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The Arrangement
The Arrangement: A Novel | Sarah Dunn
A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong? Lucy and Owen, ambitious, thoroughly-therapized New Yorkers, have taken the plunge, trading in their crazy life in a cramped apartment for Beekman, a bucolic Hudson Valley exurb. They've got a two hundred year-old house, an autistic son obsessed with the Titanic, and 17 chickens, at last count. It's the kind of paradise where stay-at-home moms team up to cook the school's "hot lunch," dads grill grass-fed burgers, and, as Lucy observes, "chopping kale has become a certain kind of American housewife's version of chopping wood." When friends at a wine-soaked dinner party reveal they've made their marriage open, sensible Lucy balks. There's a part of her, though-the part that worries she's become too comfortable being invisible-that's intrigued. Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. When an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after she's known for the past nine years, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?"
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OriginalCyn620
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A good example of “be careful what you wish for.” Lucy and Owen decide to try an open marriage, for a limited amount of time, and with a set of ground rules. Of course, things don‘t go as planned. A quick, enjoyable read!
#booked2020 #animalonthecover
#popsugar2020 - bird on the cover

Cinfhen I‘ve been meaning to read this ever since @Reggie first reviewed it !!! 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Well, that‘s intriguing... 3y
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OriginalCyn620
The Arrangement | Sarah Dunn
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Here‘s a pic of a Max and the first book I could get my hands on that had an #animal on the cover!
#reallyrandomfebruary #dogsoflitsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awwww 🐶🐾 3y
Leftcoastzen 👏❤️🐶 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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LauraJ Cool pumpkin! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love your pumpkin 🎃 3y
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smg22
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I read this in 2 days - I couldn‘t put it down. It was quirky and lovely at the same time. I want to get to know the characters more. Like sitting down with them and having a tea or something and a good chat.

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Sharpeipup
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Krisjericho
The Arrangement | Sarah Dunn
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Panpan

Ugh. This book. Married couple is discontent, decides to open their marriage for six months, no questions asked. Hey, whatever. No judgement. But they do it in such an idiotic way. There is zero discussion. Continued in the comments because this review is super long because I hated this.

Krisjericho And of course, the husband, who is one of the worst characters I have ever read, sleeps with two women - the psycho bitch, because women can‘t sleep with a man without become obsessed and texting him 90 times and destroying his property, and the 19-year old he judges as being a slut BECAUSE SHE SLEEPS WITH RANDOM PEOPLE. You know, LIKE HE DOES. 3y
Krisjericho And then the wife, who is okayish I guess, sleeps with her no strings attached guy and falls in love because women can‘t just sleep with men they find enjoyable, they will fall in love 100% of the time. 🙄 The plot has chapters about random side characters that don‘t matter, and everything is happily ever after in the end, because that makes sense. Blergh. 3y
BookishTrish So... recommended? 😂😂😂 3y
JazzFeathers 😂 You shouldn't write such entertaining reviews for such unentertaining books 3y
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aliasNayNay
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Pickpick

Be careful what you wish for.....I did enjoy the book and had a really hard time putting the book down! It‘s a light tale with interesting characters that reveal darker truths about care required to maintain a marriage. This is a perfect beach read if you‘re looking for a light romance that outlines the struggles of a long term relationship and coming to terms with the fact that the grass isn‘t always greener on the other side.

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Readingfeathers1
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Mehso-so

I‘m not understanding why so many think this book was “hilarious”? She‘s a great writer and I liked how she ended it but overall...🤷🏻‍♀️

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Panpan

Not a novel concept anymore, but the story seemed like it had potential to develop into something more interesting than it ended up being. The characters were mildly amusing at times, simply awful and not entirely thought through at others. The ending was anti climatic, I had to flip back and forth a few pages to confirm the ending, really.

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Reggie
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Lucy and Owen think they‘re being #modernlove (ers) by opening up their marriage. Owen finds Izzy, someone seemingly easy who turns out to have boundary issues and Lucy becomes what starts out as a #daytripper to the city to be with Ben but she ends up breaking the rule of “no falling in love.” This was hilarious with plenty of deep issues underneath. #BeatleMaynia #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Ive stacked this from a previous post by you!! Sounds really enlightening 😉 4y
CarolynM Sounds good to me. Stacked. 4y
marleed I liked this book. And good pick! 4y
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rohit-sawant Nice pick! 4y
Eggs Nice double play!! 4y
crazyspine I like the picture how'd you do that or did you find it like that? 4y
Reggie @Cinfhen @CarolynM @rohit-sawant @Eggs Thanks!! They also live in a well to do little town that is also a little crazy. 4y
Reggie @marleed Thanks! I really liked the letter Izzy sends them in the end. The one about saying they had enough. I really liked this book. 4y
Reggie @crazyspine I use this little app called pic collage. I take the cover of the book off the internet. And in the app itself there is this option called Backgrounds where you can use a photo or search for something. I use search and often just type in colors that match the book cover. Like this one I just typed in teal and turquoise and it comes up with all kinds of that color combo and just chose this one. Hope that helps. 4y
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OriginalCyn620
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vkois88 Cute stack! 4y
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christinehk
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One of my favorite books I‘ve read in 2019! I would reread it again in a heartbeat. It‘s about a married couple who try to have an open marriage for 6 months, following a set of rules, one of being “no falling in love”. The characters are well developed & take you on a 6 month journey about daily life, marriage struggles, raising children, partnership and love. Would highly recommend!

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SheilaChew
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Lucy and Owen are in a tough place in their marriage. Their special needs son drains all the energy and joy from their home, so they decide to try an open marriage to see if they can find themselves again. What they find is surprising and also predictable. Enjoyable reading with good and funny characters and a good ending.
(Photo is from my trip to Oahu last month. Nothing to do with the book but I love the colors of the ocean.)

Tanisha_A Gorgeous view! 4y
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thatsthegreentea
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Sample, Sample, Sample! Anyone else sample books on Kindle before committing? Bless technology. I'll be getting these 3.

I dont actually have a kindle yet and just using the app. Some of the books are not available in our local bookstores. I can order them online but it can get expensive and it takes too long to arrive 😂 Im impatient.

Redwritinghood All the time. I have a big accumulation of samples on my Kindle. 4y
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Audrey
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Pickpick

Well drawn characters and the difficulties of marriage. Also, sharp observations about people living in a town filled with privilege. I did get confused with some of the towns people and one of the threads wasn‘t necessary, mostly bc it tied part of the ending too neatly. But overall, there should be a lot to discuss.

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Dolly
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Bailedbailed

One third in and so far has no redeeming value, for me. I expected some spicy details...nope, not yet anyway. If anyone sees reason why I should continue on with this book, speak now or forever hold your peace. 🤭

Reggie I loved this book. And for the most part those spicy details never come because what should have been spicy turns crazypants. Maybe it‘s just not for you but it has its merits. 4y
Dolly @Reggie I do like that term crazypants! 😲 I guess this is chic lit? I just don't jive with chic lit now- I did in the past. If only I could identify it before starting🤔 4y
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HardcoverHarlot
Mehso-so

A little too chick-lit for my tastes, but still, an interesting concept.

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Jess7
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Mehso-so

2.7/5 Stars - I started this last year, sat it aside, and picked it back up this month. Parts were funny, while others were difficult and frustrating. Lucy and Owen have been married awhile and have a special needs son. Intrigued by another couple‘s success with an arrangement, they decide to embark on six month marriage vacation of sorts, in which both parties are allowed to sleep with other people. Overall the book was just okay. #jpbookreview

Jess7 My audiobook that I plan to read in between my physical books is: 4y
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HardcoverHarlot
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Hello everyone! It‘s been too long. I‘ve been neglecting Litsy since, well, the last readathon I did! I promise to change that going forward. Anyhoo, I‘m starting off my #24in48 weekend by trying to finish this book. I won‘t be able to get to 24 hours this weekend, because it‘s just too busy (why oh why did I start a second master‘s while working full time and co-writing a book chapter with colleagues?!), but I‘ll do as much as I can! #letsdothis

Hoopiefoot Welcome back and happy reading! 4y
sparrowssavvy Love the whale bedding! 4y
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Jess7
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Listening to this #audiobook at work. I started the ebook almost a year ago and couldn‘t get into it. Now I‘m giving it another try because it‘s easy to follow in audio while working. Has anyone else read this?

Blurb: “A hilarious and emotionally charged novel about a couple who embark on an open marriage-what could possibly go wrong?” #TheArrangement #TBR

TheFunkyBookworm Goodreads tells me I read this about a year ago and only gave it 2 ⭐️... but I honestly don‘t remember this one lol 4y
JacqMac It was just an ok for me. 4y
Reggie I really liked this, thought it was hilarious. Owen‘s side chick is totally nutso. 4y
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RidgewayGirl I liked it. Dunn is also a writer of the show American Housewife. 4y
MistyReads Just purchased it‘s part of my summer reading. Can‘t wait to read it 4y
zzz I started this but had to put it aside. Maybe I'll pick it back up someday 4y
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TheLibrarian
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I may have gone a little over board at B&N today.....
#noshelfcontrol

LikelyLibrarian Good haul! Enjoyed Punjabi Widows. Have Secret History of Witches but haven‘t read it yet. Let me know if it‘s any good! 5y
TheLibrarian @LikelyLibrarian Thank you!! It may take me a few years to actually read it. 5y
Avanders Ooh but how fun! 5y
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AmyG Great book haul! 5y
bunny Great stack! I loved Boneshaker. Hope you enjoy 🙂 5y
staci.reads Ooh, I loved Annihilation, but I haven't read the next two yet. This reminds me I wanted to order them 😊 5y
TheLibrarian @staci.reads Both the 2 & 3 books are part of the buy 2 get 1 free selection at B&N. 5y
staci.reads Is it online too? I'm 90 minutes away from the nearest B&N 😕 5y
TheLibrarian @staci.reads It should be online too! At least the b2g1 deals normally are the same. 5y
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🌟🌟/5

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Ssmith
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Cooking a Passover friendly dinner for me and my husband while listening to a book = my kind of arrangement. I‘m really enjoying this book, but every time it goes into detail about ‘the arrangement,‘ my stomach churns a bit!

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Ssmith

I had a few long drives yesterday, and a few more over the next few days, so I was looking for an audiobook to hold my interest. While I‘m a little uncomfortable with the premise, I‘m certainly entertained!

IamIamIam I enjoyed this as an audio book. I got snagged by the title and couldn't resist and it wasn't awful! Lol 5y
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This felt like a more typical chicklit, but I loved getting into the heads of characters and seeing how they reacted in a seemingly open marriage. Lots of fun and a little sexy. I listened to the audiobook version, and the narrator kept me engrossed the whole time. I finished this in two days!

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Bookgirl
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You might have to be married with kids to truly appreciate this book. Lucy and Owen have a suburban life with an autistic child and it‘s drained the romance from their marriage. They agree to a 6 month “arrangement” - an open marriage. Total freedom to explore physical relationships with other people. The aftermath and insight is definitely thought-provoking. Starts fascinating, fizzles a little but stays strong - a great metaphor for marriage.

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OriginalCyn620
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Went to an #indiebookstore close to me that I‘d never been to before. Why it took me so long I don‘t know. Not only did they have #blinddatewithabook, but I got an impressive #bookhaul, and a free #ARC for spending more than $50!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
BookMaven407 A free ARC - that's awesome! 👍 5y
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mrozzz
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Unfortunately clichés, erroneous plot lines, & befuddled characters distract from a juicy arrangement Lucy & Owen have to step out of their marriage for sex for 6 months.

Redeeming qualities:
- Sunny Bang (despite an explanation of how she's one of 3 Asian-American women and most men in town get them mixed up)
-Lucy standing up for herself as a stay-at-home mom when Owen wondered aloud why she didn‘t apply lipstick before he came home ????

Reggie I liked this one. I really liked the letter from Owen‘s crazy side chick saying what they had was more than anybody gets which is enough. 5y
mrozzz @Reggie I just didn‘t buy it 😣 despite so many breakups it all just felt too neat. And like it was trying to mimic the dark, humorous chaos of Bernadette but it didn‘t make a sense. I couldn‘t get a good read of who Lucy was. And I was incredibly disappointed with Owen. I felt like I was teetering the whole way through between liking it and not. 5y
Reggie @mrozzz really? Cause I got under-appreciated wife/mother. Dealing with an extreme child situation where she has to wrestle with him to get the knife away from him. That‘s a lot of stress, for both of them. Maybe, they just needed an outlet. ( I‘m not advocating for this one, lol) And I‘m with you, because if my husband left in the middle of the night to go hold the sidepeice, he either would know not to come back or know I won‘t be there. 5y
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mrozzz @Reggie what I liked best was the realness of being a mother. The ending didn‘t give me enough resolution. What Ben said was enough to completely push down her feelings with him and work it out with Owen? She did it for Wyatt? I might have liked it better if she went ahead and screwed it all up in pursuit of selfishness to be with Ben. Or more Victoria! And definitely more Sunny! I concur concerning husbands trying to prioritize the girlfriend 🤬 5y
BarbaraBB De-stacking it right now 😉 5y
mrozzz @BarbaraBB LOL 👌🏻 5y
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Erika13137
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On vacation this week so picked up a good mix of books from the library.

Cinfhen Enjoy 5y
TheBookDream Loooooove The Last of August 5y
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Kaylamburson
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Here's another book that tried to tempt me at the bookstore. #awesomeautumnbooks #shhsecrets
What happens when you realize your "perfect" marriage is a bit too comfortable & your friend is having a successful open relationship? Why not try a short marital experiment? Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. But what happens when the affair begins to seem more enticing than the happily-ever-after you've known for the past 9 years?

Beckys_Books It's highly unlikely I could read this book and finish it. I like happily ever after with no bumps along the way. 5y
Kaylamburson No bumps at all? You don't like a little conflict? @beckys_books 5y
Jess7 I've heard very good things about this. I started reading it a couple weeks ago. It would probably be a good book to discuss bc of the controversy it provokes. 🤗🤓 5y
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Kaylamburson I'm definitely tempted to buy it! If that's the case, it might be a fun Litsy read along! @Jess7 5y
Jess7 Yeah maybe so! I'd be down to read it with you, but it would have to be a November book for me bc my October book list is insane 😳lol 5y
Kaylamburson Yes agreed!! And October is always the craziest, busiest month. But let's shoot for November!! @Jess7 5y
mrozzz You were at the Amazon bookstore? 😉 5y
Kaylamburson Yes, miss! I am officially in love, haha @mrozzz 5y
mrozzz It's an interesting place. Have the lines died down?! 5y
Kaylamburson Oh there used to be lines? I went kinda late, but there was only a handful of people in the store browsing. @mrozzz 5y
mrozzz Yes! I went on the second day it was open. And they had a max capacity of customers they were letting inside the store because there were so many more hoping to get in 5y
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brookerhi
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A fast read. Better than I thought it would be. Premise is a bit ridiculous, but I'm glad that the author didn't tie everything up with a bow at the end. People get hurt in this novel, relationships break up. There are real-world consequences to an open marriage that go beyond a fictional story. I'm glad that the author didn't make this arrangement play out like a walk in the park. #bookstagram #bookreview #booklife

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Lucy and Owen, a frustrated couple of nine years, embark on an #openmarriage experiment. Six months, clear ground rules, zero questions asked. But when an affair with a man in the city begins to seem more enticing than the not so happily-ever-after she's known for nearly a decade, Lucy must decide what truly makes her happy-"real life," or the "experiment?" #Controversial & #thoughtprovoking. #TBR #VoicesonTheWind #Turbulence #AugustGrrrl #Mercy

Reggie I loved this book!!! 5y
Cinfhen I was just gonna say it's an @Reggie pick😊which means it's high up on my TBR 5y
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Akimbo
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Panpan

I didn't really enjoy this one. Frankly it made me kind of sad. I feel the issues brought up are far more complex than depicted by the characters and their actions.

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nomadreader
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Pickpick

Started this one on audio, but I didn't finish listening in time, so I switched to print. Both were great. This book is great. 4.5 out of 5

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Akimbo
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Looking forward to being "shocked and delighted"!

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JacqMac
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Pickpick

This was a fun read. I also feel the need to say I love and appreciate my husband. And I love our life together. And I'm going to tell him so right now! Time for a break. #24in48

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JacqMac
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Hour 17 for me. Nobody made me breakfast. But I found doughnuts in the kitchen. So it's even better! This book has taken a turn. #24in48

Clare-Dragonfly Mmm... now I want a donut. 5y
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JacqMac
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Good morning! It's almost 8am here. After a short, but good sleep, I'm going back in. #24in48 This one was a good choice for sleepy reading. It's really fun. So far. Now if I could just convince someone to make me breakfast, so I can stay in bed a little longer....

Hoopiefoot I think this book is up next for me 5y
Lola I heard an interview with this author on the Just the Right Book podcast and that made me want to read it even more. Glad you enjoyed it! 5y
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JacqMac
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Time for some sleep. I'm pretty impressed with my time so far. Having that audiobook really helped. It also helped that hubby and the kids were busy all day. I might actually hit 24 this time. See you after a nice long sleep Littens. #24in48

mrozzz 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 5y
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LauraBeth
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I've had a nightmare every night since my mom died - which seems like a common thing that will eventually go away. Tonight the husband said: "Why don't you just stay awake all night and read?" Well - if you're going to insist - okay...

DGRachel I'm so sorry. {{hugs}} 💞 5y
Lmstraubie Smart man 💗💗💗 5y
DeeLew So sorry 💜 5y
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KathyWheeler I'm so sorry and I hope the nightmares end soon. But at least there's a good excuse to stay up and read. 5y
OrangeMooseReads I'm sorry. He has a good idea. 5y
DebinHawaii It sounds like a smart plan. Sending you hugs. 💜💜💜 5y
Mimi28 Aaaaawwwwwww ((((((( Hugs)))))))))) 5y
AnnieReads Grief manifests in so many ways. Be patient with yourself. The nightmares will fade in time but your mind had so much to process right now. I see your mom's precious dog in that pic. 💜 5y
ValerieAndBooks So sorry. Hugs, and looks like you're being well taken care of by the doggies and your hubby. 5y
Jinjer Bitsy looks concerned. Who is the other fellow? I hope the nightmare stops soon! 5y
Reggie I used to work with this 56yo hostess who was 1 of 4 sisters that had recently lost their father. The mother was already deceased. She said she used to worry all the time if her father was ok. This continued for months. 1 night she had a dream where the 4 sisters were in their 20's at a bar. And a fight broke out. The sisters quickly left, and as my friend got into her car she looked back and the bar had turned into the house she had grown up 5y
CocoReads So sorry. Take care of you and reading all night sounds like a solid plan. The nightmares will fade in time. Sending hugs... 5y
Reggie And on the porch was a rocking chair with her father. Behind him was her mother waving. She took it to mean that they were together and she was taking care of her father. All the stress and worry left her after that night. So here's to better dreaming LauraBeth. 5y
valeriegeary This is a good book to keep you company. Here's to better sleep soon. 15 years after, I still dream about my mom, few and far between, but now I welcome them, even if they do leave me storm tossed in the mornings. Sending hugs and peaceful thoughts. 5y
SaraFair I still have dreams about my Dad, but in the dream I am thinking- why did I think he was dead? Then the nightmare is when I wake up. I suggest the podcast that has really saved me for the past two years -" Sleep With Me". I line up several in a row, and listen most of the night. The stories are so crazy that your brain will not be able to have that dream! Love ya:) 5y
LiteraryinLawrence Sending love and comfort your way. 💚 5y
QuietlyLaura I'm sorry your sleep is troubled. You have been on my mind and in my prayers. I listen to an audiobook at night while sleeping and that seems to dull my nightmares. 5y
ReadingEnvy I've had a few about my dad since he died last month and it can be so unsettling. I know the brain is just trying to process but it's rough to deal with. Sending peace. 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Much love to you. I've been there and glancing over the other messages, I think we're all in this together. 💕💕 5y
JacqMac ❤️ I can relate. The dreams do get better. Sending #LitsyLove I think reading all night is wonderful medicine for your brain. And I can't wait to hear what you think of this book. It's on my TBR. 5y
Dragon Sorry for your nightmares, I hope reading and books help. Be kind to yourself 💐 5y
DivineDiana Wishing you only good dreams. 🙏🏻 5y
Aswenson ❤️❤️ 5y
bookwrm526 Wishing you restful sleep and pleasant dreams (if you don't manage to stay up reading all night) 5y
Bklover Do you have any pajamas that were your mom's? I slept in my moms pjs for ages after she died. ❤️❤️❤️ 5y
NCNY Wishing you peaceful sleep soon. It's been twelve years since my father died and now when he's in my dreams I feel comforted. Hope that happens for you eventually. 5y
minkyb Even though it is a common after effect it is so debilitating. Take care. 5y
batsy It must be very difficult. Take care 💕 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @DGRachel 💕💕 I stayed up and at one point started reading Don Quixote 😀 5y
LauraBeth @Lmstraubie he can be sometimes 😊 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @DeeLew 💕💕 5y
LauraBeth @KathyWheeler thanks - and you're right - it IS a good excuse to stay up reading! ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth @OrangeMooseReads thanks 💕💕 it was a wonderful idea! 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @DebinHawaii ❤️❤️ it was a smart plan! I stayed up reading until 4 😊 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @Mimi28 ❤️❤️ how are all my cat babies doing? 5y
LauraBeth Thanks for your kind words @AnnieReads ❤️❤️ Yes - that's her dog in the pic - he's been a huge source of comfort for all of us 🐶 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @ValerieAndBooks ❤️❤️ the dogs and the husband are doing a good job 😊 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @Jinjer 💕💕Bitsy was probably concerned because she didn't want to have to stay up all night because she loves her sleep 😂 The other fellow is my mom's dog, Bo. We've been keeping him since January and have officially adopted him 🐶 5y
Mimi28 They are all doing great thanks! They fight over the window by my bed. The 18 year old hisses a lot, but it's part of her personality so it's funny sometimes. The other cats don't take it very personally anymore, lol. How are your fur babies? 5y
LauraBeth Wow @Reggie - that's an awesome book in the making right there! Throw in some kinky sexy and even you may read it! 😂 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @valeriegeary - you're right - this was a good book for all night company! Thanks for your perspective because I hadn't thought about down the line in the future when I'd welcome these dreams. Right now, in every dream scenario, she's sick and we haven't done enough for her - so looking forward to seeing her in my dreams when she's healthy ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth Thanks for the love @SaraFair ❤️❤️ I'm going to download that podcast this evening and try it out. 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @LiteraryinLititz ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @ReadsWithTea - I usually drift off to an audiobook but set it on a timer - maybe I should try just leaving it on ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth @ReadingEnvy oh man do I hate that you lost your dad last month. I've been thinking about you ❤️❤️ here's to better dreams for the both of us 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @BarbaraTheBibliophage - it's comforting to know we're all in this together ❤️❤️ keep us updated when you get your second opinion 💕 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @JacqMac ❤️❤️ reading all night WAS wonderful medicine! 5y
LauraBeth Thanks for your sweet words @Dragon ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @DivineDiana 💕💕 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @Aswenson ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @bookwrm526 💕💕 I stayed up most of the night reading 😊 5y
LauraBeth @Bklover ❤️❤️❤️ I've been sleeping in one of her favorite shirts 5y
LauraBeth Thanks for your sweet words @NCNY - I like knowing that one day she'll show up in my dreams and I'll be comforted ❤️❤️ 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @minkyb ❤️😘 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @irre 💕💕 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @batsy ❤️❤️ 5y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LauraBeth Yes we are. Promise I'll be updating. This is my tribe. ❤️ 5y
LauraBeth @Mimi28 😹😹 the others completely ignore our old cat 5y
Suet624 I smelled my mother's perfume in the air on and off at random times for about 6 months. I'd have to sit down because I'd be shaking so much. I didn't have much of a relationship with her while she was alive. Now we are friends. It's a relief. Before you sleep ask that you be given some pleasant dreams about her. Sometimes that helps. 5y
LauraBeth Thanks @Suet624 - we had a difficult relationship since she was an alcoholic my entire life but now I realize that she was self-medicating herself because of her severe depression. I never thought she liked me much but after going thru what she left behind - it became clear that she adored me and was proud of me - her depression stole her ability to connect fully with me - but now I see that she wanted to - she just didn't know how 💔 5y
Suet624 I discovered the same thing, but it happened during a thunderbolt moment just a few minutes before she died. It's a good thing to discover. Grieving for that fact alone - that you are only now discovering how much you were loved - can take months. Be gentle with yourself and cry as much as necessary. It won't go on forever, so just allow it. Much love to you. 🌹💕 5y
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Librarylady
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An interesting,slightly naughty look at one couple's marriage. Wondering if this story will have a happy ending.

britt_brooke Nice photo! 📷👏🏻 5y
mrozzz Genius pic. The coordination is 👌🏻 5y
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nomadreader
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Roadtrip listening!

rachellayown Are you enjoying it? I hope you find it as fun as I did! 5y
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BookishTrish
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Pickpick

A quick fun read that reminded me of a soap opera. The ending could've been a smidge more developed but whatevs.

Reggie I liked that everything wasn't left destroyed. I also liked crazy Izzy's letter at the end when she said they were luckier than a lot of people cause they had more than most.... which was enough. I loved this book. 5y
BookishTrish @Reggie I really liked Izzy's letter too. I felt a bit like the relationship with Ben dissolved quickly because it's what the plot demanded vs. how the characters might actually behave. 5y
Reggie I get that cause the dissolve happens over a couple of pages, but in actuality took a couple of months, but she had her son to think about and I don't think she took all those death threats from Wyatt and played the part of least favorite parent to just leave him for a new life with a new guy. 5y
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rachellayown
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What a deliciously fun read! I gobbled up this novel about a couple who decides to open up their marriage. It's funny, sexy, and has hints of a Tom Perrotta novel. It would be an excellent beach read or reading slump buster. Thanks to @MicheleinPhilly and @Reggie for the recommendation!

Ashley_Nicoletto Loved this one too! 5y
nomadreader I have this one waiting on audio for a road trip later this week. So excited! 5y
SilversReviews Gorgeous cover. 5y
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BookishTrish
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This book is more Mr Right Now than Mr Right.... and I'm okay with that.

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rachellayown
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I'm way behind on #thesatanicversesbuddyread but I started reading the tagged book after reading reviews by @MicheleinPhilly and @Reggie and I'm hooked and don't want to stop. #blameitonlitsy

MicheleinPhilly 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼That book busted me out of a 2 week reading slump! 5y
rachellayown I can see why @MicheleinPhilly! I felt a reading slump creeping up on me and this book has knocked down that threat. 5y
Lola I just listened to the Just the Right Book podcast episode where Roxanne Coady interviews the author of this one. If the link doesn't work, its episode 27 http://www.bookpodcast.com/469-2/ 5y
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Reggie Yayyy, I hope you love it. Owen's side chick is a little crazy. And I don't know if I could live in that town. Lol 5y
rachellayown Cool @Lola! I will check it out! 5y
rachellayown I'm loving it @Reggie! Ha, I love how crazy Izzy is... and that town... 5y
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SarahSDavis
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My July TBR... I'm almost done with numbers 2-4 so maybe I can complete this.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I've been off for five days. I have to go back tomorrow and I'm pretty bummed about it. Basically I've spent all five days reading or with my friends/family. No #workaholics here. #jubilantjuly

coffeenebula In the same boat 🚣🏻 over here! 😭😭😭 5y
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