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Under the Whispering Door
Under the Whispering Door | Tj Klune
Under the Whispering Door is a contemporary fantasy with TJ Klune's signature quirk and charm (PW) about a ghost who refuses to cross over and the ferryman he falls in love with When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takes him to a small village. On the outskirts, off the path through the woods, tucked between mountains, is a particular tea shop, run by a man named Hugo. Hugo is the tea shop's owner to locals and the ferryman to souls who need to cross over. But Wallace isnt ready to abandon the life he barely lived. With Hugos help he finally starts to learn about all the things he missed in life. When the Manager, a curious and powerful being, arrives at the tea shop and gives Wallace one week to cross over, Wallace sets about living a lifetime in seven days. By turns heartwarming and heartbreaking, this absorbing tale of grief and hope is told with TJ Klune's signature warmth, humor, and extraordinary empathy. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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monkeygirlsmama
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🤣🤣🤣Oh my god, Nelson [chapter 4] is frigging HILARIOUS! #currentlyreading #audiobook

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kilogolf
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Very cute and easy to read. TJ Klune does it again!

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DinoMom
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This author cracks open my heart every time!! I just finished listening to this one and just spent the last 10 mins sobbing in the mall parking lot ….lol

Something about their books that just works so well in audio format! Moving on to “The lightning struck heart” now…. Let‘s see if this next one also makes me ugly cry in parking lots 😂

peanutnine I think the Lightning Struck Heart is more likely to make you giggle in parking lots lol 6mo
DinoMom @peanutnine yes it is …. Not what I was expecting but am loving it! 6mo
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ElizaMarie
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Bailedbailed

I really couldn't get into this one. I got about 25ish% done but... I just couldn't it didn't “grip“ me. I have heard really good things to, so maybe it was one of those “high hopes“ more than I had expected you know? Oh well, not all books are for everyone.

#DNF

catiewithac Bummer. But, goodbye, next!!!! 7mo
TheBookHippie The other night I did four books in a row 50 pages each allll nope 🤣😅🤦🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 7mo
ElizaMarie @TheBookHippie ooo wow! I felt like I was on a roll of #DNF as well! I am so much happier now that I know I can #DNF books (a few years ago, I would have never!) 7mo
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TheBookHippie @ElizaMarie I agree so liberating! 7mo
Read4life My husband enjoyed this one and I #DNF ‘d it. I hope you‘re on the mend. 7mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 💙❄️💙 7mo
Deblovestoread You‘re not alone! I bailed on this one, too. ❤️💚❤️ 7mo
MommyOfTwo CBBC will be on its way tomorrow. I have been sick so wasn‘t able to get it out on time.😢 7mo
ElizaMarie @MommyOfTwo it‘s okay :) @BethM I haven‘t been able to send yours out yet. With the broken leg I have to wait for my husband to send it for me. 7mo
BethM Oh no I missed that! How did that happen?! Sending you all the healing. Also that pic is perfect for Monday nights game 🤦‍♀️ 7mo
ElizaMarie @BethM I got dizzy and fell in the bathroom on Nov 30th. The orthopedic surgeon says no surgery now, but there is break on my Fibula, Ankle (with a piece that broke off) and the top of my foot. I am non-weight baring right now which makes it difficult to get my stuff done. Just the little things. I had my mom send your package today (she came to stay for a week), but I have to admit it's very lack-luster, I am sorry. And yes (about the game) - grr (edited) 7mo
BethM Oh my gosh! Don‘t worry about the package- just rest and heal! 7mo
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ElizaMarie
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I found this on Libby. I‘ve heard good things. Hopefully it will be a good a distraction. (I need to get lost in a book)

TheBookHippie I hope you‘re healing well!!! 🤍🤍🤍 7mo
GondorGirl It looks like you have a good pupper nurse. ❤️‍🩹 7mo
TheBookgeekFrau Sending healing vibes! 💕 7mo
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dabbe What an adorable pup! Hope you're mending ... thinking of you. 💙❄️💙 7mo
ElizaMarie @dabbe no surgery needed but I am to keep off it for the next month (then more X-rays to see if it heeling well) 7mo
ElizaMarie @dabbe thank you for your continued kindness 7mo
dabbe @ElizaMarie 💙❄️💙 7mo
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MicrobeMom
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#ProfStaceyTBR Fable Bookclub is starting this one today and reading over the next 4 week. Download the fable app and use the link below to join us!

https://fable.co/club/prof-staceys-tbr-book-club-with-stacey-lettini-33812063356...

#buddyread #bookclub

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I guess I need to retire the Halloween book sleeve!

“If we worry about the little things all the time, we run the risk of missing the bigger things.”

📚✨🌟

MidnightBookGirl Never retire the Halloween sleeve! 8mo
vlwelser It definitely seems to have fall vibes. 8mo
Captivatedbybooks 😮 that book sleeve 8mo
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BookMaven9
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️unpopular opinion coming. I love this author but this one just wasn‘t for me. It‘s not a bad book! I wasn‘t the audience for it. Too many platitudes and too easy and quick redemption arc.

DimeryRene I felt the same. Really didn‘t like this one. 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I‘m so excited to start this one!! You should join @MicrobeMom ‘s bookclub on fable to discuss with us!! 💫✨

Check out Prof. Stacey‘s TBR Book Club on Fable! We‘re reading Under the Whispering Door. Join us!
https://fable.co/club/prof-staceys-tbr-book-club-with-stacey-lettini-33812063356...

IndoorDame I loved this one! Enjoy! 8mo
MicrobeMom Yay! Can‘t wait. 8mo
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MicrobeMom
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The tagged book is the next read for Prof. Stacey‘s TBR Fable Bookclub. We begin reading Nov. 6th. If you would like to join us download the Fable app and use the link below.

https://fable.co/club/prof-staceys-tbr-book-club-with-stacey-lettini-33812063356...

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BookmarkTavern
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dabbe 🧡🎃🧡 9mo
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451Degrees
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Death positive and LGBTQ+ centered novel with exponential main character growth. Wallace finds himself at his own funeral only to be brought to a tea shop in the middle of nowhere to come to terms with dying and find his purpose in death. Book was a little slow moving in parts but definitely gives the warm and fuzzies now that we‘re going into fall.

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Kaylamburson
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Pickpick

Truly phenomenal and my favorite book of the year by far! It makes you think a little more deeply about life and death, and the characters are so well developed. I experienced every emotion while reading it. If you liked A Man Called Ove and The Midnight Library, I think you would love this one, too.

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Silverneurotic
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Pickpick

This was near perfection. This will be my go to rec for anyone who is grieving.

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CollapsingLibrary
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Pickpick

I always seem to read TJ Klune books when depressed and they always just add more sunshine to my world. I love the romance in this book and I don‘t like romance stories. I love the creativity, the deeper messages on life and death and meaning in all this insanity. Just *chefs kiss*

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Silverneurotic
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“If we worry about the little things all the time,we run the risk of missing the bigger things.”
TJ Kline
Under the Whispering Door

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LadyCait84
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Another heartstring-pulling, found family tale from TJ Klune. While I didn‘t love it with the intense ferocity with which I loved House in the Cerulean Sea, I still enjoyed the slightly irreverent tone & the quirky, charming cast of characters which made it feel familiar. Death & grief & the great, unknowable beyond are complicated topics to broach. That this book hits upon them with such undeniable warmth is enough to make it a pick for me.

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Elizabeth2
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Pickpick

I sobbed for the last 40 minutes of reading this book. I can‘t say enough about it. It‘s a journey of grief, of new beginnings, of discovering the meaning of living, written in a beautiful way, that is also funny and so very heartwarming. The Barnes & Noble special edition, with painted ends, is beautiful to boot. I have a book hangover now. ❤️💔

This is the second TJ Klune book I‘ve read, and he‘s become a must read author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ❤️📚

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SpeculativeFemale
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Wow. I stayed up late finishing this tonight because I just could not stop. And did I ever cry! I haven't cried this much over a book in a while.

To be entirely honest, there was one slower part in the book that got almost too philosophical for me, but it passed, and the story really, really pulled through in the end! Just beautiful!

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Elizabeth2
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This might be my favorite spot in the house we are renting in the mountains. It is so peaceful. (Although we‘ve seen a bear twice so, I remain vigilant.)

I am really enjoying this book, so far. ❤️📚

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 😍 I‘ve got to get to this one!! 12mo
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Elizabeth2
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Starting this one on a mountain lake vacation. ❤️📚 It‘s a special edition, with painted sides. So pretty!

Cupcake12 That is really pretty. Enjoy x 12mo
kspenmoll Love the sides! Enjoy your vacation! 12mo
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BehindthePages
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Mehso-so

This does a good job showing the beauty of living a fulfilling life. And while there aren‘t many jokes woven into the tale, Apollo the ghost dog is sure to make a few readers laugh. This is for those who are looking for a lighter read about life after death, and quirky characters who try to do their best to help people cross over.

Review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/under-the-whispering-door-by-tj-klune-book-r...

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SpeculativeFemale
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So, I was supposed to be on a book buying “pause“ because my TBR is getting a little out of hand.... but I just couldn't resist picking this one up! I keep hearing such good things and it sounds right up my alley!

ShyBookOwl I bought this one recently, too! Haven't read it yet, though 13mo
DebinHawaii I recently read it and loved it! 💙 13mo
TheLudicReader Well, a book buying pause isn‘t like a book buying ban, right? You can always unpause. Lol. 13mo
peanutnine This book is lovely. Hope you enjoy 💗 13mo
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RaeLovesToRead
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Went to see TJ Klune at the Manchester Library. It was such a great evening! He had so much to talk to us about, and was an absolute sweetheart 💕

Bought a couple of books from the Queer Lit stall (they were the hosts), but these were the ones I got signed 😊🌈

Now I'm even more excited to dive into his other books!

Lizpixie So jealous! We don‘t get many authors touring in Australia, we‘re too far away for most to bother. Those that do only do major cities & us outer suburbs are left out. Only one I‘ve seen(that‘s not aussie themselves)is Karin Slaughter who came to Picton Library a few years ago, still don‘t know how they got her there🤷🏻‍♀️I have a few signed T.J.Klune books from Waterstones but none personally signed, lucky you. 14mo
Lizpixie You also seem like my kind of collector. It‘s like Pokémon right? Gotta catch all the pretty editions!! 14mo
Branwen So awesome! 🥰📚💕 14mo
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IuliaC Wonderful! 14mo
RaeLovesToRead @Lizpixie There seem to be a lot of awesome authors on tour in the UK this year! 😊 And I am definitely cultivating a Pokemon attitude to book-gathering 😁 In fact, I'm just about to post some more of my acquisitions 💕 13mo
RaeLovesToRead @Branwen @IuliaC He was so nice! 😊😁 13mo
Megabooks Very cool! 13mo
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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Pickpick

Oh my, how sweet of an embrace this honest book has been for a second time. I felt a pull towards one of the fictional homes that won my heart not so long ago & concurred to the whim immediately. My soul needed the safety & relief of the poignant storytelling within. It was cleansing & sweet. I laughed. I cried. I found pieces of myself scattered & constructed into impossibly tangible sentences. Beautiful in every way. I am now an honoured guest.

RobES Your review is so beautiful! 14mo
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @RobES Aw, thank you so much 💜. 14mo
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Tea_and_Starstuff
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I loved Klune's first book, and enjoyed this one less. The character development of the main character felt rushed. But, that aside, I still had a good time reading! All the supporting characters were lovely, the world was fun, and it had moments of catharsis. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, emotional read (strong themes of grief/death) with a soft landing.

TheBookKeepers I enjoyed this one too, but agree it isn‘t my favorite of his. But I‘ll try anything he writes bc his characters are so adorable 🥰 14mo
Tea_and_Starstuff @TheBookKeepers - agreed! I love the authorial voice and the style and the general tone of his books. I've got In the Lives of Puppets on a library hold and it'll be interesting to see how it stacks up! 14mo
TheBookKeepers Same!!! I‘m waiting for my audio hold & think it‘ll come in soon 💃 14mo
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Booksandtea23

“It comes from the Earth Huego said quietly. Energy, life death all of it. We rise and we fall and then we rise once more. We‘re all on different paths. But death doesn‘t discriminate it comes for everyone. It‘s what you do with it that sets you apart.”

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Booksandtea23

“The first time you share tea you are a stranger. The second time you share tea you are an honored guest. The third time you share tea you become family.”

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Booksandtea23

“If we worry about the little things all the time we run the risk of missing the bigger things.”

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JennO1
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Perfect book to break my reading slump. My friends either loved it or hated it. I was on the love side. Death, whimsy and love.

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Team love! 😍 Also, cute puppy! (edited) 1y
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Toasty_Applejack
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If we worry about the little things all the time, we run the risk of missing the bigger things. -Mai

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K.M.-Forester
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“Patricia was crying.” #firstlinefridays
I‘m reading several books all at once and just started this one. I‘ve been wanting to read it forever and now I finally am thanks to my coworker 🥰

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Weisubei
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Pickpick

I have to say this book paints a pretty picture of death. A better life after death, the door that doesn't discriminate anyone, a second chance at being a better being.

A lot of reflective speeches between character, although I have to say that there's quite inactivity between chapters it certainly pays off in the end.

An emotional roller coaster. A pick for me. 3.9 ⭐

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Weisubei
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Emotional roller coaster 🎢🎢

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Karisimo
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Bailedbailed

Get ready for an #unpopularopinion ! I gave it a good shot (got to 38%). But after several chapters of nothing happening-just lots of reflective conversation- I was bored and let myself quit! Anyone else feel this way? Someone help me understand the popularity of this one!

Weisubei I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. I just finished the book, took some time for me, not much happening. I think the book started really good around 5 or 6 chapters toward the end. 1y
Read4life It was a DNF for me, too. 1y
bthegood I bailed on this also - I just could not get invested in it - you are not alone 🙂 (edited) 1y
BookMaven9 Sadly it just wasn‘t for me. 8mo
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Weisubei
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You're not alive, Wallace. But you still exist. I don't think you realized that until today.

This quote resonates deep within me.

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Gryffleclaw95
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I absolutely adored “The House in the Cerulean Sea”, so I had high hopes for Klune‘s “Under the Whispering Door”. This was definitely a heavier read in terms of content matter, however Klune did a beautiful job with his writing and exploring the concept of death. Overall, I loved the characters, story, and the witty humor was spot on.

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encinarus
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I'm not crying. You're crying.

This book has a different take on purgatory than I've seen. Very grounded. If you take away the trappings of the world, can you be a better person? Can you grow? Imagine if scrooge died and the ghosts only visited him afterwards. It's kind of like that, with lovable characters all around. In a way, it's also a lot like the house in the cerulean sea, only it's more emotional. At least it was for me.

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ju.ca.no
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Starting a new book tonight! This is my second book by Klune and I hope I will love it as much as I enjoyed the House in the Cerulean sea!

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BookmarkTavern
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Happy #ManicMonday on a Tuesday! 💖

📗 Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune
🖋️ Luis Alberto Urrea
🎥 Up
📺 The Umbrella Academy
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🎶 Unstoppable by The Score

#LetterU @CBee

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StellarDoc
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Got up to get a cup of tea. Came back to #Loki occupying my book. #BratPrincessOfAsgard #CatsOfLitsy

RaeLovesToRead Is Loki's book now! 😸 2y
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TamTracy
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What a way to end the year. This is an amazing story and it seems I‘ll read anything written by this author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Booksblanketsandahotbeverage
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I hope everyone has a happy new year‘s eve tonight! These are my plans - new library book and some Netflix.

I‘m weird, so I started reading the epilogue first… just to, you know, check on everyone. Anyone else do that, or is it just me? I can already tell it‘s going to be good. Thanks to @CBee for the rec! ❤️

CBee Looks like a perfect night to me! 😊 Enjoy the book ♥️ 2y
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage @CBee Thank you! I am ❤️ 2y
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage @CBee It was so good! I stayed up all night reading it.. so worth it.. Happy New Year! 🎆 2y
CBee @BookHoarder32 wow, awesome! I‘m so glad you loved it 😊 I love recommending books and even better when people love them as much as I do!! 2y
Booksblanketsandahotbeverage @CBee I totally understand that ❤️ Thanks! It started my reading year off right 2y
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gossamerchild
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Pickpick

There's not much I can say about this book that hasn't already been said. Beautiful, heartbreaking, and wonderful. Loved it.

#12Booksof2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Still need to read this! 2y
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CBee
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February favorite! I still think about this one! #12BooksOf2022 @Andrew65

Andrew65 I still need to read this! 2y
Librariana I'm with @Andrew65! I still need to read this and will likely add it to my #Roll100 list 😁😊 So glad to read it was your fave and that you're still thinking about it ☺️💜 2y
CBee @Librariana you must! It‘ll warm your heart ♥️ 2y
peanutnine Loved this one! 2y
CBee @peanutnine dude knows how to write a feel good book about death of all things - it was just amazing. 2y
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Mehso-so

TJ Klune uses bathos humor to create a unique story from the perspective of the afterlife about the importance of self-reflection, love, and living life the best you can.

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Roary47
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5✨ Wallace finds himself at his own funeral when a reaper named Mei comes to bring him to a tea shop to meet Hugo. He denies for a long time that he is dead, but is not ready to move on from the life he barely lived. The afterlife dynamic in this book is different than others. Klune brings the characters to life in his writing. I will definitely be reading more from this author. I‘ve loved everything I‘ve read so far.

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kellyann28
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Got to meet TJ Klune today at Yallfest! He is just as nice as you'd imagine!!

BookDragonNotWorm 🤯 I'm so jealous!!! 2y
kellyann28 @BookDragonNotWorm He was SO nice! I made him laugh so I feel accomplished 2y
peaKnit I love his shirt! What a great meet up. (edited) 2y
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Bookish_Viking I think I might have seen you, I saw that shirt. Fierce Friday at the Museum? Ayana Grey or Victoria Aveyard? 2y
kellyann28 @Bookish_Viking yes I was at Fierce Friday!! We got in a tad late because we were in Klune's line haha 2y
Bookish_Viking I remember seeing your shirt because I was trying to figure out if it was the Night Court from ACOTAR. Ill probably see you again today lol. I walked right past you. 2y
kellyann28 @Bookish_Viking it's not officially ACOTAR but has those ✨️vibes✨️ 😂. I'll be at a few panels and walking around today in a white tshirt that says Lost Souls Book Club so say hi if you see me!! 2y
Bookish_Viking I'll be out and about in a Valknut shirt, symbol of Odin....if you see something Vikingish it's me...I'm actually heading towards the 9:30 Alex Aster thing at the museum here in a minute. My biggest thing I'm looking forward to is Jennifer Lynn Barnes. 2y
kellyann28 @Bookish_Viking will do! I was prepared to wait all day in line for VE Schwab but since she isn't going to be there today I'm just going wherever I land 😂 2y
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IndoorDame
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Tj Klune is masterful! I tried this on audio and hated the narrator, but I own a kindle copy and once I switched to that version I was immediately entranced. It‘s nothing like The House in the Cerulean Sea, and yet they were so clearly written by the same person, and they share a characteristic warmth and charm.

Roary47 Yay! This is on my list this month. I‘m excited! 2y
IndoorDame @Roary47 awesome! Enjoy!!! 2y
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