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text 2017-06-01 20:41
Reading progress update: I've read 72%.
Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere Book 2) - Roan Parrish

“You were as much in prison as anyone I knew there, Colin. Only you created it for yourself. Your father paced out the cell and your brothers fit the bars and you turned the key in the lock and buried it somewhere only you know. And you stared at Daniel through the bars and cursed him for being able to walk out the door. But he’s not the one who did something wrong. All he did was save himself. And you can too. But you have to find that key and unlock the door.”

 

 

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text 2017-06-01 12:23
Reading progress update: I've read 62%.
Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere Book 2) - Roan Parrish

“I’m sorry,” I mutter. “Please don’t hate me. Please.”

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text 2017-05-31 16:43
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere Book 2) - Roan Parrish

“Honestly, I don’t remember asking for the butterfly. I must have, but….” I shrug.

The next morning when I saw it in the mirror, bleary and hungover, I was so confused by what I saw that it took a moment for the lines to coalesce into something recognizable. A fucking butterfly. Something delicate and vulnerable and… gay. It was like I’d been branded with an emblem of everything I wanted to hide.

 

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text 2017-05-19 14:20
Reading progress update: I've read 20%.
Out of Nowhere (Middle of Somewhere Book 2) - Roan Parrish

*moves book to 6 Star Shelf*

 

 

I love this book more and more each time. ❤❤❤

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review 2017-05-02 15:12
An Exaltation of Larks by Suanne Laqueur Review
I am so thankful that this book was brought to my attention. It is definitely my favorite read of 2016 and the best I've read in a long time (that's saying something because I read a lot). I loved everything about it. I had many smiles and tears along the way. My heart squeezed and soared.
The story follows main characters and the people in their lives for several decades, from childhood to middle age. It's a tale of connected families. Death, love, tragedy, war, hope, lust, friendship, parenthood, PTSD, prejudice, pain, culture, family, loss, happiness, sexuality, marriage...basically every human emotion and state of being are covered. The story is told from several points of view, two being an American refugee from Chile who lost most of his family and a Dominican American who was disowned by his family. The cast is from all walks of life, ages, races, etc. The storyline was completely original for me. It's a novel about living and all the ups and downs and snapshot moments and bigger pictures. Issues don't always tie up neatly or quickly. Just like reality sometimes the tone is heartbreaking, bittersweet, beautiful or magnificent.
I'm still so deep in the feels that I can't get it out of my head. This author truly has a gift. There are a lot of good books out there, but finding something that touches me on this level is a rare unicorn. Bravo!
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