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People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Next up for #NewYearWhoDis is one from my shelves. I was immediately drawn to this one in the store, but for some reason I've kept passing it over for other reads.

On e-book, I just downloaded Warrior from OverDrive. I'm on the holds lists for 4-5 more, so I'll continue reading your picks, @MeganAnn as they come in!


Insightsintobooks I love this book, it is one of my favorites! 10mo
Suet624 I‘ve done the exact same thing with this book. 10mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed this one 10mo
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MeganAnn Ooo I hope you enjoy this one! I picked it up because it was recommended by @Cinfhen for @Kalalalatja ‘s #recommendationschallenge2018 list. Definitely different from the others you‘ve read so far. ✨ Warrior is a great under appreciated fantasy story with strong female characters which has been my go-to for many years. 10mo
Cinfhen I really hope you love this book!!! I was so drawn to the story and all the history @MeganAnn @TheKidUpstairs (edited) 10mo
TheKidUpstairs @MeganAnn loving it so far. I had to stop for a bit because Isak just walked Ina into the river 😭😭😭😭 I'm having issues with Warrior loading into my Kobo 😤 But hopefully I can get them sorted shortly! 10mo
MeganAnn @Cinfhen yes that‘s what I was drawn to as well! 10mo
MeganAnn @TheKidUpstairs oh my that part had me in tears too 😭😭😭 Technology is great until it doesn‘t work. Hope you get it figured out soon!! 10mo
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New Year's Resolutions | New York Times
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I have been going back and forth about my resolutions, but now, a week into the New Year, I finally think I have settled on something.

So, in 2019 I will...
- try to finish the books from my #RecommendationsChallenge2018
- do #Booked2019
- use the library and audiobooks more, especially for nonfiction
- read as much as possible and don‘t stress about it


Tamra Yay for the last resolution! 👍🏾👍🏾 10mo
Reviewsbylola Those are great! 10mo
AnneCecilie Love your resolutions 10mo
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readordierachel Good ones! Especially the last one 💕 10mo
Johanna414 I like that last one! 10mo
BookBabe Great resolutions, especially the last! 10mo
Emilymdxn This is such a beautiful picture! And great resolutions 10mo
Kanishkalitsy Flow is very good too 10mo
Kanishkalitsy All the very best 10mo
Mc_cart_ny I spy two books I've read and loved, Bel Canto and Time Travelers Wife ♥️ 10mo
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Seven Gothic Tales | Isak Dinesen
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It pains me, but I‘m putting this down for now. The writing is lovely, but somehow, I‘m just not that interested. I have to “force” myself to pick it up, and I‘m struggling with staying focused on the text. So I think it is time to realize this just isn‘t working for me at the moment 🤷‍♀️


TrishB I know when I‘m hesitant to pick back up that I should just bail! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a pity, the edition is gorgeous and it sounds intriguing..but if you‘re hesitant, time to move on! 11mo
ephemeralwaltz You do you! Lovely edition but we all have gorgeous editions of books we aren't picking up anytime soon 😂👏 11mo
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ferskner Nooooooooooooo!!!! I'm sorry it didn't work for you. I hope you'll want to come back to it eventually! 11mo
Kalalalatja @ferskner I was really bummed as well, but I think it might be timing (hopefully) 🤞 11mo
hilded I struggled with this one as well, spend several months getting through it, had to take long breaks between each tale. Still, there was just something about it. Her writing is exquisite. And I really liked 10mo
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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What an in incredible book. I‘m left stunned, and tired because I couldn‘t go to bed without finishing this today. This is a family saga, but it is also so much more. It reminded me a bit of Pachinko, in that it taught me a lot about another country‘s history, and it showed how fate can play a hand in people‘s lives. Just stunning!


Tamra 💜 11mo
AmyG Such a great book. 11mo
Mrsann2000 I really enjoyed this book! 11mo
minkyb A very incredible read. 11mo
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Cutting for Stone: A Novel | Abraham Verghese
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I started this today, and so far it is as great as everyone has said it is. A big, family saga-ish book seems to be just what I need at the moment 👌

This is also one of the books I was supposed to read for my #RecommendationsChallenge2018. And while I don‘t think I‘ll be able to finish the challenge in 2018, I have read so many great books because of it, so I‘m planning on reading from it in 2019 as well 👍


Tamra It‘s one you don‘t want to end! 12mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant! I must read soon ,so much Litsy love for this book ♥️♥️♥️ 12mo
Reviewsbylola It‘s soooooo good! Enjoy 😄 11mo
Suet624 So good. 11mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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I have spent the day with my bf and his parents for an early birthday celebration. I got a lot of lovely gifts, and I‘m especially excited about my bookish gifts (obviously). I‘m already planning on starting the tagged book tomorrow, and I can‘t wait to read more books by Winman after loving Tin Man last year. And Cutting for Stone is part of my #RecommendationsChallenge2018, so I really need to get to it soon 📚

MommyWantsToReadHerBook And I also want to read more Sarah Winman! Enjoy your lovely presents! 12mo
RealLifeReading Happy early birthday!! 12mo
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TrishB I loved all those books 💕 enjoy 😘 12mo
Crazeedi These all look good! Happy early birthday to you🎂🎉 12mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB I know, you have given me high hopes for all of them! 🤞 @MommyWantsToReadHerBook I have heard so much good about GfS, and I‘m really looking forward to it. And Tin Man broke me last year, so I‘m interested in seeing how Winman‘s other books are 👌 @RealLifeReading thank you! ☺️ 12mo
Kalalalatja @Crazeedi thank you, and happy birthday to you! Hope you have had a great day 🎉 12mo
Cathythoughts I have Cutting for Stone ... must get to it 💫 12mo
emilyhaldi Oh! I haven't heard anything about Winman's other books. Excited to see what you think! 12mo
TrishB Ohhh I hope you like them now 🤞🏻 12mo
Julsmarshall Cutting for Stone is so amazing! I still think about that books years after reading it! 12mo
BarbaraBB What a great gifts! A Ladder and Cutting for Stone are both amazing and I am really looking forward to other books by Sarah Winman as well! 12mo
callielafleur Cutting For Stone is amazing. What a great haul! 12mo
JennyM Such great book choices! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm These are great books, I‘ve heard! I‘ve not read any of them, though I have the two Winnan books on my TBR. 12mo
Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts @Julsmarshall @callielafleur you all are making me super excited to read it! @emilyhaldi I know @TrishB has read them, and recommended them, so I‘m hopeful 🤞 @BarbaraBB @JennyM @erzascarletbookgasm my in laws really did well this year (tbh I gave them a wishlist with like 10 books, so they didn‘t pick them out of the blue. But they did pick the ones I‘m most excited about 😄) 12mo
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Six Four | Hideo Yokoyama
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This book took me out of my comfort zone, and I‘m pretty sure I liked it. I‘m not saying this is my new fave, it was a solid 3,5⭐️, but it did surprise me with how readable it is, and it felt like a window into a setting I know nothing about. All the drama between the different police departments were super interesting, and for such a slow book it is a real page turner!

#JapaneseThriller #Booked2018 #RecommendationsChallenge2018

Cinfhen I own this one but the size is scaring me😳 your review gives me some hope💜 1y
Emilymdxn That‘s pretty much exactly how I felt - it wasn‘t totally me and I didn‘t love everything about it but it was so profoundly worth reading 1y
Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Stacked 1y
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Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I‘ll say, it was a mistake to read this while reading Les Mis. Two chunksters at once were too much, even for me. With that being said, it is a slow read, but there is something compelling about it as well, which kept me turning the pages. Hope you‘ll feel the same, when (if) you pick it up 🤞 1y
Kalalalatja @Emilymdxn definitely! @Cathythoughts 👏👏👏 1y
BarbaraBB Yay, you‘ve made it 👍👏 1y
Mdargusch I‘m glad you made it through it and liked it! 1y
Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @Mdargusch I‘m glad I did, but I‘m glad I‘m done now 😅 1y
Mdargusch That‘s why I read Confessions instead of this chunkster! 🤣 1y
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Six Four | Hideo Yokoyama
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This book keeps screaming #TakeAChanceOnMe, but I keep picking up other books instead. However, I WILL read this before September is over, because this will be my #JapaneseThriller for #Booked2018. I‘m just not a big thriller/crime reader, so this is really outside my comfort zone.

If you can, please convince me to pick this up!


Cinfhen Wish I could help but it‘s a #chunkster so it scared me off!!! I have heard pretty good reviews - I NEED you to convince me to read it 💕 1y
TrishB And this picture makes it look even bigger!! 1y
Emilymdxn I enjoyed this one!! I will say that it didn‘t FEEL that much like a thriller to me as I read it, it was very character-driven rather than plot-driven with a lot of introspection in there - which probably contributes to the length but meant it felt like a lot more than a thriller to me ☺️ 1y
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ElishaLovesBooks I feel the same! I need to read one of these too for the challenge but I‘m a little scared! 🙈 1y
Mdargusch Oh dear. Chunksters are not my favorite. I still need a book for this challenge prompt too! 1y
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen I‘ll see what I can do! I must admit its size scares me a bit, too, which isn‘t normal for me! I think it because it is outside my normal genres as well 🤷‍♀️ @TrishB it actually does look pretty big in this pic 😆 @Emilymdxn I have heard that too, and I‘m hoping that will be my experience as well! 🤞 1y
Kalalalatja @ElishaLovesBooks @Mdargusch it scares me too! I picked this because it is part of my #RecommendationsChallenge2018 too, but it is really outside my wheel house. 😳 1y
emilyhaldi Oh boy me too 😲 Its hard to pick up a chunkster you're unsure about when there are SO many other books in my stacks 😅 but perhaps I will pick this up next week... 1y
Reviewsbylola I still need to read my Japanese thriller too. 1y
Meredith3 I LOVE THRILLERS! Stacked 🕺🏻 1y
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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On paper, this book sounds right up my alley: a woman is tired of dealing with society‘s and her family‘s expectations and needs, and moves to the country to start living her life. But the writing style was just so boring! I don‘t know how many naps I have taken to get through this book, I just couldn‘t keep my eyes open. I really wanted to like this, but it was just boring 🤷‍♀️

#RecommendationsChallenge2018 #Booked2018 #BlameitonLitsy

emilyhaldi That was the consensus from @Reviewsbylola too ☹️ too bad bc I own this but will probably never pick it up! 1y
batsy I hope you don't hold it against me 😂❤️ 1y
Kalalalatja @batsy not at all! I can totally see why people like it, I thought I would really like it too, but the style of writing was just a complete miss 😂 1y
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Kalalalatja @emilyhaldi you can always give it a try, and see if the writing style is more to your taste. But I would keep my expectations loooooow! 1y
batsy Yes, I totally understand! I've recommended it to several people and the reaction is always pretty divisive; they either love it or hate it 😆 1y
Reviewsbylola I could have written this review. Dreadful book. 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Aww bummer. Good on you for finishing! ♥️ 1y
Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola panned this book too so I did the gracious thing and gave book away to a more interested household. And she HATED it too!!!! Sorry @batsy 😛 1y
batsy @Cinfhen 😆 1y
rubyslippersreads @batsy I still want to give it a try. 😊 1y
batsy @rubyslippersreads I'm so afraid to recommend this now. But I hope you like it if you give it a go 😊❤️ 1y
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Lolly Willowes | Sylvia Townsend Warner
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This book isn‘t really grapping my attention, but I‘m hoping eating cake while reading it might make it more enjoyable 🤞


Weaponxgirl I felt the same way when I read this. I just felt like I missed a lot of the details importance. Was a pity as I really wanted to love this one 1y
Jess_Read_This Oh no! This one has been sitting on my shelf staring me down to get it read this year. I hope it gets better! 1y
hgrimes At least it has a nice cover! 1y
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batsy I'm sorry to hear that! On the plus side, that pastry looks great 😆 1y
readordierachel Cake always helps 🍰 1y
Kalalalatja @Weaponxgirl exactly! @Jess_Read_This it might be, that I‘m just not reading it at the right time. 🤷‍♀️ @hgrimes that it does! @batsy me too, I had high hopes for it. There‘s just something about the style that makes it hard for me to keep focus 👎 @ReadOrDieRachel @vivastory #cakeforlife ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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