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LiteraryinLawrence

Joined April 2016

Currently living in New Jersey but soon moving to PA to open a bookstore!
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Greta & Valdin: A Novel | Rebecca K Reilly
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I acquired these 3 lovelies over the weekend! The Stacy Willingham is due to the generosity of @ImperfectCJ and their #clearmyshelvesgiveaway! Sooo nice! And the other 2 I bought at a great indie bookstore in Lancaster, PA called Pocket Books. Love that place. The owners do a great job of recommending books, and both of these were among their Pride Picks. I‘m almost done with my job so I can read these guilt-free! Almost… 😋

ImperfectCJ Woohoo! So glad it arrived safe and sound! 19h
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Finding Sophie | Imran Mahmood
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Mehso-so

This book was bleak. Just relentless. I wasn‘t a fan but I did finish it to see what happened. Now I feel really depressed! I need a palette cleanser!

RaeLovesToRead Once I've finished Ducks, I'm gonna be reading palette cleansers for months, I reckon... 4d
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Mehso-so

Hmm. This felt a little like a bait and switch, like the story started as one thing and then veered off course in a less interesting direction. It wasn‘t a home run for me, though I usually like this author a lot.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1w
Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 1w
BarbaraBB That‘s a pity. I just read my first Swanson and enjoyed it a lot. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!!! I‘m reading the second one in this series! 1w
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A friend just gave this to me as a congrats-on-leaving-your-job-to-start-a-bookstore present! It looks so awesome! She and I have similar reading tastes. Has anyone read it?

Sace I want it for the title alone 😂 2w
Librarybelle I‘m reading it right now! I‘m loving it so far!! 2w
mabell I missed that news! How exciting! Congratulations! 2w
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Crazeedi The title draws me in, if @Librarybelle likes it I'm definitely stacking!! 2w
SpellboundReader Good luck with your bookstore. I hope it goes well! Also, I haven't read this book but it seems to be popular right. 2w
vlwelser That book is super cute. I was hoping it would be a series. 2w
Aimeesue I‘m reading it now, and really enjoying it. 💙Gussie💙 2w
Scochrane26 I‘ve seen it online & think I would like it. 2w
iread2much This looks lovely and yay on your new adventure! 2w
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Oof. This was well done but disturbing! About a third of the way in I almost closed the book because some of the scenes were too much for me, but I ended up reading on through to the end. I need a palate cleanser after this, like a rom com.

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The Truth about the Devlins | Lisa Scottoline
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I was unimpressed. The book started off holding my attention but then veered off into mediocrity. I don‘t want to be overly harsh, but the plot became really far fetched and also overly saccharine. And the main character is super into cars, which is fine, but the narration often read like an extended car chase. I just wasn‘t a fan.

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Talent for Murder | Peter Swanson
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#BOTM books are live!!!

I‘m surprised because it‘s 2 days early, but yay! I‘m going with the Peter Swanson thriller. I always like him and wasn‘t tempted by the other choices this month. What are y‘all picking?

MittenGirlPeach Ooohhhh! I went with Margo‘s got money troubles. 3w
JamieArc Didn‘t realize they were already live! Awesome! 3w
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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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As a big fan of Laurie Frankel, my verdict for this one is: good but not great. Frankel always writes about family in a compelling way, but I found her to be more didactic than usual (especially the end). And while I loved the witty writing style, it felt like everyone- adults, kids, etc- had the same voice. It was sort of like Aaron Sorkin (💗) dialogue: clever and snappy but a little too perfect to feel believable.

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Fun! I read, liked, and didn‘t really remember the first Ffion Morgan book, and this one was good too! About a morally bereft and totally believable reality tv show that involves contestants living together on a mountain in Wales… that happens to be in Ffion‘s town. Then crimes happen! I wish I knew how to pronounce the Welsh phrases in my head!

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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A friend recommended the tagged series to me and it will kick off my Bookspin reading list for June! I‘m really excited about all the books on the list… which means that I will probably want to change it in about half an hour. 😋 Right @BennettBookworm ?

Bookmark is part of a bookish pack. This one says Books are Yoga for the Mind.

TheSpineView Love that pencil and it is my favorite color! 💜✏️ 3w
BennettBookworm Hehe!! 3w
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I‘ve been working on a big life change for several months… next month I‘m leaving my career in education after 19 years to open a bookstore!!!

I‘m soooo excited! I‘ve been taking classes so I‘m now a “certified frontline bookseller,” shadowing bookstore owners, and doing a deep dive into small business ownership. The store is called Bookish Notions and I‘m working to secure a storefront in southeastern PA! I‘m looking at Ambler at the moment. ⬇️

Crazeedi How exciting ! What a dream come true, best wishes!! 3w
AmyG Wishing you much success! How exciting! 3w
LiteraryinLawrence Of course, when my website and brick-and-mortar store are up and running, I will let everyone know. But for now, I‘d love to hear from any greater Philly suburbs Littens who have opinions about location! I had looked at West Chester and Media but they recently have both gotten bookstores. I‘m curious about Kennett Square and Ambler now. Or another vibrant Main Street looking for a progressive indie bookstore! 3w
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Jas16 Amazing! I am so excited for you! 3w
Amor4Libros Congrats, wish you all the best!!! ❤️❤️ 3w
kspenmoll Congratulations & good wishes! Do let us know when you are up and running I would love to support you by ordering a book via mail to Connecticut. 3w
RaeLovesToRead Amazing!!!!! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's amazing! Congratulations on the new adventure. I'm near Newark, NJ, so hopefully, my travels will put me in the area once you're open. 3w
Ruthiella Fantastic! 😃 3w
Librarybelle That‘s amazing! Congratulations! 3w
Bookwormjillk Wow! Congratulations 🍾 Please let us know when you have the final location. 3w
Jess I‘m so happy for you and wish you great luck in finding the perfect location. As a fellow NJ resident (live in Jackson and work in Trenton), I will definitely be seeking you out when you open so let us know where you land. 3w
LeahBergen Congratulations!! 👏👏 3w
Amiable What a wonderful second career! I can‘t wait to hear all about it! 3w
Cuilin Dreams do come true. Congratulations 🎉 3w
merelybookish Amazing! Congrats to you! 3w
KathyWheeler Oh my gosh! That‘s fantastic. Congratulations and good luck. 3w
LeeRHarry Congratulations 🎉 3w
BarkingMadRead How exciting!! I opened a book stall at a vendor market in December, but it‘s nothing like this! So cool!! 3w
Laughterhp Love this! Congrats and good luck! 3w
BookmarkTavern Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 3w
dabbe Congrats! 🤩🤩🤩 3w
Tamra Woot!! 👏🏾👏🏾 3w
Susanita Very cool! 3w
Kristy_K This is awesome!! Can‘t wait to see pics and a visit the online store! 3w
BarbaraBB That‘s fantastic! Keep us posted! 3w
squirrelbrain How exciting! Looking forward to hearing more about it. 3w
julesG Fantastic news! 3w
zezeki That's amazing!! 3w
staci.reads Oh wow! That's fantastic! 3w
Chelsea.Poole So very exciting! I look forward to seeing posts about your new store! 3w
TheSpineView Awesome! Best of luck! 3w
Aimeesue How exciting! Best of luck to you and the new bookstore! 3w
steph_phanie How exciting! Congratulations! 3w
MaureenMc Congratulations! 🎉 3w
mrp27 Congratulations!! 3w
Billypar Congrats! And that's a great location - I haven't spent much time in Ambler specifically, but I grew up just a couple of towns over. My mom still lives nearby so I will definitely check it out if you go with that location. 3w
Billypar Oh and to your question about other potential locations, North Wales has a small downtown - North Main St. between Walnut and Church Street - with a lot of cute shops where a bookstore would seem to fit. But it is very small, and I remember a record store there had to close, so Ambler might be better honestly. 3w
TieDyeDude Awesome! I look forward to visiting next time I visit home. 3w
bthegood congratulations - how exciting!! 🙂 3w
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It had been years since I last read or watched this play, and I wanted to revisit it after reading Tom Lake. I‘m glad I did! There‘s a lot to make you think no matter what age you go back to it. 💗 Personally I was happy to have read Tom Lake first but I think if you‘re not at all familiar with Our Town you‘ll want to read the play first.

ChaoticMissAdventures I have been meaning to read this after Tom Lake! Thanks for the reminder 2mo
dabbe I did it exactly the same way you did! I loved revisiting OUR TOWN, too. 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
willaful Oh, I didn't know there was a connection. 2mo
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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So beautiful in its seemingly simple premise: a mom telling her 3 grown daughters a story of her youth while they‘re all home at the family farm during the pandemic. I loved it so much. A bookseller put this in my hands and I‘m glad she did! 💗

CogsOfEncouragement I understand there are references to Our Town, so I‘m reading that before this one. I really enjoyed The Dutch House and look forward to more of her books. 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence @CogsOfEncouragement I just borrowed Our Town from the library for that exact reason! I think reading it beforehand is smart. 2mo
CogsOfEncouragement Our Town is a very quick read. Enjoy! 2mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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It took me a good while to get through, but I‘m glad I read this book. It seems like it‘s the origin of dark academia as a genre, and I‘ve wanted to read it for a long time. The prose is rich and the story of a group of Classics students at college is both bizarre and mundane. It reminded me of Brideshead Revisited even though this was written in the 1990s, with its intense secretive friendships, sibling relationships, class differences, etc.

ChaoticMissAdventures I really enjoyed this one too. I know some think Tartt is pretentious but I love her moody vibe. I am trying to get to her other 2 novels this year. 2mo
jewright Have you read The Goldfinch? It‘s my favorite by Donna Tartt. 2mo
Bec_lectic I‘ve been wanting to read this for some time..I loved the Goldfinch but look forward to checking this one out! 2mo
Suet624 I‘m annoyed I still haven‘t read it. 4w
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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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I‘m excited for my April #botm box! I got the new Sally Hepworth (I always really like her books) and added Familia with my birthday month credit! Now I just need to prioritize reading a bit more on a daily basis. 💗

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This started out slow for me- I‘m not used to reading non-fiction- but quickly held my attention. The anonymous author lays out a very cogent and well-substantiated argument for how the British justice system is broken, using examples from his time as a barrister. It‘s scary and convincing.

Leftcoastzen 👏😻 3mo
Jari-chan 😸❤️😸 3mo
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Watching You | Lisa Jewell
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Ooooh, really good! This was a big cut above your average thriller. Things are not what they seem and I was completely absorbed in figuring out the truth about this small group of neighbors. I‘ve read a few books by Lisa Jewell but this is my new favorite!

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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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This was so much more than I expected it to be. It was a really immersive, absorbing look at the intertwining lives of a group of theater kids at a Manhattan Quaker high school in 2001-2002. Strong themes of queerness in many forms, sex, art, love, friendship, obsession, control, and more. I recommend it!

BarbaraBB Totally agree! 3mo
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Amazing Grace Adams | Fran Littlewood
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Oof. This book was a gut punch. I‘m glad I read it, but I don‘t see the humor that other reviews seemed to talk about. It was about the unraveling of a woman in her 40s- her body, her marriage, her relationship with her daughter. I found it hard to read at times and wish I had borrowed it from the library rather than buying it.

Sharpeipup Just started it and this sums up my feelings too. 4mo
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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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I read this book based on the reviews of @Soubhiville and @AvidReader25 who picked it up based on Ann Patchett‘s recommendation. 😋 It was very absorbing. The catalyst is a court case but it‘s about the lives of the jurors during and after the trial. Very interesting book that packs a lot of emotions about grief and desire within a short page count.

AvidReader25 I was surprised by how invested I felt in the main character‘s grief by the end. It‘s such a quick read! 4mo
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While visiting some family in Westchester, NY I went to Split Rock Books in Cold Springs. What a great shop! They were really nice and gave me some book suggestions, including these 2. Tom Lake was on my radar already (from #auldlangspine) but I hadn‘t been focused on The Berry Pickers. I‘m excited to try it!

tpixie The cover is gorgeous! 🫐 Blueberries 🫐 4mo
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Stars in Their Eyes | Jessica Walton, Aska Aska
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This got me out of my reading slump and then I turned back to the beginning and read it again. Detailed expressive panels and a story about a queer disabled teen attending her first comic convention with her supportive, geeky mom. I loved it all! I get the sense this was published first in Australia and just came out in the US? It was on display at my indie bookstore as having won an ALA award (Stonewall) this year.

willaful Grrr... dashed to my library to find this for my daughter and they have it on order but only in digital. 4mo
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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I still say that The Silent Patient is his best book by far, but I liked this one well enough. The narration style was fun, with the narrator talking directly to the reader a lot and teasing with other murder mystery references. And the cast of characters held my interest. It was a solid mystery with a vivid setting on a Greek island. #botm

Zoe‘s eye matches the one on the cover! 😋 That was a happy coincidence.

Ruthiella 😻😻😻 4mo
RaeLovesToRead ZOMG this photo is so cute! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen So cute!👏😻 4mo
wanderer15 Hi Zoe! I'm back on Litsy! 4mo
Gissy 😻❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
AvidReader25 I‘m traveling to Greece this year so I can‘t wait to read this one! 4mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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This book started off slow for me and I felt there were too many random characters throughout. BUT that said, it was really heartwarming and sweet too. My family read this together as a mark up book, and I loved seeing my parents‘ comments written throughout! It was so cute to see their reactions to the story. 💗💗

willaful What a fun idea! I wish I could try it but I know my daughter would feel put on the spot and freeze. :-( 4mo
BennettBookworm Me next, me next! 4mo
mabell I love this! ❤️ 4mo
Cupcake12 I really liked this book too x 4mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I was eagerly anticipating the BOTM announcement, but when it came I was disappointed. None of the main books jumped out at me this time, though there are several add-ons that I like. But it‘s ok! I‘m going to lean into the books already on my shelves this month (including some #botm backlog!). 💗 I‘m still excited to see what everyone chose!

cariashley I think I‘m skipping too. Nothing jumping out at me! 4mo
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Thanks for the #AuldLangSpine recommendation @Librarybelle ! I‘m glad I read this one. I started by listening to it on audio and really didn‘t like the narrators, but it was better when I switched to print. This felt like somewhere between a cozy and a mystery to me, and while parts of the plot seemed rushed or glossed over, I liked the characters and the baking competition. I had fun reading it!

Librarybelle Glad it was a pick! I‘m loving Legends & Lattes so far - so not my typical genre, but it‘s delightful! I had to turn it into the library but got it back as an ebook, so I plan to finish it up soon! I also have several other titles from your list checked out from the library, so will be continuing the list into next month. 😁 5mo
Crazeedi I did enjoy this one 5mo
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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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I finished this book last night after flying through the last hundred pages, and I‘m still processing it. My overall impression was that it was sooo creative and playful and just clever, and I was absorbed completely. I also have this nagging feeling that I missed something? Like if you asked me to explain the upshot, I would struggle? I‘m inclined to blame myself for that since I started and stopped more than I usually do. So it‘s a clear pick!

Jari-chan Your cat's glare is hilarious 😂 5mo
BennettBookworm I‘m so so so glad you liked it so much.. and yes I agreed, the ending is definitely one that needs to be discussed afterward! 5mo
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I finished another #AuldLangSpine rec from @Librarybelle and it was superb! I‘m not that into music but through the lens of this pseudo memoir I felt like I was. Opal and Sunny really felt like 3 dimensional people and we got to know them over many years. The racism and other societal problems at the heart of the book were portrayed vividly. I liked the writing style. Overall, I can see why this was on a lot of people‘s lists from last year!

Librarybelle Yay!! So glad you liked it! I‘m hoping to read Legends and Lattes later this week before I have to return it at the library! 5mo
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This book felt like a hug for my brain. All the praise I‘d heard was true for this simple but deeply resonant tale of a tea monk and a robot. I borrowed this from the library but definitely want to buy it for myself. Some of the passages just really spoke to me, you know?

LiteraryinLawrence @BennettBookworm Thanks for the recommendation way back when! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 👏🐈‍⬛ 5mo
Ruthiella Yes. Becky Chambers also has that effect with me. ❤️ 5mo
BennettBookworm Yayyy! All the hugs 5mo
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Work closed a bit early and they‘ve already announced a late opening due to weather, so I‘m cozied up and ready to read! 💗💗

Soubhiville Yes, perfect read for cozy time! 5mo
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Time to Roll | Jamie Sumner
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It was fun being back with these characters again! I really like Ellie, our protagonist, and her old and new friends. Her estranged dad and his new family play a nice part in this story too. I definitely recommend this series to middle grade readers!

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Three Holidays and a Wedding | Marissa Stapley, Uzma Jalaluddin
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Lots of love for this touching and fun multi-holiday story. I totally recommend it! The complex family relationships, the new friendship between the two women, and the budding romances were all believable and richly portrayed. Above all, I wish this town existed in real life because it seems perfect! 💗

This is a spot-on suggestion from my #auldlangspine partner @Librarybelle and there are more lined up next! @monalyisha

Librarybelle I wish the town existed in real life too! So glad you liked this!! 5mo
monalyisha Love all these #AuldLangSpine wins! 🙌🏻🥳✨ 5mo
Julsmarshall I loved this so much too! 5mo
janeycanuck @LiteraryinLawrence @Librarybelle It‘s based on Almonte in Ontario. A bunch of Christmas movies have been filmed there. 5mo
Librarybelle @janeycanuck Good to know!! 5mo
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What a great first book of 2024! 💗💗💗💗💗 I love the Heartstopper universe and in my opinion it keeps getting better and better. Lots of ways that Nick and Charlie grow in this volume and the friends and family have important roles too. Oseman says that volume 6 will conclude the series (maybe that‘s common knowledge but it was news to me?) and it‘ll be sad to see it end!

Cupcake12 Totally agree! Have you seen the series on Netflix? 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence A couple episodes back when it started. I should go back and watch it all! 5mo
Garabrandtreviews I love the series! 5mo
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DebinHawaii Hoping my library hold on this one comes in soon! 💛 5mo
tpixie Are you from Lawrence, Kansas by any chance? (edited) 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence @tpixie Nope, I live in Lawrence, NJ! 5mo
tpixie @LiteraryinLawrence ha! A little further away than KS! 5mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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The tagged book serves a double purpose here: it‘s a book I‘ve had on my own shelves for a while AND it summarizes this post! I love @Jas16 ‘s idea to do a #24in2024 challenge and I‘ve identified my books. I only included books I still genuinely want to read, and I‘m excited to get started!

Jas16 So many books I loved! Hamnet! The Sentence! Great list. 6mo
tpixie Great choices! I loved Hamnet & really enjoyed The Other Black 5mo
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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I had a great reading month in December, scoring 4 bingos for #bookspinbingo by reading 17 books and bailing on 3. Two weeks of break will do that! Some favorites were Bookshops and Bonedust, The Christmas Appeal, and Hello Beautiful.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fabulous month!!! 6mo
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The Christmas Guest | Peter Swanson
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Two Swanson books in one day? My library hold on this tiny novella just came in today, so I decided to read it now while it was still December. This was a clever little holiday mystery. I‘m always going to prefer a full-length novel, because there‘s more time to develop characters and all that, but this was a solid read. Now I think it‘s time to read something in a different genre!

ElizaMarie That kitty is so big! I love it! 6mo
RaeLovesToRead I liked this one too! And I love your festive chonk 🥰🐈 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @RaeLovesToRead @ElizaMarie I feel like I should say that I didn‘t catch her at a flattering angle? 😋 But she‘s the best! 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Nope! Shows off her floofs in all their floofy glory! 🥰🥰 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence This is my final book of 2023: number 113! 6mo
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So, funny story. I wanted to read this book since I read The Kind Worth Killing, so I went online to remind myself what happened in book 1. After the whole summary including all the spoilers, I realized I HADN‘T read the first one at all! I still read this one and found it creepy and good, but I wish I‘d actually read book 1! I liked the beginning and middle of this more than the end, which felt a bit random. But overall I like this author!

RaeLovesToRead Aww, man! Hate when that happens! 6mo
monkeygirlsmama Hahaha BTDT! 6mo
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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I‘m super excited to read this book! I sometimes like to try a new (or new-to-me) author for #botm but I couldn‘t pass this one up. I was also interested in First Lie Wins so that will probably be a library borrow!

What did everyone else pick?

AmyG I pucked the same. I‘ve seen it on a few “to read” lists. 6mo
JamieArc I picked this one too! 6mo
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I‘m glad this book had a satisfying (if abrupt) end because the middle was a little one-note. Overall I liked but didn‘t love it. I liked the setting of the old, family-run hotel and the side characters (I often liked them more than the 2 main characters). I suggest reading it in the Christmas-New Years time frame if you‘re going to!

LiteraryinLawrence This is book 111 of 2023 for me. 6mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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This was a moving, absorbing story about 4 sisters and their intertwining lives. It very clearly mirrors Little Women (as in, the characters talk about how they resemble the sisters from LW) and is an emotional read. Having 2 sisters I‘m really close to, I connected deeply to the sisters in the book. If I were making my #AuldLangSpine list now, this would definitely be on it! But I do feel like I need a fluffy read now to get over the heartache.

BennettBookworm Great review! As one of your sisters, now I‘m especially curious! ☺️ 6mo
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Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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I‘m so happy to say I liked it just as much as the first one! Wonderful characters (Satchel was one of my favorites!) and adventures and coziness. I truly love this series. 💗

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Three Holidays and a Wedding | Marissa Stapley, Uzma Jalaluddin
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I‘m so excited to be paired with @Librarybelle for my first #AuldLangSpine ! The list looks great and includes several books from my TBR and a few I read and loved (2, 10, 19). The 6 pictured are the ones I know I want to read from the list, plus maybe a fun cozy or two. I‘m going to start with the 3 on the left for January and go from there! 💗💗💗

Thanks to @monalyisha for organizing so thoughtfully!

Librarybelle Yay! Hope you enjoy!! 6mo
BennettBookworm Wow, such an exciting list here! 6mo
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Day | Michael Cunningham
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My third and final stop on today‘s bookstore itinerary was Reads & Company in Phoenixville, PA. What an awesome Main Street and the store was so inviting! I absolutely loved the inventory and how thoughtful the displays were. The tagged book, signed, called out to me as well as Amazing Grace Adams which got love from some Littens. If I lived closer I would happily have this as my local indie bookstore. All in all, it was a great bookful day!

JenniferEgnor The last time I was in Philly I stopped in The Book Trader, and it was like heaven in there. Just a maze of stacks everywhere, very messy and perfect. The old book smell, and friendly cats were there too. 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @JenniferEgnor Oooh, thanks for the suggestion! 6mo
BennettBookworm So fun!! 6mo
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Assistant to the Villain | Hannah Nicole Maehrer
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Second on my bookstore crawl today was Looker Books in Coatesville, PA. It was awesome! I got to talk to the owner while I was there and she is soooo nice and (of course) bookish. I bought Red, White and Royal Blue, a pretty notebook, and the attached book which she recommended since I liked Legends and Lattes. I told her about Litsy so maybe she‘ll join too! But either way her store is cozy, cute and full of books and puzzles. I recommend a trip!

BennettBookworm Love this! 6mo
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Wellington Square Bookshop | Exton, Pennsylvania (Bookstore)
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Pickpick

I went on a bookstore crawl today and Wellington Square Bookshop was my first destination! It was huge and full of comfy settees, tall shelves with sliding ladders, and even a wishing well with stones to throw in and make wishes. And first and foremost, a ton of books including a big kids section. Well worth a visit! I bought Heartstopper book 5 while I was there.

AmyG Your day sounds amazing! 6mo
UwannaPublishme What fun! 6mo
Hooked_on_books What a fun day! 6mo
BennettBookworm Sounds epic! 6mo
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Boyfriend Material | Alexis Hall
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I liked this but didn‘t love it, and I don‘t feel a need to continue the series. I felt like a lot of it was repetitive between the characters, and sometimes the banter was too over the top for me.

ChaoticMissAdventures I have heard that people (even those who love this one) did not like the follow up! I stopped at this one and moved onto their other stand alones because of some really bad reviews. 6mo
BennettBookworm Agreed- it was fine, but didn‘t feel the need to continue the series 6mo
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Love, Holly: A Novel | Emily Stone
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Bailedbailed

I was looking forward to a sweet holiday romance with some depth, but after only a few chapters I had to bail. I felt a little blindsided by a plot point and didn‘t want to continue (I‘m putting it in the spoilers). Bummer! I bet it goes on to be a great book.

I already returned it to the library, so enjoy this picture of Fitz and Zoe!

LiteraryinLawrence I knew grief was going to factor into the story. But I didn‘t expect that the main character was going to accidentally kill her pregnant sister by driving while distracted. That just felt too upsetting for me to read on. 6mo
Tamra 😻 6mo
RaeLovesToRead TEH CUTENESS!!!!! 🥰🥰🥰 6mo
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kspenmoll Your cats have it right!!!!😻😻 6mo
peaKnit I love this picture! 6mo
IndoorDame 😻😻😻 6mo
Ruthiella 😻 My cat also loves to tunnel like that. 😻 6mo
behudd @LiteraryinLawrence you definitely don‘t have to keep reading, but wanted to let you know that‘s not what happens. I can say more if you want, but her sister is alive. If that makes you want to pick it back up 6mo
LiteraryinLawrence @behudd Oh my gosh, really? Can you explain what happens? 6mo
behudd @LiteraryinLawrence her sister loses her baby in the accident, which leads to a rift in their relationship, but her sister is alive. 6mo
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The Other Mothers | Katherine Faulkner
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Pickpick

This was a solid 4 star read for me. I was absorbed in trying to figure out the mystery (what happened to a nanny that used to work for a wealthy family) and felt the ending was satisfying and surprising. It‘s a book I was fine to #borrownotbuy but I enjoyed it!

rubyslippersreads What a perfect loaf! 😻 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Sweet feline🐾❤️ 6mo
rabbitprincess 10/10 loaf 😻 6mo
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Panpan

I really didn‘t like this book. I just found it so angsty and faux-deep and the main character‘s emotions gave me whiplash. It just didn‘t work for me at all.

LiteraryinLawrence I mean, over the span of a few days they confessed love to like 4 different people! 6mo
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Only When It's Us | Chloe Liese
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this but it just wasn‘t for me. I liked the premise and the writing and Ryder‘s large family (each of whom gets their own book in the series), but there was just too much sex for me. It made me uncomfortable to read after a point. But if you‘re looking for a series that has plenty of sex and good characters, then this might be right up your alley! 🤷🏻‍♀️ I also didn‘t like the disability rep in the second half.