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The Goldfinch
The Goldfinch: A Novel | Donna Tartt
 WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."--Stephen King, The New York Times Book ReviewTheo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love--and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.
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Califlamingo
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I was reluctant to try this based on reviews, but I found that I really enjoyed this book on audio. The narration was superb. The writing style pulled me in and held me on the roller coaster of the story. I love art and art history so that was a bonus. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

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jaimemorrisreads1983
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
Bailedbailed

Dnf after 25 pages. I just couldn't get into this book.

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jaimemorrisreads1983
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt

Slow start to this book. Hope it picks up soon.

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Tanisha_A
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Finished reading this sometime back, & i am so happy to have come across this bundle of satisfaction. All hail queen of fiction, Tartt!

Rich characterization, smooth & logical flow of events, brilliant descriptions/analysis of some of the famous works of art by old masters, emotionally gripping, thrilling, beautiful portrayal of relationships, philosophical elements through stories, loved reading it. Looking forward to get my hands on next DT.

Cathythoughts Great review! I loved Secret History, and did start this one & never got too far. Your review makes me want to go back ♥️👍🏻 2w
charl08 Another fan of this one: completely absorbing. 2w
CaroPi I also love it. Didn't feel all the pages. (It maybe also because I read it in my Kindle so it didn't look that big 😜) I hope the movie does justice 2w
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BekaReid Yes, I need to read more Donna Tartt. I've read and loved both this one and The Secret History. 2w
batsy Beautiful review! For some reason I didn't really gel with this one, which surprised me because I love her other two. Can't wait for her next book 🙂 2w
sudi Great review 😊👍 2w
ephemeralwaltz Enjoyed it too!! Can't wait for the movie. 2w
BiblioLitten That‘s a great review! 1w
Tanisha_A @Cathythoughts Have heard brilliant things about that one. It's super on my list. Aw, let me know how you like it if you do get back to it sometime. 🥰 7d
Tanisha_A @charl08 That's the word, absorbing. 7d
Tanisha_A @CaroPi I am excited and not excited about the movie. Like you said, hope it's just. 7d
Tanisha_A @BekaReid This was my first. Looking forward to her other works. 7d
Tanisha_A @batsy Thankee! You all are making me want to pick one of the other two soon. 😁 7d
Tanisha_A @sudi @BiblioLitten Thank you both! It's such a story. 🙂 @ephemeralwaltz Let's see how the movie turns out. 🤞 7d
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mc916
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@TheNerdyProfessor we spent the day in Cambridge! We hit up some breweries and of course, Harvard! The bookstore had some great finds in the basement that we bought as gifts to bring back (we actually mailed them back because books are heavy)! Thank you for the recommendation!! #harvardbookstore
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I‘m re-reading The Goldfinch in between my current read, which is about art too! Hahahah

TheNerdyProfessor I am so glad you found it! That store is one of my favorites. If you ever get to go back, Christmastime in Boston is beautiful. 2w
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Allietaylor16
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Saturday morning reading with our new family member! Everyone meet Hank. He‘s 2 years old and a dachshund/schnauzer mix!

Prairiegirl_reading Adorable!!!! ❤️ 2w
TheSpineView 🤗 Hi Hank! You sure are a cutie! 💜🐾 2w
Melissa_J He‘s super sweet 😊 2w
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Tamra What‘s a cutie! 2w
RestlessFickleBookHoarder Hi Hank! You're a doll! 2w
TheLibrarian He‘s adorable!! 2w
Slajaunie What a handsome boy! 💙🐾 2w
Bookzombie So cute! 2w
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Clare-Dragonfly
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I figured with the movie coming out, everyone will be talking about this book, so I‘d better go ahead and read it now.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm hoping to get to this before the movie too. 3w
SamAnne I‘ve contemplated reading this. So many mixed reviews. People seem to either love it or hate it. 3w
MelissaSue81 @SamAnne - yeah. I really liked it.. but it is LONG.. there was a section that dragged in the middle. I listened to the audio which I think helped. 3w
Clare-Dragonfly @SamAnne I loved The Secret History so I‘m hoping I‘ll love this too! 3w
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I love this tote! Even the biggies fit in the book pocket ⭐️🙌💪 #botm

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Julsmarshall
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So good! Expansive, troubling, beautiful. Long and intense but so worth the time. Tartt‘s characters are carefully drawn, fully formed and feel so real that I felt like they were from my own past. The love of art flows through the book like a river you‘ve grown up next to and I found myself jumping into the art of the period and immersing myself in it. Make the time to read this is you haven‘t yet, it

Brenda I read it and loved it. I‘m looking forward to the movie! 4w
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Kshakal
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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It is very rare that I give up on a book but I could not make it through this one... #dnf #30junebooks @howjessreads

Cortg This one is definitely a love it or hate it book! I loved it but I know so many who feel the way you do about it. Next! 4w
britt_brooke Bummer, but like @Cortg said, it seems very polarizing. I loved it, but it‘s way too long to finish if you‘re not feeling it. 4w
OriginalCyn620 I didn‘t like this one either. I forced myself to finish (but wish I hadn‘t) because I was determined to see what all the fuss was about. Because if this book, I now DNF if I‘m not feeling into a story! 4w
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Rissreads
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This is one of my all time favourite books and I'm loving it just as much second time round. I thought I would cement it in my memory before I see the movie which is out in September. 💜
#LitsyAtoZ letter T

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eris404

Listening to the audiobook and just wanted to say David Pittu is a wonderful reader/performer.

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Julsmarshall
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1. Stargazer Lily
2. The Goldfinch
3. You and Dead to Me, both on Netflix
4. Maya Angelou
#humpdaypost @DebbieGrillo @MinDea

Megabooks My favorite is the Mona Lisa Lily, which is very similar to a stargazer, only lighter pink! 4w
Karkar Love Stargazers- they smell so good! 4w
Susanita Love these flowers! 4w
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Sara_Planz
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Sometimes you hit the honey pot when you are going through your bargain stacks at the store.

Oblomov26 Great book 4w
britt_brooke Woah! Loved this one. 4w
Oryx Nice find. 4w
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Julsmarshall
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I feel like I‘ve been listening to this audiobook forever but it is so good! Making progress!

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Quevedoes
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We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves.
-François de la Rochefoucauld

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jewright
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I loved this book. It‘s completely haunting. The literary references are fascinating, and the description is beautiful.

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Erofan
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? " Maybe the one had to be lost for the others to be found? " ?

#currentlyreading #goldfinch

BooknerdsLife Happy reading 🙌🏼💕 I want to read this before watching the movie 🤗 1mo
Erofan @BooknerdsLife Me too! But this book is so big! 😲 1mo
BooknerdsLife @Erofan IKR! That‘s whatS been putting me off in the first place all these years 😆🙌🏼 it‘s quite intimidating 1mo
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Blueberry37
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I am currently reading the goldfinch and so far I think that it isn‘t that interesting in the beginning but then later on it gets interesting. I am still towards the beginning so I will make another review when I actually finish it.

Crazeedi I couldn't finish this 1mo
CactiCake I'm reading this book too, but it's taking me forever to read. Some parts are slow but it's also interesting. And welcome to Litsy! 1mo
RaimeyGallant I actually never finished this one. Whoops! 1mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyJune19 Day 17: #Pattern
Who else is as excited as I am about the film adaptation of this chunkster? It seems very promising. I recall reading this for several months - finished a few YA, graphic novels, full novels to serve as palate cleanser while reading it to this heavy going tale.

CaroPi I am scare about the movie. Not sure if it can make justice to a 760 pages book 1mo
gradcat Me! Me! Me! (Hand raised in the air) 😂 1mo
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mc916
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt

Re-reading this gem before the film comes out and getting sucked in all over again! I hate that i have yo put it down and go to bed to make it to the gym tomorrow. Ahhhhh...the struggle!!

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HardcoverHearts
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In anticipation of the movie release, I‘m teaming up with a fantastic BookTuber, Juan, of Just Juan Reader to host a read along for the book, starting August 1st. Details are on my channel and his.

Theaelizabet I‘ve already read it, but will love hearing/reading comments! 1mo
HardcoverHearts Juan and I have also already read it but the idea of reading it again before the movie sounded too fun. 😉 1mo
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plathcamusdostoyevskyjagger
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Absolutely incredible.

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LiterRohde
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“[T]he reason I‘d liked Boris and felt happy around him from almost the moment I‘d met him was that he was never afraid. You didn‘t meet many people who moved freely through the world with such a vigorous contempt for it and at the same time such oddball and unthwartable faith in what, in childhood, he had liked to call ‘the Planet of Earth‘.”

#WanderingJune | 12: #Russians

📷: Made with Typorama

Bklover Loved this book! 1mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t remember him ☺️. He seems cool though 😉 1mo
Cinfhen Great description of Boris!! Such a strong character. And it‘s sort of my “impression” of a Russian mafia guy. 1mo
CafeMom Loved this book. Now there is a movie coming out. 1mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘m going to have to move a couple of these up on my TBR list. 📖🎬🍿 #Adaptations

https://bookstr.com/list/5-book-to-movie-adaptions-we-cant-wait-for/

LibrarianRyan I'm dying to see Artemis Fowl, but also apprehensive. they bundle two books together, and they have moved it 3 times, which is normally indicative of reshoots. 1mo
GypsyKat @LibrarianRyan I‘ve still never read those books. 🙈 1mo
LibrarianRyan @GypsyKat You should they are sooooo goooooooddddd. Quick reads. I have read all but the last two (i started a reread and didn't get vary far). Plus a new spin off series is coming. 1mo
BooknerdsLife The Goldfinch (still need to read it) & Rivers of London (which I love) 1mo
BooknerdsLife @LibrarianRyan Same! I have yet to read the books but my daughter did and totally loved the books🤗 1mo
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Mtroiano
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Started this one this morning and I‘m already totally sucked in. #currentlyreading

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RatherTooFondofBooks
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I‘ve started reading #TheGoldfinch by Donna Tartt as part of my summer reading challenge and I‘m loving it so far. #amreading #summerreading

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Heystad
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Although The Goldfinch was a very slow read for me, I‘m extremely satisfied with the entirety of the story. If you asked me what I thought as I was reading, I would have no answer for you. I truly developed a love for this book during its final pages. Tartt posed many heavy questions for the reader and I have no doubt I‘ll be thinking about them for a long time. Also, bring tissues to the upcoming movie!

natalieebloom Yay you finished it!! 1mo
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Julsmarshall
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New audiobook for #bookfitnesschallenge and this one is a doozy! 32 hours! I‘ll need to get in a lot of walking to supplement my commute. Got out early to walk this morning as Texas is starting to heat up and we met a cat along the way! #bfc @wanderinglynn

TheSpineView Good for you walking even in the heat! 2mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Early morning walks are one of the only ways I can do walks in the summer, too. Way to go! 2mo
BookwormAHN Nice job 👏🏻 2mo
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sisilia
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😱 I can‘t wait!!! I hope it doesn‘t disappoint 🤞🏻

MrsMalaprop What? A movie? @Rissreads 2mo
sisilia @MrsMalaprop @Rissreads Yes, Nicole Kidman‘s in it, too 2mo
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop @sisilia yes it also has another Australian actress in it Ashleigh Cummings. I want to re read the book again before I see the movie, seeing as it‘s one of my favourites. I hope they don‘t destroy it! 2mo
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Rissreads @MrsMalaprop I think we should go see it together Gold class 😊⭐️💛 2mo
MrsMalaprop @Rissreads I‘m in 👍. 2mo
REPollock I loved it. It meanders, but you don‘t read Donna Tartt for a concise sharp short prose. I hope you enjoy it! 2mo
Suet624 I can‘t wait either. And I really like Ansel Elgort. 2mo
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BooksForEmpathy
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Ahhh! Did anyone else know about this!? How did I not!?

One of my all-time favorites coming to the big screen in September. I cannot wait!

glitterkitty459 I'm excited!! 😁 2mo
Zelma Interesting cast! 2mo
Kalalalatja I‘m beyond excited! 2mo
QuintusMarcus It better be good, it was a fantastic novel. Being released in September is a bad sign - that month is usually a dump for movies that the studio didn't think quite worked. 2mo
readordierachel I guess it's time to pull this one off the shelf! 2mo
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LauraJ
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This looks promising!

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BookaholicNatty
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I just found out that The Goldfinch is coming out as a movie in September!!! Yay!!! I love when books get made into movies. I hope the movie will be just as good as the book. What movie/ tv series adaptions of a book are some of your favorites? I must say I love Outlander!

bookseller_cate I still need to catch up on the second season, but I loved The Handmaid‘s Tale, both book and show. 2mo
Moony Mhhh that I have to read it soon.... 2mo
Tashreads I loved The Goldfinch- this trailer looks amazing. So excited 😆 2mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just watched the trailer today! Smitten! Also excited about the adaptation for French Exit. 2mo
taraWritesSci Oh that cast looks so good, too. 2mo
Kimberlone Can‘t wait for this movie to come out but I really wish it had been adapted into a miniseries instead! I know there‘s a lot of things that are going to have to get cut out :( 2mo
VioletBramble The trailer looks amazing. 2mo
Victoriahoperose So excited!! Looks so good! 2mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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MelissaSue81 Did you see the trailer? It looks good, but I agree, it‘s SO much for one movie. 2mo
cathipink Agreed. This is one of my favorites, I'm a little nervous after seeing all of the spoilers in the trailer 😶 2mo
TheLudicReader My son and I are huge fans...and we‘re both excited and trepidatious. What if they screw it up? They‘re probably gonna screw it up! Ahhhhh. 2mo
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Ericalambbrown
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Wow. This one. I suspect I‘ll have a book hangover from this for a while. I thought this book was extraordinary. I‘m rather at a loss for words after devouring it so quickly. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

LitLogophile Yes. Agreed. Absolutely. I loved it so much. 2mo
RatherTooFondofBooks I‘m hoping to start reading this at the weekend. I‘m glad you loved it so much. 2mo
Ericalambbrown @RatherTooFondofBooks I sure hope you enjoy it 😊 1mo
RatherTooFondofBooks I completely and utterly adored it! I finished it a couple of days ago and I keep thinking about it. 😊 1mo
Ericalambbrown @RatherTooFondofBooks I‘m so glad! This one really stayed with me, too. 1mo
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RatherTooFondofBooks
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On my blog (link in bio) today I‘ve posted about my 20 Books of Summer 2019 challenge. Here is the stack of books I‘ve chosen! I will be reading other books as well (on kindle and audio) but I want to make an effort to read some physical books! Have you read any of these? Where do you recommend that I start? #SummerReading #TBR

Gnora My mom and I listened to In the Unlikely Event together. That was an experience I will never forget. Fantastic book. 2mo
jb72 I‘ve not read any of those. Cool challenge though. I‘ve read two Rooney short stories. One I liked okay and one I didn‘t. 2mo
Ericalambbrown I just finished The Goldfinch today. I adored it and it‘s going to stick with me for a long time. 💕 2mo
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RatherTooFondofBooks @Gnora That sounds like a lovely way to share a novel. I might look out for the audio book so I can listen and read. I‘m really looking forward to finally reading this, it‘s been on my bookcase for a while now. 2mo
RatherTooFondofBooks @jb72 Thank you. I read Conversations with Friends recently and didn‘t enjoy it all that much but I did love Rooney‘s writing style so wanted to give Normal People a go. I‘m hoping I‘ll like it more. 2mo
RatherTooFondofBooks @Ericalambbrown I‘m a big fan of Donna Tartt so I‘ve been really keen to get to The Goldfinch, it feels like it‘ll be a real treat. I‘m glad you enjoyed it so much. 2mo
ShyBookOwl Nice stack! I can't plan ahead like that. I'm such a mood reader! 2mo
RatherTooFondofBooks @ShyBookOwl Thank you. I‘m a mood reader too so sticking to this TBR will be a challenge. I‘m hoping I‘ll manage it as I‘m keen to read all of these books. 2mo
Megabooks Great choices! I have tried three times to finish The Goldfinch. The prose is beautiful, but I couldn‘t lock into the plot correctly. Judy Blume books are always good for summer! 2mo
RatherTooFondofBooks @Megabooks Thank you! That‘s a shame about The Goldfinch. I‘m excited to read the Judy Blume - I feel sure this is going to be a great read! 😊 2mo
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edennugget
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Blueberry and vanilla ricecakes topped with peanut butter and banana! Strawberries on the side for colour 😉

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PurpleyPumpkin
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This was a beautifully written book. But the ruminations and navel-gazing of the MC, Theo, got to be a bit much sometimes. I think some additional editing was in order. Still, it was well worth reading and I quite enjoyed the audiobook. 3/5⭐️

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jenniferw88
Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
Bailedbailed

Bailing for now but may come back to it later in the year.

PurpleyPumpkin I've been listening to this audiobook for months! I have just under two hours left and I'm determined to finish it. The writing is fantastic, but sometimes the lengthy descriptive passages make my mind wander. Oops!😬 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I struggled with this book as well and have not finished it. The characters are interesting but all the detail Boggs the book down. 2mo
TheLibrarian I was not a fan of this book and struggled to read it. 2mo
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KathyWheeler I could not understand why this won the Pulitzer; I was extremely bored through large parts of it. 2mo
mjdowens This is probably the only book I physically ever tossed across the room and could have cared less😂😂. Total DNF at over halfway. I am still made 5 years later 2mo
sprainedbrain I was not a fan... but I LOVED The Secret History! 😃 2mo
VictoriaB I persevered. I thought the beginning and ending were fantastic. A huge portion of the middle should have been tossed as it dragged on and on and on...... 2mo
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LiterRohde
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“If a painting really works down in your heart and changes the way you see, and think, and feel, you don't think, 'oh, I love this because it's universal.‘ A really great painting is fluid enough to work its way into the mind and heart through all kinds of different angles, in ways that are unique and very particular. I was painted for you.”

#QuotsyMay19 | 18: #Museum

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Cathythoughts Lovely quote. Must try this book again sometime ♥️👍🏻 2mo
CafeMom I loved this book. I was in the Netherlands last year but some how forgot to go and see this painting. 2mo
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Oliveldn
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‪These words from #DonnaTartt stir me to write each time I read them. #Writing #WritingCommunity #Quote #literaryfiction

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Quevedoes
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“Over and over, I kept thinking I‘ve got to go home and then, for the millionth time, I can‘t.”

RaimeyGallant Nice quote! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 2mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🎈 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 2mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 2mo
lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!! 2mo
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EmilieGR
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really Good up until the last 100 pages or so when it turned into a crime thriller

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Nerdy_Bookworm

Ugh!!!!!! Larry and Xandra are trashier than I originally thought! I just wanna throttle them! Poor Theo!!!! 😭😭😭

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Nerdy_Bookworm

I can't stand Theo's dad and "stepmother!" They're trash!!!

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Nerdy_Bookworm
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Despite the negative Goodread reviews, I'm absolutely LOVING this book! I went in not expecting much, and was given a wonderful surprise of a well written and gripping novel! Spending my day enjoying this wonderful novel!

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Nerdy_Bookworm

I wasn't expecting much from this book, but as of right now, I'm thoroughly enjoying it! Hopefully I enjoy it up to the finish! 😊

readordierachel Awesome! 3mo
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Nerdy_Bookworm
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Starting this up! Anyone else read this yet?

Megabooks It‘s perpetually on my TBR! 3mo
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Rhmodica
Mehso-so

couldn‘t put it down for the first half but the story slowed down to a crawl, almost bailed it glad I didn‘t. Loved how the story came full circle. Took me a long time to read even though I read the first half in a week