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The Water Cure
The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
Hypnotic, dreamlike and compulsive, a blazing literary debut for fans of Hot Milk, The Girls andTheVegetarian 'Immensely assured, calmly devastating. This is a gem of a novel and I was bowled over by it' - Katherine Angel, author of Unmastered 'I loved this book. It rushes you through to the end on a tide of tension and closely held panic. Eerie, electric, beautiful' - Daisy Johnson, author of Fen 'Creepy and delightful - it has a pinch of Shirley Jackson, a dash of chlorine, and an essence all of its own' - Rowan Hisayo Buchanan, author of Harmless Like You 'Devastating. A work of cool, claustrophobic beauty' Eli Goldstone, author of Strange Heart Beating Imagine a world very close to our own: where women are not safe in their bodies, where desperate measures are required to raise a daughter. This is the story of Grace, Lia and Sky, kept apart from the world for their own good and taught the terrible things that every woman must learn about love. And it is the story of the men who come to find them - three strangers washed up by the sea, their gazes hungry and insistent, trailing desire and destruction in their wake. The Water Cure is a fever dream, a blazing vision of suffering, sisterhood and transformation.
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Brie
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This was a bit of a slow, languid read. The tone matched the seaside setting but it had undercurrents of simmering rage beneath. Three sisters live isolated on an island with their Mother and King, their father. They are told to fear men & undergo various “therapies” which are really exercises in sadomasochism. Until one day King disappears & three men wash ashore. Everything they‘ve been taught is thrown into question & sibling rivalry erupts.

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TheSpineView
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karajay
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Hosted another successful book club last night. Love getting together with the ladies!

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Cinfhen
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#AnglophileApril #TheCure 🎸🎵You know that feeling when a book blurb promises you one thing and then you read the novel and think WTF??? That is NOT what I expected. Well this book, was that situation. Three sisters live on an isolated island with their mother and father ( the ONLY man they‘ve ever known). They‘ve been taught boys/men are dangerous. Then their dad disappears and 3 men appear on their island. What‘s a girl to do?? #BoysDontCry

RadicalReader The title made me think of the movie A Cure for Wellness starring Jason Issacs who was Lucius Malfoy in the HP Series 1mo
TrishB I really didn‘t like this book. 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm I see mixed reviews for this book! I‘m not in a hurry to pick it up. 1mo
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Cinfhen It was so odd...the premise was so promising but the book really didn‘t deliver @TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm I read it as an ARC and I basically skimmed through. Maybe I missed the good stuff 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
whatsthEStorey I bailed on this one. I found it jarringly odd and could not connect to any of the characters. It reminded me a little of Gather the Daughters. I must‘ve missed the good stuff, too! 1mo
Kalalalatja This really dissappointed me. I didn‘t hate it, but like you said, not what I expected 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Mdargusch Well after reading these comments I‘m not going to hurry to read this. I thought the blurb sounded interesting. 1mo
Cinfhen I also kept thinking about Gather the Daughters @whatsthEStorey and I didn‘t like that book at all!!! Ask @Kalalalatja she gifted it to me because I had wanted to read it so badly. I think it‘s perfectly fine to skip this one @Mdargusch and it‘s too bad because the premise sounded good. 1mo
emmaturi I also thought it was ok but nothing special! 1mo
Cinfhen For me it was disturbing and confusing @emmaturi 😳 1mo
emilyhaldi Sounds fascinating but the reviews are a resounding 👎🏻 I‘ll be skipping this one! 1mo
Rissreads Sounds like you and I are on the same wavelength for this one! 😬 4w
Cinfhen So disappointing @emilyhaldi @Rissreads although @Lindy just reviewed this book and she enjoyed it. Look for her review 💚 4w
Rissreads Thanks I will 👍 4w
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Lindy
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Refrain of the man universal: This is not my fault. See also: I absolve myself of responsibility. And: I never said that. You can‘t take the actions of my body as words.

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Lindy
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It took me a while to appreciate this nightmarish #audiobook, told in shifting POV, including choral narration. A couple have raised their 3 daughters in cultish seclusion (from a world poisoned by pollution & the patriarchy) with a sadistic regimen of physical & psychological exercises. It‘s a tale of sisterhood that raises the question: are women in society solely responsible for their own safety? Lyrical language & thought-provoking content.

Lindy @Ms.Story It‘s not for everyone, but maybe it‘s for you? 1mo
TrishB I thought there were some good themes trying to get out in this book, but the writing style just didn‘t do it for me. In the end it was just so-so for me and I didn‘t like it really. 1mo
cathysaid Interesting that you and @Cinfhen posted about this book at almost the same time! Now I‘ve GOT to read it! 1mo
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Lindy @TrishB I don‘t like sadism, so that aspect nearly made me bail early on. I enjoy shifting points of view, so that aspect was in my favour. The audiobook format (with multiple narrators) also helped pull me through the harder parts. 1mo
Lindy @cathysaid 😊👍 1mo
Cinfhen So interesting @cathysaid I totally missed this post!! Lindy is obviously a “better” reader than Cindy (😉) since I got nothing out of this book but the creeps!!! I‘d be curious to hear your thoughts. 1mo
Lindy @Cinfhen It certainly IS creepy. But so is current society‘s toxic masculinity. I recently read something on the same topic that addresses its effect on boys: 1mo
Cinfhen Your tagged book sounds brutal. I‘m not a fan of GN but I will seek this one out. 1mo
Cinfhen In terms of Water Cure, the story never really went anywhere for me. And I was trying to hard to figure out what was going on. The prose & tone just didn‘t work for me. 1mo
Lindy @Cinfhen Every book has its reader. I know you recognize that and can move on to something that‘s a better match for you. 😊 1mo
Cinfhen So true but I love reading reviews that are different from mine. It helps me to see a book in another light. Often at bookclub, a book i may not have cared for suddenly seems more interesting after we talk about it. It‘s hearing the others points of view that make the book more compelling. 1mo
Lindy @Cinfhen I like that too. 😊 1mo
Rissreads @Cinfhen @Lindy I usually love this genre but this book was hard work for me too. I stacked Home after dark, it sounds interesting 👍 4w
Lindy @Rissreads When you get to Home After Dark, I look forward to your thoughts on it. 😊 4w
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Lindy
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Part of what made the old world so terrible, so prone to destruction, was a total lack of preparation for the personal energies often called feelings.

gradcat So pretty, those flowers.... 1mo
Lindy @gradcat Thanks. They are the most cheerful aspect of my garden at this time of the year. 1mo
gradcat I love the blue & purple...just lovely! You should be very proud of your garden. ❤️ 1mo
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Lindy @gradcat ☺️ 1mo
Freespirit Lovely❤️ 1mo
kspenmoll Gorgeous!!!!! 1mo
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Lindy
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I invite the confessionals of men. I am not a stranger to them. Absorbing the guilt and the sorrow is something the world expects of women.

Ms.Story I've been curious about this one. Looking forward to your review 😊 1mo
Lindy @Ms.Story I will tag you. I‘m letting it sit with me for a bit before writing a review. Short review:👍and 😨 1mo
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Soubhiville
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this one.
Three sisters and their mother and father live in an old secluded hotel, seemingly hiding from a dystopian world. But women sometimes arrive, looking for therapy to recover from the wrongs done to them by men.

I think the writing style kept me distant from the characters.

The kitten pictured has moved in under my porch. I‘m trying to find her owners before I try to find her a new home. She‘s sweet.

Clwojick Oh my gosh, such a sweet kitten. She looks like she wants love. 1mo
Texreader Adorable!! ❤️😻 1mo
Leftcoastzen Cutie! 1mo
LauraJ Aww, such unique coloring! Good luck! 1mo
charl08 Mixed feelings here too (but not about the kitten!) 1mo
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karajay
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I audibly gasped while reading this book and when I relayed the story to my bf it was answered with "wtf"
I highly recommend reading this one!

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KatsGypsySoul
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Am I trying to jam a book club book into a week? Yup sure am. The writing in this one is very choppy. It's almost uncomfortable to read for me - but hopefully I will get used to it. That's the point of book clubs right? To get you to read books you normally wouldn't? #procrastinationstation #bookclubpick #booksandcoffee #muglove

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karajay
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Starting this beauty!

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Lauren890
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Mehso-so

I‘m finding this book difficult to review. Its beautifully written and drew me in but it‘s unsettling. I like how the author used different points of view so intentionally. It‘s definitely felt spooky, but by the end I felt like it was overall just ok. 😕

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shadowspeak17
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️1/2
I just... hmm... I have mixed feelings about this book. I did like parts of it, but the entire novel I vacillated between intrigue and boredom. During those moments of piqued interest, I would think maybe this is when I‘ll really get drawn into the story. But unfortunately, I never really did.

#catsoflitsy #Phoenix

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RidgewayGirl
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Mehso-so

This is an odd, atmospheric dystopian novel. Lia and her sisters have been raised isolated on an island. Their parents have told them that the world hurts women and that the land itself is toxic. They protect themselves with constant tests and appeasements. Then their father disappears and two men and a boy appear on their shore.

Since the reader knows only what Lia does, much remains unexplained about the world this book is set in.

BarbaraBB Great pic. The premise of this book was very good but then it didn‘t live up to that I think, probably because we had just her point of view indeed. 2mo
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shadowspeak17
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Okay, yeah, the avalanche is definitely starting. 😂🙃 I wasn‘t expecting this one for another three weeks either, and I‘ve got four others sitting at ~2 weeks. Oh dear... 😅

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teafetish
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I also finally got this beauty from my library

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DancingPhoenix
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Spooky and otherworldly. Took a couple of chapters to warm up to it, and then I couldn‘t put it down. Perfect hammock by a river read. I loved the water imagery & that the action took place in a lonely house near the ocean.

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lauren.lerner
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It‘s my birthday week so as a gift to myself, I‘m giving myself a balanced #currentlyreading stack. One middle grade, one non-fiction, one anthology, and one #Kindle book.

📚

JennyM Happy birthday 🥳 2mo
Kalalalatja Happy birthday! 2mo
JacqMac Perfect! Happy Birthday! 2mo
xxjenadanxx Happy Birthday! 🎈🎉🎁 2mo
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lauren.lerner
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I failed to do enough walking while in Florida to finish this one so it‘s back on hold. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

(Probably going to buy this one for my #Kindle while I wait for the #audiobook, which will be a great #reread later this spring!)

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FairyHighRoad
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What did I just read? Don‘t promise me a “feminist dystopia” and give me this crap. If anyone is interested in real feminist dystopias, I recommend Red Clocks and The Power.

Alfoster Agree! I was disappointed with this one too! 2mo
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Godpants
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Wow. I see a lot of reviews complaining about the women being monsters in this novel. This book gave me a lot of anxiety and I felt a lot of sympathy for these characters. It‘s a very tense read.

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Godpants
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Such mixed reviews on this one. It sounds right up my alley so still looking forward to it.

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KatieDid927
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Had a rough day so went to @strandbookstore and went a lil crazy. In my defense, my state refund came in today and all except The Changeling are used. Amber Tamblyn‘s book is even signed! Also got some swap gifts! #bookhaul

Crazeedi Nice book stack! 😊 enjoy! 2mo
j9brown Wooo nice! (And thanks for the taxes reminder, guess who hasn't even made a pile of things yet...) 2mo
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Unabridged
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Gorgeous, immersive novel. Mackintosh builds a world of women (1 mother, 3 daughters), ruled by one man, King. They live an isolated island life with a barrier of toxicity and fear of the evil of men. The narrative alternates between the unified voice of the girls, Lia's perspective, and Grace's POV. The girls seem to be of one mind until their lives start changing when King disappears and men arrive on the island. Fascinating, surreal novel.

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lauren.lerner
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Had an amazing #audiowalk with the Little Dude and my dister (dog sister), Lucy, this morning. Almost four miles! This book kept me going much longer than I‘d planned — I am enjoying the style it‘s written in and the disparate voices telling it.
🚶🏻‍♀️🌴🌊
#dystopian #audiobook #florida #vacationstack

jhod Having read the book looks like a great environment to read it in! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful! 2mo
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Rissreads
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Well what the hell did I just read? I usually love dystopian novels but This book was so vague. It was such hard work. I kept reading always hoping that all the questions would be answered, but when I got to the end I still had no answers. I still don‘t know if the world outside was full of real dangers or if it was all fabricated in their heads! I wish I had read it with other smarter people to explain it to me!

readingjedi I felt pretty much the same about this one 🤔 2mo
wordzie 😁😁 2mo
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Rissreads
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Beautiful spot to sit and read......

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lauren.lerner
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I had forgotten that I put this on hold until it automatically downloaded to Libby. The Little Dude and I are about to spend a week with my parents in Florida so this will probably come in handy to have when I take him for one of our #audiowalks! 🎧🚶🏻‍♀️

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“If we were to spit at them they would spit back harder. We expected that-we we‘re prepared for it even. What we didn‘t expect was their growing outrage that we even dared to have moisture in our mouths. Then outrage that we had mouths at all. They would have liked us all dead, I know that now.”

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shaynarae
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I blew through this book in a day - it was so lovely yet dark and such a great read! Its description as a feminist dystopian novel is appropriate. A family of 3 sisters, mother, and a father (who has recently disappeared) live on an island isolated/quarantined from a larger disaster that has afflicted the mainland. When 3 men show up on the island, it changes the sisters‘ relationships to what they had previously known.

aeeklund This book was so fascinating. 3mo
shaynarae @aeeklund Agreed! 3mo
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Decalino
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I read this for book club and it was not at all what I expected. Rather than a dystopia on a societal level, The Water Cure was the story of family dysfunction and madness on a mythical level. Three sisters live on an island, their only knowledge of the outside world derived from the brutal and cult-like lessons their parents inflict upon them, and make them inflict on one another. Should make for an interesting discussion, but it left me queasy.

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bohemian_yogini
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Mackintosh‘s writing is hypnotic and introspective. She evocatively paints the psychological effects of isolation and abuse disguised as love and culture, and the complex relationships between the sisters who must endure life on the isolated island their parents brought them to for safety. 3.5/5 📖 #bookswithbohemianyogini

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Becker
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This is so terribly dark... and I am captivated. I wonder what that says about me?😯

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Lauren.Archer
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Panpan

I have no idea what I just read.

SailorMoon Is it that bad? The plot kind of seems interesting 😣 3mo
essayareayaitch And the plot summary lost me when it was compared to Sophia Coppola. I don't believe I've liked a single movie she's directed 3mo
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Copwithabook
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I have a library addiction!

Linsy The best kind! ✨ 3mo
MelissaSue81 I was just thinking that someone needs to hide my library card from me for a few weeks til I get through my current stack. 3mo
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bedandabook
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Well that was a weird journey. Dystopian, cultish tale of a group of sisters. There were moments when I thought the author was capturing me, but it never quite happened. Very, very strange, eerie and odd. Not in a good way, I‘m afraid.

TrishB Same. 4mo
bedandabook Glad I wasn‘t the only one, @TrishB. I never pan books, but... 4mo
TrishB Very rare for me too. Best thing about it was the cover! 4mo
bedandabook @TrishB I agree! 4mo
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Melissa_J
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Today‘s #bookmail and Costco purchases 📚😊

teafetish I ordered the water cure from my library, and can't wait...it's supposed to be really good! 4mo
Melissa_J @teafetish it certainly sounds interesting. Hopefully it doesn‘t disappoint, I‘ve read some mixed reviews. 4mo
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Mitch
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Need to drape my shelves in pretty! 🤣

https://lithub.com/the-15-best-book-covers-of-january/

readingjedi Wow, Mouthful of Birds is stunning! 4mo
Soubhiville Oh how you tempt me Mitch! Lol. Some of these are great! I like Water Cure and the vertical horizon best 😊 4mo
Mitch @Soubhiville me too! Also liked Old Newgate Road 4mo
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Reviewsbylola I‘m a sucker for great covers. 4mo
Mitch @Reviewsbylola me too ( x1000%!) 4mo
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monalyisha
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Congratulations on your Litsy achievements, @Nessavamusic 🎶! And thanks for your #20k1kgiveaway!

I chose a few books I‘d love to own instead of just one. I hope that‘s ok! I know I always have more fun buying gifts when I feel like I‘ve got some input. I‘ve already read/loved the titles shown in the top row (but don‘t own them); the bottom row features much-desired books from my TBR. (I prefer paperbacks but would be happy with anything!) 🎉🙏🏻

merelybookish Loved The Idiot!! (A perfect plot-less book!) 4mo
monalyisha @merelybookish Just our type. 😉 4mo
Emilymdxn The Idiot was one of the best books I read last year, probably the best American college-set novel I‘ve ever read 🥰 4mo
monalyisha @Emilymdxn Damn! 😱 4mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pickpick

Pick!
Unusual, sometimes brutal, sad dystopian tale of love among sisters. I enjoyed this one. I was somewhat hesitant to read this one, but glad I did.

Thanks to Read it Forward for the advance copy. #RIFWinner

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Breanne1
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Well, I don‘t think I‘m walking away with the message the author wants me to on this one...and quite frankly I‘m ok with that.

Alfoster I know! It was so odd!😫 4mo
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Worldforreading
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#shelfie challenge for #24in48

sprainedbrain What a lovely, bright photo! 4mo
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aeeklund
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One of the fun things I get to do as part of my new duties is curate the new release table for fiction (which we also use to display recently released or of-note-in-HC books). Loving the colorful colors of recent books! Helps offset the dreary season. #booksellerlife

Leftcoastzen When I was a bookseller I loved it too!📚📚📚 4mo
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collegecatlady
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@Jas16 you absolutely made my day! I had a difficult day getting back into my last semester in my MA program and had to teach at 8am this morning. Thank you so much!!! #jb

Jas16 I am so glad it arrived on day you needed a surprise! 💜 4mo
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mreads
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Finished this to the sound of Enzo's snoring. 3.5 ⭐ Story of three sisters that grew up with their parents in isolation from the world. Takes place a little over a week with flashbacks and a slow reveal of a what the heck am I reading story.

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sophierayton
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Weird and wonderful. Out of all the Man Booker books of 2018 I've read, this is my favourite so far.
The writing is spare and deep. I could take a highlighter and mark something on every page. It also felt just a little out of reach for me too, like I need to have a classroom or bookclub discussion about it with other points of views and interpretations for me to fully engage and get the most out of it. It would lend itself well to re-reading.

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Soubhiville
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Mitch! Thank you so much for this wonderful surprise package! The book sounds exactly like something I‘ll love! And where did this Litsy bookmark come from? It‘s so cool. I‘m about to do my first buddy read of the year- Good Omens by Pratchett and Gaiman, and the book tags will be perfect for noting bits I want to talk about.

Thank you my friend! 💙💙💙

Mitch My pleasure. As soon as I saw that book it had your name all over it! And I thought it‘d help with the book buying ban - because you can still have gifts🤣🤣🤣 4mo
Soubhiville @Mitch yes I can! Although Maelstrom teases me when I get books in the mail and jokes that it might be a technicality on the ban 🤣🤣🤣. Gifts and ARCs aren‘t purchases though! 😂🤣😂 4mo
Mitch @Soubhiville of course they‘re not! 🤣🤣And you have lovely shelves now that need to have books! 👏🏻 4mo
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AmyG How nice! ❤️ @Soubhiville Can you let me know what you think of this book when you read it. I am curious. 4mo
AmyG How nice! a Litsy bookmark? ❤️ @Soubhiville Can you let me know what you think of this book when you read it. I am curious. 4mo
Soubhiville @AmyG yes I will! 4mo
tracey38 Love the Litsy bookmark! 4mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz The bookmark!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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"It's here! Sophie Mackintosh's The Water Cure!"

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Jas16
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Panpan

With all of the mixed reviews I have seen about this book I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I almost bailed in the beginning, had my interest piqued in the middle, and was disappointed by the ending. Still love that cover though.

TrishB Exactly the same as me! 5mo
Jas16 @TrishB At least I am in good company 5mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 😬 have this in my tbr and am curious but have read so many not-so-stellar reviews 5mo
Jas16 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled One good thing is that, if you hate it, it is not a very long book. 5mo
mcipher It is such a pretty cover!! 5mo
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