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The Atlas of Happiness | Helen Russell
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I absolutely enjoyed this book and would love to own a copy of this in hard copy. This book describes 33 different concepts of happiness/philosophies/attitudes/life mottoes from different countries around the world. Learnt about adopting ideas of happiness: homeyness from the US, jolly from the UK, joie de vivre from Canada, wabi-sabi from Japan, xingfu from China, jugaad from India, and so many others. Truly a book to have on the shelf 😊

Cinfhen Sounds delightful ❣️ 7h
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This was a delightful non-fiction book that is a compilation of problems/questions that were sent to The Hairpin. The author provided answers to the issues from the perspective of Baba Yaga. Absolutely enjoyable and the illustrations are gorgeous in black, white, and red.

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Thank you Netgalley for this ARC. Enjoyed this quick read. The novel is written in the form of lists. Written from the first person narrative of Dan Mayrock, it chronicles his life, his wife, Jill whom he lives a lot, and his family. The novel shows how far Dan can go, his encounters at the bookstore that he owns, his fears on becoming a father, Jill‘s dead husband, Dan‘s own father who abandoned him, and his endless delightful relatable thoughts.

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Zodiac | Sam Wilson
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Reposting from Reese Witherspoon‘s Book Club Instagram page, cozy night in reads based on your sun sign 😊

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Free bookmarks! Any fans of manga/graphic novels? I got these 5 but I am not a fan. I would like to pass these on to someone who is interested. Don‘t want them to end up in recycling 😔 Will mail ASAP. Just drop an emoji in the comments and I will pick 🎃

Feel free to repost or tag any Litten that you think might be interested. If I have multiple names, will do a random draw on Friday, Oct 11.

#freebookmarks #mangafan #freestuff #bookmarks

NeedsMoreBooks @Clwojick interested? 😊 18h
Clwojick Thank you so much! i am not familiar with any of these, as i generally read more GN's than manga. I'll pass and suggest maybe @GrilledCheeseSamurai ? 15h
GrilledCheeseSamurai Ooooh. I'm a FMA fan as well as a Doctor Stone fan Annnnd a junji Ito fan. 😂. I'm Canadian though so that'd mean mailing north. 🤷🏼‍♂️ 15h
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NeedsMoreBooks @GrilledCheeseSamurai no problem! Send me your address at rashmila.maiti@gmail.com 15h
GrilledCheeseSamurai Also...thanks for the tag @Clwojick 😊 15h
GrilledCheeseSamurai @NeedsMoreBooks ooooh. Yay! I likey! Will do! ❤️ 15h
Clwojick 😝 Glad I can help! 14h
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Library book sale haul, each is $2. Have read the bottom 2 but wanted to own them 😊

Tanisha_A Great haul! 😍 2w
NeedsMoreBooks @Tanisha_A thank you ❣️ 2w
AmyRebecca Good ! 😊📚 7d
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The Travelers | Regina Porter
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Wanted to like this book but the countless characters made keeping up a problem. The story begins begins around 1948 and spans 60 years, chronicling the stories of 3 families- the White Camphor and Vincent families and the African American Johnson family. There is a lot of racial tension, family power dynamics, numerous histories, violence, and a lot of messiness. I liked the complexity but there were sadness and violence too. Thanks Netgalley.

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White Teeth | Zadie Smith
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Signed copy, on my TBR. Now might be a good time to read this 🎃🧡

#FallisBooked #Orangecover

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 2w
thebluestocking Love the powerful simplicity of this one. 💙 2w
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Last night was the last stop for Margaret Atwood‘s US book tour in Portland, OR. She is fabulous and hilarious in person. Visited with a friend and enjoyed myself. Things that she said that I will remember:

“There‘s still hope, kids.”
“The older you grow, the less surreal everything seems.”
“Just say no.”

DivineDiana How fortunate! 👏🏻📚👍🏻 3w
Tanisha_A She is just awesome. I saw her once, at the JLF. ☺️ 3w
UwannaPublishme How cool! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 7

@Chelsea.Poole want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

Chelsea.Poole Thanks!! I will try to play along. 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @Chelsea.Poole yay! Excited to see your covers ❣️ 3w
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 6

@Lel2403 want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

Lel2403 Definitely... 4w
NeedsMoreBooks @Lel2403 yay! ❣️ 3w
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Letter To My Daughter | Maya Angelou
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5

@RaimeyGallant and @LiteraryAries want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

RaimeyGallant What a great cover!!! 4w
NeedsMoreBooks @RaimeyGallant thank you 💖 4w
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More Than Just Biryani | Andaleeb Wajid
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Day 20
My #favoritefood for #SelfImprovementSept is biryani, a rice and meat dish. The photo is from a friend‘s YouTube channel focused on cooking, Bong Eats.

There is also other favorites which would require a separate long post, including mangoes, comfort food, Southern American food, and pizza.

I sincerely think food makes things better 😉😋

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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 4

@LapReader and @LiteraryHedgehog want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

TorieStorieS Oh! I like this cover, too! 4w
NeedsMoreBooks @TorieStorieS thanks! Planning to buy all of them 😍 4w
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The Travelers | Regina Porter
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 3

@Geeklet want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

TorieStorieS Oh this is a fun cover, too!! 4w
NeedsMoreBooks @TorieStorieS thank you 🥳 4w
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 2

@Shemac77 want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

TorieStorieS Oooooo!!! 1mo
Naj 😍😍 1mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 1

@nelehelen want to join? Post 7 book covers you love each day for 7 days, no explanations needed and invite someone new each day 😊

TorieStorieS Beautiful cover!! 1mo
Tanisha_A These stories sound powerful. Stacked. And beautiful cover! 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @TorieStorieS @Tanisha_A I read this as an ARC and the stories, set in Colorado, are amazing. 1mo
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Winter Love | Norah Hess
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1. Yes, my TBR is up to date
2. Book sleeve, journals, planners, socks
3. Elongated pennies of the places that I visit, greeting cards, mugs
4. Hershey‘s chocolates

#LitsyLoveWinterSwap

Sunraven Oh man, I love those collector‘s pennies, too! 💖 3w
NeedsMoreBooks @Sunraven wow! 😁😍 3w
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Sept 14- Got this #journal on my birthday. Decided to write quotes from the books that I read. Might also use it as a gratitude journal. #SelfImprovementSeptember

OriginalCyn620 Pretty! 😊❤️ 1mo
MoonWitch94 So beautiful 1mo
Tanisha_A Very pretty! 1mo
TheSpineView Beautiful cover! 1mo
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Olive, Again | Elizabeth Strout
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Read as an end to the #SummersEndReadathon and forgot to post the review 🤦🏻‍♀️
I haven‘t read the prequel to this book but I enjoyed Olive, Again. This collection of strouds is set in Crosby, Maine and has either as the main or a peripheral/onlooker character, Olive Ketteridge. The stories show regular people caught in their own struggles, daily events, and power dynamics in different relationships. The stories have a sad undercurrent.#Netgalley

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Things I Love | Megan Morton
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As a part of #SelfImprovementSept, here‘s a list of the things I love: my family (husband and dog pictured above, parents and in-laws not pictured but included), books, traveling, and friends.

#whatyoulove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful couple ❤️❤️ and doggie 🐶 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Your dog is so cute! 🐶❤️ 1mo
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UwannaPublishme ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @UwannaPublishme ❤️❤️ 1mo
Nute Yes! 2w
NeedsMoreBooks @Nute thank you ❤️❤️ 2w
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Reading Goals: Extended Readers for Basic Reading | Glenn McCracken, Charles Child Walcutt
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Day 1

As a part of #SeptemberSelfImprovement my #readinggoal is to read a book per week, at least. I know this is not too ambitious but I think this goal will work for me.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You can do it!!! 📚🙌🏻❤️ 1mo
OriginalCyn620 Goals don‘t have to be ambitious! Small ones are just as important! 😊 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Final check-in for #SummersEndReafathon. Completed 4 books, goal was 3.
1. Sharp Objects
2. Gun Island
3. Fishnet
4. Olive, Again

Thank you @Clwojick for hosting this. Would love to participate again.

Clwojick Way to go!❤️ 2mo
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Fishnet | Kirstin Innes
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Reviewing this Netgalley ARC. Last book, I think, for #SummerEndReadathon. It is the story of Fiona who‘s searching for her younger sister, Rona, for 7 years. Fiona learns that Rona was a sex worker leading Fiona to see sex workers as human beings with their own voices and choices. She meets Anya/Sonja & others while still searching for Rona & raising her daughter as a single mother. Anya‘s blog entries are powerful. Not my usual but excellent

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Gun Island | Amitav Ghosh
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Just completed this ARC, courtesy of Netgalley. Ghosh is one of my favorite novelists and Gun Island focuses on climate change, migrations of refugees, power of myths and folklores, and the random workings of chance. It narrates how Dinanath Dutta‘s quest for a legend becomes a story of 17th century Venice, the Sunderbans in India, the travels of refuges, displacement and privilege, & the hope inherent in humanity. #SummersEndReadthom

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Read this from the local Little Library, 1st book in the #SummersEndReadathon I am not much into psychological thrillers but this pulled me in. Despite guessing the ending I still enjoyed it. Camille Preaker, a reporter, returns to her home town, Wind Gap, MO to write about the murders of 2 girls. It explores themes of motherhood, family, adolescence, & ideas of beauty. The book is slightly disturbing or maybe that‘s how this genre is.
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Clwojick Sounds good! Glad to hear you‘ve enjoyed it! 2mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Thank you @Clwojick for hosting the #SummersEndReadathon. This is my 1st readathon. I am planning to start Sharp Objects and tackle at least 2 of my Netgalley ARCs. Haven‘t decided which ones.

Clwojick Woohoo! I‘m so happy you‘re joining us. I have had Sharp Objects on my bookshelf for a few years, but I have yet to read it. Can‘t wait to see what you think about it! ☺️ 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thanks @Clwojick 😊❤️ 2mo
Sbk89 How does this work? Thank you 🙏🏼 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Sbk89 you tag @Clwojick who‘s hosting the readathon. It is a week long and when we you read a book or have an update about your progress, you simply tag her. Enjoy 😊 (edited) 2mo
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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This book lived up to the hype; would like to watch the TV series. The story follows three women and their interconnected families and relationships: Madeline, a mother of 3 who‘s smart, funny, and a typical mother; Jane, a single mother of a 5-year-old boy with a traumatic past; and Celeste, the woman with the “perfect” life who‘s battling her own serious demons. Moriarty manages to discuss important feminist social issues in a realistic way.

melissajayne I found the TV series so addicting. Fortunately it‘s only 7 episodes for each season. I also read this book twice and liked it much better after the second read. (edited) 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @melissajayne Yes, I noticed. The 2nd season looks great although it is an offshoot. Some books read better the second time 😊 (edited) 2mo
OnlyYoo This book was so much fun! I was so shocked by the plot twist 2mo
nichollinlove I watched both seasons of the show before reading the book and I am now disappointed in the show. HBO decimated Madeline and Celeste's characters. Reduced them to sexually charged women that both hurt their families. It just doesn't align with the message of the book for me. I'm really happy I read the book. It's much better than the show, as those things usually go. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @nichollinlove thanks for the review on the show. That‘s the problem with adaptations 😡 2mo
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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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This was my first Liane Moriarty. I enjoyed the divine justice but the overwhelming Catholicism turned me off. The story focuses on Cecilia Fitzpatrick who has an organized well-off life and whose world crashes when she comes across her husband‘s secret. Consequently, there are some interesting power dynamics that come to the surface. There‘s also another story line of Tess, whose son goes to the same school as Cecilia‘s daughters.

Megabooks Much less religion. 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks yes, definite less religion in Big Little Lies. Will read The Hypnotist‘s Love Story and just completed 2mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Thank you @Megabooks for the fabulous #25etsy #giveaway! Congratulations on the milestone 🎉🎈

My favorite summer reads are Sarah Winman‘s Tin Man and Taylor Jenkins Reid‘s After I Do.

Megabooks Thanks for entering!! I‘ll have to add that TJR to my TBR! 😁 2mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Thank you @Crazeedi for hosting the #50kcelebration #giveaway50k
My favorite summer memories are visiting my grandparents‘ house as a child, chasing fireflies &ducks, listening to ghost stories narrated by my father under the starlit evening sky, gorging on mangoes, and reading for the upcoming school year. I did these pretty regularly when I visited them during the summer vacations. Also I am from India so these memories remind me of home.

Crazeedi Such amazing memories! It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood! 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Crazeedi ❤️ 2mo
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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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Picked this from a Little Free Library. Growing up on Bollywood films, I found this not to be an epic love story. Lucy Carter narrates her relationship with her first love, Gabriel Samson and her later marriage with Darren Maxwell. The novel focuses on the different kinds of romantic love, the road not taken and what if, balancing a family and a career, the small and large things that make/break a relationship, followed over 13 years from 9/11.

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Picked this on the recommendation of a bookstore‘s Insta story. It features Steve and Gretchen, a couple in their mid-30s who visit the marriage counselor, Sandy. The entire story is set in Sandy‘s office and focuses on the different sessions. It is almost entirely conversations and a bit slow. Some of the advice was good but overall an average read.

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The Mailbox | Audrey Shafer
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Today‘s book mail- What Would Cleopatra Do? and Ask Baba Yaga.

Why does Litsy have such weird formatting?

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Today Is Monday | Eric Carle
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One_With_Books Feel like I am definitely a shark! Monday‘s have never bothered me lol 2mo
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See How Small: A Novel | Scott Blackwood
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I read this as a part of the August #BotmBuddyRead organized by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks hoping to get an early start but ended up completing it.
The story is based on a real life incident in Austin and deals with how life continues in the aftermath of a horrific tragedy. It reminded me of The Virgin Suicides and The Lovely Bones. I thought there were too many characters and it seemed to ramble. This novel might be great for others, though.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We hope you will still join us for discussion!! 2mo
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This was a strange book. Set in San Francisco, Clay, who has been laid off due to the recession takes up a job at the bookshop. His night shift gets some really interesting readers. There is also a quest, an ancient society, and the importance of friendship. The main idea is how does old technology, like books, keep up with new knowledge, like the internet and Google. What happens when the two collide and can they coexist? The characters were ok.

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If you want a book to cuddle up to, then read this book. Set in the island of Guernsey, the novel fooled the life of 32-year-old Juliet who visits Guernsey and falls in love with Dawsey. Set in 1946, this epistolary novel also discusses the German occupation of Guernsey, the various inhabitants of the Society and the novel, the expectations of a single woman author, and the different ravages of the war. I also liked the Netflix adaptation.

marleed Someday I will spell epistolary on my own without the need for auto correct! Loved this book! 2mo
NeedsMoreBooks @marleed 😂😂yes! 2mo
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I really wanted to like this book. The Bildungsroman is about Kya, a young girl who lives in the marshes in North Carolina and is abandoned by her family. There are 2 timelines- one focuses on the growth, adventures, and relationships of Kya, and the other focuses on the murder investigation of Chase Andrews, a local celebrity. The descriptions of the marshes will transport you but the pace seemed a bit slow to me. Kya is a complex protagonist.

allureofbeauty Im actually about to start this for my book club this week. Im a little weary. 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks @allureofbeauty All the best! I loved the mystery and how nuanced Kyra is portrayed but it is slow. 3mo
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Tin Man is a heart-wrenching story about love and loss. It starts with Ellis‘s mother choosing a copy of Van Gogh‘s Sunflowers at a raffle. Narrated by Ellis and his teenage boyfriend, Michael, this story portrays the importance of love in all its forms and how difficult it is to cope with grief, and how life can be lived after loss. It is a short book but is impactful. Tin Man tries to answer the question of what if and is successful.

KarenUK Loved this one.... 💕 3mo
TrishB A great read 👍🏻 3mo
Suet624 I liked this book a lot. 3mo
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Thank You Friend | Tammy L. Bicket
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Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the package. I got it after I returned from a family vacation. You have made my year ❤️❤️

For everyone who has sent me mail, I am sorry for being MIA. Family visits and other things. I appreciate the #litsylove group and am slowly getting back into my rhythm. Thank you for your patience and understanding 💖💖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!!! Enjoy and remember no worries!!! 💗😘💗 3mo
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Happy Mother‘s Day ❤️

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Unpopular opinion- I did not like this book. Told from the POV of a group of adolescents boys, the story is about the five Lisbon girls who love in the same neighborhood. The boys are obsessed with the girls, remembering details, memories, and interactions. Cecilia, the youngest attempts and later commits suicide. The remaining 4 sisters commit suicide later. The meticulous descriptions are gorgeous but it felt flat as I didn‘t get the girls‘ POV.

Megabooks It‘s a rare instance when the movie is better than the book. 💙 Sofia Coppola 6mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks I should see it then, thanks 😊 6mo
Megabooks It was still be on Amazon Prime, if you have that. 6mo
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NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks I do, will check it 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌹 6mo
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Rissreads I felt the same as you about this book, everyone else in my bookclub loved it! 😬 5mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Thank you Cassandra for hosting the #OscarMeterTurnsFive giveaway. This is my 5-year old reading buddy who decided to pose in the sunshine.

Leftcoastzen So pretty!🐶 6mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Finally completed reading these two which were a Christmas gift. In my defense , I was traveling for 4 months. Hadn‘t read anything by Nnedi Okarofor so absolutely loved these two. Now to read the last part of the trilogy 😎 #newfavourite #sciencefiction

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This was a cute romantic YA. I saw the Netflix TV series before reading but I still enjoyed both. The story is about Lara Jean who writes letters to the boys whom is in love with. She never posts them. Unfortunately, they are posted and the story follows Lara Jean trying to salvage the situation, her relationships with her sister‘s ex-boyfriend, and her own crush. It is a sweet story and the adaptation is not bad. Quick read.

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I liked this book. It has 4 intertwined stories, each dealing with love and relationships. Daisy has just started dating, JoJo is trying to win her husband back, Adam is jobless, and Dylan has an illness that makes him home bound but he is in love. The stories are set in London, and show the crazy things people do for love. It is a romance novel but not mushy. I liked it.
Thank you, Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Sacred Games | Vikram Chandra
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I really wanted to like this book. Excellent plot of an underworld gangster , Ganesh Gaitonde, who is chased by Inspector Sartaj Singh, with detailed background and character development, that still felt too long. There seemed to be long descriptions and hurried action. It was reading like an epic where both the characters are grey. The ending was abrupt. The Netflix adaptation scratched the surface and has some major changes.

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Following three generations of women in the Wise-Arnold household, this novel has all the elements of a feminist text- perceptions of women across a century, identity, relationships, freedom and history, and the repercussions of choice. The feminist movement can almost be seen in the lives. Sections are relatable, poignant, and tragic. I would have preferred some more space devoted to Evelyn and her daughter Laura in balance to her daughter, Grace

Tanisha_A Nice review! 🙂 7mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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The novella won the National Book Award and am not sure about it, midway between a pick and a so-so. Apollo, a Harlequin Great Dane is left to the author who has never had a dog. He was left after his owner committed suicide. The themes include owning and having a relationship with a dog and cats, suicide, the literary and academic worlds, friendship, and womanizing, among many literary quotes. Not everyone‘s cup of tea, loved the 🐶 sections.