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MicheleinPhilly

MicheleinPhilly

Joined August 2016

Bookworm. City girl. Pickles' mom. Occasional cranky ass. Couch panini. Librarian.
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Favorite book I‘ve read so far this year. Full stop.

TrishB What a recommendation! 10h
merelybookish Stacked! 10h
LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that‘s really saying something! 9h
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Cathythoughts Well that‘s a stack. 9h
KristiAhlers I‘ve been finding her book club books have been solid choices 9h
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers She really has excellent taste! 9h
squirrelbrain Oh, now I‘m cross! I picked this up in several bookshops today, but didn‘t buy it…. 🤷‍♀️ 7h
EvieBee ❤️ 5h
marleed I just finished it, as well - so good! 4h
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Well now you must go back! 4h
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Mehso-so

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sure fire way to get me to read books that have been languishing on my shelves for YEARS is to make a series or film adaptation of said books. I was expecting a 5 star read but did not realize that the history of Mormonism makes up the majority of the book. 😴 I was initially fascinated but quickly tired of it and began skimming those sections. Now off to Hulu I go!

BarbaraBB I loved this book but I didn‘t know much about Mormonism so to me it all was very exotic and fascinating 😃 1d
Tamra In this phase of my life, if I haven‘t read the book I watch the film. 😩 But I am usually so glad if I‘ve read the book first. The most recent example is this wonderful piece. 1d
Jas16 I felt the exact same way reading this recently. 1d
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MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB I‘m not a big fan of organized religion generally and I have very strong feelings about this religion particularly (for reasons I won‘t get into here) so I found it to be a bit of a slog. 1d
MicheleinPhilly @Tamra Loved both the book and the film! I was disappointed it didn‘t get more love at the Oscars. 1d
Tamra @MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to add it to my watch list - thank you! 1d
DogMomIrene Didn‘t even know this one was a film. Thanks! Got something new to watch tonight🙂 1d
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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In the hands of a less accomplished writer, I might have thought that the author tried to do too much but every bit of this worked for me. I too will haunt bookshops when I die but I will be nice about it. ☺️ Those who prefer not to confront present day realities in their reading may want to steer clear as Covid and George Floyd‘s murder figure prominently. I will be referring to the book lists frequently. 👍🏼

kbuggle I absolutely loved that this book also provided a whole other list of books to read.. 2d
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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❤️

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This one, however, made my heart sing. A deeply affecting portrait of what constitutes a family, those we‘re born into as well as those we choose. I loved it. ❤️

squirrelbrain I loved this one too, unexpectedly as I‘d not heard of it before the #womensprize 1w
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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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This is a light pick for me. It was entertaining enough and moved along at a fast pace, but I found myself wishing more time was spent in 1999.

FelinesAndFelonies I didn't love this one. I liked his first book better. The 8 month pregnant FBI agent was an issue for me. I'm in LE and there is no way a supervisor would ever authorize that type of work for someone who had a high-risk pregnancy especially that far along. 1w
MicheleinPhilly @FelinesAndFelonies Yeah, I side eyed that whole part of the story. Aside from the risks involved, she wouldn‘t have anywhere near the physical dexterity he described her as having. I just kept thinking, “I bet he‘s never met a pregnant lady in real life.” 1w
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Eleutheria | Allegra Hyde
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This had such potential but was sadly undercooked. It raises a lot of genuinely interesting questions but ultimately comes across a bit gimmicky.

Alfoster Good to know! It‘s on my TBR list so maybe I‘ll skim!🤞 1w
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Self care Sunday.

TrishB I really enjoyed this one. Have a good day ❤️ 2w
squirrelbrain I loved this one too - enjoy! 2w
Nute That‘s what I‘m trying to do today. A self care day of nothing but relaxation. No one else around here seems to be on the same agenda!😶 Enjoy your day, Michele!😊 (edited) 2w
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Megabooks This is on my TBR! Hope you had a good day. 💜 2w
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻 enjoy. (edited) 2w
batsy Pickles 😍 2w
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Milk Fed: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I‘ve borrowed this from the library like 3 times and have always returned it unread. I was perusing the “available now” section of Overdrive and thought “Why not?” This is one of those quirky, eccentric reads that either hits in just the right spots or fails spectacularly. For me it was the former. Even though I read it several weeks ago, I‘m still thinking about Miriam and Rachel. Massive CW for eating disorders.

TrishB You‘re getting back into it ♥️ 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Baby steps all around in this house. 😉 2w
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The Pledge | Kathleen Kent
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I haven‘t been doing a lot of reading lately and my concentration is crap so I did a quick re-read of The Dime before tackling the next 2 books. This would be more properly characterized as a trilogy as there is a continuous storyline that runs throughout. I don‘t recommend reading them as standalones. Detective Betty is a badass narcotics officer in Dallas. Drug cartels and a crazy religious cult factor prominently. 👍🏼

TrishB They sound good 👍🏻 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I think you‘d enjoy them. 2w
Bookzombie @MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t read the third one yet, but was sad to see this is just a trilogy. 2w
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Ruthiella 👍Nice stack! 3w
jimfields3 That‘s awesome! We‘re heading out to ours this evening. 3w
LeahBergen Yes, you did! 👏👏 3w
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Leftcoastzen Trooper ! 3w
marleed Oh you did - I‘m proud of you!! 3w
BarbaraBB Wow, you definitely did! 3w
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Hi all, Life has thrown a metric crap ton of lemons into our life as of late. We are no longer moving so I can now continue acquiring books with abandon. This was gifted to me by the owners of our local indie bookshop. I wish for all of you that you have this level of support and friendship. ❤️

AmyG Oh wow for the book. Sorry about the life crap. 2mo
Smrloomis So sorry to hear the universe isn‘t cooperating 😕 Tell it to fuck off! Oh wait I guess that won‘t work… but hope better days are coming soon 🤞🏽 2mo
Jas16 Hoping that better days are coming. Also really looking forward to your thoughts on the book. 2mo
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LeahBergen Oh, that sucks. I hope life improves for you right away. Sending ❤️❤️❤️! 2mo
Ruthiella Sorry for all the lemons. 🍋☹️ Hope things work out better in future. Enjoy at least your bookish lemonade. 💛 2mo
vivastory I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope things turn around for you! 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear about your lemons. 🙁 Your bookshop friends are fab though! Sending hugs. 🤗 2mo
BarbaraBB That sucks. Sour. I really hope things will improve soon. We‘re here for you and your bookshop is awesome 💛 2mo
TrishB Lovely to see your post ♥️ and I love your bookshop x sending hugs. 2mo
Oryx Hope things turn around soon ❤️❤️ 2mo
aa_guer2021 Sending hugs your way! All the best wishes, too. Bookshops that help are a gem for sure! 2mo
CarolynM It certainly feels like the universe has got it in for you sometimes, right? ☹ Sorry to hear you're in that place now. I hope things turn around soon❤ 2mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜💜 1mo
ValerieAndBooks Sorry things didn‘t work out but hope it will next time 💖 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry that moving hasn‘t worked out. We really wanted to move last year and just couldn‘t make it work. We still hope to at some point though. Sending lots of love. 💗 I hope life gets better soon! (edited) 1mo
DivineDiana So sorry. What a lovely gesture to give you a book to help ease your disappointment. ❤️ 1mo
BookNAround Sorry so many lemons have been lobbed your way lately. I hope stuff improves ASAP and that you enjoy the lovely book gift in the meantime. 4w
Nute I was just about to ask about the move. Then is saw this post. I am sorry to hear that it didn‘t work out right now. Hopefully, things will improve soon and plans go as desired. Take care, Michele. Sending many hugs!💕 2w
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Who wants to come over and pack ALL of these for me? Anyone? ANYONE? The movers are going to curse me.

PurpleyPumpkin ? Thé last time we moved, I had so many boxes of books that one of the movers asked my hubby if I was in publishing. I don‘t think he understood the concept of tsundoku. If we ever move again, I think we‘ll need one truck just for books. Good luck with your move!? 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @PurpleyPumpkin HA! They‘re definitely going to hate me. Thank you! 3mo
squirrelbrain 🙋🏻‍♀️I will, if you let me unpack them all too in your new place. Then I can sort them all alphabetically…my idea of bliss! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘ll book you a plane ticket! 3mo
Cathythoughts Good luck with it all 👍🏻❤️ 3mo
Soubhiville I would if I were close and I could also snuggle Pickles! I actually find books to be the easiest to pack and love the unpacking and reorganizing process like @squirrelbrain . 3mo
Simona Good luck with packing and moving🤞 I hate both … 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville The bookshop owner said she would come over and help if she could snuggle with Pickles too. 😂 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts @Simona Thank you! It‘s all so stressful. 3mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Good luck!! 3mo
Tamra If you are like me, it takes forever because I have to stop & ponder titles. 😂 Wishing you a speedy and smooth move! 3mo
Liz_M I agree, book packing is the easiest part! My first move for which I hired movers, they came and looked at my stack of stuff that could fit in a 5x5 storage room and were like "that's it?" Then they discovered that over half of the boxes contained books.... 3mo
Jas16 If I didn‘t live on the other side of the country I would just for the fun of going through someone else‘s bookshelves. But I understand- that is why I will likely never move. 3mo
KristiAhlers All the books! ❤️ I hate moving. Former military wife and when he retired I started keeping my books! But I don‘t have near as much happiness as you do! Hope your move goes smoothly. I must say I have the moving and unpacking thing down to a fine science I guess I should after 15. Gah that‘s a stupid number. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers 15???? Oh my gosh, I would spontaneously combust from the anxiety. I mean, I moved a bunch in my 20s but was always renting so the accumulation of “stuff” was somewhat under control. 3mo
KristiAhlers @MicheleinPhilly yeah I‘ve lived all over the place to include England and Belgium! Have military will travel. I mean it‘s been great. I‘ve had a bunch of amazing experiences and seen so much of the world. I have been in all of the lower 48 and Hawaii just need Alaska and I‘ll have been in all the states! 3mo
TrishB I‘ll make the tea whilst Helen @squirrelbrain does the cataloging! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers That‘s amazing! I‘ve done 2 “big” moves - Philly to Los Angeles and the reverse but I was younger and much more resilient. 😂 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB That is an EXCELLENT plan. 3mo
squirrelbrain #litsymeetup at Michele‘s new house?! @TrishB @Soubhiville 🫖 📚 🍸 🍷 3mo
LeahBergen I prefer the unpacking and organizing of books. 😆 Good luck, my friend! 😘 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Well you can come and handle that part with Helen. 😘 3mo
TrishB It‘s a plan ♥️ 3mo
Ruthiella That‘s a lot of books! Good luck! 3mo
marleed Beautiful display of gorgeousness - congrats on your collection! 3mo
CarolynM The last time we moved the removalists were horrified by the number of boxes of books. I reckon we've got twice as many now! Good luck with the packing and the move. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @CarolynM I‘m afraid to call them for a quote. In addition to the sheer number, they‘ll have to carry them up an extra flight of stairs in the new house. 😬 3mo
DivineDiana Your collection is a thing of beauty, but you‘re right, the movers will think differently. 🤞🏻Best wishes! ❤️ (edited) 2mo
Amiable My husband still mutters under his breath about the 27 boxes of books I packed up for our move a few years ago. And that was after I culled the shelves because we were supposedly downsizing. 😬 Hope your move goes (went?) well! 2mo
Nute What a vision of loveliness!🤩 I would have helped, but we never would have gotten through it due to stopping to read instead.😆 Hope that things went well. Now it is a relocating-survivor‘s story!😁 2mo
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The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney
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My word, this was so stupid. The new Kristen Bell series on Netflix that so perfectly satirizes all of these “Girl/Woman” thrillers was made to mock books like this.

vivastory It's a good thing I live by the hospital because I felt the burn. 😂🔥 3mo
TrishB Won‘t bother with this one me thinks. 3mo
swishandflick I remember being unimpressed as well. Not sure if it's because of the amount of time that has passed, but I thought the TV adaptation was a pretty good watch! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly @swishandflick I‘ve only watched the first episode but I can already tell I‘ll enjoy it more than the book. There is a creeping menace that was ENTIRELY absent from the book. 3mo
AlaMich The series was pretty bad as well. The house was nifty, but otherwise… 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @AlaMich We watched 2 episodes and gave up. 3mo
AlaMich @MicheleinPhilly I WISH we‘d stopped at two. 3mo
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Dead Ground | M. W. Craven
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I actually managed to read a book! Alas, I didn‘t love it like other installments in this series but that‘s me, not the book. Adulting is for the birds.

TrishB Glad you finished one 👍🏻 3mo
eanderson I agree! Adulting isn‘t my favorite. ☹️ 3mo
Bookzombie Adulting sucks a good part of the time. 3mo
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When you have gobs of home showings and need to escape for extended periods of time. The best part is the store doesn‘t even open for another 2 hours. 🗝 to the kingdom!

squirrelbrain Looks amazing! ❤️ 3mo
AkashaVampie I love love love that wall! 3mo
Cathythoughts Looks great 👍❤️ 3mo
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marleed I wanted to be right there, in this pic, staring at that wall! 3mo
DivineDiana I love this Book Shop! Are you moving? 3mo
Amiable Good luck with the showings! Selling your house can be exhausting. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Have you been? I literally live like 200 yards from it. 3mo
DivineDiana Amazing! I went for Mother‘s Day, because I wanted to visit the store. How wonderful to live so close to a bookstore! 👏🏻📚❤️ 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Wonderful for my soul, TERRIBLE for my bank account! Next time you come down this way, let me know! 3mo
DivineDiana Will do! 🙂 3mo
AlaMich It looks amazing!! 3mo
Nute Would love to be right there!!!📚 3mo
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Leah, I‘ve captured some #WrinklesOfLitsy for you.

ju.ca.no 💙 4mo
Simona She is beautiful … even with wrinkles❣️ 4mo
kspenmoll Too adorable wrinkles & all! 4mo
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batsy 😍😍 4mo
squirrelbrain Aw, cute! ❤️ 4mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 👌 4mo
Soubhiville One of my favorite Litsy pets. 4mo
DogMomIrene Boop!💜🐶 4mo
LeahBergen 🥰🥰🥰 And I shall iron them out with my thumb (on the screen 😆). 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Every time she has wrinkles now, I think of you. ☺️ 4mo
LeahBergen Aww, I love that! 4mo
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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Unpopular opinion but this REALLY didn‘t work for me. It started off promisingly enough but then just seemed to devolve into an interminable bitch fest about motherhood. Even though it‘s only around 250 pages, it just felt endless. I started skimming when she started killing and mutilating small animals and laughed my way through her ridiculous “art piece.” I give it an extra star for reinforcing my desire to never have kids 100-fold. 👎🏼

RaeLovesToRead When she started mutilating and killing small anim.... WHAT?!?!?! Thanks for the content warning. I already disliked the cover but it doesn't sound like it's for me 😬😔 4mo
eanderson I don‘t know why but I laughed hard at your review! 😂 I thoroughly love your honesty. I will say it made me not want to read it. I cannot stand books like this. 4mo
rachelsbrittain Yeah, the animal killing was *rough* 4mo
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youneverarrived 😂 I loved it but she was harsh on motherhood (couldn‘t relate to that but I know people that would) 4mo
TrishB I can‘t even think about reading because of the cover. But the animal stuff is a definite no no. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB You would HATE this book. 4mo
TrishB I‘m taking that as a don‘t read 😁 4mo
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My work book club is meeting on Monday to discuss this very slim book. I found it riotously funny but I am a notorious cranky ass. Place your bets now for how many times my colleagues make reference to this during our discussion.

LeahBergen Ha! I love his cranky humour but he seems to rub some people the wrong way. 4mo
Bookzombie Can I start with this one or should I read this one first? 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Maybe it‘s a grumpy Scorpio thing. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bookzombie I haven‘t read any others by him but I think you can read them in any order. 4mo
Bookzombie @MicheleinPhilly Okay, thanks! 4mo
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The Dark Hours | Michael Connelly
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One of my most reliable authors, Connelly always manages to organically inject current social commentary into his stories without it feeling preachy. Ballard and Bosch are such a fantastic team and I will be sad when Harry hangs it up for good.

LeahBergen You‘re looking very pretty today, Pickles! 4mo
Leftcoastzen It always makes my day to see Pickles! 4mo
batsy Well hello there lovely girl 😍 4mo
swishandflick I keep hoping that there's a future where Ballard and Harry's daughter start working together 🤞🏽 4mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This was…fine. I very nearly bailed at the 60 page mark and texted my friend who loaned this to me “I hate everyone in this book and hope the bank robber shoots them all.” There were some funny bits but it was just too hokey and schmaltzy for me.

vivastory 😂🤣 4mo
Bookzombie 🤣🤣 4mo
fredthemoose I rage texted my sister about how much I disliked that book when I was about halfway through it. 4mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward 😂 Totally fair, you've got to be willing to be graceful on this one. The fun part is, I think we were -supposed- to hate them. That part of it, I did enjoy. Very effective. 4mo
TrishB I can‘t read that author! 4mo
LeahBergen @TrishB I‘ve tried, too, and … nope. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @LeahBergen I read and liked A Man Called Ove, probably because he was a grump like me, but I don‘t need to read anything more by him. 4mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly we‘re agreed then 😁 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 Just swinging in to say hi to you. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto HI FRIEND! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 4mo
DivineDiana This is one of my Book Club picks for this year. Sort of like schmaltzy, so we‘ll see. 4mo
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This is a VERY light pick, tomorrow it may be a so-so. Fantastic premise and set-up but it all sort of fizzled out. I couldn‘t put it down which means it was more successful than my previous attempt with this author. Ultimately I think he‘s just a wee bit too pretentious for me.

swishandflick I remember feeling similarly! 4mo
eanderson Samezies. For whatever reason I just can‘t. You worded it better than I could. 4mo
BarbaraBB I felt similar too. All of those useless details. 4mo
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I haven‘t spent any time with Jessica Daniel since November so I did a two-fer. The great thing about not being caught up with a series is you don‘t have to wait when a book ends on a cliffhanger. These 2 kept me sane during a week filled with a stupid number of meetings. I enjoyed them both. 👍🏼

eanderson I need to give this series a second chance. I started the first one and bailed. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson If memory serves correctly, I didn‘t love the first one but I had 1-clicked the entire series for something like 25 bucks so I soldiered on. The 2nd one definitely clicked for me. 4mo
eanderson Good to know! I‘m going to give it a whirl again once I finish one of my current reads. 😀 4mo
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This was breathtakingly sad. Even knowing from the jump that the narrative surrounds a death does not prepare you for the heart-wrenching denouement. I would have loved to have spent more time in Vivek‘s head but he will most certainly stay in mine for a long time to come.

Cortg I went into this knowing nothing about it and it became one of my all time faves! Heart-wrenching, for sure! 4mo
Suet624 I have this on my shelf. Keep postponing reading it. This author blew me away with her first book. 4mo
Megabooks Yes. This exactly. 4mo
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Untitled | Untitled
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WHOOPSIE! #bookhaul

DivineDiana And what a good one! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 4mo
Tamra I hope you enjoy The Sentence! 4mo
Megabooks Very interested in 4mo
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Megabooks Already read/own the other three. Fantastic choices! 4mo
JennyM The best oops there is 😆 4mo
readordierachel What a fabulous haul 👏🏼 4mo
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Nightmare Alley | William Lindsay Gresham
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I bought this maybe a decade ago and while I‘m not setting foot in a theater any time soon, I need to be ready to watch my fantasy wife smash it as Dr. Lilith Ritter. I‘ve long been fascinated by con artists and this examination of one such individual‘s rise and fall was mesmerizing.

Leftcoastzen It‘s been on my shelves for long time , it called my name yesterday , better move it up the stack 4mo
vivastory Did you watch it? She was great! I also really enjoyed her in Don't Look Up 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory I did watch her in both and naturally thought she was 🔥in both. She‘s also been getting a few “lifetime achievement” awards from a number of groups. I‘ve been spoiled this year. 😍 3w
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Fierce AF rebel girls seems to be the theme of my reading this week. A wonderful coming of age tale of a queer, Chinese American, math and science whiz, who finds herself and a community in 1950s San Francisco. Malinda Lo went to great lengths to center this around real history and the attendant racism and homophobia that abounded. Kids today are so lucky to have these novels. STOP TRYING TO CENSOR THEM!

TrishB This is one of my book club reads 👍🏻 looking forward to it. 4mo
batsy Great review! I'm keen to read it. (PS: What's Pickles thinking about?) 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Knowing her it‘s likely food. 4mo
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A truly remarkable novel with one of the greatest heroines in recent memory. I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat. I won‘t soon forget it. 5🌟

Cinfhen I LOVE Duchess Day Outlaw Radley ♥️ 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen She is my FAVORITE. ❤️ 4mo
Suet624 It‘s one of those books that got too little fanfare. I really really liked it. 4mo
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Snowy days call for a ramen and reading lunch.

TrishB Looks perfect ❤️ 4mo
LeahBergen Mmm…. 🍜 4mo
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Greenwich Park | Katherine Faulkner
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A deliciously fun and twisty thriller that I stayed up way too late devouring. (So much for a responsible return to the real world.) I found the first half seriously creepy in the vein of Single White Female and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. I think it‘s best enjoyed if you go in knowing as little as possible. I‘d also recommend avoiding the already annoying marketing & comparisons. Out in the U.S. later this month. 👍🏼

TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 5mo
MicheleinPhilly DOH! I do want to mention a CW for recurrent pregnancy loss. 5mo
eanderson Sounds good! Stacked! 5mo
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Philly peeps!

DivineDiana Thank you, Michele! Lots to check out! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana I‘m guessing first quarter (at least) events will be entirely virtual. But now I‘m off to see if the rest of the lineup is available. 5mo
DivineDiana Didn‘t even think of that! Well, at least, I won‘t have to pay for parking! 😂 5mo
TrishB Looks fab! 5mo
quietjenn Nice! Hasn't realized that this has been released yet. 5mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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I‘ve been saving this for a time when I could fully immerse myself, unencumbered by the stresses and anxieties of adulting. Boy, was it worth the wait. I know nothing of Shakespeare, the family man, but this story isn‘t about him. Indeed, his name, first or last, is never even uttered. This story fully belongs to Agnes, his wife and the mother of his children. O‘Farrell does a masterful job bringing this woman to life and the result is spectacular

BarbaraBB Happy to hear you felt up to reading this! 🤍 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB I have to return to the real world tomorrow so I‘m sure my serial killer series will follow shortly thereafter. 😂 5mo
DivineDiana I listened to the audio which was wonderful, but I loved it so much that I plan on buying a print copy. ❤️ 5mo
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TrishB I loved this one too ❤️ hope the return isn‘t too bad. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB How are you feeling? 5mo
TrishB Cough, headache and tired. But nothing majorly worrying thankfully so far 😘 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Good. Hopefully that‘s the worst of it. 😘 5mo
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Real world? That sucks 😉. Good luck tomorrow 😘 5mo
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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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This is definitely a “not in my wheelhouse” type of book but I think it was a pretty perfect way to kick off 2022. I‘ve spent a lot of time over these past 2 years obsessing over “what ifs?” and fretting about the future. This helped me put things into a healthier perspective.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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A bacon, egg, and cheese bagel to accompany my first read of 2022.

Ruthiella 😋 looks delicious! 5mo
LeahBergen Perfection! 5mo
BookBabe Yum! 4mo
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115 books later. This year was often difficult as far as reading goes. I gave my fewest ever number of 5-star ratings and read very little non-fiction. But that was me, not the books. So instead of a #Top21of2021, I‘m doing a #Top12of2021. These were all gems and I am grateful to have spent time with them this year. Here‘s to greater focus, peace, and serenity in 2022! Happy New Year! 🥂

Alfoster Loved Razorblade Tears and Milkfed! ❤️👏 5mo
DivineDiana Fantastic! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year 🎆🎈🎊 📚 5mo
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Ruthiella Happy New Year! 🥳🥂 5mo
squirrelbrain Still Life was one of my faves too, and some of your other books just missed my list. Happy New Year Michele! 🥳 (edited) 5mo
RebL “That was me, not the books” — how I felt about this year too. 5mo
CarolynM Happy New Year 5mo
youneverarrived Majority of these are on my tbr! Happy New Year 🥂 5mo
Bookzombie Happy New Year! 🎆 5mo
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Stay Close | Harlan Coben
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A very soft pick. I‘ve always enjoyed the Harlan Coben Netflix adaptations although this is the first time I‘ve read before viewing. I‘ll likely stick to just viewing in the future. I figured out “who done it” probably 50% in so everything else felt a bit anti-climactic.

This brings me to 115 books for the year but I feel sort of disappointed if I end the year with this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

eanderson That‘s the worst feeling. I wonder if there is a good short story or something you could fit in really quick? 5mo
TrishB Squash another in 😁 5mo
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YOWZA! Welcome to my auto-buy list Mr. Cosby. If I had to pick one word to describe his books it would be “cinematic.” Just a truly exceptional crime novel. Easily one of this year‘s favorites.

TrishB Agree 👍🏻 5mo
Suet624 Cinematic is a great word for this book. I could see the movie version as I read it. 4mo
Ashley_Nicoletto Sameeee. I would read anything he writes. 4mo
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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He also directed the adaptations of Wild, Big Little Lies, and Sharp Objects.

😢

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/27/movies/jean-marc-vallee-dead.html

AmyG I saw this on Twitter yesterday. Did the article say what he died from? (I can‘t read it) Such a shame. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @AmyG It did not. I did see another outlet reference a heart attack but I don‘t fully trust that particular source. (Rhymes with Hew Dork Host.) 😉 5mo
AmyG Ha. What a shame as he was still young. 😪 5mo
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Crazeedi Very sad💔 5mo
vivastory This is terrible. The Sharp Objects adaptation is one of my fave adaptations 5mo
batsy So sad. He's pretty young and it seems to have been sudden. 5mo
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Continuing my “read before watching” project. Holy moly, how did Larsen pack so many punches into such a slim novella? This one will stick with me for a very long time.

Soubhiville Isn‘t that an incredible book? I thought so. Is there a movie? 5mo
Soubhiville Oh hi Pickles! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville Yes, available on Netflix. Starring Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson. 5mo
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Leftcoastzen Great book ! Love Pickles! 5mo
Soubhiville Thanks for putting that on my radar, I‘ll check it out. 🙂 5mo
CBee HIIIIIII Pickles 👋🏻♥️ I seriously love your doggie. (edited) 5mo
TrishB Hi Pickles ❤️ I love you‘re getting some great reads in for your holiday break! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I‘m making up for all of those slumps and stressful weeks when I was working! I see you‘re doing pretty well too! ❤️ 5mo
TrishB I‘ve had the loveliest day. All chilling reading our Christmas books ❤️ need these days! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB They‘re so restorative. I‘ve felt so calm and happy. 🤗 5mo
BarbaraBB Such a good book. Still thinking of it too 5mo
batsy It's a fantastic book. So sharp and uncompromising. Hi Pickles, hope you're doing well now 😍 5mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful Pickles ❤️ 5mo
DivineDiana This is one of my IRL Book Club‘s pick for this month. Must start! Hello Pickles! ❤️ (edited) 5mo
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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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I have a near pathological obsession with reading before watching tv and film adaptations so here I am. I‘m very curious to see how this was adapted because it is almost entirely interior and there is very little plot to speak of. Ferrante paints a portrait of a middle-aged woman and her ambivalence about motherhood. It‘s a bit quirky but I found it very provocative.

squirrelbrain Great review! I hear only good things about the adaptation so far…. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘m really looking forward to it. Debuts on Netflix on Friday in the U.S. 5mo
Ruthiella I still need to read her non-Neapolitan novels! I thought that quartet was brilliant. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ruthiella I still need to read the final volume of that. I loved the first 3 and have no idea why I stopped. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
batsy I'm the same! I need to get cracking; didn't realise the adaptation is out so soon. 5mo
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Happy Holidays! | Eric Sevigny, Marilyn Pleau-Murissi
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Merry Merry, Happy Happy Christmas!

LeahBergen 😆😆 Merry Christmas, Pickles! 5mo
melissajayne Have a funky, funky, funky Christmas 5mo
BarbaraBB Happy holidays Michele 🤍💚 5mo
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TrishB Awww 🐶♥️ have a fab break x 5mo
CarolynM Love the stocking 😆 Merry Christmas 💕 5mo
eanderson Awww! Merry Christmas! 🎄 🎄🎁🎁 5mo
batsy Hahaha! Oh, Pickles ❤️ Merry Christmas! 5mo
AlaMich That stocking is the best!! 🐶❤️🎄 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm 😂Merry Christmas to you & Pickles! 5mo
Cathythoughts Happy Christmas ❤️💕🎄 5mo
Reggie Lol, Pickles. Merry Christmas! 5mo
Jess Merry Christmas! 5mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 5mo
DivineDiana The perfect Pickles stocking! Merry Christmas! ❤️🐶💚 5mo
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Mayflies | Andrew O'Hagan
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This book made my heart grow 3 sizes and then shattered it into a million pieces. I could barely read the last 20 pages due to the fog of my tears. So poignant and relatable. I loved everything about it. ❤️

vivastory Sold! 5mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too. 💔 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory As a music lover, I think you‘ll really like this one. 5mo
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Amiable Ok, now I need to stack this one. I‘m a sucker for the books that give me an emotional gut punch. 5mo
Kalalalatja I have this in my stack to read before my baby comes. Your review just moved it further up the pile! 🙌 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Kalalalatja KATJA! So nice to “see” you! How does the baby feel about salty candy? 😉 5mo
TrishB I loved this. The first half was just my life in the 80s. ♥️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB And mine in the 90s. Now you couldn‘t PAY me to go to a music festival. 👵🏼 5mo
CarolynM Best book I read this year. 5mo
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly well, I have a feeling she loves it, because I‘m craving it 😅 but according to the health officials in Denmark, you should limit your intake of salty candy in pregnancy, since it can raise your blood pressure. Sooooo… there‘s that 😅 but luckily, she‘s a fan of chocolate, cake and everything sweet, too, so I‘m all set for now 😉 5mo
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Gabrielle Union is such a brave and inspiring writer. Her vulnerability and grace are once again on full display. I really admire her desire to reach back and help others up not only in her professional life, but in the telling of these stories.

Suet624 She‘s really something. quite brave. 5mo
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Twisty, creepy, and downright diabolical. This was a fun ride.

LiteraryinLawrence Right? I didn‘t see any of it coming. 5mo
Cinfhen Worked for me as well!! @vivastory HATED this one 5mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I did! And I still do 🤣 5mo
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vivastory @Cinfhen To be fair to the book, I did read 2 thrillers this year that I disliked even more. 5mo
Cinfhen Heheh 🤭 share @vivastory 5mo
vivastory @Cinfhen Courtney Summers' The Project & Langan's Good Neighbors. They were both... something else 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory Don‘t bring up that Good Neighbors trash on my page, Scott! We don‘t talk about that book here. It never existed! 5mo
vivastory My apologies🙊😂 5mo
Cinfhen Hehehe @vivastory @MicheleinPhilly now I need to see what all the fuss is about 😉 5mo
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My favorite place to stay in New York!

squirrelbrain I so want to stay here! 5mo
TheLibrarian I‘ve always wanted to stay there! 5mo
TrishB Sounds fab! 5mo
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I ❤️ these clever old buggers oh so very much. This series just makes me so incredibly happy. #SeriesRead2021

Aims42 This is such a great series! 😍 5mo
TrishB It‘s lovely. I‘m heading for that retirement home! 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, good! I can‘t wait to get to this one. 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I‘m ready to move in tomorrow! Sadly I have a couple more decades to go. 5mo
kspenmoll I hope its a Christmas gift! 🤞🏻 5mo
squirrelbrain Isn‘t it just fabulous?! 5mo
jlhammar Love this series! 5mo
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Summerwater | Sarah Moss
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My first Sarah Moss but it certainly won‘t be my last. Wow. This was just extraordinary. And THIS is why I don‘t do a top reads of the year list until the 31st. 😉

LeahBergen I was thinking of holding off on mine, as well! 😆 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen I‘m hoping to read a ton more over these next 2 weeks so it seems a bit premature for me to put a stamp on it. 5mo
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TrishB I loved this. And Moss. 5mo
Megabooks Loved this as well!! 5mo
batsy Sounds great! Pickles is a tad skeptical? 😆♥️ 5mo
Leftcoastzen Pickles! I haven‘t read Moss , another author to try. 5mo
CarolynM I'm encouraged by your review. I haven't read her, but my book subscription service (which has sent excellent books in the past) has chosen her latest to send this month. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @CarolynM One of my colleagues suggested that for our work book club next month but it came in 2nd place in the voting. I‘m definitely going to read it. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Pickles has been a HOT MESS this week. Wed. she had some bug which was causing her to projectile vomit all over the house. Friday night she tweaked something jumping out of bed so she‘s being very dramatic about everything. 5mo
batsy @MicheleinPhilly Oh no! Poor Pickles. Sending lots of boops and hope she feels better soon 💕 Also, whew. Cleaning up after her would not have been fun so hoping you guys have an easier week as well! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy Both off work so she‘ll get lots of attention and snuggles. ☺️ 5mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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This took entirely too long for me to read given all of the year end craziness. But I found it engaging and creepy and I‘m now officially a fan of Simone St. James.

Now let the 17 Day Staycation commence! 🎄🍷📚

Bookzombie I‘m glad you enjoyed this one! Enjoy your staycation! 😎 5mo
Librarybelle I adore Simone St James‘s works! This was the first one I read by her, and I am hooked on her books. Enjoy your staycation!! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Librarybelle I‘ve only read 1 other by her and I thought it was her debut. Pleasantly surprised to learn there is a backlist! 5mo
Librarybelle I‘ve yet to read that one, but have a BOTM copy of it! 5mo
LeahBergen I liked this one, too. 5mo
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Read Between the Lines | Rachel Lacey
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This was SOOOOO far outside of my wheelhouse but that‘s okay. It was free, it was inspired by You‘ve Got Mail, it starred lesbians, a bookstore, and a dog. So basically it was perfect.

vivastory One of the best dessert experiences I've ever had was eating at Cafe Lalo during a post Xmas trip to NYC many years ago. ☕🍰 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory “She could be a real dog, man.” 5mo
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I finished this book several days ago and I still can‘t stop thinking about it. It is raw and visceral and uncomfortable and a little bit strange. This is female rage laid bare and I absolutely loved it.

TrishB Sounds challenging! 5mo
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