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The Great Believers
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
A dazzling new novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy and loss set in 1980s Chicago and contemporary Paris, by the acclaimed and award-winning author Rebecca Makkai In 1985, Yale Tishman, the development director for an art gallery in Chicago, is about to pull off an amazing coup, bringing an extraordinary collection of 1920s paintings as a gift to the gallery. Yet as his career begins to flourish, the carnage of the AIDs epidemic grows around him. One by one, his friends are dying and after his friend Nico's funeral, he finds his partner is infected, and that he might even have the virus himself. The only person he has left is Fiona, Nico's little sister. Thirty years later, Fiona is in Paris tracking down her estranged daughter who disappeared into a cult. While staying with an old friend, a famous photographer who documented the Chicago epidemic, she finds herself finally grappling with the devastating ways the AIDS crisis affected her life and her relationship with her daughter. Yale and Fiona's stories unfold in incredibly moving and sometimes surprising ways, as both struggle to find goodness in the face of disaster.
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Winkyle86
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This was such an emotional journey for me. Any book that dives into the AIDS crisis of the 1980s always gets me feeling so many things. I really loved the way this book was crafted, gently rocking back and forth in time. Highest recommendation

marleed I feel the same way, I think because the 80s are so vivid to my memory. Also because my brother was gay and a strong advocate for gay rights. He died of AIDS. 2w
Winkyle86 @marleed I‘m so sorry to hear that 2w
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Kat.Kao
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This is one of those books I‘m always going to be thinking about. It‘s incredibly well-researched, and the characters are so vivid. It does so much with a lot of themes I love: time, names, intergenerational trauma. One storyline is set during the AIDS crisis in mid 1980s Chicago, and the other is set in Paris in 2015. It‘s a gorgeous book, and I can‘t wait to reread it.

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Set in Chicago in early 80s this story was about a community of friends who sadly were effected by the aids crisis, and how a sister of one of the group‘s friends Fiona immersed her self in helping each of them but how the trauma of that effected her life
It‘s a important part of the past and brought back memories of a coworker who died from this terrible virus
My final book of #joyousjanuary was happy I met all my goals

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done and thanks for playing along. 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures Love both of these! Buckets of tears, both are so amazing. Rent was my first broadway show, and at 15 I was SOBBING in the audience. Embarrassing, but it really taught me so much about how stories can create real empathy.
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TheSpineView @ChaoticMissAdventures Totally get that. 2mo
Klou Great choice! This is a musical I still need to see. I love the songs from it 2mo
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Magpiegem
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This one knocked everything else out of the park this month. And that‘s really saying something as I also read The House in the Cerulean Sea. Just a fantastic amount of skill in the way Makkai built the story, it will definitely stay with me.

So in the end my first book come up against my last! But The Night Circus had to take it for the pure amount of pleasure it gave me reading it and for opening up a new genre to me. Thanks to @chasjjlee

Sapphire I have this on my TBR. Bought it in 2015 at the Savannah book festival after hearing the author in a panel. Still haven‘t gotten to it. Maybe this year! 3mo
Magpiegem @Sapphire yes read it! It sat on my bookshelf for years too! 😊 3mo
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BekaReid
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I've got two reading buddies this morning as I work on my first book of 2023.

kspenmoll Sweet! 3mo
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Magpiegem
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Wow what a beautiful and devastating book. I picked it up for #Booked2022 #abouttheaidsepedemic and I‘m so glad (again) that this challenge made me read outside my comfort zone. Extremely well written and truly heartbreaking it is a dual timeline portrait of generational trauma, love, regret, grief. I highly recommend it but save it for a time when you have the emotional strength.

LeeRHarry This book has really stayed with me and I read it a few years ago now 😥 3mo
Magpiegem @LeeRHarry it will stay with me too! 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I truly loved this one! Glad you found it and gave it a go! 3mo
Cinfhen Glad you enjoyed both the book and the challenge 💜 3mo
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BekaReid
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My reading buddies this morning

RaeLovesToRead Kitties!!!! 😍😍😍 3mo
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Magpiegem
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It‘s that time of year when all becomes sparkly chaos in my house. But in moments between the cookie decorating and ice skating I am listening to this book for #booked2022 #abouttheaidsepedemic . Not that festive, but so far very good. And as usual I am squeezing my last couple of prompts in before the end of the year!

Cinfhen Awesome photo 😍I read this for bookclub. It‘s definitely a good one! Good luck wrapping up the challenges….you can do it! 3mo
Magpiegem @Cinfhen I have been thinking how good this would be for my bookclub. Lots to discuss! Lots of great characters. Xx 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#tbt I am starting Makkai's newest book and I am so excited. Her Great Believers is one of my all time favorite reads. It is a rich, complex and heartbreaking story with vivid characters and concerning a found family in 1980's Chicago and how the AIDS epidemic ravaged their community. While the core of the story is painful and sad, it is also filled with hope and love, and excellent writing.

rachelm I just finished an arc of her newest! I enjoyed 4mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @rachelm oh good! I am starting it as soon as I can finish Eleanor Catton's ARC! 4mo
SamAnne Loved this one. Brought back some sad memories of coming of age in the 80s. 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This book broke my heart in all the best ways. It‘s a dual timeline book set in Chicago during the AIDS crisis and 2015 Paris. So glad I ran across this one.

AmyG I absolutely loved this one. 5mo
SamAnne I loved this one. Came of age in the late 80s, early 90s and it really resonated. 5mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#manicmonday #letterg @CBee @Librariana
📚 Great Believers (Makkai)
✍️ Lauren Groff, Yaa Gyasi
🍿 Gattaca
🎤 Guns & Roses
🎶 Gangsta Paradise (Coolio)

CBee Thanks for playing 😊😊 6mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#pridebookrec fiction week

This is one of my all time top 10 favorite books.
Raw and emotional, this is a look at a group of gay men in 1985 Chicago, dealing with the AIDS epidemic and art and friendship, it's gorgeously written and the characters will live with you for long after you put the book down.

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HeatherBookNerd
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A reread of a favorite book. It switches between two timelines. In 1980s Chicago we follow Yale and his group of gay friends as they navigate the burgeoning AIDS crisis. One man‘s sister, Fiona, becomes caretaker for many of the dying. The other thread finds Fiona in Paris in 2015, seeking out her estranged daughter and reconnecting with one of the old friends from Chicago. It is a story of the human cost of this generation of lost men. Stunning.

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HeatherBookNerd
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It‘s 4:17am. Work at 8:00am. Good thing I love this book.

Soubhiville Ugh. Hope tonight is better. 13mo
Nutmegnc I have severe asthma too. I hope you feel better soon. 13mo
AmyG Feel better! 13mo
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HeatherBookNerd @Soubhiville @Nutmegnc thank you. I‘m headed to work on about 3 hours sleep, but still feel pretty amped. Steroids are so weird. I am breathing better though! 13mo
marleed Oh I‘m sorry. I can‘t imagine a full day of work following 3 hours sleep on top of dealing with asthma. I hope work is good to you today. 13mo
HeatherBookNerd @AmyG @marleed thanks. I‘ll make it. Sleeping in tomorrow 👍🏼 13mo
Caroline2 Oh no! I hope you feel better soon 💐 12mo
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bravenewtrav
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An epic, realistic read into the lives of the men in Chicago in the 80s affected by AIDS. I appreciated the back and forth perspective in chapters.

EmilyM One of my favorite books! 1y
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christhelesbian
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i read this for my death class and wow i learned so much about grief and the process of coming to terms with the loss of so many loved ones i would def recommend to anyone if you are gay or if you aren‘t
a good perspective about aids and it‘s effect on the gay community in chicago also cool cause i live in the street where a lot of stuff took place in this book

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“He was soft, as if his skin had never seen the weather, and when a bone—an elbow, a kneecap, a rib—showed through, it was like a foreign object poking at a piece of silk.”

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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corireadslife
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While not the most well-written or attention grabbing, The Great Believers sincerely tugged on my heart in more ways than one. A dual storyline jumping between Chicago and Paris covering the AIDS crisis in Chicago, love, family, grief, and loss. A slower read but one that is still very much worth it in my opinion. 3.5/5 stars for me 🌟

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cariashley
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My god, was not fully prepared for how devastating this book would be, even though I knew going in that it would be a tough read. Its brilliance is that it‘s not gratuitous, though. This book also provides an enraging education on how poorly the AIDS crisis was handled in this country and the disgusting politics of our healthcare system. One of the best reads of the year for me.

SamAnne Loved this one. For me, brought back some sad memories of the 80s. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved this one too! If you can handle another book about AIDS I can recommend this one: 2y
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cariashley
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This book is so good, why did I wait so long to read it? Once #SullivanCat stops sleeping on it, I look forward to continuing 😹 #catsoflitsy #kal

kspenmoll 😻😹 2y
Ruthiella 😻😻😻 2y
Catsandbooks Precious sleeping kitty! 2y
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Liz_M Look at those little white paws! 😻 2y
marleed I felt the same way - read this year! 2y
BookishMarginalia Oh my goodness, what a pose! 2y
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corireadslife
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New #Currentread + naps + dog cuddles. A lovely Saturday to give my body some much needed R & R.

I‘ve had The Great Believers on my TBR for some time now. Finally sitting down to read it. If you‘ve read it, tell me your thoughts in the comments 📖💗 Happy Saturday!

#TheGreatBelievers #RebeccaMakkai #books #reading

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Enjoy!! 💞 2y
corireadslife @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you, fingers crossed it‘s a good one! 💗 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#curiouscovers #orange
So many of my favorite books are orange covered.
#pridemonth has me tagging the heartbreakingly fantastic Great Believers.
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

kspenmoll Pretty!!! 2y
Viji Great ones! 2y
Eggs Beautiful arrangement 🧡📙🧡 2y
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JillR
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The author drops you off in the middle of a group of friends and trusts you to sort out what‘s going on and I liked that. Following said group of friends as they navigate Chicago during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and alternating with 2015 and a mother desperately searching for her daughter in Paris, slowly I was drawn into these character‘s lives, the fear and sadness they experienced, and didn‘t want to let them go. An excellent read.

TrishB I loved this one, not seen that cover before. 2y
JillR @trishb me too, and yes most reviews I‘ve seen have it with a yellow cover. I only got it recently so perhaps it‘s a new one... 2y
squirrelbrain This has been on my physical TBR shelf for a while - I *will* get to it sometime....! (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻 I started this & never finished it ... must go back. I‘ve never seen this cover either , nice cover too 2y
Jess I had such a book hangover from this one and missed the characters for quite awhile. Loved it. 2y
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Deblovestoread
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#BookReport #WeeklyForecast Standouts of the week are the tagged book and Red at the Bone. Woodson is a master story teller. In less than 200 pages you know these characters and come away with sadness and hope. The others were all enjoyable reads. This week Librarian and Cyprus are for #Booked2021, and I can‘t put down Words in Deep Blue.

Cinfhen I loved this memoir on audio / I thought it was amazing 2y
Cinfhen And I really enjoyed both Red at the Bone and 2y
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vlwelser
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This book is both beautifully written and incredibly sad. I don't normally pick such a long #audiobook but I'm glad that I did.

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Wow, what a story. I loved how the author said at the end of the book that she was hoping to spur more research about the gay community in Chicago in the 1980s since there is such little information. It was such a good and heartbreaking story, I loved Yale. I grew up in the 80s but in a very small town in NJ, so I was unaware of what was really happening in the world, aside from what was on the news. One more #bookspin book & #doublespinbook

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rachelm
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My stack from Independent Bookstore Day! I‘ve listened to and loved OVE but the rest are on my TBR!

Librariana The tagged title is on my TBR list, too! 😊 2y
BarbaraBB The Great Believers is fantastic but I loved The Sea The Sea even more. 2y
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violabrain
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Oh my heart! This book is amazing! I cried multiple times. It was also interesting reading a book set during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s while living through a global pandemic.

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violabrain
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Oh my heart! This book is amazing! I cried multiple times. It was also interesting reading a book set during the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s while living through a global pandemic.

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marleed
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This is an excellent book. I‘m so grateful books like this tell the horrific story for the generation who didn‘t get to grow old. ...As a gay rights activist my brother survived the 80s & 90s but ultimately succumbed to AIDS. His health insurance quest was a journey. In Seattle he was supported by a wonderful community in a right-to-die state, hospital, and doctor - all 3 necessary when he finally knew to ask the correct question.

Mitch Thank you for sharing your family‘s story ♥️ 2y
readordierachel ❤❤ 2y
Scochrane26 I love this book. Sad that you lost your brother. 2y
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marleed @Mitch @readordierachel @Scochrane26 Oh thank you. He was my older brother. I didn‘t truly understand his plight until nearer the 90s and books like this make it real all over again. So important to remember and understand how devastating it was. (edited) 2y
Jas16 ❤️ 2y
Megabooks 💜💜 2y
SamAnne @Marleed this book really hit home for me as well. Thankfully my two brothers made it through alive. But the heartbreak was all around in Portland OR in the early 90s. Sorry you lost your brother to that devastating pandemic. (edited) 2y
Tera66 💙 2y
marleed @SamAnne Oh, I‘m so happy your brother s survived those perilous decades. 2y
marleed @Jas16 @Megabooks @Tera66 Ahh, I appreciate your hearts - in beautiful rainbow colors, no less. My brother would laugh with me if I told you they were fabulous! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 💛 Thank you for sharing his story. 2y
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SanjanaGhosh
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It was so good reading this book, especially since it's about a disease which I knew existed but was not really aware of the taboos behind it at the time 😊

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EmilyM
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This book. Wow! I was instantly absorbed into these characters' lives. I learned so much about the fear, horror and stigma regarding the AIDS virus in its early days. I was a child then and wasn't aware of much more than "it was bad to get" and that a boy named Ryan was ostracized for having it. I didn't know about the fear it caused in the gay community, nor did I know about the horrible journey from diagnosis to death. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

michellelav I really enjoyed this one! 2y
AmyG The ending for me made me weep. Loved this book so much. 2y
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cajunsyd
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Already loving this one after only 30 pages. And what a vibrant cover!

AmyG I loved this. The end had me in tears. Soso good. 2y
cajunsyd @AmyG 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf Such a great book! 2y
cajunsyd @ErikasMindfulShelf I am loving it!! 2y
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Gracelovesreading
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Watching 'It's a Sin' currently and it reminds me so much of this masterpiece by Rebecca Makkai. It was, without a doubt, my favourite book of last year. I had tears coming down my face when finishing it whilst on a public coach coming across Portugal. Both heart warming and heart breaking. Dynamic and loveable characters. The story brings to life the 80s era in America and the insidious AIDS virus. So Incredible.

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Beccacraft
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This book is about a group of friends that struggle to survive and support each other during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in Chicago in the 1980s. The characters are poignant, likeable, and refreshing. I really enjoyed learning more about this topic that affected so many but, at the time, was ignored, looked down upon, and/or not talked about.

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Howard_L
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Today is World AIDS Day 2020. (Dec. 1)
Just a coincidence I‘m reading this book that deals largely with the devastating impact of AIDS on a group of friends in Chicago in the early 80‘s at the onset of the pandemic. So far, it‘s a great book that I‘d highly recommend.

Scochrane26 This has been my favorite book this year. 2y
Tiffiney I absolutely loved that book! One of the best I've read in a long time. 2y
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While I thought this book dragged on just a bit, especially in the modern day Paris bits, I did really enjoy it. It broke my heart, as I knew a book about the 1980s AIDS epidemic would and I loved loved loved Yale‘s character and his relationship with Fiona. I feel like this book is going to stick with me for a long time. 💔 #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
LiteraryinLawrence Oooh, that‘s so clever to switch them to color when you‘ve read them! I love how everyone does their bingo board a little differently. 2y
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How I‘m surviving Election Day. My organization was gracious enough to treat today as a holiday, so my plan is to just lay on the couch and read all day until my husband gets home from work and then my anxiety can have some company. 😂 #catsoflitsy #democat

kspenmoll I so get it; doing the same. And you have your kitty for company!!! The best 2y
obviateit ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
AmyG The most wonderful companion today! 💕 2y
Bette It‘s hard to concentrate on anything. Books and cats help. 💙 2y
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erinreads
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Trying to start Monday off right. Also, is this week/year over yet? 😬

readordierachel I feel like this will certainly be the longest week of the year Also, I like your plate 🙂) 2y
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erinreads
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Cooper says I can proceed with my next book. I may or may not be getting a head start on one of my books on my November #bookspin list. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #catsoflitsy #bookhousecats #damnfinecooper

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#AlphabetTitles #LetterG
So many amazing stories to sink your teeth into. Good Morning Destroyer of Men's Souls is one of my favorite titles ever.
A couple of Glass titles very different stories but both engrossing and we'll written.
The Girl With The Louding Voice is getting some much deserved praise lately.
But my favorites are Gentleman In Moscow and Great Believers. 1 is atmospheric the other had me racking in sobs. Both unputdownable.

Pageturner1 love the lampshade. what would you rate Gentlemen in Moscow? I have it on my TBR. 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @Pageturner1 I have heard others say it was too slow, but it is my second favorite on this stack. I loved it and actually this project sort of started because I want to read it again (third time) I am not normally a rereader maybe one a year. If you like history, and books that are more about atmosphere and characters then you will like it. 2y
cajunsyd I loved A Gentleman in Moscow! Am getting into The Great Believers now, getting the tissues ready! 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures @cajunsyd 2 fantastic reads! So lucky. 2y
DebFreeman Loved A gentleman in Moscow and the great believers. Makes me smile just thinking about reading them. 2y
ChaoticMissAdventures @DebFreeman ❤️. I am so excited for his new book! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Finished this one on the plane yesterday. It‘s an impressive story but I‘m not sure the dual timelines worked so well. I much preferred the 1980‘s timeline although there was an interesting twist or two in the 2015 story that elevated this novel. Overall a pick.

Hooked_on_books I completely agree! I LOVED the 80s timeline and felt the 2015 one was nearly extraneous. It‘s so frustrating when that happens. 2y
Reviewsbylola I still need to read this one. 2y
Cinfhen It was good @Reviewsbylola but not outstanding. Agreed @Hooked_on_books although there were enough elements in the 2015 storyline to save it 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen thanks Cindy! I wont hurry to read but I'll definitely get to it! 2y
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Cinfhen
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On my way 🤗🤗🤗

TrishB Woohoo 🙌😘 2y
swishandflick Safe travels! 2y
rockpools Have a good journey! 2y
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Nute Exciting! Have a safe journey!💕 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Pleasant journey ❣️ 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve arrived 🧡🧡🧡Thanks friends!!!! @TrishB @swishandflick @rockpools @Nute @erzascarletbookgasm 2y
KarenUK Travel safe my lovely 💕 2y
TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 2y
Suet624 I completely missed some of your back posts as I was working on elections. You're back in the States! How long are you here for?? 2y
Cinfhen I‘m here for another 10 days!! It‘s been quite a trip!! Congrats to your daughter 💙🥳🥂such an exciting victory🙌🏻 2y
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Cinfhen
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Catching one last tropical sunset before I head North for some fall weather 🍁🍂🧡

MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
Jess Safe travels! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Jess I‘m so excited to be back in Philly in October 🧡🧡🧡Get ready for a date @MicheleinPhilly xxx 2y
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LeahBergen Oh, you lucky thing! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
LeeRHarry What is flying internationally like? I can only dream of that here but I‘m curious how it all works 😏 2y
Cinfhen It was odd @LeeRHarry we had to have our temperature taken before entering the airport and then we needed to stay masked for the entire 16 hour flight!!!! And my flight was PACKED FULL. It was a new Dreamliner which I believe holds 300+ passengers. 2y
LeeRHarry @Cinfhen wow that sounds really full on! Having a mask on for that long would be challenging, I struggle during an 8 hour work day. And a full flight, just wow. 2y
marleed Oh have fun in Philly! 2y
Crazeedi Safe travels and enjoy my lovely commonwealth! The leaves are peaking in my area right now, hope you get to see some. Its be great to meet you someday if you come closer to my side of the state! It's very different from Philly! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m actually in the suburbs @Crazeedi and we have gorgeous old massive trees that produce stunning foliage so I‘m SUPER EXCITED for some leaf crunching 😊 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @marleed 🧡🍂😃I‘m looking forward to seeing family but I‘m not sure I‘m ready for really chilly weather 2y
CarolynM Enjoy your family time❤️ Safe travels. 2y
TrishB Enjoy ❤️ sounds fab! 2y
Kalalalatja Oh, how lovely 😍 enjoy your trip North! 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen that's perfect! Enjoy 2y
Cinfhen I‘m excited @Kalalalatja @TrishB @CarolynM I get to meet my grand-pup 🐶 2y
Megabooks Travel safe! 💙 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Megabooks xxx how are you feeling post Covid?? 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen back to normal! I was really lucky. 💜 2y
emilyhaldi Gorgeous!!! 2y
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Cinfhen
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Day ended with massive thunderstorms but it‘s still unbearably humid 🥵 View is as gorgeous as ever🌴🌊😍Im really enjoying the audio/ book although I‘m not sure how much there will be to talk about at bookclub.

Ruthiella Talk about how Fiona treated her mother and how her daughter treats her...I don‘t think Fiona ever made that connection... 2y
Cinfhen Ohhh, that‘s an interesting point @Ruthiella THANKS!!!! 2y
AmyG I read this so long ago. I wish I could help you with questions. @Ruthiella ...great point about mother and daughter. I found that part fascinating. 2y
BarbaraBB Echoing @AmyG I read it a long time ago. I‘m glad you are enjoying it! 2y
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Cinfhen
Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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It‘s hot today/ listening to my IRL bookclub pick...I‘m getting A Little Life vibes 💔

AmyG This book is wonderful. Enjoy! 2y
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
Kalalalatja Hope you enjoy! 💕 2y
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Crazeedi Curious your opinion on this one!! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m liking this one more than the Eighth Life @Crazeedi but it‘s not the most original story 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I've heard both opinions, that's why I asked 2y
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Mitch
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Oh wow - today‘s the day ... challenge met ! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

jenniferw88 Well done! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Suet624 Nice! 2y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag Congratulations 🥳 2y
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Cupcake12 Great achievement 🎉🥳 2y
Jas16 🙌🏽 2y
jmtrivera Congrats! 2y
Mitch @jenniferw88 @Suet624 @thegirlwiththelibrarybag @Cupcake12 @Jas16 @jmtrivera Thanks guys - not working for 6 months definitely helped! 2y
Kenyazero Nice! 2y
Deblovestoread Well done! 🙌🏼 2y
Monica5 Congrats 👏 2y
Birdsong28 Congratulations 🎊 🎉 📚 2y
Bookzombie Congratulations!! 🎉 2y
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Mitch
The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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A remarkable story, following a group of friends through the AIDs crisis & beyond. It's a novel of friendship, of trust, betrayal, politics & what it means to be a family. It's a novel about art, of what we value, what we give worth and what we show / hide from the world. There are some deeply emotionally upsetting scenes that I wish i'd have been more emotionally robust to deal with but I'm definitely going to go and read more from Makkai.

Lola I loved this one. So much that I went to hear her speak about it twice and bought her entire backlist. Much of the story takes place in my neighborhood-my local indie even makes an appearance-so that was an added readerly delight. 3y
Mitch @Lola Id love to hear her talk 😍 3y
Mitch @Lola What do you recommend I should read next by her?? 3y
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Lola If you like short stories, Music For Wartime is a good one. In one of her talks she mentioned wishing she could rewrite some of the stories, which I thought was very interesting. 3y
Mitch @Lola Thanks honey 3y
Lola @Mitch Anytime ❤️ 3y
charl08 Such a great book! I read it shortly after reading France's NF and it still held up, which was impressive I think. 3y
Hooked_on_books I loved the past story line in this one but thought the current day one was less impactful and largely unneeded. She sure can write. 3y
Mitch @Hooked_on_books I know what you mean. It didn‘t have the explosive knitting together of the two story lines that I was expecting. 3y
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