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Goodbye, Vitamin
Goodbye, Vitamin: A Novel | Rachel Khong
A young woman returns home to care for her failing father in this fine, funny, and inescapably touching debut, from an affecting and wonderfully original new literary voice Incredibly poignant . . . Rachel Khongs first novel sneaks up on you just like life . . . and heartbreak. And love.Miranda July A few days after Christmas in a small suburb outside of L.A., pairs of a man's pants hang from the trees. The pants belong to Howard Young, a prominent history professor, recently diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. Howards wife, Annie, summons their daughter, Ruth. Freshly disengaged from her fianc and still broken up about it, feeling that life has not turned out quite the way she planned, thirty-year- old Ruth quits her job, and arrives home to find her parents situation worse than she'd realized. Her father is erratically lucid and her mother, a devoted and creative cook, sees the sources of memory loss in every pot and pan. But as Howards condition intensifies, the comedy in Ruths situation takes hold, gently transforming her grief. She throws herself into caretaking: cooking dementia-fighting meals (a feast of jellyfish!), researching supplements, anything to reignite her fathers once-notable memory. And when the university finally lets Howard go, Ruth and one of her fathers handsome former students take their efforts to help Howard one step too far. Told in captivating glimpses and drawn from a deep well of insight, humor, and unexpected tenderness, Goodbye, Vitamin pilots through the loss, love, and absurdity of finding a ones footing in this life.
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AnansiGirl
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Oh were you reading that? #catnephew Pistachio not amused by book interfering with ear scritches. #catsoflitsy #kal

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AnansiGirl
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Quick upload of #botm delivery. I‘m diving into tagged book right now. Byyyeee!

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JennyM
Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong
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Ruth‘s father has Alzheimer‘s disease and, for one year, she heads home to help her mother care for him. As she learns to navigate her new role and changing relationship, her days are filled with both heartbreak and humour. And it pretty much left me a sobbing wreck 😭 #Illremember #movember

TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds really good. Yet to read it .... 2w
Cinfhen Great choice 💜this book didn‘t resonate with me the way I was expecting it too. 🤷🏼‍♀️ but that‘s just my #unpopularopinion 2w
JennyM @Cinfhen @trishb @cathythoughts I think it got me as I found the story so similar to the stories I hear from family carers I meet for work 💔 2w
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AnansiGirl
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Tuesday contemplation of adding on tagged book when December BOTM selections are available.

#ThePowerofGoodbye #MOvember @Cinfhen

britt_brooke 💚 3w
Cinfhen I get that 😁 3w
Megabooks It‘s a good book. 3w
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AnansiGirl @britt_brooke @Cinfhen @Megabooks Goodbye Vitamin is on its way with my BOTM order! 😁 3w
Cinfhen Hahaha!!! 3w
Cinfhen I added on 3w
britt_brooke Hope you like it!! 3w
Megabooks Enjoy! 3w
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britt_brooke
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DAY 26 #ThePowerofGoodbye | I Loved this quirky little book about a family coming to terms with Alzheimer‘s.

#MOvember
@Cinfhen

Megabooks Me too! 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks 💚💚💚 3w
Maria514626 Thanks for the recommendation! ❤️❤️❤️ Putting on my TBR right NOW! (edited) 3w
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Cinfhen Love your graphics 😍😍everyday you‘re outdoing yourself 😜❤️ 3w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Aw, thank you!! 🤗🤗 3w
britt_brooke @Maria514626 Yay! Hope you like it!! 3w
AnansiGirl Hey we picked the same book! I haven‘t read it, but it might be a botm add on. 3w
britt_brooke @AnansiGirl 😆 Didn‘t we both post about FLDS a few days back, too?! Too funny. 👯‍♀️ This is a great read. 3w
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️ 3w
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Mogoeg
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Mehso-so

This one was a close call - there were some inspired moments here & there that almost tipped it into ‘pick‘ but not quite.

In the end my feeling is that this book is overworked - as in over workshopped in that prestigious MFA program sort of way. Plus it is sooo overhyped- not the author‘s fault- but I can only role my eyes at the many blurbs declaring it a transcendent work of literary genius. I mean it‘s FINE. Calm down NYT & Vogue.

Mogoeg The picture is of my vitamins and my donut man mug from Fischer Eddie‘s because I just posted a picture of the cover 2mo
andioop I felt the same. It was FINE. Enjoyable for sure at times but not like, omg you must read 2mo
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Mogoeg
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“I knew it started being over with Joel when I‘d open a bottle of wine and he wouldn‘t drink it. Sharing things is how things got started, and not sharing things is how they end.”

(I‘ll be honest with you guys, this book is not rocking my world, but I will concede that this is is a very good bit right here).

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Tanisha_A
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I bought it. Now only the reading part is left. 😁

@Lindy
@TrishB

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2mo
kspenmoll Really enjoyed this book! Hope you do! 2mo
TrishB I‘m banned from book buying until after my birthday!! 2mo
Lindy Yay! And your edition has “curved yellow fruit” on the cover. 👍 2mo
batsy I know, the review and quotes by @Lindy makes me want to get to it soon! Since I've stacked it since forever because of the positive Litsy reviews 😆 Look forward to your thoughts! 2mo
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Lindy
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Pickpick

30-year-old Ruth discovers it‘s possible to make something sweet when life hands her lemons—dumped by her fiancé and then called to spend a year with her parents to help cope with her father‘s Alzheimer‘s. Surprisingly buoyant, this novel is told in Ruth‘s diary vignettes, tenderly collecting moments—absurd, mundane or sublime—like: “The moon is doing something beautiful.” The fragments add up to something charming, heartfelt and beautiful.

Ruthiella I loved the diary entries from her father about when she was small. Also the book is set in the part of Southern California where I grew up which was fun to read. 😀 2mo
Lindy @Ruthiella Her father‘s records of the cute things she said as a child were my favourite part! 2mo
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Lindy
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At the library, I run into Regina, who was homecoming queen our junior year. She had hay-coloured hair to her waist and I envied it. She has children now. They share names with hurricanes—I don‘t know if it is intentional or what.
“This is Katrina and this is Sandy,” she introduces. The children are 4 and 8, and even so young, their expressions look overcast.

Cathythoughts Very good .... 👏🏻 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Khong is wonderfully inventive in her turns of phrase. 2mo
Reggie Oh I like this!!! 2mo
Lindy @Reggie Clever, quirky humour pops up everywhere in this novel. 😊 2mo
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Lindy
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Later, at the farmers‘ market, I watch a couple bros sample dates.
“Shit,” says one bro, coughing, “I think I‘m allergic to this giant raisin!”
“That‘s not a raisin, Steve,” says another bro. “That‘s a Medjool date.”
Born humans, I remind myself.

Tanisha_A After seeing your posts, i feel like buying this book right now. 2mo
Lindy @Tanisha_A 😇 2mo
TrishB I was just thinking that @Tanisha_A ! 2mo
Lindy @TrishB @Tanisha_A Double score for #blameitonLitsy. 🥇 2mo
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Lindy
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I ask if he remembers the time she tried to make Cheetos from scratch. I was 9 or 10 & Cheeto obsessed. She drove us 2+ hours to the Frito-Lay factory in Bakersfield, where we toured the plant in hairnets & shoe covers. At the end of the tour we sampled the freshly manufactured Cheetos, still warm from the industrial process. A few weeks after that trip, she arrived at an actually impressive Cheeto - cheese dusted and craggy.

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Lindy
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I like to collect those almonds with the slight curve, the ones that hold your thumb. And not only the curved nuts, but also the nuts that don't have the standard tear shape, that are shaped more like buttons, with a rounded edge instead of the point. Almond anomalies.
What a ridiculous person I am. I unscrew the jar and tip as many anomalies as will fit into my mouth.

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Lindy
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“Another weird thing is that pigs don‘t get milked,” I said. “Pigs don‘t get milked.”
“Because piglets drink it all?” Bonnie said.
“Because piglets drink it all.”
“There‘s something beautiful about that,” Linus said, “beautiful and perfect.”
We toasted to piglets and didn‘t notice Theo approach.

wanderinglynn ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
ladym30 They are adorable!😍 2mo
Lindy @wanderinglynn @ladym30 They are English Blacks on my sister‘s farm. I think their mother is called Princess Pricilla. 2mo
Cathythoughts There is something beautiful about that..... 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts 😊🐖❤️ 2mo
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Lindy
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Ebook loan is due back today and not renewable. Time to step up my reading pace. It‘s not so much that I read more slowly in digital format, but that I prefer print, so reading whatever my current ebook is generally gets relegated to those times that I don‘t have access to either print or audiobook.

LauraBeth I loved this book! 2mo
Lindy @LauraBeth I‘m enjoying it, even though I haven‘t found it as funny as others have. 2mo
Ruthiella I loved the book too. 😀 2mo
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Reviewsbylola I loved this one! Turn your ereader on airplane mode and then it can‘t be returned. 😆 2mo
Lindy @Ruthiella 😊👍I just gave it 5 stars on Goodreads. 2mo
Lindy @Reviewsbylola Good advice. Fortunately, I have finished it without having to resort to technological subterfuge. 😊 2mo
Ruthiella @Lindy 😁 2mo
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 2mo
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andioop
Mehso-so

This one is cute. It is the deeply sad story of an adult daughter watching her father‘s mind degrade. Too conscious of its humor at times. A bit like a Lifetime movie gone to print. But still cute, heartwarming.

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mcipher
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3
Tagging @DivineDiana if you haven‘t already joined - just post 7 covers for 7 days, no explanation needed. ❤️

Libby1 Great book. 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you! I have been tagged, but need to finish the challenge. Was on a Anniversary Getaway and neglected my Litsy posts. 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
mcipher @DivineDiana Happy anniversary! Hope you had a great getaway. I think everyone has been tagged - it‘s so fun though 😝 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you so much! I did! 💗It is fun! 🙂 (edited) 3mo
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Pickpick

A beautifully written story of a daughter who moves back in with her parents to help keep an eye on her father who is starting to struggle with Alzheimer's. Smart, witty, humorous, sentimental, and at times, it pulls right on your heart. The journal entries from her father throughout the book are amazing and so relatable to being a parent, and the way she reverses it at the end and Ruth is making notes of her Fathers actions. Touching and clever

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I love how witty this book is. I feel like I'm smiling every other page. Like this line from Ruth, thinking about her break up with Joel.

... You know what else is unfair, about Joel? That I loosened the jar lid, so somebody else could open him.

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bourne.shell
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Starting this, and loved this line, such a funny observation to make to yourself.

... At one point Dad emerges, shirtless, into the kitchen, to brew himself coffee. I get my nipples from him, I realize alarmed.

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jacqu1.0
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Perfect in flight reading. Really enjoying it so far! #bookofthemonth #savethebookjackets

hermyknee I loved that one! 4mo
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Eggs
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Looking back over my shoulder
I can see that look in your eye
Turning my heart over and over
I never wanted to say goodbye🎶

#overmyshoulder #ayupaugust

@Cinfhen @squirrelbrain
#goodbye

squirrelbrain ❤️😁👍 4mo
Cinfhen Love your use of the lyrics 🎶 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much Soubhi!!! You are the sweetest!! Can‘t wait to read it!! 😘❤️😘❤️

#LitsyLove

AmyG I enjoyed this book. ❤️ 5mo
mcipher It‘s such a good book!! 5mo
Soubhiville It‘s a really sweet and sometimes funny little book. Enjoy it my friend! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Soubhiville thanks so much!!! 😘❤️ 5mo
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Mollyegutman
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aaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH holy damn, this book. Stayed up way too late reading to the end last night.

Laughs all the way through? Yep!

A single, tender cry on the last page? Yep!

It has been the SUMMER OF FABULOUS FIVE STAR BOOKS over here

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Soubhiville
Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong
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Pickpick

I feel like I was a little late to the party with this one, but I‘m glad I got to it!

A bittersweet read from a daughter‘s point of view as she sees her dad go through the beginning stages of dementia.

My favorite parts were the sections of journal her dad kept with memories from her childhood. “Today you asked, what do germs taste like?”

Igor approved.

#LitsyAtoZ, #BBRC for “swap”, thanks @mcipher ! It‘s a pick! #Igor

CBee Hi 👋🏻 Igor! I love your kitties ♥️♥️ 5mo
monalyisha I‘m both late & early to this party. I snagged an ARC from the bookstore where I used to work when I visited (they had a bunch) but I haven‘t read it yet. 🙈 5mo
AmyG Igor ❤️ I really liked this book, too. 5mo
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LauraJ Igor, you gorgeous creature! 5mo
Leftcoastzen Those eyes!😻Loved the book too! 5mo
mcipher 👏 He‘s such a cutie and I‘m so glad you liked it! 5mo
Dragon 😻 5mo
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Soubhiville
Goodbye, Vitamin | Rachel Khong
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“You‘re saying I‘m not smart,” she says, “Is that what you‘re incinerating?”
He says, “I‘m not incinerating anything.”
( @MrBook I thought you‘d like this!)

Also, great first line:
“Tonight a man found Dad‘s pants in a tree lit with Christmas lights.”

#GreatFirstLines for #LLB #LittenLoveBingo, and #LitsyAtoZ #LetterK for author

mcipher I loveeeed this book! Hope you enjoy it!! 5mo
Lindy 😆 5mo
MrBook 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻🤗🤗🤗 5mo
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britt_brooke I loved this book so much! So quirky. 💚 5mo
kspenmoll This was such a fun yet poignant book. 5mo
Eggs This book💗💗💗💗💗 5mo
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fleeting
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Hey! First time to see a BotM copy floating around a secondhand bookshop. And a title I've been meaning to read, too! 💊💊💊

marleed I have two BOTM thrift store finds and can‘t help but to wonder their story when I see that label! 6mo
suzisteffen Ohhhh I enjoyed this book very much. Hope you do too? (edited) 6mo
fleeting @marleed true! I think even if I didn't like the book all that much I'd still like to have it around because it looks pretty with the others! 🙈 6mo
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fleeting @suzisteffen it's had a lot of good reviews, and I'm glad you're one of those who liked it! Hoping to get to it soon! 😊 6mo
suzisteffen @fleeting Yes, very mixed reviews but I was definitely on the five-star side. 😂 6mo
Eggs Loved this book 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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I‘m happy my #Spring prompt for #Booked2019 is complete.

7 #nightorientedtitle
8 #clifi
9 #indigeneousauthor
10 #featuresamusician
11 #socialmediafocus
12 #foodorbeverageoncover

Cathythoughts Well done ☑️. Some excellent books there ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks Cathy, now onto the next season prompt! @Cathythoughts 6mo
Cinfhen Sorry, missed this. GREAT JOB!!!! 6mo
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Aims42
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Starting this one tonight while my PBS station plays a ‘Downton Abbey Returns!‘ special. I can‘t wait for the movie!!

britt_brooke I loved this book!! 6mo
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Jenken1998
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Pickpick

Great read! An adult daughter grieving a breakup moves home to help care for her father with dementia/alzheimers. A story about family bonds, forgiveness and remembering. Funny and beautifully written with some insight into how cruel alzheimers is to the entire family. I remember when it was published wanting to read it. Glad i happened upon it while browsing my library. Loved it.

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Liberty
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Caturday. 🐈📚❤️

Soubhiville The best day ❤️🐱 6mo
brit91 Awww so cute!!! 6mo
Lauram 😻😻😻😻 6mo
AutumnRLS Thought of you as I tried to convince Tor to give me an ARC of Gideon at Book Con today. Ugh. I can't wait until it's released. 6mo
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Aims42
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Picked up these two beauties while shopping with my aunt yesterday. Both have been on my TBR list for a long time and a Half Price Books giftcard has been burning a whole in my wallet for soooo long 😁

Tamra Read the Smith ASAP! 7mo
Aims42 @Tamra oooo excellent! I wasn‘t sure which to read first, that settles it ☺️ Thanks!! 7mo
Tamra @Aims42 it so embodies the feel of a classic! It is sweet without being overly sentimental. It‘s totally not something I would have thought I‘d like, so I‘m glad I didn‘t read know much about it when I picked it up. 7mo
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Emilymdxn I capture the castle was one of my fave books when I was younger! I hated reading ‘children‘s classics‘ as I was a contrary kid who associated them all with prim Victorian moralists, but I fell so in love with this one 7mo
Soubhiville I have both of these sitting on my TBR shelf. Goodbye Vitamin might be up in June for me... I hope you enjoy them! 7mo
Aims42 @Tamra I love books that sneak into your heart ❤️ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn was that book for me 😊 7mo
Aims42 @Emilymdxn Awww that‘s sweet!! 7mo
Aims42 @Soubhiville Thanks!! You‘ll have to let me know if you like Goodbye Vitamin - might be a few weeks before I get to it 7mo
Tamra @Aims42 then I think you‘ll really like this one too. It‘s in the same vein. 7mo
Reviewsbylola Both are FANTASTIC. 7mo
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goodbyefrancie
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Trying to finish the tagged book this morning, and Lucy is enjoying the laziness. I wonder if she knows that I can't feel my leg? 🐈 #CatsofLitsy #NeverDisturbTheKitty #QueenLucyTheValient

Leftcoastzen 😻😸 8mo
LaraReads So cute! I‘m in the exact same position. 😻 And they always know, seldom care! 😹😹 8mo
bedandabook I always end up with numb legs because if I disturb my cat he won‘t settle down again, so I daren‘t move! 😂 8mo
TK-421 I had the same issue last night! Ended up sleeping on the couch & woke up sore but kitty snuggles make it worth the discomfort. I think #NeverDisturbtheKitty is a hashtag that all Littens with cats should embrace 😸 8mo
rubyslippersreads #NeverDisturbtheKitty is a way of life for me. 😹 7mo
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goodbyefrancie
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1. Goodbye Vitamin, First Women, A Year By The Sea, and New Life No Instructions.
2. 🤦‍♀️
3. 🤞📚🍷

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

lkurgs 1. The Song of Achilles 2. 😀 3. ❤️💪💕 8mo
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essayareayaitch
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Mehso-so

Thought I wrote a review already. Pros - epistolary (I do love the epistolary) Con - at some point (July), the POV goes from first person to second person. It really bothered me. Also I wished there was more (like an epilogue), at the same time I was glad to reach the end. I can't begin to imagine how difficult it is for caretakers of those with memory loss.

essayareayaitch It's going to be a movie. Can I be excited for this movie, and the adaptation without having liked the book? YES I can. Totally see it being a movie 5mo
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Pickpick

Told in diary entries over a year, this book‘s an exploration of family relationships, memory and growing up. A daughter moved back home to help take care of her father who is in early stages of Alzheimer‘s. The story is heartwarming and has its tender moments, with some funny little observations of life penned in snippets in the diary. The parts where her father shares with her a notebook he kept when she was young, are lovable 👇

erzascarletbookgasm however I didn‘t like the book as much as I thought I would. I was not drawn to the ‘jerky‘ writing style but appreciate it‘s handling of the serious subject matter. Borderline ‘Pick‘. #unpopularopinion.
#Booked2019 #Spring #FoodOrBeverageOnCover
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Eggs This book worked well for me 💙 9mo
Cinfhen Great review😃I wanted more from this book- it almost felt “lazy” to me 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
Cathythoughts Great review & great choice ✔️ 9mo
Kalalalatja Great pick for the prompt! 9mo
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Tonton
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Pickpick

Sweet, funny, and a quick read that I found myself deliberately slowing down to enjoy the depth and simplicity of it. Ruth goes home, partly because she has nowhere else to go after a bad breakup, and to help take care of her father who has Alzheimer‘s. He gives her a notebook in which he has kept with notes on what she said and did as a child. Turnabout: she does the same for him as his illness progresses. Illuminating daily details, 💔 and hope,

JennyM This is a great read ❤️ 9mo
Weaponxgirl This sounds like it would make me cry. When I worked with the elderly we did an activity with them where we would draw round their hand and write in memories and things they wanted to remember and for us to know about them. This synopsis just reminded me of doing that. 9mo
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sakeriver
Pickpick

I enjoyed this book. It started off very funny and maintained that sense of humor throughout, even though the subject matter—the narrator is dealing with a painful breakup while also watching her father deteriorate due to Alzheimer‘s—is pretty heavy. It was very tender at times, particularly in the relationships between parents and kids, the way that we want our loved ones to be better, want ourselves to be better.

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essayareayaitch
Mehso-so

Had high hopes for this novel, but it turned out to be meh. I did like that it was epistolary (well, diary/journal entries), and it was a fairly quick read. One thing that was annoying was the change in narration. At one point in novel, it goes from talking about Dad in the third person, to Dad being a second person.

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essayareayaitch
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Time to start reading this so that I can start listening to Books and Boba podcast again. Paused my listening in August when I realized the next book that they were talking about had been sitting on my TBR list for over a year. (Started listening to Books and Boba in April 2018, so I had some episodes to catch up on)

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BrooklynBookGirl
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Mehso-so

I feel like it‘s been a while since I‘ve been impressed with a book 😐

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bibliocurl
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Pickpick

I didn't expect this book to be this moving when I started it! Can't wait to read more writing by Rachel Khong!

britt_brooke LOVED this one!! 11mo
LauraBeth I loved this book ❤️ 11mo
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LaurenReads
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Pickpick

I loved this book! Such a sad premise, but done in such a hilarious and sweet way.

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BrooklynBookGirl
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The best thing our new apartment is the super amazing bathtub!!! It‘s soooo big, and I get to actually read in it without it leaking 🙌🏻

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BrooklynBookGirl
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On to the next book—let‘s see what Goodbye, Vitamin holds for me. I only have a couple of days of break left, so I am trying to squeeze as much reading as possible in!

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Leftcoastzen
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Pickpick

How can a book about a tough topic like coming home to care for an aging parent with Alzheimer‘s still have humor & light? Ruth has troubles of her own , her fiancé left,she feels unfulfilled. @Eggs was right , a great read , heartfelt connections to her long term best friend & finding a way to keep a balance in the family, I loved the authors voice in this novel.Pictured with ?from my trees destined for local brewer making citrus IPA!

Eggs ♥️♥️ 12mo
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Eggs
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Leftcoastzen In the mix for reading soonish! 12mo
Eggs @Leftcoastzen Yay! I think I may reread; it was that good 12mo
Leftcoastzen Wow, that‘s good to know! 12mo
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saltwaterlit
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Pickpick

I stayed up way too late finishing this book...and I‘m so glad I did. This book single handedly pulled me out of a reading slump. I loved the heartbreaking, complicated story of a daughter taking care of her father suffering with Alzheimer‘s, told through sparse writing while somehow being the funniest book I‘ve read in a while. I highly recommend picking this up.

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Eggs
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Day6 #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x
Tender and sad and honest

Ruthiella I really loved this book 😀 12mo
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