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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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BookDadGirlDad
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It has been a while since we have visited our favorite flea market #usedbookstore. I found 2 for my #tbr. The tagged and Moon Shot. I really need to start The land of Stories series. Lois Lowry is a big yes for us. Felt good to go out and just be in the bookstore.

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LeslieO
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First book of the year and once again I‘m pretty sure it will be my favorite of the year. (Happened last year, too with Leave the World Behind) In fact this one is going on the FAVORITES OF ALL TIME list! What a book. I hated for it to end, as evidenced by the 10 days it took me to complete it.

Special thank you to @TheSpineView who sent this book to me in a special Litsy swap package.

Suzze One of my all time favorites also. I rarely keep books, but I treasure this one. 1w
MaureenMc It is a wonderful book. 🥰 1w
DivineDiana It is a personal favorite! He signed my copy when I attended an author event. He could easily have passed as the Count! ❤️ 1w
EvieBee It‘s great to start the year off with a bang! I started this year reading his first book RULES OF CIVILITY. So good! I loved A Gentleman… (edited) 1w
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“It is the business of the times to change, Mr. Halecki. And it is the business of gentlemen to change with them.”
“Fate would not have the reputation it has if it simply did what it seemed it would do.”
“I suppose a room is the summation of all that has happened inside it.”
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#CurrentlyReading #Bookstagram #Fiction #AGentlemanInMoscow #AmorTowles #FiveStars

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Karons1
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January bookclub read and what a treasure this book is only 105 pages in and so many favourite passages already ! Happy 😃 new year folks

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!!! Hope you love it here! :) 3d
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IndoorDame
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What books do you recommend the most?

Mine are:
✨The tagged book. It‘s probably my favorite book!
✨The Calculating Stars
✨Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
✨Good and Mad
✨The Handmaid‘s Tale
✨The Night Circus
✨Educated
✨Daisy Jones and The Six
✨The Sun Down Motel
✨The Island of Sea Women

#SundaySoapBox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Can you play? @andrew61 @Bookworm54 @Reggie @catebutler @LokiDokey

megnews I recommend Lillian Boxfish a lot too. 1w
wanderinglynn Ooh yes, The Night Circus! 1w
IndoorDame @megnews she reminds me of my grandmother so I fell in love with her character straight away 1w
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IndoorDame @wanderinglynn it‘s so magical! That‘s totally one of those books I want a pass to visit 1w
ElizaMarie Ooo I am reading the Sun Down Motel right now and I am really digging it! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Lots of great ones!! 1w
marleed Great list! I have 2 copies of Lilian Boxfish and love the covers on both so have to keep them. Good thing I give it 5 brilliant stars! 1w
IndoorDame @marleed cover art is super important to me too! 1w
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Bknrdadventures
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This was my husband‘s choice for a couple read, but I got obsessed and finished before him. I really enjoyed how Towles incorporated Russian history around the Count‘s story. I definitely will read Rules of Civility by Towles next, which is on my Kindle.📚📖

Aims42 If you haven‘t read “The Lincoln Highway”, I definitely recommend it 👍 Amor Towles has such a wonderful writing style 1w
Bknrdadventures @Aims42 I‘ll have to check that one out too. I saw that it‘s the newest book by this author! Thanks for the rec! (edited) 1w
Aims42 @Bknrdadventures You‘re welcome!! 😊 I loved “A Gentleman of Moscow” so much and I was thrilled “Lincoln Highway” was one of my favorite books this year! 1w
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nathandrake1997
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Mehso-so

I have read this somewhere.....an unshakeable thought throughout my reading experience of Amor Towles' A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. That "somewhere" being a style of prose attempting to evoke Ishiguro. Now....that doesn't mean I dislike the book.... I'd rather say...... I'm underwhelmed. Because, the book itself is alright, in fact, more than alright. (Continued in the comments)

nathandrake1997 ....There are moments when it is almost good. But.... that's the problem.....Towles settles for "almost good" a bit too comfortably.... 2w
nathandrake1997 ....Throughout the book, I couldn't let go of the thought of how someone like Ishiguro would have told a story like this. His formal brilliance in rendering depth to subtlety was something that felt sorely missing in Towles' prose. 2w
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RachReads
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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, often at considerable expense and inconvenience; we dust and polish their surfaces and reprimand children for playing too roughly in their vicinity-all the while, allowing memories to invest them with greater and greater importance.

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LeslieO
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Finally starting the tagged book today. I can‘t wait. The Hopefuls was good. I love behind the scenes politics stuff, even fictional. #TBR #FirstBookof2022 #lastfirst @BookNAround

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staci.reads
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Ok, this was not easy to narrow down - I read some stellar books this year! Here are my #Top21of21, although there are quite a few others that could be on this list as well. It's been a great reading year, and yesterday, I read my 90th book, which makes it my biggest reading year ever. @Cinfhen
Thanks for the tags @Liz_M @Nute and @Graywacke

RebL The books I‘ve read on your list, I agree are some good books! 2w
Graywacke Great list. I loved Shadow of the Wind. 2w
Cinfhen I love the graphics and I‘m excited for all the books you shared!! Some I‘ve read and totally agree, others I‘m excited to read in 2022! Thanks for sharing ♥️ 2w
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CoffeeNBooks
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#12Booksof2021 #6thBookof2021 #June This was a really good book! @Andrew65

Andrew65 A real favourite of mine. 3w
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Mynameisacolour
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This was my favorite read in March of 2021
#12booksof2021
@Andrew65

EvieBee It‘s a good one! 3w
Louise This was so good! Looking forward to reading his latest release! (edited) 3w
DivineDiana A favorite! Agree with @Louise! 3w
JackOBotts Loved this so much! 3w
Andrew65 Very much a favourite of mine. 3w
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5 💫 This novel demonstrates how an author can use anything as creativity. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and included some holiday back drop of Scrooge. Now the Count a man of gentlemen is jailed in a hotel. He tells stories about different characters that enter his life while he lives there. I found multiple quotes that I'm keeping for personal use. #BookSpinBingo #WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @TheAromaofBooks @StayCurious #LMPBC #GroupK

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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peaches424
Gentleman in Moscow | Amor Towles
Panpan

This book dragged on and on forever. I don‘t see what the appeal is. I‘ve heard of this book being book club picks and I don‘t get it. I was so bored it took me a year to get through.

CarolynM I get why people love it, but I also completely get why you were bored. I was somewhere in the middle 😆 2mo
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staci.reads
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I knew from the first chapter that I was going to adore Count Alexander Rostov! I don't know how Towles makes 462-page book feel so expansive when it all takes place within the walls of a single building, but he does. The characters are endearing, and the humor is smart and often unexpected. This is my 2nd Towles, having read and loved Rules of Civility. I am officially a fan. This was my November #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

Crazeedi One of my favorite books of all time 2mo
Crazeedi I'm currently beginning his new one 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
staci.reads @Crazeedi Ot definitely went on my favorites list! I have Lincoln Highway. I prorbably won't get to it until the new year though. 2mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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I‘m VERY late to the party here and just got around to reading this book. It was indeed as delightful and charming as I had been told. And hopeful. After spending the last year and a half with Covid reducing my outings and altering my world, maybe the Count‘s circumstances resonate in a different way. It feels timely.

EvieBee I read it last May and I‘m so glad I saved it. You‘re right; it‘s timely. 2mo
Kimberlone I read this right at the beginning of the pandemic and didn‘t realize how appropriate the count‘s experience was going to feel! 2mo
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Michael_Gee
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The wise man celebrates what he can.

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staci.reads
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I'm a little irrationally excited about this month's bookspin 😆. These 2 have been on my shelf for quite a while and I've wanted to pick them up SO many times, but my tbr piles are SO big, and my reading challenges and book club selections usually take priority. Now, they are up! Woo hoo!

AmyG Both great books! 3mo
Soubhiville Oooooo, two excellent books! I loved both! 3mo
Bookwormjillk Two great books! 3mo
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Michael_Gee
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A king fortifies himself with a castle, a gentleman with a desk.

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jen_the_scribe
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I wasn‘t sure how a story about a man under house arrest would keep my interest, but it certainly did. Under one roof, the protagonist made the best of his circumstance and somehow still found lifelong friendships, family, and love. And it wasn‘t without drama too, because no matter where we are in life, we have to accept the good with the bad. The ending was perfect too, and I absolutely loved these characters.

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jen_the_scribe

“If one does not master one‘s circumstances, one can be sure to be mastered by them.”

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jen_the_scribe

“…life does not proceed by leaps and bounds, it unfolds…”

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jen_the_scribe
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My next listen, whenever my heart recovers from the last one 😭

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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

This is my favorite book of the year so far. I already have plans to re-read it. My god is Towles a talented writer. That ending was so unexpected, and I admire the craftsmanship on the part of the author and his characters.

MaureenMc Towles‘ writing is exquisite! I‘m in the middle of The Lincoln Highway and it‘s just as fabulous so far. 3mo
Aims42 I‘m so happy to hear you loved this! It‘s an annual re-read for me too ❤️ And definitely pick up ‘The Lincoln Highway‘, I finished it this weekend and was in love with Mr Towles‘ writing all over again 🥰 3mo
Rachel.Rencher @Aims42 I just got it in my BotM! I'll read it soon. 😍 3mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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Good night 🔥📖🐶

Librariana So cozy looking! Enjoy and have a good night 😊 3mo
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Schwifty
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Someone described this novel to me as “cozy” and I think that stands up. The principle characters are likable and the ambience of the story makes one wish to read by the fire while listening to the light rain of winter and the tide coming in (in other words great for Seattle weather). I liked it as much as I cringe to admit liking something endorsed by Oprah. Anyway, the plot has a bit of a Shawshank Redemption vibe if that‘s not too spoilery.

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Diving right in on this cloudy Saturday morning. 🤓 I'm heading out to a Friends of the Library book sale in a couple hours! 📚📚

BkClubCare My top priority today is to pickup books I ordered from the local indie bookstore 😊📚👏 4mo
Rachel.Rencher @BkClubCare That sounds like a fabulous day to me 🤗 4mo
RenePenn Loved this book!!! Also, I worked our Friends iof the Library sale a couple weeks ago and it was so much fun! So many books!! Sounds like you have the perfect day planned! 4mo
Monica5 Love Book Sales at the Library 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures So lucky!! My library has cancelled this year's sale. I am glad they are keeping staff safe but also sad for my missed bookhaul. 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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I love Towles‘ writing, his character-driven stories are so well drawn. This tale of a true gentleman under house arrest as a Former Person after the Russian Revolution appears at first to be a gentle tale, but scratch the surface and the effects of Soviet communism are revealed just beneath.

This was August‘s #BookSpin. I‘ve got a little behind!

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Book 146

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apoisedquill
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I belong to that distinct minority who did not love this book. It was long and tedious for the most part. The sociopolitical commentary flew right over my head, made my eyes glaze over, and my attention wander. It wasn't a bad book per se, it just didn't hold my interest. The Count's philosophical musings often felt like I needed to have quite a bit of a background on Russia's history to be able to understand half of what's written on this book.

katy4peas Ooo, thanks for the heads up… I want to read this, but keep putting it off. I feel like my review will probably match yours. Maybe I‘ll try audio and see if I can get any further that way. ☺️ 6mo
apoisedquill @katy4peas Yes! I had high expectations for this one but it just didn't cut it for me. 😔 6mo
katy4peas @apoisedquill 🤷‍♀️some do, some don‘t. That‘s okay. I have been bailing on LOTS of books this year. I‘ve learned that I don‘t want to waste my time on them if I don‘t connect and like them within 4-5 chapters. Some of them go back to my pile to be tried when I‘m in a different mood and some I‘m just done with. And if they have been sitting there for 3 months, and I haven‘t picked it up to finish it, it becomes a bail and DNF. 🤷‍♀️😢 too many 📚! 6mo
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apoisedquill @katy4peas I like the system you set up! I'm still at that stage where I try really really hard to plough through difficult books just because. 😅 But yes, I do agree some books really aren't just worth the time, huh? 6mo
katy4peas @apoisedquill I finally decided to stop feeling guilty for not finishing one. There are too many out there that I want to read. 📚🤷‍♀️ so I just have to go with that and bail when I want to. If I feel really guilty, at some point I can pick the book up again and try to read it again. Sometimes a different mood or point in life is all it takes to make me like the book. It seems to be working. 😊 6mo
katy4peas Good Luck! 📚📚📚😁 6mo
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QBub
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I was given this book. Once I started reading I was drawn in completely. The structure was elegant, the characters compelling, the prose beautiful. It is not a stretch to say I loved it. Towards the end, the gears in my head began to turn and I was able to put together several clues and hints that had been innocuously scattered throughout the book. I wanted the story to continue on forever.

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#WondrousWednesday
1. A Gentleman in Moscow
2. 👍👍
3. I definitely read more historical fiction than any other genre.
@Eggs

Eggs ❤️🙌🏻🙌🏻📖 HF!!! Thanks for joining in 🤗 6mo
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DHill
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So…❤️

Twainy Agree 7mo
Kristin_Reads One of my favorites! 7mo
DivineDiana ❤️so much. 7mo
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bookaholic1
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Mehso-so

#58
Can't say if I liked this or not..hmmmm

CarolynM I think I know what you mean. I could see why people like it, but it didn't completely work for me. 7mo
bookaholic1 @CarolynM yes, exactly 6mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This is my 4th time trying to read this, and I even thought about bailing again. Then I got to the end and wow, I want to read it again. #FoodAndLit #Russia #OneDayLate

suvata One of my favorites, for sure 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I was reading this when the pandemic hit last year and nothing held my attention. I had to put it down, I think I better get back to it soon! 7mo
DivineDiana Oh, the Count! My literary dream husband! ❤️ 7mo
TheBookHippie One of my favorites of all time !! 6mo
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This one took me a while, but it was soooo good. I will have to reread it sometime when I can devote my full attention to it. I can‘t imagine being sentenced to live in a hotel for the rest of my life. As a healthcare worker, I never even sheltered in place during the pandemic, but I can only imagine how stressful that was for some! #booked2021 #setinunpeacekeeperscountry #litsyatoz #t #doublespin #january

Cinfhen I always tell people/ stick with this book…it‘s a bit of a struggle at first but the pay-off is SO GOOD 7mo
Sresendez12 @Cinfhen yes! I‘m so glad I stuck with it! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
DivineDiana A favorite! ❤️ 7mo
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DHill
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I have been looking forward to reading this for so long!

Jeannineth Me too 7mo
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Ambarish

For what is more versatile? As at home in tin as it is in Limoges, coffee can energize the industrious at dawn, calm the reflective at noon, or raise the spirits of the beleagured in the middle of the night.

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LeslieO
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome pic! I almost chose this one! ❤️🖤 7mo
LeslieO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have plenty of books with women on the cover but surprisingly few men! 7mo
Eggs Such a great book and character 🥳🌟👏🏻 7mo
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#CuriousCovers Day 7: Gray

This was one of the best books I read last year, coincidentally right before the pandemic started in the US. Reading about the Count‘s experience of being imprisoned in the Metropole Hotel in Moscow during first 30ish years of the Soviet Union, was especially prescient going into a period of stay-at-home/shelter-in-place orders and work from home.

kspenmoll Great choice fabulous book! 7mo
Eggs Loved this book 🖤☑️❤️ 7mo
BiblioLitten I read this book last year too and it was one of the best ones. 😌 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome choice! ❤️ 7mo
TheNeverendingTBR Viking edition of IT 😍 7mo
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CoffeeNBooks
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This is my plan for #FoodAndLit for June. I love borscht, so I'm looking forward to making it later in the month. @Butterfinger @Texreader

Butterfinger Wonderful!!! 8mo
Texreader 👍🏻 8mo
Bookworm54 I was thinking of making Borscht too, do you know what recipe you will use? There are so many I can‘t decide 🤣 (edited) 8mo
CoffeeNBooks @Bookworm54 I haven't made borscht in a really long time, but I think the last time I just used the recipe in my Betty Crocker cookbook. I get overwhelmed looking through all the recipes online. 😂 8mo
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Catsandbooks
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Join us in June for #FoodandLit Russia 🇷🇺

Texreader Yay! Wonderful artwork as always! 8mo
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bhargav
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In the last few weeks, this book made me feel warmer during my tea times. and made my lot of evenings less boring
In this journey, while enjoying this beautiful plot of the story, you will also learn to be a Gentleman!!

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Okay Littens, what do we think of this book? I‘m struggling through, at 60%, and the only thing that keeps me pushing forward is the bookclub discussion we are having in a few days. There is nothing bad about this novel...it‘s just not very engaging either. But maybe I‘m missing something?

Ruthiella I‘ve not read this one, but I wasn‘t impressed with his debut The Rules of Civility. So many readers love his titles, but I don‘t think he‘s for me. 🙂 8mo
Bookwormjillk I want to love it but I‘ve bailed 3 times already 8mo
JoyNorstrom @Ruthiella yes, I think I‘m in the same boat as you! The characters are quite good, but...nothing. Happens. For 100s of pages. I think it‘s more of a traditional, old fashioned style of book writing and maybe just not a good fit for me either! 8mo
JoyNorstrom @Bookwormjillk 3 times! That‘s commitment! What‘s keeping me reading is my friend picked it for this month‘s bookclub. I‘m 2/3rds in and still not sure I‘ll finish by Tuesday 😳. 8mo
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TheBookHippie
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I so agree- my favorite restaurant 🤍

https://www.russianteatime.com/

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"Manners are not like bonbons, Nina. You may not choose the ones that suit you best; and you certainly cannot put the half-bitten ones back in the box.”
― Amor Towles, A Gentleman in Moscow

#MayChracters 8* #mannerly
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Cathythoughts That‘s a great quote 😁& the half bitten chocolate... 🙊oh dear 8mo
Eggs Beautiful collage❣️ Loved this book 📚✅👏🏻 8mo
TheSpineView I remember that bit from the book. Loved the characters in it! 8mo
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