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The Flight Portfolio
The Flight Portfolio: A novel | Julie Orringer
The long-awaited new work from the best-selling author of The Invisible Bridge takes us back to occupied Europe in this gripping historical novel based on the true story of Varian Fry's extraordinary attempt to save the work, and the lives, of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust In 1940, Varian Fry--a Harvard educated American journalist--traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to rescue within a few weeks. Instead, he ended up staying in France for thirteen months, working under the veil of a legitimate relief organization to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and set up an underground railroad that led over the Pyrenees, into Spain, and finally to Lisbon, where the refugees embarked for safer ports. Among his many clients were Hannah Arendt, Franz Werfel, Andr Breton, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall. The Flight Portfolio opens at the Chagalls' ancient stone house in Gordes, France, as the novel's hero desperately tries to persuade them of the barbarism and tragedy descending on Europe. Masterfully crafted, exquisitely written, impossible to put down, this is historical fiction of the very first order, and resounding confirmation of Orringer's gifts as a novelist.
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Anna40
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Varian Frye formed the Emergency Rescue Committee that operated in Marseille with the aim of finding as many Jewish and Anti-Nazi intellectuals, artists and writers as they could and helping them to escape from Europe. And there is more to it. Orringer also writes about Frye‘s homosexuality and weaves a fictional love story into the main plot. Her writing is outstanding -a joy to have discovered her!

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Hooked_on_books
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Varian goes to France in 1940 to work toward rescuing Jewish artists, allowing their escape from the continent. He‘s then approached by Elliott, the one who got away, to see about saving a friend‘s son. This is great historical fiction with a lovely M/M love story threaded through. The size and slow pace of this book are a bit daunting, but it‘s well worth it.

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Jas16
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American Varian Fry travels to Marseille with the hopes of saving great artists and thinkers from the Nazis. The work is dangerous and challenging but he assembles a network of those just as passionate about his task. He also has to question whether anyone has a life that deserves saving more than another‘s. This is a long book and but one that it is easy to get swept away in with its vibrant cast of characters and the high stakes they face daily.

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RebelReader
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Up before the sun..... I‘m reading this for a book group and it‘s over 500 pages so I hope it picks up a bit or it‘s gonna be a slog. I‘m hopeful because I loved her previous book The Invisible Bridge.

OriginalCyn620 Love that mug! 🙌🏻😂 2y
RebelReader @OriginalCyn620 I love it too! I think I‘ve had my coffee in it almost everyday since I treated myself to it about a year ago. 😍 2y
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Zoes_Human
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Bailedbailed

Uff, no. Prolix and overwrought. DNF @ 20 pages.

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kspenmoll
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🖋 2y
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Cinfhen
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Five star read🙌🏻 A beautifully crafted historical fiction novel similar to A Gentlemen in Moscow and All The Light We Can Not See. Set in Nazi occupied France, a story about a group of ordinary people who run & operate a smuggling operation; their cargo: artists, writers, scientists, philosophers & those who are deemed enemies of The Reich. 👇🏽

Cinfhen I spent many hours down the internet rabbit hole to learn more about these real individuals as well as The Flight Portfolio ( a collection of paintings & drawings made by those European artists who were awaiting flight out of Europe)Their art was inspired by the daily struggle they were experiencing and witnessing. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I think you will really enjoy this book @Crazeedi 2y
eanderson Great review! You have me wanting to put it up on my priority tbr! 2y
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Cinfhen Oh yay @eanderson I‘m not sure why I waited so long to read this prior BOTM. I really enjoyed learning about this resistance movement. It‘s a bit of a slower read but worth the investment. 2y
JSW This is a beautiful book. 2y
Cinfhen It really was @JSW I loved her other novel too 2y
Nute Nice review! You got my interest with similar taste in the vein of All the Light We Cannot See and A Gentleman in Moscow. Stacking!! 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Nute I hope you enjoy this book when you get to it😊if you remember please tag me with your thoughts 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I'm going to look for it. Thank you for the recommendation 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen I'm going to check out the other book you mentioned too. 2y
Cinfhen Both books are great @Crazeedi especially her debut 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen thank you so much, will I be crying much? 2y
Cinfhen Invisible Bridge was definitely a weepy book @Crazeedi but I didn‘t cry from The Flight Portfolio. It‘s a moving story but not one that will leave you heartbroken. I wouldn‘t say either are light reads but both are beautifully written. Flight Portfolio requires patience and concentration. Hope you‘re feeling better and getting more sleep. Happy to see you back on Litsy. 2y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen thanks Cindy! We both had a much better night ! I actually slept more than 2 hrs in a row!! 2y
Cinfhen Small blessings @Crazeedi 💛 2y
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Cinfhen
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Catching up on some correspondences while enjoying the sunshine ☀️ 🎶💕Post office is meant to open starting Sunday🙏🏼

CoffeeAndABook Looks like a lovely morning 🌞📖🥤🌸 those are cute cards & stickers👌🏼😘 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @CoffeeAndABook sunshine makes everything better 🧡💛🧡 2y
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Cinfhen
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Thank you @gradcat ever since you tagged me for #ISpy#Green I‘ve been thinking about picking up this book from my #TBR
It‘s really good. Dense and full of fascinating information, I‘ve been googling nonstop #LiveAndLearn Varian Fry, a US citizen travels to Paris to help expedite and process exit visas for European artists and socialists who are being threatened with imprisonment/extermination during the Nazi era.

BarbaraBB You‘ll end up with a dozen of books set in Portugal 😂❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @BarbaraBB so true 😁😂 2y
Librarybelle My thought too, @BarbaraBB ! 😂❤️ 2y
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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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kspenmoll
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OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚💚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💚 2y
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krismlars
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Ideally, I wouldn‘t want to carry a hardcover through the airport. But this happens to be what I‘m reading right now. I hope to make a big dent in it during my 4.5 hour flight to Denver. I‘m so excited for my mom‘s Thanksgiving meal this afternoon! Gobble gobble😊 #botm

mdm139 I hope your next flight is not delayed. Denver still has lots of canceled flights from the snow storm. 2y
krismlars @mdm139 the plane is scheduled to leave on time in 25 min. I‘m prepared for the snow! 2y
Reviewsbylola Airplane reading is my favorite! Enjoy and safe travels! 2y
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Branwen
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I started this book months ago and really love it so far, but every time I try to go back to it I get distracted by other things I'm reading! So it has definitely been on my TBR list for longer than I would like! 😁💕📚

#gratefulreads #beenonyourtbrtoolong @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚 3y
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krismlars
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My favorite word is ‘defenestrate,‘ and it‘s been used TWICE in this book🤓 *edit* THREE times

vlwelser I love that word also. It was an answer on Jeopardy recently. ❤ 3y
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krismlars
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Reading in bed before I go to a friend‘s for brunch. Most of my reading is done on a Kindle or iPad, but I still always have an ‘analog‘ book going. I just love this bookmark!

AlaMich That is a beautiful bookmark! Was it a gift? 3y
krismlars @AlaMich I got it when I traveled to Seattle in September. 3y
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JSW
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This book, this epic, tragic, lovely book. How do I begin? As it wrestled with philosophic questions of what life is worth, it maintained a steady quiet tension. I was utterly transfixed. Layers of meaning and history made personal. Gah, I can‘t even describe how good.

JSW I‘m just reduced to staring off into space. It‘s one of THOSE. 3y
JamieArc Moving this up my TBR 😁 3y
JSW @JamieArc I hope you like it. It moves at its own measured pace. The characters are wonderful. 3y
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CollapsingLibrary
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To help keep me on track and since I get to read at work, I have developed a system of counting out the number of pages in each chapter and pairing it with a “task” I can do at work.

I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. A little over 100 pages in and I‘m still waiting for the actual plot of the book to start. I haven‘t connected to any of the characters yet either. Sigh

#30daychallenge #day5 Still have a cold, still depress-y, but reading

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Panpan

It took me a while to get into the book. By chapter 12, it got interesting and then by chapter 20 it just went back to boring. I ended up not finishing the book because I felt like I was dragging my feet trying to finish it.
I thought the context of the story and the setting was good, but the writing itself wasn‘t very good.
I‘ll have to say out of all the books I‘ve read this year, this is the worst one 😔 I‘ll give it 2 stars ⭐️⭐️

Aims42 Good to know, I borrowed it from the library but haven‘t gotten to it yet 👍🏻 3y
One_With_Books @Aims42 I have read plenty of books based off of the same things and this just wasn‘t adding up to them. I hope you enjoy it more than I did. 3y
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bookishkai
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I don‘t even have words. This book just reached in and grabbed something in me and won‘t let go. I‘m reminded of what drew me to culture studies in college, of the different ways we all negotiate the world, the pieces we give up, or hide, to make getting by easier. I‘m reminded of my grandfather, for some reason, who was a contemporary of Varian Fry, a scholar of Latin and English. Cont‘d in comments.

bookishkai I just always felt like there was something in his life that my grandfather never settled, and maybe because I listened to the audio, I just “heard” my grandfather‘s voice in Fry‘s. 3y
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bookishkai
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6+ hours left, and I already want to go back to the beginning and listen again. The surrealists feel like family, and I‘m continually worried that Varian‘s delicate house of cards is going to crash. And I so love Varian and Grant, especially Grant‘s thoughts on hiding your truth.

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“Oh, it goes something like this: Who‘s most important, the farmer who feeds the cow, the cow who makes the milk, or the girl who milks the cow? None of them. The most important is the boy who carries milk to the market. One wrong step, and the work of all the others is lost in an instant.”

jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 3y
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One_With_Books
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Yes, my cup is indeed true 😂 one of my favorite gifts from a good friend #reading #books #outdoors #fun #sailor #idontevenownaboat

Dawnrod1970 Love the cup! 3y
allureofbeauty I almost bought that mug when I saw it but I sadly don‘t have enough cause for more mugs. But same. 3y
brit91 I love your cup!!😍 3y
One_With_Books Thank you guys! And @allureofbeauty I use them for everything lol I love that they have a handle 3y
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bookishkai
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Audiobook knitting. The narrator is excellent, and the story is compelling, which is great because I have 13 days to knit this blanket before Baby M‘s moms have their baby shower. Unfortunately, the audiobook is only 19 hours long!

emz711 I audionook, knit and watch baseball. What's that called? 3y
bookishkai @emz711 I do that, too. I don‘t know what it‘s called when you add baseball into the mix! 3y
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One_With_Books
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Enjoying the nice weather! #outdoors #books #reading #summer #shade

Aims42 I was sitting out this afternoon in the shade too, so beautiful 🥰 3y
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One_With_Books
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I might give up on this book soon. It‘s not grasping my attention nor am I intrigued.
Hopefully a few more chapters it‘ll be a bit better. So far it‘s not 🤷‍♀️#slowread #nobuildup #toomanylanguages

the_next_chapter101 What chapter have you made it to? 3y
One_With_Books I‘m on 12 right now. Its getting to be ok 3y
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One_With_Books
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Spending the rest of my day reading in my comfy chair #lazyday #cleaningisdone #books #reading

brit91 Sounds like a good plan!😀😁📚 3y
Ericalambbrown Lovely spot! Welcome to Litsy! 💕📚 3y
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One_With_Books
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Who knew I would be reading this book and learning French at the same time 💁‍♀️(also, this is Nala, my parent in laws pup) #reading #french #botm #love #learning #snuggles #readingbuddy

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One_With_Books

Who knew I would be reading this book and learning French at the same time 💁‍♀️(also, this is Nala, my parent in laws pup) #reading #french #botm #love #learning #snuggles #readingbuddy

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One_With_Books

“Vivamus, moriendum est.”
(Let us live, since we must die)

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One_With_Books
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Started this gem today. Already enjoying it ❤️ #france #nazi #artist #julieorringer #energy

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Sensitivemuse
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I really tried to get through to this one. I love hist fic set in WWII. But I couldn't with this one. It was a great storyline and lots of detailed characters (that existed in real life) but the pace was immensely slow. Not to mention Varian just was a mooncalf when Grant was around. It's okay to be in love but you got people to save Varian..for crying out loud. This one wasn't for me.

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suzisteffen
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The time to do what‘s right is always now. Always. And in Flight Portfolio, we also see the many people - US State Department officials certainly among them - who make the opposite choice. Let‘s not be those people. Vale, Varian Fry, and Julie Orringer for writing a thinly fictionalized account of his time at the beginning of the war.

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suzisteffen
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Just starting this one, hope it‘s good. #WWII

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cateeeoh
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Don‘t let the length scare you! After 50 or so pages to get into the characters, I found this to be such a smooth and compelling read. A beautiful fictionalized take on real people. Complex morality, with (seldom told) story emphasis on the LGBTQ experience during the WWII era. Totally recommend.

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I was so excited for this book and learning more about the daring risks and harrowing decisions made by Varian Fry in WWII France. What I got instead was a love story.
The audiobook couldn't hold my attention and neither could the book so I finally bailed at about 40%. I wanted to love this but it just wasn't what I expected.

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GerardtheBookworm
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A literary historical fiction based on writer and journalist Varian Fry and his liberation of dozens of avante garde artists from France during World War 2. The book is atmospheric in detailing the time and the immersion of bohemian folly. Really good.

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kyraleseberg
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I struggle with audiobooks, I either relax too much and fall asleep or if I try another task while listening my mind wanders and I lose track 🙈
That said, I'm giving this a try because it's the only format available through my library currently.

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DannyOlda
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Finally getting to last month's #botm. In the background is one sculpture from Sheryl Oring's installation, Writer's Block, created in reference to the Bebalplatz book burning on May 10, 1933. Spending a lot of time with this art, deinstalling it this week, and The Flight Portfolio has meant a lot of time thinking about war, art, and censorship.

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Hollie
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While #theboysofsummer are waiting on their next game, I‘m reading the lovely tagged book. I‘m peopled out for the weekend. I swear the old man next to me at the last game asked me everything but my blood type. I‘m feeling stabby. #songsofsummer

OriginalCyn620 🤣🤣🤣 3y
Leftcoastzen 😂You would think holding a book is s sign you don‘t want conversation.I swear I can bury my face in my book on a plane and folks will still talk. 3y
Hollie @Leftcoastzen I didn‘t have the book during her first game but I‘m hoping it will ward off conversation the rest of the day! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣🤣 3y
Reggie Lololol 3y
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Melwilk
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I just finished my #BOTM pick from May. This was so good! It is historical fiction that takes place at the beginnings of WWII in France, prior to the US entering the war. It is different from other WWII books I have read. It is about an American organization trying to get refugee artists out of France. The book deals with issues of class, sexuality, and race. There is a lot to think about while reading this book.

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Bailedbailed

Just not the right book for me right now.

Victoriahoperose I wasn‘t a huge fan either of this one. It was very slow. 3y
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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

So sad. This BOTM pick was not for me. So slow and just hard to get into. The story just didn‘t hold my attention. They can‘t all be awesome!

BookishTrish I‘m nervous to read this one because I loved her last book so much 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh no! I had this one out from the library but just felt it wasn't the right book for me right now, so I returned it. Guess I had a good feeling about it then?! Too bad it didn't work out for you. It was one I was looking forward to - but looks like it can be pushed down the TBR. 3y
Victoriahoperose @BookishTrish I‘m going to have to try that book and see if I like it better! @Penny_LiteraryHoarders maybe you will like it more than me, I just couldn‘t get into it!! 3y
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Hollie
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My reading buddy for the afternoon is all sacked out. 😻#catsoflitsy #Sophie

Leftcoastzen She is so beautiful!❤️😻 3y
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Victoriahoperose
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Anyone else reading this from BOTM? I‘m getting my hair done and brought it with me and I am finding it a bit slow/dry. Has anyone read it and can tell me if it gets better?

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is my next library book. Am I in the mood for it though? It's 560 pages of densely typed pages. I want to read it. But do I want to read it Now?

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Hollie
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A couple of gorgeous quotes, a few pages apart in my current read. I‘m loving it so far.

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10MoreMin

Starting off a bit slow

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lauren.lerner
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I‘m pleased to report that the book pocket on BOTM‘s new tote is large enough to hold the longest BOTM I‘ve ever selected at 562 pages. Can‘t wait to put this bag to good use!

📦📗
#bookmail #BOTM #BOTMbff

Avanders 😩neeeeeeeed.... 3y
lauren.lerner I‘m kind of obsessed, @Avanders 3y
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SharonGoforth
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Today was an awesome book mail day! My #BOTM box arrived, plus a Harold Bloom on reading the Romantic poets and a biography of poet Edward Thomas!📚😊💕 #nosuchthingastoomanybooks

8little_paws I started the buried and it's SO GOOD! 3y
SharonGoforth @8little_paws Awesome! I can‘t wait to read it! 3y
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BookwormAHN
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My #BOTM box came in today. I love the new tote bag 💙

Gaylagal2 I skipped this month but I love the tote bag! I'm going to have to buy one as I'm a bit of a collecter 🤓 3y
BookwormAHN @Gaylagal2 If you sign up for their BFF program after you order so many books (either 10 or 12) they will send you one free. 3y
Gaylagal2 @BookwormAHN Thanks for the tip! I have 10 more books to go and I get a tote....yeah! 🤓🥰 3y
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