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BeckyMerilatt

BeckyMerilatt

Joined June 2016

Full-time mama, part-time bookseller.
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Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane
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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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One of my favorite books so far this year. I‘m having the hardest time articulating why. I think it‘s the powerful stream of consciousness writing, the voice of the main character, the deep empathy with which this book approaches mental illness. And it‘s funny. I laughed out loud multiple times. I‘m so sad that it‘s over.

cobwebmoth I totally agree. 16h
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Rabbits for Food | Binnie Kirshenbaum
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This book is extremely upsetting. I can‘t put it down. Can‘t put my finger on exactly why it is so compelling. I think I love it.

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A Wolf Called Wander | Rosanne Parry
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Thumb‘s up for this one. My kids looked at me like I was crazy because I was bawling my eyes out at the ending. It‘s very sad, but full of beautiful writing and loaded with facts about wolves.

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Brilliant. Totally brilliant. The second half is such a ride. I won‘t attempt to summarize. I‘d butcher it. But the book lives up to its title. Such a good title.

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Thumbs up from my 5 yo for this one. This was so much fun to read aloud. It reminded me a little of Winnie the Pooh. The cast of characters is so wonderful. We both loved it! Out in September!

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Spent the fourth on the top of the Space Needle in Seattle. It was such a beautiful day!

Libby1 Hello! 👋 Great photo. 2w
BarbaraBB Great picture 💕 2w
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Pride and Prejudice | Austen Jane
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I think this was my third time reading this one. Lovely as ever. Reading it with my teen book club through work.

Naj An all time favorite! Have read five times, there's not one thing I'd change about this book. 2w
caitlin.reads.books A favorite of mine too! ❤️ 2w
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Well this book was terrifying. I‘m not normally a true crime reader. This was a book club choice. The writing was top notch though. And the story itself, not just the of Golden State Killer, but Michelle McNamara‘s life and involvement kept me reading. I‘m excited to see the HBO documentary when it‘s released. 👍🏻

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Talk about feel-good. This was a sweet YA. Just saw Acevedo speak at Children‘s Institute (for booksellers) and she was incredible.

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Alien Superstar (Book #1) | Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
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Just met Henry Winkler at Children‘s Institute! 🤩

tjwill Very cool! 😎 3w
JoyBlue How 😎!!! 3w
Well-ReadNeck Aaaaayyyyy! 👍🏼 3w
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mabell That‘s awesome! 3w
Amiable @Well-ReadNeck 😄😄 3w
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 👍🏻 3w
Eggs Truly awesome !!!! 3w
TheBookDream He‘s the best 3w
Hooked_on_books 😲 Wowza! 3w
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China Dream | Ma Jian
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Ma Jian weaves the history of the Cultural Revolution in China in with an intense character study of a high-up official in the communist party struggling with his former self and his painful memories. All brilliantly done. Don‘t skip the foreword. It‘s so powerful, and provides some background on the author who‘s books are banned in China.

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The Ten Loves of Nishino | Hiromi Kawakami
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A character described by ten of his lovers. Each perspective skewing and adjusting the reader‘s idea of who Nishino is. This book was strange, intimate, and surprising. I loved it.

BarbaraBB This one looks and sounds great! 1mo
BeckyMerilatt @BarbaraBB I liked it so much. It‘s very funny at times as well. 1mo
BarbaraBB Is your copy really an uncorrected proof?!? 1mo
BeckyMerilatt @BarbaraBB yeah. I work at a bookstore. It‘s just an advanced reader copy (ARC). 1mo
BarbaraBB That is cool I think. I know many people on Litsy read ARCs all the time but I wouldn‘t know how you get them, I think it‘s for the US only? Also, working at a bookstore 😍 1mo
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The Other's Gold | Elizabeth Ames
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A story about four friends, each section focused on a massive mistake and the ways that they get through the fallout together. It was beautifully written, with so much empathy and compassion and description so vivid and emotional. I loved it. On sale 8/27.

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My third book by Ramona Ausubel. Her writing is so solid. This book wasn‘t as polished as her first. The pacing was difficult at times. The characters a little thin. But I liked it a lot. The themes - family, wealth, guilt - were expertly handled. The whole ride was made more meaningful by the ending.

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Book ✔️ Sand ✔️ Ocean ✔️ No kids ✔️ 😌

Chelsea.Poole Perfect! I hope to look just like this soon 😊 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Awesome! 😎 2mo
Mtroiano 🙌🏼 2mo
CarolynM Enjoy! 2mo
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Loved it. I was craving an unputdownable fantasy and this delivered. I mean, it could have been longer...

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I had almost a physical reaction to a couple of moments in this book. It‘s incredibly powerful, timely, moving. The author interviews the man who raped her when they were 19. They had been close friends before it happened. I‘ll be honest, I usually avoid books like this because I often feel like I don‘t have the capacity to face that kind of darkness. But after all these new abortion laws were passed, I was pissed and got brave. I‘m glad I did.

BeckyMerilatt Comes out in October. 2mo
TheBookStacker I‘m very intrigued to read this now 2mo
8little_paws I've got her first memoir on my pile to read 2mo
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What a brilliant book. Complex and layered, funny yet so sad. Many of the stories dealt with the idea of freedom or lack thereof. I highly recommend it. Out in August.

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Black Wings Beating | Alex London
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Liked the concept, hated the execution. It felt sloppy. Too many characters, too little depth.

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Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I loved this. It reminded me a bit of The Goldfinch - a family saga that spans years. Similar themes of loss and redemption. I could have read it in one sitting if I had had time. Ann Patchett is a wonder. Out in September.

irre So excited! Love Ann Patchett 3mo
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I loved this strange, quiet little book. Both this and The Housekeeper and Professor deal with the loss of memory and identity. This book was particularly atmospheric. I really tried to savor it.

An unnamed woman lives on an island where everyday objects disappear from collective memory. Those that don‘t forget are taken by the Memory Police.

alysonwrites Whoa...stacked! I just heard about The Housekeeper and the Professor. This one sounds intriguing too. 3mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Every time I finish a book I really love I have a hard time starting a new one. Most recently Arcadia by Lauren Groff.
2. Sometimes short stories, often times revisiting an old favorite, or a good mystery.
3. Donna Tartt‘s New York aaaaand Hogwarts.
4. The original (US) cover for Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Murakami has been my favorite for years.
5. @annkuch13 @EmilyM @RubyRed
Thanks for the tag @Crazeedi

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Awayland: Stories | Ramona Ausubel
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The second Ramona Ausubel book that I‘ve read. I also read No One is Here Except All of Us - which has stayed with me even years after finishing it. She‘s quickly becoming a favorite of mine. I loved these short stories. They were inventive and moving. The perfect post-vacation reading slump pick-me-up.

candority Wow, I love that cover! 3mo
Freespirit I agree I love the cover! 3mo
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The Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett, Jan Fields
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The bookshop first thing in the morning before we opened.

britt_brooke So pretty! 3mo
TheSpineView Beautiful! I would love to work in a book shop! 3mo
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SW-T 😊😊😊 3mo
Crazeedi Lucky you! 3mo
Crazeedi Lucky you! 3mo
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Bookshelf | Lydia Pyne
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#Shelfie recently tidied. Got rid of a box of books to make room for everything. 😭 Someday I hope to have a house big enough for my book hoarding habit. Until then, I will stay disciplined. (Like, literally for the safety of my small children. Book stacks are dangerous! 😅😅)

CaitlinR My rule now: one in, one out. Donation sites are happy! 3mo
BeckyMerilatt @CaitlinR good rule! I try to only keep the books I‘ve really loved, or have yet to read. 3mo
TheSpineView It is so hard to let go! 3mo
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Clwojick Unless it‘s a childhood favourite, classic, or signed copy, I donate or pass on to friends as soon as I‘ve finished them. I read far too many books in a year to hold onto them all. My apartment would honestly be unliveable, with or without small kids. 😂😂😂 3mo
SW-T Looks lovely 😊 I‘ve learned over the years to keep only my absolute favorites and that those change as I age. What I loved at 20 wasn‘t necessarily the same at 30, etc. 3mo
BeckyMerilatt @Clwojick same here! I‘ve been giving away a lot of books to friends lately as well. 3mo
BeckyMerilatt @SW-T that‘s good advice! Thanks! 3mo
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Arcadia | Lauren Groff
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Finished this while waiting for the ferry to take us home from vacation. Lauren Groff consistently makes me feel things I‘ve never before felt. This book is brilliant. ❤️

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World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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It‘s a WWII story, and so it was heartbreaking. It was beautiful and sad. It was similar to The Dovekeepers in ways - the focus was on the women. It would make a great YA crossover book, I think. Comes out in September.

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The perfect NW island vacation read. Queen of mystery. 👍🏻👍🏻

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State of Wonder | Ann Patchett
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I am ashamed to say this is my first Ann Patchett. I loved it, obviously. It pulled me in so quickly and it was so so moving.

Cinfhen Such a good book!!!! 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm I need to read this. My first was Bel Canto and I loved it! 3mo
Sweettartlaura @erzascarletbookgasm Bel Canto is THE BEST 😍❤️🥰 3mo
BeckyMerilatt @erzascarletbookgasm @Sweettartlaura I haven‘t read Bel Canto yet. I‘ll have to get to it soon! 3mo
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Tash Hearts Tolstoy | Kathryn Ormsbee
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Loved this YA book. Tash is the absolute best. I don‘t have as much patience for YA these days, but I did really enjoy reading this one for the teen book club I run at work.

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Mehso-so

There were parts of this that I liked a lot, and there were other parts that dragged a bit. It didn‘t blow me away. Full disclosure - I struggle to find the patience I need for poetry. This is a very poetic novel.

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We got a membership to the Seattle Art Museum this year and it‘s been so cool to see my boys (3 and 5) learn to appreciate what they see. Not exactly book related, but art is art, yeah?

readordierachel Great photo! 4mo
Susannah What a wonderful photograph! 3mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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This book kept on surprising me throughout. It‘s such a beautiful family novel. The first third of the book is so gripping and intense, then it slows a bit, but all of it is handled so deftly by Mary Beth Keane. I never once questioned her lead. The pacing was spot on. Due out June 4.

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Girls Like Us | Cristina Alger
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This was a fun, fast-paced, quick read. The plot was solid, although a few scenes were pretty anticlimactic and the ending felt a little formulaic. It‘s a great palate cleanser or vacation read though!

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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Finally finished this brilliant book. It‘s dense with language, ideas, and history and I am feeling an uncommon sense of accomplishment at having read it from cover to cover. I do recommend it to lovers of history, poetry, science, and damn good stories.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders My library is ordering this in! Added it to the shelf. 4mo
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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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Met Richard Roper last night and he was as charming as his characters. I‘ve already reviewed this book, but in case you missed it, it‘s like reading your favorite English sitcom. It‘s so quirky, funny and just lovely. Out in May.

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Just finished this for the teen book club I run at work and it‘s wonderful. It‘s just the sweetest friendship story. Also a story about a boy who is learning to stop apologizing for who he is.

GondorGirl I loved this book so much! And the author is such a sweetheart too! ❤ 4mo
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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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Bunch of badass women. #internationalwomensday #bookquilting

RealLifeReading Awesome! 4mo
Pricel101 Fab list!! 🙌 some of my favorite authors! 4mo
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Happy International Women‘s day! Loved all of these books.

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Cicada | Shaun Tan
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I love this (adultish) picture book. Shaun Tan defies genres and just does what he wants and does it well. This book is actually quite dark, but has a solid happy ending. Definitely worth checking out.

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Dark Constellations | Pola Oloixarac
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I hate bailing on books. This one is incomprehensible. Every time I think I‘m catching on she balks and changes direction. Possibly the translation? I‘m so disappointed though. Really wanted to like it.

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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Stayed late at work Monday night putting out the new Tuesday release titles. So many good books!

TNbookworm I love Frances Mayes! 4mo
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This book is solid gold. It‘s a family story. A thoughtful and ultimately hopeful environmental tale. It‘s a story about giving up too soon, and about the search for redemption. I highly recommend it. I loved it. Out this July. Keep a lookout for it.

Cinfhen Gorgeous cover 😍 4mo
BeckyMerilatt @Cinfhen isn‘t it pretty? 4mo
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Current staff favorite shelf at work. #Shelfie Loving the way these covers look together too.

Book_Gobbler L♥️VE! As a former bookseller I am shivering with book joy! 😘📖📚📚 5mo
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Secret Garden | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I love having my boys visit me at work. We were checking sales numbers of their favorite books and they raided our sticker collection. #raisingreaders

Tanisha_A Lovely photograph! 5mo
Emilymdxn That‘s lovely! Do you work in a bookshop? 5mo
BeckyMerilatt @Emilymdxn thanks! Yes, I do! Best job ever. 5mo
Book_Gobbler Woohoo!! Beautiful pic of beautiful memories being made! 😘🧑🏻🧑🏻 5mo
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Pretty proud of this display I made for work highlighting some awesome YA titles for Black History Month. How many have you read?

TrishB 5 and one more on the piles! 5mo
rachelsbrittain So great! I've read 5 and quite a few of the others that I can make out are on my tbr! 5mo
Liatrek I‘ve read four on the display 😊 and some are on my TBR for this month ❤️ 5mo
staci.reads 7 😊 Nice display! 5mo
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Figuring | Maria Popova
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Only on chapter 2, and loving this book so far. Read with a dictionary near by!! A daguerreotype is a photograph taken by an early photographic process using and iodine-sensitized silvered plate and mercury vapors. 🤓

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This is a timely book. It‘s not an easy read - the characters aren‘t supposed to be likable, the plot is tightly and expertly woven, but complicated and at times confusing. But this book is important. It‘s stunning. The type of book that English Lit students will write papers about and study for years to come. A contemporary classic. Out April 9.

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Current favorite display at work in honor of Black History Month.

MrBook Nice! 5mo
AmyG Some great books on that table!!! 5mo
Carolyn11215 I want to read ALL of these! 5mo
AnneCecilie I see a lot of great reads 5mo
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The bookshop where I work (on and off for 12 years now) on a snowy Seattle day.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks beautiful! 5mo
Erinreadsthebooks 😍😍😍 5mo
CouronneDhiver Pretty 🥰 5mo
eraderneely Excellent photograph! 5mo
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