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MelissaSue81

MelissaSue81

Joined May 2016

Mom. Academic Librarian. WNY
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so

About 80% of this book is play by plays of tennis matches.The good news is, I could skim those pages so this was a super fast read!
What this book did well was Carrie‘s relationships with her father, her love interest, and her main rival. Carrie was pretty one dimensional and unlikable herself, but I think the change in her throughout the book was satisfying. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #hopeyouliketennis

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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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I love family dramas and especially those that span generations. told through a series of vignettes from family members from 3 generations. A family who loves one another despite some dysfunction and stressed relationships. I definitely saw parts of my own extended family reflected here and I am sure most families will see something they relate to. I felt like I wanted just a **little** more from the ending but am satisfied with it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Daisy Darker | Alice Feeney
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Excellent atmosphere where a family is “trapped” due to the tide being in on an island. Family members start dying one by and no one sees it happening. A creepy poem appears narrating the killings.There are also flashback scenes to what happened when the now adult grandchildren were children and teens. There is a BIG twist that comes pretty late but I didn‘t expect it. it wasn‘t really what I wanted, but it was well done nonetheless.

DGRachel Trapped on an island is one of my favorite tropes. Stacking this one for sure! 2mo
LittlePixels OMG, I got to the twist in the wee hours, and my “just one more chapter” turned into me finishing the book and almost seeing the sunrise. 😄 2mo
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““No one talks about that—at least not to dads. Maybe moms talk about it more—I bet they do. But no one ever talked to me about it, that‘s for sure—what it feels like to love someone so much, and then have them change into someone else. You love that new person, but it‘s different, and it all happens so fast, even the parts that feel like they just last for fucking ever while they‘re happening.”

This book hit me right in the feels

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The Winners (Beartown #3) | Backman Fredrik
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Mehso-so

I loved Beartown and the characters and the writing. I wish we could stick with the original characters only. A LOT happened in this book, but it didn‘t really follow a plot. Similar to Beartown, we are told the ending at the beginning and are left to figure out how we get there, but it didn‘t really seem like all of the events had any bearing on the outcome. A lot of waiting.
I kind of wish that we had just stopped after book 1 of this series.

LiteraryinLawrence Interesting! I‘m still going to read it (because it‘s Backman and I‘ve read everything by him) but I‘ll be curious if I feel the same way. I don‘t love it when authors make a series out of what could have been a standalone. 4mo
MelissaSue81 @LiteraryinLawrence - I also have read all his books and still consider him my favorite author. I did really like the original Beartown, but the second and third were just not my faves. 4mo
thewallflower0707 Beartown was sooooo well-written and so many great plot twists, the sequel left me thoroughly disappointed. I held out hope for the third book 🥲 4mo
MelissaSue81 @thewallflower0707 - I felt similarly about the sequel. I‘m going to do a reread of it and see if I feel differently. I liked Beartown better the second time around. 4mo
bookaholic1 I love his books, but some books should stop at the first one. 4mo
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The Winners (Beartown #3) | Backman Fredrik
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Approved for this on #edelweiss+ today! So freaking excited!!

LiteraryinLawrence There‘s a third one??? So exciting!!! 5mo
MelissaSue81 @LiteraryinLawrence out in October, I believe. (edited) 5mo
ErikasMindfulShelf It‘s really good!! 5mo
CarolynM I‘m very envious! Enjoy. 5mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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This was a super fun read. I really liked both of Casey McQuistons other two books so I was excited to get this ARC. I didn‘t realize going in that this was a “true” YA so it wasn‘t quite what I expected, but especially if you are into realistic YA fiction, you‘ll enjoy this. A little bit of an Albertalli vibe, but I especially like the mystery aspect in the first half of the book.

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Here is my December books! 13 for the month. I read liked a lot of these. Landline was a reread for me, an old favorite.
Lost Apothecary and Animal made my top 10 for year list.
Cloud Cuckoo Land, Beach Read, People We Meet on Vacation, Book of Lost Names were all Solid 4 star reads and I truly enjoyed them.
I really did NOT like Whereabouts.
The rest were all decent.

Susanita Great emoji action! 💃🏽 9mo
LaraS Your emoji reviews always make me 😊! 9mo
MelissaSue81 @LaraS thanks!! 9mo
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Finished my reading challenge today!!

Ruthiella Well done! 👏👏👏 9mo
wanderinglynn Congrats! 🎉👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
sprainedbrain Yay!! 🎉🎉🎉 9mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 9mo
Kimzey Congratulations on meeting your reading goal! 9mo
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Top Ten | Alan Moore
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My top 10 books of 2021. A lot of historical fiction for someone who says she doesn‘t like Historical fiction! Also, I found an article by Adam Grant (who wrote my #10 book) picking John Green‘s The Anthropocene reviewed as his #1 book for the year, so I thought that was really interesting.

Chelsea.Poole I think the John Green is my top book of the year too! I also liked Adam Grant‘s so that‘s an interesting tidbit 😊 9mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I liked this book WAY more than I expected to. I really had no idea what to expect from this book,
with elements of historical fiction, realistic fiction and science fiction all in one. Somehow it worked! It isn't until about 1/2 way through the book that you start to see how the three stories come together, but then they all do. the historical piece was my least favorite but the present-day and future storylines had me hooked from the start.

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Morningside Heights | Joshua Henkin
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Originally got this as an #ARC from #netgalley. It sounded like a book that was right up my alley. Family drama over decades with evolving parent child relationships. I was pretty disappointed. There were some great opportunities here to explore the dynamics of this family but too many side plots and characters and it just didn‘t work for me. nothing really happened, nor did the characters change significantly from start to finish. dull. ⭐️⭐️

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Saw rave reviews for this but every time I read the description I went “meh” and put it down. Finally got on the list for it after it won the #goodreads award. I LOVED this. The historical story was completely immersive. Loved Nella and Eliza and couldn‘t wait to hear what happened next. The present day story, seemed a bit unnecessary to the story, but I liked Caroline too and loved the use libraries and librarians in her research! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I managed 12 books in November (fine, If the Fates allow was a short story, but I‘m counting it.) I really liked a lot of these and really hated a couple. It was a good month, but I need to read 12 for December too to get to 100!

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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Why did no one tell me about this book sooner? Why does my public library system only own a couple of copies? This book had it all for me. All the feels plus some adventure and suspense and a cross country voyage. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nutmegnc Great title! 10mo
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I finally have a Little Free Library!! I am so excited. I stocked it up more this morning after I took this with Most of my Jodi Picoult collection that I am never going to read, among other things. 😂

jdiehr So exciting! 10mo
marleed Oh congratulations! 10mo
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The Survivors | ALEX. SCHULMAN
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This book is the story of 3 brothers and their parents and alternates from moments in their childhood (moving forward in time) and a single day in their adult lives where they have come together (moving backward in time). The timelines did confuse me a bit. Overall this was a powerful story and a fast read, was able to finish it in a few hours. I expected just a little more than I got from the ending, but still a worthwhile read

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The Therapist | B A Paris
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A big “meh” on this one. The ending was somewhat predictable, though there were enough alternate theories happening throughout that it did sort of keep me guessing. The MC is distrustful of just about everyone, so they all seem suspicious. The flashbacks to “past” didn‘t really seem to add anything to the story and the title “the therapist” seems an odd choice, given how the book played out. This book was enjoyable, but not fantastic

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The Therapist | B A Paris
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There is a huge spoiler right on the cover of this audiobook. The female narrator reads 99% of the book, but they put a male narrator in for basically one scene, at the end. Completely unnecessary and It was a dead giveaway.

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The promo tag for this book was “A Man Called Ove meets A Good Place” so how could I NOT read it? Amazing yet flawed characters, engaging story, authentic romance. I started feeling about 3/4 of the way through that there was no way the book could end “well” and started thinking of which not quite perfect outcomes I‘d be happy with. However, the ending actually ended up being a little too tidy and it didn‘t quite feel right.

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Five Total Strangers | Natalie D. Richards
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Grabbed this #audiobook on #Libby for the #biglibraryread. Definitely kept me interested the whole time. A+ for the creepy atmosphere, and the psychological aspect, but after awhile the whole thing seemed to get pretty unbelievable, and I feel like there were some BIG things that weren‘t really explained in the end. 3.5 ⭐️ rounded up

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I feel pretty lucky to have gotten this ARC from Edelweiss! This didn‘t QUITE live up to the original for me but it was still a great book. Full review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4108033834

BookishMarginalia Stacked! 1y
Nutmegnc I‘m so ready!! 12mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Am I the only one who really hated this book? I cannot possibly think of a more pointless story. Absolutely no plot development to speak of. The only action in the entire book happens in the last few pages. Just terrible.

Lovesbooks87 I didn‘t like it. I was disappointed. 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I refuse to even try this one! 1y
Hooked_on_books Her books don‘t appeal to me at all, so I won‘t even try it. 1y
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MelissaSue81 @Hooked_on_books - I really liked Evelyn Hugo… Daisy Jones was just “meh” to me, but this was just awful. I got to the end and I was like “I read all of that for THAT?” The pacing was terrible.. there were entire chapters about “the party” that had absolutely no bearing on the outcome of the story.. just bad 1y
Lola You are NOT the only one. Soooo disappointing. 1y
Lola @MelissaSue81 Same. I was smitten by Evelyn, meh about Daisy. I might have liked that one better if I did it on audio. 1y
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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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June update! The Four Winds and Aristotle and Dante were my favorites. Liked This Tender Land and Survive the Night a lot. The rest were not fantastic

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Got this from NetGalley just last week and finished last night. Didn‘t realize til now that today is its release day. This one is getting some mixed reviews and I do see why. It‘s not on par with The Last Time I Lied, but it‘s got the Ultra creepy atmosphere going and it was a page turner.

Alfoster Oh man! I requested it and got declined😢! I love his others too so will wait till this goes on sale!🤞 1y
mdm139 So glad it was an add on for Book of The Month. 1y
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The Red Address Book | Sofia Lundberg
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Finally getting caught up on my reading challenge and I have found a new “read every book” author in Sofia Lundburg. Really enjoyed a lot of these this month.

Hooked_on_books I‘m loving your emoji usage in this pic! 1y
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Kate in Waiting | Becky Albertalli
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Weekend road trip.. kids playing in the hotel pool. Even though I had to search nearly every hotel in the city to find an open one, life is starting to feel a bit normal again and I‘m even on a bit of a reading streak!!

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I saw Fredrik Backman recommend this book on his Instagram a month or so ago so immediately got in the queue at the library for it. If you like Backman‘s books (I‘m obsessed) I think you‘ll like this. Not as funny (pretty dark and heart wrenching, actually) but a really beautiful story about the meaning of home, family and the events in our lives that shape us and lead us to where we are. this will make my top 10 for the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CBee If Backman recommends it, it must be amazing!! Stacked! 1y
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I am about halfway through this book and am loving it.. but the narrator is KILLING me. She is British (the same narrator who did Fredrik Backman‘s 2 Britt Marie books). For some reason the Swedish characters get British accents, but the American characters get really, terrible American accents and voices. So cringey. Also she keeps changing the pronunciation of one characters name, and even mispronounced the MCs name once.

LaraS Ugh, bad narration is the worst! It can totally ruin a book 😐 1y
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Friends and Strangers | J. Courtney Sullivan
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This book was… interesting? I was really interested to see where the story would go, and then it went absolutely nowhere. Characters did unforgivable things and were seemingly forgiven with not much explanation. The story ends abruptly and then the author tries to tie it all together in some nice bow in the epilogue but it didn‘t work for me at all.

LaraS Love the bookmark! 1y
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This was so good! So interesting and thought provoking. This stuff is the reason why I was a psych major, and I still find it so fascinating.

Tamra I forgot to review this one - I agree it was really interesting! 1y
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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I loved this book! It sucked me in from the first few pages and didn't let go. It was actually the opposite experience of when I read RW&RB, as that one took me a LONG time to get into, but it won me over in the end. I just loved it with my whole heart. My only complaint was sometimes the scenes with the side characters felt a bit drawn out. The side characters were all lovable and interesting, but I really wanted to get back to Jane and August

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March Reads. Featuring the MelissaSue81™️ emoji rating system. I Really loved all of these except I Was Told It Would Get Easier and Wintering.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Love the rating system! 2y
Hooked_on_books Excellent rating system! 👍🏼 2y
BookishClaire Finlay Donovan sounds really fun 2y
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Beezus and Ramona | Beverly Cleary
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The missing two Ramona books ARE in this house somewhere but I can‘t find them. RIP Beverly Cleary. 😢

marleed I love her books! 2y
CBee I WISH I still had all of mine. Most I probably checked out from the library when I was a kiddo. She was a go to for me!! 2y
Scochrane26 I loved her books as a kid & have listened to them as an adult. Esp the Ramona books. I think I went to the library for most of them, too. 2y
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My 12 year old daughter‘s birthday gift this year was to create a reading nook in her bedroom. Her grandparents bought her the chair, the rest (excluding the books and baby yoda) came from us. I am so in love with it and I wish I had one too. (I may have had the thought that I can take it over in 6 years when she heads to college.) 🤣. She‘s recently started reading YA in earnest. Top shelf is library books, middle TBR and bottom read and loved.

sebrittainclark How cute! 2y
Ruthiella Lucky kid! 😀 2y
Tamra Adorable - I want one too! 2y
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ozma.of.oz How cozy! 😍 2y
LiteraryinLawrence What an awesome gift! It‘s beautiful! 2y
AmyG It‘s perfect. What an awesome gift! 2y
emz711 So great! 2y
Nute Wow! Just right! 2y
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Amelia Unabridged | Ashley Schumacher
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February reading report! Amelia Unabridged was my favorite by a landslide. The MelissaSue81 ™️ emoji rating system at work.

Lovesbooks87 Amelia was so good! 2y
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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Right on the edge of a pick and so so. The setting and details were sooo good and creepy af. The storyline of the cousin who is seemingly ill and sees ghosts in the house is excellent. But the explanation of the how and why as it all comes out is just so utterly ridiculous.. Which I guess I didn‘t see coming .

Twainy That was definitely an unexpected twist for me also. 2y
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Sticking with my emoji rating scheme. Got to 9 books this month! Most in many months. Eleanor and Park and Beartown were my comfort rereads. The Obama book is amazing and a must read. I‘m the minority who didn‘t really like The Grace Year (fine, but I don‘t get the hype.) Girl woman other had great parts but sooo many characters to try to keep straight. Migrations was good but again I felt didn‘t quite reach my expectations. The others were meh.

Marni I love your emoji ratings! I may have to steal that idea. 2y
Catsandbooks Such a great idea of emoji ratings! 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This book was better the second time around! I think I read it 3-4 years ago, and had given it three stars. The sheer number of characters was overwhelming to me, so that seemed better this time around. It‘s strange though because I thought I remembered things happening that didn‘t happen, and forgot some things that did happen. Not sure if I‘m confusing it with Us against You or just hallucinating. 🤣

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A Promised Land | Barack Obama
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Ahhh. I so need this.

Chelsea.Poole He‘s so articulate, and yet relatable and down-to-earth! How does he do it?! 2y
BookishMarginalia 💜💜💜 2y
JenReadsAlot I'm listening right now as well! 2y
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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I saw some article somewhere suggesting we should only read for comfort in 2021. While I‘m sure I won‘t stick to only comfort, gonna start a good comfort read. I did this book on audio back in probably 2018 and these characters have not left me. Revisiting (also reading to see if i feel it‘s appropriate to share with my nearly 12 year old who has decided she will only read YA now)

AvidReader25 I want to reread this one now too! 2y
Texreader Love this book! Great idea! 2y
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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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🤔. So every one of my friends on good reads rated this five stars. I have heard amazing reviews. I tried reading this in print a couple months ago and couldn‘t get into it before my loan was up. Audio was better... but... I really don‘t get the hype. The ending definitely redeemed the book for me but the beginning and middle were really rough. I mean dystopian fiction isn‘t generally my jam but still...

Powered_By_Plants Ahh such a shame . I have also heard such great things about this , I have a copy sitting on my shelf ready to read. Sometimes we have really high expectations hearing other reviews I know I do 😅 2y
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I didn‘t actually like the Sigrid Nunez book that much, but this quote that the book is named for has really stuck with me. 💕💕💕

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz
1) tagged book and conversations with friends
2) I‘ve hardly read at all. I hate it.
3) I think Migrations, but I‘m on the look out for more!

ozma.of.oz I have your tagged book on my TBR too! I hope to get to it this year. Thank you for sharing! 2y
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Christmas Trees | Robert Frost
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Happy December Littens. I‘m still in a reading slump and probably going to come up short of my reading challenge goal for the first time in a couple years, but it seems to be getting better. Anything new that I absolutely must read? Bonus points if I don‘t have to think too hard.

melissajayne Love your Christmas tree 🎄 2y
Kappadeemom I‘ve struggled this year too. Worst reading year in a long time. 2y
wanderinglynn Pretty tree! 🎄 2y
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Loved Trust and Why We‘re Polarized. Really liked the new Hank Green book. Haaaaated United States of Anxiety

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Littens, I miss you all. I have fallen off the Litsy planet this year. Even before the pandemic hit, I hadn‘t been reading/posting like I used to.. and now I can hardly concentrate on anything. Part of it is a good thing, because work is keeping me busy enough where I don‘t have time to read.. but... 🙇🏻‍♀️. This is what I‘m reading now....only my 74th book of the year (last year I read 236). Im gonna try to make a slow comeback.

Chab256 74...congrats! I have read 17...lol! 2y
AmyG 74 is amazing. And so is this book! 2y
bookaholic1 Welcome back..74 is better than not reading at all 2y
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inthegreensandblues Good to see you, and you're still a reader, doing fine. 😁 2y
kspenmoll That‘s a decent amount of books with work, so many challenges this year for all of us. Welcome back! 2y
Suet624 Nice to see you again! 2y
katy4peas Hello! 😁 2y
Hooked_on_books Welcome back! And this book is fantastic. I just finished it yesterday. I actually read it as part of a buddy read. We‘re discussing the final section this Sunday if you want to join. Questions will be posted by @TheBookHippie ! 2y
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Brown Girl Dreaming | Jacqueline Woodson
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Well, I HAD been reading?! 🤷🏻‍♀️ Thanks Brodie. #catsoflitsy

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Remember my #readthecandidates challenge. The best part of it was that I found Pete Buttigieg. I was all in #teampete right up til the End. So when I saw this book coming out I knew I needed to read it ASAP. It did not disappoint. Chasten is SO real! He is honest and hilarious, but his life has NOT been easy. This book made me feel like I know him. So good, and it made me cry a few times too!

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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Only 6 books in June but they were some good ones! I have to admit, I just don‘t “get” Toni Morrison, her writing is beautiful but I get lost in the stories. My Dark Vanessa was one of my favorites of the year. Home Before Dark an awesome thriller with a ghost story vibe. Chasten‘s memoir is incredible and made me cry more than once. And two excellent anti-racist books to help me learn and do better.

rajithr My Dark Vanessa is my favorite read of this year. Such a great debut! A brilliant reimagining of Lolita in our times. 🤩❤️ 2y
cherinium I also struggle with Morrison. I was really disappointed in myself when I couldn't understand what was happening in Beloved. I've now come to realize and accept that I just don't do well with her style of writing, which I can only describe as abstract and poetic. I think my brain likes more structure, which I don't get from her. 2y
Scochrane26 I struggled with Beloved years ago & haven‘t tried her other books. 2y
CoffeeK8 Powerful small list for sure! 2y
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