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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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megnews
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I‘ve said it before and I‘ll say it again (for this prompt), this is my #FavoriteBookOfTheYearSoFar. In fact, I loved the beautiful language, characters, and setting so much it is my new all-time favorite book.

#riotgrams #bookstagram

BkClubCare It is such a great book and a classic for a reason. Have never met anyone who was not charmed by this. 4d
Freespirit I have chosen this for my postal book club choice. Can't wait!😊 4d
RestlessFickleBookHoarder This book is my heart. I often say it's my favoritist ever. 4d
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A well written story of a young girl coming of age in the early 1900s in Brooklyn. Loved her as a character and loved the bluntness of the Mom. Joy, laughter and tears.

megnews 💜💜💜💜💜 2w
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huntersmom1977
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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jlowery999
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An incredibly beautiful book about life. Betty Smith has a way of making ordinary life occurrences mean so much more than I had ever thought them to mean. A book written in the 1940s, taking place in the 1910s, being read in the 2010s. Truly timeless.

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Kaila-ann
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Misty, thank you so much!! Not only was the packing beautiful (I especially love the wrapping paper 😍) but I have been looking forward to this book (tagged). A beautiful surprise, thank you again. #litsylove #bookmail #happymail

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you liked it!!! Enjoy 😘💗😘💗 2w
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megnews
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May was a great reading month. I especially enjoyed #MiddleGradeMay and found my new all-time favorite novel, tagged.
23 #middlegrade including 5 #novelsinverse
1 #yafiction #novelinverse
2 #poetry
4 #graphicnovels
1 #essay collection
2 #audiobooks
1 series conclusion
For a total of 34 books, over 50 hours of reading, and 6 5💫 ratings.

I hope you had a fun month too!

#maytotals #maywrapup #maystats

RachelO That looks like a GREAT month! 3w
sblbooks It looks like you had an awesome #MiddlegradeMay. I have enjoyed it too. 3w
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Holy moly! 💖📚💖 2w
megnews @sblbooks I loved #MiddleGradeMay! We should do it again. Maybe in March?! 😂 2w
sblbooks I'm game, I saw they had middle-grade March on YouTube. 2w
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huntersmom1977
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So excited I found this classic at the thrift shop yesterday! Forgot how good this book is 🥰

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Hollie
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#immigrantsong In my favorite book, Francie‘s Irish father is always singing when he gets home. #maymoviemagic

Cinfhen Good one!!!! This was a great read 😊🧡 1mo
rohit-sawant 💜💜 1mo
EyesOnly34 Ahh your favorite book is at it again :D 1mo
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GloVerdino
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Some audiobook knitting, I have two baby blankets to make before September!

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Jamesmelvinmitchell
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An absolutely beautiful book. I‘ve read this book so many times I don‘t think I even remember how many. Ms. Smith has a beautiful way of writing and seeing into the he life of this one family during very hard times. 5/5 stars

TheLudicReader One of my all-time favourites. 1mo
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Aims42
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Y‘know what those shadows mean? I‘m outside reading!!! The weather FINALLY cooperated today with sun & 60‘s 🥰☀️📚

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megnews
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This is my new favorite book.

Tamra Isn‘t it wonderful?! 2mo
megnews @tamra so beautiful! 2mo
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Aims42
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Re-reading this beauty of a book for a bookish-type-club with some former coworkers (I think it‘s going to be like the ‘Finer Things Club‘ in ‘The Office‘, but about books).
This one is in my Top 5 Favorite books of all time 🥰 So glad for an excuse to read it again!!

rretzler I don‘t think I ever read this (unless I did in elementary school and have forgotten) but it‘s on my TBR 2mo
Aims42 @rretzler I wish I could pinpoint exactly what it is that I love about this book, but I just can‘t. It‘s just like pulling on a familiar sweatshirt ☺️I hope when you read it, you enjoy it too!! 2mo
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It‘s passages like this that are quickly making A Tree Grows in Brooklyn my new favorite book. Beautiful description of a child realizing they can read; the images, sounds, and emotions welling up in her mind. The wonderful description of a child realizing books are her friends, the love affair that grows, making a child a lifelong reader.

Drocchio03 It‘s my absolute favorite all time book! So glad you‘re enjoying it too! 2mo
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TrishB
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I loved this. A poignant, quite sad read that makes you smile and cry.
Definitely of it‘s time, but a lovely read.
Thanks Cindy- another gift of a book from you!

RachelO The sort of book that makes me want to start re-reading things. Just lovely! 2mo
batsy Great review. I definitely need to read this soon! 2mo
megnews I‘m reading this now and I find it absolutely beautiful. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely review ♥️👍🏻 2mo
Amiable One of my favorite books of all time! 2mo
Tanisha_A Exactly what @batsy said! 2mo
ravenlee One of my favorites. A teacher put it in my hands when I was 15. I did the same for a young friend when she was 15, and it‘s one of her favorite books (I‘m responsible for the other one, too!). 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you loved it!!! I had a feeling it would give you #AllTheFeels 🥰 2mo
TrishB @Cinfhen it definitely did! 2mo
UwannaPublishme Love this book! I just read it last year and it‘s one of my favorites. 🙌🏻 2mo
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26 pages in and I‘m hooked 😁

RadicalReader Nothing better than being hooked on a book 2mo
AnneCecilie Enjoy. This is a great read. 2mo
Leftcoastzen I just read it fairly recently, wondered why I waited so long.Love that passage. 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve never read this 🙈 2mo
readordierachel Lovely quote! 2mo
Mdargusch Such a great book! 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘ll be interested to hear how you get on ... @erzascarletbookgasm me neither ... 2mo
hilded It‘s a wonderful book, enjoy! 2mo
Kalalalatja Now I want to read it even more! 2mo
Redwritinghood Such a great book! 2mo
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A mother‘s parenting advice to her daughter

Joyfulmimi I love this!!! 2mo
megnews @Joyfulmimi this is part of a larger conversation of an immigrant mother telling her daughter what she should do to help her first newborn get ahead in life. It is beautiful and having a first newborn grandchild, so touching. I must share it with my daughter. I am absolutely in love with this beautiful novel. 2mo
Joyfulmimi I have not read it and really need to. I have two granddaughters and just found out today that I have another one on the way @megnews (edited) 2mo
megnews @Joyfulmimi Congratulations!!🎉🎈🎊 2mo
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On the women in the family

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Me too, Francie! Me too!! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️

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🤣 Why did that just make me laugh out loud?

Switched to this #audiobook. So far, so good. Lovin‘ the New Yawk accent.

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AnneCecilie
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I‘m so glad you recommended this one @SiriK This is an amazing read and a book to get lost in.

Brooklyn 1912: We meet the Nolan‘s; Katie and Johnny and their kids Francie and Neeley. The Nolan‘s are poor, and through Francie we see what this means at the start of the century. Just because they‘re poor doesn‘t mean they don‘t have dreams for a better future, and Francie who had promised herself to read a book everyday wants to be an author.

Siri_reads Så bra du likte den! ??? 2mo
ravenlee One of my favorites! 2mo
JenFowler I loved this book! 💓 2mo
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UwannaPublishme I loved, loved, LOVED this book! 🙌🏻 2mo
kspenmoll ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Tonton Classic! 2mo
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thebookishtype15
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Honestly, I think I found my new favorite book. It's a bit slow moving and completely character driven. But I'm into that. I've never identified with a character more than with Francie. I'm completely in love and I'm so happy I picked up this book and that I own a copy.

Aims42 I read it for the first time last year and I loved it too!! ❤️ 2mo
UwannaPublishme One of my all-time favorites! 🙌🏻 2mo
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Investing in a book mark with a timer has helped keep better track of my then just using my phone stopwatch.
#dewyreadathon #deweyapril

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thebookishtype15

This is quickly becoming a new favorite. I needed a slow paced book that I could fall into. I'm honestly loving this so much!

j9brown I loved this one too, I keep meaning to re-read it 💕 3mo
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thebookishtype15

I can't believe I haven't picked this up before now. I'm on chapter 8 and just really enjoying this. Actually, I'm kind of glad I waited to read this as an adult rather than teen or in my early 20s. I wouldn't have appreciated it at much.

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Mynameisacolour
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Starting the clock now for #SixonStPaddys 💚📚🍀
I think the uniting of introverts and spending the day reading is an excellent idea! Thank you @Samplergal for coming up with this!
Hopefully I can finish this one up and get started on Fight Club for #90sspringfling

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Mynameisacolour
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Katniss, my reading buddy for the night is being super awkward. All 16 + pounds of her are perched on my leg with her claws firmly dug in. This is how we cuddle now I guess. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #tortitude #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Lovely Tortie! 😻 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
Nute So cute! 3mo
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Mynameisacolour
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1. Tagged
2. Staying in cooking and eating corned beef & cabbage dinner 💚😋
3. No despite hours of searching as a child.
4. Also no but I would love to.
#Hellothursday
@wanderinglynn
Sending luck to @Haroon_Ishaq

wanderinglynn Enjoy! I read that last year & loved it. And thanks for playing! 🍀 3mo
Haroon_Ishaq Thank you so much 💕 Litsy is turning into an amazing experience, wish i was here long before 😑 3mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Love this! 4mo
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“The library was a little old shabby place. Francie thought it was beautiful. The feeling she had about it was as good as the feeling she had about church. She pushed open the door and went in. She liked the combined smell of worn leather bindings, library past and freshly inked stamping pads better than she liked the smell of burning incense at high mass.”
#PBSGreatAmericanRead
#NewYork

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biblio_ginger
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Last challenge for the #24in48readathon 😄😄😄 This challenge is all about your Swiss army book recommendation! My go to book I recommend to everyone! It's actually 2 books! A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, both lovely favorites of mine that I try to get everyone I know to read! And since this is my last challenge I had to share my @24in48 official shirt! I'm at almost 22 hours!😲😍

Crazeedi Wow, great job! 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great choices! 👍 5mo
goodbyefrancie Two of my personal favorite books and most recommended. 5mo
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biblio_ginger @Crazeedi thank you! 😄 5mo
biblio_ginger @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled thank you! 😁 I need to read more of their books! 5mo
biblio_ginger @goodbyefrancie you've got good taste in books! 😉 5mo
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JillR
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This was a slow burn for me, but by the end I loved it. I enjoyed the quietness of the writing, which despite that was still able to bring me to tears on more than one occasion. I wish I‘d read this when I was younger and will keep this copy for Bella 🌱

Cathythoughts Lovely review ♥️ 5mo
Mdargusch I agree with you! At the beginning, I wasn‘t sure why it was such a beloved book. But I loved it too by the time I finished it. 5mo
Tamra 💜 5mo
Freespirit I am looking forward to reading this 5mo
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Mehso-so

It took me a while to connect to the characters. Once I did I was invested in the story. I did have trouble with the anti-Semitism & other parts of the text. I realize it is reflective of the time, but it really bothered me. Same with the roles of the women. They were strong, but at the same time submissive. Reflective of the time, but still bothered me. I always worry when I listen to a book if I would have liked it better had I read it instead.

Reviewsbylola It‘s definitely a slower burn. 5mo
Tamra Next reread I‘ll pay more attention to your points. I agree as a modern reader it‘s difficult to let prevailing attitudes go in period literature. It makes me wonder what future generations will make of our contemporary “classics.” 5mo
Lmstraubie @Tamra I definitely loved the characters and even the story. It was just small things that rubbed me the wrong way. I have to say there was a kind of timelessness to it. 5mo
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Lmstraubie
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Next up on #audio for #LitsyAtoZ

Chelleo I enjoyed this one. Hope you like it too. 5mo
Aims42 I loved this!! Hope it‘s a hit for you too 5mo
Mdargusch Such a great classic! 5mo
Peddler410 I‘ve been wanting to read this for a long time! Maybe this will be the year. 5mo
Crazeedi I've always heard this is a classic and for some reason never read, I must read it this year too! 5mo
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TheSpinecrackersBookClub
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Spinecrackers, the voting poll has opened for reads of the month for Feb. Please head over to https://s.surveyplanet.com/DZJGLLk53 and cast your vote!

Mynameisacolour When should we expect the winners to be announced? 5mo
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Joyfulmimi
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Read the comments under this post of yours and I was speaking about needing the Littens in childhood. Explains my post from yesterday

Cinfhen Yes!! I remembered and I commented on your post right away. That image was perfect 💛 5mo
Cinfhen Hope you had a good holiday ~ happy new year 😘😘 5mo
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JillR
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Next up, another #blameitonlitsy !

Cathythoughts I hear it‘s good. 👍🏻♥️look forward to your review 5mo
hilded The book is lovely ❤️ Enjoy 5mo
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Hollie
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#illalwayslovethisbook #anewchapter
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn has remained my all-time favorite book. I love it so much. I also love the two to the left of it on my shelf. ♥️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my list for my #Litsyatoz challenge because you love it so much!!! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I see two of my favorites on your shelf! Cyril and Evelyn 💚 5mo
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I know you‘re going to love it!! And yes, I totally love Cyril and Evelyn as well. ♥️♥️♥️ 5mo
Tamra 💜 5mo
vkois88 ❤❤❤ 5mo
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I didn‘t love it. I get why it‘s so popular—the book is well-written, Francie Nolan an engaging & sympathetic character, and the picture of early 20th c. NYC a fascinating one. If the plot is wholly familiar & predictable, it isn‘t really a problem because of the writing. Unfortunately, it‘s just missing something. This is the second time I picked up the book & while I finished it this time, I really didn‘t like it as much as I hoped I would.

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It may be dreary outside, but I‘m officially on vacation for the next 12 days, so I can‘t complain too much!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Woohoo!!! Enjoy!!!!📚❤️ 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Published in 1943 this book is still moving readers 70 years later. It‘s an honest slice of life story set in the early 20th century New York. I was not prepared for the overwhelmingly sadness that surrounds protagonist Francine Nolan. Betty Smith really captures the heart of Williamsburg and the immigrants struggle on every page, similar to Frank McCourt‘s family saga Angela‘s Ashes. A worthy read that will remain relevant in another 70 years.

Cinfhen I‘ll post it to you @TrishB xx 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. In my plans to read next year! 🤞 6mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 look forward to it. 6mo
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4thhouseontheleft I keep meaning to read this, and then it falls by the wayside! Maybe in 2019. 6mo
Insightsintobooks I've been meaning to read this for a long time. 6mo
MKbookworm Absolutely my favorite book and I think I can confidently say forever will be. It is the first book I read every year. 6mo
Cinfhen I can understand why it resonates with so many readers @erzascarletbookgasm @4thhouseontheleft @Insightsintobooks @MKbookworm 6mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! I am amazed by its depth , I could often feel what Francie was going through. 6mo
emilyhaldi 💙 6mo
DivineDiana I have this on the pile of GAR books that I (unfortunately) did not finish... this year. 😕 6mo
youneverarrived This is on my list of books to read in the new year. 6mo
Cinfhen I had IRL bookclub tonight and I mentioned that I had just finished this book and all the ladies were swooning and offering heaps of praise ~ it‘s universal & timeless @Leftcoastzen @emilyhaldi @DivineDiana @youneverarrived 6mo
Reviewsbylola I loved this one. I need to reread it. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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This book is making me really sad. It feels more autobiographical than fiction. It‘s the type of story that warrants peanut butter chocolate chunk cookies & a cup of milk ( although in my case swap milk for a peppermint almond milk latte)

robinb One of those classics I‘ve never read. 🤷🏻‍♀️😩 6mo
Trashcanman One of my favorite books of all time. Reminds me of my childhood 6mo
Chrissyreadit It is sad, and seems to be a realistic depiction. But there are sequels and happy in between. I think one of the reasons I do not like live Christmas Trees is because of this book. 6mo
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Kalalalatja I have to read this in 2019! 6mo
Cinfhen You definitely need to read @robinb @Kalalalatja and I agree there are some happy moments but they are pretty few and far between @Chrissyreadit that “tradition” with the tree was horrible 😫😫 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m sorry to hear that @Trashcanman but I hope like Francie you were ALWAYS a reader and like her you had books to offer you companionship & hope. And I know like Francie you are one hell of a good writer. I‘ve seen your poetry ~ it‘s beautiful 6mo
Freespirit I've wanted to read this for a LONG time.. 6mo
Trashcanman @Cinfhen Thank you so much Cindy, that means a lot to me. Truly it does. 🤗 6mo
erinreads Now I feel like I need some of these cookies while I read this. 🤤 6mo
TheBookHippie Ohhh I love this book! 6mo
emilyhaldi Ugh, I loved this book 💙 6mo
Ruthiella I think it is in fact largely based on the author‘s own childhood. 6mo
Cinfhen Yes @Ruthiella my intro mentioned that and it really comes through. I forgot you‘re reading this one too @erinreads sending you virtual cookies 🍪🍪🍪 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s good @TheBookHippie @emilyhaldi but I think I was more attached to Frank McCourt‘s story 6mo
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erinreads
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The TBR struggle is real. Even in 1912. 📚

Leftcoastzen 😀👍 6mo
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My current read wasn‘t doing anything for me, so I‘m going to revisit this old favorite tonight. Every year I tell myself I‘m going to reread it, so no better time than now! 💕

BillyH I assume a tree grows is the old favorite and not your current read that is t doing anything for you? :p 6mo
erinreads @BillyH you are correct! Made a slight edit (an to this), so hopefully everyone will know that A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is the favorite and does EVERYTHING for me. 😂😂😂 6mo
goodbyefrancie A personal favorite! Enjoy! 6mo
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BillyH @erinreads I can‘t believe I haven‘t heard of it before! I just read the summary and I think I may pick it up. :) 6mo
Tamra Such a great one! 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m in the middle of it now. First time reading. It‘s REALLY sad 6mo
erinreads @goodbyefrancie I take it your username is because of it? 6mo
goodbyefrancie @erinreads It is! I feel like Francie Nolan is a friend. 6mo
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MrBook
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We are #NYC for our monthly #bookclub meetings! First up, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" for our #2030SomethingLongReadsBookClub! We know this is going to be an fantastic conversation ???????. Did you enjoy this read?!!

Accompaniment is a mozzarella-tomato-basil-spinach panini with peach iced tea. MMMmmm! ?

ravenlee One of my all-time favorites. 6mo
Ruthiella I enjoyed it! I wish I had read it when I was younger. 6mo
ephemeralwaltz Loved it! Francie Nolan made my list of favorite protagonists 6mo
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Jbakesmcgee3 My favorite book of all time 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 6mo
Aims42 Just read it this year, mainly because ‘Great American Read‘ on PBS brought it to my attention. I loved it!! 6mo
Cinfhen I‘m reading this book now!!!! It‘s soooooo sad!!! It‘s gonna be a great discussion for sure! 6mo
EH2018 This is one of my favorite books 😍 6mo
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