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Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens
Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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monibookishnerd
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Awesome novel with an intriguing, touching story. It was interesting to follow Kya's path from child to adulthood and how her thoughts changed over the years. The poems were strategically well placed, enhanced the emotions or build up anticipation.
I saw the end coming, however the narrative was so well done and the twist nicely revealed that it didn't bother me. In fact, I enjoyed how it was unfold.

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SMH86
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Finally back in a book and one waiting on the shelve for some time. I really did enjoy this book although nothing in particular, and even most of the trial seemed very extreme. Any case, it was a good read and now I can watch the movie version.

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kricheal
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4 out of 5 stars. Now I need to watch the movie! #cloudlibrary #3 #2023

Texreader I‘ve got the book and hope to read someday so that sometime far into the future I can watch the movie, too. 😁 2w
kricheal @Texreader 🤦‍♀️ I finally got motivated to read this because I didn't want the movie spoiled for me. 2w
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TracyReadsBooks
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Mehso-so

My mom loaned this to me ages ago—probably when it first came out—and I finally got around to reading it. 😬 Enjoyable if not particularly surprising, the story unfolded exactly as I expected it to. I‘m sure I‘m being a little contrary here but I thought it was just ok, not great. Still, I can tell my mom I read it!

SamAnne This was a very so-so read for me too. No kid with no education is going to learn to read complicated biology books in 6 months. And the Black characters were almost caricatures. 2w
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kricheal
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Starting this next!

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melissajayne
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#12booksof2022 I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. Usually when I read a book that has a lot buzz about it, I get a bit meh about it. I mainly liked how descriptive the marshes were made out to be.

Andrew65 Brilliant book. 4w
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library.dreamer
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Panpan

Hate me if you want, but this is one I despise with all the power of a thousand suns.

DogMomIrene Nah, 😂😂😂 The movie was okay, but I don‘t think I‘d like reading this one either! 1mo
library.dreamer @DogMomIrene the movie was infinitely better than the book to me and still was mid to me. 🤣 1mo
persephone1408 I've heard you either love it or hate it 4w
marleed I was not a fan of this either. 4w
LitStephanie I am always skeptical when a book has one of those book club pick stickers.😆 4w
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Magslhalliday
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My #FourFoursIn22 grid has just the one gap. @Lauredhel

Lauredhel And that's enough for an entry! Email me lauredhelhoyden@gmail.com 1mo
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slategreyskies
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Since I was fairly certain this was a book, I saved it to open on Christmas Eve to celebrate #Jolabokaflod. Oh Misty, this made me so happy! I‘ve been wanting to read this! Thank you for your friendship. Merry Christmas, my friend!!
❤️💚!! #LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m so happy you like it!! I‘m thankful for your friendship ❤️❤️ 1mo
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deeannloso
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Having seen the movie first, the book moved a bit too slowly for me. I‘m sure I would have liked it better if I had read the book first.

megnews This is what always happens to me. I have a rule not to read a book after seeing the movie. 1mo
deeannloso @megnews I need the same rule. Or don‘t watch the movie until after you read the book. 1mo
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deeannloso
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I did a silly thing and watched the movie first. The movie was good, though, so I‘m reading the book even though I know how it ends. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Soubhiville I hope you‘ll still enjoy it. I loved the book. 1mo
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Autumn.d.moore
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By far my favorite read. There is so much to unfold constantly keeping you on your toes. The romance in the novel is not overbearing but a nice touch. I would recommend this to anyone!

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Cupcake12
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Meet the ‘Marsh Girl‘ barefoot, wild and not prepared for the outside world. After a turbulent childhood, Kya has accepted she will always be different.
When a local man is found dead, rumours about the marsh girl soon escalate. Kya is drawn to two men from the local nearby towns and opens her heart to them both.
A coming of age story set against the natural world. Great for fans of those interested in mid 20th century America.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So good 🧡 2mo
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Cupcake12
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My daughter has just finished this and loved it. It‘s finally my turn to read it now.

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abostwick24
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Mehso-so

I heard good things about this book so I had to give it a shot. I honestly loved the story and premise until the last couple of pages. The ending completely ruined the book for me and made me change my perspective on the main character. Beautiful heart wrenching story that is well written. I had high investments in the characters but damn, I felt like they did me dirty at the end. For those reasons, I have to give the book:
My review: ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (3/5)

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Reading_Beyond_The_Book_Cover
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Where the Crawdads Sing had a slow start for me, but Kya‘s coming-of-age story, the found family, and the murder trial kept me intrigued and I‘m happy to have finished the book. I suggest it for the more patient readers that don‘t need a book to hit the ground running. ;-)

A mini review is posted at https://readingbeyondthebookcover.com/october-2022-reading-wrap-up/.

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dabbe
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I fell in love with Kya and wanted to follow her story to the end. I was fascinated by the wetlands of North Carolina; this desert rat learned a lot and yearned for the water and herons. Slight critique: the ending was a bit rushed and formulaic, and the side story with Chase was an interesting subplot but not a necessary one. I just wanted to be with Kya in the marsh. Beautifully written prose.

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TheNeverendingTBR
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1️⃣ If I'm reading a big book, I'll have a break and read something light, such as a graphic novel or some nonfiction such as survival manuals or books on growing your own food etc.

Apart from that, if I'm reading a short book I'll just stick with that one book.

2️⃣ My favourite this year is "Where The Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens and I Panned "My Heart Is A Chainsaw" by Stephen Graham Jones.

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
Reading.w.Dee I always have multiple books on the go! My favourite this year has been Iron Widow. 3mo
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Mirarenee
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THIS is probably one of my favorite books. Wasn‘t a hugeee fan of the ending, but would read again! And still need to see the movie!!!

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AliceCullen
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Intriguing story from start to finish. The protagonist, Kya, immediately generates sympathy from the audience. Just when you think she can‘t go on anymore, she finds a way. The ending is super satisfying; not a cop out happy ending, left me saying, “yup.”

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Enchanted_Bibliophile
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That's the end of the #OutstandingOctober #ReadAThon for me.

Managed to finish 3 of my planned books.
75% with The Vanishing Point
And 10% with Where the Crawdads Sing

Planning on finishing them both this coming week.

Thanks for hosting @Andrew65
As always it was a blast!

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 3mo
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ShaniaAJ
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I had a hard time reading all of a sudden for years and I decided to give this book a try after hearing so much good about it and it helped me get my love for reading back.

Kya definitely has a crazy and interesting life!

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MarissaReads
Mehso-so

After all the hype, I finally got a chance to read this book. I don‘t know if it was the hype or if it was just me but I felt like it wasn‘t one of the greatest books I‘ve read. It had a good story plot but it wasn‘t gripping for me. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for an easy read without too much to think about.

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Great Book

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Dramatictara
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Oh yes I am! Starting this one!

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aimee23
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Worth the hype! The book played with my emotions in just 368 pages. #WhereTheCrawdadsSing #MarshGirl #DeliaOwens

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MatchlessMarie
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Bailed at 24% I was bored 😬 Will probably give the movie a go and may try again. I listened to the audio so maybe it was a narrator issue for me. I dunno 🤷🏻‍♀️ #Scarathlon2022 #TeamMonsterMash #BookSpinBingo #31by31 #Spookoween #PointsAThon 53 words for #ScarathlonWordSearch of what I did read. +651 pts

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 4mo
GHABI4ROSES Good for you on saying bye to a book- it was so hard for me until a couple years ago! Especially when everyone insists it is the best book! I am looking forward to reading this one, we shall see! Thanks so much for including our 'thon! 4mo
TheSpineView Bummer 4mo
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The.Great.Catsby Same thing happened to me. I did not like the audiobook. I tried to read it too, but I still bailed... mostly because I couldn't get over the potential controversial nature of it all. 4mo
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 4mo
Catsandbooks That's too bad 4mo
MatchlessMarie @GHABI4ROSES I always say all hail the bail but it‘s still a little disappointing 😆 I‘d heard a lot of good things. 4mo
MatchlessMarie @The.Great.Catsby I have had bails in the past that I have come back to but sometimes you just gotta walk away and find your book bliss. ✌🏻📚 4mo
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Shemac77
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The hype is understandable. Easy to read, keeps you engaged, great storyline.

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ProudBookNerd
Mehso-so

After all the hype, I was underwhelmed by the story. The description of the main character's loneliness and isolation, the beauty of the marsh were detailed and at times made for some emotional reading but the overall drama and ending felt a bit flat. A solid read but not one that left me thinking I am so glad I finally was able to read it.

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Mdonald
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Teree883

Great book

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Shemac77
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Prep for hopefully a lot of night shift reading….who am I kidding.

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ThePageantHam
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Mehso-so

This book has an interesting concept and deals with some serious real-world issues, but the writing, especially dialogue, was meh. Cringeworthy self-monologuing involving, "Oh [other character's name], why did I [do a thing]?!" like a soap opera satire. It was way less triggering for me than I expected, but I was more detached than I usually am because of the bad writing. YMMV, so please check all the content warnings as there are MANY.

SamAnne Agree with your review. It did not do it for me. 4mo
ThePageantHam @SamAnne I'm relieved to not be alone in this since there's been so much hype from all over 😅 4mo
SamAnne @ThePageantHam unbelievable plot points—she learns to read and master biology and science in 3 months? And every POC character is a two-dimensional trope. 4mo
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Beautifully written. The story was entrancing. Stayed up too late multiple nights reading and forcing myself to put it down and sleep.
I loved the story no matter how slightly unrealistic if felt at times. That‘s the point of fiction though isn‘t it.
I loved this book. The ending was great. I wish I had read it sooner.
Highly Recommend

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OrangeMooseReads
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And then I had to go to Target tonight for a couple things and we all know what happens there. Darn books jump off the shelves and into your cart.
#gottoreaditbeforeiwatchit

tpixie You‘ve posted a lot of orange 🍊 books lately 😀 4mo
OrangeMooseReads @tpixie I hadn‘t noticed 😂 orange 🍊 is a fun color 4mo
BkClubCare I just had TWO books jump into my cart today! What was I to do?! One is my book club selection and I am in a loooong line at the library for it. Sigh 4mo
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OrangeMooseReads @BkClubCare you can‘t do anything. Spring loaded shelves. 4mo
tpixie @OrangeMooseReads yes! Orange 🍊 is a fun color. Watch out for spring boarded shelves!! 4mo
OrangeMooseReads @tpixie they are terrible 4mo
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brittanybooks
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After having to dodge spoilers online and at work, I finally finished! Unlike my coworker who almost spilled the beans, I did NOT guess the ending. Oh well, still fun. #book84of2022

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“Sometimes she heard night-sounds she didn‘t know or jumped from lightning too close, but whenever she stumbled, it was the land who caught her. Until at last, at some unclaimed moment, the heart-pain seeped away like water into sand. Still there, but deep. Kya laid her hand upon the breathing, wet earth, and the marsh became her mother.”

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melissajayne
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✨Tagged; was really surprised that I enjoyed it.

✨Still in summer mode; lots of people are still wearing summer clothes where I live. It‘s supposed to be 30°C in the next day or two

✨ Took this shot of Christina Lake in BC on my way home from a trip to visit family in late August.

#thoughtfulthursday

Susanita Beautiful! 5mo
MoonWitch94 Pretty! Thanks for playing 🐚🍁😊 5mo
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living_for_literature
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Beautifully written with complex characters and nodes to Harper Lee, Rachel Carson, and Thoroeau as well as poets. Maybe slightly genre-confused.

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TheRiehlDeal
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#AlphabetGame
#LetterW

I LOVED this book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it too!! Did you see the movie?🎥 5mo
TheRiehlDeal @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No, not yet. I plan to, though! 5mo
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EverydayImReading
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It‘s got nature romance and murder. What‘s not to love. A popular read at our book club and we also loved the movie #alphabetgame.

Cathythoughts Great pick. We really enjoyed the book and movie in the bookclub 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 5mo
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Jody3
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Where the Crawdads Sing is an incredibly deep and moving novel that I have no doubt I will forever remember. It is a mind-blowingly poignant debut and easily one of the best books I have read so far in 2022. This is exactly the kind of novel that will be the first in my mind when I think of recommendations.