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The Absolutist
The Absolutist | John Boyne
From the beloved John Boyne, a powerful, poignant novel about how we are to be good in the face of disaster. September 1919: Twenty-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver some letters to Marian Bancroft. During the Great War, Tristan fought alongside Marian's brother Will who, in 1917, laid down his gun on the battlefield, declared himself a conscientious objector and was shot as a traitor, an act which brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He holds a secret deep in his soul. One that he is desperate to unburden himself of to Marian, if he can only find the courage. As they stroll through the streets of a city still coming to terms with the end of the war, he recalls his friendship with Will, from the training ground at Aldershot to the trenches of Northern France, and speaks of how the intensity of their friendship brought him from brief moments of happiness and self-discovery to long periods of despair and pain. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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quietlycuriouskate
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God, am I feeling desolate now! 😩
I was audio-crafting, but had to put my things down and give this my full attention.
Also needed to keep reminding myself that these men were actually *teenagers*.

I did find, as with other JB books I've read, that the fore-shadowing was heavy-handed. He writes very affecting stories: I just wish he'd trust his readers to join the dots without his signposting them with flashing arrows.

TrishB This is my fave of his though. 😢 1mo
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suvata
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Monthly Reading Report
Read in February 2024...
16 Books
One 5-Star reads this month:
• The Absolutist

#Goodreads #Bookstagram #OUABC #Litsy #Libby

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suvata
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• 351 pages • first pub 2011 • fiction • historical • lgbtqia+ • emotional • reflective • sad • 5 Stars

I have read most all of John Boyne‘s novels. In fact, he is probably my second favorite contemporary author. I don‘t know why I waited so long to read this one, but it is, by far, my absolute favorite. I wish everyone would read this book.
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suvata It is September 1919, and twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War.

But in 1917, Will laid down his guns on the battlefield and declared himself a conscientious objector, an act which has brought shame and dishonour on the Bancroft family. ⬇️
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suvata The Absolutist is a masterful, unforgettable tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I.

#TheAbsolutist #JohnBoyne #Bookstagram
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Suet624 I stacked this one already. I probably should read it. 😉 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too, one of my favourite Boyne! ❤️ 5mo
suvata @Suet624 Oh, definitely do so 5mo
zezeki I've read this years ago, and it is one of my all time favourite reads. 5mo
Amiable Such a phenomenal book! I love Boyne, too. 5mo
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Tamra
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This novel has an ending that didn‘t disappoint. The MC finally reveals his secret wartime guilt, but it can never be purged.

I have been wary about reading Boyne (aside from Boy In Striped Pajamas) because of the hype surrounding his books when they release. (Hype seems to be the death knell of current books for me.) However, I feel more confident to try his backlist. 😄

Amor4Libros I have not read this one, but I‘ve read 3 of his books and he does not disappoint! 11mo
Cuilin My favorite book by Boyne. I loved it. Lovely review. 11mo
TrishB My fave too 💔 11mo
zezeki Love this one, broke my heart. 11mo
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Bookzombie
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#12Booksof2022

This reminds me that I need to pick up another of Boyne‘s books. This one was devastating but so good.

TrishB One of my favourite books. 1y
Andrew65 Me too. I read this because of @TrishB and loved it. John Boyne is now a go to author for me. 1y
TrishB @Andrew65 I told everyone in work to read and they were all equally devastated. 1y
Andrew65 @TrishB Such a tragic story. 1y
Bookzombie @Andrew65 @TrishB I really need to pick up another one of his books. 1y
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Jeg
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My 10 cent book. Trying to read as many of his that I can find. This would be a good one to read with older kids. Lots to discuss. Facts about WW1 . Sad facts really. Unbelievable today.
I learnt the meaning of absolutist. A new word for my diminishing vocabulary. 😏.

Suet624 My vocabulary is diminishing too ! 2y
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TrishB
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How do you only pick three!
The Absolutist
Tinman
A Thousand Splendid Suns

Everyone is tagged!

#littenswanttoknow

DLQBOOKNERD The Storyteller by Jodi Piccoult. Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. I'm Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The tagged is on my list! 2y
BarbaraBB Great choices! 2y
TrishB @BarbaraBB hard to pick 3! 2y
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Butterfinger
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I think John Boyne is incredible for writing human emotions in his stories. This book drained me. Courage. Cowardice. Being complicit or dying for your beliefs. #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

Cazxxx I love his writing ☺️ 2y
EmilieGR I loved this book! 2y
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vlwelser
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There's something really haunting about this one. Still not sure what my brain plans to do with it. But giving it a pick.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

bookaholic1 Sounds so good!! 2y
Follow.my.read One of my favorite Boyne books!!!!! (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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AmyG
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I wasn‘t too thrilled with this book until almost halfway when it took a turn. Turns out it was a very good story about a young man during WWI who makes a decision he has to live with for the rest of his life.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

TrishB This is one of my fave books. 2y
AmyG @TrishB It really turned out to be excellent. To think I almost bailed. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m so glad you didn‘t bail at the beginning. I loved this. 2y
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AmyG
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I am hoping to finish the two pictured books. It‘s the lead up to Passover so I will be cooking and cleaning. If I am lucky I will finish these and get to start The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel. 🤞🏻

#AwesomeApril #Readathon @Andrew65

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Freespirit
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I‘ve been absent from social media for about a month with work commitments, a dose of the virus and fatigue…not like me at all!!
I‘ve read 2 books by John Boyne this month and for me both are 5⭐️. The Absolutist, set in WW1 tells a story of young men thrust into terrible situations..oh how I hate war!!! He‘s such a great writer and story teller.
Now for a change with one that has been on my TBR list for so long!
#irishliterature #fiction

CarolynM Sorry to hear you haven't been well. Hope you're fully recovered now💕 2y
TrishB Hope you‘re feeling much better Sally! I think this Boyne is my favourite. 2y
catebutler I hope you‘re resting, and taking care of yourself. Thinking of you!! 🥰 2y
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Freespirit Hi Carolyn I am nearly back to normal🙂 Hope you are keeping well xxx @CarolynM 2y
Freespirit Hi Trish I love his books. They can be grim but I never feel weighed down. I‘m much better now.. hope all well with you! @TrishB 2y
Freespirit Thanks so much Cate. My energy levels are improving! Hope all well with you😊 @catebutler 2y
CarolynM 👋Hi Sally. How is your property faring in all the rain? Hope you are safe from the flooding💕 2y
Freespirit Hi Carolyn. Thanks for thinking of us. We have had a lot of rain but no serious flooding. It was worse further north this time! Hopefully some dry weather ahead😊 @CarolynM 2y
CarolynM 👍❤ 2y
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jhod
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Thanks so much Trish! I still haven't got this book despite all the fabulous reviews so it is perfect, and who knew amazon delivered chocolate?! I didn't! Could be very dangerous!! Thank you once again for your kindness and generosity knowing royal mail was being rubbish. It's much appreciated 🥰

And thank you Chelle for all the organisation once again! Love this tradition :-) #jolabokaflodswap

@TrishB @MaleficentBookDragon

TrishB You‘re welcome. Have a lovely Christmas 🎄. ♥️ 3y
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La_Cori
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⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
John Boyne has become one of my favorite authors (and this is only his second novel that I've read!)
The Great War is a background, with vivid descriptions of the horrors of trenches, but the story is about the ambiguous morality..
There are so much sadness and heartbreak as Tristan unleashes his secret, I loved how he narrates his story, with such sincerity.

This was my #DoubleSpin for September @TheAromaofBooks

zezeki I loved this one too! 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3y
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La_Cori
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@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads

1. Tagged, and Six of Crows
2. Il rumore dei tuoi passi & Heartstopper vol.4
3. Fall!! 🍂🍁💟

Vansa 😱😱😱I'm reading a book by John Boyne right now too!! Love it. 3y
La_Cori @Vansa it's on my TBR, like most of John Boyne's books 📚🙂 3y
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EmilieGR
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I couldn‘t put this book down. Boyne js such a sympathetic writer. This book was heartbreaking and awful and beautiful.

TrishB Love this book ❤️ 3y
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Ast_Arslan
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I am posting one book per day from my to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it. Some will be old, some will be new - don't judge me, I have a lot of books.

Day 65th

Join the fun if you want!

#tbrpile

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Ast_Arslan
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#CuriousCovers
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@Eggs

A book that I think I'll read soon for #patterns prompt ❤

Day 17

Ast_Arslan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me too!! It's one of my fav of all times! 3y
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megnews
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This starts off like Edgar Allen Poe writing about the Bates Motel and unfolds as flashbacks of a doomed love and the tragedy of war. All I knew going in was this was set during WWI. The audio narrator is excellent.

TrishB One of my fave books. 3y
megnews @Trishb I think this is my third Boyne. He‘s excellent. I need to read more of his. (edited) 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Today was a great #bookmail day! 🙌 I treated myself to a little book haul in March, and now I‘m only missing two books. I can‘t remember the last time I bought books for myself, so I‘m excited!

emmaturi The Absolutist is such a great book! I also liked A Court of Silver Flames and After the Silence 3y
LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to buy After the Silence. 👍 3y
TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 3y
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Kalalalatja @LeahBergen I love Louise O‘Neil, so I have high hopes for it! 🤞 @emmaturi @TrishB I went with fave authors and fantasy, as that is all my brain can do 😅 3y
TrishB The Absolutist is one of my fave books and I enjoyed the Louise O‘Neil. 3y
Suet624 Lovely stack of books. 3y
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SilversReviews
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“THE ABSOLUTIST is a masterful, unforgettable tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I.”

FULL POST: https://tinyurl.com/yetea27w

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BarbaraBB
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#BookReport 11/21

I had a very good week with five excellent books. All of them are memorable! If it weren‘t for Litsy I doubt I would have read at least three of them so I am once again grateful to he a part of this great community!

vivastory Thanks for the Jansson buddy read! It was a favorite of the week! 3y
squirrelbrain I love it when you read something new that you wouldn‘t otherwise have read...#blameitonlitsy 3y
Cathythoughts Yes ! It‘s great to read a book because of Litsy & be so happy with the book 👍🏻 3y
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Cinfhen Yay!!! Agreed.....Litsy has enhanced my reading 3y
TrishB A great week 👍🏻 Litsy has definitely changed my reading too! 3y
Megabooks Great week Barbara!! And litsy is awesome for book recommendations! 3y
Kalalalatja Completely agree, Litsy puts so many books on my radar I wouldn‘t have heard of otherwise! 3y
youneverarrived The majority of books that go on my tbr are from Litsy 🤍 3y
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BarbaraBB
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That ending!! Books about WWI are always sad (the trenches, No Man‘s Land etc 🥲) but I could have known John Boyne would add a little extra. This is the heartbreaking story of Tristan Sadler, gay and soldier and ever lonely.

Thanks for choosing this one for me @TrishB ❤️💔

#pop21 #AGiftedBook

Ast_Arslan If you haven't read it yet I suggest you The heart's invisible furies (same author) ❤ 3y
Cinfhen Lovely photo/ I recently added the audiobook to my collection 💗maybe I‘ll listen over my vacation 3y
BarbaraBB @Ast_Arslan I‘ve read that one and loved it indeed! 🤍 3y
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Your vacation, of course! You‘re flying one of these days! So happy for you 😘 3y
TrishB I‘m so glad you liked it ❤️ it does have a whammy at the end! 3y
Kalalalatja I just ordered this today. I can‘t wait to have my heart broken by Boyne again 💔 3y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Well saif. That‘s exactly what you expect and want from Boyne! 3y
CBee @BarbaraBB I just finished Heart‘s Invisible Furies today. Goodness it was amazing 😍 That one will be with me for a long time. I also enjoyed 3y
BarbaraBB @CBee I loved both of those too. I now am on the lookout for another one. Maybe 3y
KarenUK This sounds totally my bag.... stacked for sure.... 3y
Megabooks Boyne is just fantastic! 3y
CBee @BarbaraBB I‘d love to read that one, plus Absolutist at some point! 3y
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squirrelbrain
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Yet again, Boyne reaches in and rips your heart out.

The depictions of WWI are so well done, but it is in matters of the heart that Boyne excels. The to-and-fro between the two MCs, in friendship, love, shame, war and conscientious objection, is so nuanced that you are wrenched from one POV to another, and the ending is just 💔.

Thanks for sending me this book @TrishB -I can see how it is one of your faves! Thanks for the #buddyread Caroline!

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved this one too ❤️👍🏻 3y
MsMelissa I think reading at least one Boyne book will have to be on my reading list for 2021. 3y
Caroline2 Another smashing buddy read! 😁 👍 3y
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TrishB Lovely review 💜 glad you ‘enjoyed‘ it too. 3y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa if you only read one make it this one! 3y
squirrelbrain I wouldn‘t know which to pick @Book_Fiend_Melissa - they‘re all so good! 3y
britt_brooke I still need to read this one! Boyne is just so good. 3y
BarbaraBB You read that real fast!! I am planning to read it in February! 3y
MsMelissa I have several of his books, including this one @trishb 👍🏻 3y
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Caroline2
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What a sad story. Yet written with such empathy. I liked the parts actually set during the war more than the after bits. I thought I guessed the ending but I did not see that coming...! 😲 I‘m looking forward to reading more of his books. #buddyread

AmyG I need to read this. I have it somewhere. Boyne has become one of mymost favorite authors.....thanks to Litsy! 3y
squirrelbrain Great review - I just finished it this afternoon too! 3y
TrishB Loved this one. 💜 3y
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EmilyM Just ordered this! 3y
Tove_Reads One of the best authors ever! 3y
Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️ 3y
Caroline2 @TrishB ripped my heart out with that ending tho!!!! 🥺 3y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Ha! That‘s so funny we both finished this afternoon. Took me a while to collect myself after! I was not expecting that ending with poor Will! Seriously Tristan?!?!? 😢 3y
TrishB Yes, it‘s a head wrecker! 3y
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Caroline2
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Hey @squirrelbrain I‘m ready to jump in whenever you are?? Anyone else fancy joining us for a low key buddy read?? #buddyread

squirrelbrain Yes, definitely go for it! I‘ve just taken it off the TBR shelf.... 😘 I just saw your email too - I‘ll reply soon! (edited) 3y
Caroline2 @squirrelbrain Brill. 😉 👍 3y
BarbaraBB I‘d like to! Let me know when you start, maybe I can jump in but I‘m not sure about January (so many lined up already 🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️) 3y
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zezeki I love this book, hope you enjoy it! 3y
Caroline2 @BarbaraBB I‘m starting it now I‘m afraid as I know what you mean, I have a lot lined up for January already!January is not going to be long enough to get all the books read, is it!!! 😆 3y
Caroline2 @zezeki good to know! 😀 I‘m enjoying it so far...! 3y
TrishB I love this book 💜 3y
Caroline2 @TrishB lovely writing! 😉 3y
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emmaturi
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I enjoyed this story set in two timelines during WWI and a short time afterwards. Tristan visits the sister of his friend Will who died in the war to give her some letters. The sister knows he died a traitor but Tristan will tell her exactly how and what happened. It is a story of bertrayal, jealousy, and passion. #books

TrishB A great read 👍🏻 4y
emmaturi Yes, and so sad and moving! @TrishB 4y
Cathythoughts Loved this ❤️ 4y
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emmaturi
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My #currentread and it is so good!

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! 4y
TrishB Me too ❤️ 4y
emmaturi I would totally agree! @erzascarletbookgasm @TrishB 4y
Cathythoughts Me also ❤️❤️❤️ 4y
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Cuilin
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Coleen_Nieto @Cuilin John Boyne does that to me every time! 4y
Andrew65 Totally agree! 😭 4y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 4y
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mrp27
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#magnificentmarch #aboutasoldier

From my tbr shelf and from what I know of Boyne, it'll be a good one.

OriginalCyn620 It does sound good! 4y
Cuilin Read it a few years ago. Wonderful writing. Sad story. 4y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Congratulations on your 3 milestones @Chrissyreadit ! 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏
The tagged book is one of my top three favourite books I read this year, absolutely loved it, and I am most excited to read Ottessa Moshfegh‘s new novel next year.
#Thankyougiveaway

readordierachel I'm excited for that one too! 5y
batsy Me three! 😁 @readordierachel 5y
Chrissyreadit Ohhhhh! I‘m interested... 5y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Holy moly. So bleeping good. All the stars, all the tears. This was my #soldiersstory pick for #booked2019.

TrishB One of my all time fave reads. Makes me want to cry when I think about it! Got everyone in my team to read together last year and everyone blubbed! 5y
Amiable I read this last year in my attempt to read all of Boyne‘s works. (Haven‘t finished all yet.) The tears were flowing freely by the end, for sure! 5y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @Amiable I am a snotty-nosed MESS. (edited) 5y
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Cinfhen Should I read or listen to audio? Need Audible advice @Megabooks !?!! 5y
ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR — must move it up!! 5y
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I‘m not an audiobooks person so I can‘t help you there. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5y
Cathythoughts It‘s brilliant ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
Mdargusch I‘ve had this on my shelves forever! 5y
MicheleinPhilly @Mdargusch I did too! It was so amazing! 5y
Reviewsbylola I‘m convinced he cannot write a bad book. 5y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Camping out here for the day.

readordierachel Solid plan 👍🏼 5y
Nute Looks like it‘s gonna be a GOOD day! 5y
swishandflick Great book! 5y
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Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️ 5y
Sarahreadstoomuch Love that book. 5y
TrishB With a wonderful book. Be prepared for tears. 5y
BarbaraBB Happy birthday 🎁🎊🎂 ! Make it a good Sunday and memorable day with lots of laughs and books and more good life stuff ❤️🎈 5y
batsy Happy birthday! Hope it's a fabulous day with lots of snuggles with Pickles 🐶❤️🎂 5y
JulAnna Happy Birthday! 🎉🎉 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Enjoy! Just finished that book and loved it!! 5y
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Thank you! So far, so good! Minus the flu shot I just got. 5y
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Thank you! 5y
MicheleinPhilly @JulAnna Thank you Julie! 5y
Reviewsbylola What a perfect spot! 5y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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I‘m devastated.
This book chewed up my heart.
How am I supposed to go on with my day after having just finished this book?
Immediately added to my favorites list.

Cathythoughts I loved it too ❤️💔 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Among my favourites too! ❤️💔 5y
rachelm He is one of those autostack authors for me. Adding! 5y
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!! What a review!!! Must get this book, already. 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @rachelm I added all of his I haven‘t read yet to my Amazon wishlist this morning! 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @cinfhen Yes! Hope you enjoy it - tag me if you need consolation after! 😆 5y
sprainedbrain YES. One of the best books I‘ve read this year. ❤️ 5y
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Susannah
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I like stories set around the Great War, and after hearing good things about John Boyne‘s other books, I thought The Absolutist would be perfect for me. The depiction of war was brutal and extremely effective, but the secret the main character carries was awful—and not in a chilling, war-is-hell way; rather the secret was held too long, unexpected, and involved an action seemingly entirely out of character. Surprisingly disappointing. ⭐️⭐️-1/2

Susannah After reading through previous reviews of this book, I see my so-so review makes me a party of one. Ah, such is life. 😉 #unpopularopinion 5y
Cathythoughts Such is life 👍🏻. I did love it .... but we are all different, thank god !! 5y
Dolly I loved Ladder to the Sky. Haven‘t read this one as there are soooo many war books. 5y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Boyne, oh Boyne, did it again. I may have shed a tear or two. So much emotion in a simple, well crafted story. Anger, revenge, guilt, shame. Against the backdrop of the carnage of war, it asks the questions about courage and love. It will leave you thinking about the madness of it all (the war, the inhumanity). Tragic and 💔. Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from Boyne.

Thanks @cathythoughts for bringing this book to my attention for #SoldiersStory #Booked2019

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love John Boyne!! I didn‘t know about this book. Stacked for immediate reading!! 5y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh this is one of my favourites. The audiobook is a definite treat! 5y
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m so glad you liked it. It‘s my choice for #booked2019 too & @TrishB suggested it to me !! I love Litsy recommendations 👍🏻♥️ 5y
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Kalalalatja Oh, good idea for that prompt! 🙌 5y
AmyG Boyne has become a favorite author....thanks to Litsy. 5y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 this is my fav 5y
TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled this is my fav - you‘re in for a treat. 5y
TrishB @Penny_LiteraryHoarders mine too 👍🏻 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is so good! Read it pronto! 😁 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TrishB Mine too, up there with Heart‘s Invisible Furies! I‘ve read four of Boyne‘s books so far, I loved them all! Must seek out his others. 5y
erzascarletbookgasm Litsy recommendations are the best! ❤️ 🏆 📚 @Cathythoughts @AmyG 5y
jenniferw88 Hi, just wondering if your #cozyswap package has arrived yet? I'll delay opening mine if it hasn't. 5y
Cinfhen Beautiful review!!! MUST get to this book!!! And @TrishB has been talking about it for ages!!!!😊♥️ 5y
erzascarletbookgasm @jenniferw88 I haven‘t. Probably next week. No worries, it‘ll arrive, just that the mails have been acting up recently. And I insist you open yours on opening day! I can‘t wait to know if you‘re pleased with your swap items! 5y
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Trish - thank you so much for the wonderful gifts! I adored Heart‘s Invisible Furies (one of my favourites from last year) and I have A Ladder to the Sky on my Kindle TBR, so I‘m really looking forward to these. Thanks also for the bookmarks and stationery ( stationery geek here!) and for sending Blackout...

The card is just adorable - I should frame it! Hope your hen weekend is going OK 😁😬😘

erzascarletbookgasm The card is gorgeous! 🐿 Hope you‘re having a lovely day! 5y
Cinfhen @TrishB NEEDS to start a gift service xx She ALWAYS picks the perfect presents 💜 5y
Cathythoughts Oooohhhh great book 👍🏻♥️ 5y
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youneverarrived That card is perfect for you 🐿 Blackout is brilliant. 5 star read for me. (edited) 5y
squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - @TrishB is so clever at present-picking! ❤️ 5y
squirrelbrain @youneverarrived - good to hear that about Blackout. I stacked it when I hosted the photo challenge - it does sound like a great read, if difficult... 5y
TrishB Glad you like them ❤️ hope you had s great day. 5y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Every time I pick up another Boyne book, it crushes me in all the best ways. #MountTBR

suvata ❤️ 5y
Cathythoughts Recently read & loved this one ♥️ 5y
TrishB This is my fav. 5y
zezeki I love this one! 5y
Coleen_Nieto @Well-ReadNeck Yes! I love his books! 5y
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DavidDiamond
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My love of John Boyne books continues with this story that takes place on the battlefields of WWI and follows a young man coming to terms with his sexuality alongside the horrors of war. Another beautifully written story with memorable characters.

Cathythoughts I loved this too ♥️ 5y
DavidDiamond While I haven‘t read all his books, I‘ve loved all the ones I have read. My fave being The Heart‘s Invisible Furies. 5y
Chelsea.Poole On my list! I love his books ♥️♥️ 5y
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Cathythoughts
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Such a vivid story - I felt I was sitting with the characters. Meditations on : dying without reconciliation , immunity to violence, love , youth & old age ... war ... 5⭐️ Soldiers Story

#booked2019 #soldiersstory

TrishB Lovely review Cathy. My heart ached so much after reading this. Makes you think so much, human frailties. 5y
Cinfhen Gorgeous review 😊adding this to my book cart 5y
Tamra I really enjoyed this one too! 👌🏾 5y
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Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! & thanks for recommending, I might never have read it 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 5y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks! I hope you like it when you get there 5y
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes! So good ♥️💔 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I didn‘t realize it was a soldier‘s story. Might have to use it for the prompt! 👊🏻📚♥️ 5y
Lindy Glad to hear this is a 5-star read. John Boyne is amazing! Must move this up my TBR pile. (edited) 5y
Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks! Yes a good soldiers story 👍🏻♥️ 5y
Cathythoughts @Lindy This was my first John Boyne .... won‘t be the last 👍🏻 5y
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#AyUpAugust currently reading this one & my heart is crying #TooMuchTooYoung

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive! 5y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm are you reading it for #soldiersstory ? ( I am ) 5y
Cinfhen I know @TrishB has sang this book‘s praises before!! Must get to it 5y
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squirrelbrain Another one onto the TBR list...! ❤️ 5y
Follow.my.read I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! 5y
TrishB It‘s heart breaking isn‘t it Cathy? I truly loved this book. 5y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain it‘s really good 👍🏻♥️ 5y
Cathythoughts @Follow.my.read I‘m loving it too 👍🏻 5y
Cathythoughts @TrishB it is heartbreaking ..., looking forward to getting back to it tonight 5y
erzascarletbookgasm I love Boyne (so far), I may read it for the soldier prompt, or this tagged one.. 5y
BarbaraBB Such a good idea, to read it for the soldier prompt. I was thinking of this one but may switch to Boyne now! 5y
readordierachel I need to read him. His books seem to really move people. 5y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB I had a couple in mind too , but this recommendation from @TrishB is perfect & I love it 5y
Cathythoughts @readordierachel it‘s my first book of his ... and I‘m loving it - yes very moving 5y
TrishB It made my heart ache 💜 5y
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I‘m trying to be quiet as everyone else is still asleep. Stay in bed reading with a coffee is the only answer.... loving this book so far , @TrishB Thanks for the recommendation !
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TrishB Oh I hope you love it as much as I do ❤️ I‘m on my own down stairs being quiet as everyone else still asleep too. 5y
Bookwomble @TrishB @Cathythoughts Ha! Me, too 😊 Cup of coffee, A veggie-bacon roll, Cowboy Junkies playing as their early music is quiet, and a book, while the rest of the house sleeps 😴 5y
TrishB @Bookwomble just had my veggie bacon buttie too 😁 5y
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youneverarrived I did the same this morning 😍 I‘ve not read this one but it‘s on the tbr. 5y
Cathythoughts @Bookwomble @youneverarrived nice & relaxing start to Sunday 👍🏻♥️♥️ 5y
Birdsong28 Such a good book. 📚📖 5y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I‘m loving it ♥️💔 5y
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