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News of the World
News of the World: A Novel | Paulette Jiles
In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johannas parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act civilized. Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not rememberstrangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or becomein the eyes of the lawa kidnapper himself.
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Soubhiville
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What a beautiful book. I really loved it. Reading about a much quieter Texas than the one I‘m in now, the author really nails the landscape.

Great characters! Of course I fell in love with Johanna just as quickly as Captain did.

Putting this movie close to the top of my to-watch list.

jlhammar I loved it too! I thought they did a decent job with the adaptation. I enjoyed it. 3d
TheBookHippie I remember reading this ARC I thought it was very good. 3d
LeahBergen I thought it was wonderful, too! 3d
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Addison_Reads
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This was my local book club's pick for March. I've only ever heard good things about it so I was happy to finally read it.

Captain Kidd is a character that I doubt I will ever forget. This is a beautifully written story about an incredible journey that will forever change the lives of both main characters.

I might have to watch the movie now. 💚

Smrloomis I loved this book so much! 💗 3mo
KellyK Such a great book! I watched the movie after reading the book - it was good, but not as good as the book. 3mo
jlhammar Wonderful book! I thought they did a pretty good job with the movie. 3mo
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Tattooedteacher
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My fingers are crossed that I got this right. Here is the tracking number. Delivery on Wednesday.

Crazeedi I received it, thank you!! 4mo
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Tattooedteacher
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I am terribly backed up with books. My groups are desperately behind bc I‘ve gone MIA. I can only apologize. I‘m sending them out tomorrow morning when the ice clears.

Bookwormjillk ❤️ 4mo
Zoe-h Don‘t even worry about it! 4mo
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JoeMo
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I listened to this book last weekend and was absolutely hooked! This was the most enjoyable fiction that I can remember reading/listening to over the past several months!

#bookspin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
fredamans The movie was pretty epic too! 4mo
Smrloomis Loved this book too! 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I bailed on this one years ago because it doesn‘t have quotation marks, but #LMPBC brought it to me again. I‘m so glad because it was a beautiful book. @Tattooedteacher @Crazeedi @slategreyskies

slategreyskies I really liked it too! :) 5mo
fredamans I have seen the film and it was my favorite of that year! 5mo
DivineDiana I too loved this book! Just watched the film starring Tom Hanks. Excellent! 5mo
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slategreyskies
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#Pantone2022 I think these colors match okay! :)

💚💛✨

Clwojick Definitely! It‘s super close. Way to go! 6mo
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slategreyskies
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This book made me cry. It was so incredibly good. I know I‘ll remember it for a long time.

I‘ll send this out USPS Priority as soon as I can. My car is in the shop, but I‘ll hopefully be able to retrieve it later today. The car shop is only about a mile from my house, so I may be able to walk there and pick it up before the post office closes. I‘ll keep you all posted. #LMPBC

Thanks for choosing this, Diane! It was an incredible read!! 💕

AmyG Wonderful book. 6mo
Bookwormjillk Good luck with your car! 6mo
Suet624 An unexpected delight. 6mo
slategreyskies @Bookwormjillk My car was finished up this afternoon, so I walked down to pick it up & was able to mail the book off to you this afternoon. It‘s coming Priority USPS and should be there on Saturday. :) 6mo
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Crazeedi
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#LMPBC round13 @Bookwormjillk @slategreyskies @Tattooedteacher
@suvata
The book is coming your way Sarah! I hope you enjoy as much as I did. A civil war veteran who travels around Texas giving readings from newspapers is charged with taking a captive back to her family. The author weaves words together in beautiful ways. The friendship between 'Kepdun' and 'Johenna' touches the heart

slategreyskies Oh good! I‘ve been looking forward to reading this one! :) 7mo
Crazeedi #20in4 @Andrew65 I finished this!! 7mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 Trying to remember whether I‘ve read this. 7mo
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Michael_Gee
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I enjoyed the narration of this audiobook, which I listened to for October‘s senior book club. It‘s a heart-warming Western told from the POV of a serious, conscientious older man (mostly) as a relationship grows between him and the recovered captive child he is tasked with returning to her relatives. A nice story about love, chosen family, and loyalty. I also really appreciate a shorter book that leaves you wanting just a little more.

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Crazeedi
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#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
1 tagged book for #LMPBC
2 I just downloaded the Storygraph app, thanks to @Megabooks , I think I'm going to love it. I also use goodreads and a notebook
3 Galway Bay by Mary Pat Kelly

Daisey I keep debating about whether or not to try Storygraph from the posts I see mentioning it. 8mo
Crazeedi @Daisey I think I'm really going to like it 8mo
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Tattooedteacher
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The results are in my friends. Here are our group picks for #groupg #LMPBC It looks fantastic! Can‘t wait to get started. 💜

slategreyskies I‘m excited! This is gonna be a blast! :) 8mo
Crazeedi Perfect, looking forward to sharing thoughts!! 8mo
Crazeedi @Tattooedteacher @Bookwormjillk @slategreyskies I sent you all an email to get input on sending books, etc! I'm excited to share our books and thoughts!! 8mo
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Crazeedi
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@Tattooedteacher @Bookwormjillk @slategreyskies #LMPBC #groupG #round13
So I've chosen this one!! We have a great selection I think.
Christine, you will add to your photo? Thank you!!
@suvata

Tattooedteacher Yay! Adding now! ❤️ 8mo
slategreyskies Oh yay, love it!! 💕 8mo
AmyG It‘s a wonderful book. 8mo
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Crazeedi @AmyG so glad to hear! It's been on my shelf for quite some time 8mo
DivineDiana I enjoyed this book! 8mo
Crazeedi @DivineDiana yay! I'm so glad I chose this, thanks for letting me know you enjoyed 8mo
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perfectlywinged
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Slow and beautifully descriptive. Loving the characters so far.

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Texreader
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The Audible deal of the day. I‘ve read, listened, and watched the movie and I can vouch for all of them. Excellent. One of my top ten fave books.

Vansa Loved the movie. Will read the book too, you're recommending it very highly! 😀 11mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Recommended by a friend!

Readergrrl Great book! 11mo
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NikkiKey94
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I don‘t usually read western books but I couldn‘t put this one down! I‘m behind on my Literati Book Club selections and this one was a pick in December. I realized it was made into a movie and I have to watch it. I loved the story and found myself sucked into it! 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

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Beccacraft
Mehso-so

Felt a bit like a cliché read about a grumpy old man whose ways are changed by a fearless and spirited young woman. I enjoyed the historic background of sharing news by traveling village to village reading papers from around the world. Listened via audiobook and found it interesting but not fully fleshed out.

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Ksvz
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Mehso-so

April 2021 - audiobook listen before I watch - interesting and sort of like True Grit but not as grim. Well read

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CaramelLunacy
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Really enjoyed this - Captain Jefferson Kidd makes a living reading newspaper stories in small frontier Texas towns. In Wichita Falls he is entrusted with a "rescued" Kiowa captive whom he takes on a long trek across Texas to her remaining family.
I really liked this Western - especially loved the way characters talk and the interactions he has with Johanna. Definitely worth picking up.

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LeahBergen
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I‘ve just started this for my IRL bookclub which will be meeting (online) this Thursday. Just a few chapters in and I‘m thoroughly smitten!

megnews I loved this book so much. I‘ve recommended it a ton. 1y
AmyG I loved this book, too. So much that I won‘t watch the movie. 1y
rubyslippersreads I need to move this up my TBR. 1y
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rubyslippersreads @AmyG I‘m probably the only person in the world who isn‘t a huge Tom Hanks fan, so I don‘t know if I‘ll watch either. 1y
Ruthiella @rubyslippersreads I‘m in your camp! I think he‘s a fine actor...but does he have to be in EVERYTHING? 😅 I coulda stopped at Splash and been satisfied. (edited) 1y
Tamra My one quibble is it wasn‘t long enough! 😏 1y
rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella Definitely! 😄 1y
ValerieAndBooks I have this already stacked...maybe I should prioritize finding this!! 1y
LeahBergen @megnews I so enjoyed it!❤️ 1y
LeahBergen @AmyG Nope. I loved it, too, and now I can‘t watch it with Tom Hanks! 1y
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads It‘s really good and Tom Hanks is SO not the main character. Wtf with that casting?? 😮 1y
LeahBergen @Ruthiella Right? And he is utterly and completely NOT like the main character in this book. I won‘t be watching the film! (edited) 1y
LeahBergen @Tamra I loved it and wish it was longer, too! 1y
LeahBergen @ValerieAndBooks It‘s a fast little read! I think you‘ll enjoy it! 👍 1y
Tamra 😄 Yes! 1y
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Because, like @Ruthiella said, they put him in everything. 😏 1y
Suet624 Was so pleasantly surprised by this one. Glad you enjoyed it. 1y
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Bakingbookworm
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3.5 STARS - This is a heartwarming story about an unlikely pair. Not sure why it didn't hit me harder. Loved the bond between Kidd and Johanna (Kep-dun 😍). Wasn't a fan of no quotation marks for dialogue. Argh.

A good read but not quite a wow read.

Review: http://bit.ly/NewOfTheWorldReview

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Victoria_Clyne
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This had been on my TBR so long I'd forgotten what it was about. So I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a Western, something outside my norm. This reminded me so much of an old movie I remember watching. It's the story of Captain Kidd returning Johanna to her family after she is released by Kiowa raiders.

This was a really gentle tale despite being a Western. The characters were well rounded and the scenery was described beautifully.

Suet624 A gentle tale is a great description of this one. 1y
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Avanders
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I. I finally finished the tagged — with some audio-book assistance (in this case, recommended!). So —> I Wanna Be A Cowboy ... 🤠🤭😂

II. Favorite? 🤔 I think bookish-themed teas and candles. Couldn‘t pick just 1. 😁

III. I don‘t think it matters to me... except with cozy mysteries ... I tend to prefer those in their 30s and 40s, but also it‘s not that big of a deal. 😁

Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView ! 😘

#WondrousWednesday

TheSpineView You're welcome! 😊 1y
Eggs Well done 👍🏼📚🎶🥰👏🏻 1y
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Tera0707
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I bought this on a whim and I‘m so glad I did! The growing bond between Kep-dun (Captain) and Johanna was such a delight to read about. But gosh, it‘s so heartbreaking to think about what Johanna had gone through and must go through again. My only complaint about the book is there are no quotation marks! I don‘t understand why you wouldn‘t use them ?? But after awhile I got used to it and moved right along.

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plemmdog
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At first, this story felt too much like Charles Portis‘s True Grit, with shades of Cormac McCarthy thrown in, but ultimately its eloquence and compact story won me over. Two thumbs up. Wish I knew more about the politics of 1870s Texas—the contentious schisms feel eerily familiar.

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Tera0707
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I don‘t normally like movie-covers... but Tom Hanks, so I‘ll let it slide 😁

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crazyspine
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#unpopularopinion I did not enjoy this even though it apparently is a moving starring Tom Hanks and has amazing reviews. It's a quick read, and I'm glad to have another #bookspinbingo down. The lack of quotation marks drove me crazy and made it difficult to follow at times. I also felt like the story lacked transitions; it just went from one crazy event to the next. Definitely an interesting concept for a novel though.

Ruthiella Lack of quotation marks is the worst. 1y
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Beatlefan129
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I only had a couple of chapters left, so it just seemed right to knock back some Prosecco and finish it before the year‘s end. My mother-in-law loaned this to me saying it was one of her favorite books. We don‘t often agree on books, but I definitely see why she likes this so much. This book has a great sense of place and I really loved the bond that developed between Captain Kidd and Johanna as they traveled across the Texas plains.

Vansa Would it lend itself well to a movie adaptation? I wonder how the Tom hanks movie will turn out. He's usually very watchable though. 1y
Beatlefan129 @Vansa I think it will work really well as a movie. I‘m not sure about Tom Hanks though. He‘s a great actor but just not who I pictured for Captain Kidd. 1y
bthegood my favorite read from last year - 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Last book of the year! This also completed the Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.

Book 190 of 2020.

AkashaVampie Great job sweetie 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @AkashaVampie Thank you and Happy New Year!🎆 1y
AkashaVampie @Graciouswarriorprincess ur welcome and same to u. 1y
britt_brooke Excellent! 📚🙌🏻🥂 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @britt_brooke Thank you and Happy New Year! 1y
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cariashley
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Absolutely loved this near perfect historical novel. I‘d been meaning to read it forever and am so glad I finally did. So much heart and humor. Can‘t wait to see the movie!

Hope everyone in the northeast US is enjoying the snow!

AmyG I loved it, too and I am hoping Tom Hanks is a perfect choice! 2y
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Texreader
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Not a great review of the movie made from the book I absolutely loved. But I still look forward to it.

https://apple.news/AzjJdDE7kTyKjU7zzM_ZQPA

lynneamch Loved the book too! Because of that, I listened to this other one by Jiles. Lots of graphic violence perpetrated on and by native people as their land was taken away. Raises important issues, but tough to read and hear. 2y
DebinHawaii One of my favorite books from the last few years so I am going to watch it too! 🤗 (edited) 2y
Texreader @lynneamch It‘s on my tbr list and I have two more of her books. But I haven‘t read any more yet. @DebinHawaii Isn‘t it so good? And when they announced Hanks was in it I was thrilled! Jiles, by the way, is from my neck of the woods so I‘m especially proud! 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Mehso-so

Given the near-universal glowing reviews for this book, I am clearly missing something. I‘m afraid I was primarily bored while reading it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

On the up side, I snuck in bingo #4 right under the wire! 🎉

squirrelbrain That was close! 😁 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Texreader
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This ebook, definitely in my top ten ever, is on sale today on all major platforms. I love this book!!

Kdgordon88 I love this book so much. Can't wait to see the movie. 2y
megnews I love this book too! 2y
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Wife
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Let‘s just say that I cannot wait to see one of my favorite actors (Tom Hanks) in this unconventional love story. 4/5⭐️s

charl08 Ooh! 2y
Chrissyreadit Why does he look old??? No one is supposed to age- ever. 🤣( that moment a litsy post makes my age sink in) 2y
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit I am with you. I want Tom Hanks to still look like Bosom Buddies. 2y
lahousewyfe Loved this one and hadn't heard that Tom Hanks ❤️ was going to be the lead. Can't wait for this one!!!!! 2y
Texreader Same!! 2y
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sblbooks
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I have been on a "old west" kick lately. A big thank you goes to @Daisey for this lovely novel! I finally got around to reading it, and enjoyed it so much.

megnews I loved this so much! ❤️ 2y
Daisey Well, I still haven‘t read it even after all the great reviews I‘ve read, in addition to enjoying one of the author‘s other books. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! (edited) 2y
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MrBook
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aperi Oh thank you for posting this, I've been meaning to pick up Perumal Murugan's books, Poonachi and Estuary,I think I will order them right away! 2y
ShelleyBooksie Thanks.for sharing. I cannot wait to check out the owl book. 2y
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MrBook
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The National Book Foundation has shared its “5 Under 35”!!! Here‘s the low-down: https://www.nationalbook.org/awards-prizes/5-under-35-2020/ ! #LNN #TheLitsyNewsNetwork

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MrBook
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An interesting news story for #BannedBooksWeek, one of my favorite weeks of the year 😁: https://bit.ly/2GgfP4J ! If someone tries to prevent me from reading something...then I really want to read it. You?! #LNN #LItsyNewsNetwork

Kimberlone Some of my favorite books are the ones that have been the most banned - Fahrenheit 451, To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn, and Harry Potter. 2y
Scochrane26 Every time I look at a banned books list, I realize I‘ve read a lot of them. This week I‘m reading The House of the Spirits. 2y
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Kdgordon88
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#3books #thathavebeenmadeintomovies. News of the World is set to be released in December. I will definitely watch it at some point post COVID. Loved both book and movie of the other two.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚🎬 2y
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CampbellTaraL
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It's supposed to be in the "low" 100s this weekend so that means I'll be a melting puddle on the floor. Gives me down time to read, I suppose. I have a mini TBR on my bookshelf to tackle, starting with this book ?

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Leftcoastzen
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My first #bookspin title done.Capt.Jefferson Kyle Kidd rambles through wild north Texas just after the civil war ,makes money by reading newspapers to town folk for 10 cents a head . Against his better judgment, he becomes involved in returning a young girl of 10 stolen from her slaughtered parents & raised by the Kiowa to her relatives.Storytelling at its finest! I can be pretty hard sometimes, but I did tear up at the end.Just read it⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 2y
KVanRead I absolutely loved this one! 2y
Leftcoastzen @KVanRead I went in with high expectations and the book exceeded them! 😀 2y
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vivastory This has been on my TBR forever. I need to read it. Great review! 2y
megnews I loved this!! Movie was supposed to come out in December. May have been pushed back. 2y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory it‘s short , a little over 200 pages , it really drew me in . 2y
Leftcoastzen @megnews Yes ! Heard there was a movie coming, another reason to get to it.Movie releases have been yet another thing disrupted in these tough covid times. 2y
Sace I loved this one. 2y
LeahBergen On my shelf! 👍🏻 2y
ValerieAndBooks Already stacked— now I want to find this sooner rather than later! 2y
Leftcoastzen @ValerieAndBooks Books like this remind us of why we love reading. 2y
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Leftcoastzen
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So much Litsy love for the tagged book, on my TBR too long , my #bookspin selection.I remember I started Bonfire of the Vanities one time years ago. I think I abandoned it only because I had a library book I had to finish , never went back , so easily distracted! Oh , look a 🦄!It is my #doublespin Thanks as always to @TheAromaofBooks for helping us dig through #TBRMountain

KVanRead Loved both of these. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Good luck!!! 2y
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bthegood
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Absolutely loved this. The story, the way it is written... beautiful.

Blueberry I agree. So good. It's being made into a movie. 2y
bthegood @Blueberry I would watch that movie! 2y
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lahousewyfe
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I was captivated by this adventure of an older man bringing a young girl home after her four years of captivity with the Kiowa. Placed in post-Civil War Texas, I really felt the wildness of the space and people as I went on the journey with them.

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Kelican17
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Amazingly, this is the first book i have finished since everything shut down and I have been at home. It was a good story, easy read, happy ending, and rumor has it that Tom Hanks will be starring in the movie at some point.

Smrloomis I loved this so much. I would definitely see a movie based on it! 2y
SaturnDoo 😥 I started this back in July and couldn't get in to it. Maybe I should try it again. 2y
Kelican17 @Smrloomis me too! 🙂 2y
Kelican17 @SaturnDoo it took me a few chapters to get into it. I did not have high hopes for the book when I started it. 2y
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Stunning story and beautifully written.
It may look short (it is) but it will provide you with a much longer experience as you continue to reread and gift this book to others. This is my original copy (TC) and still around 2 years later this book crosses my mind as a bookseller as a recommendation for sooooo many people.

Bradleygirl I loved this so much, and I wasn't really expecting to, for whatever reason. Such a heart stirring gem. 2y
AJackets @Bradleygirl same here! And a lot of people who would love it almost won't take it out of my hand. Lit should always open us not close us! Have a good Sunday! 2y
megnews I read this in 2016 and just recommended it to a friend the other day. Looking forward to the movie adaptation if it‘s still released in December. 2y
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Megabooks
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💜 the new Morgan Jerkins, Ottessa Moshfegh‘s latest, and Ali Smith‘s Summer!
💜💜 tagged
💜💜💜 Lisa Genova, definitely!
Thanks for the tag @JaclynW 😁💜

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs #3 good one! 💗💗 Genova 💗💗 2y
Megabooks @Eggs She‘s wonderful! I‘d love to geek out about neuroscience with her!! 2y
JaclynW I didn't know Ottessa Moshfegh had a new book coming out. Awesome! Lisa Genova would be interesting to interview. 2y
Megabooks @JaclynW yes, it was supposed to come out in May, but it‘s been pushed back to august. 😁👍🏻 2y
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