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An Ocean of Minutes
An Ocean of Minutes | Thea Lim
For readers of The Time Traveler's Wife and Station Eleven, an unforgettable love story about two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart. America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means risking everything. She agrees to a radical plan. Time travel has been invented; if she signs up for a one-way trip into the future to work as a bonded labourer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years. But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a changed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a terrifying new world to find Frank, to discover if he is alive, and to see if their love has endured. An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous, devastating novel about courage, yearning, the cost of holding onto the past--and the price of letting it go.
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flying_monkeys
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“When someone dies, there‘s no one to share your memories anymore. They become like secrets. A secret life. No one knows you lived it, but you. I didn‘t want it to be that way.”

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flying_monkeys
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“She couldn‘t think like this. She was in the grip of the peculiar but popular idea that if she lacked hope, the cosmic powers would shun her. Believing this was more pleasant than realizing that the cosmos has no preference.”

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Nute
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📖 Going to the bookstore later today for a ‘because of Litsy‘ book hunt for An Ocean of Minutes.

🎥 I watched the adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God with Halle Berry & Michael Ealy earlier this year. Some books are better served by a mini-series on television rather than a 2-hour movie production to allow for depth of character development.

🎞 Good Omens. I laughed out loud while reading the book. I can‘t wait to see the film version.

Smrloomis Wait, there‘s an adaptation of Their Eyes Were Watching God??? Was it ok? I can‘t quite imagine how that would work. 7mo
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llwheeler
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#bookwormproblems when you have to work but your book is calling you.

#30JuneBooks @howjessreads

StayCurious Or Litsy is calling you lol 8mo
llwheeler @StayCurious Lol, that too! 8mo
LokiDokey I have this problem with chores or plans with friends as well. 8mo
llwheeler @LokiDokey Yes, same, especially chores 8mo
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collegecatlady
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Well guys, I‘m all moved and unpacked in my new home near Nashville TN! Here‘s some eye candy of my new shelf and cart! #ikea #shelfie

wanderinglynn Lovely shelves! ❤️👍🏻 8mo
Texreader Fantastic! 8mo
Julsmarshall So pretty! 8mo
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Itchyfeetreader Coongrays on your new home - looks awesome. It‘s a beautiful part of the country (excellent food) 8mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
TheSpineView Nice!💜 8mo
Avanders Ooooh 😍😍😍 8mo
Karkar King Bob!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Megabooks Love it!! 8mo
CouronneDhiver Jealous! I was just in Nashville yesterday for the first time and I loved it! 8mo
jlabombard10315 I LOVE the book cart! I'm now contemplating replacing my nightstand with one... 📚 8mo
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Lindy
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In the afternoon, the clouds clear & they go down to see the cherry blossoms. The air is pink-tinted by the invasion of blooms. They are carried along by the crowd, their elbows pinned to their sides by the other long-weekend tourists, nobody able to stop the wash of bodies. A teenager leaps into the air & grabs at a branch. There are gasps of horror as he falls to the ground in a shower of petals.
“Thug!” someone says. “Don‘t you have parents?”

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Lindy
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It looks like pink popcorn.

readordierachel It does! 9mo
Lindy @readordierachel 🍿🌸 9mo
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

This book ❤️it‘s harrowing and heart breaking and I couldn‘t breathe sometimes and I wanted to shake Polly and I wanted to hug her and I wanted to just sit and cry for her. The CDC makes a horrendous mistake that causes a viral apocalypse and the world changes. Polly makes an enormous sacrifice and this book will haunt you with her story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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mcctrish
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This book is filling me with despair 😩 everything is going so wrong 😢😢😢

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mcctrish
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Starting this today

tammysue I have this on my tbr. It sounds pretty good! 10mo
mcctrish @whatshesreadingnow it‘s for one of my book clubs, I‘m really looking forward to it 10mo
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closethipster
Ocean of Minutes | Thea Lim
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Spring = reading outside!

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BookishTrish
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What a treat to read such personal and insightful comments #GroupU @CouronneDhiver @Lindy @Jazzper2

Lindy Ha! Thanks for reminding me about the cockroaches passage. 🐜 10mo
CouronneDhiver 😂😂 We‘re a charming bunch, eh? 10mo
BookishTrish I laughed so hard. It‘s the page with the most commentary in the whole beautiful book. 10mo
CouronneDhiver I had fun! Great pick too 👍🏽 10mo
Jazzper2 It was fun! 10mo
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Foragingfantasy
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If you‘ve been to Galveston, TX so much of this story is familiar. It‘s also kinda heartbreaking.

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llwheeler
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Me: ooh my white blanket will be a good background for this #bookhaul post
Cat: yes this blanket is mine I sit here.
Cat: why would you put books where I sit?
Cat: fine. I sit here with books.
#catsoflitsy

Suuuper excited about these ones! Can't wait to read them! Yay for fun bookish afternoons ❤️ @Andrea4

Andrea4 Oh, Gus! 11mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 I swear he was on it like 0.1 seconds after I spread it out lol. He's still there, totally curled up and sleeping now (I moved the books haha) 11mo
Andrea4 @llwheeler cat 1 books 0 11mo
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Crazeedi His attitude 😍😍 (edited) 11mo
llwheeler @Andrea4 Yep 😂 11mo
llwheeler @Crazeedi he was very determined! Lol 11mo
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xicanti
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Pickpick

Soon as I realized AN OCEAN OF MINUTES is SF marketed to the litfic crowd, I braced myself for disappointment. I needn't have worried; Lim nails the execution. She fully commits to the mechanics of her alternate world, which she builds with such care that it works as its own thing, not just as a reflection of contemporary issues. I was right there inside Polly's horror and desperation as her situation escalated. It's awful but excellent.

StephanieMarie I was really hoping this one would be picked for Canada reads, it sounds so good! I will just have to fit it in somehow 12mo
xicanti @StephanieMarie I'm glad I started it right before the announcement. Otherwise, I might've returned it unread so I could focus on the finalists, and missed out on a great book. 12mo
Texreader The time travel bit and trying to find someone sounds a lot like Kindred, which was so interesting. Stacking this one even though I‘m not a sci fi fan. Sounds good 12mo
xicanti @Texreader I think this is SF of the sort where only the most biased SF-averse readers will have an issue with those elements. I haven't read KINDRED yet, but going by what I've heard of it I'd say if you like that, you'll be fine with this. 12mo
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xicanti
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Casey's a great patient--except for when he wakes up, can't process his current situation through the painkillers, and freaks the hell out. It's gonna be a long night.

Thank goodness for reading material.

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Hooked_on_books
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A global pandemic leads a woman to time travel into indentured servitude to pay for her boyfriend‘s medical care. A great concept coupled with a strong feeling of disorientation in the protagonist make this a thought-provoking read. It‘s different but I really enjoyed it.

#ReadingUSA2019 #Texas

LeeRHarry I enjoyed this one too 😊 12mo
Librarybelle That does sound like a different concept...glad you enjoyed it! 12mo
readordierachel I really liked this one too! 12mo
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scowler1
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Pickpick

Time travel, tragedy, apocalyptic future, love story, what else do you need? Brilliant piece of literature.

SassyBookworm Beautiful cover! 😍 12mo
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youneverarrived
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Mehso-so

Sorry @Pricel101 but this didn‘t really work for me 😔 there were parts that were interesting and I like the concept of the book (time travel, pandemic etc.) but l just wasn‘t invested/connected to either of the main characters at all and I felt the pacing of it could have been better. Maybe it would have worked better in print? ⭐️⭐️ #newyearwhodis

monalyisha I like the cover, at least! 🌊 12mo
youneverarrived @monalyisha it is pretty! 💙 12mo
BookishTrish I read it in print and really connected with it. 12mo
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samjmitchell It‘s on the Canada Reads long list! It just came out. Popular over here :) 12mo
youneverarrived @samjmitchell I‘ve seen loads of good reviews for it 😊 it just didn‘t do anything for me. 12mo
Pricel101 Not a worry @youneverarrived 🤗 this is why I LOVE sharing books! so we can talk about what we like & don‘t!! @samjmitchell @bookishtrish @monalyisha (edited) 12mo
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Lindy
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Pickpick

An amazing, lyrical and intellectually stimulating novel. Time travel, dystopia, romance and refugees. It reminds me somewhat of Exit West, in the way science fiction elements are used as a shortcut to get to the real issues of displacement, social inequality, and the human heart. I raced through this in 2 days.

TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I started this, then spilt a cup of tea all over it 😱 hubby brought me a new one but I haven‘t restarted yet. (I‘d like to say in my defence that the dog jumped up on me....) 13mo
Lindy @TrishB Ha! Accidents happen. 13mo
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Lindy
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You cannot put life on hold to have a moment of grief, so every second, half the people in the world are split in two. This is what they mean by life goes on, and the worst is that you go on along with it too.

(Author photo from book jacket.)

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Lindy
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There was the lathe and the band saw and the sanding station, in whose languages she was familiar. There were the coils of reed spline, fibre rush, and sea grass, as identical to the layperson as homophones to a foreigner.

(I love encountering specialized language in novels. These words are like treats.)

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Lindy
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Later, Polly makes the mistake of telling Donna about Frank. “There‘s a dishy bartender who works around the corner.”
“And?”
There isn‘t really anything else to say. She edits the story. “Today I sneezed and he gave me a napkin.”
“He. Likes. You. Quick, go back now. Where‘s your coat?”
“You‘re not serious. I‘m in my Ziggy pyjamas.”

(Internet image)

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Lindy
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One car behind them honks. The voice of their driver, made tinny by the intercom, says, “You gotta go.” They squeeze each other‘s hands so hard the skin of his suit bites the web between fingers and there‘s no way they can touch skin to skin and the seat of her heart falls away and so does her resolve. But there is no more time. All the cars honk like the end of days.

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Pricel101
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“It would be awful to talk to someone who understood how she felt. Only indifferent listeners tighten the seal that keeps sadness inside.” 📖

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Pricel101
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First snow day of the year ❄️📚 staying warm with coffee & a book!

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Pricel101

“All the trapped air in her chest condensed into water and trickled away.” My heart is breaking for Polly right now 💔

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BiblioNyan
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Current library swag that I really need to get off my arse & tackle! 😹😹

Not shown: Dead Set by Kadrey, Heavy Vinyl Graphic Novel, & The Tokyo Zodiac Murders by Shimada. Those are my current reads & are buried in the my bed somewhere... oopsy. 😽

#libraryloot #litsygram

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

The time travel aspect of this novel is a metaphor for the immigrant experience so don't come looking here for your fix of sci-fi cos you ain't getting it. The world building of the post-apoc setting is already I suppose but the 'romance' aspect is as dull and depressing as a wet Wednesday in January. It WAS well written and the topics addressed WERE worthy and effectively explored but I just didn't engage with the characters. My bad.🤦🏼‍♀️

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BeckyMerilatt
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Work #shelfie. If you haven‘t yet discovered the book An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim, I highly recommend checking it out. First time author and the book was rock solid. It‘s packed full of ideas and the world building was fantastic and I just really really loved it.

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Pricel101
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#thealim will be at #ottawawritersfest next week! Can‘t wait to hear her read from this exciting dystopian love story. If you enjoyed #stationeleven you‘ll love this book! 🌊📚🕛

Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 1y
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Lel2403 Welcome to Litsy 📖📖 1y
Pricel101 Thank you! 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🙌🏻😊🌼 1y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 1y
Pricel101 Thanks! I‘m going to like it here! 1y
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Welcome to Litsy!! 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌼 1y
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RealLifeReading
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Just saw this in an email. Have you read any of these finalists?

Annl So many books, so little time! 1y
scowler1 And they all sound so good. 1y
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alisonrose
Pickpick

This is definitely an interesting story, particularly in what it‘s trying to tell you beneath the surface. The time travel element is just that — an element of a larger story about love and loss and change, about the immigrant experience and how easily we fall into the trap of categorizing people based on where they‘re from, what they can do, etc. It did feel a little distant at times, and I wish there was more to the last 30 pages or so. 3/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose

You cannot put life on hold to have a moment of grief, so every second, half the people in the world are split in two. This is what they mean by life goes on, and the worst is that you go on along with it too.

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Ummmmmmmm these aren‘t mutually exclusive? I don‘t know if this is meant to show ignorance on the characters‘ part or if it‘s a sign of the author‘s. But PSA, Judaism is a religion, not a race. I am, in fact, Caucasian and Jewish. #themoreyouknow

zzz I just got this from the library for my kindle👍 1y
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alisonrose
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This is one of the books I got from the @bookriot TBR subscription box! Sounds really interesting and timely (haha no pun intended since it involves time travel). #nowreading

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readordierachel
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this loosely dystopian/sci-fi novel. A pandemic hits in the 80s & a shady corporation offers people a vaccine for their loved one(s) in exchange for traveling forward in time to work for them. Naturally, the shady corporation lies/takes advantage. Polly travels to the 90s to save her boyfriend... ⬇️

readordierachel Things go awry & she tries to navigate the strange new landscape and reconnect with her love. A poignant story, and an interesting (sometimes heavy-handed) commentary on capitalism and immigration. 1y
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Lauren.Archer
Pickpick

This was a solid novel. Dystopian with time travel with just a bit of sadness throughout. Lovely writing and story.

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Lauren.Archer
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Next up....I am kind of on a dystopian kick.

Rissreads I always am! 💛 1y
PacingTheCage Love that cover! 1y
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readordierachel
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Synchronicity!

kricheal Love when that happens! 1y
LeahBergen Cool! 1y
merelybookish The Universe is speaking! 1y
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readordierachel @kricheal @LeahBergen @merelybookish I was very excited about it 😆 1y
RaimeyGallant Love! 1y
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant It's the little things 😊 1y
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Audrey
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Pickpick

This dystopian love story is both timely and relevant. Polly time travels to become an indentured servant in the future to save her boyfriend's life. When she arrives years later then expected, she is alone&confused by her new time and the never ending bureaucracy. Because of her lack of status in this new world, she is constantly struggling to pay off her debts and to find her place in the unfamiliar world.

Audrey One really gets the feeling of migration and displacement as Polly navigates her circumstances. 1y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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Getting the DeLorean prepped for this time travel novel. Time travel has been invented to escape a deadly flu pandemic but not everyone has access to it and the destination is not always what was planned. Started it today and it‘s good...

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Jediash1
Pickpick

Loved this! A great novel about a woman who travels into the future in order to save her boyfriend Frank from a deadly pandemic. They make plans to meet up at a special time and place, once their timelines intersect, but then Frank isn‘t there. This was a super interesting book about the impact of time and tragedy on relationships, in a sci-fi/post-apocalyptic setting.

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LouLouLane
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TIME TRAVEL YES

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readeatretreat
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How I loved this book! A time travel narrative with a romance at its heart. So moving.

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mrozzz
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Treated myself to the tagged book while I was out and about in the city. I stopped in at this new-to-me bookstore, Rizzoli, in the Flatiron District. Somehow I managed to show IMMENSE restraint. 😄

Anyone else looking forward to this one?
“For readers of The Time Traveler's Wife and Station Eleven, an unforgettable love story about two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart. America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic.”

mcipher I love both the books it is for fans of, so I definitely need to pick this one up. 2y
ScientistSam Gorgeous book display, I'll have to check out the store! And the book sounds super interesting. 2y
BookNerd9906 Two of my favorites, lmk what you think! 2y
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RebelReader Sounds like something I could get into. Can‘t wait for your review! 😍 2y
susanw I just finished this one, and I quite liked it. I described it as a time travelling, dystopian, alternate history, love story. 2y
rjsthumbelina I bought the ebook the day it came out! Haven't gotten to it yet, but I am excited for the day when I do.lol 2y
Stacypatrice What a gorgeous sight!!!! 2y
sisilia That‘s one gorgeous bookstore! 😍 2y
emilyhaldi Such a pretty bookstore ❤️ 2y
mrozzz Right? That description immediately won me over as well! @mcipher Should be interesting! Will definitely post my thoughts 😃 @BookNerd9906 @RebelReader 2y
mrozzz Definitely! @ScientistSam 🤗 2y
mrozzz Awesome! @susanw it seems just weird enough for me to really enjoy it! 2y
mrozzz Ha! At least you‘re prepared 😉 @rjsthumbelina it looks so good 2y
mrozzz Such a joy to browse there! 🙂🙃🙂 @Stacypatrice @sisilia @emilyhaldi 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍😍😍 2y
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susanw
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Pickpick

A time traveling, dystopian, alternative history love story. A quiet, but excellent story of love and dealing with loss and being lost in a strange new world.

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Bakingbookworm
Ocean of Minutes | Thea Lim
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Mehso-so

3 STARS - A good read but not nearly as emotional as I was expecting for a time travel romance with a dystopian twist. My full review: http://thebakingbookworm.blogspot.com/2018/07/an-ocean-of-minutes.html?m=1