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The Unseen World: A Novel
The Unseen World: A Novel | Liz Moore
A heartbreaking and moving story about a daughters quest to discover the truth about her fathers hidden past. Ada Sibelius is raised by David, a single father and head of a computer science lab in Boston. Homeschooled, she accompanies her loving father brilliant, eccentric, socially ineptto work every day. By twelve, she is a painfully shy prodigy. The lab begins to gain acclaim at the same time that Davids mind begins to falter and his mysterious past comes into question. When her father moves into a nursing home, Ada is taken in by one of Davids colleagues. She embarks on a mission to uncover her fathers secrets: a process that carries her from childhood to adulthood. Eventually, Ada pioneers a type of software that enables her to make contact with her past and to reconcile the man she thought she knew with the truth. Praised for her ability to create quirky and unforgettable characters, Liz Moore has written a piercing story of a daughters quest to restore the legacy of the father she desperately loves.
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keithlafo
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One part family saga, one part thriller, one part speculative sci-fi. What anchors this book is its characters. Even when it teeters into odd territories, you feel compelled to follow Ada‘s journey. The ending will hit you like a sledgehammer.

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Mkhoshy
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A mathematician, code breaker, and inventor whose brain degenerates from Alzheimer's, while the bot he created develops more and more of a mind. Between the two is the daughter who tries to figure out where she belongs and who her father is/was. There are the obvious questions like, what makes a human, human, but there's more to unpack, like, what is home, what is belonging, what makes us who we are, and how much can we change it. Gah! I loved it.

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BrownGirlReading
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This is the story of a very special father-daughter relationship. It starts as a slow burn for the first 40% of the book but it soon takes the reader on a mysterious journey to find out more about the father. As a whole beautiful writing, despite the dialogue being a bit unnatural at times. The story has twists and turns that will keep you reading. The Unseen World is a 451-page captivating novel that you won‘t be sorry to have picked up.

KVanRead I need to move this one up. I really enjoyed her last book. Such great writing. 2y
BrownGirlReading @KVanRead What did you read Heft? 2y
KVanRead I‘ve only read Long Bright River. Heft looks interesting too. 2y
BrownGirlReading @KVanRead I‘ll have to check that one out too. 2y
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suvata
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Meet 12-year-old Ada. She spends most of her days with her brilliant father, David. In the 1980s, David runs the computer science lab at the Boston Institute of Technology. Even at this young age, Ada is computer science prodigy in her own right. When David starts showing signs of Alzheimer‘s, things start quickly falling apart. But David has left a mysterious coded message that when decoded will take her on a journey to a virtual universe.

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Cinfhen
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This is one of those books that it‘s probably best you know very little going into it. David, an eccentric computer scientist, is a single father, raising his daughter Ada, a bright but socially sheltered girl. It‘s a brilliant story of daughterly love, protection, responsibility and possibilities. I loved it! And if you have a mathematical mind, you might enjoy the problem solving aspects #BrainGames

squirrelbrain The mathematical comment intrigued me.... stacked! 2y
Cinfhen I‘m not sure if you have access to Audible Plus @squirrelbrain but if you do/ this book is available for free!!!! 2y
squirrelbrain It‘s not on there here in the UK ☹️ - like I needed another book anyway! 🤣 2y
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Cinfhen
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This is heartbreaking so far 💔BUT SO GOOD🎧

TrishB Sounds good. 2y
Megabooks Yes, SO GOOD!! 2y
KVanRead I‘ve been wanting to read this I liked her latest 2y
KarenUK I‘m not sure I should attempt this one (though it does sound good).... I find it too hard to read about Alzheimer‘s.... 2y
Cinfhen I‘m blown away by this book @Megabooks @TrishB @KVanRead @KarenUK the first half of the book is the groundwork for the second half which is a mystery, puzzle. The Alzheimer‘s is sad but not rough enough to keep you away from this book. It‘s brilliant. It‘s also free as part of Audible Plus. I really can‘t describe this book, other than it‘s special. 2y
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TheNerdyProfessor
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I read Long Bright River earlier this year and couldn't wait to get my hands on another Liz Moore novel. This touching book is told from the point of view of Ada - in both her teen years and as an adult. While caring for her father who has Alzheimer's, Ada learns that he may not be the man she always believed him to be. Part family saga, part mystery, part coming of age story, this one checks all the boxes of a fantastic emotional read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Thousand-Lives I‘m planning to read her backlist also! Going to start with 3y
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Lauren.Archer
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This might have been the most perfect book I have ever read. This had just about every element that you could thing of. I found myself taking a long time to read this one, as I wanted to savor this on. This is going to go down as one of my favorite books ever.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - stacked! 4y
CindyMyLifeIsLit Just looked at reviews on Goodreads—it pretty much blew everyone away, so it goes on the list! Thanks!! 4y
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Lauren.Archer
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This book was selected by Book Riot‘s TBR. They last few books have been spot on so have extremely high hopes.

Libby1 I loved her book Heft so I‘m adding this immediately to my TBR. I hope you‘ll enjoy it. 4y
8little_paws I've heard this is really good 4y
Becker It was a good book for me. (edited) 4y
Christine Loved this one! 4y
JennyM This was a great read for me - fingers crossed you enjoy it 🤞 4y
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LitLogophile
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A homeschooled 12yo‘s brilliant father is diagnosed with Alzheimer‘s and leaves her a puzzle that he anticipates will take years to solve, and I won‘t give away anything else.

I‘m not even sure what to write because I‘m stunned.

I suppose length/slow early-middle to middle keep it from greater popularity, but it‘s powerfully and thoughtfully written and as a side note educates on America‘s embarrassing failures to the lgbtq community.5⭐️

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BookNAround
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Who is David Sibelius? His daughter Ada? This novel about the intersection of identity and technology is a thoughtful and intelligent exploration into what it means to learn, to be human, and to wonder. Puzzles abound. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2018/12/review-unseen-world-by-liz-moore.html

SamHeartCoffee *Totally* up my alley! 4y
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LitLogophile
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Guys this book is really, really good.

JennyM I LOVED this one - enjoy 😊 4y
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mrozzz
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Though I enjoyed the thorough histories of each character, going back in time as far as the 1920s before launching forward again to pick up the story in the 80s & again into the 2000s, the ending felt FAR too easy after the hours I invested learning the truth of Ada's father's life. I was disappointed and I didn't buy it. Won‘t reveal anything plot related, but I think it was just Ada‘s rather dull POV that let me down. I kept waiting for... more.

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ReadingRuby
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Only good things to say about this book!

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Gramworth
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Here‘s our book club pick for October. I had never heard of it, but it ended up being one of the best books I‘ve read this year.

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Expandingbookshelf
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Trying to cram enough caffeine into my face so I can solve this book‘s mystery before work 🤣

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clconn17
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I‘m not sure what to say about this one. I enjoyed it, but didn‘t love it. I liked the first half much more than the 2nd.

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Lauren890
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The blurb I read said this is about a girl‘s search for information about her father, so I wasn‘t sure it‘d be my cup of tea. Wow was I wrong! Usually when a story bounces back and forth in time and place I like some sections more than others, but I loved all parts of this book. I felt invested in the characters and couldn‘t believe how much I read in one sitting. Definitely one of my favorites so far this year! ❤️

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Beachesnbooks
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April reading wrap-up! This month I read 7 physical books, 1 audiobook, 1 ebook, and did a re-read of ACOMAF, for a total of 10 books. I actually had a record of three 5⭐️reads this month: The Unseen World by Liz Moore, I Crawl Through It by A. S. King, and On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder all got 5⭐️. I know, I can't believe it either! Runner-up faves this month were The Gracekeepers (4.25⭐️) and The Cruel Prince (4⭐️). #readingresolutions @Jess7

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Kimbono
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Another 5 star read for me. I am on a roll this year. Uh-oh, hope I didn't just jinx myself!

Joanne1 I'm having the opposite trouble this year but I think (hope!) it's turning around. 5y
Kimbono @Joanne1 I see that you're reading Tell the Wolves I'm Home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 5y
Joanne1 @Kimbono I'm loving it so far. 5y
Joanne1 @Kimbono oh boy, this book!! My reading slump officially over but it may take me some time to recover!! 5y
Kimbono @Joanne1 I finished it over two weeks ago and still think about it frequently. Best book I've read in awhile ❤️ 5y
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Beachesnbooks
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I loved this book. There's a lot of buildup, and then the last 150 pages or so are just incredible. It's about Ada, raised by a brilliant computer scientist father who begins to lose his memory as Ada begins to realize that she doesn't know him as well as she thought she did. It's about love and flawed relationships and AI and I highly recommend it.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I loved it too! I STILL think about that very last part!! 5y
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Hazel0303
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What a book! This is my first 5 star rating of 2018. Such an emotional story, with the most amazing main character whose strength is awe inspiring. I cannot say enough nice things and am so sad that it is over because I don‘t want to leave this world. This was such a surprise and I mean that in a good way.

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Hazel0303
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Finally turned the corner and am so engrossed. My heart is breaking for Ada. I just want to wrap her up in a hug and tell her it will be alright.

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Hazel0303
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19% in and wow is this going to be a slow burn. I‘m pushing through though because so many people rave about this and I have nothing else to read before my library holds come in.

Thoughts?? 💭

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Hazel0303
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Sorry I haven‘t posted on here in forever - no one probably even remembers who I am at this point. Having time to read and post has been challenging with the baby, but I‘m going to try and be better! I miss Litsy!

So am about 50 pages into this and not sure what to think. It reminds me of the goldfinch a little. Side note: the person the cover is Liz from GH. It just has to be.

sprainedbrain Welcome back! 😃 5y
mrozzz 👋🏻🙂 5y
JennyM I loved this book, so I‘m on team ‘don‘t bail yet‘ x 5y
Hazel0303 Thanks @sprainedbrain @mrozzz and I appreciate the encouragement @jennym 5y
Reviewsbylola Babies definitely throw a wrench in things. 😂 In the best way, of course!! 5y
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buecherwurm
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Thanks so much for this book @tricours! It has been such a fitting choice. I loved the unexpected turns the story took and how the issue of Alzheimer was addressed. The characters felt very lifely and I enjoyed how they changed over the years.

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Audrey
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I don't know what I was expecting but I loved this. It's heartbreaking and a book that one just falls into. I loved the eccentric relationship between Ada and her father, David Sibelius, as well as her neighbors, the Listons. Secrets and science are all intertwined in this well done novel.

L_auren One of my favorites ☺️ 5y
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Tamra
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Ok, not great. Not super intrigued by the mystery and AI isn‘t typically a gripping storyline for me.

[DELETED] 3803335244 I just had a so-so read too! I‘m hoping both of us read a 5 star next! ❤️ 5y
Tamra @ForeverNerdy 👍🏾 5y
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Serenity_Within86
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Ashley_Morgan
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Alright 2018, I see you. Not a bad start🥂🛁🔆

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buecherwurm
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Omg, thank you so much @tricours ! I'm overwhelmed! I love the books you chose and your presents are perfect. The size of the socks is just perfect and I love their colour and pattern. I think I haven't been such excited about a present since I were little!

#secretsantagoespostal
@Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe

LeahBergen I LOVE the socks! 😮😮 5y
MrBook Oooh! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5y
scripturient The socks! 😍 And yes, that‘s what I love about these swaps. It‘s like Xmas as a kid again. ❤️ 5y
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TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5y
tricours Yay, I‘m glad you liked it 🤗 5y
Avanders 😍😍 5y
buecherwurm @tricours I'm reading right now and trying the sweets you send. We don't have this sweets in germany and I don't speak norwegian so I can only guess whats inside before opening it! It's so much fun and I love to try those different tastes! 5y
tricours It‘s actually a Swedish box I think! My boyfriend‘s brother, who works as a Santa at Swedish and Norwegian shopping malls this time of year, brought it to me and I thought it would be perfect since it gives a taste of many classic Swedish treats! 5y
buecherwurm @tricours oh🙈 I'll admit that I'm not particulary good at languages🙈 I love it anyway😍 5y
tricours I‘m not sure myself! If there‘s öä in the text it‘s Swedish, if it‘s æø it‘s Norwegian. I just assumed it was Swedish because I saw it had Zoo and Bilar ❤️ (Bilar may be an acquired taste) 5y
buecherwurm @tricours I checked it. There are a lot of ö and ä and å😂 Unfortunately i found the “Näringdinnehåll“ and they are very similar to german (Fett=Fett, Kolhydrat=Kohlenhydrate)😂😂😂 5y
AmandaL I love the socks! 5y
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Serenity_Within86
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I have way too many books checked out of the library for one person haha.

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tif
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Just finished this one. Was not what I was expecting but an enjoyable book nonetheless. This was a book club book that I missed when my son was sick so I'm glad to have added it to this year's read list.

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Jason_Roland
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Massive library book sale last night! Grabbed some good ones.

ReadingEnvy Have you already read Salvage the Bones? I didn't know the other Ward you got. And is this the book sale you sort for? 5y
Jason_Roland @ReadingEnvy I have not read Salvage The Bones yet, and I did not know about her other book either and bought it purely because she wrote it. This is not the one I sort for, this is the Richland county library booksale. All donated books, no ex-library, and they only hold it 4 times per year. Those four days are some of my favorites. They hold it in a old, decommissioned library. Maybe 4000 square foot. Best sale that I attend hands down! 5y
Tamra I read Through the Black Spruce and enjoyed it. Very place centered as I recall. 5y
Irenadawn ❤️❤️❤️ This is a fantastic book haul ! Four times a year is four times for me to visit ! 🤪🎈 5y
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alisonrose
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Oh my God. I love this book so much. What a beautiful, poignant, gripping story, so well told, so real. Really like the author's choice to tell the story from Ada's perspective, at her age, with her abilities. She's a bright and precocious child, but still a child, raised so far from the rest of the world, with so much kept from her, but she confronts it in ways that ring true. My heart broke at times, but was also buoyed. New fave for sure 5/5 ⭐️

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alisonrose
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They seemed to her like birds in flight, like starlings, changing direction with such collective unspoken force that it seemed as if they shared a central root system, a pine barren joined together invisibly beneath the earth.

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alisonrose
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This book is doing a number on my 💔

KikiLovesBooks I love this book! I just gave my copy to one of my book group friends! It was an amazing read that came out of nowhere... 5y
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alisonrose
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Instead she turned, finally, and walked in the opposite direction. Her head was down, like David's head. From above, they would have looked like mirror images of one another, one larger, one smaller: a Rorschach test; a paper snowflake, unfolded; two noblemen pacing away from one another in preparation for a duel.

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alisonrose
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If a machine can convincingly imitate humanity--can persuade a human being of its kinship--then what makes it inhuman? What, after all, is human thought but a series of electrical impulses?

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alisonrose
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Will it live up to the hype? #nowreading

Hoopiefoot It did for me! 5y
alisonrose @Hoopiefoot I'm 50 pages in and loving it already! 5y
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MarticaMustRead
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Although slow to draw me in, I'm so glad I stuck it out!🎧
A beautifully crafted & bittersweet story of young Ada & her solving of the mysteries of her father, David, & the reasons behind his keping the truth from her even as his own world deteriorated day by day.
Part coming-of-age / part mystery story, this memorable tale of family, loyalty, & identity surprised me with it's lingering effects & unexpected ending. A lovely story & listen! 💓

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HardcoverHarlot
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Have you ever gotten near the end of an amazing, life-changing book and consider slowing down/stopping for a bit, just to prolong the awesomeness you're experiencing? This book is making me feel things. I love it so much.

JennyM I loved it, too. 5y
TrishB Sounds intriguing. 5y
L_auren That's how I felt about it ♥️ 5y
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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

I feel bad because this book has great reviews, but I was so bored with it. It was so hard to get through. I couldn't keep the characters straight and the time jumps made it even worse. This just wasn't for me at all.

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MarticaMustRead
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🤓💙📖❤📚💡👓🛏💚📚 #BooksInBed #EveningReading #BookishThings #ForTheLoveOfBooks #BookwormProblems

Our dreamland resides between the pages..... happy evening reading fellow Littens!!
🌜🌠📖💙

Jinjer I love this!!! 5y
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MarticaMustRead
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🎧📖👂🤓🍤🇯🇵🍣😋 #CurrentListen #BooksWithDinner

About to enjoy this beautiful sushi special while listening to my current audio book.

I almost hate to eat it, it's so beautiful!
But I will. 😏

hermyknee What a lovely evening!!! 5y
SpeculativeFemale I'm green with envy. 5y
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BeckaroniAndCheese
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It's stupid muggy and hot in San Diego this week. Without air conditioning, most of us don't know how to deal with "real" summer weather. My goal today is not to sweat my ankles off, and hopefully find a cool place to read after work and other errands.

Alfoster I hear you! Sitting 1 foot from my fan!😳😳😳 5y
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booknerdbobbie
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Saturday night reading while kids play. Excited to dig into this book!
#weekendreading #fiction #booklove #lizmoore #btat17

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Wellreadtraveler
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This book was pretty lengthy and in the begging I wasn't sure I'd finish it. Once I got past the beginning and really into the plot, I actually liked it!

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Yournewfriendsams
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People LOVE this book but I'm struggling not to snooze on page 47. I will persist but really hope it picks up!

The #surprisesignature is fun though!!

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Christine
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I loved this. The writing, characters, bittersweet tone, and Boston neighborhood/academia/computer science setting all completely drew me in. My only (non-)complaint is that I wanted to spend more time with most of the characters and delve more deeply into most periods of the families' history. Bonus points for how the multiple meanings of the title were clearly stated - I almost always love this, even when done cheesily (which it was not here).

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