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How Not to Die Alone
How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
A darkly funny and life-affirming debut novel for readers of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine: the story of one man who is offered a second chance at life and love when he develops an unexpected friendship--if he can expose the white lie he told years ago that grew into so much more. Andrew's day-to-day is a little grim, searching for next of kin for those who die alone. Thankfully, he has a loving family waiting for him when he gets home, to help wash the day's cares away. At least, that's what his coworkers believe. Andrew didn't mean for the misunderstanding to happen, yet he's become trapped in his own white lie. The fantasy of his wife and two kids has become a pleasant escape from his lonely one bedroom with only his Ella Fitzgerald records for company. But when new employee Peggy breezes into his life like a breath of fresh air, Andrew is shaken out of his routine. She doesn't notice the wall he's been safely hiding behind and their friendship promises to break it down. Andrew must choose: Does he tell the truth and start really living his life, but risk losing his friendship with Peggy? Or will he stay safe and alone, behind the faade? How Not to Die Alone is about the importance of taking a chance in those moments when we have the most to lose. Sharp and funny, warm and real, it's the kind of big-hearted story we all need.
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DMC_run8
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Pickpick

Easy, enjoyable read. Satisfied the "book selected because the title caught your attention" category for this year's reading challenge.

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Megabooks
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Bailedbailed

This book is completely mediocre and totally muddled in the middle. Next!

Count this as a bad entry into the awkward misanthropic Brits category that seems so popular now. 🙄🙄

Chelleo Agreed. 4w
Megabooks @Chelleo 👍🏻 just so mediocre. 4w
Jas16 I think bailing was the right choice. 4w
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lele1432 Oh no!! I got this from BOTM a while ago but haven't read it yet. I was hoping it would be a standout. 😑 4w
Megabooks @lele1432 I liked the beginning, but the middle was just bad, and I lost interest. I thought it was going to be more rom com-y and less Eleanor Oliphant-y. I got it from BOTM as well. 4w
Reviewsbylola 😣😣 this is on my TBR. Luckily I only paid $1 for it. 3w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Lucky you! I wasted a BOTM credit on it! 3w
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Megabooks
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⭐️ Continue 🦆
⭐️ Reread Dreyer‘s?
⭐️ Find our what happened at Chernobyl

🎧 Listen to Miracle Creek while I work on my shelves

📚 Finish tagged
📚 Start my new BOTM Little Women

Have a Merry Christmas 🎄!!
#weeklyforecast

Happy Chanukah my dear @Cinfhen 🕎💜

k.reads.5 Loved Dreyer's English and Miracle Creek, and Ducks and Midnight are on my TBR! Merry Christmas! 4w
Daisey This looks like a fantastic forecast for this week. Enjoy! 4w
Megabooks @k.reads.5 I loved Dreyer‘s too! It‘s so fun. Ducks I‘m taking a piece at a time 😂 merry Christmas to you!! 🎄🎄 4w
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Megabooks @Daisey Thank you!! ❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB You‘re diving into Ducks! Impressive! 4w
OnlyYoo I really want to read Miracle Creek! Lol I really want to read all the top good read thriller books 4w
Megabooks For the past week! I‘m 100 pages in! 👍🏻👍🏻 @BarbaraBB (edited) 4w
Megabooks @OnlyYoo it‘s fantastic. I‘m about a third in and already have all kinds of opinions! 4w
TrishB I enjoyed Miracle Creek and have the Chernobyl one ready for sometime in the new year 👍🏻 4w
Cinfhen Thank you so much, sweet Meg 😘😘Merry Christmas to you and your wonderful parents ❤️💚 4w
Megabooks @TrishB I‘m liking Miracle much more than I thought I would!! I‘ve been on the library list for Chernobyl for forever!! 4w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 🥰🥰🥰 Thank you very much!! ❤️❤️ I hope we both have a wonderful time celebrating with family and friends! 4w
Cinfhen 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼 4w
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

I loved this book in the beginning. Heart strings were being tugged and I was chuckling aloud in places. Then the middle of the book became a slog where the main character clung to a lie and it became increasingly more difficult to be sympathetic and not just frustrated.

Megabooks I‘m in the middle now and totally agree! 1mo
Jas16 @Megabooks I will definitely be interested in you final opinion. 1mo
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Sharpeipup
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@cwarnier @nelehelen @BethM
Must be the day for book mail. Received my book and reading is underway! #lpmbc

cwarnier I am glad it made it safely to you. 1mo
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cwarnier
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Sorry this is going out late but I shipped it off today.
#lmpbc @Sharpeipup

Chrissyreadit Did you get your email for Read in the new year swap? 1mo
cwarnier Yes I did and I responded to it. I have also been in contact with my swap partner.
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Sharpeipup So excited! 1mo
Chrissyreadit Thank you!!! I did not see your response- Litsy will not notify me unless I‘m tagged 😃 1mo
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cwarnier
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Pickpick

#lmpbc #groupA @Sharpeipup @nelehelen @BethM
I hope you all enjoy this book. Tina I will get it sent off as soon as possible. I am going to stuff it with tons of fun bookmarks. What do you like to drink for next month? Coffee, tea, cider?

Sharpeipup I‘ll keep an eye out for it. Tea is my drink of choice. 2mo
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cwarnier
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#lmpbc
Lunch time reading. Should finish the book today.

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cwarnier
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Coffee and a book between church services.
#24B4Monday #lmpbc

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Chelsea.Poole
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Pickpick

Finished this a little over a week ago and I forgot to post. Comparisons to Eleanor Oliphant were spot on for me. I listened to the #audiobook and found the narrator to be a perfect match to the main character. Sad, funny, awkward, and British.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Completely delightful. It was happy, sad, tender and Simon Vance's narration made this terrific to listen to. ☺️

JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, I‘m so happy!! This is one of my BOTMs I haven‘t gotten to yet!!! 2mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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Mehso-so

I liked the overall premise and am glad to get this off my to TBR, but I wouldn't rush to recommend this to anyone. A bit predictable and, by the end, I was annoyed with the frequent references to some secret in the main character's past.This was also a book focused on plot rather than character development - so it lacked some depth. A quick and easy read. ⭐⭐⭐/5

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TheNerdyProfessor
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This book was one of my #BOTM selections earlier in the year. The premise intrigued me but for some reason, it ended up in the middle of my TBR pile. There have been some comparisons between this book and Eleanor Oliphant. I'm about 60 pages in and I can certainly see how this gives off some Eleanor vibes. Hoping this one will pull me out of my recent reading slump.

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Chelsea.Poole
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Book thief! Tried to take a picture of my latest read, but this ornery thing had other plans.

Cinfhen Soooo cute!!!!! Better a book thief than a book shredder!!! My one son just delighted in ripping paper 🥺😬 2mo
marleed He‘s so cute! 2mo
BarbaraBB Too cute 😍😍 2mo
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JennyM Oh my heart. Beautiful ❤️ 2mo
tessavi It's story time 😉 2mo
Sace Precious! 2mo
Texreader Cute beyond words 2mo
Jas16 So adorable! 2mo
Bookzombie So cute! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen My boys have been known to destroy a book or two as well. They've only gotten ahold of their own, thankfully, but we've had talks about respecting books! 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @marleed @BarbaraBB @JennyM thank you all! He's got the personality to match his cute little face too! 🥰 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @tessavi He does love stories! Raising him right! ☺️ 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Sace @Jas16 @Texreader @Bookzombie Thank you all! ♥️ He makes things interesting 😅 (edited) 2mo
Gissy So cute!❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Cinfhen Good job, mama!!!! 2mo
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CassieLovesBooks
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Panpan

I had a hard time getting into this book. The characters did not pull me in and make me love them or hate them. Just meh.

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YouReadMyEyes
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On vacation in the most darling town, #Portsmouth, #NewHampshire, and this is the view from my hotel balcony.

Found a local bookstore and picked up #HowNotToDieAlone because I‘m in the mood for something charming and witty.

Spent the last week with my mom exploring Maine and New Hampshire. Just two California girls who found themselves falling in love with the east coast on this trip. 🦞 🌊 🍁

JanuarieTimewalker13 Beautiful, but chilly, I‘m guessing. 3mo
Nute I like everything about this post! 2mo
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DimeryRene
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There‘s nothing like a Power Point presentation to stamp out green shoots of happiness. 😂

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hes7
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Bookwormjillk Nice! 4mo
Alfoster Pretty pic!❤️ 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🧡🧡🧡 4mo
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marleed Beautiful 4mo
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🧡 4mo
Nute Yes! 4mo
Eggs Great photo! 4mo
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Twainy
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Mehso-so

🎧 this is an odd comedy. The job they have, the lengths he‘ll go to continue an accidental lie, the nerdy pastimes. I laughed. It was a little frustrating because the main character is a little attached to a silly lie but it is worth a listen. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Romancegirl
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This one is my favorite book this year, so far. :) #mbcreadathon #mbcfrogsread12

elyseh Entered! 5mo
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atla
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Mehso-so

Meh. I finished this one, but I‘m not sure why. I was intrigued by the career of the protagonist (searching homes of recently deceased for any evidence of them having a next of kin or anyone who cares enough about them to pay for their funeral) and by his hinted-at (and later explicitly explained) romantic trauma. But the writing was meh - very much telling rather than showing - and I was never emotionally invested.

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Karen.reads
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These are the 4 unread books I have from #bookofthemonth. I have other #BOTM titles on my Kindle but I‘m not counting those. I may try to tackle them in September for a BOTM #readathon. I probably won‘t get through them all but the top 2 should be pretty quick reads.

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hermyknee
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t my favorite. The premise was interesting, but I started skimming quite a bit about 2/3 of the way through.

It had some good moments though.

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hermyknee
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“Peggy sat glumly while Cameron, Keith and Meredith entered the state of drunkenness where one-upmanship masquerades as badinage. There were boasts of drinking sessions, crowbarred accidents about meeting celebrities and, most alienating of all, talk of sexual exploits” (222).

Am I the only one whose never heard or read the word badinage before?!

Side note, this kind of dinner party with acquaintances ☹️🙄🤬

kspenmoll New word for me! 5mo
Caterina I relate to Peggy 😂🤣 5mo
SamanthaMarie Poor Peggy!! It is a new word to me as well!! 5mo
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erinjohns
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Pickpick

What an intriguingly odd, hilarious, surprising, and inventive book. What would you do to continue the memory of someone you can't quite let go of?

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j9brown
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Pickpick

Covers a lot of tropes, but it's so charming that I'm not even mad. #botm

KatieDid927 And you read that one quick! 5mo
j9brown @KatieDid927 it's just really slow at work right now 😝 5mo
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MelissaSue81
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Mehso-so

There was nothing wrong with this book. It just wasn‘t for me. Andrew was kind of a pathetic character and little by little we find out why he is the way that he is, and he gets some redemption, but I thought it was a bit slow and a lot of characters to follow.

booksaremyfavorite Same for me. 5mo
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hermioneshandbag
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The truth was that it had made him see that everyone who died alone had their own version of that chair. Some drama or other, no matter how mundane the rest of their existence was. And the idea that they‘d not have someone there to be with them at the end, to acknowledge that they‘d been a person in the world who‘d suffered and loved and all the rest of it—he just couldn‘t bear the thought of it.

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hermyknee
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This rainy day calls for a book and a nap. Nico knows what‘s up. 🧡
#botm2019 #botm #NicoBlueHound

EDIT: I posted this after waking up and before looking at the news. I‘ve had a really hard time concentrating ever since. My heart and my thoughts are with El Paso & Dayton today.

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AshleyC816
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I really enjoyed this one, a quick read about a man who investigates dead people learning to live his life. A feel good read!

brit91 Cute dog!!😍 6mo
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Rissa1
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Mehso-so

3:45:35 into #24b4monday and book one is done. There was a definite twist that I did not see coming, but the build up felt to slow.

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Booksnchill
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#GetTBR #BookRiot @Liberty Happy Birthday Liberty and wow- Happy Thursday to me to get the perfectly selected box of books from #PrintBookstore curated by Liberty! This service is such a treat every quarter and is very much personalized to reading tastes! ❤️

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Purrfectpages
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Mehso-so

Ok. So on one hand I give this kudos for a somewhat original premise. However, it still was a bit predictable. I also always struggle a bit connecting with Brit Lit (no offense to my English Litten friends!) I see how it could be compared to Eleanor Oliphant though its main character isn‘t nearly as quirky, but instead is just sad. The author blurb stating this story was partly based on a real concept though left me with a good feeling.

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RhianJMartin
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My Book of the Month pick for May was "How Not to Die Alone" by Richard Roper.

I didn't know what I'd think of this read at first, but I am so thrilled I chose it! I've fallen head over heels for this book. It's quirky, funny, sweet, witty, and introspective. At the end of the day, I really just think it's a prime piece of fiction. It reminds me of both the American and British versions of "The Office" in the best way possible! ???

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booksaremyfavorite
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Mehso-so

Definitely not a book I would read again. Andrew is 42 and lives a totally made up life. It‘s about figuring his own life out and what he does along the way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for me

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Purrfectpages
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Finally moving on to a new book!

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Felso
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I love my library!

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Chelleo
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Mehso-so

Doing some #audiocleaning and #audiolaundy as I finish this. Enjoyed the story but the pacing was pretty slow.

Read 2019-07-06 🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Chelleo
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It‘s been so busy on the road these past few days that I haven‘t had much time to read. I just realized I only have 3 days left on this #audiobook hold 😳

LonelyPineReads I just finished this book which was my May Book of the Month club pick. I enjoyed the british humor but it did have a mid book slump. Hilarious though! 6mo
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GerardtheBookworm
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A male version of Eleanor Oliphant. Andrew is an introvert at work who has been lying about having a wife and kids to attain his position as a public health worker. Enter Peggy, a single mom, who gets him out of his shell and finally deal with his family issues. A sweet, romantic comedy with heart.

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ElishaLovesBooks
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This book reminded me a lot of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- in a good way. I‘m pretty much a fan of all things British and loved all the Britishisms (is that a word?) that the main characters displayed. Andrew definitely has some stuff going on in his life that he needs to deal with, but there is also humor and interesting life lessons to be found throughout this books. Definitely an enjoyable and meaningful read.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I hope to get to this one this month!! 7mo
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BlameJennyJane
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Pickpick

I was slow to read this one... took some time to get into it. But the characters are charming, especially when examined by their own merits rather than being widely compared to those in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. I loved that book too, btw... but just because the two main characters are socially awkward and longing for human connection doesn‘t mean they are the male and female versions of the same novel. Enough of that rant! ❤️❤️❤️ #botm

Trashcanman Where's the bourbon? 7mo
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Readswithcoffee
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If you have a soft spot in your heart for books with quirky, awkward characters, you‘ll really enjoy this book!

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JoyBlue
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This was compared to a couple other books, at least one of which I didn't like. I was frustrated with some of Andrew's behaviors, but not so much that I wanted to bail. I liked the relationships between Andrew and the girls and Andrew and his online buds the most. I also liked the event at the end. You'll know it when you get to it. 😉