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The Mountain Story
The Mountain Story: A Novel | Lori Lansens
Four lost hikers are about to discover theyre capable of something extraordinary. Nola has gone up the mountain to commemorate her wedding anniversary, the first since her beloved husband passed. Blonde, stick-thin Bridget is training for a triathalon. Vonn is working out her teenage rebellion at eight thousand feet, driven by family obligation and the urge to escape her mistakes. Still reeling from the tragic accident that robbed him of his best friend, Wolf Truly is the only experienced hiker among them, but he has come to the cliffs on his eighteenth birthday without food or supplies because he plans to take his own life. When a series of missteps strands this unusual group together in the wilderness, they soon realize that their only defense against the brutality of nature is one another. As one day without rescue spirals dramatically into the next, and misadventure turns to nightmare, these four broken souls begin to form an inextricable bond, pushing themselves and one another further than they ever could have dreamed possible. The three who make it home alive will be forever changed by their harrowing days on the mountain. From the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls, The Mountain Story is a fast-paced, suspenseful adventure and a gorgeous tribute to the resilience of the human spirit. Braving a landscape both unforgivingly harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, Nola, Bridget, Vonn, and Wolf find themselves faced with an impossible question: How much will they sacrifice for a stranger?
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Jess861
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Last book of 2019 was the tagged book - The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens. First book of 2020 is He Said / She Said by Erin Kelly. Two very different books but two enjoyable reads.

#lastfirst @BookNAround

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Jess861
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Pickpick

Managed to squeeze in The Mountain Story as one last read in 2019. Four hikers get lost on a mountain and as much as it is a survival story it is also focused quite a bit on the characters themselves (especially Wolf's backstory). The first 1/3 of the book was hard to get through but it picked up from there and although not my favourite Lori Lansens book I still enjoyed it.

#Fiction #CanadianAuthor #JustFinished

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Jess861
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I'm about 1/3 of the way through The Mountain Story as I try to read one more book by the end of the year. I am enjoying the book so far but I can't say that I'm enjoying it as much as I liked The Girls and Rush Home Road by Lori Lansens. Still a lot of reading left for the book to pick up though.

#CurrentlyReading #Fiction #CanadianAuthor

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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

The #mardybum count is sky high in this book. Granted, being stuck on a mountain for five days without adequate food, water, or clothing would test anyone. The four characters stranded together were interesting enough, albeit some of them (BRIDGET) were super annoying and the book itself had a trite tone that was disappointing. #ayupaugust #darguschmarkupbookclub

Cinfhen Pass 💁‍♀️ 6mo
brit91 Beautiful picture!!😍😍 6mo
emilyhaldi “Super disappointing” sums up this book pretty well 😂 hopefully our marginalia made it worth the read?! 6mo
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squirrelbrain Oh dear - sounds rather rubbish! Sounds like it made you all feel a bit mardy?! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Yeah that was fun! Although we skipped @meredith3 in the rotation and I would have really appreciated her commentary. 😆 @emilyhaldi 6mo
Meredith3 Wait, why don‘t I get to read it??? 6mo
Reviewsbylola You do 😆😆 But when Anne finished it she handed it to me so I just read. @Meredith3 6mo
Mdargusch Smart @Cinfhen 👍🏼 6mo
Cinfhen Who picked this one @Mdargusch ??? 6mo
Meredith3 Phew! 6mo
Mdargusch @emilyhaldi picked it @cinfhen 🤣 6mo
Cinfhen Ha @Mdargusch I was ready to blame @AnnieD 😛Sorry, Anne 6mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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1. Scorpio
2. My son's latest report card from school mentioned how he is very observant of his classmates and will always reach out to someone who seems sad and offer them help. Nothing could make me more proud of him.
3. Most recently was The Mountain Story. Just couldn't get into it.
4. My son's championship hockey game, and a visit with my parents.
5. 💖💖💖💖💖💖

#FriYAYintro @howjessreads

Bookjunkie57 Such a sweet boy 🥰 10mo
monalyisha What a beautiful thing to be proud of! 💖 Nice job, mama! ✌🏻💪🏻🌸 10mo
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SitsWithaBook
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1. City
2. Beach
3. Snorkeling
4. Home
5. Tagged. Not sure it is "fun" but it's very engaging.
#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! ⛺️ 11mo
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Mdargusch
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Mehso-so

I‘m surprised at the great reviews this book gets. It is written like it should be YA. I am going to rate this 5🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄rolls for all the ridiculous things the author wrote. The narrator had the keenest sense of smell of anyone ever - he could smell rotting fish in a pond miles away. 🙄

We are reading this in our family mark up book club so the comments should get interesting. I laughed out loud so many times thanks to comments by @emilyhaldi

Itchyfeetreader I read this when I went to Palm Springs and really struggled to find anything in it I liked (the book not Palm Springs 😂😂) 12mo
mreads Narrator sounds like Gus from the show Psych, he was a "supersniffer"? 12mo
mcctrish I love the idea of sharing the book with comments written in. I found Song of Achilles written YA and I don‘t mean that negatively but I wasn‘t expecting it to be that way so it was like the elephant in the room while I read it 🤣 12mo
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LeahBergen I enjoyed another one by this author (hmmm 🤔 ... maybe that one felt a bit YA?) but a few of my friends really disliked this one (and so I avoided it). 12mo
emilyhaldi Lololol!! The irony of the situation is that I almost want to reread this so I can see all of the comments 😂 12mo
Mdargusch It will be fun to read the comments @emilyhaldi 🤩 12mo
Mdargusch Super sniffer is the perfect description @mreads 12mo
Mdargusch I‘m glad I‘m not alone @Itchyfeetreader - although I did read to the end to see what happened. 12mo
Mdargusch I like YA but I don‘t like adult fiction written like YA @mcctrish 12mo
Mdargusch I can‘t believe all the 5⭐️ reviews @LeahBergen 🤷🏼‍♀️ I‘m in the minority here. 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ha! I like you gave it eye-rolling ratings. 12mo
Zelma @LeahBergen her earlier book was The Girls, which I really liked. 12mo
LeahBergen @Zelma Yep, that was the one I really enjoyed! 12mo
Mdargusch Hmmm. Not sure whether I would try another of her books now. 🤔 @LeahBergen @Zelma 12mo
Mdargusch I realized I was constantly thinking ugh through this book so I decided I‘ve been reading a few books where I just roll my eyes @erzascarletbookgasm and now I will be rating books that way. 😁 12mo
Reviewsbylola Shocked Emily chose this. Now I‘m scared. 12mo
Mdargusch I actually had fun reading it because some parts were just ridiculous. Besides, you‘ll want to know how it ends. @Reviewsbylola 12mo
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emilyhaldi
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Today I finished my pick (tagged) for the #darguschfamilymarkupbookclub and had a lot of fun writing my thoughts in the margins 📝 Although I feel a lot of pressure passing this on to the rest of the group to read!! Hoping they like it.. 🤞🏻

The book on top is my next read- @Reviewsbylola ‘s pick for the group 🤗😣

Reviewsbylola Did you like this one better? 13mo
emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I think it was better for marking up! And it was quick. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 13mo
JennyM I so want to be in your family!!!! You choose the best books 😘 (edited) 13mo
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LeahBergen Does the margin-writing ever get rude? 😆 13mo
Reviewsbylola It gets very funny and there are a lot of curse words. 😂😂 @LeahBergen 13mo
emilyhaldi @LeahBergen my book required a fair amount of expletives. But things get really interesting once @Meredith3 gets involved... her commentary is on another level!! 13mo
LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I‘m jealous now! 😆😆 And please don‘t choose an Austen novel next ... poor Jane would be whirling in her grave at @Meredith3 ‘s commentary. 😆😆 13mo
Reviewsbylola Omg I don‘t think @Meredith3 could do more Jane!! 🤣 @LeahBergen 13mo
emilyhaldi LOL!! @LeahBergen 🙅🏻‍♀️ 13mo
Cinfhen Haven‘t even heard of your choice ~ let the games begin 13mo
Mdargusch Just started today. 12mo
emilyhaldi So curious to hear what you think!! @Mdargusch 12mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Bailedbailed

This could very well be a case of it's not you, it's me, but I just can not get into this one! I may try again another time, but for now I'm gonna bail.

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MStew
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This story is about four hikers who climb a mountain and get stranded and they endure alot of trouble and they do whatever it takes to survive in the wilderness, the hikers who survive are forever changed,😕

This sounds dark, honest , and terrifying.
But I love survival books, stuff is so good!

*get in my brain🤓😁

#survial
#stranded

thegreensofa I love the cover!!😍⛰🦅 1y
Prairiegirl_reading This book gave me so much anxiety! 1y
MStew @Prairiegirl_reading really! Oooo I might like this then 😂ill get aniexty too , but it's gotta be good if it can make you feel there 1y
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trioxin_sematary You've never mentioned this one before, this a new book? 1y
Trollkonstnaren Sounds exciting and not to be read during stress :D 1y
MStew @trioxin_sematary no I've had it forever got it last year at a library book sale ,i was looking for book to post and found it in back lol 😂 buried, books ❤😘 1y
MStew @Trollkonstnaren 😂 exactly 1y
Prairiegirl_reading @meghan2714 I enjoyed it. It was a quick read for me because I had to find out what happened. I read another by this author called the girls. It‘s completely different and is about conjoined twins. I liked that one a lot too. 1y
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Britjanes
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One of my favourite books. It‘s a little dark, but it‘s an emotional ride that I would take again.

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kristinshafel
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Solid thriller! I‘m a sucker for survival and wilderness stories. This is much more character-driven than I was expecting, and I didn‘t feel the peril of their situation as I have reading non-fiction with this sort of subject matter, I was still thoroughly entertained. Lansens is a good, engaging storyteller.

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“Regrets. Sure you think about regrets, but it's not regret for the things you've done that occupy you, as much as it is a longing for the things you'll never have a chance to do.”

MichelleScott_author I really enjoyed that book. 2y
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MichelleScott_author
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Pickpick

Great thriller with interesting characters and a solo d story line. It preyed on my fears about being lost and subjected to the elements.

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😸 2y
BookwormAHN If you need any help with Litsy @RaimeyGallant has some tips on her page or you can ask me 😸 2y
TheWordJar Welcome to Litsy! Happy Reading! 📚🌟📚 2y
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MichelleScott_author Thanks everyone! Really enjoying this so far. 2y
tammysue Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 2y
BookishMe Welcome to Litsy 👋🏾 👋🏾 2y
RaimeyGallant Did I welcome you yet? Can't hurt to welcome you twice. :) 2y
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤗 2y
Kaye Welcome 🌸 2y
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Josie
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Pickpick

While I don't put too much emphasis on "stars" on Litsy, I rate the shit out of books on Goodreads. I hardly ever give anything 5 stars, but this book made the cut. Maybe it's because it's getting cooler and that makes me happy. Maybe it's because I am a sucker for survival fiction. Either way, I really enjoyed the story of Wolf. Wolf decides to end his life on the mountain, but he soon finds himself lost on the mountain with three women.

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Josie
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Good morning/afternoon/evening Littens! I hope everyone is having a great day, or is at least surviving a horrible one (you can do it!!!). Just wanted to share another #currentlyreading with you all. I'm not very far into this one, but I'm definitely intrigued. The novel is written by a man named Wolf. When he was 18, he became stranded on a mountain with 3 women. He is writing the story down for his son, who is now 18. Good so far :)

Bookzombie I'm happy to see your posts again. 🙂 2y
Josie @Bookzombie aw thanks!!! That makes me so happy. 2y
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GirlWellRead
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Lansens is a brilliant writer and has created more unforgettable characters - Wolf, Vonn, Bridget, and Nola. This story is moving, heart-stopping, enthralling, and brilliantly penned. It was a huge undertaking and she pulled it off.

Her writing never disappoints. This page-turner is filled with hope and resilience of the human spirit. I couldn't read it fast enough—I highly recommend it!

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claudiapriscila
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Five days, 4 people.

BookishMarginalia Welcome to Litsy! I hope you like it as much as we do! 3y
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Reagan
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Pickpick

Well... now this is me. There were certain elements that I saw coming, but at no point did I find it predictable. Just a good, solid read. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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Reagan
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I have dinner to make and a playlist to make and laundry to do. This is so good! Best one of the summer so far. Maybe the best one so far this year.

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Reagan
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I love all of them. My TBR is close to half paperback and half hardcover. I read my KOBO sort of inconsistently but really enjoy ebooks as well. If it is a series, I do like to read them all in the same format. @BookishGirl06

BookishGirl06 Thanks :) 3y
Reecaspieces Ok my thoughts... I prefer ereaders...gasp....here is why. I live an hour from the nearest bookstore...another gasp...so with an ereader I hold a book store in my hand. Also, I am old...or getting there, I don't sleep very much. So, I can open my ereader and never get out of bed and read without disturbing hubby. If I am reading a book...which i much prefer, I have to get out of bed...oh dear..just my thoughts..plus I can change font size. 3y
Reagan Haha @Reecaspieces I completely understand! I love the ease of the ereader, so many options in my pocket and I too can then read in bed without disturbing my husband. It's a huge bonus. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hardcovers or paperbacks!! I just want to have the actual book! I have a kindle fire, but I rarely use it... I should though 😐 3y
Reagan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I also prefer the actual book but the more I use my KOBO, the more I like it. Plus, it keeps me from being a full blown hoarder! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Reagan-reads yeah I'm getting to be that way!!! I would like to have a small library in my spare bedroom one day though 📚❤️ 3y
Reagan Oh man, it's the dream. I think my husband is going to turn the long walk through living room/dining room into bookshelves 😍😍😍 3y
Reagan @BookishGirl06 No problem! Great idea! 3y
BookishGirl06 @Reagan-reads thanks. The idea came to me earlier today and I already have a list of ideas 3y
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Elephantango
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My latest audiobook! Had a blast listening to this while driving the child around for nap time. This tale is a great story of survival, and the characters are just plain swell. #librarybook #audiobook

cherinium I'll have to check this one out. It sounds like something I would like. 3y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉👍😀📚 3y
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Prairiegirl_reading
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Emotionally difficult but very well written. I really liked "the girls" when I read it a few years ago so I had fairly high expectations of this one and it lived to them!

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LauraRenae
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Opening line: "A person has to have lived a little to appreciate a survival story". And boy, is this a great one. Intertwining the past and present to create characters you really care about. Lansens describes the setting in a way that places the reader in the moment... for better or worse.

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BethFishReads
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After bailing on THE HIKE, I've decided to start this book about 4 strangers who become lost in the wilderness and must rely on each other for survival. The hardcover original got good buzz.

Lindy I haven't read The Mountain Story, but your description reminds me of Nina Revoyr's Lost Canyon, a lost group of hikers whose adventure went decidedly sideways. 3y
Jenshootsweddings I loved this one ❤️📚 3y
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BethFishReads @Lindy they do sound similar 3y
Bookishaf The Hike by Drew Magary? I loved that one! This one does sound good too though. 3y
BethFishReads @Jaderyan21 yes. Just got a little too weird. I may skim the last third 3y
Bookishaf Ah gotcha @BethFishReads - I love weird stuff so it was right up my alley :) 3y
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Jilanna
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Swept along by this book. If you're looking for an absorbing, emotional story, pick this. Wolf, Byrd, Nola, Bridget, Vonn...so many interesting characters. I can still "smell" Wolf's aunt's house.

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BethFishReads
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A stack of new books to explore while relaxing this holiday.

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Joreads
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Mehso-so

This was a three star book for me. I found the premise of the book great but the delivery fell a little flat. The characters were a tad one dimensional with little or no development. Still a passable read.

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lindsgillett
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The Mountain Story was my favorite book of 2015. It's a story of survival in every sense of the word. Immediately compelling, once I started I couldn't put it down. This book stayed with me for a long time after I finished reading it. Loss, regret, resiliency, love, family. All explored beautifully.

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