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The Age of Light
The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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A sweeping debut set in Paris in the 1930's about the love story between Vogue model turned photographer Lee Miller and the artist Man Ray. "I'd rather take a picture than be one," says Lee Miller, after she arrives in Paris in 1929. Gorgeous and talented, Lee has left behind a successful modeling career to pursue her dream of being an artist. She catches the eye of renowned artist Man Ray, and though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to teach her photography as well. Man is an egotistical, charismatic force, and soon their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined. Their romance unfolds against the backdrop of bohemian Paris, with nights spent at smoky cabarets, opium dens, and Surrealist parties, and days spent working together to discover radical new photography techniques. But as Lee begins to assert herself, and moves from being a muse to an artist, Man's jealousy spirals out of control, and soon their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both. Told in interweaving timelines of 1930s Paris and war-torn Europe during WWII, this richly detailed, sensuous, and captivating debut by Whitney Scharer brings Lee Miller-- a brilliant and pioneering artist in her own right--out of the shadows of a man's legacy and into the light.
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Verity
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Mehso-so

Distinctly mixed on this. I didn‘t like any of the characters really - but that‘s not a necessity. What is a necessity is feeling like there has been some resolution or outcome at the end of it all. And I didn‘t get that. I felt like a spent a lot of time in the presence of someone very damaged, but I didn‘t feel like I came away understanding her any better than at the start. Or at least not on any deeper level. Disappointing but not terrible

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Verity
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On a big old interwar novel kick atm...

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Copwithabook
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Help Littens! I‘m about half way through this one. It feels so slow going, and it‘s taken me forever just to get this far. Should I keep going? Is the end worth it? #toreadornottoread #dnf?

marleed I didn‘t realize this book was based on IRL people I wish I had known that as I read. Perhaps if you google a bit about the MC you will have renewed interest in the book‘s conclusion. 2mo
Copwithabook @marleed that is such a good idea! Thank you 2mo
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Lindy
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Mehso-so

I thought this would be right up my alley because I love reading about artists in Paris. Especially women artists. That part of this novel is great, especially the references to Lee Miller‘s & Man Ray‘s works. The steamy sex is a bit much but most disappointing is the degree of fictionalization. The author‘s disclaimer: “Names, characters, places and incidents are either the product of the author‘s imagination or are used fictitiously, and👇

Lindy (Continued) any resemblance to actual persons living or dead, events or locales, is entirely coincidental.” I believe historical fiction that centres on real people should stick more closely to facts. 3mo
ValerieAndBooks I have not read this but I totally agree with you! If it‘s going to veer that far from the facts, just give them different names! 3mo
Lindy @ValerieAndBooks Exactly! Like Myla Goldberg did in 3mo
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Kazzie
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Took a bit. She seemed very unhappy. But ultimately good story, engaging

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swishandflick
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Mehso-so

I was into it at first but lost interest along the way because there isn't much of a plot and it got tedious. Lee's later experience as a war correspondant is fascinating, but those chapters were few and far between and they felt like more of a displaced afterthought than anything of substance. #BOTM

(PS: couldn't think of a better Parisian setting than the Arc de Triomphe inspired arch in Washington Square Park 😄)

Leftcoastzen I want to be there now! 5mo
megnews I‘ll be there in a couple weeks! 5mo
swishandflick @megnews Nice! 👏🏽 5mo
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swishandflick
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Loving these moments when I'm running early for personal training and have time to sit and read on the Highline for a bit first ❤️

Finally getting around to this February #BOTM pick and enjoying it so far! I figured I'd chip away at my backlist while *still* waiting for June's box 😄

squirrelbrain I‘d always be early, if I could sit and read on the Highline! 😁 5mo
Scochrane26 I love the HighLine. I walked most of it last yr when I was there, l was rushed & want to go back. 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Love you're tshirt 5mo
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swishandflick @squirrelbrain I know right!! Only problem is that it's already an early (for me) start so the alarm clock + subway situation have to line up just right 😂 5mo
swishandflick @Scochrane26 I love it too!! ❤️ 5mo
swishandflick @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! Gotta love Out of Print 😄 5mo
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BookBumming
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(Continued review in comments)
The Age of Light by Whitney Scharer is a very steamy historical fiction that centers around the relationship of two real life photographers and their time in Paris during the 30s. It took me awhile to get into this read, but once I researched the people and their works I got very invested! (Famous picture of Lee Miller in Hitler‘s bathtub)

BookBumming They are some very talented artists for sure. I felt that this was a fairly shallow way to tell their story. But perhaps their story is just that. Shallow! There is a lot more to Lee Miller than her affair with Man Ray. She was a war correspondent for World War II for goodness sake! But that was only lightly touched upon. 6mo
BookBumming Despite that fact I found myself throughly enjoying the drama and passion of this novel. I was constantly looking up new artists from the era that I‘ve never heard of and it was kinda awesome. I learned a lot reading this, and now I want to know more about these people. 6mo
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KtBenReadingBooks
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Mehso-so

Meh- overall very interesting story. I never knew about either of them so it was fascinating to learn more about them and pulled back in time and there were some parts that stuck with me but felt that it dragged on and went into too much incessant detail around certain things that caused the story to slow down.

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BookishTrish
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Morning reading view #audiocommute

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BookBumming
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21 week baby bump.. featuring my newest romantic read and my little bff playing in her sand box in the background. ❤️

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She went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it.. "I'd rather take a photograph than be one," she declares after she arrives in Paris in 1929, where she soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray.

MoonWitch94 Sounds like a good read! Your bump is too cute, btw ☺️ 6mo
BookBumming It‘s interesting! Thank you so much!!! 💘😭 6mo
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Jeannineth
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Next up is The Age of Light. I thought historical fiction would be nice after a string of thrillers.

sudi I just finished this yesterday, loved it 😊 7mo
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sudi
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A Story about the love affair between Lee Miller and Man Ray set in Paris . A historical fiction but it seems like a Romance novel to me. I also had no idea that people in the book were actual artists, i had to google them 🙈. Fascinating book from start to finish. The technical aspects of photography were interesting to read about. The book left me wanting to know more about Lee Miller and her life.

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SuburbiaInterrupted
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An exquisite story from beginning to end. Whether searching for the perfect light to photograph or perfect life to live, we are all searching for something. I love that THE AGE OF LIGHT ended with a sense of self acceptance over a fairy tale, perfect ending. Beautifully written and highly recommend.
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*Thank you to #NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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dfieb
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I loved this book!! I was ignorant of both artists, Man Ray and Lee Miller, who lived through exciting and tragic times. I was enthralled with the writing style, and she had me captivated from beginning to end. I was teary at the end. Every time I read a book that I love, I slow down so that the I can make the book last longer. A beautiful book that I highly recommend.

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jpellet
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Mehso-so

I got stuck in this book!! It took weeks to read. I have a hard time bailing on books, but if I did bail on books, this would have been one of them! Although, I did enjoy the last 50 or so pages.

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Kate.Braithwaite
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Just starting this ❤️❤️❤️ #historical #paris #photography

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kitteh_reads
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Mehso-so

It was different from what I was expecting. I enjoyed the technical aspects of the photography they described and the descriptions of Paris

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thebluestocking
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This debut is an impressively immersive experience. I got caught up in Lee‘s path to becoming an artist in the Paris 20s and her fervent love affair with her mentor. I was occasionally pulled out of the narrative by the framing pieces of her as an older woman and as a WWII correspondent. Also, I felt that Lee‘s character arc ends just as she turns a corner. I wanted more of the denouement. But the writing was, at all turns, well done. #botm

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Dogearedcopy
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I admit that when I opened my birthday present and saw the cover of the tagged book, I was bemused. This doesn‘t seem like my kind of book, and it made me wonder, after 25+ yrs of marriage if my DH really knew me; but then I realized from the jacket copy that it‘s about Lee Miller!

Guess my DH knows me pretty well after all 😉

SamAnne I‘m reading Ninth Street Women right now and loving it. Have this on hold at the library! 8mo
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Jbakesmcgee3
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cathygee
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Pickpick

#BOTM I was excited about my monthly pick. I do not know much about Lee Miller or Man Ray. Overall, I enjoyed the book. I would get bogged down at times with the photography descriptions. It is not all ritz and glamour of Paris in the 20s. There is a sadness that I am left with for Lee after I reflect on the story.

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Bookish_B
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I love expat artists in Paris so I chose this book on that alone. I enjoyed it but think one of the main reasons is that it introduced me to a bunch of new (real) people I had not known of before, particularly Lee Miller. I love googling names and looking at pictures of the real people and their work and then doing deep dives later (I've got a bunch of nonfiction stuff on my TBR now) so I'm really glad I made this my BOTM pick!

Tanisha_A Sounds super interesting! 8mo
cathygee This was my #BOTM and I google while I read as well! 😂 I am not quite finished and I can't wait to see how it wraps up! 8mo
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Hestapleton
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It took me about 150 pages to really get into this book, but the story is captivating. I got much more into it once I realized that Lee Miller is an actual person, who I had somehow never heard of before. She was so fascinating and her photography (via Google searches) is captivating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookishMarginalia
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Sunday morning reading brings a mention of the single piece of literature I have ever despised: Lautreamont‘s Les Chants de Maldoror. I had to read it and write about it in an undergraduate lit class... I HATED it. (So does Lee Miller; Man Ray adores it.)

Scochrane26 Only one piece you‘ve ever despised? I definitely have a few. 9mo
Factaddict73 Thanks to Le Bon Dieu I have never HAD to read it, therefore I don‘t hate it.... if I dislike something that much, I just put it down; my hate slots are empty: it takes too much energy to dislike anything that much- I just avoid things/people as soon as I realize they belong in my dislike category. 9mo
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echalpan
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Pickpick

Happy I made this my #BOTM pick for February. I loved that it was based on real artists. I loved the setting - 1930s Paris. Such an intriguing book that totally captured my attention.

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BookishMarginalia
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About 40% in — took me a few chapters to get into it, and honestly, neither Man Ray nor Lee Miller are particularly appealing characters for me. I‘m interested enough to keep reading, though. 🤓

IamIamIam It looks like a great premise! I'm interested to see how you feel at the end! 9mo
catebutler Curious to hear your final thoughts. I have this on my list! 9mo
JamieArc I‘m really curious about other people‘s reviews on this. There were parts I loved (1930s Paris and photography) but it ended leaving me feel like a had an absinthe hangover, and not sure at all how I felt about it. 9mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous cover & title 9mo
BookishMarginalia @IamIamIam @catebutler @JamieArc Overall it‘s a pick, basically because the stuff about art and the creative process was compelling. However, I really didn‘t like any of the characters, nor felt emotionally connected to them. And the Bohemian lifestyle aspect just bores me. Still, well-written and worth reading. I learned quite a bit that I didn‘t know about Lee Miller‘s war photography too. 9mo
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TorieStorieS
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Pickpick

This wasn‘t my official #BOTM pick, but as an extra- and I have to say that I overall enjoyed it! Focusing on the relationship of Lee Miller and Man Ray, this historical fiction novel moves along at a fast pace and reads like a romance novel with glimpses of heavier historical fiction! It‘s those glimpses that may leave the reader wanting more. I know I felt that way, but to me this was a satisfying extension of Francine Prose‘s The Lives Of Muses

k.reads.5 Great review, I've seen a lot of buzz about this one! Will have to check it out when I'm in the mood for historical fiction. 9mo
TorieStorieS @pl.2886 Thanks!! ☺️☺️☺️ 9mo
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sherri
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Cold night. Hot chocolate. Book. Journal. I have mastered winter nights.

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BookishMarginalia
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Happy Sunday, dear Littens! Just starting this one.

dgingo Is that a cappuccino? It looks delightful! ☕️ 9mo
marie3blue Looks like a nice start to the day 😊☕️ 9mo
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sherri
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Diving in. I'm excited for this one because I've been getting back into my own photography, and this is a historical fiction about photographers Lee Miller and Man Ray, whom I know nothing about.

Briget66 Tell me more about the notebook you have in back. Is it what it looks like? A place to write about the books you‘ve read? And to date your reads? 9mo
sherri @Briget66 I pulled out a notebook to track characters in a book I was reading a few months ago. I have trouble keeping them straight when there are many. But I found I enjoyed having a few notes, so I'm trying it out with more of my reading now. This time before starting to read the book, I wrote down what made me choose it. I'm making notes along the way about timeline, characters, and thoughts about the writing. 9mo
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Sydsavvy
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I'm sooooo behind on my #tbr from #botm!! Any suggestions on which to read first?? #help #amreading #readingsuggestions

Redwritinghood I‘ve seen a lot of good reviews of 9mo
cariashley I‘ve heard the Hank Green is great! 9mo
8little_paws Oh I loved the far field!! 9mo
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sherri I put BOTM on hold in December and January because I was behind. I'm still behind, but got The Age of Light for February. About to start reading it now! 9mo
swishandflick A Ladder to the Sky is excellent!! 9mo
Sydsavvy Y'all are not making it easier lol!!!! But I definitely have a good group to plow through! 9mo
Briget66 Eek I only made it half way through the Hank Green one. Maybe it was just me? 9mo
shutterbug_mama I‘m almost finished with A Woman is No Man and I‘m really enjoying it! 9mo
Sydsavvy @shutterbug_mama that's the one that stuck with me after a first page perusal. There's just something about it! 9mo
irre I just finished The Far Field and it was amazing!! 9mo
Sydsavvy @irre ok enough have said that--i need to make it next! 9mo
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echalpan
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Wishing it was still the weekend, so I could curl up with my girl and read my new #BOTM pick without a care for the time 💛

CoffeeNBooks Cute pup! 9mo
echalpan @CoffeeNBooks thank you! 9mo
Erofan Cutie 🐕❤ 9mo
echalpan @Erofan thank you 😊 9mo
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MeganAnn
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#BOTM box was delivered this morning. I‘ve been seriously considering canceling my subscription, but then the selections this month were phenomenal. It‘s the first time in quite awhile that I‘ve had a hard time choosing just three books. 🤷‍♀️📚

The_Heeler_Booklife I‘m almost finished Enchantèe and it is super good 9mo
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BookishTrish
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2. #cupidgoespostal and #happilyeverafterswap opening - I love seeing people open presents I chose. 3. None 4. John 5. Will do!

Chrissyreadit I love seeing the opening of packages too! 9mo
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mdm139
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Book of the Month arrived!

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LitLogophile
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Really excited about this box!! #botm

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JenlovesJT47
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My February #botm picks - no surprise I picked the historical fiction book set in the 1920s/1930s! 😆 Also had a hard time choosing my second book because they finally have more copies of The Rules of Civility, but I‘m going to try to grab that next month. Anyone else need to do a botm marathon soon? I‘m way behind on mine. I was thinking of making it for the month of March to see how many I can finish. Let me know if you‘re interested! 🤓

TheBookHippie #botmbuddyread join us anytime !! 9mo
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swishandflick
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What is everyone thinking for #BOTM? I'm leaning towards The Age of Light. A review on Goodreads was complaining about the steamy sex, which actually made me want to read it more - wondering what that says about my preferences 😂

Also intrigued by Early Riser since that's a Liberty pick 🤔

thebluestocking Ha! I went with The Age of Light. Think of that what you will. 😉 (The professional reviews I found thought it was good.) 9mo
Erinreadsthebooks Early Riser for me 👍🏼 9mo
JenReadsAlot Age of Light! 9mo
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TheBookStacker I picked Early Riser because of Liberty and I also picked On The Come Up because I loved her first book and The Winter Sister because it was intriguing. 9mo
The_Heeler_Booklife I read an arc for The Winter Sister and highly recommend it. 9mo
Jilly6183 I got Early Riser and A Woman Is Not Man. And I got Circe. Every month I say I'm not going to get three and then.... 🤷🏼‍♀️ 9mo
rjsthumbelina I went with A Woman is No Man, The Age of Light, and The Winter Sister. Will probably read the other 2, but I bet I'll be able to borrow them from the bookstore I work at. (Besides, I haven't read The Hate You Give yet...I know, I know. It's just been too hyped lately.) But I thought all were really good selections this month! 9mo
Redwritinghood I got Age of Light, Early Riser, and A Woman is No Man. I liked a lot of the choices this month! 9mo
Kimberlone I picked Early Riser and 9mo
Breanne1 I think I‘m skipping. People seem to like this month...but none are grabbing me. 9mo
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thebluestocking
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After much deliberation, I settled on this for my February #botm pick. What did you pick?

Redwritinghood Got this one too! 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
thebluestocking @Redwritinghood Yay! We‘ll have to compare notes. 9mo
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Liberty
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Starting my 12 hours for the @24in48 #readathon! Excited to read this novel! It‘s going to be one of the big books of 2019. ✨📚✨

Lindy Sounds fantastic! 10mo
Lizpixie Definitely stacked! 10mo
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mrslamping
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This book is amazing! A coming of age, mixed with love story, mixed with betrayal. It has a little bit of everything that will keep you intrigued until the very end! This books is a must read to add to your TBR piles. Coming February 2019!

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mrslamping
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This chilly weather calls for a hot cup of coffee, a cozy blanket, & a good book.....if only I could spend all day like this!!! 🍁🍁🍁

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mrslamping
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Getting around to one of my many Goodreads giveaways books! Who else is totally behind getting reviews out?? #somanybookssolittletime

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mrslamping
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Look at all of these beauties that came in the mail this week! Thanks to Goodreads giveaways, I now have more to add to my Oct. TBR stack!!

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Liberty
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Thank to @LittleBrownBooks for the treats! THE AGE OF LIGHT is out February 5, 2019. PS - It doesn‘t count as drinking on the job if you work from home, right? Asking for a friend. 📚❤️📚

sprainedbrain Oh nice!! 🥂 1y
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JenniferSBrown
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“At the studio, they talk about desire, how much it is like hunger, how love is as important to art as revolution.”

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