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The Sparrow
The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow is a novel about a remarkable man, a living saint, a life-long celibate and Jesuit priest, who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God. This experience--the first contact between human beings and intelligent extraterrestrial life--begins with a small mistake and ends in a horrible catastrophe.
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Cathythoughts
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Huge congrats @Librarybelle & Thankyou for this lovely giveaway ♥️.
I‘d like to read tagged book as I‘ve seen it reviewed on Litsy & I feel drawn to it 👍🏻
#200KGiveaway

Thankyou ♥️ Well done 👍🏻

Librarybelle Thank you! I‘ve heard good things about this book! 2w
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Katja
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#currentlyreading Halfway through and completely astounded by this book. Thanks for rec, Littens!

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Susannah
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The Kindle edition of The Sparrow is on sale! Go get it! Even if you don‘t care for science fiction, you will not be sorry. This book is so much more.

cjk Concur! 💯😊👍🏽 2w
Tamra Agreed! It‘s really thought provoking and the SF element is incidental to the themes. (Coming from someone who isn‘t often attracted to the genre.) (edited) 2w
Tamra I didn‘t like the sequel though. 😿 2w
Susannah @Tamra Yes! I‘ve never been much of a science fiction fan either, so I always have to say that when I recommend it to people who I know don‘t like sci-fi.... I‘ve re-read The Sparrow a couple of times, but I don‘t think I‘ve ever re-read the sequel. It‘s hard to capture lightning in a bottle! 2w
Tamra @Susannah great way to phrase it! 2w
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Bookwormjillk
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A great Little Free Library find today! I‘ve been wanting to read this ever since the Books on the Nightstand podcast days.

Tamra I hope you love it! Immersive and asks all the right questions. 🧐 I don‘t recommend the sequel, but I may be in the minority. 4w
Cathythoughts I have it stacked.... I‘m not sure what it will be like 😬.. but I feel drawn to it 4w
Tamra @Cathythoughts definitely give it a go! 4w
Lcsmcat It‘s such a powerful book! I read it years ago and there are parts I can never forget. I met Mary Doria Russell a few weeks ago, and when I told her that she said she still thinks about Emilio every time she does laundry. 4w
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Susannah
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🍉 It‘s the only book I recommend to everyone.
🍉 Oh dear, I can‘t remember. Maybe “Thor: Ragnarok”? (I know, I know.)
🍉 👈 Watermelon!
🍉 First cousins? Six
🍉 @Q84 @texasgirl @brit91 @ljuliel

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic I read this wonderful book and it‘s sequel, last year with @Andrew65 and @SledgeReader ( who completely disappeared from Litsy 😞) It‘s full of insight, wonder, moral arcs and religious beliefs. I think Bowie would have loved the world Mary D. Russell created. #SpaceOddity HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

KathyWheeler I loved these books so much! 5mo
jmtrivera I remember, and I enjoyed following that discussion! 5mo
rohit-sawant I've been meaning to read these! Love how prompts bring stacked books to the forefront again. 5mo
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Cinfhen I‘m so glad I read these @KathyWheeler @jmtrivera @rohit-sawant it was a definite #BlameItOnLitsy 5mo
Andrew65 Yes these were #BlameItOnLitsy for me too. @cinfhen was a great reading companion. A real shame @SledgeReader has disappeared. 😔 (edited) 5mo
Cinfhen I know @Andrew65 I hope @SledgeReader is ok 😔 5mo
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Andrew65
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These would have been my most recent #OutOfThisWorld reads. An excellent story all round.
#SpringIntoReading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🌎🙌🏻 6mo
rwmg All the possible picks, likes stars, whatevers 6mo
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Laughterhp
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I forgot to post this yesterday! #birds

This is a few sci-fi fantasy books for this prompt. I‘ve only read the book in the middle so far!

#SpringIntoReading

vkois88 I have Six of Crows waiting on my shelf! 6mo
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Dragon
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I‘m halfway through and I‘m worried about what terrible things are going to happen 🙈 . Spring flowers 🌸

batsy Lovely pic 💜 7mo
Dragon Thanks @batsy 😀🐉 7mo
bookseller_cate This has been on my list for a long time. Her other novel “Dreamers of the Day” is a long-time favourite of mine. 😊 7mo
Dragon Thanks @bookseller_cate I enjoyed Dreamers of the Day , I haven‘t been able to restart The Sparrow- I‘m so anxious about what‘s going to happen to the characters I care about. 😀🐉 7mo
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Dragon
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Finally started this #blameitonLitsy novel, it‘s especially interesting because part of the story takes place in March 2019. My edition says the copyright is 1996. The imagined 2019 and the real 2019 ...

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Starting book 7 of the year and am wondering just how much of a gut-punch this one will be.

Tamra Well worth your time! 9mo
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AMVP
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"Man, I don't care what Marie Kondo says, my library is perfectly managable."

*Immediately spills beer on #tbr stack next to bed*

GrilledCheeseSamurai 😂 🤷‍♂️ 9mo
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DivineDiana
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Actually the humans did the traveling in this strange and thought provoking book. But they traveled to space! I know that in the second book, some of the crew does return to space. Question: are you a spaceman only if you live in space, or does it count if you have traveled there and returned?#aspacemancametraveling #winterwonderland

TrishB Definitely counts just to have been there! 10mo
Cinfhen I read this book and the sequel this year... very good reads!!!! 10mo
Ruthiella This book absolutely gutted me! 🥺 10mo
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DivineDiana @TrishB 👏🏻 10mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen I need to read the sequel! But like @Ruthiella said, I am a little nervous about going back in! 🤔 10mo
Cinfhen It‘s good but not as good as the first book 10mo
Andrew65 @Cinfhen I‘d agree. 10mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen @Andrew65 Good to know! 10mo
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Amiable
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Mehso-so

In an interview, the author says the motto of this book might be "Even if you do the best you can, you still get screwed." It delves into the question of what happens if you love God and you live your life in ways that you think would please Him -- but it seems that God doesn't love you back. In fact, it seems like God is actually cruel. What do you do with that? The writing was strong, but the narrative slogged down at too many points for me.

Tamra I enjoyed the questions she posed in this, but I was sorely disappointed with the sequel. I agree it had some slow points. 10mo
Amiable @Tamra I've been debating reading the sequel. Not sure I liked this one enough to bother moving on. 10mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Congratulations on your milestone, @Moray_Reads !

I can think of quite a number of books that impacted my life greatly. But The Sparrow was one that actually sparked quite a spiritual crisis in me, and I'm forever grateful for where I am now after the resolution of that crisis.

#Bookschangelivesviveaway

TSellers Jesuits in space! How could this book go wrong? 11mo
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imyril
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#RRSciFiMonth Day 7: Dream a little bigger, darling. The Sparrow is one of my favourite first contact novels - searing, poetic, devastating. It‘s all dreams (and hope, and faith) and nightmares (and disappointments, and betrayals) and its really far too long since I reread it.

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YouBookMe
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My library‘s semi-annual sale is this weekend! I scored these three books for $8...not amazing, but they‘re in perfect shape and I really wanted all of them! 😁 #bookhaul #librarysale #win

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silentrequiem
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If you haven't yet read THE SPARROW, it's one of today's Kindle deals. This literary science fiction is amazing and devastating. #dealalert

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SqueakyChu
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“I was thinking I could really use a #beer.”

I couldn‘t agree more. Haha!

SqueakyChu I‘m not sure about drinking this beer. Isn‘t today National Coffee Day? 😲 13mo
arubabookwoman I was thinking you were referring to Brett Kavanaugh‘s thoughts while he was testifying Thursday! 13mo
SqueakyChu @arubabookwoman That, too, except for the fact that the subject was much too distressing to watch live. I read the summaries afterward. ☹️ I really worry about what has become of our country. I no longer recognize it. 13mo
SqueakyChu This novel is taking me much longer to read than I thought it would. I can‘t say I‘m overly enthralled with it. I‘m about 3/4 way through the story. We‘ll see what happens. 13mo
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CatLass007
The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell

I have a serious book hangover after reading the tagged book as well as its sequel, #ChildrenOfGod. I‘ve started the next book in #WhodunitTheSequel, but I‘m still in the world of Rakhat! #FirstWorldProblems #OhWoeIsMe

Cinfhen I‘m also having trouble connecting with my “new” reads 😩 13mo
CatLass007 @Cinfhen At least we‘re not alone.😢 13mo
SqueakyChu I‘ve just landed in Rakhat for the first time! I‘m exactly in the middle of The Sparrow! 😊 13mo
CatLass007 @SqueakyChu Welcome to Rakhat! Enjoy!! 13mo
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“God watches. He rejoices. He weeps. He observes the moral drama of human life and gives meaning to it by caring passionately about us and remembering.

Matthew ten, verse twenty-nine: Not one sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.

But the sparrow still falls.”

Tamra Great one! 13mo
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SqueakyChu
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Yes!! A woman after my own heart! Sophia Mendes brought #wine from #Israel to dinner! 💕

I was very surprised to find this Sephardic Jew in The Sparrow. I thought this book would only be about Christians. I even discovered an atheist in this book. It‘s funny about our preconceived notions about books we have not yet read. Isn‘t it?!

leahbird This book is amazing but be prepared to be wrecked by it. It's still on my list of best reads but I haven't been able to reread it or start the sequel for a couple of years. As an anthropology and religious studies major, it was so specifically aimed right at my heart. 13mo
SqueakyChu @leahbird Yikes! I‘m about a quarter of the way through it now. Music on Alpha Centauri has just been discovered. I‘m finding Dr. Anne Edwards generous with others, but she‘s annoying to me! Back to my book... (edited) 13mo
SqueakyChu For an author who was writing about Jesuits, I found that Mary Doria Russell (suspiciously, to me) knew too much about Judaism. I wondered why. I saw the word “davening” in this novel and grew so curious that I had to stop to read her bio. Aha! She is a convert to Judaism. Curiosity satisfied. Now I‘ll go back and finish this novel. 😊 (edited) 13mo
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SqueakyChu
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I‘ve had this book for years, but it‘s just tonight that I started to read it. I hope I like it. Did you?

BookNAround Loved it and didn‘t expect to at all (book club pick). 13mo
SqueakyChu @BookNAround That‘s great! I think I had the same expectation which was why it‘s been hanging around unread for so long! 13mo
BarbaraBB I remember @Cinfhen hosting a buddy read of this book earlier this year. The discussions then were very intriguing and made me want to read it too - I would check them out if I were you 13mo
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BarbaraJean This is one of my favorites, and probably the book I recommend most often. SO GOOD. I hope you enjoy!! 13mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraBB How do I find that Buddy Read? 13mo
SqueakyChu @BarbaraJean Good to know that! 😄 13mo
SqueakyChu First two chapters finished. It‘s so interesting. There are things I don‘t understand, but I guess those will be explained later. In addition, I took some time to look up information about Jesuits. 13mo
Dogearedcopy I have one of those outlier/unpopular opinions: I did NOT like this book. Unfortunately, I can‘t tell you why without spoiling it for you. 13mo
Dogearedcopy Also, just think of Jesuits as the Pope‘s Commandos and you‘ll have it just about right! 😄 13mo
SqueakyChu @Dogearedcopy I‘ll get back to you after I finish the book. I avoided it for a long time because I thought it would be like The Alchemist, and I hate reading fables. 13mo
Cinfhen We did a buddy read back in May and now I‘m reading the sequel...it‘s such a thought provoking beautiful book ( sequel too) it did take some time to settle into the story but it was so worth it!! I‘m pretty sure if you use #TheSparrowBuddyRead you will find the questions & discussions 13mo
Cinfhen And this book is NOTHING like The Alchemist - I HATED that book 13mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen Thanks! I‘ll look for it. 13mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen I‘m doing pretty good with the story so far. I‘m finding it interesting which is good since sci fi is not really my genre. I found the Buddy Reads but decided to postpone looking at them until after I finish the whole book. It shouldn‘t take too long! 13mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen Yeah. I bailed on The Alchemist midway through. Too airy fairy for me! 😃 13mo
SqueakyChu So I‘m about 40% of the way through this book and am luke warm about it. I hope it gets better. The group is now traveling on their asteroid. They certainly don‘t seem like a very professional crew! 13mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen I finished the book tonight. Wow! As I was reading it, I didn‘t think I liked it, but I was drawn into the story by predicting what I thought would be its outcome. I was completely wrong. It is a heart-wrenching story which seemed to take forever to develop. I‘m glad I stuck it out because the novel and its outcome were quite a moving experience. (edited) 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you stuck with it!!! It‘s a really deep and powerful read. We just finished reading the sequel, which had some great moments of revelations. The sequel was not as well written/focused as The Sparrow but it does tie up any loose ends and answers some of the nagging philosophical questions that The Sparrow left open. 13mo
SqueakyChu @Cinfhen I‘ll have to read the sequel at some point, but I think I need to take a short break from Rakhat for now! 😃 13mo
Cinfhen Yes! A little break is good. 13mo
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Grrlbrarian
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See, I *would* do a thing, but I‘m super busy just now. #introverting #TGIF #bookndinner

RaimeyGallant You're probably exhausted from all that page turning anyway. 13mo
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CatLass007
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Thanks for yet another giveaway with #ClearingtheShelves3, @callielafleur !!

The best book I‘ve read this year is THE SPARROW by Mary Doria Russell, and I currently am reading its sequel, CHILDREN OF GOD.

rwmg Children of God makes The Sparrow even better 14mo
CatLass007 @rwmg I‘m learning so much that I didn‘t now. You are absolutely right! 14mo
callielafleur @rwmg I totally agree! I love that you had one opinion about certain characters and events after reading The Sparrow, and then Children of God just turns everything around. 14mo
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rwmg @callielafleur @CatLass007 And she manages to do it without invalidating the characters' experience in the first book 14mo
tnociti Ohhh, I've loved The Sparrow for years and that makes me afraid to read the sequel. How is it???? 14mo
CatLass007 @tnociti The sequel is excellent! 14mo
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Expandingbookshelf
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Young Frankenstein FTW 🤣🤣🤣

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CatLass007
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Pickpick

What a beautiful, complex book. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

@Cinfhen are you still doing THE CHILDREN OF GOD BuddyRead?

KathyWheeler I love this book! The sequel is good too, just not as good. 1y
CatLass007 I‘m looking forward to reading the sequel soon. @KathyWheeler (edited) 1y
rwmg I love the way the sequel sheds a whole new light on the events in the first book 1y
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CatLass007 @rwmg Don‘t tell me! I still haven‘t read it yet. LOL. 1y
Cinfhen Yes!!! I think we hope to start next week ~ @Andrew65 @SledgeReader Hope you‘ll join!!! And so glad u enjoyed The Sparrow 💚 1y
CatLass007 @Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to it! 1y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen What about if we aim to start on Monday 20th? @SledgeReader 1y
CatLass007 @Andrew65 @Cinfhen - the 20th sounds good to me . Will you be posting a schedule? 1y
Andrew65 @CatLass007 @SledgeReader @Cinfhen Yes we will look to post a schedule before the weekend. 1y
Cinfhen The 20th sounds good to me too!! Thanks so much @Andrew65 1y
CatLass007 @Andrew65 Thank you. Please keep me posted. 1y
Andrew65 @CatLass007 Will do, we‘ll tag you in. 😊 1y
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parasolofdoom
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Finally throwing in the towel after avoiding it for a week. Pretty much everyone I know loves this book and I didn't want to give up ANOTHER sci fi book I was really looking forward to in a such a short time (DNF Seveneves last month) but when I give a story over 100 pages and can't summon the energy to care about my next reading session with it, it's time to quit.

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JulAnna
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Day 5 of #agameoffavorites
I choose my favorite book that is classified as sci fi-The Sparrow. Mary does not write exclusively sci fi, but all of her books are great! I couldn‘t find her favorite book, but a recent one that she recommended in her blog was Circe, by Madeline Miller. @WhiskeyMistress @ErinSueG

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parasolofdoom
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Alright folks talk to me. This has universally good reviews on Goodreads, all 4-and-5-star ratings from my friends, but I find myself incredibly bored and doing literally anything else besides picking this book up at around 1/5 or 1/4 in. Does it pick up? Am I just an outlier? I really dislike the flashbacks to before Emilio's mission or whatever though I do find the parts in the book's "present" more interesting.

rwmg It ticked so many of my boxes I can't really say it got better as it went on as I found the initial set up intriguing enough to find it good all the way through. 1y
parasolofdoom @rwmg thanks for the insight! I do want to stick with it but it might be one of those things I just read piecemeal for a few weeks until I get more into it. I'm just really flagging at flashback parts in Puerto Rico and want to get to the SF bits already. 1y
Amiable I had to force myself through it, too. You aren't alone. 🙂 1y
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parasolofdoom @Amiable I finally gave up because I just couldn't motivate myself to pick it up again! I was maybe a fifth through? Over a hundred pages at least. 1y
SqueakyChu For me, this story started off very slowly, was highly complex, took too long to grab my interest, and had some highly annoying characters. It became more interesting the more I read to the point that I had to find out what happened when the two time frames converged. By the time that happened, I was fully engrossed in the book (and, yes, it was near the end) in a way that made my time reading this novel fully worthwhile. (edited) 13mo
SqueakyChu I would not have liked this book at all had I bailed. 13mo
parasolofdoom @SqueakyChu this was one I put back in the stack-- someday I'm going to give it another go because a friend also reported good payout 12mo
SqueakyChu @parasolofdoom This book was like scaling a mountain, pretty tedious in the beginning, but as the time frames began to converge, it brought more life to the story. I agree that it‘s downright boring in the beginning, plus Anne annoyed me so much! 😃 The tension only starts to grow near the end. It had quite an impact on me. I keep thinking about it now and hope to read its sequel. Take a break, but do give it another chance. (edited) 12mo
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parasolofdoom
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#currentlyreading Just started!

SqueakyChu Did your ever finish it?! 13mo
parasolofdoom @SqueakyChu nope, I was just not eager to get back to it ever after the first 100 pages or so, so I put back in the the stack 13mo
SqueakyChu I‘m enjoying reading it, but I don‘t think I‘ll be overwhelmed by it. I‘ve already written down my prediction for what I think will happen. 😃 13mo
SqueakyChu My predictions were wrong. I came away from the book by being quite blown away by the story. It was time well spent. I‘m glad I gave this book the time I needed to finish it. 13mo
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Andrew65
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A good total, mainly due to the #24in48 Readathon

Week 29/52 2018 - #BookStats
4 Books Finished, 1771 Pages Read

#LitsyAtoZ 1 (24/26) - U, X left
#MountTBRChallenge 2 (23/52)
#YearoftheChunkster 0 (16//26)
#SeriesUptoDate 0 (11/20)
#SeriesFinished 0 (3/20)
#ListyPassport 0 (2/12)

Books Read:
The Secret Speech - Tom Rob Smith
Goodnight From London - Jennifer Robson
The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
A Quiet Life in the Country - T E Kinsey

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Holy cow! Good for you!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!!! Way to go!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
SledgeReader I‘m not worthy! 1y
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EadieB Nice! 1y
RebelReader Amazing! 👍🏻 1y
RealBooks4ever 💜💜💜 1y
Eyelit Excellent! 1y
EadieB @Andrew65 Great reading week! Excellent! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great job!🎉 1y
SledgeReader @Andrew65 So jealous of the readathon. Thinking I might schedule vacation next time so I can stay home with no interruptions and give it a go. Or check in to a hotel since it seems to be weekends. But it‘s almost football season - that means I‘m running like a mad woman!! 1y
Andrew65 @SledgeReader Being away from most commitments does help. Is the running with supporting a team or supporting children in their football commitments? 1y
SledgeReader @Andrew65 It‘s supporting a team and family throughout. Every home game is a family reunion for us! 1y
Andrew65 @SledgeReader Sounds great, if hectic! 1y
SledgeReader @Andrew65 Throughout the fall we will have people from every corner of the US and London visit. We are really spread out and know we will always catch up come football season! 1y
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BarbaraJean
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#24in48 Challenge: favorite under-the-radar book. I first read this for a book group, and it was one of the best discussions we had. I‘ve recommended it countless times, and re-read it often myself. I mean, Jesuits in space, amirite?! 😏But I love it for the depth of its spiritual journey, the depth of its characters, and what it‘s spoken to me over the years about cultural differences & God‘s love. I keep an extra to give away. It‘s that good.

Tomigirl44 I wholeheartedly agree; years ago I finished The Sparrow about 7 pm on a New Year‘s Eve and discovered that Barnes & Noble and every other store was closed - I was so disappointed - I wanted to start reading Children of God immediately. (I‘ve learned to plan better in regard to books). And I buy/keep extra copies of The Color of Water by James McBride for the same reason 😊 1y
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Andrew65
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Finished my third book in the #24in48 Readathon. The Sparrow is a very different book, and certainly packs a punch in certain points through the story. It is very well written and tells an excellent story. It will also challenge your thinking at points. I do recommend to others.

Still got a chance to get to 24 hours!

Cinfhen Great review 🙌🏻hopefully you‘ll join us for 1y
Cinfhen 🤞🏼🤞🏼hope U reach 24 1y
Andrew65 @Cinfhen Thanks, need to read 7 1/2 hours in 9 hours 40 so hopefully can make it. I do plan to join you for Children if God and should be able to keep up this time. 🤞 1y
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razmanda
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#24in48 #hour12challenge

This book wrecks me with every read. It selves into what makes a family, what it means to be human, and how we use or forget our own humanity. It‘s also my go-to when I am in a reading slump.

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Andrew65
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I am off & running with my #24in48 Challenge. These are the books I will be reading from, all books I have started & need to finish. I am starting off with the tagged book.
Last time I got the 24 hours in, with other commitments don‘t think I will get the full 24 hours in this time.
Forgotten to add The Seagull by Ann Cleeves, which I am starting today for a Group Read.

Good luck everyone!

‘May the odds be forever in your favour‘

LittleMummyMe This challenge seems interesting. I might think about joining next time. 1y
janeycanuck Have fun! Keep me posted on how you‘re enjoying Goodnight from London. It‘s deeply discounted at kobo right now and I‘m going back and forth on whether I should pick it up. 1y
Andrew65 @LittleMummyMe It‘s great fun whether you get to the. 24 hours or not. 1y
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Andrew65 @janeycanuck Started it on a drive last night, approaching halfway and definitely enjoyed it so far. Will let you know when I‘ve finished it. 1y
SledgeReader Awesome! Can‘t wait to hear how you land on The Sparrow. The Children of God buddy read is coming up next month. I‘ll get it posted on Tuesday. I sadly don‘t have my book with me this weekend. @Cinfhen 1y
Andrew65 @SledgeReader With work commitments over the past commitments, got way behind. Just over halfway this morning and getting even more gripping! 1y
RealLifeReading The Sparrow! ❤️ 1y
Andrew65 @RealLifeReading It is proving to be a great story. 1y
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to reading @SledgeReader 1y
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crziebird
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I'm a little mixed emotion about, The Sparrow. I gave it 3 stars but probably would give it between 3 and 5 (see mixed emotion?) The book was haunting, sad, unpleasant, disturbing, yet, you still wanted to read it to find out what really happened on Rakhat. There were places in the book a little slow and sometimes too many unnecessary details were provided... but it did keep my interest to the end...so some where between a good and great read. :)

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Feeling the love today with #jb mail and the books I won from @EclecticReaders scavenger hunt readathon. 😀

Thank you @Trashcanman @JoScho @CareBear @Kaye ☺️
I‘ll be writing replies this weekend! Love you all! 😘

And thank you @EclecticReaders - I can‘t wait to dive into these books!

JoScho 😊💖 1y
Soubhiville Ooooo, nice book score! 1y
wanderinglynn Thanks @Soubhiville I‘m looking forward to them. 😀 1y
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jmtrivera Yay! Glad you got them safe, sound, and promptly! 1y
Mitch The Sparrow seems to be getting high praise everywhere at the mo... good haul! 1y
wanderinglynn @Mitch Thanks. 😀 1y
EclecticReaders Hooray! Enjoy! 1y
Ruri_kaichou Sorcerer to the Crown and Shadow and Bone weren't my favorites and I love The Sparrow, but seeing those covers together... 🔥🔥🔥 1y
wanderinglynn @Ruri_kaichou The covers are stunning 😀 1y
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#TheSparrow #buddyread This is our next to last round. It‘s time to discuss the AMAZING Mary Doria Russell! Watch for hashtags for the last round!

SledgeReader Let‘s talk about MDR‘s writing? Can you believe she primarily wrote scientific papers prior to The Sparrow?

If you had to put a genre on the book, what would it be?

How did the two time periods impact your reading experience?

Are you in for Children of God in August?

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SledgeReader @Soubhiville @jmtrivera Hi guys! Did you see this thread? What do you think? 1y
SledgeReader I can‘t wait to catch up with @Cinfhen in the morning! 1y
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jmtrivera It's crazy to think she wrote primarily papers before this. There's so much to this book. I thin the two time periods stressed me out because from the start you know bad things happened on this mission due to the frame, and it set me up to worry. But then, when the tensions were high, switching to another time period was super helpful on my stress levels! 1y
jmtrivera I'm interested in Children of God, but I'm not sure I can handle the stress again so soon! 😅 1y
Cinfhen I‘m blown away by MDR! Her imagination, world building, rich character development / its all brilliant! Definitely science fiction for me. I found the time periods at first confusing and a bit abrupt but it worked well for the plot development. I thought it was a slower build up and I may have put this book down initially if it wasn‘t a group read. So glad I didn‘t. Can‘t wait to read on!! 1y
Soubhiville MDR is an incredible writer! I keep meaning to pick up her other book(s?). I‘ve read Children of God, loved it too. 1y
Soubhiville I love books with different time periods or from several characters perspectives. It did build incredible tension in that you knew something horrendous happened, but didn‘t know exactly what it was until the very end. 1y
Soubhiville I would call this sci-fi as well, but I almost feel like it needs a subcategory. It‘s absolutely one of a kind! 1y
Soubhiville @SledgeReader thanks for tagging me! 1y
Cinfhen I can‘t believe I missed your bday, Sarah!!!!! 😖😩Hope it was wonderful 💗🎶🎂🍷 1y
SledgeReader @Soubhiville I‘m so glad you joined us and can‘t wait to connect again over Children of God! 1y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen Thanks for the good wishes. I got to see my peeps this weekend but wasn‘t on top of my game. Fighting some kind of bug which led to a migraine. 😔 Limited books and screens. And couldn‘t eat my cake. 😢 1y
SledgeReader Can‘t wait to hear about your meet up! 1y
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Let‘s spend a bit of time talking about Rakhat and the mission in general. #TheSparrow #buddyread Please look for the hashtags so I don‘t have to tag everyone for the other rounds!

SledgeReader From a historic perspective, what are your thoughts on the explorers to Rakhat compared to our early explorers?

Is the mission to Rakhat a scientific or religious one? What harm came from it?

Do you think we will ever connect with an alien species? Should we?

What do you think of the Runa and Jana‘ata now? Did you see that coming? What struck you the most about the species and the world building?
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Soubhiville It seemed to me that the explorers in the book were trying to be more thoughtful and respectful to the environment and existing cultures on Rakhat than Earth‘s early explorers ever were. It was incredibly unfortunate that they misunderstood things so badly. But I certainly felt the team had the best intentions, and never meant to conquer like early American settlers did. 1y
Soubhiville I saw the mission as both scientific and religious, with different members having different specific goals, although I think overall there was harmony between the two. Originally spurred by religion but balanced by scientists on the team. The harm came from misunderstanding and miscommunication. 1y
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Soubhiville I do think there is a chance that there is alien life out there. If there is contact I think they‘ll come here, but honestly I‘m not sure that humans can manage to fix the downward spiral of politics and environment before we self destruct. 1y
Soubhiville I absolutely loved the Runa. What a wonderful peaceful gentle species! The Jana‘ata were frightening. I felt a correlation to oppressive forces on earth. I was shocked by every twist and the ending! Wow, I‘m not sure I‘ve ever been as affected by the end of a book. All the feelings, but especially sorrow for Emilio and horror at the culmination. So incredibly well written! 1y
jmtrivera I think the mission was both. It might have been originally conceived by Emilio's faith and half staffed by priests, but those priests were also scholars looking to explore. I think the harm came from needing better communication and understanding of the world they'd entered. We said in our podcast that they really needed the Prime Directive from Star Trek! 1y
jmtrivera The reveal about the Runa and Jana'ata wasn't anything I could have predicted. Looking back, I'm still struck by it, and I finished the book a while ago! 1y
SledgeReader @Soubhiville @jmtrivera We are in agreement. I think the mission started out as both and finished as both. There was balance among the priests but the scientists especially leaned towards keeping the balance and objectivity of discovering the new world. I think they all found their God in their way at some point. Anne is a great example of this. 1y
SledgeReader Can you imagine the thrill of being the first to see a new species - especially the Runa? The Jana‘ata are another story. The crew was motivated in good faith when learning about the species on Rakhat but just didn‘t understand what they were witnessing. @jmtrivera please tell me more about your podcast! How do I find it? 1y
Ruri_kaichou So I can't answer completely at the moment, but I did want to say, Anne 5eva! And you can find the podcast at EclecticReaders.fireside.fm. I believe it's episode 47. 😊 1y
SledgeReader @Ruri_kaichou Thanks for sharing! I‘m in complete awe! 1y
jmtrivera @SledgeReader That scene where Anne and Emilio discuss God is one of my absolute faves. Our podcast is a book club podcast, in which we discuss a different book chosen by our members each month, along with some general discussion about currently reads and other bookish subjects. We read The Sparrow earlier this year, April maybe? (Address above) We hit on some of the same topics (because THIS BOOK), so you might find it interesting! 1y
Cinfhen I agree with you all again! @SledgeReader @Soubhiville @jmtrivera The mission was done with all the right intentions and with the upmost respect for the world they were entering. It was earth‘s “prejudices”that helped lead to the deadly mistakes. Assuming the men were the bigger Runa, not understanding their family structure, and certainly no one could have predicted the systematic system for controlling the population. 1y
Cinfhen I loved the Runa but it‘s interesting that the people on the mission grew tired of their simpleness. They wanted more complex people and WOW did they find them. 1y
jmtrivera @Cinfhen Exactly!!! That's so well said! 1y
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Mission Complete! Wow! It is exciting to hear this conversation from such a tremendous and talented group of readers. Gentle reminder - this is a conversation about the text. Let‘s remember to respect one another‘s personal beliefs. Round 1 Discussion will center around Emilio. Questions are forthcoming in comments under a spoiler. Let‘s do it!🚀 #TheSparrow #buddyread

SledgeReader What was Emilio looking for? Did he find it?
Did God‘s will lead the mission?
How is Emilio‘s faith tested?
Why was it important for Emilio to stand by his vow of celibacy?
Why is Emilio reluctant to share his story?
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Soubhiville I think Emilio was looking for confirmation of god‘s existence. I think he was also excited to introduce his beliefs to another culture. For me, the plot reveals the opposite, probably because of my own belief... No god would allow the terrible things that happen every day. I think he was reluctant to share his story because of the pain of reliving it, as well as not wanting to strip others of their faith. 1y
jmtrivera I think Emilio wanted support for his faith, but I think he was looking for it in the wrong way. It left him losing his belief, and I think that's one of the reasons he didn't want to share his story. Not only was he horribly traumatized and didn't want to revisit that pain, but I think he wasn't ready to think about his faith and what losing it might mean. 1y
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SledgeReader @Soubhiville @jmtrivera So well said! I am always amazed at the layers upon layers in this book. It is such a beautiful rendering of faith and the confirmation of God‘s existence. I agree Emilio‘s reluctance to speak of his experience was in part self- preservation as well as preserving faith in those around him. 1y
jmtrivera @SledgeReader True! Lots of layers! 1y
Cinfhen I absolutely agree with all of you when it comes to Emilio‘s reluctance to share his story with the other men of faith @SledgeReader @jmtrivera @Soubhiville to reveal what he knew, saw, experienced in his mind would tarnish God. Prior to the landing, I think Emilio believed in God in the abstract but when he actually realized the planet was real I think God became real for him. He would never let go of his celibacy because for him it 👇🏼 (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Would be cheating on God. Or perhaps walking away from God, which is shocking seeing how God “abandoned” him time & time again on Rakhat. 1y
Cinfhen Which leads me to that BIG QUESTION: Did God abandon Emilio and the others on Rakhat??? Which leads me to the other BIG IDEA: free will. As a student who went through the Jewish Day School system from pre nursery through 12 grade I have grappled with this notion. If God is ever present and created man and is watching us and guiding us how the hell does he allow for all the shit that happens on both a large scale & small scale. 👇🏼 1y
Cinfhen Here I was taught~ man and free will! Man makes the choices not God. So on Rakhat man made the choice to plant a garden. A smart choice, an honest choice a “good” choice but the consequences were so disastrous. Do we blame God for the terrible outcome?? This philosophical approach drives me crazy everyday. I‘ve experienced pain and disappointment but I have not been in a situation where I personally felt God walked away from me. 👇🏼 (edited) 1y
Cinfhen I Will say, I have questioned God but I always return to God because I ultimately believe God IS there us. For me, it‘s NOT about the next world or the next life. I live strictly for this world, not about rewards and punishments in the after world ( not sure I buy into all that)and for me, God exists helps me to say/see I can‘t control everything, I‘m not ALWAYS steering the ship. My journey has been taken by me but influenced perhaps by God. 1y
Cinfhen I thank God that I haven‘t been put in a situation that would make me truly question God, like those on the mission. Or say The Holocaust or God forbid the loss of a child. It‘s those who are truly “tested” that I admire before all others. 1y
jmtrivera @Cinfhen I've often thought about this and it's always felt to me like a parental thing: a parent can watch their children, know every move they'll make before they do it, and still know that their children will screw up and make mistakes - even big, bad ones. At a certain point, parents just have to step back and let their kids do it, even if it breaks their hearts. 1y
jmtrivera @Cinfhen In the case of this particular story, I think it's hard for me to say Emilio was abandoned. It's really easy to think it's a tragic story when I first think back on it, except that many of the parts that stuck out to me were actually good things, and knowing there's a sequel allows me to hope that there's more to Emilio's journey than just suffering (I probably should have warned you all: I'm an eternal optimist). 1y
Cinfhen I totally get the parent reference @jmtrivera and I ❤️that you‘re an eternal optimist. I tend to go right for the doom & gloom😔 1y
jmtrivera @Cinfhen We can balance each other out. 😉 1y
Soubhiville Isn‘t it interesting how different people can take away different perspectives on a book? For me the entire book was a question of “is god there? Is faith entirely in our heads?” I felt like Emilio‘s experiences confirmed my own views- faith is a fantasy concocted by man to explain the unexplainable. It takes an extremely talented writer to create a story that perfectly satisfies two viewpoints in one ending! 1y
Soubhiville And @jmtrivera I‘m an optimist too 😊. I felt the same way, the whole experience of Emilio and his team was an incredible learning experience and adventure! Knowing the story continued made me feel good too (I received both books at once, I‘ve already read CoG). 1y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen @Soubhiville @jmtrivera I knew a great discussion was going to evolve! I‘ve read The Sparrow at least 4 times now and every time it takes me months to let go of it. Clearly I‘ve never completely done so. There is so much to think about and consider. It struck me for the first time - Is this book one giant metaphor for our personal journey of discovery and challenge within our own faith?? (edited) 1y
SledgeReader @Soubhiville You are so right. There are multiple ways to view the ending, and I think, the various stages throughout. And I love that each one is sufficiently substantiated for reasonable a conclusion. 1y
SledgeReader We are going to be talking for days!!👏👏 1y
Soubhiville @SledgeReader this has got me geared up for a reread! Lol. 1y
Cinfhen I love your conclusion @Soubhiville it‘s true, this book has a way of speaking to so many different ideas, beliefs ~ thank you, Sarah for bringing MDR into my life 💜 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Sorry for being so late to the party! Close to the end of the book, Emilio says something about a dream or vision he had of God but I can't remember the exact words. The first time I read the book, it really sh9 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Shook my faith, sorry, because it really did seem to me that God had abandoned Emilio and He wouldn't necessary be there when we really needed Him. Clearly, my image of God was still very much of God as Rescuer, God as Magician. Whatever that dream or whatever of Emilio precisely said, the first time I barely registered it. The second time, it meant everything to me. It said to me that Emilio had understood that God had been with him the whole 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Time and would always be in everything WITH him. It was something to the effect of him being willing to follow wherever God led. A healt 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook A healthier God image, I believe, is exactly that, believing that God is always with us but not micromanaging us and miraculously intervening whenever we would find it convenient. I find what others took away from the book fascinating! 1y
emilyhaldi Very interesting point @Cinfhen regarding God vs free will. I suppose Emilio's journey to Rakhat proved to him God's existence but juxtaposed with the truth that horrible things still happen to good people. Interesting that some in the Jesuit church consider Emilio a Saint and perhaps that is why he is being tested the hardest of all 🖤 I loved this read and am so happy to have revisited it again after 18 years!! Thank you @SledgeReader !! 1y
SledgeReader @Soubhiville @Cinfhen @MommyWantsToReadHerBook @emilyhaldi This has been such a great read and experience shared with you all. I‘ve walked away from it with something new every time. And I will confess my first read was almost completely taken up with the world building. I don‘t “do” sci-fi. But this is one of my all time most influential reads because I learned I can read it. And the power of Emilio‘s journey keeps me coming back. 1y
SledgeReader I love introducing MDR to first time readers. It is such a great conversation starter. Now watch, you will reference the Sparrow for months in end! This has been so much fun! 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook Thanks for hosting @SledgeReader, it's been lovely! I also want everyone to read this! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m really looking forward to the next phase, Sarah!!! Thanks for being a fabulous host and providing great commentary and insight😇🙏🏻 1y
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I read this in HS for a science fiction reading requirement and was shocked by how much I liked it. This time, I enjoyed it just as much and have so many more questions... like, where does Emilio go from here?! And how will he reconcile his spiritual beliefs with the events that took place on Rakhat?! 🤯 Hoping you fellow #TheSparrow readers can provide insight during Friday‘s discussion 🙏🏻 Thanks to @Cinfhen and @SledgeReader for hosting!

Mdargusch I‘m impressed you liked it enough to read it again! 👍🏼 1y
SledgeReader @emilyhaldi Excellent! Looking forward to Friday! 1y
Luv2readbookz There is a sequel to this book 1y
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Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 1y
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to discuss @SledgeReader @emilyhaldi and we‘re gonna have to read the sequel to discover WHAT NEXT!?! 1y
Foragingfantasy I just started the sequel a few days ago! 1y
Reviewsbylola Wait, you‘d already read this?! In HS?! 🤯🤯 1y
emilyhaldi I totally told you that 🙄 @Reviewsbylola 1y
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It‘s almost time for the final discussion of #TheSparrow #buddyread. Everyone is invited for this Tell-All Conversation of Mary Doria Russell‘s masterpiece of the mission to Rakhat!🚀

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Sorry I never commented on the previous section. Can't wait to see what everyone thinks of the ending! 1y
SledgeReader @MommyWantsToReadHerBook No worries! We look forward to hearing from you on Friday! 1y
AmyG I‘m sorry. I haven‘t finished yet. :( 1y
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Cinfhen I can‘t wait to discuss!!!! And your graphics are 🙌🏻🧡 1y
SledgeReader @AmyG Rats! We can still chat when you are done. Ping me when you finish. I can always talk about The Sparrow. 1y
SledgeReader @Cinfhen Thanks!! Did this one on my own. @Searcysledge is a great teacher! 😉 1y
AmyG You are too sweet. I will jump back on here when I finish. With the move coming...I have read nothing. 1y
emilyhaldi This should be an interesting discussion!! 👏🏻 1y
jmtrivera Looking forward to everyone's thoughts! 1y
Andrew65 Oh no! Got so far behind on this one! 😒 1y
Godmotherx5 Sounds good 1y
SledgeReader I can‘t WAIT! 1y
SledgeReader @Andrew65 Ping me when you finish! I‘m always happy to chat! 1y
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Now listening to THE SPARROW.

@Cinfhen I will let you know what I think of this audiobook.

Cinfhen Thanks!! If you enjoy it we are planning on reading the sequel in August 1y
CatLass007 @Cinfhen Thanks for the heads-up. I‘m not getting much done in the way of buddyreads but I will make the attempt. Real Life keeps getting in the way of reading. 1y
SledgeReader @CatLass007 Ooohhh! How‘s the narrator? 1y
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CatLass007 @SledgeReader i‘m not sure how I feel about the narrator just yet. At first he reminded me of the announcer here before Law & Order starts, kind of mechanical. But he‘s starting to grow on me, and I like the way he does the different voices. 1y
SledgeReader @CatLass007 Ah! The narrator is key foe audio for me. I‘m glad to hear he‘s good. There‘s a ton of voices — especially toward the end. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 👽 1y
CatLass007 @SledgeReader I definitely will do a review at the end of the book. (edited) 1y
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This is the first day in 18 days I haven‘t worked a double. Trying desperately to catch up on some reading and much needed snuggle time with Max before I go in again at 4:00. 🙄
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Soubhiville Aw Max! It sounds like you need some sleep too! Enjoy your rest. 1y
BookNerd9906 @Soubhiville yes! Spent the better part of the day in bed. Napping, reading, and coffee. 😴📚☕️ 1y
AmyG Max is adorable. Naps, books, coffee....heaven. (edited) 1y
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Cinfhen Hi!!! I was wondering where my #booktwin went !?!? Glad all is well 💙 1y
SledgeReader @BookNerd9906 Just checking in to say hello. Hope you are feeling better and slowing down at a work a bit. Catch up with us for Children of God in August if you can. We missed you! (Confession - my schedule went nuts when it was time for the discussion. 🙃) 1y
BookNerd9906 @SledgeReader @Cinfhen I feel guilty about being a bookclub drop out, but life took a left hand turn toward crazy town. Someone quit at one job, and it was bike week (I don‘t know if ya‘ll know about this phenomenon, but it‘s some serious business here in NH) and I‘ve been working 80-90 hours a week for the last month between both jobs. Hoping things settle down so I have time to breathe again, let alone read! 1y
Cinfhen Not familiar with Bike Week but 80/90 hours sounds insane!!! Hope life quiets down soon xx miss you!! 1y
SledgeReader @BookNerd9906 Yikes! I feel your pain. I‘m coming off 6 months of doing just that in my job. We just completed a big construction project that led to weeks on end of 14-16 hour days. Need to catch up with @Cinfhen on the subject. Great experience. Ready to chill a bit. Going to look up bike week. Hang in there, Friend! You will conquer this!😝💜 1y
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