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Welcome to the third week and Wrap-Up of our July Read-a-Long for All That I Am by Anna Funder.  Please be aware that, if you have not read this far into the book yet, there are:

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Book Cover:  All That I Am

Welcome to Discussion Week 2 of All That I Am by Anna Funder.  Hopefully we have all read our required pages and are ready to thrash through it.  Do not forget thaht beyond this point there may be:

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Book Cover:  All That I Am

So here we go. Week 1 of our July Read-a-long. I hope you are all enjoying this book by Anna Funder. Firstly, let me say this is my first week of this, so please forgive me if you believed I have missed key details.

For me, it’s different (again) to what I normally read, and time constraints are not helping!, but I have found myself finding lines and paragraphs that blow me away. More of this in a bit.

The style of Funder’s writing is eloquent and at times sad and beautiful in equal measure. One of those books that you really do not want to rush. As if the age of Ruth somehow influences the speed the book can be read at! For here on in, there may be

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Hi everybody!  Welcome to the All That I Am Read-A-Long.

Book Cover:  All That I Am

I have now received my copy of the books and can now update the weekly targets for the book in both physical and ebook formats.

Week 1 (13/7): Page 1 – Page 124 or to location 1958 of 5680 (34%)

Week 2 (20/7): Page 125 – Page 240 or to location 3737 of 5680 (66%)

Week 3 (27/7): Page 241 – Page 363 or to location end of Book

Could you all please confirm if you have the book.  For the ebook reviewers, could you confirm the targets for the weeks and whether these make sense.

Personally, I cannot wait to get into this.  It has a really interesting story and is very well-written with some absolutely stand out lines already.


Hi everybody!  Welcome to the All That I Am Read-A-Long.

Book Cover:  All That I Am

I am hoping you have all got your copies of All That I am by Anna Funder but if you haven’t don’t worry too much.  Just join us when you are ready or leave comment on the posts as they go up.  I am posting a schedule, which looks like this:

Week 1 (13/7): Part 1

Week 2 (20/7): Part 2

Week 3 (27/7): Part 3

When I get my physical copy I will update the breakdown of the book for their weeks.  I have a rudimentary set for now.  Bear with me.  I will also be supplying an ebook breakdown using locations or some such!

I will be posting up the discussions on 13th, 20th and 27th of July.  Using Fridays originated with the My Hundred Lovers Read-a-long and worked well, so I decided to stick to Fridays.  The logic being that it would be good to give people the weekend to come and read the posts and comment as I know everyone is busy and has plenty of other commitments.

Hope you all enjoy the book and see you back here on the 13th of July for our first part discussion.  Thanks Bree Testa (1girl2manybooks) for a majority of these words.

Book Cover:  All That I Am

After the success of the My Hundred Lovers Read-A-Long in June hosted by 1girl2manybooks, we have decided to have another go.  By the way, the June read-a-long is still up for you too look at.

For our July Read-A-Long, we will looking at All That I Am by Anna Funder (@AnnaFunder).  It has just won this year’s Miles Franklin award and, as a group, I think we all excited to get into this one.

So far, we have the following cast (name and twitter name):

            • Bree Testa (@1girl2manybooks)
            • Margie McKay Lowndes (@MargieMcKL)
            • Marg Bates (@MargReads)
            • Elizabeth Lhuede (@ElizabethLhuede)

If you would like to join us, find me (@Quiet_Noise) on Twitter.

Please let me know when you have the book and I will organise a schedule after that.  Any suggestions are most welcome.

I have borrowed Penguin’s information about the book below:

The gripping first novel by Anna Funder, the acclaimed author of Stasiland, based on a true story. All That I Am, is moving and beautifully written, equal parts a love story, thriller and testament to individual heroism. It evokes books like Irene Nemirovsky’s Suite Francaise, Bernard Schlink’s The Reader and William Boyd’s Restless – intelligent, powerful novels that appeal to a wide audience.

‘When Hitler came to power I was in the bath. The wireless in the living room was turned up loud, but all that drifted down to me were waves of happy cheering, like a football match. It was Monday afternoon . . . ‘

Ruth Becker, defiant and cantankerous, is living out her days in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. She has made an uneasy peace with the ghosts of her past – and a part of history that has been all but forgotten.

Another lifetime away, it’s 1939 and the world is going to war. Ernst Toller, self-doubting revolutionary and poet, sits in a New York hotel room settling up the account of his life.

When Toller’s story arrives on Ruth’s doorstep their shared past slips under her defences, and she’s right back among them – those friends who predicted the brutality of the Nazis and gave everything they had to stop them. Those who were tested – and in some cases found wanting – in the face of hatred, of art, of love, and of history.

Based on real people and events, All That I Am is a masterful and exhilarating exploration of bravery and betrayal, of the risks and sacrifices some people make for their beliefs, and of heroism hidden in the most unexpected places. Anna Funder confirms her place as one of our finest writers with this gripping, compassionate, inspiring first novel.