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The Immortalists
The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
It's 1969, and holed up in a grimy tenement building in New York's Lower East Side is a travelling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the date they will die. Four siblings, too young for what they are about to hear, sneak out to hear their fortunes. We then follow the intertwined paths the siblings take over the course of five decades and, in particular, how they choose to live with the supposed knowledge the fortune-teller gave them that day. This is a story about life, mortality and the choices we make: is it better to live a long and cautious life, or to burn brightly, but for the shortest time?
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peaknit
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Only 1.99 today!

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jessinikkip
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I'm about half through with my book for #LitsyLoveWritesNBooks and I'm enjoying it. It's different than I expected. I also have left an envelope with a note about me and some extra pages for my fellow team mates to tell me about them or whatever they want to share as well, so the letters can stay with the book when I get it back. So excited for all of this😀 @RinaBrahmbhattBarot @iread2much @HeathHof

HeathHof That's a good idea! 3mo
iread2much That‘s a very sweet idea! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome idea!!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I liked this book, but didn‘t love it… would you want to know the date of your death?? I wouldn‘t! 😱

#AlphabetGame #Letteri

“If consciousness survives the death of the body, then everything she‘s been told about death isn‘t true. And if everything she‘s been told about death isn‘t true, maybe death is not death at all.”

What is your choice for a book beginning with i? Play-tag friends-tag me!

Cinfhen I was in the minority because I really liked this book 😄 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the tag 😘 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen have you noticed through the tears that we are totally opposite on books?! Lol 😂 4mo
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Cinfhen Hahaha ….no!! But I‘ll have to start paying better attention 💜💜💜 4mo
TrishB I‘m still thinking! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I meant years lol 😂 4mo
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jdiehr
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When 4 siblings go visit a fortune teller as kids, what they are told affects the rest of their lives.

The Immortalists is divided into 4 parts - one for each of the main characters.

I nearly bailed during Simon's story but am glad I stuck with it because this ended up being a pretty good book.

If you could know the date of your death, would you want that information?? Not me.

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KristiAhlers
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A friend was on vacation and ran out of books (I know I didn‘t know that was a thing!) and picked this one up at a second hand bookstore. She loved it and wanted me to read it. Totally love this family saga. The characters were so different but at the same time so engaging. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ my only complaint would be at times the pacing seemed to slow.

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Andrea4
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Bailedbailed

This is the second time I've tried with this book. The first time I gave up faster. This time, well I just don't want to pick it back up. I don't know if anyone else felt this way but the sibling who's focused on for the first bit at least, Simon, just irritates the hell out of me. I'm sure the focus will change but I guess my brain isn't willing to sit through it.

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tarrynporter22
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"Thoughts have wings."

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Judybskt
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Pickpick

Loved this more than I expected! Looking forward to our discussion at book club in January.

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IselaKay
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Mehso-so

The story is about 4 siblings who visit a psychic as children so they can learn the day of each of their deaths and how their lives are affected by the fortunes. It‘s a decent story, but it‘s a bit predictable and leaves you wanting more and feeling like better questions could have been asked about determinism and free will.

BarbaraBB I felt the same 12mo
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Judybskt
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Up next!

Jensol77 You‘re going to love it 😍😍 12mo
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ozma.of.oz
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I hate Daylight Savings time! 🙃

1. Midnight at the Blackbird Cafe is a fun little book set in a bakery in a small town.
2. Literally everything, cooler temperatures, leaves changing color, sweaters, hot chocolate, using the fireplace. 🍁🍂🍁
3. Love the minimalist leaves on this cover.

#SundayFunday Have a great day, and don‘t forget to tag me so I can see your posts!

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Sresendez12
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Finished this one with my drink in hand before kicking off football season tonight! This book was an emotional rollercoaster. I went from loving it, to hating it and back and forth so many times. It was honestly hard to get through some parts. However, I feel good about the ending and would recommend to someone if they are looking for a book that challenges you to think about your choices. #litsyatoz #i

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Sresendez12
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Trying to soak up as much summer as we can! This is my book club pick and I‘m a little nervous about how my other members will react to at least this first section of the book.

Lcsmcat It should generate some good discussions. 1y
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Gracelovesreading
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Loved this book! Such an interesting and mystical concept. Seeing how the siblings futures unfold had me full of suspense. Intriguing read.

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rather_be_reading
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Mehso-so

Stayed up late last night to finish this one. I have mixed feelings. It was good but not great and I hated how unnecessary vulgar some of the scenes in Simon's story were. Idk I just thought it would be better and have a cool reason for the title. It had a great premise- what do you do with your life if you knew the date you would die.

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rather_be_reading
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Devouring this book. Why does my lunch always feel so short!?

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rather_be_reading
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Fitting in some reading time while drying off

BennettBookworm Epic book 1y
DivineDiana Looks like you are enjoying your day! 1y
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rather_be_reading
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And now back to my regular scheduled program

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The_Literary_Jedi
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This novel starts with four siblings as children receiving prophetic fortunes and progresses through each of their lives as they move to whatever the fortune teller told them. It begs the question do “thoughts have wings” enough to make a human take risks or pull back in order to fulfill something bigger than themselves…or is it all bullshit? 📚📚📚📚

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DrexEdit
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I didn't NOT like this book, but I didn't absolutely love it either. It was a very interesting premise, but sometimes it felt like the characters were just pieces moving around the board. I could almost feel the author behind the writing making the stuff she wanted to happen, happen. But it is a compelling story nonetheless that I enjoyed & read quickly. I still love the cover.
This was my #doublespin #bookspin for June. Woot! @TheAromaofBooks

Ruthiella I agree with your take. It was fine but didn‘t deliver the way I hoped it would. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 1y
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rather_be_reading
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Book 114

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sprainedbrain
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The Immortalists is not at all what I was expecting—it‘s sad, dark, and deals with a whole lot—but I enjoyed it very much. The writing is incredible and the characters are so vivid and distinct. I really couldn‘t stand Daniel or his part of the story, but the stories of his three siblings were great. Still, I could have done without some of the tropey stuff in Simon‘s story and the way the Romani characters were handled.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain @Bits I will get this book in the mail to you this week! Great choice for #LMPBC 🥰 @suvata @HOTPock3tt 1y
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peanutnine
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Panpan

This was a major struggle to get through. Four sibling children learn from a fortune teller the date of their deaths and knowing this affects the way they live their lives. This book was very dark and hit on some depressing themes. It follows each sibling on their chosen path until their death and poses the question of whether something is destined to be or a self-fulfilling prophecy. Good concept, I just didn't like the story. #unpopularopinion

DrexEdit I had some of these same thoughts about this book. Beautifully written though. 1y
cariashley I also found this book to be a shocking drag. Looking back, I‘m mad I even finished it! 1y
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roseread
The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Kinda became a bummer that I wasnt anticipating, but I still enjoyed it

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suvata
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I loved this book!! 2y
Bits Hey @suvata just wanted to let you know I'm running a tad behind, but I'll get your next book out to you asap! 😁 April kicked my butt! 🙄 2y
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lovelybookshelf
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Mehso-so

The virtual book club I'm in recently discussed Chloe Benjamin's THE IMMORTALISTS. My full review is up on the blog (link in profile), but I had some mixed feelings: gay rep was trope-y and too obviously straight-gazed, Romani rep was offensive, writing style was dazzling, overall story was completely absorbing. 3.5 stars out of 5. 💫

Reggie Yes, thank you. I stopped reading after the first sibling. A young gay man who moves to the city, becomes a gogo dancer, and the dies of AIDS. Gee golly, I don‘t think I‘ve ever read that story before. It made me kind of angry that she had no imagination. 2y
roseread This put into words so well what my issue was. The idea of the story was great but the characters were so flat and one dimensional 1y
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Magpiegem
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Booked 2021 Winter - 6 prompts completed... but 😬 I‘m all over the seasons!!
#mustacheoncover Dead in the Garden- Dahlia Donovan
#AuthorsfirstnamestartswithABorC The Immortalists- Chloe Benjamin
#Titleincludeslibraryorlibrarian The Library Book- Susan Orlean
#translatedintomyfirstlanguage A Nearly Normal Family- M T Edvardsson
#Hear/Here The Postscript Murder - Elly Griffiths
#hiddengem The Marlow Murder Club - Robert Thorogood

Cinfhen No worries!! Jump all you like ?? don‘t forget ...You have until midnight, April 3 to fill out the first quarter form to be entered in our drawing ?
https://bit.ly/3b7rK1E
2y
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a quick read! This was really beautifully written. I like the question, “How would you live your life if you knew the date of your death?” This book really took four different paths these siblings choose for their lives and made me think about how I live my life each day. I enjoyed it a lot. Recommend. This was my #bookspinbingo No 15 pick and my first #tbrdeckofcards selection!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I love that cover!! 2y
mollyrotondo I realized I didn‘t say what the 5♠️ prompt is on my #tbrdeckofcards list 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5♠️ is a book about siblings! 2y
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chlolovesbooks
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5

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suvata
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Litsy Markup Postal Book Club

#LMPBC Round 11 - #GroupS
@suvata @HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain @Bits

Group S is ready to go!

Bookwormjillk Pretty covers! 2y
suvata @Bookwormjillk Yeah, I hope the books are as good as they are pretty 2y
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Bits
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Sorry to be the slacker! Long, long day of work!
I have next to zero hope that you guys haven't already read these, but here we go! 😂🤪🤞 If none of these work I'll steal one of the suggestions you guys made that wasn't selected. They all sound good! 😁
@suvata @HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain I haven‘t read The Immortalists! I have read the others though. 😂 2y
Bits @sprainedbrain I figured as much! Another option I forgot is The Ten Thousand Doors of January...? 2y
sprainedbrain I would love either the immortalists or ten thousand doors! 2y
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BennettBookworm Immortalists is so good!! 2y
suvata I‘m in for The Immortalists or Ten Thousand Doors as well 2y
Bits Does The Immortalists work for you, @HOTPock3tt? 2y
HOTPock3tt I have not read any of them so anything works for me! Lol☺️ @Bits (edited) 2y
Bits @HOTPock3tt Sweet! Immortalists it is 😁! 2y
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Magpiegem
The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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2021 no. 4 - I find it hard to know what to say about this book. I didn‘t enjoy reading it, I found it difficult, but I think that has more to do with my current state of mind. It made me feel quite hopeless. But it will stay with me and I can see why others like it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #booked2021 (author with first name starting with C)

Cinfhen Some of the siblings stories were more fleshed and better written but I really loved this one. Sorry it was only meh for you (edited) 2y
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I have a feeling, a different year, a different season it might not have been Meh for me either. I thought it was a really interesting premise but I kinda dreaded having to listen to each of their stories. 2y
Cinfhen Understandable!!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sorry it was a rough book in a rough time. 🤓📚 2y
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Magpiegem
The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin

I‘m enjoying The Immortalists but it‘s really depressing me. I think I should of gone for something more cheery this gloomy week with depressing news and endless homeschooling. 🌧☔️⛈

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Magpiegem
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Next up for the #booked2021 challenge I‘ve started listening to this one whilst bathing two of my little mad things. Prompt- Authors first name starts with an A,B or C.

Cinfhen Adorable 😊 and the book is wonderful- 2y
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EadieB
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#TheImmortalists #ChloeBenjamin

If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life? Family love story about destiny and choice of this world or the next. This book makes you think as it is a testimony of love. Unexpected twists makes it a hard to put down book. Excellent writing makes me want to read author‘s other book, The Anatomy of Dreams. Recommended for those who like to read books about siblings.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Andrew65 Great. 2y
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EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 2y
Elizabeth2 Your review intrigued me. Stacked! #blamelitsy 2y
EadieB @Elizabeth2 Warning: Explicit sex in some parts. 2y
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mollyrotondo
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#TBRdeckofcards

My first pick is the 5♠️
Prompt: Book about siblings

The tagged book is the one I had in mind when I came up with this prompt. It‘s been sitting on my bookshelf for a few years now so it‘s time I read this well received book. I also already put this on my February #bookspin list so more motivation to read this one finally. Can‘t wait!

DimeryRene Where did these cards come from?! 2y
mollyrotondo @DimeryRene I found them on the Out of Print website. They have a pack of the Comedies as well. I got that pack too 😂 2y
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Crysboehne
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Despite the mixed reviews, I enjoyed this novel immensely. Benjamin did an excellent job building the characters and teaching me to love each and every one of them even when I wasn‘t prepared to. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Geemom1118
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Starting 2021 off with this e-book.

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PurpleTulipGirl
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Pickpick

Four siblings learn the date of their deaths in the opening pages of the story. How that impacts the way they live their lives forms the bulk of the book.

This is an intriguing book, and it‘s easy to see why it was so highly rated. Definitely left me pondering the difference between having a long life and actually living that life.

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PurpleTulipGirl
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The Gold children visit a woman who tells people the day they will die. The book then follows the siblings as grownups, one by one, telling their life story. Knowing the date the woman said they would die, how will they live until then?

I wasn‘t sure I‘d like the book at first, but once it moves into the individual life stories, i was hooked.

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Amandajoy
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Not sure how I feel about this one. Found it ok, then there was a scene set in 2006 where a character looks something up on Wikipedia using her flip phone. It really soured me on the rest of the book. Does that ever happen to you?

TheDaysGoBy Yes definitely! That detail would bug me too. I had a flip phone in 2006 but I panic closed the internet if I accidentally opened it 😂 2y
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Amandajoy
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Enjoying a day off. 😊

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Sargar114
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#thoughtfulthursday on a Friday!

Thanks for the tag @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick

🍂 Tagged book has a very fall looking tree on the cover

🎄 The only holiday tbr is We Met in December for #sundaybuddyread

🥘 dinner was leftovers

💛 My feel good tv show would be The Simpsons, always good for a laugh

Tagging anyone still interested in playing

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for playing! I've got to order the buddy read book since none of my local stores had it. 2y
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Creadnorthey
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Pickpick

I‘ve finally been able to finish a book! What with teaching and reading papers and this whole pandemic thing, where does the time go?!

The writing style of this is great, and each section flows very well with its own rhythms and character motivations. But the drama of their interconnectedness feels a bit fleeting, tenuous, and sometimes forced. I tried to make due with the threads Benjamin gave, but that just made me hope for more.

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Jaimelire
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Well written, great character development but I found myself not liking many of the characters (Simon and Klara in particular). 3.5/5⭐️

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squirrelbrain
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#litfortunecookie

Great idea @KVanRead - thanks for the tag @Megabooks @youneverarrived !

Would you be tempted to find out the date of your death if you could?! Would it make you live your life any differently?

Want to play this great new challenge? @Tanisha_A @Birdsong28

KVanRead I‘ve heard such good things about this one but had forgotten about it. Thanks for the reminder and thanks for playing!😊 2y
Megabooks This is on my shelf! I need to read it! 2y
Tanisha_A Yesss, will post 🙂 2y
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MsMelissa I think I have this book 🤔 2y
squirrelbrain You both need to read this @Megabooks @Book_Fiend_Melissa - I think you‘d both love it! 2y
Caroline2 Such a good book! 😉 2y
youneverarrived Ohh good one! 2y
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alecia3dixie
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I actually really liked this book. I liked how all the siblings had their own story. Also that each of their stories dealt with some type of sensitive subject. I loved each story and each build up of each story. I also loved the huge question this book asked; would knowing your death date effect the way you live your life and what it might do to your psyche.

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KarenUK
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My itty bitty #letterI #alphastack may be small, but one of the books is so big it actually has it‘s weight printed in the spine! 😂💕📚

Freespirit Wow I haven‘t seen that before...great stack! 2y
BarbaraBB Love that cookbook but was disappointed by The Immortalists as well as I am I am I am. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
KarenUK I read them both with bookclubs, and really liked them.... and remember the discussions for both being really great. But definitely not unanimously liked! @BarbaraBB (edited) 2y
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