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TheKidUpstairs
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I liked this one, it is a beautiful book, but I fell short of loving it. I don't know if it was a case of over-hype? The poetic writing was so beautiful, and there are passages that I will carry with me, but I felt the structure distracted from the story. And in many ways I felt that Kostas and Defne's story was not the most interesting one in the book. I'd read the heck out of Yusuf and Yiorgis' story (cont'd in comments under a spoiler alert)

TheKidUpstairs I wish we got a more focused look at Ada and her struggles with her grief. It seemed like she was sort of brushed aside. A teenage girl screams in a classroom like that, and it felt like it was barely addressed by her family? 17m
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Mynameisacolour
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Pickpick

Finished up this #lmpbc today. A pick from me but those last couple chapters were rough. 🥺
@Kdgordon88 @BookishBelle @DanaManiac

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KathyWheeler
The Forgotten Garden | Kate Morton
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1: No. My experiments in plant growing rarely end well. A shame because I love plants, but if you tell me a plant is unkillable, I‘ll find a way. 😞
2: I mostly visit botanical gardens wherever I go.
3: Probably The Forgotten Garden, even though it dragged when I read it. It‘s gotten better the more I think about it.
#wondrouswednesday

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vlwelser
Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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❤🤐

I mean, obviously it was werewolves. 😂

#SundayBuddyRead @TheBookHippie

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG Duh 🤣 (edited) 2h
TheBookHippie Seee. Told you. 🤫🤐 2h
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Michael_Gee
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Mehso-so

A parable about America today told through a paranoia-thriller set in the 1940s w/archetypical characters. It bypasses the (easier) claustrophobia of an internment camp to get at the claustrophobia of being a minority in the US & how quickly the walls close in. Unlike her other novels, this one lacks the rootedness in a historical era perhaps b/c its intention is to hold a mirror to our time. More below ⬇️

Michael_Gee But it doesn‘t work for me as a novel. Many lines are the equivalent of looking directly to camera, & this along w/small inconsistencies & a deux ex machina never allowed me to fully get into the story. The message is clear but as a novel it is like a hastily built shack. You can see the builder & her world through the many gaps between the boards. 3h
LiteraryinLawrence What a well written review! 3h
Michael_Gee @LiteraryinLawrence oh wow, thank you! It‘s hard to distill all your thoughts into the allotted characters here. I will read any historical horror novel Alma Katsu puts out, this one just didn‘t work for me. 2h
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Soubhiville
Warlight: A novel | Michael Ondaatje
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My aunt in Vermont really liked this when her bookclub recently read it, so she sent me home with it. Adding it to the TBR shelf 📚🤪.

LeahBergen I liked it, too! 👍 2h
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Ncostell
As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Pickpick

Finished another book from my #roll100 stack. I‘m not sure when I even bought this Kindle book but found this story set in Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 to be really interesting. Meissner wrote this before COVid and the parallels between the two pandemics were eerie.

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Dragon
The Lost Garden | Helen Humphreys
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs thanks 🙏 for the tag @Ddzmini 1. Flower pot on balcony. 2. Sprouted sweet potato 🍠 vine last year 3. the tagged book. Tagging all Littens who would like to play

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Julsmarshall
Darktown: A Novel | Thomas Mullen
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This post war noir set in Atlanta Georgia follows the story of the first 8 black police officers and the corrupt system in which they find themselves. The prose is tight, compelling and impactful and the author pulls no punches in yelling this thrilling story. Great on #audio

Suzze Thanks for the reminder! I read this in 2016 and really liked it. Then i bought the second one and forgot all about it! 4h
Julsmarshall @Suzze and @MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t realize until I finished it that there are more in the series! Looking forward to reading them too. Eventually, lol. 3h
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eden.s.volk
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This was so good! I'm not particularly interested in reading about celebrity lives but a fictional one did just fine and I loved reading about her life. I did not expect that ending!