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The River
The River | Peter Heller
YOU CAN TRY TO OUTRUN NATURE... BUT WILL YOU SURVIVE A MAN'S FURY? Wynn and Jack meet on a hiking trip during their Dartmouth College orientation week and become instant best friends. They both love hunting, fishing and books and thus it feels only natural that they'd take off a term from their lvy League college and spend it canoeing down the lakes and rivers on the border with Canada. BUT THERE IS DEATH IN THE AIR... A megafire is spreading quickly, the smell of smoke becoming more pungent by the day. The nights are getting colder and the river wilder with the approaching autumn. There are rapids to navigate, and miles of river to paddle through before making it to a safe harbour. And when a distraught man suddenly appears, asking for Wynn and Jack's help to find his missing wife, the race against time and the fight against nature's destructive power become entangled with a deadly game of cat and mouse.
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perfectlywinged
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A good book to read while camping: it definitely had a Cormac McCarthy vibe with the sparse prose.

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irre
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Beautiful writing. Very melancholy. 4 ⭐️

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Zelma
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Holy sheep, we have a storm brewing. But I am snug as a bug, with a pot of coffee and a gorgeous book. Loving this new Peter Heller novel.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Oooo. I'm so jealous! Looks like it's gonna be a good one! I love being all cozy with a book during a good storm! 😍 2w
RaimeyGallant Holy sheep, lol. I'm going to ewes that. Get it? 2w
JennyM @RaimeyGallant 😂😂😂 2w
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Zelma @RaimeyGallant not a baaaaahd idea. 😳😂 (edited) 2w
Zelma @GrilledCheeseSamurai it was great, but then the sun came back out; I basked in the hot tub with my sunglasses on. Life is pretty good right now. 2w
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MamaGina
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“...and Wynn posited that these were the mother birds with hatchlings who had refused to leave their nests until just before the flames. That was heartbreaking if you thought about it.”

Zelma I‘m reading and enjoying this one too. 2w
Blueberry Just finished. 👍🏻 2w
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MamaGina
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After having read and loved CELINE and hearing Anne Bogel aka Modern Mrs Darcy rave about this one I thought I‘d give it a try and oh boy, I am IN !!! 🔥 🌲 ⛺️ 🛶 🎣

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Zelma
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It‘s wine o‘clock with a new book and my favorite reading spot at the cottage. The entire wall next to the chair is sliding glass doors and a view. 😁😍🍷 and we saw a black bear today!

AmyRebecca Gorgeous spot for a read! 2w
Cinfhen Gorgeous ❤️❤️❤️enjoy 2w
Grrlbrarian Are you in the Smokies? Gorgeous! 2w
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ShyBookOwl Looks peaceful... but bears scare the hell out of me! 2w
Zelma @ShyBookOwl it was a little bear and in the National Park. We slowly drove by it. @Grrlbrarian yes! 2w
ShyBookOwl @Zelma 😬 no thank you lol 2w
BrittanyReads Stunning! 2w
erinreads Looks amazing! 😍 2w
Christine ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
MellieAntoinette Where is this magnificent cottage! 2w
ScientistSam Lovely! 2w
JennyM Looks beautiful 2w
Zelma @MellieAntoinette Sevierville, TN. Near Pigeon Forge up in the Smoky Mountains. 2w
MellieAntoinette @Zelma OMG! I was just there last September!!! My cabin didn‘t have that view though! 2w
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Another #UnpopularOpinion 😝I found this book slow and torturous😩like being up a creek without a paddle 🚣🏽‍♂️I was expecting a nature thriller but instead I got 2 dudes in a canoe and some geo fracking 🤪#WrongReaderRightBook #BackToTheLibrary

britt_brooke 😆 I haven‘t read this, but I love your review! 2w
The_Shelf.ish_Life That‘s how I felt about it too! It took me 2 weeks to read a 200 page novel 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2w
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Crazeedi How is your vacation? Still having a great time? 2w
Cinfhen Vacation is going great @Crazeedi so much fun with friends & family but haven‘t been doing too much reading 😒 2w
Cinfhen I hear ya @The_Shelf.ish_Life 😩😩😩I wanted to like this book...but it just dragged on 😝 2w
MrBook 😆👏🏻 Good review! 2w
TrishB I‘m glad I only paid 99p 😁 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m also glad I only paid 99p 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen 99P is perfectly acceptable price @TrishB @Cathythoughts and you guys might enjoy 😊 I was just expecting more of a thriller and I found it a bore 😠thanks @MrBook Hope you‘re doing well xx 2w
Crazeedi @Cinfhen of course not! You can read when you get home, soak up all the love of family and friends now, take care💖 2w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Crazeedi xx hope your summer is going well 2w
MrBook @Cinfhen Splendidly, thank you! ☺️🤗 2w
BookBabe Gee. I might be the right reader for this though. 🙂 For obvious reasons, I adored his book 1w
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

I really liked the plot and the nature writing! But.....the dialogue was so stiff, (he said, he said, he said, one or two word dorky replies) so much so that Wynn came off as a complete dolt. It could have been the narration.

Rock Creek where my husband caught the trout for dinner today.

Bookzombie Wherever you are is beautiful! 🙂 3w
KathyWheeler I love that picture. 3w
Lauram Beautiful! 3w
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dragondrool Did you drive the Beartooth Highway, too? Love those switchbacks! I live in Billings, and when we were kids, we would go picnic at Rock Creek on the 4th of July.
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Megabooks Gorgeous! 3w
Cinfhen Stunning photo 🤩I agree, stilted writing 2w
Tamra @dragondrool yes, in the past to Cooke City. So beautiful! 2w
Tamra @Cinfhen perfect word for it - stilted! 2w
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jamicuns
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Mehso-so

When I started reading this book I anticipated a fast paced, intense, heart stopping adventure, what I got was quite opposite on all counts. The author spent a distractingly large amount of space describing the natural surroundings, the equipment the men used, canoe tactics, and the fishing they did. It removed me from the story. This doesn‘t make it a bad book just not what I was expecting and the slow burn plot line became a bit tedious for me.

jamicuns I read the kindle version, not the audio. 3w
Cinfhen Agreed!!!!! 2w
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TrishB
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#crymeariver #ayupaugust
Just purchased as currently #99ponkindle 😁

Cathythoughts 🤔... ofcorse I‘m getting it !! 3w
squirrelbrain That‘s quite handy isn‘t it! 😁 3w
Ms_T Serendipity 😃 3w
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Ms_T I have zero resistance to the 99p flashing sign in my brain! 3w
Cinfhen I have about 50 pages left in this book and I totally didn‘t think to use it for today‘s prompt 🤦‍♀️ 3w
TrishB @Cinfhen that‘s so funny and has totally happened to me so many times....😁 3w
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Avidreader25
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Lots of great fiction this month and three VERY different favorites.

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Blueberry
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Wow. Just wow. I need to be left alone for awhile.

@NataliePatalie

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SarahMillerBooks
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Blueberry
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And on to The River. It's good so far, judging from the first chapter.

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mcctrish
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This was so compelling, I couldn‘t put it down. A perfect summer read but maybe not while you are on a canoeing trip 🤣

Kappadeemom I loved this one! 1mo
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mcctrish
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Cheers to summer and reading

Megabooks 🥂 1mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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I read this on my flight back from Amsterdam. I still think about it. I studied art history in college and one of my favorite themes was the “sublime” as it relates to nature. Nature is ambivalent to us; it has the remarkable power to move us to both feelings of awe or terror depending on the moment. Heller‘s book is tense, and shows us our fragility in the face of nature. Heller‘s book also has an emotional depth I resonated with. Bravo!

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Avidreader25
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Two friends take a canoeing trip down a dangerous river. A wildfire and a chance encounter with an arguing couple turns their adventure into a nightmare. Lyrical and lovely the taut prose builds suspense beautifully. Jack and Wynn have a bit of an “Of Mice and Men” feel to their relationship, though the lumbering Wynn is an artist and a scholar. Jack is more cynical and harsh. The story balances character depth with a thrilling plot perfectly.

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Bookboss
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I listened to this while on vacation in Northern Michigan. It was the perfect wilderness adventure story to accompany me on my runs on tree-lined trails and along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two young men on a canoe trip encounter a forest fire and a possible murderer. The characters are well-shaped and the suspense drives you along. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. Excellent.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Mehso-so

Not sure if I would've connected with this more in print instead of audio. There were parts I really enjoyed but a lot I wished had been fleshed out more. Aside from the two protagonists, all the other characters are flat and don't get a lot in the way of motivations. This works best as a wilderness survival story, but I felt like Heller was trying to go for a thriller and a character study as well. It's a short book and could've gone deeper.

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RespectingRomance
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“With everything seeming to fall apart, good habits were one thing to hold on to.”

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RespectingRomance
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Such a tense read! I keep having to take breaks.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Audio baking.

Christine Yum!! Not sure if you‘re making strawberry shortcake, but that‘s what I‘m craving after seeing your photo. 🍓😋 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @Christine not exactly, it's a sheet cake with strawberries baked on top so the should get nice and jammy! 2mo
Christine Ooh, I just made a Smitten Kitchen recipe like that last week and it was soooo good! 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @Christine that's the one! Smitten Kitchen is my fave, I have signed copies of both her cookbooks. 2mo
Christine Haha, yay! Great minds. I love Deb, too. Went to a signing for her first book and she was so great (and brought snacks! 😋). 2mo
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AutumnRLS
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Avanders Oooh some of these are on my tbr! 🤗 2mo
Bklover I‘m really looking forward to The River! 2mo
AutumnRLS @Avanders which ones? ❤ 2mo
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AutumnRLS @Bklover it won't disappoint. Beautifully written and very compelling. Couldn't put it down. 2mo
Avanders Actually all 4 on the right... which makes me think I need to check out the 2 on the left! 2mo
AutumnRLS @Avanders Honestly, the Murderbot Diaries might be my favorite thing of all time. It's so good. The Hazelwood was the perfect amount of spooky. It reminded me quite a bit of Raymond Feist's Faerie Tale in terms of tone. Looking forward to reading the second one when it gets published. I tore through Magic For Liars and am still thinking about it. From Here to Eternity gave me a lot to think about. Really interesting stuff. 2mo
Avanders Sounds like I have to put the Murderbot Diaries much higher on the tbr! And all of them! That‘s the difficulty.... so many books, so little time..... 😁😁 2mo
Avanders (And faerie tale added!!) 2mo
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Tralfamadorian
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One of my favorites of 2019.

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UnabridgedPod
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Here's my June Wrap-up! I read some of my favorite books of the year so far during June. ⠀

Here are some stats:⠀
*Fiction - 27⠀
*Nonfiction - 3⠀
*YA & Middle Grade - 10⠀
*Audiobooks - 5⠀
*Graphic Novels/Comic Books - 2⠀

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reads: The River; Saga; Volume 3; Lost Children Archive; Front Desk; On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous; The Marrow Thieves.⠀

Do you see any favorites? or any on your July TBR?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Looks like some fabulous reads, many of these are on my tbr. 💖📖💖 2mo
Spillmrj Wow, that‘s a lot of books 2mo
UnabridgedPod @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I loved sooo many of them!! 2mo
UnabridgedPod @Spillmrj ❤️📚 2mo
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laurenslibrary
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Pickpick

This book was a cover buy. It was pretty good, though. Kind of a "survialist" tale and something my husband would probably enjoy. Not bad, but not my favorite.

erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous cover indeed 2mo
Chrissyreadit Did you get your colormeread box? 2mo
laurenslibrary @Chrissyreadit Gah, yes! Sorry, I'm an idiot. I took a photo but forgot to post it! Its up now. 🤓 2mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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June wrap up.

Favorites - Basically everything. 🖤

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You did great, and to love everything is a fantastic bonus! 💖📖💖 2mo
Crazeedi 👏👏 sweet!!❣❣ 2mo
Cinfhen Great month!!!!! 2mo
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wen4blu
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My current book is a good fit for today's bookriot challenge - books outdoors.

charl08 No books were harmed in the making of this photo?!! 😱 2mo
wen4blu @charl08 Never! 2mo
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BookHermit
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Phot by Nebojsa Novakovik

Soon the channel of firmament would pool with a star, then three, then a hundred, and it would keep filling and deepening until the stars sifted and flowed between the tops of the trees in their own river, whose coves would mirror the one they were on. He had thought it before, and he loved thinking about the two rivers. . .

BookHermit “The river of stars would find its way to its own bay and its own ocean of constellations and Wynn imagined, as he had before, that the water and the stars might sing to each other in a key inaudible, usually, to the human ear. 2mo
BookHermit “But probably you could hear it. Sometimes. If you quieted the pulse of your own blood. A rhythmic keening at the edge of sound. Wynn thought that if wolves sang, and coyotes, and elk and birds, and wind, and we, too, it was probably in response to a music we didn‘t know we could hear.” 2mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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It‘s our last day of vacation in Amsterdam! And I was seriously craving a big salad to eat 😂. It‘s time to detox and get back to working out and having a routine and consistent WiFi. Next up for me is The River. Hopefully I finish on the plane tomorrow!

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BookHermit
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They had passed a wide cove with a pair of loons, one was probably nested nearby, and when they stroked past, the one closest tilted back her head and loosed a pitched wail that must have moved the trees like wind. It pierced the haze and echoed off the waiting forest and rolled over the water like any scream, and seemed to carry a pathos so deep it was a wonder a mere world could support it.

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BookHermit
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Wynn felt like they had paddled this stretch of shore now a hundred times. It felt as if they had spent half their lives paddling this piece. If this were really a bad dream, or hell, they would paddle it for another hundred years. . . A place to revisit, to sustain one like Cezanne‘s mountain. Not.

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RespectingRomance
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Started this one today. I‘m already liking it better than The Dog Stars.

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Denisereads75
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⭐️⭐️⭐️
It started off way to slow and took about 100 pages before the plot started picking up. There was definitely some suspenseful parts but the ending didn‘t pan out for me. The language the author used to describe nature was beautiful and lyrical and those who love nature and stories about survival in nature will love this book.

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shadowspeak17
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I breezed through this in just a few days and it had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. All the technical stuff about fishing and canoeing etc. lost me a bit though and the frequent POV shifts back and forth I found confusing even after becoming more familiar with the characters. There‘s one other thing, but I‘ll put it under a spoiler tag. It‘s a major spoiler, so if you haven‘t read this yet but want to ⬇️

shadowspeak17 I would not suggest peaking. 😂
This is a solid pick because I had a lot of fun reading it, but there were some things that bugged me.

#catsoflitsy #Ember
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shadowspeak17 *MAJOR SPOILERS*
The ending was kind of a letdown for me. Very early on in the book, I became convinced that Wynn would die before the end, so when it happened, it just confirmed my suspicion and didn‘t have much of an impact on me. That and the fact that Pierre is killed “offscreen” and what happens to Jack and Maia when they finally get to the village feels like an afterthought just made the ending kind of deflate for me.
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laurenslibrary
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1. I love hydrangeas 💙💜
2. I'm finishing up The River right now and I think it might be my fave for the month 🛶
3. I just finished binging The Office this morning! I loved it and now Idk what I'm going to do without it 😭
4. I don't really read poetry so I don't have one 😕

#humpdaypost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

Megabooks Those are some gorgeous hydrangeas!! They only grow that big on the north side of houses in my town! 2mo
SweetAngst I love hydrangeas too 😊 2mo
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scowler1
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Superb page turner from a brilliant writer. Friendship, forest fires, white water and murder. Really quick read, I couldn't put this one down.

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atla
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I‘ve been dying to read The Dog Stars - but any book with even a hint that the dog might die, and I‘m not into it. So I was psyched when this was one released - and I was expecting great things after hearing Anne gush about it on WSIRN. And the writing was fine, the story was fine - but it didn‘t capture me, didn‘t keep me turning pages late into the night. Maybe just not the right book at the right time.

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laurenslibrary
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Afternoon set up. 😎🌞

tracey38 That looks lovely. 2mo
Eos462 I want to go to there 2mo
youneverarrived Perfect 👌 2mo
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Heideschrampf This looks ideal! 2mo
Sarah83 Pretty cosy 🤩 2mo
Kimberlone Jealous! 2mo
Erofan 😍 2mo
rather_be_reading omg i love it 🤩 2mo
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MelissaSue81
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Pickpick

Lightning quick, fast paced adventure read. Not the type of book I usually read, but I really enjoyed it. Read it in a few hours. Glad I picked it up.

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bookandcat
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WOW. This packed a PUNCH. Read it cover to cover in an hour because I could not put it down. Two friends decide to canoe down a remote Canadian River over many days. One night they hear a man and woman arguing. The next day they only see a man on the river - no woman.
Heller is a master at capturing the lonely Canadian wilderness and the quiet tension of the situation. He was constantly answering my questions as I thought of them. 5 stars.

readingjedi Sounds good - stacked. 2mo
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AshleyC816
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I loved this book! My favorite of the year so far! This is the second book by Peter Heller that I‘ve loved, I think I need to start searching his back list. A tense thriller, that also shined with a love of nature.

JoScho That pup is adorable ❤️ 2mo
Bklover Cute happy face!❤️❤️ 2mo
JenReadsAlot What a happy puppy! 2mo
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laurenslibrary
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1. Tagged!
2. I already signed up!
3. I hate working out, so I mostly just watch what I eat and take walks.
4. My two crazy girls, Izzy and Cinnamon!

#humpdaypost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

BookwormAHN Cute 😻 2mo
DebbieGrillo 🐈💕 2mo
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LeslieO
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I loved this book! I‘m ahead of schedule but only because I lowered my total. I usually aim for 50 but then start choosing short books. Hoping to keep my page total the same as last year.

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 2mo
LeahBergen I‘ve learned to set my challenge well under what I typically read. Ain‘t no one got time for reading stress. 😆😆😆 2mo
LeslieO @LeahBergen Ain't that the truth! 2mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen That‘s what I need to do. Then I‘ll feel so good when I get to adjust it upwards. 😄 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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I enjoyed The Dog Stars when I read it several years ago and have been meaning to give one of Heller‘s other books a try. So let‘s see what I think of this one.
#currentlyreading

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rdkate
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This book was so good,read it almost in one sitting. Felt that I was on the river and would close the book and felt wiped out. Great writing, great story. Highly recommend. Reading a real book let's me use the bookmark made for my daughter's shower...extra fun! Enjoy the rainy day if you're in the northeast!

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laurenslibrary
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This is for the same book. Sorry B&N, I love instant gratification but I can't justify paying your prices. Pretty sure this is the last year I'll pay for a membership, too. AND I had to hunt this one down myself bc no one asked if I needed anything. Sorry again, but we're breaking up. 💔

Crazeedi 🙄 I hear you... 2mo
TheLibrarian I also hear you. And B&N online used to have pretty decent prices but now it‘s the same as in store. 2mo
tournevis Yikes 2mo
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laurenslibrary @Crazeedi @TheLibrarian @tournevis Yeah..sometimes I think even Amazon is expensive these days. That's part of the reason I started borrowing from the library again. That and I'm sick of paying money for books I DNF or never read at all. 2mo
Crazeedi @laurenslibrary I have been reading a ton from the library ebooks, etc. I just recently ordered a few books to have for the lmpbc group or I wouldn't have spent the money . My local library hasn't had many books I'm interested in lately, but I ususally wait a couple months and then go in and find some newer ones... 2mo
tournevis @laurenslibrary It's a great idea, but I just can't predict my reading ability from day to day and I would just accrue fines. 2mo
tournevis @laurenslibrary It's a great idea, but I just can't predict my reading ability from day to day and I would just accrue fines. 2mo
marleed I agree. I did a B&N membership this year but by the time I purchase enough books at a member discount to justify the purchase of the membership, I‘ll be lucky to break even. When buying local I‘ve realized I feel better to support the independent bookstore 2mo
laurenslibrary @tournevis Yeah I'm probably going to end up getting fined at some point I'm sure 2mo
laurenslibrary @marleed Me too! The price wouldn't bother me so much if it was an independent bookstore. But idk how a giant company like Barnes and Noble can justify their ridiculous prices. 2mo
marleed After my B&N membership mistake, I came up with a new plan... Would I donate $100 a year to keep my local independent bookstore open? Why yes I would! So I purchase one book a season from my Indy. My thought is that $100 donation. And look I get 4 brand new books for free each year. Better than B&N!! 2mo
Kayla.Adriena I WISH I had an independent book store near me. But the closest it's Barnes and Noble and the store set up is the worst, shelves are often empty and there's not enough places to sit! The best part is there's a Starbucks in there. Sigh. Do you guys notice does your membership renew automatically? I really don't even know when mine expires 2mo
laurenslibrary @Kayla.Adriena I believe it renews automatically, but I need to look into myself still. 2mo
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LeslieO
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My summer officially starts today! (Even tho it was only 50 something and windy). Last day of school = my first summer read. Can't wait to dig into this one! #summerreads #summervacation

Zelma I am so excited about reading this one. 2mo
bookishdawg So jealous! I still have three more days... 😊 2mo
LeslieO @Zelma Me, too! 2mo
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LeslieO @bookishdawg Hang in there! 2mo
readordierachel Enjoy your summer vacation! 2mo
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deirdrebeecher
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I have been longing for a good action adventure recently and this really hit the spot. It's fast paced, with great characterisation and poetic description of the natural world, modern Jack London. However towards the end there is a point where the author chose to cut away to tell the end of the story in a different way. It felt wrong to me. I am still happy to highly recommend this book though.