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rachelm

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writer, reader. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT (Alcove Press/ Penguin Dec 2020). https://linktr.ee/rachelmansmckenny
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Cantoras: A Novel | Carolina De Robertis
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A stunner of a novel about five queer women in 1970/1980s Uruguay and the resistance, joy, and horrors they lived through.

MicheleinPhilly I absolutely adored this book. 3w
rachelm @MicheleinPhilly it was so beautiful 😭 3w
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Crooked Hallelujah | Kelli Jo Ford
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Ten books I already own that I want to read this year. What should I start with?

Ruthiella The shortest, because you‘ll have a quick sense of accomplishment! 4w
jlhammar I read it several years ago, but remember really enjoying The Tiger‘s Wife. 4w
Sapphire The Sea, The Sea is on my list too. 4w
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I‘m loving this. I love nonfic that is deeply researched but also very narrative. This is about how South Dakota became a haven of divorce in late 19th century and early 20th century

Amiable Sounds interesting! 1mo
TheBookHippie I read the ARC and really enjoyed it! 1mo
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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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My current conundrum

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I‘m a big Sittenfeld fan, but I have to admit that I didn‘t know how her romance novel would read— and was so pleasantly surprised! Set partially in an SNL-like TV show and partially during lockdown 2020, this book is a tender and funny and authentic romance between two imperfect but lovable characters. Hope this isn‘t her last! If you like Emily Henry, stack this one. Out next year.

OriginalCyn620 Stacked! 1mo
janeycanuck Ooh, sound so good! 1mo
CoffeeAndABook Yesss, that sounds great 😊📚 1mo
Megabooks So excited for this! 1mo
Wesleypaker @rachelm Hello 👋 how are you doing today ? 1mo
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Book wrap up and recommendations via meme! Check out my year in review here: https://rachelmansmckenny.substack.com/p/2022-in-books-recommendations-in

JamieArc That meme 😂😂😂 2mo
rachelm @JamieArc I made it and was like “does this reveal too much about me or—“ 2mo
JamieArc @rachelm I read it more as commentary on the fact that there are so many dysfunctional families in fiction (and non-fiction too probably). I suppose dysfunctional families make for better stories. 2mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 2mo
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5 ⭐️ Reads this month:
BABEL
NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO PANIC
BLACKWATER FALLS
THE VERIFIERS
THE OBSESSION
THE GUEST
OUR MISSING HEARTS

Year-end reading wrap to come soon. Subscribe to my newsletter (link in bio) if you want to make sure to get it.

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Happy early holidays to meeee. One of my favorite humor writers has this book just out and I‘m probably going to pass it around to all my girlfriends when I‘m done

Cinfhen This was hilarious!!! 2mo
rachelm @Cinfhen cannot wait! 2mo
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I got to record some book recommendations for Iowa Public radio! You can check out the full list of what I and some other readers recommended here: https://www.iowapublicradio.org/arts-life/2022-11-21/talk-of-iowa-2022-holiday-b...

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome 👏🏻 📚❤️ 2mo
BarbaraBB Cool! 2mo
Aims42 This is so neat!! 2mo
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Just joined Hive as a Twitter replacement and I‘m @ rmmckenny on there. Anyone else over there?

WorldsOkayestStepMom How easy is Hive to navigate/use? I've seen a lot of fellow Twitter users moving over and am considering it for myself. 2mo
MallenNC I haven‘t joined yet but I‘ve been considering it since I started seeing people talk about it. What do you think of it so far? 2mo
rachelm @WorldsOkayestStepMom @MallenNC I really like it! Cute font, easy to navigate. It‘s a little laggy right now (growing pains) but the potential is there and it feels like a good Twitter alternative. 2mo
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Megabooks I joined but haven‘t really checked it out yet. I‘m Megabooks there too. (edited) 2mo
rachelm @Megabooks followed! 2mo
marleed Oh I hope it‘s a successful alternative. I never did get that round tuit to create a Twitter account and in Twitter‘s current state I‘m glad that particular tuit never happened for me :) 2mo
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😇book review😈
This is a compact (under four hour audiobook, under 200 page physical book) newly out from Tor.com and I devoured it in two sittings. A magical detective who had made a deal with the devil a decade ago is coming up on the end of her contract— her time on earth is about to end, but there‘s one more job on the horizon.

(More 👇🏼)

rachelm What starts with a trend of gruesome crime scenes leads to a mystery involving the divine, the devilish, and her own girlfriend, Edith. Did I mention it was also set around the 1930s? Lots of fun fantasy and historical detailing mixed with a propulsive plot. Despite the title, I had no idea how this one would end. 2mo
Dragon Love January LaVoy‘s voice - a great choice for narrator 💚🐉 2mo
rachelm @Dragon agreed! 2mo
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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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This was better than I expected. I‘d call it “dystopia light”. If you liked Midnight Library, you‘d enjoy it.

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Blackwater Falls | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Listening to an audio ARC of this detective novel, out Tuesday. Really enjoying the balance of themes and introduction of this new kind of detective, one sent from a community response unit sent to investigate a town with a police department under scrutiny. Really awesome plot interweaving a lot of current political and social pressures.

Jolynne I love her books. 3mo
rachelm @Jolynne this was my first but now definitely won‘t be my last! 3mo
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Did I read a lot of French in October? Yeah yeah I did. Lots of good reads this month honestly.

ErikasMindfulShelf How was the new Rebecca Makki book? 3mo
rachelm @ErikasMindfulShelf I liked it! It‘s got a strange POV (addressing the reader as a specific character) but if you like justice issues and boarding school mysteries, you‘ll enjoy 3mo
ErikasMindfulShelf Thanks! 3mo
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🥳🥳🥳surpassed my biggest goal ever and am on a French reread kick

library.dreamer Nice! 3mo
Monica5 Wow! That's great! 3mo
MyNamesParadise Oh I love Tana French!! 3mo
rachelm @MyNamesParadise same! I‘m loving the reread experience since it‘s been years 3mo
Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 3mo
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This was for sale at my library‘s book sale. Copyright 1999. Did I buy it to put in a white elephant gift for the holidays? Of course I did.

rachelm I think it‘s going to be a 90s themed gift. I‘m getting excited lol 3mo
Aims42 I would love to get a 90s themed white elephant gift! How fun!!! 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Seeing him on the cover of the AARP magazine was an awakening I didn't need 😂 3mo
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Well Traveled | Jen DeLuca
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Am I a sucker for Jen DeLuca‘s Willow Creek series? I am. Was I thrilled to get an ARC of the newest one? I was. This book follows Lulu, a lawyer who goes off the grid and quits her job, tagging along with kilt wearing musicians (if you‘ve read the series, they‘re from book 2). Enter Dex: a guitarist with a reputation. Sparks fly. I liked this one and felt like Lulu‘s journey was really relatable. Pick it up if you love RennFaires!

rachelm Picture is of me at our local RennFaire this year 😇 4mo
BarbaraBB Wow 🥰 4mo
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Hysterical: A Memoir | Elissa Bassist
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🍁September Reading Wrap🍁
A good reading month.
Top recommendations:
- Hysterical (memoir)
-The Women Could Fly (fiction)
- The Change (fiction)
-Do You Take this Man (romance)
Books not out yet that should be on your radar:
- Mistakes We‘re Made (romance)
-Phaedra (historical fic)
And the only book I‘ve read in months that I actively cannot recommend: Lessons
I‘m rereading Mantel and into the third novel. So sad to lose such a literary giant.

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Lessons: A Novel | Ian McEwan
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A Bildungsroman set partially at an Eton-like boarding school and partially after the main character‘s wife leaves him with their seven month old son. Per McEwan‘s style, close perspective and beautiful prose, with big themes that shake you.

BookwormM This is my next book to tackle 4mo
rachelm Update: I actually ended up really disliking this one! 4mo
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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The current hot book of the moment and I‘m enjoying it on LibroFM. If you wanted to read but wondered if not having ever watched iCarly would make it weird then don‘t worry. I‘ve never seen an episode and I‘m deep into this. Intense and startling and funny at points, but definitely prepare for descriptions of abuse

AmyG Thanks. I wondered how this was. 6mo
EvieBee Same boat! All the holds made me curious about it so borrowed it from the library. 6mo
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Nettle & Bone | T. Kingfisher
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First one from this author and really enjoying! What should I read of theirs next?

dylanisreading The Hollow Places is really good. 6mo
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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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My annual re-listen 🍂🍁🍄

themonaisa Just finished for the first time! Still debating whether it‘s a book to dive into every year or one I could never experience again! What a stellar masterpiece 💕 4w
rachelm @themonaisa on paper or audio?? So fun! On audio it‘s a whole new experience 4w
themonaisa Paper! But audio sounds like a great idea; did you like the narrator? Sometimes their voice just doesn‘t match with the story‘s vibe 🤔 (edited) 4w
rachelm @themonaisa yes! I usually hate books read by the author but Donna Tartt is an exception. Even though she‘s a woman, she reads Richard so amazingly 4w
themonaisa Ugh that sounds amazing!! Definitely going to look for it! I started rereading on paper right away (bc who was I kidding - can‘t stay away) and it‘s like you said: SUCH a different perspective on the characters. Richard being an unreliable narrator is so clear; such a new view of Bunny and Henry. Donna Tartt sets the scene perfectly and plants so many seeds I totally missed the first time! 4w
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New release and I‘ve been listening to it all day. Seriously. If you liked Godshot or like books with religious extremism (Christian cult kind), you will love this.

Megabooks Sold! 7mo
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The Lioness: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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Listened to this while making pickles. I usually love his books but the mixed up timelines and so many characters were convoluted rather than thrilling. Oh well. Hopefully the pickles are good!

rachelm Might be better on paper! 7mo
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YOU GUYS. I‘m obsessed with this book. It‘s Julia Whelan (audiobook narrator extraordinaire)‘s romance novel about audiobook narrators. It‘s so funny and smart and original and Julia‘s reading of her own work is maybe the best audio I‘ve heard all year? (I think I‘m on audiobook 75 or so, so that‘s not nothing!!) Stack this one now. Out in August. It (should be, better be, if there is justice) will be huge.

marleed I‘m wildly anticipating this one! 7mo
rachelm @marleed it only gets better and better😭😭 7mo
CarolynM Sounds good🙂 7mo
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julesG I've been looking forward to this one. Only a few weeks to go. 😁 7mo
rachelm @julesG can‘t wait to see what you think! I just finished it and yeah, holds up beginning to end! 7mo
julesG You were right, this was good. I really liked the audiobook. Incidentally, I just read your "Spirit Falls" piece. ???? 4mo
rachelm @julesG glad you liked it 😂😍 4mo
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Fight Night | Miriam Toews
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June Wrap!
5⭐️s: Counterfeit, The Cherry Robbers, Fight Night, An Olive Grove in Ends
4⭐️s: The Woman in the Library, The Unsinkable Greta James, Lessons in Chemistry, Acceptance, Flying Solo

#junewrap #junewrapup

JamieArc Looks like a great reading month! 7mo
SilversReviews I only read COUNTERFEIT…it was a 3/5 for me. 😊 7mo
marleed You had a great month of reading! I‘ve read 7 on your list and Remarkably Bright Creatures was my favorite‘ 7mo
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rachelm @JamieArc it was! 7mo
rachelm @SilversReviews I think it shone on audio and it was just what my jaded mom heart needed this month 7mo
rachelm @marleed I loved the 🐙🙂 7mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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This was fine but felt very (overly) slow, especially in the first half? The octopus was great. Loved the unique very PNW setting

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Sirens and Muses: A Novel | Antonia Angress
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Currently reading this ARC about art and money and self set at the beginning of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Love all the art descriptions and personal dramas

sprainedbrain Beautiful cover! 7mo
rachelm @sprainedbrain it so is! 7mo
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I admit having been mislead by this cover, which reads as much lighter fare than it really is. What is actually here is a really moving, well wrought story about science, the search for love and family, and the patriarchy. Honestly one of my favorite listens of the summer so far— not over hyped!

Ruthiella The US cover is misleading! 7mo
rachelm @Ruthiella I really don‘t like it!! 7mo
Weisubei The pencil is iconic though 😳😳 7mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @Weisubei I agree!! The cover is awful until you‘ve read it and then know what the pencil symbolizes. 7mo
julesG Not sure why they decided on that bubbly romcom cover for the US edition. Look at the different editions https://litsy.com/p/NnhMVGZXNDZi 7mo
rachelm @Prairiegirl_reading @Weisubei love the pencil symbolism but totally agree with @julesG that the other cover have a lot of symbolism too but are a little different—- I love the UK and German covers! 7mo
Weisubei @rachelm I got my copy in UK edition, absolutely love it. The naked cover is gorgeous 🥰🥰 7mo
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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Come join #groupR on #LMPBC if you want to rea books in translation! https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/5080444aead2ca0ff2-l...

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The Cherry Robbers | Sarai Walker
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I‘m really loving this. At first, I was worried because I had adored Dietland so much and was hoping I wouldn‘t mentally compare the two books too much, but not a problem! This is such a completely different vibe (very Shirley Jackson) and I tearing through it. Can‘t wait to see how it ends.

Megabooks I didn‘t know she had a new book out! I loved Dietland. 7mo
rachelm @Megabooks I bet you‘ll love it! Lmk what you think when you get to it 7mo
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This was a 3.5⭐️ audiobook for me but if I read it on paper it might have been lower 😕. The voice actor is fabulous and the LGBTQ rep is wonderful, but there are overly sentimental passages and lots of direct statement of feelings/hitting you over the head with how you‘re supposed to feel in a moment. Plus, I get bothered by the use of a sick person as a “lesson” or prop (midway thru book). Just not my favorite if you only see a character once.

rachelm I really wanted to love this more. I know many will! I have a feeling it will be very big. 7mo
KristiAhlers I almost bought this one today. But something held me back. 7mo
rachelm @KristiAhlers maybe request for your library? I‘m still glad I read it, but these things did bug me. 7mo
KristiAhlers @rachelm I just put myself on the waitlist. 7mo
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I caved and bought a Fanny pack and totally love it 😂

TheSpineView I remember those! 7mo
rachelm @TheSpineView no regrets! 7mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Yes!! And it is gorgeous 🤩 7mo
rachelm @ChaoticMissAdventures thank you!! 🦋🦋 7mo
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Things I adored about this book: the early 70s setting in a bustling gay community, the truly winding mystery through the California countryside, and of course, Vera‘s clear-eyed skepticism about everything, even about her own chances. This might be my favorite of Knecht‘s books yet. If a beautifully written noir sounds up your alley, pick it up today! 5s! (More ⬇️)

rachelm Vera Kelly fell into detective work 2 novels ago and fell in love last novel. The book can absolutely stand alone, however, so if you‘d like to start the series here, you can. 7mo
kspenmoll Sounds great! Stacked. 7mo
Maria514626 Sounds great! Added to my TBRs! 7mo
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This is a really interesting urban fantasy. Parts of it are homage to The Phantom Tollbooth (an all time favorite), and it‘s set in New Orleans with a really interesting magic system based around music and spirits. Dual narrator: one kid (Perry Graves) and one adult (Casey, whose graffiti is magical). Enjoying it so far! Out tomorrow.

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Peaceful morning coffee and book time before the kids get up. I‘m enjoying this one, not quite as much as Ariadne, but enough. The betrayals are so awful in Greek lit and Saint has a way of putting them so clearly

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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This went viral on Twitter lol one of my favorite books!
You can find me over there: Twitter.com/rmmckenny

Ruthiella 😂😂😂 8mo
LeahBergen 🤣🤣 8mo
batsy The true academic experience, tbh 😂😂 8mo
rachelm @Ruthiella @LeahBergen @batsy Omg the replies of people on there who have no idea what I‘m talking about are—- so good 8mo
jewright I love this book! 8mo
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Girl, 11 | Amy Suiter Clarke
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🌼 May Reads🌼
I read so much romance this month. Too much romance? Absolutely not—but yes I think I needed to be swept away. (I especially loved BOOK LOVERS like every other person on the planet and A LADY FOR A DUKE, which would be a great Pride read if you‘re on the look out!)
Other favorites of the month were the compulsively readable GIRL, 11, TRUE BIZ, and VERA KELLY: LOST AND FOUND (out in June!)
Hope you had a great May! Onto June!

marleed Sometimes it‘s just fun to drown in romance novels and stay there until your fingers get all pruney! 8mo
rachelm @marleed totally true!! 8mo
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The Shore: A Novel | Katie Runde
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Happy release day to this extraordinary book! If you like books about mothers and daughters, you need this book ASAP. One of my favorites of the year so far

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Missed this yesterday. Six years!!!! Oh my gosh. Cannot articulate how much better my life got once I joined Litsy. My reading expanded and so did my view of books. Thanks for being my favorite bookish people, littens ❤️❤️❤️

TheBookHippie 💙🎉 8mo
TheSpineView Happy Litsyversary! 🎉🎉🎉 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Litsyversary ❤️🎊🎈 8mo
Enchanted_Bibliophile Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊 8mo
Librarybelle Happy Litsyversary! 8mo
fredamans Happy Litsyversary! 8mo
Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 8mo
AmyG 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 8mo
DivineDiana Wishing you a joyous celebration of reading! 🎉👏🏻📚 8mo
Simona Congratulations 🍾🥂 8mo
Ddzmini Happy Litsyversary 🎉🎊🎈🥳📖 8mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 8mo
Dragon Happy Litsyversary! 💚🐉 8mo
Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 8mo
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New hair cut means new profile pic! 🎈

sprainedbrain Love it! 8mo
Julsmarshall So cute! 8mo
BethM Love it! 8mo
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marleed So cute! 8mo
BookwormAHN Cute! 8mo
LeahBergen It looks great! 8mo
CarolynM Lovely! 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍💗 8mo
Gissy Lovely!👌 8mo
DivineDiana Pretty! 8mo
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The World of Pondside | Mary Helen Stefaniak
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Here‘s my current bedside stack and just finished the tagged book. It‘s a literary mystery (kind of) set at a retirement home called Pondside. It‘s got interesting characters and a somewhat abrupt start but a sort of gentle plot from there and just what I needed right now

EvieBee Nice! 8mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Yeah I loved it. Maybe (maybe??) my favorite Emily Henry yet? Much more like Beach Read than like her second book. Very funny and some truly sweet moments

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Happy Monday

Dragon 😹 so true 👍🐉 9mo
Megabooks 😂😂😂 9mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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Joining this fun from @chasjjlee

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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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My friend sent me this pic from a bookstore today and it made my day ❤️

marleed That‘s so cool. My copy of your book is arranged in a fun stack on my front room shelves with my other yellow-spined paperbacks. I love my spring-hopeful stack. …Btw, I keep my receipt for my book inside the pages because it‘s the only book I own where the shop from which my purchase was made is also noted by the author in the acknowledgments! 9mo
rachelm @marleed I love that!!!! 💛💛💛 9mo
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Have to be at home for Indie Bookstore Day because of a Covid-y four year old (he‘s doing fine! Just bored at home) but wishing I could be at Dog Eared Books! I want to see all your pics from your local stores! Post in the comments here if you post pics of your indie today or tag me in your comments. I want lots of virtual indie bookstore goodness 😍😊 #indiebookstore #indiebookstoreday

mandarchy I totally almost missed this! I am not paying attention to the days - so I must hit my bookstore later today. Besides, I need a book. 9mo
rachelm @mandarchy Oo excited to see pics later! 9mo
Megabooks Sorry about the Covid 👎🏻 9mo
rachelm @Megabooks he had escaped until now and it didn‘t hit him too hard, thank goodness 9mo
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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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April 2022 Wrapup:
-19 Books
-5 ARCs
-5⭐️ Reads:
💌The Sentence
💌The Shore
💌Disorientation
💌I Kissed Shara Wheeler

rachelm Tagged book was another favorite! 9mo
rachelm Lol realizing Vlad wasn‘t included in my counts? I‘ve been very spacey this month! Make that 20 😅 9mo
Kenyazero Looks and sounds like a great reading month!I loved the pinhoe egg (and haven't thought about that book in a while). (edited) 9mo
rachelm @Kenyazero I hadn‘t read the last few books in the series! I loved them in high school and had to pick them up when I thought about them again recently 9mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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May 3, 2022. YA rom-com debut. multiple love stories and a great enemies-to-lovers centerpiece. Chloe‘s entire academic career at her Christian high school in Alabama has been in competition with the principal‘s daughter, Shara Wheeler. When Shara disappears— just hours after kissing Chloe (and two other people), Shara and the other kiss-ees follow a trail of clues to track her down. What‘s her endgame, and what if none of this is a game at all?

rachelm This is the kind of book high school me would have needed and adult me loved. So much wisdom here about true selves and what we‘re supposed to get out of high school. The writing is sharp and funny, but also pointed in only the way McQuiston can pull off. I may have cried re: a random document in here which is a teacher‘s reflection on TREMORS (a Kevin Bacon movie I‘ve never even seen? Love Casey McQuiston! Rocked at YA! 9mo
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Number One Fan | Meg Elison
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Out in August 2022. A feminist MISERY with emphasis on fandom culture and sci fi/ fantasy conventions. Lots of trigger warnings for kidnapping, confinement, and sexual assault! It‘s a thriller/horror combo that will connect with SFF readers.

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