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Women in the Castle
Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
Three women, haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding.Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany s defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband s ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband s brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows.First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin s mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister s wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband s resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war each with their own unique share of challenges. Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale, Sarah s Key, and The Light Between Oceans, Jessica Shattuck s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history. Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere, The Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship. "
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jen_the_scribe

Another one for lovers of historical fiction. This book focuses on a whole other side to WWII and the holocaust: the women left behind by the revolutionaries/rebels to the Nazi party. Well-researched with sympathetic characters and vivid descriptions.

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Eggs
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And I'm on my way, I still remember
This old country lanes
When we did not know the answers
And I miss the way you make me feel, it's real
We watched the sunset over the castle on the hill🎶

“Her dearest friends were like dreams she had woken from. How had she missed so much?”

#thecastleonthehill #wanderingJune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Great use of lyrics!! I couldn‘t get into this book. 2w
gradcat Love your quote choice from the book. ♥️ 2w
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Freespirit
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Wow I am getting a history lesson from this audiobook. Told from the perspective of 3 women in post world war 2 Germany. Very well written. How lucky we are we didn‘t live through this time.
I listened to it as I walked to a far corner of our farm where a small creek usually runs. Previously when in drought it has always had waterholes but this drought has dried it out completely😟 #audiowalk #climatechange

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Insightsintobooks
Women in the Castle | Jessica Shattuck
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Look what's on sale!! I've been waiting for it to go on sale!!

#kindledeals #kindledeal #ebooksale

Mdargusch Nice! 1mo
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This takes place right at the end of WWII, and is about 3 widows & their children who end up living & surviving together. There are quite a few flashbacks to their lives before & during the war, and even a few dramatic turns I didn‘t see coming. Reading about the war from female perspectives is always interesting but from German female perspectives was fascinating, and all three of them had very different views & responses to what was happening.

Insightsintobooks I like your review, I've been meaning to get this one for awhile. 1mo
behudd @Insightsintobooks thanks! It had been on my list for awhile, too! Glad I finally got around to it 1mo
Crazeedi I liked it too 1mo
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MrBook
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Stop 3 on today‘s home-library tour!

Do you own or have you read any of these books?!

(Current tune on the player from the ‘80s Hits list “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” 😆😎🕺)

#MrBooksBooks

mdm139 Read the women in the castle 2mo
kalinichta Read Animators, Lillian, and Beasts. Loved Animators and Lillian. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Read Lillian! 2mo
Crystalblu Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is one of my favorite books of the last few years! 2mo
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Simona
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Yes @Cinfhen my TBR is quite accurate, and is almost needless to say - I really looking forward to read them all♥️ and that I always read with burning candle, taking notes. Thank you, thank you, thank you❣️ I was overwhelmed when I received your package, and now seeing all this bookish goodies, I‘m beyond overwhelmed. You are truly exceptional generous, warm and thoughtful Litten, and I really hope to meet you IRL someday. 🙏

BarbaraBB Wow 😍 2mo
Simona @BarbaraBB Exactly❣️😍 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Hope to meet you one day, too!!! I love this Litsy community for bringing us all together ❤️ 2mo
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LeahBergen How lovely! ❤️❤️ 2mo
Simona @Cinfhen Littens are the best‼️ 2mo
Simona @LeahBergen Indeed, very lovely 😘 2mo
Cinfhen It‘s true... and you‘re a perfect example 😘 2mo
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jessamyngrace

For so long Marianne and Albrecht and many of their friends had known Hitler was a lunatic, a leader whose lowbrow appeal to people's most selfish, self-pitying emotions and ignorance was an embarrassment for their country. They had watched him make a masterwork of scapegoating Jews for Germany's fall from power and persuade his followers that enlightenment, humanity, and tolerance were weaknesses -- "Jewish" ideas that led to defeat.

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Macnjen
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Audiobook for book club and the #litsyAtoZ challenge.. Good narration of the tale of three WW2 German women whose lives converge. Lovely writing and interesting weaving of the characters. @BookishMarginalia

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TheBookKeepers
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Another epic round of #lmpbc !! @Johanna414 I‘m mailing yours back to you today! So hopefully you‘ll get it by midweek 💙. Love reading everyone‘s comments! Thanks for a fun round!! @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic

Johanna414 Sounds good! I need to send Kara‘s back as well- meant to this week and forgot... @ConfessionofaBookaholic 3mo
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Mehso-so

This was a so-so for me! I felt the story dragged in the beginning, started to pick up steam as they regrouped their lives and then lost some momentum at the end. This shows unique perspectives from the Nazi era that you dont often read about, which I enjoyed. Another great round of #LMPBC ! Thanks ladies for the good reads! @TheBookKeepers @johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic

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kellyann28
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Just got home from our vacation and had this waiting on me :) #LMPBC @ConfessionofaBookaholic @johanna414 @TheBookKeepers

I'm going to try and read it this weekend and get it back to you, Amanda!

ConfessionofaBookaholic Yay! Glad you got it, I really enjoyed that one 😁 4mo
Johanna414 This was really good! Hope you love it! 4mo
TheBookKeepers No rush on my end love 💋 4mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Really enjoyed this one as a #lmpbc @kellyann28 I‘ll be send it out to you tomorrow!

kellyann28 Awesome, thanks! 4mo
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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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Beautiful night for working on my #LMPBC in my hammock. Of course my buddy couldn‘t let me relax all alone, gotta make sure to share the love 😍 📝

#puppylove #dogsoflitsy

kellyann28 Oh he/she is BEAUTIFUL! 4mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @kellyann28 Thank you! His name is Jaxson and he knows he‘s beautiful, lol 4mo
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Johanna414 OMG he‘s so pretty! 😍😍😍 4mo
SaraFair That pup is reading hard! Is it a picture book? Didn‘t know Britanies stopped that long- 4mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @SaraFair he stops when he feels ignored, gotta make sure he‘s getting attention 100% of the time 😂 4mo
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BekaReid
The Women of the Castle | Jessica Shattuck

"...music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul. Not a luxury but a compulsion."

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Bourriquet76
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Seventh read of 2019

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hdhubbard
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8/10 Interesting look at Germany during WWII from a womens perspective. Different shades of black white, and grey are how people survive.

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ConfessionofaBookaholic
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My #lmpbc book just showed up! Super excited to get started 🤓

@Johanna414
@TheBookKeepers
@kellyann28

Crazeedi I enjoyed this book 5mo
Johanna414 I really liked this one! 5mo
TheBookKeepers Yay! Hope you like it! 5mo
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kellyann28 Hey Kara! How's this one coming along? I know you got it late but just checking in for our #LMPBC ! 4mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @kellyann28 it‘s going much slower that I‘d like, but I‘m hoping to wrap it up this weekend 👍 4mo
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tdrosebud
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The anthology is a gift from my mom, the rest are some books bought with some of my Christmas money. I've got 4 more on order from gift cards. #bookhaul

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4.5 ☆ A riveting story of 3 widowed German women who‘s resister husband‘s were killed for an assassination attempt on Hitler. Through their experiences we get to know them-their past, secrets + hopes for a better life as they struggle to survive war horrors w/their children after seeking refuge in Marianne‘s battered castle. It also shed light on how Ger. civilians fooled themselves as to what was really going on. Heartbreaking + warming both.

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Johanna414
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I was a little nervous going into this, and wasn‘t sure if I was going to like it. I ended up absolutely loving it, and found myself thinking about the characters even when I wasn‘t reading. It‘s a beautiful story. #lmpbc @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic
Kara, I‘ll put it in the mail to you sometime this week!

TheBookKeepers Yay I‘m so happy you loved it!! I was really hoping I didn‘t add to your book slump! 6mo
whatshesreadingnow I really enjoyed it too! 👍🏻 6mo
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers nope, you got me out of it! I think I needed something totally different from my usual go-to genres 6mo
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JillR I enjoyed this recently too :) 6mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @Johanna414 Any news on this one? I haven‘t seen it in the mail yet... 5mo
Johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic yes, it is in the mail - Sorry I forgot to tell you! You should have it in the next day or two 5mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic @Johanna414 ok good! I just wanted to make sure it didn‘t get lost or something 😊 5mo
Johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic No, I just was super late in sending it... I struggled finding time to get to the post office when I didn‘t have both kids in tow 5mo
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Johanna414
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Doing some #audiocrochet and trying to finish up Christmas gifts while plugging away at my #25infive readathon. This is more than I‘ve read in weeks, so I think I‘m finally getting over the dreaded slump I‘ve been in.

TaciturnWhenReading Good for you! I‘m in a bit of a slump myself - I think it‘s the holiday obligations. 🎄🎁😳 6mo
Andrew65 Always great to get out of a slump! Well done 🙌🙌🙌 6mo
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Johanna414
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Everyone in our house is sick this weekend, but I‘m stealing a few minutes to relax while the kids nap. I think Tony and Lane are going to get a Christmas tree this afternoon, but I‘d rather stay home and read... I actually downloaded the audiobook of this so I could got back and forth between the two. Really enjoying it so far!
#audiocrochet #lmpbc

JillR I really enjoyed this too :) 6mo
Tamra The upside is hopefully everyone will have had and be over the bug by Xmas! 6mo
Johanna414 @Tamra that‘s what I keep telling myself! 6mo
TheBookKeepers Wow beautiful blanket!! Great idea to alternate with the audio!! Hope everyone gets better soon! 😘 6mo
Johanna414 @TheBookKeepers thanks! It‘s to go with the new comforter we bought Lane for his 3rd birthday. He‘s totally obsessed with “comfy, cozy blankets” right now... 6mo
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Johanna414
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It‘s been kind of a crazy week with both kids sick, but Nina and I managed to venture out and mail both my #lmpbc book and #blinddatewithabookswap package this morning! Of course I forgot to take a picture, so here‘s Nina with my next read! @ConfessionofaBookaholic @TheBookKeepers @kellyann28 @TheReadingMermaid

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LisaJo
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I enjoyed reading this historical novel. I really found the characters fascinating. I liked the fashion in which the author slowly gave us details of these characters. By the way the bookmark shown in the picture is from the bookstore, called Novel, in Memphis where I purchased this book. I was on a road trip and had to visit a bookstore. It‘s a nice well organized bookstore not as quaint as some independent bookstore. But has a killer restaurant.

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TheBookKeepers
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Soo my book slump has ended!! I finally started appreciating this book towards the end. I think I just wasn‘t in the right head space when I started it & was craving more of a page turner. This one isn‘t action packed, but has excellent character development & will leave you contemplating the themes. Happy & surprised that it was a pick! @Johanna414 I‘ll be mailing it to you this week! #lmpbc #groupb @kellyann28 @ConfessionofaBookaholic

kellyann28 I'm glad you turned around on it! 7mo
Johanna414 I‘m looking forward to it! I‘m in a major slump right now, and I‘m hoping something different than my usual genres might help 7mo
TheBookKeepers @Johanna414 got it all packaged up & in the mailbox. It‘ll go out in the morning! 7mo
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When I was in university back in the late 80s, I took a job calling alumni and asking them to pledge money. During one of the conversations I had, the woman on the phone said that her and her husband did not believe in a higher education for their daughters and would not be pledging. I thought she was joking to get out of pledging but, during an extended conversation, I found this to be their take on life now. To this day I‘m utterly disturbed.

TrishB 😔 7mo
Amiable Such a medieval way of thinking. Every woman needs to be able to take care of herself. There are no guarantees that being married and having babies will work out financially for any of us! Spouses die; divorces happen. If I had daughters ( I have two sons) I'd feel MORE inclined to make sure they got an education, especially since the world is still set up to favor males. 7mo
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JillR
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I really enjoyed this. It gives a different perspective of a situation that seems so clear, but clearly wasn‘t. It was quietly and well told; the story of 3 women who come together in a remote German castle as WWII ends. It tells of the horror of war, having to flee, families being parted, but also of looking the other way or not seeing, both in terms of Hitler‘s actions, and also in the nuances of their own lives and the mistakes they make.

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“… as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul. Not a luxury but a compulsion. “

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JillR
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It‘s cold and gloomy; I need some historical fiction. I think this was a #blameitonlitsy...

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Momob121
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A very different perspective of German women in the aftermath of World War II. The story line was compelling and I finished it in a day.

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I really enjoy historical fiction. Not sure how this will end, but I was sucked in to the characters and plot within the first chapter. I can only imagine what life was like for those during World War II on any side.

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TheBookKeepers
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This book is slower for me than anticipated, but I‘m still enjoying the read overall. #lmpbc #groupb

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tbreit
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Read for book club. Great characters.

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TheBookKeepers
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This will be my pick for our group! I‘ve read some reviews saying the first chapters are very gripping! 🎉 #lmpbc #GroupB @kellyann28 @Johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic

Johanna414 Awesome! 8mo
starlight97 It's on my tbr too :) 8mo
kellyann28 Awesome! 8mo
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Aims42 This is a very compelling read! 8mo
Laura317 I enjoyed this in audio! It was so good. 8mo
ConfessionofaBookaholic Yay! I was hoping you‘d pick this one 💕 8mo
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litenthusiast
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"Years later, as a professor, Martin would try to find the words to articulate the power of togetherness in a world where togetherness had been corrupted - and to explore the effect of the music, the surprising lengths the people had gone to hear it and to play it, as evidence that music, and art in general, are basic requirements of the human soul."

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SonyaBeatty
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Six pages in and I'm hooked... unfortunately, lunch is over. 😭

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Jav1972
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A tale of endurance during World War II stories of three women that come to the castle for all different reasons...

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#sisforseptember #shelfie
Part of my shelves featuring historical fictions. Drumroll 🥁......they‘re all waiting to be read! 🙈

mom2bugnbee The Nightingale was so good! As is anything by Ruta Sepetys. 10mo
LazyDays I've been wanting to read The Bright Edge, and Snow Child! Hopefully you can get some reading some this winter!💓 10mo
whatshesreadingnow Loved The Nightingale ❤️ 9mo
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ReadingSusan
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Oh man Audible has another $5.95 sale! I love these sales and it‘s hard to resist. I managed to only get three books.

Whodunit85 Connecticut Yankee was amazing, Nick Offerman is absolutely delightful. 10mo
Emilymdxn I do the exact same thing every time! 10mo
Birdsong28 The last UK sale I got 4 pre-orders and 3 books bought. You have to do it as they can be so expensive. But you also have to restrict yourself lol😂 10mo
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ReadingSusan @Whodunit85 it‘s one of my favorite books! I can‘t wait to hear this version. 10mo
ReadingSusan @Emilymdxn it‘s way too hard to resist. 10mo
ReadingSusan @Birdsong28 yes I was like oh no 22 pages of sales. Good thing I had read a lot of them. 10mo
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I enjoyed the idea of this historical novel and the exploration of the idea of forgiveness...but I felt that it was trying to tell too many stories. I found myself wishing that it had a more narrow focus and found that I was done with the novel before it ended. Good solid novel about post war Germany if you have not done a lot of reading about that time and place. 3 🌟

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Up next on Scribd!

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Aims42
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Wow, this book was riveting! The author‘s writing drew you in and I found myself on page 100 without realizing it. It was interesting to get a post WWII in Germany view; very fascinating! Word of advice, it‘s definitely a book that you need to be in the right mindset for

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Aims42
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An unexpected pipe/drain issue at our house has the hubs and I bunking at his parents for the night. Hopefully it‘s a quick and inexpensive fix. Until we find out tomorrow though, I‘ll enjoy their backyard with my wine and my book 😁🍷📚

Wellreadhead Sorry to hear about your plumbing issues but on the plus side what better way to spend an afternoon! 11mo
Aims42 @Wellreadhead aww, thank you!! Yeah, I could think of worse ways to spend my time 😜 11mo
CouronneDhiver Oh dear. Quick and inexpensive fixing thoughts are coming your way. 11mo
Aims42 @CouronneDhiver thank you! We‘re hoping 🤞🏼😣 11mo
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Aims42
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My latest haul from the Waterloo Public Library in Waterloo, Iowa. The Book Nook inside the library is seriously the best kept secret 😇 4 hardcovers for $4!!! And the latest issue of BookPage

Jess_Read_This I loved The Mangle Street Murders! 11mo
Aims42 @Jess_Read_This that‘s so good to hear! I totally picked it up on a whim lol Will let you know when I get to it ☺️ 11mo
Aims42 @BookishMarginalia 💖💖💖 11mo
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Book_Girl3
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I really loved this book and found it so relevant to current events even though it is historical fiction.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 11mo
Book_Girl3 Thank you so much for this welcome!! I found your blog post with Litsy tips last night from a google search. 11mo
Chelleo Hi and welcome 🤗 11mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 😊👋🏻🌸 11mo
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wordslinger42
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@TheBookKeepers Thank you so, SO much for this incredible package!! Everything was so thoughtful & just perfect 💜💜💜 Today was hard & this was just the bright spot I needed! (The pretzels are nearly gone already 😂). I've read the Shannara series, but I don't own any & I'm SO excited to start of my own collection 😄 If you read them, I'd start with First King of Shannara & read on from there!! Now I'm off to have coffee in my hobbit mug 😁

TheBookKeepers Awesome!!! I was stalking the shipping and im pretty sure our packages were in MI at the same time lol!! So I was hoping they‘d arrive on the same day!! Awe I‘m thrilled that you liked everything, I had a blast shopping as well!! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 12mo
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knp4597
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Why on earth does this description sound so familiar?!?! 🤔

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BookaholicNatty
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Well I know what I will be listening to while I do all my cross-stitching!!! I have wanted to read this book and ever time I would pick it up off the shelf I would put it back!!! Thank you!!!! I absolutely love the Star Wars Cross-stitching kit!!!! This is making my week @vkois88 Star Wars and Wonder Woman quarters, needles, peacock scissors and red Aida Cloth!!! More things to go along with the theme!!!! Just ahhhhhhmazing!!!! #MakerSwap

vkois88 Yay!!! ❤ 12mo
LibrarianRyan You got Star Wars cross stitch. Lucky duck!! 12mo
wanderinglynn Star Wars cross-stitch? That‘s so cool! 12mo
CrowCAH OMG I have that Star Wars cross stitch book and already have made BB-8; nothing like starting with the Master Jedi pattern!!! ❤️ 12mo
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