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MicheleinPhilly

MicheleinPhilly

Joined August 2016

Bookworm. City girl. Pickles' mom. Occasional cranky ass. Couch panini. Librarian.
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56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
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An oldie but goodie. I remember buying this years ago when searching for crime fiction with lesbian protagonists. Lindsay‘s sexuality isn‘t something she wrestles with, she‘s just a gay lady. I found that so refreshing particularly given the fact this was written in 1987 and I was all of 10 years old. 😂 Reads a bit like a cozy mystery. #SeriesRead2021 #StartASeries

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! 2d
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The only shopping I‘ve done this weekend. #1ClickChick

Cinfhen Perfect!! You never disappoint 😁♥️ 5d
LeafingThroughLife I‘ve been doing some of this kind of shopping this weekend, too. 😁 5d
squirrelbrain Some good ones there! 5d
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MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen I popped into a few shops just to say Hi to my owner friends but they were way too peopley. I shop small on a daily basis so didn‘t feel the need to do so yesterday. Happy Hanukkah love! 😘 5d
TrishB Great choices 👍🏻 5d
Cinfhen Thanks for the Hanukkah wishes xx 5d
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State of Terror: A Novel | Louise Penny, Hillary Rodham Clinton, To Be To Be Confirmed Simon & Schuster
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This was an action packed political thrill ride that was mildly terrifying in its realism. The VERY thinly veiled potshots at the former guy may turn some people off but I enjoyed them. It wasn‘t great literature but it was wildly entertaining.

Hooked_on_books The potshots turned me off because I‘m just sick of hearing about him. But I loved the insidery state department stuff and the constant plot movement. 6d
MicheleinPhilly @Hooked_on_books Fair point. I avoid mentions of him like the plague so I just found them humorous. 5d
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Chasing the Boogeyman | Richard Chizmar
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Such a clever concept and really well done. I loved it. Thanks again @TrishB 😘

TrishB Glad you enjoyed it 👍🏻 1w
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Mehso-so

This is the epitome of a so-so read for me. There were times I loved it and times I hated it. It is messy and chaotic and sometimes confusing. I‘m glad that I read it and that it forced to me reckon with discomfort in a lot of ways but I‘m glad it is over.

TrishB That could exactly be my review. 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB She‘s a talented writer and it certainly gave me a lot to think about but reading it felt laboring - no pun intended. 2w
BarbaraBB I know what you mean. She wanted too much in one book. 2w
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I'll Eat When I'm Dead | Barbara Bourland
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I have no idea when or how this ended up in #TheVault but I am oh so glad it did. A wickedly delicious satire of the beauty/fashion industry and social media/influencers. I was really pleasantly surprised by how sharp this was. 4🌟

Ruthiella Sold! 2w
EvieBee I remember this one on the All the Books podcast in like 2016 or 2017. It‘s in my vault, too lol! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds fun - stacked! 2w
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TrishB 😁 I don‘t remember half the stuff in mine! 2w
Cinfhen Same!!! 2w
MicheleinPhilly @EvieBee @TrishB I have an “e-books owned” shelf on Goodreads. I like to take a spin through it every now and again to laugh at myself. 2w
EvieBee I think we‘re in the same boat. I‘m over 3k on owned Kindle books. Sheesh… 2w
batsy @MicheleinPhilly This cracked me up. I definitely need a shelf like that on my GR, as well. 2w
DivineDiana I follow this author on Instagram, and was so happy to win this when it was first published. A fun read with some serious topics. Also going to steal that Goodreads idea! (edited) 2w
Christine Ooh yay, thanks for reminding me of this one! 1w
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Will | Will Smith
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I am super duper biased for obvious reasons but this was just fantastic. Will is such a charming, relatable person but the level of vulnerability he displayed here was really something else. As was his maturation as a husband, father, and performer. I could have easily read another 400 pages. HIGHLY recommended.

Cinfhen Gotta love a home boy ♥️♥️♥️and the cover art 🙌🏻🤩🤩🤩 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Cinfhen There was ONE moment when I side eyed him a bit: he referenced the Ben Franklin Bridge arcing over the Schuylkill. 🤨 Should have hired this Philly girl to edit. 2w
Cinfhen Umm, maybe if you‘re an owl and you swivel your neck around 2w
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britt_brooke Looking forward to this!! I had no idea existed until I saw it at Target yesterday. Immediately placed a hold on the audio! 2w
DivineDiana I guess we can give him a pass, since he moved away some time ago, and didn‘t have you to proof. 😅 He kindly made an appearance at Harriet‘s Book Store. Wish I could have gone. Love him! 2w
Nute OMG! Awesome endorsement of this book, Ms. Michele! I can‘t wait to read it!🙂 So funny about the Ben Franklin Bridge…did he get the reference wrong? 1w
MicheleinPhilly @Nute 100%. The Ben Franklin Bridge goes across the Delaware River. The Schuylkill River is about 30 blocks west. 😂 But you should absolutely pick this one up. It is phenomenal! 1w
Nute lol…Didn‘t he grow up in Philadelphia? Or was he just born there and raised someplace else. About the book…I already purchased it. I was at the bookstore on Day ONE - release day. Love this man! 1w
MicheleinPhilly @Nute Yep! Born and raised in Philly. All of that LA sunshine has fried his mental map. ☺️ 1w
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My trusty COVID companion never disappoints. I was genuinely surprised by this one and always enjoy when bat shit Dr. Thorne makes an appearance. 👍🏼 #SeriesRead2021

squirrelbrain Looking forward to this! 2w
TheSpineView Great job! 2w
TrishB That‘s good to hear - because I never saw the big twist coming and thought I might have brain fog! Yes I live the good Dr too! 2w
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The Liar's Girl | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Thanks again Elisabeth for giving me a boost onto the Catherine Ryan Howard bandwagon. A very compelling and entertaining thriller. I‘m looking forward to tackling her others.

eanderson You‘re welcome!!! 😀 2w
LeahBergen Dang! Must buy this one soon. 👍🏻 2w
vivastory This is one of the few by her that I haven't read. I think that her publishers should send us on Litsy some swag, considering the boost in sales we've given her this yr 😅 (edited) 2w
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory Her publisher is thinking “Did we miss an Oprah endorsement???” 2w
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Will | Will Smith
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I haven‘t read jack lately. But that‘s never stopped me before! #bookmail #bookhaul

Megabooks The union is FANTASTIC!! 3w
MicheleinPhilly @Megabooks I loved her first one so I have high hopes! 3w
kbuggle The GabUnion one is so wonderful- just as good if not maybe a little better than her first, truly 3w
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I am slumping hardcore so imagine my utter delight at discovering this forgotten pre-order this morning.

eanderson Kim Stone is my go to now when I slump. Hopefully this helps! 3w
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Gratitude | Dani Dipirro
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Thank you, Trish and Elisabeth. You have made my morning. 🤗😘

TrishB Happy birthday friend 🎉🎉 have a fab day 😘 x 1mo
eanderson Happy birthday! 🎉 You are going to like Chasing the Boogeyman! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @eanderson I‘ve already read half of The Liar‘s Girl today. Sent the photo to my sister whose birthday is in a few days. She just read and loved Boogeyman! 1mo
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LeahBergen Happy Birthday, doll! 😘😘 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Thanks love! 😘 1mo
BarbaraBB The Nothing Man is good! Just finished it! 1mo
BarbaraBB Happy birthday of course 🎈❤️ 1mo
TrishB I haven‘t got to The Liars Girl yet, but will do! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara! 😘 1mo
Bookzombie Happy Belated Birthday! 🥳🧁🎉 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bookzombie Thank you! ☺️ 1mo
vivastory Happy Belated Birthday. I hope it was a good one! 2w
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory Thanks Scott! 2w
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Happy Halloween | Susan Kueffner
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Have a Happy, Healthy, and Safe Halloween, Litsy fam!

AmyG Happy Halloween! 1mo
eanderson Yes! Take 5s are awesome…. Well anything Reese‘s is. Happy Halloween! 🎃 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson Take 5s are basically my only “I hope the kids don‘t pick these” candy. 1mo
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DivineDiana We ended up only having 5 Trick or Treaters! There were many roaming, but they didn‘t want to cross the street. 🤷🏼‍♀️ So, I will now be devouring chocolate for days. 😳 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Oh no! We had a good number but it was still far fewer than 2 years ago. I was doling out fistfuls by 6:30. 1mo
DivineDiana Fistfuls is the answer! And to think, I almost went out and bought more! 😂 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana SAME! My friend and I were texting yesterday morning about whether to buy more. She did, I didn‘t. Thank goodness! 1mo
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Happy weekend, Litsy fam! #DogsOfLitsy

MallenNC What a cutie! 1mo
Bookzombie 💕🐶 1mo
Soubhiville 💜 I just want to hug her. 1mo
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Leftcoastzen Pickles ! Always smiling! (edited) 1mo
merelybookish Hey Pickles! Cute as ever. 1mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️🐶 1mo
Megabooks Such a cutie! So expressive!! 💕💕 1mo
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 1mo
LeahBergen Kiss kiss, sweet girlie! 😘 1mo
Magpiegem 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 1mo
TrishB Hi from me and Sansa 🐶❤️ 1mo
batsy Pickles!! 😍😍😍 1mo
DivineDiana ❤️ Sweet face! ❤️ 1mo
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I don‘t think there will ever come a time when I don‘t miss this man desperately. I had assumed it would take me a while to get through this just based on its size but I literally raced through it in less than 24 hours. I‘m curious how this would translate for someone with limited familiarity with Bourdain. I certainly found it insanely compelling but I feel somewhat biased. Rest well, Tony. ❤️

JenReadsAlot I feel the same way. I just watched the movie Roadrunner and cried my eyes out 😢 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @JenReadsAlot I haven‘t watched that yet but from what I know of it, it‘s some of the same ground covered here by the same people. 1mo
Leftcoastzen He had something special. I‘m reading it too . I don‘t recall ever feeling the sense of loss as keenly for someone I don‘t even know . Still not over it . 1mo
TrishB I not only have limited familiarity, I didn‘t know who he was when everyone on here posted. Don‘t hate me!! 1mo
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Unpopular opinion but I wasn‘t as enamored with this as others seem to be. I found the middle section to be a slog and considered bailing at 60%. She certainly employed some clever devices but I think I was expecting something different. 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Oh that‘s a shame, I really enjoyed this one. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB My concentration level has also been 👎🏼 so that may have played a role. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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I had to to take this one slowly because it was such a disturbing read. I appreciate that Macy took the time to get to know the people the Sacklers destroyed. Such a vile family. 🤬 And the doctors that prescribe this willy nilly are equally culpable. There are so many layers to this tragedy and sadly, no one seems to have any solutions.

TrishB Sounds 😥 and 😡. 1mo
squirrelbrain This was such a 😡 read. 1mo
eanderson I‘ve thought about reading it but I‘m afraid I‘ll be angry as well. 1mo
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Suet624 She did a great job with this book. 1mo
Amiable Have you read “Empire of Pain” yet, too? Fabulous and infuriating read. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Amiable Not yet. I have it though. 1mo
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The Long Call | Ann Cleeves
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Discovered this series is coming to Britbox soon so had to quickly get my read in first. 🤓 Cleeves‘ series are perfect for chilly, fall days because they feel like being enveloped in a big, cozy sweater. Her characterizations are always A+ and she builds suspense and dread without being too graphic or gratuitous. #StartASeries #SeriesRead2021

TheSpineView Well done! 1mo
Crazeedi I'm just discovering this author! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Crazeedi I just love her. And the tv adaptations are top notch too. 1mo
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AlaMich I should really subscribe to Britbox. I can justify spending the money by remembering that we never go anywhere or do anything. 😂 1mo
Crazeedi @AlaMich sounds like us, so I should probably subscribe too, lol 1mo
Crazeedi @MicheleinPhilly I've not seen any, but I'll bet they're good 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @AlaMich @Crazeedi Britbox and Acorn are our favorite streaming services. We are also homebodies so it‘s a cheap date. ☺️ 1mo
CarolynM I really enjoyed this (my first Ann Cleeves, although I love the TV version of Shetland). I hope they cast the adaptation of this as well as they have the others. 1mo
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Girl A | Abigail Dean
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I was pleasantly surprised by this. I find myself side-eyeing any and every book being marketed as a thriller by #BOTM because they inevitably suck. This is not a thriller at all but an examination of the life-long effects of unimaginable cruelty and abuse. It was not an easy read by any means but I could not put it down.

batsy That's how I felt, too. Still think about that ending every now and then 😟 2mo
TrishB Had this on my kindle for a while, may have nudged it up the pile. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy I think I was waiting for a revelation of that nature but I honestly thought it would be all of the others. It was truly heartbreaking. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB You‘ll fly through it quickly. 2mo
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The Chestnut Man: A Novel | Soren Sveistrup
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Unpopular opinion but I found this terribly boring. It started out promisingly enough but then just went on for far too long. And I wasn‘t really impressed with the twists. Oh well, another one off the #BOTM backlog.

eanderson I agree with you. It wasn‘t the worst but I now don‘t remember anything about it because it didn‘t make an impact on me. 2mo
TrishB Not read, won‘t shove up list! 2mo
Karkar It was so do for me too. 2mo
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For Richer, for Poorer | Kerry Wilkinson
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I was mildly bored by this one for 2 reasons: 1. I didn‘t think enough time was spent dealing with the fallout from the previous entry and 2. It was a case revolving around human trafficking. I feel like I JUST read a similar storyline in another series. But truthfully, it could have been 2 years ago. What is time anymore? He did manage to genuinely shock me with that ending though, so well done Kerry. #SeriesRead2021

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I read this rather slowly and while it is not my favorite of hers - that would be CWF - it is still a solid pick. The emails that devolved into academic treatises on the Bronze Age, capitalism, religion, etc. could have been shelved. But Rooney has such a natural instinct for portraying intimacy between friends and lovers, it really sets her apart from other younger authors. 4🌟

squirrelbrain I agree about those emails - rather superfluous! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I was fine with the ones where they actually talked about their lives. But the others just stuck out like a sore thumb. If I got an email like that, my immediate reaction would be, “Oh stuff it, you pretentious git. 🙄” 2mo
squirrelbrain I thought a lot of them were just the author showing off - wholly unnecessary! 🙄 2mo
BarbaraBB I felt exactly the same. About CwF too. 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻I‘m thinking of recommending for Bookclub… 🤔 2mo
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Scarred for Life | Kerry Wilkinson
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Oh Kerry. You dickhead. 😡 This is why we can‘t have nice things! *grumble, grumble, spoilers, grumble*

#SeriesRead2021

TheSpineView Excellant! 👍📖📚 2mo
Reggie Lol 2mo
Bookzombie 😂 2mo
TrishB Love it ❤️ 2mo
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Pre-order #bookhaul.

vivastory I simply refuse to acknowledge Bourdain's passing 💔 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @vivastory SAME! I know this book is going to gut me but I loved him so much. 2mo
marleed @vivastory I like your method! 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Still miss Bourdain like a dull ache.💔 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading I preordered world traveler and was so disappointed. I‘m gun shy. I wish they wouldn‘t have made that one. This is the book I really want. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Prairiegirl_reading I read an excerpt in Vanity Fair and was mad that I couldn‘t read the whole thing immediately. 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading @MicheleinPhilly I know I‘ll have to get it eventually. 2mo
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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I loved The Nest and had high hopes for this. While it didn‘t quite reach that level for me, it came pretty darn close. I love Sweeney‘s characterizations and think she is an absolute master of domestic drama. 👍🏼

squirrelbrain I loved The Nest (I know it gets mixed reviews) so I think I need to try this one too. 2mo
Cathythoughts I loved the Nest too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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I read 2 or 3 of this type of book a year lately as I‘ve found them to be helpful in sort of clearing the cobwebs and refocusing my brain on reading. They‘re schmaltzy and predictable but also funny and utterly charming. This one did the trick.

TrishB Same! 2mo
Cathythoughts Nice 👍🏻💕 2mo
DivineDiana I tend to love schmaltzy! 💗 2mo
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She enjoyed our bookshop outing too.

rubyslippersreads What a lovely smile! ❤️🐶 2mo
Jaimelire Cutie 2mo
fredthemoose So cute! 2mo
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Tamra Nothing better than a happy dog face! 2mo
DGRachel She‘s so precious! 2mo
Leftcoastzen Pickles looks like she‘s awesome sauce! 2mo
TrishB 🐶❤️ 2mo
LeahBergen Clever girl! ❤️❤️ 2mo
batsy Her face! ❤️❤️ 2mo
TieDyeDude ♥️💞♥️ 2mo
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WHOOPSIE! #bookhaul

EvieBee The best kind of mistakes! Beautiful stash here. 💋 2mo
Cathythoughts Wow ❤️ there‘s a stack 💫 2mo
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SamAnne Is Bewilderment really that small? Did Richard Powers really write a book less than 500 pages? 😂😂😂 2mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear, such a shame! 🤣 2mo
BarbaraBB Great haul 😍😍 2mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 2mo
Jas16 That is such a great book haul! 2mo
vivastory I see nothing wrong with this 📚📚📚 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @SamAnne I know! I was gobsmacked when I saw the size! 2mo
Megabooks 🤩🤩 2mo
Desha O happy day! 📚♥️ 2mo
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The Cutting Place | Jane Casey
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Concentration level is in the shitter again so I returned to #SeriesRead2021. It has been a while since I spent time with Maeve and Josh but it was like slipping into your favorite, comfy sweats. I may have to read the novellas while I wait for my next fix. 👍🏼

TheSpineView Awesome! 👍🤩📖 2mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Finally reading this one for my work book club.

I know this is a profoundly difficult day for many so I wish you all a bit of peace and self-care. ❤️

eanderson 💕💕💕 3mo
Librarybelle I loved this book! 3mo
DivineDiana Thank you. ❤️ 3mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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This show is as as effed up as the book. 🙄

Prairiegirl_reading I haven‘t read it but the show is intriguing so far! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Prairiegirl_reading I don‘t know if I would enjoy it more if I hadn‘t read the book. At this point, I‘m only in for the actors. 3mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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An easy breezy, light summer read. Yes, it was a bit cliched, but I found it went down easily and perfectly evoked summer.

DivineDiana Easy, breezy and a literary story sounds great to me! Stacked. 3mo
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Dead Tomorrow | Peter James
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Trying to clear the “currently reading” deck. I started this weeks ago and then my reading mojo took a hiatus. Human trafficking and organ harvesting is the focus. I do wish he had spent a bit more time exploring the ongoing mystery as I really need some answers! #SeriesRead2021 @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Awesome! 3mo
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Had to say goodbye to this yesterday. ☹️ But grateful to have been. Now I have 4 additional days to not unpack or do laundry or start being responsible again.

BarbaraBB All your photos are gorgeous. You did make the most of it! Make it last as long as possible, keep reality out - not doing the laundry definitely helps! 🤍 3mo
TrishB Beautiful ❤️ enjoy the rest of your break. 3mo
JamieArc Thanks for sharing your trip with us! I have loved seeing your views. 3mo
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Chelsea.Poole Gorgeous 🌞 3mo
Cathythoughts What a lovely trip you‘ve had 💫 3mo
DivineDiana So loved your dreamy photographs! Thank you! 3mo
BiblioLitten Gorgeous view💛 3mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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This probably deserves a re-read when I‘m less distracted by sunshine and seafood. I definitely didn‘t give it my full attention and found Martha exasperating which is a completely unfair reaction. I wouldn‘t recommend for a holiday read.

TrishB Definitely not a holiday read! I really loved this one. 3mo
Cathythoughts A lot of the women in our Bookclub had serious reactions to Martha … did not like her at all 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts I don‘t know if I‘ll necessarily like her but I definitely need to give her fuller attention. I‘d read 3 pages and then just stare at the view for 20 minutes, then read 2 more pages, repeat…☺️ 3mo
Cathythoughts The territory of the gods … I hope we can go back some day. What a place 💫 (edited) 3mo
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Sorrow and Bliss | Meg Mason
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This will never get old.

vivastory You clearly win Litsy today. I hope you are having a great time! 3mo
LeahBergen I hate you a little bit. 3mo
Cathythoughts Unreal 💙 you lucky duck 3mo
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Hooked_on_books That‘s gorgeous! 🤩 3mo
emilyhaldi Oh my 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Then my work here is done. 😈 3mo
Suet624 Just incredible 3mo
AlaMich Whenever I see pictures like yours, I always think it‘s so odd that some people actually get to LIVE in places like that. It‘s gorgeous. 3mo
JenReadsAlot Yep still jealous 3mo
BarbaraBB So so gorgeous 🇬🇷🤍💙 3mo
DivineDiana Living the dream! ❤️ 3mo
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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This is the first book I‘ve finished in maybe 2 weeks but it was a perfect holiday read. Academia, pretentious writers, domestic drama, suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 3mo
Pruzy Were the academia aspects prominent enough to call it a campus novel? 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Pruzy Absolutely. 3mo
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Atlantis Books | Oia, Santorini, Greece (Bookstore)
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Found one! Unfortunately it hasn‘t been open since we arrived. 😕 But there is a super cute bookshop dog named Billie Holiday who hangs out at the shop across the way and comes out to comfort the disappointed bibliophiles.

TrishB 🤞🏻🤞🏻 it opens. 3mo
Cathythoughts Oh what a place to be … we were there years ago … heaven 💫💫💫💫enjoy 3mo
DivineDiana I am so jealous! On my list! Have a fantastic trip!!! ❤️ 3mo
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robinb Happy travels...look at that sky!! 💙 3mo
squirrelbrain Looks like a gorgeous shop - hopefully it will open soon! 3mo
CoffeeAndABook Yay 😁 that‘s so beautiful 🤩 we‘re flying into Santorini in a week 🙌🏼☀️ Thanks for giving me such a beautiful forecast. I will try and find that bookstore 😉 3mo
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I shall live here FOREVER!

Christine Wow. 😍😍😍 ENJOY!!! 3mo
rockpools And will you have a guest bedroom? It looks beautiful! I‘m planning my visit 😁 3mo
squirrelbrain 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
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JenReadsAlot Wow! Enjoy and I'm also jealous! 3mo
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 3mo
Librarybelle So gorgeous!! 3mo
TNbookworm I don't blame you, beautiful! 3mo
Aims42 Beautiful 😍💙 3mo
Bookzombie Gorgeous! 3mo
LauraBeth That‘s incredibly beautiful! 3mo
Avanders Wow 😍 3mo
Megabooks Amazing!! 3mo
Reggie Wow!!! 3mo
Cathythoughts So beautiful 3mo
Suet624 Stunning 3mo
CarolynM Gorgeous😍 3mo
DivineDiana Enchanting! ❤️😍❤️ 3mo
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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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This will do for a morning view.

MrsMalaprop Oh wow 🤩. 3mo
LoverOfLearning Please take me there 😭 3mo
squirrelbrain Gorgeous! 💙 3mo
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Karisa 😍😍😍 3mo
TiredLibrarian Yes please! 🌞 3mo
Ruthiella Lovely! 😍 3mo
merelybookish Wow! 3mo
Megabooks Beautiful!! 3mo
CarolynM Oh, how lovely! Where are you? 3mo
Oryx Wow. Want to be transported into that picture 3mo
julesG 😍😍😍 3mo
eanderson Oh my!!! So beautiful! 😁 3mo
Soubhiville Oh wow 😯. Enjoy! 3mo
swishandflick 😍😍 have the best time! 3mo
JackOBotts 😍 I want to go to there…Enjoy!! 3mo
TheSpineView What a view! I could wake up to that every day. ❤ 3mo
LauraBrook Gorgeous! Have a wonderful time! 3mo
Suet624 Gosh. 3mo
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Leaving on a Jet Plane | William L. Ippolito
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The journey begins…See you on the flip side, Litsy! 😘

TrishB Enjoy 😘 3mo
Ruthiella Safe travels! 3mo
squirrelbrain Bon voyage! 3mo
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eanderson Have fun!!! 3mo
Megabooks Travel safe!! 💜 3mo
kspenmoll Be safe and enjoy!!!!! 3mo
CarolynM Safe travels 3mo
BarbaraBB Hope you arrived safely and have enjoyed that first drink in your hotel! You deserve it 🤍 cheers 🍷 3mo
DivineDiana 30th Street Station? 🤔 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Yes, we flew from Newark. 3mo
DivineDiana You must have so many wonderful memories! Your trip looked fantastic! 3mo
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Happy Litsyversary! | Special Events
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Half a decade with you nuts?? 🤯

Seriously, thank you for your friendship and for being world class enablers. Here‘s to at least 5 more. 🥂❤️

QuietlyLaura Congratulations! 🎉 👏 4mo
katy4peas Congrats! 📚📚📚 4mo
Soubhiville Happy Litsyversary! 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎊🎉🎊🎉🎊🎉 4mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 4mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥜 4mo
Palimpsest Happy Litsyversary! 📚 4mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! Happy to be both a nut and an enabler 🤣😘 4mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 4mo
BarbaraBB So happy to have met you here. Here‘s to five more - at least 🤍 🥂 4mo
Megabooks 🥂 4mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 4mo
DivineDiana Cheers to you! 👏🏻👍🏻📚 4mo
kspenmoll Congrats on your Litsyversary!!! 4mo
CarolynM Happy Litsyversary 🎉 4mo
Reggie Happy Litsyversary!!! 4mo
ValerieAndBooks Happy Litsyversary from another five-year Litten — here‘s to many more 📚📚📚📚📚 4mo
TrishB Awww I missed this ♥️♥️ 5 years x 4mo
Bookzombie Happy belated Litsyversary!!! 💗🧁 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Happy Belated Litsyversary!! Celebrate with some books! 🎉🍾🥳 3mo
Suet624 How wonderful. This is a great app and you are a fantastic reader to follow. 3mo
kspenmoll Happy Litsyversary!!! Congrats! 3mo
vivastory I somehow missed this. Happy belated Litsyversary. I hope that you are having a fantastic vacation! 3mo
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“Why have I not been on Litsy for 2 months?”

Nute HaHa! You‘ve been missed, Pickles!🐶💚 4mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️🐶 4mo
AmyG Ha! 4mo
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Leftcoastzen Pickles ! Super cuteness!🐶 4mo
Megabooks 😍😍 4mo
DivineDiana Good question! Hi Pickles! 4mo
Reggie 👋🏼 Hi Pickles! 4mo
batsy Far too long!! 😍 4mo
QuietlyLaura Pickles! 😍👋 4mo
EvieBee 💋💋 4mo
saresmoore Well, hello there, cutes patoots! 🥰 4mo
Bookzombie So cute! 3mo
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Pickpick

A very light pick. There was a lot to love here - atheist lesbian with anxiety issues. Oh hi self. 🙋🏻‍♀️ There were many moments that were laugh out loud funny. BUT I found this somewhat exhausting. Told in vignette style, it often read as an anxiety riddled fever dream. I‘m still thinking about it though so that‘s something, I guess. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Bklover This sounds interesting! 4mo
TrishB I gave it a so-so for same reasons! It had potential but never quite got there. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bklover Give it a go! It may work better for you. I‘ve found that my reading of late is VERY heavily impacted by my mood. So 1 day I was loving it and the next I was frustrated with life and frustrated by the book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB As a former Catholic, I found the bits where she was exposed to different elements of the religion HILARIOUS. Like when she went to mass for the first time and thought, “Wait, we have lines???” 😂 4mo
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Crossing the Line | Kerry Wilkinson
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Still hotter than Hades so I shall Saturday indoors.

kspenmoll Me too!!! 4mo
TrishB Back to rain and cloud here! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB In this particular book, there is a weird cold snap in May in Manchester. Snow, frost, the works. Everyone is bitching and moaning about it while I think it sounds heavenly. 4mo
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TrishB Lol! That is nearly normal. One week of extreme heat was enough for me! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I have been miserable all week. Our real feel temp has been 40+. I can not function in that. 4mo
TrishB Not surprising! 4mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I loved this. The mystery was a bit pedestrian but the cast of characters was delightful. I hope to find a group of spunky, snarky retirees to befriend when I reach old age. I am definitely looking forward to the sequel. #StartASeries #SeriesRead2021

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 4mo
squirrelbrain I loved the sequel even more than this one! 😉 4mo
TrishB I‘m in for the retirement home! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to it! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB 😂 “Stay away from those two. They‘re the troublemakers.” 4mo
TrishB You know it! 4mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I‘m moving into your complex, too. 😆 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Hell yes! We‘ll take over a whole floor! 4mo
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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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My neighborhood is hopping. I prefer to Saturday like this.

Tamra Me too 😉 4mo
EvieBee Heaven. 4mo
Flaneurette my kind of Saturday!
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EmilyM Just started this today! 4mo
Cathythoughts Definitely my kind of Saturday 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
BiblioLitten That book is on my list! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
Dead Man's Footsteps | Peter James
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Pickpick

This was a tough #SeriesRead2021. The storyline was great with multiple layers to the mystery BUT the early chapters were an emotional struggle for me. Contains very detailed, graphic depictions of lower Manhattan on 9/11. Ends on a cracker of a cliffhanger so I‘m sure I‘ll be picking up #5 sooner rather than later.

TheSpineView Great job! 👍📖📚 4mo
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The Secret of You and Me | Melissa Lenhardt
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Panpan

I have no idea when or how this ended up on my Kindle but I wish it hadn‘t. I‘ve read fan fiction that was better written. The characters are basically immature cartoons that act the same at nearly 40 as they did at 18. And there is no subtlety or nuance whatsoever. And yes, I know there are small towns throughout the U.S. where some citizens are virulently homophobic and racist but this was so over the top. 🙄 👇🏼

MicheleinPhilly Example: The protagonist‘s Iranian girlfriend visits and everyone at the party asks her if she is a terrorist. WTF??? The only teensy sliver of redeemability was the woman coming to terms with her lesbianism by realizing she fantasizes a lot about Cate Blanchett. But I‘m mad at the author for including my fantasy wife in this garbage. HARD. PASS. 4mo
vivastory Sorry about the bad book, but the last sentence of your review 😂 👍 4mo
Kenziejo 🤣🤣🤣 I'm sorry it was an awful read, but thanks for the laugh lol 4mo
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squirrelbrain Fab review - you cheered me up no end! 😁 4mo
JamieArc Why hello there, fellow Cate Blanchsexual @MicheleinPhilly 👋🏼😁 4mo
TrishB 😂😂 Cate would not be happy either! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @JamieArc We have excellent taste. 😉 It has gotten to the point where my actual wife will say, “Your other wife was on Jimmy Kimmel so I recorded it for you.” 4mo
Reggie Lololol 4mo
Megabooks You write the best Pan reviews!! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly
The Fortunate Ones | Ed Tarkington
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I am officially an Ed Tarkington fan as he is 2 for 2 with me. I wish he had fleshed the back half out just a bit more but this is a great meditation on class, facades, and belonging. 4 ⭐️

squirrelbrain Sounds great and I haven‘t read anything by this author - stacked. 4mo
TrishB Have this stacked already! But really expensive at the mo here. 4mo
Megabooks Agree!! 4mo
Cathythoughts I really enjoyed this one 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
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