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Joined March 2016

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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A juicy audiobook full of all the dramaz.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Listening to ‘Daisy Jones..‘ as an audiobook is 100% my recommendation on this- the cast narration is fantastic and I could not stop listening to this story. It‘s brilliant- I know others have said it the story sounds eerily real (it‘s not), but the audio narration plays into that so well.
And now I‘m in a Fleetwood Mac phase and can‘t stop playing their hits.

marleed Don‘t stop. Thinking about tomorrow. (I just had to!) 7d
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I loved American Housewife and I knew that I would love Southern Lady Code. Helen Ellis makes me laugh with her pointed sarcasm and I appreciate her for it.
Ate this right up on a train trip to NYC last weekend where I walked and read and visited bookstores. It was lovely.

BlameJennyJane Love that definition on the cover! It‘s one of my favorite things about the southern women in my life! 1w
swishandflick I've got to read this! I'm from the South and have a feeling some of these tidbits will remind me off my mom 😂 1w
kbuggle @BlameJennyJane it is so true! 1w
kbuggle @swishandflick haha it‘s sharp and smart- I bet it will ;) 1w
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Enjoyed the philosophy and theories in Digital Minimalism, but didn‘t feel blown away by any of the ideas — but completely agree with the need to step back and evaluate your own digital life at certain points, to make sure you‘re not missing your real life.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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Alright, I love-loved this; if you have been on the fence about whether you should pick it up next, then you should. SHE IS A WISE LADY. Her essays are succinct, and thoughtful, and they just punched all the buttons I needed right now- I love when you pick up the right book at the right time.

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Alright, it‘s good. I get it. Get me a copy of Normal People, I‘m ready for more Rooney.

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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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Literary mystery writing at its best- I loved Johnston‘s first, ‘Descent‘ and really enjoyed the follow up.

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Notes from a Young Black Chef: A Memoir | Joshua David Stein, Kwame Onwuachi
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I first learned about Kwame on his season of Top Chef, and when I heard he had a book coming, I knew I wanted to hear more about his history, background, and point of view. Kwame narrates his own story on audio, and does a fantastic job.

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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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Sharp stories loosely woven together around the city of Houston. Washington focuses around the everyday lives of everyday people, with a young black man narrating the majority of the collection while coming to terms with his sexuality. Based on his writing, I‘m sort of shocked this is a debut release- looking forward to what Washington does next.

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The two main characters dance around self destruction and a feeling of ‘what‘s next?‘ after they both find themselves out of a job. Very funny, timely, with a healthy dose of dry wit. And this cover- how do you not pick up a book with this cover art?? 😍🦢

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Surreal and abstract, Helen Oyeyami‘s newest novel is full of folk and fairytales. This, I don‘t think, will be everyone- I‘m not even sure it‘s for me. A lot of twisting and turning, many rabbit holes, to the point where I sometimes wasn‘t sure what I was still holding onto at parts- but maybe that was the point? I applaud the wonderful way she weaves sentences, and I think (and hope) she had fun with writing this one.

simpledutchgirl I agree with you...can't say I enjoyed this one. 3mo
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The detailed research and time that went into this account of the troubles period in Ireland is amazing. Reading this only made me curious to learn more. And the audio narration is authentically Irish and fantastic.

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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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Sly, clever, & sharp. Selin is the type of narrator that is maddeningly frustrating, but I just kept reading.. certainly not for everyone, but I enjoyed this; something about the everyday catalogue of life in the 90s, during the first year of college when you know nothing and everything at the same time.

emilyhaldi Love your review. Makes me want to finally pick this up! 3mo
Hooked_on_books I expected to hate this based on reviews I had read, but I couldn‘t put it down. I feel like she really captured the college experience. I heard a rumor she‘s working on a year 2 book. I hope so. 3mo
kbuggle @emilyhaldi thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
kbuggle @Hooked_on_books I should have known, with a blurb from Miranda July, that it‘d be whip smart and so dry! I really liked it much more than I expected to, as well. (edited) 3mo
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Listened to this on audio, so had to snap a photo of this beautiful cover while browsing recently, because #coverlove 😍

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What an interesting, short read. The dynamic between these sisters and the fate of the men that fall into their circle was perfect for my beach vacation reading.

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Mouthful of Birds: Stories | Samanta Schweblin
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Dark, clever little stories. I adore Fever Dream, and I loved this latest one from Ms Schweblin.

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The Wife: A Novel | Meg Wolitzer
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Getting some backlist in; looking forward to seeing Glenn Close portray Joan Castleman, now that I‘ve finally caught up and read the book first!

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Finished this late in my (Sun)day and the sun cast some shadows at the perfect moment for me.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I truly did not think this was going to live up to the hype. I‘ve been avoiding reading it; I didn‘t want to be let down. I was not let down: I was blown away. This is such a good book.

Notafraidofwords I agree. I really does live up to it. 4mo
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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Gosh this is written beautifully. It‘s been on my shelf forever, and I finally got around to picking it up, and now can‘t wait to see it translated to the big screen.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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I enjoyed this so much more than I anticipated. Simple and sweet.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I listened to this one on audio, and I think that was the right choice- I couldn‘t stop listening! Made for tv drama I‘d certainly tune in for (has it been picked up for film?).
After sitting with this for a while post-read, I‘m realizing I really don‘t like either of the main characters. I‘m interested to see how that relationship would play out visually on screen.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Do you ever get hung up on loose ends and small, skipped details in a mystery/thriller read? I do sometimes, although I try not to let it get in the way of enjoying a book for what it is in that moment. The Silent Patient was my #BOTM choice for January, and it kept me entertained during this past cold, windy weekend.

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Pep talk for a new year.

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So I love an urban planning/city solution read, and this one was interesting- I wish it had been broader reaching, because I thought it‘d be referring to a lot of smaller cities and it seemed to be focused mainly on Oklahoma City (which makes perfect sense, as the author is a former mayor of the city!)

So my initial assumptions of what this read would be were off, but I do want to visit OKC now.. so, a win?

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Belated review, as I read this in December- but it‘s lovely. A Manual For Cleaning Women is still my favorite, but it was nice to read Lucia Berlin‘s words again.

Notafraidofwords Her publishers always pick the best covers. 6mo
kbuggle @Notafraidofwords truly.. they‘re so beautiful and simple (edited) 6mo
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This is my first read of the new year. It‘s smart and relevant and timely. I picked a good one to kick off 2019.

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Felt this was an appropriate final book of 2018 because giving less f*cks in 2019 is exactly the mindset I‘d prefer to carry.

What‘re you diving into to start off your new year?

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This lives up! So fascinating how long they got away with this scam/delusion before it came to a head.

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I‘m so glad Tana French wrote a stand-alone novel.. I love her writing, and really enjoyed ‘In The Woods‘ but haven‘t kept up with the Dublin series. ‘The Witch Elm‘ is psychological, and smart, and beautifully written.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Yes, yes, all the yes. Just go read it; or listen to it, like I did, because I needed Mrs. Obama to read this to me in her own voice and words.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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When you‘re expecting a sort of whodunit about a possible arson fire that destroyed a library in Los Angeles in the 80‘s & you end up getting so much more! Susan Orlean did her research, & the result is this fascinating history of not only the effects of the fire on the LA community, but libraries in general. And what a beautiful book to hold & flip through in person (I listened to this on audio, which Orlean narrates herself- would recommend!)

BookNAround Someone ordered this at my local indie but must have declined it once it arrived. I happened to be there that day and snapped it right up so the folks at the cash wrap didn‘t have to figure out where to go shelve it. 😂 7mo
kbuggle @BookNAround Hahaha good grab for you and a very kind favor to the bookseller 😉such a beauty in print! 7mo
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I loved listening to @busyphilipps memoir- she is funny, honest and a fantastic storyteller. I fully respect her fearlessness & her hustle 🙌

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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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I had to finish out this Themis trilogy that launched a few years ago. This last installment leaned more on the politics of the stories, but I‘m glad I stuck with it to finish out the arc.

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Sure am. Sure. Am.

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An easy read and look into the early life of Mr Bill Cunningham, a fascinating and classic New York character. If you haven‘t watched the documentary on his later life, do yourself a favor and check it out!

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This was such a fun book- I couldn‘t stop listening; The author narrates the audio herself (I‘m a huge fan of this- feels like you‘re getting the whole experience) and I just spent the whole day doing all my weekend things with her in my ears. So juicy, so enjoyable, and really relatable, besides working in the White House day to day. Two thumbs way the F up, Beck. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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Really, really good, as expected. Read this, unintentionally, during the right week for it. The Law & Order story didn‘t do a lot for me, but all the rest sing.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This one here.. I get it, the buzz. The audio narration was split between characters which made for a great listening experience, and the storyline.. this is just a really good read. I‘d suggest it to anyone.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Oh this was a hoot. And on audio, a really enjoyable way to pass through my work commute. Name your beach cottage the ‘Sea Section‘ and you‘ll have my attention from there-on.

britt_brooke I love him! 💚 9mo
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Short, quiet, thoughtful. There‘s something to be said for picking up a book at the right moment in time for it-

mrozzz Yes!!! I really liked this one. 9mo
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As if! All I want to do is go rewatch Clueless now. This was a fun insider look at the making of a now classic film.

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Origin | Dan Brown
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I‘ve been on the library holds list for this one since it was released last year- it finally just came in last week and I blew through it, as predicted. I‘m always here for a Robert Langdon adventure 😉 even though I saw what was coming toward the end!

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The Third Hotel: A Novel | Laura van den Berg
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Took me a bit to make my way through this short book, mainly due to my work schedule over the last week or two. The Third Hotel is part ghost story, part mourning/grief story. I felt like I had no idea what was happening at certain points, but that that was okay, and the whole point.

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Social Creature: A Novel | Tara Isabella Burton
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This is some weird fuckery but I couldn‘t stop reading it.. Brutal and cool are definitely the right adjectives to describe this one, with for sure hints of ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley‘ for the new millennium.

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Give Me Your Hand | Megan Abbott
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Smart, strong female characters and relationships, with a side of creepiness. The audio version had just enough theatrics without overdoing it- Megan Abbott knows what she‘s doing.

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All These Beautiful Strangers | Elizabeth Klehfoth
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A fun and easy summer read with some twists I didn‘t expect and a bit of a YA tilt; not necessarily what I typically would go for, but the ‘boarding school in New England‘ plot line always draws me in! And A+ #coverlove

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Tiffany Haddish narrates her own audiobook, so it‘s just as funny as you‘d expect it to be. Even though the stories tend to jump around a bit, instead of in a chronological order, it feels more like a conversation than anything else- like Haddish is telling you all about herself, her career, and how she got to where she is today.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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I loved this book. Thorough, interesting, and developed. I fell in love with ‘Music For Wartime‘ so when I saw this was coming, I knew I‘d need to read this book as soon as I could get my hands on it, and it did not disappoint!

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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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This travelled a very noir-style vein for me; I listened to it on audio and generally enjoyed it, but was left wanting slightly more. A solid summer pick!