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Megabooks

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Holy sh!t is Lyz a bitter divorcée! But her thoughts on the patriarchal implications of modern American marriages were quite interesting. As much memoir as sociology, I didn‘t like that she seemed to look down on women who felt differently about marriage than she does. However, many of the reasons she listed for her divorce and continued singledom are why I‘ve never been a fan. ??‍♀️ Be ready to have OPINIONS!

BarbaraBB Intrigued somehow! 16h
ImperfectCJ I read her opinion piece in the Washington Post, and while I agreed with a lot of her points, I'm not keen on how she looks down on women who stay married. The best quote from the article, imo, is (as something she would tell a woman trying to make a marriage work): "If they raise the bar and it breaks, that‘s okay." I very much agree. If the marriage can only survive if one partner is miserable, then that's probably a sign to end the marriage. 13h
Chelsea.Poole Ooohh I am going to do this one!! Thanks for the tag 😊 11h
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This moved a bit slowly for me, and I didn‘t enjoy it quite as much as The River or The Guide, but a door was opened for another story about Ren, the Yellowstone park ranger, and I‘ll probably read it.

Someone is setting illegal animal traps in Yellowstone, and one seems to purposely ensnare a person. REN must race to save both the animals and the people who watch them. Plenty of tourist drama, too!

Aimeesue Ha! My daughter is a park ranger and her boyfriend is a park LEO. I‘m going to pick up a copy for them! 😁Thanks for the review! (edited) 19h
Megabooks @Aimeesue oh fantastic! I hope they enjoy it! 18h
ShelleyBooksie Daffodils!!! I love park ranger books! 10h
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We had a massive storm overnight that often kept me awake, so I read and eventually finished this. I thought NB was my least favorite of Tony‘s books, but I enjoyed this much more than my recent reread of Medium Raw. Do not skip the short reflections on each essay at the end of the book. I think the Tony who died in 2018 was a more world weary unhappy guy than here. It was a bit joyous to read his (relatively) youthful enthusiasm.

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Thank you to all my dear Litsy friends who have reached out during this difficult time. 💕💕 I took a lot of your advice, and relistened to my favorite Sedaris book while I did a fun redo of two bookshelves when a friend was able to help me unload. I spent today enjoying rearranging until they felt right. It was really therapeutic, and I‘m happy with the results!! They‘re the ones I look at when I read before bed, so I wanted them perfect! 😁😁

LiteraryinLawrence These are so beautiful! It‘s great that they feel right now. And good for you for doing something proactive during this hard time to bring you some joy. I agree with everyone who said that the books will be here when you‘re in the mood for them again. Just take care of yourself however you can on any given day. 💗 3d
Megabooks @LiteraryinLawrence thank you so much!! 💙💙 3d
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Librarybelle What a great bookshelf redo! It‘s good you were able to revisit an old favorite and find some joy during this time. We‘re here for you! ❤️ 3d
dabbe 💚💙💚 3d
Bookwormjillk Looks great. I‘m glad you have that reading view. ❤️ 3d
Deblovestoread They look great! So glad you had time to play with your books 💜😍💜 3d
Chelsea.Poole Lovely shelves! Also, I hope you don‘t feel the pressure to write back if you‘re not up to it. you‘ve got plenty on your plate as is.♥️ 3d
LeahBergen They look lovely! I‘m so glad you‘re feeling a bit better. ❤️ 3d
BookmarkTavern Wow! They look amazing! ❤️ 3d
Aimeesue So neat and tidy! I‘m jealous. Glad you‘re doing a bit better today. 🩵 3d
Ruthiella Awesome! The shelves look fantastic. 😃 3d
Centique That looks perfect! 🙌 3d
sarahbarnes Looks fantastic. 💕 3d
BarbaraBB So therapeutic, reshelving your books😀. And the result too of course. Glad you felt up to doing this. Take your time dear Meg ❤️ 3d
squirrelbrain I know how much you love David Sedaris, so that was a great idea! And your shelves look fabulous- makes me want to sort mine too! 🤓 Look after yourself. 😘 3d
CarolynM Shelves look great👍🙂 Sending love and hugs 💕🤗 3d
erzascarletbookgasm They look great 👍. Glad you‘re feeling better 3d
TheLudicReader Reorganizing my bookshelves is such a zen activity. I am glad you found some peace in your shelves. ❤️ 3d
AmyG Looks great! Oh how I love David Sedaris‘ grandmother. Happy to read you feel a bit better. 3d
MicheleinPhilly Great job! Want to come sort my shelves? They are a hot ass mess! Don‘t feel any pressure to respond individually. Do what you need to do to take care of yourself. ❤️ 3d
youneverarrived Perfect 😍 2d
ShelleyBooksie So glad you are feeling some positive vibes. It was 9 Celsius today here and sunny and I wanted to run around bursting into song. I never realize how down the season gets me until the sun and warmer weather comes back. 2d
Gissy 📚📚📚😍👌❤️❤️ 2d
Jess Looking good! Sedaris really is the cure for all. Happy to hear you found something that worked. 2d
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I am about 5 seconds and 5 pages away from a slump! I have never bailed on this many books I was 200 pages or 3-5 hours into in a single month. I just can‘t seem to focus on anything, especially on audio, which is strange for me. Usually I‘m a book a day person and I‘ve only read 18 so far this month. Idk. I‘m not in a particularly good place mentally or physically so that‘s probably it. 🤷🏻‍♀️😢

AmyG Oh no. I feel this, too. I‘m listening to an audiobook and all I know is a lady is missing. Hugs…I hope things ease up a bit. 7d
Centique Youve got a lot on your plate and its perfectly understandable for your reading to feel different 💕 All your friends here love and support you whether youre reading heaps or reading a little. I hope you can find something else that entertains you - maybe catch up on some movies? Much love and best wishes for your parents too 💕 7d
BarbaraBB Don‘t ask too much of yourself dear Meg. Like @Centique says you‘ve got a lot on your plate and reading should be fun or distracting. Try some palette cleanser instead of the serious chunksters I notice above ❤️❤️ Take care xxx 7d
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squirrelbrain Don‘t put too much pressure on yourself - sometimes books can add to the stress rather than acting as a balm. You‘re having a tough time as it is so just roll with it for a few days and hopefully the right book will present itself. 7d
CarolynM I‘m sorry you‘re struggling. Forget the challenging reads for now and go for something light and fun, or go back to an old favourite that makes you feel good inside. Look after yourself💕 7d
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
LeahBergen Sending ❤️❤️❤️ to you! 7d
TheLudicReader Sending positive energy your way. 6d
vivastory Maybe do a radical genre switch? I know you are a big fan of short stories but maybe dipping into a collection of poetry. Also New Directions has been releasing some truly lovely short oversized “storytime“ books that you might be interested in. They are meant to be read in a sitting. While at the bookstore yesterday I noticed new ones in the lines from Ginzburg & Ingalls. Hope you bust the slump! 💙 💙 (edited) 6d
youneverarrived 😞 perhaps a re-read (or listen) of an old favourite might help? Sending love 💜💜 6d
Readerann ❤️ 6d
Jess Many hugs. 6d
willaful Slumps are no fun. I often find genre switch-ups help, or maybe you just need some t.v. time for awhile. 6d
sarahbarnes Thinking about you. 💕 6d
ShelleyBooksie Sending you positive energy!! 6d
Chelsea.Poole I can totally relate. When I‘m worried I can‘t read like I normally do and usually end up disliking/lost with what I am reading. This too shall pass. ♥️ 6d
Leftcoastzen Sometimes nothing seems to work , it‘s hard to break through worries sometimes to enjoy reading. Hugs . A re-read of a comfort book can help. sending calming wishes .💜💜 6d
Ruthiella Hope things look up soon. ❤️ I agree with @willaful - just let yourself not read, watch TV or listen to music or podcasts. 6d
Aimeesue Hope things are better for you soon! 💙 6d
Deblovestoread Take good care of you, the rest will follow in time. Sending 💜 6d
MicheleinPhilly I feel you. I haven‘t even read 18 books this year. Do what you need to do to take care of you, the books will still be there when you‘re ready. ❤️ 6d
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My Side of the River: A Memoir | Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez
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I‘m usually anti very young people (she‘s only 28) writing memoirs, but I was pretty impressed with Gutierrez‘s thoughts on her life thus far as a first-generation Mexican-American. Her parents eventually had to return to Mexico with her younger brother then once she graduated college, she raised her brother in the US alone. She didn‘t make it too long (6.5 hours audio) and chose a good angle. I really enjoyed her writing style and narration, too.

Chelsea.Poole I‘ve had my eye on this one! I‘m going to listen to this! Thanks for the tag ☺️ 1w
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I‘ve been struggling with my #doublespin all month, and I‘m bailing halfway through. It‘s just written for a much younger audience (folks in their 20s), and I‘m in my 40s and not relating well. I think for college-age and just out of college women and NB folks, it could be a good resource on navigating love, work, and friendship while chronically ill. My life is just very different at this point. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

marleed I can often adjust my head for a fictional story written for a younger audience, but much harder to do with real nonfiction advice for a younger audience. 1w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right match. On to the next!! 1w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
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Megabooks @marleed Yes, rn I'm reading fiction featuring a college student, and it's fine, but nonfiction advice directed at them just isn't as applicable! At least I supported a feminist bookstore in buying this. 1w
Megabooks @puddlejumper this is also a #roll100 choice for me. 1w
willaful Do you think it would be a good read for someone in college with mental health issues?
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Megabooks @willaful It tends to be more about physical illness than mental illness, so I would say no. 7d
willaful @Megabooks Thanks for answering. 6d
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This book is exactly the title. Kelleher looks at the beautiful things she loves from silk to makeup to marble and how the history of their use and modern means to produce them sometimes has ugly consequences. She has interesting ideas about how to sustainably and ethically have these beautiful items in your life. I definitely enjoyed this essay collection!

GlassAsDiamonds Adore that art piece 😱💛😱 1w
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The Glutton | A. K. Blakemore
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Things have been busy already this week, but I was able to slip out to the library on Saturday. I picked up a Harper for next month‘s #AuthorAMonth, and I picked up The Glutton before I saw it in your email today @squirrelbrain . Def sounds weird!

I‘ve been rereading Bourdain‘s books slowly and hadn‘t read these two since I lost my original copies in an apartment flood 15 years ago. I‘ll make a larger post about my thoughts soon.

squirrelbrain Yes, it‘s a bit grim in places! 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it sounded that way in the blurb! 1w
britt_brooke Bourdain 🤍🤍 4d
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Beautyland: A Novel | Marie-Helene Bertino
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Bit of snow on the daffies this weekend!

This is my favorite book so far this month! It‘s a beautifully sad story about feeling alienated yet finding those who care told through a unique lens.

Adina is an alien born to a human mother. She communicates with her home world by fax and through her dreams. She finds a connection with a brother and sister but often feels uncomfortable in other situations. A wonderful coming-of-age novel.

Megabooks This is an adult novel, not YA imo. 2w
jlhammar Happy to read your positive review! Really looking forward to this. I loved 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds intriguing…. 2w
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Ruthiella Bertino was on the podcast So Many Damn Books promoting this recently and she was delightful. http://www.somanydamnbooks.com/ 2w
BarbaraBB Intrigued! 2w
Reggie Tia sounds amazing. Stacked. 2w
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Exit Interview: A Memoir | Kristi Coulter
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I‘ve been bailing on a lot of books this month, but I took a chance on this with an Audible credit. I‘m so glad I did!

Coulter gives a wryly humorous and enlightening account of her 10 years at Amazon. That company is completely crazy, and I‘m not sure how anyone could survive there as long as she did! She worked in their copywriting department, publishing arm, corporate training and a few others. Equal parts fascinating and funny!

Chelsea.Poole Great review! The cover is striking…I‘ve seen it around and now after your post I‘m intrigued 😊 (edited) 2w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole I think you'd enjoy it! 2w
squirrelbrain Ooh…stacking! 2w
BarbaraBB This sounds great 2w
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Reading in the car right now, but not this one anymore! I made it 257 pages in, but just couldn‘t imagine reading another 400 pages. Entirely too long! And what does he have against periods and question marks!? So weird!!

First major bail of the year in the books. 😂😂

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
TrishB You got further than me! Think I managed about 120 pages. 2w
MicheleinPhilly Wait, there‘s no punctuation??? 2w
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vlwelser I made it to 40% and then the library decided we were taking a little break. So I went back on the hold list. 😂 I probably should just move on. 2w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly no!! Just capitalization. So weird. 2w
sarahbarnes I bailed on this one too. It felt too long and I wasn‘t getting into it. 2w
MicheleinPhilly Unstacking! Good grief with these writers/editors. 🙄 2w
BarbaraBB I liked it but yes, it could have done with a lot of editing! 2w
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This missed the mark for me. Yes, it was cute and lighthearted and looked at a lot of the fun reasons we all enjoy books, but it felt very disorganized, too. I just didn‘t want to pick it up, and it took me three days to finish this 9 hour audiobook. (Typically that length is a 1-1.5 day read for me.) 🤷🏻‍♀️ eh.

julesG I came across it the other day and thought it sounded good. Well, I'll try to get it from the library. 2w
squirrelbrain It certainly sounds good! I‘ve just started an ARC of Reading Lessons (Carol Atherton) - only read one chapter but I like it so far. It‘s not out until April here so not in the database yet. 2w
Megabooks @julesG I‘d definitely library it if you can. It‘s a decent #borrownotbuy 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain looking forward to your review of that one!! 2w
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This moved into ridiculously far fetched territory by the end. I mean just bonkers land, which ended up ruining it for me. I didn‘t bail @dabbe but I should have. 😂😂

An undercover investigator gets word that her estranged, famous sister has died in rehab. She has an addiction problem herself, so she checks into the clinic to investigate the death and finds that they use very strange techniques there! #aardvark

BarbaraBB I just asked about this one in my email but I guess I know the answer already now 🤣🤣 2w
JenReadsAlot Ugh this was my pick too... 2w
squirrelbrain Oh no! 😬 2w
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dabbe #nohailingthebailing 🤩😂😍 2w
Megabooks @dabbe 😂😂😂 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was so stupid!! 2w
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot I hope you like it more, but I found it laughably preposterous! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB haha!! Yes, B, I spoiled it for you!! 😂😂 2w
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Animal Husbandry | Laura Zigman
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Such a cute contemporary fiction way backlist title (1997). Some quotes in the movie based on it (Someone Like You, an old fave) were pulled directly from the book, but the ending was quite different.

Jane works in talent booking at a TV talk show. She starts a steamy affair with a coworker, but when it goes belly up, she loses her apartment and becomes roommates with a womanizer. She starts developing funny, unhinged theories based on these men.

ChaoticMissAdventures I didn't realize the movie was from a novel! I really liked it when it came out. Ashley Judd was such a sweetheart romcom actress 2w
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures agreed! And Hugh Jackman was at peak hotness. 😍 2w
BarbaraBB Another great photo! Looks like summer over there ❤️ 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB we‘ve had such beautiful days here. It‘s sunny today, too! 2w
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Golden State: A Novel | Michelle Richmond
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Yeah, I didn‘t get this at all. There‘s alternate history dystopian elements (California voting on succeeding from the US), traditional contemporary fiction elements (couple divorcing), and this weird thriller part (ex taking co-workers hostage). It truly felt like three books and the sum was definitely less than its parts. Fusion confusion for sure!! One more #roll100 out of the way!

Ruthiella At least it‘s now off the list! 2w
BarbaraBB I now know three books with this title! Liked both others though! 2w
dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 2w
PuddleJumper Boo! Oh well 2w
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Groff can craft a short story like no other. I mean these were simply amazing. Each truly felt like a miniature novel. The title story about five journalists taken prisoner by French Nazi sympathizers will stick with me a long time. If you‘re looking for a book for #AuthorAMonth I highly recommend this!! Plus this cover! 🤩🤩

vlwelser I love this cover. And agreed on the short story crafting. 3w
squirrelbrain Gorgeous cover! 3w
Soubhiville Wow, glad you loved it! I‘m partway through the second story and enjoying it. 3w
E.Bolhafner Oooh another book for my shorts stack 3w
BarbaraBB That cover indeed 🥰 3w
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Arcadia | Lauren Groff
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Groff explores a man‘s mixed feelings about the commune he was raised in as he ages from childhood to 50. While I liked some of the characters, I strongly disliked the first 25% where Bit was a child narrator. Those rarely work for me. His later life as a teen and adult were more interesting, but overall this isn‘t anywhere near my favorite by her.

Sorry I haven‘t been around. Prep for Dad‘s cancer surgery tomorrow has been rough. 🙏🏻💙

Megabooks #AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville I‘m going to try to finish her whole list I haven‘t read. I think I only have this left. 3w
5feet.of.fury I‘m contemplating DNFing this one, but I am still in the first section…. It‘s not really hooking me 3w
Megabooks @5feet.of.fury it gets better but it definitely wasn‘t great. 3w
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MallenNC I‘ll be thinking of you all tomorrow! 3w
Prairiegirl_reading I hope all goes well tomorrow. 3w
Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Ruthiella Hope all goes smoothly tomorrow. ❤️ 3w
CBee Thinking of you all and hoping all goes well tomorrow ♥️♥️ 3w
squirrelbrain Sending love and best wishes for tomorrow ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
Chelsea.Poole Thinking of you!! Hoping all goes well tomorrow with surgery. 3w
zuzia Sending best wishes for tomorrow! 3w
Deblovestoread Sending best wishes for a successful surgery and speedy recovery for your dad. And some relief and peace from worry for you and your mom. 3w
Jess Thinking of you and your family. Sending tons of positive vibes that all goes well tomorrow. 3w
UwannaPublishme 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 3w
Jas16 I didn‘t love the first section either and it took me forever to get through. Will be keeping you and your father in my thoughts. 3w
willaful Best of luck to your dad.

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BarbaraBB Will be thinking of you and your dad of course tomorrow 🍀💚 3w
youneverarrived ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Megabooks @youneverarrived @BarbaraBB @willaful @Jas16 @UwannaPublishme @jess @Deblovestoread @zuzia @Chelsea.Poole @squirrelbrain @CBee @Ruthiella @Librarybelle @Prairiegirl_reading @MallenNC thank you all so much for your support!! Dad is home from surgery, and the doctor said it didn‘t look as bad in the OR as it did in the office. He is resting comfortably and not in pain. Sending tumor off for biopsy and hoping for the best!! 💕💕💕🙏🏻 2w
Librarybelle Thinking positive thoughts! 2w
MallenNC @Megabooks I‘m glad things went well and your dad is able to rest. I will keep you all in my thoughts. (edited) 2w
willaful I'm so glad! Will keep the good thoughts going for the results. 2w
CBee @Megabooks ♥️♥️♥️ 2w
Prairiegirl_reading 💐💐💐💐 2w
squirrelbrain That sounds more positive! ❤️❤️❤️ 2w
BarbaraBB That is the best news for now ❤️ I hope the waiting won‘t be too stressful 2w
zuzia That is good news! 2w
Chelsea.Poole Thank you for the update! The waiting is never fun, but glad to hear it‘s better than they thought initially. 2w
Centique Best wishes for your Dads results Meg 💕 And i pray his recovery goes well xxx 2w
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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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I was quite unsure where Reid was headed with this for most of the book. While I enjoyed her unspooling these characters‘ messy connections, I felt the ending was a bit abrupt.

Millie is an RA in an undesirable dorm. She helps a visiting professor interview a few students for a book she has planned. But when that project gets sidetracked, everyone starts making poor decisions: Millie, the prof, the popular students, and a loner with a dark past.

marleed I felt the same way. I did enjoy reading it but it was a bit of a mess! I really can envision those characters in a limited series, though! 3w
squirrelbrain Great review! I agree @marleed - it was a bit ‘all over the place‘. 3w
BarbaraBB What a great photo. Where is it? 3w
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Ruthiella I‘m looking forward to this. I really liked 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB this is the riverfront in my hometown! They just upgraded the fountain. 👍🏻🤩 3w
BarbaraBB That‘s awesome 😎 3w
Cathythoughts I enjoyed Such A Fun Age. Stacking this one 👍🏻 2w
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Blackstock and her twin followed in their mother‘s footsteps to Harvard Medical School and also in her passion for helping underserved communities in their native NYC. She writes about the problems systemic racism brings to medicine and her disillusionment with academic medicine from her time as a professor at NYU. What struck me most (and made me tear up) was the connection to her mother, who died of cancer before she graduated med school.

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Herold looks at suburbs of several cities, including the Pittsburgh one he grew up in, and paints a picture of how shifting demographics make huge changes. Many suburbs were originally white flight locations from the city, but now white folks have moved further out and left older suburbs with crumbling infrastructure and underfunded schools to BIPOC folks. He follows this trend in several cities and its impact on families.

LoverOfLearning Sounds good!! 3w
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I cannot believe the daffodils are already this high! 🤯

So this is a ridiculously huge #bookhaul! My @AardvarkBookClub choices came! 🎉🎉 I had two to pick up at the library and somehow three more jumped in my bag. 🤦🏻‍♀️😂 Plus I finally have a hardcover copy of Station Eleven! 🤩 Plus three more from Amazon. Kids Run the Show is a #blameiton @Reviewsbylola 🥰👍🏻

#aardvark

britt_brooke Love this photo! 3w
AmyG Oooooooo 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3w
dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 to the books and daffodils! 3w
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Aims42 This is one gorgeous looking photo!! Happy Reading!!! 3w
marleed Those daffodils give me hope! And all the books! 3w
monkeygirlsmama I frequently have that problem. Such sneaky, bag hopping books! 🤭 3w
BarbaraBB Kids run the show is so good! What a great haul 🥰 3w
squirrelbrain I agree with @barbarabb - Kids is so good! 3w
sarahbarnes I‘m excited to read Kids Run the Show due to @BarbaraBB ‘s review! 😁 That is a great haul! (edited) 3w
youneverarrived 😍😍 I have Kids Run the Show waiting to be read - hopefully soon! It sounds really good. 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain didn‘t realize you had both read and enjoyed kids! Yay!! 🎉🎉 Steph recommended it to me over on instagram, too! 3w
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This graphic adaptation was a bit of both: great and terrible. The artwork was great in that it captured the unsettling nature of the girls‘ relationship, but it was terribly creepy, too. I think this would be best for readers who love the book already because this adaptation only provides the broad strokes of the story. I felt a bit lost never having read the actual book. At the same time, it didn‘t make me more likely to pick the full book up.

BarbaraBB That is too bad. I enjoyed the series but I can see why you wouldn‘t. I wouldn‘t reread them either. Hope you are doing okay considering the circumstances. I still need to write back but I‘ve been crazy busy with work. 😘 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m sorry you‘ve been so busy!! Look forward to hearing from you when you have time!! 💜💜💜 3w
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This book really pissed me off the first time I read it nearly 10 years ago. I just couldn‘t process the abrupt shift from the kind largesse of Lotto‘s story in fates to the downright cruelty in Mathilde‘s story in furies. Groff proves to be wonderfully frustrating and evocative of emotion from me. She‘s truly a brilliant writer. I have to give the reread 5⭐️. Looking forward to getting to two more by her this month!

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Megabooks Ann Patchett announced the other day on instagram that Groff is opening a bookstore soon in Gainesville, FL. She plans to focus on banned books (big deal there), emerging voices, and writers from marginalized groups. I am a huge UF gymnastics fan, so there is definitely a future goal to see the team compete in the O Dome and go to Groff‘s store!! 4w
MicheleinPhilly My niece is a pre-vet major at UF. ☺️ 4w
AmyG Good for Groff and her opening a store. 🙌🏻 And yes, this book pissed me off, too. I loved one half and hated the other. (edited) 4w
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Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly fantastic!! 🎉 4w
Megabooks @AmyG right?! Such an interesting read. Which half did you dislike? 4w
Jess I just started this one today. Great review. 4w
Soubhiville I love that your review flipped so much! I was also frustrated with it, but still liked it. I think her point of view is unique. I‘m excited to hear about her store. I don‘t foresee myself in FL anytime soon, but you never know. Love the concept. 4w
Megabooks @Jess I hope you enjoy it as well! 4w
Megabooks @Soubhiville it‘s crazy because I think I gave it 3⭐️ before. Sometimes that happens when I‘ve read more of an author‘s catalogue and appreciate their pov more. It happened in 2022 with Jennifer Egan and Manhattan Beach. I read her whole backlist that year, and really appreciated more that one I‘d given 3⭐️ to previously as well. I don‘t know when/if I‘ll make it to Gainesville, but I hope her store does well! (edited) 4w
AmyG @Megabooks I read this so long ago but I wasn‘t crazy about the first half and really liked the second…the wife‘s. 4w
Megabooks @AmyG I loved the first half more the first time, but the second half edged it out a bit this time. The change in tone between the two was stunning. 4w
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Fantastic stories that meditate on death and loss without being morbid. One with a car accident survivor really resonated with me (unsurprisingly). Each word, each scene was careful and deliberate, which I appreciate in a tightly written story, and they clearly served the characters and world she created in just a few pages.

Forgot to take a picture before I returned it to the library. Ran it down to the last day! 😳

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My up-next shelf is overflowing!! 😂🤦🏻‍♀️ My #bookspin and #doublespin aren‘t even on there because I started both today. Unfortunately, I‘m unsure of both. I‘m not really enjoying the art in the MBF adaptation. It‘s truly unsettling in a way I don‘t like! (It works well with the story but v creepy!) Invisible is more aimed at women in their 20s. I bought it in my 30s, but finally picking it up in my 40s the advice skews a bit young. We‘ll see!

BarbaraBB That shelf 😍😍 so many I don‘t know but I notice various Groff again (you really are a fan!) and I hope you‘ll love A Little Luck if you get to it. Have a great month, Meg ❤️🤍 4w
TheAromaofBooks I'm having similar issues with my up-next windowsill! 😂 4w
marleed Interesting stack! My fingers are always pinching out the next up stack of Litten‘s. I never realized I was so nosy! 🧐 4w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB Groff this month‘s pick for #authoramonth. I‘m about to finish up a reread of Fates and Furies on audio. That book just evokes such strong feelings in me! I wasn‘t as sympathetic to Mathilde last time as I am this time. 🤨 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB hoping to read A Little Luck soon. I love paperbacks for doctor‘s offices, and unfortunately, I‘ll be in a lot of those soon! 4w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks the struggle is real!! 4w
Megabooks @marleed I am nosy that way too!! 4w
Chelsea.Poole Betty 😍😭 And I agree—just based on the cover of the GN it looks creepy! 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole I hope to get to Betty soon, but I‘m reading a lot less this year than last. Unsure if that will turn around or if I just want to have a lighter year. The GN is just so creepy. I just want to finish at this point!! Probably won‘t read the other books if they‘re adapted. 4w
BarbaraBB That‘s interesting, your feeling towards Mathilde! 4w
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Birthday Party | Laurent Mauvignier
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Oh how I struggled with my final #LitsyToB24 book!! The type was too small, the book was too stiff, the plot was too slow, the overly descriptive writing was annoying, and the twist was obvious. Hard pass!! Only because I‘m a completist and I‘m in charge of this event did I finish this. Yuck!! 😡🙄

Note: this is definitely an #unpopularopinion!

squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry you struggled so much, but I understand why! 1mo
dabbe #hailthebail! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
Tamra Oh shoot - onwards & upwards! 1mo
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BarbaraBB We hardly disagree on books, yet I really loved this one. Despite the font… too small indeed. On the bright side: you completed our shortlist 🙌🏽❤️ 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain yeah, not for me! 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Megabooks @Tamra right?! My next book, The Wonder, was so much better! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB so excited I finished it!! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. I‘m definitely in the minority as far as other readers of it. 1mo
Megabooks Oh yes, and this was my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks !! Glad it‘s done!! 👍🏻 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh dear, well congrats are completing the list! I will say that small print immediately prejudices me against a book. WHY. 4w
Chelsea.Poole Great job on finishing it all! I was frustrated with this too, at times, but ultimately ended up liking it. Though I must admit, it was a relief to finally be done! lol 4w
Hooked_on_books Totally agree about the font. It made me feel old! 👵🏻 4w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books yes! Such a poor choice! 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole yes, such an odd little (big) book. If I‘m initially frustrated, it‘s hard to climb out of that hole as far as my feelings towards the book. I think that was the problem here. 4w
Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks why is the question!! Evil perpetrated on readers!! 😜 4w
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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A #roll100 winner! I was surprised by the hopeful ending and many of the turns in the final 50 pages. It was wonderful to pick up something fast after struggling with The Birthday Party!

A young girl in 19th century Ireland claims not to have eaten anything in four months. Two nurses are hired to watch her around the clock to see if it‘s a true miracle. As she deteriorates, one nurse is determined to save her life at any cost.

AmyG There‘s Netflix movie was pretty decent. 1mo
Megabooks @AmyG cool! Thanks for the heads up. 👍🏻 1mo
squirrelbrain I haven‘t read this one yet…. Stacking. 1mo
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BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one too. 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes, I generally enjoy donoghue. 👍🏻👍🏻 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain oooo…I think you‘d like it! 1mo
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My February @AardvarkBookClub picks! Both sounded good, and my library had neither. I would‘ve gotten Come and Get It, too, but I already have a library copy AND may get to go see Reid at Parnassus Saturday if I‘m not too tired. 🎉 Looks like it will be a great month!! #aardvark

BarbaraBB You‘re going to Parnassus again? Lucky you ❤️ 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I hope so if I‘m not too tired! The drive back is in the dark in the winter, so I want to make sure I won‘t fall asleep. 1mo
BarbaraBB Yes please do not fall asleep. Maybe some RHCP on the speakers will work 😂 4w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB not going. 😩 woke up with a lot of nerve pain in my arms and neck and can‘t make the drive. 4w
BarbaraBB That doesn‘t sound good. You shouldn‘t go indeed but I hope you can take some rest today 🤍 4w
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The end of January was a bit crazy. In addition to Dad‘s hospitalization with pneumonia, he‘s been diagnosed with a recurrence of his bladder cancer and fell yesterday. I am beyond exhausted, but I‘m still looking forward to tomorrow‘s draw.

Thanks for making this challenge a highlight of my reading month @TheAromaofBooks !! 💜💜 #bookspin

AmyG Oh no. Sending a hug. 1mo
Megabooks @AmyG thank you! 💜💜 1mo
Dilara So sorry for you and your dad. 🌻 1mo
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Jari-chan Lots of strength for you and your dad ❤️ 1mo
zuzia Sending strength to you and to your dad. 1mo
Megabooks @Dilara @Jari-chan @zuzia thank you all so much! 💕💕 I cried on the way home from his bladder scope. It just looked so much worse. He is being so tough, but I know he has to be scared. I am v frightened for him. 😢 1mo
squirrelbrain Sorry to hear this. Sending love to all of you. ❤️ 1mo
Bookwormjillk ❤️ 1mo
Julsmarshall Sending love and healing thoughts to all of you. 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh my goodness!!! That's a lot to get hit with all at once. Praying that you all get some rest and to spend some happy times together, even though things are tough. ❤ 1mo
willaful I'm so sorry. I hope things calm down soon and your dad does better. 1mo
BarbaraBB So sorry for you! Read your email and will write back soon ❤️ 1mo
Reggie Stay strong, Meg! 1mo
MallenNC Sorry for all the challenges you‘re dealing with lately! 1mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry. 💕💕 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk @Julsmarshall @TheAromaofBooks @willaful @Reggie @MallenNC @Bookzombie thanks so much to each of you for the support!! 💜💜 I wish things would calm down health-wise for my family, but that doesn‘t seem to be in the cards!! 👎🏻 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you for the email!! I will try to write back on your day off tomorrow (or today your time). I‘m so excited you‘re taking a bit of time for yourself!! You deserve it. 💜💜💜💜💜 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it seems like you, C, and I are definitely going through it with our parents!! I look forward to hearing back! 💕💕💕💕 1mo
mabell Oh I am so sorry! I hope things turn around for you both! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Oh no, so sorry for the bad news. It's so tough when you know they are trying to be tough but must be so scared. I always struggle with how to talk about illness when it is clear there are worries. Wishing you the best during this difficult time! 4w
Centique Oh no Meg. I am so sorry to hear this 💕 Absolutely feel for you and your parents and how scary this is. I hope there are surgery and treatment options available for him. 🙏 4w
Megabooks @Centique thank you so much! Nervous about next steps, but trying hard to support dad and mom. 💜💜💜 (edited) 4w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole thank you! 💕 Yes, it is difficult to discuss. There‘s a lot of worry in the house now. 😢 4w
Megabooks @mabell thank you! 💙💙 4w
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This was an interesting look at how algorithmic feeds on social media and in other apps and websites lead us all to the same posts and ideas. It was a bit centered on upwardly mobile millennials ideas about this, but I still enjoyed his take. I wish he had focused more on the dangerous side of this trend (re: fascism) instead of just how easy it is to find the same type of coffee shop all around the world. Low pick. #BorrowNotBuy

Bookwomble Yeah, the fascism thing feels worth having a proper look at 🤔 1mo
Reggie Have you read The Future by Naomi Alderman? I‘m in the middle of it and there‘s this whole algorithm subplot going on. 1mo
Megabooks @Reggie no, but it‘s sitting on my shelf. I‘m excited that authors are looking more into how algorithms shape our world. Came up in this, too. 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwomble definitely!! 1mo
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Unfortunately, middle-aged migraines forced me off e-readers, but before they did, I amassed many one-click deals. If you‘ve clicked the buy button a bunch of times, too, join @CBee for help clearing things out. Check out her page for all the details!

CBee Thanks for sharing, Meg ♥️ 1mo
Megabooks @CBee 💕💕 1mo
AmyG I had the same issue…I was reading everything on my ereader when I first got it and was getting headaches. Dr said read more physical books and a little bit on the ereader. Problem solved. 1mo
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Megabooks @AmyG yes, I switched almost exclusively to print because I just couldn‘t do anymore screen time than usual life requires (and sometimes not even that much) during my 6-7 migraine days a month. It‘s unfortunate because I like the convenience of ereaders. Glad you were able to solve your problem too!! 1mo
Flaneurette @AmyG & @Megabooks this is so interesting because I am struggling to read a print book right now! The font is too small and I can‘t get the lighting right (first world problems I know!). That is a big bummer re headaches 1mo
AmyG @Flaneurette I wouldn‘t worry. I was pretty much the only person I knew who got headaches from ebooks until Megabooks. Odds are you will be fine just reading ebooks. 1mo
Megabooks @Flaneurette I am struggling with The Birthday Party now for #litsytob24. I can hardly stand to read it the font is so small! (edited) 1mo
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Motherthing | Ainslie Hogarth
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Funny horror is my jam, so this was a big fiction hit in a month full of mediocre books! Hogarth still manages to make great insights about mother/child relationships, too.

Ralph and Abby were a happy couple until they moved in with his codependent mother. Since she committed suicide, Ralph has been seeing her alive, and she‘s been haunting Abby, too. Abby has to think way outside the box to snap Ralph out of it and start their family.

vivastory This sounds fantastic. Stacked! 1mo
Megabooks @vivastory I think you‘d enjoy it! 1mo
BarbaraBB Sounds crazzzy! 1mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB it was! And fun! 1mo
Aimeesue The Salmon! 😳 (edited) 1mo
Megabooks @Aimeesue so gross!! 1mo
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A lot has come out about Hef and Playboy in the years since his death, and kind of surprisingly his last wife has one of the most nuanced looks at his complicated legacy and the role he gave her in protecting it. But she doesn‘t ignore her own conflicted feelings about how her 10 years at the mansion changed her for better and worse. Mama Love (tagged below) is Crystal‘s agent (and likely ghost writer), and I felt the same emotional detachment ⬇️

Megabooks I felt when reading Mama Love‘s recent memoir. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But I think that‘s a me thing. Definite pick for Crystal‘s memoir, though! 1mo
squirrelbrain There‘s been a few reviews / articles in the UK press recently promoting this book - in fact, I just read one article about 30 minutes ago! Sounds an interesting book. 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was. Worth a borrow for sure if you can find it! 1mo
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All the Rage | A. L. Kennedy
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Well, this is headed back to the used bookstore! I just could not develop a rhythm with this author in understanding her short stories. The title novella was long enough that I understood and enjoyed what she was going for, but that‘s not enough for me to make room to keep it on my already crowded shelves. #roll100

dabbe #hailthebail! 🖤🩶🖤 1mo
Megabooks @dabbe unfortunately I haven‘t been bailing enough this month!! Not on this ⬆️ or this ➡️ and I should‘ve probably given up on both. 1mo
dabbe @Megabooks Life‘s too short, and there are so many books still to read! 🤩 1mo
PuddleJumper You tried! 1mo
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A very #authoramonth themed library/used book haul! So happy I own a hardcover of the Groff short stories because the cover is SO SUPERIOR to the paperback!

Animal Husbandry is a very backlist title that was turned into the 2001 Ashley Judd/Hugh Jackman movie Someone Like You. I happened to love this movie when I was 21, so we‘ll see if I love the book it was adapted from at almost 44!

Soubhiville Oh I didn‘t know that! Cool. 1mo
squirrelbrain Great haul! 1mo
BarbaraBB That Groff is lovely! And she‘s a favorite author of you so you deserve the beautiful edition! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks! I think I may have read it when it came out years ago, but you know I‘m always up for a good short story collection reread. 👍🏻 1mo
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It‘s a very red/orange month for February‘s #roll100 in print. Hopefully I‘ll like this Sue Miller more than the one rolled in December!

Some historical fiction from audible plus Golden State, which I don‘t remember anything about. Should be a good month!

AmyG I enjoyed Only Killers and Thieves. 1mo
BarbaraBB Another Sue Miller 😀 1mo
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Megabooks @AmyG good to know! It was part of my #authoramonth prize pack from @Soubhiville last year. Very excited! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB hopefully this one is a lot better than 1mo
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Cotter began losing his hearing and having severe attacks of vertigo. He worked as an adjunct professor and rarely had health insurance. Medical bills piled up, and he even turned to the Mayo Clinic for help with a diagnosis. This is the story of that journey and in the second half, his journey to learn to make peace with his disability.

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This Japanese novel was written in 1988 but has only recently been translated into English. I loved these characters and the mysterious atmosphere Yoshimoto created.

A girl is mysteriously drawn to her young, single aunt and frequently runs away from her parents to her aunt‘s house. She has premonitions that their lives are more tied together than anyone will admit. When the secret is exposed, she seeks comfort from her brother.

BarbaraBB Thanks for tagging me ❤️. Stacking of course. Sounds amazing! 1mo
ImperfectCJ I like Banana Yoshimoto quite a bit, based only on this one, which is also one of the only books my spouse read before I did and recommended to me (usually it's the other way around). 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB great! I know you love Japanese fiction. 💜 1mo
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Megabooks @ImperfectCJ yes, I‘d love to read more from her. Thanks for the rec! 1mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB my intention is to write you and Cindy back this weekend, but after a month migraine free, I‘m back with one this weekend, so I‘m limiting screen time. 👎🏻👎🏻 we‘ll see but I feel bad that I didn‘t have time during the week! 1mo
BarbaraBB It‘s no problem of course, do limit your screentime for now and let your health come first! I am sure Cindy will understand too ❤️❤️ 1mo
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Slade takes a look at what it takes to make a truly American hoodie in a union shop in Maine. A union organizer headed home to Maine with the goal of creating a clothing line that has all aspects of each piece sourced from America (zippers, thread, cloth, etc.) and assembled by workers that get a living wage in his shop. He found buyers for the $80 😱 hoodie, but convincing people that the high price is worth it was always a challenge!

AnnR $80. Wow! Yikes! 1mo
Megabooks @AnnR right?? So expensive!! 1mo
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Fascinating look at covering Zika, AIDS, Ebola, and Covid by the retired NYT pandemic beat reporter. I love how he wove similar aspects of the spread of and response to each of these different pathogens even if a more linear organization would‘ve been easier to follow. It‘s amazing how governments and international organizations have still failed to apply the lessons from earlier bugs, but he also provides concrete suggestions for the future.

Crazeedi This is definitely a book I want to read 1mo
Megabooks @Crazeedi it was quite good. I hope you enjoy it! 1mo
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Alice Sadie Celine: A Novel | Sarah Blakley-Cartwright
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Is this the month of mediocre books?? 🙄 This is Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: the novel, but nothing made me connect or enjoy the experience of reading this. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Alice and Sadie were best friends in high school. After college, Sadie skips attending Alice‘s community theater play and sends her mom instead. Alice and Celine start a steamy 🙄 affair upending the balance among them. Totally makes sense…right?? 🤦🏻‍♀️

AmyG Thanks. I‘ll skip this one. 1mo
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marleed Yea, I‘ll skip. Sleeping with you children‘s (even grown) peers/friend is something I don‘t want to understand. This opinion from a daughter whose father was even married for 30 years to someone 28 years younger than him. 1mo
BarbaraBB Hahaha sounds terrible! 1mo
AmyG Hahahaha…brilliant. #hailthebail @dabbe 1mo
Reggie This sounds crazy. I‘m still gonna stack it! Lol 1mo
Megabooks @Reggie it‘s your funeral!! 🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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Rabbit Hole | Kate Brody
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Eh. Didn‘t enjoy this #aardvark pick as much as my other one this month. I felt the book dragged a bit in the middle. Tighter editing would‘ve helped tremendously.

Teddy‘s sister disappeared 10 years ago and now her father committed suicide on the anniversary. She found out he had gone down a Reddit rabbit hole, and she follows him and loses herself in the process. She meets a troubled teen who seems to want to help, but are her motives good? 🤨

BarbaraBB Unstacking! 1mo
vivastory What was your other pick? Nevermind,,,i see it now. Im def looking forward to the Feb selections (edited) 1mo
Megabooks @vivastory I also picked up this one that I probably won‘t get to until next month. 1mo
Megabooks @vivastory in addition to Sugar Baby, which was better than I thought it would be. 1mo
vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! 1mo
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An addiction #MommyMemoir that has already mostly flown out of my head in two short days! 😂 low pick

Stefanie already had some problem drinking behaviors before she had kids, but the stress of having one child followed quickly by twins with minimal help from her hubby had her picking up the bottle to excess every day. One night she drove her kids drunk and realized she had to make a change and get sober.

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Behind on reviews because Dad‘s been hospitalized with pneumonia. 😢

I cheered on Amy‘s historic run on Jeopardy as the second longest champion. I was excited to read more about her life and coming out trans. Well, I like her a lot less after reading this. Like Ken Jennings, she‘s a bit smug. Her coming out story was interesting, but I could‘ve cared less about her tarot obsession or thoughts on drug use. 🤷🏻‍♀️ Not for me!

Bookwormjillk Sorry to hear about your Dad! Seems like a rough year for you all. 1mo
JamieArc Interesting. I didn‘t like her in the beginning because of her smugness, but she grew on me. I‘ll skip this one so I can keep liking her 😂. And light to you and your dad ❤️❤️ 1mo
Jas16 Wishing your dad a speedy recovery 1mo
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Jari-chan Sending love and strength for you and your dad 🙏❤️ 1mo
CBee Hope your dad is okay ♥️ 1mo
DGRachel I hope your dad gets better soon! 1mo
SamAnne Wishing your Dad a strong recovery. 1mo
BarbaraBB Oh no your dad. He‘s so fragile. I hope he‘ll be on the mend soon. Take care of yourself too dear Meg ❤️ 1mo
MicheleinPhilly ☹️ I hope he recovers soon. ❤️ 1mo
TrishB Hope your dad is on the mend soon ♥️ 1mo
Deblovestoread Wishing your dad a swift and full recovery and rest and relief from worry for you! 💜 1mo
Ruthiella Sorry to hear that about your dad. ❤️ 1mo
dabbe Hope your dad is on the mend soon! 💜🩶💜 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Hope your father makes a speedy recovery! 🙏 1mo
Crazeedi Sending prayer for healing for your father 1mo
NatalieR Sorry to hear about your dad. I hope he‘s better soon and back home! 💜 1mo
BookmarkTavern Hope your father recovers quickly! 1mo
CoffeeK8 Hope your father recovers quickly 1mo
youneverarrived Hope your Dad is ok ♥️♥️ 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Hope he gets better soon! Thinking of you, caretaking can certain take a toll ♥️ 1mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk @JamieArc @Jas16 @Jari-chan @CBee @DGRachel @SamAnne @BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @Deblovestoread @Ruthiella @dabbe @DaveGreen7777 @Crazeedi @NatalieR @BookmarkTavern @CoffeeK8 @youneverarrived @Chelsea.Poole thank you everyone for checking in and sending well wishes to my dad!! In a way we were very lucky that he had a purely aspiration pneumonia with no true infectious component. With aggressive treatment at ⬇️ 1mo
Megabooks Con‘t the hospital on Friday and Saturday, I was able to take him home this afternoon! 🎉🎉 he is still very weak and will be getting in home speech therapy to help with swallowing and such, but it could‘ve been so much worse. Thank you all for the support!! 💕💜💙🫶🏻 (edited) 1mo
NatalieR That‘s great news! I‘m glad his prognosis is good and he‘s at home! 1mo
Centique Im so sorry to hear he was so ill! I hope he improves more over the next few days 💕 1mo
dabbe @Megabooks Your dad is a fighter! Great news! Wishing him a speedy recovery! 💜🩶💜 1mo
BarbaraBB Glad he‘s home again! Your poor dad. Aging sucks. Yet another challenge. Take care Meg 💚 1mo
Jari-chan @Megabooks I'm glad to hear he's home again ❤️ Speedy recovery to your dad and take care of yourself too ❤️ 1mo
Reggie I hope he feels better real soon. 1mo
Crazeedi @Megabooks glad to hear he's home, aspiration pneumonia can be very bad, so I'm glad to hear he's healing, you're such a good daughter Meg 1mo
squirrelbrain Only just seen this Meg (I came looking after Barbara‘s email) - glad to hear your Dad is home again. Look after yourself as well as him. 😘 1mo
Suet624 Oh dear, glad to hear your dad is home again. 1mo
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Rabbit Hole | Kate Brody
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I am enjoying this #aardvark pick, but I‘ve gotta call BS a little on a woman carrying an Irish wolfhound up a flight of stairs, even if he‘s old and has cancer. 🤨

Soubhiville Yeah I have to agree with you there! 1mo
Suet624 👍👍 1mo
CBee I mean, unless she‘s like, Captain Marvel 😂😂 1mo
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BarbaraBB 😂😂 1mo
Hooked_on_books Oh yeah, no freaking way! 1mo
julesG Fireman's carry? Yeah, no! No way. 1mo
Cuilin Not unless they‘re still a puppy. Fully grown, it would be like carrying a pony! 😆 1mo
UwannaPublishme 😁😁😁 1mo
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Ten years ago, I worked at an all-female vet clinic, and on Wednesdays, we all wore one pink item. So if you are also a fan of this ever memeable and quotable movie, you‘ll love this!

Armstrong shares stories of the actors behind smaller characters like Carolyn Craft and major ones like Kevin G. She doesn‘t shy away from cringey parts that haven‘t aged well but recognizes the brilliance of Fey‘s writing, too. Pure fun and highly recommended!

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Fantastic memoir to read on a snowy day! When Pidgeon was a child, they were told their ovaries were removed because they were cancerous. They were also subjected to many invasive exams and surgeries on their vulva/vagina. It wasn‘t until they took a class on gender in college they put together that they had Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome and was born intersex. They bravely took action and gained allies to stop invasive surgeries on other kids.

Megabooks *edited to correct pronouns 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds fascinating! 1mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘ve already read 7 memoirs this year, and it‘s the best! 1mo
BarbaraBB Fascinating indeed. And wow, that snow! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Wow! I‘ve never heard of this one but I‘m very intrigued. Thank you! 1mo
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Sugar, Baby | Celine Saintclare
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Nice choice #aardvark! This is a solid debut that ended up with a more complex MC than I initially thought she‘d be.

Agnes grew up without a dad in a working class English town she calls The Wastelands. When a young woman whose house she cleans offers to move her to London and teach her to be a sugar baby, Agnes jumps at the chance to rebel against her religious mom. Initially impressed, she slowly learns the dark side of the lifestyle.

Amor4Libros This sounds very interesting. Stacked! 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I just read this too. I was pleasantly surprised. 2mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - stacked. 2mo
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain @Amor4Libros I hope you like it. Pleasantly surprised for sure as well @MicheleinPhilly . Aardvark has been really good with their picks so far! 2mo
BarbaraBB Should I stack? 2mo
AardvarkBookClub We‘re so happy to hear this!!! 😊💜 Thanks for reading! 2mo
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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If you have an opportunity to read any of Ann‘s nonfiction, do. Even better read them on audio. There is so much soul, so much beauty in these essays and how she lovingly speaks of the people in her life. She perfects sentimentality without any trace of saccharine. She is a national treasure, and I will not accept debate about it. And if you‘re ever in Nashville, stop by Parnassus. So cozy. So well curated.

squirrelbrain Loved this one! ❤️ 2mo
IuliaC Great review! I loved this book 2mo
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @IuliaC yes! Her essay are just so good. 💜💜 2mo
rockpools Noted! Ann Patchett, nf, audio. (I didn‘t even know she‘d published any nonfiction). 2mo
Chelsea.Poole Wonderfully said…and I totally agree! 2mo
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