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Get in Trouble
Get in Trouble: Stories | Kelly Link
NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST FICTION BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY TIME AND ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY BookPage *BuzzFeed* Chicago Tribune *Kirkus Reviews* NPR *Slate * Toronto Star*The Washington Post She has been hailed by Michael Chabon as "the most darkly playful voice in American fiction" and by Neil Gaiman as "a national treasure." Now Kelly Link's eagerly awaited new collection--her first for adult readers in a decade--proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have. Link has won an ardent following for her ability, with each new short story, to take readers deeply into an unforgettable, brilliantly constructed fictional universe. The nine exquisite examples in this collection show her in full command of her formidable powers. In "The Summer People," a young girl in rural North Carolina serves as uneasy caretaker to the mysterious, never-quite-glimpsed visitors who inhabit the cottage behind her house. In "I Can See Right Through You," a middle-aged movie star makes a disturbing trip to the Florida swamp where his former on- and off-screen love interest is shooting a ghost-hunting reality show. In "The New Boyfriend," a suburban slumber party takes an unusual turn, and a teenage friendship is tested, when the spoiled birthday girl opens her big present: a life-size animated doll. Hurricanes, astronauts, evil twins, bootleggers, Ouija boards, iguanas, The Wizard of Oz, superheroes, the Pyramids . . . These are just some of the talismans of an imagination as capacious and as full of wonder as that of any writer today. But as fantastical as these stories can be, they are always grounded by sly humor and an innate generosity of feeling for the frailty--and the hidden strengths--of human beings. In Get in Trouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do. Praise for Get in Trouble "Ridiculously brilliant . . . These stories make you laugh while staring into the void."--The Boston Globe "When it comes to literary magic, Link is the real deal: clever, surprising, affecting, fluid and funny."--San Francisco Chronicle "With every tale [Link] conjures a different universe, each more captivating than the last. . . . You'll long to return the minute you leave. [Grade:] A."--Entertainment Weekly "Marvelous . . . As a writer Kelly Link is possessed of many magical powers, but to me what's most notable about [Get in Trouble] is its astonishing freedom."--Meg Wolitzer, NPR "Sensational . . . Remain in your narrative comfort zone, or venture into Link's uncharted sea of troubles. Come on. Live a little."--O: The Oprah Magazine "This is art that re-enchants the world. Who needs tediously believable situations, O. Henry endings or even truthfulness to life? Give us magic; give us wonder."--The Washington Post "The stories here are effective because we believe them--not just their situations but also their hearts."--Los Angeles Times "A zero-gravity vacation in a dust jacket."--Chicago Tribune From the Hardcover edition.
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Billypar
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2
@merelybookish
I know @Squidapus enjoys a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books with pretty covers- he's tagged if he wants to post one cover per day, no explanations needed and tag someone new each day.

Squidapus Oooo, this is a pretty neat idea. I'll see if he's up for it! It'll give him something to post since Children of Time is a brick 4mo
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Finally started with this recently. I can already see it as being one of my often reread books. 💚

Sweettartlaura I was JUST looking at my copy of this, trying to decide when I should start it! 🙌🏻 11mo
rohit-sawant @Sweettartlaura #BookishSynchronicity 🙌🏽 Hope you check it out soon! 11mo
Sweettartlaura I have one more physical short story collection to go through. Then this one - on my Kindle - is up 🙌🏻 11mo
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Reggie I hope you dig these stories. Can‘t wait to hear what you think about the dentist/superhero convention and the ghost boyfriend one. 11mo
rohit-sawant @Reggie Oo, that sounds so intriguing! 11mo
readordierachel Loved this one! 11mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2
I liked this. All nine stories felt solid, and while the collection didn‘t blow me away, it felt consistently good. I‘d be interested to read more by Kelly Link.

Favorites: “The Lesson” and “Two Houses”

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

Puredragonstar 😻😻😻what a cutie! 11mo
Reggie The one about the ghost boyfriend and the girl who goes to the superhero convention with all the dentists were my favorites in here. 11mo
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shadowspeak17
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Beachesnbooks Ooo nice picks! 11mo
Jazz2 I‘m reading the wise mans fear and it is incredible! 11mo
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rohit-sawant
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Bookmail! 😀

batsy Great cover! 12mo
Tonton This is such a great collection! 12mo
Reggie Oh, man!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on some of these!! 12mo
readordierachel Loved this! 😍 12mo
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amb
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this collection of short stories, all of them were weird in the good way and I love that. I can‘t think of a single one I didn‘t enjoy. Beautiful language throughout

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sakeriver
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A while back, maybe two or three years ago, I had this idea to write a story set in a fantasy world but using the conventions and themes of literary fiction. I never wrote it, of course. But reading these stories by Kelly Link, I feel like I don‘t have to, because she‘s done it so much more brilliantly than I ever could. I don‘t understand how these stories do what they do—it just feels like magic. Hell of a collection.

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sakeriver

I don‘t know who recommended this book to me or when, but I didn‘t know anything about it when I started reading it just now, except that it was stories. I think that might be the best way to do it.

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sakeriver
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Next.

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I want to be Kelly Link when I grow up 💕
I picked this up because Link just won one of this year‘s genius grants. Well deserved, for sure.

KatieDid927 Haven‘t read this one yet but read Pretty Monsters in October and LOVED it! 14mo
Reggie The one about the ghost boyfriend makes me chuckle everyone I think about it. 14mo
Beachesnbooks This book was amazing. I love Kelly Link so much 14mo
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Beachesnbooks
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November reading wrap-up! My reading definitely took a hit this month due to #NaNoWriMo but I really loved almost all the books I picked up 😄 and I wrote about 30,000 words of my novel 🎉 Favorites this month were Get in Trouble and Space Opera, both of which I highly recommend! 📚
Get in Trouble by Kelly Link ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
Diamond Fire by Ilona Andrews ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri ⭐️⭐️⭐️

erzascarletbookgasm Such pretty books and 👏 on the writing! 14mo
Freespirit Lovely books😄 14mo
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Pickpick

I looooved this short story collection! This is my third Kelly Link and definitely my favorite. I love how many different things she‘s able to pack into one story and how intensely weird they all end up being.

Billypar Me too! One of my favorite reads of the year. But this is my first, so I can't wait to read the others. 1y
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Tonton
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These stories made me remember the feelings of utter astonishment when I stumbled on Ray Bradbury when I was a kid; all I had read was straight reality based fiction until that point. The frisson of fear and wonderment when normal skewed seriously sideways and wanting more! All the stories here are about trouble-in every conceivable and fantastic ways. Perfect for Halloween, by the way. Ray would love these stories.

Reggie I loved the one about the ghost boyfriend and the one about the 15 yo at the hotel with superheroes and dentists. 1y
Tonton @Reggie Yes!And The Summer People just pulled me into her world😎 1y
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Short story author Kelly Link has been named one of 25 recipients of this year's MacArthur Genius Grant!

She's an author I'm convinced I'd love if I ever got around to reading her work. It might be time to bump her to the top of my TBR list. Are you a fan?

2BR02B Side note: I know Octavia Butler is the only science fiction author to win the prize to date, but is Link the first fantasy author to do so? 1y
Beachesnbooks Love her! That‘s awesome! 1y
readordierachel She's fantastic. I started with this one and I'm a fan for life 1y
2BR02B @readordierachel do you have a favorite story of hers? 1y
readordierachel Some favorites are "The Surfer," "Monsters," "The Specialist's Hat," and "Pretty Monsters." She does weird really well. Sorry I couldn't pick just one :) 1y
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Reggie
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So I‘m someone who needs to know the rules, the boundaries, the limits. What Kelly Link did was tie me to a chair and beat the hell out of me until I vomited up my brain that she peeled open to accept all the awesomeness that was this collection of 9, what I would call weird fiction, stories. I only didn‘t care for 1, but 8 of 9 still makes that a pick!!!!! It‘s on its way to you tomorrow @wanderinglynn #LMPBCJ

Alfoster 😂😂😀😀😀! 1y
LauraBeth Dang it, Reggie! 📚 1y
Christine What a simultaneously disturbing and awesome review! 😂❤️ 1y
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Reviewsbylola That is quite a vivid description! 🤮 🤯 1y
emilyhaldi Well!!! 1y
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 1y
TrishB Love the review 😁💕 1y
rohit-sawant Awesome review! 🤣 1y
Bookzombie Love this review! 1y
minkyb I know I have some of her books somewhere in my house. Must find them! 1y
readordierachel Loved the book, loved your review! 1y
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@OddBookishBee I just want to say thanks in advance because I just finished this second story and besides hearing the Twilight Zone music in my head, I‘m genuinely smiling with the end of this one. This has quite the opening line to it. #LMPBCJ

Billypar Loved this collection- I read it this year, and almost posted this exact line 😂 1y
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Reviewsbylola Good one! 1y
emilyhaldi Lol, loving your creativity!! 1y
Leftcoastzen That looks like an old Icebox. 1y
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Meredith3 Yes! 🤚 1y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen It's an old cabinet on wheels that is on the verge of falling apart 😁 1y
Leftcoastzen Is it lined with metal? 1y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen No- I see what you're talking about though: it's actually a plastic lid that I don't remember ever seeing before, lol. Somehow this became the cabinet to store all unused kitchen items. 1y
Leftcoastzen That latch is so typical of iceboxes , love the photo! 1y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen I know, I'm ruining the picture's mystery: when the book popped out and whispered to me in French there was definitely a portal to another dimension nestled in there 😀 1y
Cinfhen Such a cool photo 🧡 1y
Mdargusch Good one! 👍🏼 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Bailedbailed

This is just not grabbing me despite the fact that it sounds like it should be everything that I love! Oh well.

ohyeahthatgirl Have you read any other Kelly Link? I'm a huge fan and I even struggled getting through this one. 1y
ohyeahthatgirl Stranger Thing Happen is one of my favorite books ever. Pretty Monsters was also amazing. 1y
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While I enjoyed some of these stories, “Secret Identity,” “Two Houses,” and “The Summer People” were my favorites, I felt that Link was often being purposely obtuse. I liked the repeated themes like ghosts and super heroes and identity, but the collection as a whole ultimately left me wanting something more.

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thebluestocking
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This is headed your way, @Reggie ! I can‘t believe we‘re almost halfway done with this round. #lmpbc #groupj @wanderinglynn @OddBookishBee

OddBookishBee I'm finished mine too. Will get it in the mail to you next week!! 1y
Reggie Yayyy!!!! 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Two new #audiobooks came in at once! Which one should I read first?

Bertha_Mason I recommend Get in Trouble first. It was amazing. 1y
emtobiasz Get in Trouble is stories, and I had to take a breather between them to digest. So, you know, you can probably alternate between both 😉 1y
BookishTrish Was very satisfying 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @BookishTrish I love a good P&P retelling/etc. 1y
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Bertha_Mason Starting the first story now! 1y
Bertha_Mason I hope you enjoy it. :) 1y
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thebluestocking
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Look what arrived, @OddBookishBee! I‘m so excited to dive in.

#LMPBC #GroupJ @wanderinglynn @Reggie

OddBookishBee Yay!!! I hope you enjoy it! 1y
Billypar One of my favorite reads this year.... Enjoy! 😃 1y
suvata Loved this one 1y
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wanderinglynn Yay! Enjoy! I just finished my #lmpbc read. 2y
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Bookmarkie
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Panpan

I tried. My most frequent reaction as I read these stories was “ What the hell just happened?” I feel I have a good imagination, but this was not my jam. I am not even sure re-reading would bring me resolution. #atychallenge #awardwinningshortstorycollection

shaynarae I find that I always want to like Kelly Link more than I actually do 😕 2y
Bookmarkie Reading this was not unlike talking to someone who suffers with schizophrenia. 2y
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Billypar
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Ever read an author for the first time who has a bit of a following and the book you're reading has a 'it's good but not as good as her other stuff' reaction....and then you wind up absolutely loving it? I guess I need to read Kelly Link's entire body of work because I don't see how it gets any better than this. Tales featuring ghosts, superheroes, and alternate universes are all told sideways and inside out. I ate up each and every sentence.

LeahBergen Isn‘t it wonderful to find a “new to you” author like that? 2y
britt_brooke Nice review! 2y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk I‘ve got a Kelly Link book sitting around somewhere that I haven‘t read. Better get on it! 2y
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Billypar @LeahBergen Yeah- it's great: always makes me wonder about the ocean of other stuff I'm missing out on and must become aware of 🤔 2y
Billypar @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Let me know what you think when you get to it: she's got such a distinctive style- I'm eager to get others' takes. 2y
Beachesnbooks Love Kelly Link! I've read 2 of her collections but haven't gotten to this one yet. My fav of what I've read is Magic for Beginners 2y
Billypar @Beachesnbooks I will have to try that next. This was a rare read for me because not only were there no weak stories, but each one had this feeling of endless possibility- like anything could happen, and no words are wasted in the telling. And what an ear for dialogue she has- I think she could write a great one act. I could go on gushing... lol 😋 2y
saresmoore Great review! This sounds exactly up my alley; thanks for sharing! 2y
Billypar @saresmoore Thanks! I'll be interested to hear your take. 2y
Reggie “all told sideways and inside out”-lol indeed. I really enjoyed this. This was almost enlightening in a way. I felt my reality stretch. 1y
Billypar @Reggie It's hard to explain why these are as good as they are, right? It's like her imagination is completely unbounded but she subjects her ideas to these intricate structures of gradual reveals about the story's universe. Whatever it is, really worked for me! 1y
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LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! 2y
Jess7 Pretty!! Welcome!! 2y
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LiteraryLona
Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this book so much! :( not for me.

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#KellyLink has been hailed by #MichaelChabon as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” and by #NeilGaiman as “a national treasure.” Now her eagerly awaited new collection—her first for adult readers in a decade—proves indelibly that this bewitchingly original writer is among the finest we have... #InGetinTrouble, this one-of-a-kind talent expands the boundaries of what short fiction can do.” #TBR |
Day 26: #Trees - #HopIntoSpring

Craftylikefox Love this one! 2y
AlaMich I‘ve been reading this for the past week. It‘s a trip, that‘s for sure! 😊 2y
Billypar Reading this now- through the first three stories, and it's so friggin good. All three were very different, but each is imaginative, unpredictable, and very funny. 2y
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vkois88 Sounds good! I love the pic 😊 2y
Jess7 Have you read this @britt_brooke 2y
readordierachel She's fantastic! 2y
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AlaMich
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How is that I had never heard of this Kelly Link person before today? This short story collection is a Kindle special today, so I downloaded it and have already started the first story. Sucked me right in....#shortstories
#happysurprises

emtobiasz It's so good! 2y
CouronneDhiver Love the cover! 2y
AlaMich @CouronneDhiver I know! I keep having to look twice to see if I have the Kindle upside down 😊 2y
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ghosthost Her short story collections are excellent. 2y
AlaMich @ghosthost They sure sounded good when I checked them out today. 2y
AlaMich @emtobiasz I‘m really enjoying it so far 😊 2y
ghosthost A friend gave me Magic for Beginners shortly after it was published and I fell in love. She‘s also one of the founders of Small Beer Press. 2y
readordierachel She is amazing. So much imagination. Her collection Pretty Monsters is also fabulous. 2y
AlaMich @ReadOrDieRachel @ghosthost Has she written any novels? 2y
readordierachel Not that I'm aware of. So far, I think she's jist released 4 short story collections. 2y
AlaMich @ReadOrDieRachel ok...I‘m happy I stumbled across her. 2y
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NeeSwee
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Hooray! I‘ve wanted to read this for a long time! 🎉🎉🎉

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leslieisreading
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I listened to this a few weeks ago, and then when I saw it at the library a couple days ago I snapped it up so my fiancé could read the truly excellent story “Two Houses” - if you like sci fi horror at all I highly recommend it!

8little_paws I would read these before bed and have the most insane dreams. 2y
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Liberty
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Today on @bookriot I made a list of 100 contemporary short story collections that I love and I hope that you‘ll love too: https://bookriot.com/2018/03/12/contemporary-short-story-collections/ 📚❤️☺️

Rebonkula Oooh I‘m excited for this! Thank you! ❤️ 2y
Peddler410 I‘m looking for good short story collections for middle school. Any recommendations? 2y
Bookletting Paul Yoon 😍 2y
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Billypar
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Going to a destination wedding at the Grand Canyon is a great opportunity for some bookstore tourism. I could definitely *get in trouble* at a great shop like this, but I limited myself to the tagged book and two others. Also has a bar inside, which I could see myself spending many an hour in with my purchases if I lived in Phoenix.🍻📖

saresmoore Books and a bar, how cool! Oh, and I feel I should confess the thought I had on seeing this photo: Wow! You‘re a whole, real person! 😆 2y
LeahBergen Bookstore tourism is one of my favourite pursuits. 👍🏻 2y
Tamra Oh jeeze, wine & bookstore would be quite dangerous for me! Lucky you! 2y
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Kappadeemom A BOOKSTORE WITH A BAR?? #screaming 👏👏👏 2y
Leftcoastzen Welcome to Az. Glad you liked my local!👍 2y
RebelReader I was there in February and will be back in April. Changing Hands has the best gifts too! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
batsy Sounds fun! And love the pic! You look secretly gleeful, like you got away with trouble 😎 2y
Billypar @saresmoore Ha- that's so true: it feels like everyone here lives in our own tiny bubbles 😂 2y
Billypar @LeahBergen Yes...it often trumps the main event 😀 2y
Billypar @Tamra @Kappadeemom Yeah- I've heard of them, but first time I've seen one. Too bad I had a long drive ahead and couldn't take advantage of the bar (which btw was called 'First Drafts' 😄) but next time! 2y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Thanks! And what an awesome local to have- how lucky you are 🙂 I wish I could've spent longer in Phoenix- seemed like a fun town. 2y
Billypar @RebelReader Yeah got a necklace too for my patient fiancee- lots of interesting handcrafted stuff. 2y
Tamra @Billypar what a name! 2y
Billypar @batsy Yup- that's me exiting every bookstore 😏 2y
saresmoore What I wouldn‘t give for a real-life tiny bubble...I mean, you know, for occasional use, like at the DMV. 2y
Billypar @saresmoore That would be fantastic- if there's a room inside for a few books I feel like I would rarely leave 😁 2y
Leftcoastzen @Billypar Well ,I know you read widely,the Tempe location has a deeper collection,but it doesn‘t have a bar! 2y
Billypar @Leftcoastzen Ah, good to know. I was pretty ignorant of Arizona geography before this trip- I assumed that Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Tempe were all in different parts of the state, only to find they basically border each other, lol. 2y
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thecurlybookworm
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#riotgrams Day 6: short stories

I have more short stories collections than I realized! These two I haven't read yet but really should.

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Tamarity
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Found this book for 2$ but splitting my time between it and teaching myself to embroider. Don‘t judge to harshly, it‘s only my 2nd attempt ✂️

readordierachel Cute! Also, Kelly Link is 👌🏽 2y
drokka 👍 2y
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rachelsbrittain
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January TBR

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needleminding
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#ReindeerReads days 16 & 17: My #longlist of books to read is not #shortstory heavy, but I do have Get in Trouble and Barbara the Slut ranked somewhere toward the top.

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Liberty
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Amazing night at the Franklin Park Reading Series! Kelly Link, Daniel José Older, Brian Allen Carr, and Deirdre Coyle all killed it. ❤️❤️❤️

RiaWritten I ALMOST WENT TO THIS 😭😭😭 2y
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That loud laugh that erupts from nowhere and scares you because it‘s quiet where you are reading...

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Here's my #5fordinner. I stuck with living authors, just cuz. Thx for the tag @monalyisha & @jdtchicago 🤗

Kelly Link
Joe Hill
Lindy West
N.K. Jemisin
Margaret Atwood

If you haven't done this yet, consider yourself tagged!

monalyisha I definitely had one version of my invite list with Lindy West on it, too! (& Amy Poehler, & Trevor Noah). I would certainly come to your dinner. (edited) 2y
readordierachel @monalyisha Lindy West is the best. Your alternative guest list sounds amazing! 2y
monalyisha Thanks @ReadOrDieRachel ! I was having trouble completing it in a way that made for sensible, complementary fun. Haha. I was thinking maybe AJ Jacobs? Lauren Graham? I dunno... 2y
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rohit-sawant Love these picks! 😍 2y
monkeygirlsmama Joe Hill came close to making my five, but I ran out of room. LoL 2y
vivastory Amazing choices! 2y
readordierachel @monkeygirlsmama We need a bigger dinner table 🤣 2y
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BookHermit
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Found at the Dollar Tree. What the what? #score

Cinfhen Dollar Tree 🙌🏻💚 2y
CharissaWeaksAuthor WHAT 😱 2y
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leslieisreading
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#cantstopwontstop adding audiobooks to my Overdrive wish list. #anditsaugust

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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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Gawd I hate this font treatment. The one time I regret getting the hardcover edition 😒
#forfontssake #anditsaugust

BookishJess Agreed. It's very jarring to look at. 2y
LeahBergen Eee. 😬 2y
Yournewfriendsams Hey! Love your posts!! I have a bookish question you if you get a chance! My email is sprimea1@gmail.com 😊 2y
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Read66
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Kelly Link's story ideas are one of a kind - lots of fun to read and absolutely never predictable.

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Christine
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Dollar Tree delights. 📚😁

Wife #DollarTree Can't beat it for the price, not to mention the thrill of the hunt. 🤓 3y
Christine @Wife Yes!! I only recently learned of this phenomenon via Litsy but am afraid I am quickly becoming notorious there as the woman who makes a crazed beeline to the book section and rifles through every stack. 😛 3y
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The owls of shame...

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Mehso-so

I think some of the stories were a little too weird for me and I like weird writing. I just wanted one of them to be a little more plot driven. I think the writing was excellent and her imagination is truly something different. I just felt like some of the stories just fell flat at the end. But, I would definitely read something else by her!

Cinfhen Appreciate your review ❤️ 3y
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I bought this right after it came out, after hearing Link's name at a Margaret Atwood lecture (she mentioned Link in the Q&A as an author she was currently enjoying). As with many short story collections, this was full of hits-or-misses. I'd say 6 of the 9 stories were good. A few were too long, a few could have been longer. "The Summer People," "Secret Identity," "The Lesson," and "Two Houses" were my faves. Solid "I liked it" rating for me.

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Gettin' in trouble while this storm rolls in #singapore #tropics #rain 🌬⚡️