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The One-in-a-Million Boy
The One-in-a-Million Boy | Monica Wood
The incandescent story of a 104-year-old woman and the sweet, strange young boy assigned to help her around the house a friendship that touches each member of the boys unmoored family For years, guitarist Quinn Porter has been on the road, chasing gig after gig, largely absent to his twice-ex-wife Belle and their odd, Guinness recordsobsessed son. When the boy dies suddenly, Quinn seeks forgiveness for his paternal shortcomings by completing the requirements for his sons unfinished Boy Scout badge. For seven Saturdays, Quinn does yard work for Ona Vitkus, the wily 104-year-old Lithuanian immigrant the boy had visited weekly. Quinn soon discovers that the boy had talked Ona into gunning for the world record for Oldest Licensed Driver and thats the least of her secrets. Despite himself, Quinn picks up where the boy left off, forging a friendship with Ona that allows him to know the son he never understood, a boy who was always listening, always learning. The One-in-a-Million Boy is a richly layered novel of hearts broken seemingly beyond repair and then bound by a stunning act of human devotion.
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CocoReads
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Calling all Littens! I‘m late to the party (as usual) but check out @MrBook profile for the deets on this weekends #readathon!

MrBook You‘re just making your fashionable entrance. 😎🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 1mo
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StayCurious
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#Litsypartyofone #mrbook1inamillion #24B4Monday @MrBook This is my book stack for this weekend‘s readathon. I love readathons because they help get me on track with my reading - especially on books that I‘m behind in. I can‘t post any snacks unfortunately - I‘m on a diet so I‘m trying to eat healthy 🙄 I‘m seeing my dietician tomorrow and I‘m afraid even posting what I want to eat will feel like cheating 😂

MrBook 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻 I hear ya on the dieting. Love those choices! Thank you so much for joining the party! 🤗 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Haha posting pics of broccoli just doesn't seem right, does it?? 1mo
MrBook @TheAromaofBooks 😂😂😂 1mo
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Sarz
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Here's my TBR stack for this weekend's #24b4monday readathon! Looking forward to celebrating one of everybody's favourite with some reads that I'm super excited about. Also got some audiobooks lined up as well #MrBook1inaMillion
@MrBook @Andrew65

CarolynM Too Much Lip❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
TheSpineView I too am going to read The Night Circus 1mo
ImperfectCJ The Night Circus is on my TBR this weekend, too. 1mo
Andrew65 @ImperfectCJ I loved this book! Hope you, @thespineview and @Sarz enjoy it. (edited) 1mo
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TheEllieMo
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Woohoo! @MrBook has reached over 1m in Litfluence!! And in celebration, there‘s a #readathon this weekend! Start planning your TBR and your snacks now, and join the #24b4Monday crew and #LitsyPartyofOne. There are prizes on offer. Seriously, could it get any better?! Check out MrBook‘s profile for the full details 😄 #MrBook1InAMillion

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TheSpineView
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#MrBook1inaMillion @MrBook

The illustrious @MrBook has now surpassed 1M.. yes one million in Litfluence. He is celebrating my doing a readathon with games and prizes. Too much to mention in one post so go check out his feed.

Congrats Jason!! Wahoo! 🥳🥳🥳

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Jerdencon
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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Congrats to @MrBook on a great milestone! 🎉🎉

Looking forward to this! Think I can actually participate for a change! #litsypartyofone #24b4monday

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julesG
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The #1InAMillion @MrBook is celebrating his Litfkuence achievement with a #LitsyPartyOfOne #24B4Monday #readathon.

Go to his profile to check out the details (3 posts).

Congratulations Jason! You were among the first people to welcome me to Litsy and I'm looking forward to celebrating your awesomeness this coming weekend.

@Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

jb72 He was the first to welcome me to Litsy too. So nice! 1mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Mehso-so

"Picture it: One thousand hummingbirds with ruby throats fell out of the blue and straight to us, two old ladies who couldn't believe their eyes."

The hummingbird is the smallest bird in the world, this kind of fits in perfectly with the theme of the book.

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SanjanaGhosh
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myellenbee That's a beautiful quote, the sound of a friendship formonh. 2mo
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Tex2Flo
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The sweetest good-sad story
#crymeariver #ayupaugust @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen
Book club cast Cloris Leachman and David Arquette.

squirrelbrain Sounds good (but sad!) - stacked... 4mo
Cinfhen Such a great book!!!!!!!! 4mo
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KarenUK
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#JulyWrapUp

Had a bit of a reading slump this month, but a re-read of the tagged book for a bookclub ended up being the perfect #slumpbuster !

I read a couple of fantastic cookbooks, and also really liked The Girl on the Page, a gift from a lovely Litten...

Favorite new-to-me fiction read was the 5⭐️ ‘The Nickel Boys‘ by Colson Whitehead.... I‘m looking forward to discussing it at the B&N bookclub I‘ll be hosting on August 13th....📚💕

Cathythoughts This doesn‘t look like a reading slump 🤔📚📚📚Well done !! I must get a copy of The Chain ! I‘m in need of a decent thriller 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
KarenUK @cathythoughts The Chain is fun and a really well done thriller.... very pacy, edge of your seat stuff. 👍 4mo
britt_brooke Looks like a great month still! What did you think about Educated? I think I‘m one of the few that didn‘t love it. 4mo
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KarenUK @britt_brooke I‘m with you on this one.... did not love it, and although I think her achievements are great, didn‘t think the book was that special... 4mo
britt_brooke @KarenUK Completely agree. 4mo
CarolynM The Girl on the Page was an interesting one. I liked a lot of it, but some of it made me cringe! 4mo
KarenUK @CarolynM I kept thinking I shouldn‘t be liking this as much as I am! 4mo
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IvoryLunatic
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My book haul from 2nd and Charles on Sunday. I technically only went there to get a gift card for a friend, but y‘all know how that goes. I can‘t pass up a buy 5 used books, get 5 free deal. The two in the middle are books I‘ve been on the library waitlist for a while so those are some fun finds and the rest are just whatever struck my fancy - fantasy, animals, classics, etc.

Buechersuechtling Let us (me 😉) know how you like(d) Sarah Dessen‘s “Saint Anything”, please. 🙇🏽‍♀️ 4mo
jmtrivera I almost moved into 2nd and Charles when I saw that sale! 4mo
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KarenUK
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Reread for a bookclub- just as good as I remembered.
I again fell in love with this lovely cast of characters. Ona, feisty and 104 years young, Quinn the absentee father, Belle the broken and grieving mother, and the unnamed, World-record-obsessed boy.
This wonderful story of grief and friendship, just spoke to me so completely. And I just love Quinn as a character. His complex feelings of grief, guilt, honor and duty were so moving. Recommended👍

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Kappadeemom
One-In-A-Million Boy | Monica Wood
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An 11 year old Boy Scout goes to help 104 year old Ona Vitkus each Saturday. They become friends and Ona tells the boy several secrets. Love, loss and friendship

Biverson12 Added to my stack! 5mo
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Kaila-ann
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Overall a very heartwarming and touching story. It dragged a little in the middle and frankly, Quinn did almost nothing to impress me as a character. He was mostly self absorbed and kind of cold. Ona, the boy and the way that the author chose to end the book saved it all. The ending was heartbreaking and beautiful. I would still highly recommend this book and the audio was amazing. #audiobook #tearjerker #hoopla

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DarcysMom
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🌟🌟🌟🌟
#audiobook
#overdrive

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Rissreads
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‘Upstairs, gaining strength by the second, lay Quinn‘s inheritance, left to the father from the son: an old woman suddenly missing home.‘
This is the story of a boy, a son and his relationship with his father and his friendship with an elderly lady of 104.
This book made my heart sing! The ending was just perfect! The characters felt so real and they made me cry, smile and cry some more.
#LitsyAtoZ letter O
#buddyread @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I fell behind!!! I‘ve got it next to read... 💗💗💗💗 6mo
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 6mo
Rissreads @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks all good! I hope you enjoy it as much as me. 6mo
Jeg What a beautiful cat.😻😻😻 6mo
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Wife Love ❤️ this book! The audiobook reader did a great job. 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Nerissa,
Thank you so much for the bookmark, book, and especially the kind words in your letter 💗 That means so much to me... You and others make Litsy such a wonderful place! I love that Litsy is a loving community and that we can make friends all over the world here. This is not just a book reviewing site, but a place to meet others with similar interests and get to know one another. Thank you for being a part of this awesome group!! 💗❤️😘

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And I‘m up for the buddy read when you are ❤️❤️ 7mo
Princess-Kingofkings I couldn't have said it any better! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Princess-Kingofkings thank you... I‘ve been a little bummed out with all of the Facebook comments today. I love the way Litsy has the personal feel and I would hate to see that changed in any way... I have made so many close friends here and continue to make them. Just makes me sad... 7mo
Rissreads I‘m ready now for the buddy read if you are? And your very welcome 💜💙💚❤️🧡💋 (edited) 7mo
Mdargusch So sweet! ❤️ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissreads ok!! Let‘s start tomorrow! I‘m about to go to bed 💗😘💗😘 7mo
Rissreads 👍 7mo
Rissreads I‘ve just finished this and absolutely loved it! It made me cry twice! Sorry I was a bit slow but life has been crazy busy!!!!!! 💜🧡💙❤️💛💚 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Rissreads I‘ve fallen very behind... love, been out of time, and stress!!! Its next though 😘😘😘 6mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Here‘s one for all my audiobook peeps. Made a list of some of my favorites over on @bookriot today.

https://bookriot.com/2019/04/15/audiobooks-with-theatrical-narrators/

#audiobooks #amwriting #amlistening

Megabooks Audible has a great 2 for 1 right now with famous narrators! 8mo
HeatherBookNerd @Megabooks good to know! 8mo
Christine Great article! I‘ve listened to and loved four of your picks, and now I‘ll definitely check out 8mo
Megabooks @HeatherBookNerd Also totally agree about The Nix! Pwnage is one of my favorite audiobook characters. Nice choices! 8mo
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"I remember clinking the wrong sort of glasses and wishing I had the right sort of glasses, and to this day I consider that moment - clink! - as the beginning of our friendship. I'm glad it made a sound."

Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 9mo
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jdiehr
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I thought this book had its moments, but I was never chomping at the bit to get back to it. Could just be that I am in the midst of so much upheaval personally.
I am going to give it a pick for the interesting premise and the quotes that I picked out from it.

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Macnjen
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Sweet story about a 104 year old woman who befriends a quirky 11 year old boy. I liked the characters, the writing, and how it wrapped up without being corny or obvious. Read this for book club and it‘s for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge. @BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 9mo
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jdiehr
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"She felt suddenly fond of her unremarkable life, that humdrum necklace of imitation pearls with the occasional glint of the real thing."

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Macnjen
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I hope I have a wingspan.

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Macnjen
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Next up for party book club and for #litsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia

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Wife
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I may have just listened to my 2019 favorite! This is a story that has so many moving elements. Have tissues on hand. Unlikely friendships, missed opportunities, mistakes, relationships, forgiveness, acceptance, humor, and love are all in this charming story. I definitely recommend the audiobook. Such a unique mix of characters...I will be thinking of them for a long time. 5/5⭐️s #Keeper ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

thebluestocking I love this one too!! ❤️ 9mo
Wife @thebluestocking So glad I picked this to listen to. Did you read print book? Or audiobook? I‘ll add this to my (very selective) “keeper” shelf. 🌹 9mo
thebluestocking @Wife I read the ebook. How was the audio? 9mo
Wife @thebluestocking Very good! Male reader did a very believable Ona Vitcus. 9mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Gentle, quiet, and heartwarming, this book creeps up on you. A story of friendship, missed opportunities, and second chances...all set in motion after the death of a boy. And the ending..it‘s beautiful! 👍👍👍👍

#Booked2019 Winter #relatedtoapodcast (from MMD podcast).

Cinfhen LOVED this book!!!! Like REALLY LOVED 10mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review & well done ✅ 10mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 10mo
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rohit-sawant Sounds terrific! Stacking! 10mo
batsy Great review ❤️ 10mo
JennyM It is a great read! 10mo
jenniferajanes I enjoyed this book too! 💕📚 10mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 10mo
sprainedbrain Excellent review. I love this book! ❤️ 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Kalalalatja @rohit-sawant I hope you‘ll like it when you get to read it. 😊 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen @JennyM @jenniferajanes so much ❤️ for this book, yay! 🙌 10mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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It has been a whirlwind of activity for the past three days in celebration of the Lunar New Year 🧧... lots of socialising (family gatherings, friends visiting), too much of food, and not enough of sleep. Today I plan on resting at home to finish (hopefully) the tagged book and maybe a little nap later in the afternoon.

Here‘s a pic of my sister‘s munchkin, Sukey. 🐶❤️

Cinfhen Happy New Year ❤️cute pup 10mo
LeahBergen Aww! 😍😍 10mo
Cathythoughts Yes , Happy New Year & what a gorgeous Little pet 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
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batsy Aww! 😍 Does Sukey get an angpow, too? 😁 10mo
Kalalalatja What a cutie! And happy new year! 💕 10mo
Kaye That pup is so cute. Did you eat CAKE 🎂? 10mo
mabell Hi Sukey! ❤️🐶 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm @kaye Oh yes, we had a delicious cheese cake! 😋nom nom whole cake gone in minutes. 10mo
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jenniferajanes
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I really appreciate this book for how the author shows the growth of each character through the course of the story. I‘m so glad I read it! Definitely recommend. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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LeslieO
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OMG. I'm on page 40. Best. Book. Ever.

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VeganCleopatra
Mehso-so

Initially I found the book charming but it quickly wore off as the book focused more on the father and characters other than the old woman and young boy. Ultimately the charm left with the boy and it made a book that was already longer than it should have been feel that much longer.

(Read in December. Already on my TBR.)

#NewYearWhoDis

monalyisha Woof. Hope your next #NewYearWhoDis reads fare better! 🤞🏻 11mo
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Kamisha
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With this last read I have finally completed my end season of reads for #booked2018! Just in time 🙌🏼😉
#underdoghero - The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#featuresaholiday - Hocus Pocus & Sequel ⭐️⭐️⭐️
#MCover70 - The One-In-A Million Boy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#newin2018 - Pride ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
MCwithinvisibleillness- Turtles ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
#spooky - Blood and Salt ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Wow!!! So many 4 star reads!!! That‘s awesome 🥳🥳🥳congrats on completing the challenge 🎈🎈🎈 12mo
Kamisha @Cinfhen yes, it was a great reading season! And thank you! 🎉😊 12mo
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@sprainedbrain!!! Thank you so much for the #kindlitsy gift! 😍😍😍 @kindlitsy

sprainedbrain You are so welcome! ❤️ 12mo
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📚The One in a Million Boy - so good!!
👩🏽‍💼Michelle Obama - I‘m looking forward to her new book!
🎥 On Golden Pond
🍪 Oreos!
#manicmonday

tammysue # 2 me too! 14mo
JoScho 🧡🧡🧡 14mo
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I devoured this in two days. The only reason this is impressive is because I have toddlers and a job 😂 But I was completely invested in each character. I loved their stories. I loved their faults. I cried for them. I cried with them. This one is going to hang around with me for a while.

Kelleyisreading It was so good!! I‘m intrigued the boy wasn‘t given a name by the author and somehow think that was quite clever. 14mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - I didn‘t even realise this until after I‘d finished the novel. 14mo
MandaChittles @Kelleyisreading - you think it means no one ever really knew him or understood him? 14mo
Kelleyisreading @MandaChittles Perhaps! I was wondering if she was trying to ensure that the boy wasn‘t the main character. Well he was, but not really. His memory was but the real story seemed to be how others perceived him and how he brought them all together. 14mo
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Nothing like finishing a book first thing in the morning! I loved this one!! So much heart wrapped up in a story with unfortunate circumstances, missed opportunities, and things said badly. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Liberty I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH 14mo
Cspen113 @Liberty I did too! I thought it was beautifully done!! 14mo
Liberty @Cspen113 Since you enjoyed this, I highly recommend CROOKED HEART by Lissa Evans. 14mo
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sprainedbrain Such a great book. ❤️ 14mo
Cspen113 @liberty Thank you! I‘ll make sure and check that one out!! 14mo
Cspen113 @sprainedbrain I agree! I loved it!! 14mo
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Cspen113
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You can‘t tell from the picture but it‘s pouring rain outside, so I spend my morning reading to the sound of raindrops, and this is perfect. 👌 My kinda morning.

Amiable Love it! My favorite, too. 🙂 14mo
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Glad I was able to catch this recommendation from Kari Sweeney while listening to the @whatshouldireadnext podcast a couple of weeks ago. It was a great read and was sad but mostly heartwarming at the same time. Please add this to your #tbr list if you haven‘t already read it ❤️

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Cspen113
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This is a tough one for me. Lots of unpretty life and bad choices that can‘t be undone. Definitely a good one though! Got my coffee and jumping right in the deep end this morning!

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KarenUK
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#booked2018 Completed this quarter just in time! I enjoyed all six, with the tagged book being my favorite..... @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Thank you to all the hosts, I‘m loving this challenge 😘💕👍

4thhouseontheleft Glad you‘re enjoying it! ❣️❣️ 1y
Cinfhen So glad to see so many participants enjoying!! We cohosts are loving all of your posts and Book choices!!! Thank you for playing along with us ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Nebklvr
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How many years does it take us before we actually grow up? What if you don‘t get a second chance? If you were to leave tomorrow, what would you regret? Do you allow for the unexpected in your life? This book answers all of these questions in the most heart crushing way....

Libby1 Great review. 1y
Nebklvr @Libby1 Thanks! 1y
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sprainedbrain
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I loved this book. So hard!

Home from work this afternoon making lasagna for 30, and I finished on audio. I have a massive tbr so often read books years after I get them—I should have read this years ago.

This book is so much more than I can even describe. It pulls at your heart without being sappy, it‘s beautifully written, and the characters feel so real and gloriously human.

A contender for best book I‘ve read this year.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bookish_B It's been on my TBR for ages too 😳 1y
zsuzsanna_reads Lasagna for 30? Wow!! 1y
mabell That's a lot of lasagna! 1y
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JennyM I loved this one too. And yet for lots of lasagne! 1y
sprainedbrain @zsuzsanna_reads @mabell @JennyM I am cooking my daughter‘s volleyball team dinner - the parents take turns every Wednesday. I have never ever made this much lasagna at once! 😅 😂 1y
sprainedbrain @Bookish_B I highly recommend moving it up. 😂 1y
mabell @sprainedbrain Now you can mark it off your bucket list - Make lasagna for 30? ✔️ 😂😂 1y
sprainedbrain @mabell another bucket list item I didn‘t realize was on my bucket list. 😂 1y
mabell @sprainedbrain I must say I hope it doesn't make it onto mine! 🤣😂 1y
zsuzsanna_reads @sprainedbrain note to self: check whether I need to cook for 30 before I let daughter join a sports team 😂 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Um, if my kid is ever on a sports team that requires me to provide dinner, I think I‘ll be ordering pizza! 1y
sammisho I think it's lovely that you're daughter's volleyball team does that! My daughter's gymnastics team does potlucks a few times a season. but thankfully I just bring one dish! 1y
sprainedbrain @sammisho I can handle it once per season, I think! I survived. 😃 1y
LiteraryinLititz I read this a while ago and really loved it. Thanks for the reminder of what a good book it was! 1y
TorieStorieS Oh I adored this one, too!!! I love finding treasures in my own TBR!!! 😊👏😊 1y
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Read66
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Pickpick

Loved this book. Really enjoyed the author‘s style using lists, interviews and straight narrative. And really wanted to spend more time with delightful character Ona Vitkus. Highly recommended.

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GirlWellRead
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Monica Wood has penned a heartfelt, endearing story of friendship between a young boy, and a 104-year-old lady that ripples out to the boys parents. They share an affinity for world records, and also share in loss.

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WanderingBookaneer
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