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The End of Your Life Book Club
The End of Your Life Book Club | Will Schwalbe
Mary Anne Schwalbe was a renowned educator who filled such august positions as Director of Admissions at Harvard and Director of College Counseling at New York's prestigious Dalton School. She also felt it incumbent upon herself to educate the less fortunate and spent the last 10 years of her life building libraries in Afghanistan. But her story here begins with a mocha, dispensed from a machine in the waiting room of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Over coffee, Will casually asks his mom what she's been reading. The conversation they have grows into tradition: soon they mutually agree to read the same books and share them together as Mary Anne waits for her chemotherapy treatments. The books they read, chosen by both, range from the classic to the popular: from The Painted Veil to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo; from My Father's Tears to the Christian spiritual classic Daily Strength for Daily Needs. Their discussions reveal how books become increasingly important to the connection between a remarkable woman whose life is coming to a close, and a young man becoming closer to his mom than ever before.
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Cinfhen
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Can‘t believe it‘s #TheEnd of October 🎃Thanks to my fabulous cohost @CrowCAH for providing us with a month of #SoaringScores 🎼 I read the tagged book years ago and it really left an indelible impression on me. A simple question, “what are you currently reading?” leads to an unforgettable experience for both a dying mom and her adult son. #InfiniteTissueRead

Please join me tomorrow for #MOVember ~ a musical tribute to Madonna ❤️🎤

JennyM I loved this one...and I sobbed throughout! Looking forward to joining you tomorrow 😘 2w
Cinfhen Yay @JennyM looking forward #GetIntoTheGroove 💋 2w
CrowCAH Thanks for allowing me to co-host with you this month! It was great! 🥰 2w
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

An inspiring read, with great book recs.
Plus a pic of my feline friends, I have two extroverts and two introverts.

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Rissa1
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Super excited for this #Scarathlon. I have a stack of books waiting. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid

Clwojick ♥️😈🎃🖤 Thanks for the repost! We appreciate it! 2mo
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Rissa1
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YES!!

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Rissa1
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#becauseofLitsy I have had this book on a to read list for a while. Last week it went on sale, so I picked it up. .

AmyG I abaolutely loved this book. Enjoy. 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I like that this book led me to so many other books! 2mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds so good! 2mo
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kelseynicburke
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Made me laugh in public

cathysaid Heathen 🙌 6mo
Tamra Ha! 6mo
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Insightsintobooks
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Jschultzems
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Pickpick

Disclaimer - I listened to the audiobook. A beautiful memoir of a son and his mother as they read their way through the trials and hardship of cancer treatments. I will be buying this book to read again, and to highlight and note the vast list of books discussed.

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Lynnsoprano
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We got home today to find a wonderful and unexpected gift from @Crazeedi Thank you, dear friend, for this beautiful surprise. I don‘t have either of these. Excited to read both. And I need to write a long letter-so much to talk about. Thanks again 😘

Crazeedi Quite welcome! I hope you find use for the essential oils as I do and the other book is very very good. You will enjoy. Have a wonderful weekend my friend! 8mo
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SheilaChew
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This was a book lover‘s book - good discussion about great books. It‘s also a book for anyone who loves their parents - the author‘s mother has cancer and her time is limited. Reflections on books and life. Charming.

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Blueberry
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Currently reading this for my f2f bookclub. It's a reread for me. I liked it better the first time. He does have a follow-up book which I might read.

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SheilaChew
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Reading with breakfast at LAX this morning. Very happy to be on my way to Hawaii to visit my daughter!

CouronneDhiver Have fun! 🏄🏽‍♀️🏝 9mo
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SheilaChew
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What should I read next?
Just downloaded these four books on my kindle after deciding to bail on my last book. Any recommendations?

rather_be_reading Before the Fall is slooooooow 9mo
TheDaysGoBy The End of Your Life Bookclub is sad and touching but good! 9mo
Olivia306 I'll add my voice to all the others and say The End of Your Life Bookclub. It's a touching and wonderful story. Then I'd say Welcome to Night Vale. 🤓 9mo
SheilaChew I started this one last night - already loving it! 9mo
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So my husband gave this to me last year for my birthday and I was turned off by the title (I know, don‘t judge a book by its cover) but I have finally read it - and I love it! What a treasure trove of new books to read with a lovely story about an amazing woman/mother at the end of her life as told by her son. A lasting memoir of a life well lived.

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Amiable
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A memoir of the author and his mother, who started a “book club” at first to wile away the time during her chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer. Over the two years until her death, the "club" brings them closer together as they carry on conversations both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and their shared passion for reading.

SW-T @Amiable Beautiful book. His follow up was also good. 10mo
Amiable @SW-T Good to know! Thanks! 10mo
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Cinfhen
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#NoFemmeber #NonFictionNovember A beautiful story of #UnconditionalLove between a remarkable woman whose life is coming to a close, and a young man becoming closer to his mom than ever before. And their shared connection for a love of literature that binds them.

mreads I liked this, his mom was something else. 12mo
robinb I‘m sold! 😊👍 12mo
KarenUK Sounds lovely and an #infinitetissueread I imagine.... 12mo
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Cinfhen Yes!!!! #InfiniteTissueRead @KarenUK @robinb 😿😿😿His mom was a powerhouse @mreads 12mo
TrishB This sounds very 💔 12mo
TheDaysGoBy Good book! 12mo
Cathythoughts Sounds interesting... 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Megabooks That sounds interesting. Probably a bit too sad for me right now. 💔💔 12mo
Billypar Sounds like a beautiful story, even if it's a sad one 😓 12mo
Blaire I loved this book and it made my tbr grow by leaps and bounds. 12mo
britt_brooke Sounds like a good one! #stacked 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s really sad but at the same time very uplifting @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Billypar @Blaire @britt_brooke but wait until your stronger @Megabooks because it‘s still heartbreaking 12mo
Cinfhen There‘s a new book @TheDaysGoBy @Blaire but I haven‘t read it yet 12mo
Reviewsbylola I thought this one was beautiful. 12mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Pickpick

A lovely book not only of the relationship between a mother and son, but also of why books are so important and why they matter so much to so many.
#nonfiction2018

AmyG Such a good book. 13mo
Blaire This was a great book and I‘ve read a lot of great books from the ones they‘ve discussed. 13mo
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OriginalCyn620
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We all have a lot more to read than we can read and a lot more to do than we can do.
Photo by Florencia Viadana on Unsplash

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OriginalCyn620
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My October #TBR, plus 2 books on my #kindle, Practical Magic and Pride and Prometheus.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

Very nice. A strong example about how books can bring people together under difficult circumstances while also exploring the parent child relationship.

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Sumtime77
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"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death."

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Kimberlone
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My book journal wrap-up for June!

This was a pretty good month for reading, in addition to the 6 I finished, there are several more I started and am still working on. I also participated in the #Riotgrams and #HeyJune photo challenges (the chart on the side tracks my posts - X means I did posted that day). I didn‘t do a good job of posting reviews, though, but you can see my GR star ratings next to the titles.

Kimberlone FYI: Sense and Sensibility is NOT the Jane Austen one, but a modern retelling that was just OK 1y
Mdargusch Nice journal! I love that you keep track of photo challenges. 👍🏼 1y
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wallacereads
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I have not completed a reading challenge in a long time due to a demanding job and a reading slump so I am happy I finished the #8intwo!

Mdargusch Woohoo! Well done! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉🎆🎇🙌🏻 1y
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wallacereads
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We visited the art gallery and of course I had to pop into the bookstore.

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SG2014
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Looks like I‘m not going anywhere while kitty gets her snuggle in. This is a good opportunity to get some reading in.
Loving this book so far!

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AKinderman
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Pickpick

An amazing book and full of great recommendations

Joyfulmimi I loved this book 2y
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AKinderman
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So true

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Downtonabbeyroad394
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Pop sugar reading challenge #10 The end of your life book club —Book about death/grief

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Jess7
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“This is the inspiring true story of a son and his mother, who start a “ #bookclub” that brings them together as her life comes to a close. Over the next two years, Will and Mary Anne carry on conversations that are both wide-ranging and deeply personal, prompted by an eclectic array of books and a shared passion for reading...[it shows us] reading isn‘t the opposite of doing; it‘s the opposite of dying.” #TBR | #Bookstack - #ReadingResolutions

GatheringBooks absolutely loved end of your life book club - wrote a 2-in-1 review of this book and his other title. 2y
ReadingOver50 Love this book 📖😍 2y
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Readage
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• Hey everyone! I created a Goodreads book group in July 2016 and am reaching out to anyone who would like to join! We are the Book Snails 🐌 basically bookworms who read at a snail‘s pace (unless we are reading books we can‘t put down, that happens often too!) We are always looking for new members so please hop on over and check us out at: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/194036-book-snails-book-group Good night Littens; take care 😉 •

SassyBookworm I just joined!!! 🤓🐌 2y
Readage @Chrysta23 Awesome 👏🏼 Glad to have another Snail among us! Lol Look out for a welcome message on Goodreads soon! 2y
Jenniferlikes2read This is soooo me!!!! 💕 1y
Readage @Jenniferlikes2read We‘d love to have you join us!! 1y
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Tereses

Recommended by my son. Good read 📖 for flying out

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jz4usc
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Love this quote from this book...

“He remains for my family the perfect model of how you can be gone but ever present in the lives of people who loved you, in the same way that your favorite books stay with you for your entire life, no matter how long it‘s been since you turned the last page.”

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Miss_Kim
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Just sitting here at our library‘s bookstore, waiting for 4pm.......

AmyG You are reading such a wonderful book. 2y
Miss_Kim @AmyG Thanks! I just read another of his books called Books for Living and I loved it! 2y
AmyG I need to get Books for Living. I have heard from a few people it‘s good. 2y
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quinas
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A great read for all book lovers, particularly those who, like me, inherited their love of books from their mother. His mother sounds like an extraordinary woman, but reading the end of a book first???? I‘ll certainly take them up on some of the recommendations- next up, Suite Francaise, which has been sitting on my shelf for ages.

TheAnitaAlvarez Suite Francaise is beautiful! Nemirovsky is one of my grandma‘s favorite writers and she passed on the love 2y
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Jess7
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Here are my choices for #GenreThisorThat! What are yours?
- Literary fiction
- Mystery
- Memoir
- Humor
- Fantasy (if I must?)
- Sports
- YA
- History, maybe?
- Essay Collection
- Current Affairs
- Poetry
- Classic Retelling

EllieDottie 🤗 🤗 🤗! I feel you on the science fiction fantasy choice! 2y
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Genevieve
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Im spending time away from the Raven Cycle and into this book which is very timely since I have a close cousin with Stage 4 cancer... Not only is it adding reams to an already full TBR pile, but its also helping me with things to say and not to say; which is improving my bedside ettiquette #tbrmonsters #thebigc

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MidnightBookGirl
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A blast from the past! #bookmemories

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mellisarock
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Jobs fill your pockets, #coffee fills your soul.
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I've joined a club I've never wanted to be a member of: #readingslump 's r us. 😭
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134 books this year & now I haven't read anything in 3 days.
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Anyone have any tips or tricks for breaking the dreaded slump?

mcipher Sometimes a kids‘ book or other old favorite works for me, or something really light and fluffy like a cozy mystery. 2y
DrexEdit I usually go light and fluffy too. Something not too taxing. Graphic novels sometimes also work. I think they use different parts of your brain. 😊 2y
MoMogrl Graphic novels or cozy mysteries work for me. 2y
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Lizpixie Ugh, join the club! My average for the month is high 20s, last month I read 4. So ashamed!😞 2y
Jas16 I reread something I love. 2y
JulAnna I have to ditto @Jas16 -I re-read an old favorite! 2y
janeycanuck I find a project that I don‘t want to tackle - cleaning out the garage, putting shelf liner in cabinets under sinks, washing all the curtains - and about five minutes in, I‘m ready to read again! 2y
bedandabook I like to read a thriller everyone says is unputdownable and that usually works. Hope it passes soon. 2y
hlgreenfield I have 3 methods I usually try: a graphic novel - they are lighter reads and usually get me back into reading mode; reading an old favourite, the ones you can always come back to and know you'll love; or go to a thriller that is really addicting, just make yourself read the beginning and then you'll have to read the rest! One of the 3 usually works for me! Book slumps are the worst! Good luck getting back to reading 😃 2y
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The incredible Will Schwalbe 😱😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!!! What a phenomenal talk so far! We're in the Morristown Library 😎👌🏻. #MorristownBookFestival #MorristownMeetUp #LitsyLovesLibraries

Christy2318 I want to see him at Texas Book Festival next month. 2y
Grrlbrarian Wow! I'm jealous: love his books! 2y
Bookishlie Hey I‘m going to Texas book fest next month!! 2y
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Following a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Schwalbe's mother displayed exceptional strength and courage. This grief memoir is a portrait of an extraordinary woman who shared a love of books with her son.

Blaire This was great and lengthened my tbr by a lot. 2y
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Suet624 Wonderful passage. Wonderful book. 2y
vivastory @Suet624 I liked Books for Living more, but this is a solid grief memoir 2y
Suet624 @vivastory yes, I can see that. I grew to really love and appreciate his mother so much. Quite the woman. 2y
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Moray_Reads I've never been the kind of person that can just read select passages, it's all or nothing. The same way if I'm watching a TV series I have to start and the beginning and work my way through to the end 2y
vivastory @Suet624 She really is! Her strength and gratefulness is very inspiring 2y
vivastory @Moray_Reads I'm the same way. Also, I'm comittment phobic when it comes to TV series because it's valuable reading time 2y
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tpixie Tolkien & Lewis harted each other. I love Narnia & Middle Earth!! (edited) 2y
SpeculativeFemale @tpixie Tolkien and Lewis didn't hate each other, they were friends. 2y
tpixie @SpeculativeFemale ok then there is a 3rd person who created a Book world Who tolken did not get along with. I‘ll have to think on this thanks for the clarification 2y
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SpeculativeFemale @tpixie I don't recall any particular writers of book world's he disliked, but he had a big problem with Walt Disney. 2y
tpixie @SpeculativeFemale That‘s it !! Lol. Thank you! I‘ve been googling in between work today coming up with nothing!! Now I seem to recall he did not like the Disney dwarfs! 2y
SpeculativeFemale @tpixie Yep, the dwarfs and just generally the commercialization and infantilization of fairy tales. 2y
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Daisey As a teacher, I see this kind of thing a lot. Parents acknowledge that their kids should read, but they don't seem to model it and therefore the students do not see the importance. 2y
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Pam.Kokomo
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What a beautiful story of a mother + son + books. ❤️

Joyfulmimi One of my favorites! 2y
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GatheringBooks
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I knew what the ending is going to be like. I knew it would rip out my insides, but oh such a wondrous affirmation of everything that I have always felt to be true and real and profound about reading books. It changes you as a person. This book found me at that point in my life when I absolutely needed it to provide me with perspective. It has also given me grace through the life of Mary Ann Schwalbe. This book made me feel blessed.

Nat_Reads Beautiful review! 2y
GatheringBooks @Nat_Reads thank you! now to pen down more thought on my blog. hopefully soonest. 2y
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GatheringBooks
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Sizzling churros with vanilla ice cream deliciousness and a really riveting novel that has me teary-eyed at a good number of parts now and I am only halfway through - not in photo: my shrimp tostada and husband's ultimo pork burrito.

Abailliekaras Yum! 😍 2y
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GatheringBooks
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While waiting for another book sale to open in an hour and a half. I have a feeling I will finish this book within the next two days. Much better than his Books for Living.

Jess7 I've heard really good things about this book! 2y
GatheringBooks @Jess7 from what i have been reading so far- all true! 2y
annahenke This is such a beautiful book. Just loved it. 2y
GatheringBooks @annahenke nearly finished with the book and I am in love with it. 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#FallIntoBooks Day 1: #SeptemberMostAnticipated - another #MetaReading title that I hope to feature for our #BooksAboutBooks reading theme til end of October.

Reviewsbylola Great book. 2y
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