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Fates and Furies
Fates and Furies: A Novel | Lauren Groff
A FINALIST FOR THE 2015 NATIONAL BOOK AWARDSHORTLISTED FOR THE 2015 KIRKUS PRIZELauren Groff is a writer of rare gifts, andFates and Furiesis an unabashedly ambitious novel that delivers with comedy, tragedy, well-deployed erudition and unmistakable glimmers of brilliance throughout. TheNew York Times Book Review (cover review)Elaborate, sensual...a writer whose books are too exotic and unusual to be missed."The New York Times Fates and Furies is a clear-the-ground triumph. Ron Charles, The Washington Post From the award-winning,New York Times-bestselling author ofThe Monsters of TempletonandArcadia, one of the most anticipated books of the fall: an exhilarating novel about marriage, creativity, art, and perception. Fates and Furiesis a literary masterpiece that defies expectation. A dazzling examination of a marriage, it is also a portrait of creative partnership written by one of the best writers of her generation. Every story has two sides. Every relationship has two perspectives. And sometimes, it turns out, the key to a great marriage is not its truths but its secrets. At the core of this rich, expansive, layered novel, Lauren Groff presents the story of one such marriage over the course of twenty-four years. At age twenty-two, Lotto and Mathilde are tall, glamorous, madly in love, and destined for greatness. A decade later, their marriage is still the envy of their friends, but with an electric thrill we understand that things are even more complicated and remarkable than they have seemed. With stunning revelations and multiple threads, and in prose that is vibrantly alive and original, Groff delivers a deeply satisfying novel about love, art, creativity, and power that is unlike anything that has come before it. Profound, surprising, propulsive, and emotionally riveting, it stirs both the mind and the heart.From the Hardcover edition.
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KarenUK
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https://ew.com/books/2019/11/25/best-of-the-decade-top-10-fiction-books/

I‘ve read 5 of the 10 and really enjoyed those....
(Plus 5/10 of the ‘next ten‘.....so 10/20)

How many have you read?

ljuliel Holy smokes, I haven‘t read any of them ! Not even the second list of ten. I‘m reading, but apparently not the prize winners ! 2w
Jas16 9/20. It is an interesting list 2w
Lindy 9 out of the first 10 (only missing Flamethrowers but I‘ve read two others by Kushner). Also 9 out of 10 in the next list, since I haven‘t yet read Nickel Boys (but three others by Whitehead). Very pleased that one of my all time faves tops their list: 2w
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ImperfectCJ I've read 10/20 (5/10 + 5/10). Some I definitely agree with. Lists like this are almost always interesting to me. Thanks for sharing! 2w
Megabooks 7/10 + 5/10 my favorite is station eleven! 2w
Megabooks @Lindy That‘s my second favorite on there to Station Eleven. Great book. I‘ve read it at least twice! 2w
BarbaraBB 8/10 and 5/10. But no real favorites of mine among them. 2w
KarenUK I loved Goon squad too 😍... And nice job on 18/20! @lindy 2w
KarenUK @ImperfectCJ Same as me... Any favorites on the list? 2w
KarenUK @Megabooks I love Station Eleven too.... so good 😍 2w
Tex2Flo I got 7 of the first 10 and 5 of the second 10. Regardless, I feel sadly behind the curve 8n keeping up with current releases. THERES JUST SO MUCH TO READ!!! 2w
KarenUK I think 12/20 is pretty impressive! @tex2flo 2w
Tex2Flo @KarenUK Perhaps impressive, but unusual as I‘m usually trying to catch up. I “blame” book clubs. 2w
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janeycanuck
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Another book done in my #24b4monday #litsypartyofone in honour of #mrbook1inamillion!

Groff‘s writing was eloquent and compelling. I preferred the plot of the second half but the structure of the first - jumping around in time confuses me sometimes and there were a few moments where I wasn‘t sure what was happening. But, I think the different structures also told an interesting stories about the characters, so I wouldn‘t change a thing.

Andrew65 👏👏👏👏 Going well! 😊 1mo
MrBook Niiiice!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
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janeycanuck
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Time for a little snack break before diving into my next #litsy party icons and #24b4Monday read!

Andrew65 That ice cream looks good! 1mo
Lynnsoprano Oh, that looks good ❤️ 1mo
Joyfulmimi What is #24b4Monday ? I‘m late... 1mo
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janeycanuck @Lynnsoprano @andrew65 Candy Cane Crackle Fudge - it‘s out every year on Nov 1 and I inhale it for the two months it‘s available!! (edited) 1mo
janeycanuck @Joyfulmimi it‘s a readathon that @Andrew65 & crew run every month where you aim to read for 24 hours starting Friday, finishing before Monday. It‘s running early this month to celebrate @MrBook hitting 1 million Litfluence, along with a Litsy Party Of One. 1mo
Andrew65 @janeycanuck Thanks @janeycanuck. @Joyfulmimi It usually runs the last full weekend in each month we‘d love you to join us on one. 😊 1mo
Joyfulmimi I would love that @Andrew65 I am going to be on the lookout for it from now on 1mo
Andrew65 @Joyfulmimi That‘s great, feel free to check my feed out approaching the last weekend of each month to get more details or use the #24B4Monday tag. Look forward to seeing you there. 😊👍 1mo
MrBook My kind of snack. And book too! 😆 1mo
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RenePenn
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Mehso-so

I finally finished this one between audio and paperback versions. Parts of this book were really good and other parts I just wanted to get through. It wasn‘t my favorite but one I‘ll probably remember.

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RenePenn
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I‘m ready to get past the playwrights. Not my favorite parts of this book. I like watching plays but not reading them. #coffeeandbook #internationalcoffeeday

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Pickpick

This was a slow, intense read for me that put down in favour of other print reads all the time. Nevertheless, I thought the writing was masterful. The sex got a bit much for me at times but I think her exploration of emotions and her characterisations are incredibly interesting. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Megabooks It‘s definitely an interesting book. Very well written. 3mo
Cathythoughts Loved this one 3mo
emilyhaldi This book seems to be very polarizing but I LOVED it! 3mo
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Jel
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"Paradox of marriage: you can never know someone entirely; you do know someone entirely."

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emmaturi
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I am in Rome for a few days and it is super hot! I am reading inbetween breaks back in the hotel! #currentread

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jhod
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First day of #bfc for me and I did my 10000 steps (not as sunny a day as had been promised, but you can just make out the London skyline) and finished the tagged book which was a 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 read.

My goals are minimum of 8000 steps a day, minimum of 70000 steps a week, minimum of 2 books a week.

@wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 6mo
squirrelbrain Yay, go you! (I loved Fates and Furies too...) 6mo
TheSpineView Awesome! 6mo
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BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 6mo
Ash.on.the.line Great job and great pic!!! 👏🏼😁 6mo
Cathythoughts Well done 👍🏻 l loved this book 6mo
LazyOwl Well done, great start 6mo
sudi Awesome 👏👏👏 6mo
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mutlee
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Mehso-so

This is my least favorite Groff book. I enjoyed listening to her prose. I think it reads aloud well. And I like the structure and pacing. But the story itself was a bit boring, which kind of made it drag when the characters aren‘t likeable either. Kind of like Florida, there were parts that really spoke to me and parts that were just meh.

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kstadt929
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Bailedbailed

Well, I just couldn‘t make it. I don‘t even know what is happening and I really did not want to bail on a #lmpbc book...I just had to! I don‘t know how you powered through @LiteraryinLititz and @Mem_ugh and I‘m sorry I couldn‘t make it. I feel bad about bailing, but I found myself not even writing notes because I‘m like...what is even going on!?! I‘ll be sending it on to @BennettBookworm soon!! ❤️❤️❤️

LiteraryinLititz Hey, I don‘t blame you AT ALL. 😋 Life‘s too short to read books you‘re not into! Sorry I picked a dud this time! 6mo
BennettBookworm Haha I am so curious to see how it goes now! 6mo
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mc916
Bailedbailed

Y‘all, this monster of a bore is told in 2 parts. I returned it shortly after part 1. I swear i read 3567533 pages of absolutely NOTHING but some pathetic, entitled man‘s complaining and whining about his useless existence and his sad wife. I cannot be the only person who couldn‘t (or wouldn‘t) make it through this painful punishment...was I?

BookDragonNotWorm I made it through, but still don't know WTF the point of this book was. The wife's perspective was even worse. 6mo
Kdgordon88 You are not alone. I bailed half through and wondered what too me so long. 6mo
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kstadt929
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Mia (our puppy) finally decided to nap which means I get to start my #lmpbc book before going outside to enjoy the lovely weather at the cabin ❤️

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kstadt929
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Jet lag is real guys! I was up for 26 hours getting home from Rome yesterday and was completely exhausted when we finally got home at 1 am (my body still thought it was 8 am!) Yet I only slept for 3 hours! And I have been crazy productive today getting groceries, unpacking our suitcases and cleaning our house! I have a feeling once I sit down I‘ll crash. Anyway, this book had perfect timing arriving today (our first day back home). Starting soon!

LiteraryinLititz Welcome home! Not sure this is the best homecoming present, based on the 2 of us who read it before you, but hopefully it‘ll strike you differently! 7mo
TheNerdyProfessor I really loved this one. It was also on President Obama's favorite reads for the year when it came out. Enjoy! 7mo
Texreader The coming home part is so hard!! I always take the day off after an international vacation just to get some rest. But then it takes another week to get over jet lag. 7mo
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kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz 🤣🤣🤣 I hope so too! Thanks 😊 7mo
kstadt929 @TheNerdyProfessor Awesome! Good to know 😊 I have not heard great things so I‘m glad you shared!! 7mo
kstadt929 @Texreader Yes! Going there wasn‘t as hard. Coming home I‘m completely exhausted! I have off until Tuesday (thank you Memorial Day!) so hopefully I will be feeling (at least a little) better by then 😊 7mo
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Mem_ugh
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Panpan

Done. Finally. I wanted to bail on this one so many times and had to take long breaks at times to make it through. Maybe I‘m missing something but I really didn‘t enjoy this book, I tried really hard to connect with it and it just wasn‘t me. 🤷🏻‍♀️ going in the mail tomorrow for #lmpbc

kstadt929 Oh no! It seems like we aren‘t doing so well this round with book choices!!! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz Well, at least my pick (this one) was a bust. Ugh. BUT I really loved Suzy‘s pick of Where the Crawdads Sing. 7mo
Linda906 I thought I was alone in not liking this book when I read all the hype a few years ago. Was just not for me! 7mo
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Mem_ugh @kstadt929 I know! Two not so great ones in a row, darn it 7mo
Mem_ugh @LiteraryinLititz my pick wasn‘t the best either. I‘m excited to start Crawdads today, hopefully I‘ll get it done before the end of the month 7mo
Mem_ugh @Linda906 not at all, one of my friends raved about it and I just don‘t get the hype 7mo
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EmilieGR
Panpan

Run on, overstuffed sentences and horrible people

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Mem_ugh
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I received @LiteraryinLititz #lmpbc book in the mail right before I left for vacation in New Mexico! I brought it along but didn‘t even crack it open until my flight home, I‘ll speed through it though and move it along 😁

LiteraryinLititz Good luck! It was slow going for me, but hopefully it will be a faster read for you. Hope you had a great trip! 7mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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Mehso-so

Hmm. Well, I finally forced myself to finish this. It was my own pick for #lmpbc but it didn‘t really click with me and it was a slog to get through. I‘m still not quite sure what I think of it. I am really curious what my other group members think. Sorry it‘s so late, friends! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm

mcctrish I remember this being a slog too, I think I liked the beginning and then I kept hoping it would get back to that ? (edited) 8mo
nikirtehsuxlol Yeah I wasn‘t a fan. Still might try the audiobook of Florida (or whatever her other book is called). 8mo
Jenken1998 I never made it through.. just didn't hold my attention. 8mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Loving this... Sunday afternoon reading while the kids play.

Cathythoughts Loved this book ♥️👍🏻 8mo
bedandabook Ooh, I really loved this one. Enjoy! 8mo
enidkeaner I‘m glad you‘re doing enjoying it! 8mo
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Brie
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Pickpick

Lotto and Mathilde are married after a whirlwind courtship while still in college. This novel follows them through the years as Lotto becomes a successful playwright. I loved the perspective switch midway, showing the two sides of the marriage and all the secrets that become entangled as the years go on.

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Samplergal
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Pickpick

5 stars for the amazing writing. I see why it‘s not everybody‘s cup of tea. It‘s mine. Full review at my baby blog. Leave a comment if you visit. Https://safepassagesandprose.weebly.com.

Cathythoughts Loved this too 8mo
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LiteraryinLititz
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Hi #lmpbc friends! I just wanted to let you know that I‘m still working on finishing the tagged book for our group. One of the reasons is shown in the picture: I‘m a nun in The Sound of Music at the school where I work. It‘s been SO MUCH time for rehearsals that I have not been able to spend reading! Looking forward to getting back to reading soon and then sending the book along!

bookseller_cate Such a fun musical! I also played a nun in a community theatre production. Enjoy it! 8mo
JennyM Love it! Awesome photo. 😘 8mo
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kstadt929 How fun! Don‘t worry about it, it will be fun to read whenever it gets around to us 😁 8mo
darklydreaming So fun!! Enjoy 😊 8mo
BekaReid This looks so fun! 8mo
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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New read. And my book matches my outfit 😊

Tanisha_A Love the turquoise and blue combination! 8mo
MommyWantsToReadHerBook @Tanisha_A thanks, me too. The top is getting old but I still love this outfit 8mo
Tamra 💙 8mo
Eggs Serendipitous!! 8mo
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rather_be_reading
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Bailedbailed

You guys!! I really wanted to like this one but i just couldnt waste another single minute on it!! Im super sad about it too. DNF

JillR I struggled with this one too. I finished but can‘t say I really enjoyed it... 9mo
Addison_Reads I had a hard time getting through this one. You did the right thing by bailing. I just felt like I had wasted my time once I finally finished it. Now you can move on to something better. 9mo
rather_be_reading @JillR well tht def makes me feel better lol 9mo
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rather_be_reading @Addison_Reads exactly my thoughts!! glad im not alone 9mo
Gdsjenny I totally bailed too. Most of my book club did. We trued and the reviews were so glowing that we thought we missed something, but none of us were willing to keep trying. The one girl that did finish it said not to bother. 9mo
RenePenn Yikes! Just started this today and wasn‘t really feeling it. The reviews on here seem to confirm that it doesn‘t get much better. 3mo
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rather_be_reading
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Friday book date!

vivastory That looks incredible! 9mo
decaturmamaof2 I enjoyed that read! 9mo
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rather_be_reading
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Some Friday reading on the train before work 🚂

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rather_be_reading
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Book 34 of 2019

Gdsjenny I‘m interested to hear your review. My book club read it. 9mo
rather_be_reading @Gdsjenny see my review a few posts above 9mo
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Bookpearl
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Last week was an extremely long week that was made better by the kindness of my Litsy Pen pal @Wonderwoman89 You made my ENTIRE week better. Thank you! I‘m terribly behind but please be in the lookout for your package.

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LiteraryinLititz
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Ok, here are my ideas for #lmpbc! I liked @BennettBookworm ‘s idea about each group member choosing 2 favorites from this batch (unless you have read or just hate the sound of them all! 😬) and then I‘ll decide where the consensus is. Happy picking! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929

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BennettBookworm Woah awesome picks! Exciting!! 😁 My top 2 are Fates & Furies and Rules of Civility! I think I‘d also prefer Three Things over Did You Ever. 10mo
kstadt929 I guess I would vote for Fates & Furies? To be honest I disliked A Gentleman in Moscow so much that I‘m scared to read Rules of Civility 😦 The other two sound just okay to me, but I‘d gladly read along with everyone‘s comments on any one you choose 😁 10mo
Mem_ugh Oooh! I think I‘d like Fates and Furies or Three Things About Elsie, but the others are solid choices as well 😁 10mo
LiteraryinLititz Fates and Furies it is!! Excited! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @BennettBookworm 10mo
kstadt929 Yay! 😁 10mo
BennettBookworm Woohoo! 10mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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Panpan

Simple review here:
1. Boring story
2. Unbelievable/unrelatable characters
3. Outrageous writing style
That's all I've got for you on this one guys. Just, bad!

Please read my full review here:
TamaraTheReadingMermaid.weebly.com

TheNerdyProfessor I liked that you got to see the relationship between two people from different perspectives and that even the story of how they met was remembered differently. 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @TheNerdyProfessor I did like that aspect of it but that was probably the only thing I really like about the book was the difference of opinion between the two main characters. 10mo
LaurensLibrary I didn't like this one either! 10mo
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Megabooks Completely agree! 10mo
Kdgordon88 I couldn‘t even finish it. 10mo
rather_be_reading agreed! 9mo
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TheReadingMermaid
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I'm late posting my snacks darn it. Ok ok, here they are 😁Come on Tamara get with the program!!! 🙃🤪🙃

What books are you guys reading? What snacks are you guys snacking on? 😃

#LitsyPartyOfOne @MrBook

kstadt929 I have white chocolate covered pretzels right now and minestrone soup is almost ready! 😍 10mo
FlowerFairy That Pub Mix is the best! 10mo
Aims42 Got my martini, some chips and a veggie pot pie in the oven for dinner. 🎉🥳 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @kstadt929 @Aims42 ooooo 😗 yummy! 😋 10mo
TheReadingMermaid @FlowerFairy riiiight??? OMG I ❤️❤️❤️ it!! 10mo
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dbburks
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I can't believe I waited so long to read this; it's absolutely brilliant: lots of surprise twists and an amazing reflection on the fates (or lack there of) that guide people's lives!

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Christinak
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Get back in Antoinette‘s graces. Get undisinherited. You know she‘s faring poorly, that sick heart of hers. Rachel and you both stand to gain a lot when she passes, god #forbid it be soon.” #QuotsyJan19

melissanorr Love the mug! 11mo
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dgingo
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Airplane reading. My carry-on got flagged by TSA for a closer look (#Candle #AllowedButAlwaysAnIssue). The agent commented on the surprising (to him not to my fellow Littens) number of books 📚 packed inside as he flipped endless pages 📕📗📘📙to look for what I don‘t know. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#TravelingWithBooks #BooksAREDangerous #TheyMakeYouThink #HaveBooksWillTravel #FatesAndFuries #FirstBookOfTheYear #HolidayTravel

BookNAround Mine gets flagged a lot because I tend to have dangerous things like books and cheese in my carry on. 11mo
Lcsmcat I hate when they lose my place because the bookmark falls out when they rifle the pages! 11mo
dgingo @BookNAround @Lcsmcat It‘s clear I‘m in very good company! #DangerousLittens 😂🙌🏼📚 11mo
TheBookAddict Makes me not miss traveling by plane. I would definitely be subject to this if we did. 11mo
dgingo @TheBookAddict I think they were putting on an extra good show because of the holidays, but this TSA agent was also new, so he was slow, unsure of what he was doing, and by the book. #PunIntended 😉📚 11mo
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Kalalalatja
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Reading the first part of this book gave me a feeling of it being about #YouAndMeButMostlyMe, with you being Mathilde and me being Lotto. This book tells the story of a relationship seen from different perspectives, buy especially Lotto‘s perspective felt really self centered, and to be honest, while I loved the book, I didn‘t like Lotto all that much.

#MusicalNewYear

Cinfhen I think I need to change my rating from so-so to pick bc it‘s almost 4 years since I read this book and I still remember it. 11mo
vivastory A great book, but definitely a few unlikeable characters 11mo
Sweettartlaura I think you‘re exactly right - while Pt 2 shows you exactly why she loves him, Pt 1 makes it clear most people couldn‘t 😏 11mo
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saresmoore Great choice! 11mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen it really left an impact with me! It was one of the first literary fiction books I read, and it opened my eyes to a whole new type of books! @vivastory they are pretty awful @Sweettartlaura exactly! I dropped my jaw in pt 2! 👏 @saresmoore thanks! 11mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 11mo
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dgingo
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It‘s back to work today, but I will still make time to get some reading in.

20 pages in, let‘s see what awaits me.

#Jolabokaflod #JolabokaflodSwap #JolabokaflodRead #FirstBookOfTheYear #2019Reads #NewYear #NewYearReads @MaleficentBookDragon @TheWordJar

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Ok guys here are my 2019 picks to read from my bookshelf that I havent read yet. Any recommendations on where to dig in first? HELP!

madamereadsalot1 I loved The Bell Jar and The Martian was also good! 11mo
TheWordJar I think The Martian would be an exciting start to your year! Such a wild book! 11mo
kstadt929 Love The Martian!!! 11mo
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okthislooksbad Joining the choir for The Martian, it's so much fun! 11mo
ilyssa.g Looking for Alaska is amazing! 11mo
valeriegeary Into the Wild! 11mo
squirrelbrain Fates and Furies was in my #top18for2018! 11mo
laur89 Looking for Alaska, followed by The Bell Jar! 11mo
Exbrarian I noticed 2 copies each of the bell jar and looking for Alaska. Could be trying to tell you something. 11mo
mdm139 The Martian 11mo
inthegreensandblues The Martian 11mo
Elma Several of these are also on my TBR. The only one I've read though is The Martian and it was very good. 11mo
staci.reads The Martian! Although I also love Looking for Alaska and The Bell Jar. All 3 are completely different types of reads, so maybe a good trio of variety to start with?? 11mo
manicdirteater Into the Wild is a very special story that I find myself reading at least once a year. 💚 11mo
katemf The Martian is great, a really absorbing read! 11mo
EchoCharlie The Martian is SO funny, great low stress read. 11mo
briellepritchard Looking for Alaska. Read it when I was younger but it was one of my favorites 11mo
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dgingo
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Thank you, Jessica, @TheWordJar , for my #JolabokaflodSwap! I can‘t wait to read this. Thanks for the nice card and for wrapping my gifts! I waited until tonight to open them, but forgot to take pictures of the festive wrapping. I love the local chocolate, too. Thank you! 📚❄️🎁🎄

dgingo @MaleficentBookDragon Thank you for arranging this!!! 12mo
StellarDoc That book is on my TBR list. Let me know how you like it! 12mo
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StellarDoc I'm only about 50 pages in. So far, it's on par with The Cruel Prince 12mo
dgingo @StellarDoc Fabulous! I‘m so excited to read it! 12mo
TheWordJar So glad you enjoyed! Merry Christmas! 12mo
dgingo @TheWordJar Merry Christmas to you, too! 12mo
StellarDoc @dgingo I just saw today that Lauren Groff is doing Arts and Letters Live on 1/27. 11mo
dgingo @StellarDoc Ooh! I need to check out the new schedule! Isn‘t that the weekend of Holly Black, too? I need to get a ticket if I‘m going—I tried to, but my new zip code causes me some problems with online orders. 11mo
StellarDoc @dgingo Holly Black is on 1/13. 11mo
dgingo @StellarDoc Thanks! Obviously I‘ve failed to consult my planner. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 11mo
StellarDoc @dgingo Because you're on vacation! (I actually haven't written it in my planner yet. I just remembered it was the week after your party. 11mo
dgingo @StellarDoc Ah yes—vacation! It‘s been so long that I forgot how that worked! #SadButTrue #ThanksForTheReminder 11mo
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squirrelbrain
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November wrap-up.... 16 books in total, pictured are the ‘real‘ books, the rest were Kindle or Libby.

Stand out faves were Fates and Furies and Becoming, but overall a really good reading month with an average score of 7.9 out of 10. (Let down by one book I had to read for a challenge that ended up being a 6.5 - boo!)

Reviewsbylola Loved Pachinko and that spine 😍😍😍 12mo
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Stephkesey
Pickpick

You think you know the facts of the story in the first half. And then you see it from her perspective...

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

On my gosh @Cathythoughts I loved this book soooo much! I think it will be in my top ten this year so thank you so much for sending it to me! ❤️❤️❤️

Has anyone read any others of Groff‘s? I might need to read ‘Florida‘ next year for #ReadingUSA2019.....

@Librarybelle

Oh, and no apologies that every book pic I take for the next few weeks will be on the new library chair...! 🤣🤣

#jbuk

Cathythoughts Oh I‘m so glad 👍🏻❤️( me & Barack loved it ) but i know some people do not ... soooo delighted you did 😘 13mo
TrishB Always paused over this! So many mixed reviews! 13mo
Moray_Reads @TrishB this one seems to polarise. I loved it, but not until the second half! 13mo
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Soubhiville Great pillow behind the book! I‘ve only read Florida, and really liked it even though I usually don‘t care for short stories. Glad to know she has a novel, I‘ll have to look for it! 13mo
LauraBeth This is one of my all-time favorite books! I read Florida this year and it‘s also great! 13mo
squirrelbrain @Moray_Reads @TrishB - I also liked the second half more than the first, but loved it all anyway! Although I can see how it could be a bit ‘Marmite‘! 13mo
squirrelbrain @Soubhiville @LauraBeth good to hear Florida is also good! 13mo
Moray_Reads @squirrelbrain I felt the same. On its own the first half was okay but when added to the second half the whole thing became brilliant 13mo
youneverarrived I nearly started this the other day! Might be my next read. I love your pillow 💙 13mo
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First campervan trip - am I completely crackers doing this in North Yorkshire in November?! Note the two furry hot water bottles ready for later..... 🥶🥶

Cathythoughts Oh wow !!! Your off on your adventures.. very exciting.. enjoy , hope the books are ok 😘😉... with hot water bottles & alcohol beverages .. sounds great 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 13mo
Tamra Have fun!! 13mo
TrishB I‘m cold thinking about it! Enjoy 😘 13mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks @Cathythoughts and @Tamra ! And @TrishB , you‘re not really helping - warm vibes would be better! 😂 13mo
Cathythoughts Oh definitely warm vibes ... it will be amazing 😉, very cosy 😊💕💕💕 13mo
TrishB 🔥🔥🔥🔥 😘 13mo
squirrelbrain That‘s better @TrishB ! 🥵 13mo
Lauram What an adventure! Have FUN!! 13mo
youneverarrived Have fun 😘 13mo
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Areader2
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One of my favorites, what a deal !

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TaciturnWhenReading
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Picked this up on the bargain shelves at BAM yesterday. Cause, you know, books....And bargains....

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KarenUK
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#NoFemmeber #burningbride
I love the structure of this one -First, we get the story from the POV of narcissistic yet loyal Lotto. Then we see everything from Mathilde's perspective, so much more interesting and complex. On the surface she is chilly and fragile, yet she is bubbling under with a fiery rage.
I was fascinated by this story of a complicated marriage, full of love, yet possessing an underbelly of untruths.
And the writing‘s gorgeous!

Cinfhen I really disliked this book when I read it, yet it‘s stayed with me for the past few years. A definite sign of a good book. Have you read her newest book 13mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen I have, and I loved it! The stories are really haunting... 13mo
Cinfhen I‘m not big on SS but I think I may need to make an exception 13mo
Billypar Great summary! Groff is a writer I'm excited to try based on all I've heard. And I am always looking for more good story collections 😃 13mo
BarbaraBB Great review. I loved Florida even better! 13mo
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EmilySchneider7
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Pickpick

Obviously I‘m late to the party having just read this, but WOW. The writing was so compelling, it was like nothing else I‘ve ever read before. I could hardly stand to put it down, and I was on the verge of eating lunch in my car at work just to be able to read uninterrupted! I can‘t say that these were my favorite characters ever, but they will certainly stay with me because each of them feel so unbelievably real.

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NatalieR
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Mehso-so

This is my least favorite of Lauren Groff‘s books. She‘s an amazing writer and I like the flow of this novel. Some traits of my personality got in the way of me liking the book more than I did. I‘m not a fan of theatre or Shakespeare and I just couldn‘t like any of the characters.😒 #MountTBR

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Me too! 🙋‍♀️ I thought it was just me! Are her other books better? I‘ve been reluctant to try since this one irritated me so much. 13mo
DivineDiana @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Also not a fan of this book, but I saw her in person at a literary event, and loved her personality and intelligence. Not giving up! (edited) 13mo
PacingTheCage I read this book because President Obama recommended it one year or mentioned it as one of his fave books of the year. I'm glad he liked it because I really didn't. 😐 13mo
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Reviewsbylola I haaaaaaaaated this one. 13mo
laurenlovesliterature Oh snap. I have this book on my looooong list of tbr.... maybe I just move it to the bottom 13mo
NatalieR @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled The Monsters of Templeton was my first and I loved it. Arcadia was good. I almost bailed, but after 50 pages it got really good. That‘s all I‘ve read so far. 13mo
NatalieR @DivineDiana Lucky duck, you got to see her! I‘m not giving up either. 😊 13mo
NatalieR @laurenlovesliterature I‘m not sorry I read it, if that makes you feel any better. 🙂 13mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Ok - I‘m not giving up! 13mo
mdhughes72 HUGE disappointment. 13mo
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I haven‘t been to the used book store in a while so I had to stop by and see if they had anything new. I was looking for a couple particular books which I didn‘t find, but I think I did pretty well!

JuliWilliams I read thirteenth tale and curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. Both great books! Curious incident is one of my all time favorites!! 1y
GloVerdino @JuliWilliams I picked it up because it‘s on the Great American Read list! Did you vote for it?? (edited) 1y
JuliWilliams I can‘t remember what I voted for. It would have been siddhartha if that was a choice. 1y
GloVerdino @JuliWilliams it is a choice. I should go vote! 1y
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Dragon
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Panpan

This will be an unpopular opinion but I found this book convoluted and pretentious. I didn‘t like the characters. Trigger warning ⚠️ for creepy perverts who prey on young women. I had this book at work (my lunch read) so I forced myself to finish.

Well-ReadNeck I‘m in your camp. I‘ve enjoyed some of her other work, but did NOT like this one. My book club was split down the middle on this one. 1y
Dragon Thanks @Well-ReadNeck glad I‘m not alone. Maybe I‘ll read one of her other books someday, Florida seems popular. 😀🐉 1y
emilyhaldi Lol, you are certainly not in the minority in my opinion!! I LOVED this book but I have heard many more bad reviews than good ones 💙 1y
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Megabooks I‘m with you! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ 1y
Dragon Thanks @emilyhaldi @Megabooks I‘m going to lend it to a friend at work. I‘m interested to know what she thinks. 1y
Dragon Glad we agree @Megabooks 😀🐉 1y
merelybookish I hated this book! Even Obama's praise didn't change my opinion. 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I didn‘t like it either 🙁 1y
Abby2 I feel the same. 1y
Dragon Thanks @Abby2 glad to hear that ! 😀👍🐉 1y
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TheSpineView
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#readingresolutions @jess7

Prompt: DNF Books

I try to choose carefully what I read. However, it never fails each year I have at least 1 DNF. 2 is my tally so far this year.😒

Burghbookaddict I didn't like Fates and furies, either 1y
TheSpineView @BurghBookAddict Good to know I have company. So many loved it. 🤔 1y
mcctrish I finished Fates and Furies and I am trying to remember, it started strong ? And then meandered off and then switched to Furies and sometimes made sense? I kept thinking it would come together but I don‘t think it did 1y
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Burghbookaddict @TheSpineView Yeah, I know! But I hated both the characters so much! I thought they were both just awful 1y
wanderinglynn Glad to know I‘m not the only one that couldn‘t finish Fates & Furies. 1y
chikin511 @TheSpineView I forced my way through Fates and Furies, and believe me it wasn‘t worth it. The only redeeming quality of the book was holy crap she is skilled with words. Other than that it wasn‘t anything spectacular 1y
TheSpineView @chikin511 I made it half way and felt it was a total waste of good reading time. 1y
TheSpineView @mcctrish So glad I didn't finish it. 1y
TheSpineView @wanderinglynn Seems we have more company than I thought. 1y
Reviewsbylola You were so right to bail on F&F! I wish I had! 1y
Laura317 I bailed on F&F too. I felt just like @BurghBookAddict ! 1y
TheSpineView @Laura317 I am with you both! 1y
Kdgordon88 I bailed on F&F as well...was sorry I wasted the time to get to the half way point. 1y
TheSpineView @Kdgordon88 yeah, I made it as far as halfway. 1y
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