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There's a Hole in My Bucket
There's a Hole in My Bucket: A Journey of Two Brothers | Royd Tolkien
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An inspirational, life-affirming memoir from the great-grandson of J.R.R. Tolkien. Having grown up on their great-grandfather's stories, Royd Tolkien and his brother, Mike, have always enjoyed adventures. So when Mike is diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, the brothers decide to use the time they have left to tick off as much as possible from Mike's bucket list, from remote camping in Norway to travelling through Royd's beloved New Zealand. Yet, when Royd loses Mike, he discovers his brother had been writing another kind of bucket list: fifty things he wanted Royd to do after his death. His first task? Mike wants his mild-mannered brother to trip up on his way to the lectern to deliver his eulogy. What follows is a set of emotionally charged tests that will push Royd firmly out of his comfort zone. This is the story of Royd's journey to accomplish a challenging, humorous, and often heart-breaking list of unknown tasks that chart the brothers' lives from childhood to adulthood. But above all, it is a story of the sibling bond, of grief--and of treasuring every moment.
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fredthemoose
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Memoir of a man completing the bucket list left for him by his younger brother who died of motor neuron disease (ALS in the US). The love between the brothers was truly touching, but many of the list items and flashbacks to his brother‘s illness in the middle of the book sort of merged together without adding much else to the overall story. Most of it could have been expressed in a beautiful long essay. Not sure it needed 345 pages.

fredthemoose @Roary47 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @mnjacques I finally finished my last LMPBC book from the last round! It was great reading with you all. @Roary47 I‘ll get this in the mail to you later this week! 2mo
Roary47 Yay! That one is not my book though. I had the Mister Rogers. 💛 2mo
fredthemoose @Roary47 Oh, shoot—you‘re right. I think this is supposed to go to @mnjacques 2mo
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Roary47 @fredthemoose @mnjacques @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I feel like I didn‘t get one. I read this one, mine, and crying in h mart. What am I missing? We‘ve had issues with our mail so just want to make sure it‘s not missing 😭 2mo
fredthemoose @Roary47 Hollywood Park was the 4th, and it was really good! I held things up and sent both that and the Mr. Rogers to @mnjacques at the same time at the end of June (I think?? 😬). Hopefully it makes its way to you eventually! 2mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Yes. Hollywood Park was my choice, so I hope it gets to you @Roary47 and then back to me eventually! @mnjacques Let us know! 2mo
Roary47 @fredthemoose no worries at all I was just worried it was lost. I hope I get a chance to read it. I‘ll keep checking the mail, but let me know if I need to bully my post office. 2mo
mnjacques I have them and am in the process of reading them! Sorry it‘s taking me so long like kinda got hectic 2mo
fredthemoose @mnjacques I got@this in the mail to you today! 2mo
sherrisilvera I am midway and struggling to continue 2mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This incredibly sweet memoir about a man‘s odyssey to complete his brother‘s bucket list after his death will get you right in the feels. Great-grandsons of JRR Tolkien, Mike and Royd have a special bond that becomes even stronger as Mike battles ALS. Royd grapples with the loss of his brother, overcomes fears, and learns to move foreword by steadfastly completing 50 bucket list items Mike never got to do. Hilarious, poignant, and inspiring. 4⭐️

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Roary47
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Pickpick

4✨ I went into this book knowing I would have the feels. The great grandsons of J.R.R. Tolkien have had many adventures together. As brothers they were really close, and when the younger brother, Mike, passes away from Motor Neuron Disease it is up to our author Royd to complete his bucket list.

Roary47 Filled with memories, an insight into MND, and moving forward. It was really heartfelt and at times could be very funny. My only complaint was jumping around on the timeline so much. Had to picture my Lord of the Rings Build a Bears of course! Read for #Lmpbc #GroupS @mnjacques @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @suvata Also counting this for #roaringwolf “Rabbit” @Littlewolf1 (edited) 6mo
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Roary47
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I‘m not sure if we are still doing these, but I think they are fun and I read more on the weekend when I have a plan. The tagged book is my #Lmpbc book for #GroupS I‘m going through it pretty slow too because of content. I‘ll likely finish September today and my audiobook will get a good dent because it‘s pretty good right now. 🤩 @Andrew65 @suvata @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @mnjacques

Andrew65 I always read better to a plan. Happy reading. 6mo
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Roary47
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I am very behind trying to catch up on everything. I do have this! @mnjacques 💛

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mnjacques
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Pickpick

Probably the best memoir I have read yet. I have literally had every type of emotion reading this. It even made me cry!

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Crazeedi
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Thanks for the tag Sher❤️❤️
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs
1 the most recent Breaking Silence, Behind Her Eyes, and Chocolate Covered Murder, all from dearest @EadieB #LDF
2 2 Kate Ellis books to Cassie @Addison_Reads
3 see tagged book, a love story between brothers, a lovely NF book

Eggs Great titles!! 8mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

I honestly hadn't noticed the last name of the author when I chose this as my Kindle First Read for July.

I was drawn to the story of 2 brothers and the bucket list the younger left behind for the older to fulfill.

Moving, funny, and informative. Tolkien did a great job with this story of brotherly love.

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Crazeedi
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What a beautiful book. JRR Tolkien's grandsonn wrote this as a tribute to his brother who had ALS and passed away too soon. His brother gave Royd a bucket list to complete for him since he was never able to do everything he wanted to do. Follow Royd as he does some zany hijinks in the fulfillment of the list. Recommend

jdiehr I have this on my Kindle. Thanks to your review, I'll move it up the list 🙂 12mo
Crazeedi @jdiehr I think you'll enjoy! 12mo
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