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This Is How You Lose Her
This Is How You Lose Her | Junot Díaz
Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer with “the dispassionate eye of a journalist and the tongue of a poet” (Newsweek). His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, was named #1 Fiction Book of the Year” by Time magazine and spent more than 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, establishing itself – with more than a million copies in print – as a modern classic. In addition to the Pulitzer, Díaz has won a host of major awards and prizes, including the National Book Critic’s Circle Award, the PEN/Malamud Award, the PEN/O. Henry Prize, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, and the Anisfield-Wolf Award.Now Díaz turns his remarkable talent to the haunting, impossible power of love – obsessive love, illicit love, fading love, maternal love. On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own. In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in the New York Times-Bestselling This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”
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Soubhiville
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This is a quick read made up of vignettes of breakups. It‘s entertaining, I like the author‘s style of mixing Spanish and English. The characters are mostly immigrants or from immigrant families from the Dominican Republic.

Even though it‘s quick, it‘s not a fun or happy book. Here‘s a huge piece of advice to all the characters: if you cheat, it will probably end your relationship. I‘m not sure how these guys kept being surprised by that...

Soubhiville That‘s really not a spoiler, BTW, it‘s actually the main focus of the stories. Many are about one family, mostly one character, but some are about others in the neighborhood. 1mo
Soubhiville Oh, there‘s also a TON of crude language in here. 1mo
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Soubhiville
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My boys Froedrick And Igor with my evening read. This is a really fast read, and the mixed in Spanish is fun, even though I don‘t speak it, I‘m finding meanings pretty easy to guess.

AmyG They are so very cute. 1mo
Ingerella Oh my, those cats are beautiful! 1mo
Clwojick 🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱😍😍😍😍🐱🐱🐱🐱🐱 1mo
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ladym30 Those boys are adorable!❤️ 1mo
Melissa_J I‘m not a cat person generally (I‘m horribly allergic) but I love your cats 😊 1mo
TK421 I love these guys! 1mo
LauraJ Froedrick (fried ticket this time per autocorrect) and Igor!!! 🖤🖤🖤🖤 love you boys! 1mo
TheLibrarian So cute!! 😻 1mo
Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 1mo
rretzler 😻 1mo
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bookish7
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This was a quick read, which I am thankful for. The story moves quickly and I really enjoyed the first two and the last two portions of the story. The middle kind of loses momentum for me. In typical Diaz style the story is told with a little Spanish sprinkled in which I really enjoy but unlike the other novels it loses me somewhere in the middle, the voidlce of the narrator changes . However I would recommend this as a quick post breakup read.

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Naominats
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You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it?
There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It's just a matter of will power: The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it.

You keep waiting for the heaviness to leave you. You keep waiting for the moment you never think about the ex again. It doesn't come.

The half life of love is forever.

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Naominats
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You ask everybody you know: How long does it usually take to get over it?
There are many formulas. One year for every year you dated. Two years for every year you dated. It's just a matter of will power: The day you decide it's over, it's over. You never get over it.

You keep waiting for the heaviness to leave you. You keep waiting for the moment you never think about the ex again. It doesn't come.

The half life of love is forever.

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downtherabbithole
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“...sometimes a start is all we ever get.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 4mo
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Lkardos12
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Hour 8.5 of #24in48 and second book finished. I‘m not sure I get the hype? I enjoyed the interconnectedness of the stories, but really found the shitty dialogue about women tiring.

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Sbetter00

“And because love, real love, is not so easily shed”

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Caterina
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So I read this Díaz (tagged) in 2012 and didn‘t like it because the men were so misogynistic, and now in light of the accusations against Díaz it feels extra icky. Oscar Wao has been on my TBR for ages and I recently bought the Lin-Manuel Miranda audiobook, but now I‘m struggling with whether or not I should read it. It‘s a modern classic, but I‘m thinking about returning it and buying one of his accuser‘s books instead. ⬇️

Caterina What are y‘all‘s thoughts on how we should all proceed in light of the Díaz stuff? More and more I lean towards not reading his books. 13mo
TrishB I haven‘t read any and this will probably stop me reading any. 13mo
Beachesnbooks I read Oscar Wao back when it first came out but didn't like it. I actually just went to see him speak a few weeks ago before all of this happened & he had a lot of interesting things to say about immigration, politics, etc. Won't be reading him or seeing him speak again in the future after all of this, though. 13mo
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Reviewsbylola Yeah this made me feel sick. I‘m on the same page as @TrishB 13mo
Caterina @TrishB @Beachesnbooks @Reviewsbylola Yeah, y‘all right, y‘all right. Oscar Wao is on a ton of book list challenges, but so what? I just won‘t finish those challenges. I‘m thinking about getting Zinzi Clemmons‘s book with my returned credit, her Twitter is on fire and it‘s making me love her already 🔥 13mo
irre Definitely get What We Lose. I liked it. I didn‘t care for Oscar Wao. 13mo
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wutheringlows
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So I‘ve been reading this book over the last couple days, really buying into the hype of Junot Diaz and then about an hour ago I came across an unfavorable article about him. Thoughts?

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jdiehr
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"This is what I know: people's hopes go on forever."

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brigittekong
This Is How You Lose Her | Junot Daiaz, Junot D Az
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“You‘re the only person I‘ve ever met who can stand a bookstore as long as I can” —Junot Diaz

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LitLogophile

And that‘s when I know it‘s over. As soon as you start thinking about the beginning, it‘s the end.

RaimeyGallant Such a great quote. 1y
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LitLogophile
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I‘ve given away so many copies of this collection that I didn‘t own one! Obviously I had to remedy that/ I know what my Saturday plans are 😏

(Also, lillian says hi)

JoScho Great shot with the cat eyes peeking over 1y
LauraBeth The half life of love is forever. 1y
Li_21 I love this collection, especially how they all intertwine with one another. 1y
LitLogophile One of my favorites 😊 @Li_21 1y
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SarahTheSpectator
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Taking place in #Montebello , a new #Womens #bookclub - message or find me on #goodreads if interested

#losangeles #la #womensbookclub #beer #meetup

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Fonze565
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"The half-life of love is forever."

RaimeyGallant There was a line like this in Station Eleven. I posted it a couple weeks back. Weird. Anyway, welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 1y
Fonze565 @RaimeyGallant thank you! Still trying to figure out the ropes 1y
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KathyWheeler
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This hovers between pick and so-so for me. Diaz is an excellent writer but his female characters aren‘t that memorable as distinct individuals and the men are all cheaters. The main character in all the stories (except one) realizes this cheating is a problem but does nothing to change. I could also have lived without some of the crudeness when women and sex are described.

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KathyWheeler
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Junot Diaz was my beach reading today. It‘s next up in my Common Read reading.

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KathyWheeler
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These are the other books being considered for the Common Read. Because our books for the last three years have dealt with issues of race, I‘m hoping this year, we choose one that addresses another issue. I‘m pulling for So You‘ve Been Publicly Shamed.

RebL So You‘ve Been Publicly Shamed has been on my TBR for ninety years. 2y
KathyWheeler @RebL I love Jon Ronson‘s books. 2y
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Anneblythe
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"Sometimes a start is all we ever get."

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emilyhaldi
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This is a #new book (for me, anyways) that I picked up at a used bookstore this week. I couldn‘t pass up the beautiful illustrated edition and it‘s been on my TBR for a while 🤗
#30daysofreadathon

L_auren Possibly my favorite short story collection ever! 2y
batsy Lovely! That looks Iike artwork by one of the Hernandez brothers. 2y
emilyhaldi @batsy good eye! Art is by Jaime Hernandez 2y
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Cinfhen Loved this one!! Diaz is such a great writer💘💘he's funny & smart 🙌🏻 2y
batsy Cool! 😊 Now I need to get this edition. Love the comics he did with his brothers. This one is amazing 2y
Reviewsbylola I love illustrated editions. 2y
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LitLogophile
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This one ❤️

Ashley_Nicoletto Gah. This is a beautiful quote. I really enjoyed this book. 2y
Notafraidofwords Gosh. I love this one. I need to reread. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I bailed early - I think I need to try again 2y
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BittersweetBooks Love this quote! 2y
LitLogophile It‘s such a favorite of mine as well ❤️ @Ashley_Nicoletto @Notafraidofwords (edited) 2y
LitLogophile Eeee I would say so! One of my all time favs ❤️ @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 2y
erinreads Hey, did you get a package this week? Just checking. 😎 2y
LitLogophile @erinreads yes I did!!!!!! And I can‘t wait to open it ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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bio_chem06
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I don't know how Junot Diaz does, but sucked in by the first paragraph every time!
#favoriteauthor #alwayswiththefeela

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AmandaL
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Barnes & Noble, why do you torment my wallet with your coupons???

MarriedtoMrT That cake! 😍 2y
trazo 😂 I am on the same boat 🚣 I have a coupon I will be using this weekend! 2y
AmandaL @MarriedtoMrT It was delicious 😋 2y
AmandaL @trazo Every time they send me coupons, I HAVE to buy something. 😆 2y
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Cinfhen
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Day 19 #AugustGrrrl I've had a massive literary #crush on Junot Diaz ever since I read his short story collection, This Is How You Lose Her. His MC, Yunior is a snake, but a charmer....the kind of guy you should never fall for but can't stop yourself....side note 📝 how cute is Jennifer Paige?!? Girl#crush 💕💕💕

emilyhaldi Was just looking at this book yesterday! Currently in my ever-growing bookoutlet cart 😜 2y
LauraBeth "The half life of love is forever." ❤️❤️ 2y
erinreads I haven't thought about this song in forever! Now it's stuck in my head. 😜 2y
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BarbaraBB I have another book by him but not read yet. I will now, though! 2y
LitLogophile Yes! ❤️ Dìaz! I saw him speak twice and he's excellent and hilarious in person. He wants to talk about the issues in his stories more than his characters. 2y
BekahB This song was just playing in the grocery store while I was shopping yesterday! I couldn't think of who sang it but I remembered loving it! 😄 2y
merelybookish @LauraBeth Such a great line! Such a good book! 2y
McFarchie I have a quote from this book as a tattoo ' the half live of love is forever'. 2y
Cinfhen That line is perfect @McFarchie @LauraBeth 💕💕so true (edited) 2y
McFarchie Diaz is my man crush. 2y
Blaire Yes!! I devoured this book. So darn good. 2y
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Damaris
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"The half-life of love is forever." This is one of the boldest book I've read this year. The protagonist leaves a lasting impression. And it's certainly the only book I had to religiously use Google Translate.

#junotdiaz #thisishowyouloseher #summerreading

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀 Hope you enjoy it here! 2y
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ohurtin
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"That's about it. In the months that follow you bend to the work, because it feels like hope, like grace -- and because you know in your lying cheater's heart that sometimes a start is all we ever get." Diaz is one-of-a-kind. I like this even better than "Oscar Wao." Now on to reading his first, "Drown." #junotdiaz #literature #summerreading

Cinfhen Loved this one 😍Such great writing 2y
ohurtin @Cinfhen Diaz is amazing! 😃 2y
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haileybean
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#wrforecast paired with what I'm currently reading that has me thinking men are douche-nozzles. The writing is wonderful, but holy cow these men make poor choices!

AprilMae Yup they are 2y
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Kalalalatja
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This was the first short story collection I ever read, and its themes of #lostloves, being different and family gripped me from the beginning. The stories feel connected, as they almost all have the same MC. This cohesiveness made it easier for me to get into the stories, as they felt like chapters of a novel, all jumbled together. I would like to read more by Diaz some day, but till then, I am glad to have this on my shelves.

#JubilantJuly

celtichik Love Diaz! 2y
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misslisha3
This Is How You Lose Her | Junot Daiaz, Junot D Az
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Signed copy. 💓

BellaBookNook I love getting signed copies of books. 2y
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cajunsyd
Pickpick

This was the first book of Diaz's that I have read and I find his style to be very unique. The main character was not very loveable which made the reading off-putting at times given his seeming lack of respect for women. Overall a very enjoyable read, I recommend this 📚!

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cajunsyd
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Already loving this one after reading the first story. I can't wait to delve further!

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Bibliogeekery
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I've always loved this quote without knowing what, specifically, it was from. Now I know. #allthefeels

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Bibliogeekery
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Junot Diaz is an incredible writer and it was really enjoyable to hear him reading this book. I didn't love this book as much as The Brief and Wonderous. . .I think because Yunior, the narrator, disrespect for women "bitches, hos and sluts" got a little tiring. I recognize that Diaz is not valourizing that position, quite to opposite, but it wore on me all the same. I did still enjoy this book, though. One of the best book titles EVER!! Gorgeous!

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Bibliogeekery
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A slightly rainy audiobook walk to mail off some #QGP1 love to @Yamich49! (I forgot to include the note in one of the packages - sorry!)

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Bibliogeekery
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Starting this audiobook read by the author! Thanks for the recommendation @JeannieReads 😀!

JeannieReads Love Junot Diaz! 💓 2y
BooksForEmpathy Oooh so good. 2y
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Superpower_Loading
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Half an hour to @DeweysReadathon and we'll all set and ready! I hope...
I'll be posting here, on Instagram (as lovingbadhairdays) and Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/16737952-jelena)

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Superpower_Loading
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Sooo, I signed up for my first @DeweysReadathon ever! I got (short) novels, novellas, short stories and comics, different authors​, different periods, different styles and different languages. All under 250 pages. Maybe I should stack some essays, too. I'm hoping to trick my brain into keeping focus by mixing and switching tracks...

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outis
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McFarchie I have that quote as a tattoo 2y
outis @McFarchie Awesome choice! I think these words encompass so many facets of love (heartache, permanence, hope, sadness, everything else) just beautifully. 2y
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ramyasbookshelf
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#onmynightstand - as you can see, I've learnt to hide my clutter.. that overwhelming overflowing overambitious TBR pile is all stored away virtually.. with just a few on my kindle at a time. @RealLifeReading

shawnmooney I don't have a nightstand but if I did it sure as heck wouldn't look that tidy! 😍😍 2y
ramyasbookshelf @shawnmooney lol! Like I said, if I had a physical pile of books, you wouldn't find the nightstand 😂😂 2y
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kalinichta
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I finished this book last night, and my feelings about it are too complex - and not fully solidified - to give a simple pick-or-pan rating. Diaz earns his laurels as a deft, beautiful writer, and I love the way these stories become the outline of a life... but the sexism and misogyny that form the thematic arc of Yunior's story are so brazen and unapologetic as to be upsetting throughout. 👇

kalinichta I see what Diaz is doing, leaving Yunior depressed and lonely in the end, making a start toward redemption. But the way female characters are treated in the book felt, by and large, like the same old misogynistic pattern of female characters being used merely as fodder for the development of the male lead. I enjoyed the read, no doubt, but the knot left in my chest from it doesn't feel good. 2y
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LitLogophile
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I ? short story collections, so choosing my "favorite" is no small task.

But - I only have a digital copy of TIHYLH because I have bought, and given away, several physical copies. These stories make my heart sing, and break. I want people to know that they exist, that Junot Díaz exists, and that short stories are cool. (And because The Cheater's Guide to Love. #dead?)

#READATHONSTORIES @Liberty !

wrenaymuhree Not a bookish observation: I 💙 your shoes! 2y
britt_brooke @wrenaymuhree I was thinking the same. Cute!! 2y
LitLogophile Thank you! @wrenaymuhree @britt_brooke - they're new! 😁 2y
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Shemac77 Those shoes! 2y
Cinfhen Choose the same book and your shoes are cute🖤 2y
LitLogophile Apparently we have the same taste! @Cinfhen 2y
Jess_Read_This Where did those gorgeous shoes come from? Love them! 💕👠🖤 2y
LitLogophile @Jess_Read_This 🤔 wet seal! They were super cheap 😁 2y
Jess_Read_This @lostlogophile 💕💕Thank you!! I just love them! Very classy pair of shoes. 2y
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Cinfhen
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#READATHONSTORIES My two favorite short story collections! Hope your reading is full of laughs @Liberty 🖤

Librariana American Housewife is one of my faves, too! 😄😊 I'm currently loving and slowly chipping away at 2y
Blaire Love this is how you lose her. 2y
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melrailey
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I read the short story The Cheater's Guide to Love today (not this book but the same author). What I took away from it way I should start running and get back in to yoga. I don't think that was the desired result. Oh well.

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LitHousewife
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This is how I'm reminded that I still haven't read this book. What's wrong with my reading priorities??? #readerfail #addingtoAprilTBR

Lakesidemusing The audio is amazing! 2y
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Bookoisseur
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Pickpick

Read this today. It's good if a little depressing.

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Heatheringheights
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Pickpick

You couldn't help but love this terribly flawed, terribly brazen narrator. My favs, which aren't ☠️spoilers but you may not want to know, are when Yunior tells the girlfriend he has cheated on ☠️a) that the documentary evidence is just part of his novel in progress, and b) that she should not blame him but the patriarchy. #booksandbeer

RadicalReader @Heatheringheights absolutely loving with books and booze 2y
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Li_21
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Pickpick

Love!

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DrexEdit
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I'm actually starting to read Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler tonight. But this lovely book showed up in the mail so I just have it out for show. Illustrations by Jaime Hernandez. Call it party decorations. 😁 I'll reread the book eventually but I can't even believe the kismet that I found this on book outlet! 😊 💙💙💙 #litsypartyofone @Ambrosnazzy

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Rachael_reads
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#feistyfeb #latinxauthors
Both of these are on my #TBR. 📚

DrexEdit Both are absolutely wonderful! 😊 2y
Mamashep I do not recommend the audio of Brief and Wondrous Life. There are a lot of footnotes in the book and it really doesn't work in audio. 2y
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Blaire These are both so good. Especially loved this is how you lose her. 2y
Rachael_reads @Mamashep Thanks for letting me know!! 2y
AmandaV Agreed @Mamashep ! I don't speak Spanish and so a lot of the Spanish dialog was lost on me. 2y
Rachael_reads @AmandaV @Mamashep Thanks...i don't speak Spanish either...i didn't think of that 2y
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