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The People We Hate at the Wedding
The People We Hate at the Wedding | Grant Ginder
"Family dysfunction at its best. This novel is addicting and entertaining and I couldn't put it down!" - Jennifer Close, New York Times bestselling author of Girls in White Dresses and The Hopefuls Relationships are awful. They'll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life. Paul and Alice's half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at "it" restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins. They couldn't hate it more. The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan's mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss. Her brother Paul lives in Philadelphia with his older, handsomer, tenured track professor boyfriend who's recently been saying things like "monogamy is an oppressive heteronormative construct," while eyeing undergrads. And then there's Eloise. Perfect, gorgeous, cultured Eloise. The product of Donna's first marriage to a dashing Frenchman, Eloise has spent her school years at the best private boarding schools, her winter holidays in St. John and a post-college life cushioned by a fat, endless trust fund. To top it off, she's infuriatingly kind and decent. As this estranged clan gathers together, and Eloise's walk down the aisle approaches, Grant Ginder brings to vivid, hilarious life the power of family, and the complicated ways we hate the ones we love the most in the most bitingly funny, slyly witty and surprisingly tender novel you'll read this year.
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jesseastin
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Pickpick

This is not the funny snarkfest that the humorous title suggests. This is a seriously dysfunctional family, and I disliked most of the characters in the story. Each chapter is told from a different person‘s perspective, which works well. I enjoyed this book, even with the horrible, flawed characters and look forward to more reads from this author. Be forewarned that there are graphic sexual scenes and unresolved drug use, if that bothers you.

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jesseastin
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This book took about six weeks to drop into my ebooks from a library loan, so I was a bit surprised when I saw how low it was rated on goodreads and here. This is a dysfunctional family and I truly dislike most of the characters in this book. (In fact, one hilarious review simply said “All the people in this book are a**holes.”) I‘m okay with flawed characters and I‘m enjoying the book so far. Fabulous title, just not the snarky romp I expected.

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Tex2Flo
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Was hoping for more Real Housewives and less Doctor Pimple Popper. Such a great title, though!!

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Kshakal
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Panpan

You know how you are so glad that some books you were able to finish??? This was that type of book for me... the plot was pointless and all of the characters were so whiny that it was hard to read.

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I was *really* worried about reading this—people seem to love it or hate it. I didn't feel that strongly about it one way or another. I definitely could have done without Mark; probably could have done without Ollie. All in all, not particularly enjoyable, deep, enlightening, touching, or anything else one might expect from a dysfunctional family at a major life event. It makes me want to watch Table 19 again, though.

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Clwojick
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Pickpick

Flew through another audiobook while cleaning, and making lists. It‘s two am, and thanks to that catnap earlier, I am wide awake.

Anyways, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Especially in #audiobook format. The family drama was perfect!

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Clwojick
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Audiobooks and late night cleaning! I‘ve been in the mood for mostly only #audiobooks today, so I figured I might as well make good use out of my time. Hand washing the floors at 11pm 😂 #AudioCleaning #BookishWeekend

Slajaunie I always hand wash the bathroom floors and listen to audiobooks! 9mo
RadicalReader @Clwojick wishing you lots of lovely listening to awesome audiobooks. Doing things around the house or going for walks seems to make awesome audiobooks even more astounding 9mo
8little_paws Good work! 9mo
Cathythoughts Looks familiar... audio cleaning 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
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kricheal
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Pickpick

I really really liked this book. The dysfunctional dynamics between each of the characters are complex and uncomfortable. #21 #2019

Reggie Yay, I‘m so glad you liked this. I actually sent an email to him saying how much I liked it and he was kind enough to respond. 11mo
kricheal @Reggie That's really cool of him to respond to you. I really don't understand why this isn't rated higher on Goodreads or on here. 11mo
Reggie @kricheal me neither. I think maybe people were expecting My Best Friend‘s Wedding but got something too real for them. 11mo
enidkeaner I actually liked this book - 3/5 stars for me, but I feel like I get why a lot of folks didn‘t care for it. 10mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Pickpick

A woman is getting married and has to deal with her difficult family. Each member of the family is detailed and interesting and terrible.

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kricheal
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Starting this next on #overdrive #currentlylistening

Reggie This might be an unpopular opinion but I loved this one. All the characters are so flawed. 11mo
kricheal @Reggie I agree. I just finished, I really liked it. 11mo
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

Meh... I have to say, the title is probably the most charming part of this whole book. It‘s a dysfunctional family story with two siblings and the wedding of their older half-sister at the heart of it. There were moments that felt real (the Chicago suburbs certainly felt authentic!!) but with characters that aren‘t even fun to love to hate... these #LonelyLonely people left me wishing I had read something more fun! #TimbitTunes

Cinfhen I bailed early on so I‘m kind of relieved to hear I made the right choice😉 11mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen You totally made the right choice!! I think I would‘ve bailed had I read this! I finished on Audible but certainly not because I liked any of the characters!!! 11mo
k.reads.5 Thanks for your honest review. I remember seeing buzz about this one. 11mo
TorieStorieS @pl.2886 You are welcome!! I bought it in an Audible sale so it counts in my Mt TBR at least! ☺️ 11mo
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Tdumatrait
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More mindless reading. But for some reason, I am thinking this book will about everyone‘s adventures when attending a wedding. Should be interesting.

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Sharpeipup
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“Relationships are awful. They‘ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.”

#quotes #relationships #audiobook

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crhealey
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Pickpick

Pick, but also the perfect book to read while your mind is more occupied by the World Series. #thesepeopleareawful #quickandeasy #gosox

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crhealey
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What was supposed to be a productive Saturday turned out to be a day where the most activity I did was drag my butt to Starbucks for peach iced tea and then to the park to get some Vitamin D and read. Third week of school and I've already caught a head cold. 🤧🤒#teacherlife

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kstadt929
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Walked to the library on my break to pick up a book...went home with 5 🤷🏻‍♀️ Wasn‘t sure about the tagged book, but ended up grabbing it since I‘m currently all about wedding related books. Now I see it isn‘t very highly rated. Has anyone read this one???

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ReadingOver50
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Relaxation time! Books and bath bombs!

Josiedlove Perfecto 2y
Reggie I LOVED THIS BOOK. So much so that I wrote the author and he wrote back. Those people are so flawed, that even if you don‘t like them, you have to root for them. 2y
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Gdsjenny
Mehso-so

You pick up the book hoping it‘s juicy gossip about wedding guests. It almost is. In a twisty way. It‘s also almost a family history of sorts. You start out hating the whiny, dysfunctional people, only to have them redeem themselves in the end. Then there‘s the end, resolved a little too soon and too easily.

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Day 17: Wedding
I was really looking forward to indulging in this one! The premise sounds as delicious as a piece of cake (see what I did there? 😂)- but it‘s sitting at a 2.8 on Goodreads 😱 I‘m such a star snob! What do you Littens think?
Also, I couldn‘t resist making the background a pic from my wedding... it may not have been a royal affair, but I sure felt like a princess that day!
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#ReadingResolutions @Jess7

tammysue Great photo! 2y
Bostonmomx2 I won‘t read anything with less than 3.5 so you‘re def not alone in your star snobbiness 😆 a 2.8 I wouldn‘t even consider. 2y
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TheFunkyBookworm @Bostonmomx2 3.5 is my threshold as well 😂😂😂 2y
Jess7 Nice! Beautiful bride! I own this one! I think the premise sounds goods and it got a good review by the all the books podcast 2y
TheFunkyBookworm @Jess7 thank you! 💜 okay maybe I‘ll wait for your review before I take the plunge 😂 2y
Jess7 This is one of those books I really want to read, but it‘s not high up on my list because I have a bunch of arcs to get through first so don‘t wait for me. You‘ll probably get to it first. 🤗🤗 @TheFunkyBookworm 2y
unicoon Sometimes I'm a star snob too. Even though I know my taste doesn't often match others'. I hope you'll like this one regardless of its so-so rating. 2y
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HeatherBlue
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Spring Break books! Read 11 books this week! Not super happy to be going back tomorrow. The kids think they‘re unhappy to go back? They have no idea...😂

Ashley_Nicoletto This is so impressive! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Good for you!! 2y
Debiw781 😂😂😂 that‘s exactly how I felt when our spring break ended 2y
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Chellebearss
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one. It was lighter fare but not fluffy. It's a story of a dysfunctional family and none of them are perfect, no matter what they would have you believe. Despite how miserable some of the characters were I found myself liking them and hoping they would get their lives together. I enjoyed the little amounts of snark that they projected without going over the top. 4🌟

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Liatrek
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Half price book haul 😊

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Chelseylovestoread
Mehso-so

The characters in this book were all rather unlikeable, but then again I suppose that‘s life. Not my favorite story but not a bad one either.

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BookishMarginalia
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Wow! I just realized I‘ve read 37 books already in February! (And 47 in January!) — 84 books (82 of which are audiobooks from the library 👍🏼, including the entire #HamishMacbeth series).

Drnkpnkprincess That is amazing!!!!! Congrats 🎉 🍾🎉 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Nice work! Yay you! 2y
cariashley WOW!! That is seriously impressive!! 👏👏👏 2y
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AmyG That‘s truly amazing. 👏🏻 2y
Booksnchill So love the audio of Hamish MacBeth series! 2y
PictureandBook Great job. Love the Hamish Macbeth audios. I‘m at the same number including audios (well 84), so curious do you have a particular goal for the year? I ask bc I think I might slow down a little. I just noticed all the ideas of the books are blending in. Curious if you get that way. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s about 2 years of reading for me! Lol 👍🏽 2y
catherine2 Dang, I thought I was doing well but I only have 40 so far this year. You‘re awesome! 2y
rabbitprincess Great idea to keep track on a calendar! 2y
Haley_Noel I love the calendar! 2y
rmaclean4 Amazing! Do you listen to the books at 2x the normal speed? 2y
TommieMarie74 Wow!! How do you read so much?!? I‘m so impressed! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @TommieMarie74 I‘m glad I‘m not alone! 💫 2y
Bengali.bookworm Go you!!!! Woohoo! 2y
LiteraryinLititz Whoa! Well done! I was thinking of you and @WanderingBookaneer the other day. How are the conditions where you are in PR now? 2y
Cpg What??? 😱 I‘m so inadequate!!! 😔 2y
NovelGirl82 Damn!!! Way to go!! 2y
BookishMarginalia @LiteraryinLititz still slowly recovering. About 20% of households still have no power. Many traffic lights still out or nonexistent. And hurricane season is about 100 days away. 😱 2y
BookishMarginalia @PictureandBook Yep, I forget, but I forget even when I‘m going slowly, so 🤷🏻‍♀️. @TommieMarie74 I don‘t watch any tv (we still have no internet at home post-Maria) and I do listen (after training myself for about a year) to most books at between 2.5 and 3 times normal speed, @rmaclean4 🤓😇💪🏼 2y
rmaclean4 @BookishMarginalia that is impressive. I list 2y
rmaclean4 Listen at 1.5 speed for most narrators. 2y
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BookishMarginalia
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#AudioColoring in progress

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Amaryie
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book, but realize it‘s not for everyone. I love family dramas, crazy people and ridiculous situations. Towards the end, the “privileged” aspect of it did start to become a little much, but it ended just in time. If you can deal with characters who are more than wealthy, siblings who whine too much, and cattiness, this could be for you

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Amaryie
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Evening reading

Buddys_Momma Welcome to Litsy!!! 2y
Amaryie @Buddys_Momma thank you! 2y
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Jamielouise
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Another freezing cold Saturday is the just the excuse I needed to finish this book! It‘s terrible and hilarious, which is perfect and relaxing for today.

Puredragonstar So pretty! 💜😍📚 2y
Jamielouise @Puredragonstar Thanks so much! 2y
Maria514626 Terrible and hilarious is one of my favorite genres. 😂 2y
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wallacereads
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Mehso-so

This was not very good, but a mid-afternoon glass of wine made it bearable. 😬

cathysaid I have found that wine also helps with grading essays. 😜🍷 2y
susanw Wine is pretty helpful in all situations! (edited) 2y
Mariposa_Bookworm I felt the same way about this one. 2y
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Crash
Bailedbailed

Ugh.... Everyone in the book is self absorbed, whiny, petty and a bit pretentious. A painful and boring book.

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BittersweetBooks
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...he stares upward, past his blinding hangover, to a point in the distance that he can't quite grasp. A bit of infinity where blue bleeds to white, where absence and hope collide. He thinks of the beautiful, gut-wrenching future awaiting them, and the claw marks they've left in everything they've given up 🥂

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JoeStalksBeck
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bibliophagist89 Loving your socks!! 😍😍 2y
JoeStalksBeck @bibliophagist89 thanks !!!❤️❤️ 2y
bibliophagist89 Your welcome! 😊 @JoeStalksBeck 2y
BibliophileMomma Love those socks! 2y
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VinceReads
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Currently reading

MrBook Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy your stay with us in this fine community. 😊 2y
VinceReads @MrBook Thanks! Enjoying my time so far, just trying to figure out my way around. 2y
MrBook @RaimeyGallant has some great tips 👍🏻👍🏻. 2y
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 2y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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KarenUK
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#day25 #fallintobooks #nextup A re-read (this time on audio) of "The Girl with all the Gifts" for a bookclub, and a library kindle loan ("The People we hate at the Wedding") that is so far, so super snarky!

Tex2Flo Love the title of that People We Hate and can't wait to read it. Sounds like a good airplane read when you just want to ignore that doofus who insists on leaning back those 3 spare inches. 2y
KarenUK @Tex oooh I hate those guys.... 🙁 2y
LizGotauco Great audio performance! 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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Just started this audiobook today . It's hilarious! The germaphobic chic cracks me up!!! And Alice, well, she cusses like a sailor and it's awesome!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sounds fun!!! 🙃 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it's a great book! So funny 2y
Trina_L Did you get to the part with Paul and his boss? I know that is kind of vague but if you've gotten there you'll know what I'm talking about . 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Trina_L I fell asleep listening to it and woke up with Paul and Mark in a rather hilarious sexual situation with an British man . So I'm not sure if I passed it. I have to go back lol 2y
Mdargusch I'm glad to hear it's a good audiobook! I'm always looking for ones that don't have annoying narrators. 2y
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PacingTheCage
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Tonight's reading material

#Bleeckersays he'd bite anyone I hate, anywhere. #pugsoflitsy

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MaryAnn1
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I found myself smiling while reading this. The family dynamics are so relatable and at the same time made me feel ridiculous because I could relate. This would make a great book to take along on vacation: light and breezy. Thumbs up!!

shawnmooney That photo! 😂😂 2y
Beckys_Books Is that my mother-in-law? 2y
Reecaspieces 😂😂😂 2y
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Reggie I totally loved this book. Even though I didn't really like the characters, I couldn't help but root for them. They were human and people we all know or have been. So good. 2y
MaryAnn1 @Reggie , I couldn't agree more. 😁 2y
MaryAnn1 @Beckys_Books Ha ha ha!! 2y
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NatalieR
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Bailedbailed

I seldom bail on books, so this decision took some consideration and a look at other Littens' reviews. I listened to 4 hours of the audio and began to wonder what this book is about...I'm not sure if they are even going to the wedding?! I'm out! 😣

Bostonmomx2 I hate it when books that are all the current rave don't do it for me. Bummer this one wasn't your thing 😕 2y
NatalieR @Bostonmomx2 Same here...such a disappointment! Oh well, moving on. 😉 2y
LauraBeth I haven't heard of anyone who has finished this one! 2y
Bostonmomx2 @LauraBeth dang really? Taking it off my list. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Pickpick

Spent my Sunday afternoon finishing this one. This book is full of awful characters that are easy to hate. Their flaws are obvious and the family dynamic pissed me off a little bit. However, I am always a sucker for a book with unlikeable characters. I enjoyed this one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

LauraBeth I want to read this one! 2y
Melissa_J I have this one on my TBR pile. Glad you liked it. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @LauraBeth It was pretty good and not to long! I really enjoyed it. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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There's a dog on half my body.

5 am snuggles and reads. Hoping to finish this book today.

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Ashley_Nicoletto
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I have worked my current job for 11 months. I have never eaten lunch with anyone else. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️

#introvertsforlife #introvertingmylunchaway

readordierachel Every time a coworker asks if I want have lunch I feel a little stab of disappointment because I won't get to use the time to read. Then I feel bad for being antisocial, lol. 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @ReadOrDieRachel Yes! Sometimes I read at the picnic tables outside but someone ALWAYS joins me and then I have to put my book down and talk. 2y
RanaElizabeth Lunch was not invented to fill our stomachs but our minds. 2y
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MicheleinPhilly The only time I go to lunch with my co-workers is when they're going to Shake Shack. 🍔 2y
BarbaraBB I envy you that you dare do that! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly That would make me go too. 😂😂😂 2y
Jenni_Capps Yasss!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 this is my life as well.. 😂 2y
Sace I'm kinda jealous. This year I'm having to sit at the teacher table in the lunchroom because they aren't letting students eat outside. I used to be able to read while I was "supervising" 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @RestlessFickleBookSlut 😭 Im sorry to hear that. That stinks. I would be so awkward every day if I was forced to eat together. 😂 2y
Sace @Ashley_Nicoletto it's definitely awkward. 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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Morning routines. I've moved my workouts to immediately after work. But I still get up 30 minutes early to enjoy coffee and a book.

That giant dark lump on the end is bailey. She always gets up to join me, but goes instantly back to sleep. 🤷🏻‍♀️

LauraBeth I'm transitioning workouts from evening to morning to see if that will shake up my routine 😂 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto @LauraBeth 😂😂 I hate the gym in the evening. SO many strange things happen there after 4 pm. And the amount of BO is increased. 🤢 I wish you luck. 2y
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth I do mine in the morning. If I wait till afternoon...I decide I am too tired. Good luck! 2y
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Ashley_Nicoletto
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The world's loudest thunder woke me up at 4:30.

Might as well just go with it. Right? 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Allietaylor16
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Today's #libraryhaul

I may be a little too excited for the Babysitters Club...

BookHermit White Tears is amazing. 2y
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SheilaChew
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Mehso-so

A brother and sister travel to England with their mother to attend their sister's wedding. There is family drama, trauma, and lots of swearing and three-way unprotected sex. The characters were interesting but not very likable.

Purrfectpages I couldn't get through this one. 2y
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Trina_L
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Sooo, who's your favorite author ?

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wallacereads
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A splash of wine and some light reading. #fridaynightturndown

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Trina_L
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I didn't even know it was National Book Lovers Day, but my thoughtful boyfriend did and had this waiting for me when I got home from work... #nationalbookloversday #bestboyfriend #books #giftcard

nickimags How lovely 😊 2y
Trina_L @nickimags it was a very nice surprise:) 2y
Msmithbooks Hey! I'm a book blogger and I'd love it if you would check out my blog and follow it if you like ☺️ https://bibliobakes.com 2y
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PnwBookworm
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Mehso-so

Well written and bitingly snarky but every character was miserable and doing nothing to fix their lives. In the end it was to depressing for me.

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Mariposa_Bookworm
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You are right, Oreo. I should be reading instead of trying to lesson plan. There's still 3 weeks before school starts! #teachersofLitsy. #CatsofLitsy #OreoLeQuan #ThugKitty

BookBabe What a cutie! 😻 Hey, #Coale has that same collar! Look, @MrBook 2y
Mariposa_Bookworm @BookBabe Thanks! He's my baby, my very mischievous baby! 😄 2y
CouronneDhiver Haha! Cats are jerks. Mine does the same thing. 😂 2y
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Mariposa_Bookworm @CouronneDhiver Hee hee....Oreo definitely loves being the center of attention. 2y
MrBook 😻😻😻 2y
monkeygirlsmama Aww I used to have an Oreo too. 😿 2y
tpixie Cutie!! Such a good helper! 2y
Sace 😻 2y
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