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Bookish Life of Nina Hill
Bookish Life of Nina Hill | Abbi Waxman
"Abbi Waxman is both irreverent and thoughtful."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Emily Giffin The author of Other People's Houses and The Garden of Small Beginnings delivers a quirky and charming novel chronicling the life of confirmed introvert Nina Hill as she does her best to fly under everyone's radar. Meet Nina Hill: A young woman supremely confident in her own...shell. The only child of a single mother, Nina has her life just as she wants it: a job in a bookstore, a kick-butt trivia team, a world-class planner and a cat named Phil. If she sometimes suspects there might be more to life than reading, she just shrugs and picks up a new book. When the father Nina never knew existed suddenly dies, leaving behind innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews, Nina is horrified. They all live close by! They're all--or mostly all--excited to meet her! She'll have to Speak. To. Strangers. It's a disaster! And as if that wasn't enough, Tom, her trivia nemesis, has turned out to be cute, funny, and deeply interested in getting to know her. Doesn't he realize what a terrible idea that is? Nina considers her options. 1. Completely change her name and appearance. (Too drastic, plus she likes her hair.) 2. Flee to a deserted island. (Hard pass, see: coffee). 3. Hide in a corner of her apartment and rock back and forth. (Already doing it.) It's time for Nina to come out of her comfortable shell, but she isn't convinced real life could ever live up to fiction. It's going to take a brand-new family, a persistent suitor, and the combined effects of ice cream and trivia to make her turn her own fresh page.
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underground_bks
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Pickpick

I probably would have passed this by but for the praise of several fellow booksellers! I‘m glad I gave it a try, listening to the audiobook on Libro.fm with my husband. This was way quirkier and twistier than I expected, and it charmed me! Nina‘s struggle to rise above her own anxiety, trust issues, and introversion really spoke to me and were written really realistically. You‘ll root for Nina till the end!

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Rachel.Rencher
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I've heard such mixed reviews on this book, so I'm excited to see for myself what it's like. 🤓 I feel like Waxman can be overly cheesy to the point of eye rolls, but I tend to like her overall plotlines so it's hard for me to say whether I'm really a fan of her or not. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Hooked_on_books Mixed reviews make a lot of people apprehensive—I love that they make you excited! That‘s really cool. 😎 6d
Rachel.Rencher @Hooked_on_books I have learned that I don't always agree with others' opinions on book... it's best to form ones own anyway 😁 6d
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Erynecki
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Pickpick

A summer beach (or in my case, airplane ride) read for those wanting a lighthearted story about a bookish nerd with an extended eccentric family and romance. #eryneckireads2019

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CareBear
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Pickpick

This book was smart, funny, warm and a great pick me up! I adored all the book references and the love of reading as the bonding agent for some of the characters.

Thanks for the recommendation, @MicheleinPhilly !

MicheleinPhilly My pleasure! This book warmed my heart and broke me out of a monthlong slump. So glad you enjoyed! 2w
TheLudicReader I had this one in my hand tonight at the bookstore,but I didn‘t get it. 2w
Hollie I put this on my Christmas list! ♥️💚 2w
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xxjenadanxx
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I see much of myself in Nina, a fact I find equally comforting and concerning.

Raised by a loving nanny while her photographer mother travelled the world, Nina has always been a loner. When a lawyer shows up at her door to invite her to the reading of her father's will she finds out she's been living just a few miles away from her huge family her whole life. As she gets to know them she learns that maybe shes not a loner, she's just been alone.

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C.Perone
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Pickpick

So. Much. Fun!! 😁

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GinaKButler
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I think I love her! 🎧

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C.Perone
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Starting the weekend . . . Now!

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Elizabeth2
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Nina Hill is perfectly fine reading her books and being alone. In fact, she prefers it. Then suddenly, her world gets really crowded with new found family, and even a love interest?! She starts to crack under the pressure. With tons of trivia, Nina is a trivia master after all, and book references, this one will be fun for anyone who loves books. Quirky, fun and light. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Elizabeth2
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My beer and book match! 😂❤️📚🍺 Happy Monday!

britt_brooke Yum! 3w
Readswithcoffee A beer & a book - nice! 2w
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Rachel.Rencher
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My Sunday afternoon set up consists of homemade peanut butter cookies, coffee & a new book. 🤗

Who's read The Bookish Life? What did you think? I tend to love books that were written specifically for a bibliophile audience.

JenReadsAlot I really liked it! 4w
Michollio I loved that book 😍 4w
JamieArc I actually somehow DON‘T tend to love books about books, but really liked this one a lot. I loved the relationships/connections between people and the cultural references were on point for me. (edited) 4w
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ShelfRighteous I really liked that book. If there was any character I identified the most with till date, it has to be Nina's. 4w
Arvena I also loved this very much! 3w
Elizabeth2 I just finished it minutes ago. I loved it. Quirky characters, fun and light. 3w
janeycanuck This is such a sweet little book - her apartment sounds like the perfect cozy book nest. 3w
Readswithcoffee I love quirky characters. 2w
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megnews
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I‘m using this for #CatsNap for #BBRC #YeahBaby since Nina has Phil the cat who “talks” to her.
I didn‘t enjoy this book as much as I expected but it was still a cute read.

Book 280 10/27/19

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Elizabeth2
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Nearing the end of Hour 21, with this book & my faithful reading partner. I took a 2 hour nap, but it‘s 4:40am & I‘m struggling to stay awake. Considering a pot of coffee or mug of tea, even though when the Readathon ends in just over 3 hours I‘m headed back to bed. There‘s no way I‘ll finish this book, but I‘m trying to make up for lost time yesterday. The coffee or tea will have to wait, because I‘m not moving my snuggle bug. ❤️📚 #deweyoct

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Elizabeth2
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Next up on my TBR for the #deweyoct #readathon. Keeping it light, and book related! ❤️📚

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BookofWords
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Pickpick

Nina learns a lot about life in this book. She loves cats, coffee, books, & being alone. But is that all there is??? I love love love this book. Cute, light, quirky.

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megnews
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Lol

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

Another good read this month, I liked Nina a lot and enjoyed finding out about her life! #goodreads #lovereading

Linsy I love that cover! 🤓 1mo
emmaturi Yes, me too! Very vibrant! @Linsy 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Pickpick

Was it predictable and mildly cheesy? Yes.

Did I care? NO.

I have been in a capital M M-O-O-D and this was the most perfect pick-me-up.

LOVED IT.

Avanders I have also been in such a mood... perhaps I should check this out 😜 1mo
AmyG Ooo I can‘t wait to read this now. 1mo
marleed I loved that everyone was so darn likable. So often in a book about an introvert, the MC is negotiating a world full of jerks. 1mo
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readordierachel Sometimes you just need a little cheese 🧀 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Odd — thought I had stacked this already but am now 👍! 1mo
kspenmoll It was a great pick me up! I enjoyed it too! 4w
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SheReadsAndWrites
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This book is too much fun. I laughed out loud through the whole thing. I loved Nina and the characters around her. Great read. 🤓
Letter B choice for #LitsyAtoZ2019
@BookishMarginalia

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BookofWords
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“Cats, dogs, Honey Crisp apples & coffee.” I could be Nina!

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Arvena
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Pickpick

Perfect, just perfect! An absolute joy. I loved the author's writing and thinking - charming and delightful story. All stars!

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IndoorDame
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Pickpick

I expected this to be nothing more than a fun pick me up but it actually really spoke to me. I found the characters surprising and thought they had a lot to say. I wasn‘t into the romance in this story, but the friendships and familial relationships that developed were so deep and colorful that it almost didn‘t matter.

In no way connected to #teamstoker but worth a couple points anyway @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🧟‍♀️ 1mo
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BookofWords
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Ha! “Scared the applesauce” Ha! Ha! Ha! #applesauce #abbiwaxman

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IndoorDame
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Ok, now I‘m convinced we‘re really in LA

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kim.guernsey
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I haven't even actually started reading but I already love this book for having a planner page in the beginning of the book.

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kim.guernsey
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I've heard good things about this book so now that my library hold came through, I'm basically ignoring the rest of my books in progress. Excited to read this one!

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emmaturi
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Day 17 - #fallisbooked, the theme is ghost story. This is not quite a story but an episode of Sherlock Hlomes, with maybe a ghost!
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🖤👻 1mo
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emmaturi
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These are my latest library reads. I am really enjoyed the last Riley Sager book Last Time I Lied. So I think I will start his new one next! Have you read any if these ones? #libraryreads #tbr

marleed I‘m #1 on my lib loan of Lock Every Door. But I swear, there must be 20 of us at that #1 wait! 1mo
emmaturi Oh I was lucky, it was sitting there waiting for me! @marleed 1mo
marleed I just counted and I have 5 holds in the available soon bin. And they‘ve been like that for days. I‘m afraid they‘ll all drop at once. I‘d put a suspend hold on a couple but my luck I‘d pick the wrong ones! (edited) 1mo
suzie.reads I've read Lock Every Door and thought it was really good! 1mo
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emmaturi
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Day 16 - wicked is the theme, my breakfast this morning chocolate crossiant! #fallisbooked

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

DrawingSustenance Ohh I need a croissant right now... 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks delicious 😋 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Yummy! 😋 1mo
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Fall is my favorite time of year... 🧡

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Cortg
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Pickpick

I loved listening to this one on audio! Nina is a great character; book loving, stick to the routine, trivia nerd, raised as an only child only to find out the father she never knew lived nearby, included her in his will and opened her up to a large, unconventional family of sorts after he passed away. Throw in book store drama and a new beau, this made for a light, fun read.

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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 I‘m on the fence. Without the Tom subplot I would have LOVED this book, LOVED IT! It‘s similar to Eleanore Oliphant. The story was amazing until the anxious unable to cope with people/reality book nerd attracts a good looking man who falls immediately in love with her. Nina goes from bumbling anxious idiot to confident sex diva overnight 🤨🙄 With Tom ⭐️⭐️3/4 ... without Tom ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ... final ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/4. I‘m annoyed cuz I mostly loved it❣️

marleed I liked this one but I do get what you‘re saying. I have some pet peeve plot lines, and when I hit them the dangling points of stars start following off my ratings. 2mo
Twainy @marleed I was afraid it would be an unfavorable opinion. I really liked the book just would have preferred more story about her mom, family, her friends & the bookstore. 2mo
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Purrfectpages
Pickpick

I went back and forth on this, maybe because the story itself was a bit all over the place. At first I thought I was reading about a book loving trivia nerd, but then it morphed into a story of a long lost family. Somewhere in the middle it all melds together, but a bit awkwardly. Our heroine, Nina, is supposed to be the quirky type, but I don‘t think they made her all that quirky, minus a few moments. Bonus points for a Rick Astley nod, however.

riversong153 I loved this book because it was just pure delight. Nice light read. 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Thanks for this review. I‘ve been on the fence about trying this one, and it sounds missable. 2mo
Purrfectpages @LiteraryinLititz it wasn‘t miserable, just a little bit all over the place. Some people loved it though like @riversong153 . Just like the book itself, I see very mixed reviews. 2mo
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janeycanuck
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Is it wrong to be jealous of a fictional character‘s bookshelves?

This was delightful. I expected a little more snark based on Waxman‘s Other People‘s Houses but wasn‘t disappointed when that didn‘t happen.

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relocatedyank
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Pickpick

I loved this book. As a book news and library worker i appreciated everything about Nina hill. Light read. Fairly clean. I was sad to see the book end.

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relocatedyank
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A new month. A new display. #ilovemyjob #librarydisplay

Linsy Beautiful! 🧡 1mo
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Cortg
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A plus to working the closing shift is morning audio walks with Angus! I‘m loving Nina Hill!

Graciouswarriorprincess I saw the author at the Winston-Salem book festival a couple of weeks ago. On my TBR pile to read. Happy reading! 2mo
Cortg @Graciouswarriorprincess It‘s super cute! I love books w/ quirky characters! 2mo
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relocatedyank
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I have so much to do. But i need a little time with nina hill. Started last night and as a library worker i am already in love with her. 😂😂😂

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Purrfectpages
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I can‘t help but wonder if Abbi Waxman and Kelly Harms knew they‘d be releasing seemingly similar novels, both with bookish librarians as reluctant heroines, more or less simultaneously. I haven‘t read this one yet, but I‘m about to. Let the compare and contrast begin!

mcipher I liked Kelly Harms‘ just a wee bit better, but both were great 2mo
Purrfectpages @mcipher I‘ll take a close contest if both are winners! 😉 2mo
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Purplerosiepage
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Pickpick

This book didn‘t have much substance, but I really love how much I identified with the main character. It also made me laugh out loud, and that doesn‘t happen often.

MsBennet Agreed! 2mo
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TheWordJar
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A cute epigraph to start what is hopefully a fun read.

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Purplerosiepage
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I love sentences like this that tell you all you need to know about a character.

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Bookzombie
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If you are looking for a book to brighten your day, then this would be a good pick. It‘s a cute and happy read. I felt like Nina‘s life was already rich but new found family and possible love show Nina that there is even more out there. #blameitonlitsy

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kspenmoll
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#catsoflitsy #Emcat #booksandkitties

Em is reading with me. 📚😻

Laura317 Em looks passed out. 😂 2mo
kspenmoll @Laura317 Totally zonked! 2mo
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jackilynn
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Pickpick
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kspenmoll
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#gardentomatoes #booksandpizza
Last week for fresh tomato pie at Pepe‘s Pizza. Yum.

sprainedbrain That looks delicious. 😋 2mo
Amiable Unpopular opinion alert: I prefer Bar pizza to Pepe‘s, Sally‘s or Modern. 😬😀 2mo
kspenmoll @Amiable That‘s ok!!! Where is Bar pizza? 2mo
Amiable @kspenmoll New Haven! On Crown Street, across from Louis‘ Lunch. 2mo
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kspenmoll
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Reading while Robert is in class.Very relaxing. Sky tonight beautiful. #Storrs #sunset #bookhaul

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Lexicon1982
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I LOVED this book! Nina Hill was the most relatable character I have had the pleasure of spending time with in a long time! It was like reading about my soul sister.. bookworm (check)..social anxiety (check)...meeting a man that balances you (check)... what a cute, fun, easy read.. and I loved all her crazy family she never knew she had! Recommend when you just want to read something that puts a smile on your face! 5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Stars!

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Melissa_J
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Bailedbailed

I‘m going against the grain with this one. I‘ve been picking this one up before bed for the last week and a bit. But I never feel like reading more than a few pages. Nothing about the book holds my attention. The book feels like it‘s trying too hard, and rather than find things amusing I‘m rolling my eyes. Lots of people love this one, so I think my bailing is simply a reflection that I don‘t do ‘cute‘ books. They just aren‘t my thing 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Not mine either! 2mo
Melissa_J @TrishB I‘m glad to hear that. I like the idea of ‘cutesy‘ books, but I find they rarely resonate with me. I can almost never relate to the characters, and found this to be true even when I was in my early 20s and starting out in my career. 2mo
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kspenmoll
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#coffeeandbooks #shelbournefallscoffee #sundaymorning

Stopped in at our favorite coffee shop in Easthampton on way home from Northampton. Love their french roast.This red mug called to me. ☕️📚

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