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The Librarian of Auschwitz
The Librarian of Auschwitz | Antonio Iturbe
Based on the experience of real-life Auschwitz prisoner Dita Kraus, this is the incredible story of a girl who risked her life to keep the magic of books alive during the Holocaust. Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz. Out of one of the darkest chapters of human history comes this extraordinary story of courage and hope.
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Butterflyamore
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Can you guess what I got for my birthday? You can find out what‘s in the bag right here: https://youtu.be/T1bGQRMhgpQ

I should note that since this video was filmed this morning, I‘ve acquired more books. 😂

TheSpineView Happy birthday! 🤩 24h
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Suet624 Happy birthday!!! 23h
Butterflyamore @EadieB I almost forgot to tag you! 23h
BridgetteM Happy birthday! 🥳 23h
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sprainedbrain Happy birthday to you! 🥳 22h
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julesG Happy Birthday! 17h
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Simona Happy birthday❣️ 🥂🍾 15h
EadieB @Butterflyamore Happy Birthday! First, I want to say that I love watching your husband as you did this video. You are such an amazing couple and I can see how much he loves you! Lucky lady! A Fire Story looks very interesting. I love true stories but this one sounds devastating about the California fires. But hopeful too in their rebuilding. I've read 13th tale and loved it. I've read her other books too. (edited) 13h
EadieB @Butterflyamore Bellman and Black is slow until the 2nd half and not as interesting as 13th tale. I found myself liking it more and still thinking about the message afterwards. Once Upon A River is a magical realism and I liked that one too. Her books don‘t grab you until after you finish and think about what you have read. But I love her writing! Hope you enjoyed your day - it sounded so nice! Anxiously waiting for you next video! (edited) 13h
Butterflyamore @EadieB Thanks! He is a wonderful husband and he was definitely well worth the wait! A Fire Story is definitely sad but I really appreciated having a better understanding of the firsthand effects rather than just hearing about it on the news. I loved that the author included bits and pieces of other people‘s stories as well. I‘m definitely interested in Once Upon a River, too! We ended up going to the bookstore so I could use my gift card yesteday 9h
EadieB @Butterflyamore Money for books goes fast! Ha ha! 9h
Butterflyamore @EadieB It was burning a hole in my pocket, ya know? 😂 The other book Josh had ordered for me through store was in. It was Recursion by Blake Crouch and I am excited about that! I got Romanov by Nadine Brandes and an Alice in Wonderland journal with my gift card. 9h
EadieB @Butterflyamore Recursion is on my TBR as I have read Dark Matter and enjoyed it very much. Romanov looks interesting too. It seems to be a mixture of Fantasy and Historical Fiction. I need a new journal too and I was going to ask for one for my birthday in September! Enjoy your Alice one as I know you love AIW! 6h
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Butterflyamore
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Amazing book gifts have arrived from a special friend for my birthday! Technically, one arrived on Saturday but I was aware of the fact that Amazon had shipped items separately so I waited for the other to arrive so they could pose together for a photo!

I am really looking forward to reading The Librarian of Auschwitz and I am so thankful to have this gorgeous hardcover, full color edition of A Fire Story to replace my flimsy, black & white ARC!

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Shay_1113
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Heart breaking and amazing true story as a girl survives Auschwitz. No words can do this book justice.

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CMCurtis77
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Checking out another WWII book ❤️📕📗📘📙

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Hannah_11
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A beautiful story of how books can bring light even in the darkest of places.. #books #TheLibrarianOfAuschwitz

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Hannah_11
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“Books are extremely dangerous. They make people think” #books

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Oana7
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this book! Dita is an amazing girl who has a lot of strength and a huge love for books! A great book about survival and finding something good in everything even if you are an Auschwitz prisoner! ❤️

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Ke633
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Finals week and then I get to finish all of the audiobooks I havent started yet. 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️

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rustoryhuf
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Oh. My. Goodness. This book is a love story to books and freedom. I can‘t recommend it more.

Meg4n6 I just picked this up at the booksale and thought “I bet Ru has read this” haha. Great minds. 3mo
rustoryhuf @Meg4n6 you know me so well! 2mo
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AutumnAuroraRain95
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5/5 stars. This story is based off of true events that happened. As with any World War 2/Holocaust story, this one is somewhat graphic, and does go into detail about what they had to endure. If you find this topic interesting, I would definitely pick up this book.

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Endowarrior21
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I don‘t even know what to say about this book. I am awestruck and heartbroken and filled with hope all at once. Based on the true story of Dita Kraus, a young teenage girl who had the dangerous job of keeping 8 books hidden in the depths of Auschwitz. Books like this are of increased importance today. We must not allow history to be revised.

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Mmartin14
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“Papa was right. That book took me further than any pair of shoes.” - The Librarian of Auschwitz

Mmartin14 A haunting tale and a very worthwhile read. The writing was a bit disjointed in the translation, which made it challenging to read at times. Still, an important story with complex characters and unique perspectives. I also enjoyed the epilogue and research at the end of the book. 5mo
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pocketmermaid
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Sunday afternoon got me like.

MarriedtoMrT Yes! 5mo
TheLibrarian Looks like a pretty good Sunday afternoon! 5mo
pocketmermaid @MarriedtoMrT @TheLibrarian I have to get up soon to go to a family thing and I don‘t wanna! 5mo
readordierachel Living the dream! 5mo
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TheQuietQuill
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Between changings, feedings, and playing with my newborn I haven‘t had any time to read! I forget what it feels like 😢

LiteraryinLititz It‘s ok! Your reading time will return. 💗 In the meantime, sounds like such an exciting time for you! 5mo
TheQuietQuill Oh yes it sure is! I love my little dude so much and since I can‘t read grown up books, at least I can read children‘s books to my son 😂 @LiteraryinLititz 5mo
RebL You can always read to your newbie—maybe shorter books. ;-) 5mo
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Abby2
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This is a great historical novel. The characters a re so real because they are true characters well researched. It was tragic and full of strength. Plus a love for books.

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Bookscoffeeandmore
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Starting this beauty tonight.

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kstadt929
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I cannot thank you enough for this book @Daisey !!! It has been on my TBR forever and I can‘t wait to read it ❤️ It was such a nice surprise to open up my email to this 🥰 #kindlitsy

Daisey You're welcome! 7mo
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Insightsintobooks
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Kaylamburson These are the moments Litsy is dangerous! I just bought it. Thanks for the heads up about the deal! 7mo
Insightsintobooks @Kaylamburson You're welcome. 😊 7mo
JacqMac I‘ve been waiting for this one! Thank you for posting. 7mo
Insightsintobooks @JacqMac you're welcome! 7mo
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msmckinney
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“The strongest athlete isn‘t the one who finishes first. That athlete is the fastest. The strongest athlete is the one who gets up again every time he falls, the one who doesn‘t stop when he feels a pain in his side, the one who doesn‘t abandon the race, no matter how far away the finish line is... Sometimes, no matter how much you want it, being the fastest isn‘t an option.. But you can always choose to be the strongest.”

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 7mo
msmckinney @CoffeeNBooks Thank you!! 🤗 7mo
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RaimeyGallant Great quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
BridgetteM Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks That‘s a wonderful quote! And welcome to Litsy!🎉📚💕 7mo
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Cinfhen Great quote 7mo
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sophierayton
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This book manages to depict the horrors of Auschwitz without leaving you feeling depleted and hopeless. I would recommend it to teenagers wanting to learn about this area of history.

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Loric
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Such a powerful account of Dita Kraus‘ survival in Auschwitz. Assigned to the family camp, 14 year old Dita attends block 31, a section designed to keep children busy while their parents work. Schooling was forbidden yet the children were secretly taught. Dita was tasked with the job of distributing and hiding the libraries 8 prohibited books. What a glimpse of the hope, humanity and resilience the prisoners of block 31 managed to preserve

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Shaunesay
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I have since finished Romancing the Duke which was a lot of fun, as expected. ;)

The Librarian of Auschwitz is going rough for me, excellent book, just a tough subject matter.

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SoniaC
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This is my current audiobook and I have to say so far it‘s amazing. So moving. Hard to listen to which so much inhumanity.

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bg_reads
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😍

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bg_reads
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I'm so excited to be starting this tonight! I've been waiting to read it for so long! This guy made it really easy to move on from the Innkeeper book... ♡

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Eggs
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Culture isn't necessary for the survival of mankind; for that you only need bread and water. But with only bread and water, humans survive but humanity dies. Nothing completes a person like being moved by beauty, activating imagination, and understanding the human spirit.

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Eggs
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Readage
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Hollie I love this cover! 10mo
Readage Me too, it's gorgeous!! 10mo
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Shannon_McKinney
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I always see Friday & Wednesday post so I thought I‘d make a Monday one and see how it goes! 🤓 1) Visiting a telescope festival! 2) Birthday Celebrations 🎉 3) Pines 🌲 (maybe I‘ll go back to it someday) 4) ✅ 5) will do 😊 #shmondaybluesbreaker

RachelO I love the sound of a telescope festival! 10mo
Susanita Good morning! Happy Monday! 10mo
Shannon_McKinney @RachelO it was awesome! & held at the lovely Cincinnati Observatory (pictures in the back) 😊 10mo
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Shannon_McKinney @Susanita Happy Monday to you! Hope you have a wonderful week! 😊 10mo
AmandaEve A telescope festival sounds amazing! 🤩 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fun questions! 10mo
kspenmoll Wow! Telescope festival! 10mo
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Lightmonkey03
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I am a history lover and always want to learn more about WWII. This book caught my eye by the title and it did not disappoint! This book told the stories and lives of sooo many people who deserve to be remembered for their actions while being in Auschwitz. Grab your tissues and dive in you will be shocked at their stories. While written as a YA book it holds NOTHING back of the horrors of their lives.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 11mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to our bookish corner of the world! 11mo
BookNerd9906 Welcome! 11mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 11mo
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Lightmonkey03
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Only on page 82 and I‘m all in! If you love history this is a great one so far..full review when I finish.

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Bourriquet76
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Home from vacation and an awesome library find

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A difficult read, but good historical context and personal tales.

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Sharpeipup
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Despite all the walking I did today, this is still true for me as well. #powerofbooks #vacationread #historicalfiction

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bels_books
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4/5 Stars I always feel awkward giving less than all five stars on a book with this kind of history and magnitude. The only reason I couldn‘t give it five was because the flow between point of views was choppy which didn‘t fit with the flow of the book. Otherwise it was well researched and had multiple view points.

Read my full review on Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2089210470

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bels_books
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I feel like I‘m not making much progress on reading the last few days. Starting work on Monday means things may get even more stagnant if that‘s possible.

Bakingbookworm The Librarian of Auschwitz is on my TBR. It looks great! 12mo
bels_books @Bakingbookworm It is definitely a good read for this subject. It has followed several different characters that intersected with the librarian. 12mo
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magicalshelves
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Today‘s book haul! This cover is gorgeous!

#bookhaul #historicalfiction #coverbuy #coverlove

Linsy What a beautiful cover and photo! 11mo
magicalshelves @Linsy Thank you! 11mo
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bels_books
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“Books are extremely dangerous; they make people think.”

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KirstieE
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June wrap up 🌸
Not a big reading month for me this time but I needed to take my time with a certain book to really understand the story

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SiriGuruDevSingh
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Pickpick

Beautiful and heartbreaking ❤️💔📚

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HayleyEngel
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Recently started this book. It carries an important true story of a young women who survived Auschwitz.

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lesliemarie
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Watching my daughter and her friend swim and finishing this book.

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SandyW
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Panpan

I'm not sure why this was fictionalized since the author had access to Dita Kraus. This also makes little sense in light of the fact that he reveals the actual names of the characters in the epilogue.

The blurb talks about the great risk to the librarian, but the author only made me feel concern for her once. It seemed more like Dita was given a task to keep her occupied.

The last few chapters were interesting, but not worthwhile in the whole.

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Emily92Bibliophile
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How can I describe the powerful emotions I feel from reading this book? Simple words cannot come close to describe the wide emotions I felt- A mixture of sadness, grief, and joy. 💙Books about the Holocaust and namely Auschwitz have been difficult for me to read- but it‘s a small weight I feel I bear compared to what these people endured. To read their stories, to cry for them, and ...➡️

Emily92Bibliophile Be a “witness” so to speak is my way of honoring those who survived and those who fought until the end in a world that turned against them. PLEASE. please read this book. 13mo
mrozzz Great review. Can‘t wait to read this one. 13mo
Crazeedi Thanks for the review, I've looked at this trying to decide. I've read so many about this horrible time, just didn't know if my heart could take right now 13mo
Emily92Bibliophile @Crazeedi it‘s definitely with the read- very well written and important to read, But definitely mentally prepare yourself to read it.💙 I will always recommend this book, but definitely with the side note “ it‘s very real, and very horrifying to look at the holocaust through a child‘s eyes”. 13mo
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KirstieE
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I have no words to wrap up how I felt reading this book or the power it had over me.
These brutally honest and dark stories of our history are important to read and learn about in any generation. This book will forever be with me ❤️

5 🌟 #truestory #WWII #powerful

tpixie I want to read this book. I‘m just starting (edited) 13mo
Slajaunie Aushhwitz was one of the worst camps. I firmly believe in keeping history alive whether it is good or bad. 13mo
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“There‘s no place in the world where the devil moves as freely as he does in Auschwitz.”

mrozzz Powerful! 13mo
Hollie @mrozzz indeed! 13mo
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Hollie
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When you have six hours to kill between baseball games out of town.

SheReadsAndWrites I love this on so many levels. Been there, done that, bought the t-shirt 😎❤️ 13mo
Hollie @SheReadsAndWrites thanks Lara! I feel like there should be an addendum to the What to Expect When You‘re Expecting book. Let future moms know they will spend the next nearly 2 decades sitting outside of practices and games, sweating, freezing, and waiting...so much waiting! 13mo
RebelReader I did my time as well with volleyball and basketball tournaments. Wrestling is the worst though. Hours of waiting and your kid‘s match is over in 6 minutes or less! 13mo
Hollie @RebelReader I‘m thankful he decided wrestling wasn‘t for him! 13mo
SheReadsAndWrites ? My mom said to me "Get a car you like because you'll be sitting in it a lot...waiting. And always, always have a book." ? 13mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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It‘s a lovely 86 degrees here in Texas- seems to be taking a break from the 90s and triple digits 🌞 🔥 🕶 enjoying my fifth day of summer outside while I still can! Excited to start this read

bookishkris Jealous! It‘s going to be almost 100 in Denver the next two days. What I wouldn‘t give for 86! 13mo
Arcana Our high for the day is 66F, and we have a wind advisory. I‘d ❤️❤️❤️ some warm weather! 13mo
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KirstieE
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So my ultrasound came back all clear, no new lump ! But I have caught a really bad cold so I had to cancel the follow up appt with the specialist I had today. This is my setup for the day 😷 #sickday

cobwebmoth Yay for the good news, but sorry that you're not feeling well. 13mo
asiriusreader That‘s good news! Hope your cold is gone soon! 13mo
Dragon Sorry about your cold but very pleased to hear your results, congratulations! 13mo
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robinb Wonderful news! Feel better soon! 13mo
KirstieE @cobwebmoth @asiriusreader @Dragon @robinb I'm over the moon that it's positive news ! This cold is really bringing me down though 😖but it's perfect time to get some reading done ! 13mo
Dragon Colds are nasty 😷 chicken soup and good books will help the situation. Take care of yourself 💐 13mo
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I was drawn to the story, a girl who takes care of precious books while in Auschwitz and surrounded by horrors. Unfortunately the translation limited the emotion of the story. It didn‘t flow well and seemed to sometimes include random historical facts outside of the storyline. Interesting epilogue.