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East of Eden
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
A masterpiece of Biblical scope, and the magnum opus of one of Americas most enduring authors, in a commemorative hardcover editionIn 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 familiesthe Trasks and the Hamiltonswhose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.The masterpiece of Steinbecks 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 Oprahs Book Club back, East of Eden has remained vitally present in American culture for over half a century.
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Tamra
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My reading life is wrecked & ruined! 😭 I‘m almost angry at Steinbeck for writing this novel - what could possibly live up to it hereafter?

CallMeIshmael So you‘re telling me I need to finally read it? 6d
Tamra @CallMeIshmael my answer is a question. Why did I wait so long to read it? Especially when I‘ve liked, and even loved in some instances, his other work? 6d
CallMeIshmael @Tamra same….i just started it and actually am loving it 6d
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KathyWheeler I read this a few years ago as a buddy read, and it was so different from what I expected. I loved it, and it spurred me on to read The Grapes of Wrath. 6d
Tamra @CallMeIshmael 👏🏾 6d
Tamra @KathyWheeler Granted, I read GW a long time ago, but this seems head & shoulders better. What do you think? 6d
KathyWheeler @Tamra I liked The Grapes of Wrath, but I loved East of Eden. 6d
Tamra @KathyWheeler 🙌🏾 6d
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 5d
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Tamra
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It‘s finally summer! 😁🌞

Not my typical view while the deck is replaced. It‘s true, renovations invariably take longer than a contractor estimates.

Jess_Read_This Perfect way to spend a Friday evening! 1w
BarbaraBB Lovely photo. Still waiting for summer here 🌧️ 1w
Cathythoughts Looks lovely 🥰 1w
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Tamra @Jess_Read_This this is my hour routine before making dinner when I can manage it. You‘re right, it‘s perfect! 1w
Tamra @BarbaraBB wishing you summer soon! It‘s so late here as well. It‘s really sad when you live in a northern climate and have shorter than normal summer season. But, maybe we‘ll see an extended fall? 🤞🏾 1w
Tamra @Cathythoughts it‘s a nice quiet hour of me time. ☺️ 1w
Cathythoughts Well you can‘t beat that 🥰 1w
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Tamra
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This summer will be marked by East of Eden. I know this is going to be one of those experiences I will wish I could have for the first time again & again & again.

And I‘m only halfway through!

Cathythoughts ♥️ 3w
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BarbaraJean
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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This really is a masterpiece. The Biblical echoes, the struggle between good and evil in the human heart, the ambitions and sorrows and ideals and delusions that build a life, all that‘s said and felt and left unspoken in human relationships—Steinbeck manages all of that and more.

It‘s been YEARS since I read this, and I noticed so much more this time around—the flaws as well as the genius. ⤵️

BarbaraJean (Cont‘d) There were several digressions and oddities I didn‘t notice the first time, when I was dazzled by the sheer scale of the book. And yet, in spite of its flaws, this is still a masterpiece. And Cathy is still one of the most chilling characters I‘ve ever read!! Thank you to @TheAromaofBooks for facilitating the chapter-a-day #RandomClassics buddy read! 3w
Tamra Reading now - it‘s just so engrossing because of the characterization. The biblical tie ins keep me going down rabbit holes because I‘m not biblically literate. 3w
BarbaraJean @Tamra I am biblically literate and somehow I missed all the biblical tie ins the first time I read it 😂 3w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Thanks for reading with me!! 3w
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Librarybelle
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I cannot say I loved this one, but I liked it. It‘s a struggle of good versus evil and making decisions and their consequences. Parts of this meandered, and I‘m not sure the significance of those parts. Beautifully written.

#RandomClassics

TheAromaofBooks I have very similar feelings about this one! Parts of it I loved, parts of it I didn't like at all, parts of it were just okay, and parts of it I was mostly confused about why they were there 😂 4w
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BarbaraJean
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I just noticed this tiny pig emblem on the back of my library copy of East of Eden, and was fascinated—I had to look up the meaning of the motto. And I found this: Pigasus! Ad Astra Per Alia Porci: to the stars on the wings of a pig. Earthbound but aspiring. I love it!

https://www.sjsu.edu/steinbeck/resources/biography/pigasus.php

#RandomClassics

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 🐖🐖🐖 2mo
Amiable That‘s so interesting! I never knew any of that about Steinbeck. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh I love this!! And what a great motto. 2mo
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Librarybelle
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I just finished Chapter 21…Cathy is so evil! She gives me the creeps. Just had to say something! #RandomClassics

Image is from Wikipedia/public domain of Jo Van Fleet portraying Cathy Ames in the 1955 film.

TheAromaofBooks RIGHT!? I was just getting ready to post about this week's chapters. WHAT EVEN 2mo
Librarybelle @TheAromaofBooks She almost makes Norman Bates look like a choir boy! 😂 2mo
BarbaraJean Hahaha—yep!! Now I need to watch one of the film adaptations of this… 2mo
Librarybelle @BarbaraJean I should too! 2mo
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CrowCAH
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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#RandomClassics 2024

Read a modern classic each month!

Join @TheAromaofBooks for the discussion!

TheAromaofBooks Thanks for the repost!!! 2mo
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SamAnne
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Exploring Loreto Baja and visited this lovely little bookstore, Caballo Blanco. Planning to sit in the nextdoor coffee shop and catch up on tagged book! And noting it‘s time to reread Steinbeck‘s Log of the Sea of Cortez, his funny, descriptive and moving journal of traveling by boat with his good friend Ed Rickets from San Fran, down Baja coast and up the Sea of Cortez in the mid-40s.

BarbaraBB That looks lovely. Enjoy 🤍 2mo
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BarbaraJean
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Ohhh, I love this.

“Well, here‘s your box. Nearly everything I have is in it, and it is not full. Pain and excitement are in it, and feeling good or bad and evil thoughts and good thoughts—the pleasure of design and some despair and the indescribable joy of creation.

And on top of these are all the gratitude and love I have for you.

And still the box is not full.”

#RandomClassics @TheAromaofBooks

dabbe And so it begins. 💙🩵💙 3mo
TheAromaofBooks ❤ ❤ ❤ 3mo
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BarbaraJean
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I just pulled my battered old copy of East of Eden off the shelf, ready to start chapter 1 for the #RandomClassics buddy read tomorrow—and the front cover stayed on the shelf. 😆 I either need to read very gently, or maybe check out a library copy…

tpixie A well loved book 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh dear! I definitely have some books in similar situations. I finally broke down and bought a new copy of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler since my old copy was literally missing both covers and in about three parts... but still didn't throw the old one away 😂 3mo
BarbaraJean @TheAromaofBooks Hahaha—I‘ve done that so many times: I buy a nice new copy and then can‘t bear to get rid of the old, falling-apart one! 3mo
Ruthiella Oops! 😂 3mo
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LitsyEvents
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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repost for @TheAromaofBooks:

I have a kind of love/hate relationship with Steinbeck's writing, so we'll see what happens 😂 Some of the chapters are long, but some are really short, so I think we're going to go with a chapter a day and hope it averages out. There are 55 chapters, so this one will carry into June. #RandomClassics

original post:
https://www.litsy.com/web/post/2726913

dabbe This one's my favorite Steinbeck. 💙🩵💙 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Thank you for the repost!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Good to know @dabbe - I'm going in without any real foreknowledge, so I'm interested to see how it unwinds. 3mo
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Becker
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A great reading duo. 📕+📕

UwannaPublishme Yes! 🙌🏻 Love them both…and Steinbeck! 5mo
lynneamch East may be my fave classic ever. Will have to get the journal. Thx! 5mo
SamAnne I‘m a Steinbeck fan but weirdly have not read East of Eden. But it‘s happening this year for sure and I‘m going to read these letters! 5mo
Tamra @SamAnne me neither and I keep meaning to read it. 5mo
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Tkimsal
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30 Book Recommendations in 30 Days — Day 14 “East of Eden,” by John Steinbeck. From the Bible: And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in
the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
(They‘re called classics for a reason, folks.). Good, no, great stuff. The movie‘s good, but it only tells half the story. The book is always better.

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dariazeoli
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Midweek watching, after finishing the book today.

#AuthorAMonth

TheBookHippie Enjoy! 1y
UwannaPublishme 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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RayHallucinogen
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Full of life, and hardships.

jewright One of my favorites! 2y
SamAnne I‘m finally getting around to this one next month. 2y
RayHallucinogen It's a great read. I still don't get it how it's not on any single booklist. 2y
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RayHallucinogen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck

Hey, guys. Do you know if it's possible to read comic books on kindle?

jen_the_scribe Yes! They have comixology for comics, graphic novels, and manga through Amazon. 2y
RayHallucinogen That's very helpful. Thank you @jen_the_scribe 2y
Scochrane26 I‘ve read them on kindle through Libby & hoopla from my library. Think many comic readers enjoy the format. 2y
RayHallucinogen I'm gonna try that for sure. Thank you @Scochrane26 2y
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kplovesbooks
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Okay that's it, I am done. I tried. DNF at 27%. Page 167 is ENTIRELY about topsoil. 🤦‍♀️ I have no energy left for this level of tediousness.

5feet.of.fury 🤣 about as far as I made it. A valiant effort! 2y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury I was literally just tagging you in this to say I made it a whole 17 pages further!! 🤣 Oh well. We tried! 2y
5feet.of.fury 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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DGRachel I‘m impressed you got that far. I hate Steinbeck. Tedious is the perfect descriptor for his writing. 2y
kplovesbooks @DGRachel I only made it that far because there would be these little glimpses of hope, something would spark my interest for a second and I'd think okay here we go...and then no, there would come more tediousness. 🤷 2y
Soubhiville 🤣 I haven‘t liked his writing much either, little bit I‘ve tried. An entire page on topsoil sounds boring. 2y
Bklover I read this for a book group and ended up liking it but I guarantee you if not for the book group I‘d have bailed after the first ten pages. 2y
kplovesbooks @Soubhiville That's when I had to call it and question what exactly I was doing with my life forcing myself to read it! 😂 2y
kplovesbooks @Bklover I really liked some of the quotes, but it's just too much descriptions of every single thing to read the whole thing. Bravo to you for finishing, even if the book club made you do it!! 2y
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kplovesbooks
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Love this quote though. And this is from a section discussing racism, which I thought was very well done.

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kplovesbooks
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6 months later.... 🤦‍♀️ Let me try this again. 😂 It's very...tedious. I seriously considered DNF'ing for awhile since I couldn't even bring up the desire to pick it back up in months, but I thought I'd give it ONE more shot before giving up the ghost.

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RayHallucinogen
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For the world was changing, and sweetness was gone, and virtue too. Worry had crept on a corroding world, and what was lost-good manners, ease and beauty? Ladies were not ladies any more, and you couldn't trust a gentleman's word.

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shawnmooney
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https://youtu.be/U5vLDaig5ts

#shortyseptember

#kenyanreadathon

Intro

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Storying Violence: Unravelling Colonial Narratives in the Stanley Trial by Gina Starblanket and Dallas Hunt

And This Is How to Stay Alive by Shingai Njeri Kagunda

The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

In the Distance by Hernan Diaz

TrishB Helen Humphreys, what a wonderful writer ♥️ 2y
shawnmooney @TrishB Yes! Which is your favorite? 2y
TrishB The Lost Garden I think. 2y
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suvata
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East of Eden
Janet Evanovich
The Exorcist
The Eagles
Everybody Wants To Rule The World

#ManicMonday @CBee

LeeRHarry I forgot about Janet Evanovich 🤦🏼‍♀️😏 2y
suvata @LeeRHarry I used to read all of her Stephanie Plum books but I got kind of burned out on them a while ago. 2y
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Cinfhen
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#ManicMonday @Allylu @CBee
I almost forgot what day it is😂
📕 East of Eden
✍🏻 Louise Erdrich
🍿Elf
🎤 Elton John
🎵 Electric Avenue ~ https://youtu.be/vtPk5IUbdH0

CBee That song is just so darn catchy, I love it 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Allylu Oh no! Now it‘s in my head, too! 😊🎶 2y
LeeRHarry Excellent song choice! 😊 2y
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Chrissyreadit Immediately sang the song in my head after reading it 😆 2y
Cinfhen Right!!!! It gets me EVERY TIME @CBee @Allylu @LeeRHarry @Chrissyreadit 🎶 Oh no ….we gonna rock down to electric avenue
And then we'll take it higher 🎶
2y
RaeLovesToRead In my head too 🙈🙈 2y
CBee @Chrissyreadit @RaeLovesToRead @Cinfhen in my brain too!! 😂😂😂 2y
Leftcoastzen 👂🐛😁 2y
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LeahBergen How are you enjoyed this? I‘ve always meant to read it, but 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
shawnmooney @LeahBergen Just got a bare start on it (doing the audiobook in conjunction with the text) but so far am finding the prose mesmerizing! 💕 2y
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kplovesbooks
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Also, this is the most exciting thing that's happened in this book for a while. 🤷 I'm on page 120 (after 2 months) and is it possible to be any more long-winded??

robinb That reminds me of Forrest Gump‘s feather. ❤️ 2y
5feet.of.fury I admire your perseverance. It‘s SO long winded. 2y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury Honestly if I was trying to read it all at once, I wouldn't be able to do it. But it's my "lunch break book" ? so I only read like a chapter or so at a time. 2y
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BarbaraBB
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#AlphabetGame Letter E

This was one of those books I could not put down, loved every page (and there are many) and didn‘t want it to be over. Kind of the perfect book 🤷🏻‍♀️❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👍🏻📚🙌🏻 2y
Jas16 One of my all time favorites. 2y
AmyG You know I love this one, too! 2y
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Daisey Agreed! This is such a great book! 2y
eeclayton My choice for E too ☺️ 2y
fredamans My favorite story of all time. 2y
Centique Oh yes! You‘re picking absolute favourites of mine. Great choice! 2y
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AmyG
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The tagged book. One of my most favorites.

#alphabetgame Letter E @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

CBee I have tried to read this so many times 🤦‍♀️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2y
DivineDiana Agree! A favorite! ❤️ 2y
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AmyG @CBee Hey, how are you feeling? (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB My choice too! 2y
AmyG @BarbaraBB 👊🏻🙌🏻 2y
CBee @AmyG ugh, I ended up postponing. I‘ll let you know when I reschedule! How are YOU feeling? Do you get a cool eye patch? 😂 2y
AmyG Oy, I am sorry you had to postpone. I‘m good. I just have to tape on a clear, plastic eye shield when I sleep-for a few days. Nothing cool at all. (edited) 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Great choice! 2y
UwannaPublishme Steinbeck! Loved this one!😍🙌🏻 2y
Centique I love this book SO much. Must do a reread soon. 2y
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eeclayton
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#Alphabetgame #LetterE @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

East of Eden is another chunkster I loved.

Honourable mentions:
The Empty Throne, by Bernard Cornwell
Extreme Makeover, by Dan Wells

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erzascarletbookgasm
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#AlphabetGame #letterE @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The tagged book is a classic and considered a masterpiece for a reason. It was a great read, I liked reading the relationships among the characters, their struggles, and the portrayal of humanity shown.

Tagging anyone who wants to play along.

Cinfhen Ohhh…. Good one!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great choice! 2y
eeclayton This was my pick for E too ☺️ 2y
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kplovesbooks
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Steinbeck status: on page 28 of 600. 😆 (I'll be reading this one slowly; it's not one to be rushed. I feel like I need to chew each sentence, to fully absorb it. And that's a good feeling for me right now. 😊) I'm also highlighting passages like crazy! This is a great example of how descriptive the book is. 🌼♥️

suvata GREAT book 2y
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kplovesbooks
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New book and a view for my lunchtime break today. 😍

5feet.of.fury Nothing better than an outside lunch break in the sun. I‘ll be really interested in your thoughts on this book! 2y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury Exactly!! ♥️♥️ And I remember you quit this one. I'm finding it really interesting so far but I'm only on chapter 2. I think I like the way it's written though. 2y
5feet.of.fury @kplovesbooks people like it! It‘s why I put it on the list, I did end up feeling like I was just fighting myself to get through it. Me and classics haven‘t really been meshing though 😬 2y
kplovesbooks @5feet.of.fury I hear you. I don't tend to like what everyone else does either! I'm usually nervous starting a really popular book! 😆 2y
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Susanita
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This book is just over #600pages and is one I hope to read eventually. Though I haven‘t had much luck with his books to date…

I have a picture of this bust on Cannery Row from 1993, but I‘m too lazy to dig out my old camera chip and upload it to the laptop. This photo is courtesy of the Library of Congress website.

#bookmoods

Eggs Perfect 👍🏼 2y
DebinHawaii Definitely GMTA. I actually ended up liking it more than I expected to, but I was encouraged by the buddy read. 😉 2y
Teresereading I loved my visit to Cannery Row but I don't think I saw this 2y
DivineDiana East of Eden was a favorite read of mine! 2y
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HotMessJess
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Working on a chapter a day. Coffee, Deck views, happiness.

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5feet.of.fury
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Bailedbailed

A rare occurrence for me, but I am cutting my loses and bailing on this one. I‘m sure it pays off but I can‘t get through the copious rambling dialogue and the outright offensive descriptions of things. It has taken me 2 weeks to not get 200 pages in and I CANNOT fathom reading 400 more. I wanted to finish it because it‘s a classic, but who cares? Maybe I‘ll revisit when there aren‘t so many glorious tomes watching me suffer from the TBR shelf 🪦

CarolynM I made it through, but only because I was buddy reading. Too much telling and not enough showing. And the characters never had conversations, they made speeches. 2y
5feet.of.fury @CarolynM agree. Prattling on endlessly 😂And what there is of conversation was already explained to the reader and didn‘t forward the plot in any capacity. 2y
DaveGreen7777 That‘s exactly how I felt about Steinbeck‘s “The Grapes of Wrath” as well. A lot of people consider it a classic, but I just found it so plodding and meandering! 😴😴😴 2y
5feet.of.fury @DaveGreen7777 I am glad I am not alone in this! 2y
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5feet.of.fury
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Sitting outside with my multiple drinks and multiple books for the multiple facets of my personality 👯‍♀️

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5feet.of.fury
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I went to dinner and to see The Batman and then got home and was going to start reading this, but I really just took this picture and been scrolling 📱📵📖

KateReadsYA So relatable 2y
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Julsmarshall
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My latest read in my new bookcase! I‘ve been meaning to read this for decade, finally got it done! Such an expansive, complex and American book, I didn‘t love it but I appreciated it and the place it holds in our history and literary culture. The characters are iconic, the writing exceptional and now I want to watch the classic movie with James Dean. #BookspinBingo #Bookspin @TheAromaofBooks #20in4 @Andrew65 #MountTBR

Andrew65 One Steinbeck that I haven‘t read. 3y
SayersLover Beautiful bookcase!! I‘m a tad bit jealous… @Julsmarshall 3y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3y
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Julsmarshall
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#currentlisten #BFC21 Trying to finish this 25 hour #audiobook before the end of the year. Halfway there, will take a lot of walking! #chunkster

SRWCF 25 hour?!?! 3y
CuriousG That is a huge book and I love it, but don't know if I could have done it on audio. Good for you! 3y
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