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Under the Whispering Door
Under the Whispering Door | T. J. Klune
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Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a man who spent his life at the office - and his death building a home.
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Allthebookclubs
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Klune‘s mind is fascinating! Everyone is talking about fantasy these days and they‘re referring to faeries or dragons, but this is a different kind of fantasy. An interesting take on death, afterlife, and in between. Full of emotions from grief and sadness to hilarity and love, all leading to people connecting to one another. Book #50 in 2024

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Aimeesue
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Switching back and forth between book and audio, narrated by Kirt Graves.
Happy Pride month!
🩷❤️🧡💛💚🩵💙💜🤎🩶🖤🤍

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K.Wielechowski
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Wallace is an asshole.
And then he dies.
But he doesn‘t cross over right away. He is met by a reaper who escorts him to Charon‘s Crossing, a tea shop that doubles as a portal to the afterlife run by the enigmatic Hugo.
Wallace is given the opportunity to come to terms with the life he lead and the death nobody grieved and ended up finding a purpose, a family, and a home.
Sometimes you have to die for your life to begin.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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What an empathetic book! How tender. How bittersweet. How deeply poignant. For a book so absorbed with death, it's strangely life affirming, and isn't that such a wonderful paradox? It emanates such fierce humanity that it's a palpable thing, an innate goodness that you get to hold in your hands with all the messy complications of this equally terrifying and wonderful business we call life and death. I can't resist returning again and again 🫖.

Bookwomble Beautiful review 💖 1mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Bookwomble Thank you so much 🫖❤️. It's such a beautiful story. 1mo
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I love this journey more than anything, which is why I can't resist returning to this cosy world of ghosts and tea shops again and again 🫖.

#fantasyfiction #romance #tjklune #quotes #currentread #reread #lgbtqia #ghosts #cozyfantasy #charon #utwd #afterlife #bookish #booklover #bookquotes

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I'm of the mind that I'm family now, since this is my third time reading this book! 🫖

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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Home sweet home 📚🫖.

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monkeygirlsmama
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4.5 ⭐

Still fresh in the throws of grief, I wasn't certain if I'd be able to get through this. (I didn't know what it was about prior to the trigger warning at the beginning.) Decided I was going to try it anyway, and I'm so glad I did. It broke my heart several times and put me back in that initial loss mindset. I cried. I cried like a fool actually. At my desk. At work. But it was such a good story and so well written. A truly beautiful tale.

rwmg I just got this. Thanks for the warning. Strictly to be read at home 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @rwmg If I hadn't just lost my better half less than a year ago it might not have affected me quite so strongly. As it was, I was good up until, probably, the last 1/4 of the book. 2mo
rwmg Sorry for your loss. I lost my mum at the beginning of this year, so maybe I'll hold off on it fir a while 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @rwmg Thanks 😏 My condolences as well. 😔 2mo
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DavidDiamond
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In posing the question "What will you do with the time you have left?", TJ Klune gives us another funny and heartwarming story about life, loss, grief and tea.
I laughed, I cried....I appreciated life just a little bit more.
But not tea..it's like warm water with yard clippings...I'm more of a coffee kinda guy.

TrishB You‘re not having the right tea 😁 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Yes to everything except to the tea bits. Tea is amazing! 😅😁 2mo
DavidDiamond @TrishB You're probably right! 😁 2mo
DavidDiamond @RaeLovesToRead That's what I hear...I'll keep trying! 2mo
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monkeygirlsmama

"It was enlightening to see that you were a proponent of manscaping when you were alive. I'd hate to think you'd neglect it only to spend your time here with a topiary garden in your pants." - Nelson

????Nelson ragging on Wallace does not get old. This guy is by far one of my favorite characters ever.????

CBee LOVED this book 😊😊😊 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @CBee It was on my TBR, but I came into it with no idea what it was about. I'm 60% in now though and I too have been loving it. 2mo
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AkashaVampie
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Just started listening to this... the guy is an asshole. Is he supposed to be that way?

#BookishMonopoly

Prairiegirl_reading Yes he is. But keep going 💜 5mo
CBee Please keep going! It‘s so worth it 😊😊 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! One of my favorites!! 5mo
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AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading @CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Am I going to be crying by the end of the book? Am I going to love the asshole at the end? 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading I can‘t spoil! 🤐 5mo
AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading come on.... not even alittle???? 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie I think by the end you‘ll be laughing and crying. That‘s all I‘m gonna say 😊 5mo
AkashaVampie @CBee oh fun! 5mo
AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading @CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ok... I am really getting into the book now. I am 59% done. It does have its funny moments. I think its the most serious book I have read in a while (meaning that it is trying to teach you something about life). I am all fiction when it comes to reading becuz I want to be someone or somewhere else. So this is very interesting. Making me think, but liking it. 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie glad to hear it 😊 5mo
AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading @CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ok now at 73% done. I take back about the asshole. The Manager is an asshole. 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie 😂😂😂😂 you‘re the cutest 5mo
AkashaVampie @CBee I know my assholes... haha 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie 😂😂😂😂 5mo
AkashaVampie @CBee 🤘🤪🤘 5mo
AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading @CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Finished.... Holy Shit that was a roller coaster of emotions! 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie YES!! Great right?? 5mo
AkashaVampie @CBee yeah it was. Everyone needs to read it 5mo
CBee @AkashaVampie have you read The House in the Cerulean Sea? Same author and possibly even better than this one! 5mo
AkashaVampie @CBee no not yet, but it is on my list to get to! 5mo
Prairiegirl_reading Yeah I need to say I listened to this on audio and stood in my garden bawling. 😭 I loved that book and house on the cerulean sea and in the lives of puppets. 💜 5mo
AkashaVampie @Prairiegirl_reading I also did the audio. 5mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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2023 favourite books, ranked from left to right, top left to bottom right. Some combination of emotionally resonant and a DAMN GOOD TIME. Pretty obvious that T. Kingfisher joined my list of favourite authors in 2023.

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Robotswithpersonality
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First read in March of this year, my December reread confirms, this is my favourite book read in 2023. Everything it makes me feel, how it talks about grief, loss, forgiveness, humanity, redemption, letting go, love, belief...the fully developed characters, the funny and poignant moments, casual queer rep, the unique fantasy elements. I was worried that it wouldn't hit me the same way the second time but I was laughing and crying all over again.

Robotswithpersonality There is an author's note at the beginning concerning the content, and as the acknowledgements state at the end, I don't know that this could heal someone, but I know that it aches in the best way, as much the feeling of when you smile too much as when you cry too hard. ❤️ 6mo
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🎄🎅🏻🦌

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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It‘s never enough, is it? Time. We always think we have so much of it, but when it really counts, we don‘t have enough at all.”

😭😭😭💔💔💔

Tux, get the tissues!

#Adayinthelifeoftux

RaeLovesToRead Aww, Tux looks so cosy!! 💕💕 7mo
dabbe Tux is tuckered out! 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @RaeLovesToRead he‘s such a good boy 🖤 🐾 7mo
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WJCintron Never enough!! Enjoy every second. 😃🙌❄️❄️ Happy first of December!! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Two4Tuesday

Can‘t wait for the Josie Silver!! 💙🤍💙

Desha I ordered that one from BOTM also! ♥️ 7mo
TheSpineView I want to read this book too! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Metaphor for life…🫖 7mo
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MicrobeMom
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Wow! This is a beautiful emotional book about death and grief. Not as fun and light hearted as The House in the Cerulean Sea, but amazing cozy thought take on mortality and the after.

RebelReader I just finished this one this week too! Your review is spot on! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Still trying to finish 🥴 this has been a busy week! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Go Chiefs!! 🏈🙌🏻

What are you reading tonight? 📚

BkClubCare Go Chiefs!! 🌟 7mo
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lyradora Marked by Magic by Lindsay Buroker, the first in a new urban fantasy series. The female protagonist is a human/dark elf who is an excellent archer and tracker. When she gets hired to find a dragon who has come to Earth from another realm, she reluctantly takes the job because she **really** needs the money. Hijinks ensue.
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JessieKB Perfect combo!!!🍷🏈📖 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Here‘s to everyone having a great Monday!! 🍷 🍾

Loving this book! 💙✨🌟

gossamerchild I adore that book! 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“We don‘t always see what‘s right in front of us, much less appreciate it. It‘s not until we look back that we find what we should have known all along.”

Loving this one 💫

#LitsyLoveReads

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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My best reading buddy!! Apparently I read several chapters in this one that I don‘t remember reading so back to chapter 4! I think I was reading and took my sleep medicine 🤪

Does this ever happen to anyone else?!?!

#Adayinthelifeoftux
#Catsoflitsy

AmandaBlaze Yup. 7mo
dabbe Hi, Sir Tux! And yes, I do that ALL the time, especially if I read right before bed. 🧡🖤💜 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe yes!! I didn‘t remember a thing!! 🤣🤣 7mo
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Brooke_H
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I cried so hard my dog (dog! like Apollo! insert crying face emoji!) came to check on me.

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Evita
Mehso-so

3 out of 5

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RaeLovesToRead
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It's perhaps odd that I love TJ Klune's cosy fantasies so much. Generally, I steer away from the whimsical and the saccharine. Under the Whispering Door has that otherworldly, fairytale feel that I don't always connect with.

But who am I kidding? This was thoroughly charming. It brought a smile to my face and a tear to my eye. Charon's crossing felt like home, and the story tugged on my heartstrings in all the right ways.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

julesG One of my favourite stories by Klune, too. 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @julesG it had a happy ending 😭😭😭😭😭😭 11mo
CaitlinR So true, and how wonderful that you have a signed copy! 11mo
RaeLovesToRead @CaitlinR He was such a nice guy too! 11mo
Branwen This book is perfection! 💕📚 11mo
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Robotswithpersonality
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Time for the #midyearfreakoutbooktag - condensed version. Picked out 9 books that I loved/stayed with me the most, that I read in the past 6 months. Top three make the all time favourite list. Safe to say this is the year of T J Klune and I cannot WAIT to get my hands on In The Lives of Puppets.

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Kris10H
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Mehso-so

Book #36
3/5
It really bothers me when the synopsis on the back of the book is misleading. This one led me to believe that it's about a dead man trying to decide how to spend his last week on earth before crossing over. In reality, it's more than halfway through the book when he is given that time line. There are good parts, but overall I found the story underwhelming.

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Fiezzo

Questo libro è fantastico e ti fa riflettere su argomenti importanti e proprio per questo lo consiglio dai 14 anni in sù. È triste ma la ironia dei personaggi sdrammatizza tutto.

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Skeeterisme
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Beautiful

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DebinHawaii
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Finally got around to reading this one prompted by my #AuldLangSpine list from @Laughterhp & while The House in the Cerulean Sea edges out as my favorite, this is a close second. I love the ability Klune has to make me both laugh & cry to & grow & redeem his characters. I have been staying away from “sad books” for a while now as it doesn‘t help my depression, but the sad moments of grief & loneliness are served with a big side of humor & hope.💙

emz711 I just checked Libby and there was no wait-list for this one! #checkedout 13mo
DebinHawaii @emz711 Excellent! I hope you enjoy it! 💙 13mo
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AmyK1
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This was good and had me laughing out loud more than once. I liked it for the most part, except for the ending. Still like House in the Cerulean Sea better.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Heart achingly beautiful. I think this might be my favourite book, ever.
Laughing and crying simultaneously doesn't happen to me often reading books, but it's a manifestation of the book itself, there's sadness, even spookiness, but also joy, strength and so much love, empathy and forgiveness, redemption. 1/3

Robotswithpersonality The personal context for this story breaks my heart a little bit, but I'm grateful for its existence, and any comfort it may have rendered the author in its creation. I appreciate the time taken to thank the sensitivity readers in the author's acknowledgements, in the context of writing characters of colour as a white author. 2/3 1y
Robotswithpersonality It's not rep identified in this story, but I think the way this asexual author chooses to tell a story about falling in love speaks to me as a demisexual because the physical attraction may be present but is not overly emphasised/made the initial catalyst for growing closeness.

Everything I wanted (needed?) and more.

Heed the author's note at the beginning re: trigger warnings. 3/3
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👋🏻Jazz hands👋🏻😂

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KristiAhlers
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This is my March #doublespin #bookspin book. And once again this author took me on an emotional Rollercoaster of laughing and crying. I love the idea of a better life after death with total acceptance. Too bad we don't have that here. Truly a fun and touching read. @TheAromaofBooks

gossamerchild I loved his description of death. It was very comforting. 1y
KristiAhlers @gossamerchild yes so very much. There is just something about this author and how they write. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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elisebarker
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This was not as good as The House in the Cerulean Sea. It was slow to start and I didn‘t really care for the ending. I did enjoy the middle section and I love Klune‘s writing.

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actualdisneyprincess
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MY HEART. 🥺🥹 Damn, TJ Klune, I‘m sitting at my desk at work crying my face off. What a beautiful book. #underthewhisperingdoor #tjklune #grief #love #family #friendship #foundfamilies #death #theafterlife

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actualdisneyprincess
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I‘m gonna‘ be really sad when we take down the Christmas decorations; they make for such festive backgrounds. 😭 But I‘m so excited to start this - I loved “Cerulean Sea” SO MUCH and can‘t wait to see what else Klune has in store! #underthewhisperingdoor #tjklune #fantasy #nowreading

CBee This is SUCH a good read! One of my 2022 favorites! 1y
actualdisneyprincess @CBee eeeee I‘m so excited!!!! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to get to this one!! 1y
actualdisneyprincess @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it so far 🥹🥹🥹 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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I‘m 25% into this audiobook. Does it get better? This is my first book by this author, and I know he‘s received a lot of love for some of his other works. It‘s not bad, just kind of boring. 🤷‍♀️

GingerAntics This one is a bit slower than Cerulean. It definitely gets better as you go. 2y
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JackOBotts
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September #bookspin complete! 4.5 ⭐️

I enjoyed this tale, though feel like Wallace‘s transformation was a very quick one. But I loved the entire crew: Hugo, Mei, Nelson…and even Wallace. 💜

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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eol
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This begins when Wallace dies—ghosts in October, yay! The hill he has to climb, development-wise, is a tad steep, but that‘s the only real complaint I have. It‘s wholesome, cute, and full of vivid characters. It made me both laugh and cry, sometimes simultaneously, which in my book is endorsement enough. If you liked The House in the Cerulean Sea, chances are you‘ll like this, too. The main theme there was acceptance—here, it‘s grief.

4.5/5

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FantasyChick
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Ok Littens. I need some help!

I keep hearing about these books but I haven't tried one yet. Never thought about it.

Today, our library announced that TJ Klune is coming to our tiny town for a reading/signing next week and since we never have ANYONE come here....I have to go! 🤣

Which one do I buy?

#ReaderProblems

ImperfectCJ I recommend The House in the Cerulean Sea. My family and I loved that one but didn't really get into Under the Whispering Door. I finished it, but they (two teens and my spouse) decided to bail. 2y
ICantImReading I also liked The House on the Cerulean Sea the best, but they are both good! 💙 2y
Soubhiville They are both amazing. Cerulean Sea is a more happy vibe, Whispering Door leans bittersweet. What are you in the mood for? 2y
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Deblovestoread I had the same experience as @ImperfectCJ. All the stars for Cerulean Sea but DNF'd Whispering Door. 2y
Chrissyreadit I only read Cerulean Sea but it gets all the stars from me and will always be a favorite book. 2y
RamsFan1963 Of the two, I'd definitely pick Cerulean Sea. Whispering Door is good, but the other is AMAZING!! 2y
Smrloomis Super jealous that the author is coming to your town!! 2y
Smrloomis Oh and also 1 more vote for the The House on the Cerulean Sea… haven‘t read the other one yet but I loved The House. 2y
julesG Cerulean Sea! The other Littens already said it, Whispering Door is good, but CS is just so much better. 2y
FantasyChick Well I guess the votes are in and I have an answer! Thanks for all your help @ImperfectCJ @ICantImReading @Soubhiville @Deblovestoread @Chrissyreadit @RamsFan1963 @Smrloomis @julesG I'll be heading to the bookstore after work!! 2y
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage How was the author visit? I just read Whispering Door and loved it!! 1y
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erickahhh
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Without giving too much away, this book touches on important topics that are rarely discussed like grief, suicide, loss, and death/ dying. This book allows the characters to touch on the various layers and complexities of death. This book asks “what will we do with the time we have left?“ and “what if after we die we start to live?“

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Bevita
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Love this author. This one was fun, too—kind of fantasy but mostly a story about living your best life and finding love.

The.Great.Catsby It really was lovely!! Hugo seems so wonderful. 2y
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