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mcctrish
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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Tub reading season is here. 42° C with the humidex today ? we had grade 1 water play day at school and all kids had a BLAST. I dug this out from my pile of books to start, so far not a single person is happy ☹️ #europacollective is my favourite

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jlhammar
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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This was a good one! Loved getting to know the residents of Dalton, Maine. Just ordinary people living ordinary lives. So glad we‘ll be getting more of them in Bowring‘s next book (out Sept 3) Where the Forest Meets the River.

I agree with the Anne Tyler, Mary Lawson and Richard Russo comparisons. I also think if you like Kent Haruf you might really enjoy this.

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Sapphire I got distracted. I need to pick it up again. 10h
mcctrish Must. Start. This. 9h
BarbaraBB I hope we‘ll read the sequel too with our #EuropaCollective group! 9h
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Chelsea.Poole Looking forward to the sequel! 8h
Jess_Read_This This sounds like a nice summer read! 7h
Tamra @BarbaraBB that would be great! 4h
tpixie Hoping to start soon. It may be a July book. But it will get read! 3h
tpixie From your description it might be like 3h
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Eyelit
The Third Person | Emma Grove
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What a powerful and wrenching memoir. It depicts the authors journey in therapy seeking approval for HRT. The first therapist she meets with (and ends up seeing for 6 months) is the worst one possible for her. A long read (over 900 pages) but it really does fly by. I found myself angry on Emma‘s behalf many times and I‘m glad she finally found the right therapist.

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Eyelit
The Third Person | Emma Grove
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I‘ve never wanted to punch someone in the face more. This is a therapist browbeating and not believing their client. This memoir is good but so rough.

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Ravenpuff
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Celine & Brad sign up for the same challenge for a prize. They‘re ex-best friends b/c Brad made a mistake when they started high school. They‘re forced to work together on the challenge. Will it force them to be something more than just friends?

I really enjoyed this one. It was funny & cute. I liked the diversity in characters & inclusion of neurodiversity. I liked the characters, their chemistry, & their arcs. A bit slow in the beginning.

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BC_Dittemore
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Like many people who‘ve found out they or a loved one have BPD, I came across Reiland‘s memoir pretty early in my research. The first 2/3rds are pretty harrowing, as Reiland unapologetically presents some awful behavior.

I am torn by how much I enjoyed her story overall and how much I want to call shenanigans on some of it. I don‘t want to discount her experience, but there are times where her circumstances seem too convenient. ⬇️

BC_Dittemore And I often wondered how helpful this book could be to people who don‘t have anywhere near the same support system Reiland had. 3d
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TheKidUpstairs
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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A quietly beautiful book, full of melancholy but tinged with hope. Not what I was expecting, but it was deeply engaging and emotional. Thanks to #EuropaCollective for putting this one on my radar.

I'm going to put content warnings in the comments under a spoiler alert.

TheKidUpstairs CW: postpartum depression, suicide 3d
Chelsea.Poole I agree! And I‘m grateful to #EuropaCollective for putting this on my radar! 3d
squirrelbrain I also agree! ☺️ 3d
jlhammar Just finished - great review! I appreciated how she managed to keep it both realistic and hopeful. 10h
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LisaBam
Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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Bright and funny from the outside, cynical and dark humored from the inside. A good (yet not great) contemporary and very American read. Thanks @ClairesReads for letting me stumble upon it.

TheKidUpstairs Loved this book. Gorgeous reading spot! 4d
ClairesReads Glad you enjoyed it. Such a good looking edition, and back drop too! 4h
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BarbaraBB
The Road to Dalton | Shannon Bowring
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#EuropaCollective

What a great read. To me The Road to Dalton read like a soap opera, in a very good way. I felt a connection with most characters and loved to follow how they interacted. Well written too. I can‘t wait for the sequel, I want to learn more about them, especially about Greg, Nate and Alice!

(Photo: Sacre Coeur, Paris)

squirrelbrain Beautiful pic - hope you‘re having a lovely time! 4d
LeeRHarry Enjoy! 🇫🇷😊 4d
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain thank you. I am. I hope you too! 4d
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sarahbarnes Glad you liked it! Great pic and review! 4d
Megabooks I'm glad you're enjoying Paris! 4d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I certainly did. Now I am in the train bound for home again 4d
Megabooks All good things must come to an end. Travel safe! 💜💜 4d
youneverarrived Ahh Paris 🩷 this book sounds great 👍 3d
jlhammar Awesome photo! Happy to hear you enjoyed it. I‘m eager to get back to it! 3d
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MysticFaerie
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4⭐️/5⭐️