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kbuggle

kbuggle

Joined March 2016

reader, adventurer, explorer, @coverspydc agent, lover of coffee + goodreads.com/kbuggle + ig: @kbuggle + pangobooks.com/bookstore/kbuggle
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Grief Is for People | Sloane Crosley
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I loved this. Out in bookstores next week, a nuanced memoir about life and loss, laced with Sloane Crosley‘s sharp humor and wit.

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Come and Get It | Kiley Reid
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A character driven novel told from the view of three women in Arkansas that really captures the atmosphere of college campus dorm life. And with interesting cultural commentary throughout, as Kiley Reid does. Felt her debut was stronger than this second novel, but I like her writing.

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Thoughtful look at ski towns, how they‘ve evolved, become unaffordable for those who maintain and keep them running, and the growing barriers around who gets to enjoy snow sports and the mountains.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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A very sweet story focusing on grief, found family and new beginnings. May have been just a bit too sweet for me, but nothing against that.

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Actively trying to post in a more timely fashion what I‘m reading 🙈

I loved this book- I love tana french‘s writing- she really just places you right into the environment of a story, and it stays with me. I‘m so glad I haven‘t read through all of her dublin series so I still have them to look forward to. Am also very much looking forward to her newest release coming in March.

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My Murder | Katie Williams
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The narrator has to solve her own murder, after she‘s brought back to life through a government program. a really different take on a murder mystery #botm

ManyWordsLater That cover!! 😍😍 5mo
kbuggle @ManyWordsLater right? It‘s a good looking one! 5mo
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Lots of rich people & old money problems in Brooklyn, with a bit of an under baked storyline.

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Tell Me Lies: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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Love this series adaptation on Hulu so thought I‘d see if the novel reads the same - it does not, quite. (is this coming back for another season??🤞)

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Such good little quiet debut novel about family, loss, heartbreak, and regret.

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this short story collection I really loved. a rollercoaster of solid, devastating stories, a lot of bleak in the best of ways; Irish literature at it‘s best.

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One Woman Show: A Novel | Christine Coulson
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A really short & clever read, Coulson‘s whole novel is formed by wall labels found within a museum and ‘revolves around the life of Kitty Whitaker as she is defined by her potential for display and moved from collection to collection through multiple marriages‘

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Family Meal | Bryan Washington
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Deserving of the attention it‘s gotten this year, Family Meal is layered and tackles grief in a messy and tender way.

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Of course I listened to the this memoir narrated by Michelle Williams in one day.

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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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I love Knoll‘s novels, and this is no exception. A great shift in focus, taking the spotlight off of the infamous serial killer and putting the attention instead on the women and their voices, which are so often lost in the story and the sensationalism.

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All the yes to hopper

kspenmoll Saw his exhibit at the Whitney in NYC. Beyond fabulous! 5mo
BarbaraBB Love him too. I can look at his work for hours 5mo
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The focus really shifted back and forth between glossier and Weiss, but still- an interesting female ceo story, that could have been a long article.

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Flying Solo: A Novel | Linda Holmes
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'woman returns to her small Maine hometown, uncovering family secrets that take her on a journey of self-discovery and new love‘ easy beach reading 😎🦆

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Under the Influence | Noelle Crooks
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An easy read that really leans into all of the influencer/self-help/self-care tropes - full of fun drama.

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Little Monsters | Adrienne Brodeur
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A messy family story set on cape cod, this didn‘t live up to my expectations. know it was a hit for a lot of folks, but i was really hoping for more from these characters

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this story has a missing-person-mystery, but like Miracle Creek, it‘s more about a family looking for answers. a really great sophomore novel #botm

BarbaraBB You‘ve read a lot 😀 5mo
kbuggle @BarbaraBB 😂 i really have to try and be better about updating and posting as i go! These all caught up to me at once, hence the many many posts 🙈 5mo
BarbaraBB Many good ones 💜 5mo
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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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Groff‘s writing is always so, so good. no exception here, I loved it. Dark and bleak but also hopeful, it‘s a book about survival, and it won‘t be for everyone, but it was absolutely for me. Publish date is September 12.

SamAnne I‘m looking forward to this one! 10mo
kbuggle @SamAnne it‘s a good one! 10mo
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My Husband: A Novel | Maud Ventura
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One week of inner dialogue of a woman who is absolutely obsessed with her husband. somehow this feels like a thriller, it‘s so suspenseful, but also really darkly funny.

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two friends reconnect ten years after a teenage trip to greece to determine how their friend really died on that trip- was it murder, or an accident?

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The Light Room | Kate Zambreno
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Very precise. Moving through the seasons of the pandemic, exploring thoughts on our memories- and the next generations- will be affected by that period of disconnection.

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I had really high hopes for this. An interesting literary premise, the writing is a bit too dense. It tries too hard to be clever. Boarding school scandals and coming of age millennial teen nostalgia.

Cinfhen Definitely intriguing premise!!! Maybe a #BorrowNotBuy 11mo
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After a widow finds out her husband had been having an affair, she takes off her France to escape and obliterate her past. White Lotus vibes and complicated friendships.

Cinfhen Yup! I‘m in! 11mo
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Shipwreck mutiny murder. It‘s all in the title. Fantastic story.

Cinfhen I couldn‘t get into this one…will try again at some point because I generally like both author and narrator!!! 11mo
DavidDiamond Your review is excellent! 😂 11mo
kbuggle @DavidDiamond haha what more is there to say?? 11mo
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Everything's Fine | Cecilia Rabess
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I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on this, and I have a lot of mixed feelings. Calling it a romance feels inaccurate and limiting. The whole thing left me frustrated.

Cinfhen Agree, DEFINITELY NOT a romance but I kind of liked it. I didn‘t think it deserved all that horrible backlash. 11mo
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The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Enjoyed this more than I didn‘t, but the ending was still really lacking for me (if you‘ve read this, you may be saying what ending??) it‘s a consuming story based on nothing that I can pinpoint. We‘re told nothing about the main character and yet I still wanted to know what she‘d do next.

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The House Is on Fire | Rachel Beanland
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Historical fiction centered around a theater fire in 1811 Richmond VA, and four peoples decisions around that event. Not typically a historical fiction fan, but i enjoyed this. #botm

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My Last Innocent Year: A Novel | Daisy Alpert Florin
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This was fine.. I needed more plot.

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Sittenfeld always writes a satisfying novel. Not too rom and not too com. #botm

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The Vaster Wilds | Lauren Groff
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The bookmail gods have smiled on me today.. I SQUEALED when I saw the lauren groff - can‘t wait to dive into these!!

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A new penguin classic edition coming out in a couple months prompted me to finally read this. Like MadMen if it had focused on the women instead. Yes there‘s a movie, but read this first! Then see it🍿

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Yes yes. Get yourself some Makkai. I‘ve been a fan since MUSIC FOR WARTIME. I will read anything she writes. This has boarding school academia, mystery, murder, flawed characters, literary excellence. All the best things.

jlhammar Agreed! I thought this was so good. And Music For Wartime is such a great collection. 1y
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Small Mercies | Dennis Lehane
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Newest Lehane is set in Southie during the school desegregation busing of the 70s. He always gets the Boston elements right, even the ugly ones, and there are plenty of ugly characters here. There‘s plenty of action packed in. I‘m sure this will end up being a film at some point.

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Memoir-esque, written by a guard at the Met, who takes the job after losing his brother, realizing he wanted to be surrounded with beauty, because life is short. Bringley is such a lovely writer!

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Twisty! An easy horror read; nothing groundbreaking but a good ride.

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A very real memoir of a career in restaurants. Loud and fun in the best of ways on audio.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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I‘ll read anything Ng writes because she is a master of words.

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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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A story of relationships set during the troubles of Northern Ireland. Great literary fiction- it‘s tender and I enjoyed it more than I expected to.

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A short memoir and ode to a friend lost to violence- so well written.

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Whereabouts | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Lyrical and flowing, not so much about the plot as the prose.

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I‘m not sure if I liked this or not. I‘m conflicted- but it‘s gotten a lot of love from a lot of places! #botm

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Okay this is really light but I enjoyed it so much and flew through it.. exactly what I needed. Would love to read something in the same vein; if you‘ve read this and have any comparison recommendations, send them my way!

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The Woman in the Library | Sulari Gentill
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Containing a book within a book, this story has unreliable characters and narrators- if you‘re into that, you may enjoy this.
With Boston serving as it‘s backdrop, that‘s what drew me in.. and probably the bigger reason why I stayed. This was a solid ‘ok‘ from me.

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My Travels with Mrs. Kennedy | Clint Hill, Lisa McCubbin Hill
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An interesting collection of personal photos and memories from the time Clint Hill spent on the flotus detail.

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Butts: A Backstory | Heather Radke
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This book comes out tomorrow, and although the cover and premise brought me in, this is such a great nonfiction work on the social history of butts. I really enjoyed this!

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Butts: A Backstory | Heather Radke
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Finally starting this one today.. been staring at this perfect cover for a few months 🍑😂

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