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True Grit
True Grit | Charles Portis
There is no knowing what lies in a man's heart. On a trip to buy ponies, Frank Ross is killed by one of his own workers. Tom Chaney shoots him down in the street for a horse, $150 cash, and two Californian gold pieces. Ross's unusually mature and single-minded fourteen-year-old daughter Mattie travels to claim his body, and finds that the authorities are doing nothing to find Chaney. Then she hears of Rooster - a man, she's told, who has grit - and convinces him to join her in a quest into dark, dangerous Indian territory to hunt Chaney down and avenge her father's murder.
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valeriegeary
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Settling in for the night.

Daisey This looks like a pretty perfect evening. 3w
JennyM Hey Charlie waffles 🐶❤️👋 3w
valeriegeary @Daisey at some point we're going to add lentil soup and biscuits. 😆 3w
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valeriegeary @JennyM oh haaaaiiiii! 🐶🙌😆 3w
BilboBookends What a darling pup!! 😍😍😍 3w
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Avidreader25
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Grabbed a copy of True Grit (set in Arkansas) in this sweet little bookshop in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on our road trip. I love getting books as souvenirs.

JanuarieTimewalker13 What a cute store!! I‘ve never been to Arkansas. 3w
Reviewsbylola I bought the same book recently. Can‘t wait to read it! 3w
Avidreader25 @JanuarieTimewalker13 Neither has I! We‘re just road tripping through it right now. 3w
Avidreader25 @Reviewsbylola I‘ve read it before. It‘s excellent! 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s cool!!! Enjoy!! 3w
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valeriegeary
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Just got back from the library. Oops. #sorrynotsorry #mounttbr #librarylove #cantstopwontstop

Crazeedi Nice!😉 4w
readordierachel Well done 👏🏼👏🏼 4w
Bookzombie True Grit is a favorite. It‘s also really good on audio. Donna Tartt narrates and is perfect. I also enjoyed Vengeance Road. Happy reading! 3w
valeriegeary @Bookzombie oooo! I might have to listen to the audio of true grit rather than reading it! 3w
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Jas16
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I feel as though I frequently wish books were shorter but this is the rare case that I really wanted another hundred pages of Mattie and Rooster. #mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday #litstypartyofone

Crazeedi Nice!!👍💞 1mo
MrBook Added! 😁 1mo
Leftcoastzen Wow ! Nice amount of reading! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🙌🏻🎊 1mo
Andrew65 Great film, a personal favourite and clearly need to read the book. 😊 Great time. (edited) 1mo
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Jas16
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All of my adulting is done for the day so I am ready to settle in with a snack and finish this book. 70 pages in and I cannot believe it took me so long to pick this book up. #mrbook1inamillion #24b4monday #litsypartyofone

Lynnsoprano That looks fantastic, whatever it is. 😄 1mo
Andrew65 @Lynnsoprano It does! 1mo
Jas16 @Lynnsoprano @Andrew65 My first slice of pumpkin pie this fall. 1mo
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vivastory I love this book. I've been holding myself off on reading Portis other books because he only has a few published. 1mo
Jas16 @vivastory I was just looking at his other titles to try and decide which of his books to read next. I can understand your reluctance though. 1mo
MrBook Adulting, meh. 😂 1mo
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Jas16
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This morning before work I put together a tentative stack for #litsypartyofone #mrbook1inamillion knowing there was no way I would actually stick to it. True to form all of my library holds have been coming in all day and my Netgalley shelf is suddenly over flowing. The good news is I will have lots to choose from!

Lynnsoprano When it comes to books, more is always better😄 1mo
Andrew65 True Grit! 😍 1mo
rubyslippersreads What @Andrew65 said! 🤠 1mo
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Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads Bring on Mattie Ross and Lawyer Daggert! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Moonlight Over Paris.. I loved 1mo
MrBook You‘re the best, thank you for joining the party! 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
Jas16 @Lynnsoprano So true! 1mo
Jas16 @Andrew65 @rubyslippersreads I have been wanting to read it for years. Really hoping this weekend it will finally happen 1mo
Jas16 @CoverToCoverGirl The Gown does look really good. Will have to add that one to my TBR 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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Panpan

An old school western, this book. Raving reviews everywhere but I wasn‘t pulled in for one minute. I couldn‘t connect to the plot, the setting or the characters. Well, at least I can tick off #Arkansas for the #ReadingUSA2019 challenge!

Graywacke Think I‘ll pass on this (ok, it wasn‘t on the list anyway...) 1mo
ValerieAndBooks I really liked this one! But I know sometimes one doesn‘t always like what “everyone” likes 😉 1mo
sprainedbrain I‘m taking this off of my tbr... I‘ve been hesitant to read it for years and you just helped me decide. 😃 1mo
jillrhudy I loved it too! 1mo
Librarybelle Yes - at least another one ticked off the list! 1mo
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Pogue
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Mehso-so

I have heard people say this book was funny, or as engaging as Huck Finn. I thought it was ok, I am not a big fan of westerns, not was I a big fan of Huck Finn.

BarbaraBB I felt the same, about this one as well as Finn! 1mo
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Eyelit
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“I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful. Who has not seen Satan in their sly faces?” 😼

Mattie has some very strong opinions on kittehs, to be sure. Not sure she‘s entirely wrong 😹

Had to put this quote over an old photo of Tilney - cause it does look like he‘s plotting something... #catsoflitsy

sprainedbrain Love this! 😻 5mo
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Godmotherx5
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I‘m pretty lucky with the letter “T”
#alphabetbookishquiz @RealLifeReading

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vlwelser
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I'm starting to realize that I have an awful lot of books that are nearly finished. This is my third one today. One thing about this one... Do not read this right after watching The Hateful Eight. I kept expecting everyone to get their heads blown off. Otherwise, my RBG action figure thinks you should read this. If you haven't. We may be late to the party.

#bookclub

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melissajayne
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Really enjoyed it. I like how Portis turns the typical Western trop and has the main narrator be a 14 year-old female. Love the Cohen brothers adaptation as well. 4 ⭐️ #litsyatoz #lettert #t #weekendreads

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BooksBecomeYou
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Excellent in-flight entertainment.

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melissajayne
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Andrew65 Good book choices. 👍👏 10mo
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melissajayne
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#reread Reading this as #bookcougars are doing a #readalong for this book.

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Bookboss
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I am not a big fan of Westerns. I have enjoyed a Clint Eastwood film or two, and a novel here and there, but the genre has never captured my imagination. The Book Cougars podcast chose True Grit for this month‘s read along, and I finally decided to give this novel a try. Charles Portis has long been on my radar, since he is so admired by some of my favorite authors. His writing is superb. The characters, setting, and plot are perfectly unified.

rubyslippersreads One of my favorites. 😊 10mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I listened to the audio narrated by Donna Tartt. Yep, that Donna Tartt. The Goldfinch/Secret History Donna Tartt.

Now, Tartt is not a great narrator. Accents came and went and you could tell when she would come back from a break because it would take her awhile to figure out the characters‘ voices again.

But she has loved this book with her whole heart since childhood, as detailed in the essay included after, and I appreciated her enthusiasm.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk Tartt describes main character Mattie Ross as “Captain Ahab‘s little sister” which, yes. 10mo
Blaire I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while. 10mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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At some point in my youth I placed Westerns in the mental file with Werther's Original under the heading "Stuff Old People Like".

Now I know that genres aren't good or bad, writing is, and this book is a classic for a reason.

I was continually in awe of the way 14-year-old Mattie Ross plowed under every obstacle through sheer unyielding stubbornness in her quest to bring her father's killer to justice.

Teared up a little at the end too.

LeahBergen Gah. I loved this book. 10mo
AlaMich Did you develop a taste for Werther‘s Originals too? 😉 10mo
TobeyTheScavengerMonk @AlaMich Maybe in 3 or 4 more decades... 10mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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"This ends my true account of how I avenged Frank Ross' blood over in Choctaw Nation when snow was on the ground."

#LastLine

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LaraReads
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The Christmas decor has to come down & I‘m just not ready!! 😭😭💕🎄📖💕

Lcsmcat I‘m with you there! We took our outside decorations down today. But there‘s so much more to do! 11mo
Stephaniereads1 Amazing pic. I love those books! 11mo
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DavidDiamond
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This was the first Western I ever read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was a short section in the middle that dragged a bit, but the rest was thrilling. And our wise beyond her years hero, 14 year old Mattie, with her deadpan delivery and manner, is so much fun.
If you are wary of Westerns, this would be a great one to start with!

Suet624 The first western I read was Lonesome Dove. And I just read it again within the last year. Loved it. I have this one on my wish list. 9mo
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DavidDiamond
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I reckon this is the first western I‘ve ever read! In fact, I know it is!
#ThisIsMyFirstRodeo

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nelehelen
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4.5/5
I never read this classic nor watched the movies, which isn‘t a surprise because I don‘t really gravitate towards westerns. But, I‘m so glad I read this because I loved it! It‘s beautiful, straightforward storytelling. And I loved the voice of Mattie Ross. Highly recommend.

#Booked2018
#ReadHarder2018

nelehelen @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft I read this for the “Underdog Hero” for the young MC and Rooster character (who seemed unlikely to show kindness and integrity). Do you guys think it would work?? (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen Great choice and AWESOME BOOK 🤠 12mo
Cinfhen Mattie was definitely an #UnderdogHero 💕🙌🏻 12mo
nelehelen @Cinfhen i love it when i discover books that are so good in genres i would never read! All thanks to awesome reading challenges like the ones you guys put together!! 🙌🏼👍🏼 12mo
Cinfhen Thanks!!! I feel like I can‘t get any credit for this one... you just discovered the perfect book on your own.... well done ❤️ 12mo
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erista
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I loved Mattie‘s courage and spunk. I‘m not a big fan of westerns, but after reading Lonesome Dove earlier this year, I felt compelled to give this one a try. So glad I did, loved it!

Prairiegirl_reading Someday I‘ll tackle the doorstop that is Lonesome Dove. 😄 12mo
erista @Prairiegirl_reading It took me months to read it, but it‘s worth the effort 😃 12mo
Wife One of my favorites!🌹 12mo
k.reads I loved this book! 12mo
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erista
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Cozy Sunday morning reading with my buddies.

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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: Needed a western for BookRiot‘s Read Harder challenge and this fit the bill. Mattie Ross is my new favorite protagonist. This was so good!! #BooktoFilm

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erista
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Started this tonight. Not my normal read, but I‘m liking it already.

Prairiegirl_reading Same with me! I loved it!! 12mo
JenlovesJT47 I love the movies! I actually prefer the newer one. 12mo
britt_brooke Loved this one!! 12mo
Dragon 😻 12mo
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Waynegjr
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And thus begins my 2018 round up:
Part one of my favorite books of the year not released this year. In no particular order:

True Grit by Charles Portis
O Pioneers! By Willa Cather
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Flappers and Philosophers by F Scott Fitzgerald
The Talented Mr Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

More to come I the next few days. More backlist, my runners up for the year and then my top 10.

zsuzsanna_reads O Pioneers is great, I might even prefer it to My Antonia. Good list. 😁 12mo
Tanisha_A Things Fall Apart was an exceptional read for me. Just so great! 12mo
LeahBergen True Grit and The Talented Mr Ripley are two of my faves. 😍 12mo
Waynegjr @Tanisha_A I had read it years ago and didn‘t really like it, college and skimming had to do with that I think, but I was really moved by it this time. I really enjoyed its lack of easy answers and the critical eye it shined in all sides. 12mo
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britt_brooke
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DAY 28: When Mattie Ross heard that her father died from a #gunshot wound inflicted by an acquaintance, she vowed to avenge him.

I loved this book so much. I listened to the audio version narrated by Donna Tartt. 5⭐️

📷: 2010 film

#nofemmeber

Cinfhen Great choice and fabulous book!!!! 🙌🏻❣️ 13mo
rubyslippersreads One of my favorite books! 13mo
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Ruthiella I had no idea Tartt narrated audiobooks outside of her own! 13mo
britt_brooke @Ruthiella I think this might be the only other one. It‘s one of her favorite books. 13mo
Billypar Haven't read it yet, but I love the 2010 adaptation. I also fully intend to read all of Portis' work- just one so far (Gringos) but really liked it. And that's pretty cool about Tart reading the audiobook! 12mo
britt_brooke @Billypar I haven‘t seen the movie, but it looks sooo good. I‘ve yet to read any of his other books, but definitely will at some point. 12mo
Reviewsbylola This is on my TBR! 12mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s so good! 12mo
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Yay!! Thanks @BookwormAHN !! I know what I‘m doing this weekend!

#ReadTheMovies

BookwormAHN Enjoy! 13mo
DoonTheGoon Yay! 🎥🎬🍿😀 13mo
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Blair_Reads
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Excuse the mess in the background. Life‘s a little messy rn 🤣 Daisy reeeeaaaally wanted to be in the #bookhaul pic 💜🤣 Here are the books I got at the sale today 📚

swishandflick That face!!! 😍 1y
RealLifeReading Soooo cute! 1y
Prairiegirl_reading Oh my god! Your dog is cute!! Also true grit is so good!! I got so excited when I saw this post I almost typed it with no spaces!! 💜🐶📚 1y
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BookFreakOut So cuuuuuuute!!! 🥰 1y
WhatDeeReads Hi Daisy! 1y
Chrissyreadit I love your dogs smile! Super cute! 1y
Branwen Omg! How cute is she?!?! Hi Daisy!!! 😄🐶 1y
JoScho That face ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Libby1 ❤️ 1y
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KathyWheeler
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Romance
Westerns
Self-help

Although, I don‘t limit myself by genre, so these are just the ones I read less of.

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Wife
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#31bookpics #StrongHeroine Mattie is a 14 yr old that takes care of business. She travels to retrieve her father‘s body and sets out to avenge his murder. The audiobook is great! The movie remake is a favorite of mine. She is a #badass 🖤

Blueberry 🧡 1y
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broughtyoubooks
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Mehso-so

First Western I've read, don't know how it holds up to the genre, and no doubt it has aged poorly, But for the better part it was a good read, interesting for the period it talks about and active. And how could you not love Mattie, playing with words and bossing every grown man she comes across around.

Crystalblu It is definitely not the best western. Lonesome Dove will always be my favorite! 1y
broughtyoubooks @Crystalblu would love to read some more Westerns! Who is the author? 1y
Crystalblu Larry McMurtry. (edited) 1y
Susanita I liked True Grit but didn‘t love it. Agree that Mattie is awesome. 1y
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Susanita
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1. Saturday‘s book sale #bookhaul with proper orientation this time. I read the tagged book on Sunday. It‘s “a hard day‘s night” when you traipse around the countryside with a couple grumpy old men looking for the guy who killed your pa.
2. Yes! #DMVmeetup but could also do a Baltimore one.
3. Takeout!
4. Blue
5. 35

#humpdaypost
#HeyJune
#ReadHarder #western

Cinfhen Lots of awesomeness here!! Great haul, wonderful pick and brilliant dinner suggestion 😄 2y
britt_brooke Catch-22 and True Grit are ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️! 2y
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Susanita
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This morning: book sale/yard sale at church where I bought these books and something else that will make an appearance later.
Mid-day: community day where I helped staff a table for the cat shelter but we all visited the tie dye lady‘s booth where I bought this skirt.
Tonight: found #sockswap package waiting for me, but it looks like the items aren‘t wrapped so I hid it in my filing cabinet until opening day. Had to do a little work and now CAPS.

Suzze When/if you get to Texas, tag me for a buddy read, I‘ve had it for 8 years and still haven‘t read it. (edited) 2y
Susanita @Suzze I‘ll do that! It‘ll probably be a while though. 😮 2y
Suzze @Susanita After 8 years, I can wait. 😁 2y
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BrentMWiggins
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True Grit understands the unspoken desperation and hidden desires of the West at the turn of the century. It questions what is lawful and what is awful through a corrupt justice system and the manipulation and absence of good human nature.

#truegrit #charlesportis #western #west #novel #bookreview #review #mattieross #frankross #roostercogburn #tomchaney #justice #corruption #arkansas #wildwest #law #humannature #america #civilwar #19thcentury

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Pam.Kokomo
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Another book finished on vacation. This is the life. (Read along with #CloseReadsPodcast.)

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LitDrivenGirl
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I've been putting this reading project off for awhile & decided hey I need a western read for one of my challenges. This way 'I'm killing 2 birds with 1 stone' 😉. A couple years ago one of the Book Riot podcasts mentioned 'The Wolf Road' being a combo of 'True Grit' & 'The Road'. I already had an ARC of it & embarked on finding editions of the other two to start my project. First up 'True Grit' 🔫🤠. #westernreads #bookriotreads #readingprojects

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Pam.Kokomo
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Nothing like seeing your maiden name preceded by Pig! 😳🤓🙄

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CherryPie
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1. I only like The Walking Dead, Little Orphan Annie and the one with Jiggs and Nora.
2. Mattie Ross, True Grit.
3. Dougie Jones, Twin Peaks (the 18 hr movie).
4. Gotta light?
5. All of them.
@JenlovesJT47 #tuesdaytidbits

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Giabow
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I think I remember liking the movie? I‘m enjoying the book so far, so maybe the movie needs a rewatch.
This is my #western for @bookriot #2018readharderchallenge

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melissa.drake
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This is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. The humor is wonderfully blunt and dry, and the narrator is pitch perfect. Oddly enough, that narrator is Donna Tartt. Yes, that Donna Tartt. Apparently, she also narrated The Secret History which I have heard is terrible (and having heard her voice in this book I can definitely see it clashing horribly with the feel of that book) BUT, for True Grit, she is pure perfection.

MidnightBookGirl Ohhhh! I never thought to try this in audio! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#FierceFeb Mattie Ross is #NoOnesLittleGirl she‘s tough as nails, spunky, fierce, brave and a riot to boot 👢 🐎💰One of my favorite literary characters 🤠

batsy Here it goes... This one, too... Been meaning to read 😅💜 Sounds like a fab read and great choice. 2y
LeahBergen So good! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
rohit-sawant Nice! Loved the film. This has been on my TBR for so long. 2y
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Cinfhen Bump it up @rohit-sawant @batsy It‘s a good one👒👢❣️just ask my buddy @LeahBergen 😘 2y
Cathythoughts I know this is very famous, but I‘ve never seen or read ! Stacking 2y
CherryPie Ditto! 2y
Suet624 I‘ve finally been convinced to stack this book. 😂 2y
GripLitGrl 👍good one! 2y
readordierachel Well played! 2y
emilyhaldi Really need to read this! Can‘t believe I didn‘t already have it #stacked 🤔 2y
britt_brooke Loved this book so much. Great choice! 2y
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hike.read.repeat
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This is my second time reading this book. Using it for my #western pick on the #readharderchallenge So good! I love the narrator‘s voice. Makes me want to read more westerns. 🤠

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CherryPie
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Combine roasting and screaming with no, put the lid on it and you get Mattie Ross, my favorite leading lady.
Others:
Medea (Seneca not Euripides)
Pollyanna (Porter)
Elinor Dashwood (Austen)
Miss Marple (Christie)
Clytemnestra (Aeschylus)
Adina (Donizetti)

#favoriteleadingladies @bookriot #riotgrams

Leftcoastzen Love your choices! 2y
CherryPie @Leftcoastzen Thank you! ☺👍 2y
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