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In the Midst of Winter
In the Midst of Winter: A Novel | Isabel Allende
New York Times and worldwide bestselling “dazzling storyteller” (Associated Press) Isabel Allende returns with a sweeping novel about three very different people who are brought together in a mesmerizing story that journeys from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil. In the Midst of Winter begins with a minor traffic accident—which becomes the catalyst for an unexpected and moving love story between two people who thought they were deep into the winter of their lives. Richard Bowmaster—a 60-year-old human rights scholar—hits the car of Evelyn Ortega—a young, undocumented immigrant from Guatemala—in the middle of a snowstorm in Brooklyn. What at first seems just a small inconvenience takes an unforeseen and far more serious turn when Evelyn turns up at the professor’s house seeking help. At a loss, the professor asks his tenant Lucia Maraz—a 62-year-old lecturer from Chile—for her advice. These three very different people are brought together in a mesmerizing story that moves from present-day Brooklyn to Guatemala in the recent past to 1970s Chile and Brazil, sparking the beginning of a long overdue love story between Richard and Lucia. Exploring the timely issues of human rights and the plight of immigrants and refugees, the book recalls Allende’s landmark novel The House of the Spirits in the way it embraces the cause of “humanity, and it does so with passion, humor, and wisdom that transcend politics” (Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post). In the Midst of Winter will stay with you long after you turn the final page.
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jen_the_scribe
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Anything by Isabel Allende automatically goes on my TBR list lol.

LapReader Me too. 1mo
jen_the_scribe @LapReader She's amazing 😊 1mo
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KarenO
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It‘s been too long since I‘ve read Allende and she‘s one of my favorites so this is tonight‘s bedtime reading. Sweet dreams!

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LeslieO
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#currentread Hopefully I'll be seeing signs of spring by the time I finish this one

Blueberry Is this a new Allende? How is it? 4mo
LeslieO @Blueberry it's from 2018, I'm loving it so far! 4mo
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MirrorMask
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Pickpick

“The only cure for so much misfortune is love. It‘s not the force of gravity that keeps the universe in balance, but the binding power of love.”

This is my first Allende novel, and I honestly don‘t know what has taken me so long to read her work. This is what I love about reading challenges! I love stories like this one when strangers/acquaintances bond over a shared event.

#HistoricalRomancebyAOC #ReadHarder #ReadHarder2019

AlaMich In The House of the Spirits was also an amazing book of hers. But whatever you do, DO NOT watch the movie. It‘s terrible. 5mo
MirrorMask @AlaMich 😂😊 Don't watch the movie, got it. 5mo
monalyisha I LOVED 5mo
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MirrorMask
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1. Tagged book and Sorcery & Cecilia
2. My last five star read was my reread of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before that was The Yellow Wallpaper
3. “I can't go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” - Alice in Wonderland

@rachelsbrittain #WeekendReads

merelybookish Great quote! 5mo
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IuliaCG
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Being in the middle of winter here makes this prose all the more emotionally shaking

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underground_bks
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Mehso-so

I admire and respect Isabel Allende very much. Unfortunately, I was disappointed by this read. The tone feels very uneven, sometimes dark and other times almost flippantly lighthearted, especially with the seriousness of the ordeal that brings the three characters together and the horrors of their pasts. A lot of details are repeated, which made it feel a little unedited to me. Overall, it just didn‘t feel very crafted, polished, or intentional.

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squirrelbrain
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Look what just arrived @Cinfhen - thank you so much! I‘ve never read any Allende, although I have a different one on my TBR shelf. This one looks fab though as it‘s set in Brooklyn and I just looove books about NYC. I looked up Saints for All Occasions as I‘ve not heard of that and it sounds just up my street as well, and will fit one of the prompts for the 50 states challenge I‘m doing in 2019.

Happy New Year Cindy! 😘🎉😘🎉

Cathythoughts How lovely 😊🎉 7mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m sooo glad the books made it to you and thanks again for my Litsy stickers!!!! I ❤️them❣️❣️❣️ 7mo
Cinfhen Happy New Year to you, Helen 🎉😘 7mo
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JacquelynLovesYou
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This is very good so far and very timely. She shows the experience of a young woman refugee from Gutemala as her life intertwines with a refugee from Chile and the son of a Jewish refugee.

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Lcsmcat
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Pickpick

I never know which Allende I‘m going to get when I start a new book by her. I always like her ideas, but the execution can be sublime (Daughter of Fortune) or less so (Ripper.) This one was a solid 3⭐️. She explores ideas of immigration, justice, the soul, and finding love in later life. But it often felt like a good outline for a book rather than a fleshed out novel. She told things she should have shown, for example. 👇🏻

Lcsmcat A light read compared to her masterpieces, but that‘s what I needed this month with job interviews and Christmas and a million depositions at work all falling in the same few weeks. (And I got the job!) 7mo
ravenlee Woohoo! Congrats on the job! 7mo
Lcsmcat @ravenlee Thanks! I‘m excited about it. (And no more depositions!) 7mo
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Lcsmcat
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When the author‘s relative shows up in her book . . . Salvador Allende was Isabel‘s father‘s 1st cousin.

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Moray_Reads
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After seeing a documentary about Scottish trade unions reacting to the overthrow of Salvador Allende I was inspired to pick up another of Isabel's books. Coincidentally, I chose this one which could count as #firstsnowinbrooklyn @trishb @Cinfhen #winterwonderland

Cinfhen My pick today too 😁 #GreatMinds Have you read it yet??? It‘s for my March bookclub 7mo
Moray_Reads @Cinfhen no, I just picked it up today! 7mo
TrishB Different covers 👍🏻 7mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB I don't know which cover my library copy has but I looked this one best, plus snow 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#WinterWonderland A future IRL bookclub choice. Seems to be a hate it/ love it type of book and a romance story ( which usually isn‘t my thing😳) From the blurb I gather a car accident that stems from a #FirstSnowOnBrooklyn brings together 3 individuals who are all grappling with loneliness and despair. The book is set in Chile,Brazil, Guatemala & present day Brooklyn. Using this for #pop19 too!

Reggie Wow, good job!!! 7mo
BarbaraBB I‘m a bit fed up with Allende. I read a lot by her in the 90s and then stopped. So i am looking forward to what you think of this one! (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Haha 😆 thanks @Reggie I hear ya @BarbaraBB I think she‘s a bit #OverRated 🤫🤫🤫🤫 7mo
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TrishB @Cinfhen another not read from me either!! 7mo
Cinfhen I can send it your way after bookclub @TrishB 7mo
KarenUK This was gonna my pick too! Also not read it.... 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
Cinfhen Your quote from a tree grows in Brooklyn was wayyyyy better than this choice❄️💜😀 7mo
TrishB Thank you 😘 7mo
Chrissyreadit Sounds like a good premise. 7mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read Allende. 7mo
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Lcsmcat
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I finished my cross stitch project and trimmed the tree. Now it‘s time to start this book that‘s been on my TBR since my daughter gave it to me for Christmas last year. 🤭

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty!!!! 🎄❤️ 7mo
Tamra Perfect spot! 7mo
GypsyKat Beautiful! 7mo
CouronneDhiver Looks great 👍🏽 7mo
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LeslieO
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Thank you @Lizylindz03 ! I love it all! I've been wanting to pick up I'd Rather Be Reading (because of course I would!) and the Allende looks great. Love all the goodies to especially the cozy socks! Hope you were spoiled too! Have a very Merry Christmas! #StuffedStockingSwap #SSS

Avanders 😍🎄♥️🥰❄️ 7mo
Lizylindz03 I‘m so glad you like it!! 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#BookMail🎉 IRL bookclub future read 😊works for #pop19 Hoping to find a way to make it work for #Booked2019 too 🤞🏼And how awesome is the new #BookDepository bookmark?!???!

GatheringBooks nice!! is this her new novel?! awesome! 8mo
TrishB Love that bookmark! 8mo
SomedayAlmost Ooh-I love her... it‘s out soon? 8mo
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4thhouseontheleft I‘m using this book for #pop19 too! 8mo
Cinfhen Have u found a way to work it into #booked2019 @4thhouseontheleft ??? 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m not sure how new it is @GatheringBooks @SomedayAlmost but it has VERY MIXED reviews on Litsy 😫😫 8mo
4thhouseontheleft @cinfhen nope not yet! But I‘m using it for the author from South America prompt for #pop19. 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m more excited by the bookmark @TrishB 😛 8mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! That‘s what I was hoping to use it for @4thhouseontheleft I think I saw you suggested that on GoodReads 💕 8mo
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Bailedbailed

Sometimes, when starting a book that I don't seem interested in I take a break and revisit the book at a later date. I've tried on several occasions, but I just can't get into this book. A girlfriend of mine loved it! Unfortunately, I'm going to have to pass on this romance :-(

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awinske
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“Curled up on the ground, she gave in to despair and solitude, wishing only to die soon, in her sleep and never have to wake again” 😢

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Texreader
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Poking around the airport bookstore and spotted this one on my TBR list.

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TheBookAddict


No es la fuerza de la gravedad la que mantiene el universo en equilibrio, sino la fuerza adhesiva del amor.

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TheBookAddict
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Pickpick

What a great story. To me Allende‘s works usually cross many lines and I can‘t really identify which genre they pertain to. This one is a mix of a cozy mystery, romance, supernatural, and contemporary fiction that talks about the reality of life and blows it deals different people, along with the hard and sad truth of illegal immigration and the broken immigration system in the USA.
#diversebooks #MeGustaLeer #cloudlibrary #litsyloveslibraries

DivineDiana I loved the English version! 💗 10mo
TheBookAddict @DivineDiana 🙌🏽 I read some reviews and some people thought the romance was a distraction from everything else that was going on and others thought the mystery was the distractor in the story, but I just enjoyed it all. 10mo
DivineDiana I agree with you! It was just right! 10mo
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TheBookAddict

«Al necesitado no se le pregunta quién es ni de dónde viene, Richard. Todos somos iguales en la desgracia», le decía Joseph a su hijo.

#diversebooks

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TheBookAddict

“Richard creció con la historia de su padre en la guerra, con la idea tallada a cincel en su mente de que ayudar al perseguido es un deber moral ineludible.”

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TheBookAddict

Lo más temible de la muerte era la idea de la eternidad. Muerto para siempre, qué horror.

#diversebooks #IsabelAllende #cloudlibrary #litsyloveslibraries

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GirlWellRead
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The structure is disjointed—the life stories are much more interesting than the modern day storyline that binds the characters together and I felt that Allende should have used another narrative style. The backstories are beautifully written and incredibly moving in their harsh realities but again, the present day plot takes away from this. Perhaps this was done on purpose, to juxtapose a love story against the darkness.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Pickpick

This was my first Allende and it was ... good? It was exactly what I was expecting, oddly enough. I'll def recommend this to the older women who come into my library but I can't say that I'm going to seek out any other books by her. It's not that this wasn't enjoyable. Like, it was pleasant and interesting and empathetic to undocumented immigrants in the US, but I didn't feel very attached. But: nice #audiobook voice acting!

Insightsintobooks This was my least favorite Allende book. I really enjoyed both Daughter of Fortune and Portrait in Sepia though, they are historical fiction. 11mo
BookishTrish I really liked the voice work on the one you read too! 11mo
Weaponxgirl I second @Chrissyreadit that book is amazing. 11mo
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TheBookAddict
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When dad decides to go to the bathroom the pups say it‘s time to mope. 😆 such big babies...
#dogsoflitsy #TolesBrats #mybrats #MomoToles #GokuToles

Just started reading the tagged book. 🙂💕 slowly but surely reading all of Allende‘s works.
#MeGustaLeer #diverseauthors #cloudlibrary #litsyloveslibraries

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FeatherV
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Definitely feeling this. I started this year with a simple goal, I wanted to read more. I made myself a 16 book reading list and challenged myself to get through it. That goal has morphed into a 52 book goal, whatever I feel like reading but 52 new books, I just finished 45, I‘m so proud of myself #2018 #yearofbooks #bookworm #goals

mrozzz Well done!! 12mo
FeatherV @mross thank you! Im super proud of myself lol 12mo
Mshookquilts Proud of you! 12mo
FeatherV @Mshookquilts thanks mama :) 12mo
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FeatherV
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Finally well enough to stay up past 9 pm and read a little bit #summercolds #bookworm #cantgetenough #2018 #yearofbooks

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Minimalgrl
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I work from home .... but today it‘s difficult as I stare out the window and just want to read out in the sunshine...

Slajaunie Beautiful!! 12mo
youneverarrived Gorgeous 💚 12mo
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Minimalgrl
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Ok .... next bookclub selection in 3...2...1...

DivineDiana I recently read this, and it was a good read! 13mo
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DivineDiana
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This was my first read of a book by Isabel Allende, and I was very impressed with her ability to combine a story of modern immigration with history and family. Fast paced, heart breaking, characters that you want to succeed. Brooklyn, Guatemala, Chile. Pivotal scene at The Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY. #booked2018 #refugeemc

Cinfhen Oh, I want to read this now! Lovely review and hurray for another prompt completed!!! 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh. I‘d be curious to read this. Last year I read Paula, which had some of this story but wasn‘t focused on it. 👏🏻😍📚 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Never mind about the plot of the novel. I should have read the description first. I thought this was more of her own story. Nevertheless it looks interesting and I‘ve liked her work in the past. 13mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! Picking up the pace! 😉 13mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage Now I‘m curious about Paula! 🤔 13mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraTheBibliophage Loved your review and I think I would like the book. So sad that she experienced this loss. 13mo
AlaMich The House of the Spirits is wonderful! Just don‘t watch the movie! 😖 13mo
DivineDiana @AlaMich Thank you! I‘ll remember that! 13mo
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DivineDiana
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Just checked out my new car “read” and it looks like it will work for #booked2018 #refugeemc

Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻it also has #flowersonthecover 🌸🌸🌸 14mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I saw that! Can I use it for two prompts!!! 14mo
Cinfhen No...sorry 😔 14mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Worth a try! 😀 14mo
Cinfhen Definitely 😂😂 14mo
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Ubookquitous
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Another wonderful novel by Allende - somehow she manages to make 3 characters who have all be damaged by the past trauma into strong individuals who choose a dangerous to protect each other. She manages to tell the story of unrest in Guatemala, Chile, and hedonism in Brazil while having the characters make an astounding decision when confronted with a murder. Great stuff.

C.Perone Loved!💜 1y
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Pickpick

I enjoyed the writing: strong character building that tied well with current events. I thought the love story was random and somewhat distracting.

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PictureandBook
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Listening to this and enjoying getting ready for the week ahead. #dogsoflitsy #audiobook

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ElizabethSensa
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"Her desire to get the most out of life grew greater as her future shrank, and part of that enthusiasm was the vague hope of having someone to cherish, even if this clashed with the reality of a lack of opportunities. She missed sex, romance, and love. The first of these she could obtain every so often, the second was a matter of luck, and the third was a gift from the gods that would probably never happen." P9

Jess7 Omg! Your dog looks so much like my #schnauzer Parker except Parker‘s ears fold down. Sooo cute!! 1y
ElizabethSensa @Jess7 give Parker a pat from me! Schnauzers are wonderful! 1y
Jess7 aww I definitely will. Seeing this tag again made me smile. Sooo cute!! 1y
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Josiedlove
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Enjoying my Saturday... This book has sooo many twist & turns... But learning a little history too....

#isabelallende #inthemidstofwinter #loveisabelallendewriting #imhooked #cantstopreading #happyhappyhappy #relaxed #bookpagefeature #bibliophile #bookporn #bookpage

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Kaye
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Saw this at the library today. I didn‘t get it but thought all the pink on it is so pretty

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gby0822
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Pickpick

Will be reading more Isabel Allende!

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Branwen
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Relaxing with some tea and books and kitty love 💟📚😸 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten

BeckyD Gorgeous cat. 1y
Branwen @BeckyD Awwwww! Thank you so much! His name is Chaplin and he's such a sweetie pie! ♡ 1y
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C.Perone
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Pickpick

So improbable. So impossible. So tongue-in-cheek that the snickers and chuckles elicited are sure to disturb those around you😉

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Tamra
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Completely unexpected Litten Mail! Thank you Megan @TheKidUpstairs ! 💜 You made my day. 😊

BookishMe Totally love Allende's exquisite writing! 1y
Dolly How sweet! Littens are the best❤️ 1y
Tamra P.S. @TheKidUpstairs, no need to return Tell the Wolves I‘m Home. Keep or share as you wish. Enjoy! (edited) 1y
TheKidUpstairs You're so welcome 😊 Happy Reading! 1y
[DELETED] 3803335244 So cute! I love the hearts 💕 1y
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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

Doing well on my own 2018 challenge. Loved this book - it was like Coronation Street there was so much drama. The end was a bit too neat, but the pages flew.

Cortg I should do this, force me to read the books in the top of my TBR pile! 1y
BookishTrish @Cortg I have so many good books that I own and haven't read yet that I thought I'd bypass the other challenges (for which I usually buy more books) and simply stick to my own. So far, so good... 1y
Cortg Yah, I‘m skipping challenges this year too! I‘m overwhelmed with my TBR‘s 1y
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BookishTrish
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Too rainy to #audiowalk to work so #audiobus it is #weekendlibrarian #2to4in48

Andrew65 Sounds like a plan! 1y
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Branwen
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I saw this for the first time today in the bookstore and fell in love with it so hard I had to bring it home with me! The story looks so sweet and incredible! Has anyone read anything by Isabel Allende? This is my first time reading this author! :-)

LeeRHarry I've read her autobiography which I really liked and Paula which I wasn't so keen on 😊 (edited) 1y
LeeRHarry This is her autobiography 1y
ElizabethAndino I‘ve loved everything that I‘ve read by her! (But haven‘t read this one) 1y
Branwen @LeeRHarry Ooooh! Thank you! It looks really good, I just added it to my tbr list! :-) @ElizabethAndino That's great to hear! I'm sure this one will be amazing too! 1y
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