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East of Eden
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of America’s most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover edition In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.The masterpiece of Steinbeck’s later years, East of Eden is a work in which Steinbeck created his most mesmerizing characters and explored his most enduring themes: the mystery of identity, the inexplicability of love, and the murderous consequences of love's absence. Adapted for the 1955 film directed by Elia Kazan introducing James Dean, and read by thousands as the book that brought Oprah’s Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
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Marina_h
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This was my grandmother's book published in Denmark in 1969. I guess 50 years is old for a book and it's starting to fall apart. But I hope it'll make it through the #EoE #buddyread 🤞So far I'm enjoying it and I look forward to hear thoughts and opinions from all of you 😊
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Cinfhen I love that it‘s your grandmother‘s copy. I think that says a lot about the power of this novel. 2m
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BooksForEmpathy
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So EXCITED for this buddy read of #EoE! My second time reading it, and it is truly soe

Cinfhen 🧡 6h
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Kalalalatja
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I have begun reading for the #EoE #buddyread, and so far, I‘m loving what I‘m reading 👌

My edition is a Danish translation from 1984, and I got it from one of my mom‘s friends 4-5 years ago, after which I read it for the first time, and fell in love with this sweeping saga. I‘m so happy for a reason to revisit it!

BooksForEmpathy I am so happy to have a reason to revisit it as well! My first copy was so beloved to me, however it was lost in a past break up and it truly just pinched my heart when I think about all my annotations and thoughts that were in there. Can‘t wait to read it again!! 6h
Cinfhen I love your edition ❤️ 6h
erzascarletbookgasm I love seeing all the different editions! 6h
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erzascarletbookgasm
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The house was quiet, perfect for starting our #EoE read along. Initially when I dug out my copy, I was rather apprehensive because it has 601 pages. #fearofchunksters Just over 43 pages, I‘m glad to report it‘s absorbing! Hope to finish part one today, thanks for organising @Cinfhen

Cinfhen It does seem intimidating at first but I have a feeling it‘s gonna fly by 🤞🏼🤞🏼 11h
julesG Well, non-bookish thought, I have the same biscuits in my cupboard. 😉😁 9h
rachaich It's a great and epic read. I love his writing 😍😍 9h
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KatieDid927 It‘s so good. It doesn‘t feel as long as it is. 8h
erzascarletbookgasm So good to know that you loved this, @rachaich @katiedid927 I‘m finding it hard to put down. @cinfhen Only my second Steinbeck 😊 6h
erzascarletbookgasm @julesG yum! The raspberry ones are good too! 6h
Kalalalatja Glad you are liking it so far ☺️ 6h
batsy I'm finding it the same; extremely "readable" and the pages just fly by. 5h
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Simona
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Bookish fact about me: I have to many, to heavy books on to weak shelves. My solution is to put them horizontally, as some kind of support for upper shelf ... and if I want to read the book from those piles, I just go to the library ... #EoE #BuddyRead

Cathythoughts 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻problem solved 13h
BarbaraBB Haha! Great story 💜 12h
batsy 😆💜 11h
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RachelO 🤣🤣 Brilliant! 11h
Smarkies Definitely a way to solve the problem. 🤣 9h
RaimeyGallant I did that for my mom's library. 3h
LeahBergen 😆😆😆 23m
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Cinfhen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Hey #EoE buddy readers! As you read Part One I‘m throwing out an obvious thought/question... the significance of the book‘s title?! Are you familiar with the story of Adam & Eve/ Original Sin/ Cain & Abel from The Book of Genesis ??! Are you finding parallels??? Can‘t wait to discuss this and so much more on Friday, June 21

Anyone can still join in!!! Reading and discussing Part One on Friday 6/21

sisilia I haven‘t started but I saw a clip of the movie with James Dean in it. Gorgeous!!! I‘m guessing it‘s Cain Abel story, fighting over a girl? Lol. I‘m going in blindly 🙈 Excited about this now 14h
Cinfhen James Dean??? That‘s flippin awesome @sisilia I NEED to watch the film after the book 😎and your copy of this book is gorgeous 🐧🧡 14h
bookandbedandtea I haven't started! 😫 Hopefully tomorrow night. I am familiar with those stories from Genesis so I'll be intrested in comparisons to the book. 14h
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DebinHawaii @Cinfhen @sisilia I looked the movie up & it is playing on cable on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) tomorrow morning here so I am going to DVR it & watch it again (it's been years & years) after reading the book. 14h
Cinfhen Great @bookandbedandtea #FoodForThought 🍎and you are receiving more #signsfromabove @DebinHawaii 🙏🏻 14h
mrp27 Movie is great, I've seeing several times and James Dean is deliciously handsome but already the book is so much more! I already finished part one. 14h
sisilia @DebinHawaii @Cinfhen I‘ll save the movie for later. Can‘t wait to drool over JD 😍 On a slightly different note, a lady in my last year‘s meditation course has garden of eden tattoo all over her back. It‘s gorgeous!!! 14h
batsy I've not watched the movie and like @sisilia I'll also save the swooning over JD till I finish the book 😆 I'm familiar with the stories Cindy but haven't actually read the Bible so I look forward to seeing comments on that when I'm done with Part 1. I just got introduced to Cathy... I'm so intrigued and also have a bone to pick with Steinbeck about his women so far... 14h
Simona As @batsy I‘m familiar with the stories, but never read the Bible ... 13h
Cinfhen I think a basic knowledge of the Bible stories will still help to make the connections @Simona @batsy it‘ll be interesting to see. I‘m SOOOOOO TEMPTED to read ahead @mrp27 13h
Cinfhen And yes, his treatment of women is terrible 😫😫😫 13h
erzascarletbookgasm I think my knowledge of the stories are limited to those ‘Stories From The Bible‘ that I read when I was young..short versions, no doubt. 🤔 And did someone say James Dean?? 11h
Marina_h My knowledge of the stories is very limited so I might have to do some research. I've read the first 50 pages so almost halfway with part 1. So far I'm enjoying it but yes the women.. 8h
Reviewsbylola Finished part 1 last night! Still as good as I remember. 6h
UwannaPublishme I enjoyed Steinbeck‘s description of the lush grounds of Salinas since I visited there years ago. And he sure makes it sound like paradise: the Garden of Eden. And ooh-la-la: James Dean. 😍I‘m definitely watching the movie after I finish this book! 3h
peaknit I‘ve just restarted and the descriptions are even richer then I remember. I‘m generally aware of the biblical stories, most specifically how this compared to Caine and Abel, but look forward to learning more. 2h
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MKbookworm
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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A midnight snack to start the #EoE #buddyread

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sisilia
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Oh hello, dearest book 🤗 It‘s time to read you now for #EOE buddy-read😄

DivineDiana Beautiful copy! 18h
erzascarletbookgasm What a gorgeous copy! 17h
Cinfhen You might have the nicest edition!!!!!! 15h
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Bklover That‘s the edition I have. I bought it especially so I would make myself read EOE. It worked too! 14h
sisilia Thank you @DivineDiana @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen I got it from one of the gift swaps. I‘m a lucky duck 🤪 14h
sisilia Yay @Bklover 🙌🏻 14h
Cinfhen You are a Lucky duck...or should I say penguin 🐧 13h
Kalalalatja Pretty! 12h
BarbaraBB Great edition you have! Enjoy 😘 12h
Marina_h That's pretty 😍 8h
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DebinHawaii
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Another something I picked up at the library, not shown in my last post is a copy of the tagged book. I have never read it (I saw the movie years ago) & was tempted when I saw @Cinfhen doing the #EoE #buddyread & tried to get an e-book from the library, but there was a waiting list. I decided that if the library had a print copy in today, it was fate saying I should join in & there in the classics section it was! 🤗I'm going to give it a shot.

lynneamch I don't often read books more than once, but have read this one 3 times. 💕💕💕 17h
Cinfhen Yay!!! #signsfromabove 😇glad you‘re joining in!! First 50 pages were a little rough but then I just breezed through 15h
DebinHawaii @lynneamch That's high praise indeed! 👍📚 15h
DebinHawaii @Cinfhen I'm going to try to start it tonight although I have to finish On of my current books for a book tour review this week. 📚📚😉📚📚📚 15h
Cinfhen You can jump in whenever...no pressure 💜 14h
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emilyhaldi
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Finished Part I and intrigued by the motley crew of characters introduced thus far. Looking forward to next week's discussion! #EoE

Reviewsbylola Just finished Cathy‘s chapter. She‘s something else! 23h
hermyknee Ooh I read this one back in college and I really loved it. 23h
Cinfhen Em....I love your flowers and your book cover/edition ~ lots to discuss already!!!! Cathy really is something else @Reviewsbylola 🙄 23h
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Lcsmcat Interesting cover. 22h
Aimeesue Great cover! 22h
annkuch13 Great photo! I love that cover. 21h
batsy Beautiful pic! 16h
Cathythoughts As @batsy said... beautiful pic 13h
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erista
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I‘m excited to start this chunkster today for the #EoE buddy read. I‘ve loved the few Steinbeck books I‘ve already read and am ready to dive into this one.

Minimalgrl 🥰🥰🥰 this book !!!! 1d
Kdgordon88 💜💜💜 1d
Cinfhen So glad you‘re joining us❤️ 24h
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peaknit
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I‘m so excited to have found this #buddyread starting! This book made an impact when I read it forever ago, and I keep moving it closer to the top for a re-read but then so many books get in the way. A #buddyread is just the ticket, thanks for organizing again @Cinfhen 🎉

Cinfhen 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❣️ 1d
Reviewsbylola I could have written the exact same thing! 1d
JenReadsAlot I've never read this so maybe I should join in!? 1d
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batsy
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I've always wanted to read this and I'm glad there's a Litsy group read to motivate me 🙂 Hoping to make quite a bit of time for this today. #EoE @Cinfhen

Reviewsbylola This was a five star read for me when I read it over a decade ago. Starting it tonight too! 🙌🏻 2d
emilyhaldi Yay!!! I started last week and it‘s already phenomenal 2d
erzascarletbookgasm I have this on my shelves for a while too, so glad there‘s a read along to push me to read it. Hoping to start this weekend. 2d
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Cinfhen So glad to see so much excitement and positive reviews for this book!! I‘m trying really hard NOT to read ahead @erzascarletbookgasm @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I think you‘re going to fly through the pages @batsy 2d
batsy @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi I'm happy to hear that! 🙂 2d
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Litsy buddy reads have got me off my bookish ass so many times 😆 Gotta love it. 2d
Cathythoughts Good luck ! 😊 enjoy 2d
batsy @Cathythoughts Thank you ❤️ I love the sound of the first couple of pages already... 1d
twohectobooks Ooh, enjoy! My book club read this one and it‘s so good! 1d
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! Early days yet but I'm startled by his writing; it's so fluid, and yet conveys so much. Also a total disregard for the "show don't tell" dictum, and I like that he does that :) 1d
Theaelizabet I loved this book. I‘ll look forward to reading your responses to it. 1d
batsy @Theaelizabet There's so much to underline and note down on every page! 17h
Izai.Amorim "Show don't tell" is one of those falacies in literature. It requires that both sender and receiver share the same code otherwise the message gets completely lost, especially when it goes into another cultural space. People see things through their biased brains. Showing is an adventurous thing... Sometimes telling how it is is much better and effective. 1h
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Cinfhen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I know the “official” start of our #EoE buddyread begins tomorrow but i already devoured the first 128 pages. I‘ve taken lots of notes and can‘t wait to discuss next Friday ( 6/21) Now I need to decide if I‘m going to race ahead or stay on schedule 😬 Don‘t let the first 50 pages hold you back - I thought I was going to bail 😝

peaknit This is one of my all time favorites and I haven‘t read it for years but mean to, I may try to join in. 🤞🏻 2d
Kalalalatja You are making me so motivated! I just found my old copy today, and I really hope I get some reading time this weekend 🤞 2d
batsy I haven't started but like @Kalalalatja I hope to make a significant dent in this chunkster this weekend 🙂 I'm looking forward! 2d
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bookandbedandtea Good to know! The only one of his I've ever read is Of Mice And Men- which traumatized me as a 14 year old- so I'm glad to be doing this as a group read. 2d
Cinfhen Great @peaknit im adding your name to the list ~ no pressure if u can then join us, please do 😘 (edited) 2d
Cinfhen I too, have only read Of Mice & Men and this feels VERY DIFFERENT @bookandbedandtea I think you‘re both gonna like it @batsy 2d
Cinfhen I know it‘s a reread for you @Kalalalatja wonder how it‘ll hold up 2d
Blaire I‘m looking forward to starting. My book is supposed to arrive today. 2d
Jess I would love to join you all on this read. It‘s a chunkster and it‘s been on my TBR pile for awhile. 2d
CarolynM 👍 2d
bookandbedandtea @Cinfhen You're helping me get excited about this! I plan to start it this weekend. 2d
Cinfhen So happy @Jess Welcome 💕 2d
Reviewsbylola So glad you‘re enjoying it and didn‘t bail!! 2d
UwannaPublishme So excited to start reading! Travels with Charley, Cannery Row and The Pearl got me hooked on Steinbeck. 2d
DivineDiana This is one of my all time favorites! Enjoy! 2d
emilyhaldi I‘m on page 100 and can‘t wait to get back into it this weekend 🤗 1d
BooksForEmpathy I can‘t wait!! I‘ve downloaded it to my kindle!! 1d
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Cinfhen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Ive started #EoE and I can tell it‘s going to be like Jeffrey Archer‘s Kane & Abel and Shaw‘s Rich Man Poor Man. Two books I read decades ago and loved. My concentration is a little off, so I‘m having a bit of trouble tracking all these male characters. Looking forward to our first discussion of Part 1 next Friday/Saturday 6/21 ( depends on my frame of mind 😉) Feel free to share thoughts as you read!!!

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I'm listening to this one right now and I'm completely absorbed. I roll my eyes a lot at the descriptions of women, but the audiobook is fantastic. Great narrator. Perfect. 3d
Cinfhen That‘s good to know!! I‘ll see if Hoopla or OverDrive has the audio @Penny_LiteraryHoarders do u want to join our buddyread?? 3d
ladym30 Lovely photo! 3d
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TheNextBook I've had this book on my TBR forever. I'm hoping to get into this summer. 3d
Crazeedi I loved both books you referenced too! 3d
Cinfhen Starting a buddy read, if you want to join us @TheNextBook very informal trying to read about 100 pages a week over 4 weeks. Book is divided into 4 parts, so a part a week with discussion at end of each week 3d
Cinfhen Thanks @ladym30 🌹🌼☺️I used to love those family sagas @Crazeedi 3d
Blaire I read Kane and Abel when I was about 14 and loved it! It was a recommendation by my dad. 3d
Cinfhen I remember reading Kane & Abel because my mom was reading it and she couldn‘t put it down. Maybe I should read it for my #pop19 #ReRead @Blaire 3d
4thhouseontheleft Unfortunately, I‘m going to have to back out of the buddy read. ☹️ there‘s just too much going on right now and I don‘t think I‘m in the right head space to reread it this month! Maybe I‘ll try to catch up for Part 2. 3d
Cinfhen No worries @4thhouseontheleft jump in if and when u can 3d
erzascarletbookgasm I just dug my copy out and it‘s quite a thick book! Oh dear.. 3d
Cinfhen It is a bit chunky @erzascarletbookgasm but m hoping I get so absorbed in the story that I don‘t mind the pages....so far I‘m having trouble focusing 🤪 (edited) 3d
mrp27 Loooooved Kane and Able! I haven't started it yet but I hope to start by the weekend. (edited) 3d
Cinfhen It took me about 50 pages before I became hooked @mrp27 @erzascarletbookgasm but once I found my groove I flew through the end of part 1!! 2d
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s good to know, Cindy. I plan to start this weekend. 🤞 2d
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UwannaPublishme
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I ❤️my #LitsyLove Pen Pals! 😘🙌🏻 Thank you dear bookish friends for making every day feel like Christmas: @bullbunny @WorldsOkayestStepMom @Moodyreader @laurenslibrary @LokiDokey @IndoorDame @tracey38 @CoffeeNBooks @MaGoose @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

I also ❤️ Steinbeck and I‘m thrilled about the #EOE #buddyread staring in 3 days. (Thx for hosting @Cinfhen !) So my #LitsyLove responses may be a little later than usual. 😆

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4d
Cinfhen So nice to see so much #LitsyLove going around ♥️good job @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 4d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thank you Cindy 😘😘😘 3d
tracey38 🌺✉🌺 3d
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LitsyHappenings
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Repost for @Cinfhen :
#EoE #buddyread starts this Saturday, June 15. We will read Part one and loosely discuss our initial thoughts on Friday, June 21. Feel free to post while reading and use hashtag #EoE. I‘ve tagged whomever showed interest. If you‘d like to join in let me know below. Feel free to share and repost ❤️

KathyWheeler I‘d like to join in. 5d
Cinfhen Great @KathyWheeler I‘ll add you to the list!! And thank you @LitsyHappenings for the repost 🥰 5d
staci.reads @Cinfhen I just saw this! East of Eden has been on my tbr list forever! I'd love to join! I'll try to track down a copy this weekend. 1d
Cinfhen Great @staci.reads it‘s pretty informal and our first discussion of Part One is next Friday 6/21 😍 24h
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booklova007
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Non-readers will never understand the emotional destruction a book can take you through...

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MKbookworm
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Pulled out my copy, ready for this #buddyread ! Looking forward to rereading my favorite Steinbeck #EoE

Cinfhen Oh wow!!! What a great edition 💚this will be my first time reading. Expectations are high 😁 6d
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Simona
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Successful visit to the library, I‘m ready!
Details for #BuddyRead are on @Cinfhen feed, if you want to join in #EoE

Cinfhen Yay!!! 6d
teainthelibrary My favourite book! I'm so tempted to join the buddy read but know I won't have time 😔 6d
UwannaPublishme Thanks for posting! I must join the fun. 5d
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UwannaPublishme Is this a Slovenian version? 5d
Simona @teainthelibrary It is reread for me too, and I don‘t remember a lot, but I remember that I quite like it. 3d
Simona @UwannaPublishme Yes, it is Slovenian translation. I‘m trying to read books in Slovenian translation when this is possible, because last year the majority of books that I read were in English .... 3d
BooknerdsLife I love Steinbeck‘s writing! But haven‘t read this one yet 2d
Simona @BooknerdsLife Then you should to join the buddy read! 2d
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Cinfhen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#EoE #buddyread starts this Saturday, June 15. We will read Part one and loosely discuss our initial thoughts on Friday, June 21. Feel free to post while reading and use hashtag #EoE. I‘ve tagged whomever showed interest. If you‘d like to join in let me know below. Feel free to share and repost ❤️

Cinfhen Can you please share @LitsyHappenings ?!?! Thank you 😊 6d
4thhouseontheleft As long as I can get through my mom/daughter books before Saturday, I‘m in! My copy is beat up and old, I feel like I need a new edition. 😂 6d
4thhouseontheleft Am I correct that we‘re only discussing Part 1 on June 21? 6d
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Cinfhen Yup!! We are discussing part one on 6/21 @4thhouseontheleft you can always jump in whenever u feel like it!! #TreatYoSelf to a new copy!!!! I give you permission to #SpoilYoSelf 6d
BarbaraBB I‘m jealous. This one is soo good! A five star read for me! 6d
Cinfhen It will be my first time reading @BarbaraBB 💕I‘m looking forward 6d
BarbaraBB You‘ll love it, no doubt 💕 6d
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB me too, you can always join in for a reread, like me 😉 6d
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja are you rereading? That would be great but you know, #somanybookssolittletime 6d
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB I plan on doing so, but I get it. I‘m just in the mood for a reread, so this buddy read was timed just right 👌 6d
rubyslippersreads Thanks for the tag. I can‘t believe I‘ve never read this. 6d
Reviewsbylola I‘m ready!!! 6d
Reviewsbylola Let‘s see if I still give it five stars. ⭐️ 6d
emilyhaldi I started this on Sunday and couldn‘t put it down!!! 🙌🏻 5d
Marina_h I need to finish another book first but I'm pretty sure I'll be done by Saturday 😊 5d
Cinfhen Just jump in whenever u can @Marina_h 😁❤️ 5d
4thhouseontheleft @reviewsbylola I'm curious if it is still a 5 star read for me too. 5d
UwannaPublishme I love Steinbeck! Count me in! 5d
sisilia Count me in, please 🤗 I have this book for ages. Time to read it 2d
Cinfhen Awesome @sisilia ❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 2d
DebinHawaii @cinfhen I just posted that I found a copy at the library today & decided it was fate telling me to join in so count me in too please. 🤗 19h
LauraJ I‘ve been meaning to read this for years. Thanks for the impetus to get started! 15h
Cinfhen I just posted some #FoodForThought @LauraJ check out the #EoE hashtag xx 🍎🐍 14h
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Lcsmcat
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I‘m afraid we‘re still suspicious of education and the arts. We‘ve just gotten more democratic in that we suspect the rich as well as the poor. 😔 #suspicion #quotsyjune19 @TK-421

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OnlyYoo
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It was an absolutely beautiful book that talked about Cain and Abel, fate, inherited guilt. I think I need to sit and think about this some more. Maybe for the rest of my life

Godpants One of my favourites of all time 3d
OnlyYoo @Godpants it was absolutely beautiful. Who were your favorite characters? 3d
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bewareofwords
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📖 I liked a quite a few, actually, but one was definitely East of Eden.
👚 I‘m wearing my black twenty one pilots shirt.
📺 I‘ve been watching Good Omens and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
🐉🧚🏼‍♀️I don‘t know that I have a favorite, but I‘ve always liked dragons and fairies.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Michollio 🖤♥️ Twenty One Pilots. I'm currently wearing TOP sweatpants 😄 1w
SarahHarts_books I love Brooklyn 99! That show is show funny! 1w
Mandoul I'm with you on the Brooklyn 99 binge - my favourite show right now 😀 1w
bewareofwords @Michollio I love it! 😍 They‘re my absolute favorite band. ❤️ 1w
bewareofwords @SarahHarts_books @Mandoul Yes, it‘s amazing! Makes me laugh so hard. 😂 1w
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OnlyYoo
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“We gather our arms full of guilt as though it were precious stuff. It must be that we want it that way”

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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My dear goodness! The descriptions and depictions of women in 1952 were quite something! She sure wasn't pretty but boy could she keep a clean house! 😳

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I'm kicking off my #20BooksofSummer (and the GR Group Reading With Style seasonal challenge) with the chunky EAST OF EDEN! I bought this beautiful Penguin Orange Collection edition years ago at the Penguin Shop in Toronto, but I heard only fantastic things about the audio narration. So I fired up my Audible again and will have ~27 hours of it to treat my ears. 🙂 (So far so good, it sounds like I'm watching an old movie)

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Cinfhen
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#EoE #BuddyRead All are welcome to join in! Nothing too rigid, just a loose time frame June 15- July 14 to tackle this tome. I thought we could try to hit roughly 125 pages a week. Book is broken into 4 parts, so basically a week for each part. I‘m tagging those who initially showed interest ♥️Feel free to repost and tag/share 😊

CarolynM I'm in🙂 2w
erzascarletbookgasm Please count me in! On my tbr for ages! 2w
Cinfhen Yay @CarolynM @erzascarletbookgasm it will be my first time reading this novel 🙏🏻 2w
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Simona I‘m interested! I have read it at least 35 years ago, so I think that is time for reread ... 2w
Cinfhen Wonderful @Simona but you‘re only 25 (if) so no way you could have read this book 35 years ago 😘😘😘 2w
Marina_h Ohh, I have my grandmother's old copy of this one lying on my bedside table just waiting for me to pick it up. I'll have a think about joining this buddy read 😊 2w
Cinfhen It‘s going to be very informal so join us if you feel like it!! #TheMoreTheMerrier @Marina_h and how awesome to have your grandma‘s copy 😁💋I love that...maybe she left you some scandalous notes in the margins 😉 2w
Simona In my heart ... 26 forever 😘 2w
AmyG It‘s such an amazing book! 2w
Kalalalatja I‘m in! I just have to find my copy somewhere on my shelves 😄 2w
bookandbedandtea I have this one! I'm in! 2w
emilyhaldi I was JUST thinking about this yesterday!! I might start this today since I am in need of a new audiobook 🤗 thanks for organizing!! 2w
mrp27 I'm in! 2w
BookwormM One of my favourite books ever hope you all enjoy it 2w
batsy I'd love to join, if I may? Steinbeck has been on my TBR for ever so long; this one in particular. He and I didn't get on too well in college (The Pearl) and I feel like I owe him another try. 2w
Insightsintobooks I've been wanting to read this for along time. I'm in!! 2w
Cinfhen So excited to add you to the list @Insightsintobooks @batsy @bookandbedandtea and glad you‘re all in @Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi @mrp27 💜💜💜I‘ve heard so many good things about this book @BookwormM @AmyG Looking forward to finally reading 2w
Blaire Looking forward to it! 2w
Cinfhen Fantastic @Blaire 😁💖 2w
Reviewsbylola Whoop whoop!! 2w
rubyslippersreads I‘m going to try to join in too. I‘ve never read this, although I saw the old movie on TV years ago. 2w
BooksForEmpathy I‘m interested in the read. I read it like 8 years ago and loved it. Please keep me in the loop! Yay! 1w
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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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“and now that you don‘t have to be perfect, you can be good”

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“And now that you don‘t have to be perfect, you can be good.”

Not sure if Ali loves Steinbeck or just wants to attack his sister‘s tail as it swooshes by. 😹

#eastside #amonthofsongs

OriginalCyn620 I love East Of Eden! And what a cutie Ali is! 💕🐱 1mo
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1mo
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Andrew65
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The first book that came to mind with #EastSide #AMonthOfSongs

SleepyDragon I'm supposed to be reading this right now with a book club I follow along with online, but I don't feel like it. So of course it keeps popping up randomly on social media to remind me of my guilt. Lol 1mo
Andrew65 @SleepyDragon Guilty as charged. 😂😂 1mo
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Cinfhen
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4thhouseontheleft That‘s my favorite John Steinbeck, but I haven‘t read it since high school! 2mo
MKbookworm Love love love this book! 2mo
Cinfhen Are u up for a mid June/July re-read??? I haven‘t read it yet but I feel like this summer would be the right time @MKbookworm @4thhouseontheleft 2mo
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4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen I could be up for that, since it‘s a few months away. Count me in! 2mo
Kalalalatja I loved East of Eden when I read it, but it has been YEARS! I might be up for a Summer buddy read 🙌 2mo
Cinfhen Ok @Kalalalatja @4thhouseontheleft I‘ll put you both down and keep you in the loop🥰 2mo
BarbaraBB Oh this is such a great book. I think you‘ll read it in one go! 2mo
Cinfhen You know me so well @BarbaraBB When it comes to buddy-reads I either bail or read ahead. That‘s why informal buddy-reads work best for me😜 2mo
Blaire Count me in too! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay @Blaire !!! You‘re in 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
mrp27 I'd be up for it! I've never read it but this may finally be my reason to get to it. 2mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! I‘ve never read it either @mrp27 💚💜🎉 2mo
DivineDiana I loved this book! ❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen I‘m getting lots of love for this book @DivineDiana I‘m excited to read it❣️❣️❣️ 2mo
MKbookworm @Cinfhen I‘m in! 2mo
erista I‘ll join in. I love Steinbeck but haven‘t read this one yet. 2mo
Mdargusch I‘m in! 2mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Looking forward @MKbookworm @erista @Mdargusch Now to think of a clever name for our buddy read!!! Any ideas??? 2mo
Mdargusch 🤔 2mo
Reviewsbylola Love this book! Can‘t wait. #willcindybail 2mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha 😜great hashtag @Reviewsbylola maybe that should be the buddy-read hashtag 😂 (edited) 2mo
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Nice to have a partial day off to read a good book

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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“But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest‘— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest‘—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.”

Every time I read this book I cry. (Ps-where‘s the person who gave this one star on Goodreads? I just wanna talk...)

Tadams4 What is it that you‘re eating? 2mo
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Beautiful Saturday mornings 🌞🌻

lover.of.the.classics Welcome to the Litsy Family!!! 2mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖🎉 2mo
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nehawadhwa
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He wrote with fullness 🌻

tpixie Lovely quote 💛💛💛 3mo
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nehawadhwa
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You must not expect to find that people understand what they do. #musings #eastofeden #steinbeck #thoughts

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WorldsOkayestStepMom One of my most favorite books of all time! 💖 3mo
sudi 💜💜💜 3mo
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jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 3mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 3mo
nehawadhwa @WorldsOkayestStepMom I am only on chapter 5 and I can already see why everyone loves this book.😍 3mo
CSeydel One of my favorites! Welcome to Litsy 🤩 3mo
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Loved it. I‘m a sucker for a large cast with entangled stories. In books with many characters, it‘s sometimes difficult to identify with each, but Steinbeck just gets straight to the essence of the person so that you immediately feel familiar with them. I appreciate that this book took the succinct Cain and Abel parable and expanded it into this messy retelling. I finally think I know what critics mean when they call this novel “ambitious.”

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The characters of Abra and Lee both exceeded my expectations. The moment between them in the kitchen was touching. I didn‘t know I wanted it until it was happening!

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“In uncertainty I am certain that underneath their topmost layers of frailty men want to be good and want to be loved. Indeed, most of their vices are attempted short cuts to love. . .”

Steinbeck‘s short commentary chapters are profound. I‘ve been missing out on a good writer and great thinker!

CoffeeNBooks John Steinbeck is one of my favorite authors! 3mo
Books_n_Whatnot @CoffeeNBooks I‘m loving East of Eden! Do you have a recommendation for which of his books I should read next? 3mo
CoffeeNBooks @Books_n_Whatnot Grapes of Wrath is excellent as well! 3mo
Books_n_Whatnot Added to my list! 3mo
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“My father said she was a strong woman, and I believe a strong woman may be stronger than a man, particularly if she happens to have love in her heart. I guess a loving woman is almost indestructible.”

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Books_n_Whatnot
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“He loved a celebration of the human soul. Such things were like a personal triumph to him.”

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The extended Cain & Abel motif is a bit obvious, but I like the twist on the known story. It makes me nervous for what‘s to come. I hope Cal manages to choose a path different from Cain and Charles.

For me, this contextualization of the biblical story (in which the C&A characters are boys instead of men) really emphasized the unfairness in choice of God‘s/Cyrus‘s/Adam‘s favorite for me. The boys are just doing their best to be loved.

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Books_n_Whatnot
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“There are no ugly questions except those clothed in condescension.”

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“No crime of commission was ever attributed to him, and his crimes of omission were only misdemeanors.”

I can live on a line like this for 2-3 weeks.

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#Februaryquotes #indestructible

Happy birthday to John Steinbeck born this day in 1902.
🎉✏️ 🎂

East of Eden is my fave of his novels. Of Mice and Men was part of my high school curriculum and I loved that one too. Do you have a Steinbeck book that moved you?

Freespirit I have several in my book shelves to be read! 4mo
BookwormM East of Eden is my favourite followed by Grapes of Wrath 4mo
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andrew61
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001sxs
After our readalong ( 2 yrs ago!) i thought id share this really good episode of radio 4's open book programme devoted to the great man. Interesting comparison of his relevance today given the refugee issues. Anyway @ReadingEnvy @saresmoore thought you'd be interested and off course all those other steinbeck fans out there. If i find room this year maybe grapes of wrath is due a reread

saresmoore Very cool! Thanks for sharing. 😊 4mo
Kaye TALENT with a capital T. 4mo
ReadingEnvy Ooh thanks! 4mo
ReadingEnvy (Has it really been two years? I need to get my act together for this year's first readalong.) 4mo
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