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The Giver of Stars
The Giver of Stars: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
Set in Depression-era America, a breathtaking story of five extraordinary women and their unforgettable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond, from the author of Me Before You and The Peacock Emporium When Alice Wright agrees to marry handsome American Bennett Van Cleve and leave behind her stifling life in England for a new adventure in Kentucky, shes soon disenchanted by her newlywed status and overbearing father-in-law, owner of the local coal mine. So when a call goes out for a team of women to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt's new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically. The leader, and soon Alice's greatest ally, is Margery, the smart-talking, self-sufficient daughter of a notorious local criminal, a woman who's never asked a man's permission for anything. Alice finds Margery as bracing and courageous as anyone she's ever met--and comes to rely on her, especially as her marriage starts to fail. They will be joined by three diverse women and become known as the Horseback Librarians of Kentucky. What happens to these women--and to the men they love--becomes a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion. Though they face all kinds of dangers--from moonshiners to snakes, from mountains to floods--and social disapproval to boot. But they believe deeply in their work bringing books to people who had never had any, expanding horizons and arming them with facts that will change their lives. Based on a true story rooted in America's past, the storytelling itself here is enthralling--the pages fly, and the book is unparalleled in its scope and its epic breadth. Funny, heartbreaking, and rewarding, it is a rich novel of women's friendship, of true love, and of what happens when we reach beyond our grasp for the great beyond.
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Beccacraft
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I didn‘t want to put this book down and consider it a must-read. It follows the lives of horseback-riding librarians in rural Kentucky, outcasts or misfits in their town, who develop relationships with each other and their beautiful surrounding countryside. I LOVED the characters and enjoyed every minute of this book.

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AshleyC816
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I flew through this one! I loved the idea of horseback riding librarians spreading reading to people who don‘t have access. It wraps up almost too tidily, but was also satisfying. Trigger warning for domestic abuse.

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Bookish_B
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I really enjoyed this. I‘m a sucker for a book about female friendships with women who are strong and defy convention. That being said, these particular women really are a bit more ahead of their time and place, arguably, unrealistically so. It didn‘t bother me, but it was something that caught my attention throughout the book. Also, there are some passages, that to me, felt a bit too melodramatic or just cliche. Still, a really good read.

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WanderingBookaneer
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This morning I settled on my desk and pressed play on my headphones expecting to listen to tagged book. Instead, this song cones blaring out. Unexpected, but it managed to wake me up on this cold morning.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa That would do it! I often listen to my audiobook in my car, so when it decides to quickly connect I either get ABC by the Jacksons or ABBA depending on if grabbed my music files alphabetically by song or artist. 😂. And it‘s always blasting because I have the volume up for books! 4d
marleed That‘s a wake up! 4d
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kplovesbooks
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😂 ...I must be English.

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kplovesbooks
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Starting in on this one.... I've been hearing good things! 😊

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rather_be_reading
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🎄1. so far 162
🎄2. 75 books
🎄3. The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
🎄4. the warm comfort food

#wintergames Team #TheFilthyAnimals
@Clwojick @StayCurious

4thhouseontheleft Sounds like you are having a great reading year! 6d
rather_be_reading 26 pts🎄 6d
rather_be_reading @4thhouseontheleft ty!! netgalley really upped me this year! 5d
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Nessavamusic
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#WinterGames!
1. 175 books so far!
2. 165, I will way surpass that this year!
3. Tagged, excited to read it for my book club
4. Christmas!
@StayCurious @Clwojick @LibrarianRyan #TeamElectricSex

StayCurious 175! Wow! 6d
LibrarianRyan I wish I could get into Jojo Moyes. I know so many people love her. +26 6d
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge.

@Schnoebs

Schnoebs How‘d you like it? I‘ve been eying this a bit but I‘m unsure if I want to give it a try 1w
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs I really enjoyed it. It was interesting to read about characters based on real women. Also I am not usually a fan of western novels but this didn't feel like a typical western. You should give it a go. 1w
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Birdsong28
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Very good. Interesting characters and ideas shows how the power of reading can bring together a community. Based on true events.

#MichealJoseph
#Penquin
@PenguinPublishing
@penguinrandomhouse

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Nelle1
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And on to the next! Enjoying reading to relax!

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Kleblanc
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Spent most of my day reading on the balcony in this awesome 80 degree weather 😎☀️

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Kleblanc

“Because something else had changed too, something fundamental. Alice had discovered how, for a woman at least, it was much easier to feel anger on behalf of someone you cared about, to access that cold burn, to want to make someone suffer if they had hurt someone you loved.”

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amsu311
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#Goodreads2019ReadingChallenge

Love it. Jojo Moyes Rocks!

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Tiffiney
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Another excellent JoJo Moyes book! A bit rough to read in some parts. It sure did make me grateful to be a women in this day and age! I would definitely recommend this one! 💜

Latrelwhite Yes...great story! 2w
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Kleblanc
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Really excited to start this!

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Becker
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The author packed a lot of issues into this book while still offering the reader a good story. It would be a great book club title. 👩‍🏫

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Littlestbookshelf
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I haven‘t posted or read in 3 months! It‘s been a very long and emotional 3 months with my water breaking at 29 weeks and being on hospital bedrest until baby Henry was born at 32 weeks. He was in the nicu for 7 weeks and is home now! Need to get back to reading to help my emotions. Starting with The Giver of Stars! Hoping it will get me back in the swing.

Bookwormjillk Welcome back! Henry is a cutie! 2w
Emilymdxn Welcome back and congratulations to you and Henry! He‘s gorgeous 2w
Judybskt Congratulations!! Welcome back!! 2w
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Mitch Welcome home Henry 😘 (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain Congratulations! Such a little cutie! ❤️ 2w
AmyG He‘s beautiful. Congratulations! 2w
taraWritesSci Congratulations and welcome home! He's beautiful! Hope you both are resting easy. 📚💛 2w
BookwormM Congratulations that must have been scary glad you are home now and Henry is a cutie 2w
Kshakal He is precious! 2w
Reecaspieces Awe.....congratulations 2w
JennyM Congratulations 🥳 My two were both premmies and I know the NICU journey well. Thinking of you and sending lots of healthy wishes 😊 2w
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 Very cute 😍📚📖 2w
CaitZ Congratulations! Henry is beautiful. 2w
JacqMac What a cutie! Congratulations! 2w
Laura317 Baby Henry is so adorable! Congratulations!🎊🎈 2w
marleed Oh Congratulations- Baby Henry is incredible! 2w
Buechersuechtling Congratulations on your newborn 👶🏼‼️ Henry is so cute. What a strenuous story you posted … 😟 I‘m glad all came to a positive end. I hope you will get some rest and time to recoup – with or without books, so that you can enjoy your family‼️ 2w
Littlestbookshelf Thanks to everyone!! 2w
CarolynM Congratulations! What a darling💕 2w
Jensol77 Congrats!!! Glad you‘re going home. Enjoy every minute of him 😍 2w
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Reviewsbylola
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Gertie and I both give this one a resounding five stars!

Such an atmospheric story of hope and redemption. I tore through it. A lot of unfortunate fathers and father figures in this one, but the trailblazing women forge on. #papadontpreach #movember

Cinfhen The cover gives me The Great Alone vibes and you know how much I disliked that book🥴Hi Gertie🐶❤️ 2w
Reviewsbylola It totally reminded me of that book a bit actually! @Cinfhen 2w
Gaylagal2 Gertie is the cutest ever!🐾🐾🐾 2w
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Bookish.SAM Such a cute pup 😍🐾 2w
britt_brooke Waiting on this from the library. 💚🐾 2w
Gissy So cute🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2w
bio_chem06 I love the name Gertie!! 2w
Mdargusch Wow! I was afraid this book would be cheesy. Hi Gertie 😘 2w
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FeatherV
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Lazy Sunday‘s are for curling up with a book while your husband and son nerd out on the computers. Happy Sunday my fellow readers

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Joanielovesbooks
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Next!

Reviewsbylola I hope to get to this one soon! 3w
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Scochrane26
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I wanted to read the tagged book before reading about the controversy over the similarities with Book Woman. I couldn‘t help comparing the 2 because of the subject & after learning about the similar plot lines. I really enjoyed The Giver of Stars until toward the end when i became less interested in a major plot line. There were a few times when Moyes seemed to point out something that was already obvious to the reader. 👇

Scochrane26 I felt the ending was too neatly tied up. I did enjoy the friendships, the 2 positive male characters, & the perspective of an outsider. The outsider made me think about my grandmother-she came from Ireland after WW2, settled in rural Ky w/ my gfa, & had an overbearing mother-in-law. As far as similarity w/ BW-there are some, esp 2 plot points, but I can see both authors putting those in for more drama. Overall, I felt they were 2 different books. 3w
Kdgordon88 Thanks for the review and comparison. I have Book Woman on my shelf and have been trying to decide if I need to read the other as well. Did you like one of them more than the other? 3w
Scochrane26 @Kdgordon88 I liked Book Woman better. I may be a little biased though, since I live in Ky & the author is from Ky. 3w
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Birdsong28
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The best #readingbuddy ! And Lillie is feeling good after her hair cut on Friday! #dogsoflitsy 📚 📖

tpixie ♥️ 🐶 📚 3w
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marleed
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I like this book quite a bit and why I didn‘t love it is really my problem. I‘m discovering this about myself inside fiction wrapped in fascinating history to which I know little... I‘m often less engaged in the love interests of the characters than I am in those characters negotiating the history to which I am reading. So my minor disappointment was more about me than the quality of the book.

Scochrane26 I need to post my review of the book, forgot yesterday. I feel much the same way. I was into it until toward the end. 3w
Scochrane26 I may be biased, but I liked Book Woman of Troublesome Creek better. 3w
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m still waiting on my lib loan of BWoTC. I‘ve spent the last 2 days trying to figure out why I‘m so hard on love stories embedded in HF - I mean I watch Hallmark movies so obviously I‘m good with romance stories. I think for me in HF if the romance is not integral to the history researched and told it is secondary to the story and undeserving of too much real estate in the telling of the book. Does that make sense? (edited) 3w
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Scochrane26 @Marleed yes, it does. BW does have a love interest, but it‘s more of a friendship most of the book & not as central as other plots. 3w
Reviewsbylola I‘m reading this now. I‘m really loving it so far so we‘ll see. 🤞🏻 3w
marleed @Reviewsbylola I hope you like it. It‘s such a good storyline. 3w
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sammisho
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And this is why JoJo Moyes is an autobuy author for me. A story of two women who became unlikely friends, faced adversity, found love and themselves in a small Appalachian town in the 1930s filled my heart.

Pogue Is that the one she has been accused of plagiarism on? 3w
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Mamashep
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The first of three books about the pack horse libraries I‘ve somehow lined up to read within two months. Julia Whelan is reading the audiobook and I‘m loving her reading and Moyes‘ characters.

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GypsyKat
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Based in a small mining town in the 1930‘s, the heart of this book is really about how books and reading can bring a community together. Although with some heavy issues like inequality, racism, sexism, and bigotry, this book made me feel things. Angry things. Raging against the patriarchy kinds of things. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who likes historical fiction with feminist tones. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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suvata
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#ReeseWitherspoon Book Club November 2019 pick

Wow! I was very impressed with this book. I will admit that I only read it because of the “plagiarism“ accusation and because it was Reese‘s book club pick and I‘ve been reading all of those. This was such an interesting story about women in rural areas organizing a traveling library of sorts. I‘ve read articles about these small organizations but this is the first novel that I‘ve read about it. 5🌟

Hooked_on_books This book looks interesting to me, as I like historical fiction. But the fact that it‘s written by Jojo Moyes makes me pause, as her other books don‘t appeal to me. Do you think someone like me would enjoy this one? 1mo
suvata @Hooked_on_books I really can‘t answer that question because this is the first one of her books that I‘ve read. If her other books are up to this standard I will definitely be reading most of them. 1mo
Cinfhen Ha @Hooked_on_books I TOTALLY get your question!!! I‘m holding off for now as I don‘t think this will be my type of book in the end 😜 1mo
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suvata @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen If you ever do decide to read it, let me know what you think. I thought it was a great piece of historical fiction with just the right amount of action and romance. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I may get it from the library at some point and give it a try. We‘ll see. I‘ll let you know what I think if I do. 1mo
Cinfhen Will do @suvata keep me posted too @Hooked_on_books but so far, I‘ve only seen positive reviews 1mo
Lcsmcat Have you read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek? If so, what is your opinion of the accusation of plagiarism? I‘ve not read either, so I‘m curious. 1mo
Bookishthoughts @Lcsmcat I was thinking about reading Troublesome creek instead because like @Hooked_on_books I am not a fan of Jojo Mayes. Glad you enjoyed this @suvata the story in it's self is really interesting. 1mo
suvata @Lcsmcat I plan on reading that soon so I can get a good comparison between the two. 1mo
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5280reader
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Great book- really enjoyed the audio version. Characters that you truly wanted to embrace.

Bklover This sounds really good! To be honest, not what I expected from JJM. Stacked! 1mo
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kspenmoll
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#botm #bookmail 💕💕

Crazeedi I've never gotten into this author! I tried one of her books and was like 'meh', glad you got a new book, isnt book mail awesome!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Just checking to see if I missed an email from you!! Have you sent out your #winterpackage? Sorry I‘m advance if I overlooked an email! I have a bazillion 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So sorry. You did not miss an email; it‘s going out tomorrow, I am sending it fast mail.Apogies! 1mo
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kspenmoll @Crazeedi This is my first book by this author. I will let you know how it is when I read it! 1mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll ok, I'd appreciate!! 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll awesome!! Thank you!! 💗💗💗 1mo
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tjwill
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More #bookmail: November 2019 #botm

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my.books.in.squares
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Just finished listening to this audiobook and it was brilliant. Such a good story with memorable characters. I would highly recommend.

⭐⭐⭐⭐🌠

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GypsyKat
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I‘m doing some #AudioCrafting today. My cousin/BFF is getting married in the spring, and we‘re going wedding dress shopping on Saturday. She doesn‘t want to wear a veil, and instead wants a sunflower wreath. So I‘m making her one out of the sunflowers that were in my wedding 14 years ago. I‘m not so presumptuous to assume that she‘ll wear it on her wedding day (though if she does I‘d love it) but I want her to have it when she‘s trying on dresses.

LibrarianRyan ahhhh. how sweet. 1mo
Hestapleton 😭😍 1mo
ChasingOm I love this! 1mo
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Eggbeater Beautiful!💕 1mo
Chrissyreadit I love everything about your post 🧡💛🧡 1mo
AmyG That‘s so sweet 💕 1mo
LiteraryinLititz 💜💜💜 1mo
GypsyKat @LibrarianRyan @Hestapleton @ChasingOm @Eggbeater @Chrissyreadit @AmyG @bookandbedandtea @LiteraryinLititz Thank you everyone! ❤️❤️❤️ I hope she likes it! The finished product looks better than this in progress picture. 🌻🌻🌻 1mo
Bookzombie This is so thoughtful! 💗 1mo
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Latrelwhite
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WoW! Love this book and what a great story💕

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lesliemarie
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2 books this month #botm

In other news, I have a cold which is not a huge deal but it's the first time I've been sick in about 2.5 years. 😫

Megabooks So sorry! I hope you get well soon! 1mo
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Reese's November pick! I ordered this from #botm for November already!

Latrelwhite I‘m reading it now! 1mo
Scochrane26 I only want to read this one because of the similarity to Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. I want to see for myself how much alike they are. 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I have both on my library loan and they should both drop this month! 1mo
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rather_be_reading @Scochrane26 ill have to check tht one out! 1mo
rather_be_reading @Latrelwhite yay! hopefully its good! 1mo
Latrelwhite So far so good!☺️ 1mo
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JacqMac
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Well, I did want the paperback, but not anymore. Why is it so much more than a hardcover? Maybe I need to visit the bookstore.

Megabooks Maybe because it‘s not out in paperback yet?? 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
ValerieAndBooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Megabooks I just looked and, at least for the US, the paperback is Large Print version. I don‘t believe that it should cost more due to vision impairments 😡 1mo
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ValerieAndBooks https://www.curtisbrown.co.uk/news/the-giver-of-stars-jojo-moyes-picked-for-rees... and just remembered that Reese picked this for her book club! The pic shows her reading a trade paperback copy with her logo on it. I‘m a Jojo fan but wanted to wait until it was in PB because all of my others by her are also PB. 1mo
Megabooks Totally agree!!! Idk if they have Ollie‘s in Canada, but I find large prints of books there for$4-5 every time I go. I like large print because my eyes get tired easily. 1mo
JacqMac @ValerieAndBooks You‘re right! I found it way down at the bottom of the page. Usually it says large print right at the top. Hmmm. I assumed it was in paperback, because I saw the photo of Reese, too. And yes it‘s totally unfair that the larger print is so much more pricy. That is so wrong @Megabooks 1mo
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Nicki_McCall
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I think as a whole this was a good book and worth a read.But, I was disappointed that the ending was that of a typical romance novel.

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tjwill
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Valink I picked the same two! 1mo
tjwill @Valink 👯 1mo
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mdm139
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Reece‘s November pick. So glad I picked it for BotM. I have read The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek about the same topic and I was debating getting the book or not due to the plagiarism controversy.

Caroline2 Ohhhhhh I hadn‘t heard of the plagiarism controversy!! 😲 1mo
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Mdargusch
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So many choices. So much for my book buying ban. Again. #BOTM
Our family picked Queenie for our December book, so it‘s very handy I can get it on BOTM.

tjwill I love that your family is reading together! I wish my family would want to read with me! 1mo
Reviewsbylola I have How Not to Die Alone. Still have to read it! 1mo
Mdargusch I am very blessed to have daughters that love to read with me @tjwill 😊 1mo
Mdargusch I hope it is as funny as the blurb says @Reviewsbylola 🤞🏼 1mo
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thebluestocking
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My November #botm pick. Historical librarians, yes please.

(Is any one else sad that there is no confetti when you ship your order in the app?)

lele1432 Me lol! 😞 1mo
Cinfhen I got confetti 🎊 🎊 🎊 1mo
TheSpineView Me three!📚 1mo
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Branwen
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The Book of the Month picks are up, friends! I'm really excited about my picks! 😍 I love Kiersten White SO much. She writes such excellent strong female characters! And The Secret History is a book I've loved forever so I'm finally getting a copy of it! #botm

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a.bookish.byrd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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C.Perone
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Love this cover 😍

The story . . . eh, not so much. The characters were written well, but the story was just boring; except for the flood scenes. Three times I almost gave up, but liked the characters too much to leave them. However, I skipped 80 pages toward the end and just skimmed the last few pages for a sum up on the characters.

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Capricious.Nite.Owl
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Plagiarism scandal or not, I loved this book! Jojo Moyes gave us a perfect historical fiction novel, with all the bells and whistles. Beautifully flowing prose, likable characters, stunning descriptions of Kentucky landscapes, and a story plot that was never dull or overwritten. This book was heartwarming, joyful, and at times heartbreaking, and I would love to see more historical fiction novels from this author.

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Sarah9
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Excited to start this one!

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Hazel0303
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If you love historical fiction - this is one for you. I absolutely loved this book and couldn't wait to get back to it each night.

Highly recommend! Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2771671108

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RenePenn
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Fantastic narration! Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. It was even better because it was inspired by true events, based on the packhorse traveling library in the mountains of Kentucky during the Great Depression. I wasn‘t aware of the history, but a great read for all book lovers!!! I highly recommend the audio version.