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Orphans of the Carnival
Orphans of the Carnival | Carol Birch
A life in the spotlight will keep anyone hidden Julia Pastrana is the singing and dancing marvel from Mexico, heralded on tours across nineteenth-century Europe as much for her talent as for her rather unusual appearance. Yet few can see past the thick hair that covers her: she is both the fascinating toast of a Governor's ball and the shunned, revolting, unnatural beast, to be hidden from children and pregnant women. But what is her wonderful and terrible link to Rose, collector of lost treasures in an attic room in modern-day south London? In this haunting tale of identity, love and independence, these two lives will connect in unforgettable ways.
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ju.ca.no
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Urgh, Audio book prizes are rediculous. Looks like I will have to invest into Audible. Now that I am working more hours (and am planning on working fulltime next year) I have so much time in my car that feels wasted. I will miss my train reading so much, but there is no way of taking a public transport to work so audiobooks will help me to use my time a bit better....

TheRiehlDeal I know, right?! Don't understand why audiobooks in CD format are so expensive. Good thing there's Audible. 2mo
Cinfhen I‘ve been SO HAPPY with Audible and they are always running specials so the books are pretty reasonably priced 2mo
ju.ca.no @TheRiehlDeal I found one(!) for a book I have at home which was 90€! The book was 10. how does that make sense? Looks as if they only make the prizes so high so that people join audible. (If this is the case: it works😅😂) 2mo
ju.ca.no @Cinfhen that‘s good to know!🤩 2mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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#LiteraryLuck Day 11: Rainbow stack

I haven't read all of these. I read Orphans of the Carnival, Small Bones, the Terranauts, Glass, and part of Honeydew, which is a short story collection.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love the purple 💜💜 Awesome stack!! 10mo
vkois88 Beautiful 10mo
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 1! The strange and thrilling world of Victorian carnivals is explored in this story about Julia Pastrana, the signing and dancing marvel of Mexico. On tours across 19th-Century Europe, she'll be the toast of balls and shunned as an unnatural beast. She has a link to Rose, a collector of lost treasures in modern-day London. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

ju.ca.no Great cover! I have this one at home waiting for me to find time to get to it, but this cover looks prettier than the one I have😍 2y
RebelReader The hardback copy of this one has a horrible cover. 2y
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Pickpick

Very strange and wonderfully sad story! Recommend when you are in the mood for something different.

Jess7 Pretty picture 2y
RebelReader The publisher's sales rep has been promoting this one throughout the Midwest and 25% of the sales for this book are in the Midwest. He was crazy about this book. (I saw him at an independent bookstore in St. Paul, Mn). It's still on my #TBR. 2y
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bookjam
Mehso-so

I didn't enjoy this book as much as I had hoped. It was repetitive for the most part. The last 50 pages or so seemed forced to tie up the story. Although I plowed through it to the end, and really didn't enjoy it, this book will stay with me for a while.

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bookjam

Just started this. So far so good.

bookjam Not staying quite as good. I will finish it. I have a hard time putting a book down even if I'm not really into it. 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon (edited) 2y
bookjam Thank you. I'm still trying to get the hang of it. 2y
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charminggoats
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Panpan

I was really disappointed in this book. The blurb sounded like an amazing story of Julia Pastrana but the book fell short. Every time I thought we were moving past "OMG her face is so horrible," it went right back to it. The more modern parts seemed forced and unnecessary, like an after-thought to the book just to lengthen the story. 1/5

*Review based on an ARC/uncorrected proof.

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charminggoats
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The Harry Potter life includes unique bookmarks sometimes 😂 (Don't worry - it's clean. I just forgot to snag a bookmark before I went to a pool party yesterday and found this buried in my bag.)

dizzymissruby Amazing 2y
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rachaich
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I thought this would be vastly different to how it is... I'm not entirely sure I'm enjoying it. The present day section seems very obvious or else totally unnecessary :/

bookjam Still early in the book for me. I'm not sure about it yet. 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Panpan

Julia Pastrana was an intelligent and talented person, considered to be a freak because of her appearance, and exploited by circus managers and eventually her husband. Orphans of the Carnival is a fictional account of her life. The writing was not good, and the story just didn't accomplish what it could have. I found the Wikipedia article on her to be far more interesting and informative. ⭐️⭐️

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SharonGoforth
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Moving outside to read, hoping that the change of scenery will improve the book 😬.

Beckys_Books Hope it works! 3y
SharonGoforth @Beckys_Books So do I, but it hasn't yet 😕 3y
bookjam I'm about page 100. Going outside helped until I dozed off. 2y
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SharonGoforth
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Friday night reading... #lovethiscover

vivastory This sounds great. I loved "Jamrach's Menagerie" 3y
SharonGoforth @vivastory I loved Jamrach's Menagerie, too. This book hasn't grabbed me yet, but I'm only 66 pages in. What's fascinating is that it's based on a real person (Julia Pastrana). 3y
bookjam Didn't know that interesting. 2y
SharonGoforth @bookjam I thought it was, too. Unfortunately, I don't think the book did her any favors. 2y
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Weave
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59 ~ Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch (Kindle edition📱) ~ Started: 05.06.17 ~ Finished: 11.06.17
Rating: 4/5📚

I enjoyed 'Orphans of the Carnival', I thought Julia was a intelligent & strong character, I also felt sympathy towards Julia, due to her husband and his selfish ways.

A interesting story.

Highly recommended.

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Paperback.Propensity
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I bailed on Orphans of the Carnival a while ago, and I thought I would try to finish it now, but Hazel has other ideas.

elkeo_TheBookDragon Those adorable feet!! 3y
rubyslippersreads Kitty toes! 😻 3y
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Weave
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Recent purchase ~ Orphans of the Carnival by Carol Birch (Kindle edition📱). 'Orphans of the Carnival' looks so good, I have also added 'Jamrach's Menagerie' by Carol Birch to my wishlist.📚

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Robothugs
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Mehso-so

It felt like this was more a story of I-cannot-stress-enough for most of the book in regard to Julia. Being reminded constantly of her appearance took away from the story. Rose's storyline was unnecessary to me and also detracted from the story. It had great potential, but the execution of this story was all wrong.
I was surprised to find that the characters and main plot points were all real (sans Rose).

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Robothugs
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Julia stood apart from the other carnival acts. She was fluent in English, French, and Spanish, an accomplished musician with an exquisite singing voice, and equally at easy riding horseback and turning pirouettes–but all anyone noticed was her utterly unusual face.

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Robothugs
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#BookHaul today! I want to start all of them right now! 😩

BookishTrish Sweet stack 3y
Robothugs Thanks! I'm so excited to read them all I can't pick! I'm already reading three. 😅 @BookishTrish 3y
minkyb Nice! 3y
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bookish_wookish
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Another book i got on todays book run!! This one looks very interesting. If anyone has read this, what are your thoughts?

TheLibrarian I've been eyeing this up the past few times I've gone into B&N. Let me know what you think of it! 3y
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Whatnot
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Pickpick

Thoroughly enjoyed my conversation with Carol Birch for Marginalia. So lovely.

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SharonGoforth
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My #carols entry! This is the new novel by Carol Birch. I loved Jamrach's Menagerie, so I have high hopes for this 😊. It's on my #LitsyAtoZ titles list. #12daysofxmasphotos

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Bookchipmunk
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Weekend TBR: So after years of entering book giveaways, I actually won a book. Thank you Doubleday! Meanwhile, Winnie is doing her gargoyle impression which makes me happy. Aloha Friday 🌺🌅 #RIFWinner #dogsoflitsy #FunFridayPhoto

ReadingOver50 Congratulations on your win! 3y
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lute
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Look what I found in my mailbox!

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Rhondareads
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Busy busy day came home to this wonderful assortment of books😍

Rhondareads So well written so heartbreaking 3y
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MyBookSwapClub
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What are you reading today? #BookSwap #Weekend #Amreading

Redwritinghood I'm going to try to finish up this one. 3y
I-read-and-eat Probably going to start on 3y
Bookworm83 Im trying to finish up 3y
ehewett88 I have just started all the birds in the sky by charlie jane anders in preparation for Book Riot Live 😺 3y
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OutlandishLit
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Last night was publisher rep night for booksellers in the Minnesota metro! We have these events where publishers pitch upcoming books to us, so we're in the know, and we get in on some glorious ARC action. It's as much fun as it sounds. Here's what I took home, in order of most to least excited about from top to bottom. In a few days I'll feature some from local Minnesota publishers that I'm hyped about!

RanaElizabeth That sounds like the greatest event ever. 3y
CarolynOliver So much Graywolf! ❤️ 3y
theshrinkette Much jealous. 3y
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TheLondonBookworm
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😍😍😍 This caught my eye at the bookshop the other day- so pretty!!! Looks very The Night Circus to me, at least that's what I'm hoping 😂

Laalaleighh If what that is but I'm stacking it due to the cover alone 📚 3y
TheLondonBookworm @Laalaleighh Yep, that was exactly my thought 😂😂 3y
rubyslippersreads You had me at Night Circus! 😄 3y
TheLondonBookworm @rubyslippersreads Also Man Booker shortlisted so should be a good one! 3y
MrBook Love that cover! 😎👍🏻 3y
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megfab
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At Tandem Coffee in Portland, ME today, waiting for a friend and reading. Ever since I read GEEK LOVE I cannot resist any novel about the freak shows...this is proving to scratch my itch.

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