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A God in Ruins
A God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson
Kate Atkinsons dazzling Life After Life, one of the top selling adult books of 2014, explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her focus on Ursulas beloved younger brother Teddy would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father as he navigates the perils and progress of the 20th century. For all Teddy endures in battle, his greatest challenge will be to face living in a future he never expected to have. A God in Ruins is a masterful companion to Life After Life, and will prove once again that Kate Atkinson is one of the finest novelists of our age.
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Balibee146
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#gratefulreads #readinonesitting
I read at a slower pace and usually don't read books in one sitting but this is an exception. Probably my favourite Kate Atkinson read one Saturday when I barely moved ❤️❤️
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 4d
Cathythoughts I have this stacked .. sounds really good 4d
Balibee146 @Cathythoughts I actually prefer it to Life After Life... It is a wonderful book ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4d
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 4d
Reagan-reads I did not like this as much as Life After Life, but I still really enjoyed it. 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻📚 4d
Lucy_Anywhere I loved Life After Life - I need to read this one 4d
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Aims42
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I‘m not positive, but I‘m reading this as a “Doctor Who” reference and that makes me happy 😁
I‘m really enjoying “A God of Ruins”. When I was halfway thru I knew I had to read the campion book (“Life after Life”) so I borrowed it from my library👍🏻

KathyWheeler That is so completely a Doctor Who reference! I love it.😊 1mo
Aims42 @KathyWheeler Yay!!! 🥳🎉 I re-read it to make sure, what a fun Easter egg 💙 1mo
KathyWheeler @Aims42 If it‘s not one it should be! When I read that sentence, I saw the Doctor and the Tardis immediately. 1mo
Aims42 @KathyWheeler Right?! Which Doctor did you think of? I saw David Tennant lol 1mo
KathyWheeler @Aims42 I saw David Tennant too. I‘ve loved the other ones too, but he‘s who I see first.😊 1mo
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HardcoverHearts
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One of my favorite books of the year is on sale today for the digital edition... It‘s remarkable.

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Nerdy_Bookworm
A God in Ruins | Kate Atkinson

"The purpose of Art," his mother, Sylvie, said- instructed even- "is to CONVEY the truth of a thing, not to BE the truth itself."

~Sylvie~

#LitsyQuotes

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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This may end up being my next read!

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Deborah42
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A companion book to Life After Life.

In Life After Life, Ursula Todd dies and reboots to the day of her birth time after time as the author creates alternate realities and gives Ursula the chance to do things correctly. Ursula plays a minor role here, as this is Teddy‘s story.

Teddy is a fighter pilot during WWII, and even though he fights on the “right” side, he is still damaged by the savagery of war.

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Ottergirl
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This book was picked for my book club, and I have tried to read it a couple of times but just can‘t! Normally I finish books deliberately, but this is a book I just can‘t get into. I‘m not enjoying the writing style at all. Maybe I‘d enjoy it more if I‘d read the first book beforehand.

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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this more than I expected, and a lot more than Life After Life. I liked the ending, I liked everything about Nancy and I realised things slowly through fragments.

Tho there was lots I enjoyed, I really don‘t feel I needed another book about ww2. All the war sections just reminded me of every other book I‘ve read about ww2 (too many) and I don‘t think this added anything that interesting. I‘d rather it had focused on after the war.

Aimeesue Huh. I thought it was a great illustration of all the lives and futures that we lose during wars when young soldiers are killed that we don‘t even notice because those lives just … never happened. Not so much about WW2 as it is about the possible futures lost, I think. 8mo
Emilymdxn @Aimeesue yeah I thought the stuff she was considering and the themes were interesting, but I‘m never very inspired by World War Two as a backdrop 8mo
Aimeesue But nothing after the war actually happened, so WW2 is about the only UK war that fits. I guess she could‘ve done WWI. 8mo
Emilymdxn @Aimeesue im not saying it‘s a terrible book or a bad thing to write about, but it wasn‘t something I was ever going to find very interesting personally. I feel I‘ve read a lot of books about what we lose during war and while this one has a really original concept, it didn‘t make it worth it for me personally as it would take an awful lot to make me enjoy a book about it ww2 or almost any other war. Just a matter of personal taste 8mo
Aimeesue Understandable! I have a hard time with minutely observed domestic dramas. Give me a war novel any day. 😉 (edited) 8mo
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Emilymdxn
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This is up next from my audio backlist on my phone. I honestly didn‘t enjoy Life After Life at all, i found it a cool concept but the multiple lives thing was swamped by average historical fiction, but I already owned this so I‘m ploughing through. I‘ll try to enjoy it but i guess mainly I‘m trying to tick it off my tbr

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I don‘t even know how to begin reviewing this. Kate Atkinson‘s books hit all the capitalized notes. They are Art and Work and Love and Family. Don‘t believe for a second that (as the author herself implies) this is a novel about WWII; this is so much more and it utterly wrecked me. This book needs no context, just follow the red thread and you‘ll find yourself rising and falling through the unsentimental truth of what it means to be human.

merelybookish I LOVE this book. That ending blew me away!! 9mo
saresmoore @merelybookish I‘m floored. I didn‘t think there was any way it could live up to Life After Life, but it more than stands as its own beautiful creation. 9mo
merelybookish @saresmoore Agreed! I love how she pushes the boundaries of what a novel can do! 9mo
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TrishB I loved this too 💕 (but actually really didn‘t like Life After Life 🤷‍♀️) 9mo
saresmoore @TrishB I can understand that. Life After Life felt more disjointed and unpredictable. This ebbed and flowed so nicely. I think I even liked Ursula better through the eyes of Teddy. 9mo
vivastory Fantastic review 👍 9mo
saresmoore @vivastory Thanks, friend! 9mo
LauraBeth Wow - great review! And I love this cover! 9mo
LeahBergen I DO need to read this soon. 9mo
Moray_Reads For some reason I've always avoided her books, I will have to rectify this immediately! 9mo
saresmoore @Moray_Reads I‘m pretty enamored of her, at this point. 9mo
CarolynM I loved this too, more than Life After Life. The family dynamics were so beautifully realised. 9mo
emilyhaldi I have yet to read any of her books but I‘m moving her to the top of my list! (edited) 9mo
batsy Lovely review, Sara! ❤️ 9mo
kspenmoll Your wonderful review makes me want to go to the library in hopes of finding this now! (edited) 9mo
readordierachel Wonderful review. I am so excited to read this after I finish Life After Life! 9mo
Suet624 I‘m with @kspenmoll. 9mo
rohit-sawant Awesome review! 9mo
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violabrain
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I haven‘t read Life After Life. Should I read that before I read this one? Or does this one stand on its own?

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Amiable
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The companion novel to Atkinson's "Life After Life," which told the story (stories) of Ursula Todd as she was born and lived and died and was born again. Technically speaking, this book is just one of those lives. It focuses on Teddy, Ursula's brother, and the life he lives. Or does it? As always, Atkinson writes well, but I couldn't get as emotionally engaged in Teddy's life as I did in Ursula's many lives. I liked "Life After Life" better.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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This turned into a long listen through all of November, and honestly I could have spent twice as many hours with Teddy Todd and Atkinson‘s prose, which was often bitingly clever and always stunningly beautiful.

This intimate epic covers Teddy‘s life from his childhood in the 1920s to his time as a bomber pilot in WWII to his death in 2012, omnisciently weaving back and forth through time, sometimes focusing on his wife, child, and grandchildren.

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I felt this one in my bones and the audio had me tearing up repeatedly on my morning drive. Atkinson‘s Life After Life follows Teddy‘s sister Ursula and you don‘t have to read it to appreciate this but it‘s perfect so why wouldn‘t you? 12mo
sprainedbrain Love this book so much. Excellent review. 12mo
emtobiasz Agreed 100%. I read each of these books in marathon format, on long flights a month apart, which is also a wonderful way to truly escape into their world. 12mo
RachelAmphlett She‘s SUCH a great writer 12mo
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Heatherfeather
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Went into Barnes & Noble for a gift...and came out with 4 books for myself...(and I actually put one back right before I checked out, thinking "that's too many!")

TheBookKeepers A Man Called Ove is so good!!!! 12mo
Heatherfeather @TheBookKeepers I'm super excited about it! 12mo
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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This is from the Author‘s Note and I wholeheartedly agree. As long as the author plays fair, I don‘t mind a bit of trickery.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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saresmoore You‘ve convinced me to start reading this tonight. 12mo
CareBear Loved this book so much. 12mo
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Don‘t be like Sunny! Go vote!

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kricheal
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This is a companion book to Life After Life. I was not a big fan of L.A.L. So I was hesitant to give this one a chance and I'm so glad I did! That ending though 😲 I was not expecting THAT! #54

TrishB I loved this one, but disliked LAL. 13mo
AJTimberlake So cute how you placed the headphones! 13mo
kricheal @TrishB Yes! I always feel like I have the unpopular opinion with LAL. 13mo
kricheal @AJTimberlake 😶😶 Thanks I try to work those headphones in if I can. 13mo
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cariashley
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Reading Susan Orlean‘s By the Book in the Times today and thinking SAME. The end of this book slayed me. 😭

LoveToReadLiveToRead Oh I haven‘t read that book but really liked Life After Life. 13mo
vivastory I'll be seeing Susan Orlean speak in a few weeks. Really looking forward to it! 13mo
cariashley @LoveToReadLiveToRead it‘s so good if you liked Life After Life, you‘ll probably love it. 13mo
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cariashley @vivastory ooh. I‘ve never read her actually, which of hers do you recommend as a good starting point? 13mo
vivastory I haven't read her yet, but I've heard great things about 13mo
vivastory & her new book sounds fascinating 13mo
cariashley @vivastory I‘ve heard good things about the Orchid Thief too, will definitely have to check her out. Thanks! 13mo
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I feel very Seen #yearofmarvellousreading

Readergrrl I love this: both sentiment and quote. I was an only child and reading was my adventure! 13mo
thebookmagpie @Readergrrl yes! I‘m the exact same - I‘m sure there‘s a lot of us out there in fact 😊 13mo
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #audible for #booktober

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Bookish_B
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Took myself to Barnes & Noble for my birthday yesterday. They were having a sale in honor of my birthday! (No? That wasn't the reason?). In any case, this is what I got 😊

emilyhaldi Happy birthday!!! Love this photo 😍 14mo
erzascarletbookgasm Happy birthday! Nice haul 👍 14mo
Tanisha_A Happy birthday! 🎂 14mo
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Libby1 Happy birthday! 🌼 14mo
Bklover Happy Birthday!! 14mo
Cinfhen Happy birthday 🎉🎂 🎁 great way to celebrate 🎊 14mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! 📚📚📚 14mo
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sprainedbrain
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Today‘s challenge is to pick a favorite author from another country... 5 of the 10 authors I have chosen so far have not been from the USA. (Please don‘t tell the moron POTUS as I‘m sure this must mean I hate America.)😏

So, for today I have chosen Kate Atkinson.😊

I found an article that lists 10 of her favorite books, and several are faves of mine, too, including Middlemarch.

My favorite Atkinson book is A God in Ruins. ❤️

#AGameOfFavorites

merelybookish A God in Ruins is SUCH a brilliant novel! Atkinson is the 💣 1y
cariashley That‘s my favorite of hers too. She‘s brilliant! 1y
ErinSueMreads Careful you‘ll be forcefully deported! Err I mean keep it up! You‘ll be deported. Maybe somewhere nice..... 1y
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rachaich
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Re reading this for book club.
It's actually even stranger this time round, despite knowing how it's set and portrayed!

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ruskigurl16
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Started this next. Not sure what to think of it yet, but it is fairly early. #currentlyreading

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mcipher
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Finally reading this after a drinky late work dinner at the Settler‘s Inn in Hawley, PA (and marveling at their gorgeous Stickley furniture).

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jamie_in_the_library
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I love it when I can come home for my lunch break (and Ramona does too) 📚😍 #frontporchreading

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CareBear
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My goodies from our #ctlitsymeetup which was so much fun! Can‘t wait to do it again and meet those of you we missed. 💕

MrBook Thank you for organizing the day 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻!!! 2y
kspenmoll Sorry to miss you! Glad you had such fun ! 2y
MrBook @kspenmoll 🤗🤗🤗 2y
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MsLeah8417 How was A God in Ruins? 2y
mcipher Thanks again for planning it - so much fun! 😊 2y
mrozzz 💗😊 2y
CareBear @MsLeah8417 A God in Ruins is one of my all time favorites! 2y
CareBear @MrBook @mcipher it was my pleasure! And thanks for all your help, Melanie! 🤩 2y
mcipher ☺️ 2y
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TheBookStacker
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Had a little bookstore fun today. #bookhaul

emilyhaldi 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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Viji
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Can‘t believe I‘ve never read this! Found it on sale at Barnes and Noble today and took it as a sign. Thanks for the rec, @CareBear ! #freakyfriday

Viji I know this and Life After Life go together. @andrew65, does it matter which one is read first? 2y
Andrew65 @Viji I would suggest reading Life After Life first as it does precede this one, but still would be enjoyable even if you did read this one first. 2y
merelybookish Ditto @Andrew65 Amazing books! 2y
CareBear @Viji @Andrew65 I read A God in Ruins first and then Life After Life. I am conflicted about my opinion on which is best to read first. You can easily read this one and not Life After Life, but I think I agree with Andrew that if you want to read both, publication order is always the best way to go. 2y
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One of my favorite authors ❤️❤️❤️ So why haven‘t I read A God in Ruins yet? 🤔 I even pre-ordered it!!! #ReadingResolutions Day 3 @Jess7 #photochallenge

Jess7 I havent read this author yet, but A God In Ruins is on my #TBR 2y
BookaholicNatty I have it on my TBR and sitting on my book shelf! They have A God In Ruins for like 5 or 6 bucks at Barnes and Noble! 2y
CarolynM Kate Atkinson is fantastic, isn't she. You need to read A God in Ruins, I think it might even be better than Life After Life. Looking forward to the new one coming out this year. 2y
Ruthiella @CarolynM Yes must get to this soon! I loved Life After Life 😀 2y
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Augustdana
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It‘s a long weekend for me, and I organized what is becoming my TBR floor library. Slowly reading Rebecca still because it‘s blowing my mind.

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Ange44
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Round 13 of the #tenatatime #tbr project. This has definitely been a good way to get through our seemingly endless TBR piles. I‘m also on vacation this week, so hopefully I can through a good chunk of this pile.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I loved this novel and now really need to read Life After Life. Books about relationships of grown-up children with their parents, sibling relationships and so forth truly resonate with me. And of course there is so much more than that in this rich book. Absolutely lovely and heartbreaking and wonderful.

BarbaraJean I have Life After Life on my shelf and need to read it, too! I‘ve nearly picked this one up at the library multiple times, but I keep telling myself I need to read the one I own first... 2y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @BarbaraJean I was the tiniest bit wary of Life After Life as sometimes her books are just a bit weird (well maybe it was just Emotionally Weird haha) but now I'm totally keen. Whichever one you read first, I'm sure you will love A God in Ruins. 2y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Got this at the library because I have so much time to read another print book 😊 I was excited to see this one and Life after Life (although I perversely decided to read this one first). I actually managed to get a number of pages read this afternoon/early evening, outside on the balcony while it was raining after some very hot days. This was in between wrangling kids, but still nice 😊

Andrew65 Loved this one. 2y
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Ncostell
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Loved, loved, loved this book. Kate Atkinson is one of my favorite authors and I will read every word she ever writes. This was a heartwrenching story that had me in tears at times. I loved Life After Life as well and want to go back and reread that again too.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I love KA too!! She‘s one of my favorite authors! 2y
susanw I loved this one too! She‘s great. 2y
sprainedbrain Yes!!! Such an awesome book. ❤️ 2y
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emilyhaldi
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I‘m trying not to spend money on books before my move but simultaneously need to visit nyc bookstores before I lose my chance! Luckily, Book Culture has a great little bargain table where I found a few books without too much #💸💸💸💸💸

#emojinov

Prairiegirl_reading Only four! Well done!! 2y
mrozzz Book Culture is my WEAKNESS 2y
emilyhaldi @mrozzz I don't suppose you know anything about this book? Obviously I had to get it based on the description even knowing nothing else about it 2y
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BarbaraBB Nice choices! I looooved 2y
mrozzz I don't... if it's written well, could be interesting! 👌🏻🗽🏙 2y
Mdargusch Excuses excuses. 😁 I‘ve had misquitoland on my TBR for a year or so and never got around to it. Very apropos. 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘ve got a problem. 😂 2y
Reviewsbylola It‘ll be on her TBR for years too. 🤣🤣 @Mdargusch 2y
minkyb I had fun at Book Culture‘s sale table a few months back! 2y
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NoRoadsStudio
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More travel reading. It's' the season

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JessNevertheless
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An equally interesting companion novel to Life After Life, which is usually hard to do. Also one of my favorite covers ❤️ #birds #noteworthynovember

Jess7 Good choice! 2y
Jess7 The owl is a nice touch too! 🤗 2y
JessNevertheless Thank you! I️ knew the owl would come in handy one day 😊 @Jess7 2y
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jpmcwisemorgan I want that owl. I‘m serious. He belongs in my collection. 😀 (edited) 2y
JessNevertheless Haha @jpmcwisemorgan I️ wish I️ could tell you where I got him but he‘s a present my mom got me back in college. But owl figurines are the best though aren‘t they? 😊🦉 2y
jpmcwisemorgan Yes they are! ❤️ 2y
Andrew65 Loved this book! 2y
JessNevertheless @Andrew65 Me too! Loved the first book as well. Hoping for something else similar from her again soon! 2y
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Dolly
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Delivered as promised. Quite good. Well written.

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Sweettartlaura
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I think this is the truest #red I've ever seen on anything I own.
#30daysofreadathon @DeweysReadathon

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Sharpeipup
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My #audiobook as I cook for the week. #housetomyself #readingallthetime

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SeeJaneRead
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"I'm from Canada and they think I'm slow, eh"

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Balibee146
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And then she did this..... Superlative works. Companion novels exploring experiences of the second world war and the effects it had on Great Britain and future generations. I also appreciated the fact that she used a section in Life After Life to detail the dreadful suffering of German civilians too. #ReadIt

TrishB I didn't like Life After Life but loved A God in Ruins. I love most of her other stuff too! 2y
Balibee146 @TrishB I enjoyed both but A God In Ruins is miles above for me. Loved it too :-) 2y
bitterbear @TrishB @Balibee146 egad!! I'm the opposite. 2y
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Balibee146 @bitterbear I must do a back to back re read of them! 2y
TrishB @bitterbear I know a lot of people loved one and not the other! 2y
bitterbear @TrishB I think I need to re read a god in ruin... but life after life made me laugh alot ... I at first disliked it but it definitely grew on me. 2y
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"All the birds who were never born, all the songs that were never sung and so can only exist in the imagination. And this one is Teddys". Kate Atkinson, you are one of my favorite authors, but have torn my heart out yet again. ?

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My annual first day of school Barnes and Noble trip was a success!! I've always taken off the first day of the school year so I can see my son off to and back from school, and what began as a way to make the hours go faster until he got home has now become a fun little excursion for me. Gotta fit in bookstore time whenever you can, am I right? 😉

LiteraryinLititz What a great idea! 2y
candc320 @LiteraryinLititz right?! When he was younger it was a great way to distract me from worrying and now it's just a great way to spend some me time. 2y
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