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All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel
All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel | Anthony Doerr
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RickW

Currently reading, based upon the numerous recommendations from friends, Reddit and Litsy. So far, this is really extraordinary writing. It harkens back to Amor Towles in some aspects with the research obviously being put to good use and the concentration on character development.

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sarahbellum
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After a hellish 24 hrs of travel (yesterday, our plane turned around 2 hrs into our flight and then got rescheduled 4 times before finally leaving this morning), we‘ve arrived in Maui! The upside is that I had time to finish this book on the flights. I really enjoyed this, especially the characterizations and descriptions of France. WWII isn‘t usually my thing, so I was surprised I liked it as much as I did

sarahbellum I had been trying to read this since July #foodandlit. It was also my Aug #bookspin and Sept #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks 3w
PaperbackPirate Sorry for the rocky start to your trip, but hopefully it‘s all uphill from here! Glad you had a good book to pass the time! 🌺📖 3w
TheAromaofBooks Goodness, that sounds incredibly stressful!!! Hopefully the rest of your trip goes smoothly!! 3w
TheLudicReader Yikes. Turned around at the two hour mark? 3w
Jas16 What an awful day of travel! 3w
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Sharv_Sona
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This book was amazing. I started reading it the day I went to see the Auschwitz exhibit, and I fell in love with the writing immediately. The writing skills and the words were immaculate! I recommend this book to you, @Reyzl, I think you‘ll like it! I don‘t know why any of the quotes I posted aren‘t showing up (probably a problem with the app), but I hope that this post shows up 😅

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Reyzl Thank you, dear Sharvri!🤗 I add it to my to read shelf 📚 3w
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CBee
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No question about what my August fave is (tagged). It was a hard choice between July and August though! Ultimately girl power wins big 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 #readingbracket @chasjjlee

5feet.of.fury The Change is tough to beat 1mo
CBee @5feet.of.fury right?? I loved it so much, it was perfect and came at exactly the right time for me. 1mo
5feet.of.fury @CBee definitely going to be one of my top of the year! 1mo
CBee @5feet.of.fury same 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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CBee
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Pickpick

I can‘t write a review that would do this beautiful book justice. I‘ll add a favorite passage (one out so many) in the comments 🌊 📻 ❤️💔 🐌
This was my #doublespin. And I loved it more than I can really say. @TheAromaofBooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft
Counts for #booked2022 #weathertermintitle 😊😊

CBee “We all come into existence as a single cell, smaller than a speck of dust. Much smaller. Divide. Multiply. Add and subtract. Matter changes hands, atoms flow in and out, molecules pivot, proteins stitch together, mitochondria send out their oxidative dictates; we begin as a microscopic electrical swarm. The lungs the brain the heart.” (Cont‘d) 1mo
CBee “Forty weeks later, six trillion cells get crushed in the vise of our mother‘s birth canal and we howl. Then the world starts in on us.” (edited) 1mo
CBee @Cinfhen can I use this for #weathertermintitle? 1mo
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Cinfhen If it works for you, it works for us!!! Why not!??? I think it‘s a clever choice and I agree, this book is special 💕 1mo
CBee @Cinfhen yay! Thanks 😊 I‘m still in a fog from this book, it was just incredible. I think Doerr is definitely a favorite author of mine (I also absolutely loved Cloud Cuckoo Land). 1mo
Lynnsoprano One of my all time favorites. I need to read more Doerr. 1mo
CBee @Lynnsoprano have you read Cloud Cuckoo Land? I read it last year and can‘t recommend it enough. (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Lovely review! 1mo
Allylu One of my favorites, too! 1mo
CBee @Allylu I don‘t even know what to read now. Total book hangover! 1mo
Allylu I want to read Four Seasons in Rome that he wrote while he was writing this. Haven‘t done it yet, but I want to. 1mo
CBee @Allylu just stacked that one, it looks great! I might get it on audio 😊 1mo
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CBee
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It‘s taking me longer to read this, because it‘s just that type of book. I‘m not sure quite how to describe it yet, but I know that Doerr is a favorite author now ♥️

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Catsandbooks
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Pickpick

5/5 ⭐️ I can see why this was a pulitzer prize winner. Beautiful characters with great depth. Even though the setting was sad it was a beautiful story.
#FoodandLit Buddy Read France

Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
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sherrisilvera
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#Manicmonday #letterA @CBee

First timer!!

Book - Tagged
Author - Amor Towles
TV Show - Alias or The Americans
Band - Aerosmith
Song Adorn by Miguel

Thanks for the tag @eeclayton

CBee All the Light was a popular one! Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
eeclayton You're welcome ☺️ I almost picked Aerosmith, too! 🤘 2mo
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julieclair
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Thanks for the tag, @Kdgordon88 ! Fun! My choices are:

📚 All the Light We Cannot See
✍️ Jane Austen
📺 Antiques Roadshow
🎤 Abba
🎼 Amy (Pure Prairie League)

#manicmonday #LetterA @CBee

CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 2mo
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Bluebird
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Book: All the Light We Cannot See
Author: Jane Austen
Movie: Air Force One
Band: ABBA
Song: At Last (Etta James)

#manicmonday @CBee

CBee All the Light is a super popular one! Thanks for playing 😊 2mo
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SusanLee
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! 💙 2mo
Eggs Oh I loved this 🥲 2mo
Blackink_WhitePaper My fav too 😻💐👍🏻 2mo
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sherrisilvera
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Pickpick

#alphabetgame #lettera

One of my favorite WWll novels!

Thanks for the tag @mrp27

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

mrp27 I still need to read this! 2mo
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AbstractMonica
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A book you'd recommend whose title starts with the featured letter.

Thank you @TheNeverendingTBR for tagging me!

I picked, All the Light We Cannot See. I feel like everyone has read this one by now, but it doesn‘t change the fact that I still love it! A historical fiction story that is simultaneously heartbreaking and whimsical. I remember my heart pounding as I was nearing the end of the novel *chef‘s kiss*.

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Catsandbooks
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Hello fellow #FoodandLit Buddy Readers!

How are we liking the book? I admit I'm not very far into it.

Here's an interview with the author: @Powells/interview-with-anthony-doerr-author-of-all-the-light-we-cannot-see-3a3a501ccad2" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@Powells/interview-with-anthony-doerr-author-of-all-the-light...

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It just came in from the library so I'll start listening to it Monday. I finished my France Overview though so I have some general knowledge now. 2mo
sarahbellum It‘s looking doubtful that I‘ll get this read by the end of the month 😞. I have it checked out from the library, so I should at least be able to start it 2mo
TheBookHippie I bailed time number two ... I tried! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk This was a re-read for me. I listened to it on audiobook this time. I liked it (again) but I had forgotten all the stuff that happened at the end. 2mo
Roary47 It was interesting and engaging for me. I can‘t say that I remember everything now, but was a nice story all around. 2mo
Sparklemn Same as @roary47 I found it engaging. It was a few years ago so I don't remember a lot of the details. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Thanks @Catsandbooks for getting me to re-read this heartbreaking (in a good way) book. #FoodAndLit #France

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Roary47
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Mehso-so

3✨ I‘m not sure what more I can add to its synopsis to not give away too much. We look at two very different perspectives during WW2. One of a blind girl who had to run and hide with her father, and the other a smart orphan boy who was forced to work alongside German Nazi‘s. Read for #FoodandLit France. @Butterfinger @Texreader @Catsandbooks

Texreader It was a so-so for me too 3mo
Cathythoughts I think I bailed …it‘s a well loved book though. 3mo
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Roary47
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Okay not pretty, but I‘m learning. 😅 #LitsyCrafters @Catsandbooks @curiouserandcurioser

AmyG Good for you!!! I was such a failure at this. 🤣 3mo
curiouserandcurioser @Roary47 Wonderful start!! Cant wait to see finished project:) 3mo
Catsandbooks You got this!! 🙌🏼 3mo
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BayouGirl85
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Pickpick

This was a reread for me. This was one of the most riveting books I have read. The separate yet intertwined journey of Marie and Werner was spectacular. I felt such a range of emotions its hard to know where to being describing.

April Book 15/25 #LitsyLove #bookspinbingo

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LitsyEvents
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Repost
@Catsandbooks

https://litsy.com/p/U3R0QlNxNTdp

#FoodandLit Buddy Read for July is All The Light We Cannot See 🇫🇷

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

*no need to comment if you're already tagged in this post ***SEE ORIGINAL POST VIA LINK ABOVE FOR TAG LIST***

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Catsandbooks
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#FoodandLit Buddy Read for July is All The Light We Cannot See 🇫🇷

This is a casual read-at-your-own-pace buddy read. Anyone is welcome to join! Please let me know if you would like to be tagged in the check-in posts.

*no need to comment if you're already tagged in this post

Maggie4483 Can I be tagged too? 🙂 3mo
Catsandbooks @Maggie4483 absolutely! ☺️ always happy to have you! 3mo
LapReader Me too please. 2mo
Catsandbooks @LapReader got you down! 2mo
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KateNYC
Pickpick

Beautiful. Immerse yourself in it.

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melissajayne
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1) I haven‘t, sadly
2) Yes; I have bought a number of books that I had already read, at least four that I have read recently I have purchased: the tagged book, Longbourne by Jo Baker, The Other Bennet Sister by Janice Hadlow and The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larsen
3) A bit of all three, but mostly the synopsis

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for joining in 😊 4mo
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Allylu
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What a terribly beautiful book. It deserved the Pulitzer. I listened on audio and the notes of Claire de Lune are haunting. I have always loved it. I walked down the aisle to it at our wedding. I also love puzzles and my father did, too. The whole book was a puzzle. Fantastic! Just feel so bad for them all! #60 #BookSpin #DS20 #AlmostAChunker #BFC22 #ReadMyRoom #BOOKED2022 #Buzzwordathon #20in4 #TidyBookshelfDiverseReading #Pantone

melissajayne One of my favourite books 4mo
Cinfhen Agreed, such a beautiful book❣️Great review 💖 4mo
Andrew65 A brilliant book, well done 👏👏👏 4mo
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alisiakae Great review! It's been a few years since I read it, but it is a powerful and hauntingly beautiful book. 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 4mo
Clwojick This one had been on my list for ages! I‘ll have to get to it soon. Great review. 4mo
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Coleen
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Pickpick

The thing I love about WWII novels is that they are all different — they all tell their stories from a different perspective. This was no exception. I‘m anxious to see the upcoming Netflix adaptation.

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EdieAyala

This is a beautiful story told through multiple narratives. I read it several years ago and it still haunts me. One of my very favourites.

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mackelie

“The brain is locked in total darkness of course, children, says the voice. It floats in a clear liquid inside the skull, never in the light. And yet the world it constructs in the mind is full of light. It brims with color and movement. So how, children, does the brain, which lives without a spark of light, build for us a world full of light?”

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mackelie
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Pickpick

What a masterpiece! I thoroughly enjoyed this one! I wasn‘t sure it would be for me but then Marie-Laure and Werner have stolen my heart.

Set during WW2, we follow two story lines: Marie-Laure, a French blind girl, and Werner, an orphan who joins the German army. It seems that these character should be at odds but you can feel this invisible connection.

Brilliant writing, captivating read. I don‘t think reading it once is sufficient!

BookwormM Loved this 5mo
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mackelie

“Open your eyes and see what you can with them before they close forever”.

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angela_fi13
La luz que no puedes ver | Anthony Doerr
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EadieB
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView Thanks for the tag!

1. Magnolia - beautiful tree and my granddaughter‘s name.

2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Can you play?

TheSpineView You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 6mo
EadieB You‘re welcome! 6mo
LKK526 @EadieB daffodils and gerbera daisys (edited) 6mo
EadieB @LKK526 Thanks for playing! I like those flowers too! 6mo
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HaleyG14
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book about two separate children and their paths during the Holocaust. It‘s a long book but the way the story is laid out by jumping back and forth from characters made it feel like a quick read.

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Bethanyroe
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Pickpick

I really loved his writing style and the way he wove such detailed and seemingly separate stories together. I love the multi-faceted and complex look of WWII and the different people who were pulled in and affected in such varied ways.

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Kleblanc
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Made fish chowder this weekend 😍

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lanecannon
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Pickpick

This was such a compelling story! It did take me a little bit to get into it, and the timeline jumps threw me every once and awhile. Overall, though, it's definitely a good read.

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JoJo13
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Ingenious.

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Teresereading
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1. All the Light We Cannot See 531 pages
2. Tend to avoid them
@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🤩📚 8mo
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JillsBookshelf
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My five star reads of 2021! 9 new favorite books!

My highlights of 2021 are:
Heartless by: Marissa Meyer
The House in the Cerulean Sea by: TJ Klune
The Anthropocene Reviewed by: John Green
Strange the Dreamer by: Laini Taylor

#fivestars #favoritebooks #ya #2021 #newyear #2022

Kenyazero A great New favorites selection! 9mo
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mamareading
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Look, I know this book is popular, but is it just the most boring book ever? I have tried reading it in book format and I‘m 35% into the audiobook and I really just don‘t care what happens. I don‘t know if part of is that I have two blind sons and so that part is just lost on me or if I need to give it more time… It‘s been years since it came out, everyone has read it and I can‘t do it!

kspenmoll I bailed on it! Just did not grab me. 9mo
mamareading I‘m relieved to hear that @kspenmoll ! 9mo
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kplovesbooks
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Book 1 of 2022
⭐⭐⭐⭐
This came SO close to being a rare 5 stars from me!! The first 90% of the book is beautiful! Spectacularly written. However. The ending. What happened there? I wasn't clear on why some of the scenes existed at all, and the rest felt flat and lacking the emotion the majority of the book had. Any thoughts? I feel like I must have missed something. 🤔

LitStephanie It is a five star in my book. 😁 For me, I think the reason the end feels a little off is that I wanted Marie-Laure to have an amazing life, and she just has an OK one. And it seems such a waste that Werner dies. But on reflection, I realize the real issue is that the book left me aching, so I wanted the relief of a super happy ending. If the ending had been happier, I would have criticized it for being unrealistic, LOL. 9mo
kplovesbooks @LitStephanie 😂😂 I see what you mean. And it did seem a waste that Werner died. They both deserved some happiness after all they'd been through, but I agree it would have been unrealistic. but I just felt like the book should have ended there. Not jump to 1974 and 2014. And STILL be talking about the stone like it was the blasted One Ring or something, waiting for someone to find it! 🤷 And the Fredrick scene...? Why?? That confused me. 9mo
LitStephanie @kplovesbooks haha the stone is kind of described like the One Ring! I agree it could have ended at the end of the war. Maybe the author wanted to show that people who survive wars don't just ride off into the sunset and have perfect lives? That is just me guessing, though. The author must have had a reason. 9mo
kplovesbooks @LitStephanie That probably was his reasoning, and I do agree that's not realistic at all. (I liked the book Tattooist Of Auschwitz, but really that ending was fluff and NOT real life. 🤷) Anyway, I LOVED the rest of the book so I'm just going to try to forget that last bit. 😂 9mo
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MinnieTimperley
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Pickpick

Gripping and heartbreaking. About the good in people and the light that can be found in times of darkness.

BayouGirl85 This read has forever stayed with my in the years since I have read it. It‘s a pick for my 2022 Great ReRead challenge. 9mo
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BethHagey
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kplovesbooks
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11:41pm on New Year's Eve...and we're in full party mode. 😂😂

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MinnieTimperley
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Well this has been on my TBR pile for far too long.

BookwormM Great book 9mo
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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Thank you so much @Beatlefan129 ! Between myself, my husband, and my neighbor, the chocolate is already gone. She and I have shared books and had great discussions about them. I think this book will be the next one we read together and discuss. Merry Christmas Eve to all of you 🥰

Beatlefan129 Merry Christmas to you, I hope you enjoy it🎄📚❤️ 9mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @Beatlefan129 this will actually be my second time reading it. I feel like I didn‘t fully appreciate the beauty of the story the first time around so I‘m really looking forward to it. 9mo
RenePenn Loved this one! 9mo
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amback

This book was beautiful and heartbreaking. It hooked me and dragged me in and kept me coming right back. Amazing and definitely worth the read!

kplovesbooks I just started this one a couple days ago. I'm enjoying it so far! 9mo
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@ksmith

So so touching and heart breaking. A lot of the time I really wasn't sure whether or not I wanted to smile or if I was going to cry. Loved every second of it. 10/10

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Beautiful, heartbreaking, lovely, and thought provoking. I wasn‘t looking to read this book; instead, it found me and insisted on being my next read. I‘m grateful for books like this one. ❤️

kplovesbooks I have heard NOTHING but good on this book!!! Planning to make it one of my first reads next year (the rest of this year is already taken!). 10mo
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Bookish_AF
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Looks like I‘ve got an emotional day planned as I will be reading this and endlessly streaming Red (Taylor‘s Version). Perfect for a rainy and quintessentially fall day in upstate NY. 🍁🧣 Send help!