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Woman No. 17
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
A sinister, sexy noir about art, motherhood, and the intensity of female friendships, set in the posh hills above Los Angeles, from the "New York Times" bestselling author of "California" High in the Hollywood Hills, writer Lady Daniels has decided to take a break from her husband. She s going to need a hand with her young son if she s ever going to finish her memoir. In comes S., a magnetic young artist, who will live in the secluded guest house out back, care for Lady s young toddler son, and keep a watchful eye on her older, teenage, one. S. performs her day job beautifully, quickly drawing the entire family into her orbit, and becoming a confidante for Lady. But as the summer wears on, S. s connection to Lady s older son takes a disturbing, and possibly destructive, turn. Lady and S. will move closer to one another as they both threaten to harm the things they hold most dear. Darkly comic, twisty and tense, this mesmerizing new novel defies expectation and proves Edan Lepucki to be one of the most talented and exciting voices of her generation."
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LaurenReads
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Panpan

That book was so depressing and I hated almost everyone and everything they did.

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maleahrae
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Yay!!! Books! These look so great @Llanphear ! I cannot WAIT to dig in! Thank you!
#justabookswap
@TheBookKeepers

TheBookKeepers 😍🎉 7mo
Llanphear Yay! I hope you enjoy them! It was fun picking them out🤗 7mo
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Bevita
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Mehso-so

This one was kind of random, about the relationship between a mom and her “sitter.” The sitter is kind of nutty, trying to replicate her own mom; the employer has a mute son with his own issues. Enjoyed it though.

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Skyrimir
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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I am book hopping right now! Having a hard time settling for one book.

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

Appropriate book for a day spent thinking about my mother. Fortunately, my mom and I have a great relationship.

However, the mother/child relationships in this book are screwed up and dysfunctional. The parallels and differences between Lady and S are what makes this a great book. Plus I liked S‘s art project. Kooky. Fascinating read. 4⭐️

#MonthOfRereads #botmchallenge throwback

emilyhaldi Total throwback!!! I enjoyed this one 😁 9mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi I‘m planning a couple of other throwbacks! Surprises! 😁👍🏻 9mo
Reviewsbylola I expected to like this one more than I did but I still liked it. 9mo
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I didn‘t care for the ending, but I liked the rest of it. 9mo
L_auren Loved this one! 9mo
Megabooks @L_auren @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi For some reason I don‘t remember all four of us liking this? 🤷🏻‍♀️ 9mo
Reviewsbylola I gave it a pick but it was close to a so-so. 9mo
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KarenUK
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#NoFemmeber #California
A CA story with fascinating, complex and frustrating characters. Lady, single mum of 2 boys, is struggling to write a book. ‘S‘ is a live-in 'Sitter' and a secret performance artist. Both are self-obsessed & self-destructive with some serious mum-issues, both are deceiving themselves and others. Then Lady's teenage son, a selective mute, becomes both pawn and game player in their strange situation. A really compelling read.

Reviewsbylola I forgot about this one. Good pick! 10mo
Billypar Great summary- I'm intrigued! ☺️ 10mo
Cinfhen I almost went with her other novel aptly named California and then I remembered I‘m trying to use only nonfiction titles for this month‘s challenge 😉🙄 10mo
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KimM
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Bailedbailed

Couldn‘t get into the writing style and the story didn‘t appeal to me. Not sure why I even ordered this one. 😜 Just not for me.

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Busha1984
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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐
Different. I can't say that I liked this book but I also can't say I disliked it. It did take me way to long too finish reading but I did enjoy the differing view points of Lady and Esther.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Purplerosiepage
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Mehso-so

Sinister? Nah. Sexy? There‘s a lot of sex, but sexy? Nah. Noir? Sure. This might actually make a better movie than book. The themes regarding art and exploitation are also interesting, but Lepucki merely toys with the ideas. I don‘t think she took them far enough. I‘m rating it as a so-so, but I actually kind of liked it. It‘s unlike anything else I‘ve read this year.

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Purplerosiepage
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Reading this book is like watching a train wreck. 1.) S is trying to become her mom? While living in someone else‘s home and caring for a two year old? Really? She‘s unstable. 2.) What is with Lady‘s obsession with her older son and detachment from her younger son? I assume all will be revealed, but she also seems unstable.

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mcipher
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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Snuggling up with my girls to read. #Edith #Chloe #catsoflitsy #tuxedokittiesoflitsy @MinDea They are cuddled together so tight (it did get cold for post-haircut ladies).

Myhusbandhatesreading They are so cute!! I‘ve been wanting to get my one kitty a lion cut but I‘m afraid the experience would be too traumatic for him. 1y
mcipher @Myhusbandhatesreading The first day or so for Edie‘s first haircut she hated, but now she loves it - she got so hot in the summer before and left hair everywhere. They hate the groomer like they hate the vet though. 1y
MinDea Aaawwww so sweet! 1y
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mcipher
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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The view from my couch right now - #Edith and #Chloe both showing off their summer shaves. 😹 (We are still at the point where we laugh every time we look at them). #catsoflitsy #tuxedokittiesoflitsy @MinDea

tammysue 😻😻 1y
MinDea 😆😆😆😻😻😻 1y
erinreads The day I have to get my fluffy cat a lion cut will probably be the most amusing day of my life. 😹 1y
mcipher @erinreads We couldn‘t stop laughing. And we‘ve done this with Edie for 4 years. It never gets old!! 1y
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mcipher
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Eating some leftover cake and ice cream from my son‘s 16th birthday party today (😍😕😢😳 - all the feelings about his age!!!) and settling in with a book - I love seeing my family but I‘m tired from cleaning and cooking and being social all day!

minkyb It does get exhausting! 1y
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BittersweetBooks
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Seth stared at the painting in the same way he‘d stared at the photo, devoted and searching, like it might reveal the secret to life if he would only pay it the proper attention 📷

Mdargusch I love your photo! 1y
BittersweetBooks @Mdargusch thanks! Sometimes it‘s fun to recreate scenes from the book for my photos 1y
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rather_be_reading
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Also at Booksoup in Hollywood. @BookSoup

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GidgetsTreasures75
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2-15-18: 9th finished book of 2018. 📖#️⃣9️⃣

Jess7 Did you like it? This is on my tbr 2y
GidgetsTreasures75 @Jess7 I did. It was interesting if you like conflicted women trying to be good mothers especially because they hated theirs and artists searching for their The project that will express all of them. I love stuff like that. It does feel like it is building to something climatic but it doesn't and I feel like that is ok. It felt more real. 2y
Jess7 Thanks for the info. That sounds interesting. 2y
GidgetsTreasures75 @Jess7 and it was a quick read which is always nice. It kept me going all the way through. Once you read it let me know what you think! 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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Mehso-so

Meh. Billed as suspenseful but really isn‘t. Plus, I disliked all the characters. Intensely.

TeeCee Your comments made me laugh!! 😀 2y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

This book really drew me in. Complex and interesting characters fumbling with their relationships and senses of self.

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hes7
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Pickpick

An interesting #BOTM pick perfect for today. #NovemberByTheNumbers

Megabooks I loved this one! 2y
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GidgetsTreasures75
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11-17-17: #novemberbythenumbers A story about motherhood and the intensity of female friendships set in LA? Added to my TBR pile! #️⃣1️⃣7️⃣ 📚 @JoeStalksBeck @Tiffy_Reads

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KarenUK
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#novemberbythenumbers #17
Fascinating, complex and ultimately frustrating characters. Lady, a mum of two, is separated and struggling to write a book. ‘S‘ is the live-in-sitter and a secret performance artist. Both are self-obsessed and self-destructive with mother-issues, both deceiving themselves and others. Lady's teen son, a selective mute, becomes both pawn and game player in their weird situation. Not perfect but a really compelling read.

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edb.esq
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki

So this was my second Book of the Month Club offering. It took me three months to finish the first, but it ended better than it started. I have been reading this one since June (it's now November) and I just have no motivation to finish. I don't care about the characters. At. All. It is well -written, but for me, story is everything. And I have zero desire to continue this one. This book has beaten me. But now I'll move on to better things.

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LeeS
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Pickpick

3.5 🌟 read. For some reason I thought this was going to have some element of suspense to it but it didn‘t at all. It was a well-written story about selfish people, about motherhood, and about becoming our parents. At least that was my takeaway. I enjoyed the sharp humor of some of the characters the most and Lepucki‘s beautiful sense of place. This story is set in LA and you feel the city in her writing.

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RealLifeReading
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I always make too large a #stack for #readathon (I have another seven more books on my tablet), but I figure this way I have something ready for any reading mood that may strike. Also comics comics comics, always important for those moments when I'm running out of steam

daydreamin_star I'm a big mood reader so I think having a big selection is perfect! 2y
BellaBookNook Love your stack! Going to have to write down a few of them to check out later! Happy reading my friend. 2y
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LeeS
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Reading now!

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Liberty
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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13: The prompt is "genre." I can't pick a favorite genre! When I read a mystery, I wish I read mysteries all the time. When I read sci-fi, I wish I read sci-fi books all the time. True crime, romance, bizzaro fiction - I love it all! YAY BOOKS! #readathon #30DaysofReadathon

emily_m_tubb Pretty shelves! 😍 2y
Bookzombie I totally get that and feel the same way! 2y
CatLass007 I enjoy all genres also. It‘s hard to choose. 2y
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JoeStalksBeck Love! 2y
kspenmoll Love your books shelves! 2y
RebelReader I adore this bookshelf! 2y
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JackOBotts
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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3.5 ⭐️ I've read a good number of novels with "flawed" characters this year, some of whom had little appeal to me, but the flawed characters in Woman No. 17 felt richer (in motivation, in background). The relationships between the characters kept me engaged and - at times - amused. At its core, a novel about daughters and their relationships with their mothers.

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JackOBotts
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
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Okay, my May 2017 #BOTM selection...your Litsy rating is 45%...🤞🏼here we go!

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dixi_e
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My last read ended up as a DNF .... hoping this is as good as anticipated. 🤞🏻

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ReadingEnvy
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Books read in August... those with green were five star reads. 22 of these were ARCs, so I think I was clearing the decks for group reads I have planned in September.
http://readingenvy.blogspot.com/2017/08/books-201-233-of-2017.html

RestlessFickleBookHoarder 📚👏📚👏📚 2y
BooksAndChopsticks Holy cow! How do u find the time...? 2y
Ms_T Wow! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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Jess7 That's a lot!! 2y
rohit-sawant That's fantastic! 👏 2y
emmaturi Goodness that is alot! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Impressive! 2y
JoeStalksBeck 👏👏👏👏👏 2y
HardcoverHearts Amazing!!! I bow down!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
JaclynW Wow! Good reads! 2y
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HardcoverHearts
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The library gods have chosen for me and the next audiobook is one of the books I have had on my TBR for a long while. After reading historical, memoir and sci-fi, a contemporary fiction feels right. Although there is a toddler with dialogue which means an adult "voices" a toddler which is always a little painful/awkward. Hoping it isn't an impediment to a good book.

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cariashley
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Pickpick

This was somewhere between a so-so and a pick, but I'll round up; it was a unique read and I'm feeling generous. The story moved along at a good clip and although I liked the mildly sinister tone, I never fell in love with the characters like I wanted to. #BOTM

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cariashley
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This guy is happy to see me after a weekend away, and I'm happy to be getting into this book. Am about 1/3 in and liking it so far. #catsoflitsy #BOTM

RestlessFickleBookHoarder 😍😻😍😻 2y
AmyG He is so handsome. 2y
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KMOlson
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Starting a new read tonight! Woman No 17 by Edan Lepucki

nomadreader Very curious what you think of this one. Also, hooray for you on Litsy! 2y
KMOlson I can't wait to share when I finish! Litsy is fun, I knew I'd find you on it :) 2y
KMOlson @nomadreader On page 50 and have to say it's a very slow read so far. Hoping it gets better and can finish this weekend :) 2y
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mcipher
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My favorite colors are pink and green - surprisingly for a chick lit nut most of the pinks I rustled up were lavender (or my husband's 😝). I feel like the tagged book was a good mix of both. ❤️#bookcolortag

Librariana I think the tagged book makes the colors transition beautifully! 💚 💖 It's all iridescent and pretty! And I love how you got the drink and glass to match! 😍 Thank you for humoring this gal 😊 2y
mcipher @Librariana Thanks for tagging me - it was fun! 😊 2y
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ReadingEnvy
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki
Mehso-so

Listened to this one, with two different narrators. It was a weird little story that I skipped for #botm (this was a good choice.) The publisher summary says this is a "noir novel of motherhood" and I think it's those two elements that are very awkward in their combined presentations here. Unlikeable women, bad mothers, wealthy LA, and some statement about art. Audio ARC from publisher.

nomadreader I felt the same way about reading it in print. 2y
shawnmooney Another one I don't regret bailing on—not even at the 93% mark! 😂 2y
ReadingEnvy @shawnmooney what kept your going for the 93%? Because once I got to the end I wondered why I stuck it out. 2y
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shawnmooney @ReadingEnvy The final third went downhill but I was hoping for a late save. None was forthcoming, and I was so sick of it I quit in disgust. 2y
Megabooks Hmmm...I text read this and loved it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
ReadingEnvy @Booksandcooks we can all love different books! 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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When I say a word follows me around, I'm serious! I think this is the fifth book this year. (page late in novel but is not a spoiler... I listened to audio and did a search in google books) #jacaranda

Lola #bookserendipity My fave 😍 (edited) 2y
Lindy Jacaranda strikes again. Yay! 2y
saresmoore Hahahaha! It's just weird! I mean good weird, of course. (edited) 2y
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Zelma That is so odd! 😆 2y
Susannah Oh my goodness, you're right! Mine is "clamber." I never thought that it might be stalking me, but I think it is.? 2y
andrew61 That's odd i came across it in The black echo, the first harry bosch by connelly that i read this week on hol- i wouldn't have noticed it save for your mentions.☺ 2y
ReadingEnvy @Susannah Clamber! I rarely see that word. For years it was thrum for me but jacaranda is bound and determined to take over 2y
ReadingEnvy @andrew61 could this word have been there all along?!? 2y
andrew61 @ReadingEnvy ha, you may be right 😂 2y
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ReadingEnvy
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Current listen while Winnie and Doyle wait for my husband to come home (they start waiting for him an hour beforehand.) #dogsoflitsy #audiobook

Centique That's so sweet! 2y
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amandareadsandwrites
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Mehso-so

I was so on board with this book until the last 30 pages or so. I really hated the ending. A lot. Nothing felt resolved, and my favorite character in the whole book basically got kicked when he was down. Lady was terrible and still got rewarded in the end. And we don't even really see what happens to S. I just. Ugh. I was so disappointed in the end.

And I still want a whole book about Seth because he deserves much much better. I ❤ Seth.

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amandareadsandwrites
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#amreading #currentlyreading

Has anyone else read this one? I have around 60 pages left, and I am so morbidly fascinated with this book. S E T H I S T H E M O S T I N T R I G U I N G. I just want to spend a day with him and learn all about him and be his silent friend.

What are some other thoughts about this book?

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AbstractMonica
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Panpan

This book wasn't for me. Lady was probably the most unlikeable character I've ever read about. She was so self-centered and negative. I couldn't take it. The storyline was interesting at first, but once I finished the novel I was unimpressed. 👎🏼🤷🏻‍♀️

britt_brooke Thanks for the honest review! Removing it from my TBR. I was on the fence about it anyway. (edited) 2y
Reviewsbylola I don't think you're missing much. @britt_brooke I was disappointed with this one as well. 2y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Good to know - thanks! 2y
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ilayreading
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Mehso-so

Major mixed feelings about this one. Find out why today on ilayreading.com. what did you think of this book?

#review #blogpost #summerreads #literaryfiction

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AbstractMonica
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About 80 pages left of this one. Aiming to finish it by tomorrow :)

TheNextBook Wine 2y
sumaiyya.books How's it?! 2y
AbstractMonica @sumaiyya.books it wasn't as good as I had hoped. 2y
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AbstractMonica
Woman No. 17 | Edan Lepucki

I'm on page 85, and just started struggling with this. Both Lady and S are somewhat shallow characters which makes it hard to sympathize or relate to them in any way. Hoping it gets better soon, or I might have to bail 🙎🏻

whelanmaria I really struggled with this one! I'll be interested to hear what you think if you keep going! 2y
AbstractMonica @whelanmaria I finished it, but felt like it lacked any type of depth. 2y
whelanmaria @AbstractMonica Same here! Congrats on finishing, I hope you enjoy your next book more! 2y
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ilayreading
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I am having such mixed feelings about this book. How did you feel about it? Love it? Hate it? Why?

#currentlyreading #qotd #literaryfiction #summerreads

amandareadsandwrites I just started this - how are your feelings about it now that you're further in (if you are)? 2y
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ilayreading
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"And husbands who double as life rafts don't last very long. Who loves a life raft?"

#quote #hogarth #summerreads

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AbstractMonica
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"It was summer. The heat had arrived harsh and bright... People were complaining, they were moving slowly. They were swarming the beaches like tiny bugs upon the backs of dead animals. I preferred to stay home: ice cubes in the dog bowl, Riesling in the Freezer."
I can relate.

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AbstractMonica
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Catching up on my #BOTM picks with this one. So many books, so little time 📚🤦🏻‍♀️📚

Reviewsbylola I have the same problem. I'll be curious to see what you think of it. 2y
AbstractMonica @Reviewsbylola yep, I hope it's good! The last book I read was only mediocre. 2y
Megabooks I loved this one! 2y
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valeriegeary
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Finishing this one up tonight. These characters... They sure are making it hard for me to love them. But damn do I find them intriguing. I can't look away from their messed up lives.

KarenUK That's exactly how I felt about this one! 2y
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