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Dead Letters
Dead Letters: A Novel | Caite Dolan-Leach
A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt in this clever debut novel of suspense for readers of Luckiest Girl Alive and Reconstructing Amelia. Ahoy, Ava! Welcome home, my sweet jet-setting twin! So glad you were able to wrest yourself away from your dazzling life in the City of Light; I hope my death hasnt interrupted anything too crucial. Ava Antipova has her reasons for running away: a failing family vineyard, a romantic betrayal, a mercurial sister, an absent father, a mother slipping into dementia. In Paris, Ava renounces her terribly practical undergraduate degree, acquires a French boyfriend and a taste for much better wine, and erases her past. Two years later, she must return to upstate New York. Her twin sister, Zelda, is dead. Even in a family of alcoholics, Zelda Antipova was the wild one, notorious for her mind games and destructive behavior. Stuck tending the vineyard and the girls increasingly unstable mother, Zelda was allegedly burned alive when she passed out in the barn with a lit cigarette. But Ava finds the official explanation a little too neat. A little too Zelda. Then she receives a cryptic messagefrom her sister. Just as Ava suspected, Zeldas playing one of her games. In fact, shes outdone herself, leaving a series of clues about her disappearance. With the police stuck on a red herring, Ava follows the trail laid just for her, thinking like her sister, keeping her secrets, immersing herself in Zeldas drama and her outlandish circle of friends and lovers. Along the way, Zelda forces her twin to confront their twisted history and the boy who broke Avas heart. But why? Is Zelda trying to punish Ava for leaving? To teach her a lesson? Or is she simply trying to write her own ending? Featuring a colorful, raucous cast of characters, Caite Dolan-Leachs debut thriller takes readers on a literary scavenger hunt for clues concealed throughout the seemingly idyllic wine country, hidden in plain sight on social media, and buried at the heart of one tremendously dysfunctional, utterly unforgettable family. From the Hardcover edition.
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Ghostnipps
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This book was just the right amount of dark, the twist is one I didn‘t see coming which is always a big plus. Delving into family trauma, the main character is relatable, although driven by paranoia.

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LitLogophile
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This will go down as one of my all-time favorite #botm picks, and I definitely wouldn‘t be saying that if I bailed on it halfway through like I was tempted to.

It seems like a cheesy, unlikely mystery that I stuck with only because Ava is such a dynamic, realistic character. I cared what happened to her and by the end I was nearly in tears. Also, the writing is 👍🏼. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

rather_be_reading i liked it too!! 10mo
mcipher I read half of this when I got it from BOTM and then stopped because 🤷‍♀️ I do plan to pick it up again someday because I really wanted to know what happened next and I liked the writing. Weird how that happens sometimes. 10mo
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Hollie
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Ava receives a series of dead letters from her sister Zelda, following Zelda‘s mysterious death. Like #lovenotes but the opposite. A series of clues corresponding with letters of the alphabet is #buildingamystery that Ava tries to figure out, all the while dealing with her own issues and her completely dysfunctional family. #literarylove #timbittunes

Cinfhen Well played !!! I forgot about this book. I really enjoyed it 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Good one!! On my list!! 10mo
vkois88 This sounds so good! #Stacked 10mo
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JewelsEnd
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Bailedbailed

The first chapter or so started well and the writing wasn't bad but I lost interest fairly quickly. Didn't care about the backstory. Went online to see if I should hang in but the summaries I found told me I wasn't missing anything. So I moved on. Many books to read, and life is shorter than you think.

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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

This was a really interesting concept about twins with a complicated past and a dark mystery involving the possible death of one of the girls. For me, it was a bit slow and the pacing just seemed to be off. It didn‘t move right. The reveal came to early and then it took forever to get to the point. But, I did find the actual story entertaining in some parts.

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hyperashley
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4⭐'s. The mystery in this book was what kept me reading! I had to find out if Zelda was really dead!

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Kboltz
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Identical twins! One leaves clues alphabetically to lead to a twisting story of a family in which all of them have their own problems. I think 400 bottles of wine may be the 6th character in this book! Love that each chapter, 26 of them, start with that numbered letter in the alphabet🙌🏼.

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Rachellynnwright
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After a good nights‘ sleep, I‘m ready to read all day! My stack is shorter this time than previous rounds, but my kindle is loaded!
#24in48

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 2! Ava ran away to Paris from her dysfunctional family and a romantic betrayal. She has to return to upstate New York though when her twin sister, Zelda, turns up dead, burned alive in the barn from a cigarette. Zelda's playing a game though, and Ava follows her sister's twisted scavenger hunt, forcing Ava to confront her past. In seemingly idyllic upstate wine country, craziness lies underneath. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😁

Matilda Perfect for Amy Dunne fans 2y
monkeygirlsmama Stacking 2y
JennyM I really enjoyed this. Very clever 2y
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alecia3dixie
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I loved this book! I felt the characters were very relatable and I could feel her pain and need for re-assurance. I thought I had it figured out, but the ending was a twist! 5 stars, highly recommend!

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MuddyPuddle
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The story was pretty decent. A good mystery, no surprises but interesting to watch them play out. The characters were, for the most part, pretty unlikable. Major alcoholics, narcissists, self/centered idiots. I know you don‘t have to like the characters to have a good book, but in this case it would make the book that much more enjoyable.!

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8little_paws
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Mehso-so

I liked the author's style, and the mystery of the book was kind of fun, but the characters were so off putting to me that it dampened my enjoyment overall of this book. I don't think I'd recommend this book to others but I'd consider reading another book by this author. This handsome buddy kept me company while I read.

AmyG Handsome, indeed! 2y
Dolly A cat‘s work is never done ☺️ 2y
MuddyPuddle I‘m about 2/3 through right now and you‘re absolutely right - totally unlikable characters, all of them… 2y
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TheLibrarian
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#ebookdeal for another previous #BOTM pick!

Jess7 Sold! Purchased! Thanks! 2y
Wandering_Jess Couldn‘t pass up that price! 2y
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MallenNC
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Day 17 #Riotgrams An #UnreturnedBook One of many, but I always read and return eventually! Thanks for the loan @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 You‘re welcome! Your loans are always appreciated too!🙂 2y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 It's nice to know I don't have to get EVERY book myself! 2y
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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3.5 Stars
It was interesting to see how Ava pieced together Zelda‘s game to see where Zelda is hiding or if she really is dead. I was annoyed with how much alcohol all the characters were consuming throughout the book. Also, annoyed by the ending. Interesting plot and good writing though.
#botm #bookstagram #audiobook #read #okay #alphabet #twins #litsy #littens

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JennyM
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Written in 26 chapters that each start with the corresponding letter, you are taken through a cleverly constructed plot. The lead characters - twins Ava & Zelda - I disliked intensely. But that somehow made me more curious.

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JennyM
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My reading buddy for the arvo.

BookMaven407 😍🐶 2y
Hooked_on_books What a doll! 🐶💙 2y
TrishB Gorgeous 💕 2y
Tamra That face. 😘 I have a serious weakness for animals in general, but even more so for retrieving/sporting dogs. Something about this expressive eyes. 2y
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EllieDottie
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Dead letters is on my list!!! 2y
shahn77 I just won a copy of dead letters from goodreads! Looking forward to reading it! 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Meh...
This twisted tale of twin sisters is uneven. There are moments where it seems like a Gothic tale of family dysfunction. Then it lurches into a mystery. But it doesn‘t really manage to do both at the same time, or very well.
Also missing is any true affection for Ava on the reader‘s part. That‘s not uncommon these days. But given the ending, it‘s sorely missing.

MinDea I agree with your review. 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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I‘m late to this party, so maybe this has been discussed. But did anyone notice how there are 26 chapters, and each one starts with the next letter of the alphabet?
#botm

tpixie Cool! 2y
Hollie I didn‘t notice that, but that‘s cool! 2y
2BR02B I posted the same thing when I noticed! Which wasn't until "O"... ? 2y
Sweettartlaura @2BR02B Better late than never! 2y
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Jhullie
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I am a twin, the less adventurous one at that, so this spoke to me in ways that it possibly wouldn‘t to most readers. I fell wholeheartedly into the story from the first page and remained there until the final word. It was a great mystery, a tale of family, adventure, heartbreak and joy. I loved every page.

Cinfhen I liked this one a lot as well!!! 2y
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Serenity_Within86
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Onto the next one!!

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Megabooks
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Really #botm? These two? Best of?

Dead Letters is one of the worst I‘ve finished this year, and Emma is just mediocre...

Whiny drunk people, really?

@Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @L_auren what are you surprised by?

Megabooks Also anyone else jump in!!! 2y
swishandflick I wasn't a fan of these two at all! Also was a bit surprised to see American War - wasn't a fan of that either! I'm surprised that The Animators and Pachinko aren't there. 2y
Megabooks @swishandflick I can see Pachinko. I dnfed The Animators For TW reasons, but I enjoyed the first half. I loved American War. It‘s in the running for my top 5. (edited) 2y
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Megabooks @swishandflick I can see Pachinko as one of the top 20 on my account 2y
swishandflick Oooh, now that I think about it, I didn't order it through BOTM so that would be why I can't see it. Should have logged out first 🤦🏽‍♀️ (edited) 2y
emilyhaldi I'm surprised by a lot- definitely Emma in the Night, that was totally mediocre. But also surprised by A Million Junes and Beasts... However, I suppose I might be in the minority in terms of my hatred for magical elements. 2y
Reviewsbylola Omg totally agree. These do not deserve to be on the list. A Million June‘s, American War, and Final Girls definitely surprised me. 2y
Megabooks @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola Junes and Beasts were definitely good if you like that kind of thing. I think Junes is one of the most loved of the year! Y‘all know how I feel about American War-180 degrees from you! 😂😂 Final Girls was so overhyped that I‘m not surprised. Not a very good mystery imo. Of the ones I got through my main account, I voted for Lilian 💜💜💜 2y
2BR02B I think it'll be Little Fires or Invisible Furies, but I'm voting for 2y
Megabooks @2BR02B Killers was amazing, but I read it as an audiobook. I think it will be Sing which had a lot of 🤢 and made me 🤢 a little! 2y
L_auren @Booksandcooks @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola @swishandflick Pretty happy with the list! Most of my faves are here: Lillian, Sourdough, Hearts, Evelyn, Pachinko, Leavers!!! IMHO it‘s missing White Fur (but lol I get it), After the Eclipse (too small time I suppose) and Stranger in the Woods!! 2y
L_auren Many so-sos on the list for me but actually none of my Pans!! 2y
Ehbooklover Hated Dead Letters. 2y
TheBookStacker Haven‘t read Sing yet because I keep hearing not good things but it keeps winning stuff so idk! 2y
Megabooks @L_auren I like all the nominees you listed and agree Eclipse should be there. Definitely a couple Letters is one of 5 pans that I finished. The rest I dislike are bad to so-so. 2y
Megabooks @Ehbooklover 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Megabooks @TheBookStacker I didn‘t like it, but @Cinfhen really did, and I generally trust her taste (😘) so 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
DeleteAcct Dead Letters was awful. I liked Killers of the Flower Moon. 2y
Megabooks @Rachbb3 Totally agree! 2y
Cinfhen I DID like Dead Letters, wayyyy more than Emma & Final Girls, but it wouldn't be on my top list...I was disappointed not to see HUNGER, surprised Priest Daddy was missing too! I voted for Hearts but was debating between Sing & Leavers too! All in all I'd say BOTM had some REALLY strong selections!! So glad White Fur & Marlena weren't on list😉 @L_auren @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola 2y
Cinfhen Can't wait to see your picks, Meg!!!!! 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I would have loved to see Priestdaddy represented too! ❤️ (edited) 2y
mrozzz Final Girls and Emma both surprised me... how did they put these 20 together?! 2y
L_auren @Cinfhen LOL I understand. But Hunger wasn‘t a BOTM selection 2y
Cinfhen True, It was an add on, @L_auren 2y
Cinfhen I'm also surprised this one didn't make the list 2y
L_auren @Cinfhen oh true that seemed universally liked!! 2y
Reviewsbylola I do think BOTM had some strong selections but they fizzled out (for me) the last few months. December is promising though! And I think not doing the challenge next year will take the pressure off. Dead Letters was well written, in a way Emma and Final Girls wasn‘t, in my opinion, but it was way too long! 2y
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JackOBotts
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You think you know, but you have no idea...

How well do you know your siblings; how well do you know yourself?

As many have stated before me, Dead Letters is not a thriller. Yes, there‘s suspense. Yes, there‘s an element of whodunnit. It‘s a story about family and the bond between sisters (who happen to be identical twins). The characters are significantly flawed and far from wholesome, but perhaps that makes them more realistic. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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JackOBotts
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“Even though I‘ve [received] emails...this feels strangely intimate, physical. I can‘t remember the last time I got a real letter from anyone. Something about a person‘s writings is immediate and corporeal, present.”

Truth. And that‘s something I adore about #litsypenpals! 📝 Now if I could only trust the USPS and not worry about letters failing to reach their destination! 😉 #paranoidmuch #snailmail

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JackOBotts
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Next in the #botm year end catch up...my March 2017 selection.

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svenezia
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I love a good puzzle, and, although I figured it out about halfway, I still loved the places she led her sister and the message it came with.

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svenezia
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Unpacked from my move back to Boston, so now I‘m ready to resume reading! #scullycat

Annl Sweet kitty! 2y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 2y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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This isn‘t apparently the popular opinion, but I liked this one! Yes, the characters are deplorable in their own ways, but they‘re not boring. It was written in such a way that I couldn‘t guess the ending. The author put in just enough to throw the reader off track. The only negative for me was that I was expecting a thriller, and this really wasn‘t. It was more of a mystery, or like a puzzle to solve.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I almost bought this one at Goodwill the other day!! 😐 2y
svenezia I agree with you- I liked that the characters were dynamic and flawed! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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I‘m kinda wimpy and don‘t really do #horror, but I do love a good #thriller. Max sniffed out the book and the coffee and gave them his stamp of approval...
#booksandcoffee #dogsoflitsy

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maximoffs
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My full review of “Dead Letters” is up at http://rachelReading.wordpress.com

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2BR02B
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I'm embarrassed that it took me until "O" to realize the chapters follow the letters of the alphabet. The title has a whole new meaning now! CLEVER GIRL.

emilyhaldi 😂😂 it happens 2y
JackOBotts Huh...clever girl, indeed! I didn‘t notice the first letters, but I did see that there are 26 chapters. Nice touches. 2y
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NikkiKey94
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I‘m so behind on my BOTM picks! I just finished my March pick and it was very good! I never thought it would end the way it did. However it did not disappoint!

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Aswenson
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Panpan

And with that, I'm done. Emotionally damaged alcoholics who have boys fawning all over them because they're beautiful even though they're over-dramatic jerks.
Third time was not a charm.
Where do I shelve this? DNF, don't want it with my TBR... should I loan it out and tell the person to keep it? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Megabooks Yes! If I owned that I'd give it away! 2y
Alfoster Yup! Why keep it? 2y
L_auren Agreed 2y
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eanderson Took my copy to a used bookstore to sell. I don't regret it. 2y
DeleteAcct Me too. I bailed. 2y
Texreader Sounds just plain awful. Thanks for an honest review. 2y
CouronneDhiver Donate it. Maybe the other person will feel differently about it 2y
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Aswenson
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Third time's a charm? Trying to knock out more #BOTM reads.

Megabooks So mediocre 😕 2y
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Beckys_Books
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The only book I could find for #drinksoncovers

#AndItsAugust
@RealLifeReading

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maximoffs
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I liked this! It was however different than what I expected. I was anticipating a thriller, but this isn't really that. It's really interesting, written really well, and I'm glad I picked it up.

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Aseleener
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I really enjoyed this book. The mystery had me sucked in and I liked the writing style. I think I turned into an alcoholic just reading about this messed up family! 🍷😵 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jenni_Capps I loved this one too!! 2y
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Aseleener
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#litsyconfessions I brought my Kindle to my daughter's summer orchestra concert. In my defense, there were 4 groups performing and hers was last, of course. I didn't read during her performance, and I clapped after each piece for all groups.

Hollie I would totally do this! 2y
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maximoffs
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This hold just came in so I'm starting it! Since I still have stitches in my wrist and can't write 😭

EllieDottie 🌷hope you feel better soon! 2y
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Jhullie
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Book Mail ❤️📕💙📘💚📗
Got to love coming home to these after a totally shitty day.

mjdowens AMEN! 2y
MyNamesParadise Oh! I'm eager to see how dark lake is! 2y
Jhullie @MyNamesParadise me too. I have heard good reviews about it. 2y
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MommyOfTwo
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Reading and drinking coffee on this beautiful morning. #Book&Drink #SizzlinSummerBooks

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Callemarie
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I seriously love this gift I got from my #summersantagoespostal. I've never tracked my reading before but I was excited to put my first book into it today! Thank you again @LeslieO

Btw I covered it because there are spoilers 🤗

Mccall0113 I really enjoyed this book! Take place 30 min from me! 2y
LeslieO So glad you like it! 2y
RadicalReader @Callemarie what has been your favorite lengthy read ( largest amount of pages in a book)? 2y
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Callemarie @RadicalReader I won‘t lie. I‘m pretty sure I have undiagnosed adhd so it‘s verrrrry difficult to read a lengthy book sometimes becAuse no matter how good it is it takes me forever to read. I literally have three huge books I‘ve started and still haven‘t finished that span through I believe..... June. Queen of the night, it, and night film. I LOVE all three of them—- like they‘re all ridiculously good. It‘s just taking me while to finish 2y
Callemarie @RadicalReader you know what heart shaped box was pretty lengthy and I got through that and I love love loved that book. I‘m obsessed with books that scare the crap out of me. 2y
RadicalReader @Callemarie Joe Hill is definitely as skilled as his father when it comes to writing . He is the son of Stephen King. I enjoyed 2y
Callemarie @RadicalReader yeah I knew that and it‘s funny because I have yet to read a Stephen King novel all the way through haha. I have nos4a2 to read as well along with the fireman 2y
FlowerFairy Have this same journal and have also gifted several. Love it! 2y
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WendyL
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Jasper refuses to let me read until I give up my cereal bowl.

Simona Jasper is a very handsome❣️ 2y
Megabooks Beautiful eyes! 2y
PurpleyPumpkin What a sweetheart! That face would be hard to say no to. 😻 2y
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rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
8little_paws Morning little baby!! 😍 2y
JessClark78 😻❤️ 2y
FlowerFairy 😍 2y
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Callemarie
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"It's maddeningly painful not to be able to speak with the dead. But maybe what Zelda was trying to tell me is that it's nearly as difficult to speak with the living."

TobeyTheScavengerMonk I like that. 2y
GA_Bookworm07 Was this good 2y
Callemarie @penpal1016 it honestly was. I loved it. It didn't end the way I expected it to which I think made me love it more 2y
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Conservio
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Well hell. That was a ride. Pretty sure my favorite thing about the book was how unlikeable the characters were. Yes, unlikeable. She did such a splendid job writing them and often does someone find a well written story with an unlikeable protagonist? #mystery #BOTM #wellwritten #wine

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Conservio
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I actually read exclusively in print.. I tried Dracula as an audio book and have read two electronic books. I'd probably listen to more audiobooks if I wasn't working on a backlog of podcasts #print #6666giveaway

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Conservio
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March's BOTM. #botm