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The Reminders
The Reminders | Val Emmich
The Rosie Project meets Tell the Wolves I'm Home in this endearing debut about what happens when a girl who can't forget befriends a man who's desperate to remember. Grief-stricken over his partner's death, Gavin Winters sets fire to every physical reminder in the couple's home. A neighbor captures the ordeal on video, turning this unsung TV actor into a household name. Now Gavin is fleeing the hysteria of Los Angeles for New Jersey, hoping to find peace with the family of an old friend. Instead, he finds Joan. Joan, the family's ten-year-old daughter, was born with the rare ability to recall every day of her life in cinematic detail. In seconds, she can tell you how many times her mother has uttered the phrase "it never fails" in the last six months (twenty-seven) or what she was wearing when her grandfather took her fishing on a particular Sunday in June years ago (fox socks). Joan has never met Gavin until now, but she did know his partner, Sydney, and waiting inside her uncanny mind are a half dozen startlingly vivid memories to prove it. Gavin strikes a deal with Joan: in return for sharing all her memories of Sydney, Gavin will help Joan win a local songwriting contest she's convinced could make her unforgettable. The unlikely duo set off on their quest until Joan reveals unexpected details about Sydney's final months, forcing Gavin to question not only the purity of his past with Sydney but the course of his own immediate future. Told in the alternating voices of these two irresistible characters, The Reminders is a hilarious and tender exploration of loss, memory, friendship, and renewal.
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AdaChivers
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I loved this book! It was nothing as I expected but in the good sense.
I little girl that remembers everything that happens to her, I man who thinks he wants to forget. Music. Beatles.
Bittersweet sometimes, but beautiful!

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Chelleo
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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Many packages have made it to their new homes! A few reminders:

1. Use #BHM or #BlitsyHistoryMonth tags on your package (optional: reveal yourself or make your match suffer til 2/28 open day)
2. Post a SENT and RECEIVED pic w/tags
4. Contact me ASAP with ANY issues or questions.

Your posts help me and your match to track packages so thanks in advance!

AmyG If you need to know, I have not recieved mine...yet. 6mo
Chelleo @AmyG Noted! 6mo
Butterfinger Oh no @AmyG. I hope you get it soon. You sent mine such a long time ago. 6mo
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AmyG Thanks @Butterfinger. I am hopeful...there‘s still time. 6mo
Chelleo @Yeah_I_Read Yours is in transit 😊 6mo
Yeah_I_Read @chelleo yay!!!!!!! 😊😊😊 6mo
Yeah_I_Read I was just buying a few last minute things today and my package for @Shvonne will be on it‘s was this week ❤️ 6mo
Chelleo @Yeah_I_Read thanks for the update! 6mo
Leslie2 Sending my package out tomorrow to @Endowarrior21 ! 6mo
sweetpealsd @Chelleo I had @Liatrek package sent last week. There‘s a second part going out tomorrow. 6mo
Endowarrior21 Mine is going out tomorrow morning 6mo
riversong153 So great to see these pouring in!! 6mo
Chelleo @LeshaMac Your package is on its‘ way. Should arrive on Saturday! 6mo
Chelleo @riversong153 Yaasssss! One week to go! 6mo
Chelleo @Liatrek Did you see the update? Part 2 of your is en route. Did you receive the 1st part? 6mo
Chelleo @AmyG - your package is due to ship tomorrow 6mo
Chelleo @Kayla.Adriena - your match is waiting on one last item...will keep you posted 6mo
Chelleo @riversong153 - your package is set to go out Friday 6mo
riversong153 @Chelleo wonderful, thanks!! At least I don‘t have to be tortured with the package staring at me every day! 6mo
CaliforniaCay Still waiting on the last 2 items. But I should get them by tomorrow. If that's the case I will mail the whole box by Saturday. But I will definitely be sending it as priority, I have no problem paying a bit extra since I waited so long to order my stuff 🤗 Will keep you posted though! 6mo
Chelleo @CaliforniaCay Thanks for the update! 6mo
Chelleo @Wannabe_Quijote your package is set to go out tomorrow 6mo
Chelleo @sweetpealsd your package is due to go out by Sat 6mo
sweetpealsd Okay, great! Thank you! 6mo
Kayla.Adriena Thanks for the update!!😊 6mo
AmyG Thank you! 6mo
Liatrek My package will be sent out tomorrow FedEx 😊 to @Leslie2 6mo
Leslie2 @Liatrek 😊 thank you!!! 6mo
Yeah_I_Read @Chelleo I think I got my package! I don‘t want to open it yet though 6mo
Chelleo @Yeah_I_Read 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾can you post a pic so your match can confirm? 6mo
Endowarrior21 @Leslie2 I received it today thank you 6mo
Chelleo @riversong153 Yours should arrive on Monday. @AmyG yours was sent today and heading your way. 6mo
riversong153 @Chelleo thanks so much for the update!! 6mo
AmyG Thank you so much for letting me know...and for organizing this great swap. 6mo
Chelleo @Shvonne Your package is in transit! 6mo
Chelleo @leslie2 did you receive your package? 6mo
Leslie2 @Chelleo not yet 6mo
Chelleo Please confirm status: @Liatrek (sent/recd), @AmyG (in transit-recd), @Kayla.Adriena (recd), @callielafleur (sent), @shvonne (in transit-recd), @sweetpealsd (in transit-recd). I know a few boxes will arrive tomorrow and possibly one on Thursday. 6mo
sweetpealsd @Chelleo I have not received yet. 6mo
callielafleur Sent, will be there Thursday 6mo
Chelleo @sweetpealsd Yours was sent and is expected to arrive on Wed! 6mo
sweetpealsd @Chelleo okay great! 6mo
Chelleo @callielafleur Perfect, thanks! 6mo
Liatrek I sent my package out Monday. It‘s fedex and should arrive on Thursday. I received some Amazon packages today I believe it‘s all for the book swap. 6mo
AmyG @Chelleo I will post the package as soon as I recieve it. Thank you so much for keeping us informed. 6mo
Leslie2 @Chelleo my package arrived today! 6mo
Chelleo @Leslie2 Great! Happy #BlitsyHistoryMonth! Can‘t wait to see your goodies! 6mo
Kayla.Adriena Package received!! Happy BHM Everyone! And Happy Unboxing Day!! 6mo
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24in48
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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As most of you US readers get going on day 2, a few reminders: 1) check the hourly posts to see if you won, 2) don‘t stress about whether you hit 24 hours, the point is to have fun and read, 3) there is no such thing as failing #24in48, 4) log your books! (Link in profile), 5) audiobooks def count, and 7) if you‘re entering challenges you need to use a static link. Have any more questions? Drop a comment or DM! Now! Back to the books!

saguarosally Forgive me for the note as I haven‘t done this readathon in a while, but that is the most terrifying bookstore ever. It could also have something to do with my dislike of small spaces. 😂 Ok back to reading! 7mo
cathysaid When you say “static link,” I assume for Litsy it just means mentioning Litsy and including our handle? 7mo
RebL What @cathysaid said. 7mo
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cathysaid Hi there. Could you respond to my question please? @RebL Thanks! 7mo
BarbaraJean @cathysaid @RebL I‘m not a host so this isn‘t an official response or anything, but I think they do mean you need to include a link to your post, even on Litsy. You can get a link by clicking the arrow at the bottom of your post, to the right of the stack icon. I copy the link from there and paste it in the Google form on the challenge blog post. I‘m on iOS, if that makes a difference—not sure what it looks like on Android. Hope that helps! (edited) 7mo
24in48 @cathysaid @RebL There are instructions to find the static link for a Litsy post here: https://24in48.com/2017/06/26/how-to-readathon/ 7mo
24in48 @BarbaraJean Thanks! We're trying to stay on top of comments/questions but there are three of us and 1500+ readers, so always appreciate someone else jumping in with an answer. 7mo
cathysaid So based on the instructions, telling you we‘re on Litsy AND listing the handle is the correct way to do it. That‘s how I‘ve done it all along. Thanks. 7mo
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Chelleo
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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I‘m excited to see packages starting the journey to their new homes. A few reminders:
1. Use #BHM or #BlitsyHistoryMonth tags on your package (optional: reveal yourself or make your match suffer til 2/28 open day)
2. Post a SENDING pic w/tags
3. Post a RECEIVED pic w/tags
4. Contact me ASAP with ANY issues or questions.
5. Check your email. I sent a few this today.

Your posts help me and your match to track packages so thanks in advance!

SmartSassery I'm new here, may I ask what blitsy is? 7mo
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Purrfectpages
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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Mehso-so

Tennille and I had high hopes for this book, but overall it fell a little short of its potential. I loved Joan‘s quirkiness. Her voice and some of her insight really grabbed me, whether it was because it was a rare truth, laugh out loud funny, or both. I also enjoyed the unlikely friendship that formed between her and Gavin. But more often than not, I felt the story dragged where it shouldn‘t have given what the author had to set up at the start.

LauraJ Pretty kitty! 9mo
writerlibrarian Lovely 🐈 9mo
robinb What a sweet face 😻 9mo
Purrfectpages @lauraj @writerlibrarian @robinb Tennille says thank you! She is a sweetheart! 9mo
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Purrfectpages
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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I enjoyed Val Emmich‘s take on Dear Evan Hansen so much that I‘m excited to give this one a try next! I mean it‘s described as The Rosie Project meets Tell the Wolves I‘m Home...how can it not be a winner?

Victoriahoperose I loved this book so much. 9mo
Purrfectpages @Victoriahoperose that makes me even more excited to get started! 9mo
Hannah_Haymond I really enjoyed this one, too. It was sweet and so under the radar. 9mo
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ReadingOver50
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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I spent the last few days going through my books. I found 167 books that I own and haven‘t read. I put together this TBR shelf although this isn‘t all of them. I‘ve also put myself on a book buying ban until this gets more reasonable. (I will still accept books as presents though 😄)

monkeygirlsmama Re: “Will accept books as presents though.” ... But, of course! 😸We all have to have our standards, and you can‘t go too crazy and say “no” to all. 😹 1y
Jess7 Bahahaha! I spy Gone Girl on that shelf! It‘s a good one. 1y
Lizpixie My book sister!🙋🏻‍♀️ #ofcourseihaveroomformorebooks 1y
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hwestfall I love this! It's so good to know I am not alone 😊 1y
Mskt6891 My TBR owned books is currently sitting at around 340 😳 Must. Stop. Buying. Books. 😂 1y
JulAnna I am afraid to count my unread books. 🤓 1y
Decalino I try to stop, but then I see a library book sale... 1y
TheLudicReader Haha. That‘s about 1/5 of my tbr shelf. 1y
Jes143 I'm not sure how many unread books I have, but it's a lot. I just can't make myself stop buying them though, especially from thrift stores. My house is overrun with books! 1y
Cedricsmom Life is too short to worry about unread books. 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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I loved this. It‘s such a unique look at memories and why they are necessary to us in life even when they hurt sometimes. The author shows us to very different main characters who learn from each other and grow through this book. It was hard to put this one down and hard to stop thinking about it after it was done.
#goodreadsgiveaways

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ReadingOver50
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Spent the day cleaning and organizing my office. I still have more to do, including going through my books. All of these are on my TBR list 😄

LizzieChantree Wow! Happy reading. 😀📚 1y
kaysworld1 @ReadingOver50 I'm dusting my shelves and logging all my books 📚😃 1y
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Elizahope
The Reminders | Val Emmich
Mehso-so

Kinda long and drawn out, but I also wouldn‘t know how to shorten it because I loved the details

Petrichor74 Hi! My username is a little funny, but it‘s me 2y
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calciumkels
The Reminders | Val Emmich
Mehso-so

This books was simple and sweet to read. What a fabulous book to read as an open-minded family. Love all of the Beatles references throughout the novel. Would recommend to one of my students anytime.

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calciumkels
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“Until one day your partner travels for business and the bed is all yours again... You sleep deeply that night. But then the second night arrives and it‘s harder to find peace. The balance of the bed is off... Your partner returns. You‘re not so much relieved as stabilizes. Things are back to normal. You tell him to roll over, he‘s snoring.”

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mellisarock
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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Some days you make the #coffee & some days the coffee makes you.
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It's the last day of #booksacrossoceans & I'd love to thank my co-host @pri_bibliophile - we are working on a #readathon for September!
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Before we get to that though...it's time for an #augustwrapup
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I read 14 books this month! Those pictured above plus:
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#elizaandhermonsters
#purrmformurder
#bubbles
#allthewaystheworldcanend
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How was #August for you?

britt_brooke Wow, great month! 👏🏻 2y
TrishB A List of Cages 💜 one of my favs this year. 2y
Ms_T 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Billypar I read the first sentence in Sam Elliot's voice as the narrator of The Big Lebowski. 2y
Zelma @Billypar 😂👍 I did too, after reading your comment. 2y
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mellisarock
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Chewyauthor I love all of the colours! 2y
Reviewsbylola I love what a colorful stack this is! 2y
LauraBrook ❤️ 2y
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ReadingSusan
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It was so wonderful to host Val Emmich at my house this summer for a book reading and acoustic show. It was such a unique experience! Everyone had so much fun. And I truly love this book!

monkeygirlsmama Don't know who this is, but that's a mighty fine inscription! 👍 (edited) 2y
Zelma Agreed with @monkeygirlsmama ! That is a fabulous inscription. 👍 2y
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Hannah_Haymond
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A sweet, simple story is SO difficult to pull off. This one reminded me how refreshing and utterly enjoyable it is to spend time with great characters, with no gimmicks or twists. It also speaks to the author, to make something so sweet and impactful and make it all feel so effortless. I was surprised to see it was his first novel, and I'm excited to see what he does next.

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MedaReadsAlot
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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This was a kindle daily deal - a sweet story of coping with loss and leaving a legacy.

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Liberty
The Reminders | Val Emmich
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Day 2 of the #RiotGrams challenge: yellow covers! These were all the books with yellow covers I could find in my office. 📒💛☺️

Moray_Reads So many! 2y
Cinfhen And four yellow Sharpies💛💛💛💛 2y
vivastory I love Etgar Keret 2y
Karkar I love that yellow pens are included too!! 2y
britt_brooke 💛💛💛 2y
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BookishDevices
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Mehso-so

As a debut novel, The Reminders is okay. Jennifer would recommend it to friends, but probably won't read this one again.
http://bookishdevices.com/2017/05/22/reminders-emmich/

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Dempsey
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LisaJo I am so behind on my reading this week due to work issues. I am so looking forward to partying with books on Friday night. 2y
ReadingSusan Love this book! And love #litsypartyofone 2y
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Alisnazzy
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Just a last reminder: #LitsyPartyOfOne is this weekend!!! I ask that you share one last time, as I'm still getting new Littens inquiring about what this awesome introvert party is all about. I want to make this the most inclusive party on the social-media planet. Let's get all Littens involved! Can't wait to party it up with my favorites! 💖 #HostPost

Leniverse Aw. Visiting the in-laws this weekend. No introvert party for me. 😢Although I'll sneak on here while the others are watching the telly. 2y
Peddler410 Have fun everyone! I was hoping for a later weekend. This is happening over my birthday weekend and my family made plans ☺️ 2y
Bklover Can't wait!!! 2y
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minkyb So sad I cannot participate this time. Traveling to celebrate my daughter's birthday. Have fun all! 2y
ValerieAndBooks I'm looking forward to doing this Friday night! 📚 🍕 🍺📚 2y
Mimi28 Awesome sauce!! Had a busy week I was looking forward to introverting this weekend anyway!! This is perfect!! Thanks!! You're great!! 2y
Dempsey What is this? I'm interested! 2y
tpixie We post pictures as we 'PArty' by ourselves with drinks and snacks while we read! And then we tag @Ambrosnazzy and #LitsyPartyOfOne !! @Dempsey (edited) 2y
mswriterlygirl New here. This sounds great. 2y
ReadingSusan Love this book. It's my favorite of the year. And love #litsypartyofone 2y
Mixedreader This was awesome & made me read with purpose last weekend! 2y
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ReadingSusan
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I have been savoring this book and not wanting to finish it. It was so good. It's such a lovely story. I loved all the Beatles references! Worth the wait!

Alytrue This one sounds so good! 2y
ReadingSusan @alytrue it was so good. I loved the MCs. I need a sequel! 2y
Alytrue @ReadingSusan you had me at Beatle references 😄 2y
ReadingSusan @Alytrue so much Beatles ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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ReadingSusan
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...waiting is the worst thing ever invented.

Hollie I am so not patient!! 2y
ReadingSusan @Hollie me either! 2y
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ReadingSusan
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"Those are the two strongest feelings music can gives you. When people dance they forget and when they cry they remember."

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ReadingSusan
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I am so excited for this ARC! I have been waiting 10+ years for Val Emmich to publish a novel. I can't wait to read it!!

minkyb This sounds wonderful. 2y
melbeautyandbooks I hope it is worth the decade long wait! Enjoy! 2y
ReadingSusan @minkyb I am about to start it! Can't wait. 2y
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ReadingSusan
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Omg I am sooo excited for this book coming in May written by triple threat Val Emmich (musician, actor, author). It sounds so good and right up my alley! There is a Goodreads giveaway going on right now!