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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn | Betty Smith
The American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
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guidosophia
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this book is very important in my family. it took me 9 years to get to it and even then it took me over a month to read. it wasn‘t bad, but it was a little slow moving for my taste. maybe my expectations were too high. i still enjoyed it and the nostalgic feel of it. i also like how the passage of time is so clear yet so subtle.

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LibrarianRyan
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This tree isn‘t growing it‘s falling. I think my car is okay but there is minor roof damage and I will need new handrails and part of a fence for my back yard. Plus I really think the insurance should take the rest of the tree down.

emz711 Glad everyone is safe! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Oh no!!! I‘m glad no one was hurt ❤️ 1mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Yikes! Hope they do take it down. 1mo
ravenlee Goodness! When I had half a tree come down in a hurricane, we left the rest standing after the tree service trimmed it. Then a few weeks later another hurricane edge rolled through and the rest of it came down, on our shed and house. Don‘t wait to get it taken care of. 1mo
Bookwormjillk Yikes, I hope insurance steps up. 1mo
ErinSueMreads I hated that book as much as I hate this post 🤯🤯🤯 1mo
JenReadsAlot Yikes... 1mo
julesG Glad you're all okay! But, yikes! 1mo
ju.ca.no Oh no… 1mo
Soubhiville Oh no! Sorry you‘re dealing with that. 1mo
DisneyFan So glad everyone is okay! 1mo
Ruthiella Oh dear! Hope you get it all sorted without too much hassle! ❤️ 1mo
LibrarianRyan @ravenlee trust me we are not. I hoping insurance will take the rest down. I don‘t know yet. But I have another tree like it that is dead and each year we get more of it down as it‘s 5k to bring it down so we have done 1500 at a time. And I find it ironic the dead tree is still standing but the live healthy one is the one that breaks. We lost one last year as well but it fell perfectly. We did even know it fell 1mo
LibrarianRyan @ravenlee until Josh went to work 2 days later. It could not be seen from the front even though it was a front tree. We have done this before but it‘s just a giant mess. I have to see what insurance says tomorrow. 1mo
IndoorDame Yikes! Good luck getting it sorted. 1mo
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AmyK1
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The tagged is one of my favorites-I‘ve read it several times. Also excellent are:
The Thursday Murder Club
This Tender Land
A Thousand Splendid Suns

#letterT #alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

erzascarletbookgasm I loved the tagged book too! ❤️ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚 1mo
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TheLudicReader
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Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I am a little behind because I was away, so this is me trying to catch up. #alphabetgame This is actually harder than it looks.
Everyone should read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The Banquet by Carolyn Slaughter is disturbing and fabulous. Coventry by Helen Humphreys is a quiet, beautiful book and Daisy Jones is the only book I have liked by TJR.

TrishB All Helen Humphreys books are lovely ❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love Daisy 💕 2mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Here is my #bookspin list for August!!

Bookwormjillk Great list! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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jlhammar
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This book has a special place in my heart as it was a favorite of both my grandmother and mother. I finally read it a few years ago and absolutely loved it.

This was one of the most popular titles among the Armed Services during WWII. It brought comfort to many missing their homes and loved ones. When Books Went to War by Molly Guptill Manning is really fascinating if you want to learn more.

#MothersDay #MayMoms
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alfoster So agree! I loved this book in high school!❤️👏 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
LeahBergen It‘s such a good read! 5mo
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Aims42 I thought “When Books Went to War” was fascinating also!! I learned so much and the writing style wasn‘t like reading a history textbook, it was enjoyable. Because of that book I also picked up “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” because of its impact on the soldiers in WWII 5mo
Eggs A true classic! Great choice 👍🏼 5mo
PaperbackPirate I love this book too! 💙📚 5mo
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BrownGirlReading
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Pickpick

I haven‘t read this book since I was 12 or 13 so it was a real joy re-reading it and discussing it on the podcast with Christi. This is definitely an American classic that takes us through the ins and outs of life during the beginning of the twentieth century in Williamsburg. We follow Francine and her family and all the difficulties of being poor in America at that time. It‘s captivating, emotional, and informative. It‘s a must read!

Mitch Love that cover! 5mo
Tamra Such a joy! 💕 5mo
BrownGirlReading @Tamra Yes it is!❤️ 5mo
BrownGirlReading @Mitch I bought this expressly because I feel it‘s the best cover!🥰 5mo
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aperfectmjk
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Y'all! I am so mad at myself for waiting so long to read this one! I LOVED this! Easily made it's way into my top 5! 💕

#Bookspinbingo #MustReads2022 #ClassicsChallenge @TheAromaofBooks

Addison_Reads I read this for the first time last January and felt the same way. It's such a wonderful book. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 8mo
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BayouGirl85
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Panpan

I know this will be unpopular but what did I just read?! I can possibly see that appeal of a tween girl reading this. For me, it just wondered, no clear direction/plot. I really wanted to like it though. It rambled, that's the best description I can give.

January Book 11/25 #LItsyLove #bookspinbingo

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QBub
Pickpick

The most requested book by GIs in WWII. I think I can see why: many soldiers probably identified with Francie Nolan‘s family (poor, food insecure, yet proud and determined not to be limited by their circumstances. Read through lens of a baby‘s experience, this was an eye opener regarding life in Brooklyn‘s tenements of the early 20th century.

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UwannaPublishme
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Thanks for the tag @TheAromaofBooks
#SundaySoapBox a little late! 😆
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

⭐️Classic:A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
⭐️Memoir:Becoming
⭐️Writing:Bird by Bird
⭐️Fave Anne Tyler:Ladder of Years
⭐️Fave Fannie Flagg:The All-Girl Filling Station‘s Last Reunion
⭐️Humor:Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons
⭐️Heartwarming:A Man Named Ove
⭐️Children‘s audio:Ramona series
⭐️Bookish:Ex Libris
⭐️Inspirational:The Boy,the Mole,the Fox and the Horse

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of great ones!! 🙌🏻📚❤️ 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Oooo I love the organization here! I don't think I have read any of these except for Ove, so I will have to check some of them out!!! 8mo
UwannaPublishme @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can blame a LOT of these on Litsy! 😆 8mo
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UwannaPublishme @TheAromaofBooks Be careful, I gravitat toward offbeat and odd books.🤣But I loved them all and can‘t stop talking about each one. 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin What a fantastic list! While I‘ve read a bunch of these, there‘s lots I haven‘t. So, thanks for adding to my tbr!😂🙌🏽📚 8mo
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin 🤣🤣🤣I‘m sure you‘ll be doing the same for me soon! 📚 8mo
PurpleyPumpkin It‘s funny how this keeps happening, isn‘t it!😆And I love it!👍🏽 8mo
UwannaPublishme @PurpleyPumpkin Me too! 😆👍🏻📚 8mo
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Hollie
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We did gifts last night and I received three new books, plus this gift box that was themed around my all time favorite book. Happy holidays, Littens!

Amiable What a wonderful gift! I love this book, too. 9mo
Tamra Such a great book! 💜 9mo
LeahBergen Wow! I love it. 😍 9mo
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IselaKay
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Pickpick

My most favorite read this year so far and if I had to choose my favorite book of all time it would be in the running! I loved and related to this coming of a age story so much!

Definitely recommend!

Bookwormjillk One of my favorites of all time. Such a great book. 10mo
IselaKay @Bookwormjillk it really is! 10mo
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AmyK1
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Pickpick

This is the 3rd time I‘ve read this and I still love it ❤️

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AmyK1
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“Serene was a word you could put to Brooklyn, New York.”

#firstlinefridays
@ShyBookOwl

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AmyK1
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Starting this #reread while I wait for my flight to take me to Illinois for a long awaited weekend with my best friend. ❤️

EvieBee Nice! I love this book and it‘s definitely due for a reread. 12mo
UwannaPublishme Great choice! One of my all-time faves. 12mo
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Kristin_Reads
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Pickpick

5⭐️ || Oh, my heart, I love this! I wonder why I never picked it up before? I thought it was a children‘s book, but it is so much more. It was interesting to learn that the author originally intended this as memoir before her publisher required a change into fiction. A beautiful coming-of-age story.

BittersweetBooks I just read this one a few weeks ago and loved it too! Can‘t believe it took me so long to read. 14mo
LatrelWhite Always wanted to read that pushing it up on my TBR pile😊 14mo
Kristin_Reads @BittersweetBooks @LatrelWhite I cried when it ended! It had been on my TBR for decades. Enjoy! 💗 14mo
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Valink
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On a sailing trip with a friend & after two buddy reads we decided to read some of each other‘s favorites. She recommended A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to me & I recommended Beartown to her.

megnews ❤️ this one 14mo
marleed Oooh, I loved them both. Had I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn as a middle-schooler (well, junior high in my day) rather than a grandmother, I‘m pretty sure this would have been my favorite childhood book. 14mo
Valink @megnews I don‘t know how I‘ve never read this!! 14mo
Valink @marleed I already recommended Daisy Jones and a few others to her, so she‘s working her way through all my favorites! 14mo
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Ladygodiva7
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Book 19 of 2021.

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BittersweetBooks
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People always think that happiness is a faraway thing, something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains—a cup of strong hot coffee when you‘re blue; a book to read when you‘re alone—just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness
☕️📚🌳☺️

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Pickpick

Wow, I absolutely loved this book!! So good! It reminded me of Anne of Green Gables or Little Women. An amazing, long story of a girl growing up. I cried when the book ended! Sooo good. Looking forward to discussing at book club!

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Nebklvr
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Pickpick

A bittersweet tale of family, love, and poverty in pre-WWI Brooklyn.

Tamra A favorite! 💙 2y
Nebklvr @Tamra My only beef is the mean librarian 2y
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Katherineteale
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“ I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding.”

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Pickpick

What a truly wonderful book!! This book will go down as one of my top favourite books. I loved every, single minute. It's just a fantastic story, well written. Wow!! 5+ stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Leftcoastzen Love your old edition! And the book ! Great read. 2y
RebL I think about her tea habit all the time. 🫖 2y
Suet624 Oh gosh. I read this when I was a teenager. I really want to read it now that I‘m in my 60‘s. 2y
marleed I just read in in December and loved it. I‘m sure if I‘d of read it at other points in my life it would have been among my all time favorite books. I love your hardcover! For entertainment, I‘ve been keeping an eye out for a hard copy while thrifting books and I‘ve yet to find one. So hang on to your copy! 2y
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STORYBOOK-CAFE
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"Dear God,' she prayed, 'let me be something every minute of every hour of my life." — ?

Desha So beautiful! 🌸 2y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Continuing on my current classic reading journey.
I've never heard of this book before, but it came so highly recommended, that I'm very excited to get it started.

TheLudicReader It‘s so beautiful. Some references are dated, but you will never forget Francie. 2y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @TheLudicReader I started it last night, and it immediately pulled me in. I know I'm really going to enjoy this book. 2y
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JackOBotts
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I knew little of the basic plot going into this novel. While it got off to a slow(er) start, I was soon swept up in the day-to-day events of Francie Nolan and family. This was a lovely read, and I‘m so glad this title was recommended to me. 💜
#newyearwhodis

dariazeoli I‘m so glad you liked it! It was definitely a book I wished I‘d read when I was a kid - I thought I had! 2y
IamIamIam Loved this! A few years ago, I listened to the audio and it was perfect!!! 2y
KCofKaysville One of my faves 2y
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STORYBOOK-CAFE
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"From that time on......the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood.” - Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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JenReadsAlot
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Mehso-so

I read this years ago and loved it, but this time I felt bored quite a bit. #bookspinbingo square @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've never read this classic! 2y
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JMEdwards
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Haven't popped into the Goodwill for a book look in a while, nice haul for $30🤗

Soubhiville 😲 wow, really nice haul! I loved To Sleep in a Sea of Stars. 2y
wanderinglynn Great haul! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Pickpick

I can't believe I've waited so long to read this one. I definitely understand why this book has been so beloved by so many readers.

Betty Smith delivers a heartbreaking, yet beautiful family drama. Although Francie is the main focus, her mother, Katie, and her quiet, steadfast dedication to the ones she loved was by far my favorite part of this wonderfully written book.

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bookaholic1
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Pickpick

#2
This was a pretty good book

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dariazeoli
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marleed
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Pickpick

I started out 2020 reading the book Brooklyn and arriving full circle here. I. can‘t believe it took me until this point in my life to read this book! Had I read this book at certain points in my earlier years I believe this would have been my all-time favorite book. I could feel Francine Nolan in my bones with her desire to be good so as to not burden her family.

ItsAnotherJen One of my favorites! 2y
TheLudicReader One of my all-time favourite books. 2y
Amiable I love this book so much. 🥰 2y
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PurpleTulipGirl I 💜 this book and I‘ve always wanted to know what happened to her next. 2y
Scochrane26 I hadn‘t read it until this year, too. 2y
marleed @ItsAnotherJen @TheLudicReader @Amiable @PurpleTulipGirl I loved this - it hit me at a very emotional level. @Scochrane26 I‘m so glad we are finally part of the club. ... I‘ve come to the conclusion it‘s important for me to read contemporary fiction of a time period, and not just historical fiction. 2y
AmyK1 One of my favorite books. I need to read it again. 2y
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reluctantangeleno
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I love this! I hope everyone on Litsy posts their answer to this question, because I like hearing people talk about their favorite things ❤
@TheNeverendingTBR #myfavbook

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn always captivates me from page 1, makes me sob uncontrollably at a certain point, and transports me to early 1900's Brooklyn. It so accurately captures the freedom and joy (and sometimes confusion and terror) of being a kid. It's brilliant!

Bookwormjillk Good pick! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Cloudstreet by Tim Winton. I have a few faves but this is my most recent. I also loved The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do. He is such a terrific author, my 2 young girls love his Junior Fiction books atm. 2y
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AvidReader25
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It‘s been 13 years since I first read this. Returning to these characters after becoming a mother gave me a fresh perspective. I had a new sympathy for Francie's long-suffering mother Katie, her aunt Sissy, & her grandma. The book remains one of my favorites. As I've experienced more of life, I can better understand the depth of heartache and frustration that comes from the disappointments and joys that are part of each year. Truly a masterpiece.

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CaffeineAndCandy
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38 ʜᴏᴜʀs ᴛʜɪs ᴡᴇᴇᴋ ғᴏʀ #CrushTheRush @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick ᴀɴᴅ 49 ᴛᴏᴛᴀʟ ʜᴏᴜʀs ғᴏʀ #NovelNovember @Andrew65 ᴛʜᴀɴᴋs ғᴏʀ ʜᴏsᴛɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴇsᴇ ʀᴇᴀᴅᴀᴛʜᴏɴs ɢᴜʏs!

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Wow! You had an amazing week! 👏👏👏 2y
Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🙌🍾🥂🍾🥂😍📚📚 Thanks for playing along. 😊 2y
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CaffeineAndCandy
Pickpick

ғʀᴀɴᴄᴇ's ғᴀᴍɪʟʏ ᴅʏɴᴀᴍɪᴄs ᴀʀᴇ ᴇxᴘʟᴏʀᴇᴅ ɪɴ ᴇᴀʀʟʏ 20ᴛʜ ᴄᴇɴᴛᴜʀʏ ʙʀᴏᴏᴋʟʏɴ. ᴛʜᴇʏ ᴀʀᴇ ᴘᴏᴏʀ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴠᴇʀʏ ᴅᴀʏ ɪs ᴀ sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇ, ʏᴇᴛ ᴛʜɪs ɪs ɴᴏᴛ ᴀ ᴘɪᴛᴇᴏᴜs sᴛᴏʀʏ. ᴡɪʟʟ ᴛʜᴇ ɴᴏʟᴀɴs ᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴛʀɪᴜᴍᴘʜ ᴏᴠᴇʀ ᴘᴏᴠᴇʀᴛʏ? 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 ʙᴏᴏᴋ ғɪᴠᴇ ғᴏʀ #CrushTheRush ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ ғᴏʀ #NovelNovember @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Andrew65 @UwannaPublishme ᴛʜx sᴏ ᴍᴜᴄʜ ғᴏʀ sᴇɴᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜɪs!😘

Andrew65 That‘s great 👏👏👏 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Awesome progress! 2y
UwannaPublishme 🤗❤️ 2y
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Deblovestoread
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Saw this on Facebook and thought I would share here. A list of the 75 best books from the last 75 years according to Ann Patchett. The orange dots are the books I‘ve read. Which have you read? Are there books on here that you don‘t think should be on this list or any other? Mine is Housekeeping. Any that are missing? I was surprised not to see The Handmaid‘s Tale on this list. A few of these are still on my TBR that I must read before I die.

TrishB Had to screenshot to take a look! 2y
janeycanuck Yikes, I‘m fewer than 10, I think! 2y
kspenmoll Thanks, I have only read 25. (edited) 2y
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sblbooks Only nine here. 2y
Lcsmcat I‘ve read 27. I hesitate to say a book shouldn‘t be on a list, but there are some here that wouldn‘t make my personal top 75. 2y
SamAnne @Lcsmcat yes, I find this an odd list and wonder what her criteria were. Toni Morrison‘s Song of Solomon but no Beloved? And agree surprised to see some of the books she chose. (edited) 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Only 5, but technically 11 for all seven Harry Potter books. 🤣 2y
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BarkingMadRun
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Today‘s book reading view. Sitting at the pool at the Beach Club in Disney, enjoying the “weather” before it gets worse. Tropical Storm coming through and it‘s windy but not out of control yet. #disneylife

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BarkingMadRun
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#currentsituation new Starbucks cup (filled with water) and a sunset at the Beach Club Resort pool #disney

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BarkingMadRun
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess I have that bookmark and it‘s one of my favorites! 2y
Ruthiella I like matching my books to my bookmarks when possible! 2y
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Amiable Love this book —one of my favorites. 🥰 2y
AmyL This book has been on my reading list for years!! Need to move it to the top! 😍 2y
CaffeineAndCandy ɪ'ᴍ ʀᴇᴀᴅɪɴɢ ᴛʜᴀᴛ sᴏᴏɴ ᴛᴏᴏ 2y
MyNamesParadise I have that bookmark too! 2y
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BarkingMadRun
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All set for #bookspin BINGO. I love when the BookSpin and DoubleBookSpin are in the same row or column! I guess I know what I‘ll be reading after those two are done lol

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It happened last month and I still missed a bingo!🤣 Hopefully I get one this month, if for nothing more than personal pride. 2y
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goodbyefrancie
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I chose this for my "years of service" gift at work, and it just came in today. I've had a paperwhite forever and decided to upgrade. So freaking excited!

wanderinglynn That‘s awesome! Congrats! 2y
Follow.my.read I love my Oasis!!!! 2y
Jemgirl2014 Wow! That's a wonderful gift! Congratulations and enjoy! 2y
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TheBookStacker I miss my oasis, I stupidly left it at an airport somewhere when I was half asleep for a 5am flight 😞 2y
PandaPanda Yay congrats! I just ordered myself one and it comes Sunday. So excited! 2y
meghathecloud Congrats. Great choice! (edited) 2y
LKK526 I got the latest in December and love it 6mo
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MaureenMc
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Pickpick

I adored this book! Our protagonist, Francie, is lovable and so relatable, but I also loved how complex and developed all of the other characters are, especially her mother. I‘m so glad I finally got around to this classic. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Lovely review! Lovely cover 💕I still havnt read this book 2y
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Lauren.Archer
Pickpick

Why have I never read this book before. It was just so a wonderful rich story. I am not one for keeping many of my books that I have read on my shelf, but this one is definitely a keeper.

rubyslippersreads One of my very favorites. ❤️ 2y
Palimpsest This is on my list to read before the end of year. I‘m sure I‘m going to feel the same about why I waited so long. 2y
Nute Love, love, love this book!💕 2y
TheLudicReader One of my most cherished reading memories is of this book....and I reread it a couple years ago. About 45 years between readings. It was like visiting an old and dear friend. ❤️ 2y
Ladygodiva7 I still need to read this one
2y
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Pip2
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A relaxing read prior to moving back to NY. Betty Smith was a New Yorker that had lived in Chapel Hill as I have and I am now moving back to my old roots. Coincidentally I was reading this book at the time we made our final decision to move back. A great read about a girl and her family during the early part of the 20th century. Gives a good account on what it may have been like to grow up in poverty and the arduous struggle to climb out of it.