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Einstein's Dreams
Einstein's Dreams | Alan Lightman
Now available: New signed, boxed edition! An imaginary re-creation of Einstein's discovery of the nature of time, this novel takes us through the young patent clerk's many dreams depicting compelling conceptions of time. From the Hardcover edition.
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Billypar
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vivastory I loved this one 2mo
Cinfhen Well played ☃️☃️☃️ 2mo
Billypar @vivastory Me too. I read Invisible Cities earlier in this year and it felt like that was a similar form (e. It feels wrong to call them 'novels ' - I wish there was a different name for it so I could seek more out. 2mo
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JackBrody
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So far it‘s an amazing book. Halfway through it and can‘t put it down !

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Nute
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#QuotsyOct19 - Curious: Curiosity - how we learn, how we discover, how we create...how we evolve! I believe that every reader has a curious nature. We want to know...the outcome of a story, a history, a tall tale, a detailed fiction, a truth...whatever it is, we are curious and we want to know!

SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
TK-421 Agreed! 😊❤️ 3mo
Nute @SW-T @TK-421 💕 3mo
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Pedrocamacho
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Mehso-so

Overall, I enjoyed the range of thought experiments / stories. However, a couple of them struck me as philosophically sloppy.

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flying_monkeys
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“Consider a world in which #cause and effect are erratic. Sometimes the first precedes the second, and sometimes the second the first. Or perhaps cause lies forever in the past, effect in the future, but future and past are intertwined.”

Einstein‘s Dreams is one of my favorite books - so much fuel for ideas and imagination.

#QuotsyMar19 @TK-421

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MrBook
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#BookNBrunch! Accompaniment this cold and sunny early afternoon was: raisin French toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, and Earl Grey tea. MMMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

JaclynW Earl Grey is the perfect breakfast companion! 11mo
Lcsmcat My favorite tea! 11mo
JillPill I had French Toast today too! 11mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Finally getting to a meal after dealing with contractor issues at the house again 🙈. Accompaniment this gray, subzero evening: ziti in meat sauce, and Vanilla Coke ( @Ambrosnazzy 😎🙌🏻). MMMMMmmmm 😋! This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Alisnazzy Having one myself right now! ☺️☺️ 12mo
tysephine Yaaaaas Vanilla Coke is my weakness! 12mo
MrBook @Ambrosnazzy @tysephine 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 12mo
Chelsey How‘s the book? I had it on my tbr shelf for years but got rid of it before a big move. I‘m still bummed I never got to it. 12mo
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MrBook
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#HotCocoa, anyone?! Nothing like some on a frigid day after shoveling while reading. 😁

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cold and still night: cheesesteak with mozzarella and mushrooms; French fries; a pickle; and Stella Artois. MMMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Samplergal Wow. A Philly cheesesteak. Looks amazing. 12mo
BillBlume Dammit, man. You‘re making me hungry again. And I just had dinner! 12mo
cariashley Love this book 💛 It inspired my college essay! 12mo
aprilpohren Yum!! 12mo
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MrBook
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#BookNAppetizer! Accompaniment this cold and still night: garlic ranch wings, ranch, and Stella Artois. MMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this cold and calm night: zuppa de pesce—shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, calamari, in plum tomato broth, over linguini! (And sparkling mineral water. Lol) MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads and happy eats! 😎👌🏻

4thhouseontheleft That looks so yummy! 12mo
batsy Slurp! 12mo
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Megara
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Book: Einstein‘s Dreams (tagged).
Author: Edgar Allen Poe or Edward Gorey.
Movie: Edward Scissorhands.
Food: Elderflower liqueur. Wait, booze isn‘t food? Okay. Eggs Benedict or eclairs.
@JoScho #manicmonday

JoScho Thanks for playing ❤️ 1y
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HerlockSholmes
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For both artists and scientists alike, this marvellous philosophical text is worth the read! This work of fiction focuses on the dreams behind Einstein‘s theory of relativity, and throws the reader into different worlds, each experiencing time differently. Those who struggle with science shouldn‘t be put off however, as there is no jargon to contend with, only the philosophy behind the beautiful (and possibly terrifying) world we live in xD

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peacegypsy
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One of my favorites.

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Vansa
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This book is so beautiful. Reading it was a joy.

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vivastory
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A beautiful collection of fables/prose poems about theories of time. In each piece time has shaped the characters' lives & settings in unique ways. Lightman's book calls to mind Calvino's "Invisible Cities," while remaining unique. Evocative, moody & eccentric. A book to read & reread.

Libby1 I read Invisible Cities earlier this month and loved it. Thanks for sharing about this one. Into Mount TBR it goes! 2y
Hooked_on_books I read this book 20+ years ago and still consider it a favorite. I definitely need to dive into a reread sometime soon. 2y
Angitron Love this book! So lovely! ❤️ 2y
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vivastory @Libby1 It's a quick read. Hope you enjoy 2y
vivastory @Hooked_on_books I was surprised that there were no posts for this one. I remember hearing a lot about it when it first came out 2y
vivastory @Angitron 👍It really is 2y
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I️ read this at the recommendation of Erin Morgenstern (author of The Night Circus), who said that this book inspired her. I️ thought that it was utterly lovely, atmospheric, and it will definitely stick with me for a long time. Some of the vignettes were creepy, some were simply fun, and they were all just a bit uncanny. Definitely a pick!

Mdargusch Love when an author‘s inspiration book is good! 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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I very interesting little book, filled with Einstein‘s dreams about the nature of Time and how time might unwind in different ways, described through a series of dreams showing how people would live in this world or that under different ways of thinking about and interpreting time, as his theory develops and his dreams change.

Gezemice Oh I really need to read this one! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice It‘s really short, you could read it in less than 2 hrs... but I divided it up over 3 Days, just so the dreams wouldn‘t all blend together. 2y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good to know! I can squeeze it in anywhere then. 2y
Laura317 Sounds awesome. Adding, too. 2y
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Kalalalatja
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I didn't really get this, but it fits today's prompt so 🤷‍♀️ #dreams

#NoteworthyNovember

callielafleur That cover 😍😍😍 2y
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The.Intentional.Reader
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This is just one of many powerful passages in this book. Really makes the reader think about the time they are given

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The.Intentional.Reader
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Began this one yesterday and already more than halfway through it. Very thoughtful and interesting

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Readerann
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Very unique little book, imagining Einstein's dreams about different concepts of time.

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goktrose
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#30daysofreadathon Day 6: Time
Einstein's Dreams is a fantastic work of fiction detailing dreams Einstein has while developing his theory of relativity. In these dreams he reimagines the concept of time, seeing worlds where time passes differently for those at different altitudes, or where time is tangible and experienced like colors or flavors, and so many other unique envisionings of time. A perfect #readathon choice!

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Liberty
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Dewey's Readathon countdown, Day 6: The prompt is "time." This is another of my very favorite books, about many possible concepts regarding time. #readathon #30DaysofReadathon ???

cariashley LOVE this book. I wrote my college essay on it 17 years ago 🤓 2y
diovival Great book! 2y
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Kalalalatja
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Einstein had some of the #wildestdreams I have ever read about. Or, according to Alan Lightman he did. This book is weird and a bit dreamlike ✨

#AugustGrrrl

I-read-and-eat What a beautiful cover 😍 2y
Cinfhen What @I-read-and-eat said 🖕🏻😻 2y
Billypar Good one! 2y
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Kalalalatja @I-read-and-eat @Cinfhen @Billypar thank you! ☺️ 2y
diovival Cool cover. Never seen that one before. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon What a gorgeous cover! 2y
Kalalalatja @diovival it is from Corsair, I think 👍 2y
Kalalalatja @elkeo it fits the story inside too 👏 2y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa
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Yes I do, would you believe I picked it up at the library book sale earlier this year!

BooksForYears I adore EINSTEIN'S DREAMS; it was my first audiobook experience, and I highly recommend it! 3y
Hooked_on_books I love this book 3y
Gezemice Awesome, lol! Do you want to switch it? 3y
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Fine by me, either one fits the challenge! 3y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, done. Phew! Now I can read Elegant Universe with no pressure. 😊 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Haha! You'll probably end up reading both this year anyway! 3y
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Probably. My list is way shorter than yours. 😉 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice I never finish my list....I always add things that look interesting every day, and every year I end up moving half or more to the next year's TBR list. Many I don't even own or the library doesn't have, but if I kept the names in GR, I'm more likely to spot it if it shows up at a library or used book sale. 3y
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Jas16
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This slim book is a series of dreams about different versions of time that Einstein has as he is working out his theory of relativity. #thoughtprovoking. I also just realized that I loaned my signed copy to a friend who has since moved across country. Sigh. Anyway, one of my favorite books. #aprilbookshowers

Dragon I don't know what happened to my copy 😞 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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I don't reread things very often- you've seen my TBR! There's just never enough time! But these 3 I have reread over and over throughout the years. Sometimes you need comfort food for the brain. #mostreread #feistyfeb

EvieBee Comfort food for the brain. Yes! Lovely expression. 3y
Viji I love Practical Magic the book and the movie! 3y
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SharonGoforth
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This book is amazing. Each chapter represents a dream Einstein had about time, and explores that concept from a different angle as people would likely experience it. The writing is wonderful. I don't write much in books, but I have marked this one on almost every page. #24in48

saresmoore Neat! And good work! 3y
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Looking a little skeptical because I don't think I can submit this in time, but this is me and now you know why I don't do selfies very often 😕. #24in48

BooksTeasAndBookishThings Beautiful 😊❤ 3y
Blair_Reads Beautiful and lovely 😊💜 3y
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
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saresmoore You are beautiful! The concept of the selfie is just kind of terrible in general. "Hey! Look at meeee!" ?? 3y
SharonGoforth @saresmoore Thanks 😊. And I agree with you about that concept. 3y
LauraBrook You look wonderful! And unless you're pro or a narcissist, you're always going to look like a normal human and not like you've been primped over for hours to be in a magazine. You're beautiful! (And I like your glasses!) 3y
SharonGoforth @LauraBrook Thanks 😊 👓 3y
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SharonGoforth
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I love this book ❤️. Thanks @CherylDeFranceschi for the recommendation 😍

CherylDeFranceschi 👏👏👏😘 3y
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SharonGoforth
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ADD is kicking in, so I'm changing up my read-a-thon book a little bit. (Will get back to Bernie later.). Dinah approves, because this book coordinates with her outfit 😻 #24in48

saresmoore Haha! I love it when a book coordinates with the cat. 😻 3y
CherylDeFranceschi ❤. This is one of my favorite books. 3y
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GlitteryOtters Oh man, I'm gonna need more orange books if I am going to coordinate with my pets 😂 3y
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LiteraryFiend86
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After all the likes and reviews, it's time that I spend a Sunday enjoying this book :)

CherylDeFranceschi I love this book so much! 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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This is the book I recommend the very most. And give away the most. If you haven't read it, do it now! #FunFridayPhoto

SharonGoforth @CherylDeFranceschi I picked this up recently on your recommendation 😊 3y
[DELETED] 3216391035 Woah....need this now! 3y
CherylDeFranceschi @SharonGoforth Yay! I think I'm about due for a reread myself! 3y
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k.reads This is one of my absolute favorites! I re-read it every few years and think about it often. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oooooh, sold!!! That sounds über good!!! 3y
Hooked_on_books Me too! I've loved this book for 20 years. 😊 3y
Melwilk This has been on my TBR shelf for a while. I will have to check it out. 3y
Louise Nice Dali clock! 😍 3y
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SusanInTiburon
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I'm moved to revisit this mind-expanding "novel" today because there's an admiring article about it in the current Slightly Foxed Quarterly. I know quite a few of my Litsy colleagues are fellow fans.

LeahBergen I just read this article! I ❤️ Slightly Foxed. 3y
shawnmooney Ooooh! It's my first time to hear about this – I absolutely need it in my life! 3y
SusanInTiburon @shawnmooney Oh, you do! You do! 3y
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SusanInTiburon @LeahBergen A kindred spirit among kindred spirits! 😊 3y
shawnmooney And to be a little clearer - it's the Slightly Foxed periodical that's got me worked up... :) 3y
SusanInTiburon @shawnmooney Yes, I understood that. 😊 You must check it out. You can find Slightly Foxed online. 3y
LeahBergen @shawnmooney Oh, you would SO enjoy Slightly Foxed. I have subscribed for 4 years or so now. 3y
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Kalalalatja
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This book was like reading a dream. Both the language (which was awesome) and the structure of the short stories felt like when you are telling a friend about a dream you had last night. Time plays a central role in all of the stories, but the shape of time is different in everyone. Or almost. As I progressed I found some of the stories a bit repetitive, but maybe that's just because I read it all in one go. Would still recommend!

MrBook Great review! 3y
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Kalalalatja
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"Each person who gets stuck in time gets stuck alone". Just simple and beautiful.

Jas16 I have never seen this cover! So pretty! 3y
Kalalalatja @Jas16 I found it in a bookstore in London, I didn't even know the cover could look another way 😄 3y
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Kalalalatja
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Spending a sunny afternoon with this little thing ☀️

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Gleefulreader
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I had the opportunity to read, and ponder time, while waiting for hours in the urgent care today (nothing major, thankfully). What a terrific book, with its whimsical imaginings and meditations on the nature of time - how it slows or races by, depending on circumstance, and how people respond to, and shape their lives by it. A perfect book, and the rare one I can see myself returning to. (Photo: Metronome sculpture in Union Square.)

Gleefulreader @brendanmleonard sorry I deleted your comment on the other post! Realized I had posted as a blurb instead of a review. 😕 3y
brendanmleonard @Gleefulreader it's all good! Happens to me a lot! 3y
brendanmleonard (Accidentally posting the wrong thing, that is) 3y
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Gleefulreader
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One of my favourite movies was The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and this book seems to have a lot of the same characteristics, which I am enjoying.

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Saw many references to this book here on Litsy, so I found it in a used store this month and am just starting it this morning. So far I'm loving each beautifully crafted sentence.

LauraBeth I want to read this one too 3y
Hooked_on_books I'm glad you got it, it's wonderful! 3y
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Gleefulreader
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Saw many references to this book her on Litsy, so I found it in a used store this month and am just starting it this morning. So far I'm loving each beautifully crafted sentence.

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BlueNoodleFritz
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Oh man! I loved this! It was a library book and I'll be buying a copy so I can go back to it whenever I want 😍

BookMusings I just checked this out too! 3y
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BlueNoodleFritz
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Oh man! I loved this! It was a library book and I'll be buying a copy so I can go back to it whenever I want 😍

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I believe this was recommended by @Liberty . I just stated it and am sooooo loving it!

CherylDeFranceschi I love this book! 3y
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CherylDeFranceschi
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#uniquefact- This is my 20th copy of this book. Whenever I travel anywhere, I bring a copy of this book with me. It's wonderful. Once when I was traveling for work I got really ill. it was my friend through some lonely hours. I read it 5 times in a row. On my last day, I write a letter and leave it inside the book, for someone else to find. Sometimes travel is stressful, and finding a book to be your friend is an important thing. #Augustofpages

Tav I love this story. 3y
GinaAnderson That's a wonderful thing to do. 3y
shawnmooney What a wonderful idea! 3y
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LauraBeth I ❤️ this! 3y
Chessa What a lovely thing to do! ❤️📚 3y
Dineen73 I love this idea and that you also leave a letter! 3y
Mayread This made me tear up a bit. How lovely. I'm totally taking up your travel tradition. 3y
[DELETED] 3558467437 That is so inspiring 💜 3y
Bookworm54 This is such a nice idea! 3y
Hugoreads What a great thing to do! I absolutely love this book...one of my all-time favorites. 3y
ImaginativeMom This is a wonderful idea!! 3y
Cinfhen Amazing idea❣ 3y
Gezemice That's a great story! ❤️ 3y
kspenmoll What a lovely idea. I have left books behind on travels but never with a note- 3y
Lindy Very nice idea. I will leave a note inside the next time I leave books for others. 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub Lovely story 👌 3y
LeahBergen I love this idea! 3y
LitHousewife What a fantastic idea! 3y
SusanInTiburon What a lovely thing to do. This is a really, really good book. 3y
readinginthedark That is such a beautiful idea. I'm going to do this now. 3y
SistaPip I love this book ! 3y
BookishFeminist You are wonderful. ❤️ this is so awesome of you! 3y
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