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Inland | Ta Obreht
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marleed
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Mehso-so

I‘ll give this a so-so since I liked the writing and the ending. But holy cow ‘er camel and a jug of water - it was a long long winding road to get there.

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Expandingbookshelf
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“They were all moving past each other, the mother and the little girl and the old man too-and it struck me, after all these years of seeing the dead, as I stood there holding your bridle and with your breath in my hair, that I had never seen more than one at a time, and had never realized: they were unaware of each other‘s presence. Nameless and unburied, turned out suddenly into the bewildering dark, they rose to find themselves entirely alone.”

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ImperfectCJ
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"The longer I live, Burke, the more I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried ever forward by their delusions."

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bohemian_yogini
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Bailedbailed

Oof... I had to read this for work and, truth be told, I did not finish it. I‘ve never NOT finished a ‘required‘ book before, so this was a rough day. 😅 But, it seems that the general agreement tonight was this is a tedious & confusing read through the first 3/4 of the book - if you made it to the end it was worth the trip. I am almost convinced it will be worth it to pick it up and push through. But for now I‘ve bailed. #bookswithbohemianyogini

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balletbookworm
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Mehso-so

Finally finished, which I had to since I‘m the book club leader tonight.

Téa Obreht‘s lovely sentences saved this “novel” - which was comprised of two drastically different, cheaply foreshadowed, novellas that converged (finally) at the end of the book. In my opinion, she should have chosen either Nora‘s story or Lurie‘s story and developed an emotionally compelling, complete story. I found neither compelling. I would like to talk to her editor.

balletbookworm Content warning for racism toward non-white people on the page, particularly Native Americans (extremely to-period but it isn‘t easy to read). 7d
ManyWordsLater Sounds more like a 👎 to me! 7d
balletbookworm @ManyWordsLater I was wavering, seriously. She does have gorgeous sentences. I really have to hate on something to give it the 👎🏻 tho. 7d
Hooked_on_books “I would like to talk to her editor.” I love it! 😆 I straight panned this, but I think you are absolutely right about choosing one storyline and expanding it. There were moments in this book where I thought it was about to get really good, which suggests potential to me, but it never happened. I was sorely disappointed. 5d
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Lindy
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Pickpick

Alternating storylines told from close perspective of 2 main characters in 19th c America: Lurie, orphaned as a child shortly after emigrating from the Ottoman Empire, & Nora, a settler struggling with regrets in Arizona Territory. The 3rd MC is Burke, a camel. It was well worth getting to know them in a tale that gradually gains momentum. I could feel the want, “That vast & immutable want everybody, dead or alive, carried with them all the time.”

Lindy I had to dig out a photo of the only time I‘ve been on a camel, which was in 2002 in Uluru, Australia. 🐪 7d
Tanisha_A Nice review! And 👌 photograph! 😃 7d
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great photo too! 7d
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Hooked_on_books I rode a camel at Uluru, too! I found the side to side motion vaguely nauseating. 7d
Lindy @Hooked_on_books Ha! I didn‘t mind the motion. I loved the way the camel goes from sitting to standing, then down again. It‘s so high up there! 7d
LeahBergen I rode one in Egypt. Yikes! 😆😆 6d
Lindy @LeahBergen 😄🐪👍 6d
MamaGina Great 📖 great pic!🐫 6d
Lindy @MamaGina Thanks! 6d
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Lindy
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“He‘d forgive you soon enough. Boys always do.”
Desma espoused the kind of easy faith in children only held by people who‘d never raised any themselves. And thank God for that, for it was good to be reminded of the merits by someone who lacked the constitution to withstand many of parenthood‘s most profound rewards: the shying & the sulking & the constant ingratitude, & eruptions like the one last night, […]

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ImperfectCJ
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Pickpick

Done! It took me a while to get into this novel, but about 1/3 through it grabbed me. I love how imperfect the characters are, how much they struggle to recognize their weaknesses and correct them. They keep making the same mistakes, but each time move just a little closer to doing better. It's incremental change that's realistic and inspiring. The story's delightfully quirky, and the setting cast new light on my many cross-country road trips.

ImperfectCJ I also love Obreht's use of particular words as anchors for the story. "Redoubtable" and "depredations" are two that play a significant role. 7d
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ImperfectCJ
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Trying to make some progress on my book while listening to a pair of great horned owls call to one another over the chirping of the crickets and the susurrus of the interstate. The cat's agitated about it, but I like it.

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bohemian_yogini
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GloVerdino
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Panpan

The only reason I even finished this book was so I could go to the book club meeting this week and because I actually bought the book, otherwise I would have walked away. I had no connection to any character and really didn‘t care about the story. I always feel bad giving a bad review but this one did not work for me.

Hazel0303 Totally agree. 1w
GloVerdino @Hazel0303 it seems a lot people didn‘t like it, it has a good rating on Good Reads but not so much on Litsy... it will make for an interesting book club! 1w
bohemian_yogini I‘m supposed to lead book club at our local B&N tomorrow and I am still struggling to get through this book. 🤯😩😪 1w
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GloVerdino @bohemian_yogini oh I feel bad for you! I am really curious to see what other people thought of it though 7d
bohemian_yogini @GloVerdino I‘ll let you know after we meet this evening! ❤️🤷🏻‍♀️😅📖 7d
bohemian_yogini @GloVerdino I just got word that 3 of my BC regulars have also given up on the book and didn‘t finish it. Oh nooo. 🤣😩 7d
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ImperfectCJ
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1. Inland by Téa Obreht and a handful of others I either need to finish or take off my "currently reading" stack.
2. Maple, although I rarely have it anymore.
3. "But there was his signature on the bank papers, and his name in the banner of the misspelled newsletters that kept arriving at Emmett and Nora's under the heading The Amargo Sentinel with charming regularity until the next time Sandy hit the bottle."

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

madamereadsalot1 My friend just yesterday told me of Inland, he thinks I'll like it. I'm now on the waitlist at the library, and already it has a 6 month wait! Are you enjoying it? 1w
ImperfectCJ @madamereadsalot1 I'm having a little trouble getting into it, actually. I don't buy many books but I bought this one so I could read it before the Barnes and Noble book club this week. I have a history of not finishing books I buy and not following through when I intend to join a book club, neither of which bodes well for me finishing the book by book club time. ;-) 1w
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Rollinsfan1
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https://armyhistory.org/the-u-s-armys-camel-corps-experiment/
I was super curious about the Camel Corps referred to in this book.
After a little googling, and studying, the whole story seems to make more sense. I see many people dumped out of Inland, and I understand why. I'm on page 150 and its finally starting to come together. The stories don't fit smoothly together, but I still have hope.

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Lindy
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I was on page 62 of this novel, thinking maybe I‘m not in the mood right now for a story set in 19th century America. Having just finished the exquisite Weep Not, Child by Ngugi Wa Thiong‘o about the injustices of colonialism, I‘m not exactly willing to open my heart to the hardships of settlers in the Wild West. And then I came upon the sentence above. Téa Obreht can seduce me with her words. I shall continue.

Cathythoughts ♥️💔 2w
Hooked_on_books I hope you have better luck with it than I did. I found some good moments in it but ended up being very disappointed. 1w
Lindy @Hooked_on_books I‘m only up to page 112, but so far so good. 1w
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Rollinsfan1
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"Camels do not take kindly to spurs."

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Rollinsfan1
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At first it was hard to get into. Once you get used to "wild west" (for lack of a better term) slang, it starts to turn into a can't-put-down story.

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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

Despite a fabulous cover and a feeling in places that this was about to get really good…it didn‘t. Neither of the two storylines was terribly captivating and ultimately it was just a bizarre mess. I‘m really disappointed. 😕

MommyWantsToReadHerBook Aw that sucks! 🙁 It does somehow look really good! 2w
Hooked_on_books @MommyWantsToReadHerBook What‘s interesting is that the critics love it, so I‘m perplexed. A number of other Littens had the same response I did, so I wonder if this is going to be one of those polarizing books. 2w
GloVerdino I feel the same way 2w
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BookishTrish But that cover! I thought we were supposed to be able to judge books by their covers! 2w
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I don't know anyone who liked this book yet, such a shame 2w
Hooked_on_books @BookishTrish I know, right? It sure is pretty. Just keep it closed. 😂 2w
BookNAround I‘ve been wondering if I‘m missing out by skipping this one but I disliked The Tiger‘s Wife so much I couldn‘t see giving her another chance. Glad to see I‘m not missing out on something good! (But sorry you suffered through it.) 1w
Hooked_on_books @BookNAround It is what it is. I now have no interest in reading her again, that‘s for sure! The critics and I are going to have to agree to disagree. 1w
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Rollinsfan1
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Happy to be starting this one! I've heard good things.

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EllieDottie
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I have heard mixed reviews of this but on the the other hand...... I love the cover..... so I just had to pick it up today for my reward for getting through a hard day at work! #somethingnew #selfimprovementsept

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚😊 2w
MamaGina There seems to be no middle ground on this one! I loved it, it will be one of my favorite reads this year 🤓 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! ❤️🧡💛 2w
Smrloomis Curious to hear what you think. I haven‘t read her yet. 2w
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mdm139
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My cat is holding my book hostage therefore I must go to the store and buy 3 more. That is the only logical thing to do. It doesn‘t matter that I have over 5,000 physical books in my tbr already. My hubby will understand 🤣

rubyslippersreads Gorgeous Tortie! 😻 2w
Crazeedi Did you set that up so you had an excuse??😉 2w
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MellieAntoinette
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Mehso-so

But, you cross the river, the sun comes out and suddenly you get it without really getting it...because it‘s hard to relate to a camel!

I should rate this as solidly PANning for gold, but somehow it‘s eeked (Ha! No camel puns intended) into a dosey-so-so‘d pick. So, I shall name thy camel So-So!! 🐪 🐫 🐪

😜 😜 😜 😜

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MellieAntoinette
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Mehso-so

Not gonna lie - I read the last 150 pages of this western cluster*uck of a novel in one sitting. Read the first 250 pages in 15 sittings...because it‘s ultimately a structured mess!

It‘s like a good train wreck - you get to the end thinking, OMG WTF did I just read? Sure, the journey‘s not so great (half the story is told to a camel!! Why does this make me feel like the camel?!?!)

marleed Haha. I‘m almost thinking of releasing my library hold on this one! 2w
Tamra I am unstacking this one - too many unenthusiastic reviews. 2w
MellieAntoinette @Tamra @Marleed I plan to unhaul it. Just not the superstar I was expecting! 1w
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mdm139
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Over the weekend I developed seasonal allergies that made me miserable and I was unable to read for a few days. Today I went to the store for some “sick” food to soothe my throat and I discovered a new tea. I have never heard of Jamaican Sweet tea before. It tastes like cranberry juice but less tart. And it comes in this cute jug. I am still plugging away at this book even if I cannot make the book club. It is a slow burn right now.

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MellieAntoinette
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60% in and leaning towards a DNF at this point. Makes me sad, but I‘m gonna keep chugging along little by little.

GloVerdino I feel the same way! 2w
EllieDottie Oh! I‘ve heard mixed reviews of this! It‘s making me hesitant to pick it up! 2w
Graciouswarriorprincess I am not feeling it either. 2w
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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Téa Obreht's Inland is a strange read for me. I really debated about my rating on Goodreads (huge problem, I know!), and I wish I had an option for 3.5 stars. There's a LOT to appreciate about this novel--the mining of an unusual part of American history, the beautiful incorporation of the magical in gritty reality, the slow revelation of the characters at its center. But the book also kind of dragged for me. (continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod Through two separate stories that eventually intertwine, Obreht establishes two entirely different tones. One of the stories, however, felt repetitive to me, as if it were being spun out so it didn't outpace the other. I thought momentum built as the book progressed, and so the conclusion was REALLY lovely, but it took a great deal of patience and willing to go along with repetition to get there. ⬇️ 2w
UnabridgedPod That, unfortunately, sounds more negative than I mean it to--ultimately, I'm so glad that I stuck with it--but I don't think it's an unqualified success. 2w
TheAromaofBooks I really do feel like there should be a 3.5* option! 2w
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UnabridgedPod @TheAromaofBooks Yes! I‘m so often between 3 and 4. 2w
TheAromaofBooks On my blog I've created a 7-tiered system of 5 stars plus 3.5 and 4.5 haha 3.5 just feels like “it was better than average but still not a book I feel like I need to make everyone read“ and 4.5 is “IT WAS SO CLOSE TO PERFECT BUT NOT QUITE“ 2w
UnabridgedPod @TheAromaofBooks I love that!! I need alll the levels. 😂 2w
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mirsophie
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Pickpick

This was a moving, powerful and poignant novel. I loved the twist of history in this book. I really enjoyed reading this author. I probably would have never picked up this book if it weren't for the barnes and noble book club but I definitely want to read more books by this author. I enjoyed the characters especially Nora and Toby. I love the strength and the brokenness of Nora.

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GloVerdino
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Rainy day off supplies

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MamaGina
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Pickpick

What an amazing and unique tale. There are two distinct narratives and when they intersect it is completely unexpected and stunning. Masterpiece! 🤓

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mdm139
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The best part of Saturday is spending the day with my oldest. We ran errands this morning and it is his turn to pick lunch. He picked the McDonalds with an aquarium. Next up is piano lesson where I get to sit and read for an hour. Then to the library where I get to read for another hour during the kids event. Before we leave library we always pick a new audiobook together and listen to it all week driving to school.

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ImperfectCJ
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A little breakfast reading with my dragon friend. The dragon is my son's... does that make it my grand-dragon?

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ImperfectCJ
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1. Just started and hoping to finish in time for the B&N book club. I've never been and want to check it out.
2. BBQ, birthday party for a three-year-old, pruning geraniums, introducing my children to The Matrix.
3. Chocolate peanut butter.
4. Flute and piccolo, and just enough piano and guitar to be annoying. And I can make a sound on a euphonium.
5. On it!

#Friyayintro @howjessreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻💗 3w
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GloVerdino
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Hmmmm, this could complicate things a little bit

brit91 Awwww😍🐶 3w
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Samplergal
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Panpan

I finished. I didn‘t like it from the beginning and gave it every chance. It‘s a hot mess plot wise and by the time I reached midway I didn‘t give two hoots about any of the characters. I liked Nora‘s stories much better than Laurie/camel and yet by the end, I just wanted it all to be over. Save your time and skip this one. #SummersEndReadathon #7 (50 hours so far) #booked2019 (POC MC paranormal)

EmilyM Good to know...I was eyeing it but I just wasn't sold on it. Now I know! 3w
Alfoster Thanks for the heads-up! I always trust Litsy reviews!👏👏👏 3w
Latrelwhite I have to go to Barnes & Nobles next week and try to sit through the discussion. I hope I can finish it by then.😬 Should I bail? 3w
Samplergal @Latrelwhite did m going just so I can see what it is I missed. Because I obviously missed something. 😂 3w
Latrelwhite @Samplergal 👍🏽 I‘m missing a lot!☺️ 3w
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MamaGina
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Loving the tagged book, what a great voice this author has ...

“The longer I live, Burke, the more I have come to understand that extraordinary people are eroded by their worries while the useless are carried forward by their delusions”

(BTW, Burke is a camel 🤓)

BarbaraTheBibliophage Brilliant—both your Bitmoji and the quote! 3w
Reggie Lolol love this quote!!! 3w
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Samplergal
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Still trying to get through this. Never a good sign when you have to force yourself to pick up a book. To be fair, I‘m hardly a fan of westerns. So it might just be me. #SummersEndReadathon. 44 hours in. Sixth book. #IWillFinish.

Clwojick You‘ve got this!!! 3w
KathyWheeler I don‘t know. It might be the book. I‘m not a fan of Westerns either, but I loved True Grit, Lonesome Dove, and The Sisters Brothers. You can do this though! 3w
Samplergal I‘ll finish it tonight. Only 70 more pages. I think it‘s the book. C+ at best. 3w
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Latrelwhite It is the book!😳 I‘m struggling with it. 3w
Latrelwhite I‘m listening and reading it...it‘s the BOOOOKKKK!!!!!! 3w
MellieAntoinette Feeling like the words “hot mess” are appropriate here. Im on part Midday and not sure I‘m not interested! 3w
Samplergal @MellieAntoinette I didn‘t finish last night. I will today. But it‘s really a miss for me. It‘s really not good. Glad I‘m not the only one. Barnes and Noble has been pretty good with their book club books, and I took a chance with a western, thinking it would be ok. 🤨 3w
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MamaGina
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Oh boy, is this one good. I‘m not sure why, but I crave a good western every so often. I‘ve recently rewatched 3:10 to Yuma (the Russell Crowe version) and the Cohen brothers remake of True Grit. I really need to FINALLY read Lonesome Dove, right?!? 🤓

Redwritinghood Yes, to Lonesome Dove! 3w
Bookzombie Yes! 3w
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mdm139
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Pick up line reading and snacking. Only have 15 minutes but sometimes it is the only time I can read.

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GloVerdino
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I might have to abandon this one for now. I‘m having a lot of trouble getting through it, it‘s just not working for me right now. I‘ve been really stressed out and busy this past week which hasn‘t helped and this is just feeling like a chore. Maybe at a later time it will go better. I‘m just really sad I‘ll miss this month‘s B&N book club meeting.

Samplergal It was not good. It‘s not you. 3w
GloVerdino @Samplergal thank you! I have no idea what is going on in this book! I decided to keep trying because I really want to go to the book club meeting but this is not good 3w
Samplergal I plugged through, only because that‘s my personality. But geez, this was a hot mess. Maybe going to the book club we can find out what actually happened and understand the damn thing??? 🤷🏽‍♀️ 3w
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Latrelwhite
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Ok... someone help me understand!🧐

Samplergal It was bad. 3w
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mdm139
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Starting this book while my kiddo does his spelling homework. He says these words are too easy, wish they gave me hard ones! #raisingreaders #lefty

Bookishthoughts Awesome!🙌 3w
Bookishthoughts I like that cover. 3w
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MamaGina
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Picked up some Library Holds 📚 ❤️🤓

Tamra Looks like a great stack! 3w
MamaGina Of course, as soon as I arrived home I got a text that two more holds have come in! 🙄 3w
Lindy Inland is waiting for me on the library hold shelf too. 😊 3w
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Samplergal
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Working on finishing this book today. Sluggish read imho. #SummerEndReadathon

IndyHannaJones Uhhhh I loved the Tiger's Wife. 3w
MellieAntoinette Agreed! It‘s intriguing, but I feel like the camel dragging along with the gang! 😜 3w
Samplergal @MellieAntoinette I enjoy the Nora parts but I‘m like you. I feel like I‘m Burke. 😂 3w
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MellieAntoinette
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“Must I now forever fill up with the wants of any dead who touched me?” ~ Lurie, 1893

Confession: Much better!

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MellieAntoinette
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“Sheep, fire, and Sandy Freed‘s silver tongue. Those were the intertwining threads that brought them clattering into Arizona Territory in 1876.” ~ Nora, 1893

Confession: Immense dislike of this cover.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I'm having to move this to the side for now - completely enjoying - just haven't had time to read lately and since appearing on Obama's reading list the number of holds has grown considerably. So I won't be able to renew for a long while. So I'll have to start reading something else for now.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Hurray for the Obama Effect though!! 4w
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I'm having to move this to the side for now - completely enjoying - just haven't had time to read lately and since appearing on Obama's reading list the number of holds has grown considerably. So I won't be able to renew for a long while. So I'll have to start reading something else for now.

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Mitch
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I love this series of photos from Strand Bookstores instagram page - updating our school assigned reading lists! Perfect 👏🏻👏🏻

Graciouswarriorprincess I'm reading Inland now. 4w
Graciouswarriorprincess I'm reading Inland now. 4w
Mitch @Graciouswarriorprincess I‘ve just got it! Getting some bookclub and buddyreading under control, then I‘m diving in! 4w
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dainarmb I've read some of my favorite books courtesy of the assigned school lists, including Grapes of Wrath! So not a fan of this updating idea, but I could definitely get behind this as a "If you liked this book, you'll love _____ too!" series. ?? 4w
Mitch @dainarmb a bookshop near me do a display with those very words! 👍🏼 4w
Lcsmcat I‘m with @dainarmb I found as a teacher that kids surprised me with liking things that were considered by adults to be “too dated” or “too difficult” for teenagers. 4w
dainarmb @Mitch love it! Always looking for new recommendations along those lines. ☺️ 4w
strandbookstore Aw thank you! 3w
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cassiopia
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I have about 4 more hours left in this audiobook. I'm not enjoying it as much as I hoped I would, but I can't DNF it seeing it's the BN book club pick for next months discussion.

When I got home last night I was happy to see a package from my step-mom. I cried when it turned out to be an urn necklace with my Dad's ashes.

Also, I'm really happy with how this blanket it turning out. I really hope my friend loves it once it's finished 🤞🤞

Megabooks What a lovely way to remember your dad! 💙💙 4w
cassiopia @Megabooks yes it is. He had a tiger head tattoo on his right forearm so in his memory I'm going to get a Tigger tattoo in the same spot. That way it can be for both of us (tiger for him and my favorite character for me). 4w
Megabooks That‘s so wonderful!! 4w
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Johanna414 Love that blanket! What is the name of the pattern? 4w
cassiopia @Johanna414 it's a bean stitch in a chevron pattern. 4w
Soubhiville I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen a stitch like that before! It‘s really cool. 4w
Soubhiville Also, I love the idea of that sweet necklace and your tattoo. ❤️ 4w
cassiopia @Soubhiville thank you 💜💜 4w
wanderinglynn I love the blanket—it‘s gorgeous, both the stitching and the colors. ❤️ 4w
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TheBookStacker
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Just finished the Whisper man which creeped me out but was also a bit predictable in the end (still thoroughly enjoyed it) and now onto this one for a change of pace.

mdm139 I am hoping to get a copy of this and go to the B&N book club 4w
TheBookStacker @mdm139 oh I didn‘t know it was B&N book club! Now I‘m glad I picked it up! 4w
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alisonrose
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So pleased to find Obreht‘s writing as singular & captivating as I recall from The Tiger‘s Wife, even in a starkly different story. While this one doesn‘t quite measure up to her first novel for me, it was still beautifully told & achingly poignant. The two storylines here are wholly separate on the surface yet connect in more ways than one & I found myself hoping against hope for both of them. Not perfect but worth the (long) wait to read! 4/5 ⭐️

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