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Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster. If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war. Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years, and marry Anne Boleyn. The pope and most of Europe oppose him. The quest for the king s freedom destroys his adviser, the brilliant Cardinal Wolsey, and leaves a power vacuum and a deadlock. Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell. The son of a brutal blacksmith, a political genius, a briber, a bully and a charmer, Cromwell has broken all the rules of a rigid society in his rise to power, and is preparing to break some more. Rising from personal disaster the loss of his young family and of Wolsey, his beloved patron he picks his way deftly through a court where -man is wolf to man. Pitting himself against parliament, the political establishment and the papacy, he is prepared to reshape England to his own and Henry s desires. In inimitable style, Hilary Mantel presents a picture of a half-made society on the cusp of change, where individuals fight or embrace their fate with passion and courage. With a vast array of characters, overflowing with incident, Wolf Hall re-creates an era when the personal and political are separated by a hairbreadth, where success brings unlimited power but a single failure means death."
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Andrew65
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At last!!! 👍 Patrick Rothfuss also has a publication date of 20th August 2020 for his next Kingkiller Chronicle Book. Now if George R R Martin sets a publication date we‘ll be in seventh heaven!

Soubhiville Oh! Thanks for the Rothfuss news! Where did you find it? 1mo
Andrew65 @Soubhiville It was on fantasticfiction.co.uk https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/patrick-rothfuss/ Also has a date under product details on amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0575081449 (edited) 1mo
AmyG Whoa about Rothfuss. 👏🏻 1mo
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BookHoarder32 Woohoo! 1mo
TheSpineView So excited for the 3rd installment from Rothfuss!! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Best put the Buddy Read in the diary now for August 2020! @AmyG 1mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView Can‘t wait! 1mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 Now I am wondering if I can get my hands on an ARC. 🤔 probably not... 1mo
TheSpineView @Andrew65 For sure! 1mo
Andrew65 @TheSpineView That‘s an idea. 😂😊👍 (edited) 1mo
Traci1 Omg! Wow about Rothfuss. I kind of had resigned myself to never getting closure with that one or ASOIAF. 1mo
SW-T Thank you! I‘d given up on Rothfuss. This is excellent news! Happy happy joy joy🤗 1mo
Andrew65 @Traci1 @SW-T Happy Dance time! 1mo
CareBear He does?!!!!!!! 1mo
Dragon Yay! 2020 will be an awesome book year 👍🐉 1mo
Andrew65 @Dragon Definitely will. 😊👍 1mo
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EmilieGR
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Should‘ve liked it much more than I did

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KellyHunsakerReads
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Finishing this #ManbookerWinner tonight.

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MarmiteOnToast
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Re-reading as just watched Other Boleyn Girl and the classic movie ‘A Man For All Seasons” (a different line on Thomas More) so needed a deep dive. Swapping between audio/ebook and following up with TV series. Took me a bit to work out there is a short (7hr) and the full audio version-d‘oh! I find the writing sort of dreamy and quite beautiful but also slow (like life!) so I can see the wildly varying reactions it provokes-does that in me too!

Severnmeadows Thanks for the interesting Guardian link. 2mo
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Severnmeadows
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Every now and then I look at Hilary Mantel‘s website to see if there‘s any news of Vol 3... Rylance and Cromwell have become inextricably linked in my mind. I thought the BBC version as perfect as it could be- unless it could have been longer. 😊

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bookworm.krizia
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B O R I N G
Sorry 😔

Literary_Siren I bailed on this. It‘s waaaaaay too dry. 2mo
bookworm.krizia @Literary_Siren did think about it! But if I was able to finish "Moby Dick" then I could do it with "Wolfhall" haha I don't see the clamor for this one 2mo
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Samplergal
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#SixOnStPaddys I want to make some good progress on this chunkster today. I started it a month ago, but is really dense, so I haven‘t made a real dent into it. Hopefully I can read this for two of my six hours. Then on to something easier.

Cathythoughts Good luck with it ! There were parts I loved & parts that were tedious ... I still havnt completely given up .., over almost a year later 😬 3mo
Samplergal @Cathythoughts I‘m 35% completed. I have to reread some sections. I am tending towards liking it though. Wish it would “click” and draw me in more. I guess I‘m too dull. 3mo
RebL This book proves how useful antecedents are. 3mo
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Cathythoughts Oh no ... the BOOK is way too dull at times & then it gets really good 😡... I havnt picked it up sinse last summer .., but I can‘t let it go & just bail ... sounds like it may well Click with you shortly 👍🏻👍🏻😘 3mo
Samplergal @RebL 😂😂😂 3mo
shammi.dc10 It's hard to follow at times but its too incredible to put down, and the story is so strange that it almost feels fictional but it is really not!!! 3mo
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RebL
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Sometime three years ago, I made my first #Litsy post. I struggled reading Wolf Hall, which was rumored to be a novel that would change novel writing. Once finished, I blogged about the process, hoping that would get me freelance work. It did not. But here it is. http://reblnation.com/scaffolding-challenging-books/
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Thanks for the trip down memory lane, @Texreader. Thanks for the #FirstLike, @SeeJaneRead.

Texreader Oh this is fun seeing your first post! I so didn‘t like Wolf Hall. The writing style drove me nuts. 3mo
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Andrea313
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Melissa_J
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#shelfie featuring my historical fiction and (part of) my fantasy shelves. No pic of me because, frankly, I look awful at the moment and nobody needs to see that 😂 #24in48 #hour12challenge

Lovesbooks87 Wow! So pretty! 5mo
rabbitprincess Your bookshelves are my #BookshelfGoals! Amazing! 5mo
Karkar I love those book ends! 5mo
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Ashley_Nicoletto Oh my gosh. Your shelves are gorgeous. 😍😍 5mo
Bookzombie Your shelves are beautiful! 5mo
RavenLovelyReads Wow! That‘s a whole lot of awesomeness there! 😍😍 5mo
sprainedbrain Can I come over?? All of that historical fiction... 😍😍😍 5mo
LeahBergen I look so horrendous at the moment. 😆😆😆 5mo
CouronneDhiver I need to come shopping at your house! 5mo
Melissa_J @sprainedbrain I‘ve got a chair and cup of tea waiting for you 😊 5mo
Melissa_J @LeahBergen ha!! It‘s the Readathon look! 5mo
Melissa_J @CouronneDhiver seriously, if you‘re ever in Ottawa, you are welcome to stop by for tea and books 😊 5mo
Melissa_J @RavenLovelyReads thank you 😊 5mo
CouronneDhiver I‘d love to... and Shawarma Palace. That‘s the place I miss most in Ottawa (besides the Gonq) 5mo
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Dolly
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I‘m now following you too !
Thanks @Nessavamusic for the #20k1kgiveaway those are some impressive numbers 🥂

I pretty much would like to own any book on my TBR here. Wolf Hall, the tagged book is one I‘m seriously looking forward to owning.

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Owlizabeth
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Trying this again...this is the furthest I‘ve gotten and I think I‘m getting the hang of the writing finally...

Cathythoughts Are you trying it again 😬🤔... I may have to try it again one day too. I never could finish it & it won‘t go away 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
Owlizabeth @Cathythoughts I think this is my fourth attempt! 7mo
Cathythoughts Oh stop ! That‘s mad .... I may have to give it another go ( @JillR) the book that just won‘t go away 😱 7mo
RebL This book inspired a blog post about audiobooking while visually reading and new habit for me. So many Thomases! And I‘m Episcopalian and already knew the players from confirmation. 7mo
JillR @owlelizabeth this was the book that nearly defeated me too! I think I had at least two or three attempts before I finished, but I did finish it in the end. Mixed feelings about it, but definitely had a sense of accomplishment haha. Good luck! 7mo
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catebutler
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Last month, I participated in a buddy read for Hilary Mantel‘s brilliant novel, ‘Wolf Hall‘. I‘ve been mentally digesting it, ever since. Isn‘t that one of the telling signs of a good book?! If you enjoy a book that‘s intelligent, meaty and has characters that come to life, give this one a go. It is definitely one that rewards you with that book hangover we readers love!

LeahBergen I loved this book SO much. 7mo
catebutler @LeahBergen I still can‘t stop thinking about it! It was so good! 7mo
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deneb
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Loved it. Thought I would not like it, but did not want to put it down once I started.

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bookworm.krizia
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Currently reading...

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ReadingRuby
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Wolf Hall is one of my favourite books of all time. The writing is beautiful and I find it so easy to just sink into. Once you get your head around ‘He‘ always being Cromwell it all just slips into place. This was my second time reading it, and I loved it just as much as the first time. I have been waiting years for the third instalment to be released, I really hope we don‘t have to wait much longer!

Lcsmcat Me too! 10mo
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Christinak
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The problem with reading and camping is when it gets dark - it gets dark. #unplugged

RaimeyGallant I use a headlamp. 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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#FriYayIntro @jesshowbooks

💫. I can‘t say it was my favorite movie. But it is my most memorable... strange movie &
Chillingly good .. Phantom Thread 🖤
💫I want it all ... the wine , the food , the movie /the play ... & being with my lovely husband...
💫I don‘t have one 😳. But I like threes - uneven
💫no problem.. Wolf Hall ( @JillR ) I cant let it go .. why 😫
💫I will
I hope you get lots of reading time this weekend Littens 😘

JillR @Cathythoughtsc Wolf Hall just haunts you, it‘s like it knows what it‘s doing, to make you read it 😱. I still can‘t let it go, the trauma is still with me 😉 & Bring up the Bodies stares at me daily from the shelf... 😂😂😂 10mo
Cathythoughts @JillR oh no ! What are we going to do 😳. I have Bring Up The Bodies on my kindle .... these books ARE haunted ! Well said 😮 (edited) 10mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m going to try it...one day...maybe next year...or the one after... 😉 10mo
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Ingerella
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This is a bit overdue, but thank you so much for the most recent round of #jb mail. @CareBear @amb @CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @whippoorwill815 .

I'm also very excited about the copy of Wolf Hall sent by @Kdgordon88 as a part of #bookitforward . It's one I definitely will be reading and then will also pass it forward.

Thank you so much!

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ReadingRuby
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After what has been the worst and most stressful few months of my life I finally feel like I can get curled up in bed again with a good book and just relax. I have really been missing reading and I am so glad to be coming back to it. Especially as I was already halfway through my favourite book and I can re-immerse myself in it ❤️ and I‘ve missed Litsy!

CouronneDhiver Welcome back. Sorry to hear that things have been tough. 11mo
Andrew65 Sending positive thoughts and can certainly relate! (edited) 11mo
Lcsmcat I‘m sorry you‘ve had a tough time, and hope it‘s getting better. (edited) 11mo
ReadingRuby @CouronneDhiver @Andrew65 @Lcsmcat Thank you guys. Feeling much better and sitting down to read again is a good sign 😊 11mo
Andrew65 @ReadingRuby A very good sign! 😊 11mo
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sb1985
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Happy place #amoebamusic

BookaholicNatty I love bookstores!!!! Welcome to Litsy! Hope you are loving it here as much as I do! ❤️📚 11mo
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Birdsong28
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Is this book any good? I have seen the T.V adaptation and I enjoy Tudor books both Non fiction and fiction but it's on sale on #Audible both books in the series today only. I have looked at it before but been put off by the amount of people included in the story which I know is based on history so it goes with the territory but I want to know if it's long winded with it.

Please help!!!!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I enjoyed it but also found it to be a bit of a challenge, if that helps! 12mo
Birdsong28 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It does thank you 😀📚📖 12mo
rubyslippersreads I enjoyed it, but I'm pretty familiar with the historical characters. The other thing you have to get used to is that when the author refers to he/him, she always means Cromwell. Once I figured that out, I flew through it. 12mo
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Birdsong28 @rubyslippersreads Thank you 😀📚📖 12mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @rubyslippersreads I remember having that problem with the he/him issue. Took me a while to figure out! 12mo
thearcherisagirl I highly recommend this book and it's sequel, Bringing Up the Bodies 12mo
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enidkeaner
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There is basically no part of me that believes in book buying bans

#nobookbuyingbans

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sprainedbrain
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From my tbr (again): this book #AboutAKingdomRoyalty is historical fiction about the reign of King Henry VIII and I have heard so much love for it... so why haven‘t I squeezed it in yet? 🤷🏻‍♀️

#ReadingWomenMonth

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve had this book for 10 years. Royalty doesn‘t interest me at all but I bought it when I was convinced I would read every Booker short-listed book. That‘s not happening. 12mo
StellarDoc I loved this one and the follow-up. I'm eagerly awaiting the final book in the trilogy. 12mo
chapter_fifty2017 I never thought l needed to read anything more about the tudors 🙈 but l was so wrong, this book is incredible and the follow up is too , so dont deny yourself any longer 🙄👍 enjoy !! 💕 12mo
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TiredLibrarian Read it! I read it once & thought it was good but not great, then read Bring Up the Bodies which I LOVED, and then re-read Wolf Hall and got so much more out of it. I will say that Mantel's style is a bit hard to follow at first in this one, but it's worth sticking with it. It's much more than a Tudor era tale. 12mo
readordierachel I have this on my shelf too and have been too intimidated to start it. 12mo
CarolynM I expected not to like this but instead I LOVED it. I agree her style can be a bit hard to follow (when she says "He" she almost always means Cromwell) but worth the effort. It helps to read for prolonged periods rather than just an hour at a time. Hope you enjoy it. 12mo
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beaconhillbooks
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Curious how to get involved with this #Litsy #bookswaps! Anyone help me out? #litsynewbie

Samplergal I don‘t know much about them but welcome! 12mo
Areader2 Look under the #litsyswaps and tag someone that maybe is involved, or add a comment to the post that your interested? 12mo
beaconhillbooks Thank you! 12mo
LMJenkins @LitsySwaps added a list of rules and guidelines today. Useful! 12mo
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JillR
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Mehso-so

I can‘t say I enjoyed this. It was so long, characters could be confusing, as could the dialogue. It is very well written and researched and I enjoyed the occasional humour, but despite the length I didn‘t feel I knew Cromwell. I know this story and have read many fictional and non-fictional accounts so the page turning element wasn‘t there for me. It made me realise I value the story over the beauty of the writing. Looking forward to moving on.

JillR @cathythoughts I did it! Feeling rather relieved. I‘ve deliberated hard as to whether the final third or so lifted it into a pick for me but decided it didn‘t given this book has felt like such a weight in my shoulders from start to finish! 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh well done !I‘m seriously impressed. I‘m still only half -way & Wolf Hall is officially on the back burner for the moment. I agree , I also feel I don‘t know Cromwell , I keep trying to get a sense of him & cant. Some of the writing is beautiful, that‘s what I like most so far & what draws me back .... but there seems a lot of waffle too. I hope to finish it someday. Congratulations to you 🎉you can move on 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 it‘s been fun chatting (edited) 12mo
Cathythoughts The book world is your oyster now ! I wonder where you will go next !?!! 12mo
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JillR Thanks @Cathythoughts I can‘t tell you how much you‘ve helped me keep motivated 😊. I can‘t wait to decide what to read next; whatever it is it will not be Bring up the Bodies just yet (😅), something light, quick and easy is needed! 12mo
Cathythoughts Your not going for Bring Up The Bodies !!! I‘m shocked to hear that ! 😮😂😂😂 12mo
JillR Hahahaha @cathythoughts 😱. I do have it though, so you never know... 😨 (edited) 12mo
Cathythoughts I have it on kindle as well 🙄 12mo
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JillR
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On Page 395 of 650 and really, really struggling. Have you read this?! Please send me “keep reading” vibes - I‘m determined to finish it, but it is just so loooooong.

JillR @cathythoughts I‘m on the brink, not sure I can keep plodding on! 12mo
Cathythoughts I‘m in trouble too 😬. I‘m thinking of taking a small break. ( I‘m no help , sorry ) I always read at night ... but I‘m thinking of my Audible book ... not a good sign for Wolf Hall. But , if I just try ..... I‘m going to try ...... 12mo
Cathythoughts Maybe a break is the answer... 12mo
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @JillR I loved this book - but I have recommended to people and know they‘ve struggled! 12mo
LeahBergen I won‘t be any help here. I loved it so much that I couldn‘t put it down and read it very quickly. 😬 @TrishB (edited) 12mo
TrishB @LeahBergen it‘s a marmite one then! 😁 12mo
JillR @Trishb @cathythoughts @leahbergen I‘m cross I‘m not enjoying it! Last night I went to bed early to have a good long read, hoping I just needed to spend more time on it, but I fell asleep 😴, not a good sign haha! 12mo
Tamra My husband got most of the way thru and quit. He says it wasn‘t bad and he might finish it some day. Obviously it wasn‘t keeping his attention well enough. 12mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra I might join your husband & finish it one day. I think I‘ll give it more go first.... 12mo
BarbaraBB Don‘t give up. Just read other book in between. That‘s how I managed! 12mo
xicanti Whenever I want to read something huuuuuge that I know will stall my reading life, I portion it out into 100-page chunks. I read one every time I finish another book. 12mo
JillR Thanks @BarbaraBB @xicanti @Tamra I worry that if I stop I won‘t restart! I am splitting it into chunks though and telling myself I‘ll stop at the end of a chunk if I‘m really hating it... I don‘t mind big books but this one‘s a real struggle! 12mo
batsy @LeahBergen @TrishB That's how I felt about it too 😁 #MarmiteLove 12mo
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ReadingRuby
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This was my holiday TBR and it did not go as planned at all! I only managed to finish The Song of Achilles (typically the smallest one) and get halfway through Wolf Hall. Holidays have always been massive binge reading sessions for me so I‘m a little disappointed in myself.
But on the plus side I am absolutely adoring Wolf Hall 😍 this is my second time reading it so I was slightly anxious it wouldn‘t live up to my memories

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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve had a great old reading session With Stepford Wives 👍🏻. Autumn ( yet to be reviewed - Bookclub 🤫) & in the middle of Dark Matter( 👍🏻Audio) . So now back to Wolf Hall @JillR ......... sink or swim ?! Definitely swim 👍🏻once I get into it 😉

kspenmoll Lovely photo. Love the color of the flowers. 12mo
Cathythoughts @kspenmoll I love this colour too 💜💜Thankyou X 12mo
TrishB Lovely pic. ❤️and I loved this book. 12mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB yes it‘s really good ... just the concentration!! But the writing is outstanding & thanks 👍🏻 (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen Stunning photo 💜💜 12mo
Tanisha_A This photograph's ingredients are perfect! 😀 12mo
JillR @Cathythoughts well done for getting back to it, and I like your style with a nice glass 🍷... although I think if I combined the two it might take me even longer 🙈 No reading time for me at all today, fingers crossed for tomorrow :) 12mo
Cathythoughts @JillR we can do it 👍🏻🥂 12mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thanks 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks Cindy 💜looking forward to the continuing Stepford discussions 12mo
JillR @cathythoughts that‘s the spirit! 🤴🏻 12mo
TrishB Yes - definitely need to cover concentrate with this one! 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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WOLF HALL Im reading this book forever ... I‘m getting nowhere fast .. but I‘m not bailing ( yet ) it‘s too good ... coffee & macaron delish

youneverarrived Looks lovely 😋 12mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived it really is ! 😋😍 12mo
Mdargusch Yum! 12mo
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Blaire I finished it but felt I would have enjoyed it more had I taken a little time to review my history first or made a character chart to keep by my side. I kept mixing people up. 12mo
CarolynM I think it helps if you can immerse yourself in it, it would be easy to lose the thread if you're only reading for an hour at a time. 🙂 12mo
Cathythoughts @Mdargusch yes! The little patisseries here make THE BEST little cakes ... unreal ! 12mo
Cathythoughts @Blaire yes I think character chart would be good. Well done finishing it !! It‘s no joke of a book ! I hope to finish it too, the question is ... when 🙄😂 12mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM yes thanks that sounds like good advice. I usually get more reading time on holls, but not this time. I will have time off when I get back & will “ immerse” myself. Which makes perfect sense , as I feel I‘m only hovering on the surface of the story the whole time & not really get down into it. Thanks ! 😉 12mo
GatheringBooks i will tackle hilary mantel next year when we do A Year of Reading Women. :) 12mo
Cathythoughts @gatheringBooks I might join you ! I only got half way this attempt 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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#ReadingResolutions @Jess7 #BookAndBlanket I‘ve got the book & the blanket on ( weather is unpredictable ) book is brilliant.. & a struggle ( but an easy struggle - if that makes sense )

batsy Hello! 👋🏽 You look like you're having a great time ❤️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @batsy yes! Thanks 🙏🏻 it‘s so relaxing ... 3 days left. We are having a chilled out time ... all good 😊. 12mo
GripLitGrl Lovely photo 💕 12mo
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BarbaraBB You look happy! Enjoy 💕 12mo
Cathythoughts @GripLitGrl thankyou my friend 💕 12mo
LeahBergen You look gorgeous in that colour (it‘s one of my faves)! 12mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen thankyou X you are very kind. My daughter gave me the scarf for Xmas. Nice colour I agree 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 12mo
Mdargusch Great photo! 12mo
rohit-sawant Wonderful picture! 12mo
Cathythoughts @rohit_sawant thankyou ! I hope you are keeping well & your preparation for exams goes well. I think you said the end of this month .... it will all be fine 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 12mo
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MayJasper
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I am 100 pages in. There is some exquisite writing. But is it just me? I am finding it hard during passages of dialogue to work who is speaking.

CindyE09 No it‘s not just you. Had the same problem. 12mo
MayJasper I am glad to hear it @CindyE09 thanks 😊 12mo
Melwilk I found this book impossible. 12mo
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CaitlinR The longer you read, the easier it is to tell who‘s speaking. I love Mantel. 12mo
JulAnna I had to bail on this one for just that reason ☺️ 12mo
JillR I‘m at about the same point and have bailed here before. I‘m determined to do better this time and keep pushing on! Hoping I turn a corner soon... (and I got confused with some dialogue too, and all the Thomases!!) 12mo
MayJasper Oh yes! All the Thomases! @JillR. It's not an easy read . We will have to see if we can keep going. 12mo
Tameeka Oh yes! I had a hard time knowing who was speaking. I was also not a fan of all the Thomases 🤪 12mo
CarolynM I agree you have to concentrate, but it's so worth it 12mo
Cathythoughts Yes! Me too. I‘m about 1/3 in & it‘s very hard to keep the concentration. But I agree some beautiful writing... I‘m ploughing on 👍🏻 12mo
MayJasper @CarolynM It was so worth persevering. I am hooked 😊 12mo
MayJasper @Cathythoughts How are you getting on? Of course you might have finished cos I am a slow reader. I am 250 pages in and I am hooked 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh dear , not so good. I got half-way , but it‘s on the back burner at the moment. The beautiful bits are drawing me back , but I‘m finding it hard to concentrate on & I can‘t seem to get a sense of Cromwell .. I‘m taking a break. When it‘s good it‘s very very good / but then it can be a bit boring ( 😬) I don‘t know what to do with it !!! 🙄 12mo
Cathythoughts I‘m glad you are hooked. That‘s a great feeling. 👍🏻 12mo
MayJasper @CaitlinR I am so glad I stook it out. What wonderful writing 12mo
MayJasper @JillR How are you getting on. I am so happy I stuck with it. I really love it now 12mo
MayJasper @Cathythoughts I loved the descriptions of Southwell Minster and the Chapter House stone carving. I live nearby and have been many times. Now I know Cardinal Wolsey sat in the same room. Wow. 12mo
MayJasper @CaitlinR oops! I meant 'stuck' 12mo
MayJasper @Cinfhen This book is fabulous. I had to work at it to get into it but then it opened up for me. 12mo
CarolynM I'm very glad you're enjoying it🙂👍 12mo
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CindyE09
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Just finished this book about Thomas Cromwell, adviser to Henry Tudor and his infamous second wife, a book I have owned for awhile and read for the #goldenmanbooker. I really enjoyed this book, though it was not a quick read for me, it took a lot of effort to keep up with the plot and characters. A very well researched book, this is for people who enjoy detailed, cunning political type books, not those looking for a fast paced period drama.

Lcsmcat Bring Up the Bodies will be easier, because now you know the players. But she needs to finish the third volume and get it published! 13mo
Ruthiella @Lcsmcat Agree the second book goes faster. I think Mantel also relaxed her use of “he” in that one. Can‘t wait for The Mirror and the Light! 13mo
CindyE09 @Lcsmcat @Ruthiella I bought the second one and I need to read it soon so I don‘t forget the characters, especially since it is in print so I won‘t be able to look all the characters up like I did on my kindle 13mo
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Cathythoughts
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Bonjour Littens ! I miss ye , the WiFi/coverage ( whatever 🤷🏻‍♀️) is touch & go ! Literally! Just had lunch , the creme caramel to die for. The tagged book is the best yet ... a smooth page turner , I‘m loving it. Litsy for the books 👍🏻husbando is relaxing 😎 & me too. We are “
Out of Dodge “ xxxxx

Libby1 Have fun! 13mo
Cathythoughts @thanks @Libby1 we will !! 😘 13mo
Cortg Wonderful! Enjoy ❤️ 13mo
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GripLitGrl How wonderful! Enjoy💕 13mo
RealLifeReading Have a great time! 13mo
Djspens Looks fabulous! 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😍 Good times! ❣️ 13mo
batsy Looks like exactly what a holiday should be ♥️ 13mo
Cathythoughts @RealLifeReading @Djspens @erzascarletbookgasm @Cortg yes thanks all ... it‘s lovely here 💕😊😊it‘s fab ! Castle & all 🏰📕🌞🌞 13mo
Cathythoughts @Batsy 👍🏻💫and Wolf Hall !! So readable & some beautiful writing 13mo
Tanisha_A Fantastic! ♥ 13mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 enjoy x 13mo
youneverarrived Fab photos ❤️ 13mo
LeahBergen Lucky you! Enjoy! 13mo
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MayJasper
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My first Hilary Mantel book. I hope I love it. I'm going in ❣

LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 13mo
ReadingRuby I love Wolf Hall so much! I‘m planning on rereading it next week. I hope you enjoy it 13mo
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Lindy Memorable voice. I was impressed and I hope you are too. 13mo
Wife I watched the TV show The Tudors while reading Wolf Hall. It brought the book to life for me. One of my favorite reading experiences ever. 🌹 13mo
CarolynM ❤️ I love this book, hope you will too. Look forward to seeing your review. My choice for golden booker too @Cinfhen 13mo
Slajaunie One of my favorite time periods in history! 13mo
Cinfhen I haven‘t read it yet but I‘m sort of rooting for it anyway!!!! @CarolynM 13mo
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Augustdana
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Duology will eventually become a trilogy. The third book has been very delayed, but I mean, we do know what happens in the end. It ain‘t pretty. #riotgrams day six: duologies and trilogies

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Cathythoughts
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Holliday books sorted. Love that Insomnia cover ( google ) Thankyou Littens, both Litsy Picks ... I may be in & out of coverage .. off to Carcassonne.. chat whenever I can 🛫✈️🏰🎼📚📚🍷😘

JillR Have a good trip! ☀️ 13mo
erzascarletbookgasm Safe travels and have a great time!! 😘 13mo
batsy Have a wonderful trip and safe travels! 🛫♥️ 13mo
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TrishB Have a fab time. Very jealous 😁❤️ 13mo
youneverarrived Have a great time! 🧡🧡 13mo
kathedron Have a wonderful time, Cathy! ❤ 13mo
CarolynM Such a beautiful part of the world. Enjoy! 13mo
Centique Oh wow - I just looked that up and it is GORGEOUS. I‘m jealous! Enjoy your break! 13mo
Cathythoughts @JillR @erzascarletbookgasm @batsy @TrishB @youneverarrived @River_Voice @CarolynM @Centique Thankyou all so much for all the well wishes... yee are a great gang 👍🏻❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 13mo
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JillR
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I love historical fiction and I love the Tudor-era and its been bothering me that I‘ve never finished Wolf Hall. Possibly because I‘m frightened of #booksthatwinprizes 🙈. Anyway, despite the fact it weighs my bag down like a brick on the commute, I‘m diving in!

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻might pick this up for my coming hollidays 13mo
TrishB I don‘t really go Tudor stuff - but loved these 👍🏻 13mo
Bookgirl I bought this two years ago but have not started it. I‘m intimidated. 13mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It‘s challenging, but worth the read. Enjoy! 13mo
JillR Thanks @TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled - it‘s a #chunkster so I may be some time! 13mo
JillR @bookgirl that‘s how I feel for some reason, watch out for my review (give me time though, it‘s a #chunkster haha), let me know what you think if you go for it @Cathythoughts! 👍 13mo
MayJasper I am starting this today 😊 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes I‘m giving it a go ... I almost abandoned it last night ( I‘m one -fourth into it now ) as I was finding it hard going. But I woke up this morning & am reading on ... I really like it. But some sentences I have to reread... this could take a while.. but I‘m on holls so I hope to make some progress. Some beautiful writing I think. How are you getting on with it ?! 13mo
JillR @cathythoughts -very similar for me too! I‘ve got about this far before & given up as it wasn‘t keeping my interest & there is soooo much more to go! I‘m hoping if I persevere a bit longer I might break through the barrier haha. I‘m hoping I‘ll get some longer reading spells this week which might help... 12mo
Cathythoughts @JillR I hope we break through those barriers !!! Because it‘s soo good ... chat along the way 👍🏻🤞🏻📕 12mo
JillR @cathythoughts the motivation helps! 12mo
JillR @Cathythoughts help! I‘m only on page 230 and really struggling... trying my hardest to keep going but it‘s just sooooo long! How about you? 12mo
Cathythoughts I‘m half-way ! But it‘s an uphill climb - I nearly give up & then some beautiful writing pulls me back in. Im a ruthless enough bailer .... but I‘m going to see it through ... I am taking a quick break to read the buddy Stepford Wives read with @Cinfhen .... but I will be straight back to it. It‘s interesting, because I can‘t even explain why I‘m not bailing .. I do find it exhausting though , the concentration ! Who‘s who !! ?! Stepford 👇🏻 12mo
Cathythoughts 👇🏻Stepford is a quick read ( 100 pages ) maybe I need the break. There is something about Wolf Hall that just won‘t let me bail .... we can go it !! I‘m told ( I believe) it will be worth it 👍🏻Xxxx 12mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘m refusing to bail too as I‘ve bailed on it twice before 🙈 but it‘s hard work... helps to know it‘s not just me. I feel like I need a good few hours solid reading to break the back of it but keep “allowing” myself to be distracted haha 12mo
Cathythoughts Yes @CarolynM suggested making a good stab at it ... not just an hour here or there ... I‘m hoping for a full day of reading it on Sunday ... and see what happens then. ( I‘m a slow reader at the best of times. But this book beats all !!! 🙄 (edited) 12mo
JillR @cathythoughts I‘ll admit to getting impatient as to how long this might take me - I keep looking wistfully at my TBR pile... Bookish problems haha x 12mo
JillR I broke the halfway barrier @cathythoughts 😅, feeling a little more positive now - I can do it! Also enjoyed it a little more too 🤞 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh that is so good to hear ! Great ! I was thinking of you as I nearly bailed last night ... well , not quite .. but. Ok great 👍🏻 I‘m thinking it can‘t take more than another week ???! Well done - you‘ve given me new spirit 12mo
JillR @Cathythoughts I‘m going to work really hard at it to finish this week - too much other good stuff waiting to be read! In fact I‘m on the train right now and shall put my phone away and dive back in (it has to earn its keep if I keep lugging it to and from work like a brick in my bag haha) :) 12mo
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CarolynM
Wolf Hall | Hilary Mantel
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#JuneInBooksS18 #FavouriteHistoricalBook
#Riotgrams #DuologiesTrilogiesAndMore

When my book group chose this book I wasn't interested & thought I wouldn't bother. The weekend before the meeting I tried it just so I could criticise it. It took less than 30 pages before I was absolutely hooked and I finished it before weekend was over. It's just so good. I loved the sequel too. I'm not looking forward to volume 3 - it is not going to end well.

TrishB Love this too 💕 13mo
Ruthiella I also thought this book (and its follow up) was genius! Can‘t way for The Mirror and the Light. 13mo
LeahBergen I adore this book. ❤️ 13mo
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Cathythoughts I think I‘ll get this one ... 13mo
batsy So good! ❤️ Need to read the second... 13mo
Asktheletters I had a similar experience with the audio book! Loved it. 13mo
LeeRHarry Still haven‘t read the second, maybe because I found the first one a bit of a slog 13mo
Crazeedi From what I remember this book was a disappointment to me 🤔 13mo
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Ruthiella
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CarolynM Gorgeous😍 13mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM Gee, Thanks 🤗 13mo
Artsybookgirl ❤💛💚💙💜 13mo
rather_be_reading 😍😍 13mo
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overtheedge
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Cherry Festival book haul!! I find them in the oddest places, they were free!
She had boxes of free books...❤
Went for the cherries and music, came home with a box of books!

CarolynM Score! 13mo
MayJasper Result❣ 13mo
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Simona
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The story where intrigues take place for #EightDaysAWeek is very rich, broad-based and with focus on Thomas Cromwell, which is presented this time more positively than in any other book. The story is packed with all kind of details, subjects, characters, dialogues... and author has managed to connect all this in an excellent, very fluent story about power.
#HeyJune
Cromwell is also some kind of #UnderdogHero at least in the first book. #booked2018

TrishB Enjoyed this one 👍🏻 13mo
Simona @TrishB It was excellent, and I can‘t imagine how much work is in it. 13mo
TrishB Definitely! 13mo
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Cinfhen #GoldenBooker 💛and it‘s a #chunkster!!! Nice prompt choice!! 13mo
Simona @Cinfhen Thank you 😘 13mo
batsy Yes! So fluidly written like it didn't have the weight of so much historical research behind it. I loved it. 13mo
Simona @batsy I was reading this book with the Children's Book in my mind ... constantly comparing them and thinking about how much better CB would be with the focus on less people and less ideas ... 13mo
batsy You make a good point. Mantel makes history come alive through her characters and the narrative but with The Children's Book it felt tacked on for effect. 13mo
Simona @batsy Ohh well, I‘m still sad that it wasn‘t better ... 13mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage He‘s definitely an underdog hero—great pick! 👏🏻👏🏻 12mo
Simona @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks ☺️ 12mo
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Simona
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Good book, delicious Swedish Mandeltarta and coffee on the beautiful sunny day❣️ Every day should be like this ...

Kalalalatja Enjoy! 13mo
Simona @Kalalalatja Thanks, cozy, quiet days without any obligations are 👌 13mo
batsy 😍😍 13mo
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Wife That looks delightful!🌹 13mo
Simona @Wife I will finished it today, so I can start with Wuthering Heights tomorrow - Monday. Have you already started?😘 13mo
Wife I am working tonight and tomorrow night and didn‘t want to risk anything happening to the lovely book you gave me. So I will start it Monday as well. 🌹 (edited) 13mo
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Simona
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#ReadingSelfie in my natural habitat 🤓

#riotgrams

2BR02B Cozy! 13mo
Simona @2BR02B It was stormy, rainy day ... being cozy on the sofa is only reasonable thing to do 🤗 13mo
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Owlizabeth
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So, I‘m giving this yet another try (I think this is the fourth attempt), listening in snippets before I go to bed. Simon Slater is an amazing narrator and I‘ve already gotten further than ever before. But at the rate I‘m going, it‘s going to take me months to finish! Does anyone else listen to books before sleeping?

Texreader It‘s the writing. I did. Not. Like. This. Book. And it was the writing style to blame. I would think audio would be better. 13mo
Dogearedcopy If I‘m not doing something else, like playing an app game, audio will put me right to sleep! But no, I didn‘t generally listen to audio at bedtime: I tend to decompress by making up stories in my head! #weirdbuttrue 13mo
intothehallofbooks I listen to audiobooks before sleeping! I loooove it! I usually listen for a little while when I actually get in the bed. I love the way it helps me transition from “been going all day long” to “yesss sleep I‘m coming for you” 😊 13mo
rubyslippersreads I think this would be very difficult as an audiobook. I loved it, but it took time to get into the writing style and realize that whenever the author refers to "he/him," she means Cromwell. Also, I listen to audiobooks to help me sleep! ? (edited) 13mo
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Traci1
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I have no self control, and Amazon knows my weakness. A sale on "firsts in series" kindle books. My finger may have slipped on that 1 click buy button a time or ten...

SauerPatch Series are my downfall... 13mo
Ms_T “...a time or ten.” 😂😂😂 13mo
ConjurorOfWords *snickers* Yea that's familiar. "I swear it slipped ...." ?? 13mo
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ConjurorOfWords Also thanks for the follow. :) 13mo
TiredLibrarian Yes, but Amy Stewart and Hilary Mantel and Anthur Indridason... you can't be expected to resist that! 📚😉 13mo
Cedricsmom Bookaholism: the happy sickness 13mo
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Austen_Nerd
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A stopped by the bargain center after visiting my mom!! Happy Mother‘s Day to me with a great book haul, I got it for only $11!!!

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Emilymdxn
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I wouldn‘t say I was dreading this book before I read it but I was definitely nervous about embarking on something so long with a reputation for being difficult - but I couldn‘t have been more impressed! A genuine page turner that I read in about three days, psychologically fascinating, so well written. There was nothing about this book I didn‘t love. So excited for the sequel.

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Emilymdxn
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So excited to finally read this! I‘ve been hearing such good things about it for years, decided to dive in

LikelyLibrarian Have this on my Audible shelf. Let me know if it‘s any good! 14mo
Emilymdxn @LikelyLibrarian I‘m loving it so far! It‘s very dense and long obviously but not difficult to read at all. I was expecting to have trouble following it but I‘m really not 14mo
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beaconhillbooks
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Recommended for historical fiction and Tudor fans...
My brain needs to digest still but I feel accomplished finishing this and Trollope this month.
#theunreadshelfproject2018

CarolynM I was so surprised by how much I liked this. Bring Up the Bodies is great too. I'm not looking forward to the last of the trilogy - it's not going to end well🙁 14mo
beaconhillbooks I will read Bring Up the Bodies but not right away. I thought Wolf Hall would be a five star read for me but sometimes I got a bit lost. Still was very interesting and I have another Mantel, Beyond Black I want to prioritize reading. I didn‘t see when the third book was coming out but I assume soon? 14mo
Linsy For sure! Weighty tomes. 13mo
beaconhillbooks @Linsy lol yes! Note to self: not good to read two at the same time! 13mo
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