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8little_paws

Joined September 2016

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Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
Mehso-so

Meh, I thought it was pretty predictable but it kept me entertained enough while walking/doing chores. I wouldn't recommend it though, it was too formulaic.

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Not to take away from her accomplishments as an athlete, but this was dry, repetitive, and gave me no real insight what it's like to train for something of this caliber. Honestly I would rather have read a memoir by her coach. I hate to say it but this is the kind of memoir people are referring to when they say young people shouldn't write memoirs. It's really not the age of the writer, but there isn't enough real insight there.

Ruthiella She needed a better ghost writer perhaps!🤨 4d
8little_paws @Ruthiella it's not even a ghostwriter, the co authors name is not a secret lol. Honestly she needs more time to reflect. Miranda Alcaraz, a fellow CF gamer who's older than Katrin, doesn't have a book but btw her Instagram and her podcast I've gotten more info about elite athlete life and training (and post elite athlete life) than I did here. 3d
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Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon
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I ended up really liking this travelogue from over 40 years ago. Occasionally I would pick up my phone to Google the little towns and see what they're like now (if even still in existence). Yes-- sometimes it got a little slow, but just skim a few pages and I'd end up sucked back in. It reads like a series of blog posts. He hits the region I grew up in and I think he caught the spirit of that region during that time well.

8little_paws Also that author photo reminds me of that Robert Redford nodding meme 🤣 2w
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Blue Highways: A Journey Into America | William Least Heat Moon
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Recovering from another crappy cold, so guess I'll read this tonight. I'm allmost halfway through, it's just ok thus far. He's a good writer, but it can lose steam in sections.

Nebklvr I liked the spontaneous, wandering nature of this book...like a road trip to anywhere but here 2w
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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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A few September reading ideas. The right 2 books are library and the left 2 are owned backlist. I've also got Wild Game coming from #botm and my book club choice for September is Sing Unburied Sing, which I did read already but long enough ago I need a refresher. And I plan on finishing the Frederick Douglass bio.

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Mehso-so

Eh.... not the greatest. She bikes around India to follow the central characters of the Ramayana, which is told alternately throughout her memoir. But I get no sense of how these locations really impacted her nor the story, it all felt very surface level and biking hardly played a role. I've heard her other books are better but this was the only one I could get through the library.

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A historical business book that goes into the bookkeeping and business analytics of plantations holding slaves. It details the ledgers used to track daily cotton production and how slaves were valued. It compares this to free labor industries of the same time and then tracks how bookkeeping changed after emancipation. Interesting stuff if you've got a background in basic accounting, if you lack that I'd skip this book.

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Turns out this book is due back the 3rd and can't be renewed 🤦‍♀️ guess I know what my weekend plans are! At least it's only 200 pages, and written in an easy to read manner.

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Happiness, Like Water | Chinelo Okparanta
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A short story collection focusing on Nigerian women-- some in US, some in Nigeria. The themes are motherhood (wanted and unwanted), freedom of choice, relationships with parents, and domestic violence. I found the most affecting stories here to be the ones about dom. Violence and what options the women had. Same author wrote Under the Udala Trees, also excellent. Get this on Hoopla as ebook!

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#botm is live! I'm getting Wild Game and adding on The Goldfinch so I can have a nice paper copy of one of my favorite books.

What are you getting?

I do miss the nonfiction botm :(.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wild Game and One Day in December ❤️ 3w
Megabooks As much as I‘d love to support more NF on BOTM, I think Wild Game would be triggering for me so I went with If Only I Could Tell You plus World War Z and The Gifted School. 3w
8little_paws @megabooks oh shit they had World War Z as an add on? I totally didn't notice. I bet my husband would like that. I will ask him if he'd like me to add it on next time. 3w
Megabooks Yeah, it‘s in the modern classics! 3w
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Larose | Louise Erdrich
Mehso-so

Sorry no pic, it was an audiobook and I got nothin 😂. Anyways--I did like this book a lot. I liked how she painted the details of how these two families combined after the father of one family accidentally shoots the son of the other family. BUT: there were just way too many details here and side stories that could have been cut out completely and the ending just kind of fizzled away. Erdrich reads it herself and she's a great narrator!

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So Long a Letter | Mariama B
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Clocking in at only 95 pages this translated epistolary novella addresses the life of a Muslim woman in Senegal who is frustrated with the polygamy present in her culture and is left to raise 12 children after her unfaithful husband dies. It also addresses colonialism and changing cultures--a perfect book for a readathon or for your reading challenges! I counted it as epistolary for #readharder #summersendreadathon

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Super informative, easy to read, and comprehensive. Read this as one of the five #literatureforjustice books the national book foundation put together and I'm so glad I did. A terrific companion to the new Jim crow.

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How to Do Nothing | Jenny Odell
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Enjoying this poolside this evening. It's a library copy but pretty sure I'll end up buying my own copy.

LizzieLou I did the same! Borrowed it on audio and then bought a hard cover. 3w
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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TFW you're all caught up on the serial you ignored for like 3 weeks 🙈 gotta be honest I don't entirely care for this book, Swann is insufferable and the first half went on and on about not much at all.

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Omg this book is RIVETING. a CNN correspondent follows the Boko Haram kidnapping in Chibok and tells the story of four specific girls kidnapped. Also goes into Nigerian history as well as how the author's background relates to the girls and the struggle to accurately report in Nigeria. Highly recommended.

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It may only be Monday but I'm 2/3rds through this book and wooooow is it riveting.

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Firstly, this isn't really a straightforward memoir but more like a collection of personal essays. But they're REALLY interesting and I love his writing style. It's biking season now so my reading has really slowed down, but I'm loving this.

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About to read another chapter in the very interesting tagged book but sharing a picture of my special little gal first ❤

wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐱 2mo
theshrinkette WINNIE! ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
Readage She looks just like my special little girl! ❤️ 2mo
overtheedge Adorable!😻🌟❤ 2mo
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Also last weekend, my parents came to town and we swung by city hall to get married! As you can see we really dressed up for it 🤣 (not pictured: he's wearing shorts lol) not your traditional wedding but it was fun for us! We went out to dinner later in the day as well.

jpmcwisemorgan Congrats! 🎉 2mo
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kspenmoll Congratulations!!!! So happy for you- your wedding the way you wanted it! 2mo
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BarbaraBB Sounds perfect and you both look so happy! Congratulations! 🎈❤️🍷💃 2mo
Trashcanman That sounds like the perfect wedding to me! Congrats. 2mo
8little_paws @BarbaraBB at that point we were happy to be outdoors in fresh air after standing in a line for an hour in a hallway that was like 80 degrees lol!!! 2mo
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BookishJess Congrats!! ??? Traditional weddings aren‘t for everyone - my fiancé and I will be getting married at the courthouse too! 2mo
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Peanut | Ayun Halliday
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Also, I've been quiet here due to peanut getting kidney failure and declining in a matter of wks. Her care took up basically all of my free time-- feedings, medicine, baths, you name it. It takes more time than you'd think.

She passed last Thursday. I miss her but she was suffering terribly. It was no way to live and the vets determined her health was too far along after a point. You can see she was too weak to lift her head even. 😭

MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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kspenmoll So so sorry you lost your kitty. She was so lucky to have you to care for her all the way to her end. I am sorry she had to suffer.💔❤️ 2mo
LauraBeth So sorry to hear about your loss of Peanut 😿 2mo
CareBear What a beautiful cat. I‘m so sorry for your loss. Sending lots of love your way. 2mo
Karkar So sorry you lost a fuzzy baby, Hugs. 2mo
KarenUK So sorry... losing a fur baby is so sad.... 💕💕 2mo
Tamra Poor baby. 💜 Losing a friend is hard. 2mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss. 2mo
imabusybee Sorry for your loss 😿 2mo
SassyBookworm So sorry for the loss of your fur baby. They hold such special spots in our hearts 💕 2mo
Lady_Tigana_20 So sorry for your loss. 😞 *big hug* 2mo
BookishJess So sorry 😢 it‘s so hard to see them hurt. You did a wonderful thing caring for her ❤️ 2mo
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JoScho Sending love. It is so hard to watch them decline. 🖤 2mo
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Zelma Oh, I am so so sorry! 2mo
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Swann's Way | Marcel Proust
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Oh hey! It's a heat advisory weekend here and I've got no plans but to stay in the house. I guess I shall unofficially participate in #24in48!

First up, get caught up on a few back issues of my serial reader book.

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Untitled | Unknown
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@Eggs
Lately it's plain yogurt with granola, nice and cool on summer mornings
I know there's a toilet themed restaurant in Japan or at least there was at one point.
No, I'd rather focus on the food.
I'm pretty happy with all the ice cream that does exist :)
@Ashley_Nicoletto @felinesandfiction

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻🤗 2mo
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Mehso-so

Important story for sure but the plot felt like it was the same conversation over and over again by the halfway point and some of the dialogue felt clunky. I'd still recommend it, 3.5ish/5.

Hazel0303 Completely agree with this assessment. I‘m going to probably get a tomato thrown at me for saying this, but I think so many people think it‘s amazing because of our general ignorance of that part of the world and it‘s culture. That sounds incredibly snobby on my part, but I wrote in my review that this was a great introduction, but it served as the beginning of our learning journey, not the totality of it. 3mo
Hazel0303 I guess my major concern is that people will take this perspective and paint an entire people with this brush when there are many perspectives out there, but we just have to look for them. 3mo
8little_paws @Hazel0303 I'd recommend this book specifically about Palestine over A woman is no man 3mo
8little_paws And I strongly strongly recommend this memoir about Muslim women (but not Palestinian women) 3mo
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Have you read Elliot Ackerman before? Well if you want to hear this generation's military voice, you owe it to yourself. His new memoir is haunting. I've read 3 of his books now and let me tell you, this man knows how to end a book. All three endings have haunted me. I woke up in the middle of TNT night last night thinking about how he ended this memoir.

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Look, I'm on the same page as Kendzior in many aspects. But this collection is flawed. 1. It's not edited, it's just an anthology of al-Jazeera essays from 2013-15ish, and focuses heavily on academia and freelancing. Not "the view from flyover country". It's very repetitive. And 2013-15 issues are pretty old hat to anyone paying attention. Skip this collection, read a few of her writings online instead.

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Absolutely gorgeous writing from a brilliant person. This account of science, geography, nationalism, bike travel, exploration, you name it, manages to tie everything together in a way that was completely satisfying to me even if I wouldn't have taken this trip in the same manner she did. I immediately want to read it again.

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Check out the hobbit mcmansion I found on my walk! Tagged book is my current audiobook..... honestly it's pretty dated for 2019 and isn't saying anything new but it's not bad either.....

Texreader That‘s so neat! 3mo
JoScho What an amazing home! 3mo
stacybmartin That is wonderful! 💙 3mo
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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Neat home! I liked the book too, I was kind of disappointed that it wasn‘t MORE dated, why are some things issues we just can‘t seem to address and get past. 3mo
Avanders Ooh 😍 3mo
sprainedbrain Gorgeous! That roof❤️ 3mo
Tanisha_A That is so pretty! 😍 3mo
8little_paws @Riveted_Reader_Melissa dated as in, everyone's already heard this stuff in 2018 or whenever it was published. This collection should have come out like 12-18 months past article pub dates, they're mostly from 2013, 2014. A very different time. 3mo
Palimpsest That house 😍! 3mo
crazyspine This is insane! 3mo
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This is a wild ride uncovering a global drug and arms ring that also hits the online pharmaceutical industry. The amount of reporting, on a subject straight up filled with unreliable narrators, is astounding. Really fascinating what goes on in our world.

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Well I just started this on my commute in today and I'm so hooked already that I need some sort of fake emergency to get me out of work and back home so I can binge read this on the couch. Any ideas?

laurenslibrary Your cat called and needs you to come home right away! 3mo
8little_paws @laurenslibrary Winnie definitely didn't want me to go to work this morning (she didn't want cuddles, she was just dissatisfied with her breakfast selection because she's super picky and gets tired of the same meal every day 😂😂😂) 3mo
BookHoarder32 How about - You left the stove on? (edited) 3mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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High four star book turned 5 stars due to the absolutely fantastic audiobook cast. I couldn't help but fall in love with these characters and I rooted for their happiness. As noted it's about 70s rock band, and it manages to hit some of the cliches you'd expect but turns others upside down and as a whole it was very satisfying. I suspect the ending will really stick with me. I would make up excuses to listen to it!!

DivineDiana Beautiful! 3mo
Becker I agree. The audio pushed it to a new level. 1mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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@mrbook #litsyneighborhood for you. This is just a temporary neighborhood for me, we expect to live here a few more years perhaps, but I'm enjoying all the lovely homes on the days the weather's nice enough to get out (which is rather infrequently)

MrBook Whooaa 😳! Beautiful!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3mo
stacybmartin Wow - those are gorgeous homes! 😍 3mo
8little_paws @mrbook mind you, I live in a generic multi unit apartment building! 😂 3mo
Megabooks Lovely!! 3mo
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I'm sorry but this was a pass. Characters felt one dimensional, too much strained credulity. And way more teen romance than I anticipated, which I hate reading about. The nature writing worked. But yeah I don't get the hype, sorry.

Tamra I felt the same. 3mo
Hooked_on_books I‘m not even interested in trying it, so I also don‘t get the hype. 3mo
8little_paws @Hooked_on_books I wasn't planning to read it but it's my book club's June selection. 3mo
Soubhiville Uh oh. I‘m about to start the audiobook. 3mo
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A delight of a memoir. While he does address some serious elements here the book keeps a lighthearted tone overall and also offers up fashion and life tips. I particularly liked hearing about how he started his clothing line, and he speaks so lovingly of his husband throughout.

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Lost and Wanted: A Novel | Nell Freudenberger
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Let me tell you, any reading slump I felt like I was in this past spring has been blown to bits because this book is connecting with me in a major way. Yes it's sciencey and clinical but it's also this gorgeous study of female friendship, motherhood and profound grief.

UrsulaMonarch Well put! 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I think I'm gonna pick Recursion, but I honestly don't know!!! I'm also eyeing Ask again yes and the golden hour. Thoughts??? Or I could skip....

kellyann28 I wasn't too excited about this month but I'm trying to get to BOTM BFF so I picked Ask Again, Yes. I've heard good things about it! 4mo
Hollie I got Golden Hour! 4mo
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Panpan

This is a 2 star read, bumped up by good narration. I learned far more about Offerman's sex life than I had any desire to, and he spends a lot of time griping about office jobs and how you should follow your passion..... that unrealistic advice always grates. How do you expect society to function if everyone followed this advice? Pass. I loved his book recently released with his wife though.

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This almost never happens, but I'm kind of savoring it for now before diving into anything. Lately it feels like even when I like a book I'm not excited and connected to it, so I'm going to contemplate my next pick before diving in

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That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
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This book has been on my radar for a while, so I snapped it up as soon as I found it on hoopla. It's an exploration of race through a white woman's perspective as she navigates a dual race family. I admit a few sections the pacing felt off and there were times the main character was frustrating, but the section where she reflects on how in 1999 things are certainly getting better and we live in a prosperous and equal time, was spot on.

Insightsintobooks I saw that this book is on sale on kindle this month and I've been contemplating getting it. Thanks for the review. 4mo
8little_paws @Insightsintobooks it's good. I prefer his first book, personally. Both his books are character studies.... not a lot happens in them. If that's your thing, consider reading him. 4mo
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I'm bound and determined to finish this book this week, I'm almost halfway finished. Got a cuddle buddy who will not leave my side as I read this morning.

SamAnne Its a long epic read! Felt very conflicted about that book! 4mo
rretzler 😻 4mo
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That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
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Another fabulous house seen on my #audiowalk today. Book is alright so far. A bit slow to start but it's picking up.

AlaMich The town where I live has a lot of old houses with gorgeous porches like that, and it seems like I never see anyone using them. If I had a porch like that I‘d be out there all the time! 4mo
Mimi28 My therapist asked me if I won a million dollars where would I settle down at and I said- Oak Park. She said not California or somewhere warm? I said nope, mudslides, flooding tornadoes, lol. She just kind of nodded in agreement, lol. 4mo
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This book combines ancient Egyptian history with modern Egyptian history with a big dash of memoir and language study. A pleasure to read thus far!

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Mehso-so

I wish this had been better organized. His story is certainly interesting, but the book feels really scattered. Some sections went on much too long and there are other sections I'd love to have heard more about. Listened on audio, here's a shot from a walk.

stacybmartin What a beautiful house! 😍 4mo
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE my new tote so much! With my new job, I'm back to primarily commuting via public transportation, so this bag is just perfect for that! I started my May #botm as well and it was a great start to the day.

Caroline2 😍 4mo
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Passed this lovely home while #audiowalking today and listening to the tagged book. It's for readharder. #litsywalkers

tammysue I love the circular windows 💛 5mo
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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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This is genius. So sharp and wistful and clever and lonely all in just over 100 pages.

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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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This is all the more poignant as we know that her son died young and she immediately miscarried her pregnancy after his death. 😭

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Mrs. Caliban: A Novel | Rachel Ingalls
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Had a terrific time celebrating #indiebookstoreday at four great Chicago bookstores with @WhatDeeReads , @cdreincarnate and @atlasclouded plus another non litsy friend. Definitely going to binge read the top book on this pile, which I've tagged, tonight.

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Mehso-so

Reminds me so much of Asymmetry but not as interesting to read IMO. I couldn't connect with these kids at all, and the ending didn't pull it together. Interesting concept though.

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Spoiler alert! Pretty sure this is a may #botm choice. Any others out there?

nomadreader That plus Necessary People, The Flight Portfolio. The Bride Test, and How Not to Die Alone (I think!) 5mo
8little_paws @nomadreader good sleuthing!! 5mo
felinesandfiction I posted the graphics on my page at the beginning of April. 😊 5mo
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8little_paws @felinesandfiction I don't know how I missed these while searching for the tag! 5mo
Beachesnbooks Anyone seen any spoilers for add-ons? 5mo
8little_paws @Beachesnbooks @felinesandfiction posted the add ons for ya and nonfiction. I think that's all they're doing these days? 5mo
Beachesnbooks @8little_paws Thank you! I missed them somehow 😂 5mo
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