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The Reading List
The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
An unforgettable and heartwarming debut about how a chance encounter with a list of library books helps forge an unlikely friendship between two very different people in a London suburb. Widower Mukesh lives a quiet life in the London Borough of Ealing after losing his beloved wife. He shops every Wednesday, goes to Temple, and worries about his granddaughter, Priya, who hides in her room reading while he spends his evenings watching nature documentaries. Aleisha is a bright but anxious teenager working at the local library for the summer when she discovers a crumpled-up piece of paper in the back of To Kill a Mockingbird. Its a list of novels that shes never heard of before. Intrigued, and a little bored with her slow job at the checkout desk, she impulsively decides to read every book on the list, one after the other. As each story gives up its magic, the books transport Aleisha from the painful realities shes facing at home. When Mukesh arrives at the library, desperate to forge a connection with his bookworm granddaughter, Aleisha passes along the reading listhoping that it will be a lifeline for him too. Slowly, the shared books create a connection between two lonely souls, as fiction helps them escape their grief and everyday troubles and find joy again.
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m usually hit-or-miss with books about books, but this falls right in the middle. Some aspiring readers randomly come across a reading list full of well-known titles, and decide, what the hell, let‘s try reading these. 🚨Minor spoilers for the books discussed, but not really enough to deter. Overall, the story is a bit cheesy, but it works. Of the POV, Mukesh was my favorite. He‘s just adorable in his the newfound love. #bookclub

JGadz11 Is that a LEGO NYC stoop?!😍 1mo
Cinfhen Was going to ask the same question, Britt!??? Is that a Lego bookshop ?!?! Adorable!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Also I started this book on audio awhile back but it wasn‘t working for me….it was a bit too sappy/sweet 1mo
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britt_brooke @JGadz11 @Cinfhen Yes!! It‘s so adorable and such a fun build. The different floors lift off so you can see the inside. 🤩 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It‘s another one of those books I‘d have never picked up if not for book club. I can easily see why it wasn‘t grabbing you. 1mo
JGadz11 @britt_brooke 💖💖💖 1mo
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Adventures-of-a-French-Reader
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4 🌟 It's hard for a book lover not to fall under this book's charms... It's a cute story, brushing nonetheless on very hard topics (mental health, suicide, etc.), about the power of books. Quick read, well-written, this friendship story will make you want to read more, and why not spread a list of books...

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BarbaraJean
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This was a sweet bookish novel… at times sadder than I expected, but still such a huggable story. I‘m kind of a sucker for books focused on libraries, or books about books… or books about how unlikely friendships and personal growth can spring from shared reading… and this was all of the above. Some of the minor plot lines could have been developed a little further, but still—a fun debut novel and a great #BookSpin pick for May!

SilversReviews I LOVED this book. 😀 1mo
JamieArc I‘m a sucker for unlikely friendships/intergenerational friendships and a community coming together for a cause, so I loved this one. It helped during a pandemic reading slump. 1mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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MelindaOtt
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This book made me ugly cry happy tears in public. I will always love it for that.

LoverOfLearning Wow that sounds really good! 2mo
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Augustdana
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🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️eh it‘s ok so far. Once again I‘m reading half a book in two days. 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

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HettyG
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I enjoyed this audio book, wonderful narration! I did find it a bit too long. Some of the books on the reading list I have already read but committed to re-reading! I‘m even going to give Pride and Prejudice another shot, although when I read it in school I remember sharing Aleisha‘s opinion that it was boring trash, albeit historical boring trash. 😆

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HettyG
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My weekend audio book! I picked this up by chance on Libby, and I‘m so glad I did, I am loving it so far! It will be keeping me company digging out garden beds this weekend.

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MeJeMiller
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There was one twist I wasn‘t expecting. LOVED how it ended. That was so special and so many special relationships.

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Megabooks
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Hopeful, sad, and sweet, this contemporary novel hit the spot, but it was missing some moments of character development I would‘ve enjoyed. Loved the community though.

Murkesh is a lonely widower with overbearing daughters. Missing his wife who loved books, he heads to the library and meets teenage Aleisha, who is breaking under the stain of caring for a mentally ill mom. A mysterious reading list brings the two together, but who wrote it?

TrishB This sounds great 👍🏻 3mo
Cinfhen I started this on audio but it wasn‘t connecting, so I bailed. Maybe I‘ll try again another time 3mo
squirrelbrain I liked this but, like you, thought that some of the characters weren‘t drawn strongly enough for the plot points. (I‘m thinking of one character / plot element in particular; the rather shocking one) 3mo
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Megabooks @TrishB it was really nice 😀 3mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I didn‘t connect on audio either, but in print, I really liked it! (edited) 3mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes, Aidan‘s death didn‘t really seem to have enough story behind it to make sense. And Aleisha got over it a bit fast. 🤔 3mo
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tpixie
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Just starting this book. It seems very sweet. And who doesn‘t love a book about libraries, books, and reading?!!
📚 📖 📚

EvieBee It‘s good! 😍 3mo
tpixie @EvieBee yes! I‘m really enjoying it so far! 3mo
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Sharpeipup
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After 3 bails, I really need a good book before it becomes a true slump.

Texreader I had two in a row this month. My third book I‘m reading now has some aggravating issues but I‘m bound and determined to get through it and not have a third bail. Trying to avoid slump-land myself. Best wishes you‘ve found a good one. I see it‘s on my tbr list. 3mo
tpixie I‘m just starting it. It seems sweet. 3mo
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peanutnine
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So I'm a day late on this #WondrousWednesday but thanks for the tag, @Ast_Arslan ☺️

1. My messy built-in bookcase - I've bought too many books lately and it's due for a reorganization

2. I wouldn't say any of my reads so far this year have been too important, but the tagged was a powerful read.

3. I'm getting better at dumping books! Three so far this year: Dial A for Aunties, I am I am I am, and Change of Heart

@Eggs

Eggs 💗💗 built in shelves💗💗 3mo
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SanjanaGhosh
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Is there anything better than a book about books :')

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Allylu
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I finished an actual library book, not an audiobook! Yay! Of course this book was not what I expected. It was heartwarming and sad and happy and it will make you cry. I loved it because it shows how much libraries can be part of your community and be community for you. Everyone should read it! #24 #BookSpin #6 #DS January #BFC22 #HelloSpring #Buzzwordathon #ReadYourShelf #MarvellousMarch #Pantone2022Colour Gossamer Pink #TidyBookshelfDiverse

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
tpixie Great review! I started it yesterday. 💖📚💖 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Library
#SavvySettings

📚❤️

From my sweet friend @Desha 💞

BookBabe So beautiful! 😍 4mo
MaureenMc 😍 4mo
Desha Oh your bookshelves are so beautiful! 😍🥰♥️ 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Desha thank you ❤️📚 4mo
Christyco125 I could stare at your shelves for hours. 👓📖 4mo
SW-T Lovely! 🥰 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Christyco125 me too! It‘s my favorite room 📚❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SW-T thank you ❤️ 4mo
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Allylu
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Finished off two books this morning: Now We Are Six by A. A. Milne #childrensclassic for March, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Expurey my first book for #MiddleGradeMarch. I want to finish An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott before we leave for Virginia tomorrow and I am continuing to read The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams which I am finding very interesting. I might take something else along, but I don‘t know what yet.

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Jnnlb
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved this book!!! Couldn‘t put it down!

Allylu I‘m reading this right now! 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Thank you so much Desha!! I can‘t wait to read this one! You are so sweet!! ❤️💛💚💜🧡

#LitsyLove

Desha You are so welcome! I hope you really enjoy it! 💗💗💗 4mo
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rachaich
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Ah, nice comforting read, reinstated my faith in books, libraries and communities.
Plus two more lists of books!

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rachaich
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Hoping this isn't too saccharine sweet or twee...

TheLudicReader I will look forward to your thoughts. 5mo
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ProudBookNerd
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I have just started listening to the audio version of this book on my increasing commutes to and from work. It can take an hour or more sometimes so I started listening to books to pass the time. I haven't finished it yet but I am hooked. It is humorous and heart warming. The premise revolves around a reading list popping up in random places that characters find and for various reasons have all started reading the books on the list.

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peacegypsy
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It‘s fairly difficult to see how a reader (or anyone who loves books) can‘t help but be inspired by this tribute to books and their life-changing power. The characters are endearing as well; it is a novel that celebrates the connections we make through literature and its endearing power. And, the author shares a reading list in the back, too!

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Acoleman
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‘Please try to remember that books aren‘t always an escape; sometimes books teach us things. They show us the world; they don‘t hide it‘

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amma-keep-reading
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The definition of a feel-good read for bookworms especially those who frequent public libraries.

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peanutnine
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And first completed book for the #Pantone2022 color challenge 🥳
Daffodil @Clwojick

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peanutnine
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This book was lovely. I'm glad I listened to the audio, even though it made me teary during my drive to work. This was a sweet story about how reading can help you find perspective in your life. It follows the impact of a reading list as it drops into the hands of different people in the community. I liked switching between Mukesh and Aleisha's experience and seeing how they related to book characters. Their friendship was so fun to watch grow.

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BookBosomed1
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⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This 📖 is about 📚 as a catalyst for connection - to one‘s self, the world, & to others. After finding a list of 📚, reluctant librarian Aleisha escapes from caring for her depressed mother by reading. Hoping to connect with his late wife, an avid reader, Mukesh starts reading. When their paths cross, the list will push Aleisha and Mukesha in unexpected ways, rendering visible connections unrealized. 😭 🛑: cancer, depression, suicide

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suvata
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Touching story about an aging widower and a lonely teenage girl who form an unlikely friendship by bonding over books.

Notes left around town:

“Just in case you need it:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Rebecca
The Kite Runner
Life of Pi
Pride and Prejudice
Little Women
Beloved
A Suitable Boy”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

lynneamch Really enjoyed this one. I was surprised that A Suitable Boy was the only one I hadn't read, so now waiting for it on Overdrive. 5mo
suvata That is the only one I hadn‘t read either. In fact, I had never even heard of it. 5mo
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slategreyskies
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I think this book was really well done, but I wasn‘t prepared for how sad it would be in places. Overall, I felt like it had a hopeful message, about both community and found family. Trigger warning in the spoiler comment below. ⬇️

#Pantone2022 Daffodil :)

slategreyskies Trigger warning for suicide. 5mo
BookBosomed1 I started the book this weekend. :) 5mo
slategreyskies I did NOT like her Dad. WTF was wrong with that man!? Leaving a 17 year old alone in a house with a mentally unstable and unable to care for herself parent? How is that even remotely responsible parenting? Parts of this book made me so upset, and that was probably the part that made me angriest! He just decided he was going to walk away, like his own daughter wasn‘t his responsibility anymore since he had this shiny new family. Ugh!!!! 5mo
Clwojick 💖💖💖 5mo
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BookBosomed1
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1. Tagged. I am enjoying it so far. It‘s not my favorite read this year, but I do appreciate the overall message.
2. Cold & Snowy. ❤️ it.
3. Hot tea (lots of it!), comfy pajamas, cozy blankets, reading socks, layers, candles, space heater, soup, and fur babies cuddled on my lap. #weekendreads

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slategreyskies
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1. Currently reading the tagged book and really enjoying it so far. I don‘t want to put it down to make dinner! :)

2. We‘re expecting a snowstorm tomorrow, but it‘s just been cold and cloudy today.

3. I have a small blanket I keep on the couch next to me. Also, I have a pair of dusky rose colored slippers with a furry lining. And hot tea!! Always hot tea! 🍵

#WeekendReads

Wanna play? Consider yourself tagged! :)

Andrew65 Thanks for the tag. 5mo
Eggs Thanks💕 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for the tag 📚💗 5mo
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BookBosomed1
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Truth. Happy Saturday.

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slategreyskies
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I‘m planning on reading The Reading List this weekend. I‘m also hoping to finish Original Fire, a book of poems by Louise Erdrich. Happy weekend, everyone!! 🤍✨

And for those who are participating, happy #JoyousJanuary! Enjoy the #readathon!! :)

Andrew65 Have a good weekend of reading. 5mo
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BookBosomed1
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A glorious discovery awaited me when I opened the front door. The library Bookmobile was back on schedule and delivered some long-anticipated books. Even more glorious, the reading gloves my friend made me was waiting in the mailbox. TGIF.

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TheLudicReader
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Mehso-so

My second #NYWD22 selection was just okay for me. I loved the premise- an elderly widower and a lonely teenage girl connect over books, but it all felt contrived to me. 😬 There was just too much going on for any of it to really land, the book discussions were cursory and the ending was, frankly, implausible. This might be a case of it‘s me rather than it‘s the book.
@JamieArc @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, I‘ve definitely seen great reviews for this! But books about books are hard! When they‘re great, they‘re great. But it‘s easy to get it (even just slightly) wrong. I remember reading one that everyone loved while I thought it was okay. 6mo
TheLudicReader Haha, I did not like The Storied Life either, @monalyisha 6mo
monalyisha One that I actually did enjoy (though it was awhile ago now so I don‘t feel 100% confident in my recommendation) is 6mo
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monalyisha @TheLudicReader I remember thinking that the author got the bookstore vibe exactly right. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading I never understood what is so great about AJ Fikry!! I‘m glad to know I‘m not the only one! 6mo
TheLudicReader I might actually have a copy of that on my tbr shelf, @monalyisha 6mo
monalyisha @TheLudicReader TW, though for Midnight (which will be clear from the blurb alone). (edited) 6mo
monalyisha @Prairiegirl_reading 😉👯‍♀️ I didn‘t hate it. I just wasn‘t blown away or forever endeared. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading @monalyisha yeah, same. The only reason why I remember it at all is because everyone else loves it and I thought…… meh. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
TheLudicReader @Prairiegirl_reading @monalyisha it's one of the best things about reading - no two readers read the same book. 😄 6mo
JamieArc The thing about books I usually love is that it has to do with what‘s going on in my life. I was in the midst of a huge reading slump when I picked this one up, and I tend to love intergenerational friendships. I was also struggling through A Suitable Boy, and this inspired my to keep going. 6mo
TheLudicReader @jamiearc books are like that…sometimes they find you at the right time. 😁 I think I am likely in the minority, but that‘s okay. I didn‘t want to throw it across the room. 😁 you may not love some of my choices, either. I am prepared for that. 🤣 (edited) 6mo
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slategreyskies
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Currently reading. :)

TheLudicReader I just finished tonight. 6mo
slategreyskies @TheLudicReader I finished this morning. I mostly really liked it, but I wish it hadn‘t gotten so intense toward the end. I wasn‘t expecting that. 5mo
TheLudicReader I didn‘t really like it, so you made out better than me. 😁 5mo
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HappilyEverKrafter
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“Books always change as the person who reads them changes too.”

TRUTH.

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Christy2318
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This is a lovely story about the power of books and libraries, family relationships, unlikely friendships, and grief. Some parts are very sad. You may need a tissue or two. 📚📚📚📚📚

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TheLudicReader
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Getting started on my second book for #NYWD22, @JamieArc & @monalyisha
It‘s blustery out there.

EvieBee Whoa! That snow! Good book, too. 6mo
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HappilyEverKrafter
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📚I don‘t have a specific goal, just to always be reading and always be reading something I enjoy. Life‘s too short to read boring books!

🖊 I use a word of the year generator to discover my word of the year, and this year our family got “surrender.” Lots to think on!

📖 I‘m starting the year by reading “The Reading List,” and I love it so far! I love that I‘m starting the year by reading a book about books!

@MoonWitch94 #thoughtfulthursday

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staci.reads
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I adored this book! It speaks to book lovers and library lovers, telling a story about love, loss, friendship, and the power of books to connect us.

LiteraryinLawrence Just borrowed this from the library (#blameitonlitsy) and excited to get to it! 6mo
Zoe-h I love those blocks you have! Great quotes. 6mo
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thewallflower0707
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Panpan

I know this is a very popular book 📕, but I just couldn‘t stand it! I thought the parts where the characters talked about the books they are reading and how it connects to their own world was sooooooo awkward and clumsy.

#TheReadingWishlist

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Whimsically.Ordinary
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What a love story to books! This lovely story about the books people read and the importance of literature teaches us that it's ok to need your community and sometimes a wonderful friendship happens when we least expect it.

slategreyskies Welcome to Litsy!! :) 6mo
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Emily92Bibliophile
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🎉Emily‘s 2021 Top 10 Favorite Adult Fiction 🎉 In no particular order ; The Witch‘s Heart and The Reading List are tied for my favorite adult book of the year

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Emily92Bibliophile
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🎉Didn‘t meet my 2021 Goal, but it was definitely a good year of discovery in finding new faves. Will post my top 5 favorites in Adult Fiction and YA Fiction ASAP. 🎉

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Emily92Bibliophile
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This book is making it VERY hard for me to decide my top 5 favorite books of 2021. It was absolutely perfect in all bookish ways imaginable, and powerful in dealing with real issues. If you haven‘t read this one yet, RUN to your nearest indie bookstore and treat yoself.

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staci.reads
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I have a bunch of chunksters I will dive into in January for book clubs and reading challenges, but I'm pleasure-reading to end one year and start the next 😍. I'm planning to finish Within These Wicked Walls today, and tomorrow I will dive into The Reading List. #lastfirst @BookNAround

JamieArc The Reading List was one of my favorites last year! Happy Reading! 6mo
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Gissy
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This is my #MyNewYearWhoDis2022 books selection from books read by my match @sharread 📚🤗I‘m planning to read more books from her Litsy “pick👍 books list, but these are the first ones I‘m planning to read soon. I chose books that I already own so I can continue reducing my tbr pile of books. But there are other books that @sharread has in her wish list that I‘m interested to read, maybe we can buddy-read at least one book in 2022📖🤗
@monalysha

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