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And in other great book news…I got this on #NewReleaseTuesday from the library!! New PRK = great day 👍🏻🎧

Cinfhen Ohhhh, NICE!!! Very exciting 6h
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s up after I finish the Waxman I think!!! 🤔 (edited) 5h
jlhammar Can‘t wait to read this one! 2h
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My #botm July choices!

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 9h
Megabooks @Cinfhen finally a good month! 9h
JamieArc If I weren‘t in a bit of a reading slump those would have been my exact 3 choices. Instead, I went with just Tomorrow x3 and put the other 2 on my TBR, awaiting others‘ reviews. 8h
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Kimberlone I also picked Upgrade and Tomorrow! 5h
Megabooks @JamieArc great minds! Sorry you‘re in a slump, but I hope you‘re enjoying your new house! I probably shouldn‘t have filled my box because I am way ahead in reading material but BOTM is addictive. 😏 5h
Megabooks @Kimberlone yay! They were two I‘d get even if they weren‘t BOTM choices! 5h
Kimberlone @Megabooks same, but glad they were included this month! 5h
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Wow! Each of her books are so distinct from each other and from what anyone else (I‘ve read) is doing right now. 5⭐️ contender for best of the year!

Welcome to Lapvona, a medieval village with a loser lord that faces drought and famine in the chronicled year. The main MC is Marek, a disabled bastard son of a shepherd that unwittingly gets caught up in palace politics. I 💜 the blind 100 year old healer. These are characters I won‘t soon forget!

squirrelbrain Wow! That‘s some review… stacked! 20h
Cinfhen Do u think this would work well in audio format?? 20h
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I have read all of her other books on audio, and they have worked great, but Moshfegh herself narrates the audiobook, and you know how I feel about authors narrating their own fiction. #RunOnSentence! 🤣 anyway, I couldn‘t preview it, so I preordered the print instead of audio. Her stories generally lend themselves well to audio, though. 19h
Cinfhen I‘ll give it a try on audio, thanks♥️ 18h
BarbaraBB Medieval? I‘m thinking immediately of this one, that you loved and I didn‘t 12h
sarahbarnes This just came in for me at the library! Can‘t wait to read it. Great review! 12h
Megabooks @BarbaraBB you may hate me, but I‘m not sure Matrix was a good book to read in translation because so much of it was about showcasing Groff‘s writing style. Matrix had very little plot. Lapvona definitely has more plot and has that special weirdness that Moshfegh brings to a book. Everyone in her world is slightly askew. Both are excellent but I saw a lot of differences. I‘m not sure if you will, but I know you and I both dig weird so maybe?? 11h
Megabooks @sarahbarnes enjoy!! 👍🏻👍🏻💜 11h
BarbaraBB You can surely be right about the translation (which I almost never do so, why did I just that time?) and I definitely will read this one! 😘 8h
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘m putting the Kawakami short story in the mail to you next time I go to the post office. 💜 I think you‘ll love it! it is small and will fit in a greeting card, but I‘ll have to see about an additional stamp or two. Anyway, expect that at some point in July. 😘 5h
BarbaraBB That is so kind, thank you so much!! 😘😘 5h
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I read this the day that Roe v Wade was overturned, and it helped bolster my opinion that women will find a way.

Sioux Falls in late 19th c was a haven for women seeking divorce. Most states‘ laws were narrow in scope, but in the Dakotas, a woman only needed a short residency and had more grounds to choose from than back East. However men were terribly afraid for women‘s morality 🙄 and some wanted to require an act of Congress to get a divorce!

Cinfhen Ive ALWAYS LOVED your optimism!!! 22h
Megabooks @Cinfhen we may have temporarily lost this battle but the war is not over! Sometimes my hope comes in handy even if it is laced with fear. 21h
Cinfhen So true xxx 20h
Cathythoughts Women will find a way ! Absolutely agree 👍🏻♥️we are warriors. (edited) 11h
Megabooks @Cathythoughts 💯💯💯 it may end up being like what I‘ve heard happened in Ireland. The high profile death of the dentist who couldn‘t get a medically necessary abortion and died of sepsis?? Am I remembering that correctly? I know a similar tragedy will probably happen many times over here before one is high profile enough to cause large scale change. I weep for the young people who will live in a post-Roe world. 😢 4h
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Harlem Shuffle: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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I went into this #LPMBC #GroupB choice with very low expectations. I had already bailed on the audiobook, but I was very pleasantly surprised to love it in print! Ray Carney is just the kind of morally ambiguous character I like, and Whitehead‘s descriptive writing just added to the fun. Definitely a pick! #botm

marleed I first experienced this an audio and was sort of meh on it. Then it was the a bookclub pick with my host super excited about it. I didn‘t want to be a bookclub-pooper so I watched a couple author interviews and reread it. I really liked it the second time through! 1d
marleed Oh I heard him respond he is going back to Harlem from the personification one of the other characters. I forget which one, Pepper maybe. 1d
Megabooks @marleed Pepper was my favorite character, so that‘s quite exciting! Funny how some books work better in each medium. 1d
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 14h
thebluestocking Yay!!! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 💙 9h
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Very excited for the week ahead! End of the month, so I‘m trying to rack up a couple of #BookspinBingos with Chandelier and Nightshift. I just finished Harlem Shuffle and was surprised how much I enjoyed it!!

I finally want to get to Hurricane Girl and Nightcrawling, and I‘m excited to have the Hilderbrand from the library for something light. I‘m afraid the Misfire about the NRA is going to piss me off.

Have a good week y‘all! #WeeklyForecast

Megabooks And I‘m only three reviews and 10 pages in IJ behind!! 🤣🤪 2d
Cinfhen I almost bought the Hildebrand just now, but I saw a bunch of meh reviews, so I‘m also hoping to #BorrowNotBuy 🙌🏻❣️Exciting titles ahead😍 2d
squirrelbrain Glad you enjoyed Harlem Shuffle! Have a great week! 😘 2d
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JamieArc I had pretty low expectations so I was surprised too that I liked HS more than I thought I would. 2d
Lindy I‘ve got that Kawakami short story too, a freebie from indie bookstore day. Took it with me on my recent holiday… didn‘t read it. 2d
BarbaraBB Another Kawakami??! 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB like @Lindy this is one I picked up on independent bookstore day. It was one of the reasons I definitely wanted to get out that day! 1d
Megabooks @Lindy are you still having trouble reading because of your concussion? 1d
Megabooks @JamieArc yeah, I‘m glad it ended up working out for us! 1d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! You too, Helen! 1d
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, Hilderbrand has had a couple of misses for me, so I‘m glad I got it so quickly from the library AND this just came!! 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 1d
Cinfhen Britt loved the new Waxman 💗 @Megabooks @britt_brooke I‘m excited for that one too 👆🏽 (edited) 1d
Cinfhen I‘m looking forward to this one 22h
Lindy @Megabooks I‘m still having vision problems (and improving incrementally) but they aren‘t preventing me from reading, except for books with very small or low-contrast font. I will have an easier time with the Kawakami booklet if I wait until my vision is even better. 22h
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘m enjoying both the Waxman and Nightcrawling immensely! 21h
Megabooks @Lindy I‘m glad to hear you‘re improving even if it is slow. 💜 The type in the Kawakami is definitely small. 21h
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela Klawitter
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Moshfegh is an incredible writer, and Lapvona is an immersive world that I couldn‘t put it down. I stayed up until 2 AM Saturday to finish. Every print book I read this week was awesome, but special shout outs to The Displacements and Tracy Flick. Highly recommend both!

On the audiobook side, I‘d recommend Cabin Fever to everyone. Top notch narrative NF!! Let‘s Not and It All Comes were my favorite fiction audiobooks. #BookReport

Cinfhen Whoa!!! What a FANTASTIC week 🙌🏻❣️ 2d
Megabooks @Cinfhen it‘s the most I‘ve read in a long time!! 2d
BarbaraBB I can‘t keep up with all your recommendations! Such a fab reading week! 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB you MUST read Lapvona!! And thank you. 😘😘 2d
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More exciting #CampLitsy news: here is our July schedule! I‘ll be your main camp leader for July. 😁🏕

July 2: Break! Celebrate if you‘re American or just catch up on other books and enjoy the camp amenities.
July 9: You Made a Fool of Death With Your Beauty through chapter 11.
July 16: Finish YMAFODWYB
July 23: This Time Tomorrow first half. Page break TBD
July 30: Finish This Time Tomorrow

Looking forward to more great discussions!

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jlhammar Thanks, Meg! Looking forward to it. 2d
Ruthiella Can‘t wait to sit around the campfire with you and discuss! 2d
batsy Thanks for the schedule. Looking forward! 🏕️📚 2d
squirrelbrain Can‘t wait! Looking forward to another month of #camplitsy! 2d
Cathythoughts Thanks Meg ! Exciting 👍🏻❤️ 2d
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2d
BkClubCare “… enjoy the camp amenities.” 🏕 🤣 2d
Soubhiville Thank you Meg! I‘m looking forward to it! 2d
vivastory Thanks for tagging! I've been a terrible camper. I have yet to read the first 2 books (How High We Go & True Biz) Will try to use the break to catch up bc I have really wanted to join in with your brilliant discussions! 2d
MicheleinPhilly Can someone please direct me to the pool? 🥵 2d
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly we just got out of the high 90s with a thunderstorm this morning. So yes, we definitely need a pool AND one in the dog park, too. 😉 2d
Megabooks @BkClubCare it is a lovely camp with a large library and AC! 😁 2d
Megabooks @vivastory thanks Scott! We‘d love to have your insights in July! 2d
Megabooks @jlhammar @Ruthiella @batsy @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts @TrishB @Soubhiville I‘m really looking forward to having more great discussions in July! Thank you each for your participation and making camp such a fun and insightful place! 2d
Megabooks @LitsyEvents can you please repost this? Thank you! 2d
Kdgordon88 Thanks, Meg! Looking forward to our July books. 2d
Laughterhp Just got this one out from the library! 2d
KarenUK Just started them both! Hoping to keep up this month! 2d
BarbaraBB Wonderful Meg, I am extremely looking forward to both and to discuss them around our campfire 🔥 2d
Cinfhen Yay for our new camp director!! I‘ve read both books and im looking forward to discussion xxx 2d
Megabooks @Kdgordon88 @Laughterhp @KarenUK @Cinfhen really looking forward to having you all at camp again in July! 🏕👍🏻 2d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks fellow counselor! 💜 and sorry I effed up your beautiful graphic! I realized late last night that I hadn‘t thought about a graphic for the schedule reminder, so I just went rogue and made my own. 😬 2d
Sparklemn S'mores please 2d
BarbaraBB I didn‘t even notice 😘 2d
Megabooks @Sparklemn I‘ll bring the marshmallows! (With all the camp stuff, I put them on the grocery list and didn‘t realize they‘d substituted the jumbo size bag, so I have marshmallows for days!!) 🤣🤣 2d
Suet624 Yippee. Can‘t wait. 2d
Megabooks @Suet624 same 👍🏻🏕 2d
Kitta I‘m glad there‘s a break I‘m behind and still reading true biz! 8h
Megabooks @Kitta great! I‘m glad you have time to catch up and that you‘ll be joining us in July! 5h
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I went in with very low expectations and ended up really enjoying this. I still wish she‘d go back to historical fiction, but her second try at contemporary is much improved!

When Marti dies, her will stipulates her daughters sell her vacation house in Maine and split the proceeds, but oldest Beck moves in and doesn‘t want to sell. Meanwhile Claire is living through a divorce after a surprise revelation. Youngest Sophie is in deep money trouble.

Cinfhen I listened to an #AudioARC of this one ☝🏼 I thought it was good but not so memorable 8 weeks later 🤪 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, I‘ve really been enjoying books about family dynamics this summer, but I‘m pretty sure most will have run together by October. We‘ll see… 2d
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This book was so true to a worst case scenario for a family escaping the first Category 6 hurricane that I had to put it down and catch my breath a few times!

Hurricane Luna makes a turn and heads straight for Miami. Daphne flees with three kids, unable to meet her husband in time. Her purse was left behind with all her cards, phone, and money. Forced into a megashelter in OK, she must try to survive where conmen and drug dealers lurk. Out 7/5/22

Megabooks Thank you to @RiverheadBooks for this gifted copy. It was perfect timing that the day I started reading a storm blew a large branch onto my neighbor‘s roof! 4d
Cinfhen #stacked even though I did not care for 3d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I liked TGS but I loved this so 🤞🏻 you feel the same. 3d
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Tracy Flick Can't Win | Tom Perrotta
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A fitting continuation of a favorite character‘s story. Perrotta knocks this sequel to Election out of the park!

Life hasn‘t gone as expected for Tracy Flick, and, like many of us in early middle age, she‘s taking stock of her history and life choices. The principal of her school is retiring. Having been his #2 for years, she is the obvious choice to replace him. However, school politics may once again interfere with Tracy‘s plans.

KristiAhlers This is one of my bookspin choices for next month 4d
Cinfhen I think I‘m gonna need to add this one to my TBR 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻😁😘 4d
britt_brooke Can‘t wait to read this! I‘ll be wrapping up Election this evening. 3d
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The Younger Wife | Sally Hepworth
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The first half read more contemporary than suspense. When the suspense was added, it was pretty good, but the ending was rushed to the point of being nonsensical.

Steven‘s wife has dementia and is in a care home, but he has found love again with Heather, an interior designer who is the same age as his adult daughters. Tully and Rachel are not pleased their dad is divorcing mum to be with Heather. But does Steven have an even darker side?

Cinfhen Potential #BorrowNotBuy - but I really HATE nonsensical 😤 4d
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, it was just really bizarre…left me with some questions not in a good way. 4d
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Cabin Fever | Michael Bray
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Remember all the confusion of March 2020 before most of us knew the extent of the pandemic? Well, mid-March a group of people set sail around South America betting their cruise ship would outrun Covid. Spoiler alert: it didn‘t. This is the story about how cruising on the Zaandam became a deadly nightmare for both passengers and crew.

This is my favorite narrative nonfiction of the year so far. Highly recommend!

EvieBee This sounds great! 5d
GinaKButler My mother-in-law was stranded on the Coral Princess in South America at the beginning of Covid. Scary times and so glad we got her back safe! 5d
britt_brooke Definitely reading this! #stacked 5d
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LeahBergen Eek! I need this. 👍 5d
Sparklemn Sounds fascinating! 5d
Cinfhen #Stacked!!!!!!! I hope I‘m ready to re-live those early days of Covid 5d
Megabooks @EvieBee it was!! 5d
Megabooks @GinaKButler how terrifying for her and your family! I‘m glad she survived. 5d
Megabooks @britt_brooke @Cinfhen you‘ll both enjoy this! It just released Tuesday, so hopefully it will be available widely soon. 👍🏻 5d
Megabooks @LeahBergen @Sparklemn it was equal parts fascinating and scary! Really fantastic writing. 5d
batsy Oh yes! I've had my eye on this. 5d
Megabooks @batsy 👍🏻👍🏻😁 enjoy! 4d
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This political comedy gave me the giggles and worked great on audio!

Longtime NYC Congresswoman Nancy‘s rebellious daughter threw a wrench into her Senate campaign. Greta was caught throwing a bottle at a protest while mugging for the camera. Her brother thinks he‘s retired from being their mom‘s #2, but she calls in a favor and asks him to find Greta in Paris. Meanwhile her newbie campaign manager tries to deal with the fallout.

Cinfhen Sounds fun!! 5d
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was! 5d
CarolynM Stacked🙂 5d
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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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Look what arrived this afternoon!! #NewReleaseTuesday 🤩🐑

LeahBergen Ooo, can‘t wait for your review! 7d
BarbaraBB You‘ve got it! Please read it immediately 🤣 I want to know what you think! 7d
Megabooks @LeahBergen @BarbaraBB I‘ve got to get through Tracy Flick and Harlem Shuffle first, but after that I‘m footloose and fancy free to choose another book! 6d
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB it called to me this morning! I‘ve read about 100 pages and it is really good so far!!!! 5d
BarbaraBB That is such good news!! 5d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB just finished…5⭐️!!!! 4d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Really??? Wow. I‘m off looking for your review! 3d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB I‘ll likely write it tomorrow and tag you! 😘😘 3d
vivastory I'm waiting for my signed edition to arrive 🙌 3d
Megabooks @vivastory lucky duck! Enjoy! I started the new Sager on audio tonight. I don‘t love Bernadette Dunn at the narrator, but the plot is enjoyable so far! 3d
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The Lost Summers of Newport: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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Not enough character development in this fun summer novel by three top authors, but the interesting plot kept my ears engaged. The narrators were 🤩

In 1899, Ellen is hired to teach a Newport, RI socialite to sing arias to capture a prince. In 1957, Lucky is caught in a loveless marriage in the same mansion but may find escape with a handsome historian. In 2019, Andie is hosting an HGTV show looking into the secrets of the mansion and its owners.

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How Strange a Season: Fiction | Megan Mayhew Bergman
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Megan continues to impress me with her story collections! She deftly explores themes of environmentalism, race, & gender. She chooses strong female MCs that I connect with.

The novella Indigo Run is a fascinating a look at class dynamics on a plantation in early 20th c SC. She writes about token environmentalism in a story about invasive lion fish. In Peaches 1979, she writes with wry humor about a family that can‘t get along on a failing farm.

BarbaraBB Great review! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thank you! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB btw, I sent you a package in the mail about 2 weeks ago. I may have screwed up the customs form, so 🤞🏻🤞🏻 it gets there. Anyway, lmk. 💜💜💜 7d
BarbaraBB @Megabooks How sweet of you! I‘ll let you know 🤞🏽😘 7d
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Wow! I just got the most wonderful care package from my fellow #CampLitsy counselor! Thank you so much Helen! 💜🐿 Molly already loves the squeaky toy from Henry, and I can‘t wait to try the beauty masks. I‘m sending a video of Molly with the toy to your email. 🐶😘

squirrelbrain You‘re more than welcome Meg! I look forward to seeing the video of Molly! 🐶 🐿😘 1w
BarbaraBB Wow, such a sweet gift. Helen is such a great friend! 🤍 1w
TrishB Lovely ♥️ 1w
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain I hope you got them this morning! Molly is obsessed with Pippa the squirrel! I had to give her a British sounding name. 😉 (She has Harry the Elephant and Fred the ball as far as other creatively named toys. 🤣🤣) (edited) 1w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB she truly is!! 1w
Megabooks @TrishB yes definitely 💜 1w
squirrelbrain Morning Meg! Yes, I did get the videos thank you - so cute! I‘m going to write back shortly… and Pippa is such a cute name! 1w
Cinfhen That‘s SO SWEET @squirrelbrain I LOVE the name Pippa 🫶🏼Just wanted to let you know E has arrived and he has the gift but won‘t let me have it until my bday 🙃 Thanks so much!! Now I have two gifts one from Helen too that I‘m itching to open but waiting because it‘s more fun to open on your bday (edited) 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain so glad you enjoyed the videos!! I will write back soon. I was a bit stymied today by some anesthesia for a procedure on my toe. I always have a terrible reaction to lidocaine, but the alternative for minor surgery isn‘t fun either! This is a new doctor and I keep trying to make him understand I need 1/3 to 1/2 of what other people do! Sigh. 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen wasn‘t it wonderful? Molly loves Pippa! So glad my gift is there! Everything is wrapped if you want to open the outside or you can wait. Be cautious cutting into the bubble wrap though. See what I said to Helen ⬆️. I intended to send emails this evening, but I ended up passed out with lidocaine after effects. I just hate having to negotiate that with a new provider. Now I‘m awake but have the creepy crawlies. 👎🏻👎🏻⬇️ 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen I have three hours of therapy with dad in Evansville tomorrow and one hour I‘m going to head over to do my vagus nerve therapy in the next town. It hit me really hard over the weekend with unrelenting leg pain. (I think I mentioned that.) I hope I didn‘t make the wrong decision doing very new treatment for it, but in for a Penny as they say. Also this new release audiobook is awesome if you can find it on scribd!! 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen just realized I did a lot of complaining. Sorry. 😕 7d
squirrelbrain Ugh, why do doctors never listen. Hope you‘re feeling better soon. 7d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain idk! But I‘m feeling better today. Just tired from taking dad to therapy for three hours an hour drive each way! 6d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m not sure how it works with the NHS, but in the American healthcare system, many doctors and hospitals have left small towns and not been replaced or been replaced by nurses with extra training (Nurse Practitioners or NPs). My GP doctor retired last year and now my main healthcare provider is an NP. And all my doctors are in Indiana now about 30 min-1 hour away. Same with dad. So we waste a lot of time each week in travel. 👎🏻 6d
squirrelbrain We do have NPs in GP practices - they can issue prescriptions etc. In the NHS you register with a GP practice and then they refer you on to the nearest (or maybe not so near if specialist) hospital if needed. 6d
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I think not controlling where you‘re sent for for regular or specialty care scares a lot of Americans. But I think few people think about the choices we are forced to make about where they receive care based on what insurance will allow. I think your system, while it has drawbacks, is better overall than ours. Plus it is A LOT less costly. (edited) 5d
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Interpreter of Maladies | Jhumpa Lahiri
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Well, I forgot I had already read this book when my #LPMBC #GroupC chose this short story collection. I love Lahiri. I love everything I‘ve read by her, and this #reread is no exception. So glad I got to share it with these wonderful folks. Highly recommend if you‘re looking for a short story collection that explores the themes of immigration, assimilation, and marriage/fidelity. Very glad you‘re teaching this to high schoolers @Readergrrl !

Readergrrl @Megabooks IOM is one of my favorites and I find I easy to use with my students as an entire collection or use individual chapters. I‘m so glad you enjoyed it as reread!! 1w
BarbaraBB I read this so long ago I remember nothing about it. 1w
Megabooks @Readergrrl very true! And since I only read dead white men in high school, I appreciate a teacher that shares work by living women of color. I hope my high school‘s current teachers have caught up 25 years later. (I mean not even Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison for crying out loud!!) 1w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB once I started reading them, they were very familiar. I think I read it around 2012. 1w
Megabooks Forgot to tag you @Cinfhen 1w
Cinfhen I read this book with Niki when she read it for HS English 11th grade so that was probably 12 years ago ( give or take) 1w
BarbaraBB I checked and read it in 2002. I think I wasn‘t really ready for Lahiri back then and should maybe reread it too. 1w
TheBookHippie I love this one too! It‘s been awhile since I‘ve read it! 1w
CarolynM Such a good book! 7d
Megabooks @Cinfhen such a great book for high schoolers to read! 7d
Megabooks @BarbaraBB it‘s worth a reread. Of course I always enjoy short story collection rereads! 7d
Megabooks @TheBookHippie it‘s just fantastic! 7d
Megabooks @CarolynM agreed! 👍🏻 7d
Megabooks And this was my #doublespin! Forgot to tag you @TheAromaofBooks 1d
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 14h
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Enjoyed my #reread of this for #CampLitsy! The information about ASL and Deaf culture was so necessary. I‘d recommend it to anyone just for that. Plus, I simply liked these characters and this setting. They felt familiar to me in a very comforting way. The only drawback was that the book just ends without much resolution. Looking forward to our discussion!

squirrelbrain Pretty much my thoughts on this book too! I‘m also looking forward to our further discussions at the weekend. 1w
BarbaraBB You‘re absolutely right that it‘s a book that deserves to be read! 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain same! I think we‘ll have a good conversation! 1w
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB for sure! I found it very educational with a plot that kept me interested, even if parts were a bit YA. I see what people are saying about lack of character development, but sometimes I enjoy a book with characters that are simply likable. 1w
Megabooks Forgot here too @Cinfhen 😘😘 Crazy day and my haircut wasn‘t even right!! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1w
Cinfhen Agreed!! Book is worth reading just for all the information shared by the author about ASL & deaf culture. Sorry I missed the discussion on Saturday @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain 1w
BarbaraBB That is absolutely true, about characters just being likable. The subject itself didn‘t need to be distracted by complicated characters! @Cinfhen no apologies needed, we all know you‘ve been very busy and yet found time to do an awesome job with #Summerheat 🤍 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much @BarbaraBB BUT you get all the credit for #SummerHeat xxxx 1w
Cinfhen I‘m sure your hair looks great, Meg but I know that feeling when nothing seems right or goes smoothly 😕 1w
squirrelbrain No worries @Cinfhen - I‘m sorry too that I missed your #summerheat discussions on Sunday. We were camping and lots of people wanted to talk to Henry so I just didn‘t get the chance! @BarbaraBB 1w
Kimberlone Agreed about the end! 1w
Cathythoughts Nice review.. I‘m nearly finished, I agree there is a lovely familiarity about the characters. Well put 👍🏻 (edited) 1w
BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain That sounds like the best excuse 🥰 1w
1001BooksPodcast Yes! I finished this yesterday and loved it! But I‘m dying to know how it turned out for the characters. Im invested! 1w
Megabooks @1001BooksPodcast yes! I hate that it just ended!! 7d
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Keri went from being a nationally ranked pairs skater and Ivy League student to heroin addict/dealer and felon. This is better than a typical addiction or prison memoir, though. While she digs deeply into her own memories and experiences, she also shares stories and insights from her years as a prison and death penalty beat reporter for two newspapers. Recommended!

squirrelbrain Sounds fascinating- stacked! 1w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain it was really interesting, and I‘m sure prison in the UK is quite different than here, too. 1w
Cinfhen Oh wow!!!! You had me at pairs skater!!!!!! #STACKED 1w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I thought you‘d like this!! 1w
Chelsea.Poole Stacked!! 6d
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole you‘ll like it!! 6d
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This book was fairly tedious but not entirely unenjoyable. (I‘m really selling you on it, right? 😂) It WAS entirely too long, though.

Sally is obsessed with her sister, Kathy, and her sister‘s boyfriend, Billy. When the unimaginable happens, Sally and Billy are left to pick up the pieces. The book follows their strange, codependent bond through the years.

Cinfhen I started it on audio and I wasn‘t feeling it / glad I bailed early 😁 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, apparently this is the time of mediocre 12 hour audiobooks because this wasn‘t as good I‘d hoped, but I just finished and am still thinking about it. 1w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Well, the one thing I‘m fairly certain of on this #WeeklyForecast is the print books (rectangles). I want to finish Displacements, Maladies, Shuffle, and Tracy Flick in June.

However, I have been reading a lot more audiobooks than print this month, and I can‘t stop checking out library books even though I have great ones like Nuclear Family and Hurricane Girl that I‘ve recently bought with Audible credits. So audio (square titles) are 💯 in flux!

Cinfhen SO MANY AWESOME OPTIONS 😁 1w
BarbaraBB What Cindy says 🥰 1w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I‘m enjoying the ones I‘ve started but I‘ve already gone off track!! 😂😂 I had to read another short story collection! 1w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela A Klawitter
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Well, I‘m a bit behind on reviews. Everything in the right column hasn‘t been reviewed. Fire Island and Ink were my only NF reads this week. I‘m just not enjoying NF as much as I used to. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#HorrorWeekend featuring Keep, Hide, and Pictures was a fantastic dip into genre fiction, which I should read more of. I always enjoy it more than I think I will.

Maggie O‘Farrell‘s debut was stunning. I should read her whole backlist! #BookReport

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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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Some days are great. Some days are a struggle. But I‘m halfway done!

BarbaraBB You‘re doing fantastic! And going fast as well 👌🏽 2w
RaeLovesToRead I'm hoping to start soon! 😊 2w
squirrelbrain Yay! 🎉 2w
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Daisey You‘ve got this! 2w
Ruthiella 👏👏👏 Well done! 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @Daisey @Ruthiella thanks y‘all!! I‘m happy to have made it this far! 2w
Megabooks @RaeLovesToRead so interested to see what you think! 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 2w
britt_brooke 🎉 1w
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After You'd Gone | Maggie O'Farrell
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All the elements that have made O‘Farrell a powerhouse writer were there in her impressive 2000 debut. This was a fantastic used book find!

Told in non-linear segments, the story of Alice‘s attempted suicide is heartbreaking and lyrical. O‘Farrell slowly reveals more about Alice, her impulsivity and passion, the family that cares about her, and the deeply painful event behind it. Grab your tissues!

Midday naps with Molly!

squirrelbrain Aw Molly! I have this book on my physical TBR shelf…. Must get to it soon. (Along with every other book I own!) 2w
SRWCF Molly's got the right idea! 2w
sarahbarnes 😍😍 I will have to add this to my list! 2w
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Cinfhen Molly is wiped out 🙃sweet pup 2w
BarbaraBB I have this one on my shelves. Will read it soon! 2w
Leftcoastzen 🐶cuteness! 2w
Gissy Someone is tired, taking a nap! 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB @MicheleinPhilly we all have TBR for days y‘all! I hope you enjoy it when you get to it! 2w
Megabooks @SRWCF @Cinfhen @Leftcoastzen @Gissy thanks y‘all! I‘m rather partial to my sweet girl! 💜💜 2w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I think you‘d enjoy it! 👍🏻 2w
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Check the title of the tagged book ⬆️ 🤦🏻‍♀️

It‘s the truth because I got three Amazon 3 for 2 deals plus there was a good coupon on Nightcrawling. This is it though. No more new print books, except for one preorder, until Prime Day at least, but really this should be enough for the whole summer! I really do lack self control! 😂😂 #HopelessBookAddict

(Is there an emoji for crossing your fingers behind your back?? 😜)

AmyG If it makes you feel any better, alot of us have no self-control either. 🤣 2w
BkClubCare 🤩👏🙌🤓 2w
squirrelbrain I believe you! 🤣 Some great books there! 2w
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Cinfhen Well done!! And I LOVE your caveat “At least not until Prime Day” 2w
Cinfhen And, If it makes you feel better, I ordered 6 books!! 2w
Kristin_Reads I just said the same thing to myself… just placed an order for six more 🤭 2w
jlhammar Well, you had to take advantage of the deal! That‘s a good looking bunch of new books. Look forward to your reviews! 2w
AmyK1 I ordered 3 and I‘m blaming you because I wouldn‘t have known if you hadn‘t posted 😂😂 2w
Chelsea.Poole But they look sooo pretty 📕📙📗📘 2w
marleed Haha. But thank you for noting this sale the other day. I ordered 3 hardbacks (Honor was one of them!). And I texted an IRL bookclub friend and she ordered 6 books. We are doing our part for print books though!! 2w
Megabooks @AmyG @Cinfhen @Kristin_Reads @AmyK1 @marleed I am glad to be in such esteemed book-buying company! Littens are the best! 2w
Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole they do! I‘m more a fan of blue and purple, but the red/orange/pink ones look nice, too! 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar thank you‘ I 💯💯 did! I‘m looking forward to each of them. 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen prime day is ALWAYS the death of me for many deals! 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thanks! I‘m excited to read them! (edited) 2w
Megabooks @BkClubCare 😁😁👍🏻👍🏻 2w
janeycanuck Oh man, I‘m several books in the hole in my 2-out-1-in “strategy” but I so desperately want to buy Nightcrawling… 1w
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The River | Peter Heller
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I was looking for a book featuring the great outdoors and found it with this nature-set thriller about two young men who find too much adventure in the wilderness.

Jack and Wynn bonded over a love of nature and novels. One summer, they head up to Canada in a canoe. After spotting a wildfire, they attempt to warn other trekkers and find a disheveled man wandering after getting to a spat with his wife. But something about his story doesn‘t add up.

Bookwormjillk I liked this book and the sequel a lot. 2w
Cinfhen This was ok for me but I have a feeling it was more ME than the book. 2w
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk I didn‘t know there was a sequel! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I can get that 👍🏻 2w
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Hide | Kiersten White
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This 💯💯💯 scratched my horror itch! Great creep and a bit of gore, this was an engrossing, quick #audiobook with some fun twists!

Mac has been invited to a competition in a run down amusement park. She and thirteen other contestants must hide while the sun is up and seekers will eliminate two contestants each day. The final player standing gets $50k. As the contestants meet, alliances form, but maybe there‘s more at play than a simple game. 🤔

JamieArc Have you read FantasticLand? I‘ve heard it‘s an excellent audiobook, and sounds similar. (edited) 2w
Mel Really enjoyed this one too - a great summer read!! 2w
vivastory This sounds fantastic! I will definitely be requesting it from the library! After I saw that you were reading it this weekend it reminded me of a movie that I have been meaning to watch & I really enjoyed it! Ready or Not, it's fairly new. 2w
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vivastory @JamieArc I'm currently reading Fantastic Land. Although I'm having to suspend my disbelief in parts it's great gory summer fun! 2w
Cinfhen Oh, this sounds GREAT!!! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was really fun! 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc @vivastory I‘ve stacked it after Scott‘s review! 2w
Megabooks @Mel agreed! Perfect for summer. 2w
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Not sure if anyone‘s posted about this yet, but Amazon‘s running 3 for 2 right now, so I bought some from my wishlist. 🤫👍🏻

actualdisneyprincess I started “A Very Nice Girl” and didn‘t get more than five pages in, I hated the way it was written. 😬 Let me know if it‘s worth a second chance! 💖 2w
JenReadsAlot Oh thanks! I'm going shopping when I get home from work! 2w
JamieArc I recently purchased the new Shipstead book. Who knows when I‘ll actually get to it, but I‘ll be curious to see your thoughts. I‘m assuming you‘ve received Harlem Shuffle by now, right? 2w
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squirrelbrain I see the #camplitsy longlist influence in there! 2w
Cinfhen Yup , I saw! I‘ve already placed one order getting ready to place another 😉 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I knew you‘d be on it!! 😘😘 I‘ll write you back soon. My aunt and uncle just left. I hope n and a arrive safely!! 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain 💯💯💯 it‘s a great list! 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc I did get HS. Did it not have a dust jacket? I‘m excited for the Shipstead as well, but don‘t know when I‘ll get to it either! Fantastic cover! 2w
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot yay!! 🥳🥳 2w
JamieArc @Megabooks Whoops - I meant to send a note saying that it did not have its dust jacket when I received it. 2w
Megabooks @JamieArc 👍🏻👍🏻 just wondering! 2w
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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This is a truly horrible picture of us, but Parnassus was wonderful about accommodating my dad‘s disability and so was David Sedaris.

They saved front row end seats, so he could get in and out easily. I was three seats down from Ann!! 🤩🤩 And David signs disabled people‘s books first so between my cast and dad‘s cane, we went right up! I‘ll share our personalized autographs and what we talked about tomorrow. It was a great night!!

Ruthiella What a wonderful experience! 😃 2w
Cinfhen Yay!!!! Such a fabulous photo!! Sounds like an AMAZING NIGHT!!!! Did you fangirl over Ann?!!?? Squeeeeeeeeeeeeee, I‘m SO happy for you 😘😘😘 (edited) 2w
QuietlyLaura I think it‘s a great photo! ☺️💕 2w
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mrp27 Aww what a great photo! 2w
LeahBergen Love it! ❤️👏❤️ 2w
TrishB That‘s brilliant ❤️ 2w
CarolynM It‘s a lovely photo😍 and 3 seats from Ann💞💞💞 2w
Centique Oh wow! That‘s a gorgeous smiley photo! I‘m so glad you both had a great time 💕 2w
Chelsea.Poole Oh wow! What a fab evening!! Lovely smiles 😊😊 2w
batsy This is lovely ❤️❤️ 2w
Cathythoughts Great photo! Happy days ♥️ 2w
Librarybelle Sounds like a wonderful experience! ❤️ 2w
youneverarrived Sounds like a brilliant night 🥰 2w
RaeLovesToRead Cute picture! 😊 Sounds like a great evening! 2w
MaureenMc 💕💕💕 2w
AmyG Oh Wow! Sedaris is the best. Sounds like a wonderful time. 2w
jlhammar That is so great! I can't wait to hear more about it. 2w
sarahbarnes It‘s a great photo! 😊😊 2w
Graywacke Wow. What a great experience 2w
britt_brooke I‘m so happy y‘all had a fun experience! 2w
squirrelbrain Sounds fabulous! And the pic is lovely! 2w
BarbaraBB That sounds fantastic! Can‘t wait to hear the details ❤️ 2w
Gissy Sounds fabulous! Great photo👌 2w
UwannaPublishme Wow! So cool! Glad you and your dad had such a great time.❤️ 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB just emailed the details to you and @Cinfhen ! Probably too many details… 😂 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain thank you! We had such a great night! 2w
Megabooks @Gissy @UwannaPublishme thanks! It was an unforgettable night! 2w
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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David Sedaris tonight!! Squee!

vivastory How fun! 2w
JenReadsAlot He's so great! Enjoy!! 2w
merelybookish Have fun! 2w
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Leftcoastzen Wonderful! Good for you guys! 2w
LeahBergen Lucky duck! 2w
Cinfhen I‘m soooooo excited for you and your dad!!!! I can‘t wait to hear all the details!!!! 2w
BarbaraBB Thinking of you! Hope you had a great time!! 2w
squirrelbrain Hope you had a fab time! 😘 2w
britt_brooke So bummed I couldn‘t make it to this one! Would‘ve loved to see you all! 2w
Megabooks @britt_brooke same. Next time for sure! Also Cindy House was with him and I told her a friend had given her book a good review, which set of my conversation with David about audiobooks. I‘m going to check out her audiobook now. 👍🏻 2w
britt_brooke @Megabooks Ahh, that‘s awesome!! 2w
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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Equal parts mystery and horror, Rekulak kept me guessing. This sophomore effort is every bit as creative as The Impossible Fortress.

Former-addict Mallory finally has her first job after rehab as a live-in babysitter for a wealthy couple. There is something wrong with her charge, though. During quiet time, Teddy draws increasingly disturbing pictures with a skill beyond a 5 year old. As Mallory tries to solve the puzzle, an enemy lurks.

vivastory I find the cover of this eye catching. Sounds good. I'll definitely be reading it! 2w
Megabooks @vivastory fantastic! I think you‘ll enjoy it. And the cover is 🔥🔥 especially compared to other recent ones 🙄 2w
Cinfhen This actually sounds like something I might try!! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think this would a good summer #borrownotbuy for you! 2w
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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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Egan continues to impress me with her skill and imagination. This is so much wilder and more unexpected than I want to share in the summary! A must-read for gothic novel lovers!

When they were kids, Danny left his cousin Howard lost in a cave. This caused a rift in the family, but years later, a wealthy Howard invites Danny to a castle he‘s bought in Europe. However there‘s a previous occupant in the castle‘s keep wreaking havoc on all who enter.

Megabooks @tpixie 🤫 I‘m keeping my mouth 🤐 2w
vivastory This sounds amazing 🤩 I'm a sucker for gothic novels, traditional & contemporary. One of the most terrifying books I've ever read is Matthew Lewis The Monk. Are those stargazer lilies? They're my favorite flower! 2w
Megabooks @vivastory I think you‘ll love this one, and I think you‘ll really appreciate the skill she had crafting the story. I don‘t want to share too much though. 🤐 They‘re Mona Lisa lilies but very similar in appearance to stargazers. 2w
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Cinfhen Another book I might need to try!! 2w
batsy I enjoyed this! It was genuinely creepy. 2w
Sweettartlaura This one is GREAT! The only time Egan disappointed me was with Manhattan Beach. And it was only because it was SO straightforward. Well-written, great story - I just love her work this one, or Goon Squad 🤷🏻‍♀️. I just picked up Candy House - hoping it‘s more like this one ☝🏻 2w
jlhammar I have this on my shelves, but haven't read it yet. Glad to see it's a pick. 2w
squirrelbrain Great review! 2w
Vansa @Sweettartlaura exactly my views about Manhattan beach too. But definitely read Candy house,it's a worthy sequel to Goon squad.And it's lovely to meet those wonderful characters again 2w
tpixie @Megabooks I deleted my post. Just in case ✅ after I get done with my book clubs I‘m gonna have to try to read this! 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was a great gothic horror weekend for me! 2w
Megabooks @batsy agreed 💯 2w
Megabooks @Sweettartlaura I did not care for Manhattan Beach either, but I loved Good Squad, Candy House and 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar I‘d recommend it for sure, especially if it‘s already hanging out on your shelves 👍🏻 2w
Megabooks @Vansa agree about MB and Candy House 💯💯 2w
Megabooks @tpixie oh thank you! Enjoy it when you pick it up! It‘s a good title 👍🏻 2w
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I respect that Abi doesn‘t want pity because her story is heartbreaking. She lays it out straight, and the #audiobook narration is great.

Abi‘s husband is an actor with MS. A trial drug he took caused a life threatening reaction, and he was in a coma for several months. When he awoke, he believed she was an imposter. While he was in a rehabilitation unit, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Hard stuff in a book without easy answers.

Cinfhen Sounds REALLY heavy. Not for my current state of mind 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘d agree! 2w
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How to Tell a Story: The Essential Guide to Memorable Storytelling from The Moth | Catherine Burns, The Moth, Meg Bowles, Jenifer Hixson, Sarah Austin Jenness, Kate Tellers
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Really tight between a pick and so-so, and while it was well written and others might find it useful, it didn‘t work for me.

The producers of The Moth events and podcasts share their tips to crafting the perfect story. They spoke briefly about stories in job interviews or school applications, but the majority of what they gave readers advice about was giving toasts, which is not what I wanted. I did like the excerpts from Moth events.

Cinfhen Nice review but don‘t think this is for me 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks and probably not. 2w
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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A very fiction-heavy #WeeklyForecast. I just haven‘t been connecting with NF like I used to. Nevertheless, I have a couple on the forecast plus two at the library for #NewReleaseTuesday.

I‘m excited to start discussing True Biz at #CampLitsy next Saturday! I‘m enjoying The Keep. Egan is becoming a favorite author! However I haven‘t liked Rachel Cusk so far, but I‘m trying Second Place on audio. Hide is up next, though for #HorrorWeekend!

squirrelbrain I didn‘t like Second Place when I read it last year, but couldn‘t stop thinking about it afterwards. 🤔 Have a great week! 2w
Cinfhen I love your graphics and I‘m super excited about all of your upcoming and current reads!! 2w
Graywacke I really go into Second Place. Enjoy your reading. 2w
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Megabooks @squirrelbrain interesting. SP sounds like an intriguing book. @Graywacke 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! 😘😘 2w
BarbaraBB Great plans. 2w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB thanks 🥰😘 2w
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Book Report Beagle | Pamela Klawitter
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I‘m having trouble concentrating on print this month so I only finished two books for #CampLitsy. I enjoyed our How High discussion and can‘t wait for True Biz!

I am digging fiction this month, and I really enjoyed The Midcoast and Remarkably Bright Creatures! Counterfeit was enjoyable for a summer light fiction day. The Guest Room was fine.

I haven‘t felt like writing reviews of the other two NF books. Maybe today. 🤷🏻‍♀️ #BookReport

Desha Just curious if The Idiot is going to be one of the NF‘s for you? I‘m about halfway through and I‘m having trouble….🤪. 2w
Desha I want to finish The Idiot so I can be prepared for Either/Or for Camp Litsy! (edited) 2w
Cinfhen Awesomeness 😁🎊🙌🏻 2w
Megabooks @Desha I did review the idiot earlier this week, and I struggled as well but ultimately enjoyed it! Megabooks's post on Litsy https://litsy.com/p/UjF0c0JlRmhk 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was a good week! 2w
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The Keep | Jennifer Egan
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I‘m having a little gothic/horror weekend. ☠️

The Keep is a gothic revenge tale about two cousins and a castle in Europe. Tagged ⬆️

Hide is a thriller/horror tale about a girl playing a game of survival in an amusement park. Tagged ⬇️

Hidden Pictures is supernatural horror about a kid being haunted in a house in New Jersey. He draws increasingly disturbing pictures for his babysitter. Tagged ⬇️

vivastory Thanks for the tag! Both Keep & Hidden Pictures are on my TBR. I've seen Hide floating around social media the past few days but I didn't know what it was about. Sounds good. Adding it to my TBR 📚📚📚 2w
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Megabooks @vivastory I‘m pleased with how much I‘m enjoying HP! His debut was a surprise pick for me, and I‘m liking this even more. About 33% in. I just started The Keep now that I have a moment to sit down. (The other two are audiobooks.) Hide is up after HP. I‘ll tag you in my reviews if you want. 👍🏻👍🏻 2w
vivastory I'd def like to see your reviews! I appreciate it! I have Impossible Fortress on my TBR shelves. I was recently thinking of reading it. I just placed a hold on HP at my library. Premise of Hide reminds me a bit of the following, which I meant to read last fall & didn't get around to 2w
vivastory And apparently full contact haunted houses is a real thing?! I can't even process it...😬 😱 2w
Cinfhen You‘ve gone from #MemoirGirl to #HorrorGirl - what‘s going on ?!?! 😝😜😘all three sound ghoulishly good 2w
Megabooks @vivastory I have heard of full contact haunted houses, and I just don‘t think I could do it!! 2w
Megabooks @vivastory it looks like reviews on Reprieve are mixed on here. I‘ll probably wait to see what you think because we often agree. Impossible Fortress was different than anything I read that year in a good way. (I read it for the #BotmChallenge. I‘m not sure I would‘ve picked it up otherwise, but I‘m glad it put him on my radar.) 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen only one memoir so far this month! It just seemed like I needed a good scaring this weekend! 👻 2w
squirrelbrain Ew, too much horror for me! 🤣 2w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain lol! It‘s like an itch I have to scratch sometimes! 😂☠️ 2w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Hidden Pictures had me at New Jersey. 2w
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This is a fantastic literary mystery! It deserves of all the buzz! Despite its complexity, the #audiobook worked great.

After bouncing around, Andrew ends up back on the midcoast of Maine with his wife and children in tow. Ed and Steph, one time cash-strapped teen parents, are the wealthy couple at the center of town life. But it‘s unclear how it happened. After Andrew finds a disturbing photo in their house, he begins an investigation.

Chelsea.Poole I‘m looking forward to this one even more now that it‘s @megabooks approved! 👏 2w
Billypar Great review - I'm sold! 2w
Megabooks @Billypar thanks! I‘m really enjoying literary mysteries this year. I like the depth of character development they have. 2w
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Megabooks @Chelsea.Poole fantastic! I think you‘ll enjoy it. 2w
Cathythoughts Sounds great ! Stacked 2w
Tamra Stacked! 2w
jlhammar I put a hold on the audiobook. Sounds great! 2w
Megabooks @jlhammar I think you‘ll really enjoy the audiobook. The narration is fantastic! 2w
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Iced Coffee
Ice Cream
Paperbacks
BBQ with friends

Great #ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94 😁😁 Made it by 30 min in my time zone!

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 😎 3w
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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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This was the perfect fast-paced, light #audiobook I needed yesterday. The narration was great, and I loved Ava as unreliable MC.

Ava is a typical overachieving, Chinese-American lawyer with a surgeon husband. When maternity leave has her cash reserves low, an old Stanford friend steps in with a scheme to make money importing counterfeit handbags. As her marriage turns cold, Ava falls deeper into Winnie‘s orbit, but who is exploiting whom?

Cinfhen Sounds super summer fun!! Definitely need to add to my audio list!! I‘ve been so busy all week I‘ve barely listened or read anything 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen it is definitely a fun summer read! And you have a lot going on this summer! 3w
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TFW you are so tempted to stay up until 1 AM and finish your audiobook. It is THAT good! Winning narration, plot, and characters. This is a #CampLitsy longlist gem!

Cinfhen Ohhh!! DEFINITELY adding to my Audible list - thanks 😊 3w
Ruthiella I also just put it on hold at the library! 3w
batsy I liked the description of this and was interested! Glad to hear you're enjoying it; putting it on my list 📚 3w
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AmyG I just got this ebook on a rec of a friend. Good to read it‘s a great read. 3w
Kdgordon88 Stacked 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Ruthiella @batsy @AmyG @Kdgordon88 just finished a bit ago and it was such a satisfying literary mystery. Just fantastic! I‘ll post a review tomorrow. 3w
Cinfhen He‘s ALL OVER IG!!! I‘m so happy this book is a hit!!! 3w
Mel About half way thru this one and really enjoying! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen me too! 3w
Megabooks @Mel it was just so good! 3w
BarbaraBB I need to read this! And to follow up on some more books from the #CampLitsy longlist! 3w
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Infinite Jest | David Foster Wallace
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DFW predicts streaming! 🤣🤣

Struggling this week, but I enjoyed this passage!

RaeLovesToRead 🤣🤣🤣 3w
britt_brooke Creepy prescience! 😂 3w
Megabooks @britt_brooke right? It is so interesting reading this 25+ years after it was written and thinking back to the 90s and how that fits with certain topics/thoughts. 3w
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Cinfhen I think @Reviewsbylola is tackling this beast too!!! I‘m so impressed with both of you!! And you too @britt_brooke 3w
batsy Whoa! 3w
Megabooks @batsy as Britt said, some eerie predictions in this! 3w
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The Guest Room: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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I‘d definitely recommend The Lioness over this if you‘re looking for an #AuthorAMonth #audiobook. The mediocre narration pulled this to a low pick.

A wild bachelor party goes awry when one of the female entertainers kills the Russian thugs watching over them. The chapters where the enslaved sex worker explains her story were weaker and had the worse narrator than the ones following the man caught up in the scandal, which is unfortunate.

Cinfhen Yeah, I remember not quite buying this sordid tale, but I did love The Lioness and I enjoyed 3w
Cinfhen Hey, is the boot off?? 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen no 🙄 another 3-4 weeks 👎🏻 glad you enjoyed the lioness! 3w
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EKonrad Sorry to bug you - was just wondering if you‘re active on Goodreads. Whenever I finish a book, I always want to find out if you‘ve read it and your thoughts. 😊 3w
Megabooks @EKonrad thank you so much! I am not active on Goodreads. I stopped having a laptop years ago, and GR doesn‘t have a good app/mobile interface imo. If I‘ve read a book in the last 5 years, it is reviewed here on litsy. In the last two years, I‘ve been using the storygraph for tracking/starred ratings, but I don‘t post reviews there. ⬇️ (edited) 3w
EKonrad Gotcha! Just thought I‘d check. Thank you! 😊 3w
Megabooks @EKonrad My tracking/reviewing is an ever evolving, sprawled out messy thing that I never gave much though to until 2020 when I first hit the book per day mark. 😬🤷🏻‍♀️🤣 I‘m still trying to figure it out! 3w
Cinfhen Boo 👻 that sucks about the boot 😫 3w
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The Idiot | Elif Batuman
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I disliked the first 100 pages of this novel and would‘ve bailed if its sequel (Either/Or) had not been chosen for #CampLitsy. However Batuman‘s *very* dry humor grew on me, and I loved the last 300 pages. I even laughed a few times. Selin is interesting.

Not much plot. Virtually 💯 a character study. You follow Selin through her freshman year at Harvard and a summer abroad in Hungary. She has a complicated relationship with a senior, Ivan.

Megabooks We didn‘t fertilizer the Mona Lisa lilies in time plus we‘ve dug them up twice since last summer, so they‘re small but still beautiful! 3w
Susanita Do you think it‘s necessary to read this before reading Either/Or? 3w
Megabooks @Susanita I really don‘t know. I know the book furthers Selin‘s story. I think a couple of people from camp have already posted reviews of Either/Or, so you may want to ask them. 3w
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Soubhiville Thanks for reviewing. I‘m still not sure if I‘ll finish it. I‘m at just over 100 pages, and I have mixed feelings. Beautiful lilies! 3w
Cinfhen I‘m glad you ended up enjoying 💖agree with @Soubhiville gorgeous lilies 3w
Megabooks @Soubhiville that was right about where it turned for me. Her travels in Hungary were really enjoyable! 3w
Cathythoughts Nice review! This is the only one that I have resistance to… I‘ll give it a go soon. 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen @Soubhiville thank you both for the compliments on my lilies! 3w
Megabooks @Cathythoughts good luck! Maybe it will click more quickly for you. 🤞🏻 3w
Hooked_on_books @Susanita I think you‘ll fare much better with Either/Or if you read this first. 3w
Hooked_on_books I loved this book. It sat in my shelf for quite a while before I read it, so I had some kind of resistance to it, but it really won me over. I do see why it wouldn‘t work for everyone, though. I think you‘ll like the next one if you like Selin‘s voice. 3w
Ruthiella Yeah, it took a while to click for me too, but when it did, I was laughing out loud! 😂 3w
Megabooks @Hooked_on_books I‘m very excited for it now. She really grew on me but I think part of the point is to be uncomfortable in the beginning. The tone mirrors Selin‘s own awkwardness. 3w
Megabooks @Ruthiella there were a couple of true lols for me! 3w
Centique I‘ve just started this! I‘m quite liking it (just 50 pages in) so 🤞🤞 3w
Megabooks @Centique I‘m excited for Either/Or. I‘m glad you‘re enjoying this! 2w
Desha @Megabooks Thank you for directing me to your review here! It helps…I‘m actually about 100 pages in so your review gives me hope!! 😊😂 2w
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Might‘ve picked up another one from the #CampLitsy longlist! 🤫

What can I say? It‘s a really good #NewReleaseTuesday!

Cinfhen This is one of the books I voted for!! LMK how it is!!! 3w
squirrelbrain I was really interested in this one too! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I‘ll tag you in my review of course dear friend! It may be up next but this is due soon at the library. 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I‘m excited for it. The narrator has a great voice. 3w
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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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I had to bring it back because this is truly an epic #NewReleaseTuesday!

Counterfeit (tagged ⬆️) is a @Reviewsbylola rec and today‘s Reese pick. It is the perfect light, fast-paced fiction I needed today! Nuclear Family was from the #CampLitsy longlist. I‘ll tag it and the others ⬇️

Perrotta is right on trend the summer by releasing a sequel to a 20 year old book, but Flick is one of my favorite characters so I‘m psyched!

Info about memoirs ⬇️

Megabooks This sounds like an interesting approach to intergenerational trauma as it relates to war and immigration. 3w
Megabooks Speaking of Reese, she was the perfect Tracy in Election the movie! 3w
Megabooks The book Tracy Flick is a sequel to 3w
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Megabooks The next two are my library memoirs. This one is by a British TV writer whose husband went into a coma and when he awoke insisted she was an imposter. Sounds interesting and scary! 3w
Megabooks This weaves science and a memoir. I‘m getting Hope Jarhen/Lab Girl vibes 3w
Cinfhen #BookEnvy but I still love u 😘 3w
squirrelbrain I‘ve read a lot in the British press about the Morgan memoir -sounds fascinating! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen 😘😘😘 I went a little crazy! Yesterday was a hard long Covid day. 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain I am looking forward to it. My library gets much more interesting NF than fiction! 3w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I don‘t usually like novels with anthropomorphism, but Marcellus the octopus had me completely charmed, and the #audiobook narration really took it to another level.

Tova has been cleaning the local aquarium for years, but when she saves a naughty Marcellus from certain death in the break room, they begin an unlikely friendship. And Marcellus just might hold the key to the story behind Tova‘s son‘s disappearance in Puget Sound.

Cinfhen Your review has me more intrigued than I originally was! I think it‘s available on #Scribd 🙏🏻 3w
JenReadsAlot I was waiting for your review before I got this one! 3w
squirrelbrain Sounds fab but, of course, it‘s ‘not available in your country‘ on my Scribd. 🤷‍♀️ 3w
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sarahbarnes I‘ve heard good things about this one! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think you‘d enjoy it if you can get it on scribd! 3w
Megabooks @JenReadsAlot I was doubtful at first, but I ended up loving it! 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain boo! Perhaps it hasn‘t been released yet. I hope you can find it at some point. 3w
Megabooks @sarahbarnes I generally like Jenna‘s picks, but I was a bit wary of this, however I was pleasantly surprised! 3w
Cinfhen Boo is right @squirrelbrain #Scribd can be hot & cold 🥶 last month I had zero options, almost everything I wanted to borrow I was told was “Next Available June 4” weird and frustrating!! It might show up next month if you 🤞🏽now off to see if it‘s still available for me 🙄 3w
Cinfhen Got it 🐙 3w
Centique Gotta love making friends with an octopus! Stacked! 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yay! 😁🐙 3w
Megabooks @Centique fantastic! Enjoy! 3w
Cinfhen Heard from E / the package arrived thank you so much 😘 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen great! I hope you love it! 3w
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I really have enjoyed rereading this with the #CampLitsy gang, and our first discussion Saturday brought up so many ideas that I hadn‘t thought about. I can‘t wait to talk about the whole book Saturday!

Also this cover! 🤩

squirrelbrain I thought I liked the UK cover better, but now I‘m not so sure. Does that one have cut-outs? 3w
thereadingpal Can't way to start this book - I joined Camp Litsy late xD (edited) 3w
Megabooks @squirrelbrain they‘re 3Dish but not cutouts. I didn‘t know there was one with cutouts! The book itself is sky blue. 3w
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BarbaraBB I love your cover too! 3w
Megabooks @thereadingpal fantastic! Looking forward to having you in the discussion Saturday. 😁🏕 3w
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😁🤩💜 3w
BarbaraBB @thereadingpal good to have you joining anyway! And you have a few more days to finish and discuss the book! 3w
squirrelbrain I don‘t know that there is one with cutouts… it just looked like that one did! 🤣 3w
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