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Miss Benson's Beetle
Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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From the international bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an unforgettable, funny and charming story of a marvelous adventure and unexpected female friendship. It is 1950. In a moment of madness Margery Benson abandons her sensible job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty, in pink hat and pompom sandals, is not the companion she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an adventure that exceeds all expectations. They must risk everything and break all the rules, but at the top of a red mountain they will discover their best selves. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found. It is an intoxicating adventure story, but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.
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kspenmoll
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📖 Jack (Marilynne Robinson)
🖌 Rachel Joyce ( tagged)
📽 Jane Eyre
🎤 Jewel
🎼 Jersey Girl (Bruce Springsteen)
#manicmonday #letterJ

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Lcsmcat
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Starting this tonight for my irl book club.

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CogsOfEncouragement
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Pickpick

An overdue adventure an unlikely friendship.

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DGRachel
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Bailedbailed

I took a chance on this one, knowing it wasn‘t a genre a typically enjoy, because it was highly recommended. The audiobook is narrated by Juliet Stevenson, who I adore, but sadly, her narration wasn‘t enough to keep me going. Enid‘s baby obsession irritates me to no end, and I‘m not fond of Miss Benson. I think I‘ve given the story a fair shot. I‘m just not interested enough in the fates of the characters to carry on.

Lcsmcat Well darn. It‘s my book club‘s choice for June. 7mo
DGRachel @Lcsmcat Don‘t let my review discourage you. It is totally a case of just not a book for me and I knew that was a real danger going in. Go read @Cinfhen review for encouragement! 7mo
Cinfhen I was gonna say I found it charming and delightful @Lcsmcat sorry it was a pan for you Rachel 🙃 7mo
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Lcsmcat @Cinfhen I‘ll try to keep an open mind then. 🙂 7mo
DGRachel @Cinfhen I knew it was a risk for me, and I‘m not sorry I tried it. Sometimes, books surprise me and I love them. Other times…not so much. 😂 7mo
Cinfhen I appreciate your positive attitude 😊 too bad it wasn‘t a hit…there‘s always next time xxx 7mo
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CogsOfEncouragement
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When Margery was ten, she fell in love with a beetle. #FirstLineFridays

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Cinfhen
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When you‘re looking for a warm hug of a book with exceptional narration this book delivers 💛a middle age spinster and a flamboyant free spirit join together to undertake an expedition to New Caledonia in search of the elusive golden beetle 🪲 #AllTheFeels

jlhammar Great way to describe it! I also enjoyed this audiobook. 9mo
Megabooks Sounds like a great vacation read! 9mo
Cinfhen Yeah, it was the right book for my current mood @Megabooks and I‘m loving 9mo
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Cinfhen I really enjoyed the narration @jlhammar I think that added to my enjoyment 9mo
DGRachel Doesn‘t look like my normal genres, but I love warm book hugs! Put a hold in at the library for the audiobook! 9mo
jlhammar @Cinfhen Have you tried listening to Miss Austen by Gill Hornby yet? Juliet Stevenson also narrates that one and I thought it was a lovely listen. I'm not someone who seeks out all things Austen and was surprised just how much I enjoyed it. 9mo
Cinfhen No @jlhammar but I‘m stacking - thanks for the recommendation 💜 9mo
Cinfhen Yay @DGRachel I think it‘s going to surprise you in a pleasant way! And the audio is worth everything ♥️ 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Back in Miami after a quick trip to Atlanta. Went for an early morning walk while listening to this delightful audio 🎧 🪲😄

TrishB Looks lovely ❤️ hope Niki and Mr Niki are doing well. (edited) 9mo
Centique I just used your gift subscription to get this one! Thank you so much 😘😘 9mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! @Centique I think you‘re gonna enjoy it 🪲💕it‘s SO DELIGHTFUL!! Narration was FABULOUS 🙌🏻 9mo
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Cinfhen Hahaha @TrishB thanks 😊 I had such a GREAT TIME!!!! Niki & Mr. Niki are wonderful and little Herzy too♥️🐾 9mo
Megabooks Lovely!! I owe you an email again!! Glad you had a great side trip!! 😘😘 9mo
BarbaraBB Spectacular picture! You‘re having a great time I think!? 9mo
Cinfhen Im actually having a wonderful time @BarbaraBB @Megabooks it‘s just going by so quickly 😩 9mo
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Cinfhen
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So SO CHARMING- narration is FABULOUS 🪲💚🎧

julesG I really enjoyed this one. 9mo
TrishB I liked this one too 👍🏻 9mo
Cinfhen It‘s super enjoyable @julesG @TrishB 9mo
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ReadingOver50
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Not quite what I was expecting. I liked that Miss Benson decided to follow her dream at age 47. But really, she‘s not that old. The misogyny was disturbing but probably accurate for the time period. The ex-POW was really annoying and I could have done without him. The book was good but not memorable.

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ReadingOver50
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“You might travel to the other side of the world, but in the end it made no difference: whatever devastating unhappiness was inside you would come, too.”

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janeycanuck
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This was just what my soul needed. I really enjoyed the beautiful friendship between Enid and Margery, the adventures they had and the little bit of the suspense that Joyce wove through the narrative.

Novel 3/3 for #NovelNovember

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏 12mo
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Readswithcoffee
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You know a book is in your wheelhouse when you are torn between rushing to find out how it ends and pacing yourself because you don‘t want to be finished. The audiobook narrator, Juliet Stevenson, is absolutely fabulous. She truly brings the characters to life. I love this book!

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Readswithcoffee
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I‘m almost halfway into the audiobook version and am loving it! The narrator, Juliet Stevenson, is wonderful! I hope the story holds up through the end.

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rretzler
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Random book from my TBR 📚. Day 8. #tbrpile

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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

I liked the descriptive writing and loved the progression of Margery and Enid's friendship but I found it difficult to pick this up once I'd put it down. Poor Mundic's struggles touched my heart but I felt his storyline muddied the waters and was completely unnecessary. I hated the end.
(📷: pinterest)

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mackelie
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Mehso-so

This one was between a Pick and So-So for me.

Margery Benson has set out to find a golden beetle that has never been discovered before. Out of all people, she is joined by Enid Pretty who seems to be the opposite to Margery. The story follows their journey to New Caledonia and female friendship.

It was an interesting read with many unexpected turns but it dragged a little bit while reading.

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Curvybookgirl
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Mehso-so

This was another book club pick. It started off with promise but sadly it fell short for me.

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Tonton
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Margery Benson is a lonely and increasingly diminished home economics teacher who impetuously walks out of her job. She‘s been fascinated since she was a child by tales of the search for a golden 🪲 beetle and gives herself a good shake to organize an expedition (advertising for a companion) to an island jungle. It‘s a wild journey of self discovery, female friendship, grit, betrayal, surprise, and hope. Grudging admiration turned to liking!

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NikkiKey94
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When I started reading this book I didn‘t really know what to expect. I didn‘t think I was going to be so drawn into the story and the characters. I really enjoyed it and I couldn‘t put it down! I‘m so glad I received it in my Once Upon A Book Club box. 🌟🌟🌟🌟!

Clwojick I have this on hold right now. It sounds fantastic 💙 1y
NikkiKey94 @Clwojick I think you will enjoy it! I‘m so glad I read it! 1y
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Amie
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Charming book about an adventure and an unexpected friendship. I love historical stories about women doing science.

ReadingisMyPassion This is in my stack to read. 1y
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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 216
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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kspenmoll
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#Bookspinbingo #bookspin #20 #doublebookspin #1
Here is my July bingo card, each book matching the number given on the card. # 20- The Clue; #1-Hamnet. Thanks @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Bojo2006
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I debated reading this book and almost didn‘t because a book about a search for a rare beetle didn‘t grab me. But it‘s not about a beetle - it‘s a beautiful story about friendship. I‘m so glad I read it! Margery and Enid have stayed with me. The ending made me route for all women with a dream. Loved it!

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kathytrithardt
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I'm looking forward to reading this one and opening my Once Upon a Book Club gifts while doing so. Use my rep code of Trithardt10 to get 10% off your first order from them. 🥰📚 https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!🎉 1y
Crazeedi Oh, and miss benson was excellent!! 1y
Moonprismpower Cool book box!😀 1y
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kathytrithardt I like mystery surprises to do with whatever is going on in the novel. 🥰 1y
sharread I want to get that in July! So awesome. 1y
Gissy I need to read that one too! ☺️ 1y
kathytrithardt @Gissy I really enjoyed her Harold/Queenie duology. 1y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Decided to go with this one next! It's Victoria Day holiday today here in 🇨🇦🍁 so I'm sitting outside in this beautiful weather and cracking a new book open.

Tamra It‘s a charming and heartwarming read. 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Tamra great to hear!! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading We had rain in the forecast but it turned out to be a beautiful day today!! So nice to just lay in my hammock and read! Much needed! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Prairiegirl_reading 🥳🥳🍁🇨🇦👍 2y
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Cathy_J
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Two unique characters set off from London in 1950 on an adventure to the jungles of New Caledonia to find a potentially mythical golden beetle. This was an enjoyable read, it surprised me 🙂 ⭐⭐⭐.5

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Crazeedi
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Joyce writes with a unique style, and her characters are eccentric and truly lovable. Thanks to Net Galley and Dial Press for the chance to read and review this book. Margery never fit in anywhere. But she loved working with beetles and remembered her father telling her about a golden beetle in New Caledonia that has never been seen. And so with her assistant Enid Pretty, she begins her journey to find the elusive beetle. ⬇️

Crazeedi If you've read the authors other books, you will enjoy this delightful story. My #BookSpin (number 13-Net Galley book) @TheAromaofBooks 2y
amber_ldsmom Loved this one so much! 2y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Andrew65 Love her books and need to get to this one. Hadn‘t seen it on #netgalley 2y
Crazeedi @Andrew65 I've had it for quite some time, shame on me for not reading sooner 2y
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CindiB
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I was charmed and laughed out loud and cheered on these two women as they stumbled towards their best friendship. But the last 20 pages were so disappointing and the end flat and while this was well-written, a thoroughly creative idea and lively and quirky plot, ultimately, it just shrivelled. So sad. 3.5/5

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lowellette
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What a delight! Two strangers head out to New Caledonia in search of a beetle, with murder, crime, and jealousy trailing behind them. I loved this female bonding book.

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sheilaghcolleen
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“Look how marvelously different we are, you and I, and yet here we are, together in this strange world!”

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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 214: Extreme Hiking with Mina

New guest Mina speaks with Jenny about her 2021 reading goals, a book club with an amazing life of its own, and books we've read and liked recently.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy214

andrew61 Enjoyed this episode jenny some great recommendations. Good to hear someone else who has a long reading group history. 2y
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 I know! I really thought of you and your group too. 2y
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Blh87
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I was not expecting all of the feels...such a good book.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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Margery Benson is a spinster obsessed with finding a beetle that no one has ever seen. It‘s 1950 and Margery decides to go all the way to New Caledonia to find this beetle. She ends up bringing along an assistant who is full of surprises and secrets. Lots of challenges and funny moments but this is ultimately a book about how friendship can grow and flourish in the most unlikely of situations. It‘s fiction but love how it‘s based on a real photo!

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Blh87
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I laughed way too hard at this...I need to get out more😳.

GHABI4ROSES Getting out is overrated📚☺️📚😉📚 2y
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Blh87
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These two gals are an interesting duo, and I‘m loving it🤗.

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Tamra
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The characters and adventures are memorable! I was even a tad bit surprised by an event near the end, which is always a good thing. My seemingly common complaint these days though is that the story could have been pared down - I felt in some places the scenes were unnecessarily drawn out or in ways repetitive.

You can‘t go wrong with Juliet Stevenson narrating! She‘d make a cereal box entertaining. 😄

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 2y
Tamra @TrishB I will probably think of this book every time I see a beetle. 😆 2y
Aims42 Oooo I have this one requested from my library 😍 Your review makes me hope it comes in soon!! 2y
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Blh87
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I decided to order this book box through Once Upon a Bookclub...let‘s get started!

Tamra I just finished the audio. 👍🏾 2y
Blh87 @Tamra oh, nice! I‘m only about 60 pages in, but I‘m already enjoying the duo! 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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Ready to open some gifts!! If you haven‘t already joined, you can use BARKINGMADRUN10 at checkout for a discount! #ouabc #onceuponabookclub #readallthebooks

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aperfectmjk
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I had high hopes for this one, and unfortunately this fell just a bit short. It wasn't a bad read, it just wasn't my favorite by Rachel Joyce. I did love Enid as a character though. She made the book enjoyable.

#bookspinbingo - Library Loan #21

Tamra Shoot! 2y
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aperfectmjk
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As usual I'm behind on my posts. I'll get there, but I've got to say I'm really excited because I'm making great progress on my reading so far for the year. I'm starting #12 for the year. Once I get this one finished I will have a bingo for #bookspinbingo!

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Battledoll
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I started this on NYE and finished partly into the new year. This is my first book of 2021, and it‘s a good one. Margery gives up her old life teaching home economics in 1950 in order to hunt for a previously unknown species of beetle and is joined by her assistant. Margery has to overcome her own self doubt and doubts about her new companion while she searches for this bug. I didn‘t expect this to be as gripping as it was! I really enjoyed it!

Colleenma Almost finished and loving it 2y
Battledoll It‘s so good! Let me know what you think once you‘ve finished! 😊 2y
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krissy992
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Such a fun book!!! I wasn't sure I would like it at first but I couldn't put it down toward the end. Some parts heartwarming, others intense. I really enjoyed this book!!!

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TrishB
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Lovely last read of the year 😁 What an adventure these two go on. If you like Joyce‘s other books you‘ll like this one.

MsMelissa You‘re really influencing my reading lately! I will read this soon - maybe after The Absolutist. 2y
Crazeedi Have this on my kindle, need to read 2y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa @Crazeedi I hope you enjoy when you get there 😁 2y
Cathythoughts Happy New Year Trish ! I love my new bookmark! Thankyou ! Let‘s hope 2021 is a better year. Sending love to you & all your family X Cathy 2y
TrishB @Cathythoughts glad it got there 😁 happy new year to you and the family 💜💜 2y
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BookDragon25
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Not enough time in the day 🤷
Trying to finish up my once upon a book club book

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TrishB
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A bit of a lighter read for last read of the year.
#currentread

Caroline2 Oh what an interesting cover! 😯 2y
rockpools Sounds good. 2y
MsMelissa I was considering this as my last read of the year, but decided to go with something more in line with 2020 😂 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 @rockpools enjoying so far 👍🏻 2y
TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa that could be a lot of things! 2y
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BookBosomed1
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This book is whacky and imperfect but also charming and meaningful. The book centers on two females who, through the development of a friendship, understand what it means to be their authentic selves. They give each other the courage to fight against social conventions and see their true selves. I recommend this book for those who understand & celebrate the power of female friendship.

CW: implied assault, mental illness, and dog-related death.

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amber_ldsmom
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#12Booksof2020 #day2
Miss Benson‘s Beetle
Completely in love with this book!

EadieB Read this for NetGalley and I enjoyed it too! 2y
Andrew65 Love Rachel Joyce books so need to read this. 2y
Crazeedi I have this on my kindle from Net Galley , beed to read!! 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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5/5 🌟
Best book I‘ve read all year! A story about a friendship that blooms between two very different women and how they learn from each other. Makes me ache for a friendship like theirs. ❤️
#ouabc

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 183 of 2020.