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Between Shades of Gray
Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
Few books are beautifully written, fewer still are important; this novel is both. --The Washington PostLina is just like any other fifteen-year-old Lithuanian girl in 1941. She paints, she draws, she gets crushes on boys. Until one night when Soviet officers barge into her home, tearing her family from the comfortable life they've known. Separated from her father, forced onto a crowded and dirty train car, Lina, her mother, and her young brother slowly make their way north, crossing the Arctic Circle, to a work camp in the coldest reaches of Siberia. Here they are forced, under Stalin's orders, to dig for beets and fight for their lives under the cruelest of conditions.Lina finds solace in her art, meticulously-and at great risk-documenting events by drawing, hoping these messages will make their way to her father's prison camp to let him know they are still alive. It is a long and harrowing journey, spanning years and covering 6,500 miles, but it is through incredible strength, love, and hope that Lina ultimately survives. Between Shades of Gray is a novel that will steal your breath and capture your heart.Praise for BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY:A superlative first novel. A hefty emotional punch.--The New York Times Book Review A brilliant story of love and survival.--Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and Wintergirls* Beautifully written and deeply feltan important book that deserves the widest possible readership.--Booklist, Starred ReviewA New York Times BestsellerAn International BestsellerA New York Times Notable Book of 2011A Wall Street Journal Best Childrens Book of 2011A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2011The iTunes 2011 Rewind Best Teen NovelThe #1 Book on the Spring 2011 IndieNext ListA School Library Journal Best Book of 2011A Booklist Best Book of 2011A Kirkus Best Book of 20112012 IRA Childrens and Young Adults Book Award for Young Adult Fiction2012 Indies Choice Young Adult Book of the YearA Carnegie Medal FinalistA William C. Morris Finalist
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Jerdencon
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Finished book #2 for #jumpstart2020 and my first book for #newyearwhodis (both the tagged book) which was excellent but heartbreaking - I really enjoyed it @Kdgordon88
Starting the Turn of Midnight for #literarycrew today @Librarybelle
@Clwojick @Lizpixie

Crazeedi I've enjoyed every book I've read of Sepetys! 2w
Librarybelle Hooray! 2w
Chrissyreadit Oh thank goodness! I thought Turn of Midnight was finished and heartbreaking and I became very nervous!!! 2w
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Jerdencon @Chrissyreadit sorry!!! 😀 only finished chapter 1 of turn of midnight! 2w
Lizpixie Well done!👏👏👏 2w
Kdgordon88 I am so glad you liked it! 2w
Clwojick Way to Go! 2w
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Sace
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I have a question about #ReadingEurope2020. What about a book like the one tagged where the action moves across borders? Being the lazy person I am, I would want to count 1 book for three countries. Thoughts? ETA 🤔 why didn't I count Letters From Rifka for Poland and Belgium. Is Retrofitting allowed? Lol

@Librarybelle @BarbaraBB

Texreader Good question! 3w
Librarybelle @BarbaraBB , please also share your thoughts on this. I think the spirit of the challenge is to make the challenge fit whatever you would like your personal challenge to be. For me, because most of the action takes place in Russia, I‘d choose that as the country. But, Lithuania or Belarus are also perfectly fine to choose, especially since it‘s not as easy finding books set in those countries or by someone from those countries. ⬇️⬇️⬇️ 3w
Librarybelle I‘d only choose one country for the book. I totally understand when more than one country is mentioned thinking about using the same book for multiple - especially for those countries where finding books are harder! Basically, though, it is what you make of the challenge. I don‘t think this fully answers your question, but just my thoughts on it! @Texreader 3w
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Sace @Librarybelle This helps a lot. I already have a book in mind for Russia, so I might just count this for Lithuania or Belarus just because it is harder to find books for those countries. 3w
Librarybelle Glad it helps! I think using either Lithuania or Belarus for this is great! This is such a good book...I didn‘t know the extent of everything described in this book. So heartbreaking! 3w
Librarybelle Oh - and for your second thought about retrofitting...that‘s totally fine! 😁 Sometimes I don‘t remember a book fits a challenge prompt until a little while later. 3w
Sace @Librarybelle I haven't even gotten to page 30 and I'm really struggling with it. Humans are really terrible to each other. 3w
Sace @Librarybelle I think I'm going to leave Rifka alone. Being a middle grade book makes it feel too much like cheating 🤣 3w
Librarybelle Yes! The actions only get worse. I thought it was a good book, but also a hard read. It‘s really a book about survival and perseverance in the face of hate. This is based on true events, so I‘m glad Sepetys told the story - it needs to be told. 3w
Librarybelle 😂 Okay! 3w
Sace @Librarybelle My God an incredibly hard read. I'm honestly not sure if I can get through it. 3w
Texreader @Librarybelle I was thinking of doing it exactly the way you explained it. Since the challenge is ultimately personal, we decide, but I also like and prefer the idea of picking one country (if possible). Thanks so much!! 3w
Crazeedi @Librarybelle your suggestions are perfect. I wondered about missing something and putting in later too, thanks! 3w
BarbaraBB Well said @Librarybelle ! I too would use it for one of the more difficult countries but like you said, it‘s up to everyone‘s personal way how to fill in the challenge. Good luck with it @Sace, it being such a hard read. I don‘t know the book but personally I‘d still count it for the challenge if I‘d bail halfway through 😉 3w
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Maria514626
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#zentangle--another lovely accompaniment to an audiobook.

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Maria514626
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This is an amazing story. It's very tough to hit ”stop.”

The reader isn't the best but persevere!

Stalin‘s purge of Lithuania isn't told very often. I can't wrap my mind around it. Told through the lens of this family makes it real--the horror and their love for each other.

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Tadiwa_Nleya
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While Lina prepares for the art school one night, with her mother and younger brother, the Soviet secret police violently barge into her home, deporting her along with her. They are being sent to Siberia. In prison camp, her father is sentenced to death. Lina with fight for her life, through recording her journey through art and writing, she respected anyone with her. She hopes she will bring everyone through each day.

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Tadiwa_Nleya
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Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Date Started: Thursday, October 3, 2019.
Date Finished: Thursday October 10, 2019.
Why I Chose This Book: Because I was given to keep and it seemed interesting so I decided to agree and keep it.

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Librarybelle
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This book is so good! Sepetys writes of the deportation of Lithuanians and other from the Baltic region by the Soviets during World War II, to the harsh Siberian climate. Sepetys marvelously tells the story, some of it extremely hard to read, but a story nonetheless that needs to be told. Definitely worth a read, if only to hear about an aspect of the war rarely mentioned.

@corycatelyn - this will go out Monday! #TheBreakfastBookClub #GroupA

Librarybelle Check in point as well for #11thHourReadathon @EclecticReaders 1mo
MidnightBookGirl All of her books are amazing! Fountains of Silence was in my top 10 for 2019! 1mo
JenlovesJT47 Such a great book! 1mo
Bookzombie I agree! It's such a good book!
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BeaG
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I started this book yesterday and finished it today. It is so good and heartbreaking. I had never heard anything about the Sobiet Union and the take over or Lithuania.

bookaholic1 It is a wonderful book 1mo
BeaG @bookaholic1 it really is a wonderful book. 1mo
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julesG
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It took me half a year to read this. I was putting it off over and over. Why? I wonder now. Well, I know why. It's due to my own family history, due to research I had to do during my school time and university studies.

This book was good. If you don't know what happened in the Baltic States during WW II and after, reading this book might be a good start to finding out.

I received this in a swap parcel. I can't remember who sent it. Thank you!

julesG @LibrarianRyan Interesting point. 🤪 1mo
Sace I just put this on hold. 1mo
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julesG @Sace hope you'll get it soon. 1mo
Sace @julesG sadly it will be a few weeks. 😔 1mo
LibrarianRyan Oops. I swear I typed something. In the US they really don't teach the history of the Baltic States. So much of this was brand new and heart wrenching to me. The US spends so much time on the Jewish Holocaust either teaching it or trying to convince morons that YES it HAPPENED. So much else has gotten lost. And I was at an advanced school where we had to take Modern European History. You think this would have at least been touched on. 1mo
julesG @LibrarianRyan There's so much that we still don't know. 1mo
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bookaholic1
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I absolutely loved this book!! One I will be keeping❤❤❤

TheHungryBookworms This book😍😍😍😍is so amazing 1mo
bookaholic1 @TheHungryBookworms I totally agree 1mo
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Suet624
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A book that sat on my shelf for ages! It tells the true story of the Soviet Union‘s dissolution of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia and the deportation of millions to labor camps for 10-15 years. A YA novel that packs a punch.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders It was on my shelf for so long. My daughter ended up bringing it to school to read and said it made her cry. 1mo
Suet624 @Penny_LiteraryHoarders the author‘s note at the end really got me. While I know a lot about things that happened in the 1940‘s, this was something I‘d never heard of. She did a great job with the information. 1mo
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Eggs
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📚 Actually anything by this author
🛏 Oh yeah
🍕 no, only b/c I don‘t eat pizza
👢 10-11 depending on brand
🏷 @Cathythoughts @wanderinglynn @JanuarieTimewalker13

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Cathythoughts Hi Sherri ! Seems like most Littens make their beds 🤔🤔🤔analysis , hmmmmm .... 😁😆 me too ... I already answered, but Thankyou friend for the tag 😘. Hope all is well with you X 3mo
Eggs Thanks Cathy❣️❣️ May all be great with you as well ! @Cathythoughts 3mo
wanderinglynn 😘😘😘 3mo
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Did not know this part of history. Such a good book on such a horrific subject.

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Hollie
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ValerieAndBooks Every time I saw this cover, thought it was a mountain range. Didn‘t realize until now it‘s actually eyelashes!! Has been stacked for a long time. 4mo
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks it‘s a great read. Terrible title, but lovely cover! 4mo
BookwormM It‘s a great book heart breaking but important 4mo
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Read66
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Young adult World War II historical novel with Stalin and the purges as the villains - not the Nazis. Recommended.

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labaleinette
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Texreader
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Based on true events and interviews, this book tells the story of the Soviet pogrom against the Baltic states via a young girl and her family. It‘s a hard read but knowing people died and survived thru these conditions the reader feels obligated to hear their story. There is an important back story, too, about the effect of communism on real lives. 4 ⭐️

hermyknee I loved this one ♥️ 5mo
Bookzombie @hermyknee I did too! I cried so much. 5mo
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Texreader
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Packing necessities for business trip.

Crazeedi Safe travels!! 5mo
Texreader @Crazeedi Thanks! 5mo
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Andra_library
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Good read with some interesting history. Learned a great deal from the author‘s note.

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Texreader
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It‘s been about two months(!), since before our trip to Norway, that we‘ve been to our lakehouse! So even though I had to bring work with me, we came and I‘ve had some reading time tonight. I picked this book because it‘s been my pick for a long time, sitting on my reading table by my reading chair (pictured) waiting for an opportunity.

Bookzombie Can‘t wait to hear what you think about it. 🙂 5mo
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julesG
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We might have just enough bread, bread rolls and greens for the weekend. Just! 😂😂😂😂 (and cat food)

I read a bit of the tagged book while queueing. It's really good.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Best I could do in a hurry this morning!!!

#Shade
#LetsTravelJuly

I‘ve heard this one is great!! 📚❤️

erzascarletbookgasm That‘s the only book of hers I‘v read. 👍❤️💔 7mo
OriginalCyn620 It is! I bet we‘ll see a lot of this one today! 7mo
SarahBradley One of my all-time faves! 7mo
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Eggs
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erzascarletbookgasm Yes, ❤️💔 7mo
booksaremyfavorite Definitely! 😭 But it was so good! 7mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! It was really good though! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
tammysue ❤️ 7mo
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Kdgordon88
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I have read so many great books so far this year so it was hard to narrow it down to six but here they are #top6reads. @Cinfhen

Cinfhen I still haven‘t listened /read Becoming yet. I‘m scared it won‘t live up to the hype 😬same with 7mo
SaturnDoo @Cinfhen for me, Becoming didn't live up to the hype. I haven't read Crawdads yet for the same reason. 7mo
Cinfhen Interesting @SaturnDoo and I think we have similar reading preferences. How are your guys feeling??!? 7mo
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SaturnDoo @Cinfhen Yes we do have similar reading preferences. They are feeling much better thanks for asking 🤗 the littler one more so than the bigger one. Josh Sr needs another couple days on the medicine and he should be as right as rain 😁 7mo
Cinfhen Glad to hear they‘re feeling better @SaturnDoo 7mo
Megabooks Where the Crawdads Sing is so good! 7mo
Kdgordon88 @Saturndoo @Cinfhen I enjoyed Becoming because it read to me like Michelle and I were sitting across the table having a chat. The writing and imagery in Crawdads pulls you in and keeps you there IMHO. 🙂 7mo
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JenniferO
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A quick read. I literally don‘t know that I‘ve ever heard of this tragedy before reading this historical fiction novel. It was really interesting and so heartbreaking! It has now sparked my interest and I will be looking for more books about this!

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erinjohns
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I knew nothing about what the Lativians faced...so much focus is often on other ravaged parts of Europe...I'm glad this piece of history was remembered...it brought some of the forgotten people to life...horrors of war with morsals of hope...family...love...and survivors.

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Amberdfoy
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Next.

Lovesbooks87 So good but so heartbreaking! 7mo
StaceyKondla Love this book ❤️ 7mo
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Eggs
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There is no monopoly on common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology, regardless of ideology🎶

...though probably this was no comfort to the Lithuanians that were forced by Stalin‘s troops into Siberia in WW2...

#russians #wanderingjune @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB

Cinfhen Great lyrics 7mo
BarbaraBB Love the lyrics 7mo
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booksaremyfavorite
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So heartbreaking! A story of working in prison camps and the strong bonds of the prisoners through the eyes of a young teenage girl named Lina. I really don‘t think I could have endured what they all had to endure.

Lovesbooks87 Yes! When I read this I had no idea that this awful part of history even happened! 8mo
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teebe
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Ahhhh an early birthday surprise! Thank you @BookishTrish !! They put the note in the book so I was very confused for awhile about where the mystery Amazon package came from, I thought maybe I sleep-ordered a book 😂

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 💝💌 Love the generous #PoutinePenPals we have 💌💝 8mo
emilyhaldi So sweet ❤️ 8mo
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Djspens
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I just finished reading Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys. WWII through the eyes of a Lithuania teen sent to Siberian labor camps for 12 years. I cannot wrap my head around all that they endured, knowing that this is a true part of history. Crazy and sad....

Author Sarah Patt I read this with one of my mature eight grade students. Her mom had read it in her book club and recommended we read it. It was very sad but a good book and made us reflect on how fortunate we are and shouldn't take life for granted. 2mo
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Djspens
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Next up! It's 1941 and the family is awoken by Soviet secret police. They're put in cattle cars and shipped from Lithuania to Siberia. This is the story of Lina fighting for her life and those around her.

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maleahrae
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I am appalled that I (and apparently lots of people) had no knowledge of this part of history! My heart hurts for the people in Baltics who suffered so much and for so long and were not able to tell about what happened. Ruta Sepetys did a beautiful job telling this heartbreaking story. I think everyone should read this book!!

tammysue 🖤🖤🖤 10mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 10mo
kamoorephoto I know!! I felt like a shit that I didn‘t know about that stuff before I read this book. The story is wonderful. 10mo
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Edecmcl
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Long and difficult story but easy to read.

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5 ☆ This story is tragic, highly emotional and not an easy read. I applaud Sepetys for bringing this part of history to light w/her extensive research of the loathsome cleansing by Stalin of deportations, murders + atrocities inflicted on the Baltic people during WWll. More than 20 million people were killed by Stalin during his reign of terror. I encourage anyone that hasn‘t read it to pick it up!
*Contains disturbing violence

erzascarletbookgasm ❤️ this book! 💔 10mo
tammysue @erzascarletbookgasm Lina‘s story is so heartbreaking 😢 No idea why I never read this sooner! 10mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 10mo
tammysue @DebReads4fun Yes!! This is my first novel of hers, am definitely looking to read more in the future. 🖤 10mo
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Kennemed
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Such a heartbreaking account of the struggle for survival. I felt so drawn in and nervous for the characters as they struggled to stay alive. I couldn‘t put it down!

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Beautifully written but haunting. I never knew how much the people of the Baltic countries suffered under Stalin. This book is absolutely harrowing.

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Eggs
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@EchoLogical #socialsunday
1️⃣ Austin TX
2️⃣ YA, HF
3️⃣ Kristin Hannah, Ruta Sepetys, Tana French
4️⃣ Tagged, and anything by Hannah, and Elegance of the Hedgehog

rather_be_reading kristin hannah! 11mo
EchoLogical I have yet to read any of Hannah's work! I'm slacking so hard. 😅 11mo
Eggs @rather_be_reading 😍😍 11mo
Eggs @EchoLogical You might like it! 11mo
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InBooksILive
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@JenlovesJT47 book and journal arrived today! Thank you 😊

Really looking forward to reading this one @aroc

#TheBreakfastBookClub

JenlovesJT47 I hope you like it! I absolutely loved it! ❤️ 11mo
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JenlovesJT47
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I‘m not crying, I was just chopping some onions. 😭 I‘m grateful to whoever picked this for #thebreakfastbookclub - it‘s a part of WWII history that I knew nothing about. It tells the story of Lina and her family, Lithuanians who were deported to Siberia for 12 years. Well worth reading for history‘s sake and if you enjoy YA. 5⭐️

#catsoflitsy
#Scarlett
#historicalfiction
#WWII

JenlovesJT47 @InBooksILive this will be heading to you this week! 12mo
Lovesbooks87 This was such a heartbreaking book. Her other books were just as amazing! 12mo
JenlovesJT47 @Lovesbooks87 I just added her other books to my TBR! 12mo
Dragon 😻 12mo
InBooksILive I cannot wait to read this one! Been wanting to read it for awhile 12mo
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B00kbug
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This came across this book when I was watching movie trailers. I really want to read this.

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JenlovesJT47
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1. Between Shades of Gray, Outlander. 🤓
2. Slytherin!!! 🐍💚 🐍
3. Outlander. 😍

#weekendreads

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💚💚 12mo
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chelreads
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The next book in rotation will be heading your way today, @melyndarae 😊 To keep from overwhelming you entirely, I‘ll be sending out one a month until the backlog is no more! #TheBreakfastBookClub

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Hollie
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My favorite #snowycover and a wonderful read. #anewchapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❄️💗📚 12mo
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lis_s
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“A wrongdoing doesn‘t give us the right to do wrong.”

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Between the Shades of Gray is my second from Ruta Sepetys and the first book I read this year. Ashes in the Snow is its film adaptation and its also the first movie I've seen this 2019. The book was better than the movie.
1/50 📚📖 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
1/365 🎬🎥🎭🍿🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅🍅
#goodreadsreadingchallenge2019

Lovesbooks87 This book was so heartbreaking! 12mo
Eggs ♥️♥️Sepetys 12mo
vanslibanan totally agree @Lovesbooks87 12mo
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vanslibanan have u read salt to the sea @Eggs 12mo
Eggs @vanslibanan yes!! 12mo
randomx Halfway through this book.. loving it 12mo
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BookishGamer87
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So, I saw that they were adapting this book (under a new title, Ashes and Snow, I believe) so I figured it was time to finally pick it up. I love reading about the history no one talks about, and this was one of those. That's what I love about Ruta Sepetys. I only have one book left of hers to read now (Out Of The Easy) and I can't wait.

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chelreads
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I tried to censor my #TheBreakfastBookClub journal entry. Good enough! 😂

StephanieGeiser 😂😂😂 12mo
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