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The Children
The Children: A Novel | Ann Leary
From New York Times bestselling author Ann Leary comes the captivating story of a wealthy, but unconventional New England family, told from the perspective of a reclusive 29-year-old who has a secret (and famous) life on the Internet.Charlotte Maynard rarely leaves her mothers home, the sprawling Connecticut lake house that belonged to her late stepfather, Whit Whitman, and the generations of Whitmans before him. While Charlotte and her sister, Sally, grew up at Lakeside, their stepbrothers, Spin and Perry, were welcomed as weekend guests. Now the grown boys own the estate, which Joan occupies by their graceand a provision in the family trust. When Spin, the youngest and favorite of all the children, brings his fianc home for the summer, the entire family is intrigued. The beautiful and accomplished Laurel Atwood breathes new life into this often comically rarefied world. But as the wedding draws near, and flaws surface in the familys polite veneer, an array of simmering resentments and unfortunate truths is exposed.With remarkable wit and insight, Ann Leary pulls back the curtain on one blended family, as they are forced to grapple with the assets and liabilities both material and psychological left behind by their wonderfully flawed patriarch.
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OriginalCyn620
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Panpan

I‘ve read a couple of books by this author and enjoyed them but this one didn‘t do it for me. Nothing happens until the last 50 pages or so, and the ending is blah.

#bookspinbingo

MallenNC I haven‘t even heard of this one. I have read some of her other books and liked them, so that‘s disappointing. 1y
OriginalCyn620 @MallenNC I found this a few years ago at a used bookstore, so at least I didn‘t spend a lot on it! 1y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 That‘s good! 1y
TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1y
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Readswithcoffee
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Mehso-so

Fortunately this doesn‘t happen very often - the storyline is great, there is a villain, MC is a little flawed, but likable and then the ending is just blah. I feel there were too many things that didn‘t fit - why the obsession with the videos, why the MS‘s kinda sorta reclusiveness, and a terrible incident from the past that almost seems gratuitous. This story had a lot of unrealized potential.

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Amiable
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A nor‘easter is drenching New England with torrential rain and snow right now. My storm supplies are in place: a fully charged e-reader, a stack of hardcovers, a fuzzy blanket and a full pot of tea. Let me know when the storm is over. Or...don‘t. I‘m good. 👍🏼

Suet624 💕💕💕 2y
alisiakae 💙💙 2y
Daisey Enjoy! 💕 📚 2y
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la_rose_noire What a nice set up! Enjoy! 2y
Amiable @la_rose_noire @Daisey @4thhouseontheleft @Suet624 I might not move all day! Well, until I have to pee. A full pot of tea is a lot of liquid. 😀 2y
mom2bugnbee Guess I'd better check on my BU girl! Thanks for the heads up! 😂 2y
Amiable @mom2bugnbee Snowing in central Massachusetts now! Not sure about Boston. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
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Mehso-so

We were supposed to be touching down in Santorini right about now 😩 so I picked a “summery” read. This started out promisingly enough but then sort of fell apart. There were real moments of humor and some great insight into the dynamics of blended families but the plot faltered halfway through and never recovered.

TrishB Hope you get some good reading in ❤️ so many disappointments at the moment. 2y
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I‘m happy to have a break from work but it is disappointing. I know it‘s the ultimate #firstworldproblem but we were also going to hook up with J‘s family the following week in Spain. ☹️ Here‘s hoping I can sustain my reading mojo for the duration. 2y
squirrelbrain Ugh, sorry to hear about your cancelled hols. Hope you manage to have a good break anyway (and hopefully read some better books!) 😘 2y
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Reita325
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I think I have read all of Ms. Leary‘s book and can honestly say I enjoyed them all. On the surface her stories seem conventional, but she adds a little twist here and there and the story jumps off the page to be forever in your head.

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Christyco125
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Pickpick

An engaging story of a weirdly blended family with a touch of intrigue. You can tell that something happened to these kids as they grew up. However it is told from one POV so you can‘t “hear” what is in everybody‘s head. #goodread #2018christyread

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MMFinck
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Pickpick

As usual, I am impressed by Ann Leary. I enjoyed this very much, but I wanted more complex and complete wrap up. I dk the exact motivations of the antagonist? How/why were victims chosen? What explains such personal cruelty? I also don‘t understand Charlotte‘s borderline agoraphobia. I thought there would be a thematic or moral spin on the blog. It was so well done. The ending being less so was mildly disappointing. But still def worth the read.

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MMFinck

I have really, really liked this. Ann Leary is one of my favorite authors. But as I‘m getting closer to the end, I‘m fighting the fear of disappointment. I really hope there are surprises coming. I need to understand this Matt character better. I need to understand why the antagonist specifically targets the characters the antagonist does.

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Apinlibraryland
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This book refers to her mother and father by their first name. I've NEVER referred to my mom by her first name. It's annoying and confusing! My last book did this, too. Why?!?

MMFinck Totally agree. They explain it. But I don‘t like it. 5y
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Apinlibraryland
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About 20% in. Not sure where this story is going, but it is written well and it's short, so I'm sure I'll finish it.

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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

2.5⭐️ was a pick for me. I hated the ending, which kind of ruined the rest of the book for me. It was obvious and kind of an 🙄🙄. The journey to get there was fun though! On to Dead Letters on the Kindle and Eleanor Oliphant in text, as soon as I pick it up from the office tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a company-wide day off for the afternoon picnic, which features a pretty famous performer. 🎉 Here's to sleeping in, reading, and afternoon fun! #weekend

Megabooks Changing to a so-so! Sorry if you liked it before. I decided I was being too generous! (edited) 6y
tpixie Tomorrow sounds fun! 6y
tpixie Great book buddy cover! 6y
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Megabooks @tpixie Thanks and I'm excited about tomorrow! Should be fun! 6y
Notafraidofwords When I read this book I hated it with such a passion I thought I would never forget about the horrible experience of reading it, but if you ask me now I don't even remember what the book was about which is even worse. Sorry I've had a rough day and I'm feeling a little feisty. 6y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords Honestly I was kind of in the mood to be snarky after the ending. Glad you and I continue to feel the same way about books! 😉😘 6y
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Megabooks
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At home with a migraine so severe that it awakened me from sleep. I can't stand even the smallest noise. Obviously I couldn't go into work. 😞👎🏻 On the good side, this has spurred me to get a doctor here in SC to help! So I'm just sitting quietly reading The Children and hoping it goes away soon. #LitsyMigraineClub

Laura317 I hope it goes away soon. Migraines stink! 6y
Librarybelle So sorry...feel better soon! 6y
Jess I'm so sorry. Here's to an super quiet day. 6y
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Notafraidofwords I had a migraine yesterday and felt like I was going to die!!! 6y
Megabooks @Laura317 They really do!! Thanks! (edited) 6y
Megabooks @Jess No sound other than the hepa filter. Thank you! 6y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords omg, I'm sorry and right?!? I hate them with the Fire of 1000 suns! (That I won't look at because it will make my migraine worse. 😂) 6y
Notafraidofwords @Booksandcooks yes!!! It's terrible. I have to sleep a full 8 hours for them to go away. Which is crazy. 6y
MayginReads Feel better soon! 6y
DGRachel Oh no! I'm so sorry! I hate the ones that wake me up. I hope you get some relief soon!! 6y
Eggs I totally understand 6y
Zelma I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope you get relief soon. 6y
SaturnDoo 😣 I hope you feel better soon 6y
Megabooks @MayginReads Thank you! 6y
Megabooks @DGRachel Thanks! Still no sound. I tried a little low volume TV to see if I could handle some noise at work. Nope! 6y
Megabooks @Eggs Thanks, and I'm sorry if you get them as well! 6y
Megabooks @Zelma Thank you. Just sitting in silence is helping. 6y
Megabooks @SaturnDoo Thank you! 6y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords I can't sleep when I have them. Like today, they'll actually wake me up. 8 hours...wow! 6y
LeahBergen Oh no! 💗 6y
Megabooks @LeahBergen Thanks! 💖 6y
Jas16 I hope you feel better soon (edited) 6y
LauraBrook Ugh, I'm so sorry you're suffering today. And that you can't sleep when you have them! My body takes me out and makes me sleep them off (longest was 36 hours out of 48), dark and quiet. Fingers crossed you can find the right doctor for you in SC! 💖 6y
WarpedSweetness Ugh! I've been suffering from terrible migraines since I was a kid, so I can understand how much it sucks. I hope you feel better soon. 6y
Megabooks @Jas16 Thank you! 6y
Megabooks @LauraBrook I wish I had my blackout curtains now!! I also wish I could sleep with a migraine. I usually can't. When it gets to be night, I take a sleep aid, but I don't feel comfortable doing it in the day. 6y
Hobbinol I totally empathize with you. Hope it dissipates soon? 6y
Megabooks @LauraBrook And wow that's a long sleep! I hope he works out. I saw one terrible lady in Knoxville! 6y
Megabooks @WarpedSweetness Yikes! That must have been awful to deal with as a kid! Mine didn't start until my 20s. And thank you! 6y
Megabooks @Hobbinol Yes, me too. Usually it takes a day. Hopefully I'll be better tomorrow. Thanks! 6y
WarpedSweetness @Booksandcooks Oh yeah, and my oldest suffers from them also. I didn't even finally doctor who took them seriously until 2015. I tried everything under the sun. I hope you find relief soon. 6y
stacybmartin Feel better!! 💜 6y
Megabooks @stacybmartin Thank you! 💖 6y
asiriusreader Oh no. Feel better!!! 6y
Megabooks @asiriusreader Thank you. I may have to put down my book soon. ☹️ 6y
organizedmomreads Hang in there! 6y
Megabooks @organizedmomreads I'm doing much better now, fortunately! Thank you! 6y
moranadatter Glad to hear you are feeling better. 😀 6y
Megabooks @moranadatter Thank you! 😃 6y
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Skybariline
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Pickpick

The lives of a blended family that is both eccentric and conventional are impacted by an outsider, Laurel, who becomes engaged to youngest son Spin. The long-time family lakeside home in a northwestern Connecticut town, and the family's ties to the community, enhance the story.

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kspenmoll
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#MarchintoReading #DidntlikeitStillfinished
@RealLifeReading
Kept slogging through but hard to stay engaged with characters. Almost bailed entirely. Persevered because I had tickets to hear author speak at local library but got sick & couldn't attend!!

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MaryAnn1
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Story began with a great premise but fell absolutely flat. Boring characters and predictable climax make for a disappointing book. It counts for my January totals but I wouldn't recommend it at all. #wonderwomancouldntsaveit

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MaryAnn1
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Record keeping old school style. Title, author, pages, my synopsis and opinion. What else should I document? #Moleskine #formyeyesonly #2017goals

bookish_wookish i have that bookmark too!! 6y
MyNamesParadise I usually include if it's part of a series. The date I finished reading it. If it was an audiobook. 6y
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kspenmoll
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Mehso-so

Not quite sure how I feel about this book, despite positive reviews. Took awhile for me to get into it; almost dumped it but was intrigued by the character, Charlotte. Eventually the eccentric family drew me in, but the "mystery" was too easy for me to figure out - In the end, glad I persevered but not sure I would recommend to a friend. Thoughts of those who have read it? #wishywashy

megt I agree. I nearly bailed on this, but ended up sticking with it. It's not a terrible book, but just wasn't for me. I'm also not sure I would recommend it to friends. 6y
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kspenmoll
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Having a tough time engaging with this book. Characters interesting but not sure why I feel the urge to toss it- not far yet... only p.54... maybe gets better? Or is it just a causality of the post election blues? Woke ready to act today; good sign.
On the other hand, I am enjoying Liberty's Exiles. #nonfictionnovember#recoveringfrompostelectionblues

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kspenmoll
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#photoadaynov16. Escaping onto this #bookandbrew for the night. @RealLifeReading

britt_brooke That painting is lovely! Did you paint it? 6y
kspenmoll @britt_brooke Yes I did. Thx for compliment. It was at a painting party some friends dragged me to . I always felt I have no creative bone in my body, but with some wine & Catherine Elliot's encouragement I relaxed into the process & made it mine. I may take a class with her...someday. http://www.catherinemelliott.com/ 6y
britt_brooke Sounds fun! 6y
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Notafraidofwords
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Panpan

I am happy this book is over. This book is like a salad you order for lunch. It's okay, but it isn't tasty. This book has so much potential. The story is great- a man raises his step daughters along with his own kids and then he dies ... But this book couldn't decide what to be. It was everywhere and then the ending dared to be rushed after the author filled the book with other info for more than 1/2 of the book. It drove me insane!

LeahBergen Oh, boo! This sounded like it was going to be really good. 😕 6y
BookishFeminist ?? "like a salad you order for lunch" I am right there with you. Unless that salad has steak or something on it. 6y
Notafraidofwords @BookishFeminist lol exactly. When I'm out with my bf and I order salad he just automatically knows I'm going to pig off his plate. 6y
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Notafraidofwords @LeahBergen you might like it, but for me it felt like too much. However, some parts I did enjoy. 6y
Lola I felt the same way.... so much potential and then....it just didn't deliver. 6y
Notafraidofwords @Lola exactly...every time that I felt like "oh oh oh it's going somewhere." It wouldn't. 6y
ReadingGrrl I knew there was a reason I never got around to this book 6y
Notafraidofwords @ReadingGrrl I think it could have been 1000 percent better. 6y
Icewineanne That's too bad. I just loved this book so much that i'm running to the library to seek out her back titles. 6y
Notafraidofwords @Icewineanne that's what I love litsy. Difference of opinions is what makes the world spin. I liked some parts more than others. 6y
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SouthernGrlReads

As one of my favorite new books of the summer, I was surprised, but happy, to see it offered as a Kindle daily deal today! I love her unique writing style and the story was interestingly different. http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/2016/09/review-children-by-ann-leary.html?m...

SouthernGrlReads This was my first post! I hope I did it right! lol 6y
bermudaonion I loved that book too! 6y
BookishFeminist No wrong way to do a post. Happy posting! 😀 6y
SouthernGrlReads Thanks 😊 6y
MrBook Nice! Welcome to @Litsy ! We hope you enjoy your stay, I think you'll like it here 😎👍🏻. 6y
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BookishTrish
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Tempted! Worth it?

katrrosee I loved it! I thought it was just a family drama, but it was twisty and more creepy than I expected! 6y
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Alena
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This is a very compelling, kind of creepy novel about a family crumbling as quickly as the dilapidated home in which they're living. Liars, scammers and cheaters all set in an idyllic lakeside home with a deep history. Just a great page turner.

BookBabe I concur! 6y
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Lauren.Archer
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I was not sure I was going to like this book giving the moderate reviews. Was it the best book I ever read, no, but enjoyable otherwise. Good literary fiction, had a lot of mystery and intrigue that kept it moving.

Readingrobin Well said. Agreeing with your thoughts. 6y
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Lauren.Archer
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Going to try to knock this one this beautiful Sunday Morning.

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BookBabe
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Pickpick

📚#Recommendsday !📚This book is vivid, fun, interesting, a quick read–—didn't drag. Unique, but the twist was predictable. Made me laugh, gasp, spurt profanities. I enjoyed spending time w/ these characters at the beautiful lakefront property where this story takes place…but I didn't like the ending. It was a successful one, but not a happy one—I like happy ones, unrealistic or not. Thus, 🌟🌟🌟🌟. Would've been 5 if the end didn't make me sad.

mauveandrosysky I love unhappy endings so now I'm extra intrigued haha 6y
Texreader I like happy endings too!! I can deal with unhappy endings but i definitely prefer happy endings 6y
Texreader Beautiful photo 6y
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AmyWrites This almost looks like a Pokemon Go photo but with a book instead! 😃 That book looks superimposed! 6y
LitHousewife I enjoyed it, too. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6y
Readingrobin Just met Ann Leary last night. She did a reading from the book in Providence, RI. 6y
Meglet This sounds like a review I would write. I'm so glad someone else favors happy endings too. 6y
BookBabe @Meglet 😄 I, too, am glad someone else favors happy endings! 🙌🏻 6y
BookBabe @Readingrobin Wow, how cool! 6y
BookBabe @Texreader Thanks! Glad it's not just me. 😊 6y
BookBabe @mauveandrosysky 😛👍🏻 6y
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BookBabe
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Maybe it's because I'm a reader that I don't love small talk...anyone else ever feel this way? 😂

Tav Small talk is painful. 6y
MMenefee Yes! 6y
BethFishReads So exhausting 6y
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Gleefulreader I hate small talk and I am absolutely terrible at it. 6y
StacksNShelves Like Larry David says "I don't do the stop and chat ..." 6y
findmeinthelibrary I'm at my most awkward (and that's saying a lot) when I'm forced to make small talk. 6y
britt_brooke I don't like it and I suck at it. 😁#introvertproblems 6y
Titania Small talk is the worst. 6y
ImaginativeMom Takes way too much energy! 6y
StellaDz Being an extreme introvert, I don't even know how to start small talk! It's why books are my friends! 6y
intothehallofbooks Introvert right here 🙋🏻 6y
suvata I'm with you 6y
bookishbunny Ugh. It's the worst! And so glad to see so many other introverts here. I have found my people! 6y
Notafraidofwords Ugh I hate small talk and I'm not good at it. 6y
PurpleyPumpkin I'm with you, not a fan. 😒 6y
LauraBeth I just want people to cut to the chase and get to the point with minimal small talk 😀 6y
Owlizabeth I'll ask new people "So, you ready for some awkward small talk?" That seems to be the best way to get out of it! ?? 6y
BookwormBeth All the time 🤐🤐 6y
BooksForEmpathy Story of my life. I recently read The Highly Sensitive Person, and one major takeaway was this: HSPs/some introverts prefer to have deeper conversation immediately, and then can soften into small talk after feeling connected. Other people (more extroverted/less sensitive) prefer the small talk to build and ramp up before getting into a more intimate conversation. It was fascinating and I really clicked with this new awareness of myself. 6y
LauraBrook Constantly. I know I'm an introvert and Highly Sensitive, and it's helped me feel less guilty about dreading talking a little. Or at all. Small talk is the absolute worst. 6y
megt Yep, small talk is to be avoided at all costs. 6y
KimM Hate small talk. I didn't realize that it wasn't just me until I read the Introvert Advantage 6y
innianna Small talk is the horrible because I always overthink what question to ask even though you are supposed to talk about things like the weather for minutes, but I can't just ask hey what was your first pet or something else without context and the weather thing is dumb and then the silence got too awkward to start small talk 6y
Readingismyescape Agreed. Small talk is awful. 6y
KilgoreTrout Hate it! Never connected it to being a reader though, very interesting! 6y
KimHM Don't just hate it, am paralyzingly bad at it. I get complete brain freeze. 6y
rustoryhuf INFJ Perhaps? Small talk is the bane of my existence. 6y
BethFishReads I would take you up on it, but Mr BFR excels at this too. Thank god -- he picks up the slack 6y
MarieA I despise small talk! Give me a real topic of conversation and I can go on for ages though 6y
KimM Same here @MrBook @BethFishReads I married Mr. Small talk 😂 6y
BooksForEmpathy Just have to say I love this thread! 6y
Yournewfriendsams Haha 😭 I am loving this convo! Guys, Litsy is basically a small talk app- give yourselves some cred!! I'm with @MrBook I can shoot shit with the best of em'. 6y
marixa I can make small talk up to a point...but if it's a whole evenings 6y
marixa *evening's worth then at some point I shut down and literally sneak out 6y
Readingismyescape @MrBook if I can afford the fee, you're hired. I literally have mini panic attacks before events. @Yournewfriendsams small talk about books online - no problem. In person small talk outside the book obsessed community - total fail. 😳 6y
MrBook @Readingismyescape 😂😂😂😂👌🏻 6y
BookBabe @Readingismyescape 😂😛🙌🏻 Ditto! 6y
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BookBabe
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Subliminal message: READ MORE BOOKS! 😉

Zelma Great shirt! 6y
MrBook 😁😎👍🏻 6y
Chronoreading Love the shirt! 👌🏻 6y
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SusanInTiburon Oh, THAT's how I got this way!! 6y
Karli I think the messages here are pretty overt! 6y
LauraBeth Love it ❤️ 6y
Cortg Cute! 6y
moranadatter I love that you have dinner together and read. 😃 6y
BookishMarginalia Message received. 6y
MyNamesParadise My life goal is to have a relationship like yalls! Books and food! The best two things! 6y
Readingismyescape Doesn't get any better than this. 6y
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BookBabe
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A lovely Friday night with @MrBook at our favorite local pub. My first foray with their famous fresh fried fish & chips. 😋 (Note what it says on the back of MrBook's book...how fitting!)

MrBook 😁😊👌🏻 6y
BookishMarginalia Looks yummy! Enjoy! 6y
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subwayreads Hahahahaha enjoy!! @MrBook 6y
LauraBeth Looks delicious 😀📚 6y
elkeOriginal Enjoying seeing both sides! When I saw the post from @MrBook I said 'ok - what has BookBabe got going on over on her side of the table?!' 6y
MrBook 😂😂😂👍🏻👌🏻 @elkeo 6y
BookBabe @elkeo 😂😁👍🏻 6y
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BookBabe
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I think my Litsy friends will appreciate this quote! ☺️ I took this photo at the iconic Strand bookstore in NYC, in the Rare Book Room—my favorite spot in the entire "18 miles of books" housed here. ?❤️ #librarygoals

PurpleyPumpkin Wow, absolutely beautiful. Hope to visit there one day!📖📚👌🏼 6y
Lizpixie Oh my! It's so sad that bookstores are on the endangered list here, I'd love to visit something like this.😍 6y
BookMusings I went to a rare book store in Las Vegas and I was in such awe I forgot to take pictures...:( 6y
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Bibliosa ❤️ 6y
BookishBlonde12 I'm hoping to make a trip to The Strand while I'm in the city next week! 6y
Merethebookgal Great photo! I can't wait to visit when I'm in town for Book Riot Live! 6y
AmyWrites Love Strand ❤️❤️ 6y
eastbaykate Love the strand! This is a fabulous photo! 6y
LitLogophile Love Strand & this quote ❤️ 6y
OSChamberlain I have a similar pic with me in it. Would kill to go back there! 6y
Yournewfriendsams Omg this place looks amaze!!! 6y
becausetrains The Strand is a beautiful reflection of Manhattan - a basement with discounts and bargains (some of which you didn't know you wanted), a main floor of souvenirs and mass-market stuff, a second floor for locals and visitors seeking higher-quality stuff, and a third floor (upper crust 😉) for connoisseurs. I love that store. 6y
BookBabe @BookishBlonde12 Yes! You'll be glad you did! 👏🏻 6y
katedensen The rare book room is awesomeeee. Two of my ex-boyfriends have worked at the Strand, so I've been privy to some inside info over the years. (What? No, I don't have a type.) 6y
Readingrobin Love the quote and your photo. I'm going to a reading on Tuesday and Ann Leary will be there. 6y
BookBabe @katedfisher 😂👍🏻 6y
MrBook @katedfisher Do you have a current one working there? That'd be cool to hold a bookclub meeting there if possible 😁. 6y
MrBook @BookishBlonde12 Yay! Do you go to the City often? If you're around Sunday, @BookBabe & I are running a bookclub in the afternoon. It might always be possible to the three (& others potentially) of us to meet up during the week for Litsy photo-op, like a @Litsy flash mob 😂. 6y
BookishBlonde12 @MrBook I try to get up there at least once a month (been slacking lately 😑) to visit my best friend. We are flying out to Nashville, but once I'm back I am so down for a @Litsy Photo op with you and @BookBabe 🎉📚🤗 6y
katedensen @MrBook Sadly, no. Maybe the next one, though! 6y
MrBook @BookishBlonde12 It's on! 😎👍🏻 We're in the City regularly, so let us know when works for you 😊. @katedfisher Oh maaaan! Well, at least you know where to go to find one, lol 😆! Now *that* would make a most fantastic @Litsy story 😎👍🏻👌🏻! 6y
MyNamesParadise Next time I'm in NYC I must go there!! 6y
Texreader @MyNamesParadise Take an empty suitcase!! 6y
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BookBabe
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After reading The Girls by Emma Cline which I ❤️, I asked Litsy peeps what else I should read that's similar-ish. I was recommended 2 books: Arcadia by Lauren Groff and The Children by Ann Leary. I just finished Arcadia and really enjoyed it. ✌🏻️Now on to this one! I've only just started it, but it's already made me laugh out loud! 😄
Any other suggestions, my wonderful Litsy friends? 📚

Hazel0303 Excited to hear what you think - it's on my TBR list 6y
LaurenAsh Ohhh, have this on my physical bookshelf, too! 6y
brendanmleonard The Girls and Megan Abbott are spiritual sisters. Try this: 6y
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LitHousewife I've enjoyed all of those. I need to think of similar books. Good choices! 6y
Lakesidemusing I enjoyed this one, too! Her earlier novel, The Good House, was an exceptional audiobook, though not really similar. 6y
BookBabe @brendanmleonard thanks for the recommendation! Sounds intriguing, I'll check it out! 👍🏻 6y
BookBabe @Lakesidemusing Thanks, I'll check that one out too! 🙂 6y
MyNamesParadise I'm not sure how similar they are but My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh and The Last Child by John Hart are 2 of my favorite books! 6y
BookBabe @MyNamesParadise thanks for the reco! 6y
Cathleennh BookBabe- I loved The Children- just finished it. Starting The Girls now ! 6y
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Readingrobin
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Pickpick

Not only did I win this book but I knew nothing about it aside from enjoying another book by the same author. I became quite caught up in the story. Great twists and turns along the way too.

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Readingrobin
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A summer setting is great for summer reading!

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JenniferJR
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Reading about unconventional families with problems makes me feel more normal about mine.

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Panpan

I really wanted to like this because I loved the good house. However it was just so slow. I wanted more to happen. Maybe next time

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Madeline
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Big swings between hilarious and weepy in this one.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

This book just didn't have much of a plot. Sooooooo slow. Wouldn't recommend.

KellyKate Bummer!- it's on the pile. Her last one was so good. 6y
Mamashep What a disappointment! 6y
Bookhound1 Sorry to hear that but you saved me from putting it in my to read stack. 6y
Lakesidemusing Too bad... I enjoyed it as a light summer diversion. Loved her earlier novel, The Good House on audio. 6y
LitHousewife I'm sorry it didn't work for you.I felt like @Lakesidemusing. I enjoyed it for a summer read. The Good House was much better, though. 6y
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Well-ReadNeck
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#funphotoFriday. This is my bookmark philosophy. The best found bookmark I ever had looked like something you get at the zoo, one of those tilt back and forth and the animal moves. It was an Elephant scratching his backside on a tree! 😆

KellyKate I like postcards too- the width is perfect to drag down the page as you read. 6y
TsahaiMakeda I've crocheted some as well 😊 6y
Well-ReadNeck @KellyKate YES!!!! ❤️ postcards! 6y
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LivinginaLibrary Index cards and hotel key cards end up being used a lot around here but I love a pretty book mark! 6y
Donna_sBookMinute @Well-ReadNeck -- You're so right. Anything goes. But who doesn't like an addition to the bookmark collection? 6y
Chrys I frequently use postcards, birthday/holiday cards and ticket stubs. I do also have some actual bookmarks 😀 6y
Megabooks @BookishFeminist has that elephant bookmark as part of her fun photo Friday! 6y
BookishFeminist @Ebooksandcooks @Well-ReadNeck Yes, I do!! I found it in a used book & crack up every time I use it. 😂😭🐘 6y
NatalieR You and @BookishFeminist need to check out each other's posts! 😄 6y
Cspen113 This is a fact. 6y
Well-ReadNeck @BookishFeminist Found mine in a library book. My book club loved that bookmark. Alas, it's probably been found again!! 6y
MrBook Indubitably! 6y
kammartinez Very true! While I was at uni (studying there and then teaching there) I used a LOT of Starbucks napkins. Lately I've used jewelry, receipts, handkerchiefs, and earphone wires. 6y
KVanRead I was read a thing about what librarians find as ersatz bookmarks in returned books- including hair and bacon!😂 6y
Vexingcircumstance I lose book marks and then end up losing my spot. I admit I'm a page folder. I don't do it in a borrowed book but in my own books I fold pages. 6y
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Sandwavesandbooks
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Current read

MrBook Nice cover. 6y
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LitHousewife
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Although this wasn't as compelling as The Good House, I enjoyed this book. Charlotte was an interesting character and I was kept guessing as to where the book was heading. It's a quick listen. Gretchen Mol was a good match for the book. One small section with a British accent was my only complaint.

bermudaonion I loved this in print. 6y
SarahRotenberry The Good House is one of my favorites of the past couple years - ordered this one on kindle last night! 6y
LitHousewife @SarahRotenberry I think you will like it. It's a good story. 6y
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LitHousewife
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Finishing up this audiobook and crocheting. A nice, bookish, crafty Friday evening.

SusanInTiburon Audio + Craft = 💖 6y
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LitHousewife
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While the girls are taking their riding lessons, I'm working on an afghan for my cousin who is getting married in August. New audiobook for a new project. I'm liking it. 😊

Sue Is that the brain dead afghan pattern? (One of my faves) It's looking great! 6y
LitHousewife @Sue I believe it is! Once I tried it I've never gone back. So fast and easy. 6y
Sue I love it, it's a great stash buster. :) 6y
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Pelican71
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Decent book. I found it slow at times and I didn't care for the ending. However, I will try another book by Ann Leary.

LitHousewife The Good House was fantastic! 6y
Pelican71 Thanks for the recommendation @LitHousewife. I'll check it out. 6y
Lakesidemusing I second the recommendation of The Good House! 6y
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Pelican71
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"I learned to look more upon the bright side of my condition, and less upon the dark side, and to consider what I enjoyed, rather than what I wanted..."
Robinson Crusoe

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Belles
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Another witty, smart and fantastic read from Ann Leary. Read it!

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DVGessner
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Pickpick

This was a fast read and a great story! There a pieces of everyone's family in these characters and the descriptions of the house and life around the lake made me nostalgic for summer vacations. Great reveals in the plot and a realistic and satisfying wrap up. Recommend to all!

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LinaLovesLit
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I got a new book today! Another Litsy user was nice enough to send it to me. 😃 I don't know if she's okay with me sharing her name, so I won't, but I'm really excited to start reading it!

Notafraidofwords She's clearly the best! 7y
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LitHousewife
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This is some great audiobook mail. I'm looking forward to listening during #audiobookmonth. The Good House was a favorite of mine a couple of Audie seasons ago. #JIAM

bermudaonion I loved it in print! 7y
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Lakesidemusing
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Keeping the fun in dysfunctional! I do love a good family drama... Throw in a lake house, a trust fund, secrets and deception, all written by a trusted author, and you've got a winner.

bookchickdi I'm halfway through this. I've never read Ann Leary, I'm really enjoying this one. 6y
Lakesidemusing @bookchickdi You MUST read (or listen to) The Good House! 6y
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Lakesidemusing
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Digging into a new book after the long holiday weekend! The Good House was a favorite a few years ago, so I have high hopes for this one.

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