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Under the Whispering Door
Under the Whispering Door | Tj Klune
182 posts | 102 read | 5 reading | 88 to read
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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Kenyazero
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On my way to visit extended family In Minnesota for a family reunion! #FlightBook #LGBTQ

GondorGirl Fair warning, I ugly cried they the last few chapters of this one! A five star read, for sure, but don't read the end right before your reunion! 😅 5h
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DimeryRene
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Mehso-so

A little too hopeful and happy for me. A fairy tale basically, but for the subject matter I would have liked it to be more realistic. I can see why people love it, especially in this climate of awful news every day. *photo from hike up Mt Helena where I was listening to the audio.

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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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Easily the best novel to come out of 2021! A mesmerising, swoon-worthy & winsome tale of life and death & everything in between. Heart-warming & heart breaking in equal measure. Such a tender, romantic & profound prose, leaving one questioning the meaning of life. Unforgettable characters and a beautiful love story, full of ghosts, reapers and peppermint tea. My imagination ran wild with the most exquisite descriptions. I ♡ Charon's Crossing!

LiteraryinLawrence Beautiful review! I liked this one, but not as much as it sounds like you liked it. 😋 Cerulean Sea still has my heart! 6d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @LiteraryinLawrence Aww, thank you 🥰. I love The House in the Cerulean Sea too! Klune's books always carve themselves a special place in my heart ❤️. I simply can't chose my favourite between them. They're both such beautiful stories! Cerulean Sea was my first introduction to Klune and I've even obsessed ever since! I'm slowly devouring all of his books 😍 Xx 5d
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
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"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."

~ Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune.

I will carry this book with me always ♡ Xx

Soubhiville Yes! I love this one so much! 6d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Soubhiville One of my all time favourite books! 🥰 I'm planning a re-read soon Xx 6d
Sparklemn That's beautiful. On my wishlist. 5d
TheIntrovertedDodoBird @Sparklemn Honestly, Under the Whispering Door is a beautiful story 😍. Every page is perfection. I hope you enjoy it ❤️. Happy reading. Klune, also, has an array of amazing books that might take your fancy if you love this one! 😊 Xx 5d
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kimmypete1
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Under the Whispering Door is wonderful. It didn‘t give me the same happy vibes as The House in the Cerulean Sea, but it was beautifully written and brought out lots of feels.

rachelm I had the same thoughts exactly! I love TJ Klune 1w
tracey38 Same thoughts and feelings, too! 1w
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Leniverse
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Question: Is "Under the Whispering Door" as child friendly as The House in the Cerulean Sea? My pre-teen just finished the latter and liked it so much he was upset that it ended. He was even grudgingly ok with the kissing (minimal as it was).? It was like that kid in The Princess Bride when he decides they might have earned it.
And yes, I can read it before him, or with him, but he'll pounce on it the moment I buy it so I'd like to be forewarned.

wanderinglynn Under is about death, in particular what happens after one dies. It deals with tough concepts like suicide and trauma. Its beautifully written and deals with the subject as carefully as one can. So I think it really depends on the reader. I personally might not let a pre-teen read it. Then again, I read some books like this when I was that age. So 🤷🏼‍♀️ Not knowing your child, I‘d recommend you read it first and decide. 2w
Leniverse @wanderinglynn Thanks. Those topics might not be the best for him just yet. I might delay getting that book for another year or so. 2w
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DimeryRene
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*Google image from a search of the title. ~ I‘ve just started and the audio book is about 15 hours. Entertaining so far, but not absolutely hooked.

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ncsufoxes
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I just love TJ Klune so much, his writing is so beautiful. I, like many, am terrified of death & I was a little apprehensive about reading this book. I‘ve experienced a lot of death in my life. During my undergrad degree I did a clinical internship in Child Life. I spent about 9-10 months at Duke Children‘s Hospital for my training. I loved my experience but oh it was so hard too knowing when you go back in kids you saw the day before might have

ncsufoxes passed. I‘m happy I had the experience but it has never been a formal job for me. I think after becoming a mom it also became harder to be in a field that was so gut wrenching. This book though gives some comfort, solace, & speculation as to what lies beyond. It‘s definitely not an easy book & discusses many difficult subjects. It is worth it though if you are able to deal with such matters (there is also a warning at the beginning). #bookspin 3w
TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 3w
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ncsufoxes
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My June #bookspinbingo board. Happy that summer is almost here & lots of good things to read. We leave for Boston in 2 weeks & I‘m still sorting through which books I can bring with me. Packing has made me realize that I have a lot of books to read (although have discovered ones I forgot I had). Excited to hopefully make it through more books now that grad school is done.

Bookwormjillk Are you moving or visiting? 1mo
ncsufoxes @Bookwormjillk moving, for my husband‘s job. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck with the move!! 1mo
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Bookwormjillk @ncsufoxes good luck! I grew up near there and still miss it! 1mo
ncsufoxes @Bookwormjillk thank you. We‘re from the east coast (I grew up in NJ), so we‘re excited to be moving back. We moved from NC to CA for my husband to do his post-doc. It‘s going to be a big adjustment though after 11 years in San Diego. It was the perfect time to move, especially since our oldest is going to Va Tech this fall. 1mo
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Anya91
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Never finished this so decided to start over and give it a re-listen #fridayreads #ya #summerreads

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eden.s.volk
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There are no words besides this was beautiful and I highly recommend it!!!

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Read4life
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Such a busy time. So much travel. 5 college visits for my daughter, a volleyball tournament and Easter. I don‘t know if I‘ll get through them all, but these are the reads I‘m hoping to complete during the #AwesomeApril #Readathon.

Andrew65 Good luck 👏👏👏 Sounds busy but productive. 3mo
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corireadslife
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3.75 🌟
Book: 13 of 2022

Finally. I have FINALLY finished Under the Whispering Door and it was okay. I know - unpopular opinion here. The ending was amazing, but the middle of the books was just too slow for me to feel interested. If I hadn‘t already read Cerulean Sea, I don‘t know if I would have had the desire to keep reading 🤷🏻‍♀️

ChaoticMissAdventures I read somewhere that he took the idea for this from the Native American residential schools, but didn't give acknowledgement to it, and definitely didn't donate any proceeds I struggle with this idea with where we are these days with those schools so haven't wanted to pick this up. 3mo
jessjess @ChaoticMissAdventures I definitely didn't know that! I think I'll forgo reading this one atm 3mo
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Tattooedteacher
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Mehso-so

I can‘t say I loved this book (mostly bc I did love Cerulean Sea), but I was intrigued by it. Liked the characters, though their development could have occurred in a shorter book. It was more like a stroll through the personal reflection of Wallace, who has died. Even though it‘s fantasy, the ending didn‘t match with the entire story. While it‘s handled respectfully, there are issues of suicide, death, depression, murder, illness & grief.

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chasjjlee
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Two bookstores later...

KateReadsYA Love your Vera Bradley bag 🥰 4mo
KateReadsYA I can't wait to see what you think of the top book. I'm interested to read it. 4mo
chasjjlee @KateReadsYA Thanks, I love the crossbody bags ♥️. I will definitely let you know what I think, I can't wait to read it. 4mo
paperwitchs Gorgeous picks 😍 4mo
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Tattooedteacher
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Audio crocheting with TJ Klune. Perfect for this snowy day in the Northeast. #crochet

LoverOfLearning Looks relaxing! Enjoy! 4mo
BooksAndYarn Is that a furls hook? I've been eyeing them and wondering if they're worth the money 4mo
Tattooedteacher @BooksAndYarn yes it it! I love these books. The weight and shape is perfect for me. I also have the aluminum ones but I fumble with them in my hand. 4mo
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Bakingbookworm
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Mehso-so

3 STARS - This was a cute, whimsical read. I don't think Klune and I mesh well but this will be a hit with many readers. I found it superficial with a heavy-handed message. Cute but not really to my tastes.

Review: https://bit.ly/UnderTheWhisperingDoorReview

KatieB I‘m so glad to hear your thoughts. I‘ve seen lots of recommendations for this book but cute and whimsical are not for me! I will take it off my TBR 4mo
Bakingbookworm @KatieB It‘s definitely whimsical but handles topics of death and loss but still with a very light hand. His writing style just isn‘t for me. 4mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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I‘ve loved all of this author‘s books, and was nervous about this one. Especially when it really started to feel a little too long, with a little too much silly tossed in. But in the end, it really seemed to find the right balance. Lovely story about a jerk of a man who figures out how to be a decent person, but only after he dies.

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Geemom1118
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The sun is shining and the daffodils are blooming. Such a welcome sight. Thought the yellow flowers looked pretty with this cover.

GondorGirl Great photo! I am SO ready for spring! 4mo
Geemom1118 @GondorGirl Thank you!! Yes, bring on spring and the warmer weather. So ready for it ☀️ 4mo
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Beatlefan129
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Mehso-so

This book was good, but did not live up to The House in the Cerulean Sea, which I absolutely loved. At times, I found the plot a little plodding and repetitive. I also am not sure that I liked the ending, but I did find the epilogue very touching and even shed a few tears. 3.75/5 stars

erickahhh My thoughts exactly! 2mo
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Tamra
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Mehso-so

High marks for creativity! The characters were fun and Wallace was the perfect asshat employer in the beginning! 😳 The “manager” was intriguing, especially playing with the idea of free will & order.

The twee aspects weren‘t for me though and got to be repetitive.

Leftcoastzen I know it‘s popular , I‘ve not checked it out cuz my twee detector was going off 4mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Actually reading now…. And can see what you‘re getting at 4mo
Tamra @Leftcoastzen your radar needs no adjustment. 😉 4mo
Leftcoastzen 😂 4mo
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Rachiiebookdragon
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PageShifter
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Mehso-so

Characters were likable, and I loved Apollo & Nelson. Atmosphere was a bit sorrowful but also beautiful.

I felt like some things were a bit overexplained, like readers weren't trusted to understand otherwise. Thinking about how this should be a book for adults this was a bit repetitive & cliché.

Story was predictable and not really unique - but it was still touching. Overall I really enjoyed this, really cozy read.

#20in4 #KickTheSlump

DieAReader Great job hun!🎉♥️🥳 4mo
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
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Mrs_B
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TJ Klune does it again. So very different from Cerulean Sea but no less fantastic. It is so clever but heart breaking but wonderful. I stayed up way too late to finish it and cried at the end but absolutely loved it.

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PageShifter

“We don‘t always see what‘s right in front of us, much less appreciate it. It‘s not until we look back that we find what we should have known all along.“

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PageShifter

“Not knowing is better than pretending to know.“

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PageShifter

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

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sebrittainclark
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5/5

This is a lovely, reflective book that begins with Wallace Price's death. Wallace Price is not a good man, but as he has to come to terms with the ene of his life he finds that his ability to change didn't end with his death.

Tamra I am listening to the audio. 😌 4mo
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Readswithcoffee
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This is shaping up to be a fun listen. I‘ve just started and am loving it! These characters are fantastic.

Readswithcoffee “I‘m ready to be alive again. I‘ve learned my lesson. I promise to be nicer to people and blah, blah blah.” ~ Wallace Price 😂 C‘mon, that‘s laugh out loud funny! 4mo
Julsmarshall I laughed so much with this book! A few tears too, and isn‘t that the mark of a special one? (edited) 4mo
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CBee
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Just as good as Cerulean Sea, but in a totally different way. I adored the characters, but especially Mei and Nelson. Such a lovely book about so many things, but especially the power of change, love, and acceptance ♥️♥️
#sharreadathon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💙💙💙 4mo
RedxoHearts Oh I will have to add this one to my to read list. I just finished The House in the Cerulean Sea this week 4mo
CBee @RedxoHearts I hope you enjoy it! 4mo
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CBee @Cinfhen could this be for the #hopepunk prompt? 3mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! 💯 3mo
CBee @Cinfhen I have others I might can use too - I‘d never heard of the genre before, but apparently it‘s one of my favorites 😂 Was wondering about this one too: (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen I “think” from what I‘ve read that it needs to be set post apocalyptic or dystopian fiction but instead of bleakness the “new” world is hopeful vs sobering. But honestly it‘s ultimately YOUR personal challenge and if you feel the book fits a prompt we hosts feel the book fits the prompt xxx 3mo
CBee @Cinfhen I gotcha. I‘ll figure it out 😁😁 3mo
Cinfhen I know others have used both books by TJ Klune for this prompt 😁 3mo
CBee @Cinfhen awesome 👏🏻 3mo
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CBee
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I‘m continuing with Under the Whispering Door today and dedicating it to Sharon, our dear #litsylove friend who was taken too soon. I may start Malibu Rising and/or Blacktop Wasteland next as those are both on her TBR.
#sharreadathon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie ♥️ 4mo
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traa
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sebrittainclark
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Patricia was crying. Wallace Price hated it when people cried.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

PiperH That is my favorite book ever!!!! 4mo
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Johanna414
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I started this a few months ago and just wasn't in the right headspace for it. Recently a friend loved it, and loaned me her copy to read. Apparently now was the right time to read it, because I could not put it down this weekend! While I didn't love it quite as much as Cerulean Sea, it was still excellent and made me cry all the tears. Klune writes the most loveable characters...

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corireadslife
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Anyone else have a book ready for the Super Bowl?! 🤓🏈

Currently reading my February #BookSpin and have a feeling it is going to be a great one!!

Johanna414 Yes, and its actually the same book! 5mo
JamieArc Normally, yes, but being a Detroit fan where Stafford was so long, we in Michigan are excited to watch the Detroit Rams 😂 5mo
corireadslife @Johanna414 yay!! Hope you enjoy! 5mo
corireadslife @JamieArc haha 😂 understandable!! Congrats on the win!! (edited) 5mo
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DMC_run8
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Wallace Price is a Scrooge-like lawyer who cares more about his firm's bottom line than its employees. When Walter dies from a sudden heart attack he's given a second chance at life. 5⭐️

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corireadslife
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February #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin 🖤

Two books I have been dying to read!! Looks like February will be another good reading month ☺️

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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BennettBookworm
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First path complete through the #promptmaze by @TheAromaofBooks !
Nonfiction >> Multiple POV >> Title Starts with a Vowel!
Such a fun idea and now I‘m excited to go back to the start and go a different route. Thank you for creating this!!

TheAromaofBooks Nice!! I am having so much fun with this, even though I have been stranded for a minute haha Need to pick up a book with some red on the cover somewhere!! I think I will try to make a new maze for April - I'm going to try to shuffle it up, find new prompts, etc. quarterly, I think. 5mo
BennettBookworm @TheAromaofBooks Count me in!! :) 5mo
claudiuo I love the #PromptMaze! Same as you I finished it in 3 reads: Nonfiction > Written in First Person > Children's book and started it again on another path 😁 5mo
BennettBookworm @claudiuo I can tell this next path is going to take me much longer! 😅 5mo
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LibrarianRyan
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This is it. This is what you have all been waiting for.

Unusual, this book only one in this category. Usually the Best Fiction Winner, will pop up elsewhere on the list.

But not this Time. Congrats T. J. Clune!

I really need to get to reading this.

#LitsyAwards2021

SerenaR This book got its own aisle table at my B&N and I almost picked it up... but didn't. Now I gotta go back and get it! (oh darn 🙃😉) 5mo
TracyReadsBooks I really, really wanted to like this book as much as The House in the Cerulean Sea and I just didn‘t. Still an entertaining book and I‘m not surprised to see it win. Klune is an automatic buy for me! 5mo
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Lucy_Anywhere
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This book ❤️ It was funny and gentle and big-hearted and had lots to say about loneliness and second chances. Thanks for the rec @ozma.of.oz This was a fab pick for #NYWD @monalyisha

ozma.of.oz I am so glad you liked it! ❤️ 5mo
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Nalbuque
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Good, we‘ll written, all the feels type of book. This was so sad. Even the happy, funny bits were crushingly sad to me. It made me gloomy and thoughtful, not in a bad way, but not in a great way either. I don‘t think I was in the perfect state of mind for a book like this, but I still enjoyed it. Would read/listen again (but it‘ll be hard to pick it back up bc I‘m sure that when I think of this story, I‘ll mainly remember the sad sad vibes.)

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katiekat311
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Just yes with this one. I love how TJ makes you fall in deep love with the characters. I love how beautiful he writes. I love how I become a part of his books and don‘t want to leave. I literally cried reading this one. I was SO happy it was on my #NewYearWhoDis list, thank you @DGRachel

DGRachel 🥰 Yay! 5mo
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

T.J. Klune is a talented and gentle storyteller, creating distinctive characters and imaginative premises with compassion and wit. Wallace‘s transformation seemed a bit abrupt and the lessons are a tad heavy-handed, but I still found it touching. This is a tale to savor like a good cup of tea while pondering what a gift life is, how easily it can be taken away, and hope for what comes afterwards. 🎧

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Anya91
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Listening to the latest #tjklunebooks

I read “House In the Cerulean Sea” and it was one of my favorite books that I read last year.

So excited to start this one 🙂

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booksandsympathy
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What an absolutely beautiful book about loss and life and what comes after life. It was at times laugh-out-loud funny, sweet, sad, bittersweet. The found family aspect was wonderful, the grandpa especially. Highly recommend! All of the stars.

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Ast_Arslan
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Eggs A great cover💚 🏡 💛 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my night stand! 5mo
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xicanti
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I knew I wanted to read fantasy next, but I went back and forth on whether I felt like a contemporary or an historical feel. Looks like contemporary won.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks delicious 😋 5mo
xicanti @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it was a really good lunch! 5mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica I just read this book. It was one of those books that hit you hard. I loved it. (Also a history lover, btw). 5mo
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xicanti @Yoricke_SouthAfrica I‘m 50 pages in and I feel like it‘s gonna make me laugh a lot, then cry a lot. 5mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @xicanti That was my exact experience. But it was 100% worth it. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I need to make time for this book! 5mo
xicanti @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s lovely so far. 5mo
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booksandsympathy

Wallace whispered, "It's easy to let yourself spiral and fall." "It is," Nelson agreed. "But it's what you do to pull yourself out of it that matters most."

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BookDragonNotWorm
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Thrilled to score this deal on Kindle today!!! 🎉🎉🎉 😁

IndoorDame Thanks for sharing! I bought this immediately 🙈 6mo
Dragon I‘ve just downloaded this one 💚🐉 6mo
BookDragonNotWorm @IndoorDame @Dragon I didn't expect this one to be on sale for awhile! I feel like the Book Gods are smiling! 😁 6mo
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BookDragonNotWorm @IndoorDame @Dragon I didn't expect this one to be on sale for awhile! I feel like the Book Gods are smiling! 😁 6mo
Dragon 👍😃🐉 6mo
IndoorDame @BookDragonNotWorm I agree! I had a library hold on this, but the audiobook isn‘t expected for like 8 weeks, and the print version for at least 3 months, so definite friendliness from the book gods today! 6mo
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