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How to Stop Time
How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
'I am old. That is the first thing to tell you. The thing you are least likely to believe. If you saw me you would probably think I was about forty, but you would be very wrong.' Tom Hazard has a dangerous secret. He may look like an ordinary 41-year-old, but owing to a rare condition, he's been alive for centuries. From Elizabethan England to jazz age Paris, from New York to the South Seas, Tom has seen a lot, and now craves an ordinary life. Always changing his identity to stay alive, Tom has the perfect cover - working as a history teacher at a London comprehensive. Here he can teach the kids about wars and witch hunts as if he'd never witnessed them first-hand. He can try and tame the past that is fast catching up with him. The only thing Tom mustn't do is fall in love. How to Stop Time is a wild and bittersweet story about losing and finding yourself, about the certainty of change and about the lifetimes it can take to really learn how to live.
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ValerieAndBooks
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Tom has a condition that causes him to age so slowly that, in the present day, he‘s over 400 years old. But he‘s not the only one. He also manages to rub elbows with Shakespeare, Fitzgerald etc 🙄 but the real focus of the story is what it‘s like to have love and loss. I liked this much more than expected!

Suet624 I appreciate Haig so much for who he is and what he writes about. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 this was my first by him and I‘ll definitely be on the lookout for his other works! Have you read this one? 1w
Suet624 Nope. The one I really liked was 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 looks like it‘s a good, and thoughtful, memoir. Will be sure to stack it. 1w
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ValerieAndBooks
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I‘m kind of in book limbo right now! No current reads, but am traveling on Friday (will be at my mom‘s for two weeks, helping out with her downsizing of stuff) and would prefer to take a just-started book with me on the plane. So I‘m hoping I finish this one by Friday!

Literary_Siren I absolutely loved this story! Enjoy! 2w
MicrobeMom Great cover! 2w
ErinSueMreads I have started this one too!! 2w
Leftcoastzen My the force be with you , downsizing so hard. 1w
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TheAromaofBooks
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This was a book that I liked but didn't love. The premise was engaging and I really liked the MC, but overall the tone was rather melancholy, although that could be because I was reading Stoner at the same time!! 😆 Still a pick, but not necessarily a book that made me want to dash out and see what else Haig has written.

This was my 2nd read for #NewYearWhoDis @Cupcake12 @monalyisha

More challenge check-offs below ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks This one checked off the Blue Cover square for both #WinterBookBingo and #JanuaryBookBingo ! I think it's going to complete one of the London blanks for the #SeparatedbyaPondTour but I'm not sure exactly of the difference between the City of London and Greater London??
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monalyisha That‘s a shame because I much prefer another of his! Don‘t give up on him yet! 2w
TheAromaofBooks @monalyisha - I will check it out! I don't like to write off authors after just one book (lots of authors I love wrote a book I don't like super well - what if I had read that one first and never gotten to the amazing ones??) so this sounds like a good second chance!! 2w
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TheAromaofBooks
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Not sure how I feel about this book overall, but this paragraph is perfect.

UwannaPublishme 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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nu-bibliophile
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I really love this book. I enjoyed it a lot. It just sucked me in. It makes you question your view on your own life and where you see yourself in it. It's a story centered on life, philosophy, and history. The story rouses the importance of memories, enjoying the present, and our fear of the future and the passing of time. This story will stay in my mind for a long time. Very thought provoking!

@rsteve388 I hope this helps

Texreader Great review. I liked this book, too 3w
Louise I enjoyed this book too. Thought provoking! 3w
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 3w
LoverOfLearning This is my next book that I will be reading! I'm excited! 3w
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LoverOfLearning
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Barnes and Noble book haul! Thanks to my family and friends for the giftcards. 😍 I think my next read will be How To Stop Time.

Which of these have you read and what one did you like best? 🤔📖🎉

AmyG I have only read Blood....finished it recently. A good, heartbreaking memoir. 3w
LoverOfLearning @AmyG nice! I'm reading a heavy book right now and need a bit of a breather before I really anything sad again. 3w
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nu-bibliophile
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rsteve388 I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on this book. 4w
nu-bibliophile @rsteve388 Will do👍 4w
LoverOfLearning I will read this one soon!! 😍 3w
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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Interesting concept, but I had a little trouble believing that some of the emotions expressed in the book could be sustained over 4 centuries. Maybe I‘m just too cynical for a book like this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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monalyisha
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Matt Haig said he had the idea for writing this novel while writing The Humans. You can definitely tell. They're both about what it means to be human within “vast context[s]“ & the “scale“ & “precious texture of our lives.“ Except with “How to Stop Time,“ you get an extra dose of love story. I find it poignant that Haig writes about all of this from inside of a reality where he's struggled with depression; his effort to find meaning is so earnest.

ljuliel I‘m gonna have to try this. I‘ve seen lots of great posts about it lately. 😊 1mo
monalyisha Hint: The answer always has something to do with love, dogs, delicious yet perfectly ordinary food (whether it be peanut butter or hot dogs), & something good (wine or ale) to drink. 1mo
monalyisha @ljuliel I actually liked “The Humans” a little bit better — but I might be in the minority! Regardless, he‘s a great writer. 1mo
ljuliel The Humans was a favorite. I really thought that was a clever idea for a book. 1mo
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monalyisha
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“It may seem strange, falling in love with someone because of a gesture, but sometimes you can read an entire person in a single moment. The way you can study a grain of sand and understand the universe. Love at first sight might or might not be a thing, but love in a single moment is.”

Photo by 📸: Maud Fernhout

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Cupcake12
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I absolutely love this book! I wouldn‘t have chosen this to read myself but read the blurb in the bookshop and was hooked. Was drawn in by Haig‘s great words and could visualise what was happening. I loved all the historical points of reference and would so love for there to be a sequel!

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monalyisha
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“My clothes are just rags with dreams.”
“You may be better without them then.”
“Dreams?”
“No.”

🔥🔥🔥

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monalyisha
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Big weekend plans.

Texreader I enjoyed the audiobook 1mo
Literary_Siren You‘re gonna love it! Be prepared for a book hangover though. 1mo
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Literary_Siren
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Oh. My. Goddess. Y‘all have got to read this book! Especially if you enjoy books like A Gentleman in Moscow. I devoured this story. It‘s so awe inspiring and magical and heartbreaking and heart fulfilling. This is definitely going on my favorites shelf! 🖤🖤

hgrimes Loved this book, and love Matt Haig! 1mo
Amandajoy I was going to stack this so I didn‘t forget about it. Then I remembered I have it in my stacks. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Great review! 1mo
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Literary_Siren @hgrimes @Amandajoy @CoverToCoverGirl I forgot to mention that it‘s soon to be a movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch!! 1mo
jillrhudy Stacked! 1mo
Suet624 I love Matt Haig. 1mo
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monalyisha
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Reading in the Restricted Area.
#jobperks #lunchtime

Literary_Siren I‘m over halfway through this and I‘m LOVING it! I can‘t put it down! 1mo
Bklover Stacked! 1mo
Cupcake12 Loved this in every way....the film is out next year! 1mo
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Literary_Siren
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#BooksAMillion got me again! #BookHaul I‘m most excited to read the tagged book!

Tanisha_A Ooh la la la 😍 1mo
Lifeisasnap How to Stop Time i read as an ARC. I hope you enjoy it. Just a warning you need a package of Kleenex for The Tattooist of Auschwitz! (edited) 1mo
Literary_Siren @Lifeisasnap I‘m currently reading How to Stop Time as of today and I‘m loving it so far! I figured I need a box of tissues for The Tattooist of Auschwitz because I normally do when I‘m reading that genre of books. 1mo
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Texreader
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I finished this #blameitonLitsy audiobook on the road today and glad for the recommendation. The premise is that certain folks age very slowly, the mc in current times is 400+ years old. He has a daughter whom he has lost track of and much of the book he is trying to find her across centuries, while also trying to deal with a potential new love and manage old friendships. The story continually kept my interest. The narrator was terrific.

CWilson Maybe I should try listening to this! I borrowed a digital copy from the library and I DNFed it at like 50 percent so maybe the audio will keep my interest more! 2mo
Texreader @CWilson I‘m sorry to hear that and have been wondering if I‘d have done the same thing with the book. I thought the narrator was terrific and really kept it moving. So maybe try the audio. Good luck! 2mo
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Texreader
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I listened to this one for about 2-1/2 hours while doing housework. In that time the mc has met both William Shakespeare and F Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda.

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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #52booksin52weeks challenge as I would have loved to have been a history teacher.

@Schnoebs

Schnoebs Any specific type of history? 2mo
Birdsong28 @Schnoebs Tudor and British History in the 20th century 📚📖 2mo
Schnoebs Interesting!!! Currently the main type I always find myself gravitating to is scientific history lol 2mo
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Birdsong28
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I am using the tagged book for this prompt for my #popsugarchallenge as the main character has the ability not to age and has lived through many moments of history.

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Interesting characters and concept and some beautiful illustrations to help make this story. As you can see by just one of the examples I have used. (The red cover is the illustrated version of the tagged book)

#CannongateBooks

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Birdsong28
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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H is for How to Stop Time... yet another unread book from my bookshelf which I was super pumped for - since I bought this in London on holiday and happily added this hardback to my luggage 😂🙄

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Texreader
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Just finished some audio-gardening (mainly weeding). I‘m enjoying this one!

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Tianarose
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Quite enjoyed this one! Was a little slow on occasion but overall a cute story.

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Hannah_11
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“There is no possible way of living in a world without books or trees or sunsets. There just isn‘t.” ~ this book is full of thought provoking quotes. This one is my favourite. #howtostoptime #matthaig #beach #book #holidayread

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5280reader
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This book captured me from the beginning! But all along I kept thinking- now I get Paul Rudd and his anti-aging magic!

BookwormM Have you seen UK tv presenters Ant & Dec? My hubby calls them the immortals 4mo
5280reader @BookwormM I haven‘t... just googled them and I get why your hubby thinks that! Ha! 4mo
CarolynM 😂 Always happy to see pictures of Paul Rudd😉 4mo
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LoverofLit
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"...like a polite collective orgasm."
Well that's one way to describe the hush before an artist begins a concert. ?

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LoverofLit
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Truth 👏❤

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ErinSueMreads
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Excited to start this one!

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Louise
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What a clever premise! I enjoyed visiting the various time periods in this #audiobook and following the main character‘s efforts to come to terms with his much slower aging process. The subject of TIME is nicely explored.

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Traci1
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#bookhaul from Barnes and Noble

Crazeedi Nice!! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Nice Selection. I didn't see he Walking Dead. they had not really pulled any GN when I was there. Or many picture books. 5mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 5mo
Traci1 @LibrarianRyan TWD wasn't in the half price ones. But I needed it. 😁 5mo
LibrarianRyan @Traci1 ahhh. I know how that goes. Luckily I was on my lunch break and didn't have time to look or I might have had that same issue. 5mo
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Kshakal
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An interesting book about living through different centuries and learning what is most important in life and how to appreciate what you have when you have it!

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laur89
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How can we learn to stop time long enough to appreciate the present, instead of living in the past or worrying about the future? How long do we have to live before we can love?

The MC takes us on a journey through his 4+ centuries of life, recounting interesting bits of history mixed in with his own personal stories. This book has adventure, romance, & time travel. The ending was a bit too neat & felt rushed, but it was an easy, light read. 4⭐️

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wanderinglynn
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Panpan

Meh. I finally finished it, but I can‘t say that I enjoyed it. Slow story and the plot just isn‘t that interesting.

OnlyYoo This book bored me to tears 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh dear, that‘s disappointing. I loved The Humans..but I haven‘t read this one. 5mo
wanderinglynn @OnlyYoo Totally agree. 5mo
wanderinglynn @JanuarieTimewalker13 It just wasn‘t what I thought it was going to be based on the synopsis. But I haven‘t read any of his other stuff. 5mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Try The Humans. So good. 5mo
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Kshakal
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Day 6 in the hospital with dad... starting a new book..

cobwebmoth *hugs* 5mo
kspenmoll Hope he is on the mend.❤️❤️ 5mo
TheSpineView Hope he is home soon! 5mo
Jillylovesbooks Wishing him a speedy recovery. 5mo
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rmaclean4
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These are the books that I picked up in one of my favorite bookstores in Louisville KY.

catiewithac I so need the brake for bookstores bumper sticker! 5mo
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laur89
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I had no idea there‘s a published Chris Riddell illustrated copy of this book!! If I finish this book and love it, I may have to go on a hunt and buy this version.

😍

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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘m not sure if I want to age over centuries, like the protagonist in this book. Still on my tbr.

#ayupaugust #stop

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 6mo
Balibee146 Enjoyed this too 👍 6mo
squirrelbrain Sounds good... stacked! 6mo
KarenUK Can‘t wait to see my man Cumberbatch in the role..... 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard good things about this book 6mo
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laur89
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“It occurred to me that human beings didn‘t live beyond a hundred because they simply weren‘t up for it... There wasn‘t a change in the world order that didn‘t echo other changes in the world order. And the news stopped being new... It was all just a cycle. A slowly rotating downward one. And your tolerance for human beings, making the same mistakes over and over and over and over again, began to fade.” - Tom Hazard

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laur89
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Time-traveling with the sound of rain in the background. 😌

wanderinglynn Love your blanket! ❤️ 6mo
laur89 @wanderinglynn The crew of the Millennium Falcon make great reading company. 😜 6mo
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wanderinglynn
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I‘ve made it about a fourth of the way through (pg 80). But I‘m not enjoying it as much as I thought I would. The pacing is a bit slow and the constant time jumping doesn‘t helping. I‘m thinking about putting it aside although I want to know about Marion.

Any thoughts? Does the pacing pick up any? #inquiringmindswanttoknow

Avidreader25 I struggled with the same thing and I finished it. To me it wasn‘t worth it and I wasn‘t a big fan. 6mo
thereadingowlvina Same here! But I finished it and did not enjoy this book at all 😔 6mo
wanderinglynn @Avidreader25 @thereadingowlvina Thanks for letting me know. Maybe putting it aside for now is a good call. 6mo
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OnlyYoo I finished it and it doesn‘t get better... 6mo
wanderinglynn @OnlyYoo that‘s disappointing. 6mo
Avidreader25 @thereadingowlvina @OnlyYoo Glad I wasn‘t alone in thinking that! 6mo
Nocapes I‘m at about the same spot, and having the same feeling. Disappointed to hear that it doesn‘t get better. I love the idea of the book, but the pacing just seems “off”. (edited) 6mo
wanderinglynn @Nocapes Yes, I agree. Love the idea, but the story just isn‘t working. 6mo
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laur89
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B&N book haul with my gift card!

The tagged is one on my TBR, and also fits with today‘s #JulyColdplay prompt - #Clocks 🕓

I‘ve read Turtles and couldn‘t say no to owning it, since I have a lot of John Green‘s books on my shelf, and the Carr caught my attention as I enjoyed The Alienist!

I love bringing home new books 🤓

Eggs Perfect👏🏻🤗 6mo
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Dragon
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Spent this afternoon at the Indigenous Cultural Festival and this evening I‘ll be reading the tagged book.

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Creadnorthey
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This has some beautiful meditations on just being, while weaving an intriguing historical/now narrative that satisfied my sci-fi needs nicely.

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Niso
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Had this one for more than a year now, and finally starting it today
#matthaig #timetravel #reading

tjwill I loved this book. I hope you enjoy it too. (edited) 7mo
Niso @tjwill I hope so. have been saving it for a while now 🤩 7mo
monogamist_reader I have this book on my TBR for longer, i feel bad... Let me know how it is! 7mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Ooo the cover 😍😍 7mo
rretzler I‘ve had this on my TBR for a while too! 7mo
JackOBotts I‘ve just finished “Notes on a Nervous Planet” and am looking forward to reading some of his fiction. Hope you enjoy! 7mo
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