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monkeygirlsmama

monkeygirlsmama

Joined August 2016

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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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The Fragile Ordinary by Samantha Young
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Wonderland: An Anthology | Marie O'Regan
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This Alice in Wonderland inspired short story collection was somewhere between a pick and so-so for me. Some of the stories were fantastic and others just felt rather meh. Meanwhile, I skipped a few that just didn't draw me in. All in all, I'm glad I read it. Some of my favorite stories were Jonathan Green's " The Hunting of the Jabberwock", George Mann's "About Time", and Rio Youers' "Vanished Summer Glory".

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Hmm... How would I describe this book?

Scary good. Twisted. Creepy.

More directly, Baby Teeth was a truly terrifying novel that goes to show just how deceiving appearances can be.

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If you haven't already done so, I definitely recommend reading this one!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still think about this one 😱 Have you read ?? So good and very similar! 3d
monkeygirlsmama @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Never heard of this one before, but now it's on my stack! 2d
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This book isn't for everyone. I mean the very first line is "FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!" ? But that is exactly why I like this book- because the author is just so normal. She's not trying to put on airs or act superior in her grief. She's not trying to write a "by the book" book or self help her readers into a boredom coma. It's a book written by someone who knows what it's like to live in the throws of grief and loss. It's relatable. ?

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1.) My last big move was in 2018 when the girls and I moved from PA to OK.

2.) My brain is not braining at the moment, and the only thing I can think of is The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe where the children moved due to the war.

Thanks for the tag, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! 🙂

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! Happy Tuesday 1w
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Untitled | Unknown
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I hate bailing on a book, but I hate wasting my time trying to slog through something I'm not enjoying even worse. So on to the #DNF pile this one goes. I guess that's one way to clear them from my shelf @CBee. #readyourkindle #readyourebooks #17

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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Birds Aren't Real written by Peter McIndoe and Connor Gaydos is a brilliantly developed movement brought to the pages for posterity. Hilarious, ridiculous, and stupidly believable!

Prior to reading this ARC I foolishly thought there really was a 1970's era conspiracy that I had only recently heard of. Nope! The whole "conspiracy theory" is a contrived joke put on to draw people's attention to just how gullible we can be.

Thank you #NetGalley!

monkeygirlsmama *Publication Date 6/4/2024 1w
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(Couldn't even find this one in the Litsy catalog yet, so had to recommend it be added as an option. Hence the non-matching tagged title, but it was kinda close. LoL)

Got approved for this ARC from #Netgalley and can't wait to start. I have only heard bits and pieces about this craziness before, and I gotta say I'm hoping this book lives up to my expectations. I'm very curious!

Kappadeemom I got this one too! 1w
monkeygirlsmama @Kappadeemom Oh my gosh, it is HILARIOUS! 1w
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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil
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What a horrifyingly intriguing concept! I picked up this book solely on the cover/title alone and had no idea what it was going to be about, but wow! I'll for sure be reading the two others that come next in this series because I have to see how it ends.

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monkeygirlsmama (I was cancelling my Kindle Unlimited subscription for a bit and had to read this one beforehand even though it was one of my choices, not yet drawn, for @CBee's #readyourkindle #readyourebooks challenge. So I cheated and jumped the gun 😆) 1w
CBee Nah, not cheating! Glad it was a good one 😊 1w
ElizaMarie I really enjoyed this series! I might have to re-read them soon! 1w
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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1. No, but I surprised my daughters (18 and 20) with Starbucks at school/work during my lunch break.

2. Yes, and I miss mine every day! 😭💔💙

3. The perfect V-Day would be just having him here as this is my first alone since he passed last Summer. We never did much for V-Day because our anniversary was the 15th which is when we'd always do our big celebrations. Tomorrow would have been our 5th anniversary. 😥

@Eggs #WonderousWednesday

BeeCurious Oh, I'm so sorry. This must be a difficult time for you. Hugs. 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Valentine‘s Day 🩷 2w
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dabbe Yowza. 😢 Lots of hearts going out to you. ❤️💜🩷 2w
Suet624 Oh gee. I‘m so sorry. 2w
JessClark78 ❤️ 2w
Eggs I‘m so sorry 💔 I lost husband (soulmate) too, when our daughters were 12 and 15. Hugs ((((Rebekah)))) 2w
monkeygirlsmama @dabbe@suet624 @JessClark78 Thank you ❤️ @eggs Thanks and oh no, I'm so sorry! I wouldn't wish it upon anyone, but especially not when the kids were still young. ((Hugs)) 💙 2w
Eggs @monkeygirlsmama ❤️🙏🏻❤️ 2w
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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So good! Very hard to read at times, but so so good.

Book 1 - Done ✅

#readyourkindle #readyourebooks @CBee

CBee Awesome 😊 2w
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Mehso-so

This Is Salvaged is a collection of short stories all having a central theme of salvaging, making do, and repurposing less than desirable aspects of one's life - relationships, ideas, furniture, etc. Simply put, they're about existing and trying to find beauty and contentment within such an existence even when it would be easier to quit.

I didn't love the book, but I didn't hate it either. My favorite pieces were at pages 93 and 97.

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This first page though!!! 😯 And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you reel a reader in! 😆

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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Kinda laughed aloud at this. 😂

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Odes to Common Things | Pablo Neruda

"In its caves the salt moans, mountain of buried light, translucent cathedral, crystal of the sea, oblivion of the waves." - from Ode to Salt by Pablo Neruda

He certainly was very passionate about salt. ?

Day 6 #Translucent #PoetryMatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 💜💜💜 3w
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The Collected Songs of Cold Mountain | Cold Mountain (Han Shan)
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Day 5 #Translate This section of a 9th century Chinese poem, translated into English, just goes to show that despite all our advancements and differences all these many years later, at the end of the day we're all just human looking for someone to love and spend our lives with. 💙😢❤️

#PoetryMatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 😍😍😍 3w
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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1.) Just the usual... Work and then home. Maybe take myself to go see Argyle tomorrow night at the cinema.
2.) Um... Haha 🙄🤭 My style of organized is organized chaos. 🤪
3.) Jackson, Mississippi (tagged book)

@Cupcake12 #MotivationalMonday

Cupcake12 I want to go and see Argyll too 🍿 Thanks for joining in x 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Help is so good! 3w
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Ain't that the truth. 🥺😭💔

andreadmw So true. Everyone‘s journey is unique. 3w
CBee Oh yes, this is exactly it ♥️ 3w
GingerAntics It‘s hard to say it goes in a linear pattern, because it really doesn‘t. You can be at acceptance one day and be back at anger the next. 3w
monkeygirlsmama @GingerAntics So very true. I'll have a couple of relatively good days and then BAM it's like I'm back on day one. :( Interesting side note, the author of this book said the one who originally came up with the stages of grief did so not for those left behind grieving someone or something but for actual terminal patients to gauge their own grief about dying. Additionally, they apparently later started they wished they'd not used the term "stages". 3w
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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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Finally got my list together, in no particular order, for the #readyourkindle #readyourebooks challenge. In sitting down to do this I realized two things. 1.) I have an awful lot of absolute sh!t on my Kindle. Wtf was I thinking when I bought aka freebie downloaded half of what's on there?! 😬 2.) I have a lot of really good sounding books on there so why haven't I read them yet?! 🤭 Super excited for this challenge, @CBee! 😏

CBee I realized the same things 😀😂 3w
monkeygirlsmama @CBee I really need to go back through and just delete a bunch because there are legit a ton I know I will NEVER read based on the titles/covers alone. I am not proud of it, but I am indeed a cover snob who will judge a book by its cover. (Thankfully not like that with people. LoL) And some of the covers on my Kindle shelf are so mediocre, cheap, and trashy looking that I just can't. 🙄😆 It's possible I miss out on good books this way, but... 3w
CBee @monkeygirlsmama I get it! Still hard to hit that delete button though 😂 I deleted a few and felt so guilty 😂 3w
monkeygirlsmama @CBee OMG I know it! I say I need to do it, but I can almost guarantee you I won't actually. LoL 3w
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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I picked up this book based on the eye catching cover. A quick breeze through the synopsis told me I'd probably enjoy it or should at least give it a shot. So I did and even after a few chapters I still wasn't 100% certain if I was going to really like it enough to stick with it til the end. But I did and I did that too, and boy oh boy am I ever glad! ⤵️

monkeygirlsmama ⤴️ The Change was nothing short of amazing and completely deserving of the GMA Book Club Pick label. An utterly engaging kaleidescope of characters with stories that filtered into one main tale. This was a book you didn't want to see come to an end because while you were excited and content with the resolution you just plain and simple wanted more time with the quirky and incredible stars of the show!

Bravo, Ms Miller, bravo!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Truth be told, I could have easily picked every answer on here. ? And my "read on sofa" answer could truly double because I don't have a bed since I gave up my and Jon's apartment after he died. I now sleep on the couch in my daughters' apartment. ?

#ThisOrThat

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Saw this on FB and thought it could be fun to post here should anyone else feel like copying, pasting, and sharing their responses.

Who's in for a bookish game of "This or That?" ?or ?

#ThisOrThat ?

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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💜💜💜

CBee I LOVE THIS BOOK 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💜📚💜 3w
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She Is Haunted | Paige Clark
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I'm torn on whether or not I liked this book. Being a compilation of short stories it's easier to say there were some which I enjoyed more than others. There was a consistent thread of themes woven into each story- grief, love, family issues and the need for acceptance, identity, and more. Well written, but overall this collection was full of melancholy and left me feeling rather depressed. Perhaps, however, that was exactly what she intended.

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She Is Haunted | Paige Clark
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"Lucy's hair was stringy and dyed a garish shade of orange. She wore a sheer top that displayed her pointy nipples and a pair of hiked up metallic bike shorts. Rosa had noticed that Lucy was thin but she was painfully so. A flaccid carrot that had been left in the refrigerator for too long came to mind."

That there is one helluva description, Ms Clark!?????

MatchlessMarie Omg I‘m so mad you can‘t leave picture comments on Litsy because this passage inspires memes 😆 🥕🤨 3w
monkeygirlsmama She later describes the same character as a "friendly chicken" based, again, on the orange hair. ??? 3w
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Selected Poems | Rita Dove
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TheSpineView Love 💜 3w
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She Is Haunted | Paige Clark
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There was something strangely relatable about this story. I am nothing like the main character Beth, yet somehow in some way I feel like I connected with her. (Please note: If you have or do read this story, I am not saying that my grief experience is the same. I have never once wanted or tried to evolve into Jon. 😆 But there are overlapping similarities to the grief.🤪)

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Day 3 In Frost's poem the narrator stops, transfixed, at the place where the roads cross debating which one to take before eventually taking the road less traveled.

#Transfixed #PoetryMatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView An old favorite!❤️ 4w
monkeygirlsmama @TheSpineView You can never go wrong with Frost! He's been my favorite since I was a kid. 4w
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"FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!" ? But, also, OMG yes. What an appropriate way to summarize the beginning of grief. ?

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

dabbe Yowza! 🤩🤩🤩 4w
TheSpineView Wow!🤯 4w
julesG Yassss! 4w
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Day 2: When I think of transcending or transcendence I think of Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, among others. And Comfortably Numb is one of the first songs that comes to mind that gives me those epic transcendental vibes.

#Transcend #PoetryMatters @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Perfect!👍🤩🌞 4w
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Day 1 An old favorite of mine that I think has an air of tranquility. 🐱🌫️

#PoetryMatters @TheSpineView #tranquil

TheSpineView Great poem and choice. 4w
Dragon 😻🐉 4w
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February #PoetryMatters prompts

To play along post a poem, quote, song lyrics, etc that you feel matches the prompt.

@TheSpineView

monkeygirlsmama Well I did a shite job of sticking with this one. 🤦‍♀️ 1d
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#ThreeListThursday @dabbe

1. I despise drinking water from the tap. (Even if it's been through a filter.)

2. I talk to myself, but I promise I'm not crazy. 😆

3. I sometimes snort while laughing if something is extra funny.

Reggie 2. I talk to myself in the shower. I practice conversations I need to have later in the day. If people are around I have to tell myself to switch to singing cause it gets crazy. 4w
dabbe #1: 🤩
#2: Me, too! My husband will catch me and give me the look: 🙄.
#3: ditto here, too! #greatminds 🩶
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Read4life I talk to myself and tell my family it‘s the most intelligent conversation I‘ve had all day! 🤓 4w
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Bookshelves and Books | Alfred H. Wall
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📚😂📚😂📚😂📚😂📚

Monica5 😂😂😂 4w
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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How to tell your eyes are tired and you should probably stop reading? You read this chapter title not 1x, not 2x, but 3x before you read it correctly. According to the author the chapter is titled "The Purification of Harriett Osborne". However, were you to have asked me a few moments ago I would have told you unequivocally that it was infact titled "The Putrification of Harriett Osborne". ? I kept thinking something didn't sound quite right. ?

GingerAntics 😂🤣😂 maybe it‘s time for some sleep? 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @GingerAntics 😜I struggled on for a few more pages after this, but then I decided it was best to quit while I was ahead. As it is, I don't even remember what I read at that point. 🧐😂 1mo
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She Is Haunted | Paige Clark
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Today's #libraryhaul was comprised of all random, on the spot selections. Here's hoping I picked good ones! 😁📚

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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1. Aside from going to work, I pretty much just sit at home since Jon died last year. However, I actually have tentative plans with one of our friends for a drink later this week which would be nice because I haven't seen any friends since August. 😞🤞

2. Tagged.

3. Quiet and Empathetic

#MotivationalMonday @Cupcake12

Cupcake12 I hope meeting your friend is enjoyable. Thank you for joining in x 1mo
andreadmw I‘m so sorry for your loss. Take care of you 🩷 1mo
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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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(stolen from FB) 😆#sotrue #tbr #booksiwanttoread

Texreader 😂😂😂 truth!! 1mo
Bookwomble My owned TBR pile isn't *that* tall, but according to Library Thing, at 82.6 feet, it's taller than the Sphinx 😏📚 Why I'm even looking at my phone instead of reading, I don't know! 😄 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @Bookwomble 😂😂😂 1mo
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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I find it ironic that when I was reading Rock Paper Scissors earlier today "schadenfreude" was a word used by the author. It's a word I've heard before, but by no means common (in my experience anyways). Hence my surprise to stumble across it again just now, for the second time today, in my current [tagged] read. ??

lynneamch Seems so weird when that happens. I didn‘t hear that word until much later in life, but as a teen this quote stuck with me: In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us. --Francois de La Rochefoucauld. I see the English word for it is epicaricacy. Never heard of that one, so maybe now I'll see it everywhere 🤔 1mo
CatLass007 😮 1mo
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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Keep seeing this one pop up, and it sounds intriguing. So... Here goes nothing. 😸

@Andrew65 #weekendreading #kindleunlimited #currentread

CatLass007 Wow. I just read the book‘s description and it sounds great. Oh, Litsy, what are you doing to my pocketbook? 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @CatLass007 LoL Right?! Thankfully I found this one on Kindle Unlimited. So many of the books on my TBR list right now aren't available there though, so hoping my library will have them cause my wallet and my bookshelves say no more vuying 1mo
monkeygirlsmama Doh, I hit the button by accident and submitted that with a glaring typo and no final punctuation. :/ 1mo
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CatLass007 I can‘t read ebooks, too much eye strain. And since I‘m in need of a new prescription for my glasses, I‘m not reading any print right now, just audiobooks. But I‘m terrible about remembering to check Libby to see what I can borrow. 1mo
CatLass007 You still can go back and edit it. 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @CatLass007 I always forget about Libby and Hoopla! That sucks about not being able to read ebooks or in print right now, but thank God for audiobooks. Good luck with getting the new glasses. I had to do that last year because mine were so out of date and I could hardly see anything with them. And my vision got way worse for upclose. In fact, it changed so much that I had to get bifocals... I'm 42! 😭😛 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @CatLass007 I thought so too, but I don't have an edit option anymore. It only gives me the option to delete, mark as a spoiler, or cancel. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
CatLass007 It‘s weird that you can‘t edit. I think I first got bifocals when I was 40. 🤓 1mo
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I love a good book that keeps me guessing, and Rock Paper Scissors was exactly that! This was a story full of twists and turns that made me "oh my!" aloud on more than one occasion with actual, legitimate surprise. Just make sure your calendar is empty when you pick this one up because I guarantee you once you start it you won't wanna set it down until the very last word on the very last page has been read. Five stars all the way!!! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Never heard this word before! Turns out you really do learn something new every day. 👍

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They always say that when you die your life flashes before your eyes, and I always thought that meant in the moments right before death. But what if that actually happened AFTER you die, in the moments just afterwards as everything is shutting down?

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If We Say Goodbye | Jasmine Little
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👍💙😁😭📚

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If We Say Goodbye | Jasmine Little
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This book came with trigger warnings because of the subject matter (suicide, auto accident, grief) My grief from losing Jon is still incredibly raw 7 months later, but I didn't lose him to a car accident or suicide so I'm hoping I can make it through this one. So far I'm just busy relating to the main character's feelings post loss. 😢

So so so much yes for both of these highlighted bits. 🙄

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️ 1mo
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What a unique way to consider things. I may have to give this a try. 😏👃👅

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#currentread #librarystacks Never heard of this author before; however, noticed the book on the new release shelf at the library and was immediately hooked by the blurb. Here goes nothing! 😊

rwmg I read her “The Island of Missing Trees“ for my book club (edited) 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @rwmg And was it good? I'm about 1/3 into this one now and while it's not riveting I am enjoying it. 1mo
rwmg The story was OK, but the narrator was a tree and the info about trees in the book was far more interesting than the story 1mo
monkeygirlsmama @rwmg Hmmm 🤔 1mo
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The Humans | Matt Haig
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I went into this book not even having read the cover blurb or synopsis, but rather having picked it for the cover alone. I am very glad I did because this was such a fun story! It's a humourous and light weight read that's equally deep and moving. That is to say it made me laugh out loud, but also made me think and even tear up a bit. Five stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Felt this! 💔

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Some lines I felt deserving of highlighting while reading this book. 😊

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Totally loving my new Loch Ness Monster bookmark my oldest gave me for Christmas. 💓📚

Aims42 It‘s so cute!! 😍 2mo
monkeygirlsmama @Aims42 Isn't it though?! I love it! (edited) 2mo
monkeygirlsmama Sadly I haven't been in the right mood for deep Greek poetry and have, therefore, been taking my sweet time with this one. This wouldn't ordinarily be a problem, but apparently it's due back at the library already and there's someone else anxious for its return. As I don't want to be THAT person, you know the one that holds up the queue, I guess it will have to go back onto my TBR list so I can return it tonight. Until next time, beautiful book! 1mo
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