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Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren- an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family-and Mia's. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
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Heyhelloitsjo
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LOVED. It took me a couple chapters to get into it, but then I couldn‘t stop. Loved the characters and the writing was great.

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summer.neary
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Good read, though a little predictable.

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hike.read.repeat
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Te Araroa kilometers tramped: 1672.9 of 3005.3

Books completed on trail: 29

One of the best things about having more time to read than usual is getting to catch up on all these “buzz books” from the last few years of my library job days. I can finally see what all the hype was about and this book was def worth the buzz. Couldn‘t stop reading/listening! #libby

ljuliel Are you on an extended hike ? I noticed your post the other day about the miles or hike number or something. I thought maybe you were camping and listening to audiobooks when you go out hiking. (edited) 4d
hike.read.repeat @ljuliel yes, I‘m on New Zealand‘s Te Araroa (a long distance hiking trail) and listening to audiobooks and reading ebooks along the way. 4d
ljuliel That sounds great. I hope you have an enjoyable time. 3d
Texreader Love your updates and reviews! Keep up the amazing hike!! And I loved this book 3d
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Samara_Kipnis
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lovelybookshelf
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#BoutofBooks reading wrap-up: I read 2,001 pages over 7 books, and finished 5 of those books. 🎉 📚

#readathon #bookstack #librarybooks

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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @laurenslibrary :

In case you missed it, I started a book club on Discord. For our first month, we will be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Live discussion will be Sunday, February 23rd at 12pm EST. (You can always chime in later, though)
There's still plenty of room for new people to join us and we would love to have you! Just download the free app & click the link below!
https://discord.gg/YRfk4c

#bookclub #buddyread

laurenslibrary Thanks for reposting! Here is a not expired link to join if anyones interested: https://discord.gg/TAx656 5d
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Tawneylee63
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Really enjoying LFE so far and interested to see where the plot is going! Also starting to give me some psychological thriller vibes and I‘m diggin‘ it. 🤩 Have any of you read this or are planning to? 🥰 Hoping to finish by next week!

BlameJennyJane I really loved it! 2w
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laurenslibrary
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Hey all!
In case you missed it, I started a book club on Discord. For our first month, we will be reading Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Live discussion will be Sunday, February 23rd at 12pm EST. (You can always chime in later, though)
There's still plenty of room for new people to join us and we would love to have you! Just download the free app and click the link below!
https://discord.gg/YRfk4c

#bookclub #buddyread
@LitsyHappenings

Laura317 I‘m excited! 🌻😁 2w
SheReadsAndWrites I'm happy to join and I'm on Discord but when I click the link it says expired...😕 How do I find the book club there? 1w
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laurenslibrary @SheReadsAndWrites Sorry about that! The invites expire after 24 hours. Here is a new link: https://discord.gg/v97vuB 1w
lele1432 I don‘t read a ton of chick lit, but I‘ve been wanting to read my copy of LFE! Would I still be able to join? Looks like I might need another link, I‘m sorry! 1w
laurenslibrary @lele1432 Yup, you can still join! Here is a new link: https://discord.gg/r3JcMw 1w
WellReadCatLady Is there still room in your discord book club? Would love to join!
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laurenslibrary @WellReadCatLady Yes, I'm letting a few more people in! Here is a new link to join: https://discord.gg/nnNWgu 2d
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bourne.shell
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the first half of the book more than the second half. The character development of the kids (Lexie, Trip, Moody, Izzy, and Pearl) was engaging and I felt like it was just starting to hit it's groove when the book shifts to Mia's plot and I lost steam. The last couple of chapters helped to wrap it up and tie the whole story together, I just struggled through the middle.

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Airykah13
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December wrap-up — Little Fires Everywhere was my favorite
#decemberreads #decemberwrapup

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DimeryRene
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Ambiguous morality questions make for the literal best books ever.

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lowellette
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Two families are drawn to each other, mothers struggle with parenting, and a carefully ordered community can‘t deal with not being in the right when an adoption gets complicated. Lots to ponder here. Perfect for book clubs.

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Monica5
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Loved it. Though it has some heated issues. What makes a mom a mom? Is it Biology or something else? Highly recommend

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DimeryRene
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Gah! So good already. Only 50 pages in and obsessed.

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natalieebloom
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Holy cow, this book is the definition of plot twists & turns. The descriptive writing was gorgeous; my one complaint is that many of the characters felt a little one-dimensional (except for Izzy). I think this quote from the author‘s note summarizes it well: “Where do we follow rules, and where do we justify breaking them? Do our pasts determine what we deserve in the future? And is it ever possible to leave your past behind?”

LoverOfLearning Fantastic quote. Adding to my TBR! 3w
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Airykah13
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Wow, talk about a slow burner. Just as I was getting frustrated with the pace of everything, it suddenly picked up and I couldn‘t stop reading. Out of all the characters I think Izzy was my favorite. Celeste Ng did a wonderful job developing all the characters. Such a good book!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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raeintheworld
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We started a book club at work and just finished Little Fires Everywhere. Discussions got heated but we had such a good time. We could have gone on for hours — it was such a good book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great book!!! 1mo
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Allthebookclubs
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Celeste Ng did a FANTASTIC job here. Her character development and story telling are among the best I‘ve ever read. It‘s a wonderfully woven character study about two families from two completely different walks of life who intertwine. I couldn‘t put it down. Book 42 of 2019

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beautifulcrevice
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been wanting to read this one for a while.. feel like i‘m on the cusp of something juicy, about 1/3 of the way through 🤔😏😬 #littlefireseverywhere #reesesbookclub

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Butterflyamore
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It‘s cold outside & I need to go brush the snow off of my car. I‘m not eager to do this so I‘m procrastinating with this “things that keep us warm” photo. Fires should be well-contained, of course!

What are your favorite hot beverage treats? Although I am a coffee drinker, that‘s an act of necessity! I don‘t consider coffee to be a treat. I do especially love to sip chai lattes while reading. Occasionally, I like to drink hot chocolate instead.

tracey38 I love hot chocolate on a cold day. 🙂 1mo
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Ravenclawtardis
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Hi! I am an ultrasound tech at a hospital and I work the graveyard shift three days a week. Just got to work and no one needs to be scanned at that moment...so that means I get to read! Right now I‘m reading Little Fires Everywhere, which has definitely sucked me in. I love the change of perspective and how everyone‘s lives are intertwining. Hope you‘re all having a good night! #littlefireseverywhere #fiction #graveyardshift #ultrasound

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Here are links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: https://goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #litsywelcomewagon 1mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🥳🎈. Great photo 1mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3d
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DannyOlda
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In a weird way, I think the hype surrounding this book made me putting off reading it. I can't tell if it was hipster snobbishness or pleasure delaying. I feel like the dichotomy between the "perfect" suburb mom and the artsy rebel belongs back in the 90s but otherwise it's an incredibly easy read that's deeply felt.

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raeintheworld
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The hubs brought me breakfast and coffee so I could stay in bed and read all morning. I love Sundays.

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Julsmarshall
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November stats. With a lot of work responsibilities, I‘m happy with 12 books read. Thank goodness for audiobooks! #MountTBR

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mrsmarch
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A glimpse of my bedside table. I took everything off, got a new, smaller table at the thrift shop, and still the books pile up. I‘ve finished Little Fires and have to write my final thoughts. Sorry, Sylvia, this might require extra sheets of note paper taped in the back cover. I‘m having so many feelings about how the story played out. I honestly wasn‘t sure I‘d like the book but the characters caught my attention.

Sward7 @mrsmarch write as much as you want. Can‘t wait to read all the markups. 2mo
mrsmarch @Sward7 Has Little Fires arrived? I mailed it and then promptly got distracted by getting ready for my parents to arrive, and didn‘t set up automatic delivery of tracking notifications. 1mo
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Julsmarshall
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So good! What makes a family? This book made me think about families made, found, broken, and made again. Lovely on audio, this slice of the recent past kept me thinking and listening and I highly recommend it!

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mrsmarch
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Getting started on the last catch-up #lmpbc #round6 #groupJ selection! The cover reminds me of aerial photos of Las Vegas, where I spent my teenage years: civilization right up to the edge of the desert. A LOT of people on my GoodReads network have read or are planning to read this book.

Tamra Wow, look at all the pools! 2mo
julesG This looks weird somehow. Like a screenshot from one of those computer games where you build your town one grid square at a time. 2mo
BarbaraBB Great pic! I just read a book about a different part of Las Vegas. Loved it. 2mo
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outlawsaturn
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Mehso-so

"...the thing about portraits is, you need to show people the way they want to be seen. And I prefer to show people as I see them."

This book had great media representation, but average reader reviews. In the end I feel like it was written to become a tv series, so maybe I'd recommend waiting til Hulu releases it next year. If you like crime thrillers, it's kind of like that except without the thrills.

6/10

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TheEllieMo
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Panpan

This one really wasn‘t for me. Full of caricatures, and one of the worst sentences I have ever read: “She had seen Pearl watching Trip for months, like a mouse watching a cat, longing to be eaten.” The book raises an interesting question - but doesn‘t deliver on the debate

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lost.in.a.book
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Mehso-so

🤦‍♀️ I just don't know how I feel about this book. I'm left feeling kind of like... what was the point? 🤷‍♀️ I need a head hitting a wall emoji so I can insert it right here...
I'm just left with the feeling of unfulfillment 😬
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cathipink I felt that way about this book, too. Finished and.. it was fine 🤷‍♀️ I guess I'll watch the tv show but... 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
TheEllieMo I posted barely an hour ago about how I was not really enjoying this one, glad I‘m not alone! 2mo
Andrew65 Much preferred her other book. 2mo
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lost.in.a.book @cathipink yep, still scratching my head over here, lol. Will definitely give the show a chance though. 2mo
lost.in.a.book @TheEllieMo glad I'm not alone too 😂👍🏻 2mo
Scochrane26 I liked the themes it brought up, which made for a good book club discussion. I liked it but didn‘t love it. I haven‘t read her other one yet. 2mo
TheLudicReader It‘s fantastic. 1mo
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TheEllieMo
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Started this last month but had to set aside because I had library book and other deadlines. At least that was my excuse. Truth is, I wasn‘t enjoying it. I‘ve returned to it to try and finish it off, but it‘s still doing my head in. I suspect, though, that I am in a minority, as this appears to be almost universally popular.

#UnpopularOpinion

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caitlin.reads.books
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Finished this one before vacation ended and it was great! I kept thinking about it after finishing it because it was so layered and complex. The characters were well developed and I didn‘t predict exactly where everything was going in the end. I will definitely be reading her first book now too! 5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Great picture! 2mo
Insightsintobooks That's a beautiful picture! 2mo
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Rj6578
Mehso-so

Wife suggested it cause I didn‘t feel like going to library. Not my style, felt like desperate housewives to me. I can see why my wife enjoyed it so much.

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caitlin.reads.books
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Currently reading and loving! Also soaking up the last bit of vacation today! #fiction #librarybook

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Yanya
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Great read!

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KristenDuck
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The more I process what I just finished reading, the more I realize what a brilliant piece of literature this truly is.

Life in the suburbs looks picture perfect, and no one displays that perfection better than Elena Richardson with her perfect husband and four children.

After Mia, a free-spirited artist, and daughter Pearl move to town, lines are drawn.

Is a baby best with it‘s true mother, or the parents who could give her the “perfect life?”

TheLudicReader Ng is a masterful storyteller. 3mo
TheEllieMo I‘ve parked this, I was finishing it dragged. Will try again, maybe it just wasn‘t right for me right now 3mo
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Cortg
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Well then! I‘ve been on the fence about this one because 1. It‘s super popular and 2. I really wasn‘t a big fan of Everything I Never Told You (disclosure: I was in a pissy mood when I read it.) I just downloaded the audio and I‘m going to give it a shot, because it‘s available and I am a wee bit curious. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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An emotional, observant, nuanced and brilliant study of characters, their identities, the intricacies of family, the achingly excellent study of motherhood and all the emotions attached with that. Mrs. Richardson has always been about rules yet within her perfect family lies a little fire that threatens to burst free in the form of her daughter Izzy. This book moves one such that it stays and lingers long after having read it. #mustread

Texreader Great review. I loved this book. An interesting depiction of motherhood from different perspectives 3mo
Melancholy2243 @Texreader Yes. It really was such an incredible way of portraying motherhood 3mo
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Peaslady
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I read this shortly after 'Everything you never told me' and found it so much more enjoyable. The characters felt much more rounded - flawed and interesting. The plotline was more unique and I got much more engrossed in the story overall. Though reading it as a new mum was tough at times.

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Oryx
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Listening to the fabulous Celeste Ng at Manchester literature festival. She was great - I can't wait to read what she writes next

TrishB I couldn‘t get to any in the end! Enjoy 👍🏻 3mo
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Spanish_Broom
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Tenth book of maternity leave

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JenDR
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Do you ever play music that matches the vibe of the book you are reading? Just started this book last night and can‘t put it down. It is bringing back so many memories of being a teen in the 90s. Had to put on some TLC and Britney while reading this morning.

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paulareadsallthetime
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Enjoyed reading this book!

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LibraryLovingMommy
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(It came, over and over, down to this: what made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?)
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