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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl: A Novel | Mona Awad
"Honest, searing, and necessary."Elle"Heartbreaking[rife] with beauty and humor.As addictive as potato chips and as painful as the prospect of eating nothing but 4-ounce portions of steamed fish for the rest of your life."Chicago Tribune"A valuable addition to the canon of American womanhood."TimeGrowing up in the suburban hell of Misery Saga (a.k.a. Mississauga), Lizzie has never liked the way she lookseven though her best friend Mel says shes the pretty one. She starts dating guys online, but shes afraid to send pictures, even when her skinny friend China does her makeup: she knows no one would want her if they could really see her. So she starts to lose. With punishing drive, she counts almonds consumed, miles logged, pounds dropped. She fights her way into coveted dresses. She grows up and gets thin, navigating double-edged validation from her mother, her friends, her husband, her reflection in the mirror. But no matter how much she loses, will she ever see herself as anything other than a fat girl? In her brilliant, hilarious, and at times shocking debut, Mona Awad simultaneously skewers the body image-obsessed culture that tells women they have no value outside their physical appearance, and delivers a tender and moving depiction of a lovably difficult young woman whose life is hijacked by her struggle to conform. As caustically funny as it is heartbreaking, 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl introduces a vital new voice in fiction.NAMED ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2016 BY ELLE, BUSTLE, AND THE GLOBE AND MAIL (CANADA)NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE MONTH BY THE HUFFINGTON POST, BUSTLE AND BOOKRIOTFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
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cleoh
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Finished up Bad Feminist this morning, so this ones up next! I have a friend writing a chapter of her thesis on this, so I‘m excited to read it.

Beachesnbooks i just read Bunny by this author & LOVED it, curious to hear about this one! 2w
cleoh @Beachesnbooks and I really want to read Bunny!!! I really liked this one. It will definitely stay with me for a while and I think it‘s the kind of book that you‘ll get something new from each time you read it! 2w
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nikirtehsuxlol
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Finishing up the last few pages of this book. Funny, but a little caustic. That‘s right up my alley though. 👍

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nikirtehsuxlol
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RaimeyGallant Beautiful. 5mo
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LauraJ
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Loved Bunny so much that I had to check out this one too.

LeahBergen 😆😆😆 That is one miffed-looking face! 6mo
Leftcoastzen Lots of catitude! 6mo
Ruthiella I am jonesing to read more Awad too! Looking forward to hearing what you think! 😀 6mo
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spirituells
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Pickpick

I saw Roxane Gay reviewed this a while back and decided to read it too and i'm glad i did!

Our main character is a woman who cannot find peace in her own body, with her own weight and it ruins her in such a real way that i found myself wrecked by this book. I don't know if this was what this book set out to do but it served as a reminder to treat my body with the respect and love it deserves, as should we all.

CouronneDhiver Agree! 10mo
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hermyknee
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Thank you so so so much @AmberWB - I really needed this pick me up today. I‘m flipping though Adulthood is a Myth right now ❤️

JoScho Love Adulthood is a Myth! 10mo
AmberWB Oh good! Glad it made it! 😊😊 10mo
CaliforniaCay I recently read Adulthood is a myth when I was feeling down, it really cheered me up 🤗 10mo
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AmberWB
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Pickpick

This one was between a pick and so-so for me. I think that was mainly because it wasn‘t what I was expecting- I was thinking it would be more like Dumplin‘, but it was much more serious. This book really illustrated how all encompassing weight can be for women. We follow Elizabeth/Liz/Lizzie/Beth for a little over a decade and see how her weight and dieting literally impacts every aspect of her life and those around her. 👇👇👇

AmberWB Her diet and exercise routine define her and her relationships with others. I totally get it. It becomes exhausting to worry about all of the time. 13mo
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LadyElaine
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This book absolutely wrecked me. The reviews had me expecting something a bit light-hearted and what I got was something that knew all of the secret terrible things I‘ve thought and said about myself for as long as I can remember. Golly, this one came out of nowhere, which I suppose means it‘s a really good book but right now has me wanting to drop it from the top of Mount Doom.

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jazzigen95
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Panpan

I stuck it out on this one because reviews said the second half was better and I wanted to hold out to see if there was any redemption. There were things that I empathized with and I liked that as the character struggled with her identity she called herself different variations of her name (Lizzie, Beth, Elizabeth, Liz). Overall, it was just not an enjoyable read.

KathyWheeler I didn‘t think it was enjoyable either, and I hated that the main character was so passive — she just let things happen to her. While I was reading it, I‘d occasionally go reread the reviews to make sure we were reading the same book; I just didn‘t get what reviewers saw in it. 13mo
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

Well, here‘s another flipped opinion in the #MonthofRereads!

As a fat person, this book really pissed me off the first time I read it. The MC was constantly obsessed with her weight and losing it. During my first reading, I was comfortable with my weight and couldn‘t relate. Now I live with someone who is constantly mentioning my weight, so I have a lot more sympathy for the MC.

I also like how the MC‘s name evolves through the book. 4⭐️👇🏻

Megabooks The #audiobook and narrator are good!! 1y
Brooke_H I‘m sorry you have someone in your life who constantly mentions your weight. 😕❤️ 1y
Megabooks Thanks @Brooke_H 💕💕 We‘re working on it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It can be tough. 1y
donnamartinreads I loved the first half of the book. The author sort of lost me towards the end though. Still liked the book as a whole, but I did find it a bit odd. 14mo
Megabooks @donnamartinreads Odd is definitely one of the better words to describe this book! 14mo
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Megabooks
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Continuing my #MonthofRereads, I decided to dig into a book I found equal parts mediocre and infuriating when I read it the first time. The audio is good, but the MC still kind of pisses me off.

I managed to listen to ⅓ of the book while #audiocleaning. I have no idea how I did chores before I discovered #audiobooks!

KathyWheeler I was pissed off a lot when I read this book too. I didn‘t really care for it. (edited) 1y
theshrinkette I remember really not caring for this book when I first read it. 1y
JulietBoydAuthor I love listening to audio books whilst doing chores. No wasted reading time. Haven't read this one, though. 1y
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Megabooks @KathyWheeler @theshrinkette I‘m enjoying the audiobook more than the print book, but it is a terribly mediocre book. For some reason, I enjoy listening to mediocre books. Probably because I don‘t get upset if I miss a few paragraphs! 1y
Megabooks @JulietBoydAuthor it really makes chores go faster. I wouldn‘t particularly recommend this book, though. 1y
KathyWheeler @Megabooks I agree. I read a lot of good reviews of it, so I was surprised that it wasn‘t a better book. (edited) 1y
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tholmz
Mehso-so

I liked this book in the sense that I read it quickly because I cared what happened. I‘m not sure how I feel about this specific writer speaking for fat people. (But maybe she knows what it‘s like?) Interesting, sad, curious, unique. But not my favorite.

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bookandcat
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Panpan

13 stories about one particular character's struggle with body image, meant to "skewer" our culture and be "caustically funny" (according to the back) but I mostly found it forgettable. The writing is fine but not much stuck with me. Book 9 of #reversereadathon #deweyjuly

Joy0201 I‘ve been working on writing about body image. This was on my to read list. 2y
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gjacobs
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Sent out my #sockswap today! I hope my match likes it!

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sparrowssavvy
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Panpan

I was really looking forward to reading this one. As someone who lost 150 pounds, I really can relate to being the fat girl. And while some elements of this book related, overall it just did not catch me at all. I found literally every person in this book very despicable and hateful. It may be for some people, but it was pretty terrible for me.

BookishTrish That must‘ve taken A LOT of hard work on your part! Wow! 2y
sparrowssavvy @BookishTrish thank you! It took four years and I don't regret a minute of it! 2y
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Krysta
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Pickpick

A tentative pick depending on the person. This made me uncomfortable but really affected me. A lot rings true and that made me sad. I hate the protagonist but I think that's the point...

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Krysta
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I should be writing but cuddled up with a new book and cup of tea instead. A lot of mixed reviews about this one. I'm curious.

Starting with Atwood is strong, though.

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ontheBL
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Late night winter reading!

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ontheBL
Pickpick

An intense look at the essence of being human amd perception. Awad is witty, deep, and unapologetic.

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DebbieGrillo
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saradxxiii @DebbieGrillo what do you think of it? I‘ve heard mixed reviews. 2y
Updrifting I haven't heard anything, but I wonder if it might be like Jennifer Writer's stuff? I really enjoyed Good in Bed and The Next Best Thing. 2y
DebbieGrillo @saradxxiii I'm only 26 pages in. 2y
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kissxxmyxxconverse
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Pickpick

Tentatively a pick.
I've never been a skinny person. I consider myself to be a reasonably well-adjusted now, but I made enough bad decisions out of insecurity. The main character is not likable. Her insecurities warp her sense of self and how she related to others. I was never as bad as her, but I can see some of myself in her, and relate to the feelings that made her unbearable. This was a hard read, but I think it was beneficial for me to do so

LauraBeth You're lovely! 2y
LauraBrook You're beautiful! As a fellow not-skinny person, I have this book but have been hesitant to pick it up after hearing others say the same thing about the narrator. I'll read it eventually, but I'm not in a hurry! 2y
kissxxmyxxconverse Thanks, Lauras! Lol @LauraBrook it's definitely not one I'd recommend for everyone. And depending on where you are with self acceptance and love, it may or may not be a good read. But I'd love to see your thoughts if you do! And @LauraBeth thank you 😊 2y
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kendrastephaniekaryn
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#anditsaugust #coversinyourfavecolour @RealLifeReading

Here are some green covers from my Kobo TBR, since I recently shared a green physical stack.

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CoveredInRust
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Starting this one. Heard good things about it. ☺

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mdhughes72
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Pickpick

As a non-fat, non-girl, I didn't bring the same kind of perspective that many readers have to this book. I found it to belong to a genre defined more by age and life stage than physical characteristics of the subjects. This one is interesting and well written, in a similar vein as Losing It and Sweetbitter among others. I disagree with those who say that the protagonist is a pitiful loser -- she's just trying to make her way the best she can.

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Sarahj87
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Some of the passages in this book hit close to home. Not loving it so far and wondering if that's why.

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faelinwolf
Mehso-so

This was a harsh, uncomfortable read. It highlighted all the reasons that our societal expectations for what's attractive are hurtful and damaging. I felt angry and frustrated and sad through most of the book. And I wanted Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth/Liz to get some counseling ASAP.

Mariposa_Bookworm You might also want to steer clear of a book called Fat Angie. It's LGBTQ, but the cruelty she experiences, even from her own mother, is difficult to read. 3y
Megabooks I didn't like the way weight was portrayed either. 3y
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Reagan
Mehso-so

I liked the middle of the book. I think I see what she was getting at, I get it, I respect it. Just didn't knock my socks off.

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Babs_book_obsession
Pickpick

Ah, we are so broken aren't we? The sad vulnerability of Lizzie and other fat people in the novel is very relatable to me. I have read reviews that the book is negative but I would argue the book is realistic.

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dariazeoli
Bailedbailed

I'm bailing on this one. The narrator on the audio is grating and I'm not enthralled with the 2.5 stories I've listened to so far. Moving on... #DNF

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BooksForEmpathy
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Pickpick

Yes. Yes. Yes. A 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 read for me. If you read Shrill or Dietland and can't wait until Roxane Gay's Hunger comes out - read this one! This is for all women. For our bodies. For the way we perceive them to be and for the way the world looks at them and the pressures we feel to look a certain way. We are never free from that persistent & shaming internal voice. We just learn to work with it. This is not a happy book, but it is a truth-teller.

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 3y
Cinfhen Love your review 💕 3y
minkyb Sold! 3y
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valeriegeary
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Listening to this one on my daily walks with Charlie the dog. Enjoying it so far. #audiobooks

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mandapants
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Pickpick

Read over Christmas holidays. Great quick read

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Giabow
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Today's selection. Didn't realize that the Danielewski book is the third in a series. Guess I'm going back tomorrow to look for 1 and 2. 13 Ways is my
#debutnovel for #ReadHarderChallenge2017

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BkClubCare
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"How sad," I say. "What a sad existence." #TOB2017 #WiaN Book4oftheYr

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BkClubCare
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I have 6 books on hold at the library - only this one arrived so far. It's on the #TOB2017 Long List and it will count for the number category of my What's in a Name Challenge. Oscar assisting.

LauraBeth This is the cutest dog ever 🐶 3y
QuietlyLaura I love the color scheme in your room! 3y
Joybishoptx Puppy! And purple! Im in love. 3y
BkClubCare @LauraBeth - I'll let Oscar know he has another admirer. 😉 3y
BkClubCare @thirstyreader - my guest rooms are always purple! Tho, my realtor does not approve. 3y
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Skeebies05
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Mehso-so

It's tough because she gets there eventually, but 75% is quite a bit of body hating. I gotta say I never really cared for Lizzie/Beth/Elizabeth/Liz. So just meh for me. But this is the first one finished in 2017!

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JacqMac
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Panpan

Nope. This book just made me sad. I think I might have been expecting something a little less negative. Something with a little more hope inside. But it's just sad and slightly aggravating.

Lacythebookworm Thanks for the review! I'll forgo reading the ARC of it that I still have. 3y
SarahK I didn't totally hate it, but I agree that I didn't really like it either 3y
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JacqMac
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Starting a new one. I'm in the mood for something short. #currentread

Lacythebookworm I'll be interested to hear your review on this one! 😊 3y
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PlannerGirlBookClub
Panpan

Eh. Writing is good but I did not enjoy an entire book obsessing over weight and poor body image. I feel like many better books have been written on these topics

Teresa3 I had to force myself to finish it. Thankfully it's a relatively short book. 3y
merelybookish I had really mixed feelings about this book. I didn't really like it. But it also made me feel/see how much energy, time, effort, mind space a woman can spend on weight and body image. It's a book I still think about. 3y
PlannerGirlBookClub @merelybookish I can see the value there. I think I didn't want to appreciate that aspect as I very strategically avoid thinking about my weight these days. 3y
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PlannerGirlBookClub
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I'm not sure who is narrating this audiobook but she sounds like she has a bad cold but decided to record anyway. 😐

8little_paws Does it help to speed it up? 3y
Megabooks Agreed! 3y
LauraJ I had to go listen to a sample. Yep, a young woman coming down with a cold, saying "tits" a lot. 3y
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PlannerGirlBookClub @8little_paws hey Karin! - I always have audiobooks at 1.25x but I'll try it faster and see if it's less annoying. 3y
PlannerGirlBookClub @LauraJ lots of body image issues with a healthy dose of self-loathing so far. Not sure how far I'll get with this one. 3y
readinginthedark I don't think they have a lot of leeway rescheduling for recordings. 😕 That sucks, though! 3y
B.Reader I'm sure it is annoying to listen to but cracked me up to think about--so sorry! 😷😂 3y
8little_paws @PlannerGirlBookClub I usually do audio at 1.25-1.5 depending on the recording. And full disclosure: I thought this book was only about a 3*. If you bail you aren't missing too much IMO. 3y
ReadingSusan I can't stand that and I do not understand why they even record like that. I bail immediately on an audio like that. 3y
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AshleyS
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Mehso-so

I'm not sure how I felt about this book. The writing is good, the narrator was good, but it also made me angry. I could relate a lot to the main character, but some of her views were so aggravating. It makes me sad how much importance is put on weight. I would say overall, I liked it but wouldn't recommend it.

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Kateality
Mehso-so

I'm trying to become more body-positive, and this books was an interesting read about women and their relationships to their bodies.

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Janitor
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Pickpick

In love.

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snacksinthestacks
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Pickpick

I absolutely ADORED this short story collection. Awad follows a woman through different stages of her life & weightloss journey throughout these interconnected short stories touching on the many different ways we carry or dont carry our fat and the way women are percieved based on their size. It's a quick read and I would recommend it to anyone interested in gender studies, body image or even just really solid fiction.

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snacksinthestacks
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"I want to grab her by the shrug lapels and confess that I'm an unbeliever. That being on the machine makes me feel like I'm running in some sucking substance worse than mud. I can find no foothold, no traction. That I feel out of control, inches from the lip of the abyss."

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Valeriie
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Mehso-so

3 ⭐️ Still debating if that book is very depth or slightly degrading. still a powerful read about an insecure overweight teenage girl growing up to become a slim, beautiful but yet unhappy adult. An honest and witty portrayal of struggling with body image and society pressure.

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Megabooks
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Update #2 So I've decided to listen to two books on #hoopla that I previously read as ebooks. Loner I knew would be great, and I was so happy to find it! I'm on the middle of 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, and it's equally good listened to and read. #audiobooks

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Tell me more about this hoopla? Does it work with any library card. 3y
Megabooks You can download the app, and then it asks you to sign in with your library card. I think the max checkouts per month are 10. There are no lines or wait. You can also checkout albums, movies, tv shows, comics, and ebooks. They also have a website in addition to the app. I find the audio quality not as good as Overdrive or Audible on my phone, but I have an older model. My other beef is that there are no chapters. Otherwise awesome. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 3y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I may have to check that one out. 3y
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LeahBergen
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Oopsie. I already posted for today's challenge but just realized that I'm actually reading #ShortStories (interconnected though they may be) right now. I'm enjoying them, too! #Booktober

OSChamberlain Short stories are life 😍 3y
BookishTrish I found this book really powerful 3y
Angelala007 Giller Prize nominee! Whoop whoop! Looking forward to it. 3y
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TLFinn
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Baby is asleep and I'm grading essays, but all I want to do is finish #thirteenwaysoflookingatafatgirl