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Prayer for Owen Meany
Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving
*I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voicenot because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother's death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany. *In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boysbest friendsare playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy's mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn't believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God's instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary. Amazon.com ReviewOwen Meany is a dwarfish boy with a strange voice who accidentally kills his best friend's mom with a baseball and believes--accurately--that he is an instrument of God, to be redeemed by martyrdom. John Irving's novel, which inspired the 1998 Jim Carrey movie Simon Birch, is his most popular book in Britain, and perhaps the oddest Christian mystic novel since Flannery O'Connor's work. Irving fans will find much that is familiar: the New England prep-school-town setting, symbolic amputations of man and beast, the Garp-like unknown father of the narrator (Owen's orphaned best friend), the rough comedy. The scene of doltish the doltish headmaster driving a trashed VW down the school's marble staircase is a marvelous set piece. So are the Christmas pageants Owen stars in. But it's all, as Highlights magazine used to put it, "fun with a purpose." When Owen plays baby Jesus in the pageants, and glimpses a tombstone with his death date while enacting A Christmas Carol, the slapstick doesn't cancel the fact that he was born to be martyred. The book's countless subplots add up to a moral argument, specifically an indictment of American foreign policy--from Vietnam to the Contras. The book's mystic religiosity is steeped in Robertson Davies's Deptford trilogy, and the fatal baseball relates to the fatefully misdirected snowball in the first Deptford novel, Fifth Business. Tiny, symbolic Owen echoes the hero of Irving's teacher Gnter Grass's The Tin Drum--the two characters share the same initials. A rollicking entertainment, Owen Meany is also a meditation on literature, history, and God. --Tim AppeloFrom Publishers WeeklyJoe Barrett captures the humor and sorrow of Irving's classic novel about faith, friendship and fate. We follow the adventures of diminutive Owen Meany and his best friend Johnny Wheelwright as they grapple with life, death and devotion and come of age in the small town of Gravesend, N.H. Barrett deftly portrays a host of strange and wonderful characters as Owen commandeers the local Christmas pageant, battles with an autocratic headmaster and fulfills what he believes to be his destiny. Faced with the unenviable task of capturing the singular voice of the titular character (in the novel, Owen's dialogue is capitalized to represent his strident, squeaking speech), Barrett produces a workmanlike rendition of Owen that, while not perfect, grows on listeners as the story unfolds. True to the spirit of the text, Barrett's masterful rendition is a delight. A Morrow hardcover. (Aug.) Copyright Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Chab256
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Some of the top fiction selections I have read over the past decade (not all published in this last decade tho)...
A Prayer for Owen Meany, Bridges of Madison County, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, The Book Thief, Under the Dome, Tell the Wolves I'm Home, Where'd You Go Bernadette, All the Bright Places (I met Jennifer Nivin and she is lovely!), Paper Girls, Recursion
#Top10oftheDecade
#FictionEdition
@Cinfhen

Cinfhen I agree, Owen Meaney deserves a place on every decade list!!!! Thanks for sharing and tagging me. I still haven‘t read and I‘ve owned it forever 12h
BarbaraBB Me too, @Cinfhen I‘ve had it since @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks started raving about it. Now it‘s on your list of the decade @Chab256 I really want to read it in 2020! (It does fit the challenges 😉)! (edited) 11h
Scochrane26 I always mean to read Owen meany and never get around to it. 11h
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Cinfhen We can buddy read it at some point next year @BarbaraBB because it does tick prompt boxes 11h
Chab256 @BarbaraBB @Scochrane26 @cinfhen I might join a buddy read! Owen Meany is one of my all time favorites!! 4h
BarbaraBB @Chab256 I Think @Cinfhen is referring to Tell the Wolves I‘m home? At least I was 😉. I have read Owen Meany already. But I would like to buddyread the Wolves! 4h
Scochrane26 @Cinfhen @Chab256 I would do a buddy read. It‘s on my kindle. Just not in January. 4h
Cinfhen I was referring to Wolves @BarbaraBB @Scochrane26 and if you‘d like to join that would be great!!! 3h
Cinfhen And you too @Chab256 if you‘d like to reread Wolves!?!? 3h
Chab256 @Cinfhen @Barbara Ohhhh, lol. I see that now. 😂Yea, I would be up for a re-read of Wolves too! 1h
Cinfhen Ok, great @Chab256 I‘ll let you know when @BarbaraBB and I decide to read 28m
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This nearly made my list. It's so hard to choose. now
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ImperfectCJ
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#GratefulReads Day 25 - #Bookyouhavereread

This is my favorite cover for this book, too. Did not like the movie version (Simon Birch) at all. Still makes me angry to think about it. 😠

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Kaila-ann I just picked up this book recently. 2w
OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 2w
ImperfectCJ @Kaila-ann Have you read many of Irving's other novels? He used to be my favorite author. Owen Meany wasn't the only novel of his that I re-read, but it was definitely my favorite. I haven't read it in ages, though. 2w
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Kaila-ann @ImperfectCJ I don‘t think I have actually. I‘m really behind on my classics, something I plan on working on this coming year. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this!!!!!! 2w
Scochrane26 I still haven‘t read this book, it‘s on my kindle. But, years ago, as a camp counselor, the summer staff watched the movie, then made fun of it all summer. 2w
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 The movie deserves to be made fun of. I don't know how they got away doing that to the novel. 2w
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ONH One of my favorite books of all time! John Irving is my favorite author 1mo
CoffeeNBooks @ONH I haven't read this one yet, but I've heard it's really good! 1mo
Cinfhen This one was SO GOOD!!!! It‘s my only Irving so far, I‘d love to read 1mo
rwmg Heartbreaking
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CafeMom Love John Irving but haven't read this one yet. 3w
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squirrelbrain
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#likeaprayer
#MOvember

One of my favourite Madonna tracks....

TrishB And a fab read. 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh!!! Wish a thought of this book!! Love Owen 🥰 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds really good ! I havnt read .... 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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ljuliel I like this cover! 1mo
JenReadsAlot Loved this one 1mo
AmyG One of the best books I‘ve ever read. @Cathythoughts Read it! (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @AmyG ok 👍🏻❤️stacked! 1mo
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kspenmoll
Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving
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#GratefulReads #over500pages Day3
Adore this book, my first #chunkster years ago for bookclub. #bookclubmademereadit

Scochrane26 I still haven‘t read this but have it on kindle. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve still got to read this!!! 1mo
OriginalCyn620 🙌🏻📚❤️ 1mo
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Areader2
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1.tagged book
2.yes every morning,my daughters too
3. No maybe warm,but never cold🍕
4.9👠
5. @sudi
#friyayintro

Amiable This is my all-time favorite book. 🥰 2mo
ImperfectCJ I used to recommend that one to everyone! I named my cat after Owen Meany. 2mo
sudi thanks for the tag @areader2 😘, i'm sorry i wasn't able to participate, i've been off litsy for some time but thank for tagging me 💜 1mo
Areader2 @sudi glad to see you are back😀 1mo
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kspenmoll
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#selfimprovementseptember #laugh
Tender, laugh out loud book.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻😊📚 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I started this one, but my mood wasn‘t right... I‘ll come back to it!! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving
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I‘m not going to be overly ambitious due to working extra shifts and a reading slump, but I‘m reading Evelyn for #BotmBuddyRead and Owen because @AmyG told me too!! 🤣🤣🤣

#Readinggoals
#Selfimprovementsept

Soubhiville Yay, that means we have two buddy reads this month 😊 3mo
OriginalCyn620 Hope September gets you out of your reading slump! 3mo
TrishB @AmyG is right 👍🏻 you should read Owen. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Soubhiville yay!!! 🙌🏻📚😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TrishB it‘s been too long!! 3mo
Jas16 @AmyG is totally correct. Love Owen Meany so much. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
kspenmoll Owen is one of my all time favorite book! Prediction: you will laugh; you will cry. Adore this book!!!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll I‘ve heard great things!!! 3mo
Hollie Reading Evelyn again should pull you out of the slump! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie definitely!!! 💚💚💚 3mo
Copwithabook A Prayer for Owen Meany is actually one of my all time favorite audiobooks. It has a special place in my heart 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Copwithabook I have only heard great reviews ❤️❤️ 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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Pickpick

This is an amazing book. It was the top pick in my #MakeMeReadIt lineup, and I‘m so glad I finally read it. I had some reservations about the way it wraps up in the end, but I‘m still thinking about the characters & the ideas two weeks later. The writing is masterful. And it is SO hilarious. I don‘t know how Irving pulls it off, this balance of comedy and tragedy and depth, but it‘s wonderful.

BarbaraJean And I also basically hate all the covers that are out there. The dressmaker‘s dummy is the best of the ones I‘ve seen, but why are so many of these covers such a mismatch for the feel of the story?! Or just boring? I think the “Hey, let‘s slap an armadillo on it” cover is the one I hate the most... (edited) 4mo
TrishB I have the armadillo one 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ it‘s dreadful. 4mo
Freespirit I read this book about 15 years ago and I still remember it clearly...for me that‘s the sign of a great read😍 4mo
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Lcsmcat I‘ve had the same thought about the covers. (Mine is the one on the bottom right.) But, try as I might, I can‘t come up with a _good_ cover idea. Someone ought to try! #ArtistsOfLitsy? Anyone out there have an amazing cover idea? 4mo
AmyG I have the armadillo one, too....though it‘s a bit beat up. This is one on my most favorite books ever. ❤️ (edited) 4mo
sprainedbrain Yes! Amazing book. ❤️ 4mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Such an amazing book, glad you liked it (and finally read it - "hole in your education" as we would say in Afrikaans although it sounds pretty dumb in English) 4mo
BarbaraJean @MommyWantsToReadHerBook You know, in English (perhaps just in American!) I think we would say “gap in your education”—so not that different! 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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I‘m woefully behind on reviews—but here‘s my July reading. Lots of fantastic reads! Owen Meany will definitely stay with me the most, but other favorites were: Life on Mars, Ink & Bone, Quiet Girl, and An American Marriage. I only finished two for #MakeMeReadIt, but will continue in August!

📚Fiction: 2 🏺SFF: 2 🔥YA SFF: 3 🗯Comic/Graphic Novel: 1 🖋Poetry: 2 🔎Mystery: 1

🏫Library: 7 📚TBR: 3 💸Purchased: 1

🎧 Audio: 2 📕Print: 4 💻eBook: 5

Daisey Great stats! I enjoyed Ink & Bone; at some point I should read the rest of the series. 4mo
BarbaraJean @Daisey Thank you! I really liked Ink & Bone, and though I‘ve enjoyed the other two, the first is the best of the lot so far. They all end with enough of a cliffhanger that I‘ve been pulled immediately into the next! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Great job! 💕📚💕 4mo
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BarbaraJean
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I‘ve been introverty around here lately—hoping to post more this week! But here‘s my #bookfitnesschallenge Week 5 checkin! I rocked my reading goals with 4 books completed. Fitness goals were scattered due to travel & HOT weather. I walked ALL over the Salem Art Fair on Sunday & ALL over the Portland airport on Monday—counted those as my “neighborhood” walks. I did my gym workout, but only 2/4 walks at work b/c it was TOO HOT. #BFCR2 #BookNerdHerd

BarbaraJean Oh! And my spiritual practice goal was a bit scattered this week as well, but I attended/helped lead a Quiet Day retreat at church today, which was a great time of rest and re-centering, connecting with God through prayer and reflection. 5mo
jb72 You are doing so good! 5mo
Charityann 👍🏼😊 5mo
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BarbaraJean
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“IT‘S ANOTHER MALE-NIPPLE MOVIE,” Owen said; and, indeed, in addition to Charlton Heston‘s nipples, there is evidence of Yul Brynner and John Derek and even Edward G. Robinson having nipples, too.

😂🤣

sprainedbrain 😂😂😂 I ❤️Owen! 5mo
LibrarianJen 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

Oh my god 😭😭😭 I have no other words right now. This book will stick with me for a while. I think it took me so long to read it because I didn't want to get to the ending.

ljuliel Excellent book. One of my all time favorites ✨✨✨✨ 5mo
Chab256 😊😍 5mo
TrishB Awesome book 👍🏻 5mo
Amiable My favorite book ever! 🥰 5mo
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bodacioustchr

I really tried to finish this book, but I didn't. It was boring and after a few sections, I quit.

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BarbaraJean
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I‘ve overloaded my July reading (darn library books!!) and am not sure I‘ll be able to finish all my #MakeMeReadIt picks before the month is out, but I did start this vote-winning book on Saturday! I‘m really enjoying it—there‘s something about it that reminds me of Bradbury‘s Dandelion Wine, and that makes it feel like a perfect summer read.

BarbaraBB It is! It is! 5mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Good morning/afternoon, littens! It's my day off, and I'm determined to finish Owen Meany today. I love this book, it's just so long.
I'm so spoiled, I'm sitting here eating peaches like candy and drinking my coffee while Lucas cooks us spinach omelets. Life is good. 😋📚

Chab256 One of my all time favorite books! 5mo
kspenmoll My first “fat book” & so so worth it!!!!! 5mo
LapReader I wish it wasn‘t winter in Australia and I could have some peaches. 5mo
Clare-Dragonfly That sounds so absolutely lovely! 🥰 5mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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A #BookNDinner that @MrBook would approve of. 🙌 In Idaho, we have to be creative with our potatoes. The sushi restaurant that we frequent made these to cater to the bar crowds, but we couldn't resist. It's tater tots with unagi sauce, scallions, and spicy mayo. We also got more sushi rolls than I felt comfortable sharing. 🤣🍣

MrBook 😱😱😱😁😁😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @MrBook I've never eaten tots with chopsticks until tonight 🤣 6mo
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Clwojick Mmmmmm unagi 😱🤤 6mo
AmyG This book 💕💕💕💕💕 6mo
BookishTrish What @amyg said 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I haven't had a ton of time to read over the last few days, but I'm already about 60 pages into this book. It is fabulous! I am laughing out loud every few pages, which I didn't expect. I love Owen and I think it's great that all of his dialogue is in caps. 🤣

violabrain One of my all-time favorites! I think it might be time for a reread... 6mo
wanderinglynn This is one of my faves too. ❤️ 6mo
BarbaraBB And mine. It makes me laugh just thinking about it. 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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It's 10pm and still daylight out. I can't make myself go to bed before it's dark, so I'm cracking open a blackberry hard cider and starting a new book. 😋🍻

LeahBergen I love this book. ❤️❤️ 6mo
Kimberlone I know the feeling. This time of year we have sunlight til after midnight where I live! 6mo
Copwithabook One of my all time favorites, 6mo
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BookwormM Great book 6mo
Buechersuechtling 🍾 ➕ 📖 Sounds awesome. Hope you enjoyed your evening. It sounds a bit like a short vacation. 😃 Wish I could do the same in the evening but my job is very asking so I‘m having to do a lot of overtime working and just drop dead in my bed in the evenings. (edited) 6mo
Chab256 @Copwithabook Me toooo! 🙂 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @Buechersuechtling I've been working 50 hour weeks lately, so I'm making it a point to have extra good days off. My hubby and I went downtown for sushi and picked up a few bottles of cider on the way home. It made for a good night. 😋 6mo
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Susanita
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Found in the ship‘s lending library...

AmyG Amazing book! 7mo
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BlameJennyJane
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❤️ Tagged... crushing book that restores ones love for humanity

? @toddred29 and I often tag team it!

? 58°F Spring is trying to spring!

? Bananas and Miracle Whip (no clue how I discovered that as a kid)

? Hi new friends!

#friYAYintro
@howjessreads

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Oryx
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I will take any excuse to recommend this book. It's only 99p so read it!

AmyG I second this! 9mo
lynneamch As is often the case, the movie wasn't as good as the book. 9mo
Tamra I read this as teen and recall loving it. Needs a reread! 9mo
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BookwormM Brilliant book fantastic price 9mo
jhod Thanks for the heads up! 9mo
booklahoma I love this book and find it very life-affirming. My wife heartily disagrees. 🤔 9mo
Wannabe_Quijote One of my absolute favorites!! 9mo
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The_Reading_Hedgehog
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Pickpick

I was not prepared for this book. It captivated me and surprised me at so many instances. This is one of the best books I‘ve read in a while and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

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AmyG
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Hour 42 challenge. The “swiss army” book rec or the book I tell everyone to read. If you haven‘t read this...you are missing out.
#24in48 @24in48

Soubhiville Ok, stacked then! 😊 10mo
Areader2 Love ❤️ this book 10mo
Crazeedi I read this years ago, very good book 10mo
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AmyG Oh, @Soubhiville That you haven‘t read this...and will read it...makes my day. ❤️ 10mo
CoffeeNBooks I haven't read this yet, but I have a copy of it and it's on my TBR list for this year! 10mo
AmyG @CoffeeNBooks 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
Tex2Flo Absolutely wonderful book. I should start picking it up when I‘m out in the world to give away more. 10mo
TrishB A fab book ❤️ 10mo
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kspenmoll
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 11mo
BookishTrish This book ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Crazeedi Yes it was a great book 11mo
Blaire Love!!! 11mo
vkois88 👍👍👍 11mo
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Kaye
Prayer for Owen Meany | John Irving
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Leftcoastzen One of the few Irving books I have not read. (edited) 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm One I‘ve been meaning to read.. 11mo
Kaye @Leftcoastzen @erzascarletbookgasm I hope you both get the chance to try it. It‘s got such memorable characters , goes so deep into many subjects. I‘ve heard a few people say they were put off by the religious talk in the beginning. It‘s not a preachy book, by any stretch. More about people‘s morals and judgements and loyalty. It‘s hard to describe. It‘s easier just to say best book ever. 11mo
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Amiable I knew I liked you, @kaye ! This is my all-time favorite book. 👍🏼👍🏼 11mo
TiredLibrarian I've heard so many people rave about this one. Must add to the TBR stack. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I e got to read it!!! 11mo
BookwormM Amazing book 11mo
Kaye Thank you @Amiable . I like you too. It seems we have similar book tastes. 😊. @TiredLibrarian @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope you guys get to read it. 11mo
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mgdenmark

I am struggling to get through this book 😳

SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊🥳 @LitsyWelcomeWagon #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5mo
mgdenmark Thank you! 5mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon
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RaimeyGallant Welcome! 5mo
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JLaurenceCohen

Irving is known for his eccentric characters and Owen Meany is one of his most endearing. This is a great novel of family, friendship, and providence.

Amiable My favorite book of all time. 😍 12mo
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britt_brooke
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Thank you SO much @CBee !! I‘ve been wanting to read this for a long time. Happy holidays! 💚

#kindlitsy

CBee I hope you love it as much as I did! 🧡🧡🧡 12mo
LeahBergen It‘s so good! ❤️❤️ 12mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I‘m really looking forward to finally reading it! 12mo
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Lcsmcat
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Finally caught up on #adventrecommends! I came to this novel with no expectations (my first Irving, read no reviews, no movie yet) and was blown away. My cover used to look like this picture taken from the internet, before it wore out from frequent use! @emilyrose_x

AmyG One of my most favorite books of all time. 12mo
kspenmoll I am on the same page as @AmyG , the best best novel I have ever read. Laughed out loud & cried...💕💕 12mo
sprainedbrain Such an awesome book! ❤️ 12mo
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Billypar
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#Schoolinlife #NoFemmeber
Owen Meany runs into some trouble in his schooling life when his rebellious newspaper editorials challenge the authority of the headmaster. But who needs a degree when you're schoolin' life? Beyonce would definitely support Owen in his efforts to stand up for what he believes, controversy be damned- she's got some experience there herself. @Cinfhen

Cathythoughts Life is the best teacher ... 👍🏻👍🏻❤️💔💕 13mo
Cinfhen Never thought I‘d see a Beyoncé / Owen Meany pairing but I gotta say.... it‘s perfect❣️??? 13mo
Billypar @Cinfhen That's what I like about this challenge- creates some unexpected pairings that still work somehow 😄 13mo
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bookcollecter
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1. #TheIncredibles
2. Yes, if there aren't any hills 😂
3. #APrayerforOwenMeany
4. #FamilyTime #Read #Swaps
5. Will do!

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Burghbookaddict Yeah thats about the same way I feel about #2 😂 13mo
Amiable I'm totally with you on the book-to-movie adaptation! (edited) 13mo
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teaa41
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📚: A Prayer for Owen Meany
👩: Tamora Pierce
📺: Parks and Recreation
🍽: Pasta, potato chips, and peanut butter

#manicmonday #letterP @JoScho

JoScho 🧡💜🧡 13mo
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wanderinglynn
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#ManicMonday #letterP

1. So many good letter P books to choose from, but tagged is one of my faves, along with Pride & Prejudice, The Princess Bride, Whitman‘s Poetry & Prose
2. Patricia Briggs
3. Pulp Fiction
4. Pumpkins! and all things pumpkin-flavored including pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice crepes, and PSL

JoScho Yes pumpkin everything 🎃 13mo
Jess7 Tried adding you to Goodreads and it will not let me! I‘m www.goodreads.com/thegreeneyedreader if you‘re able to add me! :-) 13mo
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MelissaSue81
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1. Little one in the shirt for her Halloween costume (any one know who she‘ll be?
2. One print, one audio, and one read aloud with Older daughter.
3. Yes! It‘s cold!
4. Sometimes. I have them for distance but I‘m still within the normal range of vision for driving and stuff.
5. I hated a prayer for Owen meany. It was long and boring and predictable. #unpopularopinion #humpdaypost @MinDea

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Chrissyreadit
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A #DNF since 1993ish. I am second guessing my dislike. #31bookpics

DivineDiana And this is a favorite of mine! It took a while to finally get into the story, but it was well worth it! Different books for different folks! 🙂 14mo
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bookcollecter
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#goodreads @Megara @bookcollecter

This sure is a challenge!

1. T.S.Garp (TheWorldAccordingToGarp)
2. Owen Meany (#APrayerForOwenMeany)
3. Winston Smith (#1984)

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Amandajoy
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1. Coffee with the fiancé. His call sign is Eeyore & I‘ve always loved Eeyore, so we have a lot of Eeyore mugs.
2. Finishing my tea, trying to get motivated for the day.
3. Read ?? recently, it was the winner for #makemereadit in August.
4. Groceries.
5. Vegetarian. I eat meat, but I love veges. Especially when they‘re done well.

#humpdaypost

WhatDeeReads I love Eeyore so much. I want to mug! 1y
Stacypatrice 💖Eeyore!!! @WhatDeeReads - I‘m with you!!! 1y
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MelissaSue81
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#garbingo round 2 l, 9/12 complete. I must say.. I‘ve read some stinkers in this bunch. Going to read Where The Red Fern Grows next for this challenge, but need to mix it up with something lighter next.

MicrobeMom Which did you not enjoy? 1y
MelissaSue81 @microbemom - really didn‘t like Owen meany, Alice, or Catcher. Gatsby, The shack, and Outsiders, and Jane eyre.. were all just “ok” to me. The only one I‘ve really enjoyed in this bunch was The Help. 1y
MicrobeMom I agree with you on most of those. I did love the Outsiders but I read it for the first time in 7th grade. First book I was required to read that I loved. I think that clouds my opinion to this day! 1y
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MelissaSue81
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Panpan

Well, it‘s official.. I‘m the only person in the universe who did not like this book one bit. Way too long, most of it was way too dull, and waaaay too religious. Just not my thing. #garbingo

MicrobeMom I have enjoyed other John Irving novels much more. 1y
BookNAround Nope. Not the only one. I loathed it. #unpopularopinion 1y
MelissaSue81 @BookNAround - Glad I‘m not the only one! 1y
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MelissaSue81
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Super duper unpopular opinion here, but this book is killing me slowly. I‘m over 400 pages in and I just really don‘t care. And why are the chapters so freaking long?!

bell7 Ooh I recently DNF'ed this, and I only gave it about 150 pages. Glad to know I'm not the only one! 1y
MelissaSue81 @bell7 I‘d read some reviews that say it gets better... but I don‘t know much longer it can take. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
SaraBeagle It was a struggle and it wasn‘t even until the last chapter that I actually liked it. It took a few attempts 1y
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MelissaSue81
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I feel like everyone‘s read this already.. but I‘m gonna start it to keep going on my #GARBingo round 2. I am always intimidated by books over 500 pages though!

Crazeedi I ❤❤ thick books, my favorite! I avoid books less than 300 pages 1y
Cinfhen It‘s sooooo good!!! The pages fly by 1y
jdiehr One of my favorites! 1y
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BookwormM
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I loved this book it is so clever the way it plays around with literature and religion.

Full review on Goodreads

Check out A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4473

DivineDiana A favorite! ❤️ 1y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Been meaning to check this out! 1y
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JenlovesJT47
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Getting some rare and much needed reading time while everyone else is asleep! I read throughout the day when I can but almost never get to stay up late reading anymore. Looking forward to this lovely that I got from @Ajessgirl ! 🤗 #litsomnia

LeslieO So many people mention this a a favorite. 1y
LeslieO Wait, what is that? A Neil Gaiman bookmark? 1y
JenlovesJT47 @LeslieO yes!!! I bought one for a friend and just had to get one for myself. 😬 I ❤️ NG! 1y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook Enjoy this gorgeous book! 1y
Louise This is such a powerful book! 1y
Ajessgirl You are in for such a treat!! 1y
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Amiable
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This is my all-time favorite book, @MinDea and @Robothugs . The opening sentence alone gives me chills every time! Thanks for hosting the #favoritebookgiveaway 🙂

BookNerd9906 ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
AmyG I love this book so much. One of my most favorites, too. 1y
MinDea Thanks for entering! 1y
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Amiable @AmyG I cry at the end every. Single. Time. Even though I know what's coming. 1y
AmyG Omg. The first time I read this I bawled at the end. I never had a reaction to a book like I did to this one. 1y
Amiable @AmyG Have you read "A Happy Marriage"? I cried so hard at the end of that one, too. Big, deep, ugly sobbing. It actually made my husband come running into the room. ? (edited) 1y
AmyG I did read that and I DID cry, too. Owen Meany made me a book crier!!! 1y
mcipher I haven‘t read this book in years but I love it and recently bought a copy so I can re-read it. So good! 1y
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Kaye
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1- tagged
2-romance
3- nope
4- 6000

#sundaysurvey @alisonrose

Oryx Owen Meany 😍 I recommend this a lot too. 1y
zzz I bought that at a bookstore in SLC when I was visiting over the summer! Awesome to hear! Saw it on the list for The Great American Read 1y
Kaye @Oryx , yes I almost always choose Owen. I‘ve read lots of other good books, but I always think Owen might have something for everyone. 1y
Kaye @Jen_is_always_reading Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 1y
alisonrose Thanks for playing!! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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Don‘t judge. 😀 It came this way from a used book sale, and the pages are all intact. #tatteredthursday #readingresolutions @Jess7

tournevis Why would I judge? It's marvelous! 1y
AmyG One of my most favorite books ever. 1y
Lcsmcat @AmyG Mine toi. It has such memories that I‘ve never wanted to replace the copy I first read. 1y
BookishTrish My copy looked like this and then it disintegrated. Such an amazing book. 1y
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Amandajoy
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I feel like this book could have been written way more recently than it was!

tjwill Fantastic book! I need to reread! 1y
Reviewsbylola Ugh this is one of those that I feel so guilty for not having read! 1y
Hooked_on_books Makes you wonder if things have really always been this way but it‘s less acceptable to some/more apparent now. 😕 1y
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Cortg
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📚 47
📚 65
📚 A Little Life (I‘m not much of a beach reader)
📚 A big chunkster! A Prayer for Owen Meany or Written In My Own Heart‘s Blood. We‘ll see what I reach for when the time comes! #2018checkin

sprainedbrain I absolutely love every book you listed in this post. 😃 1y
Cortg @sprainedbrain I actually bought a new copy of it and I rarely by new books! I think it‘s going to be right up my alley! 1y
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Christine
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Well, I‘m horribly, un-catch-up-ably behind on my #GARBingo card, but I‘ll forever be grateful to it for getting me to read this, finally. Loved it very much. #GreatAmericanRead

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Aw this book 💕 So glad to see a number of Littens are reading it 1y
sprainedbrain Such an incredible book. 😍 1y
Thousand-Lives My absolute favorite book ❤️ 1y
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Bookzombie I‘m so behind on my #garbingo too! 1y
Christine @MommyWantsToReadHerBook @sprainedbrain @Thousand-Lives So, so good! I can totally see why it‘s a favorite of many. ❤️ 1y
Christine @Bookzombie Aaack, it‘s so hard! I legit want to read everything on my card, but there are just so many other good books, too...😛 1y
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