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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel | Anthony Marra
New York Times Notable Book of the Year * Washington Post Top Ten Book of the YearIn a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonjas world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.Now with Extra Libris material, including a readers guide and bonus content from the author.
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“History writes itself. It doesn‘t need my assistance.”
“But it‘s your life‘s work.”
“Your life‘s work could be scrubbing piss from a toilet bowl. Work isn‘t meaningful just because you spend your life doing it.”


Finally finished this one tonight. Any narrative that ties up several characters all clever like always makes me all gushy inside. The war in this book felt like it was unfolding in front of you without detailing much battle. What a treasure.

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Finally have a day off and it‘s Wimbledon and Reading for me. And laundry. But we‘ll ignore that last part.


The things in his life that caused him the most sorrow were the things he‘d lived with the longest, and now that everything was falling they became the pillars that held him: had he a thirty two year old toothache rather than a thirty two year old son, he would have treasured it the same.

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This book is a marvel. It made me laugh out loud and sob like a baby. It‘s both harrowing and hopeful. A haunting story of war and love set in Chechnya. There are books you read for entertainment and to escape. Then there are books that matter. This book matters.⁣

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#MayMovieMagic In Spain 💃🏾🇪🇸View from our balcony 👍🏻📖 and Spanish wine 👍🏻 and #younevercantell who you might meet : a woman on the flight was reading a book ... I had to ask her what it was ( tagged book) I see lots of Litsy love & I love this quote from the book .. my next step is to get this one asap

Reggie Lovely!! 7mo
Cathythoughts @Reggie thanks. The sun is powerful here ... we don‘t get this kind of weather at home .. loving it 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on tbr , got to get to it soon. Like you said, lots of Litsy love. And looks like great weather in Spain ☀️ 7mo
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rohit-sawant Wonderful post! 💕 7mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm the same woman recommended the author Rose Tremain !! I was thinking of you ♥️👍🏻 (edited) 7mo
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saresmoore Lovely—the view and happy you! It is a wonderful, remarkable book. 7mo
Amiable This book is amazing. And I don‘t toss that word around lightly. 7mo
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Becker Loved this book. 7mo
Cathythoughts @Amiable yes ! I‘ll get it soon now. Sounds great. 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
Cathythoughts @Becker great to hear such positive feedback on this book ♥️ 7mo
Billypar I read it a few months ago and it's still a frontrunner for my favorite of the year. 7mo
Cathythoughts @Billypar oh man !!! I‘ll have to get this one soon 👍🏻😀 7mo
Tanisha_A Ah! Lovely collage. Enjoy Spain! 7mo
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GripLitGrl How great enjoy!💕 7mo
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The first half of this really dragged for me, but it was made up with the second half when Marra really brings the story together. I knew nothing about Chechnya or Chechen history, & it is far too complex to understand in this story, taking place between 1994 & 2004. But it is a beginning. This is a story of every day people & survival. What will you do to survive? What is moral in times of war? This is one I will think about for a while.

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“You mean Ronald just stepped down after ten years?‘ he asked. She had to be putting him on.
‘He just stepped down and George Bush became President.‘
‘And then George Bush shot Ronald Reagan to prevent him from seizing power?‘
‘No,‘ she said. ‘I think they were friends.‘
‘Friends?‘ he asked. ‘It makes me wonder how we lost the Cold War.‘
‘Good point.”

I loved this sad and wonderful book. #LitsyAtoZ

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I loved it: Marra is a wonderful storyteller: the characters are painted with such nuance and tenderness. The circumstances they face couldn't be more bleak, but it's an inspiration to see the resiliency and even humor in their responses. The writing is poetic in an organic way: Marra knows when to reflect on a moment of significance and when to continue the story. I'd recommend this to anyone: it's good for the soul without any false notes.

Megabooks You‘ve sold it to me! Great review! 10mo
Billypar @Megabooks Hope you enjoy: I had high expectations going in and it didn't disappoint! 10mo
Blaire One of my favorite reads of the last few years. 10mo
Billypar @Blaire Yeah I could see it becoming a modern classic, even though that's always hard to predict 10mo
SqueakyChu This is a great book which should be more widely read! (edited) 10mo
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#EverythingIsMovingSoFast #TimbitTunes
At that point in a good novel where you cross the halfway point and you are extra eager to find out what happens and even indulge thoughts about the next book. But at the same time you think how much you're going to miss the characters and writing when it's over!
@TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen

Becker I thought the writing was excellent. 10mo
TheKidUpstairs I feel like there needs to be a word for that feeling... 10mo
Velvetfur @TheKidUpstairs I agree! The halfway point is a thing of beauty to observe 😁 10mo
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Cinfhen This was a heavy read but I agree, magical writing ❤️ 10mo
Suet624 This is the book I recommend and buy as a gift more often than any other. An absolutely amazing book. 2w
Billypar @Suet624 Very true: it's tough for a book to have so many outwardly depressing things happen and still manage to be warm without cheating on the realism. 1w
Suet624 Yes, perfect description. 1w
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Started this one today: the writing is beautiful- already seeing why this gets such enthusiastic praise.

Cathythoughts Amazing quote 10mo
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I‘m mad at myself for taking so long to read this book; it sat on my TBR shelf for years. I knew it would be intense and sad, and it was, but it was just as damn good as I‘d heard. It devastated me but was worth it.

Crazeedi I can't read devastating right now, too much going on in my life 11mo
cariashley @Crazeedi I totally get it, that‘s why I put it off for so long! Definitely needs to be the right time. 11mo
DGRachel This was a #blameitonlitsy book for me. I asked for something that would suck me in and it did! Such a fantastic book. 11mo
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Set in a small rural village in Chechnya, this book follows the lives of three characters over a five-day period (with flashbacks as well) and tells the story of how they all are intertwined. The novel is so good – especially the last 100 pages or so, when you won‘t be able to put it down. The writing is gorgeous--there's a page-long sentence on page 139 (paperback edition) that just takes your breath away.

Day 10: #adventrecommends

ReadingEnvy Still one of my favorites 12mo
Suet624 @readingEnvy Yup, still one of my favorites too. 11mo
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Finally getting to my second Anthony Marra read. I adored The Tsar of Love and Techno. I don‘t have wifi access at the moment so this screenshot shows my latest Kindles.

Amiable Oh my goodness, this book has all the feels! It's an amazing work of literature. 13mo
BkClubCare @Amiable - I‘m 10% in and already feeling it will be amazing. 13mo
DMC_run8 I read them in the opposite order but adored them both! 13mo
BkClubCare So good. 12mo
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This is a hard book to read but so beautifully written. Very possibly my best book of the year.

Congratulations @TheLibrarian on your huge Litsy number 💃🏼🕺🏼and thank you so much for sharing the Litsy love by sharing with your#70kgiveaway

9999 I loved this book!! 13mo
Amiable Such a wonderful book 13mo
TheLibrarian Thank you for entering. I haven‘t heard of this book but it sounds really interesting! 13mo
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This book is beautiful and brutal, describing at once a very small story of a Chechen village and city hospital, and yet communicating the full extent of ongoing war in Chechnya. Marra gives us glimpses of the past and future of nearly every character we meet, folding the war into everyday life until it becomes everyday life. We‘ll have lots to discuss at #under40bookclub this week, but in the meantime I need to read the fluffiest book I can find.

Jas16 Great review 1y
HeatherBookNerd I loved this book. It is indeed a brutal story at times. But it blew me away. 1y
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#24in48 update: Started this ebook this morning for my #under40bookclub, but at 20% in I think this is a bit too heavy for me to read all at once. Which means I‘m starting a 3rd book to work on simultaneously during this readathon... 📚📚📚

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Good news! It means more new books! Thanks @Mommamanzi for the giveaway.
My favorite book so far this year is The Constellation of Vital Phenomena. Difficult times but beautifully written.
Tagging @OrangeMooseReads

Mommamanzi Ooooh have I got a book for you! Go ahead and send me an email nicoleorlando@hotmail.com with your name and mailing address! 1y
Dolly Woohoo! @Mommamanzi Thank you! Thank you! Email with address sent. 1y
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This one has been on my nightstand for way too long. Currently reading: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. #onmynightstand

Mdargusch You have a great selection there! 😁 1y
Kimbono @Mdargusch Thanks! So many books, so little time... 1y
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My daughter is having a sleepover with two of her friends, so I‘m hiding out upstairs since they‘ve taken over our family room 🤣 I‘m getting ready to power up my Kobo and tackle the tagged book - it‘s well loved, but I wasn‘t into it the first time I tried to read it. I‘m hoping it works for me this time #MountTBR

SqueakyChu I thought this book was excellent, but it does take a little work to follow the story. 1y
Cathythoughts Good luck! I hope it works ! I havnt read or heard of this one. Look forward to your thoughts 1y
LeahBergen I have this on my shelf. 1y
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Melissa_J @SqueakyChu I really don‘t know if it will work for me. The subject matter interests me, but so far I‘m having trouble getting engaged. I‘ll keep at it though. 1y
SqueakyChu @Melissa_J I had trouble keeping the story straight because of the years skipping all around. I actually took notes on the story to keep the timeline and the characters straight. I don‘t know if it‘s worth that much trouble to you, but to me it definitely was by the time I finished the book. It‘s definitely not an easy read. If you make it through to the end, I‘d love to hear what you have to say about it then! 😊 1y
Melissa_J @SqueakyChu I decided to bail. I don‘t like the writing. I read enough to know the book wouldn‘t be for me. Oh well. I did try twice at least 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
SqueakyChu I can see why this is not a book for everyone. Better luck with your next book! 😊 1y
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Good Reads has a summer reading challenge!

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May's reading stats

mrozzz 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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June's TBR and Read planner bookshelf

Reviewsbylola Wow, that‘s quite a list. 😍 2y
ladym30 Beautiful! 2y
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May's TBR and Read planner bookshelf

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Surprise #bookmail from the lovely @erzascarletbookgasm ❤️❤️ thank you so, so much Jessie! You‘ve made my day 😘🤗 I can‘t wait to read them both. How gorgeous is the Shadow of the Wind cover!! 😍

saresmoore I have the same edition of Constellation —it‘s so beautiful! 2y
youneverarrived @saresmoore it is lovely 😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! You‘re most welcome. 😊 Happy reading! 💕 2y
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I‘ve seen many Littens rave about this book. #kindledeal today!

DGRachel So good!! 2y
MicheleinPhilly I snagged this one! 2y
BookishJess @DGRachel @MicheleinPhilly I got it too! A #blameitonlitsy purchase for me! 2y
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Aaah he was so amazing!

Suet624 No f***ing way! I am so jealous. 2y
Notafraidofwords Omg so jealous ! 2y
Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 2y
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britt_brooke Awesome!!! 2y
Nute Right on!!! 2y
Bianca Sweet! 2y
Christine How great! 2y
mrozzz Awww! Cool 😄 2y
LeahBergen Awesome!! 2y
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“There is something miraculous in the way the years wash away your evidence, first you, then your friends and family, then the descendants who remember your face, until you aren‘t even a memory, you‘re only carbon, no greater than your atoms, and time will divide them as well.”
― Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

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I can't wait to read this based on all the good things I've heard....possible May-June read. #underthemilkyway #MarchIntoOz @Lizpixie @Cinfhen

saresmoore Do it. 2y
AmyG I‘m going to read it for the #Booked2018 challenge. I have only heard good things. 2y
Cinfhen Nice choice....this was a sad read 2y
LeahBergen I have it waiting on my shelf, too. 👍🏻 2y
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Bookmarkie This book has been on my TBR for a while now. 2y
shadowspeak17 @Bookmarkie it‘s really good! The writing, for one, is beautiful. I‘d highly recommend it. :) 2y
Maria514626 This is one of my favorites. It‘s gorgeous and breaks your heart. The characters still pop into my mind every few days. 2y
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This is a new recommend for me as I just finished it. The writing is superb which is a requirement for my top shelf. I will be pestering all to read this.


DGRachel Oh yes! I absolutely loved this novel! 2y
shawnmooney My second favorite novel of all time! ❤️ 2y
Tamra Near the top of my TBR radar! 2y
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Dolly @shawnmooney I know! I‘m your newest groupie. (DHurd on Utube) I grabbed it up immediately when I heard your recommendation, delaying the book I‘d been waiting for for a year. This book is a gem. I worry my next read will now disappoint. 2y
Dolly Okay @Tamra do I need to start my pestering with you?? 😁 2y
Tamra @Dolly funny, I was going to type that very thing! 😂 2y
Dolly @Tamra LOL I hope you enjoy it! 2y
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This is one of the best books I‘ve ever listened to or read.
How does one say they enjoyed a book, beautifully written , about ugly things? I often avoid books about war and suffering but I will read this one again in print as each page holds a gem cut and polished by an awesomely talented writer. I am grateful to @shawnmooney for recommending this book on utube and am sooo glad I listened to it. So. Well. Done.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

RebelReader This was a book I avoided for a long time and then when I finally read it I wondered why because it was so good! (edited) 2y
Dolly @RebelReader Did you avoid it because of the subject matter? I hadn‘t heard of it before. 2y
RebelReader @Dolly No I just kept moving it down on my TBR until one of my book groups picked it. I think sometimes the longer the book sits unread, it‘s easy to forget about it. New books,library holds and ARCs just become the priority. So many books and so little time. 🙁 2y
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Readerann I love this book, too. 2y
Dolly @RebelReader That brings to mind Lucy & Ethel boxing chocolates at the conveyor belt.😂 Yes, the ticking clock cannot be ignored on those borrowed and in all this time new titles for my TBR come at me fast. 2y
Dolly @Readerann 😃👍😍 2y
RebelReader @Dolly That is EXACTLY how it is! Lucy and Ethel forever! 🤣🤣 2y
Lauram Looking for contest answers and stopping to share my love for this book. 4mo
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Spine Poetry part 2:
The light between oceans
When the moon is low
The promise of stardust a constellation of vital phenomena #riotgrams

Liatrek Very pretty😊 2y
DMC_run8 @Liatrek thank you! 2y
Eggs ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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@Cinfhen your thoughtfulness is above & beyond. 🤗🤗 I thank you and so do my kids! 😘

CoverToCoverGirl I LOVE that wrapping paper! 🎄♥️ 2y
Tamra @CoverToCoverGirl it is super fun! 2y
Cinfhen Yay! I‘m so glad 😜it was your generosity that inspired me to reciprocate 😘😘 2y
Jinjer I need that wrapping paper! 2y
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1. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2. Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give)
3. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
4. I did read 3 Kent Haruf books - does that count?
5. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
6. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
7. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra


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C- Constellation of Vital Phenomena, A
O- One Rainy Day in May (The Familiar v. 1)
U- Unwind
R- Room
T- To Kill a Mockingbird
N- Night
E- Everything I Never Told You
Y- Yellow House Mystery, The (Honestly, I don‘t remember anything from this book, but it‘s the only Y title I remember reading. 😂)


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A jumbled time line of interconnected lives. Pain, deceit, anger, joy, sorrow, happiness, relief, and wonder... all mixed up. The way life truly is. Not to mention the impact of the setting and the time period (a snow-covered village in Chechnya), which caused me to pick up the book in the first place. Powerful, in an understated way. And very impressive for a debut. 4/5 🌟 🤔😯🙄❤️📚

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So... wow.

This was beautiful and haunting and I'm just in awe. Can I give this a billion recommendations please? So intensely beautiful.

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Moody, provocative, and unlike anything I have read in a while. There is a plot, and there are characters, but there is also gems like this, that cause you to stop and think. #currentlyreading 😊😁😍📖


The power is out. I'm on evacuation alert. There is a local state of emergency.
So now I am conducting an experiment. How many candles do I need to light to comfortably read?

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#setineasterneurope #Chechnya

I cannot recommend this book enough. So good. Intense, gut-wrenching, and beautiful.


Suet624 I'm with you. Best book I've read all year. 2y
RealLifeReading So good 2y
LeeRHarry Ooh I have this! Moving up the TBR! 😊 2y
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Along with three books I've been dying to read, these gifts are absolutely amazing! This blanket & those slippers are my new favorites & I'm boiling water for a cup of loose leaf tea in my new steeping mug right now! The candle smells wonderful and I'm going to have to hid those cookies from myself! My daughter is going to go crazy when she finds out she has new books too. Thank you so much Shona for all of the thoughtful #letshyggeswap items! ☺️

TrishB Very cool 👍 2y
Anovelobsession So glad you like everything - A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is one of my all time favorites. I hope you get to curl up in the blanket, drink some tea and read some today! 2y
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Well lovely people, I've gone over to the dark side. 😂 Yup, I've started my own Booktube channel. I've only got three videos up so far, and am definitely still in the deer-in-the-headlights stage so bear with me! I wasn't going to mention it so soon here, but the lovely @kdwinchester and @MrBook had other ideas! 😂 I'm grateful they did or I might've stayed in the closet forever! 😂

Marchpane Way to go Shawn!!! I've already subscribed and can't wait to watch 👏👏👏 2y
MrBook Oh no! Did I steal your thunder?! 😱I'm sorry, I found your videos so enjoyable that I couldn't keep it inside. And @BookBabe heartily concurs. 🙊 2y
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shawnmooney @Marchpane 😘😘😘 @MrBook Nope, you just forced my hand and like I said, I needed the push! 😂 2y
MrBook Woo! Very well then. 😎🙌🏻 2y
Suet624 That's fantastic! 2y
saresmoore Oh, this makes me so happy!!! For you, I will watch videos. 😁 2y
shawnmooney @saresmoore They're not all that great yet but I am still learning the ropes! 😍 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Oooo, will check you out! 🙂👏🏼 2y
BookishFeminist 😂😂 Making me actually watch YouTube. A feat to be sure! 2y
Nebklvr Woohoo! 2y
Tamra 👏🏾 2y
kdwinchester Haha! Happy to push you out into the bright unknown. ;) You deserve more subscribers. You are doing great. Practice makes perfect! I would love a monthly Wrap Up of DNFs or something to celebrate your reign as the Queen of Bailing on Books. 😂😻📚🎉 2y
LeahBergen I'm so excited for you!! I'll even try to be a good follower. 😆 2y
Bookzombie Exciting! I will check you out and subscribe! 2y
batsy Fantastic! 👏 My secret confession is that I love booktube more than podcasts 😆 Can't wait to watch! 2y
shawnmooney @kdwinchester I was thinking of something along those lines, yeah! 😛 @LeahBergen @Bookzombie I'm totally a newbie so don't expect too much finesse at first! ❤️ @batsy I used to pooh-pooh booktube but have gotten into it more and more and there are some really substantive booktubers out there. Curious about who you follow! 2y
batsy @shawnmooney Jen Campbell, Savidge Reads, What Kamil Reads, Lonesome Reader, Mercy's Bookish Musings, Big Haired Bookworm (she focuses on crime and mystery but v funny and witty) and just started following Insert Literary Pun after reading one of her GR reviews which you liked, I think! So that put her on my radar 🙂 There's more that I'm forgetting. 2y
shawnmooney @batsy I follow most of those too and will check Big Haired Bookworm out too. I also highly recommend Matthew Sciarappa! 2y
batsy @shawnmooney Thanks, will check it out! 2y
Simona 👏👏👏👊Congratulations! I just watched them and it's a very nice to see and hear you. I'm not booktube user, but I'm looking forward to seeing more... just post here, on Litsy, link to them, please 😊 Nice work😘 2y
Cinfhen That was awesome, Shawn! You made me smile & giggle with your bookish exuberance!!! Fabulous 😘💞😘💞😘 2y
shawnmooney @Simona Thank you so much! To be honest, I'm much too shy and insecure to post links here to each and every video, but I promise to put links to my reviews there on my reviews here! (Oh and you can always subscribe to my channel and you'll get notifications that way…) 2y
shawnmooney @Cinfhen Well thank you very much for making my day! ❤️💜😻 2y
Simona I don't want to have bazillion accounts (I use only Litsy and GR, because I'm weak and I quickly become addicted 🤷‍♀️). You did I a nice job with the editing, but the more important is the content and that is your strong point. It's delight to listen very enthusiastic, colorful reviews and descriptions of books. So, no need for to be shy and insecure 😘 2y
shawnmooney @Simona Thanks for the warm words, my friend! ❤️ So I just posted another video today: https://youtu.be/Mm6iV_uAwcY 2y
Spiderfelt Your enthusiasm for these loves is a joy to watch. Well done! 2y
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This is a book about survival and renewal. If your life is on fire or if it has recently burned to the ground - fight every day to get out of your hell - like the characters in this book do - and rise up ❤️#ashestoashes #septembowie

akfreeborn I just loved this book. I've read it twice. It haunts me. 2y
Tanzy13 🐶 2y
LauraBeth @akfreeborn that's a sign of a GREAT book! 2y
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DGRachel I can't remember who suggested this book to me, but I am so grateful. It's a fantastic, haunting novel. 2y
LauraBeth @DGRachel SO many people love this book! ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen This was a really hard read....I almost bailed 3x.....so much heaviness 2y
KathyWheeler It was indeed a difficult read, but good. 2y
minkyb Tremendous ❣️for this book. 2y
Suet624 I loved this book and have purchased and handed out so many copies. Just an amazing read. 2y
charl08 Another fan here. 2y
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#unabridgedbookstore #Chicago
So great to go to a bookstore and find that you and the owner have very similar taste! Excited to read A Constellation of a Vital Phenomena.

Yeah_I_Read The Year of the Runaways was really good. Intense but good 😊 2y
rmaclean4 @Yeah_I_Read i had The Year of the Runaways in my hand but decided to get it later. Good to hear it is worth a read. 2y
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"What did any one person matter when pounded against the anvil of history?" In this character-rich, intricately patterned tale of torture, betrayal, and heartrending love in war-torn Chechnya, Marra grapples with this question with a searing moral clarity and an improbable amount of soulful humor. This is one of the best novels I've ever read. Those disappeared people, their zany dangerous love: weeks later, it all continues to throb and matter.

Redwritinghood Nice review! 2y
saresmoore Wonderful review. I couldn't agree more! 2y
minkyb Great review and I absolutely, totally, agree. 2y
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ReadingEnvy Yessss it's one of my favorites. I always hold my breath when someone I like reads it... will they get it? And you do! 🤗 2y
batsy Beautiful review. 2y
shawnmooney @Redwritinghood @saresmoore @minkyb @ReadingEnvy @batsy Thanks! 😘😘 Some of you knew how tongue-tied I felt for weeks on end at the prospect of reviewing this incredible novel! 2y
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Best reads of July. Only made it through 9 this month, but I'm 28 books ahead of my Goodreads goal. ☺️

Cinfhen 🙌🏻 2y
cathysaid 👏🎉👏 2y
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1. Tokyo
2. A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon - Anthony Marra
3. Tin Man - Sarah Winman
4. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
5. The Hours - Michael Cunningham
6. The Sparsholt Affair - Alan Hollinghurst (October 2017)


saresmoore You're the coolest. Can I sit at your lunch table (and read over your shoulder)? 2y
saresmoore I'm kidding. I would NEVER read over anyone's shoulder. So rude. 2y
shawnmooney @saresmoore You can read over or under any old body part—and I do mean old!—of mine you'd like, girlfriend! 😍 2y
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LeahBergen Oh, man. I LOVED The Secret Garden. We should have been born in the same province and been childhood besties. 😆 2y
batsy The Secret Garden! I'm so happy to hear that, I was obsessed with it! 2y
TrishB Just brought Tin Man today 😀 looking forward to it. 2y
readinginthedark The Hours is so good! Different from the book, but both are amazing! ❤️ 2y
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@valeriegeary This is one book that I think is out of this world! #outofthisworldgiveaway Congratulations on your new book! #everythingwelost

Reagan-reads Oh man, this is a crier. Keep the Kleenex close! 2y
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