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History of Wolves
History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
So delicately calibrated and precisely beautiful that one might not immediately sense the sledgehammer of pain building inside this book. And I mean that in the best way. What powerful tension and depth this provides! Aimee Bender Fourteen-year-old Linda lives with her parents in the beautiful, austere woods of northern Minnesota, where their nearly abandoned commune stands as a last vestige of a lost counter-culture world. Isolated at home and an outlander at school, Linda is drawn to the enigmatic, attractive Lily and new history teacher Mr. Grierson. When Mr. Grierson is charged with possessing child pornography, the implications of his arrest deeply affect Linda as she wrestles with her own fledgling desires and craving to belong. And then the young Gardner family moves in across the lake and Linda finds herself welcomed into their home as a babysitter for their little boy, Paul. It seems that her life finally has purpose but with this new sense of belonging she is also drawn into secrets she doesn t understand. Over the course of a few days, Linda makes a set of choices that reverberate throughout her life. As she struggles to find a way out of the sequestered world into which she was born, Linda confronts the life-and-death consequences of the things people doand fail to dofor the people they love. Winner of the McGinnis-Ritchie award for its first chapter, Emily Fridlund s propulsive and gorgeously written "History of Wolves" introduces a new writer of enormous range and talent."
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Clare-Dragonfly
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A solid pick, though the ending seemed to go on for too long and left me a little puzzled. I loved the way Fridlund kept up the suspense and eeriness without making me feel stressed or led on, despite the fact that the main event is pretty much revealed on the first page (it reminded me of The Secret History in that way). I feel like I understood most of Madeline but there was something that just never quite clicked for me.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I wish I could read this faster! I really want to know what happens! I‘m sometimes confused by how the timeline skips around, but the author is doing a good job keeping up a sense of dread without making me impatient.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I love that too! What I don‘t love is this creepy teacher dude. What‘s up with him?

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kristankremer
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I don't know what it is about hauntingly beautiful dark books, but I am eating then up lately. Most of the bad reviews I've seen make it clear they just didn't understand. Maybe that's a good thing for them. Linda's story spoke to me on levels that I understand to my core and are the basis of my depression and anxiety. I read a library copy but I'm purchasing the softcover so I can take notes all throughout as the writing is glorious.

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kristankremer
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This is another book recommended if you liked Where the Crawdads Sing (the other one in the same recommendation was My Absolute Darling which was amazing). I'm excited to dive in! It's only 279 pages so I might have a review by tomorrow.

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JenDR
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I read this book a few months ago and it has stayed with me. Images from it and the sense of loneliness it invokes. Also the moral dilemma Linda faced.

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Caroline2
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Depressing, bleak and horrible. I feel like I need to rinse this out of my brain. Wish I‘d bailed now.

squirrelbrain I didn‘t much like it either.... 4mo
Caroline2 I tell ya Helen, I‘m going right off the Man Booker prize. They seem to choose confusing, depressing, avant garde books that I really don‘t like. 🙄 @squirrelbrain 4mo
TrishB I have this - but a previous set of reviews put me off and I‘ve never tried it! 4mo
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Caroline2 @TrishB it‘s a depressing read Trish. 😒 4mo
kathedron This book had serious problems! 4mo
Caroline2 @kathedron it‘s is all over the place. 🙄 4mo
Joreads I‘m reading this for book club and I‘m not loving it 4mo
Caroline2 Yep! It was not my cup of tea at all!!! 😒 4mo
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Caroline2
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So the husband has gone away on another work trip abroad leaving me alone with the kids for the first few weeks of the summer holidays. (Something I am dreading and looking forward to in equal measure!! 😬) Rather than cheering myself with a new book I thought I‘d scour my shelves and put together a decent TBR pile. Has anyone read any of these?? 🤔

wanderinglynn I love A Tree Grows in Brooklyn! 👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 5mo
Caroline2 @wanderinglynn I‘ve heard lots of good things and it‘s been on my tbr for years so it‘s about time I got to it already. 😁 5mo
AmberWB Beach Street Bakery is really good! 5mo
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SaturnDoo Salt to the Sea is an all time favorite and a book I always recommend. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is an enjoyable read. 😊 5mo
Caroline2 @AmberWB excellent! I‘ve been saving that one for summer! 😉 5mo
Caroline2 @SaturnDoo good to know! I‘ve been looking forward to reading salt to the sea for ages now. 👍🏻 5mo
AnneCecilie I read this earlier this year and loved it 5mo
jb72 I have not read any of those. I attempted A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (audio) and didn‘t like it at the time. The Storyteller is on my shelf as a friend sent it to me for a buddy read. 5mo
plemmdog History of Wolves intrigued me. A nice coming-of-age tale. 5mo
Caroline2 @plemmdog 👍🏻 good to know. 5mo
Caroline2 @jb72 yeah I‘ve had the storyteller on my tbr shelf for yearssss now. I just never seem to be in the mood for it?! 🤷‍♀️ 5mo
Caroline2 @AnneCecilie brill. 👍🏻 5mo
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livani
History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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Blew me away! Picked it up at @strandbookstore on a whim and loved it!

Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 👍🏻 7mo
livani @Megabooks Thanks! 7mo
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livani
History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund

Later, I could get that drizzle feeling just about any time I saw a kid on a swing. The hopelessness of it—the forward excitement, the midflight return. The futile belief that the next time around, the next flight forward, you wouldn‘t get dragged back again. You wouldn‘t have to start over, and over.

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Aswenson
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I have read mixed reviews on this one. Liking it so far.

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MsClareA
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Time narrative and landscape seem to intertwine in this teenage protagonist‘s mind . Her story is quietly observed -and yet it seems her view is also skewed -perhaps by youth , but also desire and memory. There is a moral dilemma that is at the heart of the plot, but it‘s like watching it through a gap in the door . I couldn‘t decide what it was most about and that keeps me thinking of it .

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jenniferheidi
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This month‘s book club choice and a great choice it was too. Beautiful writing and a gripping page turner, shot through with a strong sense of dread. I only wish that the last fifth of the novel didn‘t feel quite so much like wrapping up. (Also, I only noticed as I finished the book that the cover shows a girl and not a large bird!)

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rmaclean4
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Meandering story of loneliness. Beautiful nature writing and I liked how the author played with time line. Wonder if it will stick with me over time. 3.5 🌟My first #boutofbooks was fun. Finished 5 books!! Great start to 2019. Now I am ready for #24in48.

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rmaclean4
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I am excited to participate in my first #boutofbooks. Here is my TBR for this week long challenge. https://boutofbooks/

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rmaclean4
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I took the dust jacket off of this novel...and look what I found. I love a beautiful naked hardback!!

BookaholicNatty That is a beautiful cover underneath. Very rare to see that!!!! 11mo
rmaclean4 @BookaholicNatty it was a wonderful surprise!! 11mo
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kathedron
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Odd!
I thought she captured the sense of place, Linda's loneliness and also the horrible foreboding. Interesting theme of belief/thoughts and responsibility. However, when Something Happened it was all of a sentence and the rest of the book unravelled thereafter. I felt she made inferences at times that her story-crafting hadn't earned and as a whole the book read like two or three novel plots stitched into one. And what the hell was that ending?!

ReadingRuby Couldn‘t agree more! 11mo
Redwritinghood Yep! 11mo
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ReadingRuby
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Panpan

Disappointing. I kept going waiting for something to happen, and even when things did eventually happen they were brushed past so quickly with such sparse details that I was left feeling frustrated

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MrsBibliophile
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Our first frost on the island was so beautiful. I thought this picture of the Sheep was ironic. I know I will probably catch a lot of flack for this. But I did not like this book at all. It came highly recommended by several friends, so I was surprised when I couldn't get into it. I ended up reading half of the book without enjoying it, then decided to move on.

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gentlepet
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This book got into my dreams. That‘s fairly rare. It‘s quiet meditations on the differences between thought and action, responsibility, and allegiance wove neatly through the narrative without feeling didactic or heavy handed. Easy to read, beautifully written.

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Cinfhen
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#OctoberXFiles #Howl 🐺 This was a bookclub book from this past April. I did not enjoy the book but the other ladies seemed to. Our discussion was interesting which always adds another element to the story. It‘s a coming of age story (of sorts) and a look at family dynamics & roles parents play in raising their children. #BorrowNotBuy

TrishB I have it on the pile but it‘s never drawn me in! 14mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure where u would fall @TrishB this book seems polarizing ~ 14mo
Robothugs I didn‘t enjoy this one either 14mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh, it always sucks when you don‘t like the book club pick. At least it led to a good discussion. 14mo
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Samplergal
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📌St Augustine Florida. It‘s lovely here. 📌 steely dan in the spring. They are still as good as they were in the day. 📌 I play with my hair. Clutter. So many. 📌 I finished Mrs Maisel second season. So good. 📌The history of wolves is next. #humpdaypost

mdhughes72 Good luck! I just finished this one and it left me feeling meh. 1y
Samplergal @mdhughes72 I‘ve heard a lot don‘t like it. I will give it a try. 1y
Blaire I didn‘t even know the second season was out!! 😍Mrs Maisel. 1y
Samplergal @Blaire soooooo good! 1y
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mdhughes72
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Mehso-so

I loved the slow steady drip of revelations through the first two-thirds of the book, but as it worked toward the conclusion the various threads of the story unraveled instead of weaving together. By the end I was asking myself what was all that supposed to add up to? Frustrating.

heikemarie Yes, I didn‘t love this one. 1y
mdhughes72 @heikemarie I wonder what the author was trying to tell me? 1y
heikemarie @mdhughes72 🤷‍♀️ I‘m not sure what they were trying to tell me either! If you find out let me know 😬 1y
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IfOnly
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A psychological thriller in essence; smart and compelling.

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toofondofbooks
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This book tries to tackle way too many things. I didnt hate it but there wasn't much to love either. The main character was annoyingly teenager-y lol in her attitude and super frustrating in her decisions that lead to a terrible thing happening.

emilyhaldi This didn‘t work for me either 😕 1y
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akckitty
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1 - Sometimes I Lie

2 - History of Wolves

3 - Kristian (pronounced Christian)

4 - the ability to speed read! I avg about 400-450 WPM when I‘m reading but speed readers are around 1000 or so. Forever jealous 😥

#sundaysurvey @alisonrose

alisonrose Speed reading is the booknerd‘s dream 😊 1y
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BooksForEmpathy
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This book was slow and atmospheric and impossibly tense. I felt so uneasy while reading it that at times I was nauseated, unsure of where it was heading. I was captivated though, by the woods, by the dogs, by Paul and Patra and Leo, by Mr. Grierson, by the difference between a thought and an action, by the wolves and the trial. This was never the story I kept thinking it would be; Emily Fridlund stayed a few steps ahead of me at all times.

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BooksForEmpathy
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Today called for banana cream pie 🥧. Hoping to finish this one up tonight. It‘s so good and tense.

BookHermit Excellent book! 1y
Dragon Yummy pie! 😀🐉 1y
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NotYourHandmaid
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Beach read

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BooksForEmpathy
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Not the most glamorous picture of our dinner tonight but we REALLY enjoyed it after a longgg and deeply rewarding wedding weekend. The officiating went beyond well, our friends are now married, and we are tired!

I‘ve gotten to read a bit of this the last few days and I really love it. I am not exactly sure where it‘s going although I have some thoughts and it makes me uncomfortable and that‘s okay. I hope to finish it soon!

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BooksForEmpathy
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New book and same lunch that I think I‘ll be having the rest of summer.

2BR02B Caprese salad? 1y
BooksForEmpathy @2BR02B Yep! You got it 😍. I can‘t stop eating it. For every meal. 1y
MoniqueReads305 The day salad looks yummy 1y
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Owlizabeth That looks amazing! 1y
ferskner I love the spare cover with the riot of colors to the right. It's a good book! 1y
Rachellynnwright Great photo! 1y
mauveandrosysky I LOVED THIS BOOK SO MUCH 🤗 1y
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EliNeedsMoreShelves
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Mehso-so

This felt to me like two halves of two really great books that for some reason got stuck together, but didn't really belong with each other. I will be interested to see what the author's next book brings. #EliReadsTheBookers

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BaBaBaBillyAndTheBooks
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Sometimes you don‘t need words to understand what someone is trying to tell you. Love and fear are emotions easily sensed. In “Wolves,” however, final verdicts depend on action, and most characters — knowing they‘re prey — play dead to survive.

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Tera66
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@Booksnob
#sockswap
@JPeterson
I'm hoping I tagged the right person here! I saw you read the same book, so felt safe to post this. Thank you so much for the books and socks!! The cover of History of Wolves is so pretty! And have been dying to read The Leavers. Hope you are feeling better, and that you got something for the swap too. Your Sassy Bad@ssy friend! Tera💚

Booksnob Yay @Tera66 I‘m glad you liked your gifts! I love those Sassy Badassy socks!! History of Wolves is so good. It makes wish I was well enough to go for a long hike in the MN north woods. I haven‘t read the Leavers yet so I hope it‘s a good read. Enjoy! 1y
Tera66 @Booksnob Oh man, being sick in summer is the worst. I can't wait to dig into both books. Hope you feel better soon💚 1y
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Booksnob
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Ended the school year super sick so today I‘m taking care of myself and staying in bed all day. I plan to finish this gem and binge watch Scandal.

Alfoster Both so good! Feel better!😫 2y
Eyelit Hope you feel better soon! 2y
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JenFowler
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"It seemed unfair to me that people couldn't be something else just by working at it hard, by saying it over and over."

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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

It takes a truly talented author to keep you reading when the characters on the page are so utterly unlikeable. That‘s the case with this beautifully written, heartbreaking story filled with characters that make it difficult to like them. Young family moves into cabin, local teenager babysits for them, things happen (few of them good), & by the end I couldn‘t help thinking anything other than how messed up everyone was. Still, very well-written.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. 2y
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TracyReadsBooks
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Now reading...

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JenniferJarrell
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Travel read.

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LornaDH
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‘I‘m in Glasgow, what‘s yer book order?‘
‘Nothing, just you.‘
‘You can have both. I‘ll surprise you.‘
#myhusbandshouldjoinLitsy

Cinfhen Awwww!!! 2y
LauraBeth 💕💕 2y
kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
sprainedbrain He should join! 2y
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LauraBeth
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Seems that people either bail/pan this book or they say it‘s one of the best books they‘ve ever read. So now I want to see where I‘ll fall. 😀

Cinfhen This is our bookclub pick for next week...I HATED IT! Curious what u & the other girls will say.... 2y
TrishB I have it ready but @Cinfhen put me off 😂 will see what you think! 2y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I like that you capped hated! 😂 Now I‘m really intrigued @TrishB! 2y
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Soubhiville Oooo, it‘s on my TBR, so I‘m interested in what you think of it! 2y
Cinfhen Ha! I wanted to emphasize my dislike...but I have lots of questions so step off the yoga mat and get reading, LB😂😂sorry to put u off @TrishB ~ read it so we can all discuss xx 2y
Cinfhen You too @Soubhiville 😁‼️ 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I will read eventually! As I am curious. See how the weekend is looking! 2y
Redwritinghood The writing in this one is great, but a lot of it just didn‘t make sense. 2y
LauraBeth @Soubhiville and @TrishB it‘s a short book! 2y
LauraBeth @Redwritinghood 🤔 I like for books to make sense! 😂 2y
emilyhaldi Lol @Cinfhen I am #teamcindy on this one!!! I do NOT understand all of the hype this one received. I was bored out of my skull. 2y
AlaMich Look at Bitsy tryin‘ to be all casual and “I‘m not looking at you, Gray Cat! Relaxxxx...” 2y
LauraBeth @AlaMich she hates gray cat so much! 😹 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I bailed. 😬 2y
LauraBeth @Ashley_Nicoletto seems like you‘re in the majority! 2y
LittlePixels This has been on my TBR forever, too. It keeps dropping lower every time I see posts like this. 😬 It seems to be very polarizing! 2y
Cinfhen Yes!!!! Exactly @Redwritinghood so much seemed out of place ~ like it was two different stories and one served no purpose. What was the whole point of the teacher and the student??? 2y
LauraBeth @LittlePixels It jumped back on my radar when @anniehartnett tweeted that it was one of her favorite books last year and called it masterful. So there are lots of people who really love it! https://twitter.com/annie_hartnett/status/986291987509927936?s=21 2y
LauraBeth @Cinfhen If I click on your spoiler will it spoil it? 😂 2y
Cinfhen Not really, but it‘s not worth clicking on it... it‘s a random rant for @Redwritinghood 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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The lovely @Cinfhen is hosting an amazing giveaway!! Head over to her profile for details on this #LitsyApocalypseGiveaway 😍📚 So generous!

I'm tagging @REPollock and @kamoorephoto and @scripturient who might be interested 👏🏼

Cinfhen Thanks you for sharing ☘️💚 2y
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Djspens
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Congrats to @Cinfhen on 2 years on Litsy and thanks for doing this giveaway! I‘m going to randomly tag a couple people because I‘m a #newby and don‘t personally know anyone here 💕#litsyapocalypsegiveaway @Sandinmycastle @CallMeDrD

Cinfhen Thanks for the repost 💚and welcome to Litsy 2y
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ephemeralwaltz
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And even more bookstore browsing! I had never seen this edition. I love the cover 😍

RachelO That is pretty! 2y
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💙💙💙 2y
Tanisha_A Sitting in office right now, and envying you so much! 😶 2y
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Kalalalatja Great cover! 2y
AceOnRoam Love that cover! 2y
Sophoclessweetheart Gorgeous x 2y
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Cinfhen
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#MarchIntoOz what an odd book, read it for April‘s book club. Not sure I liked it... Patra, a misguided mother definitely earned a #cryinshame 😭😭😭This book should cause some interesting discussion, so glad it wasn‘t my suggestion😚

AmyG Right? I found this book truly odd. 2y
Robothugs I am in your boat with this one. 2y
KrystleTheBookSlayer Agree with your review, it was definitely odd and not quite what I expected. 2y
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TrishB Have on my tbr!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Hahaha, always a relief when the book club stinker wasn‘t your pick. 😂 2y
mrp27 Totally agree that it was odd. I read it last spring and I didn't know what to make of it, I still don't know what to make of it. 2y
emilyhaldi We agree on this one, although I panned it... 😏 2y
Cinfhen It wasn‘t long enough to HATE HATE @emilyhaldi but it was definitely a weird little book @mrp27 @Reviewsbylola @TrishB @KrystleTheBookSlayer @Robothugs @AmyG I‘m actually curious to discuss it with the bookclub ladies...maybe they‘ll help me understand the multiple storylines which I don‘t understand the relevance 2y
AmyG When you figure it all out, let me know. 🤣 (edited) 2y
KrystleTheBookSlayer Yes, please share any new insights you get from book club! ☺ 2y
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perfectlywinged
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Couldn‘t put this book down because there is just something a touch off about the characters you can‘t quite figure out. Still not sure how I feel about it but definitely keep thinking about it.

RebelReader I felt exactly the same way except I couldn‘t put it into words. I still think about it sometimes and I read it a year ago! 😃 2y
perfectlywinged @RebelReader there were definitely some things I saw coming a mile away but it didn‘t make them any less shocking. What a weighty book! 2y
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail Part II 😄My small order from BookOutlet arrived #NoRegrets #I❤️Fridays

Tove_Reads Just started reading TTTW! 2y
Lcsmcat I haven‘t read the tagged book, but the other two are excellent! 2y
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Cinfhen That‘s our April bookclub choice @Tove_Reads how is it so far??? 2y
Cinfhen TTW & Liars Club are total #BlameItOnLitsy @Lcsmcat @cocomass 😍😍😜 2y
Cinfhen Oops I lied @Tove_Reads bookclub is 2y
Tove_Reads Have only read the first some pages. Feels a bit weird, because I don‘t fully get it yet, but I guess that‘s part of the plan. 2y
britt_brooke The Liars‘ Club is excellent! 2y
Reviewsbylola Loved the Karr and Niffenegger! 2y
emilyhaldi I hope you like this one better than me! 🤞🏻 2y
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LadyZircon
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The religion in this book wasn‘t so bad to deal with, yet my atheist brain kicked in and I suddenly despise that people can hide behind it and get away from punishment that should be served. What a story, the writing style was wonderful and as an aspiring writer myself, it was a glorious treat. The plot is great and also very sad on many levels, but it‘s thought provoking all the same. Not disappointing in the least.