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Today Will Be Different (Bound for Schools & Libraries)
Today Will Be Different (Bound for Schools & Libraries) | Maria Semple
* Instant New York Times Bestseller * Named a Notable Book of 2016 by the Washington Post, one of Amazon's Top 100 Books of the Year, one of New York Times Book Review's 100 Notable Books, one of The Guardian's Best Books of 2016, one of NPR's Best Books of 2016, a Must-Read Book of 2016 by PopSugar, one of EW's 20 Best Books of 2016, one of Glamour's Top Ten Books of the Year, and one of Kirkus Reviews' "Best 100 Fiction Books of 2016"A brilliant novel from the author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette, about a day in the life of Eleanor Flood, forced to abandon her small ambitions and awake to a strange, new future. Eleanor knows she's a mess. But today, she will tackle the little things. She will shower and get dressed. She will have her poetry and yoga lessons after dropping off her son, Timby. She won't swear. She will initiate sex with her husband, Joe. But before she can put her modest plan into action-life happens. Today, it turns out, is the day Timby has decided to fake sick to weasel his way into his mother's company. It's also the day Joe has chosen to tell his office-but not Eleanor-that he's on vacation. Just when it seems like things can't go more awry, an encounter with a former colleague produces a graphic memoir whose dramatic tale threatens to reveal a buried family secret. TODAY WILL BE DIFFERENT is a hilarious, heart-filled story about reinvention, sisterhood, and how sometimes it takes facing up to our former selves to truly begin living.
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eggplantparmesan
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Similar to Where‘d You Go, Bernadette? in that it is also about an upper middle class (can I say wealthy?) wife and husband with one child, residing in Seattle. Like “Bernadette,” the child in Today Will Be Different is smart and mature. Another common element: the main characters‘ marriage is rocky, partially from housewifedom. I enjoyed it but not like I enjoyed WYGB.

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cleoh
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Happy Sunday everyone! Happy Thanksgiving weekend to fellow Canadians! 🎉📚🎉

Bibliogeekery Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃🍁 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading That mug is a classic!! 😄 2mo
Prairiegirl_reading Happy thanksgiving!! 2mo
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LeahBergen And to you! 🇨🇦🦃 2mo
LeahBergen And we had these mugs years ago, too. 😆😆 2mo
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cleoh
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• Today Will Be Different, Saint Anything, 99% Mine, and The Girl The Sea Gave Back
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• graphic novels/comics are my go to! Something short means you don‘t have to focus on it too much, and it always feels good to finish something!

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Victoriahoperose
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Panpan

I just did not like the characters or the storyline. The main character irritated me and it made it extremely hard to read for me.

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vagariousmind
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I enjoyed this one. It had a fun, stressful kind of whimsy and mystery to it, without it being "thriller/mystery" suspense.

It felt a little surreal and strange at times, but I enjoyed that aspect. It didn't go where you expected it to, and that is rare for books like these. It felt sort of like a British dramedy to me, at times.

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! This humorous novel follows a day in the life of Eleanor Flood. She knows she‘s a mess, but she‘ll tackle the little things today and get some sense of order about things. Others have different plans though—her son plays sick; her husband tells his office, but not her, he‘s going on vacation; and, seeing a former colleague produces a graphic novel that can expose family secrets. Let the day begin! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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Sheryl63
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I couldn‘t stop snickering over the Costco incident. I‘m ashamed to say that I‘m “one of those people who always stash things instead of taking items back to their rightful place” that‘s what husbands are for right? But to my defense I‘ve never ditched frozen fish anywhere that‘s for sure!!!!

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caitlin.reads.books
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Pickpick

I finished this one while traveling recently and loved it! 🧡 Maria Semple‘s writing is so quick and clever! Sometimes I had to reread a sentence or paragraph to keep up with her quick wit. I didn‘t want to put this book down and I didn‘t want it to end either. I loved this one and Bernadette so I will definitely be reading her first book now too!

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caitlin.reads.books
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Currently reading and loving this one! // #fiction #currentread

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wanderinglynn
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Mehso-so

Audiobook 3/6 for #BFCr2

Although similar style & pacing to Bernadette, I found this to be more a narcissistic run-on sentence of one day in the life of Eleanor. I also didn‘t care for when it switched from first person POV to third person. I get what she was trying to do, but it failed for me. I finished it, but this one is easily forgettable.*

Not my cup of tea. But I finished it.

*except for the kid‘s name. Timby? Really?

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KadeLexical
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Skunk Hour by Robert Lowell

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing this photo! I‘m listening to the audio version right now, so I‘m missing these kind of details in the book. 5mo
KadeLexical @wanderinglynn I love audio books, but they definitely leave something to be desired visually. Happy to assist 😊 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

More snark than satire, I was amused with the first half of the book, but put off by the direction the story went in. A year from now, I probably won‘t remember much about this one.

#pop19 #takesplaceinasingleday
#mountTBR

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4thhouseontheleft
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Thank you, Timby. 👊🏼 A pet peeve, along with when relatives introduce a child as “the adopted child”.

ravenlee My grandmother used to say my cousin “didn‘t count” because my uncle adopted him when he married the cousin‘s mom - he‘s the only father my cousin has ever known. My grandmother would talk about her grandchildren, including the two my aunt and uncle had after their marriage, and leave out the oldest. It made me spitting mad and I can‘t imagine how he felt. (Granted, being included in her count wasn‘t always a picnic) 7mo
SW-T Pet peeve of mine too. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly I hate this. I see it coming up a lot with the children of public figures. It‘s like they constantly have to remind us which one(s) are adopted? Why? It doesn‘t matter. It is their child(ren) full stop. Cut it out. 7mo
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CoverToCoverGirl I was legally adopted myself by my Mom‘s second husband.. I so get this.. some people still think I‘m less than but I don‘t! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @ravenlee That‘s terrible! My extended family was almost always good about this, it was random church members that always seemed to bring it up. 🤷🏻‍♀️ @SW-T 💜💜 @MicheleinPhilly Agree! I have seen it on local news recently, when a child tragically unexpectedly (car accident, cancer, things like that), and happens to be adopted, they always bring it up in the story. @CoverToCoverGirl 💞💞 7mo
tournevis This makes me seeth. When adults, ADULTS! ask my son if he misses his *real* mom, like I'm not right here!!! Kids are kids. There is no hierarchy! 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @tournevis I heard this a lot, when I found my birth family a few years ago. I have my mom, and my birth mother, and “real” doesn‘t even belong in the conversation. 7mo
tournevis @4thhouseontheleft I got this book for my son. It made it better. 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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Yep. Can definitely relate to these categories! Can you?

Things I should know but never learned? 1. The “correct” way that runners tie their shoes (using the extra lace hole). 2. How to knot a tie. I once knew, now forgotten. No interest in learning again. 3. Phone number to school, extracurriculars, babysitters, friends. I used to memorize numbers so easily. Now I‘m lucky if I remember my own. 😂😂 ☎️ 📲

Traci1 I blame cell phones for not knowing phone numbers. I remember my friends' numbers from 30 years ago, but the only number I know aside from my own now is my husband's (it's only 1 digit off from mine). BUT I know my debit card number including the exp. date and code on back. Though maybe that says something embarrassing about how often I order pizza... 🤔 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Traci1 Smart phones and cell phones are definitely to blame! Not complaining though, it makes life so much easier! 😃 7mo
TheEllieMo @Traci1 I used to know my debit card details, but since the advent of Apple Pay I don‘t even remember them now🙄 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @TheEllieMo I know all the CVV codes for my credit cards because of all the online shopping I do. But Apple Pay is definitely taking over! 7mo
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4thhouseontheleft
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I‘m quickly realizing that ADWD needs to be a slow burn read, so I‘m changing up my plan and only tackling it a few chapters at a time. Mainly because I am incredibly disappointed so far but am also a stubborn mule that wants to see this through.

So I‘m also starting this Semple book, my pick for #pop19 : takes place in one day.

Stacy_31 I loved the Semple book. ❤️ 7mo
4thhouseontheleft @Stacy_31 Glad to hear it! I haven‘t read her other one. 7mo
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Johanna414
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Mehso-so

We had the first meeting of our public library‘s Books and Brews at the local coffee shop last night and it was awesome! Yummy drinks and snacks, a nice blend of people to talk books with. Less awesome was getting sick with the stomach flu immediately after and being sick all night...
As for the book, I liked it but didn‘t love it. Parts were a little too all over the place and I wanted more closure on aspects of the story

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Johanna414
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Took a little “mom break” and retreated back to bed to start this for my library book club. It‘s not something I would have ever picked up on my own, but isn‘t bad. Some of the bits about anxiety ring a little too true right now.

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Johanna414
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Our library is starting a new book club, so I signed up and got a couple friends at work to join as well. I went to pick up my book today and the library director somehow got me to agree to pick the book for May and lead the discussion... she wanted me to do April, but I said I needed to get a feel for who else was in the group before picking a book. I‘m nervous though - it‘s much easier to do this for teens than adults!

Johanna414 And now I‘m going to obsess about this for the next month... any recommendations on a recent popular title that‘s been a hit with book clubs?! (edited) 9mo
Samplergal My book club is reading Behold the dreamers this month. Also 9mo
kellyann28 I'm not sure what kind of books the group is going for (like feel good vs thriller) but this was a very good thriller for a book club for adults 9mo
Johanna414 @Samplergal @kellyann28 thanks for the ideas! I‘ll have a better idea at the end of the month of who my audience is... our town is so small that I‘ll probably know everyone, just have to find out who joined 9mo
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BeckyandBooks
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Panpan

What in the world did I just listen to?! The narrator was enjoyable but the book was hard to follow...though there were a couple parts that made me chuckle.

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LeslieO
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B&N #bookhaul with the balance of my gift card, supplemented with my fantasy football winnings (first place, baby!!)

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sarahgreatlove
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Pickpick

This one was a totally different tone from my other reads, which was great actually. I‘d loved Where‘d you go, Bernadette, so was excited for this. I found it quirky yet relatable, I was rooting for her character and snort laughed in some occasions. Intriguing ending. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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phyhill
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Bailedbailed

I loved "Where'd You Go Bernadette," so bailing on this one is sad, especially considering it's a library book and the audio version. ? I didn't like the main character at all, but I bailed because my husband is an animator and her description of the animation industry frustrated me.

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Jenken1998
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Mehso-so

Lots a laughs but I just couldn't get into this one. I kept putting it down and forcing myself to pick it back up. I was hoping to love it as much as I did Where'd You Go Bernadette but I didnt. I really cant put my finger on why though. ❤❤❤

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tlmorgan
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This line really stuck with me, because I did think about it 💜#tattoo #ink #pancreaticcancer

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suvata
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Panpan

This is one of those books that I‘m grateful that I got it at the library so I didn‘t have to pay for it. “Where‘d You Go, Bernadette” a was so-so book, so I decided to give this one a try. For me, it just didn‘t cut it.
2 of 5 stars = It was ok

Caroline2 I LOVED Bernadette but I bailed on this book! 😒 14mo
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Meghagrawal
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This arrived today @Smartypants 💖. Thanks for the lovely book and card. I am excited to read this one😍📚

Smartypants Wonderful! I hope you enjoy it too! ❤️ 1y
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Smartypants
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FREE book! I will be relocating and am trying to find happy homes for my books! Leave a comment if you‘d like this book to be mailed to you at no cost! #freebooks #free #bookmail

Meghagrawal Is this international? 1y
Smartypants Sure! What‘s your email addy? I‘ll message you to get your details! 1y
MyBookSwapClub I wouldn't mind having some for our BookSwap club. I'll be doing drop off on a train/special places etc 1y
Smartypants @MyBookSwapClub can you comment with your email? More than happy to send you a few books to share! 1y
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I knew then: If underneath anger was fear, then underneath fear was love. Everything came down to the terror of losing what you love.

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LadyCait84
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Eleanor Flood, a fun protagonist with no shortage of relatable-if-bizarre human foibles, felt deliciously real to me. I laughed, cringed, fretted, mourned, and raged alongside her throughout the titular "today" of these pages.

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LadyCait84

So excited for this book.

I loved Where‘d You Go, Bernadette, and hope this one delights me just as much!

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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

LibraryThing tells me that this is in my collection; but I can't for the life of me find it. Weird. Good thing I took a screen shot before returning the audio.

It reminds me too much of Where'd You Go, Bernadette. It stars a slightly different quirky family; slightly different major life event. Still serves to distract from real life, so there's that.

emilyhaldi I liked this one, there was a lot of lol‘ing!!! But I‘ve never read Bernadette so maybe that helped 😄 1y
JoyBlue @emilyhaldi lol‘ing is good! 😀😁🤣😂😆 1y
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emilyhaldi
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Pickpick

I loved the voice of Eleanor Flood and she had me chuckling at her all too relatable "first world problems". I listened to the audio and the narrator was awesome- definitely added to the experience! I found the story wandering and a bit hard to follow at the end, but still a pick ??
First book finished during #24in48

britt_brooke The reviews for this one are so mixed, but I enjoyed it, too. 😄 1y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t usually listen to fiction on audio but maybe I‘ll give this a try. 1y
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emilyhaldi
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The Litsy reviews for this book aren‘t great but as the audiobook was available on Overdrive for a last minute drive, I went with it. And so glad I did! It‘s kept me laughing for two hours straight. I am picturing the narrator as Pamela Adkin (in FX show Better Things- so good!) which makes me love it that much more. #24in48

AJBowers I loved this audio book! 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one. 1y
saresmoore I loved this book. 1y
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mcipher Loved this book! I felt like it was so weird but so real - how a lot of people actually think but don‘t want to admit to thinking. 1y
Mdargusch Did you finish it on the drive home?!?! 1y
emilyhaldi No I finished it last night- I listened throughout the day as I was doing things other than sitting ... It was good! 👍🏻 1y
MaleficentBookDragon I really liked this book. Most of my friends did not. But they also didn't get Bernadette, which I ❤ ❤ ❤. 1y
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Rissa1
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Pickpick

The narrator of this audio was Incredible!

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Rissa1
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Staring a new audiobook. Timer set, shutting out the world with words. #24b4monday

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janeycanuck
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Panpan

This was a bit of a slog to get through - probably due to trying to read it during one of the most stressful weeks of my career. But it just didn‘t have the whimsy that Where‘d You Go, Bernadette did, it was far more maudlin. Just didn‘t work for me, I probably should have DNF‘ed it.

8/13 for #13books13weeks

llwheeler Wow 8/13 you are rocking it 1y
BookishMarginalia Hope work gets better! 1y
janeycanuck @llwheeler I cannot lie - I picked books I knew would be easy reads 🤫 1y
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janeycanuck @BookishMarginalia thank you. We were going through restructuring and everything got announced this week so it was a tough few days waiting to see if I still had a job (I do but half my team was let go) and then the chaos that comes immediately after the announcements. Monday should be back to normal, though. 1y
llwheeler Very smart! Also saw your comment above - sorry to hear your team was affected. It's so tough to get through these announcements, and still be expected to work productively through it all... oof. Hope next week is better! 1y
janeycanuck @llwheeler yeah, it hasn‘t been great but compared to what CX is dealing with, it‘s fairly minor. We knew our team wasn‘t needed anymore, I‘m happy there was another team than needed me but sad for the others who were exited. But, I‘ll be at Water way more often now so maybe we can do a Litsy meetup in the caf one day! 1y
llwheeler For sure! I am WFH now but still go into the office sometimes, so give me a heads up and i'm sure some day will work out (just not this coming week) 1y
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janeycanuck
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Saturday mornings outside with a book and a tired pup are the best mornings.

britt_brooke What a cute little book holder! 💚🐾 1y
Slajaunie My baby would not have stayed had I placed anything on her. Sweet baby! 1y
janeycanuck @britt_brooke it isn‘t the most practical but the cutest things never are. 1y
janeycanuck @Slajaunie she‘s a real snuggler so puts up with a LOT. Also, she was already snoring up a storm so I‘m not sure she even noticed 🙃 1y
Slajaunie 😂😂 1y
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janeycanuck
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A couple of hours of work yesterday means I‘m in no hurry to get at it today so I‘m enjoying this gorgeous morning out on the balcony with my book!

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Valink
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I spent my 4th hanging out on the boat, floating in a tube, and reading. Not a bad day! I have a kindle picked out and sitting in my Amazon cart hoping for a deal on prime day so I can read ebooks outside this summer.

SledgeReader Sounds like you had a perfect Fourth! It being Wednesday cramped ours! It will be four day weekend next time!! 1y
Valink @SledgeReader I would have loved to spend the night on the boat, but my husband & I needed to work today, so that wasn‘t an option! 1y
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EsquireGirl
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Loving this book today!

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EsquireGirl
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Truth

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Chelseabillups30
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Panpan

This one was very difficult to stick with...
There seemed to be too many characters and the dialogue used didn‘t connect one moment to the next to keep the story moving, but it was still chalked full of it. I found myself asking “So what?” after finishing it and I still can‘t quite put my finger on the purpose of this read. All in all, hard to follow and confusing.
I would not walk or run to the bookstore for this one. 🤷🏻‍♀️😔🙅🏻‍♀️

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saradxxiii
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I was a little hesitant going into this, being a huge fan of Where‘d You Go, Bernadette and hearing that fans of the same would be disappointed with this one. But I really enjoyed it! I love Maria Semple‘s writing style, and I found the way she lovingly pokes fun at her home city of Seattle to be charming, but maybe that‘s just because I live there, too... (Fun fact - I actually met Maria Semple a couple of years ago. I groomed her dog!) 🐶

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Valink
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I may have gone through the pile to find my favorite signature.

Louise Of course! 😘 1y
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