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The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart's Invisible Furies | John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least thats what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isnt a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
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rachaich
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Finished between Christmas crafting!
Overall I found this a truly great book. There was a section near the middle that didn't keep me creating as much but I found I kept thinking about the characters when I wasn't reading it... always a good sign. 😊😊
Still shocked by the anti gay feelings in tge seventies and eighties. 😐😐😐

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rachaich
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Halfway through and it's been very amusing on a shocking way but also quite wrenching with the attitude to gay people and women.

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Curvybookgirl
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It‘s taken me ages to finish this but I‘m so glad I did. This is my pick of 2019 from all the books I‘ve read

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erzascarletbookgasm
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Can‘t really name just one #favoriteauthor since I have a few favourites but here‘s one of my latest. 👆
#GratefulReads

Cathythoughts I still havnt read tagged book & I only hear good things ❤️👍🏻 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I hope you‘ll get to it read, it‘s so good! @Cathythoughts 3w
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts which other books of Boyne have you read @Cathythoughts ? 3w
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Cathythoughts I read The Absolutist & the This House is Haunted one 👍🏻 loved both (edited) 3w
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I loved that two! ❤️💔🙌 I‘m going to send you one Boyne you haven‘t read! 😉 3w
Cathythoughts Ah Jessie X !!!! You are so good. Well , it‘s Christmas season ... & I was going to chance something nice for you too 😘 3w
AmyG He has become one of my favorite authors, too. I still need to read more of his books. 3w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3w
Balibee146 @cathythoughts same here.....its nearly at the top of the pile now 😁 (edited) 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Me too, I‘ve only read THIF and a YA-Stay Where You Are And Then Leave, but THIF is one of my faves of all time. I need to read more of him! 3w
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled AGREED! He‘s my new favorite! I just added all his books that I haven‘t read to my wishlist. I‘m hoping to start The House of Special Purpose soon. 3w
youneverarrived I‘ve only read 2 of his books but both 5 stars and very memorable ♥️ 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I LOVED Cyril!! I haven‘t read his others yet... 3w
BiblioLitten His books are always a PICK. I still recall the characters from the tagged book. 💙 3w
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rachaich
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We all loved Ladder to the Sky so much we decided to read another by him for this month's book club choice!

AmyG Great book! 3w
JanuarieTimewalker13 I second that!! 3w
Samplergal One of my all time favorites. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this! 3w
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Kimbono
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Waking up early because of the time change means weekday morning reading & listening! #hello445am #readingsoundtrack

TheSpineView Not to date myself, but I remember when that album came out. 🎶 1mo
Kimbono @TheSpineView I think I was about 11 when it came out so that makes me 👵🏻 1mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I loved this book so much! It‘s an epic story of family and belonging, but I what I adore most is the author‘s masterful use of characterization and dialogue. Even secondary characters have such specialized personalities and mannerisms that really add to the reading experience. Boyne is quickly becoming a must buy for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one too!! 1mo
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MaryEllenB

50% completed and love this book!!

BarbaraTheBibliophage One of my favorites!! 2mo
Leftcoastzen So good! 2mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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😏😏✌️👋 #byeeee

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Erinreadsthebooks
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“That is so ancient. You‘re like a dinosaur”🦕🦖🦕

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Erinreadsthebooks
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We‘re currently stuck on the OBX (literally stuck due to overwash on Hwy 12) and there‘s no power. Milo‘s bored, but I have sunlight and my book, so I‘m good 😎

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Erinreadsthebooks
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😏😂 I love John Boyne

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Ok, so are there people who actually read their #BOTM pick in the same year it was received? Asking for a friend 🤔😏😅

lele1432 Not I lol. 😂I still have unread ones from 2 or 3 years ago 🙄 (edited) 2mo
8little_paws I actually do! I generally read them the month I get them. I think I might have one or two I'm behind on but for the most part, I knock them out fast. It's a “deal“ I made with myself if I want to keep the subscription up 😂 2mo
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Mrsgarrisonreads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hearts invisible furies is probably my second favorite book this year next to the great alone by Kristin Hannah. This book is slow, beautiful, heart wrenching, emotional roller coaster that will have you shocked, angry and crying at times. I loved this book and it will always hold a place on my shelf and Cyril my heart. I was happy towards the end with a little sadness. His story was amazing and beautiful.

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Cinfhen
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#AyUpAugust #AllOfMyHeart went out to Cyril Avery, the young boy adopted by cool and aloof parents. This book follows his journey from birth to adulthood and will absolutely capture your heart.

KarenUK Perfect choice! Love this book💕💕💕 3mo
Hollie Mine, too! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great choice! Loved this book! ❤️ 3mo
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LadyCait84 Oh, I so loved this one! ❤️ 3mo
Samplergal One of my favorites. ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
TrishB A wonderful read ❤️ 3mo
squirrelbrain One of my favourites too! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Def a good pick for this! 3mo
kspenmoll A favorite! 3mo
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Lovesbooks87
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1. The tagged book. It intimidates me. Everyone talks about how great it is!
2. I don't reread books unless they are books that I read to the two year olds in my class.
3. Probably way over 500. I try not to think about all the unread books that I own.
4. Don't read a lot of nonfiction but the last one was I'll Be Gone in the Dark. 4⭐️'s
5. I tag anyone who wants to play!

Thanks for the tag @sudi and @ImperfectCJ 😀
#wondrouswednesday

Prairiegirl_reading The hearts invisible furies on audio is really good and then the size won‘t stop you. It‘s fabulous!!! 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading If you are into audio. I shouldn‘t assume. 3mo
Lovesbooks87 @Prairiegirl_reading I have a copy from #botm. But I may have to check out the audio. I have never listened to an audiobook before. 3mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @Lovesbooks87 it‘s one of my favourites! However I don‘t know if I would recommend it as your first audiobook. It will fly by though. I had no idea it was as long as it is. 3mo
Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🤗📚 3mo
sudi That nonfiction pick is a good one 👍 3mo
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Squidonland

“What you know about woman,” replied Maude, “could be written in large font on the back of a postage stamp and there‘d still be room for the Lord‘s prayer.”

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Squidonland

But I always think the great thing about the civil service is that you can go in there at twenty years old, spend every day of your life behind one desk and before you know it you‘re an old man and it‘s all behind you and the only thing left to do is die. There must be great security in that.

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jdiehr
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Sad yet joyful
Frustrating yet hopeful
Un-put-down-able

This book was all of the above!

LoveToReadLiveToRead Love, love, love this book! 4mo
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CaitIsExtra
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A captivating story about an unlikeable character who matures gay in catholic Ireland. It takes you through a journey of the recent decades and gives insights and understanding of how life really works.

Bklover I loved this book! 4mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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This was a good book, and definitely worth reading. But I don‘t think that I‘m quite as crazy about it as everyone else seems to be. It‘s overly long and would‘ve benefited from some paring down. I listened to the audiobook and it was really well done. I was invested in the family story and definitely wanted to know how things would end up for Cyril.

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jdiehr
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I love when I come across the book's title in the story. In this case, though, it's heartbreaking.

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Cakki
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Great book, most of the story takes place through the years in Ireland. Not a real page turner but thoroughly enjoyed the depth of the characters.

Mdargusch I loved this one! 5mo
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Cinfhen
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Thanks for the #FriYayIntro shoutout @Klou @Lizpixie @julesG ♥️♥️♥️
1. I seem to be recommending the tagged book a lot and everyone has been loving it.
2. Saw the Elton John movie “Rocketman” ~ it was good not great
3. Fresh summer fruit cobbler 😋
4. 3 first cousins on my side and 7 on my hubby‘s side. I‘m close with 2 of my hubby‘s first cousins.
5. I‘ll tag some Canadian Littens since I‘m on their side of the pond @LeahBergen @Melissa_J 🇨🇦

AlaMich It‘s nice that you inherited some cool cousins when you got married! 5mo
Cinfhen That‘s true @AlaMich I like your way of looking at it 😊 5mo
Klou You're welcome! That book sounds so good!!! Stacked! 5mo
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LeahBergen And I‘m over in the UK right now. 😆 5mo
Lizpixie You are more than welcome my #sisterfromanothermister I‘ll be trying the tagged book ASAP.♥️ 5mo
TrishB @LeahBergen cool 👍🏻 you know if you‘re anywhere near Liverpool! 5mo
Hollie I recommended this one a lot, too. 5mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Not on this trip but I was thinking of you at The British Library the other day! 😘😘 5mo
TrishB @LeahBergen ahh, one of my favs, and especially the shop ❤️ Enjoy your trip. 5mo
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Lisawb
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I popped to the top of the waiting list for this today and started reading it at lunch. Big mistake. How can I stop after this first page!?!

Amiable This book is so good! 5mo
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jdiehr
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"...We need to give the impression that we are a happy, loving family."

"We are a happy, loving family," said Maude, sounding offended by any suggestion to the contrary.

"That's the spirit," said Charles.

? Loving this book so far

AmyG It is SO SO SO good. 5mo
kspenmoll It is FABulous!! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🥰 5mo
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staci.reads
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#top6reads so far of 2019. Thanks for getting this started @Cinfhen ! It's been fun to see everyone's picks and which books keep repeating. I've definitely moved a few up on my tbr list! I have a feeling East of Eden will be on my end of year favorites list once I've finished it.

Cinfhen Boyne was my favorite read in 2017! And Ladder to the Sky made the list in 2018 🥳🥳🥳 5mo
Cinfhen I need to move Vox up my TBR pile😜 5mo
staci.reads @Cinfhen I haven't read Ladder to the Sky yet., but it's on my list. Furies was my first Boyne. Vox has gotten a lot of criticism for the 2nd half of the book, but I enjoyed it, and any book that elicits such strong emotions in me is going to be a favorite for sure! 5mo
Megabooks Hearts is so good!! I still need to read Ladder, too! 5mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13

#top6reads @Cinfhen

📚Tagged Book
📚Kindred
📚Daisy Jones and The Six
📚The Seven Or Eight Deaths Of Stella Fortuna
📚The Story Of Arthur Truluv
📚Bag of Bones
I dl‘d PicCollage, but I don‘t have the photos to put in it, I was wondering if you can just access the photos somehow from google? I haven‘t had time to explore. Sorry. It looks so pretty with the photos!

Cinfhen Yes!! Pic collage is great with pulling up Google images for book covers 5mo
Cinfhen Or using your own photos. 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen Even the free app? 5mo
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Cinfhen Nice picks for #Top6Reads 5mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! Totally free 5mo
Cinfhen Some backgrounds and stickers are extra but there are plenty of free choices to use 5mo
Leftcoastzen I put my 6 up by clicking enlarge cover on my Goodreads list. 5mo
Megabooks I screenshot them from my library or just google images. 5mo
Chelsea.Poole 😍😍😍Stella!! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cinfhen thank you🌸 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Leftcoastzen wow, that‘s way over my head, but thanks! Plus I dropped GR...long story, but I friended someone who slowed my app down and they couldn‘t get rid of him 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 And I didn‘t mean to friend him, bc it seemed fake 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Megabooks Great!! Thank you!! Good to know! I‘ll eventually figure it out!! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Chelsea.Poole ❤️I know, I loved that book!!! But nothing beats 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Although I have no desire to re-read it, but I want to listen to the audiobook of DJATS 5mo
Leftcoastzen Sorry to hear that ! I kinda want to drop it too because of amazon link.google images work great I‘m a fan of this one too 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Leftcoastzen it happens...it‘s actually encouraged me to keep a reading journal and also catalogue my books on Library Thing. I will go back to GR (possibly). 5mo
Bklover I google book covers frequently. Sometimes it‘s the quickest way! 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Bklover ok, I will have to explore the app, one of these days! 5mo
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TheSpineView
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#HumpDayPost @mindea @DebbieGrillo

📘 Tagged
🚶‍♀️Already signed up!
🚶‍♀️🏊‍♀️Walk mostly. In the summer I swim when I can.
🐶🐶 My fur babies. Top right Bella and bottom right Miah

Charityann So cute!😊 6mo
TheSpineView @Charityann Thanks! But didn't you mean so spoiled?🤣 6mo
TheLibrarian They are both adorable!! 😍 6mo
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BookwormAHN Cuties 💚 6mo
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Zelma
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There isn‘t anything new to say about this one, as so many Littens have already read it. However, this was so up my alley and I just loved it. There were a few too many coincidences and ways the characters crossed paths, but I still enjoyed being in this world for awhile and living with these particular characters. It made me smile, cry, and feel lots of emotions, and I was sad to move on to a different book after. It rarely gets better than that.

JanuarieTimewalker13 My fave of the year, thus far, and one of my faves of all time. 6mo
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Catsandbooks
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Book of the Month arrived today! 🙌🏼
#botm

Crazeedi Beatriz!!!❣❣❣ 6mo
Catsandbooks @Crazeedi This is my first Beatriz Williams! 🤭 6mo
Crazeedi @Catsandbooks oh I loved all her books! Enjoy!! 6mo
Catsandbooks @Crazeedi well I know who to come to for more recommendations by her 😉 6mo
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Zelma
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Loving this book and my long weekend. More laziness ahead today.

Soubhiville Such a beautiful book! 7mo
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NHLibrarian
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All the stars, I really just loved everything about this. I then went online and ordered four more of his books 😆.

Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼 6mo
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Lexicon1982
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Of all the books I have read this year (been a lot) these are my top recommendations (based on how much I still think about these characters and stories they stick with you!) no particular order #recommendations
*The Heart‘s Invisible Furies
*The Radium Girls
*Girls Burn Brighter
*The Broken Girls
*The Storyteller‘s Secret
*The Alice Network
*The Spitfire Girls
*The Calculating Stars
*The Beantown Girls
*Wildflower Hill
*The Lost Vintage

CoffeeNBooks The Alice Network and The Lost Vintage were on the list of my favorites that I read last year! 7mo
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Jilly6183
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John Boyne is just excellent, isn‘t he? Such a vivid story.

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amok
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Compelling story ...

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I first thought of Cyril for this prompt 💙💙

#LoveSomeone #AMonthofSongs

OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
TheBookHippie Cyril!!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Jason7
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Many people love this novel based on all the five star reviews, and while it is a good audiobook, I‘m not sure it lives up to all the hype. Boyne is one of the best at writing dialogue, and much of the story is told through dialogue. The narrator was the perfect choice for this audiobook. While I enjoyed Boyne‘s latest work, A Ladder to the Sky, more than this one, The Heart‘s Invisible Furies was still good. Overall rating: 4.36 stars.

suvata I loved this book and rounded it up to 5-stars. LOL 7mo
Jason7 I did like the book. Maybe I was expecting too much since a few people told me it was better than A Ladder to the Sky. 7mo
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Jessicaanne
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The past 2 months I have not read nearly as much as I had planned which has frustrated me but I‘m trying to remember that I read because I love to & I shouldn‘t put pressure on myself.
I finished all the winter prompts for #booked2019 & read Hunted as #fairytale & the tagged book for Ireland
The first half I didn‘t love since I struggled to find likable characters but as time went on and they grew and evolved I ended up really enjoying this book

SW-T Very true. Don‘t put pressure on yourself, just read when you can and read what you enjoy to make the time more special 😊📚 8mo
Cinfhen Great advice from @SW-T and congrats on completing the prompts 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
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rkeo
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This book has become one of my all-time favorites. I was fully invested and engrossed in the story and all the characters, and I just couldn't get enough of it. Although much of the dialogue is humorous, you will find yourself either furious or crying throughout a lot of the book due to the injustices, torment, and heartbreak the main character suffers over his lifetime. I can't say enough good things about this one. Read it.

DebinHawaii I have had this one in my Kindle for ages and know I need to read it as it gets so much love on here! 😉 5mo
rkeo I recommend it to anyone who will hear me. 5mo
rkeo Also, if you can get the audiobook, it was even better. I read at home and listened I'm the car, and for the first time in my life, I enjoyed the audiobook as much, or more, than the book. The narrator is an Irish actor, and it added a flare of authenticity I couldn't do myself in my head while I read. 5mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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Finally finished this up for the #irishauthor prompt for #booked2019

I enjoyed it. Not sure I loved it like so many other people seemed to - maybe the way the plot seemed kind of choppy was responsible for that. All in all though, it was well written and I‘d read more from this author.

@4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen I loved this book but I can see how it could be a bit of a drag. Glad you didn‘t give up on it. 8mo
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Karen3
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Okay I get why there was so much hype for this one. It made me laugh, cry, get angry, and feel content. It put me through every emotion possible. Oh Cyril Avery you have carved a little place in my heart. I loved how all the characters revolved around each other and then finally came together in the end. Such a great novel. Listed to a good portion on audio because this books weighs a TON. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cconnolly I read the book and fell in love with the story! I think I‘ll listen to the audio now, it‘s THAT good. 8mo
Karen3 @Cconnolly I loved the audio. Was speaking in an Irish accent in my head for two straight weeks. Completely recommend listening! 8mo
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GinaKButler
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Every now and then, if you‘re really lucky, a book comes along that you know will land squarely on your “Favorite Books Of All Time” list. This is one of those books for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Janineluwatson
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Growing up in Ireland with religion, homophobia and politics but also love and family.

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kellyann28
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My Winter wrap-up!
1. The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency
2. Ella Enchanted
3. Alex, Approximately
4. Adnan's Story
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies
6. Where the Crawdads Sing

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #booked2019

Cinfhen Fabulous 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Great job! 🎉🙌🏽📚 8mo
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GinaKButler
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This one hooks you from the start!

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TheDaysGoBy
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This is my last book for #booked2019 #winter that will fulfill the #irishauthor prompt. It‘s much larger than I thought it would be - not sure I‘ll finish it by the end of the month but I‘m gonna try

Redwritinghood I found it a pretty quick read, though. Good luck! 9mo
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tammysue
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1. Blueberries
2. The Hearts Invisible Furies
3. Phoebe and Her Unicorn series
4. Maybe downsized by then to a smaller home?

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs @whatshesreadingnow Thanks for playing 💗💗💗 9mo
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fictionaltiff
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The Heart‘s Invisible Furies is unlike any other book I‘ve read. It is an extremely valuable book, in that it gives a full historical perspective of homosexuality. It takes the reader by the hand and gives a full walk-through... and personally for me, a few slaps on the face and explanations that completely changed my views on how I treat people.

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Ncostell
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I absolutely loved this story of Cyril Avery, told in seven year installments from his birth until his old age. Heartbreaking and very funny at the same time, it lived up to my expectations as I‘d heard quite a bit about it beforehand. This is one of those books that will cause a book hangover for sure as I‘ll miss Cyril and the other colorful characters in this book. This was my H book for #litsyatoz2019.

suvata ♥️ John Boyne 9mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
BiblioLitten 💕 The characters were so good. My favourite was his mother, though. (edited) 9mo
Ncostell @BiblioLitten. I loved his mother as well! 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Cyril!💜 9mo
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