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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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bookshapedheart
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Started out so promising, but I was disappointed by what ended as a very typical historical fiction book about WWII. I even bought the hard copy ☹️☹️☹️

BarbaraBB I felt the same. 1w
Cathythoughts I bailed on this one 👍🏻 1w
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LapReader
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Mehso-so

Trying to get into this one. I am on holiday at the beautiful and bright Samoa. Probably not the best beach read but it‘s a buddy read.

ephemeralwaltz Love this photo😍😍😍 3w
Caroline2 I couldn‘t get into this one either. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
MaleficentBookDragon I'm really sorry but no one else from Australia signed up for the swap so I have no match for you. 😞 3w
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CarolynM Looks gorgeous! Hope you're having a wonderful time💕 3w
BarbaraBB Such a great photo 😍 3w
Cathythoughts Oh dear !!! Yes it was a bail for me. I couldn‘t get into it. Well done 👍🏻you finished it 😁 3w
Cathythoughts And , that is a beautiful picture 👍🏻✨✨✨ 3w
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Rj6578
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This was a different read than what I‘m normally looking for. However it was good, story was interesting and hard to imagine being in those situations. I wasn‘t a huge fan of how they switched between years but still worth the read.

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Cathythoughts
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve given this well over the 100 pages test & I‘m afraid very #unpopularopinion ... I‘m not landing in this one , I‘m floating around & there is nothing anchoring me in the story. There is some lovely writing, but overall just not holding my attention.
So Buddy readers @squirrelbrain @LapReader I‘m bailing 😬. I know you really liked it Helen ... look forward to your thoughts Allissa 👍🏻♥️

TrishB Shows how we all get different things from books 😁 I loved this one. 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB I know !! We all do get different things.... I hadn‘t the patience to keep going with this one 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Next book please! 🙂I haven‘t read this. Not inclined to pick it up at this point. 3w
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ljuliel I‘ll have to agree with you on this one. I know it‘s a well- liked book generally, but it just didn‘t float my boat. I‘d never make it to 100 pages. 3w
squirrelbrain That‘s a shame... but the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things! ❤️ 3w
Crazeedi I'm so glad someone else dnf , I was thinking it was just me, I started this and couldn't get into it. 3w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm it‘s very popular! I just couldn‘t get into it 👍🏻 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain that‘s the truth Helen 👍🏻. I‘m glad you enjoyed your reading of it ♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Crazeedi same for me ... just couldn‘t get into it 3w
Libby1 I agree! I agree! I agree! I finished it but felt cross for at least half of the book. 3w
Cathythoughts @Libby1 yes! It just wasn‘t pulling me in at all 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
Tamra I have all things WWII fatigue so haven‘t picked this one up. I don‘t feel sad about it now. 😉 3w
Cathythoughts @Tamra I‘ve been meaning to read this for ages. So it‘s done now ✅.... and bailed on 😬 3w
youneverarrived Yeah, I wasn‘t a big fan of it either 🤷‍♀️ 3w
Amiable I was “meh“ about this one. I finished it, but it didn't grab me the way it did others. 3w
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived me neither 🤷🏻‍♀️just couldn‘t get into it 3w
Cathythoughts @Amiable yes! Same for me ... “ meh” 👍🏻 (edited) 3w
Centique I did finish it and it was beautifully written but a quiet plot for sure. Agree with you there! I‘m glad I read it but I have read so many WW2 books that it was hard for this to stand out. 3w
kspenmoll I bailed too.... 3w
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ErraticElle
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I loved the way this book moved and how it simultaneously endeared me and disgusted me. World War II is an oft discussed historical topic, but there was something so intrinsically different to this story. It was magical and beautiful while at the same time being terrifyingly heartbreaking and painful. It is certainly a must read, both from a standpoint of historical significance and one of artistic wonder.

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squirrelbrain
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Well, this was supposed to be a #buddyread @Cathythoughts @LapReader but the squirrels took over and I devoured it rather quickly!

Suffice to say I loved it, but I won‘t say any more for fear of spoilers....

Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼 Hard to stop reading this one. 1mo
Cathythoughts Whattt !!!!! That was quick. I‘ll start as soon as I finish my present book. Glad you enjoyed it 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
LapReader Ha! Let me know when you start @Cathythoughts and I will too. 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Lapreader 👋🏻hi !! Will do ! I‘m thinking this weekend? Would that suit you ? 1mo
Cathythoughts @LapReader Hi again buddy readers.... I‘m starting this one today ... I‘ll keep ye posted 👍🏻♥️ 4w
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ErraticElle
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Listening to All the Light We Cannot See today when this was in the change from my payment for a drive-thru lunch. I have never owned a Franc, yet...while reading a book set largely in France...here it is.

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loiserin
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My September reading thus far! All The Light We Cannot See is worth a read, and This Is Going To Hurt was the biggest surprise of this year. I've seen a lot about this book, especially since the author was performing at the Edinburgh Fringe and it was painfully funny. Still not sure how I feel about Little. Despite very good reviews none of the characters or the writing style have clicked with me, but I'll finish it anyway.

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melissajayne
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#7days7covers Day 1 Tagging anyone who wants to play.

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MeganTurner
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Excited to be reading this!! 💕

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ErraticElle
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Tried this once before and couldn‘t get into it, so this time I‘m going to audio route. So far, so good, but also SO LONG!

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TorieStorieS
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I‘m sure at some point, I made a #BucketList to read all prize-winning novels- and while I haven‘t kept up with that goal, this 2014 #PulitzerPrizeWinner is one that I‘m glad I didn‘t miss! I‘m thankful that it‘s my real-life book club choice for this month! Beautifully, lushly written with brief chapters to heighten the pacing, I loved it! Though my mounting dread had me set it aside a few times!! #SelfImprovementSept

OriginalCyn620 That‘s a good one to put on the bucket list! 1mo
DivineDiana A favorite! Gorgeous writing! ❤️ 1mo
TorieStorieS @OriginalCyn620 But a daunting one!! 😊 1mo
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TorieStorieS @DivineDiana I completely agree!! 😃 1mo
k.reads.5 Yes! Loved this book, one of my favorites! 1mo
TorieStorieS @k.reads.5 I loved it, too!! Hauntingly lovely!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
ljuliel I have yet to read this and no doubt it‘s good. I‘ve seen so many good reviews on it. In fact, I was perusing someone‘s online book reviews the other day , and most of his reviews were negative , many getting only one star. I found it interesting that he raved about how good this was. Apparently he‘s only found one really good book, and this was it. 😊 (edited) 1mo
TorieStorieS @ljuliel Hah! That‘s pretty funny!! I think this one surpassed the hype for me! If you do get around to it, I hope you enjoy it, too!! 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
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LaraS
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All I can think of is Queen's Radio Ga Ga.

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bookishbitch
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Mehso-so

I listened to this on cd in my car. Parts of it were lovely, and parts were heartbreaking. It just didn't always keep my attention well. As lyrical as some of the writing was, other parts felt rambling to me. I had moments considering not finishing it. Excuse the photo. I forgot to take a picture before I donated it to my local library. I did appreciate the ending where it told what happened to most of the major characters.

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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All The Light We Cannot See is readable enough, but I had to Google Translate a few bits and pieces (from French and from German). It‘s billed as a “touching story”, but I don‘t think it really told me anything new about WWII. Plus, I‘m really not sure how I feel about the depiction of a Nazi soldier “saving” a person with a disability... Full review here: http://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/all-the-light-we-cannot-see-anthony-doerr/ #Pulitzer

ValerieAndBooks I have been leery of this and still haven‘t read it — as a deaf person myself, am often skeptical of “disability fiction” written by non-disabled authors (or those who don‘t have family members with said disability). 2mo
keepingupwiththepenguins @ValerieAndBooks You're right to be wary, Valerie - there was something about it that just didn't sit quite right with me 😣 2mo
kspenmoll I could not get into this book at all- bailed! 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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It wasn‘t me that bought 12 books today - honestly! The squirrels made me do it....

Actually only one is for me... having agreed to do a buddy read with @Cathythoughts and @LapReader of the tagged book from our TBR shelves, I realised I don‘t actually have it on my shelf 🤦‍♀️- charity shop to the rescue!

The others are for my MiL and the turned-round ones might just be #secretsquirrelsurprises for Litten friends!

TrishB It‘s a donation to charity, not book buying 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain Exactly @TrishB - a win-win situation! 😁 2mo
sudi All the light we cannot see is one of my favorite books. Hope you enjoy reading it 😊 2mo
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Cathythoughts Nice one ! Nice donation 👍🏻and your ready to rock 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
Sarah83 I loved 'a man called Ove' 😍 2mo
squirrelbrain So did I @Sarah83 - I bought this copy for a friend as I loved it so much 💕 2mo
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rachaich Absolutely loved this book. One of the best that I've read this year 😊😊 2mo
TheSpineView @rachaich It was heart wrenching to say the least. 2mo
The_Real_Nani Heartbreaking book!! Thanks for the follow back. I found you on BookSirens when I was looking for reviewers for a client‘s book! 2mo
TheSpineView @The_Real_Nani 😊 Glad to know people can find me in cyberspace. This is my favorite social media platform!😍 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🇩🇪 2mo
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust #UnderneaththeStars Hubby gave me this a few years ago ... I still have not read it ... Soon 👍🏻♥️

Cinfhen One of my favorite reads!!! I‘m pretty sure you‘re gonna love it 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen oh great ! That‘s good to hear ♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen And I love your new pic 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 2mo
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kstadt929 One of my favorites! I think I need to reread sometime because it has been a few years ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @kstadt929 that‘s great to hear .. I feel more inspired to read it with these lovely comments 2mo
TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 2mo
SauerPatch I remember it being quite good also! 2mo
bookandbedandtea I really enjoyed this one. Hope you do too! 2mo
Reagan-reads I sat on this one for quite some time but it was really good! 2mo
tina_b.ooks It's a beautiful story! 2mo
squirrelbrain Also on my TBR shelf! #buddyread?! 2mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Cathythoughts @SauerPatch great ! Thanks 👍🏻 2mo
Cathythoughts @bookandbedandtea thanks! It‘s getting lots of Litsy praise 😍 2mo
Cathythoughts @Reagan-reads 👍🏻 I hope I don‘t sit on it too much longer 😊 2mo
Cathythoughts @tina_b.ooks nice to hear that ! 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain yes! thanks Helen ... would be nice ... sometime in late September?? Or whenever works for you ?! 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I can do whenever @cathythoughts, but late September sounds good! 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain It‘s a date 👍🏻♥️ (edited) 2mo
LapReader I have it and would like to read along with you guys too. 2mo
Cathythoughts @LapReader @squirrelbrain brilliant ♥️the more the merrier 2mo
squirrelbrain Yay @LapReader - that‘s great! A month today is a Saturday (21st Sept) - is that late enough in the month for you to start @cathythoughts? 2mo
LapReader Fine by me. 2mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain September 21st ... perfect !! @LapReader 2mo
youneverarrived I‘m not a big fan of it but I know plenty of people are 😁 look forward to seeing what you make of it. 2mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived ..... thanks Katie 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
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Come-read-with-me
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I read this book slowly so I could soak up every nuanced word, emotion, and experience. It is masterfully written and paints a heartbreaking but hopeful picture of lives torn apart by war and ideology. The characters persevere through insurmountable challenges and meet them with a grace that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit. A simply stunning book.

Readswithcoffee I agree. This is one of my favorite WWII historical fiction books. 2mo
Come-read-with-me @Readswithcoffee I have a feeling that I‘ll be reading it a few more times. It was amazing. 2mo
rather_be_reading this has been on my tbr forever! 2mo
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JenDR
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Just finished this book. It was such a good read. It makes me look at nature and the beauty of it in my everyday life, more. I was also inspired to put 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea on my TBR list. A book that I have avoided for over two decades.

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lazylokistarkthorcaptain
Mehso-so

3.5 to 4 star rating for me. I liked the way it started and ended but the middle was rough for me.

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lazylokistarkthorcaptain

Just started this tonight on Audiobook and I‘m about 18% done. I‘m liking it so far.

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Mummahgoose
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Bailedbailed

I just could not get into this book. Too much jumping around in the beginning maybe? Did you enjoy this book/should I try again?

Princess-Kingofkings I listened to it as an audiobook which was helpful. 2mo
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Sammiixxx

“Don't you want to be alive before you die?”

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TimSpalding
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After four days without leaving the house, I deserve this!

Blaire Gorgeous! And great book choice! 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Great reading spot! 3mo
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sudi
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Thank you for tagging me @Meaw_catlady 😊😘
1. This book made me ugly cry 😢
2. The Lion King
3. Fruit popsicles
4. Too many to count, unfortunately i have to meet everyone whenever there is a family gathering 😑
5. Done 💜
#friyayintro @howjessreads

Tanisha_A 4th 😂 3mo
Tanisha_A I have the book stacked. Heave heard good things! 3mo
Tanisha_A Did you take your nephews for Toy Story 4? 3mo
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Meaw_catlady I have a copy of the tagged! I need to read it ASAP! But my TBR is sooo long! 3mo
sudi @Tanisha_A nope, they're supposed to be too old now to watch Toy Story 😒. Only star wars or avengers for them. These kids will never know how much i cried during the last scene of Toy Story 3 and what it means to have a 4th movie. 3mo
sudi @Meaw_catlady i don't think we can ever get through our TBR's 😂 3mo
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jenniferw88
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#centralreservation #lilithjuly @Cinfhen @KarenUK

Part of this book takes place in the Hotel of Bees!

KarenUK Adore this book 😍💕👍 3mo
Mishu94 I love love love this book! 😍 3mo
Bookish_B Loved this book! 3mo
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Albarron
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Good

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Shksprsis
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Switching to audiobook. #24in48

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LisaCarey
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In St Malo with @TimSpalding, drinking cidre, eating galletes, both of us reading this book. It‘s my second reading and one of my favorite books of the last 10 years. It is why I wanted to see this city. It‘s Tim‘s first time.

BirdsandBelles @LisaCarey I just picked this book up at my local used book store. I‘m glad to see you‘ve enjoyed it more than once! ☺️ 2mo
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TimSpalding
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In St. Malo, reading All the Light you Cannot See. As they say: “#goals

julesG Enjoy! 3mo
britt_brooke The descriptions in this book are breathtaking. Hope you enjoy! 3mo
tammysue This is one of my all time favorite books, enjoy! 3mo
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amyrohn
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Surprise surprise, I ended up enjoying it, and it‘s very clear why it won the Pulitzer. It was superbly written and I felt so connected to Marie-Laure. I‘m still wary of WWII historical fiction as a whole, but at least I‘ve found one that I liked (even though the end broke my heart).

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PaperbackPirate
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This amazing story takes place in the #1940s and if you haven‘t read it I think you should, even if WWII stories are not your favorite.
#letstraveljuly
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

BooknerdsLife Have this book on my TBR since forever 😅🙈 3mo
BarbaraBB Great background! 3mo
OriginalCyn620 💙💙💙 3mo
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PaperbackPirate @BarbaraBB It‘s a hand-painted paisley wall in a vegan restaurant. 😍 3mo
PaperbackPirate @BooknerdsLife Time to move it up the pile! 😁 3mo
BooknerdsLife @PaperbackPirate Hahaa I will! I promise 😆🤗 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!!! 3mo
PaperbackPirate Don‘t leave it there for too long @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! 🕰 3mo
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amyrohn
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So here‘s the deal. We all know how I feel about wartime historical fiction. The only reason I have this is because my ex-boyfriends mom lent it to me and I never gave it back (whoops). But I felt so guilty just getting rid of it because it won the Pulitzer and the synopsis sounded interesting and it probably is very good. So I‘m going to finally read this and get it out of the way. Wish me luck!

ValerieAndBooks Curious what you‘ll think— I haven‘t gotten myself to read this yet, either! 4mo
TrishB I loved this one 👍🏻 4mo
ruskigurl16 This was heartbreakingly beautiful. You're actually in for a treat, IMHO. 4mo
Melissa_J I didn‘t love this one like so many others seem to, but it was still pretty good. 4mo
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emz711
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There's a lot of light today.
Happy 4th!

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Catsandbooks
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Book haul from the library today! I may have been a little ambitious in the amount of books I can read this month 😬 All The Light We Cannot See was my free book pick from my local summer reading program!
#tbrstack

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megnews
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Took me 2 renewals to finish this audiobook but I finished with 9 hours to spare before Overdrive sweeps it away. The characters made the book. Beautiful writing.

Book 206/265 6/29/19

LitLogophile I loved this book intensely, and that quote about being born was my fav 4mo
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megnews
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Current #audiobook. I‘ve renewed this once already. No way I‘m going to finish in 7 days. Hope I can renew again.

#30junebooks

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Crazeedi ❤❤❤ 4mo
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Yesmynameistable

“I have saved her only to see her die” pg442

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Yesmynameistable

“”Careful,” he says, and passes it to her. She dips in two fingers, digs up a wet, soft, slippery thing. Then he does the same. That first peach slithers down his throat like rapture. A sunrise in his mouth. They eat. They drink the syrup. They run their fingers around the inside of the can.” Pg471

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thewallflower0707

I finished this and in the end, it all fell a bit bland for me. Reading this you‘d barely notice there was an actual war going on, and the two main characters and their stories hardly overlapped and it all came to a somewhat disappointing and rushed ending.

The Nightingale also received a lot of praise and has a similar premise, so maybe I‘ll like that more.
#review #read

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Madison91
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book, and I‘ll take 100% of the blame for the so-so review because I think I‘m not fancy artsy enough for this type 😂 it is actually a really amazing book. It just didn‘t live up to the hype for me! I also would not have chosen it if not for the buzz around it. So it could just be that

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Anna.VanTrapp
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Some parts of this book were captivating other parts confused me as to what was happening. I Almost wanted to bail but was compelled to keep going. I really enjoy world war II stories and I‘m glad I know how it ended. Now that I‘m done with it, I‘m actually missing it, and other books don‘t seem nearly as interesting compared to it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ five stars.

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