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Bingo Love | Tee Franklin
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Here‘s my card for October! I just finished up Nobody Gets Out Alive from the National Book Award longlist, and it was excellent. Not sure where I‘ll go next… 🤔 Gotta walk Molly before more reading though! #BookspinBingo

BarbaraBB I also bought Nobody Gets Out Alive! 1d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s my favorite of the longlist so far!! 1d
BarbaraBB That is quite a recommendation! I have high hopes too for 1d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fabulous!!! 21h
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Home Fire | Kamila Shamsie
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Both my #bookspin and my #doublespin are from my Book Outlet order that is not here yet. (🤞🏻 Monday) Anyway, HF has been on my TBR for years, but RABT is an impulse buy. Interesting to see how my reviews will shake out… 🤔

GinaKButler Ohhhh…Home Fire has been on my TBR for a while now. 1d
Megabooks @GinaKButler I‘m excited to finally read it! 1d
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Good luck!! 21h
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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Why did I wait so long to read this masterpiece? You really feel like you‘re there in Stratford! I can‘t wait to see her in less than two weeks!

Based on real events from Shakespeare‘s life, O‘Farrell brings you into the world of 1590s England. In dual timelines, she imagines William and Agnes‘s love story and then the way his three children are raised. She draws on Hamnet‘s real death to bring fear and consequences of the plague to life.

youneverarrived Lovely photo 💕 1d
jlhammar So glad you liked it! Such a good book. I haven't started The Marriage Portrait yet, but it is in my to-read soon stack. Beautiful blooms! 1d
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BarbaraBB Fab review. I didn‘t realize you hadn‘t read it yet. It is totally your kind of book! 1d
Megabooks @jlhammar I‘m so excited to pick up my copy at Parnassus! It‘s been hard to hold off reading with all the great reviews coming in. 1d
Megabooks @jlhammar and thank you! We‘re really enjoying these October daisies. 1d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is. I usually end up liking historical fiction more than I think I will, especially if it‘s pre-19th century. 1d
LeahBergen I just started it, too! 1d
Megabooks @LeahBergen I hope you love it too! 20h
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This is one of those books that goes from WTF to wow! The way the characters crash together in the end was exquisite!

The Rabbit Hutch is a low-income housing complex in a dying Indiana town. The book follows a new mother and three boys plus one girl, who have just aged out of foster care. Coming from LA, there‘s the son of a child star. Gunty slowly reveals their back stories and what drew them all to an apartment from the first scene. Note ⬇️

Megabooks Note: the audiobook narration was fine (not great), but I‘d probably recommend this in print. 1d
squirrelbrain I tried this from the library but had too many books on the go at once so bailed very quickly. I may try it again sometime, as many Littens seem to like it. 1d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain you really have to give it a lot of attention, so I can see why it didn‘t work for you then. 1d
BarbaraBB Lovely review! 1d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you! 1d
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Best of Friends | Kamila Shamsie
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My best #BookspinBingo board this year! Five bingos!

Favorite book is the tagged one. It‘s about two friends growing up in Pakistan in the 1980s and how moving to London as adults fundamentally changes them in some ways but leaves core aspects of their personalities intact and the consequences of crossing one. 5⭐️!!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 2d
BarbaraBB I just got my copy today! 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I think you‘re going to love it! Home Fire is on my board for this month. 👍🏻 2d
BarbaraBB I saw it, I hope you‘ll love that one too 🤍 2d
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Eight books start with “The”? Put them together! Still waiting on a large Book Outlet order to arrive, but I‘ve gone ahead and added a few to the list. Plus, I‘ve got my first Aardvark book on there. 👍🏻

Excited for October! 🎃 #bookspin #BookspinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2d
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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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Library sale haul!! It was so busy, but I managed to find these 8!

The Answers and The Antiques are going on my #BookspinBingo board 👍🏻📚

vlwelser Freshwater!!! 😍 2d
Megabooks @vlwelser I was so excited to find that!! 2d
squirrelbrain Great haul! 2d
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! It was really fun! 2d
britt_brooke Nice!! 2d
Megabooks @britt_brooke it was fun! I was there with the die hard s too! 2d
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Less Is Lost | Andrew Sean Greer
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I just love Less and Freddy. If you found the first book endearingly hilarious as well, you‘ll love book 2. I do think this could work as a stand-alone.

Less‘ first long term partner has died, and he finds out the house he and Freddy are living in had a reverse mortgage. He needs cash fast before they are homeless. He goes on a trek across the USA to raise funds and makes peace with people and himself along the way. Freddy once again narrates.

rachelm Reading this right now. Charming 2d
kspenmoll Great review. I was wondering how this book held up to his first. 2d
Megabooks @rachelm agreed! 2d
Megabooks @kspenmoll thanks! I think it held up well. 👍🏻 2d
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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A fantastically creepy hacienda with a deadly past. The mystery was fun, but I particularly loved the indigenous representation in the priest. (Cañas wrote an interesting note at the end.)

Beatriz‘s father was killed in the war for independence. Stuck in the home of unkind family, she accepts a proposal from Rodolfo, a plantation owner. But his hacienda is haunted by a woman murdered there. Can she and the priest put the spirit to rest?

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The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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I‘m going to put the #1 most frustrating thing about reading this in a spoiler. If you‘re on the fence 🤨 or just want a laugh, look!

Will receives 108 predictions as he‘s waking from sleep. As the early ones start to come true, he and his best friend decide how best to use this knowledge. Do they monetize it? Prevent disasters? Is there a plan behind them? Who or what sent them?

Megabooks The first three questions receive some attention, but number four, who actually sent these predictions? Yeah, I listened to a 12 hour audiobook and the author didn‘t ever say who sent these predictions!!!!! Wtf!! I listened to that whole-ass book and I never found that out! I looked to see if there was a sequel in the last four years…nope! Guess we‘ll never know. ✌🏻🙄 3d
BarbaraBB 😂😂😂 Couldn‘t resist reading the spoiler 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB drove me bananas!! Why?!? 2d
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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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The Good: The short stories, particularly Control Negro, were fantastic. She brings an interesting perspective to immigration, assimilation, parenthood, & racism.

The Not-So-Good: The title novella that is the majority of the book lacked resolution imo. I don‘t mind if a 20 page story has an undefined end, but if you‘re writing a 140 pg novella, give me an ending. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Been trimming the shrubs now that it‘s fall. Enjoying the cooler weather!

BarbaraBB You are really so active!! 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB and I‘m so much happier for it!! 😁😁 2d
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I did it! I set a goal of 6k pages and 200 hours of audiobooks at the beginning of the month, and I made it! I probably shouldn‘t be this excited but I am! 😁😁😁😁

DGRachel That‘s amazing! 3d
squirrelbrain 🎉Well done!🎉 3d
kspenmoll Wow!!!!🎉🎉 3d
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mrp27 Wow!! 🎉🎉🎉 3d
Suet624 Congrats! 3d
BarbaraBB Proud of you 🤍🤍🤍🤍 3d
jlhammar Holy Smokies! That is insane. And amazing! 3d
Megabooks @DGRachel @squirrelbrain @kspenmoll @mrp27 @Suet624 @BarbaraBB @jlhammar thank you all!! It has been amazing reclaiming my brain from long haul Covid!! 😁😁 3d
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The Oracle Year: A Novel | Charles Soule
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Behind on reviews, but I am so close to making my goal of 6000 pages this month and have made my goal of 200 audiobook hours!! I‘m hoping to catch up tomorrow after my doctor‘s appointment, but I‘m v excited for Saturday morning because FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SALE!! $5 a bag! 🙌🏻🙌🏻

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The Rabbit Hutch
Less Is Lost
The Hacienda

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Night y‘all! 💜

Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ve been praying for you. I hope you‘re hanging in there. Sending love to you always. 💕💕 @BarbaraBB 4d
BarbaraBB Thanks for your email! I will reply soon 💕 and I am happy you loved The Rabbit Hunch too! 4d
squirrelbrain Ooh, have fun at the library sale! 4d
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Cinfhen It‘s SO EXHAUSTING and the jet lag is not helping but I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers xxx 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I did!! It was so odd but good! 3d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I will have fun, but probably not as much as you at the reading retreat! I hope you all have a great weekend together! 3d
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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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A little random spin for one of my last #BookspinBingo squares! Unfortunately, I‘m not loving the title novella yet. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Vansa Trespasses by Louise Kennedy is heartbreaking and excellently written. 4d
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The House in the Orchard | Elizabeth Brooks
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I was waiting to see what BOTM chose this month before I decided whether to try Aardvark. I was tempted by Sign Here from BOTM, but ultimately decided to get in on the ground floor of Aardvark with this gothic tale!

jlhammar I was more drawn to the Aardvark picks too. Maybe I should take the plunge! I ended up going with Thistlefoot for #BOTM because I dig Baba Yaga, but kept it to just that one. 5d
BrittanyReads Ooh! I chose the same! Sounds like a good one! 5d
swishandflick Woohoo! I'm hoping Aardvark is a hit, glad to have you trying it with me 🤞🏽 I'm not feeling any of the BOTM choices at the moment so TBD on whether that'll be a skip (is it me or do their October books always seem to miss the mark?) 5d
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Megabooks @jlhammar I am not really into retellings or fictionalized historical figures, so I was kinda bummed that three were that, but I‘m glad you found one you were interested in. 😁 Plus I‘m not a fan of the romance usually found in YA novels (often as a subplot even if it is not strictly a romance novel). So that killed 5/7, and the other two didn‘t light my fire. I haven‘t officially skipped (like @swishandflick ) but I‘m strongly leaning that way. 5d
Megabooks @BrittanyReads I am super pumped because I‘ve been digging gothic fiction this year!! 5d
Megabooks @swishandflick I often don‘t like October and April, but the other month I skipped was June. Like you, I haven‘t officially pulled the plug yet, but I‘m trying to buy mostly used or bargain for the rest of the year so we‘ll see. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 5d
BrittanyReads Have any other recs? 👀👀 5d
Megabooks @BrittanyReads The Keep by Jennifer Egan was amazing! I also really liked Small Angels from BOTM. I‘m reviewing The Hacienda tomorrow! I liked the other two better, but it was good also. (edited) 5d
BrittanyReads Ohhhh wonderful!! I have Small Angels and The Hacienda! Glad to hear you liked them! 4d
BrittanyReads I stacked The Keep! 4d
BrittanyReads Not sure if you've read this one...but it was a creepy little gothic that got me wanting to read more of that genre! 4d
Megabooks @BrittanyReads I stacked Companions!! Thank you!!! 3d
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Go Ask Alice always read as fake hyperbole to me, so I was surprised to read it was taken so seriously by most when it came out in 1971. This book chronicles the real-life conniving and damage done by the middle-age mom who wrote it. The truly sad part of this exposé about Beatrice Sparks was the real-life family who gave her the diary she virtually ? fabricated into Jay‘s Journal, her follow up that fed into the satanic panic of the 80s.

EKonrad This book made me so angry! I couldn‘t believe some of that woman‘s actions! Crazy! 😬 6d
Megabooks @EKonrad yes! She was horrible!! 6d
MicheleinPhilly This book was absolutely bananas! What a nutter! 6d
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AlaMich I read this as an adolescent. Recently I read an article written by a woman who feels that she suffered a sort of low-key trauma from it. I realized from reading that piece how influential—and NOT for the good—the book had also been on me. (edited) 6d
Megabooks @AlaMich I can definitely see that, especially depending on your age when you read it, etc. the woman who wrote it really gave no shits about anything but her own fame and notoriety. It was truly appalling. (edited) 6d
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly she was! And she did so much harm in service of her own ego. I felt so sorry for Alton‘s family. She really did them dirty. 6d
LeahBergen I read Go Ask Alice for the first time when I was about 12 (so late ‘70s) and firmly believed it was a true diary. 😆😆 And I have this waiting on my TBR and can‘t wait! 6d
BarbaraBB I felt so too @LeahBergen 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
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Oona Out of Order | Margarita Montimore
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Blarg!! The time travel rules in this book did not make sense at all!! I could not get past it because they kept on referencing them every time I‘d try to just get into each chapter and enjoy the narrative. 🤦🏻‍♀️

On Oona‘s 19th birthday, she wakes up in her own 51-year-old body. The book chronicles her life as she jumps from one age to the next…out of order. 🤣🤦🏻‍♀️

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I enjoyed this. I thought the epistolary elements added an interesting touch, and I liked that it was based on true events yet didn‘t get caught up in 💯 accuracy.

Imperial mathematician Johannes Kepler‘s mother has been accused of witchcraft by the wife of a “third-rate glazier”. As the town chooses sides, Hans tries to mount a defense. The townspeople‘s testimonies and Hans‘ letters are shared in addition to Katharin‘s & her guardian‘s stories.

squirrelbrain Great review - I liked this too when I listened to it last year. 1w
marleed I loved this book. As I read it I cast Francis McDormat in the lead! 1w
BarbaraBB I didn‘t like it as much as you did but your review is great. As is the picture 7d
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Megabooks @marleed Frances McDorman would be fantastic! 6d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! I can‘t believe we have daisies blooming in September! 6d
BarbaraBB Indeed! It‘s almost autumn! 6d
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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#unpopularopinion time! This did not work for me. I appreciate that McCurdy has been through a lot but I agree with @jdiehr that it would‘ve been a stronger, more interesting book for me in 20 years. At times, it read like lists of things that happened without the greater context and more nuanced reflection that comes with age. The #audiobook narration sounded detached and flat to me, which didn‘t help either.

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The Great Man Theory | Teddy Wayne
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Wayne is one of my favorite lesser-known authors, but this is not his strongest book; although it is still a pick. Maybe I‘m just tired of Trump-era fiction.

Divorced dad Paul was recently demoted to adjunct professor and can no longer maintain his Brooklyn apartment. Forced to move away from his tween daughter, he‘s sure his luck will change when he finishes his book railing against technology. But a chance encounter with a producer ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ of a conservative TV show gives him the opportunity to try to get on air and make a scene. If only he could book the show and make a splash, his life would turn around… 1w
BarbaraBB Hmmm. I‘d love to read another book by him and I can deal with another Trump book… but your review makes me hesitant. 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB at times, despite not being very long, it FELT too long. I love that he does these outsider, down on their luck protagonists, but I couldn‘t root for Paul or revile him. I didn‘t go in with overly high expectations, but it was still a let down after loving Loner, Apartment and 1w
Megabooks If you haven‘t read Jonny, do! @BarbaraBB (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB I will!! 1w
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Lucy by the Sea: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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Lucy has stolen my heart again! This is the gold standard for pandemic-set fiction. It is surprisingly warm, but Strout still captures the uncertainty of 2020-21. 5⭐️ Read notes below!

Lucy, like many of us, was a bit clueless heading into 2020, but her ex-husband, William, saw the writing on the wall and whisks her away to Maine. Their daughters flee to CT. What follows is a loving look at our new normal, and Lucy adjusting to small-town life.

Megabooks Notes: this is book 4 in a series and does not work as a stand-alone imo. Also, for Strout fans, characters from her novels set in Maine make appearances, and there are some spoilers for those books (as far as how characters end up). Enjoy! (edited) 1w
squirrelbrain Glad you loved it too! Interestingly a review in todays Observer newspaper compared it very unfavourably to Oh William!, when I thought Oh William! was the weakest so far, and this one the best. 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I agree with you!! I didn‘t much care for Oh William, but it did a nice job of setting this book up. 1w
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Sparklemn I appreciate your advice on this not working as a stand-alone! I'll make sure to read the others first. 😃 1w
BarbaraBB Stellar review. I preordered a copy but now it‘s unavailable. Frustrating but I‘ll read it sooner or later 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain so intriguing. I loved Oh William, am curious where I‘ll end up with this one! 1w
squirrelbrain I really liked Oh William, Meg @BarbaraBB but preferred this one by far. That‘s so annoying that it‘s now unavailable Barbara! 1w
AvidReader25 I loved Oh William and I can‘t wait to read this one! 1w
Megabooks @Sparklemn glad I could help! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I guess, having read all four this year, oh William just struck me as my least favorite. It wasn‘t a bad book, but by the sea is such a better continuation of their story. And I love that she left room for a fifth!! I hope you can read it soon. I got an audiobook copy or else I‘d send it to you B. 💜 1w
BarbaraBB That is so sweet Meg, but I‘m sure I‘ll be able to find a copy soon! 😘 1w
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I first read Temple‘s research in vet school, and she has a singularly interesting perspective. I‘m so excited that @RiverheadBooks sent me an ARC of her new book the different ways visually-oriented people think. I can never decide if I‘m more auditory or visual, so I‘m excited to read this! Out October 11.

These vines are from a sweet potato that sprouted. We just put it in an old planter and it‘s growing like crazy! 🍠

Cinfhen Cool 1w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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So I think I‘m finally, maybe 🤞🏻🙏🏻 making a turn for the better in my long Covid battle! Just today I trimmed 5 hedges and walked my dog over a mile. My brain fog is lifting and my attention span is better, as you can see with the 13(!) books I finished this week. 🤯🤩

I still have to review the four on the bottom left, but Lucy stole my heart again, and it was a 5⭐️ read! The McCurdy was a huge disappointment, though. #BookReport

Megabooks Also I have 4(!) #BookspinBingos and it‘s not even the end of the month! 🤯🤯 @TheAromaofBooks 1w
gossamerchild I'm glad you're feeling better! That brain fog is a real nasty deal. 1w
MallenNC I‘m so glad you‘re feeling better. 1w
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! Glad you are on the mend!! 1w
Centique So glad there‘s some improvement! Fingers crossed it gets better and better 💕🤞 1w
squirrelbrain Wow, you *have* been busy! So glad you‘re feeling better. 😘 1w
LeahBergen Great to hear! ❤️❤️ 1w
Megabooks @gossamerchild thank you! It truly is! 1w
Megabooks @MallenNC thanks! 💜💜 (edited) 1w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks I‘m really happy! Thanks 💕 1w
Megabooks @Centique I sincerely hope so! Thank you 💕😘 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks so much Helen! It‘s a great relief to be moving in the right direction! 😘😘 1w
Megabooks @LeahBergen thanks! 💕💕 1w
Bookwormjillk That‘s wonderful! 1w
Cinfhen Fantastic!!!! And of course I‘m THRILLED you‘re FINALLY starting to feel like yourself again 😘😘 1w
Bookwomble Nice to hear you're feeling better 💖 1w
Deblovestoread Glad you are on the mend. 1w
sarahbellum Yay! So glad you‘re feeling better and hoping it continues 🫶 1w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk thanks! 💕💕 I‘m so excited! (edited) 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen me too dear sister!! 💕💜💕 it‘s been a long road and I couldn‘t have made it without your and @BarbaraBB ‘s friendship! 1w
Megabooks @Bookwomble thanks! 😁💜 1w
Megabooks @Deblovestoread thank you! 💕 1w
Megabooks @sarahbellum thanks so much!! 💜💜 1w
BarbaraBB Meg I can‘t express how happy I am for you 💕💕Will write back to you later today. Also I am sooo much looking forward to Lucy! 1w
Cinfhen Awwww - amen to sisterhood and friendship xxx M‘s dad passed away last night. We‘re flying to NY Tuesday night after RH and hoping funeral will be Wednesday morning. It‘s a lot and I might be out of reach but I‘m always thinking of you two @BarbaraBB 1w
batsy Happy to hear that you're feeling better 💜 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I am so sorry for your loss. Please send my condolences to M. 💕💕 I know this holiday will be a muted one. You are in my prayers dear friend! 1w
Megabooks @batsy thank you! 💜💜 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks for your email!! I will write back soon. I‘m so glad you and @Cinfhen are celebrating with me!! 💜💕💜 1w
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Seven Empty Houses | Samanta Schweblin
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These stories explore emptiness and connection and how they tug and pull in families. In my favorite story, a girl‘s sister drinks bleach on her birthday, and she meets a man who may be sinister or may be nice in the hospital waiting room. I love that she left space for me to consider his motives. In the novella, she writes about a woman suspicious of the teens in her neighborhood and how it has heartbreaking consequences. Fantastic collection!!

Megabooks Thank you to @RiverheadBooks for this gifted copy 💜, and congratulations to the author and translator for being longlisted for the National Book Award for literature in translation!! 1w
BarbaraBB Coming from you, the short story expert, that means a lot! 1w
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked. 1w
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vivastory Thanks for the tag. Will definitely be reading 📚 1w
erzascarletbookgasm Stacking. And great photo! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB she always has an interesting perspective! 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain awesome! Enjoy! 1w
Megabooks @vivastory 👍🏻👍🏻 I hope you like it too! (edited) 1w
Cinfhen I don‘t think this is for me but I‘m glad you enjoyed it!! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻😘 1w
Hooked_on_books I tried her book Fever Dream and wasn‘t a fan. Did you read that one? Do the stories here resemble it? I‘m a little hesitant about her after that one not working for me. 1w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books sorry I missed your comment. This is much more straightforward than her other books. It doesn‘t have those horror/magical realism parts. (Idk why the storygraph put it as horror because it definitely reads literary fiction to me.) maybe do a #BorrowNotBuy if you‘re unsure. 👍🏻 1w
Hooked_on_books Oh that‘s great! That makes it more approachable for me. Thanks! 7d
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Life Ceremony: Stories | Sayaka Murata
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This short story collection, while classified as literary fiction, definitely has some horror elements. Murata explores cannibalism and wearing people‘s skin, bones and teeth. It‘s from the perspective that cremation and the care for bodies after death is strictly a cultural phenomenon, which she subverts. She subverts sexual norms as well in a story where people feast on a dead person then have sex with a stranger in public. Weird but good.

BarbaraBB This sounds very weird! I love the cover though and it is Japanese of course 😉. Beautiful pic too! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was definitely weird, but I kind of expected that from Murata. 🤣 thanks re: the picture! 1w
MicheleinPhilly There is someone in my book club who somehow brings every discussion around to cannibalism. She‘s a freak but I should recommend this to her. 1w
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squirrelbrain Definitely sounds rather weird, as does your book club friend @MicheleinPhilly ! 😬 1w
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain She‘s more of a strange acquaintance. I prefer my friends be relatively normal. ☺️ (edited) 1w
erzascarletbookgasm I like Japanese weird 😊 1w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly that definitely sounds like an odd acquaintance! 🤨🤨 but I do think she‘ll enjoy this, but it may give her too many ideas! 🤣🤣 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was definitely bizarre! 1w
squirrelbrain Oops @MicheleinPhilly - I should have written ‘friend‘, not friend! 🤣 1w
Cinfhen For me it‘s more weird than good 😁😂 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen lol! It wouldn‘t be one I‘d recommend to you! 🤣🤣 1w
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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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If you‘re on Instagram, do yourself a favor and watch the reel Ann posted today. I‘ve read over 200 memoirs in the past two years, and what she said about them often being about one big event and not having much story development other than that, I‘ve found is quite true. She gave words to why I wasn‘t impressed by McCurdy‘s book (tagged ⬆️) and many others.

The book she recommends (tagged ⬇️) is on my shopping list at Parnassus next month!

Megabooks This is the one she recommends, and since I gave 5⭐️ to Danticat‘s short story collection, I‘m excited to read it! (edited) 1w
Megabooks The reel is under the Parnassus Books account. 👍🏻 1w
Cinfhen Ohhh, another book for #NonFictionNovember 1w
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BarbaraBB Thanks for sharing this. I loved (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB … So I am more than willing to read another Danticat! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💯💯💯!! 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I know! We both loved that one. I‘ll let you know about the memoir! 1w
Hooked_on_books I heard Ann on a podcast not long ago and she doesn‘t mince words! 😂 I was initially a little startled, since I‘m so used to people with media training making efforts to smooth everything over, but then I realized I really appreciated her blunt candor. 1w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books she doesn‘t. I feel like she is more firm in her opinions but isn‘t rude about it. Parnassus has some interesting content on Instagram, but these she posts on Friday about backlist titles are my favorite. She give her reasons behind like and dislike, and I really appreciate that! 1w
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All This Could Be Different: A Novel | Sarah Thankam Mathews
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This novel made me feel! It‘s an evocative debut for anyone who came of age during the Great Recession. Simply stunning.

S is an Indian woman with a complicated immigration history. In 2012, she graduates college and takes a job as a consultant in Milwaukee. She and her friends have many young millennial complications like debt, job insecurity, poor housing options, coupled with queerness. Mathews brings empathy and urgency to these characters.

Megabooks Thank you to @VikingBooks for this gifted copy. Congratulations to the author for being longlisted for the National Book Award in fiction! 2w
Hooked_on_books Good to hear! My hold for this one is waiting for me at the library. I‘m hoping to pick it up early next week. 2w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I hope you enjoy it too. It‘s a very strong debut! 2w
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BarbaraBB Just bought this one. Glad it‘s so good! 2w
Cinfhen Great review but not sure I‘m drawn to it 🤷🏼‍♀️It‘ll definitely be a #BorrowNotBuy 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I can definitely see you liking this! 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 🤷🏻‍♀️ I‘m not sure whether you‘d like this, but it might be worth a borrow. 1w
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When you‘re constantly bombarded with information about health and wellness on the internet or social media, it can be hard to separate science from being sold to. Raphael goes down the line of various categories of wellness from supplements to exercise and brings a healthy dose of skepticism to fads, brands, and influencers. While I didn‘t always agree with her, this was an interesting #audiobook!

Cinfhen Does sound interesting but…. do we need a book ?? 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes!! Look around fitness/wellness Instagram and there is A LOT of bs, and even I, with a scientific background, get caught up in misinformation. It‘s just so easy to get caught up in pseudoscience or the unhealthy side of wellness, ⬇️ (edited) 1w
Megabooks For example, I was really worried after watching the hbo documentary about talc makeup products and cancer, and while I‘m sure there are cancer cases tied to residual asbestos in makeup, my eyebrow pencil probably isn‘t going to kill me. (And tbh the doc did really concern me.) But it is so good to get multiple perspectives AND look at the financial incentives each party has for saying what they do. @Cinfhen (edited) 1w
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Centique I will have to read this. I‘ve probably said it before but the BS gets me pretty cross. Totally here for the positive effects of genuine stuff - eat your veges etc etc - but yeah, the frightening theories ppl advised me about when I had cancer, (talc powder, bra wire, deodorant, bbqd food etc) all of which I double checked with my specialists, and they were all just scaremongering. 1w
Centique I got told about makeup causing cancer - the woman said to me everything you put on your skin will enter your blood stream within 5 minutes. My specialist said “when you have a bath do your veins fill up with water?” 😂😂 1w
Cinfhen You make a good case❣️ There is TONS of BS around the wellness industry #ExcellentPoint 1w
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Now I know why you gave this just 3⭐️ @BarbaraBB 🤨🤣 I rather like the name Barbara!

Cinfhen Hahaha - I gave it 3 stars too!! And I love @BarbaraBB and @BarbaraTheBibliophage xxx 2w
AmyG Ha! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen those are definitely two fantastic Barbaras! 😘😘 @BarbaraBB @BarbaraTheBibliophage 2w
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Megabooks @AmyG the storygraph popped her rating up so I couldn‘t resist! 🤣 2w
BarbaraBB Ha! I remember those sentences vividly of course! And to be honest, I felt a bit proud. It‘s kind of cool, right 😉?! @Cinfhen 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it is kind of cool! I love seeing a Meg (and not a Megan)! 2w
BarbaraBB Such a nice name, Meg! I really think so! (edited) 2w
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This book was heartbreaking. Set against the backdrop of Ueno Station where the 1964 Olympics took place, the novel follows the tragic life of Kazu, a man who worked construction on the buildings there and died in its homeless encampments as an elderly man. There is a lot of Japanese history woven into his struggle, too. Grab the tissues (and Google). This won last year‘s National Book Award for literature in translation, and it‘s deserving.

BarbaraBB Thanks for tagging me. I cannot believe I haven‘t read this one. I passed Ueno Station all the time last week ❤️. And I love that edition! 2w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB that‘s really cool! And this is one of the times I definitely prefer the US cover! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yay! Enjoy! 2w
Megabooks @TrishB thank you! 2w
BarbaraBB Absolutely, this cover is much better than the UK one! 🥰 2w
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Nina is just fantastic, and this book about her friendship with RBG (and other women) was lovely. She also wrote about the difficulty climbing the ladder as a woman in the 1970s and how friendships with women like RBG and Cokie Roberts got her through. She gave interesting insights into the court and its other justices, too. Great reflections on a life well lived. Still missing you RBG!! 😢

actualdisneyprincess This is next on my library pile after Mercury Pictures Presents!!!! 😍😭 2w
Megabooks @actualdisneyprincess enjoy!!! (edited) 2w
JenReadsAlot I can always count on you for finding me great NF reads! 2w
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Megabooks @JenReadsAlot thank you!! My library is awesome with the NF! 2w
Cinfhen It‘s on #Scribd so maybe for #NonFictionNovember 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think it would be a GREAT choice for then! 2w
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The Most Likely Club | Elyssa Friedland
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This was exactly what I wanted: a fun, nostalgic novel about the sisterly bonds of friendship with a happy ending. Have to suspend your disbelief a bit though.

Melissa, Tara, Priya, and Suki were BFFs in the class of 1997. They all had most likelys in the yearbook, but only Suki became hers. As the other three gather for their 25th reunion, they make a pact to live up to them like Suki has, but it turns out Suki‘s life isn‘t so charmed. #botm

KarenUK This sounds like the kinda thing I need right now…. 😉💕 2w
Megabooks @KarenUK sometimes the light, fun ones just hit the spot! 2w
Cinfhen I choose this one from #BOTM too!! I like this author - she reminds me of Abby Waxman 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes!! 💯💯💯 agree with the Waxman comparison! 2w
Cinfhen 😄 2w
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This is one of the most thought-provoking books I‘ve read this year. Aviv was diagnosed with anorexia as a young child (6) and hospitalized with older kids and teens. This gave her an interesting perspective on mental healthcare and its evolution. She looks at four people who had very different interactions with mental health professionals in the US and India. The last woman she profiles talked about seeing herself through the lens of her ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ bipolar disorder and how seeing herself as an extension of her condition affected both her day-to-day actions and her long-term outlook. Her story just hit me as having a lot of similarities to my own, but all four people she covered were fascinating! (edited) 2w
EKonrad Thought this book was so interesting! Found a lot of similarities too. ❤️ 2w
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Chelsea.Poole Stacked!! 2w
Megabooks @EKonrad it just rung a bell. 💡💜 2w
Megabooks @EKonrad I realize I did write bell and choose light bulb, but I think you get that I get it! 🤣 2w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole I think you‘ll find it interesting! 2w
EKonrad I definitely get it! 😀 2w
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Killers of a Certain Age | Deanna Raybourn
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Believe. The. Hype! This is a fun, adventurous novel about some deadly seniors.

Four women were plucked from obscurity in the 1970s to train as assassins for a group of Nazi hunters. As the Nazis died, the Museum expanded its operations to assassinating other bad folks. But just as these four ladies have earned their retirement, they discover another assassin on their tail. An action-packed, cinematic thriller!

Aims42 Such a fun read!! Hoping there‘s another adventure in their future 🤞 2w
aperfectmjk This is my next read. My hold just became available. Looking forward to it. 2w
Cinfhen I‘ll probably start this next week - looking forward 2w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m almost 💯 sure this will be a pick for you! 🤞🏻 2w
Megabooks @aperfectmjk I was excited that my hold came in quickly too! Are you reading the audiobook? I thought they made a good decision in having two narrators. 2w
Megabooks @Aims42 I hope so! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 2w
Cinfhen Did u do audio??? 2w
Cinfhen Darn, I have the print but I think this will probably be more enjoyable on audio 2w
rachelsbrittain This sounds epic! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen the audiobook was good, but I don‘t think it made a huge difference in how much I enjoyed it 2w
Megabooks @rachelsbrittain It was a lot of fun!! (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Good to know - must email you - lots going on - Marc‘s dad has been medically unresponsive for the last 36 hours. Trying to figure everything out. It‘s even more complicated by the Jewish New Year Holiday starting Sunday. We need to figure out flights, where we‘ll stay etc and where M will sit shiva assuming he passes. For now M‘s dad is breathing on his own and he has a DNR so they wont put him on any machines. Always something @BarbaraBB 💕💕 2w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen Oh no, that does sound serious. I am so sorry to hear this. Thinking of M and you and wishing you strength to cope with everything coming your way 🤍 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB Cindy, I am so deeply sorry for M, his whole family, you, and the kids. I know it is an incredibly difficult, sad time now. Know my heart is with you and that I will pray for all of you. 💜💜💜 2w
Cinfhen Thanks friends xx It feels wrong but we are all just praying for a quick & peaceful end @BarbaraBB @Megabooks We are so glad we were just with him last week♥️ 2w
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My four short stories this month come from the Second Persephone book of them.

WWI is often subsumed into the second one, so it was interesting to read about a woman reflecting on death on Armistice Day in the 1930s.

Thunder Shower I didn‘t get. 🤷🏻‍♀️

In The Exile, a niece finds quite a surprise when she travels to visit her uncle‘s grave in China.

Safety Zone was a beautiful four-page story about welcoming Jewish refugees to America.

LeahBergen You‘re REALLY making me want to get to this one soon now! 2w
Megabooks @LeahBergen it‘s fantastic so far!! I‘m excited for the Whipple next month too! 2w
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Women and men are treated differently in leadership roles, and while it has been written about a lot recently, I enjoyed Herman‘s take on it. I especially appreciated her deep dive into historical texts about Elizabeth I, Catherine de Medici, and others. She also looked at modern politicians from Bhutto to Kim Campbell to May, but she circled back to Hillary often. Hillary was treated horribly & unfairly, but I enjoyed the historical aspects more.

Bookwormjillk You always find the most interesting books! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds fascinating - stacked. 2w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk thank my library! It has the best person picking nonfiction for audiobooks!! 2w
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain it really was! 2w
Librarybelle I have an ARC of this and am hoping I can get to it soon! 2w
Megabooks @Librarybelle fantastic! I hope you enjoy it too! 2w
mdemanatee I‘ve been casually interested in this so you may have just swayed me 2w
Megabooks @mdemanatee I hope you enjoy it!! 2w
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Seven Empty Houses | Samanta Schweblin
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Thank you so much @RiverheadBooks for sending me this #gifted copy of Seven Empty Houses, which has just been longlisted for the National Book Award for literature in translation! I think this is up next!

Cinfhen Ohhhh exciting!! Gorgeous cover and lovely photo 😍 2w
vivastory Looking forward to this one! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds good! 2w
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BarbaraBB I have been thinking about this one. Awaiting your review! 2w
mdemanatee New Samantha Schweblin! 2w
Megabooks @mdemanatee so excited! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @vivastory I immediately thought of you two as fellow fans!! 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m really looking forward to it! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen this is the most exciting bookmail I‘ve received in awhile!! 2w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela Klawitter
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A really fantastic reading week. All picks. The print books were especially on point, but my favorites were What If 2 and Other Birds. One engaged my brain and the other made my heart sing! The Kleeman was amazing too; I couldn‘t put it down. I think One‘s Company will have a lot of Litsy fans when it catches on. Review of Off with Her Head tomorrow! #BookReport

Also two #BookspinBingos! I‘m having my highest avg print pages per day this year! 🎉

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! You are flying through the pages!!! 2w
Cinfhen Amazing!!! I love how you mix stats into your reading too!! I‘m glad if I remember to add a book to my finished list 😂 2w
BarbaraBB What a week!!! 2w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was great! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen idk what I did before the storygraph!! 2w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks that‘s what I feel like! ✈️ 2w
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Wow. The various mafias in Italy don‘t mess around! Much of the book reflected on Puppetta, an infamous woman who avenged her husband‘s murder in the 1950s while six months pregnant. Nadeau was among the last to interview her before her death in 2021. She also writes more briefly about other of Italy‘s mafia women, who do everything from minor drug trafficking to ordering murder, and she looks at the female victims and sexism in Italy. Note ⬇️

Megabooks Note: this is dark AF. If you don‘t want to imagine people getting eaten by acid, maybe avoid this or take multiple breaks like I did! Thank you to @penguinrandomhouse for this gifted copy! (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Not sure I‘m up for this one 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2w
LeahBergen Great review! Count me in. 😆 2w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen it was definitely more true crime than reality tv!! 🔪🔫🩸 2w
Megabooks @LeahBergen thank you! It was intense! 2w
Centique This sounds fantastic! 1w
Megabooks @Centique it was super interesting! 1w
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One's Company: A Novel | Ashley Hutson
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I‘m glad I gave this another shot. Hutson is definitely an author to read/watch if you like Moshfegh or Awad. This is a strong debut, and an author I‘ll read again!

In the wake of some severe trauma, Bonnie became obsessed with Three‘s Company. When she‘s not working, the DVDs are always on. Then she wins an obscene amount in the lottery and can finally make her dream of living as the cast of Three‘s Company a reality.

CW in 1st spoiler

Megabooks So Bonnie is pretty severely raped. It‘s not on the page, but something about the description of the aftermath hit me really hard, so I guess take that into consideration. There‘s also murder of people close to her. The emotional side of her trauma hit me really hard. 2w
Megabooks Okay the one above is the CW, but don‘t look at the next one unless you‘ve read it. 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @britt_brooke so how it ended with her institutionalized, I kind of wonder if at least the whole thing with the woman playing Mrs. Roper for years was in her imagination. She had so many layers of delusions and self-protection, it kind of made me wonder what was real in her life and what may not have happened. 2w
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britt_brooke I‘m so happy you gave this another try! I had similar thoughts on the ending. It‘s a bit draw-your-own-conclusion which, if done well, I like. It worked for me here. (edited) 2w
MicheleinPhilly This sounds kind of 🦇💩. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m so glad you gave this another go!!! And agree, the ending had me questioning what was real and what was imagined. But like @britt_brooke the ambiguous ending worked for me 2w
Teresereading Beautiful cover 2w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly it was a bit! 2w
Megabooks @Teresereading yes, and it‘s metallic too! 2w
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Cinfhen it worked for me too, but I‘m wondering if either of you drew personal conclusions. Personally I think even the lottery win was in her head. I think she never got over the robbery and the whole book was a fabrication. If she did win the lottery I definitely think the relationship was in her head. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤨 2w
britt_brooke @Megabooks I tend to lean toward the same, but it still keeps me thinking/questioning. (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Ohhh, interesting. That theory would make the most sense because honestly who could possibly replicate the entire Three‘s Company set?!? I can‘t wait to see what the author writes next @britt_brooke @Megabooks 2w
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Hello, Molly!: A Memoir | Sean Wilsey, Molly Shannon
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Glad I got around to this celebrity memoir! Molly‘s relatable and has an interesting story. There was a weird pattern of sentences repeating almost verbatim one in prior paragraphs, which was very noticeable in the #audiobook.

Molly‘s mother died in a horrific car accident when she was young, and the memoir jumps out from there showing how this early trauma affected her, especially her relationship with her dad. I loved the inside SNL bits too!

Megabooks Car accidents are kinda a CW for me and parts were more detailed than I‘d like (eg a graphic mention of her sister‘s autopsy report), so just FYI on that. 2w
BarbaraBB Nice title! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I liked it too! 2w
Cinfhen This one really didn‘t work for me in terms of the quality of writing- no offense to Molly but it felt like a 4th grader was sharing her story 😝I read an ARC which didn‘t help….I think audio would have been better. 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I definitely think audio made it more enjoyable. I am rarely as much of a fan of celebrity memoirs in print (over audio). They have to be more literary than this for sure! 2w
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Oh my heart! 💖 This was the uplifting read I needed! I read (and enjoy) a lot of dark books, but sometimes it‘s nice to read the opposite.

Zoey comes to Mallow Island to claim her deceased mother‘s apartment. When another woman in the complex dies, Zoey starts cleaning out her apartment, and through this process, she finds a family of friends she never knew and starts healing. I enjoyed the magical realism and ghostly touches! #botm

jlhammar Yay! I‘m going to start this one tonight! 3w
Megabooks @jlhammar enjoy! I‘m really glad I went out of my comfort zone for this BOTM. 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds good and a nice diversion too. Love the photo 😍 3w
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squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked! 3w
Cinfhen It‘s a lovely cover and sounds like a lovely read ❤️I know what you mean about dark books!! I‘m finding I need something lite right now - so I started 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! That shrub hadn‘t gotten any love yet, and I‘m almost back to having to take pictures with things other than plants!! 😱 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain i hope you enjoy it!! 💜 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I was not in the right mood when my library hold came in on that, but I plan to try again at some point! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen testing all afternoon at Vanderbilt. Way more involved than it needed to be, but I‘m home now. I‘ll email y‘all this weekend! Glad you‘re home safe, Cindy and enjoy your last week in Japan, Barbara!! 😘😘 2w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to it. I just arrived home too! 😘 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB oh yeah! We‘re all home! Looking forward to getting our fun email group back together! 💜😘 @Cinfhen glad all made it home in one piece! 2w
Cinfhen Definitely looking forward to our little chain-mail @Megabooks @BarbaraBB Glad everyone is home, safe & sound xx 2w
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The Vacation: A Novel | T. M. Logan
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A messy and fun reread! Straub is great at writing a dynamic between two couples and her young characters are believable, too.

Amidst Jim‘s cheating scandal, he and Franny take off on a Mallorcan vacation. Their daughter hopes to lose her virginity before college while their son tries to hang onto his girlfriend, who is also along on holiday. Franny‘s oldest friend Charles and his husband hope to hear they‘ve been chosen to adopt a baby.

Megabooks Oh whoops I tagged the wrong book! @Ruthiella @KathyWheeler (edited) 3w
squirrelbrain Haven‘t heard of this one… 🤦‍♀️ stacked! 3w
Cinfhen I really liked this one and still remember “most” of it - which for me is pretty remarkable!!!! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen oh I love it when I‘m actually able to retain a book for years because usually I can‘t either!!! 2w
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This was a really interesting way to look at the mass shooting epidemic in America. Instead of looking at gun control alone as a means of curtailing them, Follman looks at community-based interventions that make an impact in preventing shooters from picking up a gun. It was interesting reading specific examples of what some school systems have done to prevent violence by intervening with children that have threatened it.

Cinfhen Not sure I want to go there… 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I had trouble writing this review because it‘s a very serious subject, but honestly I felt hopeful after finishing. I felt like there are people looking at this and making real change even with gridlock in passing stricter laws. 3w
Cinfhen That‘s really good to hear 💚 3w
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britt_brooke This sounds so interesting, but I have a really tough time reading about this. On that note, the shooter from my high school has his parole hearing next week. It‘s been 25 years (in December). Hoping with all my being that‘s it‘s denied. 3w
Megabooks @britt_brooke 25 years. God. Seems like yesterday. I told you I was at GSP with his sister the summer before it happened?? I hope it‘s denied. Terrible, terrible tragedy. 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks Crazy, isn‘t it?? I‘m friends with his sister on fb/ig and she‘s seems like such an incredible person. I can‘t imagine how she‘s feeling right now. 3w
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While this isn‘t the best book I‘ve read this year, I actually stayed up all night reading it! 🙌🏻 It makes me want to read more dystopian cli-fi because I loved this.

A writer goes to LA to work on the adaptation of his book to a movie, but he ends up a glorified assistant to its star, who want to be paid in water. Meanwhile everyone else on the West Coast is drinking WAT-R, a synthetic water, but is it a true substitute or something sinister?

squirrelbrain I really liked this one, until the end. I just thought the ending was a bit meh…. 3w
Cinfhen Great photo!! Hadn‘t heard of this book….interesting🤓 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! We bought this spinner from our neighbor‘s estate, and I love seeing it in the backyard. It even has LEDs at night! 👍🏻 3w
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain the ending was a bit disappointing, but it‘s for sure a pick for me! 3w
Cinfhen Ohhhhh, I‘d love to see how it looks at night!! 😍great addition for your garden😘 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m going to post a daytime video on Instagram, but we don‘t get as much wind at night, so it‘s only been blowing well once when I‘ve been out with Molly at night. 3w
Cinfhen 👍🏻 3w
batsy I'd always meant to give Kleeman a try. This book sounds fascinating; feels like it's both out there and a very possible reality, the way things are going 🙃 3w
Megabooks @batsy I did not like her debut, but I‘m so glad I gave her another chance! She is wildly imaginative! Her debut I didn‘t like -> 3w
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Out tomorrow! Do you like science and laughing? If so, What If 2 is for you! Munroe gives real science answers to crazy questions from adults and kids. My favorite is the top one, where Neptune and Uranus are big problems! Another had exponentially breeding dogs, where 10^101 Dalmatians take over the universe. I loved the Q about funneling Niagara Falls into a straw, too. While I‘ve enjoyed his audiobooks, the cartoons are great in the print book!

Megabooks Thanks to @RiverheadBooks for this gifted copy! It was nice to read him in print after loving his #audiobooks. Either way is great to enjoy them. 3w
akaGingerK I really enjoyed the first What If - I‘m looking forward to this one! 3w
Megabooks @akaGingerK it is every bit as good! I hope you enjoy it! 3w
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This is my least favorite Straub. While I didn‘t bail this time, it didn‘t charm me either. It was all mess and not as fun as Modern Lovers.

Astrid is the widowed matriarch of a Hudson Valley clan and has fallen in love with a woman. Her three adult children‘s, businessman Elliott, former-actor Nicky, and goat-farmer Porter, reactions are as different as their jobs. Add on Porter‘s solo pregnancy and Nicky‘s daughter moving in with Astrid = mess!

Cinfhen I gave this a pick but I remember thinking it was #MoreMehThanYeah 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 💯💯💯 3w
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Some book acquisitions this weekend!

The tagged was sent from @Penguinpress and I‘m very excited to learn more about women in the mafia! Thank you 🙏🏻

The rest are from 2NC. The Dry is a blame it on @BarbaraBB 💜 I‘m giving Manhattan Beach another try because I am loving Egan this year, but I think I panned or bailed in 2017. 😬 Ways was an impulse buy, but it‘s been on my TBR since #FoodAndLit Brazil two years ago! 🤣

MallenNC I really enjoyed The Dry. She is great at making the setting feel real to me as I‘m reading. 3w
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jlhammar I really enjoyed Manhattan Beach. Hope it works for you this time around! I liked The Dry as well. The Godmother sounds fascinating. 3w
Cinfhen I was SUPER OBSESSED with Mafia Wives - do you remember that show?? I love all things mob related!!! 3w
Ruthiella I also liked The Dry and agree with @MallenNC , she‘s very good at atmosphere and setting. 3w
LeahBergen I‘ve been eyeing The Godmother. 👍 3w
Megabooks @CBee oooo…thanks for the rec! 3w
Megabooks @Read-y_Picker thank you! That looks really interesting! 3w
Megabooks @MallenNC I agree with that because I can still see specific scenes from 3w
Megabooks @jlhammar so many people have so-so or panned MB (including me!) that I‘m not as confident I‘ll love it, but I appreciate her so much more as a writer after reading 4 of her books so far this year. I feel like I‘m in a better place to love it. 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen no, but I used to watch all those documentaries on A&E about the mob that came on in the 1990s!! I‘m excited to read more about women now. What network was it on? Do you remember? 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella 💯💯 agree. That was my favorite part of (edited) 3w
Megabooks @LeahBergen I‘ll tag you in my review if you‘d like! 👍🏻👀 3w
LeahBergen Yes, please! 3w
Cinfhen It was actually called Mob Wives 🤦🏼‍♀️ and it was on VH1! - Super addictive 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen lol! I get some vh1 streaming so I‘ll keep an eye out. 👍🏻👀 3w
BarbaraBB @CBee Force of Nature is good too! And 3w
CBee @BarbaraBB I have that one on kindle, I think? I wish I could read more than one book at a time 🤦‍♀️ 3w
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Jillian | Halle Butler
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Mehso-so

I‘m not sure what to make of Butler. She writes these Eeyore-like millennial anti-heroes that are just hard to get behind. This time with a foil upbeat, Christian hot mess. Then it just ends…

Megan, full of millennial ennui and hate for her job, works with Jillian, an upbeat mom with a special-needs kid, who just believes everything will work out. The book follows the women together at work and outside as they both dig holes in their lives. ⬇️

Megabooks Above is why I don‘t share more pictures of Molly on Litsy! She was sure the book was trying to take her Pippa! Thank you @squirrelbrain 💜💜 she still loves it! 3w
batsy Oh, Molly 😂❤️ 3w
squirrelbrain Well, if you will get between Pippa and Molly, what do you expect?! 🤣 3w
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AlaMich I like the side-eye in the bottom right pic! 😂 3w
Cathythoughts Adorable Molly ♥️ 3w
Ruthiella I‘ll still read it. I‘m too old to be a millennial but I relate to the job ennui and lack of direction. 3w
ShelleyBooksie Molly is so cute!! 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain what I got!! 🤣🤣 She just loves to play! 3w
Megabooks @AlaMich she definitely pulls the side eye sometimes!! 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella truth! 🙌🏻 I hope you enjoy it! 3w
Cinfhen Ill take a pass but glad I got a peek at Molly ( & Pippa) 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I don‘t think you‘d like the book, but I‘m glad you like Molly! 😘😘 3w
BarbaraBB Great pics of Molly! It‘s been a while since I saw her 🧡 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! She‘s says hi to Auntie Barbara! 💜 (edited) 3w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela Klawitter
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I missed doing a #BookReport last week, so this is a combo of the last two weeks. My four faves are on top, including my first 5⭐️ of September Best of Friends! Life on the Mississippi was incredibly fascinating, too.

I haven‘t reviewed Jillian yet, but I think you‘ll enjoy my photo essay with Molly when I write it! 🤣 Also, I‘m one free space away from a bingo, and I might‘ve just bought three new books. 🤓 Pic soon!

squirrelbrain I‘ve just started Best of Friends this evening… so far so good! 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain glad you‘re enjoying it! 3w
Cinfhen Wowza!!!! Awesomeness!!!! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 3w
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