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KarenUK

KarenUK

Joined March 2016

British gal living in sunny FL 😎- Bookstore Manager, Bookseller, Book Club lover, Bookaholic, Cookaholic, and proud #starslut !
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It may have arrived a couple of days late, but I think it was worth it! A birthday gift from my husband… a unique print from Jane Mount of my favorite books…. Cannot wait to get it framed and on the wall…. 😍

EvieBee Lovely and lots of my favorites on here, too! 1d
squirrelbrain That‘s so lovely…and even better that it‘s personalised! I agree @EvieBee - there‘s lots of my faves on here too. 1d
Bookgirl This is very cool! 1d
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AmyG Fabulous! ❤️ 1d
Ruthiella How thoughtful! 😀 1d
Cathythoughts What an amazing gift 💫 1d
Cathythoughts Station Eleven ! Secret History ❤️ 1d
sprainedbrain That is so cool! 😍 1d
TheLudicReader We share a lot of favourite books. Lovely gift. 24h
BarbaraBB What a cool gift! 🤍 19h
Avanders So cool 😍 19h
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@robinb Thank you so much to my fellow 🧚‍♀️! This book sounds absolutely my cup of tea! I feel so lucky to have connected with so many kind and thoughtful bookworms through this place…… Thank you Robin…. I feel totally spoiled on my birthday xxx

squirrelbrain Sounds lovely! 4d
robinb You are most welcome, sweet friend! Enjoy your day, Karen! 🤗🤗 4d
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Thank you so much Helen! It‘s so funny how we‘ve never met but you know me so well! Two of my favorite food writers, and I don‘t own either book! I feel well and truly spoiled…. 💕💕💕
(Ps. I‘m planning a trip to uk next year, so maybe we can meet up?🤞😉) @squirrelbrain

squirrelbrain Phew, I honestly thought you‘d have bought the Ottolenghi…! I loved the Cloake; I‘d love to pootle round France with her. I read that one as an ARC when it first came out. Hope you‘re having a lovely birthday! 😘 And a definite yes to a meet up next year! 4d
Cathythoughts What a great title 👍🏻 4d
KarenUK I know @Cathythoughts and exactly how I feel about croissants! 🥐💕 1d
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Thank you so much @Cinfhen for this beautiful, thoughtful gift of books…. I love that you thought of next year‘s challenges! You know how I love to plan!!!
Can‘t wait to see you again next year! 🥰😘💕🤞

Cinfhen Happy Birthday 🎉🎂 ♥️😘😘 4d
KarenUK These are both totally my cuppa tea! You know me so well xxxx @Cinfhen 4d
Cinfhen Yay 😁 enjoy 💕💕💕 4d
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squirrelbrain I loved the John Green - it will probably make my top 20 of this year…. 4d
Megabooks Very happy birthday to you!! The Green is fantastic!! Have a wonderful day. 💜 4d
KarenUK Aww thanks Meg! I‘m so looking forward to it… I think it will be my #hopepunk choice 💕 @megabooks 4d
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday Karen! 4d
KarenUK Thanks so much @MicheleinPhilly 😘💕 1d
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Miss Buncles Book | D.E. Stevenson
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@BarbaraBB Thank you so so much for this lovely gift. My first Persephone! And so beautifully wrapped I almost didn‘t want to open it! So thoughtful, so kind…. I just love it. Thank you dear friend…. 🥰😘

erzascarletbookgasm Lovely! 😍 Happy Birthday! 🥳📚 4d
squirrelbrain Ooh, a Persephone… lucky you! ❤️ 4d
BarbaraBB Happy birthday dear Karen! I love how they wrap their books 😉. I happened to love Miss Buncle and think you will too! ❤️🎈 (edited) 4d
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KarenUK I‘m pretty sure that why it was on my list! 😉👯‍♀️ 4d
Cathythoughts Beautiful 💫 4d
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! I love Miss Buncle. ❤️❤️ 4d
KarenUK @LeahBergen thanks so much Leah. I have a feeling I‘ll love her too! 1d
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The Pessimists | Bethany Ball
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I do love a sharp and witty satire of marriage and suburban ennui, secrets and lies, and those rich people problems that are my comfort read (for some strange reason!)
Three couples, a sleepy Connecticut suburb, their lives all revolving around a private school, with it‘s somewhat unusual philosophies and domineering head mistress with questionable connections in the past. Perceptive, amusing, and heartbreaking at times, a really fun read.

squirrelbrain Sounds right up my street! Is it ‘schooly‘ or dark enough to work for the dark academia prompt for #booked2022, do you think? 5d
KarenUK Mmmmm…. It‘s not officially dark academia, but definitely a super weird school, so I say go for it! ☺️ @squirrelbrain 5d
CarolynM Sounds fun. Stacked 5d
Cinfhen Does sound tantalizing!! Happy Birthday 🎂🎈🎁🎉 My dear friend 5d
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I was just casually reading this BookRiot article, and as I get near the end, I discover they‘ve quoted my entire review, from the BN website, of the tagged book!
What a surreal experience! 😱

https://bookriot.com/book-of-the-year-2021-finalists/

Librarybelle That‘s awesome! Congratulations! 2w
squirrelbrain Wow, amazing! Congratulations! 💕 2w
rmaclean4 Great review! 2w
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Cinfhen Congrats 🍾 it‘s a fabulous review and deserves to be shared ♥️😘 2w
MoonWitch94 That‘s fantastic 🥳 2w
DrexEdit Congrats! That is a great review! 👏 👏 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage So cool!! And it really makes me want to read this book! 2w
BarbaraBB That is really cool! Well done! 2w
KatieDid927 So what you‘re saying is you‘re basically famous now. 2w
julesG Congratulations! 2w
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 2w
SamanthaMarie Well with that review, I had to stack it!! :) very very cool!! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Wow! 🙌 2w
Reggie Wow, way to go! 2w
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Trust | Domenico Starnone
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Starting this one…. and have very high hopes for two reasons…. 🤞🤞🤞
1. I usually have great luck with Europa titles.
2. It‘s translated from the Italian by Jhumpa Lahiri
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BarbaraBB Interesting! 2w
Cinfhen Great photo 💕and you‘ve peaked my curiosity 2w
KarenUK @Cinfhen I‘m loving it so far 🤞🤞🤞 2w
Reggie I kinda want to read it just to know their darkest secrets. Lol 2w
KarenUK @reggie they skipped over the Actual secrets so far! They better reveal them at some point! 😂 1w
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With echos of Woolf‘s Mrs. Dalloway, this short novel focuses mostly on a single day, with musings of the past. As Liselle preps for a dinner party on the evening that her husband‘s political ambitions have been dashed and an FBI investigation are underway, she looks back at a significant affair with Selena, a woman from her past. Steeped in sharp observations on race, sexuality and politics, it‘s a well written story, let down by its abrupt end.

Cinfhen Excellent review! Book sounds perfect until that abrupt end. #petpeeve I hate that!!! (I feel cheated) 2w
KarenUK And it‘s only 200 pages or so! It could easily have been longer! 😂 @cinfhen 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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And finally #fall ideas for #booked2022 💕📚

TrishB Atlas 6 was on my daughters Christmas book list 👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Milk Fed was odd but good, and I loved the Green! 2w
KarenUK @TrishB Sounds about right! We sell tons of it at work, it‘s on our #booktok table so thought I‘d give it a go! 😬 2w
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KarenUK @squirrelbrain good to know! 👯‍♀️ 2w
KarenUK @cinfhen it is…. I have a Netgalley ARC for it…. Comes out March 1st…. I loved her other book 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#summer #booked2022 ideas…. Subject to many changes along the way…. 😉💕📚

squirrelbrain Sisters was a good one! 2w
KarenUK @squirrelbrain 👍👯‍♀️ 2w
4thhouseontheleft Cat's Eye, good pick! I own that one and it's one of the few Atwood's I haven't read yet, so I might pick that too! 2w
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LeahBergen I loved Cat‘s Eye! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m loving your ideas 💡 2w
KarenUK Oooh great! @LeahBergen 😊👍 2w
KarenUK @Cinfhen 💕😘😊 2w
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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Loved this on audio! So much rhythm, vibrancy and heart. Secrets, trauma and tragedy in this YA family drama, made for a moving, one-sitting listen. 💕🎧
#booked2021 #latinxauthor
4 more prompts to go…..

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

4thhouseontheleft She is one of my favorite YA authors, even more so after a local pastor tried to get The Poet X banned from the high school reading list. 2w
GypsyKat @4thhouseontheleft Yes! LOVE her! 💖 2w
Cinfhen This was really good on audio!! I agree she has a vibrancy 🙌🏻 2w
BarbaraBB I loved this one in print too! 2w
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MacArthur Park: A Novel | Judith Freeman
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I really loved this novel about two women, and their long term friendship with all it‘s ups and downs over a lifetime, and the man they both marry (at separate times.)The writing is beautiful, and the characters so nuanced,as their lives ebb and flow, together and apart. I love a novel that seems simple, just a study of three people, as they grow and age, but digs so deep. Emotionally complex and engrossing. Couldn‘t put this down.

squirrelbrain Sounds wonderful - stacked! 🌴 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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And the planning continues…. Spring for #booked2022 is looking like this so far…. Obviously subject to MANY changes! 😉

Cinfhen Great ideas as always!!! I get inspiration from your picks!! Looking forward to seeing #Pop22 2w
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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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Started some #booked2022 planning…… which of course means these are all likely to change! 😉📚

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Covers look GORGEOUS and they all sound FAB!! I‘ve read one with bookclub many moons ago - It was well liked 3w
JamieArc I haven‘t participated before but signed up today. I love book planning, so excited to plan for these prompts! 3w
squirrelbrain Great choices - had to look some up as they are new to me! 3w
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BarbaraBB Interesting! I LOVED History of the Rain! Balzac was a cute little book too. 3w
KarenUK Yep, History of Rain is on my TBR because of you! @BarbaraBB 3w
BarbaraBB I feel the pressure 😃 3w
Crazeedi @KarenUK who is the email from? I'm looking for it!! 2w
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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A lovely quiet novel of loneliness and duty with an unusual mystery and a surprising love affair thrown in. Told with simple prose and keenly observed period detail, I was swept along with the story. It‘s a beautifully written 50‘s suburban period piece, where Jean, a young journalist who takes care of her ailing mother, investigates the possibility of a woman‘s virgin birth after receiving an intriguing letter to her local paper.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one ❤️ 3w
squirrelbrain I really liked it too @Cathythoughts ! 3w
KarenUK @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain I went in not knowing anything about it and it was a nice surprise! 3w
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October, October | Katya Balen
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#Octwrapup
All over the map this month! I opened a new B&N on October 6th…. So my reading has been sporadic!

But definitely some good ones! Cloud Cuckoo Land and Jacket Weather are both headed for my end of year favorites list, a bookclub re-read made me fall in love with the Lily King all over again, the Thursday murder club was a rare superior sequel, and I was totally here for the Housewives tea! ☕️

BarbaraBB Was Writers & Lovers a reread? I seem to remember I read it last year based on your review! 3w
KarenUK Yes it was @BarbaraBB I was leading a book club discussion on it, and my memory sucks! 😂 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m glad my memory didn‘t fool me! Was it as good the second time? 3w
KarenUK It really was….. I love that book… @BarbaraBB 3w
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(Catching up on Oct reviews)
Wow! What a beautiful debut. Lovely writing and the characters stole my heart. This tender, coming-of-age novel, captures the story of a young Irish woman as she navigates the changes from her rural life to college in the big city. Her dream-obsessed mother and larger-than-life Uncle Billy complete her small family, full of fierce love and experiences of trauma. My love affair with young Irish female authors continues!

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The final push | Sid E. Williams
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#20before2022
So these are the books I have to/want to read before the end of the year…..
The first 9 are to complete my two reading challenges …#pop21 & #booked2021
The remaining 11 are all Netgalley ARCs that are just released or come out before year end.
Anyone else want to join me in setting a goal?
Tag me if you want! 💕📚

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I‘m going in! This one seems to be causing quite the stir (and new feuds) among the housewives…. Really in the mood for some gossipy nonsense and some behind the scenes tea! ☕️

JacqMac I am intrigued. I love some good gossip. And some housewives. (edited) 1mo
KarenUK @JacqMac 🤦‍♀️me too! 1mo
Breanne1 I‘ve started this one too…such great gossip coming out. 1mo
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Jacket Weather | Michael DeCapite, Mike DeCapite
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I discovered this novel by accident, just drawn to the title, and for me, it was darn near perfect. A beautiful novel of a second chance love affair told by Mike, in brief vignettes, about the love of his life, June. It‘s also a love letter to NYC, to music, to the weather. The dialogue is fantastic, the writing is gorgeous, music fills its pages, and friendships, and small talk and food are celebrated. I just could not have loved it more.💕🗽📚

EvieBee I heard this is also a foodie book. Is that true? 1mo
KarenUK Definitely….. @EvieBee (edited) 1mo
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squirrelbrain You had me at NYC! Stacked. 1mo
Megabooks Stacked! 1mo
Cathythoughts Brilliant review ❤️ 1mo
mcctrish This sounds amazing 1mo
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#bookhaul….. first haul from my new store! And unusual for me to have three Non Fic! All books that were not on my radar until I was placing them on shelves!

Megabooks Woo hoo!! I hope the store is going well! 1mo
KarenUK Aw thanks Meg! I‘m exhausted but it‘s going great! 💕 @Megabooks (edited) 1mo
BarbaraBB I don‘t know any of them! Looking forward to your recommendations! 1mo
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Book two is just as charming, just as delightful, just as much fun as the first…. I‘m not a series reader at all, but this one has me hooked, purely because the characters are so loveable. It‘s such a joy to hang out with these aging amateur detectives. It‘s like a modern-day Miss (and Mr) Marple meets Midsomer Murders, with even more dry humor. I giggled and smiled throughout. Comfort reading to the max. Excellent on audio too.💕🎧📚

Crazeedi Oh I need to read this and the first one!! 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A beautifully written epic that will easily be a favorite of the year. An ancient manuscript, the story of a man longing to reach an imaginary paradise, links the threads of the novel, from 15thC Constantinople to a spaceship in the future. As this lush novel develops, the manuscript survives, sometimes by chance, often shared with love. The characters captured my heart, all just so masterfully drawn. I loved this gorgeous genre-bending novel. 💕

LauraBeth I'm curious about this one! 1mo
KarenUK @LauraBeth It takes some commitment! It‘s long and dense, but for me was totally worth it….. 💕 1mo
LauraBeth I‘ve never read Doerr - not even All The Light. What should I start with? 1mo
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KarenUK @LauraBeth Definitely All the Light We cannot see…. I know so many people say that is their all time favorite. It‘s so good… and if you like his style…. I think you‘ll like this too…💕 1mo
BarbaraBB Hi Karen, I hope all is well. I sent you an email, did you receive it? Xx 1mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB omg! I only just checked! I got it… will respond today 💕 1mo
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Jacket Weather | Michael DeCapite, Mike DeCapite
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DivineDiana Oh! I do too! 2mo
TiredLibrarian So do I! I may have to read this book now! 🎵📚🎶 2mo
BarbaraBB How cool! 2mo
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Sweet and not at all spicy, just about as wholesome as it gets! I rarely read romance, but I requested a copy of this because it was refreshing to see a holiday romance that wasn‘t Christmas! The heroine having Chronic Fatigue syndrome gave this a nice little twist, and the enemies to lovers trope with all the usual misunderstandings worked fine, I would just have preferred a bit more heat! But I‘m not sure that‘s a thing in holiday romances?🤷‍♀️

EvieBee Yay! I currently have this out from the library on Kindle. Can‘t wait to read. 2mo
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Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide | Cecily Wong, Dylan Thuras, Atlas Obscura
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As someone who plans what/where she‘s going to eat as a priority when planning any trip, this seemed like just my cup of tea. It is a great gift for the adventurous foodie, with a penchant for the weird and wonderful, and an interest in bizarre historical tidbits, and to have sitting on the coffee table, to dip into, and read the quirkiest bits aloud to anyone in earshot! My only disappointment was that the photography and design felt a bit dated.

BarbaraBB Sounds right up my alley too! 2mo
Lauram I love making food plans! 2mo
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Banksy: Completed | Carol Diehl
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A fascinating look at the world‘s most famous yet anonymous artist. Instead of endlessly speculating on his/her/their identity, she focuses on the work itself, the critics who disapprove of him, and the art world‘s relationship with street art. She looks at the meaning behind the political and darkly comic pieces, her disdain for the critics who demonize the work without often even experiencing it, and at the complexities of monetizing public art.

BkClubCare Wow, this sounds fascinating 2mo
SamAnne Stacked! 2mo
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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#septemberwrapup

Not much reading time this month, what with my new bookstore opening in 3 days, but lots of comfort reading, which for me is lots of cozying up with cookbooks!
Also two five star novels with the Rooney and the Groff…. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Word Slut, Your Guide to not getting Murdered in a Quaint English Village, and Several People Typing were all equal parts clever and funny!
ThreeRooms was good not great….
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squirrelbrain Ooh how exciting - good luck with the grand opening! 📚📚📚 2mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain thanks Helen! I‘m super nervous! 2mo
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A really beautifully curated collection of gorgeous art and photography, essays, poetry, stories of family and community, and lots of delicious sounding recipes. It‘s truly a joyful celebration of the black experience, showcasing so much talent and creativity. Thanks to NetGalley for the chance to read this unique book.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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I loved this gorgeously written novel, based VERY loosely on the life of Marie de France, a medieval poet from the 12th century. In Groff‘s story, she draws on some historians‘ theories about Marie, including her illegitimate links to The Plantagenets, and how Marie, and the English Abbess Mary of Shaftesbury could be one in the same. (Continued in comments)

KarenUK Groff focuses on Marie with a feminist eye, banished from court to a poverty stricken nunnery, and her life as a feisty Abbess as she leads these women to prosper. I always love this author, but I wasn‘t expecting so much of her wry humor in this one, and it was a lovely surprise. Fun, feminist and lush, these bite size chunks of this woman‘s life, had me gripped. 💕📚 2mo
Cinfhen Stunning review!!! You really captured the heart of the novel 2mo
squirrelbrain What @Cinfhen said! I‘m amazed that Groff has written something SO different to Fates and Furies, but just as amazing! 2mo
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Megabooks Fantastic review!! 🤩🤩 Glad you loved it too. 2mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 loved it too. 2mo
Branwen I loved this one too! The writing was absolutely gorgeous! 2mo
LauraBeth I can‘t wait to read this! 2mo
Kdgordon88 Great review. Really enjoyed it on audio. 2mo
Suet624 I‘m so glad to see so many folks loved it. I‘m just getting started on it. 2mo
KarenUK @Suet624 Hope you enjoy! 🤞🤞🤞 2mo
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Barnes & Noble Booksellers - Coral Springs | Coral Springs, FL (Bookstore)
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The day is finally here! I was handed the keys to my brand new Barnes & Noble, and it was book delivery day! I am literally in heaven!
Six days until our Grand opening….. so much hard graft ahead for me and my team in the next six days (and beyond) and I just cannot wait!

Ruthiella Yahoo! 🥳 Congratulations! 🍾 🥂 🎈 2mo
Lynnsoprano Ooh, @Alisnazzy ‘s boyfriend lives in Coral Springs, so she‘s there on the occasional weekend. I know she‘ll drop in once you‘re open. 2mo
Aims42 Eeeek! Congrats!!!! 🤩 2mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures As a past b&n bookseller who has moved some stores, closed some stores and opened some stores, I am sending my best wishes for a smooth opening! So much hard work!!
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Leftcoastzen WooHoo ! Best wishes to you and your crew. 2mo
Hooked_on_books Wooooowwwww!!!!! I brand new, fresh bookstore to fill? That sounds amazing! 2mo
CarolynM How wonderful! Looks like a lot if work before the opening. Hope it all goes well. 2mo
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And my love of Rooney continues! Adored this completely. Complicated friendships, the minutiae of every complex thought about romantic entanglements, just all the messy, confusing relationship stuff, is just totally my jam.
Alice, Felix, Eileen and Simon, navigate millennial life, express every thought yet somehow miscommunicate, and struggle to completely connect. I loved the third person POV and emails between best friends, it felt so intimate.

BarbaraBB Great review. I am so intrigued! 2mo
Cathythoughts Lovely review.. must get this one soon ❤️ 2mo
KarenUK Aw thanks you two! I may be a teensy bit biased, this is totally my thing, but I think you both will like it…. @barbarabb @Cathythoughts 💕 2mo
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#TFW your friend is running late for happy hour, so you squeeze in a bit more reading time with one of your favorite authors 💕📚😉🍷

merelybookish This is why it's important to always carry a book! I love Rooney too. Excited to hear what you think! 2mo
Cathythoughts Me too , looking forward to your thoughts.. I love her too 2mo
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Thanks for the tag @kspenmoll ☺️💕

📕Tagged
🥑Avocado
🤩Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr
💕Today I‘m most grateful for… same as every day. The sweetest, kindest, most inspiring person I get to share my life with every day.

kspenmoll 💕 2mo
Eggs Lovely 👏🏻📚🤗 2mo
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Utterly absurd but also pretty funny. Told entirely through the Slack communications of employees of a (what seems like pretty inept) PR firm, where most of the team are finding any excuse to WFH. Things get weird as the ‘slackbot‘ becomes a character, and reality and online lives cross paths. Amusing, a little bit throwaway, but a fun one-sitting read.

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Three Rooms | Jo Hamya
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Set just pre-Brexit, this pessimistic millennial novel is sharp and well observed but didn‘t quite land for me.
It opens with an epigraph from Woolf‘s ‘Room of one‘s own‘. The unnamed protagonist doesn‘t have grand ambitions, she just wants to be able to afford her own place. A rented room, a sofa in a friends flat, and back at her parents, are where she finds herself, as she struggles to find her place in the world, in the workplace, in society.

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Like Mona Awad‘s last novel ‘Bunny‘, this novel is full of wit, and teeters on a thin line between fantasy and fiction. Dark academia, Shakespearean comedy/drama and strange magic combine in this fever dream of a novel. But it was Miranda‘s daily struggles that I found so heartbreaking. Awad brilliantly portrays the awful, dismissive way people (often women) with an ‘invisible‘ condition can be treated by medical professionals,and even loved ones.

Ruthiella I liked this one a lot too. The first few chapters were rough because Miranda‘s pain was so palpable. 3mo
ICantImReading I just got this today, I‘m looking forward to it! It makes me excited to see good reviews. I loved Bunny! 3mo
BarbaraBB I‘m still hesitating because of 3mo
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KarenUK @BarbaraBB mmmmm if you didn‘t like Bunny, I would skip this for sure. 3mo
BarbaraBB Thanks, it‘s always a relief to not have to read something 🤣😘 3mo
CarolynM I'm looking forward to this. It's not out here yet. 3mo
kspenmoll Great review! 2mo
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Thanks to Netgalley for advanced copy…

This is the perfect little book to gift to any lover of cozy mysteries, Midsommer Murders, Miss Marple and the like…… I laughed out loud at this little charmer. It gently pokes fun at all the tropes we know and love, from all our favorite village set mysteries. And the illustrations and quizzes make this that perfect stocking stuffer. Recommended.

Cathythoughts What a great title 😂 3mo
kspenmoll This sounds right up my alley! (edited) 2mo
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September, September | Shelby Foote
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My very ambitious (for me) #SeptemberTBR…. 😬

I am a total Sally Rooney fan girl, so Beautiful World will be started next Tuesday, the second I get my hands on it!
Wordslut is a re-read for my zoom bookclub…. Maybe I‘ll do the audio this time around….
I have #ARCs of all the rest, so of course I‘m a little behind (!) but most are September releases….

A month where Groff and Rooney have new books out on the same day, cannot be bad!! 💕📚

Pruzy I have my copy of the Rooney pre-ordered! 3mo
KarenUK @Pruzy I‘m ridiculously excited! 😂💕 3mo
EvieBee We have many in common for September! 3mo
KarenUK It‘s the time of year… September-November is always an avalanche on new and exciting shiny ones that distract us from out mountainous tbrs!!🤦‍♀️😂 @EvieBee 3mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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#Augustwrapup
Really enjoyed my month of reading… not a lot of time, but quality over quantity and no #DNFs….☺️📚

Easy favorite was the tagged book, which will no doubt make my Favorites list at the end of the year…. And The Mercies was a close second, but I mostly enjoyed all my picks. 📚💕

ShyBookOwl That's great! I think I broke an all-time record for most books DNFd in August 😬 3mo
KarenUK @ShyBookOwl oh no! 🤦‍♀️ 3mo
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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A great week of reading as I‘m currently “in between” bookstores so office based at a store with a longer commute. My audio game was good this week! 💕🎧
Arctic fury was an audio reread for a bookclub on Tuesday, and Everyone knows for #camptob was just OK.
I loved Ghosts, and REALLY loved Once There Were Wolves, a 5⭐️read, that I‘m pretty sure will be a #21in2021 at year end!🐺
Liking both my in progress, hope to finish at least one by month end.

BarbaraBB Great progress 🤍 3mo
Cinfhen Super curious about 3mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen it‘s brain candy with a bit of depth…. I think you might like it? 🤷‍♀️😘 3mo
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It‘s witty and clever, but I found it a bit repetitive. Based on true events from 1618 Germany, an old woman(and mother of a famous astronomer) is accused of witchcraft by townsfolk.Told through fictionalized trial testimony interspersed with an imagined account told to her neighbor Simon, it dragged a bit in the middle. But it was a sharp look at how gossip and scaremongering and “fake news” with a big dash of misogyny is not a new thing at all.

BarbaraBB Great review, exactly my thoughts! 3mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB 👯‍♀️😂💕 3mo
BarbaraBB Of course 👯‍♀️ 🤍 3mo
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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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Gorgeous writing and a beautiful sense of place, I couldn‘t put this down. Inti is working on reintroducing wolves into rural Scotland, the small town is as hostile as the landscape, and violence and fear begins to threaten the project. As mysteries unravel, we question the nature of predators, their prey, our primal instincts. The nature writing is lovely, and the story of twin sisters, linked by their upbringing and their trauma, is gripping.💕

BarbaraBB Wonderful review. I hope to read this one next week too. Can‘t wait to find out if it‘s as good as 3mo
JazzFeathers This sounds great. Staked! 3mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB I definitely want to read that one now. This was great…. 💕 3mo
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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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Ignore the synopsis that calls this a romantic comedy. It‘s not that. It‘s much more a story of a modern millennial life, of friendships, dating, career, and aging parents. It‘s sharp, funny and yes a bit generic at times, but also really enjoyable.
It‘s got a very London vibe, making it relatable for me despite being a generation older than Nina. She‘s flawed, sometimes behaves badly, but in mostly believable ways. (Review continued in comments)

KarenUK I‘ve seen her called immature and unlikeable. To me, she‘s just a young-ish woman, dealing with her stuff imperfectly. It makes me feel sad, that if as readers we can‘t be empathetic to an imperfect human, even a fictional one, then somehow we‘re doomed!
The ‘ghosts‘ of the title are men who disappear, but it also refers to the heartbreaking story of her father‘s progressive dementia.
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KarenUK And it‘s this part of story I sadly found most relatable. The author handles this part of the story so perfectly. She‘s also great on the bits about single and/or childless women, and how this can affect female friendship, on how it feels when friendships change, as we take different paths at different speeds. Sometimes feelings get hurt, and that‘s ok. 3mo
KarenUK I hate the description Chick-Lit (and hate “Women‘s Fiction” even more) but if this is it, then it‘s a really good example of it. #pop21 #gemmineralorrockintitle @Cinfhen @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft (edited) 3mo
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TrishB Great review 👍🏻 stacked- definitely made me want to read it. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I just purchased this the other day for 99p. 3mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly oh I must have missed it! Didn‘t check everyday on holiday. 3mo
KarenUK Bargain! It‘s definitely worth 99p! 😂 @TrishB @MicheleinPhilly 3mo
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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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This sentence really hits home for me….. 💔

TrishB 💔❤️ 3mo
CarolynM 💔 3mo
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

- finished 3 good ones this week…. All very different, enjoyed all 3, especially The Mercies. It gave me‘Burial Rites‘ vibes, and made for an excellent discussion at my Zoom Bookclub this week..

- Loving both of my in progress books so far…. (And finally getting caught up on my #ARCs 🤦‍♀️)

- Must start my last #CampToB this week… 💕🧙‍♀️

Cinfhen I was meh about this one but I LOVE the cover 3mo
KarenUK @Cinfhen Yes… so pretty! I had to really slow down my reading to get to grips with it… it‘s a strange one. But once I did that, I guess it started to really hit me… 💔 3mo
Cinfhen I can see why you‘d be drawn to the father/daughter storyline 3mo
marleed Ohh, have fun with Up Next. I loved it! 3mo
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Ghosts | Dolly Alderton
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Love that equation 💕🙃

AlaMich 😂 3mo
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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This gave me Burial Rites feels. Based upon true events of 1617, the population of a remote Norwegian village are ravaged by a sudden brutal storm, leaving the women to fend for themselves. Maren loses her father, brother and betrothed. Three years later, a commissioner and his young wife Ursa are sent to watch over them, and rid their community of witchcraft. It‘s a beautiful, atmospheric story of love, friendship, resilience and evil. So good!

Librarybelle This is high on my to read list, and your comment about Burial Rites makes me want to drop everything and read it now! 4mo
Reggie I just read this last week and loved it. 4mo
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Ghost Forest: A Novel | Pik-Shuen Fung
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Very sparsely written…. All show, no tell, in the best way. At first I wasn‘t sure about the simple prose, but as I slowed my reading a little, and thought more about each small memory, the magnitude of this story of grief, miscommunication and family hit me in the gut. It definitely feels like a memoir, where every uncomfortable interaction or sweet story told through memories, felt truthful and real. Melancholy and moving.

Lindy Sounds like my kind of book. 😊 4mo
rockpools Lovely review. 4mo
Tamra Stacked! 4mo
Cathythoughts Sounds good ❤️ 4mo
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