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Gentleman in Moscow
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
A New York Times bestseller The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles debut, Rules of Civility, shapes [A Gentleman in Moscow] Entertainment Weekly Elegant as lavishly filigreed as a Faberge egg O, the Oprah Magazine He can t leave his hotel. You won t want to. From theNew York Timesbestselling author ofRules of Civility a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel Towles s greatest narrative effect is not the moments of wonder and synchronicity but the generous transformation of these peripheral workers, over the course of decades, into confidants, equals and, finally, friends. With them around, a life sentence in these gilded halls might make Rostov the luckiest man in Russia. The New York Times Book Review In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. And the intrigue! [A Gentleman in Moscow] is laced with sparkling threads (they will tie up) and tokens (they will matter): special keys, secret compartments, gold coins, vials of coveted liquid, old-fashioned pistols, duels and scars, hidden assignations (discreet and smoky), stolen passports, a ruby necklace, mysterious letters on elegant hotel stationery a luscious stage set, backdrop for a downright Casablanca-like drama. The San Francisco Chronicle"
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JMGio29
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles

I work at a bookstore so customers tell me their favorites all day long. I picked up this book because every customer I talked to said it was the best book they read that entire year. I had to try it even though it didn't sound like my type of book. I went in with high expectations and it didn't disappoint! Trust me-- it's so much better than it sounds. I loved everything about it. A must read!

IvoryLunatic I really enjoyed it but it wasn‘t what I expected it to be. The writing was beautiful and I loved the ending, but it was a bit slow in the middle. 12h
JMGio29 I know what you mean. For some reason the way he told the story kept my interest the whole time. Who knew I'd care what wine he paired with dinner! The ending was perfect and I didn't really see that coming. 12h
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Just getting started. 🙂

IvoryLunatic It wasn‘t what I expected but I thought the writing was beautiful. 1d
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#24in48 has me at over 8 hours of reading for this weekend. For me, that‘s fantastic!
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atla
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Finished the audio version of this one a little bit ago and I‘m kind of sad that it‘s over. I usually listen to my audiobooks in short spurts - so this one kept me company for weeks and I always looked forward to a retreat inside the Hotel Metropol.

#24in48readathon #24in48

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Loved this one! Finished on the #plane, just before hitting 6 hours for this #24in48
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4 hours read. I‘m not gonna get a full 24....but I‘ll get a lot more than I typically do in a weekend!
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Andrew65 I love this book, good luck for the rest of the Readathon. 3d
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Up early (the life of a cat mom) and getting started! #24in48

StayCurious I‘m up early for exactly the same reason! 4d
IvoryLunatic My cats are running around like crazy too already. What do you think of your book so far? I just finished it about ten days ago I think. 4d
kspenmoll Love your mug! Also predicting you will love 4d
smilingshelves I just started this one this morning, and I'm loving it already! 4d
Readerann I‘ve heard so many good about this book. I must get to it soon! 3d
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Jumping to it out of the gate! I‘m at a #hotel in #CostaRica tonight, flying back to #NY early tomorrow. Hoping to get some good time in for #24in48 on the #plane! @24in48

Readerann Plane reading!! I love it because I don‘t feel guilty about not doing something else. 😁 4d
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always_booked
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I read two chapters & just couldn't get into this for some reason.

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Butterfinger
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Loved it. It will definitely go on my top reads for 2019. At the beginning, I thought how can a book just be about a man who cannot leave his hotel; this may be boring. Then you meet Nina and she reminds you of Eloise (knowing the workings of a hotel). Then the Count finds a purpose in his prison, you realize "when you were sentenced to life in the Metropol all those years ago, that you had just become the luckiest man in all of Russia." Mischa

DivineDiana It is one of my top reads of all time! ❤️ 7d
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Cathythoughts Lovely 😊 1w
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This is an amazing book about the lengths a man will go to to protect his daughter - a selfless love that wants only what is best for someone else. Lushly written and framed against the memories of a long forgotten Russia. This was an amazing read!

Velvetfur I loved this too, didn't you just feel like you really were at that hotel yourself?! 2w
Come-read-with-me I did! It was just such s captivating book. It‘s my favourite of his books. 2w
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smilingshelves
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My book club just chose this as our book for next month. I'm so excited! I've been waiting and waiting for us to pick it!

MarkoPDX It was definitely one of my favorites from my book club last year. 2w
smilingshelves @MarkoPDX I'm glad to hear that! 2w
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Becker
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Count Alexander Rostov stole my heart! ❤️

ssravp Loved this book! 2w
Aims42 Loved this book so much 😍 2w
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Lindsay.Butier
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I get why everyone raves about this book... this gorgeous portrayal of a Russian count and life before and after war. I agree with most... the first hundred or so pages had me yawning but towards the end I understood why they were so essential. If you have time for a 500 page novel you must read this!!

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Texreader
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How gorgeous is this cover in the Norwegian version?

Cathythoughts It‘s very gorgeous ✨✨✨ 3w
TheSpineView Wow!💜💜💜 3w
Erofan 😍 3w
Texreader @Cathythoughts @TheSpineView @Erofan @erzascarletbookgasm I actually considered buying it for the cover. But the not knowing Norwegian and being a heavy hardback to carry home were big disincentives 2w
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Lindsay.Butier
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My interpretation of 352. Curious what others think because I may have totally missed the mark!

Aims42 One of my favorite passages from this book ❤️ I‘m right with you, a simple life is the happiest life 3w
Lindsay.Butier @Aims42 yes thank you for your response 3w
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“What‘s more, before he had tiptoed to the door half dressed, he took a moment to ensure that the actress‘s ivory blouse had been picked off the floor and hung on its hanger. After all, as the Count himself had observed just hours before: the best-bred dogs belong in the surest hands”.

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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My next listen.

Laura317 This audiobook is all kinds of wonderful. 3w
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Soubhiville
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I didn‘t read as many in June as I do most months, but several were chunksters. I really enjoyed all of these except for COBAB.
#chunkster
#June2019

Jee_HookedOnBookz Looks like you had a great month! Well done! 🎉👍🏼I just downloaded the Kindle version of 'Unit'! Can't wait to read it! 3w
MelissaSue81 Glad I'm not the only one who didn't like COBAB! I have read Spark of Light and Crawdads and liked those both a lot.
Paperback crush looks like a blast from the past!
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did fantastic, did you enjoy Dreams of Joy? I did like the first book. 💖📖💖 3w
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Soubhiville @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I love Lisa See, and I did like Dreams of Joy, although I didn‘t think it was one of her strongest. You can read it alone, but it‘s the sequel to Shanghai Girls. 3w
Soubhiville @Jee_HookedOnBookz I loved The Unit. Hope you enjoy it! 3w
Soubhiville @MelissaSue81 I really wanted to like COBAB, but for some reason it fell short for me. Paperback Crush is a lot of fun if you grew up in that era! 3w
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CallMeIshmael
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I am in love with this book

krayoncolorz I almost got that book but got something else. Will have to pick it up next. 3w
Sapphire It is amazing. Made me want to go.... 3w
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IndoorDame
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June wrap up

7 audio books
13 ebooks
2 graphic novels
7 print fiction

24 female authors
6 poc authors
5 LGBTQI authors

Favorite is the tagged book
Least favorite is Bittersweet Alliance

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wowza! What a great month for you! 💖📖💖 3w
BookwormAHN Hey, have you mailed The Cottingley Secret yet? Just wondering 😺 2w
IndoorDame @BookwormAHN I only just did. I'm sorry it's so late-(I finished it super early, but then I wanted to get you something, and lately I haven't been feeling great,) but it is making its way to you now 😬 2w
BookwormAHN No worries. I'm just checking. The mail around here is nuts 😺 2w
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IndoorDame
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A Gentleman in Moscow is my 2nd book of #24B4Monday bringing my time to 14:34:11:67 & my 4/6 book for #BFCr2 (if I get through my next monster chunkster I'll add to this goal)
I can tell this is going to be one of my top reads of 2019. It has that new but timeless feeling that is so rare & special.
I think there's enough #politicalintrigue here to work for #booked2019 prompt 24
@Jas16 I can't thank you enough for sending me this lovely volume 💕

Jas16 I am so glad that you loved it as much as I did. 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage If you think it fits the prompt, then it does. I'm looking forward to this one. #latetotheparty 3w
Soubhiville Such a great book! 3w
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LauraJ 4 of 6! Nice! 🎉 3w
wanderinglynn w00t! You‘re crushing your book goal! 🙌🏻 3w
Cinfhen It‘s a great read and my my favorite list as well!! 3w
Andrew65 A fantastic total 🙌🙌🙌, and I loved this book too, was on my favourite list for 2018. 😊 3w
Crazeedi This was a top read for me as well! 3w
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At the end of Friday I've read 165 pages of A Gentleman in Moscow and listened to 40% of The Night Tiger. Both are books I'd started already so they're at about 60 and 50% respectively. Such wonderful stories! I'm loving then both.

#24B4Monday

@TheReadingMermaid @jb72 @Andrew65

Andrew65 A great first day total. Well done. 👏 4w
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Soubhiville
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I finished this a couple days ago, and absolutely loved it. So much has already been said here about this book, so I feel like I‘m echoing. The writing is romantic and beautiful. The story kept me engaged. The characters felt so real, and like old friends. It‘s a book that will stay with me, and definitely will be on my best of list for the year. 5 ⭐️.

(View from my front door- the crepe myrtle is so full this year!)

Laura317 I listened to this book and thought the same exact thing. I ended up buying a print copy from UK because I liked the cover better. 4w
Hooked_on_books I really need to get to this one. It‘s been sitting on my shelf for a couple years, I think. Beautiful tree! 4w
Aims42 Loved, loved, LOVED THIS BOOK!! ❤️ 4w
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Crazeedi Beautiful tree! And agree 100% this was a 5star plus book for me 4w
Rachel_nyc Loved this one too! If you haven‘t already read it, his other is very good as well. 4w
kspenmoll Fabulous book!!! 4w
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A Gentleman in Moscow is the deal of the day on audible in the U.K. today, available at Qa.99. I thoroughly recommend this wonderful book, one of my favourite reads of 2018.

Ms_T I was just looking at this! 4w
TrishB I have two print copies 😱 and still not read.... 4w
Cathythoughts I have it & read for Bookclub... I was the #unpopularopinion I wasn‘t a Fan 😬 4w
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Cathythoughts But Thankyou ! For thinking of me 👍🏻 4w
Birdsong28 Thanks for the tag 📚📖 4w
CaroPi Is an amazing book. Has a special place in my heart and I don't say that of many books 4w
Andrew65 @CaroPi I agree Totally! A special book. 4w
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For as it turns out, one can revisit the past quite pleasantly, as long as one does so expecting nearly every aspect of it to have changed 🕰🗝🏨

Reviewsbylola Such a great book. I‘ll read anything Towles writes. 1mo
BittersweetBooks @Reviewsbylola it was my first Towles! What would you recommend next? 1mo
BittersweetBooks @Reviewsbylola adding to my shelf now, thanks!! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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Wow I‘m loving this book! Did anyone else feel like it had similarities to The Elegance of the Hedgehog? I think it‘s the gorgeous descriptions of foods, as well as young Nina befriending our Gentleman. What beautiful writing.

LiteraryinLititz I loved Hedgehog, so that comparison is a big endorsement for me! 1mo
Aims42 I loved this book soooo much! Now checking into the Hedgehog book you mentioned 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB I liked this one much more than Hedgehog! 1mo
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Lindsay.Butier
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A great reading buddy❤️

Leftcoastzen Oh my ,such a cutie! 1mo
Soubhiville Wow, congratulations on your baby! That is a tummy begging for kisses! 1mo
Megabooks Awww!! 1mo
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#WhatWouldYouDo @DannyHattan
📘 Count Alexander Rostov
💜💜 Love
📘 He is kind of crusty on the outside but soft on the inside. Loyal to a fault.

@tournevis @julesg @eggs @Texreader @4thhouseontheleft @EadieB @BarbaraBB @BookwormAHN @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 Thanks for the tag...I need to think about this one a bit! 😝 1mo
tournevis 😘😘😘 1mo
Eggs Thanks for the tag 🏷💗👏🏻 1mo
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BarbaraBB Thanks for the tag 💜 I loved the Count too! (edited) 1mo
BookwormAHN Thanks for the tag 😺 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for the tag ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
Eggs 💗🤗🏷💗💗 1mo
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I'm having a hard time reading this, and it's for a book club tomorrow night! 😖 Any suggestions?

Cathythoughts I had a hard time reading it for Bookclub too .... I did skim a bit 🤭. But mostly everyone loved it 1mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 1mo
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RaimeyGallant audio? And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
Dragonfairykats @RaimeyGallant thanks!!!! I should have looked for those first! 1mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you are enjoying it here! 3w
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Centique
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As expected @Cinfhen I loved this book! 😍

It really is charming, filled with delightful details to make a reader who loves setting curl their toes. I was a little worried that it was going to overlook the atrocities of the era, but I felt there was enough reference to them to feel their shadow lurking at the door.

I‘m feeling hungry for some non-fiction about Russia now so hope my hold on the Svetlana Alexievich book comes in soon.

Centique Photo of the Metropol in Moscow (thanks Google Images) 1mo
Centique PS @Cinfhen do you think this might be a bit too sweet for @TrishB tastes? I‘d maybe place a bet that it would be, Trish 😘 keen to hear your thoughts when you get there though! 1mo
TrishB I will get there eventually! One day I will wake up and know I need to read it that day! 1mo
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marleed Good thing there is no scale for a virtual tbr stack! 1mo
Cathythoughts I wasn‘t a fan ... I skimmed a lot .. it was an IRL Bookclub read for me ... I couldn‘t get into it 🤷🏻‍♀️😬 1mo
Centique @marleed mine is in danger of virtually toppling over! 1mo
Centique @Cathythoughts it is slow that‘s for sure although a bit more happens in the second half. I think you‘d quickly know if this one is your taste or not. 💕 1mo
Centique @ReadingEnvy that sounds fantastic thanks! 1mo
marleed But when a virtual stacks tumbles in a forest, does it make any sound :) 1mo
Lcsmcat I loved the writing in this one! 1mo
Centique @marleed 👏👏👏😆 1mo
Crazeedi Great book 1mo
Cinfhen Good question, Flea 😘 I think @TrishB will come to love the Count ❣️❣️❣️im surprised our sweet @Cathythoughts didn‘t love this book 😱 1mo
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#WanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB
#Russia

Set in Russia, this was one of my favorite books last year. I read it twice in one year!

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! I read this book with my IRL bookclub last year!!! We loved it!!!! 1mo
TheSpineView @Cinfhen 😊😊 1mo
BarbaraBB I agree, this was so good! 1mo
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lynneamch
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Double dip posting for #GrandHotel today and #Russians for tomorrow. Amor Towles looks out at the Bolshoi from a window in the hotel Metropole, where he recently returned 20 years after his first Inspirational visit. Pix from TV, CBS Sunday Morning feature in March. #WanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

BarbaraBB Great multitasking! 1mo
Cinfhen Excellent 🙌🏻❤️ 1mo
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Centique
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#wanderingjune #grandhotel

I‘m finally reading a book that everyone else has read and it just happens to fit today‘s prompt. Hope I get in first! Count Rostov is on house arrest, exiled inside a very grand hotel. I‘m only halfway through though so don‘t tell me if it‘s sad or happy!

Centique Also it‘s VERY cold and I had to get up early to take my daughter to a choir competition. Warming up with coffee and this book now. 🥶🌧☃️ 1mo
JennyM Hope you defrost quickly! It‘s rather chilly over the way in Qld too! 1mo
TrishB I haven‘t read yet either! 1mo
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bedandabook I won‘t tell you whether it‘s happy or sad, but it is good! 1mo
Centique @JennyM thank you! I wondered whether anyone else was feeling wintry on Litsy 😋 1mo
Centique @TrishB I‘ll let you know how I feel about it at the end! I‘m slowly getting to know your tastes Trish. 😊 1mo
Cathythoughts I have read it ... look forward to your thoughts ♥️👍🏻 1mo
TrishB 👍🏻 I currently have two copies 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Blaire I absolutely loved this one! Hope you enjoy itz 1mo
CarolynM It was very cold here last couple of weeks, but the weekend we've just had was nicer and sunshine is the forecast today☀️ 1mo
Cinfhen #GreatMindsThinkAlike how could you NOT choose the Count???? I LOVED this book ❤️ 1mo
Centique @CarolynM sun has turned up here today too 🌞 I‘m kicking myself for not getting out for a walk in it cos it‘s forecast to rain for a few days now. Oh well, sounds like reading weather! 1mo
Centique @Cinfhen I think you‘re the reason I moved it to the top of my TBR! 😘 I‘m loving it so far 🤞 1mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad but not surprised that you would love the Count, too ❤️ 1mo
BarbaraBB It‘s a great read, I loved the style and the Count! 💜 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Ah, I miss the Count! Loved this book! Happy reading. 1mo
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Nearing the end of this book, I was conflicted. I wanted to read faster because I knew all of these lines running parallel were about to converge and I couldn‘t wait to see how the story would play out, and yet I didn‘t want to get to the end because I wasn‘t ready to say goodbye to these characters. So many times I found myself snickering at the witty dialog, my heart wrenching during the moments of pain, and loving every minute of the journey.

Crazeedi This was a top pick for me 2 years ago, I absolutely loved this book 2mo
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rachelk
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1. ‘A Gentleman in Moscow‘ by Amor Towles ❤️

2. ‘Whiskey, Words and a Shovel II‘ — I know it‘s a popular book, but these poems weren‘t for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

3. ‘The Dutch House‘ by Ann Patchett and ‘The Butterfly Girl‘ by Rene Denfeld — both due out this fall 🍁

4. I always set a 50 book goal, so far I‘ve read 26 📚

5. @laurenslibrary #thursdaysurvey 🙂

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Kazzie
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Decided to pick up this book after Bill Gates published his summer reading recommendations. As I am not yet done with the book, I will withhold commentary; however I will share this quote I enjoyed.

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