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Natasha.C.Barnes
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I think I may be the only one still chugging along in the #luminariesbuddyread (probably bc I took a good 2 weeks off reading it, at least), but I'm still loving it. My parents recently bought this gorgeous chair on sale at scan design (it's easily the classiest thing in the house now 😂) and it turns out it is a PERFECT reading chair, especially in the evenings after they've gone to bed. I'm going to really miss it when I leave...😭

LiteraryinLititz That looks super comfy! 2y
cariashley Glad that you‘re still enjoying it! It gets harder to put down toward the end which is probably why so many of us just finished the book! 2y
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Redwritinghood
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Mehso-so

I finally finished the #luminariesbuddyread! While I can appreciate the writing and the intricate plot, this was a bit of a slog for me. This could have been done in about half of the 834 pages that it took.

Nebklvr I agree 2y
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Reviewsbylola
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Pickpick

All the bubble popping tired her out. 🤣 But guys, more importantly, I FINISHED The Luminaries! 🎉🎉🎉 I haven‘t felt so proud since I finished Anna Karenina. 😂😂 I ended up giving this 3.5/5 stars. I enjoyed most of it, even loved part of it, but there was a large chunk in the middle that really wore me down. I wasn‘t sure if I could finish. So I‘m thankful for the cheerleading of my fellow buddy readers. #luminariesbuddyread

LeahBergen Woohoo! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
emilyhaldi Nice!!! 👏🏻 Will I like this one?? 2y
cariashley Yay well done!!!! 👏👏👏 2y
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Smrloomis 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 good job! 2y
BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I think you will 💜 2y
Mdargusch Yay! I won‘t be attempting this however. Chunksters need to be 5 🌟 books in order for me to be tempted. 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Totally how I felt about #GWTW 😂😂😂 2y
Cathythoughts 🎉🎉🎉well done 2y
ValerieAndBooks Good work!! Yeah, I‘d agree this is 3.5 🌟 as well. 2y
britt_brooke 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
rohit-sawant How awesome! 👏👏👏 2y
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cathysaid
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Pickpick

I liked it...but I really can't even tell you why. #luminariesbuddyread

Ashley_Nicoletto 😂😂😂 Its so much. 2y
Reviewsbylola Ha!! I just finished five minutes ago. I‘m having a hard time articulating how I feel too, mostly because, like you, I don‘t even know how I feel. 🤣 2y
LeahBergen 😂😂 I know what you mean! 2y
cathysaid @Ashley_Nicoletto @Reviewsbylola @LeahBergen Whew...so it's not just me. I really did enjoy it and that plot + characterization are wonderful. It just seems impossible to describe! 2y
cariashley Totally agree!! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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I decided to go for it. About 50-60 pages left of this behemoth! Meanwhile, little miss Gertrude likes sticking her snout in my bubble bath and then tossing the bubbles into the air so she can leap at them. 🤣🤣 #luminariesbuddyread #bathandbook

Sassy_Steph That‘s so sweet!! 2y
SusanInTiburon That may be the cutest pet behavior ever!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
mcipher Cute!! 2y
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cathysaid Just finished this one a few minutes ago. Now processing. 🤔 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage That moment when you wish Litsy had videos! 2y
jbhops That's adorable! My cat used to try to drink my bath water and inevitably would fall in. 😂 2y
BookMaven407 Awe, Gertrude is sweet and fun. 🐶💕 2y
emilyhaldi Funny girl 😂💖 2y
AmyG Ha...that‘s so cute. 2y
Mdargusch So cute! ❤️ 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto You're so closeeee! And Gertrude is such a cutie. 😍 2y
Pamwurtzler I‘m super impressed with your coordination! I would have dropped either the book or the phone in the bathtub. 2y
Reviewsbylola Shockingly I‘ve never dropped a phone in the tub!!! (Knock on wood.) A book on the other hand . . . @Pamwurtzler 2y
DebinHawaii Very cute! 🐶❤️ 2y
batsy Omg too cute! 2y
Ddzmini 🤣🤣🐶 2y
Bookworm83 🐶😍🐶😍 2y
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cariashley
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Pickpick

And FINIS! I couldn‘t stop and spent this morning finishing the final section. I adored it. I definitely have some unanswered questions but also feel deeply satisfied. Catton‘s meticulous plotting is genius. What a worthwhile endeavor and so fun to do it together! #luminariesbuddyread

BarbaraBB Yay! I felt the same! 💜 2y
LeahBergen Exactly! And I couldn‘t stop either as I got near the end. It really clips along! 2y
AmyG I agree. As a writer, she amazed me with this book. Towards the end, I couldn‘t out it down either. (edited) 2y
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Cathythoughts Sounds great! Def up next for me 👍🏻 2y
rubyslippersreads That's how I felt too! I had to throw caution (and the reading schedule) to the wind and race to the end! 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘m so thankful for his readalong. I don‘t think I would have made it through this one on my own. I have about 70 pages left so I hope to finish tonight! 2y
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Reviewsbylola
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Since I‘m leaving for London in exactly one week, I have two bookish goals to get to first. I need to finish #luminariesbuddyread. I have about 250 pages left and I‘m enjoying it way more than I was a week or two ago. So the question is do I read right to the end or take a quick break between weeks 5 and 6? My other goal is to re read Northanger Abbey. That‘s the book us girls decided to read in preparation for our trip! #bathandbook

CouronneDhiver London UK? 🇬🇧 Have a great time!!! 2y
Redwritinghood Have a great trip. For me, I like to just finish things so I‘d go with finishing the buddy read. 2y
AmyG I eill say....The Luminaries reads fast towards the end. Alot of things are explained. 2y
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Mdargusch Get moving on Northanger Abbey! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Read right to the end! It's so fast moving in the last two sections. I read them in a few days. And there's so much stuff happening that it's easier to keep track if you just keep reading. 2y
Reviewsbylola Lol, no need to worry about me. 👌🏻 😂 @Mdargusch 2y
Reviewsbylola Yes! It will be my first time! @CouronneDhiver 2y
Reviewsbylola I have less than 200 pages to go. I am loving it. Is this the same book I was reading two weeks ago?! 😂 @Amyg @Ashley_Nicoletto 2y
CouronneDhiver It was my first time there, since childhood, when we visited in 2017. TONS of things to do! 👍🏽 2y
AmyG @Reviewsbylola Ha! Right? The beginning was painfully slow. But worth slogging through. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @Reviewsbylola 😂😂 It's hilarious how quickly my opinion of it changed. 2y
emilyhaldi You better reread Northanger bc no way do you remember it from 10 years ago!!! 2y
BarbaraBB So glad you changed your opinion! Just finish it now, it will take no more than a few hours 💜 2y
LeahBergen Blast through The Luminaries! 2y
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mhillis
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Pickpick

Finished! What an interesting cast of characters and use of astrology! I loved how the story unfolded in this NZ gold rush town! Thank you #luminariesbuddyread and the reading schedule that @Ashley_Nicoletto made was just right and kept me on track. #yearofthechunkster

AmyG Agreed. Thank you @Ashley_Nicoletto for organizing. Loved this book. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Thanks ladies! This was fun! I'm glad everyone enjoyed! 2y
LeahBergen I‘m so glad I joined this buddy read! 👍🏻 2y
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Redwritinghood
The Luminaries | Eleanor Catton
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Are there any other #luminariesbuddyread readers out there that are still working on this one? I think I fell way behind — at least Domino seems pretty disappointed that I‘m only on page 562. Gonna work on this some more this morning while everyone is out and the house is quiet.

rohit-sawant 🐶😍 2y
britt_brooke You are so cute, Domino! 2y
AmyG I am almost done. I will say...the story moves faster and faster toward the end. 2y
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batsy Awww Domino 2y
Redwritinghood @AmyG I‘m at the 70% mark and I‘m finding that too. Glad I‘m not the only one still reading. 2y
Redwritinghood @batsy @britt_brooke @rohit-sawant Domino says thanks! 2y
cariashley @Redwritinghood @AmyG 🙋🏼‍♀️ me! I‘m on page 611. I‘ll probably end up finishing on the original schedule at this rate! 2y
Redwritinghood @cariashley Great. I‘m about at the same place now. 2y
Reviewsbylola I just started week five. I leave for vacation next Saturday so my goal is to finish the book by then. 2y
Redwritinghood @Reviewsbylola I caught up a little today and it sounds like we‘re at about the same place. I‘m also hoping to finish this week. 2y
EvieBee Goodness, that face! 😘😘😘 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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February lookin' up! There is 100% no way I'm getting to all these in February, but it's such a beautiful list, it makes me happy to look at it. #februarytbr #blackhistorymonth #readingresolutions #mounttbr #yearofthechunkster #poetrychallenge2018 #luminariesbuddyread #bujo

readinginthedark 😯That is a lot! But fun! 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes @readinginthedark Yeah, I got carried away, it's such a short month. No way it's happening. 2y
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