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My boys placed several like-new Little Golden Books (Marvel, DC, Star Wars, etc) in the LFL at one of our amazing local parks. 💚 Sure hope some little ones take these home and enjoy!

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LibrarianRyan Nice! 4d
Leftcoastzen Aww ! Glad they are passing them on! We need more readers! 4d
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen 💚 They love sharing books they no longer need. Makes me proud! 4d
Cathythoughts So lovely! Your boys are great. 3d
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Aw, thank you! 3d
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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘ll Be Gone in the Dark really messed me up, but this memoir‘s premise had me ready to hear about GSK again. Holes, the detective who unceasingly worked this case for 24 years, details his processes, wrong turns and right, and how the obsession unraveled his personal life. It‘s not only about GSK, but it‘s the crux. He speaks of his close friendship with Michelle McNamara and her hand in keeping the case forefront. Science is cool!

LeahBergen I‘ve just ordered this one. 👍 1w
ferskner I'm glad this one is doable! I have a copy that I'll get to someday. 1w
britt_brooke @ferskner I‘d love to hear what you think when you do! 1w
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britt_brooke @LeahBergen I‘d love to hear what you think! 1w
Cinfhen Science IS cool!!!! 1w
Cathythoughts Stacking 👍🏻 1w
5feet.of.fury Awesome! 1w
MyNamesParadise I have this one! I just need to get around to reading it 5d
britt_brooke @MyNamesParadise Hope you get to it soon! 5d
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Fellow Sedaris Stans: He was on Conan‘s podcast last week and it‘s a fantastic listen! He was also on back in February of 2019, so you‘ll probably want to check that one out, too. Really fun!

Maria514626 Thanks, @britt_brooke! I can't imagine the two of them in one room. 😄
He was also on Depresh Mode, ep. 65 (different vibe but also a great podcast): https://maximumfun.org/episodes/depresh-mode/stories-that-david-sedaris-is-final...
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britt_brooke @Maria514626 Thank you! I‘ll give it a listen. 💚 1w
fredthemoose Oooh—thanks for the tip! I‘m experiencing the audiobook equivalent of looking at a full closet but having nothing to wear… 1w
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fredthemoose @Maria514626 thanks for posting! 1w
britt_brooke @fredthemoose 😂 I‘m very familiar with this feeling and it‘s really the perfect description! I‘ve started listening to more podcasts this year and it helps me fill those gaps while I decide on an audiobook. Apparently, my ears need something at all times. 😬 1w
fredthemoose @britt_brooke if I‘m not sleeping, working, or talking to someone, I‘m listening to something. I just delayed taking a shower by half an hour because I didn‘t know what I wanted to listen to. It‘s ridiculous. 1w
britt_brooke @fredthemoose Sounds about right! 😂 1w
Maria514626 @fredthemouse Perfect description! And god forbid I could be alone with my thoughts for five minutes. 😆 1w
britt_brooke @Maria514626 @fredthemoose Exactly! I keep thinking about this … apparently I don‘t want to be in my own headspace for too long. Not sure what this says about us. 😂 Maybe we just need to always be learning. Let‘s go with that! 😅 1w
Maria514626 @britt_brooke @fredthemoose I like that answer! 👏👏👏 1w
fredthemoose @Maria514626 it‘s absolutely unacceptable! 😂 I like thinking it‘s that I want to be learning and not that I can‘t stand being alone with my own thoughts, and it‘s best not to risk it and actually find out. 1w
Megabooks Thanks for the heads up!! 6d
britt_brooke @Maria514626 I listened to the depresh mode episode this weekend. Thanks for putting it on my radar! A tough, but great listen. 4d
Maria514626 @britt_brooke 👍 It‘s a great podcast. John Mike‘s email newsletter is great, too. Some serious and a lot of snark. 🙂 4d
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My only complaint is that it‘s too short, so the obvs solution was to read it twice! It‘s an excellent collection largely about Lou Sedaris and pandemic times. Funny and dark commentary as usual. The last essay where he mentions his first post-Covid show in Nashville? I was there, at War Memorial Auditorium, front row center! I could see his freshly Invisalign-ed smile. It was an incredible evening!

britt_brooke @Cinfhen I know you didn‘t love this one, but tagging you anyway. 🙂 1w
Cinfhen I‘m glad it worked for you!! It had some great moments but overall I was disappointed 😔 It was wayyyy too short and 1/3 of the collection was previous material (so that made me pissy). Plus I felt it was a bit too dark and mean spirited. He was far from Happy Go Lucky in this collection 🙃 1w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen “Theme and Variations” is one of my all-time favorites of his, so I didn‘t mind hearing it again. Reminds me of the first time I met him at Parnassus. But, I understand your feelings! 1w
Cinfhen No matter what, his delivery and observations are pretty fabulous 🙌🏻 1w
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Election | Tom Perrotta
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Finally found some time for my favorite summer reading spot! ☀️ It‘s 100°F here today, so I had to take a couple of dips with my boys. Election ? is my pick for #bookclub and I‘m loving it so far.

tjwill I haven‘t read it yet, but I just got the audiobook of 1w
britt_brooke @tjwill I have that one on hold and hope to get it soon! 1w
ShelleyBooksie What a beautiful reading spot!! 1w
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britt_brooke @ShelleyBooksie Thanks! We joined a new pool this year and love it so far. ☀️ 1w
Cathythoughts Summer reading☀️ 1w
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Playroom #shelfie inspired by a conversation I overheard yesterday. 😂

Friend: Wow, you guys have a lot of books!
My (new) 10 year old: We‘re smart!

DivineDiana Looks fantastic! 📚❤️📚 1w
Prairiegirl_reading I love everything about this post!! 1w
LeahBergen ❤️❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB Such a great room! And I love that quote! 1w
britt_brooke @DivineDiana @Prairiegirl_reading @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Thank you! 🤗 And there are many more books in their bedrooms. 😂 (edited) 1w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A romance author and a literary author, both sparked by their tumultuous whirlwind week together as teens, have been writing to one another through their art. This is a very intense story of lost and found love. Eva‘s daughter Audre, a precocious, intelligent 12 year old, was a brilliant addition. And a h/t to Williams for seamlessly weaving in: POC in publishing, positive co-parenting, non-visible disability, and addiction recovery.

Cinfhen Were you part of our #SummerHeat weekend ?? Check out the discussion questions on @BarbaraBB page (edited) 2w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen No, but I‘ll have to check out the discussion. Thanks! 2w
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Cinfhen Lots of mixed thoughts on this book but most did love it 2w
BarbaraBB Such a coincidence you read this book just now! 2w
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB I know! I wish I‘d have participated in your read along, but I‘ve been a bit MIA from Litsy lately. I‘m finally getting caught up on reviews. I‘ll def check out your discussion. 💚 2w
BarbaraBB Please do. To me the various points I‘d view in the discussion added so much to the book! 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A traumatic experience leads to new friendships that morph into family. This common thread, punctuated with humor, is a Waxman staple. It works; she‘s a must read! Set in the world of Nina Hill and Garden of Small Beginnings, new LA transplant Laura ducks into a book shop during a downpour. There, she meets some whimsical folks who immediately take her in. Sometimes it takes a village to raise an adult, and to gently help them adjust.

Cinfhen I enjoy Abbi Waxman books, too!!! I didn‘t know she had a new one 😁🙌🏻❣️ 2w
HeatherBookNerd Does this one stand alone or do I need to read another one first. 2w
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd It stands alone. There are recurring characters but in a minor capacity. 2w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It just came out! 2w
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Final Girl Support Group | Grady Hendrix
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⭐️ Holy hell, why did I finish this?! It was really stupid. Just a big ol‘ mess. Too many unrealistic characters, too much dialogue, not enough development. Not evocatively scary, just gore for shock value. I bailed on Southern Vampire whatever a while back, so it‘s 100% safe to say Hendrix is not for me.

KathyWheeler I like Hendrix and liked The Southern Book Club‘s Guide to Slaying Vampires, but I started this book when it first came out and haven‘t finished it yet. 2w
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler You‘re not missing anything, but I‘m glad to know his other stuff is worthwhile. 2w
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britt_brooke @KathyWheeler I actually own that one, so maybe I‘ll give it a go sometime. I appreciate the rec! 2w
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke I hope you don‘t hate it. 2w
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler 😂 Me, too! If/when I get around to it, I‘ll be sure to tag you. 💚 2w
Cinfhen I bailed on this one…I just couldn‘t 2w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 🙌🏼 It‘s so bad. Thanks for the validation! 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A poignant, often funny, look at modern ethics: moral dilemmas, moral reasoning, utilitarian limits, virtue signaling, moral exhaustion, etc. This spoke directly to the spastic rule follower in me, who is so hyperaware of being considerate and respectful, often to a fault, resulting in sometimes being a passive-aggressive asshole. So, yeah, I really enjoyed this!

BiblioLitten I loved that show…The Good Place. 2w
britt_brooke @BiblioLitten I‘ve not seen it (yet)! 2w
Cinfhen Excellent review and now that you wrote the phrase passive aggressive asshole I think I might be one too!!! 🙋🏼‍♀️ 2w
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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
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🎧👟 My boys are at run training again so I‘m walking on the greenway. I was busy taking a pic of the pretty creek when I almost stepped on this fellow! 🐍#audiowalk

Tamra I would definitely let him/her go their own merry way! 😅 (edited) 2w
Kappadeemom No. Nope. No way 2w
JenReadsAlot Nope 2w
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tpixie That‘s a big one! 🐍 2w
LeahBergen What species of snake is that? 2w
mrp27 Yikes! 😱 2w
MicheleinPhilly Oh hell no. 2w
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I think it‘s just a harmless water snake. Biggest one I‘ve seen, though! 2w
britt_brooke @Tamra @Kappadeemom @JenReadsAlot @tpixie @mrp27 @MicheleinPhilly I stopped to watch it for a min and it did not care one whit that I was there. Just a harmless water snake, but still startling! 2w
tpixie @britt_brooke what an adventurous day! 2w
LeahBergen I would‘ve stopped to watch him, too! 👍 2w
Suet624 Gah!! 2w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Greenway #audiowalk while my boys have run training. It‘s hot AF already.? Feels like 96°F at 9:15am. Pretty intense for June!

Cathythoughts Enjoy 😄 2w
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts 😅 We survived …. now on to soccer camp this evening. We are too busy for this blasted heat wave! 😂 2w
CoverToCoverGirl We are at the other end of the spectrum. There‘s a fire in our wood stove this evening. 2w
britt_brooke @CoverToCoverGirl Oh my goodness! 2w
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ How to navigate relationships with all the divisiveness of the last few years. In short, how to exist in the world without being in constant conflict. We all have similarities and differences. If you feel overwhelmed, this book provides nuance, grounding and refocus. The friendship bits were my favorite. Bonus points that I‘ve been acquainted with one of the authors most of my life. Happy for, and proud of you, Sarah! #PansuitPolitics

Cinfhen Nice!!! Glad to see your friend finding success and helping to make this world a friendlier space for everyone 💗💗💗 3w
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Saga Vol. 8 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Enjoying the hell out of rereading Saga! 🍺 On Volume 8 now.

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🎧👟 Enjoying this one so far! #audiowalk

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Nashville Public Library - Main Library | Nashville, Tennessee (Library)
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What I wore to #bookclub yesterday … this #bookishtee is the most recent NPL fundraiser! ❤️‍🔥

PS. I‘m SO behind on reviews which appears to be my new norm. Hoping to get caught up this weekend. 😅

Bookzombie I love the shirt! 3w
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Post-dessert reading time! And the floof. 😂🐾

#raisingreaders #dogsoflitsy

Tera66 😃Such good guys! 3w
merelybookish Great pic. Your dog's face! 🐶 3w
Megabooks Supervisor Champ on duty! 3w
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britt_brooke @Tera66 Aw, thank you! They really are. We‘re lucky! 💚 3w
britt_brooke @merelybookish He‘s a mess! 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks Always in everybody‘s business. 😂 3w
TrishB Great pic ♥️ 3w
batsy Reading is my ultimate fun but the floof is making not-reading seem like a great look 🤣 He's too adorable. Great photo! 3w
britt_brooke @TrishB Thank you! 3w
britt_brooke @batsy Thank you! He‘s thinks he‘s in charge of all the things. 😂 3w
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My sons are at running practice, so Champ and I are walking on the greenway. He‘s loving the creek breaks! 😂 And I just started the tagged book; the second from my high school friend Sarah Holland (of the #PantsuitPolitics podcast).

#audiowalk #dogsoflitsy

Megabooks Champ looks so happy! 3w
britt_brooke @Megabooks He loves the water! 3w
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Firestarter | Stephen King
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Every time I opened this book, The Prodigy song (same title) popped into my head, taking me back a couple of decades. If you don‘t know it, look it up! 🤘🏼 A “Lot 6” experiment eventually leads to a child born with a dangerous pyrokinetic power. Now, the government agency responsible wants her dead. Solid story, but too long-winded even though it‘s brief by King‘s standards. #bookclub

Cinfhen I recently listened to this audio for #pop22 #BecomingAMovieIn2022 and while it was VERY DATED and wayyyyyyyy too long, I enjoyed it🔥🔥☄️🧯 I just can‘t believe Zac Efron is playing a DAD!!!! Shit, I feel OLD 👵🏼 (edited) 4w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen Zac Efron is playing a dad?!? 🤯😵 4w
Cinfhen Yes!!!!!! @Hooked_on_books is that INSANE???!!?? 4w
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britt_brooke @Cinfhen @Hooked_on_books I had to look up his age. He‘s older than I realized! 😂 3w
BeeMagical The first thing I said when I saw the commercial was “you know you‘re getting old when Zac Efron is playing the dad!!”😂 Go Wildcats!😂 3w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Emily Henry is a must-read! Her characters are quick with witty dialogue creating a fun experience no matter the main objective. And she nails the stories, too. Here, Henry even cleverly pokes fun at tropes and archetypes of her own genre. Rom-com with a side of satire is the way to my heart! This is a well-rounded story: book love, romantic love, sister love. Very enjoyable!

Kayla.Adriena I just started this over the weekend 4w
britt_brooke @Kayla.Adriena Hope you‘re enjoying! 4w
Kayla.Adriena I'll let you know! Did you read the Love Hypothesis? 4w
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Cinfhen I‘m still wary about her books. I bailed on one ( beach read) and was just meh about 4w
britt_brooke @Kayla.Adriena Yes! I love Ali Hazelwood. Have you picked up her newest novellas? 3w
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Bummer, but you can‘t love them all. 3w
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My precious *almost* 10 year old read book one of the Percy Jackson graphic novelizations today. He couldn‘t put it down! ⚡️ Books 2-5 are arriving soon.

PS. He will continue to wear this Pikachu onesie until it literally doesn‘t fit. Look at his wrists … there‘s not much time left. 😂

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marleed I love this - and the onsie! 1mo
PathfinderNicole My 10 year old has a Super Mario one that he‘s the same way with 😂 1mo
Tamra 👌🏾 1mo
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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel | Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m always leery of adaptations of favorites, but this is beautifully rendered. Just incredible artwork! Scout is exactly as I‘ve always imagined. Just perfect. While I know all original text can‘t make it into a graphic novel, one of my favorite lines is missing. Docking a star for that. Otherwise, it‘s fantastic!

Kayla.Adriena Which line is it ? 1mo
Cinfhen Great review!! I‘m curious too @Kayla.Adriena 1mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 1mo
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PaperbackPirate Tell us the line! 1mo
britt_brooke @Kayla.Adriena @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @PaperbackPirate I almost forgot to respond. 😂 “I think there‘s just one kind of folks. Folks.” - Scout 1mo
Cinfhen Awwww, that‘s a great line 😄❣️ 1mo
PaperbackPirate Thank you for sharing! That‘s a good one. 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Klein waxes honestly on new motherhood, her anxieties and cluelessness, and the struggle to feel comfortable in her body. Some readers will identify, some won‘t, and that‘s okay. I‘m tired of reviewers claiming that privileged white people aren‘t allowed to *gasp* have problems nor write about them. Memoir Police: Tell me, what are the parameters for writing about personal experiences? There are none? Stop tearing other women down.

Cinfhen I LOVE your review/ response to the memoir police!!!!! Preach 🙌🏻❣️ 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 💖🙌🏼 Thank you!! 1mo
StaceGhost Yes! Also I think it‘s ridiculous bc it shows how “yes, even with privilege it‘s hard. Imagine how hard it is without it!” 1mo
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KatieDid927 I‘m not really sure what reviews you‘re responding to, but I think anyone can write a book about anything. It doesn‘t necessarily mean I‘m interested in it though. I think people can have different opinions about books without it being “policing”. 1mo
britt_brooke @KatieDid927 There are a few scathing reviews on goodreads that call this author out for being privileged, saying she should know better about certain parenting things, etc. Folks can say what they want in reviews, though, just as I did. I was obviously being snarky by saying “memoir police.” 1mo
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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I swear this dog is going to speak human to me one day. 😂

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SRWCF Pretty pup 🐶 💓! 1mo
marleed It looks like he already is! 1mo
Leftcoastzen 😂Indeed!🐶 1mo
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JenReadsAlot Omg that face! 1mo
Smarkies He already does! We just don't speak enough dog. 😂😂 1mo
Megabooks I bet Champ and Molly would have quite the conversation! 😂💜 1mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 1mo
batsy 😂😂 1mo
Simona I‘m always wondering what they think, when they have such a judgmental look … 1mo
britt_brooke @SRWCF Thank you! He‘s my bud. 💚 1mo
britt_brooke @marleed Right! 😂 1mo
britt_brooke @Simona Right! 😂 1mo
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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Time for a #reread! And time for my all-time favorite beer, only available in Wisconsin, but brought to us by awesome friends. 🍺 Cheers to those who have laid down their lives for our freedom. We appreciate you beyond comprehension. #MemorialDay 🇺🇸

JenReadsAlot It's good beer 🙂 1mo
PathfinderNicole My husband loves that beer but because we live in Michigan he has to ask his buddy who has family in Wisconsin to get it for him whenever he visits 😂 1mo
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britt_brooke @PathfinderNicole We lived in the Milwaukee burbs for 3 years, but that‘s been 10 years ago now, so luckily one of my husband‘s employees travels to WI regularly, and we get random deliveries to TN! 😂 (edited) 1mo
AnansiGirl Spotted Cow is the best! 😍 1mo
Mollyanna Love Spotted Cow! I live in the Milwaukee area and get requests from friends to bring some when I travel. Sometimes I think I get invited to events for the Spotted Cow, not because they want to see me. 🤣 1mo
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Idiot | Elif Batuman
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I‘m all for weird and quirky, but this line is fucked up.

Cinfhen Oy 🥺 (edited) 1mo
KathyWheeler Yeah — I get what they‘re saying but there‘s so much messed up about that line. 1mo
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Ruthiella Weird. Why not just say the size of a tombstone? 1mo
Suet624 Wow. Not cool. 1mo
Megabooks It is. 1mo
Cathythoughts That‘s awful. 1mo
janeycanuck Uhhh… I think that‘s a line that would have been better uncrossed. The author couldn‘t think of anything else that size?! 1mo
Kangaj1 I wanted to love this book, but I abandoned it after 50 pages. 1mo
Tamra What? 🫤 1mo
britt_brooke @5feet.of.fury Exactly! Too far. 1mo
britt_brooke @Ruthiella Agree. I would‘ve still slightly cringed, but not have been full-on disgusted. 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen @KathyWheeler @Suet624 @Megabooks @Cathythoughts @janeycanuck @Tamra Right. Just too far. Like @Ruthiella said, just saying “tombstone” would‘ve been much better. 1mo
britt_brooke @Kangaj1 I‘m not very far in, but it‘s def not grabbing me. 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A once student, and long-time friend of my beloved David Sedaris? Hell yes, I‘m in! This memoir in essays covers House‘s life post-addiction, openly discussing what it‘s like living in recovery as a parent and writer. Of course, my favorite moments were about her close friendship with Sedaris. She often opens for him on tour. Sadly, of the three times I‘ve seen him, she hasn‘t been there. Maybe next time! ⬇️

britt_brooke ⬆️ Note: I listened on audio but I‘ve heard the print version has some graphic shorts worth checking out. 1mo
rachelk You had me at friend of David Sedaris ❤️ 1mo
Cinfhen Yes, please!!! #stacked 1mo
britt_brooke @rachelk YESSS. 💚 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Hope you enjoy! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️ I grabbed this after The Honest Toddler/Bunmi Laditan relentlessly peddled it on social. While it offers a smidge of insight as to why second-borns are so *ahem* challenging, it‘s super short, not that funny, and needs more editing. Can‘t recommend.

KathyWheeler I‘m a second born and wasn‘t particularly challenging. I was too shy for that. Maybe my parents found that challenging; I don‘t know. My daughter, however, was definitely a challenging second born! I hate that this book is not well done; I was interested in it. (edited) 1mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler I‘m also a second born, and definitely the easier of the two. Also a shy introvert. My older brother had some teen moments. 😂 But my second born (the cutie in the loft earlier), he‘s a real doozie lately. Mouthy, and epic meltdowns. Hope this phase passes quickly. 😬 1mo
Cinfhen So interesting!! My second born was and still is SUPER CHiILL / which in fact is challenging since he moves/reacts at his own pace 🙃 1mo
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Cinfhen Sorry you‘re experiencing some #MomMoments @britt_brooke @KathyWheeler 😜 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 😂😂 1mo
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke I hope so too! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Right out of the gate, Dratch addresses her career, or lack there of, post-SNL. Consistently offered the roles of what she refers to as the “Unfuckables.” How horrible it must feel to be best known for not being beautiful (i.e. normal looking). Hollywood is so dumb and delusional. A natural storyteller, she takes us briefly through her career then shifts focus to her personal life and becoming a parent. A decent, quick listen.

Cinfhen Great review. That does sound like a hard title to own ☹️ 1mo
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Hello, Molly!: A Memoir | Sean Wilsey, Molly Shannon
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A major trauma at age four left Shannon in what felt (to me) like an impossible situation. She unpacks quite a lot of family stuff here and it‘s really incredible the relationship she maintained with her dad. Shannon was among many amazing female comics who absolutely saved a floundering SNL. Loved the interesting tidbits about the inception and evolution of her marquee character Mary Katherine Gallagher. Solid memoir!

Cinfhen I really disliked this one in print as I could see that Molly isn‘t a gifted writer but I definitely felt memoir would be better if I was listening to Molly. Agreed, she had a lot to overcome. That dad!! 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Listening to her definitely added a lot. 💚 1mo
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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel | Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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Reinstating “Reading Club” for the summer. Today, my 8 year old hosted us in his bedroom. 🤩 That‘s him in the loft reading a Dork Diaries book. He loves that series but refuses to be seen reading them in public because they‘re “girl books” and he‘s worried he‘ll be made fun of. I always tell him they‘re middle grade stories for ANY kid, and it‘s cool he likes books with a female protagonist. Normalize reading whatever you like!!

#raisingreaders

AlaMich Kid me loves that loft bed!!! 1mo
britt_brooke @AlaMich Isn‘t it fun?! Both of my boys have two closets, so my dad helped me covert the extras into reading lofts. 1mo
mdm139 I told my boys there are no “girl” books and “boy” books, there are books that have a girl main character and books with boy main characters. I am a girl but I read books with boy main characters and that doesn‘t mean I am less of a girl. And if any one makes fun of you tell them that. And I expect them to read whatever they want without worrying about what others think, because they will be the better people and readers. 1mo
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Kappadeemom I want a reading loft 🤣 1mo
britt_brooke @mdm139 100%, everything you said!! 1mo
britt_brooke @Kappadeemom Me, too! 😂 1mo
KathyWheeler My son loved The Mists of Avalon but was occasionally worried that others would think it was a “girly” book. I told him the only thing that mattered about a book was whether he found the characters and the story interesting and compelling. Nobody else‘s opinion mattered. (edited) 1mo
KathyWheeler @mdm139 you know, most girls read that way — whether the protagonist is a boy or a girl doesn‘t matter, but we as a society have managed to convince boys that reading about girls somehow makes them less of a boy. Argh! 1mo
mdm139 @KathyWheeler toxic masculinity starts early 1mo
britt_brooke @mdm139 @KathyWheeler Sure does. It‘s obnoxious, and I see it in our kids‘ friends, and their dads, often. It‘s gross. I‘m so happy my husband is not like that, and we are doing our best to make sure our sons aren‘t either. 1mo
Bookpearl I absolutely love this!!! 1mo
BookwormM Love that reading loft when I am reading I am always the main character in my head so currently I am a male lawyer investigating a friend of the president 🤣🤣 1mo
britt_brooke @BookwormM 😂 My brain does the same! 1mo
PhyllisH @mdm139 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻👍🏻💕 1mo
Nute How cool is it to have your own reading space? I want a reading loft too! I‘ve seen tables in bookstores displayed as “Books for Boys” and “Boys for Girls.” Why not one big table display of “Books for Middle Grade Readers?” Then the reader can select whatever appeals to her/him. 1mo
britt_brooke @Nute I want one, too! 😄 Ugh, the separation in store displays like that is annoying. God forbid kids makes decisions based on subject or plot or any other reason that strikes them. 1mo
Anna40 I have an 8 year old reluctant reader. He loves books, but not reading on his own. How does your book group/club work? 1mo
britt_brooke @Anna40 It‘s just my sons (8 and *almost* 10) and me. Every day during summer break, we grab our books, pick a reading spot, and read silently for 20-30 minutes. That‘s it! We could probably add a fun snack or a reading log, but we keep it super simple. I think just calling it something like “Reading Club” makes it fun for them. Good luck!! 1mo
Anna40 Thank you 1mo
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To Kill a Mockingbird: A Graphic Novel | Harper Lee, Fred Fordham
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First day of summer break for my boys and we‘re spending the afternoon outside. It‘s been a challenging day so far behavior-wise, but the fresh air is doing us all some good right now. ⚽️🏀📖 Loving this graphic novel adaptation of one of my favorites.

KathyWheeler I was wondering about that book. I always worry that graphic novel adaptations will be bad, but the two I‘ve read — The Handmaid‘s Tale and Kindred — were both really good. 1mo
britt_brooke @KathyWheeler I‘m always skeptical when it‘s a classic/favorite adaptation, but the Slaughterhouse-Five one was fantastic, too! 1mo
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke Me too. I didn‘t know there was one for Slaughterhouse Five! 1mo
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britt_brooke @KathyWheeler It‘s so good! I need to check out the ones you mentioned (but I still need to read the original of Kindred first 🤦🏼‍♀️). 1mo
KathyWheeler @britt_brooke I loved Kindred so much. 1mo
Tamra Oh, I didn‘t know about this one! 1mo
britt_brooke @Tamra It‘s really well done! 1mo
Megabooks Oooo! I‘d love to read that. 1mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I‘m usually hit-or-miss with books about books, but this falls right in the middle. Some aspiring readers randomly come across a reading list full of well-known titles, and decide, what the hell, let‘s try reading these. 🚨Minor spoilers for the books discussed, but not really enough to deter. Overall, the story is a bit cheesy, but it works. Of the POV, Mukesh was my favorite. He‘s just adorable in his the newfound love. #bookclub

JGadz11 Is that a LEGO NYC stoop?!😍 1mo
Cinfhen Was going to ask the same question, Britt!??? Is that a Lego bookshop ?!?! Adorable!!!! 1mo
Cinfhen Also I started this book on audio awhile back but it wasn‘t working for me….it was a bit too sappy/sweet 1mo
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britt_brooke @JGadz11 @Cinfhen Yes!! It‘s so adorable and such a fun build. The different floors lift off so you can see the inside. 🤩 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It‘s another one of those books I‘d have never picked up if not for book club. I can easily see why it wasn‘t grabbing you. 1mo
JGadz11 @britt_brooke 💖💖💖 1mo
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☀️🎧👟 Another hot AF day in middle Tennessee … so I‘m exercising while working on my tan and listening to this memoir. The best kind of multitasking! #audiowalk

tpixie Pretty. Great job! 1mo
Cathythoughts That flower 💫 1mo
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britt_brooke @Cathythoughts The magnolias in our neighborhood are really popping right now! So pretty. 1mo
Leftcoastzen A reason to always adore the south ! magnolias! 1mo
CarolynM What a perfect magnolia! Beautiful 😍 1mo
Megabooks Beautiful! 1mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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The ridiculous face of a dog who is not having this walk. 😂🎧🐾

#audiowalk #dogsoflitsy

Prairiegirl_reading My dog‘s favourite thing is going for walks. Never would she miss one, sometimes I wish she would have this face lol!! Especially when it‘s -40 outside. 1mo
cinda.marie That expression is priceless 😂 1mo
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading This is the first time he‘s actually tried to refuse on me. ? Usually he loves it, but definitely prefers cooler weather. Already 89°F here this morning. We got half a mile. Better than nothing, I suppose! (edited) 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead Great face!! 😅💕 1mo
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 1mo
Tamra 😂 1mo
vlwelser 😂 💘 1mo
britt_brooke @cinda.marie So derpy! I love it! 1mo
britt_brooke @RaeLovesToRead His expressions are the best! 😂 1mo
ravenlee Did he just say, “are you sh*tting me, woman?” 😆 1mo
BethM So great! 1mo
britt_brooke @ravenlee Pretty sure! 😂 1mo
ReadingRachael Ha ha! Love it!!! 😂 1mo
Maria514626 That face is wonderful! 1mo
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Just wanted to share this adorable drawing by my 8 year old as his class wraps up this final read of the school year. 🕸🕷🐷

CoverToCoverGirl A treasure! 🤩 1mo
Leftcoastzen So cute! Love it! 1mo
vivastory This is fantastic🕸️ 1mo
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Tamra Sweet! 🕷I keep trying to convince my daughter any spider could be Charlotte, to no avail. 1mo
Sparklemn I love that he included the barn in the background. Wonderful! 1mo
Vansa This is lovely! Would serve as a perfect alternative cover to the book 😀 1mo
LeahBergen I love it! 😭 1mo
squirrelbrain Such a cute spider! 1mo
Librarybelle So adorable! 1mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “Some Pig” - and a spectacular spider! Though I‘ve always been familiar with this friendship story, I‘d never actually read the book. That changed when my second grader‘s class started reading it and the little sweetie asked me to join him. A stunningly-written, lovely story. So easy to see why it‘s beloved.

Tamra It‘s heartbreaking and affirming ❤️ 1mo
britt_brooke @Tamra That‘s the perfect description! 💚 1mo
Cinfhen Awwwww- best buddyread ever 💚 1mo
Leftcoastzen Definitely a cut above! 1mo
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Zodiac | Robert Graysmith
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It‘s fascinating how 1960s California was such a hotbed for serial murder and cult activity. By fascinating, I mean terrifying. As a Zodiac noob, I knew very little about this case other than the murders remain unsolved. Graysmith provides details, letters, decodings, patterns, and suspects. A solid true crime account. In recent years, DNA testing has been attempted, though unreported. I hope this gets solved Golden State Killer style.

Cinfhen I remember as a young child the summer of the Son of Sam whom people thought could possibly be the Zodiac Killer. It was definitely a scary time!!! Between hijackers and serial killers the late 60‘s early 70‘s were some pretty effed up times!! And yet kids had all the freedoms in the world- not sure what to make of that 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I‘m not sure what to make of that either! 1mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Is this a thoughtful musing on racial injustice or a heavy-handed, self-indulgent dose of metafiction? Both? I‘m conflicted. Parts are clever and meaningful while others are quite vexatious; the narrator, unreliable. It‘s stylistically busy, though I do appreciate how the stories converge. How this won the #NationalBookAward, idk, though. Should make for an interesting #bookclub discussion, regardless!

Cortg Hmmm. This is my book club‘s read next month. Now I‘m super curious. 1mo
britt_brooke @Cortg I‘d definitely like to hear what you think! 1mo
mrp27 I‘m reading this right now and I‘m feeling the same way. 1mo
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britt_brooke @mrp27 That makes me feel better about not loving it. 😅 1mo
Cinfhen Great review, this book hasn‘t really called to me / I think I‘ll pass😅 1mo
Amiable I‘m struggling to get through it right now as well. 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! Yeah, if not for IRL book club, I would‘ve passed. 1mo
britt_brooke @Amiable The style is just not conducive to a very good reading experience. 3 stars was probably generous. Good luck! 1mo
Cinfhen At least your bookclub is pushing you out of your “normal” reading comfort zone!! That‘s the beauty of bookclub 💚 1mo
Tamra I enjoyed the audio version. It‘s not perfect, but it‘s creative. I‘d like to read it in print to compare the experience. 1mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen So true! 1mo
britt_brooke @Tamra Creative for sure! 1mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This is why I love the afternoon car rider line … peaceful #audiobook time. I‘ve been so looking forward to this book and was stoked when my hold was available this morning. Hooray for libraries! 💃🏼

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enlightening isn‘t the right word. Bizarre. Preposterous. Horrifying. Rothschild details the inception, progression, and eventual silence of the group whose propaganda fueled the Jan 6th attack. These Trump extremists believed and pushed so much bullshit, it‘s truly incredible. I‘ll never understand how conspiracy theorists navigate their daily lives. It must be exhausting residing in that headspace.

Prairiegirl_reading It must be exhausting! 💯💯💯 all of that anger, hatred, fear. I would imagine there is never a moment of peace. 2mo
britt_brooke @Prairiegirl_reading Exactly! I‘m worn out just thinking about it. 2mo
Lauram I worked with someone who was photographed in the Capitol building on January 6th. She lost her job and her professional license for an ethics violation. I could only tell others that asked that she was really good at her job, that I cared about her, and hoped she was ok. (edited) 2mo
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Lauram I just don‘t understand how she could live with so much hate. 2mo
britt_brooke @Lauram OMG, that‘s wild! I‘ll never understand what provokes people to go to these extremes. It‘s sad. 2mo
Cinfhen Excellent review 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! ☺️ 1mo
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Just introverting, enjoying a High Noon, and learning about the delusional folks of QAnon. It‘s the perfect wind down after a hot, soccer-filled weekend.

#cheers #booksandbooze

Maria514626 @britt_brooke Oh. This looks good. Well not “good.” Have you read Strongmen? Holy moly. Stalin, Mussolini, Hitler, Franco, Putin, Trump. Traits they have in common. Their reigns. Etc. Fascinating. Horrifying. (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke @Maria514626 😂 I know exactly what you mean. I haven‘t read that one, so thank you for the rec! Will definitely stack it. 2mo
Megabooks This was a good book 👍🏻 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks It‘s bonkers, but really well done! 2mo
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Unlikely Animals | Annie Hartnett
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ “It‘s unfair how the body crumbles while the soul still lives in it.“

This was almost incredible. Clive is suffering from a brain disease that causes entertaining hallucinations. Daughter Emma returns home to help watch over him. For me, this, the animals, and school kids were enough. Rasputin and Moses were nice touches, but the healer stuff, missing person, and cemetery commentary were TOO much. This needed reining in a smidge.

vivastory I have heard mixed reviews on this. I think I'm going to need to read it & make up my own mind. Good review! 2mo
britt_brooke @vivastory Thank you! Yes, definitely read it then let me know what you think! It‘s absolutely worth checking out. 2mo
vivastory @britt_brooke I received a drawing from Hartnett after I pre-ordered the book, so if nothing else I still have that! (edited) 2mo
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britt_brooke @vivastory Oh, that‘s cool!! 🤩 2mo
Alfoster Yes! So entertaining!❤️👏 2mo
britt_brooke @Alfoster Clive was my favorite! 2mo
Alfoster Yep! That‘s cause we‘re moms!😀👍 2mo
Cinfhen EXACTLY!!! 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I so love when we agree! 😚 2mo
Cinfhen Me too!!!!! XX 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ McWhorter sets out to disprove the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis. Yeah, I had to look that up, too. In short, he disagrees that people who speak different languages have differing perceptions. He delves into such details as color distinctions, the presence/absence of tenses, numbers, groupings, time orientation, the complexity of native languages vs developed language, and so on. Insightful, but the organization was too scattered. Confusing AF.

tpixie Sounds like has great potential but needed a better editor! 2mo
britt_brooke @tpixie For sure! His other books I‘ve read didn‘t have this issue, so this was a bummer. 2mo
Cinfhen Yeah, probably not for me - great review 💚 2mo
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Ruthiella So weird. I‘m currently reading Cultish by Amanda Montell and she JUST referenced the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis on page 95! 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Def skip it! 2mo
britt_brooke @Ruthiella Shows how much I pay attention! I‘ve listened to Cultish (twice) and never caught that reference clearly enough to look further into it. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🙌🏻 2mo
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Survival of the Thickest | Michelle Buteau
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was not previously familiar with Buteau, but I‘ll 100% be watching her standup “Buteaupia” ASAP. What a funny and sharp storyteller! From her New Jersey upbringing to her foray into standup following 9/11, and much in between, we get her life and perspectives. She‘s open about infertility and the accompanying stress and heartache, so be aware if that is a topic you‘d prefer to skip. A fantastic essay collection; audio recommended!

Julsmarshall Great review! 2mo
Bookzombie Yay, great review! So happy to see her book reviewed. I enjoyed it too and her comedy special. I love her! 2mo
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Cinfhen Sounds fun 🤩 2mo
britt_brooke @Bookzombie Thank you! She‘s so funny! I can‘t believe I didn‘t know her before now. 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I think you‘d enjoy! 2mo
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Bubble | Sarah Morgan, Jordan Morris
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I picked this up because my trusted friend @JGadz11 sent me a pic of some 311 references.🤘🏼 Hell, yes! Sold. This is a clever play on gig economy. Instead of ride sharing or food delivery, the focus is an app for killing mutants that enter the “Bubble” from the outside. An entertaining story with cool artwork and likable characters, but what I loved most were the 90s pop culture references. And satire is my literary jam. A fun read!

TracyReadsBooks Have you read Crowded? Great comic about the gig economy—main character hires a bodyguard when she becomes the target of a crowd funded assassination attempt. I really enjoyed it. 2mo
britt_brooke @TracyReadsBooks No; I‘ll have to look for that one - thanks! 2mo
Cinfhen Don‘t think this is my “literary jam” 😄💚 2mo
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Young Jane Young | Gabrielle Zevin
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Picture it: Monica Lewinsky meets “The Wedding Planner.” Young intern Aviva has an affair with a much older congressmen. Everything blows up in their faces, because duh. It took a bit too long to set this story up. Aviva‘s (aka Jane‘s) new life is where it shines. She‘s a mom, event planner, and all-around star of her small town. Not a fan overall, but I adored precocious Ruby. 👉🏼 Check out Zevin‘s newest out July 5. It‘s incredible!

Hooked_on_books Glad to hear Zevin‘s upcoming book is good! I loved AJ Fikry then was disappointed with this one, so I wasn‘t sure which path she would end up taking. Now I look forward to her new one! 2mo
britt_brooke @Hooked_on_books The new one is SO good. It‘s my top read of the year so far and I doubt anything will top it! 2mo
REPollock The new book of hers is fantastic. 2mo
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britt_brooke @REPollock It‘s incredible! One of the best I‘ve read in a long time. 💚 2mo
Cinfhen I actually loved this book and AJ Firky so I‘m SUPER STOKED for her newest…and I have the ARC !!!!! 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen It‘s SO GOOD. 💚 2mo
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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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BeeMagical 🥹😍gorgeous!!🐶 2mo
britt_brooke @BeeMagical Champ says “thank you!” 💚🐾 2mo
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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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Grabbed this photo at #bookclub today. 🤩 Want to make lovely new friends as an adult? Start a book club! A friend and I started this group only knowing a couple of members, but we posted in local fb groups, and ladies showed up to the first meeting not knowing anyone. That takes courage! We‘ve now had 3 meetings, and I‘m digging our core group of 10-12. Bookish people are the BEST. 💚

slategreyskies That does take courage! This post makes me happy!! :) 2mo
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britt_brooke @LeahBergen 🥰 It makes my heart so happy! 2mo
sarahbarnes Love this!! 2mo
Cathythoughts We‘ll done ! That‘s brilliant ❤️👍🏻 2mo
Megabooks Fantastic! I‘m so happy it‘s worked out so well!! I‘d love to start one here. (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks You should!! 2mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Otsuka‘s shifting narrative style works brilliantly! Through scant details, the group of swimmers, and community atmosphere, feel genuine. And the crack. Oh, the crack. Such clever storytelling! The scope then narrows to one particular swimmer and her experiences with memory loss. The snarky, yet accurate, chapter that reads like a long-term care brochure is satire at its absolute finest. A super emotional read for me. ⬇️

britt_brooke ⬆️ My grandma is currently living through very similar circumstances as Alice. It‘s heartbreaking. And a couple of years ago, we lost my far-too-young MIL to early onset Alzheimer‘s. This book made me cry a lot, but I loved it. ❤️‍🩹 #bookclub (edited) 2mo
Cinfhen Sold!! Beautiful review ♥️ 2mo
HeatherBookNerd It is a great book. Unique and moving. 2mo
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jlhammar Great review! Loved this book. One of my favorites this year. 2mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! I hope you love it, too. 💚 2mo
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd Extremely 💚💚 2mo
britt_brooke @jlhammar Thank you! It‘s one of my top reads of the year, too. 💚 2mo
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