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My Name Is Lucy Barton
My Name Is Lucy Barton: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A new book by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout is cause for celebration. Her bestselling novels, including Olive Kitteridge and The Burgess Boys,have illuminated our most tender relationships. Now, in My Name Is Lucy Barton, this extraordinary writer shows how a simple hospital visit becomes a portal to the most tender relationship of allthe one between mother and daughter. Lucy Barton is recovering slowly from what should have been a simple operation. Her mother, to whom she hasnt spoken for many years, comes to see her. Gentle gossip about people from Lucys childhood in Amgash, Illinois, seems to reconnect them, but just below the surface lie the tension and longing that have informed every aspect of Lucys life: her escape from her troubled family, her desire to become a writer, her marriage, her love for her two daughters. Knitting this powerful narrative together is the brilliant storytelling voice of Lucy herself: keenly observant, deeply human, and truly unforgettable.Praise for My Name Is Lucy Barton There is not a scintilla of sentimentality in this exquisite novel. Instead, in its careful words and vibrating silences, My Name Is Lucy Barton offers us a rare wealth of emotion, from darkest suffering toI was so happy. Oh, I was happysimple joy.Claire Messud, The New York Times Book Review Spectacular . . . Smart and cagey in every way. It is both a book of withholdings and a book of great openness and wisdom. . . . [Strout] is in supreme and magnificent command of this novel at all times.Lily King, The Washington Post A short novel about love, particularly the complicated love between mothers and daughters, but also simpler, more sudden bonds . . . It evokes these connections in a style so spare, so pure and so profound the book almost seems to be a kind of scripture or sutra, if a very down-to-earth and unpretentious one.Marion Winik, Newsday Potent with distilled emotion. Without a hint of self-pity, Strout captures the ache of loneliness we all feel sometimes.Time An aching, illuminating look at mother-daughter devotion.People A quiet, sublimely merciful contemporary novel about love, yearning, and resilience in a family damaged beyond words.The Boston Globe Sensitive, deceptively simple . . . It is Lucys gentle honesty, complex relationship with her husband, and nuanced response to her mothers shortcomings that make this novel so subtly powerful. . . . [Its] more complex than it first appears, and all the more emotionally persuasive for it.San Francisco Chronicle Strout maps the complex terrain of human relationships by focusing on that which is often unspoken and only implied. . . . Apowerful addition to Strouts body of work.The Seattle Times Impressionistic and haunting . . . [Strout]reminds us of the power of our storiesand our ability to transcend our troubled narratives.Miami Herald Writing of this quality comes from a commitment to listening, from a perfect attunement to the human condition, from an attention to reality so exact that it goes beyond a skill and becomes a virtue.Hilary Mantel Magnificent.Ann PatchettFrom the Hardcover edition.
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Bklover
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Well, I wanted to like this book, but I have to admit my favorite thing about this photo is my sweet MaciGrace, who is laying on top of me under the covers. I just was underwhelmed. I feel somewhat guilty for not loving it, but just didn‘t connect.
#TBRTarot. #bookspin

@BarkingMadRead Maybe it‘s the name. 😏😕😉

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian I was very underwhelmed by this book too! 2mo
Bklover @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian Oh good!! That does make me feel better. Just wasn‘t my thing, I guess. 😉❤️ 2mo
TheEllieMo I was the same, it just didn‘t connect with me at all. 2mo
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ShelleyBooksie Adorable photo 2mo
Sleepswithbooks My heart melted at your sweet girl 🐶🥰 2mo
Soubhiville Lucy is a tough character. She‘s not my favorite either. 2mo
Leftcoastzen Awwww! 2mo
BarkingMadRead 🤣🤣 2mo
CBee This was definitely a slow burn, more of a like not love for me 🤷‍♀️ Glad you finished a couple of challenges though 👏🏻 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
IndoorDame It‘s an especially cute pic of MacieGrace 🥰 2mo
RebelReader Anything is Possible is waaay more enjoyable. I love Strout, but some are just better than others 2mo
Bklover @ShelleyH @Sleepswithbooks @Leftcoastzen @IndoorDame Thanks for the MaciGrace love! She is definitely my punkin!❤️❤️ 2mo
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Bklover
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Well, this never happens! This is my #bookspin for December and it has a blurb starting with “It”. How cool is that?!

#TBRTarot

CBee Wow!! That‘s amazing luck! I enjoyed this book 😊😊 2mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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DisneyFan
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Lovely, just lovely! I adored Olive Kitteridge and now I‘ll be thinking about Lucy for awhile. Looking forward to read sequels.

#bookspinbingo
#litsylovereads

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CBee
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I adore Lucy and her outlook on life. I remember LOVING Olive K, and didn‘t love this quite as much - BUT I know these are two very different characters and I can‘t really compare them. Anyway, I‘ll continue the series for sure - very much invested in Lucy now ♥️

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brushlo
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As a stand alone book i am unsure of how much i would recommend. as part of the two part series - i highly recommend. i loved the olive series so much and this was not that…so took a bit to adjust.

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Graywacke
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“Sarah Payne said, If there is a weakness in your story, address it head-on, take it in your teeth and address it, before the reader really knows. This is where you will get your authority, she said, during one of those classes when her face was filled with fatigue from teaching.”

I adored Lucy Barton and her Pearl Tull mannerisms, her juxtapositions, and hospital-bed views. A wonderful lead-up to Oh William! for the #Booker2022 longlist.

Graywacke Pearl Tull is Anne Tyler‘s main narrator in 4mo
Graywacke For what it‘s worth, I really didn‘t like Olive Kitteridge and have avoided Strout since. So it was an especially welcoming surprise to find myself enjoy this so much. 4mo
Deblovestoread I have been curious about the Lucy Barton books as I am not a fan of Olive as well. This gives me the push I needed to try Strout again. Thanks 😊 4mo
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Graywacke @Deblovestoread The free sample on Amazon covers 3 chapters and is quick reading. I used it to see if I really wanted to read the book (I obviously decided yes 🙂) You might try it when you‘re ready. 4mo
BarbaraBB You should also read 4mo
BarbaraBB There‘s a bit of Lucy in there too and it‘s great too. 4mo
Graywacke @BarbaraBB i definitely will! I‘m working my way to Oh William, and with more enthusiasm now. ☺️ 4mo
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Graywacke
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Graywacke
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Started this today. Part of my path to Oh, William! on the #Booker2022 list.

I didn‘t like Olive Kitteridge and I haven‘t read Strout since then, so I was worried I would hate this. I‘m relieved at how much i enjoyed the 1st 25 or so pages.

Ruthiella I also didn‘t love Olive Kitteridge but I loved Lucy Barton. Clearly Strout is hit or miss with me. I also really liked Abide With Me. 4mo
BarbaraBB I love anything Lucy - more than Olive! 4mo
Graywacke @Ruthiella interesting. I‘m glad it‘s not just me. @BarbaraBB noting! I have at least two more for the Booker, and a new one is out. (fwiw: I liked the character Olive, it‘s the book i had issues with) 4mo
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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

This is a hugely popular novel, so I must assume it‘s me and not the book, but I found Lucy an underwhelming narrator.

TrishB I‘m not a fan either. 5mo
TheKidUpstairs I felt so-so about it to. It was a good read, but largely forgettable. 5mo
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Anna40
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I think this novel works so well for me because of the narrator‘s kindness and empathy, because she opens up and shows how vulnerable she is. But also because the character evolves. I loved this book very much. Even though there is no indication of it in the book, I wonder if Lucy imagined her mother‘s visit.

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ClairesReads
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My adoration of Strout continues with this second experience reading her work. Lucy Barton engaged me in many of the same ways Olive Kitteridge did. The writing here is measured, and pitch perfect, the observations of human nature and the human psyche incisive and nuanced. Here, I felt Strout dug into complex familial relationships in a different way than she does with Olive, but in a way that is equally captivating. I was delighted with this read

BarbaraBB I love Lucy Barton! You‘re in for a treat with the rest of the series! 5mo
ClairesReads @BarbaraBB can‘t wait! 5mo
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Addison_Reads
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I really loved this short book centered around Lucy. Books that are character driven are often some of my favorites and there was a lot with Lucy I could connect with, especially the relationship with her mother. 😕

I'm looking forward to reading the other books with these characters.

jlhammar I love this Amgash series so much. So glad this worked for you! 6mo
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mjtwo
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31 Jul 22 (audiobook)
My initial reaction to this was quite lukewarm. I decided to listen to it in preparation for Oh William, which is on this year‘s Booker longlist. I found the stories frustrating - most seemed to be only half-told or a bit dubious. I did not understand Lucy‘s relationship with her mother. Or why the writer constantly repeated this was not the story of her marriage.
Now listening to Anything is Possible and finally understand.

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rmaclean4
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Read this in one sitting. She has such an ease in her writing. I am looking forward to the next 2 books in this series. 4.5 🌟

jlhammar I love this series. Can‘t wait for the fourth this Fall. 6mo
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Christine
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I believe this was my first Strout, and I remember thinking it was just okay. I‘ve read her lots since and love her now, so I‘ve wanted to reread this before reading Oh William! As suspected, I liked this a lot more the second time around. (And now I must check out the audio production of the play with Laura Linney!) An unintentionally well-timed reread bc of the complexity of mother/daughter relationships that comes up for many today.

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Thank you for this book, Barbara. You know how much I love character-driven novels, and this was an excellent one!

Lucy is sick and in the hospital for weeks in NYC. Despite their issues, her mother comes to stay for a few days, and they finally connect as adults over stories of people in Lucy‘s rural hometown. There are strong themes of martial difficulty in both women‘s lives and in the stories her mother shares. Enthusiastic pick!

BarbaraBB Just commented on this on your instagram. Happy it was a pick for you 🤍😘 (edited) 10mo
jlhammar Loved this one and her other Amgash novels, Anything is Possible and Oh William! I think we may be getting a fourth in September - Lucy by the Sea. 10mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!!! @jlhammar I‘m still MOST in love with Olive but I‘ve come to appreciate Lucy‘s journey as well!!! Elizabeth Strout is an auto-buy author for sure!!!! 10mo
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sarahbarnes I need to read something by her soon! 10mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😘😘 10mo
Megabooks @jlhammar I definitely want to continue! I can‘t believe I‘d never read her @Cinfhen 10mo
Megabooks @sarahbarnes yes definitely! I‘m so glad I finally did 👍🏻 (edited) 10mo
BarbaraBB @jlhammar That is good news. I love Lucy! 10mo
Cinfhen YOU MUST listen to the audio for 10mo
Cinfhen BOTH were 5 stars 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think I actually have it on audible. Maybe when I start reading my own books instead of the library‘s. 😜 10mo
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LeslieO
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 10mo
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LeslieO
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Here we go! Hoping to read more than last month. So many I want to get to on this board. #BookSpinBingo

KellyK I ❤️ Lucy Barton - Oh William is on my TBR. (edited) 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks great!!! 12mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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This novel is a deep dive into the details and nuances of the normal lives and the attempt to just be okay. Lucy Barton is everyone who has faced difficulties and searched for the kindness that eluded them in childhood. I loved it! ❤️

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Erinreadsthebooks
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Just some more Elizabeth Strout magic 🤩

Soubhiville Yes! Great quote! 13mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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I just don‘t think there‘s a more talented writer out there than Elizabeth Strout. I‘m looking forward to diving into her backlist. She‘s the bees knees! 🤓🤗

marleed That‘s a great paragraph! 13mo
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squirrelbrain
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I started to read ‘Oh, William!‘, from the #ToBlonglist, and it kept referring to a previous novel (the MC, Lucy Barton, is an author) so I decided to read this one first. Luckily it was immediately available on Libby, and I read it in a day.

I love Strout‘s writing, it‘s all the little nuances and feelings that she notices, describes and brings to life. Looking forward to ‘Oh, William!‘

Ruthiella I loved this book. My favorite Strout. 14mo
BarbaraBB Mine too @Ruthiella 14mo
Caroline2 I‘ve had this in my shelf for agesssss. Sounds like I need to move it up the pile. 👍 14mo
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violabrain
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Exactly what I needed after inadvertently reading a string of books with misogynistic men as the main characters.

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Brimful
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Loved this novel about the messiness of life the imperfections of love and the persistence of trauma. Highly recommended!

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Brimful
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I have said before: it interests me how we find ways to feel superior to another person, another group of people. It happens everywhere and all the time. Whatever we call it, I think it is the lowest part of who we are, this need to find someone else to put down.

BkClubCare Love Strout 1y
Brimful Me too! 1y
BarbaraBB A favorite of mine! 1y
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Soubhiville
My Name is Lucy Barton | Elizabeth Strout
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What is it I love so much about Elizabeth Strout‘s writing? It‘s hard to name. I think it‘s the simple truths she sees in every character. With very few words she gets to the heart of each situation, leaving my heart feeling stripped.

I liked this very much, as I did Olive Kitteridge, and I‘ll read her other books at some point I‘m sure.

AmyG Olive is such a great character. 1y
Lesliereads Each time I read a book by Elizabeth Strout, I feel personally gifted by the emotional truth in her character portrayals. 💕 1y
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5⭐️ || I‘m not sure why people are either Team Lucy (this book‘s main character) or Team Olive (Olive Kitteridge) because I love them both. This is tender and reflective. I‘m looking forward to her new book out this fall... Oh, William!

BarbaraBB I loved them both too though if I have to choose, I choose Lucy 🤍 1y
Kristin_Reads @BarbaraBB I completely get it! 1y
Christine I want to go back and read this one again! I think I rushed through it and would appreciate more upon reread. LOVE both Olive books. 1y
Kristin_Reads @Christine Agreed! I love the Olive books too! 1y
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TheLudicReader
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...”we all only have one story” says Lucy Barton and hers, a story of poverty and abuse and love and family, is quiet but compelling. #bookspin #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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amyf0x
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Lucy recalls various moments growing up in poverty, weaving them together with her long stint in the hospital when her mother came to visit.

Read December 23-26
Rated 3/5 ⭐️
Book 57/60

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BookBosomed1
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This book was beautiful. It‘s simplistic, yet skillfully executed, focus on the rawness of human emotions kept calling me to it. If you need a book that honors the complex authenticity of feelings but does so it a way that is accessible, read this book.

BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 2y
BookBosomed1 @BarbaraBB I think I finished it in an afternoon. I devoured it. 2y
BarbaraBB I loved more of Strout‘s books but none as much as this one! Did you know Lucy reappears in 2y
BookBosomed1 I didn‘t! I haven‘t read that book. Going on the TBR 2y
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marleed
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So last night my IRL bookclub via Zoom met to discuss Olive Again. I read it a few months back but finished the tagged yesterday. A woman was talking about the author‘s life, and I‘m like, wait, hold up... you‘re telling the exact fiction story I just finished today! So, I guess the author draws from her own life for this one!

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Smarkies
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A novella of a woman who has led an impoverished childhood and how that has influenced her present day life. It interchanges between her past and her present fluidly. Beautifully written. I listened to this on audio and the narration was lovely. I think I appreciated it more as an audiobook.

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TheLudicReader
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If you‘re ever in Nova Scotia, a visit to Lunenburg is a must. It‘s a feast for the eyes. #summer2020
Scored the tagged book in a second-hand book store there.

MsMelissa I love Nova Scotia. My SIL used to live in Chester (she‘s in NB now), so I can‘t believe we never made it to Lunenburg when we visited! It looks so pretty. 3y
TheLudicReader I‘d never been to Lunenburg either, @Book_Fiend_Melissa . It really is a stunning spot. Where in NB is your SIL? I am in Saint John. 3y
MsMelissa She‘s in Fredericton now, which is where my husband is from 😊 3y
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Not sure what the point was here. Lucy is in the hospital and visited by her estranged mother, yet they talk about nothing significant, even though there‘s clearly a history of some kind of abuse. The book jumps between these pointless conversations in the present to past events in Lucy‘s life, but I was left with more questions than answers. Maybe I‘m dense, but I didn‘t get it!
#popsugar2020 - book that passes the Bechdel test

Tracyantoon Same here. What was the point? I thought I was the only one that didn‘t like this one! Glad to have company 😀 3y
OriginalCyn620 Oh, good @Tracyantoon! I thought I was the only one too! 3y
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Mitch
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Now might be a good time to explore audio...?
Some good recommendations here..

https://bookmarks.reviews/audiofiles-best-audiobooks-of-march/

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OriginalCyn620
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This works doubly well for today‘s prompt as it has the word ‘name‘ as well as a person‘s #nameinthetitle! It‘s also on my tbr for this month.
#magnificentmarch
🍀💚🍀💚🍀💚

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Bojo2006
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Elizabeth Strout is a great author...I love her choice of words and her style that seems both effortless and deep. This book is a quick read that tells Lucy‘s life story in a most efficient and compelling way. By sharing snippets (but the most important snippets) of Lucy‘s life, Elizabeth Strout communicates the essence of who Lucy is. It‘s fascinating how quickly yet thoroughly she paints a picture of Lucy Barton.

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Annashep
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My current book group read (the cactus) and my next TBR pile read 😊😊😊😊😊📚📚📚📚 excited!!

ljuliel I‘ve read the first and really liked it. I‘ve heard lots of good things about the second one. Looks like you have some good reading ahead. 3y
Annashep Enjoying so far 😊😊😊 3y
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Very personable writing style, but seemed ever so consciously self important. The character takes the sum of her life far too seriously - wouldn‘t you think there would be at least a whiff of humor or irony in a life reflection? “My name is Lucy and this is my pitiable story.” Oh, she also says “mommy” way too much.

I did really like Olive Kitteridge, so I won‘t give up on Strout.

The narrator‘s diction was incredible!

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Margot0817
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Perhaps this is a style of writing some can appreciate but by page 60 I was bored to tears.

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OriginalCyn620
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Many books would fit this prompt so I chose one at random!
#beenonyourtbrtoolong
#gratefulreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to read this one too!! 3y
BarbaraBB It‘s so good, crack it open 😀 3y
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mcctrish
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I‘m saying this is a pick for a few reasons: it‘s my first ever finished audio book #yayme , I liked the readers voice and it was too long so I got it done before it was due back. Not the highest praise I know. It was odd at times. If you like Glass Castles or Educated, this has a similar vibe. I liked that it panned back and forth in time and it talked about her writing process ( a bit) but there were odd parts for me.

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Simona
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- March 1, 2016.
- I heard @Liberty talking about Litsy in All the Books.
- More.
- Literary fiction.
- @squibblesreads was my first commentator and @joe_hill was the first person that I fallowed.

Thank you @BarbaraTheBibliophage for tag 😘
#wondrousWednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for playing 💕📚👏🏻 3y
Simona @eggs Thank you for creating this, it was fun scrolling through my feed 😘 3y
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mcctrish
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Audio driving to pick up my son, best thing I‘ve even done

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Court7
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Short but sweet. :)

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Curvybookgirl
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Panpan

Struggled with this one too sadly. Maybe it‘s just me

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Lynnsoprano
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Thanks for the tag, @Crazeedi 😘
1. The tagged book. It‘s on my shelf, but I keep choosing something else.
2. A Discovery of Witches. I‘m obsessed with that series.
3. Too many to count😄
4. Prague Winter. Excellent.
5. @LauraBeth @RamsFan1963 @keithmalek @AmyG
#wondrouswednesday

LauraBeth I still have A Discovery of Witches on my TBR! I remember buying the first book when it came out. That's been a while, hasn't it? 😂 3y
Crazeedi 😊❤ 3y
Eggs Thanks for playing 👏🏻🤗🌺 3y
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