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Birdsong | Sebastian Faulks
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A stunning depiction of the horrors of war, I thought this was beautifully written. Can one really come back from something like that and live a normal life? It's so hard to imagine. I wasn't too keen on the romance but the rest will stay with me long after the last page.

#Booked2019 #soldiersstory
#LitsyAtoZ Letter F

Cinfhen Lots of people LOVE this book / I may need to read it next year 6d
Birdsong28 @Cinfhen Yes! Do it!! 😘 📚 📖 6d
Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️📚📖 6d
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!!!! Ok!!! Message received ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️😘😘😘😘😘😘 @Birdsong28 (edited) 6d
Jovy @Birdsong28 I‘m guessing you REALLY love the book 😂 🙌🏼 5d
Birdsong28 @Jovy Yes I love this book. Seen the play twice! Also as you can tell I use it for my Litsy handle. Its just so good. I know some people may not be love it as much as I do but can appreciate how well written it is and poignant it is. 5d
sprainedbrain I loved this book. ❤️ 5d
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The Winter Soldier | Daniel Mason
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This was good and the story held my attention. Was surprised by the ending! And although part of war and necessary since this is the story of an enlisted army doctor, my queasy stomach could have done without the detailed description of battle injuries!
#soldiersstory #booked2019

Cinfhen Ugh, I‘ve got a queasy stomach too🤢bravo to you for enduring 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1w
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A wonderful and uplifting story of survival and perseverance against all odds! Much of this book addresses Craig's life upon returning to civilian life and dealing with PTSD after being in an active warzone in Afghanistan. Great for those who may be skittish about details regarding the loss of life in combat zones. #Booked2019 #SoldiersStory #Autumn @cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Sounds like a lovely choice💙 2w
IamIamIam @Cinfhen It was just my speed. It was informative without ripping my heart out! He did publish a version for mature readers if anyone would prefer that but there were a few incidents where I was really glad I was reading this edition. 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review and honest advice on the topic. Thanks! 1w
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#Booked2019 #Autumn #SoldiersStory

*This book is one I was absolutely not looking forward to reading. On the recommendation of a great friend, I decided to give it a go. This book is utterly fantastic. It is an older book (2012), so I‘m sure loads of Littens have already read it, so I‘ll make it brief. Three points: a) Fountain has his thumb firmly on the pulse of American culture; b) he is a wordsmith of the highest caliber—I learned ⬇️

gradcat ⬆️ (Cont.) several new ones; c) he is writing about a particular American city (Dallas) where I lived for about a decade, and he was so spot-on that I cringed internally at certain scenes—they were too (unfortunately) familiar. All the action takes place in a day (although some of Billy‘s thoughts are of past events) and this just heightens the “you are here” ambience of the book. I loved it. ♥️ (edited) 2w
Theaelizabet I loved this book for all the reasons you give and certainly meant to read more by him, which I didn‘t. I need to cycle back around to him. 2w
CarolynM I'm sold. Stacked🙂 2w
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gradcat @Theaelizabet You know, I checked into his other books, precisely because I found him so good. He seems to publish a book every six years. The first, “Brief Encounters with Che Guevara” (2006), is short stories, albeit loosely connected ones, and the one he published last year (tagged) is nonfiction. Since I fell in love with his long-form fiction, I haven‘t raced out to buy these, but you know, they‘re probably good. I should try them. ♥️ 2w
gradcat @CarolynM I think you‘ll be surprised at how fast you get through it—it absolutely flows! ♥️ 2w
Cinfhen I tried this book when it was first released and I couldn‘t get into it. I had bailed early on but your review makes me want to try again 😊 1w
gradcat @Cinfhen At the risk of repeating myself, I was REALLY not looking forward to it. And that‘s what I like about #Booked2019 ... I loved this book, and would never have read it if it wasn‘t for Litsy. I think I read this book in about two days, and I don‘t read very fast anymore. It just held my attention so well—almost accidentally, I think—strictly owing to those three reasons I wrote about in my review. If you do try it again, I hope you like it. 1w
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Last book for November and this was a weird one. It is about a man, Billy Pilgrim, who gets displaced in time and is kidnapped by aliens. All of this starts when he is a soldier during World War 2. You never really know whether he's nuts or not.
#Booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

BarbaraTheBibliophage So, a #soldiersstory, then? Sometimes classics are so weird ... 2w
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I don‘t think there is any praise I can give that hasn‘t already been heaped on this book. Excellently written, powerfully evocative semi-autobiographical essays/stories about young men in the Vietnam war. Heartbreaking and honest and so very good.



This was also my #SoldiersStory for #Booked2019 🙌🏻

Cinfhen It really is an amazing book. Your review is perfect 👌🏾 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage This one is such a gut punch. 👊🏻📚♥️ 2w
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Car service day (YES, I waited until the end of the month to get an inspection 🙄) so I hoped to bang a good portion of this out for #Booked2019 #SoldiersStory. I have 2 books left and I can't let my #Autumn challenge slip away! @BarbaraTheBibliophage @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Good use of time! Good luck 🍀 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awww. Sounds heartwarming! 3w
IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage I deliberately went for the young reader's edition because I'm not sure I could handle this with any depressing details! 3w
IamIamIam @Cinfhen Thanks! I was there for a little over an hour so I got about 1/4 read! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam I can agree with that! 3w
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A vivid read that really takes you to Vietnam and inside the characters minds. It‘s written in small, to the point sentences which when done right (like this) I love. O‘Brien plays with memory & fiction & what‘s real & what isn‘t but it worked so perfectly in putting across the point that you just can‘t know what war is truly like etc. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #soldiersstory #booked2019

Cinfhen This was such a powerful book. I read it years ago and haven‘t forgotten it 1mo
merelybookish Great review! Ditto @cinfhen ☝️ The title story in particular has stayed with me. 1mo
Liz_M This is one of my all-time favorite books. It was also my first introduction to meta-fiction. 1mo
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BookNAround To prove just how old I am, O‘Brien was the writer in residence at my college right after this came out so I got to be in a writing fiction class that he visited for a week or so. 1mo
kspenmoll This book has defined Vietnam for so many over the years. Agree with you all; it stays with you. 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a good book! 👊🏻♥️📚 1mo
youneverarrived @Cinfhen @merelybookish I can see it being one I won‘t forget either 🖤 1mo
youneverarrived @Liz_M usually I‘m not a big fan of that but it worked so well here. 1mo
youneverarrived @BookNAround ohh that‘s really cool! What college was it? 1mo
youneverarrived @kspenmoll @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s brilliant 🖤 (edited) 1mo
BookNAround @youneverarrived The College of Wooster, a small liberal arts college in Ohio. 1mo
IamIamIam I've honestly never read this! *hangs head* I'm not sure how we skipped it in school because I know I had friends who read it. On #mountTBR it goes! 😁 1mo
youneverarrived @IamIamIam you‘ll have to let me know what you think when you get to it ♥️ 1mo
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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My #weeklyforecast this week is dedicated to #booked2019 📚 I‘ve made some progress on each of these reads this weekend:

Ohio #bookaboutaddiction
William, an Englishman #soldiersstory
The Water Dancer #PoCMCParanormal (which I am LOVING by the way, can't put it down!)

Thanks to our hosts for the bookish inspiration!! @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

EmilyM I just finished Water Dancer this afternoon.....loved it! I think I am going to now read Colson Whitehead's The Underground Railroad to follow it up. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft I really want to read The Water Dancer! I‘m on hold for it at the library. 1mo
Cathythoughts I nearly got the Water Dancer the other day 🤔... maybe I‘ll go back & get it 👍🏻❤️ 1mo
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emilyhaldi @EmilyM its reminding me so much of Underground Railroad!! I'm already loving it as much. Perhaps thats why I keep thinking you would love it, Cindy! @Cinfhen (edited) 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved Water Dancer. So glad Coates stretched into the world of fiction without losing his social justice focus. 1mo
Reviewsbylola Oh really?! I didn‘t even consider reading the Coates because paranormal. 😛 How is Ohio? 1mo
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