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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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Blueberry
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Kammbia1
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I started reading this one again. Rereading is always interesting. Especially for a novel that you really enjoyed the first time. Will it live up to your expectations on the reread? Will you catch things that you missed from the prior reading? Will your feelings about the characters change or remain the same? Those are the questions that come to mind immediately. Has anyone else read Bel Canto more than once?

Michael_Gee I haven‘t but I really loved it the first go around. I look forward to reading about your experience revisiting! 2w
Kammbia1 @Michael_Gee Thanks. I will post my review when I‘m done 2w
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DHill
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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.”

ChaoticMissAdventures One of my favorite books! 1mo
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DHill
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💠 Tagged
💠 Physical Book
💠 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
💠 I haven‘t marked in a book since college. Doing that now feels too much like studying (even though it was a long time ago!) I sometimes take a pic of a quote or passage I like.

#ThoughtfulThursday
@MoonWitch94

@THill

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing ☺️📚 1mo
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BookBelle84
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I found The Dutch House boring, I hated State of Wonder, but I loved this one! A fascinating character study of a hostage situation. I loved the dynamic and relationships between the characters and while there wasnt much plot, i was never bored. I'm glad that I gave it a chance after my previous experiences with Patchett.

MrsMalaprop We were discussing her books at bookclub Monday night as I‘d chosen her latest These Precious Days. Bel Canto is definitely my favourite. Didn‘t like State of Wonder either. I‘m going to watch the Bel Canto movie this weekend as someone mentioned it at book club. 2mo
CarolynM State of Wonder was a real disappointment to me. I liked Bel Canto but I loved Run. 2mo
rwmg To my surprise I actually preferred State of Wonder to Bel Canto, which apart from the unfortunate epilogue I didn't think could be improved upon, and between them they made Patchett one of my favourite authors. I'm not a great one for essays but I I really liked These Precious Days. 2mo
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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I have been wanting to read Ann Patchett for a while, and now I finally have! This was a bit of an odd story. It is VERY character driven, not much actually happens and they don‘t go anywhere. It‘s a hostage situation the entire book. But it‘s also humorous. It was a bit quirky, but I liked the writing a lot, so I would try her other books. Which do you recommend?

rwmg My favourite of her novels that I've read 3mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @rwmg Thank you! I will add it to my list! 3mo
Erin.Elizabeth10 @Megabooks Oh yes! I almost forgot she wrote that! This is probably the one I‘ve seen the most and want to read. 3mo
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DHill
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Sunday morning with the girls.

#dogsoflitsy

ElizaMarie The babies!!!! 3mo
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eeclayton
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This is a beautiful book. Even if it's a bit too sentimental, even if it's a bit unrealistic, the building of relationships among the characters is fascinating. The ending comes somewhat abruptly, but I find it absolutely believable. What I have trouble with is the epilogue.

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shanaymayer
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Fireside reads are the best. ❤️ this one has been on my list for ever, but after reading and loving The Dutch House and These Precious Days, I knew it was time. ☺️

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Gilliankayed308
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I fell a little bit in love with the characters in this book.

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EadieB
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#BelCanto #AnnPatchett #BookSpinBingo

Based on true story in Peru in 1996, when rebels from the leftist Tupac Amaru movement raided a party at the Japanese ambassador's residence and took hundreds of civilians hostage including American opera star Roxane Coss, and Mr. Hosokawa, a Japanese CEO and her biggest fan. It is a captivating story of strength and fragility, love and imprisonment.

EadieB It was interesting to read about the different relationships that formed between the terrorists and the hostages of different backgrounds and languages. We quickly learn that music is their only common language. The tragic ending was a bit of a surprise and the epilogue seemed like an abrupt change back to normal life. If you are a music lover then I think you would enjoy this award-winning book. 5mo
DivineDiana I loved this book, even with that ending. 5mo
EadieB @DivineDiana Yes! It definitely was a very good story! 5mo
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Suet624 I read this ages ago and totally forgot there was a tragic ending. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 5mo
EadieB @Suet624 The ending seemed to come and go out of nowhere and didn‘t last long. Happens very suddenly so I can see how you could forget. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 5mo
rwmg I thought the ending was a good one and fit the story well, but the epilogue was a disappointment. 5mo
EadieB @rwmg I was surprised at the ending as everyone was getting along so well. The epilogue made sense to me as it said “Life goes on!” 5mo
rwmg To me, it was because everybody inside was getting on so well, that it had to end with an irruption from outside. The relationship betwen the singer and the translator, again to me, just seemed to come out of nowhere. 5mo
EadieB @rwmg Very true but it happened so fast that I didn‘t see it coming! 5mo
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kera_11
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the way this book is written is so incredible. the plot of a typical suspense/action novel but written languorously, constantly waiting to see if the other shoe will drop. the building of surprising relationships, development of new roles for people far from their norm. idk if I‘m supposed to interpret this book as almost magical realism but I did and would definitely love to talk to someone about this book. please.

eeclayton I didn't think about magical realism while reading, but now that I think about it, I think I see what you mean. I was fascinated by this book. 4mo
kera_11 @eeclayton I was too! It gives you a lot to think about in terms of what isn‘t explicitly said but how they all act 4mo
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peacegypsy
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This was definitely a beautiful song, but I felt as if it should be a short story the entire time I was reading it. I understand the length speaks to the captivity, but, especially given the quick epilogue, I feel it would have been better expressed as a short story. Still a pick for me; lots of beautiful thoughts here.

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peacegypsy
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Finally getting to this one….

Cortg Oooh! I added this to my reading challenge this year! 5mo
Christyco125 This was the first Ann Patchett I ever read. I loved this book (edited) 5mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 150 Bel Canto is a slow-burn. A group of political leaders that has gathered for a private opera performance is taken hostage by a guerilla group--a thrilling set-up. The first half is a slog as the reader anticipates action that won't ever begin. It's the final quarter that the excellent writing comes to life as the characters develop and the reader's expectations are adjusted. A beautiful piece of writing, if you make it to the end. 3.5 ⭐s

charl08 I'd like to reread this one: read a long time ago and I don't think I really "got" it! 6mo
Brimful I reread this recently and got much more out of it than first time around! Great piece of writing! 6mo
marleed I watched the movie and then I read the book. I loved the book but the movie may have aided my experience! 6mo
MelKelsey @marleed I didn't know there was a movie. I'll check it out! Thanks! 6mo
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AmyG
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Thank you @CBee for thinking of me! You are the best. 😘😘😘

CBee You‘re welcome! Hope you enjoy the book! I got your gift yesterday but I‘m not opening it yet 😁 6mo
AmyG @CBee Put it under your tree! And I look forward to giving this another try as now I am an Ann Patchett fan. 6mo
CBee @AmyG I also loved 6mo
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AmyG @CBee I think I have that in my ibooks. 🧐 6mo
ShelleyBooksie I have this on my shelf and have never read it. Buddy read! 6mo
AmyG @ShelleyBooksie YES! After the New year!!!! 6mo
TheLudicReader Such a good book. 6mo
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AmyG
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I recieved this from Amazon today with no note. Is this from anyone? For a swap????

TheKidUpstairs It's a great book! And that cover is gorgeous. 6mo
Avanders 👆🏽 agreed on both counts! 6mo
AmyG @MaleficentBookDragon or @bookish_wookish Would you know if this is from my partner for your swap???? Thanks so much. 6mo
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bookish_wookish I will try and find out! 🕵🏼 6mo
AmyG @bookish_wookish I so appreciate it! 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon @nannermack was this the #jolabokaflod book from you? 6mo
AmyG @MaleficentBookDragon I just looked on her post and her swap was wrapped. This came directly from Amazon with no note. 6mo
Nannermack It was not from me!!! 6mo
Nannermack @AmyG -I was your partner! 6mo
AmyG @Nannermack thanks for responding. I am sure I will eventually find out who this is from….so I can thank them! 6mo
CBee @AmyG now you‘ve got two copies 😂🤪 6mo
Bookgoil Sorry that was from me! For the Litsy love giveaway 😅 sorry you got two copies! 6mo
AmyG Ahhhhhhh…..thank you @Bookgoil and I am going to give a copy to my daughter. She, too, loves to read! 6mo
Bookgoil @AmyG perfect! It‘s one of my faves so I hope you both enjoy! 6mo
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DHill
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1. Unfortunately, no. Meant to sign up and then never got to it.

2. Tagged book. I‘ve loved every Ann Patchett I‘ve read so far.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🖤🎃 9mo
Clwojick Sign ups are still open, if you'd still like to join us. 9mo
DHill @Clwojick thank you! I will sign up tonight. 9mo
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DHill
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Bookzombie That is a lovely view! 9mo
AmyG What a peaceful reading spot. 9mo
BiblioLitten 😍 9mo
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anniebannanie
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My life has been changed by this book. 10/10 party, 7/10 ending.

BarbaraBB That‘s quite a recommendation! 10mo
anniebannanie it‘s incredible! a must-read! @BarbaraBB 10mo
BarbaraBB I did and enjoyed it but it didn‘t have that impact on me. It‘s great however when a book has such an effect. Who did you root for in the book? 10mo
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anniebannanie I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book so much was because I wasn‘t sure who to root for. For me, I definitely felt a connection to almost all of the characters @BarbaraBB 10mo
BarbaraBB I can see why. There are a lot great characters indeed. I especially liked the Japanese ambassador (?) and his translator, the opera singer and the Vice President 10mo
BarbaraBB Oh and the girl who looked like a boy! 10mo
anniebannanie You have good taste, I enjoyed all of them! I do have to say though, the epilogue was disappointing. What do you think? @BarbaraBB 10mo
BarbaraBB Yes I agree, it didn‘t add anything and was a bit of a hasty wrap up don‘t you think? 10mo
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BarkingMadRun
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After the hurricane blew by yesterday and left behind a couple tornadoes for good measure, it‘s maybe 10 degrees cooler and slightly less humid? I‘m trying out the egg chair again, since it‘s shady back there now.

marleed I‘m glad your egg chair is unscathed! 10mo
TheLibrarian Is it comfy? And I‘m glad you‘re alright! 10mo
BarkingMadRun @marleed thanks so much! @TheLibrarian it‘s so comfy! Our hammock kept flipping over and flipping back (it‘s on a stand) and I was starting to worry lol luckily it has a cover and it‘s totally unscathed! 10mo
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wanderinglynn I‘ve been wanting to try an egg chair. That one looks awesome with the cup holders. 😍 10mo
BarkingMadRun @wanderinglynn cup holders and spaces for books! Amazing! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😍 That chair. 10mo
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Butterfinger
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Mehso-so

I read this last week, but forgot to post. It was a very interesting read. I was fascinated by the relationships that were formed by the kidnappers and the hostages. Patchett showed the humanity and how Stockholm Syndrome could realistically occur.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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mom2bugnbee
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June was low in quantity, high in quality!

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mom2bugnbee
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Yep. Lived up to my memory upon a re-read. I don't even mind the epilogue that so many hate. ☺ What a beautiful book.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #Authoramonth

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Kappadeemom
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Reading with the #dorkie tonight #dogsoflitsy

Louise Such a powerful book! And beautiful pooch! 12mo
Leftcoastzen What a cutie!🐶 12mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Gotta love a library book with a hand-written correction! (They're correct.) #Authoramonth

sprainedbrain 😂 12mo
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 12mo
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sprainedbrain
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The whole premise of the book is out there and very dramatic, but I loved the slow burn, the humor and absurdity, and all of the character development. I fell in love with these characters even as some of them fell in love in a hostage situation. Patchett‘s writing is excellent. I think this was well on the way to being a 5-star read for me… until that epilogue. 😬

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My #AuthorAMonth book is finished!

DivineDiana The end caught me off guard. 😔 And yes, the writing is exquisite. ❤️ (edited) 12mo
Sweettartlaura One of my top 10 books - this was fantastic ♥️ 12mo
AmyG I bailed on this when it first came out. I need to give this another go. 12mo
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Karisa Read it a decade ago and still remember how much I loved that book (minus the last chapter). Reminds me of when I used to think My Fair Lady ended with her running off with Freddy—only to realize years later my vcr had just run out of tape at that point. 😂 So much better minus the endings! 12mo
Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read this one but I felt the same way about Commonwealth. 12mo
violabrain I absolutely love this book! Ann Patchett is one of my favorite authors and this was my first book of hers that I read. It is still my favorite that she has written. 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I remember not being down with the epilogue either. 12mo
rwmg Oh I agree so much. I loved it till we got to the epilogue and my love skidded to a halt 😾🙈 12mo
Ruthiella The epilogue didn‘t bother me as much as other readers but I do think it was unnecessary. 🙃 12mo
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Eggs
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Panpan

It had a unique premise with diverse characters, that devolved into tedium. I read the first third, then skimmed toward the end-so that may be considered a dnf. Disappointed with ending. However many people feel like this is her best book. Try it, you might like it

#authoramonth2021 @Soubhiville
#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

tdrosebud I know I started this book a long time ago and didn't get very far. I ended up putting it down and may try it again sometime but have been in no hurry to. Like you, I've only heard good things about it though, which is why it is still sitting on my shelf. 12mo
Megabooks I bailed on this. 12mo
Sharpeipup Oh I feel so much better for panning it too now. 12mo
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DivineDiana I loved it! It is one of my favorite Anne Patchett books! 🙂 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my!! A good reminder that not every book is for every reader!! 12mo
TrishB I bailed on it! 12mo
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mom2bugnbee
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Several years ago, I declared this book one of my all-time favorites. I haven't revisited it since, so #Authoramonth is a great time to see if it holds up.

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Simona
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Mehso-so

Intriguing story (loosely based on true events) about evolving relationship between terrorists and hostages, nice prose ... but I was little disappointed with execution. I‘m aware that described situation in which the characters found themselves is extreme and anything is possible, I‘m also aware that the construction of the story mimics the drama and exaggeration of the opera, but for me the story at some point becomes too romantic ...

Cinfhen Great review/ excellent insight 🥰 12mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you 😊 12mo
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Simona
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“When the lights went off the accompanist kissed her.”
#FirstLineFridays

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Megabooks
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OMG I‘m so bored!!! DNF for sure. Made it 40%. Sorry Ann. #AuthorAMonth #aam

erzascarletbookgasm Oh no, I liked this. But I read the psychical book. 12mo
Megabooks @erzascarletbookgasm It is a bad narrator, but I‘m still not excited enough to seek out a print copy. 12mo
Cinfhen This one was a slow burn, it heats up towards the end but it‘s not my favorite. I also did print @erzascarletbookgasm 12mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I really hated the narrator. I might‘ve finished in print but maybe not for a slow-paced slow burn. Generally not a fan of those. 12mo
TrishB I bailed on this one too! 12mo
Amiable I forced myself through this because my aunt raves about it as her favorite book of all time. But I was bored throughout the entire thing! And I read the print version. 12mo
Scochrane26 Her books seem to cause varied opinions. I didn‘t like the first book I read by her but loved the 2nd. 12mo
Chelsea.Poole 👯‍♀️ I couldn‘t take this either. I punished myself and ended up finishing just to see if it got better. I did appreciate it a bit more after watching the film adaptation. 12mo
janeycanuck Oh man, I loved this one. I devoured it on a plane, I think it‘s my favourite of hers! 12mo
Megabooks @TrishB @Amiable @Scochrane26 @Chelsea.Poole @janeycanuck @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve ever gotten as many varied responses to a bail!! For me, I think it was a combination of a bad narrator of the audiobook, and its general slow pace. I just wasn‘t connecting with any of the characters. It just so surprised me that this was her breakout hit, but I haven‘t read her early catalogue. 🤔 12mo
Scochrane26 @Megabooks I have only read The Magician‘s Assistant (didn‘t like but others love) & The Dutch House (which seems to get mostly good reviews). I think @britt_brooke said she has read several of her books & likes some but not others. (edited) 12mo
Susanita It‘s one of my favorites! I was talking to my hair stylist while she cut my hair. She said she didn‘t like her book club‘s latest choice, and I was saying I‘d recently finished a book I‘d loved. It turns out we were both talking about Bel Canto! 12mo
BarbaraBB For me this was her best. But I‘m not much of a Patchett fan. 12mo
Megabooks @Scochrane26 I‘ve enjoyed her two nonfiction and Commonwealth. I‘m planning to read Run and maybe this one set in KY before the month is out 12mo
Megabooks @Scochrane26 I bailed on TDH but more because I was trying to read it when my dad first got sick, and I couldn‘t handle that dad dying. 12mo
Megabooks @Susanita that‘s so funny!! 12mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can see you liking this more. You can deal with a slow pace better than I can! 12mo
BarbaraBB I liked the Japanese man and his translator. 12mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB They were definitely the best characters. I liked the Vice President and the opera singer most of the time, too. The scene where the nanny sews up the VP‘s face is going to stay with me awhile. 12mo
LeahBergen I read this for my IRL book club and was NOT a fan. 12mo
BarbaraBB Yeah that was cool. I did like the Vice President too. And the translator‘s girl. (edited) 12mo
ValerieAndBooks I tried twice to get into this...one a while back and then again for this month's #authoramonth. Just no. I really liked The Dutch House a while back but for this month, couldn't get into Commonwealth or The Magician's Assistant. Maybe June just isn't a good month for me and Ann Patchett. 12mo
Megabooks @LeahBergen Such divisive views on this book here! Was it the same in your book club? 12mo
Megabooks @ValerieAndBooks Maybe not!! I liked her two nonfiction ones Truth and Beauty and 12mo
ValerieAndBooks @Megabooks our library system doesn‘t have either of her non-fiction as e-books🤷🏻‍♀️. They do have this, so I‘ll give it a try 12mo
Megabooks @ValerieAndBooks If you have hoopla through your library, it has her full catalog. Looking forward to your review of State of Wonder! I hope it‘s good! (edited) 12mo
ValerieAndBooks Unfortunately our library system doesn‘t use hoopla 😭. Ebooks are read with the Libby app/overdrive. 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I love all the discussion here! So great when a book can get such extremes in reviews! 12mo
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa This is exactly what is fantastic about litsy! 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Megabooks Yes! I love the differences of opinion and the great conversations. And no hurt feelings about the differences either! I love that! 12mo
britt_brooke I hated this book. And the epilogue was total 🗑🗑🗑. It was my first Patchett, but I love Parnassus so much, I tried again with Commonwealth (liked) and The Dutch House (loved). That‘s all of hers I‘ve read thus far, but I own them all, I think. 😅 @Scochrane26 (edited) 12mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke agree re: BC being shit, but I‘d like to get 1-2 off her deep backlist before the month is over. I can‘t wait to get back to Parnassus!! 12mo
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #AuthorAMonth2021 @Soubhiville

I think I would have liked this more had I not started it right after Commonwealth. Instead I kept comparing it and felt Bel Canto was slow and boring at times. I did like the premise of the hostage situation and the blurred lines that occurred between the abductors and the hostages though. ☺

TrishB I didn‘t like this one, but have enjoyed all her others so far. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
rwmg It was my first Patchett and so far my 2nd favourite 13mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
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Unpopular opinion but I found this one was bland and utterly forgettable. The premise held so much promise, but the overall plot details paired with the four month long timeframe just seemed too far-fetched for me to find this enjoyable. The writing was fine so I'll give this an average 3 stars because the negatives are me and my feelings about the book and less a gripe about the writing itself.

aperfectmjk Bummer, this has been on my TBR for some time now, I guess I'll leave it there for a little while longer. 13mo
Ruthiella Did you know that the story was inspired by an actual event/hostage crisis that took place over 4 months at the Japanese embassy in Peru in the ‘90s? The opera/love story is surely imagined, but the event itself was not. (edited) 13mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @aperfectmjk Check a few other trusted litten opinions before writing it off. It won awards so it can't be all that bad. 13mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Ruthiella I saw that when I was deciding which Patchett book I wanted to read and I think the imagined additions are what made this so-so for me. I'll definitely be looking into details on the actual event. 13mo
Jess861 I wasn't a huge fan of this book either. But I haven't had much luck with her books so I think it is just my personal preference. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
Addison_Reads I'm reading this one now and finding it hard to make myself keep reading it. 13mo
Chelsea.Poole I also had trouble with this one but I loved several of her others. I watched the film adaptation and appreciated the story much more after seeing it. But I felt the book drug on. 13mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Addison_Reads @Chelsea.Poole It's always good to know you're not alone with an unpopular opinion. I won't totally write off trying another of her books, but I've got so many other books I'm eager to read that Patchett will just have to wait. 13mo
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Skygoddess1
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My first Ann Patchett which has also been on my TBR for five years. I really enjoyed this story and the slow unfolding of the terrorists and hostages forming various relationships during the course of their lockdown in the Vice President‘s house. Such a beautifully written story that drew me in, and a story where I found myself both celebrating the highs and mourning the lows along with the characters. #AuthorAMonth #BookspinBingo #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
SamAnne Loved this one. 13mo
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BarbaraBB
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I‘m not a real fan of Patchett. That might be why I waited so long to read this. Now I wonder why. It‘s a unique book about a group of people taken hostage in a Latin American villa. After a while the lines between the terrorists and the hostages fade and unusual relationships arise. The ending is one that‘ll stay with me for a while. My favorite Patchett so far.

#pop21 #WinnerWomensPrizeForFiction #Booked2021 #MusicalInstrumentOnCover

Cathythoughts I liked this one too 14mo
IuliaC I've got this one on my list for a while too, now I'm really eager to read it faster 😊 14mo
Megabooks I‘m planning on reading this for the same prompt, but I‘m waiting until Ann comes up for author a month next month. Glad it‘s good! 14mo
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Graywacke Ok, another beautiful picture. About the book - I‘ve wondered of this will hold up. I loved this book so much when I read something like 15 yrs ago. But - you know - perspectives have changed. I‘m really happy you enjoyed it! 14mo
Megabooks Also, those fields are beautiful!! 14mo
TrishB This was my least fave of hers! 14mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Multitasking, very smart 😘 14mo
BarbaraBB @Graywacke I have that so often, that I recommend a book and then realize I read it in the 90s and I have no clue how I‘d think of them today. But this one is good! 14mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB What was your fave? 14mo
Kalalalatja I can‘t even remember the ending 🙈 beautiful picture! 14mo
Hooked_on_books I see flower fields! So pretty! 14mo
rwmg My reaction to Bel Canto was that it was a wonderful book with a devestating ending but that it was marred by a totally unnecessary epilogue 14mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Like @Megabooks I plan to use this for the same prompt next month. It was the only one of Patchett's books that sounded interesting to me. 14mo
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Megabooks @Kalalalatja Fields of tulips indeed. They‘re everywhere now and no tourists to take pictures 🤷🏻‍♀️😘 (edited) 14mo
BarbaraBB @rwmg I agree! I meant the ending before the epilogue! Does that ring a bell @Kalalalatja ?! 14mo
Cinfhen Gorgeous edition!! Love that cover ❤️this was my first Patchett / maybe I should reread as it wasn‘t my favorite but that might change ~ #WithAgeComesWisdom 14mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s the Dutch edition. I‘ve had it for years. Glad I finally read it, thanks to the challenges! (edited) 14mo
Kalalalatja Nope, it is totally gone for me 😅 14mo
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja 🤣 I have that all the time. Sometimes with books I read a month before 🤦🏻‍♀️ 14mo
TrishB I think Commonwealth is my fave so far. 14mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB I liked that one too when I read it but forget all about it soon afterwards 🤦🏻‍♀️ 14mo
Ruthiella This is my favorite Patchett too! 14mo
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LiteraryinLawrence
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Thanks to @BennettBookworm for putting this on my radar years ago. I finally read it and it was lovely. Just beautiful. I actually think it resonated more to read it after a year in lockdown. I will be thinking of this for a good long time.

SamAnne I‘m planning a reread with a book club this year and am looking forward to the revisit. 1y
CoffeeAndABook I‘ve read this years ago & still have a strong memory of its impact. It‘s an incredible story. I can see how reading it during lockdown would enhance the experience!!! 1y
Billypar I loved it as well. If someone asked me to compare it to another book, I have zero examples to offer - it's completely unique as far as I can tell. 1y
marleed I love this book - love the movie too! 1y
BennettBookworm Yes!! So glad!! One of my all time favorites ❤️ 1y
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Lauram
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Ivy is ready for a dramatic reading or a bookmark tassel.

WorldsOkayestStepMom Such a pretty void! 😻 1y
Lauram @WorldsOkayestStepMom Thanks! She‘s the sweetest and friendliest void I‘ve owned. 1y
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Karisa
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1. I've been hooked on the Bridgerton novels (thanks, Netflix and Litsy 😅). So, I have to say Lady Danbury even though the rest of the characters all run away from her. I love that character so much. #LifeGoals

2. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Loved the book EXCEPT the epilogue. I could have happily did with out. Felt the same way about My Fair Lady (she totally should have ran off with Freddie 😂).

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

wanderinglynn I love Lady Danbury! 1y
Karisa @wanderinglynn Me too! I want to be like her when I grow up. 😊 1y
TheBookHippie Darn Litsy got me into it too 🤣🤣🤣 1y
wanderinglynn I want to be a cross between her and Ouiser from Steel Magnolias. 😉 1y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1y
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Mdonald
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EmilyM I just read this and really enjoyed it! 1y
Mdonald It‘s been on my TBR shelf for years and I‘m so glad I finally read it! 1y
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EmilyM
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I finally read this book, and I loved it. It is a book about a hostage situation and the lives of the hostages and terrorists as the lines between the two groups blur. It is much more serious than Anxious People...very character driven vs. plot driven. The plot is secondary to the character development. Great writing, too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

BarbaraBB I‘ve had this one my shelves for years too! 1y
EmilyM @BarbaraBB I've had it ony Kindle for a very long time, and I just had shoulder surgery so I can't hold a book. So, I went on my Kindle and thought, no time like the present! Very glad I did! 1y
marleed I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I really like the film adaptation too! 1y
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EmilyM @marleed I will have to check that out! 1y
BarbaraBB I will read it this year too. Finally. I hope your surgery went well and wish you a speedy recovery 🍀💚 1y
EmilyM @BarbaraBB Thank you!!💕 1y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I was looking at my bookshelves today and noticing that I have quite a few books that I‘ve had for many years, always expected to read, but have fallen off my radar. I have gathered them all in one place and I‘m going to try to space them in throughout the year. If I haven‘t read them at the end of 2021, I can probably donate them.

Where do I start? Any that you love? Any that are missable and I can remove from my list? I‘d love your input.

marleed I read Bel Canto in 2020 and loved it. I did see the movie first at it was very much in my head as I read the book. 1y
nanuska_153 I only read Go Set a Watchman, it's not To Kill a Mockingbird but I did like it! I read somewhere that's positive to have books that you haven't read in your house, because it makes you aware of how much you still have to read. I'm intending to read at least one book per month from my never ending TBR pile this year again too though, but it keeps growing anyway! 1y
RenePenn The Invention of Wings was good. I didn‘t think I‘d care for Crazy Rich Asians, but I listened to the audiobook and found myself liking it. I started but DNF Go Set a Watchman. 1y
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BekaReid Tana French! I loved The Wych Elm 1y
Jessieleah The shadow of the Wind 👌🏻 you won‘t regret it! 1y
Reagan Crazy Rich Asians is actually a lot of fun, a very nice escapist read. 1y
GinaKButler You should join #bookspin hosted by @TheAromaofBooks every month. She helped me clear a TON of books off my TBR last year! 1y
MicheleinPhilly I have more than a few of those on my shelves too! 1y
BennettBookworm Cool!! Bel Canto is one of my favorite books, albeit a heartbreaker. 1y
EmilyM The Astonishing Color of After is so good! 1y
rabbitprincess I have The Witch Elm on my on-deck pile right now! 1y
Lcsmcat Don‘t miss Bel Canto! AndA Tale for the Time Being is also good. 1y
AmyK1 I second The Invention of Wings. I really liked it. The Language of Flowers was good too. 1y
TracyReadsBooks There There is excellent. 1y
Andrea313 Crazy Rich Asians was lots of fun, and Ben Canto is absolutely gorgeous! They get my votes. 🙂 1y
Kdgordon88 The Language of Flowers was great! 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures Shadow of the Wind is one of my most favorite books if all time. I also love Bel Canto. ❤️ 1y
BookwormAHN Crazy Rich Asians was really entertaining 😺 1y
ValerieAndBooks I love Shadow of the Wind! And, if you are doing #authoramonth this year, Zafon is the author for November. 1y
Lucy_Anywhere Bel Canto and Shadow of the Wind are fab reads 1y
BarbaraBB Did You Ever Have a Family if great! 1y
LeslieO I‘m working on my way back TBR, too! I would recommend Bel Canto and Shadow of the Wind 1y
Caryl Like @Lcsmcat I loved both Bel Canto and A Tale for the Time Being. 1y
Tanisha_A There There. Loved it 1y
iread2much The shadow of the wind is spectacular and amazing and so incredibly beautiful. I can‘t say enough good things about it, totally read that! 1y
Oryx A Tale for the Time Being definitely 1y
Hooked_on_books The Witch Elm is good! I hated Trust Exercise, so I say chuck it. 😬 1y
La_Cori I read Shadow of the Wind and I loved it! It's one of my favorite book of all time.. 1y
sharread Hi! How to walk away was just put in the mail with a surprise. 😁 1y
LiteraryinLawrence @sharread Oooh, thanks for the heads up! 1y
LiteraryinLawrence @sharread The book and the extra surprise book just arrived! That was soooo sweet of you!! I‘m excited to dive into our markup book! 1y
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Lynnsoprano
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My second book for #12booksof2020 This was the first book I read in 2020, and feels now like it was an appropriate book to begin a year that has felt like a world wide hostage crisis. A beautifully written story that has stayed with me.

Susanita Worldwide hostage crisis indeed. Great book! 1y
mom2bugnbee This is on my all-time best list. I read it at least a decade ago & STILL think about it. 1y
Andrew65 A good start to the reading year, this is on my TBR. 1y
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Joanne1
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As a long time Patchett fan it was sacrilege that I hadn‘t read this one, I‘ve remedied that by listening to the audiobook on a long car trip this weekend. I can see why so many people list this as their favourite book, it was just divine. Spectacular character development populating an interesting but simple storyline. And of course, beautiful writing!

SamAnne Love love love this novel. 2y
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Oryx
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#99ponkindle
Been meaning to read this for a while

Soubhiville She‘s the #AuthorAMonth for next June 😊 2y
Oryx @Soubhiville looks like a good author list you have next year. I really liked The Dutch House by this author, so I'll be interested to see how this compares. 2y
Soubhiville I liked The Dutch House too! That‘s the only thing I‘ve read by her so far. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Why did I wait so long the read this? Amazing, somehow feels both huge and epic and small and intimate.The climax is tough though ultimately seems like the only way it could end. Wow! Will be thinking about this one for awhile. #BookspinBingo #MountTBR

erzascarletbookgasm I loved this. Haunting, right? ❤️💔 2y
keithmalek I found it boring. 2y
SamAnne Loved this one and plan to reread next year. 2y
Karkar Hard to believe parts are based on a true event. 2y
marleed I loved this! I loved the movie too! 2y
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Julsmarshall
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One of the books that has been on my #TBR the longest. Finally diving in and wow! Grabbed me right away!

SamAnne Loved this one! 2y
marleed I loved this too! I saw the movie just a couple months before reading the book - and I still loved both! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Cathythoughts I loved Chesil Beach & I really want to read Kite Runner ( the movie was brilliant, very hard to watch at times , but so good 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
KarenUK On Chesil Beach! 😍😍😍😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 4th place on my list is A Thousand Splendid Suns! I need to read The Kite Runner!! 2y
Ruthiella Bel Canto...yes, I can see having to take a moment when finished and let it all sink in. It‘s like as a reader you also believe in the collective magical thinking of the inhabitants-hostages and hostage takers. 2y
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PerksOfBeingABookworm
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Here are #3books that were recommended to me. My aunt recommended Bel Canto (actually gave me her copy to keep) and A Prayer for Owen Meany. I still need to read Owen... All the Bright Places was a recommendation from my friend who loves books that break your heart. Looking over my shelves, I‘m realizing that I tend to recommend books to people more often than they do me. Not sure why that‘s the case 🤔

Chab256 All the Bright Places and Owen Meany are fantastic! Owen Meany was recommended to me by my Uncle many years ago. It took me a long time to give it a go, but now it is one of my all-time favorites! 2y
PerksOfBeingABookworm @Chab256 I told my aunt about John Boyle‘s The Heart‘s Invisible Furies. After she read it she recommended I read Owen Meany. I read the first page and put it down. I wasn‘t ready for a heavy read and haven‘t gotten back around to it. But I want to read it sometime this year. I‘m glad to hear you liked it so much! I‘ll bump it up my never-ending list! 2y
SamAnne Loved Bel Canto! 2y
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