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How Not to Die Alone
How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship--if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more. Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe. Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down. Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the faade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Mehso-so

I liked the overall premise and am glad to get this off my to TBR, but I wouldn't rush to recommend this to anyone. A bit predictable and, by the end, I was annoyed with the frequent references to some secret in the main character's past.This was also a book focused on plot rather than character development - so it lacked some depth. A quick and easy read. ⭐⭐⭐/5

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TheNerdyProfessor
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This book was one of my #BOTM selections earlier in the year. The premise intrigued me but for some reason, it ended up in the middle of my TBR pile. There have been some comparisons between this book and Eleanor Oliphant. I'm about 60 pages in and I can certainly see how this gives off some Eleanor vibes. Hoping this one will pull me out of my recent reading slump.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Book thief! Tried to take a picture of my latest read, but this ornery thing had other plans.

Cinfhen Soooo cute!!!!! Better a book thief than a book shredder!!! My one son just delighted in ripping paper 🥺😬 1w
marleed He‘s so cute! 1w
BarbaraBB Too cute 😍😍 1w
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JennyM Oh my heart. Beautiful ❤️ 1w
tessavi It's story time 😉 1w
Sace Precious! 1w
Texreader Cute beyond words 1w
Jas16 So adorable! 7d
Bookzombie So cute! 7d
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen My boys have been known to destroy a book or two as well. They've only gotten ahold of their own, thankfully, but we've had talks about respecting books! 6d
Chelsea.Poole @marleed @BarbaraBB @JennyM thank you all! He's got the personality to match his cute little face too! 🥰 6d
Chelsea.Poole @tessavi He does love stories! Raising him right! ☺️ 6d
Chelsea.Poole @Sace @Jas16 @Texreader @Bookzombie Thank you all! ♥️ He makes things interesting 😅 (edited) 6d
Gissy So cute!❤️❤️❤️ 6d
Cinfhen Good job, mama!!!! 5d
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CassieLovesBooks
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Panpan

I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters did not pull me in and make me love them or hate them. Just meh.

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YouReadMyEyes
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On vacation in the most darling town, #Portsmouth, #NewHampshire, and this is the view from my hotel balcony.

Found a local bookstore and picked up #HowNotToDieAlone because I‘m in the mood for something charming and witty.

Spent the last week with my mom exploring Maine and New Hampshire. Just two California girls who found themselves falling in love with the east coast on this trip. 🦞 🌊 🍁

JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful, but chilly, I‘m guessing. 1mo
Nute I like everything about this post! now
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DimeryRene
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There‘s nothing like a Power Point presentation to stamp out green shoots of happiness. 😂

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hes7
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Bookwormjillk Nice! 2mo
Alfoster Pretty pic!❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🧡🧡🧡 2mo
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marleed Beautiful 2mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2mo
Nute Yes! 2mo
Eggs Great photo! 2mo
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 this is an odd comedy. The job they have, the lengths he‘ll go to continue an accidental lie, the nerdy pastimes. I laughed. It was a little frustrating because the main character is a little attached to a silly lie but it is worth a listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Romancegirl
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This one is my favorite book this year, so far. :) #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread12

elyseh Entered! 3mo
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atla
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Mehso-so

Meh. I finished this one, but I‘m not sure why. I was intrigued by the career of the protagonist (searching homes of recently deceased for any evidence of them having a next of kin or anyone who cares enough about them to pay for their funeral) and by his hinted-at (and later explicitly explained) romantic trauma. But the writing was meh - very much telling rather than showing - and I was never emotionally invested.

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Karen.reads
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These are the 4 unread books I have from #bookofthemonth. I have other #BOTM titles on my Kindle but I‘m not counting those. I may try to tackle them in September for a BOTM #readathon. I probably won‘t get through them all but the top 2 should be pretty quick reads.

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hermyknee
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t my favorite. The premise was interesting, but I started skimming quite a bit about 2/3 of the way through.

It had some good moments though.

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hermyknee
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“Peggy sat glumly while Cameron, Keith and Meredith entered the state of drunkenness where one-upmanship masquerades as badinage. There were boasts of drinking sessions, crowbarred accidents about meeting celebrities and, most alienating of all, talk of sexual exploits” (222).

Am I the only one whose never heard or read the word badinage before?!

Side note, this kind of dinner party with acquaintances ☹️🙄🤬

kspenmoll New word for me! 3mo
Caterina I relate to Peggy 😂🤣 3mo
SamanthaMarie Poor Peggy!! It is a new word to me as well!! 3mo
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erinjohns
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Pickpick

What an intriguingly odd, hilarious, surprising, and inventive book. What would you do to continue the memory of someone you can't quite let go of?

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j9brown
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Pickpick

Covers a lot of tropes, but it's so charming that I'm not even mad. #botm

KatieDid927 And you read that one quick! 3mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 it's just really slow at work right now 😝 3mo
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

There was nothing wrong with this book. It just wasn‘t for me. Andrew was kind of a pathetic character and little by little we find out why he is the way that he is, and he gets some redemption, but I thought it was a bit slow and a lot of characters to follow.

booksaremyfavorite Same for me. 3mo
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hermioneshandbag
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The truth was that it had made him see that everyone who died alone had their own version of that chair. Some drama or other, no matter how mundane the rest of their existence was. And the idea that they‘d not have someone there to be with them at the end, to acknowledge that they‘d been a person in the world who‘d suffered and loved and all the rest of it—he just couldn‘t bear the thought of it.

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hermyknee
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This rainy day calls for a book and a nap. Nico knows what‘s up. 🧡
#botm2019 #botm #NicoBlueHound

EDIT: I posted this after waking up and before looking at the news. I‘ve had a really hard time concentrating ever since. My heart and my thoughts are with El Paso & Dayton today.

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AshleyC816
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one, a quick read about a man who investigates dead people learning to live his life. A feel good read!

brit91 Cute dog!!😍 4mo
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

3:45:35 into #24b4monday and book one is done. There was a definite twist that I did not see coming, but the build up felt to slow.

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Rissa1
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Booksnchill
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#GetTBR #BookRiot @Liberty Happy Birthday Liberty and wow- Happy Thursday to me to get the perfectly selected box of books from #PrintBookstore curated by Liberty! This service is such a treat every quarter and is very much personalized to reading tastes! ❤️

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Purrfectpages
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Mehso-so

Ok. So on one hand I give this kudos for a somewhat original premise. However, it still was a bit predictable. I also always struggle a bit connecting with Brit Lit (no offense to my English Litten friends!) I see how it could be compared to Eleanor Oliphant though its main character isn‘t nearly as quirky, but instead is just sad. The author blurb stating this story was partly based on a real concept though left me with a good feeling.

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RhianJMartin
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My Book of the Month pick for May was "How Not to Die Alone" by Richard Roper.

I didn't know what I'd think of this read at first, but I am so thrilled I chose it! I've fallen head over heels for this book. It's quirky, funny, sweet, witty, and introspective. At the end of the day, I really just think it's a prime piece of fiction. It reminds me of both the American and British versions of "The Office" in the best way possible! ???

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booksaremyfavorite
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Mehso-so

Definitely not a book I would read again. Andrew is 42 and lives a totally made up life. It‘s about figuring his own life out and what he does along the way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for me

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Purrfectpages
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Finally moving on to a new book!

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Felso
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I love my library!

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Chelleo
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Mehso-so

Doing some #audiocleaning and #audiolaundy as I finish this. Enjoyed the story but the pacing was pretty slow.

Read 2019-07-06 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Chelleo
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It‘s been so busy on the road these past few days that I haven‘t had much time to read. I just realized I only have 3 days left on this #audiobook hold 😳

LonelyPineReads I just finished this book which was my May Book of the Month club pick. I enjoyed the british humor but it did have a mid book slump. Hilarious though! 4mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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Pickpick

A male version of Eleanor Oliphant. Andrew is an introvert at work who has been lying about having a wife and kids to attain his position as a public health worker. Enter Peggy, a single mom, who gets him out of his shell and finally deal with his family issues. A sweet, romantic comedy with heart.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Pickpick

This book reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- in a good way. I‘m pretty much a fan of all things British and loved all the Britishisms (is that a word?) that the main characters displayed. Andrew definitely has some stuff going on in his life that he needs to deal with, but there is also humor and interesting life lessons to be found throughout this books. Definitely an enjoyable and meaningful read.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I hope to get to this one this month!! 5mo
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BlameJennyJane
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Pickpick

I was slow to read this one... took some time to get into it. But the characters are charming, especially when examined by their own merits rather than being widely compared to those in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I loved that book too, btw... but just because the two main characters are socially awkward and longing for human connection doesn‘t mean they are the male and female versions of the same novel. Enough of that rant! ❤️❤️❤️ #botm

Trashcanman Where's the bourbon? 5mo
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Readswithcoffee
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Pickpick

If you have a soft spot in your heart for books with quirky, awkward characters, you‘ll really enjoy this book!

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

This was compared to a couple other books, at least one of which I didn't like. I was frustrated with some of Andrew's behaviors, but not so much that I wanted to bail. I liked the relationships between Andrew and the girls and Andrew and his online buds the most. I also liked the event at the end. You'll know it when you get to it. 😉

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Aswenson
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Wish I were more into this one. Just not the right time of year I guess. Or maybe not peppy enough for an #audiorunning book. 🤷🏻‍♀️

marleed I think you have to be in the right headspace for characters lacking what I call the 6th sense - sense of humor. I liked it but depending on when my read it, I may not have. 5mo
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Aswenson
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Not in love with this one yet, but I‘ve had some really great audio reads lately. I think it will grow on me. #botm #audiorunning #fitnessbookchallenge

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BlameJennyJane
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The butler took the night off some I‘m taking all the credit for tonight‘s super classy aesthetic!

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marleed
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I had a book ready for today‘s challenge before realizing my current read is a match. I‘d be nearer #TheEnd but my evening was full of tornado warnings and local news coverage. That beast stayed aground for over 2 hours and I was grateful this was not #TheEnd. This book is reminding of Eleanor Olphiant in a guy kind of way.

Day 29 of #MayMovieMagic with #TheEnd
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Cinfhen Glad you‘re ok....I heard the storms have been crazy. And I‘ve heard great things about this book. 6mo
marleed @cinfhen This took brick homes down to their foundation. I‘m listening to a local reporter try to talk about her experience on the road last night. She keeps choking up so now I‘m crying too. (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen Oh wow!! Terrible 😢Thank God you‘re ok 6mo
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marleed @Cinfhen I was not in the direct path so I never felt imminent danger but it‘s the first time I had that many friends and family in the direct path (30 miles on the ground before lifting and setting down again.) 6mo
Cinfhen Scary 6mo
rohit-sawant Gosh, that's frightening. Heartbreaking what you mentioned about the reporter. 🙁 6mo
Nute So happy to know that you are okay. Listening to the news reports for those of us who are nowhere near was even frightening. Prayers of safekeeping for you and your family. 6mo
marleed @Nute You think you have the warning thing down after years of living in this neck of the woods. And then you watch as the beast is dangerously close to most all of your people, and it takes on a meaning anew. Weather is something‘ 6mo
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cpreja
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Cant believe the weather in SoCal today, it is cold and rainy. No bbqs today!

At least it makes for a cozy reading day...

DarcysMom I love it! I got drizzled on most of my walk, but now I have a day of tea and reading. #bliss 6mo
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Bookish_B
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was heartbreaking, sweet and laugh-out-loud funny all at once. I had not seen anything about it prior to reading it but it definitely reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine. When I finished it I read some reviews and see that I am totally not alone, which is reassuring 😊👍🏼

marleed I just received a library notice that my library purchased this book at my request. I‘m so excited. They don‘t receive it until May 27 but I‘m #2 on one copy. Hopefully they purchase more copies this week! 6mo
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Rachel.Rencher
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You guys, I am obsessed with this book! Andrew is a 42 year old who finds next of kin for people who died alone. After a slip up during his interview, he creates a fantasy life where has a wife and two kids, & that's what his boss and coworkers believe. In reality, he's a broke bachelor with a penchant for model trains.

Even though this is a story that I can't relate to, the dark humor gripped me immediately. I'll probably finish this today. 🤓

ValerieAndBooks Looks good! Reminds me of this news story I read (and really stayed with me) — wonder if the author was inspired by it https://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/nyregion/dying-alone-in-new-york-city.amp.htm... 6mo
Rachel.Rencher @ValerieAndBooks Omg I could totally see that! It's definitely borders on macabre but I love it. 😂 6mo
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QuietMornings
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Mehso-so

It was funny. But I found that I didn‘t care at all what happened to the characters, so I almost struggled to stay with it. Overall, meh. 🤷🏼‍♀️

Rachel.Rencher I felt like the last 60 or so pages were really unbelievable. I also found like 5 typos in the book. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 6mo
QuietMornings @Rachel.Rencher YES! I found typos too. I just felt like I couldn‘t get into it. 6mo
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cpreja
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Great rainy Sunday to start a new book!

Sagebrush is not sure she wants to go out there...

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Gwen_BooksAndWonders
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I'm 50% into this book and though the pace sometimes it's odd it's heartwarming to read. It reminds me a bit of The Five Person You Meet in Heaven even though the writing style is completely different

Rachel.Rencher This one also kind of reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant with a bit of Cormoran Strike (mostly because Peggy reminded me of Robin). 6mo
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eedevore
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I‘m enjoying this story, but I have trouble staying awake long enough to read more than a few pages at a time. Soth apparently does, too.