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Bridge of Clay
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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starlight97
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Pickpick

"He needs to hurt nearly enough to kill him," he said, "because that's how we Goddamn live."

⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
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rsteve388
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Found this beauty in a little free library by my apartment on the way to buy groceries. I love my new Neighborhood. #LittleFreeLibrary

TheBookHippie Fun find! 1mo
KellyK Such a great read! Glad you found it. 1mo
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Teresereading
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Eggs 🖤💔🤍 1mo
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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

This one was a dud with my book club. Opinions ranged from okay to bad. I didn‘t like it, but I do understand why people would enjoy it. I think there was a moving story in here, but it was marred in the telling. The writing style was often hard to follow and felt like it was trying too hard to be profound. The constant hinting at things to come and the tendency to dance around things rather than just say whatever it was explicitly drove me nuts.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag This is one of the few books that library patrons have gone out of their way to tell me they didn‘t like or were disappointed with. I haven‘t read it - but have wondered if it‘s got anything to do with how beloved The Book Thief is… 5mo
RaeLovesToRead Awww Ember!! 🥰 I am one of the few people who didn't like The Book Thief, so I doubt this one is for me. (The whole thing felt like writing. I don't think there was a single minute that I wasn't aware I was READING A BOOK.) 5mo
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Jas16
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I haven‘t posted in a bit because it‘s been a crazy couple of weeks with my father in the hospital and flying to see him. This may have affected my review of this book as I started it before Dad got sick and finished it when I returned home. I would put this between a pick and a so-so. There are some lovely moments and I read parts of this book with my heart in my throat. However, as it ambles along it never really goes anywhere in the end.

AmyG I hope your father is well. 8mo
Soubhiville I hope things are looking up for your dad. 8mo
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Jas16 @Soubhiville @AmyG Thank you both. We are waiting on more test results but feeling optimistic. 8mo
CarolynM Sending best wishes to you and your father💕 8mo
Cinfhen Hope you & your dad are well. This book was just meh for me too. 8mo
Jas16 @CarolynM Thank you so much. That really means a lot. 8mo
Jas16 @Cinfhen Thank you for the well wishes and for validating my overall lack of exuberance for this book. 8mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Praying for your family and that your dad gets well soon. Do take care of yourself too, Jennifer! Sending positive thoughts your way! 8mo
Jas16 @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you so much my friend. I so appreciate you. I will write soon. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope your dad is feeling better 💙 8mo
Suet624 I hope your dad is feeling better. 8mo
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leah152
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This is such a departure from The Book Thief but it's just as good on a whole different level! This book simultaneously ripped my heart out & stomped on it while practically making me fall off the couch laughing at the Dunbar bros antics. I loved it 😊
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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leah152
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As for the Merchisons, they were honest, hairy people. They were a blue singlet of a man, with great big sideburns like fur meat cleavers on his cheeks, & a woman named Raelene. Rofl!!!! 🤣📖

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Santie
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R100! What a steal! Is this book good?

BookwormM I really enjoyed this book but know others who hated it 12mo
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NovelNancy
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I rarely re-read books as there are so many out there. This is one I wanted to read again almost immediately after finishing it. It took me a year & a half before re-reading it so I remembered some parts and not others. To me, the author didn't spell everything out, so I had to bring a lot of the meaning to it. It's beautifully written about love, loss, humanity, forgiveness - of others and also of oneself. Definitely worth a second read.

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

Book 89 Wow! Bridge of Clay is overly complex. It starts out very compelling, but is purposefully confusing and requires a lot of effort to make it through. The writing is really good-sometimes incredibly beautiful. My least favorite Zusak novel so far.

3 ⭐s

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anushareflects
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Panpan

I really really wanted to like this book but ugh!! Bridge of Clay makes no sense. It has too many plot lines and loose ends that add no value to the story. Death plays a huge role in this book but without reason. There are random but persistent references to Michelangelo but we don‘t know why. The only thing which was remotely nice was the brotherhood element. Otherwise, a massive disappointment. Sigh

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Buechersuechtling
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Bailedbailed

Bailed on this. I constantly wondered how and why the siblings live that way. Are there no child protective services in Australia❓

Didn‘t like their relationships with each other even if they are „boyish“ – but the least I liked how the plot was presented. I might have liked the plot line about Penelope but didn‘t have enough stamina to fight through.

It was so boring with all those plot layers indicating heeaavy meaning. 🥱

Maike I had exactly the same issues with this one … 1y
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Buechersuechtling
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#MotivationalMonday Thanks @Deifio for the tag. Sorry I‘m late, Fiona and @Cupcake12 – I had a busy Monday, a busier Tuesday and an even more busier Wednesday.

1️⃣ So far only Germany (😔) but I hope to trip across the U.S. with Jack Kerouac soon.

2️⃣ I‘m no too big book buyer … but, let me ponder … Matt Ruff.

3️⃣ Online training, meal prep for this ✅, researching job stuff (I started.) aaaaaand: Snooker World Championship. 🤍❤️🤍🖤

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Buechersuechtling
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#AnywayYouReadathon-wrap-up:

I did quite well, considering that I confused Sunday 11th with Monday 12th. 🙈 It was fun. Someone please remind me to from now on always include audiobook- and audio-library-time into my time goals. Less pressure. 😅 @kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl

Markus Zusak‘s 🇬🇧 “Bridge of Clay” is for #AwesomeApril. I was looking forward to it but don‘t know what to think of it. Around page 42 and it feels inflated.

kimmypete1 Audio ALWAYS counts in my book! 1y
Buechersuechtling @kimmypete1 🙌🏼 “Audio always counts, audio always counts, audio always counts, …” ✍🏼 *writes this down 25 times* I think “the problem“ is me, I learnt that reading is mostly with my eyes not with my ears. Meanwhile m, science showed that this is bollocks, bad, but,know, my brain is slow in adapting.) 1y
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Buechersuechtling
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“Bestseller author Markus Zusak has written six novels among them “The Book Thief” and “The messenger” …

Suddenly I know someone who has to research on all the other books. You do know that someone, too❓😂

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Buechersuechtling
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This is such a beautiful cover illustration.
Can anybody tell me, why they (= the publisher) need to ruin it with that sticker saying “from the author of »The Book Thief«”)❓

So _un_necessry_‼️?

I mean, if they feel the need to put a sticker on it, can‘t they put it somewhere _different_ ? and therefore adjust the front cover‘s layout⁉️

Jari-chan Nope, they can't 🙄 Because if they don't put on stupid stickers, people might not buy the book 🤷 1y
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Buechersuechtling
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Glad, I have one more candidate in stock for #AwesomeApril.

It‘s Markus Zusak‘s 🇬🇧 “Bridge of Clay”, that I – with the help of @julesG – found in @Maike ‘s feed. 😃

So: Heyho, let‘s go. 🙂

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Buechersuechtling
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From left to right:
Found @julesG mentioning @Maike and thought 💭: “Oh, I don‘t know her. Let me have a peek.”
And I peeked.
And I found a Zusak book title that was unfamiliar to me. I didn‘t like the “Book Thief” too much but loved “I am the Messenger” (🇩🇪 „Der Joker“). So I googled.

And. Found. It. At. My. Library.‼️

So, guess what.
Yeah.
Took it home right away.
Thanks, Littens. 🙇🏽‍♀️

Maike It‘s his latest novel, I hope you‘ll like it 😉 1y
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ju.ca.no
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I‘m having a hard time rating this book. It took me such a long time to get into it. at first I was mainly confused about what was going on as there were so many people and storylines I couldn‘t place. But after a third (!) of the book I was finally completly drawn into it. I‘ve finally decided on 4/5⭐️ because I‘ve really enjoyed it in the end.

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ju.ca.no
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Recently started this as Audiobook but probably wasn‘t focused enough to completely follow the story. I‘m switching to the physical version and hope it‘ll get better😅 Kirby is keeping me company as always😁

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Weisubei
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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12 Colours of December - Snow White

#WinterGames2020 #TeamReadNosedReindeer

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perfectsinner
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Picked up the order I placed last week from my local book store

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HeatherBookNerd
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this book. But it was excruciatingly long and there were so many cryptic threads to follow (some completely unnecessary). And while there were some lovely moments, it simply tried my patience too much to entirely enjoy it. I almost bailed but was already 200 pages in and just felt like I‘d devoted too much time not to see it through. But if you love Zusak‘s prose and are up for a door stopper, this may be right up your alley.

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perfectsinner
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
Pickpick

I was dubious about it in the beginning, but loved it. Another 5 star

ManyWordsLater I abandoned this book after the first 50 pages. Have I made a terrible mistake? 2y
perfectsinner Oh, I do say try again. It was slow going for me at first, but by the end I was in love. 2y
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perfectsinner
Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak

Ok, Zusac. Hit me

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BottomlessPit
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"We were blank and empty iliads.
We were odysseys there for the taking.
She'd float in and out on the images."
#littens #Homer #BridgeofClay #markuszusak #bookworm #booklover

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HeatherBookNerd
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Help me fellow Littens! I‘m 100 pages in and I am struggling. The writing is good, but Zusak is throwing so so many cryptic bits of story my way and I‘m growing weary. I usually like this kind of time-jumping style but I feel like I need more to pull me along for the almost 400 pages to go! Do I need to keep chugging along? Does it start to pull together at some point?

BookwormM I loved this but then I loved it from the start so that doesn‘t help much 🤣🤣 2y
HeatherBookNerd @BookwormM It May be that my brain is too foggy right now and I just need to save it for another time. 2y
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rachaich
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Wow. That was an epic tale of the Dunbar boys and their history.
I'm in awe of how this was set out and how many times and ways he's moved back and forth, between characters and time. Truly amazing writing. 🙂🙂😍

BookwormM One of my favourites loved the magical aspects 2y
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rachaich
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This has been on my list for ever!!
I adored The Book Thief and sobbed my way through it on holiday years ago.
So now this one which is quite different...

Anna40 What is this one about? I loved the book thief too 2y
rachaich @Anna40 so far it's a bit of s family background written with wit and good description, intertwined with the dadreturning from somewhere... it's a long book but seems good. Not at all similar subject matter to Book Thief. 😊😊 2y
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BottomlessPit
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"It was a slow and steady vanishing act. He left us like that, in increments."
#markuszusak #littens #BridgeofClay #bookworm #booklover

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Cortg
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Day 22: For fun, I am going to post one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want. #bookstoread #tbrpile @StaceyKondla

MrsMalaprop This one was hard work but I was glad I put in the effort 👍. 2y
Cortg @MrsMalaprop Awesome! I like a book that challenges 😀 2y
StaceyKondla So much love for this book!!!! ❤️❤️❤️ it was my fave book the year it was released in hardcover 2y
Cortg @StaceyKondla That‘s good to know! I‘ve heard mixed things but these comments have me thinking it‘ll be right up my alley! Thank you! 2y
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BottomlessPit
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"Returning and being let in:
Two very different things."

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Lucy_Anywhere
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#TBR Pile Day 6. No idea what this is about but The Book Thief made me ugly cry in a campsite in Greece - any author who can make me feel things in public is an author I need to read more of!

Curiouser_and_curiouser Oh no! Lol! I am about a hundred pages into this book. I'm eager to find a book which brings me to tears as I feel I am in a bit of a cold place at this moment in my life, so challenge set! I wont be in Greece or out in public but I'll be looking forward to a good cry, even an ugly cry somewhere in the vicinity (and security) of my bedroom. Thanks 😂 2y
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Andrew65
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Book about #Brothers

Not quite up there with The Book Thief, a hard act to follow. However this was still a very enjoyable read in a very different sense.

#MagicalMay

BookwormM I loved it completely different from Book Thief buy I rated it as higho 2y
Andrew65 @BookwormM I agree! 2y
Eggs Cover Love! Great choice 👏🏻🤗👍🏼 2y
Andrew65 @Eggs It is a great cover. 2y
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ItsAnotherJen
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In so many books we read about how a person learns to live. Learns to love. Learns of the heartbreak of what it means to lose someone. Coming to terms with death. Death is an evil thing, that swoops in and steals your loved one away. Then you are left. Alone but not. Shook to your core. Trying to figure out what the point of it all is.
This book was hard to get into at first. Then at the end, it's hard to get out of. Zusak is a hell of an author.

StaceyKondla I ❤️ this book so much! 2y
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Meghan1
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Pickpick

Holy moly! What a wonderful story! I didn‘t want it to end. In this book, a family torn apart by grief and loss is brought back together again by one remarkable young man.

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Meghan1
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This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. It is so poetic, but I‘m finding it slow going because I want to savor the language so much.

StaceyKondla Loved this book so much!! 💕 2y
Meghan1 @StaceyKondla it is gorgeous! 2y
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emz711
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So I'm like 100 pages in... not sure I'm up for it yet. Would love some encouragement!

#quarantineread #bigassbook

smilingshelves I loved this one, but it does take some getting used to! I found it easiest to read for long periods, rather than dipping in and out. That way you could get into the flow of the narrative and the writing style. 2y
jdiehr I did take some time to get used to, but it was worth it in the end 🙂 2y
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Maike
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I really did a slightly grossed out double take there.
Flip-flops, we are talking about flip-flops.

OwenBanner 😂 Well worth thongs are the comfiest 2y
rabbitprincess 😂😂😂 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Aussie term, lol! 2y
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Maike
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I think I‘ve had enough of the world for today.

TrishB Understandable. 2y
Jaimelire That looks so soothing. Enjoy 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Your bath board looks awesome. I will have to invest in one of those! 2y
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Lara.Tomme
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Finished another book by Markus Zusak. Not easy to get through, but I was very interested in the story. Again it was certainly beautiful written.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

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beck8ryan
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Book #7. Loved ‘The Book Thief,‘ but didn‘t quite get into ‘The Messenger.‘ But this was a beautiful, epic story about a family and their struggles, set amongst the backdrop of Australia. Made me wish I grew up on the same street as the Dunbar boys!

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vamp
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#croatianedition book from #library beautiful #bookcover 📚📚📚

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GypsyKat
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I had to share a picture of my new bookends. I just think they‘re too cute. 😊❤️📚

Eggs Love these! 2y
HOTPock3tt ♥️♥️♥️love!!! 😃 2y
BookwormAHN Cute 💜 2y
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LeahBergen Very cute! 2y
AllieLovesBooks ❤️📚 Love it so cute! 2y
GypsyKat @Eggs @HOTPock3tt @BookwormAHN @LeahBergen @OrtizReads1 Thank you! I‘m happy with them. 😊❤️ 2y
Megabooks Love it!! 😍😍😍 2y
SW-T Very nice! 😊 2y
marleed I love them. 2y
Christine ❤️ 2y
Geenie Awwwww 💕 2y
maich Love it❤ 2y
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Aisyah38
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I am a fan of Markus Zusak since I read The Book Thief. And I really love his writing style! I would recommend this book to people who like a slow pace book, looking for character improvement and love to savour moments of the reading (like me!). But, if you are looking for book to make your blood pumping, causing adrenaline rush and fast paced, then you'll just be disappointed. Death still play a big role in this book tho.

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NovelNancy
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To sum up this book in a word: resilience. Well developed characters & at times Marcus Zusak even personifies the rooms of the house the 5 Dunbar boys not only live in, but survive in when life throws them every curve possible. At times I wasn't always sure what was happening, but I just kept reading and the puzzle pieces fell into place. This is well worth the read so don't give up if you think the start is slow.

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Lindsay.Butier
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Lastly (I ran out of characters 😂) was Bridge of Clay by Marcus Zusak which I honestly think was my least favorite novel written by him. Highly recommend his other reads!!

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kgriffith
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#Deweys24HourReadathon is off to a bit of a rocky start, but I'm here and reading! How're you doing coming into #readathon hour 4?
My intro post:
http://foliofiles.femmeflavor.com/2019/10/26/deweys-24-hour-readathon-fall-2019/

julesG Going to listen to an #audiobook for hour 4, I have some veggies to clean and food to prepare. 3y
kgriffith @julesG I haven‘t decided if I want to finish the audio I‘ve been listening to today or not, but I‘m in a kind of audiobook rut, or maybe just indecision of where to go next? Fall readathon always makes me want to re-read comfort books so maybe that‘s why I‘m struggling to choose. 3y
julesG I can fully relate to this. I've been doing cozy reading all last week. Adding Julia Kent audiobooks while doing chores. 3y
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LatrelWhite
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Book haul for the upcoming week. Finished “Bridge of Clay”...still in my feelings about that one😕

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Samplergal
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Mehso-so

I feel disappointed. After waiting for weeks for this audiobook, I feel I should have read it. The book skips around n time and characters, and being able to flip back might have added enjoyment. It just wasn‘t what I hoped for. 3 stars. 😢

Suet624 I‘m with you. 3y
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