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The Shack
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
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Mackenzie Allen Phillips's youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation. Evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later, in the midst of his great sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note--apparently from God--inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment, he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change his life forever.
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MallloCup
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Mehso-so

A coworker let me borrow a well-loved copy. Very sweet, just not for me.

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Dominyka
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
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Maybe not for everybody, but quite an eye openner. This book is not very religious as you might think. It talks about deep topics, touching psychology and philosophy of life. Just don't be sceptic :)

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Erofan
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@sudi , @BiblioLitten thanks for the tag! ??
#BookishQuestions @Clwojick
1. Thriller, fantasy, comics. I like these genres now, but my preferences often change ?
2. Biographies, historical novels ?
3. Tragedy, drama. I get very upset when the characters die ?
4. More science fiction!!!
5. Tagged
6. "Allegiant". I've read "Divergent" in a moment, "Insurgent " - slowly and "Allegiant" I didn't finish ?
7. @Areader2 @Lynnsoprano @Violetta

sudi Agree on #6 , divergent was the best. Insurgent and Allegiant were ok, i finished them but they failed to live up to Divergent 3mo
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TamarackTrail
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Starting @DeweysReadathon with finishing off my current read. The large stack of books behind me are everyone read for the day. Hanging with @WhiteDayLilies and @cestmabiologie for this year's readathon.
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wordzie
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Let's pray the human race never escapes Earth to spread its iniquity elsewhere.

Suet624 I remember this quote. I was in complete agreement. 4mo
wordzie @Suet624 😊 Did you 💝 the book? 4mo
Suet624 I did. A lot. 4mo
wordzie 🙌 me too so far. About half finished. Thx 4mo
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Bookspender
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
Mehso-so

It starts out so strong and is kelps your attention. Then about midway through it gets crazy. Nonsensical almost. Couldn‘t finish it.

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Bookspender
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I suppose that since most of our hurts come through relationships, so will our healing, and I know that grace rarely makes sense for those looking in from the outside.

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Book_Lover95
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I'm definitely not saying that I understand life and everything in a wonderful ray of sunshine and rainbows now. I will however say that I was definitely struggling with the death of someone very close to me as well. And just like Kate, I also blamed myself. I definitely feel that the reading of this book was in perfect timing to my healing and grief process... "God's timing is perfect"

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thereadingunicorn
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Happy Sunday ! I finally get to relax and enjoy my book. #24b4monday #yummy #bookwithsnacks @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Fishy snacks. 😊 6mo
TheReadingMermaid I forget if I've talked to you about it or not, did you want to enter the giveaway sweetheart? 6mo
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thereadingunicorn @TheReadingMermaid that why I post this picture (: 6mo
thereadingunicorn @TheReadingMermaid thanks😊. Sorry I didn‘t know there way a hashtag 6mo
TheReadingMermaid No worries at all sweetheart. I got you covered 😘 6mo
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thereadingunicorn
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Getting back into reading this baby after having 2 weeks with family and trying to get back into routine. Glad to be part in #24B4Monday with @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great to have you with us! 👍😊 Good luck. (edited) 6mo
TheReadingMermaid Yay welcome aboard hun! Just to let you know Andrew and I are hosting a giveaway. You just post a picture of your read-a-thon snacks and tied the both of us with the hashtag #24B4MondayGiveaway . The winner of the giveaway receives a free book! 😋🎉🎉🎉 6mo
thereadingunicorn @TheReadingMermaid awesome I am actually headed to the store to get snacks now 😂❤️. When does the entry end to post ? 6mo
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TheReadingMermaid Midnight Sunday night when the read-a-thon ends 😉 6mo
thereadingunicorn @TheReadingMermaid is that EST? (edited) 6mo
TheReadingMermaid Don't worry just use your own time zone. It makes it easier on everyone that way 😉 6mo
thereadingunicorn @TheReadingMermaid okay good thanks . I‘m in in EST😊 6mo
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c.gonzalez86
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
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I loved the book. It keeps you on your toes. At first it makes you question alot. But its a good reminder on how to check ourselves when you are in the dark and we blame a lot on God.

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Stephuhhnieee
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While I‘m agnostic, I do enjoy reading about Christianity and other religions. Why people believe in what they believe, facts and history of religions, etc...

Anyway!

My boyfriend is a Christian, and he really enjoyed this book (and the movie,) and suggested I read it.

Reading through the reviews here on Litsy, it doesn‘t seem to be favorited by many. Have any of you read it? What was your opinion?

Mommamanzi I was raised as a pastors kid. Backslid big time. After having my first child came back to Christianity. This was one of the first “religious” books I read as an adult... it‘s an interesting view on things but it‘s not how I choose to believe. It seemed too out there for me and I am by no means a conservative Christian. 8mo
Stephuhhnieee @Mommamanzi Thanks for commenting! From what I‘ve read, it‘s very adamant about how Christians should live their lives... and that‘s what‘s worrying me that I might not like it as much as I thought... My boyfriend gave me a synopsis of the plot, but it sounds like it‘s more of a sermon than a story? Would you agree? 8mo
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Stephuhhnieee
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Have I mentioned how much I adore library sales? $5.50, and all in very good if not like new condition!

#excited
#libraryhaul

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Andyshaun65
The Shack | William P. Young
Pickpick

Wow like nothing I‘ve read before. Still an atheist but felt more spiritual and forgiving after reading this and watching the film. Was sad and enlightening all together deffo worth a read.

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Nebklvr
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Mehso-so

This is my October book club read. It wasn‘t really for me. It felt simplistic and manipulative at times. While it raised some good points, I didn‘t feel connected to it at all.

the_hibernator I couldn't finish it. Not sure why it was so popular. It's just a sermon in getting over the sucky aspects of life in the form of thinly-veiled "allegory." As I always say, a good author SHOWS the reader her/his point, so that she/he doesn't have to preach in the dialogue. 9mo
LauraBytheBook Yes! I am so glad to see these comments! I felt the same but felt like I was the only one. To me it was so obviously manipulative with a definite agenda. I didn‘t care for it either. 9mo
Mdargusch I bailed on this. I couldn‘t tolerate the writing. Good for you for reading the whole book! 9mo
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kellyann28
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#HumpDayPost @MinDea
1. On my lunch break, pretty blue skies today!
2. Just 1 at the moment!
3. Yes, but it's set low. It gets in the 40's at night!
4. Yes, I love my glasses :)
5. I had to stop on the tagged book. I knew going into it that it was Christian literature but it got a little too monotonous and too "deep" into beliefs and not much "story". It was just not for me :)

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Eggs
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zzz Never has a book made me cry as hard as this one 10mo
Eggs @Jen_is_always_reading 😔😞❤️ 10mo
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MelissaSue81
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4/12 for #garbingo round 2.

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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

I never in a gazillion years would have started this book, if I had any idea what it was about, being non-religious. But, I will say, that the story did hold my attention, even if I did some eye rolling, and I can see what the author was trying to accomplish.

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FantasyChick
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1. The Greatest Showman
2. Shoot pool or play darts with a beer or two and just chat. He might as well learn from day 1 that I'll beat him at games
3. 24
4. Done. Didn't even make it half way through
5. Off I go!

#friyayintro @jesshowbooks

Rudis The Greatest Showman was amazing! I‘m still humming the songs. 11mo
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Joysiam
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
Pickpick

Sometimes a book just finds you.

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Dogearedcopy
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Bailedbailed

I found this old, beat up copy of ‘The Shack‘ on the Free cart at the library book store. Knowing nothing about it other than it is on the Great American Read - PBS list of America‘s Favorite 100 books, I decided to give it a shot. Unfortunately, I only got a couple chapters in. I read across a lot of different genres but this kind of Christian Fiction (God/Jesus in a modern Everyman fable) isn‘t my thing.

#GARbingo

Reecaspieces I agree with you. I hated it. I finished it but I hated it. I read it years ago...still hate it! 😂 12mo
akckitty This on my TBR pile... I purchased it awhile ago. But it‘s not on top of my TBR stack ;P 12mo
Mdargusch Not to mention the writing is 👎🏼 12mo
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Suet624
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I decided to read this after a friend who had been through a very traumatic experience told me how much this book helped her. I went into it because I‘ve been reading too much about Germany in the 40‘s and needed to feel some hope. No, it‘s not well written but it was an interesting concept & I appreciate the effort. It‘s funny how much criticism he receives for his portrayal of God and for the idea that you don‘t need an intermediary to connect.

WhatThePuck I liked his take on Jesus. I've always had a hard time with Jesus being the actual son of God and really like his explanation. 12mo
Suet624 @WhatThePuck I agree. His explanation helped a lot. (edited) 12mo
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Layls1
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Mehso-so

Some parts great some parts really slow

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dragonfire1977
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Took a little literary break with this Saturday Project, just need to fill it up...i need more physical books most mine are on my kindle

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dragonfire1977
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Cant believe the deals out there..... #books #booksarelife

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dragonfire1977
The Shack | William P. Young

Just wanted to say i just started this book tonight, and i am enjoying it. Anyone else read it before?

DebinHawaii I've not read it but I've heard good things. Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 13mo
RaimeyGallant Haven't read this one, but 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 13mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 13mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👋🏻😊 13mo
dragonfire1977 Thanks its good to be here 13mo
Bronte_Chintz Welcome to Litsy! 13mo
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Raemorales
The Shack | WM. Paul Young
Bailedbailed

I‘ve tried twice with this book and I just can‘t do it. I‘m so bored and I find myself keep saying “why should I care?”

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BookishJess
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Pickpick

Much better than I remember. The dialogue was a bit awkward and forced in some places but it didn‘t distract from the message of the book. Not as revolutionary of a message now that progressive Christianity is becoming more mainstream but still a heart opening and affirming book to read.

*Trigger warning for the beginning part that deals with violence towards children.

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MicrobeMom
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Panpan

I hated this book. I rarely say that about a book. While trying to be spiritual, philosophical and uplifting, I found it to be stereotypical and uninspiring. The only way to Heaven/happiness is through belief is Jesus. There were also passages I found both racist and sexist (see above). Insisting that Human “creation” was via Adam and Eve and their original sin (though not stated this way) led to all the evil is the word is ignorant.

Burghbookaddict Agreed! I didnt like this at all 14mo
MicrobeMom @laurenashley it was rough!! 14mo
APLitlife I am so glad there is someone who agrees with me! I found it very hard to read when it first came out. 14mo
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readinginthedark Wasn‘t the author‘s intention to base the book in Christianity, though? 14mo
MicrobeMom @readinginthedark while I know your right, I think the denial of scientific fact is not something I can get passed. I am scientist. I also found sections both racist and sexist in nature. That I can also not get passed. I am not anti-religion or anti-Christian. I am a practicing Catholic. This just wasn‘t the book for me. I was not completely aware of the nature of the book before reading it. My mistake. 14mo
readinginthedark Yeah, I mean, the passage you posted is obviously sexist beyond the requirements of the Bible. I was just curious. I haven‘t read this one before and see such mixed reviews! 14mo
MicrobeMom @readinginthedark thanks! I don‘t mean to insult anyone‘s beliefs. It was just my honest reaction after reading it. 14mo
readinginthedark Not at all! I get what you mean. 14mo
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MicrobeMom
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So I am having a really hard time with the religiosity of this book. However, I was doing fine until this passage with a blatant Jewish stereotype. I am very disappointed.

Samplergal I won‘t read that crap because of that. Those are the books I throw away. They shouldn‘t be around, imho. This is coming from someone who will never throw books away. 😡 14mo
Traci1 I hated that book. 14mo
PickwickPlockPlock That's awful. 14mo
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MicrobeMom @sampler girl @Traci1 @PickwickPlockPlock the was on the Great American Reads! I am going to finish it just so I can give it a bad review! 14mo
Traci1 I keep hearing people say they are voting for this book or that book or any book so that 50 Shades doesn't win. This is that book for me though. I don't care what does win, even if it's E.L. James (though I'm really hoping it's not) so long as it isn't this. 14mo
julesG GAH! Now I'm taking it out of my bag. I'm not going to bother with it right now. I want to read something I like, not something I want to throw against the wall. 14mo
MicrobeMom @julesG this is a book for fundamentalist Christians. I am 150 pages and I will finish it just because I see what other stuff it can spew. 14mo
Nebklvr @MicrobeMom hmmm...I don‘t really think fundamentalist Christians will like it as it is somewhat antireligion and anti-judgmental. Jesus says he isn‘t a Christian and people of other faiths are welcome to join him. It was something of a slog but not in that way. 9mo
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MicrobeMom
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Enjoying a beautiful morning reading before the weather turns tonight! #soakingupthesun #jerseyshorereading

julesG Just put that book into my bag for the next week of rehab. 14mo
MicrobeMom @julesG so far so good. Quick read with heavy religious overtones. I am enjoying it! 14mo
julesG I'll try to ignore the religious stuff then. 😉 14mo
britt_brooke Nice!! 14mo
TheKidUpstairs Beautiful! 14mo
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MicrobeMom
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My current situation is excellent. Starting this one from my #GARbingo. #TGAR

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Kdunn52
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This book made me think and cry a lot!

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keys_on_fire
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Pickpick

Another 5 ⭐️ review for me. This book touched something deep within me and really challenged me to take a different view at things that I had grown up with. This is a book that I wish I could keep copies of to hand out to folks. However, I think you need to read this at the right time for you and with an open mind.

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daydreamingnightreading
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This book was so amazing! I highly recommend it!! #theshack #wmpaulyoung #littlecrowcandles

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ardismargrethe
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Mehso-so

It's hard to write a review on this one, I think the writing is good, and it's easy to visually imagine the story, but the story was just not for me, and I never wanted to pick up the book. It's really not bad, but jeah just watch the movie I guess 🙊

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Reviewsbylola
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This is the current display at my library. “The book was better.” I haven‘t seen a lot of the movies, so I can‘t judge. I have a hard time though believing that The Shack movie was worse than the book. What a steaming pile imo, however I couldn‘t make it to the end. I bailed. What do you see up there that you wholeheartedly agree with or disagree with?

Bklover Oh The Help. Movie was really good, but just not quite as good as the book! 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa The Lost World, The book‘s great, but those books (both it and Jurassic Park) were always better with the larger than life animatronics and computer animated co-stars. 1y
Reviewsbylola The movie adaption was so well done for The Hell, but I agree! @Bklover 1y
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Reviewsbylola I‘ve never read the books but I do think that makes sense. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 1y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Reviewsbylola You really can‘t beat huge life-like dinosaurs....especially as a kid! 1y
alanacristin Oh, i loved both the book and the movie for Abe Lincoln Vamp Hunter 💘 1y
emilyhaldi Lol re: The Shack 😆 1y
shadowspeak17 My boyfriend has read Paper Towns and said the book is definitely better than the movie. I haven‘t read the book, but I thought the movie was terrible. 🙃 1y
britt_brooke The Shack sounds awful. 😆 1y
britt_brooke @shadowspeak17 I read Paper Towns and it was just okay. I tried watching the movie and lasted about 10 minutes. I agree, not good. 1y
Hooked_on_books While the book WAS better, I think the movie for The Perfect Storm was also well done. 1y
Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi and I had to read it for our old book club years ago. It was torturous. @britt_brooke 1y
Reviewsbylola Paper Towns was my first Green. I was so unimpressed. I‘ve never seen the movie. @shadowspeak17 @britt_brooke 1y
LeahBergen The movie of Little Big Man comes pretty close to being as great as the book (but not quite). 1y
Cinfhen I didn‘t know Gypsy Moth Summer was a movie?!?! 1y
Reviewsbylola Me neither. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ @Cinfhen 1y
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MsLeah8417
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Loved this book! I hope the movie does it justice.

BibliophileMomma I loved this one too. 1y
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aevrabel
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Panpan

The story is heartbreaking. I even teared up a few times listening to his loss and love for his kids.
The theology however, was very far out there and dangerous. And his writing was mediocre. There were also some crazy thoughts and ideas I was not very fond of.

#theshack #audiobook #reading

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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

I know so many people loved this book, but it just didn‘t work for me. I just didn‘t like the way it was written or the way that the author got the message across. It just didn‘t work for me at all.

MelAnn I felt the same way about this book. 1y
HeatherBookNerd Me too 1y
Mdargusch I bailed. It was a rough one. 1y
Victoriahoperose @MelAnn @HeatherBookNerd @Mdargusch I am so glad I am not alone. I felt bad because I know so many people loved this! 1y
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LazyLibrary
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For everyone missing someone tonight ✨💫

MrBook ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Eggs 💕💕💕 2y
DeeLew Missing my mom. ❤️ 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
ReadingSusan 💕💕💕 2y
JessClark78 ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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beachbookworm7
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Day 11: Book/Series Set In Winter #decinbooks17
I recommend this book to everyone who likes to read. It is a great story but it will break your heart! & of course as you can tell from the cover, it is set in winter 😊

#booknerd #bookaddict #bibliophile #booklover #reading #bookcollection #ilovebooks #bookshelf #bookworm #bookaholic #shelfie #books #theshack #wmpaulyoung #winter #booksinwinter #christmas #booksonbooksonbooks #bookrecommendation

Mammaletterario This book literally made me weep...and then crack up...and then weep some more! Such an amazing book! 2y
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KrystleTheBookSlayer
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A heads up: in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Kindle, Amazon has up to 85% off top-selling Kindle books. There are a lot of great books of all genres!
Follow the link and happy reading!
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StellaDz
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Another #library #booksale! Super excited for all of these and ecstatic that I found a replacement copy of The Night Circus!! #tbr #bookhaul

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A little deck reading while the grill is going.

britt_brooke Great shirt! 👌🏻👌🏻 2y
islandstorygirl Love the shirt! 2y
angel1 I need that shirt!!😍 2y
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icart242
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The best book I've ever read. I buy extra copies to hand out to people who haven't read it.

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