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The Alice Network
The Alice Network: A Novel | Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two womena female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
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Dcueto
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“Radium girls” was amazing. On to the next!

Readswithcoffee I really liked this one! 18h
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Skeeterisme
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So good.

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TracyReadsBooks
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I don‘t typically describe historical fiction as the perfect beach read but it works for this book. Based on the real life Alice Network, a group of female spies during WWI, the story jumps between 1914, & the tale of one of the spies, & 1947 as a young American searches for her cousin. The story itself is a little predictable but the action is nonstop & the knowledge it‘s based on real people & events keeps you engaged until the end. A good read.

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TracyReadsBooks
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My mom told me she wants me to read the tagged book—the only catch is I have to do it while I‘m visiting her since it belongs to a friend & she needs to return it. Here‘s the thing, when mom says she wants you to read a book, you kinda, sorta, totally need to read the book. So, The Alice Network is up next (& I now have more time to decide which of my preorders—Exile From Eden, The Future of Another Timeline, Wayward Son—I‘m going to read first).

ravenlee Yeah, you just got some assigned reading! 3w
TracyReadsBooks @ravenlee I sure did! I‘m a few pages in and enjoying the story so far so 🤞this assignment won‘t be too onerous! 😂 3w
marleed That‘s so cool. I would love to give my daughter (27) assigned reading. I wish she would remember how much she used to love to read! She did this thing in school called Accelerated Reader (AR). She excelled but when she got to HS and no longer received accolades for reading, she quit. Cold turkey quit. I‘m still sad about it. 3w
tessavi It's the other way around for me; I suggest books to my mom (general fiction) and dad (sci-fi & fantasy)! 3w
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Louise
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Based on a real network of mostly female spies in WWI, this novel weaves historical fact with fiction to show how events from WWI influenced some people‘s choices and behaviors in WWII and beyond. It jumps back and forth between 1947 and the years of WWI. People endured so much hardship and needed such courage during the two world wars. Hats off to my grandparents‘ and great-grandparents‘ generations! #audiobook #WWI

Readswithcoffee This is one of my favorite historical fiction books. 👍🏻📚 3w
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Wendyloohoo77
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I loved this book. I‘ve been on a WWII and holocaust kick lately, and that‘s just fine. So many stories of strong people, strong WOMEN, I don‘t think I could be so brave. The characters in this book were inspiring, overcoming obstacles and standing up for themselves, finding their own way and finding peace. A beautiful story. ♥️

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Shakespearience
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Just finished the audio version! The story was so exciting and I loved the little trio that formed — found families are my jam. The person reading the story did a great job with voices!

Blueberry @foundfamilies check out Billie Letts' books ♡ 2mo
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Bailedbailed

Eh, #unpopularopinion but I just get into this one.

rabbitprincess I couldn't get into it either, which was annoying because I liked the concept! 2mo
OutsmartYourShelf I read it but it wasn‘t as good as I had hoped. 2mo
REPollock Same. 2mo
Bookish2 I bailed on it too 2mo
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wanderinglynn
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Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon ❤️❤️❤️ First thank you for sending a book. Because you‘re right—what is a bookmark without a book.

And second, because this bookmark RULES! 🙌🏻 This is about the most epic bookmark ever! ❤️🐱😹😘

#bookmarkswap

LibrarianRyan That cat an sword bookmark is so awesome. 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That bookmark is pretty awesome. 2mo
MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. I love that bookmark too. 2mo
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ScientistSam
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This is definitely a 5 ⭐ read and one of my favorite books so far this year! Interweaving the stories of two young women during or in the aftermath of two world wars, Kate Quinn gives us les fleurs du mal, women who flourish in the face of evil. 1915 sees young Eve a spy for the Allies in occupied France, while 1947 has us meet her again through the eyes of young Charlotte, with her own quest for justice. What happened in the intervening years?👇

ScientistSam Even more incredible is the fact that the Alice Network of WWI women spies is based on a little-known real spy network. 2mo
JulAnna I liked this one too! 😊 2mo
ScientistSam @JulAnna wasn't it great?! 2mo
TNbookworm I loved it! 2mo
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nichollinlove
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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In a move I rarely ever make, I read this book cover to cover. The author used historical events and people to weave the fictional character's story to life. I love the Author's Note and P.S. at the back of the book. Some of the small triumphant parts where I cheered were historically accurate, adding to the authenticity of fictional Eve. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

DebinHawaii Such a great book! 📚🤗 2mo
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nichollinlove
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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I am about half way through this book and I don't want to put it down! I know I won't have time to finish it tonight but I am caught up in the suspense of spies and mysterious disappearances. I've realized I know so little about the first world war and find myself looking up little details in relation to the story line.

Aims42 This was such a page-tuner, I loved it too!! 2mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 This one is on my TBR. I think I have it as an audiobook. 2mo
DebReads4fun I loved this book! 2mo
MellieAntoinette Wait for it! Her second WWII spyrama is super compelling as well! Read it on a weekend! 2mo
nichollinlove Thanks @MellieAntoinette ! I'm going to add that to my stack and pick it up sooner than later! 2mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Historical fiction is not usually my thing, but I found this fascinating! I‘m so glad my library book group voted to read this over the summer. Especially appreciated the author‘s note, detailing the historical references & where she took small liberties. Bonus-it fits into two reading challenges 😉. #LitsyAtoZ:Q #bbrc #growup #nytbestseller @BookishMarginalia @LibrarianRyan

CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 2mo
LibrarianRyan ⭐️👍🤓 2mo
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crazyspine
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Library sale #bookhaul

Suet624 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2mo
tammysue 🙌🏻 2mo
crazyspine @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I've heard a lot of good things. I have to add it to the top of my TBR. 2mo
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theasaurus
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I finally finished this book! Thank you The Alice Network for being so great. It was a bittersweet ending topped with a feel of pride and honor. Such brave women to remind us that we ladies can endure hard times. Endure. ❤️

I also thank the thunderstorm for trapping me in the library so I had the chance to read. I‘m afraid of thunder and refuse to go outside in the middle of a storm! #historicalfiction

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theasaurus
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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I have been wanting to go to my city‘s downtown or some cafe but both require a bus commute that makes me anxious so I‘ve always just chosen not to go. But today I mustered up the courage and went for it as soon as I woke up. It gave me a chance to read! I‘ve owned this book for almost a year. Because of my never-ending busy schedule I never really got into reading it too much until today. A much needed break.

I‘m pretty proud of myself today.

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Shksprsis
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My books for July. Not as many as June, but then I had to go back to work after summer break. Rather stay home and read. My favorites were Born a Crime, A Man Called Ove and The Alice Network. #thealicenetwork #miraclecreek #fivefeetapart #verity #daisyjonesandthesix #thelastmrsparrish #theperfectstranger #bornacrime #amancalledove #goodomens

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TheBookStacker
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I was on track to finishing my book before bed and then my kindle goes and decides to do this.... ugh! Time to watch Veronica Mars I guess 🤷🏽‍♀️

TorieStorieS That‘s the worst!!!! 3mo
Smrloomis It doesn‘t ask if it can ruin your reading experience at that moment??? That‘s awful! 😱 3mo
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rretzler
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I liked but didn‘t love it. I enjoyed the historical aspects - I learned about British female spies during WWI which was very interesting. The book was roughly based on a real female spy ring and it‘s leader. However, I felt that the author made a tenuous connection between the spy ring and WWII events. I think I might have enjoyed it more if she concentrated on the events and characters relating to WWI and not tried to add WWII. 3.75⭐️🤣 #2019

rmaclean4 I have wondered about this book. Thanks for the review. 3mo
rretzler @rmaclean4 😁 It has a lot of love, but I‘ve noticed in Litsy reviews that there are those who feel similarly to me. Wasn‘t bad, but could have been better IMO! If you read it, I‘d love to know your thoughts. 3mo
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Maria514626
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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This was OK. Weaving in the romances was predictable. The spies‘ stories were quite interesting. This May have been more gripping as a read than as a listen. 3.5/5 ⭐️ #24in48

rretzler Also just finished it. I think it could have left Charlie out altogether and just concentrated on Eve‘s story and it would have been a better book. 3mo
Maria514626 @rretzler So true! Often the case with a historical novel that tries to anchor the story in a more recent time. Not sure if that sentence makes sense. 😂 3mo
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Samreamer
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Very engaging and interesting. I found that I didn‘t actually like the main character, Charlie. I think her plot line of her search for a long lost cousin that she hadn‘t seen since she was 12 consuming her life was a little thin. Eve‘s story, however, was superb. I really listened to this whole story just for Eve.

Beatlefan129 I totally agree with you. Eve‘s story was so compelling and Charlie‘s story just did not grab me the same way 3mo
Samreamer @Beatlefan129 right?! I also felt like she stole some of Eve‘s thunder at the end, but oh well. As long as Eve was happy 😂 3mo
rretzler I totally agree. I think the author could have left out the Charlie part and just made the story about Eve. The connection was very tenuous, at best. 3mo
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Maria514626
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Starting #24in48 with these two already-in-progress books. Light and dark. Audio and Kindle. 😄

I might not have much reading time today. But tomorrow? A have an all-day date with my reading chair. 👏👏👏

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Lukens715
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Loved this read . The author kept me hooked throughout the entire book.

Nyangu2210 What is the book about? 3mo
Lukens715 Female spies during WWI. 3mo
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ATB
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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If you have not read this yet... stop what you are doing and start reading it now.

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“There are two kinds of flowers when it comes to women,” Eve said. “The kind that sit safe in a beautiful vase, or the kind that survive in any conditions . . . even in evil. Lili was the latter. Which are you?”

#France #LetsTravelJuly

Another one of my favorites!! 🇫🇷❤️🇫🇷

starlight97 Loved this one! 💙💙 3mo
OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️🇫🇷 3mo
TheBookHippie I still want to read this! 3mo
emmaturi Great story! I hadn't realised it was true. So I read up about it afterwards! So interesting! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi yes!! It was a great read!! 💗 3mo
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taraWritesSci
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My dental hygienist is in the same shopping center as Barnes & Noble, so of course I had to treat myself to a book afterwards! 😜

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KCCOkatey
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Been meaning to post this for a week! I‘ve been super super busy, I ended up working two 12 hour shifts last weekend so I didn‘t get to open it when we finally could. I LOVED MY BOX @mvegabec everything was super cute and I can‘t wait to read these. You did a great job, I know my TBR list is a hot mess. #summersantagoespostal @BookishMarginalia

mvegabec Hi Katey @KCCOkatey !! I am glad you liked it. I hope you enjoy this summer with the readings, have a wonderful weekend!!💗😁 4mo
KCCOkatey @mvegabec 😍😍 4mo
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UnabridgedPod
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Kate Quinn's The Alice Network was a pleasant surprise. I read about it when my book club chose it but somehow thought it was a WWII novel (and I'm still in the grasp of some WWII fatigue after over-reading books from that time period a couple of years ago). It takes, therefore, a special book set during that time period to knock me out of my aversion. Quinn's book was the perfect remedy, perhaps because it's WWII adjacent. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod The two narratives acutally take place in WWI, when we learn of Evelyn Gardiner's experiences as a spy, and right after WWII, as we see Charlotte St. Claire recruit Eve and her man-of-all-work Finn to locate her cousin Rose, lost during the war. These women are strong and layered characters, and the complexity of their development over the narrative is fascinating, with a perfect balance of character and plot. Can't wait to talk about it! 4mo
marleed I loved this book as well as her new book The Huntress. And this after suffering he same fatigue as you. 4mo
UnabridgedPod @marleed I‘ll have to try The Huntress then! 4mo
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Freespirit Wow great review! 😍 4mo
Daisey I also really enjoyed this and am looking forward to reading The Huntress. 4mo
UnabridgedPod @Daisey Me too! It looks great. 4mo
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bookwrm526
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I read this for a group read, and I found it a little meh. I think I might be burned out on historical fiction around the wars, and I also feel like I wanted way more of Eve and a little less of Charlie. I would, however, read other books by this author, because I did enjoy the writing.

Caz1 I loved this book 4mo
bookwrm526 @Caz1 I can see why people would, but I think I was just having a little fatigue when I read it :) 4mo
Crazeedi @bookwrm526 after I read so many ww2 books I have to take a break, just too much for my heart to bear. Then I rejuvenate and pick up one again... 4mo
bookwrm526 @Crazeedi exactly!!! 4mo
rretzler Agreed! Charlie‘s connection to the story was too tenuous and a little contrived. It would have been a better book if it were all about Eve! 3mo
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Nashy

"You know why none of us judge?" I bumped into his shoulder with mine until he finally looked down at me. "Because none of us has the goddamn right to look down our noses at anyone else's sins." ~Charlie St. Claire

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MandellaL
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 This was a fantastic read! I loved the characters and the narrative shifts. A lot of true history, too. I am generally a fan of books with great female protagonists and this book is full of ones that won't be easy to forget. I definitely recommend.

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Nashy

Poetry is like a passion-it should not be merely pretty; it should overwhelm and bruise. ~René Bordelon

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Nashy
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I'm absolutely loving this book and really appreciate how the author wrote it ❤ toodles 💫🤭

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Soubhiville
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@AmyG thank you so much for the birthday package! I love the pillow ❤️. I‘ll be taking the notepads and kitty tissues to work, they‘re cute and made me laugh. The coaster is on my coffee table. And I‘m excited for both of these books. You‘re so sweet! 💕

Hooked_on_books The pillow! 😍 4mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz The tissues lol too cute! 4mo
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AmyG It was my pleasure. Hope you have a wonderful birthday! 😘 (edited) 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved The Alice Network! 4mo
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Nashy

"1947 was hell for any girl who would rather work calculus problems than read Vogue, any girl who would rather listen to Edith Piaf than Artie Shaw, and any girl with an empty finger and a rounding belly." ~Charlie St. Clair

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Eggbeater
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This book was adventurous, dramatic, witty, romantic, suspenseful, historical, educational, and heartbreaking. It seems impossible that the author managed to pack all of that into one novel, yet she has done so. The story doesn't allow for a moment's rest and women in it are incredible. I want to go out and buy a "morally questionable hat" to celebrate the book.??

marleed I loved this book and just read the huntress! 4mo
Eggbeater @marleed How was The Huntress? It is next on my list. 4mo
marleed I loved it - maybe as much as The Alice Network. In fact, it‘s my post for later today. I just posted for a challenge so thought I‘d wait a few hours before posting again! 4mo
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Daisey
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May was heavy on audio and light on text. I enjoyed some interesting books through the month and am picking The Alice Network and Spill as favorites. I also love The Return of the Shadow, but it‘s kind of a category of its own.

#MonthlyStats #ReadingStats

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MandellaL
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Loving the female characters in this book and the shifting narration.

Lynnsoprano One of my favorites! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 4mo
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MandellaL
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1. The Alice Network, Kate Quinn; She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb; Girl Who Played with Fire, Stieg Larsen
2. Jackdaws, Ken Follet, part of this morning's book haul
3. The Sunflower, Simon Wiesenthal
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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MandellaL
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Reading to the backdrop of a spring storm. Smells and sounds beautiful here! And this book is fantastic! Thanks for the recommendation Litsy!

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BennettBookworm
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Awesome weekend in Philly exploring some treasured independent bookstores! I picked up my own copy of the tagged book, as well as some others for my students.

DivineDiana Glad you enjoyed your visit! 🙂 5mo
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starlight97
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Kate Quinn superbly intertwines real historical characters and true events with fictional details here and there, never twisting facts too much to fit her storyline. I devoured the author's note at the end (something I don't always do), learning which characters and events were real and which parts were made up by her. Brilliantly written and very well researched historical fiction. Recommended for those who like to read about both World Wars.

EH2018 Really looking forward to this one! 5mo
starlight97 @EH2018 I don't think it'll disappoint 😊 5mo
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EastWind76
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I've heard such great things about this book! My current goal is to read an average of 11 books per month, and I just finished #55, so maybe I can get ahead a little bit... 😉

TheBookAddict 🙌🏽 you can do it! I love the bookmark as well. 😻 5mo
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litsybookclub
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Discussion Question Number Three.

Kathrin A sociopath breaking every single joint in her hands! 😱😱😱 5mo
tpixie @Kathrin yes!!! 5mo
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litsybookclub
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Discussion Question Number Two.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#GirlsLikeYou
#AMonthOfSongs

This prompt made me think of Eve, Rose, Alice, and Charlie (searching for her cousin Rose) and all of the other courageous female spies in The Alice Network...

Lynnsoprano One of my favorites ❤️ 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m looking forward to this one - just finished her latest book (edited) 5mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻 I haven‘t read this one but have heard great things! (edited) 5mo
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks, made me glad I swerved out of my ‘usual‘ lane to read it - loved it! Contender for my favourite book of the year. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @thegirlwiththelibrarybag oh wow!!! I‘ve got to get it then!!! Thank you!! 5mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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I am more than half way to my reading challenge on Goodreads.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 🥳🥳🥳 I wish I could say the same! 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Good job! You‘re crushing this year! 5mo
Emilymdxn Wow well done! 5mo
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ephemeralwaltz Amazing! 5mo
MallenNC How was Tan's book? I want to read all of their books this year! 5mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC It was amazing. He is so honest, has a great sense of humor and I loved it. I have already read Karamo‘s book. I can‘t wait for Jonathan‘s and Antoni‘s books. I wish that Bobby would write one too. 5mo
MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess That‘s great to hear. I figured his book would be good. I have Karamo‘s on my TbR too. And I‘ll read all the other ones. 5mo
DGRachel Wow! That‘s amazing (and double where I‘m at for the year). 😱 5mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel Thanks. I listen to a lot of audiobooks running and commuting to work. Work is only 20 minutes away but it still works for audiobooks. Plus I use my hour lunch to read. 5mo
DGRachel I like to use my lunch hour for reading, too, but for the next three weeks I won‘t be able to unless I want to stay at work an hour later, which I totally don‘t. 5mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @DGRachel I wouldn‘t do that either. I have to take my hour so I figure that I will use it wisely. 😉 5mo
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Discussion Question Number One.

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rjsthumbelina
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1. Teen, fantasy & sci-fi, historical fiction, thrillers, nonfiction
2.tagged
3. St Louis, MO
4. The couch or my bed! 🛋️🛏️
#oldmeetsnewgiveaway @Cinfhen

PerksOfBeingABookworm I live in STL! Are you here visiting or do you live here too? 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m also a bed or couch reader!!!!! Especially in the colder months 😜Thanks for sharing and posting💜 5mo
Cinfhen Congrats 🎉🎉🎉 🎉 your name was selected by the random drawer❤️send me an email with your address & I‘ll send you your 2 books cindyh666 at iCloud dot com 5mo
rjsthumbelina @PerksOfBeingABookworm I somehow missed this notification! I live in Arnold, which is like 40 minutes south of StL. 5mo
rjsthumbelina @Cinfhen email sent! Thanks 😊 5mo
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