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Joined January 2018

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City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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The Library Book by Susan Orlean
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July was my best reading month yet! It‘s too bad this streak ends Friday when I go back to work. 😭

Favorites this month:
•Maybe You Should Talk to Someone
•Ask Again, Yes

Least Favorite
•The Cactus

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I love Elin‘s books during the summertime, and this one didn‘t disappoint. There were a couple storylines that I wish had more depth, but other than that, it was a fun read.

tammysue ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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“Indeed it is the same world that wants to keep lauding only those who have already been lauded, those who have, throughout history, been accepted.”

Three Women was equal parts intriguing, infuriating, & heartbreaking. The author chose these 3 women because of their relatability - their desires & insecurities absolutely were. It gave me so much to reflect upon: society‘s treatment & judgment of women & the role shame plays in women‘s lives.

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Mehso-so

Not sure I‘m the best person to review this book given I‘ve never listened to ”My Favorite Murder.” I also thought this book‘s content would contain more about serial killers than self-help advice. All in all, it was entertaining, and I‘ll likely given Georgia & Karen‘s podcast a listen. 💁🏻‍♀️

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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I just love Katherine Center and her new, wonderful book so much.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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Mehso-so

Reese let me down with this pick. The main character was so prickly and lacked even an ounce of empathy for the majority of the book, so I can‘t even compare this to Eleanor Oliphant. The ending was cute, but I‘m just not sure the hours listening to get there were worth it.

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The Perfect Couple | Elin Hilderbrand
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A perfectly fun and juicy summer read!

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Mehso-so

Not what I expected. While parts of the book intrigued me, I struggled to connect with June, the 20-something protagonist who is floating through life without much purpose. Her irreverence and cynicism struck me as inauthentic at times. This book will not be memorable for me.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Ask Again, Yes is a beautifully complex story about a terrible incident that forever binds two families. It‘s about mental illness, addiction, infidelity, hope, love, and forgiveness. It is real, raw, and thought-provoking.

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I enjoyed this quick, thought-provoking memoir. The author, who has always felt somewhat out of place in her family, takes a DNA test on a whim and learns her biological father is not the dad who raised her.

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Loved absolutely everything about this book. It was hard to hold back the tears toward the end. 5⭐️ read

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I grew increasingly engrossed in this book as my understandings of the main characters evolved. Such a fun family drama and definitely a “pick!”

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Woot woot! I‘ve got a lot of reading to do! 🎉

britt_brooke Into Thin Air is so good! 4mo
echalpan @britt_brooke Really wanted to read it after John Oliver‘s Everest episode last week! 4mo
britt_brooke @echalpan I didn‘t see it, but I‘ll have to look for it. 👍🏻 4mo
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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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9 books this June - Most were available from the library and downloaded to the Kindle, so I could read while traveling. My favorites were Kitchen Confidential, Sisters First, & Sweetbitter.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Mehso-so

Cute but not my favorite. As the book drew on, I grew increasingly frustrated with the characters‘ continual misunderstandings and miscommunications. I was more than ready to reach the end of this audiobook.

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Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life | Jenna Bush Hager, Barbara Pierce Bush
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I loved so much about this book. Jenna and Barbara took turns writing chapters throughout the book, and while most of the book was sweet, they did not shy away from talking about some less-than-flattering moments and tough topics.

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Sweetbitter: A novel | Stephanie Danler
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I completely get why some people hate this book, but I really enjoyed it. I loved the fast-paced, cut-throat, and indulgent setting described throughout the book. It was a fascinating read after listening to Kitchen Confidential earlier this month.

BittersweetBooks Agreed!! 4mo
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Mrs. Fletcher: A Novel | Tom Perrotta
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Mehso-so

This book was all over the place with so many themes - ageism, gender fluidity, consent, internet consumption, and sexual orientation. Perrotta clearly wanted to say a lot within such a short book that a lot of it felt inauthentic to me. I‘m still looking forward to HBO‘s series, though, to see all the awkwardness play out on screen!

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Ugly Love: A Novel | Colleen Hoover
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My 2nd Hoover book, and it was as much of an emotional rollercoaster as the 1st. 🎢💕Love, love, loved this super fast read.

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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 4mo
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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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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!!! 💙 5mo
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Such a great book that touches on racism, alcoholism, poverty, and privilege with deadpan humor sprinkled throughout.

ClairesReads Love love love this book 5mo
JeannieReads I just love this book so much! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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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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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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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. 🤣🤣 6mo
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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!) 7mo
echalpan @swishandflick - Mexico for my spring break & birthday! Close to freezing temps in ATL the night we left! 🥶 7mo
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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! 7mo
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? 7mo
Theshadedbuffalo @echalpan I have it sitting in my audible, but haven‘t started it yet. 7mo
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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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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... 😜 8mo
echalpan @BittersweetBooks I hope you don‘t have to wait too long!! 🤞🏻 8mo
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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.

IamIamIam The narrator also read The Great Gatsby and it kept throwing me off so much! 4mo
echalpan @IamIamIam I read that book too long ago, but from what I can remember about it, I can totally imagine the narrator throwing me off with that one too! 😆 4mo
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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.