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This Time Tomorrow
This Time Tomorrow: A Novel | Emma Straub
The New York Timesbestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel What if you could take a vacation to your past? On the eve of her fortieth birthday, Alices life isnt terrible. She likes her job, even if it isnt exactly the one she expected. Shes happy with her apartment, her romantic status, and her independence, and she adores her lifelong best friend. But something is missing. Her father, the single parent who raised her, is ailing and out of reach. How did they get here so fast? Did she take too much for granted along the way? When Alice wakes up the next morning somehow back in 1996, it isnt her sixteen-year-old body that is the biggest shock, or the possibility of romance with her adolescent crush. Its her dad: the vital, charming, forty-nine-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, is there anything that she should do differently this time around? What would she change, given the chance? With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love storyabout the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.
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Liz_M
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It's Alice‘s 40th birthday and she is feeling a little stuck. Decades later she is still working a “temporary” job at her high school, her best friend has a family and lives in NJ and her father is dying. After a maudlin, drunken celebration, she wakes up as her teenage self on her 16th birthday. Instead of time-travel, Straub focuses on Alice‘s two most important relationships, love for NYC, and how changes made on one day can shape the future.

Megabooks Great review! 17h
squirrelbrain Great review and I ❤️ your picture! 17h
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. It must have been a great read for you as a Newyorker! 13h
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I was taking my time with this book and then BAM I couldn‘t put it down ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ LOVE IT

AvidReader25 It reminded me of the movie About Time! 😍 6h
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Let's start a new book, shall we?
🇲🇽 Vamos a comenzar un libro nuevo

And like I told my buddy @vivastory, I think it'll compliment the graphic novel series I just finished (Paper Girls) quite nicely! 😊
🇲🇽 Y cómo le dije a mi amigo, creo que va a complementar muy bien la serie gráfica que acabo de terminar 《Paper Girls》

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This paragraph is fantastic. Details of 90s fashion segues into cataloguing people according to what cigarettes they smoke. "Girls who smoked Marlboro Reds were wild" ?

Librariana This is in my stack of recent acquisitions! And since I just finished the 6th volume of Paper Girls, perhaps this would be a good one to dive into... complimentary to the theme and all. But I'm also in the middle of a true crime audiobook and want to start 2d
vivastory @Librariana I've heard great things about The Book Eaters! It sounds interesting. I think that this would be a good one to read close to Paper Girls. Have you watched the series by chance? 2d
Librariana I did, Scott! 😊 We finished it a few days ago and then promptly started on The Sandman. For Paper Girls, it felt like the focus and scope was more narrow. The way they filmed it... it didn't seem like they showed the broader views that you get to see in the comic books. Then again, that could've been A LOT to wrangle in. It just felt like they could've done so much more with it, y'know? But it *was* smartly cast. Have you seen it?? 2d
vivastory @Librariana I have been on the fence about Papergirls for the very reason that you cite. It is such a mind bending story I had trouble imagining how they would capture the scope of it. The casting did look pretty solid! 2d
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BarbaraBB This is so true, I marveled over this sentence! 2d
vivastory @BarbaraBB Straub really captures aging memorably! 2d
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BarbaraBB Another spot on quote that kept me thinking for a while 2d
batsy I felt this quote. Hard. The bits in this book that briefly touched upon about not going down the Usual Life Path were really good. 1d
Branwen Wow! 🤔 Okay, yeah, that hits hard! 1d
BookMeNow What‘s the name of this book? 6h
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I identified so strongly with Alice in parts of this! Single daughter of single-parent, seeing everyone else with their ‘sorted‘ lives. And I thought the story was really interestingly-done, without veering off into cliches.

However, I seem to be learning what I‘m not-fussed on this year, and apparently time-travel is up there. Definitely me not the book. Most odd!

Still a pick, and I‘ll definitely try more by Straub.

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mcctrish
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The tone is set and I think I‘m going to love this book

jlhammar It's a good one. Enjoy! 3d
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Whenever I go to the library, and one book catches my eye - I must admit I look at a few reviews on Litsy to determine if it's one to read.

Well- 49 pages in and I can tell I am going to enjoy this read. Compared to my last read, I am thoroughly enjoying the language used and the storytelling by Emma Straub. Can't wait to see how this story develops.

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Hillea2
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Loved this book! Especially the father-daughter relationship and the 90s throwback references. What a fun take on time-travel.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ What amazing book definitely gonna be a reread for me and a favorite ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Relaxing on my day off decaf iced coffee and reading

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My plans today

BarbaraBB Good plans! 2w
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Eeek! Sorry for not posting this sooner, but our overwhelming favorite for July was This Time Tomorrow! I‘m pleased that so many campers connected with Alice‘s story.

This Time Tomorrow will go up against How High We Go in the Dark and August‘s winner for Best of #CampLitsy at the end of the summer!

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I enjoyed this read, & at times it did seem like it was specifically written for me: Alice is exactly my age, there's tons of 90s nostalgia that charmed me, & I lost my father when I was 19 & it definitely affected me to the point where I feel like someone else before that happened, & a totally different person after. A sweet, tender, moving tale about keeping the ones you love close to you, as well as being a love letter to NYC & the late 90s.

DivineDiana Wonderful review! I am sorry that you lost your father at such a young age. ❤️ 2w
batsy @DivineDiana Thank you ❤️ 2w
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squirrelbrain Fabulous review! It sounds like this was the perfect book for you. ❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB Wonderful review. This book must have hit home for you being so young on the 90s when losing your father 💔 2w
TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 19 is very young to lose your Dad. 💔 2w
batsy @squirrelbrain Thank you! It's not a book I would have picked up so I'm glad camp brought it my way 🙂💜 2w
batsy @BarbaraBB @TrishB Thank you, friends ❤️❤️ 2w
Megabooks Fantastic review! I‘m sorry you lost your father so young. 😢💜 I‘m glad you and this book found each other. 2w
Cathythoughts Beautiful review ♥️💔 2w
Ruthiella Wonderful review. ❤️ 2w
batsy @Megabooks Thank you ❤️ yes, I'm so glad that I read this with you guys! 2w
batsy @Cathythoughts @Ruthiella Thank you, friends ❤️❤️ 2w
CarolynM Lovely review. It‘s so good to find a book that reflects your own experiences and feelings. I‘m sorry you lost your Dad so young❤️ 2w
batsy @CarolynM Thank you, Carolyn ❤️ Too true re: books. Where would we be without them 🙂 2w
Bookwomble ❤️ 2w
Centique What a beautiful review and this book sounds so good. It‘s amazing when you read a book that reflects some small part of your own experience - I‘m always glad an author has made it exist somewhere that‘s not just in my own head! Much aroha to you for your loss too my friend 💔 2w
batsy @Bookwomble ❤️ 2w
batsy @Centique Thank you, lovely! ❤️ This is what books mean to us, eh? Where would we be without them 🥰 2w
Suet624 There were so many references to random people and events that I was familiar with. That was my favorite part about the book. 1w
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🎧This was pretty good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Welcome back campers! I‘m looking forward to your each of your thoughts on all of This Time Tomorrow.

One of my favorite things about Alice and Sam‘s friendship is that Sam immediately believes that Alice is time traveling. It is wonderful when you have a friend that is so supportive in real life! How does this secret affect their friendship? What do you think about the evolution of it through the book? #CampLitsy 🏕

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Bookwormjillk I loved this too. Any other book I‘ve read about time travel involved major hurdles to prove the time travel happened, but Sam just accepted it. 3w
Soubhiville I loved this too. I think the trust between the two of them was important to the theme, in that true friends will be there, no matter how weird the situation, no matter physical distance, no matter how long since you talked. I wish everyone had a friend or two like that. (I‘m lucky that I do.) 3w
TrishB I think we all need a friend like this- I probably have 2! It‘s a matter of trust and was done really well in this story. 3w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk agreed! I think it helped the flow of the story that Straub didn‘t spend a lot of time making Sam (and Leonard too) believe she had time traveled. I think it made me as a reader invest more of my heart in the book, too. 3w
Leniverse Yes, it was great how Sam just went with it. And the surprise when the father was just delighted and knew all about it. I was a bit sad that on the final reboot Alice didn't tell either of them. Leo still knew though. I felt uncomfortable that the final timeline had deleted Sam's oldest child, and substituted a later pregnancy. It wasn't Alice's doing, but she still committed them to a reality where Sam's family life was different. 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville yes! I liked that they stuck together despite having different lives in the present, too. (Kids/no kids, NJ/NY, etc.) 3w
Megabooks @TrishB yes, trust was definitely involved, and I‘m happy to have that one friend, too! 3w
Megabooks @Leniverse interesting point about changing Sam‘s family last minute. I wonder if she ever felt the ghost of that child. 🤔 3w
jlhammar Yeah, Sam's ability to just accept and roll with the time travel revelation was pretty great. I think it must have changed their relationship for the better to share something like that and to know at age 16 that they'd still be close friends at 40. Also fun how Sam played an important role in planting the seed for Leonard to write Dawn of Time. And I loved her reaction to finding out she'd move to New Jersey in the future. 3w
squirrelbrain @Bookwormjillk @Megabooks - I agree that the author was very clever to make the story not about the ‘technicalities‘ of time travel. It gave it much more heart and we could invest in the relationships instead. (Although I did learn about the mysteries of time travel too from the comic-con explanations) 3w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar The way Sam accepted it and went along with it did add to the story while it could easily have ruined it. I was really impressed by it! 3w
Cathythoughts I agree with you all @Bookwormjillk @Soubhiville @TrishB @Leniverse it‘s so beautiful that Sam went with it. And probably my favourite line in the book is when she tells her Dad and he says ‘ I believe you‘ …. It blew me away ♥️💔 (edited) 3w
BkClubCare This is one of my favorite elements of the story and best exemplified by Sam‘s reaction and trust of her friend. That Straub didn‘t belabor any of the things that could have lead to flimsy contradictions- the reader trusts and stays with the story rather than succumb to doubts about time travel. 3w
Liz_M I agree with those that admired how Sam went with it -- I understood it as (depending on which version of the universe they were in) that whether or not Sam believed the time travel, she believed that _Alice_ believed in it and therefore supported her. 3w
Ruthiella Agree with all above. The secret doesn‘t affect their relationship-they are still there for each other regardless of timelines or weird confessions. I‘m also lucky enough to have had two such friends that I made in high school and with whom I am still friends, 40 years later. 3w
batsy I love this bit and I loved Sam's character, as well. Like @Soubhiville says the trust element was crucial and I found it a lovely depiction of a friendship where you know you can always count on that friend to be present, whether physically or just in terms of paying attention. 3w
merelybookish I just listened to a podcast with trans activist/thinker ALOK who described friendship as the answer to most existential questions. I loved that and I think the friendship between Sam and Alice shows how committed a friendship can be. On another note, like @squirrelbrain I appreciated how the time travel was not made technical, but we still learned some theories about it. 3w
squirrelbrain So true @liz_m - Sam supported Alice, whether she supported her beliefs or not. 3w
Megabooks @jlhammar I liked that repeated bit where they made sure he wrote the second series, and I liked that he offered to send Sam‘s kids to college on the money he made from it. 3w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts me too! That was a fantastic moment! 3w
Megabooks @BkClubCare yes 💯💯💯 3w
Megabooks @Liz_M yes, that‘s an important point that she believed alice believed it and that was enough. (edited) 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella that‘s great re: your friends! 💜 I‘d say the secret may even strengthen their friendship. 3w
Megabooks @batsy I agree that it was a lovely depiction of friendship. 💕💕 3w
Megabooks @merelybookish wow. That sounds like a really interesting podcast! Friendship is so important, and I love how committed theirs was too. 3w
sarahbarnes I felt like their friendship was one of the best parts of the story. I don‘t have a friend that has spanned my life like this, but it‘s beautiful. 2w
Hooked_on_books I agree with everyone that the unquestioned support in their friendship is just lovely. Plus, it leads to one of the best lines, when Alice is explaining the time travel and Sam suggests she‘s old. She says, “I‘m not old, I‘m 40!” (Or something.) And Sam‘s reply, “I respect your right to believe those are two different things.” Oh, I howled with laughter! 2w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes agreed. Their friendship was very beautiful. 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books lol!! That was a funny moment! 2w
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books perspective is everything isn‘t it? I remember thinking 40 was so old as a teen! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Late to this party but echoing everyone‘s love for this friendship. It‘s been my experience that friends made as a teen can be hugely impactful. Those shared experiences during formative years can bind people for life. I‘m lucky to have 3 close friends to go through life stages with. Same seems to be true for Sam and Alice. Seemed like a real friendship. 2w
Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville Oh my gosh, 40 was ancient! And of course, I‘m now past 40, so I know what that means! 😂 2w
BarbaraBB @Hooked_on_books @Soubhiville That made me laugh out loud too. Forty seemed soooo old at twenty and now I think forty was perfectly fine 🤷🏻‍♀️😉 2w
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Alice and Leonard have a special relationship, too. I appreciate that they always looked out for each other and prioritized time together. In the second half, Alice tries to deepen her connection with her dad in the past. How well did Alice use her extra time with Leonard? What would you do if given the chance for more time with a special person in your life? #CampLitsy 🏕

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Bookwormjillk I loved that this book focused on the father/ daughter relationship. I thought it would be just another summer read when I started but the relationships in this one made it different. 3w
Soubhiville I think she did the best she could in the circumstances. I‘m not sure that I would have tried to change so many things, I don‘t think I‘d have had the mental energy to keep going back so many times! But if I had the chance to get some extra time with my grandmother who we lost to cancer, I would try to get her to go to the Dr sooner. If that didn‘t work I would just spend as much extra time with her doing the things we loved- garden, birdwatching, 3w
Soubhiville Drinking tea, theater shows. Just spending time together. 3w
Soubhiville @Bookwormjillk agreed! I loved the focus on family. The time travel premise was fun, but it wasn‘t as important as the love. 3w
Liz_M Echoing @Soubhiville she did the best she could. Since she only had a day and pushing for big changes both had unexpected results and didn't change her dad's ultimate fate, she made the smaller nudges that improved her dad's adult life, but most importantly just enjoyed being in the moment with him. I loved the version where she plops down a tape recorder and demands Leonard tell her everything, give a family history. 😂 3w
TrishB I think we all take the time for granted with loved ones and if you could revisit you would just do the ‘normal‘ things as they are usually the actual special things. (edited) 3w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk @Soubhiville the focus on family definitely set this apart from most summer reads for the better, imo. (edited) 3w
Megabooks @Liz_M I loved the tape recorder too! That‘s the number one thing I wish I had with my grandparents. More of their stories. 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville @Liz_M I agree that it would be hard to change the trajectory of an illness in just one day, but I was happy that she found him a partner and inspired a new book. 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville I‘d like extra time doing similar things with my grandmother too. We used to play cards all day, and I‘d love just one more day of that. 💜 3w
squirrelbrain @Soubhiville @liz_m @TrishB - I agree that you‘d have to do the so-called everyday things rather than the big bucket-list items. Those ‘little‘ things would make more lasting memories. 3w
Megabooks @TrishB yes, it‘s harder to appreciate the normal days in the moment. 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain 💯💯💯 agree!! 3w
jlhammar Yes, more stories! I'd like to think that if I had more time with loved ones I've lost that I would be more present. Really see them, really listen, show more love and appreciation. I think Alice managed to do all of these things. I loved her thought on p. 293 “Why was it so hard to see that, how close generations were? That children and their parents were companions through life.“ Great sentiment. 3w
BarbaraBB I loved this storyline and I think she did so well. Even without the time traveling she had such a deep bond with her father and they interacted so respectful with one another. I envy her for the way she could say goodbye to him and grief him ❤️❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts I think she used her extra time with her Dad well. For my own father , I don‘t think I would have done much differently… maybe I could have cut him some slack ! But that‘s an old head on young shoulders kind of talk. Still, hindsight is interesting. ♥️💔 I suppose our relationships with our mother and father are our first ones and are so loaded , it‘s hard to untangle them. 3w
Ruthiella If I could go back in time, it‘d be my grandparents I‘d want to talk to. They all grew up on farms and that way of life/economy started to disappear in the mid to late 20th century in the US. I wish I‘d paid more attention when they spoke of their childhoods… (edited) 3w
batsy I think a big part of this book was learning about what she could control and what she couldn't. In the end, she couldn't quite save him in the way she initially set out to do, but she got to know him better, and that feels like a gift ❤️ 3w
merelybookish "Old head on young shoulders kind of talk" Well put @Cathythoughts As someone who just moved home in part to be with aging parents, this book was a good reminder that time together is finite. Sometimes it's easy to get bogged down with hearing the same story for the 4th time or feeling irritated by unsolicited advice. ? 3w
squirrelbrain I agree @jlhammar -that is such a great quote. And you‘re right @Cathythoughts these relationships can be so loaded, it is so very hard to see that ‘companionship‘ referred to in the quote. 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB I agree , it‘s the everyday living that means so much ♥️ 3w
Cathythoughts @Liz_M @Ruthiella @Megabooks Agreed more stories ! And recipes too 😁 3w
Addison_Reads I agree with everyone else, it's the small, everyday moments I miss and would want back if given the chance of just one day. I thought this book did such a great job focusing on that type of love. 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar fantastic quote! @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain and I wrote in our planning emails about what great quotes Straub peppered this with. Everyday times are underrated in the moment. I know when my dad‘s gone, I‘ll miss the little things like listening to Sedaris audiobooks with him. 🫶🏻 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, she had a lot of respect for and what they shared. You could tell she liked him and loved him. 2w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts hindsight is interesting, and I‘m glad you had great times with your dad. 💜 my mom just said the other day that she prays for forgiveness for times she was too hard on people when she was younger, so I think she‘d agree with you! 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella yes! My grandparents grew up in eastern Kentucky coal country, so very different than me. I do know that my grandmother‘s belongings came to her house in the 1920s in a conastoga wagon because the road wouldn‘t accommodate cars. But I wish I knew more! 2w
Megabooks @batsy this is such a great thought! She had to learn to accept a lot. 2w
Megabooks @merelybookish I moved back to my hometown a few years ago and help care for my parents, too, so I very much get what you‘re saying. I often ask, when I start to get frustrated, if this is my last week with them, would how I feel about X (or my reaction to it). I have moments I get exasperated, but I try to let things go. 2w
sarahbarnes I love the way she really listened to him and was present, something you don‘t do well as a kid. As another person here with aging (and difficult) parents, it was a reminder that perhaps I can be more patient. Love that phrase @Cathythoughts. ♥️ 2w
Cathythoughts @merelybookish @sarahbarnes My parents have long sinse passed on , but it can be a challenging time for sure. Old age can be a scary place.. but there‘s nothing we can do only hope for the best. I‘m not too afraid of it ,I just hope there won‘t be physical pain 🤞🏻❤️ (edited) 2w
sarahbarnes @Cathythoughts ❤️❤️❤️ Yes to all of that. 2w
Megabooks @Addison_Reads 💯 agree! 2w
Hooked_on_books I‘m so glad she focused on familial love in this book rather than romantic love. With her first effort to change things, Alice changes her romantic life, then realizes that‘s not what actually matters to her. It had so much more depth this way. 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books agreed! I‘m glad this didn‘t evolve her relationship with Tommy. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books and @megabooks I‘m on the same page. I believe I said this last week, and definitely felt it when I read it 2 months ago: this was one of the best parent — grown-child relationships I‘ve read. 2w
Chelsea.Poole @Hooked_on_books and @megabooks I‘m on the same page. I believe I said this last week, and definitely felt it when I read it 2 months ago: this was one of the best parent — grown-child relationships I‘ve read. 2w
BarbaraBB @batsy So true 🤍 2w
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @Megabooks Both your grandparents‘ stories sound so interesting. It‘s a pity we didn‘t pay more attention when we were young 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2w
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Our last question for this book and for me as your main camp leader. I have really enjoyed facilitating discussions with this fantastic group! Thank you. I‘ll post the voting poll for your favorite book of July tomorrow and @BarbaraBB will check in soon with a schedule for Either/Or in August. 👍🏻🏕

In the meantime, what did you think of how this story was told and its ending? Was it a comedy or a tragedy or something else? #CampLitsy

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Soubhiville I think it was more comedy, but that doesn‘t feel accurate given that today‘s genres have branched so far from comedy/tragedy. I think at its heart this is a love story. Not romantic love, but love of family and friends. 3w
Liz_M It is a lovely story. Tinged with melancholy but mostly good. I appreciated the detailed setup up and, even more, that the author wisely skipped repeating the details of multiple time travel trips. I can't remember the ending right now. 🤷 3w
Leniverse I think it started as a tragedy, but it didn't stay one in the traditional sense where the audience get catharsis through vicarious suffering. Instead we got to experience Alice come to term with loss and create more meaningful relationships and the possibility of a better future. There were certainly comedy elements too, in how she would wake up to lives she hadn't intended and had to do it again. 3w
TrishB Definitely non romantic love ❤️ but agree with @Leniverse more about Alice coming to terms with loss. 3w
BarbaraBB @Soubhiville @Liz_M @Leniverse @TrishB I agree with all of you. Love and lovely and coming to terms with loss, making way for a deep way of loving. 3w
squirrelbrain It‘s totally not what I expected from the blurb and I agree with @Soubhiville - it‘s a love story to family and friends. 3w
Megabooks @Leniverse @TrishB is there such a thing as a hopeful tragedy? I agree there‘s no catharsis, but I definitely felt at peace with the way Leonard‘s life and their story ended. 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville yes, comedy has changed so much! I can get on board with a non-romantic love story! 3w
Megabooks @Liz_M yes, 💯 agree that it did not get too repetitive. 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, I like that: making way for deep love. 💜 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I keep thinking this is the summer of non-romantic love between this and. 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Megabooks This Time Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow 😉 (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain LOL @Megabooks @BarbaraBB - there‘s a lot of Tomorrows going on! 3w
squirrelbrain Meg - thanks for your fabulous hosting this month! Looking forward to two more books next month with @BarbaraBB ! 3w
jlhammar Both comic and tragic, reflective of life. Agree with @Megabooks about the hopeful element. Not sure if there is a name/term for it, but reminded me of the journeys the MC's took in The Midnight Library, A Christmas Carol and It's A Wonderful Life in some ways. Coming to terms with mortality, embracing who you are, who you can be, the life and relationships you have. I like that it ends with Alice ready to move forward with hope for the future. 3w
Cathythoughts I kept hearing Cyndi Lauper‘s Song , Time After Time ‘ If your lost you can look and you will find me time after time , I‘ve got a suitcase of memories that I almost left behind. ‘ I preferred the first half , loved the book. (edited) 3w
jlhammar I particularly loved this bit from p. 263 because it really captures what great fiction can be and why I love it so much. “Alice...[understood] that fiction was a myth. Fictional stories, that is...the good ones--those were always true. Not the facts, not the rights and lefts, not the plots, which could take place in outer space or in hell or anywhere in between, but the feelings. The feelings were the truth.“ I felt the truth in this novel. 3w
jlhammar @Megabooks Thank you so much for hosting us this month! Such great discussions. 3w
Cathythoughts Thanks Meg for putting in such hard work ( @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 👍🏻👍🏻♥️♥️) you guys are great ! 3w
Liz_M @Leniverse well said! 3w
BkClubCare @jlhammar - love this! 👏💖 3w
Christine I love this quote and did like the ending. One of my favorite things about the book is how it chips away at the notion that the individual has complete control, that making “all the right choices” will somehow result in “the perfect life.” 3w
BkClubCare @Liz_M - agreed! And well put: “Tinged with melancholy but mostly good.” (And, I always have a hard time remembering endings. 🤣) 3w
batsy I like the description above of it being a love story about family and friends, but also about a place (NYC) and an era (the 90s). Alice is the same age as me and I was charmed by the nostalgia for 90s teenage life, although we both grew up in vastly different places! 3w
Ruthiella Thanks for the leadership counselor Meg! 🤩 It‘s been awesome. I agree with all the above that it‘s a lovely story between parent and child. So neither comedy nor tragedy. I will say that I felt Alice was fairly harsh in her attitude toward her mother, who wasn‘t an ideal parent but she knew that and did the best she could by absenting herself. 3w
merelybookish Like @jlhammar I think there is both comedy and tragedy to this story and all our stories. It's both/and. (As opposed to Either/Or 🙃) it's not so much what happens but how we perceive it. Ultimately, I would say this is a book about grief which is NOT what I expected at all when I started it. Thank you to all our camp counselors for such excellent work! Who knew camp could be fun?! 😆 @Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 3w
squirrelbrain @jlhammar - great comparisons with those other literary journeys! 3w
squirrelbrain @cathythoughts - love that Cyndi Lauder track and such a great link with the theme of the book! You have given me an ear-worm though! 3w
squirrelbrain @Christine - so perceptive, I hadn‘t really picked up on that idea, that even if we had complete autonomy over our life and the choices within it, we still would struggle to get ‘perfection‘. 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish @Cathythoughts it is so fun!! I am surprised too and so happy with our community ❤️ (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish … and I am struggling with 3w
merelybookish @BarbaraBB Do you find it different from The Idiot? I did like it but get why her style isn't for everyone. But in making that comment, I was trying to be clever, although there is probably something to be said about youth & perspective. Easier to have black and white thinking at 20 than at 40. 3w
Cathythoughts @batsy I loved that too , a love story , family , friends , NY. ♥️ 3w
Bookwormjillk @BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 3w
Bookwormjillk I didn‘t have much of an opinion on the ending (and for some reason barely remember it) but you all are making me scared for Either/Or 😁 3w
Addison_Reads I went into this thinking it would be more of romantic love story, which isn't really my thing. However, I was so pleasantly surprised by it. I'm a big fan of recent books exploring love and relationships between friends and family, and showing the reader the good and the bad that comes from loving anyone. Like others I felt okay with the ending. I'm not sure another ending would have been right for this type of story. 2w
sarahbarnes Agree with others here that this story really tugged at my heart - it felt like a story of the inevitable realizations about time, aging, etc that feel so close to home for me these days. I really enjoyed it. Thank you @megabooks for leading an excellent discussion!! 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB I couldn‘t have made it through this month without you both and your fantastic insights in our planning emails! Looking forward to Barbara‘s leadership for August! It has been a great summer for friendship 🫶🏻🫶🏻 2w
Hooked_on_books I agree that there are elements of both but that this isn‘t really either. I liked where the story ended up, but found it overly sentimental at the end, which she avoided in the rest of the book. I also wanted to mention that my favorite moment was when she first traveled back and realized how amazing her young body was and how harshly she‘d judged herself at the time. That felt so true and has really stuck with me. 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar yes! Can definitely see those comparisons. 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar that is a fantastic quote, too! There were so many wonderful quotes in this. 2w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I didn‘t think of Time After Time, but that would be great for a playlist about this book! 2w
Megabooks @Christine oooo…that‘s a good point. Maybe there‘s no such thing as all the rights choices. 🤔🤔 2w
Megabooks @batsy I‘m the same age as well and tapped into that nostalgia, even though I grew up in a small town. There are universal elements to certain times, especially as things started to become connected as they did then. I loved when she explained Google on your smartphone to Sam. 🤣🤯 2w
Megabooks @Ruthiella you‘re welcome! that is true that alice was harsh on her mom. I think her dad smoothed that over a bit talking about how he and her mom were just meant to walk different path, which he found out from his time travels. 2w
Megabooks @merelybookish camp has been fun!! 👍🏻🏕 I didn‘t think it would be so much about grief either, but it was great! 2w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk I usually don‘t remember endings either. 😂 2w
Megabooks @Addison_Reads I‘m a fan of books exploring non-romantic love too. I hope to see even more!! 2w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes you‘re welcome! It feels close to me too. I think many of in this discussion are at an age we find this book very relatable! 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes! That struck me too. I didn‘t appreciate my health and the ease I had with my body when I was younger. 16 was the last year before I became disabled so I‘m sure my body would feel very different!! Great point. 2w
Chelsea.Poole Thanks for hosting @Megabooks 👏 this book is one of my favorites of the year so far…I‘ve already recommended it to loads of people in the library. I had many tears when finishing, so I think I‘m going with more of “tragedy” just because the reality of all relationships eventually come to an end, and this put a spotlight on that fact. 😭 2w
batsy @Megabooks That was so cute! I thought the dynamic between them was so adorable and just lovely to see depicted in fiction. Thank you for hosting this round of camp; it was a lot of fun! 💚🏕️ 2w
BarbaraBB @merelybookish I liked The Idiot but can‘t remember much now. I am just 50 pages into Either/or though so I am still hoping it will pick up a bit of speed. 2w
BarbaraBB Thank you Meg for being the most wonderful camp and discussion leader. It‘s been a great month! 🤍🤍 2w
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This book adeptly addresses parent-child relationships, friendships, love matches, and midlife existential crises. I read it during a 24-hour stretch that was particularly challenging for me emotionally, and it helped bring some perspective to my real-life situation, which is one of the things I like fiction to do.

BarbaraBB It had the same effect on me and I love it when that happens even if it makes me sad. 3w
Megabooks Fantastic review! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Great review! I had the same reaction 💕 and I agree — love it when fiction does this for my life. 3w
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A love story about the bond between a father and daughter. Also, time travel. It‘s funny and moving and just wonderful. ❤️❤️❤️

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Well, look at that. Turns out I bought a signed copy. Shows how well I pay attention.

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As someone who is close to her dad, I adored this novel about a father and daughter‘s love. I‘m really enjoying our #CampLitsy discussions!

Alice is 40, living alone, and comfortably ensconced as an admissions officer at a private NYC school. But her father is dying, and there‘s so much she wants to say. On the night of her 40th birthday she finds a time portal that takes her back to age 16. Can she find a way to change her dad‘s fate or her own?

squirrelbrain The #camplitsy discussions on this book have been soooo interesting! 3w
Cathythoughts Thanks for your great questions Meg ! I really had to stop and think before I answered… a great bonding Litsy experience 🙏 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB Thanks all of you for making this happen. A great Litsy experience XXX 3w
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TrishB The discussions have been great ❤️ 3w
MaleficentBookDragon That sounds really good. I don't think I have the emotional strength for it though, since my dad died from cancer a few years ago. 3w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts you‘re welcome! Im so glad you‘ve joined us. 💜 I really loved seeing everyone‘s answers, and it has been a privilege to host with @squibblesreads and @BarbaraBB ! 3w
Megabooks @TrishB they have, and I‘ve really enjoyed your answers! thanks for joining us this summer 💜🏕 3w
Megabooks @MaleficentBookDragon I am so sorry your father passed. I‘m sure there are still hard times emotionally. 💕 This book has been hard for some that have lost dads, but Straub does such an excellent job showing the love between a father and daughter and their special relationship, it may be worth a read someday. (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB @MaleficentBookDragon I can relate to that, my dad died recently too, but somehow this book felt like a consolation. It made me cry but in a good way. ❤️❤️ 3w
BarbaraBB Lovely review Meg, I understand why it resonates with you too. Fathers and daughters, it‘s a special bond. 3w
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts Thank you. I think so too. Discussion add do much to the book and to our personal connections 🤍 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB for sure 💕💕 3w
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I really enjoyed this ⛺️. Such a lovely read. Its a serious contender. I won‘t say anymore until our camp discussion next Saturday.
This is a pic of me last week at our IRL Bookclub, we recently decided to take a picture of the month‘s book with the person who recommended it, for our group app. 🙄 🙄 ( I think it was my wine fuelled idea 😂 🍷 )

MicheleinPhilly “No, I didn‘t mean it.” 😂 3w
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly I know !! Too late now 😂 3w
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly I think they will really like it 🤞🏻 (edited) 3w
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MicheleinPhilly I loved it and our campers have been universally really positive about it so 🤞🏼. 3w
TrishB Love that! 3w
Cathythoughts @TrishB I was the second book picker to be photographed 😊what a laugh. Good fun. 3w
BarbaraBB Such a great pic!! 3w
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB Thanks Barbara, thank god it‘s blurry ! 3w
squirrelbrain Fabulous pic Cathy! ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain Thanks Helen 😘 3w
batsy Love it 😁 3w
LeahBergen Gorgeous pic of you, Cathy! ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks Suba X 3w
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen Thankyou Leah 😘 3w
CarolynM Lovely photo😍 I won‘t be suggesting photos to my book group, but I might suggest the book😆 3w
Cathythoughts @CarolynM I hope they like the book. We‘ve had a few heavy ones lately, so a nice summer read 🤞🏻😊 3w
EverydayImReading Almost finished it Cathy. Can‘t put it down. Thanks for recommending it ❤️ 3w
Cathythoughts @EverydayImReading Sinead if you to #Camplitsy you will see the discussion we‘ve been having on the first half of this book. Second half to be discussed this Saturday. I hope you might join in 👍🏻😁 3w
Cathythoughts @EverydayImReading Sorry Sinead , you need to scroll down @Megabooks page to see the discussion. 3w
Megabooks We‘d love to have you join the discussion Saturday @EverydayImReading ! I post around noon GMT, but you can join in anytime over the weekend. You can scroll back in my feed to see last week‘s to get an idea. 👍🏻 @BarbaraBB is hosting two more books in August! 3w
BarbaraBB Feel free to join us in #camplitsy @EverydayImReading ! 3w
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Enjoyed this one much more than her last, ‘All Adults Here‘ - even the time travel bits, that I didn‘t think would do much for me, all worked. A good summer read.

MicheleinPhilly I really didn‘t like her last book at all. I was pleasantly surprised how much I loved this. 4w
BarbaraBB Did you read today‘s discussion about it? It‘s fun to read I think, though today is only about the first half. Next Saturday we‘ll the discuss the whole book. #CampLitsy 4w
kbuggle @MicheleinPhilly I‘m with you on this one! Was happy to not be disappointed twice in a row 4w
kbuggle @BarbaraBB I‘ll have to take a look! 4w
Megabooks Yes, we‘d love to have you at next week‘s camp litsy discussion! Glad you enjoyed it, too! 3w
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Onto a new book! Since many have read the whole book this time, I‘ve tried to craft questions that are unlikely to cause spoilers, but please be mindful. We‘ll talk more plot next week.

Alice travels back to high school, and this quote took me right back to my Class of 1998 years. (Go Eagles!) So is there anything you wish you had known? Do you feel kinship with this quote? Why or why not? #CampLitsy

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Leniverse Not really, but maybe? At 16 I was mostly just waiting to turn 18 and hoping that the current grownups wouldn't destroy the planet to the point where I wouldn't have a future. At 18 I had managed to outgrow my gloomy teen attitude enough to actually plan for a future, but at 16 everything was pretty grim. 4w
Leniverse As for things I wish I had known... I wish I had been less self-conscious and more confident in my body. Youth really is wasted on the young. But I bet that when I am 80 I'll be annoyed at myself for complaining about my aging forty-ish body. 😆 4w
merelybookish I would say yes. I had my clear goals: go to university, get out of my hometown but little sense of what kind of future I might want beyond 'a good life' and 'to be successful.' 4w
BarbaraBB @Leniverse That is so true, youth being wasted on the young!! I spent so much time waiting for better times, judging myself, feeling insecure etc while the world lay at my feet! (edited) 4w
TrishB I wanted to be an MP in my teens! My 20s were crap and I just didn‘t bother with anything! I wish I‘d have stayed on focus - I could have been running the country 😁😁 4w
Cathythoughts I felt very lost and often lonely at around 16… but I think back then I also remember being a lot more courageous and energy levels were high.. I wasn‘t very focused. College was on the horizon, and marriage was a big part of the future … drummed into us then. (edited) 4w
MicheleinPhilly I had no clue what I was doing at 16 (sometimes I still don‘t ☺️). I just wanted to grow up and move out and be the boss of me! How naive I was. I would tell my 16 year old self though to stop wasting time worrying what others think of you. 4w
Cathythoughts @TrishB I have no doubt you could be running your country 👍🏻 I would have great faith in you ! (edited) 4w
Megabooks @Leniverse yes re: body image. I was a size 2 and felt like I was so fat that I skipped my senior class pool party because I didn‘t want to be seen in a bikini! Plus for me, my body has never been as fit and limber as it was then. And 💯 agree with you and @BarbaraBB that youth is wasted on the young. And I obviously judged myself a lot as well. 4w
Megabooks @merelybookish that‘s another common theme in literature looking back at teen years: wanting to escape one‘s hometown. It was certainly true for me. 4w
Megabooks @TrishB wow! I didn‘t end up what I thought I‘d be either, which was politically adjacent: a diplomat with the State Department. 😁😁😁 in another life, we could‘ve met! 4w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts interesting that you bring up energy. That is 💯 true in my experience! Also agree about college and marriage being end goals for most women. 4w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I think that self consciousness and worry about what others think is quite common for teens. It‘s much harder to brush off then! 4w
ImperfectCJ As a teen, my family situation was such that I didn't have a strong sense of the future, ambiguous or otherwise. I felt stuck and lost and self-conscious and didn't start to have any fun with it until I recognized my power as a body and embraced a bit of nihilism in college. Then I was insufferable until I had my first child when I realized quickly and painfully that I knew nothing. I've just continued learning that lesson ever since. 4w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @Megabooks When I was 16, I thought I would become a lawyer. So much so that when I started college, I declared as pre-law. I do work with and for lawyers, but I fucking hate them and no amount of money could entice me to become one. 😂 4w
jlhammar Oh my gosh, yes, definitely rang true for me. And a big yes to what you all have been saying so far. I had so much anxiety and felt so much stress about the future when I was 16. Did I actually enjoy anything? I felt like I had to be perfect or I was doomed (these were my own expectations and fears, did not come from my parents who are much more laid back than I am). Also, so much time and energy given to what I looked like. What a waste! 4w
squirrelbrain It sounds like we all had very similar feeling at that age! @Leniverse - I totally agree about body image - as @barbarabb said, youth is wasted on the young! I look back at photos now and wonder what on earth I was thinking! 4w
squirrelbrain I completely agree @MicheleinPhilly about worrying what others think of you. Mind you, I should tell myself that now too! Oh, and I wanted to be a lawyer too when I was 16! Why?! 4w
squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts - yes, lost and lonely is so right. I had a big group of ‘friends‘ but still often felt on the sidelines. It would have been good to know we all felt the same. 4w
jlhammar As much as I think it was stupid that I spent so much time and energy on how I looked and boys/love life, I think the dumb teenager I was led me to here and to wherever I'm going so I wouldn't try to change anything. I have learned so much through each phase of life so far and am hopefully getting better and wiser thanks to mistakes made along the way. 4w
TheKidUpstairs I was terrified of the future when I was a teenager. I spent so much time thinking about how I'd never be ready for adult life. Along with worrying about what everyone thought of me. If I could go back, I'd enjoy the time more. 4w
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ I‘m sure it was amazing to see and feel that transformation in yourself. Thank you for sharing! 4w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly lol! I‘m glad you‘ve found something that suits you better. 4w
ImperfectCJ @Megabooks I wish I had known then that feeling stupid is a positive step towards growth, but I don't think I would have believed myself anyway. 4w
Megabooks @jlhammar you have 💯 put words to how I was feeling about this quote and my time as a 16 year old! Thank you 💜 4w
Megabooks @TheKidUpstairs interesting. I think that feeling unprepared was a common theme for many. It‘s just so hard try to know what you don‘t have a way of knowing, if that makes sense. It‘s just a big transition. (edited) 4w
sarahbarnes I relate so much to all of these comments! I always struggled to fit in and worried so much about what everyone thought of me. I really wanted to get out of my small hometown, but I don‘t think I knew exactly to what. I‘d tell my younger self to figure out the real answer to that question! I‘m laughing at the lawyer comments because I DID become a lawyer - it was what other people thought I should do. I‘m much happier now that I‘m not one anymore 4w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I feel like that about politicians. But I also feel like I could go a better job…,, 4w
sarahbarnes @TrishB we could use you making world decisions these days - it‘s not too late! 😁 4w
TrishB @Cathythoughts 😘 one day… 4w
TrishB @Megabooks we‘d have done a good job 👍🏻 4w
Chelsea.Poole Wow, I love reading about everyone as a teen. 💕You all have made me realize how naive, immature, and oblivious I was to the wider world at 16. I was dumb, but happy in my small life. 😆 I was head over heels for a boy and we were insanely serious about marriage as soon as we graduated HS. Thank heavens fate led me in other directions but I‘m still fond of what we had, though as an adult I see the issues. My focus was on my relationship. 4w
Megabooks @TrishB for sure! It‘s not too late! You‘d do a better job than many of the others there now. 💯💯💯💯 4w
Christine Agreed, @Chelsea.Poole , what fun these comments have been! Fun and thought-provoking - looking back, I now see everything I did as a late teen as tiptoeing toward finding myself via the escape route of education - once I found a college that was away from home but not TOO far away (“home” being my hometown but also my religion, culture, and probably lots of other stuff), I figured the rest would work itself out. 4w
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ such a great point. The times I have admitted I know nothing or assumed incorrectly are some of the greatest times of growth and many of the times I have ended up most proud of myself. 4w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes very good points! It is interesting how much happier I‘ve been when I stopped listening to others and started listening to myself. 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole it‘s interesting how things turn out and the ways we feel about it many years later. I‘m glad you can look back fondly now! 4w
Megabooks @Christine good point about what we look for when we leave home - how close or far we want it to be in several dimensions. 4w
TrishB @sarahbarnes one day 😉 4w
MrsV As others have said, I was very self conscious about what others thought. And my only goal was to get away from my very small hometown. I would tell my 16 yr old self to focus more, to let things and certain people go. 4w
BarbaraBB You‘d have my vote @TrishB , I‘d move to England for it! 4w
BarbaraBB @Chelsea.Poole I always thought Life (with a capital) would start at 16. That would be the magical year. It kind of did, I met my first boyfriend and we were together for almost 4 years. We too thought it would be forever. I am glad it wasn‘t but glad too with those years. We were so young!! 4w
Megabooks @MrsV good point about letting things go! 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I would‘ve like to have known 16 year old Barbara! 4w
BarbaraBB She was cute and serious and very very insecure! 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 💕💕💕 4w
Ruthiella I totally empathize with everything here. I would love to tell my 16 year old self to worry less about what others think but I know she wouldn‘t listen. Like @jlhammar wrote, the challenges of our past shape our future. I do like to think of a parallel universe however where @TrishB is PM of the UK! 👍😀 4w
rockpools I‘ve loved reading these comments. And you have my vote @TrishB ! At 16, my world was V small. I‘m not sure I was even thinking about the future, beyond starting college (thank you, double maths, for making that essential!) I loved the career advice Melinda gave in the book - you CAN change your mind. Knowing that the expectations of my small-town were just that, being a weirdo wasn‘t weird, & there were options out there, would have been huge. 4w
TrishB @Cathythoughts @sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB @Ruthiella @rockpools I‘m off to write my manifesto for my new party- There‘s Enough for All. 3w
BarbaraBB @TrishB I so like the sound of that. You rock! 3w
Hooked_on_books My teenage experience was like many of yours. I remember how everything felt SO important, SO vital, in a way I have long since learned was not true. I wish I could have taken my failures with more grace instead of seeing them as catastrophes. I did end up being what I wanted to be then, but found I wasn‘t happy and changed paths. If 16 year old me knew that, she‘d be horrified! 3w
Hooked_on_books @TrishB You know, word is there will be a job opening there soon, so I say go for it! Your country would be better off! 3w
sarahbarnes @TrishB yes!! 👏 3w
Megabooks @TrishB now that‘s a party I can get behind! 🇬🇧 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella @jlhammar I think I wouldn‘t change the challenges I faced then because I like the woman I am today. That‘s an excellent point! 3w
Megabooks @rockpools I almost used Melinda‘s quote rather than this one. I think it‘s very true as well. So much of life is flexible then. And long live the teenage weirdo because we‘re great adults now!! 3w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes, that is an excellent point about failures! I tended to catastrophize as well. 3w
Bookwormjillk Late again this week but I was one of those who spent so much time trying to escape I didn‘t enjoy what I had! 3w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk that is an excellent point! I think it is hard to appreciate things as a teenager. 3w
batsy I loved this line! I'm interested in this because it feels culturally-specific. In Malaysia for example, your teen years or secondary school would be in service of ensuring you did well enough in the SPM examinations & academic rigour in national schools was brutal in my time. Everything I did felt geared towards academic excellence leading to professional & career security & financial stability. I know now that things could have been different! 3w
batsy (P/S: I loved reading through these comments!) 3w
BkClubCare @batsy - my experience at secondary school and at age 16 was ALL about getting highest grades and being “involved” so I could win scholarships for college. 3w
Megabooks @batsy that‘s really interesting. I ran it by Helen and Barbara beforehand to see if this was 💯 an American thing, which we decided it wasn‘t, but I knew that it would not have been the experience of every Litten around the world. My sophomore college roommate was Malaysian, and she also talked about the competitiveness. She came to Duke on a Petronas scholarship. This was back in the late 90s. Long and short lots of variation in the world!! 3w
Megabooks @BkClubCare I‘m kind of surprised that we didn‘t talk more about that. I was quite competitive as well, but I still look back then and think I personally had the ability to be more carefree than I did as an adult. I had activities and schoolwork and summer jobs, but there was never truly the grind of massive day to day responsibilities I‘ve had as an adult. 3w
BkClubCare @Megabooks - yeah, no, not for me was anything carefree. Stressed about grades, appearances, what school to go to, what to major in: my junior year of HS was hectic. By Senior year, it got scary that it was all really happening. (edited) 3w
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NYC is as much a character in this novel as the human ones. Alice, her father, and her friends visit many places and restaurants that no longer exist. NYC is often written about with nostalgia in other books, too. How well does this quote fit the NYC from this book, literature, pop culture, or your in-person visits? Are there any NYC places you miss? #CampLitsy

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merelybookish NYC really was like a character, one that could grow and change but something at its core remains the same. So the restaurants and 'landmarks' can come and go, but something about the spirit of the city endures. I liked that. Alice absolutely loves NYC and realizes it's unnecessary to be too precious or smug about her version of NYC. 4w
Cathythoughts I‘ve never been to NYC but I enjoy reading about it. Yes the city is like a character, an exciting , interesting , growing and changing form, just as I imagine it to be. Nostalgia, yes, just like when I think of my own little city I have memories on every street, places that remain or have changed , ‘first times‘, great times , sad times. NYC is part of Alice , all her memories are there. 4w
BarbaraBB I really like the role of NYC in the book and I like the metaphor used. Don‘t we all know that place that has changed so much over the years without you noticing it because you were there all the time? Alice experiences this with Leonard too, when traveling back in time. He aged without her noticing 4w
TrishB As a character NYC was great! I‘ve never been, always on the bucket list! 4w
MicheleinPhilly Her obvious love for NYC was one of my favorite aspects of the book. It was truly a love letter to the city. I often feel the same way about the myriad ways Philly has changed since my childhood. I mean, I even laugh now during the climax of Rocky because our skyline looks NOTHING like that anymore. But we‘re still the same scrappy bunch we‘ve always been. 4w
Megabooks @merelybookish that‘s a really excellent point about the spirit of the city. It is so unique to New York. 4w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts good point about the landmarks being so important to Alice‘s feeling about the city. A lot of nostalgia there! 4w
Megabooks @TrishB It is a place unlike any other. I hope you see it one day! 4w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly that‘s wonderful like what @merelybookish said about the spirit of a city. I miss Philly. I haven‘t been there in 20 years! 4w
MicheleinPhilly @Megabooks You MUST come visit. You would be amazed by the progress. 4w
squirrelbrain @merelybookish - it‘s so difficult to explain what it is about NYC, but you hit the nail on the head with ‘spirit‘. I also think there‘s an energy and a positivity there too- if you can make it there you can make it anywhere, of course! 4w
TheKidUpstairs This book really made me itch for NYC. I've been a number of times, every trip different. 4w
Liz_M I wholeheartedly agree with the quote! I can't count the number of times a new restaurant or store has opened in my neighborhood(s) and I can't for the life of me remember what had been there before. What I loved was tracking the number of places that have stayed the same. Pompadour Walk and Cheever Place are real and still there, as is the whale in the museum. Many of the restaurants exist, but have changed locations, etc. 4w
Liz_M (I was thinking of taking and posting photos, but it's been much too hot these past few days) 4w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m sure I would. When I lived nearby and worked there then, it felt on the cusp of a lot of changes, as I‘m did NYC as well, with young people ditching the suburbs and changes in what people wanted in restaurants and entertainment. Plus gentrification in general. (edited) 4w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I think it‘s the ultimate American city to make it in for sure! A dream for so many and Alice had it her whole life. 4w
Megabooks @TheKidUpstairs me too! I haven‘t been in several years, and I‘m sure many things would be different. 4w
Megabooks @Liz_M thank you for sharing! It is interesting in any city to look at a building and be like…huh, that‘s changed. I go to Nashville every couple of months and wanted to go to a local restaurant I‘ve enjoyed in the past, and boom in a few months it‘s a totally different one! 4w
Megabooks @Liz_M I would love to see pictures if it ever manages to cool down! 🥵🥵🥵 4w
sarahbarnes I also loved the role of NYC in the book and this quote I think really captures a city over time. I‘ve only been to NYC once, but it makes me think of many cities I know. I really love the way NYC is such a point of connection between Alice and her dad - it‘s such a significant part of their relationship. 4w
Chelsea.Poole I loved this about the book! NYC is such a dominant force in many books I‘ve read. And I‘ve still NEVER visited! My sister-in-law lives there too. How is this possible? I‘m going as soon as I can get myself there! I texted my SIL while reading, inquiring about different locations. Some she knew, others nope. I sooo want to go to Books are Magic! (edited) 4w
jlhammar You know, now that I think of it, my first visit to NYC was in Fall 1996! My high school choir was part of a group performing in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. It all felt kind of magical. This quote is such a perfect way to describe change. And I think it is interesting that many adults during Alice's teenage years would have been feeling nostalgia for the grittier NYC of the 70s and 80s. 4w
jlhammar Yes, I was thinking those same things @BarbaraBB ! We hardly register small changes with people and places we see all the time. I moved from my hometown for college and since only visit a few times a year. I'm always struck by how different things are. For me, it will always be the hometown of my youth. But for my parents and sister who still live there, things have changed bit by bit so they hardly notice and are amused by my surprise. 4w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes agreed that it is a part of Alice and Leonard‘s relationship. It was good to see how happy they were and how many good memories she had to bring young and older in the city with him. 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole I think it‘s time to plan a trip for sure!! 😁😁😁 4w
Megabooks @jlhammar it‘s true that we all have nostalgia for different times and places in a city depending on when we first lived there or important memories. When I drive by this place that used to be a Pizza Hut and is now an enterprise rent a car, I can still smell the pizza and remember conversations I had with my best friend there. 4w
MrsV I like others have never been to NYC. I want to go so much! From all the books I‘ve read set there, I want to have the full NYC experience! 4w
BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly Exactly that, we‘re still the same bunch. That‘s how it feels to the ones who stay. Can I accompany Meg when she visits Philly 😉?! 4w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M This book must be extra special for you to read! Does it bring back memories? And I too hope you‘ll post some pictures! I already googled Pomander, what a lovely place! 4w
Megabooks @MrsV it would be great to go on a literature tour of nyc if one exists! 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly I would very much like to visit Philly with you Barbara! I‘d love to go to the indie bookstore Michele speaks so highly of, too. Books, dinner, and sightseeing would be perfect! 4w
Ruthiella I‘ve only been to NYC once, in 1999. I really only know the city through books like this that make the place such an important part of the narrative. @BarbaraBB I also googled Pomander! I thought, “this can‘t be real!” , but it is! 😂 (edited) 4w
Hooked_on_books Interestingly, I read this maybe a month or two ago and I didn‘t remember it was set in NYC! So I guess place didn‘t make as much of an impact on me, but I think you nailed it @jlhammar about how we do or don‘t notice how a place is changing depending on our perspective. I think we also only notice the changes when we know the place well rather than casually. 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella it is wonderful when places in literature are real. And a studio can be yours for just $459k! (Real estate prices in cities are simply insane!) 3w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books that‘s true because I think I‘d only remember places I loved even if I used to go to a city often. The rest would be background. 3w
batsy I've never been to NYC or the States, but have absorbed enough American pop culture to feel like I know NYC 😆 I'm very much enjoying Straub's depictions of NY; it feels very much like a love letter to a place, & particularly the NY of the 90s. 3w
Megabooks @batsy I agree there‘s definitely that nostalgia to 90s NYC in particular. So many books are set there that it is easy to feel like you know it! 3w
ImperfectCJ I've been to NYC twice, once in the summer of 1997 and once at Christmas 2016. It was so dirty in 1997, I remember wiping my face with my t-shirt and seeing the grime on the fabric. I get the idea of layers, and I've experienced something similar in San Diego, the only place I've lived as an adult where I also lived as a child. I usually don't like books set in NYC because they tend to be self-important, but I'm not minding this one. 3w
cariashley Where do I even start - I related to this story so emphatically, it hurt. This was the truest depiction of NYC I‘ve maybe ever read - the vibrancy, the community, the bratty rich kids. I was a scholarship kid at an upper east side private school at the same time as the main character, so this was a real nostalgia trip for me. It really captures the spirit of my New York. 3w
Megabooks @ImperfectCJ cities change so much over time, and I recently moved back to my hometown and agree. And I try to seek out books not set in nyc/Brooklyn because it‘s often overdone and there‘s nothing special many of them add to the tons of books out there. This one is special though. 3w
Megabooks @cariashley wow! That‘s excellent to hear from a native!! It does capture a very special/specific nyc that I really enjoyed reading about. 3w
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I‘ve always found time travel interesting. Each book or movie has its own rules. Without spoilers, do you think Alice has the chance to make things right for her father? Do you think there‘s a way to improve the future with time travel? Bonus: if given the opportunity, would you try?

When you‘re back from your time travels, we have campfire s‘mores tonight! 😉🏕 See you back next week to discuss the whole book! #CampLitsy

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Leniverse I'm not convinced it's her father's life that needs improving. As for time travel, that sounds fun and scary but if it involves waking up as a 16 y/o again, then hard pass. And like Leonard says, when you have kids you have to be careful what you change in your own past. 4w
merelybookish Time travel is not something that generally appeals to me, although I've seen most of the movies Alice references and read some of the books. 🤔 I did worry that she would screw things up and was relieved that the rules to her time travel were fairly lose. I understood Alice's impulse to save Leonard while also figuring it would not work out as planned. But one of the best parts of this novel was how often my assumptions were wrong. 4w
Cathythoughts She‘s time travelling back, to me it feels more like another way of remembering the past and her life with her Dad, all the times they spent together. Trying to save Leonard feels like her magical way of working through his dying , his death. (edited) 4w
BarbaraBB I agree with @Leniverse I am not sure Leonard‘s love needed improving. I think Alice wanted to make the best of her time with him, because she realized it was ending and she had taken him for granted most of the time - which is perfectly natural of course. 4w
TrishB @Cathythoughts what a wonderful deff way of putting it! 4w
TrishB As @Leniverse says - when you have kids you have to be careful of thinking what you‘d change! 4w
MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts How beautifully put! 4w
MicheleinPhilly As a lifelong pessimist, I‘ve always fixated on “coulda, shoulda, woulda” but I‘m finally realizing (at damn near 45!) what a futile exercise it is. 4w
Megabooks @Leniverse that‘s 💯 true because you wouldn‘t want someone you love to no longer exist. 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I agree that you don‘t appreciate your parents until much later in life and then you may not have enough or any time with them. 4w
Megabooks @merelybookish that‘s a wonderful point about assumptions being wrong. That was the case with my reading too. 4w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts @Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly yes, agree that Cathy put it so well! There is a bit of magical thinking to it. Trying to squeeze in those last moments. 4w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly great point about the ciulda woulda shouldas. But sometimes late at night it is worse for me than when I was younger! 4w
Cathythoughts @Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Yes to the ciudad woulda shouldas… late at night is a big over thinking time for me too Meg. I‘m getting better at making some kind of peace with myself though .. the perks of getting older 😁 4w
squirrelbrain @cathythoughts - beautifully said! ❤️ @merelybookish - time travel doesn‘t really appeal to me either…too many things to go wrong! 4w
Liz_M @Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB nicely said! While in the main Leonard seems happy in his life, in our imagination it could always be better, right? So I understand the impulse of both trying to make a loved one's life healthier, longer, better so that we can spend more time with them. But as to actually effecting the desired changes, I have trouble believing that one person, in one day, can make a controlled difference! 4w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts for sure. Part of being older is learning to accept things won‘t change. I think that‘s part of what makes the book so interesting. Alice‘s belief she can change things. 4w
Megabooks @Liz_M great way of putting it! The impulse real. 4w
Chelsea.Poole @merelybookish oh my goodness same here! I had so many assumptions about the way things would play out with this one and I was so wrong and I loved that about it! Straub definitely did not go down the same paths many authors do and I loved that. 4w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m often a coulda-shoulda-woulda person myself. I can see myself trying to do anything possible to change outcomes, especially with my parent. This book hit me so hard because of all of the health issues of my mom‘s we‘ve been dealing with. This is one of the best parent-grown children relationships I‘ve read. Also, I have to say, this is time travel-lite (?) otherwise I wouldn‘t have enjoyed it 😆 4w
sarahbarnes Those coulda woulda shoulda thoughts at 3am - glad it‘s not just me. 🙃 I agree it seems like Alice is going through a process I recognize all too well - grieving the past, coming to terms with her dad being sick and with her own life. 4w
sarahbarnes I will say this is the first time travel novel I think I‘ve read as an adult and I was a little skeptical, but I love what she does with it. ❤️ 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole agree that this really made me think about my own parents‘ health problems. And super agree that this portrays an adult child-parent relationship well and in a very relatable way! 4w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think the coulda woulda shouldas are as ubiquitous in adults as feelings of inadequacy in teens! 4w
jlhammar I also love thinking about time travel, though once I really get going it can make my brain hurt a bit! I don't think you can know what to change in your past to make life better in the future. I understand the desire to try, but I don't see it working in any scenario. There are always trade-offs or things that would be altered unintentionally. 4w
MrsV I used to think that I wanted to go back and tweak a thing or two. I thought I‘d have my kids earlier than when I had them. But then I realized I wouldn‘t have the kids I do have, and I know my life wouldn‘t be the same without them. (edited) 4w
jlhammar When I wonder about what my life might have been had I made different choices, I think of the multiverse. There's quite possibly another version of myself in a different universe doing the things I might have done had I made different decisions. The possibilities/versions are infinite. But this is my universe and I wouldn't mess with it. 4w
jlhammar I'd love to time travel. Not so much to revisit parts of my life or to try to change things, but just to witness history. My ideal time travel would be one in which I'm invisible and can't interact or change anything. My house was built in 1914 and I often think how cool it would be to be able to see what daily life was like for the family living in my home back then. Which reminds me of this amazing graphic novel 4w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes Grieving the past, you say it so well. 💔 4w
BarbaraBB @jlhammar I have that too! My house was built in the late 19th century and I have some pictures of it from the 1920s and 1950s. I‘d love to know who lived here at the time and how they spent their time! 4w
Megabooks @jlhammar yes, I‘d agree unintentional changes would be hard to avoid, and I‘d worry about making things worse. I like the confidence alice has that she can make things right. 4w
Megabooks @jlhammar the multiverse just blows my mind! It‘s just crazy to think about existing in multiple realities and thinking about the math that proves it is crazy too. How cool that your house has such history! And yours too @BarbaraBB 4w
jlhammar @Megabooks Have you seen the movie Everything Everywhere All At Once yet? You might appreciate it. Kind of a cool take on the multiverse. Strange, but also funny and definitely makes you think. 4w
rockpools I‘m not at the the half-way mark yet, but I guess the time travel is a way for Alice to change herself and her attitudes - as @Chelsea.Poole says, to work through things - rather than to actually make any changes. And I‘m stacking that gn @jlhammar 4w
Ruthiella It‘s tempting to think there‘s a Back to the Future moment in our lives where everything could pivot based on one event. But I‘m with @Leniverse , you couldn‘t pay me enough 💰 to go back to 16. It was hard enough the first time around! 3w
jlhammar @rockpools I thought Here was such a poignant meditation on time. I read it years ago and still think of it often. Hope you enjoy! 3w
Hooked_on_books I loved how Alice‘s focus was on her dad rather than herself in trying to change things. And I especially love that she ended up married with kids on her first effort to change things and said no to it. Society so often tells women those are the goals, and I love that she rejected that because it simply didn‘t work for her. That was awesome! 3w
squirrelbrain I agree @Hooked_on_books - at first I had a bit of an eye-roll at that - oh yeah, she gets the guy and the ‘happy ever after‘, but I loved that she rejected it all. 3w
Megabooks @jlhammar no but ads kept popping up on the internet as it came out and I believe @vivastory recommended to me as well. I should see if I can get it streaming yet. 3w
Megabooks @rockpools good point by you and @Chelsea.Poole I think time travel would be an excellent way to work thing out if you ran out of time on the normal timeline. 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella I think a lot of people feel like they never want to see 16 again, but I‘d just be too curious! 3w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain I love that she rejected Tommy + kids as well. It would‘ve been so easy to just make that the end, but I‘m glad Straub dug deeper. I love it when marriage + kids aren‘t the HEA because so often they are. 3w
Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books @squirrelbrain @Megabooks I was glad she chose not to keep the married and kids version of her life too! 3w
Chelsea.Poole @Soubhiville @Hooked_on_books and @squirrelbrain @Megabooks YES! I was like “oh I know where this is going. Blah” and it didn‘t and I was so happy for that. And it‘s ironic because I‘m married with two kids that I love desperately (of course) but that‘s not the right situation for everyone and it isn‘t the sparkly dream life it‘s made out to be in Hallmark movies. And it‘s overdone and I wanted something else. (edited) 3w
sarahbarnes @BarbaraBB so true about how we feel about our parents as adults! ♥️ Perfectly natural I agree. 3w
sarahbarnes @Megabooks I think that‘s exactly right! 3w
vivastory @jlhammar @Megabooks Everything Everywhere All At Once is still my favorite movie released this year & I'd be surprised if that changes 3w
Bookwormjillk I stopped at halfway so I might change my mind about this later, but one of my favorite things about this book is Alice‘s willingness to tell her best friend things about the future without freaking out about the space time continuum or whatever. 3w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk that is true! Sam is such a good friend in the future and the past! 3w
ImperfectCJ I agree with the idea that Alice has more to fix in her own life than in her father's. In addition, although she might be trying to alleviate some of her guilt in her 40yo present by wanting to help her dad, her dad's life is his to live, not hers. (I've only read up to the halfway point so I kind of closed my eyes scrolling through the last several comments, so someone might already have said this.) 3w
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Don‘t mind me, I‘ll just be sitting in Helen‘s camper van sobbing until we gather round the campfire tomorrow. I wasn‘t sure the time travel aspect was going to work for me, but I absolutely loved it. It definitely hit differently because of personal stuff but it was “right book, right time.” 👍🏼 #camplitsy

TrishB ♥️ lovely review for a lovely book. 4w
GidgetsTreasures75 I loved this book! 4w
BarbaraBB For me too! Meet you in Helen‘s campervan ❤️ 4w
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Megabooks So glad you loved it! I did too. 4w
squirrelbrain LOL - just saw this Michele, sorry! And I do hope you didn‘t flood the campervan! 😭 3w
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Don‘t worry! @BarbaraBB and I kept the door open a crack to let the river escape. 3w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain We make sure of that! 3w
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“It‘s okay to lose people. Loss is the point. You can‘t take away the grief, the pain, because then what are you left with?”

This book 💔. I can‘t remember having read about fathers and daughters more lovingly. Or about New York for that matter. The time traveling added more wise lessons than I could have wished for.

I‘d be surprised if this book won‘t be my #CampLitsy winner.

(Pic: Havana, Cuba)

Daisey Love the color coordination of this photo and really all the Cuba photos. 4w
squirrelbrain Aw, lovely review Barbara! I‘m so glad you loved it, even if it was 😢💔 at times. 4w
TrishB It was a very touching book 😁❤️ 4w
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KarenUK So glad you loved it too…. 💕 4w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I am so glad you nominated it! I hadn‘t read it otherwise I think because I didn‘t enjoy this book by Straub 4w
merelybookish Such a great quote! I really loved this one too -- which surprised me. 4w
Cathythoughts Great quote ♥️ 4w
Suet624 Sadly, I was surprised by the fact that I didn‘t enjoy it. I might have to try it again. It might have been during my grumpy phase. 4w
BarbaraBB @Suet624 I am a bit surprised too, though it‘s not as good as Fresh Flowers or that kind of books. It‘s an easy read but it touched me deeply on a personal level. Maybe half a year ago I would have thought completely different 4w
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I‘m really glad you enjoyed it. I can understand it‘s appeal. 4w
Megabooks This was a fantastic book! Glad it hit you in the feels 💜💜 4w
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❤️❤️ This book feels so personal at times ❤️❤️

sarahbarnes I couldn‘t agree more. Her feelings were so familiar to me. ❤️❤️ 4w
BarbaraBB @sarahbarnes ❤️❤️ 4w
CarolynM 💔 3w
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A very slow week with the books. I‘m on page 135 ( nearly to page 157 👍🏻) so I‘ll be ready to go this time ⛺️ tomorrow. #Camplitsy

Cinfhen Hi Cathy!! 4w
Cinfhen Love your new photo 💕💕 4w
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen Hi Cindy! That little doll in my photo is making her presence felt 😂 she‘s very good, but all go. Life is busy. Hope you are having a wonderful break. ♥️ (edited) 4w
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BarbaraBB I hope you‘re enjoying it as much as I did 🤍 4w
Cathythoughts @barbarabb Absolutely! It‘s a quiet page turner ♥️ 4w
Megabooks So glad you‘ll be joining us! 4w
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Somehow this was my first Straub which seems strange to me. There is a time travel aspect to this book but really it is about a daughter‘s love for her father, the difficulty of facing losing a parent and wishing we had appreciated the time we had with them more. This hit me in the feels with both of my parents aging in ways that have totally redefined our relationships.

merelybookish Great review! I loved it and loved how it *seemed* like it would be a romance but ended up really being about family and grief. 1mo
squirrelbrain Great review! Are you joining in the discussions for #camplitsy this weekend? 4w
Jas16 @squirrelbrain I will keep an eye out for the discussion since I happened to read it at the same time. I have never participated before but that would be fun 4w
squirrelbrain @megabooks will post some discussion points on the first half of the book this Saturday, if you keep an eye on her feed, followed by more questions next Saturday. We‘ve had some fab discussions so far and we‘d love to have you along! 4w
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Guess what WASN‘T on my Weekly Forecast this morning? So guess what I‘ve started reading?!

Very much enjoying this so far, though I‘m not too sure what it is yet. I might even make next week‘s #CampLitsy conversation!

Also, trying out a new audiobook app. It‘s a small UK (Cornwall)-based indie. No subscription, just buy-as-you-go. And their unique thing is that where licences permit, you get the e- and audiobooks together (not this one, sadly).

rockpools It‘s called Xigxag https://xigxag.co.uk , and definitely has potential for UK folks who don‘t do Audible. 1mo
Megabooks I‘m really enjoying this too! I hope you can join us Saturday! 1mo
squirrelbrain Hope you can make it to #camplitsy! I‘ve just downloaded the app to see what it‘s all about. 4w
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rockpools @squirrelbrain yay! What do you think? It might not work so well if you‘re an Audible/Scribd user, but I‘ve been after a UK-focussed version of libro.fm for AGES, and this might fill that gap. It seems to have a decent range of titles. 4w
squirrelbrain It‘s funny as I though that I wouldn‘t pay Qf.99 for an audiobook, but then I already pay more than that on Audible. ? 1 credit a month was never enough for me but now it probably is, as I dog-walk and don‘t listen at the same time! I‘ll keep an eye on it and see what new books come on. 4w
rockpools @squirrelbrain That‘s about it- realistically I want to buy one every 3 or 4 months, when the library isn‘t playing, so this could work well for me. I was going to have to buy This Time Tomorrow anyway, and couldn‘t find it for less than Qf.99 even as an ebook, so figured it was worth a go. On Audible without a sub it‘s (d3, and I ain‘t doing that! 4w
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Enjoyed this 👍🏻 will wait for further discussion!
#camplitsy

merelybookish Wow! Such a different cover from the North American edition! (I liked it a lot too!) 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘ve just finished it… I also liked it! 😁 1mo
TrishB @merelybookish very different covers! 1mo
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TrishB @squirrelbrain cool 👍🏻 1mo
BarbaraBB Everyone seems to like it! Looking forward to reading it myself! 1mo
Megabooks Yay! This definitely seems to be a hit! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I started this today and that first chapter was ROUGH. It hit way too close to home but I soldiered on and am thoroughly enjoying. 4w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly oh I can see why ♥️ 4w
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Attention campers! It‘s time to start our fourth book of the summer, This Time Tomorrow. We‘re reading through chapter 30 (to page 157 in my US hardcover edition or 52% in the audiobook). I have just finished reading to that point, and I‘m loving it! I hope you do, too.

See you back Saturday! Meanwhile the arts and crafts cabin and the pool are open if you can tear yourself away from our large library. 😉🏕 #CampLitsy

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TrishB Started this morning 👍🏻 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Love this one 💕 1mo
BarbaraBB Imagine a camp with a library 😍 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m at the halfway point and I‘m loving it so far too! Looking forward to next week‘s discussions. 1mo
Cathythoughts Thanks Meg ! All good at the camp. We are happy campers ❤️😁 1mo
merelybookish I'm ready! No more skipping activities. 😀 1mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!! Im excited for arts & crafts!! 1mo
Cinfhen And I really enjoyed this book even though I can‘t recall any of the specifics 6 weeks later 1mo
Ruthiella Thanks Meg! 👍🏕 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I loved making landyards!! Such a universal camp activity 🏕😁😁 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it would be fantastic! 1mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen well, I still hope we can jog your memory and that you can join the discussion! 1mo
Megabooks @TrishB @Chelsea.Poole @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @merelybookish @Ruthiella looking forward to an awesome discussion on Saturday! Thanks to you all for joining us! (And you for being a great counselor, Helen 💜💜) 1mo
Sparklemn I've gotten super behind with my July reading so I'm going to join you in mid-August for Our Wives Under the Sea. I'll look forward to learning how you all enjoy the next two books. 1mo
Megabooks @Sparklemn I‘m sorry you won‘t be joining us for the next two, but I can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on Our Wives! Is it okay to keep you on the tag list? 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB going to pop y‘all an email Wednesday morning my time after I water the plants with some thoughts on questions. I think I have an idea of what I want to ask for the first half, but it is bedtime here. Finished this Tuesday and really enjoyed it. Helen, I worry about you in the heat and hope you‘re okay. Barbara, I hope you‘re having tons of fun! 💜💜💜🥵🏝 1mo
BarbaraBB I am about 50 pages in, will try to finish the first half by tomorrow! @squirrelbrain 4w
Cathythoughts On page 135 now. I‘ll be good for Saturday 👍🏻😁 4w
Sparklemn @Megabooks Yes, please keep me on the list; I enjoy reading the comments on the books I'm skipping, too. 3w
Megabooks @Sparklemn great! Will do! 3w
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Wow! I'm surprised at how much I loved this. What seemed to start out as a summer movie, rom-com, time travel romp proved to be so much more.
I've been a bad camper for the last few #camplitsy books. (Like I hid in the cabin when I was supposed to be playing softball 😅). But now I'm all caught up and excited to discuss the next two! Bring on the 90s nostalgia.
Next up, Our Wives Under the Sea. 🧜‍♀️

squirrelbrain Not everyone wants to play softball… I know I don‘t! 🤣 Glad you loved this, I‘m about halfway though so far…. 1mo
merelybookish @squirrelbrain Indeed. I went to sleepaway camp once and managed to avoid a few activities like team sports..😆 1mo
Megabooks I‘m so enjoying this! Glad you did too! 👍🏻🎉🎉 1mo
sarahbarnes Yes! So good! 1mo
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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

This book was just lovely and sad. When it got to a certain part it was just heartbreaking.

My books have had an unintentional 90s theme lately. I couldn‘t put this book down at a certain point and had to keep reading. I‘ve only read a few Emma Straub books but I‘m glad I picked this one up.

I don‘t know if I‘ve ever read a contemporary book that was sci-fi for 1 person.

#CampLitsy

Megabooks I‘m so looking forward to starting this soon! Glad you enjoyed it! 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m about a quarter of the way through and loving it so far. 1mo
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AvidReader25
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Pickpick

Another sweet one to add to the mix of time travel books. It establishes rules quickly & makes sense without getting too bogged down. It reminds me of the movie About Time. It‘s more about the relationship w/her father than anything else. It‘s got a lot of love for NYC. A great one to listen to while packing!

“What a very long time one had to be an adult, after rushing through childhood and adolescence. There should be several more distinctions.”

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ashleyn
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When she was young, she'd thought he was old, and now that he was old, Alice realized how young he'd been. Perspective was unfair.

ETA: This was such a good read. For a while, I thought it was going the route of Family Man, and felt a bit let down, but this turned out to be so much more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LeslieO
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Good morning! Coffee and reading on the deck this morning. #I❤️Summer

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Oryx
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Perfect summer reading. Very much enjoyed this one. I loved the two central relationships. I just thought it was sweet, well considered, and just lovely overall. A love story that's not a romance.

Also a love letter to New York, and I really enjoyed spending time in Emma Straub's NY, past and present.

Definitely going to be my pick for #camplitsy this month

Megabooks Fantastic! I can‘t wait to read it myself! 1mo
TrishB Looking forward to it 👍🏻 great review. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked 📚 1mo
squirrelbrain Looking forward to it, especially the NYC focus! 1mo
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I hope to get to it next week. 1mo
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Oryx
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Joined by a sunbather #dogsoflitsy #camplitsy

TrishB Looking forward to this one 👍🏻 1mo
DimeryRene Beautiful cover! 1mo
Megabooks Cute! 1mo
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Oryx
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If anyone needs me, this is where I'll be... ☀️

ju.ca.no Bliss😍 1mo
Caroline2 Nice! 😎 This book sounds sooo good! Can‘t wait to hear what you think about it. 👍 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Wow, great spot! 🥰 1mo
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TrishB So cosy. 1mo
charl08 Looks lovely. Enjoy! 1mo
Cupcake12 Looks comfy! Enjoy x 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful spot 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍 1mo
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TrishB
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I was allowed a little interlude in Waterstones during todays shopping trip! Today‘s purchases.

squirrelbrain I‘m looking forward to the Straub! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly I have to be bribed sometimes too. 1mo
julesG 😍 1mo
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Megabooks Looks great! 1mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly got to have a little reward 😁 1mo
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MrsV
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Pickpick

2/2 for this months #camplitsy reads! I‘m so glad I decided to participate in this, this summer.

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sarahbarnes
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It was a treat to finish this book in my car during a rainstorm! 📖 🌩 I loved this poignant story that touched on so many feelings and thoughts that are familiar to me. I was a bit skeptical about a time travel novel but it was brilliantly done. Looking forward to discussing later this month! #CampLitsy

Cathythoughts Nice review, I‘m looking forward to this one. 1mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Pickpick

I had so much fun reading this one. It's not perfect, but it was really enjoyable and well paced with likeable characters. Great for summer reading. And a very good sense of place, I'm craving New York after reading this!

Megabooks I‘m looking forward to this! 1mo
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BkClubCare
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Another pick for a book that Ann Patchett has blurbed. Didn‘t realize until I finished the book. I very much enjoyed this story of Alice trying to figure out what life she wants to create. Looking forward to discuss more. I took a few snapshots of great quotes as well as questions that popped up.

Megabooks I‘m really looking forward to this! 1mo
BkClubCare @Megabooks - you should!! It keeps getting better the more I think about it! 🫣😁 1mo
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Ruthiella
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Holy ‘90s nostalgia! A time travel novel which is at its heart a love story between a parent and child. Alice was raised in NYC by a single father whose claim to fame is an incredibly popular time travel novel that was also adapted into a successful TV series. On her 40th birthday she travels back to 1996 on a pivotal night.

All the references to other time travel narratives in the book were fun. Sweet story with a good message. #CampLitsy

CarolynM This book has literally just arrived at my house as this month‘s selection from my Well Read subscription. Glad to hear it‘s a good one🙂 1mo
Ruthiella @CarolynM I hope you like it. I will say, it is chock full of New York City and ‘90s nostalgia. I had to Google some. 1mo
Megabooks So looking forward to this!! 1mo
Ruthiella @Megabooks I think a lot of the ‘90s references will definitely land with you! 😃 1mo
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