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Amy Jo  Just a twenty something from Springfield, MO who reads a little bit of everything and drinks a lot of tea. 📚☕️💕

Already feeling refreshed after a little time by the lake. Sunshine and a large body of water never fail to do me good!

Being down here for the first time this season has me so excited for summer and all the summer reading I am going to do! I’m not putting together any formal reading lists, because you all probably know by now how terrible I am at sticking to them.... but I’m really looking forward to some fun summer reads! 😍

Do you have any reading goals for the summer?




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Books & breakfast & tea. 😍 Happy Friday, friends! @sipsby #partner

My May Sips by box is here and it’s a good one! My personalized box came with an herbal tea for inflammation and digestion, a “calming gaba” that I am very excited to learn more about, and two different fruity flavors that will be perfect for spring and summer! This morning I’ve been sipping on the “Berry Young” white tea from @harneyteas and I’m a big fan!

Don’t forget you can get $5 off your first box using the code AMY5. 💕

One more day left in this hectic week and then it’s the weekend! 🙌 I’m hoping to get in lots of reading and spend some time outdoors! Are you all as glad that it’s Friday as I am?




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Still scrambling to keep up with this crazy week but sneaking in some reading time this evening.... I’m almost a hundred pages into THE FAMILY TABOR and once again, I’m head over heels for Cherise Wolas’ writing. It’s gorgeous and I am already so fascinated by these multi-faceted characters! #teamtabor

Tell me about some writers you love because their prose is just beautiful! I’d love to know!




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Anyone else having a crazy week?! I feel like I’m scrambling just to keep up with everything and haven’t gotten in much reading time. I am working my way through a George Saunders short story collection, and also THE FAMILY TABOR, but I haven’t made too much progress in either. Hoping for more reading time this weekend! ⏱💕

I have, however, finished my first ever listen to HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE on audio. Jim Dale is such a good narrator and I loved every second spent back at Hogwarts. Any other HP fans who love the audiobooks? I honestly can’t believe I haven’t listened to them sooner!

Also, don’t forget you can get 15% off your purchase from @danielwellington by using the code LITERARYJO. If you’ve noticed that I seem to be wearing mine in everything I’ve posted lately... that’s because I have been. I’ve worn it almost every day since I’ve gotten it and I just love the simple design! #danielwellington #ad




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Good morning and happy Monday! 🌸 I’m worn out after a very busy weekend and I’m preparing for another busy week. But I’m feeling thankful for a few peaceful moments outside this morning with my book, some tea, Lily Pup, and a very cheerful mockingbird. ✨

Over the weekend I somehow found the time to finish up YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT, and I loved it. I guess maybe I’ve been wrong all these years in my assumption that I just wasn’t the biggest fan of short story collections? That’s two in a row that I’ve just flown through and loved. I’ve got a few more stacked up to get to this month and I can’t wait!

How does your week look? Starting it off with any good reads? 📚




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@flatiron_books #parter ✨ I am over the moon excited to finally be starting my most anticipated book of 2018, THE FAMILY TABOR by Cherise Wolas. I am also super excited to be reading it with a group of wonderful readers who are equally as excited! If you want to follow along with our progress, check out the hashtag #teamtabor. 🙌

Is anyone else excited for this one? What other new releases are you anticipating?

For those of you who are curious, I’m leaving the synopsis below! THE FAMILY TABOR is out in July!

Harry Tabor is about to be named Man of the Decade, a distinction that feels like the culmination of a life well lived. His family comes together in Palm Springs for a weekend of celebration: his wife, Roma, a distinguished child psychologist; his daughters, Phoebe, a high-powered attorney, and Camille, a brilliant social anthropologist; and his son, Simon, also a lawyer, who brings his glamorous wife and two precocious daughters.
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Almost immediately, cracks begin to appear in this smooth facade: Simon hasn’t been sleeping through the night, Camille can’t decide what she wants to do with her life, Phoebe is a little too cagey about her new boyfriend. Roma knows her children are hiding things from her. And it turns out her husband is as well.
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Roma Tabor believes life is more interesting when it’s filled with mystery... but what if all that they have created is built on a lie?




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Happy Friday! ☀️💕 I had to squeeze in some extra Lily snuggles this morning before I headed out of town for the weekend... anyone else get really sad to say goodbye to your pets for even a couple days? 😭

I started YOU THINK IT, I’LL SAY IT yesterday and although I’m only a couple stories in, I’m already loving it. I can definitely see why so many of you have been championing for this collection!

Now I’m headed on a little road trip up to my brother’s graduation. Unfortunately reading in the car is not an option for me... but I’m hoping to get some reading time once we’re up there, and maybe some audiobook time as well. I’m listening to Harry Potter on audio for the first time ever and it’s just the best!

What are you up to this weekend?




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Over the weekend I finally finished up this incredible book and and am happy to report that I absolutely loved it. The writing is unique and beautiful and Min Jin Lee has created a whole cast of characters over several generations that feel completely real and three-dimensional. I learned so much from this book about a time and place in history that I had never learned anything about before, and I am so grateful for that. I didn’t get it finished in time for the #readwithkat buddy read.... but still, big thanks to @kathareads for hosting it so I finally got around to picking this one up! It did not disappoint. 💕

I’m hoping to get a full review written for you soon, but for now I will just say that if you’re a fan a sweeping, multigenerational stories that will have you feeling completely immersed in another time and culture... then run and get a copy of this book right now! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What books do you feel have taught you about a culture or a place you otherwise didn’t know anything about?




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Good morning, friends! I spent the morning sipping on some tea and reading while it rained and it was pretty much perfect. Anyone else a sucker for a good spring rain? 🌧🌱

I am about a hundred pages away from finishing up LOVE AND OTHER WORDS (thanks to @gallerybooks) and I am loving it. It’s been the perfect lighthearted, quick, adorably sweet read I was hoping for. I’m definitely going to need to check out some of Christina Lauren’s other books...if you’ve got any specific suggestions feel free to send them my way! 💕




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Okay, I’ll be honest. This one was a cover buy for me.... 🙈 But it ended up being such a good decision! I picked up AWAYLAND from @brazosbookstore when I was in Houston and then discovered soon after that May is Short Story Month! So I dove right into this collection and devoured it in just a couple sittings.

As I said in a previous post, I’m not super familiar with short stories. Aside from studying them in English and writing courses, I haven’t read too many. But I had so much fun with this collection. These stories are imaginative, funny, heartbreaking, a little weird (okay, maybe more than a little), and I really enjoyed them. I’m looking forward to picking up more by Ramona Ausubel in the future and also some more short stories this month!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

For now, I’m starting LOVE AND OTHER WORDS (thanks to @gallerybooks #partner) and I’m already completely hooked and loving my first ever Christina Lauren.😍 What are you reading this week?




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Let’s talk about short stories! I recently learned from @bookpairings that May is Short Story Month! And while I like to believe I’m well-rounded when it comes to my reading habits, I know that my knowledge of short stories is pretty limited. So now seems like the perfect time to try and fix that!

I’m not giving myself any sort of particular challenge... just a general idea that I’m going to work on reading short stories more often. I know there are so many good ones out there and I don’t want to miss out on something spectacular because I’m only reaching for novels! This morning I started in on AWAYLAND and am already loving it so far.

Do you like to read whole collections at once or just a story at a time? Also, who are some of your favorite short story writers/what are some of your favorite collections? I’m putting together a list and I’d love your recommendations!




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It’s literally the most gorgeous day possible here. I’m feeling good. ☀️💕

After a busy week that resulted in me barely picking up my book in days, I am happy to report that I am only 3 chapters from the end of PACHINKO. I’ll be sad to leave all of these characters behind. After so much time spent in their world it’ll be hard to let them go. But I do have my eyes on a whole stack of books to read next... 👀

Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, friends!




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