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PNWBookseller85

Joined July 2016

Independent bookseller in Seattle.
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Loved it! Lucy works with me and I‘m stoked to start hand-selling her book. I genuinely loved it. Her characters are so flawed and yet you can feel the author‘s empathy towards them all as they try to understand each other. Total freaking grand slam of a book.

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Small Things Like These | Claire Keegan
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I fully understand the title now and it‘s surprisingly powerful. Just like the book. Short, quiet, and moving. Takes place during the holiday season so now is a good time to pick it up if you haven‘t yet.

Suet624 Lovely story. 💕 2w
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Shuna's Journey | Hayao Miyazaki
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Like watching a Ghibli movie. First published in 1985 in Japan and only just now translated into English. It‘s stunning. Stunning stunning stunning. Classic storytelling. Reminiscent of Princess Mononoke and Nausica. So many stars for this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

IndoorDame I just read this one too. So beautiful! 2w
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Blackwater Falls | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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The first book in a new mystery series featuring detective Inaya Rahman as she works cases and faces racism and sexism from her colleagues. It‘s very political, but it doesn‘t slow down the story or feel too didactic. Loved all the main characters - Inaya‘s teammates and her family - and I can‘t wait for the next installment!

Monica5 I can't either. Loved this first book in this new series 3w
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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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Set in Ireland during the troubles about a Catholic woman who has an affair with a much older man, but also about making hard choices in the face of others‘ judgment and persecution. The characters in this book are so well crafted and easy to care for. I liked it a lot.

TrishB I liked this one 👍🏻 3w
RowReads1 I‘m looking forward to this one. 3w
Tamra Sounds great! 3w
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Meredith, Alone | Claire Alexander
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I liked this book so much more than I expected to. About a woman who can‘t leave her home, recovering from trauma. It‘s just beautifully uplifting and Meredith is such a star of a character. One of those books that leaves you believing in a better world, even if that world is a very small one.

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Love it when you trust an author enough to just take the ride without much thought. Jane Harper and Tana French are my number one mystery writers. I will read anything and everything they write. Just one more Jane Harper to go until I‘ve actually done that too.

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Self-portrait with Self-Portrait With Nothing … which is a very fun, action-packed, often hilarious ride through the multiverse. Sort of. You‘ll see what I mean when you read it. Comes out tomorrow!!

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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Customers at the bookshop have been telling me to read this book for years. And I get it now. It‘s amazing how O‘Farrell takes you inside her characters minds and the historical details she adds so casually are incredible. But as a mom of two, this book also kind of destroyed me emotionally. Had to take breaks to hug my kids and be thankful for modern medicine.

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Exiles | Jane Harper
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New Jane Harper coming in January and it‘s great!! Now excuse me while I go read the only two books she‘s written that I haven‘t gotten to yet. #imtotallyobsessedwithjaneharper

LeeRHarry I enjoyed this one too 😊 2mo
Cinfhen I have this ARC!! Must get to it!! 2mo
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Shutter | Ramona Emerson
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This was fast-moving, intense, and delightfully dark and spooky. Longlisted for the National Book Award (though it didn‘t make the shortlist) and for good reason. I picked it up because it‘s rare for a thriller to make the list and I was very curious. It didn‘t disappoint.

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Less Is Lost | Andrew Sean Greer
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So so charming, just like the last book. Laugh out loud funny at times. A refreshingly positive book full of hope as well. Nothing mind blowing and very similar to Less, but just a really nice little world to be a part of for a while.

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Had to give this a “pick” because of the writing. Gunty‘s prose is stunning. The story itself was…different. I can absolutely see why it was long listed for the National Book Award, but it has some moments that are a little slow and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. That being said, every character was compelling, even when totally unlikeable.

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The Pachinko Parlor | Elisa Shua Dusapin
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Elisa Shua Dusapin writes angst and displacement so well. This is her second novel after Winter in Sokcho (which I also loved) and it‘s quiet and lovely. Slice-of-life. Set in Tokyo.

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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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A little late to this party. This was fantastic. Would love to see a mini-series or movie adaptation.

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Mehso-so

This was an interesting read. I liked the middle section the best - about the three women at the center of the story during their college years - but the ending was abrupt and felt unearned. The story meandered a bit too much and not enough time was spent on the mother/daughter relationships. So just a so-so rating from me for this one.

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Saha | Cho Nam-Joo
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Translated from Korean, about a group of people living illegally at the Saha Estates in a dystopian Town. Really different and fascinating. Reminded me a little of The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa.

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Never got around to reading Hamnet, but I might now! This book had so much depth, description, and an almost thriller-like quality to it that made it almost impossible to put down. I liked it a lot!

candc320 She‘s one of my all time favorites! Really looking forward to reading this one. 3mo
BarbaraBB I didn‘t know she had a new one out! Stacking since she is an auto buy for me! 3mo
DimeryRene I only just read Hamnet and loved it! 3mo
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Motherthing | Ainslie Hogarth
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This was a…fun??? book?? 😂 I don‘t read much psychological horror so I didn‘t know what to expect from this. It was definitely strange and definitely horrifying. That vintage cover is epic though. And it was very funny in a disconcerting way. So I gave it a “pick” because I think it accomplished what it set out to do. I will let the horror readers be the ultimate deciders on this one. Out in October.

Emilymdxn I need to read this now 3mo
PNWBookseller85 @Emilymdxn let me know what you think when you get to it! 3mo
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This one was a masterpiece of world building. Neon Yang will leave you questioning the truth and reality of their worlds and yours. A space odyssey like you‘ve never encountered before. Comes out in September. Stack it if you love Sci-Fi that excels in plot and worlds.

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The Book Eaters | Sunyi Dean
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I was super skeptical of the premise of this book, but I got over it so quickly after starting it. It‘s a really well crafted fantasy - gruesome and violent, raw and emotional. The themes of motherhood and sacrifice run throughout the book. I‘m looking forward to more from Sunyi Dean.

Jas16 I keep hearing how great this book is. I am going to have to give it a try. 4mo
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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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A couple of short stories followed by a novella. Stunning. Totally brilliantly stunning. I‘m still reeling from the novella. So much to process and unpack. Really solid audio as well. Lavar Burton reads the first story. It‘s heartbreaking. The whole book.

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I loved Jess Kidd‘s “Things in Jars” - a high standard to meet for sure, and this one wasn‘t quite as polished. But I still loved it. It‘s two timelines - 1647 and 1987 - and the stories intertwine beautifully. I only wanted her to go a little deeper into the details, I guess. My only complaint. Otherwise totally brilliant and an excellent read. Comes out in October. Stack it!

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Dinosaurs | LYDIA. MILLET
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I devoured this book. It‘s one of those books in which not much happens plot-wise, but you fall madly in love with the characters and never ever want it to end. It‘s also an elusive goldmine of ideas and philosophy. Subtle and wise and lovely. Comes out in October.

Addison_Reads Stacked. I love her writing. 4mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, I love this author…#stacked and tagging my mermaid buddy @Reggie 4mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Not really much of a romance reader. I prefer endless pining to a happy ending, honestly. Should have stopped listening two chapters from the end. 😂 No, but seriously, this was so fun. Not that anyone needs my review of it. Hasn‘t everyone already read this one??

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Hard to resist a haunted Victorian English manor house, a spiritualist MC and murder mystery… so this one has a lot going for it from the start, BUT there were so many plot holes and it felt a little pieced together. I wanted it to be as good as Jess Kidd‘s “Things in Jars” and unfortunately, it didn‘t come close. But it was entertaining and fun and a good easy vacation read!

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Picked up this book because of that cover!! 😍😍 Inside is as stunning as out. About a friendship between two French girls in the 1950s - about poverty and privilege and the fickle nature of truth. Beautifully written.

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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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I invited some of my original book clubbers to come to the kids‘ book club I run - they started with me when they were 7 and 8 and have stayed in book club with me for 10+ years. They‘re all in college now! We haven‘t all been together since before Covid so tonight was so special. My kid is in the photo too to represent the new generation of Young Readers - they all met him when he was a newborn! Really love this part of my bookseller job.

Chelsea.Poole This is awesome 👏 4mo
DebinHawaii How cool to have them together! 🎉📚🎉 4mo
Cortg That's wonderful! I love they you all have a book loving connection 😀 4mo
JackOBotts Love this! Snaps to you for running a strong program! 💪🏼 📚 4mo
everlocalwest This is absolutely amazing! 💙📚 4mo
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Little slice-of-life about an unmarried woman raising a baby in Tokyo. Written in 1980. Quiet and atmospheric and surprisingly angsty at times. I really loved this. Sad that it‘s over.

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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So so sooooooo fun. Some plot holes. And I got a little frustrated with the MC at times. But twisty and kept me constantly guessing and who can resist a thriller set at Oxford?!

Hooked_on_books I‘m just over halfway through. It‘s a lot of fun! 5mo
vivastory I have to admit, I didn't care for the one Ruth Ware that I read but it sounds like this is partially based on a really creepy urban legend and that has me a bit intrigued 5mo
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A really fascinating book about a woman living and working alone in Tokyo, about isolation, meaningful connections, and misunderstandings. I found the MC frustrating at times as I think I was meant to - her journey to self-discovery was slow and painful at times. Ultimately, it‘s a lovely book though. Melancholy and lonely.

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Dirt Creek: A Novel | Hayley Scrivenor
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A fantastic police procedural set in a small town in Australia. Decent writing, good characters, but I did see the twist coming a mile off. Doesn‘t bother me with a thriller/mystery as long the writing is good and the story is compelling. This one ticked all the thriller boxes for me.

Freespirit Reading this now and it‘s really good.. here in Aust it is called “Dirt Town”…I know they change the name of some books overseas🤷‍♀️ 5mo
PNWBookseller85 @Freespirit they do do that! Doesn‘t make much sense. They refer to it as “Dirt Town” in the book anyway. 5mo
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This book floored me. It‘s written in this dreamlike way and touches so intimately on what it means to be human, universally. It‘s somehow so incredibly hopeful. It‘s the book we all need right now. I really haven‘t been so moved by a novel in such a long time.

By the author of Exit West - out August 2nd. Stack it. Read it. It‘s incredible.

BarbaraTheBibliophage I loved Exit West and can‘t wait for this one. Was hoping to get approved in NetGalley but 😭😭 didn‘t. 5mo
PNWBookseller85 @BarbaraTheBibliophage not long to wait now at least!! Wish I had extra copies to send you. I‘m passing this one to a coworker. 5mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @PNWBookseller85 That‘s very sweet. No worries! 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘m stacking immediately! I loved 5mo
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I‘ve been on a short story kick lately. I love the form and I feel like it - even more than a novel - gives you a sense of an author‘s mind and style. Ling Ma is brilliant. These were funny and engaging and weird and powerful. I very much recommend this book! Out in September.

Chelsea.Poole Awesome cover! 🍊 5mo
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New house, old shelves. Loving this room so far. I got rid of 8 or so boxes of books and we still have boxes and boxes more to unpack once we get some new shelves. 😱 My husband had to do the actual moving of the boxes and boxes of books and I‘m not sure he‘ll ever forgive me. 😂 🤣 #booksellerlife

Aims42 What a beautiful room!! 🥰🥰🥰 5mo
TheLibrarian Beautiful! I‘m about to go through a move and my ex-husband and his friend are going to regret offering to move me because of all my books and 3 flights of stairs 😬 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it!! I hope I never move again!! 5mo
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BarbaraBB Beautiful space! 5mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 5mo
Avanders Oooh 😍😍 5mo
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Life Ceremony: Stories | Sayaka Murata
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Catching up on posts. We‘ve been moving into a new house so it‘s been a little crazy. I‘m a huge Sayaka Murata fan. Her books are so hilarious, brilliant, and uncomfortable. 😂 I love how she‘ll make you question all of the “norms” in society - the most basic human instincts - in the funniest ways. This collection is marvelous.

batsy Oh, nice! I didn't know she had a story collection out. 5mo
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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Lucy Foley FTW! Another excellent thriller. Loved this. The audio was great as well. I‘m not picky when it comes to thrillers. As long as it holds my attention, I‘ll give it a 👍- and this one was so fun.

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Three | Valrie Perrin
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I honestly really loved this book, story and character-wise, but I had some problems with it as well. However, I can‘t say what without totally spoiling it. 😂 So if you‘ve read and want to discuss let me know!

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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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This was riveting and totally brilliant! It‘s a modern take on the Brothers Karamazov (which I didn‘t realize until it was referenced halfway through and then I had the hugest no duh moment - I‘ve read The Brothers Karamazov twice 😳) and it was just flawlessly executed. I can‘t praise it highly enough. So solid. I hope Lan Samantha Chang writes many many more books!

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Elsewhere: A Novel | Alexis Schaitkin
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Stunning stunning stunning. Reminded me a bit of Never Let Me Go. Beautifully written, atmospheric and dark. I hope this one gets so much attention. I feel like I have been waiting for this book. Out in June.

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Love Marriage | Monica Ali
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I really liked this one! Family dramas can all seem the same after a while if you read a lot of them, but this one stood out to me. It‘s funny, the characters are all so flawed, but relatable, and there is such growth between them. The writing was solid as well. Really good read/listen.

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Absolutely a wild ride. Set in a version of New Orleans and full of music and haints and sky trolleys and magic. It‘s unlike anything I‘ve read. Such a solid debut. Out in June! Preorder through your local bookstore!

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Omg I loved this book so so soooooo much. I finished it on my way to work this morning and I‘m not sure I have ever been more reluctant to leave a character behind. Mitya is not near the top of my list of all time favorite characters. This book is gold. A coming of age story set in Moscow in the late 1990‘s.

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This was such a thoughtful book and I kept thinking about it even when I wasn‘t listening to it. Read by the author. About turning the bitter moment in life into something sweet. She takes it to places I didn‘t expect - particularly interesting was the chapter on America‘s culture of positivity.

limada Delighted to see this as this is next on my non-fiction TBR. I loved Quiet so I assumed I would feel similarly about this. 7mo
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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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Five stars!!! Loved this!! It‘s hilarious and smart and I wanted to highlight every other line. Comes out in June!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover 💜🧡 7mo
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Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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First of all, this is a fantastic audio book. Full cast. Secondly, it‘s just a great book. There were so many moments that caught me by surprise. I found myself in tears in my way to work after listening to one chapter in particular. The kind of tears that sneak up on you. It‘s really solid.

BkClubCare When I “reread” this, I will go audio. Ty 6mo
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Cress Watercress | Gregory Maguire
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Baby‘s first shelf talker! I love getting to share my job/work with my kids. ❤️❤️

mabell The best kind of recommendation! ❤️ 8mo
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Cress Watercress | Gregory Maguire
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He‘s been reading all morning. Had to finish the tagged book before he could start the Minecraft book. So determined.

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Wrote a little author spot on Marlon James for a display at work and our newsletter because I can‘t stop talking about how brilliant the Dark Star Trilogy. Ask anyone who knows me. They‘re all tired of hearing about it. 😂

AlaMich If you don‘t already know of it, you should really check out his podcast!! Marlon and Jake Read Dead People 8mo
Mel @AlaMich I love that podcast! 8mo
PNWBookseller85 @AlaMich @Mel I love it too! They‘re pretty hilarious. 8mo
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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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This is historical fiction at its best. Set in Idaho in 1885 and chronicling the racism and violence that Chinese immigrants were subjected to - but more than that as well. It‘s the story of the resilient Daiyu who manages to find a little happiness in a life full of horror. Beautifully written. Out today.

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