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Clock Dance
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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catebutler
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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Last night, with peppermint tea in hand and Downton Abbey (re-watch for the movie release) in the background, I read the first 150 pages before bedtime. This is my first Tyler, and I‘m finding the storyline is simple, and addictive. I‘m hoping to finish this up later this evening, after attending a special advanced showing of the new Downton Abbey movie. If you‘re a Tyler fan, I‘d love to hear what you‘d recommend next from her.

DivineDiana I recommend 2mo
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UwannaPublishme Yay! So happy to see you‘re enjoying Anne‘s book. 🙌🏻❤️🙌🏻 So many to recommend, but I‘ll say: 2mo
catebutler @DivineDiana I just realized that I‘ve read Vinegar Girl!! 🙈 I forgot she wrote the retelling of Taming of the Shrew. I enjoyed it! 2mo
catebutler @Joyfulmimi Thank you for the recommendation! 2mo
catebutler @mrp27 Thank you so much! I‘ve added this to my TBR. 🧡 2mo
catebutler @UwannaPublishme I really enjoyed her story-telling. And thank you so much for the recommendation - can‘t wait to check it out. 💙 2mo
Cpg I have started this book twice and I can‘t get with it. I guess I‘m moving on- I need a “page turner”! 2mo
catebutler @Cpg I found the last half of the novel the best. The first two sections were a bit strange. But, honestly, if you‘ve tried and it still hasn‘t worked for you, then I say move on. ☺️ 2mo
Cpg @catebutler Yeah, I used to hate to bail but now I just try to get past the guilt!!! 😬 2mo
Alora Love the cover! 📖 1mo
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Eggs
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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We're gonna rock around the clock tonight🎶

#swingthemood

#ayupaugust @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Great choice! Thanks for all of your contributions this month! 😘 3mo
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Megabooks
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Mehso-so

This is really two books.

Part one follows Millie through three pivotal points in her life: her time as a young child in the 60s, meeting her husband in college in the 70s, and raising sons in the 90s. ⅓ of book.

The other ⅔ is 12 chapters where she fills in as “grandma” to her older son‘s ex-girlfriend‘s daughter after the ex-girlfriend gets shot, not by Millie‘s son.

The writing is enjoyable, but the two parts make no sense together. 3⭐️

Joyfulmimi Thanks for the info on this 3mo
Megabooks @Joyfulmimi No problem! 3mo
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Megabooks
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I can‘t believe it! I‘ve been avoiding historical fiction, but now I‘m reading this and Enchanted Islands. I‘m very hot-and-cold on this genre, so we‘ll see! 😁🤷🏻‍♀️

megnews Historical fiction is my fav! 3mo
Crazeedi I ❤ historical fiction too! Interested in what you think of this book 3mo
8little_paws Oh enchanted islands is so wonderful though! 3mo
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Reviewsbylola I loved Enchanted Islands so much. I hope you do too! 3mo
Megabooks @megnews 👍🏻👍🏻 3mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi I‘ve finished part 1, and I really like it so far! 3mo
Megabooks @8little_paws @Reviewsbylola I‘m about to pick it up again after finishing 3mo
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rmaclean4
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
Mehso-so

I love Anne Tyler. Reading her work is a bit like coming home. Although I found this read enjoyable it did not challenge or add anything for me. Not her best book, but I will continue to read all she writes.

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DivineDiana
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This is a photo of Ann Tyler. The Clock Dance is the 22nd book for the Pulitzer Prize winning novelist. She lives in Baltimore, and it is that setting that draws me to her books. This story transports a married 61 year old woman from her very comfortable life in Arizona with her lawyer husband to a Baltimore neighborhood that The NY Times describes as a “cross between Mr. Rogers and John Waters”. There, Willa decides to do what makes her happy.

rmaclean4 Thanks for the summary...I have been meaning to get to this one and I just bumped it up on my ever growing TBR! 3mo
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DivineDiana
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Morning #audiowalk with my latest Playaway!

8little_paws Can you change the speed on these? 4mo
DivineDiana @8little_paws Yes! (edited) 4mo
8little_paws @DivineDiana great, thank you! 4mo
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imabusybee
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julesG 👏👏👏 I'm about to make lemon curd to 4mo
LibrarianJen Are you making pie? I love peach pie! 4mo
CocoReads That‘s a lot of peaches! Good job! 4mo
imabusybee @LibrarianJen I never thought of pie I made 6 peach crisp 4 cobblers and 5 batches to freeze and this morning I'm making bar cookies 4mo
LibrarianJen Oooh all those sound drool worthy too! 4mo
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imabusybee
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wanderinglynn w00t! Way to go! 🙌🏻 4mo
julesG 👏👏👏 What are you making? 4mo
imabusybee @julesG clean 11 pounds of peachesand make a crisp with some freezing the rest. 4mo
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Megokline
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sprainedbrain
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This is only my second Tyler novel, but both of them have been quietly affecting character studies that drew me in and kept me reading. Clock Dance doesn‘t have a ton of action, but I enjoyed following Willa through her life experiences. She‘s frustrating and meek and so very human, and I couldn‘t help rooting for her. Loved the people of the Baltimore neighborhood so much. ❤️

Excellent choice for #LMPBC, Ashley!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

MrsMalaprop I really enjoy Anne Tyler‘s novels. Your description of this one (that I haven‘t read) could apply to many of her others. She‘s a reliably good read for me. 😊👍 5mo
sprainedbrain @MrsMalaprop I‘m definitely going to read more. I read Saint Anything a few years ago and loved it, too. 😃 5mo
QuintusMarcus Try the Accidental Tourist: superb, Tyler at her best! 5mo
sprainedbrain @QuintusMarcus I will do that. Thank you! 5mo
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AmyStewart
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Anne Tyler has one story to tell, and she tells it over and over. It's a story about women who find themselves adrift, slightly out of step, disconnected from their families in ways that puzzle them but that they can't fix, until one day....

And that's this book. I loved it absolutely as much as I've loved every Anne Tyler novel. What else is there to say? Read it!

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cathysaid
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Light reading about how a woman‘s childhood experiences affect her relationships through the years. Entertaining but I can‘t say I ever engaged with the characters. Interesting plot. This is a #LMPBC book so I don‘t want to ruin it for @sprainedbrain 😬 Keep in mind, however, that it is highly rated by most Littens, so I‘m in the minority.

@EmilyM @EclecticBookLover

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I've had this on my TBR for quite a while, but wasn't in a rush to read it until it became the pick of my online book club. I'll be moderating discussion in June.

I've read two other Tyler works, at least one of which I rated highly. Clock Dance was fine. Yes, I said it—it was fine. It was average. It was fairly nondescript.

I came across this signed first edition at Half Price Books this weekend—seemed like a sign. I may return it.

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cathysaid
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Saturday reading of my #LMPBC book. Entertaining...perfect weekend reading. 🍸

#LMPBC #GroupT #BooksAndBrews

@sprainedbrain @EmilyM @EclecticBookLover

EclecticBookLover Love the martini! 6mo
Aims42 Looks like an ideal Saturday night! Cheers, friend 🍸📚 6mo
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cathysaid
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Hi @EmilyM . I received this earlier in the week but didn‘t have a chance to post until now. Looking forward to it!
#LMPBC #GroupT @sprainedbrain @EclecticBookLover

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EmilyM
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Finished this in a few sittings! Ready to pass it on! #lmpbc #groupt @sprainedbrain @cathysaid @EclecticBookLover

cathysaid Yay! Looking forward to it! 7mo
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jlowery999
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Panpan

This was my second Anne Tyler book and it will be my last. I don't understand her nonsensical stories with tons of irrelevant information. I don't want to give away anything about this particular story but I was often frustrated and confused with Willa's decisions. And I'm still not sure I understand the point of the first third of the book.

JoyBlue Interesting. I'm just starting, and I'm confused about the beginning of the book, too (as it doesn't seem to fit with the summary I read). I'm moderating a discussion of this book in June for my online book club. 6mo
jlowery999 Good luck with your online book club! I also read this for a book club and the other members of the club saw some connections between the different time periods that I really didn't see. It may be that when you get to the meat of the story you will see those connections also. Although for me it never really clicked. 6mo
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EclecticBookLover
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@EmilyM this will be on it's way too you tomorrow! #lmpbc #groupt
@sprainedbrain @cathysaid

EmilyM Yay! I am going to send mine out next week when I am on Spring Break and can make it to the post office! 8mo
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wen4blu
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Selected my current audiobook using the "ignore my tbr and see what's available on Libby" method.

Suet624 I do that all the time too. Darn it! 9mo
Crazeedi How do I divorce myself from libby/overdrive and read all the books sitting here??? Heeeellllpppp!!! 9mo
Chelsea.Poole I love this one ♥️🌵 9mo
CouronneDhiver Overdrive is my frenemy for that exact same reason. Lol 9mo
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EFracReads
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler

Rated 6/10. Liked not loved. Strongly prefer Spool of Blue Thread.

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Gnora
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First finish of 2019! Great book, though it's exactly what I'd expect from Anne Tyler which makes it a touch predictable. I still enjoyed it immensely.

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Thousand-Lives
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I adored this quiet story about self-discovery. It was my last book of 2018 and the perfect end to my reading year.

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kellock
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On yersel Willa!!! For once I was happy with an ending. Tyler has a knack for making you think not very much is happening but at the same time keeping you invested in the characters and the plot. She's definitely one of my favourite authors.

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kellock
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Studying means I can only read fiction in my holidays (my brain won't let me read fun stuff when I have soooooo much boring stuff to read) so I'm taking full advantage and reading books by my favourite authors.

Samplergal Loved it. Baltimore was again one of her characters. ❤️ 11mo
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Ephemera
Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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Clock Dance is the story of a woman who finds her proper home among unlikely strangers. Anne Tyler writes wonderful characters and Willa is very appealing. As the story progresses we see her grow as a person and discover her own abilities. The ending is very satisfying and happy. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

Tyler does a great job of painting a diverse group of characters and their interactions. The story, however, didn‘t hold together for me. Despite, or maybe because of, the well-developed character of the protagonist, I did not understand her motivations for what happened in the second part of the book. Other rich areas (relationship with her sister) were not explored at all. You will, however, fall in love with the characters in this book. 3⭐️

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LauraBeth
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I didn‘t come here for Clock Dance but I feel sad for it sitting on the shelf. I need to rescue it from the insufferable Mark Twain witticisms that are no doubt being whispered to her.

saresmoore 😂 13mo
LeahBergen 😂😂 13mo
minkyb I admit to be a very serious Anne Tyler devoteé. I hope you rescued it! 13mo
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rmaclean4
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Pick up a couple of book at McKays used book store today...so lucky to have this in my town!

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Kelleyisreading
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This was a sweet story, I thought. It was slow paced which I can understand isn‘t everyone‘s interest. It was what I needed right now though, and the characters were diverse and lovely! I‘ve not read other books by this author but will soon.

CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 🎉 I've read a couple of Anne Tyler's books, but I haven't read this one yet. 13mo
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 13mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 13mo
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AudreyMorris
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I found this book to be a very fast read—I couldn‘t put it down! Tyler creates very believable and original characters. In this novel we follow Willa through the decades. In her 60s, remarried after being widowed fairly young, and moved to a golf community in Arizona for her husband, she is bored. A call comes asking her to come take care of her son‘s ex-gf and her daughter after mom‘s accident—and she goes. And learns a lot about herself.

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Abailliekaras
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Our latest episode of Books On The Go is up! We discuss Clock Dance. Not my favourite of Anne Tyler‘s books, but she‘s such a gifted writer, and gives us much to talk about. 🤓🎧

Jee_HookedOnBookz Yeah it was so - so for me too 13mo
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dfieb
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I never read Anne Tyler before, but I am so happy that I discovered her. Her writing style is wonderful, and her characters are real characters! The end of the book has stayed with me; I‘m trying to figure it out. I look forward to diving into her other books.

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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Mehso-so

This was a very different kind of read for me. Anne Tyler is a prolific writer. If not for her writing I would've finished the book. Despite the slow-paced plot I enjoyed reading and getting to know the characters. I might check out her future book(s) if it comes highly recommended. Full review: https://hookedonbookzblog.wordpress.com/2018/09/28/jees-review-of-clockdance-by-... #ClockDance #annetyler

cassiopia This was the first book I read by her and I was definitely not a fan of it. I was told not to give up on Anne Tyler and that "The Accidental Tourist" is one of her better books. So I'll eventually read that to give her a second chance. 14mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @cassiopia thanks for the recommendation! I'm going to give that a try :) I liked her writing style. I just felt the premise and plot a little too quiet for my liking... Good thing I enjoyed the characters :) 14mo
cassiopia @Jee_HookedOnBookz you're welcome! For me, I don't know if it was her style of writing, the pace, or the lack of action that turned me off. In her defense I did just finished Dark Places, so going from a suspense book to a lazy Sunday reading may have had some influence. But I did enjoy a few of the characters like Cheryl and Sir Joe, oh and Airplane. 14mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz They're my fav too :) it's hard not to love Airplane 😊 do you have a blog? Would love to follow you! :) 14mo
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Abailliekaras
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this - especially Tyler‘s wonderful dialogue & observations of how people relate to each other. She has a natural writing style that‘s so easy to read, but takes great skill. The story doesn‘t get going until halfway when Willa goes to look after Denise (despite not knowing her) & her daughter, a fun, spirited 9 year-old. It‘s a bit mild & predictable. But a nice comfort read & looks at finding your place in life. Good, not great.

emilyhaldi Love your photo 😍 14mo
Abailliekaras @emilyhaldi thanks! ☺️ 14mo
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MimiLovesToRead
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This is so good!!

readingjedi I thought that cactus was a multi pronged churro. Time for bed methinks 😂 14mo
MimiLovesToRead @readingjedi 😂😂😂 14mo
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MEGR
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“But Willa knew what she meant. She had felt that way during her own childhood; she‘d felt like a watchful, wary adult housed in a little girl‘s body. And yet nowadays, paradoxically, it often seemed to her that from her adult face a child about eleven years old was still gazing out at the world.”

Meglet That plant is fascinating. 1y
MEGR I saw it last weekend at the Getty Center. The garden there is special 💖 1y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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What happens when I have a free morning ... I visit the Kindle Deals Page. LOTS of cookbooks on sale this week, people! #iregretnothing

MicheleinPhilly Ooooh, thanks for the heads up on the Anne Tyler! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly You‘re welcome. I‘ll admit, I made a little “squee” noise when I saw that! 👏🏻👏🏻📚📚 1y
MicheleinPhilly I hate that for as many “deal” emails as I get every day, not one of them mentioned that! 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MicheleinPhilly Yeah, that‘s crazy! 1y
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MEGR
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Starting my FIRST Anne Tyler book ever today! It feels strange to me that she has written 20 books and I am so familiar with her name, yet have not read any of her work?? 📖🤓

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Abailliekaras
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Tennis duty. 🎾📖

Reviewsbylola I love this cover way more than the other version with the cactus. 1y
Abailliekaras @Reviewsbylola it‘s a nice cover! 1y
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Megabooks
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This is my second Anne Tyler. I really didn‘t care for Vinegar Girl, but I actually really liked Clock Dance. The structure of the novel was superb. I loved the characters. Deep down it raised some serious questions about adult children and their parents and grandchildren and just family dynamics overall. But it wasn‘t preachy. 4.25⭐️

Dragon Another good one 1y
Megabooks @Dragon awesome! I picked it up on sale earlier this summer! 1y
Dragon 👍 1y
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Bookiewookie1
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Love Anne Tyler! Looking forward to this one.

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RosieBoo65
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Willa is the main character of this story of her life. We see her as a child, then as a wife and young widow, and the majority of the book focuses on her trip to care for a stranger in Baltimore. I thought this was a good read but it left me wanting more and feeling sad for Willa. It moved somewhat slow for me but the redeeming part was how I was drawn to Willa and be interested in her.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Panpan

Yawn. This one just never really hooked me. I‘ve enjoyed Anne Tyler in the past, but I kept waiting for this one to get going, then it was over.

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suvata
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Mehso-so

2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Summer Reading Guide
https://modernmrsdarcy.com/summer-reading-guide-2018/

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Mandigolightly
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Leading the book club at work! #bnbookclub

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pari91
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So I went to my first ever book club today thanks to Barnes and Noble Book Club and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed discussing this book and getting others points of view and opinions as well as meeting new people 😊☺️

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balletbookworm
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Somewhere between a 🤘🏻and a so-so. I‘d never read Anne Tyler before - she has a very nice writing style - but I wasn‘t super-jazzed by the actual story of Willa and her life choices. She was so blah in the space between Chapter 1 and maybe the last 20 pages. I‘m pretty sure my favorite character was Airplane, the dog.

Leftcoastzen I have not read this yet,but .try some older Anne Tyler before you give up. 1y
balletbookworm Thanks @Leftcoastzen 💖 (oh, I‘m not giving up, I just hadn‘t got to her yet before this came out) 1y
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mdemanatee
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We went home early yesterday due to flash flooding so I am not looking forward to what the office will smell like today. Gotta get through this for the BN bookclub tonight.

balletbookworm Still have 60-ish pages left (and I‘m leading the group so i better finish it 😬) 1y
mdemanatee @balletbookworm I‘m a friendly face in case conversation lags 1y
balletbookworm @mdemanatee yeah, I‘ve got some ringers in my group too 😋 1y
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mdemanatee @balletbookworm update: woman came up to me after and said “you sound like you read a lot what should I read next” so I sold her a copy of the Incendiaries. 1y
balletbookworm @mdemanatee yaaaaaaas 🤘🏻 1y
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