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I Was Anastasia
I Was Anastasia: A Novel | Ariel Lawhon
Ariel Lawhon, a rising star in historical suspense, has set her sights on one of history's most beguiling mysteries: Did Anastasia Romanov survive the Russian Revolution, or was Anna Anderson, the woman who notoriously claimed her identity, an impostor? Russia, July 17, 1918: Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least that is what the executioners have always claimed. Germany, February 17, 1920: A young woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to Anastasia Romanov is pulled shivering and senseless from a canal. Refusing to explain her presence in the freezing water or even acknowledge her rescuers, she is taken to the hospital where an examination reveals that her body is riddled with countless, horrific scars. When she finally does speak, this frightened, mysterious young woman claims to be the Russian Grand Duchess. As rumors begin to circulate through European society that the youngest Romanov daughter has survived the massacre at Ekaterinburg, old enemies and new threats are awakened. The question of who this woman is and what actually happened to Anastasia creates a saga that spans fifty years and three continents. This thrilling page-turner is every bit as moving and momentous as it is harrowing and twisted.
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In February 2019 I was supposed to see this in Cleveland but there was a snowstorm and I couldn‘t get there. In March the world shut down. Finally seeing it in Akron. So excited!!!

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2020 #70 Oh my...I HATED the way the story jumped around. I understand the author‘s reason for constructing the timeline in this way but it frustrated me every single time she made the “time jump.” I will admit I struggled to finish the book, at times, but the story is compelling. I fell in love with Russian history when I visited St Petersburg so the subject matter and locations were of particular interest to me.

marleed I felt the same way! 2y
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I absolutely loved the Anastasia portions of the story. I have to say I‘m not sure what telling the Anna portions of the story backwards added to the text. I could‘ve read a whole book from Anastasia‘s perspective. Lawhon is a good storyteller and sucks you in to what‘s happening. I would read another by her, just hopefully without a reverse narrative. If you‘re fascinated by the myth of Anastasia, then this is definitely for you!

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I love dual timelines and I like the concept of one told backward. However, due to my school schedule, I had to go back and forth between audio and reading with breaks in between. So it was a bit hard to follow. Of course, I loved reading about Anastasia. If you‘ve always been enamored with her, give this a shot.

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Tracyantoon Would love to hear any other Romanov books that anyone recommends. This has been the only one I‘ve read on the family. 2y
sblbooks @Tracyantoon I'm glad you enjoyed it see my reply on question 9. 2y
Kdgordon88 Although the backward timeline was confusing and knowing the history I found myself immersed in the story as if I didn‘t know. I think Ariel Lawhon did a good job of telling the story. Good choice #overbookedclub! 2y
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sblbooks https://youtu.be/UpeaRgi4qzQ I found an old Unsolved Mysteries episode on YouTube that has a segment about the Anastasia/ Anna mystery. Check it out. 2y
megnews @Kdgordon88 I thought Lawhon had a great sense of humor. 2y
megnews @sblbooks honestly I think that Unsolved Mysteries episode was my first introduction to the Romanovs! I‘ve wanted to read this for awhile. It was fun to read and discuss with everyone! 2y
Butterfinger I enjoyed it very much and great questions. 2y
thereadingowlvina Overall it was a great story! Solid plot! Amazing characters! I loved everything about this book, just don't like the shifting confusing timelines. This was a really good book choice for buddy read! Thanks for hosting @megnews @sblbooks 😃 2y
sblbooks @megnews I loved Unsolved Mysteries! I'm glad you were able to finish up. 2y
sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks @Readswithcoffee Thanks for joining in the discussion. 2y
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Tracyantoon I think the intrigue about Anastasia‘s escape and her young age have helped contribute to the lore of the Romanovs. 2y
sblbooks 1 the age of the children. 2 The Romanov's are part English, and so many people in the US come from English backgrounds, we are more familiar with that royal family. 2y
Kdgordon88 I had forgotten the English connection. I am curious about England‘s reaction to this tragedy. Something to google. 2y
Butterfinger I agree with all above, but I think it was also the beginning of Communism, the #1 enemy for democratic nations for so long. We needed something. 2y
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Tracyantoon Yea. I totally googled them for quite some time. Fascinating. 2y
CoffeeNBooks I looked up information about the Romanovs, since I didn't really know anything about them. 2y
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Readswithcoffee Absolutely! 2y
Butterfinger YES. Never knew that there were people who say they are the next in line. And Prince Consort Phillip have blood to make sure they shared DNA. Fascinating!! 2y
thereadingowlvina Oh absolutely! 2y
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Tracyantoon She seems less believable as the book goes on to me. She barely speaks Russian... red flag anyone? 2y
sblbooks I never thought Anna was Anastasia, but it was more believable as time went on to me. 2y
CoffeeNBooks I thought it was believable throughout, as Anna seemed to have answers for every situation, that would help show that she was Anastasia. 2y
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Readswithcoffee I completely bought it because she had THE STUFF! 2y
megnews I think I stayed at a level of wonder throughout. She did seem to have an answer for everything but her refusal to answer certain things made you wonder. 2y
Butterfinger I was very intrigued of Anna as a historical person. I didn't know she really existed. 2y
thereadingowlvina I did believe she was Anastasia as her story was so believable! 2y
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Tracyantoon I think with this pandemic everyone‘s world has shrunk and has been a bit unsettling (in a totally different way but still). Dream of a better day, read books, plan escape, kiss cute boys😉 all sound good to me. 2y
sblbooks @Tracyantoon that sounds good to me too! Did you notice the longer they were held captive the more Alexi found ways to endanger himself? It's a shame they couldn't have escaped. Hindsight's 20/20 they say. 2y
Kdgordon88 Yep @Tracyantoon I think we adapt to the new normal after getting over the grief of what we‘ve lost. 2y
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Kdgordon88 @sblbooks I think they couldn‘t even imagine such a horrible fate and by the time they fully understood it was too late. 2y
megnews Read! @Kdgordon88 I agree they adapting to the new normal somewhat. I think it was hardest for Alexandra. The girls were still young but she had solidified expectations of how life should be and she should be treated. 2y
Butterfinger I don't think I would have allowed my children to get so cozy with the guards - making sure they had a Christmas tree and presents. It obscured boundaries, especially for the youngest ones. 2y
thereadingowlvina Just get used to the situation I'm in I guess 😁 2y
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Tracyantoon I think she had a mental illness. I think she really believed she was the real Anastasia. 2y
sblbooks Attention-seeking caused by mental illness, maybe. I agree with @Tracyantoon Anna definitely believed she was Anastasia. 2y
Kdgordon88 I do think she had some mental illness and her desire to escape her own life morphed into her desire to be someone else. Having people believe she was Anastasia and propping up the lie would encourage her. But if she were 100% lucid I think she would know she was not Anastasia. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks I think for some reason she wanted to escape her life, and maybe after awhile she convinced herself that she was Anastasia. 2y
megnews I agree with mental illness. She found a much more comfortable lifestyle. If you live a lie for that long, I think you‘d start to believe it. 2y
Butterfinger She kept finding sponsors. How did she not get arrested for blowing up the armaments factory? I know she didn't do it intentionally, but I think people were looking for her. 2y
thereadingowlvina She had mental illness. 2y
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Tracyantoon Such a devastating outcome for the Romanovs. I think those who loved them really wanted a glimmer of hope. I mean, seriously what a story! 2y
Kdgordon88 Their deaths were so horrific and their bodies being unfound for so long would give hope. And those of the same class would want to believe in the possibility. 2y
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 I was literally typing in the exact same thing. You you said it. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks @Tracyantoon @Kdgordon88 I agree that people probably wanted something to hope for. 2y
Readswithcoffee I assume there were people who did like the old system and didn‘t want that to be gone. 2y
sblbooks @Readswithcoffee I'm sure you're right. Especially after people realized what kind of regime the Bolsheviks were. 2y
megnews I‘m sure there were many in the family hoping they survived. With their bodies not found, family would want to hold out hope. With Nikolai‘s sister looking for them, that probably made the press and turned it into a fairy tale with the hope of a happy ending. Who doesn‘t love a princess? 2y
Butterfinger The Bolsheviks and then the Communists were so secretive about it. I think they were so hushup because of the relatives in all the European Royal families. They had just come out of one war, starting a dictatorship, and they couldn't give anymore soldiers or money to another war. 2y
thereadingowlvina I think it was because of the missing two bodies that weren't found until 16 years later. 2y
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Tracyantoon I wanted it to be her! What a story! 2y
Readswithcoffee I did because she had the photo album, the chess set, the pen knife, and the icon. Oops.... 2y
sblbooks @Readswithcoffee @Tracyantoon I didn't because I already had too much, prior knowledge. 2y
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CoffeeNBooks @Readswithcoffee I thought so, too, because she had those things. 2y
megnews I thought it could be possible. Like @tracyantoon I wanted it to be her as well. 2y
Butterfinger I really wished the children had survived. Why did the other Romanovs escape, but they could not get the children out? 2y
thereadingowlvina I wanted to because I really wished Anastasia had escaped that fateful night. 2y
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Tracyantoon I think the age difference between the 2 made it harder to compare personality traits. I also read this awhile ago so bear with me. 🤪 2y
Kdgordon88 I agree with @Tracyantoon I think timelines that ran the same way would have been made it easier to compare personalities. 2y
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 @Tracyantoon I didn't notice any similarities, like you both said, the format of the story makes it hard to compare. 2y
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megnews @tracyantoon @Kdgordon88 @sblbooks I felt the secrecy that revolved around Anna made it difficult to compare personalities. 2y
Butterfinger I thought they were both stubborn and headstrong. 2y
thereadingowlvina No I didn't and most probably it was the timelines that kept me so busy that I missed out all the little things 😔 2y
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Readswithcoffee At first it was extremely confusing for me. A big factor was that I was only able to read small sections at a time and was losing the thread. Once I realized what was happening, I actually started over and then it was better. (edited) 2y
Tracyantoon I found it confusing with the dual timelines. Every book I‘ve read with the backwards timeline though has been tough for me. I see the necessity for it but I know I missed a lot because of it. 2y
Kdgordon88 I was confused as well. I enjoy stories told through dual time lines but this was a first. I had to keep reminding myself where I was in Anna‘s story. 2y
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sblbooks @Readswithcoffee @Tracyantoon and @Kdgordon88 agreed I was confused as well with the backwards timeline. I've read several books with dual timelines and I'm fine with that. What is confusing is one that goes forward, and one that goes backwards. 2y
CoffeeNBooks I found it very confusing at first, and almost gave up on the book, but then I got used to the way the two timelines were being presented. 2y
megnews I love dual timelines. I‘ve read ones that may take you to the past but not an actual timeline going backwards. It is a unique concept to build tension. It felt like waiting for two trains to collide. But it was better in theory as I find it hard to follow. 2y
Butterfinger I thought it was brilliant and unique. Even to the very end, you saw the connection between Anna's wounds and what happened to Anastasia. 2y
thereadingowlvina I don't mind dual timelines but I really don't like how this story was told in non-linear timelines. It was too jumpy and too confusing for me. I almost DNF because of that but I'm too curious about the plot to give up too 😬 2y
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Tracyantoon I didn‘t know anything about either Anastasia (other than watching the animated Anastasia movie as a kid). As I started reading curiosity got the better of me and I googled them both. Wish I hadn‘t spoiled it but it was still very interesting! 2y
Readswithcoffee I didn‘t know anything about either of them, only the Romanov family generally. I‘m inspired to google them now! 2y
Kdgordon88 Many years ago I went through a period of being deeply interested in Russia and its history. I know about the Romanovs and their lives but only a little about Anna Anderson and her claim to be Anastasia. Even knowing the outcome some part of me still wanted her to be the princess. 2y
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sblbooks I knew about the romanoffs, and have read several books on this topic. there was a 20/20 segment about Anna Anderson years ago, that I watched so I knew about that too. The book would have been more interesting if I did not know anyting, but it's still worth the read. 2y
CoffeeNBooks I didn't know anything about either of them, so I found it interesting to learn more about both of them throughout the book. 2y
megnews I knew about the Romanovs. I knew of Anna Anderson but didn‘t realize her claims had been found false. Like @kdgordon88, I‘ve always wished Anastasia survived! 2y
Butterfinger I have been fascinated by the Romanov family since the 80s and I knew about the movie made in the 50s, but I just thought it was an urban legend type thing. Till this book, I didn't know Anna Anderson was real. I subscribed to Time magazine when the bodies were found and genetic testing proved that no one survived. It broke my heart. I still enjoy fiction about Anastasia. The Fox animated version is one of my favorite movies. 2y
thereadingowlvina I know a bit about the Romanovs and I read about Anna Anderson's case long time ago. It was interesting! 2y
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megnews I‘m almost done but grandbaby just stopped by. I‘ll join in in a bit! (edited) 2y
rubyslippersreads 💙 this photo of OTMA. I‘ll catch up with the discussion soon. 2y
sblbooks @rubyslippersreads and @megnews I'm looking forward to your comments. 2y
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thereadingowlvina I ended up loving this book actually! It was an interesting one! But one thing that I'm struggling with is the non-linear timeline 😬 2y
megnews I answered all the questions and they‘re not showing up. Weird glitches on Litsy again. I‘ll check in the morning to see if they‘re here 2y
BkClubCare Hi, would love to borrow this image in anticipation of a buddy read in June 2022 for this book. May I? I will give you credit. 3d
sblbooks @BkClubCare sure, I just found the background image online and added text to it. 3d
BkClubCare @sblbooks thank you! You invested time and talent and should be recognized 😁 3d
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Starting part 3 now. Few hours to go. Hope to finish by discussion time.
#OverBookedClub

KarouBlue Me too! 2y
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Readswithcoffee Which time zone? 2y
sblbooks @Readswithcoffee Eastern Standard Time 2y
rubyslippersreads I am (of course) behind on this, but will catch up with the discussion later. 😊 2y
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Ariel Lawhon has a great sense of humor.
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thereadingowlvina 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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The timelines in this book were really confusing at first. I was reading it in small bits and that did NOT work for me. I almost didn‘t finish it, but I‘m glad I kept reading. It turned out to be a very good book.

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I‘m actually starting a buddy read in the month it will be discussed! Whether I finish in time to discuss remains to be seen though.

sblbooks You can always answer your questions after you finish. 2y
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I don't know why, I find this to be funny and snarky! I'm loving Anastasia's attitude! 🤣

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megnews I do too! 2y
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Loving this part of history, I knew the outcome. I was interested in how Lawhon would interpret it. It was BRILLIANT!!! The dual timelines: One moved forward only two years as the second timeline began in the late 60s and moved backward. They both culminated together in a very explosive way. Even if you knew everything, Lawhon still had you hoping that science was wrong.

I know. I'm being vague so you should read it.

@megnews @sblbooks

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If I‘d been drinking, I would have spit it out I laughed so hard.

#OverBookedClub

Sharpeipup 😂🤣😂🤣 I knew I didn‘t like beer for a reason. (edited) 2y
Butterfinger I'm fascinated by this book. 2y
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2y
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megnews @Sharpeipup I‘ve never even been able to get the smell past my nose. 😂 2y
megnews @butterfinger me too. I‘ve always been fascinated by Anastasia and always wanted her to have survived. 2y
Butterfinger @megnews exactly. Me too. 2y
thereadingowlvina 🤣🤣🤣 2y
LibrarianRyan I agree with that statement. 2y
BookNAround I‘m in full agreement! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As a beer drinker, I'm convinced she's just drinking the wrong beer. 🤣 2y
megnews @LibrarianRyan @BookNAround looks like I‘m in good company 2y
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Author Ariel Lawhon knows me too well. I always check out the author‘s note before I finish the book. Ok ok. I won‘t this time.

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Butterfinger I did check this out. I'm sorry I forgot to let you and @sblbooks 2y
megnews @Butterfinger thanks! I‘ll tag you. Sometimes I miss somebody‘s comment and I worry the whole month that I‘m leaving someone off! 2y
Butterfinger @megnews it was me. At the time, I wasn't sure so I didn't say anything. But, it looked so good that I ordered it from the library. Don't ever worry about not tagging a person. That is why we have hashtags. 😊 2y
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vlwelser Lol. I always do that. Maybe not first but definitely while I'm in the middle of the book. 2y
Tracyantoon Ha! I did the exact same thing when I read it. 2y
megnews @vlwelser yes I‘m usually in the middle too. Chapter 7 this time. 2y
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I almost gave up on this book, but then decided to listen to the audiobook instead, which I really liked. I understand why the story required jumping back and forth in the timeline, but it almost seemed to be too much at times. I liked how well the author brought everything together at the end of the story.
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sblbooks I agree. I've read several dual timelines, but this one is more difficult I think because one timeline goes backwards. 2y
Scochrane26 I had a hard time with the backward timeline, too. 2y
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I had to lol at this description. Growing up visiting an aunt in Newport News, we always commented it was the hottest place on earth.

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How‘s everybody doing with this month‘s selection so far?

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sblbooks I started slowly, on chapter 5 right now. 2y
CoffeeNBooks I started slowly also, but then I switched from the book to the audiobook and I like listening to it. 2y
megnews @sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks I started slowly too. But I‘m moving along now. @CoffeeNBooks I just read your review. I don‘t think there‘s any way I could keep track of the timelines listening to audio. 2y
BookNAround Oops! Haven‘t started yet. Will get on it. 2y
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#bookmail Thank you so much @TrishB for this book 😘😘

I was actually considering buying this, this week so it was so weird it you had thought to buy it. I think I am meant to read it.

AmyG It‘s good. 2y
StephanieGeiser This sounds fabulous! I‘m excited to hear what you think! 2y
TrishB You are definitely meant to read it 😘 enjoy x 2y
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Probably an unpopular opinion, but I didn‘t love this book. It has taken me a month to listen to the audio. I wanted to finish it, but I also wasn‘t interested enough to listen to it quickly. I liked the Anastasia storyline better because that‘s the main reason I wanted to read this. The reverse timeline with Anna bugged me. I feel like it dragged a bit toward the end. Maybe I need to read a NF book about the Romanovs instead of HF.

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thereadingowlvina Excited to start this! 🙂 2y
Tracyantoon June 28 is a Sunday. So is the discussion on Saturday or Sunday? 2y
sblbooks @Tracyantoon Thanks for pointing that out. I corrected it. It's on Sunday. 2y
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Look! #OverBookedClub June pick is available for $1.99 today. Check it out!

Butterfinger Wow!!! 2y
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Snagged this today while it was a kindle daily deal. Ready for #OverbookedClub upcoming buddy June read @sblbooks

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Monday is June 1! Don‘t forget to grab your copy of our June #buddyread pick, I Was Anastasia and travel back in time to Russia with us this summer. Post your quotes, blurbs, & reviews as you read, tagging @sblbooks and I and using the #OverBookedClub tag. Look for discussion near the end of the month. All are welcome! Looking forward to reading with you.

sblbooks I'll post the blurb about the discussion questions this afternoon. 2y
megnews @sblbooks 👍🏻 2y
Readswithcoffee In case anyone is still looking, I just bought the Kindle version for $1.99. 2y
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Roary47 I have too much on my June TBR so will sit this next month out. 😪 (edited) 2y
megnews @Roary47 we‘ll miss you! Join us again soon! 2y
sblbooks @Roary47 I just saw this. No worries feel free to join us for July, or any other month. 2y
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1) I Was Anastasia
2) Isabel Allende
3) I Love Lucy
4) Imagine Dragons
5) I Will (Matchbox 20)

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Join #OverBookedClub for one or both of our June and July #buddyreads. Head on over to @sblbooks page and let us know if you plan to read along.

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#OverbookedClub upcoming buddy reads...
The top two vote-getters were I was Anastasia and Where the Lost Wonder. We will read I was Anastasia in June; followed by where the Lost Wonder in July. Everyone welcome! If you haven't already, please let me know if you want to participate. @megnews @thereadingowlvina @rubyslippersreads @Chrissyreadit @shellleigh33 @BookNAround @CoffeeNBooks @BookishMe @LibrarianRyan @marleed @Tracyantoon @SaturnDoo

BookNAround Ok, I have this one so I‘ll put it on my stack but I have been notoriously bad about buddy reads so no promises on how well I‘ll do. 2y
marleed I read I was Anastasia this year and enjoyed it. Can‘t wait for the conversation. And then to read along in July. 2y
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sblbooks @BookNAround No pressure😃 we're glad to have you. I'll post another blurbs soon letting you know what day the discussion will be. Even if you don't finish on time, you can always add your thoughts later. 2y
CoffeeNBooks Great! I'm looking forward to reading both of these! 2y
Readswithcoffee Sounds good to me. 2y
BookishMe I liked the sound of Where the Lost Wonder, and glad that's picked as well! ;D 2y
Mitch Hi Guys - if I can get hold of a copy I might dip in for June if that‘s OK? How dies it work? 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
sblbooks @Mitch We have just one discussion at the end of each month. You can use the hashtag #OverbookedClub for any blurbs, quotes you like, or your review of the book. I'll let you know what day the discussion is, soon. Glad to have you! 2y
Roary47 Count me in for both. Looks like a fun summer. 2y
ravenlee No thanks, I have other obligations. 2y
thereadingowlvina Yes!!! Count me in for June! 😁 2y
megnews @marleed great! 2y
megnews @CoffeeNBooks glad to read with you again 2y
megnews @Mitch happy to have you! 2y
megnews @sblbooks yay! I‘m excited about both of these! 2y
Kdgordon88 Count me in. Anastasia has been sitting on my shelf for too long. 2y
Mitch @sblbooks thank you .... I‘ll try to get the book 🤞🏼 2y
sblbooks @Kdgordon88 I think Anastasia has been on my TBR for about 3 years. I'm glad you're joining us. 2y
Tracyantoon I read I Was Anastasia last year I think. It was good. Don‘t google this until you finish if you don‘t know what the outcome was. I spoiled it for myself. 2y
sblbooks @Tracyantoon I hope you can join us for the discussion. I actually have read several books about the romanovs, so I'll know how it ends. I have not read this one, I heard it's really good. 2y
SaturnDoo 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️Dang it, I forgot to vote. 😂 but that's ok. I'm so disorganized right now. I'm probably going to sit this one out, as this one just isn't drawing me in. But I might change my mind later in the month. 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️ 2y
sblbooks @SaturnDoo I'll tag you just in case. 2y
Chrissyreadit Oh!! I never received notification of tag. Glad I saw this! 2y
rubyslippersreads I want to participate, so please tag me. Thanks! 😊 2y
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I know enough history to know how this ends and I‘m still enjoying the ride.

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Fabulous, engrossing historical fiction entwining the lives of Anastasia Romanov and a woman named Anna Anderson. Or are they the same person? I loved every minute of this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Today‘s mood oscillates between ‘grateful I‘m still employed‘ and ‘just want to stay in bed and read‘ mood one shall prevail as more layoffs are on the horizon

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Excellent story telling! I actually enjoyed how the story unfolded from the present to the past. The narrators for this audio were amazing. I really enjoyed the authors note at the end explaining why she wrote this book and sharing her personal background of poverty. I highly recommend the audio book⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Liatrek
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Audio book cooking 😊🎧

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Pickpick

What an interesting way to write alternating chapters for Anastasia Romanov and Anna Anderson where one POV moves forward in time ant the other backward until the stories converge. ...I must say it much easier for me to follow a story when it‘s moving chronologically forward in time.

#ReadingEurope2020 Russia

SheReadsAndWrites This was a fantastic book! One of my favorites. 2y
megnews Been wanting to read this for awhile 2y
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Pickpick

#NewYearWhoDis Book 3

Ok, this was a surprise! I‘m not a history person, I know nothing of the Romanovs, and it admittedly took me a few chapters to get in to.

But I was shocked by the end how with how much I liked it. Similar to the author, I loved Memento, so I thought the story structure really worked here. And perhaps not knowing anything about the true history worked to my benefit! Glad I read a bit out of my comfort zone with this one.

Crazeedi I've had this on my tbr for a long time, I know there are mixed reviews but it sounds good! 2y
monalyisha I was intimidated by historical fic for awhile. I have a really strong American History background but my World History education was pretty lacking (in high school). My knowledge of British history is especially limited. I always worried that things would go over my head & that I‘d need a more solid knowledge base going in. But I‘ve kicked those anxieties away & now I really enjoy it! It‘s a great way to spark your interest in nonfic topics. 2y
Bookish_AF @monalyisha Yes, I learned so much reading this!! And it was definitely accessible to someone like me who really knew almost nothing. And in the authors note at the end she outlined some of the major areas she took liberties with. I refrained from reading additional info about Anastasia, as well as Anna Anderson (did not know she was a real person!) until after I finished, but then I totally looked up some more info about all the events. 2y
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monalyisha I‘ve read a bunch about the Victorian Era/Spiritualism, prompted by fiction that I read & loved. It‘s a whole new (old) world. 💕🌏 2y
emz711 Such a good read! 2y
Bookzombie Yay, another pick! I also went into this one with little knowledge about the Romanovs. I think that I might have liked it more because I didn‘t have any preformed thoughts about the subject. 2y
Bookzombie I also really liked her book about the Hindenburg. 2y
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bookishnerd
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#weeklyforecast

- I Was Anastasia was supposed to be my current audio, but Scribd had Cilka's Journey and I just finished Tattooist of Auschwitz. So, up next.
- Lazarus is a reread in preparation for Volume 6 out later this month.
- A Shadow Bright and Burning was for 'Young Adult Fantasy'
- White Hot Kiss is my current read for 'Outside my Comfort Zone'.
- Bitter Greens is my current car audio.
- Cilka's Journey is my current Scribd audio.

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marleed
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Me before you
Before I go to sleep
Before and again
Before she knew him
Before we were yours
The summer before the war
Before the fall -
I was Anastasia.

#NamasteNovember Day26 #SpinePoem3

Eggs Oh my that‘s wonderful!! Lovin‘ these Spine Poems 🤗👏🏻❤️ 2y
marleed @Eggs it‘s such a fun way to look at my books. Sometimes I see the title as just words and other times I can‘t separate the title from its contents. 2y
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Loric
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#7days7covers #covercrush @faithreadbooks are you interested in playing? Post a favorite cover every day for seven days tagging someone new each day - day 6

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Pickpick

Reading this for book club...some of my other book clubbers didn‘t like this book even though they were engrossed and couldn‘t stop reading. They claim the author is manipulative. This was SO good!!! I don‘t think it was as manipulative as Gone Girl. Highly recommend!

#sogoodgirl 👧📚

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Momob121
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So far this book is riveting! Enough past/“present” narrative to keep me intrigued and wondering just HOW is this going to end?!!

lynneamch So good, isn't it. Such a fascinating approach. Love everything by her. 3y
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