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TheLudicReader

Joined September 2016

I read for pleasure. theludicreader.com
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Jonny Appleseed by Joshua Whitehead
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Orbiting Jupiter | Gary D. Schmidt
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Took a little break from Empire of the Vampire to read Orbiting Jupiter. Narrated by 12-year-old Jack, this is the moving story of Joseph, a boy a couple years older, who is fostered by Jack‘s parents. Joseph‘s life has been anything but easy, but he settles into life on Jack‘s family‘s farm, and begins to open up to his new ‘family‘. Lovely, but heartbreaking. I guess it‘s MG, although thematically it probably more YA.

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Dark Rooms: A Novel | Lili Anolik
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I wish I had read this debut mystery in one or two big chunks, but I was reading it during the last few days of school when things were chaotic. Nevertheless, this story of a recent HS grad who is trying to find out who murdered her sister is well-written and complex. It is not, despite the age of the narrator, YA.

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@kspenmoll tagged me for @Eggs Wednesday questions.
1. I am a mood reader, and since I literally have 500 books on my TBR shelf, I can generally find something that fits my mood. I have also really enjoyed @TheAromaofBooks #bookspin to help with indecision.
2. I review everything I read at theludicreader.com. If I really love a book (a 4 or 5 ⭐️ read), I will tag it ‘highly recommended.‘ It doesn‘t happen often. I am picky.
3. Summer holidays!

Eggs Lovely 🥰 Thanks for playing!! 1d
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10h
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Magpie | Elizabeth Day
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Even though June was a total bust, summer vacation starts today and I am optimistic about July‘s #bookspin. I am hoping to tackle some chunkier books, so this list is comprised of what I hope will be page turners.
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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First of all, thanks to @BarbaraBB and @Cinfhen for hosting a wonderful #summerheat event. I wasn‘t quite as enamoured with the book as many of my fellow readers were, but it was certainly an easy read. You can read my full review at https://theludicreader.com/2022/06/19/seven-days-in-june-tia-williams/

Cinfhen Thanks so much for participating!!! Loved your comments / they really added to our discussion ❣️ (edited) 2w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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I am limited by the photos on my iPad as I am away for the weekend with the girls pictured bottom right. That was taken on our last trip to Italy in 2018, which is the place I most associate with #summerheat. I am spending the weekend at the location pictured top left…except it‘s going to rain all weekend.
@BarbaraBB @Cinfhen

BarbaraBB Lovely pic of you and your daughters 🥰 2w
Cinfhen Boo on rain but still so nice to grab a weekend away!! Enjoy and thanks for sharing your photos💗 2w
TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB the only pic of me and my daughter in in the very middle. But my friends will love that you think they are my daughters. 2w
BarbaraBB Lol, i didn‘t screenshot so I couldn‘t see any grey hairs or wrinkles! You all look so young! 💃💃 2w
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My #litsylovesummerswap is winging its way to @LapReader
The books have been ordered separately via Book Depository.
Fingers crossed everything arrives on time.
@Kdgordon88 @rsteve388

Kdgordon88 Well done! 🙌🏼 3w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎉 2w
LapReader It‘s arrived! Woo hoo! 2d
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TheLudicReader @LapReader I am so happy. Have the books arrived, too? 1d
LapReader No but that‘s ok. 1d
TheLudicReader @LapReader according to Book Depository it was shipped June 7, so hopefully it will arrive soon. 🤞 1d
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I very much enjoyed the Netflix series which is based on this book…although the two bear very little resemblance. The book lacks the series‘ introspection…and that‘s saying something. Read my full review here: https://theludicreader.com/2022/06/08/sex-life-bb-easton/

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Writers & Lovers | Lily King
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Casey‘s life is a mess. Her mother died suddenly. A love affair ended. She‘s got a dead-end job as a server and thousands of dollars in debt. She‘s been trying to finish the novel she‘s been writing for six years. She suffers from crippling anxiety. Then she meets Silas. And Oscar. A coming-of-age story that is quirky and thoughtful and wholly delightful.

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June #bookspin #doublespin selections. Some have been on my tbr for a minute; some are recent purchases; one is a gift.
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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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This is a soft pick because it‘s a fluffy read. Percy and Sam are 13 when they meet and over the next six summers they fall in love until something awful happens and they stop speaking. When Sam‘s mom dies, Percy has to go back to Barry‘s Bay where, of course, she and Sam are reunited. I loved that it was set in 🇨🇦, but the book lacks tension and Sam and Percy as adult act like teenaged Sam and Percy. Quick read.

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The Nothing Man | Catherine Ryan Howard
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This was my first book by this author and its clever book within a book conceit made for entertaining reading. Eve Black was the only survivor of a horrific crime that ended the lives of her parents and younger sister. Now, 20 years later, she‘s written the story of “the nothing man” in the hopes he might be caught. The man himself is not too pleased. Not scary, but a well-written page-turner.

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The Mary Shelley Club | Goldy Moldavsky
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Pre birthday book haul. All the books are for me except the tagged book and Furia. #sorrynotsorry

merelybookish Best kind of birthday shopping! 2mo
AmyG Ooooh 🙌🏻❤️ 2mo
Linsy The tagged bok soubds interesting! 2mo
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My #doublespin is part memoir, part travelogue, and part self-help book about the joys of traveling alone, something I hope to do once I retire. The author spends time in Paris, Florence, Istanbul and her hometown NYC (a city she tries to see with fresh eyes). I found the writing, her observations and her thoughts about the topic lovely.
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youneverarrived I really enjoyed this too! 2mo
merelybookish If I didn't already have it stacked, I would based on your review 2mo
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I loved John Hughes films back in the day, many of which would likely be considered problematic by today‘s standards, particularly my favourite, 16 Candles. This memoir isn‘t so much about Hughes, although the author spent many years trying to write Hughes‘s biography - without any access to the man himself or the people who knew him. I found this repetitive, grim and kind of annoying. Basically, our 20s. 😂
#bookspin @TheAromaofBooks

LeahBergen Ha! 😆 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2mo
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Mothers | Rod Jones
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Happy Mother‘s Day.

LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Two nonfic books for May‘s #bookspin, @TheAromaofBooks

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The Bed I Made | Lucie Whitehouse
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Current situation.

AmyG Awwww ❤️ 2mo
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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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May‘s #bookspin selections.
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The Missing Years | Lexie Elliott
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I really enjoyed this author‘s first book, The French Girl, but I found this one slow and frustrating, with wonky character development. Ailsa inherits a manor house in Scotland after her mother dies, but from the minute she arrives the house makes her uncomfortable. The action picks up the last 75 pages or so, but I still had to read 300 pages to get there.

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Cascade: Stories | Craig Davidson
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My April #bookspin was a collection of short stories by the Canadian author of The Saturday Night Ghost Club & The Troop (writing as Nick Cutter). Each of the six stories in this collection examines relationships (mother and child, siblings, friendships) and each one was perfection - particularly their ambiguous endings, which are a personal favourite of mine. @TheAromaofBooks

AmyG Beautiful tulips ❤️ 2mo
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Blood Innocents | Thomas H. Cook
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Cook is always going to be a pick for me because I‘ve loved his literary mysteries ever since I read Breakheart Hill 20 years ago. Blood Innocents is his very first novel, published in 1980, and you can see the beginnings of his style, although this book doesn‘t have the same depth as his later books & I am not sure if I had read it first I would have sought him out as I have over the years (his books are difficult to find). Still, a soft pick.

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In Pieces | Danielle Pearl
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I actually want to go through this book and count how many times these characters drop the F-bomb because it‘s a lot. And I am not expletive adverse, it‘s just…cringe-y, as is much of the rest of this story of 19 yr old Beth and 21 yr old David who have known each other all their lives, and have fought their attraction for years. These are porn stars not people. #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I don't mind swearing when it feels natural to the story, but sometimes it just feels like the author is trying to be “hip“ or something and then it gets annoying very fast. 3mo
EvieBee That‘s a pet peeve of mine. 🤢 3mo
TheLudicReader The swearing or the fact that young characters are porn stars. Either way, 😬🙄😂 @EvieBee 3mo
EvieBee @TheLudicReader LOL both! 3mo
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This is a dual time-line narrative about Juniper, who returns to her hometown to help out a friend, but also to figure out who is planning to do a podcast about a double murder that happened 15 years ago, a murder for which her brother was implicated but never charged. I really enjoyed this book, and Juniper‘s determination to mend relationships with her family and figure out whodunnit. There‘s a splash of angst, too, and I am there for it.

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What a delightful and unexpected surprise, @Mitch
Thank you so much for thinking of me and for sending the best kind of mail- book mail. ❤️

LeahBergen I love those rabbits! 3mo
Cathythoughts I enjoyed this book ! 3mo
Mitch That arrived soooo quickly! Happy Spring! 3mo
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April‘s #bookspin selections, @TheAromaofBooks

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I flew through the story of Jane, a Vietnamese woman who has been held captive by Lenn for many years. The author does a really great job of creating a sense of dread; I was anxious the whole time. Jane‘s abuse is not graphic, but that doesn‘t make it any less horrifying. The ending is a little tidy, but this was a great, page-turning read.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Did anyone like this book? For me, this book was such a disappointment. A bunch of names on a page, a trite ending, just a colossal waste of time. I loved Daisy Jones and the Six, but this read more like One True Loves, which I didn‘t like.
My March #doublespin, @TheAromaofBooks

merelybookish Hate it when a book feels like a waste of time. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Bummer!! 3mo
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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My #valentineswap book from @maich was fun to read. Stella, 30, hires a male escort, Michael, to help her get better at sex. Despite the fact that she‘s smart and beautiful, she hasn‘t had much luck because she has some quirks due to her autism. Take that out of the equation and you‘d still have a fun, smutty romp. I didn‘t get why they complicated things for the characters at the end; it seemed unnecessary. If you like graphic sex… 😂

maich I'm glad you liked it. ❤💕 3mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Current situation on the last day of my March Break.

RamsFan1963 The cat seems angry to be sharing the photo with the book 🤣🤣 4mo
TheLudicReader @RamsFan1963 Lily hates having her picture taken…and all we do is take pics of her. 🤣 4mo
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My March #bookspin . I feel ambivalent about this story of a family who has put everything (and I mean everything) into their daughter‘s gymnastic ambitions. I have read other books by this author which I have enjoyed a lot more than this one. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 4mo
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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@StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego sent this book to me as part of my #poutinepenpals #fallswap and it was great. When six-year-old Claire, her older sister Alison and their parents take a vacation on Saint X, the unthinkable happens. Years later, while living in NYC, Claire meets one of the men involved. This is a beautifully-written examination of family, grief, race & privilege, the secrets we keep & the stories we tell ourselves.

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@TheAromaofBooks my March #bookspin reads.

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Spinning | Tillie Walden
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My March #bookspin selections, @TheAromaofBooks

merelybookish Old School has been on my TBR for eons! 4mo
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Consent | Nancy Ohlin
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This is a soft pick. Bea Kim, a high school senior, hides her love for music (and her innate talent) from everyone. Then a new music teacher arrives at her school. He‘s worldly, and talented, and beautiful and he thinks her musical gift should be celebrated. You can guess the rest. I am not sure Ohlin managed to flesh out these characters or the relationship between teacher and student in more than broad strokes, but it was an easy read.

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Breathless | Jennifer Niven
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Niven captures the breathlessness of first love in this NA story about newly graduated Claude whose life implodes when her parents announce a separation and she ends up traveling to an island off the coast of Georgia with her mom. There she meets Jeremiah Crew, who upends her world and mends her heart. First love was a long-ass time ago for me, but this brought back those memories and then some. Loved it.

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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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Oft recommended here, this book is fabulous, heart-wrenching and beautifully written. I loved everything about it.
The story follows Franny as she hitches a ride on a fishing boat in an effort to track terns in a future world where most of nature has been destroyed by climate change. How she came to be here is revealed through multiple time lines. Glorious. Highly recommend.

BarbaraBB So glad you loved it too. A heartbreaking book 5mo
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The Lying Room | Nicci French
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My February #bookspin was a dud. I have read a lot of Nicci French and have loved a lot of it, but this one - about a married woman who discovers the body of her lover and decides to clean up instead of calling the cops is just ridiculous. I did all my eye-rolling practice for the month with this one.
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TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!!! 5mo
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The First Part Last | Angela Johnson
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merelybookish I really enjoy the Dash & Lily Xmas series on Netflix! 5mo
Booksarelifeaddict Great bookhaul! 5mo
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So, this is my view this morning. Luckily, my landlord has a snowblower & he is hard at work out there clearing the walk & driveway. Quite a storm. I am not reading this weekend, unfortunately. End of term marks are due tomorrow and I have another full day of marking ahead of me, but then the kids come back to school on Wed after three weeks of virtual teaching so YAY! Hope you other East coasters made it through the blizzard. @Crazeedi

FantasyChick I don't know about you but I am SO over the snow. This was, what, the 3rd storm this month? I can't get to my garbage cans or compost bin. I'm ready for spring 🥶 5mo
TheLudicReader @FantasyChick I am over winter before winter starts. I hate it. But I do love a good storm. 😄 according to the weather, plus 6 and rain here on Thursday. Crazy. 5mo
Crazeedi The last 3 days have been rather crazy here, freezing rain, then snow. But we didn't get the snow like it looks like you did! We probably got a total of 8 or 9 inches over 3 days. And the sun is out now so it's pretty. But today is very cold! Stay warm Christie, I wa thinking of you when o saw where the storm tracked 5mo
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#NYWD22 book #3 this is a soft pick for me. Ellie Littlejohn has climbed the corporate ladder dragging her secrets behind her. She‘s the only Black woman on the executive floor and she‘s only there because her boss (and lover) is found dead. I think a rather pedestrian mystery is elevated by Morris‘s observations about race and misogyny.
@JamieArc @monalyisha

Crazeedi Christie, I see the blizzard warnings for the weekend may impact your area? Please stay safe!! 5mo
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The Return | Rachel Harrison
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When her best friend from college, Julie, disappears without a trace and then reappears two years later, Elise knows something isn‘t right. A girls‘ getaway with their two other besties goes nightmarishly bad. Although it doesn‘t completely hang together, this was a page-turner.

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It‘s -23, -30 with the windchill, so it‘s the perfect day to snuggle up with my third #NYWD selection All Her Little Secrets.
@Andrew65 @JamieArc @monalyisha

monalyisha 🥶🥶🥶 5mo
Andrew65 Best thing to do, stay warm 😱🥶🥶🥶 5mo
merelybookish It's such a shame about the cold because it's a nice day otherwise. 5mo
JamieArc I hope you enjoy it! I‘m on my 3rd as well - When We Were Vikings 5mo
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Indian Killer: A Novel | Sherman Alexie
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My pledge this year is to not waste time on books I don‘t enjoy. Both of these have been on my tbr shelf forever…and #bookspin and #doublespin has cleared them. I bailed on them both.
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BarbaraBB That‘s a relief 😉 5mo
TheAromaofBooks So good to get those kinds of books of the shelf - ones I feel guilty about not at least giving a chance, even when I am pretty sure I'm not going to like them! I had someone do a bingo list last year comprised entirely of titles she thought she was going to bail on and she cleared all 25 off her shelves that month!!! 5mo
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Stress-Free Living | M. M. Walia
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I was surprised and delighted to find a parcel waiting for me from @Bookgoil , @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and the #Litsylove team. It‘s been a week, let me tell you, and this certainly brightened my day. Thank you. ❤️

AmyG How lovely! 6mo
ShelleyBooksie This is awesome 6mo
Bookgoil ❤️ sending all the love, hope things get better soon 6mo
Professional_Book_Dragon 💜💜💜 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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My second #NYWD22 selection was just okay for me. I loved the premise- an elderly widower and a lonely teenage girl connect over books, but it all felt contrived to me. 😬 There was just too much going on for any of it to really land, the book discussions were cursory and the ending was, frankly, implausible. This might be a case of it‘s me rather than it‘s the book.
@JamieArc @monalyisha

monalyisha Oh, I‘ve definitely seen great reviews for this! But books about books are hard! When they‘re great, they‘re great. But it‘s easy to get it (even just slightly) wrong. I remember reading one that everyone loved while I thought it was okay. 6mo
TheLudicReader Haha, I did not like The Storied Life either, @monalyisha 6mo
monalyisha One that I actually did enjoy (though it was awhile ago now so I don‘t feel 100% confident in my recommendation) is 6mo
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monalyisha @TheLudicReader I remember thinking that the author got the bookstore vibe exactly right. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading I never understood what is so great about AJ Fikry!! I‘m glad to know I‘m not the only one! 6mo
TheLudicReader I might actually have a copy of that on my tbr shelf, @monalyisha 6mo
monalyisha @TheLudicReader TW, though for Midnight (which will be clear from the blurb alone). (edited) 6mo
monalyisha @Prairiegirl_reading 😉👯‍♀️ I didn‘t hate it. I just wasn‘t blown away or forever endeared. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading @monalyisha yeah, same. The only reason why I remember it at all is because everyone else loves it and I thought…… meh. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
TheLudicReader @Prairiegirl_reading @monalyisha it's one of the best things about reading - no two readers read the same book. 😄 6mo
JamieArc The thing about books I usually love is that it has to do with what‘s going on in my life. I was in the midst of a huge reading slump when I picked this one up, and I tend to love intergenerational friendships. I was also struggling through A Suitable Boy, and this inspired my to keep going. 6mo
TheLudicReader @jamiearc books are like that…sometimes they find you at the right time. 😁 I think I am likely in the minority, but that‘s okay. I didn‘t want to throw it across the room. 😁 you may not love some of my choices, either. I am prepared for that. 🤣 (edited) 6mo
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Besides the tagged book, I recommend
The Secret History
Fingersmith
The Book Thief
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
The Paper Palace
Chaos Walking trilogy
anything by Thomas H Cook

Thanks for the tag @Elizabeth2 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #sundaysoapbox

Any interest in sharing your recs @catiewithac @MadelineMcCrae @ShelleyBooksie @merelybookish

KarenUK Your first four could be me! 6mo
JamieArc Fingersmith is one of the books I recommend most too. I need to read more by that author. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks for playing!! 📚🙌🏻 6mo
merelybookish Thanks for the tag. I have been meaning to read the Chaos Walking series for ages! 6mo
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The Return | Rachel Harrison
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First #bookhaul of 2022. #sorrynotsorry. 15 of them are for my classroom.

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@Andrew65 #WeekendReading prompt has me thinking about how I am going to spend my post-blizzard Saturday. On tap, my #bookspin and #doublespin and my second #NYWD22 selection. It‘s ambitious to think I might complete any of them, but I will give it a go. Art by my daughter- a huge self portrait which was an art school assignment and now watches over me while I sleep.

Andrew65 Hope you enjoy your reading. 6mo
jb72 I just got my hold on The Reading List 6mo
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