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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel | Jonathan Safran Foer
Jonathan Safran Foer emerged as one of the most original writers of his generation with his best-selling debut novel, Everything Is Illuminated. Now, with humor, tenderness, and awe, he confronts the traumas of our recent history. What he discovers is solace in that most human quality, imagination. Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11. An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone's heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who've lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father's grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother's apartment. They are there to dig up his father's empty coffin.
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KarenUK
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#Movember #future Love this book! 💕
As sad as this quote is, I love it. It hits home so much for me. It speaks to me deeply.
With my husband‘s condition, we are so mindful of always feeling like we‘re on borrowed time. So in response, we treasure every day. We feel so lucky to have had the happiest of marriages, we dont sweat the small stuff and we know we are lucky to have the time together that we do. Every day I get to keep him, is a gift.

Cinfhen All my love , Karen 💜💜💜 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage You‘re making me tear up over here ... 😢♥️ 1w
KarenUK @Cinfhen 😘his deterioration has been so dramatic this year. It‘s so tough to watch him struggle, and be afraid. I feel so useless.... 1w
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Cinfhen I wish I could be there in person, just to squeeze your hand and offer a hug. I‘ll keep you both in my prayers. I can‘t image what it must be like. 1w
KarenUK @cinfhen thank you sweet friend. That means so much 💕 1w
Crazeedi @KarenUK my heart holds you close, didnt realize your hubby sick. You are so right, every day is a gift and we need to be present in every moment and grateful for each minute with those we love, praying today for strength in the struggle, and hope in the promises 1w
julesG 😘 A virtual hug my friend. 1w
Leftcoastzen That‘s very inspirational.Hugs to you both . 1w
Jas16 Sending so much love ❤️ 1w
ValerieAndBooks Hugs. Something we should all be mindful of but so sorry your circumstances make it more so. Hugs again 💖 7d
BarbaraBB You‘re handling hard times so positive. It‘s an inspiration and I wish you both many many more days to cherish ❤️ 7d
KarenUK I never want to feel like I‘m fishing for sympathy so I try not to mention things too often, because I genuinely do feel lucky to have the loveliest man to share my life with. It‘s just been such a tough year, and I‘m always his cheerleader, and keep my chin up for him, I‘m just feeling a bit blue today. Your kind words are just another way that Littens are the kindest 💕 @valarieandbooks @barbarabb @jas16 @julesg @Leftcoastzen @Crazeedi @Cinfhen 7d
youneverarrived ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
JennyM Sending much love to you and hubby. Keeping you in my thoughts Karen ♥️♥️♥️ 7d
britt_brooke ((hugs)) 7d
MicheleinPhilly Keeping you in my thoughts and holding you both in my heart. ❤️ 6d
gradcat @KarenUK You‘re certainly NOT useless. I‘m sorry to say that I didn‘t know about your husband. I was looking for you only to ask about your TBR (is it up to date?) when I came upon this. I know this is going to sound empty, but if you need any kind of help...like virtual hand-holding or something, please ask. I‘m very sorry for you & your husband. I will be thinking about you, often, I‘m sure. ♥️♥️♥️ 5d
KarenUK @gradcat Thank you so much Minette... 😘💕 5d
KarenUK Oh and my goodreads is my up to date TBR... It‘s the one thing I can‘t get to grips with on Litsy! @gradcat https://www.goodreads.com/karenfoster 5d
gradcat @KarenUK Thanks so much for letting me know. I hope things are better with you. I read where your dad was visiting you—I‘m sure that helps—very nice for you. ♥️♥️♥️ (By the way, I just went to Goodreads...I think you have to accept me as a friend in order for me to view your TBR—Sorry!) (edited) 3d
KarenUK @gradcat I friended you back! 😘 Yep, my Dad arrived, which is lovely! and after an emergency cat scan they have pulled my husband off some medication and he‘s breathing a bit better already. It‘s gonna be tough for a while. He‘s so close to being on double lung transplant list but needs to get the tiniest bit sicker first, which seems mad! 3d
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AmyK1
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Day 6 of #7days7covers #covercrush

@LiljaPleasant would you like to join in?

LiljaPleasant I'm not home atm... ^^ But I'd love to join on sunday ☺ 2mo
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TamTracy
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#7covers7days #covercrush
Day 3

@Ruthiella Want to play? Post a cover for 7 days with no explanation and tag someone every day.

Ruthiella I‘m already playing and will tag you on my next post. The background combined with the cover is STUNNING! Well done!😍 2mo
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kalinichta
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I've never had a book pull on my heartstrings as frequently as this one. A meditation on love and death and war and all the horrible and wonderful things we humans do to each other. And while it got very heavy at times, requiring me to put it down for a bit to recover, it was a true pleasure to read.

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kalinichta
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This book is just about killing me right now.

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LiterRohde
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“In bed that night I invented a special drain that would be underneath every pillow in New York. Whenever people cried themselves to sleep, the tears would all go to the same place, and in the morning the weatherman could report if the water level of the Reservoir of Tears had gone up or down, and you could know if New York is in heavy boots.”

#30JuneBooks | 13: #MadeYouCry

📷: Made with Typorama

CafeMom I loved the uniqueness of this book. 5mo
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Allison.Elizabeth
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“She had fallen in love so many times that she began to suspect she was not falling in love at all, but doing something much more ordinary.”

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Allison.Elizabeth
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7 pages in and already madly in love. Thanks @bec1 for making me buy this!

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ElizaMarie
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Pickpick

This was great. I was able to be immersed in the audio book then go back and enjoy re-reading some passages in the physical book. I really enjoyed it :)

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ElizaMarie
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So I kinda feel like I‘m doing a disservice to myself by listening to the audiobook. I do read it when I have my lunch break but I am frequently interrupted so it kinda sucks with all that at times :/ anyway I can follow along a little and go back and look at all the cool stuff afterwards though

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ElizaMarie
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer

Been meaning to try this one. It‘s gonna be my next work read :) I‘m gonna do audio and physical

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Samplergal
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I‘ve never done one of these challenges, and so, have no idea what I‘m doing. But this is one that interests me. #closetome #anglophileapril

Cinfhen You‘re first challenge post is a success 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻well done ✅ (edited) 8mo
pilardib I love this book! 8mo
Reviewsbylola Thanks for joining in, great choice! 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Great choice! 8mo
Centique You‘re doing great! Perfect choice. 8mo
Mdargusch Nice job! Glad you‘re joining in! 🇬🇧🇬🇧🇬🇧 8mo
emilyhaldi Woohoo!!! Love that you‘re joining us 🤗 8mo
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cherinium
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Pickpick

What a creative book! While there are certainly parts of this book that are confusing, the overall arc of the story is beautiful. The images that appear throughout the book are an effective method of evoking powerful emotions. Many times, I was left with a lump in my throat after reading powerful, heartbreaking words and turning the page to be sucker punched by an image.

Erofan Yeah, it's really a little scary!😨 9mo
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Mccall0113
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This word flow so easily! I feel like I‘m watching a movie. How did y‘all like it?

Mccall0113 These words* Apparently I have not mastered the English language. 9mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Takes place in NYC where everything is #everythingismovingsofast , and I am interested in reading this someday. #timbittunes

KatieDid927 I really liked this one. 10mo
TheKidUpstairs I've never read any Foer! One of those literary blind spots for me 😁 10mo
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JLaurenceCohen
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close | Jonathan Safran Foer

Foer's story is narrated by Oskar whose father died on 9/11. Oskar travels across NYC trying to find the lock for the key he found in his father's things. It's a beautiful, heart breaking novel of grief and family.

BennettBookworm SO heartbreaking and SO beautiful. 11mo
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Kalalalatja
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This felt a bit like a #fairytaleofNewYork - Oscar‘s quest to find out the secret behind his father‘s key had all the fairy tale elements, and with a sweet character like Oscar, I couldn‘t help but love this book ❤️

#WinterWonderland

TrishB I loved this too 💕 11mo
KarenUK Me too! 💕this one... 11mo
Cinfhen Well played!! Love your photo 11mo
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plemmdog
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someone picked this for my book club this month. I never read this when it came out originally. In some ways it‘s what I imagine a novel by Wes Anderson would be like, if he wrote. Did anyone else see shades of Catcher in The Rye?

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zsuzsanna_reads
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In a review in the New Yorker magazine Updike criticises this book partly on the grounds that it is not as good as Safran Foer's first book, Everything is Illuminated. Given that I loved Extremely Loud, now I can't wait to read Illuminated. I am not keen on watching the movie though, despite the fact that I think Max can Sydow (above) probably makes a very good Renter - I'm worried it would ruin the book for me.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jilly6183 Everything is Illuminated is incredible. Fair warning, the very beginning is a bit weird and seems out of context and I had trouble getting into it. But a friend promised me that it is not as random as it seems and to stick with it because it's worth it. I followed her advice, and she was absolutely right, so I am sharing that same advice with you! 12mo
Moray_Reads I love both. They're both astonishing, in different ways 12mo
writerlibrarian Everything is illuminating the book is really good. The movie I loved for different reasons, the music is amazing, the cinematography is lovely. I own it and the soundtrack too. I read the book after seeing the movie. I had the music playing in my head while reading. 🙂 Gogol Bordello's music is so good. (edited) 12mo
zsuzsanna_reads @Jilly6183 @Moray_Reads @writerlibrarian Thank you for the advice, it is really helpful. ♥️ Might have to give the film a go too after all. 12mo
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BennettBookworm
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Pickpick

I sat down to read this book last night and was pinned to my chair until it was done. So incredibly powerful and moving. Foer is a brilliant storyteller. Keep a box of tissues handy..or two or three...

LiteraryinLititz We posted at almost the same time! I‘ve owned this book for over a year but haven‘t felt brave enough to try it yet. I will have to! 12mo
YouReadMyEyes Fantastic book 💛 12mo
cherinium I also have this one sitting on my TBR shelf. One day... 😏 12mo
Karkar Loved this one! 12mo
JLaurenceCohen One of the all-time best final lines 11mo
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zsuzsanna_reads
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Why have I put off reading Jonathan Safran Foer until now? I am enjoying this book so much, it's kept me up way past my bedtime.

valeriegeary I love this book so much. ❤️💔❤️ 13mo
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BookNAround
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Look at how cool this cover is! I‘ve heard great things about this one so I‘m excited to read SwedePea‘s favorite. #myfavoritebookswap Thank you so much @SwedePea @JoeStalksBeck

britt_brooke It‘s such a great read. Hope you enjoy! Love this cover. 1y
OrangeMooseReads This is a good one 1y
Magpiegem Ooh I love this book. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts xx 1y
SwedePea I really have a special place in my heart for this book, it touched me.💗💗💗 1y
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britt_brooke
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📖 Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
📝 Ernest Hemingway (this is a stretch; “E” is tough)
🎬 Empire Records
🍳 eggs, especially with a little Sriracha

#manicmonday

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️ Rex Manning Day ✊🏼 1y
Bookjunkie57 Empire Records was one of my favorites back in the day. (I sound old 👵🏾) 1y
Purrfectpages Empire ❤️ 1y
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britt_brooke @Bookjunkie57 It was back in the day for me, too. I was maybe a freshman in high school. 😉 1y
Shemac77 Empire Records!!!!!! 1y
britt_brooke @Shemac77 💚💚💚 1y
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Briget66
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LOVING this 📖 so far. Hoping for a 5 star read!

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gimmeabook
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJuly18 Day 22: #Treat everything as if it was the last time and never ever again, Amen.

Ashley85 Great quote! 1y
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CatLass007
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Bailedbailed

I started this book sometime last year and for whatever reason never finished it. My goal was to finish a stack of ten unfinished books I have on my nightstand while I am on a little staycation. I have finished four so far. Young Oskar Schell is a precocious and likable 9-year-old. But I wasn‘t invested in any of the other characters. This book is 303 pages long, about 100 pages too long. 👇👇👇

CatLass007 I felt that the author was trying to tell too many stories at once. So here I am, 202 pages in, and I am bailing. 1y
Libby1 @CatLass007 - this was one of the strange cases for me when I thought the film was FAR, FAR superior to the book. I think the film is a thing of beauty, but struggled with aspects of the book. Never feel bad about bailing. I recently bailed 5 books and thousands of pages into Stephen King‘s Gunslinger series. I Googled the plots of the 2 remaining books and I‘m glad I did! 1y
CatLass007 @Libby1 Thank you for the positive reinforcement. I haven‘t seen the movie yet but I want to. 1y
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DoonTheGoon
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Current (and partial) TBR pile.

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DogEaredBooks
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Sun and sand is helping me though this book club pick

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Dannydee
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Rainy days are for reading ❤

Crazeedi Yes they are! Welcome! 1y
MayJasper Hello to you 😊 1y
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉 1y
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Briget66 Great pic! Welcome to Litsy!📕📚 1y
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy🌼 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📚🤓 1y
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Dannydee
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Sitting in a construction site... I'll literally read anywhere lol

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maximoffs
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Anyone else find it hard to get through walls of text like this? My ADHD no likey

Ashley_Nicoletto Me! 🙋🏻 I struggle so hard with this! 1y
maximoffs @Ashley_Nicoletto ITS GONE ON FOR LIKE THREE PAGES AHH 1y
Suet624 I use my bookmark like a ruler in order to read it one line at a time. 1y
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Kaye Try this from the page you‘re on. Go up to the top and tap the A. You can change the font first. Then make it bold if you want. Then tap on Page in that same area You can space the print far apart. Use the one on the right. Then you can set the margins narrower if you want. On bottom right set the alignment to the second one. It‘ll show the paragraphs that way. See if that helps. (edited) 1y
maximoffs Thank you @Suet624 and @Kaye ! Much appreciated! 1y
LizBurton My ebook formatting bone is having fits looking at that Honestly, that's almost insulting to readers. 1y
ReadZenRites Yes! That‘s way too long for a single paragraph... and that comes from a lawyer! 😊💕 1y
maximoffs @LizBurton @ReadZenRites it‘s just the chapters from this one characters perspective that are like this but I‘m DREADING THEM EVERY TIME 1y
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Joanne1
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It's been more of a movie than reading day today. And I just balled my eyes out watching this one. Perhaps I should read the book now too.

ephemeralwaltz I really liked this movie!! Haven't read the book either. 2y
JanJan The book is great! 2y
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Lyanneee

“Sometimes people who seem good end up being not as good as you might have hoped, you know?”

tpixie And vice versa!! 2y
Lyanneee @tpixie Indeed! 2y
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KarenUK
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Cinfhen It‘s hard to choose 7❣️❣️❣️❣️Join me starting Saturday for #4NewFavesIn4Days 😘😘 2y
KarenUK @cinfhen I know! I keep thinking of everything I‘m leaving out! 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen how new is new? Are we talking faves within the last month? This year? The last year?? Help me narrow it down, pleeeease 😂😂 2y
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Cinfhen Ha!!! I know @Kalalalatja it‘s open to your own interpretation 😘😘im going for 4 in the last 12 months!!!! 2y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I will see what I can come up with, but I‘m in! 👏👏 2y
lauren.lerner I absolutely adore this book. ❤️❤️ 2y
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UnabridgedPod
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We often try to acknowledge the positive here @unabridgedpod, so this episode was fun to record....something a little different. Listen to our chat about the books we DON‘T love so much on iTunes, Stitcher, or Podbean!

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amber_ldsmom
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#Nattys25KGiveaway
Post your top three TBR and tag 3 Littens in addition to @BookaholicNatty for her awesome #giveaway!
Congrats on 25K Litfluence Miss Natty!

BookaholicNatty Thank you so much @amber_ldsmom you are sooo sweet!!! Also thanks for entering to win! Good luck! ❤️ All three of those books are on my TBR too 😊📚 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Hope I can get through all of these! #AprilTBR
#ReadingResolutions #photochallenge

Andrew65 A good month ahead. 👏 2y
Snikt6 I have faith in you love.......you can do it! 2y
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KaiSch
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Had to read this book for school and was like another book to waste my time. But I started to read the book and it thrilled me. The author has an exceptional writing style.
I was finished with the book in a speed I‘ve never read before. The best book I‘ve read until today!

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PacingTheCage
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1. No. I actually despise both of these teams. Lol.
2. 57 degrees at 12 am
3. The book I tagged.
4. Somewhere warm, where I didn't have to "do" anything, unless I wanted to.
5. I can do that!
#FriYayintro @jesshowbooks

GarthRanzz 🖖🏻 2y
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Godmotherx5
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I am guilty of buying books faster than I can read them. This is an example for the #24in48 challenge during hour 30. A book I‘ve had since 2012 🤭

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Better late than never 😂 2y
L_auren Love this one! Enjoy! 2y
britt_brooke This is such a great book! 2y
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Asthecroweflies
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At first I had a hard time with figuring out who was who and what happened, but after the first 120 pages I knew who was narrating (as there is more than one narrator depending on the chapter). I‘m not giving many specifics due to the many different subplots and side stories (that eventually make sense) as it would be very easy to spoil the book for someone who hasn‘t read it yet. I feel it is a testament to lives lost and lives lived.

HeatherBookNerd I read this and was struggling a bit at first, so I got the audiobook, which was great and helped me get in the groove. I ended up loving it. 2y
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Asthecroweflies
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This really struck me

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Asthecroweflies
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I‘m 110 pages in and very frustrated....I guess that it feels like stories are flying everywhere and I‘m having a hard time comprehending what the heck is going on! lol. I feel like a non driver driving a stick shift, lurch, normal easy driving for a second and then crash and parts go everywhere! Tell me I‘m not the only one. I find the book interesting, just not used to the style I guess.

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Lyanneee
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So happy to finally have my own copy!

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ReadingManda
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What to read next... I‘m leaning toward A Little Life. Love my Christmas gifts from my Litsy pen pal @Rachael_reads 💗💗💗

MandaChittles A Little Life is pretty grim! 2y
blondie I still randomly think about All The Ugly and Wonderful Things. 🖤 2y
AmyG A Little Life is amazing. It‘s a tough subject...so be in the mood . All the Ugy and Wonderful Things is wonderful. 2y
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ReadingManda Ok now I‘m thinking All the Ugly and Wonderful Things first. 😊 2y
Christine11 A Little Life is amazing but so, so emotional so prepare yourself! 😊 2y
Rachael_reads All the Ugly.... Is my favorite book that I read this year... I love it 2y
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ReadingManda
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Lots of books to read but Buddy wants to snuggle. That rarely happens so I guess I‘ll enjoy it while I can then get back to my book!

RaimeyGallant I miss my snuggle buddies. 2y
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