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Always, in December
Always, in December: A Novel | Emily Stone
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A chance encounter during the holiday season brings two people together as quickly as it tears them apart--until fate intervenes again (and again) in this romantic debut novel in the tradition of One Day in December. Every December, Josie posts a letter from her home in London to the parents she lost on Christmas night many years ago. Each year, she writes the same three words: Missing you, always. But this year, her annual trip to the postbox is enlivened by a bicycle collision with a handsome stranger--a stranger that she apologizes to by taking him out for a drink. Josie always thought she was the only one who avoided the Christmas season, but this year, Max has his own reasons for doing the same. As coincidence causes them to spend the holiday together, Josie thinks this might be the start of something new--only for him to disappear without saying goodbye. Over the course of the next year, they continue to bump into each other in places they'd never expect, from New York City to Edinburgh, and it turns out there's more to Max than Josie thought. But will fate bring them together, or will it tear them apart? A devastatingly romantic, life-affirming love story, Always, in December will stay with readers long after they've finished the last page.
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This was 10000% NOT the lighthearted holiday read I was hoping for 😅 but I loved it just the same ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Last holiday themed book of the year.

TLuvs A beautifully written realistic/contemporary fiction! Love, family, friends, loss, career, dreams... exactly what life does and doesn't give to people. I listened on audiobook and the narrator did fantastic! 1mo
TLuvs I have read both books by this author and will absolutely read all that she continues to write! 1mo
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I haven't been reading much this year. My great #litsypenpal has come to the rescue with some perfect holiday goodies. Books on point per usual, nutcracker salt n‘ pepper shakers (which I used for Christmas dinner but forgot to fill them), fun lip balms that I so desperately need, goodies for the pup, nutcracker notepad, and the best thing. It's a reading shawl! I love it all, @Litlady thank you so much!!!!Merry Christmas🎄and Happy New Year all!

Crazeedi Very wonderful!! 1mo
Litlady Merry Christmas! 🌲🎅🏻🌲📚 1mo
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I was looking forward to another Christmas rom-com, & while this starts off in the direction with Josie meeting Max by chance as the perfect distraction from a dreaded anniversary & the recent bad news on both the career and her relationship, but as the year progresses, & their chance encounters continue, Max‘s own secret changes the holiday tone into something my inner-Lurlene-McDaniel-obsessed-4th-grader approved of… but not much holiday spirit!

GondorGirl Okay, but my inner fourth grade is really intrigued now! 😅 1mo
EclecticBookLover Oh wow, I read Lurlene McDaniel and I knew EXACTLY the direction this is heading in. I hope to finish it by the end of the year. I never read any of her books, but my friends did and we talked about them. 1mo
TorieStorieS @GondorGirl Hahahaha! I hope you enjoy this then! I really did like the audio and was thoroughly hooked but I can see some feeling cheated out of something lighter! 1mo
TorieStorieS @EclecticBookLover Hahahaha!! I remember forcing two of my friends to read her books and was shocked when they didn‘t immediately want to read all the rest of them like I did! I really had a different ending in mind for this one while listening so I understand its mixed reviews! 1mo
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Geez not a holiday read that's for sure.

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While this one started with great potential, I feel like it spiraled downward quickly. It was not what I expected, and there were several things in the story that I think were written poorly. This is not a light, fun holiday read!

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That‘s a wrap on #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin for 2022. 2 DNFs & 22 read means all 24 are off my TBR shelf. Thank you, @TheAromaofBooks for hosting this. I‘m looking forward to participating in 2023.

britt_brooke Cute graphic! 2mo
Read4life @britt_brooke Thank you. @chasjjlee shared it with me. 🤓 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous year!!! 2mo
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This book was not the fluffy light romcom I was expecting. There was some of that, but a much deeper range of emotions and challenges as well. I never read the book jacket comments before I start a book, as I am afraid of spoilers, so I really was unprepared. All in all, a good story and a worthwhile read, but there were a few too many coincidences in the plot to suit me. #SundayBuddyRead

TheBookHippie It was a BIG OY VEY for me........ So grateful to have you along for the adventure!! HA. 2mo
Andrew65 Yes, this book wasn‘t for me as it wasn‘t what it was pretending to be. Well done on completing it. Like you I never read the blurb as have had books spoiled for me before reading that 🎄🎅🏼🎄 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
peanutnine Great job! I still have to finish this one 🫣 2mo
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Giving this book a pick because the writing was good & I was very vested in the outcome even though I saw some things coming early on & there was an abrupt plot jump I didn‘t like. It‘s more personal growth than holiday romance & explores themes of loss/grief (early on we learn the MC lost her parents at a young age at Christmas) so if that triggers you, especially during the holidays or you want something light & fun, I wouldn‘t choose this one.

DebinHawaii Thanks to @TheBookHippie for the always great #SundayBuddyRead discussions. 🤗 2mo
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Our first year in #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD we skipped December 👀 these are what we have read to date!

My favourite is Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk!

Andrew65 Ooh that‘s a tough call, for me a tie between Lillian Boxfish and One Day in December. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 we had such lovely times with both!!! 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie We did, I‘ve actually read Lillian Boxfish twice I loved it so much and Josie Silver has become a favourite author. Don‘t hold the same memories but I did also love The Twelve Dates of Christmas and We Met in December. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I agree I‘ve read Lillian 3 times now! Ha. Josie was such a nice find. The others also enjoyable this one OY VEY JUST NO. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Definitely! 2mo
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Oh My Goodness Gracious. This book. I‘m not going to give spoilers but this one is going to grab your emotions and run with them. So be fully prepared for that. I have a feeling this is an all in liked it or all in don‘t like it kinda read. This was my #doublespin #bookspin read! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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That‘s a wrap for 2022!! I cannot explain in words how much Sundays mean to me, even when I throw the book multiple times!! I started with me and one person reading a BOTM book together in early fall of 2017 and then we went big the next month and formed this!!! As we are now in our 6th year I am cherishing it even more!! So grateful.

On to 2023 and I thank you for this journey of reading together !!

DebinHawaii Thank YOU! It truly is the best part of the week & weekend for me! You have turned me on to some of my favorite books & authors over the years & your discussion questions & side research are always the best. Happy Holidays to you! 🤗 (edited) 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii ♥️♥️♥️ Hope you feel better! 2mo
Read4life Thank you. @TheBookHippie I‘m glad I‘ve joined this group and I‘m looking forward to 2023. 🤓 2mo
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Andrew65 Been missing for a lot of this year with life! But really great to be back with this one. Sometimes I struggle to get hold of the books, or in U.K. books overpriced for some of them.
Thanks for all that you do, you do such a brilliant job with this. 🥰🥰🥰

Happy Hanukkah to you.
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Been missing your participation and totally understand! Love & Light to you! 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Hoping should have more space next year, been a mixture of a tough and transformational year this year and had to also adapt to my medical condition. Was missing for a lot of October and November apart from the readathons. (edited) 2mo
AmyG Thank you so much for being our fearless leader! I consider this my book club….and love you all. 2mo
mcctrish Thank you so much for creating this wonderful Sunday routine ❤️❤️❤️ I love checking in to see what everyone thinks and feels and I agree with @AmyG this is my bookclub too 2mo
megnews Thanks for hosting! 2mo
vlwelser ❤ you. Thank you for doing this. Every week. And you always go the extra mile with it which is pretty epic. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Thanks for hosting! I love this book club so much, and always enjoy the months I'm able to participate! 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks ♥️♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
CoffeeNBooks My library download of this was due back at the beginning of last week before I had a chance to finish reading, so I'm hoping the physical book, which I also put on hold, will be here this week so I can read the end of the book and then go through and see everyone's discussion of it! 😁 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser ♥️🥹 I love our group. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks I love us too!! 2mo
julieclair I have loved being a part of this group this year, and I‘m excited for 2023! You pick interesting books, and ask great questions. In some ways, this is better than my IRL book club, which only meets once a month. With our weekly “meetings” here, we get to hear what others are thinking as the plot and characters are developing. I love hearing everyone‘s ideas. Many thanks for all the effort you put in to making this a special group for all of us. 2mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair ♥️♥️♥️🥹😘 I‘m so happy you joined us!!!! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm not sure I'm glad that my library hold became available yesterday! 😆 I was really hoping this would end well. Thank you again for hosting!! It's always fun, even if we don't particularly love some of the books. 😁 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks This and the June book YIKES. 😵‍💫😅 2mo
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Part 5

Funeral thoughts?

Part 6

Africa and letter writing

DebinHawaii I was happy his family reached out to her at the funeral & got choked up when his mom said it‘s “OUR loss.” 😥 I liked that Bia & her Aunt were there too—that Josie had a lot of support. (edited) 2mo
DebinHawaii Forgot to comment on the letters. I did like how the tone of the letters changed for Josie & how you could tell she has grown & is proud of herself. I think whatever works for her—sending the letters is her ritual & I support that. 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I‘m grateful it showed us she‘s going to be okay, so to speak. 2mo
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Andrew65 I did like the letters at the end, despite everything. I actually felt this was a nice thing to do.
Think I was still too upset and annoyed during the funeral to really take it in.
AmyG I hope Josiemeets a fabulous guywho is truthful to her. 2mo
mcctrish @DebinHawaii yes the change in tone of the letters was a nice light at the end of the tunnel 2mo
megnews I did like his mom‘s response toward her and the fact that she finally stepped out on her own to take a chance and do something she‘d enjoy. 2mo
vlwelser Glad she went to Africa. Good for her. 2mo
julieclair I wasn‘t a fan of the letters at first, but the ending changed my mind. I decided they were a good practice after all. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I thought Max's family reaching out to Josie at the funeral was positive. I could see Josie and Chloe maintaining a friendship. 2mo
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Any part you like? Any character? Is the book a pass because of the death? Would you recommend this without a warning ?

I like the London setting…… and Bia…. 👀

wanderinglynn While I did love the book, I wouldn‘t recommend it with warning. It hit me particularly hard because my dad had a brain tumor. Not the same but still, it hit home. 2mo
KristiAhlers This one was a hard one but I‘m glad I read it if that makes sense. And I loved Bia. 2mo
DebinHawaii Bia was great & her grandparents but I would warn people more that it‘s not a typical holiday romance. My best friend who I talk to every day is not a reader at all, but a Hallmark movie person. She likes it when I tell her about what we are reading for #SundayBuddyRead & tell her the plots of the books. She lost her husband unexpectedly 5-years ago Thanksgiving & I had to tell her I thought this was going end badly & it wasn‘t for her. 😥 2mo
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DebinHawaii But also glad I read it too @wanderinglynn @KristiAhlers 2mo
TheBookHippie @wanderinglynn I am so sorry my sister died age 5 brain stem brain tumor I was 7. My good friend had brain aneurysm at Christmas and thankfully survived after being in coma several weeks… anyway love to you I feel the same. This was a bit much 👀. 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Awe. Hugs to her. I do similar with my friend who has a long cancer that is slowly shortening her life. I told her I think this ends badly. I am glad I read it too weirdly. 2mo
DebinHawaii @wanderinglynn I can totally see how it would hit home for you. 💜 2mo
wanderinglynn Thanks @TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii 🤍 light & love to you both. 2mo
DebinHawaii Also, I got a little notice from Libby that 11 people are waiting for the library e-book & I want to warn them! 😆😓 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I handed the book off with a warning!!! 2mo
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Sorry to hear that. It hit me too, with my dad‘s sudden death. Woken early one morning by my brother, dad being taken on a stretcher into an ambulance. Massive stroke and died in the middle of the night with no warning, he was only 42. 2mo
Andrew65 I wouldn‘t recommend this at all, but if someone was going to pick it up I might need to say it wasn‘t a typical romance and possibly better ones out there. 2mo
AmyG I liked Josie. I wouldn‘t recommend this book to anyone. 2mo
wanderinglynn @Andrew65 no matter what the circumstances, with or without warning, it‘s never easy 🤍 2mo
mcctrish I‘m with @AmyG re:not recommending and @DebinHawaii with Bia and the grandparents. Actually all the background characters and Edinburgh. I think December is just too much for this kind of read - year end, short days, holidays ( especially when beloved friends and family are missing) on top of all the regular daily things. I‘m running on fumes by this point in the year, wearing a mask at school is the only reason I‘m not sick in bed 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I‘m with you I‘m always masked when I leave the house. 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish as Andrew said our other years produced better books!!! 2mo
mcctrish You can‘t get rid of me this easily 🤣🤣 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Yep,I‘m always masked too! @mcctrish 2mo
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn That is so true. 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 😅😂😂♥️😘 2mo
megnews I wouldn‘t recommend it. It‘s just way too far outside the parameters of a cozy Christmas read. 2mo
TheBookHippie @megnews THE COVER IS SO DECEIVING ! 2mo
vlwelser I recommended it and gave a tissue warning. My favorite part was the settings. This could have easily been a totally reasonable book. 2mo
julieclair I loved the London and Edinburgh settings, and I thought Bia was great. So we‘re the grandparents. But I would not recommend this book. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I think if this has been written differently it would have been totally fine. I think the abruptness of Max's death and some of the other details thrown into the story were unnecessary. Wouldn't recommend it- there are books that are heavy, but they are worth it. This wasn't one of those. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks I feel it must be the author … she must be suffering grief or something? It‘s really abrupt. If you want to write that fine but don‘t market it in this genre, seriously misleading, and I‘m afraid could even harm. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @TheBookHippie Yes, I absolutely agree. 2mo
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SOOOO should this be marketed Christmas romance ?

Favorite Christmas romance ?
(Some folks may need it after this…)

KristiAhlers I‘m Going to go with no personally. This is really a heavy topic and I think it actually take away a little from it if people thing they‘re going into a feel good holiday story. But that‘s just my two cents. 2mo
wanderinglynn I would agree @KristiAhlers - I picked this book up because I thought it was a typical holiday romance. 2mo
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DebinHawaii There was romance but not enough & I want my holiday romances to be all tied up pretty like a present. The subject was heavy although the hints that it wouldn‘t end with a HEA were there for me, I feel like it needed more warning. Trying to think of a favorite. I just finished this one yesterday & really enjoyed it: 2mo
KristiAhlers @wanderinglynn right? I felt that this is a hard enough time for some people who look to reading as an escape. This isn‘t that book. 2mo
TheBookHippie @KristiAhlers I agree!!! I did think it WAS a sappy read initially when I picked in 2021… 😅❄️♥️ @wanderinglynn @DebinHawaii 2mo
Andrew65 @wanderinglynn Just finished that this morning and loved it. 2mo
Andrew65 In no way should this be a Christmas romance, that just makes what happened see so much worse.

Read so many Christmas romances hard to choose 1 but will tag 2 or 3.

TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Thanks for these recs!!! Starting in Scottish highlands !!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 ALSO book needs TRIGGER WARNING. Gads. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie This book is the book before Snowflakes and Secrets and also loved this, but they stand up well as isolated books. I love books set in Scotland and especially the highlands. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Yes they do! 2mo
AmyG Bah Humbug. 2mo
mcctrish I‘m off to find Scottish Highlands. This is not a holiday romance. I agree, trigger warnings are needed. Between my husband‘s shit show family and the speeding downhill trajectory of December I need happier reads, bring back Last Summer at the Golden 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 thanks!!!! I‘ll do these for the week and as a cleanser 😅😵‍💫👀🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
wanderinglynn @Andrew65 yea, Eternity Springs is what a holiday romance story should be. And thanks for the recommendations – I‘m headed to the library now! 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish seriously this one is advertised sooooo wrong!!! It‘s not a cozy holiday read 😵‍💫🤦🏻‍♀️ also sorry for the shit show my in-laws are 😳 so unreal when I tell people I even can‘t believe it! UGHHHHHHHHH hugs to you! 2mo
Andrew65 @mcctrish These are lovely feel good books and just what you want at this time of year. @TheBookHippie 2mo
megnews NOT AT ALL. 2mo
vlwelser I have no idea. This isn't my normal genre. I did like it better than that cheesy thing from last year. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 the knitting and rompers OMG I think I blocked most of it. 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Fantastic! 😍 2mo
CoffeeNBooks No, no no no no. Holiday books I've enjoyed: The Matzah Ball, One Day in December, Duke Actually, and The Twelve Dates of Christmas 2mo
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Then the grandma has a heart attack and here‘s Max…
And Erin just a friend.
He‘s been saying goodbye the whole time….

DebinHawaii I knew it so him dying wasn‘t a shock—the back cover blurb comparing it to Me Withiut You, him looking pale, having secrets, the “did you tell her from Erin, but the abruptness of it was a surprise—although when they heard the commotion in the hall when they were with her grandmother, I went…” there goes Max!” Although I thought he would be in a room somewhere & there would be a goodbye & not just a letter! 🥺😤😠😡🤬 2mo
KristiAhlers I so got Jojo Moyes vibes here. I‘m a heartbreaking NOOOO kinda way. And I agree @DebinHawaii I felt cheated by that form of goodbye. Like I said I was glad I read it but I wanted something more than that. I read it on my kindle so I didn‘t know the back had the comparison of Me Without You. 2mo
Read4life I felt like he had something burdening him the whole time. Like @DebinHawaii when Erin started with “did you tell her?” I figured he was sick. When he had that horrible headache I knew it was bad & knew it was him involved in the emergency at the hospital. I was a bit shocked when he was gone without her seeing him again. I was also surprised the aunt knew. 2mo
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DebinHawaii @KristiAhlers Yeah, I started with the library print book because my e-book hold wasn‘t in so all along I was expecting he was going to die but hoping not & yes, so cheated! 2mo
DebinHawaii @Read4life Yes & her friend knew too & that bugged me. 2mo
KristiAhlers @DebinHawaii totally understand that. I was finishing it last night as I‘m sick and was in bed all day. Head cold with this read is NOT a good look 😂 2mo
DebinHawaii @KristiAhlers Same! About to take my second COVID test. Was up all night coughing. Hope you feel better soon! 🤧 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Exactly once I figured that I thought okay sappy love goodbye!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @KristiAhlers I don‘t read that so I don‘t know but I do feel CHEATED! Ugh. 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii THAT BOTHERED ME TOO!!!! Ugh. 2mo
TheBookHippie @KristiAhlers OH NO not you too!!! Healing vibes to you!!! Rest hydrate all of us!!! 2mo
KristiAhlers @TheBookHippie hubby just came back with a covid test and it‘s not that thank goodness! I never get sick. But the last few months have been stressful and I got rundown so this is kicking my backside. I‘m curled up with my water and my kindle and my dog and I‘m laying low. 2mo
TheBookHippie @KristiAhlers Been there myself 😵‍💫. Hope it passes quickly!! 2mo
Andrew65 @KristiAhlers That is bad timing 😳🤣 Hope you have a swift and speedy recovery. (edited) 2mo
Andrew65 I hadn‘t read the blurb, never do as spoilt the book on more than one occasion in the past, and with audio didn‘t pick up on all the signs so was a total shock to me. Sorry just a big no as I said in the previous question. Not telling her … very bad. Letting others know but not her…..even worse. Dying as suddenly as that no closure, straight after her gran was just beyond shocking. Think this would stop me reading any other of her books. 2mo
Andrew65 The shock was beyond belief and so stark. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 ALLLLL OF THAT. No. Just NO. 2mo
mcctrish Since these books are picked by our fearless leader, I never read the blurbs. I just read what is assigned and go with it. When max was ‘faint‘ at the gingerbread I thought “ah, he‘s not well” I thought it was a mental breakdown and meds. That ES had Josie finally come to grips with her parents death, make her contemplate her grandmothers and then kill of Max makes me hate this book. I almost didn‘t finish it. I‘m sorry everyone is not well 🤒☹️ 2mo
AmyG Stupid book. 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I never read blurbs so I do not ruin it or have preconceived judgement…. This is marketed just horrifically !!!! I feel like we should go to book stores and put sticky notes on the cover of this one!!! Yikes! 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG SERIOUSLY WTF?! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Book sailed across room. 2mo
Andrew65 @AmyG 👏👏👏 2mo
mcctrish I think it would be a public service 📝 2mo
megnews I was already aggravated for what felt like playing games by letting her think he and Erin were together. There‘s no good way or timing to tell someone this EXCEPT WHEN IT‘S TOO LATE! I agree the marketing is off. Not what you expect at Christmas time. (edited) 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Seriously!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @megnews right?! UGH. So upset. 2mo
vlwelser And then he just dies. This book was awful. But I also loved it. 2mo
CoffeeAndABook I actually bailed early on when I was starting to get a bad, bad feeling. Being a cancer survivor myself I have a finely tuned alarm system. I can‘t read these books. I jumped to the back to confirm my suspicions and alas, it was confirmed. So glad I didn‘t get myself invested so I wasn‘t shocked or scared by the outcome. But I didn‘t like how the book is masked as harmless, slightly cheesy Christmas fun & then WHAMMY!! 🙀 who could have guessed? 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook seriously right?????? Bad bad marketing. 2mo
CoffeeAndABook @TheBookHippie - bad marketing -> the worst! Should come with a trigger warning and a completely different get-up!! Feel like no-one in the marketing department even read it at all 🙈 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeAndABook FOR SURE!!! It was all wrong. We cannot be the only people who feel this way. It‘s very sad and actually harmful to some ! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
julieclair It‘s the fault of the cover illustration. It leads you to expect a predictable, maybe even slightly cheesy holiday romcom. Wrong! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I never read the blurbs, so I rarely have any idea what books are actually about, lol! When Max had a headache at the hospital, I really thought he was just leaving Josie without saying goodbye again. 😳 I agree @julieclair - I expected a romcom! I feel cheated. I didn't need this book in my life. (Not blaming you for picking it, though @TheBookHippie!! 😁) 2mo
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Part 3 -
SO the kiss and NO EXPLANATION? Come ON PEOPLE 😵‍💫!
Part 4-
The exhibit -so she did go for photography ..
Also CLOSURE. Her friends hinting she needs it, for Max? Her parents, both?
Isn‘t closure different for everyone ?

Read4life I do think closure is different for everyone as is the amount of time it takes to get to a place where closure is a possibility. 2mo
DebinHawaii Closure is different for each person but I could understand why her friends wanted it for her. 2mo
Andrew65 Closure very much different for each individual, and the pace and route they need to find it. How do you have closure with an incident like this. There one moment, goes to see her gran and then he‘s dead straight away. That was beyond harsh by the author and don‘t think I can forgive her for that. Bad enough he didn‘t tell her but then to get him to die in such a shocking way. 😡😡😡 2mo
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Only excuse I can figure is she‘s working on her own trauma but GRACIOUS, do we all need to suffer?! 2mo
mcctrish So imo this book sucks. Her parents dying so young left some big trauma for her. I really loved that she was finally in a place where she could be at home for Christmas and hear the stories that other people had of her parents. That was a gift she was finally ready to receive. That it took her Memo being ‘sick‘ made sense, a big jolt to get her out of her rut is totally understandable. But to have Max have incurable cancer and then an anuerysm? 2mo
AmyG This storyline lost me. It was truly absurd. I‘m with @mcctrish …this book sucked. 2mo
mcctrish @AmyG 👯‍♀️ 2mo
vlwelser The author takes all of us down with her. Well played. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😅😂😂😂😵‍💫 2mo
julieclair What about closure for us? 😂 2mo
TheBookHippie @julieclair 💯💯💯💯 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @Andrew65 Yeah, the writing of this just made me angry! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I feel like the author just threw a bunch of random traumatic circumstances into the story for no real reason. She could have gotten Josie to Africa so many different, HAPPY ways! 🙄 2mo
Andrew65 @AmyG @mcctrish Totally agreed and even more so now been a few days since I finished reading it. 2mo
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks Yes totally agree, focus on a more positive way to get Josie to Africa. 2mo
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Josie photography
Max‘s gift to her?

DebinHawaii I wanted so badly for Josie to find her photography & have a purpose & a passion. Max saw her talent & I liked how he helped make things happen for her but I am still angry at him for telling everyone but her, his secret. (edited) 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii Me too it was immature at best but mostly hurtful and mean in my opinion. Also very selfish. (edited) 2mo
Andrew65 I‘m as mad as you too, but this was the one positive of the book, and happy at the lasting gift he left her. Agree incredibly selfish other than this. (edited) 2mo
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Seriously, if he‘d been upfront a whole different story and could have been warm fuzzy even with death. 2mo
mcctrish I‘m happy she found her mojo re:photography but I‘m not sure it was enough to turn my frown upside down 2mo
AmyG At least he gave her that. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Yes and would have made for a much better read, heart breaking as it would have been. 2mo
Andrew65 @mcctrish Definitely not. 2mo
vlwelser I liked this. And the friend is hilarious. 2mo
julieclair I am glad she pursued the photography. She needed it as a refuge after all she had been through. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie I agree with you both- my thoughts exactly. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks what an aggravating read. It could have been a beautiful story. 😵‍💫 2mo
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OOOOOOPPS. I slept waaay in!!!


Here we go!

Question one - Dead animal heads
Yay or Nay

Freaks me out personally!

wanderinglynn Nay! I think it‘s repulsive & obscene (and I grew up in a family of hunters). 2mo
DebinHawaii Not a fan at all. I feel like they are watching me, so creepy but also sad. 😱😓 Also I am up early coughing 🤧 so your timing is perfect. 2mo
Read4life Nope. Not my thing. 2mo
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TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii OHHHH NOOOO!!! Healing vibes to you! 2mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Thank you. First COVID test yesterday was negative but I have the symptoms I had when I got it before, so taking another test today but hoping it‘s just a bad cold. 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii UGH. So much flu and RSV here. Yuk. Hoping it is just a bad cold! 2mo
Andrew65 A big no for me. I arrived at a school, new post, and stuffed animals (birds) all over the place, spooked me out. When I became head I sold them and put the money into reading books for the children. 2mo
Andrew65 Sending positive thoughts @debinHawaii. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Problem is COvID infections has harmed all our immune systems so allowed other infections to thrive and with worse and longer lasting symptoms. My granddaughter has currently got Scarlet Fever 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 yes money for books!!! I agree other viruses are running amuck!!! Ugghhhhh. Even seen measles -polio - just awful. Strep is awful! Healing to her! Grandson just over horrific cold with his asthma! Gads. 2mo
mcctrish @Andrew65 well done! I had labs in uni upstairs from zoology? Just display after display of mounted animals, which is probably the only place it‘s understandable but I HATED going there every damn time. So a hard pass on taxidermy 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I understand it in a museum and for education, otherwise no. It‘s a tad creepy for me.. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Thanks, we have had an unusually high number of child, deaths with Strep this year but looks like now people are now more aware of it both in families and the medical profession. Bad times health wise, and this is why being immunocompromised have been isolating myself a lot more recently. 2mo
Andrew65 @mcctrish People didn‘t want to go in the cupboards where they were stored. 2mo
AmyG Nay. I am not into the killing of innocent animals for sport. 2mo
megnews Nay! 2mo
vlwelser Nope. Hard pass. 2mo
julieclair Nay. They make me sad. 2mo
julieclair @Andrew65 Scarlet Fever! My goodness gracious! Sending healing thoughts her way. And… well done you for turning the dead animal heads into books! 👍 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Thankfully looks as though on the road to recovery. A lot of it around in the U.K. at the moment. Thanks 😍 2mo
julieclair @andrew65 I‘m glad she is getting better. 👍 2mo
Andrew65 @julieclair Thanks 😁 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Ick. No. It makes me sad. 2mo
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Our #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD discussion is tomorrow. Definitely not what I expected when I started the book but I enjoyed the writing and the story definitely gave me all the feels. It was also my #DoubleSpin book for December.

#WinterReadathon #DoubleSpin BookSpinBingo #Adventathon #LitsyLoveReads

Andrew65 Interesting developments in this book! Well done ☃️☃️☃️ (edited) 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
ozma.of.oz Congrats on your Double Spin! 2mo
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Finished #sundaybuddyread last night. I can‘t wait until tomorrow because I have things to say!!! This was not what I was expecting and I continue to be amazed at how pacing out the reading for each sunday really impacts my reaction to the stories.

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Not sure how to rate this book. It was very well written but toward the end you have a big shock coming, that in no way the book or writing prepared you for, and it just came out of nowhere and was instant. 😢😭 Definitely doesn‘t leave you any feel good factor.

For that reason I have rated it So-So but can‘t say it was a poor book because it definitely wasn‘t, more about the reaction to what was written.

@TheBookHippie #SundayBuddyRead

DieAReader 🔥🔥🔥 2mo
willaful That is my biggest book pet peeve. I ran across books like that all the time when I was a teen and just hate it so much! 2mo
Andrew65 @willaful Yes can really turn you off a book or author. 2mo
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I seriously hate this book. I am gutted. Absolutely gutted.

I briefly read the synopsis of this book & thought it was a holiday romance, maybe a little bit more serious than the typical holiday romance. But hey, not every romance needs to be totally light and fluffy as long as there's a HEA. I figured this was along the lines of Josie's Silvers One Day in December.

Well clearly, I should have read some reviews. Because I was wrong. So wrong.

wanderinglynn This book ripped my heart out a la Nichols' One Day. And now, I am sitting here, 9 days before Christmas, bawling my eyes out. Did I see the ending coming? Not at first but eventually. But I kept thinking, no, no, that can't be how this is going to end.
wanderinglynn Now that my heart has been shattered into a thousand pieces, I'm going to go build myself a blanket fort, make a bucket load of tea, and surround myself with some of those fluffy, light romances that are so Hallmark-esque in their sticky sweet predictable, guaranteed HEAs, and try to staple my heart back together. 2mo
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JenReadsAlot I was thinking about reading this soon.... maybe not?! I loved One Day but the feels! 2mo
wanderinglynn @JenReadsAlot it‘s really well done, written beautifully. But be prepared. Like One day, this one has all.the.feels. 2mo
Andrew65 Finished this last night and know how you feel 😢 I just didn‘t see that coming. Like you thought this would be a HEA. Not fair! 2mo
peanutnine I've been putting off reading the last section of this one because I don't want to be sad lol 2mo
wanderinglynn @Andrew65 right! Totally gutted. 2mo
wanderinglynn @peanutnine I get that. I almost put it down but I just couldn‘t stop. 2mo
DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
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Next up! Hoping for a nice, quick, lighthearted holiday read ❤️🎄

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I have our discussion questions ready …🤫🤐🤐🤐🤐


👀 #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD until Sunday 🤐

tpixie This was my IRL bookclub book for November. ♥️💚 2mo
TheBookHippie @tpixie feel free to join in Sunday ! 2mo
tpixie @TheBookHippie thanks 😊 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG WTF ....can't wait UNTIL SUNDAY! 2mo
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What the heck?! I was listening on audio while driving or I would have thrown across the room! I‘m mad at Emily Stone. Why would she do this to us? #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie 🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐 also Sundays conversation shall be goooooood 🤫🤫🤫🤫 2mo
vlwelser 🤐🤐🤐🤐🤐 2mo
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TheBookHippie Shhhhhhh 🤐🤫🤐🤫🤐 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm ready to read this week's section, and optimistic that it ends well! 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @vlwelser 😂 So no hints then? 🤣 I'll keep reading... 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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We get to finish it now ❄️🎄😂♥️

So predictions?
Are you liking it?
Did I miss something ?
What -if anything -stuck out to you?

Also -TWO WEEKS TIL CHRISTMAS Hanukkah is NEXT WEEK! Ten days til solstice 🕎🎄❄️

AmyG Like all these books, I always hope that they get together. But still seems like so many secrets need to be revealed. 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG This one has a different tone I think than the usual trope. (edited) 2mo
megnews I think they‘ll have to end up together because isn‘t that what‘s supposed to happen in a Christmas romance despite all that‘s stacked against them? 2mo
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AmyG @megnews With all that random running into each other….they sure as hell better wind up together! 🤣 2mo
megnews @AmyG exactly! Or else why have we been put through all this?! 2mo
TheBookHippie @megnews 😂🤦🏻‍♀️😅 yes generally. 2mo
Read4life He‘s keeping a big secret. At first I thought he was also grieving the loss of someone very close to him when the two met. Now that doesn‘t feel right. But it still feels BIG. 2mo
vlwelser I love this a strange amount. I read the Edinburgh part while I was in Edinburgh. It was a weird coincidence. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😂♥️ I like it better than all our previous in this genre!!! 2mo
mcctrish @AmyG despite being semi frustrated with the whole story line, yes they need to get together. Max‘s secret better actually be big and not just dragged through the whole book for nothing. I hope Josie stays in Edinburgh, this is my favourite part so far 🤣 2mo
Deblovestoread So glad to be able to finish, revel in a HAE, and move on 😂 2mo
DebinHawaii I don‘t think it‘s your average holiday rom-com & there will be a big reveal from Max so probably not a typical HEA. 🫣 2mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I am assuming the same… 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm just getting tired of Max being weird- he bought Josie a nice pair of earrings even though he didn't really know her but he liked her. He left without saying goodbye the next day. Then he acts weird every time he runs into her even though he really likes her. 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks it‘s a bit convoluted so far 😵‍💫🤦🏻‍♀️. 2mo
julieclair I agree with @AmyG .... after the way-too-many coincidences, there'd better be a HEA. 2mo
AmyG @CoffeeNBooks Right? Something is not right with Max. He better have a good story there. (edited) 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am thinking it'll be an ending of happy, but apart. Maybe just friends. This is the author's debut and I notice there's a lot of "jolting" and "pushing hair behind her ears". Enough that it's noticeable. I really just want Josie to visit with her grandparents. They seem adorable. 2mo
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Erin did you tell her????
What is going on?!

AmyG I have no clue. Are they engaged or something? 2mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG honesty at this point I don‘t care 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂. Oy. 2mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie HA! Right? 2mo
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vlwelser No freaking clue what is going on here. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser 😵‍💫 2mo
mcctrish My prediction is there is nothing going on with Erin and Max and he is being his usual dumb ass self and I like him less and less 🤣🤣 2mo
DebinHawaii I don‘t want to say what I believe is going on from the way things are described on the book jacket, but it‘s not about Max & Erin as a couple. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Again, another wtf moment about this part. I'm so confused. 2mo
julieclair It sounds like they are engaged. Which would be so disappointing. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Before this week's readings, I thought Max's loss could be that he & Erin were having a baby & she had a miscarriage or something. But there was barely anything alluding to his list of any kind in April or September. It's weird. Whatever he needs to say, he just needs to say it or have an epiphany that he loves Josie or some shit. Meh...I don't hate it, but it's not great. 2mo
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His sister Chloe

Max‘s friend Liam

Both side characters that may couple up… are they helping the story ??

AmyG You know , I like Josie….so this isn‘t bugging me as much as itusually would. 2mo
vlwelser Meh. This was sort of a weird side quest. 2mo
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DebinHawaii I don‘t think they are necessary in the story at this point. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I'm not sure how they really fit into the story at this point. I'm hoping Chloe will be the one to talk Max back to his senses, since she spoke to Josie on the phone that Christmas, and seems to sense how Max feels about her. 2mo
julieclair Meh. Not sure why they matter. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Unnecessary but I totally want a smutty follow up starring Liam & Chloe. I get more chemistry from their interactions than Max & Josie. 2mo
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Laura‘s wedding
Erin‘s plus one is…
Ridiculous is mine 😂🤣
And Erin do we like her?

AmyG Two coincidences got to feel a bit ridiculous, yes. 2mo
kspenmoll It was so easy to predict Erin‘s plus one was Max. Too much to take seriously. 2mo
vlwelser Very predictable. But Erin is growing on me. 2mo
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mcctrish Well I am loving the Edinburg setting. Coincidences are how this story is moving along even though they are totally predictable, at this point I liked Erin being great friends with john way more than Josie being in NYC 2mo
Deblovestoread Soooo predictable, like Erin more than before, love seeing a bit of Scotland but this book 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
DebinHawaii I think Erin is okay. But yes, coincidences —but it did say fate intervenes again (and again) in the back cover, so I expected it as soon as she got to the wedding venue. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Uggh. I'm finding it frustrating. Especially the fact that Max and Josie won't just speak to each other like adults each time they run into each other and misunderstand the situation, so they can figure out how they feel about each other. And what the hell is up with the little outing with Max, Josie, and Erin? I feel like Max should have cleared up with Josie what his relationship was with Erin at that point before they all went on a field trip. 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Awkward. Uncomfortable. I'm hoping it all starts to make more sense soon so I don't have to keep rolling my eyes at the ridiculousness and sighing in frustration. 2mo
julieclair Too many coincidences. Wearing out my eye-rolling muscles! 😆 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Erin is fine in my eyes. I don't dislike her and I laughed as soon as her name was mentioned, like "Of course they'll be at this wedding!" If I could believe in santa claus I guess I can believe in all these coincidences. But like @CoffeeNBooks said, they aren't communicating like adults. Just speak your damn mind! If I'm supposed to believe they have this great connection, it shouldn't be that difficult to express feelings. 2mo
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Angel of the waters
Thinking he heard Josie and then running to see…
And then Oliver AND JOSIE
Messy messy messy
I threw the book
So thoughts?
Part 3
So it doesn‘t work with Oliver -

How you liking the story so far? 😅

AmyG I like it but….many coincidences. But then….there is the saying…. Coincidences are the universe‘s way of telling you something (something like that). 2mo
megnews @AmyG yeah hard to suspend your disbelief on this one. 2mo
megnews I … don‘t think I like it. This is what I dislike about so many romances. Back with old flames you shouldn‘t be. Always wrong timing. Back and forth and back again. It‘s just not how romance works in the real world is it? 🤷🏻‍♀️ only staying involved because it‘s a Christmas read and this group. (edited) 2mo
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AmyG @megnews Exactly. Where is the romance about the one that got away??? And never came back? 🤣 2mo
kspenmoll @megnews I was shocked. What was that about going back to Oliver? Up until that point I respected her choices. Isn‘t she in her 30‘s??? (edited) 2mo
Read4life When I read they were together I thought ‘well, @TheBookHippie ‘s book just went flying‘. 🤓 I had to take a break and go read my Christmas mystery. 2mo
vlwelser Oliver is so gross. I was disappointed that she went back to him. 2mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll right??? Yuk. Grow up. 😂 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser ughhhhhhh 2mo
TheBookHippie @Read4life 😂😂😂😂😂😂 UGHHHHH why do I do this to myself every year 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ 2mo
mcctrish It was a legit book throwing moment. I dislike Oliver so much more than Erin! And I am getting exasperated with Josie! Figure your shit out girl 2mo
Deblovestoread Not going to lie WTF came out of my mouth when she was back with Oliver… 2mo
DebinHawaii It seemed like Oliver was a way to get to New York—not her best moment for sure. 🙄 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Yeah, I had a wtf moment about Josie being back with Oliver. I was hoping it was just a "oh Josie's just here for a work thing" circumstance and that she wasn't really back with him. And her reasoning that he realized Cara was just a mistake and was sorry? FIND YOUR SELF-RESPECT JOSIE!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @CoffeeNBooks 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2mo
julieclair I was sooo very disappointed to find she had gone back to Oliver. I agree with @CoffeeNBooks ... She needs to find her self-respect. 2mo
julieclair Maybe Erin and Oliver will wind up together, LOL! 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Even I said WTF at Josie going to NYC with Oliver. I really thought she was past that but I suppose Max hurt her more than Oliver did. The prospect of being jobless probably added another reason to give it a second chance. Though, I really doubt Bia would've allowed that to happen. Dammit Bia... you're sleeping on the job! Sassy BFF should've stepped in there. This is just OK. It's not very romantic. Maybe it ends with Josie & Max as friends. 2mo
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So the EX
“Comfortable” relationship?!

AmyG I got the feeling he was her “safe” guy….as in there is no one else so why not him? She seems manipulative. (edited) 2mo
megnews I don‘t care for her and I don‘t get the relationship. Seem together for no apparent reason. 2mo
kspenmoll She was not a likable character- do not trust her. Together due to convenience? Lack of anything better? 2mo
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vlwelser I like her more as the book evolves. 2mo
mcctrish @vlwelser I feel the same, but I‘m putting the onus on Max not Erin. Or equally shared between the 2, safe choice for both I think @AmyG 2mo
Deblovestoread I agree with @mcctrish it seems they both choose each other when there is nothing else at the moment 2mo
DebinHawaii @vlwelser @mcctrish I agree. Max has more of the responsibility & she seems decent. 2mo
mcctrish @DebinHawaii max needs to finish a sentence 🤣 2mo
DebinHawaii @mcctrish So true!! 😂 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @megnews My thoughts exactly! 2mo
julieclair I don't think I trust her. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I saw them more as comfortable friends. I get the impression that they fell into their romantic relationship easily and it was easier to continue getting back together then putting effort into a more suitable mate. After this section, I'm not entirely convinced they're actually together now. If she's as beautiful as she's described, maybe men treat her like an idiot or an accessory. Max at least seems to treat her well. 2mo
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Friends Ross & Rachel reference
Anyone watch friends?
I was too busy working 😅

Yes I realise it‘s on now I‘ve no interest. Think most people will get the reference?
I have a girl I mentored in love with the show I feel I know it and I‘ve never seen it! Ha.
So any fans here?

AmyG Yes. I get it. The two that should be together but aren‘t due to themselves and something or other. 2mo
megnews I completely missed the reference! Never watched friends. I had two coworkers that could make a Friends reference for everything. 2mo
kspenmoll I watched some of it, but not consistently as my son was born that October. But I did get the reference. 2mo
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vlwelser I watched when it was current. But there's something about Ross that gets under my skin. And he's def not hot enough for Rachel. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser the entire reason I will not watch it… he is nails on chalkboard 🤢😅😬 2mo
vlwelser I totally agree. And his voice and the whining. So irritating. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I CANNNNNOT. 😵‍💫 2mo
mcctrish I‘m pretty sure I watched every episode. I‘m not sure it all translates well now ( Monica‘s fat suit then was cringe) Ross was awkward and I loved him for it 2mo
DebinHawaii I watched it and a lot of it on repeat so like @mcctrish I have seen every episode, but I somehow missed the reference in the book. Maybe my late-night reading. 😵 2mo
CoffeeNBooks I got the reference. I watched Friends when it was originally on, when I was in college. I'm not sure I would watch it now. My daughter started watching it a few years ago and loves it. 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't watch religiously when it originally aired but had seen enough that I watched the final season. Then about 12 years ago we got the DVDs and powered through. I enjoy it. Very quotable & it gets referenced often. A few cringey bits in hindsight but I still like it. I always thought Rachel & Joey were better suited. Ross was too goofy. 2mo
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Part 2

My favorite hot dog stand in NYC is the one in front of the library in Manhattan-
Schwarzman Building, commonly known as the Main Branch, 42nd Street Library or the New York Public Library, is the flagship building in the New York Public Library system in the Midtown…

Hotdog lover ?

I slept late this morning 😂🙃 here we go….

Good morning all!

AmyG I know that one! 2mo
megnews I like my Hot Dogs grilled. 2mo
TheBookHippie @megnews I like them sliced and then griddled 😂 2mo
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TheBookHippie @AmyG ♥️ 2mo
AmyG I usually buy a pretzel. 🤣 2mo
megnews @TheBookHippie yes those are the best! 2mo
kspenmoll Give me a pretzel & a hot dog! 2mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I do both everytime @AmyG 😂 2mo
vlwelser Street meat! ❤ 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser such a love of it 😂😂 2mo
mcctrish Can‘t say I‘ve ever bought a hot dog from a cart in New York, roasted chestnuts 🌰 yes 2mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Those are my fathers favorite those roasted chestnuts! 2mo
mcctrish It feels like the festive thing to do at Christmas 🤣 2mo
Deblovestoread I‘m more of a bratwurst gal, grilled with lots of mustard and sauerkraut. Also love a good pretzel. 2mo
DebinHawaii I have indulged in a few NYC hotdogs on visits over the years! 😋 2mo
CoffeeNBooks Yes! No Hotdog vendors where I live, but I love getting hotdogs at the stadium when I go to football games. 2mo
julieclair Yum! NYC hot dogs! Sabretts! 🌭😋 2mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @julieclair Yes! Sabrett's are the best of the "dirty water dogs". ? I'll take mine with ketchup, please and thank you! 2mo
julieclair @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Mustard for me, please. And some of those mysterious small black flakes that seem to always show up on food from the street vendors. (Ash? Solidified pollution? Who knows what else? 🤪) 2mo
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Time to return to Always in December for the second section of the #SundayBuddyRead, ready for the discussion tomorrow. Chapter 11 - 20.


@DieAReader @Ghabi4Roses

DieAReader 📚🤓♥️ 2mo
TheBookHippie ❄️🎄♥️ 2mo
Jennifer3 I loved this one! 2mo
Andrew65 @Jennifer3 It is a very enjoyable book. 2mo
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Just checking in friends! Why did I think I could read/listen to 16 books this month?! Because I'm delusional! 🤣 I'm about 40% through this one and can catch up on the week 1 questions. I'm nearly done with Madam and about 35% through The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke. I'm not collecting points but reading by twinkle light with a glass of wine & the pup nearby brings me joy. Happy Weekend!
#sundaybuddyread @TheBookHippie

TheBookHippie 😂😂😂♥️🎄❄️ 2mo
Andrew65 😂😂😂 Forget about how many books you are reading and just hve a lovely relaxed weekend of reading. ☃️☃️☃️ 2mo
kspenmoll I always think I can read more than i do- take in too many challenges, etc. just do what you are doing! Read in a pub, read where & when it feels right. Just enjoy & live yr life- advice I frequently have to remind myself to follow!! 😀🎄☃️ love that you are reading by “twinkle light”! (edited) 2mo
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This book was just lovely and heartbreaking and just great. I‘m so glad that I picked it up. This is not a romance. I had no idea what this book was going to really be about. I loved Josie and Max and the way the story unfolded.

I‘m glad I saw in the goodreads reviews about this book making people cry. I of course didn‘t know why. And I was cleaning the bathroom today and choking up! 😭😭😭


DieAReader 🥳🥳🥳 2mo
kplovesbooks I've always wanted to pick this one up. But I don't do well with just romancy type books, so I never did. Your review makes me want to rethink this. 🤔 2mo
Andrew65 I‘m part way through this one. Well done 🎄🎄🎅🏼 2mo
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Laughterhp @kplovesbooks It definitely has relationships and romance in it, but it‘s not a cheesy romance and has substance! I‘d recommend it. 2mo
AmyG Oh no, a “a crying book”. I am reading this for the #SundayBuddyRead and enjoying it. 2mo
kplovesbooks @Laughterhp Good! It was the cheesy stuff I was afraid of! 2mo
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SHHHHHHH no spoilers please!

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Bklover I wanna go!!!! 2mo
TheBookHippie @Bklover ME TOO!! 2mo
JenReadsAlot I've been there twice and just love it!! 2mo
vlwelser How did I miss this? They serve afternoon tea in the tea rooms. In case you needed further incentive to add this to your to do list. 2mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser yes TEA TIME!!! 2mo
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#WinterReadathonBingo. Week 1 - 4 corners

Most came from the tagged book but a few are from The Secret of Snow.

DieAReader Great job!🥳🥳🥳 2mo
Andrew65 Brilliant, well done 🎄🎄🎄 2mo
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Prepping for #sundaybuddyread or celebrating the end of Wednesday aka why can‘t it be Friday 🍷 ( when will I get a chip emoji?! )

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Josie writes a letter every Christmas. Reading for #SundayBuddyRead and I‘m expecting a HAE which will bring joy.

#WinterReadathonDailyChallenge #Day7

DieAReader ♥️♥️♥️ 2mo
Andrew65 Me too! 😁😁😁 2mo
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Not my usual type of read, but I'm a sucker for easy to follow audiobooks where the narrator has a British accent


This book!!! It took a while to get into and up until 80% in, I was convinced it was 3 star max. Then, in the last 20%, it pulls out your heart and stomps it into the mud, only to give it back to cracked. How is this heartache boosting up the enjoyment of this story? I don't know. It just makes the story.

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Having to play a bit of catch up but about to start the #SundayBuddyRead. @TheBookHippie


TheBookHippie YAY!!! CANNOT WAIT to hear your input!!! No worries we have a few readers that post on Monday a few Wednesday. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Interesting that the cover seems to be different to what others have posted. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 Yours is so much prettier and I am thinking more relevant. 2mo
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Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Strange how different covers for different countries. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 In every case to date I prefer your country! HA. 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie The way our Government are going 😡🤬😡🤬 the country will be up for sale soon for a cut down price. Bad times in the U.K. at the moment, government far too extreme, right winged and just in it for themselves, and everyone else can go hang. Very depressive. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I say we all find land in a decent place and form our own community. Readersland. 2mo
TheBookHippie @Andrew65 I agree about the far too extreme 🤬 2mo
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie Sign me up to Readersland, be there in a shot. 2mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie Love this- perfrct idea! 2mo
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#bookreport #weeklyforecast
The Heiress, which I loved- such lush, lyrical, imaginative writing by the author. Plus @DebinHawaii kept the tone light with her daily memes!
The Winthrop Woman, A long saga of a Separatist family beginning in England, then moving to American shores in the 1630s -
Dopesick, non fiction account of the oxycontin crisis in Appalachia, attributed to the greedy, unethical Sackler family & its marketing

kspenmoll 🔼 Reading the other 4: A book of Days, Shadow and Light ( daily pages), Murder in the Cathedral, waiting for Always in December to arrive in the mail. (edited) 2mo
CBee The Dopesick series on Hulu is excellent (and infuriating)! 2mo
Cinfhen 😍❣️❣️ 2mo
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kspenmoll @CBee Thanks! I would love to watch it. (edited) 2mo
Amiable I second @CBee ‘s recommendation—the “Dopesick” series is excellent. Michael Keaton is especially phenomenal. (edited) 2mo
CBee @Amiable wasn‘t he? I just love him. 2mo
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