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I Liked My Life
I Liked My Life | Abby Fabiaschi
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Maddy was a loving, devoted stay-at-home mother...until she committed suicide, which left her husband Brady and her teenage daughter Eve heartbroken and reeling, wondering how they can possibly continue without her. Maddy, however, isnt quite done with them. In an attempt to fulfill her familys needs, Maddy watches and meddles from beyond the grave, determined to find the perfect wife and mother to replace herself and heal her family. Thats when she finds Rory: a free-spirited schoolteacher, who Maddy maneuvers into Eves confidences, but who turns out to be harboring a tragedy of her own. In a story both deeply moving and charming, with the domestic insight of Jodi Picoult, I Liked My Life is a mothers final blessing for a family learning to live again.
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Margot0817
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I listened to this book on audible and I loved it so much I had to get a physical copy to put on my shelf! (you know how it is 😉)

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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

A decent listen about the suicide of Maddy, a mother and wife, told from the perspective of the daughter, husband, and Maddy herself, post-death. It was a little cheesy that she was influencing her family from "the other side", but it was unique. There is a surprise at the end that I didn't foresee. The author adds a "10 years later epilogue" to close loose ends, but it feels a little slapdash.

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Victoriahoperose
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There were a lot of really interesting things happening with this book. It targeted loss and understanding in a unique way. There was a bit of a mystery and a strong message of being grateful for what you have. I really liked how everything came together in this.

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SheilaChew
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Book hangover today - I had to stay up and finish, so I‘ll call this a good book that caught my attention! The main character, Maddy, seems to be the perfect wife and mother. Her recent suicide leaves her husband & daughter wondering, “What did we miss?”

Four stars - loved the characters, funny dialogue, surprising ending.

CoffeeK8 Agreed! 11mo
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SheilaChew
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Three new books checked out from the library! Love the Libby app + my public library + my kindle 💚❤️📚

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MsLeah8417
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“Isn‘t it amazing? All these books are at our disposal. Anyone can come in here and borrow them for free. It‘s the coolest thing our government has ever done, bar none.”

MelKelsey I also loved this quote! 5mo
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MsLeah8417
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“When the world gives you a hard time, pick up a book and join another.”

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Sharpeipup
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“When the world gives you a hard time, pick up a book and join another.” #wordstoliveby #goals

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Sharpeipup
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Love waking up to a good book and a bit of sunshine. ☀️

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Jenny
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It‘s so great when your ridiculously high expectations for a book are met. I loved this story. I loved that the characters learned from their grief and didn‘t let it destroy them. It didn‘t end quite like I expected either, which was a pleasant surprise. Great writing, great story, great book!

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Jenny
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I‘m so close to getting this one! I can‘t wait. It just sounds so quirky and unique.

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Miss_Kim
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Linsy 👏👏👏 2y
minkyb Food for thought. 2y
Fang88 Very well put.. 2y
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Miss_Kim
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That‘s funny! 😂😂😂

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BethFishReads
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This was an exciting week for 🎧 #audiobook fans: the 2018 Audies nominations were announced. I wrote an annotated list of 12 great listens plus provide links to all the nominated audiobooks in all 26 categories http://www.bethfishreads.com/2018/02/12-audies-award-nominated-audibooks.html?m=...

JoeStalksBeck Oh geez, seriously? I attempted 4 of these and had to bail. I can think of 100 off the top of my head better than these 2y
AmyG I only listened to Beartown which had a wonderful narrator. 2y
BethFishReads @JoeStalksBeck oh well I‘ve listened to about half and LOVED. So glad there are a zillion audiobooks for everyone‘s individual tastes 2y
BethFishReads @AmyG one of my favorite audiobooks from last year 2y
JoeStalksBeck Me too! Lol I think I‘ve acquired a certain taste for narrators 2y
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ShariEstaLeando
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Panpan

Well, the story was compelling, and I liked the literary devices, but in the end, I feel like I was played. Everything happens for a reason? Just no. Disappointed.

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Bookish_B
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This was the last book I finished in 2017. I enjoyed it but did not love it as much as other people seemed to 🙈There were some great moments and lessons in it but I thought the mother was depicted a bit too good and saintly and the grieving father and daughter were kind of jerks even for people who are grieving. I'm giving it a Pick instead of So-So because I WAS sick and irritable while reading it... so maybe it was just me.

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Bookish_B
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That's solid advice right there.

DivineDiana Yes, it is! 😉 2y
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NovelEnthusiast
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I Liked My Life was a profoundly touching read for me. Abby Fabiaschi has a way of capturing the moment, but her tools are crafted words rather than photographic lenses. And, oh what moments. This one made me feel all the feels. I could relate to the characters and was amazed at their significant development over time. Bravo!

RaimeyGallant A belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that some of us put together:
https://raimeygallant.com/2017/10/31/litsytips/
2y
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melisa-li
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One I would definitely recommend and gift :) #BOOKFRIDAY2017 @Liberty

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ChrisBohjalian
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Here at the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville with the preternaturally talented novelist Abby Fabiaschi. Books rock; readers rule.

lynneamch Gosh, so sad I missed you both today in #Nashville. So many great choices! I did love her book, and, of course, yours, too! 2y
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MatchlessMarie
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The prettiest cover on my library loans shelf is also in #cursive
#fallintobooks #coverlovers #awesomeautumnbooks

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MsLeah8417
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"Giving advice to someone in mourning is like offering a pretzel to someone dehydrated. It doesn't help."

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MsLeah8417
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I had the pleasure of meeting Abby last week. The book is well written. I am looking forward to seeing what she writes next.

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MarticaMustRead
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"When the world gives you a hard time, pick up a book and join another."

One of my favorite quotes fr this beautifully rendered story about the exploration of love, family, forgiveness, & grief. It eloquently touches on family dynamics & the various ways grief can manifest itself in family members suffering from the same loss. A truly poignant & authentic family/character study with a touch of mystery. Highly recommended!?

DebReads4fun I really enjoyed this book! 2y
MarticaMustRead Lol I just responded to your other comment about this great Book @DebReads4fun ! Absolutely LOVED it, as did my book club, we had one of our best discussions yet with this book. Officially a new favorite of mine!💓 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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😋💓😍❤😋 #CurrentRead #BooksWithDinner

Sticky rice with mango...my ultimate favorite dessert. I could eat this everyday!!🤗

Ok, now back to my regularly scheduled reading...🤓📖

litmuggle Best desert ever. 2y
DebReads4fun Are you enjoying this book? I loved it! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, my favorite dessert. Had some recently that was truly sub-par. So sad. Yours, however, looks fantastic! 2y
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MarticaMustRead Yes!!! Absolutely LOVED IT !😍 @DebReads4fun 2y
MarticaMustRead @BarbaraTheBibliophage oh man, sorry to hear that, that must've been a real bummer!! But yes, this one I'm happy to say was absolutely divine!!💓😋💓🤗 2y
MarticaMustRead Agreed @litmuggle !!!🤗👍 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MarticaMustRead I'm glad! I need to find a recipe for this ... 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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🌦😋📖🤓💓 #BooksWithDinner #BookClubPick #CurrentRead

Rainy day outing for Thai- brought along my book club book, of course.😉

Def intrigued thus far. Told from 3 points of view, there's Maddy, a woman who has committed suicide & is trying to find her 'replacement' ; her husband & daughter's perspective on how they're coping/adjusting respectively ; & entries fr Maddy's journal which I hope will provide answers in future chapters.

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MarticaMustRead
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🏡🤓📖👓📚🖋🗒 #BookClubPick #BookCoverLove #CurrentRead #ReadingInBed

Time to get crackin!!
I need to finish this for tomorrow's book club meeting & I'm only on chapter 2!!😲🙈

The other members seem to have really enjoyed it from what I gather so hopefully it's a real page turner. Loving that cover tho!❤💚💛

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MarticaMustRead
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💞👗👡👞👔🤵🏻👰🏽 #BookClubPick #CurrentRead

Been seriously slacking on my reading for book club which meets tomorrow (😲🙊), but at least I have a good reason.

The beau was a groomsman in a wedding yesterday so we've been busy playing dress up & adulting.😌We clean up pretty nicely when we want to. 😎

Back to the books now that we're home finally!!🤓

TrishB Lovely pic 💗 2y
Elizabeth2 Beautiful picture! This looks SO much like the lobby where my son's prom was. 😊 2y
Kimzey 👍🏻🎉 2y
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Bostonmomx2
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These are my top reads of the year so far. I'm pretty stingy with 5 stars so I was surprised I even had 8 so far. #bestreadsof2017sofar

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SauerPatch
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Forgot to post in real time, but I'm still drooling over this incredibly relaxing, kid free, (and just a little boozy 🤤😉) book sesh I had last week on vacation! 😍☀️🌳

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SauerPatch
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5/5 ⭐️ Phenomenal read! I don't remember the last book set in the current, real world (not historical/future or fantasy) that kept me so engaged. Tackles a lot of tough interpersonal issues with both grace and humor. The premise is heavy but somehow it isn't a depressing read, and it's full of truth bombs about life, family, and relationships. The epilogue seemed to wrap up just a little too neatly, but otherwise, can't say enough good things!

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mcipher
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Should be doing: chores. Actually doing: #booknlunch (with plans to recklessly start another book immediately upon finishing this one). Regrets? Very few, actually!! 😇

respekt1111 No regrets! 2y
saresmoore 🙌 2y
RealLifeReading 👍👍👍 2y
emilyhaldi Omg that cat! 😍 2y
mcipher @emilyhaldi 😊 Thanks! She's lioving the screen porch so much. 💚 2y
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SauerPatch
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Mom's day off: Reading, sipping, munching, and relaxing next to the open window at this gorgeous resort in Vermont. Ahhh...

Bostonmomx2 I just found myself with a few unexpected hours of alone time. I can't decide if I want to let my headache dictate a day on the couch or go to the bookstore and/or library and browse or what lol enjoy your time!!! 2y
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mcipher
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Finally nice enough to read outside instead of shivering and listening to it rain!! ☀️

Bostonmomx2 Such a great book!! 2y
mcipher @Bostonmomx2 It's really getting good - there's starting to be hints about what happened, I think, and I'm trying to figure it out! (I suck at mysteries) 2y
DebReads4fun I really enjoyed this book! 2y
mcipher @DebReads4fun Me, too! I finished it today and I'm still thinking about it. 2y
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mcipher
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Starting this one today. I think I should be re-reading Where'd You Go Bernadette for book club on Wednesday but I'm worried I won't time it right and I'll finish too soon. Book person problems! 😝

Zelma Book person problems could totally be a hashtag here! 😆 2y
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SauerPatch
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"What bothers me now... is that I know... only the most rudimentary facts about my mother. She was a good cook; she liked to sew; she never complained. Never complaining, I recently learned, is different from having no complaints." This book is so chock full of truth bombs it's astounding!

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SauerPatch
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Low key obsessed with my new Kindle cover! 😍😍😍 Lately I've been obsessed with maps of all types, but especially old world style maps.

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DebReads4fun
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Maddie liked her life. Motherhood increased her capacity to love and experience joy. Maddie loved to read and couldn't imagine a world without humor. Maddie's life ended suddenly as a direct result of a choice she had made. After death, Maddie used her thoughts to communicate with her loved ones. She nudged those who missed her the most to make choices that would help them to heal and thrive once again. I loved this book!

EllieDottie This sounds good! 3y
DebReads4fun @EllieDottie. It was really good! Can't stop thinking about it. 3y
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Bostonmomx2
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Such a good book. I already want to reread it and have a pen and paper handy, so many things worth writing down to remember. It took me a little bit to get into but I definitely loved it and would recommend.

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Bostonmomx2
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Starting this one tonight. It's been on my wishlist for awhile and my library doesn't have it so imagine my excitement when I won it on #goodreads 😍

BookishTrish Congrats!!! 3y
Cinfhen Yay!!! 3y
christineandbooks Congrats! Sounds good! 3y
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MeggsKY Love Goodreads giveaways! 3y
MimiLovesToRead Congratulations! I've had good luck lately too. At least one a week. I'm going to start posting them on here. 3y
Bostonmomx2 @MimiLovesToRead I think this is only my second win in a few years of trying. I don't enter many, anymore it's only when I get an email for a giveaway on my shelf. I was pretty happy to get this! 3y
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Librarylady
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Madeline kills herself but sticks around to help her husband find a woman to take her place. Totally enjoying this book tonight.

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Bostonmomx2
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I recently won this in a #goodreads giveaway. I'm so excited as I rarely ever win anything and this has been on my wishlist. The reviews are great so I can't wait to get started.

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MeggsKY
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Oohhh, I started this one last night. Think it's going to be good!!

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BethFishReads
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Fantastic. My father died suddenly and unexpectedly less than 2 years ago. I wasn't sure I was ready for this audiobook, but it's a moving look at death and the aftermath to those who continue on. Not depressing, not necessarily life affirming -- just kind of truthful. The audiobook was incredibly well done. All three narrators (listed in photo) were near perfect.

mcipher How's the suicide part? That's my hang up here, having dealt with a few in my life. Some books with that are really hard for me to read. 3y
BethFishReads @mcipher I was a little concerned about that too, but I didn't find it to be a problem here. YMMV 3y
mcipher Cool. I love the premise so I'll definitely check it out! Thanks. 🙂 3y
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ginabeirne
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Holy moly. Can't believe this is a first novel.

Suzze Sounds good! Stacked. 3y
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DianeDeMasi
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OMG, just started this and already the characters are taking hold of me. I have a feeling I'd better get some Kleenex handy.

RadicalReader @DianeDeMasi you have some seriously sensational taste when it comes to books. I adore thriller novels and have stacked several of the ones you‘ve finished wondering why in the heck I hadn‘t heard of them and how soon I can get to reading them. So thankful for Libby so I can see if they‘re available for ebook the wonderful way to indulge in many books without the weight or the wait lol rotfl 9mo
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At the February edition of the Point Street Reading Series I'll get to hear Author Abby Fabiaschi read from this intriguing novel. To be honest, I didn't like it at first but I was satisfied when it was over. Very thought provoking.

Tnovo How did I not know about this series in providence!? So glad you posted this. I will definitely be attending in the future. This looks great. 2y
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specklife
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Wonderful, wonderful read!!

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specklife
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Really, REALLY enjoying this book.

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specklife
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Oh, the woes of being a Book Nerd in high school! My parents so did not understand that I was too busy falling in love with the fictional men in my books to pay any attention to the gangly adolescent boys surrounding me at school...