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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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Eeyore031370
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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. 1mo
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks it‘s a great read. Terrible title, but lovely cover! 1mo
BookwormM It‘s a great book heart breaking but important 1mo
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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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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 ♥️ 2mo
Bookzombie @hermyknee I did too! I cried so much. 2mo
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Texreader
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Packing necessities for business trip.

Crazeedi Safe travels!! 2mo
Texreader @Crazeedi Thanks! 2mo
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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. 🙂 2mo
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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. 👍❤️💔 4mo
OriginalCyn620 It is! I bet we‘ll see a lot of this one today! 4mo
SarahBradley One of my all-time faves! 4mo
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Eggs
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erzascarletbookgasm Yes, ❤️💔 4mo
booksaremyfavorite Definitely! 😭 But it was so good! 4mo
OriginalCyn620 Yes! It was really good though! 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
tammysue ❤️ 4mo
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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 4mo
SaturnDoo @Cinfhen for me, Becoming didn't live up to the hype. I haven't read Crawdads yet for the same reason. 4mo
Cinfhen Interesting @SaturnDoo and I think we have similar reading preferences. How are your guys feeling??!? 4mo
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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 😁 4mo
Cinfhen Glad to hear they‘re feeling better @SaturnDoo 4mo
Megabooks Where the Crawdads Sing is so good! 4mo
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. 🙂 4mo
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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! 4mo
StaceyKondla Love this book ❤️ 4mo
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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 4mo
BarbaraBB Love the lyrics 4mo
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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! 4mo
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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 💌💝 5mo
emilyhaldi So sweet ❤️ 5mo
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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....

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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 🖤🖤🖤 7mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 7mo
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. 7mo
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Edecmcl
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Long and difficult story but easy to read.

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tammysue
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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! 💔 7mo
tammysue @erzascarletbookgasm Lina‘s story is so heartbreaking 😢 No idea why I never read this sooner! 7mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 7mo
tammysue @DebReads4fun Yes!! This is my first novel of hers, am definitely looking to read more in the future. 🖤 7mo
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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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magicalshelves
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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! 8mo
EchoLogical I have yet to read any of Hannah's work! I'm slacking so hard. 😅 8mo
Eggs @EchoLogical You might like it! 8mo
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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! ❤️ 8mo
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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! 8mo
Lovesbooks87 This was such a heartbreaking book. Her other books were just as amazing! 8mo
JenlovesJT47 @Lovesbooks87 I just added her other books to my TBR! 8mo
Dragon 😻 8mo
InBooksILive I cannot wait to read this one! Been wanting to read it for awhile 8mo
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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 💚💚 9mo
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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 ❄️💗📚 9mo
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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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vanslibanan
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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! 9mo
Eggs ♥️♥️Sepetys 9mo
vanslibanan totally agree @Lovesbooks87 9mo
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vanslibanan have u read salt to the sea @Eggs 9mo
Eggs @vanslibanan yes!! 9mo
randomx Halfway through this book.. loving it 9mo
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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 😂😂😂 9mo
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Hope_a
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Hii, are u trending to watch movies based on books? I‘m more bookish person feel let down by the adaptation, but checked this post and got really intrigued to see the movie version.Probably this year I‘ll watch more movies.
1. Where‘d You Go, Bernadette
2. Between Shades of Gray
3. Five Feet Apart
4. P.S. I Still Love You
5. Little Women
6. All the Bright Places
7. The Woman In The Window
What about you?

Klou I can't wait to watch Five Feet Apart but I should probably read the book first 😂 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego More for the TBR. Upcoming movies definitely influence my reading. 📖➡️🎥 9mo
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Hope_a @Klou Same here but for ‘Shades of Gray‘. I‘ve read ‘Salt to the Sea‘ by the same author and I loved it, but ‘Shades..‘ is still waiting it‘s time to come 9mo
Klou @Hope_a I hope you enjoy it ❤ 9mo
Eggs Great list!! I've read all but Five Feet Apart 9mo
Hope_a @Eggs Thanks! Hope you will enjoy reading Five Feet Apart if you decide to read it though. 9mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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A WWII HisFic novel, that takes place in Lithuania & Siberia. This part of history tends to be overshadowed by the Holocaust, but is no less horrific. A must read.

Also, there us a movie version coming out this year called Ashes in the Snow.

Shley9225 THIS IS BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE??!?!!!?!??? 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Shley9225 Yes! I'm pretty certain it come out soon. In N. American at least. 10mo
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AlsLibrary a movie!!!??? I‘ve loved this book for forever! I‘ve recommend it to a few friends who also loved it! I can‘t wait!! 10mo
Lovesbooks87 Agree with it being a must read. I was horrified that I had never heard about this period in time! 10mo
TheHungryBookworms I love love love this book! Definitely a must read 9mo
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KarenJMcLean
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How could I not know of these events in history? HOW?!

This book is being read by my tutoring student‘s grade nine class. I am glad. Not only is it an important book, but it is excellent, and perfect for early forays into literary analysis.

I‘m glad to have read this one and grateful to have had it cross my path. Even if I‘m lying here equal parts devastated and angry.

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Tarynitup
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Great read if you‘d like more personal accounts of what happened on the Serbian death marches during ww2, in the epilogue the author tells most of the eye witness accounts were based off of real stories, even though the characters are fictional. Also recommend her other book Salt to Sea

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Yay! Pen Pals are the BEST!! Thank you so much Sarah 💚❤ I've gotten so many books by Ruta Sepetys lately I can't wait to get reading. Her books all sound so riviting. You're a wonderful friend & I'll be writting you soon. Merry Christmas! @Beatlefan129

squirrelbrain I‘ve just finished this book this week. It‘s fabulous but a very difficult read...💔 10mo
Lovesbooks87 The book was so good. But I agree with @squirrelbrain it was a very difficult read! 10mo
Beatlefan129 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego You are so welcome friend! 10mo
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squirrelbrain
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Such a heartbreaking book 💔 - nearly finished and I‘m already dreading what the ending will be.....

Lovesbooks87 It really was! Reminded me of The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah! 10mo
LiteraryinLititz Your library is beautiful! 10mo
SilversReviews Love your library. 10mo
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Eggs Powerful book 10mo
squirrelbrain @Eggs @Lovesbooks87 it certainly was powerful, I‘m ashamed to say I knew nothing about this horrible time in history. 10mo
Lovesbooks87 @squirrelbrain I didn't either! I was like how could I not have known this happened! 10mo
squirrelbrain @SilversReviews @LiteraryinLititz thanks! It‘s fairly newly done, so it‘s still a novelty to sit in it and read... (edited) 10mo
SilversReviews @squirrelbrain I would sit there all day. 😊 10mo
TiredLibrarian 💙💚 Your library 💛🧡💜 10mo
TrishB Loved this book. My daughters just told me they‘re making it into a film. 10mo
Gissy Pretty, cozy place! 📚😍❤️ 10mo
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sblbooks
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Wow, an amazing YA novel. I have read numerous books about the Holocaust, but this is the first book I've read about Stalin's work camps. I think this should be required reading in schools.
*Photo from Readingaftermidnight.com

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 10mo
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Hollie
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I‘m behind again for #adventrecommends so here is another two-for. Blame it on end of the semester grading. Both of these Sepetys books are compelling and beautifully written.

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DHill
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Sneaking in some reading time at work. I‘m really enjoying this book so far. The language is simple but impactful.

Smangela Ooooh i need to read this. I loved her book 11mo
Lovesbooks87 This book was such a powerful read. I read it this weekend and couldn't put it down! 11mo
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Lovesbooks87
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This was one powerful novel. It reminded me a lot of The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. I feel bad saying that I had no idea that this awful time in our world history happened. That people in Lithuania were taken from their homes and made to work in the most awful conditions most of them dying and the others working for up to 15 years for crimes that they never even did. Like the author said I hope that we learn from the past.

squirrelbrain I have this on my TBR shelf - sounds like I need to move it up the list! 11mo
Lovesbooks87 @squirrelbrain it was so good and so heartbreakingly sad. 11mo
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Andrew65 Going well 👏 11mo
TrishB Agree - this was a great read 👍🏻 11mo
Elizabeth2 This book is on my shelf, but I haven‘t read it yet. After reading your review, it‘s back up into the top of my TBR list. I‘ll definitely get to it before the end of the year. 11mo
Lovesbooks87 @Elizabeth2 I bought it a couple months ago but a couple of people had read it on here and talked about how awesome it was and I had to bump it to the top of my TBR pile. 11mo
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DHill
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My Black Friday will consist of starting this book. I‘m looking forward to it. It‘s been on my TBR for a long time.

Lovesbooks87 I need to read this book too! I have heard so many great things about it! 11mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 11mo
JennyM Me too, I have to get to it soon. Hope you enjoy 11mo
BookwormM I read this one this month it is an amazing story 11mo
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BookwormM
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#readaroundtheworld #Lithuania

Loved Lina and the straightforward way she told her story

Read my 4-star review of Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2589663972

Daisey Loved this one and her book 11mo
CafeMom FYI there is a movie coming out. Called Ashes in the Snow. It is not streaming yet. Glad you enjoyed the book. I loved when I read it. 9mo
BookwormM @CafeMom thanks for the heads up 9mo
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Beautifully written story of a time in history I didn‘t even know about. Heartbreaking throughout much of the story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

SaturnDoo One of my all time favorites ❤ glad to see you enjoyed it too!! ☺ 11mo
BookwormM Starting this one today 11mo
FeastOfFiction @BookwormM Be prepared to have your heart ripped out. 11mo
BookwormM 30 pages in and yes this needs the tissues handy 11mo
FeastOfFiction @BookwormM Just wait..... 💔💔 11mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Started this today. One of my students told me it was amazing and from page 1, it has been an attention grabber. It‘s easier to read these types of stories when I know they aren‘t true though. Makes me sad...

whatsthEStorey I'm reading this for the second time right now! ❤️ 11mo
BookwormM I will be collecting this from the library on Saturday 🤣🤣 11mo
DebReads4fun Excellent book! 11mo
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