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rsteve388

Joined May 2019

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Wow what a powerful story!

First, Tom Hanks as a Narrator?! Wow! Phenomenal. He has a spectacular way of giving each character a unique voice without really having to try hard to do it. He does it with inflection and tonality and in listening to this story, at times I forgot that he was narrating, I was so memorized by the characters and their stories.

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rsteve388 This book was like a understanding of what it means to move from childhood into adulthood. Heading into adulthood we carry the baggage of our youth, what went wrong what we disliked about our parents and this reflection if we are we are willing to do it ultimately makes us better adults when we come out on the other side cause we know what we don't want to do. Such a process for growth. 15h
britt_brooke I LOVED this on audio!! 15h
rsteve388 @britt_brooke Yeah this is neck and next with the other book I just finished on Friday. Wow! Both of them were a treat to the ears. 15h
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britt_brooke @rsteve388 You are on a roll! 💚 15h
rsteve388 Oh thanks! 15h
Crazeedi Great review, I wish I had listened to the audio, I read the book and enjoyed, but tom hanks? That had to be great 14h
rsteve388 @Crazeedi it was awesome, I need to go find other books that he has Narrated. 14h
Crazeedi @rsteve388 I was thinking that too 14h
marleed I loved this. I can‘t think of anyone who narrates their inner child better than Tom Hanks. 14h
Crazeedi @marleed since I saw the movie about mr Rogers, when I think of him, Tom Hanks pops in my mind. He was excellent 13h
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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1.) Fluently: Just English I really like attempting German, Irish and Italian.
2.) Parable of the Talents - It was enjoyable :)
3.) Three I had a turkey and cheese sandwich.
4.) 🦊❤️🐈 it's a personal thing.
5.) @BookwormAHN (have no idea, if you are new to this.)

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett

So I have started reading this for part of my #24B4Monday Readathon and I am in love with Tom Hanks as a audiobook Narrator! I have seen him in a few films and what have you, but... Like his voice is amazing and smooth and it just works for the Dutch House.

#TomHanksVoice

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Girl Waits with Gun | Amy Stewart
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So this is the book that was my Blind Date. I am intrigued! I won't dive into this right away but maybe next weekend.

#BlindDate

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I am gonna do my first blind date with a book
#BlindDateWithABook

Exciting!

Caroline2 Ohhhhh this sounds really good!! 😯 can‘t wait to hear what it is and what you think about it. 😀 2d
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I have been meaning to get around to this book for a while, after listening to it as an audiobook j get all the hype. Wow what a great story! What a wild ride, one sister does the slaying while the other older sister covers up her crimes by cleaning up after them. Twice they almost get caught and the main character is called to acknowledge that she has to continue this life because one's life is intertwined with the other. It was a treat.

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Blonde Roots | Bernardine Evaristo
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I found this book to be really challenging in regards to thinking about what slavery would have been like if the shoe had been on the other foot and it was white people who were enslaved. What would our society look like now? How would that have played out, would we have had our own form of Jim Crow laws in the US? This book was thought provoking and interesting. Highly recommend.

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I want to run a book camp in the woods of Colorado. Maybe not this summer but maybe next Summer.

There would be workshops and night time stories

Ah so full of ideas tonight.

Scochrane26 I‘ve been a counselor at my church camp for many years. It‘s in the woods of Ky. For several years, our group of high schoolers would talk about Doctor Who, HP, books, etc, for hours. A couple of the girls are the ones who suggested I read Poisonwood Bible. Even in other years, we all tend toward being geeky, but that group was very passionate. 1w
rsteve388 Score! Very cool. 1w
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Blonde Roots | Bernardine Evaristo
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So I've read the first 50 pages and I am intrigued. This story is a switch about what would it be like if white people were enslaved by Africans.

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#LMPBC Picks for Round 8 for Group K
This is what I have in the vain of Thriller, Horror, Mystery etc

@Mynameisacolour
@BookwormAHN
@laurenslibrary

Mynameisacolour Oohhh those are some good choices!! I wanted to read the Institute too but its 561 pages. I'm game if everyone else is for something that long. Otherwise the Invited would be my vote! 1w
BookwormAHN I'm also game for The Institute despite the length. If not I've read Final Girls, so either of the other two would be fine with me. 1w
rsteve388 @laurenslibrary hey any opinion on the above mentioned books? 3d
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laurenslibrary @rsteve388 Sorry I forgot to reply! I've read The Wife Between Us, but I'm fine w any of the other 3! 3d
rsteve388 Score! Thank you! So do I get final day?! How does this work @BookwormAHN I am leaning toward The Invited 3d
BookwormAHN The Invited sounds good to me 😺 3d
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Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases | Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem, Marlon James, Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Dave Eggers, Lauren Groff, Jennifer Egan, Jacqueline Woodson, Yaa Gyasi, Meg Wolitzer, Hctor Tobar, Louise Erdrich, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Cunningham, Victor LaValle, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Rabih Alameddine, Geraldine Brooks, Jesmyn Ward, Aleksandar Hemon, William Finnegan, Brit Bennett, Timothy Egan, Scott Turow, Morgan Parker, David Handler, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Steven Okazaki, Sergio De La Paya, Li Yiyun, C.J. Anders, Brenda J. Childs
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I loved this book, I loved the use of legal cases as an understanding of current and past events throughout American history. It was such a well done series of writings about legal proceedings. That inspire hope and provide an understanding that the fight is not yet won. There are challenges to our civil liberties and rights that are still being fought and that the ACLU (despite it's support for Citizens United) is a fighter for rights.

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#Audiobooks I started this as a light read, though to be fair it's not really light.. but anyway I have read the first 9 chapters of this book, it's wonderful!

Also in other news, I wrote out a general plan for how I would run my hypothetical podcast about Audiobooks!

#Audiobooks

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This is a wonderful and at times hard book, it is intentionally hard in order to do the work that BIPOC need us to do in order to dismantle white Supremacy.

I rented this book as an audiobook and found it thought provoking and hard at times to acknowledge, yes I have work to do in this area.

Highly recommend you read it and if you can buy it so that you can do the journaling prompts that are a must if we are to dismantle white supremacy.

Come-read-with-me I‘m starting it this weekend- can hardly wait! 1w
rsteve388 Right on! 1w
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#RandomThought Sometimes I want to start a podcast about Audiobooks. Audiofile has a podcast but it's like 4 minutes long and doesn't get into the rich details of all the things I love about Audiobooks.

Here's what I'd talk about If I had podcast about Audiobooks:

1.) Full cast Audiobooks
2.) Non Fiction Audiobooks
3.) Audiostories - Story telling podcasts (Lavar Burton Reads comes to mind)
4.) Authors as Narrators for their own books.

rsteve388 I would need a co host and energy to do it. 1w
marleed Yes!! 1w
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Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases | Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem, Marlon James, Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Dave Eggers, Lauren Groff, Jennifer Egan, Jacqueline Woodson, Yaa Gyasi, Meg Wolitzer, Hctor Tobar, Louise Erdrich, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Cunningham, Victor LaValle, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Rabih Alameddine, Geraldine Brooks, Jesmyn Ward, Aleksandar Hemon, William Finnegan, Brit Bennett, Timothy Egan, Scott Turow, Morgan Parker, David Handler, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Steven Okazaki, Sergio De La Paya, Li Yiyun, C.J. Anders, Brenda J. Childs
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Oh my God, I love this book! It's legal history and it has expanded my understanding of how legal battles shape the policies of the United States. It's a excellent book so far. I am only about 150 pages in.

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So I started listening to this book today and it asks some very hard questions and is a very good tool for people on an individual level looking to do this hard work. I have it through my library but I can say without question that I will be buying it, the journal prompts alone are worth it.

Come-read-with-me I just started this book and I‘m glad to read that you are finding it to be one that makes all of stop and think about issues that may be uncomfortable. Looking forward to your thoughts as you finish. 2w
rsteve388 So I am finding as I read this book that I have a lot of work to do, that is of course the point of the book. But it's a good reflection on some areas I really need to work. Such as tone policing and anti blackness these are areas that are toxic in my own life that will require long term work. 2w
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This was a light, fun and heartfelt read, beautiful story about making your own decisions and coming to your own conclusions about what you want your life to be and what love, real live looks like. Beautiful.

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Hey Litsy, have any of you participated in Roosters Tournament Of Books?. I am curious about it. I have started listening to this podcast called So Many Damn Books and they have a series of episodes that talk about it. It sounds interesting.

Scochrane26 I‘ve seen some posts about it but can‘t remember from who. There‘s a hashtag. #tob 2w
ljuliel I think I saw a Goodreads group about it once awhile ago. Haven‘t seen anything else about it and not sure how it works. 2w
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Picked up this delightful and light hearted story of Mary Pearl who has gumption to carve out her own path as an artist and a woman. Have read the first 100 pages. It's a wonderful story so far.

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Speaking of Summer | Kalisha Buckhanon
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So I have read up to a 109 pages of this book and I don't like it. It's not intriguing to me. So I am gonna bail
Oh well. On to better things!

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This was a magnificent and phenomenal book. I look forward to reading the second in the series. Tomi Adeyemi is a magnificent world builder and I loved diving into this whole world that no longer has magic and is terrorized by a brutal king.

jen_the_scribe Loved this one! 2w
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So I am reading this instead of The Fifth Season by N.K.Jemison because the Audiobook from my library got corrupted so I switched to this book.

Amazing Story so far, full of thrill, magic and a series of characters who are all growing in their own ways as they try to bring magic back to the land.

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This was a beautiful and touching story about the way in which our lives are interwoven with people we may or may not know. How we build relationships with families, strangers and ourselves. The number of characters made me wonder if I should have listened to this as an audiobook.

Scochrane26 I‘ll be reading this in a few weeks for book club. 3w
rsteve388 That is what I have read it. Yeah it was a good pick for a book club. 3w
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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I am starting The Fifth Season as an audiobook and the music in the prologue is amazing and very powerful.

Robin Miles for the WIN y'all!

#BlackAuthors #BlackHistory

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Hey Litsy, do we have a calendar for all the events happening on litsy? Readathons, reading challenges? Swaps etc? I'd like to be able to participate but done always know what is happening when.

How do you find out about Litsy events?

vivastory If you don't already, then follow @LitsyHappenings It has a lot of that info 3w
rsteve388 @vivastory this is what I was missing! Thank you 3w
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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This was a phenomenal book, I love the values of the leopard people and how they hold knowledge as their highest goal. That really spoke to me.

I listened to this on Scribd, and found it frustrating that the end of the chapters seem clipped too early before the narrator was done speaking it really pissed me off cause I wanted to hear the final word in the chapters!

Loved it, find a better Audiobook or read it.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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What a profound and hard story to tell and to listen to, but I am so grateful to Ronan Farrow for their diligent work on researching and finding the numerous stories on predators such as Matt Lauer and Harvey Weinstein and their continued sexual abuse, harrasement, and Raping of women who were under their employ.

NBC also played a horrible role in covering up Ronan Farrows coverage of the Weinstein story. Unreal how they got away with it.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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Today I Learned: That Catch and Kill By Ronan Farrow has a podcast by the same name. So that's cool, something to listen to after the book

#Podcast #TIL #NonFic

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins

So if you are interested in reading this book, I'd like to invite you to go read the tweets #AmericanDirt This book is a white washed novel of the lives experiences of Mexicans and immigrants.

Here's a link that's talk about the issues surrounding this book. https://tropicsofmeta.com/2019/12/12/pendeja-you-aint-steinbeck-my-bronca-with-f...

#Controversy

Scochrane26 I‘ve seen some comments about this book & am glad to know so I don‘t read it. 1mo
rsteve388 I was so pissed when I read the article I posted. I sadly feel into the trap of wanting to read this book cause it was so widely advertised and was on a bunch of different "Must Read Lists" even Oprah's! 1mo
rsteve388 Holy shit the story gets worse!!! The author got her nails done, like the cover of her book and... At her publishing party event she wrapped the center pieces in Barbed WIRE!!!! Ahhhhh how do you not know how wrong that is??? 1mo
Skygoddess1 I first heard about this book, when my bookstore announced her eventual tour stop a couple months ago and said it would be a ticketed event. This was before the controversy of the story came out, so not knowing who this woman was or even what the story was about as to why my local indie felt the need to pre-sell tickets to her signing, I read the synopsis. After reading the synopsis, I said a hard no and pass! Since the controversy, same answer 1mo
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Oooo #24B4Monday is this weekend woo hoo! Hopefully I'll get a lot of reading done this weekend!

So far on the Docket is:
The Other Americans -Book Club Read
Catch and Kill - Next Audiobook

#LoveReadAThons

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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This was an interesting read and there is a lot to unpack here between how white people act woke when really they haven't done any of the work related to Anti-Racism or in anyway related to their own casual racism and how 26 year olds feel adrift when they leave college.

Loved Nicole Lewis as the narrator, she was a delightful voice as this story unfolded.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this book 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
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These are the next two Audiobooks I have from.the library. Which book should I read after Such A Fun Age, the photos shows the next two books I have checked out. Let me know your thoughts!

#NextAudiobook

LauraJ Catch and Kill...you‘re going to need The Hazel Wood afterwards. (edited) 1mo
rsteve388 @Laura_L that is good to know thank you. 1mo
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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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Just bought this book as a part of the read harder challenge for 2020. Very excited to read it.

#ReadHarderChallenge

WhatWouldJaneDo Read this last year and it was fantastic! And super relevant at the moment with everything going on in Iran. 1mo
rsteve388 Cool, I am excited to read it 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks This is one of my favorites 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Very good read! Hope you‘ll enjoy! 1mo
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Wow the first 50 pages of this book are phenomenal! It was a delightful and intriguing start to the story, I am loving the numerous characters and imagine this would be a wonderful Audiobook.

Scochrane26 I think this is what my book club is reading in February. My librarian picks the books, & I‘m really interested in this one. 1mo
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This was a wild and at times convoluted ride, I had moments of severe interest and loved where the story was going but other times I was like... I am confused can we hurry this up and get to the point... So it was an okay book.

RaimeyGallant Good to know. 1mo
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So Litsy Happy Saturday! What are you reading tonight? Tell me in the comments!

I just finished reading up to page 340 in The Man Who Played With Fire. By Jan Stocklassa

Scochrane26 My power is out, so I‘ll be reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn on kindle. Luckily, I charged it earlier today. 1mo
rsteve388 Oh man that's rough!! But yay for a Tree Grows in Brooklyn I hear that is excellent! 1mo
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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid

Looking forward to starting this book. When axis360 the app I use for audiobooks starts acting right. Grrr...

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Parable of the Talents | Octavia Butler
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What a beautiful, haunting and at times terrifying story. The whole idea around earth seed and the larger story of Lauren and her daughter is tragic and beautiful. This was a delightful listen that involved three narrators for the three main characters in this book. This was a well done audiobook. Highly recommend.

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Parable of the Talents | Octavia E. Butler
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This is an intriguing read, I read parable of the shower last year as and Audiobook, and jumped into this one as one of my first reads for 2020. What a great read. This book is also magnificent, and builds on the original story and and Octavia does an excllent job of developing it into its own story.

About half way through.

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Up to page 170. This is a delightful and intriguing story
What's. Wild ride so far. Reading the physical books so that's 5.00 towards my #BookDonationGoal making it 10 total so far.

Crazeedi What's book donation goal about? 2mo
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This was a fun, witty and delightful read. The humor reminds me of Douglas Adams in that it's a but dry and straight and should be read in a sarcastic tone.

It reminded me of three important lessons that we learn as we enter into adulthood.

1.) Ask for help.
2.) Talk to your family as often as possible.
3.) Forgive yourself and others and start again in love.

NeedsMoreBooks Enjoyed this one ❤️ 2mo
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle, need to read!! 2mo
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So my Book Slate is clear heading into 2020!

So Litsy, what are we doing for January? Any fun, interesting reading events?

My 2020 reading goal is to read 50 Audiobooks and Donate $1 whenever I complete a book. If I read an e book it's $2 dollars and any physical books are $5. Not sure yet, who I will donate the money too thinking maybe a literary Non Profit. I'll take suggestions!

Happy New Years!!

TheDaysGoBy What a cool goal! So generous 2mo
rsteve388 It's a way for me to learn to tithe. 2mo
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 2mo
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 2mo
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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This is a short sweet story, but u am here for Jacqueline Woodson! Her work is beautiful stunning heartbreaking and thus story is no exception.

Masterful writing by one of today's amazing authors.

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This was an enjoyable and we'll written middle grade novel, I don't typically read that genre but I am very interested in growing my own understanding of Authors of Color.

I loved the way each of the ten short stories are interwoven, with characters from previous stories being mentioned throughout the overall book. I found these stories to be down to earth and real and loved the full cast audiobook!

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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This book was phenomenal, magnificent monumental I can't say enough good things about this book. Without giving away any spoilers I just feel in love with the characters their struggles and their triumph it was superb. I am in awe of Kristin Hannah's research and writing style and in the future must read more books by her.

LoverOfLearning This is on my TBR for 2020. 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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I am about half way through this book and it is amazing!! I am in awe of Kristin Hannah's skills as an author. What's beautiful and terrifying story.

rachelm I liked this one. Interested in what you think of the second half! 2mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Thanks you @TheLibrarian for the gift! I appreciate it so much!

Yoricke_SouthAfrica Chocolate and Books. Two of my favourite things 💜 2mo
TheLibrarian You‘re welcome! Enjoy! 2mo
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Just started this story today on 12/26 there are 12 chapters, I am gonna hope I can get it done in three days.

#ReadingChallengeAudio

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Finished this book today, this was throughly enjoyable. There was enough drama to really develop the main character and some of the supporting characters. I loved this story having to do with one of us :) highly recommend!

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Litsy Community,

A while back I mentioned wanting to host an online discussion about She Said by Jodi Kantor and Meghan Twohey. Are folks, still interested in that? Should we set a date and a time for meeting?

Comment Below!

Scochrane26 Sure 2mo
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