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A Gentleman in Moscow
A Gentleman in Moscow: A Novel | Amor Towles
The book moves briskly from one crisp scene to the next, and ultimately casts a spell as captivating as Rules of Civility, a book that inhales you into its seductively Gatsby-esque universe. Town & Country From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civilitya transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel With his breakout debut novel, Rules of Civility, Amor Towles established himself as a master of absorbing, sophisticated fiction, bringing late 1930s Manhattan to life with splendid atmosphere and a flawless command of style. Readers and critics were enchanted; as NPR commented, Towles writes with grace and verve about the mores and manners of a society on the cusp of radical change. A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in another elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotels doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him a doorway into a much larger world of emotional discovery. Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the counts endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose. From the Hardcover edition.
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BookBelle84
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A beautiful book. I loved the setting, the history and the characters of the Metropol. Beautiful writing.

Rachbb3 This is such a lovely book. 3d
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uwak
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cocoa coffee, friends, and some quality time with Count Rostov ☕ I'm not very far in this book yet but so far it's been very poignant and reflective 📖

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BookBelle84
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Rambo and Alice are all set for a weekend of reading! #catsoflitsy

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FountainOfWords
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This book is a bit of a mixed bag for me. One moment it gets tedious and the next you are hooked. It‘s like walking in a normal, mundane neighborhood for sometime with nothing interesting to see when at one point you turn a corner and get this unexpected magnificent view.

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Jenken1998
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September wrap up. 20 books total.....16 books , 4 audio. 5 have been on my Tbr shelf forever. And.. Amor Towles is now on my favorite author shelf .. well his books are anyhow..that would be weird if he was 🤔❤🤣

SauerPatch Awesome selection! 2w
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PetrozavaRR
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Day 1 #7Days7Covers #covercrush
Just can't resist to share this masterpiece for my first choice❤📚
Tagging @Louise to join 🤗

Louise Great choice of book! That is such a moving novel! Thank you for tagging me. I recently completed Day 7 of this challenge. You can see my book cover choices in my Litsy posts. Cheers! 😊 (edited) 3w
SauerPatch I considered this one also. I enjoyed the book as well! 3w
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jnichole
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One of my current reads. So far, really good.

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perfectsinner
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Ah, great read. Definitely deserving of all the hype. 5 star

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perfectsinner
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I've been saying this was going to be my next read for a few weeks now... But tonight I'm finally going to start it, for real!

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morag-at-large
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Interesting concept of an aristocratic confined to house arrest in a glorious hotel post Russian Revolution.

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JillR
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Like “A Little Princess” but with a fully grown Count and the Bolsheviks. As the Russian Revolution begins Count Rostov is declared a Former Person and sentenced to house arrest in the Hotel Metropol where he is swiftly shifted from his grand rooms to the attic. I‘ve always loved Russian history and it‘s here in spades, but with such a light touch. The Count is noble, accepting, amusing, and completely broke my heart. I absolutely loved this.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! This has been on my TBR for a loooooong time. Maybe it‘s time to read it! 1mo
JillR It‘s soooo good @LiteraryinLititz 1mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Awesome Sunday so far. Loving my new Kindle Oasis by the pool. No worries if I get splashed!

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melissajayne
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Really enjoyed the book. Well written but a little slow in places. Thought the ending was well done. #2019 #bookstagram #bookreviews #bookclub #summerreads 4 ⭐️

Jenken1998 One of my faves this year ❤ 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the Count! 1mo
melissajayne @Jenken1998 same here. I missed so much when I read it. (edited) 1mo
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Simona
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Day 3 #7covers7days

How about your #CoverCrush @AmyK1 ? Would you like to share with us for 7 days some beautiful covers? No explanation needed, just post the photo each day and tag one Litten.

Tanisha_A 🤩 1mo
cathipink Wow, I've never seen this cover before! Beautiful. 1mo
Verity Love the cover, but bailed on the book. ☺️ 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Pretty! 1mo
AmyK1 Love this one! I don‘t have anything nearly as pretty but I‘ll give it a try. Thanks! 1mo
LeahBergen I love this edition! 😍 1mo
Kalalalatja Stunning! 1mo
Simona @AmyK1 It is fun to see our different tastes. Enjoy😘 1mo
Simona @Verity It‘s still unread, because I saw very mixed reviews after I bought the book... 1mo
Simona @Leftcoastzen @LeahBergen @Kalalalatja Shiny covers speaks to me 🤗 1mo
Verity @Simona I really liked his first book, but was so disappointed in this. But it got so much buzz that I started to doubt my judgement! 1mo
BarbaraBB I‘ve never seen this edition. I loved this book and now have his other one on my shelves 4w
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Spainman75
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Great writing leads to a surprisingly enjoyable read. An understated story about human existence and triumph over adversity.

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marleed
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Years ago I read Les Miserables. I was so proud of myself, and must have boasted about it. What I remember is this women asking if I read the abridged version. Of course not, said I. It was a long book, said I. A few days later I arranged my completed book on a shelf. Woops, it was abridged - and I don‘t recall correcting my declaration. All this to explain AGIM gave me wonderful Russian Jean Valjean / Cosette vibes!

ruskigurl16 I need to move this book up my TBR! Ugh! 1mo
marleed @ruskigurl16 It‘s a beautiful read. And funny, I‘m following it up with the The Secrets We Kept because Reese gives me assigned reading on the first of each month. What a fun way to get some Russian history. 1mo
LoverofLit Love the mug! The Roasterie is some of my favorite coffee local to me. 1mo
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marleed @LoverofLit I have this new thing about picking up mugs by a city‘s local coffee. It seemed only right since I pick up the Starbucks you are here mugs on my travels! And I‘m a tea drinker! ...Are you in Kansas City? (edited) 1mo
LoverofLit @marleed I am in Kansas City, MO. Born and raised 😊 1mo
marleed @LoverofLit Oh cool! I just moved back here from San Antonio. I‘m in a little old house in Prairie Village - I love living a downsized life! 1mo
Scochrane26 This is a favorite book. Read it in December & still love it. 1mo
Lauren890 A Gentleman in Moscow is SO good! I also love the Roasterie! I grew up in KC and moved away but I occasionally splurge and order their coffee online. So good! 1mo
marleed @Lauren890 @LoverofLit Oh my Gosh, how fun to connect over a coffee mug!! Lauren, where do you live now? 1mo
marleed @Scochrane26 I‘m going to have feels about this book for a long time. I‘m so happy I own it! 1mo
Lauren890 @marleed I live in northern Virginia now - we‘re close to D.C. I like it here but I miss KC! 1mo
marleed @Lauren890 Well let us know if you come back to visit! 1mo
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Djspens
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I already had this book in my "library" so no book purchase was made today! I took my English/journalism graduate daughter to hear Amor Towles speak. We're so lucky to have Iowa Writer's Workshop nearby so we get to hear some great authors!

Scochrane26 I would love to hear him speak! Glad you got to go. 1mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! I would love to hear him! 1mo
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Wildly_Bookish
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I really enjoyed most of this book. It was long and at some points slow, but it is so well written that I had to finish.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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“As an archeologist, when Thomsen divided the ages of man into Stone, Bronze, and Iron, naturally enough, he did so in accordance with the physical tools that defined each epoch. But what of man‘s spiritual development? What of his moral development? I tell you, they progressed along the very same lines. In the Stone Age, the ideas in the caveman‘s head were as blunt as the club in his hand; they were as rough as the flint from which he struck..."

Wildly_Bookish "...a spark. In the Age of Bronze, when a canny few discovered the science of metallurgy, how long did it take for them to fashion coins, crowns, and swords? That unholy trinity to which the common man was enslaved for the next one thousand years.” Mishka paused to consider the ceiling. “Then came the Age of Iron—and with it the steam engine, the printing press, and the gun." 1mo
Wildly_Bookish ..."Here was a very different trinity, indeed. For while these tools had been developed by the Bourgeoisie to further their own interests, it was through the engine, the press, and the pistol that the Proletariat began to free itself from labor, ignorance, and tyranny.” 1mo
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Jenken1998
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Well this was beautiful. Covering Russia political history from the fall of the Czar to the Cold war. Count Alexander Rostov is sentenced to house arrest by a Bolshevik tribunal at the glamorous Metropol hotel across from the Kremlin. There he lives his life to the fullest making the best out of his unusual circumstances. Humorous and philosophical it is going to be one of my favorite books i have ever read. Finally got it off my TBR list! Go Me!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! I love the Count ❤️ 1mo
Scochrane26 One of my favorites last yr, didn‘t read it until December 1mo
Crazeedi A rare 5 star for me!! 1mo
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TJAhearne
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For eventually, we come to hold our dearest possessions more closely than we hold our friends. We carry them from place to place...allowing memories to invest them with greater and greater importance.

Suelizbeth This is one of my most favorite books. 1mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Reading by the pool for the last day of this year :-( Should have ordered a moscow mule to go with my book lol

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princesspeanutsmommy
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Hoping to squeeze out the last seconds of summer reading by the pool

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MellieAntoinette
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What an incredibly satisfying read!!! ♥️ ♥️ ♥️

Am I the only one who doesn‘t love the idea of KB as Rostov???

Lcsmcat Since I don‘t know who KB is, you can add me to your list. 😀 2mo
MellieAntoinette @Lcsmcat Kenneth Branagh! The Count is such a young soul and it feels very Gilderoy Lockhart in Russian!! 1mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“One does not dump a Dobos torte on a bedcover.”

CarolynM Yum! 2mo
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princesspeanutsmommy
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Current read

BarbaraBB It‘s so good!! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“Nevsky, like the city itself, bears a new name: October 25th Prospekt - a worthy day staking its claim on a storied street.”

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MellieAntoinette
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“Thus, in the ballroom of the Metropol Hotel on the twenty-first Of June 1926, was the heretic, Galileo Of Galilei, vindicated by a ping, a splat, a smash, a thunk, a thump, and a thud.” 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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MellieAntoinette
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“Dark, cold, and snowbound, Russia has the sort of climate in which the spirit of Christmas burns brightest.” ❄️

kspenmoll ❤️📚 2mo
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TheSpineView
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#AugustABC @Eggs
#X-cellentRead

Here are a few of what were "x-cellant" reads for me. To qualify I had to love them enough to read a 2nd or 3rd time. Several of these I have read twice.??

AlaMich I loved The Martian too! The movie was good, but of course, #thebookwasbetter 2mo
Andrew65 Thought this was one of my posts for a minute, first five I looked at were all books I loved too. Obviously need to read the other 3! 2mo
TheSpineView @AlaMich The book is always better!😊😋 2mo
Eggs Nice selection!! 2mo
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Syl
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This book cracks me up 😂

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Rachbb3
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What an amazing book. The characters felt like family and for a book to have basically one setting for most of it and to be so enthralling is pure genius of the author. Bravo!

#Booked2019 (Political Intrigue)
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the Count 🖤❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi Great great great book!! 2mo
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Howard_L
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This is a beautiful book. It is now one of my favorites. It‘s the story of a Russian Count, a gentleman (“It is not the business of gentlemen to have occupations”) who lives under house arrest in the Metropol Hotel and befriends a young girl as well as the hotel staff. It‘s a story of perseverance and love and making the best of circumstances. It‘s charming and funny and told with a simple elegance much like the Count himself.

walryan5 Rate this book from one to ten please Howard. Ha e you ever read Scott Turow? 2mo
Howard_L 8. Yes, I like Scott Turow 2mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig I put Gentleman on my All Time Favorites List. It's perfection. 2mo
DrexEdit Love this book! 😊 2mo
Louise Great book! 👍 2mo
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Syl
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All about ☕

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Sarah83
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I just checked out. I stayed at the Hotel Metropol for about two weeks. Since I haven't read any Russian literature until now, it was an eye-opening read for me. I didn't know anything about the culture,the habits and the life, so it was amazing to discover the world through this book. 😊 the characters, the life, the changes everything is described so wonderful. Even if @scripturient was much faster than I was, I enjoyed my stay pretty much. 🤩😘

Scochrane26 I love 💚💚💜 this book. Read last December & was immediately a favorite for the yr. I didn‘t know much about Russian history either, except for what‘s in Anna Karenina. 2mo
Crazeedi This is one of my all time faves ❤❤ 2mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve had this on my TBR list for ages! 2mo
Sarah83 @rubyslippersreads it is such a great book 🤩 2mo
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Syl
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Indian Independence Day celebration, biblio style 🤩

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“That sense of loss is exactly what we must anticipate, prepare for, and cherish to the last of our days; for it is only our heartbreak that finally refutes all that is ephemeral in love.”

#Hotel
#LetsTravelAugust

This was one of our favorite books that we discussed for #BotmBuddyRead 📚📚

Godpants It took me a bit to get into this one but it was so worth it. 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Love that! ❤️ 2mo
CaroPi I love his 2 books. I for sure read another one. Also I know he is very active in twitter and answer his fan questions. Is a slow book but totally worth it 2mo
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IndoorDame Loved this!❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Godpants it was a slow go!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CaroPi ikr!!! He has actually emailed me 🧡 2mo
TheBookHippie I still miss The Count!!! 2mo
RenePenn I really enjoyed this book. It‘s one of those you remember after you‘re finished. 2mo
Andrew65 Great choice 👍 2mo
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Rachbb3
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This book. 😍

Crazeedi I know I felt the same way 2mo
marleed Beautiful quote. I‘m waiting on a library hold for this but wonder if I need to own so I can post-it note it all up! 2mo
Rachbb3 @Crazeedi @marleed I love it so far. I'm almost halfway through and it could possibly be a favorite read this year. 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one ❤️❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi @Rachbb3 it was a top fave of mine in 2017 2mo
Hollie This quote makes me want to reread this book! 2mo
kspenmoll Just lived this book! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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“Does a banquet really need an asparagus server?”
“Does an orchestra need a bassoon?”

Touché Count!

Crazeedi ❤❤ the count!! 2mo
MellieAntoinette @Crazeedi He‘s a hoot, a holler and a half!! 2mo
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Rachbb3
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When the book you're currently reading mentions characters from books you are also currently reading . Crazy!

Crazeedi How serendipitous is that! 2mo
Velvetfur And both great books too! 2mo
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MellieAntoinette
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„Dill - that harbinger of summer which brings to mind the song of crickets and the setting of one‘s soul at ease.“

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Sarah83
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On the way to visit my bestie. 😴😴😴
Next two hours lots of reading 😍

julesG Have a great day! 2mo
IvoryLunatic I miss german pretzels so much. American ones just don‘t compare to those fresh out of the oven. 2mo
Sarah83 @IvoryLunatic German backery is something pretty special 😉 2mo
LiztheBibliophile I loved this book. Definitely one of my all time favorites. 2mo
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LoveToReadLiveToRead
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Lunch and a book. ❤️

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Sarah83
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Finished the last book of July yesterday (not really true, but I need to motivate me), so it is a perfect day to start my buddyread with @scripturient 😍😘

Scochrane26 I 💜💜💜💜 this book. 2mo
scripturient Yay! So who else thought during the first few pages that being confined to an attic room but being able to take all your books wouldn‘t be so bad after all.? 2mo
Buechersuechtling @scripturient I don‘t know the book but no an attic with all my books (and time to read) to me doesn‘t sound prison-like at all. 2mo
Sarah83 @scripturient I really thought the same. even if out attic room wouldn't manage all my books 😜🤣 2mo
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CotziasReads
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles

Gentleman in Moscow is one my favorite books, from the last few years. I posted a few things on IG regarding the book, today the Metropol Hotel (setting of story) liked my posts but more importantly they are offering
The Gentleman in Moscow immersion tour.
I now have a new dream trip.

http://gentleman.metropol-moscow.ru/

#agentlemaninmoscow #amortowles

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MellieAntoinette
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“Vyshinsky: It was not meant as a compliment.

Rostov: In that case, I demand satisfaction on the field of honor.”

🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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MellieAntoinette
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“A king fortified himself with a castle, a gentleman with a desk.”

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MandellaL
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"... coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleaguered in the middle of the night." ☕ so true! ?

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MandellaL
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"For after all, if attentiveness should be measured in minutes and discipline measured in hours, then indomitability must be measured in years."

paulfrankspencer *should* 3mo
Mommamanzi I just bought the first one! 3mo
MandellaL @Mommamanzi what first one? Is this a sequel? I know Towles wrote Rules of Civility, but I haven't read it, or any other by him. I am enjoying his writing, though. 3mo
Mommamanzi Ah I‘m sorry! Either my@phone glitches or I need more sleep than I thought, I was commenting on the post above yours! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 3mo
MandellaL @Mommamanzi haha 😆 3mo
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