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My Year of Rest and Relaxation
My Year of Rest and Relaxation | Ottessa Moshfegh
A shocking, hilarious and strangely tender novel about a young womans experiment in narcotic hibernation, aided and abetted by one of the worst psychiatrists in the annals of literature. Our narrator has many of the advantages of life, on the surface. Young, thin, pretty, a recent Columbia graduate, she lives in an apartment on the Upper East Side of Manhattan paid for, like everything else, by her inheritance. But there is a vacuum at the heart of things, and it isnt just the loss of her parents in college, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her alleged best friend. Its the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong? This story of a year spent under the influence of a truly mad combination of drugs, designed to heal us from our alienation from this world, shows us how reasonable, even necessary, that alienation sometimes is. Blackly funny, both merciless and compassionate dangling its legs over the ledge of 9/11 this novel is a showcase for the gifts of one of Americas major young writers working at the height of her powers.
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christhelesbian
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i think if i read this faster i would‘ve enjoyed it more but i left the book at my work for 6 months
whoopi goldberg is mommy

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britt_reads
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My birthday #bookhaul 🎉

everlocalwest Excellent haul!!!! Happy birthday! 🎉 2w
Leftcoastzen Good stuff ! Happy Birthday!🎂 2w
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anushareflects
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This book was honestly so dark and hilarious. Loved the morbid oddity of it all. Really disliked the ending though - did not feel in line with the tone of the book at all. Full review www.anushareflects.com

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suvata
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Mehso-so

• TBR since July 11, 2018

Yay! This is my last TBR book from 2018. Now, on to my 2019 TBR (plus current books, of course).

My Year of Rest and Relaxation is a 2018 novel by American author Ottessa Moshfegh. Moshfegh's second novel, it is set in New York City in 2000 and 2001 and follows an unnamed protagonist as she gradually escalates her use of prescription medications in an attempt to sleep for an entire year.

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 1mo
merelybookish Impressive! 1mo
Hooked_on_books That‘s a huge accomplishment! Nice job! 🥳 1mo
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suvata
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Epigraph from:
My Year of Rest and Relaxation: A Novel
by Ottessa Moshfegh

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IuliaC
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Such a beautiful satire! I appreciated the dark humour, the honesty, the realism, the reflections and inner life of this narcissistic heroine, and most of all, the artistic connotations of an act of rebirth and renaissance through sleep.

So many names of drugs I've never heard of and hopefully never will again, and I'm still not convinced a human being can survive after mixing these pills and these doses :))

StellaB I‘ve also just finished an Ottessa Moshfegh book, ‘Eileen‘, and loved it. It‘s great to hear your high opinion of this one 🙂 1mo
IuliaC @StellaB It's good to know, I'm stacking 'Eileen' too 👍😊 1mo
shortsarahrose This is on my tbr, but I also loved 1mo
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IuliaC @shortsarahrose I've added this one to my list too 😊 1mo
batsy It was so brilliant and yes, I marvelled at the precision with which the character kept track of how to mix and match the drugs 🙃 1mo
IuliaC @batsy Exactly so, very well researched! I googled the drugs just to make sure all of them were real 🙈 1mo
BkClubCare @IuliaC wow!! I enjoyed this, too but just went along for the ride and didn‘t lookup a thing 😂 (edited) 1mo
IuliaC @BkClubCare the best recipe to enjoy a book! 👍😀 1mo
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Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart - this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then - that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets.

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IMASLOWREADER
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unlikable character but related to her…#audiophile #readinggoals #readingtherapy

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WellReadCatLady
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Unlikable because the character is privileged and able to act out her depression fantasy of sleeping for a year. It‘s a good read filled with some dark humor.

FelinesAndFelonies Her face is how I feel today. 🤣😏😵‍💫 3mo
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guidosophia
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oh to be in a self induced coma (jk that‘s not the takeaway i got from this book). i really liked it though i can see how pretentious it is.

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lenaars
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I did not enjoy this book. The title and the premise seemed so intriguing at first, but I was sadly disappointed. The characters in this book are so unlikable, which in and of itself is not a bad thing at all, but the way they were written was bordering a parody with how unrealistic it is. It's like they were unlikable just for the sake of being unlikable, particularly the female characters. Also, the conclusion felt incomplete and unfulfilling.

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sophies_little_library
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rest + relaxation

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shortsarahrose
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Thank you so much @MaleficentBookDragon 🎁 I‘m really looking forward to this book and the large bag of dark chocolate will be the perfect accompaniment! The snowman card is also adorable. Thank you also for all the work you do running this swap #Jolabokaflodswap

MaleficentBookDragon You are welcome. I hope you enjoy the book. 6mo
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Megabooks
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1. Literary fiction - Ottessa Moshfegh immediately came to mind. Love the tagged book! #autobuy

2. I DNF 3ish books a month. I‘ve got no time for things I‘m not enjoying, but I try to at least read 1/3 before I bail.

3. Patience and my church family

#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs That‘s me #2. Thanks for playing 📚🌟😍 6mo
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cephellapod
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I love this so much. Though it probably should‘ve been, it never felt boring. I really do love books about mentally ill women. That last line!!!!!! I‘ve got to get back into reading now that I‘m settled into school. Thankfully, I‘m distracted enough now not to be profoundly self-reflective because of this.

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Bertha_Mason

I wish I could read My Year of Rest and Relaxation for the first time again.

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Having a trash chute was one of my favorite things about my building. It made me feel important, like I was participating in the world. My trash mixed with the trash of others. The things I touched touched things other people had touched. I was contributing. I was connecting.

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tellmesomething2read
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Mehso-so

female American Psycho to the point that it has to be intentional. rich, disaffected, benzo-addicted youth obsessed with videotapes. they even go to the same nightclub, tunnel.

we‘re supposed to think she‘s gonna get stuffed, right? there's all this false foreshadowing. then a Ghost World ending where the protagonist comes out of a sarcastic haze to admire her friend making an effort at life -- "beautiful."

mushy for nihilistic filth.

3 stars

Trashcanman Gabapentin is much better than benzos. Especially on an empty stomach.
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tellmesomething2read @Trashcanman gabapentinoids certainly give more of a high. but benzos are a superior anxiolytic. cleaner, more soothing, and tolerance doesn‘t develop as quickly. mix them and everyone wins. (edited) 9mo
Trashcanman @tellmesomething2read I want to be your friend 9mo
Yuki_Onna Looolzzz... 😂 This conversation is just... Chef's Kiss! Made my day! ❤ @Trashcanman 9mo
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BkClubCare
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A book that I am glad I read. I don‘t know what else to say.

Julsmarshall Cute pup! 9mo
manifestsanity Whoopi Goldberg, that‘s what! 9mo
Ruthiella Is that the newly renovated room? Looks beautiful! 😍 9mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - yes! We are working our way around the house. 9mo
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BkClubCare
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The Dr. is …. Not right. “Here, have some samples.” 😳😱

vivastory I still need to read this one! 9mo
BkClubCare On page 243: “like trying to tame a lion by sending it a postcard.” 9mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - OMG! It is NOT pretty. Go read it so we can talk abt it!!!!! (edited) 9mo
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vivastory I will read it after I finish my current read 9mo
Hooked_on_books I didn‘t like this book at all. If the main character mentioned how beautiful she is one more time, I was going to scream! Which I may have done anyway. 9mo
batsy A pretty sinister character, the doctor! 💀 9mo
BkClubCare @Hooked_on_books - she has few admirable qualities. 9mo
BkClubCare @vivastory - I have 10 pages left. I absolutely need daylight before I find out how this thing ends. 9mo
BkClubCare @batsy - she‘s a wild one for sure. 9mo
Cathythoughts A mad one 👍🏻 9mo
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caitlin.reads.books
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Finished this one a few days ago. It was quite unusual, but I enjoyed it! Had to know how it would end and stayed up late to finish it. I could have continued reading about the main character for much longer. 4⭐️

Reviewsbylola I liked this one too. 11mo
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Currently reading…from a private railcar that will be traveling from Chicago to New York. So exciting!

Oryx Oh wow 11mo
PhyllisH Sounds like fun🚞📚. 11mo
Leftcoastzen Train car is awesome 11mo
Cathythoughts Fabulous! Great picture 11mo
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I knew in my heart—this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then—that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. I would be a whole new person, every one of my cells regenerated enough times that the old cells were just distant, foggy memories. My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets, bolstered by the bliss and serenity that I would have accumulated in my year of rest and relaxation.

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youneverarrived
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The whole book is written brilliantly but the ending is perfection. This would be a great book club read, lots to discuss! I thought I understood the book after the ending but reading reviews has me thinking maybe I got it wrong 🤔 but you know it‘s a good one when people take their own things/have different perspectives on it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Liz_M Oooh, this makes me want to read it sooner rather than later! 12mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I enjoyed this one 12mo
youneverarrived @Liz_M it‘s a good one! 12mo
youneverarrived @Cathythoughts thank you ♥️ 12mo
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HeatherBookNerd
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Bailedbailed

This is just not my thing. I got about 30% in but just am not feeling compelled to keep going.

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Yuki_Onna
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Started this last night and right now it seems to be everything I need in a book.
It matches my current situation far too well. 😔
It seems written by a kindred spirit, and it makes me chuckle on nearly every page...

#sleep #mentalhealth

MySharonaK Big hug my friend ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
Trashcanman I love this book 9mo
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Ruthiella
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“Sleep felt productive. Something was getting sorted out. I knew in my heart—this was, perhaps, the only thing my heart knew back then—that when I'd slept enough, I'd be okay. I'd be renewed, reborn. ... My past life would be but a dream, and I could start over without regrets, bolstered by the bliss and serenity that I would have accumulated in my year of rest and relaxation.”

From the TBR. #LitsySpringBreak. Stay Home

BkClubCare Sleep is good. 1y
Suet624 Sleep/naps make me a better person. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need a nap now!! 1y
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Ruthiella @BkClubCare @Suet624 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sleeping is the one healthy thing I am good at! 😴 1y
sarahbarnes Loved this one! 1y
Ruthiella @sarahbarnes I‘m looking forward to reading it! 1y
TheKidUpstairs Great quote for the prompt! Now if only my daughter would sleep so I could too..... 1y
Ruthiella @TheKidUpstairs Oh kids! Do they realize that sleep deprivation is a form of torture! 😅 1y
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KendallHershey
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This. Book. This book taught me that you can have an unlikeable narrator and still like the book. In my more depressive episodes, I really relate to this character. How nice it would be to just sleep. Not another worry.

Cathythoughts Sleep is good 👍🏻❤️ 1y
Tera66 If only....😴 1y
sarahlandis I loved this booK! It was the first time I realized you didn't need a plot to have a good book. It was basically an in depth character study 1y
KendallHershey @sarahlandis yes so true!! 1y
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Macnjen
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Wow, are you supposed to dislike a character so much you want to slap them? This was an unusual and disturbing book about a woman clearly dealing with depression and how she's “handling“ it. It's wry and shocking as well as frustrating but a fast read. The writing was good, but it made me really uncomfortable. The psychiatrist was my favorite character for her colorful, weird view and approach. Many New York references were beyond my knowledge.

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akfreeborn
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I‘ve waited over two years to read this one but it was so worth the wait. Moshfegh tends toward unlikeable characters but boy do I like what she does with them. This is a commentary of our excess and unhappiness and our need for connection. Loved the ending.

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andioop
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Odd. I liked it. Hope to read more Moshfegh.

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OriginalCyn620 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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reema
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The main character is privileged, vain, depressed, and unlikeable and, yet, quite relatable. What does that say about me? You want her to make better choices, but understand why she doesn‘t. Brilliant author, brilliant writing!

Leftcoastzen You sum it up so well! I love her writing. 2y
reema Thank you! 2y
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katcalvin
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Mehso-so

Meh

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mija333 Yep, this is me. 2y
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The book that made me fall hard for Ottessa Moshfegh! She‘s super adept at creating what almost feel like caricatures, but the outlandish behavior makes them feel believable and relatable. Humans are freaking weird. Honest, absurd and darkly funny, this brilliant satire on mental health cuts deep. Moshfegh is a must-read and must-buy for me. PS. Julia Whelan kills on audio. #reread

Avanders I can‘t wait to read this 😊 2y
britt_brooke @Avanders Hope you enjoy it! It‘s very different. 2y
Alfrazier21 I really enjoyed this one!! 2y
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Erinreadsthebooks Loveeeee this one!!!! 2y
AmyG I don‘t usually like satire but this one hit home for me, too. Loved it. 2y
Angitron I loved this as well!! 2y
mariaku21 I just bought this one! 2y
Cathythoughts Great review! I really enjoyed this one 2y
britt_brooke @mariaku21 Hope you enjoy! 2y
britt_brooke @Erinreadsthebooks @AmyG @Angitron Happy to see the love for this one! 2y
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NovelNancy
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This book was not for me. Main character was too self-absorbed (actually there were no likable characters), psychiatrist was horrific and plot felt repetitive to me.

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candority
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I can‘t really articulate why I liked this book, but I did. I just wish the ending wasn‘t quite so abrupt. 4⭐️

Book ten for #BookSpinBingo.

teainthelibrary This is on my TBR for next month! I‘m excited 😆 2y
Soubhiville Is that a bedspread? I love the bright cheerful color 😊 2y
zezeki I recently finished this one too, and the ending didn't sit well with me either. 2y
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candority @teainthelibrary I hope you enjoy it! 2y
candority @Soubhiville It is! There are pink and yellow/orange flowers on the bottom half of the bedspread, with a plain white top half. I love it, but it‘s starting to get worn out 😭 2y
candority @zezeki So frustrating! What bothered you about it? 2y
zezeki @candority I just felt that it was too rushed. Not sure how I wanted it to end, but I know that I didn't want that. 😅 2y
candority @zezeki Ahaha same! I also didn‘t think it was realistic that she could spend a year addicted to so many different drugs, then just come off them at once? I guess her time where she was just taking that one and blacking our for days at a time would have maybe detoxed her from the others, but I don‘t know?! 2y
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zezeki
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What an unlikeable character, yet often relatable. I wonder what that says about me. 🤔😅 Sleeping as a coping mechanism is honestly something I often resort to, especially during the last couple of months, so I definitely understood the appeal of one year long nap. My main issue with the story is the ending, that felt rushed and fell flat and just left me meh. #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

Cathythoughts Excellent review! I liked this one too 2y
ImperfectCJ I've been thinking about this book so much the past several months. How tempting it would be to just say, "Wake me when it's over." 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Megabooks I always wondered if she was a physical manifestation of pre-9/11 America. I tried reading it that way last time and it was an interesting thought exercise. 2y
zezeki @Megabooks That's an interesting way to look at it! 2y
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Megabooks
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Finished my reread of this while running errands today. Ottessa has become one of my favorite writers. Each of her books are so different and have a really unique perspective. Julia Whelan is the perfect narrator for this one.

#freespace #bookspinbingo

sarahbarnes Me too!! 2y
mollyrotondo Love this book sooooo much! 2y
emilyhaldi Loved this book! 2y
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Mimi28
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Sorry I‘m so late to the game. 1) The female lead in the tagged book. I can‘t remember her name sorry. Also the female lead the book I just tagged - Pretend I‘m Dead. 2)How blessed I am, my cats‘ health, my Mom‘s health and my health, what curveball is life going to throw me next, lol. 3) I‘d say hearing and smell tied. Had an incident today with spoiled baby food at major grocery store, and with the fan in my ear all the time I may be deaf soon🙄

Mimi28 Let me clarify- I don‘t have a baby!! Lol I use the baby food the mix in my cat #Stormy ‘s prescription wet food. 2y
Mimi28 Sorry my head is so messed up. #Stormy wakes me up every 3 hours to be fed because she can‘t eat dry food because her teeth are messed up. So I have very sketchy sleep on top on my other problems. I really just want a 12 hour nap and a decent meal, lol. I gained 30 pounds and now have lost close to 60. I‘m a wreck, folks. The heat is miserable especially for my mom. #mogwai has had her ups are downs also. #Ozzie got suddenly sick and has to be 😭 2y
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Mimi28 #Ozzie had to be put down. Tagging my cat buddies @Soubhiville @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m exhausted and Stormy wants to play which is great. Please just pray or send good vibes. Thanks!! Love you all ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
kspenmoll I am so so sorry. Sending you #litsylove & hugs. Our kitties are such a huge part of our families. 💕💕💜 2y
Soubhiville I‘m sorry. That‘s so hard. 2y
Eggs Sorry to hear of your challenges—that must be so hard. Prayers and hugs 🙏🏻 ❤️🙏🏻 2y
Crazeedi @Mimi28 I'm sending my hugs, sympathies to you, losing a fur friend is so hard. And I'm hoping all the trials you are experiencing vanish! 💗💗 2y
Mimi28 @kspenmoll @Soubhiville @Eggs @Crazeedi Thanks for your sympathies and and prayers and hugs and support. I got a little more sleep today. Thanks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Angitron
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Wow! A bleakly funny and fascinating story about a woman suffering from depression who decides to hibernate for a year through the heavy use of drugs. The main character is truly unlikeable, but it was refreshing to read about a woman who embraces her right to rest. This isn‘t a book for everyone, but Moshfegh does an incredible job of illustrating the inescapable pain of existence, and how facing it is the only way through.

MicheleinPhilly I loved this one but I‘m a bit of an odd duck. ☺️ About a year ago I told @Cinfhen that I was going to vote early in Nov. and then find a doctor willing to help me employ this method so I could avoid all of the election hoopla. Had I known how 2020 would turn out I would have definitely just done it for the whole year. 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha @MicheleinPhilly I remember that conversation ♥️😂 2y
Angitron @MicheleinPhilly I loved it too and can‘t stop thinking about it. I found the character‘s desire to lean into rest totally relatable. WAKE ME UP WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER!! 😂😂😂 2y
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Esin
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Frustrating and luxurious; this book is an incredible source of reflection, discussion, and catharsis.(Evie rec)

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Maria514626
Bailedbailed

I bailed a quarter way in. I didn‘t care about the people. The story. Ugh.

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sarahlandis
Pickpick

The plot is seriously lacking, but I still loved reading it. A brutally unlikable protagonist who chooses to embrace an apathetic life and completely disassociate from the entire world- I found her relatable at times. The pursuit of totally escaping life- without dying- because emotions are too hard? Bliss. But incredibly extreme.
I kept waiting for the protagonist to be empowered, find enlightenment, or die, and by the end, I was left unsure

sarahlandis if any of these things had happened. Unresolved books are fine, especially because I don't think the point of this book was to tell some great story, in fact, the point was probably to NOT tell a story. Instead of a story, this book is a character study, showing the deep hole the un-named narrator spirals deeper and deeper into. If nothing else, this book was a journey.

Also if anyone who has read this wants to talk about the one page last chapte
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sarahlandis Also if anyone who has read this wants to talk about the one page last chapter with the ending thrown together like that so i can try to understand its significance (or lack or significance??) that'd be great! 2y
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Addison_Reads
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#BoundTogetherJune #Relax @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

I know there are mixed reviews on this book, but I enjoyed it. Although, the form of relaxing the main character partakes in isn't my style, I'd prefer a quiet location and a book. 😁

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was baffled by the praise for this book 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

I really have no idea what this book is supposed to be. An examination of depression? A cheeky poke at privilege? An evaluation of identity? For me, it came off as a portrait of a self-involved, self-destructive, WASP-y brat with no redeeming qualities and a completely tasteless ending. No thanks.

squirrelbrain I think this is a love it or hate it book. I haven‘t read it and I can‘t say that I‘m drawn to it.... 2y
Patchshank I've read some of Homesick for Another World. Moshfegh seems to mostly write about shitty people being shit. I didn't really like Homesick. I did like Rest and Relaxation. But I completely understand where you're coming from. 2y
Hooked_on_books @Patchshank I actually have that one, so I‘m side-eyeing it a little bit now. 😆 After this, I‘ll be quick to bail on that one if I‘m hating it. I know she‘s a provocateur and I guess I know what that means now. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
BarbaraBB Love the review even if I did enjoy the book 😀 2y
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Well-ReadNeck
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Pickpick

I‘ve had this on my TBR list for a while, but just never seemed to feel like the time was right. Well, stay at home orders during a pandemic turns out to be the perfect moment for this one!!

Talewaggingreads Absolutely loved this book! 💞📚😘 2y
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Night_Reader
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4.8/5 🌟

A year of hibernation and escape from reality/pain - yes, please!! This book is so good on so many levels but my favourite part of the book is the narrator's dysfunctional relationship with her best friend, Reva, who she treats with disdain. Reva's love and care for the narrator is so honorable and beautiful. I felt so deeply for these women and my heart broke for both.

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Centique
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I just finished listening to this - and it was unforgettable. This cold and unlikeable, but also self loathing character, is drugging herself into sleep to avoid consciousness. Her memories, when they surface, show her motivation, how her bitterness was formed. Although it is harsh and self destructive, it is so well told I was fascinated. I recommend the audio as a totally immersive experience. Thanks for the recc @batsy

Cathythoughts Great review... I was fascinated too ( great word you use to describe it ) 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review. Mine‘s still TBR. Wishing you a beautiful day full of celebrations & cheer! 🎂🥳 2y
Megabooks Yes, fantastic book!! Great review! 2y
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Tanisha_A This was such a brilliant read. A character you have a multitude of emotions for! 2y
batsy So glad to hear it's a pick for you! I feel like Moshfegh effectively captured the psyche of the era, in a strange way. Truly unforgettable. Great review! 2y
Centique @Tanisha_A yes! Exactly! I especially felt it with the phone calls she made to Reva while blacked out, there was a softer side to her hidden under her self-narrative. 2y
Centique @batsy thank you! Yes, that‘s a great way to put it - the psyche of this era. 😍 2y
Centique @batsy and this is an audiobook I will return to - I‘ve never felt as immersed in a life as I was in this. I think maybe it‘s the really insular little world inside her head, the dearth of other characters, I got really lost in this in a good way! 2y
batsy @Centique It's a feat how insular yet absorbing it is. I was never bored! I too felt totally wrapped up in it. And when I finished I did feel like I was emerging from some cocoon. 2y
Reggie Have you read her other one? I panned it but I remember a lot of it. Eileen. Otessa is really good at writing the unlikable. I think it wasn‘t a pan is what I think. 2y
Centique @Reggie this is my first Mossfegh! I‘m keen to try Eileen. I know what you mean about the pan. It‘s amazing how your feelings change a few weeks later. I‘m beginning to find my feet in audiobooks now and it seems the books that begin to feel like it‘s a chore to turn the page (lots of description or unlikeable) work better for me in audio. I don‘t feel I‘m working as hard - it‘s taken lockdown for me to get my audio groove on 🤪 2y
CarolynM I read Eileen for my IRL book group a few years ago. Her writing is extraordinary but I found the resolution of the story unconvincing. 2y
Reggie @CarolynM was there a resolution? Lol, I thought her inspiration for Eileen was a Garbage Pail Kid because at one point she‘s talking about she loved popping the pimples off her ex bf‘s back. 🤢 2y
CarolynM @Reggie We had quite a debate about what the ending meant so I guess you're right, no real resolution. Not believable for me however you spin it. I don't specifically remember the pimples, but I do remember that I thought there was a lot in it that was icky! 2y
Rissreads I loved this book! I laughed out loud quiet a bit! The psychiatrist was a hoot! ❤️ 2y
Centique @Rissreads agreed! I kept wanting to text friends to quote that psychiatrist‘s bizarre “hot takes” on life. 😂😂 2y
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