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Flight of Dreams
Flight of Dreams: A Novel | Ariel Lawhon
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"At every page a guilty secret bobs up; at every page Lawhon keeps us guessing.Who will bring down the Hindenburg? And how?-- New York Times Book ReviewOn the evening of May 3rd, 1937, ninety-seven people board the Hindenburg for its final, doomed flight to Lakehurst, New Jersey. Among them are a frightened stewardess who is not what she seems; the steadfast navigator determined to win her heart; a naive cabin boy eager to earn a permanent spot on the worlds largest airship; an impetuous journalist who has been blacklisted in her native Germany; and an enigmatic American businessman with a score to settle. Over the course of three hazy, champagne-soaked days their lies, fears, agendas, and hopes for the future are revealed.Flight of Dreams is a fiercely intimate portrait of the real people on board the last flight of the Hindenburg. Behind them is the gathering storm in Europe and before them is looming disaster. But for the moment they float over the Atlantic, unaware of the inexorable, tragic fate that awaits them.Brilliantly exploring one of the most enduring mysteries of the twentieth century, Flight of Dreams is that rare novel with spellbinding plotting that keeps you guessing till the last page and breathtaking emotional intensity that stays with you long after.From the Hardcover edition.
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Reviewsbylola
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#theskyboatsong made me think of the Hindenburg. It looks like a submarine. In the sky. What can I say? 🤷🏼‍♀️ I loved this book! Lawhon‘s best so far, imo. #soaringscores

Cinfhen I started the tagged book but couldn‘t get into it🤷🏼‍♀️it‘s in #Hibernation 🐻eventually I‘ll try again 2mo
Mdargusch Still one of my favorite books! 2mo
CrowCAH Yup, a type of “ship” in the sky! 2mo
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Mdargusch
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This fictionalized account of the Hindenburg was well done. The author researched the victims and tried to portray their days as they traveled across the ocean on the airship. I am still not convinced about what caused the tragedy, but Lawson did a good job laying out possible causes.
#anglophileapril #dreams

*i could‘ve sworn I already posted this 🤔 I‘m not sure what happened.

Reviewsbylola Fantastic book!!! 8mo
emilyhaldi 💙 8mo
Cinfhen I still have this #BOTM unread 😬 8mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this on my TBR list for ages. 8mo
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Bookish_B
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This book had been in my TBR list (and shelf) for a couple of years now and finally just decided it was time to read it. I really enjoyed it. I realized I knew next to nothing about The Hindenburg, the passengers or even how it the airship itself worked. I very much enjoyed the writing, the characters and the obvious research that went into telling the story. It's been a little over a week since I read it but the characters are still with me.

Eggs Beautiful photo 10mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked this one! I also enjoyed her next book, which was a little different, but came together well in the end. 10mo
Bookish_B @Hooked_on_books I plan to read that one but it probably won't be for a while. I do already own The Wife, the Maid and, the Mistress so I think that will be next one of hers for me 😊 10mo
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dfieb
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I belong to the Merrymakers Book Club, and this was our most recent selection. I really enjoyed this book, and I was surprised that a novel about the Hindenburg could have such character development. It certainly is a fun read, and I found myself reading well into the night, which is my way of saying that I loved this book.

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NatalieR
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I probably should have read the physical book instead of the audiobook. At times I struggled to stay focused even though it‘s an interesting story and very well written. The ending was heartbreakingly beautiful. 💔#MountTBR

tracey38 Great ornament! 13mo
Bookzombie I love the ornament! 13mo
Bookzombie I also loved this book. 🙂 13mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I have that ornament too. 💕 13mo
NatalieR @tracey38 Thanks! 🎄 12mo
NatalieR @Bookzombie Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the book! 📚 12mo
kspenmoll I was gifted this book from a Litten. Must read.... thanks for review. Your ornament is beautiful. Where did you find it? 12mo
NatalieR @kspenmoll I hope you enjoy the book. I bought the ornament at my local indie. 🎄 12mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Fiction about the final flight of the Hindenburg. I thought it was well done. The characters were diverse and interesting. And I liked the sight mystery element.

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suzanne.literarylife
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Loved this historical fiction story about the few days before the 1937 Hindenburg Zeppelin explosion. The author selected a handful of characters to focus her story around. See my review at https://youtu.be/e4Pa5v6SQm4

#literarylife #bookreview #flightofdreams #ariellawhon #historicalfiction #hindenburg #zeppelinexplosion #bookworm #booklover #bookish #booknerd #historicalreads

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Crazeedi
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My next read, I enjoyed the previous one I read by this author.

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SilversReviews
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#HeyJune
@GypsyKat
@Cinfhen

A HARD DAY‘S NIGHT

The Hindenburg definitely made for a “hard day‘s night” and a terrific book.

FLIGHT OF DREAMS tells of the three-day flight of the Hindenburg and its fire on the third day as it neared its landing spot of Lakehurst, New Jersey.

This book is well researched and a wonderful way to learn about this historical event.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2016/02/flight-of-dreams-by-ariel-lawhon.html

Cinfhen I just got this from #BOTM last month ~ excited to read it now 😍 2y
Crazeedi Just ordered this! 2y
SilversReviews @Cinfhen It is good. She threw in a bit of mystery too. 2y
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Crazeedi @SilversReviews I will! I just ordered 6 books , oops!! Don't tell hubby! Lol 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved this book! 2y
GypsyKat My hubs has this book, so I added it to my TBR too. It looks fantastic! 2y
SilversReviews @GypsyKat I think you will enjoy it. 2y
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Cinfhen
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I went old school with my #BOTM selection! I miss the early days of #BOTM when the choices were really varied and each book seemed well curated. I was slightly tempted by The Perfect Mother but after so many disappointing thrillers, I decided to skip it! I am curious why the choices are up so early?!?!?!

Reviewsbylola Yes the choices somehow don‘t seem so carefully selected. I think The Mars Room sounds like it has amazing potential!! 2y
Mdargusch I hope you like Fight of Dreams as much as I did! 2y
MinDea I also chose The Mars Room. It sounds really good. 2y
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Mdargusch
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This fictionalization of the last flight of the Hindenburg hooked me from the very beginning. I knew the ending, but Lawhon does an excellent job of imagining how that might have happened. What caused the tragic ending? Was it human error or sabotage? Lawhon‘s research into the actual people on the trip was in depth and they were well portrayed. #werise #aprella

Kaye One of these days I need to read my post before clicking send. This one looked like a drunken sailor typed it. One day I need to read this book also. (edited) 2y
Suet624 Sounds so interesting! 2y
emilyhaldi Good one!! This is on my eventual tbr list 😃 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved this one! 2y
Mdargusch Ha! I need to do the same @Kaye. 2y
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Mdargusch
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This fictionalization of the last flight of the Hindenburg hooked me from the very beginning. I knew the ending, but Lawhon does an excellent job of imagining how that might have happened. What caused the tragic ending? Was it human error or sabotage? Lawhon‘s research into the actual people on the trip was in depth and they were well portrayed. #werise #aprella

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Mdargusch
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This fictionalization of the last flight of the Hindenburg hooked me from the very beginning. I knew the ending, but Lawhon does an excellent job of imagining how that might have happened. What caused the tragic ending? Was it human error or sabotage? Lawhon‘s research into the actual people on the trip was in depth and they were well portrayed. #werise #aprella

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SilversReviews
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#ThisRemindsMeOf

@joestalksbeck
@tiffy_reads

TODAY'S PROMPT IS: FIRE

Fire reminded me of FLIGHT OF DREAMS by Ariel Lawson.

It is about the Hindenburg.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2016/02/flight-of-dreams-by-ariel-lawhon.html

Pamwurtzler Such a good book! 2y
SilversReviews It was very good. 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

I quite enjoyed this fictionalization of the last flight of the Hindenburg. It‘s filled with intrigue, plots, and, of course, tragedy. I feel the author really captured the feelings of the era.

I am almost to 20 hours for #24in48! I‘m hoping to make it all the way to 24. It‘s looking good!

RealBooks4ever Good going! 💜 You're a brave soul! 2y
AlaMich This sounded really good to me! Must stack... 2y
Bookzombie I enjoyed this one too! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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It‘s a bit after 2:30 am here and my eyes are struggling to stay open. I‘m happy with having almost 4 hours complete for #24in48. Good luck, readathoners—I‘ll see you when I wake up!

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Hooked_on_books
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Greta is oh so subtly trying to get me to share my popcorn. How to resist that face? #24in48

Moray_Reads How could you resist that gorgeous face? 😍 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Well that‘s quite a start! Onward into #24in48, almost 3 hours in for me.

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Mdargusch
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I loved this historical fiction account of the crash of the Hindenburg. It reads as a mystery since there was never a definitive decision on the cause of the crash - human error or terrorism? #aircrashbureau #nuyear

Moonpa Loved this book! 2y
SilversReviews Good read. 2y
TrishB Good pick 👍🏻 2y
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emilyhaldi Interesting! Good pick 👍🏻 2y
Dulcinella Can I ask why you are all reading aircrash books? 😎 2y
Cinfhen Great choice!! Totally want to read this #stacked! 2y
Cinfhen @Dulcinella we are all participating in a monthly challenge where we pair song titles to books....today's song is titled The Aircrash Bureau by Gary Numan... 🤘🏽 2y
Dulcinella Thanks for the explanation. Sounds like fun!😃 2y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book! 2y
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Amiable
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful? Not to worry--because in here it is delightful.

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Pamwurtzler
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Pamwurtzler
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Congratulations on 7777 followers! That was a good catch. 🎰I think my last 5 star read was #FlightofDreams - really good. #7777giveaway

Mdargusch I️ loved this book too! 2y
Pamwurtzler @Mdargusch have you read her other book? It was great as well. 2y
Megabooks Added to TBR! 2y
Mdargusch Yes! @Pamwurtzler I️ did read her other book and liked that one too. Now I‘m looking forward to reading 2y
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priymara
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A snappy, fiery romp about the Hindenburg. One of my favorite recent historical fiction reads. 😍#GIVEAWAYHISTORICAL

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Ncostell
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This was my F book for #Litsyatoz and it was a fascinating read. It is historical fiction based on the last flight of the Hindenburg and many of the characters are based on real people that were on that flight. Told from multiple perspectives, this book gives you insight into the lives of crew and passengers alike. Super interesting, it had me Googling more information about this historical tragedy long after putting the book down.

Reviewsbylola Such a fantastic book. She has a new book coming out soon that I can‘t wait to read! 2y
Ms_T Nice review! 2y
Ncostell @reviewsbylola Yes, I will definitely read her upcoming book. That looks great too! 2y
Ncostell @Ms_T Thank you! It was such a great read which made it easy to gush about. 2y
SilversReviews This was good. 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

So incredibly good! It‘s a fictional account of the Hindenburg and that final voyage. It was completely engrossing.

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LeslieO
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And while I'm commenting on all the books on my shelves that I haven't read yet, here's my latest #bookhaul! Most from Book Outlet, the Reacher is from Amazon (I had points). I realized that one reason I allow myself to make these purchases is so I can post a book haul pic! #blameitonlitsy

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RosieBoo65
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Pickpick

I started this book at the beginning of June for my IRL book club and June went nuts. I finished it today just on time for our meeting Thursday night. Y'all this is SUH GUUUD!!!! The ending is amazing, and no spoilers. Also read the author's notes. It makes the whole experience even better.

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Smangela
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Reading brings color to a gray day

❤️💛💚💙💜

#BOTM

A little audio coloring - and by audio coloring I mean I got to color with the Moana soundtrack playing to entertain the little guy 😂

NCNY I love this! The bubble of color is so great. 2y
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Bookzombie
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Even though I knew what happened to the Hindenburg, I cried in Starbucks finishing this one up. 😭#madeyoucrymonday

Eggs Awww. This book sounds really good. 2y
Bookzombie @Eggs I really liked it! 2y
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Reecaspieces
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I am finding this book just a tad boring! Taking too long to get to the good stuff. Could care less how the beef Wellington is cooked! #gettothepoint #litsyatoz #letterF

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theladygreer
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Fitting to see this one soar at O'Hare!

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ReadingMeagan
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I found this one a little hard to get into at the beginning so I bailed on it for a few days. And then the torrential rain happened yesterday and I had a nice afternoon of reading in front of me. Interesting read about the Hindenburg I didn't really know a lot about it (except for what I saw on Timeless this year). Very cool that the author used the real people of the disaster as the basis for the characters.

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lynneamch
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Reposting this fascinating fictional account of the Hindenburg disaster. Only $1.99 on Kindle today! Relevant quote for current climate on the background pic of the Blue Angels flying over Lake St. Clair in Michigan. Fortunate to hear Ariel talk about blending her meticulous research with imagined personal stories. Loved being immersed in this novel and learning history, too. Such a gifted writer. Check her out at SheReads.org

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theladygreer
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Ooh! The amazing FLIGHT OF DREAMS by @ariel.lawhon is a bargain on @bookbub today! Snap it up! (and yes, I took a picture of my laptop screen, I was in that big a rush to tell you)

lynneamch Loved this one! 3y
Bookzombie I loved this one too! 3y
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EvieBee
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This historical fiction novel about the Hindenburg has been on my TBR since last year! So glad it was marked down. #kindledeal #kindle #amazon

lynneamch I think you'll like it. She did a great job of blending an imagined story with detailed research. 3y
EvieBee @lynneamch So glad you approve. The Hindenburg always fascinated me. 3y
MaureenMc Thanks for the heads up! *one-click* 3y
EvieBee @MaureenMc Ha! The sweetest sound! 3y
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theladygreer
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#womenshistoryreads continues with one of my favorite reads of the past couple years - Ariel Lawhon's riveting FLIGHT OF DREAMS, about the Hindenburg disaster. I was so caught up I yelled DAMMIT ARIEL at one particularly heartbreaking turn of events. Talk about bringing history to life. This one's Exhibit A. #hindenburg #ariellawhon #historicalfiction #histfic

Bookzombie I love this one. 3y
lynneamch I did, too, @Bookzombie . I learned so much about the real disaster that she had researched. She blended that with richly imagined relationships and details. I also got to hear her speak and she is a delight! 3y
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Amie
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Ald
Pickpick

Fly the Hindenburg with a combination of fact and fiction to its ultimate demise. Part history and part mystery--enjoyed the journey and Lawhon's unique character and story development.

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Bookzombie
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I'm pretty pleased with my February stats. 🤓

Litsy A to Z: 7/26
Litsy Reading Challenge: 2/25
Read Harder Challenge: 3/24
Complete/Catch-up series: 1/5
Retro Rereads: 2/12
Nonfiction Challenge: 2/12

LauraBeth Nice! 👏👏 3y
Bookzombie @LauraBeth Thank you! 3y
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Bookzombie
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Pickpick

The only thing I really knew about the Hindenburg before reading this book is that it blew up. Lawhon does an excellent job weaving fact and fiction together to create a possible theory for what happened on that ill-fated flight. I really came to love the characters, all real people on the actual flight. I must remember that Starbucks is not the place to finish a book that will make you cry, which is what happened.
#litsyreadingchallenge
#LRC13

MaryAnn1 I really loved this one, too! 💕 3y
lynneamch So good. She came to visit our Knoxville indie bookstore. She was so charming and I was awed by her almost obsessive research into getting the details just right. 3y
Bookzombie @lynneamch That's great that you got to see her! 😀 3y
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Bookzombie
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I feel a little strange posting a tub picture but I'm having some Me Time today. I'm not really in a slump but also not picking up my books as much as usual. I have a feeling this one is going to suck me in and be just what I need. 🛁

Dolly I admire those that can read in the tub. When I tried in the past the water got too cold too fast.😨 3y
lynneamch I loved it. 💗 3y
Bookzombie @Dolly I probably start off with it too hot. Sometimes I add more hot water when I stay in it longer. 3y
Bookzombie @lynneamch It's good so far. 🙂 3y
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KerriNTurner
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Dessert first (homemade strawberry milkshake cheesecake) and a new book. TGIF, baby!

Lacythebookworm That looks delicious 😋 3y
MaleficentBookDragon Looks so good! Recipe? 3y
KerriNTurner @MaleficentTheBookDragon you're welcome! If you make it, I hope you love it! 😊 3y
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KerriNTurner
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#feistyfeb #TBR I keep a 'to read' list of well over a hundred on Goodreads, but this is the pile next to my bed which I often choose my next book from.

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jessberk13
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Bailedbailed

I'm throwing in the towel on this one - for now. I may come back to it at some point. I'm not being drawn in as much as I'd like to be. I made it through 75 pages. Pretty bummed - I'd been looking forward to this one for a while.

Reviewsbylola I thought the first two chapters or so were a little slow, but ultimately I loved this one. I'm sorry it didn't work for you! 3y
Texreader Don't ya hate that?? You want to love it so bad. 3y
DGRachel It's tough to DNF a book that you were really looking forward to reading. I find it doubly disappointing. Sorry this one didn't work for you. 😔 3y
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LitHousewife This one got better for me at the end, but I understand. 3y
whatsheread Totally get it. Still sucks though. 3y
Bostonmomx2 This is why I have a hard time buying books now, especially hardcover $28 is a lot to not be sure you'll love it. 😳 sorry it didn't work out for ya 3y
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jessberk13
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Tonight's goals: update my book journal, drink beer, keep reading my #LRC13 pick.

#bookandbrew #LitsyReadingChallenge

SheReadsAndWrites It's good to have goals 😉👍🏼🍻 3y
Hollie That beer looks interesting, I'll have to see if I can find that here! 3y
jessberk13 @Hollie it's really good! Light but good taste 3y
broomperson I like that beer! 3y
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jessberk13
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Only made it through two chapters on the train the other day because a few very loud women boarded and I couldn't concentrate 🙄🙄 going to try again tonight!!

#LitsyReadingChallenge #LRC13 #historicalevent

Nebklvr How dare they!! I hate when that happens. And they have to be VERY loud to bother me. Still...some folks manage it 3y
Mdargusch I loved this book! I knew of the Hindenburg, but I never knew the particulars. I thought the author did a great job of bringing the victims to life. 3y
ephemeralwaltz I hate when that happens and I love reading on the train :( 3y
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451Degrees Love this one!! Enjoy it☺ 3y
candc320 I LOVED this book! 3y
Reviewsbylola LOVED this!! That's why I hate reading public sometimes. 3y
lynneamch Yes, you must try again. I heard her speak at our bookstore. She is absolutely charming and did so much research to get the details right. The story is imagined, but the human toll was real. I thought she did an amazing job of creating suspense even though we know what will happen. 3y
melrailey I loved this book. I listened to it on audio and it was fantastic. 3y
JazzFeathers Never know n of this books, but it sounds amazing. I have to hunt it down ;) 3y
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jessberk13
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On the train headed to Atlantic City for a weekend of fun with my parents and sister! Taking the uninterrupted time to start my pick for #LRC13 #historicalevent about the Hindenburg disaster.

christineandbooks I'm planning on this book for that category too. Looking forward to hearing what you think of it! 3y
Cinfhen Have fun ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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rabbitprincess Train reading is the best reading! 3y
MaureenMc 👍 to the book 📚 and coffee ☕️ choices! 3y
Jinjer Nowhere I'd rather be than on a train headed for a weekend of fun!!!! Bon voyage!!! 3y
MaryAnn1 Great choice! 👍🏻 3y
Zelma Ooh, great choice in book and coffee! 👍 I am heading on a team trip next week and am so excited about the uninterrupted reading time. 3y
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451Degrees
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Been on a bit of a historical fiction audiobook kick for a month or two and this book was definitely a great pick for that! Captivating, intertwined stories that lead up to an unexpected ending to some of the characters! Great narrator as well!☺

lamaman2boys I've been meaning to read that forever-- maybe I'll just get the audio instead! 3y
451Degrees @lamaman2boys it was an easy one to listen to! It's always nice when the narration is good and interactive and this was one of those☺ 3y
lynneamch Got to hear charming Ariel at my local bookstore. Fascinating insight into her research and process. Loved the print version--will have to check out the audio. 3y
451Degrees I think I'll eventually get this in print as well! John Lee narrated it and he did a pretty good job☺ 3y
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MysticRaven03
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this fictionalized account of the Hindenburg. Most of the characters were based on actual people who were on the Hindenburg. Told from multiple POVs, it was easy to feel like you were on board with these characters. The writing was beautiful and the characters really came to life for me. Also, the countdown to disaster upped the anxiety.

melrailey I listened to this I've audio and loved it. 3y
MysticRaven03 @melrailey if I re-read it I will definitely try the audiobook version! Such a great book! 3y
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