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The Winners
The Winners | Fredrik Backman
The long-awaited conclusion to the beloved New York Times bestselling and 'engrossing' (People) Beartown series - which inspired an HBO series of the same name - follows the small hockey towns residents as they grapple with change, pain, hope, and redemption. Two years have passed since the events that no one wants to think about. Everyone has tried to move on, but theres something about this place that prevents it. The residents continue to grapple with lifes big questions: What is a family? What is a community? And what, if anything, are we willing to sacrifice in order to protect them? As the locals of Beartown struggle to overcome the past, great change is on the horizon. Someone is coming home after a long time away. Someone will be laid to rest. Someone will fall in love, someone will try to fix their marriage, and someone will do anything to save their children. Someone will submit to hate, someone will fight, and someone will grab a gun and walk towards the ice rink. So what are the residents of Beartown willing to sacrifice for their home? Everything.
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Floresj
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Every chapter ends on a mini cliffhanger or foreshadowing line. Every character is exquisitely written. For a moment, I thought that 670 pages es too long and, perhaps, it needed to be cut down. However, when I finished the Beartown trilogy, I immediately wished for 100 more pages. I recommend them all, for so many reasons that one should discover for oneself.

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Never knew a series about hockey, of all things, could steal and break my heart like this series did. A lot of heavy, complicated emotions by the end of this one. Not ashamed that I cried reading about Benji, especially. 💔

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Sheesh, why do I have the sneaking suspicion that Benji is going to die...

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That blurry red shape out on the ice to the right is my son. I want him to read this series, but they're a lot longer than what he normally reads. I really never thought Beartown needed a sequel, much less a third book in the series, but I have loved all of them. Maybe I love them because I love hockey or because I love a boy who plays hockey or because of all the kids I've known who shine on the ice. Or maybe they're just really well written.

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kissmehardy
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🎶 I get so emotional, baby / Every time I think of Beartown Hockey 🎶

What a finale. So many threads woven so intricately, so much PAIN, but also so much joy. Backman writes the realities of life, both good and bad. #contemporarylit #litintranslation #wearethebears

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lauraisntwilder
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My son is 13 and started playing hockey when he was 4. This paragraph hit me HARD.

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Soubhiville
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😭😔💔
I‘m feeling tender after finishing the Beartown trilogy with The Winners.

Backman has a way of telling you what‘s going to happen, then breaking your heart anyway when it does. His books hit my emotions like no other author.

I loved this.

#booked2023 #anypartofatrilogy

JenReadsAlot I had a bit of a book hangover with this one. 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve been listening in the car and am at the point where I‘m scared to keep listening for fear I‘ll show up at work in a puddle of tears. I‘ll have to do some audio puzzling this weekend. 3w
Soubhiville @Prairiegirl_reading I cried multiple times, both at work and in the car. Luckily I have a private workroom 😬🤣 3w
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JenReadsAlot
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I'm not crying, you're crying.... What a fantastic book! @Jerdencon @monalyisha #auldlangspine

Jerdencon Glad you liked it! His books always make me cry but I always go back for more! 3w
marleed I loved it too! 3w
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LitsyEvents
The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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Repost for @TheAromaofBooks

Hello friends!! I have finally sorted through all the 2022 #BookSpin entries!! 181 individuals read 2200 books last year!!!! An absolutely fabulous year for getting books off the TBR. I wish I could send a book to each and every one of you!!! However, until I win the lottery, I'll have to content myself with choosing five of you at random!!

LeslieO Congrats to all the winners!🎉👏👏🎉 3w
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the repost!!! 3w
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Andrew65
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#December #12Booksof2022

I read a lot of Christmas themed books during December bu the final part of the Beartown Trilogy is still the overall Pick as this will stay with me a long time.

Notable others
The Christmas Sisters - Sarah Morgan
Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Highlands - Donna Ashcroft

Many thanks to everyone who played along with #12Booksof2022 (77 people) it‘s added to all our TBRs 😱 See you all on Dec 25th.

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Andrew65
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Jan 4th #WinterReadathon #WinterReadathonDailyChallenge

We are now on the penultimate day of the #WinterReadathon and the daily challenges. For today‘s daily challenge share your favourite book of the Readathon.

My favourite Seasonal book was Snowflakes and Secrets in the Scottish Islands by Donna Ashcroft, & my non-seasonal book The Winners by Fredrik Backman.

A bonus 100 points for those collecting points.

@Andrew65 @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

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DieAReader Looks good💜💜💜Looking forward to seeing everyone‘s picks! 4w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m sick right now Andrew, so I‘m barely reading. But thank you for including me!! 4w
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tpixie
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#12booksOf2022 #October

This was worth the re- read of the 1st 2!!

Andrew65 Totally agree, this will be my December choice. 1mo
tpixie @Andrew65 ❤️ 4w
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Wow!!! What a trilogy!! At first, I thought I should‘ve read the first two books over before reading this last installment, but he recaps so well that it came back to me. I loved it. 4.5⭐️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Book 1 2023 (edited) 1mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Happy New Year! Starting the year off with one from @Jerdencon #auldlangspine list! @monalyisha

Jerdencon Enjoy! Happy New Year! 🎆 1mo
monalyisha 🥳🥳🥳 1mo
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Traci1
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Probably 2/3 audiobooks and a lot of rereads.

Favorite of the year was The Winners by Fredrik Backman, with his Us Against You coming in a close second.
Honorable Mentions:
Remarkably Bright Creatures
The Bullet That Missed
The Guncle
Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow

GingerAntics I am 100% behind audiobooks!!! I‘ve been reading them almost exclusively lately. 1mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1mo
marleed Audiobooks really help! I love downloading an audiobook when it‘s available, set the speed to my reading pace, then read and listen in stereo. One of the perks of living alone! 1mo
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Megabooks Fabulous!! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Reggie Wow great job! 1mo
Gissy What.🤩📚📚📚💪📚📚📚📚🙌📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 1mo
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Andrew65
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Not sure what I say about this book, an emotional journey towards an end point where you can feel a train crash is about to happen. But oh what a great journey. Backman‘s turn of phrase and feel of writing within the book is oh so superb. A wonderful book and a tumultuous ending, and he just breaks your heart 💔💔💔💔 Be ready for plenty of tears in the last two chapters. 😢😭😢😭

One of the best books of the year but give it time, it is long!

Andrew65 39th book finished for #WinterReadathon
@DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses
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mcctrish This is a January read for me. Backman really does have a great writing style 1mo
Andrew65 @mcctrish I‘d hope to do it in January too, but was due back at the library. He is a truly excellent writer. 1mo
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Elizabeth2 Oh, how I love a book that evokes emotion. Someone else just recommended the second book in this trilogy to me. ❤️📚 1mo
Andrew65 @Elizabeth2 They do evoke strong emotions but all three are excellent. 1mo
CarolynM I hope to get to this one soon. 1mo
Andrew65 @CarolynM You do 😊 1mo
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Andrew65
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When do you not want to finish a book? When you can feel what‘s coming like an express train, and don‘t want it to happen. When characters you have grown to love over three books are in grave danger.

This book and all the Beartown books suck you in and put you through an emotional wringer. Going in! 😢😭🤯😱😳😬🫠

#TheWinners #FredrikBackman

Picture courtesy of : www.doersempire.com

JenReadsAlot I'm starting this tomorrow so thanks for preparing me! 1mo
JacqMac I loved it and it broke my heart at the same time. 1mo
Kangaj1 I got towards the end and had to tell my family to leave me alone to sob in peace. 1mo
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Andrew65 @Kangaj1 I know 😢😭😢😭😢😭 1mo
Andrew65 @JacqMac Exactly this! 💔💔💔💔 1mo
Andrew65 @JenReadsAlot Enjoy the ride. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Oh no - this is what I was afraid of. 1mo
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kspenmoll After your posts, I have to read this book! 1mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll They are good but emotional reads, hope you enjoy it. 1mo
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Andrew65
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Got to love Fredrik Backman, his writing style and some of his great quotes.

#TheWinners

Soubhiville Ha! I love him. I‘m planning to get to this one in January 🤞 1mo
Andrew65 @Soubhiville It‘s proving to be another all-consuming read. 1mo
kspenmoll What???! 1mo
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Andrew65 @kspenmoll 😂😂😂 Possibly sums up these books. 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Got this for Christmas- can't wait to read it!! 1mo
Andrew65 @ShelleyBooksie It is a big read but really enjoying it so far. 1mo
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Andrew65
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Fredrik Backman has a wonderful lyrical style all of his own but how do you even come up with this line.

‘Fairy tales are what help us cope with funerals.‘

This line really got me and really made me stop and think!

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Andrew65
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Starting the third book in the Beartown Series. Loved the first two but was a bit intimidated by the size of this one. Now 2/3 days before it has to go back to the library (and there is a queue) so need to crack on with it. Quite excited to return to this series.

#WinterReadathon @DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

LadyCait84 I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read by Backman, but the first two of this series are on a whole other level. I pre-ordered this one but then have been stalled since it arrived by intimidation at both its size and my own weighty expectations for it. Hope you get to relish this last installment (and that I find the courage to start it soon)! 1mo
Andrew65 @LadyCait84 Can relate to this, they are on another level and I‘ve been very intimidated by this one. Now necessity to read it before I lose it but enjoying it so far and how his language and use of it wraps us up in a cosy blanket. Also good to pick up with the people in the town. 1mo
wanderinglynn I have loved what I‘ve read of his, but I haven‘t dived into Beartown yet. 1mo
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Definitely worth doing so but be ready for an emotional ride. His best work. 1mo
DieAReader 💜💜💜 1mo
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GatheringBooks
The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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#DivineDecember Day 27: #Snow storm here in this heart-filling conclusion to the Beartown trilogy.

Eggs Can‘t wait to read this! 1mo
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DelightfullyFeasting
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Favorite Book of December…
Backman‘s Characters Will Never Leave Me.

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Allthebookclubs
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Mehso-so

I love Backman but this one was just so long and drawn out. A great story that could‘ve been half the length. I don‘t even have the energy to write a good review, I‘m sorry. Book #81 in 2022

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GatheringBooks
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You know that feeling when you want to stop reading because you feel your heart will get broken into tiny pieces - and you refuse to turn the page, but you can‘t not read further because you just can‘t help yourself? That‘s Backman. I don‘t know how he does this thing that he does to me as a reader - but it happens ALL the time, and it‘s just him. Brought this huge chunkster despite its weight for my flight because it is how it is. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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GatheringBooks
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#DivineDecember Day 13: #Sparkles are usually reserved for The Winners - look at that sky! Aurora borealis! For those who may not be aware, there was an interview with Fredrik Backman just a few days ago. I watched it live and watched it all over again the next day. That good. Here is the link: https://youtu.be/P2cGy_vQln0 - a must-watch for Backman fans like me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks yummy 😋 2mo
Eggs Love Backman ✨❤️🌟 2mo
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Read4life
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#AdventRecommends @emilyrose_x

Another of my favorite reads this year. I loved the first two books and this one didn‘t disappoint in wrapping up everyone‘s story. Backman is a must read author for me.

Bren912 He is a must read for me too!! 2mo
marleed Me too. Must love Backman! 2mo
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JenReadsAlot
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@Jerdencon I'm going to read these for sure! #AuldLangSpine @monalyisha

MoonWitch94 Beautiful Little Fools is great! 2mo
Jerdencon Hope you like them!! 2mo
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GatheringBooks
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#DivineDecember Day 10: If you are winners, then you are a #Star - my weekend plan right here. 💕 Will come up for air on Monday. 🤣

Eggs Beautiful bottle-beautiful book cover! I‘ve been curious about this one.. 2mo
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Traci1
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

And Fredrik Backman breaks my heart yet again. 😭

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh boy!! I can wait to get this book back but there are so many holds!! 2mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Did you all vote? None of the books I voted for won.
How about you?
#GoodReads
#goodreadschoiceawards

Amiable Nope. Haven't read any of the winners and didn't vote for any of them. 2mo
BookBelle84 I've read a handful of them. Definitely don't think The Maid was the best of the category. Goodreads is more of a popularity contest which is sad. There were some great books that could have used more recognition. 2mo
Avanders Yep - a couple I‘ve voted for won! That‘s unusual for me 😅 2mo
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Caroline2 I don‘t think any of the ones I voted for one either. 🤷‍♀️ Yes, Maid was a big surprise as I‘ve only seen bad/mediocre reviews for that one. 2mo
Johanna414 The Sea Of Tranquillity for Sci-Fi is the only winner I voted for. I‘m really happy that it won 2mo
BkClubCare LOL - I didn‘t even take the survey! Somehow it escaped my attention 🤪 2mo
ferskner I generally liked the long lists a lot better than the stuff that made the final round, but there are some good winners too. 2mo
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brushlo
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great ending to the bear town trilogy. such a honest take on the nature of our souls which create the relationships and eventually the towns we live in.

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marleed
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Well, this has been one of my best grids in a bit with 2@A+ (5 stars), 2@4.75 (solid A), and 3@4.5 (A-). It‘s hard to ask for more than that! Chose the tagged because I was Anxious People (see the pun there!?) waiting to read it!

5* = Loved It, want to shout out loud about this book! I do/will own/keep a physical copy. A+
4*= I liked it, would love to discuss. Solid B
3*=Meh, no need to discuss. Average C
2*=Nope D
1*=DNF F

kspenmoll 👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
mobill76 I like your grid system. If I've read one of them, then I have a point of reference. Much better than random one-off reviews. 2mo
marleed @mobill76 Thank you. It works for me. I rate my books individually - and very driven by my mood at the time of reading. Until I pull those pics in a grid and look back at my work individual ratings, I never know how it will turn out! 2mo
marleed @mobill76 Also, if you notice my points go down a quarter point with A+@5*, B@4*, and C@3*. What this means is that 3.5 kind of dangles between my B-@3.75 and C+@3.25. …Turns out it‘s kind of perfect because I give a 3.5 when I struggle between a pick and a so-so. 2mo
mobill76 It's a good system. There should be an app for this. Ratings should be more granular. Profile pages could show our last 9 ratings in a single pane. 2mo
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JacqMac
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I think I cried through the last 200 pages. Backman tells such a great story. He really hits your heart pretty hard. I still say it‘s too long. But it was also worth it. I might have a book hangover for a bit.
#NovelNovember One book down. @Andrew65

Andrew65 Can‘t wait to get to this. Well done 👏👏👏 2mo
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marleed
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There is so much story in this book so all I can do in this space is tell you how I feel. I wanted to stay in this cold winter town for years. I want to return to it. I don‘t want the story to end. And Mr Backman, how does he write about what will happen, keep me reading furiously now knowing what will happen, yet I have all the feels when it does indeed happen. He‘s such a good writer.

VoraciousReader Our library patrons love Backman! Glad to hear he's still holding up. 2mo
marleed @VoraciousReader I feel like he has a unique way of writing that pulls me in very time. 2mo
bookaholic1 I also am a big fan of Backman!! 2mo
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Amiable I love Backman‘s writing, too —although I feel that praise should go out also to his translator! I always wonder how the books read in the original Swedish. 2mo
marleed @bookaholic1 @Amiable He‘s so good. I think about the translator, too because every i often remind myself the book was translated and not targeted to an English-speaking audience. I think it adds to my intrigue of my love for his books. 2mo
bookaholic1 @marleed I agree 2mo
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JacqMac
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I‘m loving the story, but this book needs some editing. It‘s just unnecessarily long. I‘m not timing my readathon. Or counting my pages. Just reading.
#NovelNovember @Andrew65

Andrew65 Just downloaded this, it does look long 😬 2mo
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Amiable
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I love that Backman tells a story in such a way that the characters feel like people you know (or want to know). They aren‘t perfect, but you root for them. And everything doesn‘t always end well, which is just like real life. Having said that, however —this book is too long. By page 500 I was muttering, “get to the point already!” (And this is from a person who routinely reads chunksters.) Still, a pick, if only for the sense of closure.

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JacqMac
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Fall Sundays are my favorite. I‘m loving this book so far, too.

LiteraryinLawrence That looks so cozy! 3mo
AlaMich That‘s such beautiful wood, the baseboards and fireplace surround I mean! You must live in an old house. (edited) 3mo
ozma.of.oz That looks like a perfect Sunday! ❤️ 3mo
JacqMac @LiteraryinLawrence It was very cozy. 3mo
JacqMac @AlaMich The house is 104 and I‘m in love with it. 3mo
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Amiable
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Plans for today? Sorry, I can‘t make it. My Sunday afternoon is totally booked.

TrishB Enjoy ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella Sounds wonderful! 3mo
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GatheringBooks
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#NovemberNarrative Day 9: Our university delegation arrived early for our meeting at University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, so we #Hike(d) all the way up to the uPenn Bookstore where I discovered tagged book. Backman‘s third book in the Beartown trilogy is out!! Wheeeee!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 💙 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m on p408 but it had library holds on it, so I have to wait now about 3 weeks😕 however, it‘s a great story, thus far!! Enjoy!! 3mo
Eggs Brilliant! Can‘t wait to read this💗 3mo
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tpixie Fun photo! Great book! I just re- read 1&2 and then read 3. I couldn‘t remember the 1st 2 well enough. Enjoy! 3mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 oh my! Was it an ebook? - some people put their ebook on airplane mode until they are done. Can‘t really do that with a phone app though … 3mo
MicheleinPhilly ACK! I wish I had seen this earlier! Would have loved to meet up with you. 3mo
GatheringBooks @MicheleinPhilly awwww! Too bad! If there is a next time, will definitely reach out! 💕📚📚💕 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @tpixie nope, hard copy. Still waiting. 3mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 🍀🍀🍀 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @tpixie thank you!! I‘m reading Junior Miss whilst I wait. Loving it. It must have been the YA book of the 1940s. 3mo
tpixie @JanuarieTimewalker13 that‘s great you have found another fun read!!! 3mo
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Amiable
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Me, yesterday: “It‘s going to be a very long day of working the polls. I need a hefty book to bring with me.”
Library notification hits my inbox: “Your hold is ready for pickup.”

SCORE one for libraries —and for democracy! 👍🏼👍🏼

Just saw the #AuldLangSpine posts—does voting AND working the polls count, @monalyisha ?

Leftcoastzen Thanks for working the polls! So important! 3mo
Soubhiville I second that, thank you for volunteering! 3mo
monalyisha It would *double count* if there were any reason for me to send you two links! 😅😂 Thank you! If you haven‘t emailed me yet, please do so at monalitsy@gmail.com. Way to go! 💯 3mo
Amiable @monalyisha Just emailed you! 3mo
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I‘m a mess of tears. I‘m left bereft. My time in Beartown is done. An amazing end to this incredible trilogy. It‘s going to be a little bit before I find something else to read. Think I need to just stare at the wall for a bit.

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actualdisneyprincess
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Finally diving into this one — I love these people so much. 😭 #thewinners #fredrikbackman #beartown

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bookaholic1
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At first I wasn't sure if I wanted to read the third book of this series, but changed my mind after reading the comments of yous that have read it...you know curiosity killed the cat...lol

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readingjedi
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I loved every second of this. Backman has created a set of characters that have become a part of me I care so deeply about them. His insights into life, relationships and (obviously) hockey are incisive, heartbreaking, joyful, painfully true. He can put me on an emotional roller coaster like no other. He can rip my heart out (oh, Benji) in a way that is simply exquisite. Gah, can't bear it's over. Who knew hockey was .... everything?!

Jerdencon I loved this too! 💕 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence I have this out from the library right now! I‘m a little daunted by the size but I know I‘ll love it. 3mo
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Hooked_on_books
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I have really enjoyed the Beartown series and the latest book is no exception. Backman really understands people and people in community, warts and all, and shows those people to us so well. He‘s a gem.

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MaggieCarr
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Wow wow wow. Only Fredrik Backman can fictionalize an entire community of people and interweave their perspectives forward and backward in time while telling both large and small stories so relatable. Make Beartown an (American) football community and I'd be living in it or darn close in an alternate reality. Thanks for sharing such a moving trilogy with us, Mr. Backman.