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Little Fires Everywhere
Little Fires Everywhere | Celeste Ng
In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned--from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principal is playing by the rules. Enter Mia Warren- an enigmatic artist and single mother- who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the alluring mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community. When the Richardsons' friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town and puts Mia and Mrs. Richardson on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Mrs. Richardson becomes determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs to her own family-and Mia's. Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of long-held secrets and the ferocious pull of motherhood-and the danger of believing that planning and following the rules can avert disaster, or heartbreak.
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beautifulcrevice
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been wanting to read this one for a while.. feel like i‘m on the cusp of something juicy, about 1/3 of the way through 🤔😏😬 #littlefireseverywhere #reesesbookclub

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Butterflyamore
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It‘s cold outside & I need to go brush the snow off of my car. I‘m not eager to do this so I‘m procrastinating with this “things that keep us warm” photo. Fires should be well-contained, of course!

What are your favorite hot beverage treats? Although I am a coffee drinker, that‘s an act of necessity! I don‘t consider coffee to be a treat. I do especially love to sip chai lattes while reading. Occasionally, I like to drink hot chocolate instead.

tracey38 I love hot chocolate on a cold day. 🙂 5d
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Ravenclawtardis
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Hi! I am an ultrasound tech at a hospital and I work the graveyard shift three days a week. Just got to work and no one needs to be scanned at that moment...so that means I get to read! Right now I‘m reading Little Fires Everywhere, which has definitely sucked me in. I love the change of perspective and how everyone‘s lives are intertwining. Hope you‘re all having a good night! #littlefireseverywhere #fiction #graveyardshift #ultrasound

rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1d
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DannyOlda
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In a weird way, I think the hype surrounding this book made me putting off reading it. I can't tell if it was hipster snobbishness or pleasure delaying. I feel like the dichotomy between the "perfect" suburb mom and the artsy rebel belongs back in the 90s but otherwise it's an incredibly easy read that's deeply felt.

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raeintheworld
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The hubs brought me breakfast and coffee so I could stay in bed and read all morning. I love Sundays.

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Julsmarshall
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November stats. With a lot of work responsibilities, I‘m happy with 12 books read. Thank goodness for audiobooks! #MountTBR

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mrsmarch
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A glimpse of my bedside table. I took everything off, got a new, smaller table at the thrift shop, and still the books pile up. I‘ve finished Little Fires and have to write my final thoughts. Sorry, Sylvia, this might require extra sheets of note paper taped in the back cover. I‘m having so many feelings about how the story played out. I honestly wasn‘t sure I‘d like the book but the characters caught my attention.

Sward7 @mrsmarch write as much as you want. Can‘t wait to read all the markups. 2w
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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

So good! What makes a family? This book made me think about families made, found, broken, and made again. Lovely on audio, this slice of the recent past kept me thinking and listening and I highly recommend it!

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ILoveReading28
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mrsmarch
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Getting started on the last catch-up #lmpbc #round6 #groupJ selection! The cover reminds me of aerial photos of Las Vegas, where I spent my teenage years: civilization right up to the edge of the desert. A LOT of people on my GoodReads network have read or are planning to read this book.

Tamra Wow, look at all the pools! 3w
julesG This looks weird somehow. Like a screenshot from one of those computer games where you build your town one grid square at a time. 3w
BarbaraBB Great pic! I just read a book about a different part of Las Vegas. Loved it. 3w
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outlawsaturn
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Mehso-so

"...the thing about portraits is, you need to show people the way they want to be seen. And I prefer to show people as I see them."

This book had great media representation, but average reader reviews. In the end I feel like it was written to become a tv series, so maybe I'd recommend waiting til Hulu releases it next year. If you like crime thrillers, it's kind of like that except without the thrills.

6/10

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TheEllieMo
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Panpan

This one really wasn‘t for me. Full of caricatures, and one of the worst sentences I have ever read: “She had seen Pearl watching Trip for months, like a mouse watching a cat, longing to be eaten.” The book raises an interesting question - but doesn‘t deliver on the debate

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lost.in.a.book
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Mehso-so

🤦‍♀️ I just don't know how I feel about this book. I'm left feeling kind of like... what was the point? 🤷‍♀️ I need a head hitting a wall emoji so I can insert it right here...
I'm just left with the feeling of unfulfillment 😬
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cathipink I felt that way about this book, too. Finished and.. it was fine 🤷‍♀️ I guess I'll watch the tv show but... 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
TheEllieMo I posted barely an hour ago about how I was not really enjoying this one, glad I‘m not alone! 1mo
Andrew65 Much preferred her other book. 1mo
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lost.in.a.book @cathipink yep, still scratching my head over here, lol. Will definitely give the show a chance though. 1mo
lost.in.a.book @TheEllieMo glad I'm not alone too 😂👍🏻 1mo
Scochrane26 I liked the themes it brought up, which made for a good book club discussion. I liked it but didn‘t love it. I haven‘t read her other one yet. 1mo
TheLudicReader It‘s fantastic. 4d
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TheEllieMo
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Started this last month but had to set aside because I had library book and other deadlines. At least that was my excuse. Truth is, I wasn‘t enjoying it. I‘ve returned to it to try and finish it off, but it‘s still doing my head in. I suspect, though, that I am in a minority, as this appears to be almost universally popular.

#UnpopularOpinion

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caitlin.reads.books
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Pickpick

Finished this one before vacation ended and it was great! I kept thinking about it after finishing it because it was so layered and complex. The characters were well developed and I didn‘t predict exactly where everything was going in the end. I will definitely be reading her first book now too! 5 ⭐️

BarbaraBB Great picture! 1mo
Insightsintobooks That's a beautiful picture! 1mo
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Rj6578
Mehso-so

Wife suggested it cause I didn‘t feel like going to library. Not my style, felt like desperate housewives to me. I can see why my wife enjoyed it so much.

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caitlin.reads.books
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Currently reading and loving! Also soaking up the last bit of vacation today! #fiction #librarybook

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Yanya
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Pickpick

Great read!

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KristenDuck
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The more I process what I just finished reading, the more I realize what a brilliant piece of literature this truly is.

Life in the suburbs looks picture perfect, and no one displays that perfection better than Elena Richardson with her perfect husband and four children.

After Mia, a free-spirited artist, and daughter Pearl move to town, lines are drawn.

Is a baby best with it‘s true mother, or the parents who could give her the “perfect life?”

TheLudicReader Ng is a masterful storyteller. 1mo
TheEllieMo I‘ve parked this, I was finishing it dragged. Will try again, maybe it just wasn‘t right for me right now 1mo
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Cortg
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Well then! I‘ve been on the fence about this one because 1. It‘s super popular and 2. I really wasn‘t a big fan of Everything I Never Told You (disclosure: I was in a pissy mood when I read it.) I just downloaded the audio and I‘m going to give it a shot, because it‘s available and I am a wee bit curious. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Melancholy2243
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An emotional, observant, nuanced and brilliant study of characters, their identities, the intricacies of family, the achingly excellent study of motherhood and all the emotions attached with that. Mrs. Richardson has always been about rules yet within her perfect family lies a little fire that threatens to burst free in the form of her daughter Izzy. This book moves one such that it stays and lingers long after having read it. #mustread

Texreader Great review. I loved this book. An interesting depiction of motherhood from different perspectives 1mo
Melancholy2243 @Texreader Yes. It really was such an incredible way of portraying motherhood 1mo
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Peaslady
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I read this shortly after 'Everything you never told me' and found it so much more enjoyable. The characters felt much more rounded - flawed and interesting. The plotline was more unique and I got much more engrossed in the story overall. Though reading it as a new mum was tough at times.

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Oryx
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Listening to the fabulous Celeste Ng at Manchester literature festival. She was great - I can't wait to read what she writes next

TrishB I couldn‘t get to any in the end! Enjoy 👍🏻 2mo
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Spanish_Broom
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Tenth book of maternity leave

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JenDR
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Do you ever play music that matches the vibe of the book you are reading? Just started this book last night and can‘t put it down. It is bringing back so many memories of being a teen in the 90s. Had to put on some TLC and Britney while reading this morning.

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paulareadsallthetime
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Enjoyed reading this book!

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LibraryLovingMommy
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(It came, over and over, down to this: what made someone a mother? Was it biology alone, or was it love?)
Pg. 258

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Arvena
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Pickpick

I wanted to love it. It's a book about the bond between mother and child. It's also a book about the destructive power of secrets, misunderstandings, and miscommunication.

It's a little slow, still quite intriguing, but not very involving.

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Macnjen
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I liked this audiobook - complex story, good narration, though I admit I felt a small subplot didn't get addressed. Regardless, the story was well written and I kept thinking how I could write a narrative on parenting from the parallels in the book. Audiobooks are so great but I am beginning to realize that if I multitask I lose some of the detail that wouldn't otherwise be lost in a visual reading.

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JenniferP
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This book lived up to the hype, giving me lots to digest about motherhood and career/life balance. Also captures life in the 1990s suburbs so well.

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too. 3mo
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nikkiamanda
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Day two of floating and reading, I should've done this all summer 📖

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jen_the_scribe
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Pickpick

I was able to finish this one while on a road trip this weekend for a wedding. It had some slow parts, but I enjoyed the rawness and humanity I felt with these stories and characters. You hated some, you loved others. But one thing it does imply is that everything is not black and white. Subtle themes revolving around racial and socioeconomic divides. I loved the way this author tackled one character's art and how artists can be so misunderstood.

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Macnjen
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Next audiobook

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Arjay
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😥

TrishB But so true! 3mo
Smrloomis I remember stopping at this passage and feeling very sad. 3mo
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Arjay
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AmyK1
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I shouldn‘t be allowed to come to 2nd & Charles 😂😂 The last thing I need is more books to add to my TBR piles. At least I don‘t have as many as my girl @wideeyedreader lol I only found 3 today, which isn‘t bad I guess.

wideeyedreader I only got seven! 3mo
AmyK1 @wideeyedreader I meant how many are in your stacks but 7 isn‘t bad 😉😊 3mo
wideeyedreader Ohhhhhh 3mo
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Sward7
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4.5/5 stars. I was very pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this movie. Fantastic character development and interweaving of lives. One thing I found very realistic is how the kids each want the home/lifestyle/parenting of someone else. How often do kids want what they don't have and wish they had different parents? I did not give a 5 because the ending was rushed- so much action in the last two chapters compared to the rest of the book.

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Lcsmcat
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This was so good I stayed up way too late last night to finish it. (I read it so fast I had to reuse the picture. 😀) Ng does not disappoint. #bookClubPick

JenniferP Oh good! This is a book club pick for me in September. I‘ll be reading it soon. 4mo
Lcsmcat @JenniferP I hope you enjoy it, too. 4mo
Pruzy I like the cover on this edition! 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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Up next: September‘s book club pick. I‘m looking forward to this one!

rambiepaige It is SO good!!! 4mo
rather_be_reading this is a great one! 4mo
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Melwilk
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Wow, what a great book! The author expertly created characters that were believable. They were multi-faceted: at times wonderful, awful, and all things in-between. It was so interesting to consider the different faces people have, including what they show publicly, with family, and privately. Having Mia explore this through photography was especially poignant. This one really tugged at my heartstrings.

Howard_L Yes is was very good! 4mo
peaknit I loved this one! P.S. Im excited to hear your thoughts on Shotgun Lovesongs! I‘m glad the book round robin is coming to a close but it‘s been so wonderful making connections with readers! 3mo
Melwilk @peaknit I am glad you liked this one too. I just thought it was so good! I am still waiting to receive Shotgun Lovesongs. I have been looking forward to reading it. I am looking forward to getting my book back and seeing what everyone wrote. It has been fun to make connections and get exposed to different books. 3mo
peaknit Oh wow, I didn‘t realize you were still waiting, I‘m sorry. I lost track in the end when this kind got of the rails. Hope it comes soon🤞🏻 3mo
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atla
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After reading Celeste Ng‘s “Everything I Never Told You” and LOVING it, I picked this one up right away. At first, it wasn‘t as emotionally gripping as Everything, but that could have been due to my own headspace at the time, but I stuck with it and it totally had me pulled in by the middle. I love how this author explores family dynamics in such a full & gripping way that my heart is given fully to all the characters - even the jerks.

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Kaila-ann
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This book started off pretty slow but I eventually got sucked into the story. Very descriptive writing but I felt that the characters were a little one dimensional. Since there were a lot of characters it would have been hard to really get to know them all but I felt a little disengaged because of the underdevelopment. Overall a pick and a good story but not going to be a favorite. It‘ll be on its way to a new reader soon. #bookcrossing

marleed I liked this book as I read it. Upon reflection though it bugged me though that the author gave Maya the moral high ground. I don‘t think Maya deserved that distinction. I‘ll be interested to see how the series develops the characters. 4mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I kind of feel the same way. Mia made a lot of mistakes and hurt people in the process, deeply hurt people. And yet, she is portrayed as being above it all and someone that all these damaged/broken people turn to in their times of need. 4mo
marleed @Kaila-ann I hope the series gives the suburb mom a break! I bet they do otherwise Reese‘s character will play too much like she does in Big Little Lies. Mia thought of no one but herself in her early actions and the consequences were suffered by those she left in her dust. It‘s hard for me to find her the champion of the story. 4mo
Kaila-ann @marleed I'm really curious to see the adaptation of this one myself and I agree, Mia was prideful and selfish in the past. I don't think she deserved to be put on a pedestal at all. 4mo
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janerzy
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It‘s human nature that, many out there who are good at heart and sincerely want to do the right thing often end up making selfish choices with far-reaching effects, when personally affected by the issues. Yet, “how and how often we justify it to ourselves when we cross moral lines? Where do we follow the rules and where do we justify breaking them? Do our pasts determine what we deserve in the future? And is it possible to leave your past behind?”

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jen_the_scribe
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My next audiobook. It has great reviews.

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The_Shelf.ish_Life
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I was excited to discover my town has a Little Free Library right down the street from us! There were no books in it that I was interested in this time, but I put my copy of Little Fires Everywhere in for someone else to enjoy it as much as I did 😊 #littlefreelibrary

brit91 That's so cool!!😍📚 4mo
Nute Nice! 20h
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CaroPi
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So I didn't manage to read as much as I wanted in this #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon but I finish a book and may progress with the other one. I finish this one. Really like it and looking forward for the series

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Caroline2
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Wow! This is one of those rare occasions where I bailed on a book (this time last year) but because it was a gift I kept it to try later (normally I get rid). So glad I did cause I loved it!! This is making me doubt my whole bailing belief system now!!! 😨

ShyBookOwl I just finished her other book, Everything I Never Told You. Also so good!!!!! This one is on my TBR 4mo
mom2bugnbee I loved this one. Sometimes, a book just isn't right for you, but then it is! ☺ 4mo
rretzler I never actually bail on a book. It may take me years to read it, but eventually I‘ll get through it. 🤣 There have been books for me that have redeemed themselves more than halfway through. I‘m currently reading Melmoth and it‘s going to take me awhile, sadly. 4mo
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Caroline2 @ShyBookOwl now I didn‘t like that one much, I finished but found it a bit depressing & predictable. I think that‘s what put me off this one and why I was quick to bail. 4mo
Caroline2 @mom2bugnbee yes!! I think timing is everything. 4mo
Caroline2 @rretzler hmm, it‘s a tough one though cause sometimes I‘ve struggled through books that have been rubbish and it‘s really annoys me that I‘ve wasted all the time on it when I could have been enjoying another book a lot more. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @Caroline2 ooh interesting! Funny how things work out 🤷🏽‍♀️ 4mo
TrishB I know which ones I can potentially go back to. 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB how?? What‘s your criteria?? 🤔 4mo
TrishB I think if I just know I‘m not feeling it because of a particular mood/circumstance. I started one last year in hospital and then was I‘ll etc, didn‘t finish but it wasn‘t the book it was the circumstance and I know I‘ll finish once the hospital drama goes out of my head! 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 4mo
Caroline2 @TrishB hmm, that makes sense! 👍🏻 4mo
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Amandakay
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Pickpick

In love with this story

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SunshineandSimiles
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Starting this tonight! #currentlyreading #currentread