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Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
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Jun 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: first-reads

I love love loved this book. Thank-you so much to the Goodreads First Reads program for sending me and ARC of this book, it was one of the best books I have read in a long time. This was a fictional account of the Mallory Everest Expedition of 1924 and is historically accurate as far as I am aware (apart from the ending as we do not really know what happened to Mallory and Irvine, and a few smaller facts the author admits to changing in her afterward). I found it gripping from the first page and had a hard time putting the book down, despite knowing how it ends.

What I especially liked (since I liked everything about this book these are the highlights):
- The characters – each was developed perfectly; the relationships were explored and intertwined; you felt a part of the story. I felt the emotions each character was feeling and the descriptions of events they were dealing with were exceptional. I felt connected to the characters. I obviously do not know much about these people in real life (as they are all real people) but I felt that their personalities and actions were believable and accurate based on my knowledge.
- I love when books switch between character views and I think this was one of the best examples of this style of writing I have ever read. The detailed descriptions and emotions of the Everest expedition were offset by the longing and grief of Mallory’s wife back home: part adventure, part heart wrenching tragedy.
- The pace of this book was never to slow or fast. The plot moved a long at just the right speed – more quickly while following the expedition and more slowly while following Mallory’s wife during her day.
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Reading Progress

June 11, 2012 – Shelved
June 11, 2012 – Shelved as: first-reads
June 25, 2012 – Started Reading
June 25, 2012 –
page 13
June 27, 2012 –
page 62
July 2, 2012 –
page 219
July 3, 2012 –
page 235
July 4, 2012 –
page 257
July 5, 2012 –
page 305
July 6, 2012 – Finished Reading

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