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Confessions of a Domestic Failure
Confessions of a Domestic Failure | Bunmi Laditan
From the creator of The Honest Toddler comes a fiction debut sure to be a must-read for moms everywhere There are good moms and bad moms--and then there are hot-mess moms. Introducing Ashley Keller, career girl turned stay-at-home mom who's trying to navigate the world of Pinterest-perfect, Facebook-fantastic and Instagram-impressive mommies but failing miserably. When Ashley gets the opportunity to participate in the "Motherhood Better" bootcamp run by the mommy-blog-empire maven she idolizes, she jumps at the chance to become the perfect mom she's always wanted to be. But will she fly high or flop? With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, Bunmi Laditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones or Becky Bloomwood while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mother. At its heart, Ashley's story reminds moms that there's no way to be perfect, but many ways to be great.
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Macnjen
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Panpan

Waste of time. Whiny, incompetent mom complains about how unsuccessful she is at parenting. Not funny, predictable, and irritating. #LitsyAtoZ challenge @BookishMarginalia I had to read it for book club. The bonus is that this reminds me that book clubs are so great for getting to read things I would not chose my own.

IamIamIam Lol, I almost took this out a few days ago! 2w
Macnjen @IamIamIam I‘m so glad This review helped! 1w
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Macnjen

Book club choice-so I have to finish but ugh. This same blah, whiny story about a new mom is boring, not funny and tries way too hard. The attempt at snark and sarcasm as well as the complaining about not being domestic makes me want to scream. I can guess how it‘s going to go and I will be mad if I‘m right. Don‘t waste your time. I haven‘t laughed even once and it‘s been reviewed as hilarious. Wrong.#litsyAtoz challenge @BookishMarginalia

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JoyBlue
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Panpan

This should have been so much funnier. As the main character is supposed to have been a competent business person, I would have hoped she'd be generally smarter and less shallow than she was written. Most of the supporting characters are shallow and nasty.

The very end *might* redeem the story the tiniest bit. Overall, I thought the book was a painful slog. This is why I need more than 7 hold slots in Overdrive!! I need better books available.

bookaholic1 I felt the same way, won it off Goodreads, and so glad I didn't buy it 3mo
JoyBlue @bookaholic1 Better luck next time! 😉 3mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Moms often try to be #AlltoAll, taking care of everyone and everything else. And I know I'm not alone, such an attempt generally (well, always) ends up failing. I love Bunmi Laditan's online writings for her honesty about motherhood, and for making me feel less isolated on this crazy ride. Her book is still on my TBR, but I'm moving up the OverDrive holds list!

#TimbitTunes @Cinfhen

THANK YOU everyone who played along this month!

Cinfhen This book looks like so much fun 🤩 4mo
SweetAngst This one was pretty funny :) 4mo
JennyM Thanks for hosting Cindy and Megan. I didn‘t manage to post everyday, but I enjoyed looking at the creativity of everyone else 😘 @Cinfhen 4mo
Cinfhen Always happy to see a post from you!!! Thanks for brightening our feeds @JennyM 4mo
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ReadingDownUnder
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Mehso-so

This would have been annoying if it wasn‘t a “light audiobook for the car” pick. I enjoy some Bridget Jones-like stupidity in these kinds of books but they always go too far. I will say I kept thinking “Stop bitching about the messy house while watching reality TV. Just clean!!” Then I would binge watch Grace and Frankie wishing the dishes were washed. Some things might be universal.

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RebL
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I thought I was beyond the angst of this type of novel, but my #TBR for #24in48 was wrecked & this was available for checkout & I had to break in my duck shoes & what better way than while mowing the mustard, but be quick as kids & ex require solutions & whoops! will you looky there? I zeroed out my timer, so it seems as though I only logged 3 hours but it‘s really more like 16 & so it is clear that this is still my kind of book. Totally relate.

KathyWheeler I‘m so far from the characters in this this that it‘s ridiculous; I still liked it though. It was a fun read. 5mo
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kayo
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Mehso-so

I love Bunmi's writing, the book has plenty of witty, funny moments, but the main character is so hard to like- or even sympathize with. The amount of work she puts towards pretending she is someone she is not to impress some unknown mom's on an online group just made me think would be time better spent accepting her messy, but down to earth life style.
It's still a fun read, but I had expected better.
(Image found on Pinterest)

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Jeanne_S
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Mehso-so

It was almost good.

mcctrish Love your review 6mo
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fictionaddictbooks
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A must read for mums and mums to be😁😁😁😁

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Krisjericho
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Panpan

I wanted to love this. Bunmi is one of my favorite people. She is unflinchingly honest and funny and smart. The character in this book, however, is not. She is hard to like. There are parts that I related to because hell, being a mom is hard and thankless and really shitty sometimes. But Ashley felt joyless and superficial and fake and mean and petty for 80% of the book. She redeems herself a bit toward the end, but it was too little, too late.

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LittleMummyMe
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Panpan

I did not like this book.
I felt nothing for Ashley but annoyance.
She fakes and lies her way through the story because she's struggling with adapting to life as a stay at home mum.
In the end everything works out o.k. without her ever facing or dealing with her emotions or reasons why she acts the way she does. 🙄
One dimensional characters, sadly not a book for me.

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Jody3
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Pickpick

When I was reading this book all I could think about was how I could see it being made into a movie and how the main character would be played by Amy Schumer. It‘s a fluffy novel about the struggles of being a new mom. The main character was often annoying and hard to sympathize with, but still entertaining in my opinion. She was sometimes relatable too...especially her body image struggle and the challenges of being a SAHM.

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Anne.S
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Mehso-so

At the beginning I was very annoyed by Ashley and felt she was so over the top terrible at being a mom. I really almost gave up on reading it. But, about half way through she finally starts to realize that's she not as bad as she thinks she is. By the end, I found myself cheering for her and even cried along with her.

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winemom
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Cinfhen ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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winemom
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I feel like I‘ve been waiting ages on the library‘s waitlist for this!

Caroline2 Ohhh I've been dying to read this too! 😲 2y
Kendra.Diane This might be about my life 😂 2y
winemom @Kendra.Diane Every page I find something to relate to. EVERY. PAGE. 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker @winemom Did you get the bookmarks I sent you? It said it was delivered Wednesday. I hope I didn‘t send it to the wrong address 🙈 2y
winemom Really?? I need to check my community office then! I guess from the sheer volume of packages and mail lately, everything has ended up there. They aren‘t great at notifying people of parcels. 🙄 I‘ll look first thing! I‘m so excited!! @That-Bookish-Hiker 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker @winemom fingers crossed they have it 🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
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winemom
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My humble library haul. Last few reads of 2017!

Clwojick Love the tagged book! 2y
winemom @Clwojick Bunmi is my spirit animal. I love her blog, but never read any of her books. Shame. 2y
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Pickpick

Fun book! Could definitely relate to much of the mom life she describes. Quick read and great for a palate cleanser.

Clwojick Loved this one! Might be in my top three of the year! 2y
Ashlyewest I thought this book was so accurate! Quick and funny read for sure 2y
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britt_brooke
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Pickpick

"To gluten!" ??

This was a really fun read! Laditan - of Honest Toddler fame - imparts a satirical spin on mom life while simultaneously tackling some very real issues faced by new parents. As a SAHM myself, I found the main character Ashley particularly relatable and I loved her dearly. I enjoyed the heck out of the audio. The narration was perfect!

britt_brooke Thanks @Jess7 for the recommendation! It was just what I needed. 😁 2y
MarriedtoMrT Can I ask what photo editor you use? I love the picture in picture style, especially for audiobooks. 2y
britt_brooke @MarriedtoMrT I use Pic Collage. ??I often use the "freestyle" option. For this, I uploaded 2 photos then chose to make one the background. 2y
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Abailliekaras Love it! I'm all about gluten. 😜 2y
britt_brooke @Abailliekaras Me, too! 😆 2y
MarriedtoMrT @britt_brooke Awesome. Thank you! 2y
Clwojick I loved this one! It was definitely one of my favourite books I've ever read. 2y
Jess7 I'm really happy you enjoyed it! 2y
britt_brooke @MarriedtoMrT 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
britt_brooke @Clwojick It exceeded my expectations - loved it! 2y
merelybookish Cheer indeed to gluten!! 2y
britt_brooke @merelybookish 😆🥂🥂🥂 2y
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britt_brooke
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Listening to this while folding the basket of clothes that's been sitting in the laundry room for at least four days. Thanks for the recommendation @Jess7 - enjoying it so far. 😆

merelybookish Folding laundry is one of the only domestic chores I'm prettu good about -- because I can listen to a book while I do it. ☺️ 2y
Jess7 Awesome! I hope you love it! 2y
EchoLogical I need to read this because Bunmi's Facebook is hilarious. 2y
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britt_brooke @merelybookish Yes!! 🙌🏻 2y
britt_brooke @EchoLogical She's so funny. I love The Honest Toddler! 2y
monkeygirlsmama I downloaded this from Hoopla and then forgot about it. Have to reborrow it now as it just expired. 2y
britt_brooke @monkeygirlsmama It's a fun read so far! 2y
Anna40 😁 that just reminded me of mine... how long has it been sitting there unfolded? 2y
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Lmstraubie
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All of these books had me #laughoutloud at one point or another! #awesomeautumnbooks @Jess7

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riversong153

My favorite summer reads this summer so far have been Pretty Girls, Confessions of a Domestic Failure and The Divorce Diet.
#PackingProblems

Cinfhen My daughter has been begging me to read Pretty Girls but I'm too chicken! The other two books I'm not familiar with ~ need to check them out! 2y
litmuggle I loved Pretty Girls and I'm a giant chicken 2y
riversong153 @Cinfhen @litmuggle it was a good book! 2y
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riversong153
Pickpick

This book was hilarious. It spoke to everything that every mom feels on a regular basis. The main character was a bit exaggerated, which took away from the story but I'd still recommend this.

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riversong153
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I like this book so far - it's really funny BUT I am getting a little annoyed with the main character. I'm a mom and no stranger to the mom guilt & wondering if I'm doing what's best for my kid. Ashley takes this a little far by doing everything someone else says she should be doing. And she is constantly getting caught in a lie or scheme (though sometimes unwittingly)

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Clwojick
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Pickpick

This book was everything. I laughed, I teared up, and I honestly never wanted the book to end. Here's to hoping they come up with a sequel... because Ashley Keller was an unforgettable character. 💗

Jess7 I absolutely loved this book too. She wrote another book too. @britt_brooke said it was really good. 2y
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JulieAnn
Pickpick

I read this book in a few hours. Stayed up too late to finish it. A quick and satisfying read!

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Clwojick

He tells me nothing. I tell him everything twice. Possibly three times if I'm feeling particularly chatty.

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JulieAnn
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This is so true! When family wants to go on "vacation" to the beach and I'm like "Um no, it is not fun or relaxing for me to go somewhere that I have to chase my 4 year old around constantly because of water/strangers/drunk people etc... my idea of relaxing is a controlled environment because CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!

Seekingtardis Yes. Yes. Yes. Vacation for mom is being able to read and/or pee in peace for more than 30 min!!! 2y
JulieAnn @Seekingtardis Lol. Yes! I'd like to use the bathroom alone occasionally! 2y
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Clwojick
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Starting this audiobook at the gym tonight. Sounds amusing. 😆

Jess7 This is one of my favorite reads this year. I laughed and laughed and laughed. Such a very quick read (or listen) and totally worth it. It's one of the two books my book club IRL picked this past week. 2y
Clwojick @Jess7 I was honestly laughing out loud within the first 5 minutes. I was at the gym, and I'm sure I got a few laughs... giggling away on the static weights. 2y
Jess7 Let me know when you get to the part where her sister insults her parenting and her living room at the same time! 😂 2y
Clwojick @Jess7 ahahah just past the part you were talking about. I'm sure I'll be done the audiobook by tomorrow mid-day. It is so so funny. 2y
Jess7 @Clwojick I'm so glad you're finding it as funny as I thought it was! 🤗 2y
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xicanti
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Pickpick

I suspect this is full of motherhood cliches, but I'm not sure it matters if it helps new moms feel less alone. My non-mom self also had fun with it, due in large part to the great audio performance and the reality show feel.

Laditan tries to make Ashley the Everymom, too. There are no physical descriptions of her or her family and minimal setting cues. Alas, the latter do put this in Nowheresville, USA. I hate it when Canadian writers do that.

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Jess7
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Pickpick

My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️s

"...Maybe if you cleaned up your living room a little you'd have more space for [your baby] to move around," Ashley's sister (Joy) said...Note to self: Mail Joy an envelope full of #GLITTER ?

With her razor-sharp wit and knack for finding the funny in everything, #BunmiLaditan creates a character as flawed and lovable as Bridget Jones while hilariously lambasting the societal pressures placed upon every new mom. #mustread
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BeyondtheBookends2 I love staring at your dogs face!!! So cute!!! 2y
Jess7 Thanks @BeyondtheBookends2 I have two very sweet miniature schnauzers, but Parker (the white one) has been the most photogenic lately. 😂 My dogs are my children right now, but I was still able to relate to this book. It was absolutely hilarious and thoroughly entertaining. I hope everyone reads it bc it's definitely worth it. 2y
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BeyondtheBookends2 I'll definitely add it to my list! I grew up with mini schnauzers and I love them. White is so rare! I have three kids and three pets and I can definitely testify that at times, the dogs are harder then the kids. However, their furry love makes it totally worth while!!! 2y
Lmstraubie I laughed out loud at so many parts!! 2y
Smangela I'm definitely going to read this haha this excerpt sold me! 2y
Jess7 Good @Smangela - this only one of many really funny and witty parts. I can't wait to use this line sometime. 2y
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Lmstraubie
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Pickpick

Where was this book 19 years ago when I first became a mom??? Yes, it was very funny & had many cringe worthy incidents, but it was also so relatable.

Jess7 I totally agree about it being relatable! I do not have any kids and I still laughed the entire time. I thought about some of my girlfriends who are new moms. I laughed so much. One of my many favorite parts was when her sister tried to tell her to pick up her living room at the same time insulting her about her parenting and she said: note to self send Joy an envelope full of glitter! 😂😂 2y
Lmstraubie @Jess7 Great way to get a little revenge 😂😂😂 2y
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kiminreverse
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The hold label tape ripped the cover! I'm dogsitting for the day and have been in the mood for fun novels lately, so I'm curling up with this one.

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xicanti
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I made it to just shy of 10 hours while I cleaned my house and listened to CONFESSIONS OF A DOMESTIC FAILURE. It was an excellent distraction.

Now I've gotta turn the audiobook off while I vacuum. Once that's done, I'll either return to comics or dip into a serial. I want to read at least one ep of THE WITCH WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD today. #24in48

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Lmstraubie
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Enjoying this #audiobook. I've actually laughed out loud at parts. It is so relatable.

mcipher This sounds cute and light and funny - right up my alley. Stacked! 2y
Lmstraubie @mcipher Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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xicanti
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I crossed the 3-hour mark while I wandered the streets with the tagged book in my ears. The narrator does a wonderful job, but I'm disappointed with the book's Americanization and I suspect if I knew more about motherhood-focused contemporary fiction I'd find it a collection of cliches. #24in48 #audiowalking

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Lmstraubie
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Starting this #audiobook today. I was looking for something light-hearted with a good laugh. Anyone read this one? Thoughts?

Laura317 No, but wondering where they got my life story. 😂 2y
Libby1 Me too, @Laura317 ! 2y
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Jess7
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What is #ExerciseWine ? "It's a wine that, when consumed, stimulates your muscles, resulting in rock-hard abs." ???#ConfessionsOfADomesticFailure #BunmiLaditan #YesPlease #Goals #WineTime #LoveIt #LitsyPartyOfOne

Sydsavvy 😎😎😎 2y
MatchlessMarie After reading the tagged book (which I loved btw) this sounds like a read I need in my life. 😂 🍷 2y
Jess7 @EllieDottie @britt_brooke @LittleWonder @Tiffy_Reads @TheLibrarian I opened this book and already on the first page I feel like this author is reading my mind. Can someone please go ahead and invent #exercisewine already? 🙋🏻😜 #yesplease #goals 2y
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Jess7 Thanks for the recommendation @MatchlessMarie - I added it to my #litsy #tbr list 2y
britt_brooke So she also wrote the book The Honest Toddler (based on her blog of the same name) which is hilarious. I didn't know she had another book. #stacked 2y
OrangeMooseReads I follow her on Facebook, she is hilarious and honest. I love her. 2y
Jess7 I had never heard of this author before someone recommended this book, but I will be looking to follow her after this. Have you read Kelly Oxford before? I've heard she's funny too. I started reading her first book - Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar. I'm not far enough into it to decide if I like her yet, but apparently she has has a lot of twitter followers and is well liked. @OrangeMooseReads @britt_brooke 2y
OrangeMooseReads @Jess7 I haven't read her. The name looks familiar but can't be sure I've actually heard of her lol 2y
EllieDottie Oh my goodness yes! That would make exercise so much better! I've never heard on this book before but now it it stacked! #lifegoals (edited) 2y
britt_brooke @Jess7 I'll have to look her up. 👍🏻 2y
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Jess7
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Friday Night Reads 📚🤗 #LitsyPartyOfOne #HaloTop

Grrlbrarian 👌 Friday night on point 2y
Jess7 Thank you @Grrlbrarian - have you read Confessions of A Domestic Failure? Page 1 already has me hooked! I posted a quote from the book you should check out about #exercisewine - I mean a girl can dream, right?! 😂 (edited) 2y
Grrlbrarian I haven't read it - but #exercisewine? Can't opt in fast enough to this book! 😂 2y
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Jess7 @beachbookworm7 this previous post will have to do for today's prompt #CurrentlyReading as I'm still reading two of these #Roseanna and #TheDry 📚 #AugustLibrary17 2y
Jess7 @Cinfhen this post from a few weeks ago will have to do for today's prompt #RightNow of the #AugustGrrrl challenge as I am still reading two of these #Roseanna and #TheDry 2y
Cinfhen I read THE DRY a few weeks ago....it was ok. Hopefully you'll get a chance to finish it up and move onto something new! 2y
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angrylilasian
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My book club meets tomorrow night and I haven't even started! Oops! 😆

Beckys_Books Had no idea someone wrote my biography! 2y
Caroline2 Oh I've wanted to read this book! She's so funny on Facebook!! 😂 2y
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Jess7
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Melissa_J How sweet 😊 Miniature Schnauzers are the best ❤️🐶 2y
MrBook #NiceStack! 😻😻😻 #dogsofLitsy 2y
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Librariana It's a fabulous picture indeed! 2y
MicheleinPhilly Cutie! 2y
Jess7 Thanks @BookishMarginalia @Melissa_J @MrBook @Librariana and @MicheleinPhilly - Parker wishes I would of combed his beard for his close up, but he approves 🤣 (edited) 2y
SharonGoforth 🐶🐶 2y
rubyslippersreads Parker is very handsome. ❤️🐶 2y
Sassy_Steph I have every last lie and am very intrigued by it but trying to read one book at a time so each book gets the full attention it deserves!! I'm committed to my books 2y
Jess7 @Sassy_Steph that makes sense! 2y
Ms_T He's lovely ❤️ 2y
LeahBergen His paw! 😩 2y
Jess7 @LeahBergen what do you mean? Your emoji looks distressed. 2y
LeahBergen @Jess7 It's "I can't handle the paw cuteness" distress. ? 2y
Jess7 @LeahBergen ohhh ok, he's trying to say these are all my books lol. 😜 just kidding I totally propped him up there with them and he was like ok, whatever. I probably should have named him Eeyore bc he is like I'll do whatever you want. Just pet me. 🤣 2y
LeahBergen Aww! He's so sweet. 💕 2y
britt_brooke Great photo!! 🐶💚 2y
Sha0102 Parker is a model!!! 2y
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ReadingMeagan
Mehso-so

I'm not a Mom but I have Mom friends and have worked with little kids. So I know how rough and isolating it can be. It felt like this book was trying to hard to be witty, and truthful and to be the next Bridget Jones. A lot of other reviews say it picks up at the end. And it does. It just felt kind of blah to me.

Jess7 I'm not a mom either, but this one is on my #TBR list. I have it on hold with my library 2y
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OneCent76
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Pickpick

I love this book. Ashley is a new mom and is having trouble adjusting. Sleeping, cleaning, cooking, showering, showing her husband attn. Any Mom can relate to this book and what Ashley is going thru. She follows a Super Mom blogger and tries to live up to these high expectations. I've known someone like this - they can do everything and do it well. She joins the better mom bootcamp which puts her in funny situations. This is a LOL book!

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Fernoppy
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Pickpick

Honestly I bought this because I needed something to read and only about one minute to choose and download. This looked like the appropriate brain candy for the occasion. But even though it took me a few chapters to get into and the ending wasn't as satisfying as it could have been, I really enjoyed her writing and found plenty of things that made me snicker.

Marchpane This looks really good! 2y
Fernoppy @Marchpane it did give me a few giggles and fun if you need something light. 2y
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KathyWheeler
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Pickpick

This book was amusing -- I didn't love it but I didn't hate it either. I was once a young stay-at-home mother, but that was long before the days of mommy blogging and social media, so I had a difficult time relating to how Ashley was effected by all that. The narrator read the book with a frenetic pace, and it suited the story well.

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MelissaSue81
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Pickpick

I think I'd have liked to see a memoir over this novel, everything was a bit exaggerated and predictable, but it made me smile and had a happy ending.

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MelissaSue81
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"When I was a kid we were afraid of the hydrogen bomb. Your generation is afraid of gluten." ??? so so true!

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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

This is a work of fiction yet the first half reads more like a series of blog posts. The second half has more of a plot, as Ashley goes to her weekend retreat. The book was funny and entertaining. Anyone who is a mom should relate. My kids are teens but the stories of her infant brought back memories 😄

mcipher Love the title! That's so very me. 2y
DarcysMom I love your elephant figurines! 🐘🐘🐘 2y
azulaco I love Bunmi Laditan. I'm looking forward to reading this. 2y
ReadingOver50 Thank you @DarcysMom my daughter gave them to me 😄 2y
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ReadingOver50
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I am 1/3 of the way done. My plans for the day...finish this book!

KCorter Bunmi Laditan is hilarious! The Honest Toddler had me laughing til I cried and crying til I laughed. I love her honesty on the realities of raising children. 2y
OrangeMooseReads I love Bunmi Laditan! I follow her on Facebook she's amazing. I need to order her books. 2y
RestlessFickleBookHoarder You look so cozy! 2y
Chelsey What an awesome title! 2y
Jinjer That's a cool lap tray! 2y
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ReadingOver50
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This rings so true to me. It is easy to make casual friends but so hard to make really good friends as an adult.

readinginthedark I agree! Although I think it was just easier because you were around each other all the time for school, not because it came more naturally... 2y
EllieDottie Agreed! 2y
MyNamesParadise I'm only 25, but yeah it freaks me out like if the friends that live locally move away, I'm gonna be screwed. 2y
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That-Bookish-Hiker Oh man this is so true! 2y
ptkpepe98 Not true at all. My besties now are women I met in my 30s. Our ages range from 63 to 51, so don't lose hope. 2y
CouronneDhiver I find it easier now, at 29. The friends that I make, though fewer, are really great quality people who share common interests 2y
TrishB Made really good friends in my 20s that have basically been my support network. It can still happen, you're just more picky. Quality! 2y
Crystalblu I must beg to differ 😜 I personally have made some of my absolute best friends in my mid and late 30s. I am also a lot pickier than I was in my 20s 😬 2y
julesG @Crystalblu Agree! Though in my case it was early 30s, I'm in my late 30s now. ;) 2y
tracyrowanreads Nooo, I make new friends every day in spite of my bad nature and curmudgeonly ways! 2y
Caroline2 I think it's more that friendships are different as you get older. I've made lots of lovely friendships after my late twenties but none of them feel as close as my friend who I've known since I was 4yrs old. When you've known someone for most of your life it's a different sort of bond. 2y
AmyG I tend to always make new friends...and I am in my late 50's. But....it's the one's I keep over time that matters. I will be movingg next year, so I plan on making a few good ones! 2y
gossamerchild Funny, I was just talking to my husband about this. I think it's partially a personality thing, as I've found this to be true as well. The older I get the more my interests diverge from my current friends, and the less likely I am to break out of my comfort zone to make new ones. That's not to say it's impossible to make new friends, just harder. 2y
minkyb Interesting to think about! 2y
pocketmermaid I read somewhere that the friendships we make when we are younger are built on the togetherness of doing nothing and wasting time. As we get older, we rarely hang out with new people the way we did when we were children and teenagers. I wish I could remember where I read that! 2y
Kat.Kao I wish I had known that when I was younger. I would have worked harder at making friends, which I was always terrible at. Then I moved across the country at 29, so I had to start from nothing. Now I'm waiting to have kids/a dog in hopes that will help. 2y
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Mehso-so

Laditan's fiction debut about a mother struggling with self-judgment and impossible expectations is part social commentary and a whole lot of slapstick comedy. The synopsis calls the main character a "hot mess" and wow, that portrayal is over the top. The humor wore down quickly, like a joke that would.not.end. I almost DNF'd halfway though, but then the story started moving and I enjoyed it to the end. Fun read when you're craving brain candy.

Sraexx Exactly! I came here to search to see if there was anyone else tempted to DNF! 2y
lovelybookshelf @Sraexx LOL I felt it was worthwhile to hang in there to the end but overall...meh. 2y
MelissaSue81 I had a very similar reaction to this book. She does such a great job with her blogs of describing great life, this novel just felt a bit over the top. I finished it, and I liked the end, but I did almost give up half way thru too. 2y
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