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MicheleinPhilly

MicheleinPhilly

Joined August 2016

Bookworm. City girl. Pickles' mom. Occasional cranky ass. Couch panini. Librarian.
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Book Lovers by Emily Henry
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eanderson Samezies. 🙃 23h
squirrelbrain Hi Pickles! 👋🐾 17h
EvieBee 🤗🤗😆🧸 6h
marleed Adorable! 5h
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 5h
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I don‘t get it.

RamsFan1963 Yeah compared to Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, I was unimpressed. 1d
TrishB I thought it was better than The Glass Hotel! 1d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I actually really liked The Glass Hotel! 1d
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Feeling very psychically BLAH today. Indulging in a bit of self care while I tune out for now.

Stay strong, stay committed, and vote in November like your life depends on it. Because it does.

Prairiegirl_reading This book is not holding my attention! I‘m so frustrated. Not sure if I should give up for now and start something else or just watch some Netflix or what. 6d
Aims42 Great advice and a great way to un-wine 😉 Cheers! 🍷📖💖 6d
TrishB Sending support and hugs!! ♥️ 6d
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JenReadsAlot Same here. 6d
MicheleinPhilly @Prairiegirl_reading I vote Netflix. That‘s probably where I‘m heading in a bit. 6d
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB And I will take them! Hell, maybe we‘ll be neighbors soon. 6d
TrishB Ace ♥️♥️ 6d
BarbaraBB You definitely deserve it. How dare they 🤯? Sending support and love. 6d
LeahBergen I love your wine glass. 5d
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Thank you! We received this carafe and glasses set from a friend. These are the only wine glasses I‘ve never broken unintentionally. Me and stems don‘t mix. Also, the carafe is broken. 😂 2d
LeahBergen I certainly know how that goes. 😆 2d
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen My mother-in-law was here for like 2 months recently. “Where are your wine glasses????” “Don‘t ask.” 2d
LeahBergen I have the same issue with martini glasses and the mother-in-law has bought me some. Twice. 😆 2d
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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Another winning novel from Annie Hartnett! People returning to their childhood homes and dealing with their quirky families seems to be an unintentional theme for me lately. There were some “too cutesy” elements but overall, I really enjoyed it.

Megabooks Great review! 1w
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 1w
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Cat and Mouse | M. J. Arlidge
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Another gangbusters entry in one of my favorite series! Oh Helen, it must be exhausting being so badass. And hot. In my head. 😉

TrishB It‘s a great one 👍🏻 1w
TrishB She‘s Cate in my head now. 1w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB You‘re welcome! 1w
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This book pressed ALL my buttons. Big, messy, Irish family drama taking place largely in the family pub/restaurant in 2016-2017. It hit that humor/pathos sweet spot and I absolutely LOVED it.

kspenmoll I have this; now your review has me wanting to read it sooner rather than later! 1w
EvieBee Ohhh! I‘ll have to check it out! 1w
TrishB Stacked! Only available in hardback here for (d3!! 1w
Megabooks Great review! 💯💯 1w
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Have finally given up hope that she won‘t depress ALL of the cushions. 🤦🏻‍♀️

Tamra Hahahaa 2w
Leftcoastzen Beautiful Pickles ! 2w
Soubhiville Lol, but Ma it‘s so comfy! 2w
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TrishB Love it ❤️ 2w
JenReadsAlot What a great picture! 2w
swishandflick Sweet pickles! Not sure how you could say no to that face! 2w
Magpiegem She is sooooo gorgeous! 2w
TheSpineView I had one that did that. You do know it is the BEST spot in the world!🤣🤣🤣 2w
MicheleinPhilly @Tamra @Leftcoastzen @Soubhiville @TrishB @JenReadsAlot @swishandflick @Magpiegem @TheSpineView When we bought this couch, we agreed that she could have ONE cushion, the one closest to the door so she could do her neighborhood watch. Well now that cushion is a pancake. We used to correct her when she started using the others, but we‘ve given up. If she wants to be a cat, so be it. 2w
Tamra Ya, we‘ve given up on many a thing too. 🤣 2w
Suet624 😂😂😂 2w
Cathythoughts At least she‘s not eating the corners of the cushions 👍🏻 2w
batsy 😍😍 2w
BiblioLitten She‘s such a mood. ❤️ 1w
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Dead Like You | Peter James
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My monkey mind has been acting up this week so I retreated with a mac ‘n cheese read. Roy Grace is always a reliable friend. I am hoping (no spoilers please) that we start to get some answers re: Sandy as that storyline is getting a bit long in the tooth. But overall 👍🏼.

TrishB I‘m up to date with this series 🤷‍♀️😁 2w
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB You had a MASSIVE head start! The first 10 books was one of my very first “other Kindle” purchases. ☺️ 2w
TrishB I like it as a comfort read too! 2w
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The Book of Mother: A Novel | Violaine Huisman
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A very light pick that I probably wouldn‘t actually recommend to anyone unless you‘re a masochist. It made me wildly uncomfortable which isn‘t necessarily a bad thing, but it really felt like a chore to get through after a brilliant Part 1. There are some moments of beauty and brilliance but not enough to compensate for the sheer misery. Also, the mother in question can not be trusted around the family dogs which is a HUGE 🚫 for me.

TrishB I‘m not rushing! 2w
Suet624 Haha. I remember liking this one but I love this review. 2w
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Self-care Sunday. #bookhaul

DivineDiana Always a good idea! 🙂 3w
Erinreadsthebooks A great stack of books! 3w
squirrelbrain I just finished Nightcrawling - so good! 3w
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JenReadsAlot I was just looking up Nightcrawling! 3w
TrishB Great self care! 3w
BarbaraBB The best self care! I am so happy you‘re in #CampLitsy! 3w
MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB It‘s been so much fun! And let‘s face it, we have better taste than the pros. ☺️ I hope you get the chance to indulge in some self-care this week as well. ❤️ 3w
Kitta I went to buy You make a fool of death with your beauty and it was sold out today! Boo. 3w
BarbaraBB We do have better taste. In fact that whole longlist of ours was awesome. 😘 3w
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I'll Be You: A Novel | Janelle Brown
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I have no idea how this ended up on my radar because I‘m not familiar with the author. I‘m guessing I read that it revolved around a cult which is catnip for me. It‘s not really a mystery, per se, but more of an examination of the twin dynamic when both members of the pair are seemingly irrevocably broken. One sister is an addict while the other is involved in a Scientology/NXIVM type of cult. I couldn‘t put it down.

squirrelbrain Ooh, sounds good - stacked! (edited) 3w
LeahBergen I see Pickles is on ‘neighbourhood watch‘ again. 😆 3w
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen She‘s so ridiculous. Such a nosy old lady. 🙄 3w
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The 2nd half of this wasn‘t as affecting as the first as it veered a bit too far into sci-fi in a couple of stories. But overall I appreciated what I took from this and am glad I read it. Looking forward to tomorrow‘s discussion. #CampLitsy #CapTOB

squirrelbrain Lots of reviews agree with you on the second half, I think! 3w
TrishB I definitely skim read a lot of the 2nd half. 3w
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Ten Steps to Nanette | Hannah Gadsby
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Oof. This was a wildly uncomfortable read. Much like her specials, Hannah very deftly mixes humor and trauma to recount her childhood in Tasmania and experiences as a queer, autistic comedian culminating in the brilliance that is Nanette. This isn‘t your typical “famous, funny person memoir” so proceed carefully. 👍🏼🏳️‍🌈

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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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This book is SOOOO not in my wheelhouse but I was intrigued by the many positive reviews here. If I had to use one word to describe it, it would just be FUN. A delightfully dark revenge fantasy, it was the perfect summer read. TV series, please! 👍🏼

eanderson Sold! I‘m going to need to check it out. 😀 4w
TrishB I‘ll take some fun as soon as it‘s published here! 4w
Megabooks So glad you loved it! 4w
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People Person | Candice Carty-Williams
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I didn‘t even know she had a new book but couldn‘t resist these edges! 😍

4thhouseontheleft 😍😍 4w
Cazxxx Oh wow 🤩 4w
Smrloomis Whoa didn‘t even know that was possible 🤯😂👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4w
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AmyG That is so pretty! (edited) 4w
LeahBergen Ooo! 👀 4w
squirrelbrain Pretty! ❤️ 4w
TrishB Wow 😯 want. 4w
BittersweetBooks Wow this book is gorgeous! 4w
Megabooks Wow!! 🤩🤩 4w
kspenmoll Oh love those edges! 4w
Sparklemn So pretty 4w
DivineDiana A collector‘s piece! ❤️ 3w
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Waterstones has a knack for turning my Monday frown upside down! #bookhaul #bookmail

squirrelbrain Loved Lessons in Chemistry! ❤️ I bought Three a couple of weeks ago but haven‘t got to it yet. Enjoy! 😁 4w
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 4w
Megabooks They get the best editions! 4w
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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
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This didn‘t resonate with me on an emotional level the way I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark did, but it was still imminently satisfying. I‘m always enraged by the pissing contests that take place amongst various law enforcement agencies when I read books like this. How much time and effort could be saved if people weren‘t chasing glory instead of perpetrators? And I appreciated how honest he was about what this work did to his own mental health. 👍🏼

LeahBergen I‘m glad this was a pick for you. I‘ll have to pick up a copy soon. 👍 4w
Suet624 Great point about the noncooperation of investigators. So infuriating. 4w
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🇺🇸 SUPER SALE ALERT! #KindleDailyDeal

MrsV I saw this deal and snatched it up real fast! 4w
Megabooks I think you‘d like this if you haven‘t read it! 4w
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SUPER SALE ALERT! #KindleDailyDeal

Heads up for my British peeps - 99p each!

MaureenMc The UK always has better Kindle deals! One of the reasons I want to live there. 😄 1mo
squirrelbrain Thanks! How bizarre that Book Lovers wasn‘t on the Kindle deals email?! Tagging some UK peeps. @TrishB @Caroline2 @Oryx @RaeLovesToRead @Leniverse @CGainor3 @youneverarrived @jenniferw88 @rockpools 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Very sneaky of them! I saw The Murder Rule in the BookBub email. Book Lover was the top choice when I clicked on Deals on the website. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
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squirrelbrain I get the BookBub email too, and it wasn‘t on there either. 🤷‍♀️ Naughty Amazon! 1mo
Oryx I got the Emily Henry one too. 1mo
Caroline2 I got Book Lover too! 😉 I‘ll check out the other one. 1mo
janeycanuck Damn. Not in Canada 😢 1mo
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GHOSTS. | DOLLY. ALDERTON
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In my crotchety middle age I‘ve become quite intolerant of so-called “millennial novels.” So much so that I hesitate to classify this as one even though it most definitely is one. But this has so much heart and humor and REAL LIFE, it stands miles above its contemporaries. I absolutely adored everything about it. 5⭐️

Cinfhen Great review, you crotchety old woman 😂you‘ve made a fellow old fogy want to pick up this book #stacked 1mo
squirrelbrain I was resistant to this one too…. You may have persuaded me…! 1mo
BarbaraBB Such a great review! I know @Megabooks enjoyed this one too. I am now definitely going to read it! 1mo
Megabooks I did! In fact enjoy it, and I‘m not a millennial either! @BarbaraBB 1mo
CarolynM I‘m persuaded too🙂 Stacked 1mo
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SUPER SALE ALERT for U.S. #CampLitsy #CampTOB folks!

Soubhiville Wow good timing! 1mo
Kitta Thank you I don‘t have it yet!! 1mo
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squirrelbrain Thanks for posting! It was on offer in the UK a few days ago too… 1mo
BarbaraBB Thanks Michele and @Soubhiville no excuses to not read it! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB Perhaps one of you can send a copy of our schedule to Jeff Bezos. 😉 1mo
squirrelbrain I‘m sure he‘d put the prices up if we did that - supply and demand y‘know…🤣 1mo
Megabooks Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Amiable Thanks for the heads up! I just grabbed this. 👍🏼 4w
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Small Pleasures | Clare Chambers
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This book is bleak AF but for some reason it felt like a cosy, comforting hug. My first Clare Chambers but it certainly won‘t be my last. 👍🏼

LeahBergen That‘s so true! Grim and cozy. 😆 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen “Grim and cozy” should be the Scorpio tagline. 😉 1mo
TrishB A grey and grim read! 1mo
LeahBergen That‘s us to a tee. 😆 1mo
Megabooks Hit the nail on the head! 1mo
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Oh my goodness. I need to lie down.

I hope Mr. Derek Church‘s ticker is in good working order because mine got a mighty workout.

In the background is my version of Leanne on neighborhood watch.

MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @squirrelbrain I was already penning a very strongly worded email to Ms. Marsons in my head during those last few chapters. 1mo
squirrelbrain I know! In the prologue I thought ‘Well, clearly *that* hasn‘t actually happened‘, and then when it did…. 🤯. 1mo
squirrelbrain LOL at your ‘Leanne‘! 🐕 👀 1mo
TrishB I was like…..nooooo…..what…..oh…….best one for a while! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain @TrishB There was a moment later in the story when I convinced myself that she was faking her death. But then when she was recounting all of the people in her life and taking her last breath, I was speechless and felt utterly despondent. I hadn‘t realized how dependent I‘ve become on having Kim in my life! 1mo
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Such an engaging and well written story. And so educational! I am mortified by how little I knew about Deaf culture prior to reading this. There were times when I was slightly confused as to which characters were hearing but I think a lot of that was due to my own ignorance and making assumptions. I‘m glad I picked up Girl at War when I bought this. 👍🏼

squirrelbrain Looking forward to this one! 1mo
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed this too! I hope you‘ll join us for the #CampLitsy discussion. 😁🏕 1mo
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An actual photo of me trying to read this shit.

NOPE.

LeahBergen 😆 1mo
Tamra Funny! 1mo
BkClubCare I did the audiobook- it worked! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @BkClubCare I can‘t do audio - my mind wanders, unfortunately. 1mo
BkClubCare @MicheleinPhilly - not 4 nothin‘ - but that is WHY exactly, I started doing audiobooks. Wanted to train my brain to be a better listener. It‘s got to be the right narrator, for sure. (edited) 1mo
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SUPER SALE ALERT for my British friends #CampLitsy #CampTOB

BarbaraBB Thanks Michele!! 1mo
Megabooks Thanks for sharing! 1mo
Soubhiville Perfect timing! 1mo
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Hiding from the scorching hot temperature while tackling May‘s book club pick.

squirrelbrain That‘s quite good timing for CampToB in June! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘ll participate in one discussion at least which is one more than I typically manage! 1mo
MoonWitch94 Entirely too early in the season for this kind of heat 🥵 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @MoonWitch94 It‘s disgusting. I hate it in July but I *REALLY* hate it in May. 1mo
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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Favorite book I‘ve read so far this year. Full stop.

TrishB What a recommendation! 1mo
merelybookish Stacked! 1mo
LiteraryinLawrence Wow, that‘s really saying something! 1mo
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Cathythoughts Well that‘s a stack. 1mo
KristiAhlers I‘ve been finding her book club books have been solid choices 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers She really has excellent taste! 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh, now I‘m cross! I picked this up in several bookshops today, but didn‘t buy it…. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
EvieBee ❤️ 1mo
marleed I just finished it, as well - so good! 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain Well now you must go back! 1mo
Megabooks Loved this too! 1mo
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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a sure fire way to get me to read books that have been languishing on my shelves for YEARS is to make a series or film adaptation of said books. I was expecting a 5 star read but did not realize that the history of Mormonism makes up the majority of the book. 😴 I was initially fascinated but quickly tired of it and began skimming those sections. Now off to Hulu I go!

BarbaraBB I loved this book but I didn‘t know much about Mormonism so to me it all was very exotic and fascinating 😃 1mo
Tamra In this phase of my life, if I haven‘t read the book I watch the film. 😩 But I am usually so glad if I‘ve read the book first. The most recent example is this wonderful piece. 1mo
Jas16 I felt the exact same way reading this recently. 1mo
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MicheleinPhilly @BarbaraBB I‘m not a big fan of organized religion generally and I have very strong feelings about this religion particularly (for reasons I won‘t get into here) so I found it to be a bit of a slog. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly @Tamra Loved both the book and the film! I was disappointed it didn‘t get more love at the Oscars. 1mo
Tamra @MicheleinPhilly I‘m going to add it to my watch list - thank you! 1mo
DogMomIrene Didn‘t even know this one was a film. Thanks! Got something new to watch tonight🙂 1mo
Suet624 I was so mad at what the Mormon men were doing that I stopped reading about 3/4's of the way through. Infuriating! 1mo
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The Sentence | Louise Erdrich
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In the hands of a less accomplished writer, I might have thought that the author tried to do too much but every bit of this worked for me. I too will haunt bookshops when I die but I will be nice about it. ☺️ Those who prefer not to confront present day realities in their reading may want to steer clear as Covid and George Floyd‘s murder figure prominently. I will be referring to the book lists frequently. 👍🏼

kbuggle I absolutely loved that this book also provided a whole other list of books to read.. 1mo
Suet624 She is such a great writer. I love pretty much every book she writes. 1mo
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Memphis | Tara M Stringfellow
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This one, however, made my heart sing. A deeply affecting portrait of what constitutes a family, those we‘re born into as well as those we choose. I loved it. ❤️

squirrelbrain I loved this one too, unexpectedly as I‘d not heard of it before the #womensprize 2mo
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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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This is a light pick for me. It was entertaining enough and moved along at a fast pace, but I found myself wishing more time was spent in 1999.

FelinesAndFelonies I didn't love this one. I liked his first book better. The 8 month pregnant FBI agent was an issue for me. I'm in LE and there is no way a supervisor would ever authorize that type of work for someone who had a high-risk pregnancy especially that far along. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @FelinesAndFelonies Yeah, I side eyed that whole part of the story. Aside from the risks involved, she wouldn‘t have anywhere near the physical dexterity he described her as having. I just kept thinking, “I bet he‘s never met a pregnant lady in real life.” 2mo
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Eleutheria | Allegra Hyde
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This had such potential but was sadly undercooked. It raises a lot of genuinely interesting questions but ultimately comes across a bit gimmicky.

Alfoster Good to know! It‘s on my TBR list so maybe I‘ll skim!🤞 2mo
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Self care Sunday.

TrishB I really enjoyed this one. Have a good day ❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too - enjoy! 2mo
Nute That‘s what I‘m trying to do today. A self care day of nothing but relaxation. No one else around here seems to be on the same agenda!😶 Enjoy your day, Michele!😊 (edited) 2mo
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Megabooks This is on my TBR! Hope you had a good day. 💜 2mo
Cathythoughts I‘m looking forward to this one 👍🏻 enjoy. (edited) 2mo
batsy Pickles 😍 2mo
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Milk Fed: A Novel | Melissa Broder
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I‘ve borrowed this from the library like 3 times and have always returned it unread. I was perusing the “available now” section of Overdrive and thought “Why not?” This is one of those quirky, eccentric reads that either hits in just the right spots or fails spectacularly. For me it was the former. Even though I read it several weeks ago, I‘m still thinking about Miriam and Rachel. Massive CW for eating disorders.

TrishB You‘re getting back into it ♥️ 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB Baby steps all around in this house. 😉 2mo
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The Pledge | Kathleen Kent
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I haven‘t been doing a lot of reading lately and my concentration is crap so I did a quick re-read of The Dime before tackling the next 2 books. This would be more properly characterized as a trilogy as there is a continuous storyline that runs throughout. I don‘t recommend reading them as standalones. Detective Betty is a badass narcotics officer in Dallas. Drug cartels and a crazy religious cult factor prominently. 👍🏼

TrishB They sound good 👍🏻 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB I think you‘d enjoy them. 2mo
Bookzombie @MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t read the third one yet, but was sad to see this is just a trilogy. 2mo
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Ruthiella 👍Nice stack! 2mo
jimfields3 That‘s awesome! We‘re heading out to ours this evening. 2mo
LeahBergen Yes, you did! 👏👏 2mo
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Leftcoastzen Trooper ! 2mo
marleed Oh you did - I‘m proud of you!! 2mo
BarbaraBB Wow, you definitely did! 2mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Hi all, Life has thrown a metric crap ton of lemons into our life as of late. We are no longer moving so I can now continue acquiring books with abandon. This was gifted to me by the owners of our local indie bookshop. I wish for all of you that you have this level of support and friendship. ❤️

AmyG Oh wow for the book. Sorry about the life crap. 3mo
Smrloomis So sorry to hear the universe isn‘t cooperating 😕 Tell it to fuck off! Oh wait I guess that won‘t work… but hope better days are coming soon 🤞🏽 3mo
Jas16 Hoping that better days are coming. Also really looking forward to your thoughts on the book. 3mo
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LeahBergen Oh, that sucks. I hope life improves for you right away. Sending ❤️❤️❤️! 3mo
Ruthiella Sorry for all the lemons. 🍋☹️ Hope things work out better in future. Enjoy at least your bookish lemonade. 💛 3mo
vivastory I'm sorry to hear about this. I hope things turn around for you! 3mo
squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry to hear about your lemons. 🙁 Your bookshop friends are fab though! Sending hugs. 🤗 3mo
BarbaraBB That sucks. Sour. I really hope things will improve soon. We‘re here for you and your bookshop is awesome 💛 3mo
TrishB Lovely to see your post ♥️ and I love your bookshop x sending hugs. 3mo
Oryx Hope things turn around soon ❤️❤️ 3mo
aa_guer2021 Sending hugs your way! All the best wishes, too. Bookshops that help are a gem for sure! 3mo
CarolynM It certainly feels like the universe has got it in for you sometimes, right? ☹ Sorry to hear you're in that place now. I hope things turn around soon❤ 3mo
Megabooks 💜💜💜💜 3mo
ValerieAndBooks Sorry things didn‘t work out but hope it will next time 💖 3mo
Bookzombie I‘m so sorry that moving hasn‘t worked out. We really wanted to move last year and just couldn‘t make it work. We still hope to at some point though. Sending lots of love. 💗 I hope life gets better soon! (edited) 3mo
DivineDiana So sorry. What a lovely gesture to give you a book to help ease your disappointment. ❤️ 2mo
BookNAround Sorry so many lemons have been lobbed your way lately. I hope stuff improves ASAP and that you enjoy the lovely book gift in the meantime. 2mo
Nute I was just about to ask about the move. Then is saw this post. I am sorry to hear that it didn‘t work out right now. Hopefully, things will improve soon and plans go as desired. Take care, Michele. Sending many hugs!💕 2mo
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Who wants to come over and pack ALL of these for me? Anyone? ANYONE? The movers are going to curse me.

PurpleyPumpkin ? Thé last time we moved, I had so many boxes of books that one of the movers asked my hubby if I was in publishing. I don‘t think he understood the concept of tsundoku. If we ever move again, I think we‘ll need one truck just for books. Good luck with your move!? 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @PurpleyPumpkin HA! They‘re definitely going to hate me. Thank you! 4mo
squirrelbrain 🙋🏻‍♀️I will, if you let me unpack them all too in your new place. Then I can sort them all alphabetically…my idea of bliss! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I‘ll book you a plane ticket! 4mo
Cathythoughts Good luck with it all 👍🏻❤️ 4mo
Soubhiville I would if I were close and I could also snuggle Pickles! I actually find books to be the easiest to pack and love the unpacking and reorganizing process like @squirrelbrain . 4mo
Simona Good luck with packing and moving🤞 I hate both … 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Soubhiville The bookshop owner said she would come over and help if she could snuggle with Pickles too. 😂 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @Cathythoughts @Simona Thank you! It‘s all so stressful. 4mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Good luck!! 4mo
Tamra If you are like me, it takes forever because I have to stop & ponder titles. 😂 Wishing you a speedy and smooth move! 4mo
Liz_M I agree, book packing is the easiest part! My first move for which I hired movers, they came and looked at my stack of stuff that could fit in a 5x5 storage room and were like "that's it?" Then they discovered that over half of the boxes contained books.... 4mo
Jas16 If I didn‘t live on the other side of the country I would just for the fun of going through someone else‘s bookshelves. But I understand- that is why I will likely never move. 4mo
KristiAhlers All the books! ❤️ I hate moving. Former military wife and when he retired I started keeping my books! But I don‘t have near as much happiness as you do! Hope your move goes smoothly. I must say I have the moving and unpacking thing down to a fine science I guess I should after 15. Gah that‘s a stupid number. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers 15???? Oh my gosh, I would spontaneously combust from the anxiety. I mean, I moved a bunch in my 20s but was always renting so the accumulation of “stuff” was somewhat under control. 4mo
KristiAhlers @MicheleinPhilly yeah I‘ve lived all over the place to include England and Belgium! Have military will travel. I mean it‘s been great. I‘ve had a bunch of amazing experiences and seen so much of the world. I have been in all of the lower 48 and Hawaii just need Alaska and I‘ll have been in all the states! 4mo
TrishB I‘ll make the tea whilst Helen @squirrelbrain does the cataloging! 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @KristiAhlers That‘s amazing! I‘ve done 2 “big” moves - Philly to Los Angeles and the reverse but I was younger and much more resilient. 😂 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB That is an EXCELLENT plan. 4mo
squirrelbrain #litsymeetup at Michele‘s new house?! @TrishB @Soubhiville 🫖 📚 🍸 🍷 4mo
LeahBergen I prefer the unpacking and organizing of books. 😆 Good luck, my friend! 😘 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Well you can come and handle that part with Helen. 😘 4mo
TrishB It‘s a plan ♥️ 4mo
Ruthiella That‘s a lot of books! Good luck! 4mo
marleed Beautiful display of gorgeousness - congrats on your collection! 4mo
CarolynM The last time we moved the removalists were horrified by the number of boxes of books. I reckon we've got twice as many now! Good luck with the packing and the move. 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @CarolynM I‘m afraid to call them for a quote. In addition to the sheer number, they‘ll have to carry them up an extra flight of stairs in the new house. 😬 4mo
DivineDiana Your collection is a thing of beauty, but you‘re right, the movers will think differently. 🤞🏻Best wishes! ❤️ (edited) 4mo
Amiable My husband still mutters under his breath about the 27 boxes of books I packed up for our move a few years ago. And that was after I culled the shelves because we were supposedly downsizing. 😬 Hope your move goes (went?) well! 3mo
Nute What a vision of loveliness!🤩 I would have helped, but we never would have gotten through it due to stopping to read instead.😆 Hope that things went well. Now it is a relocating-survivor‘s story!😁 3mo
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The Girl Before | J.P. Delaney
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My word, this was so stupid. The new Kristen Bell series on Netflix that so perfectly satirizes all of these “Girl/Woman” thrillers was made to mock books like this.

vivastory It's a good thing I live by the hospital because I felt the burn. 😂🔥 5mo
TrishB Won‘t bother with this one me thinks. 5mo
swishandflick I remember being unimpressed as well. Not sure if it's because of the amount of time that has passed, but I thought the TV adaptation was a pretty good watch! 4mo
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MicheleinPhilly @swishandflick I‘ve only watched the first episode but I can already tell I‘ll enjoy it more than the book. There is a creeping menace that was ENTIRELY absent from the book. 4mo
AlaMich The series was pretty bad as well. The house was nifty, but otherwise… 4mo
MicheleinPhilly @AlaMich We watched 2 episodes and gave up. 4mo
AlaMich @MicheleinPhilly I WISH we‘d stopped at two. 4mo
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Dead Ground | M. W. Craven
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I actually managed to read a book! Alas, I didn‘t love it like other installments in this series but that‘s me, not the book. Adulting is for the birds.

TrishB Glad you finished one 👍🏻 5mo
eanderson I agree! Adulting isn‘t my favorite. ☹️ 5mo
Bookzombie Adulting sucks a good part of the time. 5mo
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When you have gobs of home showings and need to escape for extended periods of time. The best part is the store doesn‘t even open for another 2 hours. 🗝 to the kingdom!

squirrelbrain Looks amazing! ❤️ 5mo
AkashaVampie I love love love that wall! 5mo
Cathythoughts Looks great 👍❤️ 5mo
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marleed I wanted to be right there, in this pic, staring at that wall! 5mo
DivineDiana I love this Book Shop! Are you moving? 5mo
Amiable Good luck with the showings! Selling your house can be exhausting. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Have you been? I literally live like 200 yards from it. 5mo
DivineDiana Amazing! I went for Mother‘s Day, because I wanted to visit the store. How wonderful to live so close to a bookstore! 👏🏻📚❤️ 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @DivineDiana Wonderful for my soul, TERRIBLE for my bank account! Next time you come down this way, let me know! 5mo
DivineDiana Will do! 🙂 5mo
AlaMich It looks amazing!! 5mo
Nute Would love to be right there!!!📚 5mo
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Leah, I‘ve captured some #WrinklesOfLitsy for you.

ju.ca.no 💙 5mo
Simona She is beautiful … even with wrinkles❣️ 5mo
kspenmoll Too adorable wrinkles & all! 5mo
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batsy 😍😍 5mo
squirrelbrain Aw, cute! ❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 👌 5mo
Soubhiville One of my favorite Litsy pets. 5mo
DogMomIrene Boop!💜🐶 5mo
LeahBergen 🥰🥰🥰 And I shall iron them out with my thumb (on the screen 😆). 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Every time she has wrinkles now, I think of you. ☺️ 5mo
LeahBergen Aww, I love that! 5mo
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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Unpopular opinion but this REALLY didn‘t work for me. It started off promisingly enough but then just seemed to devolve into an interminable bitch fest about motherhood. Even though it‘s only around 250 pages, it just felt endless. I started skimming when she started killing and mutilating small animals and laughed my way through her ridiculous “art piece.” I give it an extra star for reinforcing my desire to never have kids 100-fold. 👎🏼

RaeLovesToRead When she started mutilating and killing small anim.... WHAT?!?!?! Thanks for the content warning. I already disliked the cover but it doesn't sound like it's for me 😬😔 5mo
eanderson I don‘t know why but I laughed hard at your review! 😂 I thoroughly love your honesty. I will say it made me not want to read it. I cannot stand books like this. 5mo
rachelsbrittain Yeah, the animal killing was *rough* 5mo
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youneverarrived 😂 I loved it but she was harsh on motherhood (couldn‘t relate to that but I know people that would) 5mo
TrishB I can‘t even think about reading because of the cover. But the animal stuff is a definite no no. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB You would HATE this book. 5mo
TrishB I‘m taking that as a don‘t read 😁 5mo
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My work book club is meeting on Monday to discuss this very slim book. I found it riotously funny but I am a notorious cranky ass. Place your bets now for how many times my colleagues make reference to this during our discussion.

LeahBergen Ha! I love his cranky humour but he seems to rub some people the wrong way. 5mo
Bookzombie Can I start with this one or should I read this one first? 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen Maybe it‘s a grumpy Scorpio thing. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Bookzombie I haven‘t read any others by him but I think you can read them in any order. 5mo
Bookzombie @MicheleinPhilly Okay, thanks! 5mo
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The Dark Hours | Michael Connelly
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One of my most reliable authors, Connelly always manages to organically inject current social commentary into his stories without it feeling preachy. Ballard and Bosch are such a fantastic team and I will be sad when Harry hangs it up for good.

LeahBergen You‘re looking very pretty today, Pickles! 5mo
Leftcoastzen It always makes my day to see Pickles! 5mo
batsy Well hello there lovely girl 😍 5mo
swishandflick I keep hoping that there's a future where Ballard and Harry's daughter start working together 🤞🏽 5mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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This was…fine. I very nearly bailed at the 60 page mark and texted my friend who loaned this to me “I hate everyone in this book and hope the bank robber shoots them all.” There were some funny bits but it was just too hokey and schmaltzy for me.

vivastory 😂🤣 5mo
Bookzombie 🤣🤣 5mo
fredthemoose I rage texted my sister about how much I disliked that book when I was about halfway through it. 5mo
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MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward 😂 Totally fair, you've got to be willing to be graceful on this one. The fun part is, I think we were -supposed- to hate them. That part of it, I did enjoy. Very effective. 5mo
TrishB I can‘t read that author! 5mo
LeahBergen @TrishB I‘ve tried, too, and … nope. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @LeahBergen I read and liked A Man Called Ove, probably because he was a grump like me, but I don‘t need to read anything more by him. 5mo
TrishB @LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly we‘re agreed then 😁 5mo
Ashley_Nicoletto 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 Just swinging in to say hi to you. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto HI FRIEND! 👋🏼👋🏼👋🏼 5mo
DivineDiana This is one of my Book Club picks for this year. Sort of like schmaltzy, so we‘ll see. 5mo
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This is a VERY light pick, tomorrow it may be a so-so. Fantastic premise and set-up but it all sort of fizzled out. I couldn‘t put it down which means it was more successful than my previous attempt with this author. Ultimately I think he‘s just a wee bit too pretentious for me.

swishandflick I remember feeling similarly! 5mo
eanderson Samezies. For whatever reason I just can‘t. You worded it better than I could. 5mo
BarbaraBB I felt similar too. All of those useless details. 5mo
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I haven‘t spent any time with Jessica Daniel since November so I did a two-fer. The great thing about not being caught up with a series is you don‘t have to wait when a book ends on a cliffhanger. These 2 kept me sane during a week filled with a stupid number of meetings. I enjoyed them both. 👍🏼

eanderson I need to give this series a second chance. I started the first one and bailed. 6mo
MicheleinPhilly @eanderson If memory serves correctly, I didn‘t love the first one but I had 1-clicked the entire series for something like 25 bucks so I soldiered on. The 2nd one definitely clicked for me. 6mo
eanderson Good to know! I‘m going to give it a whirl again once I finish one of my current reads. 😀 6mo
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