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Sresendez12
Making Faces | Amy Harmon
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This is listed as a romance, but I feel like it‘s much more than that. This book is much more emotional than I usually read. It‘s a #soldiersstory, plus has a character that has muscular dystrophy and one that is being abused. I liked the way the story began before the solider went to war, spent a little time with him during the war and then mostly focused on the aftermath and dealing with tragedy. #booked2019

4thhouseontheleft Good pick for this prompt! 5d
Cinfhen Sounds like you found a perfect pick 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 5d
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Cathythoughts
The Absolutist | John Boyne
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Such a vivid story - I felt I was sitting with the characters. Meditations on : dying without reconciliation , immunity to violence, love , youth & old age ... war ... 5⭐️ Soldiers Story

#booked2019 #soldiersstory

TrishB Lovely review Cathy. My heart ached so much after reading this. Makes you think so much, human frailties. 1w
Cinfhen Gorgeous review 😊adding this to my book cart 1w
Tamra I really enjoyed this one too! 👌🏾 1w
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Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! & thanks for recommending, I might never have read it 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 1w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks! I hope you like it when you get there 1w
Cathythoughts @Tamra yes! So good ♥️💔 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice! I didn‘t realize it was a soldier‘s story. Might have to use it for the prompt! 👊🏻📚♥️ 7d
Lindy Glad to hear this is a 5-star read. John Boyne is amazing! Must move this up my TBR pile. (edited) 5d
Cathythoughts @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks! Yes a good soldiers story 👍🏻♥️ 5d
Cathythoughts @Lindy This was my first John Boyne .... won‘t be the last 👍🏻 5d
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Cathythoughts
The Absolutist | John Boyne
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#AyUpAugust currently reading this one & my heart is crying #TooMuchTooYoung

erzascarletbookgasm I‘m waiting for my copy to arrive! 1w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm are you reading it for #soldiersstory ? ( I am ) 1w
Cinfhen I know @TrishB has sang this book‘s praises before!! Must get to it 1w
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squirrelbrain Another one onto the TBR list...! ❤️ 1w
Follow.my.read I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!! 1w
TrishB It‘s heart breaking isn‘t it Cathy? I truly loved this book. 1w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain it‘s really good 👍🏻♥️ 1w
Cathythoughts @Follow.my.read I‘m loving it too 👍🏻 1w
Cathythoughts @TrishB it is heartbreaking ..., looking forward to getting back to it tonight 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I love Boyne (so far), I may read it for the soldier prompt, or this tagged one.. 1w
BarbaraBB Such a good idea, to read it for the soldier prompt. I was thinking of this one but may switch to Boyne now! 1w
readordierachel I need to read him. His books seem to really move people. 1w
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm @BarbaraBB I had a couple in mind too , but this recommendation from @TrishB is perfect & I love it 1w
Cathythoughts @readordierachel it‘s my first book of his ... and I‘m loving it - yes very moving 1w
TrishB It made my heart ache 💜 1w
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Kalalalatja
The Wall | John Lanchester
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Mehso-so

A bit #MoreMehThanYeah. While I did like the setting and premise of the book, it was just a bit too boring to really wow me. The characters felt flat, and some parts moved way too quickly, while others were way too slow.

I‘m counting this as my #SoldiersStory for #Booked2019, since the MC is serving out his compulsory military service for most of the book.

#BookerPrize2019

TrishB I‘m probably going to wait for an offer on this one. Curious but can definitely wait! 2w
Cathythoughts I was going to let it go ... but #SoldiersStory is a book I need to tick 🤔 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen I‘ve seen lots of mixed reviews 2w
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Kalalalatja @Cathythoughts it is relatively short, if that helps 🤷‍♀️ @TrishB @Cinfhen definitely a #borrownotbuy or a cheap kindle deal. It wasn‘t bad, but it wasn‘t great either 2w
TrishB @Cathythoughts I really recommend this one for soldiers story 2w
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks ! I just took a screenshot of your suggestion- I‘ve never read John Boyne.. so maybe it‘s time to give him a go 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Thanks, Katja 👍🏻 2w
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Lizpixie
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Odette Sansom deserves to be more well known. After volunteering in WWII she was sent into occupied France where she successfully ran missions until betrayed by a member of her unit. Imprisoned & tortured by the Gestapo & was eventually sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, put in a dark isolation cell & left to die. She survived all of it & was the most decorated spy of WWII #NonFiction2019 #SomethingInspirational #Booked2019 #SoldiersStory

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Stacking! That sounds excellent, and definitely like someone we should all know more about. 3w
Cinfhen Sounds great!! Thanks for posting & sharing ♥️ 3w
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

Henreich Böll is a gifted writer, there is no doubt about that. I enjoyed this more from the historical perspective and context of its publishing. A posthumous publication, German publishers were not ready to publish a novel set in the days immediately following Capitulation, when this was written in the late 40‘s. The storyline was very unstructured which made it hard to follow at times.

#MountTBR

4thhouseontheleft Many of the scenes are set in various locations in a Catholic Church and hospital, so I‘m counting this for #pop19 : set in abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage or convent. Nuns and priests factor in heavily in the story. This was the popsugar prompt I had no idea what I was going to read for it, so 🎉🎉🎉🎉. 3w
4thhouseontheleft This is also a perfect fit for the fall #booked2019 prompt #soldiersstory 🎉🎉 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage since the main character is Hans, who deserted the Nazi Army and his struggles surviving without being punished as a deserter, even after the war ends. 3w
Cinfhen Oh yay!! A #DoubleDip 🍦🍦 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nice job and review! 3w
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andrew61
Tu: A Novel | Patricia Grace
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I'd never heard of this book until @Centique and @ReadingEnvy disused it on jenny's podcast recently. I'll finish it tomorrow and review it but i keep reading bits i want to share and this stood out. It is an incredible story which captures the voice of a soldier experiencing horrors which seem alarmingly routine with astonishing skill.

Centique I‘m so glad you‘re enjoying it! 1mo
ReadingEnvy Wow that is vivid indeed 1mo
Cathythoughts Very good. I might read for #soldiersStory ... beautiful writing 1mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘ve started #LMPBC .... it‘s a killer read so far for me .. great heart. And I think this will be my #Booked2019 #SoldiersStory ♥️

JennyM Yey....gorgeous book xxx 1mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM I‘m loving it Jenny ! Sarah Winman is ✨✨✨Magic (edited) 1mo
TrishB Love her too ❤️ 1mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB she‘s a special writer , isn‘t she !! ♥️ 1mo
TrishB Most definitely ❤️ 1mo
RachelO So excited to read this 😁. 1mo
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shadowspeak17
Milkman | Anna Burns
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Here‘s my wrap-up for the April-June quarter of #booked2019. I skipped around, as usual, and ended up getting one prompt ahead of schedule. 😄

#RelatedToAPodcast: Sadie
#IrishAuthor: Milkman
#NightOrientedTitle: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
#FeaturesAMusician: The Wise Man‘s Fear
#DiverseMiddleGrade: Counting by 7s
#SoldiersStory: Slaughterhouse-Five
#NewIn2019: The Winter of the Witch

Cinfhen Excellent!!!! Way to go!!! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! 👊🏻♥️📚 2mo
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