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MelKelsey
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Book 150 Bel Canto is a slow-burn. A group of political leaders that has gathered for a private opera performance is taken hostage by a guerilla group--a thrilling set-up. The first half is a slog as the reader anticipates action that won't ever begin. It's the final quarter that the excellent writing comes to life as the characters develop and the reader's expectations are adjusted. A beautiful piece of writing, if you make it to the end. 3.5 ⭐s

charl08 I'd like to reread this one: read a long time ago and I don't think I really "got" it! 1mo
Brimful I reread this recently and got much more out of it than first time around! Great piece of writing! 1mo
marleed I watched the movie and then I read the book. I loved the book but the movie may have aided my experience! 1mo
MelKelsey @marleed I didn't know there was a movie. I'll check it out! Thanks! 4w
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AmyG
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Thank you @CBee for thinking of me! You are the best. 😘😘😘

CBee You‘re welcome! Hope you enjoy the book! I got your gift yesterday but I‘m not opening it yet 😁 1mo
AmyG @CBee Put it under your tree! And I look forward to giving this another try as now I am an Ann Patchett fan. 1mo
CBee @AmyG I also loved 1mo
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AmyG @CBee I think I have that in my ibooks. 🧐 1mo
ShelleyBooksie I have this on my shelf and have never read it. Buddy read! 1mo
AmyG @ShelleyBooksie YES! After the New year!!!! 1mo
TheLudicReader Such a good book. 1mo
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AmyG
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I recieved this from Amazon today with no note. Is this from anyone? For a swap????

TheKidUpstairs It's a great book! And that cover is gorgeous. 1mo
Avanders 👆🏽 agreed on both counts! 1mo
AmyG @MaleficentBookDragon or @bookish_wookish Would you know if this is from my partner for your swap???? Thanks so much. 1mo
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bookish_wookish I will try and find out! 🕵🏼 1mo
AmyG @bookish_wookish I so appreciate it! 1mo
MaleficentBookDragon @nannermack was this the #jolabokaflod book from you? 1mo
AmyG @MaleficentBookDragon I just looked on her post and her swap was wrapped. This came directly from Amazon with no note. 1mo
Nannermack It was not from me!!! 1mo
Nannermack @AmyG -I was your partner! 1mo
AmyG @Nannermack thanks for responding. I am sure I will eventually find out who this is from….so I can thank them! 1mo
CBee @AmyG now you‘ve got two copies 😂🤪 1mo
Bookgoil Sorry that was from me! For the Litsy love giveaway 😅 sorry you got two copies! 1mo
AmyG Ahhhhhhh…..thank you @Bookgoil and I am going to give a copy to my daughter. She, too, loves to read! 1mo
Bookgoil @AmyG perfect! It‘s one of my faves so I hope you both enjoy! 1mo
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EadieB
Hostage | Clare Mackintosh
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#Hostage #ClareMackintosh #20in4 #Readathon #BookSpinBingo

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant and not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home or the problems with her marriage. The inaugural nonstop flight between London and Sydney will take 20 hours. The plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling threat from an anonymous passenger who is intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination.

EadieB Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. A lot can happen in 20 hours. You can save hundreds of lives, or the one that matters most. This is a page-turner with a surprise ending that I didn't see coming. It was a slow-start but once it took off the suspense began to build. 2mo
EadieB The chapters switch between 3 points of view, Mina, Adam (her husband) and a passenger. If you like books that feel like roller coaster rides, then you will like this one. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
Andrew65 Another author I am yet to get to. 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
A House in the Sky: A Memoir | Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Looks great!!! 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
A House in the Sky: A Memoir | Amanda Lindhout, Sara Corbett
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#Bookspin and #Doublespin for November.

Thanks @TheAromaofBooks for helping me get that back list cleared! .

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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DHill
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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1. Unfortunately, no. Meant to sign up and then never got to it.

2. Tagged book. I‘ve loved every Ann Patchett I‘ve read so far.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🖤🎃 4mo
Clwojick Sign ups are still open, if you'd still like to join us. 4mo
DHill @Clwojick thank you! I will sign up tonight. 4mo
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DHill
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Bookzombie That is a lovely view! 4mo
AmyG What a peaceful reading spot. 4mo
BiblioLitten 😍 4mo
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anniebannanie
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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My life has been changed by this book. 10/10 party, 7/10 ending.

BarbaraBB That‘s quite a recommendation! 5mo
anniebannanie it‘s incredible! a must-read! @BarbaraBB 5mo
BarbaraBB I did and enjoyed it but it didn‘t have that impact on me. It‘s great however when a book has such an effect. Who did you root for in the book? 5mo
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anniebannanie I think one of the main reasons I enjoyed the book so much was because I wasn‘t sure who to root for. For me, I definitely felt a connection to almost all of the characters @BarbaraBB 5mo
BarbaraBB I can see why. There are a lot great characters indeed. I especially liked the Japanese ambassador (?) and his translator, the opera singer and the Vice President 5mo
BarbaraBB Oh and the girl who looked like a boy! 5mo
anniebannanie You have good taste, I enjoyed all of them! I do have to say though, the epilogue was disappointing. What do you think? @BarbaraBB 5mo
BarbaraBB Yes I agree, it didn‘t add anything and was a bit of a hasty wrap up don‘t you think? 5mo
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BarkingMadRun
Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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After the hurricane blew by yesterday and left behind a couple tornadoes for good measure, it‘s maybe 10 degrees cooler and slightly less humid? I‘m trying out the egg chair again, since it‘s shady back there now.

marleed I‘m glad your egg chair is unscathed! 5mo
TheLibrarian Is it comfy? And I‘m glad you‘re alright! 5mo
BarkingMadRun @marleed thanks so much! @TheLibrarian it‘s so comfy! Our hammock kept flipping over and flipping back (it‘s on a stand) and I was starting to worry lol luckily it has a cover and it‘s totally unscathed! 5mo
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wanderinglynn I‘ve been wanting to try an egg chair. That one looks awesome with the cup holders. 😍 5mo
BarkingMadRun @wanderinglynn cup holders and spaces for books! Amazing! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego 😍 That chair. 5mo
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