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The Heart's Invisible Furies
The Heart's Invisible Furies | John Boyne
Cyril Avery is not a real Avery or at least thats what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isnt a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more. In this, Boyne's most transcendent work to date, we are shown the story of Ireland from the 1940s to today through the eyes of one ordinary man. The Heart's Invisible Furies is a novel to make you laugh and cry while reminding us all of the redemptive power of the human spirit.
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How brilliantly funny and sad was this. Absolutely loved it!

Leftcoastzen It‘s so good! 9m
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#Sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

📚 The tagged one!
📚 A ladder to the sky - John Boyne
📚 Salem's Lot - Stephen King
📚 It - Stephen King
📚 Beautiful Malice - Rebecca James
📚 The 2nd coming - John Niven
📚 Dracula - Bram Stoker

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have the first one on my shelf! Thank you for playing! 📚🙌🏻 1w
Ast_Arslan @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you mean the tagged one? It's one of my fav of all times, absolutely superb ❤❤ 1w
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This is a great story that starts and ends in a complete ⭕️. However, it is a long story that could be enjoyed by skipping parts… it‘s quite long. I can definitely imagine this as a movie akin to The Goldfinch. I love the exploration of the gay man growing up in the 50‘s through modern times being able to glimpse from a European and US first person POV the social changes in each decade including the aids crisis. It‘s a well told story for sure.

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#12booksof2021 #March
Oh, this book ♥️♥️♥️ John Boyne is another favorite of mine now, thanks to Litsy 😊😊

Andrew65 Love John Boyne but yet to read this. 3w
CBee @Andrew65 it‘s amazing!! One of my favorites this year. 3w
Andrew65 @CBee So much love for this book. 3w
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Crazeedi I haven't read many of his but I did read this one 3w
CBee @Crazeedi the only other one I‘ve read is A Ladder to the Sky, also excellent 👍🏻 3w
Crazeedi @CBee I have boy in striped pajamas on my shelf, unread as of now, need to focus on my physical books this year! 3w
CBee @Crazeedi 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 3w
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My life in a picture 😂

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I had high expectations for this book. I've heard from many who say this is one of their most favorite books of all time. So I was disappointed at how the first half was. So sad. Such terrible things happened. But with such surprisingly funny lines sprinkled throughout. As the story continues to unfold, those funny moments increase. I really did enjoy the writing and how things ended up.

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Trashcanman Beautiful. 1mo
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It is a pick, but just barely. I liked it, didn‘t love it and there is a lot to love about this book: the writing, the wit. However, the story progressed too slowly for me and the humour seemed a bit forced at times. I wish he had developed the character of Catherine Goggin more. I LOVED her and the first pages of the book. But fair enough - that‘s not the story Boyne wanted to tell.

MrsMalaprop I liked but didn‘t love this one. I remember thinking there were too many coincidences, but then someone told me he was doing it on purpose to emulate another author (can‘t recall who 🤔). 1mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop maybe Dickens? 1mo
CarolynM I'm also in the like rather than love camp, although in my case I liked the second half a lot more than the first. I agree with @MrsMalaprop about the coincidences🙄 1mo
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MrsMalaprop John Irving maybe? Which is pretty funny given I am reading my first Irving right now! 1mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop yes, that could be! He mentions that Irving is one of his favourite writers in an interview in the Guardian. 1mo
Anna40 @MrsMalaprop @CarolynM I didn‘t mind the coincidences. There were a few things about the book that just didn‘t make it great for me, but I can see why so many people love it. 1mo
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The story of Cyril avery from 1945 when his 16 yr old mother is hauled out of her pew by a priest + publicly humiliated as a whore in mass, through to hid final days had me at times laughing out loud to blubbing + wiping my eyes. A wonderful book that highlights the hypocrisy of religion, the definition of love,+ the fragility of humanity. I cld talk abt it for days 5*.
#Blackjack21 #booked2021 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved this book so much. Boyne is a master! 2mo
Cinfhen Great choice! Such an amazing book. 2mo
Anna40 Beautiful review 2mo
Centique I loved this too! 2mo
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“Maybe there were no villains in my mother‘s story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing.”

kspenmoll This book❤️💜🤍 3mo
marleed It‘s everything! 3mo
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Running errands and stumbled across a library book sale set up outside right before a rainstorm. I rescued these beauties for $7!

DrexEdit Very nice haul! It's good you could be there to rescue a few books from the rain. 😄 I think I almost picked up that copy (or a copy) of the John Boyne book. lol! 5mo
Kangaj1 @DrexEdit I was shocked at how many newer fiction titles I saw there! 5mo
DrexEdit @Kangaj1 Same! I was expecting more used library books because my husband (who works at the library) said they had been weeding the shelves pretty seriously. I picked up a couple of books that looked brand new! I guess the library has secret sources! 😄 5mo
Tamra Score! 5mo
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This was a book club read and I really enjoyed the read and the discussion . Very interesting . Very different to the other book of his I have read The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas. #joysbooks2021

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Well, the praise for this novel is certainly deserved. It follows Cyril Avery from birth to his final years and is a sprawling, funny, deeply moving novel about politics, family (both biological and found), friendship, loyalty, literature…I really, really enjoyed it.

Megabooks I still remember Julian‘s death so well even after 4 years. That complicated friendship between Cyril and Julian was just so well written!! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Such a great book ! 6mo
AmyG One of my favorites! 6mo
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This book knocked my 🧦off! So, so, so good 💙 This will definitely be a contender for my favorite book read this year. I will be thinking about this one for awhile and look forwarding to reading more by the Author.
It's on the longer side so it took me a few weeks of bedtime kindle reading to finish and qualifies for the #readinbed prompt for @lauram #summer2021 giveaway.

Megabooks Such a great book! One of my favs from 2017! 6mo
BookBelle84 My all time fave! 6mo
Amiable Love this book! 6mo
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staci.reads It's one of the best! 6mo
Lauram Congrats! Participation was low in my summer contest, so I‘m going to send packages to you and the one other regular Litsy participant. Yay! Send your mailing address to lmelgun@gmail.com and make sure your TBR list is updated. 😊 Have a good week! 6mo
Mynameisacolour @lauram Yay! Thank you! These were fun prompts. Thanks for hosting this. I'll email you shortly 😊 6mo
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Wow! This book is amazing!

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I found a four leaf clover this morning and it‘s my first one ever! 🍀. I picked it and put it between parchment paper in the tagged book.

“You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.” Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So true!! 🍀 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm How lovely! 💚 7mo
marleed Oh cool! 7mo
Ruthiella 🍀 Next time you see a rainbow 🌈, you know what to do! 😂💰💎(no pot of gold emoji) (edited) 7mo
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Eggs Beautiful 🌳💚🌲 7mo
Ast_Arslan @Eggs thanks 💚💚🎋 7mo
JazzFeathers Il Signore degli Anelli è sempre una buona idea 😊 7mo
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Ast_Arslan @JazzFeathers non uccidermi... ma è ancora in TBR 😅😅 7mo
JazzFeathers @Ast_Arslan Vabbeh, ti perdono. Ma solo perché sei tu ☝️😏 7mo
Ast_Arslan @JazzFeathers prometto di recuperare 😅😆 7mo
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Love this #pink book and Cyril 💙 #CuriousCovers

Opening sentence!

“Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women ... Father James Monroe stood on the altar of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.”

Eggs 💖🌸💗 7mo
Leftcoastzen Absolutely an all time favorite of mine. 7mo
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This book is so good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I can‘t say enough good things about it. It‘s not fast paced, but I did find myself entranced by the whole thing, from the very beginning to the very end. It‘s so well written, and the audiobook narrator is excellent!

Leftcoastzen One of the best I‘ve read in the last few years 8mo
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"Maybe there were no villains in my mother's story at all. Just men and women, trying to do their best by each other. And failing."

⭐⭐⭐⭐? This was an incredibly moving book. I am glad I finally picked it up. The author did a fabulous job braiding together all of the characters he introduced. Intimately witnessing Cyril's evolution as a human being from selfish child to generative adult was so humbling. ?

FelinesAndFelonies What a comment on society, family, religion, love, success. The ending made me cry. The only thing preventing this book from being 5 stars was the terrible job the author did at structuring the language of children stated to be 7-10 years old. I have to take half a star for it. 8mo
Trashcanman Everyone's like a shiny thing. 8mo
FelinesAndFelonies “If there is one thing I've learned in more than seven decades of life, it's that the world is a completely fucked-up place. You never know what's around the corner and it's often something unpleasant.” 8mo
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!!! And I totally agree about authors making young children's conversation completely unrealistic. Sometimes I wonder if they have ever actually talked to a child...??? 8mo
FelinesAndFelonies @TheAromaofBooks exactly. I looked up his biography and he doesn't have children... But surely he most know some? Anyway, other than that cramp at the beginning, it was stunning. 8mo
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Everyone raves about the tagged book. I picked it up as my chunky book for this month. I'm on page 105 & enjoying the story BUT.... The dialogue is killing me! I have 8 kids. 7-8-9-11-12-13-14 & 18.
I MIGHT be able to imagine my 14 or 18 year olds engaging in this type of dialogue & banter; but, there is NO F-ING WAY my younger kids could.
Did anyone else find the dialogue attributed to the boys by the author ridiculous? Does it get better?

Trashcanman Wow 8? I thought my 3 was too many. 🤗🤗❤ 8mo
FelinesAndFelonies @Trashcanman Once there are more than 2 it's all the same. As soon as we got outnumbered, we were just managing chaos. It was way worse when they were smaller. 8mo
Trashcanman @FelinesAndFelonies that's a good point. Well, I bet its never boring. 8mo
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Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t remember thinking that but he is the adopted child of a writer and wasn‘t around that many children at that age. No matter, it does get better. I loved that book! 8mo
CarolynM That really annoyed me when I read it too. I didn't much like the book at all until about half way through. I never loved it. (edited) 8mo
MsMelissa This is one reason I avoid books narrated by or featuring the perspectives of children. I‘m always left with the impression that they come across as much too old/mature for their supposed age(s). 8mo
FelinesAndFelonies @MsMelissa I don't think I expected it to be first person. It isn't just Cyril that is too matured. Julian is too. Does this man have any previous exposure to children?! 8mo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 157
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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What a story! The Irish, in all their glory and absurd contradictions as seen through the eyes of Cyril (“not a real”) Avery. The novel is dedicated to John Irving and Cyril reminds me of Owen Meany. Wickedly funny, except when it isn‘t. Our adventure begins with the denunciation of a young pregnant girl in 1945 (Shame) carries us through the AIDS plague years in NY (Exile) bringing us full circle back to Dublin (Peace). Joins my best of the year

Ruthiella In its mix of humor and tragedy I was also reminded of John Irving! The dedication makes sense. 9mo
Chelsea.Poole Love this! 9mo
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I was so excited when I saw that this was my #bookspin for April. I‘ve reread certain sections multiple times, but this was only my second time reading it all the way through. I cannot adequately express how much I love this novel. I‘ve never laughed out loud and cried so many times while reading a book. Cyril Avery has become one of my favorite literary characters of all time.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 9mo
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Starts with a 16 year old pregnant girl being called whore by the priest during mass and thrown out of the village.Her baby will be Cyril,we follow his life as a "gay homosexual"(??)from his childhood in the 50s until the referendum legalising the homosexual marriage in Ireland(still have my badge♥️?)seeing the evolution of Cyril and the Irish society.Heartbreaking but also truly funny!I live in Dublin,so loved to walk it with my imagination?

nanuska_153 It's a pity I read the dedication to John Irving, because (unpopular opinion) I found The World According to Garp so mysoginistic that the mere mention of his name always makes me deeply uncomfortable.It made me worry for a while that the jokes would end up in some very insulting conclusion and didn't let me fully enjoy the book for a while, but fortunately it wasn't the case. So if you feel the same way about Irving, you have nothing to worry! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my favorites!! 10mo
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Poor Cyril is such an innocent soul 😂 he never understands what people are talking about, while feeling at the same time that because he is a gay he is a pervert. It's at the same time hilarious and heartbreaking

nanuska_153 @Milara oh, he really doesn't have a problem, he is innocent not only in the sense that he is not judgemental once he understands what she is talking about, but also because while living in the 1960's Catholic Ireland, when they talk about a fallen woman his first instinct is thinking she could have hurt herself 10mo
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I am already obsessed with this epic read following a young man in 1960‘s Dublin. I can‘t stop reading.

CBee I just finished this a few days ago and am still thinking about it ♥️ 10mo
perfectlywinged @CBee I am only a quarter into it and I find myself thinking about it when I am not reading it😍 10mo
CBee @perfectlywinged I felt the same ♥️ Will look forward to your thoughts when you finish it! 10mo
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#LitsySpringBreak #Ireland #DinglePennisula #IrishAuthors

I have never stepped foot on Irish shores. I would so love to go! A part of my family lives on Dingle Peninsula- I am sure photos do not do it justice. Two Irish authors whose books I love- both helping me to immerse myself in Irish stories.

wanderinglynn Dingle is awesome! 💚 It was one of my favorite parts of Ireland. 🍀 10mo
Ncostell I‘ve only been to Dublin but would love to go back and see more of the country. Hope you can travel there someday! Happy St. Patrick‘s Day! 🍀 10mo
AlaMich I‘ve been to the Dingle Peninsula! I rented a bike and I actually got a mild sunburn, something I thought was impossible in Ireland! 🤣☘️ 10mo
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Crazeedi Happy st. Patty's day a bit late! I'd love to visit Ireland. My ancestors from my dads side come from there 10mo
kspenmoll @Ncostell Happy belated St. Patrick‘s Day to you! I am happy you got to see Dublin!☘️ 10mo
kspenmoll @AlaMich @wanderinglynn Thanks for your cheers for the Dingle Pen! (edited) 10mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Someday... 10mo
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This book is so much more than just a “pick.” I don‘t know how to write a review that comes close to describing how incredible it is. It made me laugh out loud and broke my heart with equal measure. Cyril is a character I‘ll never forget ♥️ Now if you‘ll excuse me, I have a ginormous book hangover 😂😂

TrishB It‘s a great read 👍🏻 10mo
CBee @TrishB it‘s fantastic! And gave me so much insight into some really heartbreaking history that I honestly didn‘t know about 😕 I read that it kind of mirrors how Boyne was treated as as a boy growing up in Ireland 😢 10mo
Ms_T John Boyne is a genius, his books never disappoint. 10mo
CBee @Ms_T I‘ve only read two, but I‘m looking forward to reading his other books. I‘ll be thinking about Furies for a long time ♥️♥️ 10mo
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1. I would travel the world to meat John Boyne, I guess 🤣
2. Never, even if sometimes the idea tempts me 🤣 Anyway I would never do such a thing
3. I would like to visit Great Britain or Japan ❣

Wanna play? Consider yourself tagged 🤣

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This is one of my all time, everyone has GOT to read this book! favourite books. Evah. I recently listened to it on eAudio and fell in love with it all over again. Emotional, witty, great topics and a character you'll never forget. If you haven't read it yet, make sure 2021 is the year you meet Cyril Avery.

My Review: http://bit.ly/TheHeartsInvisibleFurieseAUDIO

What are your absolute fav reads you want everyone to read?

Prairiegirl_reading I also love this one!! Another book I think everyone should read is The Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese. I just finished it recently but it‘s excellent, unforgettable characters. Just like Cyril Avery. 11mo
Bakingbookworm @Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve read a couple of Wagamese‘s books but not Ragged Company. 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Bakingbookworm it was my first but not my last! 11mo
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Bakingbookworm @Prairiegirl_reading 👍🏻👍🏻 🇨🇦 📖 11mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Bakingbookworm yes!! ❤️🇨🇦📚 11mo
Mccall0113 Loved this book. Check out The House of Special Purpose by same author, if you haven‘t already! 11mo
Bakingbookworm @Mccall0113 Thanks! I will. I‘ve also heard his book A History of Loneliness is wonderful too. 11mo
Ast_Arslan It's one of my fav too ❤❤ 11mo
Bakingbookworm @Ast_Arslan 👍🏻👍🏻 11mo
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This is a 5🌟book for me. Definitely one of my favorite books ever. The story is excellent and the writing is phenomenal. ❤️ #MountTBR

AmyG Agree!!! 11mo
BiblioLitten I loved it!! 💕 11mo
eanderson So good! I don‘t give out 5* often but when I do it‘s for books like this! 💕 11mo
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Tove_Reads I swear if I were a gay man I would marry John Boyne 😂😂😂 11mo
emilyhaldi 💯💯💯 11mo
marleed I love this book. It is one that will always be on my bookshelf of treasured stories. 11mo
kspenmoll Fabulous laugh/cry book! 11mo
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TheSpineView Pretty! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheSpineView thank you!! Rachel sent me these, my favorite 💛 she‘s the sweetest ❤️ 11mo
Lmstraubie 😍 11mo
TheKidUpstairs Beautiful 😍🤩😍🤩 11mo
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Took me a while to finish but I am a bit sad now that it is over. It is the story of Cyril Avery. Beautifully written with some fairly eccentric characters 😊 and very complicated relationships. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I really enjoyed this one.

mackelie I really enjoyed this one! The 700 pages really melted for me! 11mo
JackOBotts This novel was fantastic. I couldn‘t put it down. 💜 11mo
rachaich This was a very good book 😊😊 11mo
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AmyG I loved this book. Now John Boyne is one of my most favorite authors. 11mo
Bakingbookworm This is one of my top three books of all time. I read it years ago as an arc snd I‘m actually almost done listening to the audiobook (which is awesome, by the way). I‘m so glad you enjoyed this book too. 11mo
BookBelle84 My favourite book! 11mo
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What a beautifully written book which I have been engrossed in from start to finish. Heartbreaking, funny, heartwarming and often depressing coming of age novel set in Ireland. If you haven‘t read this then you should! The best book I‘ve read for ages and I hope to read more from this author
⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Less than forty pages left. I‘m sad that the end is near. I‘m in love with this book, with Cyril Avery and his family. Unless something crazy happens in the last chapters, this will earn its 5 stars.

Erinreadsthebooks Five stars for me 🏆 12mo
Amiable I also gave it 5 stars —and I rarely do that. 12mo
KarenUK It‘s my favorite book of the last 10 yrs I think.... Cyril is just a wonderful character 💕 (edited) 12mo
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Kdgordon88 It gets all the stars from me 🌟 12mo
Crazeedi This book still sits unread on my shelf, now I'll have to put on my #bookspin list, you've reminded me🥰 12mo
TheBookHippie I still think about this book. I read it in 2017 I think. 12mo
marleed Completely agree!! 12mo
Leftcoastzen It is a great book ! Deserves 5 stars 12mo
DavidDiamond One of my all time favorites!
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Amazing. This will be in my top reads this year. Fantastic book. The last few chapters were especially excellent

marleed This is on my shortly at of favorite books I‘ve read! 12mo
perfectsinner I'm glad I read it. I'm glad I found it for $6. I think it's going to stay with me a while. I don't think I'll be starting anything else any time soon--- serious book hangover. 12mo
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#wonderouswednesday @Eggs

1. My husband bought my first Tana French book when we were out on a date before we got married. 🥰
2. The tagged book. No particular reason besides it‘s length and I adore that book now! I‘ve recommended it to several reader friends and they loved it as well.
3. Oh goodness, there are several including the Hypnotist due to the amount of sex scenes, Cross Her Heart, and Birdman (this book still haunts my dreams).

Eggs Great responses❣️Thanks for joining in 🤗📚👏🏻 12mo
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Ooh, I think this one is going to be good...!


erinreads Ugh, it is so good! 💕 I probably need to reread this soon! 12mo
Cuilin Amazing book. ❤️ 12mo
Amiable Such an amazing read 12mo
staci.reads It's so good! 12mo
DavidDiamond One of my all time faves!! 12mo
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Going to start The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne today

marleed I love this book! 12mo
perfectsinner I'm really looking forward to it! My last read was a letdown, and I have heard great things about it 12mo
Kdgordon88 Such a wonderful book. 12mo
perfectsinner I'm really looking forward to it, even though I'm only 40 pages in.. Enjoyable so far 12mo
BarbaraBB From the unforgettable first sentence it‘s great! 12mo
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Thanks for the tag @sarahbarnes ! I‘m rubbish at picking favorites for most things so I had to categorize 😂
1. Ottawa, 🇨🇦
2. For this year, tagged
3. For mystery, Jackson Brodie
4. For 🎄”Christmas in Connecticut”
5. The Wire
6. For lyrics, Leonard Cohen
7. Red
8. Lit Fiction
9. Home 😂
10. 🐶Lord Byron, a 4yo corgi/beagle mutt and 🐱 Zeus, a 14yo American shorthair despot ☺️

I‘m late to this, so tagging anyone who wants to play.

AlaMich American shorthair despot! 🤣 13mo
BiblioLitten I love the tagged book💙 13mo
KVanRead @AlaMich 😹😹😹 13mo
KVanRead @BiblioLitten It‘s so fantastic 💗💗💗💗 13mo
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This is my #20Best2020❤️
Randomly displayed my 5 ⭐️ reads were The Hearts Tender Furies, Hamnet, The Poet, Dark Emu and Rules of Civility.
4 1/2 ⭐️ were The Daughter of Time, Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.. definitely loving the historical fiction this year!
I have had a slow reading year only completing 44 books so far..,but I‘ve enjoyed the slower pace, and for some reason only listened to one audiobook 🤔
Thanks @CarolynM for tagging me

Centique I love those Hillary Mantel books too 😍 14mo
Cinfhen Lovely list♥️ I had 3 books from Elizabeth Strout on my #20Best2020 14mo
TrishB Some great ones there 👍🏻 14mo
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Freespirit It was a big year of historical fiction for me @Centique . One of my favourite genres ❤️ 14mo
Freespirit I‘m off to look at your list @Cinfhen 👍🏼 14mo
Freespirit Thanks @TrishB The Poet was up near the top of my list💕 14mo
batsy Ooh, Josephine Tey made it into your list! 😍 14mo
Freespirit @batsy I want to read some more of her books😊 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading The hearts invisible furies 💖💖💖 an all time favourite! 14mo
TrishB That was a great read 👍🏻 14mo
Freespirit Hi @Prairiegirl_reading what a beautiful book! 14mo
JennyM You have done your list..and what a list! I had a much slower reading year, too. And I listened to only a few audiobooks. (edited) 13mo
Freespirit My Goodreads challenge was to read 55 Jen @JennyM I read some chunksters..and only bailed on 1 book..quite a few Litsy recommendations too❤️ 13mo
Peaceful_Reader I loved Boyne‘s The Hearts invisible Furies! 13mo
Freespirit Hi @Peaceful_Reader I did too. Have you read his other books? 13mo
Peaceful_Reader I have not, is there another you recommend? (edited) 13mo
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Confession time: I‘ve read two books in 2020. Two. I read The Dearly Beloved and The Heart‘s invisible Furies. I didn‘t pay attention to new book releases - I have some idea of some “hot” new releases this year, but for the most part - I‘m not quite sure what all was released. So I‘m giving myself grace to accept that this just wasn‘t a reading year for me. ❤️ Bitsy and the BFG were happy to have me work from home for most of the year.

LiteraryinLawrence Good job giving yourself grace! This year impacted everyone in different ways, and the books- old and new- will be there for you whenever you want. 💜 14mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘ve missed you and your animals! Maybe hasn‘t been a great reading year or even a good year in any way but weird is the new normal, it‘s all good! 😄 14mo
LauraBeth @LiteraryinLititz very true! I‘m not too worried about it - hopefully, I‘ll pick up my voracious reading again! ❤️ 14mo
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LauraBeth @Prairiegirl_reading it‘s been a totally weird year! 😂 I‘ve missed you and Litsy as well! My animals have all been the stars of my work zoom calls as they are super annoying and want to be the center of everything. 😂 14mo
BarbaraBB It‘s so good to hear from you, reading or not. I am glad you and the animals are doing okay and still working - although you‘re probably will have enough of zooming all day. I know I have... take care 💜 14mo
LeahBergen I‘ve missed Bitsy and The BFG soooo much (and you, too, I guess 😉). Reading-schmeading ... your books will still be waiting for you when the time is right. 😘😘 14mo
CarolynM It's really great to see you here again, you (and the animals) have been missed! I hope your work is making you happy as well as keeping you busy, and that you and your family are well💕 14mo
saresmoore So lovely to hear from you, friend! And I‘m glad to hear you‘ve been working from home. ♥️♥️♥️ 14mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore out of ALL of the lovely things I missed this year on Litsy - I think the biggest was missing out on seeing your precious baby! What a doll ❤️ What a joy to see your family pics! Yes, we‘ve ALL been home since March - all day and every day! 😂 14mo
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB thanks ❤️ Since I haven‘t been reading this year, I didn‘t feel like I had much to contribute to the Litsy conversation 😂 Here‘s hoping that my reading picks up! 14mo
LauraBeth @LeahBergen I‘ve missed you and Johnny Bergen! ❤️ I missed his entire puppyhood! 😢 14mo
LauraBeth Thanks @CarolynM ❤️ I hope you‘ve been doing well! We‘re all hanging in there as best we can! 14mo
Hooked_on_books It‘s been a year for sure. All that matters is you got through it. The books will always be there waiting when you‘re ready again. 14mo
Tanisha_A I have missed seeing your posts! The reading will come back for sure! ❤️ 14mo
batsy It's nice to see you and the lil fluff babies back! I hope you've been well ❤️ 14mo
saresmoore @LauraBeth Saaaaaame here with the all day, every day. And my mom has been living with us since March. 🤪 I‘m glad to everyone is still alive and (I hope) mostly sane. 😅 14mo
ValerieAndBooks So glad to see your post and picture! Some years are just not good for reading and that‘s okay 💖 14mo
Suet624 My heart skipped a beat when I saw you had responded to someone‘s post. It‘s so nice to see that you are well. I‘ve missed you!! 13mo
LauraBeth So true @Hooked_on_books! This has been the longest season of not reading that I‘ve ever encountered! 13mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Tanisha_A ❤️ I‘ve already noticed that it‘s slowly coming back! 13mo
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy! ❤️ I‘ve missed everyone on Litsy! 13mo
LauraBeth @saresmoore oh man 😂 that‘s a lot! We‘ve decided we need a much bigger house! 13mo
LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks ❤️ I think we‘re all ready to move on from this year! 😂 13mo
LauraBeth Thanks @Suet624 ❤️ I hope you‘re doing well! I‘ve missed you and everyone on Litsy! 13mo
UwannaPublishme So happy to see you back on Litsy! Missed you and Bitsy, all the fur babies and your hilarious posts. Glad you‘re surviving this crazy year with grace and 💪🏻 and ❤️. We‘re always here for you. 13mo
TrishB Hi 👋 lovely to see your post, missed you and Bitsy and co 😘 (edited) 13mo
TNbookworm Hey @LauraBeth so glad to see you and Bitsy and company! 13mo
Cinfhen Yay!! Welcome back 💜You‘ve been missed!! 13mo
Cinfhen Hope your human family are all safe and happy, as well as the furry ones too!!!! 13mo
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Supposed to Christmas shopping for others but I couldn't resist it at that price.
The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne. On my want to reads list and for $6?! Yup, couldn't resist. I promise I'll be good the rest of the holiday shopping season!

TheBookHippie This is such a wonderful read! 14mo
perfectsinner @TheBookHippie I have heard great things! I was excited to find it and couldn't pass it up, especially for the price 14mo
TheBookHippie @perfectsinner I‘d buy it again to gift 🤣 14mo
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perfectsinner @TheBookHippie that's a great recommendation for me... very telling! 14mo
Leftcoastzen Extraordinary read! It has stuck with me. 14mo
perfectsinner @Leftcoastzen yayyyyy so glad I grabbed it! I've heard good stuff... 14mo
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Wow how I loved this book. How can I cry on one page and laugh out loud reading the next? 😍 It tells a story of the life of Cyril Avery from 1945 to 2015...based in conservative Catholic Ireland, describing love and loneliness, corruption , sexuality and resilient human spirit.. it‘s all here beautifully described.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 stars from me.. and I want to read another book by this wonderful writer!

Leftcoastzen A great book! 1y
BarbaraBB Such a great book! 1y
Freespirit I agree @Leftcoastzen @BarbaraBB it may be my favourite book this year! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I loved this book too! 1y
Freespirit It will stay with me @erzascarletbookgasm 💕 1y
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“Long before we discovered that he had fathered two children by two different women, one in Drimoleague and one in Clonakilty, Father James Monroe stood on the alter of the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, in the Parish of Goleen, West Cork, and denounced my mother as a whore.

Wow...what a first sentence!!
Hooked me there!
I read this last night and went WOW So when I saw this prompt this morning I had to share.

Ncostell I loved this book and had the same reaction when I read that line - I just knew I was going to be drawn right in! 1y
kspenmoll Fabulous book! You will laugh & cry!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This book is phenomenal!! 1y
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Prairiegirl_reading One of my all time favourites! ❤️ 1y
Freespirit I am loving it already @Ncostell ❤️ I can tell it will be amazing @kspenmoll @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and it will become a favourite too @Prairiegirl_reading 😊 1y
Buechersuechtling Oh wow. Sounds like something I‘d enjoy, too. Happy reading. Eager to see what more you post about it. 1y
Freespirit Thanks @Buechersuechtling I will let you know 😊 1y
daisyheadmaesie OH MY GOD! What a killer first line!! 1y
Freespirit @daisyheadmaesie it is a wonderful read...very powerful💕 1y
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