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The Pillars of the Earth
The Pillars of the Earth | Ken Follett
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OwenBanner
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How many times can a book wreck you? this book is so rich and lucious in its world-building, and, yes, I know that it is our world it is set in oh, but it is so well researched and developed, that it's completely transports you so that you feel and you are living in another place and another time.

OwenBanner Wow, that auto dictation came out rough. I will have to spell check the heck out of this thing next time 1w
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Elizabeth2
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This is what my Saturday looks like. Everyone is in their reading positions - Hamilton behind my head and Hazel on my legs. ❤️📚🐶

This book just broke my heart. After 600 pgs, the reader really connects with the characters, making the sad, scary, and happy moments felt all that much more. It is SO good!! Nearly 400 pgs to go, and it doesn‘t feel like that will be enough. Good thing there is a sequel!

#feelingloved #dogsoflitsy #poodlelove

TrishB Love this book ❤️ and your doggos. 2w
AmyG Awww your “puppies” ❤️ 2w
SheReadsAndWrites So sweet!!! ❤️🐶 2w
Elizabeth2 @TrishB this book is SO good! I don‘t know how I missed it all of these years! And thanks - they are loves! 2w
Elizabeth2 @AmyG @SheReadsAndWrites thanks! They are my constant companions. ❤️ 2w
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Elizabeth2
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TGIF! Fridays are my day off, but many times I don‘t actually get the day off. Today I‘m enjoying my book and my reading partners. Reading partner # 1 is laying on the cushion behind my head. Reading partner # 2 is curled at my feet.

I am enjoying this book! The description didn‘t really get me interested, but so many people have recommended it. It‘s surprisingly fast paced.

#tgif #friday #dogsoflitsy

Mdargusch I need to try this again! The length scares me but so many people love it! 4w
Elizabeth2 @Mdargusch the length put me off at first too, but I‘ve read other long, epic novels and enjoyed them (Outlander, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell). The pacing really is good. It is descriptive, but there‘s enough action and suspense to keep the reader hooked on the story. I just needed to get over the fact that my “book count” might be one book lower for the month, because this will probably take me 3 weeks to finish. So far, it‘s worth it. 🙂 4w
Leftcoastzen Awwwww🐶 4w
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Words cannot describe how fantastically brilliant this book is. I absolutely enjoyed every, medieval, minute.
The kings, bishops, knights, cathedrals and the beautiful description of the architecture.
What a true gem of a magnificent story 💜💜💜

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Elizabeth2
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Looking a change of pace after several quick, lighter reads. Can‘t say I‘ve ever been tempted to read this, but a friend gave me her copy when she was cleaning out her shelves and told me it was one of her favorite books. ❤️📚 #ilikebigbooks

Cortg It‘s really good! ❤️ 1mo
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Latrelwhite
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The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of Philip, prior of Kingsbridge, a devout and resourceful monk driven to build the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has known . . . of Tom, the mason who becomes his architect—a man divided in his soul . . . of the beautiful, elusive Lady Aliena, haunted by a secret shame . . . and of a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state and brother against brother.

Latrelwhite May have to bail on this one too long... only have 3 days audiobook.😞 1mo
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perfectsinner
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https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2924101358

My review was ENTIRELY too long. You'll have to view it at my Goodreads profile. Five stars barely covers it. ;)

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I have been wanting to read this series for AGES. So excited!!

Follow.my.read LOVE THIS ENTIRE SERIES!!!! 1mo
TheEllieMo And there‘s a prequel out in the autumn!!! 1mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica I am so hooked by this book. It is excellent 🤩🤩 1mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @TheEllieMo That is the best news I've had all year 💜 1mo
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perfectsinner
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765/989
77% through
Should be finishing this weekend

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600 pages in now, and Kingsbridge has just been raided by William Hamleigh and wonderful Tom the builder has perished in the aftermath. I knew he was going to die, but I am still heart broken 💔

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perfectsinner

POTE update: 460/989 pages through. Just reached part III. Making some good progress! 📚🤓🙂👍

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perfectsinner
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Page 327/989
32%
Plodding along 🙂

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perfectsinner

100 pages in now, and I'm finding myself confused & wondering whether I've made a huge mistake 😬

BlameJennyJane It gets better! 2mo
BlameJennyJane It is not my type of book at all. Still isn‘t and it has been 25 years since I read it. But someone whose opinion I really admired told me it was a must and it remains in my top 5 reads of all time. 😊 2mo
perfectsinner I've heard & seen a lot about it in multiple online book groups I'm a member of, so I bit the bullet and went for it. I might not have, if I hadn't already picked up World Without End. It's not the type of book I would usually read, but set far it's been all right. I still get a lot to get through, though. 2mo
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Starting my 2020 off right. This is 989(!!!) pages! Talk about intimidating. The other two aren't much smaller. While I may not get as much read, book wise, this year, I think I'll far surpass my page count of last year.
Read 131 books for 2019, @ 48k pages.

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Book mail!

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Finished this monster before the end of the year. I found it quite entertaining. There was a lot more drama than I expected. Seemed a little forced as a plot device, but I still liked it.

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Tamra
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I‘m sorry Follett lovers, I know this is beloved by many, but I‘m bailing after 275 tracks on the audio. The premise is super intriguing, but the crises and obstacles are getting repetitive & therefore predicable. Plus, you can‘t kill or send off main characters in a novel this length and keep me hooked. 😖

AlaMich OMG sooo repetitive!! I saw a review on LibraryThing that said it was “wash, rinse, repeat” over and over. I took a pass on the sequels. 2mo
Tamra @AlaMich good to know! I‘m glad I bailed before I invested more time. 2mo
Amiable I enjoyed this when I first read it years ago. Then I read the sequel much later and hated it. I‘m not sure if I would like this if I read it now. I know my reading tastes have changed as I‘ve gotten older. 2mo
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One of my favorite reads features #bells. This wonderful book follows the construction of a cathedral, and the bells are used for many different reasons to help notify the people of events and time.

If you've never read this book, do yourself a favor and read it.

#HollyJollyReading @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Texreader It‘s an amazing book!! 2mo
sprainedbrain Fantastic book! ❤️ 2mo
Tianarose I‘m working through 2mo
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Addison_Reads @Texreader @sprainedbrain I agree. I recommend it all the time. @Tianarose I still haven't read that one yet. I loved the first two. 2mo
Tianarose @Addison_Reads I did enjoy the first two as well. Great series! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 2mo
perfectsinner Just bought the series 💕 2mo
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Tamra
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I am lying in bed listening to Pillars not wanting to venture out into the chill air even inside the house. 🥶 -10F We‘re going to a winery for an Xmas lunch with friends later. The patio is “enclosed” with outdoor heaters. It‘s comical when I think about it! 😆

This audio has 400 tracks and I‘m only on 167.😳

merelybookish Stay warm! Maybe they'll have mulled wine at the winery. 🙂 2mo
Tamra @merelybookish there will definitely be adult beverages consumed, hot or cold! 😄🍷 2mo
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Tamra
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I‘ve started this tome on audio and so far it‘s really quite engaging! 🤞🏾🤞🏾

We‘ve had painters in the house (still not done) and between them, the barking dog, and trying to get work done around it all I have not dived into my recreational reading like I had anticipated. 😏 But I did finish my course so Yay for that!

TrishB Love this book. 2mo
Tamra @TrishB 👏🏾 2mo
RachelO Congratulations on finishing the course! 2mo
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Tamra @RachelO thank you! 2mo
Texreader Great book 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One of my all-time favorites!! And congrats! 2mo
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#GratefulReads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

A friend told me to read this in college, and when I picked it up I figured I'd have to push my way through a lot of boring pages about building a cathedral and the mundane tasks involved. Boy was I wrong!

I devoured this book and couldn't get enough. The characters were amazing and the descriptions of the build were probably my favorite passages. One of the best books I've ever read.

DebbieGrillo Agreed! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 3mo
sprainedbrain Same! I loved this book, and was very surprised by that. 3mo
JulAnna One of my favorite books of all time! 🧡 3mo
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JulAnna
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#KeepLitsyactive

I love historical fiction about almost every time period. It is probably easier to say what time I don‘t care for (the 1920‘s), than list all the rest 😂
The tagged book is one of my favorites and is set in the Middle Ages, I also like WW2 fiction. This year I tried to find some more books set in WW1.
@ljuliel

ljuliel Thank you. A very nice post ! The only WW 1 Book I‘ve read is 3mo
ljuliel ☝🏼It was really good ! 3mo
JulAnna @ljuliel I read and really liked (edited) 3mo
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Crazeedi A great great book 3mo
ljuliel I‘ve heard lots of good things about that one but have yet to read it. Can I ask if there‘s lots of romance or bedroom type scenes in it ? I don‘t do romance. I‘d rather read about the war and tanks and airplanes. 3mo
JulAnna @ljuliel There is a love story component, but I wouldn‘t call it a romance. A lot about the war and the trenches. 3mo
ljuliel Sounds good to me. I‘ll take the trenches any day over a sappy romance. 3mo
Cathythoughts @ljuliel I‘m with you there ... I can‘t deal with the romancy stuff ( unless it‘s the big brilliant drama like Gone With the Wind ..... & @JulAnna (edited) 3mo
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ReadingIsLife
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Have you read Ken Follett? Which trilogy did you like better?

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Ottergirl

What an epic book! This was picked for my work book club and I was a bit intimidated by the size of it... what normal person picks up a 1000 page book 📚 it‘s almost 3 ‘normal‘ sized books! Well I needn‘t have worried because once you start you just can put it down! It‘s awesome story-telling and the characters are brilliantly constructed. Don‘t be scared by it!
Can‘t wait to talk about it!

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woodreads
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Enjoyed immensely.

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SkeletonKey
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I am STILL READING Pillars of the Earth. It‘s big.

But also, Harold and the Purple Crayon shirt.

SkeletonKey @TorieStorieS - I love it!! 6mo
TorieStorieS So fun!!! 💜💜💜 6mo
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LiteraryinLititz I have the same one as a sweatshirt! 💜 6mo
Soubhiville I love it! 6mo
SkeletonKey @Soubhiville - it‘s cozy! 6mo
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I somehow read this book in a week‘s time (after starting it two weeks ago in the airport, I had to take a break for a week). To be able to read 1000 pages in a week has to say something about how engaging a book is. It does take a bit to get rolling, but once it did it kept picking up speed. Can‘t wait to read the next in the series!
#deweysreadathon #bookclub
46 pages in 41 minutes to start the readathon

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SkeletonKey
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BEACH READING, I MADE IT!

But sometimes this is as close as I get to actually reading on the beach, haha. Sand is an unpleasant sensory feel.

kamoorephoto That‘s a bummer!! I love the beach and the feel of the sand (and the sound of the waves) BUT I hate being too hot and getting burnt. I can‘t afford to be overheated because of having MS despite liking the summer warmth. You can never completely win. Us humans have become such whiners 😉 7mo
SkeletonKey @kamoorephoto - We are definitely delicate creatures, lol! I‘m pretty sensitive to the sun too but I do love being near the ocean and watching waves, etc. I‘ll probably just walk when the sun goes down. 7mo
kamoorephoto @SkeletonKey Evenings in the summer are my favorite time because I can enjoy the warmth but not worry so much about the burning rays. Luckily we have long summer nights here and it‘s still light until 9-10pm. Plus I‘m not so fatigued. Usually in the afternoon I‘m a vegetable and totally useless 😰 7mo
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Using my suitcase to prop this one up! Since my flight has been delayed (AGAIN), I figure I may as well bust this out and get started on it, since book club meets to talk about it on August 1! 😳😳

Amiable That‘s a big one! Hope your flight isn‘t delayed long enough to finish it! 😀 7mo
JessNevertheless I'm just finishing this one right now! It's long but a compelling read, hope you like it! 7mo
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JessNevertheless
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Up and awake and getting started with my first book of the #24in48 #readathon! Coffee was the first priority and the book second ☕📖

thecurlybookworm Good luck! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
julesG 😍 I have the same mug. Sadly it is leaking, so it now lives as a bookmark receptacle. 😉 7mo
JessNevertheless @julesG oh no! And yeah I love it but am afraid it won't actually hold up to repeated use so I only use it for special occasions like readathons :) 7mo
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SkeletonKey
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Thoroughly enjoying this book so far.

I‘m visiting an aunt on my way to the beach. I made her this mug when I took a pottery class so it‘s fun to use it when I‘m here. Wish I could make more useful things like this.

sudi I love that mug 😍. It's so cool that you made it yourself 👏 7mo
SkeletonKey @sudi - It‘s like magic! I want to take another class but I wasn‘t very good at it overall. 7mo
sudi @SkeletonKey that looks pretty good to me. If you like the class you should definitely take it, i'm not good at so many of my hobbies but i stiil do them 😂 7mo
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SkeletonKey @sudi - True!! 7mo
Tanisha_A That mug is beautiful! I am a lover of earthy tones. 7mo
SkeletonKey @Tanisha_A - I could not replicate that color no matter what I tried!! I loved it but everything I tried afterwards with the same glazes didn‘t match 😂 I liked it too though. 7mo
cobwebmoth I love the mug! So pretty. I've debated reading this book for a long time. I may have to try it soon. 7mo
SkeletonKey @cobwebmoth - It is a surprisingly engaging, fast read! I‘m totally engrossed in medieval life. 7mo
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JessNevertheless
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First priority for the #24in48 #readathon is finish The Pillars of the Earth. Loving this book but need to commit to finishing it and a few others before life gets hectic in the fall. Starting a graduate program (in addition to full time work) in a month and sadly don't think I'll be able to keep up my usual pace. Looking forward to diving into these tomorrow! 📚 @24in48

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SkeletonKey
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In the mood for something a bit epic so I‘m going to give this one a try.

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JessNevertheless
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Laundry is started, coffee is made, now where was I? 📖

Reviewsbylola Great book! 7mo
Leftcoastzen In the middle of a #chunkster I need to read someday. 7mo
Crazeedi Oh I loved❤️❤️❤️this book 7mo
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I really liked this book. It was so easy to get pulled into and the hours just flew away. My only complaint is that the vilains are all very evil, and the good guys are all very good. With good and complex vilains it would have been a masterpiece.

Macnjen Loved this 7mo
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Buddy reading this with my bff!

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Petelord
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Amazing book

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Villo
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Good reading: I enjoyed the long story and very interesting all the historical references and habits it mentions. Ken Follet never disappoints me! #2019

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HannahPolly
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Engrossing and sprawling. Slightly 2D characters at times but completely addictive and engaging.

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Finally found, and bought, a copy of World Without End! So, on top of IT, I'm starting this trilogy! The Pillars of the Earth is one of my favorites! Ken Follett is a genius!

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melissajayne
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#booknlunch I‘m having a quarter pounder with cheese, if you‘re wondering.

TrishB Wonderful book 😁 9mo
Texreader Such a good book!! 9mo
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EmilieGR
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Such a rich world and loved the connection to the cathedral

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melissajayne
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Going to read this while I watch my Maddow recording from Thursday #latenightreading

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Leftik
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Bailedbailed

Tried the physical book. Tried the audio book. I was bored at first and once the action picked up, I was just depressed. Too much death, not enough cathedral building for me. So it was a rare bail on this one, sadly.

Well-ReadNeck You may want to give the mini-series a try. It follows the book very closely ... and Eddie Redmayne!!!! 10mo
Leftik @Well-ReadNeck I do LOVE Eddie!! 10mo
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Day 17 - #church #springintoreading

In regards to Notre Dame Cathedral, this book reminds us how long it takes to build the cathedrals. If you haven‘t read it, you should! So much more than just about building cathedrals! Interesting people and storylines!

Andrew65 A wonderful book and series. Macron May have to revisit his 5 year plan for rebuilding! 10mo
EadieB @Andrew65 That will be hard to do in 5 years! 10mo
Crazeedi This was a great series 10mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️ ⛪️ 10mo
EadieB @Crazeedi I agree! 10mo
TrishB Awesome book. 10mo
EadieB @TrishB 👍 10mo
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As I switch between TV, IG, and news apps ... all I keep thinking about is the tagged book. In Follett‘s book a cathedral burns, only to be rebuilt bigger and more beautifully. I hope that‘s what happens at Notre Dame. Paris cannot be without this amazing, iconic structure.

#notredameparis

BarbaraBB This is so sad. So much history 😥 10mo
TheBookHippie 😭😭😭😭🇫🇷❤️ 10mo
Kaila-ann 💔💔💔 10mo
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TheBee So so sad! I‘m speechless 😭😭😭 10mo
Emilymdxn I‘m trying to be comforted by the idea that notre dame has seen so much history, one day this will just be another bit of history that‘s happened to it 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Emilymdxn It‘s been rebuilt a few times, and I‘m hoping this won‘t be its final status. 10mo
ErinSueMreads So incredible sad 10mo
thebacklistbook Pillars is long but definitely worth it. And it is because I have read it that I know enough about architecture to say that notre dame will be just fine and will rise again hopefully with a less flammable roof this time. 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @thebacklistbook Yes, that‘s exactly how I feel. And I‘m seeing articles to that effect today as well. 10mo
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1. Tagged
2. Not if I can help it.
3. 41°F/5°C
4. Peanut butter on bread dipped in molasses. I don't ever eat this anymore because I'm low carb... but holy yum!
5. Hey! 👋

#friYAYintro @howjessreads

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