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Absolutist
Absolutist | John Boyne
A novel of immeasurable sadness, in a league with Graham Greene s The End of the Affair. John Boyne is very, very good at portraying the destructive power of a painfully kept secret. John IrvingA masterfully told tale of passion, jealousy, heroism and betrayal set in the gruesome trenches of World War I. It is September 1919: twenty-one-year-old Tristan Sadler takes a train from London to Norwich to deliver a package of letters to the sister of Will Bancroft, the man he fought alongside during the Great War. But the letters are not the real reason for Tristan's visit. He can no longer keep a secret and has finally found the courage to unburden himself of it. As Tristan recounts the horrific details of what to him became a senseless war, he also speaks of his friendship with Will--from their first meeting on the training grounds at Aldershot to their farewell in the trenches of northern France. The intensity of their bond brought Tristan happiness and self-discovery as well as confusion and unbearable pain. The Absolutist is a masterful tale of passion, jealousy, heroism, and betrayal set in one of the most gruesome trenches of France during World War I. This novel will keep readers on the edge of their seats until its most extraordinary and unexpected conclusion, and will stay with them long after they've turned the last page."
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Boyne, oh Boyne, did it again. I may have shed a tear or two. So much emotion in a simple, well crafted story. Anger, revenge, guilt, shame. Against the backdrop of the carnage of war, it asks the questions about courage and love. It will leave you thinking about the madness of it all (the war, the inhumanity). Tragic and 💔. Another ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️from Boyne.

Thanks @cathythoughts for bringing this book to my attention for #SoldiersStory #Booked2019

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I love John Boyne!! I didn‘t know about this book. Stacked for immediate reading!! 20h
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh this is one of my favourites. The audiobook is a definite treat! 19h
Cathythoughts Great review! I‘m so glad you liked it. It‘s my choice for #booked2019 too & @TrishB suggested it to me !! I love Litsy recommendations 👍🏻♥️ 19h
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Kalalalatja Oh, good idea for that prompt! 🙌 19h
AmyG Boyne has become a favorite author....thanks to Litsy. 19h
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 this is my fav 18h
TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled this is my fav - you‘re in for a treat. 18h
TrishB @Penny_LiteraryHoarders mine too 👍🏻 18h
erzascarletbookgasm @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This is so good! Read it pronto! 😁 17h
erzascarletbookgasm @Penny_LiteraryHoarders @TrishB Mine too, up there with Heart‘s Invisible Furies! I‘ve read four of Boyne‘s books so far, I loved them all! Must seek out his others. 17h
erzascarletbookgasm Litsy recommendations are the best! ❤️ 🏆 📚 @Cathythoughts @AmyG 17h
jenniferw88 Hi, just wondering if your #cozyswap package has arrived yet? I'll delay opening mine if it hasn't. 16h
Cinfhen Beautiful review!!! MUST get to this book!!! And @TrishB has been talking about it for ages!!!!😊♥️ 16h
erzascarletbookgasm @jenniferw88 I haven‘t. Probably next week. No worries, it‘ll arrive, just that the mails have been acting up recently. And I insist you open yours on opening day! I can‘t wait to know if you‘re pleased with your swap items! 4h
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squirrelbrain
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Trish - thank you so much for the wonderful gifts! I adored Heart‘s Invisible Furies (one of my favourites from last year) and I have A Ladder to the Sky on my Kindle TBR, so I‘m really looking forward to these. Thanks also for the bookmarks and stationery ( stationery geek here!) and for sending Blackout...

The card is just adorable - I should frame it! Hope your hen weekend is going OK 😁😬😘

erzascarletbookgasm The card is gorgeous! 🐿 Hope you‘re having a lovely day! 2w
Cinfhen @TrishB NEEDS to start a gift service xx She ALWAYS picks the perfect presents 💜 2w
Cathythoughts Oooohhhh great book 👍🏻♥️ 2w
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youneverarrived That card is perfect for you 🐿 Blackout is brilliant. 5 star read for me. (edited) 2w
squirrelbrain I agree @Cinfhen - @TrishB is so clever at present-picking! ❤️ 2w
squirrelbrain @youneverarrived - good to hear that about Blackout. I stacked it when I hosted the photo challenge - it does sound like a great read, if difficult... 2w
TrishB Glad you like them ❤️ hope you had s great day. 2w
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Well-ReadNeck
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Every time I pick up another Boyne book, it crushes me in all the best ways. #MountTBR

suvata ❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Recently read & loved this one ♥️ 2w
TrishB This is my fav. 2w
zezeki I love this one! 2w
Coleen_Nieto @Well-ReadNeck Yes! I love his books! 2w
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DavidDiamond
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My love of John Boyne books continues with this story that takes place on the battlefields of WWI and follows a young man coming to terms with his sexuality alongside the horrors of war. Another beautifully written story with memorable characters.

Cathythoughts I loved this too ♥️ 1mo
DavidDiamond While I haven‘t read all his books, I‘ve loved all the ones I have read. My fave being The Heart‘s Invisible Furies. 1mo
Chelsea.Poole On my list! I love his books ♥️♥️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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Such a vivid story - I felt I was sitting with the characters. Meditations on : dying without reconciliation , immunity to violence, love , youth & old age ... war ... 5⭐️ Soldiers Story

#booked2019 #soldiersstory

TrishB Lovely review Cathy. My heart ached so much after reading this. Makes you think so much, human frailties. 1mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous review 😊adding this to my book cart 1mo
Tamra I really enjoyed this one too! 👌🏾 1mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! & thanks for recommending, I might never have read it 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks! I hope you like it when you get there 1mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes! So good ♥️💔 1mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I didn‘t realize it was a soldier‘s story. Might have to use it for the prompt! 👊🏻📚♥️ 1mo
Lindy Glad to hear this is a 5-star read. John Boyne is amazing! Must move this up my TBR pile. (edited) 1mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks! Yes a good soldiers story 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Lindy This was my first John Boyne .... won‘t be the last 👍🏻 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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#AyUpAugust currently reading this one & my heart is crying #TooMuchTooYoung

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive! 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm are you reading it for #soldiersstory ? ( I am ) 1mo
Cinfhen I know @TrishB has sang this book‘s praises before!! Must get to it 1mo
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squirrelbrain Another one onto the TBR list...! ❤️ 1mo
Follow.my.read I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! 1mo
TrishB It‘s heart breaking isn‘t it Cathy? I truly loved this book. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain it‘s really good 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Cathythoughts @Follow.my.read I‘m loving it too 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB it is heartbreaking ..., looking forward to getting back to it tonight 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I love Boyne (so far), I may read it for the soldier prompt, or this tagged one.. 1mo
BarbaraBB Such a good idea, to read it for the soldier prompt. I was thinking of this one but may switch to Boyne now! 1mo
readordierachel I need to read him. His books seem to really move people. 1mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB I had a couple in mind too , but this recommendation from @TrishB is perfect & I love it 1mo
Cathythoughts @readordierachel it‘s my first book of his ... and I‘m loving it - yes very moving 1mo
TrishB It made my heart ache 💜 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m trying to be quiet as everyone else is still asleep. Stay in bed reading with a coffee is the only answer.... loving this book so far , @TrishB Thanks for the recommendation !
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TrishB Oh I hope you love it as much as I do ❤️ I‘m on my own down stairs being quiet as everyone else still asleep too. 1mo
Bookwomble @TrishB @Cathythoughts Ha! Me, too 😊 Cup of coffee, A veggie-bacon roll, Cowboy Junkies playing as their early music is quiet, and a book, while the rest of the house sleeps 😴 1mo
TrishB @Bookwomble just had my veggie bacon buttie too 😁 1mo
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youneverarrived I did the same this morning 😍 I‘ve not read this one but it‘s on the tbr. 1mo
Cathythoughts @Bookwomble @youneverarrived nice & relaxing start to Sunday 👍🏻♥️♥️ 1mo
Birdsong28 Such a good book. 📚📖 1mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 I‘m loving it ♥️💔 1mo
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rubyslippersreads
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This is free for #Kindle and other ebook vendors today. #kindledeal #ebookdeal

TheLibrarian What an awesome deal. Thanks!! 3mo
Tamra Thank you for posting! 3mo
rather_be_reading 😮 ty for sharing! 3mo
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IndoorDame Thanks for posting! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Dang! I'm bummed I already own it! 3mo
Bookzombie Thanks for posting! 3mo
DivineDiana Shoot! Missed this post! 2mo
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Jas16
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It says a lot about a book when your stomach is aching over characters you didn‘t particularly like. Set during and after WWI Tristan has to reconcile what he saw and did during his service and that means facing Will‘s sister to try and explain what happened to her brother during the war. Only my second book by Boyne.

TrishB I love this book 💕 it‘s so 💔 5mo
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Cathy_J
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Thanks @Follow.my.read for the recommendation. Blown away by John Boyne again. His writing is amazing. I have come away from this one with so many different viewpoints to ponder, wanting to discuss it with anyone who will listen ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Follow.my.read So glad you enjoyed this! I love John Boyne!! I have every book he‘s written. I like how his books don‘t always wrap up with “rainbows and kittens”. I just ordered Ladder to The Sky! 6mo
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Samplergal
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1. I‘m posting our current home, and our almost home. We will be traveling around the USA for a year or so in our RV.
2. We live in South Florida, and I do like it. I‘m done with snow. I‘m sure we will settle here after our adventures.
3. The Absolutist for Fiction. Missoula for non fiction.
4. Any time. Retirement is great.
5. I‘m making a nice salad to go with chicken soup from yesterday.
#friyay #booked2019 #fall #soldiersstory

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Loved The Absolutist!! ❣️ 7mo
RachelO How exciting! When are you setting off on your epic journey? 7mo
Samplergal @RachelO December. Scary but exciting as well. 7mo
RachelO @Samplergal Must be fun planning for it. It‘ll be a fantastic experience! 7mo
Amiable Sounds awesome! Are you going to map out a route to hit certain places, or are you just going to roam to wherever strikes your fancy? (edited) 7mo
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Samplergal
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Wow. Another John Boyne book that did not disappoint! Set during WWI, these characters are not likable and very flawed, and seriously heartbreaking. John Boyne hits another out of the park with his master of the written word. Praise to my first book of February 2019. 5🌟 #favauthor

megnews I just read my first John Boyne and enjoyed his writing style. Will have to check this out. 8mo
Samplergal @megnews I read three in January! I‘ve found my new fave author. Hope he writes quickly. 😁 8mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders This is one of my favourites by him. The other is the History of Loneliness. 8mo
Samplergal @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I just finished that last week. Amazing. 8mo
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sprainedbrain
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Once again, John Boyne‘s writing has blown me away. He has an amazing talent for getting us inside the mind of his characters, and in this case, that resulted in my heart being ripped out and stomped on, but that‘s ok. REALLY.💔

I had an idea how the WWI story was going to go early on, but I was still engaged and ultimately astounded. What a painful, beautiful, sad story. Michael Maloney‘s narration was perfect, too.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#monthofboyne

Freespirit Great review👍🏼 8mo
EadieB @sprainedbrain nice review! I‘m looking forward to reading this! I‘m finishing up 8mo
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Tamra
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The narrator was simply outstanding! I think this is only the 3rd Boyne work I‘ve read and his writing is such a pleasure. The dialogues & inner monologues were so natural. I also appreciated the story was about more than just the MC‘s sexuality, rather he was fully developed complicated person surviving the horrors of WWI as an infantryman. I also really liked the structure; the timeline moves back & forth without being confusing or disjointed.

TrishB My fav John Boyne ❤️ 8mo
Tamra @TrishB I‘m looking forward to more! I like the fact he doesn‘t seem to write “down” to readers. 8mo
TrishB He is pretty awesome 👍🏻 8mo
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Samplergal Next one tbr. 8mo
Tamra @Samplergal I hope you like it too! 8mo
readordierachel Sold! 8mo
JaclynW Nice review! I agree to everything you said. I finished this book yesterday and I'm still thinking about it. 8mo
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erinreads
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I hate John Boyne for making me have so many feelings for his characters in every. single. book. He does such a good job, in so few pages, to hook you. This one is a particularly lonely story, set during and after WWI. There‘s a pretty sad reveal at the end, which has basically ruined any chance of me rereading this book, but I‘m glad to finally have gotten to this! #MonthofBoyne #AuthorAMonth

Mamashep Loved this one! 8mo
BarbaraBB Great idea to read an author a month. Looking forward to more Boyne! 8mo
TrishB Loved this book 💕 8mo
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zezeki I loved this one! 8mo
Amiable I have been urging everyone I know to read Boyne. He's fabulous. 8mo
JaclynW Great review! I just finished this book. It is an emotional book. I too like how Boyne pulls you into the story and specifically to the characters. You feel deeply in Boyne's books. 8mo
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erinreads
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Can I help you? 😹 In all honesty, I‘m actually really glad to see him in the bed tonight because he‘s been sick for a couple of months now and hasn‘t really been himself. So although I‘m not pleased we had to resort to steroids as a treatment, he has been a little like his old self lately and if he wants to harass me while I‘m reading, knock yourself out, buddy! #kingcyress #catsoflitsy

Freespirit Glad he is feeling better. It's horrid when pets are sick. 8mo
Tamra Yay! 8mo
julesG 😍 8mo
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Crazeedi I know how you feel, my 15 yr old had pancreatitis and had to have steroid, his appetite isn't great either. 8mo
Cinfhen Glad he‘s feeling better 8mo
Amiable This is an awesome photo! 8mo
Purrfectpages Glad he‘s feeling better. And great photo! 8mo
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erinreads
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This is why I love John Boyne. Excellent first line! 👌🏻 #monthofboyne

Well-ReadNeck 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 8mo
Tamra That‘s intriguing! 8mo
sprainedbrain Dang, that captures the attention! 8mo
Hollie I need to get to this! 8mo
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Andrew65
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Only read threeJohn Boyne books and they could all make my #AdventRecommends favourites list. However if had to choose my overall favourite for Day 5 I would go for The Absolutist. Read this thanks to a glowing recommendation from @TrishB Thoroughly recommend it to everyone, she was so right! 🙌😍

gradcat Thanks for this, @Andrew65 ... I‘m happy to know of others after 10mo
Andrew65 @gradcat The other one I want to get to with rave reviews is 10mo
gradcat @andrew65 I shall add it to my TBR! (edited) 10mo
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TrishB Still my fav too 👍🏻 10mo
Amiable Haven't read "Ladder" yet, but I read and loved the other two. Plus "Furies" I just finished yesterday--it's amazing. (edited) 10mo
Sarz I've read and enjoyed the other two, so I'll add this to my TBR list! Thanks. 10mo
Andrew65 @Sarz I‘m sure you‘ll enjoy it. 😊 10mo
Andrew65 @Amiable Hoping to get to Furies during my Christmas Holiday. 👍 10mo
Amiable Yesterday I also downloaded Boyne's "A History of Loneliness" and "The House of Special Purpose." I'm determined to get through his entire backlist now! 10mo
Andrew65 @Amiable Seems a great plan. A top quality author! 10mo
CaroPi I read the voy in the striped pijamas (one of the few books that made me cry) and the heart invisible Furies. I have a history of loneliness in my bookshelf. Planning to read it next year 10mo
Andrew65 @CaroPi The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas was my first one. 😢😭 10mo
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Amiable
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Congratulations on your milestone, @TheLibrarian ! I'm a very critical reader and I'm very parsimonious with my stars --the tagged book is my only 5-star read for this year (so far!) It's has to be something very special to earn top billing from me.
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Anovelobsession I read The Absolutist last month and it was also a rare 5 star read for me. 🤗 11mo
Crazeedi I'm adding, this looks very good 11mo
TheLibrarian Thanks for entering! I‘ve heard good things about this author. Will be adding this book to my tbr! 11mo
Amiable @Anovelobsession @Crazeedi @TheLibrarian I just downloaded three more John Boyne books--that's how much I loved his writing... 11mo
TrishB One of my all time fav books, incredible read. I got everyone in my team to read it too! 11mo
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BookBelle84
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Another great John Boyne novel. While The Hearts Invisible Furies is still my favourite this one is great. A dark look at what soldiers of war face and life after war. A heartbreaking ending.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one too. 11mo
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BookBelle84
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Library #bookhaul I'm currently addicted to John Boyne.

Reviewsbylola Absolutist is really good. I have a few other Boynes on my shelf that I really want to get to. 12mo
swishandflick Love Boyne! A History of Loneliness is fantastic 👏🏽 12mo
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Amiable
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What a wonderful, powerful book. Boyne captures the horror and brutality and poignancy of war so perfectly. This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. Highly recommend.

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Amiable
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Enjoying a lazy, readerly Saturday with the hubby. I'm diving into my book pairing for this month: a novel set during/after WWI and a nonfiction account of a family's journey through the turbulent periods of the 20th century. Hubs is reading "Blade Runner."

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Amiable
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In the midst of the gorgeous, heartbreaking prose of this book, this paragraph made me laugh out loud.

TrishB 👍🏻 great book. 12mo
zezeki I absolutely loved this book! 12mo
Amiable @TrishB @zezeki I'm really liking it so far--haven't read anything by this author before. 12mo
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TrishB Think this is probably my fav by him- he‘s written loads! 12mo
Amiable @TrishB Have you read "The Heart's Invisible Furies"? I've heard lots of love for that one, and was looking forward to reading it. Is it good? 12mo
TrishB Yes- it‘s a great read 👍🏻 not as sad or poignant as this one. 12mo
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emilyjwhit9
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Checking in for day two of #13inthree. About 7 hours in (accidentally cleared by time from day one), and I am loving the push to read. I have finished two books that have been hanging on my “Currently Reading” list for months. Both wonderful! Thank you again @Samplergal for the push!

Samplergal Glad it is helping! My goal was to finish two and I think I‘ll make it. 1y
emilyjwhit9 You will!! 1y
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bookandcat
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#FreakyFriday #4 from @zeljka - oh, my heart. John Boyne is masterful (as usual) but he writes about WWII here and, well, you can imagine how hauntingly sad it is. This title delves into the murky moral grey of war (the title refers to someone who swears off war absolutely).

This book pairs well with poetry by Wilfred Owen:

"What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?

— Only the monstrous anger of the guns."

@monalyisha @Clwojick

Jess7 I want to read this one! 1y
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Jas16
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Thank you @dariazeoli for saving my evening! I opened the package of books I ordered first and was so disappointed in their condition (the one pictured is supposed to be in very good condition) that I thought this day was ending on a pretty sad note. Then I opened your card and was so surprised and delighted I have been smiling ever since.

LeahBergen Ooo, so annoying. 😠 2y
Jas16 @LeahBergen This keeps happening to me so I am hoping I have finally learned my lesson- no more online used book shopping for me. 2y
Eggs Happy Birthday 🎉🎁 2y
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Jas16 @Eggs Thank you much. It is not until Monday but I am ready. I took the day off so I am hoping to have a relaxing three day weekend. 2y
jfalkens Happy early birthday! 2y
stacybmartin Happy early birthday - hope you have an amazing, relaxing weekend! 🎉📚🎂🎉 2y
dariazeoli I‘m sorry about your book, but I‘m glad to have offset the disappointment ☺️ 2y
Jas16 @stacybmartin @jfalkens Thank you both so much! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Where did you get the books? I‘m glad her card made you smile 😊❤️ 1y
Jas16 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These were from Better World Books. The card really did make it better. Such a nice surprise. 1y
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bookandcat
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#bookhaul part 2! Library time! The lower 5 books are ones I'm collecting for #FreakyFriday courtesy of recommendations from @zeljka (Full disclosure, I will probably start reading the lower books before April so I can actually finish all the ones I want to read from her list, and so they can go back to the library in time. Didn't expect them in so soon with all of the delays hold deliveries have had this year in my system!)
#litsyloveslibraries

Jess7 🤗🤗🤗🤗🎉 (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola The Absolutist is fantastic. 2y
bookandcat @Reviewsbylola can't wait! Hadn't heard of it before this book list exchange! 2y
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Andrew65
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A selection of the books I wouldn‘t have read but for Litsy! Fellow Littens have certainly expanded my reading and made me read some books outside my favourite genres, or outside my comfort zones. Most of these have become favourites, so thanks everyone! #BlameItOnLitsy #ReadingResolutions #EpicBuddyRead #BOTMBuddyRead

MayJasper Good for you 😊 2y
TrishB Same here! Love all the different recommendations. 2y
AndreaReads Agreed! Great selections! 2y
Bookishthoughts Thanks for sharing! I agree with you Litsy has opened my eyes to a whole different world of books!🌈🌈🌈💕📚 2y
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Lyanneee
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Such a moving book! I've read three books by John Boyne including this one, and I must say, he's fast becoming one of my favourite authors even though his books always leave me heartbroken 💔
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Andrew65 Could ‘t agree more, I‘ve read two and loved them both. This book will stay long in the memory. 2y
Lyanneee Which other books have you read? 2y
Andrew65 @Lyanneee This one and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, the ending of that book totally shocked and destroyed me! What other books have you read? 2y
Lyanneee This one, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (which left me questioning how life can be so cruel) and The Boy at the Top of the Mountain. You should totally read that one! 2y
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Andrew65
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This is a very difficult book to review without giving away the very essence and reason for reading the book. It is a very poignant book, which is heart breaking on so many different levels and of all the books about War I have read conveys the horror of everyday life in World War I with the greatest clarity. The way soldiers were treated is really just a crime to humanity, my heart goes out to each and every one of them. What a book! 😢

Andrew65 Please read this, we owe it to their memories. Bravo John Boyne! 2y
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RebelReader I already have it on my TBR shelf right along with THIF! Why do I always feel like I‘m falling behind??? 😂😂 2y
Andrew65 @RebelReader Too many books too little time! I think we all feel like that! 😂 2y
LeahBergen Stacked! 2y
Lyanneee I haven't got the chance to start on it yesterday, I was so tired from work 😩 Reading it now though, and can't wait to finish it after reading your review! Will let you know once I'm done 😊 2y
Andrew65 @Lyanneee At first just seems an ordinary book and you wonder where it is heading and then really starts to hit Home in the second half of the book. Enjoy. 😊 2y
Andrew65 @LeahBergen Hope you enjoy it Leah. 😊 (edited) 2y
Loric Adding to my stack 2y
Andrew65 @Loric Enjoy 😊 2y
TrishB One of my all time fav books ❤️ 2y
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Andrew65
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#War #fear A very poignant passage!

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Andrew65
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😂😂😂😂 Think he‘s lost the concept of solitary!

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Andrew65
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Been sitting on my library borrowed books shelf for too long, time to finally read this book which I know a number of you have read and loved! Looking forward to this but not sure what to expect, as usual not read the blurb- too often can spoil a book for me!

Lyanneee Planning to start on this one later ☺️ 2y
Andrew65 @Lyanneee Will be interested to see your thoughts. I‘m up to page 40 but sleep calls 💤 2y
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Peterfox123
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Well if ever a book picked your emotions up by the tender bits, swung you around howling, then dropped you bare bum first onto a prickly cactus of an unexpected ending, this is it.

Er, I got carried away again didn‘t I?

S'good though.

cathysaid 😂😂😂 What a description! They should include that as a blurb on the cover! 2y
Peterfox123 @cathysaid I‘ve missed a trick haven‘t I? I bet they love restrained understatement like that. 2y
LauraJ I loved Birdsong and your blurb makes me want to read it! 2y
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Peterfox123 @LauraJ I‘ve got an Audible credit burning a hole in my pocket and I think it‘s going to go on more by this author. 2y
Bklover After that description I am adding it to my TBR!😂 2y
Peterfox123 @Bklover My work here is done. 😁 2y
Ms_T Best. Review. Ever. 2y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Awwwww. Blushing here. 2y
peaknit This is next on audio for me, I am just finishing up his History of Loneliness. He may be my new favorite author. (edited) 2y
Peterfox123 @peaknit It‘s a long time since a first experience of a writer made such an impression. 2y
peaknit I absolutely agree. I felt that way aboutThe Hearts Invisible Furies but then as I looked into the author I saw who wrote Boy in the Striped Pajamas and had others, I was thrilled to see it! 2y
Peterfox123 @peaknit And now I feel very ashamed of my ignorance. I read The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas last year and thought it was superb. How did I not register who wrote it? Gah!! 2y
peaknit I feel the same way, after reading Hearts I couldn‘t believe I‘ve actually read him before 😂 2y
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Peterfox123
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I must have got this via a Litsy recommendation because I knew very little about it when I started it. A slow burn with very careful exposition it‘s set in and after WW1 which almost guarantees unbelievable sadness. I don‘t think I‘ve read anything by this author before but I‘ll be looking for more after this.

I‘ll be gutted when it‘s finished.

MinDea Read this one by him. So good! 2y
Peterfox123 @MinDea I added that one to my TBR list about 5 minutes ago after a review by @Ms_T but never noticed it was another John Boyne! Your recommendation has moved it even further up the list. Thank you. 2y
Ms_T Great review. Hope you enjoy more of his work. 2y
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Cathythoughts Sounds really good 👍🏻 2y
Peterfox123 @Ms_T Thank you. Hadn‘t noticed your recent review - which I added to my TBR - was by him. Must have been a good review by you! 2y
Peterfox123 @Cathythoughts Getting to the end now and still absorbed! 2y
Mdargusch I‘m glad you like this. It‘s on my TBR pile too. 2y
Peterfox123 @Mdargusch Hope you enjoy it as much as I‘m doing. 2y
swishandflick The Heart's Invisible Furies and A History of Loneliness are both fabulous books by him! ❤️ 2y
Peterfox123 @swishandflick Thank you will look at A History as well. 2y
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Jess7
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Thanks Mindy for these lovely #ChristmasGifts! Parker and Jenna love their toy rope, my husband likes his #GOT figurine of #TyrionLanister and I‘m excited to read these awesome books and test out my new #GilmoreGirls inspired #Cookbook! #EatLikeAGilmore #TheAbsolutist #ISeeYou #GilmoreGirls #LitsyPenPals #MerryChristmas #GiftExchange #Presents #Schnauzers #SchnauzersofLitsy #DogsofLitsy

TricksyTails Tyrion!! This is awesome! 😍😍😍 2y
Jess7 He‘s my favorite character too! @TricksyTails (edited) 2y
MinDea Is Tyrion on your bookshelves?! 😉 2y
Jess7 Haha, he hasn‘t made it there yet. I think Tillen wants to preserve it in the box. He‘s thinking of it like a collectible. I feel like if it had been Jon Snow (his Halloween costume) he would have already had it out and I dare say may have been taking pictures with it lol. Thank you for everything! @MinDea (edited) 2y
Jess7 I have my alter ego Rory on my book shelves, but that‘s about all the figurines I have. I want to find a literary type ornament for my Christmas tree, if you find anything cute like that let me know :-) I‘m now on a mission. @MinDea (edited) 2y
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Reviewsbylola
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Oh John Boyne. How you break my heart. 💔💔💔 I wasn‘t drawn into this one the way I was with THIF, but it was still five stars for me. Beautifully written (very few books could have me interested in reading about wartime life in the trenches) and one of those books that has my heart in my throat. Every character is flawed, and hypocritical, and I feel uncomfortable thinking about their choices. V well done and would be an excellent book club pick

KarenUK Stacked... sounds great 👍 2y
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous bag! 👜😍 2y
BarbaraBB So he did it again. I really want to read more by him as well. Stacked! 2y
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emilyhaldi Great review! And bag 😉 2y
minkyb Great review! 2y
rohit-sawant Wonderful review! 2y
Megabooks Fantastic review! 2y
swishandflick Agreed on all fronts! 2y
Cinfhen Great review 😊fabulous bag😘 2y
Jess7 @MinDea 🤔🤔🤔 2y
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Thousand-Lives
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Absolutely loved The Absolutist! I‘m so glad I‘ve discovered John Boyne. Not sure if I should binge read his books or pace myself. A good problem to have! 😊

Mdargusch What a great photo! That book has been in my TBR pile for months. 2y
Thousand-Lives @Mdargusch Thank you! I know that feeling all too well! So many good books out there to read. I hope you enjoy it! 2y
Reviewsbylola I just finished this one today and I‘m even more determined to read all of his books now. 2y
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Thousand-Lives
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Took a trip to the library with my son and had to grab a book for myself. Looking forward to another John Boyne novel!

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Reviewsbylola
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A HUGE shoutout to @MinDea , who surprised me a few weeks ago when I participated in her #humpdaypost meme post. She randomly chose four participants as winners and I was one! She sent me a book I have been lusting after, The Absolutist. Thank you so much! The generosity of the Litsy community never fails to amaze me. 💖💖

LeahBergen That‘s fantastic! ❤️ 2y
britt_brooke Ooh, nice!! 2y
AmyG Please let us know how it is! I am wanting to read more of his books. And lucky you!!! 👍🏻 (edited) 2y
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Hollie Omg I want to read this one so bad! 2y
emilyhaldi So cool!!! Can't wait to borrow 😉 2y
MinDea Yay!!! Glad it made it to you! I hope you like it. The Heart's Invisible Furies is my first Boyne. I am loving it so much and wonder how his other books are. Looking forward to your review! 2y
MinDea Your meme still makes me laugh! 2y
Reviewsbylola Furies was my first Boyne too but now I have three more so I need to get moving! @MinDea @amyg 2y
Cinfhen Oooh!!! I WANT this one too!!!!! So sweet of you @MinDea 2y
Mdargusch So sweet and I‘m stacking this! 2y
Megabooks Yay! Littens are so good about paying it forward. 2y
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swishandflick
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Phenomenal! John Boyne has quickly become a go-to author for me, he has permission to obliterate my heart anytime.

And can I just say that my day in Grenada was fan-friggen-tastic! Beautiful weather, gorgeous white sand beach with crystal clear blue water. Absolutely gorgeous, my favorite beach day so far 🏖🍹👌🏽

AmyG The Heart‘s Invisible Furies makes me want to read more of his books. 2y
Viji I loved The Heart‘s Invisible Furies so I‘m putting this on my TBR. 2y
BarbaraBB You‘re having a great trip I think, wow! 2y
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swishandflick
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Breakfast, book, and a great view this morning in Grenada 😍

(Can this just be my life, like, ALL the time?)

Reviewsbylola Another Boyne I️ really want to read! 2y
zezeki I love this book so much, had to reread it ❤ 2y
Chelsibeau I‘m a vegetarian but damn that looks good 2y
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CouronneDhiver Lovely! 2y
BarbaraBB Looking forward to your thoughts on the book! 2y
minkyb A beautiful island! 2y
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shawnmooney
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One of the benefits of living in Japan is I get to open my Litsy gifts a day earlier than most of you! Look at all these bookish goodies from the lovely (recent birthday girl) @TrishB ! She knows me very well and has made excellent, truly personalized choices – and nary a one that I had bought or read before! In fact, most of these I‘ve never heard of before. Thank you so so much! ❤️😍❤️😍❤️😍
#HalloweenGoesPostal #FallBookExchange

sisilia Amazing!! 2y
Tamra Lucky for you!! 🎃 2y
batsy Lovely! 😍😍 2y
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LeahBergen Oh, you lucky duck - you got @TrishB ! 😍😍😍 I really enjoyed Mudbound and I know you are an Eliot fan. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
tpixie Great job @TrishB !! 🎃🎉🎃 2y
emilyhaldi Wow that's an awesome gift!! And this book is so beautiful! I'm crying just thinking about it ❤️ (edited) 2y
Cinfhen Well that was a match made in heaven 😇😇😇😇😇great job @TrishB 2y
Bookzombie Awesome! 2y
TrishB Ohhh I'm so glad you like them 💝 I loved buying for you! Enjoy 😘 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Awesome! 💝 2y
Mdargusch Fun!🎃🎃🎃 2y
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swishandflick
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As a lot of you know, I had a crappy week with the job falling through and everything. So to keep myself from going insane, I did a slightly impulsive thing (as I'm wont to do) and booked myself a cheap, last minute cruise leaving on Tuesday. #YOLO 😆

This is my preliminary #vacationstack keeping in mind that I'll also have a bajillion e-books handy, and I'll probably want to bring a few somethings from my Halloween boxes 🙌🏽

MicheleinPhilly Good for you! 👍🏼I approve of your kind of impulse shopping. ☺️ 2y
mcipher That‘s awesome, enjoy!!! ☀️ 🚢 2y
DGRachel Enjoy your cruise! 2y
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eanderson Oh yayyy!!! Good for you! 🤗👍 2y
Jas16 That is awesome! 2y
bookloo I loved The Fourth Monkey!!! ❤️ 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Enjoy your cruise! And your books!🙌 2y
JenReadsAlot Way to treat yourself!! Enjoy! 2y
emilyhaldi Awesome!! Enjoy! 2y
Debiw781 Fun! Where are you going to on your cruise? I just got back from one and it's a great way to relax when everything seems chaotic 2y
LauraJ Sounds wonderful! Bon voyage 🛳 (edited) 2y
JacqMac Fun! Enjoy! 2y
minkyb Good for you. Relax and enjoy! 2y
swishandflick @bookloo I just started The Fourth Monkey and it grabbed me right away! Just what I'm in the mood for. Glad to hear you enjoyed it 😄 2y
BarbaraBB What a great idea. Have fun! 2y
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Hollie
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For any stalking littens for #halloweengoespostal I don't own any of my TBR, including these four that were my 5star predictions.

For my match, I've ordered 3 books and Im shopping for bookish goodies first thing in the morning! I ❤️Litsy and the book exchanges are my favorite!

Cinfhen I really enjoyed 2y
Cinfhen The author is on Litsy 💗 @Georgia_Hunter 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can't wait to read (edited) 2y
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TrishB The Absolutist is absolutely brilliant ❤ 2y
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks me either!! 😘 2y
Hollie @Cinfhen I love that Litsy is full of great authors. This is the best community ever! 😘 2y
Hollie @TrishB I can't wait to get my hands on it! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen do you know of any other authors on Litsy that we may like? 😊 2y
Cinfhen Rabbit cake was a really quirky read ~ compelling & heartwarming and the author is on Litsy @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @anniehartnett 💕💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie it is!!! ❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I'll look it up!!! 🐰 🎂 2y
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Hollie
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@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks tagged me for #fivestarpredictions from my #tbr. The Heart's Invisible Furies is actually my current read, so I'm not sure that's technically TBR, but I'm loving it so much it had to go on this list. It's making me confident that The Absolutist will also be ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I'm going to tag @JacintaMCarter and @LauraBeth to play along if they are so inclined!

What five star predictions are on your TBR?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! The Velvet Hours!! We Were The Lucky Ones is in my tbr list!! 2y
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