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City of Girls
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
From the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and The Signature of All Things, a delicious novel of glamour, sex, and adventure, about a young woman discovering that you don't have to be a good girl to be a good person. "Life is both fleeting and dangerous, and there is no point in denying yourself pleasure, or being anything other than what you are." Beloved author Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction with a unique love story set in the New York City theater world during the 1940s. Told from the perspective of an older woman as she looks back on her youth with both pleasure and regret (but mostly pleasure), City of Girls explores themes of female sexuality and promiscuity, as well as the idiosyncrasies of true love. In 1940, nineteen-year-old Vivian Morris has just been kicked out of Vassar College, owing to her lackluster freshman-year performance. Her affluent parents send her to Manhattan to live with her Aunt Peg, who owns a flamboyant, crumbling midtown theater called the Lily Playhouse. There Vivian is introduced to an entire cosmos of unconventional and charismatic characters, from the fun-chasing showgirls to a sexy male actor, a grand-dame actress, a lady-killer writer, and no-nonsense stage manager. But when Vivian makes a personal mistake that results in professional scandal, it turns her new world upside down in ways that it will take her years to fully understand. Ultimately, though, it leads her to a new understanding of the kind of life she craves - and the kind of freedom it takes to pursue it. It will also lead to the love of her life, a love that stands out from all the rest. Now ninety-five years old and telling her story at last, Vivian recalls how the events of those years altered the course of her life - and the gusto and autonomy with which she approached it. "At some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time," she muses. "After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is." Written with a powerful wisdom about human desire and connection, City of Girls is a love story like no other.
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MaureenMc
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I struggled with my rating for this book. On one hand, the writing was top-notch. On the other hand, I really disliked the protagonist for the majority of the book, which is off-putting in first-person narration. Still, I‘ve decided to go with “Pick,” as the writing kept me turning the pages, and I think we‘ll have a good discussion in my book club next week.

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MeganAnnabell
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Mehso-so

I loved the first half of the book but the second half just seemed to drag on and on and went in a whole different direction. I was really hoping for a lot more from this one.

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FantasyChick
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Did a little #audiocooking and #audiocleaning this morning. Now time to sit for a bit with a #bookandsnack I'm way behind on this #LMPBC #TeamCanada pick but I plan to have it finished this week. Hoping to make some progress this afternoon

#mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24B4Monday @MrBook @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Good luck with that. 😊 2d
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 2d
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HazeltheDog
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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City of Girls has a page turning first half that will keep you entranced then turns a corner leaving you wondering where the story you were reading went. Set in the 40's, a privileged young woman moves to New York to live with her aunt and falls in with the "fast set" and makes disastrous choices that effect her relationships for the remainder of her long life.

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megnews
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City of Girls is a coming of age story of a well to do young woman from dropping out of college & moving into her aunt‘s playhouse in 1940s NYC through to her old age, with the impact of WWII & many adventures and mishaps along the way. The quirky, bohemian cast of characters she comes to know & love are ahead of their time & you will love them too despite their flaws, learning with her what it means to be human & a true friend. #20booksby2020

megnews This is another book I switched out from my original #20booksby2020 plan as new books continue to call my name. 6d
Cortg I want to get this for my daughter for Christmas, then read it when she‘s done 😉 6d
AmyG This is the best book I‘ve read this year. 6d
megnews @Cortg that sounds like a great plan!! 6d
megnews @amyg definitely in my top 5 6d
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MoonWitch94 Such a bittersweet life truth. 1w
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Panpan

I really wanted to like this book! Roaring 20s, showgirls women behaving badly. But ultimately, I was just bored by “City of Girls.” At 470 pages, this only thing this book demands of its readers is stamina.

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emmaturi
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Oh I loved this book, it was so good. The story about Vivian kept me hooked right up to the end! #bookcover

jillrhudy I like that cover even better than the one I had 3w
emmaturi Yes it is a lovely cover! Not seen much of the other one! @jillrhudy 3w
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Lucy_Anywhere
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Starting off the weekend's readathon with City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert. Not my usual genre, but I'm enjoying the story!

#24b4Monday

sadierutten This is a great book! 3w
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MinetteLauren
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Jeannineth
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This story of a young women in the 1920s New York was a masterpiece. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AmyG I loved this book so much. 💕 3w
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Beccacraft
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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This is a story about a woman telling her coming-of-age story in New York, about learning difficult lessons, meeting new and interesting people, making difficult decisions, and following your passions. I absolutely loved the story, the style of writing, the humor, the characters, and the lessons throughout.

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FantasyChick
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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My lazy day off turned into a "wood pile party" ?

I'm not in the mood for anything I've started already and I'm all movie-d out after yesterday's marathon so I'm going to give this a try

#LMPBC #TeamCanada @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @staycurious @andrea4 @bookishtrish

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ATB
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So far so great.

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emmaturi
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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1. The tagged book and This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay
2. 3 books
3. I would maybe read a crime novel as I tend to go through them faster and one I really wanted to read. Or take a break and do something else

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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bookshapedheart
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Wanted to see if she could write fiction. It‘s been a romp. I can‘t tell if I like it yet and as you can see I have two hours left. Compelling like a car wreck—

Finished it: the last little bit of this book were surprisingly heartfelt. There were some very philosophical ideas about life addressed which kinda gave me a little whiplash. Still on the fence about this one though.

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emmaturi
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Day 12- #blanket, in the #fallisbooked challenge, well we are home now and was able to find a blanket!
I have started this book this evening, loving!
@OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover!!! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Cozy! 1mo
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FantasyChick
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#BookMail this week!!! I love it when it all comes in at once. Hoping to actually get to all 3 of these books this month but we will see.

Thank you so much for the card @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😘 NGL I'm not really a tea drinker but I do love the mugs so I will have use for it!

#LMPBC #teamcanada #scarathlon #teamslaughter
@StayCurious @BookishTrish @Clwojick

FantasyChick @Andrea4 the post wouldn't have your next book to you by Friday so I'm going to send it next week so it will be there when you get back! 1mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love the dragon! 1mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick ok perfect! 1mo
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UnabridgedPod
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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🌟SEPTEMBER WRAP-UP🌟 ⠀

Looking back on my September reads, I would characterize my month as decidedly mixed. I read some *excellent* books . . . and some that were just fine. First, some stats:⠀

Fiction - 21⠀
Nonfiction - 3⠀
YA/Middle Grade - 7⠀
Audiobooks - 4

LaurenELovesToRead Was Slay good? 1mo
UnabridgedPod I *really* liked it. I thought the novel raised soo many interesting questions. (I posted a longer review on http://www.unabridgedpod.com/book-reviews if you‘re interested.) 1mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Finished my book for this month's #LMPBC. Will be sending off soon.

#TeamCanada #GroupX @FantasyChick @StayCurious @BookishTrish @Andrea4

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How was this one? 2mo
Crazeedi @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it! Different opinions on this one! 2mo
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StayCurious I feel bad that I picked it lol 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Crazeedi I have it, just waiting for time to get to it!! 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @StayCurious Don't feel bad! It makes for good discussions. 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego And thank you @BookishTrish for the bonus book. I'm very excited to read it. 💕 1mo
BookishTrish Anytime! 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @FantasyChick I sent this off to you a few days ago. I just checked the tracking and it says it's expected to be delivered on the 15th. That seems a bit over the top, hopefully it gets there sooner. 1mo
FantasyChick That is a long time for shipping! I will keep an eye out for it 😊😊 1mo
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C.Perone
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Mehso-so

Finished this in the wee hours this AM.

Eh, it was alright; though, I gotta say, the framework of the story was quite weak.

Tiffiney I didn't care for this one...was hard to stick it out and finish. 2mo
C.Perone @Tiffiney Yes; it was like a roller coaster ride...it grabbed my interest, then lost it, etc. It was annoying to have it end with lost interest 😕 2mo
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UnabridgedPod
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"Anyway, at some point in a woman's life, she just gets tired of being ashamed all the time. After that, she is free to become whoever she truly is" (377).⠀

I cannot believe how much I love this book! Elizabeth Gilbert's City of Girls is fun and sexy and surprisingly moving. Its more thought-provoking moments snuck up on me, lulled as I was by the decadence of the 1940s world of Vivian Morris. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Vivian, who has disappointed her family by failing out of Vassar, is living with her eccentric Aunt Peg in New York and pulled into Peg's seedy theater. When events conspire to bring Peg's estranged husband Billy and eminent British theater actress into their lives, increased scrutiny and success change their world. I love Gilbert's evocation of the setting--both the time and place are so vivid-- 2mo
UnabridgedPod and the simultaneous extravagance of New York and sinister encroachment of the war are in the background of every moment. ⠀

Vivian shares her story as a letter to the daughter of a friend, and watching her reconcile her own past behavior, her attitudes toward sex and love, and her place as a woman among women was absolutely entrancing. It's rare to read such a perfect novel.
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GidgetsTreasures75
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9-21-19: My 76th finished book of 2019! #cityofgirls #elizabethgilbert 👍🏼📖#️⃣7️⃣6️⃣

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Ashild
City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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I absolutely loved this book!

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 3w
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Eva2
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I deliberately took my time reading this book. I love the way Elizabeth Gilbert writes. I wanted to savour and prolong the experience of reading it for as long as I could. I really enjoyed this book. I found it a bit ‘lighter‘ than some of her other books, but still wonderful.

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Samplergal
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Just posting my latest #20by2020 10/20 This latest book was quite enjoyable and only Daisy Jones was a Pan for me.

BarbaraBB You‘re doing well 👍🏼. Impressive! 2mo
SaturnDoo Wow😊 You're doing Awesome!!!! 2mo
NikkiRae Awesome! How was City if Girls? I‘ll be reading it soon but I‘m on the waiting list at the library. 2mo
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KarenUK 😊👍💕 2mo
Cinfhen Wasn‘t a fan of Daisy either! Not a Pan but a SOLID SO-SO. Girls isn‘t in my 20 but I‘d love to read it❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
Samplergal @NikkiRae A solid 4-4.5. It started off slow but it‘s a great read. Feminism themes and well written. ❤️ 2mo
NikkiRae @Samplergal Thanks! I‘m really excited to read it. 2mo
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Samplergal
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A solid 4.5. It resonated with with me in many ways. Be yourself!

bookladyreads I bought this book back in July but haven't read it yet. I'm thinking I'm going to read this, The Last Romantics and Three Martini Lunch in November. 2mo
Samplergal I really enjoyed it. My book club all enjoyed it. 2mo
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MsBennet
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Elizabeth Gilbert...you've woven a beautiful story. I devoured it ❤️🌼❤️

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Lindy
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Bailedbailed

I was three hours into this audiobook about an 18-year-old rich girl living a dissolute life in 1940s NYC. Her determination was never to be bored, so it was one party after another. I decided she set a good example, in a way. I was bored with her story so I will go party with some other book.

Soubhiville 😂🤣😂 good review! 2mo
tournevis Good for you! 🙌 2mo
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Lindy @tournevis Thanks! 2mo
kspenmoll This was not my favorite either. I finished it because it was for book club. Kind of a waste of my time. 2mo
Lindy @kspenmoll I‘m glad it‘s not just me. 2mo
Reggie Lol, I like it!! 2mo
Lindy @Reggie 😘 2mo
kspenmoll @Reggie ❤️❤️ 2mo
Jensol77 Give it another try. Not disappointing 2mo
Lindy @Jensol77 Thanks for the encouragement. I might try it again when I‘m in a different mood. I really enjoyed her 2mo
Jensol77 @lindy i will check into that one. Sounds good 2mo
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MelKelsey
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I was impressed with the book, at least the first 3/4. Having found Eat, Pray, Love to be overhyped, I was pleased by Gilbert's fiction.Vivian moves into her aunt's theater before WWII. She becomes the costume designer and enjoys NY life. After a famous couple is displaced from their home in England, this small theater becomes the home of a new show.The plot changes when the show ends and the book continues, making me feel mislead and frustrated.

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Lindy
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I‘m #audiodyeing with a new #audiobook today. Elecampane flowers have yielded a lovely yellow colour. Some of these pieces I plan to overdye with indigo later, to get a green colour.

Crazeedi You do beautiful work, and I live that you're using wildflowers for dying! 2mo
Lindy @Crazeedi Thanks. ☺️ My garden offers lots of possibilities for dye colour, now that I am looking at it in a new way. 2mo
Ms.Story Wow! I'd love to try this with my wee ones! 2mo
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Christine Love that color! 💛 2mo
Lindy @Christine I used a 1:1 ratio of elecampane flower petals to weight of fabric to get this intense colour. The fabric was first scoured, then treated with tannin, then an alum mordant. 2mo
Ms.Story @Lindy thanks for the recommendation!! 2mo
Lindy @Ms.Story 😇 2mo
Christine Wow! Quite the process, and such beautiful results. 2mo
Tanisha_A Sooooo beautiful. Love this shade of yellow. And I am much more excited about Indigo, that's one of my favourite colours/prints. 2mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A The dyeing adventure continues … 😊 2mo
Lindy @Christine Thanks! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Loved this one. The setting and the characters jumped right off the page. Elizabeth Gilbert is great. Also, I listened to the #audiobook which was amazing. Makes me want to visit nyc which I still have yet to do!
Ps-- how perfectly do these fall flowers match the cover!?

Mamashep I thought Blair Brown was the perfect person to read this book! 2mo
AmyG Great photo. I loved this book, too. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸❤️ 2mo
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OnlyYoo Glad you liked it! I just picked up a copy so I‘m excited! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Mamashep I agree-- loved the audiobook 😊 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @OnlyYoo oh good--hope you enjoy 😊 2mo
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litenthusiast
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Curling up with this book and a cup of pumpkin spice tea this morning. Happy Sunday! 💜

AmyG Enjoy! So good. 2mo
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litenthusiast
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1. City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert & Pet Sematary by Stephen King

2. Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

3. 78 degrees and rainy. Perfect day to read inside. 😊

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Eva2
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Yay! I put a reservation in for this book at the library as soon as I knew it was coming out. And,now, It‘s my turn! Love Elizabeth Gilbert. Can‘t wait to get started.

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The_Shelf.ish_Life
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I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. It felt like two books in one, and I definitely preferred the first half over the second. BUT, overall I enjoyed it. It‘s a fun read with some history thrown in 💃🏼📖 #cityofgirls

kspenmoll I felt like it was two books too. 2mo
MelKelsey I totally agree! 2mo
Jensol77 I agree. The first is defiantly different. After she left NYC I didn‘t think it be interested but I like the turn of events and pace. After all, that‘s life. At least for me...lived it up in my 20s then when I got pregnant with my diary it all came to a screeching halt. 🤣 I‘m just understanding the Angela component. I have an hour left to listen. 2mo
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DNF - 56%
I honestly was so hoping to love this but I just can‘t get in to it. I think some parts just could have been left out and there is just so much sex and drinking which I‘m not into.The book is also so long including so much detail and background that honestly could have been skipped. I also have a huge problem with how easily she just lost her virginity like it was any other day of the week. CW - sex, excessive drinking, mentioned abuse.

marleed I was a fan of this book bu I do understand your feelings. I just finished a book in which I was enlightened by some history I hadn‘t known before. I wanted to stay in that history. The author introduced a fictional romance that to me was irrelevant to the historical fiction. The shiny tips on what could have been a 5* read just dropped off. 2mo
Mrsgarrisonreads @marleed that‘s was my biggest issue. I wish it would have stayed to fiction instead of romance and all the drinking. 2mo
JennyM I agree with you - didn‘t enjoy this one and wish I‘d bailed 2mo
Mrsgarrisonreads @JennyM I kept pushing thinking it was gonna get better.....nope 😬 2mo
kspenmoll It did not thrill me either. 2mo
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litenthusiast
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Hamilton is telling me I need to go to sleep, but I really want to read one more chapter. #catsoflitsy

BookNAround Hamilton is precious! 2mo
litenthusiast @BookNAround Thanks! 💜 2mo
Texreader ❤️😻 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😻❤️ 2mo
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Kimberlone
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Kindle time! #lazySunday

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Kalebeth
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Spent the weekend camping and FINALLY finishing this bad girl. So so good. I freaking love Elizabeth Gilbert. Thanks for yet another gem 🙌

marleed I loved this one too. I think it‘s a fun companion to Evelyn Hugo. 2mo
Kalebeth @marleed Ou I will have to check that one out! I haven‘t read it but I am intrigued. Thank you 😊 2mo
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AmyG
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Congrats to you on your milestone @GrilledCheeseSamurai and thank you so much for the giveaway!

The tagged book is my favorite of this year...hands down. Litsy is such a wonderful, kind online community of book lovers. I‘ve made friends , learned of books and genres I‘d never have known about. My reading life has become so enriched by this group of amazing people.

I tag @Dawnrod1970 who is one of my most active and recent followers. ❤️

GrilledCheeseSamurai Thank you! And yes. Litsy is da bomb! Thanks for participating. 🤗 2mo
Dawnrod1970 @AmyG Thank you 😊 ❤️ 2mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Panpan

Couldn‘t get into this at all. Ended up flicking through it

Crazeedi Wow, isn't that something, I really enjoyed it, amazing how tastes are different, I love Litsy for that!! 2mo
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Bibliogeekery
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This was a good holiday read for me. I'm not sure how much I would have enjoyed it otherwise. It feels like it's trying to be gritty and transgressive but still read like a pretty fluffy book to me. That being said, I was immersed in the world she created and felt attached to the characters. I can definitely picture book club discussing this one over white wine!

rachelm Ditto all that! I enjoyed it. It was a good audiobook too! 2mo
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This whole page is pure gold

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la_rose_noire
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I hesitate between giving this book 3 or 4 stars. I really enjoyed reading this book up to about half of it. If it had ended there, it would have been a 4 1/2 stars for me. The second half of the book almost seems like a totally different story... and unfortunately, it's not as good. The rhythm changes and most of the characters as well. I decided to give it a 4 stars anyway as the narrator of the audiobook was awesome! I loved her voice!

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Ncostell
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I flew through this book despite its 480 pages. I loved visiting the theater world of NYC in the 1940s with its mix of high and lowbrow entertainment, glamour and grit. The book slowed down a bit in the latter half but I slowly began to appreciate the evolvement of the main character as she grew to embrace her whole self despite missteps she had made in her past.

kspenmoll Nice review. The last half dragged for me. It seemed such a switch of tone I could not get used to it. 2mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! I know what you mean, the first half was definitely more engaging. 2mo
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Kazzie
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Wanted to like it, but had such a rushed ending. The fact that she‘s writing a letter to the daughter of someone close to her, who we never meet. Seemed contrived?