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Lucky You
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Three women, early twenties, find themselves aimlessly adrift in Erika Carter s fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You. Ellie, Chloe and Rachel are friends (sort of); waitresses at the same tired bar in the Arkansas college town they ve stuck around in too long. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she s agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to health and asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in The Project . In a remote, rural house in the Ozarks, nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them, each tries to solve the conundrum of being alive. By turns funny, knowing and hauntingly sad, Lucky You delivers the kind of study in damage and detachment that made Mary Gaitskill s Bad Behavior or Joan Didion s Play It As It Lays so memorable. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breathwhich makes it impossible to look away."
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JackOBotts
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1. This was a #BOTM bust
2. New Girl - this is my go-to “pick me up”
3. Coffee & yogurt (so I‘ll be hungry by 11 🤦🏻‍♀️)
4. EST
5. Green Midnight (I‘m loving everyone‘s band names!) 🤘🏼

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Megabooks This was one of the worst books in the BOTM challenge! 3mo
JackOBotts @Megabooks it was painful, that‘s for sure. 3mo
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Beachesnbooks
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Pickpick

The reviews on Litsy & GR aren‘t great for this one, but I ended up loving it. Three friends, flawed & unlikable in different ways, find their lives on pause when they attempt to live a life “in health” in a house in rural Arkansas. We learn their self-destructive patterns even as they pretend to themselves that what they‘re doing has more meaning than it does. I found it incisive, darkly funny, and a fast read. #botm

SW-T That‘s the beauty of reading! Sometimes the stuff others love falls flat for you and the stuff you love falls flat for them. Always an adventure and you never know what will resonate with you the most😊 7mo
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kerry
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Panpan

I'm annoyed that I wasted a vacation book on this. To be fair, there was enough here that I finished it, rather than bailing... but it didn't go anywhere, or mean anything, in the end. Not worth the time.

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schmia
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My husband makes us St. Germain‘s with the watermelon we bought from the local truck stand off Rhode Island NE last night. Lucky me, indeed.

mabell Sounds delicious! 1y
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Mdargusch
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Back in the good old days, when #BOTM was generous, everyone in our bookclub got a free book credit because we disliked this book so much. 😆 #luckyyou #ishouldbesolucky #magicalmarch #marchintooz

Cinfhen The #badpenny returns 😂😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I miss the good ole days of BOTM 😩❣️ 2y
Cinfhen Gorgeous photo 💚 2y
Valink I have this book from BOTM and keep seeing how terrible it is. I kinda want to read it anyway to see if it lives up to the bad hype! 🤣🤣 2y
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Lisaw13 This book was awful! 😝 2y
Mdargusch I know @Cinfhen the prompt was just too easy. And thanks! 2y
Mdargusch I think you should definitely read it @valink! 2y
Mdargusch Ha! Glad you are on our team @Lisaw13 👍🏼 2y
kyraleseberg I've heard quite a bit about this on Litsy- looks like the most epic BOTM fail ever! 2y
BarbaraJean 😂That‘s amazing!! 2y
emilyhaldi Ha! This book is perfect for so many prompts.... that‘s the only thing it‘s good for 🤣🤣 2y
Reviewsbylola Haha no kidding. @emilyhaldi 2y
vkois88 Oh my... lol... that's too funny 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Cinfhen Hahaha, the book that keeps on giving 🤣💚😂 2y
Reviewsbylola WELL PLAYED!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola you know i just can't help myself 😆 2y
DeleteAcct I haven't read this one yet, now I'm curious. Lol. 2y
Mdargusch Hahahaha! 2y
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shanebeth
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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I didn‘t meet my goal of 50 books, sigh. but this was the first year I set a number for the Goodreads challenge and tracked my progress, so now I have a better idea of a reasonable goal I can set for 2018. side note: my unpopular book opinion for 2017 is that I liked the widely-panned Lucky You. 🤷🏼‍♀️😂 #2017

Eggs You did great! 💕👍🏻 2y
shanebeth @Eggs thanks! happy 2018! 🎉 2y
Dulcinella 😍💐💐🥂 2y
AceOnRoam Least Popular is just very bad wording on GRs part, they should rename that category 😐 2y
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emilyhaldi
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You had to see this one coming for today's prompt, right??
#youngdumbandbroke
#leastfavoritebookaward
#noredeemingqualities
#decdays

Cinfhen Yet, you still have a copy to share 😜I thought this would have been left behind in the move... 2y
emilyhaldi @Cinfhen I pulled this one off @mdargusch ‘s shelf 😉 2y
Cinfhen I realized that about 40 minutes ago 😂 2y
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Mdargusch So funny because was the book that came to my mind too @emilyhaldi and @Cinfhen Please excuse my dead flowers. 🤦🏼‍♀️ 2y
Cinfhen They actually look pretty good for dead flowers @Mdargusch 🌼😊🌼😊🌼 2y
Reviewsbylola 🤣🤣🤣 2y
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12parsecs
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Hey guys! I‘m not dead, just enjoying sometime in Mexico for Thanksgiving 😊 @dariazeoli expect a post card soon!!

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Mdargusch
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I️ did not like this book. My review was so bad, that BOTM gave me a free book credit. #🍀 #emojinov

EchoLogical Wow 😂 2y
Tamra 😮 2y
Alfoster Yikes! Maybe you need to “hate” all your books😂😂😂😂! 2y
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TheBookStacker They gave me a free credit for it as well when I picked it that month. I think a lot of people hated it. 2y
emilyhaldi “Did not like” is putting it mildly 2y
Mdargusch 😂😂😂 @Alfoster 2y
Mdargusch Interesting @thebookstacker all this time I️ thought it was my review that got me a free book. 2y
mrozzz Really!!? Damn. 2y
JackOBotts Ugh...I did NOT enjoy this one, either. Awesome that you got a credit!#customerservice 2y
Mdargusch Yes. I️ was very surprised @JackOBotts and @mrozzz 2y
Reviewsbylola There were a lot of book credits that month. 😂😂 I️ think they knew I️t was super bad because I‘ve never gotten another credit for a bad review. 😂 2y
DivineDiana Now that‘s making lemonade! 🍋 2y
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Nute
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Reality Check: I have run out of room for places to store books. I have used all of my creativity and imagination. I have stacks and stacks of books stuffed under beds, hidden in lingerie drawers, in boxes behind doors, on the fireplace mantel, tiny stacks serving as the centerpiece on the dining room table, larger stacks performing as end tables next to the sofa and nightstands in every bedroom. What is a reader to do?

Nute There are no more unoccupied nooks and crannies. So among tears and gasps for air I cancelled all my book subscription boxes last night. I tried smiling about it this morning, but it's not working. This must be an addiction. 2y
Laura317 I saw where some put books in the oven. I guess it doesn't get used. 2y
IndyHannaJones Yup. I have to do a book purge soon haha 2y
Redwritinghood I wish I could help, but I‘m in the same predicament. 2y
RadicalReader @Nute well if someone is placing books in their oven it‘s most definitely a hot read 2y
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LPezzo
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Mehso-so

I can‘t decide how I feel about this book. It‘s a little difficult to get into, and the storyline is somewhat unique. I‘ve found upon finishing, I‘m wanting more, if for no other reason than I am unsatisfied with the ending. I found the characters interesting, but still seemed to be left wanting more. Great read for writers, who already have the creative juices flowing. For myself, I‘m still left unsure.

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ZoeyPeacock
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Up next...anyone read it?

Ashes I have this queued up a few down the list. Excited to see what you think! 2y
L_auren Yep. Most hated it (on litsy). I felt pretty indifferent! Post what you think when you finish please :) 2y
Lauralyn I have on my nightstand to read. 2y
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JackOBotts
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Panpan

Blah...a single word sums it all up. I never felt engaged by the narrative, but was too stubborn to walk away and bail. On the "plus" side, the typeset made it feel like the chapters moved quickly...so there's that... ⭐️

Reviewsbylola I finished it because it was so short. Truly awful though. 2y
JackOBotts @Reviewsbylola Exactly! I felt nothing for any of the characters. 2y
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JackOBotts
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38% ?! Okay...a little nervous, but keeping an open mind.

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Robothugs
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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I would like to extend this prompt to all of the characters in this book. #AmericanIdiot #Characters2017

saresmoore Hahaha! I still haven't even cracked this book. 2y
Robothugs I know some people enjoyed it, but I was not one of them. 🙈 @saresmoore 2y
saresmoore @Robothugs If by "some" you mean three plus the BOTM judge who picked it, then yes. Seriously, I think almost everyone hated the characters! I like the cover, though. ? 2y
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Robothugs @saresmoore I was a victim of getting it because of the cover. 😂 2y
RealBooks4ever 🤣🤣🤣 You just made my day! 2y
Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🤣🤣🤣 2y
LibrarianRyan 🤓👍 2y
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Megabooks
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Bailedbailed

More like Unlucky You! ??? I can't spend any more of my day on this ????! It's like they gave a mediocre college English student a book contract and said, "Here, write your life." I felt nothing but boredom and distaste for each of the characters. I'm sorry if you wasted a #botm credit on it. Thank goodness for libraries! Bailed at 66% #botmchallenge 20/25 I really tried. ??‍♀️

L_auren Teehee. No one liked this book!! I finished it, I didn't loathe it but was curious how it ever got published 2y
MMFinck Bummer! 2y
Megabooks @L_auren Yes! How did it get published? The blurb makes it sound good, but the execution is terrible! And why BOTM, why did you choose this?!? 2y
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Megabooks @MMF For sure! 2y
LeahBergen I need to find one of these magical aprons. 😂 2y
Megabooks @LeahBergen Right?!? Nothing sexier than doing chores around the house. 💅🏻💋 2y
LisaJo Oh no. This was my choice a couple months ago. Perhaps I'll put it on the bottom of my TBR pile. 2y
Megabooks @LisaJo I don't blame you! The blurb sounds great, but I really can't think of anything I liked about it. ☹️ 2y
8little_paws I actually liked this but in a very snarky way. If that makes sense. 2y
Megabooks @8little_paws Yes, it completely does. If I were in the mood to really hate characters, I might have finished. 2y
Lovesbooks87 I read this book and wanted to stop reading it so many times. It sounded good, but was a disappointment! 2y
Megabooks @Lovesbooks87 Exactly agree with you! 2y
MatchlessMarie It's gotta be that teal embroidery 🤣💋 2y
Megabooks @MatchlessMarie Absolutely!! 🤣🤣 2y
nomierosie I am 23 and I have to say I've never felt like this haha! Reading this one section is enough to put me off the book to be honest. 2y
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Megabooks
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Trying to squeeze in one or two more for the #BOTMchallenge before next month's box gets here. I have this on #Hoopla and Exit West on Overdrive.

Megabooks This is 375 pages...I shouldn't have looked. Maybe Exit West first? 2y
Cinfhen Lots of mixed reviews..curious to hear your thoughts 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen Thanks! It'll be a slow read over the next couple of weekends because I don't feel like looking at my Kindle after work. Why have more screentime? 2y
Reviewsbylola This goes pretty quickly, despite what a stinker it is. I also hated Exit West, but that is short and quick as well, plus I'm in the minority as far as hating it! 2y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola it's like it's trying to be "edgy" for the sake of being "edgy". It's like they gave a mediocre college student a book contract and said, "Here, write your life!" I'm sorry I'm wasting the afternoon on this, but I have cramps so I'm in a whatever kind of mood. Now or never! ?? 2y
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svenezia
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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Jumping into yet another book this weekend but I wanted to make sure it was one I would keep reading outside in this great weather!

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quietjenn
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I know this book was divisive (to say the least and be kind) when it was a BOTM. But, what can I say? Y'all made me curious.

8little_paws Unlikeable characters abound, but I dug this book. 3y
TheBookStacker I was not a fan. So much so that BOTM gave me a free book credit. 3y
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Robothugs
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#BadRomance All of them. They're all bad. Bad, bad, bad. 😧 #LyricalApril

Cinfhen Oh girls! When will you learn!?! 3y
Cinfhen I like that disco ball✨💫✨ 3y
Reviewsbylola I was thinking of using this for yesterday's prompt for unlikeable characters but this works too! 3y
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Robothugs @Reviewsbylola it works for both! I didn't think of using it yesterday. @Cinfhen the disco ball is the only good thing 😶 3y
RealBooks4ever 😆😆😆 3y
Cinfhen 😂😂😂I know @Reviewsbylola was not a fan of this #BOTM either 3y
Reviewsbylola It wins ad my least favorite selection ever. @Cinfhen 3y
Robothugs @Reviewsbylola I'm with you on that. 3y
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whelanmaria
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Pickpick

I didn't expect to like this book at the beginning. The angst and privilege of the characters seemed overwhelming but somehow Carter made each character relatable in an intriguing way. I really liked it by the end. A great, quiet novel with some serious heart.

RealLifeReading I like that cover! 3y
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Juneofthemoon
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Mehso-so

Did I miss the point of this book? I kept reading because the writing was good and I was waiting for something to happen, but a whole lot of nothing happened.

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AbstractMonica
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Mehso-so

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, although I didn't quite understand the ending. Maybe I missed something. I enjoyed the writing, and found Ellie to be the most interesting person in the novel. There's a melancholy tone through out, but I tend to like books that aren't always happy and cheery.

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AbstractMonica
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I needed something light after finishing Allegedly last night. Please tell me this is a light read... upadate: I just read some of the reviews for this book. Many described it as depressing. I need something happy, funny and positive. Help!!

sumaiyya.books Me too :( I'm so depressed after my recent read 💔 3y
AbstractMonica @sumaiyya.books what did you read last? 3y
sumaiyya.books I read the sequel to Sofia Khan is Not Obliged, it comes out today actually. I was so disappointed by the ending 😫 3y
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Linda906
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Forgot to tag this as a #LitsyAtoZ pick. So posting it again for #theLetterL.

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Linda906
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Pickpick

Based on the number of negative reviews, I thought I would end up bailing on this book. Though I didn't love it, I didn't hate it either. It did make me sad because I saw a lot of hopelessness in all the characters- even though I knew their lives could be different if they made different decisions. But Ericka Carter's writing caused me to have those feels and I'm guessing that was her goal. Definitely depressing, but also a bold and honest debut.

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Linda906
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Reading this one next for the "book that got negative reviews that you are curious about" category for one of my reading challenges. Let's see how it goes...

PandaPanda This is on my tbr too! I got it from #botm because I lied the premise before I read any reviews. You'll have to tell us how you like it! 3y
Iamlisa22 I have this but haven't started it yet... I'm gonna ignore reviews until I get to it. I hope it's good 🤞🏻 3y
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AmyAgentBor
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Panpan

Hated it, only reason I finished it was because I bought it. The story of three losers who can't get their lives together. They live off the grid cause they don't pay their bills nor have jobs.

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Liberty
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Evening reading. 📚🌛

JennaRoot Oh! I have this but I haven't gotten to it yet! Hope it gets the Liberty Seal of Approval! 🤞 3y
Reviewsbylola Curious to see what you think. I really didn't care for it. By far my most hated BOTM choice ever. (edited) 3y
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Astridstars
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Mehso-so

My bf's mom let me borrow one of her #BOTM choices from a few months ago. I actually liked this book until I got to the end. It seems all three friends, whose chapter's alternate, are dealing with some sort of mental illness or some sort of codependency. Rachel is the only kinda decent one of her friends, Ellie is an insecure bitch and Chloe is a mix of mean and nice. I just wasn't too fond of how the book dealt with their issues & it ended weird.

Reviewsbylola My BOTM group chose this for January and we all pretty much hated it. It definitely sticks out in my mind as my most hated BOTM choice ever. 3y
Astridstars @Reviewsbylola yeah so far it's my least favorite from my BOTM picks. I don't hate it but it just ended flat considering she did so much character development 3y
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freyaheart
Lucky You | Erika Carter
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#17rainbowbooks Rainbow book stack!!

diovival One of my faves is hanging out in this stack. Bradbury. 😆 3y
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Astridstars
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Got my BF's Mom a #botm subscription during Christmas and this was the first book she got to choose. She enjoyed it so she let me borrow it. Taking advantage that my car is being serviced to enjoy this nice day and read outside at a nearby cafe

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lfoy
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Mehso-so

The story was great but the book on a whole was tough to get through

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HardcoverHarlot
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Pickpick

I get why a lot of people don't like this one, but it really struck me in the feels. The motivations, the ennui, the self-destructiveness...I get it. I've been each of these 3 women before.

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HardcoverHarlot
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Now that this month's BOTM has shipped, maybe I should read last month's...

ErinC I'm still two months behind! 3y
Kmmsellers I'm two months behind, too! So glad I'm not alone. 3y
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Valink
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Book mail day makes me happy!

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Demanda
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Pickpick

Maybe because I'm from Arkansas and I recognized the landscape she described... Maybe because I remember being an idiotic, pretentious 23 year old... But I'm gonna go against the trend and admit that I really enjoyed this book.

shawnmooney Here's to going against the trend! 3y
Demanda @shawnmooney cheers! 🍺 3y
Reviewsbylola I'm glad you enjoyed it!!! I am in the hate camp. There were a few points where I thought maybe I could at least like it, but then I would get annoyed again. 3y
Demanda @Reviewsbylola I totally get why some people hated it. The characters were absolutely awful! 3y
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Demanda
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Stuck at the DMV, but at least I'm FINALLY getting a chance to start my January #bookofthemonth !

RadicalReader @Demanda what a wonderful way to spend time and make the best of the situation 3y
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Dmtlang
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to like this book but the end left me wanting more resolution. The story ended up right back where it started. I liked that the story was told from all three view points and there were a couple of funny moments.

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JessAF
Lucky You | Erika Carter
Mehso-so

It's not that I didn't like it - I did. Erika Carter's writing flows well and paints a solid picture of three lost girls in their 20's. The tie up of the three stories left something to be desired, though.

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

I like this book! It reminds me of friends I have met in my twenties and weird obsessions we can get into. I thought it was a light, easy read but I also love gossip girl so...

Stayed up past my bedtime to finish

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Bandrea
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this book and hoped that it would provide any kind of twist or redemption, but it fell flat for me. It read like an indie movie that you watch and then have no idea what the point was. I can see how it could be a book club book though, because there would be a lot of discussion about the characters and their choices.

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saresmoore
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Reading, writing, and lunching at Whole Foods—by myself! Woot! (For those who aren't huge nerds like me, "woot" means we owned other team. Other team in this situation is either my husband or my kids, maybe both.) ?

saresmoore I'm also trying to look as un-single and uninteresting as possible. I have this unfortunately amiable habit of smiling at perfect strangers. It tends to land me in uncomfortable situations. 😬 3y
Alfoster I do that too!😳 3y
saresmoore @Alfoster It's one of the hazards of being a nice person! 3y
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Moray_Reads @saresmoore oh dear! I manage precisely the opposite. There's something about me that encourages people to stand on public transport rather than sit next to me 😈 3y
MicheleinPhilly I'm a nice person but I've still perfected the art of the stink eye. 😉 3y
saresmoore @Moray_Reads Haha! It must be that your intelligence and beauty are just too intimidating. People may just be afraid of self-confidence in a woman... 3y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore that's must be it...😒😉 3y
saresmoore @MicheleinPhilly This is something I must learn! Although, I probably already know a variation of it from the look my mom used to give my dad. 😳 3y
LauraBeth You won the day! 😀👏👏 3y
saresmoore @LauraBeth I didn't stop there! I also went to the library alone! 😮 3y
BookBabe Yay! I 💚 Whole Foods! Their cheese department, omg. 🧀 What do you think of Lucky You? I stayed up all night reading it. 3y
saresmoore @BookBabe I decided to finish The Bookshop on the Corner first, but I have the feeling I'll stay up all night reading it tonight! I did a little research on the author and I think I'm going to like the book. Did you enjoy it? 3y
EllieDottie I love going to lunch all by myself to just relax!! 3y
saresmoore @EllieDottie It was so nice! 3y
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KatyAliceReads
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Does it bother anyone else that Ellie's haikus aren't haikus?

The syllables are all over the place...

Mdargusch Everything about this book bothered me. 😂 3y
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Bandrea
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Finally diving into my #botm pick. Hoping it's a good read!