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The Humans
The Humans: A Novel | Matt Haig
The bestselling, award-winning author of The Radleys is back with his funniest, most devastating dark comedy yet, a silly, sad, suspenseful, and soulful (Philadelphia Inquirer) novel thats full of heart (Entertainment Weekly).When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a prominent mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor is eager to complete the gruesome task assigned him and hurry home to his own utopian planet, where everyone is omniscient and immortal. He is disgusted by the way humans look, what they eat, their capacity for murder and war, and is equally baffled by the concepts of love and family. But as time goes on, he starts to realize there may be more to this strange species than he had thought. Disguised as Martin, he drinks wine, reads poetry, develops an ear for rock music, and a taste for peanut butter. Slowly, unexpectedly, he forges bonds with Martins family. He begins to see hope and beauty in the humans imperfection, and begins to question the very mission that brought him there. Praised by The New York Times as a novelist of great seriousness and talent, author Matt Haig delivers an unlikely story about human nature and the joy found in the messiness of life on Earth. The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable tale that playfully and movingly explores the ultimate subjectourselves.
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GinaKButler
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Up next on 🎧

This is not my usual go-to genre; it‘s one of our summer book club picks.

#bookspinbingo

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TieDyeDude
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The main character is an alien who has to inhabit a body and "be someone".

#besomeoneday #julyjam @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs

Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Excellent 📚👍🏻 2mo
Eggs I enjoy Haig! 2mo
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Sailajha
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Really loved this book infused with terrific humour despite the prose focussing on largely melancholic observations of the human existence and experience - beautifully highlighting its inherent contradictions, helplessness, sublimity and exhilaration. A beautiful open love letter to being human and humanness. One for the thinkers, dreamers and lovers.

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puzzledbooks
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“‘I love you,‘ she said.

And I knew the point of love right then. The point of love was to help you survive.”

Just finished “The Humans” by Matt Haig and it was a fantastic read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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tealwish
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"The possibility of pain is where love stems from."

The Humans
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puzzledbooks

Basically, the key rule is, if you want to appear sane on Earth, you have to be in the right place, wearing the right clothes, saying the right things, and only stepping on the right kind of grass.

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Lauram
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I liked it. Poppy meowed through the last 3 chapters. I don‘t know her well enough to know if they were happy or unhappy meows. School Custodian found her by the dumpster yesterday and put her in his office to keep her safe from freezing temps. I hope she‘s not sick and can be integrated into our family soon. She‘s a wonderful little cat.

AmyG What a beauty!!! ❤️ 8mo
QuietlyLaura She‘s such a sweetheart! 😻❤️ 8mo
squirrelbrain Little cutie! 😻 8mo
CoffeeAndABook Awww 😻 what a sweet little soul. Hope she settles in quickly 😌 8mo
Aims42 Awwww! So glad he found her ❤️ Hoping she‘s a great addition to your family!! 8mo
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Kathfidler
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Loved the theme of this book and all the messages throughout, found it very entertaining!

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rwmg
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I was drinking a cup of tea. I actually enjoyed tea. It was so much better than coffee. It tasted like comfort.

Isobel nodded. She too was drinking tea. The tea seemed to be making things better. It was a hot drink made of leaves, used in times of crisis as a means of restoring normality.

TrishB Well it never makes things worse 😁 12mo
Cathythoughts You can‘t beat a cup of tea 👍🏻❤️ 12mo
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rwmg

Yes, there are lots of questions. And even more books. So, so many. Humans in their typical human way have written far too many to get through. Reading is added to that great pile of things—work, love, sexual prowess, the words they didn‘t say when they really needed to say them—that they are bound to feel a bit dissatisfied about.

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DebinHawaii
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#QuotsyAug21 #familiar

“And yet, when everything is alien the alien becomes familiar.”

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jen_hayes7
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Can‘t deny it, Michigan sure has some nice views. 😍

Amiable Gorgeous! Where in Michigan are you? My husband and I lived there for the first few years of our marriage! 1y
jen_hayes7 @Amiable So cool! We are staying in Cooks, MI which is between Escanaba and Manistique. We‘re from Grand Rapids, but moved to Chicago about 11 years ago. Where were you and your husband living in MI? 1y
Amiable @jen_hayes7 My husband was an engineer at GM for the first few years of our marriage -- we were in Swartz Creek (near Flint), and then down in East Lansing (where I went to grad school at MSU and where our oldest son was born) and then we lived in Howell (so hubby could commute to the Proving Grounds in Milford). So we were kind of all over! And another fun fact: my husband is from Chicago, too! So we spend a lot of time out there as well. ;) 1y
jen_hayes7 @Amiable You did cover a lot of territory!! My mom is from Warren, so we visited the east side of the state pretty regularly growing up. So neat that we have many places in common! Thanks so much for sharing!! 1y
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jen_hayes7
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“Humans, as a rule, don‘t like mad people unless they are good at painting, and only then once they are dead. But the definition of mad, on Earth, seems to be very unclear and inconsistent. What is perfectly sane in one era turns out to be insane in another. … So we must conclude that madness is a question sometimes of time and sometimes of post code.”

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jen_hayes7
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Next up, my first book by Matt Haig. I follow him on Instagram and absolutely adore him, his outlook, his humor. I‘m sure this will be enjoyable. Using this for the “cover you don‘t like” #readharder2021 prompt. I can‘t say exactly why, but this cover makes me uncomfortable. 😂👃🏻

BookishMarginalia I don‘t like that cover either. Ugh 1y
jen_hayes7 @BookishMarginalia Right?! I‘m glad I‘m not alone. 1y
BookishMarginalia 👍🏼🤓 1y
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BooknerdsLife
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"Knowledge is finite. Wonder is infinite."

"You can't find happiness looking for the meaning of life. Meaning is only the third most important thing. It comes after loving and being.". Matt Haig, The Humans
Just 2 of the many quotes I love from this book!! Cannot stop thinking about it!
#BookQuotes #Booknerd #mustread

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BooknerdsLife
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My first ever Matt Haig book and everything they said about his writing is So True!
This one moved me to tears from the very beginning to end. Reminded us how to Be Humans & what humanity really means to us... ❤️

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Kempfme
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My first read of Heig is a story about an Alien sent to Earth to stop the discovery of a theory of prime numbers by destroying the evidence and killing anyone who knows about it. The alien falls for his hosts family and chooses to leave his life as an alien. It was funny to see earthly things through the eyes of someone experiencing them for the first time.

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Twainy
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🎧 An alien‘s sent to earth in a dead man‘s body to save the universe by killing his “wife & son”.

He‘s told to act normal & spends most of the book trying to get it right.

He falls in love with his wife, gives up everything including immortality & the “gift” to be human then loses it all by telling too much truth.

Well written & narrated. More of a character study as “Andrew” grows a lot as a “human”. I liked Gulliver & Newton.

⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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monalyisha
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Growing up, I was rarely as upset with my friends as when they tried to be cool or impress “the popular people.” Now, with a husband in the music scene, I still knock up against this. Don‘t ever play down your lust for life.

I‘m with Matt Haig, & Simon Pegg, who said, “Being a geek is about being honest about what you enjoy & not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something.”

monalyisha And, the end of Pegg‘s quote: “Being a geek is extremely liberating.” (I was never a “Geek” proper. But I definitely flew under the radar. And still do. 🤷‍♀️ Fuck the affectations required for being hip, honestly.) 1y
kathedron Love this post! 💕 1y
CaffeineAndCandy 💜💜💜. Nerd is the new cool. 1y
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AmyG What @CaffeineAndCandy said. 👊🏻 1y
TheKidUpstairs It took me a long time to be comfortable with these lessons. Now I wish I could get that time back. 1y
monalyisha @TheKidUpstairs Well you‘re rockin‘ it now! 😎🤓 1y
CaffeineAndCandy @AmyG exactly! 👍 1y
kspenmoll Yes! 1y
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ctelford
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ - absolutely brilliant. Matt Haig doesn‘t fail to deliver with this hilarious and emotional piece. It‘s the first book to actually have me laugh out loud. Couldn‘t recommend it highly enough, everyone should read Matt Haig‘s work...you won‘t be disappointed.

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TieDyeDude
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Getting reaquinted with Ennio Morricone while finishing this excellent book! So much to digest. A visitor from another world comes to Earth to prevent a mathematian from revealing the solution to an equation that would advance humanity beyond our capacity. Full of biting, true critiques of our species and its fallacies.

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dariazeoli
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I‘m posting one book per day from my ever-increasing TBR. No description. No explanation. Just books to read. Join the fun if you want.

Day 51.

#fromthetbrstacks

CBee Very much want to read this one! I loved 2y
AmyG @CBee this one is good. 2y
JackOBotts I‘ve so enjoyed everything I‘ve read of his so far. (edited) 2y
CBee @AmyG hi friend 👋🏻 I‘m sure I‘ll like it then! 2y
AmyG Ha! You will @CBee 2y
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Night_Reader
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3.5/5 🌟

If you can suspend your disbelief, it's an enjoyable book.

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Night_Reader
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"This was, I would later realise, a planet of things wrapped inside things. Food inside wrappers. Bodies inside clothes. Contempt inside smiles."

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Layali926
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What a wonderful read!! Sometimes the best book you‘ve read comes at the end of the year. So touching , funny and heart warming .

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britt_reads
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I just made my November list for #bookspin and #bookspinbingo and I‘m excited about these choices!
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
IndoorDame What app do you use to make your boards? I really want one like this where the entire book covers are visible in the finished pic! 2y
britt_reads @IndoorDame I use PicCollage! I know it automatically zooms in on the image, and it‘s hard to adjust them to make it fit. I‘ve found that if I use the web image search on the app and choose the narrow book covers that have white on the sides of the image, it usually fits within the square pretty well. I hope that helps! 2y
IndoorDame @britt_reads thanks! That definitely helps! 2y
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Lauram
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I‘m hoping to be absolutely charmed.

Leftcoastzen I was .😀 2y
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Creadnorthey
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This hits all the good points and tickles the brain enough to get one thinking- this book is on the good side of fluff. And if you liked this one you‘ll love his latest “How to Stop Time”!

KVanRead I really enjoyed this one! I have to check out his latest. 2y
Creadnorthey I think it‘s better... 2y
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jouleian
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I loved how this book managed to make you feel the way the Vonnadorian did. You slowly fell in love with the book the way it had done with the humans. That is a rare gift for an author to have, to be able to pace a reader like that. I loved this book. #recommend #scifi #litsy

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jouleian

I‘m not sure how I feel about this book and I think it‘s because I just finished ‘Anxious People‘. That book works its way from the inside out while this one works from the outside in as far has how humans work. #foodforthought #litsy

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jouleian

“Maybe that is what beauty is for humans. Accidents, placed inside a pretty pattern. Asymmetry. The defiance of Mathematics.”

I really like how simplistic and honest this is. Maybe it is the truth.
#litsy #wisewords #thehumans

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jouleian
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So I never got to finish this one awhile back due to it being removed from the e-library I was reading it from. So,I bought a hard copy. I‘m excited bc I loved what I started. #tbr #scifi #litsy

Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book! 2y
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Hannah_11
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This was an interesting read. I first read Matt Haig last year and fell in love with his writing style, how he can make a far fetched storyline so real and relatable. Can‘t wait to read more from him! #MattHaig #TheHumans #book #pick #loved

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“Laugh, it suits you”
A dummy‘s guide on how to be human. #TheHumans #MattHaig #love #newbook #bookworm

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erinreads
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I loved this odd, hilarious, and heartwarming book about humankind. We‘re a mess on the whole, but so amazing when you get to the heart of a human and what drives someone. Also, I was really enjoying this book, but then completely fell in love with the list of advice at the end of the book that was left for Gulliver. “97. I love you. Remember that.” UGH. 💕

And just like that, I‘ve already finished my #BookSpin book for this month! #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
VeganCleopatra I really like your way of displaying the bingo board with the B&W to color! Can I steal this idea? Are you just overlaying the color photo for each book on top or using some other method? (edited) 2y
erinreads @VeganCleopatra Feel free! And yeah, just adding in the color photo of the book to cover the b&w one. Looking forward to seeing yours! 2y
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Bookzombie I really like your bingo card too! 2y
VeganCleopatra Thanks for the info. I'm hoping to try it but if I don't then I ran out of patience for the app lol 2y
bookandbedandtea I love how you did your card! Since you're open to stealing I think I'll give it a whirl. The Humans sounds intriguing and I think it may show up on one of my future lists. 😊 2y
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erinreads
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“A cat, I discovered, was very much like a dog. But smaller, and without the self-esteem issues.” 😹😹😹 This book is so odd and funny and I‘m glad I‘m finally getting to it. #BookSpin #catsruledogsdrool

Leftcoastzen 😄😻I really enjoyed this book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks And they know where to potty 😽 2y
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erinreads
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Got my #BookSpinBingo card all ready! I was hoping to complete at least 2 lines, but I started reading Lonesome Dove already and that‘s not in a line with my #BookSpin (The Humans) OR my #DoubleSpin (Force of Nature), so I don‘t know, I guess I‘ll shoot for 3 lines now because WHY NOT? 😬 Thank you so much @TheAromaofBooks for hosting a fun reading game! 💕

TheAromaofBooks Nothing like some extra challenge! 😂 2y
AmyG Lonesome Dove is SO good. Enjoy! 2y
Gissy Great books!📚📚📚❤️❤️❤️ 2y
VeganCleopatra Lonesome Dove was SO close to being on mine too but I already had numerous tomes on my list so I took it off last minute. I don't know anyone who has read it in recent years so I look forward to your opinion. 2y
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I havnt read any Matt Haig books , but I love his thoughts here. Especially ❤️ Don‘t be defined ❤️✨✨✨✨✨✨
Any good suggestions for a book of his to start with ...

Cupcake12 I love How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. A thought provoking, heart warming original romance. It‘s also being made into a movie too x 2y
Cathythoughts @Cupcake12 Thankyou ! I‘m looking it up now 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 2y
KarenUK I second what @Cupcake12 says.... also liked his non fiction (edited) 2y
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runswithscissors007 A baggy routine. My life is changed. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @KarenUK Thanks ! I‘ll investigate this one too ❤️👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @runswithscissors007 Yes I love the baggy routine too 😆 2y
meghathecloud If you are looking for content similar to this post, you may check out Reasons to Stay Alive. It's his memoir about living with Depression and Anxiety. A little darker, but it is relevant and powerful. 2y
Cathythoughts @meghathecloud Thanks ❤️👍🏻 2y
JackOBotts Agree with the folks mentioning Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet. I‘ve yet to read his fiction, but those we‘re moving memoirs. (edited) 2y
Cathythoughts @JackOBotts Thankyou ❤️👍🏻 2y
BekaReid I prefer his non-fiction over his fiction. My favorites are Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet 2y
Cathythoughts @BekaReid Thankyou 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Caroline2 Lovely advice. This is a very special book. 2y
Cathythoughts @Caroline2 Thanks 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Reggie Since you said you haven‘t read any of his books I would definitely read The Humans. Sooooo good! 2y
Cathythoughts @Reggie Thanks Reggie ! I‘m a stackin 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Suet624 This was so good. 2y
Cathythoughts @Suet624 Thanks! He seems very popular with Littens ✨❤️ 2y
Suet624 Haha. I guess you‘re right! 2y
TrishB He‘s awesome 👍🏻 2y
Cathythoughts @TrishB Great stuff 👍🏻❤️ 2y
Birdsong28 I have only read this of his and it was really good 2y
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 Thanks Victoria! I‘ll look this one up too , he seems to have done a lot of writing ❤️👍🏻 2y
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LibraryCin
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I listened to the audio and quite enjoyed it. It had funny moments, and that really drew me in at the start, though it lagged a bit for me in the middle. Overall, I quite liked it.

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I started this book in the summer, lounging by the water, or on the water with my bestie, giggling at the humour. I put it down and didn't pick it up again until recently with all this isolation. Somehow that was perfect timing.
Haig writes sadness and nostalgia tempered with humour, and is insightful but with a brevity and humanness that makes it easily digestible.
Cannot recommend it more.

BookishTrish So glad you loved it ❤️💕💗💕❤️ 2y
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Andrea4
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The point of love was to help you survive.
The point was also to forget meaning. To stop looking and start living.

Leftcoastzen I really enjoyed this book! 2y
Andrea4 @Leftcoastzen just finished it and omg it was so good! I found myself underlining and starring certain sentences or paragraphs!! 2y
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Andrea4
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Seem like appropriate quotations for our #socialdistancing predicament.
Here's to connection!
💗💗💗

JanuarieTimewalker13 One of my fave books of all time! 3y
Andrea4 @JanuarieTimewalker13 yes, I'm really loving it. The 1st part had me giggling tons and now we are getting deeper and it's super thoughtful without being dense and boring. 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I have to reread it one day! Yes, I love when he finds the Cosmo...lol (edited) 3y
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