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Jamesmelvinmitchell

Jamesmelvinmitchell

Joined May 2016

Home is behind, the world ahead, and there are many paths to tread through shadows to the edge of night, until the stars are all alight.Tolkien
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Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961 by Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Baker
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I‘m a 62 year old man and I still can‘t read this book without having a tear in my eye. I think this book is one of the sweetest books ever. If you‘ve never read it get yourself your own copy because you will want to read it over and over. I‘ve read it At least 20 times over the years and I never tired of it. It is Beautiful.

audraelizabeth I have a feeling my dogs are going to be like that, i hope not but seems that way as they are laying down currently not 8 feet apart. 3w
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At the beginning of May I got hurt at work and knew I was going to be off work for a while so I wanted to read something that I normally wouldn‘t have the time to. Many years ago I got started on this beautiful book and I got halfway through but work constraints stopped me from finishing it. Well I finally got done with it I‘ve read many places that this was the greatest novel ever written my Litsy friends I‘m going to agree with that opinion.

LeahBergen I hope you‘re healed up now! I read this book over the course of a year (several years ago) and yes, it‘s most definitely worth it. 😍 4w
Jamesmelvinmitchell @leahbergen thank for the comment. Yes doing much better. Starting back to work July 1st. I also read The Brothers Karamazov and Crime and Punishment. 4w
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Ernest Hemingway Selected Letters 1917-1961 | Ernest Hemingway, Carlos Baker
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Got this as a gift today. I'm off work for a week and hope to enjoy this.

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Poor Folk | Fedor Dostoyevsky
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This was Dostoyevsky‘s first novel. I think it is masterful, this is my favorite author and his works are fantastic. Russian literature is very formal but if you decide to read him don‘t get all caught up in pronunciations and just say it any way you want. The characters are well defined and the story is beautiful. 5/5

Texreader I‘ve only read Crime and Punishment back in high school, having chosen it for a thesis I had to write in advanced English. Probably a bit much for a 16 year old but I liked it well enough. I like your review. I‘ll have to try this one and see what 35 years does for my perspective. (edited) 1mo
Lcsmcat I‘ve not read this one, but I love Dostoyevsky. Stacked. 1mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @lcsmcat @texreader I hope you two pick this up it is a very good read. 1mo
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Human Comedy | William Saroyan
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An absolutely beautiful book, the story about a family in small town America during the 1940s. The simplicity of the story is what draws me to the author but the characters are relatable and likable.

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To honor the passing of Mr. Herman Wouk I‘m gonna read three of my favorite books written by him. This is my first and favorite. If you haven‘t read this book before you‘re really missing a masterful work of fiction. After this one Winds of War and War and Remembrance to follow. He truly is a master story teller.

GatheringBooks i haven‘t heard of him yet! this does look compelling. stacked! 2mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @gatheringbooks he is fantastic. He‘s written some of the mast compelling books I‘ve ever read. Hope you enjoy. 2mo
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Every once in a while I find a book that I just can‘t put down because it completely captures my soul this book did that. So beautifully written it is a book of prose in verse with a lovely story. It is very much a classic, please take the time to find this book and compare to literature from today. Fall in love with a classic.

Libby1 I saw a film version of this at an arts theatre about 18 years ago. I was traveling from the US to Europe, and was so taken with the beauty of the film that I left my passport and bag behind in the cinema! Thankfully, I was able to recover them. 2mo
tpixie @Libby1 oh my!! 2mo
tpixie Lovely review! Someone else must have liked it- I already have it stacked!! I better get on it! 2mo
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Libby1 @tpixie - 😃 2mo
Lcsmcat And it‘s an opera also. 2mo
Libby1 😃 2mo
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Crime and Punishment | Fyodor Dostoevsky
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What a fantastic read. This is not a murder mystery but more along the psychological drama genre. Plenty of people to hate. And some you want to punch in the face. 2 antagonists in here who do you hate the most?

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Cell: A Novel | Stephen King
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While this isn‘t his best book. It was a fun easy read that has a great concept in the plot. People have that cellphone stuck to their ear all day and just can‘t go through the day without it.

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An absolutely beautiful book. I‘ve read this book so many times I don‘t think I even remember how many. Ms. Smith has a beautiful way of writing and seeing into the he life of this one family during very hard times. 5/5 stars

TheLudicReader One of my all-time favourites. 2mo
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This book is fantastic. Superbly researched and written it held my attention the whole time. 5/5

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The Running Man | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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This story is 100% better than the movie, Richards is a better character more believable, more likable, story more realistic. Not a horror story but a great psychological tale.

Suet624 Good to know. 3mo
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Black Mad Wheel | Josh Malerman
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Did not enjoy this one at all. Just couldn‘t get into the story or the characters. Bird Box much better.

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Killing Commendatore | Haruki Murakami
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This is one of the best authors in the world today, I haven‘t read anything by him I haven‘t enjoyed. This bizarre story is a stunning work of imagination. Next I‘m on to IQ84 wish me luck.

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This was an absolutely beautiful read. I watched a version on Tv with Dustin Hoffman and liked it so much that I decided to read it so glad I did. I thought the format would be hard to read but it was wonderful. 5⭐️

NHLibrarian Had to read this in high school. The line “the woods are burning” said by Willy always stuck with me. 4mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @NHLibrarian funny how sometimes things like that stick in your head. 4mo
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Creepy bizarre story. So strange and enjoyable, Shirley Jackson is a master.

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This was absolutely fantastic. He was a fascinating man. I love reading about authors and their lives.

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The Stand | Stephen King
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Okay I've read this a few times before but I love coming back to it because the concept of the story and plot are awesome. Salem's Lot and IT are other favorites. Do you guys have a favorite book by Stephen King?

Reagan-reads I‘m with @Slajaunie and I love the short story collections. The Library Policeman, The Mist, The Long Walk 😍 6mo
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Jamesmelvinmitchell @Reagan-reads I really enjoy his short stories especially the old stuff. 6mo
RachelAmphlett I love his short story collections, especially Nightmares and Dreamscapes 6mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @RachelAmphlett I think most of his short stories are better than his later writing. 6mo
Suet624 Definitely The Stand. 3mo
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My 12th time reading this trilogy and even better than the last time. I will miss middle earth. It was beautiful. There was much death and sadness, but in the end relief and happiness.

DivineDiana Someday I will reread. A favorite! 6mo
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Tale of Two Cities | Charles Dickens
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This is my next read, starting tomorrow. I‘ve read this before but one of my Facebook groups is doing a group read so here I am. 🙂

Redwritinghood I really liked this one. Might be my favorite Dickens. 6mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Redwritinghood I‘m looking forward 6mo
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Intruder in the Dust | William Faulkner
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This is a book that gets you in the feels. A little like To Kill a Mockingbird with a better outcome. There is a lot of turn of the century language but it truly is beautiful.

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My first read of 2019, what better way to start my year.

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This is my favorite book by my favorite author not an easy read takes some effort but totally worth it. If you‘re just starting on his work try Absalom Absalom it‘s great too. These two books are considered the best books by Southern writers.

AmyG Brilliant book. I had to read it twice to fully understand it. 7mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @AmyG yes this was my 2nd also. I love reads like this that make you work for it. 7mo
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Absolutely without a doubt the best nonfiction book I‘ve read in years. Catching this rapist murder is detailed with precision. You just can‘t put it down, fantastic read.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one too. 7mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Reviewsbylola kinda sad she died before he was caught. 7mo
Reviewsbylola Same! That was disappointing for sure. 7mo
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I‘ve always wondered what I might see in the mirror. Just starting Two Towers. Merry Christmas my fellow Litsy friends. 🎄🎁

Bklover Merry Christmas to you too!🎄 7mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Bklover thank you book friend. 😁 7mo
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Well I'm getting along in these books and after having read them numerous times is still my favorite. Some beautiful imagery and lovely characters. The guy pictured is not one of the beautiful characters. 😀

Soubhiville Beauty is in the eye of the beholder 😜. I thought the movie crew nailed the Orcs and Goblins perfectly! 7mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Soubhiville true I thought they were fantastic. And each one different too. 😄 7mo
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Well I‘m off on a grand adventure. I‘ve read this book so many times before, but some Facebook friends decided to do a group read so OF COURSE I said yes.

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Let Me In | John Ajvide Lindqvist
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This was my Halloween read and it was fantastic. A scary, sad story of a young vampire who needs an alliance with a young boy in order to survive. So good.

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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Absolutely loved this book, heartbreaking story of Elie his family and the Jews. Hearing the stories of a people torn from their loved ones and have literally everything taken from them is hard to read but this story is one of the best I've ever read. Five stars.

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This book was voted Americans favorite book, I agree it was my vote.

EKonrad It was my vote too! 😊 9mo
DivineDiana Wonderful choice! It was one of my votes! 😉 9mo
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Frankenstein | Mary W Shelly
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We often hear "The book is so much better than the movie" and in the case of this book it is totally true. So many movies portray the monster in a negative light that it makes you wonder if it was actually taken from the book. It is such a sad tale and you see the monster as a tragic character and truly feel sorry for him. If you've read this did you agree? If not pick it up and enjoy the real story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Smrloomis Finally read this last year since it was the anniversary and all. Completely agree with you. 9mo
Balibee146 If you get to see either of the National Theatre films of the stage play... With Benefit Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller alternating in the roles they are excellent.... Both do very different takes on the monster... Cumberbatch based on recovering stroke victims and Miller on his infant son.... Fascinating performances. Not available on DVD sadly.. Have to see at a cinema. 9mo
Balibee146 Lol Benedict.. Heh heh 9mo
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Dogearedcopy I‘ve read the book three times (and seen the Johnny Lee Miller version) and have come away with different views of Frankenstein and his monster each time. It‘s one of the few books that I see more into every time I read it. The next time I read it, I want to re-read Milton‘s “Paradise Lost” first. 9mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Dogearedcopy what an awesome idea. 👍 9mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Balibee146 lucky you I would love to see the play! Btw I think Benedict is awesome. 9mo
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Parasite | Mira Grant
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I was definitely surprised by this book, I got caught up in the story the characters are likable and relatable. And happy to see that there are more in the series.

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This is one of my favorite book series I absolutely love Lisbeth Salander she is a great strong heroine. 5/5 stars. One more to go hope her injuries aren‘t too bad. 😬😬😬

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My favorite Halloween read, 10th year I‘ve read it and just as scary as the first time. I had someone ask me what‘s so scary? Demon takes over a little girl nuf said.

CouronneDhiver Yikes!!! 🙈 10mo
SaraBeagle Way scarier than the movie! 10mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @SaraBeagle for sure the build up is fantastic. 10mo
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An absolutely fantastic read one of the best female characters I‘ve ever read. This was one of the best action novels I‘ve read in a long time too. It‘s gets a 5/5 for me.

ephemeralwaltz Yes!!!👏👏 10mo
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Ring (Revised) | Koji Suzuki
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I absolutely loved this book, and I am so happy to know there are so many others. 😁 nice and spooky read.

Clwojick Eeeee. That pic actually gave me the heebeegeebees lol 10mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @Clwojick I know right? The book is freaky strange. 😁 10mo
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Long Walk | Stephen King
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I enjoy Stephen King as he writes as Richard Bachman, writing as Bachman here and you can see a little different style that isn‘t like Stephen, I can see why he wrote it Didn‘t like the ending much. Still 3/5

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Boy on the Bridge | M R Carey
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A great sequel to the book called The Girl with all the Gifts. A completely enjoyable story of the end of the world. And if you ever wondered what happened to Melanie (The Girl With all the Gifts) you get some answers at the end of this book. Characters are relatable and a few military jerks thrown in for fun. Great read.

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Fellside | M. R. Carey
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I really enjoyed this book it wasn't scary, (which is why I picked it to begin with) but as I read it I was engrossed completely. Characters are pretty well defined and likable, you get to see the story through there eyes. If I had to classify the book I would say murder mystery, ghost story, and a thriller.

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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A terrorizing look at a persons “decent” into depression and insanity. I found this book intensely interesting and hard to put down. Her feeling about being in a Bell Jar is profound. This was Sylvia Plath‘s only book and after reading it I can see why it is considered a classic.

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Red | Jack Ketchum
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I too picked this one up because I read The Girl Next Door by Ketchum . This one isn't disturbing but is sad because the dog dies, but the build up to the finale is pretty good. By the way don't mess with an old mans dog.

BookBoggart This synopsis gives me John Wick vibes. Lol 11mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @BookBoggart hadn‘t thought of that 😂. But John at 70! 11mo
MStew Sounds good 11mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @meghan2714 just a simple revenge and retribution story. 👍🏻 11mo
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The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Not very often where I enjoy a book and not recommend it but this book is very disturbing and made me very uncomfortable. Read it if you want but don‘t blame me for it.

KrystleTheBookSlayer The movie was horrifying, I'm assuming the guessing probably isn't much better. 😨 11mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @KrystleTheBookSlayer you are correct. Amazing to think someone would actually have to go through this. 11mo
TheLudicReader The book was horrifying...like a train wreck you couldn‘t look away from. Also, really well written with a fallible and sympathetic narrator. 11mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @TheLudicReader that is a great description of the book. 11mo
TheLudicReader I read it ages and ages ago, @Jamesmelvinmitchell , but it‘s really stayed with me. 11mo
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When I was about 9 years old I went on a camping trip with my family and I told them I wanted to go to the stream to explore. I went the wrong way and got completely lost, I was scared like Trisha from this story. I was lost overnight and a lot of the things she goes through I can relate to. I remember the thoughts and fears I felt as I read this story it is a really enjoyable read.

bookandcat That sounds TERRIFYING. This book amazing though. I'm glad you were safe! 12mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @bookandcat thank you. Only thing really bad thing was my run in with poison oak. 😆 12mo
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Reviewsbylola That‘s crazy and so scary! 12mo
LeahBergen Oh, yikes!! 😮😮 12mo
BookaholicNatty Oh my goodness!!!! And you were only 9!!!!! I can‘t imagine my 9 year old being lost overnight!! I would have a mental breakdown I think!!!!! Did you sleep that night or just wander around all night? 12mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @BookaholicNatty I slept for a while not sure how long. I think if I would have been older it would have been harder because I would have understood my predicament. 12mo
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Pet Sematary | Stephen King
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I love reading horror novels, I‘ve read 100‘s but to this day this is the book that disturbs me the most, mainly because of the subject matter. Stephen King says this is his scariest. It a slow burn with character development at the beginning but please stick to it you won‘t be disappointed. 10/10

TheBookStacker This book is my favorite King and also probably the scariest book I‘ve read to this day. 12mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @TheBookStacker totally agree. What is it that makes it so scary. 12mo
KimM I think King is a master of knowing what people really fear, not monsters or ghosts or serial killers but everyday fears such as your child running out in front of a car and you not being able to catch them in time. 😬 12mo
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Jamesmelvinmitchell @KimM I think you are absolutely correct. Great insight. 12mo
MStew Your profile is sweet, happy to see horror!! 11mo
Jamesmelvinmitchell @meghan2714 thank you Meghan, not really sure why but I like horror I just do. 😁 11mo
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The Mist | Stephen King
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Just a great novella by Stephen King. Of all of his books I love his short stories and novellas the most. I live in an area where during the winter we get fog so thick you can‘t see anything past maybe 100 feet, I can definitely feel for these people.

jpmcwisemorgan This story still freaks me out every time I see fog or mist. 12mo
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Haunted: A Novel | Chuck Palahniuk
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This book wasn‘t enjoyable to read for me, some people might like this type of book but not me. From the first story on, gross.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I bailed after that first story. I don‘t like getting dry heaves while reading. 12mo
Crystalblu I agree. Probably my least favorite of his books. 12mo
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I learned about this author a few weeks ago and got this yesterday. I am so looking forward to these lovely stories.

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Rage | Stephen King, Richard Bachman
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I found this at a used book store and didn‘t realize it had been withdrawn by King. Really enjoyed the story and the pacing. Good quick read.

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The best biography I‘ve ever read. It was quite a few pages but worth the effort. You can really see how people‘s lives come forth in their writing.

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People I'm sorry, I really wanted to like this book but I just didn't, it just took to much effort to read. It's confusing and difficult to keep track of everything. I know a lot of people like this book but for me nothing came together just nothing. 2/5

RaimeyGallant I'm so reticent about picking this one up. 13mo
OSChamberlain My favorite book of all time. It‘s definitely either a love or hate it Book. Sorry you didn‘t enjoy it :( 13mo
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