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Joined January 2023

We are two sisters who love to read and PickingBooks is where we help you find your next great read. bio.site/Pickingbooks
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We‘ll never give up paper books but e-readers are an important tool in our reading basket. Are you mostly a print or digital reader or are you loyal to only one? https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/digital-books-vs-paper-books

LoveToReadLiveToRead I read mostly on e-reader but I think that‘s because I read a lot of eARCs. I‘ve been reading a lot more physical books recently though and I do like to mix it up. 13mo
Picking_Books @LoveToReadLiveToRead yes I love a mix. I‘m starting to incorporate more audiobooks so that I can keep up with all my reading with 2 kids 13mo
TheBookgeekFrau I'm solely a physical book reader. But I love knowing that I have another option should my aging eyes ever need really large print 13mo
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Picking_Books @TheBookgeekFrau that is a wonderful benefit of e-readers that I hadn‘t thought of! When I want to read in bed and I want to be able to just roll over and go to sleep and not have to take my glasses off I adjust the size of the writing on my kindle so I can see 😂 13mo
BookNAround I read ebooks only if I don‘t have a choice (I run a prize publishers submit to and I have to take books in whatever format they send). For my personal reads, I don‘t like screens at all. 13mo
Picking_Books @BookNAround completely understand! There are benefits to ereaders but they definitely aren‘t a replacement for a physical book 13mo
Ruthiella I like both and having access to both for sure. But I pretty much only read ebooks from the library. If I want to keep a book, I buy it in physical form. 13mo
rwmg I live abroad in a non-English speaking country so my access to English treebooks is limited, though better than it used to be. There is a much wider choice if I am downloading ebooks. 13mo
LoveToReadLiveToRead @Picking_Books oh yes, me too! Audiobooks are my saviour for boosting my reading with kids! 13mo
batsy Both! I love digital books and they've helped me access books I never would have (especially via Libby). But I buy copies of books I'd like to own. 12mo
Picking_Books @Ruthiella yes! Libby has been a big help Timmy budget! 😆 12mo
Picking_Books @rwmg that‘s awesome! 12mo
Picking_Books @batsy I would spend way too much money on books if it wasn‘t for Libby 😆 12mo
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If there was only one review from us that you would click the link to read I think it should be this one. I am so proud of this review and I think it will provoke a lot of thought/discussion. Give it a read and tell me what you think! https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/the-seven-husbands-of-evelyn-hugo

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Please leave your feedback for pickingbooks in the comments! We would love any feedback you‘re willing to give. Is there anything else you would like to see from our site? If you want to send a longer comment you can use our contact us page here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/contact

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Sketching a library and having an art afternoon with the kids. Happy Thursday!

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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Costco has Happy Place for $10 cheaper than Barnes and Nobles!!

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Good for You | Camille Pagn
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Confessions of a Shopaholic | Sophie Kinsella
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Kinsella writes about women (usually young) navigating life‘s ups and downs. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide. In this guide, we'll take a closer look at her most popular series and standalone novels. Read the guide here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/a-complete-guide-to-sophie-kinsella

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Twenties Girls | Sophie Kinsella
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Have you ever read a book that made you wish you could be haunted? I have. Twenties Girl is about Lara, a twenty-seven-year-old woman, who is visited by the ghost of her great aunt Sadie. Sadie was 104 when she died but appears to Lara, during her own funeral, as a twenty-three-year-old flapper. Read the full review here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/twenties-girl

TheBookgeekFrau I want to read, and be haunted too!! 🤣 14mo
Picking_Books @TheBookgeekFrau 😂 I hope you read it and love it. Sophie Kinsella‘s books are always so fun! 14mo
TheBookgeekFrau @Picking_Books Yes they are! 14mo
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A Bend in the Stars | Rachel Barenbaum
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A Bend in the Stars is a satisfying war novel. There‘s bravery, love, and death. And, for most of the book, there is an endearing, admirable, and, ultimately, blind optimism present in Vanya that I fear few of us enjoy today. Read full review here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/a-bend-in-the-stars

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Whenever you feel afraid, just remember. Courage is the root of change - and change is what we're chemically designed to do. So when you wake up tomorrow, make this pledge. No more holding yourself back. No more subscribing to others' opinions of what you can and cannot achieve. And no more allowing anyone to pigeonhole you into useless categories of sex, race, economic status, and religion.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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In anticipation of the release of Emily Henry‘s newest novel, Happy Place, in April, check out our ranking of all her books thus far https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/0mc02x4y4djm8lt7vcsdbet3rrt41q

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Happy Friday! My toxic trait is continuing to buy more books when I have all of these TBRs. Have you read any of these?

Bookwormjillk Haven‘t read any but I‘ve bought some 🤣 1y
jamield1911 The tattooist of auschwitz is brilliant. Also, the sequel "Cilkas journey" is a must read! 1y
Picking_Books @Bookwormjillk are you even really a reader if you don‘t have a bunch of books laying around unread 🤣🤣 1y
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Picking_Books @jamield1993 good to hear! It‘s been sitting in my house for quite awhile. I am so bad about reading all the books I buy haha 1y
Soubhiville I don‘t think there‘s anything toxic about that, but then again I do the same thing 🤣. TJ Klune is a favorite, I loved that one. 1y
dabbe THE GUEST LIST is a fast mystery read and kept me on my toes. ❣️ 1y
BookBr The ABC Murders is a classic murder mystery with a lot of depth! 1y
Picking_Books @BookBr I love Agatha Christie. I have been slowly making my way through her works - there are so many! So far my favorite is The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1y
Picking_Books @dabbe I have heard so many good things about it! 1y
Picking_Books @Soubhiville I am not bothered by it, but my husband is 😂😂😂 1y
peanutnine I've read a few of these and they were all good! Also I love your bookmarks! 😂 1y
Picking_Books @peanutnine thank you! I got them at Barnes and Nobles 1y
Bklover You can never have too many books! You have some good ones here! 1y
5feet.of.fury I really liked 1y
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I had an appendectomy recently and while I was recovering I rewatched a lot of Gilmore Girls. I looked at complete lists of all the books and movies made from books mentioned in the show and compiled a list of my favorites. Check it out on bookshop here: https://bookshop.org/lists/best-of-rory-gilmore-s-reading-list

Purchases on bookshop support independent bookstores and our affiliate link supports us!

Alfoster Oh, I so loved that show!🥰 1y
Picking_Books @Alfoster I have comfort shows that I like having on in the background - Gilmore Girls, The Office, and New Girl 1y
Alfoster Oh, loved New Girl too! Never got into The Office but so many people crazy about it! 1y
Picking_Books @Alfoster the first season of the office isn‘t that good but after that it‘s so great 1y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Honestly have too much to say to pick a snippet to post here. My summary, review, and analysis can be read here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/alias-grace

ICantImReading I feel like this is my sign to finally pick this book up! I love Margaret Atwood! 🥰 1y
Picking_Books @ICantImReading I talk about this in the review but this book is different from her others. It‘s definitely very literary which makes some of the writing a slog to get through but the history and story is soooo compelling that it‘s definitely worth reading. I wouldn‘t suggest it as a first Margaret Atwood read but definitely a good pick for an Atwood fan! 1y
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I got a good laugh out of this sweatshirt that I saw at a coffee shop near me. I think most of us bookworms can definitely relate to this message. I may need to go back and buy it for my sisters and I.

tpixie Yes!!! 1y
Picking_Books @tpixie my husband doesn‘t relate at all. He recharges being around other people. I recharge from the comfort of a blanket cocoon 😂 1y
tpixie @Picking_Books my husband as well!! 😂 I guess opposites do attract! 1y
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Picking_Books @tpixie I think it‘s a good thing. Two introverts may never leave the house haha! 1y
jamield1911 I've never needed an item as much 🤣 1y
kyraleseberg Relatable 💯😆 1y
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Some books are meant to be devoured. Others should be savored. I devoured The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. With ever-increasing stakes and intense themes like survival, love, and abuse, you can‘t help but binge read it. Read the full review here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/the-great-alone

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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While we all anxiously await Emily Henry‘s Happy Place release next month I made a list of Emily Henry‘s books and other must read romances. Purchases on bookshop help support independent bookstores. Check out the list here: https://bookshop.org/lists/unputdownable-romance-novels-emily-henry-and-other-mu...

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Max is enjoying a good book on this #lazysunday

Soubhiville Aw, hi Max! He‘s cute. 1y
dabbe Hello, Marvelous Max! ❣️🐾❣️ 1y
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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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Band of Sisters puts things in perspective (maybe things aren‘t so bad or scary after all) and is a reminder that we are all capable of more than we think. Band of Sisters is a fictional account of the experiences of the Smith College Relief Unit. Never heard of the Smith College Relief Unit? Neither had I. Get the rundown on the relief unit and read our full review here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/band-of-sisters

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“Imagine you‘re a bird.”

#firstlinefridays @shybookowl

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Good for You | Camille Pagn
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I love this quote from Good For You. This is my favorite book thus far this year. Read my full review here: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/good-for-you

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Burnt Sugar | Avni Doshi
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To any of us, the world can seem like a disgusting place deeply lacking in humanity, and Burnt Sugar shows that what we make of the world is a rendering of our experience. But Doshi also reminds us that hurt people, hurt people. Burnt Sugar is a depressing book, sickening almost but intriguing, nonetheless. It‘s a fly on the wall look at a truly dysfunctional family. Full review: https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/burnt-sugar

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Currently reading. Only about 90 pages left to go and really enjoying it! What are you reading right now?

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Checkout our bookshop list of all the pre-orders and recently released that we have been eagerly anticipating. https://bookshop.org/lists/most-anticipated-pre-order-and-recently-released-fict...

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“I cannot go to school today.”
Said Little Peggy Ann McKay.

- Shel Silverstein was the first poet I ever read as a kid. I credit him with getting so many children interested in poetry. Sick was my favorite poem of his. It always made me laugh. I don‘t have room here to type the poem in its entirety so I kept to the first 2 lines. Anyone else a Shel Silverstein fan as kid?

#poetrymatters

KathyWheeler Sister For Sale was my favorite. I also loved Jumping Rope. 1y
Picking_Books @KathyWheeler I‘m going to have to read Sister For Sale to my oldest. She will relate to it 😂 1y
KathyWheeler @Picking_Books I read it to my son after my daughter was born; I knew he could relate.😄 1y
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My sister, Laura, and I (Sam) have a book review website together and we would love and appreciate it if you checked it out. We are also on Pinterest (@pickingbooks), Instagram (@picking_books), and Twitter (@picking_books). Fun facts: Laura is working on writing her first novel, we both homeschool our children, and we have another sister (Sarah) who breeds and sells bunnies (Goshen Bunnies)

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Genre: Classic cozy mystery with a lovable cast of characters
Review: I absolutely loved everything about this book. Vera is one of my favorite mystery characters ever. She really is full of unsolicited advice for her suspects, and her ability to command a room is impressive. Read full review here https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/vera-wongs-unsolicited-advice-for-murderers

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Good for You | Camille Pagn

What Aly had been trying to keep wasn‘t the position; it was her identity. But a title would never make her exceptional, or even normal. It would never make her feel accepted or loved. All of that had to come from within her . . . and to a lesser degree, from the people she loved. “Without that desire, I won‘t be any good.”

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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Florence is a ghostwriter who can talk to ghosts, her latest ghostly friend is her very hot editor who finds her in her hometown, a place she loathed to return. The story follows Florence as she faces her old life and tries to help her ghostly love interest with his unfinished business. Overall it‘s a cute story and relatively PG. I had a few quibbles but all was forgiven at the end because the ending was so good.

PaperbackPirate Welcome to Litsy! Go to @LitsyWelcomeWagon for some helpful tips. 1y
tpixie Yes! Welcome! @Chrissyreadit has tips in her bio @LitsyEvents has info on buddy reads and readathons. 1y
Picking_Books @tpixie thank you! 1y
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The Overdue Life of Amy Byler is full of second chances, relatable characters with the right amount of quirk, and the escapism that all of us moms need. Moms will relate to Amy in so many ways and will want their own momspringa. This is a great summer read. The romance is *chef‘s kiss* but it‘s so much more than that. It is also an exploration of how moms lose themselves in parenting and how Amy finds herself again.

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“The first mark she left upon the world, long before she knew the truth, that ideas are so much wilder than memories, that they long and look for ways of taking root.”

RobES Loved this ❤️ it was just beautiful 1y
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An interesting observation on both the paradox of womanhood and the modern obsession with living a life that is anything but ordinary. These themes and scenes of survival and heartbreak make this a heavier read, but it is anything but boring. My favorite thing is the thread of art Addie is able to help others create throughout the book. Full review here https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/the-invisible-life-of-addie-larue

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Because of the unique obstacles to marriage posed by the American Revolution and westward expansion, Bauman spends the bulk of the book discussing personal ads prior to 1900, which is unfortunate because after 1900, things got interesting. Overall Matrimony Inc. is interesting, despite being thin on modern ads. Bauman keeps things fun and light, adding humor where appropriate while being sensitive to the lonely souls she references.

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Good for You | Camille Pagn
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This is one of, if not the most, well-deserved happily ever afters that I have ever read. I have read two of Camille‘s other books so it was not a surprise to see her tackling difficult life circumstances. What did surprise me is how romantic and lighthearted Good For You is despite its heavier themes. This is a wonderful romance pick with depth. https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/good-for-you

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Oona Out of Order | Margarita Montimore
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1. There is an existential crisis. I don‘t know about you, but my life feels like one existential crisis after another.
2. The time hopping makes you want to keep reading.
3. The emotional toll of time hopping got me emotionally invested in Oona enough that even if I didn‘t have my own reasons for getting tied up in tht ebook, Oona is a character worth reading about.
https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/oona-out-of-order

AileenRR I loved this one a lot 1y
peanutnine This is a great one! Loving your reviews ☺️ 1y
Picking_Books @peanutnine Thank you! That is so nice to hear!! 1y
Picking_Books @peanutnine Thank you! That is so nice to hear!! 1y
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Although the book centers around tennis, it is equally, if not more, about the things that unfold off the court. Carrie is an imperfect heroine, brash and hard headed, and at times somewhat unlikable, but this makes her personal growth through the novel that much more compelling. https://www.pickingbooks.com/blog/carrie-soto-is-back

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The Master and Margarita | Mikhail Bulgakov
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Initially, I thought I loved The Master and Margarita. Upon further reflection I realized I loved that I finished The Master and Margarita and at least sort of understood it. It‘s a complicated work of capital-l literature and I finished it. The best bits were the satire and the fantastical plot. It is worth reading for the dark silliness.