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River
River | Peter Heller
"An exhilarating tale delivered with the pace of a thriller." -Kirkus (Starred Review)A BookPage 2019 Most Anticipated BookA LitHub 2019 Most Anticipated Book From the best-selling author of The Dog Stars, the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip--a gripping tale of a friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence Wynn and Jack have been best friends since freshman orientation, bonded by their shared love of mountains, books, and fishing. Wynn is a gentle giant, a Vermont kid never happier than when his feet are in the water. Jack is more rugged, raised on a ranch in Colorado where sleeping under the stars and cooking on a fire came as naturally to him as breathing. When they decide to canoe the Maskwa River in northern Canada, they anticipate long days of leisurely paddling and picking blueberries, and nights of stargazing and reading paperback Westerns. But a wildfire making its way across the forest adds unexpected urgency to the journey. When they hear a man and woman arguing on the fog-shrouded riverbank and decide to warn them about the fire, their search for the pair turns up nothing and no one. But: The next day a man appears on the river, paddling alone. Is this the man they heard? And, if he is, where is the woman? From this charged beginning, master storyteller Peter Heller unspools a headlong, heart-pounding story of desperate wilderness survival.
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LaLove
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So intense. Really good.

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Macnjen
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Good audiobook, fast paced story about 2 friends on a river trip who encounter some bad stuff. Thumbs up and good narration. Thank you @AnneBogel for the recommendation.

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Amiable
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You know the universe is on your side when you finish a book and think “what should I read next?” —and your email pings with a message from the library saying your holds are ready for pickup. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
(And yes. That is indeed a giant mug—the books are not miniature. My friend gave it to me as a joke because I drink so much tea. 🙂)

Zelma Did you just finish or pick up The River? I really liked that one! 2mo
Amiable @Zelma Just picked it up last night! I'm going to read “The Mother-in-Law“ first because it has an earlier due date since it was an interlibrary loan, But I'm looking forward to “The River“ -- I've heard great things about it! 2mo
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Macnjen
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Just started this audiobook based on @AnneBogel and her #whatshouldireadnext podcast. It's really good so far!

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JulAnna
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Currently reading. I have heard some good things and liked The Dog Stars, so I have hope! 🤓

Zelma I really liked this one. It reeled me in completely. 2mo
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kbuggle
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Realizing that I always enjoy Heller‘s writing and will continue to not hesitate picking up the novels he puts out. A solid story and lovely writing-

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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

I...didn‘t get it? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ I loved listening to it on audio, but I guess I was anticipating the story being something it wasn‘t. While there is a crime and mystery, this is not a thriller. FYI.

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CoffeeLitNFit
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Lynnsoprano Thanks for playing along! 3mo
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NatalieR
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This wasn‘t as good as I was expecting. I loved the adventure of 2 guys rowing a boat on a Canadian river when a forest fire erupts, but I just couldn‘t get into the story fully. The ending was surprising and heartfelt though.

Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t get very far with this one. The style was so choppy that it was annoying. I wanted to love it. Maybe someday I‘ll finish. 3mo
NatalieR @Prairiegirl_reading I agree, it didn‘t flow well. 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading @NatalieR it‘s sort of punny! 😉 3mo
NatalieR @Prairiegirl_reading That was a complete accident! 😆 3mo
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Susanita
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What starts as an idyllic canoe trip for two college friends through the Canadian wilderness goes awry due to an approaching forest fire, an early fall, and encounters with some sketchy fellow humans. This was an intriguing combination of slow burn and wild ride, character study and nature story. 3.5 stars.

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Susanita
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1. Reading it on my phone.
2. National Book Festival tomorrow, ballgame Sunday, and much-needed housework on Monday.
3. Mint chocolate chip
4. Hand bells
#friyayintro

MallenNC How are you liking it? It just came in for me at the library. 3mo
Susanita @MallenNC I‘m liking it so far — should finish in the next day or so. 3mo
MallenNC @Susanita Good. I hope to start it this weekend. 3mo
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Aimeesue
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Why, oh why do all my library holds come in at once? Not entirely sure I'm in the mood for this one, but I suppose I should read it since I have it.

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GinaKButler
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So intense...🛶🔥

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perfectlywinged
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A good book to read while camping: it definitely had a Cormac McCarthy vibe with the sparse prose.

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irre
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Beautiful writing. Very melancholy. 4 ⭐️

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Zelma
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Holy sheep, we have a storm brewing. But I am snug as a bug, with a pot of coffee and a gorgeous book. Loving this new Peter Heller novel.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Oooo. I'm so jealous! Looks like it's gonna be a good one! I love being all cozy with a book during a good storm! 😍 4mo
RaimeyGallant Holy sheep, lol. I'm going to ewes that. Get it? 4mo
JennyM @RaimeyGallant 😂😂😂 4mo
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Zelma @RaimeyGallant not a baaaaahd idea. 😳😂 (edited) 4mo
Zelma @GrilledCheeseSamurai it was great, but then the sun came back out; I basked in the hot tub with my sunglasses on. Life is pretty good right now. 4mo
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MamaGina
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“...and Wynn posited that these were the mother birds with hatchlings who had refused to leave their nests until just before the flames. That was heartbreaking if you thought about it.”

Zelma I‘m reading and enjoying this one too. 4mo
Blueberry Just finished. 👍🏻 4mo
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MamaGina
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After having read and loved CELINE and hearing Anne Bogel aka Modern Mrs Darcy rave about this one I thought I‘d give it a try and oh boy, I am IN !!! 🔥 🌲 ⛺️ 🛶 🎣

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Zelma
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It‘s wine o‘clock with a new book and my favorite reading spot at the cottage. The entire wall next to the chair is sliding glass doors and a view. 😁😍🍷 and we saw a black bear today!

AmyRebecca Gorgeous spot for a read! 4mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️enjoy 4mo
Grrlbrarian Are you in the Smokies? Gorgeous! 4mo
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ShyBookOwl Looks peaceful... but bears scare the hell out of me! 4mo
Zelma @ShyBookOwl it was a little bear and in the National Park. We slowly drove by it. @Grrlbrarian yes! 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Zelma 😬 no thank you lol 4mo
BrittanyReads Stunning! 4mo
erinreads Looks amazing! 😍 4mo
Christine ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
MellieAntoinette Where is this magnificent cottage! 4mo
ScientistSam Lovely! 4mo
JennyM Looks beautiful 4mo
Zelma @MellieAntoinette Sevierville, TN. Near Pigeon Forge up in the Smoky Mountains. 4mo
MellieAntoinette @Zelma OMG! I was just there last September!!! My cabin didn‘t have that view though! 4mo
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Cinfhen
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Another #UnpopularOpinion 😝I found this book slow and torturous😩like being up a creek without a paddle 🚣🏽‍♂️I was expecting a nature thriller but instead I got 2 dudes in a canoe and some geo fracking 🤪#WrongReaderRightBook #BackToTheLibrary

britt_brooke 😆 I haven‘t read this, but I love your review! 4mo
The_Shelf.ish_Life That‘s how I felt about it too! It took me 2 weeks to read a 200 page novel 🤦🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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Crazeedi How is your vacation? Still having a great time? 4mo
Cinfhen Vacation is going great @Crazeedi so much fun with friends & family but haven‘t been doing too much reading 😒 4mo
Cinfhen I hear ya @The_Shelf.ish_Life 😩😩😩I wanted to like this book...but it just dragged on 😝 4mo
MrBook 😆👏🏻 Good review! 4mo
TrishB I‘m glad I only paid 99p 😁 4mo
Cathythoughts I‘m also glad I only paid 99p 👍🏻 4mo
Cinfhen 99P is perfectly acceptable price @TrishB @Cathythoughts and you guys might enjoy 😊 I was just expecting more of a thriller and I found it a bore 😠thanks @MrBook Hope you‘re doing well xx 4mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen of course not! You can read when you get home, soak up all the love of family and friends now, take care💖 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Crazeedi xx hope your summer is going well 4mo
MrBook @Cinfhen Splendidly, thank you! ☺️🤗 4mo
BookBabe Gee. I might be the right reader for this though. 🙂 For obvious reasons, I adored his book 4mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I really liked the plot and the nature writing! But.....the dialogue was so stiff, (he said, he said, he said, one or two word dorky replies) so much so that Wynn came off as a complete dolt. It could have been the narration.

Rock Creek where my husband caught the trout for dinner today.

Bookzombie Wherever you are is beautiful! 🙂 4mo
KathyWheeler I love that picture. 4mo
Lauram Beautiful! 4mo
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dragondrool Did you drive the Beartooth Highway, too? Love those switchbacks! I live in Billings, and when we were kids, we would go picnic at Rock Creek on the 4th of July.
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Megabooks Gorgeous! 4mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🤩I agree, stilted writing 4mo
Tamra @dragondrool yes, in the past to Cooke City. So beautiful! 4mo
Tamra @Cinfhen perfect word for it - stilted! 4mo
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jamicuns
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Mehso-so

When I started reading this book I anticipated a fast paced, intense, heart stopping adventure, what I got was quite opposite on all counts. The author spent a distractingly large amount of space describing the natural surroundings, the equipment the men used, canoe tactics, and the fishing they did. It removed me from the story. This doesn‘t make it a bad book just not what I was expecting and the slow burn plot line became a bit tedious for me.

jamicuns I read the kindle version, not the audio. 4mo
Cinfhen Agreed!!!!! 4mo
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TrishB
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#crymeariver #ayupaugust
Just purchased as currently #99ponkindle 😁

Cathythoughts 🤔... ofcorse I‘m getting it !! 4mo
squirrelbrain That‘s quite handy isn‘t it! 😁 4mo
Ms_T Serendipity 😃 4mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Ms_T I have zero resistance to the 99p flashing sign in my brain! 4mo
Cinfhen I have about 50 pages left in this book and I totally didn‘t think to use it for today‘s prompt 🤦‍♀️ 4mo
TrishB @Cinfhen that‘s so funny and has totally happened to me so many times....😁 4mo
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Avidreader25
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Lots of great fiction this month and three VERY different favorites.

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Blueberry
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Wow. Just wow. I need to be left alone for awhile.

@NataliePatalie

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Blueberry
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And on to The River. It's good so far, judging from the first chapter.

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mcctrish
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This was so compelling, I couldn‘t put it down. A perfect summer read but maybe not while you are on a canoeing trip 🤣

Kappadeemom I loved this one! 5mo
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mcctrish
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Cheers to summer and reading

Megabooks 🥂 5mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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I read this on my flight back from Amsterdam. I still think about it. I studied art history in college and one of my favorite themes was the “sublime” as it relates to nature. Nature is ambivalent to us; it has the remarkable power to move us to both feelings of awe or terror depending on the moment. Heller‘s book is tense, and shows us our fragility in the face of nature. Heller‘s book also has an emotional depth I resonated with. Bravo!

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Avidreader25
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Two friends take a canoeing trip down a dangerous river. A wildfire and a chance encounter with an arguing couple turns their adventure into a nightmare. Lyrical and lovely the taut prose builds suspense beautifully. Jack and Wynn have a bit of an “Of Mice and Men” feel to their relationship, though the lumbering Wynn is an artist and a scholar. Jack is more cynical and harsh. The story balances character depth with a thrilling plot perfectly.

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Bookboss
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I listened to this while on vacation in Northern Michigan. It was the perfect wilderness adventure story to accompany me on my runs on tree-lined trails and along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two young men on a canoe trip encounter a forest fire and a possible murderer. The characters are well-shaped and the suspense drives you along. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. Excellent.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Mehso-so

Not sure if I would've connected with this more in print instead of audio. There were parts I really enjoyed but a lot I wished had been fleshed out more. Aside from the two protagonists, all the other characters are flat and don't get a lot in the way of motivations. This works best as a wilderness survival story, but I felt like Heller was trying to go for a thriller and a character study as well. It's a short book and could've gone deeper.

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RespectingRomance
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“With everything seeming to fall apart, good habits were one thing to hold on to.”

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RespectingRomance
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Such a tense read! I keep having to take breaks.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Audio baking.

Christine Yum!! Not sure if you‘re making strawberry shortcake, but that‘s what I‘m craving after seeing your photo. 🍓😋 5mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @Christine not exactly, it's a sheet cake with strawberries baked on top so the should get nice and jammy! 5mo
Christine Ooh, I just made a Smitten Kitchen recipe like that last week and it was soooo good! 5mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @Christine that's the one! Smitten Kitchen is my fave, I have signed copies of both her cookbooks. 5mo
Christine Haha, yay! Great minds. I love Deb, too. Went to a signing for her first book and she was so great (and brought snacks! 😋). 5mo
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AutumnRLS
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Avanders Oooh some of these are on my tbr! 🤗 5mo
Bklover I‘m really looking forward to The River! 5mo
AutumnRLS @Avanders which ones? ❤ 5mo
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AutumnRLS @Bklover it won't disappoint. Beautifully written and very compelling. Couldn't put it down. 5mo
Avanders Actually all 4 on the right... which makes me think I need to check out the 2 on the left! 5mo
AutumnRLS @Avanders Honestly, the Murderbot Diaries might be my favorite thing of all time. It's so good. The Hazelwood was the perfect amount of spooky. It reminded me quite a bit of Raymond Feist's Faerie Tale in terms of tone. Looking forward to reading the second one when it gets published. I tore through Magic For Liars and am still thinking about it. From Here to Eternity gave me a lot to think about. Really interesting stuff. 5mo
Avanders Sounds like I have to put the Murderbot Diaries much higher on the tbr! And all of them! That‘s the difficulty.... so many books, so little time..... 😁😁 5mo
Avanders (And faerie tale added!!) 5mo
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Tralfamadorian
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One of my favorites of 2019.

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UnabridgedPod
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Here's my June Wrap-up! I read some of my favorite books of the year so far during June. ⠀

Here are some stats:⠀
*Fiction - 27⠀
*Nonfiction - 3⠀
*YA & Middle Grade - 10⠀
*Audiobooks - 5⠀
*Graphic Novels/Comic Books - 2⠀

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reads: The River; Saga; Volume 3; Lost Children Archive; Front Desk; On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous; The Marrow Thieves.⠀

Do you see any favorites? or any on your July TBR?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like some fabulous reads, many of these are on my tbr. 💖📖💖 5mo
Spillmrj Wow, that‘s a lot of books 5mo
UnabridgedPod @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I loved sooo many of them!! 5mo
UnabridgedPod @Spillmrj ❤️📚 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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June wrap up.

Favorites - Basically everything. 🖤

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great, and to love everything is a fantastic bonus! 💖📖💖 5mo
Crazeedi 👏👏 sweet!!❣❣ 5mo
Cinfhen Great month!!!!! 5mo
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wen4blu
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My current book is a good fit for today's bookriot challenge - books outdoors.

charl08 No books were harmed in the making of this photo?!! 😱 5mo
wen4blu @charl08 Never! 5mo
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Phot by Nebojsa Novakovik

Soon the channel of firmament would pool with a star, then three, then a hundred, and it would keep filling and deepening until the stars sifted and flowed between the tops of the trees in their own river, whose coves would mirror the one they were on. He had thought it before, and he loved thinking about the two rivers. . .

BookHermit “The river of stars would find its way to its own bay and its own ocean of constellations and Wynn imagined, as he had before, that the water and the stars might sing to each other in a key inaudible, usually, to the human ear. 5mo
BookHermit “But probably you could hear it. Sometimes. If you quieted the pulse of your own blood. A rhythmic keening at the edge of sound. Wynn thought that if wolves sang, and coyotes, and elk and birds, and wind, and we, too, it was probably in response to a music we didn‘t know we could hear.” 5mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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It‘s our last day of vacation in Amsterdam! And I was seriously craving a big salad to eat 😂. It‘s time to detox and get back to working out and having a routine and consistent WiFi. Next up for me is The River. Hopefully I finish on the plane tomorrow!

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They had passed a wide cove with a pair of loons, one was probably nested nearby, and when they stroked past, the one closest tilted back her head and loosed a pitched wail that must have moved the trees like wind. It pierced the haze and echoed off the waiting forest and rolled over the water like any scream, and seemed to carry a pathos so deep it was a wonder a mere world could support it.

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Wynn felt like they had paddled this stretch of shore now a hundred times. It felt as if they had spent half their lives paddling this piece. If this were really a bad dream, or hell, they would paddle it for another hundred years. . . A place to revisit, to sustain one like Cezanne‘s mountain. Not.

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RespectingRomance
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Started this one today. I‘m already liking it better than The Dog Stars.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️
It started off way to slow and took about 100 pages before the plot started picking up. There was definitely some suspenseful parts but the ending didn‘t pan out for me. The language the author used to describe nature was beautiful and lyrical and those who love nature and stories about survival in nature will love this book.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I breezed through this in just a few days and it had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. All the technical stuff about fishing and canoeing etc. lost me a bit though and the frequent POV shifts back and forth I found confusing even after becoming more familiar with the characters. There‘s one other thing, but I‘ll put it under a spoiler tag. It‘s a major spoiler, so if you haven‘t read this yet but want to ⬇️

shadowspeak17 I would not suggest peaking. 😂
This is a solid pick because I had a lot of fun reading it, but there were some things that bugged me.

#catsoflitsy #Ember
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shadowspeak17 *MAJOR SPOILERS*
The ending was kind of a letdown for me. Very early on in the book, I became convinced that Wynn would die before the end, so when it happened, it just confirmed my suspicion and didn‘t have much of an impact on me. That and the fact that Pierre is killed “offscreen” and what happens to Jack and Maia when they finally get to the village feels like an afterthought just made the ending kind of deflate for me.
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Superb page turner from a brilliant writer. Friendship, forest fires, white water and murder. Really quick read, I couldn't put this one down.

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