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MrsV

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Some nights I would rather read than sleep.
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The Savior | J.R. Ward
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Reading this one in preparation for the book release event in Cincinnati on Saturday!!

CoverToCoverGirl Lucky you! Wish I was going too! It‘ll be a blast! 4mo
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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Settling down for the night with this one.

CoverToCoverGirl Welcome back! 😊📚 4mo
MrsV Thanks!! 4mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Can‘t sleep, so going to read more of this one. I‘m loving it so far!

Andrew65 This is one I want to get to. 6mo
InBooksILive I love these covers 6mo
Missusb Apparently Netflix is adapting these and the Six of Crows series. Weeeee..... 6mo
cherinium @Missusb That sounds fantastic! 6mo
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FINAL THOUGHTS

How did you like the book overall?

On behalf of @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you for joining us in our book discussions all year! They have been great!

Enjoy the rest of the Holiday season and see everyone for the discussion for The Air You Breathe!

TheBookHippie I really like this one for this time of year!!! I read it last October too and I enjoyed the reread now right before the holidays . Puts you in a good nostalgic mood. 7mo
kspenmoll I absolutely loved this book the first Time I read it. Could not keep up with reread the last week or so but so happy you all hard a chance to meet Lillian! 7mo
KnowledgeoverEveryThing I really enjoyed this book. I was hesitant at first but glad I read it. 7mo
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Mitch I wasn‘t sure at first, it felt too perfect..but as the night wore on, and Lillian developed, the city loomed and things got a bit grittier - I loved it! I loved the contemplation on the act of walking, I loved the city and I really liked Lillian. The mink coat exchange will be a scene I remember for quite some time! 7mo
Mitch @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrsV for hosting such great discussions....my Sundays have become richer for them.. 💕💕💕 7mo
MrsV I liked this much more than I thought I would! So glad this was on we picked. 7mo
Mitch @MrsV me too! 7mo
AmyG I loved her love for NYC....having grown up outside of there. 7mo
EadieB I liked this book very much and found Lillian to be a very interesting person. Enjoyed the narrator on the audiobook too! 7mo
Andrew65 This is the second time I have read the book. Loved it the first time but was a bit more hesitant this time but then grew on me once again as the second half of the book progressed and fell in love with it again. 😍 7mo
Andrew65 Thanks @MrsV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for another great buddy read and for the time you have put into it. Finding these buddy reads has been one of the best things in 2018, a standout in a tough year! Here‘s to more great buddy reads in 2019. Thanks everyone for such great contributions that improve the reading experience. 😍❤️😍❤️😍❤️😁 7mo
Samplergal I loved this book. It made me want to return to NYC. 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 thank you Andrew!!! And thanks for participating!!! Here‘s to 2019!! 🥂🎊🎉🎈📚🙌🏻 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch thank you!! And thanks for participating!!! 💕🥂🎈🎊🎉 7mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And so say all of us! 🍾🥂 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks to everyone for participating!!! We look forward to a great 2019!!! 🥂🎈🎉📚🙌🏻🎊 and thanks to my awesome cohosts!! Couldn‘t do it without you guys!! Y‘all are awesome!! 😘❤️ 7mo
Mitch See you all in 2019! 🎉🎉🎉 7mo
BarbaraJean @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @MrsV Thank you all so much for this buddy read!! I really enjoyed walking around NYC with Lillian—such a fascinating character, and I loved the way the book wove together her past with the city‘s present. It was lovely to discuss with everyone (even if I always got to the posts a few hours late!) 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BarbaraJean We enjoyed you being a part of our discussions!! See you next year!! 😉 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch 🎉🎊🥂💛🙌🏻 7mo
JaclynW @Andrew65 I agree with you Andrew about finding the #BOTMBuddyRead. It has been a really great thing! I've loved every experience we've had together. Thank you to everyone who has organized and contributed! ❤❤❤❤ I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @EadieB @AmyG @kspenmoll @Mitch @KnowledgeoverEveryThing @BarbaraJean @MrsV @Samplergal 7mo
JaclynW I loved Lillian and this journey though NYC with her. I liked the book more than I expected. I want to retrace her steps. I thought it was interesting that it was based on a real person. It makes me want to learn more. The audio version was done well too. Did anyone else do the audio? @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @andrew65 @TheBookHippie @EadieB @AmyG @kspenmoll @mitch @KnowledgeoverEveryThing @BarbaraJean @MrsV @Samplergal 7mo
MelissaSue81 I thought her character was amazing and the journey and her reminiscing was really funny. I was hoping for a bit more from the end of the story though. 7mo
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As Lillian continues on her walk she passes the World Trade Center. How devastated would she have been by the events of 9/11.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks has the next question(s), then followed by Thebookhippie

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MrsV She would have been utterly destroyed by the Towers being attacked. 7mo
Andrew65 Certainly think she would have been totally devastated and that some of her New York will have been destroyed! Always strange feeling when you encounter the twin towers in books as those images just stay with you. Who can ever forget the planes crashing into them or them collapsing! 😢😭 🖤 (edited) 7mo
EadieB I think she would be just as devastated as we all were but maybe just a little bit more because New York is her city. 7mo
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IndoorDame I agree that she would have been devastated. I think that‘s even hinted at directly in the book when she imagines the skyline without the towers and how she thinks she‘d feel the lack of them. I actually had to check when I read that to see if this was written post 9/11 (it was) or if it was just eerily prescient. 7mo
Andrew65 @IndoorDame me too! 7mo
Mitch @IndoorDame yeah I agree...there as definitely a sadness about the skyline around the towers..... 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree!! She would be devastated as she was when she was talking about Radio Row being demolished! “Good-bye, Radio Row.” 7mo
IndoorDame @Mitch there is for me as well. I grew up in ny, and moved away just months before 9/11. I‘ve never been back for more than a few months since, but I still feel that lack each time I‘m back, even after so long 7mo
TheBookHippie Devastated especially with St Vincent's hospital demolished too... 7mo
BarbaraJean @IndoorDame I did the same thing with double-checking the copyright date, even though I knew this came out last year! I felt like the author was directly foreshadowing 9/11 when Lillian ponders what the skyline would look like/how she‘d feel if the towers were gone. 7mo
BarbaraJean And although I‘m sure Lillian would be devastated by 9/11, also like to think she would have found hope in the way the city came together in the aftermath, and the way the fallen have been remembered. 7mo
IndoorDame @BarbaraJean so true, I think that‘s the ny that she loves so much and can‘t bring herself to leave or to admit it‘s changing 7mo
CoffeeNBooks @IndoorDame I checked the copyright date, also! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks I completely agree with everyone else, that Lillian would have been devastated, and I think she would have taken it so personally, as she notes so many of the changes that have taken place over the years she's lived in NYC. 7mo
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#BOTMBUDDYREAD

Discussion on pages 100-196 Sunday at 1pm CST

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

MelissaSue81 Just finished that section! It‘s so good! I want to keep going! 7mo
Andrew65 My page numbers are different, what chapter are we reading up to for this section? @TheBookHippie @MrsV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 chapters 10-18!! 7mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks 😍, only just starting chapter 13 so need to get a move on with 1 hr 51 mins to go! 😳😬🤪 7mo
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Thanks for joining us for Week 1!!!

Join us next Sunday for Week 2

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Andrew65 Notice how the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918 keeps rearing it‘s head in our reads since As Bright As Heaven! 8mo
Mitch I‘m enjoying the book so far... one niggle though.... I‘m not convinced in her voice as a reminiscence voice, she seems to be living the scenes exactly as they may have been, as opposed to how you might view things as an older person looking back???? 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 yes!! I have noticed that!! 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mitch I agree with you... Definitely not reminiscent... 8mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm enjoying this a lot so far, and I really like Lillian. I liked her description of her first Christmas in NYC- "Alone, but not lonely; in the state of being solitary but not the condition of wishing myself otherwise. Solitude enrobed me like a long, warm coat." I think this says everything about her personality and who she is, her sense of independence, and her motivation/drive to be self-sufficient. 8mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks one of my favorite parts we read !!!! I think people equate alone with lonely and it's just not true. 8mo
TheBookHippie This is perfect for this time of year!!! I love it!!! 8mo
TheBookHippie @Mitch I just watched a documentary that did this and it was odd I wondered if the person was in the moment or just doing it for our purpose to understand . This seems like that. 8mo
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Lillian resisted the conventions of marriage, what was it about Max that changed her mind? Why was she willing to “look the other way”over his affair?

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Andrew65 I didn‘t feel this had been adequately explained so far I‘m not really sure why she changed her opinion and married him. Doesn‘t seem to have been a success! 8mo
MrsV @Andrew65 , I agree! It does seem to look like he did sweep her off her feet, but why him? Surely there is something more. There would have to be a lot there to make me look the other way over his affair. 8mo
Mitch Not sure yet... I think he might have given her some of the access to things she just couldn‘t get as an unmarried women? 8mo
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Andrew65 @MrsV @Mitch Hopefully this will be explained more. 8mo
Mitch @Andrew65 Yeah, I feel we need more... I think it might come via the story with her son..maybe? 8mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm hoping her reason(s) for marrying Max will be explained much more in the chapters to come. I can understand how maybe Lillian changed her mind on marriage if she met someone who supported her independence. Her willingness to overlook Max's affair surprises me. I'm hoping that will be explained as well. 8mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks same. Hoping for a better explanation ... 8mo
TheBookHippie I was at a loss here. 8mo
JaclynW @CoffeeNBooks I was surprised as well. I do think his willingness to love and support an independent woman was a draw. Not every man can do that. 8mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I have always loved mythology, and it has been awhile since reading any of them. A brilliant retelling of Circe‘s story! Definitely going to have revisit more of these stories.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Final thoughts?

Overall thoughts about the book?

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MrsV I loved this book!! I have always loved mythology and all the characters involved. 8mo
NeedsMoreBooks Loved it but the pace is slow. Interesting perspective of Circe‘s story. 8mo
TheBookHippie LOVE LOVE LOVE. I forgot how much I loved mythology and Circes perspective was told so beautifully . 8mo
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AmyG I absolutely loved this book...and Circe. My favorite of this year. I enjoyed Achilles....but LOVED this one. 8mo
Andrew65 Pace too slow for me. Not sorry to see the back of this one yet I know it is well written. It needed more dialogue and pace from my perspective. One of the toughest books for me to get through this year, but I made it with some help from my friends. 8mo
Andrew65 For mythology I much preferred Neil Gaiman‘s 8mo
MrsV @Andrew65 That one is on my list to read next year! 8mo
Andrew65 @MrsV It was my first book of the year and loved it, Neil Gaiman did a great job narrating it. It had so much more pace, plot and dialogue. (edited) 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 tougher than Rainbirds or Red Clocks?!?! 🤣🤣🤣🤣 8mo
Rachbb3 I really liked this book. I love mythology and I liked the way the author took the stories and weaved her own narrative through them. 8mo
Susanita I really enjoyed this book. It was hard not to keep reading ahead of the discussion chapters. (Even though I didn‘t participate as much as I would have liked.) 8mo
MeganAnn I enjoyed it. It was a bit slow in places, but not so much that I didn't want to keep reading. I like mythology and I agree with you @Rachbb3 : I liked the way she weaved her own narrative through the stories. 8mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s strange but l liked Red Clocks least of these 3 doozies but was easier to read than the other two fo some reason! Have found the lady two big chores to read. Con on Lillian, you are in a different class to these books. 👍😍 8mo
CoffeeNBooks I enjoyed this book, I just wish I remembered more mythology before I read this. I think it would have made everything fit together better as I was reading. But that being said, it was still easy enough for me to read and understand. And I liked the ending. I feel like it ended with everyone (Circe, Telegonus, Penelope, and Telemachus, at least) being exatly where they wanted and needed to be in life. 8mo
Bookyonce I loved it. I felt like the plot was a bit scattered at times but I didn‘t even really care because this book was all about the character development. You grow so attached to Circe and almost grow through the story with her. 8mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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MrsV I don‘t think Athena would be the god who I would choose to be beholden to. Not sure who I would choose if I had to, all are selfish/demanding in their own way. 8mo
Andrew65 Yes all the gods seem selfish, narcissistic and well worth keeping away from. Not good press for Them! 8mo
AmyG I agree with you both @MrsV @Andrew65 that the gods are very selfish and self-serving. I didn‘t like any of them and would not want to be beholden to anyone...there or in real life. (edited) 8mo
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TheBookHippie Yes!!!! I would. Stubborn independent soul nothing is worth giving that up!! 8mo
Birdsong28 Yes I would turn it down as I would want to protect my child 📚📖 8mo
MeganAnn I think I would turn her down also. It seems to me that those favored by the gods in much of mythology usually end up with a short life span and meet a terrible end. 8mo
CoffeeNBooks I would definitely turn it down- there always seems to be bad that comes with the good of the gods. They always have ulterior motives. 8mo
kspenmoll Yes, those gods/goddesses are ultimately about themselves! 8mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Ready for kitty snuggles and tomorrow‘s discussion of Chapters 1-7.

@TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #BOTMBuddyread

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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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JaclynW Exactly! Why?? You can't have a murder mystery story without solving the case! This book was odd. Ren didn't seem to really care. Was he so caught up in his grief? Was he at a loss as to what to do? Did he really even care? What was the point of this story then! I'm so confused! 9mo
MrsV @JaclynW It‘s like I cared about her more than he did. 9mo
JaclynW @MrsV Totally!! Me too! 9mo
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AmyG I did not like this book. I felt that there were so many questions not answered. I didn‘t remotely understand Ren as a character. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I agree... it was very bizarre... 9mo
CoffeeNBooks I can't even wrap my brain around this story well enough to form an answer, lol! So much of it just didn't make any sense. 😂 9mo
Andrew65 @AmyG Have to agree with you, I think this was the weakest book I‘ve read this year. Didn‘t enjoy it or ever feel in it or part of it! And agree with @CoffeeNBooks so much of it didn‘t seem to make sense. Still not sure I know what the author was trying to achieve with this book, or how I‘d categorise the book. 9mo
Andrew65 As for the supposed punishment or not of the killer, what was that all about. 9mo
Redwritinghood The story makes no sense. He went to find out what happened to her, learned about the baby, etc., then left her behind without a thought. The motivations of REN throughout the book seem really unclear. 9mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 agree with you all. Confusing book, unsympathetic character, @JaclynW He did not seem to care much in the end about his sister & so weird he took on her life. @MrsV I would like to know his sister too. A chore to read. 9mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Totally agree about being a chore to read. 9mo
JaclynW @Redwritinghood Very unclear! 9mo
JaclynW @kspenmoll Confusing and weird for sure! 9mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Think I‘m going to call it a night and continue in the morning.

#24b4monday #readathon

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Ooohhh I just saw this was going on. I‘m in! #24B4Monday

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Andrew65 Yey! 👏 9mo
TheReadingMermaid Woop Woop 🤘🏻 9mo
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Finished this one a couple of days ago. Now I‘m get to binge the series!

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I‘m trying to get up the nerve to start my own BookTube channel. Do any of you watch or have your own channels? What kind of videoed do you watch most?

zzz I have not seen any book videos but it would be interesting😁 9mo
ChasingOm @SassenachTheBookWizard has a great one! 9mo
CouronneDhiver I watch loads but too camera shy to start my own. @shawnmooney and @SassenachTheBookWizard both have fun channels. I like to watch Simon Savidge, Mercys Bookish Musings, Ink and Paper Blog, Jen Campbell, Hailey in Bookland, Books and Lala... there are so many! 9mo
mdm139 Hailey in Bookland 9mo
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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Reading this 1st for #spooktober, while watching the Red Sox play!!

CoverToCoverGirl I know it‘s crazy but I loved Crazy Joe.. weird eh? 9mo
MrsV @CoverToCoverGirl I know! I have to keep reminding myself that he is the “bad guy”. 🤣 9mo
Soubhiville I‘ve been ripping through this for the last two days! It feels like the perfect October read! 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Redwritinghood Not sure I suspect him for the murder, but maybe he‘s covering for his wife. She is unstable and we don‘t know if she has moments of violence. 9mo
AmyG I suspect him of alot of things. Ha...maybe because he is a politician and because his “feeding/reading” arrangement for his wife are bizarre. @Redwritinghood You mention his wife in relation to violence. One of my first thoughts when I read the child was always in the hospital was..is the mother putting here there? Munchausen? Who knows with anything in this book. 😳 (edited) 9mo
JaclynW He is a politician! I suspect him of wrong doing for sure! 😆😆😆 Sigh. That makes me sad to say that out loud. 😔 But there's truth to that, right? We shall see! 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Redwritinghood I hadn‘t thought of this, but could be the case... 9mo
CoffeeNBooks I absolutely think he is responsible for Keiko's death, either directly or indirectly. 9mo
CoffeeNBooks @AmyG I wondered the same thing about the wife, and whether she had something to do with the daughter's death. 9mo
Redwritinghood @AmyG Yes! That occurred to me, too. 9mo
Andrew65 Both he and his wife have to be suspicious. 9mo
RebelReader @AmyG I thought that same thing. Something is up with that wife! 9mo
kspenmoll He & his wife are suspicious- more him as she seems unable to cope- & yes sad but I thought the politician part too. I had not thought of Munchausen- that would be a fascinating twist. @AmyG @Redwritinghood @Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 9mo
BookNAround Coming in too late for anyone to see this probably, but I find it an interesting parallel that Keiko was stabbed everywhere except her face and Mr. Katsuo‘s wife has a whole history of cuts (old and new) on her arms. Too parallel to be a coincidence I suspect. 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Redwritinghood Not surprised, but curious about what it means for the story. 9mo
AmyG At this point, nothing surprises me. I look forward to the section where all of this makes sense. 9mo
JaclynW Yes! I was surprised. I want expecting it. Such a strange turn of events. @AmyG I look forward to the reveal too! 9mo
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CoffeeNBooks @AmyG Hahaha! I like how you put that- I too, am looking forward to the section where all of this makes sense. 🤯 9mo
Andrew65 @AmyG Amen to that! @CoffeeNBooks @JaclynW (edited) 9mo
Andrew65 I‘m finding it really hard to discuss this book or form any hypothesis due to its strangeness and lack of information or clarity on things. 9mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 I too feel like there is little to discuss except the Oddness of it all...I was surprised & how does that connection tie in? Or is it just a loose thread. Actually I cannot figure out a thing. I hope it all does make sense eventually. @JaclynW @alwaysbeenloverofbooks @AmyG @Redwritinghood @CoffeeNBooks # 9mo
RebelReader @Andrew65 I agree this is hard to discuss without more information. I think there will be a lot to discuss after we‘ve all finished the book. 9mo
JaclynW @RebelReader I hope so! It really is a guessing game at this point. 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Please join us tomorrow at 1 pm CST for our week 2 discussion.

#BOTMBuddyread. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!!! 🧡🧡🧡 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the discussion this week! Please join us next Sunday to discuss Chapters 10-17.

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie #BOTMBuddyread

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome discussion today!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
AmyG Thank YOU and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie for doing such a great job with questions.....as there is so much to question already. 9mo
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1. Westerns
2. Poetry
3. Anything written by a right=wing lunatic

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Samplergal Yeah. All those. 9mo
sebrittain 🧡📚🧡📚🧡 9mo
HardcoverHearts Same. 👯‍♀️ 9mo
Hooked_on_books Love your #3 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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I know this is a weird thing to be hung up on.....but did it strike anyone else as odd, that the police officer that interviewed Ren expected him to know that his sister was on birth control? I know I‘ve never discussed my method with any of my brothers, and I‘m sure they are probably OK with that.

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kspenmoll That was very odd? Why would he know a private thing like that? That police interview was not impressive; got the sense they were not going to dig much into Keiko‘s murder. 9mo
kspenmoll Want to read more now!!!! So@much to find out! I truly have no idea what is going on! 9mo
kspenmoll Just reread- don‘t know why I forgot Ren‘ gold fish dream & discussion of gold fish between Honda & Ren at end of ch 9 9mo
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TheBookHippie So bizarrrrre... fishing for info I think ...to see what he knew? 9mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I think it's best they don't dig in. Repercussions ???? Something crooked in that police thing. 9mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Agree re police. Only a week old case? 9mo
AmyG There are a few things odd about this book but maybe that has to do with a different culture? And I just reread the goldfish part. Catching something to keep and observe. 9mo
CoffeeNBooks The police interview was odd. Something about the whole situation just seems odd. 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG i agree with the cultural aspect... 9mo
Andrew65 I‘m sure they are very okay with that too. Again you wonder if it is a cultural difference. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 9mo
Andrew65 This book is beautifully written but I feel I never really got into this story. It felt quite strange or hard to access. I didn‘t have a great week, very stressful at work so may well have been me! Hopefully it improves for me with this next section. @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrsV @TheBookHippie @AmyG @JaclynW @kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks (edited) 9mo
RebelReader This book is simple, but at the same time complex. @CoffeeNBooks @kspenmoll The police interview was very strange, maybe they know a cop was involved and wanted to know how close he and his sister were? 9mo
JaclynW @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrsV @TheBookHippie @RebelReader @kspenmoll @Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks @AmyG Somehow I missed this question. This whole book is odd. I feel slightly on edge and creeped out reading it. I'm a bit with @andrew65, and having a hard time getting into it. At the same time though, I want to keep reading hoping to find answers. I'm puzzled! Also, I know why I was lost about the goldfish...I didn't read chapter 9.😉😆🤣 Oops. 9mo
Andrew65 @JaclynW Missing a chapter, that would do it! 😂 🐟 (sorry no goldfish emoticon) I‘m still finding it difficult to get into and enjoy the book and I‘m not sure why. Odd sums it up very nicely, almost feels as if there is no depth to it. Beautifully written as it is. Not sure where or why it is heading and the murder almost seems peripheral. @RebelReader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @MrsV @AmyG @CoffeeNBooks @kspenmoll Is it me? 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 I enjoying this one much better than the last two.. I can‘t figure out where it‘s heading either. Seems to be more about Ren than his sister‘s murder... 9mo
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Definitely. Yes last two have been lacking something. Just struggling with this one, and do wonder if it is me. 9mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 I want to find out the mystery & characters connections but I am not engaged emotionally with the book. Or maybe it‘s because we only get Ren‘s perspective. 9mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll I‘m struggling to put my finger on why I‘m not enjoying this. So far it is the least enjoyable of all the reads we‘ve done. 9mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I just want answers!!!!!!!! Why can't I figure it out?????😂 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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TheBookHippie I actually think no, not at first. 9mo
JaclynW At first I thought so, but I'm beginning to change my mind. Some severe trauma happened to that family. 9mo
JaclynW I wonder if they had a son. A son tied to Keiko or that female student that smoked..... 9mo
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kspenmoll Not at first. Something sinister seems to be going on in the house, but then if they are reticent people, maybe the wife‘s non responsiveness is trauma related. @JaclynW @TheBookHippie 9mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll yes it said a child died a daughter and she then became mute? 9mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie I forgot about that part. I assumed it was trauma related. 9mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Forget that! Maybe I need to take notes!!! 9mo
AmyG What is with the wife?? Why doesn‘t she speak? This is what most fascinates me. (edited) 9mo
CoffeeNBooks I think so... the situation just seems so odd. 9mo
Andrew65 @AmyG I‘d agree Amy this is what I need to know more about. 9mo
Andrew65 Something seems off in that household but not sure what. 9mo
RebelReader @Andrew65 @AmyG @CoffeeNBooks @TheBookHippie @kspenmoll @JaclynW There is something going on in this family and Keiko was involved in some way. I thought it was weird that they wanted Ishida to just move right in and spend time with the wife since he is a complete stranger to them! 9mo
TheBookHippie @RebelReader I know I can't wait to read more!!! 9mo
JaclynW @RebelReader Read on! We need answers! 9mo
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Rainbirds | Clarissa Goenawan
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Please join us for our next group read! This will mark our one year anniversary. Look out for the giveaway information!

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie @LitsyHappenings

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LaurenReads Ooh I‘ll have to join in on this one! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LaurenReads check mine because I made the schedule wrong in this graphic!! 😱 10mo
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This was my IRL book club pick for this month. Very good, highly recommend.

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Final thoughts on our first section?

Are you liking the book so far? Too soon to tell?

There are obviously not many (if any) similarities to the Count thus far, but how are you liking the book compared to A Gentleman in Moscow?

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TheBookHippie I think it may be researched as well but totally different! I am loving it!!!! 11mo
AmyG I loved this book. I kept seeing it playing in my head like an old movie. As a fan of old movies, I think I like this book better than Moscow. (edited) 11mo
kspenmoll Love the descriptions of NYC- I am loving the book to & am going to read on this weekend- feels different from Moscow already。thanks all! @AmyG @TheBookHippie @MrsV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 11mo
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TheBookHippie @AmyG the descriptions are amazing!!! 11mo
JaclynW I love this book. I love the way the author writes. I was more immediately drawn to these characters as compared to the Count - he grew on me. 11mo
JaclynW This is my second time reading this book. I'm really enjoying revisiting everything and everyone! 11mo
CaroPi I am liking it. The accident is a very interested twist. Wasn't expecting something like that at the beginning of the book. I will wait to read a bit more... 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm enjoying it so far! Haven't read A Gentleman in Moscow, but I need to after reading this! 11mo
mrp27 I really like it thus far and I'm always a sucker for old New York. This is my first by the author so I can't compare to Gentleman in Moscow. Both of these titles have been on my tbr so I'm glad I'm finally getting to one of them! 11mo
Andrew65 @CaroPi I was surprised by the accident, it came out of nowhere. 10mo
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks @Mrp27 You must read A Gentleman in Moscow. It was a wonderful book. One of my favourites this year if not my outright favourite and read over 160 books! (edited) 10mo
Andrew65 A bit too early for me to decide. Hard task for it to achieve with how much I loved A Gentleman in Moscow. I am enjoying it but can‘t say I love it yet. 10mo
CaroPi I actually already finished the book. I couldn't stop. Loved. Similarities... They are a few. First all the literary references. Tons of them. And the fact that Kate is from Russia. Both books are in just one city. They are also in import historical moments... More I can't say but I really like it 10mo
mrp27 @Andrew65 I will definitely check it out! 10mo
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Thanks everyone for joining in on our great discussions every week!

Any final thoughts?

I‘m in agreement with the needing of a book 2 based on just her flying adventures!

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Andrew65 Thanks for another great discussion @MrsV @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks , thanks for all the time and work you put into. It is greatly appreciated by all of us! 🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏👍👍👍😍😍 Also thanks to everyone for their contributions, you‘re all a great group 👏😍❤️ (edited) 11mo
Andrew65 Bring on Amor Towles! 11mo
TheBookHippie I'm glad we read it!!!! I certainly need more information !!!!! 11mo
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I'm so excited!!!! I still miss The Count! 11mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Me too! Still a stand out book for this year! 11mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I agree! I adored it. 11mo
kspenmoll Thanks everyone! This was a great read for discussion! Indebted to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MrsV @TheBookHippie Looking forward to our next book! 11mo
RebelReader Oh I was reading and missed the whole discussion. I really enjoyed this book, but I would have like more about her flying. I may have to re-read 11mo
TheBookHippie @RebelReader I'm reading it now!!! No problem add your opinions :) 11mo
Dolly I‘m not a part of this group but I‘m enjoying the fact that many of you liked this book as I have. This book lead to West With the Night written by Beryl. This lady has great writing talent! 11mo
AmyG Thank you, always, @MrsV @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie. I loved this book. I flew theough my sections and definitely want to now read her book. See you soon with the next book. I already read it so let‘s hope this old mind remembers it. 😆 11mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG I swear menopause takes my mind now and again !! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I enjoyed this book a lot more than I thought I would! Looking forward to the next buddyread! 11mo
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kspenmoll Felt so badly for her; her rich husband‘s family basically stole her son. It seems as if she did not succeed because she saw him infrequently- another abandonment. Would lime to know more about that relationship. Did it turn out ok? Or did her mother-in-law, husband fill the child‘s ears with tales... 11mo
Andrew65 She never got a chance to show she‘d be a better mother. Don‘t get me started on what her husband did. 🤬🤬🤬 11mo
TheBookHippie She tried I think.. but she wasn't equipped for that huge fight. So sad. She actually out lived him ...tragic 11mo
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kspenmoll @TheBookHippie She did not stand a chance against that family... she truly wanted him & to share Africa. 11mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll it's like a Shakespeare play!!!! So much tragedy!!! 11mo
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AmyG @TheBookHippie I agree that she tried and realized she‘d never win that fight. She lived so much life in those early years! 11mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG crazy reminds me of me I lived so much before 24 it's insane and it never stops 🤪 I think Beryl was 28 when we stop the book!!!! I want a second book!!! 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I think it's so sad what Mansfield and his mom did to Beryl. 11mo
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Just finished! I really liked this more than I was expecting to.

Join us for #botmbuddyread on Sunday with @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and myself. We will be discussing Chapters 45-the end!

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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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@TheReadingMermaid #24B4Monday

Can‘t wait! So far behind on my reading, gives me an excuse to huddle in and read!

TheReadingMermaid Yes it does 🤘🏻 11mo
Andrew65 Good luck 👍 11mo
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Any final thoughts on this weeks section?

Thanks to everyone reading and discussing with us!

Andrew65 The way Beryl has been treated on a number of occasions in this book had really annoyed me, but so too has some of her (stupid) decision making. Have really felt sorry for her on both accounts. 11mo
kspenmoll I am slowly plowing through a book about Women flying in Germany in20s & 30s. Really wish we had gotten there with Beryl by now. I did enjoy some of the horse training, races. Felt maybe Frank could have bern left out? Author did focus on Beryl‘s challenges with both male & female relationships. (edited) 11mo
kspenmoll Felt sorry too @Andrew65 How much is real & how much fiction? Now want to read Beryl‘s book! 11mo
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Andrew65 @kspenmoll That‘s a good point! 11mo
kspenmoll Thanks @MrsV @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks For hosting & creating questions. Love the reading & discussions! Thanks to all who are participating! 11mo
MrsV I agree we didn‘t need to spend so much time in England or on Frank, @kspenmoll. Yikes, that whole scene..... 11mo
AmyG Agree wih the Frank part of the story @kspenmoll and agree about some of her bad choices @Andrew65. But I am still really enjoying this book. Each week‘s read has just flown by! 11mo
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Question 4

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MrsV Looking from the outside of the relationship, I don‘t get her love (or Karen‘s for that matter) for Denys. That aside, he filled the need she had of being wanted and desired that she definitely did not receive from Jock. 11mo
Andrew65 To some extent he is the unattainable so possibly she wants him more because of this. Perhaps she also sees someone who shows similar traits to her. However he has let her down on a number of occasions and not sure with her freedom of spirit that any long term relationship will work or if it is a good idea for her. (edited) 11mo
kspenmoll I think it was his sense of adventure, risk taking & unconventional lifestyle that attracted her, & he did fill a need she had with no one else. She saw his relationship with Karen as an example of how he was. 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks @kspenmoll I agree- I think Denys is a kindred spirit, and totally gets Beryl and her love/need for adventure and a life different from what society expects of her as a woman. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I think even if Denys were the marrying type, though, it would never work- that would put Beryl in a position that's foreign to her, the typical (for that time period) role as a wife of cooking, keeping house, etc. 11mo
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks Yes, while Beryl may have expected to go on Safaris with Denys etc., he had never welcomed her . 11mo
AmyG I think she sees in him kind of a male version of herself. As a man he can do what she wishes she could....freedom, adventure etc. And...wanting what she can‘t have. There is great attraction in that. 11mo
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MrsV I‘m really surprised we haven‘t read about her flying yet, since the book started out with her flight. But, I guess she led such an interesting full life, the rest had to be in there as well. 11mo
Andrew65 Don‘t get me started on this point. 😂 This has been the biggest disappointment of the book for me, I was expecting more about the flying especially given the prologue, and I feel let down. 😔 Too much horses (and men) and not enough about the aeroplanes soon enough! 11mo
kspenmoll Yes, I thought that would come up much much sooner- agree w @Andrew65 disappointment. 11mo
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CoffeeNBooks Yes, I keep wondering when the story is going to be about flying! 11mo
AmyG I expected nothing when I started this book...so it‘s all good for me. 11mo
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MrsV I‘m glad she did have the chance to train her horses, she had such a natural ability with them. I can‘t believe that jackass took away her chance for the glory of training the winning horse. I hope people did give her the credit she deserves, and read about that in the next little section. 11mo
MrsV Not surprised we saw Ruta again, but was not expecting them to work together with the horse training. I was so happy they got to be so close together again. 11mo
kspenmoll I was shocked that Jock went after D so brutally & that the repercussions were that Beryl had to go to England. Then the set up with Frank...so glad she had horses & her talent training them to go back to so she was not stuck as so may women probably were at the time. 11mo
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kspenmoll It was wonderful that Ruta reappeared; that gave her a secure base . 11mo
Andrew65 She seems such a natural at training horses and is what she is meant to do. @MrsV agree totally about them taking away the horse for the St Ledger 😡🤬 (at least it think that was the race 🐎) , this was truly a sign of the times she lived in. The bad treatment of women comes across very strongly in these books. She seems to have been let down by the men in her life! 11mo
kspenmoll @MrsV That was heartbreaking that with all her work they took the horse away. She was vindicated when the horse won, but as @Andrew65 indicates, women‘s role was quite defined then & Beryl did what she wanted which I image made some angry & maybe some jealousy at a female succeeding in a “man‘s world”? 11mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll Total jealousy, can‘t have some woman showing us up what! (edited) 11mo
CoffeeNBooks @kspenmoll I agree! That was so awful of Jock, and sad that Beryl had to leave town because of it. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks I was so glad that Ruta came back- she needed someone who would treat her with respect, and knew her for who she really was. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks There are some serious double standards! 11mo
kspenmoll @CoffeeNBooks Social norms/ gender roles were explored throughout this book because Beryl was so non conventional. 11mo
AmyG @kspenmoll I was shocked by what Jock did, too. And really shocked by the Frank relationship which ended so oddly. Quite a crew out there in Africa, huh? I was also happy to see Ruta return...someone who really knows and understands Beryl...someone she could truly trust. 11mo
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First 3 questions are from @TheBookHippie who is enjoying a Pearl Jam concert!

kspenmoll Not surprised she falls in love with Denys. Education may have helped her join in more socially but, but she was too much of a free spirit for school. Maybe if D‘s wife had not dies she would have encouraged Beryl read. Wasn‘t she the I neighbor friend? I am glad she had Whitman. Sometimes poetry is more assessable to people than a book. 11mo
MrsV I wouldn‘t call my self a fan of poetry. I do like a few poems, but I don‘t regularly seek out works of poetry. Not sure why, I don‘t dislike poetry. 11mo
MrsV @kspenmoll I agree she would have definitely benefited if D‘s wife were alive. 11mo
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Andrew65 I must be honest and say I am not really a fan of poetry, a few poems that I like, but would never pick up a book of poetry. 11mo
Andrew65 @kspenmoll I would agree Beryl is such a unique and free spirit I‘m not sure Education would have changed her much. She is showing through the book that she doesn‘t conform to the norms and therefore may have well rebelled against education. And I am in education! 11mo
Andrew65 I think her insecurity is as a result of her mother abandoning her at a young age and then her father abandoning her at the time of his money problems. No matter what happened. Tho k her head would have been turned by Denys. (edited) 11mo
CoffeeNBooks @Andrew65 I absolutely agree that her insecurities are due to her experiences with her mom and how her dad encouraged her to marry young because of his financial situation. 11mo
CoffeeNBooks As for poetry, it's hit or miss for me. I think a poem or a poet speaks to a certain person, and they become attached to it. 11mo
kspenmoll @Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks Good points! (edited) 11mo
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I think she wanted to form her own opinion on her mother, not just what everyone else said about her.

Not sure why Clara came back as of yet, but I‘m sure it wasn‘t for a heartwarming reunion. Or the apology of the abandonment of her daughter!

TheBookHippie The mother..🤮🤢 selfish selfish selfish ...narcissistic maybe too??? So bizarre. Beryl it was a curiosity or duty or both? Secretly hoping for answers or an apology? Awful. It was all so wrong. 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think she is a selfish, self absorbed b@&$! 😡🤬 Her attitude just pissed me off!!! 11mo
MrsV Yes! I wanted her begging for Beryl‘s forgiveness. 11mo
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kspenmoll Think her mother is narcissistic too @TheBookHippie . Beryl I think@was stunned & just did not know how to handle it. Maybe too she wanted to know what her mother was like- be told she loved her & her leaving Beryl behind was not Beryl‘s fault. 11mo
RebelReader Her mother is atrocious! I really have no idea why she came back to Africa and why didn‘t she go stay with her precious Dickey?? 11mo
MrsV My thought too @RebelReader 11mo
TheBookHippie @RebelReader knowing this is a true story I now want to research this more. How awful. 11mo
Hooked_on_books I think Beryl was looking for a connection to family. And the selfish twat who is her mother just seems to be looking for someone to take care of her. I have a feeling if the house had worked out that she never would‘ve paid a dime. She‘s an infuriating person. 11mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll she's a piece of work for sure. Ugh. Just clueless it's all about her....sigh Beryl didn't stand a chance 11mo
TheBookHippie @Hooked_on_books yes infuriating!!!! 11mo
MrsV @Hooked_on_books one of the two names I called her mother while reading! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hooked_on_books I agree! And poor Karen was so hospitable 😫 I was so embarrassed for Beryl! 11mo
kspenmoll @RebelReader Agree! Bet Dickie did not want her!!‘ 11mo
kspenmoll @Hooked_on_books I so agree!!! 11mo
janeycanuck @MrsV or at the very least, ACKNOWLEDGING her crappy treatment of her daughter. I get her husband just died but for goodness sake woman!!! 11mo
janeycanuck @RebelReader to find a third husband? I think she thought Beryl was her best shot to be taken care of. 11mo
janeycanuck I think Beryl didn‘t know how to say no but wanted to. I just want to slap some sense into her mother, what a selfish prat. 11mo
janeycanuck @Hooked_on_books 100% agree!! 11mo
Rachbb3 Her mother has proved time and again what a selfish, self serving person she is. The fact that Beryl would try to help just goes to show how much more of a better person she is and maybe it was better that her mother didn't raise her. 11mo
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She Persisted | Chelsea Clinton
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Read this one to my five year old girl. #nevertooearly

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Andrew65 I wasn‘t aware of this so didn‘t impact on my reading at all. That‘s interesting and now you say it I can see it has a bit of a feel of being someone‘s life. Although not aware of Beryl Markham. 12mo
RebelReader I read West With the Night years ago so I don‘t remember too much about it. I‘m enjoying it immensely and although it‘s fiction it seems very true when I‘m reading it. 12mo
MrsV @RebelReader Yes, from what I‘ve seen bout her in real life, it does seem to closely follow her real life. 12mo
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TheBookHippie I'm reading them both now!!!!! And Out of Africa. It seems this story is very close to the real thing. (edited) 12mo
TheBookHippie @RebelReader I agree it's so true to life. 12mo
AmyG Ha. I had no clue about any of this. I am just thoroughly enjoying this wonderful book. 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I didn‘t either until a couple of days ago!! 12mo
Quirkybookworm It helped my enjoyment and understanding the wAy of life back then. She was who she was and she made no qualm about it. She knew who she was and was not afraid to go after what she wanted even it was totally unheard of women back then. The point is that she LIVED her life and that‘s the Beauty and the Rawness of her. Btw, I can‘t believe I still can remember the book after 2 years!! (edited) 12mo
Rachbb3 I honestly have never heard of her so this is all new to me. I am enjoying the book though, and will probably check out the rest of the books and movies. 12mo
Soozee I have never heard of her. Am enjoying the book so far and may now try reading her biography after this. 12mo
CoffeeNBooks I didn't really know anything about her, so I'll probably end up learning more about her after reading this. 12mo
kspenmoll @MrsV @TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I enjoy the fiction- it is so beautifully written. I did see Out of Africa where she was a minor character,but would like to read her memoir, (edited) 11mo
janeycanuck I‘ve read the Paris Wife so I assumed this was also a fictionalized version of a real person but I don‘t know anything about Beryl so the story will still be a surprise for me. I generally really enjoy a fictionalized account of a true story! 11mo
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Just a reminder to join us tomorrow, Sunday August 5th, for the discussion on the first section. Reading the Preface through Chapter 14. Discussion starts at 1 pm CST!

@TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #botmbuddyread

kspenmoll Finished the section- wow. Sensual beautiful images. 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻🌞 12mo
Andrew65 I have also finished the section. 👏 (edited) 12mo
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RebelReader I‘m finished and anxious to discuss and read on!! 😜 12mo
KellieRusselburg I‘m going to have to get in on one of your next book discussions! 11mo
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A friend of mine teaches fifth grade and has asked his family and friends to “mentor” one of his students. Giving them cards with words of encouragement and such. I‘m supposed to give them a book to open the first day of school.

Can I get some suggestions. Ones for either a boy or girl, I don‘t know the name of the child.

MrsV Great suggestion @MelissaSue81 12mo
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I had a brief thoughts that he really did it and was framing Tim, or he was somehow invoked with the crime; not just the cover-up.

BookwormAHN I also thought that. In fact I was rather surprised that Tim really was guilty. 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I thought the same thing... 12mo
TheRomantiCate I absolutely thought he‘d done the entire crime and just framed Tim... I was waiting for that to be revealed and was mega shocked that Tim was actually guilty of the crime and Jamie‘s dad was just a “fixer”... all because of the family‘s connections and Tim‘s “bright future”. 12mo
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Rachbb3 I was very surprised Tim was guilty. I thought that there was something completely different going on. 12mo
TheBookHippie I so thought he did it!!!!!! I thought Tim was innocent too but just a jerk! But knowing about the other girl it makes sense when we had that piece I thought either did it alone or together ...good storytelling 12mo
Andrew65 Tim was already in jail so that left you thinking they‘d find someone else did the murders. I‘m not sure I ever bought James‘s father doing all the murders so not altogether surprised by he ending but finished a week ago so may have forgotten something! @BookwormAHN @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheRomantiCate @Rachbb3 @TheBookHippie @MrsV 12mo
Andrew65 Thanks to @MrsV @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for hosting another great discussion. 🙌🙌🙌 Thanks for putting your time and dedication into this, also thanks to others for the great discussion. Apologies for being late to the party on this one, July is a mad time. Back to normal with August. 😊 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 thanks to everyone for participating 📚👍🏻🙌🏻☺️ 12mo
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Untitled | Unknown

@Schnoebs I seem to have lost all your info for the book mark swap, can you please resend it to me at
fenwaybaseball74@gmail.com?

Schnoebs Hi, I never actually heard from you for the swap but I‘m fine doing a last minute one with you! I‘ll email you in a bit 12mo
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Good Intentions | Elliott Kay
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I am always excited to sign up for these readathons thinking that this one is going to be the one I actually do it.....but then something always comes up and this is the result.

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I know I‘ll be able to log in a couple more, but just wish I could be able to finish one of these!

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Peter Darling | Austin Chant
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A sweet LGBTQIA+ retelling of Peter Pan. Always nice to revisit Neverland!

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In 1st place was One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest

There is a tie between This Savage Song and Salt To the Sea

Lastly I‘ll read The Alice Network

I need a tie breaker to determine read #2 and 3. Highest vote total wins!

#makemereadit

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Librarybelle This is on my radar to read: 12mo
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BookishMe Savage Song! Then again I am a biased fan. That said, I never imagined I'd enjoy an urban fantasy until I read this 12mo
KellieRusselburg I loved The Alice Network! 11mo
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TheBookHippie I think she feels there is something amiss or unsettled . 12mo
kspenmoll A disappearance of a young girl - reminiscent of her sister‘s murder? Maybe a link? 12mo
BookwormAHN I think she feels that the case was never as cut and dry as it appeared. 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree with everyone... she already felt that something was amiss about her sister and then Sonia was found... Too coincidental! 12mo
tjwill I think she feels like it might reveal something about what happened to her sister. 12mo
Rachbb3 @kspenmoll I think so too. Also I feel like the place has a special significance because it's where her sister was found. I'm wondering if there is a link? 12mo
OriginalCyn620 I agree with all the comments. Plus, she is her father‘s daughter and knows a story when she sees it. 12mo
TheRomantiCate There‘s a link (I think) between the deaths of Sonia and Deb, at least to Fiona. Too weird to just be a coincidence!! 12mo
GatheringBooks i have to confess that i found fiona‘s character to be grating and unsympathetic. while i can tell that her entire life seemed suspended by her sister‘s brutal death, the fact that tim is already behind bars makes it really difficult for me to see all the energy expended in figuring out the details of the case. granted, there are gaps in the narrative, and a few dubious details - but the way the narrative unfolds makes it unclear to me where ⬇️ 12mo
GatheringBooks cont: the author wants to lead the narrative into. it‘s like st james is uncertain whether to put a paranormal/supernatural twist to the story or remain with a plausible, realistic pragmatic cause to fiona‘s death. it is these two threads that make me think that the story lacks a cohesiveness. regardless, the older timeline has truly given me the creeps - mary hand gave me nightmares!!! 12mo
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TheBookHippie This bothers me. Did someone pay him off? Does he know about the ghost?!?!??!? 12mo
kspenmoll Also wondering what happen. Someone knew something to bribe him with? Or payiff as @TheBookHippie said? 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m thinking he‘s definitely involved somehow... 12mo
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MrsV Yes, @BookwormAHN! Very sorry suspicious 😒 12mo
tjwill @TheBookHippie Good points! I thought maybe he saw something and didn‘t want to be blamed for being involved. 12mo
Rachbb3 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I'm wondering if he's involved somehow too. His actions are suspicious. 12mo
OriginalCyn620 He was either paid off by the Christophers, or he‘s covering for/protecting someone who is involved. 12mo
TheRomantiCate 💰💰💰 I fully believe he was getting paid off! That‘s why he got so mad at his son for wanting to tell the truth. 12mo
GatheringBooks i am glad @MrsV asked this question - as it also prompted me to share how i found the present-day narrative to be less compelling than the older timeline that was truly creepy. the suspicious threads with the ice cream man and tim and the police investigators‘ dubious techniques bother me - but i also find it to be after-the-fact especially seeing how the supposed perp is already in jail. so while suspicious, i found it hard to see the point. 12mo
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