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KarenUK
The Portrait of a Mirror: A Novel | A. Natasha Joukovsky
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Loved it. Sharp, witty and the pitch-perfect observations and snippy dialogue just shine. NYC, art & museums, rich people problems, couples behaving badly, & re-imagined modern-day Greek myth references, all this is just SO my jam! I wasn‘t expecting to laugh so much, or to enjoy it this much. I love a nice surprise! #pop22 #advanced #mirror @Cinfhen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @alisiakae @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

Megabooks I have this on my shelf! So glad it‘s good! 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks Great review too! 😘 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, haven‘t even heard of this book!! #stacked 💜 1mo
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Cinfhen Almost done with #pop22 ❣️❣️❣️ 1mo
KarenUK @Megabooks @cinfhen These people were flawed, to say the least, but I had a blast reading this! 💕 1mo
Cortg Hmmm. I put a library hold on this. I have yet to read a book that takes place in the summer (my favorite season) that I haven‘t used for another prompt. The description says it takes place during the summer and sounds intriguing. 😊 1mo
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KarenUK
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A really lovely collection of stories. Almost every story shines. I really get such warmth from Jess‘s writing. There are unexpected human connections, touches of romance and hopeful moments.They are affectionately witty and beautifully poignant. Definitely get warm fuzzy feelings from these….💕📚
#pop22 #advanced #twinnedcities #parisandrome

@cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @alisiakae @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

BarbaraBB Sounds great! 2mo
squirrelbrain It does sound good! 2mo
Cortg Love it! 2mo
kbuggle Just picked this hold up from the library- really looking forward to it! 2mo
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KarenUK
A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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A beautifully observed story of an Indian-American
Muslim family, themes of faith and identity, seen through the eyes of mother, father, daughter and son. I loved the way we see the same incidents from each POV, altering and bending, as families do. Though I did find the wrangling of the non-linear timeline was not as successful as it could have been. At times it was unclear where we are in time, which POV we are with, which became a bit jarring.

Megabooks Great review! I have apparently already stacked it! 😁 3mo
Reggie Oof the end where the dad tells the grandkid to tell his son on the phone it‘s okay to come back, that they could start again. …😭 3mo
KarenUK @Reggie Oof indeed! So sad….😢 3mo
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KarenUK
The Caretakers | Amanda Bestor-Siegal
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Just Ok. Six POV‘s of a group of American girls working as Au pairs in and around Paris, their teacher, a socialite mother and a kind French teacher. The writing is pretty good, and the story is well structured and paced. I just found myself a bit underwhelmed. Not even quite sure why….🤷‍♀️

#advanced #pop22 #twinnedcities #paris @cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @4thhouseontheleft @cortg @laughterhp @raelovestoread

Megabooks I‘ll pass 4mo
Cinfhen Yeah/ im not feeling it 😑 4mo
JamieArc This has been nominated for the American Library in Paris‘ shortlist. Sorry to see it‘s not better liked. 4mo
KarenUK @Megabooks @Cinfhen good plan! 😉 4mo
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KarenUK
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Cortg Awesome! I‘m not even attempting the advanced 😳 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘m not doing the advanced either @Cortg … I came into it late so thought I‘d just do the main ones. 5mo
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KarenUK
Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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Its unimaginable to think about reading this tiny but mighty epistolary novel when it first published in 1938. What starts as a charming correspondence turns quickly chilling. Published first in ‘Story‘ magazine then Readers digest, then as a book that sold 50K copies, a LOT back then! But then almost disappeared. At B&N, we picked this as our ‘Rediscovered Classic‘ recently and its truly an excellent choice. Foreword and Afterword are must-reads.

BarbaraBB I love that B&N does that! 7mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked. 7mo
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Cinfhen I read this tiny little book too….chilling!! 7mo
CarolynM Sounds great! Stacked🙂 7mo
KarenUK @BarbaraBB It‘s a great program… we do kids books too…. 💕 7mo
KarenUK @squirrelbrain @CarolynM it‘s such a quick read, but really packs a punch. 7mo
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KarenUK
Augustown | Kei Miller
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So here‘s my ambitious #augusttbr….. The first 7 are all my Netgalley #arcs I need to catch up on (all end of July/August releases) 📚📚📚
Outlander is to finish my #pop21 #advanced with my highest page count #pagecountphobiaisreal 😳
The Mercies and The Arctic Fury is for zoom bookclubs, and Everyone Knows.. for #campToB, and finally Queen‘s Gambit for #pop21 #beginswithQ

Excited about my lineup! 💕📚

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Megabooks
Dryland | Sara Jaffe
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It‘s 1992 and there are secrets in Julie‘s family. Her brother was once a talented swimmer on his way to the Olympics, but now he‘s disappeared. She makes a connection with his friend Ben to get answers. She‘s also questioning her feelings about other girls at a more difficult time than now. When a beautiful older girl asks her to join the swim team, Julie must face all her fears. Not quite YA, but definitely angst and flannel. #pop21 #advanced

squirrelbrain Love the cover! 💙 2y
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it‘s great! Lots of flannel in 1992. 😂 this is so embarrassing, but because I live in the south, I had a sleeveless flannel shirt circa 1993! I think I wore it over a tank top. Funny memories!! 2y
Lauram Angst and flannel- sounds like me in 1992! 2y
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Ruthiella Flannel shirt and Doc Martin boots? ✅ 2y
Megabooks @Ruthiella I definitely had Docs. I even had black patent leather ones. I wore them to school dances!! 😂 2y
Cinfhen Angst and flannel needs to be a hashtag#️⃣ or a #Booked2022 prompt 🥰😘🥳 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen that would be a great prompt! 😂😂 #AngstAndFlannel2022 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I just saw the audiobook is available on audible plus. I won this book years ago and it has been with me through at least 2 moves. *i think* it is the oldest physical TBR book I have that‘s not in storage. Hence the pop prompt. But I‘m glad I got around to it! 2y
802Librarian @Megabooks I still have the Docs I bought in 1995, actually wore them today! And because I live in the north, I still wear flannel 😆 2y
Megabooks @NHLibrarian I would‘ve kept mine if I hadn‘t gotten bunions (not due to the shoe, genetically predisposed). But! One of the people I follow on Instagram says they have wide widths now, so maybe I‘ll get a new pair! 🤔😊 2y
Megabooks @NHLibrarian and it is awesome they‘ve lasted that long!! 👍🏻 2y
Hooked_on_books What a fun cover! 2y
802Librarian @Megabooks I remember my mom thought I was nuts for spending that much on such ugly shoes 😆 Back then, they were still made in England. 2y
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KarenUK
My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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Loved it..... Slow paced and unsettling, but in the best of ways! A creeping uneasiness is evident as cousin Rachel comes into young Philip‘s life after his guardian dies. The atmosphere Du Maurier creates with her simple yet beautiful prose is so absorbing. And love the ambiguousness, that somehow leaves you in no doubt..... Jonathan Pryce‘s narration is top notch too....
#pop21 #advanced #longestonTBR

BarbaraBB I loved this one too! 2y
marleed I read this for the first time in December and I loved it - a woman writing of a woman from a man‘s perspective some 70 years ago - fascinating! 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked / waiting for my hold to come in 💞 2y
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BarbaraBB
Instructions for a Heatwave | Maggie O'Farrell
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Despite its ugly cover this is another wonderful story by Maggie O‘Farrell and exactly what I needed. It‘s a family drama at its best. A mother and her three adult children come together when their father goes missing. Each has their own secrets and stuff to deal with. An intelligent pageturner. Loved it!

#Pop21 #Advanced #UgliestCover

Cinfhen I haven‘t had a good track record with Maggie O‘Farell but this sounds good 💕 2y
Megabooks Glad the book is better than the cover! ❤️ 2y
Cathythoughts I live a good family drama ... I‘m getting this one 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts And it‘s so Irish. I actually had to think of you while reading it. 2y
TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 2y
LeafingThroughLife That is an unfortunate cover, but I loved this one, too. O‘Farrell captures family drama so well. 2y
BarbaraBB @TrishB I read your review before I started and was glad to see you recommended it! 2y
BarbaraBB @LeafingThroughLife She certainly does. Do you have a favorite? 2y
Kalalalatja Yay for that ugly cover hiding a good book inside 🙌 2y
erzascarletbookgasm I think I have this on my tbr shelf 🤔. That‘s quite a boring cover 😆 2y
LeafingThroughLife @BarbaraBB I‘ve enjoyed every one of hers that I‘ve read, but I think the first one I read is still my favorite - 2y
BarbaraBB @LeafingThroughLife That is one I haven‘t read so I am stacking it right now! 2y
CarolynM Another book on my shelf that I haven't gotten to yet. One day... 2y
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