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Our Endless Numbered Days
Our Endless Numbered Days | Claire Fuller
WINNER OF THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2015 'Fuller handles the tension masterfully in this grown-up thriller of a fairytale, full of clues, questions and intrigue.' - The Times 'Extraordinary...From the opening sentence it is gripping' - Sunday Times 1976: Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping with her father, playing her beloved record of The Railway Children and listening to her mother's grand piano, but her pretty life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her from London to a cabin in a remote European forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, a forest where all that grows is a means of survival. And a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.
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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember Trying to use books from my TBR all month...let‘s see how long that lasts😜A survivalist father takes his young daughter out into the woods claiming the world has ended #PoorMisguidedFool but what happens when Peggy discovers her father‘s betrayal. Lots of mixed reviews keep putting me off from reading this book. #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime #MaybeOneDay

BarbaraBB I enjoyed that other book of her, 2mo
Kalalalatja I loved this one! 2mo
TrishB I haven‘t got to this one either! 2mo
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Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @TrishB I really liked Swimming Lessons but was meh about 👉🏽so I‘m curious how I‘ll feel about Endless 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2mo
arlenefinnigan Love the cover! 2mo
BarbaraBB Bitter Orange is on my reading list for later this year. I remember your meh review though... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Moray_Reads Oooh, I HATED this one 2mo
Simona Nice writing/good atmosphere, eye rolling story ... 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen Better or worse than Bitter Orange?? @Simona Ha @Moray_Reads And you capitalized HATE 🤓😜Ill be curious to see how much I like or dislike the book. BTW: how do I get the linked book to appear in the middle of the sentence??? 2mo
Simona Worse ... it‘s YA book trying to be adult. A on the BTW Q - I think that this is impossible.🤔 2mo
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Caroline2
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I kinda wish this book had only had #8daysaweek instead of endless days! 🙄 such a bleak and depressing book! 👎🏻 #beatlemaynia

TrishB Been on my kindle forever! Not read. 5mo
Eggs I know I‘ve run across this before-brings to mind the Little House books 5mo
Caroline2 @TrishB meh! It wasn‘t my cup of tea at all. Predictable and bleak. 😒 5mo
Caroline2 @Eggs if you‘re thinking of the little house on the prairie books, it‘s nothing like them! It‘s kinda the opposite; dark, sinister and not very nice at all. The cover is very misleading. 😬 5mo
Eggs @Caroline2 buhhhh just read the summary...see what you mean 5mo
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SheilaChew
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Peggy is eight years old when her father decides to take her into the wilderness to live without contact with other people. Living off the land, eating squirrels and mushrooms, Peggy‘s life is hard and sad but also beautiful and free. Until it isn‘t. Until she wants something different and finds she is brave and strong .... and missing lots of vital nutrients in her diet. Interesting and beautiful but also heartbreaking and the ending is painful.

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Kalalalatja
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8-year-old Peggy lives #alone in the woods with her father. This could be an idyllic and fun situation, but you quickly get the sense, that everything isn‘t as it should be. Is Peggy and her father really alone? Has The World ended like Peggy‘s father told her?

Thanks for a great challenge @BarbaraBB and @Cinfhen 👏👏

#HeatofJuly

Cinfhen I have this exact edition at home! Hope to get to it soon. Thanks for joining in...I think you‘ve been with me consistently since my very first day😊😍😘 1y
BarbaraBB Sounds intriguing. Thanks for playing along Katja 😘 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I really liked it, but I have seen some mixed reviews, so yeah 🤷‍♀️ and I think so too! I haven‘t posted everyday, but I have participated in all your challenges 😄💕👏 1y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I think you might like this! And it was fun to get a reminder of some big summer hits 😄 1y
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whatrebeccasread
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Panpan

An interesting premise with some engaging chapters, yet this story dragged and became somewhat unrealistic towards the end. I needed more so it‘s 2 stars for Claire Fuller‘s “Our Endless Numbered Days”.

My full review is avaliable to read on my blog, go have a look if you're interested! 📚

kstadt929 Too bad! It has such a fun cover ! 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Aw, sorry you didn‘t like it. Liked this one a lot. 1y
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teaandcake
Mehso-so

I read this for my book club. I found that I didn‘t really warm to any of the characters and that it dragged out in places yet the ending felt rushed. An interesting idea for a novel but didn‘t really do it for me.

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Wife
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A couple days ago, both books showed up!

My round one book returned with all the comments from @Marmie7 @aroc @MrsGreen As much as the subject matter was difficult, I‘m giving this one a “pick” 3/5⭐️ Shocking and heartbreaking at times.

Round 2 is underway and @thebluestocking sent me Just Mercy (really looking forward to it) @StephanieGeiser @LikelyLibrarian

How do you like the cute little 🍩 from @Marmie7 and 🦊 from @thebluestocking ?

LikelyLibrarian Love ‘em! 2y
thebluestocking Ha! It‘s funny we both sent little bookmarks. I love the postal book club thing. So much fun. 2y
aroc @wife I was wondering what the other comments were for your book. It was intense! 2y
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BrenaJo
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So far so good!! Enjoying this quick read 😊

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jhod
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Thanks for the tag @Birdsong28 !
And for the game #audiobookinquiry @Chelleo
1. On the tube
2. Mostly library. Can imagine I'll try out audible soon. Also i recommend an app (May be UK only?) called Google Opinion Rewards. By filling in surveys (3 or 4 questions each) you earn money which you can spend in the Google play store (so looking at buying an audio book!)
3. 1.25
4. None really though Lilian boxfish was great!
5. Enjoying tagged book

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MelsBooklandAdventures
Panpan

Did not like it

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rachaich
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Mehso-so

Hmm.
Appreciated the prose, found the descriptions of the forest and natural world beautiful, liked that there wasn't too much analysis made of what happened.
I didn't like the premis of the story. I didn't really know what the storyline was as it was an impulse selection, and wish I'd looked in more detail.
The descriptions do stay with me though, in detail.

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wormkim
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Mehso-so

I can't say too much about this without spoiling it for @rachaich who is still reading this for this months book club but it I had mixed thoughts about it. No disrepect to Ms Fuller, she's done a womderful job with her debut novel, but for me, it felt just that. A good first attempt but lacking in parts. And I felt the end was disappointing.

rachaich I'll keep reading... 2y
wormkim Yes do! It may just be me... I didn't realise she wrote Swimming Lessons. 2y
jhod I loved Swimming Lessons but haven't read this... 2y
wormkim I'd give it a go. I will still read Swimming Lessons at some point. 2y
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rachaich
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Book club choice for January @wormkim
Hoping it's got the balance of hermit style life and escaping the world, with the responsibility of parenting in society...

wormkim I think im enjoying this so far @rachaich nearly half way through xx 2y
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aroc
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Finished it early and thought I better send it out before the holidays. It's on its way @MrsGreen !
Interesting read @wife. @Marmie7 @suvata

#LPMBC #GroupR

MrsGreen I got it yesterday!! 2y
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aroc
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Finished early so I thought I better get it out before the holiday rush. It's on its way @MrsGreen .
Interesting read @wife. @Marmie7 @suvata

#LPMBC #GroupR

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aroc
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Waiting for the snow to start in South Jersey. ❄❄ I will be working on my #LPMBC #GroupR before the holiday prepping starts!

Wife I‘m working on mine too! 2y
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Wife
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Day #one of #LMPBC, I think the title kind of works too for #NovemberByTheNumbers. Feels weird to write in a book 📖...just sayin‘

aroc I'm scared to write in mine! Lol I hate to defile books! Lol 2y
MrsGreen I feel the same way!!! 😬😬 2y
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Wife
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#LMPBC #GroupR Since all of you have given the opportunity to view choices, I thought I should do the same. I‘m really excited to start! 👓📖🖊

Marmie7 I love Neil Gaiman and retellings🙂 A short story collection would be fun. 2y
MrsGreen These are very diverse choices! Love the cover on the lower left. 2y
aroc So many choices! Short stories do sound interesting and out of my norm! 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Well I read this straight through in about 4 hours, so I would say it's pretty good! It reminds me a little of The Room, but with nature, and I felt more captivated by the plot and the prose in this one. Lots of surprises in this one and a twist I saw coming from a long way off that did not diminish its effect. All in all, I loved the experience of reading it--page turning but without cheap tricks. #autumnreads

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this one - reading it in one sitting must have been a great experience! 2y
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Nat_Reads
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Fantasy and forests say "fall reading" to me, so this book set in the wilderness seems like the perfect read for the first weekend in Autumn. I'm "currently reading" too many books, and can't imagine why I'm starting another, but here goes! And I might just be that cliche and read it with pumpkin spice tea. Fall is my favorite time of year!

Pruzy I need to get my hands on some pumpkin spice tea, I‘ve never tried it! Tastes like?? 2y
Nat_Reads @Pruzy It tastes spicy and sweet--nutmeg, cinnamon, and a hint of pumpkin! My favorite is from the Republic of Tea; I get it once a year from Central Market. 2y
Pruzy @Nat_Reads Awesome, that‘s loose-leaf I‘m assuming? 2y
Nat_Reads @Pruzy No, it's in sachets! 2y
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FernsAndFairyTales
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Pickpick

This is a story about young British girl in the 70s/80s whose survivalist father takes her to the middle of nowhere and tells her the rest of the world has been destroyed. The narrative cuts back and forth between their survival in the wilderness (and her father's increasing mania) and 9 years later, when she's just returned to her home to her mother. It was a good story throughout, but it definitely picked up at the end and became weightier.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Given a prompt for #intothewild, this book immediately came to mind. Unusual, wild, and mysterious - I still think about this book rather frequently. #BeastsGiveawayChallenge

mcipher Iron and Wine song/album! It's a musical book day. ❤️ 2y
Shortstack This is in my TBR 2y
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Kalalalatja
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What do you do, when your father believes there is no way to #savetheworld from going under, and therefore he takes you into the woods to live in a cottage without seeing other people. Also, you are eight years old. But, maybe, the more important question is, what do you do, when you find out it was all a lie, the world didn't go under. These questions are what this book is all about, and I was hooked from start to finish 👍

#AnditsAugust

TrishB Thats been on my kindle tbr for a while! 2y
Kalalalatja @TrishB I think it has gotten some mixed reviews, but I really liked it 👍 2y
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suzieb1310
Pickpick

I read this in 2 days, enjoyed the read and wasn't the ending I expected

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FernsAndFairyTales
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And these are the fiction books I picked up from Brookline Booksmith for Independent Bookstore Day! I think I showed quite a bit of restraint, even if no one else in my house does.

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Oryx
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Can't get much more rural than this. Beautifully written but the subject matter not an easy read. #ruralsetting #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

CrowCAH Pretty cover!!! 3y
Kalalalatja That is an amazing cover!! 😍 3y
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malloryomeara
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Pickpick

A dreamy, delightful story of a father who takes his young daughter away to live in the wild. Beautifully written, a little long, but deeply compelling at the end.

shawnmooney I want to read this now that I've read and very much enjoyed her second one 3y
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Moscarid
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Pickpick

The story drives it, the language never disappoints, engrossing and smart...I loved this book!

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Kalalalatja
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A lot of #FAuthors for #SpringFlingReading. 📚🌸

Sace Oh the Fitzgerald spine 😍😍😍 3y
lauren.lerner Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is one of my all time favorite books. 🙌🏻 3y
Cinfhen Gorgeous spines 3y
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Kalalalatja @Sace I know, I am crazy about it, even though I am not the big Fitzgerald fan😄 3y
Kalalalatja @lauren.lerner I liked it as well! I really want to read more by Foer, but I haven't gotten around to picking up more of his books. 3y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen thank you! 💕 3y
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BetterWorldBooks
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Dare to explore the woods in these #books set in forests: http://bit.ly/bwbforestbooks #2017ReadingChallenge

JoeStalksBeck Done! 3y
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Vickythebookfanatic
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Next up... Lazy weekend reading with a cup of tea by my side.

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Moray_Reads
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Panpan

In interesting idea poorly executed. Woeful pacing, a lack of rational character development and an ending that was both predictable and totally inappropriate. Infuriating.

Moray_Reads You do NOT use rape and incest as a attempt "shocking plot twist" and then make no attempt to deal with the fallout 3y
Weaponxgirl I hate when things do that! I'm all for reading with difficult subjects but if you do, do it properly. 3y
Simona I agree with you 💯! But I gave the book so-so, because some description parts of the nature were good. 3y
Moray_Reads @Simona that is true, some individual passages are lovely, I might give the author another chance on the strength of that. But only after I've read some reviews 😉 3y
Simona Lovely is....well, it's very lovely word....😉😘 3y
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NovelVisits
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How did I not read OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS by Claire Fuller until now? Huge mistake! I loved this story of an 8-year old girl, her survivalist father, and the nine years they spend in the wilderness. Brilliant! Now I'm even more excited to read Fuller's new book, SWIMMING LESSONS, out in February!

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Beachesnbooks
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#currentlyreading this intriguing book about survivalists and family issues. Really well-written and fascinating so far.

RealLifeReading This is such a beautiful cover. The one I borrowed from the library is so different 3y
Lacythebookworm So pretty! 😍 3y
NovelVisits I just finished this amazing book this morning. loved it! 3y
Beachesnbooks @RealLifeReading I got the British edition from Book Depository because I liked that cover better 😳 3y
Beachesnbooks @NovelVisits It's so beautifully written! And I'm so curious to figure everything out 3y
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Ms.Story
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Bailedbailed

Y'all. This was just too heavy for me right now. I skipped to the end hoping for some sort of closure but . . . The father's actions were just too sickening.

Caroline2 Totally agree!!! I found it hard going and the ending....argh! (edited) 3y
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Simona
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It's a dark and horrifying story and It's not exactly #booksaboutnature but nature plays an important role. Daughter and survivalist father disappears for many years and they are struggling to survive in a lonely wooden cottage in the middle of a wild forest.

#readjanuary

readordierachel That sounds intense/awesome 3y
Simona @ReadOrDieRachel It's intense and I liked the story, but I don't like the final result. Still, it is a story that is worth to read, just my recommendation is more with the reservation... 3y
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specklife
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Pickpick

Woah. Talk about a book with a twist you didn't see coming. Dang, y'all! This book is just a reader's dream.

acorter Great review! Just found this for $3 on AbeBooks.com. Buying now! 3y
specklife @acorter Score!! 3y
acorter @specklife Thanks for the reccommendation! @KCorter is excited for this one as well so now we get to see who get's to the package first when it comes in the mail. 3y
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specklife @acorter What happened to ladies first? I'm kinda rooting for @KCorter (gotta represent, dontcha know)... 3y
KCorter That's right, @specklife! 3y
acorter @specklife Lol, fair enough. @KCorter does deserve the honors! Did you see Claire Fuller has another book coming out at theend of the month? 3y
specklife @acorter Yes! Swimming Lessons! Several of my bookish friends are already quite enamored (they got early releases). 3y
acorter @specklife Yeah! I have seen it all over Litsy and am pretty excitted for it. I am getting impatient which is what caused me to stumble across this book and your post. 3y
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Ms.Story
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Hoping to get through these books this month -- if things go better than I expect, I'll even try to finish Voyager as it's been on my shelf for nearly a year. I've read about 2/3 of it already. #januaryTBR

Reviewsbylola Call the Nurse seems like it would be good! 3y
AmyG My friend loved Call the Nurse. 3y
Wife I'm writing down Call the Nurse. Right up my alley!💉 3y
LeslieO Love anything on a Scottish Isle! 3y
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Laru79
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What a book! This is going to stay with me for a while, I think. The ending left me almost speechless! James was such a damaged character and to have done what he did to Peggy, despite his obvious mental health issues, is terrifying. I can't decide if I need a sequel to find out how Peggy gets on in life or if I need the safety of my imagination to think she coped well

Yossarian Sounds great! 3y
TrishB Just got this on kindle for 99p 😀 3y
Laru79 Enjoy @TrishB it was so good and not a long story either, so there's a lot packed in! @Yossarian it was awesome, so many bits where I was slack jawed with 'oh how's this going to work out...' 3y
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Laru79
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Very excited to read this as I've heard lots of good things about it. The last line of the blurb on the back is.... And what happens when you stop believing in everything? What a question....

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HardcoverHarlot
Pickpick

Wow! I love unreliable narrators. What a gripping story.

Beth.Pedota You had me at "unreliable narrator" :) 3y
Cinfhen Sounds good! 3y
ReadingEnvy Loved this one. The author has a new one coming soon. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled LOVED this book. The writing was 👌 3y
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HardcoverHarlot
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This cover is beautiful! I've had this on my shelf for too long. Let's do this

TheCanuckReader Beautiful! 3y
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BeckyK
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I'm finally getting a chance to sit down and read, albeit only for half an hour. I've had a busy weekend at a friends wedding on Saturday, then spend yesterday paying for it 😂🍷 I am fully submerged in lecture notes, but I'm allowing myself a bit of me time to prevent insanity ☺️📚 I'm really enjoying this book, I just wish I had a solid 12 hours of free time to make some serious progress! :)

I-read-and-eat That cover 😀 3y
BeckyK @I-read-and-eat It's lovely isn't it. So wintery ☺️ 3y
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BeckyK
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So I've finished work on a half day, and now I have to wait 2 hours for a hair appointment with a sandwich, cake and hot chocolate, and obviously my book. How awful. I'm really living a tough life today 🙄😂👌🏻

Tanner Oh yes, tough life indeed! 😜 That cake looks delicious! 3y
BeckyK @Tanner I'm struggling to cope 😂 it's lovely! I love marble cake 😋 3y
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BeckyK
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I'm starting this today! :) I'm continuing with the 'short-ish' book theme. With all my uni work, it's the easiest thing for me at the moment :) has anyone read this? I love the cover, very wintery :)

CarolynOliver I have--it's very good! 3y
BeckyK @CarolynOliver Awesome :) I've just started reading it on my lunch :) 3y
susanw I loved it. 3y
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BeckyK @susanw I'm really enjoying it so far :) 3y
irregularreader I read this a year or so ago. I really liked it 3y
BeckyK @irregularreader 👌🏻😃 3y
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Jessicaswebster
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This #outofthisworld novel is narrated by a girl taken out of the life she knows by her survivalist father, and told the world she knew is gone, her mother dead. The story moves along quickly carried by the intrigue of living in nature trying to survive like "Into the Wild". I enjoyed how Fuller chooses to mix scenes from post-woods life with the complicated reintegration Peggy has to go through when she returns home.#booktober

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Claire_Fuller_writer
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Hello Litsy, nice to be here amongst so many fellow readers.

ForestAvenuePress I'm excited to read your book! Love Jakob Vala's covers. 3y
Marchpane Wow, those covers are all so different! 3y
Claire_Fuller_writer @Marchpane they're mostly different publisher 3y
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NerdyRev @Claire_Fuller_writer Tin House is sending me an early copy of Swimming Lessons and I am waiting by the door like a small puppy. I am so excited! 3y
Claire_Fuller_writer @NerdyRev That's great to hear. I hope you like it 3y
Moscarid I loved your book Our Endless Numbered Days! Would love to collect all these editions 3y
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