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megfab

megfab

Joined June 2016

Writer, editor, reviewer, etsy bookseller (The Book Valet), midnight baker of treats, but above all, reader.
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580 pages of amazing storytelling here. Another spot-on pick by @Liberty for #BOTM! Highly recommend this for a long weekend read.

Reviewsbylola So so amazing! ❤️❤️ 2y
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I most definitely bought this book for the cover and the introduction by Claire Messud but I am having such a hard time getting into this! I am halfway through but keep putting it down, so now I feel as though I should start over. Does anyone else have this issue with books they want to read but really struggle through...?

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Since We Fell | Dennis Lehane
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When you know that the proofreader probably isn't from Boston...anyone want to take a guess?

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'Round Midnight | Laura McBride
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Spent the holiday weekend completely engrossed in McBride's latest! I loved WE ARE CALLED TO RISE, and 'ROUND MIDNIGHT is just as good. Add it to your summer TBR list for sure.

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Oh boy, are you in for a treat...

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When your current book matches your duvet cover...starting with this for the #24in48, encouraged by @Liberty today. Even if I do 12 in 48 I will be happy!

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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In the current political climate...so dark and uncertain...a book about refugees wouldn't normally be my first pick. However, Hamid's languid prose style and skillful character development has infused a brutal reality with beauty, if that makes sense. (I think there is a phrase for that in Italian, but I just can't remember it.)

Alicia Great review! This one looks like a must read. 3y
megfab Thanks! I have to admit that I am not usually a fan of magical realism-type plots, but I loved the light hand he used. 3y
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Le Divorce | Diane Johnson
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And today I learned what the word "decorticate" means, even though I am rereading this wickedly funny novel. How did I not look it up the first time?

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After reading Katherine Heiny's upcoming STANDARD DEVIATION (which I *highly* recommend), I returned to Laurie Colwin's ANOTHER MARVELOUS THING. The epigraph for STANDARD DEVIATION is from this classic Colwin tale, and Heiny's writing evokes a sort of Colwinism (yes, I made up that word, so what) without being derivative. Pairing these two reads together is an explosion of awesomeness.

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I am sick. Throat-on-fire, can't-speak sick. I needed a snappy read that I could enjoy between naps, and lo-and-behold this book showed up on my doorstep last night. It fit the bill- I would describe it as a WHERE'D YOU GO, BERNADETTE?" for the younger crowd with possible YA crossover. Give it a try...out in January.

megt You've got me sold with the Bernadette comparison. Hope you're feeling better soon! 3y
Marchpane Sounds good! I like the idea of an epistolary novel involving siblings. 3y
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Diane Arbus: A Biography | Patricia Bosworth
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Just got back from seeing the show of her work at the Met...I love reading about women artists. Any good bios in this vein you can recommend?

MMenefee Sally Mann's memoir reads like gothic fiction. 3y
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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"I saw something nasty in the woodshed..."
"Did it see you?"
#bestlinesever

When I bought this used copy of COLD COMFORT FARM I could not remember if I had ever read it or not, but with this Roz Chase cover I had to have it! I'm glad I did, such a fun read and the intro by Lynne Truss is so interesting...Gibbons wrote 26 more novels after this one! I had no idea she was so prolific.

Librarian One of my favorite movies as a teen. I still need to read the book. 3y
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Parsley is gharsley.

Liberty 💗💗💗 3y
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I don't know why, but whenever my mom recommends a book to me I never read it. However, we both loved FATES & FURIES and then she gave me her copy of MONSTERS so what could I do but read it? Glad I am, so far so good. I even brought it along to my kid's open house at high school just in case I get a free study period.

LitHousewife I really enjoyed this book. It was my first advanced copy ever and she let me mail it to her so she could sign it. #treasure #alwayslistentoyourmom 3y
megfab @LitHousewife That is so cool! 3y
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Mischling: A novel | Affinity Konar
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It's a rainy Sunday morning here, power has gone out, so I have the perfect excuse to stay in bed with pug and book. Yes, MISCHLING is dark, but the beauty of sisterly love shines through.

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At Tandem Coffee in Portland, ME today, waiting for a friend and reading. Ever since I read GEEK LOVE I cannot resist any novel about the freak shows...this is proving to scratch my itch.

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If you judge this book by its cover and title, it would appear to be some kind of thriller. Don't be fooled! It is actually a very well-written exploration of relationship, family, and invented histories. I liked it enough to pass it on to another discerning reader.

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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It's hard to believe that this is Mbue's first novel. The characters are finely drawn, and it's a unique view of the 2008 financial crisis. Definitely give this a read.

MrBook 😻 3y
Suzze So loved it! 3y
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Tempted by its fabulous cover and urged by @Liberty to give it a try I dove in, despite my hesitation to read short stories about angst-ridden millennials. I'm happy I did! Holmes has a sly wit that gave each story its own flavor. You should definitely pick this one up.

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Nine Island | Jane Alison
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I really, really loved this book. It surprised me in lots of inexplicable ways. She perfectly captures the slow decay of Miami, and our own little lives. I would call this a sleeper hit for fall.

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You know when someone you trust raves about a book so much that you start to become nervous about reading it because OMG WHAT IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT AS MUCH AS THEM AND WHAT DO YOU SAY AND WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU and then they give you their very own copy so you have to read it...and then you can hardly put it down and devour it in one day and all is right with the world. Thanks, @Liberty , you were right.

ramyasbookshelf Just read the blurb! What an amazing story! Have to get this right away! 3y
Liberty YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!! And I just found out that Gwen read it and loved it, too. ♥️♥️♥️ 3y
megfab @Liberty All three of us liked the same book??? Now I believe in miracles!!! 3y
MrBook 😂👍🏻 Great review! Bravo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! 3y
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Real Liddy James | Anne-Marie Casey
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I started this one this morning and I am already halfway through, it is light and funny but intelligent. The perfect palate cleanser after the dark world of Lionel Shriver. Casey also wrote NO ONE COULD HAVE GUESSED THE WEATHER which I really liked.

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It took me a while to get into this, but now I am totally engrossed in this tale of economic doom and gloom. No one does cold, hard facts quite like Shriver.

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Saga | Brian K. Vaughan
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I would have never thought that this series was for me, but I have been totally sucked in. Read up to volume 3 in the last 12 hours, returning to the library for more.

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Little Girl Gone | Gerry Schmitt
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Digging this mystery so far, nothing like reading about a cold Minnesota winter in 90 degree weather!

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Such a well done novel! I can't believe it's her first book. Definitely add it to your TBR pile.

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I am a HUGE fan of Cathleen Schine, but I just couldn't finish this one. Maybe it's just me...I wouldn't pan it, but it just never picked up steam.

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She Poured Out Her Heart | Jean Thompson
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Almost done, but I don't want it to end. Another amazing work by Thompson!

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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It's been hard to put this one down. I haven't even made my bed yet!

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To the Lighthouse | Virginia Woolf
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I found my summer reading in a giveaway box by the side of the road! #bookscore #Woolf

DivineDiana Fabulous! 3y
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This book had everything I love...art! Women! Different time periods!