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Relief Map
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
In the heat of a stifling summer in her sixteenth year, Livy Marko spends her days in the rust-belt town of Lomath, Pennsylvania, babysitting, hanging out with her best friend, Nelson, and waiting for a bigger life to begin. These simple routines are disrupted when the electricity is cut off and the bridges are closed by a horde of police and FBI agents. A fugitive from the Republic of Georgia, on the run from an extradition order, has taken refuge in nearby hills and no one is able to leave or enter Lomath until he is found.As the police fail to find the wanted man and hours stretch into days, the town of Lomath begins to buckle under the strain. Like Russian dolls, each hostage seems to be harboring a captive of their own. Even Livys parents may have something to conceal, and Livy must learn that the source of danger is not always what it appears.Rosalie Knechts wise and suspenseful debut evokes the classics while conjuring the contemporary paranoia of the post-terrorist age.ReliefMapdoesnt loosen its grip until the consequences of this catastrophic summer, and the ways in which a quiet girls fate can be rerouted and forever changed, are made fully apparent.
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diovival
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"She usually had sense. But maybe it was just that she had had so few chances to do stupid things before. Maybe she was actually a person who would do stupid things all the time, if it seemed likely that other people might see her doing them and think she was brave."

Summertime, adolescence and a slow burn of tension in Small Town, PA. The plot doesn't hold up well under scrutiny, but i enjoyed Knecht's style of writing too much to care.

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Lizpixie
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I very much enjoyed this quiet little drama. The power goes out in small town Lomath, in the middle of the hottest part of summer, the roads out blocked & the police doing house to house, looking for a Georgian fugitive. Then Livy & her friend Nelson get caught up in something & life will never be the same for the whole town. #MountTBR2019 #Bk11 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterK #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #RecommendsdayBook #Pop19 #BookWithAPlantOnTheCover

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diovival
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"She had been like that for most of her adolescence, vivid to herself with the world muted and blurred around her. Now the world was thunderous. She pulled up a blade of grass and chewed on the end of it. The world was loud and close, and her heart and lungs and brain were a tinny afterthought."

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Lizpixie
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After digging into my #MountTBRShelvesOfDoom I found a few gems I‘d forgotten I had. This is one. I bought this late 2016 after @Liberty recommended it & a few other littens agreed. A small town, a hot summer, a fugitive & the FBI collide in this debut novel, with much unpleasantness all round. #MountTBR2019 #Bk11 #LitsyAtoZ2019 #LetterK #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 #RecommendsdayBook #Pop19 #BookWithAPlantOnTheCover

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diovival
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"He'd had a few brilliant ideas in his life and every one of them had started with money and ended with a beating."

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diovival
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The perfect lunch almost always involves a book. #lunchtimereading

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diovival
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

"When the horseflies came you had to dive. She dove."

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dreabooksit
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
Mehso-so

An easy read but I ended the book not being satisfied. I didn't really feel the connections of any of the characters outside of Livy and Nelson were well developed. The interspersed chapters of the fugitive were not interesting which was a shame cause he had the potential to be more interesting than most of the others. It was a book to pass the time but not one I ever read again or recommend to people.

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JSW
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

FYI, Owl Crate is selling past boxes through today with 20% going to Puerto Rico relief.

readordierachel That's awesome. 2y
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SBoos
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

Definitely an interesting read. Fell in love with the cover design/art initially and enjoyed the book, but it wasn't what I expected!

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mauveandrosysky
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I can see what this novel was trying to be, but it did NOT work for me. The story is shallow and amateur—the kind of writing that tells with barely an ounce of showing. There are a couple of major events that happen, but there's such a lack of depth and insight into any of it. Rather than coming across as powerful and tense, these events are completely unbelievable and even borderline ridiculous. I didn't buy a word I was reading.

merelybookish The cover is pretty. 🙂 2y
Cinfhen I agree! The cover is pretty and the blurb sounded promising! Darn 😖 2y
Notafraidofwords Ahhhhh. I loved this one, but I'm a total sucker of stories about the moment you realize you like your best friend. Lol. 2y
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Megabooks
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Did I beat @Notafraidofwords to posting about this one? #flowersoncover #feistyfeb 💛💚💜🥀

Dolly Love the cover! 3y
Notafraidofwords Lol. I'm obsessed with this book! Have you read it? 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords Yes! This started that phase during May and June where you and I were always reading the same books!! 🤣🤣 3y
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Megabooks @Dolly It's awesome and perfect for the book! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks I totally remember now! 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Notafraidofwords I would totally want to do a list meeting. Are you on the east coast? 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords Yes! I'm near Charlotte, NC. Where are you? 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks New Jersey!! I have stayed in NC before On my way to FL. 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords I used to live in Lawrenceville! If you're ever on the way through, please stop! My next big trips will be Vegas (work) and Seattle (BFF) but if I head north, I'll definitely get in touch!! 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks awesome!!!! I would love that! 3y
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ChiBookGeek
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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This book is getting a time out for literally being unbelievable. Great cover + a good premise + lots of hyperbole = 😒. I'm still reading it, but I have my doubts, people. I have my doubts.

MagdaRosol Oh no, such a great cover. Too bad! 3y
ChiBookGeek I'm still plowing through it. I'll give you my final thoughts shortly! 3y
ChiBookGeek Bah. It was silly. There's hope for this author, but nothing was plausible and it read like a YA novel. Enjoyable in a page-turner kind of way, but not winning any awards for being profound! 3y
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Yossarian
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Mehso-so

I don't know why anyone does anything they do in this book. Assume there's a terrorist definitely hiding in your town. Would the FBI put up a roadblock and not let you leave? For days? And cut off the electricity? (Why?) But then lots of people seem to easily sneak through. But why? Lots of stuff just seemed to happen to try to make it exciting, so it wasn't.

There was also no Relief Map in it, so I added a map that I find relieving.

mrsh62010 Great review lol :) 3y
Jenshootsweddings 🙌🏻 3y
Suzze 😁😁😁😁😁 3y
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mcctrish As a Canadian, I seriously do not understand how that map and number columns = the top percentages, I hope to hell its true and not wishful thinking 3y
RealLifeReading 👍👍👍 3y
Lauren4 I see what you did there...😂👏🏻👍🏻 3y
ReadingSusan Ha ha love it! 3y
Samwise_Gamgee 👍👍👍👍 3y
Thekelburrows A huge relief map INDEED 3y
cariashley Haha perfect 😂 3y
she_barks That will be a big relief!😂 3y
andreadmw ❤️ 3y
ChiBookGeek 😂 Reading it now. Couldn't agree more! 3y
Susannah It's funny because it's true! SO relieving. 😂 3y
elamm Why is there a thistle on the cover? 3y
Yossarian @elamm Nobody knows. 3y
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Yossarian
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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Past the half-way point, and stuff is happening, but I'm not sure why. Nobody seems to have any realistic motivations -- they're just acting in a way that'll lead to the most tension.

Sydsavvy Hmm sounds very familiar! 3y
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Yossarian
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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My rainy-day read today. I like that it's set nearby (deep rural Philly suburbs), but we're a third of the way through and I'm ready for the "set up" to be over, and the forward progress to start.

Still has a potential to be really good, but it is slipping away each time a scene ends with nothing but more building of tension ...

DivineDiana I too like a setting close to home. And as Philadelphia suburb resident, would love to know your thoughts when you finish! 3y
Yossarian @DivineDiana So far, the most exciting moment was when they name dropped "Paoli." 3y
DivineDiana Ha Ha! I would find that exciting as well! Just drove through Paoli last night via RT 30 😉 3y
ValerieAndBooks How funny as I live not too far from Paoli myself! Hope it picks up some more for you beyond that. 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book, but it didn't quite work out that way😕. It's less than 300 pages, and yet it took me a week to read. I just didn't connect with the story or characters. In the last chapter, I was finally feeling something for Livy. But then it was all over & done with.

I would keep my eye out for this author again, though. She's capable of keen insights & great at setting the scene.

Yossarian I agree. 3y
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Sweettartlaura
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I blame this - and every other mess in my house - on Litsy 😜. Because why organize/clean when I can read, or scroll through Litsy?!?!
(PS - what's the point of a roll top desk that doesn't roll down? Isn't the point to hide your mess?😩)
#blameitonlitsy
#somethingforseptember
@TheSpinecrackersBookClub

britt_brooke 😂🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
LizzyM That's pretty impressive😜😂 as is the enormous number of full rolls of pennies in your desk!! 3y
Bette I hear ya! 😋 I'd rather read or see what everyone else is reading. 📚 3y
Texreader Ahhh, a desktop that rivals mine! Nice! 3y
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rdkate
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Whew...reading like a maniac to finish this book before I have to go out tonight....so good.....the town is isolated and quarantined after an international bad guy is on the loose...the heat of the summertime, the boredom of the residents and increasing stress of it all make for an excellent read.

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Sweettartlaura
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This is another one I am FINALLY getting to. After trying to start it a couple months ago - 😩 - I'm just pushing the rest of the stuff out of the way until this done ☺️📚

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NerdyRev
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It was a coincidence I read this during this weekend of all weekends. It seemed a microcosm of the post 9-11 world with paranoia, a smaller world, and lives full of secrets. A small town is locked down with police and FBI as there is a manhunt for a Georgian man (country not state). Narrated mostly from a 16 yo Livy with pieces from the fugitive. This is a tense book. I love @Tin_House

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Actually_Perry
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Slow burning, unsettling, and super suspenseful. Loved the portrayal of the teenage friendship in this book and the writing style in general. I cannot wait to read more from this author!

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Tin_House
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"Her mind cascaded with other things she couldn't do. This was her strong suit. She was good at seeing pitfalls. But then, of course, she went and did things anyway. Her fingers dug between the the stones. She held herself in place."

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NerdyRev
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Also reading Relief Map. Very different from Ove (see other post). I was wondering where it was going, but it once again shows why I love @Tin_House books

Notafraidofwords Truly one of my favorites this year! 3y
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Yossarian
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I'm never going to stand up, ever again.

Notafraidofwords Especially because this book is so so good. 3y
TheBookDream Oh look! A Nook! 3y
bookquotes221 Looks like a nice reading spot 3y
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ericarobynreads
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"A slow burn panic set in, which made him do stupid things like wave the phone through the air in search of a better signal, as if the nonexistent message were a butterfly he was trying to catch with a net."

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Sweettartlaura
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#next up
Relief Map
7 down for July
6 to go

Notafraidofwords I can't stop raving about Relief Map, so good! 3y
Sweettartlaura @Notafraidofwords Oh, good to hear! I was excited about it because the premise reminded me of one of my all-time favorites, 3y
Notafraidofwords @Sweettartlaura I've never read Bel Canto, so it's going on my list. 3y
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Lola
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

#RecommendsdayLooking for a great summer read that is both plot driven AND comes complete with a great sense of character and place?Look no further than this little gem. Perfect for @24in48 or when you're looking for a between-books book.A full, satisfying reading experience in less than 300 pages.

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emtobiasz
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Too hot to sleep in small-town Pennsylvania? Why not read a book about it being too hot to sleep in small-town Pennsylvania? I'm not sure I was completely convinced by the teenaged narrator, but this book was still a case of the right thing at the right time, and I couldn't stop reading it today.

BookishFeminist 🐶💕 3y
MrBook Great review, from a fellow PA small-towner. 😊👍🏻 3y
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Waynegjr
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Terrific. Beautifully written, briskly paced, I'm having trouble thinking of a person I wouldn't recommend this book to. One of my favorite debuts in a while.

shawnmooney Thank you for reminding me about this one! I remember either Rebecca or Liberty raving about it on All The Books when it was first published, but it didn't make it into my TBR list. 3y
suzannewhtny This sounds like an awesome summer read! I've heard it just sucks you in! 3y
Lola Great discussion tonight @RoscoeBooks fiction book club! So glad I was sitting next to @Waynegjr @Amyegia and @seebiscan for the conversation!! 3y
LeeRHarry Fantastic cover art! 3y
Notafraidofwords Ahhh my favorite. 3y
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Lola
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht
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WHY isn't this book getting more love/attention?! 11 reviews on Amazon?! Really good one-day read. Complete, satisfying story in less than 300 pages. Perfect for @24in48 Thanks @Amyegia @RoscoeBooks @Liberty for putting this on my radar.

Reviewsbylola I have this on my TBR list. Maybe I will get a copy before the 24in48 readathon. 3y
Notafraidofwords I swear, I don't get it. It's perfect. One of my favorites of the year! 3y
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Lola
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Time to leave Victorian England for a little while. This is for book club on Tuesday. @RoscoeBooks

NatalieR Beautiful pic! 🌿 3y
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RoscoeBooks
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Another Fiction Book Club pick complete. I plowed through this in two days and am really looking forward to hearing what everyone else thought!

Notafraidofwords I loved this book so much. The tension, the best friends, the ending...I loved it! 3y
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TheBookNess
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My inflight entertainment.
A great quick summer read.

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emtobiasz
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Goals for the weekend: celebrate our anniversary, work though the ridiculous pile of library books I've accumulated, save the dog from panicking about fireworks. Any suggestions on where to begin?

BekahB Wow, that's a really great stack of titles! Relief Map sounds great. I just ordered it yesterday. Kelly Link's Pretty Monsters is phenomenal. Well, everything she does is phenomenal so you can't go wrong with that one. I totally understand your problem; everything in that picture looks good! 3y
LisaMakeWords I hope you enjoy Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle! Fantastic choices. 3y
emtobiasz @lisamakewords @BekahB thanks! Y'all aren't making narrowing this stack down any easier 😝 3y
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Notafraidofwords Relief Map! 3y
HeatherBookNerd Raven Boys series is terrific! 3y
MrBook Belated happy anniversary! 3y
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JessReads
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"How could you mine the future tense? How could you suggest return?" I love me an unexpectedly deep question in the midst of a book.

Notafraidofwords Ahhh my favorite ! 3y
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Lola
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@RoscoeBooks Fiction Book Club pick for July. @Liberty kicked off this week's All The Books Halftime Show with it this week. Good choice, @Amyegia !

Reviewsbylola This sounds really different and I love the cover. 3y
Notafraidofwords Oh it's a must read. I loved every single moment of reading this. I read it really slowly because I didn't want it to end. 3y
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JessReads
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I love having a job where I can take home a book if I've finished mine during the day! On this hot, sweaty day, I'm giving this summery, claustrophobic book a try.

Notafraidofwords This is my favorite book of the year. Everyone I talk to, I recommend this book! 3y
Megabooks I really really enjoyed this book after @Notafraidofwords recommended it! I hope you like it, too! 3y
LitHousewife That cover! 3y
JessReads @Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks I am super excited to start it, since I've heard nothing but good things! 3y
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Megabooks
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

@Notafraidofwords The review is up on the blog! http://wp.me/p7kSEG-7c
Rosalie Knecht retweeted and followed me on Twitter! Squee!!! 👍🏻🌟😃

Notafraidofwords Yay! She's awesome ! Love love the blog. Hopefully more people will read it! 3y
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Jacki
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This book was amazing. I read it in one sitting and the characterization is stunning.

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Megabooks
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4🌟Subtitle should be: an extraordinary week in an ordinary small town. The book is good if you enjoy atmospheric character-driven books. I wish there were fewer more well developed characters. I also wish the fugitive had a more detailed storyline. Overall, I'm glad I read this book. 👍🏻

BestOfFates Fugitives should always get more story time! 3y
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Megabooks
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Just finished this one. I liked it, but I can't decide how much I liked it and in what way. Kind of an odd duck, this book. I will think on it tonight and review tomorrow (like always lol)! Shrill by Lindy West is up next. I feel like some essays. @Notafraidofwords

Notafraidofwords Sit on it. It might stay with you. I'm glad you read it. I will check on your website for the review! 3y
Megabooks It will likely be on the blog a week from Tuesday. I'm doing all YA this week. I write far ahead. Idk, it makes me feel more organized and less pressured. 👍🏻 I'll let you know. 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords forgot to tag you in above comment. Looking forward to your opinion on my long review next week! 3y
Notafraidofwords Will make sure I take a read! Excited! 3y
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I try to see the humor in things. Of course you want brand if you're committing a robbery. 🙄 🙃

Megabooks @Notafraidofwords I'm dedicating this robbery to you! Lol!! Enjoying the book. 😃 3y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks you have no idea how happy this makes me. It's literally my favorite book. I'm so happy you're enjoying it! Keep up the updates 😀 3y
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Megabooks
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Getting back to it. This little doggie (Henry, my old man) has joined me for now, but he always leaves the first time I get up for water. He's pretty cute, though. 😉🐩

KateTheBookworm That little tongue sticking out! So cute. 3y
Megabooks Thanks @KateTheBookworm He's been with me nearly 11 years, and I love him dearly. (Believe it or not he's about 13.) I got him at a shelter as a young adult. 😊🐩 3y
ReadingMusing What a baby ☺️ 3y
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NatalieR Love your baby boy. So sweet! 🐾 3y
Eastbriar Very cute!! 3y
Anei I would like to hug that dog. 3y
Megabooks @Eastbriar Thanks! @Anei He'd like that. 😃 3y
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Megabooks
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It always starts at 0%. I don't remember how this book ended up on my TBR, but I'm excited. 👍🏻

Notafraidofwords Me me me me me! I recommended. Please post lots and lots of updates. My favorite book! 3y
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Notafraidofwords
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

I keep thinking about this 📖. I finished it over a month ago and cannot get it out my head. Today (while in traffic) I realized why...
I love books about characters make reckless choices. I 💗books about people doing things that I would not dream about doing. Just to see if there worlds fall apart.

Megabooks Ok, I'm going to see if my library has it! 4y
Megabooks They don't, but I recommended it! 4y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks it's a must read. I've read so much this year, but this tops them all! There's an undercurrent of tension and fear that moves the characters. 4y
Megabooks Oh I love that! My library usually comes through, so fingers crossed! 4y
Notafraidofwords @Ebooksandcooks I got it at my library too, but at some point I want to own a copy so I can reread it. 4y
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Notafraidofwords
Relief Map | Rosalie Knecht

Anyone has similar recommendations of this book. I truly loved it and I'm trying to get the same feeling back. Help!

Sweettartlaura In my opinion, Bel Canto is way better. I picked this up hoping it would be more like it. I was disappointed😕. But then, my expectations were ridiculously high 😉 3y
Notafraidofwords @Sweettartlaura I'm on hold at the library for Bel Canto. I hear great things. I did love this book so much. I loved the atmosphere and even the characters. 3y
Sweettartlaura It's one if my Top 10 Books ever 😍. Hopefully, you'll fall in love, too. Let me know what you think😊 3y
Notafraidofwords @Sweettartlaura thank you! Will do! 3y
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Liberty
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This was fantastic. Slow and simmering and really great.

SGJ Man, how to take a pic when the book's on your phone? 4y
Chocamanda Screen shot it 😊 4y
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whitney
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Look at me and my Strand tote. Rosalie Knecht is a debut author from Tinhouse. It starts off slow but winds into that quiet post-apocalypse vibe that I tend to like. #noshame

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