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Great Circle
Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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"After being rescued as infants from a sinking ocean liner in 1914, Marian and Jamie Graves are raised by their dissolute uncle in Missoula, Montana. There --after encountering a pair of pilots passing through town in a beat up Cessna--Marian commences her lifelong love affair with flight. At fifteen, she drops out of school and finds an unexpected and dangerous patron in a wealthy rancher who provides a plane and subsidizes her lessons, an arrangement that will haunt her for the rest of her life, even as it allows her to fulfill her destiny: circumnavigating the globe and piloting her plane over the Arctic Circle. A century later, Hadley Baxter is cast to play Marian in a film that centers on Marian's disappearance over the South Pacific. Vibrant, canny, disgusted with the claustrophobia of Hollywood, Hadley is eager to re-define herself after a romantic film franchise has imprisoned her in the grip of cult celebrity. Her immersion into the character of Marian unfolds, thrillingly, alongside Marian's own story, as the two womens' fates--and their hunger for self-determination in vastly different geographies and times-- collide. Epic and emotional, meticulously researched and gloriously told, Great Circle is a monumental work of art, and a tremendous leap forward for the prodigiously gifted Maggie Shipstead"--
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JillR
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I spend my reading life searching for books like this one. Books that completely consume me and I can‘t put down. Marian Graves is our main character; an aspiring aviator in the 1930s, who has a complicated and troubled background. Her story is interspersed with that of film star Hadley who is to play Marian in the biopic of her life. That little summary doesn‘t do the epic scope or intensity of the story and characters justice; I loved it!

Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4w
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 I loved it too. 4w
Freespirit It looks great!! 4w
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Donna1980
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This book was epic, all 670 pages of it but I‘m so glad I chose it to be a holiday read so that I could be fully absorbed in it. A book with layers like this needs to be given the time it deserves to be truly loved. Marian Graves dreams of being a pilot and to circumnavigate the globe. So the story is set in motion as the author traverses the 20th century through the lives of 2 women predominantly but many other beautifully written characters. 5🌟

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Donna1980
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What a recommendation this was. If you are looking for where to start with the nominees for the women‘s prize for fiction this year, then I can think of no better place to start. This book is a gem!

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charl08
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Not going to arrive in time to drink out of this during watching the shortlist events this week.

New challenge to see if I've read something by all the winners 🏆?

Nute Whoa! I love that mug! 1mo
vivastory I thought about ordering this. I have the journal, which I love 1mo
charl08 @nute @vivastory I wanted the journal as well! 1mo
humouress I foresee a merger … 1mo
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Butterfinger
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Manipulation, heartbreak, adventure, love. This epic has it all. I got so lost in the reading, I could swear it was Ken Follet. And Jamie. Swoon. Reminded me of Anne Blythe's Walter. Interspersed between the chapters, you are treated to historical snippets of real aviators. This is my favored contender for #WomensPrize2022 No, wait. I forgot about The Sentence.

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thewallflower0707
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Okay, I‘m done with what feels like a very long book. I usually love historical fiction, but I just could not get invested. It‘s beautifully written though.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️,75/5

#WomensPrize #novel #historicalfiction

Suet624 Agreed. 4w
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AnneCecilie
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vivastory I almost chose this one for today's prompt. I'm really looking forward to reading this one! 3mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 ✈️📚 3mo
AnneCecilie @vivastory One of my favorite reads from last year. Hope you enjoy it 3mo
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PhilipE
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Pretty good book. The last hundred pages were really well written. Beautiful writing.

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sophies_little_library
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Happy Sunday!

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Cathy_J
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The epic story of a fictional female aviator Marian Graves. I really enjoyed traveling through history over such a great length of time with characters who became so familiar to me. I loved many sections of the book but there were others I thought were not entirely necessary. It is a long book but it does span a long and interesting life. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

sprainedbrain Loved that one! 5mo
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Ncostell
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I have mixed feelings about this book which contains dual timelines. As is often the case when I read this type of book I am usually drawn to one storyline over another. The story of fictional pilot Marian Graves was compelling as I enjoyed reading her journey and learning of the role of women pilots during WWII. The secondary timeline of a modern day actress playing Marian in a movie about her life was less engaging and felt unnecessary to me.

Aims42 I bailed because I couldn‘t get into the book because of Marian‘s timeline. I think I only got maybe 50 pages in - Is it worth trying again? 5mo
Ncostell @Aims42 It is a pretty big commitment as it‘s so long. I was glad that I finished it as I felt that it had a satisfying resolution. Marian‘s timeline does take up much more of the book though so if you‘re not as interested in her story I would keep that in mind. I didn‘t feel very connected to her at first but she grew on me as the book progressed. 5mo
Aims42 @Ncostell Thank you, sounds like maybe another try in the future 👍 😃 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Such a beast of a book! Marian Graves, fictional female pilot, has a difficult go of things from infancy (1914) and throughout most of her life. Not only do we get the intricate details of her life from birth to the end of her life, but also her parents‘ lives and others in her orbit jump off the page. The time periods and sense of place, just amazing! This epic journey is pierced by present-day chapters about an actress playing Graves in a film.

julesG I especially felt that last sentence. The story could have done without the dual timeline. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole @julesG I‘ve read a bunch of reviews with the same sentiment and I can see it could have been left out. For me, it felt like a refreshing return to Marian after tabloid, Hollywood drama. Kind of a juxtaposition that enhanced Marian‘s story for me 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
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Suet624
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I‘m giving this one a pick but I have to say that of the 600 pages, it was the last 200 pages that finally connected me to the characters. They had felt very distant before that. I think I‘ll appreciate it more after it settles in a bit. Well researched with great detailed storytelling.

Cinfhen I loved this one!! I was convinced Marian was “real” / not sure the current day story was necessary 6mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen I know! I saw your review. Current day story really wasn‘t necessary. 6mo
Ncostell I‘m about a third of the way through this book now and know what you‘re saying about feeling disconnected from the main characters. Despite that, I feel it‘s a propulsive story but am glad to hear that the characters may grow on me as the book progresses. 6mo
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Suet624 @cinfhen @ncostell I think my main issue was that this was on the Booker Prize short list. There was much to praise about the book, but I expected more because of being on that list. Like I said, with time it's probable I will recognize more of what I liked about it. 6mo
Cinfhen I‘ve stopped putting my faith in all of these prizes / but I get why your expectations would have been high!! I just loved all the historical detail and I felt the author didn‘t rush her story but gave us time to really live alongside Marian. I loved it right from the start and stayed engaged throughout the pages ( well audio hours 😉it was LONG!!!!) 6mo
Suet624 @Cinfhen I completely agree on its length! 😂😂 6mo
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sophies_little_library
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‘Circles are wondrous because they are endless. Anything endless is wondrous. But endlessness is torture, too. I knew the horizon could never be caught but still chased it. What I have done is foolish; I had no choice but to do it.‘

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sophies_little_library
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This was extraordinary: spanning continents and centuries, introducing distinctive, wonderful characters. I adored Marian and her twin Jamie, who are real, flawed, and who grow. Most of this novel is set in the past, so the film-making storyline is primarily to complement Marian‘s journey. This didn‘t bother me, as Marian was the character I cared about, but it could bother some. This is such a bold, sweeping novel and a careful character study.

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StellaB
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I can see how this is wonderful storytelling. I personally didn‘t really connect with the main characters and so became less and less interested in their stories. But the different story strands are very convincing, and beautifully human.

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AnneCecilie
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#September #9thbookof2021 was another month with several amazing reads, but I landed on this as the best of the month.

Honorable mentions: Ace by Angela Chen, The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

#12Booksof2021

Suet624 In the midst of this right now. 6mo
AnneCecilie @Suet624 How do you find it? 6mo
Suet624 @AnneCecilie I‘m enjoying it but wishing it weren‘t quite so long. 😀 6mo
Andrew65 Looks good. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Feels weird to still be dishing about 2021 but I‘m still sharing my #12BooksOf2021
This was my favorite read for September @Andrew65
An epic story of a fictional female aviator spanning 100 years. It was a chunky read but I enjoyed the journey. Audio narration was excellent.

WanderingBookaneer This was my favorite book of the year. 6mo
Cinfhen Oh wow @WanderingBookaneer it was really special. So good. 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds brilliant. Stacked. 6mo
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melissajayne
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The only book I read for #july this year #12booksof2021

Andrew65 Easy choice. 6mo
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Beatlefan129
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Thank you for the amazing #jolabokaflodswap package @ReadingEnvy The extra bonus books are a great surprise.
Thanks also to @MaleficentBookDragon for hosting the best swap of all

ReadingEnvy I can't remember if I added a note but I saw that I had two more books from your Goodreads TBR and decided I might as well send them too. 6mo
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jenniferw88
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@Cinfhen here's my #top21of21 (including tagged book as I couldn't fit it on the collage 🤣!)

Last one on the bottom is The Strode Ventura by Hammond Innes.

Tagging @Librarybelle (as 9 of these came from #readingasia2021) and anyone else who wants to join in!

Cinfhen So good!!! Thanks for posting and sharing 🥰 6mo
Librarybelle Thanks for tagging me, and I think this list looks amazing! 6mo
merelybookish I have been meaning to read The Red Tent for years! 6mo
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TrishB Some great ones on there Jenny 👍🏻 6mo
Nute Fantastic reading this year! Yay…The Red Tent! It‘s been a long time, but it‘s not forgotten. I am discovering so many new books because of everyone‘s choices. Reading through these posts is like a Saturday morning heavenly literary smorgasbord from some of my most favorite people on the planet! Such a delight!💕 6mo
BarbaraBB What a great list. I am happy ReadingAsia was such a source of inspiration 🤍🤍 6mo
Kdgordon88 Great list of books! 6mo
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perfectlywinged
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Excited to start this epic historical fiction about a female pilot who will disappear Amelia Earhart style.

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jenniferw88
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Susanita 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
BarbaraBB Wow. 5⭐️ 7mo
jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB if you're thing of doing next year 's #52Booksin52Weeks it would definitely work for the 'set on at least two different continents' prompt. I'm using it for this year's 'dual timeline' prompt. 7mo
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BarbaraBB Thanks, that‘s a good suggestion. I read this one for dual timeline 7mo
BarbaraBB For next year‘s two continents prompt (as well as for #ReadingAfrica2022) I‘ve been thinking of 7mo
BarbaraBB That one sounds good too. I love tripling up! 7mo
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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

I was a little underwhelmed by this book. With the reference to aviation in the title, I think I was expecting more about the the flying. Too much back story on minor characters for my liking, too.

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MinnieTimperley
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At the Booker Readings 2021. Very excited.

julesG Enjoy! 8mo
DrexEdit 😲 Nice! 😀 8mo
BarbaraBB So cool!! 8mo
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rachaich
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Wow, what a read.
I became rather absorbed in the plot, all the characters were detailed enough to keep me reading.
I'm interested in how much of it might be fact...

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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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I loved this incredible epic novel, definitely making my top 10 list for 2021! Some reviewers didn‘t like the modern thread of the historical/modern dual narrative, and it isn‘t as strong as the historical thread, but I still enjoyed it all. Definitely my favorite of this year‘s Booker nominees. The fictional tale of the lives of aviator Marian Graves and her artist brother Jamie makes for a damn fine yarn. Thanks to Libro.fm for the ALC!

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Lindy
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I enjoyed the characters & broad sweep of this dual timelines novel. Interspersed snippets about women in aviation history—which may be fictional; I didn‘t check—added to my pleasure. Still, it doesn‘t seem worthy of a Booker prize. (I feel the same about Bewilderment & A Town Called Solace.) 25 hours in #audio, expertly narrated by Cassandra Campbell & Alex McKenna, who speak so clearly, 1.75 playback didn‘t sacrifice listening comprehension.

TrishB It definitely didn‘t have the Booker vibe. But I loved the story! 8mo
Lindy @TrishB A vibe is a good way to describe the nebulous quality that infuses award-worthy literature. 👍 8mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I agree; not sure why it was picked for the Booker, it‘s a fairly ‘standard‘ story, certainly not award-winning. (Although would maybe work for the Women‘s Prize for Fiction, due to its storyline) 8mo
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Lindy @squirrelbrain Good point about suitability for the Women‘s Prize. 👍 8mo
Suet624 I read this because it was on the booker list. Just barely a pick for me. 6mo
Lindy @Suet624 It‘s not a bad book, but I don‘t feel like it changed me in any way, so in hindsight, I wish I had used my time to read something else. 6mo
Suet624 My feeling exactly 6mo
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Lindy
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There should be an Antiques Roadshow for memories, and I would sit behind a desk and explain that while your memory might be lovely and have tremendous sentimental value, it was worth nothing to anyone but you.

Tonton 😂😂😂 8mo
tpixie 😂 8mo
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rmaclean4
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Mehso-so

Well written sweeping epic with two dual narratives. Yet it left me unmoved. 3 🌟

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Bookboss
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This was quite an adventure. The story follows Marion Graves from birth to death. We see her through Prohibition, the Great Depression, WWII, and beyond. Her story is interlaced with that of the actress who is portraying her in modern times, which was engaging but unnecessary. I was engrossed in the plot, and interested in the fully formed characters. This is the first book by Shipstead that I have read, and I look forward to reading more.

Lindy I can recommend 8mo
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Lindy
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While #audiowalking today, I kept a close eye on this coyote, who was more interested in something else.

squirrelbrain Ooh he‘s a bit scary! How are you liking the book? 8mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain I‘m nearly at the midpoint. Mildly enjoying, I would say; nothing objectionable, yet nothing exceptional either, so far. 8mo
squirrelbrain I really liked it when I read it, but it soon went out of my mind and it was definitely over-long. (edited) 8mo
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Suet624 Ummm…hello pretty coyote. 8mo
Lindy @Suet624 Coyotes are well camouflaged, aren‘t they? 8mo
Lindy @squirrelbrain So, I just read the part where the actress meets the son of the author who imagined the pilot‘s life, and I‘m thinking wait a minute, is the older storyline actually what his mother wrote about the pilot? Because that storyline seems pretty romantic and larger than life. Hmmmm 🧐 8mo
squirrelbrain Hmmmm indeed….! No further comment 😁 8mo
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Lindy
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I finished my reversible housecoat while listening to the tagged audiobook. Many other audiobooks were in my ears while I dyed the pieces of fabric (over the past two years). Sewing pattern is my own design and I am very pleased with the results.

Lindy @Crazeedi Here it is! 8mo
Tianarose Wow! That‘s amazing! Great work! 8mo
Soscha I would love love love to learn this! 8mo
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Leftcoastzen So beautiful! 8mo
Nute Amazing talent! Looks so well made. 8mo
xicanti It looks great! 8mo
Lindy @Soscha I took an online beginner clothing design course last month. The instructor Christi Johnson is great! https://www.mixedcolor.net/soft-work-details 8mo
Lindy @Tianarose @Leftcoastzen @Nute @xicanti Thanks so much to all of you 🥰 8mo
julesG Wow. It looks wonderful. Love the colours of the dyed fabrics. That's quite the achievement. 8mo
Lindy @julesG Thanks! I‘m really happy with it. 8mo
Crazeedi @Lindy it looks awesome, love the various fabrics. I was a professional seamstress for many years, and it makes me so happy to see people creating their own clothes. I think the art of sewing might be making a comeback! I have so many patterns, fabric that I'll probably never use. But I love it all. I made my clothes and my girls clothes for years. Keep up the wonderful work 8mo
Lindy @Crazeedi Thank you! Being experienced, you‘ll understand my neophyte dilemma about how to finish the reversible sleeve hems. Initially, I sewed them the same way I did the bottom hem, but when I turned them right side out, the rest of the garment was so tangled I panicked and ripped out the seams. (Now I realize I should have been more patient.) In the end, I finished them by hand using a blind stitch. 8mo
Crazeedi @Lindy I would have done the blind stitch too, great job!! 8mo
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rachaich
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Now this is a good read so far.
Not as keen on the Hollywood star chapters but made up by the Marian chapters.

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charl08
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The Japanese flew over sometimes, strafing and bombing, usually not doing much damage. The tundra swallowed their bullets and bombs. "We do better than that, don't we?" Jamie said to an army photographer after an attack.

The man gazed after the departing planes. “Yeah, their mud is probably much more shot up than ours."

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charl08
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the lipstick in the cockpit was an armouring...

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charl08
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Argh....

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krismlars
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A beautiful day in Massachusetts, but I‘m mentally in Montana.

Tamra Yes….front range please. 9mo
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charl08
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He paused for a second and breathed in so hard his nose flattened, signaling he was about to quote something. "Men at some time are masters of their own fates; the fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.""
"Men are masters of their own fates."
"Women didn't fit the meter."
"They never do, man."

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Megabooks
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This was not for me. 😑 I got tired of the characters. I didn‘t dislike them, but I wasn‘t invested in them like one should be in a 25 hour #audiobook. The modern storyline was useless. If this had been a 300 page novel about Marian only, I might have enjoyed it more. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Caroline2 It‘s very long and depressing isn‘t it. 😒 9mo
Megabooks @Caroline2 agree. It just didn‘t move me despite feeling like I should find it emotional. 9mo
BarbaraBB I feel not tempted to read one 9mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB yeah, I nearly gave up ⅔ through, but I ended up finishing. Never say die! @squirrelbrain and @Cinfhen loved it among others. Did you read it too @Cathythoughts ?? 9mo
squirrelbrain I loved it when I read it Meg, but the further away I get from it, it‘s kind of diminishing in my mind - perhaps not as good as I thought and certainly over-long. @TrishB also liked it. @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen 9mo
Cathythoughts I have it , but havnt got to it yet .. I‘ll try it sometime ….. but if it‘s not for me I‘ll bail .. it‘s long 😬 9mo
Cinfhen It did feel VERY LONG and I sort of remember the length more than the content @squirrelbrain but I appreciated the fullness and richness of creating such an interesting female MC, who I honestly believed was a real life person. Agree with Meg, we didn‘t need the current day storyline although it didn‘t bother me or take me out of the other story. It‘s still a strong pick but maybe not my best of the year…I still don‘t have a solid list yet 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Campbell‘s narration kept me sort of engaged, but if I had written the book, there‘s so much I‘d cut. It just didn‘t click for me. I‘m reading Franzen‘s latest (tagged) and it‘s this multi-person huge 600 page/25 hour novel, too, but it‘s working for me a lot more. 9mo
Megabooks How are things in weddingland. In N freaking out? Is H being annoying? I‘ve thought about you a lot and hoped you‘re doing okay. 💜💜💜💜 9mo
Cinfhen I LOVE multicast but for the next few weeks I need simple short audios like the Union. My ability to focus and concentrate is pretty low 🤪 9mo
Cinfhen I‘ll post an email later - H is being H (🥴) and N is STRESSED but it‘s all normal. N & I have our final fittings later today 🤞🏽 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen just one narrator, but he‘s awesome. He can even do female voices well. The book follows a family of parents and 4 siblings. Now that I‘m thinking it has a similar expansiveness as the one I‘ll tag. Same number of kids, but it‘s historical (mildly, set in the early 70s) and definitely written from a more male perspective. 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen sending so many hugs to you!! It will be a beautiful day, I‘m sure. 💕💕 you‘ll make it mama!! 9mo
Cinfhen Loved The Most Fun!!!! So now im VERY intrigued by the Franzen 9mo
Cinfhen 😘😘😘 9mo
squirrelbrain Sending love @Cinfhen - it‘ll all work out just fine! 😁 @Megabooks - I was intrigued by the Franzen and I too loved The Most Fun so I may go for it….. 9mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @squirrelbrain I REFUSE to look at the forecast 😅😂 9mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 230: Iron Bubble with Ross O'Brien

Living in Hong Kong has given Ross a different pandemic perspective, and has shifted his reading life in ways we discuss during this episode, as well as discussing books we've read recently. I'm just a bot, though.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy230

Lindy I‘ve just listened to this episode plus your most recent one; glad to hear you are feeling better! Enjoyed hearing Ross‘s experience of pandemic life in Hong Kong. He articulated something I‘ve noticed about my own reading: I want interpretations of the big picture. The bigger the better. 8mo
ReadingEnvy @Lindy I think doubly so for him since he's feeling trapped in his country! Can you think of any books that do this for you? 8mo
Lindy @ReadingEnvy There are so many! A few: Galgut‘s The Promise; Simpson‘s Noopiming; Winch‘s The Yield; Cabezon Camara‘s Adventures of China Iron; Erdrich‘s Night Watchman; Ali Smith‘s seasonal quartet; Millet‘s Children‘s Bible; Kellough‘s Dominoes at the Crossroads; Swarup‘s Latitudes of Longing 8mo
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krismlars
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Jogging and audiobooking, before the rain

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charl08
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I didn't say anything. She said, "Have you talked to Oliver yet?"
"No. But, by the way, he cheated, too. I told you about that."
"But it never really leaked. If a tree cheats in the woods and nobody takes its picture...

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mjtwo
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7 Sep-3 Oct 2021
Booker Longlist 5
A very readable novel. It juxtaposes two storylines: Marian, her twin, Jamie, and childhood friend, Caleb, from children in Montana to adulthood in World War II; and modern day Hadley, a teen actress destined to play Marian in a biopic. The sections recounting the lives and stories of early female pilots and their role in WWII were the highlight; Hadley‘s story was less interesting and a little vacuous.

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krismlars
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We listened to more than 3 hours of this book today!

Leftcoastzen So cute !😻😻 9mo
Megabooks I‘m about 9 hours in. Enjoying it but it‘s so long!! 9mo
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Soubhiville
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A dual timeline with a main character who is a woman pilot before and during WWII and a current day character who is a famous actor. I really liked this 600 pg chunkster! Marian and Jamie and Caleb‘s timeline was more relatable to me, and I really loved Jamie and Sarah‘s section. I didn‘t mind the more contemporary sections, and actually found it Hadley‘s story to be good contrast. I know some found her part unnecessary. 4 1/2 stars for me!

JamieArc I just finished this and really enjoyed it too - which was a surprise since it‘s a Booker nominee 😂 9mo
Soubhiville I just read your review 😊. I don‘t usually follow the Booker award too closely, but I do notice lots of reviews for it‘s nominees aren‘t great 🤣. 9mo
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JamieArc
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This book is why I make myself read the Booker nominees when I rarely really enjoy them - because once in a while there is an absolute gem. I love this epic saga of Marian Graves, aviatrix. Well-crafted sentences that keep you reading, even all the details of aircraft and flight were interesting. I have a book hangover now, and am grieving the fact that Marian is not a real perso.

JamieArc And that ending - so unexpected. I read the last bit starting with the flight with dread, thinking I knew what was coming, so that ending was so exciting and such a relief! 9mo
JamieArc Major spoiler above, be warned! 9mo
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ReadingEnvy
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Even though I should be reading Barkskins, this could not be renewed at the library so it was now or never. The story is 90% a female pilot in the 20th century with enough dips into other storylines to want to go back to Marian. Do I think it will win the Booker? I'd be surprised, but I enjoyed the read.