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MicheleinPhilly

MicheleinPhilly

Joined August 2016

Bookworm. City girl. Pickles' mom. Occasional cranky ass. Couch panini. Librarian.
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This book is absolutely brutal.

LeahBergen Hello, Pickles! 😘 3d
squirrelbrain I just started this one, after you mentioned it yesterday. Pickles is keeping an eye on you. ❤️ 3d
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Butter: Roman | Asako Yuzuki
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Camping supplies coming in. And a couple of extras just because. #CampLitsy #bookmail

TrishB Good choices 👍🏻 2w
Librarybelle I loved Watermelon! 2w
AmyG Ha, I went shopping too…e-shopping. 2w
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Ruthiella You have to be prepared for all eventualities! 2w
BarbaraBB Camping supplies 🤣🤣 2w
squirrelbrain Well, you need books to read at camp under the covers with a flashlight! 🔦 2w
CarolynM Greta & Valdin is gorgeous. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 2w
sarahbarnes ⛺️🎉 1w
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Soldier Sailor | Claire Kilroy
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Holy. Moly. Exhausting, maddening, visceral, raw. Absolutely astonishing.

BarbaraBB Totally agree 💯 3w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB I‘m so glad I don‘t have kids. Jesus. 3w
squirrelbrain That‘s exactly what I thought after reading this. 😬 3w
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BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain It‘s quite exhausting indeed but extra so because of that shit husband! 3w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain The number of times I said “You prick” out loud while reading… 3w
BarbaraBB 🤣 3w
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Indie Bookstore Day haul. Top is a free ARC and Family Lore I found in a LFL on the way home. Support your local bookshops, folks! 📚📚📚

TrishB Great haul 😁 4w
LeahBergen Wonderful! 👏 4w
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squirrelbrain Great haul! ❤️😃 3w
TieDyeDude Good stuff! 3w
Suet624 Great selections!
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Let's Go Camping! | Jan Mader
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I‘ve spent way too much time obsessing over this!

#CampLitsy24

Deblovestoread I almost picked Sociopath. Glad to see it nominated! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Perfect timing - I‘m currently embroiled in creating the mammoth spreadsheet! 🤣 I read a review of Sociopath in the paper at the weekend - definitely on my TBR list! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain A mammoth spreadsheet. So basically it‘s like Christmas morning for you. 😉 1mo
Caroline2 Ohhhhh great choices! 😃 1mo
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @MicheleinPhilly A mammoth spreadsheet and Christmas morning 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
TrishB 😂😂 oh these look good….. 1mo
monalyisha I‘m not sure I‘d read Sociopath on my own but I think I‘d be very into reading it with a group! 1mo
Megabooks Another nomination for Liz Moore! I've also read great things about the memoir. My library's list is looooong! 1mo
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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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Mehso-so

Welp! Another disappointing sophomore effort. There were elements I really enjoyed, but this felt like it could have used more cooking before serving. I will still eagerly read whatever she writes next.

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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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I ❤️ weekends.

Leftcoastzen Pickles! 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved her first book. Look forward to your thoughts on this one. 2mo
AmyG Awwww sweet Pickles. 2mo
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charl08 Amen. 2mo
squirrelbrain Aw Pickles! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
TrishB 🐶♥️ I‘m enjoying this one! 2mo
sarahbarnes How‘s the book so far? I‘ve seen mixed reviews. 2mo
LeahBergen Hello, cushy Pickles! 😘 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes It took me a bit to get into but I‘m really enjoying it. 2mo
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Only 1 thing to do when it‘s pouring.

LeahBergen Yep! 2mo
squirrelbrain Pickles is a very obedient book-rest! 2mo
batsy Pickles! ❤️ 2mo
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TrishB Looks perfect ❤️ 2mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 2mo
julesG Pickles looks very content. 2mo
BookmarkTavern Looks perfectly cozy! 💖 (edited) 2mo
BarbaraBB The best thing to do when it‘s pouring. And pickles seems to agree 🥰 2mo
Suet624 💕💕 2mo
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This was a sneaky little bugger. Presents as a straightforward mystery but is really a heartbreaking portrait of a family suffering from addiction, poverty, abuse, and neglect. I could have easily read about them for another 200 pages. #womensprizeforfiction

charl08 Looking forward to picking this one up! 2mo
kbuggle Just finished this on audio, and wish I‘d read it in print.. it didn‘t translate as something I really enjoyed, but feel like it may have, if it hadn‘t been narrated. 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review. I have this stacked , I must get to it 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Great review. Such a lovely book. 2mo
sarahbarnes On my list. 2mo
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Mehso-so

I absolutely loved Miracle Creek so this was definitely a “sophomore slump” for me. While I appreciated the care she took in portraying Angelman Syndrome families, I think centering the novel from Mia‘s perspective was a mistake. I wanted insight into John and Hannah‘s thoughts too. The footnotes were a distraction.

squirrelbrain I really felt that the footnotes were a distraction too, particularly on audio. I didn‘t know when Mia had actually finished waffling on! 2mo
BarbaraBB I skipped the footnotes 🤦🏻‍♀️ @squirrelbrain 2mo
Caroline2 Argh that‘s disappointing! 🙄 2mo
Cathythoughts I preferred Miracle Creek. I enjoyed this one too though. 2mo
Suet624 I‘ve avoided this one. Not sure why. You make me feel okay with my decision. 2mo
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He gets it.

squirrelbrain ❤️ 3mo
Ruthiella 👍👍👍 3mo
LeahBergen Yes! 👏 3mo
Suet624 💕💕💕 2mo
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Desperately trying to get into something ANYTHING but I fear I‘m too distracted for this. Maybe I‘m just distracted by the tacos. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Jess Yum. Tacos. Good luck with that one. It was also on my list for this month and for some reason I read around it but never picked it up. 3mo
vivastory My local B & N is really pushing this book 3mo
LeahBergen Mmm…tacos 3mo
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Captivatedbybooks Chelly!!! When the weather gets better we need to do the long awaited bookstore crawl 🤣🤣 3mo
squirrelbrain It‘s not the right book if you‘re feeling distracted, I don‘t think. 3mo
Tamra Tacos = distraction 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I couldn‘t get into this one… 3mo
Suet624 Not sure this one will serve the purpose. 2mo
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Homebodies: A Novel | Tembe Denton-Hurst
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I wish this had received more attention when it was published last year. While I still found myself exceedingly frustrated by the MC, there was a lot of heart and humor here. But damn, you 20-somethings make piss poor decisions. 😜 A soft pick.

squirrelbrain Not one that I‘ve heard of…. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Megabooks I felt like I should've liked this but ended up bailing on both audio and print. Hmmmm... 3mo
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Heads up US-based #LitsyTOB24 procrastinators like me! #KindleDailyDeal

TrishB This isn‘t even available on kindle here. 3mo
squirrelbrain Yay! I really liked this one. 3mo
Librarybelle Oh! This is good to know! I‘m not reading with the group, but it sounds so interesting from all of the posts I‘ve seen about it. 3mo
Megabooks Thanks for sharing! 3mo
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Prima Facie | Suzie Miller
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I read this novelization of Suzie Miller‘s 1 woman show in a single sitting yesterday. Intense doesn‘t even begin to describe it. I was fortunate to have seen the play on Broadway and this expands on that, giving larger roles to Tessa‘s mum, brother, friends and co-workers. But this is still very much Tessa‘s story. Her heartbreak, fear, and RAGE are palpable. Highly recommended but please tread carefully.

squirrelbrain Just started it…. Only read first chapter though and, of course, not having seen the play I don‘t know the story. (I deliberately haven‘t looked up any spoilers) 3mo
The_Book_Ninja Saw the play in London with Jodi Comer. She was superb 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @The_Book_Ninja I was completely gobsmacked by her performance. 3mo
Kitta I saw this on Broadway with Jodie Comer! It was incredible. So hard hitting. 3mo
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A true crime fictionalization that rather snuck up on me. I knew nothing about the case itself (and recommend going in blind) but the care with which Kyriacou drew these characters was really something. It‘s a gripping page-turner but it‘s also just a really lovely character study and a damning indictment of the British justice system. 👍🏼

squirrelbrain Such a good book - and definitely don‘t try to read about the real-life case beforehand. 3mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 3mo
LeahBergen Stacked! And I know nothing about this case, so 👍 3mo
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Day | Michael Cunningham
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I read The Hours at a very formative time in my life and it moved and changed me profoundly. I‘ve been sort of chasing that high with Cunningham ever since. And finally here, 20 years later, he has done it again. Devastatingly good.

GidgetsTreasures75 I adored The Hours. One of my favorites of all time. 4mo
squirrelbrain I definitely need to read this now. 4mo
Ruthiella You are so right about how a first book from an author can eclipse all subsequent efforts! I‘m glad lightning struck twice. ⚡️ 4mo
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LiteraryinLawrence I am so glad to hear this! The Hours was an important book for me too and I haven‘t loved any of his others nearly as much. This one is on my shelf! 4mo
AvidReader25 I loved The Hours, but haven‘t loved any of his others in the same way. I‘ll have to check this one out! 4mo
TrishB Looking forward to it 😁 4mo
Tamra I‘m glad you found it again! 4mo
BarbaraBB I have always looked for a Cunningham to match The Hours as well. And I enjoyed Days but The Hours still is my favorite (edited) 4mo
ClairesReads Oh this is so good to hear- I feel exactly the same about The Hours and just recently got a copy of this. 3mo
Suet624 I‘m excited to hear you caught the buzz again. I‘m on an endless wait list. 2mo
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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Why Percival Everett is not one of the biggest names in literature is beyond me. The man is a genius and I‘m basing that on the TWO books I‘ve read. I‘m thrilled that I have such an extensive backlist to savor. No one does satire better.

Tamra I agree! He‘s amazing - so creative and doesn‘t condescend to readers. And satire is so difficult to pull off! (edited) 4mo
batsy Agreed! And I've only read two as well (not this one, though). 4mo
TrishB I‘m only on one but have one ready on my kindle! 4mo
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BarbaraBB Completely agree! Each book I‘ve read has been fantastic! 4mo
Ruthiella I think his next one, James, is going to probably catapult him up where he belongs, but for sure he was a best kept secret for decades it seems. I only was exposed to him because of the ToB in 2017 with 4mo
squirrelbrain I‘m only on one as well, @TrishB but I‘m listening to Huck Finn on audio so that I can read James pretty soon. I‘m going to keep an eye out for offers on Erasure due to American Fiction (the film). Or I might just buy it anyway! 🤣 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I think it‘s 2.99 right now. 4mo
squirrelbrain Ha! I was looking at buying the paperback but then noticed the Kindle Deal, so I may have bought it… @TrishB - you may wish to buy it too… 4mo
TrishB I have done @squirrelbrain 😁👍🏻 4mo
DHill I felt the same after I read The Trees! 4mo
lynneamch Oooh! Thanks! New author for me. I'm going to start with this one I can get on audio with Libby 4mo
sarahbarnes Agreed. This one is on my TBR. 4mo
SamAnne Completely agree. I‘ve read The Trees and Telephone. This is next up. 4mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m just starting this one and I completely agree! The Trees was my first from him and it knocked my socks off. Erasure will be my 5th of his and I‘ve acquired several more. I read this one last year and loved it: 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Hooked_on_books I just bought that one! 4mo
vivastory I've also only read two books by him (The Trees & Telephone) & feel exactly the same way. Did you see the adaptation? 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory Not yet. Really looking forward to it though. 4mo
vivastory It's funny because recently I have had adaptation fatigue, but am very intrigued by both American Fiction & Poor Things 4mo
Suet624 I completely agree. The New Yorker just did a lengthy interview with him and it was quite interesting in a convoluted kind of way. I remember being so shocked when I read Trees. I thought he was a new author. You can imagine my surprise when I saw his title list. 2mo
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The first book from Gillian Flynn‘s imprint? And it‘s about a queer, tattooed, chain-smoking nun?

SOLD!

TrishB What‘s not to like! 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Whoa, this wasn‘t on my radar at all and sounds great! 4mo
jlhammar I‘m planning to read this in June. Looking forward to it! The second in the series will be out in March 4mo
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marleed I really liked this book and will continue with the series! 4mo
Caroline2 Ohhh 😮 4mo
Caroline2 Meh it‘s not on special here. 🙄 but I‘ve added it to my tbr list. Thanks for the heads up! 👍 4mo
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Sugar, Baby | Celine Saintclare
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I went into this with mild trepidation as I haven‘t really been getting along with novels about 20-somethings lately. But I needn‘t have worried. This is a confident and compelling debut that sheds light on “sugar babies” and the world they inhabit. Saintclare weaves race, class, and religion into the narrative in a totally organic and compelling way. Nice pick @AardvarkBookClub !

AardvarkBookClub 💜💜💜💜💜 4mo
squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Hi Michele! This is a weird question, but could I pick your brain some time about Philly‘s bookstores? I‘m actually planning to open an indie bookstore, and I‘m trying to find the right SE PA location. Is there any place that has a cool Main Street and doesn‘t already have a bookstore? Any ideas are welcome! Thanks so much. 4mo
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After reading 2 books that shattered me back-to-back, I knew I needed a frothy and fun palate cleanser. Abbi Waxman always fits that bill. And bonus: Nina Hill appears in this one too!

squirrelbrain Sometimes a bit of fluff is just what you need! 4mo
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All the Little Bird-Hearts | Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow
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Thus far 2024 has been the year of reading emotionally devastating books. I don‘t know if it was the title that had me expecting something else, but this is one that will stay with me for a very long time. Just exquisite.

BarbaraBB So glad you feel this way too. I loved it, though my heart broke for Sunday 💝 5mo
Amor4Libros Loved this one, too!! ❤️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous book - one of my favourites of last year, and my top Booker read, but 😭😭😭 5mo
Suet624 I still feel for Sunday. 4mo
Rissreads Yes I think I will be thinking about this one for a long time too. 4mo
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I wanted to ease into 2024 with something warm and familiar. As always, Osman did not disappoint but he also stuck a knife in my heart and twisted it a few times for good measure.

Aims42 Someone was definitely chopping onions at my house while I read this 🤨😪😭🧅🔪 It was such a great book though! 5mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Run Time | Catherine Ryan Howard
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It‘s been a minute since I‘ve had the time and mental wherewithal to do a single sitting read. This isn‘t great literature but was sufficiently creepy and fast-paced to keep me glued to the screen today. Thankful I finished it before sunset. 👍🏼

BarbaraBB She‘s a great writer of pageturners indeed! 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve only read one book by this author, but found it a good ‘pageturner‘. 5mo
LeahBergen I‘ve liked a couple of her books. 👍 5mo
TrishB Some creepy turns in this one 👍🏻 5mo
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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Does anyone write about marriage and family better? I had to set this aside over Christmas as I needed total silence and full immersion. While it isn‘t my favorite of hers, her mind is a marvel. 👍🏼

BarbaraBB Great review and photo. 5mo
TrishB Agree ❤️ 5mo
squirrelbrain Yummy! 😋 5mo
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sarahbarnes Curious which books of hers you really like - I‘ve actually never read her and get mixed reviews on where to start. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @sarahbarnes My favorites have been Commonwealth and The Dutch House. I have a few more I still haven‘t read though. I liked Bel Canto but HATED the ending. I didn‘t really get on with State of Wonder but I‘m definitely in the minority on that. 5mo
sarahbarnes Very helpful! I definitely want to read something of hers one of these days - thanks for the recs. 5mo
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Merry Christmas, Litsy fam!

Bookzombie Merry Christmas! That‘s a great reading spot! 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence To you too! 5mo
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
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Ruthiella Merry Christmas! 🎄 5mo
Jess Merry Christmas to you too! 5mo
JenReadsAlot Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
squirrelbrain So cosy! ❤️ 5mo
Leftcoastzen Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
Mimi28 Merry Christmas 🎁🎄❤️ 5mo
CarolynM Merry Christmas 🎄🎅🤶 5mo
batsy Merry Christmas! 🎄 5mo
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The Other Half | Charlotte Vassell
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This was great fun. Exactly the type of witty, twisty, satirical brain candy I needed to get through the slog this week. And now, freedom!

BarbaraBB This is one I would have loved to read this last week too 😂 5mo
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This was fun to dip into over the course of the week BUT at about 2/3 of the way through, she completely abandons the Christmas theme. The stories were still enjoyable, it just seemed odd. Still a pick as she is a master.

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The Other Half | Charlotte Vassell
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This seems like just the type of fun, snarky, “rich people behaving badly” novel I need in my life right now. #bookmail

vivastory I love Aardvark 5mo
LeahBergen It sounds good! 5mo
AardvarkBookClub Oh it‘s an “eat the rich” crime caper that spares no punches! 💸👊 5mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @AardvarkBookClub I had this on my list and I couldn‘t quite figure out why but now I know!! Thanks for this! 👍🏼 5mo
Caroline2 I‘ve just bought this in my kindle too. It sounds like fun! 🤩 5mo
TrishB I have this on the pile 👍🏻 one of our alumni! 5mo
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Cosby is an auto-buy author for me. His writing is just so assured and propulsive and damn near cinematic. I loved every page. Just *chef‘s kiss*

AmyG Agree! 6mo
Megabooks 💯💯💯 6mo
Suet624 Agree 6mo
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Tamra Very cinematic! 6mo
Hooked_on_books The man is a fricking genius. I love his books! 6mo
batsy Nice! I've yet to read him. And this book is on so many year-end lists so I'm keen to get to it. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy You must rectify that! 5mo
TrishB He‘s very good to follow on Twitter/x whatever too. Very humble. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I‘ll take your word for it. I gave up on that shitshow YEARS ago. 5mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I still follow the book and footie people 😁 5mo
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Ugh!: A Bug! | Ned Crowley
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Suet624 Darn it! That stinks. 6mo
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squirrelbrain That‘s *really* bad. I‘d read nearly half of the long list, but only 6 of these, and hibernated a further 3 because I didn‘t love them. There‘s not a single book on there that I loved and plenty that most Littens have really disliked. Meh - I don‘t think I‘ll bother with the shortlist. 6mo
kwmg40 Oh no! I haven‘t looked at the list yet but heading over there now with some trepidation. 6mo
RebelReader I may try a couple of these, but I definitely will not be completing it. Oh well, I‘m still gonna read a couple from the long list too just because! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 6mo
Hooked_on_books Jesus, what in the hell are they thinking?!? This thing is a mess! Although I‘m kind of delighted to see Boys Weekend on there. 6mo
Deblovestoread Well that‘s disappointing. 🙁 6mo
BkClubCare Yeehaw, what a wild list IMHO 6mo
Bookwormjillk Cold People? Really? 6mo
jlhammar Interesting…I‘ve only read the McBride and Aoyama so far (enjoyed both). I have a feeling I might not get on with several of these. I hate that cover of Big Swiss so much that I‘ve been avoiding it. I‘ll probably give as many of these a shot as I can over the next 2+ months (depends on library availability for some), but will not hesitate to bail if I‘m not feeling it. 6mo
Jas16 This is really disappointing. I definitely won‘t be a completionist this year 6mo
Ruthiella I will give them all a go if available from the library, but I agree. There are a lot listed where my Litsy and Goodreads friends were meh or negative about them. 6mo
Megabooks Yikes!! 6mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I hate not to be a completist, but I have no desire to read Brainwyrms after your review, and you probably don‘t want to read Cold People after mine! 😂😂 6mo
sarahbarnes Interesting. Most of the books I either liked or want to read off the long list aren‘t on here. 6mo
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I‘m very excited to get to Boys Weekend! 6mo
squirrelbrain No, I‘m not completing the list this year either @Jas16 @Megabooks 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
BarbaraBB I am shocked.. Most of them I really don‘t want to read and the three I did read I didn‘t enjoy that much. So what now? 6mo
kwmg40 I'll read some of the books on the list but definitely won't be a completist this year. Actually, I've never completed the list but I usually put in a good effort. Not this year. 6mo
ImperfectCJ Wow, there is little overlap between the ones I am excited about from the long list and this short list. I'm going to have to think carefully about whether I want to be a short list completist this year or not. 6mo
Chelsea.Poole 🙈 “ugh” is right! 6mo
Addison_Reads I'm just going to keep reading as many on the long list as I can, but this short list just doesn't really impress me. 6mo
cariashley Oof I‘m still digesting! I‘d read barely any of the long list and only had a few of the shortlist books on my radar. Really not sure how to proceed! (edited) 6mo
Well-ReadNeck Humph. I don‘t mind a weird book or two, but I feel like there are just too many on this list and just for shock value. Of the longlist books that I haven‘t read, it‘s uncanny how many chosen were at/toward the bottom of my “want to read/interested to read list” Bummer. 6mo
batsy I've barely read most of the longlist books yet, but I did enjoy Big Swiss and I thought The Guest was interesting. But other than that I'm with @sarahbarnes these were not quite the books I was drawn to from the longlist and don't know if I'll read much of the shortlist. 6mo
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Idlewild | James Frankie Thomas
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I did NOT expect to enjoy this as much as I did seeing as I‘m almost 30 years out of high school. But I found it to be really witty and touching. My only quibble was wanting to spend more time with Fay and Nell in adulthood. #TOB24

Ruthiella This one is sounding more and more like a must read, regardless of whether it makes the shortlist or not! 6mo
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TrishB On my after Christmas buy list! 6mo
squirrelbrain Yay - I‘m glad you liked it too! Always a worry when you rave-review something first, in case everyone else hates it! 😮‍💨 6mo
BarbaraBB I have purchased a copy after @squirrelbrain ‘s review. Glad you loved it too. 6mo
BkClubCare 😎 6mo
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Little mac ‘n cheese before diving back into the TOB longlist. It‘s so wonderful to have such a reliable friend. I hope Angela writes this series forever. ❤️

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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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WOW. I don‘t have many words other than tremendous and extraordinary. One of the most authentic and affecting portraits of intimacy I‘ve ever read. #TOB24

TrishB Getting some great reviews 👍🏻 6mo
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RebelReader I might have try this one again, I just couldn‘t get into it, 6mo
Ruthiella So pleased to hear all the positive reviews about this title. It‘s definitely one I will read whether it makes the shortlist or not. 6mo
AmyG I need to get to this one! 6mo
Suet624 I'm so glad you like this one. I can't wait to finally get to it. His previous book lives on in my memories. 6mo
squirrelbrain I‘m so glad you loved it! And hey Pickles! (Even though you‘ve turned your back on me!) 6mo
Well-ReadNeck I LOVED his earlier novel, The Nix, and am so excited to read this one!!! 6mo
BarbaraBB I am so looking forward to this one too! 6mo
Megabooks Agree! Glad you loved it, too!! 6mo
BkClubCare This better make the short list!! I own it which means I keep pushing it aside for the short 7-day holds from the library 😩😁 6mo
batsy Sounds good! I've put it on hold. 6mo
sarahbarnes Looking forward to this one. 6mo
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How to Build a Boat | Elaine Feeney
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This was a very tender story of family and community that didn‘t veer too far into the overly mawkish and sentimental as I feared it would. Feeney‘s background as a poet is very apparent in certain bits as some of the language was really breathtaking. Funnily enough, my least favorite bits were the ones in which they actually built the boat. 😂

TrishB I‘m not overly keen on boats in books! 6mo
squirrelbrain I agree - I found the boat bits a little boring, but otherwise really liked it. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Other than the boat bits, I did like it a lot. 6mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I just went to look on kindle to see how much it is…..yes, I brought it on 24 August. Well then. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB 🤣🤣🤣 That‘s probably when I bought it. #99pQueens 👑 6mo
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Nyrb Classics 10th Anniversary Complete Collection | Various, RANDOM HOUSE INC, New York Review Book
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Anyone else take advantage of the recent #NYRB sale? #bookmail #bookhaul

TrishB Ohhh shiny new books and Pickles 🐶♥️ 6mo
Tamra Oooooo 😍 6mo
Liz_M 🎶 One of those books is taller than the others 🎶 6mo
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batsy Pickles ❤️ 6mo
dabbe Hello there, Precious Pickles! 🖤🐾🖤 6mo
jlhammar I was very tempted! I haven‘t read many of the books I got during last year‘s sale so thought I‘d better not. I have The Door and Loved and Missed waiting on my shelves. I‘d love to get to both in 2024. 6mo
squirrelbrain Pickles says ‘I don‘t think you needed any new books, Momma!‘ 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Like any of us do??? 6mo
squirrelbrain Henry said the exact same thing to me earlier, when I had 4 books delivered! 🤣 6mo
BarbaraBB So jealous! The sale doesn‘t work for me with all these shipping costs. I loved The Door and In a Lonely Place 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Sigh…Remember when Book Depository made all of our dreams come true?? 😩 6mo
Graywacke Those books look so good together. Great picture. 6mo
Suet624 I missed the sale??? !!! Shoot. Beautiful photo that I'm just a little bit jealous of. 6mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Gosh, this just made me tremendously sad. The level of abuse she has suffered at the hands of literally every single person in her life is just heartbreaking. I wish her peace.

Ruthiella Pickles looks like she also empathizes! ❤️🐶 6mo
squirrelbrain It made me sad for her too. 6mo
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Had lunch with a friend on Friday and was running through the list of books I‘ve borrowed from her but haven‘t read yet. Today, little Miss Sass here let me know what she thinks about that. That‘s literally my friend‘s stack of books.

AmyG Ha! 7mo
Magpiegem Oh she is gorgeous! Look at that furrowed brow! 😍 7mo
Suet624 That's an amazing stack of books. You're a lucky girl. Does it feel daunting though? 7mo
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TieDyeDude So much sass 😅 7mo
squirrelbrain Perplexed Pickles is so cute! 7mo
LeahBergen She‘s ratting you out 😆 7mo
Librarybelle Love it! 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 It‘s only the 4 on the floor that are hers. We won‘t talk about my “owned but unread” books. 😉 7mo
DGRachel Love the judgy forehead wrinkles! 7mo
Suet624 Oh! Well that‘s a bit more manageable. I have tall stacks like that too. No shame! 7mo
dabbe It's a not-too pleased Pickles! 🖤🐾🖤 7mo
Leftcoastzen Pickles always makes my day! Cuteness 7mo
Ruthiella Aw Pickles! ❤️🐶 7mo
julesG You have a well-read friend. 😁 Hello Pickles 👋🏻 6mo
Amiable Just here advocating for a support group for those of us with overly large “owned but unread” stacks/bookshelves/entire rooms. 😬 6mo
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Some nights just call for tacos and a book before the main event at 8:07.

Go Phils! ⚾️

Aims42 Love watching Schwarber! Miss being able to watch him with the Cubs, but he seems to have flourished on the Phillies 😃 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @Aims42 He‘s one of my favorites! 7mo
Aims42 @MicheleinPhilly 😍😍😍 7mo
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Captivatedbybooks LET‘S GO PHILLIES!!!!! ❣️❣️❣️ 7mo
Librarybelle The Phillies better win!! 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @Captivatedbybooks @Librarybelle These 8:00 games are killing me. I am too old for this shit! 7mo
squirrelbrain Did you win?! Be interested to hear what you think of the book; I didn‘t love it. 😬 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain We did! 🎉 I‘m liking but not loving it. I think I‘m just getting too old to enjoy these “angsty 20-somethings communicate badly” novels. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
squirrelbrain Yes, that‘s exactly what it is! I read this one not long after, which was fabulous. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I have that one too! (Of course I do. 😬) 7mo
Captivatedbybooks @MicheleinPhilly Agreed!!!! Im at work on my 3rd cup of coffee still with one eye open 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @Captivatedbybooks I‘m barely awake. Counting down the minutes until lunch so I can take a damn nap. 7mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, darlin‘!! 🦂🦂🦂 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Thanks love! 😘 7mo
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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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My favorite book of the year so far. Full stop. ❤️

Amiable Oh, I just nabbed this one from a library book sale for $2. Will have to push it to the top of my TBR. 7mo
TrishB That‘s a great recommendation! Been waiting for it to appear on offer. 7mo
MallenNC I loved this one too. 7mo
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squirrelbrain I loved this one too! ❤️ 7mo
kspenmoll Ow I must read it! 7mo
Megabooks Loved this too! 💕💕 7mo
Suet624 Glad to find it at the library today! 7mo
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Learned by Heart | Emma Donoghue
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I am an unabashed Emma Donoghue fangirl and when I heard that she was returning to her sapphic roots, I was even more excited for this. Donoghue‘s prodigious research coupled with her beautiful, creative mind is such a marvelous combination. Like others, I wish there had been more about how we got from there to here, but for me it was because I wanted another 200 pages of this heart-wrenching love story.

squirrelbrain I agree - there was a bit of a gap in there. 7mo
sarahbarnes Oh I must read this. 7mo
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The Binding Room: A Novel | Nadine Matheson
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First weekend of fall vibes.

Soubhiville Ssshhhh, Pickles is sleeping! 💕 8mo
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
squirrelbrain Aw, Pickles! ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
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Leftcoastzen Yay,Pickles!👏👍❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen Hello, sweet Pickles! Johnny is loving the fall weather, too. 😘 8mo
dabbe Hello there, Precious Pickles! 🖤🐾 8mo
TrishB ♥️❤️🐶 8mo
RaeLovesToRead Pickles!!!! 🫂🫂🫂 8mo
Suet624 ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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The Swimming Pool | Louise Candlish
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This one was FAR less successful. At times I found myself shouting, “Just tell us what happened at the pool already!” And one of the “twists” was snort worthy. I am a fan of Candlish but this wasn‘t one of her better efforts.

TrishB Won‘t be rushing to read it! 10mo
Centique Hey Michele 👋 hope everyting is ok in your world and you are on holiday or something. Sending you hugs if the world is being less than kind at the moment 💕💕 9mo
BarbaraBB Thanks for voting for #CampLitsy23 Michele. I‘ve been thinking about you a lot and wish you all the strength to deal with reality. I noticed on IG you and your wife have lots of friends. I hope they give you the support and consolation you need. Please know that we‘re here for you too - as best as we can. ❤️ 9mo
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MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Thank you, Barbara. I do have a great support system and they have been holding me up this month. Some days are ok, some days are absolutely horrible. I‘m just trying to give myself the grace to feel what I feel and not put too many expectations on myself. Thank you for reaching out. ❤️ 9mo
Suet624 I think of you every day and send so much love your way. I'm so sorry for all you're going through. 9mo
MicheleinPhilly @Suet624 Thank you, Sue. ❤️ 9mo
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Life has been kicking my butt lately but I‘ve still managed to read a smidge. I absolutely loved this. The love story was definitely the weakest element for me. The true highlight was Kennedy‘s wonderfully evocative portrait of a time, place, and community. Thanks again, Helen! 😘

squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed it, and great review! 😘 10mo
TrishB Agree totally- loved this one and definitely not just for the love story! 10mo
Suet624 This was a favorite of mine, definitely. 9mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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What a gloriously entertaining trainwreck! June is truly a delusional nutter. I didn‘t know whether to laugh or cringe at her antics. I thoroughly enjoyed this and can‘t wait to discuss it further this weekend. #CampLitsy23

BarbaraBB Me too! So glad with this years books for #CampLitsy! 10mo
squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to the discussion too! 10mo
Kitta I‘m about halfway through because I started it yesterday but I‘ll finished tonight or tomorrow morning so I can join in for the #camplitsy23 chat!! 10mo
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No understanding of the concept of “personal space.” 🤦🏻‍♀️

BarbaraBB Never mind 🥰 11mo
CBee Hi Pickles! She‘s just so pretty 😍 11mo
Soubhiville She‘s just the cutest. 💕 I‘d share space with her. 11mo
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IndoorDame Aww 🥰🥰🥰 11mo
JenReadsAlot So cute! 11mo
AmyG Omg how cute. ❤️ 11mo
sarahbarnes But why would you want “personal space”? 11mo
dabbe Photo contest winner here! Hello, Precious Pickles! 🐾🖤🐾 11mo
batsy Look at that face! 😍 The jury has decided that personal space is overrated 😆 11mo
squirrelbrain Aw! Henry sends Pickles a ‘boop‘! 11mo
Tamra 😘 11mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 11mo
LeahBergen I know the feeling. 😆 11mo
Bette ❤️🐶 11mo
Jess_Read_This I see the theory “If I Fits I Sits” is present in your house too! 😂 11mo
gossamerchild oh hello there! 😍 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Yes, but I‘m guessing Johnny Bergen doesn‘t weigh 50 pounds! 11mo
Amiable Well, HELLO there! 10mo
Suet624 Hahaha. 10mo
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More Than You'll Ever Know | Katie Gutierrez
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I quite enjoyed this story of “woman leads a double life with 2 families and 1 husband ends up dead” as I don‘t think women are traditionally portrayed as doing something so conniving and manipulative. It‘s always dudes. This isn‘t a thriller though - it is a very complex character portrait of Lore, the aforementioned bigamist, and Cassie, the true crime writer in search of the truth. Another fun summer read.

squirrelbrain Sounds good - stacked! Hi Pickles! 👋 🐶 11mo
dabbe Look at dat sweet, sleepy pup! 💙💚💙 11mo
TrishB Awww look at Pickles 🐶♥️ I‘m missing Sansa! 11mo
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MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain @TrishB I can‘t wait for J to arrive back home soon. She has been up my butt for 2 straight weeks. 11mo
squirrelbrain Poor Pickles! She‘s missing her! 😢 11mo
TrishB Awww! We‘re going home today- son has been looking after Sansa and I can‘t wait to see her. He probably feels like you. 11mo
Reggie Omg, in a short story I read from a recent book this woman has work in Mexico and a brother and a mother in Chicago. She suddenly dies and years later the brother discovers she had a lover in Mexico and goes to visit him only to find out she had a child she never told her brother and mother about. And the author just straight up says, men do it all the time. And I gave it to her but had a real hard time believing it. Lol 10mo
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I have been slumping hard core over the last few weeks and wanted something on the frothy side to try to snap out of it. This fit the bill perfectly. It almost read as satire at times because the characters were so over the top awful but it was a fun read for a summer‘s day.

squirrelbrain Great review - I liked it, but it was over hyped as being ‘literary‘, which it clearly isn‘t! 11mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Oh gosh no. That‘s totally a result of her real life job feeding into the hype machine. It won‘t be winning any awards but it will probably get made into a television series. 11mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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🤯🤯🤯 I think I liked this more than most as I found it really compelling throughout. I‘ll save further commentary for the weekend. #camplitsy23

squirrelbrain Not more than me, as it‘s one of my favourites of the year! But I get what you‘re saying; reviews have been really mixed. 11mo
BarbaraBB Like @squirrelbrain I loved it too. So glad you did as well 🤍 11mo
Cathythoughts Compelling!! Me too 👍🏻 11mo
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Jess I‘m with you, Michelle. So good. Have a little book hangover from this one. Looking forward to the discussion. 11mo
Hooked_on_books I found it compelling all the way through as well. And I loved the ending! But it‘s also one of those books that I could see why people wouldn‘t like it. Which of course makes it just that much more interesting. Catton clearly wrote the book she wanted to write, not worrying about reader response, and I love that. 11mo
TheKidUpstairs I'm firmly in the "loved it" camp. I can get why it didn't work for some, but I just loved the over the top Shakespearean tragedy of it all. Unlikable characters making increasingly bad decisions, written really well? I'm so in. 11mo
SamAnne One of my best reads of the year. I will be rereading this one. 11mo
sarahbarnes Loved this one too. 11mo
Suet624 I just didn‘t like the ending. 11mo
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