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French Milk
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Through delightful drawings, photographs, and musings, twenty-three-year-old Lucy Knisley documents a six-week trip she and her mother took to Paris when each was facing a milestone birthday. With a quirky flat in the fifth arrondissement as their home base, they set out to explore all the city has to offer, watching fireworks over the Eiffel Tower on New Year's Eve, visiting Oscar Wilde's grave, loafing at cafs, and, of course, drinking delicious French milk. What results is not only a sweet and savory journey through the City of Light but a moving, personal look at a mother-daughter relationship.
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eekabook
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Mehso-so

Mostly underwhelming and kind of pretentious. Tbh the book lost a lot of points on the very first page, when Lucy says that she took up smoking so that she would fit in in Parisian cafes 🙄🙄🙄 and never really recovered. Very obviously one of her early works, it didn't have the emotional resonance that her newer books contain. There wasn't really any driving force behind it or any discernable reason for it to be published.

JamieArc It was probably published for people like me, who are total francophilies and loved all I could relate to in it 😊 1mo
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booklover3258
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Pickpick

Wow... What a great book to learn about France! I've always wanted to go to Paris and this book was a great stepping stone for me to learn more about it! Even though the writing was so small and it was hard to read, I did enjoy the pictures from her vacation and all of the drawings. Now I'm dying for a croissant and French cheese. Highly recommended read and I will continue to read her great books! I give it 4 stars.

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GondorGirl
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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It's a chilly, rainy night here, so Fred-Fred and I are cuddled up with a blanket, tea, and a book. I'm supposed to be meeting Lucy Knisley on Saturday, so I'm trying to reread all her graphic novels before then!

#CatsOfLitsy

Erofan 😻 5mo
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megnews
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Pickpick

I do enjoy Lucy Knisley‘s #graphic #travelmemoirs.

Book 153/165 4/29/19

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ScientistSam
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

A charming graphic novel outlining the author's multi-week vacation in Paris with her mother her senior year of college. You do need to keep in mind that this is a 20-something's view, so you're not going to get deep introspection or discussion. What you will get is a smile on your face and a strong desire to eat French food

Now excuse me while I go research plane ticket prices...

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ErikaB
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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It‘s one of my life goals to own a physical copy of all of Lucy Knisley‘s books, but I‘ll happily buy a $0.99 Kindle edition as a placeholder!

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haileybean
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Mehso-so

This was ok. I was expecting more substance to it though. 🤷‍♀️ I liked it for what it was, but it left me wanting more of her thoughts. The little bit at the end just wasn‘t enough for me.

Reviewsbylola I wasn‘t too impressed with this one either. 2y
haileybean @Reviewsbylola have you read any of her other graphic memoirs? I have Age of License too but I‘m hesitant to read it 2y
Reviewsbylola I have not but I‘ll be curious to see what you think of that one! 2y
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kyraleseberg
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Panpan

The daily events of a young woman & her mom in Paris told through sketches, blurry photos, & brief notes. I enjoyed the food descriptions & notes on authors/books she was reading. I rolled my eyes a lot at the whining & discussions about turning 22 & becoming financially responsible (she's on a 6 week vacation in Paris... this is not common for a 22 year old student who complains about being broke) & then return to shops making more purchases.

kyraleseberg (Cont'd) Cute Hemingway-esque notes on food/cafes and the pilgrimage to Oscar Wilde's grave, otherwise it was just the diary of every young 20-something American. 2y
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Natasha.C.Barnes
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Pickpick

I've read a lot of books this month I haven't reviewed yet, so buckle in for the next few days while I remedy that! I read & mostly liked Relish but then I read & adored Age of License, so by this book I had gotten a sense of Lucy. This one is less mature (as is Lucy), but there is a sweetness to it. I could remember being that age, it all just made sense. I definitely got something out of this book, but if it was my 1st Knisley I might not have.

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Moonpa
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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#readharder2018
A comic written and illustrated by the same person.
Loved this book - love her work

DivineDiana Love those 🐶 faces! 2y
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Zelma
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
Mehso-so

This wasn‘t Knisley‘s strongest memoir, but still relatively enjoyable. Unlike other books, this is her journal from her extended stay in France, and the looseness of the narrative does not work in her favor; Knisley‘s books are more successful when she explores an overarching theme. This felt too disjointed. However, the shakiness in the beginning does settle down when she starts describing meals and food in Paris, her strength as a storyteller.

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jessberk13
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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This is a pretty good likeness of Alan Rickman, but also looks like George Washington a little bit...??? Does anyone else see that?! 😂😂😂

TheWordJar Before reading the text I totally thought that was Washington! And thought, "Didn't know he was into costumes!" 2y
jessberk13 @TheWordJar that made me LOL 😂😂😂 2y
mcipher @TheWordJar Me, too. Only I missed the word bubble so it was less weird for me. 😂 2y
AileenRR I haven't read this yet but yes, that's GW 2y
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jessberk13
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Picked these up thanks to seeing a post from @AileenRR ! Apparently I am missing one of the five, but from what I understand I can read each independently and not be lost. Has anyone else read these?

LectricSheep Oh yeah they can definitely all be read independently! Enjoy! 2y
LauraBrook Yes, all read independently, and I loved them all! 2y
Zelma I agree with everyone above; there is no need to read them in any order. I love Lucy Knisely. Enjoy! 2y
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Zelma Although on second thought, I'd read Relish before Displacement or Something New. Relish looks at a larger portion on her life whereas the other two are specific events. You may get a better feel for her personality and family that way. (edited) 2y
AileenRR I really need to find a copy of French Milk. Just finished rereading Relish and decided that's my favorite so far. But maybe I just need to reread them all 😜 2y
AileenRR You're missing Age of License and now I'm thinking that one's my favorite? 2y
Avidreader25 I've read all but Displacement and loved them! I'd agree that Relish is a good place to start. 2y
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perfectlywinged
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

I am mainly into Lucy Knisley's books for the drawings of cheese.

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janeycanuck
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

Delightful. I love how much love Knisley has for food. And yeah, D'Orsay is wonderful.

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jmbillinger
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

Book 1 complete! This was an absolutely lovely graphic memoir. All of her food talk made me hungry! On to the next one. #readathon

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jmbillinger
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#readathon is here!!!!! Here is my complete, final tbr. Starting with French Milk. Happy reading, littens!

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My latest from #thriftbooks. I know. I admit it's a problem.

RealLifeReading Nice haul! I've been thinking of buying some stuff from Thrift Books - how's the condition of the books? 3y
[DELETED] 3560995899 @RealLifeReading it varies - they've ranged from new to fairly beat up - but it tells you the condition. When you check out, if available, you can also "go green" and choose a discounted option (lesser condition). But honestly - out of allllllllll the books I've bought from them, only one was in bad shape. And it was marked "acceptable." So I knew it was eh. 3y
RealLifeReading Thanks! I've not bought used books online (usually get them from library sales) but I've been wanting to buy this series that doesn't seem to be published anymore. And I saw that it's on Thrift Books! 3y
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lisakoby
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Mehso-so

The illustrations are charming, and frankly she makes an excellent point about (some) very good looking men. I struggled though because I'm at the age and stage where I relate far more to her mother than to the author. If read with an eye toward fond nostalgia for your very early 20's, then worth the read. Yet another book I wouldn't have picked if it wasn't for @bookriot #readharderchallenge

#travelmemoir #readharder2017 ⭐⭐⭐

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lisakoby
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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My totals for March in the laziest way possible. Best is Born a Crime. A good month overall. #marchingintoreading #monthlyroundup

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Kathrin
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
Mehso-so

This is a very basic recounting of the author's trip back in 2009 to Paris. Neither the narrative nor the drawings were exceptional.

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annamae
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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HUGE library sale yesterday! Snagged all of these books for me plus a box of books for my class library. #libraryhaul #bookhaul

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readtheworld
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Saturdays call for graphic memoirs! Drawn in evocative black-and-white panels, Lucy Knisley's French Milk is a perfect escape to Paris.

Read more > http://bit.ly/2mMWjkm

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emtobiasz
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Mehso-so

I love Lucy Knisley's graphic travelogues, but this is an early one, and it shows. I think later books better showcase her skills in plotting and layout, but it's fun to see her drawing style develop and reminisce about Paris.

I took advantage of my day off to make strawberry chocolate chip muffins, but I'm still jealous of all the French pastries Lucy describes!

Lindy I was puzzled about the milk that she was drinking in Paris, which she found so delicious. Then I realized it was UHT milk, which I find unpalatable. 😐 3y
emtobiasz @Lindy interesting! I have no memory of French milk from when I visited, but I do remember how delicious the butter was! 3y
Lindy @emtobiasz Oh, the butter! So many kinds! All delicious. 😋 3y
Cinfhen Those muffins look tres delicieux 😋 3y
Reviewsbylola I will have to try one of her later ones. 3y
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Betty
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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My first day in Paris two years ago, I navigated the Metro alone to the Musee d'Orsay for lunch under this big clock. This book brings back great memories. Now for some 💤💤💤 at the end of #24in48

Dragon Have fun ! 3y
Amandajoy I remember eating there with friends when we traveled to Paris several years ago! I'm going to have to check this book out now. 3y
DebinHawaii Awesome job on #24in48! 🎉📚👍 3y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations! 3y
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Betty
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Ate there two years ago. Their beef is the best! #24in48 Finally home after being gone all day.

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Michelle_mck
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Pickpick

I finished this one tonight, I absolute loved it! I know some people haven't enjoyed this one, however I loved the art style and the story. This strange things about the apartment really rang true to me, I have been fortunate to have a few extended stays in Paris and the showers are always terrifying 😂 can't wait to read more by Lucy

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Michelle_mck
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Lunchtime reading today #graphicnovel #graphicmemoir

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Readerann
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
Pickpick

This met my expectations of just being a light, fun read about her month in Paris.

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erzascarletbookgasm
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

This is a delightful illustrated travel memoir by the comic artist-musician. It tells of the daily adventures of a mother and daughter's 1-mth trip to Paris. From visiting Eifel Tower to buying gourmet delicacies, it's filled with detailed drawings and photographs, makes me so want to visit Paris immediately! A simple and quick read. If you enjoy Knisley's other works, you'll like this one. ✈️🇫🇷

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erzascarletbookgasm
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Went crazy with book haul this weekend! At 90p each book, it's crazy not to loot, right? I am so excited with these..oh my groaning TBR towers! #bookhaul

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LA_Mead
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Pickpick

I enjoyed the sprawling feel of the plot (since it's Lucy's journal from her time in Paris it feels quite personal). This book made me want to travel some more.

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autumnprivett
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Bailedbailed

Alright Litsy friends. I need your help. I'm on page 55 of 193 of this one and think I am going to bail. I understand that this is a visual journal, but I cannot stand the spoiled/entitled tone. Who has finished it? Should I persevere?

catieohjoy Bail and read one of her newer books. Instead She has grown up a lot, as have her writing and art styles. 3y
Lissa00 I agree that her newer books are much better. I enjoyed Displacement, An Age of License and Something New. They are light, fun reads. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Definitely Displacement. In that one, she takes a cruise with her very elderly grandparents. Funny and poignant. 3y
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KarenUK I loved 'Relish' and 'displacement' but had the same issue with 'French Milk' 3y
LauraBrook I really liked this one, but I read it when it was first pub'd and was closer to her age. Still, it is but whiny and entitled. If you read it w that view, knowing its that way, would that help at all? At least you could finish it and have it crossed off of your list. And yes, her newer stuff is "better" as she gets older. This was only her second book, I think. 3y
BBooks If you are not enjoying the book and it takes not required reading of some sorts BAIL, life too short for a book that drains your excitement for reading. 3y
Zakia If you are not enjoying it, leave it. It's not you that has failed, it's a sign that the book has. 3y
Toritj I endured books where I've hated the main character hoping in the end he/she will some how redeem himself/herself only to find I'm angry at the end that I wasted my time. I always bail now. Life is too short and there are too many other good books to enjoy! 3y
Eastbriar Her newer books are better and more mature. Definitely give those a try! That said, I did really enjoy this one, made me nostalgic for Paris 😊 Displacement and Age of License are great though. 3y
12parsecs Bail 👍🏻 3y
autumnprivett Thanks everyone for the great feedback and recommendations!!! You all are the best. I think I'm going to let this one go. I have so many other books I'm eager to get to. @catieohjoy @Lissa00 @kaysreadinglife @KarenUK @LauraBrook @Bb1 @Zakia @Toritj @Eastbriar @12parsecs 😘 3y
RealLifeReading Glad to know I wasn't alone when I decidedly didn't like French Milk! Relish was more up my alley 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Pickpick

I love Knisley's travelogues. This one, about a 2006 - 2007 Paris trip with her mother, is no exception. #24in48

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WanderingBookaneer
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First book: Done! #24in48

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WanderingBookaneer
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The walls around me! For once I wish @Litsy would let me take a panoramic shot and do a Fb-esque 360-view pic. #24in48

BooksTeasAndBookishThings I really wish we could do that! 3y
MrBook Awesome!!!! 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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I love Alan Rickman! I need a moment of silence to mourn his loss again.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled ❤️❤️😢 3y
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WanderingBookaneer
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Just take a minute and admire Chauncey. You are welcome!

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@gibblr will tell you that I knew it!

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WanderingBookaneer
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I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Notting Hill!

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WanderingBookaneer
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My first book for #24in48 . I picked this one because it is a graphic novel and I love Knisley. Onwards!

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Biblio_Bon
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Fun graphic novel journaling the authors month long trip in France with her mother. Layouts and illustrations/photos are creative and lovely to look at. Be prepared to get major travel bug and a craving for Parisian cafe food!

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Biblio_Bon
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Finishing up French Milk tonight by candle light! The weather's too good to go inside.

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kdwinchester
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Mehso-so

While this book has many good moments, I felt I had to wade through a lot of adolescent whining to find them. This IS the author's journal from the trip, so it has an older Amelia notebook feel to it. Maybe it's because I've read so many outstanding graphic novels recently, but this book seemed to pale in comparison. | ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Avidreader25 I liked some of her later novels better. Relish and Something New we're both great. 3y
kdwinchester @Avidreader25 That's what I've heard. Def going to check out her other stuff. 3y
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kdwinchester
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
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Podcast research can't possibly get better than this.

DragonSadhana Loved Through the Woods! 3y
LauraBrook Oooh, here are all great!! 3y
LauraBrook These, not here. 🙄 3y
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Chessa Loved the middle two! The others are on my list! 3y
Eastbriar French Milk is one of my favorites 👌🏼 3y
MrBook Great stack! Beautiful picture. Aesthetically pleasing. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Loved Roz Chast's book. And also This One Summer. Enjoy! 3y
LyndseyReads I loved the Roz Chast, too! Great pile. 3y
Curley_Bender Through the Woods is amazing! 3y
acc5446 excellent stack- I've read all but French Milk! enjoy! 😊📚 3y
Dooplum I loved all these books! 😍 Have fun!!! 3y
Caryl The Roz Chast is fantastic. 💖 3y
CynCruz23 Just subscribed to the podcast - I'm loving it! 💚 3y
kdwinchester @DragonSadhana + @Curley_Bender : Thanks for the suggestion of where to start—it was great! 3y
kdwinchester @CynCruz23 Aw, thank you! We just started in June so your kind words are greatly appreciated. ❤️ @autumnprivett 3y
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Biblio_Bon
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Mornings always start with 1. COFFEE 2. Planning/journaling 3. Plenty of reading options!

Reviewsbylola That looks like my kind of morning! 3y
sherri Location looks good, too! 3y
Biblio_Bon @Reviewsbylola @Sherri I now make waking up early a priority so I can get my "passions" done before the day beginnings 3y
Desha Love it!)! Perfect morning! ❤️📚❤️ 3y
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Biblio_Bon
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So far my favorite page, and a great peak into the awesome art, layout, and design of this book.

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Biblio_Bon
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Current "pool read". I love that there's photos along with the cartoons!

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Denisereads75
French Milk | Lucy Knisley
Mehso-so

This is the 2nd graphic novel I have read by Lucy Kinsey. She wrote this one before Relish and I found I didn't like it as much. I am interested in reading her latest works to see if they are as good as Relish.

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Shannonbee
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Vacation reading: French Milk en plein air! I loved Something New and Relish, so I'm excited to read the rest of Lucy Knisley's oeuvre!

Shannonbee Update: finished it in the car. 😂 3y
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