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Stoner
Stoner | John E. Williams
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lele1432
Stoner | John Williams
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One of the best books I've ever read. I cannot understand why it wasn't appreciated more when first published, but I'm thankful #NYRB gave it a second life! A melancholy novel about life, work, disappointment, & the love of literature, this novel was so real & incited every range of emotion in me. 5⭐️s! So so sorry for the delay, this will reach its destination in a couple of days! #LMPBC #Round7 #GroupC #WinterGames #TBRRead #TMSkellington

lele1432 #PopSugarReadingChallenge #PopSugar2019 #Pop19 Takes place on a college or University campus 1d
lele1432 Fun fact: John Williams retired to my small hometown in the year I was born, and remained there until his death in '94. Which means I unknowingly lived amongst a world-class author during my childhood, not knowing that some 25-30 years later I would read a book he wrote and fall in love. ♥️ 1d
TheBookHippie One of my favorites ❤️❤️❤️ 1d
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lele1432 @TheBookHippie it was so good! Now I have to read everything else he wrote lol 1d
youneverarrived Great story! And I love this too 💙 1d
Bookwormjillk I haven‘t received my book for this group yet. Has everyone else received theirs? 1d
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk it's this one! 1d
Bookwormjillk @lele1432 oh great! Ha! This has been on my TBR for years- looking forward to it 1d
TheBookHippie @lele1432 I came across it while researching unknown awesome classic reads a few years ago. What a find. 1d
TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the update!! I'm interested to read this one when it comes my way because it is NOT my usual type of book! 1d
lele1432 @youneverarrived such a shame it wasn't more successful when it was first published. It really is a great read! 24h
lele1432 @Bookwormjillk I hope you like it! 24h
lele1432 @TheAromaofBooks lol I look forward to hearing your thoughts! I loved it, but can see how it might not be for everyone! 24h
lele1432 @TheBookHippie isn't it?? This is exactly what I love about NYRB. Finding overlooked gems like this one! 24h
Crimson613 16pts!! 12-11 Ohh now I'm interested!! 😮😮😮 8h
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lele1432
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One of these days I'll do this on time and separately. My #BookReport from last week is that I finished 2 books, and enjoyed both! For my #WeeklyForecast, I must finish the tagged (hopefully tonight) for #LMPBC to send to you @Bookwormjillk! Want to finish the #MidnightParty #BuddyRead, catch up on my #LiteraryCrew buddy read, and finish How to be an Antiracist. The opening for that one was so good I may just use an Audible credit to buy it.

Librarybelle Awesome! 1w
Cinfhen Long holiday weekends are hard sometimes if you have lots of family obligations or peopling 😉😂I can‘t wait to hear what u think about 1w
lele1432 @Cinfhen sooo much peopling lol! 1w
Cathythoughts Stoner ❤️ 4d
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hilded
Stoner | John Williams
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An old favourite, both book and cover ❤️

#7days7covers No explanation #covercrush Day 1

@Marina_h , care to play? Post 7 covers you love over 7 days, no explanation needed, try to tag a new litten each day.

Cathythoughts I‘ve never seen that cover !!! And never thought of him that way .... wow 😮 3mo
Ruthiella Yes I never thought of him that way either but I am no doubt influenced by the NYRB cover! 3mo
hilded @Cathythoughts I‘m probably influenced by this cover, but it‘s just like I imagine him. I think it‘s a wonderful cover. Did you like it? 3mo
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hilded @Ruthiella I‘m not sure I know the NYRB cover, so can‘t compare. Unless that is the one where he is pretty young? This is the Norwegian edition. 3mo
Ruthiella @hilded The NYRB edition shows a painting of a clean shaven middle aged man with glasses in an old fashioned suit. 😀 3mo
hilded @Ruthiella Ah, yes thank you- I think I know that one. It‘s the one that shows if you look at the tagged book here, right? It‘s an absolutely wonderful novel, glad NYRB reprinted it and made it known to the world again 😊 3mo
Ruthiella @hilded That‘s the one. 😀 Yay for rereleases of older books. 3mo
Cathythoughts I do like this cover , it has just taken me by surprise... & @Ruthiella it‘s your cover I have. I suppose in this cover he seems more charismatic or wizardly ( ? Maybe) and I always see him as more ‘long-suffering ‘ ... either way I love this book. MAny memorable parts in it for me. A great book ♥️💔 interesting, the power a cover may have. 🤔 (edited) 3mo
Marina_h I loved Stoner 😍 and yes, I'll give it a go👍😊 3mo
hilded @Marina_h Great 😊 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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I felt an air of #Melancholy in this brilliant tale of an undistinguished life.

#SoulSeptember @Eggs

Eggs Perfect👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
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sisilia
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5⭐️ “Stoner is one of the few books which have caused buyers to call us in gratitude for having recommended it.” - John Doyle, Crawford Doyle Booksellers, NYC 👉🏻 my fav bookseller, which sadly closed down a few years back 😿

I‘m so glad that I finally read this book. The prose is elegant and captivating; I felt privileged to get to read this beautiful story of a simple and dedicated man 💕

Tamra My favorite book. 💜 So quietly profound in its glimpse of a life and underread. I hope that changes! I wish Williams had been more prolific. (edited) 3mo
TrishB Loved this one too ♥️ 3mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️📚 3mo
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suvata Great book 3mo
zuzia One of my favorites! 3mo
sisilia I read that his four novels are each “strikingly different in subject”, as if they were written by different authors. Next month, I‘ll be reading Butcher‘s Crossing for the local IRL bookclub. @Tamra @TrishB @Cathythoughts @suvata @zuzia @erzascarletbookgasm 3mo
Tamra @sisilia yes, they are very different and good. Stoner is my favorite. 👍🏾 3mo
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nofutureparttwo
Stoner | John Williams
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A singular novel, unlike almost anything I‘ve ever read. I can‘t believe I‘d never heard of it before I read it.

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Congratulations on your Litsy milestone @GrilledCheeseSamurai ! Wohoo! Six-digit Litfluence!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Thanks for hosting the awesome giveaway!

The tagged book is one of my favourites so far. Love Litsy for its positivity, lovely bookish-minded people, and fantastic book recommendations. Scrolling Litsy is one of my little daily pleasures. 😊

Tagging @TheAromaofBooks

#SixDigitSamurai

GrilledCheeseSamurai One of my favorite things to do too. :) 3mo
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emilyhaldi
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Nursing a bit of a book hangover after finishing Stoner last night 🤯 Williams captures the quiet triumphs and tragedies in the ordinary life of University professor so eloquently that it‘s spellbinding ✨ Just brilliant!

Tamra I know - one of my treasured favorites. 💜💜 3mo
Leftcoastzen I so need to get to Stoner ! 3mo
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine as well. Such a great writer 💔 3mo
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catebutler One of my all time favourites. I had to let this one percolate for quite some time. 3mo
LeahBergen I‘ve had this on my shelf for ages! 😬 3mo
Cathythoughts Loved this too 3mo
Mdargusch such high praises! 3mo
sisilia I love the creased spine 😍 (edited) 3mo
emilyhaldi @sisilia I found this book at a used book sale for $1... It's an old library copy, hence the creases. It also has copious amounts of highlighting and marginalia, which I might not have minded if it were insightful but alas, it is not 😆 I loved the book so much that I'm considering splurging on the 50th anniversary edition!❤️ (edited) 3mo
sisilia Go for it!! 👍🏻 3mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s quite the commendation. 3mo
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sisilia
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Hello, Stoner... you are next! 😃

Cathythoughts Such a good book 👍🏻♥️ 3mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too @Cathythoughts ❤️ 3mo
Simona Still in my TBR pile ... 3mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Ah, Stoner ❤️ 3mo
LeahBergen Waiting on my shelf! 🙄 3mo
emilyhaldi Oh my gosh this book just blew my mind! 🤯🤯🤯 absolutely brilliant. Surely this will pull you out of that reading slump! 3mo
sisilia @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Simona @erzascarletbookgasm @LeahBergen @emilyhaldi I‘m enjoying the beautiful writing 😍 Definitely a book to savour 3mo
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nofutureparttwo
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“Having come to his studies late, he felt the urgency of study. Sometimes, immersed in his books, there would come to him an awareness of all that he did not know, of all that he had not read; and the serenity for which he labored was shattered as he realized the little time he had in life to read so much, to learn what he had to know.”
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My god, what a relatable description of being a nontrad student.

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nofutureparttwo
Stoner | John Williams

He saw [the future], not as a flux of events and change and potentiality, but as a territory ahead that awaited his exploration. He saw it as the great University library, to which new wings might be built, to which new books might be added and from which old ones might be withdrawn, while its true nature remained essentially unchanged. He saw the future in the institution to which he had committed himself and which he so imperfectly understood...

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perfectlywinged
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The ultimate English Major book. Like a Wharton novel and a Willa Cather combined. 📚 🌾

Leftcoastzen I just bought it and that‘s exactly what I wanted to hear! 4mo
perfectlywinged Yes! Someone recommended it to me saying I needed to read it because I was a die hard English Major. His experience at the beginning of taking a literature class and it changing his life was so similar to my experience that I was hooked from there. It has sparse yet emotional prose and I was all in. 4mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
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Izai.Amorim
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Started this one this morning. Seems very promising. It has a melancholic undertone. Could listen to some early Neil Young as you read this book.

LauraJ I like your soundtrack idea! It fits. 5mo
Tamra My favorite novel. 🤗 5mo
TrishB A good read 👍🏻 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book! Great idea for the soundtrack. 5mo
Izai.Amorim @erzascarletbookgasm @LauraJ Good to see fellow Neil Young fans here! 5mo
Izai.Amorim @TrishB @Tamra It is really good. 5mo
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Anna40
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"... as if those studies were life itself and not specific means to specific ends."

It is one of the best books I have read. Underneath Stoner's indifference and compromising, lies a deeply complex and passionate character. I have felt anger, sympathy and yes love for William Stoner and never has the depiction of loneliness felt more intriguing than in Stoner by John Williams.
Others might disagree, but for me this is a must- read again.

Izai.Amorim Great review. Will give a try. 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim oh thanks! I think you will like or even love it :) 6mo
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Anna40
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Brilliant.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️ 6mo
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Anna40
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Am I getting this wrong or is the main character only referred to as Stoner or William Stoner until page 60 (that is when Edith calls him William for the first time) and only after page 60 as William. If yes, I find that a clever way of establishing a growing intimacy between reader and main character.

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Anna40
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Izai.Amorim That's a beautiful passage. You can feel his loneliness. 6mo
Anna40 @Izai.Amorim yes! And also his love for books 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The story of William Stoner is cruel and sad, yet there‘s something engrossing about the life of this ordinary man. Stoner himself is considered a failure..despite his passion for literature, talent for teaching, hard work and best intentions, things didn‘t work out for him. Stories of middle-class white males and their life problems don‘t normally interest me this much, but this book is different..👇(cont.)

erzascarletbookgasm ...The story is quiet and unhurried; the writing elegant, graceful, and to be savoured. 6mo
Freespirit Great book 6mo
Daisey Great review! I also really appreciated this book, but I find it very difficult to explain. 6mo
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squirrelbrain I enjoyed this one too... 6mo
batsy Lovely review 💕 6mo
Cathythoughts Great review... I loved it too 6mo
BarbaraBB Lovely review. I loved this one too. 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks, @Daisey @batsy @cathythoughts @barbarabb ❣️ there‘s something alluring about the writing and story, isn‘t it, @squirrelbrain @Freespirit 6mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! On mountain TBR but pushing it up to the soon stack. 6mo
readordierachel Great review 💙 Looking forward to this one. 6mo
youneverarrived Agree. I loved it ♥️ 6mo
callielafleur I loved Stoner, and I've wanted to read Butcher's Crossing ever since. Might do that this summer. 6mo
RaimeyGallant I'm intrigued! 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Many quotes from this book that are worth sharing...some have so much emotion, some tell the truth, and others brimmed with melancholy.

#currentread

Cathythoughts I love this quote .... ♥️ 6mo
Cathythoughts Makes me want to read Stoner again ✨ 6mo
rachaich This book is extremely under rated. I found it amazingly thought provoking 😊 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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BiblioLitten 💕♥️ 6mo
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LauraJ
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William Stoner plays the hand he has been dealt. His life is filled with frustration and disappointment, but he makes it worth living.

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LauraJ
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Current and most frequent view.
#kal

Catsandbooks Just trying to get in on the book action 😂 6mo
litenthusiast 😻😻 6mo
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LauraJ
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My neighbor just finished reading this and talked me into bumping it the top of my tbr.
#peerpressure

erzascarletbookgasm What a gorgeous edition! 6mo
LauraJ @erzascarletbookgasm A #nyrb bargain from their half price sale! I kept hoping the #nyrbBookClub would read this one. 6mo
TheEllieMo I loved that book 6mo
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teainthelibrary I've heard amazing things about this one! I need to finally get around to reading it 6mo
Tamra This is one of my very very favorites! 6mo
LauraJ @Tamra @TheEllieMo @teainthelibrary I stayed up way too late reading this last night. It's been awhile since a book has held my attention the way Stoner has. 6mo
Tamra @LauraJ I am afraid to reread it for fear of breaking the spell. 😬 6mo
teainthelibrary @LauraJ might need to sneakily bump it up on my TBR 😉 6mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good! 6mo
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Rachel_nyc
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On the surface this appears to be a dull book about a seemingly dull man but there is something so captivating about Stoner and his story. One thing that really had me thinking was how often he says that there was nothing he could have done differently when in fact, doing something differently could have changed everything in his life. He simply wasn‘t the type of person to think that way and instead watched his life go by as if a spectator.

Suet624 I really need to check this book out. 7mo
Rachel_nyc You should. It‘s a fascinating character study. 7mo
merelybookish Oh dear, I might be able to identify with this character. 😕 Still, I'd like to read! 7mo
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Rachel_nyc @merelybookish Definitely worth checking out. An unlikely, but fascinating main character. 7mo
hilded Glad you enjoyed, it‘s a wonderful book 🤩 7mo
Rachel_nyc @hilded It really was. Great writing and such interesting characters. 7mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this book. 7mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! I did as well. 7mo
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cmarie
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I really enjoyed this book! A seemingly dull protagonist that was actually incredibly interesting, trapped in his life by his choice of wife but far more passionate about everything than his outward attitude let's on. Little bit too detailed on some of the literature lectures (coming from an ex-literature student) but good!

Also finally starting a book journal for interesting quotes and my thoughts on novels. Hard copy of my goodreads account 😂

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cmarie
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It's a book, with a book cover of a pile of books, on top of a pile of books.
Also known as my immediate TBR pile, made up of mostly second-hand books 👍📚

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HardcoverHearts
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This is the year I go heavily into back stock books that I have always meant to read, but haven‘t yet. This is a big deal because I suffer from severe FOMO regarding new releases- so much so that I tend to ignore older books in favor of the new & shiny. But I have so enjoyed some of the recent classic books I have read that I am finding myself drawn to them more often. I know so many people love this one. I do hope it lives up to the hype!

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GatheringBooks
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#LiteraryLove Day 3: These are some of the #RedReads found in my bookshelves that I wish to read at one point in my life. With the exception of Don Quixote and Tess of D‘Urbervilles, I have yet to read these classics.

MrsMalaprop 😍 I have Stoner on my shelf too. Really need to get to it... 10mo
LeahBergen I love the red-spined Vintage Classics. 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty ❤️❤️❤️ 10mo
vkois88 I love the red spine editions of the classics... the only problem is that I have trouble seeing the small white writing 😕 They should have gone with a more contrasting color so you could easily pick out what you're looking for. Maybe that's just me though... 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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I struggled with the first quarter of this book; I found it rather dry. However I soon got drawn into the minutiae of Stoner‘s life and really enjoyed the rest of the book.

This is book number 7 for #readingUSA2019 - Missouri.

jessinikkip Way to go! 11mo
NatalieR 👏 11mo
Kaye Great job ! See you‘re catching up to me. I hit a clog this week and have been on the same book the whole time. 🙃 11mo
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squirrelbrain @kaye - I‘m sure I‘ll slow down again soon.... so you‘ll have chance to get away again! 😘 11mo
kathedron @squirrelbrain I meant to tell you that your package arrived earlier in the week. I hid it, out of temptation's way, until next week and then forgot to mention it! Yours is here, too, @Cathythoughts Thank you, both 😘 10mo
Cathythoughts I really liked this book ( if a little depressing, still excellent) @kathedron oh great 👍🏻 10mo
squirrelbrain @kathedron glad it arrived safely! It‘s safe to open if you want to get at ‘A Little Life‘, which isn‘t wrapped but the more important stuff is! 😘 10mo
Librarybelle Sounds interesting 10mo
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Liza24
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"...and he watched with an immeasurable sadness their last effort of gaiety, which was like a dance that life makes upon the body of death." #johnwilliams #holidayreads #mustreads #favorites

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hilded
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For Day 4 of #Adventrecommends I have chosen one of my absolute favourites. A quiet, beautiful book ❤️

I think it‘s time for a re-read soon!

#Favourites

Amiable I've been meaning to read this one for ages 12mo
hilded Hope you get to it soon, it‘s wonderful @Amiable 12mo
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KarenUK
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#Nofemmeber @Cinfhen @Billypar
I may have been living #underarock , but I have been meaning to read this modern classic FOREVER! 🤦‍♀️
It has a really high GR rating, and lots of Litten love....
It‘ll work for #pop19 so next year I hope to finally read this one 😊👍

Cathythoughts Fantastic choice👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 13mo
Cinfhen Ahhh!!! Does this one have over a million GR rating??? 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve been meaning to read this too! 😬 13mo
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TrishB I really liked it....though to be fair not much happens!! 13mo
KarenUK @TrishB Sounds like my kinda thing! 😂 (edited) 13mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen No unfortunately not ☹️.... highly rated (4.3/5) but only 70,000 ratings. That #pop19 prompt is going to be a tough one for me. I‘ve been researching, and unless I do a re-read of something, it‘s going to be tough to find something I want to read. I found a lot of YA fantasy (not my thing) and super popular thrillers (already read)... 🤔 (edited) 13mo
Cathythoughts I really liked this book 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Tamra My all time favorite novel. 💜 13mo
reneelyons Enjoy, this is such a special book. Truly beautiful! 13mo
Hoopiefoot It‘s so good! Enjoy!! 13mo
KarenUK @Hoopiefoot @reneelyons @tamra @Cathythoughts @trishb @Cinfhen You guys have totally convinced me! Definitely using at my campus set novel for #pop19 👍😍💕 13mo
BarbaraBB Yes it is a wonderful book, you‘ll love it! For over a million GR rating I am going to read the tagged one, the only one that seems doable among all YA books indeed! @Cinfhen 13mo
Billypar I think I'm the only one I know who wasn't a huge fan, but don't let me dampen your enthusiasm- I thought the writing was great but just wasn't for me (hides back under rock of unpopular opinions). 13mo
KarenUK @Billypar 😂👍 13mo
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Cathythoughts
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#NoFemmeBer #DebbieDowner I think Stoner works here ... can be a bit of a downer , depressing ( ? 🤷🏻‍♀️) .. also brilliant !
And the title leads one to think it may be about a dope fiend... not so.

TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Another one I heard is good but haven‘t read 😄 13mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks Trish 👍🏻 13mo
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Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm I think it‘s really good 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
Cinfhen Echoing @erzascarletbookgasm #SoManyBooksSoLittleFunds as my pixie friend likes to say @Lizpixie 💚💚💚 13mo
Billypar I did find it a little bit of a downer, but I also wasn't as into it as most others. Not sure if my expectations were too high because of all the praise I've heard! 🤷 The writing was very impressive though. 13mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar I think all on all it was really good. I‘m glad I read it. There are some lines that I think will always stay with me ❤️ 13mo
Blaire Great choice. 13mo
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Catherine4j
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Nice story

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LitandLeisure
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Day 29: Stoner by John Williams; this is the one I've been talking about all summer; quiet but beautiful, great characters and themes; college English professor finds meaning in life #31Books #BooksIRecommend

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Gina
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Ending a busy weekend in slo-mo... ***aaahhhhh***

Tamra 👌🏾 1y
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peaknit
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Because this is comfortable? Belated #caturday I‘m hoping to wrap up Stoner today.

rubyslippersreads This could be my Nicky. He‘s a big grey cat who loves to sleep with his feet sticking up in the air. 😹 1y
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Gina
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My morning view in a little cabin in the woods.♡♡♡

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Gina
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So this stopped me in my tracks. 💓💓💓

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Gina
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When you've had a thumping headache for days, you draw yourself a salt bath, put on the zen radio station and read.

AmyG Feel better 1y
Tamra Oh this - I‘m the biggest fan! 1y
Hoopiefoot I hope all of those things help. And if not, at least you have a great book to keep you company! 1y
Gina @AmyG @Hoopiefoot thank you @Tamra ditto😀 1y
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Gina
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Had a walk about with my peanut today. He climbed old school and I sat in the shade of this incredible tree and read. Heaven on earth!

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LitandLeisure
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This is the best book you‘ve never heard of. I‘ve been hesitant to publish my review bc I know it won‘t do the book justice. You‘ll just need to read it for yourself. **Spoiler-free review.**

http://www.literatureandleisure.com/2018/07/book-review-stoner-john-williams/

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LitandLeisure
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Just started rereading this one. It is one of my favorites. ❤️📚

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Melwilk
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It amazes me that even with all of the reading and thinking about books that I do and with all of the hours I have logged in various courses over the years, I can still encounter a book I have never heard of that completely blows me away. This is that book. The quote on the cover of the book says “The greatest novel you have never read” so I must not be the only one. The story covers the life of an ordinary man. The writing is exquisite.

AmyG I saw this posted on here last year. I‘d never heard of it. But it‘s just so simple and beautiful. 1y
DGRachel Yes! I was pleasantly surprised by this book. 1y
emilyhaldi Can't wait to read this one! 1y
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Betty
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Eight books!!! And a wealth of bookmarks. I'm so thrilled with all of these, haven't read any. Thanks so much @CindyMyLifeIsLit for these and thanks too @JoeStalksBeck for organizing our #summerslasherbookswap. I'm looking forward to reading all these slashers!

AmyG Fatal Vision is one of my favorite true crime books. Great pile of books!!! 1y
arubabookwoman The Good Nurse was eye-opening (and a very good read). Always have an advocate with you if you are hospitalized, and question every pill. 1y
Betty @arubabookwoman yes indeed! An advocate is needed. My daughter is a nurse practioner, glad to have one in the family 1y
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JoeStalksBeck Wow!!! 1y
Betty @AmyG Cindy (my swap partner) said Fatal Vision is her personal favorite true crime 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Betty I hope you enjoy them! My box definitely lacked the creativity of yours! 😞. Just out of curiosity, are there any Funko figures you collect or would have wanted? I wasn‘t sure what would appeal to you since you‘re not a horror fan. Again, I LOVE your choices for me!! Thanks so much!! 1y
Betty @CindyMyLifeIsLit, I don't collect Funko figures. I'm at the stage of life where I'm trying to downsize. Am still a hoarder, so I'm trying not to add things. 😏When I saw you had a shelf of King's works, I thought they'd adorn the shelf. 1y
Betty As for creativity, @CindyMyLifeIsLit, I liked your creativity-- great variety of books. 1y
JulAnna Fatal Vision is very good! 1y
CindyMyLifeIsLit @Betty That makes me feel a little better! I completely understand the downsizing—my husband and I are planning to trade our two-story for a single-story now that the kids have moved out. We feel like half of the house is being wasted! 1y
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EmilyChristine
Stoner | John Williams
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CindyE09
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**May Books**
7 books read total

4 print books
2 kindle books
1 audiobook

5 female authors/2 male
1 poc author
1 lgbtq+

1 Five stars (tagged book)
1 Four star (The Dud Avocado)
3 Three stars
2 Two stars

ReadingEnvy Stoner ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Miss_Shush Well done! And sharing your goodreads list like this is an awesome idea! 2y
RidgewayGirl That is an amazing month of reading! What great books you read. Here‘s hoping June‘s choices will be equally inspired. 2y
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EmilyChristine
Stoner | John Williams
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Decided to make a fire and read after work. Nice outside today.

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Jas16
Stoner | John Williams
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Another long week calls for some retail therapy. In my defense the Friends of the Public Library store was having a 35% of sale for members so this stack was around $20 and for a good cause. I even bought them knowing that I would likely not get around to reading them for months and still feel like I deserve them. My favorite form of stress relief.

Notafraidofwords Stoner = ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen You HAD to get them! A Persephone and NYRBs 😮 2y
Leftcoastzen Very nice! 2y
saresmoore Wow! Amazing finds! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s my form of stress relief too. Great finds! 2y
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Blaire
Stoner | John Williams
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When I first started hearing about this book, I assumed it was about getting #wasted. Not exactly. 😂. I did absolutely love it and highly recommend this novel, but it is not about getting stoned. #getmovin

AmyG Not even close. 😜 2y
Cinfhen That‘s disappointing 😜 2y
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