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Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me
Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me | Adrienne Brodeur
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A daughter's tale of living in the thrall of her magnetic, complicated mother, and the chilling consequences of her complicity. On a hot August night on Cape Cod when Adrienne was fourteen, her mother, Malabar, woke her at midnight with five simple words that would set the course of both of their lives for years to come: Ben Souther just kissed me. Adrienne instantly became her mother's confidante and helpmate, blossoming in the sudden light of her attention, and from then on, Malabar came to rely on her daughter to help orchestrate what would become an epic affair with her husband's closest friend. The affair would have calamitous consequences for everyone involved, impacting Adrienne's life in profound ways, driving her into a precarious marriage of her own, and then into a deep depression. Only years later will she find the strength to embrace her life--and her mother--on her own terms. Wild Game is a brilliant, timeless memoir about how the people close to us can break our hearts simply because they have access to them, and the lies we tell in order to justify the choices we make. It's a remarkable story of resilience, a reminder that we need not be the parents our parents were to us.
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jlhammar
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Making your teenage daughter complicit in your extramarital affair (for years!) seems a tad unhealthy to me. Great memoir about a complicated mother-daughter relationship.

#Unhealthy #MayMoms
@Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

LitStephanie Just a tad! 3mo
readingjedi Disgusting! Scandalous! Appalling! 😡 I must read this! 😉😅 3mo
sarahbarnes That‘s awful! 🫢 3mo
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Eggs This would work for many of the prompts! 3mo
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Amoon
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I didn‘t know until I finished the book that it is a memoir. The author is called “ Renni” most of the book. Not until right near the end did I realize that was a nickname for Adrienne...the author! What a life. A mother shares the secrets of her affair with her 14 year old daughter and has her a part of the cover up.
Her mother Matabel was charming and as I‘ve learned in my life - charming people are dangerous. No spoilers, just read it.

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ClairesReads
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I love a book about rich people problems, and this one certainly hit the Mark. Brodeur‘s exploration of her problematic (maybe toxic?) relationship with her mother is an engaging read, as long as you can cope with the excess of privilege that runs through it with little acknowledgement. This memoir is part a tale of how the other half live, part a tale of the tangled web of mother daughter relationships. It was a great summer read for me.

BarbaraBB Great picture too! 2y
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB thank you 🙏🏻 2y
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BookNAround
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A mother inappropriately shares her affair with her husband‘s best friend with her young teenage daughter in this crazy memoir of rich people problems, mother daughter relationship, and the way that this secret impacts Rennie Brodeur‘s life even now. As a parent, I was horrified but it‘s also hard to look away. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2020/12/review-wild-game-by-adrienne-brodeur.ht...

Reagan Oh I really liked this! 2y
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JackOBotts
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Read quickly, but not without discomfort. Trying to wrap my mind around why/how a mother pulls her young daughter into her pursuit of an affair. There is a lot of family history at play (& future at stake). I‘m left with many feelings, but not sure I can feel more than “so-so” about my experience with this wild game...

Reviewsbylola The mother in this book was awful. 2y
JackOBotts @Reviewsbylola agreed. I can‘t even imagine having the audacity to put my child in that position. So selfish and manipulative. 2y
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JackOBotts
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November #bookclub selection - keeping an open mind as it‘s not something I would‘ve picked up on my own. But I got to step inside my library for the first time in months to pick it up! It‘s the little things these days!

Reagan I found it was a pretty enjoyable read. I hope you like it! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I read this on vacay this year (pre pandemic) and enjoyed it! 2y
JackOBotts Great to know, @Reagan & @Ashley_Nicoletto - I will keep Litsy posted! 🤞🏼👍🏼 2y
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Jeannineth
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I thought this story was going to be about some under aged sex game. 😂 The mom wrote a recipe book titled Wild Game. Silly me!

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Reagan
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I‘ve been reading so much! Well, compared to the last 5 1/2 months, so much! Wild Game, excellent so far, beautifully written and I‘ve been obsessed with books about family relationships.

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AlizaApp
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A wild memoir about a teenage girl who helped facilitate her mother‘s affair, and what resulted from having these two families spend decades interlocked. Really puts other family dramatics in perspective.

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Amor4Libros
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Wow, just WOW! This is a memoir that reads like fiction.

I started reading this when I was in the middle of two other books and I completely forgot about them because I could not put this book down.

AmyG Sounds good. Stacked! 2y
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Panpan

Brodeur is a great writer but thats pretty much the only good thing about this book. I dont see what the lure or point to this story was and why we should care about her individual story. Quick read.

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rather_be_reading
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I forgot my book at home *gasp* *how could I do that!?* Luckily Scribd has it! #scribdforthewin

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rather_be_reading
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Book 94 of 2020
#botm #botmbacklist

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Cathythoughts
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This story was a bit unsteady for me at first ... but gained strength as it went on, and found solid ground. A memoir , There‘s a sentence I hear on the radio a lot these days “ childhood lasts forever” ... This book about a Mother / Daughter‘s damaging relationship affected me very much.
I‘m left with this Kierkegaard quote from the book :
“ Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards”
#ParentandChildMemoir

Cinfhen Great review and such a perfect quote for this disturbing story. Im glad you stuck with it!!! I was captivated by all the messiness / I couldn‘t believe what I was reading 2y
Blaire Totally agree with this review. The quote captures perfectly how the author had to make peace and move forward. 2y
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I couldn‘t believe it either ... I went from anger to tears , you couldn‘t make this up .... 2y
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Cathythoughts @Blaire Thanks, yes I listened to an interview from the author on YouTube... I‘d say she will always be haunted , but is moving forward.... she said she will always love her mother , but wants to be a very different mother to her own children ❤️💔 2y
Tanisha_A Sounds like a difficult read. 👌🏽 review! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm That‘s a great quote. Nicely reviewed, Cathy! 2y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻😘 2y
squirrelbrain Great review, this one has been on my radar for a while.... 2y
OnlyYoo I really liked this book! It‘s messed up the relationship and manipulation of the saughter 2y
Blaire @Cathythoughts yes. I heard her on the Happier podcast and it was interesting to hear her frame it. It is good she still has that capacity to love her mother but learn how to be a better parent. Her mother‘s manipulation was so devastating 2y
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A it was difficult, but good 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻thanks 2y
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I‘d be interested to hear your thoughts if you get to it 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @OnlyYoo Yes it was good. Got better as it went on I thought 2y
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Cathythoughts
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My book arrived for #ParentAndChildMemoir I‘m a little unsure if I can be comfortable with the content .. but I was drawn to it.
And .... As a physical book , it feels perfect, beautiful dust jacket cover , lovely quality of paper , perfect size of print , feels lovely in the hands , ( you Littens are starting to get to me 😊.. & you know who you are!!! ) and come to think of it my father was a printer by trade ... ❤️ I have no hope

TrishB Definitely fancying that drink too 😘 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB C‘mon over , there‘s more here 🍷 2y
TrishB That sounds lovely 🥂 🍷 2y
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Blaire I felt similarly when I started and felt slightly uncomfortable throughout especially as she struggled for a clear view of her mother...but I found it to be a fast and engrossing read. 2y
Cathythoughts @Blaire good to hear your thoughts... 👍🏻I‘ll keep you posted 2y
LeahBergen I‘m coming for the 🍷, too! 😆 2y
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Excellent X 🍷😁 2y
Cosmos_Moon This has been on my TBR. Maybe time to move it up the list. 2y
Cathythoughts @Cosmos_Moon I read it got #booked2020, I thought it was good 👍🏻 2y
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Avanders
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Bailedbailed

Imma have to DNF this one. No time, energy, or patience for this one right now... Nnnnnnnope!

#unpopularopinion

Megabooks I bailed too. I just didn‘t like it. 2y
Cathythoughts Oh boy 😬I hope I like it ! It should be arriving this week .... 😁”you pay your money & you take your chances “ as they say 🤞🏻 2y
Avanders @Cathythoughts you might really like it! There were others in by RL book group who felt the same as I did and others who totally loved it. ☺️ 2y
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Cathythoughts I did read it & I thought it was very good .... I went between anger &!sadness. Glad I read it , it‘s not a book I‘d ever want to read again though 2y
Avanders @Cathythoughts we had our book group meeting last night (via zoom ☺️) and almost everyone in the group really liked it. I may have to keep it around and try again some day... 😉 2y
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samantharoberts
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This book tugged at my heartstrings in a way I didn‘t think it would. It was towards the end that I found myself fighting back tears after reading how brutally ungrateful and hurtful Malabar was to her daughter. Maybe it hit differently with me because my mother has always been my rock, my best friend, and someone who I know I can always trust to love me unconditionally. I‘m beyond happy that I chose this for #Booked2020 (parent & child memoir)

Cinfhen This was such a crazy story, I ached for Adrienne. No child should be used in that way and asked to play those kind of games/roles. Great choice for the prompt 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review! Glad you and your mom are so close, too! 💐 2y
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readswellwithothers
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I have never before appreciated how very boring my mother is. #thanksmom

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Ncostell
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At 14 years old Brodeur became her mother‘s confidante when her mother told her of her affair with her stepfather‘s best friend. This is one of those stories where truth is stranger than fiction and sometimes I had to remind myself that I was reading a memoir. It was an intimate look at the powerful effect that a parent can have on a child‘s life.

kspenmoll Nice review! 2y
Ncostell @kspenmoll Thanks! 2y
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Amandajoy
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1. My husband and I with masks on, ready for work. I also bought the other two fabrics show to make more.
2. 3
3. Less crazy?
4. Green chiles, on everything.

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DamYank
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Short read but excellent story of cause and effect and the mother daughter relationship

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Blaire
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Rennie‘s mother treats her daughter as her best friend and confidante and holds this closeness over her head as she pulls her daughter into being an accomplice in her affair. As Rennie grows up and marries, she must confront the impact her mother has had on her life and her relationships. A very fast read and personal look at the trap of emotional control in a mother-daughter relationship.

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IselaKay
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I read this book in two days. I found it very relatable and it kind of felt like a self-help book, like the author was giving me advice about how to live my own life and I needed that then. It was a great read.

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NerdyRev
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This memoir has high moments which when chugging are excellent and low moments which drag the book almost to a halt. The story begins at 14 when the author‘s mother reveals her husband‘s best friend kissed her. It goes on for years too. An ailing husband and the lover has an ailing wife. It continues into later years when the author begins to fall for the lover‘s son. The main narrative is right on, but the filler stuff was simply filler.

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UnabridgedPod
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I read Adrienne Brodeur's Wild Game: My Mother, Her Lover, and Me as part of the Bookish Ladies Club Diverse Books buddy read--the genre this month was memoir. Wow, is this an amazing example of the genre! It's a slim book, at only 237 pages, but it feels big in its content and reflection.⠀

Reni's story starts when she's 14 and her glamorous mother, Malabar, embarks on an affair with her husband's best friend, Ben. ⬇️

UnabridgedPod Malabar's husband Charles (Reni's stepfather) suffered a stroke during their engagement, and his health has never recovered. Ben's wife Ruth, likewise, suffers the lasting effects of a cancer whose treatment continues to affect her health. Ben and Malabar's vitality seems to draw them together.⠀

What's unusual in this setup isn't so much the affair. Instead, it's how Malabar chooses to handle it. ⬇️
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UnabridgedPod She immediately turns to her young daughter Reni as a confidante and co-conspirator. They work together to find excuses for Malabar, Ben, and Reni to leave the house together; Reni then leaves Malabar and Ben alone. Reni reports back to Malabar any time someone seems suspicious, and she shares ideas about how the illicit couple can continue their relationship with Charles or Ruth uncovering their deception. ⬇️ 2y
UnabridgedPod The memoir follows Reni into adulthood, when she first begins to realize the full implications of all that she has done for--and with--her mother and Ben, when she can first understand exactly how twisted her relationship with her mother had been.⠀

Wild Game is fascinating, heartbreaking, and gorgeously written--there were sentences here that made me pause to re-read and absorb. ⬇️
2y
UnabridgedPod The book is, at times, a difficult read because of its subject matter, but I'm so glad that Bookish Ladies Club chose it. It is absolutely phenomenal.⠀

**If you're interested in more from Brodeur, I first heard about this book when she appeared on the Just the Right Book podcast --her interview with Roxanne Coady is excellent.
2y
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Amandajoy
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My new picks from MyTBR came in! Now to call my local indie so I can purchase them while practicing social distancing. They‘re doing curbside pickup.

Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m reading Wild Game now and it‘s delightful. 2y
Amandajoy @Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m pretty excited about that one. 2y
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mdhughes72
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This is my top nonfiction pick of the year so far. I‘ve read some very good books but this one is excellent! I can‘t believe this actually happened!! If you believe your relationship with your mother is complicated and fraught, you‘ve got nothing on this author! I don‘t want to spoil it but you don‘t want to miss this one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Manoshgirl51
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Belletrist November Pick
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I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book. There are no words that can describe how much this book impacted me. Adrienne's story is both heartbreaking yet inspiring, frustrating yet understanding. Not to mention the fact that most of the memoir takes place in Cape Cod, which makes me think of summer during this cold winter. Definitely make this a priority in your TBR. You will NOT regret it!

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DimeryRene
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Joy had fallen from the night sky and landed in my mother‘s voice.

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SincerelyWinona
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“To our wild game, Malabar.”

If I take my lunch break at the office I end up doing work or browsing the Internet. So I‘ve been escaping to the closest food place to my office so I can get an iced tea and as much uninterrupted reading time as possible.

Cinfhen This book was wild 😜 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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My last book of 2019 was Wild Game and my first book of 2020 is Little Women. #lastfirst @BookNAround

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Reviewsbylola
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I read 20 books this month, finishing the last one with 20 minutes to spare. 🙌🏻

11 physical books
7 audiobooks
2 ebooks

I am 3 books shy of meeting my Goodreads goal of 200 books in 2019, but I have read more books than any other year so I‘m happy with that.

Happy New Years littens. 🥂

Owlizabeth Happy New Year!! 3y
Redwritinghood Happy New Year! 3y
LauraBrook Happy New Year! 3y
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Bookzombie Great job! Happy New Year! 🎆 🎉🥂 3y
Cinfhen What did u think of Wild Game??? 3y
AnneCecilie Happy new year 🎆 3y
Mollyanna Great job! Happy New Year 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Reviewsbylola The first half was a bit slow but then it really took off. Malabar is a piece of work and I can‘t stand her. @Cinfhen 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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Obviously I‘m ringing in the New Year with a #bathandbook. 🛀 📖 🥂

Chelsea.Poole Perfect! 🎉 3y
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Cinfhen
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Just finished this #ParentChildMemoir 📚Beautifully written, but a rather ugly story of selfish love and the consequences that arise from keeping secrets. A reminder of how messy & complicated family relationships can be.

peaknit This was ugly. But I enjoyed it also. Crazy the things that go on. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Wow! You‘ve completed a prompt for the challenge already?! 3y
Cinfhen No, I‘m not counting it for #Booked2020 since it‘s still 2019 @erzascarletbookgasm 3y
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squirrelbrain Sounds rather interesting...stacked. 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Oh, of course! Silly me. I do need more suggestions on this prompt though. Looking forward to see what books others are reading. 3y
KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm I was thinking of reading this one for that prompt... (partly because it works as a #doubledip for #popsugar2020 also!) (edited) 3y
Cinfhen I‘m thinking of reading this one @KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm It also works for multiple challenges 👉🏾 3y
Lmstraubie This is the current read for the Happier Podcast with Gretchen Rubin. They will be talking with the author at some point (not sure when). 3y
Cinfhen Not familiar with that podcast but will check it out @Lmstraubie Thanks so much for letting me know 3y
Cinfhen Talk about awkward family meals @peaknit !!! This one is pretty messed up @squirrelbrain 3y
Reviewsbylola Is this a quick read? I need to pick my last book of the year. 3y
Cinfhen Yes!!! Super quick @Reviewsbylola and a total page turner 👇🏼 (edited) 3y
Reviewsbylola Oh good, I loved that one! Such a train wreck. 😬 3y
peaknit But wasn‘t the boyfriend oddly likable?! To have adults behave this way and use a kid for diversion. Whoa. 3y
Cinfhen I wanted to know if that necklace was just a piece of junk @peaknit Malabar was the WORST 3y
Cinfhen So this is more rich people behaving badly 2.0 @Reviewsbylola 😝 3y
erzascarletbookgasm @KarenUK , Cindy, thanks, I‘ll look up the two recommendations. 3y
Cathythoughts Interesting thought about the necklace 🤔🤔🤔I‘m leaning towards it was real ... but I love the way your thinking 2y
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Cinfhen
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Started last night and breezed through the first 120 pages to complete part one! Should finish later today or definitely by tomorrow😀#LastReadOfTheDecade 🤪

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️ 3y
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My final library haul of the decade is a small one. Wild Game will likely be my last read of the decade and I‘ll start the new one attempting to tackle a classic I should‘ve read a long time ago. My only reading/bookish goals for 2020 is read less super hyped up books and patronize and read more random books from my local indie.

Curiouser_and_curiouser Great reading goals! 3y
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Cinfhen
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Hi @BookNAround So I‘m saving tagged book as my last book for 2019 and my first book will be the Kate Atkinson, CASE HISTORIES in preparation for #BelowZer00s #BuddyRead , January 10-12 ( self indulgent plug 😜)
2019 was a great reading year and I‘m excited for all the books in 2020
Thanks for the #LastFirst #Giveaway and HAPPY NEW YEAR 🥳📚🥂

BarbaraBB I am starting Case Histories soon too! 3y
BookNAround Kate Atkinson is so good. I‘ll be curious to see what you think of this one. 3y
Reviewsbylola I need to pick my first and last book still. 3y
Chrissyreadit Case Histories is on my TBR- and if I can I will join in the buddy reads. My fingers are crossed! 3y
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Chelsea.Poole
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The subtitle says it all here. I really enjoyed this #memoir of the impact mothers can have on their daughters.

Cathythoughts Yes ! This one sounds good. I have it stacked 👍🏻❤️ 3y
Chelsea.Poole @Cathythoughts hope you enjoy! It's a quick read 😊 3y
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britt_reads
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Another #TBRRead finished for #WinterGames ! I thought this was well written and a quick, engaging read, but with all of the hype surrounding this book, it didn‘t quite meet my expectations. Maybe it‘s just because I‘ve read so many other really great memoirs this year.

#TeamFozziwig

BarkingMadRun 16 points!! 3y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Relaxing bath 🛁 to prepare to go back to work after many days away. I love a break, but it's always nice to get back to work. I guess it helps that I am truly doing what I love as a librarian 📚♥️
I've been really looking forward to this memoir. Set in New England, I've already googled the first place I was unfamiliar with, Nauset Harbour. Looks beautiful. #bookandbath

janeycanuck Pink marshmallow buttercream? Is that from the same company that does the cake and cinnamon buns lotions/body wash? 3y
umbrellagirl Love the Litsy mug! 3y
umbrellagirl @janeycanuck yes, philosophy 3y
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Cathythoughts Book sounds good ❤️👍🏻stacked 3y
Chelsea.Poole @janeycanuck yes, @umbrellagirl is right. It's philosophy ☺️ 3y
Chelsea.Poole @umbrellagirl thanks 😊 ☕️ 3y
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Memoir 11 for Nonfiction November and this is a captivating read! I had to keep reminding myself it was a true story, about the author's mother who embarks on an affair with her husband's best friend but drags her daughter into it. It's also about mothers and daughters, waspy Cape Cod culture, and finding your own path. If you go to the beach anytime soon, this is the book to take with you!

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JenReadsAlot
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Goodness that mother was a disaster. It was a quick read that kept me engaged.
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Jeannineth It‘s on my Christmas wish list. I love story of resilient kids. 3y
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JenReadsAlot
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So this is interesting....
#nfnov @Clwojick @rsteve388

Cosmos_Moon Oh good... already on my TBR list ☺️📚 3y
Clwojick 1pt 3y
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tholmz
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One of the most shocking and interesting memoirs I‘ve ever read in my life. It reads like fiction, some of it is just so tough to imagine being true. (I do believe it, of course.) What a story! One of my favorite of the year.

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bohemian_yogini
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“You‘re wrong... Loneliness is not about how many people you have around. It‘s about whether or not you feel connected. Whether or not you‘re able to be yourself.”

#bookswithbohemianyogini #currentread

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Lauren.Archer
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Mehso-so

Not sure why this is getting all this hype. It was fine, but definitely not all that.

Megabooks I bailed. Totally agree. 3y
Nevertoobusyforbooks My thoughts exactly! I liked it enough to finish it but I didn‘t understand what all the fuss was about. 3y
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