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Under the Whispering Door
Under the Whispering Door | T. J. Klune
124 posts | 103 read | 105 to read
Under the Whispering Door is an uplifting story about a man who spent his life at the office - and his death building a home.
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Kenyazero
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A beautiful read examining grief, love, death, and moving forward all in Klune's usual humorous style. I enjoyed all of the character growth throughout, and liked seeing so many versions of moving forward. Unfortunately, I never quite bought into Wallace as a cruel, horrid character despite the first few chapters because he doesn't seem to stick to that identity for long, which made it hard to buy into his character overall. #LGBTQ #Ghost

ozma.of.oz I‘ll admit, that change in character is actually one of the things I loved the most about this book. ❤️ That shift from casually cruel and thoughtless to empathy and compassion was exactly what I needed last year. 4w
Kenyazero @ozma.of.oz It is a pretty great change! Even though I didn't buy into his undeveloped, thoughtlessly cruel self, I still appreciated the change as it occured. That is such a satisfying element of this story! 4w
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The.Great.Catsby
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Not as good as Cerulean but still really really good. I was reading this and watching The Good Place at the same time (not on purpose) and it really got me thinking about what this all means. I didn't like the ending. But the characters were all so charming, I can look past it.
I'm curious what tea Hugo would make me. Hopefully chai 🤞

8.13.22

ozma.of.oz If you don‘t mind, I‘d be curious to know what you didn‘t like about the ending? 1mo
The.Great.Catsby @ozma.of.oz thanks for asking! I was hoping Wallace would go through the door. And then, when it was Hugo's time, they would find each other again. I was hoping for some beautiful other side of the door chapters. But instead, he was just made ~sort of~ human. I think overall, it just left me wanting more story. Maybe it was my own selfish desire of wanting the answers, but also, it felt a little unfinished to me. I presume you liked the ending?! 1mo
ozma.of.oz Hmmm… It felt a little bit like a cop out to me? Like, that was the predictable happy ending, but I couldn‘t figure out how else I would have wanted it to end? But I loved the rest of the story so much, I kinda just forgot about feeling unsatisfied? 😅😅 1mo
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The.Great.Catsby @ozma.of.oz yes! A cop out, I totally agree. I still wanted a happy ending. But a different happy ending. The book still gave me that feeling of goodness overall. So I'm happy with it. I'm excited to read other TJ Klune books! 1mo
ozma.of.oz He‘s doing a book inspired by Pinocchio that comes out next year! I‘m so excited for it. 1mo
The.Great.Catsby @ozma.of.oz omg! Thank you for letting me know!!!!! 1mo
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bookishbitch
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I really liked this alternative (possible?) look at what happens to a person after death. This author really knows how to tell a multi-faceted story. So far I've really enjoyed everything I've read by him. The House in the Cerulean Sea is still my favorite though.

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Kenyazero
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I‘ll be in Steamboat Springs for a bike marathon when the #JubilantJuly #Readathon starts, so I‘ll keep my goals straightforward:
🟩 5 chapters in the tagged book
🟩 Finish 1 graphic novel
🟩 Finish 1 audiobook

Thanks @Andrew65 !

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, enjoy the bike marathon. 2mo
Kenyazero @Andrew65 Thanks! 2mo
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holarosarita
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Boy Howdy ⚖️

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ImperfectCJ
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Mehso-so

I like the premise of this novel, and I like Wallace's development, but overall I found the portrayal of the afterlife cliched and the book as a whole overly sentimental. My family loved The House in the Cerulean Sea and we read it together twice, but they got bored with this one, and I ended up finishing it on my own.

ImperfectCJ And for those who looked at this review when I first posted it, yes, I did call Wallace "Walter." I don't know what it is about character names, but I have a really hard time remembering them. At least I'm better with real-life people's names. 3mo
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Jgacreations
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I absolutely loved this! This is the second book I‘ve read by TJ Klune, and it was great!

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bthegood
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I read about 20% and decided to pull the plug - I spent a lot of time reading to get to that point - clear sign that I was not invested/interested - I liked the premise (what happens when you die and a man getting a second chance at life)- it moved too slow for me - I was ready for the characters to move on before the author was 😅

#BookSpinBingo - moving on to another book 🙂

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward I had some similar feels on this one. Friedrich is a wonderful writer, but this story wasn‘t quite my cup of tea. Oddly, I also felt like I‘d read this same exact book, but from a different author, before 🤔 3mo
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BookNerd9906
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This book (much like Cerulean Sea) was like wrapping yourself up in a soft blanket in front of a fire in a cozy cabin. Are all his books this good? Any other other TJ Klune reccomendations?

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bthegood
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congratulations @Hazel2019 and thank you for hosting the #Hazel201925K giveaway -

I'm struggling to get through the tagged book - the story started well, but now it seems stuck - I hope it starts moving again soon (or maybe its me?) 🙂

Make a great day everyone -

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Ladygodiva7
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Holiday read. Booker approves. #catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Awww Booker 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Bette Love Booker‘s markings 🐱❤️ 3mo
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ncsufoxes
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June #bookspinbingo board, 4 books read for the month of June. Not too bad considering we were in the process of prepping for our move & then driving cross country (basically displaced for almost 2 weeks). No bingos but I also had to repack what books I originally wanted to bring (2 bags full of books was not feasible when there were other necessities that needed to fit in the minivan).

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!!! 3mo
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bthegood
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#20in4 @Andrew65

I will read 20 hours, really want to get a #BookSpinBingo this month 👍

Make a great day everyone😊

Clwojick You can do it! 💖 3mo
bthegood @Clwojick 👍😊 3mo
Andrew65 Good luck 😊👍 3mo
bthegood @Andrew65 thx👍 3mo
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Jgacreations
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This is super funny so far. The audio was the way to go.

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ImperfectCJ
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Road trip listening. Getting mixed reviews from my family. I think not all of them are on board with the slow burn.

LiteraryinLawrence It‘s definitely a heavy book. Worth the read, but sad. 3mo
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bthegood
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#ThinkPositiveBePositive
Thanks for the tag @TheSpineView

The cover artists knew what they were doing with the Harry Potter books - my grandson is drawn to them at age 2!

Not everyone can make a great day or get past the worries in their lives or their part of the world - so for today - make a great day for someone else -

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bthegood
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Update:
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn
#JoysofJune @Andrew65
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

I have all the books in motion to complete 2 bingos this month - omg!! My goals for the month are on target (workouts and reading) so I'm feeling pretty good about that (helps to set realistic goals for myself and find books I really enjoy 😉)

Make a great day everyone -

Andrew65 You‘re doing well 👏👏👏 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Looking fabulous!!! 3mo
wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻 3mo
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Dragon
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Listening to the audiobook on Libby- it‘s starting out rather sad. Not sure about this one. I really liked The House in the Cerulean Sea so I‘ll give it a chance. I‘m on a Staycation so I was very happy to see some sunshine ☀️ yesterday. 💚🐉

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GingerAntics
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This was even better the second tIme through. I almost forgot how horrible Wallace was at the beginning. I really enjoyed the little hints at Cerulean. Even known how it all turned out, I still got teary at the end. Such a wonderful book. This was just the first reread of many.
#TJKlune #UnderTheWhisperingDoor #PrideMonth #LGBTQ

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GingerAntics
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🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
I laughed so hard I cried at this part in audio. It was just amazing. This books is stunningly better in audio.
🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣
#TJKlune #UnderTheWhisperingDoor #PrideMonth #LGBTQ

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GingerAntics
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I know. It‘s a real shock we‘re here. I know none of you saw this coming. Another trip through this brilliant story and world for pride month. Hopefully it won‘t hurt so bad now that I know it has a beautiful, wonderful, happy ending.
#TJKlune #UnderTheWhisperingDoor #PrideMonth #LGBTQ

Branwen The best book EVER! 💕💕💕💕 4mo
GingerAntics @Branwen right?! It is just beautiful in audio. I don‘t know why I didn‘t listen sooner. 4mo
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JacqMac
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I loved this book. Wallace thinks he might be dead, when a reaper shows up. At his funeral. She takes him to Charon‘s Crossing. A lovely lopsided tea house, owned by Hugo, a ferryman, who promises to help Wallace cross over. Wallace learns how to live, only after he dies. At it‘s heart, this is a love story. All the kinds of love.

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LaurenMags
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I love TJ Klune's dark sense of humor. Like my review of his other book, The House In The Cerulean Sea, it does become a little too sweet of a book and gets wrapped up with a bow but I enjoyed the ride.

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mcctrish
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Happy Mother‘s Day 🌸 I‘ve finished this wonderful book ( makes humanity seem worthwhile ) and now I‘m going to do things

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Mother‘s Day!! ❤️💐 5mo
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mcctrish
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It‘s finally nice enough to read outside again ( we had a long week of overcast yuck)

ReadingRachael I know! Isn‘t it beautiful! I am working until 6 tonight though! 🌷Enjoy!! 😊 5mo
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carlthecattt
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I wanted to read as fast as possible because it was so good, but I forced myself to take the time reading this one. It was well worth it.
I don‘t want to say much about it because it was a book filled with so much. So I‘ll just say I highlighted 15 quotes, this being one of the most powerful to me.
5/5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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swynn
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Mehso-so

(2021) Wallace Price was a self-centered acquisitive little turd. Then he died. Then he came to a place where he learned how to live. It's excessively sentimental for my taste, but that's not really a criticism, just an aesthetic mismatch. What Klune is trying to do here I think he does really well.

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CaitlinR
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Kline writes philosophy through fiction, or theology (definitely a small “t”) through fiction, but mainly he gives us truth. Through the stories of Mei, Hugo, Nelson, Apollo, Cameron, Nancy and Wallace‘s wondrous journey I wept, loved and believed. Most importantly I grieved, something I‘d been so afraid to do. Thank you T. J. Kline. You gave me such a gift!

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IMASLOWREADER
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not a popular opinion but i tried to get through this just could not & ended up DNF…it started out good but dragged for me #audiophile #readathon #marvelousmarch @Andrew65

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abookishbutterfly
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I adored this. It‘s light, but not one hundred percent fluff, as it deals with some dark themes and it deals with them thoughtfully. While I did laugh out loud several times while I read this, I found myself tearing up just as frequently, if not more often. This wasn‘t all the result of sadness, although there were certainly some sad moments. I was also moved by the bittersweet and sometimes I simply cried tears of joy.

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abookishbutterfly

“The first time you share tea, you are a stranger,” Mei said.

“The second time you share tea,” Nelson said, “you are an honored guest.”

Hugo nodded. “And the third time you share tea, you become family. It‘s a Balti quote. I took those words to heart because there‘s something special about the sharing of tea. Grandpa taught me that. He said that when you take tea with someone, it‘s intimate and

abookishbutterfly quiet. Profound. The different flavors mingle, the scent of it strong. It‘s small, but when we drink, we drink together.” 6mo
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Readswithcoffee
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I loved the audiobook! The narrator, Kirt Graves, brings the characters to life. I loved this story of transitioning to the afterlife. It was both humorous and bittersweet.

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reumellivaras
Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t get into this. Maybe a slow build up? Possibly could have gotten more interesting further into the book? I‘ll never know.

IMASLOWREADER ok i thought i was the only one… 6mo
reumellivaras @IMASLOWREADER I‘ve heard such great things about this author! I almost didn‘t post my opinion because I too thought I was alone in thinking this. 6mo
IMASLOWREADER @reumellivaras the first couple of chapters were cool but then it kinda dragged for me and i tried to finish it but i just couldn‘t anymore even the few funny parts with the ouija board/ seance wasn‘t enough to keep going 6mo
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Victoriahoperose
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This book is one that I feel like you need to take your time with because you just need to let it settle as your reading it. I‘m really glad I took a few days with this and didn‘t rush it. It brought up so many interesting things about life and death and everything in between. The writing is just beautiful and fun and the characters are so well crafted. I loved this book and it will sit with me for a very long time.

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pagesthatpurr
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Mehso-so

A book that represents diversity and shares hope on a life after death. I picked this up because I was grieving, it did give me the comfort I need. Not as profound as I expected but entertaining all the same.

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Dwayne_Shugert
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I loved “The House in the Cerulean Sea” and am excited to read this one.

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Tamra
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I‘m 55% into this audio and I don‘t have a clue where it‘s going. 😯 That‘s a good thing indeed.

Wow, what a strange ride. I‘m at the point the “manager” has appeared on the scene.

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 😁 7mo
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Clwojick
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Here are my final #BookSpinBingo results for February! I read 21/25 books, and my most anticipated book of the month (tagged) ended up being my favourite! 💙

As always, thanks for hosting Sarah! @TheAromaofBooks

tdrosebud Ooh, I like your spread for this. I've always drawn a big bingo board and written the titles on it, but I like this more. Much less tedious. 7mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fabulous month!!! @tdrosebud - I am also way into the simplicity of this spread!! 7mo
Zoes_Human Oh I like your layout! Very nice and clean! 7mo
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Clwojick @Zoes_Human @tdrosebud Thanks! I used to do the bigger board with either the book covers or the titles in each box, but this layout has been great! I‘ll definitely be continuing with it. ❤️❤️ 7mo
Clwojick @TheAromaofBooks Thanks Sarah!! 💥💖 7mo
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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IThis book is captivating because of the plot, story is about life, death, afterlife & About the journey in b/n . It is humorous, painful and heartwarming 😀 This story is about death but illuminates life at the same time. Interesting concept,good narration with a fantastic message. But overall story was just ok for me. It is a romance between the death & life. Worth reading once 3.5🌟#bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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BookBelle84
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I don't think there's anything I can say about how lovely this book is that hasn't already been said. I can't wait to see what Klune comes up with next.
#pop22 #popsugar ~about the afterlife

RaeLovesToRead What a cover... 😍😍 7mo
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BookBelle84
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Less than 50 pages in and already getting little gems of wisdom

CBee I‘m currently reading this and it‘s so great ♥️ 7mo
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TrishB
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I‘m not sure how the author simultaneously manages to make you feel like you need a big hug whilst also feeling uplifted and hopeful.
Yes there were many bits to make you smile, but in the end it‘s about death and grief and coming to terms with them and for a ‘light hearted‘ read it certainly makes you stop and think.

charl08 Sounds wonderful. 7mo
GingerAntics Oh I want to hug this book so much!!! 7mo
Cathythoughts Great review ❤️ 7mo
Hooked_on_books Very well said ☺️ 7mo
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starlight97
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"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."

TheSpineView Fabulous quote! ❤ 7mo
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JillsBookshelf
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January reading wrap up
The first 6 books of 2022! 🥳
8% of the way to my yearly reading goal!

Ratings: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
# of books: 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖 📖

#ya #readingwrapup #january #readinggoals #goals #2022 #fantasy #romance #fivestars

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Jen2
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Lovely

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suvata
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Absolutely as good as The House in the Cerulean Sea. TJ Klune brings us another 5-star book that is jam-packed with humanity, humor, wisdom and a host of unforgettable characters.

Welcome to Charon's Crossing. The tea is hot, the scones are fresh, and the dead are just passing through. When a reaper comes to collect Wallace from his own funeral, Wallace begins to suspect he might be dead.

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Eggbeater
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This book is sweet and funny, poignant and sentimental. It makes you feel good about the process of death, grief, and loss, whether or not that is really realistic. I loved it! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

MidnightBookGirl I liked this even more than House on the Cerulean Sea! 8mo
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sarahgreatlove
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Ahhhhhhh I loved this. Listen, if you can, to the audiobook. So funny that you can‘t do it in a public place without embarrassing yourself. This book brightened up my end of year. It‘s an interesting take on what happens after death but it‘s really the interactions between the characters that make it such a delight. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SW-T
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All the warm fuzzies with this one! 🥰

“The first time you share tea with a Balti, you are a stranger. The second time you take tea, you are an honored guest. The third time you share a cup of tea, you become family, and for our family, we are prepared to do anything, even die.” Haji Ali

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DGRachel
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I love this just as much on the reread. It‘s a beautiful story about life and death, grief, hope, and love in all their forms. As before, I cried and I laughed, and I missed the characters as soon as I closed the cover. What will you do with the time you have?

julesG 😍 8mo
Sharpeipup I adore that cover! 8mo
AmyG Love the cover. 8mo
DGRachel @julesG @Sharpeipup @AmyG It‘s the Illumicrate special edition. 💖 8mo
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