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Commonwealth
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
The acclaimed, bestselling authorwinner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prizetells the enthralling story of how an unexpected romantic encounter irrevocably changes two families lives.One Sunday afternoon in Southern California, Bert Cousins shows up at Franny Keatings christening party uninvited. Before evening falls, he has kissed Frannys mother, Beverlythus setting in motion the dissolution of their marriages and the joining of two families. Spanning five decades, Commonwealth explores how this chance encounter reverberates through the lives of the four parents and six children involved. Spending summers together in Virginia, the Keating and Cousins children forge a lasting bond that is based on a shared disillusionment with their parents and the strange and genuine affection that grows up between them.When, in her twenties, Franny begins an affair with the legendary author Leon Posen and tells him about her family, the story of her siblings is no longer hers to control. Their childhood becomes the basis for his wildly successful book, ultimately forcing them to come to terms with their losses, their guilt, and the deeply loyal connection they feel for one another.Told with equal measures of humor and heartbreak, Commonwealth is a meditation on inspiration, interpretation, and the ownership of stories. It is a brilliant and tender tale of the far-reaching ties of love and responsibility that bind us together.
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notreallyelaine
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett

For the vast majority of the people on this planet, the thing that‘s going to kill them is already on the inside

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Ericalambbrown
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I really identified with this book. Step siblings are so often thrown together, expected to bond and accept one another, then expected to sever the relationships when their parents choose to once again end their marriages. For anyone who has been through that or navigated trauma with siblings and step siblings, this story may ring true. Ann Patchett does such a wonderful job telling complicated family stories.

BiblioLitten That she does! 💕 3w
CarolynM I agree, she's at her best when writing about family dynamics. Great review. 3w
Reggie I really liked this book and you totally nailed the review! 3w
Cathythoughts Great review. I think I need to try this one again 3w
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MrsMalaprop
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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My fourth Patchett. A story of a step family and how parents can get so wrapped up in their own lives to the detriment of their children. I love her writing and I was invested in the characters and story.

Bel Canto remains my favourite of hers & liked State of Wonder the least.

AmyG Ahhhh….I need to give Bel Canto another try. 2mo
MrsMalaprop @AmyG It‘s the first one I read many years ago, but I just loved it 😍. 2mo
CarolynM This one and Run are my favourites and SofW my least favourite. 2mo
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MrsMalaprop
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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl #currentlyreading

“The Christening party took a turn when Albert Cousins arrived with gin”

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MrsMalaprop
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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This made me laugh. How I love Ann Patchett‘s writing & character development. #currentlyreading

Eva2 I love Anne Patchett 😊 2mo
BkClubCare @Eva2 - Ditto 2mo
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TheSpineView
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Daddy's Home

This is the prompt for November 1st. I'm just playing catch up.

Klou Great post! 2mo
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Kdgordon88
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June wrap up. One bingo of read books, two more if we‘re counting DNF‘s. Two 5🌟 reads Commonwealth and A Thousand Ships. Several 4 or 4.5 🌟 Legendborn, Punching the Air, Under the Udala Tree, The Other Bennett Sister, Emma, A Heart so Fierce and Broken and White Shadow. I did read both #spin books this month.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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Eggs 🧡👏🏻🍊👍🏼🧡 7mo
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Julsmarshall
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Like @Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve got books to finish so I‘m in! #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 😊 7mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#authoramonth I bought it when it 1st came out,9/16 .
How is it I just get to it now ? How an illicit kiss at a party will cause families to fall apart & be blended.All the characters in this book kept me wanting to see where it would all lead & speculate how it all might have been different.The best book I‘ve read so far this year . I was enchanted by the disarray.I will not soon forget this book.

CarolynM Great review. It's certainly a memorable book. (edited) 7mo
AmyG I have this. I have to bumpit up as I loved The Dutch House. 7mo
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Leftcoastzen @AmyG I started Dutch House immediately! 😄 7mo
Ruthiella “Enchanted by the disarray” ❤️ What a wonderful way of putting it! 7mo
Megabooks Great review!! 7mo
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Eggs
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

This book succeeds in exposing the hell of divorce and remarriage for all the offspring involved. But there seemed to be some superfluous characters and that, plus the flipping back and forth in time, was a challenge. I think I shy away from So-So bc of that downward icon. So it‘s somewhere between a Pick and So-So...
#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

DivineDiana This was not a favorite Patchett for me as well. But, when I saw her speak, she did say that it was the most autobiographical of her novels. 🙂 7mo
TrishB I‘m loving all the Patchett reviews this month. Really differing thoughts. This was one of my faves. 7mo
TheLudicReader I also loved this one. I haven‘t met an Ann Patchett yet I didn‘t like. 😁 7mo
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rachaich I adore her but my book club were really divided in this book. 7mo
Eggs @DivineDiana good to know 7mo
Eggs @TrishB yes there‘s been a wide array of reviews 7mo
Eggs @TheLudicReader @rachaich As readers we all find something different to take away from each book 🤗 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 7mo
Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Thanks 🙏🏻 7mo
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Addison_Reads
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville #LittenListen @aperfectmjk

Excellent book! 💚 This is not typically the type of book I would enjoy, but the writing, and the characters, are both so well executed that I found myself enthralled with these two families.

Patchett has a unique way of writing about normal events in life that make them seem fascinating. And I love that she doesn't shy away from flawed characters.

Megabooks Fantastic review! Totally agree! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 8mo
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Kdgordon88
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast I loved loved loved Commonwealth and A Thousand Ships 5🌟 and I mostly loved Rodham and Legendborn 4 🌟. Legendborn completes the BBRC challenge!

rockpools Yay, congratulations on finishing #BBRC - that‘s a lot of books! 8mo
Cinfhen Agreed!!! Commonwealth was SO GOOD!! But it literally took me 3 tries before it stuck🙄and then I was HOOKED!!!! (edited) 8mo
LibrarianRyan Yeah!!!!! So proud of you.!! 8mo
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vlwelser
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This one is awesome. I almost wish I had given it more attention and read it earlier. The #audiobook is also really well done.

#AutyorAMonth with @Soubhiville

#BookSpinBingo square 3
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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DrLReads
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I originally bailed on this book but gave it a second go when I spotted a copy in a local little free library. This is a gorgeous book. Will absolutely be reading more of Patchett in the future. Patchett has a knack for description and writing complicated characters with empathy.

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Megabooks
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God I love this book! The wonderful balance of characters, Hope Davis‘ fantastic narration of the #audiobook, the nonlinear timeline. It is the book that made me fall in love with Ann, and I‘m so happy to have #reread it for #AuthorAMonth!‘ Great treat on a crappy day. 😁 Highly recommend!!!! #aam

TrishB Love this one too ❤️ hope the day gets better. 8mo
Cinfhen Wow!! You did that audio fast!! How‘s the face?? 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading I loved this one too. And everything else I‘ve read by Ann Patchett. 😄 8mo
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Megabooks @TrishB Thank you! 💜 8mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I had almost finished T&B before I fell, so this was most of the day yesterday. I‘m having trouble reading print and looking at screens, but I will write you back soon! Thanks for checking in! 8mo
Megabooks @Prairiegirl_reading I‘m starting to become a big fan, too! I haven‘t read Bel Canto yet, so that‘s up next! 8mo
Kdgordon88 Loved Commonwealth and looking forward to Run next. 8mo
TrishB @Kdgordon88 I read Run this week and loved it 👍🏻 8mo
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Jadams1776
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This was a great book. The non-linear timeline made it a little confusing, but it all came together in the end.

#LittenListen #Audioathon #authoramonth

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Jadams1776
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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First up for #authoramonth and #littenlisten.

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Allietaylor16
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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It wasn‘t my intention for my drink to complement my book, but I think it‘s quite pretty!

TrishB And a good book 👍🏻 8mo
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Kappadeemom
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I feel ya, Ann. When my TBR goes below 100, I panic 😅

Cathythoughts Yes ! 😬 9mo
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Kristin_Reads
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5⭐️|| Just finished this and just love this book... the descriptive writing, the character development. I can just feel and smell the summer scenes, including the slamming of the doors, the heat on the vinyl seats. I‘m fairly new to Patchett‘s work, but also loved The Dutch House (though I may have been influenced by the narration and cover on that one!)

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JillR
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I started out ambivalent about this, ended up loving it. It starts a little slow, the timeline shifts around and there are lots of characters but then it just all beautifully comes together. A story of two complicated, messy, entangled families, a secret lurking in the background, the threads slowly pulled together by a book written about them by someone who didn‘t know them. Just 🧡

TrishB I felt like this too, nearly gave up and then it just came together. 12mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I bailed... maybe I‘ll go back someday 😄 12mo
JillR @cathythoughts @trishb only my second by this author but have really enjoyed both - have either of you read Bel Canto? 12mo
Cathythoughts I did ! I loved Bel Canto ✨❤️ 12mo
TrishB @JillR @Cathythoughts Bel Canto was my least fave of hers so far 🤷‍♀️ 12mo
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Redwritinghood
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Another gripping family drama from Patchett! While I didn‘t find it as strong as ‘The Dutch House‘, I still enjoyed the writing and characters. There were some sections of the book that were odd diversions from the primary story that were distracting, but still 4⭐️ overall.

Cathythoughts I bailed on this one. Dutch House definitely her best I think 👍🏻 12mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Bailedbailed

Okay. So. I am 60 pages in and I 💯 do not care about any of this and I just deep cleaned the bathroom instead of picking it back up.
I loved her bel Canto and The Magicians Assistant. I love her as a person, but her last couple of book I just cannot seem to get through.
Oh well #bookspin bail this has been sitting on my shelf since 9/2016 😂.
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Uhoh, if bathroom cleaning sounds more appealing, this book must not be a match! 😂 12mo
cozypunk Your 'review' is hysterical. Glad you bailed! 12mo
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Nikki_E
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
Mehso-so

I read Bel Canto years ago and had an almost religious experience. The writing here was solid but the story itself just did not work for me. I ended up skimming a good portion of the last quarter.

Scochrane26 I‘ve only read 2 of her books—one I loved, one I disliked. 1y
SamAnne It wasn't my favorite either. But Bel Canto and State of Wonder were amazing in my opinion. 1y
Nikki_E @SamAnne State of Wonder is on my bookshelf so that‘s good to know. 1y
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Kshakal
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AkashaVampie 💜💜💜💜 1y
TheSpineView True!💙 1y
Eggs Lovely 😊 1y
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MicrobeMom
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
Today is my first day! I am going to try and continue until I have no more TBTs. #bookstoread #TBRpile

KVanRead I quite liked this one. 1y
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marleed
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This is a family saga happening over 50 years with 6 children and 4 parents told in warp speed giving us just enough facts and feelings to have an opinion of both the Cousins‘ and the Keatings‘. Sometimes I slog through family dramas even though I like them by the end. I was interested in this one from page to page to end.

Laughterhp I‘ve had this one on my TBR for so long. I just recently bought a copy so it‘s crawling higher up my reading list. 1y
marleed @Laughterhp Haha - so did I. I loved the Dutch House (reading along with Tom Hanks on audio!). I recently saw them read Bel Canto and loved both. This one was getting smashed at the bottom of my TBR, and I realized What Am I Waiting For because AP is rising on my favorite authors list! 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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What a gorgeous book. It was sort of all over the place with the timeline jumping around over 50+ years and all the different branches of the family... but the prose was so beautiful that I guess I didn‘t care? This was my first book by Patchett and I can see why people rave about her. I have to finally read Bel Canto, which I‘ve probably had on my shelf for a decade.

cariashley This one was very good, but Bel Canto is another level. One of my absolute favorites 💙 1y
ErikasMindfulShelf My favorites are Bel Canto and The Dutch House. 1y
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SamAnne @cariashley agree. I liked this one, but I also felt like Bel Canto and State of Wonder were on a different level. But it is on the awesome Ann Patchett scale...even the books I like less are above and beyond! 1y
Kempii I may give it a try. I‘ve heard rave reviews about Ann Patchett as well but the first two books of hers that I tried to read, I did not like at all and bailed. 1y
CarolynM I loved this one. 1y
lynneamch Loved the audio of this one 1y
Lynnsoprano I just read Bel Canto a few months ago, which was my first Patchett, and also feel like I need to read more of her books. Thanks for the reminder. 1y
BennettBookworm @cariashley YES I love bel canto so much!! 1y
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Christinak
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My find today on my walk. #littlefreelibrary

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Efriedland
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Some parts were a little slow, but I liked it overall

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⭐️⭐️/5 omg I‘m sorry I hated this book. It was dry and boring and it felt so all over the place. Not a winner.

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DHill
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Yes. All of it. ❤️

Prairiegirl_reading This really didn‘t get great reviews but I also loved it. The ending let me down but still loved it. 2y
Megabooks It‘s a great audiobook 2y
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Skeeterisme
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Good

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DHill
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The more I read Ann Patchett novels the more I want to read Ann Patchett novels.

cathysaid ❤️ her books. Bel Canto is still my favorite 2y
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Clwojick
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And #book15 for #BookSpinBonanza is DONE! Which means I‘m on track for finishing the last five by the end of the month. ♥️ Not sure what my #NutsInMay time is, but I‘ve finished 6 books so far! Time for some mood reading! 🎉🌟

@TheAromaofBooks @Andrew65

Andrew65 6 books is brilliant. I‘ve only finished 3. 👏👏🙌 2y
TheAromaofBooks Awesome work!!!! I knew the Bonanza was the challenge for you 😂 2y
Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks I would never be able to stick to such a strict prescheduled TBR ongoing, but it was for this month. Although, I guess I have next month all planned out too with 15 books 😂 2y
Clwojick @Andrew65 way to go! I‘m trying to make the most of my lazy days off work 😂 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Bailing/DNF ... I might come back to it, but probably not. I don‘t find myself wanting to listen to this. I cannot stand 2 of the main characters I want to slap them.

Cathythoughts I bailed on this too .... I might give it another go , but probably not .... too many other books to read. I really loved The Dutch House though 2y
TheBookHippie I bailed too!!! 2y
CarolynM The characters are hard to like, but I loved the exploration of family relationships. 2y
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OrangeMooseReads
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Up next in audio

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CarolynM
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Book - Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Author - Willa Cather
Movie - A Christmas Story
Band - Cold Chisel
Song - Centrefield by John Fogerty

#ManicMonday #LetterC

JoScho Thanks for playing 💕😊 2y
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Mariposa_Bookworm
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Peep my book haul from the library today! One of the few things I adore about Maryland is the library system! There‘s always good stuff on the library sale bookshelves. Hardcovers for $1 and paperback $.50! I‘ve been spending a lot of time to myself in recent months, therefore I now have library cards for 3 different counties. 🤓

JGadz11 Great stack! 2y
Reggie Wow! Good for you!! 2y
Susanita Maryland libraries rock! 2y
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Gaylagal2 This is Where I Leave You is so awesome!! 2y
Lcsmcat I left Maryland in 1987, and I miss the Enoch Pratt! It was the first excellent public library I knew. 2y
LDuffN I'm in Maryland too and have cards for 3 different counties!! Montgomery, PG, and Charles. 2y
MicheleinPhilly You have some excellent books in that stack! 2y
Mariposa_Bookworm @LDuffN I have Montgomery, Frederick, and Howard! 2y
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monalyisha
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I‘ve always been intimidated by Ann Patchett for some reason. I think it‘s because of the summary I read of Bel Canto once, which mentioned foreign diplomats. I assumed it‘d be political & that I was too uninformed; this impression prevailed untested — until now (when I had to read her for book club). She‘s super accessible! Or, Commonwealth is. It‘s all character development & I loved every second of it.

My favorite read of the year, thus far!🍊

monalyisha Please enjoy this picture of my lumpy wall & my morning coffee. I would have composed a photo of the book nestled atop a lovely bowl of oranges...but we desperately need to go to the grocery store. 😅 Instead, you‘ll have to settle for my favorite Orange Cat. 🐈 🍝 🧡 (edited) 2y
8little_paws Omg go read the Dutch house!!! 2y
Lcsmcat And Bel Canto is totally accessible! No political or musical knowledge necessary. It‘s a beautiful character study. 2y
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monalyisha @Lcsmcat I kinda figured. It was just a lingering, unchecked first impression that refused to go away. 🙈 2y
monalyisha @8little_paws I‘ve been thinking of doing that one on audio (for the pleasure of listening to Tom Hanks read it). 💖 2y
JillR I‘m exactly the same but am slowly trying to be brave and try authors I‘m scared of (so far Margaret Atwood and Barbara Kingsolver, have enjoyed both), maybe Ann Patchett next? 2y
TheBookStacker This was my first foray into her and I loved it and now I devour everything she writes and I‘ve hit up her backlog as well. Enjoying every second of it. 2y
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monalyisha
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“This party always seems like such a good idea in the abstract,” Beverly said. “But every time I have it, I can‘t imagine why.”

Me. Every time.

AmyG Hahahaha. YES! 2y
wanderinglynn 😂🙌🏻 the best parties are the ones I have at home, in my jammies, with my dog & cat. 🤣 2y
TooFoo Yup! I Agree! 😂 2y
Maria514626 I love this so much! 🥰 2y
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monalyisha
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“Franny put her hand on top of her father‘s hand. She felt the delicate structure of his skeleton beneath his paper skin. She imagined it was like touching a bat‘s wing.”

wanderinglynn What a cute photo! ❤️🦇 2y
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monalyisha
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“She started to zip herself out of her coat and unwrap her scarf, pull off her hat. She wore boots with rubber soles and rubber covering the toes. They were lined with the pelts of cast-off teddy bears. There was no vanity in winter.”

Pictured: Actual boots I‘ve been lusting after. I think they‘d make me look like I have Sasquatch feet. And for some reason, that oddly appeals to me.

Soubhiville I bet they are incredibly warm. 2y
Lindy 🥾😍 2y
Cathythoughts I must give Commonwealth another go ... ( I DNF) but ... & I would definitely get a pair 👍🏻❤️ 2y
xxjenadanxx These are giving me.major Hobbit vibes 2y
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monalyisha
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“Going to law school had been a terrible error in judgment that she had made in hopes of pleasing other people, and because of that error in judgment she was in debt like some sort of Dickens character...”

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monalyisha
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“The part that divided her pigtails was wildly uneven, as if it had been made by a drunken finger rather than a comb.”

Uh oh. Someone‘s figured out my hairstyling secrets. 😅 Seriously, no one look at the top of my head. 🙈

Tracyantoon Ha! I have 3 girls and that‘s pretty much what they look like going to school. I really wish I was better at hair. #dontjudge 2y
monalyisha @Tracyantoon It‘s one of my deepest sorrows that I‘ve never learned to French braid. I blame it on my lack of summer camp attendance. 😆 2y
Johanna414 Lol I am honestly worried about the day when my daughter is old enough to want me to give her fancy braids and such... I need one of those hairdresser mannequins to practice or something! 2y
Cathythoughts I did my Granddaughter‘s hair this morning... yes the plaits were not the best 😬... they survived the day though 2y
Clare-Dragonfly You can always learn to French braid! We have the internet. That‘s how I taught myself 😉 2y
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monalyisha
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“Fix said he would buy the ice himself.”

Deliberate echo of Mrs. Dalloway or nah?

Update: One of the character‘s written a book called “Septimus Porter.” 100% a Mrs. Dalloway reference. Good on me! 🙌🏻

Clare-Dragonfly Has to be! 2y
monalyisha @Clare-Dragonfly Without a doubt. 💯 2y
Branwen Absolutely it is! 😍 2y
vivastory Unrelated to this post, but I just wanted to thank you for the #NewYearWhoDis match with @LauraJ I read 4 last month & they were all 5 🌟 reads for me, I've even recommended them to others by now. I'm planning on reading from the list as the year goes on. 2y
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monalyisha
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“DAs were the guys who smoked your cigarettes because they were trying to quit.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m watching this now lol 2y
ElaineR Is this from an adaptation of Commonwealth? Also is that the rather wonderful Raúl Esparza? #clueless 2y
monalyisha @ElaineR Aw yeah! 🙌🏻 2y
monalyisha @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks There was a time when it was basically all we watched. 😆 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @monalyisha I just put it on svu reruns and let it play 🤣🤣 2y
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crystalizedbooks
Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Commonwealth is a story of six children who were thrown to be siblings after an affair, divorce, and marriage. It's told mostly through Franny Keatings view point. The story is written as a way to tell the story but also the reflection of their lives. The way the plot went was wonderful. It didn't take the normal path and bounced around from present to past.