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Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
"Based on a true story, Pino Lella is forced to enlist as a German soldier and recruited to become the personal driver for Hitler's left hand in Italy. With the opportunity to spy for the Allies inside the German High Command, Pino endures the horrors of the war and the Nazi occupation by fighting in secret"--
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majkia
Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan

I'm sure I should have liked this more than I did. I know a bunch of people who need to read this, to remember what the Nazis were like, but other than that, I thought it a little bit of a slog. But worth the slog.
#Bookspin September @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes books with important messages just still aren't written in a way that is engaging to read. So frustrating. 5d
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BacklistReader
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I love my chunky books especially in the fall and winter.

#bigbooks #chunkybooks #bigbookstbr

TheSpineView Love those chunkters! 2w
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Eggs Agree 💯 3w
TheSpineView @Eggs 👍🤩🌞 3w
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#ManicMonday @CBee #LetterB

📘 Beneath a Scarlett Sky
👨‍💻 Leigh Bardugo
📺 The Big Bang Theory
🎶 Bohemian Rhapsody

Want to play? @eggs @wanderinglynn @DaveGreen7777 @RamsFan1963 @PageShifter @GatheringBooks @EadieB @fredamans @klou @CoffeeNBooks @Gissy

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CBee Thanks for playing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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Eggs @TheSpineView 💛💛💛 1mo
fredamans Thanks for the tag! 1mo
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Klou I remember doing these!! Thanks for tagging me! 1mo
TheSpineView @Klou 😘😍 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😁 1mo
TheSpineView @DaveGreen7777 You're welcome 1mo
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WriterAtHeart
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Pickpick

This book was an amazing story about a boy named Pino during WWII in Italy. Based on a real-life Pino, I am so happy Sullivan told this story. I felt like I gained a whole knew perspective of WWII and Italy.

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DLQBOOKNERD
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Always up for a good read on the fall of Hitler and the Nazi's....
This was a touching story about young hero, who claims he was not, but truly was. ❤️ Pino Lella.

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thecaffinatedreader
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A little dose of wisdom this Monday morning #beneathascareltsky

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thecaffinatedreader
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Going with my WW2 reading theme of 2022 #Bookoftheweek #beneathascarletsky

LoverOfLearning Stunning cover! Wow 6mo
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HE'S HUMMIN
Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark Sullivan
Pickpick

Very good! It's based on a true story. It zooms in on a portion of WW2 where Pino Lella helps Jews to freedom, becomes a spy for the Parisians, and meets the love of his life. I did not expect anything.

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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What a fantastic book. I've read quite a number of books on the topic of WWII, but this book ranks right up there with the best on the topic.
Highly, highly recommend!
5 stars

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SanjanaGhosh
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Pickpick

While I did not enjoy this as much as the other Holocaust books, I'd still recommend this as a good read. Also since it's based on a true story, it deserves extra brownie points!!

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I've been wanting to read this book for a long time!

TheSpineView Really good story. A little slow at first but once it get going I couldn't put it down. 8mo
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Blueberry
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Andrew65 A popular book. 9mo
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Defiance

If you haven't read the tagged book, I highly recommend. Great true story about an Italian youth that first helps Jews escape over the Alps that assists the Italian resistance.

Klou Perfect!! Adding this! Sounds good! 10mo
TheSpineView @Klou 😊📕 10mo
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Casablanca

I couldn't decide which of the two books I wanted to choose. So I chose both. One, The English Patent, is fiction and the other, Beneath a Scarlet Sky is based on a true story. They are both set during WWII and the characters are what make the stories. They are also two of my favorite WWII historical fiction books.

Klou Fantastic!! Great choices!! 11mo
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Eggs This was a worthy read!! 👍🏼👍🏼 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 14mo
TheSpineView @Eggs Totally! 14mo
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Blueberry
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1. Tagged. It is a true story fluffed out.
2. 👍🏼
3. Mystery series

@NataliePatalie @Trashcanman
#WonderousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs I loved 1 as well - thanks for playing 📚🤗📖 1y
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BClark
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Pickpick

A good book! Pino Lella was an extraordinary young man thrown into the war. How he survived and the incredible risks he took forever changed not just his future but the world. It left its mark on me. Much respect!!!

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TheSpineView
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I almost forgot it was Tuesday! Here are the #Two4Tuesday questions for today. Thanks to everyone that played last week! Enjoy and have a fabulous day!

🍒 Tagged was one of the best book club picks ever for me. Loved it!❤📚
🍒 The new book, The Last Green Valley, by the same author as the tagged book just came out and It would make a great pick.

Want to play? @Eggs @wanderinglynn @4thhouseontheleft @EadieB @MoonWitch94 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag!! 1y
TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You're welcome! 😘 1y
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Avanders Thanks for the tag! 😘😘 Lots of books answer both questions 😁😁 1y
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😁 1y
TheSpineView @DaveGreen7777 You're welcome! 1y
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Kristin_Reads
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3.5 ⭐️ The story is captivating, though the writing style wasn‘t for me. The last 20 pages were the most interesting to me and I get all the enthusiasm about this book.
This was 4 on my #bookspin list! ✅ #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Chars
Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Mehso-so

One of the many unseen heroes

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peaknit
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Thank you @Littlewolf1 for my #jolabokaflodswap package! You picked a beautiful book for me, there is also a gorgeous map on the inside cover. And the candy is a favorite, I‘ll need to hide it from the children😉 thank you also to @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this, my favorite holiday tradition. ❤️🎄

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TheSpineView
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#RememberNovember @Klou
Day 17: Patton

This is my favorite WWII novel.

Klou Stacked! Sounds good!! 2y
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Junebug17
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Found some books at my local #freelittlelibrary!

Any thoughts on these?

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Amiable
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This is a pick with reservations. It‘s historical fiction based on the real-life exploits of Pino Lello, who served as a spy in Italy during WWII. How much is actually true is a matter of debate. In any case, my issue was with the writing. It was ...OK. Too dramatic and overwrought for my taste. And it could have stood for a more thorough editing job. The author is a part of James Patterson‘s “stable. Read into that what you will.

Dcueto Loved this one! 2y
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Amiable
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It‘s 6 pm on a Saturday and I‘m already in comfy PJs on the couch with a stack of books. Some people might pity me for my less-than-exciting nightlife. I, however, actually feel sorry for THEM. My books and I are doing just fine, thanks.

Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
AmyG Oh, I envy you! Enjoy!!! 2y
TrishB Sounds fab ❤️ 2y
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Clare-Dragonfly Ahh, that sounds lovely! 2y
tracey38 Sounds like a perfect Saturday evening to me! 2y
ravenlee Pity? More like envy! 2y
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#FallFinds @Eggs
#Factual

My favorite book about true events.

Crazeedi You know what? I started this book on my kindle and never finished it. Got it as an ARC , I must go back to it 2y
TheSpineView @Crazeedi The first part is a bit slow. However, once you get to the part where he is drafted into the army it picks up. 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper It‘s heart breaking 💔made me 😭 2y
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Eggs Great book 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2y
TheSpineView @Eggs 👍😊❤📚 2y
Crazeedi @TheSpineView thanks for info!! 2y
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bookgem
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⭐⭐⭐⭐
A very well written book based on a true story of a young man during WW2 in Italy. His experiences during wartime as he becomes a frontman for a Nazi General. Very good. Interesting.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Count ❤️🖤 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚😊📚 2y
Suet624 I‘ve never heard of the tagged book. Looks like one I would want to read. Thank you! 2y
TheSpineView @Suet624 You're welcome! ❤📚 2y
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OriginalCyn620 📚❤️📚 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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There are many in this list ! These are the three books which I finished recently, which made me cry.

#3books #tearjerker

OriginalCyn620 😥📚😥 2y
TheSpineView Beneath a Scarlet Sky ❤😓 2y
MsMelissa I‘ve read The Kite Runner and Ove, and both made me cry too 😥 2y
Blackink_WhitePaper @TheSpineView that love story😞💔 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is a historical fiction based on true story of Pino Lella. A young Italian who initially helps Jews to escape Switzerland by taking them through Alps, joins Nazis army but as a spy. It‘s a thrilling story with love, loss, pain,humility, courage, defeat & victory. True events makes it all the more heartbreaking. Worth reading for all #historicalfiction lovers. 4🌟

#bookspin #bookspinbingo #ReadingEurope2020 #setinItaly #Italy #WWII

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
Librarybelle I‘ve heard good things about this one! 2y
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JackieGreco
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Pickpick

This book was incredible. It was the story of a young man during WW2 doing his best to do right in the world. It is a story that I will carry with me and think of often.

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Jfrier
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Pickpick

Not my usual go-to for genre but this is very good!

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#ThankfulThursday @Cosmos_Moon

🎶 I am tech inept today. But the song is on YouTube. Born and Raised by Caleb Johnson
🎶 The song is about growing up here in Asheville, NC. I remember seeing him perform at Wild Wings before he did American Idol and became famous. And can he sing! I think he could sing the phone book!
🙏 Another beautiful day!

Zoes_Human I either didn't realize or didn't remember that you were local to me! 2y
Leftcoastzen I absolutely adore Asheville! I was only able to be there 1 day, made me cry , I didn‘t want to leave. 2y
Lesanne I didn‘t know you‘re in NC! I‘m outside of Charlotte, in Monroe. 2y
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Cosmos_Moon Awesome! Fun to see locals get big :) 2y
TheSpineView @Zoes_Human Lived here most of my life. 45+ years! 2y
TheSpineView @Leftcoastzen Asheville does have a cool vibe. But good jobs are scarce and the cost of living is outrageous! 2y
TheSpineView @Cosmos_Moon Yes, it is. 2y
TheSpineView @Lesanne Cool! I have family in CLT. 2y
Butterfinger @Zoes_Human @Lesanne @TheSpineView when it becomes safe again, let's do a Meetup. I'm halfway between Asheville and Hickory. 2y
Zoes_Human @TheSpineView Well FFS. This is my hometown as well (though I was mobile for a couple of decades). Did you go Roberson or Reynolds, by any chance? I'm 48, so there's some chance we went to school together if you did. (edited) 2y
TheSpineView @Butterfinger I'm up for that!👍 2y
TheSpineView @Zoes_Human I went to Reynolds but I am older than you. I graduated in 1980. What side of town did you live on? I was on the east side close to the VA hospital. 2y
TheSpineView @Lesanne That would be great! 2y
Zoes_Human @TheSpineView We moved around a bit—out off of Rock Hill off of Hendersonville Rd, over off of Tunnel near the East Asheville library, just a bit down Leicester near the trashy Patton Ave Ingles. I lived downtown back when it was cheap. I‘m on the west side now, technically in the county, but I could hit the city limit with a well thrown rock. 2y
TheSpineView @Zoes_Human I'm currently in Candler but like you so close to the city limits I could spit and hit it. Close to Enka HS. Years ago there was a building for sale on Biltmore Ave near Patton Ave that came up for sale at $200K. Which was outrageous at the time. I so wished I has bought that. It is probably worth 2M+ now. 2y
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 92

The true story of an Italian teen's courageous Nazi- resistance efforts. The journalistic writing style was dry and laborious. The chapters about his mountain climbing ventures to get Jews safely to the Swiss border were the most enthralling. The rest was a bit of an effort.

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#BeautifulWords @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#Evocative

This book always provokes an intense emotional response from me. I think in part because it is based on a true story and because the prose was also good.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf ❤️❤️ 2y
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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Wife
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I prefer a home front setting when reading a war time story. However, This was based on real people which was fascinating. Pino Lella was told by his parents to enlist in the Nazi army to protect him and he was assigned to drive and interpret for a very high ranking General. Pino was also spying for the allies, which in the book was incredibly suspenseful, so I can‘t imagine what it was like IRL. The end of war was chaotic and dangerous. 3/5⭐️s⬇️

Wife In the epilogue, the author filled the reader in on what happened to all the main characters in the story. 2y
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Tracyantoon
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This story is incredible. It is based on a true story (though not sure how loosely). Pino Lella is a young Italian man in the time of WWII and this is his story of survival. My mind is blown by the atrocities people endured during this war over and over again. But seeing the human spirit rise up in spite of it is what makes this subject so popular. Pino is an inspiration. 4⭐️

TerriGreen This one has been on my TBR forever! 2y
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achalla
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"How do you find happiness?” Anna paused, then said, “You start by looking right around you for the blessings you have.”

TheSpineView I loved this book!❤ 2y
achalla I couldn't put this book down, amazed that it was based on a true story! 2y
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Margot0817
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I loved seeing the war from a different country's perspective. I loved it and all the culture woven within the story line

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#JamminJune @Eggs
#D-DayorWWII

So many good book written about WWII. This is my favorite and is based on a true story.

Eggs I remember this one 2y
TheSpineView @Eggs So good! 2y
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MoBee
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So far, the writing isn't very strong but the plot keeps me flipping the page. It's a light but entertaining read so far

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MoonWitch94
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🦋The Sun FINALLY shined today after days of rain. 🌈 The Garden State Soundtrack 🧁Half-Baked Ice Cream pint 😋 💗Tagging @JoScho @Blueberry @Klou @FlowerFairy #ThoughtfulThursday 🌼Play💫Share🏷Tag! Everyone is welcome to play!

JoScho Thanks for the tag 💕 2y
Klou Thanks for the tag 💕 2y
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LondElle89
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite historical fiction, but still a good read. I would recommend this to those who are just starting to get into historical fiction. Simple writing, a juice amount of drama, heartache, and hope. 3.5 out of 5.

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jmtrivera
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Based on the true story of the real Pino Lella, this book is at different times suspenseful, sweet, & tragic. Sometimes it reads like a tall tale & I found myself wondering if time eroded these memories. Other things were so horrifying that it's no wonder Lella never spoke of them until now. While I found the story fascinating, I didn't love the writing style. But I appreciate the research & work that went into this book & I'm glad that I read it.

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#MarchMadness @Eggs
#CourageousMC

I chose this book because it is based on a true story. Pino Lella is 18 when we becomes a spy for the Italian resistance. I can't imagine how dangerous that was.

Dcueto LOVED this book 3y
Eggs Loved this book❤️🌺❤️ 3y
TheSpineView @Dcueto @eggs One of my all time favorites and I recommend it all the time. 3y
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julesG
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Panpan

#UnpopularOpinion

Is it really a true story? Partly true? Doesn't matter. It's a strong story, but the book is weak. Important bits were glossed over, unimportant facts were described in detail.

Filing it under Italy for #ReadingEurope2020
@BarbaraBB @Librarybelle

mollyrotondo Oh wow good to know. I have heard people rave about this book. I will cautiously read this once I finally start my copy. 3y
Readswithcoffee I agree that the story is strong, but the telling was weak. (edited) 3y
Librarybelle Good review! 3y
Marina_h I wasn't a fan of this one either. I thought it was poorly written, which is a shame becuase the story was really interesting 3y
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julesG
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I know this book gets a lot of love, but I don't see why.

#UnpopularOpinion

smjohns Oh dear. Just received book mail today and this was one of them! #willgiveitatry 2y
julesG @smjohns You might like it. Don't let my cynicism stop you from enjoying the book. 2y
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