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Station Eleven
Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
A National Book Award FinalistA PEN/Faulkner Award Finalist Kirsten Raymonde will never forget the night Arthur Leander, the famous Hollywood actor, had a heart attack on stage during a production of"King Lear."That was the night when a devastating flu pandemic arrived in the city, and within weeks, civilization as we know it came to an end. Twenty years later, Kirsten moves between the settlements of the altered world with a small troupe of actors and musicians. They call themselves The Traveling Symphony, and they have dedicated themselves to keeping the remnants of art and humanity alive. But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who will threaten the tiny band s existence. And as the story takes off, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, the strange twist of fate that connects them all will be revealed."
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maich
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#WondrousWednesday

1. Evelyn Hugo from the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Luisa Clark from Me Before You

2. William Price from Lost&Found and Four from Divergent trilogy

3. Just started Station Eleven. Also reading The Secret of a Heart Note and Mango and Peppercorns.

@eggs

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Megabooks
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I cannot believe the daffodils are already this high! 🤯

So this is a ridiculously huge #bookhaul! My @AardvarkBookClub choices came! 🎉🎉 I had two to pick up at the library and somehow three more jumped in my bag. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 Plus I finally have a hardcover copy of Station Eleven! 🤩 Plus three more from Amazon. Kids Run the Show is a #blameiton @Reviewsbylola 🥰👍🏻

#aardvark

britt_brooke Love this photo! 2w
AmyG Oooooooo 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 to the books and daffodils! 2w
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Aims42 This is one gorgeous looking photo!! Happy Reading!!! 2w
marleed Those daffodils give me hope! And all the books! 2w
monkeygirlsmama I frequently have that problem. Such sneaky, bag hopping books! 🤭 2w
BarbaraBB Kids run the show is so good! What a great haul 🥰 2w
squirrelbrain I agree with @barbarabb - Kids is so good! 2w
sarahbarnes I‘m excited to read Kids Run the Show due to @BarbaraBB ‘s review! 😁 That is a great haul! (edited) 2w
youneverarrived 😍😍 I have Kids Run the Show waiting to be read - hopefully soon! It sounds really good. 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain didn‘t realize you had both read and enjoyed kids! Yay!! 🎉🎉 Steph recommended it to me over on instagram, too! 2w
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perfectsinner
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Have wanted to read this for quite a while. I'm sick currently so can't concentrate on a physical book-- giving an audiobook a try.

BookmarkTavern Hope you feel better soon! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Hope that you feel better soon! Hugs! 1mo
perfectsinner Thanks, me too! Hope this is a good choice. 1mo
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mjtwo
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10-3 Dec 23 (audiobook)
I have loved all this author‘s books and wish I had waited to read this in text but I was impatient and it was in the Audible sale.
Set largely in a post-apocalyptic world devastated by global pandemic, it does not dwell on the immediate extreme havoc but on the world 10-20 years afterwards and the question of whether recovery is possible. The interconnected stories of survivors and victims are wonderful and heartbreaking.

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AvidReader25
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This is my first time rereading this since the pandemic. Obviously that added a whole extra interesting layer to reflect on. It remains one of my top 10 books of all time. Technically it‘s about a post-apocalyptic world. But do not let that deter you from reading this if that's not your thing. This book is one of the most well-written connected character sketches that I've ever found. The stories are all connected, woven together beautifully.

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Booksbymybed
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This one has been on my list for a long time, and I enjoyed it a lot. If anyone would ask me what this book is about, I probably would struggle to tell, as it swirls together a post apocalyptic society, memories, regrets, and flashbacks. But in the end it works and puzzle pieces fit together. I guess it‘s just about life, how it goes on, despite everything . I know I will be thinking about it for a while. Has anyone seen the tv show?

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serenity_block
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This book brought back a sense of anxiety I haven‘t felt in close to 10 years. I really enjoyed the story, but it‘s eerie similarities to the Covid-19 pandemic and how bad it could have been made me both eager and anxious to read. The ending definitely relieved a bit of that anxiety and replaced it with hope. Overall, the characters were complex and interesting, and the world building was well done.

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Sleepswithbooks
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Up next from my @AmyG Gallery of Great Reads 📚 It feels like it may be be a stay in bed and read kind of day.

#Litsylove #Readinbed #HideandRead #ReadaJourney #BlanketsandBooks

AmyG Enjoy 😘 (edited) 7mo
dabbe 💙🖤🩵 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The best day!! 7mo
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Shawna
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#survival is insufficient
#summerspecial

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf 📚 7mo
Eggs Been wondering about this one🤔 7mo
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Tea_and_Starstuff
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I've been interested in this book for a long time but…you know, pandemic happened. Finally felt up to it recently. I really, really enjoyed this read, the timeline shuffle worked, weaving together past and present. It's fascinating that a relatively recently written book (2014) can feel so historical. So many more people have tangible experience (pandemic and demagogue related) of what St. John Mandel wrote. Fascinating to think about.

BarbaraJean I've been wanting to re-read this, because pandemic. But then also unsure if I wanted to re-read it, because pandemic. I read Sea of Tranquility by St. John Mandel last year and it felt so referential to this one that my re-reading itch has deepened. Maybe we should book club it. 8mo
Tea_and_Starstuff @BarbaraJean - oooh, yeah. If the others are down for a thematically heavier read I think there's a really interesting conversation to be had. I think there's some things that stayed feeling very true and some things that were just like...ah, this was written Before. 8mo
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LittlePixels
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Well, my foster baby has become a “foster fail” and my permanent reading partner. Littens, meet Kindle Kitty! #catsoflitsy #kittens #kittenlitten 🐱🥰

Darklunarose Welcome to your forever home kindle kitty. 8mo
Leftcoastzen So cute ! But now you are scaring me, I have 4 that are 10 weeks that I am fostering, have a full house already. 8mo
BookmarkTavern So gorgeous! 🧡 8mo
LittlePixels @Darklunarose @ozma.of.oz Thanks! 🐱🥰❤️ 8mo
LittlePixels @Leftcoastzen LOL! We‘ve fostered several this summer, and I had NO intention of adding to our family. This little guy knew we were his people from the minute we met, though. I wish you could post photos in comments; I‘d love to see your foster babies! 8mo
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eddiewrites
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Good read. Apocalyptic, haunting at times, but not void of hope.

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Jgacreations
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Yes!!! A friend recommended this one to me. I haven‘t seen the show yet, but now can‘t wait. The way the story about a pandemic apocalypse and the people that survived, shows what a small world we live in. This was a great read. Def recommend

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Megbert
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I enjoyed the TV series so much but felt like there were a few significant gaps in the story. The book of course smooths it all out and fills in the characters so much better. That said I‘d say it‘s still one of my top pick TV watches of this year. It‘s an all round brilliant story, very poetic in a sad bleak world.

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Jaimelire
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Great book!

LoverOfLearning Completely forgot I read this one. I was ehh bout it. But in all honestly I rushed the audiobook to finish it for book club. So maybe if I didn't rush through it I would have enjoyed it more. 10mo
LoverOfLearning I'm glad your enjoyed it!! 10mo
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ElleMNOpe
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I love Emily St. John Mandel's writing & how well-woven her stories are. hough a little overhyped, this is unique & 100% worth reading. The writing is fantastic & the character work is also really well-done. Each & every character feels intensely real. I don't know how she does that when some only exist for a small handful of pages. There is a lot in this narrative that just made me think. Beautiful, lyrical, & warranting of a reread.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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What a marvelous book! I‘m only sorry it took so long for me to get around to reading it. It has everything I want in an apocalyptic novel: storylines before, during, and long after the event; making do with the things left behind by the old civilization while rebuilding in tiny communities; even traveling entertainers! It‘s all brought together by Mandel‘s beautifully drawn characters and compelling prose. I just wish there were more.

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paisleyjess
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Loved this story of a post endemic world where society is completely different. The handling of the pandemic is masterful as it is more of a set piece than the story itself. Character driven piece.

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Blueberry
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An amazing reread. 4.5

#CanadaReads2023

LaraReads This one is super high on my TBR! 12mo
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Blueberry
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"The King stood in a pool of blue light, unmoored.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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abostwick24
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This book really intrigued me. I loved how the plot went back and forth between pre-pandemic and post life. The characters were all so intriguing and rife with complexity. The only thing that upset me was the ending, it was incredibly anti-climatic. I really love this author and am looking forward to reading more works by her.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️(4/5)

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HeyT
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This was absolutely worth pushing through the reading slump and finishing. I think my favorite part are all the small details that connect the pre pandemic narrative to the post. So many interconnected threads that give nice little payoffs. This was my #BookSpin for January @TheAromaofBooks

LaraReads I‘ve been wanting to read this for so long! 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 13mo
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HeyT
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You guys I‘m having the best reading night in a long time! Somehow I‘m only 100 pages from the end and a wild feline reading buddy has appeared. Since we adopted the dog in May he‘s super territorial over my attention and usually tries to get them to leave but he‘s currently distracted by my feet lol
#CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 13mo
Catsandbooks Such a pretty kitty!! ❤️ 13mo
wanderinglynn So pretty! ❤️🐱 13mo
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HeyT
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I was going to use my book stand pillow but Rolo had other ideas. I have been in a bit of a slump so it‘s taking me forever to finish this. But I‘m enjoying it when I can actually get myself to pick it up.

wanderinglynn Aw, sweet Rolo! ❤️🐶 13mo
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nosferatu
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Parts of it felt like a rehash of The Stand (I probably should have left myself some more time between the two) or maybe just pandemic fiction in general, though the circular plot design is a neat little trick that worked okay for me. Surprisingly, I found the airport chapters quite harrowing and many of the episodes from Arthur Leander‘s life so engaging that I would have liked to read more of them.

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HeyT
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#BookReport
Didn't manage to finish any of the books that I'd track for my yearly goal but I did read quite a few of my guilty pleasure no track books. I also made decent progress in the tagged but not enough to really count.

#WeeklyForecast
Goal this week is to finish Station Eleven and start Amatka. I like how I made all these great reading goals that were less strenuous than last year and am already falling behind month one lol.

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HeyT
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Back porch reading while the dog alternates between staring at me, playing with his toys, and sunbathing.

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451Degrees
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A most excellent dystopian novel with multiple perspectives both pre and post flu epidemic. Was fascinating to read about how life was perceived to end up post epidemic before we as a society went through our own epidemic. I can see why this book became very popular during COVID era. Amazing way that all the characters were connected and eventually circled back around to each other. Honestly would have loved to have a little bit more book!

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OriginalCyn620
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I read this book 6 years ago & loved it. I remember thinking then how easily the events in the book could actually happen. And now, here we are post-pandemic, so it was a different experience reading it this time around. I still love this book! The subject matter is still scary, even more so now, & the themes of human connection, fate, death, and survival ring truer than ever.

#pop23 - fulfills a fave past challenge prompt (reread of a fave book)

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14mo
Clwojick Great job! 14mo
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Cinfhen Well played!! This was the first dystopian book that rocked my world!!! Im almost scared to read again…I‘m afraid it won‘t meet my expectations the second time around 😟 14mo
OriginalCyn620 @Cinfhen I get what you mean! I wanted to read it again because I want to watch the series, and since I read it the first time so long ago, I wanted to refresh. I had forgotten some things! 13mo
Cinfhen Yeah, I get that!! Can‘t wait to hear what u think about the series!! I hear it‘s slightly different from the book but still very good!! 13mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Ready to start my retro project for #LitsyCrafters! And listening to this book on audio. I read the print version like 6 years ago, and want to watch the series when I‘m done with the audiobook.

#jumpstart2023

mom2bugnbee Ah, the strawberry needle keeper! Such memories! 14mo
Catsandbooks That strawberry is so cute!! Can't wait to see your creation! 14mo
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HeyT
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Happy #BookSpin Day to all who celebrate! I am hype we have our new selections for the New Year. My BookSpin is the tagged with Against the Tide of Years as my DoubleSpin. Both have been on my tbr for a while so I'm happy to have the excuse to get them done.

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galueth28
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This was such a nice read! You'd think a book dealing with a pandemic and the post-apocaliptic world after woyld be grim, but the story focuses instead in the random connections people make and how small acts of kindness can reverberate throug peoples' lives.

Yes, there's some dark stuff going on, but it's not the point or the focus of the story.

#adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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andrew61
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It's irl rdg grp tomorrow + this is one of the 2 bks we are discussing. The first half when the pandemic strikes was very disconcerting reading post covid given its being written in 2014 . I felt the 2nd half told 20 yrs later + reflecting on life post the illness well told but offering similar threads to many other dystopian novels incl the ominous preacher. I liked the connections to actor Arthur and overall well told and enjoyable

sarahbarnes I loved this one too and read it pre-pandemic. The HBO series is very good and watching it post-pandemic was definitely an experience. 1y
EKonrad This had one of the few TV adaptations that I felt was actually almost as good as the book. 1y
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Susanita
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📘Station Eleven
🖊️Jeff Shaara
🎥The Sound of Music
🎤Bruce Springsteen
🎶Someday (Celtic Woman)
#manicmonday #letterS

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TheSpineView
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#ManicMonday #LetterS @CBee

📘 Station Eleven
🖊 John Scalzi
🎬 Shrek
🎤 Stevie Nicks
🎶 Shambala by Three Dog Night

Deblovestoread How could I forget Station Eleven 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
TheSpineView @Deblovestoread It was a great book! But there are so many!📚📚📚 1y
RaeLovesToRead Aww! Shrek! 1y
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Susanita
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What a great question! Except that I would say that every English teacher was my favorite at the time. I‘d like to think that any of them would be glad to know I‘m still a reader and would enjoy a good conversation about something more contemporary than the works of William Shakespeare or other dead white guys. Tagged book would be a good place to start. #sundayfunday

BookmarkTavern Your answer made me laugh out loud! Thank you for sharing! 1y
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wideeyedreader
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This wasn‘t as hard to read as I feared, and I found myself caring about and being interested in the characters—which is good, as this is a very character-focused novel. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I absolutely loved this book. It mostly centers around 3 people and their connections on the night the plague hit. Arthur who dies on stage that night, Jeevan who tried to save him and Kirsten who was on stage with Arthur as one of the children in King Lear.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#Booked2022 #SetInACanadianProvince @Cinfhen @alisiakae @BarbaraTheBibliophage

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
Cinfhen One of my all time favorite reads!!! 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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#two4tuesday

1. I‘ve read both, but more apocalyptic books. I‘d love to read more alternate history! As long as the story is good, I‘m good with either.
2. The tagged book. I loved it!

If you want to play, consider yourself tagged! 🤗

TheSpineView Great choice! Thanks for playing! 1y
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RaeLovesToRead
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If you can read my scruffiest handwriting, these were my favourite quotes from Station Eleven. I'm planning a re-read soon.

"A trapdoor waiting under every word"

"If you are the light, if your enemies are darkness, then there's nothing that you cannot justify."

DaveGreen7777 I must say, your handwriting is much better than most doctor‘s are! 😁 ✍️ 1y
Pogue I have a quote journal! I have kept one for years. I love looking back on what I have read and what meant something to me. 1y
RaeLovesToRead @DaveGreen7777 Normally my handwriting is much nicer than this 😳😅 See any of my bookspin bingo lists / squares for a sample... 😉🤣 1y
RaeLovesToRead @Pogue I love my quotes journal. I was going to start another one because I'm running out of space, but since I've started using Litsy, I'm tending to type them out on here, then screenshot, instead. 1y
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Susanita
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Megabooks One of my all time favorites! 2y
Susanita @Megabooks Me too! 2y
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EverydayImReading
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I love her writing and this is an excellent read. So many S books. Also I must mention The Shining S King. A secret history Donna Tartt Slade house David Mitchell. A short history of nearly everything Bill Bryson. #alphabetgame.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 2y
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galueth28
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I couldn't put this one down. Loved the characters and the way their lives touched and were intertwined with eachother.

Read for #bookspin

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Kangaj1
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Here is my list for #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks

I am not sure I will read all of the #AuthorAMonth listed @Soubhiville, but they are placeholders so I can see if I like them.

Also listed #TBRDeckOfCards @clwojick - I already ruled one other one out this week.
#Booked2022 (almost done with this one!) @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @barbarathebibliophage
#Roll100 @PuddleJumper

Cinfhen Ohhhh, I almost forgot/ it‘s time to think about #BookSpinAugust !!!! Hi @TheAromaofBooks 👋🏽♥️ 2y
PuddleJumper Awesome! I forgot about #bookspin too, gotta make my list! 🤣 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! @Cinfhen @PuddleJumper - I'm just getting ready to post the reminder post for AUGUST! 😲 MIND. BLOWN. 😂 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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I‘m 11 chapters into this book and I can‘t bring myself to read another chapter. There are parts where it‘s hard to follow and is thus losing my confidence in continuing further. I see it has a great rating on here, so I guess it‘s just me.

readingjedi Not just you - I wasn't that impressed by it either 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
IamIamIam I listened to this so it was much easier to follow. I was so haunted by this, prepandemic of course... 2y
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'No one seems to have noticed that Miranda‘s saying very little. “I wish you‘d try a little harder,” Arthur has said to her once or twice, but she knows she‘ll never belong here no matter how hard she tries. These are not her people. She is marooned on a strange planet. The best she can do is pretend to be unflappable when she isn‘t.'

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Julz422
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This was tough to read in our current times, but interesting characters and story. I wish I had a little more resolution with some of the characters.

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Leftcoastzen
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Since I just read this , it is hard to imagine how I would feel about this book pre Covid .In the first days of our lockdown I was trying not to picture scenes as drastic in this novel happening IRL.The writing is beautiful, the book atmospheric. That the arts make a comeback & that there is a museum of now useless artifacts was fascinating.Of course there‘s an evil prophet, there would have to be, though my least favorite part of the book.