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Exit West
Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
From the internationally bestselling author of The Reluctant Fundamentalist and How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, a love story that unfolds in a world being irrevocably transformed by migration. In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through . . . Exit West is an epic compressed into a slender page-turner—both completely of our time and for all time, Mohsin Hamid’s most ambitious and electrifying novel yet.
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Honeybeebooks
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Is it a realistic fantasy? Science fiction highlighting near future social issues? A story of love and loss? I shared a few quotes that were especially poignant to me and expressed the heart of this work. It is a little difficult to describe but I do encourage anyone to walk through the door to see what it is all about.

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Honeybeebooks
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"We are all migrants through time."

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Honeybeebooks
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"...the calm that is called the calm before the storm, but is in reality the foundation of a human life, waiting there for us between the steps of our march to our mortality, when we are compelled to pause and not act but be."

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Bookwormjillk
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My amazing #mysteryswap goodies from @Schlinkles I‘m going to take my time going through the paperback, and I cannot wait to get into Furious Hours.

Schlinkles Yay! I hope you like Exit West! 2d
Bookwormjillk And a huge thanks to @TheReadingMermaid for putting this together. It was a great idea!! 2d
Bookwormjillk @Schlinkles I think I will- right up my alley. Great pick! 2d
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Stacypatrice “Thanks for not being a douche!” 😂😂😂😂 Is that a sticker? It‘s awesome. 2d
Bookwormjillk @Stacypatrice it‘s a post card 😜 2d
Stacypatrice @Bookwormjillk I love it 🤣 2d
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Honeybeebooks
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"..., but they did not see each other,...and they were each at the crest of the hill only briefly, and at different times."

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"..., and so by making the promise he demanded she make she was in a sense killing him, but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind."

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laurabilly13
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The second of Hamid‘s that I‘ve read and enjoying it so far #mohsinhamid #exitwest #booksonbeaches

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Susan
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mldkennedy
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Mehso-so

(April 2019) I was really excited about this because of all the hype...I thought it was really well-written and a very creative story but the author's description of the female protagonist was a little male gaze-y...

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balletbookworm
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A short, quiet fable about fleeing one‘s home and the meaning of a relationship between two people. I enjoyed how Hamid gave as much weight to the stress and fear of revolution, of the unknown future Saeed and Nadia we‘re stepping into, and how the world was reacting to the doors that allowed such unprecedented migration as well as the full arc of Saeed‘s and Nadia‘s romance and the unspoken possibilities that did not happen.

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Christinak
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I was given this book a year ago and wish I had not waited so long to read it. This is thrilling and beautifully written. This book pulled me in. Thankfully this is a quick read or I would not get anything done.

readordierachel Loved this one! 2mo
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Angela_TheBookNerdess
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4.5🌟

The falling of a country to militant fighting prompts a couple to escape using the books deus et machina of doorways representing the illegal migrant pathways to the west and seeming safety and new lives.

Long after reading this novel I return to think of it, of certain scenes of thoughts contained. Whilst I hated the tell and not show of the narrative that sense of alienation it caused in retrospect must be what the characters feel.

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Hillaryb
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👍🏼

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Knpatel91
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Loved it

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Settings
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Previous two audiobooks I listened to were days long so to have this one end after only 5 hours felt abrupt.

The writing felt very choppy but the ending was very moving.

Edit: 2017 BSFA nominee

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AKwaz
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Mehso-so

An interesting concept. I can‘t really place my finger on what I felt was missing but I just wanted more in some way.

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AKwaz
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“We are all migrants through time.”

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ilyssa.g
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Read this for the book club @MrBook and @BookBabe run. I enjoyed the plot of the story and the metaphor of doors. However, I found it to be extremely repetitive and did not enjoy the writing of it. I did not feel any emotional connection to it. Overall, I have read much better stories and books on migration.

MrBook Great discussion though, eh? 😁 It certainly was a different book, lol. @BookBabe and I love having you out! 🙌🏻🤗 4mo
ilyssa.g @MrBook and @BookBabe I loved the discussion of the book! It was nice to see different views on it. I love going to the club! I'm excited to read the next book and see you guys next month! 4mo
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BookBabe
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Another great meeting of the #2030SomethingBookClub that @MrBook and I run in #NYC! Excellent discussion. And there was a lot to discuss about this book. Have you read it? What did you think?

C.Perone I loved this book. The whole bizarre doors thing was great. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I HATED this book. 🙈 4mo
Reviewsbylola Which in a way can elicit it‘s own great discussion. 4mo
ladyneverwhere I loved this book! It was one of my favorites I read last year! 4mo
Billypar I really liked it: for a short novel, I felt like it captured the relationship between the main characters in a realistic way, even as it covered the larger societal implications of the doors. For me it combined the appeals of a magical realist novel and a short story. 4mo
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MrBook
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One book club meeting wrapped up, another one starting in a wee bit. This ☝🏻is the book we‘ll be discussing for our #2030SomethingBookClub! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Have YOU read it?!

#NYC

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻yes !!! Great book 4mo
squirrelbrain I agree @Cathythoughts ! Fab book! 4mo
Librarybelle A great book! 4mo
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FreeReadAndWrite This kind of book usually isn't up my alley but I loved it! Plus it's pretty 😍 4mo
UziH Awesome! One of my favorite authors 4mo
readordierachel Loved it! 4mo
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BookBabe
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Finishing up this book tonight. Got my cup of tea, both my reading buddies snuggling with me, and some relaxing classical music on. Perfect evening! ☺️❤️

JennyM You look cozy 😊 4mo
catebutler Sounds like the perfect evening! 👍🏼 4mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #Thai edition! @MrBook and I tried a new (to us) Thai place tonight. Exquisite cuisine! Lovely ambiance too. I had a Tom Kha coconut milk soup followed by pan-seared bass in ginger sauce with veggies. Paired with a Thai iced tea with a twist—it was spiked with coconut rum. Soooo yummy! 😋 Happy reads & happy eats!

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CaroPi
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So boyfriend gave me these flowers for San Valantine. And I enjoy to see them while reading this book..

Tanisha_A Lovely 💐! 4mo
CaroPi @Tanisha_A thanks a lot! First time that boyfriend give me flowers. 😊 4mo
angela_fi13 Awww!! Hurras para el novio! 😘 4mo
Linsy Pretty pic! 🌹 4mo
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MrBook
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A most interesting tale! This is one of the few times I went into a book not having read the summary first. Very intriguing and has my gears spinning! Great audiobook for a long trek. 😁👍🏻👍🏻

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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! Back at our local 1950s diner. Accompaniment this cold and sunny early afternoon was: spinach/ham/American cheese omelet and black coffee. Trying to cut the carbs. Not easy when @MrBook is your constant companion! 😝
Happy reads & happy eats!

Jakaranda boo to mr. book😆!!! 4mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! Greek salad and pomegranate sangria. Starting this one tonight for the book club we run in NYC. I hope it‘s good!
Happy reads and happy eats! 😋

RealLifeReading Yum! I really liked Exit West. Hope you do too 4mo
Reagan-reads Pomegranate sangria sounds amazing. 4mo
GatheringBooks this looks yum! husband just made me something similar a week ago, it was 👌🏽 4mo
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Rachel_nyc Is this book group open to new members? I‘ve been looking for a book club in nyc... 4mo
BookBabe @Rachel_nyc Yes, absolutely! We‘d love to have you join us. (There‘s an age limit though 🙈) Here‘s the link: Check out 20/30 something book club http://meetu.ps/c/dwbY/3fJB0/a (edited) 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BookBabe bummer, I‘m a few years too late! 👵🏼 4mo
BookBabe @Rachel_nyc Aww, rats! That is a bummer. We inherited the group, so it wasn‘t our idea, lol. Eventually we‘ll age out of our group and have to hand it down to someone else 😂 4mo
Rachel_nyc @BookBabe 😂No worries. I hadn‘t thought of checking meetup so I will check it out to see if there are other book clubs that may work for me. 4mo
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Macnjen
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Audiobook. Boring. Maybe it was the narration (author) but there was no engagement with the characters. Interesting concept but not executed in a way I enjoyed.

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Macnjen
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Current audiobook, almost finished for #Litsyatoz challenge.

BookishMarginalia 👍🏼 4mo
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academiconbreak
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It is the kind of book that just invites you in. The author wanted to write about the refugee experience, but wanted to cut out the long flight from home and concentrate on culture clash and class conflict in the host country. Hence the magical realist device of doors that transport one instantly, that you have to step into before you know where you will land. This is primarily a love story, and has an economy of language that is Hemingway-esque.

RaimeyGallant Enjoying your reviews. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
academiconbreak @RaimeyGallant Thanks so much Raimey! That's really helpful. I'll definitely check those out. 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌺 4mo
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Kalalalatja
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According to @Cinfhen #OmarSharif is a song from a musical about a band who gets lost in Israel. So, my mind went to a book with two people feeling lost in an unnamed Middle Eastern country, and trying to get out of it with more or less success through doors to other places. 🚪🚪

Thanks for a fun month Scott and Cindy! #MusicalNewYear 🙌

Reviewsbylola I wanted to love this but it did nothing for me. 4mo
Cinfhen I loved this book and I like where you went with the choice 💕💕💕 4mo
vivastory Excellent choice Katja! 👏👏🙌 4mo
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rachelk
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This was my book club read for January. Everyone liked it, though not everyone loved the use of magical realism. It did prompt a good discussion about refugees that touched on empathy, family, love and politics. I thought the author had some fantastic insights into human nature and there were some truly beautiful passages.

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Eggbeater
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The author was able to pack an impressive amount of quality writing into a short novel. ..."everyone migrates, even if we stay in the same house our whole lives, because we can't help it. We are all migrants through time." ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

#24B4Monday only a few hours until midnight and I'm right on the line and I am down to the wire with 23 hours 25 min logged so far. But I am sooo tired. @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

TheReadingMermaid Awe come on girl you can do it. Power through it just a half an hour more and you've got 24 hours!!! I know you can do this! 👍🏻😃👍🏻 5mo
Trashcanman Hi Lily! 5mo
Eggbeater Thanks for the encouragement @TheReadingMermaid . I did it just in the nick of time. 😁 5mo
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Eggbeater Hi George! 😊 @Trashcanman 5mo
TheReadingMermaid YAHZ!!!! You did it!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
rachelk I just finished reading this last night — that was one of my favorite quotes. 5mo
Andrew65 Excellent. Well done, I do need to read this. 😊 5mo
Suet624 Love this book. (edited) 5mo
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85eliana
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Empathy is the word that comes to mind after reading this book. There‘s also framing and reframing of day-to-day realities that felt refreshing. For a story about the brutalities that lead to people becoming refugees, it‘s pretty optimistic about how the future could play out. The book was more sci-fi/magical realism than I was expecting, but I felt like it really worked well!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 5mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 5mo
85eliana Thanks 5mo
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Melismatic
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Looking to lighten my shelves - anyone interested in any of the above? All are hardcover except ‘Salem‘s Lot‘ which is paperback. ‘Pride‘ & ‘Amber & Dusk‘ are #Owlcrate editions, signed. Top three are #BOTM editions. US preferred - just drop me a comment if you‘re interested! 💖 #litsyswaps #bookswaps #swaps @LitsyHappenings / Please help me spread the word! 🤗

collegecatlady I would love Salem‘s Lot if it‘s available! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I would love The Power if it‘s still available 📚❤️ 5mo
Melismatic @collegecatlady @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks yes and yes! Please send me your addresses and I‘ll get them out to you next weekend! LeAnna.Christiansen@gmail.com 5mo
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Elma I would love The Favorite Sister, if it's still available. 5mo
felinesandfiction I would love Exit West! 5mo
Melismatic @Elma and @felinesandfiction - yes & yes! Please send me your addresses and I send out next weekend! 🤗 LeAnna.Christiansen@gmail.com 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Melismatic will do!! Thank you!! ❤️❤️ 5mo
Elma @Melismatic Done. Thank you so much! 5mo
felinesandfiction @Melismatic sent you my address. 😊 5mo
JenReadsAlot Is Emma in the Night still available? 5mo
Melismatic @JenReadsAlot yes! Send me your address and I‘ll ship to you this weekend! 🤗 LeAnna.Christiansen@gmail.com 5mo
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85eliana
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Returning to this one after a 3 month break. I was having trouble reading it at the end of my pregnancy due to its troubling content. I care very much about deepening my understanding of the experience of refugees, and this has been excellent so far. Hopefully I‘m ready now!

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Sarz
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5 ⭐
Wow! I loved this. It was so beautiful, so raw, so human. It's described as a love story, and it is, but it's a story of love in the real world.
I did the audiobook, which I normally don't like as much as physical books, but the author read this one and it was so captivating and I'm not sure I would have liked it as much as if I had read it with my voice.
READ THIS!

Samplergal I loved it as well. So bittersweet. 5mo
Sarz This is also my "Muslin author/MC" read for #booked2019 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage 5mo
Cinfhen Great pick!! This was a five star pick from me too, when I read it!!! 5mo
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behudd
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Loved the first half, sort of lost interest in the second half. But the writing is so beautiful & unique, I have to recommend it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TheCuriousHousecat
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This book needs to be read by those of us in our comfortable western lives who are dogmatic about who should come to our country and how. It‘s truly a beautiful book. A ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🌛from me. #LitsyLove19

BarbaraBB I agree with you, a great book about an urgent subject 5mo
LazyDays Thanks for entering and good luck!💜 5mo
TheCuriousHousecat @BarbaraBB my only lament is the ones that should have a read of this book probably won‘t. 5mo
BarbaraBB You‘re probably right 😬 5mo
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Gramworth
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Sick in bed reading Exit West. I‘ve never read “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” or anything by this author. But so far I like it!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon ❤️ 5mo
Gramworth Thank you! 😊 5mo
TheCuriousHousecat I loved this book⭐️ 5mo
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parttimedomestic
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My first book of 2019 is a 5⭐️ read for me! I loved the melancholy writing, the realness of Saeed and Nadia‘s relationship and the nonchalant magical realism. I also got to read some of it in the bath at a hotel, which is a real treat for me! #bookandabath #firstread

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RBrandehoff
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It has been a long time since I have read a book in one sitting. This is a quick read, though incredibly difficult, particularly in today‘s social and economical climate. Its beautiful love story is punctuated by time, space, location, and extreme hardship. It will sit with you long after you close its cover.

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“...she felt she was abandoning the old man, and even if he did have siblings and his cousins, and might now go live with them or have them come live with him, they could not protect him as Saeed and Nadia could, and so by making the promise he demanded she make she was in a sense killing him, but that is the way of things, for when we migrate, we murder from our lives those we leave behind.”

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BrooklynBookGirl
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I am very confused how this book got stellar reviews. The first one hundred pages were awesome, but then it lost me. I know that this will be a very unpopular opinion.

mom2bugnbee Not every book is for every person! I bailed on The Underground Railroad, also an unpopular opinion. Life is too short to read books that don't speak to you. Onward! 😁 5mo
BookPixie I felt the same way when I read this. 5mo
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The_Real_Nani
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#onedayread I was enraptured by this book, partly because I struggled to understand, really understand, what was happening and yet the story was so beautiful. #readinthenewyear

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The_Real_Nani
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NYE day reading. Lounging about like I have nothing else to do but I feel at liberty to ignore my obligations for the next two days.

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BrooklynBookGirl
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I‘m delaying cleaning up the apartment, but I AM thoroughly enjoying my winter break. So far, I like Exit West, and it seems like a an easy vacation read. I got my husband some dense nonfiction books for Christmas (not really my jam), so we have been co-reading. #marriedchristmas #books #vacation