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Summer of '69
Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Follow New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand back in time and join a Nantucket family as they experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a 1960s summer. Welcome to the most tumultuous summer of the twentieth century! It's 1969, and for the Levin family, the times they are a-changing. Every year the children have looked forward to spending the summer at their grandmother's historic home in downtown Nantucket: but this year Blair, the oldest sister, is marooned in Boston, pregnant with twins and unable to travel. Middle sister Kirby, a nursing student, is caught up in the thrilling vortex of civil rights protests, a passion which takes her to Martha's Vineyard with her best friend, Mary Jo Kopechne. Only son Tiger is an infantry soldier, recently deployed to Vietnam. Thirteen-year-old Jessie suddenly feels like an only child, marooned in the house with her out-of-touch grandmother who is hiding some secrets of her own. As the summer heats up, Teddy Kennedy sinks a car in Chappaquiddick, man flies to the moon, and Jessie experiences some sinking and flying herself, as she grows into her own body and mind. In her first "historic novel," rich with the details of an era that shaped both a country and an island thirty miles out to sea, Elin Hilderbrand once again proves her title as queen of the summer novel.
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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The summer of 69...A summer of highs and lows; For the country- Vietnam, Man on the moon, The Chappaquiddick incident. And for the Levin family - The only son is drafted, The oldest sister is expecting twins, one sister involved in the civil rights movement, and the youngest just entering her teenagec years encounters all the expected angst and harbors a few secrets. The youngest may have a few secrets but...(cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy but so does everyone else including the matriarch grandmother. Marriages in trouble, Self doubt, and at the end of the summer so much growth! This book shows wonderful character development and story telling that Elin Hilderbrand is known for. Make sure you read the Authors note at the end - there is such a beautiful personal tie to this story! 2mo
Ruthiella I feel like this would be fun to read during a cold winter as an alternative to the outside weather! 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Ruthiella It's definitely cold here in Michigan right now lol Interestingly enough, the book actually ends in December, culminating with Thanksgiving and a short time after that. The day I finished listening to the book was the exact date of the last day that took place in the book. Also, the author has a twin brother, there are boy girl twins in this book, and I have boy girl twins. And Elin is just one of my favorite authors ❤️ 2mo
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crazyspine
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Hilderbrand often gets a bad rep since she's a woman writing about women but her stuff is pretty good, and this is no exception. Summer of '69 is a coming of age tale, and the author does an excellent job weaving in the history of the time.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve always enjoyed her books! 5mo
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Jess_Franzino
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When you‘re just trying to enjoy your book, but you have a cat. #catsoflitsy

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katiekat311
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A weekend full of soccer tournament games left us whooped. I didn‘t have tons of time to read, but I did get to finish this gem! A story full of character growth and change; romantically and emotionally. Historical facts and situations woven in, yet, the drama and intrigue kept this a light, beachy-vibe read!

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Erin.Elizabeth10
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The perfect book to read at Memorial Day weekend for the start of summer! This book had allll kinds of plot elements, but they were all wrapped up. I actually appreciated how warm-hearted this book was. It was a little thin in some ways, but overall it was a great summer read!

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JenlovesJT47
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This is one of my #BOTM books but I think EH‘s books are better on audio so that‘s the direction I took. I loved this one! This is one of her forays into historical fiction and I loved reading about the characters in Nantucket in the summer of ‘69. So much interesting stuff happening that year. 5⭐️

#audiobook
#historicalfiction
#ElinHilderbrand

RenePenn I enjoyed this one too! 9mo
RenePenn Have you read 28 summers? That was a good one too. 9mo
JenlovesJT47 @RenePenn yes! I sped through that whole thing in a day and thought it was a good story, although I did get really frustrated with the main characters. The follow-up novella was nice too. 9mo
Megabooks I like her books better on audio too! 9mo
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Sully1
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Such an awesome story of strong women navigating the world during the active world of 1969!

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Ash778
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Starting this one! Love Elin Hilderbrand

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MsMelissa
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I do not know why I‘ve avoided reading Elin Hilderbrand, but that stops now thanks to this book! I thought it was really well done. I could relate to the characters, I loved the Nantucket setting, and I appreciated the way Hilderbrand wrote the events of the summer of ‘69 into the narrative. Plus, the music references were fantastic! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#14books14weeks2021 book six ✅

Kangaj1 I read this recently and loved it as well! 2y
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it!! There‘s a follow up novella, FYI. 2y
MsMelissa @Kangaj1 Although I don‘t love that it‘s considered historical fiction since I was born only a few years later 🤣 2y
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MsMelissa @Megabooks Thanks for the tip! I will look for the e-book. 2y
Cinfhen Great review!! I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one!! I loved the musical references too!! 2y
Cinfhen And the novella was the ending you kind of wished for!!! 2y
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MsMelissa
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Here‘s to my first ever Elin Hilderbrand novel 😊

Cc: @Megabooks @Cinfhen

Kangaj1 I just read this one and really liked it. 2y
LeslieO I just purchased 28 Summers. My first Hilderbrand. Cheers!🥂 2y
Cinfhen I hope you like it 🤞🏽🤞🏽I thought it was the right mix of HF, romance, family drama and summer fun 🤩 2y
Megabooks Enjoy!! 😁 2y
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Geemom1118
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Everyone is still in bed, it‘s cold and icy outside so I‘m taking advantage of the quiet. Snuggling with my Rosie while having my coffee and using my new book pillow to hold my book. Life is good 💙

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Geemom1118
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I wasn‘t around in the summer of 69 but I‘m sure Elin will make me feel like I was.

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paisleyjess
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Really great character story about a family from Boston spending their traditional summer at the beach, but the summer of 69, as we all know, was anything but traditional. I really loved getting to know these characters, and spending my cool, fall days in their warm, summer world.

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AmyK1
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I really enjoyed this story about a family of strong women set in New England against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the moon landing and other events during the summer of ‘69.

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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 this was such a great book. I loved each of the characters and seeing how they grew and faced adversity. My kind of historical fiction!

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HaleyG14
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I enjoyed this quick read about 3 generations of women from one family in the summer of ‘69. Throughout the novel moments of history are mentioned but the real heart of the novel is the family and the things they individually face that one summer. My favorite parts were probably reading about 13 year old Jessie and her transition from a child to her own strong willed person.

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KarenUK
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A fun read set on Nantucket & Martha‘s Vineyard during the eventful summer of 69.
I enjoyed this story of a family and it‘s 3 generations of strong New England women, set against the backdrop of historic events. As everything changes around them, these women are finding their place in the world. Secrets are shared, friendships are made, heartbreaks endured and summer romances blossom. The chapter titles are fun too -song titles from the era! 🎶💕

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TrishB
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Tagged 😁
Got the go ahead to advertise for one of the vacancies in my department, yay 🎉
Dreaming - Blondie
#thoughfulthursday
Join in those that would like too 😁

squirrelbrain Yay on the new person! 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain very relieved!! Just have to get someone now 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts Excellent! Help on the way 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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TrishBovell Brown Eyed Girl 2y
MoonWitch94 Yay!! Thanks for playing 🌞 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts a welcome addition! 2y
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TrishB
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Second book I‘ve bailed on this week (but got a lot further in this one), I guess I‘m not in the mood for rich people‘s, summer, beach problems.
I‘ve had a really bad, grumpy day so the book is probably just the next thing to annoy me.

squirrelbrain You can growl at us if you like - get it all out 😡 gggrrr! 2y
Bookwormjillk Hahaha I hear you. 2y
LeahBergen That would irritate me, too, if I was in a foul mood. 😆 2y
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MsMelissa Noted. I will only read this when not in a bad mood, or when I‘m in the mood for rich people problems. 2y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Bookwormjillk @LeahBergen @Book_Fiend_Melissa thank you peeps 😁 I shouldn‘t leave all the horrible jobs, interacting with not my fave people to all be done on the same day. Off now until next Wednesday, hoping to be in a better mood and find a book to finish! 2y
BarbaraBB I recognize that. I hope you will gave a good week off with some good books! 2y
Megabooks Sometimes I can‘t read lighthearted when I‘m frustrated/pissed off too. If I‘m feeling serious, I read serious. If I‘m happy, I read light. Etc. I think that‘s why I only read nonfiction in vet school. 😂😂 I couldn‘t deal with fictional problems. 2y
MsMelissa I hope you enjoy your much deserved time off 😊 2y
Lindy Mood makes such a difference. I bailed on two audiobooks in a row yesterday, one contemporary realism YA, the other fantasy YA. Fortunately, I‘ve settled on one that I‘m loving: 2y
batsy Yup, I agree with @Lindy mood is so important! Hope you have a better day today! 2y
Kalalalatja Too relatable! Hope you have a good time off from work 🤞 2y
TrishB @BarbaraBB thank you 😘 2y
TrishB @Megabooks so true ❤️ 2y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa thank you 😘 2y
TrishB @Lindy @batsy @Kalalalatja sometimes I never know if the mood is corona, work or life age!! (edited) 2y
Caroline2 I am soooooo done with books about rich people probs right now! They just wind me up!!! I just want to shake them and shout “Let it go, Karen!!!” 🙄 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 definitely wrong time! 2y
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Megabooks
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Thank you @Cinfhen for recommending this. Count me as a #HilderbrandHead now! 4 books & counting!

1969 was a turning point in American culture, and the Foley-Levin family is in the middle of it. Tiger is fighting in Vietnam, Blaire‘s husband is a scientist on the moon landing, Kirby is working on Martha‘s Vineyard in Ted Kennedy‘s hotel, and young Jessie hit puberty. And mom Kate is drinking to handle all of it. A great family drama! 4⭐️🎧

Megabooks I‘ll try to calm down my posting y‘all!! 😂😂 2y
Cinfhen I‘m dying for the sequel!!!!!! 2y
Cinfhen Apparently it was a limited release as a novella on Kindle but it‘s no longer available 😭 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh, snap! Look which one of your bookish friends found it free on epub! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ (You have to read online, though.) Grab that iPad! 😘😘 UPDATED LINK http://bit.ly/SummerOf79EH the updated link is 1.99 but will actually give you the whole book! (edited) 2y
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RenePenn
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Great summer read!

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MindyK59
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I always love Elin Hilderbrand books and this was no exception. I really loved that she placed it in a past time line and weaved many of the events that happened during that summer right into the story. She even named the chapters after songs from that time. I enjoyed the story and liked the various characters. It was a fun summer read as are all of her books but I really did enjoy this one.

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Lola
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Are you Readathoning this weekend? I‘m trying to get through my stack of unread BOTM selections and the Reverse Readathon gave me the perfect opportunity to hit this one from my 6/19 box. Reading poolside on a hot August day is working with this book just fine. So is the Spotify playlist created from the chapter titles, each a popular song from the novel‘s time period.

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AmberWB
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Was able to get in some pool time (and reading) before the arrival of Isaias!

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AmyK1
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1. I just ordered the tagged, Salt to the Sea and a reading journal from thriftbooks this morning.
2. Preferred? On a beach somewhere. But since that rarely happens, on my living room couch. I don‘t listen to audiobooks though-physical books with an occasional ebook.
3. I have no idea lol

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs 💗💗💗 Salt to the Sea 💗💗💗 3y
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RenePenn
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Finally getting around to this one.

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Cinfhen
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This was refreshing, like a long tall glass of lemonade...not too sweet but super satisfying 🍹Elin Hilderbrand weaves in historical and cultural events ( Woodstock, Moon Landing, Vietnam War,,Chappaquiddick) all occurring during the summer of 1969 and ties it to a Nantucket family. I‘m eagerly anticipating a sequel...apparently in February a novella was published Summer of ‘79 but it‘s no longer available 😩 #BookWithSummerInTheTitle

squirrelbrain You‘d already persuaded me! 😜 3y
Cinfhen I just wanted you to know you got your money‘s worth @squirrelbrain 😘😘 (edited) 3y
BarbaraBB Very tempting review! 3y
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Cinfhen I‘m not convinced you would love it @BarbaraBB 😜😘 3y
KarenUK I‘m definitely going to read this for the same prompt! 😊👍💕 3y
BarbaraBB Neither am I haha, I am such a bore 😉 3y
Cinfhen You‘re not a bore at all..... you‘re just much more of a sophisticated reader than I am @BarbaraBB ♥️😘 3y
Cinfhen But you‘re gonna love it / just like I did @KarenUK it‘s got all the bits we adore 🥰 3y
BarbaraBB Yeah right 😂😂 3y
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Cinfhen
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#BookishCoincidence 🧡I LOVE when they occur and this book is really good!!! I can‘t wait to dive into the rest of Elin Hilderbrand‘s backlist🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗#PopSummer2020 #SummerInTheTitle

TrishB So, this is 99p on kindle today 😁 3y
Cinfhen BUY IT @TrishB !!!!!!! 3y
TrishB I have done 😁 I‘ve always avoided these as they look very lightweight, but you have persuaded me! 3y
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squirrelbrain Oh @TrishB you *are* naughty.... heads off to Amazon to spend more money....! 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain who can resist a book for 99p 😁 (definitely not me!). 3y
squirrelbrain Me either @TrishB ! Although, I‘m very surprised.... according to my spreadsheet I‘ve only bought 17 99p Kindle books this year - I expected it to be a lot more! #spreadsheetgeek 3y
TrishB @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I foolishly went away and counted and have brought 113 #99ponkindle books this year! But that‘s not bad in 7 months she says. 3y
Cinfhen Hahahahaha HILARIOUS @TrishB 😂🙌🏻❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Do I dare go count...I‘m definitely more than @squirrelbrain but less than @TrishB 3y
squirrelbrain @TrishB 😲 although in my defence I have been trying *not* to buy any books! Eagerly awaiting the results from @Cinfhen 🤣 3y
Cinfhen 34 #KindleDailyDeals since January 1, 2020 @TrishB @squirrelbrain not too bad but I probably bought another 20 #AudibleDailyDeals 🙈 3y
Cinfhen Still.... no where as close to @TrishB !!!!!! 3y
TrishB I excuse myself by saying it‘s less than a posh coffee a day (which I don‘t drink!) 😁😁 3y
squirrelbrain I don‘t drink coffee either @TrishB so that‘s a poor excuse! 🤣 3y
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - we‘re definitely not as bad as @TrishB ! 3y
Cinfhen I do like the posh coffee @TrishB @squirrelbrain but I haven‘t had one since Coronavirus outbreak 😝 3y
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Cinfhen
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Now that I‘m doing #PopSummer2020 #ReadingChallenge I thought it was a good time to pick up this book by Elin Hilderbrand ♥️🙌🏻I think I‘ve found a new favorite author...her books are deceiving....they present as light but they are quite deep and surprisingly insightful 🤓So far this one is not disappointing ❣️

KarenUK I remember a couple of years ago when we both read ‘The Identicals‘ and felt the same way! Those covers are a bit deceiving... not as fluffy as they appear.... 💕 3y
BarbaraBB How cool that you are doing #popsummer! 3y
Cinfhen You know how much I love a challenge @BarbaraBB 😉and I wasn‘t about to back away!!! I‘m loving this book @KarenUK I‘m ready to dive into EH entire backlist ❤️ 3y
BarbaraBB @KarenUK That is good to know. Her covers always make them seem fluffy (although lots if good books this year have totally childish covers imo). I only read one EH and enjoyed it 3y
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tpixie
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Here‘s an important 📣 beach 🏝 fact-
The tires on your car 🚙 should be deflated to 10 - 20 psi if you want to drive on the beach 🏖

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GypsyKat
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Like all of Hiderbrand‘s books, I found the writing style simplistic, but the beachy atmosphere always makes up for that for me. Set on both Nantucket and Martha‘s Vineyard, it‘s the summer of 69 and times they are changing. Civil rights, feminism, and the Vietnam War are just a few backdrops in this multi generational family story. This is a solid beach read. Three and a half stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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It was the summer of protests of the Vietnam war, civil rights, and women's lib, the summer of a new president"Nixon" and Apollo 11, the summer of Chappaquiddick and Woodstock. This novel surrounds the"Foley-Levin" family living their summer life on Nantucket amidst struggles concerning the lives of their children intwined with the changing tides nearing the end of the turbulent 60's. Interesting sidenote-author EH was born July'69❤️

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cwarnier
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#SummerFun
@StayCurious@4thhouseontheleft
I have loved every Hilderbrand book I have read so far. This winter I want to read her winter series.
This book at times I had to think about the historical context to fully comprehend what was going on., but I think that is because it was before my time.
Over all I loved this book, and seeing how all of the girls stories intertwined.

Chrissyreadit @cwarnier checking to make sure you received your email. 3y
cwarnier @Chrissyredit Yes I did. Thank you. 3y
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cwarnier
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#gardenselfie indoor garden
#summerfun
@StayCurious @4thhouseontheleft
I know this was for last week, sorry I am a bit behind.

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cwarnier
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😅

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cwarnier
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They are leaving for Nantucket on the third Monday in June, just as they always do.
#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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cwarnier
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Hopefully this will help me to be motivated at some of these challenges.
Not sure if I want to add 5 more books yet to be able to do the bingo idea.
I know come August, I will be back in the swing of school stuff and probably have little time to read again.
#bookspin

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OriginalCyn620 I really enjoyed it! 3y
TheEllieMo So, I see this title, and now in my head I have Bryan Adams.... 🎶 got my first real six-string, bought it at the five and dime... 3y
TheSpineView @OriginalCyn620 Good to know! 😊 3y
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Amandakay
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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OriginalCyn620
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This was the first book that popped into my mind...I love the cover!
#ocean #boundtogetherjune

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cwarnier
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#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks
I saw a ton of this hashtag and investigated how it works. I think I just post this list here and you pick a number and I read that book. Please tell me if I am wrong on that.

StayCurious It‘s my first time too! Looking forward to participating 😃 3y
TheAromaofBooks That's exactly correct!! Now I have your name on my list, so I'll tag you with the picked number on the 2nd. Whenever you read your book, just tag me in the review!!! Glad to have you along!! 3y
cwarnier So I devoured #17 specials so I am replacing it with imposters. 3y
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TheQuietQuill
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This one took me a while to get into. I‘d say about halfway through I finally started to gain some interest in all of the girls and their point of view. I think I was expecting more. But that cover though, five stars for the cover of the book 😆

Overall rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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wildwoodreads
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Happy Memorial Day! Since it‘s beginning to feel like summer I thought I‘d share some of my favorite summer reads.

https://readinginthewildwood.com/2020/05/25/a-summer-read-for-every-mood/

Maria514626 I love the backdrop! 3y
OhBOOOOK I just ordered Where The Crawdad Sings! Can‘t wait to read. 3y
wildwoodreads @OhBOOOOK I hope you enjoy it! 3y
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rather_be_reading
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Great great book! It made me feel as if I was actually in 1969. It felt authentic even though I def wasnt around in 69. I enjoyed each character's path and individ issues. I look forward to reading more Hilderbrand. But now i want to go to the beach!!

auduibiditalia Omg my favorite book! I have been glued to it since I got my first kindle! 3y
auduibiditalia I would suggest that you read summer of 79 as well 3y
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rather_be_reading
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NTS: passel

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rather_be_reading
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People are people.

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...Jessie's expression collapses like a souffle.

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rather_be_reading
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Ill plan everything...all you need is your bikini and a book.

[Im in!]

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rather_be_reading
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The delicate moment pops like a soap bubble.

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Love lunches outside

Sharv_Sona Yummy 3y
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