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Hello Beautiful
Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward comes an emotionally layered and engrossing family story that asks: Can love make a broken person whole? William Waters grew up in a house silenced by tragedy, where his parents could hardly bear to look at him, much less love him--so he's relieved when his skill on the basketball court earns him a scholarship to college, far away from his childhood home. He soon meets Julia Padavano, a spirited and ambitious young woman who surprises William with her appreciation of his quiet steadiness. With Julia comes her family; she is inseparable from her three younger sisters: Sylvie, the dreamer, is happiest with her nose in a book and imagines a future different from the expected path of wife and mother; Cecelia, the family's artist; and Emeline, who patiently takes care of all of them. Happily, the Padavanos fold Julia's new boyfriend into their loving, chaotic household. But then darkness from William's past surfaces, jeopardizing not only Julia's carefully orchestrated plans for their future, but the sisters' unshakeable loyalty to one another. The result is a catastrophic family rift that changes their lives for generations. Will the loyalty that once rooted them be strong enough to draw them back together when it matters most? Vibrating with tenderness, Hello Beautiful is a gorgeous, profoundly moving portrait of what's possible when we choose to love someone not in spite of who they are, but because of it.
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Larkken
Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano

Urg must stop listening to this at work (it is bad form to cry on evidence). 🙈😂
Does anyone else feel like the blurbs for this were very bad? They should ALL have said something about the Little Women homage. I do NOT feel prepared lol.

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#readyourkindle

Here's my updated list @CBee 💕

CBee Looks great 😊😊 3w
RaeLovesToRead 3, 7, 9, 20 2w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“When your love for a person is so profound that it‘s part of who you are, then the absence of the person becomes part of your DNA, your bones, and your skin.”

#Favbkofmarch
#SpringSkies

💛💙❤️💚

Eggs 💔😢❤️ 3w
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The year is still young, but it‘s going to take something reeeeeaaaaalllllllyyyyy special to unseat Hello Beautiful for my favorite of the year. I think it‘s the best book I‘ve read since A Little Life.
(I didn‘t finish a single book in all of February…hence the X).

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 💛📚 3w
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Hello, fellow #LitsyToB24 Littens! We‘re getting close to the end now…Today‘s semi-final result is a clear win for Hello Beautiful, with 75% of the vote.

I‘m sure this is what most of us expected, or are you surprised by this result? Tomorrow we‘ll find out the other semi-final result, along with which Zombie this one will go up against. Which Zombie are you hoping for to go up against HB, or should that be which do you hope HASN‘T been picked?!

AmyG I absolutely loved Hello Beautiful….so I am not surprised at all! 2mo
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sarahbarnes Very happy with this outcome! 😀 2mo
Megabooks Another HB fan here although I enjoyed both books! 2mo
Ruthiella Definitely not surprised! I didn‘t like HB but am an outlier. Also, while I liked VC better, I found it to be a little unfocused plot wise. 2mo
BarbaraBB I am very happy too, I didn‘t like VC much. I‘d love an unexpected outcome of the zombie match though! 2mo
Jas16 This book will stay with me while Vintage Contemporaries I started forgetting as soon as I finished it. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I liked both books, but thought HB was better. Not surprised! Looking forward to the zombies, although I don't want one of my favorites to go against HB. 2mo
BarbaraBB @Bookwormjillk That‘s how I feel too. Voting will be hard I think, in the zombie round. 2mo
Hooked_on_books This was a hard choice for me, as I really liked both these books. I ultimately chose VC, as it has stayed with me more, so I‘m sorry to see it go but not sorry to see HB advance. 2mo
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Later that night, Sylvie sat in bed with a book open in her lap. She was too sleepy to read, but the proximity of the book was comforting 📖
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She wondered if dying was simply going to be an exercise in letting go of one thing after another 🥀

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one 💔 2mo
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Thank you @Read4life and #litsylove for the book. Received today!!! I understand I need to be emotionally ready to read this one.

Amor4Libros It‘s so good! Enjoy…And yes, I was very emotional reading it! 2mo
Read4life Yay! Enjoy. 🤓 2mo
AmyG My favorite book from last year. Enjoy! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so good!! 😊 2mo
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LaurenMags
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Beautiful story about family, love, and loss. So many different emotions through the whole book. This one will stay with me for a bit.

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Hello Beautiful was the overwhelming favorite here with only @Ruthiella @Larkken and @kwmg40 voting for Mobility. I liked both, but the heightened emotional response HB gave me made me like it a bit more. (Plus I love Little Women.) What do you think of the outcome? What swung the vote for you? I appreciate the unique approach Kiesling took to talking about the environment and the part we play in its destruction. Both were great books! #LitsyToB24

AmyG Hello Beautiful checked all the boxes for me…as I love a good damaged character and dysfunctional family. Add a bittersweet ending. This was my favorite book of 2023. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole On paper I should have loved Mobility…I‘m not sure if I was in the wrong headspace or maybe should have gone print with that one but I just couldn‘t connect at all. Hello Beautiful made me weepy and though I don‘t think it was a perfect book, it is a memorable story with well developed characters. Side note: Napolitano‘s debut is getting a reprint next month. It was originally published in 2004 and I may give it a try. 2mo
Ruthiella Hello Beautiful really rubbed me the wrong way. I felt like the characters were written to follow the plot and to reach the desired bittersweet outcome- not realistic. Whereas Mobility was all too real and subtly so and the better for it. 2mo
BarbaraBB I loved and appreciated both for different reasons. HB was engaging and warm from the start (and I didn‘t think of Little Women once to be honest) while Mobility felt raw and real-time. I voted for the one I loved the most (HB) while I now remember much more of Mobility 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
squirrelbrain I agree @BarbaraBB - in fact Hello Beautiful made my favourites list of 2023, but now I remember more of Mobility. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Well-ReadNeck I didn‘t connect to Hello Beautiful initially. I tried it in print, but ultimately read on audio. I was a bit bored at first, but kept listening. Even when I was finished I wasn‘t a resounding fan. But, I kept thinking about it and all the feels it made me feel. When all was said and done, I think it was the book of 2023 that stuck with me the most. 2mo
Megabooks @Well-ReadNeck that‘s a good point on it being hard to get into initially. There was quite a bit of set up. I agree with @Ruthiella that she was definitely trying to get to a certain place emotionally but it did feel false or contrived to me. 2mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella I do agree that Mobility was subtler. That was a strength. 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain that‘s interesting. I think specific scenes stand out more for me in Mobility, but the vibe and characters I remember from HB trumps those scenes, although like B, I thought they were both good! (edited) 2mo
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thanks for the heads up! I‘d like to try that, too. 2mo
Megabooks @AmyG it was excellent as far as the portrait it painted of the damaged characters and family. All the feels for sure!! 2mo
Suet624 I appreciated feeling emotional while reading HB. I connected with the characters. That's all I ask for. HB did it just right. :)
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Bookwormjillk I love a multi generational saga, so I had to vote for HB. However the end of Mobility was a punch in the gut I still think about today. 2mo
Megabooks @Suet624 I think that‘s a common theme here: that most of us connected emotionally with HB. 👍🏻💜 2mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk true! It was a good ending! 2mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked HB. Like a few others, the details haven‘t stuck with my but the feelings have. Which was true for me with her previous book, Dear Edward, as well. Whereas I couldn‘t stand Mobility and bailed on it. I thought it was poorly done. So, I‘m happy with this result. 2mo
kwmg40 I had read just over half of HB before I had to return it to the library and await my next turn, so I may have voted differently if I'd finished it in time. While I did like it, I found I wasn't totally engaged. I really liked Mobility for its satirical notes and because it made me think a lot about my own life choices. 2mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books it‘s really interesting that her book is evoking such feelings in a lot of us. I felt the same about 2mo
Megabooks @kwmg40 Mobility did make me think, too, especially the second half. 2mo
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I couldn‘t decide between pick or so-so, it‘s well written and I love a story about a close family and especially sisters since I‘m one of 3 girls. But in no world would this ever be okay and for that reason I hated everyone in the book except the twins who were my favorite characters!

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Today‘s #litsytob24 bracket has another runaway winner!

Hello Beautiful gained 16 votes, with only 3 (Ruth, Holly and Debra)voting for Lovesick Blossoms. Personally I liked both of these books, but we had to pick just one, didn‘t we?! How difficult a decision was it for you?

We put these two books together due to their portrayal of entangled relationships - how do you think each book dealt with this theme?

Megabooks It was no question for me that Hello Beautiful was a better book. I think Lovesick really missed some opportunities to develop excellent secondary characters. Plus, I was just more moved emotionally by HB. 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole I also liked both of these but I had much more of an emotional reaction to Hello Beautiful so it got my vote. Lovesick Blossoms was also memorable for me. Well done to the hosts for pairing these two with “entangled relationships“. Hello Beautiful's entanglement was a bit more morally questionable for me, and the characters in Lovesick Blossoms had few choices due to the time and place they lived. 2mo
AmyG I haven‘t read Lovesick Blossoms. Hello Beautiful was my favorite book of last year. Oh how I love a good, damaged character and a dysfunctional family….and HB had it all. 2mo
fredthemoose I also enjoyed both of these, but also give Hello, Beautiful the edge. My reactions to LB were more about the restrictions based on the time and place the characters were in where for HB it was more about the choices they made and the family and interpersonal dynamics in play. 2mo
Ruthiella I am an outlier. I didn‘t believe any character‘s motivation in HB, so I was never invested emotionally. Lovesick Blossoms was a simpler story, but it at least rang true for me. 2mo
Deblovestoread I liked both books with Lovesick Blossoms getting the edge due to memorability. It stuck with me a bit longer than HB did. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I didn‘t get to LB but I really loved HB so happy to see it moving on. 2mo
BkClubCare @Bookwormjillk - Same 🙋‍♀️ I absolutely loved Hello Beautiful but didn‘t get to Lovesick Blosssoms - so many not available in time or not at all from the library. 😢 2mo
Bookwormjillk @BkClubCare same! I‘m waiting to see what makes it to the next round before I buy anything. 2mo
BarbaraBB I was underwhelmed by LS and loved HB so this was my easiest choice of all brackets! 2mo
squirrelbrain That‘s a great way of looking at it @chelsea.poole - thank you! 2mo
squirrelbrain It‘s interesting @Ruthiella @Deblovestoread - reading these comments I can actually recall LB more easily than HB, even though I voted for HB and it made my best of 2023. 🤷‍♀️ I wonder if it‘s because of the simpler storyline? 🤔 2mo
squirrelbrain @AmyG @Bookwormjillk @BkClubCare - do you think you‘ll read Lovesick Blossoms in the future after seeing reviews on here? Or is it a case of #toomanybookstoolittletime?! 2mo
squirrelbrain @fredthemoose - I agree - I loved all of the different interpersonal dynamics in Hello Beautiful, and also you never knew what was coming next, whereas LB was a bit more predictable, probably because of the social limits, as you point out. 2mo
AmyG @squirrelbrain Honestly, probably not. I have so many other books to read. 2mo
BkClubCare @squirrelbrain - I have it requested from the library so we will have to wait and see. If it comes as an ebook,yes, I will sample and see if I am hooked. If I see it FREE anywhere (like in a LFL or a friend offers, likely a YES) (edited) 2mo
squirrelbrain Yes, I think it‘s a #borrownotbuy @BkClubCare and I don‘t blame you! @AmyG 2mo
fredthemoose @squirrelbrain I‘m having the same experience! I read LB more recently, and it was a simpler and more predictable story, but it‘s definitely much clearer in my mind than HB. 2mo
Hooked_on_books I really liked both these books, so this was a hard choice for me. I read HB back in the early fall and loved it, but it hasn‘t stuck with me much. I thought LB was such a sweet story and its simplicity made it really beautiful. I figured it would likely be the underdog and wanted to give it my support. 2mo
squirrelbrain A great description for LB, @Hooked_on_books - sweet and simple! 2mo
kwmg40 I'm about halfway through HB and enjoying it. I've not gotten around to reading LB yet. 2mo
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Bookwormjillk
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Finished this one in the wee hours of the morning. I loved it except for a plot point that you could see coming mid-way through the book like a freight train. I wanted to scream at some of the characters but that was part of the charm. Like others I don‘t see this as a Little Women retelling. I loved the setting (Chicago) and the time period (1960-2008.) Four and a half stars. #LitsyTOB24

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was also screaming at Sylvie 😱😫 3mo
AmyG Agree-how many relatives do we want to scream at??? Seemed true. And I join in on the Little Women re-telling. Why? Because there are 4 sisters and no father?? 😳 (edited) 3mo
Bookwormjillk @AmyG yes, I love a good multi-generational family saga. 3mo
Bookwormjillk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh me too, but also Julia. Because what was going to happen to him without Sylvie? Your husband had a breakdown and tried to kill himself and you can't even visit him in the hospital? And don't even get me started on Rose.

This was a great book for the LitsyLove group. I went back and read the discussion. So much to talk about here!
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First time reading in the back yard this year. I have a lot to do but warm March days aren‘t guaranteed.

TheBookgeekFrau Your backyard looks like a little slice of heaven - I'd drop everything to sit out there too! 🤩 3mo
AnnCrystal How lovely 🤩👍💝. 3mo
Daisey I‘m spending my weekend with much the same reasoning. When the weather is this beautiful, you just enjoy it! 3mo
Bookwormjillk @TheBookgeekFrau thank you. It‘s like having a whole other room when the weather is nice. 3mo
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Read4life
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Congratulations, @Texreader 🎉
You‘re the winner of our very first #LitsyLove #FreebieFriday giveaway!

I‘ll send it out Monday or Tuesday. 💙💙

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Congratulations 🎈🎊🎉 3mo
Texreader Yay!!!! Thank you!! 3mo
Read4life @Texreader I‘m sorry. Your package is going out today. I had a medical issue so I couldn‘t get this to the post office. Sorry for the delay. 💙😞 2mo
Texreader @Read4life No worries!! I hope you‘re doing ok!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Happy Friday!
Here‘s a new hashtag for our #LitsyLove group.
#FreebieFriday is here.
Our 1st Friday giveaway is Hello Beautiful. This is a #LitsyLove pay it forward title. I received it as a gift from @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks & now it‘s time for another member to enjoy it.
To enter comment on this post with your answer to the following: Other than Little Women, what book (F or NF) about sisters do you recommend?

Cuilin Sense and sensibility by Jane Austen. Those Dashwoods have my heart. 3mo
ShelleyBooksie Sweet Valley High - those books hold many great memories. 3mo
Mimi28 The house on Mango Street- if I remember correctly lol 3mo
Teresereading Jodi Picoult My Sister‘s Keeper 3mo
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Happy Friday! Here‘s a new #LitsyLove group #.
#FreebieFriday is here.
This giveaway is a #LitsyLove “pay it forward” title. I received it from Misty & now it‘s time for another member to enjoy it.
To enter comment below with your answer to the following: What book (F or NF) about sisters do you recommend?

US only due to shipping costs

Texreader Sense and Sensibilities 3mo
Read4life @Texreader 🤓💙 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻💞🎉🎊🎈 3mo
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Read4life
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#LitsyLoveReads

I agree with @CatLass007 . I don‘t consider this a Little Women retelling and it‘s difficult to explain why I enjoyed it. It was definitely a roller coaster ride of emotions. Some characters were really hard to like while others were lovable despite (or, perhaps, because of) their flaws and mistakes.

#BookSpinBingo #ReadAway2024 #LitsyLove

DieAReader 🥳Great 3mo
CatLass007 I don‘t think anyone who read this book thought it was a retelling of Little Women. At least not according to the comments I‘ve read. (edited) 3mo
maich I agree with you. There were a lot of different emotions during this book. 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Maria_Pulver I‘m curious now: as I‘ve never read Little Women, what made people/critics say it‘s a retelling? Is there anything in common apart from the fact there is a family of women whose lives turn differently but they keep being a family in some sense? 3mo
Read4life @Maria_Pulver the sisters said things like “I was supposed to be Beth” or “You were always Jo” but referencing the book and characters wasn‘t enough for me to consider it a retelling. 3mo
Andrew65 Well done 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
Maria_Pulver @Read4life this name mentioning felt a bit forced for me. If I were a fan of Little Women I‘d expect deeper connections in either plot development or character traits (or both) 3mo
Read4life @Maria_Pulver I agree 💯 3mo
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Such a beautiful story of families and all their complicated messiness. I loved these characters. Also, outdoor reading in February?! What a weird, but beautiful winter weekend.

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#LitsyToB24 #LitsyLoveReads #ReadAway2024 I don‘t consider this a modern retelling of Little Women. And I don‘t know why I enjoyed it as much as I did. But I did enjoy it. That‘s my story and I‘m sticking to it.

DieAReader 🥳Great 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I enjoyed it too despite it being very depressing. 🫶🏻 3mo
squirrelbrain I didn‘t realise it was supposed to be a Little Women retelling until after I‘d read it, and I certainly didn‘t notice any parallels whilst reading. 3mo
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BarbaraBB I liked it way better than Little Women 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
CatLass007 @BarbaraBB When I was a girl I enjoyed Little Women but I never wanted to reread it. I‘m not sure I would have read this book if I‘d known it was supposed to be a modern retelling of Little Women. Especially since it really isn‘t. I enjoyed this quite a bit considering that I often wanted to knock some sense into Rose and Julia. 3mo
Andrew65 Brilliant 🎉🎉🎉 3mo
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Couldn‘t you just visualize Cecelia‘s murals?! It would have been amazing to have illustrations! 🎨

Let‘s discuss the 3 R‘s! Give us your rating, a book that you think would be a readalike, and would you recommend this novel?!

Final thoughts?! 💭

#LitsyLoveReads

Cupcake12 A slow burning read that picked up speed in the second half. I was torn between 3 or 4 star so went with 3.5🌟 I couldn‘t think of a readalike! This book isn‘t well known in the Uk, none of the libraries near me had it. I brought a copy and so glad that I was introduced to this writer through Litsy and look forward to next months read. Thanks you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 thanks so much for participating Kerry 💗 I have heard that her book “Dear Edward” is really good! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I agree with you! The second half was much better. Things started coming together! I‘m going to rate it 4 stars ⭐️ The first half was a struggle, but the second half made up for it. I‘ve had a little difficulty not thinking about these characters since I finished it. Hopefully I won‘t have a book hangover! I would recommend it to readers who love a slow burn! I‘m thinking about a readalike… 3mo
REPollock I gave it a pick because i found it structurally engaging—the way in which the author crafted the book was fun and fascinating to read. I would recommend it to writers who seek examples of books with unusual structure beyond the Aristotelian arc—great for readers of 3mo
Deblovestoread I gave it 3.5 🌟. 3mo
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William is not in Alice‘s life but she ends up looking more like him—even has his similar height. And her personality seems to align a bit more with William as well as she does struggle a bit socially. How did the absence of family impact both Alice and Julia?

How will Sylvie‘s passing change the family for good?

#LitsyLoveReads

Cupcake12 Lack of family network impacted on both Julia and Alice immensely. Julia had to work hard to be everything for Alice which took its toll. I felt for Alice as she had no family growing up except for a yearly visit to her grandma in Florida. I‘d like to think that the passing of Sylvie would help them realise that family is important and that they begin to spend more time together to heal the rifts caused by their choices. A movie - yes! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 yes… it‘s so sad that Alice had all of these family members and had no idea 😪 definitely a movie! 🎥 3mo
Deblovestoread I loved that when Alice showed up she was immediately embraced by her family. Julia‘s choice to move away made Alice‘s world very small. 3mo
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There are several romantic relationships. Which relationship do you think was the most ideal in terms of love and connection? Which were the most challenging?

How do you see these characters 5 years from now? Would you like to see this novel adapted to film? 🎥

#LitsyLoveReads

Cupcake12 The two most challenging were Julia/William did to control issues and William never fully be his true self with his first wife. Emeline/Josie were the couple who had the strongest relationship. Even though with a devout catholic upbringing they defied society and Rose, and ended up being the happiest. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I totally agree! They had a great relationship! 3mo
Deblovestoread Emeline & Josie had a great relationship and although Sylvie and William‘s relationship maybe shouldn‘t have happened they did have a solid relationship, too. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Deblovestoread yes, you are so right! 3mo
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Discuss the title. What did these words mean to the sisters? What do they mean to you?

Is there a quote from this novel that stuck with you?

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Cupcake12 Charlie wasn‘t in the book much but was referred to through out. I‘d like to think the ‘Hello Beautiful‘ quote shows that no matter what the sisters did, Charlie would have stood by them. 3mo
REPollock “Anyone that dresses and does their hair as carefully as your mom does every single day is unhappy on the inside.” 3mo
REPollock “Sylvie cared too much and lived too much in her head. She would be branded a slut and eventually marry a good-looking loser because he stared at Sylvie in a way that reminded her of Heathcliff.” 3mo
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REPollock “Witnessing this endless merry-go-round of books was what had ultimately put her off trying to publish her own.” 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “You‘re depressed, not crazy. It‘s not insane to be depressed in this world. It‘s more sane than being happy. I never trust those upbeat individuals who grin no matter what‘s going on. Those are the ones with a screw loose, if you ask me.” 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “When an old person dies,” Kent said, “even if that person is wonderful, he or she is still somewhat ready, and so are the people who loved them. They‘re like old trees, whose roots have loosened in the ground. They fall gently. But when someone like your aunt Sylvie dies—before her time—her roots get pulled out and the ground is ripped up. Everyone nearby is in danger of being knocked over.” 3mo
Deblovestoread I loved that Charlie greeted his daughters with Hello Beautiful. It was his way of saying I Love You. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Deblovestoread my husband says this to me every time he answers my call ❤️ 3mo
Deblovestoread I love that! 💜💜💜 3mo
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Discuss what happened with William, Julia, and Sylvie. Did you feel that Julia was justified in her actions toward her family when she found out about William and Sylvie? What would you have done in this situation?

How did you feel about the mother daughter relationships in this book? As a parent could you cut off your child?

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JessieKB I don‘t have all the words for this one. As one that was blessed with an amazing Mom and good relationship with her, the mother daughter relationship with the girls was hard for me. I did understand Julia creating the separation. She experienced some of the worst hurt from her closest people which caused unrest to her true nature and self. 💔🖤 (edited) 3mo
Cupcake12 I could understand Rose and her reactions but could never do it myself. There were so many complicated relationships in this story which made for some great reading. Julia had no right to tell Alice her father was dead, her decision to do this ate away at her and falling out with Sylvie had detrimental effects on her life and this was demonstrated with her control issues and interactions with Alice. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t have a good relationship with my mother unfortunately. As a mom I could never cut off my children. No matter what they do. Julia had a right to be upset about the relationship, but took it too far. As Sylvie and William‘s relationship unfolded I was screaming noooo!!! Don‘t do it!! 3mo
Deblovestoread I can‘t imagine being estranged from my kids for any reason. Although I can understand how difficult it would be for Julia to be around Sylvie and William as a couple her coldness towards William was unforgivable IMO 3mo
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Why do you think the author focused on William in the beginning? Whose story is this? What is your favorite memorable scene?

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JessieKB There were so many strong main characters. To me, William was “the one”…his story. At the end of the day, the progression of their family unit and their individual lives was at a minimum influenced by him…in some cases directly changed because of him. Between this and him personally coming full circle, it had to start and end there. (edited) 3mo
Cupcake12 Great answer @JessieKB, I thought the book was going to be about William (I didn‘t read the blurb) but was surprised to find it centred around the sisters. In a sense, he was protected by the sisters due to his childhood experiences and he was one of my favourite characters. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree. So many strong characters! Cecelia was probably my favorite character. I wish there had been a bit more to her story and I was hoping she would find her love ❤️ 3mo
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Sylvie imagines her life as full as “third doors,” or unexpected opportunities and decisions that challenge societal expectations. What “third doors” have you experienced in your life?

#LitsyLoveReads

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Which of the four Padavano girls did you most enjoy and/or relate to?

Friendships were vital in this story. Do you have or have you had a friend like Kent or Carrie?

#LitsyLoveReads

Cupcake12 At first, when Sylvie and William showed feelings for one another I couldn‘t understand how she could as it was her sisters ex-husband but the writer made me understand how and why they were made for each other, even if I didn‘t agree with what they had done. I didn‘t like Julia from the beginning as I just thought control issues, taking Alice‘s father out of the equation really riled me up! A great set of characters though! 3mo
REPollock I couldn‘t relate to any of them—they all had integral traits I found baffling or off-putting. I recognized my preteen/adolescent self in Sylvie‘s romanticism but she kept it into adulthood and that‘s foreign to me now. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I didn‘t care for Julia. Her control issues were insane!! 3mo
Deblovestoread I agree about Julia and she never seemed to become self aware about that trait. I liked Sylvie for the most part. Her recognition of William‘s despair and unwillingness to ignore the signs that something was seriously wrong saved him. The other two sisters weren‘t as fleshed out as characters for me. 3mo
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Mental health is a significant theme throughout this book. How did the characters experiences with depression and anxiety impact their relationships and personal growth?

What did you think of Rose‘s decision to move to FL? What about her reaction to Cecelia‘s pregnancy, Emeline‘s sexuality, Julia‘s divorce, and Sylvie marrying William?

#LitsyLoveReads

Cupcake12 Depression was a huge theme throughout and I liked how the author tackled it. Julia, obviously had her own mental health issues but hid away from them too. I‘m surprised Rose moved away as I thought she would be in the story more but her reaction to her daughter‘s life choices was commonplace at that time, especially with her religious beliefs. 3mo
REPollock Rose struck me as the most realistic character—performative devout mothers disowning and abandoning their adult children for self-righteous moralizing abound among my own friends and family. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cupcake12 I thought Rose would have been in the story more too. I was really shocked that she moved away! 3mo
Deblovestoread I agree that Rose was the most realistic of the women until she took off for Florida. 3mo
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“Hello Beautiful “ is described as a homage to “Little Women.” What parallels do you see between these novels? How does the author both honor and diverge from the classic?

#LitsyloveReads

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Tagging those who expressed interest!

Cupcake12 Definitely the complicated yet loving relationship between the sisters. Each sister identified with a Little Women sister but obviously life happened and the roles changed. There were definitely 4 strong women in their own right. 3mo
REPollock Honestly it‘s been like 40 years since I read Little Women as a tween, and my main recollections are that I was excited to read a “classic” with so many female characters and that I found them all unrelatable and irritating, which mirrors my feelings about the Padovano sisters. 3mo
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Bklover I loved this book, but I didn‘t see any connection to Little Women other than the number of sisters. Loved their relationships with each other 3mo
Read4life If the characters hadn‘t commented on which Little Women character they were, were meant to be or wanted to be I wouldn‘t have thought of Little Women at all. I enjoyed this one. 3mo
CatLass007 So it‘s not just me! I don‘t see this as a modern retelling of Little Women at all. Granted it‘s been decades since I first read it, and the last screen version I saw was a 1978 mini-series with Susan Dey as Jo and William Shatner as her beloved Professor. There were four sisters and one of the sisters died in both books but that‘s really about it. 3mo
Deblovestoread Was out and about all day Saturday and forgot to come back to this until now. Other than the mentions of Little Women I did not really connect Padavano sisters to the March sisters. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Happy Friday everyone! I may post discussion questions later tonight! We have to help my daughter move into her house tomorrow! I didn‘t think it would be this soon!

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads

This is our lineup through June! Everyone welcome!

@ElizaMarie I‘m hoping I can make the zoom meeting! I had no idea we would be doing this tomorrow 😩

AmyG Hope the move goes well! 3mo
Bookwormjillk Good luck with the move. I had planned on reading Hello Beautiful this month, but I ran out of month. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you! 😊 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookwormjillk thank you ☺️ haha! I totally understand! 3mo
CatLass007 Wait. You have a daughter who‘s old enough to have her own house!!? I don‘t think you look that old. Of course, my Facebook profile pic is my high school pic. I didn‘t see this post yesterday and I didn‘t know we were discussing Hello Beautiful today. Is there a discussion schedule posted somewhere? Or did you say something like “We will have our book discussion on the last Saturday of the month?” 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CatLass007 lol I have a 29 year old and a 23 year old! I started young! Yes, the discussion can be found using the hashtag #LitsyLoveReads 💗 3mo
CatLass007 I had no problem finding the discussion, I just didn‘t realize when it would be posted. Is there a schedule for when the discussions will be every month? I guess I could have planned my monthly reading schedule better if I‘d known about it ahead of time. I do know I won‘t be joining in the discussion in March, but I‘ll be back in April, so please keep me on the tag list. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CatLass007 I‘m planning on the last Saturday of the month! I did have to post the questions late Friday night because we moved my daughter all day Saturday. You can jump in anytime though. I‘m still going back and checking responses! ❤️ 3mo
CatLass007 Thank you. 3mo
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Maggie4483
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When you have a bad day, but it‘s okay because it‘s #NationalMargaritaDay and your local takeout margarita bar is having a BOGO special…so you get four. And then go to Taco Bell, too.

KateReadsYA 🙌 Girl you know how to have a good time!!!! 🥰 3mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA Lol…they DO freeze well, so I might save one of the shorties for this weekend.☺️ 3mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 What was your taco bell order? I always go for a Baja blast freeze, steak quesedilla with a side of nacho cheese, a soft taco and loads of hot sauce 🤩🤭 3mo
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AmyG Yum! 3mo
Maggie4483 @KateReadsYA I usually only go during Nacho Fries season, but they have a new chicken empanada that I highly recommend. And, yes, all the hot sauce for me, too! 🔥 3mo
KateReadsYA @Maggie4483 yupp gonna have to try that out. 👍 3mo
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Cupcake12
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Mehso-so

#LitsyLoveReads
An emotionally layered story about family, grief and love. William, grew up with tragedy and never felt the love of his family. He meets Julia Padavano, one of four sisters and a loving family. A huge family rift changes their lives and family forever but will loyalty bring them back together?
It took a while for me to get into the story but if
you like a deep rooted, multi generational slow story - this is definitely for you.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review! I had no idea it was so low… 3mo
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Read4life
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

1. D.D Warren (Lisa Gardner D.D Warren books) and Grandma Mazur (Evanovich‘s Stephanie Plum books)

2. Myron & Win (Harlan Coben‘s Bolitar series) and Stone Barrington (Stuart Woods series of the same name)

3. The tagged book for #LitsyLoveReads & my February #BookSpin book, The BookClub Hotel.

Want to play @CBee @Crazeedi @TheSpineView @Andrew65 @ElizaMarie

Crazeedi Thanks for the tag 3mo
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 💜🏷 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🙏🏻🙏🏻 3mo
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Cupcake12
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#two4tuesday
1. 10 years ago. This is the longest house we‘ve lived in! Prior to that we moved 9 times 🤣 🏡
2. Tagged - lots of moving in this book as it charts a family growing

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Reading! 3mo
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Deblovestoread
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#LitsyTOB #52Bookclub24 #4POVs

I liked this book well enough. Maybe a bit too long, and while I liked most of the characters I didn‘t feel they were fully developed. I did feel seen when Alice described being pestered by coaches to play sports due to her height recalling one of my most cringeworthy moments in high school. And the new sentence I‘m finding in books I hate “getting the answer to a question you didn‘t know you had”. 3.5 🌟

Librarybelle I‘ve heard lots of good things about this one! I picked it up as a #BOTM …I‘ll get to it one of these days! 3mo
Ruthiella I‘ve not yet noticed that phrase, but I will now! 😃 I definitely understand the appeal of this novel, but it didn‘t quite come together for me. 3mo
julesG That phrase 🙄🙄🙄 I've noticed it, too. Does the reader get a book for free when that phrase turns up and the one with the unconsciously held breath? 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 3mo
Megabooks That is a terrible sentence!! 3mo
squirrelbrain I shall be looking out for that sentence now! 🤣 3mo
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maich
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#two4tuesday

1. 15 years ago when I finished studies (college) and moved from Ljubljana to the village where I grew up.

2. The last one I really enjoyed was Hello Beautiful.

@TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday 3mo
maich @TheSpineView you're welcome💕 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Yes, the majority of these characters were not likable! Especially one! IYKYK! But, the depth of these characters and their situations drew me in and held me to the very end. I‘m still thinking of this family and catch myself wondering what will happen next in their lives and it‘s over 😫

Grief, depression, forgiveness, acceptance, strength, endurance, love, loyalty, multigenerational, Little Women references, friendships, and basketball! 👇🏻

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This book pretty much has it all… Check the trigger warnings! 5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (edited) 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks “When an old person dies, even if that person is wonderful, he or she is still somewhat ready, and so are the people who loved them. They‘re like old trees, whose roots have loosened in the ground. They fall gently, but when someone dies before their time- the roots get pulled out and the ground is ripped up. Everyone nearby is in danger of being knocked over.” 💔💔 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #LitsyLoveReads discussion Saturday! February 24th!! 3mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed this, the characters felt real, so often people write "nice" characters that are so unrealistic, and I felt this hit a good spot of realistic. I read a GR review that was all "As a sister no sister would ever leave like that" and please! Families come in so many messes! 3mo
Deblovestoread That‘s a great quote! I‘m close to 100 pages in and enjoying it so far. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ChaoticMissAdventures yes!! I forgot to add messy! 3mo
AmyG I am so happy you loved this book-I did, too. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I miss the characters = book hangover!! 3mo
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Ruthiella
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Mehso-so

Beautiful cover but the story telling style was not for me. I know people IRL who have cut themselves off from their family as well as those who have been abandoned by family, and yet no one‘s behavior felt real to me here. And there was far too much repetition in my opinion. The Little Women retelling aspects were interesting, however.

#LitsyToB24
#52BookClub24 Includes a wedding
#pop24 at least 3 PoV

TheBookHippie I did not like this book. I bailed. 🤣😅😝 3mo
Tamra I‘ll pass. ☺️ 3mo
Ruthiella @TheBookHippie Good to know I‘m not alone-it‘s such a popular book. 3mo
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Ruthiella @Tamra You‘re already getting the best part of it, which is the cover. 😜 3mo
Tamra @Ruthiella bahaha it‘s sad when that is true. 3mo
TheBookHippie @Ruthiella You‘re right, none of it rang true or authentic, amongst other things I did not like- that one was the worst. 3mo
Reggie The amount of books this past year with split opinions by people I trust. Our planets must be in retrograde. lol I don‘t know what‘s going on. 3mo
Lesliereadsalot Really liked Dear Edward. But this one…meh. 3mo
Ruthiella @Reggie Trust no one! 😜 Just kidding. That‘s just the way it pans out sometimes. Maybe at a different point in my life as a reader, I‘d have loved it, who can say? 3mo
Ruthiella @Lesliereadsalot Good to know that you liked her other book! 👍 I won‘t count her out for now and may try another from her in future. 3mo
BkClubCare @Ruthiella - I adored this one!! 😆 and bought Dear Edward so I will check in with you if you might want me to send to you “someday”. I have it in the stack for “fitting a challenge category” but I am blanking on which! 😂 so might be long time… 3mo
Ruthiella @BkClubCare I won‘t count her out just yet and I‘m glad this was a pick for you! 😃 3mo
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Cupcake12
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Finally got my hands on a copy..that‘s my weekend planned. #LitsyLoveReaddk

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it! ❤️ 3mo
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cariashley
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I liked but didn‘t love this one. It started out very strong and I love deep character studies, but the way some of the relationships developed (or degraded) just didn‘t always feel true to life to me. I‘m glad I read it, though. #litsytob24

TheLudicReader This book seems to be universally adored, though not by me, so I always feel a little vindicated when I read a review like yours. 🙂 3mo
cariashley @TheLudicReader right? I thought I‘d be more impressed based on all the positive reviews. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Mammogram today🩷 and visited with my dad 💙

Edited to add that I have to have an ultrasound of my left breast 😢 I‘ve never had to have anything additional so I‘m pretty nervous… please say a prayer 🙏🏻

Finishing this one today and it‘s breaking my heart 💔 I really don‘t want to say goodbye to these characters!

I can‘t wait for our discussion #LitsyLoveReads 📚📚

Mimi28 Good luck with your mammogram 🩷🫶🏽 3mo
Bookwomble Wishing you well for your tests, Misty 🙏🏻💗 3mo
AmyG Wishing you all the best. I had an ultrasound done for years…turned out to be a cyst. 3mo
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Jari-chan Sending lots of good wishes and thoughts ❤️🙏 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mimi28 thank you Michelle ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookwomble thank you Michael 🙏🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you Amy ❤️ I just scheduled it for Monday at 830. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jari-chan thank you 🫂 3mo
Read4life Keeping you in my prayers. I had to have an ultrasound a couple of years ago. It was nothing and all is good. Keep me posted please! 💙💙 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Read4life thanks Lynn ❤️ I should know something Monday 🙏🏻 3mo
BookNAround Fingers crossed they‘re jut being super cautious and it‘s nothing. 3mo
Jas16 Sending love and keeping you in my thoughts. ❤️ 3mo
dabbe I know how you feel. I've had a biopsy, 2 MRI's, 2 ultrasounds, and multiple mammograms on my right breast. All they can say is that it's not cancer, but there is “questionable“ tissue. Me: 😳 So I go back every 6 months to see if things have gotten worse; so far they haven't. You can do this! 💪 Like @BookNAround said, it's great that they're cautious. I'd gladly go back every month if they told me too. 😃 Holding you in my thoughts. ❤️💜🩷 3mo
Bookwormjillk Thinking good thoughts for you on Monday. 3mo
Chelsea.Poole I know how scary that can be. Sending positivity your way! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @BookNAround 🙏🏻🫶🏻 thank you! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 thank you friend ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe thank you so much Denise ❤️🫶🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookwormjillk thank you Jill 🫶🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you so much ❤️ 3mo
AnnCrystal May your test go well 🙏💕🫂. (edited) 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau 🙏🏼 💕 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AnnCrystal thank you sweetie 💞 3mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope you get good news soon! 🙏 3mo
Mimi28 That happened to me one time and they even had to do a biopsy of my left breast but they said it was not cancerous and too small to try to remove. Sending prayers 🤗🙏🏽😊🫶🏽🩷 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DaveGreen7777 thank you 🙏🏻💙 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mimi28 thank you ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mimi28 @Bookwomble @AmyG @Jari-chan @Read4life @BookNAround @Jas16 @dabbe @Bookwormjillk @Chelsea.Poole @AnnCrystal @TheBookgeekFrau @DaveGreen7777 thank you all for the thoughts and prayers 🙏🏻 the ultrasound was negative ❤️🙏🏻🫶🏻 3mo
dabbe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!! 🤩😍🤩 3mo
Mimi28 That‘s great news!! 🙏🏽🤗😊🫶🏽🩷 3mo
TheBookgeekFrau Yayyyyy!!!! 💞 🙏🏼🫶 3mo
Chelsea.Poole So so happy to hear this wonderful news!! ♥️ 3mo
AmyG Good news!!!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @dabbe 🫂🫶🏻❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Mimi28 thank you 🙏🏻 ❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you ❤️🙏🏻 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG thank you 🫂❤️🫶🏻 3mo
Read4life Fantastic news! 💙💜💙💌 3mo
Bookwomble That's good to hear 😊🩷 3mo
DaveGreen7777 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wonderful news! 🙏 3mo
CBee @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to have the same thing last year, it‘s scary but mine was also fine 😅 Glad yours was too ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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We haven‘t played this in a while! 🎵 💿 🎤 #Booknotes

Can you think of a song that matches your current read? 📚📀

When I hear this song it makes me think of the tagged book we are reading for #LitsyLoveReads 📚

What Was I Made For? https://g.co/kgs/BN3g9s2

Tag friends!!

dabbe So far we have 31 songs on our Spotify playlist! Pass this link along, too!
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0BweE8nr34nXd8ooqLtjey

Thanks for the tag! I have some thinking to do! ❤️💜🩷
3mo
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kspenmoll
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It‘s a snow day! So I am home, snuggling with my cats & the tagged book. What a gift! #litsylovereads #February

IndoorDame Oooh, your snow day is so picturesque and cozy looking! Enjoy! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 3mo
Librarybelle So snuggly! 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🐾🖤 3mo
marleed What a pretty day you have going. Our area schools and businesses are closed tomorrow for a ‘red‘ snow day. Otherwise known as the Chiefs Super Bowl parade. And this one will actually have temps above freezing at 60°! 3mo
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Gissy
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Eggs Gorgeous cover👌🏼 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Reading this now for our buddy read! #LitsyLoveReads 💚💙 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“I didn‘t know that you could lose someone, and that meant you lost so much else.”

The perfect day! Rain, reading, home, kitty cuddles 🥰 🐾 🐈‍⬛

#catsoflitsy

#LitsyLoveReads

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
rubyslippersreads I 🧡 everything about this picture. 😻 3mo
Desha I loved that quote too! :) 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Desha ❤️ where are you in the book?? 3mo
Desha I‘m on page 125…just starting to read for today with my Sophie next to me! 🐶♥️ 3mo
Desha Where are you?? 😄 3mo
AnnCrystal 🌦️😻☕📚🥳💝. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Desha I‘m on page 140! You could totally see that coming with William! Julia is so pushy! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AnnCrystal ❤️🤗💛😽🥰 3mo
Desha I know! It‘s good that William is getting the treatment he needs! I‘m so sad that Julia won‘t visit but it just shows how different from him she is! 3mo
maich I'm a little mad on Julia and she left. He needs help and maybe it will be better if she stays. 3mo
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DocBrown
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I can‘t believe my youngest turns 18 in just a few days! I sent this pic in for the senior baby ads in his yearbook. On another note, this book did a great job depicting the (mostly hidden) ripple effects of childhood emotional neglect. I wish I could buy lots of copies to give to all the people in my life. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️-1/2

Ruthiella Cute picture! 😃 3mo
AmyG Adorable! It goes fast, doesn‘t it? 3mo
Tamra Cliche but true, the time flies by incredibly fast! 3mo
Suet624 Oohhh, how sweet. I agree about the book too. 3mo
DocBrown @Ruthiella I agree, it's one of my favorites! Actually @AmyG and @Tamra, it feels like it's been a looooooong time coming! Not that I haven't loved being this guy's dad, he reminds me so much of myself at that age. Thanks @Suet624! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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For the first six days of William Water‘s life, he was not an only child.

Finally a day off to read!! 🧡🧡

#LitsyLove
#LitsyLoveReads
#FirstLineFridays

📚❤️

maich I'm listening this and like it for now. 3mo
ShyBookOwl 😔 that has to be going somewhere devastating 3mo
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sarahbarnes
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Pickpick

A very good story, as many others here have said. It was sweet and simple in some ways, but it had its sharp edges as well, and ended in a way that felt like the right way for it to end. #litsyTOB

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Maggie4483
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Hello Beautiful and “Hello, Beautiful.”

My pretty girl isn‘t feeling good tonight, 😿 so I‘m neglecting my chores in favor of giving her lots of love.

rubyslippersreads Hope she feels better soon. 😽 3mo
dabbe Hope she's on the mend soon! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
maich Sending her love and hope she feels better soon❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hope she‘s feeling better ❤️ 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Happy Wednesday! Trying to sneak in a few pages today for our #LitsyLoveReads selection! I‘m really enjoying getting to know the sisters in this one 🩷

My favorite #chocolate @Eggs
#LuckyinLove

Tagging those of you who were interested! If you can‘t join us just let me know! Everyone welcome! 🤗

I do have an extra copy of next month‘s selection (YellowFace) up for grabs!

CatLass007 I‘m in! And I love Reese‘s Cups!! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CatLass007 awesome! I love them cold best! 3mo
Desha Misty what do you use your journal for? 📚 3mo
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CatLass007 I like them room temperature, maybe a little melty. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Desha ideas, possible questions, things about the characters, quotes 🩷 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CatLass007 they are the best!! 3mo
Pageturner1 getting ready to start it. 3mo
Eggs I like PB M&Ms 3mo
Desha Awesome Misty! 💗 3mo
CatLass007 @Eggs Is there an actual nut in there or is it peanut butter on its own? I‘ve always preferred peanut M&Ms. When I was in college, I was a green peanut M&M for Halloween at a dorm party. Oddly enough one of the guys in our co-ed dorm was a green plain M&M. I took pictures and my photo albums still haven‘t been unpacked. But my memory is still sharp and I see pictures of what happened in my mind. 3mo
julieclair Looking forward to starting this one this weekend! 3mo
Eggs @CatLass007 no nuts just pb 3mo
CatLass007 @Eggs It still sounds good to me.🤤 3mo
Eggs @CatLass007 They are so good 😍 3mo
KristiAhlers I'm totally in! And I ❤️ almost any candy 3mo
Bklover Love this book! I‘d love to join the discussion. Oh, and I love Hershey kisses. And M&Ms. And Almond Joys. And Reese‘s anything! (And I don‘t have a copy of Yellowface - if not taken) looking forward to that discussion too! Oh, and when is the discussion for Hello Beautiful?❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover awesome!! 😎 I‘m aiming for February 24th! Yellowface is yours!! 💛 3mo
Bklover I will put it on my calendar. Thanks Misty!❤️ 3mo
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