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The Road
The Road | Cormac McCarthy
NATIONAL BESTSELLERPULITZER PRIZE WINNER National Book Critics Circle Award FinalistA New York Times Notable BookOne of the Best Books of the YearThe Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Denver Post, The Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York, People, Rocky Mountain News, Time, The Village Voice, The Washington PostThe searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy's masterpiece.A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don't know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Geeklet
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A man and his son take a stroll during the end of the world.

Actually, that‘s not even a bad description. It‘s pretty much dead on.

AthenaWins Lol. I'm going to guess that's The Road. 6h
BookwormM Civil war can really damage your love life 3h
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bookandcat
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Oh my God who did this ???

If Cormac McCarthy helped write Old Town Road...it's a SPOT ON writing impersonation.

"Old Town The Road" by Lil Nas X and Cormac McCarthy

Full text:
https://www.mcsweeneys.net/articles/old-town-the-road-by-lil-nas-x-featuring-cor...

#litsylaughs

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EmilieGR
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Horrifying and unforgettable

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Neesay
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You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to

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merelybookish
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Less #highwaytohell and more destroyed highway IN hell. Not my usual cuppa, but I was entranced by this sparse dystopian tale of a man and boy trying to get . . . somewhere.
#maymoviemagic @cinfhen @rohit-sawant

Itchyfeetreader This was my first thought! 3w
rohit-sawant Been meaning to read this! 3w
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merelybookish @Itchyfeetreader Mine too! I was surprised no one did it before me! 3w
merelybookish @Cinfhen Always! Although I would have thought you'd have read this one. Just because it was so popular for a stretch! 3w
merelybookish @rohit-sawant I think you'd like it! It's really well done! 3w
gradcat I feel so bad...and here it comes—my guilty admission—I don‘t like Cormac McCarthy‘s books. Don‘t kill me! I don‘t know why, but I just can‘t get into him. 😨 3w
merelybookish @gradcat No need to feel bad on my account! This is the only one of his I have read. I liked it but have no desire to read more. His aesthetic seems decidedly Western white male, which doesn't speak to me at all. 3w
gradcat Thanks for that...that kind of sums it up. It seems like there‘s always one very famous writer in a generation that I don‘t really like, but everyone else seems to love. My other guilty admission? I‘m not really into John Steinbeck, either...but I did not hate 3w
merelybookish @gradcat Yeah I have a whole group of male writers I have no intention of ever reading. Perhaps to my own loss but 🤷 Roth, Wolfe, Delillo, etc. Zero interest!! 3w
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BilboBookends
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“You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”

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Blueberry
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britt_brooke Good choice! 2mo
Cinfhen Heard this is a tough read 😟 2mo
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LiterRohde
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“The world soon to be largely populated by men who would eat your children in front of your eyes and the cities themselves held by cores of blackened looters who tunneled among the ruins and crawled from the rubble white of tooth and eye carrying charred and anonymous tins of food in nylon nets like shoppers in the commissaries of hell.”

#MarchIntoThe70s | 13: #HighwayToHell

📷: Made with Typorama

Cinfhen I‘ve been warned by @Reggie that this book is not for the faint of heart 2mo
Macnjen That‘s putting it mildly. Also, he doesn‘t use quotation marks which drive me nuts. 2mo
Reggie @Macnjen I know he probably wasn‘t the first to do it but for me he was the first to do it so every time I see no quotations I curse Cormac silently in my head. Lol. @Cinfhen there is a part in here where the man and boy hear a dog barking and the boy begs the man that if they find the dog they won‘t eat it. That‘s one of the nicer things that happens in this book. Lololol he really puts you through it. Read it Cinfhen. 2mo
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JacqMac
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1. -33 and falling today, but I found a little rainbow.
2. I kinda like our neighborhood. It‘s really quiet. But I don‘t know many of my neighbors. But it‘s a great central location.
3. Favourite read in a long time. It won‘t leave my head.
4. Before bed, when everyone is quiet.
5. Roasted chicken thighs and a cabbage salad with sesame dressing. Side of basmati for the kids.
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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JacqMac
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Bleak, haunting, beautiful, brilliant. It ripped out my heart and stomped on it. And I absolutely loved it.

Jaimelire This is one of those books that never leaves you. I still think about it years later. 3mo
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JacqMac
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The windchill is -30 again. Ugh! I‘m so over winter. Hubby said The Road did things to him and I should watch the movie. But why watch a movie when you can read the book? My library hold come in, so this is what I‘m reading today. It matches the bleak, snowy cold outside my window.

Tamra I‘m there with you. 3mo
Melissa_J Meanwhile, it‘s above zero here again, and we are supposed to get a lot of rain tomorrow! It‘s going to be very messy. 3mo
CouronneDhiver We‘re well above zero too but expecting a wind storm in the morning 3mo
JacqMac @Melissa_J I hope your rain doesn‘t freeze. 3mo
JacqMac @CouronneDhiver It just never ends. We all deserve a nice spring after this winter. 3mo
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Reggie
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#MusicalNewYear #BoulevardofBrokenDreams Chances are that if you have ever posted about this book I‘ve probably commented that the sun does not shine while you read this book. This is also filed under my “too sad to cry” section. (Right next to House of Sand and Fog, the movie) Cormac, who hurt you in life? Lol

meghan2714 Nice post!😎 4mo
Cinfhen Every time you comment on this book, I‘m intrigued!! Still not sure why I haven‘t picked it up!? Could it be your “sun don‘t shine” comment 🙃😉 (edited) 4mo
Zee3 It's a pretty dark book 4mo
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Chrissyreadit I love your comment. I have always known this is a book I will never, ever read. Just the cover gives me glimpses of soul crushing sadness. 4mo
Martyn_J_Pass This is probably the best book I‘ve ever read. I couldn‘t put it down and I read the whole thing in one sitting. Having a young son at the time probably didn‘t help but I agree with everything you said lol. 4mo
Leniverse I have long suspected that this book would not be good for my mental health. But then, other books have temporarily crushed my will to live and any hope I had for humanity, but I‘m still glad I read them. (A Canticle for Leibovitz springs to mind.) So maybe I should try this one too. 4mo
EmilyM Beautiful writing, though! 4mo
Reggie @meghan2714 Thanks!! 4mo
Reggie @Cinfhen If you‘re ever bothered that there is too much happiness in your life and need to tone it down a lot. Reading this book would be a way. 4mo
Reggie @Chrissyreadit @Martyn_J_Pass @Leniverse this also gets filed in book where you wonder what the point of living in such a world is. 4mo
Reggie @EmilyM He definitely has a way of storytelling. 4mo
Redwritinghood I tried it on audiobook, but couldn‘t do it. Really depressing. 4mo
Daniel_S This was my first venture into Cormac McCarthy. I vowed to never read another. It viscerally upset me. Yet I followed with "All the Pretty Horses" and "No Country for Old Men". He is a brilliant writer who captures despair as no other. 4mo
Reagan-reads He is a phenomenal writer, this book gave me nightmares for a month. 4mo
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EyesOnly34
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May well be his greatest work, while quite probably his most intensely personal one.

Hollie Does this mean you got a smartphone?! 4mo
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Reggie Oh man, I put this on every review of this but the sun does not shine when you read this book. Welcome to Litsy!! 4mo
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EyesOnly34 @Eggs Thank you! 4mo
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Readage
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"You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget."

madamereadsalot1 One of my favorites. Absolutely beautiful book! 5mo
Reggie Omg this book was some of my darkest reading days, solely brought on by the book itself. 5mo
Readage @Reggie Hmm 😉 5mo
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Readage
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• The heartbreak starts early with this one... •

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• Trying but I'm not sure I'm emotionally ready for it right now •

britt_brooke This is a tough one, but so good! 5mo
Smrloomis Personally I found this terrifying. Worth it but very, very dark. 5mo
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Readage @Smrloomis 😳 noted 5mo
Smrloomis I just recommended it to my Dad and then kind of regretted doing so. It was both great and so deeply scary. Hmm, not sure that‘s helpful 🤔 5mo
Readage @Smrloomis it's ok Lol I'll give it more time before I decide 5mo
Freespirit This is one of very few books I couldn‘t finish😬 5mo
Readage @Freespirit it's probably a book many people want to get through and simply can't 5mo
kathedron It's on my Overdrive wishlist: I'm thinking I might wait a while. 5mo
Readage @kathedron I might as well, not sure yet 5mo
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WhiskeyMistress
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A few snags from a church book sale! #bookhaul #oprahsbookclub #tbr #brandnew

TheKidUpstairs Soooooo goooood! One of my all time favourites: 5mo
naylormatthew I really want to read Love in the Time of Cholera. I've heard it's better than 100 years... which I loved. 5mo
ErinSueGreads Loved middlesex. Could not get I to love in a time of cholera but you will like it 5mo
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Amiable
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The classic post-apocalyptic novel about a man and his son, walking through a wasteland of America. It's bleak and sparse and depressing and utterly engrossing.

Day 13: #adventrecommends
@emilyrose_x

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Jeanne_S
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Reread for work. I never enjoy reading this book but it is so well written.

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Completely bleak, but I loved it. I tried reading the book years ago and struggled to get halfway. The audio was much easier. McCarthy isn't for everyone, but fiction of the dystopian/post-apoc variety, even the more literary versions like this book, makes me contemplate survival and all its complexities. Not sure why I like that, but I do lol.

Freespirit I couldn't finish this one. 6mo
CharissaWeaksAuthor @Freespirit I definitely don't think it's for everyone, for several reasons. 6mo
JacqMac My husband keeps telling me I have to watch the movie. But I have to read the book first. Lol 6mo
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tessavi
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This is the kind of dystopian survival story I like. I really had to get used to not having quotation marks for the dialogue, and I think in a book with more characters/conversation it would have been frustrating.

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mom2bugnbee
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Welp. Not the best run for me right now.

I felt like this was one I *should* read & that 117 pages was a good test of Cormac McCarthy. I don't mind dark/depressing subject matter (I'm about to move on to Gillian Flynn), but the sentence fragments & lack of punctuation drove me crazy! Not to mention having to look up 3-4 words per page, many of which aren't in the dictionary.

Am I the only one?

Gezemice I finished it but found it extremely depressing. Had no trouble with the lack of punctuation, however. 6mo
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tessavi
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Usually I have 2 to 3 books going at the same time; physical book, audio book and an ebook or short story collection.
#tuesdaytidbits @SilversReviews

SilversReviews Nice....I wouldn‘t be able to do that. Thanks for playing and re-posting. 😊 I LOVE how you filled in the sentence. 😊 ❤️ (edited) 6mo
tessavi @SilversReviews they do have to be different genres, or I get thw stories mixed up. 6mo
SilversReviews @tessavi 😊 I still couldn‘t do it. 😊 6mo
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TheAliceEvers
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Probably between pick and so-so for me? Some bits are really sluggish and hard to wade through but I really appreciate the symbolism and originality of this book! I‘ve never come across a book as stylised as this one; it‘s fascinating! And although some of the language and descriptions are lengthy and confusing, they were also beautiful and poetic. It‘s not an engrossing story but it is a fascinating one.

(My brother detests it 😂)

Rissreads And I loved it! 💙 6mo
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Geeklet
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Uh. I have many questions.

I was scanning bar codes into LibraryThing. I‘ve heard The Road called many things but never this.

LibrarianRyan Yeah sometimes the barcode scanner in library thing is wild. 7mo
Geeklet @LibrarianRyan I can understand how someone might need to read a book about adorable cats after reading The Road. 7mo
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valeriegeary
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This is absolutely the most miserable book I've ever read. But it's also one of my favorites. What's that saying? #misery loves company? 😉

#octoberxfiles
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

Readergrrl I love this book. It broke my heart and I loved every minute. 8mo
valeriegeary @Readergrrl it's definitely on my "to read again before I die" list ? 8mo
TNbookworm I love this book too, even though it is so bleak. I read it several years ago but I still think about it even to this day! 8mo
ephemeralwaltz Nice! I really enjoyed this one as well. 8mo
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DivineDiana
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So much #misery in this one! #octoberxfiles

Cinfhen So I‘ve been told/warned ...still need to read one day 8mo
DivineDiana So many books... 😉📚😘 8mo
valeriegeary Oh yes, this is the one I picked too! 😄 It's just one misery after another. 8mo
DivineDiana @valeriegeary It certainly is! 🙂 8mo
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DannyOlda
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Not doing a lot for my Monday mood. Seriously, though, so far so good.

Geeklet Love The Road so much. It‘s probably my favorite book. ❤️ 8mo
DannyOlda @Geeklet Really enjoying it so far. McCarthy has such an efficient writing style. Also, my daughter calls me 'papa' so that part sort of hits close to home. 8mo
Susannah This book is on my very short list of five-star reads. I thought it was terrific (only my second McCarthy after All the Pretty Horses, which I was assigned to read in college). 8mo
DannyOlda @Susannah I just finished it a few minutes ago and it was devastating but good. My first McCarthy, but definitely not my last. 8mo
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youneverarrived
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Father and son focus on pure day by day survival, in this post-apocalyptic novel, rather than thinking of #thedayaftertomorrow. #septemberdanes

Kalalalatja Oh, good pick! 👏 8mo
Cinfhen I have a feeling I'm going to NEED to read this...who wants to organize a buddy read??? 8mo
trioxin_sematary One of my favourites, top-5! 😌 8mo
meghan2714 I wanna read this🙂.. 8mo
ephemeralwaltz 👏👏👏 7mo
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Schlinkles
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Expanding the definition of science fiction for this month‘s Sci-fi Book Club

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trioxin_sematary
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Brilliant storytelling, the wording and imagery he creates is just so vivid.

He writes in short chapters and it just keeps you wanting more, I read this book in a few sittings.

It's one of my favourites. It's gripping, scary, heartbreaking, and beautiful.

❤🔥

#cormacmccarthy

meghan2714 #qoute 😍❤ 9mo
DeborahSmall Great book 9mo
madamereadsalot1 One of my favorites. It's absolutely beautiful. 9mo
KatieanneF Just recently reread this one and was so so moved. Just so beautifully done 9mo
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Conservio
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A solid and quick read. I was expecting a lot more violence. I am curious on what happened. was there a volcano chain that went off? #southern

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Conservio
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#bookclub meeting on Friday! At #tedandwallys and went with a Nutella fried plaintain ice cream

SaraBeagle Yum! I love Ted and Wally‘s! 9mo
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laurenlovesliterature
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Just a small haul. No big deal.

TheSpineView Any haul is a good oneà😋 10mo
Jess7 The Passenger is great! 10mo
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hilded
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This was a so-so for me. In the beginning I found it to be a real pageturner, and was curious to find out what had happened to this grey, grey world. In the middle, it got a bit repetitive though. Even though I found the writing to be great, something was still lacking for me. I guess my expectations were too high going in, as I had heard from several people that this was the best book ever. Unfortunately not the case for me. #unpopularopinion ⬇️

hilded I did however find the descriptions of the relationship between father and son very touching, and in deep contrast to the reality of the survival of the fittest. But I somehow wasn't that emotionally connected with the characters, which I normally am in these kinds of books. Off to watch the movie to see if I like it better 🤞🏻 10mo
hilded Update: I saw the movie today, and thought is was great! One of those rare cases where I found the movie better than the book. It was much more emotional for me, and I think it also made me appreciate the book more. Great adaption! 10mo
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KatieanneF
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This was the first audiobook I ever listened to back in my freshman year of college. It totally changed my world- realizing that this medium was so popular and so accessible. I just relistened to it and it was just as haunting, beautiful and heartbreaking as I remembered. An amazing story of perseverance (physical, mental, spiritual, emotional) in the face of adversity #theroad

trioxin_sematary Great one! 10mo
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madamereadsalot1
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#readingresolutions day 24 #father @jess7

"He knew only that his child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God, God never spoke."

The man and his son are the first to pop in my head for this prompt. It is an absolutely beautiful and heartbreaking story and I love it with a fierce passion. It drives me mad when people say they do not like it, so seldom do I discuss it.

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kaylscampbell
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Mehso-so

Depressing but allowed me to think a lot

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It has been tons of fun and we are so sad to see our first photo challenge end. We are planning the next ones and hope to see you all back for that! If you want us to tag you in the next one just let us know below! Keep posting any days you might have missed. All participants please email me at erinsgrantham@gmail.com with your Litsy name and #requiredreadingredo. You made it a huge success and we want to send some treats!

madamereadsalot1 One) definitely tag me again! I've had fun! Thank you both so much! Two) The Road is a damn good book! 10mo
ElishaLovesBooks Thank you for hosting! This was a lot of fun!!💕 I‘d love to be tagged in the next one 😊 (edited) 10mo
UnidragonFrag Thanks a lot for this! Got me thinking about a lot of things and posting more than I had in a while :) would love to be tagged on the next one! 10mo
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rubyslippersreads I had lots of fun. I'd ❤️ to be tagged on the next one. 10mo
WhiskeyMistress Everyones participation was so awesome! You have all gotten me thinking about some TBR adds and some rereads! I certainly don‘t intend to stop reading the things I “should” have years ago! Thanks everyone! ❤️❤️ 10mo
wanderinglynn Yes, thanks for this. It was fun! 😀 10mo
AsYouWish Thank you both so much for hosting! This challenge has been so much fun! I would love to participate in another one, so please tag me in future challenges. 10mo
AshleyHoss820 I enjoyed this one and I‘d love to participate in the next one! Thank you both! 10mo
Crewgurl Yes please! I highly enjoyed this 😊 10mo
mabell Thank you - Loved the challenge! Please do tag me in the next one! 10mo
BooknerdsLife Thank you so much for this tag! Had so much fun and so lovely to see others sharing these tags 🤗💖💖 Looking forward to a new one soon 😄 10mo
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Noisegirly
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I‘ve challenged my husband to a reading commitment/book club. His first choice is Adrift by Rob Boffard and I have chosen the lighthearted story of The Road by Cormac McCarthy. 😬

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purebugbeauty72
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Seven day FB challenge pick.

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Cconnolly
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Less than $5 total for these finds. Top 3 for my daughter @Schlorholtz , the other two are something different for me. Don‘t know when I‘ll get to them.....

Pogue The Historian was so good! 11mo
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Mamalala13
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I finished it just now. I'm overwhelmed by the feelings it evoked in me.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I finished this a couple of days ago - same reaction! 12mo
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