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Mischling
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
"One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II. Pearl is in charge of: the sad, the good, the past. Stasha must care for: the funny, the future, the bad. It's 1944 when the twin sisters arrive at Auschwitz with their mother and grandfather. In their benighted new world, Pearl and Stasha Zagorski take refuge in their identical natures, comforting themselves with the private language and shared games of their childhood. As part of the experimental population of twins known as Mengele's Zoo, the girls experience privileges and horrors unknown to others, and they find themselves changed, stripped of the personalities they once shared, their identities altered by the burdens of guilt and pain. That winter, at a concert orchestrated by Mengele, Pearl disappears. Stasha grieves for her twin, but clings to the possibility that Pearl remains alive. When the camp is liberated by the Red Army, she and her companion Feliks--a boy bent on vengeance for his own lost twin--travel through Poland's devastation. Undeterred by injury, starvation, or the chaos around them, motivated by equal parts danger and hope, they encounter hostile villagers, Jewish resistance fighters, and fellow refugees, their quest enabled by the notion that Mengele may be captured and brought to justice within the ruins of the Warsaw Zoo. As the young survivors discover what has become of the world, they must try to imagine a future within it. A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, Mischling defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.
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Wannabe_Quijote
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Amazing, @Kshakal !! This is perfect. Thank you so much!!
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#summersantagoespostal #litsy #bookswaps @BookishMarginalia

Kshakal @Wannabe_Quijote you welcome!! I am so glad you like it!! 🤓 6mo
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thereadingowlvina
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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My #longweekend #bookhaul! And the #tbr pile is getting out of control again! 😂😂😂

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tammysue
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Pickpick

Mischling is a gut-wrenching powerful story following 12 yr old twins Pearl and Stasha who are selected for testing in Josef Mendele‘s infamous “zoo.” Separated from their mother + grandfather they witness the horrors and severe abuse of Mengele‘s victims. This was so difficult to read at times that I had to step away to chill out. Grab the kleenex as it gets VERY descriptive in places. 4 ☆ 💔

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JeanneNapier
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar

You can't bore a snake with the taste of evil.

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Bookish_B
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When you go to the dollar store and find an autographed copy of a book on your TBR list. Score! 🙌🏼

k.reads.5 Wow, that's amazing! This has been on my TBR for ages. 10mo
AmyG Wow! And this was a good book, too. 10mo
irre Awesome!! 10mo
Bookish_B @AmyG that's what I've heard! 10mo
Bookish_B @pl.2886 mine too! 10mo
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Myhusbandhatesreading
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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What a great book!

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scowler1
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Pickpick

The Angel of death, Dr. Josef Mengele, managed to die a free man in South America. This is a novelization of events experienced by twin sisters and others at Auschwitz. It's a beautiful story but quite upsetting of course, feeling a bit numb right now.🙁

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GirlWellRead
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13 year-old twins Pearl & Stasha are 2 halves of a whole. Stasha is in charge of the funny, the future and takes on the bad. Pearl is the sad, the good and the past. They are despair and loss, hope and light. Through Konar's thoughtful and magical prose, the girls deliver their story in 2 halves in the hopes of becoming whole again. If your soul can survive the journey, you'll be rewarded by one of the most powerful & beautiful books of the year.

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kelseynicburke
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Pickpick

I got emotional on the bus again 😓

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AyaOfSiwa
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar

Pri kraju knjige:
"Svi su oni bili djeca, nekoć."

At the end of the book:
"They were all children once."

#croatianedition

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AyaOfSiwa
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Pickpick

I have read this book in three days. The story is so touching, I was on the edge of tears. Need to cry.
#croatianedition

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Foxyfictionista
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🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷This was beautiful and terrifying. I can't imagine going through the things that happened during the holocaust. I feel that this is one of those books that should be read in schools.

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Addison_Reads
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So beautifully written, which is a testament to the author since the setting is Mengele's Zoo during WWII. As the story unfolds, the tale of the twins is heartbreaking and what's done to them and others is horrifying, but the girls still manage to hold on to hopes of a future after the war when they can be together once more.

The photo is Josef Mengele. The monster whose experiments during the war prompted the author to write this novel.

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Addison_Reads
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Started this audiobook today at work. It's really well done, but I know I'm going to end up bawling by the end. Most WWII books do that to me. I will never understand the horrors humans inflict on other humans. Books like this, to me, are far more scary than ghosts or supernatural horror stories.

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JennyM
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3 | #OctoberXFiles

Joseph Menegle was Auschwitz‘s #BoogieMan, and this harrowing tale of twins, Pearl and Stasha, hurt my heart 🌹

Cinfhen Such a heartbreaking story 😭😭😭and to know it was based on real life events & people 💔 1y
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ArianaGrace
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Pickpick

Such an amazing book. It's definitely a book that I would recommend for someone who likes reading about WWII

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SarahMillerBooks
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Wilkie
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Three of my #floralcovers #riotgrams Question: does anyone have a floral cover on a book written by a man?

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I think I have two floral covers, total, on my shelf. Both by women. 1y
LeahBergen Hmm... I‘m going to have to look at my shelves now. 🤔 1y
readordierachel That's a really good question. I don't have any, so I did some googling. Most floral covers appear to be on books written by women. I did see this recent one though 1y
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Kalalalatja
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The always sweet and insightful @britt_brooke has hit the bog 250k, and is celebrating with a giveaway. And what a stack of books! I have only read A Little Life, and I want to read all the rest 🤞

Congrats on your milestone Brittany, it is well deserved! #250kgiveaway

britt_brooke Thank you so much for the kind words!! 💚 And Thank you for entering. 🤞🏻 1y
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Lauren890
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Panpan

I really wanted to like this and was so disappointed. I‘ve read several memoirs of holocaust survivors and maybe that‘s made me a tough critic. The twins in the story had a shared telepathy. Being a twin myself and not believing in telepathy, I found these parts distracting. There were also coincidences I thought were too good to be true and I thought the ending was very slow and I really had to push myself to finish the book. So bummed.

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Ubookquitous
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Well done book about twin sisters who suffered at the hands of Mengele during the Holocaust - while there are some horrifying moments, the story is well done and the characters are wonderful.

RebelReader I felt the same way about this book and I want my book group to read it,but they are resisting. 😩 2y
Ubookquitous @rebelreader Oh it would be great - the focus is on the sisters and wonderfully portrays the ability of youth to adapt and overcome so much. (edited) 2y
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Sapphire
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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This is a hauntingly beautifully written bit horrific book. I have read quite a bit of holocaust literature, but this one I wish I never read.

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Jess7
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“One of the most harrowing, powerful, and imaginative books of the year" (Anthony Doerr) “about twin sisters fighting to survive the evils of World War II... A superbly crafted story, told in a voice as exquisite as it is boundlessly original, MISCHLING defies every expectation, traversing one of the darkest moments in human history to show us the way toward ethereal beauty, moral reckoning, and soaring hope.” #TBR | #Flowers - #ReadingResolutions

RebelReader This was an amazing book! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
GatheringBooks i received this book for review but haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet :( 2y
DivaDiane Wow. Sounds very interesting. 2y
CaitlinR Read it as an ARC, then it dropped off my radar, thanks for a great review. I‘ll put it on my staff picks shelf. 2y
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Cinfhen
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#NuYear #CallOutTheDogs Almost every account I‘ve read regarding the Holocaust always describes the insistent terrifying barking of ravenous dogs as the cattle cars arrived at Auschwitz. Ive heard survivors suffer from PTS whenever they hear barking dogs😥😥This January 27 marks the 13 annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 73 anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz #weRemember #NeverAgain

TrishB 😢 never forget. 2y
BarbaraBB Well said, well chosen 😢 2y
shawnmooney 💜 2y
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Cinfhen 73 years ago still seems like this lifetime @TrishB @BarbaraBB @shawnmooney 💔 2y
Kalalalatja 💔💔 2y
RachelO 💔 2y
eanderson 💔 2y
Mdargusch Terrifying! 2y
emilyhaldi 😢 2y
Reviewsbylola So sad 2y
Cinfhen I know, I had dinner last week with my friend and her MIL was visiting. She was taken to Auschwitz when she was 9 💔She and her sister were the only members of her immediate family who survived. Her parents, grandparents and 3 other siblings died. She said to have children, grandchildren and hopefully live to see a great grandchild is the BEST revenge against Hitler. @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch @eanderson @RachelO @Kalalalatja 2y
TrishB That‘s awesome 👍🏻 the best revenge is living ❤️ 2y
emilyhaldi Incredible story about your friend‘s MIL ... I cried just reading it! Heartbreaking and also inspirational that she kept building her family and enjoying life ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Mdargusch Such a sweet revenge! ❤️ 2y
mrp27 💔 2y
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Last read of 2017. Very sad and well written. Sally had to butt in. She wants me to feed her. #goodbye2017 #catsoflitsy

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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I don't even have words for how good this book was. There were some very sad, hard to read parts throughout, but the story is so worth it. ❤ If you've been hesitating to read it, I'd highly recommend giving it a try.

Lucas.Rencher I can't wait to read this one! 😀 2y
Cinfhen I thought the first half was breathtakingly beautiful, although hard to read 💔 2y
Owlizabeth I‘m going to have to read this sooner rather than later, I suppose. 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar

For those of you who enjoyed Mischling, I'd recommend watching this video. It's a real life account of a twin who survived the Mengele Zoo, and it's a really powerful video to watch.

https://youtu.be/gdgPAetNY5U

CocoReads And if you‘re ever in Terre Haute, Indiana, I recommend stopping by her museum. It‘s small, but very powerful. https://candlesholocaustmuseum.org/ 2y
Lucas.Rencher I really need to read this book! 2y
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Rachel.Rencher
Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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Starting my next book! This is a #BlameItOnLitsy. I've seen so many amazing posts about it, but I feel like it's going to be a really sad read.

Owlizabeth That‘s why I haven‘t started it yet! Interested to hear your opinion. 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks I have it but can‘t bring myself to read it yet. 2y
whatsthEStorey I loved this book! Definitely worth reading! 2y
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Christine11 I‘ve got it but like you I know it‘s going to be really emotional so I‘ve avoided it a bit ! Hope you enjoy 😊 2y
AmyG Wonderful book. Not an easy read. 2y
AngelErin I‘m reading it now and so far I love it. Enjoy and yes it is sad though. 2y
Lucas.Rencher It looks so good I can't wait to hear what you think of it! 😀 2y
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AngelErin
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✨I just started #mischling by #affinitykonar and so far it‘s pretty good. It will be a story that will break my heart I‘m sure. Especially as I have twins it‘s going to really tug on those heartstrings. If you‘ve read this one, what did you think about it?✨

saresmoore Cuties! 2y
AngelErin @saresmoore Thank you! ♥️ 2y
LitLogophile I loved the writing! The story is great — I‘m always a little cautious with Holocaust stories bc it‘s been done, but I loved this one. It is very difficult, though. 2y
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AngelErin @LitLogophile So far I love the writing! Yes, holocaust stories for me are always difficult reads, but good. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was recently gifted this one and hope to get to it soon!! Cutie pies!! 💙💙 2y
JacqMac It broke my heart. It‘s very good though. 2y
RebelReader @JacqMac It broke my heart too, but still so well done. 2y
AngelErin @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s great so far! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it. And thank you! ♥️ 2y
AngelErin @JacqMac It‘s great so far. Very sad though. 2y
AngelErin @RebelReader So far it is really well done. Great writing. 2y
Avanders 😍 2y
AngelErin @Avanders I finished the book yesterday and it was great! 😀 2y
Avanders @AngelErin ooh good to know! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
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AngelErin
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✨I borrowed #mischling by #affinitykonar from my bestie! I can‘t wait to start it once I finish the Stephen King book I‘m on. ✨#historical #fiction

RebelReader This is so well done. I hate to say I loved it because it is about Mengele. It's also about so much more! 2y
AngelErin @RebelReader Oh I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I can‘t wait to start it. It sounds great. 😀 2y
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Babs_book_obsession
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I know some people are appalled by fiction about the Holocaust but anything that can give you even an inkling of how horrible the war was and help us to feel compassion helps us to remember. The genuine criticism of the book is that the language is almost too beautiful and flowery and that is true at times but still it was a very good audiobook.

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suomi
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Been wanting to read Mischling for some time.

#audiobook #overdrive

Mdargusch Our family book club was very divided on this book, but I thought it was good. 2y
suomi @Mdargusch I'm really not sure what to think about the book! 2y
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v_cuev
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t finish this book. I tried for months, but it never held my attention like the other stuff I was reading. I think the characters/style just weren‘t my cup of tea...

TricksyTails I listened to this awhile back on audio and liked it, but I'm a fan of all things WWII. I can see how someone wouldn't enjoy this as I liked it but didn't love it. Perhaps, if the premise of the story still calls to you, try it on audiobook instead? 2y
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TheLibrarian
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Just a small portion of my #tbr section in the library. Are there any I should put at the top of my list?

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A few are in my list!! But I haven‘t read any of them! 😊 2y
irre I really liked Idaho. 2y
PandaPanda I really loved the twelve lives of Samuel Hawley! 2y
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emilyhaldi Idaho ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
merelybookish Idaho, Idaho, Idaho!!! If you don't like it, don't tell me. ☺️ 2y
AmyG I loved Mischling and Idaho. 2y
TheLibrarian @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @irre @PandaPanda @emilyhaldi @merelybookish @AmyG Thanks for the input. Looks like Idaho will be one of my next reads!! 2y
mrozzz Moonglow, Idaho, Mischling, and Underground Airlines 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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• So, I've DNFed this book. It's deep, it's powerful, it's heartbreaking, it's shattered me - I cannot read anymore right now. The things it portrays are too close to possible reality. The children to easy to imagine to flesh. I'll finish it another time but this is a book that's going to take a few tries to get through safely. 〰#historicalfiction #book #booklover #bookstagram #bookblogger #bibliophile #met_createchange

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Sophoclessweetheart
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• Meet my next read... Auschwitz in 1944 and promising to be heartbreaking. 〰#historicalfiction #book #booklover #bookstagram #bookblogger #bibliophile #met_createchange

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kate_reads
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I feel appreciated, thanks Barnes & Noble 😊
...ps members get 20% off this weekend

BekahB I used the extra discount as an excuse to splurge at B&N yesterday. Now I just have to keep myself away from the store for the rest of the weekend! 😄 2y
RidgewayGirl So tempted to just take a walk through the store... 2y
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Sophoclessweetheart
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New books from Readers First and I'm very excited about them! 🙈🙌 #book #booklover #bookblogger #bookstagram #bookishfeature #readersfirst #books #bibliophile

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ScorpioBookDreams
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More book post from Readers First!

TrishB Nice cover 👍 2y
AmyG Good book. 2y
Sophoclessweetheart 🙌❤️ 2y
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Bevita
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Bailedbailed

I have to stop starting books that are about the horrors people will inflict on others. This one about twins and Josef Mengele. Couldn't do it.

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Soubhiville
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Mischling was a beautiful story, although of course also shocking and brutal as any that takes place in a Nazi concentration camp must be. I was interested to see the bit of overlap with Zookeeper's Wife, which I read a few months ago.

This book concludes my defined challenges for the year! #LitsyAtoZ, #BookRiotReadHarder, and #LitsyReadingChallenge (the bingo card one), all done! I'll keep working on #MountTBR for the rest of the year! 😊 🎉🎊

MicheleinPhilly Well done! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
LauraBrook 🤘🏼🤘🏼❤️🤘🏼🤘🏼 2y
Eggs Zookeeper appears also in the story of Irena Sendler, the woman who saved all those babies and children from Holocaust 2y
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Soubhiville Thanks @Eggs ! That's one I hadn't heard of yet! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Congrats on finishing your challenges!! 🎉🎉📚📚👏🏻👏🏻 2y
LeahBergen Woo hoo! 🎉🎉 I've been buckling down on my challenges, too. 👍🏻 2y
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Soubhiville
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#HumpDayPost

1- Last Vacation- The Netherlands
2- Comfort Food- Pancakes
3- Bucket List- New Foundland
4- Currently Reading- Owl Post Book, Mischling, and She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb
5- I love all 3- Physical, Ebooks, and Audiobooks. ALL THE BOOKS ALL THE TIME!

PrincessLibrarian Mischling was my favorite book of last year. Enjoy! 2y
Soubhiville @PrincessLibrarian I'm really enjoying it so far, thanks! 2y
Hooked_on_books Cute picture! 2y
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Soubhiville
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I'm about 10% in and enjoying this so far.

Ashley_Nicoletto This has been on my TBR forever. 2y
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Victoria_Clyne
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I'm quite a way behind with my reviews. I finished listening to this a while ago. I've struggled to come up with a way to describe it and I think the best would be a harrowing story beautifully written. I couldn't stop thinking about Pearl and Stasha.

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mgiroir
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Book bar in Denver, CO!

Soubhiville 🤓😲 2y
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Yournewfriendsams
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Twenty pages in and I know this will be the book that revives me from my reading slump. Already, the story is haunting and emotional.

Ready to dig-in to this one during this over 100° day ?

MicheleinPhilly Is it November yet??? 2y
cathysaid Yay! Reading slumps are painful! 2y
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Yournewfriendsams
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All these pristine hardcovers for $2.00 🙌🏽

Portlanders, if you haven't been to the Title Wave Book Store you need to go!

RanaElizabeth Such a good store and so underutilized. I've gotten a bunch of cookbooks there. 2y
Pruzy I read Mischling, was not bad! Although, I preferred 2y
RealBooks4ever Score!! 😻I luvs the Title Wave! 2y
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emilyhaldi Awesome! 2y
ApoptyGina69 I've read all of these except 2y
Cinfhen That's UH.MAY. ZING 2y
Yournewfriendsams @ApoptyGina69 good reviews I hope?!? 2y
Dragon Great deal ! 👍 2y
ApoptyGina69 @Yournewfriendsams oh yes definitely. 👍 2y
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