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The Corrections
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
Winner of the 2001 National Book Award for FictionAfter almost fifty years as a wife and mother, Enid Lambert is ready to have some fun. Unfortunately, her husband, Alfred, is losing his sanity to Parkinson's disease, and their children have long since flown the family nest to the catastrophes of their own lives. The oldest, Gary, a once-stable portfolio manager and family man, is trying to convince his wife and himself, despite clear signs to the contrary, that he is not clinically depressed. The middle child, Chip, has lost his seemingly secure academic job and is failing spectacularly at his new line of work. And Denise, the youngest, has escaped a disastrous marriage only to pour her youth and beauty down the drain of an affair with a married man-or so her mother fears. Desperate for some pleasure to look forward to, Enid has set her heart on an elusive goal: bringing her family together for one last Christmas at home.
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Casmt
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I was a little hung up on the title but loved it… Heading for Crossroads next.

ponyflorist You don't have to give an end of term mark on this teach.. 🤪 10mo
Casmt Haha! I think this is beyond A+ territory. Sometimes my mind just keeps wondering the same thing through a book. 10mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#ShitThatMakesMeFeelOld Cannot believe the publication date was September 1 ,2001. Love it or hate it , a significant tome in its time.I actually liked it but haven‘t ever read another Franzen. Maybe someday!

AkashaVampie I just had a #ShitThatMakeMeFeelOld moment earlier today. I was watching a video on youtube and they were talking about 9/11. They said it was 20 yrs ago. Damn. 1y
Ruthiella That hashtag made me crack up! 😆 1y
Leftcoastzen @AkashaVampie indeed ! Hard to believe, time flies 1y
Leftcoastzen @Ruthiella feel free anytime! 😁 1y
plemmdog I caved and pre-ordered the new one…hope it‘s better than Purity, but so far, good reviews… 1y
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lorenaramli
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“Elective ignorance was a great survival skill, perhaps the greatest.”

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ARTDJG
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😳

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perfectlywinged
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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Nothing like reading a tale about a dysfunctional suburban family during the holidays.

BittersweetBooks Sounds perfect👌🏻🤣 2y
perfectlywinged @BittersweetBooks I will never get over Chip and his chaise lounge 😳 2y
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Mitul1
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A novel about the trials and tribulations of the American family. Comic, tragic and deeply moving

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Addison_Reads
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It's that time again for me to purge my shelves and pass on books to my fellow Littens with some #PayItForward GiveAways. 🎉

Used hardcover edition of The Corrections.

If you'd like to have this book simply comment below and let me know. US only please since we still have shipping restrictions here.

Enjoy! 😁

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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

I finished my #bookspin for the month. 😁 @TheAromaofBooks This leaves 17 books to finish out #BookSpinBonanza.

I know some people love this book, and it's won tons of awards, but I just couldn't get into it. It felt like majority of the book I was just trapped at a family reunion full of those annoying family members that no one likes.

I am happy though to finally take it off my TBR. 👍

TheAromaofBooks haha I LOVE your summary! 3y
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Addison_Reads
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I've updated and replaced books I read for this month and I'm excited to see how many books I can read for #BookSpinBonanza @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! I can already tell that even if people only get through a few of their books, reading all these reviews is going to be detrimental to my TBR! 😂 3y
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Addison_Reads
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My updated choices for March #Bookspin and #DoubleSpin

@TheAromaofBooks

rsteve388 I loved Lab Girl, it was my first Audiobook, it was magnificent and so real like the author really told her turth and told it beautifully 3y
TheAromaofBooks You have some great choices there!! 3y
Joanne1 Some great choices for you. 3y
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Creme_de_la_them
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This is a weird book, surprisingly dark in a lot of places, and brutally honest throughout. It describes the lives and mental states of each person in a family of 5 as the father‘s Parkinson‘s progresses. The perspectives weave together and show different facets of shared experiences, as well as their unique choices and insecurities. A great read.

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bibliobliss
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• CORRECTION: I forgot to add 2 books to my Goodreads 2019 challenge. That makes 26, not 24!! Strangely, I feel better Lol 🤦‍♀️ •

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️📚 3y
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KSNAP
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
Pickpick

This is my favorite book of all time. Mandatory reading if you grew up in the American Midwest, as far as I'm concerned. Read it more than once -- the similarities between children and parents are the emotional backbone of the book and they get more and more pronounced on each reading.

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TheSpineView
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#AugustABC @Eggs
#Obnoxious

A lot of people loved this book but it is on my obnoxious list. It was a DNF for me!

Deblovestoread I hated this book with a passion so you are not alone. 3y
CarolynM Me too. I didn't get it at all. 3y
TheSpineView @CarolynM Glad I am not alone! 3y
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Awolfe
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen

If you are looking for a moral lesson from a novel, maybe The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen isn‘t where you should start.

However, if you want a dismal reflection on how happiness and joy are fleeting experiences, and the more unhappy someone gets, the more they cling to anything that might possibly hopefully give them a sense of positivity in a very negative reality, then Franzen does not disappoint.

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Kimberlone
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Stopped by the thrift shop today and I picked these up for only $0.50!

The first three from the left were all like new.

Lcsmcat The Smiley is so good! 3y
Kimberlone @Lcsmcat yes I‘ve heard only good things! Which is why I picked it up even though I hate this movie tie in cover 3y
Lcsmcat They‘re not my favorite covers either. But I care more about what‘s between the covers. 😀 3y
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Tex2Flo
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Panpan

1. Just did not get it at all
2. Eat at home
3. White girl ‘fro in 1980, not a good look.
4. Ocean breeze
5. Aqua Sunset
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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YouReadMyEyes
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I‘ve never read Franzen. (embarrassing, yes 🙈)

I‘ve heard both referred to as the great modern American novel.

Which do you recommend I read first?

#thecorrections or #freedom ???

#helpmechose #whichfranzenfirst #literaryfiction

TheBookStacker I‘ve only read Freedom which I enjoyed. 4y
zsuzsanna_reads I'm interested in the answer too, I haven't read them either! 4y
CarolynM I bailed on The Corrections at the page 100 threshold. I just didn't care about the characters and wasn't interested in the story. 4y
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Bklover I bailed on Freedom. Haven‘t tried anything else 4y
LauraJ Not embarrassing. I‘ve been less than impressed. 4y
gradcat I read both, loved both...so I guess that makes these books #marmite! I‘m so proud of myself—I learned the marmite reference from Littens!! (edited) 4y
Silvertongue I just read The Corrections last month but it was pretty painful to get through—nearly all the characters are exquisitely terrible people. Which I guess is the point of the book? Still working on the meaning of the book~ I thought about not finishing but it was a rec from a good friend. 4y
JacqMac I hated The Corrections so much. I wish I had bailed. Don‘t be embarrassed. 4y
Blaire I liked both, but I read the corrections ages ago (when it first came out 2001?). I‘d prob read it first. I don‘t mind unlikeable characters. 4y
Creadnorthey Corrections is exquisite- no matter the difficult characters. I took this family drama with a loving dose of black humor. 4y
JLaurenceCohen You aren't alone--I still haven't read him either 4y
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maggiereadsgood
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen

Finally finished this sucker after three months and, while certainly more accessible than Freedom was, I still preferred Freedom over this. That said, still a tremendous book.

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BarkingMadRead
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Watching the Holiday and this is Cameron Diaz's stack of books lol

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Mitch
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Interesting series of interviews with book critics about their views on classics, back catalogue and books with all the hype.

https://bookmarks.reviews/tajja-isen-on-the-corrections-and-bringing-care-to-the...

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CareBear
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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Watching football with the hubby and my girls while I try to finish this book #sundaynightbliss #catsoflitsy #aurora #penny

Bookzombie I love that you each have a cat in your lap. 💕🐱🐱 4y
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Ainely
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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This book is great!

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Centique
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
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#abbainaugust

Yet another example of #whenikissedtheteacher In this case the middle son Chip of the Lambert family is a university professor who embarks on an ill advised affair with a student.

I really disliked most of the characters in this book, but I remember them so I guess that‘s something!

emilyhaldi I have avoided this bc @Mdargusch hates it so much 😆 am I remembering that right, Mom? (edited) 4y
Centique @emilyhaldi I‘d recommend that you continue avoiding it! 😂 4y
Reviewsbylola I almost used this one for today‘s prompt. I absolutely hated this book and I‘m shocked I even finished it. 4y
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Centique @Reviewsbylola I had much the same experience! These days I bail ... 4y
Mdargusch I hated this book with a passion @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola I don‘t remember the characters but I remember 💩💩💩💩 4y
CarolynM @Centique I did bail. I could not understand what all the fuss was about. There are so many better family stories and the writing was not good. I totally agree with you @Mdargusch 💩! 4y
Meredith3 Why does everyone hate his book? It sounds good! @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola 4y
Mdargusch Try it @Meredith3 😂 4y
batsy Can I join the bail club for this one... I gave up after a few pages! I found the writing ponderous. But I still have it, thinking I'll give it a go someday (I probably won't 😂) 4y
Cinfhen I faked read this book @TrishB so I‘m sketchy with the details @Reviewsbylola @Mdargusch @CarolynM @batsy @Centique I just remember thinking “what a bunch of pretentious assholes” the writing was insufferable 😖 4y
Centique @batsy it‘s remarkably consistent feedback on this one isn‘t it?! It‘s a long time spent in the heads of bitter people doing nasty things to each other - so yeah, you have to grit your teeth to get through it. 😬 4y
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘m with @batsy I literally gave up after a few pages and will never bother again! 4y
Mdargusch @Centique you hit the nail on the head. Whenever I am asked the question about which book I hate the most - this is at the top of my list! @Cinfhen @TrishB @Reviewsbylola @Meredith3 @CarolynM @batsy @emilyhaldi 4y
Reggie Wow, I have this one and haven‘t given it a try, maybe I won‘t after this post and these comments, lol. 4y
Centique @Reggie you could have a random dip into it and see how quickly it enrages you! 😂😂 I kinda think if it was half the size it could be a really biting commentary on dysfunctional families. I have met a few people who like it so there are fans somewhere! 4y
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CoffeeAndABook
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To read or not to read - I‘m entirely undecided!! 🤷🏼‍♀️
The reviews are so mixed!! I‘m in the mood for a literary read after some rather lighthearted books & this has been sitting here forever. But not in the mood for a downer, exactly!! Have bailed on too many books lately!!
Ugh, sometimes picking a new book isn‘t fun!! 😑

#bookishproblem #booknerdneurosis #itwillbeokintheend

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AmberWB
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1. These earrings are in regular rotation for me...
2. I remember buying The Corrections when it had just come out. Haven‘t read a page.
3. I think a baked potato...
4. #blameitonlitsy and #teachersoflitsy of course!
5. Jaws!!!! I am cracking up because this is SO appropriate. Shark Week is a holiday at my house! 😆

@MinDea
#humpdaypost

RaimeyGallant Love them. 5y
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jamielaine
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
Mehso-so

Long

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Mskt6891
The Corrections | Jonathan Franzen
Bailedbailed

It's extremely rare that I don't finish a book, but this is one of the worst things I have ever read. A third of the way through and I'm bailing

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AndjoSant
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Pickpick

It‘s been my reading goal to read one Franzen per year. I read The Corrections in 2017 and golly, it‘s one heck of a novel. Though all characters are neurotic, make dreadful decisions and life choices, Franzen paints a compelling portrait of post 9/11 Americana that harkens to the zeitgeist of the time. Recommend! Recommend! #jonathanfranzen #franzen #thecorrections #americanlit

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Leftcoastzen
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Watching “The Holiday. “Love the stack of books Amanda plans to read during her housing swap in the English cottage .

Bookladylinda Love this movie!!! 5y
Bklover This is the kind of thing I do! Pause a movie or tv show so I can see what they are reading. I love the Litsy tribe! 5y
Rachbb3 5y
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britt_brooke
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Here‘s a stack of my recent thrift store and used book shop purchases. All are #TBR except for Tom Sawyer and The Call of the Wild. I‘m #currentlyreading Timequake, but feel the need to rescue just about every #KV I see. Best score: Maus I & II for just .99 each today at Goodwill. #bookhaul

AmyG Nice pile! 5y
britt_brooke @AmyG Thanks! 5y
TricksyTails Can't believe you scored Maus 1 & 2 so cheap!! Great score! 😁👍 5y
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JackOBotts Really enjoyed 5y
britt_brooke @TricksyTails Me either! I may have audibly squealed when I saw them. 🙌🏻 5y
britt_brooke @JackOBotts I‘m really looking forward to that one. It was a recommendation from my FIL. 5y
silentrequiem Nice haul! I love True History of the Kelly Gang. 5y
britt_brooke @silentrequiem It wasn‘t even on my radar, but it sounds really good. 5y
Creadnorthey This haul looks like it came directly off my bookshelf! Happy reading! 5y
britt_brooke @Creadnorthey 😁 Thank you! 5y
Reviewsbylola I hope you enjoy The Corrections more than I did. After hearing some of the things Franzen said regarding Oprah, I‘ve decided never to read him again. 😂 5y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Uh oh. 😆 Yeah, I‘ve heard some pretty negative things. 5y
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blondie
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Obsessing over my new books from the library booksale. 🖤
It's one thing that always makes me happy.
#bookhaul

BarbaraTheBibliophage Great haul!! 5y
blondie @BarbaraTheBibliophage thank you! 😄 5y
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FicLit
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Mehso-so

This is a hard one for me to get through. I keep having to start it over. I‘m reading with the audiobook.

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Sha0102
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I love the way Franzen writes, he makes me see Americans in a more "human" way. And he makes me laugh. This was not my first book by him and it won't be the last. Great reading! #Sha2016 #Yume #DogsofLitsy

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Billypar
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A #perfectillusion of the happy American family is on full display here. But the level of dysfunction that illusion masks is pretty significant. I'm not usually a family drama fan but I liked this one- very funny throughout, even though some serious problems emerge. I know though that people have some strong feelings about the author and maybe this work in particular too so, reader beware 😐 #augustgrrrl @Cinfhen

Cinfhen It was wayyyy too much for me, but I know @Liberty is a fan! 5y
Liberty @Cinfhen I like this one. I don't like any of his other books, or him, really. 😝 5y
Cinfhen That kind of makes my day @Liberty 5y
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Billypar @Cinfhen @Liberty I've never read anything else but my theory is that jerk authors write good jerk characters (i.e. Gary and Alfred) so if I do read another I might choose on that basis 😃 5y
LeahBergen I liked this one (and agree with the rest of @Liberty 's comment 😆). 5y
ReadingEnvy I liked this one but his next book made me so angry at him as an author, and further observation of him as a person have confirmed that impression. 5y
britt_brooke I want to read this! 5y
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KathyWheeler
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This is just a question for everyone. Have you ever read a book you really liked but then find yourself shying off from reading anything else by that author for reasons you can't explain? I loved this book but have read nothing else by him. I loved A.S. Byatt's Possession but have read nothing else of hers. This is a phenomenon I really don't understand. Anyone have any ideas? (Just a picture of the river walk in Tuscaloosa, AL.)

Notafraidofwords Yes, the guy that wrote 5y
Notafraidofwords And I can't explain why since I liked it well enough. 5y
KathyWheeler @Notafraidofwords He's kind of another for me although I've read two of his books, Under the Banner of Heaven and Missoula. Both were excellent, but I haven't read anything else. As much as I liked those two books, you'd think I'd seek out other books by him, but I haven't. 5y
Notafraidofwords @KathyWheeler I also rarely read books consecutively. For example, I've never binge read a series. 5y
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reneelyons
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My first Franzen!

Side note - my new job took over my life a couple months ago and I am slowly starting to find reading time again. Yay! I hope to get back to my regular pace soon.

Full review: https://reneereadsbooks.wordpress.com/2017/06/30/book-review-the-corrections-by-...

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Aimzjay
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Panpan

I stopped half way through this book. I might re visit it. I found it hard work, dull and with no real storyline if I'm honest. Perhaps I quit too soon but my kindle said I was 65% of the way through and I couldn't see that anything was really happening.

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Abailliekaras
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I remember the exhilaration of reading The Corrections. I didn't find it as much in Freedom (which is why Freedom isn't in the photo, as I no longer have it! 😬). #readthisnotthat #maybookflowers

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Sarah83
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#blackandwhitecovers #maybookflowers
@RealLifeReading

They are almost black and white... 😉

Sarah83 @jpmcwisemorgan Have you seen this Sherlock Holmes adaption? It is available in English as kindle ebook. 😉 6y
RealLifeReading Lovely covers! 6y
Sarah83 @RealLifeReading Thank you 😉 6y
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Jennick2004
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Bailedbailed

No I didn't actually bail on this...I real all 566 excruciatingly boring pages...I have a "start it, finish it" policy with books...but no way would I recommend it! IT'S DONE! IT'S FINALLY DONE!!!!!! ?☠️?

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Jennick2004
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Wish I had my book for this beautiful backdrop!
Side note: I WILL finish this book today!!!!

TrishB Gorgeous 💚 6y
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Jennick2004
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If nothing else, I will have warm legs while reading :)
#catsoflitsy #littenkitten

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JenP
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#lyricalApril #AmIWrong

This was a fun prompt to think up. I think this book fits the tag 😂

amywithbooks Are you enjoying this one? I bought it at a used book sale and haven't gotten to it yet! 6y
KarenUK 🙌🙌🙌🙌💕 6y
JenP @avgeyer I haven't read it yet. I generally love his writing so I'm cautiously optimistic. 6y
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merelybookish Good one! 6y
Kristelh Reading Purity now. 6y
Cinfhen Clever!!! 6y
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Jennick2004
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Jennick2004
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Got ZERO READING done yesterday 😱 Felt pretty rotten and our schedule got all messed up...going to try making up for it today! 📚

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Jennick2004
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The struggle is real...I never bail on books but I seriously cannot get into this one 😭
#frustratedreader

LitHousewife Life is too short. Bail. 6y
Jennick2004 Lol @LitHousewife I'm about 140 pages in now and think I'll finish...it has gotten a bit better 😜 6y
Zelma It's a good story but none of the characters are likable. Plus, Franzen is a pretentious writer. 🙄 6y
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Zelma Oh, and I preferred Gary's story the most, then Denise, then Chip. Chip sucks. 😆 6y
Jennick2004 Lol good to know @Zelma I was having serious Chip issues...finally got to Gary and it's going much better! 6y
Zelma @Jennick2004 I have a major soft spot for Gary. 💕 6y
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Jennick2004
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I think of myself as a pretty decent reader, but this book is difficult for some reason and not going well!
#frustratedreader

amywithbooks I got this at a used book sale and haven't gotten to it yet. Let me know how it goes! 6y
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Jennick2004
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Next up! Has anybody read this??

cathysaid It's good. Dry humor, sarcasm, family dysfunction 👍 6y
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