discuss indeed! 2w
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13 books this month. Tagged book was my favorite.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That was a great one! 💙🌊💔 3w
julieclair Ooohhh... You read some really good ones this month! 3w
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Librarybelle
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Time for this month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion! There are so many points worth discussing in this novel, but I didn‘t want to flood everyone‘s feed with questions! You‘ll find 8 questions related to Salt to the Sea on the title‘s feed, my feed, and by searching the #LiteraryCrew hashtag.

Anything else you wish to discuss, comment below! Remember to use the spoiler tag if needed. Thanks for joining this month!

jimfields3 Thanks for a good read! 2w
Librarybelle Thanks for joining!! @jimfields3 2w
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8. The Amber Room is also mentioned in this novel. Have you heard of it prior to reading this? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Older Smithsonian Magazine article about the Amber Room: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/a-brief-history-of-the-amber-room-1609401...

megnews No I had not. 3w
Jerdencon I had looked it up as I was reading because I never heard of it either. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl I have. It must have been an amazing sight. Steve Berry wrote an interesting novel that was written around this mystery! It was quite good. 3w
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julieclair I had never heard of it. Nor had I heard of the Wilhelm Gustloff tragedy. So many stories still untold from WWII... 2w
jimfields3 I haven‘t but after reading about it and finding it‘s still a mystery today I‘m intrigued to learn more. 2w
Sargar114 I had never heard of this either. Thanks for the article share. 2w
Librarybelle I had heard of the Amber Room and its still mysterious whereabouts. Yet more of those pieces that may be found (if not destroyed) sometime. There is still so much artwork and antiques that are missing that could be out there, waiting for someone to find… @megnews @Jerdencon @CoverToCoverGirl @julieclair @jimfields3 @Sargar114 2w
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7. Describe Florian, Emilia, Joana, and Alfred. What makes them dynamic characters? What are their greatest strengths as people? What are their weaknesses? - from the Reading Discussion guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I have to talk about Alfred. So full of himself. Grotesque grandiosity. And ultimately a chicken hearted bully. I kept thinking he was a well done symbol for Nazism overall. 3w
julieclair @megnews , great description of Alfred. I have been trying to think of a strength for him, and keep coming up blank. He is all weakness, in my opinion. 2w
julieclair I really admired Joana, and her compulsive drive to help people. This was her greatest strength, but also her greatest weakness, as it sometimes clouded her judgement. 2w
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CoverToCoverGirl @megnews perfectly said. I‘ll add repulsive, dangerous toad. 2w
jimfields3 Alfred is easy to despise: even the good he does by getting Joana, Emilia, and Florian on board he does only because he thinks it will help him with superiors. 2w
Sargar114 @megnews completely agree. Reading Alfred‘s sections was difficult; the audio version was a little easier to get through. He is a well down symbol of Nazism and the terribleness that can be found in humanity. That being said, he countered the goodness of the other three characters. @julieclair agree that Joana‘s desire to help almost led to her demise multiple times. 2w
Sargar114 Emelia and Florian were both flawed but ultimately found redemption when they found each other. I very much liked their dynamic as well as their complicated characters. 2w
Librarybelle Agree with everyone, and well stated about Alfred, @megnews ! Each character had their flaws, but as @julieclair said, I had to admire Joana for her dedication to helping others. And, we‘ve discussed how courageous Emilia was. Florian was definitely flawed, but his goodness came through, and I gained more respect for him as the novel progressed. @CoverToCoverGirl @jimfields3 @Sargar114 2w
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6. Explain the significance of the title, Salt to the Sea. Given the magnitude of the tragedy of the Wilhelm Gustloff, does it accurately describe the events and relationships portrayed in the novel? - from the Reading Discussion guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Article from The Smithsonian Magazine about the disaster found in the comments⬇️⬇️⬇️

Jerdencon I found it interesting that not much is talked about this tragedy - and it was just another casualty of war, 3w
Sargar114 Thanks for sharing the article. It confirmed a lot of what I thought about why a tragedy like this wouldn‘t be well known. I would also agree that the title is very well suited for the book and this story(ies) 2w
Librarybelle @Jerdencon @Sargar114 I had no clue this was a real tragedy until I read the author‘s note and later this article. I think Joana uses the term “salt to the sea” at some point in the novel, though silly me, I didn‘t record the page number! 2w
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5. Considering each of the main characters‘ perspectives, in what ways is this novel a story about things that have been lost? What does each character find along the way? - adapted from the Reading Discussion guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews Lost innocence. Lost family. Lost homeland. They found depth of character to struggle on. 3w
PurpleyPumpkin They all lost so much. But in finding each other, I think it helped them to survive that much longer. Their relationships gave them strength to carry on. 3w
julieclair Each of the refugees lost their family, their home, their possessions, and even in some cases their home country itself. But they never lost their dignity. They found resilience and a will to carry on. As I read this book, I kept thinking about the Ukrainian refugees, and how they are living with this reality right now. So hard to imagine. 2w
Librarybelle Really good comparison to today‘s refugees, @julieclair . Everyone lost so much, but as @megnews and @PurpleyPumpkin said, they found the depth of character and relied on each other to carry on. 2w
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4. World War II was the first war in which civilians were as affected as soldiers. Considering what you learned from the novel, what were some of the ways in which civilians were most greatly affected? - adapted from the Reading Discussion guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews Displacement, constantly under threat of violence/death, hunger. 3w
julieclair Yes, @megnews ! And also constant worry about loved ones' safety and whereabouts, and learning to live with the unknown. Until reading this book, I hadn't really given much thought to the fact that the German people suffered these things just as much as the people in the countries that Hitler invaded. 2w
jimfields3 In addition to what @megnews and @julieclair said I also see in this book how people had to handle opposing forces that steal your control. Emilia fled the Nazis to save her life but then got raped by a Soviet. This book is a good reminder that people had to choose between the lesser of two evils instead of a clear cut choice between e and evil. 2w
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Sargar114 @megnews @julieclair @jimfields3 Agree with what y‘all have said. I imagine the majority of these refugees didn‘t have a strong opinion about either side in the conflict and mostly were just trying to survive. 2w
Sargar114 I also found it interesting that I had never heard of this event given the scope of the tragedy, and then realized it would be difficult to talk about any event that may garner sympathy for Germans during WWII. Especially awful considering the majority of victims were not the proponents of the atrocities. 2w
julieclair Yes. This book is a good reminder that there are always two groups of innocent people who suffer in any war. The "good" side and the "bad" side both have many normal, everyday families just trying to survive. @megnews @jimfields3 @Sargar114 2w
Librarybelle So many good points, @megnews @julieclair @jimfields3 @Sargar114 ! Honestly, I had an idea that there was fleeing in Germany to avoid Russian capture, but I never really pondered the magnitude of it. I always thought of the soldiers that would rush to American lines to surrender both the Russians arrived (my grandfather would tell stories to my dad about this situation). 2w
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3. Throughout the novel, many characters exhibit acts of bravery. Consider the individual actions of these characters. Who do you believe to be the most courageous, and why? - adapted from the Reading Discussion guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

Jerdencon They were all courageous in their own way- they had to be. 3w
PurpleyPumpkin I agree with @Jerdencon all the characters were courageous in their own way. Well, perhaps not Alfred. 😑 (edited) 3w
julieclair I think Emilie was the most courageous. So many horrible things happened to her, and she just kept moving forward. She was the one who spurred the others to action, even when they were paralyzed by fear. And giving the wandering boy the last place in the lifeboat was extremely courageous and loving. 3w
jimfields3 I also believe Emilia was the most courageous. She was always concerned with the omens and thought her fate determined, but in the end she controlled her own fate more than she knew. Her death came through her choice to sacrifice a spot in a safer lifeboat for a raft. I really admired her. 2w
Librarybelle I agree, @julieclair and @jimfields3 - Emilia‘s courageous actions helped save the wandering boy. She faced so much, yet did it with dignity. I also agree that each character had to find courage, @Jerdencon @PurpleyPumpkin , with maybe the exception of Alfred… 2w
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2. Salt to the Sea is told in multiple first-person narratives; how woks the story be different if only a single character were telling it? - from Reading Discussion Guide on the author‘s website #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I love multiple POVs and in this case I think it really made the book. Because the sections were short it took me a few rounds to catch each voice but after that I flew through. 3w
Jerdencon I flew threw this book too - multiple perspectives don‘t bother me. 3w
PurpleyPumpkin I really enjoyed each character‘s perspective. I think multiple POVs add a lot to a story because as a reader, you‘re able to see the events in different ways. I really enjoy this approach. 3w
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sblbooks I had a harder time with four points of view. I think my problem was I was listening to the audio book while trying to work. 3w
julieclair I thought the 4 POVs added depth to the story, and facilitated rich character development. Each of the characters ended up at the same place... on that doomed ship... but all had unique, and sad, back stories. And to think that every one of those thousands of refugees also had a story to tell. It boggles the mind. 2w
jimfields3 I thought the use of multiple points of view was fine. I don‘t know that this adds more than third person omniscient, but I guess it‘s more natural. I could go either way. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m a big fan of multiple POV‘s. Perspective is everything so seeing an event though multiple views gives you the opportunity to walk in someone else‘s shoes. 2w
Sargar114 I really enjoy multiple perspectives. I will say with each being so short that it can be hard to keep track. The audiobook used 4 separate actors, so for me that helped keep Track a little better with this read. The upside though is the Alfred sections are really difficult to read due to how awful a human he is. 2w
Librarybelle I think the multiple povs in this novel really helped us to get to know the characters a bit better. I could see where listening on audio would make this a bit more of a challenge, @sblbooks . @megnews @Jerdencon @PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair @jimfields3 @CoverToCoverGirl @Sargar114 2w
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1. Ruta Sepetys has gained critical and reader acclaim for her YA historical fiction that highlights a dark aspect of history rarely discussed or even known to most readers. Have you read any of her books prior to this? If so, how does this month‘s book compare? #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

megnews I‘ve read Out of the Easy which I also rated 5 stars. But I think I liked this one even more. I‘ve had Between Shades of Grey on my tbr for awhile. 3w
PurpleyPumpkin This was my first book by this author. I‘m planning to read more!👍🏽 3w
julieclair I have not read any of her other books. But this one was amazing, so I‘m sure I will read more. 3w
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sblbooks I read Between Shades of Gray and The Fountains of Silence. I want to read all of hers. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl This is the first. YA is not something I usually read but I certainly will recommend this title to others. 2w
Sargar114 I also read Fountains of Silence but I thought this one was much better. I do like the fact that she is writing about historical events that I wasn‘t aware of and because it is YA, it is easier to read. Plus her style with the short chapters makes it very easy to read fast. 2w
Librarybelle I read Between Shades of Grey and loved her writing style. I definitely plan to read more! @megnews @PurpleyPumpkin @julieclair @sblbooks @CoverToCoverGirl @Sargar114 2w
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Librarybelle
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Told from the perspective of four young adults, this #historicalfiction novel chronicles the final days of WWII and the refugees fleeing the Russian advance. It‘s spellbinding, horrific, and deeply emotional. Sepetys has a way with words and the hook that keeps you reading. I loved this one. #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead

#TeenAngst #BBRC

#19822022 #2016

LeeRHarry Loved this one too. 3w
LibrarianRyan I can't bring myself to read this after the author killed me with Between Shades of Gray. 3w
Librarybelle @LibrarianRyan I understand - this one is also have tissues at the ready 3w
Librarybelle @LeeRHarry ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Jerdencon I‘ve read some of her others and I loved this one too. 3w
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How is it the end of April already?!?!?!

Reminder that the #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead discussion for this title will be on April 30th! Judging from posts, it looks like most of us have completed the book (I‘m hoping to by the 30th!), so I‘m anticipating a great discussion!

KristiAhlers Y‘all had a good read for this month! 3w
Librarybelle @KristiAhlers Sepetys is an amazing author! 3w
julieclair Trying hard to read this by the 30th! 3w
Sargar114 I just started but this is a re-read for me anyway. Enjoying the audiobook format this time. 3w
Jerdencon I actually finished this! 3w
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I'm not usually a fan of YA books. I usually find them too focused on unhealthy relationships. This was my first Ruta Sepetys novel & I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the short chapters which were perfect for my short attention span. Also, I knew nothing about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff. It was informative & the characters were captivating. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

CoverToCoverGirl I really enjoyed this one too. I‘m not a fan of YA novels and I too was very happily surprised. I knew nothing of this horrific marine disaster. 4w
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I loved this novel told from various POVs. Can‘t wait to discuss with #LiteraryCrew.

Librarybelle Hooray!! 1mo
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I can empathize with Florian‘s reaction to Alfred the Great-in-his-own-mind. Can‘t wait to discuss this character with #LiteraryCrew.

Librarybelle It should be a good discussion! 1mo
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Kangaj1
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I tried this in print a year or so ago and I bailed early on. This time I tried on audio and made it halfway, but this is just not for me. #LiteraryCrew @LibraryBelle

Librarybelle Thanks for trying! 1mo
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So many books have been written about WWII, but the scope of their content could be much broader. Salt to the Sea is about Polish, Prussian, Lithuanian, and German refugees trying to escape by boat. It's told from the perspective of four characters with disproportionate depth and storylines.

MelKelsey Review contd. The chapters are incredibly short, which makes the book read fast but choppy and made feeling invested in the characters difficult. Told mostly through letters he writes to a girlfriend, the German was so despicable! The best part was about the Wilhelm Gustloff, a boat that sunk with 10,000 passengers; some of the details were very poignant and disturbing. 3.5 ⭐s 2mo
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I‘m loving this one!!!
#literarycrew #firstlinefridays

Librarybelle Great quote! 2mo
ShyBookOwl Oooh such a good first line 2mo
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I am beyond excited to say next month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I‘ve tagged those who have indicated interest in joining next month…if you are not tagged and would like me to tag you for next month‘s posts, comment below!

I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month and post discussion questions at the end of the month. All are welcome!

Visit @Librarybelle to join

Librarybelle Thanks for posting! 2mo
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I am beyond excited to say next month‘s #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead is Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. I‘ve tagged those who have indicated interest in joining next month…if you are not tagged and would like me to tag you for next month‘s posts, comment below!

I‘ll post periodic checkins throughout the month and post discussion questions at the end of the month. All are welcome!

megnews I am so excited! I started and it‘s amazing!!!! 2mo
Librarybelle @CarolineLovesToRead Here‘s the post! 2mo
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PurpleyPumpkin I‘m in! I‘ve borrowed the audiobook from my library. Looking forward to another group read!😉 2mo
Librarybelle @PurpleyPumpkin Hooray!!! So glad you can join in. I‘m really looking forward to this one…she‘s an amazing storyteller! 2mo
coffeewithbooks Going get my from the library tomorrow 2mo
Jerdencon I‘m in for this one too! Just downloaded from the library. 2mo
jimfields3 I would like to join, please. I have my library copy coming soon. 2mo
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Awesome! Told through the perspective of four different people with varying backgrounds in WW2. Its SO good and is historical fiction of a real event that caused more tragedy than the titanic.

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Announcing the April - June selections for #LiteraryCrew .

If you would like me to tag you for any or all of the titles listed, let me know! We‘re a low key #BuddyRead group - read at your own pace throughout the month, with discussion questions on the last day of the month. I post periodic check ins during the month. Books tagged in comments for more information.

Repost for @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Thanks!!! 2mo
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I am so glad that I finally read this with the #roll100 challenge. It‘s hard to believe that the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff and its 9000 lives lost is not better known. Sepetys tells this story from four main characters‘ points of view that brings humanity to this horrible tragedy. The additional material at the end of the book including interviews with survivors and divers who have explored the wreckage was gripping as well.

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This was a new point of view of WWII historical fiction for me. I am getting to really love this author. I‘ve been meaning to get to this for years, and I‘m glad I finally did. My favorite character was The Shoe Poet, an older shoemaker who could tell you your life story and maybe your fortune by your shoes and the way you walked. So many great characters though.

AmyG I read this years ago for book club and really enjoyed it. 4mo
Soubhiville @AmyG so good! Now I want to read her others I haven‘t gotten to yet. 4mo
megnews I‘ve been meaning to get to this. 4mo
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Ncostell I have had this on my shelf forever. Perhaps it‘s time I give it a go! 4mo
AmyG I really enjoyed her book 4mo
vlwelser This one was my fav. But I also loved the one you just read. 4mo
Texreader I love her books and I love that they are YA hopefully teaching the younger generation important history lessons they won‘t learn anywhere else 3mo
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Eggs My choice too 💔 4mo
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#BeginsWith 🥳📚 #Salt 🧂 🌊

#BookNerd 🤓💙📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 4mo
Eggs A great choice 💙🧂🌊 4mo
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Jan 19 BeginsWith Salt @Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs Perfect 🧂 🌊 💙 4mo
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Another from my TBR #BeginsWith

Eggs 🙌🏻 My choice too👏🏻 4mo
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OMG what a powerful book ❤️‍🩹😢💔

#salt #beginswith @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

aperfectmjk One of my favs! 4mo
Eggs @aperfectmjk 🙌🏻 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I like this cover 📚 4mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes the shoes are haunting 💔😢 4mo
SilversReviews A very good book and very heartbreaking. 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This book is written so well, and is so interesting 😊 Read for #ReadHarderChallenge2021 My final book for this year‘s challenge 🙌🏻🤩📚 4.25/5 #ReadHarderChallengeFinisher2021

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4✨ This is a historic event I remember hearing about, but lost in my memory. I really liked the storyline all be it pretty sad. A group of various individuals find themselves traveling together to escape the war. Some make it out, and the others sadly do not.

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That cover looks so ominous. The audiobook version of this story is very good. I like having different voices for different characters. It adds so much to my understanding and compassion for them. This is a book I will be thinking about for days. I knew it was going to make me sad, but I had to read it anyway. The Author‘s Note at the end was especially interesting. #135 #BookSpinBingo #24 #BFC21 #BUZZWORDATHON Elements #NovelNovember

Karisa It made me cry, but I loved that book! 6mo
Roary47 I‘m reading this pretty soon. Thank you @karisa and @Allylu for the heads up to have tissues ready. 💛 6mo
Allylu I was warned that it would make me cry. 😢 6mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 6mo
aperfectmjk I loved this book. One of my faves for sure! 💕 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds great, well done 👏👏👏 6mo
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Buttermallow12
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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RIP Wilhelm Gustloff and all the others that deserved to go down in history⚓

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Sargar114
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This was so good! I knew nothing of the event this was based on, which isn‘t terribly surprising given the atrocities the Germans committed in WWII; don‘t really want something that may make you feel sympathetic towards them. The story she told was great though. Almost 5 stars but I don‘t really love her writing style, which I‘ll explain why ⬇️. Meanwhile, this was my #bookspin for August.

Sargar114 Her style is definitely more directed at a YA audience, the short chapters made it take a while to engage with the characters and when you get dropped into the story with no build up, it makes it hard to figure out who‘s who and what is going on. Once I did however, it was quite difficult to put down! Thank you to those in #sundaybuddyread that told me to give this author another shot. I‘m glad I did, as this one was wonderful. (edited) 9mo
Sargar114 My other problem was Alfred was terrible (intentionally), and I felt gross reading his sections. When he ended up being as terrible as I expected, I wasn‘t surprised or happy about it. 9mo
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Kimberlone I haven‘t read this one but I loved another by the same author. It also leaned more in to the YA genre (mostly because of the ages of the characters, though), but I thought it was also a fantasy historical fiction about a period I knew very little about : 9mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
Sargar114 @Kimberlone I read that one too but enjoyed this one much more! 9mo
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Sargar114
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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“Guilt is a hunter.” #firstlinefridays

Karisa Oooh, such a good book! 9mo
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Sargar114
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Starting my #bookspin since will have a somewhat lazy day with a sick kiddo. First chapter and this is gonna be gut wrenching. But also based on the style of her last book I read may be a quick one with the short chapters.

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Iszy
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This is a truly beautiful book. It‘s written from the perspective of 4 protagonists each with their own past and characteristics. If your looking for a beautiful historical fiction book that blends with other genres then tho so for you!

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Iszy
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys

“Your daughter, your sister. She is salt to the sea.”

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bookaholic1
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#59
Wow, another heart breaking story...loved it

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Texreader
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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Ebook on sale today. Highly recommended

Sargar114 Thanks! Bought and stacked! 14mo
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OutAndAbout
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The audio version was excellent. Multiple narrators to cover the multiple points of view. Fast moving story with characters you care about.
Based on a true story of a ship that was sunk at the end of WWII during an evacuation. It‘s listed as young adult but some pretty serious scenes.

Texreader I‘ll bet the audio was good! Excellent book 14mo
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DarkMina
Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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I am posting a book every day from my TBR collection. 📚

Day 82

#tbrpile #tbrmountain #bookstoread