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ElishaLovesBooks

ElishaLovesBooks

Joined March 2017

"Money can't buy you happiness but it can buy you books and that's kind of the same thing."
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The Orchard by David Hopen
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Miss Benson's Beetle | Rachel Joyce
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Margery Benson is a spinster obsessed with finding a beetle that no one has ever seen. It‘s 1950 and Margery decides to go all the way to New Caledonia to find this beetle. She ends up bringing along an assistant who is full of surprises and secrets. Lots of challenges and funny moments but this is ultimately a book about how friendship can grow and flourish in the most unlikely of situations. It‘s fiction but love how it‘s based on a real photo!

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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Full of adventure and drama and Greek mythology! Lore, the last of her line of the Perseides) is trying to end the Agon, basically a 7 day hunt/ fight to the death of Greek Gods. Taking place in modern day NYC, I love how the author weaves ancient history with the present day setting. I was a little confused in the beginning with all the mythology and bloodlines but that didn‘t last long. Lots of adventure and betrayal kept me interested!

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The Prophets | Robert Jones, Jr.
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I‘m having a hard time finding the words to convey my feelings about this book. For me,this book feels like too much to put into words. It will stay with me and it is truly original- both in the storytelling and in the story. I can also say I like it more as time goes on-the descriptions and language have stayed with me-about the plantation, about slavery and it‘s horrific abuses, and the deep love between Samuel and Isaiah.

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Happy Birthday to me 🎂🎉 Bought myself a few presents 😁📚

Kalalalatja Happy birthday! 🎉🎉 2y
ItsAnotherJen Happy Birthday!🥳🎉 2y
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rubyslippersreads Happy 🎂🎂🎂 and 📚📚📚! 2y
AmyG Happy Birthday!🎁🎈🎂🎉 2y
SheReadsAndWrites Happy Birthday!! 🎉 2y
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mabell Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂🎈 2y
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday! 2y
Megabooks Happy birthday!!! 🎉🥳🎉 2y
batsy Happy birthday! 🎉📚 2y
Thndrstd Happy birthday! Buying presents for yourself means getting what you really want 2y
marleed Happy Birthday! 2y
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I really enjoyed this YA graphic novel about a girl from Korea that emigrated to America in the 90‘s when she was 14. I would definitely recommend this to my students- she really captures all the emotions of being an immigrant and how hard it is to learn a new culture and language.

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Sex and Vanity | Kevin Kwan
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Not enjoying this even though I loved his other books. Do I keep reading-maybe it will get better? Or stop- there‘s so many other good books to read! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Revisioners | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Up next.

Sunshine and a book. ☀️📚☀️📚 #thebest

TracyReadsBooks Looks lovely! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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Sea Wife: A novel | Amity Gaige
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Juliet & her husband Michael decide to sail the Caribbean for a year with their two young children. It sounds simple but this book has a surprising amount of depth about what can happen in a marriage and the complicated feelings we have with motherhood. Lots of info about sailing which can be tedious (I know nothing about sailing). The narration is also unique-told from both the husband and the wife‘s POV but it changes even between paragraphs.

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Saving Ruby King: A Novel | Catherine Adel West
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It‘s hard to believe this is a debut. It‘s excellent. But not for the faint-hearted. Lots of secrets and betrayals which impact families for generations until it all blows up. It was also really interesting to read a story that takes place on the south side of Chicago- which feels like a different city than the one I live in. I also felt like she has mastered storytelling while making important points about society.

Soubhiville I‘m really looking forward to this one. Glad you enjoyed it! 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Soubhiville I hope you like it! I think you will! 2y
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Darling Rose Gold | Stephanie Wrobel
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This is an easy, quick but also super creepy read. Patty has been in prison for 5 years for child abuse- she was found guilty of making her daughter sick for years. Rose Gold, her daughter, picks her up when she is released and allows Patty to stay with her. This is where the real story starts. Told from both perspectives-it‘s pretty twisted and really makes you think about mother/daughter relationships. Good summer read.

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Saving Ruby King: A Novel | Catherine Adel West
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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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Since we have no power as a result of a tornado ripping through our neighborhood yesterday afternoon (we‘re all fine) now is as good a time as any for a book review!🌪

I‘m not usually a thriller fan but this book about 2 con artists and the long con they are playing was full of twists and turns. A lot that I didn‘t see coming! It‘s told from the viewpoints of the 2 main characters (the con and the mark) and I liked that aspect of the book too.

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Everything Inside | Edwidge Danticat
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Yesterday was rough emotionally- there are really no good choices in terms of how we do school (for both teachers and students) in the fall. Anxiety is high- worried about my job and my own kids. So of course I felt like perusing a bookstore to make myself feel better. These are the books I found! It‘s a good haul and it made me feel better!

Trying to be ok with uncertainty but it‘s so hard...

AmberWB I am right there with ya. I wish there was SOMETHING that was definite or consistent. It is a struggle. 2y
Megabooks I am so sorry. School everywhere for my friends that are teachers and those with kids is a huge cluster-you-know. ☹️ 2y
TrishB Same with uni. 2y
Palimpsest Feeling the same way. While I don‘t teach, my son is supposed to start 4-k. I‘d rather have face-to-face as he‘s never even been to daycare with other kids, but I just don‘t want to risk it. However, getting him to sit remotely for an online class? That‘s not going to give him the environment I think he needs. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @AmberWB @Megabooks @TrishB @Palimpsest It‘s such a sucky situation all around. It does help knowing we‘re all in it together 💙 2y
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Yesterday‘s #libraryhaul 📚📖

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Pretty Things: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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This book is so good! #currentlyreading

Soubhiville Your plants are so pretty. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Soubhiville Thank you! I‘ve worked hard to keep them healthy! 2y
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Saving Ruby King: A Novel | Catherine Adel West
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I went for my one book that I had on hold. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

#libraryhaul #noselfcontrol

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Real Men Knit | Kwana Jackson
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I wanted to like this so much but it was just ok. Pretty wordy, not a lot of anything happening and the romance doesn‘t happen until close to the end. I also have this issue with some romance books-the main characters are actively against each other for most of the book and then, BOOM, they‘re in bed with each other. There‘s little to no transition in their thinking that makes it believable. Definitely felt that was an issue here.

MayJasper Well warned 👍 2y
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This book was alternatively awesome and heartbreaking. It really felt like a coming of age story-my heart ached for the way both Bunny and Michael went through so much in high school. As a parent, I just wanted to help them and protect them- these kids were given the worst in the parent dept. It reminded me that life can be so hard but we must go on. The writing was spectacular and detailed and deep; I liked this book than I thought I would!

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Real Men Knit | Kwana Jackson
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It feels like a million degrees outside but it‘s supposed to rain later so I feel like I need to take advantage of the sunshine right now! This book is pretty fun and light so far. Just what I needed after reading The Knockout Queen (review hopefully coming soon).

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Real Men Knit | Kwana Jackson
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Excited for the weekend! #libraryhaul

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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This book is based on a historical witch hunt/trial in the early 1600‘s in a very remote area of Norway. It was fascinating and drew me right in. A terrible storm kills almost all the men of the area (they live on the sea)-that is the event that starts everything going wrong for these women. So much more but I don‘t want to give too much away. Definitely intriguing and well-worth the read.

TracyReadsBooks Such a great book! It‘s my favorite read of the year (so far) along with The House in the Cerulean Sea. 2y
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THIS. BOOK. What a timely and important read. And I‘m not even a baseball fan. This is fiction at it‘s finest-good story, well-written that makes the reader stop and think about society and our future. Eleanor and Grant have a daughter, Gwen, who is a pitching prodigy. In AutoAmerica, where the country is run by AI and the Net, Society is divided into the Surplus and the Netted. Baseball gives Gwen the chance to escape being Surplus. (Cont‘d ⬇️)

ElishaLovesBooks But is it worth it? Do we really have choices or is it an illusion? How much should government control? Can machines/AI substitute for humanity? What does it take to resist and can one person make a difference? These are some of the questions still rolling around in my head. Very interesting and enjoyable read. 2y
JennyM Sounds good #stacked 😊 2y
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Summer.

WanderingBookaneer This was not an easy read. I hated her dad and felt so bad for her. I wish she had had some sense of agency. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @WanderingBookaneer I‘m still at the beginning but I definitely already feel that way about her father. I‘m loving the level of detail about Michael and Bunny-the writing is great. 2y
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The sun finally came out! It has been so hot and humid the past few days in Chicago but there‘s a lovely breeze now so I‘m definitely taking advantage! Really enjoying this book and I‘m only 50 pages in.

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An even better view today. Really loving this book.

#vacation #idontwanttogobacktoreallife

Cinfhen By any chance are you staying at Sea Coast Towers??? 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen We‘re at the Diplomat. 2y
Cinfhen Oh, it looks just like the pool area at Sea Coast where my parents live 😁Glad you‘re having good weather!!! My kids were in Miami the week before and it rained EVERY SINGLE DAY 2y
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Cinfhen Shabbat Shalom xx Have fun 2y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen We have been so lucky with the weather!! Warm and mostly sunny! We‘ll see how Shabbos goes-I expect to get lots of reading done! Shabbat Shalom ♥️ 2y
Cinfhen Hi!!!!!! I was thinking of you!!!!! Hope all is well with you, Yitz and the kids. 2y
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My view today. 🌴☀️

cariashley 😍 amazing! 2y
wanderinglynn What a lovely view! 😍 2y
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Vacation books. Happy 2020! 🎉🎉🎉

4thhouseontheleft Enjoy your vacation! 2y
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What a great passage to read as we start 2020. With all the current events happening recently these words are especially timely: “Only empathy allows us to see clearly. Only compassion brings about lasting change.”

I can already tell this book is going to be great.

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The #weekendlibraryhaul 📚♥️ Now if the kids could just take care of themselves 😂😁

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Untitled | Unknown
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Best Chanukah present ever! My husband made me this bookmark! I‘m in love! (With him AND the bookmark😂)
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Sace That's so cool! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @Sace I think so too! 💗 3y
Mdargusch Wow! So amazing! 3y
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DebinHawaii A definite keeper (the bookmark and the husband!) 😍 3y
LeahBergen Love it! 3y
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Just a little #winterbreakreading ❄️☃️📚 Yay for school libraries! #librariesrock

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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Hoping to dive into this over the weekend! 📚📚I‘ve heard great reviews! #currentlyreading

Soubhiville My bookclub is reading this in 2020. I hope it‘s good! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your thoughts! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @Soubhiville @erzascarletbookgasm It was exceptional! Very intense and very unique-I wasn‘t sure I would like it in the beginning but she really knows how to write! This book will stay with me for a long time! 3y
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If Only I Could Tell You | Hannah Beckerman
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This story of a secret that broke a family apart was good. Not great. It seemed slow to me in the beginning and was wordy in places I felt were unnecessary. But it did hold my attention and it was interesting. I just think it could have been even better with some editing.

Cinfhen Hi!!!!!!!! What‘s new??? 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen Hey! Not much is new around here-I am going to Miami 2 weeks for vacation without any kids so that‘s great! How‘s it going with you? (edited) 3y
Cinfhen Miami without kids/ 2 weeks!!?? Amazing!!! I just gave my friend a list of restaurants and she was so happy with the recommendations/ Her favorites were Kosh for dinner, Zak‘s for breakfast and Tasty Cafe for brunch 😘 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen I can‘t wait for the warm weather! Yitzy is competing in a BBQ competition in Boca and we‘ll be there and in Miami for 6 days! We have a whole list of restaurants to get to... I think Yitzy has already made reservations 😁 Happy Chanukah 🕎 ♥️ 3y
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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So much amazingness in this book! Very intense and powerful coming of age story told in verse about a girl named Xiomara. Her parents are from the Dominican Republic and the author really captured the essence of growing up in a immigrant family. I definitely understand how it won the National Book Award!

Soubhiville I loved this one. 3y
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Reading in between running errands. Halfway through and really enjoying this one!

squirrelbrain I really enjoyed it too! 3y
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I really enjoyed this family saga that centers around a house. The characters were developed and nuanced-I was invested right from the start in Danny and Maeve‘s lives. The story follows them as they grow into adults and the plot was satisfying right up to the end without being trite or superficial. I am an Ann Patchett fan. I think her writing is beautiful and her stories powerful, and this book did not disappoint.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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#LibraryHoldsForTheWin #finally

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁

marleed I love this book! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @marleed I‘m excited to read it! 3y
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No Small Plans | Gabrielle H. Lyon, Chris Lin (Visual artist)
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Really interesting graphic novel about the city of Chicago and architecture. I learned a lot about city planning and gentrification. Very well done!

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The Girl Who Owned a City | O. T. (Terry) Nelson
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Cute middle grade graphic novel. Great artwork and nice themes about working together but it‘s definitely not a crossover book-the writing needed more. My 6th grader loved it though!

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Hoping to start this today. I‘m having a head time getting into something-hopefully this one will do the trick!

TracyReadsBooks If you need something great to read, check out Carmen Maria Machado‘s memoir In the Dream House. It‘s excellent. 3y
Blaire I loved Dooce back in the day but haven‘t read it in years. 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks I will! @Blaire I haven‘t read her blog but I‘m sure it‘s interesting! 3y
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Maybe I‘ll get some reading done before I fall asleep?? Here‘s hoping! #longday #evenlongerweek #currentlyreading

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Scaredy Cat | Mark Billingham
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Thanks for the tag @LoverOfLearning !
1. I like anything historical.
2. I am the BIGGEST scaredy-cat- Silence of the Lambs scared me for life when I was in high school!
3. I don‘t really read anything in the horror genre.
4. Nope
5. No gore
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This one is tricky to review. There‘s no doubt that Leigh Bardugo can write AND tell a good story. But. This story has so many side plots and extra details that didn‘t need to be there. And all of that bogged down the story and all the fantastical magical elements lost some of their appeal. I also think it should be a single book instead of the first in a series. I do love that the main character is a badass female!

jillrhudy I've read so many raves but honestly, my brain can't take any more overwhelming morasses of side plots right now. 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @jillrhudy I‘m sure mine is an #unpopularopinion but it is very detailed! 3y
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Wow. Intense and emotional. I feel like I gained a lot of insight about humanity while also being entertained. I have a lot to think about and process and I think this is the type of book that will have me doing that for a long time. Also, therapy is good. For all the reasons. ☺️

LoverOfLearning Yes, therapy is good. I just started going to counseling this month! Love it so far. 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @LoverOfLearning Good for you! That‘s wonderful!💗 3y
Reggie Rita, Julie, John, and Charlotte....😭😭😭 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @Reggie Yes! John and Rita were the hardest for me to read😢😞 3y
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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My #bookhaul from my wonderful night out with @TracyReadsBooks 😍 All of them were clearance books and such great deals I couldn‘t resist! I‘m so lucky to have such amazing people in my life- @TracyReadsBooks I‘m so grateful for you! ♥️♥️

TracyReadsBooks 🥰 You are the best and I‘m so lucky to call you a friend! I hope you enjoy the books and I can‘t wait until next time!!! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks ♥️♥️♥️ We must schedule the next date soon! 3y
Redwritinghood Happy birthday! 🎂🎂 3y
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Time to put more books on hold 😁😂 #librarybookhaul #weekendreading

DrexEdit I love your selections! 😊 3y
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I was doing so well. . . 😂🤷🏻‍♀️ #bookhaul

TracyReadsBooks Just wait until Sunday!!! I have the Jemisin book in my TBR pile—I‘ve heard really great things and am definitely looking forward to reading it! 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @TracyReadsBooks I can‘t wait til Sunday!! I‘m sure the book stack will get even bigger😁📚 3y
marleed Oh, the perfect mile is one of my all time favorite books! I recently found it in hardback and gave my much loved paperback back to my son since it was technically gifted to him as the inscription inside the front cover reads. 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @marleed I‘m so glad to hear that it‘s good! It was a total impulse buy-I‘d never heard of it before! 3y
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Snowflake, AZ | Marcus Sedgwick
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Powerful take on what it is to be chronically ill and not understood by the medical establishment. It‘s also interesting to read this book through the lens of the author‘s experiences with his own illness. Very well done.

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His Hideous Heart | Dahlia Adler
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I really enjoyed these short stories inspired by classic Poe stories. I haven‘t read all the originals but still really enjoyed the creativity and modern interpretations of Poe. I also like that the originals are included in this anthology.

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Started this a few days ago. So far I like her writing style and how relatable she is. But I am reading it in short doses because reading about therapy and mental health can be too much to handle I‘m not in the right frame of mind.That‘s why I‘m trying to get a few mins in while I‘m waiting for my shower 😂🤷🏻‍♀️

emilyhaldi I loved this book!! I listened on audio and it was brilliant. Although it admittedly had me sobbing more than once... 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi It definitely seems like that type of book! I bet the audio was great! 3y
emilyhaldi I think she does a brilliant job of balancing the story of her own life interlaced with the lives of her patients.. each character has such a poignant journey, it's really moving. I'm getting worked up just thinking about it now!! Ha, perhaps I need to read it again 😆 3y
ElishaLovesBooks @emilyhaldi I‘m starting to get that vibe- I really like the way she describes people and the way that therapists think. It is so fascinating! 3y
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