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Modern Lovers
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Vacationers," a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college their own kids now going to college and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in. Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them can never be reclaimed. Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions be they food, or friendship, or music never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us."
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DivineDiana
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Elizabeth,Andrew (now married)and Zoe (married to Jane) were members of the band “Kitty‘s Mustache” while students at Oberlin. They have remained friends and watched each other get married, start families and businesses. They live in the same Brooklyn neighborhood. When their teenage children start sleeping together, there lives become complicated and secrets are revealed. The couples are trying to figure out love and what it takes to make it work

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DivineDiana
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New audio read. Using the combo method- audio+print copy to move it from my stacks. #mttbr #pridemonth

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Annie1215
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I really enjoyed this one! This is my second Straub read and it‘s cool to be able to recognize her tone across different stories. Though her characters are different they are still somewhat familiar.

This was my #doublespin for #bookspinbingo

Reggie Ughh, that husband. 13mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 13mo
Annie1215 @Reggie yeahhh, redeemed only slightly by his relation to sweet Harry lol 13mo
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Cortg
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Mehso-so

I needed a beach listen and downloaded this one. I thought I‘d enjoy it more but I found the characters stories a bit dull and boring.

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Cortg
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A new reading (hiding) spot! I‘m super excited 😜

Soubhiville That‘s great! 14mo
Tamra Nice! 😍 14mo
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rather_be_reading
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Super quick fun read. Yall know I dont do romance but this didnt read like a typical romance. This had a little bit of everything- teen romance, cults, interracial couples, lesbians and much more.

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rather_be_reading
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Book 76

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Kshakal
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Eggs 👏🏻📚😂 1y
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OriginalCyn620
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Bailedbailed

Ugh. I think this author is just not for me. I didn‘t care for The Vacationers either. Or maybe I‘m over the whole pretty rich people with problems thing. Either way, I didn‘t care about the characters or the story.

#doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks And the cover is so cute, too! 1y
MallenNC I‘ve never read her! 1y
BarbaraBB I should have trusted the cover and not have started it at all. Gosh I hated that cover. The story wasn‘t much better indeed. 1y
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arlenefinnigan
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really enjoyed this. Yes, it's another novel about rich beautiful cool creative people living in a trendy expensive bit of a trendy expensive city, but if you're gonna do that then make it really extravagant & escapist like this. That said, the characters are strangely relatable and likeable - Ruby deffo would have bullied me if we went the same school but she's still great. Really interesting exploration of long term relationships/friendships.

CarolynM I've already got this stacked. It looks good🙂 2y
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arlenefinnigan
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Starting this

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DrLReads
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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A quick and biting read about love, friendship, and the melancholia of middle-age. Although not as strong as The Vacationers, a fun and solid summer book.

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Theressadoriott
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Diving into this recommended summer read. Have you read it?

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Leftcoastzen
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@Eggs you are too kind! Something from my TBR mountain, bookmarks , a pin ,tea , and the earrings are amazing! Since I‘m shunning haircuts I‘m wearing hair up , the earrings will stand out. Your craft skills are awesome! A little color under my teapot! Many thanks !

Eggs So glad you like it! The earrings are made by my daughter @geodynamical ❤️. The knit thing can also be used as a dish cloth. Enjoy!! @Leftcoastzen 2y
squirrelbrain How lovely! 💕 2y
Leftcoastzen @Eggs it‘s too pretty to use as a dish cloth .😀 2y
Eggs You‘re so sweet 💗 (and zen!) @Leftcoastzen 2y
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amyf0x
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A close-knit group of friends and former bandmates deal with the fluctuating relationships, sex, identity crises, and teenage kids that tend to come with middle age.

Read March 30 - April 9
Rated 3.5/5 ⭐️
Book 19/60

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jouleian
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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I'm not gonna lie, I'm a sucker for books were the characters have real life mundane and mellow-dramactic egocentric problems. I really loved this book. I think Zoe and Jane are the best, Ruby is a little shit, Harry is too kind, Elizabeth is a doormat and Andrew a piece of shit. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #checkitout #wouldrecommend

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Laughterhp
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I was tagged by @BookwormAHN to find yellow books! #ISpy 2 yellow books on my shelves. A lot of yellow spines but not covers.

I was tagged my @marleed to find teal books! Here are a couple I found.
Happily all 4 books I pulled out are books I actually read! ☺️

I‘m not sure who hasn‘t done this. I haven‘t been on Litsy too much the past couple of day. I tag @inthegreensandblues and @NeedsMoreBooks to find purple books!

BookwormAHN Nice choices 💛 2y
marleed Oh pretty! 2y
NeedsMoreBooks Excellent choices! 💛💙 Have played purple books. Tagging you 💜 2y
Laughterhp @NeedsMoreBooks Thanks! What are the odds I picked the same color you already did! 😂😂 2y
NeedsMoreBooks @Laughterhp the funny thing is everyone who tagged me picked purple for me 💜😂 2y
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Eggs
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@TheAromaofBooks
#bookspin

I tried but bailed after about 80 pages because I feel nothing for these characters or their problems 🤷‍♀️

On to the next tbr in line...

TheAromaofBooks Oh no! Sorry you didn't get along with this one, but hey - hurrah for getting one off the list!!! 3y
Eggs Yes!! @TheAromaofBooks and now I know! Life is too short, right?! 3y
TheAromaofBooks I definitely feel the same way. I used to struggle with giving up on books, but I've gotten much better at it over the last few years, realizing how many amazing books are out there that I'll never have time to read!! 3y
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hike.read.repeat
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Mehso-so

Te Araroa kilometers tramped: 1953.9 of 3005.3

Days on trail: 84

Books completed on trail: 37

One of those books that I sort of disliked but not enough to stop reading once I got invested. 🤷🏽‍♀️ #libby

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BarbaraBB
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Two couples, who have been friends since college, are trying to sort out their relationships now that they are approaching turning fifty. In the mean time their teenage kids are making the same mistakes they did when they were young.

Despite its ridiculous ugly cover and though it is at times irritating prudish, it was an amusing read to kick-off the year!

#ATY2020 - Title without an A, T or Y.

emilyhaldi Unfortunately for me this book was just irritating! Emma Straub's writing style induces major eye rolls for me 🙄 but I seem to be in the minority as most people love her! 3y
Liz_M Nicely done! I am reading the tagged book for this prompt (and another challenge) -- It feels like cheating. 🤓 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Are you doing #ATY2020 too? In order? That would be great! @nomadreader does as well, we can compare notes 😀. Oh and I can‘t wait to hear what you think of G. I‘ve had it on my shelves for years and have never read or heard anything about it! 3y
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BarbaraBB @emilyhaldi I know what you mean, I had that too (especially about the parents regarding their kids‘ relationship 😩) but I did like the plot and some things were in a way recognizable for me 👵🏼 (edited) 3y
nomadreader I liked this one when I read it a few years ago. Excited for her new one this spring! And congrats on knocking off read #1 for #AYT2020 3y
Hooked_on_books I love your little shelves! They‘re oddly mesmerizing. 3y
BarbaraBB Thanks! The lights are leftovers from Christmas 😉 3y
Reggie I hated the husband in this one, whata douche bag. I loved the kids‘ storyline in here. 3y
BarbaraBB @Reggie Yeah, that father and his yoga club! I enjoyed the kids sort too and felt the parents were so naive and hypocritical about it. And the police?!?! 3y
Cathythoughts That cover IS off putting... but I‘m going with your review 👍🏻stacked 3y
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts If you ever read it, I‘ll be curious to know what you‘ll think of it! 3y
Liz_M I am a dilettante with challenges. That I am reading the appropriate book in the correct week for ATY is pure coincidence. 😁 3y
BarbaraBB @Liz_M Ah that‘s too bad. I am still curious about G though! 3y
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 01/20

Wow, it is going to be 2020 this week. So exciting to start the new challenges! Also I am making my way through the shortlist of the #ToB2020 (The Water Dancer and Saudade) and am starting for the #BelowZer00s 🎉💃🎶 buddy read (Case Histories).
Last but not least, I hope to finish the first country in #ReadingEurope2020 (Russia) by finishing Dead Souls, which I‘ve slowly been making my way through in the last weeks.

Cinfhen Hard to believe we‘re about to celebrate 2020😃 3y
EmilyM Loved The Water Dancer! 3y
BarbaraBB @EmilyM I am reading it right now and enjoying it! 3y
ValerieAndBooks I need to start looking at possibilities for this reading Europe challenge!! Is non fiction okay also? 3y
BarbaraBB @ValerieAndBooks Of course! Everything is okay and I think a lot of people like to read non fiction! 3y
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NatalieR
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Wasn‘t sure I was going to like this one at first. Glad I stayed with it! Once I grasped the character dynamics and who was with who, I fell right into the story. Interesting story of people who have been best friends since college and now have teenagers. #MountTBR

Reggie That husband was horrible. Lol 3y
NatalieR @Reggie I‘m with ya! 😆 3y
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mdemanatee
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I read this years ago when it came out and left a copy at home rather than take it back to the city with me. My Mom picked it up when she needed a book for a day of subbing and hadn‘t been to the library and she has mentioned multiple times this weekend how much she disliked it 😂 I gave it 4 stars when I read it.

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Aswenson
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Enjoying this easy-breezy novel. I needed something not too heavy or serious and this hit the spot. A little sex, a little romance, a little drama... 👌🏻

Reggie Oh, the husband in here...😡. 3y
Aswenson @Reggie YES. He is SO annoying! 3y
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Paperback.Propensity
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My favorite photo!! I LOVE Tell the Wolves I‘m Home!!! One of my favorites!!! 💚💚💚 3y
Paperback.Propensity @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's so good! One of my favorites too 🙂 3y
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TheSpineView
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💚💚💚 3y
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elliebatey
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Was given this to read by a friend and loved it so much! Really enjoyed the characters in this book 5/5 👏🏼

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KatieKu
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Super cute! Couldn‘t stop listening.

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Punkinpants123
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Mehso-so

I really liked the character development, but the ending felt so rushed it sort of jumped off a cliff. Overall enjoyable read

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JacintaMCarter
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#2018Book104
I‘m always up for a multiple-perspective novel that focuses primarily on rich people‘s problems.

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SW-T
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Mehso-so

Light read about a group of friends and their kids and their relationship up and downs. Bit predictable but entertaining.

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Eggs
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Mdargusch Good one! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 4y
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eirracm
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Mehso-so

Pretty light read about love in the moden relationships. From old to young. A little predictable, but a couple surprises.

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LauraBeth
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I held off reading this because there is much contempt for it. I liked it! 😂 I thought she brilliantly captured the current Brooklyn scene and she wrote her characters with a lot of empathy. Sure, it‘s not necessarily new material and there are some cliches, but overall - this was a fun and enjoyable read for me. And I went into it wanting to hate it so I could hate it with everyone else!

SarahRotenberry I really liked this too! I remember thinking when I read it that I could picture it as a mini-series on Showtime! 4y
rachelm I liked it too! 4y
CarolynM Sounds good to me. Stacked 4y
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LeahBergen Is Teeny Ginger always right next to you? 4y
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. I have been postponing reading it because @emilyhaldi hates it so much 😂 4y
LauraBeth @SarahRotenberry yes! This definitely could be done a la Big Little Lies! 4y
LauraBeth @rachelm 🙌🙌 4y
LauraBeth @CarolynM looking forward to your thoughts after you read it! 4y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Teeny Ginger! 😹 She‘s like Velcro 4y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB Same! There were many people in addition to @emilyhaldi who have similar bookish tastes as mine who hated it - so I just figured I‘d hate it also. 😂 Maybe I just read it at the exact right time for me. 4y
emilyhaldi I'm so glad you liked it Laura! And that my negativity didn't keep you from discovering it 😆 timing really is everything sometimes. @BarbaraBB who knows, maybe you will love it too!! I did try this other tagged book by her too and also hated it though so I'm thinking that much like Roxane Gay, Emma Straub just isn't for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4y
minkyb Well I really like her writing. So welcome to the minority I guess! 4y
KarenUK I liked it so you‘re not alone! 😊👍 4y
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LauraBeth
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That first, nice pool day when there is 0% chance of rain. 🌞

Chelsey Awesome! 4y
saresmoore I‘m coming over and I‘m bringing the kids! 4y
tammysue Enjoy! ☺️ 4y
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peaknit Sounds like 100% chance of awesome! 4y
minkyb Lovely! I like Emma Straub. Look forward to your thoughts. 4y
emilyhaldi Perfect pool reading 👌🏻 4y
Reggie Mmmm, the MC‘s husband. I kinda want to punch him. I totally dig the two kids‘ storyline. 4y
LauraBeth @Chelsey it totally was! It has rained every day here for the past three weeks! 4y
LauraBeth @saresmoore WHY can‘t we be neighbors? 😩 4y
LauraBeth @whatshesreadingnow I did enjoy that! 😀 4y
LauraBeth @peaknit I may have to repeat it again today! 4y
LauraBeth @minkyb I‘ll definitely let you know! 4y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi Definitely a good pool book! 4y
LauraBeth @Reggie I know what you mean 😂 4y
peaknit A repeat, how terrible😂 4y
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MEGR
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This is exactly the Saturday morning I‘ve been waiting for all week! Soaking up every relaxing minute of it...now which one will I read first?

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Herschelian
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Mehso-so

I had to push myself to finish the book. There was nothing inherently bad about it, I just disliked all the major characters for one reason or another. Such shallow people. Angry with myself for not having applied the 100 page rule. Others may see it differently.

Ruthiella I wasn‘t a huge fan of her book The Vacationers so I steered clear of this one because it seemed more of the same.🤔 4y
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pgh.femme
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Meh. Nothing real was ever at stake in the book. It served the purpose of being a distraction while I was stressed about something real in my life

rather_be_reading welcome back to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 4y
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Sassy_Steph
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This was a great book to start off the summer season! I really enjoyed this one, just a light story about being in love in modern times!!

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Sassy_Steph
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub

I haven‘t been posting on here much lately and I feel bad! I‘ve been loving this quirky easy read! Just under a hundred pages left! Great summer read, I‘m just sayin!!

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ashleyamak
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It took me a few chapters to get into the story but once I found a good pace I was in it. I love books told from different POVs. That said, I also feel somewhat let down even though I enjoyed it. Some of the storylines seemed super predictable. The ending was different. Overall, I'm stuck somewhere between really liking it and it being a "so-so" read.

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LWagoner
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A good read for a change of pace. P. 29 “Choices were easy to make until you realized how long life could be.”

Sassy_Steph Reading this now and enjoying it!! 4y
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ashleyamak
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I've officially made it further today than I did in the previous 8 months owning this book. Thanks baby for letting me use you as a book rest while you cluster feed hahah

laurieluna Cluster feeds are the best excuse to binge read! 🙌 4y
asiriusreader Hahaha. Love it — I use my middle of the night pumping sessions as time to catch up on my audiobooks!! 4y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook yes! Did it all the time with my first. He's 3 now so I have to juggle his antics with feeding her and hoping to get real books read. 4y
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ashleyamak @asiriusreader big props to you mama! Pumping was so hard for me. 4y
laurieluna Ditto! Juggling 2 and finding time to read is hard, but reading is my only hobby atm. Youngest is 7 and a half months now and it is getting easier. 4y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook our littlest ones are about the same age. She was born Aug 25. 4y
laurieluna @ashleyamak August 31st here! He'll be the youngest in his year. Eldest is 3 on the 3rd of June. 😊 It's a good age gap because the eldest will reach a point where he won't remember not having a little brother. He loves him! 4y
asiriusreader @ashleyamak awww, thanks! Only pumping because breastfeeding was a no-go for my little love (lazy latcher!). 😝 it‘s definitely hard, but worth it! 4y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook same here. My first technically will not be 3 until the 14th of May. We just round up since it is so close. I agree that it is a great age gap. 4y
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ashleyamak
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Starting Modern Lovers for the third time since September. I haven't been able to decide on anything else. I still haven't even picked my Amazon First Read for April either. Let's see how it goes.

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Ncostell
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It looks like this book has had mixed reviews on both Litsy and Goodreads. It was a pick for me. I realize the characters were self centered and maybe not very sympathetic. However, I enjoyed the look at relationships from the young, reckless love to the complications that arise further down the road in relationships as people get older.

Mdargusch Good review! You summed up exactly how I felt! 4y
Ncostell Thanks @Mdargusch, I definitely preferred some characters to others in this one but enjoyed the overall book. 4y
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greysx
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Why couldn‘t everyone stay young forever? If not on the outside, then just on the inside, where no one ever got too old to be optimistic.

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BooksAtNight
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A bunch of 40 year olds having mid-life crisis and also dealing with teenage drama courtesy of their children. The plot was all over the place and the characters fell flat for me. But what bothered me the most were all these inconsistencies in descriptions and timelines. It just felt like slipping writing overall.

emilyhaldi Omg I really hated this one 😣 I have tried a couple of Straub‘s books and they are just not for me!! 4y
BooksAtNight @emilyhaldi I feel so vindicated! I really really didn‘t like this one and she‘s such a popular author that I felt like something was wrong with me. 4y
emilyhaldi Don't you worry, I will always get your back in a good old litsy Straub debate 😆 I can't stand her writing! 4y
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BarbaraBB
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#Riotgrams day 21: #BadCovers

I thought I might like this book and ordered it online. Had I known this would be the cover I honestly think I wouldn‘t have.

Look at this! That fond and those drawings... I can‘t imagine a publisher or the author seeing this artwork and thinking Yes, this is exactly what I had in mind for my grown-up audience. Really...😬😳

Still haven‘t read it because of this cover!

Ms_T Goodness me, that‘s awful 😳 4y
Kalalalatja It does have a YA-feel to it 4y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes, a very young adult 😂 4y
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emilyhaldi Don‘t read it, the writing is as bad as the cover! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 4y
Leftcoastzen I agree , bad cover. 4y
Reggie Ummm, the book was ok. 4y
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stacybmartin
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I love her stories. It‘s interesting to see how friendships change and evolve over the years.