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Once Upon a River
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
A dark midwinters night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfields bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
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Hufflepuffle
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This book centres around story telling with the theme of the river flowing strongly through it. A tale of discovery and loss, love and cruelty and the mystery of life. I thought it was enchanting. The depth of the characters drew me in and I was kept guessing until the threads of the story started to come together as one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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bookshapedheart
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I liked this book. Setterfield again wrote a compelling turn of the century mystery testing and questioning what makes a family. She takes on the role of story and why humans tell stories and how we tell stories in this wonderful book. She rubs folklore up again science winding you deeper and deeper into the story until like the characters, truth and fiction is hard to place.

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Bookishwoo
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I can honestly say that to begin with I really struggled with this. Once I got past the half way mark it was a whole different ball game! I started to enjoy it a lot more. There are a lot of characters and multi faceted stories all intertwined so at times it is hard to keep up if not focused. All in all it turned out to be an enjoyable read and I am definitely pleased I saw this through to the end. #onceuponariver #justfinished #threestars

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Bookishwoo
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Lazy chilly Sunday Morning in bed trying to finish this book! I have been so unfocused this past week! #sundayreads #lazymorning #chilling #gottofinishthis #onceuponariver

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KimM
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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UK cover as seen at Waterstones in Westminster

Well-ReadNeck I love this cover! 2w
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candc320
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Pickpick

I was FINALLY able to finish this one! When I started it I was really enjoying it but set it aside for something else...and didn‘t go back for months 😱. I finished it as an audiobook and it was so touching. I loved how the story mixed the supernatural with the realistic and how so many of the characters connected to each other in unexpected ways. Definitely recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Hufflepuffle
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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The perfect (purr-fect?) evening 🧡 #catsoflitsy

Catsandbooks Definitely Purrfect! 😍🐱 3w
Leftcoastzen Awwww!😻 3w
Dragon 😻 3w
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TheEllieMo
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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MrsMarks88
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Looking forward to getting stuck into this one!

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Slajaunie
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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This was a decent book but a little slow in the middle. I liked the ending. A young child is rescued from the river and there are numerous people who would claim her for their own. The family with the kidnapped child, the grandfather whose missing a granddaughter, the woman missing a sister, and a nurse who would just like to have the child. Who is the child? Where did she come from?

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Slajaunie
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This was a decent book but a little slow in the middle. I liked the ending. A young child is rescued from the river and there are numerous people who would claim her for their own. The family with the kidnapped child, the grandfather whose missing a granddaughter, the woman missing a sister, and a nurse who would just like to have the child. Who is the child? Where did she come from?

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Butterflyamore
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I love that fall means semi-annual library book sales, although some area libraries only do them once a year around here l. At any rate, there are plenty of book sales to be found and we went to our first of the season yesterday! I‘m happy with the books I found but there was one in particular that caused me to audibly gasp in excitement. Can you guess which one? I think I‘ve made this very easy for you. 😉

Have you read any of these?

EadieB I‘ve read and enjoyed The Bonesetter‘s Daughter and Once Upon a River. I own One Thousand White Women but haven‘t read it yet. (edited) 1mo
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ShelfRighteous
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Thankyou so much for the tag @Tanisha_A

@batsy I tag you to post 7 covers you love for 7 days. No explanation needed. And also use the tags. You up for it? 🙂

#covercrush #7days7covers #day1

Cinfhen Love this one too!!!!! 1mo
ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen Isnt it pretty?❤ 1mo
Cinfhen We all posted water themed covers today @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @KarenUK 💙 1mo
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ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen Wow that's a brilliant observation 🤩 1mo
Cinfhen I‘ve always been drawn to the ocean 🌊 I found it very calming and peaceful 🙏🏻 1mo
ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen That's true for me too! Any natural water body makes me feel calm😊 1mo
batsy It's very pretty! And thank you for the tag ☺️ 1mo
ShelfRighteous @batsy 🤩🙌 1mo
Tanisha_A 😍 like a painting! 1mo
ShelfRighteous @Tanisha_A Yessss! The vibrant colors against the black background🤩 1mo
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Slajaunie
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Started this one as well.

Julsmarshall I loved this!!! 1mo
Slajaunie Hope I do as well. @Julsmarshall 1mo
Joanielovesbooks I loved it too 1mo
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JHSiess
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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📖 𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐀𝗪𝐀𝐘 📖⁣

𝐎𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐔𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐑𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 by 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 combines folklore, science, magic, and myth. It sweeps readers along on a current of charmingly eloquent storytelling as powerful as the flow of a river. 🌟🌟🌟🌟⁣

The generous folks at Simon & Shuster have provided a copy for me to give to a lucky U.S. resident.⁣

Enter by midnight PDT tomorrow night, Sunday, September 8: https://tinyurl.com/y6og4n2q

CBee Entered! I think 😂 1mo
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Quirkybookworm
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Reading so I can fall asleep....

PurpleyPumpkin Sweet dreams😴 1mo
brit91 Awwww 😍🐶 1mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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So good. It's been awhile since I've read a book that has sucked me in like this one! Kind of dark fairy tale, kind of mystery, all kinds of amazing prose. With limited time to read, I rarely want to reread books, but as soon as I finished this I wanted to start it over.

TrishB It is a lovely read 👍🏻 1mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @TrishB yes! So lovely!! 1mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed 1mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow @Crazeedi me too! Have you read anything else by the author? 1mo
Crazeedi @Reading_in_the_meadow yes this one, I actually liked it better 1mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @Crazeedi I just added it to my tbr! 1mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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1. Loving it so far! Can't wait to finish but don't want it to end!
2. Sleep??
3. Chocolate Chip cookie dough
4. Used to play piano but haven't in years
5. Will do 😉

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

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Reading_in_the_meadow
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Slow vendor events are great places to catch up on some reading. Still loving this book! #ireadanywhere

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Reading_in_the_meadow
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I'm about halfway through this book and loving it! It's been awhile since I've read anything that has me as hooked as this book does! Who is the little girl who came back from the dead? Why has she lost the ability to speak? So many questions I can't wait to find out the answers! #unputdownable

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @LitsyWelcomeWagon Fabulous! Thank you!! 2mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 4h
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SheilaChew
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Audio-puzzling 💕

TheSpineView Pretty! 💜 2mo
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BritanyA
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: such dreamy, beautiful writing.

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Bklover
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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1. Pasta. Piles of it. In any form.
2. My weighted blanket. ❤️❤️❤️
3. Just started tagged book.
4. @Lovesbooks87

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗👏🏻🤗 2mo
BiblioLitten I just cooked pasta! 😃 2mo
Bklover @BiblioLitten I‘ll be right over 💕 2mo
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imyril
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
Pickpick

Quiet, cosy, meandering, sometimes melancholy, always charming. Another fine yarn from Diane Setterfield - a bit of a shaggy dog story, but the sort you can curl up with and enjoy on a wet afternoon by the fire.

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SheilaChew
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I was listening to this audio book and walking at the arboretum near my house when I passed 15,000 last week! 🤓🤓🤓

Megabooks 🥳🥳🎧🎉🎉 2mo
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squirrelbrain
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Loved this book, and it‘s really all about the river, and the tale involves quite a lot of crying as well.....

#crymeariver
#ayupaugust

*Joe Cocker was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, in 1944.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻I still havnt read ... 2mo
RachelO Happy Yorkshire Day! 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @RachelO ! 👍😁 Personally I think we should have a special bank holiday, but I appear to be at work.... 🤣 2mo
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TrishB Love this book ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen I thought this book was FANTASTIC 💙great pick 2mo
eraderneely Yes, Happy Yorkshire Day! 2mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @eraderneely - how are you doing? 😘 2mo
eraderneely I‘m about ready for this baby to be here already 😁 2mo
squirrelbrain I bet you are @eraderneely ! It seems such a long time since we saw you at Gladstone‘s - must feel like aeons to you! Are you due beginning, middle or end of August? (edited) 2mo
eraderneely I does feel like a really long time since reading retreat! I‘m due at the end of the month. 2mo
squirrelbrain @eraderneely - let‘s hope the heat stays away then! 🤞 2mo
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Ms.Story
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Honestly, I liked the premise of this book -- the role of storytelling and how it shapes us. But this was also a book that I could have put down and left unfinished (had I not been desperate to reach the midway point in my Goodreads challenge 🙈). I wish there had been more about the Quietly as well.

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RachelS89
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This book was sooo good. I loved the dreamlike atmosphere and the unique characters. Pick this up if you like magical realism or historical fiction.

The photo is of Henry Taunt, a Victorian photographer that inspired one of the characters.

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MamaGina
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Four months ago I had surgery to repair my broken leg. Yesterday I finally was able to move back into my own home. I‘ve still got more recovery ahead-I‘m walking with a cane and wearing a knee brace-and am told it will be another six months before my leg is back to ”normal”. Emotionally I‘m all over the place, but grateful to be back in my cozy environment with all my books again. This title is just what I‘m needing, a fairytale escape!

LiteraryinLititz Wow, what a journey. Congrats on being back in your space and I hope your recovery goes well. 💜 3mo
Lindy Best wishes for continued healing. 🌻 3mo
Bookwormjillk Sending healing vibes 3mo
Ruthiella So glad you‘re back home with your books!😍 3mo
mabell Home is the best place to be. I hope your recovery is exponential now! ❤️ 3mo
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jhod
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Nearly made my 70k steps target for the week, and we had Sports Day at work yesterday so had a bit of a run around there!

Only one book read this week. Lovely cover and it's beautifully written, though needed a bit of an edit!

#bfc @wanderinglynn

RachelO Your work has a sports day? Never heard of that before. And great job on the steps and book - sounds like you had loads on this week! 3mo
jhod @RachelO me neither and about 1000 people were there too!! A very nice way to start the weekend, am very lucky! 3mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week and sports day sounds like a lot of fun! 👍🏻 3mo
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mom2bugnbee
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A slow start for a Setterfield novel, but it picked up significantly during the second half. Not as good as her previous works, IMO, but I will continue to read her.

⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Aswenson
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I would have liked this more had it been either:
🧞‍♀️More fantastical or more filled with folklore/magic
OR
🌊 All realistic explanations for story events.
I enjoyed it overall, but I feel as if the amount of magic/fantasy suited the author‘s explanation of the plot, and that‘s it. I‘m not explaining this well enough...
real, real, real, real, real, real, and here‘s the NOT real part to explain it all! 🤨
Still a pick! (If you got this far 😉.)

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shaynarae
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What a wonderful book! Diane Setterfield did not disappoint. Set in the 19th century England along the Thames, it‘s a tale of a mysterious appearance of a small child who awakens from death. Her identity and the stories of the community weave together and entangle themselves in the question of what is real and what is imagined.

atla This is my absolute favorite of the year so far 💕💕 3mo
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IamIamIam
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Mehso-so

Mostly a pick but I thought it was entirely too long. The story of a drowned girl brought back to life connects several families in a river community, all dealing with their own losses. I loved the way it all tied up at the end, though. A rich story with many memorable characters.

marleed My thoughts too! 4mo
IamIamIam @marleed Great minds, you know.... lol 🤗 4mo
marleed Absolutely! 4mo
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IamIamIam
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I'm enjoying this, I really am... but it's SO DRAWN OUT!!!!! This could have easily been 3 or 4 hours shorter...

marleed I felt the same way. I would have like it much more had it been a shorter read. 4mo
IamIamIam @marleed I feel like it could have been a series and I would have loved it. The girl could be one book, Lily another, Rita another and the Armstrongs their own. I get that the premise of the book is that stories need to be told but this is just too much. 4mo
Chelsea.Poole I agree! 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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#30JuneBooks day 22 #Audiobook

I wasn‘t a huge fan of audiobooks, but earlier this year I saw a review of the audio version of the tagged book and decided I had to get it. A beautiful, atmospheric book read by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson (who could read a telephone directory and keep you hanging on to every word), it‘s a magical combination.

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Meaw_catlady
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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So thankful for all the thoughtful items @EH2018 picked out for me !! I love everything!! Star Wars! Star Trek! Fantasy!!! A slytherin pin !! And the quotes on the bookmarks are great!! Thank you for taking the time to find out my likes and putting together an epic and fun package! Blessed Solstice! ❤️❤️❤️ also Salem wanted to be included. 🖤
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange

DaveGreen7777 Oooh! Wonderful book stack! 😍 4mo
EH2018 Glad you like! It was fun shopping for you! And Salem is a cutie 😻 4mo
Meaw_catlady @EH2018 thank you again! I love it all! Salem says hi! 🤗 4mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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A child is found, miraculously ends up alive, and multiple people think they have a claim to her.

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IamIamIam
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Needed a new audio so I went through my #Libby tags and found this one, I think from #Booked2019 #FairyTaleRetelling.

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scowler1
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Really interesting book full of great characters, tragedy, love, murder, mystery, the whole shebang.

TheEllieMo This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far 4mo
scowler1 @TheEllieMo In my top ten for sure, it's been a good year so far. 4mo
LiteraryinLititz I‘m glad to hear you both liked it! @TheEllieMo @scowler1 It‘s been on my TBR but maybe I‘ll bump it up. 4mo
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IndoorDame
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@JSW thank you so much for this amazing #mysterymessageswap package! I can't tell you how excited I was opening it! I'm psyched to be able to add all 3! of these titles I've been wanting to my library and explore all the fabulous notes and treats you choose for me! 🙏😍

JSW Enjoy!!!! 4mo
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Avidreader25
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1. Once Upon a River, Kid Gloves and Where the Crawdads Sing
2. A Delicate Balance
3. Morgenstern‘s The Starless Sea
4. Yes, I finished the last two Shakespeare plays I hadn‘t read yet. Now I‘ve read all of his plays!
#ThursdaySurvey @laurenslibrary

Susannah Congratulations on finishing Shakespeare! That‘s very awesome. 👏🎭 4mo
Avidreader25 @Susannah Thanks! I‘m still working on seeing each play on film and performed live. It‘s a long project! http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-shakespeare-project.html?m=1 4mo
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atla
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1) I‘ve read so many good books this year, but if pressed I‘ll call Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield) my favorite. An amazing audio experience - magical & atmospheric.
2) Melmoth by Sarah Perry. After loving The Essex Serpent so much, this one came across as scattered and just okay.
3) About to dive into Peter Heller‘s The River and so exited!
4) This is the 1st year I didn‘t set a goal & I‘ve read way more this year than ever!

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CaitlinR
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An interesting story about storytelling, and we aren‘t sure whose narrative is true.

A child, assumed dead, breathes again. Who‘s child is she? The kidnapped child returned to wealthy parents? The child drowned by a woman abandoned by her lover? The grandchild of a couple that have raised a (mostly) loving family? The sister of the Rector‘s housekeeper?

My first book by Satterfield; won‘t be my last. This woman can really write!

rubyslippersreads Haven‘t read this one yet, but ❤️ 4mo
CaitlinR @rubyslippersreads I‘m looking forward to that one. 4mo
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simplysteph
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Thursday read :)

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MiqueMarie
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Bailedbailed

I tried. I'm just going to have to choose another book with a great cover for the #mmdchallenge #mmdreading

emz711 The ending's really good though 4mo
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thea-block
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Seems like everyone has been reading this over the past year. Since The Thirteenth Tale was a favorite, thought I‘d take a chance. The story was certainly magical realism, a fable-like perspective of deluded relationships, twisty, with multiple perspectives weaving together. An interesting read and one that has great atmosphere.

Not one of my most favorite reads of the year but I‘m glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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