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LiteraryinLawrence

Joined April 2016

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How Lucky: A Novel by Will Leitch
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Greenwich Park | Katherine Faulkner
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It‘s been such a good weekend reading-wise! I read this whole book and found it thoroughly satisfying. Interesting characters and backstories that kept me turning the pages til the end! I‘m in such a reading mood that I really wish there was another day or two of the weekend!

Michael_Gee I know the feeling!! 3h
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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Why oh why did I wait so long to read this? After starting it twice before and not getting hooked, I read this in two sittings this weekend. @BennettBookworm I can finally return this to you! I loved every character and their layers. What a comforting read for anyone who has ever loved and lost and learned to let others in again. 💗💗💗💗💗

Dragon Loved this book 💚🐉 4d
Cupcake12 Just finished this book too. Loved it x 4d
BennettBookworm Ahhhh I‘m so happy you loved it! 😭🥰best everrrrr 4d
Kempii I enjoyed this one, too. It was a sweet, cute, quick read. 2d
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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Soooooo…. Has this ever happened to you? I had heard good things about this book, liked something else by the author, and went ahead and bought it for myself for my birthday.

I went to start it tonight and I‘m already finished. How? BECAUSE I REALIZED I ALREADY READ IT. I must have “heard good things about it” from myself when I read it 2 years ago for a #lmpbc group! Wow. That‘s embarrassing. 😳

LiteraryinLawrence @shellleigh33 @BennettBookworm Guess that one really left an impression, huh? 😋 But I liked it so much and now I remember all about it! 6d
CoverToCoverGirl 🫢🤭 6d
Hooked_on_books The only reason I haven‘t done that is because I keep a log of books I‘ve read to prevent it. However, SEVERAL times I have bought a book I already have and haven‘t yet read. 🤦🏼‍♀️ Bookworm problems! 6d
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BkClubCare I have! It‘s a weird experience, I admit. I read Empire Falls once. Then twice- I had forgotten!! 6d
Ruthiella Yes! I‘ve done that with a Tony Hillerman book! 😆 6d
iread2much Yes! That has happened to me, which is why I started using an app to record my books so I can check before I buy 😂 5d
shellleigh33 I have done the same thing. That is why I have goodreads app now to keep up with what books I‘ve read and/or own so I don‘t buy the book again. I was a great read though! 5d
Kempii Yep. This is why about a decade ago, I started keeping a list of every book I‘ve read or started reading. 2d
Michael_Gee 😂 3h
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Britt-Marie Was Here | Fredrik Backman
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Britt-Marie Was Here was HERE in my mailbox when I got home! Thanks @Kayla.Adriena ! #lmpbc @BennettBookworm @shellleigh33

Kayla.Adriena 😆😆😆 good! That's media mail, I mailed it a week ago 😬 6d
Tiffiney I absolutely loved that book! 💕 6d
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… Sigh. ☺️
This was a warm French hug of a book. I‘ll admit that I was a little skeptical of this when @BennettBookworm basically insisted I read it. I don‘t always connect to epistolary novels. I was so wrong. It was delightful and affirming of the magic of books to bring us together and nudge us in the right direction. All the hearts. 💗💗💗💗💗

mcctrish I love a good epistolary novel ❤️❤️ 1w
tpixie @LiteraryinLawrence I‘m glad you liked it. I thought it was pretty clever! 1w
BennettBookworm Yayyyyy! Epic review. The best French hug!! 1w
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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Recommend. I really appreciated Joan‘s inner monologue, even though her perspective is different from mine (and she often feels different from those around her). She is a doctor who is well respected at work for her complete dedication and single mindedness, but outside the hospital those sentiments are not taken well by family and acquaintances. With musings about family, career, loss, and what it means to be Chinese, this short book delivered.

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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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I read this short book quickly but didn‘t necessarily like it. I expected something more or different, I guess. I didn‘t connect to the writing style, which felt so minimalist it was lazy. Here and there there were powerful sentences but as a whole it fell flat for me. Disappointing because I think a more in depth story about these themes would be really engaging. As a language person, I would like to read about an interpreter.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I feel torn about this one, but I‘m glad my #lmpbc picked it this round and I got to read it with their comments. I didn‘t love the way the main character was depicted but there were elements that I did like. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @DGRachel @kspenmoll @Bookwormjillk

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Untitled | Unknown
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My book list was made prior to the second, but I just got around to writing out my board. #bookspin #bookspinbingo My bookspin this month is The Maid, which I have to read for #lmpbc, so I feel confident I‘ll at least get that one done!

marleed Oh I liked your BookSpin - lucky #5 for you! 2w
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looks great!! 2w
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Joan Is Okay | Weike Wang
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Getting ready to curl up on this rainy Saturday and hopefully do some reading. It‘s been a rough week so I‘m hoping to lose myself in some books. 💗 I made my May #bookspinbingo board which I will post separately. I‘ve got a stack of books because I still don‘t know what I feel like reading, plus a cozy blanket and 2 furry creatures. Wishing all my Litsy friends a restful and replenishing reading session.

Bookzombie Wishing you the same and a better week next week. 💕 2w
Kayla.Adriena Aww I'm sorry it's been rough, hate that 2w
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope next week is a better week. 2w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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It‘s so exciting to be sitting on my couch in the middle of the day on a weekday and getting to start my new #lmpbc book for May! My school has off for Eid- wishing a joyous day to all Littens who celebrate! I‘m surrounded by furry reading companions, and here we go…

@Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @kspenmoll 💗💗💗

RaeLovesToRead Double snoodles!!! 🥰🥰 2w
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Queen of the Tiles | Hanna Alkaf
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What a cool idea for a novel! I really was impressed by this story set during a youth Scrabble championship in Kuala Lumpur. I have been to many a Scrabble tournament since my husband plays and this book got the atmosphere just right! Word nerds of all stripes will appreciate this book about friendship, grief, and coming to terms with the tiles you‘ve been given in life.

LiteraryinLawrence @wanderer15 @Kempii Any other Scrabblers who I should tag? 3w
Kempii Ooh I will have to check this out and potentially add it to the CoCo‘s media library of books featuring Scrabble! Thanks for the tag! 3w
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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This is how I spent most of my bookstore gift cards! All of these are #blameitonLitsy reads and I‘m probably most intrigued by the tagged book.

Ericalambbrown I really liked Intimacies. It was the most unique book I read last year. 3w
Ruthiella Great stack! 🤩 3w
vlwelser 😍😍😍 3w
Megabooks Awesome stack! 3w
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Cruel Is the Night | Karo Hamalainen
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I finished this over a week ago but I see that I forgot to post it. It was good! I hope my #lmpbc friends like it too!

LiteraryinLawrence @kspenmoll The book went out on Monday and should arrive any day now! 3w
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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Highly recommend this one! I read it all today and thoroughly enjoyed it. At first I thought it would be hard to keep all the characters straight but it wasn‘t. There was a major thing in the plot that I didn‘t anticipate at all! I‘ve liked all of this author‘s books (this was my 3rd or 4th).

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Well, my friends and family know me and my bookish ways pretty well! For my birthday yesterday I received a great selection of books, puzzles, notebooks, pencils, and book gift cards! ☺️ These are some of the books I specifically asked for that my aunt gave me. Where to start? I also of course already HAD like 10 books waiting to be read… but that‘s ok!

LauraBrook All awesome things! And happy belated birthday! 🥳 4w
Megabooks Happy birthday!! 4w
Suet624 Yippee! Happy birthday. 💕 4w
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Ruthiella Happy Birthday!🥳🥳🥳 4w
TheLudicReader Happy birthday. 4w
ErikasMindfulShelf True Biz was amazing! Happy Birthday. 4w
Branwen Happy Birthday! 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy birthday 🎉🎈🎊 4w
Bookzombie Happy Belated Birthday!!! 🥳 4w
DivineDiana Wishing you a fabulous year! Love the puzzles too! 🥳 🎂 📚 3w
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Don't Let Go | Michel Bussi
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Michel Bussi does it again! I always like his books.

KellyK What a sweet reading partner! ❤️ 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
KathyWheeler I always have to stop and look at pictures of your kitty because he reminds me of my Jayne, who I miss. 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😻😻😻 1mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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I found this to be a fast and entertaining read. I can see why some readers have been critical, but I was mostly looking for something immersive and this sucked me in. I was shocked by the twist though it maybe wrapped up a little abruptly. Interesting Easter eggs for previous readers of this author!

Thanks @BennettBookworm 💗

Leftcoastzen 😻 1mo
BennettBookworm I‘m so glad it found a new home!! 1mo
ravenlee Scrolling too fast I honestly thought there was a tortilla next to your book! 😆 1mo
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Black Water Lilies | Michel Bussi
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Ah. May. Zing. I can‘t wait to discuss this with my #lmpbc friends in the margins! @kspenmoll it‘s going in the mail tomorrow! @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk

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Black Water Lilies | Michel Bussi
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I am planting myself on my couch to read this today! The month got away from me but this is my #lmpbc book that needs to be winging its way to @kspenmoll on Monday. I‘m excited to get to “one of the most reverberating shocks in modern crime fiction” as the cover blurb promises! Right now I‘m still just getting to know the characters. 😋

julieclair Ooohhh.... This one looks really good! Have added it to my stack. 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence @DGRachel Your book arrived safe and sound! I‘m excited to read it! 1mo
DGRachel Thanks for letting me know! I‘m always a little worried when I do the label myself, but the credit/debit machine keeps crashing at my local post office and I got tired of having to either go to the bank and come back with cash or check back with them a week later to see if it‘s fixed! 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence @DGRachel Nope, whatever you did worked perfectly! ☺️ 1mo
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The Snow Child | Eowyn Ivey
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The book made it here safe and sound @Kayla.Adriena ! I chose one of the bookish gifts which were all adorable (no spoilers for the others!) and was so touched by your thoughtful note to warn me about possible triggers in the book. I‘m going to read it but be aware of what you said and skim parts if needed. Really glad to be in the group with you and @shellleigh33 and @BennettBookworm !

Kayla.Adriena Yay! And I'm so glad too ☺ 2mo
AvidReader25 I really loved this one! 2mo
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shellleigh33 My book is headed to you @Kayla.Adriena I just got it sent out yesterday sorry 2mo
Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 No apology necessary! I'll keep an eye out! 2mo
Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 your book arrived safely today my friend! 1mo
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I finished my #lmpbc book for this round in time to pass it off to @BennettBookworm tomorrow! Things to like, things to criticize… I‘m looking forward to reading my group members‘ comments in the margins in a few months!

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Keeping Faith | Jodi Picoult
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I really liked this book. It was a Jodi P from the late 90s that I‘d never read and it had everything I like about her writing: controversial topics, in depth characters, believable dialogue, etc. A very fast and satisfying read!

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My first few days of vacation from work have involved visiting 2 indie bookstores! Here is my haul. 💗 I think Greenwich Park is one I‘d typically borrow from the library but I was in a book-buying mood. The other 4 I‘ve heard really good things about. I‘m starting with the tagged one!

BekaReid @LiteraryinLawrence I look forward to hearing your thoughts on 2mo
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Chunky | Yehudi Mercado
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Meh. Didn‘t really work for me.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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Strange. Very strange. I‘m glad I read it though.

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This was a reread for me. I‘m glad I found something I could focus on to distract me as I‘ve been feeling depressed. I received some bad news a few days ago that has me really down, but it was good to spend some time with Poirot.

RaeLovesToRead Really sorry to hear you've been feeling down 💙 I love Poirot and I love your reading buddy 😊 2mo
Jas16 So sorry you received bad news. 2mo
MaureenMc 💗💗💗 2mo
Bookzombie I‘m sorry to hear that you received bad news and hope you feel better soon. 2mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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Boosted my mood after a long day with a stop to the library. 💗 I probably should have saved this spree for 10 days from now when I have vacation from work! But hey, no time like the present.

Basically all of these are from recent Litsy recommendations. Where should I start?

Addison_Reads Great stack! I loved No One Is Taking About This, The Sentence, and Hell of a Book. 3mo
Augustdana I‘ve read the sentence, seek you and crying in H mart. All were very good !!! Can‘t go wrong with either the sentence or H mart to start!! 3mo
janeycanuck The Sentence is great but be warned there‘s a big chunk of it in COVID and George Floyd times. Hell of a Book is quite good, I‘d probably start there. 3mo
Tonton Awesome stack! The Sentence was good. 2mo
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While this was enjoyable to read, I don‘t think I‘ll continue on with the series, assuming there is one. I like the main characters of Finn and Vero, but to me it wasn‘t satisfying enough as a whole book. I‘ll put a few specific gripes in a spoiler comment. I really liked book 1, but I don‘t know if the premise merits a whole series, maybe.

LiteraryinLawrence I feel like the quality of this book was compromised for the author to leave things to tie up in the next one, which annoys me. I wanted to learn more about Vero‘s backstory and also about who EasyClean was. And know what Finn is going to do regarding Nick and Julian. 3mo
marleed For similar reasons I had issues with the need to recall too much from book 1. Then I remembered the entire reason I researched and read book 1 (knowing it was first in a new series) was because I was overwhelmed by the many long running murder series out there and my inability to catch up with them. I decided to try a couple new series, and with that logic I decided I could knock ‘em (pun intended!). But I understand your complaint! 3mo
BennettBookworm I agree! Way too many loose ends! 2mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Hmm. This was disturbing and I didn‘t love the second person narration. But I also read it in the span of 48 hours, so that‘s a good sign that I was engaged. Overall I‘d say it‘s missable but a fast read.

mcctrish It was a compelling read, but the characters 😳😖 3mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Hi members of #lmpbc Group K! @Kayla.Adriena @shellleigh33 @BennettBookworm I‘m am super excited for our round together! Here are 4 books I‘m considering for my pick. Any that you want to read? I totally have other options if we don‘t love these.

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BennettBookworm These look awesome! I think my top picks would be Black Cake and Good Company but I‘d be good with any of them :) 3mo
Kayla.Adriena I vote for Good Company! 3mo
shellleigh33 I vote for Good Company 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Looks like we‘ll be reading Good Company! @shellleigh33 @Kayla.Adriena @BennettBookworm 3mo
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@Bookwormjillk @DGRachel @kspenmoll I hope I‘m not jumping the gun, but I see that #lmpbc Group P is full and I‘m so excited! When I got home from work I pulled some books that I‘ve been meaning to read. I‘ve read and enjoyed mysteries by Horowitz, Bussi, and Michaelides. Collins would be new to me but the premise looked intriguing. Do any of these look good to you? If not or if you‘ve read them, there are always other options. 😋

LiteraryinLawrence I know I have 2 by this author, but that doesn‘t mean we have to pick one of his. I just have 2 on hand because I liked After the Crash so much. 3mo
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LiteraryinLawrence The premise maybe sounds a little grim, but I guess for mysteries some of that is to be expected? But if anyone is triggered by these topics we can go in a different direction. 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence The House of Silk has a follow up book called Moriarty, in case that sways you either way. I can‘t say whether this one ends on a cliffhanger and you need to read the sequel or not. 3mo
DGRachel I‘ve read The House of Silk, but I‘m game for any of the others. ☺️ 3mo
Bookwormjillk I haven‘t read any and they all look good! 3mo
DGRachel I will also say that it‘s been a decade since I read House of Silk so I don‘t mind rereading it. I don‘t remember any details, just that I really enjoyed it. 3mo
kspenmoll I have not read any, so your choice! 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Thanks for being so flexible @kspenmoll @DGRachel @Bookwormjillk but I would love to know which ones stand out the most to you! Would each of you mind picking your top 2 and we‘ll see where we stand? 3mo
DGRachel Top 2 for me are Black Water Lilies then The Maidens 3mo
Bookwormjillk Black Water Lilies is #1 and The Winter Sister is #2 for me 3mo
kspenmoll Black water lilies #1, The Winter Sister #2 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great, looks like it‘ll be Black Water Lilies! @DGRachel @kspenmoll @Bookwormjillk 3mo
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Delicates | Brenna Thummler
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This wasn‘t one of my favorite graphic novels but I respect Thummler‘s focus on some controversial topics. I didn‘t feel like the main character acted consistently and I also felt like there were a lot of unresolved plot threads when the story ended.

I returned it to the library, so please enjoy this picture of Fitz instead!

Leftcoastzen Awww!😻 3mo
RaeLovesToRead Nyawww Fitz is super cute!! 🥰🥰 3mo
SRWCF Fitz is darling! 3mo
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Ruthiella Fitz! 😻😻😻 3mo
KathyWheeler Fits is lovely. 3mo
KellyK Fitz - what a sweetheart! ❤️ 3mo
robinb Hi Allison, you wouldn‘t happen to have been “LiteraryinLititz” previously would you? 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence @robinb Yes indeed! I moved a few months ago… but luckily to another “L” town. 3mo
robinb @LiteraryinLawrence I thought that might be the case! Best wishes in your new home! 😊❤️ 3mo
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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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I guess the author and I must be the same age because I got ALL of her references about her childhood! The book overall is about a girl who feels out of step with her peers going to Russian summer camp and not loving it (but surviving!). In the beginning she describes another girl‘s birthday party (Pizza Hut, Carvel cake) and this panel made me chuckle. The art and emotions portrayed are top notch and I definitely recommend this graphic novel.

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I can‘t believe it‘s time for February‘s #bookspin and #doublespin but at the same time it feels like January has lasted for ages. (What is time? 😋🤷🏻‍♀️) I‘m going to do it differently going forward. I will use this as a way to get books I own off of my TBR list rather than doing the bingo board. It turns out I don‘t like deciding in advance what I will feel like reading during the month. I‘m excited for Wednesday‘s picks! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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Autoboyography | Christina Lauren
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Sooooo goooood! This love story of two boys in a writing class was so well done. One of them is a devout Mormon and that is where a lot of the complications arise. But the book portrayed the main characters as well as their families and friends in such a nuanced way that is was never “just” a romance or “just” a YA book, it was a really rich story.

This was my first book by this prolific writing team. What should I read next?

Christy2318 The Unhoneymooners 4mo
slategreyskies Oh, I haven‘t read this one yet! Stacked!! :) 4mo
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Operatic | Kyo Maclear
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I enjoyed elements of this graphic novel, like the character of the music teacher and some of the evocative yellow-brown-black illustrations, but overall it felt disjointed to me. The way that the characters related to each other felt confusing and the story didn‘t really focus on anything for long enough. If you‘re a huge music person you might love it, though it‘s not actually all that much about opera.

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Aaron's Books | Lititz, PA (Bookstore)
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I love being able to tag my favorite bookstore! So the physical store is closed for a few weeks to do some renovations, and I‘d like to support them while they‘re not getting any foot traffic. I was thinking of preordering a couple books. One that I know I want is Yerba Buena, the new book out in February by Nina LaCour. I love her! But what other books will be coming out soon that should be on my radar? If anyone knows, it‘s the Littens! 💗

TracyReadsBooks Just finished The Family Chao which is out next week. If you like family dramas, and the thought of a modern Brothers Karamazov, it‘s excellent. 4mo
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BennettBookworm Thanks for the tip! 4mo
BennettBookworm Also this one looked intriguing! 4mo
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Boy, 9, Missing | Nic Joseph
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Hmm. A compelling premise but the execution was a little lacking in my opinion. I felt it lacked emotional depth for a plot about bad things happening to children, and there also seemed like there was gratuitous violence.

CSeydel That‘s interesting, because I felt similarly about “Defending Jacob” (which the blurb compares this book to). 4mo
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A List of Cages | Robin Roe
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I‘m glad to have the football playoffs as a palate cleanser right now because reading this book earlier put me in a weird headspace. I found the two main characters, Julian and Adam, to be compelling and complex and I‘m rooting for them. The plotting, though, felt a bit uneven, with unresolved threads and some choices (especially about the ending) that I didn‘t agree with. A lot of very upsetting topics which never felt properly resolved.

Suet624 It‘s a great day for watching football with the sound off and reading a good book. 4mo
GirlNamedJesse This one stayed with me for a looong time. 4mo
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Enjoyable but not necessarily surprising, this book was a soft Pick for me. I‘m glad I finally read it but am happy to move on to something else. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Tamra Yum, mushroom soup. 4mo
BookBabe Yum, mushroom soup 😋 4mo
BennettBookworm I totally agree, I liked Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir better but this was still good 4mo
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Long Distance | Whitney Gardner
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What a bizarre and delightful book! This was a really fun, really odd middle grade graphic novel about a girl going to summer camp to make friends. But it‘s really a lot more than that, and you‘ll have to read it yourself to see why! The illustrations have great little details too.

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I said I was bailing on this but then I decided to finish it @EvieBee . 🤷🏻‍♀️ It still didn‘t really work for me but I‘m glad to know how it ended.

Zoe is yawning here, not screaming. 😋 Now every time I look at this picture, I yawn too!

RaeLovesToRead 😸😻 4mo
EvieBee Aww, sorry it wasn‘t a fit but glad it wasn‘t a total waste of time for you! 4mo
BookBabe 😸 4mo
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I can‘t any more with this. I am destined to only learn half of the things we didn‘t say, not everything. 😋 The plot sounds interesting, but literally every time I pick up this book I get through 20 pages and fall asleep. I‘ve read 140 pages so I‘ve tried a lot! But I‘ve started and finished several other books without getting traction on this, so I give up.

If you‘ve read it, would you mind spoiling the ending for me (hidden) in the comments?

EvieBee It‘s great on audio! Are you still sure you want it spoiled? 4mo
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This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
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I guess I‘m going with so-so for this one. Part of it could be that I‘m not in a great place right now, but I think the book also had some issues. Both characters kept such major secrets from each other and made pretty questionable choices that lessened my ability to relate to them. It felt a little one note or unbelievable. But there were compelling parts too. Overall it‘s not one I‘ll recommend to people.

LiteraryinLawrence This was my #doublespin though, so that‘s good! @TheAromaofBooks 4mo
TheAromaofBooks I always get frustrated when a lot of a book's “conflict“ could be resolved with ONE good conversation! 4mo
tokorowilliamwallace I started this at the end of 2020 after I got in it in the mail from BOTM, but had to leave it up when I moved, and my previous roommate told me earlier this year he attempted it because of the themes it addressed. I needed an emotional book like it at the time, too! 4mo
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Finally borrowed this graphic novel after having it on my radar for quite some time. Maia does a wonderful job of sharing eir lived experience of what gender and sexuality mean to em, and how that has become clearer over time. I found it really impactful to read Maia‘s story, and there is no doubt e is a talented artist as well.

Smrloomis Keep meaning to read this one. I keep seeing parents trying to remove it from school libraries in the US (which totally makes me want to read it more!). 4mo
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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
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… I don‘t think I quite get the point of this novel. I don‘t want to spoil anything but I‘ll put my comments with the spoiler tag for anyone who‘s read it and wants to weigh in. But yeah, I was underwhelmed.

LiteraryinLawrence For me, her descent into mental illness (I guess) didn‘t have a real point. We never got answers to the things she‘d been obsessing about- like Sylvia‘s death, her son, the character Johanna- and the end was super abrupt. It had Mrs Dalloway vibes but ultimately I found it unsatisfying. 4mo
EvieBee It made me very uncomfortable…like I didn‘t want to be in her head. And usually I am all for weirdness. I agree with you. Kinda pointless. (edited) 4mo
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Yolk | Mary H. K. Choi
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This book is at home while I‘m at work, so please enjoy this picture of my work plants instead. ☺️

Yolk was… ok. It was actually a little hard to read with some of the triggering issues both sisters faced. Also, I didn‘t love the romantic side plot. So all in all, it wasn‘t exactly what I thought it would be, which is a story about sisters dealing with hardship together.

Does anyone have any favorite books about sisters to recommend instead?

LiteraryinLawrence Oh, also this was my #bookspin for January! @TheAromaofBooks I had already started before the numbers were pulled, so yay! 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! And I love the plant pot on the right - so pretty!!! 4mo
Susanita This book is about sisters and more! 4mo
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DimeryRene This book is about sisters. From what I remember it is sad and they are quite mean to each other. It‘s mostly about one sister‘s relationship with their uncle. I loved it so much, but haven‘t read it in ages. 4mo
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What to Say Next | Julie Buxbaum
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This was a 5 star read for me! A sweet, moving YA book with neurodiverse representation.

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A Kind of Spark | Elle McNicoll
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And we‘re off! This is my first book of 2022 and I liked it a lot. A memorable main character and her family and experiences at school. Love the fact that it‘s an own voices book with an autistic author.

Itchyfeetreader I loved this I hope you enjoy. Both of her books have been excellent 4mo
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