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Rough Magic
Rough Magic: Riding the World's Loneliest Horse Race | Lara Prior-Palmer
For fans of Helen Macdonald's H Is for Hawk, this is the extraordinary debut memoir of a young woman who traveled to Mongolia to compete in the world's longest, toughest horse race, and emerged as its youngest and first-ever female winner
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Cinfhen
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#SoaringScores The Mongol Derby is the world‘s toughest horse race. A feat of endurance across the vast Mongolian plains once traversed by the people of Genghis Khan, competitors ride 25 horses across a distance of 1000km.

In 2013 Lara Prior-Palmer – nineteen, underprepared but seeking the great unknown – decides on a whim to enter the race. What happened next was history in the making. #SuperFeats
I listened on audio 👍🏻🎧

Cathythoughts Sounds great & that it would be a good one for audio 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cinfhen Lots of reviewers seemed to be put off by Lara but I found her youth, stupidity, bravado and determination endearing @Cathythoughts She came across as VERY AUTHENTIC if not perhaps a bit naive and spoilt 1mo
Freespirit Sounds great...what an amazing story! 1mo
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CrowCAH I heard about this; quite the extraordinary tale 🐎 1mo
Cinfhen She‘s super gutsy that‘s for sure @CrowCAH @Freespirit 1mo
BarbaraBB I read Laura Palmer instead of Lara and thought you were writing about Twin Peaks...! 😂 1mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! I kept thinking of Twin Peaks too!!!!! @BarbaraBB 1mo
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MallenNC
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Updating my #nonfiction2019 bingo card. I‘m counting the tagged book as one with animals, and She Said by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey for Book with an unlikable character (there are MANY in it.) #nonfiction2019

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

Riveted_Reader_Melissa They definitely count as unlikable!! Great progress by the way! 2mo
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ralexist
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1000 miles...on horseback...across Mongolia. Not exactly something you sign up for sporadically, but that's just what 19 year-old Lara did. Undertrained, underprepared, and underestimated, she ends up being not only the youngest but the first female ever to win this grueling race. It's a great adventure story and I always enjoy a good tale of folks who set out to do the seemingly impossible.

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MallenNC
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This was my book club book for this month. I enjoyed reading about the author‘s experience in an endurance race in Mongolia. I‘d never heard of endurance racing, and it was interesting to follow along with the author, who entered on a whim, as she realized what she‘d gotten herself into! There was some suspense about the outcome even though the description of the book tells you how it turns out.

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eraderneely
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If you‘ve noticed I‘ve been MIA, this is where I‘ve been. I miss you all, but I don‘t have the mental energy to keep up at the moment. I‘ll be back eventually though, I promise.
Extra apologies to anyone with a birthday coming up. You‘ve all been so good to me, I hate to forget your special day, but I just know I won‘t be making up parcels anytime soon.
All my best Litsy Family ❤️📚

britt_brooke Aw! Congratulations!! 💚 3mo
bromeliad Oh my gosh what a cutie!!! 3mo
SauerPatch I‘m so happy for you! Congratulations! 😍 3mo
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Bklover Congratulations!!! 3mo
TrishB I suddenly thought of you today ❤️ many congratulations 🎉🎉🥂 (edited) 3mo
RachelO Congratulations! So pleased for you 😊❤️ 3mo
julesG Congratulations!!!! I'm very happy for the three of you! 3mo
BookNAround Huge congratulations!🎉🎈 Enjoy that little bundle of love. 3mo
squirrelbrain Only just seen this Emily - and I‘ve been wondering about you! Congratulations to all 3 of you! 😘 2mo
eraderneely @squirrelbrain thanks! She‘s been keeping us busy😴. I hope you had a wonderful birthday! 2mo
squirrelbrain She‘s gorgeous! 😘 I had a lovely birthday thank you! 2mo
Oryx Just seen this! Congratulations! 2mo
eraderneely @Oryx Thank you! 2mo
jhod Congratulations!! 2mo
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Suet624
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I loved this book. A completely unprepared 19 year old races in and wins the Mongol Derby. Racing over 1,000 km, it is the world‘s longest endurance horse race. Mountains and vast plains of nothingness, boredom, fatigue and wild horses that are often unmanageable. Prior-Palmer was born on my birthday so her musings about her life experience, while meandering and sometimes self-indulgent, were so familiar to me that I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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erinjohns
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A journey about a woman learning how to trust herself...a description of fighting through your physical pain and mentally convincing yourself you might just make it. How sometimes being unprepared, untrained, and untamed gets you right to where you need to be.

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Suet624
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This book!!! I can‘t tell you how much I‘m enjoying it. And the author‘s birthday is the same as mine, so there‘s that. We share so many similarities.

Amiable Looks interesting! Stacked 4mo
AmyG How‘s your summer, Sue? 4mo
Suet624 @AmyG off to LBI today! The summer just got better! How about you? (edited) 4mo
AmyG Oh, nice! All is good here. Ail in the summer is glorious. 4mo
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AshleyC816
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I wanted to like this one more than I did. I found her writing a bit jumpy and hard to follow. I did like the idea of the race and it was fun to hear a bit about the Mongolian culture.

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rkeo
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What a letdown. The topic kept my interest enough to finish (the only female and youngest competitor to ever win the Mongol Derby). The race is physically grueling and nearly impossible, yet the only emotion the author gave off was boredom. It read like she was just passively trotting along, allowing her mind to wander and give us mini flashbacks of her life that were irrelevant and snooze-worthy. You will NOT experience what the race felt like.

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Suet624
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The library wins again over my boxes and shelves of books. A memoir of a woman riding her horse in the Mongolian Derby, a memoir of witness and resistance in El Salvador, and the thriller Miracle Creek? Yes, please.

Mitch I‘m going to start Miracle Creek tonight too ! 4mo
Schlinkles Rough Magic is amazingly good! I read the ARC in January and haven‘t stopped talking about it since. 4mo
Suet624 @Mitch We'll have to compare notes!! 4mo
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Suet624 @Schlinkles I can't wait!!! 4mo
Mitch @Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 4mo
LiteraryinLititz Miracle Creek was sooooo good! @Mitch 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m about halfway through Miracle Creek and it‘s so good! 4mo
Suet624 @kspenmoll me too! I‘m liking it a lot so far. 4mo
Jeg Glad that happens to someone else. Huge shelf of TBRs but the library beckons and now have 3 to read from there. 4mo
Suet624 @Jeg I do it ALL the time and complain about it all the time. 😁😁 4mo
RaimeyGallant Loving the perspective in this photo. Totally gonna copy (read:steal) it. :) 4mo
Suet624 @RaimeyGallant Thanks! I'm not usually known for taking creative photos! 😂 4mo
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Cinfhen
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With unabashed honesty, Lara Prior-Palmer shares her wild ride that earned her the title of both youngest & first female to win the Mongolian Derby ( a 10 day endurance horse race across Mongolia).
I almost wish I wasn‘t aware of the outcome because she was truly the underdog. I found her shameless bravado delightful & her drive to just pass/ beat the smug US rider Devan Horn amusing. At times her immaturity shows but that‘s part of her appeal.

squirrelbrain Stacked (I think #mummysquirrel would love this one! 😁) 4mo
Suet624 Reading now. 4mo
Cinfhen What do u think so far @Suet624 ??? 4mo
Suet624 Loving it. 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Finishing up with my #audiopacking 💼🎒👜Im really enjoying this memoir of 19 year old Laura Prior-Palmer, a charming underdog competitor, who signs up for a long distance endurance horse race in Mongolia. The narrator is brilliant and making this memoir come to life ♥️

Megabooks Enjoy your trip!! Travel safe!! 💜💜 4mo
Kalalalatja Wow, she sounds like a pretty awesome person! 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Megabooks @JennyM ♥️and yes, @Kalalalatja she‘s SO endearing because she doesn‘t take herself very seriously except she has this incredible drive. 4mo
CarolynM Safe travels 4mo
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Cinfhen
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#AudioPacking Getting ready for my summer trip to visit friends and family in the States 🌏 🧳 I love the narrator‘s accent 🤓Have you read/listened to this audio @Megabooks ??? I think you‘d like it.

MicheleinPhilly 🎉🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Becker It‘s on my TBR. Looking forward to it. 4mo
Crazeedi How awesome for you! I'll bet you're so excited! I hope your trip is just a great visit with your loved ones and friends!💕 4mo
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Cinfhen It‘s really entertaining so far @Becker Laura is such a likeable goofball!! She has a lot of similar traits that my son posses which makes her so endearing to me. 4mo
Megabooks No! And I‘ll have to pass this along to my friend who loves audiobooks and is an equine neonatologist! Thanks! 4mo
BarbaraBB Just a few more days. Anticipation before travelling is the best! ❤️❤️ 4mo
TrishB When are you back? Have some things to send on 😘 4mo
Cinfhen I think I‘m back on August 29 @TrishB 🙊 you should be getting a small package from me any day. I‘m pretty sure I paid for 5 day delivery and it‘s been like 10 days!! 4mo
TrishB They tried to deliver something yesterday - I should be able to get to the PO to collect tomorrow. I shall save yours for a coming home parcel ❤️ 4mo
Centique Have a wonderful trip Cindy! 😘 4mo
Cinfhen Thank you @Centique 😘😘 by the time I get back it‘ll be nearing your birthday @TrishB 😉 4mo
TrishB There‘s the year gone again! 4mo
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Charityann
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#bookfitnesschallenge check-in: I read three books this week, and walked 10,000+ steps everyday but one.😊📚📖 @wanderinglynn

#bfcr2 #bookfitnesschallenger2

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌 5mo
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Charityann
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Starting this tonight! 📖😊

#bookdragon #alwaysreading

ONH Didn‘t expect to like this book as much as I did! Lara‘s writing is very compelling. Hope you enjoy! 😋 5mo
Charityann @olivianixonhemelt Thanks! Enjoying it so far!😊 5mo
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“Perhaps if I had said to myself, at any moment in the race, I am being competitive. I want to win and I care, I might‘ve begun to find the whole competition boring. My competitiveness was like a kite I was refusing to pull down from the sky and examine. I think this increased its power over me. I rode with a mysterious compulsion, not knowing where it came from.”

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ONH
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Any other gap-year students reading this book and finding inspiration for your life? Theme of listnessness between stages of life- gap years. Longing for adventure or just to do something? Longing for oblivion? This book impresses me with its contemplation of why people do things during the less-structured parts of their life #buzzfeedbookclub

mhillis Welcome to Litsy! 5mo
ONH @mhillis thanks!! Don‘t know how I hadn‘t discovered this app already!! 5mo
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Katja
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The prose reminds me so much of Priestdaddy! Not quite as funny, but the language is delightfully playful.

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Sumi
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Thoroughly enjoyed Lara Prior-Palmer‘s memoir of competing in the Mongolian Derby. For eventing fans: anecdotes about her Aunt Lucinda are priceless.

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j9brown
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I enjoyed this story a lot - what a crazy adventure! I didn't think races like this even existed. It made me wish I was more adventurous and athletic, myself.
Didn't always like her, though. She writes very well. It's just that whole "look at how unique and different I am!" quality that I dislike about memoirs in general. Like, yes, maybe you are, but chill. That's just my own judgment though, I might be being unfair. She is young.

KatieDid927 I get it. 6mo
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Lauryn
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"Mustn't squish the mole that lives in my heart"

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Erynecki
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Rough Magic is a memoir of the physical, mental, and emotional journey of the seemingly unprepared entrant in Mongol Derby to champion. Her writing style reminds me a bit of Dave Eggers. The story arc follows the trajectory of the race, but it meanders with inner thoughts, self-reflection, and poetry.

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Sumi
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Library Haul - including Lara Prior-Palmer‘s book about riding in the Mongolian Derby.

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MarthaG
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Some birthday books I‘ll be reading this summer.

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Liberty
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Tonight, I‘m relaxing with a reread of one of the most freaking amazing memoirs I have read in a long time. Her writing is so incendiary, your eyes will boil in their sockets while you read it. If you like H IS FOR HAWK, WILD, or just feeling like your heart has been flayed open while you read, this book is for you. Out May 7th. 💙🧡💙

Suet624 I‘m in. 7mo
Soubhiville I‘m sold! 7mo
KatieDid927 Agreed, so good. 7mo
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Available May 7th!
5🌟This memoir is intense and inspiring and wonderful! At 19 with no proper training Laura Prior-Palmer entered the worlds longest and toughest horse race. Riders usually spend years training and preparing for the harshness of this competition and many don't even finish. Her story is one of inspiration and intensity and determination. A truly wonderful read!
#bookreview #bookblogger

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KatieDid927
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Excellent memoir from the youngest rider to win a race I wasn‘t even aware existed! I loved her writing style and humor. Some parts around the middle did feel a touch overwritten, but I greatly enjoyed the journey. #ARC

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Rough Magic, the debut memoir from the youngest and first female winner of the toughest horse race in the world, is spellbinding. How a book can be so heady with poetry and yet make you read sitting straight up with adrenaline is certainly a feat. Prior-Palmer bares her loneliness, competitiveness, and frequent ridiculousness so freely you almost feel you‘re cantering through the Mongolian wilds beside her, and after reading this, I‘m ready to.

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Schlinkles
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The subject matter of this book alone is enough to convince people to read it, a 19 year girl decides on a whim to participate in a 1,000km horse race across Mongolia. There are some really gorgeous moments of prose though, just beautiful writing. You‘ll be torn between wanting to hug Lara and smack her. A compelling read right to the end.

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Liberty
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Morning reading. 🐴❤️📚

Chelleo Beautiful cover and photo! 😍 11mo
Liberty @Chelleo Thank you! 11mo
CoffeeK8 Love the cover! 😍 11mo
JennyM That cover! 11mo
Schlinkles I just finished this and loved it! Some really gorgeous moments of writing. I also just met the author at a bookseller‘s conference. She was incredibly patient as I gushed all over her. 10mo
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