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A Little Life
A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
NATIONAL BOOK AWARD FINALISTSHORT-LISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZEBrace yourself for the most astonishing, challenging, upsetting, and profoundly moving book in many a season. An epic about love and friendship in the twenty-first century that goes into some of the darkest places fiction has ever traveled and yet somehow improbably breaks through into the light. Truly an amazement—and a great gift for its readers.   When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.   In rich and resplendent prose, Yanagihara has fashioned a tragic and transcendent hymn to brotherly love, a masterful depiction of heartbreak, and a dark examination of the tyranny of memory and the limits of human endurance.From the Hardcover edition.
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CuriousG
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I knew from the start this book was going to rip my heart out & tear it into tiny pieces, yet I still was not prepared for the grief I'm feeling. A truly amazing novel that shows the best & worst of mankind, & everything in between. The 4 friends, & extended cast of characters, were all fascinating & wouldn't let me quit, even when the going got tough (which it did frequently.) Trigger warnings - any conceivable trigger is covered at some point.

Reggie Oof, this book. Be prepared not to feel like yourself for a couple of days. 5d
Davor I've had this book in my TBR pile for a while. I can't wait to get to it and feel like an emotional wreck 😅 4d
CuriousG @Reggie I'm feeling pretty heavy today - I think you're right about it following me around for a few days (or longer!) 4d
CuriousG @Davor I had it sitting on my shelf, literally for years, waiting for the right moment to be emotionally devastated. Definitely worth it though! If you haven't read People in the Trees, it is also completely devastating and yet brilliant 4d
Davor @CuriousG I haven't read it, I'll check it out. Thanks for the rec! 4d
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CuriousG
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It's been a hard slog, but in the last 100 pages now. Somehow I feel like all the swearing in the world is not going to make this last bit any easier #gutwrenching

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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic what a haunting beautiful song @rohit-sawant 🎵I googled the English lyrics to #LeTempsDeLaAmour and immediately thought of this haunting beautiful story.

🎶It is the time of love,
the time of friends and adventure.
when the time comes and goes,
one thinks of nothing in spite of one's wounds🎶
Fan art from Google (no named credit)

TrishB Great choice ❤️ feeling a bit clueless for this one at the moment! 2w
Cinfhen I think the French initially threw me too @TrishB but I have confidence in you ‼️🙌🏻 2w
Kalalalatja Great pick for the lyrics! 2w
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rohit-sawant Right?! It's such a gem. Can't wait to read the book. I'd stacked it a while back. 1w
Cinfhen Be prepared @rohit-sawant this book will leave you emotionally bruised 1w
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja 😘 1w
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CuriousG
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Still too cold to sit and read outside, but going to sneak in 30 minutes of reading next to a sunny window before resuming today's chores #priorities #readingwins

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Book_heaven_24
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I‘m dying out here people. We must protect Jude at all cost!

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Book_heaven_24
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Some books I‘m currently reading, most importantly A Little Life which I‘m reading for the fiction side of it. Sometimes getting too much of one thing may make me dislike it so we are evening out the genres!

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CuriousG
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

AmyG It that good. 3w
kelseynicburke It‘s worth it I promise 3w
CuriousG @kelseynicburke I sure hope so! 3w
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CuriousG
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After years sitting on my shelf, I finally worked up the courage to start this one. I know it will break my heart, but I am ready.

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Blair_Reads
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It‘s gorgeous weather today! Outside reading with Miss Daisy 🐶

RadicalReader Adorable puppy so when you go on to the vet with your puppy you‘re literally Driving Miss Daisy!!! 😂😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
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Blair_Reads
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#morningreading Happy Saturday!! I am so happy I picked this book up again! It makes me feel like I know JB, Malcom, Willem, and Jude. I know I‘m in for a 😥 ride, but I‘ve got my tissues all ready.

kathedron This one is on my shelf, waiting for me to feel brave enough to dive in. 💔 1mo
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Blair_Reads
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Third time‘s the charm right?? Love this book, but I‘m the type of reader who is always currently reading 10 books and long ones sometimes get left behind. But I am determined to get all the way through this one...this time🤘🏼

YouReadMyEyes The characters in this book came to life for me more than anything else I‘ve ever read. I literally had dreams about them. It‘s intense and heartbreaking, but incredible. 1mo
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BarbaraBB
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Yesterday I saw A Little Life on stage, performed by International Theater Amsterdam (ITA). It was almost as good as the book and just as heartbreaking. On a surface of 10 square meters Jude and his friends came to live again, Jude being just as vulnerable on stage as in the novel. Apparently Yanagihara saw the performance and was as impressed with the play as I was. 💔

JennyM That must have been fabulous, if not heartbreaking. I would love to see this ♥️ 1mo
TrishB Wow 😮 sounds great! 1mo
Kalalalatja I‘m so jealous, that sounds amazing! 1mo
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Reggie Ughhhhh, I don‘t know if I could watch that. I just picture the audience all crying for a couple of hours. Lol, glad you liked it. 1mo
Oryx Sounds amazing. Not sure if my heart could cope! 1mo
BarbaraBB @Reggie It took four hours and the audience was soooo quiet for all those hours. While on stage there was a lot of noise and music and all was fast! 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve still not read the book, but everyone says it‘s 💔. How can you allow yourself to go through all that 😭😫 again? Glad you ‘enjoyed‘ yourself 😊 1mo
Ms_T I would absolutely LOVE to see this. I‘m so jealous! 1mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a powerful experience.... I loved the book at the time .. I think I would like to go - giving myself permission to leave if it became too much 👍🏻♥️💔 1mo
CoffeeK8 Wow! This must have been amazing! 1mo
readordierachel Oh my goodness. I can't imagine! 1mo
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emilyhaldi
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#boysdontcry except in this book... where boys cry, girls cry, you cry, I cry, etc etc 😭😭😭😭😭

#anglophileapril

Pricel101 This book broke my heart 100x over 😢 1mo
CoffeeK8 @Pricel101 agreed! This book breaks my heart every time I think about it 1mo
Jenken1998 Its been on my shelf for over a year. I need to get to it 1mo
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Soubhiville Oh yeah, so much crying! 1mo
BarbaraBB The perfect choice for this prompt 1mo
Mdargusch Good one. And that‘s exactly why I haven‘t read it. 1mo
Reviewsbylola We all cry. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!!!! THIS IS THE crying book for sure!!!!! At least your flowers look happy 😊 Great pick 🙌🏻 1mo
Kalalalatja Omg my heart 😭💔😭💔😭 1mo
Reviewsbylola Most cryingest book ever. 1mo
HardcoverHearts Hysterical, ugly crying with hiccups type of books. 1mo
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BooknerdsLife
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Happy Easter or a Happy long weekend to you all🐣🌷💖
Will you be reading during Easter Holiday?
What are you reading?
Just recovered from my flu last week so reading has been slow for me but feeling blessed.
Here‘s just some chocolate eggs for you all and some of my red spines books. I have A Little Life on my #TBR since forever and am still a little too scared to start it yet🙈😅 #booknerd #readunglife #livereading #AussieReader #bibliophile

erzascarletbookgasm Such a festive looking photo. Happy Easter! 1mo
BooknerdsLife @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you 😘🌸🌸 Happy Easter to you too🙌🏼💓 1mo
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Peaslady
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This was without doubt a fantastic book. I don't know how Yanagihara managed to mix chronology, narrator and subject so thoroughly (often not in line with sections, chapters or even paragraphs) without ever confusing the reader. And her ability to get inside the head of someone so completely broken and tell his story over 720 pages without it ever feeling repetitive. I'm in awe. Just don't expect it to be joyful.

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TheLudicReader
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@AmyG was the winner of the print to celebrate my Litfluence milestone. Shoot me an email with your mailing address, Amy, and I will stick the print in the mail.
ludicreader@rogers.com

AmyG Goodness...thank you so very much. It‘s beautiful. I am moving to a house in Dec...and this will look beautiful. Sending an email now. 1mo
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lis_muh
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Gray FatMan III *regal accent* is in love with his new Manchester United jersey from his uncle #CatsOfListy

SW-T Awww🥰. He certainly looks cozy! 2mo
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Kalalalatja
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Jude is no #easylover, but he hasn‘t had any semblance of an easy life, so that‘s fair. However, the love story in this book, both the love between friends and lovers were absolutely wonderful and heartbreaking 💔

#AnglophileApril

Cinfhen Good one!!!!!!! 2mo
Reviewsbylola Omg such a heartbreaking book. 💔💔💔 2mo
Mdargusch Great choice! 👍🏼 2mo
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Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
emilyhaldi Damn girl you went deep on this one! 🖤 2mo
Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi I‘ll take any chance to break everyone‘s hearts again 💔 2mo
readordierachel 💖💔💖💔 2mo
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Janineluwatson
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Pickpick

So harrowing but yet also a story of love and friendship with life‘s ups and downs.

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diananissan3
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When you are reading a book you really, really love, do you savor it or devour it? I find myself in the odd predicament of not wanting it to end but not wanting to put it down either. What‘s a girl to do? 🤷🏼‍♀️

Reggie Oof even if you devour this one, it stays with you hardcore for at least a week. 2mo
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squirrelbrain
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1. A Little Life, so that I can have a proper re-read of it.
2. Jude
3. Having recently reread Of Mice and Men, Curley‘s wife.
4. Geek that I am, I‘d take a dictionary. Plenty to read and learn and I can test myself on my spellings! 😁😜
5. Why not have a go @Oryx @RachelO ?

RachelO Sorry I didn‘t get to this the other day - was undergoing enforced sociability! (I was so peopled out by the end of the week it was silly!!!) Came on a flying visit past your part of the world last week (visiting a great aunt) - one day I‘ll see it properly! 6 days and counting 😊 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh no @rachelo, not peopling! Where did you go to see your great aunt? 2mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain Leeds (relatively nearish you, I think?). The grandparents were all from Leeds backalong, but I don‘t think I‘ve been since I was about 3. 2mo
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squirrelbrain That‘s right @RachelO - I work in Leeds! 2mo
RachelO @squirrelbrain I thought there was a connection, somewhere. Sadly it was a station-taxi-house-taxi-chippy-taxi-station type visit, so I‘m none the wiser! 2mo
squirrelbrain 🤣🤣🤣 @rachelo - you crack me up! 2mo
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lis_muh
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My beautiful little girl died this evening. Nothing was wrong with her; she was a young 3 years old; she just dropped and the vet pronounced her DOA. This year keeps hitting me blow after blow. Rest In Peace PeanutButter ❤️❤️ you are loved #CatsOfListy #Sad

AmyG I am so very sorry. She was beautiful. 😪 2mo
Redwritinghood Sorry to hear that. 💔💔 2mo
TrishB So sorry 💔 2mo
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OrangeMooseReads I‘m so sorry 💔 2mo
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss.💔 2mo
sherryvdh I'm so sorry for your loss. That is heartbreaking. 💔 2mo
Susanita I‘m so sorry. 💔😢 2mo
TK421 That is terrible. I'm sorry for your loss.😢 2mo
Eggs Oh no 😢 sorry for your loss 2mo
Reggie I‘m so sorry. 2mo
Weaponxgirl I‘m so sorry for your loss 💔 2mo
RvnclawWhovian I‘m so sorry for your loss 😢 2mo
PurpleyPumpkin So sorry for your loss. 😔💔 2mo
xxjenadanxx I‘m so sorry for your loss 😭 2mo
TheLibrarian I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 *hugs* 2mo
Marilyncjackson I am so sorry 😐 sending lots of love your way and here is a hug 🤗 2mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im so sorry - all my love to you 2mo
Soubhiville Oh no! I‘m so very sorry. 😥 2mo
jillannjohn I‘m so sorry. 2mo
Lauram I am so sorry about your sweet kitty. 😢 2mo
SW-T I‘m so very sorry for your loss 😢 2mo
DaveGreen7777 Oh, no! I‘m so sorry for your loss! 😞 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's awful. 💔 I'm so sorry for your unexpected loss. Hugs to you! 2mo
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lis_muh
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My darling FatMan has taken to my brother like a fish to warer😂😍 He has never been that comfortable with anyone before #CatsOfListy #PetsOfListy

Weaponxgirl That is adorable! 2mo
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Lcsmcat
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We went to the thrift store to break a $20, and look what followed us home. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookhaul

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Samplergal
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1. Yes. Being retired I‘m starting to do them. I went to London by myself last October.
2. Yes!
3. Yes.
4. A Little Life

#helloThursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 🖋 3mo
TheNerdyProfessor I sobbed multiple times while reading A Little Life 3mo
Samplergal @TheNerdyProfessor Why I keep putting it off. Wit all my trump grief, I‘m not certain I should add to my sadness. 3mo
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Hollie
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For #bestbookfriendship I nominate the four main characters of this novel, JB, Jude, Malcom, and Willem. They are each complex and thus, so are their friendships, but they see each other through so many excruciating things over a lifetime in NYC. I loved this heartbreaker and I love this cover- I loathe the other cover art with a wincing Jude. #literaryluck

ephemeralwaltz 😭😭😭💕💕💕 3mo
Christine11 I hate the other cover too! But such an incredible book. I want to reread it but I‘m not sure I can cope! 😣 3mo
Hollie @Christine11 I listened to it on audio and it wrecked me! 3mo
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Christine11 @Hollie I imagine it might be even more devastating on audio! 😭 3mo
CBee I‘ve been trying to read this one for months. I have to turn it over so my husband won‘t see the cover - it really bothers him! 😟 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve got to read this at some point!! 3mo
readordierachel 💔💕😭 3mo
vkois88 I've heard so many good things about this one 3mo
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Beachesnbooks
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March TBR! I really want to finally tackle A Little Life this month; I‘m just so curious to read the book that so many people love so much (and a few people hate). I‘ve gotten to the point where I‘m starting to feel very left out for not having read it yet! The other two books I‘ve already started, and I‘m not quite sure how I feel about either one yet. #tbr

Soubhiville ALL is amazing, but not an easy (emotionally) read. I hope you like it! 3mo
Lauram A Little Life has been on my tbr list FOREVER. I might try to tackle it later this month. 3mo
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Caffeinated_Reader
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Book number 14 of my year 🤓📚

Caffeinated_Reader This was such a heavy and emotional story. It was so hard to read and process but I am happy I finished it. I feel so sad and incredibly attached to the characters in this book. I seriously doubt that if they make a movie, that I will see it. It‘s just too heavy and exhausting. I will forever cherish this story and these characters. 3mo
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laurdaer
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Exquisitely written. However, very heavy and difficult to get through. I slogged through the last 200 pages simply because I had come so far, but felt no joy in it. The ending filled me with rage, and made the entire book seem unnecessary.

Carla This makes me glad I bailed on it. 3w
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Flaneurette
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1. Hated this book so much, I‘m still mad about it.
2. At home, I‘m a stay at home mom
3. I was about 12 or 13 when I asked someone when their baby was due- she‘d already had it! Lesson learned
4. Street vendor waffles in Brussels or cedar white spruce woods Lake Superior
5. Black Summer

#friyaintro
@howjessreads

LeahBergen # 3! 😆😆😆 4mo
BkClubCare Boring story probably but I was in a quick intimate online book club right when the fever-fervor for ALL was starting and everyone bailed on it but me. And I skipped parts to get thru it. #trueconfession 3mo
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TrishB
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For squeezing every last emotional response from you, relentlessly.
Buy, just not together enough in the mornings to pack.
Recent one - did a presentation at Senate in work, went really well. Came out pleased with myself, looked down and had a massive hole and ladder in my tights.....
Bread, fav perfumes...
Black Warning (I like that!)
#friyayintro

Kalalalatja Black Warning sounds like the perfect band name for you!! 🙌🙌 4mo
TrishB @Kalalalatja I thought so too 😁 4mo
Velvetfur I love Black Warning!! 🤘 4mo
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CouronneDhiver Ooo - that‘s a good band name. 4mo
LauraBeth I think some of my best presentations have been done with my fly unzipped, a missing button on my oxford shirt, spinach in my teeth or with holes in tights 😂 4mo
TrishB @LauraBeth 😂 made me feel so much better!! 4mo
TrishB @CouronneDhiver it is 👍🏻 4mo
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underground_bks
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My eyeballs hurt from crying. In this book is all the triumph and tragedy of life, the trauma and the tenderness. There‘s a line late in A Little Life: “What he knew, he knew from books, and books lied, they made things prettier.” This is a definite exception. There‘s nothing pretty about A Little Life—only a beauty that will tenderize your heart like a meat mallet.

AmyG Yes ❤️ 4mo
Christine11 This book destroyed me. I was exhausted after finishing it! 4mo
underground_bks @Christine11 literally trying to stop myself from rereading already 😭 4mo
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underground_bks @AmyG yes yes yes 😭😭😭 4mo
Christine11 @underground_bks I want to reread it at some point soon too but I need to mentally prepare myself! 😅 4mo
underground_bks @Christine11 I plan on telling people who come up to the register with it that it requires a solid emotional state to start lol 4mo
Christine11 @underground_bks I think that‘s a good idea! It should come with a warning! 4mo
underground_bks @Christine11 I say the same thing about The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell! (edited) 4mo
Reggie Omg, this was my last book for last year, I totally understand. I felt like I had cry-read the last hour and a half of this book. 😭😭😭 4mo
underground_bks @Reggie I was SOBBING. I ran out of tissues 😭 4mo
Reggie Oh no. I will not judge you if you had to use the back of your hand. Lol, however, get ready for the hangover because the very next day I was a zombie. Eat some kinda sugar tomorrow. Something good for the soul. 4mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 This photo is beautiful. I hope to get to this book this year!! 3mo
underground_bks @JanuarieTimewalker13 thank you! Be sure to be in a good place before you read it 😳 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ok, I will😀 3mo
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readordierachel
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Last night I finished his book and then just held it in my lap for a while, trying to sort through my feelings. I can't rate this anything less than five stars. The writing is too exquisite, the characters too finely drawn and memorable, the story too compelling. This is a novel that stays with you.

However...⬇️

readordierachel It is an absolute gauntlet of misery, requiring pretty much every trigger warning imaginable. More than once, I turned to whoever was next to me and said "I'm just so sad right now," put down the book, and did something else for a while to try and restore my equilibrium. But even when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it. ⬇️ 4mo
readordierachel Part of me balks at the blatant manipulation of my emotions by Yanagihara, the acuteness of the pain and suffering she mines in order to do so. But it's just so skillful at the same time. I was so immersed in the story, and the characters felt so real to me, even when they were in extreme (sometimes unbelievable) situations or circumstances. ⬇️ 4mo
readordierachel When I read, I'm looking to feel something, I'm looking for connection, and this gave me both of those in spades. I've never cried so much or so hard over a book, ever. 4mo
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saresmoore Gyarsh. Great review. I am now even more undecided about whether to read this or not. 4mo
Pricel101 @readordierachel spot on👍 that‘s exactly how I felt and the qualities I look for in a great read. Thanks for sharing! @saresmoore it‘s worth the heartaches, especially in audio. 4mo
saresmoore @Pricel101 Ahh! Okay, good to know. 4mo
readordierachel @saresmoore I know what you mean. Ultimately, I thought it was worth it---there is a lot of beauty in it for all its tragedy---but it's a rough go! 4mo
readordierachel @Pricel101 I was wondering how this would be in audio! If I ever want to punish myself and revisit this, I will check It out in that format! 4mo
cathysaid This book changed me, and I can think of only one other book about which I can truly say that. It broke my heart and put it back together again...over and over. 4mo
readordierachel @cathysaid Yes, me too. What was the other book, if you don't mind? 4mo
cathysaid @readordierachel nonfiction read. Heartbreaking because of how much it spoke to me and how I finally felt someone could adequately put my thoughts and feelings into words. Immensely helpful in times of struggle. (edited) 4mo
readordierachel @cathysaid I can see how that would be very powerful. Thanks for sharing that. 4mo
merelybookish For me the emotional manipulation went too far, WAY too far!! I cry so easily and if I feel I'm being played, I get resentful. By the end if this one I felt used and abused and ANGRY! 😠 4mo
readordierachel @merelybookish I totally get that. She was walking a pretty fine line in some parts, for me. Ultimately, I was consumed by the book/characters, which made it a sort of positive experience? But I absolutely see why you would be angry! 4mo
sprainedbrain Perfect review! ❤️ 4mo
batsy Such a thoughtful review. Thank you. Like @saresmoore I've been on the fence about this one, though a part of me is so curious. 4mo
Reggie What a great review, Rachel! ❤️😭The day after I finished this I was a total zombie. 4mo
rohit-sawant Gosh, such a terrific and thoughtful review! I've been looking forward to this, and your post has bumped it up my TBR stack. 4mo
Cathythoughts Great heartfelt review , I agree , to say it‘s a difficult read is putting it mildly. There are parts I wish I hadn‘t read .... but I‘m glad I read this book 💔💔 4mo
readordierachel @batsy It's an odd experience, to be so moved and impressed by a book that I also feel like I can't recommend to anyone without major disclaimers 🤔 4mo
readordierachel @Reggie Thanks! And same! I was like "What am I supposed to do now??" 4mo
readordierachel @rohit-sawant Thanks, Rohit! It's quite a book. Look forward to your thoughts! 4mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Thanks! I couldn't agree more. 4mo
vivastory Stellar review, Rachel. I have reservations about reading this. I'm a bit cautious of feeling emotionally manipulated, but her writing was astonishing in 4mo
readordierachel @vivastory Thanks, Scott! Your caution is totally understandable and warranted. I'm not comfortable recommending that anyone read it, and that's one of the main reasons. I picked up People from the library while I was still reading this one, but I'm scared to crack it open. Was that a bleak read, too? 4mo
vivastory Yes, there are more than a few disturbing parts, but from what I've heard it's nothing in comparison to Little Life 4mo
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Joanster5
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I‘m bailing on this one for now. Just not what I‘m in the mood for at the moment.

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SheLivesToRead
A Little Life: A Novel | Hanya Yanagihara
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My first big book of 2019 at a whopping 816 pages. I am so ready for this one, though. I‘m about 30 pages in and already sucked in.

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Joanster5
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So I started listening to this one. It really hasn‘t interested me. I‘m switching to another one. I haven‘t decided if I‘m bailing on this.

Marina_h Ohh no, I loved this one. It was depressing and sad but I loved it. I think I started it once and it didn't really grab me but I'm glad I gave it a second chance. I don't know how the audiobook is though, maybe it's better reading it? 4mo
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Reason 56472910474829 why I love the used bookstore. Next to new books at a dollar or less. $0.15 for a hardcover!

SkeletonKey Uuuummm, are you in Manassas? 5mo
Stephuhhnieee @SkeletonKey I drive down ☺️ 5mo
SkeletonKey Ah cool! I go to McKay‘s whenever I‘m around too. 5mo
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Stephuhhnieee @SkeletonKey Yay local Littens! McKays is the best! 5mo
Biverson12 I got A Painted House from a used book sale and I can‘t wait to read it! 5mo
Stephuhhnieee @Biverson12 Yess! It‘ll be my first Grisham book 😅😬 Hoping it‘s good! 5mo
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Not a bad average length for 70+ books 😎 who doesn't love GoodReads stats?

Kalalalatja A Little Life ❤️💔❤️ 5mo
ephemeralwaltz @Kalalalatja will never forget it 😭❤️ 5mo
Reggie 😭😭😭it‘s still so fresh. 5mo
Redwritinghood 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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Now one of my all time favourite books.

donnamartinreads Such an amazing book! ❤️ 5mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!!! :) 3mo
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My first post in 2019 #MusicalNewYear Rent is a rock musical that tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists struggling to survive and create a life in New York City's East Village under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. ALL also tells the story of 4 friends in New York City from college through to middle-age. #SeasonsOfLove is my favorite song from the musical and captures the feelings of the novel. Image from Google

vivastory Great post! I have yet to read A Little Life. I did really enjoy Yanagihara's 5mo
Cinfhen Still haven‘t read that book, Scott!! I‘m adding it to my 2019 journal... @vivastory (edited) 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm @vivastory We must be the few people left who haven‘t read that 💔book! Planning to read it this year though 🤞 5mo
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Dragon Happy New Year 🥳 5mo
vivastory @erzascarletbookgasm Same here! I will have to emotionally prepare myself for it! 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Dragon same to you 🥳🥳 5mo
TrishB Great pick 👍🏻 5mo
Cathythoughts @loved this book 5mo
Kalalalatja Best book ❤️❤️ 5mo
saresmoore I want to read this book so much, but everyone keeps warning me how horrible it is! 5mo
emilyhaldi So good.... And Happy New Year!!! 🎉😘🎉😘 (edited) 5mo
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I wanted to finish this today so I could start fresh with a new book for 2019, but now this will officially be my first of the new year. I‘d feel like I was cheating if I didn‘t still have 300+ pages to go, so honestly I‘m not mad this will be listed as my first. 💔

Amandajoy 300 pages is like a whole other book... 5mo
Amandajoy 300 pages is like a whole other book... 5mo
readordierachel I'm in the same boat. About halfway through this one coming into the new year. 5mo
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I didn‘t read as many books in 2018 as the previous year, but it was a quality year - I had a hard time narrowing down to these favorites! I also love this time of year for all the most anticipated lists for the new year. What‘s on your most anticipated list for 2019?? I think mine is My Favorite Thing is Monsters, Vol. 2.

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Reggie
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I‘m so exhausted. So exhausted from cry reading the last hour of this book. I realize now I had the dumbest thought before reading this book. That afterwards I could buy that cool shirt with the 4 names on it. And now, I don‘t know how I will keep away the sadness of seeing those names. Such a great book about friendship that also happens to be one of the most tragic novels I‘ve ever read.

BarbaraBB Wonderful sad review 💔 5mo
Ms_T Great review of a great book 💔 5mo
Cathythoughts Heartfelt review ♥️💔. 5mo
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TrishB Agreed ❤️ heart breaking read. 5mo
Kalalalatja 💔💔 5mo
squirrelbrain It was so heartbreaking wasn‘t it? 💔 But an amazing book.... 5mo
Rissreads Best book! This is one of the few books that made me cry from sadness and cry from happiness. 💔 5mo
JennyM They bury deep in your heart and stay with you. It will always be one of the best and most heartbreaking books I‘ve ever read ❤️ 5mo
readordierachel Wow, you blew through that! (I'm still working my way through). Glad to hear you loved it! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t read another book for weeks after finishing this one. It completely shattered me. 5mo
Cathythoughts Happy New Year Reggie 🎉♥️🥂 5mo
Reggie @Cathythoughts Happy New Years!!!❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Reggie @MicheleinPhilly @readordierachel @JennyM @Rissreads @squirrelbrain @Kalalalatja @TrishB @Cathythoughts @Mrs_T @BarbaraBB this is gonna sound melodramatic but I brought a book to work and I can‘t be bothered to look at it. 👇🏼 5mo
Reggie I didn‘t like this book but it is a great book and I hope this goes away but I feel like it took something from me. Stay safe and warm tonight. Happy New Year‘s!!! 5mo
TrishB It definitely does take something from you! It‘s my most unrecommended, highly rated book. I never tell people to read it because of the investment and the outcome. 5mo
DivineDiana On the TBR shelves, I plan on reading this year. Need to know why it is such a powerful read! 🤔 5mo
Reggie @DivineDiana I can‘t even tell you to read it or not. Just know it is a lot. Overwhelming at times. 5mo
DivineDiana I am warned. ❤️ 5mo
Suet624 Your last line says it all. And the comment from @TrishB So true. 5mo
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limbera
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Epic

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Amiable
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This is not a book that you read. It's a book that you stagger and lurch through. This book is emotionally exhausting. And at many points you'll ask why are you doing this to yourself? WHY?? Because. It's honest and brutal and real and bleak and hopeful and unsettling and lovely, all at once. It's a powerful and incredible piece of work. I can't say I enjoyed it. And I felt a huge sense of relief when I finished. But I'm glad I experienced it.

LazyDays Nice review! 5mo
Amiable @LazyDays I feel like this book should come with trigger warnings! 5mo
Soubhiville Great review! I felt the same way- it‘s brutal yet beautiful. 5mo
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CareBear Nailed the review. 5mo
sprainedbrain Perfect review. This book wrecked me! 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great review! I still need to read this. So much Litsy love. 5mo
donnamartinreads This is exactly how it is. 5mo
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I think I love Jude St. Francis more than any other literary character. 😭

laurenbescoby 💔 5mo
Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 5mo
JennyM Me too ❤️ 5mo
Zee3 This was soo sad 😭😭😭 5mo
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Reggie
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It‘s nice to know that even after everything that has happened so far, I can still laugh.

Bklover I LOVE this book. Not sure I could do it again though. Maybe someday! 5mo
LauraBeth 😂😂 5mo
erinreads Any tears yet? 5mo
Reggie @erinreads I just got to the last page of The Happy Years.😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 5mo
erinreads @Reggie Nooooooooooo. That‘s the part I‘m dreading the most. 😭😭😭 Also, you‘re flying through this! 5mo
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Reggie
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Only pg. 84 and it is dense and a little too close to home about what we sometimes fail to say in friendships and the whys.

ephemeralwaltz This book! Every page is so intense. 5mo
Kappadeemom It is hard to read but try to push through. I had to put it down several times and come back to it. 5mo
Reviewsbylola Omfg get ready for a roller coaster of emotions. I can‘t wait to hear what you think. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭 5mo
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Reggie @ephemeralwaltz @Kappadeemom @Reviewsbylola So I‘m on pg.321. The adoption hit me hard. I just want to shake Jude and tell him he is worthy and deserving of such love and friendship. Also, she can really wrap up a chapter. Every end paragraph has emotions welling up inside me. And I love Willem. I‘m not even halfway yet. 5mo
Kappadeemom @Reggie I know! I wanted to take Jude in and love him to death. 5mo
Reggie @Reviewsbylola ok, now I‘m fcking livid. Why is he with Caleb. For all his brilliance he starts to date the psycho!!! Lol ok now I see the rollercoaster 🎢 I‘m on. 5mo
Suet624 Oh Reggie. You and that tender heart of yours. This book might do you in. It‘s one you‘ll never forget. We‘ll be here for you when you finish. 5mo
Reggie @Suet624 😭😭😭😭😭the end. 5mo
Suet624 Oh my gosh. Yes. Are you okay? 5mo
Reggie @Suet624 yesterday I was a zombie from this book. I hope you had a great night last night and Happy New Year!!! 5mo
Suet624 @Reggie thanks for your good wishes. Previous New Years Eves have been both incredibly exciting (was married that day in one year and years later engaged to another) and also heartbreaking (partners seemed to find other women very attractive on that night)! So now I get into bed at 11 pm before I can be stunned by any events. 😂😂. Best wishes to you for 2019. 5mo
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erinreads
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Because I like pain, I‘m currently REREADING this book now. 😭😭😭 I picked up the copy on the right when I was in Scotland in 2016 and while it‘s A LOT more attractive than the US version, the book isn‘t that comfortable to hold. And at 700 pages, I need an easier book to hold. So orgasmic man it is! Now excuse me while I go cry ALL OF THE TEARS.

JennyM I‘m planning a re-read this year. Still my fave book of all time but, oh, the tears! Enjoy (if that‘s the right word for this book!) 😊 5mo
Reggie I‘m gonna start reading this for the first time tomorrow. I haven‘t cried on a book since Monday so I‘m due. Lol 5mo
erinreads @Reggie Since Monday. 😂 I‘ve only cried about like 10 books this year, which seems like a low number for me in a year, so this will help to make up some of the deficit. 5mo
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erinreads @JennyM I‘m really curious how bad it‘ll be this second time around for me. Worse because I love Jude St. Francis so fiercely going into it or a little better because at least I KNOW what‘s going to happen? Ugh. This book hurts so good. 5mo
sprainedbrain Re-reading!? You are made of stronger stuff than me. 😭 5mo
sprainedbrain @Reggie since Monday. 😂😂😂 5mo
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GypsyKat I feel like you need booze to get you through this one. 😭 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Logical strategy! 5mo
erinreads I just started rereading this book! 😭 5mo
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