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The Secret History
The Secret History | Donna Tartt
Donna Tartt, winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for her most recent novel, The Goldfinch, established herself as a major talent with The Secret History, which has become a contemporary classic.Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric misfits at an elite New England college discover a way of thinking and living that is a world away from the humdrum existence of their contemporaries. But when they go beyond the boundaries of normal morality their lives are changed profoundly and forever, and they discover how hard it can be to truly live and how easy it is to kill.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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margotenenbaum
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Mehso-so

I don‘t love this book as much as most people. The highbrow academic language left me 🤷🏻‍♀️all the time. But there are parts of it that stay with me.

LapReader That‘s an interesting green swirl on your plate. 2d
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xicanti
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Oof. It‘s been a long day of painting prep, and unfortunately it‘s gonna spill over to tomorrow because I agreed to help with something else tonight. Damn.

At least I got my primary bookshelf back together. I rearranged things so it‘s mostly hardcovers and trade paperbacks. The rest of my mass market paperbacks will hopefully fit on floating shelves on the opposite wall. I do NOT want to put back the ugly mounted shelves I took down today.

wanderinglynn It looks great! 👍🏻 3d
twohectobooks That‘s a really cool shelf! 3d
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xicanti @twohectobooks it‘s part of a set with my bed and my dresser. Alas, the red lacquer looks great but attracts dust like nobody‘s business. 3d
Crazeedi Lookin good!!! 3d
xicanti @Crazeedi thanks! 3d
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ephemeralwaltz
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Pickpick

Well, finishing this in the glorious afternoon sun was a well-deserved way to end this long but fulfilling reading experience. I had previously read Tartt's The Goldfinch and I can now reiterate that she is a master of crafting novels. She understands the concept of the novel as an epic encompassing curated language, plot, flawless character development and, of course, she impeccably wraps it all up. Somehow, she does all that.

ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy fantastic! Compelling and absorbing. 2w
ephemeralwaltz I'm glad I took my time with it but it also would've been fun to devour it in a week. Intense. 2w
teainthelibrary This is an amazing read! 2w
Kalalalatja Great review! 2w
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz So glad you liked it! Now where do I go to make it my life? Minus the questionable bits that is... 2w
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ReneeBijou
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Did anyone see the article in Esquire about Bennington College in the 80s? It heavily features quite a few authors including Donna Tartt and Bret Easton Ellis. It was fascinating.

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ephemeralwaltz
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Not a bad view

britt_brooke Cool photo! 🤩 3w
ephemeralwaltz @britt_brooke I had a little help 😋 3w
BekaReid Great pic! Great book! 😎 3w
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Kalalalatja Now that is an awesome photo 👌 3w
Weaponxgirl Awesome photo! 3w
ephemeralwaltz @BekaReid thanks! I'm about to finish it. 2w
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BookishTrish
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A group of college students take inspiration from an ancient ritual and go on a brief murder spree.

Lcsmcat This is perfect! 3w
Ashley_Nicoletto 🤣🤣 yessss 3w
Davor Hahahah I love this 😂😂 3w
LauraK411 Pretty much! 😃 3d
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Jinster
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#wondrouswednesday @eggs

Thanks for the tag!
📚 I usually go for the kind if theme that I feel I need. Which is usually my most recent purchase despite the books I have waiting on my tbr!
📚 When I take the train yep.
📚 TV or other talking.
📚 Coffee. Black, no sugar!
📚 Tagged in comment ☺

This weekend I'm looking forward to finish this book a d starting a new one (or few) as I head to Spain.

emz711 Hello! 4w
Eggs Safe and happy travels 🧳 !!! 4w
Jinster @Eggs Thanks so much! 4w
Jinster @emz711 That was my attempt at tagging people on Litsy while trying to also be productive at work 🤣 4w
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amyrohn
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In the middle of this one and I‘m loving it so far! I really enjoyed The Goldfinch when I read it a few years ago, so I‘m pleased with this! I‘m finding myself both fascinated and repulsed by the characters, and the atmosphere of Vermont is lovely. Should be done soon since I can‘t put it down.

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EmilieGR
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Pickpick

Couldn‘t put it down!

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Oliveldn
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Pickpick

One of my all time favourites. The book I push on everyone I know. Donna Tartt has that rare magical gift of combining compulsive storytelling with intricate attention to word craft.

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Jinster
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Current read

Thrilled to see Vermont make an appearance - one of my fave states so far. Beautiful place!

Hopefully the storyline won't ruin idyllic memories 🙊

swishandflick One of my favorites! Hope you love it! 1mo
Jinster @swishandflick Oh cool, thanks for the comment! My colleague recommend on the basis of just being really bloody good 😄 1mo
LauraK411 It is really bloody good! 😊 3d
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nowonmars
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Mehso-so

I gave this book 3.5 stars!

I loved Donna Tartt's writing, but it's not really at the top of my 'must-read' list. Read my full review over on:
https://nowonmars.home.blog/2019/04/15/review-the-secret-history-by-donna-tartt/

#books #bookreview #blog #aprilreads #art #fanart #illustration

RaimeyGallant 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 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 1mo
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LiterRohde
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“One likes to think there's something in it, that old platitude amor vincit omnia. But if I've learned one thing in my short sad life, it is that that particular platitude is a lie. Love doesn't conquer everything. And whoever thinks it does is a fool.”

#AnglophileApril | 27: #NeverGoingToGiveYouUp

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Cinfhen Your graphics are amazing!!! And your passages are on point💥 2mo
Mdargusch Love these quotes together from one of my favorite books! 🖤 2mo
emilyhaldi Fab book 🙌🏻 2mo
Reviewsbylola Loved this book and this is a fantastic quote. 2mo
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EleniKara
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Absolutely loved this, the characters were pretentious but also complex, leaving the reader constantly guessing motivations. There‘s a huge theme of beauty and tying it to danger. Slow to get into but the second half flew by. Was incredibly impressed by this read, it sucked me in, I didn‘t want to put it down, and would love to see an adaptation of it!

Jinster I've had this on my tbr pule for a year. I keep promising myself that this one will be next but then I walk into a bookstore.. 2mo
Lcsmcat This was the first Tartt I read, and I loved it too! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this too! 2mo
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EleniKara
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1. Yep! Count my four years at college,
2. Graduation, probably therapy too because spent a lot of college coping with depression
3. A Song if Ice and Fire with how elaborate the world building is from history of Westeros to the religions and politics and culture.
4. I love a lot but have to bring attention to classical vibes of my current read, the secret history, “beauty is a terror”
5. @Jinster @mldkennedy @the_book_hoarder

#wondrouswednesday

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JoRead
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Netflix is my new favorite obsession! The Order is on my to watch list so of course I'll be checking our this recommendations. Has any one read any of the books?

https://getliterary.com/books-to-read-after-you-binge-the-order/

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ephemeralwaltz
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About 3/4 way into this. It's taking me a while to finish any books this week but I just need more time to sit down and read in long sittings. This one is fantastic!

swishandflick Such a great book!! 2mo
Kalalalatja Love this! 2mo
sisilia One of my favorites 2mo
Cathythoughts Loved this one 👍🏻 2mo
batsy It is! 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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“As different as they all were they shared a certain coolness, a cruel, mannered charm which was not modern in the least but had a strange cold breath of the ancient world,” This strange group of students certainly fits the #cliques prompt.
#springintoreading

(Image from Pinterest).

CarolynM 👏👏👏 2mo
Hunsakermountain I love this book. 2mo
Cathythoughts Loved this book ♥️👍🏻 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Woke up with a terrible cold yesterday so I'll be spending my time between hot tea and books this afternoon 💜😵

cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2mo
AmyG Feel better! 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Get well soon! Love this book! 2mo
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wanderinglynn Hope you feel better soon! ☕️ 2mo
Weaponxgirl Get better soon! You are reading another book I should get to in the future there! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Weaponxgirl thanks!! Too many books on the TBR. I can't help read more than one at a time! 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @cobwebmoth @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm @wanderinglynn thanks so much! Some quiet time at home and I'm feeling better already. 2mo
Weaponxgirl @ephemeralwaltz I‘m exactly the same! 2mo
Jas16 Hope you feel better soon 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Jas16 thank you!😍 2mo
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ephemeralwaltz
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Cloudy weather today so I'm enjoying my Sunday with this read, which i know is a favorite for so many of you! I'm excited I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon.

Ashley_Nicoletto I loveddd this one. 3mo
Cathythoughts Love it 😍 reread is coming up one of these days 3mo
Blaire I loved this one as well...tho I read it over a dozen years ago. Definite page-turner. 3mo
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BekaReid This book is so good. I loved it!! 3mo
Kalalalatja Enjoy! 3mo
Pruzy And??? Did you like it or abandon it? 2mo
ephemeralwaltz @Pruzy I haven't abandoned it!! I just haven't finished it yet. I have too many reads going on at the same time 😅 it's fantastic!! Will update in due time :)! 1mo
Pruzy @ephemeralwaltz Good! This makes me happy 😊 1mo
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OnlyYoo
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The writing for this book was absolutely beautiful. I really loved the complexity of this novel and all of the different character depth. I‘m sure that I‘m still missing a lot of underlying themes, but I found this book riveting and will definitely have to read it again to pick up on anything I missed the first time through.

LauraK411 I‘m sure I missed a lot too - I definitely am reading it again. Haunting... 3d
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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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A game of hide and seek? Hope this counts for #games 😅

#literaryluck @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛💛 3mo
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Kazzie
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Mehso-so

Book club book. Hard to get into

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Lexeegee
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Two Donna Tartt books at the same time. The Little Friend hardcover and the Secret History on kindle. Wish me luck 🤪

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EadieB
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Henry, Richard, Charles and Camilla in The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Day 5 - #bestbookfriendship #literaryluck

vkois88 I like this cover 3mo
EadieB @vkois88 must be a new one. I‘ve never seen it before! I love Donna Tartt‘s writing! 3mo
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LouiseWalters
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Finally read this and whilst some of the story was a little unbelievable the characters were well described and well thought out. I did have little chuckle at the twins names Charles and Camilla!!

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Karkar
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Finishing up this one for my family book club. While my brother shows Mom how to use her kindle and reads Saga. #familyreadingtime

Pamwurtzler Love that!! 4mo
TK421 Saga! 4mo
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Arwhal
The Secret History | Donna Tartt
Mehso-so

I read it for a college English course and it was initially difficult to follow, since it‘s so descriptive. However, it was worth the read.

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Susanita
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There are many #secrets among and between the characters in this “reverse” mystery. We know from the beginning whodunnit, so as the book progresses we learn why and how, as well as what happens afterwards. The setting is never specified, but it‘s generally thought to be Vermont. While this book is well written and has some compelling passages, I didn‘t particularly care for it.
#unpopularopinion #richpeopleproblems #50states #literarylove

vkois88 I tried to start it, but I couldn't get into it... so you aren't the only one! 4mo
Godmotherx5 I was not fond of The Goldfinch. I thought maybe this would be a better book. Now, I‘m not so sure. 4mo
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Brittbritt
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My (late) jan wrap up 😊😊😊 had such a great reading month! Have you read any of these??

Brittbritt @DarcysMom yes!! So good and intense the entire time not to mention the characters 😍 4mo
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dariazeoli
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Thank you for sending the book, @Rachel.Rencher ! The packaging had definitely been through the wringer - it was pretty much open on that taped side, but the book is still in one piece!

I kind of want Stephen King to write a story about a possessed mail machine now 😂

On to the TBR cart it goes! 🙌📚

hilded It‘s an excellent book, hope you‘ll enjoy it :) 4mo
Rachel.Rencher Oh no 😓 I'm so sorry about that! Did you just get it today? 4mo
dariazeoli @Rachel.Rencher It came a couple of days ago, but I just opened it last night. No worries, as long as nothing else was supposed to be in the package! 4mo
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LiterRohde
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“It was funny, but people never seemed to notice at first glance how big Henry was. Maybe it was because of his clothes, which were like one of those lame but curiously impenetrable disguises from a comic book (why does no one ever see that “bookish” Clark Kent, without his glasses is Superman?).”

#QuotsyFeb19 | 6: #Lame

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Karkar
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Hanging out with my Zelda. Starting this one tonight for my family book club.

Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! 4mo
BookFrog 💙🐾 4mo
BookNAround Special schnauzer scritches to Zelda! 4mo
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alanacristin
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I feel like i should have read this in school so I'd have curated supplemental reading and discussions about the Greekiness with folks reading hard because grades. Tartt performs the #audiobook so Vermonters sounded more Southern than expected. Richard kept reminding me of Tobey Maguire acting in Wonder Boys. The book is a meaty listen with some occasional wth though I feel like there's more there that I haven't unpacked. #mommyreads

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amb
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion Let me start by saying this book was long, or it at least felt long. I don‘t really get all the hype. The language is lovely but all of the characters are so darned unlikeable. It reminded me of Catcher in the Rye, in regards to privilege and pretentiousness. My friend went to Bennington college where the author also went and this was based on an incident that happed there apparently.

StephanieGeiser I didn‘t know that this was based on a true story! Interesting! Otherwise, I felt exactly the same way as you - it took me 6-9 month of off and on reading to finally get through this one. It was my first, and to this day only, Donna Tartt read. I know people love some of her other books but I‘ve been struggling to pick any others up. This one scarred me! 4mo
amb @StephanieGeiser I tried googling the true story but came up short I‘m going to need to get more details from my friend. 4mo
StephanieGeiser @amb When you find out more let me know! 4mo
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KarenUK
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ErinGoBragh1011 I need to reread this. I got halfway through and went through a breakup and moved so I had to return my copy. It sucks because I really liked the half I read 4mo
KarenUK @ErinGoBragh1011 I love this book so much! Its definitely worth going back to it 👍 4mo
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MrBook
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I‘ll just repeat here what @BookBabe posted:

Our dear friend just told us at brunch that he‘s begun writing a book. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 So, after brunch, @MrBook and I immediately went to the bookstore to buy him a couple books for inspiration! The Secret History for its beautiful prose & sentences, and the other...well, I think that one speaks for itself! 😄 We‘ll surprise him with them when he comes to tea this afternoon. ☺️

Cspen113 How thoughtful! 5mo
Velvetfur So sweet! 5mo
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EleniKara
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The top two I bought with a gift card and bottom three from the library 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 very excited to dive into these after I finish one of my current reads!

Lcsmcat I liked The Secret History and Glass Castle. Vox is on my TBR. (edited) 5mo
Book_Fairy_Mary The Glass Castle is spectacular! 5mo
Reviewsbylola I loved The Secret History and The Glass Castle. Great haul! 5mo
Tamra Glass Castle is one you won‘t forget. 5mo
nomadreader I loved The Golden State! 5mo
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Emmalibby
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Mini book haul:
I've got Xmas money to spend (most of it will be going on books 😊) so I've bought two more. I've heard great things about 'Conversations with Friends' and I'm excited about 'The Secret History' because I loved The Goldfinch.
Picked the other two up at the library, not that I need more library books!

#bookhaul #fiction #whatiboughtin2019 #librarybooks

lynneamch I loved The Goldfinch too! 5mo
SqueakyChu I liked The Secret History even better than The Goldfinch. Great haul!! 5mo
Freespirit I also liked The Secret History better than The Goldfinch. Enjoy!! 5mo
LouiseWalters I bought The Secret History on the strength of The Goldfinch. 5mo
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BookBabe
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1. Literally directly across the river from NYC, looking at its skyline (Hoboken NJ area)
2. Neil Gaiman...lately I‘m really digging him!
3. I lost count after 500 (physical, ebooks, and audio)...probably enough for the next 80 years 😂
4. The oversized recliner loveseat in our home library
5. Just finished the tagged book, AMAZING! ❤️

#Littenintro

RadicalReader @BookBabe do you have a NJ accent? Does Mr Book? 5mo
Kaye Secret History was terrific. I read it clear back when it first came out. I still haven‘t gotten to The Goldfinch though. 5mo
LauraBeth Awww - I lived in Hoboken from 1993-2000. I so loved it there! ❤️ The husband‘s parents are still in NYC and when we visit, we still take the PATH over to Hoboken. There was a very vibrant art scene over there and in Jersey City/Newport when I lived there. Y‘all are in a wonderful place! 5mo
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tessavi Thanks , will check the book! 5mo
RaimeyGallant 500! Holy smokes! 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m right there with you on # 3. 😆😆 5mo
RadicalReader @BookBabe there is honestly something so perfect about recliner reading 5mo
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The45Girl
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Five out of five stars. Honestly, I wish I had gone to secondary school at Hogwarts and university at Hampden. Repost from Instagram.

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arielmonsen
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3rd book in my 50 book goal for this year! ✨

BookBabe I‘m reading it right now! Did you enjoy it? I can‘t put it down! ❤️ 5mo
Mevrouw_Marjolein I loved this book! I couldn‘t put it down either. I think I finished it in three days or so. Still one of my proudest accomplishments haha. 5mo
arielmonsen @BookBabe I‘m only on the second chapter, but it‘s pretty good! I really enjoy the writing style 5mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! Meeting with #ThePoconoBookClub today at one of our favorite local cafes. Egg and chorizo sandwich with herb aioli, a delicious coffee, and a shortbread cookie for dessert. 😋 Happy reads and happy eats!

melbeautyandbooks Loved this book! 5mo
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LiterRohde
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“Cubitum eamus?”

#QuotsyJan19 | 4: #Night

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TK-421 I had to Google the phrase & found several translations of but no matter which is correct, well played lol 👏 5mo
LiterRohde @TK-421 Thanks. I‘m presently reading this book and had to look it up as well. It made me laugh. And in my twisted logic fit with night. 5mo
SW-T @LiterRohde 🤣🤣 (edited) 5mo
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LiterRohde
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“Everywhere I looked was something beautiful - Oriental rugs, porcelains, tiny paintings like jewels - a dazzle of fractured color that struck me as if I had stepped into one of those little Byzantine churches that are so plain on the outside; inside, the most paradisal painted eggshell of gilt and tesserae.”

#QuotsyJan19 | 3: #Ancient

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LiteraryNonsense
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"no reading, I needs a petting!"
#catsoflitsy #readingcompanion

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LiteraryNonsense
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"In America, the rich man tries to pretend that the poor man is his equal in every respect but money, which is simply not true."