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In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
From the Modern Library's new set of beautifully repackaged hardcover classics by Truman Capote--also available are "Breakfast at Tiffany's "and" Other Voices, Other Rooms "(in one volume), " Portraits and Observations, "and "The Complete Stories" Truman Capote's masterpiece, "In Cold Blood, "created a sensation when it was first published, serially, in "The New Yorker" in 1965. The intensively researched, atmospheric narrative of the lives of the Clutter family of Holcomb, Kansas, and of the two men, Richard Eugene Hickock and Perry Edward Smith, who brutally killed them on the night of November 15, 1959, is the seminal work of the "new journalism." Perry Smith is one of the great dark characters of American literature, full of contradictory emotions. "I thought he was a very nice gentleman," he says of Herb Clutter. "Soft-spoken. I thought so right up to the moment I cut his throat." Told in chapters that alternate between the Clutter household and the approach of Smith and Hickock in their black Chevrolet, then between the investigation of the case and the killers' flight, Capote's account is so detailed that the reader comes to feel almost like a participant in the events.
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Eggbeater
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Pickpick

This was quite a harrowing story. It was told very well, although I do wonder how how all of that dialogue could have been verifiable fact.

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vivastory
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(Discussing ICB)
Todd Field “You've never seen this?“
Cate Blanchett “No because I've read it...& I loved it... you know when you love a book so deeply, I read it so many times...“
Wonderful ??
Have you seen this @MicheleinPhilly
https://twitter.com/Criterion/status/1585312369705615361

vivastory Häxan will be on Criterion Channel on Halloween. I saw it many many years ago & def plan on revisiting it this year. It's always stuck with me. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly 😍 I had not. I saw a picture of them in the closet but not the video so thanks for sharing! I‘d love to be gifted a spree in that closet! In less classy news, she will be on tomorrow‘s episode of Hot Ones. Which was basically the best news I heard all week. 😂 7mo
psalva Omg! I just watched Häxan last month for the first time and I was blown away! It took me completely by surprise. 7mo
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vivastory @MicheleinPhilly My brother LOVES spicy foods & once he ordered a couple of bottles of sauces that are used on Hot Ones. I tried just a tiny bit of the tamer version & I was in misery 😭😂 I could do some real damage in the Criterion closet! 7mo
vivastory @psalva It's incredible. I'm really looking forward to revisiting it. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Oooh, did he order The Bomb Beyond Insanity??? I love spicy food but the older I get, the less my digestive system agrees. 7mo
vivastory @MicheleinPhilly I think he might have. When we order Buffalo Wild Wings he orders the “Wild“ level 😬 I do enjoy a kick to my food, but not to that extent 7mo
sarahbellum @MicheleinPhilly I found Da Bomb Beyond Insanity at our local World Market. I did not dare buy it. Gordon Ramsey‘s Hot Ones remains my all time favorite 😂 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @sarahbellum I don‘t think I‘d be brave enough to even try it. I think my fave is Dave Grohl because they get so smashed. 😂 7mo
Leftcoastzen Great clip! 7mo
sarahbellum @MicheleinPhilly ooo I don‘t think I‘ve seen that one yet! 7mo
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Kimberlone
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#Scarathlon Daily Photo Prompt Day 10 #Crime

I‘ve fallen behind on my photo posts again, so getting caught up today!

I feel like this book is still the ur-text for the true crime genre, while Capote‘s prose maintains its status as a classic work of non-fiction.

#TeamSlaughter

SomedayAlmost One of my favorites! 8mo
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JenReadsAlot
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I love true #crime and this is a favorite! #scarathlondailyprompts @Clwojick #teamslaughter

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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The second-best-selling true crime book in history (behind Vincent Bugliosi's “Helter Skelter”), Capote‘s telling of the Clutter Family murders is considered a pioneering book of the non-fiction novel/novelization of true crime genre and sky-rocketed him into literary fame, even though the accuracy of the book was questioned by some critics. #scarathlondailyprompts #crime #teamslaughter

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104_goodbuddy
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Pickpick

I love murder documentaries so I was so excited to read this. And. I. Loved. It. This is the first book in a long time where I forgot that I was reading it. I flew through the pages so quickly. The writing is fantastic. I was nervous that it was going to be boring, but it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The way Capote documented the events was incredible, I had to keep reminding myself that everything was true. 100/10

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JackieGreco
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Pickpick

This was a dark true story of a two killers murdering an innocent family. The book is considered to be a classic and started the true crime genre.

LoverOfLearning A great read. Almost shocking at how much information you are given. Definitely a disturbing story 10mo
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Andrea4
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Bailedbailed

I could have powered through finally but really I just didn't want to. And this isn't the first time this hold has come in. So I give up. Because obviously I did not find this captivating enough to finish.

Sharpeipup I‘m struggling with it too. A friend‘s daughter is reading it for school and asked me for help but I do not enjoy his writing style. 1y
Andrea4 @Sharpeipup I totally fell in love with his writing with his short stories but this...I don't know, I think it just dragged too much for me. 1y
FantasyChick I have this one but I don't think I've ever picked it up. 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Picked up so many good books during my recent #libraryhaul that I had to sort them by due date to answer the question “what should I read first?“

Does anyone else do this?

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Cathythoughts
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Thanks for the tag @TheNeverendingTBR 👍🏻

1. The tagged book had a huge impact on me when I first read it. I saw people/ the world differently

2. Yes , I will wear something green , and watch the parades , and raise a glass 👍🏻💚

I tag all who would like to join in.. #TwoforTuesday

TheNeverendingTBR I've had this for years and I've not read it, I keep putting it off. 1y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 💚🍀🍺 1y
youneverarrived Such a powerful book. I‘d love to re-read it. 1y
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Cazxxx
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Reading this for the second time. What are you reading today?

SRWCF I am reading 1y
Cazxxx @SRWCF Love Peter Pan! 1y
SRWCF @Cazxxx I think this is the first time I've ever read it. 🤔 1y
Cazxxx @SRWCF I hope you‘re enjoying it 1y
SRWCF @Cazxxx I am! I think Mr. and Mrs. Darling are such hilarious characters. They are so damn emotional! ? I keep saying to myself, "These two are the parents?!" 1y
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inthegreensandblues
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call "out there."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Chrissyreadit Hey friend! Hope you are well! Just wanted to say Hi! 12mo
inthegreensandblues @Chrissyreadit Hi! TY for poking me today. Hope you are good too ☺️ 12mo
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wisherwishinguponastar
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Hey, guys! I had some fun picking out true crime titles last night for this round of #lmpbc and I was curious what your thoughts are. I am excited to be reading with you guys! #teamt #teammoremurder #groupt

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HeathHof Ohhhh, these all sound good. I think my top two would be My Friend Dahmer and the tagged book. 1y
Patchshank They all seem great. My friend Dahmer or in cold blood would be my top two. 1y
Maggie4483 I think 3 of these are already on my TBR. They all sound good! 1y
wisherwishinguponastar How about we do My Friend Dahmer? It will be interesting to have a graphic novel in our selection! @Mynameisacolour @Patchshank @Maggie4483 1y
Patchshank Yeah. That works for me. 1y
HeathHof I'm good with that! 1y
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klu13
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Mehso-so

First true crime

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Andrea4
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Been MIA lately with tarot studies and Christmas BUT since we got this little guy (Jasper), I feel I may be back to listening to many audiobooks as I try to balance my own running workouts with the multiple long walks a day this dude needs! I can't wait for the day when I have a running buddy!
Currently, listening to In Cold Blood (so festive, I know 🤪).

Soubhiville Aw cutie. Congratulations! 1y
Tamra Adorbs! 1y
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Andrea4 @Soubhiville @tamra @Gissy thanks guys, he is pretty cute 1y
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yoavshai
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#BookCoverChallenge
Day 133.
Here I will note 365 books (or as many as I will have before I get tired) that have shaped my taste in literature. No explanations, no reviews. Just the cover of the book.
I do not challenge anyone. You are all welcome to take part.

Cathythoughts Great book 👍🏻interesting cover (edited) 1y
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Annie1215
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We are coming to the end of October (already?!) and the end of this awesome book.

The way Perry is written, there are time I found my self feeling bad for him despite the horrors of his character.

Can you think of a time you‘ve had conflicting feelings, intended in the writing or not, for a character that is, or implied to be, evil or the villain?

#thatsclassic

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The audiobook wasn't available yet so I didn't get around to this one. I might add it to my 2022 roster if it fits a challenge. 2y
Annie1215 I was disappointed and surprised the audiobook wasn‘t available through the library! @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick (edited) 2y
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Annie1215
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Hey there #thatsclassic readers! Time for another check in.

I really loved this book and honestly felt like I was reading a purely fictional story. The way it was written really took me out of it feeling clinical. Did you feel this way?

This officially ranks high in my true crime reads. What are some of your favorite true crime stories? Some of mine are Columbine and American Predator.

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Bookworm54
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Pickpick

I really enjoy true crime, but I get scared easily so don‘t partake often 🤣
I chose to listen to this one on audio for #ThatsClassic during my commute and it was so good! The narrator was amazing, and the book itself riveting. From the discovery of the crime through to the search for clues, the arrest and the time in prison, it really covered all bases. And actually, I found it more sad than scary… great pick!

EvieBee I really enjoyed this one, too. It also really scared me. The sheer waste of it all. 2y
TheSpineView Awesome! 2y
bthegood I found the way Capote laid out the story - a butterfly effect - if one thing had changed early on - it would have meant no crime. This is one of the scariest books I've read - due to way it is written and based on true story. 2y
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Annie1215
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Pickpick

I loved this! I‘m so glad I finally got around to reading it.

It takes great artistry to be able to paint a character as a villain and sympathetic at the same time.

So worth the read!
#thatsclassic #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
AmyG Such a great book. Got me hooked on true crime. 2y
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Annie1215
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Checking in: #thatsclassic

As I‘ve been working through part one I‘m struck by the presence of the rural setting. In some ways it feels like it‘s own character in the story.

This makes me think of other stories where the setting is so prominent. The first thing I think of is Great Gatsby and the distinction of East/West Egg.

What are your thoughts on this? Any books where the location is key to the story?

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ravenlee
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Pickpick

Just finished for #thatsclassic - one I‘ve been meaning to read for ages. The writing is incredible, and now I need to read more Capote. I may also need to reread Furious Hours for Harper Lee‘s involvement because the introduction left her out completely 😡. Hard to read because of the subject matter and yet compelling all the same. Thanks @Annie1215 for a good pick!

(Notice the tail; the cat is sitting on my chest to “help”)

KCofKaysville This book strongly influenced me when I was about 18 or so. It was a tragic story. I've seen the old movie again about a year ago and it holds up too. @ravenlee 2y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I had to really look closely to find the kitty tail. They‘re providing emotional support through a “scary” thing you‘re experiencing. Animals are intuitive like that 😻 2y
ravenlee @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 that must be why he kept trying to sit on my cheek/shoulder - he was trying to shield me from the ugly truth! 😆 Doesn‘t explain why he does that the rest of the time, though… 2y
Chrissyreadit I loved this book! It was most likely my first experience with true crime. 2y
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ravenlee
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My goals for #AnyWayYouReadathon are pretty modest: finish the tagged book (it‘s so good but I feel like I‘m just not making progress), keep up with Hood Feminism, maybe start another read (likely Small Spaces or Ophie‘s Ghosts). Family stuff happening tomorrow so who knows if I‘ll get any reading time.
#thatsclassic #SheSaid #MGBuddyRead
@kimmypete1 @Eggbeater @MidnightBookGirl

Eggbeater Glad you're joining us. 2y
kimmypete1 Thanks for joining us! 2y
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reading_rainbow
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#ThatsClassic October pick is a good one! It just arrived today, I‘ve always wanted to read this one, very excited ☠️🧡

Annie1215 I can‘t wait to start it! 2y
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Annie1215
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Time for spooky season #thatsclassic friends!

We‘re kicking off In Cold Blood today. This has been on my TBR for YEARSSSS and I‘m thrilled to finally get to it.

Who is joining this month?

ravenlee I‘m in! 2y
bthegood I've read it, will reread if #Scarathlon2021 books get read first, I did love it. 2y
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staci.reads It's so good. Enjoy! 2y
Bookworm54 I got this months book on audio ☺️ 2y
eeclayton I'm going to sit this one out, as I've read it. It's a great book, I'm sure you'll enjoy it. 2y
Ephemera Outstanding book. After you read this, read Columbine. 2y
Annie1215 @Ephemera that‘s one of my favorites (feels odd to say) it‘s just so magnificently written! 2y
jb72 I really hope to fit this one this month. 2y
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Loreen
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#bannedbooksweek2021 continues! This book has been challenged due to #violence #sexualcontent #obscenelanguage. #readbannedbooks kids!

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Annie1215
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A reminder as September comes to a close…

We are reading In Cold Blood for #thatsclassic in October.

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anushareflects
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Pickpick

It was an interesting book albeit dry and lengthy at times, but good for true crime lovers. Full review on my blog www.anushareflects.com

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jpj7474
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Captivating. In my personal HOF.

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Q84
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This is not complete but heres the time spent on it yesterday for #20in4 #readathon
@Andrew65

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Q84
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Starting this audiobook for #20in4 #readathon

Tamra I‘ve never read this, but I keep meaning to! 2y
SweetP1967 This is a great book…one of my all time favorites! Hope you enjoy it! 2y
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Runner5ive
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Pickpick

Read this for #BookClub. Really enjoyed it, even if true crime is not my thing (and you‘d think it would be, as I‘m studying law). Loved how the story humanised all the characters in a murder that otherwise would just be forgotten to history. Classic.

Cathythoughts Excellent review!! Great book 2y
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TH3F4LC0N
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Mehso-so

Finished In Cold Blood. It was alright. A tad underwhelming. The writing was kind of shockingly plain. The early portion of the book which detailed the lives of the victims was necessary but ultimately failed to create any real empathy. The psychological profiles of Smith & Hickock were excellent though. It kinda dissolved into nothing by the end & there were loads of characters I couldn‘t keep straight. Pretty good book, but all tell & no show.

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TH3F4LC0N
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Now reading. My first Capote. Pretty good so far. A little dry in places, but the sequences with the killers are fairly riveting. The writing is a little too convoluted for my tastes; (one sentence had 10 commas in it!!! And more semicolons than I‘ve ever seen!) But on the whole, it‘s a pretty good book. 🤓

Cathythoughts One of my favorites! I hope it continues to go well for you 2y
TH3F4LC0N Thnx! I actually own a copy of Other Voices, Other Rooms too, so I‘m hoping I end up liking In Cold Blood enough to dive right into that one! 2y
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Meredeez88
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Just bought both, cannot decide which to read first....help!! 🙏🤷‍♀️📚

Johanna414 I love the Sherlock Holmes stories! 2y
BarbaraBB I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ In Cold Blood! 2y
Cathythoughts In Cold Blood is excellent ❤️ 2y
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Lizpixie
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1. The hubby sometimes gets frustrated with the money & the amount of books I have(the sweetie is under the silly impression I have enough books!)but he loves that I‘m a reader even though he isn‘t.
2. All my kids are readers & my grandkids are showing signs. Plus my dad is where I get it from!
3. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I love true crime but have never read that, though I do own it🤷🏻‍♀️
#WondrousWednesday

Enchanted_Bibliophile I also need to read that one sometime in the near future...😳 2y
Eggs # 3.....😳😱 I don‘t think I can do it...Thanks for joining in 🌺🌼 2y
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Bibliophile_89
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Excited to move this off my TBR list. 🕵🏻‍♂️#truecrime

Smrloomis Welcome to Litsy! 🥳 2y
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tricours
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Pickpick

I‘ve probably read too many modern true crime books to really appreciate this classic. And for whatever reason I could not keep the two perpetrators apart, which probably ruined the “story” quite a bit for me. Still a pick though!

Random pic of Walter just to spruce this up a bit.

Caroline2 What a beautiful doggy! 🥰 2y
LibrarianRyan Baby!!!!!!!!!!!! 2y
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saritaroth
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

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AvidReaderandGeekGirl
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Panpan

So boring! I actually zoned out for part of it I was so bored, I finished it only because it's supposed to be a great classic!

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Morr_Books
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Didnt read as much as I wanted to over my break, as I got distracted with Christmas movies, shopping online and Christmas decorating - basically all things Christmas. I did manage to finish the 3 books i wanted to, including the tagged book. Glad I could join the #feastmode readathon! @Hestapleton

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Bookwormjillk
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Pre-dawn books and breakfast. I started this book for #Scarathlon2020 hoping to finish before #WinterGames2020

kspenmoll Looks delicious!!! 3y
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Emilymdxn
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Mehso-so

I liked this less than I was expecting, probably because it‘s such a highly hyped book maybe I was never going to enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I liked the central story, but it felt rambling and too long in places, and I found Truman Capote‘s writing style overblown and purple prose-y sometimes. I don‘t mind that as much for his fiction but I didn‘t love it here.

#nfn2020 @Clwojick +20

Clwojick It‘s so hyped! It‘s on my list, but not far up there lol 3y
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Monnntannnya
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Mehso-so

I really struggled to get through this one and it wasn‘t for the right reasons. I just couldn‘t ever get into this book. I usually enjoy true crime books but this one just didn‘t hit the mark for me

Sace This is one that I should want to read (true crime) but I've never read it and can't seem to talk myself into trying it 3y
Monnntannnya I went through the same thing! It took some stubbornness to get all the way through for me but hopefully if/when you decide to read it you enjoy it more 3y
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Andrea313
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rubyslippersreads Great photo! 3y
sgoffe One of my favorites! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Good choice! 3y
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MrBook
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Anna40 😂😂😂 this is hilarious 3y
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