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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Following the breakout success of her critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Euphoria, Lily King returns with an unforgettable portrait of an artist as a young woman. Blindsided by her mothers sudden death, and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel shes been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Caseys fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink. Writers & Lovers follows Caseya smart and achingly vulnerable protagonistin the last days of a long youth, a time when every element of her life comes to a crisis. Written with Kings trademark humor, heart, and intelligence, Writers & Lovers is a transfixing novel that explores the terrifying and exhilarating leap between the end of one phase of life and the beginning of another.
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NovelNancy
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“I don't write because I think I have something to say. I write because if I don't, everything feels even worse“ (3).

“When I was visiting her a few years ago she hugged me and said, 'Tomorrow after you leave I will stand here at this window and remember that yesterday you were right here with me.'
And now she's dead and I have that feeling all the time, no matter where I stand“ (83).

Suet624 💕💕💕 2w
Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book. 2w
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candority
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Mehso-so

I haven‘t had a chance to sit down and write a real review for this one, but I was a bit underwhelmed by it. It seems to be one of those books that most people love, so I‘m sad that I didn‘t. 3⭐️

This was my #DoubleSpin pick for December. @TheAromaofBooks

Cathythoughts I have this one ....I haven‘t read it yet because I‘m afraid I‘ll be underwhelmed too 🤞😬 it‘s just a feeling I have 2w
candority @Cathythoughts I hope you‘re pleasantly surprised when you do read it! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2w
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Butterfinger
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I loved Euphoria and I loved this just as much. I shall now put Lily King on my Must-Read list. I love how the cover looks like a chessboard and how Casey's thoughts and actions reflect strategies and thoughtful plans. I love how it shows the real life of a person. When life just keeps throwing bombs at you (death, debts, job loss,...) I love the struggles and accomplishments.

I love how I finished #WhoDisNewYear @BookishBelle list @monalyisha

jewright I liked this book. 1mo
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merelybookish
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It's been a miserable cold rainy day here today. But perfect weather for reading. I finished 2 books.
Apples Never Fall ⭐⭐⭐ Definitely TOO long (as others have said) but I was engrossed. Moriarty excells at unpacking the sheen on upper-middle class white womanhood & family life
Writers & Lovers ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Story of a beleaguered would-be novelist trying to stay true to her art and heart while keeping her head above water. Grounded in the details.

sarahbarnes Nice! I was a fan of Writers and Lovers too! 2mo
Ruthiella Glad to hear the Moriarty title was a pick for you after all! 2mo
BarbaraBB I enjoyed Writers & Lovers a lot too. 2mo
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Cathythoughts Nice reviews ! Stacking tagged one 2mo
batsy I always enjoy your reviews! I've read one Moriarty (Big Little Lies) and also appreciate the way she can craft a compelling story that delves into psychology. 2mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Yes I did like it. There was suspense and humour and I came to love the main character at the center. BUT it was too long and reads like a book ready to be adapted to a tv miniseries. 😉 2mo
merelybookish @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB I enjoyed it! Lots of small, true human moments. I liked her previous book too. 2mo
merelybookish @Cathythoughts Thanks Cathy! I think you'd enjoy it! 2mo
merelybookish @batsy Thank you. That means a lot! 2mo
sarahbarnes I liked Euphoria, too - I think even better than this one. 2mo
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Court7
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Lyrical. :)

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jb72
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#bookspin #bookspinbingo

This was a library book club selection (discussion takes place tomorrow. I was surprised by how much I ended up enjoying this book.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 3mo
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Gaylagal2
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I have failed, failed and really failed you all! Before leaving this morning, I forgot to look at the card who the amazing person was that sent me this #FFFS package. Thank you for this cuter than cute blanket, the books and yummy candy❤️❤️❤️ I love it all so much 🥰
And again I'm so sorry for the late post. Hang with me, I'm almost divorced....LOL
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#fallingforfallswap

TiredLibrarian Better days ahead 🌞 4mo
Avanders Lovely package!! 😍😍 And agree with 👆🏽👆🏽 *and* your sender was @babyruth2510 🍁🍂🍁🍂🧡 4mo
Gaylagal2 @babyruth2510 Love you and love everything you sent me!! So sweet ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Gaylagal2 @TiredLibrarian Yes! I have one more week before I move into my own place 🤓🤙 4mo
TheBookHippie ☀️☀️☀️☀️ 4mo
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Christine
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In the end I liked this quite a bit. My first Lily King! Went in with high expectations bc of how loved she is here and elsewhere. For much of the book I wasn‘t sure I was fully engaged, in part bc sometimes the dialogue and characters‘ choices felt a little…I don‘t know, trite, maybe? But the way we real-life characters talk and act is often pretty darn trite, I suppose. 🙂 I really liked the new-to-me audiobook narrator Stacey Glemboski.

MallenNC This one is on my still to read list. I‘ve got the ebook so I just need to find a time to read it. I‘ve never read her either. 5mo
Kristin_Reads I was skeptical too but I ended up really liking it. 5mo
Christine @MallenNC - I'll be so interested in your thoughts! Took me forever to get into it, but I do think it might have been mostly an issue of my own mood. 5mo
Christine @Kristin_Reads - Thanks for sharing that! I can't entirely put my finger on why it was a slow starter for me... 5mo
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MallenNC
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I still haven‘t read this so I don‘t know how well it fits the prompt. I also just want to note that the old Saturday Night Live skit with Will Ferrell and Rachel Dratch ruined the word “lover” for me. The one where they get in the hot tub and talk to strangers? And repeatedly use the word? I guess this is about me vs Will Ferrell. 🤣

#PersonVsLover #ConflictedWorlds

Eggs Great choice 📚👏🏻📚 5mo
Leftcoastzen 👏😂 5mo
Megabooks Lololol!! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂 5mo
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Book 29 | ⭐️5/5
I might give out 5 star ratings like Oprah gives out cars but I loved this book. Which I really wasn‘t expecting based on my initial thoughts and being an audiobook (which I notoriously dislike). Something in this book about a struggling 31 year old clicked & I already miss Casey‘s way of describing the world & I have an urge to pick up a pen for the first time in years.

How do you feel about books that are about readers/writers?

Butterfinger I love them. I like learning how writers come to appreciate words and books. 6mo
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CollapsingLibrary
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Started WRITERS & LOVERS as an audiobook book on my way to work yesterday. Almost stopped after the first 30 seconds but the description of life as a server pulled my attention back in. Still not sold on it but I‘ll give it a couple more days to flesh itself out.

How long do you wait before deciding to DNF a book?

BookishBelle I usually give it 50 pages. If I‘m still not interested, I quit reading. I almost quit listening to this one as well because it was so depressing at the beginning but I stuck with it and it was really good. 6mo
CollapsingLibrary @BookishBelle I like to give it 50-100 pages too. In my experience if I‘m not enjoying it by then I‘m just not going to. I‘m glad to hear you enjoyed the book though! Hopefully today it‘ll start picking up more in mood for me. 6mo
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Bevita
Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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This was an easy read but disappointing. I knew it was nothing like “Euphoria” but still expected something more than an improbable story of a down-on-her-luck aspiring novelist who makes it with her first book. This was book #4 of the Jason-Steve-Bev book club.

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sarahbarnes
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I ❤️ this book. It sucked me right in like a great summer read should, and I couldn‘t put it down. A couple of moments where it felt like things worked out a bit too neatly perhaps, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless.

vivastory I really need to check this one out 7mo
sarahbarnes @vivastory it was really lovely. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think if you read it! 7mo
BarbaraBB I loved this one too 🤍 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely cover ! I have this on kindle .. must get to it 👍🏻 7mo
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Beachesnbooks
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May wrap-up!
Finished: 13 books (a LOT for me!)
ARCs: Neon Gods by Katee Robert (modern Hades & Persephone romance, really enjoyed!)
Faves: Writers & Lovers, Disfigured, The Body Myth, Rosaline Palmer
Least favorite: The Ex Talk

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jdiehr
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I have been on a roll lately with books I have labeled as picks. This one is a pick ➕!

I loved Casey's story. She's a writer who lost her mom (both things I can identify with), has two very different men in her life, and a lump under her armpit.

The reader discovers what happens right alongside Casey. We don't know anything she doesn't, which makes for a fantastic ride.

King tells this story with humor and heart.

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JamieArc Every time I see something posted about this book, I wonder why I haven‘t read it yet! I must get to it this summer. 8mo
jdiehr @JamieArc Seriously. I'm posting my review tomorrow but I'll just say this book is fantastic! 8mo
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jdiehr
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Fresh mani looking good with the cover of my book 😄💅

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Beachesnbooks
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May TBR! Adding in a re-read of Six of Crows since I loved the Shadow & Bone show so much.

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candority
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I have no idea where April went, but I‘m ready for May and another round of #BookSpinBingo. Thanks for hosting and everything you do @TheAromaofBooks 💕🌸

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 9mo
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Sydneypaige
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“I like myself when I‘m with you” ... “I‘m not sure that‘s being in love with me, that‘s being in love with you”

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MandaManda
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Wow, wow, wow did I love this book! Casey is a thirty something year old trying to find her place in the world and not give up her dreams. Her mother died unexpectedly and her death really unraveled Casey.
I loved the prose of this book. I loved Casey. I have only had one other book speak to me like this one.

"My mother was a real person. I am not a real person" My mother just barely survived COVID-19 and this book really gets that relationship.

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ATB
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Nice way to spend the evening.

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cariashley
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“‘So, you gonna write the Great American Novel?‘ I‘m tired of that question. ‘You gonna cure ovarian cancer?‘”

I snorted. OBGYN small talk really is the worst. 😆

susanw I loved this book!! 9mo
Leftcoastzen I love this book too. 9mo
JamieArc I really need to get to this book! I love this! 9mo
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mcctrish
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I loved everything about this book!!! Everything. I want to read everything the author has ever written or will write so I have ordered another book by her this morning

ShelleyBooksie Your drink looks so refreshing! 9mo
mcctrish @ShelleyBooksie it‘s club soda with lemon slices and berries, looks like it‘s super fancy 👸🏻 9mo
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mcctrish
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A year after we ordered it, I‘m reading in this tub now

LibrarianRyan nice 9mo
Rachel.Rencher Oooh jealous! 9mo
mcctrish @LibrarianRyan it is so nice 9mo
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mcctrish @Rachel.Rencher I honestly didn‘t think it was ever going to get here 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm The same thing happened when we ordered one - so many delays! I only got to enjoy it a short while before we moved and left it behind. ☹️ But I loved reading in it, hope you get plenty of read and soaks in! 9mo
quietjenn 🤩 9mo
mcctrish Oh @BookDragonNotWorm what a pain!!! I need to get my floaty inflated for the full reading experience 🤣🤣 9mo
mcctrish @quietjenn that‘s exactly how I look at it 9mo
KVanRead How fab!!!! 9mo
mcctrish @KVanRead I ( my husband) figured out the harness thing for swimming so I have been swimming this morning 🎉🎉🎉🏊🏻‍♀️ 9mo
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mcctrish
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Trying to get some colour while I read ☀️

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jenniferajanes
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🤩😍 In the first half of this book, I would have rated this ⭐️⭐️⭐️. Between 50-75%, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. By the end, it was a rare ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ for me. I think I identify with Camila (Casey) more than I thought I would, although we are very different (age and life circumstances). I, too, quit expecting a lot out of myself because of situations I found myself in. I gave up on my writing too. I am slowly finding my way back to my true self. I have hope again.

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Shelving Lily King alongside Lauren Groff in the “authors who make me cry” section. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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AlizaApp
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I really enjoyed this novel, set in late-90s Boston, about a writer who is deeply in debt and working as a waitress while trying to finish her long-stalled novel. Meanwhile, she is dating two very different men and trying to decide what kind of future she wants for herself.

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Leftcoastzen
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I like Casey. She‘s been working on a novel for 6 years ,her mother dies suddenly, she was Caseys rock .it‘s hard to live a creative life as friends leave you behind w/ more traditional paths ,career, marriage, family.
She is a waitress, a good way to save writing hours for the day.Her love life, not simple either.She is drawn to an older successful writer & a younger writer who thrills her but seems elusive.Silas drives a lime green Le Car,ugh.

JenniferP I liked everything about this book except the ending! 10mo
Leftcoastzen @JenniferP about the relationship element ? 10mo
JenniferP Yes, I wish she had just stayed single! I thought she did so much personal development and then it felt like she just fell back into the same pattern of having to have a man. I know it was supposed to feel like a love story, but I didn‘t buy it. 10mo
Leftcoastzen @JenniferP I absolutely agree! 10mo
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Casey is struggling after the death of her mom as she tries to finish her first novel. Real life problems mixed with Casey trying to fight anxiety and the feeling that she will never get ahead. Good read.

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Havinghope10
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I was initially unsure if I‘d get into this, but it was the scenes describing the main character‘s job as a waitress that got me. Never have I read something that depicted that so clearly. To almost be in your early thirties with debt, difficultly balancing the real world and inspiration to write, relationships, and feeling like the world is going to engulf you whole, let‘s just say there‘s something everyone can relate to. I really enjoyed it!

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TrishB
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For quite a while I thought this would probably be a so-so for me, but it won me round in the end. I‘m not a fan of love triangle books, but there was enough other content to keep me going. I liked it but didn‘t love it!

Cathythoughts Oh good ! I have this on kindle too from the deal ... 👍🏻❤️ 10mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts definitely worth the Kindle offer 👍🏻 10mo
MsMelissa This has been on sale via Kobo recently. Maybe I do need to pick it up . 10mo
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. Especially near the end indeed. 10mo
JamieArc I just read that Toni Collette is involved in the making of this book into a film. 10mo
TrishB @MsMelissa it‘s good for sale price 👍🏻 10mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB yes I think the ending definitely redeemed it for me. 10mo
TrishB @JamieArc I can see it would do well as a film! 10mo
Caroline2 Meh! I am soooo done with love triangles too. 🙄 10mo
TrishB @Caroline2 this has got enough of other storylines going on to take some attention away! 10mo
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TrishB
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#99ponkindle 😁😁 been on my watch list for a while!

Caroline2 Oh thanks Trish. I‘m on it....! 😉 11mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one! 11mo
TrishB @caroline2 👍🏻 11mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain I scrolled through the reviews and yours was enough 😁 11mo
Litsi Loved it 11mo
TrishB @Litsi cool 👍🏻 11mo
Cathythoughts Just purchased 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts yay 👍🏻 11mo
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Beatlefan129
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I certainly never tried to make a living as a writer in 1990s Boston, but there was something I found so relatable in Casey‘s story. Maybe it‘s just the vivid description of a time where a person feels completely lost that rang true for me. There were so many types of loss depicted here: Loss of love relationships, loss of family relationships, loss of purpose, loss of youth. The writing in this book was absolutely gorgeous ❤️

Ruthiella I liked this book a lot too. It felt real to me as well...all the bad decisions and the good ones too. 11mo
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Manoshgirl51
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*Belletrist April 2020 Pick*

What a thought-provoking read this was. I didn‘t think I would love it as much as I did. The way Lily writes is so flawless, you get so sucked in and you feel everything she writes. The only thing I didn‘t like was who she decided to date in the end. I‘m so excited to read this in the future along with her other novels.

Cathythoughts Great cover ❤️ 11mo
Manoshgirl51 Right? It just stands out really well! 11mo
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WellReadCatLady
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Listening to one of my favorite writers!

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theshrinkette
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Bailedbailed

Meh. I like me an unlikeable protagonist but I really didn't care for this. Bailed at a 100 pages. Too Franzen-esque for my liking.

marleed I didn‘t connect with this one either. 11mo
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theshrinkette
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He's upset I'm not giving him my full attention, because just using me as a bed is not enough. #CatsOfLitsy

Leftcoastzen 😻😺Yep, relatable! 11mo
rubyslippersreads My cats sit on the iPad to get my full attention. 😹 11mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 11mo
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Kristin_Reads
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I‘ve got my current read (tagged) and February‘s Litsy reads (for #Bookspin and #PemberLittens ) all lined up. What a great month!

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BookNAround
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It‘s a particular kind of pleasure, of intimacy, loving a book with someone.

Nute I could just read that sentence over and over again!😍 12mo
AmyG It‘s a bond. I made a dear friend because we loved the same book. 12mo
NikkiM5 Yessss! So true 12mo
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DAB
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#JumpIntoJanuary

First book completed for 2021. It was not my favorite book. Very depressing though it had a happy ending.

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BittersweetBooks
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Here are my most favorites reads from 2020! Although I spent more time at home than ever before, I didn‘t reach my reading goal. As thankful as I am for the ability to work from home, it means working more but from home. I also kept busy planning my 2 weddings (backyard and delayed reception) and with home renovations.

Since this is the second year I‘ve aimed for 75 books and missed, I have reduced my goal to 70 for 2021📚

Happy reading!! 🤓📖

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theladygreer
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I remembered loving this book, which I read early in the pandemic, but decided I wanted to try it again, this time in audio. Thrilled to say I loved it just as much the second time. Maybe it has extra resonance for me as a writer, and I got lots of the references to 90s-era Cambridge and Boston, but I think it would be good for readers even without those connections. Questions of identity, relationships, grief, and much more.

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DimeryRene
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Another audio coming in hot. 🔥

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BookishTrish
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My first Lily King novel. I really liked it - it had a Sweetbitter vibe in parts - but I think I‘d have liked it more if my expectations hadn‘t been so high.

Reviewsbylola This one is on my TBR. 13mo
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Viji
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Have never read King‘s books but I‘m enjoying this one. Main character is trying to write a book, living in someone‘s potting shed and riding her bike to work as a waitress. I‘ve heard it has a happy ending so things do get better!

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