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cariashley

cariashley

Joined May 2016

Reader, traveler, eater, New Yorker 📚🛫🍷🍝🗽🐱
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Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
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Sobering but a really excellent debut. I‘m so glad I read it as I was visiting the Balkans for the first time. Croatia is a wonderful place and I can‘t believe how recently the conflict happened here. I took this photo from our hotel in Hvar Town. 🇭🇷

Bibliogeekery Great shot! 16h
cariashley @Bibliogeekery thanks! ☺️ 16h
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The Winds of Winter | George R. R. Martin
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Me when the next GOT book finally comes out 😆 Took this pic outside a little church in Hvar, Croatia. It‘s SO beautiful here. I haven‘t had much time to post about what I‘ve been reading, but will soon!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa He needs to write it now! 3d
Leftcoastzen Nice photo! Enjoy your trip ! 3d
crazyspine Very jealous have fun 3d
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Soubhiville Cool! 3d
Jee_HookedOnBookz 😂😂😂Your caption! 3d
Kalalalatja 😂😂😂 3d
Tanisha_A Hahahahah! Perfect 3d
sudi @Tanisha_A this is so accurate 😭😂 3d
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I‘m in Dalmatia, Croatia and Montenegro for the next week and had started this book right before leaving. It‘s excellent but sobering - I didn‘t realize how little I really knew about the Yugoslavian conflict. Here‘s a photo of Diocletian‘s Palace in Split. This country is beautiful and amazing so far. 🇭🇷

Tanisha_A Beautiful! Enjoy your vacation! 😍 1w
cariashley @Tanisha_A thank you! ☺️ 7d
TrishB Enjoy 💕 7d
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BookishTrish ❤️Have a great trip! 7d
zezeki How long will you be staying in Split? That is the town where I go to uni. 😁 7d
cariashley @zezeki no way!! I didn‘t realize. We only stayed there Friday night and are in Hvar now before heading to Dubrovnik on Tuesday. Loved Split, though! 7d
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I hosted my in-laws for Mother‘s Day brunch today and made this ridiculously rich spinach and cheese strata from the Smitten Kitchen website. It was *chef‘s kiss* delicious and the best part was making it the day before and just popping it in the oven for an hour before serving. Happy Mother‘s Day to all the mom littens out there!

RavenLovelyReads Looks perfect!! 👌 2w
Tamra Ohhh, yummy! 2w
Melissa_J That looks delicious 😋 2w
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Christine Gorgeous! I must now make this. 2w
AlaMich I love Deb and her blog! She has the cutest kids, in addition to awesome recipes! 2w
Lcsmcat Yum! 2w
Leftcoastzen That looks yummy! 2w
batsy That looks delicious! 2w
Cathythoughts Yum 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
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I liked it but didn‘t find it as page-turning as other readers - in fact, it took me 12 days to read 😓 I‘ve been in a little bit of a slump where I can‘t seem to get through much of anything, though. There was some really affecting writing about the incredible challenges of caregiving and the danger of judging other people‘s complex lives too quickly. #BOTM

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Rage Becomes Her | Soraya Chemaly
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Apparently my capacity for reading books about women‘s rage is endless. Must have something to do with my own constant simmering low level rage about the state of the world. 🤬

saresmoore Well said. 2w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I‘ve felt that way lately too! This one is up next for me in that category....if my library hold ever comes in. I am glad to see that it‘s popular though. 2w
suzisteffen It‘s on my nonfiction reading plan for August, but it might be too hot to read something this fiery then. I might have to read it sooner. 2w
Izai.Amorim If used in a constructive way, anger can be a powerful tool for change, fuel for action. The danger is letting this fuel consume you. I'm a great fan! 😂 It has helped me a lot in life. 2w
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I finished this last weekend but have been too busy to post. Ann Patchett is one of my very favorite writers, but I was a little nervous about reading her first book after seeing mixed reviews. It‘s true that this started out strong and then the plot lost a little steam with some perspective shifts, but I really liked it all the same. Her writing is just so captivating, and Rose was a compelling (albeit infuriating) protagonist.

(+sleepy Percy🐱)

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Phew. Ok. This was a gut punch, a wrenchingly honest, brave, naked and raw account of pregnancy and early motherhood. I don‘t have kids and have been on the fence about it for years, but as I near my late 30s and the clock keeps ticking, candid books like this are invaluable to me. She narrates the audiobook excellently, with emotion just glimmering below the surface.

8little_paws Oof. I hear this. I've been on the fence to read this but I'm not sure if it'll be too much for me 4w
cariashley @8little_paws it‘s a lot. Especially the birth part. But I couldn‘t put it down/stop listening. 4w
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I absolutely loved this. What a great combo of riveting and appalling, and the audiobook narration was excellent. Now I need to watch the documentary about this scam artist.

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The weather has been awful all day here but I‘m pretty content settling in with my newest read and a bottle of red blend at my favorite local winery. #vineyardreads

Kaye Excellent book 🌟 1mo
cariashley @kaye great to hear, I‘ve seen mixed reviews! But she‘s one of my very favorite writers so 🤞 1mo
BarbaraBB Great photo! 1mo
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Cathythoughts I havnt heard of this one ( only liked Bel Canto) ... I‘ll look out for your review! I see @kaye says excellent 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
cariashley @BarbaraBB thank you! ☺️ 1mo
cariashley @Cathythoughts Bel Canto is my favorite of hers, so we‘ll see how this one goes. So far so good! 1mo
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The Farm: A Novel | Joanne Ramos
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Such a promising concept and a strong (albeit slow) start, but ultimately it fell flat for me. The characters were never fully fleshed out as real people with any depth, and the plot was maddeningly predictable. It felt like there was a really strong outline for the book and just a lack of success at filling in the detail to drive to the end (which was strange and unsatisfying).👇

cariashley I did enjoy reading about a slice of the immigrant underclass in New York City as the nannies and baby nurses nurturing the city's most privileged spawn are not people who get the limelight too frequently. Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for the early review copy. #netgalley (edited) 1mo
Cinfhen I really liked this one a lot until I got to the end #Boo 1mo
cariashley @Cinfhen yeah the end was NOT great! 😒 1mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Starting this one today and am so excited to start a new print book, my last two reads have been on my kindle and I was missing a real book. Forgot to get my coffee in the pic but this was another #coffeecrullerbook kind of morning. ☺️

Leftcoastzen That looks amazing! 1mo
cariashley @Leftcoastzen I am decidedly not a breakfast pastry lover but these maple crullers are *amazing* 😋 1mo
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I didn‘t fall head over heels for it like I did for the first one, but this was still a super fun historical romp with strong female voices and tons of lovely representation. The audiobook narrator is fabulous.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I was wondering about this one. I loved the first one so much. May still give it a go. Thanks for the review! 1mo
cariashley @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled you should! Monty and Percy make a couple of appearances but I missed them, wish they were in it more. There are some fun new characters though. 1mo
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Diego Rivera: A Retrospective | Linda Downs, Diego Rivera
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Am in Mexico City right now and suffice to say I‘m having an AMAZING time, but had to take a break from eating tacos to post this. We went to see the Diego Rivera murals in a federal office building in the city center, and my favorite was this one titled “Literary.” ☺️🎨🇲🇽

Leftcoastzen Wow so cool ! Enjoy your trip! 2mo
Erinreadsthebooks 😍😍😍 2mo
DivineDiana Amazing! Thank you for sharing with us! ❤️ 2mo
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Bibliogeekery 😍 2mo
Tamra Sweet! 2mo
Tanisha_A Beautiful! 2mo
BarbaraBB Great mural and oh Mexico City 😍😍 2mo
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I‘d been meaning to read this forever and finally got the audiobook. It‘s essential reading, that‘s all I can say. I watched the documentary The 13th a while back and this is in the same vein, but so much more in depth. I wish all Americans would read it.

cariashley @mdhughes72 ooh thank you for the rec! I‘ll have to pick that one up! 1mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I usually skip #BOTM, but the choices this month were the best I‘ve seen in ages!! I don‘t think I‘ve ever ordered three before, but I‘ve seen a ton of early buzz for Normal People and Miracle Creek (plus @Liberty so duh), and I kept thinking about A Woman Is No Man so threw it in on an impulse. I‘m excited, even if it‘s killing my TBR numbers! 🤗

Reviewsbylola I agree, great choices this month. I‘m considering rejoining. 2mo
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Snort-laughed when I saw this on Twitter and had to share it! 😂

LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
batsy 🤣 2mo
Birdsong28 @MrBook Hope this gives you a little smile. 📚📖 2mo
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Ms.Story This is great! And I'm no longer afraid of death 😂 2mo
hes7 😂😂😂 2mo
Izai.Amorim Is it in Lisbon? 2mo
cariashley @Izai.Amorim I have no idea, great question! I just saw it on Twitter 🤔 2mo
Izai.Amorim @cariashley There is something similar in the Lisbon cathedral, I'm not sure if it's the same. When I'm back home next weekend I'll search my picts. if I have one I'll post. 2mo
MrBook @Birdsong28 Indubitably! 😂👏🏻🙌🏻🤗🤗🤗 2mo
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As with most story collections, some of these I liked a lot and some I could have skipped. I picked this up because I‘m a huge fan of the Wolf Hall books and wanted to see a broader range of her writing, and I got that, but won‘t be rushing out to buy her backlist. Overall, it was a quick, worthwhile read. And I love the cover!

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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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This book got me so angry and worked up - I rage-listened to most of it. It‘s an excellent and shocking portrayal of a very dysfunctional father-daughter relationship that hit a little close to home for me. My parents split up when I was a kid and I never felt like I had the most typical relationship with my dad. But wow am I grateful for him after reading this; it‘s heartbreaking. Steve Jobs was a serious asshole.

rubyslippersreads I haven‘t read the tagged book yet, but this book brought me to the same conclusion, despite my love of Apple products. (edited) 2mo
cariashley @rubyslippersreads oh wow! I had no idea she wrote a book too. He certainly seems to have been a difficult, problematic figure up close. I‘m looking at my iPhone a bit differently! 😐 2mo
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My reading buddy 🐱☺️ #catsoflitsy

Am liking this collection of dark, fairly weird short stories. So different from Wolf Hall!

Crazeedi Oh your sweet kitty, don't you just adore them?!😽💜 2mo
cariashley @Crazeedi I really do!! 🥰🥰 2mo
Eyelit That is one comfy kitty! 😻 2mo
sprainedbrain This cat! 😍 2mo
Leftcoastzen 😻 2mo
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Small Fry | Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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I‘m not even halfway through and this book is making me so angry. I grew up feeling like my dad wasn‘t around a lot, but he wins dad of the year compared to Jobs. At least it‘s making me appreciate my own father more. 😕

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Mehso-so

Overall, this was a little slow and unnecessarily dragged out in my opinion. That being said, Imogen Church‘s narration was flawless as usual, and it actually did keep me guessing when I thought I had it all figured out.

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Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving
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I liked this much more than I expected, although I completely understand the mixed reviews and it‘s not my favorite Irving. The plot is meandering and never fully ties together, but the writing is pretty great and I was fully engaged throughout - especially the flashbacks to the MC‘s childhood in Oaxaca. Although after all the viagra and penis focus in the present day timeline I really need to read some women authors next. 😬

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Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving
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Enjoying my #coffeecrullerbook this morning (except it‘s actually a kouign-amann today 😋). My goal is to finish this book today, which is going to take some effort and concentration - it‘s not the quickest read. I‘m liking it more than I expected though!

Emilymdxn What a good day! 2mo
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Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving
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I remember this day distinctly. I got married earlier that year and put off changing my name at the DMV because I was dreading the long waits at the awful Herald Square location. I felt like a genius when I went that morning and it took me about 7 minutes. 😁

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Avenue of Mysteries | John Irving
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Starting this (signed first edition!) next. Am a little nervous since it‘s gotten such mixed reviews. 😬

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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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This was a more contemplative book than I‘d expected. There‘s some beautiful writing about friendship, adolescent insecurity and addiction, but what I liked most were the descriptions of how we reframe formative memories in our minds as we move farther away from them. (Clearly Sullivan is considering this as well 🐱 #catsoflitsy)

Crazeedi Hi sweet kitty!!👋👋👋 3mo
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I liked this much more than I expected! I wouldn‘t have typically even picked this up, but it was highly recommended by my coworker. It was a very well done satire in a clever, unpredictable sci fi framework. I especially liked the commentaries on fame, identity, authenticity and the media (both social and mainstream), but there‘s a lot of interesting stuff on art as well.

Thanks to Sullivan🐱 for stepping into my shot. #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads Kitty paws make any photo better. 😸 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I really enjoyed this one too and I wasn‘t sure that I would. 3mo
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Marlena | Julie Buntin
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After a bunch of air travel headaches due to the snow storm in the northeast US, I finally made it home to my cats and my bed. 😊 Am looking forward to reading some physical books instead of my Kindle, which I use exclusively when I travel. Starting with this one and cuddling with Percy. #catsoflitsy

Tamra Bed & Books & Cats 💜 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
cathysaid Ah...returning to your own bed after traveling is one of the most heavenly things 🛌! 3mo
cariashley @Tamra truly the best things in life!!! 3mo
cariashley @cathysaid it really is!! 3mo
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Loved the second installment of this series and can‘t wait to read the rest! Book six of vacation done ☺️

readingjedi Great photo! 3mo
Crazeedi Sounds like a perfect vacation! 3mo
cariashley @readingjedi thank you!! 3mo
cariashley @Crazeedi it‘s definitely my idea of a perfect vacation! 3mo
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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I‘ve skipped #BOTM so many times, it looks like they‘re on to me! I didn‘t know credits could expire🤷🏼‍♀️ Guess I‘ll order this month, which is exactly what they want, ha. I‘m going with Queenie!

RadicalReader @cariashley never would have thought that credits could expire!! 3mo
sprainedbrain That does seem right...you paid for it! 3mo
cariashley @RadicalReader me neither! 😒 3mo
cariashley @sprainedbrain that‘s what I thought, too! 3mo
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This was a totally light, enjoyable historical romance and a quick read as well. I‘m a big fan of Tessa Dare on Twitter so have been meaning to read more of her books. This is my fifth read of vacation, and I‘m on the way to Boca Raton now - husband has a work thing and I‘m continuing my vacation in the meantime! #romantsy

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Feverborn | Karen Marie Moning
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I love the characters so am going to keep going, but I do feel like this series is losing a little bit of steam. I didn‘t love the plotting in this one (although the twist at the end with Jada gutted me). Book four of vacation done, as is the Bahamas leg of my trip 🙁Heading to South Florida today so can‘t complain too much!

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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Book three of vacation down! This absolutely blew me away. It‘s ingenious and frankly close to perfect, and I can‘t believe how much is packed into less than 200 pages. Excited to read the rest of this series.

wordzie 👏 your nails match the pool 😎 3mo
AlaMich The backgrounds in your last few posts are killing me! 😩😉🥶 3mo
irre I read all four this year. So great!! 3mo
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cariashley @wordzie I just noticed that! 😆 3mo
cariashley @AlaMich I know the feeling and I‘m sorry!!! It‘s so painful to see pics like this in winter so I feel very lucky. Hope you get to go somewhere soon (or that summer hurries up and comes to you!) 3mo
AlaMich @cariashley Hey, I‘m happy that someone is warm right now! 😉 Hope you‘re having a great time!! 3mo
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Yesssssss this book. One of the best historical romances I‘ve read and unique in that the stakes are significantly higher than usual. Excellent and I can‘t wait to read more Alyssa Cole! Vacation read number two down 🤗 #romantsy

LaurenReads She‘s such a great author! 3mo
AlaMich I want to be wherever you are...it‘s 19° where I am! ?? 3mo
Ashley_Nicoletto That water. 😍😍 3mo
cariashley @AlaMich the Bahamas. I know, I feel bad even posting these - I was so desperate to get away from the cold myself! 3mo
mdemanatee Yesss!! Alyssa Cole is one of my fave new romance author discoveries of the last couple years 3mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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This is an odd book to try and review and I‘m not sure how I really felt about it. A few parts punched me in the gut, and the entire premise is horrific, but this is less of a novel and more of an extended philosophical debate on religion and belief. It wasn‘t my cup of tea but can see the appeal for some readers. Thanks to Bloomsbury and #netgalley for the chance to do an early review.

(Also, I‘m on vacation so YAY 😎)

readordierachel Looks like a nice vacation spot! 3mo
Tanisha_A All the blue and green in the backdrop makes beautiful canvas! 💙💚 3mo
DivineDiana Enjoy your relaxation time! 3mo
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I liked the first book a lot but wasn‘t compelled to immediately jump into the second, so it had been a while, but I loved this and wish I‘d listened to it sooner. It‘s clever, witty and smart and the audiobook narration is excellent. I‘ll definitely be picking up the third one soon.

BookNAround I love the Thursday Next books. I haven‘t finished the series because I like having one left but I should probably just get to it and enjoy it like I know I will. 3mo
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One of the bravest pieces of writing I‘ve ever read. I‘d put it off for a while knowing it would be a tough read and it was, but so worthwhile. #BOTM

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Lighthousekeeping | Jeanette Winterson
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#coffeecrullerbook is becoming a weekend theme for me 😋

Zelma Not a bad theme to continue! 3mo
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This was darker than I was expecting, but immensely readable and engaging. A really smart commentary on consumerist culture and the blind reliance on industry and routine in this country. It was the surprising first pick for my newly created office book club and I‘m really interested in hearing everyone‘s reactions! #BOTM

mdemanatee My book club is meeting about this one Friday! 3mo
cariashley It‘s a really great book club book! 3mo
CouronneDhiver I hate that cover but your review made me super curious! 🤔 3mo
cariashley @CouronneDhiver the cover is slightly better in person than in photos, to me at least. It‘s definitely worth a read though! 3mo
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I absolutely loved this excellent end to the first three books. Brown just balances incredible amounts of violence with rewarding, hard-won relationships and (a little) humor. What a brutal, bloody world though. I need a break before tackling Iron Gold.

ElishaLovesBooks Such a great series! 3mo
Mads.Bookcorner Agree completely! 3mo
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After a bad night‘s sleep am starting the day right with coffee, a delicious cruller from my favorite local place and my next read. Am about 100 pages in and really liking it so far - I love the multiple timeline structure. #BOTM #coffeecrullerbook

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Cloud Atlas | David Mitchell
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Can‘t get back to sleep, so here goes:

💙 David Mitchell (tagged book is my fave of all time)
💙 Kate Atkinson
💙 Ann Patchett
💙 Haruki Murakami
💙 George Saunders and Lauren Groff (tie!!)

First four were easy, sooo hard to choose a fifth (so I didn‘t 😅) Based on this list, any suggestions for what other authors I would love?

Lindy I enjoy the same authors. 😊 Two suggestions: AS Byatt writes layered, complex novels. You also might enjoy Jeanette Winterson, in particular 3mo
britt_brooke Nice mix! 3mo
cariashley @Lindy I love Winterson, she was a contender for the 5th slot! And I own Lighthousekeeping but just haven‘t read it yet, will have to move it up. Will also check out Byatt - thank you! ☺️ 3mo
Erofan Great list! 👍😍 3mo
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Yaaaaaassssssss. (I feel like Phoebe would approve of that as the whole review.) Seriously though, listen to this audiobook. It‘s hilarious and so fun.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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She does?!? 😱😆🙌❤️

sprainedbrain 😂 3mo
Birdsong28 Wow!!! 🎊📚📖 3mo
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HA he went there!!! Was not expecting a pop culture Easter egg in this book!

sprainedbrain 😂 4mo
Avidreader25 That line cracked me up too! 4mo
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Weird and wonderful. Great audio narration, although I kind of want to reread in print to see how the experience differs, which I almost never feel the need to do. 👍

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Such a hard book to rate. I liked her honesty, and I was eventually impressed by her full commitment to vocal sound effects in the audiobook once I got used to her voice, but this was a tough listen. While she acknowledges her privilege a few times, it‘s really nauseating. And so. Many. Drugs.

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I didn‘t participate in #24in48 this weekend because my husband was recovering from knee surgery (plus I came down with a cold myself 🤧), but I did finish this wonderful book. Atkinson is one of my very favorite writers and I especially love how she writes about WWII, so chances were good I‘d love this one, and it delivered. It was wholly different from her other historical fiction; definitely lighter and funnier, but just as enjoyable.

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Transcription | Kate Atkinson
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I love Kate Atkinson‘s writing so much ❤️

saresmoore ♥️ 4mo
LeahBergen I do, too! 4mo
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