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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 foodand 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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Leftcoastzen
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#12booksof2022 Father & son try to survive in a post apocalyptic world .Such a dark , powerful read . so my 12 days of Christmas Booklist now done , this was the book for December. I was blessed in December, in a sense, a three tie.”Joan is Okay “by Weike Wang & “Mrs.Palfrey at The Claremont “ by Elizabeth Taylor were brilliant!

Andrew65 An excellent choice. Thanks for playing along, it‘s been a great way to review the year of reading. 4w
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Leftcoastzen
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What a beautifully written bucket of misery this book is.A father & son in a post apocalyptic world just trying to survive.Anyone would be assumed to be the enemy , they would need what you have.Bleak yet beautiful.I admired the fathers instincts & fortitude,how he makes the most of found objects,moves towards a temperate climate.It feels like a warning to us all.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tamra I might have to reread this one to appreciate it. 1mo
Tkimsal I wept so much while reading this. One of the best books I‘ve ever read, and probably the saddest. A thing of beauty. 1mo
rockpools Great review! 1mo
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batsy Love your review and that opening line! I must get to this soon. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy 😁thanks ! I have this one but the reviews have been love or bail so I wanted to read another one by him before I try the new one . Your review was awesome but made my brain hurt a little 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Tkimsal incredibly sad . 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Ahahaha! Yes, I totally warmed to it but I've seen many Cormac fans say it might not be the best book to start with to get to know his work. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy I have read the first one of the border trilogy, need to get back to that . His books are intense reading. 1mo
batsy @Leftcoastzen Yes, I was thinking of The Road, then the Border Trilogy after. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @batsy sounds like a good plan. 1mo
Reggie The sun did not shine the entire time I read this. 1mo
Leftcoastzen @Reggie I hear you . It feels like you are there with them. 1mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Well , it has the word Christmas in it , but this book is definitely not very Christmassy!🫤😄

GondorGirl I've read this book three times and each time I finish I feel like I will never be happy again. 😳😕 1mo
Leftcoastzen @GondorGirl I‘m about halfway through for the first time & understand how you feel. 1mo
Liz_M Depends on the type of year you've had. 😁 I love this book. 1mo
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vivastory
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📚Road*Ripley Under Ground*Rebecca*Return of the King*Red Harvest*Rashomon & 17 Other Stories
🖋️ Rushdie*Rulfo*Rilke
🎬Roadgames*Raging Bull*Rear Window Rabbitproof Fence*Rosemary's Baby*Raid 2
🎙️ Radiohead*Roots**Rufus Wainwright*RTJ*Regina Spektor*Rachel's*REM
🎧The Rip (Porridge Radio)*Rock the Casbah (Clash)*Radio (Lana Del Rey)*Rock & Roll (Velvet Underground)*Remember the Day (Sibylle Baier)*The Rip (Portishead)*Running Up that Hill 👇

vivastory (Meg Myers)*Redbone (Childish Gambino)*Red Bull & Hennessy (Jenny Lewis) #manicmonday @CBee 2mo
CBee You brought it again 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
sarahbarnes Radiohead and REM ♥️♥️ 2mo
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CBee @vivastory I listened to the Meg Myers cover of Running - wow, so good 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
vivastory @CBee I'm so happy that you like it! I love the original, but I feel like the cover is very underrated. 1mo
CBee @vivastory I hadn‘t even heard of it - honestly (this is embarrassing) I hadn‘t even heard the original until I heard it in Stranger Things 🫣 But yeah, I loved it and the cover! 1mo
vivastory @CBee No reason to be embarrassed! There's tons of great art out there and only so much time to explore it 🎬📚🎧 1mo
CBee @vivastory well, to be fair, I was also only 8 years old in 1985 😂🧐 1mo
vivastory @CBee Gen X unite! 🤘 1mo
CBee @vivastory YES 🙌🏻 1mo
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Mirarenee
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So hard to read, but so good 😩

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JacqMac
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect 🔥📚 4mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 🔥 🧡 4mo
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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1. I like both, but I‘ll go with post-apoc!
2. The tagged book is one of my very favorites, but I also love The Stand by Stephen King and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. There‘s just something so hopeful about a post-apocalyptic world that values Shakespeare! 🥰
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Station Eleven is a great book! Thanks for playing! 5mo
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peaknit
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1. I think I have enjoyed both but post-apocalyptic wins by a thread.
2. The Road, I gobbled it up and it still haunts me. When I worry about the state of the world, I thing of this book becoming reality, it‘s chilling. I‘m not sure I “recommend it” but it scared the hell out of me.
@TheSpineView You have a nice day too!☺️
Thank you for the tag @Kshakal #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing!🌞 5mo
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The_Penniless_Author
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Post-Apocalyptic, I suppose, although there's been a glut of those books recently.

2. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy. Works nicely as a parable about life and parenthood.

Tag @RaeLovesToRead @CBee @IuliaC @MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm

CBee Thanks for the tag! I dig post apocalyptic books too 😊 5mo
TheSpineView I agree there are a lot of post-apocalyptic books. Thanks for playing! 5mo
IuliaC Thanks for the tag! I've just realized post-apocalyptic books are totally missing from my to-read list! I should definitely add some 😊 5mo
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abookishbutterfly
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With an understated tone, McCarthy managed to both shock me and move me to tears more than once. It‘s amazing how little you need in the background to tell a good story. This novel doesn‘t thrill, but I still sped through it, and I loved it enough to watch the movie the same day I finished

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mobill76
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"The kind of breakdown of civilized living that happens, and could occur in an even more terrifying way, is described in McCarthy's novel The Road... What is so disconcerting is the fact that it did not seem to dawn on so many who read and 'enjoyed' this book that something like this really could happen. We human beings are fully capable of bringing such a situation about and behaving as described." - Richard Harries, The Beauty and the Horror

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Africkster
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The Road makes you think about things from a different prospective. Looking back at the story I enjoyed it, but I also hate reading it. No quotations, fragmented sentences, no names, no character development or climax. It just exists. If you like world building and answers, this is not the book for you.

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LostInSpace
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Wow, what a sad story.

A father who will go to the ends of the earth to protect his son in a post-apocalyptic world. You can really feel the soul destroying desperation as he struggles to keep himself and his son alive.

It‘s beautifully written, but heartbreaking.

Reggie Oof this one is soooooo dark. 14mo
LostInSpace @Reggie I know, I really wasn‘t expecting some of it to be that sad 14mo
bthegood I have TBR'd it - for after the holidays! 14mo
LostInSpace @bthegood definately save it for after Christmas! 14mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Okay I think this is an unpopular opinion, but I didn't think The Road was boring at all. I think the pared back language set a bleak and pessimistic mood in a way that vivid imagery of a walk through a barren, post-apocalyptic landscape wouldn't have been able to accomplish. I think it's harder to forgo embellishments and trust one's reader. I give this book five stars, easily.

Hestapleton I LOVE THIS BOOK 1y
Soubhiville Agreed! I thought this book was amazing. 1y
thebluestocking Yes! One of my favorites of all time. 1y
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eanderson I loved this book. It creeped me out! 1y
NikkiM5 Agreed, I enjoyed this book 👍🏾 1y
kplovesbooks I really enjoyed the movie; I haven't gotten to the book yet but I intend to. 1y
Bookzombie I also loved this one. 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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My sinus infection got the best of me today. I had to take a sick day, but I've gotten through most of this novel. 🙌 Also, I'm strangely craving chocolate so thank goodness these Raisinets were buried in my cabinet. 🤣

BookwormAHN Hope you feel better 🍀 1y
slategreyskies Hope you feel better soon! 💕 1y
ShelleyBooksie Sending healing vibes 1y
JessClark78 Hope you feel better soon. 🌸 1y
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literateBee
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I've read it three times so far.

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rather_be_reading
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Bailedbailed

Book 107

What was all the hype on this one about? Sooo boring.

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Twainy
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🎧 A man & his son survive some sort of cataclysmic catastrophe! His wife is gone. They are traveling a barren wasteland. A dystopian landscape.

This is a depressing book. No trust. All humans are bad. The two of them are just walk walk walk in their way to the coast. The man is so untrusting and the boy wants to trust so he is annoyingly whiny.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2 👇🏻

Twainy They come across some of the most despicable humans. Yuck!

The man tries to be nice to the boy but he worries about the danger.

A bit boring but worthy of a read!
2y
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RyanMHoward
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My most recent read was The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Finished it a few days ago. I had always liked the film, but never read the book.

A father and young son walk through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland, journeying to the coast.

This tale is heart-rending, frightening, and bleak—but beneath the doom and gloom there lies an undercurrent of hope and pure love. A tragic yet touching story.

#ShortReview #CormacMcCarthy #PostApocalypse

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ebensalah
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"Okay."

The weight of "okay" in this book is astonishing.

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RaeLovesToRead
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Mehso-so

Evocative, immersive and bleak, this Pulitzer-prize winning, post-apocalyptic despair-fest had it's moments, but overall I wasn't wowed.

Not much happens and there wasn't enough nuance in the characterisation for me to overlook the irritating postmodern lack of grammar.

I can see why so many people love it but, for me, it didn't add much to a genre that already has many works of art.

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JacintaMCarter
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#2021Book35
This is one of my favorite books, and my seniors voted it their favorite book for this school year!

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RaeLovesToRead
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This won a Pulitzer and many of my Goodreads friends have 5 starred it... I'm 100 or so pages in and nothing is happening.
Really hope it gets more interesting. Maybe I've just been spoilt by all the amazing post-apocalyptic videogames I've played - The Last of Us, Fallout... and fiction too - The Day of the Triffids, Station Eleven... Will have to see how it all plays out.

QuietlyLaura I love your mug! ☺️ 2y
RaeLovesToRead @QuietlyLaura Thank you! 😁☕🍰 2y
paulfrankspencer Not sure it is going to speed up the way you want. Probably still worth pushing through. 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Day 2

The son #Motivates the father to keep going because he is all that he has left in the post apocalyptic world that they live in.

#MayCharacters
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I loved this one. I need to pick up another Cormac McCarthy. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚💪🏻 this is on my never ending list!! 2y
Eggs Powerful image !!! 2y
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Cazxxx
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pr.alm Definitely my favorite post-apocalyptic novel! 2y
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freeatlast1137
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Another post apocalyptic novel, very bleak. A father and son walk the road dealing with starvation, lack of fuel and terrible people.

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anniebannanie
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So insightful, so beautiful.

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Naz786
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⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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Medlengb
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Probably Cormac McCarthys most famous work. A story of a man and his son as they trek across a bleak and unforgiving vision of the post apocalypse. Often viewed as a brutal and overwhelmingly grim, I found The Road to actually have a more uplifting message of hope and unconditional love especially when compared to the rest of McCarthys catalogue.

KCofKaysville It was good but kind of a sad world. 2y
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GeauxGetLit
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Medlengb
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Just remember the things you put in your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 #litsywelcomewagon 2y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR
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Are you carrying the fire? 🔥❤

Thousand-Lives One of my favorite books! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Thousand-Lives Same here, he's such an incredible author and this book is gold! 2y
AFrostCauseReads I was so close to checking this one out at my library yesterday. Then I put it down and picked up another Chuck Palahniuk book. Maybe this is a sign I should go back for it 😂 2y
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TheNeverendingTBR @Charlene1321 Absolutely!! 💫 which Palahniuk book did you get though?? 2y
AFrostCauseReads Pygmy. It‘s one of the very few I haven‘t read by him yet 2y
MrT Superb book! 2y
nathandrake1997 One of the most harrowing books I have ever read! A masterpiece indeed! 2y
TheNeverendingTBR @Charlene1321 I have Pygmy, I've not read it yet though; he's such a unique author. My favourite so far by him is Choke (the funniest book I've ever read) 2y
AFrostCauseReads Omg, Choke was a wild ride! All his books are though. I love the dark humor, and how he writes such outlandish premises so well they feel realistic. He‘s definitely one of my favorite living authors! 2y
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CWilson
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This book was probably not the best choice to read during a pandemic but my heart broke for this dad trying to keep his son safe in this post apocalyptic world. The style of writing took a little while to get used to (no quotation marks for dialogue).

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Kgaudiuso
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A book like none other I have read, although bleak and basic to read, I couldn‘t put it down. Through descriptive writing, I was able to visualize this journey that father and son endured together, and feel the relationship these two had. Not a fluffy book for sure!

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pr.alm
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Beautifully dark, "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy is a searing journey of a father and son in a post-apocalyptic America. The relationship between characters felt genuine in every aspect, with a very minimalistic/simplistic dialog. The vagueness of the world and the unanswered questions only add to the overall poetic and imaginative narrative. It's immersive, it‘s captivating. A must read.

TheNeverendingTBR Such a brilliant book by a incredible writer 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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This was an entertaining read of a father and young son surviving in a post apocalyptic world. This was my first Cormac McCarthy book. Although I've got to say I was put off at first that the book doesn't have any dialogue with quotation marks. But other than that, it was an enjoyable read.

TheNeverendingTBR He's such a brilliant author, this book is absolute genius. 2y
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TheRiehlDeal
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Thanks for the tag, @EadieB ?
"You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget" - Cormac McCarthy, The Road.

#ThoughtProvokingThursday
@BayouGirl85

EadieB You're welcome! Thanks for playing! 2y
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HeinrichLyle
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One of the darkest, bleakest, coldest, most poetic books I have ever read. Cormac McCarthy is brilliant, his prose visceral. This book makes me happy that I merely live in a Covid besodden, racially and politically divisive world.

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thebluestocking
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#3books that made me cry. Sad, long, devastating sobs. 😢

OriginalCyn620 😥📚😥 2y
AvidReader25 So many tears! 2y
BarbaraBB The road 😭 2y
thebluestocking @BarbaraBB Right? Just so sad. 💙 2y
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Rockconey
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The scenes are clear and so decadent, a very visual read. Though, perhaps not the best thing to read in a pandemic. It's a heartbreaker.

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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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1. Sort of. I grew up in this state but was born a state over. I also live in a different town than where I grew up.
2. Delivery personnel 😅 They‘ve saved my bacon twice already. 😂🤣😂
Thanks for the tag @CBee !!
I tag @katy4peas and @RobStark92 if you guys haven‘t participated yet and want to! 😊👍

RobStark92 How do I copy this lol I‘m trying like normal pressing down on the screen but it won‘t let me 😂 is there another way, my phone might just be acting screwy 3y
CBee @RobStark92 Litsy doesn‘t have that option 🙁 you just have to take a screenshot then crop it 😁 3y
RobStark92 @CBee oh lol how very convenient 😂😂😂 3y
MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm @RobStark92 Lol, it took me a while to get the hang of Litsy too. I was directed to this playlist https://youtu.be/mH6Xdr_CACI and it definitely helped. I also downloaded InstantSquare to instantly crop and edit my photos to fit the squared post size of Litsy. 😅 3y
CBee @RobStark92 I know right?? I remember first starting out here and thinking, I can‘t just press and copy the photo like literally every other app 😂😂 But, you get used to it. Oh, and the app Typorama is great - you just choose Instagram post and it fits perfectly. 3y
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britt_brooke
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Thanks for the tag @MallenNC !

1️⃣ - A new hobby and de-stressor for me are jigsaw puzzles. 🧩 It‘s my way of introverting with both kids and hubby (working from home still) in the house. Bonus points if I can pop on an audiobook!

2️⃣ - I‘m thankful for my family and puppy, books, my chiropractor, and our YMCA for cautiously, and responsibly, opening the outdoor pool! 💦

@Booksnchill @ferskner if you‘d like to play.

#thankfulthursday

Cosmos_Moon I have done my first 3 x1000 piece puzzles since this all started. I have realized I enjoy them too and audiobooks at the same time are definitely a bonus! I could feel my brain growing 🥰 3y
britt_brooke @Cosmos_Moon Same here! I‘d never done a 1000k piece one until now. It‘s oddly satisfying. And addicting! 3y
MallenNC Puzzles are a great hobby! Unfortunately I have two cats who think the pieces are toys. 3y
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vivastory
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"In that cold corridor they had reached the point of no return which was measured from the first solely by the light they carried with them."
The Road starts out in a deceptively minimalist fashion. The day-to-day struggle for food & shelter of the father & son is carefully documented. It's soon apparent that this is so much more than an apocalypse story, or even a story about the relationship between the two characters. McCarthy seamlessly ?

vivastory weaves those narratives together into his larger thematic & existential concerns. A poetic, deeply moving, thoroughly important work of fiction. I can't begin to express how much I loved this one. 3y
Freespirit This is one of a small group of books that I could not finish... I think it was too grim for me! 3y
NikkiM5 Loved this book. 3y
theordinarybibliobibuliac Oh man I loved this book too. It's like, a post apocalyptic version of The Pursuit of Happiness 3y
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RobynA
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Gripping.

ItsAnotherJen So good! 3y
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Hannah_H
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Panpan

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JacintaMCarter
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#2020Book20
This is easily one of my favorite books and every time I read it, I find new things that I immediately want to discuss with everyone.

HeinrichLyle That line about "the cold autistic dark" got me too. 2y
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