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Megabooks

Joined April 2016

Trying to make the leap from nonfiction majority to fiction dominate, but I‘m still a major audiophile! 🎧 The storygraph: megabooks 📚
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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Two friends from college meet at a departure gate. One saved a man from drowning just after college and begins to relate the story to his friend. What starts as a curiosity about the man he saved quickly becomes an obsession. He discovers the man he saved is not nice or honest, but he begins insinuating himself into his life both personally and professionally. Imagine Rachel Cusk with a suspenseful twist. Pick for sure! ⬇️

Megabooks Would work for #TitleRepeats #Booked2022 or #AboutASecret #pop22 👍🏻👍🏻 1d
Cinfhen Nice suggestions 😊 I just saw this book reviewed earlier today!! Sounds great!! #Stacked 1d
JennyM Sounds really great - #stacking thanks Meg 😊 1d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought it was really well done! 👍🏻 1d
Megabooks @JennyM I hope you enjoy it! 👍🏻 1d
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Three books on this #NewReleaseTuesday!

I have been SO EXCITED for The Hard Sell even since @sebrittainclark put it on my #ReadersRadar last year. Tagged ⬆️ It‘s about Insys, which is reminiscent of Perdue Pharma.

Joan Is Okay: I enjoyed her debut Chemistry so I thought I‘d give this a listen. Tagged ⬇️

The other library book I don‘t know much about. We shall see. Tagged ⬇️

Cinfhen Tagged book sounds fabulous 🎧🙌🏻 I read Joan is Okay - it was okay 😉 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought I remembered that from your review, but I still thought I‘d give it a shot. About halfway done with THS (it‘s awesome 👍🏻👍🏻) and starting book 3 of To Paradise (wtf is going on). Lots of reading time today, but probably not as much again until Friday afternoon. 1d
Cinfhen Go you!!! You‘re reading SO MUCH at once 🙌🏻💜 22h
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I, Meg, do solemnly swear that I will not check another nonfiction neuroscience book out of the library because I don‘t really like them. Amen.

That said, if you like this ilk of book, you will probably appreciate this one. He does share some really interesting insights about emotions as well as sharing some inventories you can take in chapter 8.

It‘s not you it‘s me. 😑 The #audiobook narration is great.

BarbaraBB Great review 😀 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! 😘 2d
Cinfhen Yeah, I wasn‘t feeling this choice 🙄but hurray for you… it was a #BorrowNotBuy 😉and now you‘ve been saved!!! 2d
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youneverarrived Thanks for tagging me 😘 I do like this kind of book but there‘s quite a few out there, think I‘ll give it a pass for now. 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I should‘ve known better. Help me remember my pledge!! 😂😂 1d
Megabooks @youneverarrived you‘re welcome! 💜 yeah, there are quite a few. Pass is probably a good idea. (edited) 1d
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Snow day = reading day (I don‘t care that we didn‘t get much. 😉)

I would normally consider the writing longwinded, but I‘m really loving this. Y‘all know me and brevity!

Cinfhen I LOVED parts one & 3 - the second part of book 2 didn‘t work for me. I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts 💗💗💗 3d
AmyG Yes....she writes so beautifully that I enjoy the “long-windedness”. I will probably finish Book 2 today. Really enjoying this book. I can‘t wait to finish and discuss. (edited) 2d
Megabooks @AmyG same re: beauty, but I don‘t think I‘ll get that far today. Some house emergency will come up. It always does on Mondays. 😂 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m so interested to discuss this with you but I doubt I‘ll finish it before the weekend! I think I‘ll be bingeing the hard sell tomorrow. It is 💯 up my alley, so my expectations are sky high!! 2d
Cinfhen Yeah!!! The Hard Sell sounds fantastic 2d
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Passing | Nella Larsen
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This slim novella packs quite a punch! Clare is passing for white while married to a racist husband. She recognizes former classmate Irene, who is able to pass but has married a Black man. Clare regrets her choice and insinuates herself deeper into Irene‘s life. While the subject isn‘t modern, the writing style and suspense is ahead of its time. Excellent!

Another great #NYWD22 choice from @vivastory ! Epic match for sure @monalyisha !

squirrelbrain I loved this book. I recently watched the film (which I never do!); didn‘t love it as much, but still good. 3d
vivastory Boy, Clare's husband 🙄🙄🙄 3d
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vivastory I loved this book & still think about it often. I'm glad to hear that it worked so well for you! I'm curious about the movie adaptation. I've heard good things but have been worried how the ending is handled. Will watch with expectations in check. @Megabooks @squirrelbrain 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep forgetting I want to watch the adaptation of this stellar book! Thanks for the reminder. 3d
monalyisha Thank you! I know it‘s shallow to point out when there‘s so much meat to your post but…the cover art matches your rug nicely! 3d
Tamra Such a moving book! The film is definitely worth watching. 3d
Cinfhen Cool photo 😍and fabulous review. 3d
Cathythoughts Great review 👍💫 3d
batsy Such an excellent book. And that's a cool edition! 3d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘ve also read the film isn‘t as good. I‘m going to make a post about it though. 3d
Megabooks @vivastory truth re: Clare‘s husband. Do you watch finding your roots on Pbs? I watched one with the director of the movie, and it was fascinating. The movie director was presumably white but had heard there were Black people in her maternal line, and there were. Not only that really remarkable Black folks. Like in circles with Frederick Douglass. It was truly a fascinating episode!! 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m not big on movie adaptations, but I‘m interested after watching the above episode. ⬆️ 3d
Megabooks @Tamra it really is! See note about film. ⬆️ It makes me really interested after finding out the director‘s history. 3d
Megabooks @batsy thanks! I found it down a rabbit hole on Amazon. (edited) 3d
Tamra @Megabooks wow, so interesting! 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ooh I will look for that episode also! Thanks 2d
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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle | Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
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Kingsolver set out to be a farmer and locavore for a year in 2006, and she & her family learned many important lessons. She narrates the majority herself, going through the seasonal foods, chores, and joys each month brought. Her husband narrates his essays that provide a national perspective on their choices. Her older daughter gives meal planning tips and tips for college student locavores. My favorite was her 8-year-old daughter‘s egg business!

Scochrane26 I went to their restaurant a few years ago, but of course, she wasn‘t there. It was really good. 3d
Cinfhen That‘s cool @Scochrane26 3d
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Cinfhen @IndoorDame just reviewed this book too!! Both of your reviews make me curious to try again. 3d
Megabooks @Scochrane26 awesome! I don‘t get to the central/eastern part of Kentucky much anymore, which is sad. I find myself in Nashville much more often. But I‘d love to try her restaurant. 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was really interesting. I admit I‘m lukewarm on her fiction though. 3d
Cinfhen And I really liked 3d
Cinfhen I‘m attempting this one for #AAM 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I loved PB too. I‘ve bailed on FB twice. It was on Katie‘s nywd list a couple of years ago, so I feel terrible, but I‘m just not a fan. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2d
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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It is here! My plan for #JoyousJanuary is to finish To Paradise in print, so I can continue with my library audiobooks. Also rounding out my #WeekendReads are my #AuthorAMonth choice on audio and the 1619 Project weekly section. (Doing a lot of lurking on those posts and really learning a great deal from the book.)

Cinfhen Yay!!!! Happy reading xx 4d
Andrew65 I need to explore the 1619 Project. 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen just popped you a brief email to get the ball rolling. Still foggy headed and just OFF. I haven‘t felt this weird from food in a long time. I don‘t think I‘m going to have the vegan chorizo again!! 😂😂 40 pages in and loving it. Goal is 100 pages a day starting tomorrow AND keep up with my audiobooks. I‘m getting this Tuesday and RIDICULOUSLY excited!! 4d
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Megabooks @Andrew65 it is amazing. I highly recommend it. 4d
Cinfhen The Hard Sell sounds fantastic!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts!! And 100 pages a day of TP is a realistic goal. Now I‘m off to check my email xx 4d
BarbaraBB Have you started already? You two are so fast! #sisters (edited) 4d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I decided to read in print so I am only 76 pages in. Still trying to work through LOTS of audiobooks. Thinking of you. 💜 4d
BarbaraBB 🤍🤍 4d
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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Several really fantastic books this week, including my first 5⭐️ of the year, Voices From Chernobyl. Lucky sucked, but sometimes writing the bad reviews is oh-so fun! I don‘t think now is the right time for a Martian Chronicles reread, but I plan to get to it later in the year for #NYWD22.

Looking forward to my sleep-ordered To Paradise arriving today. I have a feeling it will dominate the weekend. #BookReport @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Excellent week!!!! Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on To Paradise xx 4d
vivastory I find that I have to be in a certain mood for Bradbury. I almost bought the Yanagihara yesterday & now wish I had 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! I can‘t wait for the darn mail to get here! 😂 4d
Megabooks @vivastory definitely true re: Bradbury. I just finished Passing. A great novella! I‘ll review it sometime this weekend. I hope you are enjoying Nightbitch. Very excited for To Paradise to arrive! 4d
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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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Thousands of teenagers across the country are committing suicide, but why? In this story dedicated to Gen Z, Hawley takes current events like Jan 6 and Jeffery Epstein to a near-future dystopian world. There are teens going on a quest, partly for vengeance, in the middle of a US civil war. Very cinematic in its violence, and the quest was video game-reminiscent. Don‘t skip the epilogue! ⬇️

💯 #HopePunk (thanks for explaining, Cindy) #Booked2022

AmyG Sounds good. Glad I got the ebook. 5d
Megabooks ⬆️ despite most of the band of heroes being teens, this didn‘t read YA to me, but I think YA lovers will enjoy it, too. There‘s not the romance and lessons I tend to associate with YA books. 5d
Megabooks @AmyG it‘s definitely one I‘ll keep thinking about. 5d
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Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m hoping to be able to borrow through #Scribd 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 just finished Passing. Everyone else slept in so I had some reading time. 🎉 4d
vivastory I will keep this one in mind for when I'm in the mood for a book like this. 4d
Megabooks @vivastory the ubiquitous 👍🏻👍🏻 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Glad to see a review of this one. It‘s on all the “highly anticipated” lists! 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage I strongly liked it. It isn‘t like every other book on the market, which is refreshing! 3d
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I agree with @vivastory that there are some quotes from this oral history of the Chernobyl disaster and its aftermath that I will never forget. I connected much more with her interviewees than I did with Midnight in Chernobyl. Aleksievich spoke to families who fled or were resettled, soldiers that were deployed there and their wives, and even the children being raised in its wake. Deeply moving. Thank you, Scott. 5⭐️ #NYWD22

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa I‘ve had this one sitting on my shelf for awhile, looks like a good time to read it. 5d
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Hooked_on_books I‘ve read three of hers, including this one, and am blown away every time. She‘s so good. 5d
Cinfhen I was gonna use Midnight but maybe I‘ll switch to this book if I can #BorrowNotBuy - great review 🧡 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen midnight is good to but this one has 💜💜💜 big time! 5d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books what other(s) would you recommend? Thanks 👍🏻 5d
Cinfhen I prefer 💜💜💜xx will look for it 😘 5d
Hooked_on_books The two others I‘ve read are Secondhand Time and The Unwomanly Face of War. Both are terrific, but if I had to suggest only one, it would be the latter. 5d
BarbaraBB This book broke my heart 5d
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books thank you! Apparently I‘ve already stacked it, but I should get to it. (edited) 5d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB me too!! 5d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I thought about you several times today. 💜💜 sending love to you all. 5d
vivastory Great review! I'm so glad that it had such an impact on you. I was looking for more works by her while book shopping today but no luck. 5d
Megabooks @vivastory I had to order this from Book Depository, so I may have to try there again for her other books. Thank you so much for the rec! 5d
vivastory I'm definitely going to look for the one that @Hooked_on_books also recommended. Will probably order on bookshop.org 5d
BarbaraBB Thanks. It was a tough day. Kids went to see grandma and say goodbye. They were very close to her and extreme sad. And we had to think about the funeral, music etc. Sad. Thank you so much for thinking of us 🙏🤍 5d
Daisey I‘ve read Midnight in Chernobyl and I‘ve read other books by this author, although this one is still on the TBR. I can imagine it is definitely more personal and impactful. 5d
Megabooks @Daisey yes, it really was. Midnight was good but very dry in comparison. I‘m excited to read more by this author! 4d
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Glyph | Percival Everett
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And in books I bought purposely while awake…

I‘m trying to read more backlist titles, so I picked Passing from @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list and one from Everett‘s - very excited to try some more from him!

vivastory I've never seen that edition of Passing. I hope you like it! I also want to read more Everett. I thoroughly enjoyed Telephone. 5d
sarahbarnes I want to read more Everett, too. 5d
Megabooks @vivastory it was down a rabbit hole on Amazon! I still think of Telephone often a year later. Definitely check out The Trees by Everett. It would‘ve been on my nywd list if she had asked two weeks later. (edited) 5d
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Megabooks @sarahbarnes I‘ve only read the two that made the last two tob shortlists, and I want to read several more. He has immense creativity! 5d
Cinfhen I have passing on my #NYWD list too!! I plan on reading it this week 💕💕 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen can‘t wait to discuss it with you!! 5d
Cinfhen When should we read it???? 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m going to read it around to paradise so I‘m not sure exactly the day. I want to discuss it but I‘m not ready to commit a true buddy read 💜💜 5d
Cinfhen Fair enough!! My copy is less than 60 pages so I also may pick it up today. I‘m listening to SunDown Motel also from @MallenNC list and while I like it, it‘s really outside my normal genres. I don‘t take to paranormal naturally but the audio is fun 🤩 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I I enjoyed SDM. I think it was my favorite fiction of February 2019. I was surprised because it‘s not my genre either but I thought it was very well done. 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen having a weird time since Nashville. I tried the new plant based protein chorizo at chipotle and had a Cheerwine and I think the combination overwhelmed me. I‘m not gi sick (no meat/no gluten) but I think it‘s behind my weird dreams, book buying, and dizziness. I‘ve always been sensitive to new things, but I am so bored with foods right now!! 😞🤪 it‘s going to be a long night. Will email when I feel normal!! 😘😘 5d
Cinfhen Oh no!! Hope you get some restful sleep 😴 so weird, my day is beginning and you‘re just heading to bed. 5d
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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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I had a really exhausting day yesterday and had weird dreams overnight. As I awoke to my alarm, I thought did I buy a book in the night or was that a dream? I slid open my phone. Nope, not a dream.

@Cinfhen I remember one of the last things I read was our conversations about this book and whether to read audio or print. I guess I decided on both! 😂😂

Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 that‘s pretty hilarious but an overall GREAT decision ❤️🙌🏻🎊 5d
squirrelbrain So funny! 🤣 5d
Avanders 😂 amazing 5d
AmyG Ha! 5d
UwannaPublishme 🤣🤣🤣 5d
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Well, I finished up rereading this with my Dad (his 1st read), and we agree that having Tracey narrate part of the #audiobook disrupts the flow of listening to what would otherwise be one of our favorites. However, his anecdotes are sharp as ever, and this was definitely more enjoyable than his first diary collection (Theft by Finding ⬇️).

#ImMarvelous #Nonfiction22 #MisleadingTitle #pop22

Flaneurette Spot on with this review! I so hope he narrates all of his new one coming out in May (edited) 6d
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Cinfhen I had pre-ordered this collection but returned it when I saw it wasn‘t him narrating. I totally agree, it just wasn‘t the same. I‘m still hoping to borrow one day. Glad dad enjoyed. 6d
Cinfhen Want to hear about your day. Hope it went well xxxxx 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen will write soon. Just exhausted from today. Poor Molly was in the crate for ten hours 😢. Dad was such a trouper driving and walking these huge distances and spending two hours in the exam room and another hour going to another building for bloodwork. Thirteen tubes!! Doctor was fantastic!! I really feel like I‘m in great hands! 👍🏻👍🏻 6d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I emailed you, and I know you have a lot going on. Love, hugs, and prayers for you all!! But I did love the doctor and can‘t wait to restart our email thread when you‘re ready. 😘😘 6d
Cinfhen Your dad is a superstar 🙌🏻🙌🏻Give Molly extra treats & lots of hugs. Take a warm shower and rest. I‘m so glad you found the right dr!!!!!!!! That‘s a miracle. All good things moving forward xxx 6d
Megabooks @Cinfhen he totally is!! Molly has gotten extra snuggles for sure! She is so spoiled. It is quite the miracle and everything I‘ve prayed for!! 6d
Cinfhen Amazing 🤩 gives me hope in the medical profession 6d
BarbaraBB It feels like it was meant to be this doctor. So happy for you that you feel good and safe in their hands! 🤍💕 6d
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Full bracket! Note to Meg: put phone down. Get out of rabbit hole.

Seriously sorry if I‘m forgetting someone! #tob

cariashley What?! I did NOT get an email!! This is so exciting 1w
sarahbarnes Wow, so exciting!!! Thanks for the intel! 1w
JamieArc Dear Litsy, We *need* to be able to zoom in on photos!!! 1w
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Megabooks @cariashley I think it came to Instagram early! 1w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes you‘re welcome! I‘m excited too! 1w
Megabooks @JamieArc for sure! Screenshot and zoom is the easiest I‘ve found. 👍🏻 1w
Suet624 Oh wow! Thank you. I hadn‘t seen this. 1w
Megabooks @Suet624 this was actually a productive use of Instagram, at least for me! 😂 1w
JamieArc @Megabooks I don‘t know why I hadn‘t thought of that 🤦🏻‍♀️. Thanks! 7d
Ruthiella Nice work! 👍 7d
ImperfectCJ Every year I'm intrigued and confused by ToB. How do you like to get involved? Do you read all the books and follow the voting? 7d
Suet624 @ImperfectCJ yes. 😄💕 7d
Cinfhen Yay, Meg!!!!! I‘m not liking the lineup but at least I know which books I don‘t need to read as a few are easy picks for me!!! 7d
squirrelbrain What @cinfhen said…. I may only read another one or two books…. Thanks Meg! 7d
BarbaraBB Oh exiting. I don‘t like that The Trees will meet Subdivision or Matrix in the second round! 7d
BkClubCare I think @Addison_Reads might follow TOB? 7d
BkClubCare I wasn‘t stressed about getting all these done until seeing this. 😂 I have 9 yet. Yikes 7d
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ pretty much! They release a long list, which is interesting to see because often there are books I miss through the year. Then they pick a shortlist of books that actually go in the brackets. Many of us try to read some/all of those books. Then we see what the judges say. Some years @BarbaraBB has tallied a litsy vote so we have our own winner. Often very different than the judges! 7d
Crazeedi @JamieArc agree!! 7d
Addison_Reads @BkClubCare thank you for tagging me. I'm trying to read them, but I'm limited to just what I can get my hands on through my local library, so I probably won't get to read them all in time. 7d
BkClubCare @Addison_Reads - I know! My library is limited, too. The fun (aka the madness) is the attempt. 7d
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks Thanks for the explanation! It sounds like fun... maybe I'll see how many I can get to before voting starts and see if I agree with the judges. I've been disappointed with the lists for some of the other big book awards the past few years, and maybe these will treat me better. 7d
BarbaraBB Do you think I should do that again? 6d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes!!! 💯💯💯 just sent you an email. 💕 6d
Megabooks @BkClubCare plenty of time! 6d
Megabooks @Addison_Reads so glad to know you for tagging! 6d
BkClubCare @Megabooks - I tried to be strategic by choosing the longest books first. 6d
BkClubCare @ImperfectCJ - I think it is important to know the history, too. It truly is a snarky “event” to highlight how difficult is can be to say any book is better than another. Explore the website and maybe walk through one of the years “battles”. I found it ~6 years ago when I wanted to talk about books none of my friends were reading. I have learned SO MUCH about how to appreciate literature from all the discussions. 6d
ImperfectCJ @BkClubCare Thank you for the suggestions! I actually read the history every year, I just haven't been able to figure out how an average reader like myself would participate (I tend to mull over small decisions for a very long time). But between the posts here and the challenge on Storygraph, I think I have an idea of how to be involved this year. :-) 6d
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A bit of a spoiler on the #tob Instagram stories! I‘m afraid I‘ve forgotten to tag someone, so spread it around!! In a hurry tonight.

Matrix vs Subdivision
The Trees vs All‘s Well

BkClubCare Well well well. (Scrambles off to print my brackets!) 1w
4thhouseontheleft Already know my pick for the 2nd one 😃 1w
Megabooks Whole brackets are up as well! Will post that too! 1w
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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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I did not expect to spend the afternoon wrapped up in this! I HATED Before the Fall, but this is so different. I‘m enjoying it for the same reason I enjoyed The Blinds - an unusual take on a thriller.

Also, I‘m loving the new Libby look. 🎧

vivastory I admit that I thought The Fall was okay, but you have me *very* intrigued with your comparison to The Blinds. I often think of that book, years later... 1w
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Cinfhen I‘ve heard Anthem is great!!! And I loved The Blinds!! #stacked 1w
Megabooks @vivastory I often think of The Blinds as well. (Back when BOTM made edgier, more thoughtful choices! 😉) Hawley has a lot of balls in play right now, so I‘m excited to see where he takes it. 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1w
BarbaraBB I loved The Blinds too! So I will stack this one too! 7d
Megabooks @vivastory @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @NatalieR this ended up being NOTHING like The Blinds! I wrote that at the start of section 2. By section 5, it had turn into an apocalyptic, Tarantino-esque revenge fantasy. There were a lot of plots and people and some made more sense than others. When I got to the end and he explained his writing process, it made sense. I don‘t think he‘s the most cohesive writer, but this was an interesting turn of current ⬇️ (edited) 5d
Megabooks ⬆️ events. I think this is the opposite of the Jane Goodall book I read where she talked about hope for the future. The is the No hope book!! 😂 truth is, we don‘t know how it will end for us, the following generations. They‘re interesting books to read in the same week. 5d
vivastory apocalyptic Tarantino-esque revenge fantasy? Sign me up! 5d
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God what a refreshing book! Leave it to a woman who is 90 and lived through so much and made such an impact on the world to renew my hope. Jane shares stories of her life as a scientist and activist that give her four reasons to have hope for the future. The #audiobook is a very well produced conversation between the two authors.

#ImASaint #Nonfiction22 #Tanzania #ReadingAfrica2022 Would also work for #DRC 👍🏻

Cinfhen I have this lined up for #ReadingAfrica22 !!! Glad to hear it‘s a pick 1w
DGRachel Looks like I‘m changing my plans for Tanzania!! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen fantastic! I think you‘ll like it. 1w
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Megabooks @DGRachel it‘s worth changing plans for! 1w
JamieArc I saw her speak some years ago and she was so delightful. It‘s a memory I‘m glad I have. 1w
Megabooks @JamieArc oh that is wonderful! 1w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s read by the authors! That makes me want to listen to it on audiobook even more! 1w
Megabooks @Riveted_Reader_Melissa it works really well on audio. I‘d recommend that over print 💯! 1w
Itchyfeetreader Adding this one for audio 1w
Megabooks @Itchyfeetreader 👍🏻👍🏻 enjoy! 1w
Librarybelle Great choice! 1w
Megabooks Idk why I didn‘t think of this for #HopePunk, but after reading about it, this book definitely fits. #Booked2022 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 5d
Cinfhen I think #HopePunk needs to include a dystopian angle too…so it‘s less #grimdark 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen okay…then I think this would be better. To tell you why I‘d have to give spoilers but it‘s dystopian in a January 6/current events kind of way but with a hopeful ending both to the storyline and in why the author wrote it. 👍🏻 (edited) 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 5d
Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘ll look for it!! It‘s getting so much press!! And though I didn‘t love his first book, I‘m curious enough to read his new one ❤️ 5d
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Monster in the Middle | Tiphanie Yanique
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In love with literary romance! The author believes you bring the love that made you to each new relationship. Fly‘s father fled the 1989 SF earthquake with his first love. We learn about Fly‘s mom and then Fly‘s first love. Stela‘s family is from the Virgin Islands and we meet her mom and dad, too. My fave story is Stela‘s first love and how it unspooled after a semester abroad. Then, Fly & Stela find each other in spite of the pandemic. #botm

Megabooks Not YA, fwiw. I get asked that sometimes. 1w
Librarybelle Hooray! 1w
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Megabooks @Librarybelle 👍🏻👍🏻🇬🇭 1w
BarbaraBB This sounds so good despite it being completely out of my wheelhouse! And all those prompts… tempting! 1w
Cinfhen Ohhh, I need a #Ghana book ! Thanks for sharing ❤️#Stacked 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I really enjoyed it despite hating romance. It was equally literary fiction as romance. 👍🏻 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen the whole book is not in Ghana, but stela does study abroad there for part of it, which really affects the rest of the book. So it depends on how strict you are with it. 1w
Cinfhen It‘s good for me!!! 1w
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So I might‘ve made three purchases too…

I was hoping my library would get the Jami Attenberg‘s memoir, but they didn‘t, so had to buy it. Tags on the two fiction books ⬇️

#NewReleaseTuesday

Megabooks I never read A Little Life but count me on the bandwagon for this! 1w
Megabooks This sounded interesting too. 1w
BarbaraBB You‘re probably the first to finish To Paradise! 1w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think that will be @Cinfhen 😁 I have too many library books to get through first! 1w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, you bit the bullet too!!!!! I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on ALL 3 books!!!! The other 2 seem more my speed than your 3 NF from the library 😁😘 I‘m loving To Paradise @BarbaraBB but I think it‘s probably better in print!!!! And I can‘t wait for the Attenberg🙌🏻💓 (edited) 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m super excited for all of them! Hopefully I‘ll get some good audiobook time in around the trip to Nashville! Dad and I are finishing my reread of this too. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s fun!! Road-trip with your dad 🥰 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen my favorite road trip buddy! 1w
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#NewReleaseTuesday is back and coming at you with some #nonfiction #audiobooks!

As you can see from my #storygraph chart, I have only read one NF book this year. 😱 Shocking, I know.

To remedy this, my library has three new releases this week. I‘ve started with the tagged, and I‘m enjoying it so far. Neuroscience is hit or miss with me, so we‘ll see.

I‘ll tag the other two ⬇️ Happy Tuesday!! 😁📚🎧

tokorowilliamwallace What, a new Mlodinow?! Let's connect on Storygraph (magicschooltokoro). 1w
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AkashaVampie Hey sweetie.. since u use StoryGraph and if u wanna do more reading/challenges, check out my #StoryGraphRecs challenge. Super easy... just read books that are recommended to u through StoryGraph. Everyone is welcome to join in. 1w
Megabooks @tokorowilliamwallace 👍🏻👍🏻 I‘m megabooks on there as well. I don‘t do the social aspects though, but I‘d love to connect to see each other‘s current reads, etc. 1w
Megabooks @AkashaVampie thanks! I‘ll check it out, but I don‘t use the storygraph for recommendations. (edited) 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen what do you think of this week‘s choices? 1w
Cinfhen I‘m sooo hyper-focused on the new Yanagihara. I can‘t even think about other books. These 3 seems a bit dry on first look. I‘ll be waiting to see your reviews. Glad you‘re enjoying 😊😘 1w
Megabooks I just purchased the Yanagihara and two more “wetter” books. Tagging you. 😘😘 1w
youneverarrived Tagged book sounds interesting! Look forward to seeing what you think of it 1w
Megabooks @youneverarrived I‘ll tag you in my review 👍🏻 1w
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Brown Girls: A Novel | Daphne Palasi Andreades
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This book is brilliant. Queens is one of the most diverse areas in America, yet many white people see all brown as the same. Having the women speak as a chorus allowed Andreades to group their shared experiences like microaggressions and ties to family/home countries while still expressing many different cultures and life choices these women represent from 14 to 40. The direction of the #audiobook is exquisite. A short (4.5 hour) must listen.

tokorowilliamwallace My best friend since third grade---an Irish-Colombian---was born in Queens. 1w
BarbaraBB Stacked. Very interesting review and that cover 😍 1w
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Cinfhen I lived in Queens my first 3 years of marriage while hubs was in law school. Will definitely listen to this one 😍 1w
squirrelbrain I‘ve heard lots of good things about this… stacked! 1w
Megabooks @tokorowilliamwallace I‘m sure she had lots of interesting experiences. I‘ve read it is a very vibrant, diverse area. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I hope you both enjoy it. It done differently that most books, and it adds such flair (as opposed to being gimmicky). I‘m really glad so many people are stacking it. Slim book that packs a punch! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen ah! You will probably read many things you noticed while living there. I had an ex who lived in Astoria in his 20s (the 1990s). I loved his stories. 1w
Cinfhen I lived in a very homogenous Jewish neighborhood called Kew Garden Hills, but I know exactly where Astoria is. My local BIG supermarket was there!! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen cool! It‘s neat how there is diversity but also little parts where one can find their ethnicity in NYC. It is an amazing place! 1w
KarenUK Great review Meg! Stacked! 1w
Megabooks @KarenUK thanks! I hope you enjoy it! 1w
Cinfhen 👍🏻💓 1w
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Brown Girls: A Novel | Daphne Palasi Andreades
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A different kind of #audiocoloring!

Enjoying this audiobook!

Well-ReadNeck 😂🙌🏼 1w
Crazeedi Love it!! 1w
KarenUK Can‘t wait to see the results! 💕 1w
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Megabooks @KarenUK just posted it to my Instagram stories! 💇🏻‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 saw the photo!!! Gorgeous ♥️love the cut & color - perfect for your skin tone 🥰 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! 🥰😘 I actually like it more than my natural color! I have a wonderful stylist! (edited) 1w
Cinfhen Agreed!! Sometimes we can tweak what nature gave us😁 1w
BarbaraBB Looking good 🤩, just saw your email! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen thank you both so much. 🥰🥰 Popped you a quick email back. So excited about my good doctor news too. It was a great Monday!! 1w
Cinfhen GREAT NEWS 💕💕💕 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen for sure!!! 👍🏻👍🏻💜 1w
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Dava Shastri's Last Day | Kirthana Ramisetti
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Dava Shastri, a billionaire philanthropist, is dying but none of her children or grandchildren know. She has brought them to her private island to say goodbye. So obsessed with controlling her legacy, she leaks the news of her death a few days early, and the family learns about two long-held secrets, mom would rather bury. A great family drama about controlling and letting go. I would‘ve read more!

#AboutASecret #pop22
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Megabooks I like how she set this in the near future (2044) so many readers could relate to the cultural touchstones the author includes from Dava‘s childhood and young adulthood (1970s to 2000s). Also: I wonder how this will compare to Black Cake, which sounds similar. I‘m really kicking myself for not ordering BC because I‘d like to compare the two. 1w
BarbaraBB This sounds very good. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s solidly enjoyable contemporary fiction. It‘s everything I look for in a family drama. 1w
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Cinfhen Great review #stacked 1w
Cinfhen I have an idea….I‘m gonna email you later xx 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen this is definitely in your wheelhouse. I hope you can find it! Just emailed you and @BarbaraBB back. 💜 1w
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What a hard question! I try to base my recommendations on what genres the other person likes. Audiobooks are another can of worms on top of that! 😂

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed (my most gifted book)
Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
Loner by Teddy Wayne
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
I am, I am, I am by Maggie O‘Farrell

We‘ll see what shakes out from last year, but these are all-time recs. #SundaySoapbox

Soubhiville I‘m with you, it really depends on what the asker likes to read! 1w
TheLudicReader Station Eleven is so good. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one keeps popping up! Thank you for playing! 1w
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Suet624 Don't know if you get Kim Harrington's blog but she included a letter from Dear Sugar to a grieving father that was beautiful and gutwrenching. Harrington has a wonderful blog if you're ever interested in checking it out. 1w
merelybookish I also gift Tiny Beautiful Things! ❤️ Have you ever read Consolations by David Whyte? I think you might like it. 1w
Megabooks @Soubhiville yes!! I like to tailor them and even recommend books I liked (rather than loved) if I feel they are right for that reader. 1w
Megabooks @TheLudicReader I think I‘ve read it 7 times. I‘m avoiding the hbo version because I don‘t think it stayed true enough to how I think it should be done. 😂😂 1w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s a great book. I can‘t wait for her next which releases in April. 👍🏻 1w
Megabooks @Suet624 I wonder if it‘s the one I‘m thinking of. 🤔 Cheryl is running more letters but they are subscription, and I am so bad at reading newsletters by email. I‘d definitely read another book though. 1w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole it‘s really a wonderful book, and I love making new fans. It was a gift to me originally. 👍🏻 1w
Megabooks @merelybookish I have stacked Consolations. It sounds really good! Thanks 💜 (edited) 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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I am really enjoying all the books I‘m currently reading. Dava Shastri was a surprise library find, and I am engrossed. Review soon, I‘m sure.

I am waaayy overextended in library audiobook borrows, so that is going to be my focus, especially since the Couric and Anthem are over 15 hours! 😬 But I‘m hoping to finally read a #ReadingAfrica2022 book (Circling or Shelf Life) both of which I own.

Have a great week everyone! #WeeklyForecast

BarbaraBB You too! 1w
tokorowilliamwallace Ooh, hearing Kaite Couric's story should be interesting. I found a thrifted copy of Joan Rivers autobiography, and I am currently in a memoir of an ABC correspondent who had a panic attack breakdown on live television discussion how he eventually found meditation to actually work, despite all of his skepticism. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘 1w
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Megabooks @tokorowilliamwallace yes! @Cinfhen enjoyed it and said it was juicy, so I had to bite! Joan Rivers sounds interesting. She was a very complex lady. Is the ABC guy Jon Stossel because I though about reading that. 1w
tokorowilliamwallace @Megabooks, juicy is not the adjective I was expecting there. But if I find it thrifting, I'd go for it. No, it was Dan something---I'm bad with names and I can't find where I put the book. I think I got a follow up book by him, too. I'll try to start the Joan Rivers once I finish this one, but we'll see. 1w
Cinfhen I really liked both circling & shelf life and I hope you do too!!! I‘m excited to hear your thoughts on Katie, because she sheds her nice girl persona pretty quickly @tokorowilliamwallace it was juicy. The morning show business was/is pretty salacious plus there‘s the WHOLE MATT LAUER thing. 1w
Cinfhen And I‘m super curious about 1w
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Lucky | Marissa Stapley
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Neither a mystery nor a heartwarming tale of redemption, this book was truly just okay.

Lucky is a grifter, a skill she learned from her criminal father, but all she‘s wanted is a home and a straight life. When her boyfriend cons her and leaves her high and dry, she still has a lottery ticket worth $390 million because of course. A bunch of unbelievable things happen, then the book ends, thankfully. 😂🙏🏻

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Laughterhp Your last sentence might be my favorite thing ever 🤣 2w
Cinfhen Hahah!! Perfect review and cool use of #pop22 #prompt 😎 2w
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Megabooks @Laughterhp thanks! This was a fun review to write! (Sometimes the bad ones are 😉) 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! I was glad to get that prompt out of the way because it‘s so weird. 2w
youneverarrived 😂😂 I love this review 2w
Ruthiella “...then the book ends, thankfully.” 🤣🤣🤣 2w
Cortg Oof! I‘m glad it finally ended 😆 2w
Megabooks @youneverarrived thanks! 😁 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella I was thankful! 😂🙏🏻 2w
Megabooks @Cortg you and me both! 2w
AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH I Dnf'd it. I just couldn't follow the story 1w
Megabooks @AUDIOBOOKINGWITHLEAH good decision. 👍🏻👍🏻 1w
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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These interconnected short stories trace a very relatable friendship. F and J, Taiwanese-American girls, first met in elementary school. F was the striver, always top of the class. J has a big regret involving her father, which haunts her well into adulthood. As they age, men and distance come between them at times, but like many of my female friendships, they find their way back and support each other. Recommend! Great #botm choice.

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Ruthiella Sounds good! I wonder if it is published too early in the year to make it a contender for #ToB2023? I‘ll put it on my list. 2w
Cinfhen Love the review, LOVE the photo 😍🎉💖 2w
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KarenUK Oooh now I‘m glad I picked this too! 2w
BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture 😍 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella 🤔🤔 you never know with them… 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thank you!! I hadn‘t snapped that shelf in awhile. 👍🏻🥰 2w
Megabooks @KarenUK I‘m curious about Black Cake, but I really glad I picked this. A definite winner! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you!! 🥰 2w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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Well, I‘ve had my first 1⭐️ of the year (The Maid), but no 5⭐️ books yet, although The True Deceiver was close at 4.75⭐️. I still have a review of Fiona and Jane to write, but it was better than most #botm are picks for me!

Three print books is more than I usually finish in a week. I got to relax some because the snow shut everything down. I‘m also caught up on two 90 Day Fiancé series. #priorities ?? #BookReport

Cinfhen Great week!! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! 2w
BarbaraBB Great week. Reading with that view must be stimulating ❄️ 2w
tpixie That‘s sad about The Maid, I had higher hopes for it. 2w
thebluestocking That‘s a great start to the year!! 💙 2w
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Hill We Climb: Poems | Amanda Gorman
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I haven‘t read much poetry, but I very much enjoyed this. None are as good as The Hill We Climb, but I especially enjoyed her erasure poems and The Soldiers (or Plummer), which was particularly well done in the #audiobook. Amanda is so skilled at narrating her poems that I truly felt her emotions. Many are about the pandemic while others are about immigration or being Black in America. I am looking forward to more Gen Z voices in the arts!

Scochrane26 I got this book for my sister at Christmas. Planning to borrow it from her. 2w
Cinfhen I think I‘d enjoy this on audio. Thanks for the recommendation 😍🎧 2w
Megabooks @Scochrane26 @Cinfhen I hope you both enjoy it! She‘s quite talented. I can‘t wait to read what she does next. 2w
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Fiona and Jane | Jean Chen Ho
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First snow of the year, and Molly and I are snuggled in the recliner. I‘m reading, and she‘s watching it fall. She‘s enjoying playing in it too. ❄️💜

JamieArc I have this book on this month‘s TBR. I‘ll be curious to see your thoughts about it. Happy reading! 2w
Mary_Reads I'm so jealous. It never really snows where I am but this "winter" has been hotter than ever. 2w
Cinfhen Such CRAZZZZZZY weather!! So fun for Molly!!! 2w
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Cinfhen How‘s the book so far?? 2w
BarbaraBB That is such a cozy scene 🤍🤍 2w
Cathythoughts Gorgeous snow, enjoy 😊 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc @Cinfhen It was very good! I will probably review it later today. I woke up freezing in the night and finished it. 7 degrees F overnight, which is unusual here! 2w
Megabooks @Mary_Reads it was 71 F here on Christmas Day, so we WERE having an unusually warm winter here as well! Not anymore 😂 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts molly isn‘t enjoying it as much today. It dropped 20 degrees F overnight, so now it is only 7 F (-14C). She is so cold even in her coat. The sun is out, today, which is lovely. Maybe it will warm up! 2w
Mary_Reads @Megabooks we hit the low 90s last week ? finally got a "cold front" today and I'm going to sit outside and enjoy the 65° weather all day. 2w
Megabooks @Mary_Reads wow!! That is warm!! 2w
BarbaraBB That is cold!!! Wow, we hardly ever that kind of temperatures! 2w
Cinfhen Yikes 😳 that‘s COLD 🥶 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen poor Molly. She was even trying to hunt squirrels. She is so pretty focused, even in deep winter! 2w
BarbaraBB That Molly is such a character! I love that! 2w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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This is a fast read, but I‘m no more a fan of using neuro-divergence as a gimmick in a narrator than I was a fan of using alcohol 5 years ago. From what I found online, this isn‘t “own voices” either. I have the feeling this will be an #UnpopularOpinion, but I‘m glad this was a library book. The #audiobook narration is great, FWIW.

#SetInAHotel #Booked2022
#FoundFamily #pop22

BarbaraTheBibliophage I keep seeing this on the “most anticipated” lists for 2022. Glad to know what you thought! (So I don‘t buy it …) 2w
Laughterhp Oh no! I assumed it was own voices 🤦‍♀️. I just got this one in the mail today from BOTM. 2w
Leftcoastzen I almost picked it BOTM glad now I didn‘t 2w
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SilversReviews LOVED this book. 2w
PatriciaU I didn‘t see the neuro divergence as a gimmick but as an integral part of the story…until the end, which I found incongruous. 2w
Megabooks @Laughterhp as best I can tell, it‘s not. I read the author‘s website and several reviews from major outlets, and it was never flagged own voices, nor did the author indicate it on her website. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Leftcoastzen 👍🏻👍🏻 glad I could help. 2w
Megabooks @SilversReviews I‘m glad. It just wasn‘t for me. 2w
SilversReviews @Megabooks A few friends said the same thing. 2w
SilversReviews @Megabooks What are own voices and neuro divergences please? (edited) 2w
Megabooks @PatriciaU agree re: the end. I think the author felt it should have a twist, so she threw one in. Molly felt a bit wooden as a character. I read the book I‘m tagging, and its MC had some form of neurodivergence and/or trauma, and she felt much more three-dimensional to me. I guess I couldn‘t help but compare the books. But I also hope it won‘t become a frequent plot device the way alcohol was 5 years ago. (edited) 2w
Megabooks @SilversReviews “own voices” would mean that it was written by a neurodivergent author. I‘m in favor of reading own voices books when possible because they feel more authentic, and it helps diversify the authors that get books published. 2w
SilversReviews @Megabooks Thanks….I never heard of this. Appreciate the link. 2w
Ruthiella When you mention alcohol 5 years ago, do you mean like The Girl on the Train where her black outs etc. were used to further the plot? 🤔 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella Yes that drove me nuts and also the ubiquity of alcohol-fueled MCs in mystery/thriller from 2016-2018. In this book, Molly read as wooden and I feel that her neurodivergence, rather that making her more real, was used to make her quirky and off-beat. In fact, quirky is used in a number of reviews and blurbs. It just felt more gimmick than authentic to me. 2w
Ruthiella @Megabooks Gotcha. Thanks 🙏😊 2w
BarbaraBB Another excellent review. You could do this professionally, you know that?! 2w
Cinfhen Will definitely look to #BorrowNotBuy 😁at least it fulfilled 2 prompts 🙌🏻 2w
mdemanatee So good to know. Thank you! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! Sometimes I think I‘d enjoy doing that. 😁💜 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m curious to read what others think. It will probably be a popular book on litsy. But it‘s definitely borrow not buy imo. I just don‘t want neurodivergence to become a cheap way to make a character “quirky”. 2w
Megabooks @mdemanatee you‘re welcome! 2w
4thhouseontheleft I noticed the quirky descriptions in reviews on GR when I was looking at this book, and both that and the book blurb felt wrong to me. I probably won‘t be reading this one. Great review! 2w
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft thanks! I don‘t think the characterization of Molly was done well at all. 2w
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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I made the decision not to try to guess the outcome of thrillers and just sit back and enjoy the twists and turns. And there are a lot to enjoy in this #NYWD22 pick from Scott! There is a dead family, a possibly wrongly accused brother, and another brother trying to find peace and justice. I loved the angle of the true crime documentary. Sometimes this many plot lines could cause confusion, but Findlay keeps it under control. Definite pick!

Cinfhen Nice!! I think that‘s a good approach- just get lost in the story instead of trying to play detective 2w
vivastory Glad you enjoyed this one! I've gotten better about figuring out who (not always) but the why is often harder. (edited) 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I think it‘s the right choice for me, but I get the fun of figuring out motives @vivastory . My mom reads lots of mysteries and loves figuring out motives, too. It‘s a great pick either way, Scott. 👍🏻 2w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
monalyisha Trying to figure out the answers always hinders my enjoyment because I feel like oftentimes, you‘re not going to know until the author wants you to know, no matter how closely you‘re reading — and that drives me batty! But I don‘t think I‘m chill enough to stop trying, anyway. Good for you. I think it‘s admirable. Very zen-like, in that “let go of your attachments” way. (edited) 2w
Cortg I never try to figure the outcome, it takes too much energy and brainpower. But, if I do realize where it‘s going, I‘m always excited when I‘m right 😂 2w
Megabooks @monalyisha I try to be really chill/zen-like in all aspects of my life since I turned 40. I was so high-strung in my 20s and 30s! I am successful most of the time with books, but I am still working on it in some other aspects of my life. 😂 (edited) 2w
Megabooks @Cortg that is definitely true re: brainpower! 2w
monalyisha @Megabooks Ha! Seems like a good place to start. 😅 Begin with what you know, right? 😉 2w
Cinfhen Nicely played 💗 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a good plan and a good book! 2w
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I have finished the #ToBshortlist and #ToBplayin books! 🎉

Here are my rankings, which include two 5⭐️ books and two bails. I‘m excited to read more opinions as people review more books on the list. 👍🏻 #ToB22

Suet624 I‘ve read the first 3 on your list so maybe I should stop while I‘m ahead. 😃 2w
Ruthiella Excellent! I think my list might be a little like yours only upside down! 😂 2w
Megabooks @Suet624 lol! Maybe so… 😉😂 2w
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Megabooks @Ruthiella so excited to see it!! 2w
Hooked_on_books I think I‘ve read half the shortlist. When‘s the actual TOB? 2w
Hooked_on_books That‘s what I thought. I might get them all read by then. We‘ll see. After Bunny, though, I‘m only going to read the Awad if I‘m going for completion. 😜 2w
thebluestocking Congratulations! I love seeing your rankings. I really enjoyed Matrix and No One is Talking About This too. I have a lot more reading to do! 💙 2w
Cinfhen I love that you were able to rank them!! Of the 18 I still have about 5 or 6 left to read. I‘m hoping to finish the list this month. Next up is this one that I‘m very excited for 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I enjoyed Bunny but All‘s Well was just okay. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Cinfhen Don‘t let Bunny put you off from the Awad @Hooked_on_books it‘s weird but more engaging. I kind of liked it. 2w
Megabooks @thebluestocking thanks! Those are great books for sure. 💜 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books perhaps listen to cindy… 😁 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you will enjoy that one a lot! Great gift from @BarbaraBB ! 💜 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @Megabooks I‘m willing to try it, but I‘m giving it some serious side-eye! 😒😂 2w
Cinfhen Understandable @Hooked_on_books 🤣 2w
BarbaraBB I love this list! My favorites are similar to yours (except for Matrix) so far but I have to read 9 more 😀 2w
squirrelbrain My top two is the same as yours, and I feel it may remain the way. I have your 3 and 4 to read next though…. 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I think we‘re among the literary fiction lovers in our group, so it doesn‘t surprise me that we have similar rankings. (Although I still wish you had read Matrix in English, as I am convinced you would have enjoyed it more, Barbara.) Anyway, I think the SFF lovers will have different rankings! It seems there are some good choices for each group in this list. 2w
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Edge Case | Yz Chin
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A random find at the BN sale, this story about a married Malaysian couple navigating the tech world in NYC wasn‘t what I expected.

Edwina came home from work one day to find her husband had packed up and left. As she searches for him, she writes an unnamed therapist trying to deal with her mother issues, green card/work problems, AND retrace why Marlin left.

The idea of the book is interesting but the execution is just so-so.

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Cinfhen I had an ARC for this book / it wasn‘t a pick for me either 2w
BarbaraBB It was a long time ago you needed to tag us for pop21. You probably finfished that challenge in March 21 😉😘 2w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, it was just okay. The pieces were there but the assembly was off. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB truth! 💜 we‘ll see about when I finish. I‘m trying to read less this year. I don‘t think I can top 2021! 2w
BarbaraBB I wouldn‘t even try! Just read as much as you like! 2w
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Brown Girls: A Novel | Daphne Palasi Andreades
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#NewReleaseTuesday #audiobook

Excited about this one after I received a blurb from Emma Straub through Goodreads!

Cinfhen Haven‘t seen or heard a single word about this book! Very curious 🤗 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen me too! It uses a chorus of women apparently, and I enjoy it when authors go off the beaten path. 👍🏻 2w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I was experiencing a bit of FOMO not having ordered The Maid from #botm, but my wonderful library came through on #NewReleaseTuesday!

I also got my BOTM #bookmail yesterday plus The 1619 Project, which I‘m excited to explore with @4thhouseontheleft ‘s buddy read.

Happy Tuesday y‘all! 👍🏻💜

Cinfhen Oohhh!!! Nice!!! 2w
marleed I just put a library hold on the audio. It will be a while so maybe I‘ll order this as an add on next month and experience audio and print simultaneously- and at the same time ;) (I can‘t pass up that opportunity to be redundant!). I love doing both print and audio! 2w
Megabooks @marleed it fantastic that you can manage both! I always end up massively favoring on over the other. Usually audio over print! 2w
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I‘m slogging through my final entry from the #ToBshortlist. ? I‘m going to have to take a break because Klara is really grating on my nerves. The #audiobook narration is fine, but I‘m just not digging Klara‘s naïveté. #unpopularopinion

Ruthiella I don‘t think you will like this one then, Meg. Have you read Ishiguro before? 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella I have not read him before. I had intended to for awhile but never got around to it. Perhaps this isn‘t the proper introduction?? 2w
Ruthiella @Megabooks I don‘t know about that. Some one on Goodreads was surmising that a reader‘s first Ishiguro will always be the pinnacle which his other books have to match. My first was Never Let Me Go and I was enthralled. I‘ve only read his last 4 books, but don‘t think that Klara is much of a departure. Naive, self-deluded characters are a bit of a theme with him, IMO. 2w
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Megabooks @Ruthiella good to know. I‘m leaning towards bailing but I think I‘m going to finish another book before I 💯 decide. 2w
Vansa Same here. I found Klara's narrative voice extremely irritating, and while the central conceit is fascinating- what makes each of us unique when the exterior can be replicated, the author didn't bother seeing it through. It's quite a terrible book, in my opinion, and I would encourage you to bail- it only gets more irritating!! 2w
Cinfhen I wasn‘t super impressed/ I was irritated too and the ending fell really flat 2w
BarbaraBB I felt the same but have read reviews that made me think about it again and appreciate it more. It definitely isn‘t Ishiguro‘s best one imo. I hope you will try him again to see how fantastic he is. Maybe start with 2w
squirrelbrain I felt the same about Klara; I think I commented that she was naive about the wrong things and seemed to know a lot about other things and it just didn‘t ring ‘true‘ with me. I thought this book got worse towards the end as well…. 2w
Megabooks @Vansa thank you. I‘m going to take your and @Ruthiella ‘s advice and bail. Too many books out there. I started this and am really enjoying it 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m just not invested in it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Remains sounds much more up my alley. I‘ve added it to my TBR. Thanks, Barbara! 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yes, your comments are making sense to me. She just seems a little wooden as well. I keep picturing her looking like Pinocchio! 2w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 love the Pinocchio reference!! That‘s a perfect visual 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain with this bail, I‘ve finished the #tobshortlist. I‘ll come out with a ranking soon. 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Well done! I still have 6 to go, 3 of which I can‘t get hold of yet…. 2w
BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll like Remains if you get to it! And we‘ll done with the shortlist! I have most of the books in house now, just need the time to read them 🥴 2w
BkClubCare Yay!! I am so not a fan of Ishiguro. I agree with Ruthiella- I was a fan after first reading NLMG. And Remains was fine (LOVED the movie), the third book of his disappointed, and finally Klara drove me up the wall! 😩 (edited) 2w
EvieBee I‘m still amazed at your listening speed! Goals. I‘m up to 1.5 with certain narrators that are too slow. (edited) 2w
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It‘s a hell of a town, and Dyja looks at several angles from the 1970s to the late 2010s. He writes about the rise and fall of some political figures (Koch, Bloomberg, Giuliani, Trump), the movement of the art/artists around the city, Black culture and the hip hop scene, and gay culture and the AIDS epidemic. New York is a place of constant change and rebirth, and this book captures it well. #audiobook

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Megabooks @squirrelbrain definitely! I hope you can find it somewhere then. 👍🏻 2w
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Is the author a Native New Yorker? 2w
Cinfhen Oh cool! I own this audio 😉 2w
Megabooks @JanuarieTimewalker13 I‘m unsure. If he said so in the prologue, I don‘t remember it. (But I wasn‘t listening for it either.) 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen you must‘ve gotten the daily deal when I did! 😁 2w
Cinfhen Yup 😂😂 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you. I‘m curious about this book. 2w
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Every Last Fear | Alex Finlay
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These are great picks for me! Both are #audiobooks.

Every Last Fear is on @vivastory ‘s #NYWD22 list, so I definitely want to read it this month.

I started NY NY NY yesterday, and it fulfills prompts in two challenges.

Thanks, Sarah! #bookspin #doublespin

squirrelbrain That New York book sounds really interesting: stacked. 2w
Megabooks It is! It‘s a longer audiobook (17.5 hours), but well worth the time. Meticulously researched with a good narrative arc. 👍🏻 @squirrelbrain (edited) 2w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2w
vivastory Looking forward to your thoughts on the Finlay! He has a new one coming out in a few months. I'm pretty excited for it 2w
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Last minute jostling, of course! #Bookspin

I hope you‘re having fun with your sister @TheAromaofBooks 🎉💜

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! We had SO much fun, and my husband even cooked us breakfast!! 😁 2w
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Part 1 of my stats:

I‘m so proud of hitting these reading goals!!

Definitely the #YearOfMemoirs. I‘m kind of tired of them now! But I did manage to fit in lots of other genres too.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How do you read so many?!?! 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks always have an audiobook in my ear! 3w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎉Amazing!🎉I'm in awe of your dedication to reading & listening to books. 3w
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks I wish I liked audiobooks!! 3w
BarbaraBB I‘m in awe seeing visualized what I already knew 😍 (edited) 3w
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you! 🥰🥰 I didn‘t start audiobooks until late 2016, and it took me awhile to find preferences in listening, which make a huge difference in enjoyment! (edited) 3w
Megabooks @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick thank you so much Kelly!! 💜💜 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks dear friend!! 💜😘 3w
Cinfhen WOWZA 😁🙌🏻♥️🍾😘 3w
britt_brooke 🤯🙌🏼🤸🏼‍♀️🎉 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 😁🥰🎉😘 2w
Megabooks @britt_brooke it was a crazy year!! 🤯👍🏻 2w
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Part 2 of my stats:

I want to flip my fiction/nonfiction percentages in 2022. Just for a change.

Also my reading definitely dropped off after I got Molly 🐶💜 in late August, so I don‘t think I‘ll hit 520 in 2022!

HollyBolly I don't want to quite flip my fiction and nonfiction, but I hope to even them out more. I had 6% nonfiction. I smiled at your percentages. 3w
Megabooks @HollyBolly until the last couple of months of the year, it was 60% NF and then I got tired of memoirs! 😂 good luck with your 2022 goals! 3w
HollyBolly @Megabooks Thanks you too! Which memoirs were your favorites? I think memoirs are a good place to start for me. 3w
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Daisey Love the visual stats! I exported my Goodreads shelves to StoryGraph but then did not stay caught up entering books there. I wonder how long it would take me to catch up so I could make some more fun graphs like these. 3w
Megabooks @HollyBolly unbound by Tarana Burke, crying in H mart, Bourdain by Laurie woolever (biography not memoir), and 3w
Megabooks @HollyBolly all time fav: I am I am I am by Maggie o‘Farrell, know my name by Chanel Miller 3w
Megabooks @Daisey probably not too long because I hadn‘t used gr in awhile and was able to do 2020 and a lot of my favorite prior reads in a few hours. I guess it would depend on your ability to have a few hours free though! 3w
HollyBolly @Megabooks Thanks! I will definitely look into these! 3w
BarbaraBB If you‘re going to read more fiction my tbr will explode 😄 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB YOU have really expanded my horizons as a reader, and I can‘t wait to see what 2022 brings for us!! 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen I‘m hoping to work on my 2022 storygraph this year but I‘ll never have those gorgeous stats 😁amazing 3w
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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A classic suspense novel that reads thoroughly modern. Better than any current book I‘ve read in a long time. I was completely drawn into this world of snow and cold deception. It gave me a feeling of claustrophobia as Katri and Anna circled each other. I can see why this was an NYRB book club hit! I loved it, too.

Great #NYWD22 pick @vivastory and a fantastic way to kick off the (rainy) year! 🌂

vivastory Yay! I read it a year ago myself & my love for it has not diminished whatsoever. Tove Jansson was one of my favorite new to me authors that I read in '21. So glad it was a hit! 3w
Megabooks @vivastory I‘m going to look and see what else she has available in the nyrb catalogue. I‘m also going to look into reading more classic suspense novels because I also very much enjoyed this from Persephone. 3w
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vivastory @Megabooks I read Fair Play by her. I enjoyed it, but not as much as True Deceiver. I have her book of stories on my TBR (The Woman Who Borrowed Memories, also pub by NYRB) NYRB has a few excellent noir novels. I especially like both Dorothy Hughes novels (Expendable Man AND In a Lonely Place), Elliott Chaze's Black Wings Has My Angel. I have also heard that Nightmare Alley is amazing. I'm hoping to read it soon. Oh & I also bought this noir 3w
vivastory during a recent NYRB flash sale 3w
BarbaraBB I am so happy you loved it. Scandinavian literature is so different from English books, I sometimes need that change. Also I agree with all suggestions made by @vivastory , especially regarding Dorothy Hughes 🖤 3w
Megabooks @vivastory @BarbaraBB I have taken a screenshot of this, but with both of you recommending her, I‘ll probably start with Dorothy Hughes. Thanks!! 3w
vivastory She's brilliant! I hope you like her books. I've been trying to get KC to establish some sort of memorial plaque since she's a KC native 3w
BarbaraBB @vivastory That would be great, if you could arrange that! 3w
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The True Deceiver | Tove Jansson
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#lastfirst Print are rectangles, audiobooks are squares. 📚🎧

Happy New Year y‘all!! 🤩🥳🥂

CarolynM Happy New Year, Meg. 3w
Kdgordon88 Happy New Year! 🎆 3w
Megabooks @CarolynM happy new year! 💜 3w
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Megabooks @Kdgordon88 happy new year! 🎉 3w
BarbaraBB Happy new year my dear friend. Wishing you the world but especially tons of health and happiness ❤️😘 3w
Simona Happy New Year 🥳 3w
youneverarrived Happy New Year Meg 🥂♥️ 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you dear friend! 🥰 Wishing you and your family a happy new year and a wonderful, better than the last two years, 2022 💜😘 may you get to enjoy health and lots of fun travel!! 3w
Megabooks @Simona happy new year! 🎉 3w
Megabooks @youneverarrived happy new year, Katie! I can‘t wait to see baby #2! 💜💜 3w
Bookzombie Happy New Year!🎆 3w
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Part memoir, part call to action, Montás is on a mission to keep the classics in the core curriculum at colleges and universities. He made an excellent argument based on his life as an immigrant who made it to an English PhD at Columbia University. He wrote about what an impression their undergrad required classics made on him as a student and later as an instructor. Throughout he weaves reflections on philosophers.

Last book of 2021. I read 520!

Addison_Reads 520! That's awesome. I was hoping for 500, but ended at 400. 3w
Megabooks @Addison_Reads thanks! 400 is fantastic! 3w
RamsFan1963 @Megabooks How?!?! HOW do you read 520 books a year? That's like 10 a week. 3w
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Megabooks @RamsFan1963 always have an audiobook in my ear! 3w
UwannaPublishme Holy Guacamole! That must be a world record! Way to go! 🎉🙌🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Cinfhen 520 🙌🏻Fantastic 🥳🥳🥳and book sounds good!!! 3w
Megabooks @UwannaPublishme thanks very much!! 😁😁 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 🥰😘 I‘m not sure I was the intended audience, but I enjoyed it and learned a lot. 3w
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At its heart, this is the story of a mother and son grieving for the husband/father they lost. It is about loneliness and the friends who become family. All the magical elements lend creativity to and enliven this common plot. It also asks the important questions: what is real? Who is crazy? I was completely swept up in this novel! Definitely top 5 in the #ToBshortlist

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Megabooks ⬆️ CW: this dips really heavily into mental illness, especially schizophrenia and hoarding. 3w
squirrelbrain Great review - glad you liked it! ❤️ 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks!! Me too 💚 3w
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Ruthiella Totally looking forward to jumping in to this one tomorrow! It sounds weird but in a good way. 😃 3w
Addison_Reads My hold for this audiobook just came through at my local library. I think it will be my first read of 2022. 3w
Flaneurette Oh geez, I must‘ve had my crabby pants on when I read this. I may have to revisit it. Sometimes when I see the TOB discussion it helps me see these books in a new light. I think I dnf it at about 60%. I‘m glad to see you liked it tho, we usually agree on most books 🙂 3w
BarbaraBB So glad with this review. I have been dreading this one. 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I *think* you‘ll like it. 3w
Megabooks @Flaneurette I found it really engaging in a way I don‘t for many magical realism book, much less 500+ page once. Time of reading can make a huge difference! 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella I predict this will be a good one for you! 3w
Cinfhen Great review! Now you make this a book I‘m actually looking forward to reading. 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m not 💯 that you‘ll like it, but I think you should try it. Maybe it will open a new world to you… it‘s certainly one of the best magical realism books I‘ve read. It had a purposeful, relatable arc, which made it such a joy to read! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I hope you‘re having fun chilling with M and Z. Happy new year!! It‘s 11:40 PM here. 🎉🎉🎉 (edited) 3w
Cinfhen That‘s so weird (in a cool way) but now it‘s 2022 for you too!!! Sending much love 💕 3w
Cinfhen I‘m definitely wary of this book, so I‘m hoping to #BorrowNotBuy but your review really makes me somewhat optimistic 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think that‘s a good choice for you, but I‘d love to see what you think of you can find it. 👍🏻 3w
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The Surrogate: A Novel | Toni Halleen
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20 year old Cally has been hired as a surrogate to older Ruth and Hal, who have been unable to conceive on their own. When Cally absconds with the two day old baby, Ruth will do anything to get her back. As she uncovers some of Hal‘s lies, the family is struck by another tragedy.

This is was good but had some idiocy on the part of Ruth and Hal while looking for Cally. Overall, I enjoyed this #audiobook, which reads b/t suspense and contemporary.

Cinfhen Interesting/ never even heard of this one 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I can‘t remember how I came across it. But it was an interesting read! 3w
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Maltese Falcon | Dashiell Hammett
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I half expect a hard boiled crime detective to step out of the shadows into my front yard! 🤣🕵🏼‍♂️

LeahBergen Exactly! 😆 3w
Ruthiella 😂😂😂 3w
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Cinfhen Talk about atmosphere 😜 3w
Kimzey So very noir! 🔍 3w
julesG It was a dark and foggy night. 😁 3w
Hooked_on_books Fog is the best! 😶‍🌫️ 3w
TrishB Very cool 😎 3w
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O Beautiful | Jung Yun
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Elinor has her dream assignment: returning to her native North Dakota and writing about the oil boom. But the leering of the roughnecks haunts her with memories of the times she‘s been taken advantage of as a woman. I viscerally felt her fear moving through this land of men. Trauma is a bitch. It also brings up Elinor‘s wounds from being abandoned by her Korean mother. That said, the ending was rushed, however I do recommend this #audiobook!!

Cinfhen I still have the ARC unread 🙈🙊 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s worth reading, imo 👍🏻 3w
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I am a bit overbooked for reading in January, so I doubled my chances for specific books for #NewYearWhoDis, #ReadingAfrica2022, #FoodAndLit, #Booked2022, and #AuthorAMonth. I haven‘t even looked at #pop22. 😬

I have a busy month ahead, so I‘m just going to do #bookspin and #doublespin in January, but you can tag me in both. Thanks, Sarah!!

BarbaraBB Excited you‘re going to read The True Deceiver. 3w
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charl08 Chernobyl is amazing 3w
TheAromaofBooks I know I've gone overboard on challenges, but I can't resist!! I like to start with a bunch and then see which ones stick LOL 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes! I‘m using that for booked! 3w
Megabooks @charl08 I‘m very excited to read it. 👍🏻 3w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks same, and I don‘t get angry with myself if I don‘t finish them. Reading is fun, and I like stretching my horizons with challenges, but I don‘t want it to become stressful! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Exactly, I do the same thing. I'm pretty chill about bailing on stuff that isn't working for me. Especially with reading, which is SUPPOSED to be a fun hobby!! 😂 3w
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