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Bel Canto
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
Somewhere in South America, at the home of the country's vice president, a lavish birthday party is being held in honor of Mr. Hosokawa, a powerful Japanese businessman. Roxanne Coss, opera's most revered soprano, has mesmerized the international guests with her singing. It is a perfect eveninguntil a band of gun-wielding terrorists breaks in through the air-conditioning vents and takes the entire party hostage. But what begins as a panicked, life-threatening scenario slowly evolves into something quite different, as terrorists and hostages forge unexpected bonds and people from different countries and continents become compatriots.Without the demands of the world to shape their days, life on the inside becomes more beautiful than anything they had known before. At once riveting and impassioned, the narrative becomes a moving exploration of how people communicate when music is the only common language. Friendship, compassion, and the chance for great love lead the characters to forget the real danger that has been set in motion and cannot be stopped.Ann Patchett has written a novel that is as lyrical and profound as it is unforgettable. Bel Canto engenders in the reader the very passion for art and the language of music that its characters discover. As a reader, you find yourself fervently wanting this captivity to continue forever, even though you know that real life waits on the other side of the garden wall. A virtuoso performance by one of our best and most important writers, Bel Canto is a novel to be cherished.
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Leftcoastzen
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#booked2019 #featuresAmusician Why did it take so long for me to get to this one? I don‘t like Opera?A visiting businessman is to be treated to an incredible birthday party in South America,an amazing soprano is to sing at the event.Gun-wielding terrorists burst in an hold international dignitaries hostage.As time goes on the character study of relationships takes center stage as the situation goes on.unexpected alliances form.

Lcsmcat I‘m glad you liked it. It‘s one of my favorites! 2w
erinreads LOVE this! Bel Canto was my first Ann Patchett and it made me an instant fan! 💕 2w
Leftcoastzen @Lcsmcat Beautifully written ! (edited) 2w
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Leftcoastzen @erinreads I need to read more of her books , it was excellent. 2w
jillrhudy This book was superb. 2w
Leftcoastzen @jillrhudy Yes , it was.I could not wait to get back to it . 2w
CarolynM Beautiful book❤️ 2w
rwmg I agree with @erinreads and I have to say Ann Patchett hasn't let me down yet 2w
Cinfhen This book was really good. The premise was so original. Agreed @rwmg @erinreads Patchett ALWAYS delivers. I‘m excited for her new book 2w
Cathythoughts Loved this one 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I agree with you. I need to read more Patchett, especially since I‘ve accumulated a few of hers on my shelves. The new one sounds good too! 2w
Leftcoastzen @CarolynM so much love for this book. 2w
Leftcoastzen @rwmg hope to read another Patchett soon. 2w
Leftcoastzen @BarbaraTheBibliophage I like her even more because she has a bookstore!😃 2w
Cinfhen Did you read it already @CarolynM !?!??? I‘m so jelly 1w
CarolynM @Cinfhen Yes, my reviewer friend gave me her ARC. I'm very lucky🙂 1w
Cinfhen Glad to hear it doesn‘t disappoint @CarolynM 1w
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Leftcoastzen
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#Booked2019 #Spring I‘m behind on the challenge .I‘m 50 pages into this one,it‘s amazing! #featuresamusician

Graywacke I have fond memories of this one 2w
cajunsyd A favorite of mine! And I love your backsplash!! 😉 2w
Cinfhen Great choice for this prompt 😊🎶 2w
Lcsmcat Such a great book! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I read (really, listened to) this for the same prompt. Loved it! 2w
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Lissa00
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I am traveling to visit Parnassus Books in Nashville next month so obviously I‘m reading/re-reading all of Ann Patchett‘s books. Apparently, there‘s a quiz as soon as you walk in the door...right? 😂😂

Buechersuechtling A quiz at the bookstore about a specific author‘s books❓🤔 That‘s a cool idea. 4w
Maria514626 Bel Canto. ❤️❤️❤️ I need to re-read that. Thanks for the reminder! 4w
ReadosaurusText Such a great bookstore!!! 4w
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Bookwormjillk Enjoy! 4w
Lissa00 @Maria514626 I‘m reading it now, it‘s so good! 3w
Lissa00 @ReadosaurusText I am so excited to see it in person. I feel like I already know it from Instagram😁 3w
ReadosaurusText @Lissa00 Ooh!!! Well, leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy it. It is really well designed and curated collections of books AND bookish things. 🥰 3w
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erinreads
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I‘ve legit been friends with this girl for EIGHT YEARS and this never once came up?! Granted, I just read my first Ann Patchett book about two years ago, but still. Guess a trip to Nashville is in my future! 😂

Megabooks 😎😎😎 1mo
Jerdencon Very cool!! 1mo
tjwill That is awesome! 1mo
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rwmg 🤯🥳🥳 1mo
Reviewsbylola Holy fuck, if Ann Patchett were my neighbor I‘d be telling everyone. 🤣🤣 1mo
DivineDiana Exciting discovery! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 1mo
LauraBeth WOW!!! 1mo
staci.reads That's fantastic! 1mo
Bianca That is awesome! 1mo
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Kaila-ann
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Still not 100% sure how I feel about this book. On the one had, beautiful writing and character development and on the other hand . . . the ending. Obviously, you kind of know how it‘s going to go since there are hostages and terrorists . . . it‘s probably not going to end well but at the same time . . . 💔. I did not like the epilogue at all and would have been much more satisfied with the end being the actual ending.

TrishB I didn‘t enjoy this one of hers, but loved her others. 2mo
Kaila-ann @TrishB I‘m glad I‘m not the only one. Her writing was good but the story - meh. I guess it did it‘s job tho, you‘re supposed to see the terrorists as humans since the hostages do 🤷🏻‍♀️. 2mo
emz711 Not a fan of the ending but enjoyed the story 2mo
Kaila-ann @emz711 I think that might be where I‘m at but like I said, I still can‘t say for sure how I feel about it in general. 2mo
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Kaila-ann
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Finished 1 book so far for #24B4Monday #readathon.

TheReadingMermaid Woohoo one book down!!! 👍😃👍 You go girl!! 2mo
Andrew65 Going well! 👏👏👏 2mo
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Kaila-ann
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Decided to join in on the #24B4Monday #readathon this weekend. This is my stack. I‘ve promised these books to other people once they‘re finished so why not make a dent in them. #bookcrossing #booksharing #sharingiscaring

jb72 Great selection! Thanks for joining us. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid A perfect way to get through that stack! Glad to have you with us darlin! What's your target time? 2mo
Kaila-ann @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid thanks 😊. I‘m going to try for the full 24, I‘ve got audiobooks in addition to this stack for commuting/chores. 2mo
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TheReadingMermaid Nice 👍😃👍 2mo
Andrew65 Good luck with the Readathon, a great stack! 2mo
Kaila-ann @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 thanks, I‘m excited! 🎉 2mo
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Kalalalatja
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

I can see why this is so well loved, but it just didn‘t do it for me. The jumping around from character to character took way too long for me to get used to, and I was bored through the first half of the book. However, it does have some beautiful passages and some great characters, and the ending was gasp-worthy. So, sorry book, it is not ypu, it‘s me 🤷‍♀️

#BookToMovie #Booked2019

TrishB Lovely pic 👍🏻 I bailed on this one - Loved all her others but this just didn‘t hold my attention. 2mo
Jess861 I thought the same thing after finishing this book - just wasn't for me. I felt like it didn't really go anywhere - it was just a very long description of the characters. 2mo
Sherri I read this years ago and remember hating it, then realizing so many people loved it. Oh well. I'm happy for those readers and equally happy to have moved on to other books. 2mo
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MeghanReads I remember feeling the same way years ago. Everyone loved it and I was like maybe I read the wrong book. I needed something more even though I agree that parts of the book were lovely and the writing was great. It just didn‘t make me say let me stay up and read another chapter. 2mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @Jess861 @Sherri @MeghanReads I‘m really glad I‘m not alone in not loving it! 🙌 2mo
Cinfhen I felt like I was meant to love this book even though it had some major flaws but I was still glad I read it. Ann Patchett does write with a flowery pen. 2mo
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Kalalalatja
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It seems like most of my clients decided to take the day off from therapy, and I‘m caught up with my admin work, so now I‘m putting my feet up for a bit with my #currentread 📖

Megabooks Sounds perfectly reasonable! 😁👍🏻 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yay! For some reading time and the book! ❤️ 2mo
Billypar On my shelf and should be getting to soon. I haven't read Patchett yet, but I hear so many good things about this one and several others. 2mo
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Cathythoughts I loved this one 👍🏻♥️enjoy the feet up situation 2mo
Kalalalatja @Billypar I have only read Commonwealth by her, and it was great! @Megabooks I knew I would find understanding here 😄😄 @erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts I‘m not really feeling it yet... I have read 160 pages, and I find it a little bit boring, tbh 🙊 it does have its moments of beauty, though, so I‘m going to keep reading 👍 (edited) 2mo
mom2bugnbee This is one of my all-time favorites. ☺ And I'm blessed to live just outside of Nashville, home to her bookstore, Parnassus Books. 2mo
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YouBookMe
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“Some people are born to make great art and others are born to appreciate it. Don‘t you think? It is a kind of talent in itself, to be an audience, whether you are the spectator in the gallery or you are listening to the voice of the world‘s greatest soprano. Not everyone can be the artist. There have to be those who witness the art, who love and appreciate what they have been privileged to see.”

Cathythoughts Nice pic! Loved the book 2mo
YouBookMe @Cathythoughts I really liked it as well! 2mo
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Mtroiano
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Beach read #2

rwmg That salty water is seawater, not tears 2mo
mom2bugnbee One of my favorites! 2mo
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Bookworm83
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I‘m not a fan of fireworks and loud noises, so this is how I do 4th of July....curled up in my closet with earplugs and a great book 😂 Thinking this might be a wonderful spot for a reading nook 🤔 Happy 4th of July to all those celebrating and happy reading to everyone else!!

Rachel.Rencher I hate them, too! Mostly because I hate seeing my dog panic. I've been blasting classical music while my husband and I read, and it's working surprisingly well. 2mo
IamIamIam Once as a kid, my friend took a jumping jack in the butt and my grandmother told us we couldn't go outside again. It was a blessing in disguise because a Twilight Zone marathon was on and I became a lifelong fan!!! Hope you had a relaxing 4th and luckily it's only once a year! 2mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I also hate the 4th of July. When I was a kid my cousin threw a fire cracker at my face. Luckily, it just burned the side of my neck/my ear, but man I was terrified for life. We don‘t leave the house and I spend most of it with music on and a book. I hope you‘re doing ok in your reading nook. 2mo
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Bookworm83 @Rachel.Rencher Your poor pup! I feel so bad for dogs on this holiday. Glad you are cozied up, too! 2mo
Bookworm83 @IamIamIam That is a blessing in disguise! I love the Twilight Zone, too ❤️ 2mo
Bookworm83 @Ashley_Nicoletto Oh my gosh... that is traumatizing for sure 😢 I hope you are hanging in there and cozied up tonight ❤️ 2mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry! I hate them, too, but not as much as you. 💗 2mo
LittlePixels I just related this to my daughter, to show her someone else who shares her hatred of loud noises. Thank you for helping her feel a little less alone. 💕 That does look like a great place for a reading nook! 2mo
riversong153 Omg I wish I could‘ve hidden! I hate fireworks. I know I‘m in the minority there but I had a bad experience as a kid and now I cannot stand them! 2mo
Bookworm83 @Megabooks 😘😘 @LittlePixels Aww!! Poor girl...glad I was able to help in some small way ❤️ 2mo
Bookworm83 @riversong153 I totally get it!! So glad this holiday is over 😬 2mo
dragondrool First off, and foremost, I love you and my heart is with you on this one. But you already knew that.

Second, I wish you were here, because we could binge our way through the entire run of the original Twilight Zone. I have it on DVD.

That would be grand, indeed!
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dragondrool Oh, yeah. Thirdly, I rather liked Bel Canto. Did you see there's going to be a movie?
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Bookworm83 @dragondrool I love you, too 😘 I would enjoy nothing more than to have a Twilight Zone marathon with you, book buddy!! I am really enjoying Bel Canto. Such a beautifully written book. Will have to check out the movie! 2mo
LindaMcGraw16 @Bookworm83 @dragondrool Don‘t forget your third musketeer over here! 2mo
Bookworm83 @LindaMcGraw16 @dragondrool We‘d never forget about you 😘😘 I would love nothing more than time with both my book buddies ❤️ 2mo
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Cortg
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Goodwill Book Haul, $3.50! Last Saturday of the month is 50%. Most of these are going into our Little Free Library but I‘m keeping Bel Canto and maybe Truely Madly Guilty to read.

Crazeedi Both of the ones you mentioned are good, so is the red tent 3mo
rather_be_reading awesome!! 👏 3mo
Cortg @Crazeedi I loved the Red Tent! I read it ages ago! 3mo
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throwmeabook
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Mehso-so

Accompanied my husband on his business trip to Saratoga Springs and spent a very lovely morning in Congress Park finishing this for the #Booked2019 #featuresamusician #Booked2019spring prompt. A group of dignitaries, business people and artists are taken hostage by a group of terrorists at the home of the Vice President of an unnamed South American country. Although the character development was on point, not exactly sure how much I liked this.

Cinfhen Lovely photo and review!! I remember being slightly underwhelmed when I read this book. Still have mad respect for Ann Patchett🙌🏻 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really loved this one, but for sure it's not a “normal“ kind of plot. Hey, a prompt done and reading in the park, FTW though. 3mo
Fridameetslucy One of my favorite books. Her style is reminiscent for me of Baldwin‘s later fiction - there is a great attention to building a ground. 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ive tried to read this twice and never get far with it. I‘m convinced I‘ll like it. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Caroline2
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I originally just wanted Bel Canto but I couldn‘t resist these others in the Perennial Collection! 😯

AlaMich Of course not, with covers like those!! 3mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 3mo
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youneverarrived Lovely 😍 3mo
BarbaraBB Super! 3mo
TheBookKeepers Pretty 3mo
readordierachel 😍😍 3mo
minkyb ❣️ 3mo
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LibraryCin
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
Mehso-so

It was pretty slow-moving, but the story was good. I found I (mostly) didn‘t care about the characters. I guess by the end, I did a little bit, but still not as much as I would have hoped. The epilogue was unexpected – I‘m not sure I liked it. My edition had an interview with the author at the end, so I found it interesting to discover that the book was based on a real-life hostage situation at the Japanese embassy in Peru that did last months.

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Bookwormjillk
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I read 14 books in May, Bel Canto was probably my favorite although all of these books were good. A very satisfying reading month!

ReadingOver50 How was Smarter Faster Better? I have it on my TBR 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 💖📚💖 4mo
Bookwormjillk @ReadingOver50 I thought his first book was better, but this one was still good 4mo
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mgdenmark
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Very satisfied with the ending (not the epilogue). It took me awhile to read because I kept convincing myself that I wasn‘t interested. Glad I kept on keeping on. Very interesting perspectives.

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Bookwormjillk
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This book was not at all what I expected, but in a good way.

Rissreads I loved this, it surprised me too. 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Hoping to read this one day! 😊 4mo
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Bookwormjillk
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This is the year I finally read Bel Canto.

Lcsmcat My first Patchett, and still a favorite! 4mo
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Sharpeipup
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#bfc week 1 complete
✅1.5 audiobooks
✅ 3 workouts & 4 yoga classes
✅ cheered for everyone I saw post
💪🏻onto week 2!
@wanderinglynn #bookishfitnesschallenge

wanderinglynn Great first week! 🙌🏻 4mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 4mo
britt_brooke Awesome!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 How are you liking Bel Canto so far? I wasn‘t a great fan, but I know a lot of folks love it. (edited) 4mo
Sharpeipup @britt_brooke I saw your review in good reads actually. So far it‘s okay but I would like some progress soon... 4mo
britt_brooke @Sharpeipup 😆 Yeah, I slammed it pretty hard. I liked the idea of it, but it was surprisingly slow. 4mo
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EmilieGR
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I think about this book often. Like a dark fairy tale

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Brona
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There was an incredible logic to kissing, such a metal- to-magnet pull between two people that it was a wonder that they found the strength to prevent themselves from succumbing every second.

Lcsmcat I ❤️ this book! 5mo
CarolynM Fabulous book! 5mo
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TrishB
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Bailedbailed

It‘s just a bail for now I think. I‘m having such crappy days at the moment and this is just not keeping my attention. Maybe I need to hibernate it for a bit.
Not really sure what my brain wants 🤷‍♀️

cobwebmoth Sorry that you're having crappy days right now. I hope things improve for you soon. 5mo
TrishB @cobwebmoth thank you, sometimes work is just too much!! 5mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, poor you... Hope work gets better soon 😘 5mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain thanks Helen! Retirement not an option yet... 5mo
DGRachel I hope things get better soon! {{hugs}} 5mo
Andrew65 You have my sympathies, in recent months work has been like that for me. Stay strong. 😊 5mo
Leftcoastzen Sorry for your crappy days..Im supposed to read this one for booked19 ... Maybe a mystery or thriller would perk you up ..they kind of drag you along 5mo
Cathythoughts Hope all gets better very soon 😘 5mo
RvnclawWhovian Sometimes it‘s just not the right time in your life. I recently picked up a book I couldn‘t get into a few years ago and liked it so much more. Hope your day gets better and you find something that grabs your attention 5mo
Kalalalatja Crappy days suck! Hope everything improves soon 💕 5mo
Birdsong28 Hope everything gets better soon 😘📚📖 5mo
JennyM Take care Trish. I‘m having a similar experience at the moment, so have just ordered a heap of comfort reads from the library. My brain just isn‘t computing anything with depth. Thinking of you xx 5mo
Redwritinghood Hope your day improves! Watch the movie of this one a couple of days ago. It was just ok. 5mo
Lindy Give your brain some quiet time. Hope you feel better soon. 🌻 5mo
TheLudicReader This one takes a bit to get into, but totally worth it in the end. Hope the coming days are more settled. 5mo
batsy I hope things ease up at work and your mind gets some rest ❤️ 5mo
BeaG I read short stories when I get in a slump. 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Aww, this one is a slow burn for sure. I hope you feel better soon, Trish. Maybe go to your comfort reads. Or take a break from reading, do some other things that you enjoy. 🤞things work out well ❣️ 5mo
Jas16 I hope things get better for you soon. I am going through work issues too so I can empathize. 5mo
CarolynM Hope you're feeling on top of things again soon😘 In the meantime, turn to an old favourite or two 5mo
Caroline2 Oh no Trish. Maybe you need something a little lighter for now. I hope things calm down for you soon. 😘 5mo
TrishB @Andrew65 managing people is so difficult! I‘ve aged 10 years in a week and it‘s not over yet. (edited) 5mo
Andrew65 @TrishB Yes can totally sympathise, seem to spend my life doing that! Think that was me just before the Summer. Sending best wishes for a quick (as possible) resolution for you. 👍 (edited) 5mo
TrishB @Andrew65 thank you! 5mo
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GinaKButler
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“It makes you wonder. All the brilliant things we might have done with our lives if only we suspected we knew how.”

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GinaKButler
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This has been on my TBR forever...

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#literaryluck #favoritesofmarch

Count Alexander Rostov ❤️
Edward and Florence ❤️💔
Carmen, Ishmael, Cesar, G. Benjamin...etc ❤️💔

readordierachel I'm loving that Moscow cover! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💜💜 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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It‘s easy to assume this to be an action-thriller novel, judging by the blurb. A group of prominent people are taken hostage by a terrorist group who raided an official function; which demanded negotiations with the authorities. But what Patchett presents is a quiet, unhurried and beautifully-told plot involving a cast of international characters, whom we get to know and grow fond of. 👇

#Booked2019 #Spring #featuresamusician

erzascarletbookgasm A story of relationships forged and bonded under unusual circumstances; of self-discovery, hopes and dreams in proximity of death. Music and language (or lack of it) seem to have special powers in this novel. ❤️💔 6mo
Lcsmcat I loved this for the beautiful way she showed fully realized characters and how they change in reaction to events around them. 6mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review! I loved this one & great choice for this prompt ☑️♥️ 6mo
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Cathythoughts And what a beautiful picture ♥️ 6mo
peaknit I also enjoyed this book many years ago. It was made into a movie last year with Julianne Moore as the Oprah singer, it was nice to revisit the story. 6mo
Cathythoughts Also Jessie, just to say I just received 2 packages from you 🙏🏻🙏🏻♥️( put away till the day ) thankyouX 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Lcsmcat Yes, you explained it correctly! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cathythoughts Thanks 😘. And yay! the packages arrived early! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @peaknit Did you watch the movie? I saw the trailer, not interested to watch it, furthermore I‘m not a big fan of the lead actors 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
Kalalalatja Now I‘m even more excited to read it! Great review 👌 6mo
callielafleur This was one of my grandmother's favorite books. I need to read it 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja @callielafleur I hope you both will get to read it. It‘s been on my shelves for so long, I actually thought it‘s an action-packed hostage situation story. 6mo
peaknit I did watch it, I read the book about 15 years ago so it was nice to see it, just ok but on some free service while knitting, worth it.😊 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Reading the tagged book made me search and listen to this composition. Just lovely. 🎼🎹

Cathythoughts Loved Bel Canto ♥️ 6mo
sisilia My fav Nocturne 😻 6mo
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Pam.Kokomo
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Patchett is a masterful storyteller!

Drocchio03 I didn‘t know they made this into a movie! 6mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a melodic story of an extreme case of Stockholm Syndrome. It‘s an elegant and meaningful exposition of kidnapping, but also of love. The characters are diverse—rebel soldiers, an opera singer, translator, diplomats, and businessmen. Patchett creates a true ensemble piece, focusing on character development and a few big action moments. I loved it!

Full review www.TheBibliophage.com
#thebibliophage2019
#booked2019 #featuresamusician

Ubookquitous Loved this 6mo
BibliOphelia I‘ve always meant to read this - thanks for the reminder! 6mo
Abby2 I really felt these characters. Loved the book 6mo
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rwmg One of my favourite books of 2018 6mo
BiblioLitten Stacked! Great review 😊 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @BibliOphelia You‘re welcome! Hope you enjoy it—whenever you get to it. 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Ubookquitous @Abby2 @rwmg Glad I‘m not alone. Now I‘m excited to read her other books! 6mo
rwmg @BarbaraTheBibliophage I can thoroughly recommend her 6mo
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Sharpeipup
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1. Yes. It‘s short though.
2. Yes & currently in progress.
3. Yes, attempted yesterday.
4. See tagged.
@wanderinglynn #hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🖋 6mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Started this #audiobook yesterday. A long time ago, our friend Terry waxed poetic about this book. I‘m finally giving it a go.

I‘m so glad to be working hard on my #MountTBR this year. Doing fewer challenges has made it easier. That‘s been lovely too. #readinggoals #butnottoomany #timetobespontaneous

Suet624 It‘s so satisfying to finish books from my own bookshelves. However, I‘ve already fallen behind on my commitment to read my own books. 😠😩 7mo
rwmg Wonderful book. I'm just wondering whether to go and see the film, which hasn't had very good reviews. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Suet624 I‘m always gung ho at the beginning of the year. Then I fall down the rabbit hole of new releases!!! 7mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @rwmg I know what you mean. The reviews were bad. I‘ll probably look on streaming and try it. 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I just realized I could use this for #featuresamusician. I may or may not ... because I still want to read the Freddy Mercury book! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft 7mo
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve found many of this year‘s challenges fit perfectly with many of my TBR books! Otherwise, I wouldn‘t have signed up for so many. Maybe. 😂 7mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Yes, that‘s true for me also. But this year I‘ve been more free to mood read, and I quite like it! 7mo
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gradcat
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#TimbitTunes
Day 21 - #LostTogether
While not exactly lost, this group of high-placed hostages whose lingua franca is music, forge unexpected bonds during their interminable captivity. Stuck in the South American Vice-Presidential mansion while negotiations mostly break down, these international hostages are “lost together,” but they learn the often elusive art of communication.

This is the first thing that came to my mind—I hope I did it right.

Cinfhen Excellent choice!!! And fabulous graphics!! Thanks for joining in 🥰 7mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Thanks so much! You are really nice, and you always respond...I want you to know that I really, really appreciate that, and you! ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Cinfhen Awww, Thank you @gradcat I really enjoy “Litsying” 😉 7mo
gradcat @Cinfhen And you‘re very good at it! ❤️ 7mo
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kbuggle
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Pickpick

Gosh this is written beautifully. It‘s been on my shelf forever, and I finally got around to picking it up, and now can‘t wait to see it translated to the big screen.

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violabrain
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1. Ann Patchett
2. Jhumpa Lahiri
3. John Irving
4. Margaret Atwood
5. Daniel Pink (a stand-in for smart science writing)

britt_brooke Nice list! 7mo
PassionatelyCurious 1. Chimamandra Ngozie Adichie 2. Yaa Gyasi 3. Jean Rhys 4. Thomas Hardy 5. James Joyce (Also, up-and-coming Tommy Orange and the so-classic Jane Austen. I could probably keep going.) 7mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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I haven't seen much about this movie, but stumbled across it in my library's online catalog. Just finished it and it is very similar to the book. I can't complain much; I experienced many of the same feelings I had while reading the book. I wasn't the greatest fan of the book, but now appreciate the story a bit more having watch the film adaptation. #booktomovie 🎥 📖

Coleen I just watched this too, a couple nights ago. Didn‘t care much for the book when I read it, but I enjoyed the movie. 🎥 7mo
DivineDiana I loved the book! Knew that a movie was being made, but never knew it was released! 😮 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @Coleen I couldn't connect with the book and was pretty disappointed because I had high hopes 😔 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @DivineDiana sane here! It was a quiet release I guess 🤷🏼‍♀️ 7mo
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GuiltyFeat
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Pickpick

Perfectly lovely tale, patiently told, even if the ending was a little rushed. It takes place in some undefined country, but it seems undefined in other ways too.

It went on perhaps 50 pages longer than it needed, but there was enough magic to justify the raves I have read about this book over the past decade or more.

DivineDiana Love this cover! ❤️ 7mo
GuiltyFeat @DivineDiana Yes! Picked this up cheaply online and chose this version specifically for that cover. 7mo
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Qpri
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I had mixed feelings about this book. I absolutely loved the way language and music were woven into the story! But I thought some parts were lower in depth of composition, and merely pandering to readers seeking quick entertainment...

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Blueberry
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Mehso-so

I not sure why all the love for this book. The characters were done very well but I felt something lacking. By the very end I was skimming the big paragraphs of interspection. I don't know, maybe because I'm still sick and don't want to think too much.
*Sloths have no relation to the story and are put there merely for my daughter's enjoyment. 😀

@NataliePatalie

farrahkohn Bummer. I loved it, but I love paragraphs of introspection! Ha! 8mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I wasn't really that into it until the end, when I realized the slow pace was to make the ending more impactful. Until then I thought it was boring. Not my fave though. 8mo
NataliePatalie 😂 I love them! 8mo
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Blueberry
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My current read.

farrahkohn This is in my top ten books of all time!!!!! Enjoy! 8mo
Cathythoughts I loved ♥️ this book !!! 8mo
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Amiable
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Mehso-so

My aunt urged me to read this book for years -- it's a favorite of hers. It's a story of a group of terrorists who take a group of hostages in an unnamed South American country, and what happens over the next few months. I thought it was decent enough, but it wouldn't make my Top 10 list. Or even my Top 100. To each his/her own! :)

Reviewsbylola So many people have raved about this book, but recently I‘ve seen a lot of reviews similar to yours so I‘m fairly sure I‘m passing on it permanently. 9mo
Lindy I‘m with your aunt on this one. Loved it so much I‘ve read it twice. It‘s inspired by a true event that happened in Peru in 1996. (edited) 9mo
Amoon As a musician, I loved the way the author celebrates the wonder of the arts - music ...and food! 9mo
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Bklover
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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#AdventRecommends Day 14
This was a selection for my IRL book group. I was planning on passing on it, but thought I‘d read the first 50 pages so I could say I tried. I ended up reading the whole thing, and loved every minute of it. If you‘ve never read Ann Patchett, this would be the one I recommend you start with. ❤️❤️❤️

jillannjohn Love this book! 9mo
SheReadsAndWrites Love this one! I can't wait to see if the movie lives up to it- since they usually don't. 😬 9mo
tpixie My sister loved this book! It‘s been on my TBR for years. Maybe I finally need to read it! 9mo
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Trashcanman What's this IRL buisness. It sounds painful. I am #89! 9mo
Judybskt It is still in my tbr pile. I‘ve read a lot of her other books and really liked them. I started this and bailed. 9mo
Bklover @Trashcanman In real life. I‘ve seen it used here on Litsy, and I want to be one if the cool kids. 💛💛 9mo
Trashcanman @Bklover shit I feel dumb now. 9mo
Bklover @Trashcanman HAH! if it makes you feel better I had to google it. I am most definitely not one if the cool kids. And you, my dear friend, are most definitely not dumb!💚 9mo
TrishB I got this last week in a charity shop! 9mo
LauraBeth Love this book! 9mo
Dragon Totally agree , this is my favourite by this author 💚💚💚 9mo
rwmg Loved it, apart from the epilogue. She immediately became one of my new favourite writers. The only other one of hers I've read is even better: 9mo
CarolynM Beautiful book😍 9mo
Bklover @rwmg Those are the only two I‘ve read as well. Loved them both! 9mo
Bklover @TrishB I think you‘ll enjoy it! You‘ll have to let me know! (edited) 9mo
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Lcsmcat
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The first Patchett I ever read, which hooked me on her work, Bel Canto is a wonderful example of how to draw characters and show how events work to change them. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x
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Cathythoughts ♥️♥️♥️loved this book 9mo
squirrelbrain Me too @Lcsmcat and @Cathythoughts - I loved it! 9mo
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CarolynM
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Pickpick

I have heard great things about this one and it turns out they are all true. It is a really beautiful book. I know some people hate the ending, but the major plot point could only end as it did and I liked the epilogue. I was struck by the idea that there is so much potential in people who in ordinary circumstances would never have the chance to discover it. Carmen, Cesar, Ishmael all so talented but only getting opportunity Too late.

CarolynM I've just realised I can use this for today's #NoFemmeber prompt. #Gunshot is certainly something that happens here. @Cinfhen @Billypar 10mo
Ruthiella I loved this book! One of the few books I‘ve read twice. I thought the ending was perfect if difficult to take. I know a lot of readers disliked the epilogue. I didn‘t find it necessary but I didn‘t hate it. 10mo
Cinfhen I liked this one a lot and it definitely works for today ❤️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts I really loved this ind too ... I havnt seen the movie around yet .... Julianne Moore ... I agree the book is beautiful 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts I can't decide if I want to see the movie or not. It could be really good or really not. Juliane Moore gives me hope. 10mo
Rissreads One of my favourites this year! Loved it! 💜 10mo
Billypar So excited to try Patchett- I think my first will either be this one or State of Wonder, which @erzascarletbookgasm just posted for the #Amazon prompt. 10mo
RaimeyGallant Great review! 10mo
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Kalalalatja
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Dear @Sarah83 thank you for your sweet birthday surprise ❤️ I have wanted to read Bel Canto for such a long time, and ypu know I love the book candy 👌

It really means a lot, so a big, big than you!

#bookmail #birthdaymail

Sarah83 Yeah 🎉 it arrived. So glad you like it. I am sure, you will love your Christmas gift either. 😘 10mo
Rissreads I LOVED this book 💚 10mo
Cathythoughts I really loved this book ❤️ 10mo
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Kalalalatja @Sarah83 thank you again! 💕 10mo
Kalalalatja @Rissreads @Cathythoughts it has gotten so much love, so I‘m hoping I‘ll love it too! 🤞 10mo
tpixie @Sarah83 @Kalalalatja fun!! That IS real ‘book candy‘ !!!! 9mo
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Dogearedcopy
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I read this almost twelve years ago and *loved* it... except for the epilogue. It‘s come back into my life again via #LGPOG and I‘m going to re-read it. I was a different person then and I suspect the book will present itself differently to me now too!

(📷: Book set against a rehearsal piano score for Verdi‘s Aida. 1880 copyright; 1926 hand annotations from a regional opera company)

Dragon A favourite book 💕 10mo
rwmg I loved it as well but hated the epilogue. Are you going to see the film? 10mo
Dogearedcopy @rwmg I was excited when I heard the book was being made into a film but when they cast Nicole Kidman, I lost interest. I'm not a fan of Renée Fleming's singing either, so I would rather watch the "movie in my head" :-) 10mo
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Krose1
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Pickpick

This book made me fall in love with Ann Patchett‘s writing and I loved it just as much reading it again. I knew they were making a movie but didn‘t realize that I completely missed when it was in the theater, so I‘ll have to find it to rent!

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Rissreads
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My first Ann Patchett book and it won‘t be my last. I adored this book, I didn‘t want it to end. It made me laugh and cry. I‘m still uncertain about how I feel about the ending though.

Abailliekaras Absolutely loved this! 11mo
Rissreads @Abailliekaras I know it was soooo good! 11mo
Bklover I loved this one too! 11mo
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JennyM
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1 | #OctoberXFiles

The attendees of a high-brow birthday party face #BitinTheBullet when a terrorist organisation breaks in and takes them hostage. I liked the book - beautifully written - and am so looking forward to the movie!

Thanks for a fun September Cindy and @Kalalalatja 😘

Kalalalatja 😘😘 12mo
Robothugs I still need to read this! Maybe I need to move it up on my TBR. 12mo
Aimeesue The audiobook version of Bel Canto was brilliant. ❤️ 12mo
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Cathythoughts I loved this book too ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Rissreads I‘m listening to this. It‘s got my attention so far! 12mo
Cinfhen I really liked Bel Canto!!!! Great pick 💞I just started and I‘m loving 12mo
CBee @Cinfhen I also LOVED State of Wonder. Bel Canto is on my TBR. Ann Patchett is wonderful! 11mo
Cinfhen I took a break from State but I‘m ready to return @CBee 11mo
CBee @Cinfhen 🤗🤗🤗 11mo
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