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The Paris Hours
The Paris Hours: A Novel | Alex George
Four ordinary lives. One extraordinary story. Paris between the wars teems with artists, writers, and musicians, a glittering crucible of genius. But amidst the dazzling creativity of the citys most famous citizens, four regular people are each searching for something theyve lost. Cleste was the maid of Marcel Proust, and she has a secret: when she was asked to burn her employers notebooks, she saved one for herself. Now she is desperate to find it before her betrayal is revealed. Souren, an Armenian refugee, performs puppet shows for children that are nothing like the fairy tales they expect. Lovesick artist Guillaume is down on his luck and running from a debt he cannot repaybut when Gertrude Stein walks into his studio, he wonders if this is the day everything could change. And Jean-Paul is a journalist who tells other peoples stories, because his own is too painful to tell. When the quartets paths finally cross in an unforgettable climax, each discovers if they will find what they are looking for. Told over the course of a single day in 1927, The Paris Hours takes four ordinary people whose stories, told together, are as extraordinary as the glorious city they inhabit.
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Eggs
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“One day in the City of Light. One night in search of lost time.” Welcome to 1927 Paris when artists, composers, and writers were at their #careerpeak: Proust, Hemingway, Maurice Ravel, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald and more. #IndelibleMoments @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🌸🙌🏻 3w
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Eggs
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Day 5
Finished - A Perfect Day…3.5 ⭐️ memoir audiobook
- The Paris Hours…5⭐️ BOTM HF

#EndOfSummer20in4SpecialReadathon
@Andrew65

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SnowEcho
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Pickpick

A really quick read, well written, and well told. The stories of 4 different protagonists end up colliding in a moment in the last pages. Glad I finally got around to this BOTM treasure! Highly recommend and it‘s so quick, less than a day of reading! Enjoyable European world to lose myself in as well!

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tpixie
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Starting a new book for my Paris-Themed reading. I‘ve wanted to read it since before it was published! It‘s about time!!
#Paris #France 🇫🇷
#WrittenByALitten

JamieArc I went and saw the film Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris and it was such a lovely escape to Paris, based on the tagged book. 2mo
Aims42 I read this one a while ago, but I remember enjoying it! I hope you do too! 🇫🇷❤️ 2mo
tpixie @Aims42 oh good!! 2mo
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tpixie @JamieArc I just found out about the movie on Monday and it was gone from the theaters today when I could‘ve gone. I will have to check out the book!! thank you! 2mo
tpixie @Aims42 I just finished it. Wow! it was so good! 2mo
tpixie @JamieArc the movie is streaming now! I‘m going to watch it next week with my sister. I love France & she loves fashion! 2mo
Aims42 @tpixie I want to re-read it now! So glad you enjoyed it 😁 2mo
tpixie @Aims42 I thought it was really good. I loved the main characters! 2mo
JamieArc @tpixie Sounds like the perfect combination of a movie for you two! I hope you like it as much as I did. I look forward to your thoughts! 2mo
tpixie @JamieArc I‘ll try to remember to keep you posted! 2mo
kspenmoll I have yet to read this. 1mo
tpixie @kspenmoll it was not what I expected but good! 1mo
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jlhammar
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Read and enjoyed this one a couple of years ago. Historical fiction set in 1927 Paris by writer, bookseller (owns Skylark Bookshop in Columbia, MO) and litten, @AlexGeorge .

#WrittenByALitten #BookMoods
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

EvieBee I feel like a huge dork. I live here and have talked books with him numerous times at the shop, and yet hadn‘t made that connection. 🫣 3mo
Eggs Awesomeness and great cover 💚 3mo
jlhammar @EvieBee Wow, lucky you! That bookshop looks wonderful. The book festival he directs looks pretty cool too. https://www.unboundbookfestival.com/ 3mo
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Teresereading This tag has been useful,I didn‘t know any litten authors. Love this cover. 3mo
tpixie I didn‘t realize he was a Litten! Starting it now as part of my Paris- themed reading. (edited) 2mo
tpixie @Teresereading I just learned this tag also! 2mo
tpixie @EvieBee 🤗 2mo
jlhammar @tpixie Hope you enjoy! 2mo
tpixie @jlhammar thanks! I‘m meeting each of the main characters now. 2mo
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bookishnerd
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After having a reading slump in 2021, I am slowly getting my reading back! I read 11 books in January (2 volumes of Something is Killing the Children, one not pictured).

4-books, 1 audio, and the rest were physical.

4 non-fiction, which I am very happy about!

The Paris Hours was my favourite, the only so-so read of the month was Lumberjanes.

All-in-all, a good month. On to February!

Christyco125 That‘s a well rounded month of reading there. 8mo
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Christyco125
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Mehso-so

The overall story was good and included a few surprises. There were some intertwining stories that I kept getting confused. The narrator was ok. #audio #christyread

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FelinesAndFelonies
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Mehso-so

The book follows the stories of four characters: Souren, Camille, Guillame, & Jean-Paul. While this seemed an interesting approach, overall, I found it difficult to follow. Attempting to include big name historical figures took away from the storytelling. It was clunky & did not affect the story in anyway. I think it would have been better without them. ⤵️

FelinesAndFelonies I loved the final chapter & the command of language that the author demonstrated, in total, this was a three star read for me. 1y
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cajunsyd
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An escape to Paris in the 1920‘s on this Saturday morning.

Velvetfur Oohh that one's on my TBR! I look forward to your thoughts on it 🙂 2y
cajunsyd @Velvetfur so far I am really enjoying it!!! I love the writing style! 2y
Velvetfur @cajunsyd cool, thanks 😁 2y
LeslieO This was one of my favorite reads of last year. 2y
cajunsyd @LeslieO finished it@last night, loved it!! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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Little Dog and I have finished my last book of October. Well, I finished it and she slept, as usual.

I enjoyed this really well-written historical fiction. I love the multiple POVs, all of the backstory we get for the main characters, the way the action all happens in one day in Paris, and all of the characters, strangers to each other, meet at the end. I did kind of wish for MORE at the end, though.

Great pick for #LMPBC, Leslie!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GidgetsTreasures75
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8-8-20: My 59th finished book of 2020! This was a surprising one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #theparishours #alexgeorge 📖👍🏼#️⃣5️⃣9️⃣

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GidgetsTreasures75
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8-5-20: Starting a new one📖

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Went back to Guelph to support my mom and sisters and started reading The Paris Hours. It fits nicely in with my mom's decorative pillows!

KarouBlue Gorgeous! 2y
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Joanielovesbooks
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Which one next???

Joanielovesbooks Let me know your thoughts! Need advice! Haha 2y
Reviewsbylola Oooo depends what you‘re in the mood for. Valentine is very very dark. A Good Marriage is full of twists and turns! 2y
Joanielovesbooks I just finished super light Beach Read. Need meat, but something that goes rather quickly. Trying to not slump out! 2y
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Joanielovesbooks Or a rec not shown here? I have LOTS and LOTS of books on my kindle! 2y
swishandflick I agree with @Reviewsbylola 100% 👏🏽 2y
Jess I vote for Valentine. I can‘t believe how quickly I read that book even though it was dark. Enjoy whatever you choose. 2y
Joanielovesbooks Thank you Jess, swishandflick and @Reviewsbylola 2y
Joanielovesbooks Didn‘t start any of these... reading slump 2y
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erank58
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Pickpick

Five sparkling stars 💖

This is just what I needed to get me out of my huge reading slump. Perfectly paced, wonderfully rich characters, and alluring atmosphere. So much heartwrenching emotion packed into just under 250 pages, giving me both happy and sad tears all at once. #BOTM really did well with this pick!

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mrsthilkey
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Pickpick

I liked this a lot. But there were some things I didn't like. I'm torn on this. For now I'm giving it 3.5 stars but I may go to 4 after some more reflection.
Full review is on my Goodreads if anyone would like to be friends and discuss it!
What did y'all think?? ☕

#botm

SaraFair Have not read yet, was it very French/Parisy? 2y
mrsthilkey Umm somewhat. There were a lot of well known people we met- Proust, Ravel, Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Gertrude Stein. I feel very 'meh' about the last third of the book. His writing is great though, I still recommend reading it. 2y
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Twocougs
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Pickpick

I needed a piece of Paris and this delivered. Four souls with complicated lives, who all come into contact with each other. Heartfelt, sorrowful. Just what I needed.

mhillis Ohh that sounds good! 2y
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LeslieO
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I loved this! Anything 1920s Paris is my jam. I loved the setting, the one day timeline, and the different storylines. Those parts reminded me of another fav of mine 2 am at the Cats Pajamas. #buzzwordbookathon

tpixie This does sound good!! (edited) 2y
Clwojick It sounds good! And I love the cover 😍😍😍 2y
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LeslieO
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“The Armenian works by the light of a single candle.” #FirstLineFridays

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Sills
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I'm a huge historical fiction fan. At first I thought this novel was a bit discombulated with a wide variety of characters several very famous. Lots of recall keeping everyone straight and their story line. Fabulous culmination of the novel brings the characters together and left me feeling very satisfied with another glimpse into Parisian life during WWI and the 20's.
@tpixie
@JoanehSmith

tpixie So glad you read it! I want to read it too but it sounds like it might be hard to do audio! 2y
Sills @tpixie I did it on audio but still ordered the book from Watermarks. I really liked it-fabulous ending! 2y
tpixie @Sills I heard him talk a little bit and it sounded really good I thought I‘d try to hunt the author up on YouTube 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Pickpick

While I have a lovely espresso machine, sadly I have no Pain au Chocolat.
My only complaint is the Open Ending. Honestly you could have a another book about what happens after this day. However the author leaves it to your imagination. Leaves me with unfinished feeling. Also left me with a desire to learn more about the celebrities you get a glimpse of in Paris 1927. 🥐☕🇫🇷
#literarytravels
#parisisalwaysagoodidea
#bookofthemonth

Crinoline_Laphroaig Favorite Quote: "He remembered his mother once telling him that there were more than three hundred types of cheese made in France. Souren had solemnly replied that one day he would go there and try every one.
There were worse reasons to choose a place to live."?
2y
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bree_reads
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My mom has always talked about going to Paris with me, so it felt right to have a French themed reading day with stay-at-home book #11 on Mother's Day.

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miklou02
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Journal, new book, and book on standby for when I need a change, all out at once? Sounds about right. (Not pictured are the eBook and eAudiobook on my phone) #toomanybooks

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BookNAround
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Today‘s #MayARC is available now (5/5 release date). I‘ve read George‘s work before and enjoyed it a lot so am looking forward to this one.

Aims42 After reading this one, I definitely want to check out his other works 👍🏻 2y
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JackOBotts
Pickpick

So much about this to appreciate: well written narratives, moving characters driven by love, loss, longing.

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Hollie
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I am finally making some progress in this book. It is lovely and delightful. The quarantine fog + extra work (search committees) has prevented me from focusing on reading. I hope May will be better to my reading goals. Here is a picture of my 14lb ball of floof, Sophie for your enjoyment.

AlaMich So much floof, it‘s hard to tell which end is up! 🤣 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sophie ❤️😽💗 2y
Hollie @AlaMich she‘s definitely enjoying the quarantine- she‘s been stuck to me like glue wherever I am! 2y
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ValerieAndBooks Sophie 😍!! How‘s your son adjusting to this new kind of school year? 2y
ValerieAndBooks Also have to add I love that one-eyed stare she‘s giving you. 2y
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks he‘s doing great- he gets his work done in the morning and he is good to go. I miss my classes and being on campus, though! 2y
ValerieAndBooks @Hollie that‘s good your son‘s doing well. Yes, I‘m sure you miss being on campus. And I just looked at the pic of Sophie again — her fur colors gave me the impression she had one eye open. Maybe I need new glasses 🤓! 2y
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks sometimes she does that, if I walk past when she‘s napping- she will just pop one eye open to check things out and then go back to sleep. 2y
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CocaNicola
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Pickpick

I wish I knew someone who just finished this one too because I want to talk to someone about the ending!!! So good!

j9brown So tragic. Even the "happy" ending of that guy finally potentially finding his daughter will be a heartbreaking situation. But it was all very poetic, too. I loved it. 2y
JackOBotts This came at the right time for me. The interconnected was of our four characters and their stories were moving. 2y
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JackOBotts
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This seems especially fitting for 2020.

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JackOBotts
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#RexManning and I are looking forward to starting this one! #ReadSomeMoreMonAmour (Book mark c/o TapedOffTV on Instagram) 🤣

Jas16 Love that bookmark so much! 2y
JoScho That bookmark!!! @sprainedbrain 2y
sprainedbrain @JoScho Dear me, it‘s Rex Manning! 😅 2y
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MoonWitch94 I love that bookmark! It‘s amazing 2y
Reagan The bookmark 😍 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 🤣 That bookmark! 👌🏼 2y
kyraleseberg That bookmark 😂😍 2y
JackOBotts LOL! I‘m delighted by the love for Sexy Rexy! @Jas16 @JoScho @sprainedbrain @MoonWitch94 @Reagan @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @kyraleseberg - this was part of a Rex Manning Day bundle I treated myself to. It was a fantastic surprise! 📚 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Love love love that bookmark! Oh Rexy, you are so sexy...when you encourage us to read! 😆 2y
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trazo
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Pickpick

This was an interesting read. We follow four different characters in the course of one day. Each character so unique and interesting. Jasper is going to give this book a crack since I loved it so much 😉 🐶💚

Crazeedi Your pups are beautiful 🐶🐶 2y
trazo Thank you @Crazeedi 😃 2y
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Bookish_B
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I am a sucker for a book about Paris in the 1920s. This was great because while it had many “cameos” by famous people: Ernest Hemingway, Josephine Baker, Gertrude Stein, Maurice Ravel, Marcel Proust, etc., it is not about them. It‘s a story of belonging, heartbreak, family and hope among other things. It was heartbreaking but I loved it.

Tanisha_A This one sounds very good. 2y
oddandbookish Sounds great! Gorgeous pic btw! 2y
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Ashley31
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If you‘re looking for a new book to read, I HIGHLY recommend The Paris Hours by Alex George. The novel interweaves the stories of four individuals living in Paris during 1927. The writing is beautiful, the characters are engaging and it‘s a quick read at 253 pages. LOVE this book! Got my copy from BOTM but it‘s officially out on May 5th.

LiteraryinLawrence This is a gorgeous fountain! 2y
Ashley31 @LiteraryinLititz Thank you! All the credit goes to my husband on the fountain. 😀 2y
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j9brown
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Pickpick

Really beautiful writing. It transports you to a different time and place, which we could probably all use a little of right now. It isn't all croissants and celebrities, though, there's layers of sadness and tragedy, too. An all around wonderful read.

Glad I grabbed this last minute add-on from #botm I almost completely overlooked it.

KatieDid927 🥰 2y
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mcbeth528
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Mehso-so

I would give this better than so-so but it wasn‘t a sure pick. There were so many characters I honestly couldn‘t keep them straight. It all eventually made sense, but grab a pen and notepad before you pick this one up.

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Melkyl
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Pickpick

Current #BOTM pick. This was beautifully written. It takes place in Paris in the 1920s and has some famous characters. I loved the way the character‘s stories intertwined and eventually came together. The story does well examining the heavy burdens people carry. There are secrets and experiences that shape us all. Everyone has to make his or her own way while learning to live with and make sense of these things.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Sigh. I adored this novel that takes place in 1927 Paris. Four delightful characters living in Paris are followed during a single day culminating in one of the most satisfying endings I‘ve read in a long while. If you liked 2am at the Cat‘s Pajamas, this is a book for you. I adored the author‘s last novel, Setting Free the Kites and this one was fabulous as well. #ARC #netgalley

AlexGeorge Oh, thank you so much! I‘m thrilled you liked it! 2y
JazzFeathers It sounds right up my alley! Staked! 2y
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CocaNicola
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Spotify playlist to match the book‘s setting. ☕️ Happy Sunday!

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Aims42
Pickpick

The ending of this book.... OH MY 😱 A great read for my first ever #BOTM pick!!

trazo Wow! You read that fast! 😯 I have about a quarter left. I am loving it though! 2y
Aims42 @trazo I was surprised I finished it as quickly as I did 😃 I‘m happy to hear you‘re loving it too!! 2y
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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

I‘m a sucker for well-done historical fiction set in France, so this was right up my alley. I loved the intertwined stories and I‘m still sad this book had to end. Can‘t recommend it enough. #BotM

JamieArc Impatiently waiting for mine to arrive! BOTM is taking a bit longer than normal, I‘m sure because of Covid. 2y
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KatieDid927
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“The whole world is holding its breath, waiting for life to begin again.”

JamieArc Timely reading. 2y
Texreader Wow. Appropriate 2y
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mcbeth528
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Sitting on the porch reading at dusk is about the most content I‘ve been in a while.

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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

I read this 250-page book fairly slow for me — it‘s one of those special books you come across every now & then that is meant to be savored & not devoured. There are 4 different main characters with alternating chapters set in the beautiful streets of Paris. Along the way we get glimpses of Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker & a few other famous people who resided in Paris in the 1920s. Beautifully written, highly recommended. 5⭐️

#BOTM

Cortg Sounds good! I love slow reads and the 20‘s! 2y
CocaNicola Mine should be arriving tomorrow!!! 2y
Hollie This was my BOTM pick and hopefully my next read! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Cortg @CocaNicola @Hollie I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did! 🤗 2y
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peacegypsy
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#botm Ah, some joy. I‘m back in the streets of Paris and finding, as always, much delight even in the fiction of it. Bonjour! 🥐🇫🇷❤️

Suet624 Alex is a Litsy participant. 2y
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Aims42
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Starting my first #bookofthemonth book 🥳

trazo Beautiful picture 😀 2y
Aims42 @trazo awww thank you ☺️❤️ 2y
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trazo
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Excited to start this month‘s #BOTM 😁 ☕️

Aims42 Ooo that‘s the one I ordered too! 2y
dgingo I picked this...and two add-ons. 🤷🏻‍♀️😂 I hope it‘s good! Let us know! 2y
mdm139 I picked this one too. A review said you can read it in a day so I hope it gets me out of my book slump. 2y
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trazo @Aims42 and @dgingo I would love to read your opinions too😊 2y
trazo @mdm139 I did not finish it in one sitting but I am enjoying it. I hope it those help you. I hate reading slumps 😒 2y
Aims42 @trazo I also didn‘t finish it in one sitting, but I‘m liking the first 60 pages 👍🏻Hope you bust your slump @mdm139 -keeping my focus right now has been tough 😕 2y
dgingo @trazo 👍🏼 I have a few to read (gross understatement) before I get to it, but I‘ll post a review as soon as I do! 2y
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theladygreer
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Author Alex George is also a bookstore owner, and he argues eloquently in a Washington Post piece today that bookstores should be considered "essential" in these times. Most bookstores I know are managing to fulfill online orders by mail, but they'd be able to use and pay more staff if they could stay open for curbside pickup. Support your local indie! https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2020/04/02/bookstores-essential-businesse...

AlexGeorge Thanks, Greer! Hope you‘re well! 2y
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Kbrose18
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Hello everyone! My first post on here. Really excited for my picks this month, have had some extra time to read so loading up :) #botm #bookofthemonth

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LeslieO
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Suddenly realized it‘s the end of the month and that means #BOTM. Went a little crazy and picked 3. #canneverhavetoomanybooks