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The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna
The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna | Juliet Grames
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theladygreer
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Love a great family story? So does Lynda Cohen Loigman, which is why she recommends this book for #read99women. Read her review on my blog: http://www.greermacallister.com/blog/2020/2/8/read99women-lynda-cohen-loigman

Cathythoughts I loved tagged book 1w
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KarenUK
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Although it ran a bit longer than it needed, I really enjoyed this sweeping saga that takes us from Calabria in the early 1900‘s to the present day USA. Stella is beautiful, stubborn, brave and infuriating and I loved spending time with her as she grows, emigrates, endures terrible trauma, escapes death (a lot!) and survives. There‘s so much sadness, but also joy and humor. And I liked the ambiguity and touch of magic of how this story concludes.

ValerieAndBooks I have this in my TBR. Maybe should move it up! 2w
Cathythoughts Great review! Love Stella ❤️ 2w
Chelsea.Poole I love Stella!! ♥️ 2w
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KarenUK
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#bookreport

- Although it ran a little long in the end, I loved feisty Stella and this wonderful family saga and immigration story, that takes the reader from the early 1900‘s in an Italian mountain village to present day US... 4⭐️
- Flip-flopping between audio and print for Dreyer‘s English which I‘m loving. It‘s the perfect combo of funny and informative! 🤓
- only just started the Lido, but think I‘m going to love this story of friendship...💕

Cinfhen Agreed... towards the end Stella‘s story started to drag...I told @Cathythoughts 5 deaths would have sufficed 😉 2w
KarenUK @Cinfhen Totally! 😂... it was a shame because the writing and MC were great... 💕 2w
Cathythoughts 😂 hahaha @Cinfhen I still really loved it & loved the history in it too 👍🏻❤️ 2w
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

Current read is for an IRL bookclub... loving it so far....
Next up, a couple for #Booked2020 , for #liveandlearn 🤓& #covercrush 📚😍

Cinfhen I‘m pretty sure I can decipher between the two 😁😉which is your choice for #LiveAndLearn and which is #CoverCrush 😜 2w
KarenUK @Cinfhen Yep! My grammar is terrible! 😂🤓 2w
Cinfhen So is mine 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2w
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readingjedi
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I really enjoyed this multi generational saga of strong Italian village women & their American immigrant experience. But I was not entirely ... perhaps satisfied with it. It left me not a little melancholy. Neither Stella or the sympathetic reader is given any resolution, any emotional release. While not every story has a happy ending, this one didn't seem to have any hope either. Some of Stella's experiences are deeply traumatic... ⬇️⬇️⬇️

readingjedi From above ... And life took so much from her that I felt she deserved something. It felt like all her struggles and pain came to nothing. I've been thinking about it for days now ... maybe that's the point. 3w
SilversReviews Loved it!! 3w
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KarenUK
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

All three of these are for upcoming bookclubs....
😊📚📚🎧

Crazeedi Stella was my top pick for last year 3w
Cinfhen How many Bookclubs are you in??? 3w
Cinfhen All three books are awesome for discussion 😊👍🏽 3w
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KarenUK @Cinfhen 3! 😂 3w
kspenmoll We had a great discussion at my bookclub with Circe & Stella Fortuna! 3w
AlaMich Isn‘t the audio of Circe wonderful? IMO, it‘s one of those magical combinations of an amazing book and the perfect narrator for that book. ❤️ 3w
TrishB I couldn‘t get through Three Women once!! 😁 3w
Cathythoughts I loved Stella ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
KarenUK @TrishB 😂😂I think it‘s a bit of a marmite book! I‘m running the discussion so I need a reread... I have the memory of a goldfish! 3w
KarenUK @AlaMich it‘s great so far! 👍 3w
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readingjedi
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Starting this one this evening. Love this simple yet effective cover design, especially the font.

With thanks to #netgalley for this book!

Cathythoughts Such a good book ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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I had thought 5 stars ... but now I‘m finished I‘m thinking 3 ✨..... I really enjoyed this story & insightful look at Stella‘s journey through life ! A great read , although maybe a bit too drawn out in the end. But I‘d still highly recommend 👍🏻❤️

Cinfhen Agreed!!! Great start but book starts to fizzle/ I think I wrote in my review 5 deaths would have been enough 😉 (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen yes! 5 deaths would have been plenty !!! Good read all the same 👍🏻 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen @Cathythoughts Is it wrong to laugh...you're both cracking me up with "5 deaths would have been plenty" ? 1mo
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Cathythoughts @batsy @Cinfhen it‘s fine to laugh 😂... I wanted to put a laughing emoji in my comment too ..... it does sound outrageous 🤣 1mo
Cinfhen It‘s totally humorous @batsy 😂😂I felt the same way about this book too / 5 near death experiences would have sufficed 1mo
batsy @Cinfhen Bahaha! 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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Love this one ❤️

TrishB Glad it‘s a good one 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB It is 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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Good book ❤️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This was so great!! I'm so glad I read this and before the end of the year! Really loved it!

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Crazeedi
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#friyayintro @howjessreads #WinterGames #ReadNosedReindeer @StayCurious @Clwojick #HolidayRecipe
⛄Tagged book was my favorite of the year
⛄cozy reading spot is my sunroom in my comfy chair
⛄7 pumpkin rolls made to give away
⛄ baby Yoda since I don't know the other

BarbaraTheBibliophage We received a homemade pumpkin roll this year. Priceless!! Nom nom nom ... 2mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I wish I could give you one! I'm not bragging but everyone I've given to always wants me to make them one every year! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Aww. That‘s so sweet of you. Surprised you aren‘t making dozens! 2mo
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I only had 7 creme cheeses in my fridge, lol 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Right, cuz no one wants to grocery shop right now! 🤪🤪 2mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I read more into what this book was about and decided it would be the next one I read.

I opened it up to find a family tree!! An even bigger sign this is the perfect book for me to read next!

ValerieAndBooks I love looking at family trees!! 2mo
ValerieAndBooks And I have this in my TBR, so it‘s good to know 😊 2mo
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Yossarian
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I wish I had someone to discuss it with. It begins with the idea that Stella had a stroke and as a result didn‘t talk to her sister for the last 30+ years of her life. Then we get the book, and then the stroke and how it changes her thinking so that she blames Tina for all her problems.

But did the stroke fix or ruin her reasoning? I wish I had someone to argue with!

Crazeedi Oh this was my favorite book of the year! I think the stroke just let her be able to be truthful about how she felt! 2mo
Yossarian @Crazeedi Yes, but was she thinking right? Narcing about saving the money certainly seemed like Tina should have known better, but pinning all the seven or eight deaths on her seemed like a stretch. Maybe one was enough though? 2mo
Crazeedi @Yossarian that is a good point, I'm just not sure 2mo
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Yossarian
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This book is upsetting me in at least 8 or 9 different ways.

Kappadeemom Haven‘t seen you on here in a while. Welcome back! 3mo
cathysaid 😂😂😂 Well done. 👏 3mo
Yossarian @Kappadeemom Thank you! 3mo
BarbaraBB Happy to see you back here! And I am looking forward to your review of the book! (edited) 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#bookmark
Reading while hubby driving to Amherst MA. So love this bookmark @BookBabe !!!

Scochrane26 I cannot read in the car or even look at my phone. 🤢 4mo
charl08 Yes, I am also jealous of folks who can read in the car. 4mo
kspenmoll @Scochrane26 @charl08 I am so lucky!!! 4mo
Suet624 Your photos are always so lovely. 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#sundaymorningcoffee #coffeeandbooks #lifeisabook #bookclubpick

Immersed in the life of Stella, who was born in Ieovoli, a dirt poor mountain village in Calabria, Italy. The time is pre and post WWI, when many of these desperate & destitute villagers emigrate to the U.S. At some point Stella arrives in CT, where she still resides. Although based on the author‘s grandmother‘s story & well researched, the novel is fiction.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Your mug 😍😍 4mo
kspenmoll @Jee_HookedOnBookz Isn‘t it great? From Society6 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Tq! 💕 4mo
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#olivegroves #bookclubpick
How Stella felt when she worked harvesting olives in a neighbor‘s olive grove. She loved being outdoors.

Suet624 I harvested olives briefly. And I do mean briefly. 3mo
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kspenmoll
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#weeklyforecast #bookreport #teachersoflitsy
Did not meet my predictions for Stella Fortuna (p.180).Was glued to World Series! 🙌🏻Nationals! Read up to page 77

TKAM: met goal. Finished ch. 3. We have a class of readers this year! The discussions generated with any book we read have been stimulating & so enjoyable. These students are not afraid to share their thinking.
A Thousand Roads- did not open!!!
Garden: audiobook. On ch 13.

Cinfhen I too met and “failed” with some of my reading goals... that‘s JUST the #LifeOfAReader 4mo
kspenmoll @Cinfhen Sure is! Love your hastag #LifeOfAReader ! (edited) 4mo
Cinfhen 😘😘 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#saturdaymorning #coffeeandbooks #perkpetual

Perkpetual: (adj.) time it takes to brew the first pot of coffee in the morning

Stealing some reading time before the day begins.

4thhouseontheleft 🙌 🙌 4mo
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kspenmoll
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“warp and weft” for some reason the sound of these words and feel on my mouth and tongue tickles me- perfect alliteration.😛🙄😂

Crazeedi This is my top pick for 2019!!! 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #MondaynightatStorrs #UConnStarbucks
#weeklyforcast.
Easily read 54 pages tonight so far of this more than engaging read. My son takes commuter bus to UConn from Windsor 2 days a week, but Monday one of us drives him to his night class. So I have the luxury of walking, then reading from 6ish to 9. Heavenly gift.

Crazeedi Great great book 4mo
merelybookish Is this Storrs? I stopped there for a night this summer. So pretty! 4mo
kspenmoll @merelybookish It is Storrs! It‘s lovely in autumn too with all the abundant tree colors ! 4mo
Cinfhen Nice!! Quality time for you and good eye @merelybookish 🤗 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#sundaymorning #coffeeandbooks #bookclubpick #StellaFortuna

Starting my November bookclub pick. Went to hear this author with @CareBear and her talk sold me.

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kspenmoll
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#bookclub #Novemberpick #catsoflitsy

Poe has to be a star. 🌟🌟

JulietReads Wow! Those eyes!!! ❤🧡💛💚💙💜 4mo
Sace Poe deserves to be a star! 4mo
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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this story, set in southern Italy and then in US. As you can imagine from the title Stella Fortuna has some near death experiences. I liked Stella and she goes through a lot! #bookcovers

Linsy Beautiful cover! 🍃 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty photo 💚💚 4mo
emmaturi Yes it is lovely! @Linsy 4mo
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kspenmoll
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#mapsinbooks #Levoli

Love opening a book & discovering a map..❤️📚

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kspenmoll
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#eveningwithanautbor #SimsburyPublicLibrary #Friends of SimsburyPublicLibrary #bookishnightout
Meeting up with @CareBear for this event Tuesday evening. Excited!

Ncostell Sorry I can‘t make it, hope you guys have a wonderful time! 4mo
Crazeedi Oh lucky you! My favorite book I read this year 4mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell I am sorry too! We will have a “next time”! 4mo
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CareBear
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Reading the tagged book while waiting in line for tickets to see her 😍. I‘m an hour early and there‘s already quite a line.

MsLeah8417 Enjoy! Hope Duffy is packed to see her. 5mo
Amiable Love her books! 5mo
Amandajoy For a minute I got super excited because I thought she had a new book out. 5mo
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CareBear @Amandajoy oh gosh I‘m so sorry to do that to you! That‘s the one question I hope she answers at her talk! 5mo
Scochrane26 I would love to see her! She‘s amazing. 5mo
Amandajoy I‘m eager to hear if she has anything in the works! Please post if she does! 5mo
CareBear @Amandajoy I definitely will!! 5mo
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emmaturi
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I am a bit late with this, but here goes

1. Tagged book
2. The Chestnut Man
3. The Bookish Life of Nina Hill

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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Tiltedwhirled
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This book was achingly realistic and sad

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Librarybelle
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 5 Round 2

Anyone wish to play? Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

EadieB @librarybelle Nice cover and looks like an interesting story too! 5mo
Gaylagal2 I would love that! I'm so in love with book covers and the immense amount of work that goes into making and choosing the right one 🤓 Thanks for this great idea! 5mo
Librarybelle @Gaylagal2 I‘ve loved viewing all of the pretty covers! So many Littens have posted amazing covers. It‘s also bad for the tbr list! 5mo
Librarybelle @EadieB I‘ve heard good things about the book! 5mo
EadieB @Librarybelle Sounds good! I was reading the description. 5mo
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kspenmoll
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#EveningwithanAuthor #TBR #Simsburylibrary
Signed up for this author‘s visit to my local library. Adding this book to this month‘s pile, in hope‘s that I can finish before October 8.📚❤️

Crazeedi This is probably my top book for 2019 5mo
Crazeedi I absolutely loved this book 5mo
Ncostell You have the best library! I would love to go to this and want to read this book but my husband is traveling that week and I have to drive my kids to their activities that night. If his travel schedule changes though I‘d like to go. Thanks for the heads up! 5mo
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CareBear I‘d love to go!! 5mo
kspenmoll @CareBear. @Ncostell Do you want me to reserve seats? No big deal if you can‘t make it; there ate usually enough people waiting. 5mo
kspenmoll You can text me🥰 5mo
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Cinfhen
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It took me way too long to finish this wonderful historical fiction of the fortunate or unfortunate life of Stella Fortuna. Tracing the Fortuna family‘s roots from Italy to America, covering 150 years of drama, hardship, mishaps, marriages, births and deaths this book was absorbing & engaging. Highly recommended. The ending was a bit rushed but I liked that the author wrapped up all the various storylines. #RoadTrippin #BackSeatReader 🤓

Blaire I so wish I could read in the car. #jealois 6mo
JennyM Yey - ❤️ Stella. You look to be having a fantastic summer road trippin x 6mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness so glad you enjoyed it!! ♥️♥️♥️ I love Stella. I doubt I'll forget her or her story anytime soon. 6mo
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LeeRHarry Another to add to my TBR! 😊 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm I envy those who can read in a moving vehicle! Great to hear you‘re having a wonderful summer holiday/road tripping! ❤️ 6mo
Crazeedi One of my top books of the year! 6mo
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xxjenadanxx
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*Trigger Warning* This book contains physical and sexual assault on females of all ages. Stella Fortuna, whose name literally means lucky star, has always unintentionally tempted fate and has the scars to prove it. The book is a slow winding account of her life and how little control she had over it due to having the misfortune of being born to an abusive father, as well as her immigrant experience turned American nightmare.

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Congrats on your awesome milestone @Megabooks 🥳🥳🥳What a lovely way to celebrate both independent artists and give thanks to our bookish community 😘#25Etsy #Giveaway #LittensAreTheBest
Although I‘m still not done this book, I‘m pretty sure it‘s going to be my favorite read this summer☀️🏖

LauraBeth I can‘t wait to read this one - it may be next up! 6mo
Cinfhen Hi 👋 @LauraBeth I‘m pretty sure Stella will be right in your wheelhouse 😉Hope all is well with you and your lovely gaggle of pets and humans xx 6mo
Megabooks I‘ve looked at this book, but I can‘t decide if I‘d like it. What do you think? I have The Whisper Network and Lager Queen showing up tomorrow. Thanks for entering! 😘 6mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t love Whisper ( but I think that was on me NOT being in a good reading mood) and I heard Larger Queen is great!!! But Stella has really captured me and I think you‘d like it too @Megabooks definitely give it a library try!!!!! 6mo
BarbaraBB I am looking forward to this one too! 6mo
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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust Only on page 136 and Stella has already survived 3 near death experiences😳 If I‘m Stella, I‘d be looking #OverMyShoulder ~ is Stella cursed or blessed??? Thank you @JennyM for putting this book on my radar ~ I‘m LOVING IT‼️‼️‼️

GatheringBooks ooh! the number seven seems to be in quite a number of book titles lately 6mo
BarbaraBB @JennyM convinced me too to buy it 💕 6mo
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Cinfhen This book might end up being my favorite read of the summer @BarbaraBB 😍🎉🙌🏻it‘s just hitting all the right notes 6mo
Chelsea.Poole I love love love this book. 6mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I‘m so glad you are loving it! I hope you enjoy as much when you get to it @barbarabb. And it was @Chelsea.Poole love of the book that made me pick it up 😘😘😘 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @JennyM I am so happy you enjoyed it and you're spreading the word about this lovely book. 😍 6mo
Reviewsbylola Who‘s the picture? 6mo
Cinfhen My grandma and her twin sister @Reviewsbylola I love that photo XX thanks for noticing 🥰and I‘m still loving this book!!!!! 6mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s a wonderful picture! 6mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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I really loved this one. Spanning multiple generations, it told the story of how Stella came to be born, her mother, and her life. Epic and grand, it was still not afraid to focus on the small moments.

Crazeedi My favorite book of the year so far 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @Crazeedi I think it may be mine, too! ♥️ 7mo
Crazeedi @Chelsea.Poole 👍😉❣ 7mo
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juliegumdrop
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I read 4 books this month and they were all 5 ⭐️! Amazing reading month. 2 #scifi and 2 #historicalfiction #julywrapup

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great reads! 💕📚💕 7mo
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Kaila-ann
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Mehso-so

#Unpopularopinion time but I didn‘t love this book. I wanted to and I kept trying to but it just never happened. The whole story is just brutal and sad as if nothing good ever happened to Stella. Don‘t get me wrong, the writing is amazing, the character building off the charts but to spend 450 pages slogging through someone else‘s misery - not really my thing. It did break my heart to learn that the whole thing was inspired by the authors family.

thereadingowlvina I felt the same. I bailed early though - page 85. The story was too depressed for me 😑 6mo
Kaila-ann @thereadingowlvina I think the writing saved it enough for me to finish, that and I kept hoping for something good to happen for her. 6mo
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razmanda
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Tiber and I very much enjoyed this multigenerational novel centered around the seven (or eight) deaths of Stella Fortuna. I think I cried for the first time maybe 30 pages in? So stay hydrated, friends, if you pick this one up.

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Kaila-ann
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Another booked finished. #24b4Monday #readathon Going to get some of my audiobook in while I straighten up the house.

jb72 You‘re doing great! 7mo
RaimeyGallant Woot! 7mo
Andrew65 Fantastic time. 👏👏👏 7mo
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Kaila-ann
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About half way through this chunkster of a book. It might be a close thing to make my 24 hour goal but I‘m going to give it my best shot. #24b4Monday #readathon

Andrew65 A great time so far, and good luck with whatever time you do get to. 👏👏👏🙌 7mo
jb72 Awesome job! 7mo
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Sassy_Steph
Pickpick

This story was really good! Another great book pick by the fearless leader of my store‘s book club! The father was a horrific individual!! Read this book!!

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juliegumdrop
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Going to be discussing this at my #library #bookclub this week.

Crazeedi This was a 5⭐ for me this year, 💗💗it 7mo
juliegumdrop @Crazeedi it‘s looking like 5 ⭐️s to me too 7mo
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

So I guess I just don‘t get this book. Stella is a fantastic character. And in individual pieces, many parts of the story are interesting: many horribly sad and tragic, some almost comedically horrific, some just funny. But there is no plot development really. It‘s just a bunch of things that happen over the course of Stella‘s lifetime.

Crazeedi I totally loved this book! So funny how we all have different tastes at different times! 7mo
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

This one started out strong, then got tedious, and finally disappointing toward the end. It was long and could have used some focus. #hoopla

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erinjohns
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I only wish I spoke italian to describe how delightful and sad it was. What a delicious depiction of italian life, love, and hardships.