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Joined May 2016

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The Most Fun We Ever Had by Claire Lombardo
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I knew there would be something else, but it was always after. After, after. It was like I was waiting for something to start, and I was actually in the middle of it the whole time ⚾️🦞🌼

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Beauty alters the grain of reality 🖼

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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There were days—she could remember this—when Henry would hold her hand as they walked home, middle-aged people, in their prime. Had they known at these moments to be quietly joyful? Most likely not. People mostly did not know enough when they were living life that they were living it 👵🏼👴🏻💛

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Grief at its peak has a terrible beauty to it, a blinding fission of every emotion💔🎈

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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Everyone looked better from a distance 👣❄️🏔

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You shouldn‘t be afraid of the future...there was always going to be an after ⛷💃🏼🍷

Hazel0303 I just started this last night! I was quickly engaged. AND THAT COVER!! 😍 1mo
BittersweetBooks @Hazel0303 The cover is gorgeous!! Unfortunately, this one dragged at the end for me. Hope you like it more! 1mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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Why had I thought that the way things appeared—or even the way people said they were—had any relationship to reality? 📃🐚📚

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It so frequently takes tragedy or catastrophe for people to come together and be united, for us to truly stop what we‘re doing and devote ourselves to one another. In misfortune we rediscover each other and become aware of what it means to be a human among other humans. In sorrow, we need each other more than ever 👟🚲🔪

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She thought of books as medication and sanctuary and the source of all good things. Nothing yet had proven her wrong 📚🤓🐈

BookNAround Look at those puppy butt swirls! 2mo
BittersweetBooks @BookNAround he does have a cute tush! 😍 2mo
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Blind Kiss: A Novel | Renee Carlino
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Life will change and change again. You just have to find a port in this storm. It doesn‘t have to be another person. Find something just for you 🤸🏻‍♀️🎸🎶

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In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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He say readin‘ ought to be something folk do ‘cause they enjoy it. Not ‘cause they scared of what might happen to ‘em if they can‘t 📖🥃🍏

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BittersweetBooks @RealLifeReading thanks!! My new, favorite reading spot 😊 2mo
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Unfortunately, you don‘t get to choose the circumstances. That‘s the point of luck: it happens when and where it happens 🌺🏖

xxjenadanxx I love this book! 2mo
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Smothered: A Novel | Autumn Chiklis
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Don‘t spend your life waiting for perfect moments 🙌🏻

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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We hold hands and pretend at forgetting 🌾

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Rare & Recent Books: The Bookshop
Cong, Ireland 🇮🇪☘️

Chelsea.Poole Oh my goodness, adorable! 😍 3mo
emilyhaldi Dreamy 😍😍 3mo
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Lights All Night Long | Lydia Fitzpatrick
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There‘s plenty he‘s done to be ashamed of. And there were so many ways that his plan could have gone wrong. So many ways. When I think of them, I‘m so scared that I can‘t breathe. But then I remember why he did this - so that I could be here 🏢💉❄️🇷🇺

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It‘s harder than I thought anything could be and I‘m so tired. I need someone to give me the chance. I hate that. Why can‘t I choose, instead of wanting to be chosen? 🧳✈️🚌

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Do This For Me: A Novel | Eliza Kennedy
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Finding a man, keeping a man, choosing one man over another. Honestly, why does it always come back to men? 📑⚖️💄💋

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I wanted to have this baby for all the reason reasons people want to have babies: to carry around a warm bundle with a brand-new face; to witness the dawning of all kinds of consciousness; to laugh more; to learn things I‘d forgotten; to celebrate birthdays instead of lamenting them; to not miss out on the meaning of life 👶🏻🍼🧸🎀

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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That‘s the thing, you see. Some people, given just the right amount of pressure, taken out of their usual, comfortable environments, don‘t need much encouragement at all to become monsters 🌨🦌😈

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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They‘d both learned that a memory is a fact that‘s been dyed and trimmed and rinsed so many times that it comes out looking almost unrecognizable to anyone else who was in that room, anyone else who was standing on the grass beneath that telephone pole 💭👨🏻‍✈️☘️

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For as it turns out, one can revisit the past quite pleasantly, as long as one does so expecting nearly every aspect of it to have changed 🕰🗝🏨

Reviewsbylola Such a great book. I‘ll read anything Towles writes. 4mo
BittersweetBooks @Reviewsbylola it was my first Towles! What would you recommend next? 4mo
BittersweetBooks @Reviewsbylola adding to my shelf now, thanks!! 4mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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He felt the old beat of pleasure inside his body, like watching a perfect goal, like the rustling movement of light through leaves, a phrase of music from the window of a passing car. Life offers up these moments of joy despite everything 🍃🌻

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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But the only reason people thought I had everything is because I had all the things you can see. I had none of the things you can‘t 🎸🎶🖤

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💔💔💔 3mo
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It is about real love, true love. Imperfect, wretched, weak love. No fairy tales, no poetry. It is about the negotiations we undertake with ourselves in the name of love. Every day we struggle to decide what to give away and what to keep, but every day we make that calculation and we live with the results 💚

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Girls are complicated. They rarely love each other without also hating each other. They often react to differences of situation with envy even if the difference, the thing their girlfriend has that they don‘t, is a thing they never wanted in the first place 🎭

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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom 🥕🌷🍓🥬🍅🌻

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Nothing imprints the brain more effectively than fear. Certain details from life-or-death events stay with us for the rest of our lives, like scars in our consciousness ✈️🚗🔥🌪

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Sugar Run: A Novel | Mesha Maren
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There was something unspoken, she thought, a kind of proprietary confidence and ease that parents and children seemed to carry with them. The way these four people could make this room home in a matter of minutes, claiming the space and settling in, so self-contained that the world outside seemed unnecessary
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I know how painful it can be letting someone you think you love go, but I don‘t believe there‘s only one person in the world for each of us. It‘s too fanciful, too limiting. There comes a point where you have to make the choice to be happy, because being sad for too long is exhausting. And one day, you‘ll look back, and you‘ll not be able to remember exactly what it was you loved about that person❄️🚌

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Waiting for Eden: A novel | Elliot Ackerman
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I won‘t give up on you again, she thought, and felt this promise like a tear in her heart ⭐️💔

Erinreadsthebooks I LOVE this book! 💙💞 6mo
BittersweetBooks @Erinreadsthebooks agreed, it was really good!! 6mo
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And no one, no matter how smart or experienced, could expect to look at a tiny baby and know exactly who or what she would grow up to be 👶🏻

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More Than Words | Jill Santopolo
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I don‘t really want to be cheered up, she said. I just...can you stand in the darkness with me? 🖤

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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The things that could have happened but did not are just as crucial to a life as all the things that do 😴

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I mustn‘t put strangeness where there‘s nothing. I think that is the danger of keeping a diary: you exaggerate everything, you are on the lookout, and you continually stretch the truth 📖🤐

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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You must remember, this is what a writer does. Uses his or her imagination. Tries to understand how it feels to be alive in a moment that never existed with a person who never lived, saying words that were never spoken aloud 📖✍🏻

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The landscape of memory was like that. Sometimes the near seemed far, far away and the faraway was right beneath your feet 🍿🎟🧠

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For Better and Worse | Margot Hunt
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Why was it that everyone‘s life looked easier from a distance? 🥃💊💍

Erinreadsthebooks Your ring! 😍😍😍 7mo
BittersweetBooks @Erinreadsthebooks aw thank you!! I just got engaged in December, still getting used to it myself. Me thinks he did a good job tho 😉 7mo
Erinreadsthebooks @BittersweetBooks Congratulations! He did a great job 🎉🙌🏼 7mo
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Lake Success: A Novel | Gary Shteyngart
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This is the thing about America. You can never guess who‘s going to turn out to be a nice person 🚌🗺

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The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
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How can I ever thank you, Ben, for helping me the way you did?
You my family, Abinia, he replied
My throat was so tight I could scarcely reply. As you are mine, I said 🧡

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Light Years | James Salter
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He was reaching that age, when the world becomes suddenly more beautiful, when it reveals itself in a special way...the world was opening itself, as if to allow, now that life was shortening, one long, passionate look, and all that had been withheld would finally be given 🌿🦋

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The End We Start From | Megan Hunter
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There are so many different kinds of quiet, and only one word for them. The quiet in the house has matured from quiet as lack of noise to something else, a textured, grainy quiet, a thickness to stumble through 🌊

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White Fur | Jardine Libaire
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Her heart is like a bird caught in a house - she can‘t even catch the poor thing to calm it down and set it free 🕊

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Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth 🧐❓

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Three Things About Elsie | Joanna Cannon
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You never really know it‘s the final page, do you, until you get there? 👵🏼☕️🕰

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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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And if we‘re unlucky we‘ll make it into a history book, but even then it won‘t be us, it‘ll be a made-up version, someone else‘s interpretation. It can‘t be the full story of who we are. That‘s only in our own heads and in the memories of the people who have loved us 🍊🐮🔑

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The trouble with love is that one really has no choice as to who one falls in love with 📜💕

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Three-Martini Lunch | Suzanne Rindell
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That‘s the funny thing about doubt. It makes you feel rotten as hell. But if anyone bothered to think about it, it‘s a symptom of love. It means it matters to you. It‘s the brain questioning the wisdom of the heart. It doesn‘t mean the heart doesn‘t know better all along, it only means the brain doesn‘t understand how 📓

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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? 💔❤️

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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For she was a mother and knew every moment of every day that no one out in the world could ever love or value or nurture her children as well as she could and yet that it was necessary nonetheless to send them out into the world anyway 👧🏻👦🏻

TrishB Just finished this one 👍🏻 9mo
BittersweetBooks @TrishB me too! How did you like it? 9mo
TrishB I loved it. So sensitively dealt with, lots of messages about compassion and understanding and how difficult parenting is no matter what! How about you? 9mo
BittersweetBooks @TrishB I really liked it too! It opened my eyes to the struggles parents deal with while trying to be as supportive as they can to their children (not a parent myself yet). It was a family I didn‘t want to say goodbye to... 9mo
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