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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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Loved the writing and the style of this novel. A series of short pieces telling the stories of black women in the UK. This book makes you feel surrounded and caught in the wind of all of these stories. #netgalley

Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻♥️ 20h
rachaich Is this the joint Booker winner? 13h
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Listened on #audiobook Enjoyed this story about a serial bomber who I knew nothing about previously. I liked how this crime tied into the beginning of criminal profiling.

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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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Good. Entertaining. But, I felt like it was missing the X Factor to be a wow. #Edelweiss

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The Escape Artist | Helen Fremont
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Nah. This was a second memoir that kept referring to the first which was annoying as I haven‘t read the first. This one didn‘t really have a strong narrative or resolution. #Edelweiss

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Listened on audiobook. Was waiting for something to come of this story, but nothing really ever did.

emmaturi I just read it too and didn't think much about it. 5d
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Paradise Lodge | Nina Stibbe
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Read this one about a teenager working at a nursing home in England in the 1970‘s for this month‘s book club pick.

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Fight of the Century: Writers Reflect on 100 Years of Landmark ACLU Cases | Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Salman Rushdie, Jonathan Lethem, Marlon James, Anthony Doerr, Ann Patchett, Dave Eggers, Lauren Groff, Jennifer Egan, Jacqueline Woodson, Yaa Gyasi, Meg Wolitzer, Hctor Tobar, Louise Erdrich, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Elizabeth Strout, Michael Cunningham, Victor LaValle, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Andrew Sean Greer, Rabih Alameddine, Geraldine Brooks, Jesmyn Ward, Aleksandar Hemon, William Finnegan, Brit Bennett, Timothy Egan, Scott Turow, Morgan Parker, David Handler, Moriel Rothman-Zecher, Steven Okazaki, Sergio De La Paya, Li Yiyun, C.J. Anders, Brenda J. Childs
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This collection of essays about some of the ACLUs cases is an all star cast of writers. Fabulous! #edelweiss

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Quicksand | Malin Persson Giolito
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Eh, just ok. Very slow. Pretty good narration. But, didn‘t really knock my socks off.

Cathythoughts I really enjoyed it at the time .... but I‘ve forgotten it all now 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1w
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Yaaaassss! Liked this even more than Dept. of Speculation. It‘s hard to review a book with little plot. But love the writing and style. #edelweiss

BarbaraBB Oh great. I loved Dept of Speculation so will get this one soon! 1w
readordierachel What @BarbaraBB said! 👆 1w
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The Majesties: A Novel | Tiffany Tsao
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OMG! What a delicious debut. A little bit Crazy Rich Asians and a bit My Sister The Serial Killer. A delightfully devilish read. While the cover is beautiful, it doesn‘t convey the twisted goodness that lies beneath. #netgalley

k.reads.5 Great review, so excited for this one! 1w
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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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Great quote for #WorldMentalHealthDay

“... tips for helping depressive people.

what to say:
I‘m sorry that you‘re in so much pain. I am not going to leave you. I am going to take care of myself, so you don‘t need to worry that your pain might hurt me.

What not to say:

have you tried chamomile tea?”

DuckOfDoom Have you tried yoga? 😂 It is so awful to hear that from people you thought could understand you. And it would be so easy to change. 5 minutes with Google can tell you that. A basic mental health awareness should be more common, the stigma attached would shrink, too 2w
KimM “You should go to the gym. I always feel great afterwards.“ This statement just infuriates me. First, endorphins may help but they do not cure depression and secondly, telling a person how great you feel and how you are going to the gym when they are having trouble getting out of bed just makes the person feel even more like a human failure. (edited) 2w
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Ugh. I listened to this on audiobook for book club. I have twice tried to read this and bailed previously. I wouldn‘t have made it without a book club. Just sooooooo slow.

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Just meh. A good and well-paced plot but an unsatisfying ending/wrap-up

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My Dark Vanessa | Kate Elizabeth Russell
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This is a BRILLIANT debut! So incredibly well written and the main character‘s arc is subtle and masterful. An uncomfortable but amazing read. #ARC

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Weather: A novel | Jenny Offill
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A Beautiful Crime: A Novel | Christopher Bollen
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Yaasss! This upcoming novel is a sequel to The Expats. So, if you haven‘t read that one. Do that. Then pick this one up when it comes out in early 2020. #Edelweiss

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I resisted for a long time. I just didn‘t think this would be my cup of tea. But after one of my best book buddies and my Dad recommended that I just “Read the damn book”.

And, well, just ok for me. Hard to meet the amount of hype that was thrown on this one.

kedupre Agreed! 2w
Tamra Agreed! 2w
Daisey I felt much the same. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it! 🧡 2w
auntie_jenn for those who only read one book a year, they love it because they have nothing to compare it to. my two cents! 2w
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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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I 🥰 Jasmine Guillory‘s books. This one features a slightly older couple and a Christmastime romance. Pure comfort reading. #Edelweiss

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Frankissstein: A Love Story | Jeanette Winterson
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SkeletonKey FINALLY! 3w
Tex2Flo Love love love her (edited) 3w
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Well, the neighbors have upped their Halloween game this year. PSA: if you get close enough to take a 📸, the headless horseman creepily taunts you.💫 #themoreyouknow #audiobooking #audiowalk

Leftcoastzen Wow!😱😃 3w
Chrys Love it 💕 3w
LibrarianRyan LOVE IT!. I'll have to grab a pic of my dads neighbor for you later this week. I don't think he is done yet. 3w
britt_brooke 😆 I saw this at Home Depot last week! So funny. 3w
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A Beautiful Crime: A Novel | Christopher Bollen
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#TBRTuesday

All ARCs, all day!!! Here‘s what I‘ve got going on this week.

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Imaginary Friend | Steven Chbosky
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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Yaaaass! This is a great novel. Not as trivial as the title and cover suggest. Great plot and lots of meaty subjects. #edelweiss

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Not quite what I was expecting based on the blog. But this was a good memoir about growing up in Appalachia with an emphasis on her strong female relatives. I recommend this as a strong alternative to Hillbilly Elegy (this one focuses on Eastern KY, too).

#Edelweiss

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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Just ok. Great cast narration on audiobook. But the story had about 6 too many plot lines. And, it didn‘t feel like authentic dialogue - did folks in 1958 use air quotes? Call them that? Entertaining, though.

Avidreader25 You nailed it. I felt exact same way! 3d
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Great feminist economic critique. Going to be sharing this one with my daughter! #MountTBR

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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Lush fairy tale of a book. Comes out November 15th! #arc #edelweiss

LauraJ Can‘t wait to read! 4w
TheRomantiCate I‘m dying for this one!! 4w
Gillyreads Definitely need to get this 4w
Verity I can‘t wait to read this one! 4w
jillrhudy Really loved it. 4w
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what‘s on deck for me this week!!!

Suet624 👍🏼👍🏼👏🏽👏🏽 1mo
Tonton Nice! 1mo
BibliovoreSarah I really liked Such a Fun Age. I think it‘s going to be a big hit when it comes out! 4w
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Paris Diversion | Chris Pavone
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Yay! Loved this follow up to The Ex-Pats. You don‘t need to read the first before reading this thriller, but you will want to because this one would spoil the first!!

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Suicide Woods: Stories | Benjamin Percy
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You guys, this collection of spooky, creepy stories comes out on October 15, and I‘m super excited!

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Milkman | Anna Burns
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 favorite covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 7.

It‘s been fun! Thanks @Cathythoughts for the tag!

Cathythoughts No bother !! It has been fun 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
sarahbarnes Love this cover so much! And the book! 1mo
MrsMalaprop I considered this one for mine 😍. 1mo
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 favorite covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 6.

Cathythoughts Nice one 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻one more day to go 👍🏻 1mo
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Lindy I‘m going to see Hemon at the Vancouver Writers Fest next month. 😊 1mo
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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A satisfying sequel.

I was sort of expecting for the action to continue from the moment Offred gets into the van at the end of the Handmaid‘s Tale. But, I liked having three new narrators even better. There were some things that didn‘t need to be tied in a bow quite so neatly, but as a conclusion, again, very satisfying.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Did you mean to "bail" it. 1mo
Megabooks Yes, your review sounds like a “pick” not a “bail.” Glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
Well-ReadNeck @Megabooks ooops! Yes! Fixing now! 1mo
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Well-ReadNeck @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nope! Thanks for heads up! Fixed! 1mo
marleed At the end, I just kept thinking it must be so great for 80-yr old Ms Atwood to create this conclusion some 34 years after its creation. I can‘t Imagine how a team of writers could go anywhere but here now. 1mo
marleed Ohh, I guess a team of writers could create a prequel to THT. 1mo
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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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#BookHaul #GalleyBrag

Oooh, got some goodies for my shelves!!!

Ruthiella Score! 😁 1mo
Colleenma Let us know about the secrets we keep 1mo
bookladyreads Nice haul and great picks. I've got The Secrets We Keep on hold at the library, and I definitely want to read The Nickel Boys. 1mo
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 book covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 5.

Cathythoughts Excellent cover ✨ 1mo
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#7covers7days #Covercrush

7 favorite covers. 7 days. No explanations. Day 4.

Ruthiella I loved this book even though it made me cry. I read it for the TOB and completely missed the little clue on the cover. 1mo
Cathythoughts Excellent cover 1mo
Well-ReadNeck @Ruthiella I read it cold (no idea) and also missed the hint, but realized it later and have always thought it was a genius cover because of that. 1mo
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 Favorite Covers. 7 Days. No Explanations.

Day 3

Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻♥️ 1mo
Blaire Good one. This is my husband‘s favorite read of the last couple years. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I thought about using this one. Great cover. 1mo
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Monday's Lie | Jamie Mason
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#7covers7days #covercrush

7 Favorite Covers. 7 Days. No explanations. Day 2.

Cathythoughts Nice post 👍🏻 I like the hashtag down the side .... 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Nute This cover is awesome! It took a moment for me to realize that the image of the woman is transposed over a pair of hands. Wow! 1mo
Leftcoastzen Nice! 1mo
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Tampa | Alissa Nutting
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#7covers7days #covercrush #day1

7 favorite covers in 7 days. No explanations.

sprainedbrain I loved this book, despite myself. 1mo
Samplergal One of my faves. 1mo
Megabooks This one definitely speaks for itself! 🤭 Great choice! 1mo
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Ruthiella I hate this cover! It‘s effective but it creeps me out...😱 1mo
Cathythoughts Glad you are joining in ♥️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻. I‘m with @Ruthiella this cover creeps me out too 😱 1mo
LeeRHarry Great choice, clever cover 😏 1mo
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Part memoir, part manifesto, Sexton uses his personal story to take on the Patriarchy. An interesting and informative book about how toxic masculinity is harming everyone, including (maybe especially) men and it‘s what‘s fueling Trump supporters. #DBF2019

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Loved this profound and profoundly beautiful novel. Coming September 24. #netgalley

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A modern re-invention Of Frankenstein set in war torn Baghdad. In many way more reminiscent of golem tales than Mary Shelley. I listened on audiobook which was 💯

#audiobook

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#TBRTuesday

Reading down #MountTBR this week. The tagged book is a re-read for book club next Sunday!

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