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Rules of Civility
Rules of Civility: A Novel | Amor Towles
The New York Times bestselling novel that "enchants on first reading and only improves on the second" (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Coming this fall, A Gentleman in Moscow the highly anticipated new novel from Amor Towles This sophisticated and entertaining first novel presents the story of a young woman whose life is on the brink of transformation. On the last night of 1937, twenty-five-year-old Katey Kontent is in a second-rate Greenwich Village jazz bar when Tinker Grey, a handsome banker, happens to sit down at the neighboring table. This chance encounter and its startling consequences propel Katey on a year-long journey into the upper echelons of New York societywhere she will have little to rely upon other than a bracing wit and her own brand of cool nerve. With its sparkling depiction of New Yorks social strata, its intricate imagery and themes, and its immensely appealing characters, Rules of Civility won the hearts of readers and critics alike. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Bookboss
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Pickpick

Reading this novel reminded me of watching black and white films from the 1930s with their snappy dialogue and glamorous set pieces. I enjoyed the language and the plot, but I found the character of Katey to be rather flat. I never felt that I really knew her, but perhaps that was intentional. Overall, this was an enjoyable read.

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terryduncan5719
Pickpick

Amor Towles wrote “A Gentleman in Moscow.“ After I read that one, I had to read another by.him. I wasn't disappointed at all! While I do believe the “Gentleman“ is better, this one was still a page turner.

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CoveredInRust
Pickpick

Even though there were some parts that I didn't understand (why was Katey so easily accepted by upper classes) I really enjoyed the tone of this book. It's character based rather than plot focused and relies on the writing and setting to pull you in but it worked for me.

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Maria514626
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Pickpick

This was a quiet, nuanced book about people I didn‘t like very much. The ins and outs of social life—what a strange world—and the beautiful writing kept me reading.

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Maria514626
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain
1. Rules of Civility, Excellent Women, The Golden Thread
2. A Walk in the Woods. (It‘s the only naturey book I could think of that I‘ve actually read.)
3. The Rules of Civility. Yesterday after dinner. 😍

Thanks for the prompts, Rachel!

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CoveredInRust
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Madam Bastet continues to be my companion while I read this.

I'm still enjoying it, and it feels like a fast read, but I feel like I've been reading it for a decade and I'm on page 120 out of 324.

RaeLovesToRead Awwwww, so so so cute!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰🥰 2mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 2mo
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Maria514626
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This type of novel isn‘t usually for me—poor women in the 1930s who meet a wealthy man and get sucked into his orbit. However, this one has me hooked.

Amor Towles could probably write a book about worms and I‘d love it. 😁

Aims42 Hahaha, I agree! He‘s an insta-buy author for me, and I wouldn‘t think twice about buying his book about worms 😂 2mo
StaceGhost I would totally read his subtle look at the rich internal lives of worms 2mo
Maria514626 @StaceGhost 😆😆😆 2mo
Maria514626 @Aims42 🪱 😄 2mo
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CoveredInRust
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Enjoying this one more than Gentleman In Moscow. Towles does the thing where he writes so well, you believe you're one of the characters.

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CoveredInRust
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I'm way behind on this one, but finally getting to it.

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MrsReads1
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My May tbr for #bookspin. I can't wait!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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rwmg
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Panpan

Kate reminisces after a visit in the 1960s to an exhibition of photographs of 1930s travellers on the NY Subway, one of whom she recognises.

I wanted to like this book but I actually found it a struggle to get through. Most of the characters and events made no impression at all so that I had problems understanding references to earlier events and had no idea what was going on at times when I'd picked the book up again after doing other things.

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rwmg
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On the night of October 4th 1966, Val and I, both in late middle age, attended the opening of Many Are Called at the Museum of Modern Art - the first exhibit of the portraits taken by Walker Evans in the late 1930s on the New York City subways with a hidden camera.

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

Christyco125 Such a great debut novel. 2mo
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jen_the_scribe
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Mehso-so

I love Amor Towles‘ way with words, his eloquence, the depth of his stories. But this one took a little too long to get to the point. The plot was lacking in a bit more drama or action, so I found myself getting distracted and not being able to focus on the story during certain slow points. It finally sped up a bit toward the end. Despite that, I mostly enjoyed it and found the characters likable which is why I wanted to know where they ended up.

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jen_the_scribe
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My next listen…

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Blueberry
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Pickpick

Rounded up from 3.5 to 4 because the author does so good with characterization. ❤️ I feel I need a pause before starting my next book.

Leniverse How strange, that exact same cover photo is on my edition of The Great Gatsby. 3mo
perfectsinner This was my least favorite from him. Loved AGIM and just recently finished The Lincoln Highway 3mo
Blueberry @perfectsinner I didn't like it as much as AGIM either. I have TLP scheduled for f2f bookclub in May. 3mo
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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

Very enjoyable! My #doublespin for March @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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RenePenn
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Mehso-so

While this didn‘t start out being a favorite, and I put it down a couple of times and came back, after I switched to audio about a third of the way in, it became more interesting. 3 ⭐️

Aims42 I love his other books so much, but this one never clicked with me. Not sure why 😕 4mo
RenePenn @Aims42 I totally agree! 4mo
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Sapphire

Life doesn‘t have to provide you any options at all. It can easily define your course from the outset and keep you in check through all manner of rough and subtle mechanics. To have even one year when you‘re presented with choices that can alter your circumstances, your character, your course—that‘s by the grace of God alone. And it shouldn‘t come without a price.

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Sapphire

it was still a view that practically conjugated hope: I have hoped; I am hoping; I will hope.

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Sapphire

I wonder if this line was the first thought/plot of the story in the Authors mind: “The year 1938 had been one in which four people of great color and character had held welcome sway over my life. And here it was December 31, 1940, and I hadn‘t seen a single one of them in over a year.” It certainly sums up the story for me.

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Sapphire
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Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Sometimes, it sure seems that‘s what life intends. After all, it‘s basically like a centrifuge that spins every few years casting proximate bodies in disparate directions. And when the spinning stops, almost before we can catch our breath, life crowds us with a calendar of new concerns.

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Sapphire

A lost art? : he “made a reasonable stab at launching a conversation by asking people what was the best thing they did in 1940. It made me a little nostalgic for Dicky. No one could get a table talking nonsense like Dicky Vanderwhile.”

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RenePenn
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I am struggling with this one so I switched to audio to try and finish it up. I loved A Gentleman in Moscow and The Lincoln Highway was good too (just not AS good). This one can‘t hold my attention. It has its moments but then I‘m back to mind wandering. 😶‍🌫️

Aims42 I almost bailed on this one too! I‘m so thankful I read “A Gentleman in Moscow” before this one. I loooooooooved Gentleman and had I read this first, I don‘t know if I would‘ve given it a shot. This book was a total “meh” for me too. But I love Gentleman and Lincoln Highway, so every book can‘t be a winner I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️ 4mo
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Sapphire
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I love his other two books, and lots of folks I know love this one. So, here I am giving try #3 to see if I can finish it off. I just find this one hard to keep track of the characters and I don‘t feel a sense of the time setting era.

EvieBee I just read this last month. I had previously attempted it but never got past the first page. For some reason the first chapter really hit home last month and I finished it pretty quickly. I do get what you mean about all the characters though! 4mo
Sapphire I had previously bailed at about 10% and 50%. I think I can make it now! 4mo
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Sapphire
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One must be prepared to fight for one‘s simple pleasures and to defend them against elegance and erudition and all manner of glamorous enticements.

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BekaReid
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"It's funny about photography, isn't it? The entire medium is founded on the instant. If you allow the shutter to be open for even a few seconds, the image goes black. We think of our lives as a sequence of actions, an accumulation of accomplishments, a fluid articulation of style and opinion. And yet, in that one sixteenth of a second, a photograph can wreak such havoc."

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EvieBee
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Pickpick

“It‘s funny about photography, isn‘t it? The entire medium is founded on the instant. If you allow the shutter to be open for even a few seconds, the image goes black. We think of our lives as a sequence of actions, an accumulation of accomplishments, a fluid articulation of style and opinion. And yet, in that one sixteenth of a second, a photograph can wreak such havoc.”

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catebutler I have had this book sitting on my shelf for ages! I need to get to it, ASAP!! 6mo
Cathythoughts @catebutler I‘m the same ...on my shelf for ages. 🙈 6mo
jlhammar One of my favorites! 6mo
EvieBee @catebutler @Cathythoughts It was the same for me, but I decided to just try one chapter and I couldn‘t stop! The language is so rich and the world he created so vivid. 6mo
EvieBee @jlhammar Ugh, it‘s so good! I had no idea. I can definitely see myself rereading this next year. 6mo
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melissajayne
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Got some #bookishmail today.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have both of those on my shelf that I need to read! 6mo
EvieBee I just finished Rules of Civilty. So good! And I loved this paperback edition. It felt so well balanced in my hand and the font was lovely. These are the things that make paper books so great! 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

Amor Towles debut novel is so beautiful. I kept pausing while reading to jot down quotes that I loved which I've only ever done before with The Gentleman in Moscow.

ATB Love this book!!! 8mo
staci.reads I fell completely in love with this book. I don't reread often, but this is one I know I'll return to. 8mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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I now have all of his books, and this one is signed. 😍

Crazeedi Can't wait to read his new one!! 8mo
AmyG Nice! I loved this book so much. 8mo
marleed Nice! 8mo
282Mikado You've sparked my interest in this author. Historical fiction is probably my favorite genre and you have me intrigued with Towles. If he is as good as you say it is a pity he has so few books out there. 8mo
Rachel.Rencher @282Mikado It is a pity! I thought he was over hyped so I put off A Gentleman in Moscow for a long time, but my expectations were blown out of the water. He's now toward the top of my list of favorite authors. 8mo
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Lauren890
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book reminded me why I thought A Gentleman in Moscow was just so good. His writing is fantastic and he writes a strong female main character so well. I think he has an uncanny ability to create a propulsive read but with a slow pace - in a similar way to Donna Tartt. I can‘t wait to read Lincoln Highway!!

BkClubCare I found out too late that he was at my local indie bookstore promoting his new one! I would have gone. Oh well. 9mo
Lauren890 @BkClubCare That‘s awful! I‘d be so sad!! I saw him with Celeste Ng a few years ago. He‘s fantastic and the way he signs his books is fun. 9mo
BkClubCare @Lauren890 - aw! I‘ll have to catch him next time. 9mo
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TheSpineView
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Eggs Great choices🧡🥂❤️ 11mo
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BittersweetBooks
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If we only fell in love with people who were perfect for us, he said, then there wouldn‘t be so much fuss about love in the first place 🏙

I have hoped; I am hoping; I will hope 💙

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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: Michelle Pfeiffer

Klou Great! 11mo
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TheSpineView
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#JulyJourneys @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: New York City

This is Saturday's prompt. Just playing caught up.
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Nute Nice post! 11mo
TheSpineView @Nute Thanks! 😊 11mo
Eggs Lovely 👍🏼📚🌃 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤💙🖤💙 11mo
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OutAndAbout
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I love Storygraph but keep my Goodreads account for the authors notes. Amor Towles just added some comments to The Rules of Civility that are fascinating looks into his writing process. Also included are some ties from his own life that show up in the book (white Christmas wrapping paper!) and some preludes to his upcoming The Lincoln Highway.

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Pickpick

This is a beautiful work. Towles has an uncanny ability to possess & execute the thoughts & motives of a female character. Kate is an interesting, intelligent, witty young woman living in New York in the late 1930's. Living in a boardinghouse she meets Evey & together they rub shoulders with the who's-who in Manhattan, including Tinker Grey, a wealthy banker.
The syntax & command of language are extraordinary. I can't wait to read this again!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lovely photo 💙🖤 14mo
perfectsinner I liked it pretty well. I liked AGIM more, though 14mo
FelinesAndFelonies @perfectsinner I ordered it immediately after I finished. 14mo
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Rissreads
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Pickpick

I loved reading about NYC in the late 1930‘s. Towles descriptions painted such a clear picture in my mind of the time and place. ♥️

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Texreader
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Oh my gosh, what a wonderful surprise Misty! How thoughtful of you! Thank you so much! And no, I didn‘t have it yet! I so look forward to reading it! #litsylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

AmyG This book is just wonderful! 1y
Texreader @AmyG So glad to hear it! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! You‘re welcome! ❤️ 1y
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Mogoeg
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Pickpick

A good old-fashioned NYC novel with a heroine who's just a skoosh too witty, pretty, bookish & level-headed too be believable, but that's part of the fun. It's the start of 1938 and over the course of a year, 24yo Kate will launch herself from the secretarial pool into a world of glamour, art, jazz, & society. Kate is a quintessential 1930s working girl - a cross between an early Hepburn & the titular 'Golddiggers' of the 1930s films. Delightful.

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Twainy
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Pickpick

🎧📚 Amor Towles is now an auto-buy for me. This is a debut novel. I loved A Gentleman in Moscow.

It‘s post depression era NYC, 1938. Two working girls (not that kind of working) chance upon a handsome well-to-do banker one night in a jazz club that pivots the direction of their lives & throws them into the lifestyles of the rich & famous.

EDIT - adding #BOTM & thank you Libby! 👇🏻

Twainy Katy Kontent‘s apartment has stacks of books, she loves art, she visits used bookstores, she quotes the classics & this seems to be a coming of age year in her life with a couple twists. 👇🏻 1y
Twainy Beautiful prose, so very well written. While I zipped through this book I needed to focus on it so it‘s not a fun driving book it‘s more of an elliptical book. It‘s not a gripping action adventure more of a character piece where NYC plays one of the characters. Another surprise read for me!!

I shouldn‘t like this book but I do, loved it.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️2/3
1y
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RenePenn
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My newly purchased stack of #usedbooks because I don‘t have enough unread books at home already 😂

Cathythoughts Rules of Civility keeps drawing my attention from my shelves .... I think@it will be good ! All yours look good 👏🏻 1y
marleed Each of those authors would be must purchase if I came across an unread book while thrifting. I loved Bel Canto - saw the movie first and it actually was a positive impact to my reading experience. Loved Rules of Civility- you can flip to the back and read that list of 100+ rules. It‘s fascinating. I kind of wished I‘d read the rules first. 1y
RenePenn @marleed I will take a peek at the rules first! I haven‘t seen Bel Canto movie yet but I‘m looking forward to reading the book! (edited) 1y
RenePenn @Cathythoughts I read A Gentleman in Moscow and loved it. I‘m hoping Rules of Civility is as good (edited) 1y
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Seshat
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"Uncompromising purpose and the search for eternal truth have an unquestionable sex appeal for the young and high-minded; but when a person loses the ability to take pleasure in the mundane--in the cigarette on the stoop or the gingersnap in the bath--she had probably put herself in unnecessary danger."

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SheilaChew
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Just checked this out on my Libby app. Hoping to get my reading mojo back. Wish me luck.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Pickpick

I read this on the recommendation of Modern Mrs. Darcy. Good start to the year.

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Here are my choices for #bookspin and #bookspinbingo! I look forward to this an unreasonable amount. 😋 The tagged book is one I know I‘ll read because it‘s for my real-life book club (with @Kempii !) but I always start the month gunning for a blackout. Maybe this will be the month?

I have 3 spots for whatever library books come in, 2 for thesis research, and my #JolabokaflodSwap book that I‘ll open on December 24th! ❤️🎄⛄️💚

Kempii I really enjoyed A Good Neighborhood by Therese Ann Fowler. Another Litten recommended it and I found it compelling. Hard to say more without revealing spoilers! 2y
Kempii I also recommend “10 minutes 38 seconds in this strange world.” Absolutely loved it. It follows a woman‘s last ten minutes of life and thoughts as she lays dying. 2y
LiteraryinLawrence @Kempii I liked/didn‘t love A Good Neighborhood. I‘ll look into the other one; I‘ve heard about it but am not sure I‘m up to it emotionally. 2y
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Kempii It‘s not an easy breezy read but I did find it bittersweet and uplifting in an unexpected and positive way. 2y
Kempii If you haven‘t read “This is how you lose the time war,” it would be emotionally easier than the other book and (bonus!) is the highest rated book our book club has read. It‘s one of the few books that I enthusiastically gave a 10/10. Okay I‘ll stop throwing unsolicited recommendations at you now! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence @Kempii Thanks! I love hearing your suggestions! 2y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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It's my bday tomorrow. Today I got to celebrate with my twin boys while visiting them in Idaho. We wandered my favorite independent bookstore and they bought me a book for my bday. #bestpresent #greatday #supportindependentbookstores

MsMelissa I hope you have a wonderful birthday 🎂🥳 2y
vivastory Happy early Birthday 🎂🎉📚📚 2y
Reviewsbylola Fantastic book. Happiest of birthdays! 2y
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Happy early birthday!!! Hope it keeps being fantastic! ❤️ 2y
mrp27 Great book! Enjoy and happy early birthday! 2y
Laughterhp Happy early birthday! 2y
Eggbeater Happy Birthday! 🎉 2y
TheNeverendingTBR Hope you have a great day ahead! 💫 2y
BarbaraBB Happy birthday! I just finished this book and enjoyed it a lot 2y
Gissy Happy Belated Birthday!🎂🎈🎈🎈🎉🎉🎉🤗 2y
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BarbaraBB
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Katey Kontent is living the life in Manhattan on the brink of WWII. She is witty and charming and climbing her career steps while partying with New York‘s well to do. Tinker Grey is the man who changes all for her, whether he‘s around or not. Towles is so good in bringing his characters to life. All are such interesting people but I really loved Katey and Tinker, even though - or maybe because - they are not perfect. A fun and glamorous read!

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I have this one waiting 😁 2y
erinreads I think I need to revisit this one soon! 2y
KarenUK So glad you liked it.... sounds great. I must try and get to it this month 😊👍 2y
Jenken1998 Such a great read! 2y
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