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My Best Friend's Exorcism
My Best Friend's Exorcism: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fifth grade, when they bonded over a shared love of E.T., roller-skating parties, and scratch-and-sniff stickers. But when they arrive at high school, things change. Gretchen begins to act . . . different. And as the strange coincidences and bizarre behavior start to pile up, Abby realizes theres only one possible explanation: Gretchen, her favorite person in the world, has a demon living inside her. And Abby is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend. With help from some unlikely allies, Abby embarks on a quest to save Gretchen. But is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil?
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A weirdly relatable, kitschy horror story. Abby and Gretchen, etc remind me so much of my friends only we are the slightly younger TLC-Chasing-Waterfalls-era. But the 80s references still hit. Some scenes were legit gross, but overall, it was less scary than expected. I‘m glad to have given Hendrix another go after not enjoying Final Girls Support Group. Curious to hear what my #bookclub thinks. This was *my* spooky October pick!

LeahBergen I didn‘t think Final Girls was very good either but I did like this one! I also liked Southern Book Club which you may like as it‘s set in the ‘90s. 6mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I may give that one a try - thanks! 6mo
Reggie Final Girls Support has been my least favorite of all of his books. 6mo
britt_brooke @Reggie That is good to know! I‘ll def try him again at some point. 6mo
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OriginalCyn620
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Never got around to watching this last Halloween but now I‘ve remedied that! Thought it was good but I think there were some differences from the book…read it in 2017 so my memory is fuzzy on the details. Loved the music!

#TeamCreepinItReal #watchlist #scarathlon 11 pts

Christy2318 I liked this one. Totally Killer on Prime has the same feel. Kind of Back to Future meets 80s slasher movie. 6mo
OriginalCyn620 @Christy2318 Oh, yes, I want to watch that one too! Hopefully I can tonight or tomorrow 6mo
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Sarahreadstoomuch
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This was fun- a novel of friendship set nicely in the 80s wherein one friend gets possessed by a demon and only her best friend realizes what‘s happening and tries to save her. I mostly listened to the audio, but had to finish with print because I‘m too impatient! The print book is designed like a yearbook too - perfect! #scarathlon #spookyghostclub also 2 bingo lines for #bookspinbingo ! +61pts

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Rissa1
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I have held on to this book for an entire year in order to have it for #Scarathlon . I laughed, I read parts outloud to my husband, and loved the nostalgia. #31in31 total is 5:40:23 #TeamCryptKeepers @LiseWorks

Reggie This is my 2nd favorite of his right behind We Sold Our Souls. I really cared for Gretchen and Abby. 7mo
Rissa1 @Reggie I will have to add, We Sold Our Souls, to my list. 7mo
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OrangeMooseReads
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This was good. There were moments that annoyed me and got to be a bit old and tired. Did it live up to its hype? For me no it didn‘t, still worth the read though.
The writing was good. The story was different in a good way. I would have liked less obscure 80s references. The characters needed some more depth throughout the whole book not just at the end.
3.8⭐️ if you want horror without too much Horror.

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Rissa1
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LiseWorks Cool list 7mo
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itsjustme40something
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If you love 80's horror & the nostalgia of a Gen X childhood then this book is a no-brainer. The characters will remind you of someone from high school, the scenes are horrifically groas & man the sound track would be killer. Personally love how every chapter is a song title

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itsjustme40something
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This book is a love letter to 80's Horror

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itsjustme40something
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Another day, another spot, another book

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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I still love Grady Hendrix. I still really enjoyed My Best Friend‘s Exorcism… except that one bit. I can‘t get past that one bit. If horror books are supposed to give you nightmares, he did his job a bit too well. Full review (with trigger warnings): https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/my-best-friends-exorcism-grady-hendrix/

Lauranahe I love Grady Hendrix! This book was so fun, but it‘s not my favorite of his (my fav is probably Horrorstör) 9mo
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TamTracy
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I enjoyed the story and characters. My favorite thing is that it is set in the 80‘s and took me back to my childhood. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheLudicReader I also really enjoyed this book. 10mo
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BehindthePages
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Abby‘s quest to save Gretchen is filled with unsettling and creepy imagery. My Best Friend's Exorcism is perfect for those who enjoy 80s horror. And while there may have been moments that interrupted the story pacing, once it got back on track it really took off. If you're a reader who enjoys possession based horror, this is the story for you.

Review https://www.behindthepages.org/post/my-best-friend-s-exorcism-by-grady-hendrix-b...

Zoes_Human It really surprised me how much I liked this. I'm looking forward to trying some of his other stuff! 10mo
BehindthePages @Zoes_Human I had tried his southern vampire booked and DNFed it, but a friend convinced me to try this one. I'm glad I did! 10mo
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BekaReid
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Loved the nostalgic horror of the 80's. Brought back a lot of memories. Perfect summer read.

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BekaReid
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Spending this gorgeous afternoon reading on the front porch. This is my first Grady Hendrix. I've heard such good things about him and just fell in love with this cover.

MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward I just had to scroll back up, there is SO MUCH going on on this cover 🧐 10mo
BekaReid @MerlinTheSlightlyAwkward There is! And I love the whole VHS vibe too. It's 100% perfect for both the 80's setting & horror genre. 10mo
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Shemac77
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Fantastic. And a little hilarious. Captures the attitude of late 80‘s perfectly.

JanuarieTimewalker13 LOVED it SO much!!! 10mo
Shemac77 I loved it too! @JanuarieTimewalker13 10mo
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Shemac77
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Next audible

Chrissyreadit beautiful! i bet they smell heavenly. 10mo
Blueberry My favorite flower aroma. 🪻 10mo
Shemac77 My absolute favorite. Pacifica makes a solid perfume in lilac and it‘s a reasonable facsimile @Chrissyreadit @Blueberry 10mo
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Valhalla
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#darkcolor
Grady Hendrix really knows how to keep your attention

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swynn
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(2016) That was fun!

WJCintron I LOVED this book. Not the movie. 🤢😂🙌 Excellent read. 11mo
swynn @WJCintron I've heard nothing good about the movie. I'll probably watch it eventually, or try at least, but for now I'll let the book live in my awareness all by its delightful self. 11mo
WJCintron @swynn 😃🙌🙌🙌 Believe me. The best you can do. If you are like me, you‘ll end up so angry about the adaptation. 😂🤣 11mo
Reading_Beyond_The_Book_Cover Lol I agree @WJCintron. The movie was not it 🤦🏾‍♀️. I was looking forward to it too. 11mo
swynn @Reading_Beyond_The_Book_Cover Another vote for putting off the movie. I'm definitely not in a hurry to see it. 11mo
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Shawna
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Eggs Great choice 🤗 12mo
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Maggie4483
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Trying to finish this one up, but I just can‘t with the mean girl stuff tonight.
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Found out my work friend, who recently invited me to join her IRL bookclub, has been trashing me behind my back. So I lost a friend, a bookclub, and possibly a promotion.

I‘m less than two weeks away from my 40th birthday, which is entirely too forking old for this bullshirt.

wisherwishinguponastar I think there must be something in the air right now. I am sorry you have to deal with that craziness. 13mo
TheBookHippie Ugh. I‘m so sorry. This seems to be everywhere lately … 😵‍💫😝. 13mo
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Blh87
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Oh, man. I really liked this one. Great story that I couldn‘t put down, and such a wholesome friendship.

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Maggie4483
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Vampires and demons…if I needed a sign to replace Valentine‘s Day with a second Halloween, well, here it is.

#bookspin #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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LaurenMags
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Grady Hendrix writes fun books! This story takes place in the 80s and is about 2 best friends in high school. One night during a party, one of the friends goes missing for a few hours. When she reappears, she is not the same.
I could not put down this book.

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WJCintron
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VERY DISAPPOINTED! ☹️
I LOVED the book but they butchered the book! Bad acting, bad production, rushed, no character development whatsoever. Soooooo bad!

Who else read & watched?
Any thoughts?
Agree or not?

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Coleen
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Who else has seen the movie?
I‘d recommend NOT. It was awful.

AudiobookingWithLeah I agree, the book is much better. 1y
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reading_rainbow
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I‘m SO out of the loop!!! They made a movie???! I had no idea!!

TheNeverendingTBR Me neither. Wtf? 1y
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Ast_Arslan
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It's the worst cover ever, but it's finally mine 🤩

StaceGhost Such a great book! 1y
Ast_Arslan @StaceGhost I guess it will be my next reading 🤣 1y
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booklover3258
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Thank you @Rachel.Rencher for #BookishCoupleGiveaway for the opportunity to win! My favorite genres are horror and thrillers.

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candc320
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My spooky watching for today! 3 movies, 2 episodes of the tv show version of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and 2 spooky episodes of The Simpsons. I‘ll add up all my #scarathlon2022 points tomorrow. Until then…Happy Halloween everyone! #teamslaughter

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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I liked this one. It was fun and creepy.

she.hearts.horror Love this book. I gotta watch the movie asap. 1y
TheLudicReader I loved this one, too. 1y
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candc320
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This was SO GOOD!! I honestly love just about anything set in the 80s and add in some teenage angst and horror and I‘m sold! I wasn‘t really expecting this to be as funny and touching as it was at times. The ending was especially surprising and made this so much more than a standard horror novel. I‘m watching the movie tonight to compare! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #teamslaughter #scarathlon2022

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vlwelser
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This reads more like satire to me than horror. But this author has snarky undertones so 🤷.

#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville

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LaraS
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When I added “Halloween themed workout” to my #fallbucketlist for the #scarathlon, I was pretty sure I‘d be able to find something online with a bit of a spooky playlist, maybe some thriller, some orange sweat pants, a pumpkin shirt if I was real lucky….but at no point did I imagine finding this hilarious commitment to the bit from LVCRFT (also a new epic find all on its own) and HyperBody Fitness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_V8aV_hRRFA&t=777s

Soubhiville What?! I may have to do this it looks hilarious! 1y
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Christine
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While this wasn‘t quite as big of a hit with me as my only other Grady Hendrix to date (Southern Book Club‘s Guide), I still enjoyed it! Loved every bit of the 80s nostalgia and campier elements. (How Phil Collins was referenced/invoked brought me great joy. 🤣) At times I found the pacing a little off, but it really might have been a me-not-the-book situation. I‘m interested in reading more of his books for sure. #AAM #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville I just watched the movie and thought it was a fairly good adaptation. 1y
Christine @Soubhiville Good to know - I‘ll check it out! 1y
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BookishMadHatter
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Working on an order and starting a new book in the 12 minutes I'll have to myself today lol

#readingandknitting #litsycrafters #litsyknitter

LeahBergen This was a fun read! 1y
BookishMadHatter @LeahBergen I didn't get to read more than a few chapters today, but I do have high hopes ... and may have to hide away one afternoon this week and really sink my teeth in lol 1y
Catsandbooks Cozy hat! 1y
BookishMadHatter @Catsandbooks 🖤 thanks! It'll keep a lil noggin warm for sure lol 1y
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candc320
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While I know I‘ve been horrible at remembering to post my #scarathlondailyprompts photos I had the perfect one for Day 23: Story! This is the story I‘m starting tomorrow and I‘m so excited! +15 points for #teamslaughter

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Emilymdxn
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This was fantastic! Very Grady Hendrix, very scary, very 80s. The ending was predictable but stirring. Grady Hendrix writes such evocative atmospheric horror. I really want to watch the adaptation now.

#scarathlon2022 #teamslaughter @Clwojick +6

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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I absolutely loved this campy, funny, and nostalgic horror novel set in 1988. My elder Millennial heart was bursting with all the memories of growing up in the 1980s. The balance of horror and comedy is very well done, and Hendrix captures adolescence expertly. What teenage girl hasn‘t thought her best friend was possessed by something truly evil at some point? 😂 Thankfully, some friendships are stronger than any deity, angel or demon. 5⭐️

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Kimberlone
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This was such a fun, nostalgic, self aware horror-comedy! Probably my favorite Grady Hendrix I‘ve read so far - I think the gaudy 80s setting fit with his irreverent tone and pop culture-laden writing best. Even the VHS style cover design is so perfect. I enjoyed the multimedia additions (yearbook pages, newspaper articles) and the framing device and redemption for Brother Lemon that the film adaptation left out.

#Scarathlon #TeamSlaughter

BC_Dittemore Still haven‘t had a chance to watch the film yet; been waiting on a night where me and my wife have enough time. The book is a lot of fun though! 2y
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Read-y_Picker
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Megabooks
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This is my favorite Hendrix if you‘re looking for #AuthorAMonth. The #audiobook narration is amazing, and this cover art on the paperback is fantastic!

Abby and Gretchen first bond as kids over ET and rollerskating, but now it‘s 1989 and they‘re sophomores. One night they drop acid and Gretchen gets lost in the woods. When they find her in the AM, something has changed, but Abby is the only one who sees it. Can their friendship save Gretchen?

BookishPiper I watched the Amazon Prime movie the other night. Quite a few changes from the book. I really liked the book though. 2y
Megabooks @BookishPiper i haven‘t checked the movie out yet. I love the book so much that I doubt I‘ll watch the adaptation. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen This one really is hilarious 😂 another time capsule, which Grady does so well!!!! I 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes! He‘s so good at capturing different times and places! 2y
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WJCintron
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I‘m organizing & counting my points for the first week of the #Scarathlon #TeamMonsterMash #autumnatoz

I read 6 books, each a different letter.
6 x 10 = 60 pts + 1 participation pt each = 66
Two of them were 13+ letters. 50 points each!
100 pts bonus pts
Total of 166 pts 😃🙌💃

AmandaBlaze Each of your photo prompts are worth 6 pts per post. 5 for the photo and 1 for participation. 2y
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze 😱 So I‘m missing 6 pts then? It‘s supposed to be 166 pts? I‘m SO BAD at math!!!! I‘ve been ALL DAY calculating everything. 😭😭😭😂🤣 MY 🧠!!!!! 2y
AmandaBlaze Add up all your photo prompt posts for the week and multiply by 6. I've just been doing a daily tally, which makes the weekly a little easier. 2y
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AmandaBlaze For example, today you did 2, Pumpkin and Crime, that's 12 points just for today. 2y
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze 😃🙌🙏 2y
WJCintron @AmandaBlaze Yup! I really need to do that ‘cause all the different challenges and points are driving me crazy!! 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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Scary movies watched this week. #teammonstermash #scarathlon2022

Chrissyreadit @StayCurious right now I have 107 points I think….. also can I still post picture prompts from beginning ? 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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WJCintron Was it good?! I need to watch it!! 2y
BarkingMadRead @WJCintron I liked it a lot! They changed some things, but not too much! 2y
WJCintron @BarkingMadRun Awesome! Did they kept the acne scars on her face? If they didn‘t I will be so angry! Lol 2y
BarkingMadRead @WJCintron it definitely looks like she‘s covering up bad acne 2y
WJCintron @BarkingMadRun YES! 🙌😃 It‘s time they start being true to characters and their physical traits instead of just beauty standards or what they view as beauty, right?! Besides, it‘s an important detail, story wise. 😊👍 Thanks for keeping me posted. 😃🙏 2y
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TEArificbooks
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Read for #scarathlon so I can read it before watching the movie. I love all Hendrix‘s books. #trammonstermash @StayCurious #spookowren #31by31 #pointsathon @TheSpineView @DieAReader @Catsandbooks #promptmaze

1,220 pts

TheSpineView Great job 2y
DieAReader 🎉🎉🎉 2y
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼✨👻 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Can I get a recommendation? For those of you that have read either or both of these Grady Hendrix books, which one should I read first? 👻

Addison_Reads I'd say My Best Friend's Exorcism. 2y
Christy2318 My Best Friend‘s Exorcism and then watch the movie on Prime. 2y
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tyoung2058 Book club 2y
LKK526 The Southern Book Club‘s Guide To Slaying Vampires 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I didn't love Exorcism, but it was a good, quick read. I haven't read Book Club yet. 2y
Breanne1 I loved both of these but Exorcism was creepier if you‘re looking for scarier. 2y
FelinesAndFelonies Thanks for all of the recommendations. 💖 2y
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BarkingMadRead
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A great book for #scarathlon2022 #teamsalughter and so many great prompts are filled! #evilcharacter for @Ann_Reads autumn bingo, #popculturerefernce for #bodycountbingo @PuddleJumper the letter M for #autumnatoz @Texreader

Texreader Way to go!! 2y
AnnR 👍🎃👏 2y
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WJCintron
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This is my favorite so far! 😃🙌. Read for #trappedonanisland #challenge #teammonstermash #scarathlon
#audiobook

bthegood really enjoyed that book - the actual book is set out to look like a yearbook - fun 2y
WJCintron @bthegood Right?! LOVED it. That‘s cool! I need a physical copy!! 😃🙌 2y
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britgetslit
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"I saw your name on a dog's butt." Watching My Best Friends's Exorcism with the hubby during this rainy fall day.

#Scarathlon2022
#TeamSlaughter
@Clwojick