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The Indifferent Stars Above
The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of the Donner Party | Daniel James Brown
From the #1 bestselling author of The Boys in the Boat comes an unforgettable epic of family, tragedy, and survival on the American frontier An ideal pairing of talent and material. Engrossing. A deft and ambitious storyteller. Mary Roach, New York Times Book Review In April of 1846, twenty-one-year-old Sarah Graves, intent on a better future, set out west from Illinois with her new husband, her parents, and eight siblings. Seven months later, after joining a party of pioneers led by George Donner, they reached the Sierra Nevada Mountains as the first heavy snows of the season closed the pass ahead of them. In early December, starving and desperate, Sarah and fourteen others set out for California on snowshoes, and, over the next thirty-two days, endured almost unfathomable hardships and horrors. In this gripping narrative, New York Times bestselling author Daniel James Brown sheds new light on one of the most legendary events in American history. Following every painful footstep of Sarahs journey with the Donner Party, Brown produces a tale both spellbinding and richly informative.
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RealBooks4ever
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I‘m really happy with my November reads. 💜

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RealBooks4ever
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Pickpick

My relatives lived next door to someone in the Reed family, down in Hollister, so this audiobook definitely called to me and didn‘t disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NonfictionNovember

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Megabooks
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Even after growing up hearing about them, I still was in shock at exactly how #frozen the poor Donner Party was. Great book!
#movember @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I‘m halfway through this book/ need to get back to it!!!! It‘s been in #Hibernation since June 😬 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I really enjoyed it, but it is a bit dry. 3w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know this story about the Donner Party but it sounds horrible! 3w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB I learned about them the first time in the third grade (age 8-9, kinda young for cannibalism), then again in middle school and high school. It‘s one of those American pioneer stories that is really ingrained in children growing up. I‘m sure you have similar stories that it just seems like everyone has heard of at some point. The scope and senselessness of the tragedy didn‘t hit home until I read this, though. 3w
BarbaraBB Thanks for explaining! Coincidentally, I read a lot about American pioneers this year because I became interested in the history of Mormons! 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB That‘s cool! I know the general story of the Mormon migration from my area of the world to Utah to find religious freedom and a tad about the seer stones and the Book of Mormon. Is there any book on Mormon history you‘d particularly recommend? 3w
k.reads.5 I just read this recently myself and also thought it was great! So incredible what they faced, wow. 3w
Megabooks @k.reads.5 Yes! It was a really well written book. 3w
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Bookzombie
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This book was excellent. I was caught up in the lives of the Donner Party. I can‘t imagine having the will to set out on such a journey. Brown brings life to each of the people, and their suffering and losses are heartbreaking. #Booked2019 #nightorientedtitle #nonfiction19

Read in July.

I also thought a lot about Alma Katsu‘s The Hunger while I read this. I felt like I could see how she came up with her horror story.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! 3mo
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heidisreads Just listened to this audio and really appreciated the research and writing! 3mo
Cinfhen I need to try this book again🤓 3mo
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I would say give it another go. I really liked it on audio. 🙂 3mo
Bookzombie @heidisreads I did too! 3mo
Cinfhen Maybe I‘l switch to audio xx thanks 3mo
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Megabooks
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Fantastic book about the Donner Party. It brought an adult understanding to a story I had half heard since childhood. What the men, women, and children endured that winter should have never happened. So many tactical mistakes!!

#underneaththestars #ayupaugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I wanted to love this one but I got bogged down in the many details. It‘s been in hibernation but I think I‘ll revisit the book in the winter months. It‘s a compelling story 🌟✨🌟✨🌟 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I liked the details when I read it, but I can see myself feeling differently if I weren‘t in the mood for this kind of detailed, historical #nonfiction. Like I started Recursion a couple of days ago, but idk if I‘m in the mood for it anymore. Sometimes I feel my reading is as moody as a teenager going through puberty!! 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Cinfhen TRUTH!!!!! This entire summer I have been SO MOODY 🤪it‘s been terrible for my reading😫😫😫 4mo
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Cinfhen And I pretty much skimmed MOST of Recursion/ I wasn‘t feeling it, AT ALL 🙁 4mo
k.reads.5 This has been on my TBR for ages, glad it was a great read for you! 4mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t know anything about this 😳 - has to Google.... 4mo
OnlyYoo This sounds so interesting! Stacked 😊 4mo
Melissa_J This was one of my favourite reads last year. I knew absolutely nothing about the Donner party prior to picking the book up. 4mo
Megabooks @k.reads.5 I Definitely enjoyed it! 4mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I think it‘s an American thing. I remember first reading about it at age 8 or 9 in school. 4mo
Megabooks @OnlyYoo I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
Megabooks @Melissa_J it‘s very thorough in a wonderful way! 4mo
allureofbeauty It‘s been in my tbr for awhile 4mo
Megabooks @allureofbeauty Definitely give it a shot when you‘re in the mood for historical nonfiction! 4mo
allureofbeauty I‘ve just always been intrigued by the donner party (which my phone tried to make dinner) so I bought it when it was on sale on kindle. 4mo
Megabooks @allureofbeauty That‘s when I got it, too. My fascination started with a book in my third grade classroom, which may have been a little young to introduce cannibalism. 🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
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Just bought these two ebooks, great deals on Amazon today.

Crazeedi Both look very good! 5mo
GingerAntics They‘re good deals on Apple Books, too. 5mo
GingerAntics Here‘s hoping they still exist when I get paid. How come these things come up when I have no money?! Gah! 5mo
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nicpears

This book was great! The author really humanized all the characters in the story and I related to them even though I've never been through anything even remotely similar to what they went through. It's a nonfiction book but instead of throwing fact after fact at the reader the narrative is smooth and tells as a fiction story. Highly recommend!

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Growing up, I read McClashan‘s work (tag👇), and field trips to Sutter‘s Fort in Sacramento also familiarized me to the history of the Donner Party. Even so, Brown‘s research was a hard read at times because it details the party‘s hardships and the difficulties of westward travel.We have it easy today.

☝️: 1975 pic of me (left) & my sister at the Donner monument. Had some family trips over the years through the pass and/or to Donner Lake.

ValerieAndBooks Maybe I should reread this — I have a copy. No hurry to do so though. 6mo
BarbaraBB What a great photo!! 💜 (edited) 6mo
mabell What a terrific photo! Your outfits are awesome!! 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB @mabell Thanks! The bell bottoms on our pants, though 😄! 6mo
Reggie I was gonna say you ladies were super fashionable!!! Nice post!! 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie thanks 😊 those wide collars, too ! 6mo
Suet624 Gorgeous photo. I‘m kind of obsessed with the Donner Party. I get shivers when I drive over that area. I keep thinking I must have been there with them. 6mo
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 Maybe you are either descended or reincarnated from someone in the Donner Party. 6mo
Suet624 I truly think I was. 6mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Starting this about the Donner Party. I gave this to my Dad last Father‘s Day. He didn‘t get to finish it— I will for him.

But the history of the Donner Party was pretty familiar to us. I grew up a couple hours away from Donner Pass, and so we were also taught about them in school as part of our local/state history.

This should hopefully be an interesting refresher to what I learned years ago!

LauraJ Sounds like a compelling read. 7mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 7mo
Suet624 Awww...💕💕💕 7mo
Suet624 By the way, I freak out every time I go over Donner Pass. Chills. 7mo
DivineDiana A memento to cherish. ❤️ 7mo
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aschermetz
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The suffering of these people! Absolutely unimaginable. The author did a great job with pacing and setting a sense of place, which really helped move the story along...helpful, because this tragedy was so long-suffering and at times the material could have been VERY dry. My only quibble is that I would have liked a listing of every person involved because there were a LOT to keep track of. Overall, two thumbs up.

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This account of the Donner Party follows Sarah Graves and her family as they crossed the country in search of a better life. I appreciated that the author focused on one person during this story of tragedy and survival since there were so many people in the group. Sarah Graves was so inspirational to read about as she battled the snow, cold, and loved ones being used for food after their deaths.
#shessocold
#anglophileapril

jpmcwisemorgan It‘s odd that you would post about this book when I saw a tweet a day or so ago in which the person said she wouldn‘t have qualms about eating someone in a survival situation. Based on the responses it‘s a conversation people have had with their friends. It‘s never come up in any of my private musings about a zombie apocalypse. 😮 8mo
Mdargusch Horrifying @jpmcwisemorgan I hope I never have to find out what I would do in that situation. 😢 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m in middle of this book. 8mo
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emilyhaldi She was one badass bitch for sure 😳 8mo
Mdargusch I hope you like it @Cinfhen - I had a little trouble keeping so many people straight. 8mo
Cinfhen Me too!! Im Reading it on my Kindle, which is why I haven‘t picked it back up in a few weeks. I was liking it though. I think I want to pick up a print copy (edited) 8mo
Reviewsbylola This was definitely a cold book. 🥶 8mo
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alli

This book reminds me I should read more nonfiction. It‘s beautifully written but I‘m just over half through it and I know it‘s about to get brutal.

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This book was horrible to read but so well done! Those poor people! I used to drive by Donner pass almost every weekend for a couple of years. I can‘t believe something so horrible happened in such a beautiful place. All the trigger warnings for many terrible things.

gradcat I‘m in love with your dog. Yup, I am. 🐶🥰 9mo
AshleyC816 I am too! 🥰😍 9mo
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Bklover
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#nightorientedtitle #Booked2019 A pick, but barely. This was a bit of a slog for me. Seemed to take forever to get through it.

Cinfhen I started this book on the airplane but I‘m only at 17% mark & I haven‘t felt the desire to pick it back up. I‘ve heard it‘s a really compelling story so I will definitely get back to it. (edited) 9mo
Bklover @cinfhen It's an interesting story. I'm thinking maybe it just wasn't the right time. At any rate, I kept checking how many pages I had left. Never a good sign. 9mo
callielafleur I adored it, but I listened to the audiobook. Maybe it's better experience that way? 9mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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The story of the Donner party in gruesome detail. Super interesting to see where things went wrong and how things happened.

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Geeklet
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Yay! My reading slump has ended. I‘ve been in video game land for awhile but this book was definitely worth the break. This is a fascinating look at the life of the Donner party. Brown brings a true vibrancy to the tale that is hard to duplicate. I highly recommend this book.

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Geeklet

So I‘m almost finished with this book and I‘m craving more true stories about man trying to survive when isolated in nature. I‘m reading In the Heart of the Sea on my kindle. Any suggestions for books that would scratch this itch?

Redwritinghood This is a great book about surviving in the arctic. 10mo
Geeklet @Redwritinghood Thank you! That sounds perfect for what I‘m looking for! 🤗 10mo
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Geeklet

I‘ve had this book for awhile and decided to start it as my bedtime book. I feel so dumb for saying this but I held off on reading the actual account of the Donner party because I enjoyed The Hunger so much, lol.

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Reading this for #Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle. Harrowing, indeed! While I‘d heard of the Donner Party, I had no idea of the suffering these people went through. These people were tough, heading out to California with their families (and babies!) and everything they owned.

sk888888 I have this on my TBR - May have to bump it up on the list. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m using the same book!! 10mo
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Gross. Hope I never run into these “Buffalo gnats” 👀👀

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Mdargusch
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I will never think of winter in the same way after reading this story of Sarah Graves, a member of the Donner Party. I really appreciated that Brown decided to focus on one person. The courage, tenacity, and strength demonstrated in this survival story can sometimes be overshadowed by the cannibalism, however, Brown deftly portrays the lost souls and their unending need to survive.

➡️For fans of In the Kingdom of Ice

Redwritinghood I loved In the Kingdom of Ice, so will definitely pick this one up. 10mo
Mdargusch It‘s another great survival story @Redwritinghood - I was in awe of their courage. 10mo
StephBengtson This book is fantastic! He also wrote a book about a devastating fire in the town where my cabin is. He has a way of writing about historical events in a way that‘s not dry and boring to read. 10mo
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Mdargusch I saw that book @StephBengtson - have you read it? 10mo
LeahBergen I need to move this up my TBR. It‘s been sitting on my shelf for ages! 🙄 10mo
Mdargusch I‘ll be anxious to see how you like it. @LeahBergen I thought it was well done. @Cinfhen gave me the idea to read it for the popsugar challenge and I was glad to get to it because it‘s been on my shelf for awhile too. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to reading it too @LeahBergen let‘s #buddyRead 10mo
Cinfhen Are you doing #Booked2019 Mariann?? Because I‘m using it for #NightOrientedTitle too besides the #Pop19 #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 10mo
Mdargusch Good idea @Cinfhen - I love to double dip! 10mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh this was a rough one. 🥶 10mo
emilyhaldi So crazy!! 🤯 9mo
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Mdargusch
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I walked farther than normal so I could listen to more of this book and enjoy this great weather! Daniel James Brown has really researched not only the Donner Party but life back in the 1840‘s. It‘s fascinating but I‘m dreading getting to the winter part. #audiowalk

JoScho 💙💙💙 10mo
Wife I read this last year and vowed not to complain about the cold 🥶 this season. I kept my vow even through the polar vortex. I really liked how the author used current knowledge about PTSD and hypothermia to help explain some of the behaviors of the Donner Party. 10mo
Mdargusch That sounds very interesting @wife. 10mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s a good way to remind ourselves how lucky we are! 10mo
emilyhaldi Wow good for you!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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Starting this tonight (I cannot just read one book at a time) and thought I‘d do a quick synopsis of each book I intent to read in case anyone wonders. This centers on one member of the Donner Party,Sarah Graves. By focusing on one person the author hopes to give insight and empathy for their journey with Sarah‘s own words and descriptions.

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Only 16 days into the new year and I‘m predicting this will be the book I enjoy the most in 2019. 🤓#donnerpartyobsessed #bookstagram #theindifferentstarsabove

Megabooks Its really good! 11mo
Lyn-Mara @Megabooks Painfully so, right?? You just want to scream at them to turn back, go no further. 😫 11mo
Megabooks @Lyn-Mara Exactly! That‘s why I read it over a week!! 11mo
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What an amazing book! 4.5⭐️

I have been interested in the Donner Party ever since I read about them in the 3rd grade. This account mainly follows Sarah Graves and the difficult situations and choices she, her new husband, Jay, and other family members make. It took me over a week to read because some parts required “mulling time.” Overall, a fascinating, well researched piece of #narrativenonfiction.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Oh, sounds so good! I saw a documentary about it awhile back, I wish I could remember the name of it, but truly such a sad and terrible tragedy when you find out more about it. 11mo
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa It is, and I think you‘d really enjoy it. He‘s very meticulous about getting his facts straight, yet keeps the narrative spirit well. 11mo
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Cinfhen I‘m reading this book later this year!! Can‘t wait. Great review 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft My early morning fog brain misread Donner as Dahmer, and I kept thinking, you learned about Jeffrey Dahmer in 3rd grade? Oops! Then I kept reading and it clicked. 😮 (edited) 11mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft You know, I think the whole Dahmer thing happened when I was right about the third grade, so six of one, half dozen of the other! 🤭 11mo
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I am DETERMINED to finish these two books in the next 24 hours!! My reading has been so disjointed this year so far.

Does anyone have tips on improving concentration?? It‘s just never been like this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

cherinium I have also had a hard time concentrating on reading lately. I just can't seem to find my groove. I've had a lot of false starts the past 6 weeks or so. I hope you find a way to focus soon! 11mo
sixgun I find that when I am unable to keep on with a book, every though I like it, I have to find a feel good book. One of those that you can't put down, but short. Nothing complicated. And then I can go back to the thoughtful, interesting one. I'm loving the book I'm on right now, and I find it fascinating, but by no means is there a gripping story involved to hold my attention. 11mo
gradcat @sixgun My problem is that I‘m having trouble finding one that I can‘t put down...I think something is wrong with me—can‘t seem to find one of those propulsive page turners.... 😏 11mo
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Megabooks @cherinium I hope you do too! Maybe it‘s the winter blahs that have gotten me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It‘s been gray every day lately. 11mo
Megabooks @sixgun I‘m thinking about that. It does help! Sometimes a short funny book helps me. Usually Sedaris is good at getting my mojo back but the diary is long and less funny than most of his. 11mo
Megabooks @gradcat Yeah, I‘d like one of those as well!! 11mo
CouronneDhiver Take the pressure off 11mo
sixgun @gradcat since I rarely re-read books sites like these are so helpful to me. But my favorite genre is sci-fi, so I can pick up anything there and be safe if the writer is at least putting sentences together. Biographies are my second favorite and hit and miss, but audio book I do better. With other not-fiction with a subject matter that is interesting, if I just can't get into it, I try to find it on audio-book. If I can walk and listen, I get through the pages. Maybe that would work for you too @Megabooks 11mo
Megabooks @sixgun @gradcat Yes! I‘ve switched to nonfiction. There‘s no genre I like. I usually read heavy books when I read fiction, so that‘s out. I ended up buying the second Belinda Blinked book on Kindle. 😂😂😂 I can‘t listen to the podcast. It‘s too dirty for most in my house! We‘ll see how things go. I have the Sedaris on audio too and have been listening a bit. I enjoy his audiobooks. 11mo
Megabooks @CouronneDhiver That is a good point. I‘ve been comparing myself to other people on Litsy as far as speed and stuff. Generally, that doesn‘t turn out well. Thanks for the reminder! 😊 11mo
gradcat @Megabooks @cherinium @sixgun @CouronneDhiver You guys have some great ideas 👍 💡! It‘s so nice to have other people chime in with help when you‘re stuck. I love nonfiction, too, but my guilty pleasure is mystery...I love a good mystery, especially if it‘s set in another country than my own (US), because I get to sort of travel at the same time! Cheers, everybody! 🍻😍 11mo
Megabooks @gradcat @cherinium @sixgun @CouronneDhiver Yes definitely! There have been some great discussions lately! I‘m not a mystery fan, but when I do read them, I like British and Australian. I‘m US too 😊👍🏻📚 11mo
sixgun @gradcat @Megabooks my mystery book club, "The to die for club" had us reading Crocodile on the Sandbank. I am loving it! #crocodileonthesandbank #mystery Think independent woman egyptologist set in 1910. Too fun. 11mo
Megabooks @sixgun @gradcat I think my mom enjoyed that one. She pretty much only reads mysteries. 😁😁 11mo
gradcat @sixgun @Megabooks Yay! Keep those recommendations coming 😁📚👍 11mo
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It‘s finally happening 😬😬

Melissa_J Some parts of this book were very hard to read. 11mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh such a horrible book as far as what they went through. 11mo
Mandigolightly Wow they jumped up cannibalism fast 11mo
Megabooks @Melissa_J @Reviewsbylola Yes, I just got to the point where Sarah‘s husband Jay died and got eaten. 😭😭💔💔 11mo
Megabooks @Mandigolightly They didn‘t do it until a few days later with people who died rather than were killed...so far. 11mo
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Last of 2018 was Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh
First of 2019 are The Indifferent Stars Above (ebook), Written in Blood (#buddyread), and Where the Crawdads Sing (audiobook)

Happy New Year, Littens!! 16 minutes left here in West KY! 🥳🥳🍾🎊🎉📚

CarolynM Happy New Year 🎉 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Happy reading and Happy New Year, Meg ❤️🎉 11mo
Megabooks @CarolynM Thank you 😊😁👍🏻📚 11mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks ❤️🥳 11mo
rjsthumbelina I am halfway through Where the Crawdads Sing on audiobook. Liking it pretty well so far! 11mo
Megabooks @rjsthumbelina Fantastic! Cassandra Campbell is one of my favorite narrators. 😁😁👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 🎉 11mo
Megabooks @Bookzombie Happy New Year to you as well! 🥳🥳🎊🎉🍾 11mo
BarbaraBB Happy New Year! 11mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Happy New Year! 🎊 🍾🥳 11mo
Megabooks @AnneCecilie Happy New Year! 🍾🎉🥳 11mo
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Sale alert! I‘m using this for my #booked2019 #nightorientedtitle and was in line at the library, but I can‘t pass up $1.99! I‘ll have to see where it fits for #nonfiction2019, too. 😁👍🏻📚

Kaye Good idea ! I have this book. Good for the NF BINGO. 11mo
Megabooks @kaye Thanks! I need to figure out if I saved the NF bingo on my iPhone or iPad. 🤣 I need to work on organizing my digital life! New Years resolution? 🤔🤔🤔 11mo
Megabooks @kaye found it! I think in the NF it would work for about survival or about history. 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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Literary_Siren This is an old book about the Donner party. I have my Grandma‘s copy. 11mo
Megabooks @Literary_Siren That‘s really cool!! 11mo
Kaye @megabooks yep, it sounds like it‘d work for either one. 😁 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sooo many great deals! 👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes definitely! I‘m trying to have my Amazon gift card from my uncle last past February this year! 🤣🤣🤣 #bookishproblems 11mo
donnamartinreads Yes! I picked this up on a recommendation from a podcast I listen to. Haven‘t started it yet but it‘s supposed to be SO good! 11mo
Megabooks @donnamartinreads I‘m 20ish% in and so far it‘s fantastic! 11mo
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You mean I‘m going to have to suspend this until April?! You ladies are KILLING me! #Booked2019 #nightorientedtitle 😩🤣😘

4thhouseontheleft You can read the prompts at any time! You don‘t have to stick to the current season if you don‘t want to, and you can read ahead at any time. ☺️☺️ 11mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft Awesome! Thank you so much! 😁😁🥳 I‘m super excited about this book. 🤩🤩 11mo
Reviewsbylola Wtf does that even mean?! 11mo
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Huh? I think I‘m not getting something 11mo
Cinfhen What @4thhouseontheleft said....read whatever/whenever ❤️😊 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Fantastic! I‘ve taken off the suspension. Donner party, here I come! 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Only a hard core reader could be so excited with my co-hosts‘ answers. ♥️♥️🤣🤣♥️♥️ (edited) 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage that‘s me! 😆😆😆 11mo
Reviewsbylola Oh ok you suspended the title. I thought the library suspended it and I was confused. 😂😂 11mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣 We all have our moments! 11mo
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This was a hard read. The level of detail is amazing but it can make the bad choices and resulting Cannibalism heart rending and slightly gory. I didn‘t know much about the Donner party and I‘m glad I read this. My sympathies go to the Donner Party.

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This is one of the best books I‘ve read this year, but given the subject matter it was also one of the hardest to read. I was unfamiliar with the story of the Donner party prior to picking the book up, and I can‘t believe the unfathomable tragedy that befell the party as they made their way across the West in the hopes of a better life in California. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

callielafleur I loved this book so much!!! An amazing read. 12mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 I know nothing about this either! 12mo
LeahBergen I guess I better read my copy soon! 12mo
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Mehso-so

Moral of the story: don‘t take the short cut unless you know what you‘re getting into. Well researched, but my attention lagged toward the end. Might have been the level of detail.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Thank you @Wife for the book mail! 💖📚 I can't wait to read it!

Wife You‘re welcome. Enjoy. 🌹 12mo
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Tamra
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This made me pause. I wonder how many Californians and other west coasters are descendants of those first illegal immigrants to areas not then owned by the US. I like how we refer to them as “pioneers” and not illegals.

Melissa_J I thought of current day events when I read that passage, too. 12mo
Wife @Melissa_J So did I. 12mo
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I love that though Brown told the whole story of the Donner party and their tragedy, he focused the lens through a single, specific woman. I had no idea the details of this tragedy and like so many, it happened because so many different choices were made. Also provides interesting (I swear!) cannibalism facts for parties.

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Reading in bed means it‘s time to break out my Kobo. I know absolutely nothing about the Donner Party, but since the book gets positive reviews on Litsy I figured I‘d give it a go. I‘m quite engaged with the narrative so far.

ValerieAndBooks I grew up not far from where the survivors ended up. I have a copy of this book now (still TBR) but as a kid read the tagged book several times 😱 12mo
Librarybelle I loved this book! Though, it‘s weird to say you love a book that is about such a tragic event...🙄 12mo
Melissa_J @ValerieAndBooks the book is really interesting, and written in a way that keeps me turning the pages. Since I know nothing about the history I have no idea how the tragedy is going to unfold. 12mo
Melissa_J @Librarybelle it‘s very good, so I can see how, despite the subject matter, you could love it 😊 12mo
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LeahBergen
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#WinterKills (and sometimes turns you into a cannibal 😳).

#WinterWonderland

TrishB This definitely sounds like my idea of a nightmare....😱 12mo
Echo #LPOTL covered this! It‘s fascinating 12mo
Suet624 By the author of the Boys in the Boat! The Donners! Definitely in. 12mo
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emilyhaldi Tragic story 😬 12mo
Reviewsbylola Hell yeah it does. What a horrible story. 12mo
Cinfhen Bought this a few weeks ago on #KindleDailyDeal xx I‘m using it for #pop19 and hopefully I can make it fit for #booked2019 too 12mo
DebinHawaii I bought this one awhile ago & hope to get to it soon. 👍 12mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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May have just taken advantage of cyber week kindle sales 👀🙌🏻

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Theshadedbuffalo
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Hey U.S. friends!! This book is sooo intense after the first 1/4 of it. I was in shock about the ways people had to get to the west, and marveled at the tenacity and perseverance of the people who did it. It‘s a good deal!

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Wife
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Pickpick

I‘ve always wanted to know more about the Donner Party. It‘s so difficult for me to imagine what they endured. The bitter elements, the hunger, death, and eventual cannibalism. The author explores what we know now about PTSD and the effects of hypothermia. I‘m not going to complain about the cold for this whole Winter! I had to read this in small doses, but I give it a solid 3/5❄️s.

Wife @WorldsOkayestStepMom Hi. I saw that you stacked this read about the Donner Party, and would be happy to send my copy to you (if you are in the USA). I don‘t keep books that I don‘t plan to read again and like to pass them on to my Litsy friends. Let me know if you want it and I will give you my email for mailing info. 🌹 12mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Wife I'd love that! Thank you so much! 12mo
Wife @WorldsOkayestStepMom Here is my email: bumblebee21 at Comcast dot net I‘ll send it Media Mail and let you know when it‘s on the way. 🌹 12mo
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Wife @WorldsOkayestStepMom Any problem sending email? Just checking, because I did miss an email when updating my phone, and also hadn‘t gotten yours yet. 12mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom @Wife sorry about that! I just sent it over to you. 12mo
RadicalReader @Wife you are definitely a bookworm props to you for completing so many books a month 12mo
Wife @WorldsOkayestStepMom Hi Emily! I have your package all set to mail, but the counter person at my post office advised me to double check your house number before mailing. She tells me that it is rare to see a 6 digit number. Please verify. Thanks 🌹 12mo
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They were led to believe that the Pass they took would get them to California quicker...the Donner Party was grossly misinformed. Instead, their horrific journey into the Sierra Nevada will go in history for the traumatic choices made. Brown chronicles the horrors through the eyes of one of the female survivors. And yes, it‘s nonfiction. Not a fictional tale. #FalseHope #NoFemmeber

Cinfhen I just bought this one on a #KindleDeal and I‘m using it for #pop19 #astrologyInTitle and maybe #Booked2019 #NightOrientedTitle 13mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen 👍❤️ 13mo
Tamra Amazing anyone survived at all. 13mo
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emilyhaldi Great pick for the prompt... what a fascinating and horrible story 💙 13mo
Librarybelle It‘s such a sad story! @Tamra @emilyhaldi 13mo
Megabooks Just put it on hold at the library! Thanks. 😊 13mo
Billypar I was just skimming through the Wikipedia page on the Donner party and it reads like a novel itself! I didn't know the details of what happened along the way were so well-documented. 13mo
Librarybelle @Billypar It‘s really thanks to those who survived. Some kept diaries, like in the case of this book. It does read like a novel! 13mo
Reviewsbylola This was just so horrific. 😖 13mo
ferskner I'm weirdly obsessed with the Donner Party... 12mo
Librarybelle @ferskner I find myself drawn to the most awful stories in history... 12mo
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Amiable
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A narrative nonfiction account of the Donner Party's tragic journey through the Sierra Nevada mountains. Well-written and interesting; this the same author who wrote "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics" (which was one of my favorite reads a few years ago). 4/5 stars

Cedricsmom ❤️ the title. 13mo
callielafleur This was such a good book. I might revisit it at some point. 13mo
emilyhaldi I loved this book... had to read it after reading the Boys on the Boat!!! Love this author 💙 13mo
Amiable @emilyhaldi I think I liked "Boys in the Boat" a bit better, but I agree--he is a wonderful writer! 13mo
emilyhaldi Totally agree- I was completely enthralled with Boys in the Boat! This one rambled a bit but still fascinating 😄 13mo
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callielafleur
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Pickpick

This was excellent! The absolutely fascinating history about the infamous Donner Party, one of the craziest stories in American history. While this harrowing tale is usually associated with one thing (the fact that they had to resort to cannibalism), the story before and after that part are just as, if not more intense.

I listened to this on audio, and the narrator (Michael Prichard) has this grim determination that really suits the story.

OutsmartYourShelf I read the fictional account ‘Hunger‘ based on the Donner party earlier this year. Definitely interested in this one. 1y
callielafleur @Deangirl I heard about the book after listening to The Last Podcast on the Left do a 3-part episode on the Donner Party. I recommend that also! 1y
OutsmartYourShelf Thanks, @callielafleur I‘ll check it out. Such a fascinating subject. 1y
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Aseleener
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My fave place to read. This book is so riveting! #lakemichigan #beachread

CoffeeBooksRepeat Beautiful! 1y
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Theshadedbuffalo
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1. Pink and teal!
2. I‘ve been rewatching Friends for the 7th time
3. The Indifferent Stars Above- Daniel James Brown
4. Ketchup
5. Lesson planning for our upcoming homeschool year 😬

Thanks for the tag @Ruthiella !! #friyayintro @jesshowbooks you should play along— @Macavity @ReadingOver50 @Ddzmini

Ddzmini Thank you for the tag 😋 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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I will now read anything written by Daniel James Brown. He has an excellent way of weaving a story out of dry historical facts. I absolutely love that his method of focus is to choose one person out of the group and center the story around that person, just as he did with The Boys in the Boat. In this case, the story revolves around Sarah Graves, a 21 year old newlywed traveling with her parents, siblings, and husband.

ValerieAndBooks I have this stacked already (when and who from, I don‘t know) but didn‘t realize it was from the same author as The Boys in the Boat!! Now I must read. 2y
Cinfhen I stacked already courtesy of @emilyhaldi 😍. @ValerieAndBooks it looks good!!! 2y
Mdargusch I didn‘t realize this was Boys in the Boat author either! 2y
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Reviewsbylola Yes, that‘s when I knew I absolutely had to read it!! @ValerieAndBooks @Mdargusch 2y
emilyhaldi Did you borrow the copy I gave mom? It's so good! And tragic 😟 2y
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My parents brought the girls up to the lake earlier today, so the drive for me was lonely (but peaceful 😂). I took the chance to give audiobooks another try. I found my current book on #hoopla and was able to listen to 2.5 hours on the way here! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I arrived to two excited and sleepy girls. They are so happy that Papa and @Mdargusch set up bunk beds for them!

readinginthedark ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2y
Chelleo # 1 They are adorable 😍 # 2 So happy to hear the second audiobook attempt was a success! 👏🏾 (edited) 2y
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saresmoore That IKEA loft bed is the best! We had one for years that was set up, then flipped, moved across the country, painted, flipped again, moved to another room, and finally dismantled and passed on to a friend. I hope your sweet kiddos will get some good rest tonight! 2y
emilyhaldi So cozy 💕 Also, dying to know how that drive went with @Mdargusch and Papa....!! 2y
BarbaraBB So nice that you say Papa! 2y
Cathythoughts 💕💕💕 2y
LeahBergen Awww! The darlings. 💕💕 2y
Kalalalatja I always wanted a bunk bed (and a sister, minor detail) when I was a kid - it looks so cozy! 👌😄 2y
Reviewsbylola It went well but it was long!! @emilyhaldi 2y
Blaire Looks like so much fun! 2y
L_auren That little face at the top ☺️ 2y
britt_brooke Little sweeties! Love the bunk beds. 💚💚 (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Looks fun💕 2y
Mdargusch She is so happy! 2y
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emilyhaldi
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In April 1846, Sarah Graves & her family set off on foot across the Illinois #river to make their way west to California in hopes of a better life. Their journey took 8 months and they encountered unimaginable tragedy & hardships along the way. Brown crafts a horrifying, detailed account of their journey and lends insight to the lives of these brave people. I feel more #blessed than ever to be living during modern times 🙏🏻
#getmovin

emilyhaldi Ps. Using this for #booked18 #booksetoutdoors 🏔⛰🏔⛰ 2y
Reviewsbylola Um please send this my way! 2y
Reviewsbylola Omfg same author as The Boys in the Boat?!?! 2y
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emilyhaldi Yes!!!! @Reviewsbylola I will read anything he writes at this point. It‘s on mom‘s tbr bookshelf, you‘re welcome to take it! (edited) 2y
Cinfhen This sounds awesome!!!! What a find & great pick!! I‘ve #stacked!! 2y
Mdargusch I will be reading this soon @Reviewsbylola 2y
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clanoneves
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Looking outside my window recently, I saw a cloud of snow descending from the Sierra Nevadas surrounding my city, a single solitary star in the sky. I couldn‘t help by think about #TheIndifferentStarsAbove by Daniel James Brown and that while undeniably beautiful, there‘s a deadly power in my Mountains that not too long ago threatened the lives of the Donner Party just trying to find home in California. 10/10 would read again.