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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society | Mary Ann Shaffer
#1 "NEW YORK TIMES "BESTSELLER " I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers. "January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb . As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all. Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever. Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways. "From the Hardcover edition.""
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asterese
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One of the things I love about getting books secondhand is finding little surprises between the pages like stickers, a bookmark added by the bookseller or left behind by a previous reader, or a sheet of tabs for marking favorite passages in the book. 🌼

What else do other readers like about secondhand books?

crazyspine I live finding inscriptions when people give the books as gifts but then it kind of bums me out to see that the person ended up getting rid of a thoughtful gift. 3d
crazyspine I also like it when I get library books and the previous patron leaves his or her receipt, so I can see what other books thschecked out 3d
crazyspine They checked* 3d
asterese @crazyspine I feel the same way, about the books people get as gifts and gettting rid of them after. Although it is interesting to see the messages written inside. 😯 3d
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asterese
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First book mail of 2022! 😍 I've seen this book, and the film adaptation being talked about often over the years, but I was never interested until now. I just finished the film, and I loved it, and the book came in timely today. 💝

I thought it would fit in nicely with the theme of the book to get my copy secondhand. There's nothing like giving old books new homes.

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jspoelker
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An interesting take on the human side of those living in the UK during and the fallout of post WWII. How do those left to cope keep living with and without loved ones? This is a beautiful tale of one town/group of neighbors.

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Well that was just bloody heartwarming wasn‘t it? I must be the last person on the planet to read this and I don‘t normally go in for this kind of feel good read. Nevertheless I was totally taken in by this story, I mean who doesn‘t love a book about loving books and reading? I don‘t event really know why I‘m not giving it 5 stars. Lovely stuff.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 The movie is really sweet. Have you seen it? 1mo
Centique Yes, I loved this too! The writing has such a gentle touch to it 😍 4w
ClairesReads @Centique perfect description! 4w
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Moll
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I'm aiming to watch a film every day while I'm off work for Christmas😁 I've seen this one before but my Dad hasn't and I liked it a lot so am happily watching again😊

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers

Linsy I love that goal! 1mo
Moll @Linsy Thank you!! Hoping to watch some good films!😁 1mo
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megnews Me too! 3mo
DivineDiana As did I! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I as well! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice!! 📚🥧 3mo
Eggs Great book and movie ❤️🥧👍🏼 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Eggs Yes! I loved the movie, too! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#GratefulHarvest
No actual #pie is involved in this made-up literary club; invented by one of the ‘party-goers‘ when questioned by a German patrol after curfew hours in the novel.

Eggs Love this book 📚 🥧🙌🏻 3mo
Bookzombie This is one of my favorites. 3mo
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doodeh
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This book was, is and will forever continue to be one of the most beautiful and heartwarming books I ever read. The heart is so happy after reading it again❤️

rubyslippersreads I ❤️ the book, and the movie too. 4mo
Aims42 Yes, agreed!! Movie and book are so delightful 🥰 4mo
doodeh Totally agree! The movie was different but very cute 🥰 4mo
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Kleblanc
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“That‘s what I love about reading: one tiny thing will interest you in a book, & that tiny thing will lead you onto another book, & another bit there will lead you onto a third book. It‘s geometrically progressive- all with no end in sight, & for no other reason than sheer enjoyment.” 📚

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Nessavamusic
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1. Tagged was a fun book and a delightful movie.
2. The House in the Cerulean Sea would be a wonderful movie.
#two4tuesday

RamsFan1963 I'd love to the The House on the Cerulean Sea made into a movie, but I fear Hollywood would screw it up. Since Disney seems to own everything now, I rather not see this movie Disneyized. 5mo
Aims42 I also picked “The House on the Cerulean Sea” 😂 The writing made it so easy to imagine a movie 5mo
TheSpineView I agree with @RamsFan1963 Hollywood would totally screw it up. Thanks for playing! 5mo
Nessavamusic Yeah probably or just not be willing to make it in the first place. 5mo
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ErinSueMreads
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What are your favorite epistolary novels? I'm in a mood and need recs.

paulfrankspencer Dracula! 7mo
ErinSueMreads @paulfrankspencer ohhhh that's one of my all time favorites!!!! 7mo
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Zoes_Human For a modern read 7mo
ErinSueMreads Excellent thank you! @Zoes_Human 7mo
Zoes_Human @ErinSueMreads My pleasure! 7mo
TheKidUpstairs Not a novel, but one of my fave epistolary reads 7mo
rwmg Jane Austen's 7mo
rubyslippersreads Not completely epistolary, but Emily writes many letters to her father. 7mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards First Draft of the Revolution by Emily Short is an interactive epistolary story. Think of it like a choose-your-own-adventure novel where you get to suggest what the writer should say, and thus the story changes depending on your input:
https://www.inklestudios.com/firstdraft/
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ozma.of.oz An absolutely charming YA trilogy. ❤️ 7mo
Zoe-h This book is semi-epistolary 7mo
Ruthiella I second @Prairiegirl_reading ! 84 Charing Cross Road is super short but delightful. 7mo
Palimpsest Dracula, The Sorrows of Young Werther, 84 Charing Cross Road. 7mo
marleed Oh I love this whole series and the slow it down process of removing and return letters to their envelopes. 7mo
CaramelLunacy I love Sorcery and Cecilia - two authors decided to play a game writing letters to one another in character 7mo
JenlovesJT47 Have you started this one yet? It was so good! 7mo
ErinSueMreads I just downloaded it the other day after your post! I think I'm going to start it after I finish the house on the cerulean sea! @JenlovesJT47 7mo
JenlovesJT47 I hope you like it! And The House on the Cerulean Sea is a great book! ❤️ 7mo
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I just loved living with the Guernsey characters through this novel. The book is about so many things, the humanity which finds a means to survive amidst all cruelty; friendships which can help us cope with anything; the power of books to uplift human spirit and how so much of our lives can be shared by letter writing.
It reminds me of the era when means of communication were limited, yet people connected more deeply and meaningfully.

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Tuesday I got dreaded shot #2 ?, fully intending to take the next day off... Then ended up needing to work though a fever until 3 ?. Best laid plans and all that. But listening to this book on audio after work and while waiting for the body aches to pipe down was a nice surprise! I had fairly low expectations, except as low-thought chiklit, but ended up enthralled by anecdotes from "regular folks" on WWII Channel Islands and a low key ⬇️

Larkken love story, told via a series of letters. The audio is also full cast, and I'm a sucker for that. If there's anyone out there who has held off on reading this bc it sounded too book club or conversely too shallow, I can heartily recommend it! Doubtless, however, I'm the last to figure that out. 8mo
SW-T Loved this book! Glad you survived shot #2. Had mine last weekend. 8mo
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Well that was the end of that relationship.😂

I received this in a swap year before last, finally getting around to reading it.

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Bethanyroe
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I did the reverse order on this and saw the movie first. I enjoyed it so much that I picked up the book the next day. It was a light, sweet, fun read. The book was slightly better than the movie of course, but both are wonderful!

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1. Tagged
2. I‘ve only read a few epistolary novels. A couple of them used emails instead of letters.
3. The stories I‘ve read only had one author.
#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz I love epistolary stories that include multiple formats. Letters, emails, texts. Thanks for posting! 10mo
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Texreader
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Ebook on sale today

Bookzombie I loved this one. I listened to it. 10mo
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Librarybelle
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I forget how much I enjoy epistolary novels...until I‘m reading one! When the author captures each character‘s quirks perfectly through a letter, you know you have a good story.

I may be one of the last on the planet to read this one, but I‘m glad I finally did. I loved the characters- anyone else wish there would be a companion book featuring Isola??? Good historical fiction.

peanutnine Isola is so funny! I love her character. I would totally be on board for a book about her 10mo
mrp27 I just read this recently for the first time myself, loved it. 10mo
Tracyantoon You are not the last on the planet to read it! I have a copy on my bookshelf but haven‘t gotten to it yet. Really need to bump it up on my list. 10mo
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What's beautiful story! I loved reading this delightful story through letters, what a cast of characters! Beautiful story of love and human Triumph. The romance wasn't the main focus of the book, that was nice too.

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rsteve388
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My Sunday will be filled with doing taxes and reading this charming story. Happy Sunday Y'all!

Soubhiville Ugh taxes. Good luck! 11mo
Helen19 I loved this book, and the film! 11mo
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I just watched the movie during my lunch break 😆 Hmm it‘s okay, but it didn‘t entice me enough to read the book

marleed I like the book way better than the adaption. 11mo
CSeydel I did not love the book, honestly. It was ok, but not amazing 11mo
mom2bugnbee LOVED the book, haven't watched the movie yet. The book is told in letters, & I'm a sucker for an epistolary novel. 11mo
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sisilia @marleed @mom2bugnbee The book is always better 😄💞 11mo
sisilia @CSeydel Yeah, I‘ll skip the book. I‘m rather impatient for such theme ☺️ 11mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I'm listening to the audiobook atm. It's ok, but a bit of work as I'm trying to get to know the characters. So far there are at least 7 of them so I'm having to write them down and a bit about them so I know who is who etc.... Hopefully the number doesn't expand too much. Looking forward to listening to more of the story though, aside from taking notes. Then I'll watch the movie, like I love to do 😊 11mo
BiblioLitten The book was nice. Just nice, not great or anything. 11mo
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KimberlyJuracich
Pickpick

It was good. I ended up switching to audio book just because I heard they do all the letters in different voices for each character. Ending was a little abrupt though.

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Second time reading this one for my 1 book a week challenge... it‘s still as great as it was the first time. And can we all agree the movie as sweet as it was, it did not compare to how beautifully the book told their story 💕

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 12mo
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Hot on the heels of my completion of The Viennese Girl, I've started this. It's 1946, just after the war, this story set on Guernsey, next door to Jersey Island where The Viennese Girl was centered. Thanks to @Kimberlo for suggesting it!
So far I'm learning of a few characters via their correspondence in the form of letters between London and Guernsey.
I had to make notes as I was forgetting who was who but it's sounding good!

BayouGirl85 I enjoyed the Netflix movie as well as the book. 12mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser @BayouGirl85 Awesome! Thank you. Well I always hunt out movies or series right after I finish a book so will definitely watch that when I'm done! Thanks for the suggestion 😊 12mo
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Started this today. It‘s been on my TBR list since 2009 when I received it in the mail from the publisher back when they sent advanced copies to Bookclubs.😁
👉🏽The story centers around the protagonist Juliet Ashton as she searches for her next writing subject after the end of WWII. She finds it in a letter from a man she‘s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.

megnews I loved this one. 13mo
WJCintron I have it on my TBR for 2021!!! 13mo
Chelleo This was a good read and movie. Hope you enjoy. 13mo
LatrelWhite @Chelleo I plan on watching the movie next. Almost finish with the book!😀 13mo
LatrelWhite Ready for the movie! 12mo
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Then she said, “It would have been better for her not to have such a heart.” Yes, but worse for the rest of us.

tpixie 💗💗💗 13mo
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Jovy
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Such a charming, sweet book. I thought it was mostly going to be a love story but I was more delighted with the endearing friendship among the islanders. I should have read it earlier. And now I can finally watch the movie!

#PopSugar2020 A book about a book club

bluestocking.book.nerd A good-natured warning - after reading and loving the book, I actually yelled at the TV and bailed on the movie. Hope your experience with it is better! 13mo
Jovy @bluestocking.book.nerd I usually prefer the book but fingers crossed on the movie! 😀 13mo
Curiouser_and_curiouser I've just finished this book this week and then watch the movie. I enjoyed them both 😊 11mo
Jovy @Curiouser_and_curiouser I enjoyed the movie too! 🙌🏻 11mo
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abookishbutterfly
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#novemberwrapup #novemberreads #monthlywrapup #bookratings

No Reading Allowed ~ 4 stars
Thirteen ~ 4 stars
Teen Killers Club ~ 3 stars
Every Last Fear ~ 3.5 stars
Maid ~ 4 stars
Sadie ~ 4 stars
Dearly ~ 4.5 stars
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society ~ 4 stars
Jubilee ~ 4.5 stars
The Ethereal Transit Society ~ 4 stars
Craigslist Confessional ~ 4 stars
Poisoned ~ 5 stars

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Picked this book up because I watched the movie first on netflix. It turned out to be a great travel read!
The book is written all through letters and correspondence, which you don't see very often but was interesting and well done! Overall the characters were so in-depth and relatable. You get to see many different perspectives of the war and it has the overarching theme of how reading can be a great escape, which I think we can all agree with ☺️

rather_be_reading LOVED this one! 11mo
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I had expected a mushy love story. As it turns out, there wasn‘t much mush at all. I laughed. I cried. I shook my head in disgust over Mark. I maybe even started rooting for the possibility of a mushy love story. And, well, I really liked this book.

hannah-leeloo You have a gorgeous posing ferret 1y
Texreader And great movie too! 1y
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DAB That was a very enjoyable book. 1y
rachaich Excellent book and film! 1y
phyhill I love this one. ❤ 14mo
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I am currently reading the tagged book which is my #doublespin I love historical fictions especially when it involves books! It‘s very sad to know how #booklovers endured WW. I dedicate this special day to remember those beautiful souls who longed for books / found peace in books during their tough times.

Haven‘t read when books went to war, Any thoughts?

Day 7: #bookloversday #thankfulthoughts #historicalfictions

Eggs I‘ve read and loved the top 2 ❤️📚❤️ 1y
LatrelWhite I just read the Book Thief loved it!❤️ 13mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I enjoyed this audiobook. It was a nice story revolving around a group that accidentally formed a book club to hide their going ons from the Nazis.

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I‘ve watched the movie over a dozen times because I love it so much so I was a little scared to finally read the book. I shouldn‘t have worried, I loved it too!
Told all in letters and telegrams, it follows writer Juliet Ashton to the isle of Guernsey where she meets the local book club and falls in love with the island and it‘s occupants.
So many more colorful characters than they could fit in the movie

emz711 i feel like i really missed the letter aspect in the movie but i liked both! 1y
K.Wielechowski @emz711 I did like that part of the book a lot but I see why they abandoned it for the movie. Would‘ve been tough to do, I think. 1y
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My picks for #3books that have been made into movies are all books I really liked that were made into really great movies... a rarity in my opinion. 🤷🏻‍♀️

(I avoided my lovely Austen movies because I‘m trying not to be so damn predictable. Is it working?!)

erzascarletbookgasm Shutter Island, so good! Both book and film 👍 1y
OriginalCyn620 It is! 😂 but we couldn‘t fault you if you had chosen Austen! 1y
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I‘m behind on a bunch of books for various book clubs, so this week‘s #weeklyforecast is mostly focused on catching up and finishing off some of those outstanding books. 🤞😄🤞

I‘m adding one new book to the mix only because it‘s checked out from the library and due on Friday.

Bookzombie I really enjoyed Guernsey on audio. 1y
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www.bookishelf.com

SW-T Welcome to Litsy! #litsywelcomewagon 1y
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳 1y
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I can't thank you enough for including us in being pen pals to these precious people @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖋 I had SO MUCH FUN today writing these letters. And to see the beautiful faces of these lovely folks who want pen pals... My day has been made. ❤️☺️☀️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much!! I know that they will be so happy ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
SheReadsAndWrites I got my first letter today!! 😃 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was SO fun to hear from one of them. I can't wait to write back. I can't thank you enough for doing this - it is has been SO good for my soul. ❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SheReadsAndWrites mine too!! Which one did you hear from? I got al letter from Ms Anne! I cried and cried 😭 1y
SheReadsAndWrites Yes!! It was Ann. But she spelled it without an E on the end so I can't tell if she is Anne or Annie from the pictures. 😕 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 1y
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rwmg
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At the beginning of 1946, Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, who found her name and address in a copy of Charles Lamb's essays. He asks for help getting hold of more of Lamb's writings. Letters start flowing between London and Guernsey.

I'm not a great one for epistolary novels but this was quite charming -- it reminded me of [84 Charing Cross Road], if rather darker in places given how recent the German occupation was.

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WTAF? I read Charles and Mary Lamb's "Tales From Shakespeare" when I was 12, give or take a couple of years. They told the stories of Hamlet and Macbeth amongst others and
NOBODY. THOUGHT. TO. MENTION. THIS.

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4⭐️

It's post World War 2 and Juliet Ashton was one of the lucky ones who were able to make a career for themselves during the war. While on her book tour, she receives a letter from a little island called Guernsey. This leads her to find out about the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, the occupation of the island by Germans, and a story of the island's people which might lead her towards her next book.

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Once I got used to the format(???), it's written as a collection of letters and some telegrams, I couldn't put it down. No housework got done today. Five stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 😁

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed it also after I got used to the format 😊 1y
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candority
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I can‘t believe July is already over! I read 9 books for #BookSpinBingo, including my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin picks. I only got one bingo, but that‘s okay! Some of these books are moving to my August bingo card, but I‘m still going to try to read all of these by the end of the year.

ShelleyBooksie I love your pages 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! That's amazing progress!! 1y
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Smarkies One bingo is still a bingo!! 👏👏👏 1y
candority @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira @TheAromaofBooks Thank you! 1y
candority @Smarkies You‘re right! Thank you! 1y
Gissy So organized that bingo card😍❤️ 1y
candority @Gissy Thanks! It‘s in my bullet journal! 1y
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Puredragonstar
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I decided that I loved the movie so much that I had to try the audiobook and boy was I not disappointed! I loved it! And I have to say that Susan Duerden is usually a narrator I avoid (if you have ever tried listening to the rook you would understand). She did a great job reading this one! Loved the story and how intimate it felt being in letter format throughout. 5 stars!

keys_on_fire I‘ve read the book, but haven‘t yet watched the movie. I will have to do that soon! 2y
Puredragonstar @keys_on_fire it‘s a bit different especially with regard to Remey (missing from the movie), Kit and Michael but I loved both interpretations. 2y
Sangeetarelan Loved the book though haven‘t seen the movie ! 7mo
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