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The Mothers
The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
A dazzling debut novel from an exciting new voice, The Mothers is a surprising story about young love, a big secret in a small communityand the things that ultimately haunt us most. Set within a contemporary black community in Southern California, Brit Bennett's mesmerizing first novel is an emotionally perceptive story about community, love, and ambition. It begins with a secret. "All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we'd taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season." It is the last season of high school life for Nadia Turner, a rebellious, grief-stricken, seventeen-year-old beauty. Mourning her own mother's recent suicide, she takes up with the local pastor's son. Luke Sheppard is twenty-one, a former football star whose injury has reduced him to waiting tables at a diner. They are young; it's not serious. But the pregnancy that results from this teen romanceand the subsequent cover-upwill have an impact that goes far beyond their youth. As Nadia hides her secret from everyone, including Aubrey, her God-fearing best friend, the years move quickly. Soon, Nadia, Luke, and Aubrey are full-fledged adults and still living in debt to the choices they made that one seaside summer, caught in a love triangle they must carefully maneuver, and dogged by the constant, nagging question: What if they had chosen differently? The possibilities of the road not taken are a relentless haunt. In entrancing, lyrical prose, The Mothers asks whether a "what if" can be more powerful than an experience itself. If, as time passes, we must always live in servitude to the decisions of our younger selves, to the communities that have parented us, and to the decisions we make that shape our lives forever.
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Judybskt
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So far I‘m really enjoying this book.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💐 3d
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Donna1980
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Having read the Vanishing Half last year, I was really looking forward to this and it didn‘t disappoint. I really loved the book and found the carefully woven tapestry of the different types of mother fascinating and insightful. To be a mum, to want to be, to not being able to be . Each story is told in such a clever thoughtful way that it evokes so many different feelings in the reader. A book full of soul, I‘d highly recommend it to others. 5 🌟

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Leftcoastzen
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This one has been sitting on my Kindle for awhile.Bennett writes beautifully, her respect for her characters as they struggle with many situations growing up & how those decisions ripple out to influence others .I love that it took place in Oceanside ,Ca. ,a place that draws Marines & tourists to its beaches.Love ,friendship,loss,church ,& community all play a role. The Mothers are the church ladies that sit in judgment of us all. Loved this book!

Christine Yes! Love this one and its Oceanside setting. 4mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Happy #caturday My cats are eating breakfast but at least I have my cat mug.Yes , there will be some housework & baseball watching, also reading these 2 this weekend.

Shaaaannnn Such a cute mug! 4mo
Leftcoastzen @Shaaaannnn thanks ! Cats go all the way around.😻 4mo
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I‘ve read The Vanishing Half twice, watched several Brit Bennett author interviews, and all while her first book sat on my shelves. it‘s okay because I think I enjoyed this more hearing Brit how her narrative was neither political nor pushing her beliefs about reproductive rights. The church-lady Greek chorus was a fascinating way to show what we cannot understand from the outside looking in.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I did my first month of #bookspin in April 2021, and knocked 15 books off my TBR!! I‘m looking forward to a full year of fun and inspiration in 2022. Thank you, Sarah, for being our fearless leader! #bookspin2021roundup #doublespin #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic year!!! 7mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @TheAromaofBooks It‘s been great!!! 7mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Beautiful debut from an author I am really excited about. Bennett‘s way with words got me right in the feels so many times. I did something I haven‘t felt compelled to do in awhile - write quotes and passages down. Bennett captures the voices of her characters, especially the omnipresent and judgmental church mothers, with a realness that sticks with you long after the last page. 4⭐️ #wintergames2021 #averymerrybingo #bookspin

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @Jadams1776 AVMB Prompt 1 - Last Christmas 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 8mo
Jadams1776 🎉📚🎄🎅🏻 8mo
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Peaslady
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Highly recommend. I enjoyed this more than the Vanishing Half. Really appreciated the interesting and unpredictable human characters, who found themselves in situations we‘ve read about a hundred times but didn‘t follow up with the expected reactions or responses. The narration split between the main characters but also an amorphous ‘mothers‘ of the church with their gossipy style judgement was uniquely intriguing without feeling trite.

BarbaraBB I preferred this one too! 8mo
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Sydneypaige
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The impact of a choice made in high school amongst a couple in church centered community. I found these characters a delight to get to know and the heartbreak amongst the love triangle, and the loss within families, so entrancing.

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Amoon
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Interesting style of writing. We meet Nadia, Luke and Aubrey whose lives are connected dramatically. In addition to hearing the story through these characters, we also hear the Greek chorus of the mothers, who are the elderly members of the Upper Room church. IMO the mothers and the pastor‘s wife are extremely judgmental and legalistic rather than being Christlike (living unconditionally, supportive, accepting). Great book.

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The synopsis on the back of this book says it‘s about a love triangle. But the way it‘s written makes it about so much more than that and elevates it into a book about friendship, love, community, faith, secrets, regret, choices and the flow on effect of grief.
The writing was so compelling, I was hooked right from the start.

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blondie
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Currently reading The Mothers by Brit Bennett and also decided to visit the library. It's been so long.

So excited for these!

#libraryhaul #tbr 🤍

thegreensofa Your blanket! 🧡 13mo
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Wow, Brit Bennett can write! This was an awesome read. Brit is the author of The Vanishing Half, this was her debut novel, and an excellent one at that. Nadia the main character I just adored. This novel is about what choices you make and how that choice affects many other individuals. Loved it! #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 14mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs 🥰📚🤗 1y
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KadeLexical
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An inside hurt was supposed to stay inside. How strange it must be to hurt in an outside way you couldn‘t hide.

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wen4blu
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I don‘t know who donated this to the library used book sale, but thank you for the signed first edition surprise! Best dollar I‘ve spent all year and I didn‘t even know until I got home and opened the book.

kspenmoll Great find!!! 1y
CoverToCoverGirl How lovely! 🤩 1y
readordierachel Score! 1y
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Eggbeater
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Panpan

#AnyWayYouReadathon Book 2
#MarvellousMarch #Readthon Book 1

Unpopular opinion.
Maybe I misinterpreted this book, everyone seemed to love it so much, but it struck me as a depressing, moralistic, shaming tale. The way the themes were used felt like it had an agenda that didn't sit right with me.

@kimmypete1 @MidnightBookGirl

@Andrew65

Andrew65 Doing great 👏👏👏 Shame the book wasn‘t better. 1y
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violabrain
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This one has been on my list forever. I‘m so glad I finally read it. It definitely lives up to the hype! Really wonderful book. And one of my favorite covers!

CarolynM Great book, I loved it too🙂 1y
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umbrellagirl
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“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we‘d taken a moment to swish this one around in our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

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GatheringBooks
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#LovePrevails Day 18: Nothing compares, indeed, to a #MothersLove. With my queer faery.

AmyG ❤️ 1y
maich So beautiful❤😍 1y
Eggs Awwww 🥰 1y
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AFrostCauseReads
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Every choice the various characters make stick with them and influence everyone/everything throughout their lives. This often causes a lot of unresolved, tangled feelings, and the question of “what if” constantly trails them. This is a coming of age and beyond story told with lyrical prose, and chapter intros told from the point of view of the elderly “mothers” of a church - like a Greek chorus, wanting to advise, but only able to set the scene

kspenmoll Love your review! Read this in past. 2y
Leftcoastzen Awww !🐶I have this on the list to read, hope to get to it soon.Sounds good! 2y
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Kathrin
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There was a big hype around this book when it was first released and I ignored it. Then last year I read The Vanishing Half with @litsybookclub and immediately put this book on my TBR.

This was awesome, even though it started out slow for me.

Suet624 Great quote. 2y
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dariazeoli
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Finished listening to my 2nd #NewYearWhoDis read this morning. I was sure I had a copy from a 2020 Penguin Random House offer, but I didn‘t locate it. Libby to the rescue!

This is a book I think I‘ll appreciate more and more as I sit with it a bit. I‘m thinking about the characters and where their paths crossed. Their choices really did impact everyone‘s trajectory.

Looking forward to Bennett‘s second book, which is definitely on my TBR shelf!

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TheKidUpstairs
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More books should have Greek choruses.

This is not a book that you "love". This is a book that sits with you, taking up space in your body long after you've finished. I'm left unsettled by it, in ways that feel purposeful and thoughtful. If you need clean resolutions, this is not the story for you. It is a messy and unresolved part of the life of three young people as they grow and make choices, good and bad, and move through the consequences.

valeriegeary Yes to everything you said in this review 👏🏻 2y
JennyM Brilliant review! 2y
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TheKidUpstairs @JennyM thank you 😃 It was hard to pull together my thoughts for a review on this one! Have you read it? 2y
JennyM @TheKidUpstairs I have and I think your review perfectly encapsulates how I felt. I didn‘t love it but there was something about it that left me unsettled and has stayed with me. Xx 2y
Reviewsbylola Bennet has got a talent for character writing for sure. 2y
Reggie I really liked Luke‘s perspective in here. And totally felt for Nadia and the friend. Nice review. 2y
AmyG Yes! Exactly. Well said. 2y
monalyisha My book club is reading this book (unless it‘s her other one? 🙈) this year; your review definitely has me anxious (in a good way) to do so! 2y
sprainedbrain Great review! I loved the Greek chorus in this book and I‘m still thinking about those characters. 2y
Crazeedi Excellent review 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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"It was strange, learning the contours of another's loneliness. You could never know it all at once; like stepping inside a dark cave, you felt along the walls, bumped into jagged edges."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my shelf!! #TBR 2y
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dariazeoli
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#WeeklyForecast

Will I finish any of these books this week? I dunno... but I‘ll enjoy trying!

Cinfhen 🎉🙌🏻 2y
kspenmoll Loved Invisible Furies! Also Bennett‘s book. (edited) 2y
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Mitch
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Libro.fm have a quiz to get you started in 2021! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

https://blog.libro.fm

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Victoriahoperose
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Such a powerful book. I have been meaning to get to this one for forever and I wish I had read it sooner. It‘s just so well written and the story is strong. It handles so many hard topics and I loved the way it all came together. It‘s a story of love and friendship and family and the secrets we keep. Excellent book.

rmaclean4 I read this a while ago and it has still stuck with me. Loved the structure of this novel. 2y
Victoriahoperose @rmaclean4 yes I agree. The change of perspective in this one was really interesting. Loved the characters and the story. 2y
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BekaReid
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As each year closes I enjoy looking back on my top reads of the year - books that stuck with me and made a mark. My 2020 list contains 13. Not pictured: The Mothers by Brit Bennett, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss

AmyL Such a good stack! 😍 2y
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RonniKlein
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Better late than never, especially considering #TheVanishingHalf won BOTM's Book of the Year and it wasn't my favorite of the year. So far, I'm liking The Mothers better!

Mesica25 I liked Mother‘s too. I don‘t understand why The Vanishing Half was book of the year.... 2y
RonniKlein @Mesica25 me either. But I know a lot of people liked it. I didn't mind the story, but I didn't like how it ended. It felt like absolutely nothing changed during the story. 😂 no closure for me. 2y
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CuriousG
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Day 1 of #12booksof2020

Not a book published this year, but I think my favourite new read of the year, The Mothers. So much food for thought in this one - had me hooked right from the beginning.

As you can see from my TBR stack (books under The Mothers), I loved it so much I immediately went out and bought The Vanishing Half!

Andrew65 Sounds great. 😊 2y
writerlibrarian This one has been in my 📚 for a while. 2y
CuriousG @writerlibrarian It sat on my shelf for quite a long time, but so glad I finally got around to it! 2y
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I liked it. I didn't love it, but I'm glad I read it. I do like the way she writes. The story wasn't what I was hoping it would be. The ending was interesting, how it looped back to the perspective of the mothers -->

"We see the span of her life unspooling in colorful threads and we chase it, wrapping it around our hands as more tumbles out. She‘s her mother‘s age now. Double her age. Our age. You‘re our mother. We‘re climbing inside of you."

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CBee
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I can‘t decide if I liked this more than The Vanishing Half. Both excellent and I love how Bennett writes..... I do wish she‘d added more to a certain main character‘s story, just for a bit of closure. It leaves it up to the imagination, which is the point, right? 😁 Definitely recommend this ⭐️

AmyG Right? I think I just might have liked this more. But I enjoyed both so much. (edited) 2y
CBee @AmyG they‘re so different! I‘ll read anything she writes, that‘s for sure 😁 2y
AmyG Agree. I will read whatever she writes. 2y
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A novel about friendship, love, loss, and grief, The Mothers pulled me in and didn‘t let me go until I read the final page. The characters were real and imperfect, flawed and beautiful - each dealing with inescapable tragedies of their pasts. 💜

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We didn‘t believe when we first heard because you know how church folk can gossip.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

I cannot put this novel down. Having loved The Vanishing Half earlier this summer, Brit Bennett is officially a “must-read” author for me.

CBee I‘ve just started this and really liking it so far! I LOVED The Vanishing Half ♥️ 2y
JackOBotts @CBee I couldn‘t put this novel down! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 2y
CBee @JackOBotts I‘ll let you know 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2y
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I was really looking forward to this one after loving The Vanishing Half and, in fact, I think I slightly preferred this one.

I loved the chapters narrated by the ‘mothers‘ of the title and could empathise with all of the 3 MCs, particularly when they made ‘bad‘ choices that impacted on all of their lives for years to come.

#bookspinbingo #doublespin

BookwormM And it matches the furniture 👍😎 2y
Mitch I loved the Vanishing Half too - and wondered if I should go back to this one.... glad you liked it - it bodes well! But of course, i need to get some furniture to match before I can do that! 😻 2y
Mitch I posted something to you today - i know its super early - but im only making limited post office runs and i needed to get USA stuff in the mail - so popped yours in too! 💝 2y
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BarbaraBB Great photo! I liked this one much more than The Vanishing Half, which I found slightly disappointing. 2y
eraderneely Loved both of hers but I think I may prefer this one too 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
squirrelbrain I usually match my bookmarks to my books, but this time I thought I‘d go one step further! @BookwormM @mitch 😁 2y
squirrelbrain @mitch - exciting! Looking forward to hearing from you.... 2y
squirrelbrain I‘m glad you both liked this one better @BarbaraBB @eraderneely - I think maybe The Vanishing Half was over-hyped, much as I liked it. 2y
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Soubhiville
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What an interesting perspective Bennett used here! One of the voices of the book is the “mothers”, the elder ladies of the local church. I really liked that.

I thought The Vanishing Half was a little better, with characters I wanted to know more about. But this was a terrific debut. 👍

squirrelbrain Interesting! I just finished this too (haven‘t had time to post my review yet) and I preferred this to The Vanishing Half. I loved them both though! 2y
rachaich I read this recently and really enjoyed it. I want to read The Vanishing Half too. 2y
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Can I just say that Luke was super irritating? I really felt for Aubrey and wanted things to work out for her. Anyone else think that Miller was her soulmate?🤔 I can‘t believe we‘ve finished another round of LMPBC. This was a great book Jenni. I ❤️ when I get mad at characters or have any strong feelings when reading. 3/5👣s

Wife @sprainedbrain Hi Jenni. I sent this out media mail on 11/2. It‘s supposed to arrive 11/7. I have tracking number if any delay. 🌹 2y
sprainedbrain Glad it gave you feelings! No worries about the tracking. ❤️ 2y
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AmyL
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Picked this one up after loving The Vanishing Half (and being drawn in by the cover!) I didn‘t read any reviews so I guess I assumed something totally different from the title. I kept thinking this just wasn‘t the book I wanted. Putting that aside, I did find the story and characters interesting and appreciated the complexity and reality of the relationships.

Ruthiella I‘m the opposite.😀 I loved The Mothers but wasn‘t as wowed by The Vanishing Half. 2y
AmyL @Ruthiella I really think I would have liked it better if I had read a summary first ... I just was expecting something totally different and had a hard time moving past that! 2y
rachaich It was very readable. I wamtvto read The Vanishing Half now 😊 2y
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rachaich
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Brilliant story, great writing, interesting characters and very readable.
Liked the female relationships throughout, whether good or bad. And the over reaching Mothers 😊😊

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Love it when you find a book from your list in the charity shop!

Mrs_B Nice find! 2y
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Brit Bennett writes gorgeous literary prose, and on top of that, I truly enjoyed the complexity of the storyline of The Mothers. The hypocrisy of religion meeting abortion and church optics was a powerful statement. It was all so messy with a perfect mix of controversy to keep the plot driving forward. It made me think as all great books should. #LMPBC @Lesanne @sprainedbrain
@Wife , it's on its way--delivering the 10th. Sorry for the delay!

CarolynM Great review. 2y
Kaylamburson Thanks so much @CarolynM ! 2y
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ImperfectCJ
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1. I graduated high school with Glennon Doyle. She and I were in the same biology class in 10th grade. And I went to junior high with Maggie Downs, author of Braver Than You Think. And my massage therapist in Utah was the sister of Rachel Coleman who does the Signing Time videos.

2. I'm not sure what this means. I'm too superstitious to be thankful for things that haven't happened yet.

@Cosmos_Moon #ThankfulThursday

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#3Books - I‘ve borrowed from the library this summer

All were great books and all very different from each other!

Harrow the Ninth - Follow up to Gideon the Ninth and so good! You definitely have to read Gideon first.

The Hobbit - Watched LOTR for the first time and wanted to give the books a try. Decided to start with The Hobbit. Probably won‘t read LOTR.

The Mothers - So good! Brit Bennett‘s debut novel.

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚👍🏻 2y
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WellReadCatLady
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Been on my tbr for a while and saw a local book club that is reading it. Going to try out the book club, kind of nervous 😬

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“All good secrets have a taste before you tell them, and if we‘d taken a moment to swish this one around our mouths, we might have noticed the sourness of an unripe secret, plucked too soon, stolen and passed around before its season.”

Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira Well written ❣️ 2y
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