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The End of October
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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In this riveting medical thriller--from the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author--Dr. Henry Parsons, an unlikely but appealing hero, races to find the origins and cure of a mysterious new killer virus as it brings the world to its knees. At an internment camp in Indonesia, forty-seven people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. When Henry Parsons--microbiologist, epidemiologist--travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, what he finds will soon have staggering repercussions across the globe: an infected man is on his way to join the millions of worshippers in the annual Hajj to Mecca. Now, Henry joins forces with a Saudi prince and doctor in an attempt to quarantine the entire host of pilgrims in the holy city . . . A Russian migr, a woman who has risen to deputy director of U.S. Homeland Security, scrambles to mount a response to what may be an act of biowarfare . . . Already-fraying global relations begin to snap, one by one, in the face of a pandemic . . . Henry's wife, Jill, and their children face diminishing odds of survival in Atlanta . . . And the disease slashes across the United States, dismantling institutions--scientific, religious, governmental--and decimating the population. As packed with suspense as it is with the fascinating history of viral diseases, Lawrence Wright has given us a full-tilt, electrifying, one-of-a-kind thriller.
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Chrissyreadit
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I thought this was really well done. The audio was great. Also, I wish people would either get vaccinated and wear a mask, or at least wear a mask….

Reggie There‘s a booktuber out there when reviewing this book said that Lawrence gave us, as humans, too much credit in the book. Lol 1mo
Reggie Also Jill-😭 1mo
Chrissyreadit @Reggie I‘m pretty disgusted with most humans these days so I‘d probably agree with the book tuber. 1mo
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Chrissyreadit @Reggie I could not believe he killed her off- and I was bummed that he did not include reuniting with the children in the book. 1mo
Reggie They do get on a submarine together at the end right? 1mo
Chrissyreadit Yes- but you have Teddy say “mom called” then the next thing is they are together waiting for the submarine 1mo
Chrissyreadit Also I never knew about submarine stink. That was an interesting gross fact 1mo
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keithmalek
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A novel about a worldwide pandemic, because reality isn't scary enough, apparently.

TiredLibrarian I just started The Best Magazine Writing of 2020, and this NF piece of his is 1st in the book. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/01/04/the-plague-year 2mo
MatchlessMarie 😅💯 2mo
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keithmalek
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Avanders
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Tagged book - way too much telling. ⭐️⭐️
Home Before Dark (title???) - fun, creepy, quick.
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Survive the Night: quick, tense, psychologically fascinating, not shocking 😜. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Rec‘d my 2nd #fffs pkg - thank you @CrowCAH !!
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And re #HHS:
1. No but I love ‘em 🎃
2. Yes!! Women‘s med 🧦
3. The jewel tones 🥿🪖🌂🥀
4. Sweatshirts
5. Themed teas 🫖
6. I ♥️ the creative ones 🤩 (I‘m not creative w costumes 😔)
7. Beanies w poofs 💖

CrowCAH Woohoo, not too much longer to wait before opening day! 🎃😊🍁🕯🧙‍♀️ 3mo
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Curlybookowl
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This novel turned out to be fantastic, easily a 4 star read. A virus has turned up and Henry and his team along with the world can not stop it. You seen him go to country after country trying find a way to form a vaccine all while finding a way home to his family in Atlanta.
The writing does go in depth medically about the history of viruses and diseases. But fairly easy to follow as some is explained throughout the book.

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Traci1
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This one is a pick, but there are issues. I love a good pandemic story, and this one, written just prior to 2020 is eerily prophetic. The medical stuff was fascinating and reminiscent of the best of Crichton. I imagine Wright's nonfiction is terrific. The novel, however does have holes and other problems, not the least of which is how 2 parents (one of whom is a top dog at the CDC) could be so wildly unprepared for this. 💉💉💉

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Patchshank
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This isn't my usual genre, but it's about a pandemic so I was curious. I thought it was make my anxiety about covid worse. The pandemic in the book was much worse so it made me feel a little better. It's a very scary book. It's very well researched and everything seems probable. The ending was great and by great I mean terrifying.

I had this on my book spin list for next month, but I'll switch it out with another book.

Reggie This book had me a little crazy. Like when New Zealand had shown up with another infection after not having any for so long I thought, because of the end of this book, it‘s probably another country that reinfected them on purpose. Yikes. 10mo
Patchshank @Reggie Yeah. The thought of bio warfare is freakin scary. 10mo
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LatrelWhite
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😬😷💉

Reggie Lol, yeah, this is not a comforting book. Especially with the talk of new variants. I read it back in Apr-May, and it still comes to me when I read the COVID news. 11mo
Reggie Also, we really haven‘t made it through the first phase. Our End of October is on the way. 😱 (edited) 11mo
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LatrelWhite
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Wow this is so interesting; pandemic, vaccines 💉 this is the world we live in right now.

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mjdowens
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Ok, so maybe going in blind sometimes can bite you in the butt . I have to pick the one book about a global pandemic. Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket too then 🤣

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Pedrocamacho
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I‘ve enjoyed Wright‘s journalism through the years and this book isn‘t bad for someone that doesn‘t typically write fiction. However, I had two thoughts frequently while reading it. (1) This book is like a TV docudrama in written form. (2) It is like one of those TV sitcom episodes that is an amalgamation of clips from previous episodes. (2) is really pronounced since items from Wright‘s past reporting are scattered though out the book.

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jackilynn
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Booklover2
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In light of our own current pandemic, this book comes startlingly close to what we are experiencing. The glaring difference is the virility of our virus versus the book. It makes you think how utterly unprepared we are for a more deadly virus. One that we all know is out there waiting to strike.

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mdm139
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This was a great book. Very eerie how similar events are unfolding in real world. The plague in this book is deadlier than ours but paranoia and fear are the same. Brilliantly written and researched. There is a bit more science and history of plagues in here, but I think if you liked Station Eleven you will like this book as it connects you with the characters and their heart wrenching stories.

valeriegeary I got this one as an advanced readers copy in March and I haven't been able to pick it up yet. Maybe next year.... 🙈 12mo
jenniferajanes This one is on my TBR. Great review. Thanks! 12mo
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Bookzombie
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I was really hoping to finish the tagged book and get three bingos, but that is just not going to happen. I feel like I had a great month of seasonal appropriate reads. 👻🎃💀👣🦛🥕

@4thhouseontheleft Thank you for hosting #Screamathon again!

@TheAromaofBooks Thank you for hosting another month of #Bookspin !

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! What a great month!! 13mo
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Kimberlone
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Week 4 wrap-up for #Scarathlon2020! This was a fun way to spend October again! I read 10 books total, which is a pretty good month for me. Looking forward to #WinterGames in December :)

#TeamHarkness @StayCurious

StayCurious Amazing job! 13mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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As a former microbiologist, I liked the history of various pandemics mentioned throughout (if I had gone further than a BA in micro, would have considered epidemiology for higher degrees. But became a full-time mom instead). A lot of this book‘s events relate to today. Pandemic in this story is worse than covid though. Gripping story! And apparently author started this a few years before it came out — getting it published in 2020 was very timely!

Cinfhen I thought the research was really impressive but parts of the story became over the top for me... 13mo
MallenNC I‘m really interested in reading this one. Great book photo! 13mo
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LeahBergen And your mask game is on point! 👌🏼 13mo
batsy I have this on my radar thanks to @Reggie and now your review. I didn't know you were a microbiologist; that's so cool! It was a field I considered getting into a loong time ago because I loved biology. 13mo
Reggie I feel like I don‘t know you at all, Valerie. Lol, a microbiologist. That‘s awesome! I‘m glad you liked the book! Also....Jill😭😭😭. 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @Cinfhen one thing I noticed was that this book didn‘t address masks and/or social distancing to slow down the spread 🤔 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @MallenNC you might enjoy it !! 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @LeahBergen thanks! It‘s one of several I made and was glad I had one to match the cover 😆 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @batsy @Reggie yeah my microbiology background doesn‘t come up often; it‘s been 25 years since I left the field! Tbh I don‘t miss it at all. 13mo
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie that was sad 😭! And to me, so was Philadelphia and its mayor trying to fight the pandemic 😭 (since I live near there, maybe) 13mo
Cinfhen Hmmmm, I didn‘t think about that!!! Interesting point!! 13mo
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Cinfhen
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This was ok, I enjoyed certain parts and I was engaged for the most part. It made me feel better knowing our current world situation is in better shape than the alternative world that Lawrence Wright created. It‘s weird to read about a world pandemic when one is living through one. #BorrowNotBuy because I don‘t think you‘ll want to read this story more than once. A light pick.

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Reggie
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Lawrence Wright! You are a warlock sir. Not only did you write about a devastating pandemic the year before it happens but got A LOT of the details right. Even the president getting it. In the book, it‘s way creepier and dramatic because while he‘s giving a speech the president‘s eyes start bleeding. Oooohhh ahhh ahhh ahhh. In case some of you were still looking for a Halloween book, I‘d say this counts. Lol Happy reading, Littens!

sharread Wow! That's really weird, but impressive. 1y
Reggie @sharread he got more right than wrong. 1y
Bookzombie It‘s on my list for this month! 🤞🏻 1y
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ValerieAndBooks Ooh!! I have this one. Making sure it‘s higher up in the TBR now!! 1y
BarbaraBB Stacking! 1y
NikkiM5 Wow, this sounds scary close to home. Stacking 1y
Reggie @Bookzombie @ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB @NikkiM5 One thing he got wrong, there was not a run on toilet paper, lol. Hope ya‘ll like it! 1y
batsy Oooh. OK I'm gonna have to squeeze it in this month! 1y
LeahBergen Eeek! 😆😆 1y
Reggie @batsy it‘s a great thriller with some great historical epidemiology asides. 1y
Reggie @LeahBergen indeed 🩸 👀 🩸 1y
Bookzombie I‘m only 40% in, but it is nuts how familiar some of the story feels. The VP just spoke up at meeting with the different advisors and it all feels so on point. 13mo
Reggie @Bookzombie did it feel scary to you at all? Or does it feel different now that we‘re so far into it. Cause the first 30 pages terrified the hell out of me. 13mo
Bookzombie @Reggie I definitely find it scary! I‘ve just finished the part where they had to kill all of the turkeys on a number of farms. I keep thinking about how what is happening could be even worse. 13mo
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Cinfhen
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Love the view!!! weather, not so much ☹️It‘s muggy, humid and overcast. Having trouble focusing on my book. I think all the excitement from the days leading up to my trip have me overwhelmed (mentally & physically)

TrishB Think you need some relaxing time ❤️😘 1y
rubyslippersreads Aren‘t you reading this a bit early? 😂 1y
Cinfhen Right @rubyslippersreads Agreed @TrishB !!!!! I‘m really not feeling like myself at the moment 1y
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KarenUK Yep weather sure is crappy today ☹️.... 1y
Cinfhen Welcome to south Florida, right @KarenUK I shouldn‘t be surprised 😉but I‘m SO HAPPY to be HERE!! We‘re self isolating through Monday & Tuesday we have plans to see my FIL. But then, God Willing, I‘m a free agent!!! I‘m gonna email you to find out your schedule 1y
squirrelbrain Hope you have a great trip! 😘 1y
KarenUK @Cinfhen perfect! 👍💕 1y
TrishB That will be jet lag and being free I bet!! Enjoy 😘😘 1y
BarbaraBB It has been a stressful period, tomorrow all will look different I‘m sure. Take care and enjoy ❤️😘 🏖 1y
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Cinfhen
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I‘ve arrived.... sort of! Just waiting for my flight to Miami but it‘s good to be back ❤️

rockpools Hooray! So glad you sort-of made it. Enjoy your stay 😊 1y
Cinfhen Thank you @rockpools I‘m exhausted but so grateful 1y
Nute Happy to hear that you had safe travels!☺️ 1y
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Cinfhen Thanks @Nute HAPPY DAYS 😃💜❣️ 1y
LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
TrishB Yay 🎉🎉 enjoy 😘 xx 1y
Megabooks Awesome!! 🤩🤩 1y
BarbaraBB You made it! So happy for you! How long will you be staying? 💝 1y
KarenUK Fantastic! 💕 1y
Cinfhen Thanks so much!!! Longgggggg day of travels but I‘m SOOOOO glad to be here!!! Apparently my flight was one of the last to leave!!! A new travel ban was imposed from Oct 1-15 and it could always be extended. My only issue at the moment is weak WIFi @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @Megabooks @TrishB @LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm 1y
Reviewsbylola Hopefully no puking stewardesses this time around. 🥴 (pretty sure that story will stick with me for life.) 1y
Cinfhen All Flights were puke free @Reviewsbylola but we did have some masking issues with passengers who weren‘t eager to comply 😩😩😩 1y
Reviewsbylola That‘s so infuriating. The expectation is crystal clear, so I have no sympathy regardless of their circumstances. 1y
Cinfhen It was BEYOND infuriating/ I think I was traumatized from the experience @Reviewsbylola we‘ve been so cautious and careful for all these months and then we get on a PACKED flight with all these A-holes who were so nonchalant... I can‘t even😡 1y
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Decalino
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This book certainly had remarkable timing--it's about a devastating pandemic and its earth-shattering consequences, and especially in the early stages a lot looks familiar. While not great in terms of characters (e.g., very unrealistic kids), the larger story is fascinating and well-researched, with lots of scientific history and geopolitical twists and turns. Read this book if you'd like to be reminded that things could be even worse.

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Kimberlone
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My second digital loan expired without me finishing this audiobook. Honestly, the further I got into it, the less interested I was in finishing it. While I enjoyed the globe trotting race to solve the pandemic, I just never connected with any of the characters, which kept me from ever getting fully invested in the story. The narrator also has a boring monotone voice.

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Kimberlone
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I started listening to this when it first was available from my library, but the loan expired before I could finish it. My second hold is now about to expire again, so I am trying to finish this before the end of the week! An interesting counterpoint to the Pull of the Stars, which I am also currently reading. Both of which are especially prescient currently!

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Avanders
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Well... after saying I wasn‘t in the right brain-space for this, I promptly did this. #Judge2020bytheCover Using books from my bookshelves... let‘s see yours!

@marleed

AmyG The tagged book worked for me, too. 😳 1y
Hooked_on_books Oh, this made me laugh. Well done. 😆 1y
marleed Omg - April & August. I had so much fun going through my titles - it was somehow cathartic. I‘m so glad you played!! 1y
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LibrarianRyan @Chrissyreadit also hit me for this. I‘m thinking. I promise. I‘m it‘s glad to be heading back to the world of cell service and internet right now. 1y
Gissy Those are books published in those months? Sorry, I'm always distracted!😳☺️ 1y
Avanders @Gissy 😜 no worries! No, the goal is to describe 2020 by using book titles in your collection.... so the year started, in my example, with the Bizarro Starter Kit and ended with being the Gone World 😁 (edited) 1y
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DavidDiamond
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If you took out the history of viruses, US/Russia relations, and the inner workings of domestic politics from this book, you would have a somewhat compelling novella.
Pulitzer Prize winning author Lawrence Wright makes his 2nd foray into fiction and it didn't really work for me. There are moments that stretch believability and in one instance, an irrelevant flashback that only serves to pad the anemic story.
That said, it's a timely one!

Cedricsmom This one got a lot of buzz in the biz. Thanks for your honest review. #librarybook 1y
DavidDiamond @Cedricsmom Yeah, I was excited to grab it from Libby, and then...not so much! But maybe you‘ll feel differently! 1y
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DavidDiamond
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Sounds so familiar...

Cedricsmom Oh.My.God. Now I understand what Pamela Paul from the New York Times meant when she called him a prophet during the interview on her podcast. 😳 1y
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swishandflick
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Well that was... creepy. Believe it or not, I was hooked at first. It's crazy that this was released just before our own ish hit the fan, because the virus similarities are striking. But as time went on, things shifted further and further from "medical" to "political" and I grew weary. It tried to cram SO much in that it stopped doing anything particularly well (plot holes abound). And its lack of humanity felt like a real missed opportunity ??

ChasingOm I love your mask! 1y
swishandflick @ChasingOm Thank you! It's the best one I've found yet, and the most comfortable/breathable 😄 1y
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Coleen
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I was amazed at the similarities between the virus in this book and our own current pandemic, considering this was written last year. It hits eerily close to home. But I didn‘t particularly love the writing style. It comes across as a thriller, with undertones of war and Russian interference. I think I was looking for more of the humanity aspect with better character development, and it just wasn‘t there.

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bookandbedandtea
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There were a couple places where this was almost too much for me. I'd like to say it's too far fetched but unfortunately it's too on point for that. I'm glad I read it but I'm so unsettled now that I'm going to have to rethink what I read next. I need something light and frothy. #BookSpinBingo

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Twainy
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🎧 Nothing like reading about a pandemic worse than our own to make you think! The timeliness is spooky! Plenty of history on past viruses, pandemics, etc & some politics.

The hero Henry Parsons was likable. There‘s some pretty far-out-there moments but it‘s fiction & forgivable.

Majid! Prince/doctor/soldier. Favorite character.

Liked Teddy & Helen. I‘m glad that storyline was included.

I read it strait through. Fun read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️2/3

Reggie Omg, I‘m so glad you liked it because I read your review of Devolution this morning and thought, hope Twainy doesn‘t pick up End of October and then you left me that comment just now and my shoulders tensed up because I didn‘t think you had read it yet. So I just jumped on and read this review. So whewwww Lol, I‘m glad you liked it!!! 1y
Twainy @Reggie I KNOW!! I felt bad. I wanted to like Devolution because of your review! Maybe Judy Greer portrayed Kate poorly? The rest of the cast was AHHMAZING! I‘m not a fan of overly whiny MCs & her whiny negativeness lasted nearly the entire book. I loved the premise & the horror! I liked most of the other characters (Dan, spunky older lady, Carol) even the idiots. Who wouldn‘t love a Bigfoot story? I might reread or enjoy the hopeful movie! 1y
Reggie @Twainy I think maybe it was Judy Greer (which is funny because she plays such a badass in the Halloween reboot) because when reading it I thought she had this really nice character arc where she grows into this warrior that was soooo different from the whiny, not very likable person we first meet. 1y
Twainy @Reggie I think you are correct. Her journal entries are all whiny. Even when her attitude changes the feel of her entries doesn‘t. I only felt a possible change during the epilogue & that‘s not narrated by Greer. Gonna have to buy the book. 😁 1y
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bookandbedandtea
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This is next. Like many, I wonder how I'll feel about reading this in the midst of Covid 19. My Mr and I recovered nicely but we know a few people who weren't so lucky so I'm expecting this to be INTERESTING. 🤞

AmyG Glad you are ok. This book, at times, lands a little too close to home. But the virus in the book is much worse...so never fear. 1y
Cinfhen Love that mug 💛 1y
bookandbedandtea @AmyG Thanks. 😊 I'm still in the first few chapters but I find myself more fascinated than repelled. 1y
bookandbedandtea @Cinfhen Me too! It's my new favorite. 😀 1y
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janeycanuck
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Was it a good idea to read this book in the middle of a pandemic? No. Do I feel better now that our pandemic is just a run-of-the-mill deadly flu and not a global super plot to unleash chaos and destruction on the world? Yes.

Also, if I wanted a history lesson in vaccines, pandemics and international relations, I wouldn‘t be picking up a novel.

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CandiReadsBooks
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The End of October is a very interesting book about a global pandemic without a vaccine in sight! Similar to what the world is facing now. Lawrence Wright started writing this novel in 2017 and was released in April 2020😳 To see the events come to fruition is astounding. As eerie as the book is, reading it is was tiresome. It had a slow build to it and then it leveled off. It took me a long time to read. But it‘s still worthwhile to check out.

Clwojick Wow. The colours on the cover are stunning! 😍 1y
Nute That book cover is amazing! I think that I might give this a go. I‘ve been weirdly drawn to books like this (both fiction and nonfiction) since the start of the pandemic.🤷🏽‍♀️ 11mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Night snack & read since I am going into work later tomorrow.

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rsteve388
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Bailedbailed

So I started this book and realize it reads like an Non Fiction about diseases but the book is fiction and I am just not feeling it. So DNF it goes... Little sad about that... Just couldn't get into it.

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Amiable
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If you've read this book you'll know why this story from The New York Times sent a shiver down my spine. 😬

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh. Now I want to stop everything and read my copy. 🦠 1y
Leftcoastzen A bit chilling . 1y
Amiable @BarbaraTheBibliophage Let me know what you think of the book when you read it! 1y
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Avanders
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Well, I may not be reading as much as I‘d like, but I‘m accruing books faster than I should! Here‘s some from recent hauls... 😁😍😁😍

#bookhaul

MicheleinPhilly Same! And I just made an appointment for a private, in store shopping session at my local bookstore. 😂 1y
Sace I loved News of the World. 1y
BethM Lol! Im@trying to be more intentional about reading. 1y
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MaleficentBookDragon Let me know when you are reading Sager. We can have a "bookclub" afterwards. ? 1y
Avanders @MicheleinPhilly ooh but how fun!! @sace it‘s very interesting so far (still in beginning..) @bethm lol I know... but some days, Hallmark‘s Good Witch is *just* the thing... @MaleficentBookDragon will do! I‘m so excited for that one!! 1y
Chrissyreadit @Avanders stopping by to say hi. I should watch Good Witch. I liked it when it was a Hallmark movie ages ago. 1y
kspenmoll That‘s the problem with being home all day. Ordering books galore 1y
Avanders @Chrissyreadit 👋🏽🥰😘 you should! I watched all the movies in order, and am now in season 3 of the tv series 😁 @kspenmoll it‘s such a problem.... 😱😱 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Finally unboxed my June #BOTM selections. Can‘t wait for ALL of them, for very different reasons! #bookhaul

Leftcoastzen That‘s a nice bunch! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen Thanks! Just saw your review of the Wright book—now I‘m more excited! 1y
keithmalek This novel sounds similar to "The Rationing" by Charles Wheelan, which I highly recommend. 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @keithmalek Thanks—I‘ll have to check it out! 1y
Soscha Those were my picks too! I‘m on the west coast & botm always takes a few days longer to arrive here. 1y
Cathythoughts Looks great ! I see Brit Bennet coming up a lot on Litsy.... I‘m curious 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Soscha Hope you have them soon. Funny that we were #booktwins this month! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cathythoughts Me too. I have her first book but haven‘t read it. Now I have to decide where to start! 1y
kspenmoll @Cathythoughts I read her first book, Mothers and Enjoyed it. Want to read her new one. 1y
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Leftcoastzen
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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I have to say I agree with @Reggie the first few pages were frighteningly close to what we are going through with coronavirus, I had to put it down😳.Wright finished it in the summer of 2019.In his interviews he is a little shocked that IRL came so soon after his speculation about whether the U.S. was prepared for something similar to the 1918 flu .It is fast paced & scary, I don‘t recommend reading it before bedtime.😳😳😳Stay safe , everybody!

Reggie Yayy! I‘m so glad you liked/was scared by it! All this talk about the second wave this year has me always thinking about this book. 2y
Leftcoastzen @Reggie yes , where I live , the cases are way up , I am of the opinion we opened too soon.The 1918 came in 3 waves & the 2nd in this case was worse than the first. 2y
Reggie Luckily we‘re down. I‘ve appreciated our Governor. I think it was tough on her but she‘s tried to do right for the health of people rather than what money has wanted. 2y
ValerieAndBooks This was one of my BOTM this month too! 1y
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AmyG
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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Henry, a scientist, is on a fight to find a vaccine for a new virus when a pandemic hits. This is a story of him, his family, and the world during this pandemic. A very good thriller that hit a little to close to home. Pretty frightening at times because it was so believable. I kept picturing him in my mind as Dr. Fauci. 🤣

Twainy Waiting on Libby 😁 2y
Patchshank I ordered that book through BOTM along with the monthly pick. Hopefully it comes today. I've been looking forward to reading it. 2y
JaclynW Dr. Fauci!! I've got this book on hold, can't wait! 2y
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AmyG @Twainy @Patchshank @Jaclyn I‘d love to hear what you think after you read this! 2y
Reggie I liked his explanation of why you name viruses. And why you have to be quick about it because people looking to push an agenda or just plain prejudices will name it for the region it comes out of. It kind of sounded familiar. I really liked this book. Glad you did too! 2y
Twainy @AmyG I‘m pretty sure this was a recommendation from here 😈 can‘t wait! I used an audible credit cuz it looks right up my alley! I just have 6 more library books to finish. 2y
AmyG @Reggie The scene where Helen is doing a burial....I will never forget that. And yes, he disease naming. I learned alot from this book. 2y
Reggie @AmyG Jill....😭. 2y
AmyG @Reggie I didn‘t want to say Incase someone clicks on it- the nosy. That scene just broke my heart. (edited) 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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My second book for 30 books in 30 days was this plague novel.

Plague novels are my catnip. I will read as many pages as you write about a plague any day. Tell me about how people will hoard essentials, food will be in short supply, governments will act badly. This book was eerily similar in some aspects to what we‘ve seen lately.

AmyG Ha...I JUST posted about this book. I really enjoyed it. 2y
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Avanders
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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I‘m excited about all of this.
#BOTM #BookoftheMonth #ReadingHelps

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 2y
MaleficentBookDragon I ordered Home Before Dark too. I'm stalking UPS. 1y
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Brewychock48
The End of October: A novel | Lawrence Wright
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Here are my June picks💜📚
Long Bright River is a free book for my birthday...I love #botm..

marleed I just joined. #BlameItOnListsy. The monthly posts are just too enticing for me!! 2y
Brewychock48 Welcome😊you are going to love it. What did you pick? 2y
ErikasMindfulShelf Long Bright River was excellent! 2y
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