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Joined January 2018

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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel by Tom Perrotta
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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Pickpick

What an entertaining audiobook! Bourdain‘s stories are great - shocking, hilarious, and unfiltered.

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I don‘t really have the words to review this book - a book based on the experiences of two Holocaust survivors. The book was written first as a screenplay, and at times that‘s how it comes across. But, oh my gosh, the story is absolutely incredible.

mandi1082 On my TBR can't wait to get to it 1w
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Pickpick

While looking for an “available now” audiobook, I settled on this one because I loved the title.

This book is an all-encompassing call out, addressing anything and everything from social media over-posting to body-shaming. Luvvie delivers her call-outs with humor, and while none of her points are revolutionary, they are entertaining.

This book teeters between a “pick” and a “so-so” for me.

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Mehso-so

3⭐️ read - I skimmed all of the celebrity “Why I Love the Bachelor” sections, and while there was nothing earth-shattering or jaw-dropping in this tell-all, I was interested in the behind-the-scenes chapters that detail how the show was created and is run. What is scary is knowing how closely the show UNreal (on Lifetime) may mirror reality.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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June books 🎉

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May books | My favorite: Little Fires Everywhere 🔥

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I could not put this book down. Rum did a beautiful job of weaving together the stories of three Palestinian women from different generations The book was heart-breaking (over and over again), thought-provoking, and hopeful.

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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
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A mostly light-hearted, non-linear memoir. I enjoyed Drew‘s stories, and hearing her read it on audio was fun - minus the moments of dramatic screaming & screeching. 🙉

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About 1/3 of the way through, and I can‘t put this book down.

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Pickpick

I loved absolutely everything about this book. One of the best books I‘ve read in a long time.

thebluestocking I loved this one too!!! 💙 3w
echalpan @thebluestocking 💙💙💙 3w
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Pickpick

Such a great book that touches on racism, alcoholism, poverty, and privilege with deadpan humor sprinkled throughout.

ClairesReads Love love love this book 3w
JeannieReads I just love this book so much! 3w
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Outside on the deck with a book and a drink... my favorite kind of Friday night.

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Mehso-so

This book was very interesting, and I recommend if you‘re interested in true crime (I hadn‘t heard of any of the 4 cases analyzed). Note that some of the information was repetitive, and though there is a clear overall structure to this book, the sections felt a little messy. I haven‘t read Mindhunter. I‘d love to hear opinions from those who have read both books!

NatalieR I haven‘t read this one yet, but I have read Mindhunter and some of his books that followed. I am very interested in his line of work and love his books. 1mo
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The Other Woman | Sandie Jones
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I couldn‘t put this book down. It wasn‘t the twistiest thriller, but I was completely hooked by the main character‘s relationship with her future mother-in-law. 4⭐️

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Normal People is a pick, but I enjoyed Conversations with Friends more.

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Maid is a thoughtful and hopeful memoir, and it‘s just simply that. It‘s not a memoir with larger critiques on poverty and income inequality in America. If you‘re okay with that, you‘ll enjoy Maid. 3.5/5 ⭐️

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Pickpick

If you enjoy true crime, this horrific book about Charles Cullen (The Angel of Death) is for you. It is well-researched and thorough, explaining Charlie‘s personal struggles, the actions the hospitals took (or didn‘t take), and the investigative work done to catch Charlie.

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Mehso-so

I realize a lot of thrillers are far fetched and unrealistic, but this one really was. I did enjoy how the story was told from multiple perspectives (not knowing which characters were reliable narrators), and it was a fast read. But I think my expectations were too high.

Ashley_Nicoletto My mom hated this book and she promptly called me to tell me how much she hated it. Entirely due to the ending. It was just to far for her. 🤣🤣 2mo
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I really enjoyed Rooney‘s writing style. She created such complex, flawed characters, and I couldn‘t stop turning pages to read what (destructive) choices each made next. Such an impressive debut novel.

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You know a book is great if you get goosebumps reading the ending on a beach in 80* weather!

swishandflick I don't know where you are but I'm jealous 😂 (I also loved this book too!) 2mo
echalpan @swishandflick - Mexico for my spring break & birthday! Close to freezing temps in ATL the night we left! 🥶 2mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Here are my March books because I don‘t think I‘ll finish another in the next two days. Daisy Jones was my favorite in this bunch, and I really didn‘t care for The Proposal.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Absolutely loved this book. My dad spent some time as a young adult working in Alaska, time that overlapped with this fictional world Hannah created. The setting was perfect, and the characters were excellent. I really enjoyed this tear-jerker.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Oh my gosh, this book did not disappoint. I could not put it down, and now that I‘ve finished it, I can‘t help but rewatch Fleetwood Mac‘s The Dance on YouTube.

Also, those hideous Target stickers are a serious pet peeve of mine. 😆

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Just finished this on audio, and it was so much fun and adorably cute.

Theshadedbuffalo I liked this one so much, after I listened to the audio TWICE, I bought the paperback! 3mo
echalpan @Theshadedbuffalo - I can see that! It didn‘t take me long to get through the audio! Have you read her newer book, 99% mine? 3mo
Theshadedbuffalo @echalpan I have it sitting in my audible, but haven‘t started it yet. 3mo
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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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I wanted to like this book, but it was a predictable, shallow, snooze fest ⚾️🧢💍

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Pickpick

Thrillers with unreliable narrators aren‘t my favorite, but the ending of this book was good!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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It‘s been a day filled with yard work and just enough time to finish this one. If you enjoy thrillers, I highly recommend!

BittersweetBooks I can‘t wait to read it!! Just waiting on the library to let me know when it‘s my turn... 😜 3mo
echalpan @BittersweetBooks I hope you don‘t have to wait too long!! 🤞🏻 3mo
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I was on the fence with this book when I started (partly due to the narrator‘s voices and partly because I felt David was attempting to rationalize and defend his parenting). I‘m glad I stuck with this book, because, whoa, it was complex, emotional, and honest. It‘s a raw account of how addiction affects an entire family with some sobering research woven in.

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Here are my February books. An Anonymous Girl and American Housewife were my only “meh” reads. It was a pretty good reading month!

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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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Happy I made this my #BOTM pick for February. I loved that it was based on real artists. I loved the setting - 1930s Paris. Such an intriguing book that totally captured my attention.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I‘m going to say the same thing everyone else has said, but that‘s okay. I can‘t recommend this audiobook enough. I loved learning more about Michelle‘s beautiful life. Her voice was such a comfort as I listened on my commute and working through chores.

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The Age of Light: A Novel | Whitney Scharer
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Wishing it was still the weekend, so I could curl up with my girl and read my new #BOTM pick without a care for the time 💛

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Before reading this book, I didn‘t know a lot about Busy Phillips, but her memoir was entertaining. She doesn‘t shy away from naming names, and she shares some very vulnerable moments. As far as celebrity memoirs go, this wasn‘t the best. But I did enjoy it. Also, Busy‘s mom was by far my favorite person in the book!

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Mehso-so

•Quirky
•Funny
•Sad
•Far-fetched

This book was all of the above. I didn‘t like it as much as I hoped. But it was a super quick listen, so I don‘t feel like I wasted my time.

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This book deserves all the hype and good reviews it‘s gotten. It‘s such a beautifully written story about love, loss, solitude, and strength. 5/5🌟

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Mehso-so

Not as twisty and unpredictable as The Wife Between Us. Could be a screenplay for a Lifetime movie.

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After my winter break ended, I didn‘t get to read as much as I would‘ve liked. Here are my January books.

•Favorite - One Day in December
•Least Favorite - Goodbye, Paris

Victoriahoperose Agree!!! 4mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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⚠️ Warning: if listening to this book, be aware of who else can hear. This book was WAY steamier than I expected (since it had been a BOTM pick). 😆

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Mehso-so

Though the writing was beautiful, the book was slow. There were many characters, and the disjointed story took place over many generations. While the last 100 pages were excellent, I‘m not sure they were worth the 380 I worked through to get there.

Copwithabook I felt the same way! I ended up giving my copy to my mother-in-law (mostly bc I dislike her 😏) 5mo
echalpan @Copwithabook that‘s awesome!! 😆 5mo
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An Unwanted Guest | Shari Lapena
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A fast-paced Agatha Christie style mystery. Lapena doesn‘t offer a lot of breadcrumbs to help you determine the killer in advance, and the ending wraps up quickly. Still, I couldn‘t put this down and read it in a day.

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Goodbye, Paris: A Novel | Anstey Harris
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Mehso-so

The ending was sweet, pushing the rating from a “pan” to a “so-so” for me. I thought often about bailing on this book (many parts were very slow), but I stuck with it, and I guess I‘m glad I did.

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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The twists were predictable, yet I still really enjoyed this thriller. It was a fast-paced, quick weekend read!

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I adored this sweet book about Laurie James, Jack O‘Mara, and the people they love most in their lives. It‘s told from both of their perspectives and spans a decade.

Well done, Reese and BOTM, with this December pick! 🌟

allthingskayla Loved this book and I wish there was more. 5mo
echalpan @allthingskayla agree. I‘ll be looking out for her next book! 5mo
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2018 has been my best reading year. I‘m excited to keep it up in 2019. Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order) from the year. 🎉

Cinfhen Totally agree with this list!! 2018 was a great reading year 🥰 6mo
JenReadsAlot Great books! 6mo
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What a beautiful story. It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read a book that made me laugh and cry. Definitely one of my favorite reads of 2018.

Reviewsbylola I love this one so much. I plan on reading his newest one soon. 6mo
echalpan @Reviewsbylola I need to add it to my next BOTM box. I love the way Boyne writes. 6mo
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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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I loved “Me Before You” so much, so of course I loved listening to Louisa Clark‘s next adventure. 🏙👗

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Half way through this 600 pager. Such a good book so far; it‘s no wonder it was book of the year for #BOTM last year.

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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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I loved this cozy, winter romance. It was the perfect, light read for this busy time of year. I‘m hoping there‘s a sequel soon!

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Rabbit: The Autobiography of Ms. Pat | Patricia Williams, Jeannine Amber
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Couldn‘t stop listening! I highly recommend.

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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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All cozied up and ready to read awhile since school starts are delayed 2 hours in ATL tomorrow 😊