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Modern Lovers
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
From the "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Vacationers," a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college their own kids now going to college and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in. Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them can never be reclaimed. Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions be they food, or friendship, or music never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us."
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NatalieR
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Wasn‘t sure I was going to like this one at first. Glad I stayed with it! Once I grasped the character dynamics and who was with who, I fell right into the story. Interesting story of people who have been best friends since college and now have teenagers. #MountTBR

Reggie That husband was horrible. Lol 4mo
NatalieR @Reggie I‘m with ya! 😆 4mo
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mdemanatee
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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I read this years ago when it came out and left a copy at home rather than take it back to the city with me. My Mom picked it up when she needed a book for a day of subbing and hadn‘t been to the library and she has mentioned multiple times this weekend how much she disliked it 😂 I gave it 4 stars when I read it.

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Aswenson
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Enjoying this easy-breezy novel. I needed something not too heavy or serious and this hit the spot. A little sex, a little romance, a little drama... 👌🏻

Reggie Oh, the husband in here...😡. 9mo
Aswenson @Reggie YES. He is SO annoying! 9mo
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Paperback.Propensity
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My favorite photo!! I LOVE Tell the Wolves I‘m Home!!! One of my favorites!!! 💚💚💚 9mo
Paperback.Propensity @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It's so good! One of my favorites too 🙂 9mo
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TheSpineView
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💚💚💚 9mo
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elliebatey
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Pickpick

Was given this to read by a friend and loved it so much! Really enjoyed the characters in this book 5/5 👏🏼

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KatieKu
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Pickpick

Super cute! Couldn‘t stop listening.

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Punkinpants123
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Mehso-so

I really liked the character development, but the ending felt so rushed it sort of jumped off a cliff. Overall enjoyable read

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JacintaMCarter
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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#2018Book104
I‘m always up for a multiple-perspective novel that focuses primarily on rich people‘s problems.

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JacintaMCarter
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SW-T
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Mehso-so

Light read about a group of friends and their kids and their relationship up and downs. Bit predictable but entertaining.

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Eggs
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Mdargusch Good one! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
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eirracm
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Mehso-so

Pretty light read about love in the moden relationships. From old to young. A little predictable, but a couple surprises.

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LauraBeth
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I held off reading this because there is much contempt for it. I liked it! 😂 I thought she brilliantly captured the current Brooklyn scene and she wrote her characters with a lot of empathy. Sure, it‘s not necessarily new material and there are some cliches, but overall - this was a fun and enjoyable read for me. And I went into it wanting to hate it so I could hate it with everyone else!

SarahRotenberry I really liked this too! I remember thinking when I read it that I could picture it as a mini-series on Showtime! 2y
rachelm I liked it too! 2y
CarolynM Sounds good to me. Stacked 2y
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LeahBergen Is Teeny Ginger always right next to you? 2y
BarbaraBB Glad you liked it. I have been postponing reading it because @emilyhaldi hates it so much 😂 2y
LauraBeth @SarahRotenberry yes! This definitely could be done a la Big Little Lies! 2y
LauraBeth @rachelm 🙌🙌 2y
LauraBeth @CarolynM looking forward to your thoughts after you read it! 2y
LauraBeth @LeahBergen Teeny Ginger! 😹 She‘s like Velcro 2y
LauraBeth @BarbaraBB Same! There were many people in addition to @emilyhaldi who have similar bookish tastes as mine who hated it - so I just figured I‘d hate it also. 😂 Maybe I just read it at the exact right time for me. 2y
emilyhaldi I'm so glad you liked it Laura! And that my negativity didn't keep you from discovering it 😆 timing really is everything sometimes. @BarbaraBB who knows, maybe you will love it too!! I did try this other tagged book by her too and also hated it though so I'm thinking that much like Roxane Gay, Emma Straub just isn't for me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
minkyb Well I really like her writing. So welcome to the minority I guess! 2y
KarenUK I liked it so you‘re not alone! 😊👍 2y
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LauraBeth
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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That first, nice pool day when there is 0% chance of rain. 🌞

Chelsey Awesome! 2y
saresmoore I‘m coming over and I‘m bringing the kids! 2y
tammysue Enjoy! ☺️ 2y
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peaknit Sounds like 100% chance of awesome! 2y
minkyb Lovely! I like Emma Straub. Look forward to your thoughts. 2y
emilyhaldi Perfect pool reading 👌🏻 2y
Reggie Mmmm, the MC‘s husband. I kinda want to punch him. I totally dig the two kids‘ storyline. 2y
LauraBeth @Chelsey it totally was! It has rained every day here for the past three weeks! 2y
LauraBeth @saresmoore WHY can‘t we be neighbors? 😩 2y
LauraBeth @whatshesreadingnow I did enjoy that! 😀 2y
LauraBeth @peaknit I may have to repeat it again today! 2y
LauraBeth @minkyb I‘ll definitely let you know! 2y
LauraBeth @emilyhaldi Definitely a good pool book! 2y
LauraBeth @Reggie I know what you mean 😂 2y
peaknit A repeat, how terrible😂 2y
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MEGR
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This is exactly the Saturday morning I‘ve been waiting for all week! Soaking up every relaxing minute of it...now which one will I read first?

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Herschelian
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Mehso-so

I had to push myself to finish the book. There was nothing inherently bad about it, I just disliked all the major characters for one reason or another. Such shallow people. Angry with myself for not having applied the 100 page rule. Others may see it differently.

Ruthiella I wasn‘t a huge fan of her book The Vacationers so I steered clear of this one because it seemed more of the same.🤔 2y
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pgh.femme
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Mehso-so

Meh. Nothing real was ever at stake in the book. It served the purpose of being a distraction while I was stressed about something real in my life

rather_be_reading welcome back to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
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Sassy_Steph
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
Pickpick

This was a great book to start off the summer season! I really enjoyed this one, just a light story about being in love in modern times!!

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Sassy_Steph
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub

I haven‘t been posting on here much lately and I feel bad! I‘ve been loving this quirky easy read! Just under a hundred pages left! Great summer read, I‘m just sayin!!

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ashleyamak
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Pickpick

It took me a few chapters to get into the story but once I found a good pace I was in it. I love books told from different POVs. That said, I also feel somewhat let down even though I enjoyed it. Some of the storylines seemed super predictable. The ending was different. Overall, I'm stuck somewhere between really liking it and it being a "so-so" read.

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LWagoner
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Pickpick

A good read for a change of pace. P. 29 “Choices were easy to make until you realized how long life could be.”

Sassy_Steph Reading this now and enjoying it!! 2y
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ashleyamak
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I've officially made it further today than I did in the previous 8 months owning this book. Thanks baby for letting me use you as a book rest while you cluster feed hahah

laurenbescoby Cluster feeds are the best excuse to binge read! 🙌 2y
asiriusreader Hahaha. Love it — I use my middle of the night pumping sessions as time to catch up on my audiobooks!! 2y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook yes! Did it all the time with my first. He's 3 now so I have to juggle his antics with feeding her and hoping to get real books read. 2y
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ashleyamak @asiriusreader big props to you mama! Pumping was so hard for me. 2y
laurenbescoby Ditto! Juggling 2 and finding time to read is hard, but reading is my only hobby atm. Youngest is 7 and a half months now and it is getting easier. 2y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook our littlest ones are about the same age. She was born Aug 25. 2y
laurenbescoby @ashleyamak August 31st here! He'll be the youngest in his year. Eldest is 3 on the 3rd of June. 😊 It's a good age gap because the eldest will reach a point where he won't remember not having a little brother. He loves him! 2y
asiriusreader @ashleyamak awww, thanks! Only pumping because breastfeeding was a no-go for my little love (lazy latcher!). 😝 it‘s definitely hard, but worth it! 2y
ashleyamak @miralunasbooknook same here. My first technically will not be 3 until the 14th of May. We just round up since it is so close. I agree that it is a great age gap. 2y
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ashleyamak
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Starting Modern Lovers for the third time since September. I haven't been able to decide on anything else. I still haven't even picked my Amazon First Read for April either. Let's see how it goes.

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Ncostell
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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Pickpick

It looks like this book has had mixed reviews on both Litsy and Goodreads. It was a pick for me. I realize the characters were self centered and maybe not very sympathetic. However, I enjoyed the look at relationships from the young, reckless love to the complications that arise further down the road in relationships as people get older.

Mdargusch Good review! You summed up exactly how I felt! 2y
Ncostell Thanks @Mdargusch, I definitely preferred some characters to others in this one but enjoyed the overall book. 2y
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greysx
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Why couldn‘t everyone stay young forever? If not on the outside, then just on the inside, where no one ever got too old to be optimistic.

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BooksAtNight
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Panpan

A bunch of 40 year olds having mid-life crisis and also dealing with teenage drama courtesy of their children. The plot was all over the place and the characters fell flat for me. But what bothered me the most were all these inconsistencies in descriptions and timelines. It just felt like slipping writing overall.

emilyhaldi Omg I really hated this one 😣 I have tried a couple of Straub‘s books and they are just not for me!! 2y
BooksAtNight @emilyhaldi I feel so vindicated! I really really didn‘t like this one and she‘s such a popular author that I felt like something was wrong with me. 2y
emilyhaldi Don't you worry, I will always get your back in a good old litsy Straub debate 😆 I can't stand her writing! 2y
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BarbaraBB
Modern Lovers | Emma Straub
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#Riotgrams day 21: #BadCovers

I thought I might like this book and ordered it online. Had I known this would be the cover I honestly think I wouldn‘t have.

Look at this! That fond and those drawings... I can‘t imagine a publisher or the author seeing this artwork and thinking Yes, this is exactly what I had in mind for my grown-up audience. Really...😬😳

Still haven‘t read it because of this cover!

Ms_T Goodness me, that‘s awful 😳 2y
Kalalalatja It does have a YA-feel to it 2y
BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja Yes, a very young adult 😂 2y
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emilyhaldi Don‘t read it, the writing is as bad as the cover! 🙅🏻‍♀️ 2y
Leftcoastzen I agree , bad cover. 2y
Reggie Ummm, the book was ok. 2y
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stacybmartin
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I love her stories. It‘s interesting to see how friendships change and evolve over the years.

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LouBeth
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I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this #currentread
#riotgrams

BookMaven407 I loved it! (edited) 2y
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KarenUK
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#fiercefeb Lots of #moderngirl s in this fun, summery read. A group of ex college band members, who are still present day neighbors and friends, plus their children who are about to graduate high school, navigate challenges they face during one summer in Brooklyn. We see them struggle with getting older, staying married and finding and maintaining passion in all its forms. I really enjoyed spending time with all the of the characters...

Cinfhen Good choice! Although I wasn't a fan of this novel...I think I had too high expectations 😝 2y
ElishaLovesBooks I felt the same @Cinfhen 2y
BookMaven407 I enjoyed Modern Lovers. 🙂 2y
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ElishaLovesBooks @Cinfhen I haven‘t read that one- but of course I own it 😂😂 2y
Cinfhen It's fun & snarky!!! Great for a summer read @ElishaLovesBooks 2y
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BookMaven407
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This t-shirt and a onesie will be my NYE attire. ❤️Emma Straub! Does anyone know if she is working on a new book?

minkyb Hope so! 2y
Reggie Was it judgmental of me to think the husband in this book was a douche bag? 2y
BookMaven407 @Reggie nah, he was a weaker character! 2y
mrozzz 👌🏻🎉🍾 2y
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MandyJohnson
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loving this book so far.

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WallaceYovetich
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Loved this book. Highly recommend it.

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BookMaven407
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"There wasn't enough time in the world, not for the things that mattered most."

RaimeyGallant Welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon And here's a compilation of Litsy tips that a bunch of us put together:
http://litsy.com/p/aDJja2lMZFFY
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BookMaven407 Thank you, Raimey! 2y
RaimeyGallant My pleasure:) 2y
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DivineDiana @BookMaven407 Welcome to Litsy! So many great books and wonderful readers! 2y
BookMaven407 @DivineDiana Thank you. I'm looking forward to connecting with others who share a love for books. 2y
Lacythebookworm Welcome! 😊 2y
laurenbescoby Welcome to Litsy! Hope you enjoy it here! 😄 2y
Smrloomis Welcome! 😁 2y
Cinfhen Hi! So glad you found us! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Welcome to Litsy! 2y
TricksyTails Welcome to Litsy! This is a wonderful community! Hope you have fun here. #LitsyWelcomeWagon 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you are enjoying it here! 2y
sisilia Welcome to Litsy! 2y
DebReads4fun Welcome to Litsy! 2y
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Laughterhp
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#MultiplePerspectives - A few books I enjoyed that were told from multiple POVs. #SpookyOctober

RadicalReader @Laughterhp if you‘ve enjoyed Into the Water I HIGHLY recommend you check out Girl on the Train 2y
Laughterhp @RadicalReader I actually have read and thoroughly enjoyed it! I liked the movie too. I love Emily Blunt! 2y
RadicalReader @Laughterhp I‘ve been on the hunt to check out more books I got some inter library loans in progress of arriving at my local library and eager to start them to give some ideas to my lovely Littens 2y
Laughterhp @RadicalReader That‘s a good idea! It‘s always so hard not knowing what other people have read! There are so many books out there! (edited) 2y
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Torianderson35
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Weekend read... I've heard great things... hope it lives up to the hype 🍁📖 #nowreading #weekendbook

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AMVP
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#catchingup on #septembowie #day19 - #modernlove

Taking the easy route with this one. I haven't read the book, but the song plays fairly often over the radio where I work.

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Purrfectpages
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I didn't really like this book, but it's perfect for #modernlove #septembowie

Cinfhen Totally agree 💯 2y
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KarenUK
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#day19 #septembowie #modernlove My #captainobvious choice for today's prompt! I really enjoy Emma Straub's books.... I love how she writes about each of her characters with affection, even the less than likable ones....

Cinfhen I wasn't a fan of this particular book but I loved 2y
Reviewsbylola I love her books too. She's insightful without being too serious. 2y
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Brie
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like it more than I did. It took a while for things to happen. I disliked the newspaper clippings at the end wrapping things up I would've rather it been more open-ended. Former college band mates Zoe,Elizabeth &Andrew are nearing middle age as their kids grow up. Secrets old &new crop up for them all. I was more invested in Elizabeth's & Zoe & her wife's stories than Andrew's, which I could figure out right away. Great dialogue though

jhod Completely agree 2y
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elliemcc11
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Bailedbailed

50% and nothing noteworthy has happened and the characters annoy me... don't like abandoning books 😐

Cathythoughts I don't either. But, sometimes it just has to be done 🙃 2y
Jess_Read_This Same here! It had to be done and now you can start a better one! 💕 2y
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Brie
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I'm getting to have quite the collection of #bookmarks, though I really only use the Censorship one and the Eat, Sleep, Read one. #fallintobooks

Sace 😍❤️😍❤️ 2y
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elliemcc11
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Lunch break read & hot chocolate ☕📚

Jess_Read_This Perfect way to spend lunch!! 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Perfect end of summer read. Straub's fiction has yet to disappoint. 👍

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elliemcc11
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Got this ages ago on #netgalley and the formatting isn't helping with readability unfortunately. Couple of pages in and it's interesting enough. Reviews are very mixed on #goodreads

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Lacythebookworm
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This is a great end of summer read! Definitely full of super privileged people problems, but entertaining. (I got it for BOTM in June 2016)

Sweettartlaura I've been putting this off, because I got burnt out on rich people problems. I'm almost ready for it!😜 2y
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Lacythebookworm
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Perfect timing for #litsypartyofone since I have today and Monday off work! This is the stack I will be working my way through! Starting off the morning in my hammock 😊

4thhouseontheleft Great reading spot! It's rainy here, otherwise I would be in my hammock, too! 😃 2y
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Balibee146 @LauraBeth it's soooo worth it :-) 2y
Reviewsbylola Nice!! 2y
Lacythebookworm @LauraBeth @Balibee146 I'm half way in and finding it to be a fun read! Never sure what will happen in the next chapter! 2y
Lacythebookworm @4thhouseontheleft It was nice and cool out this morning so I had to take advantage! 2y
Librariana Looks superb! 😊 Enjoy!! 2y
Lacythebookworm @Librariana Thank you! 😘 2y
Laalaleighh I spy my book 👀👀 2y
Lacythebookworm @Laalaleighh Yes! I only have 85 pages to go! 2y
Laalaleighh 💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼 2y
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JenniferJR
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"Book cake. More filling, less calories." ???

DivineDiana Nice! 📚🎂 2y
mcipher Pretty cake! 2y
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