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The Lonely Hearts Hotel
The Lonely Hearts Hotel: A Novel | Heather O'Neill
With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans in love with each other since they can remember whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future. The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart ones origins. It might also take true love. Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the citys underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes after years of searching and desperate poverty the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and theyll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same. With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather ONeill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell. From the Hardcover edition.
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kbibliophilific
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Mixed reviews on this one, but I‘ve loved several that had same kinds of mixed reviews, so giving this a shot tonight! Another one down from my TBR shelf!!!

perfectsinner I love this book and recommend it often 9mo
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JessClark78
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Pickpick

First book finished in October. I wanted to finish this before the end of September but it didn‘t happen. I really enjoyed this story. It was dark and beautiful, raw and gritty, whimsical and tragic. The writing had some wonderful poetic descriptions. One of the best books I‘ve read this year.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

+6 points #TeamHendrix

#Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #Wickedathon
#SpookOWeen #Readathon

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xicanti
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I baked cinnamon buns with brandy-poached cranberries and a glaze made out of the leftover liquid! Unfortunately, I had a couple issues with the dough that meant I had to knead it by hand, and they aren‘t as good as usual. Edible, yeah, but not stellar. 😔

At least the extra work gave me more time with THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL. It‘s nothing like I imagined it‘d be. I‘m obsessed with it.

Major TW for child sex abuse, though. #audiobaking

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aleks.bower
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The lonely hearts hotel by Heather O‘Neill is based in an orphanage where two gifted orphans fall deeply in love with each other. They will go to extreme lengths to make their wishes come true. I really enjoyed this book because it shows how friendship, love, art and music can save us from ourselves. Sexual abuse, drugs, pain and suffering occurred several times in the book which can make it a not easy read for some readers.

MissYaremcio Thank you for the review Aleks! It‘s certainly a heart-wrenching book! I was just missing the explanation of the motif! 5/6 2y
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danielle.reading
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Bailedbailed

I feel like there should be trigger warnings SOMEWHERE in/for this book! 😓

Author starts out with an incestuous rape scene and it didn‘t get any better from there. There was nothing about either mc that I actually remembered because the author didn‘t bother to give them any personality, really. I know that they were beaten, starved, molested and locked in cabinets for days at a time (as well as other horrendous abuses)...

danielle.reading But other than that, nothing. The author was so clearly focused on the tragic shit happening to these characters that they didn‘t even bother with giving them personalities, or for using on their, what I‘m assuming to be, magical traits. And let‘s get into the authors weird obsession with mentioning the male mc‘s penis, from literal minutes out of his mother‘s womb the author is making him having an erection and it only gets worse from there. (edited) 2y
danielle.reading At the age of eleven, the author says how much more “endowed” he is and then we jump into a very detailed molestation and that, my friends, is where I had to bail. Mind you I was on page 25 at this point! Reading about gratuitous sexual abuse and child abuse is not my idea of fun. Also, it is exceptionally weird and icky, for me, because I have a 12 yr old son. 🥴 I can‘t. I am not okay. 🤢🤢 2y
ItsAnotherJen It was a beautifully written book. Disturbing and dark...yes. However, the writing was excellent! I couldn't put it down. I agree it needs a warning label because most reviews do not mention the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. Definitely not for everyone. 2y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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Since there is a Canada Day 🇨🇦 vibe here today, I feel like sharing my last two #coupdecoeur ❤️ from Quebec-Canadian authors. Stories both gravitate around Montreal and a little abroad.

Safe Canada Day 🇨🇦
#ReadCanada
#jelisbleu

MsMelissa I read Suzanne last year (or the year before?) when it was part of Canada Reads. I thought it was ok, but felt as if maybe something had been lost in translation (what may be described as beautiful writing in French isn‘t necessarily as beautiful when translated to English). 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira @Book_Fiend_Melissa could be. I felt that her writing, in La femme qui fuit, was like glass lace. I remember a very lively bookclub discussion also ☺️ 2y
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katlyn447
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katlyn447
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1. Maryland, USA 🦀
2. The tagged book! It's been on my TBR for about a year and it's finally time! 💕
3. Early Halloween Candy 🍬🍫
4. Reading from the salon at the moment. I was born a redhead...no one told my hair until college though! 👩‍🦰
5. First readathon! Looking forward to seeing what other people are reading and being part of the litsy community 📚

#readathon

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you soooo much @NeedsMoreBooks 🎊🎉📚 this one has been on my tbr list a long time!! I can‘t wait to read it!! Love the cover!! ✨🌟⭐️💛

NeedsMoreBooks Yay! ❤️🧡❤️🧡 3y
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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

It‘s weird to say about a book I read basically in one sitting, but this was a quiet, slow read for me. It‘s whimsical and humorous, brutal and sad, full of hope and absolutely heartbreaking. I‘ve seen this book compared to The Night Circus, but honestly I‘ve not read anything like this. Such beautiful, stunning writing.

I‘m going to need a moment. 😢

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JennyM
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#GrandHotel #WanderingJune.

I quite enjoyed this story about orphans Rose and Pierrot.

Cinfhen I almost purchased this book 2 weeks ago ~ couldn‘t decide if I‘d like it?!?!! 3y
JennyM @Cinfhen it always gets very mixed reviews. It‘s pretty sad, and I remember being frustrated in parts, but I also remember I quite liked it. But I don‘t remember much of the story (although that‘s not uncommon for my in-one-ear, out-the-other brain). 3y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen too many mixed reviews! I think it‘s a #BorrowNotBuy for me 3y
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Sharpeipup
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“Every day the average person will witness six miracles. But it isn‘t that we don‘t believe in miracles—we just don‘t believe that miracles are miracles. There are so many miracles all around us.”
#quotes #audiobook

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Mafiacisco
Pickpick

This book was so unexpectedly multilayered. The characters are in equal measure gentle and fiery, poetic and provocative, likeable and brutal. I loved getting to know Rose and Pierrot - their personalities unfold in a way that feels organic and raw and real.

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Mafiacisco

Still reading, will update with review later.

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GripLitGrl
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BookwormM Loved this book 4y
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LibraryCin
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Panpan

Not a fan. I listened to the audio and the narrator was good, but it wasn‘t enough. I thought, at the start, I was going to like it, but it didn‘t turn out that way. I didn‘t like any of the characters, and I didn‘t care about what happened to them (except when they were young and still at the orphanage). Disappointing, especially since I really liked “Lullabies for Little Criminals” by this author.

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Rudis
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Panpan

I did not enjoy this novel barely at all. I would say that I finished reading it out of spite more than anything. I had a hard time liking anything other than the occasional piece of prose.

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Beachesnbooks
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Finished my last read of 2018! I ended up for the most part really enjoying it and gave it 4.25 stars; I did have issues with a few parts of the writing and I enjoyed the later parts of the book much more than the earlier. Now I want to start a new book but I don‘t know what I‘m in the mood for to kick off 2019. My first read of 2018 ended up being one of my favorites (If We Were Villains) so I‘m feeling the pressure!

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Beachesnbooks
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TFW you‘re a little bit into 3 books you need to finish before the end of the year, yet all you want to do is re-read the Shatter Me series because your mood-reader tendencies are in the driver‘s seat 😂

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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

I just adore this book! It was just as good the second time! It reads like a gritty fairytale about trauma, addiction and enduring whimsical love. So engaging!

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Bibliogeekery
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Went to Cirque de Soleil tonight with my family. How appropriate while I'm listening to a book about a ragtag circus from Montreal. The show was great! 🎡🎪🤹🤡

Gezemice Beautiful set! 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Whimsical holiday window fits in with my audiobook perfectly!

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Bibliogeekery
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Christmas Market! 🎄 Met up with my family so had to turn off the audiobook!

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Bibliogeekery
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Audiobook at the Christmas Market! 🎄

saresmoore Gorgeous! 4y
LA_Mead I love the Christmas market! 4y
hermyknee ♥️ 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Revisiting this gem via audiobook!

CouronneDhiver I wasn‘t crazy about this one in print... maybe audio is the way to go 4y
Emily92Bibliophile I‘m glad both of you have said that about the audiobook- I tried to read in print but couldn‘t get hooked. I will try it again this winter break! 4y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Starting this one tonight. It's a good night for the reading socks and a good book! 🌨️ Brrrr out there!

JSW I love the idea of reading socks. Will implement. 👍🏼 4y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @JSW they're cozy goodness! 🧦📚 4y
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brooke_eliz13
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Pickpick

Had the day off of work today and binge read all day. Oh my goodness it was so good I want to start it all over again. I guess I‘ll read through Heathers backlog instead.

Thanks @thereadingwomen for always giving me good books to read.

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BookBelle84
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This one is definitely #underrated . It doesn't have great reviews on #litsy but I absolutely loved it and still think about the magic of it often. #31bookpics @howjessreads Also showing the tone of snow we got yesterday!

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SBoos
Mehso-so

Still trying to decide if this was one of the best or worst books I've read recently, and while I'm not ready to recommend it to a friend, I am glad I read it. The style of this novel is singular and the story is littered with pretty turns of phrase. The characters and chapter titles are whimsical within a fully realized world.

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sarahllane
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My next book club pick! So excited 😻😻

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Ke633
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#bookhaul I made it out of the book sale with 10 books! Yay me.

MicrobeMom Great haul!! 4y
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a fine haul! 👍 4y
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Matilda
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#riotgrams june 14: audiobooks or book podcasts (I have 6 apps just for audiobooks so I may read a lot of audios. You can see more screenshots on IG: https://instagram.com/p/BkAQ_WulqMp/ )

Suetara Love your phone background! 4y
Suetara Thanks! 4y
rather_be_reading love it! 4y
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tracycatherinereads
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Just started it this afternoon!

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Phinfluenza
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Pickpick

I audiobooked this one and picked it purely based on the cover and title... and then the reader introduced me to a special brand of heartbreak cocktail: 2 parts sexual abuse, 1 part emotional abuse, 1 part physical abuse, 2 parts drug abuse, 2 parts broken dreams, 3 parts hope, 4 parts tragic event after tragic event - mix thoroughly and pour over icecubes made of tears and lost innocence. Oh yeah, and it's a love story. (a wonderful downer)

Megabooks Great review! 4y
Phinfluenza Thank you! 4y
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quietjenn
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Whoa, @erinreads! What a generous #sockswap package. And also an absolutely perfect one! I'm so excited for *all* of these books. And the socks are so fun. (I've long contemplated the F-off ones, but never bought them). And the stationary goods the cutest. Thank you so very much. You've made my week. @JPeterson

Eggs I love the Talk Dewey!! 😂😂😂 5y
VanChocStrawberry I have the F off ones. I need the Dewey ones! Awesome! 5y
quietjenn @Eggs @VanChocStrawberry they're so great - can't wait to wear them to work! 5y
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erinreads I‘m glad you like everything! I‘m glad to share two amazing books with you and I can‘t wait to hear how Be Prepared is. 5y
blithebuoyant Omg what brand are those fuck off socks? I need to order some! 5y
quietjenn @blithebuoyant Blue Q! They have all kinds of cool designs. 5y
JPeterson Those are fantastic! 5y
Gissy Love the F*** ones☺️ 5y
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Phinfluenza

He was at an age where even being alive was absurd and so he had retired from the realm of common sense.
*Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

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amyf0x
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Pickpick

A charming tale of two lovestruck orphans trying to make it in 1920s Montreal that‘s full of surprising similes and beautiful images.

Read March 31 - April 5
Book 12/50

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ElleSkel
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🌎 Calvin and Hobbes

🌎 Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

🌎 Jason Reynolds

🌎 Possible Side Effects by Augusten Burroughs

Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks !!

#satchats @BiblioLitten

I tag @AmyG ( hope you haven‘t already been tagged!)

AmyG Thank you for the tag! We have guests in from out of town, so I will try to remember to do this later.😘 5y
BiblioLitten That cover is really pretty! 5y
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Nickinpa
Lonely Hearts Hotel | Heather O'Neill
Panpan

Dark themes (child rape, sexual and physical abuse and rape, and more). Writing was a little too clever with multiple metaphors heavily layered throughout. Overwrought. I was expecting something along the lines of Night Circus. Would not recommend.

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Jaystay9

Now, thanks to Irving, he had a life philosophy that he could not afford to have. This was a common denominator of most addicts, which Pierrot would become.

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Howseldomtheydo
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GripLitGrl
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2BR02B
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#GIVEAWAY TWO: THE LONELY HEARTS HOTEL

To enter:
1. Visit http://www.ppaction.org/site/TR/2013Fundraisers/PlannedParenthoodFearlessFundrai... and donate any amount.
2. Put your Litsy handle in the "recognition name" field.
3. Comment below that you've entered.
4. I'll choose a winner at 7 PM CST on 2/10. International entries are welcome.
5. Feel free to share! My goal is to raise $300 with your help!

saresmoore Awesome idea! 5y
Eyelit Fantastic idea!!! 5y
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kamoorephoto Entered!!! Congrats on the fundraiser and Happy Birthday, chica!!! 😽💓💓💓 5y
2BR02B @kamoorephoto Congrats, you're the winner! Please send an email with your address to 2br02book@gmail.com. 5y
kamoorephoto 👏👏👏👏💖👏😻😽😽 5y
kamoorephoto @2BR02B I couldn‘t remember, and I had to search way back for this post now...I forgot about this book giveaway...did you mail it????!! 😹😹🤞🏼😽 5y
2BR02B @kamoorephoto not yet! Sorry it's taking me so long. Real life has been eating all my time lately. Going to do my best to get it sent out in the next week! 🤞 5y
kamoorephoto Ahhh! It‘s okay!!! I was hoping you had just forgotten and it hadn‘t got lost (and I‘d missed that you sent it). That would‘ve sucked 😭 That‘s all good. Hope life gets back on track; I know how that is 😊❤️ 5y
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AmandaWilkins
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This book started out making me really uncomfortable. The author certainly does not hold back any descriptions or shy away from any subjects. After I got over myself, I came to see it as a strength in an author to be completely honest in the storytelling. The ending was unexpected and worth reading through the whole thing. I bought this book because of the unbelievably beautiful cover - i did not expect the story inside!

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Valink
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I showed GREAT restraint at Target this morning and didn‘t buy any of these books! And The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a signed copy!!

RebelReader I bought The Lonely Hearts Club this morning! 🤗 5y
GloVerdino I would have gotten them all! 5y
Valink It was hard to resist @RebelReader but I‘m trying to stick to only buying Book of the Month books... though I will be running out of credits soon so I will have to decide if I‘ll be on a complete buying ban or not at that time! 5y
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Valink @GloVerdino I wanted to!!! I have towers of books that I want to read though, so new books will only come from BOTM for now. Plus, I‘m trying not to spend $$ on myself until we get through the Feb birthdays and Devin‘s trip. I‘m not on a library ban though! 5y
JuliWilliams I usually walk around target with my camera ready and snap lots of pictures of books to add to my to read list! Sometimes I‘m weak though! 5y
Valink @JuliWilliams I do that at Target and at the book store. If The Immortalists isn‘t a BOTM pick I may cave and buy it. A woman in my knitting group had Little Fires Everyone, so that‘s one I‘ll try to borrow instead of buy. And @GloVerdino I want to read the Woman in the Window after you. I heard they are making it a movie. 5y
GloVerdino Ok, I'm almost done with it. I heard the rights were sold for the movie before the book was even released! So, I went to Target today and almost bought 3 books, but I was able to hold back! 5y
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bookgurlbunny
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I loved it anyone a. Fan of night circus . Will love it 2

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Akimbo
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Thank you storm day for allowing me to enjoy this little gem.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Looks like organizing home libraries was the thing to do this holiday break! Here we moved shelves, I reorganized my book shelves, cleaned up the area, and I‘ve moved the books that I want to try and focus on to the shelves we moved to the family room (by the fireplace) And of course what happened right after I did this so many lists of new shiny books coming out in 2018 were posted! 🤪🤪🤪

ReadingSusan Nice!! 5y
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Stephaniereads1
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@erinreads I've had The Lonely Hearts Club on my tbr list and I loving the My Favorite things is Monsters. Congrats on your numbers.