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The Night the Lights Went Out
The Night the Lights Went Out | Karen White
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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Tradd Street series comes a stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers that the nature of friendship is never what it seems.... Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. Its not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning arent helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail. Merilee finds some measure of peace in the cottage she is renting from town matriarch Sugar Prescott. Though stubborn and irascible, Sugar sees something of herself in Merileesomething that allows her to open up about her own colorful past. Sugars stories give Merilee a different perspective on the town and its wealthy school moms in their tennis whites and shiny SUVs, and even on her new friendship with Heather Blackford. Merilee is charmed by the glamorous young mothers seemingly perfect life and finds herself drawn into Heather's world. In a town like Sweet Apple, where sins and secrets are as likely to be found behind the walls of gated mansions as in the dark woods surrounding Merilees house, appearance is everything. But just how dangerous that deception can be will shock all three women....
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Thanks to these folks for today‘s prompt:

#HOLLYJOLLYREADING
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

Today‘s Prompt: LIGHTS

Not Christmas lights, but a FAB book to read.

This book is a FAVORITE for me...LOVE Karen White‘s books.

Review here: https://tinyurl.com/rxq5zax

@karenwhitewrite

OriginalCyn620 👍🏻📚😊 3d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is on my list! I love the cover!! ❤️ 3d
SilversReviews @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes...the cover and the book are terrific. ENJOY when you read it. 3d
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shellleigh33
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Sorry I can never narrow it down to just 3. But here are my picks for #groupP #LMPBC. Let me know your thoughts.

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IvoryLunatic I really like the sound of Sold, closely followed by Lily and the Octopus and The Great Unexpected. 2mo
Bookishthoughts I've read Lily and the Octopus. The Great unexpected sounds really fun! Followed by tagged book 2mo
Bookishthoughts Great picks! 2mo
shellleigh33 🙏🏻 Thank you so much for noticing that @Bookishthoughts. I fixed it. I must have hit the wrong name when I typed in @Crazeedi to tag her 2mo
shellleigh33 I bet that other person is thinking why did this crazy book woman tag me 🤣 2mo
Bookishthoughts 😊 happens alot more then I'd like to admit to me. 2mo
Crazeedi I haven't read any of these! I just got home, so I'll check out my books and post possibles tomorrow 2mo
shellleigh33 Does any one seem to strike your interest more than another @Crazeedi 2mo
Crazeedi @shellleigh33 the great unexpected sounds good! Or any!❤ 2mo
Crazeedi @shellleigh33 or the tagged one 2mo
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guinsgirlreads
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I‘m not in the mood for my library stack right now.. this one that was given to me the other day though, has piqued my interest! #amreading

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guinsgirlreads
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One of my bad customers gave me this book 😍🤗! I‘m pretty pumped!

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GinaKButler
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Up next! 🍑🎧

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Allthingsbooks
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Reading this via audiobook which makes it extra fun! Was hesitant at first having not read Karen White, but glad I jumped in. My new favorite phrase is, “Well bless her heart”. This is the best transition to use before slapping someone with an insult.

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Margot0817
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When there's a character named Sugar, you know it's filled with Southern Charm 🍯🐝

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10MoreMin
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Oh, Karen White, you are like a glass of sweet tea on a hot humid night. You go down so easy when I need a drink.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!!! 7mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 7mo
Shakespearience Welcome to Litsy! Love your description of the book 😋 Makes me thirsty 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 7mo
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ktparnell
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SO GOOD. Long story short - Southern charm with a little mystery & a lot of real life. I don‘t think I quite understood what this book is about when I started reading it. I expected some kind of love story - and it is, but not what I expected. Nor did I expect the murder. Somehow missed that little detail. Either way, I highly recommend reading this beautiful & beautifully written story.

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ktparnell
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That imagery! So beautiful 😍😩

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aliasNayNay
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Pickpick

This one will steal your heart. This story has so much to give to the reader, it's a must read.

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TLVZ721
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Things aren‘t as sweet in Sweet Apple as they appear. The residents‘ true agendas run far deeper than you realize at the start. While I had one of the main characters pegged from the beginning, I would have never guessed how everything would conclude. It was easy to become invested in the characters and I anxiously awaited the next plot twists along the way. This was my first Karen White book and it most certainly won‘t be the last. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#ReadingResolutions
@Jess7

Sins

LOVE her books. ❤️

I am going to parallel the word SECRETS with the word SINS for my post today. :)

Readers of women's fiction will again be transported back to the days of Southern ​hospitality and then brought back to current day with women who keep secrets and have everything and like to flaunt it.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/04/blog-tour-and-review-of-night-lights.h...

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C.Perone

Being late for a chemical peel does not give you the right to tailgate, no matter how uneven your skin tone.

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C.Perone
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Panpan

The only redeeming thing about this book is Sugar Prescott.

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C.Perone

I'm 232 pages into this book and still not feeling it; but I don't feel like trying to decide what else to read

#bookwormproblems 🤦‍♀️

BarbaraTheBibliophage The struggle is real. 1y
C.Perone @BarbaraTheBibliophage So real 😕😄 1y
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C.Perone
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Omg!!!😂🤣😂 One of the funniest scenes Ever!

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C.Perone
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I remember this trick😄

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C.Perone
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Aren't we all? 😄

DivineDiana Absolutely! ❤️ 1y
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C.Perone
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My all time favorite Southernism

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C.Perone
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Literary_Siren This is on my TBR and I can‘t wait to read it! 1y
C.Perone @Literary_Siren So far, so good🤞 1y
Literary_Siren I bet! I love Karen White! I‘m currently reading book 4 of her Tradd Street series. I definitely recommend it! 1y
C.Perone @Literary_Siren This is my first Karen White 1y
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HeatherBlue
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I just adored this audiobook! The voice actresses were outstanding and the story kept me outrageously entertained. The only thing I did not like was my best friend saying ‘in Georgia‘ every time I talked about this book title 😂

rjsthumbelina Agreed! I thought this book was great. And the voice acting for the audiobook was so good! 1y
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Vertabrain
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Color: 💙
Season: Spring 🌼
Genre: Historical Fiction/Literary Fiction/Thrillers/Paranormal 📚
Hobby: Writing 📝 & Figure Skating ⛸
Snack: Cheese 🧀
Drink: La Croix Sparkling Water 💧
Bookish Item: Antique Typewriter
Tag: Anyone who wants to play along!! 💕

@Tiffy_Reads #gettingtoknowyou

knittedgnome What's your favorite La Croix? I'm currently on a huge sparkling water kick but have only bought strawberry and apple bubbly. 1y
Vertabrain @knittedgnome I‘m totally addicted! Passionfruit is my favorite, followed closely by orange. My husband wants me to look into a Soda Stream, or something similar, because my habit is getting out of hand, lol..Apple Bubbly sounds delish!!! 1y
knittedgnome @Vertabrain I will have to look for those! I have often considered a soda stream but never went for it. The apple is really good. Definitely my favorite of the two. 1y
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Vertabrain
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1. Yes, although titles are important too!
2. I love my porch, but my favorite reading spot during the summer is anywhere our little travel trailer decides to land...preferably in the mountains.
3. I read during every spare moment, so stopping mid-chapter is annoying, but part of life.
4. I‘m mostly an e-reader these days for convenience, but love bookmarks for my print editions.
5. Obviously..😉

@SilversReviews

SilversReviews Fun on your traveling trailer....that would be fun. Thanks for playing. 1y
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Vertabrain
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Crazy like a fox? Or just plain crazy? I could actually see myself doing this, because books are like babies, right? http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/37395526/writer-rushes-into-burning-buildi...

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yes! I agree. 1y
AmyG All that time and energy spent writing? Of course I‘d run in and save them! 1y
kiks If those two were the only two finished copies, he'd be crazy not to. 😂 1y
Vertabrain @Riveted_Reader_Melissa @AmyG @kiks I‘m glad we‘re all on the same page! I keep my childhood journals in a fire-proof safe. 😂 Our words are precious!! 🙌🏼 1y
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Wow that was good. I knew what was up about halfway through, and still couldn‘t put it down. I need to read more by Karen White. First book for #Sixby6/6!

Mdargusch I have this near the top of my TBR so I guess I should get to this soon! 2y
Samplergal Good job! 2y
SledgeReader @Pamwurtzler I keep hearing great things about her. 2y
Vertabrain I just started this, but Karen White is one of my favorites! 1y
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Lunarstar27
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Merilee is a recent divorce mother of two and she moves to a new place that is own by Sugar it take place in Georgia She is trying to forget the pass as well as sugar but they are drawn to each other because both woman have unlucky past. But Marilee past is about to rare it ugly nose. With someone wanting revenge for how Marilee treated her In high school. I would greatly recommend this book to read

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The Giveaway ends tonight so you still have time to enter.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2018/04/giveaway-celebration-of-night-lights.h...

DebBates101 Tysm! The book sounds good 👌 2y
Pamwurtzler Thanks! I‘ve been wanting to read her since I read 2y
SilversReviews @DebBates101 I love her books. Good luck. 2y
SilversReviews @Pamwurtzler The Forgotten Room was awesome. Love Beatriz Williams too. Good luck. 2y
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JHSiess
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Hackers will never win! Sorry if you attempted to enter & could not. My server was hacked but I repaired it this a.m. as soon as I discovered the problem! Here is the link to enter to win a copy of #TheNightTheLightsWentOut: https://tinyurl.com/y7ou8fa5

tpixie You go!! 2y
SilversReviews Loved this book. Awful about hackers. 2y
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JHSiess
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There's still time to enter to win a paperback copy of #TheNightTheLightsWentOut by #KarenWhite! Entries will remain open until midnight PST tomorrow evening, Monday, April 16th. The book is a surprisingly nuanced mystery & story of a friendship that develops between 2 women from different generations, both damaged in her own way but determined to survive. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Enter here: https://tinyurl.com/y7ou8fa5

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SilversReviews
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Karen White‘s books are always a favorite.

A GIVEAWAY for her book, THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT, is on my blog.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2018/04/giveaway-celebration-of-night-lights.h...

Best of Luck - Happy Reading!!

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JHSiess
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#KarenWhite combines her trademark Southern charm, nuanced characters, & a cleverly plotted mystery to tell a multi-generational story that is entertaining & humorous. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Enter to win a paperback copy!
https://tinyurl.com/y7ou8fa5

JHSiess Excellent, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks! Spread the word! 😁 2y
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jenmoody23
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I‘m a Karen White fan and this book did not disappoint. I always feel like her characters and the plat come alive when reading her books. I did know what the twist was going to be early on, but just not how it would all play out. A very enjoyable read. 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“If you wouldn‘t mind moving your truck, Wade, I need to get to Bible study.”
“Bible study? Since when?”
“Since I turned ninety-three. Figured it was time to start studying for my final exam.”
😂😂😂

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2y
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jenmoody23
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1. Tagged book. Hoping to finish tomorrow.
2. Adult contemporary
3. Neither. I like Reese‘s Eggs
5 @Clwojick @VelvetSpade @AvacadoandGlitter

This was fun and I love that bunny! Thanks @Syndelle777 #happyeaster

VelvetSpade Mmmmm.... Reese's eggs 🤤❤️ 2y
TheReadingMermaid Ooooooooo I forgot Reese's eggs! Lol 2y
jenmoody23 @VelvetSpade @Syndelle777 I love Reese‘s eggs. Never cared for peeps or Cadbury eggs. 2y
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JHSiess
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"That‘s the measure of friendship, isn‘t it? Knowing people who will jar your secret and store it in a dark cellar forever. People who know it‘s never about the secret itself, but the keeping of it."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this cover!! 💕 2y
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JHSiess
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Kicking off a four-day weekend with #KarenWhite. #TheNightTheLightsWentOut ☕📖

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jenmoody23
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“She‘d always thought that memories were supposed to fade as she got older. Only the good ones, apparently. The bad ones seemed to grow sharper...”

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jenmoody23
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My daughter and I made a trip to the library today after her ortho appointment. I‘m excited to read this one by Karen White. She‘s on of my favorite authors.

JHSiess It's quite good. 👍 2y
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Peanut was not happy. I uncovered her for the first photo. #spoiledbrat #peanut #amreading #socksunday #notasundayfunday #KWPetfan #karenwhiteambassador. I love the cover of this book. And the book is pretty dang good too

GripLitGrl 🐕💕 2y
PenguinInFlight Oh my gosh THAT FACE. 💜🐶 2y
suvata I‘m in love with Peanut 🥜 2y
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Julsmarshall So cute! 2y
Purrfectpages Peanut ❤️ 2y
RealLifeReading 😍😍 2y
batsy Too cute! 2y
KarenUK Peanut is just adorable! 🥜 2y
SilversReviews Cute doggie...great book. 2y
eanderson Hi Peanut! From Theo!!! 2y
Reecaspieces @SilversReviews thanks and yes it is! 2y
Reecaspieces @KarenUK thank you and she knows it. 😂 2y
Reecaspieces @batsy thanks! ❤️ 2y
Reecaspieces @Purrfectpages thanks! ❤️ 2y
Reecaspieces @Julsmarshall thanks...she is soooo lazy. ❤️ 2y
Reecaspieces @suvata me Too!❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Reecaspieces @PenguinInFlight it is adorable! 2y
Reecaspieces @GripLitGrl ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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Judybskt
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Loved this!! Karen White knows how to weave a story. I was not able to put this down. Can‘t wait for her next book.

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SilversReviews
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Have you read THE NIGHT THE LIGHTS WENT OUT by Karen White?

It is one of my favorites of hers.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/04/blog-tour-and-review-of-night-lights.h...

Phoot made in Pic Collage

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Judybskt
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Ah...

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Gorgeous cover!! 2y
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Reecaspieces
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Nothing like traveling with another book worm. We drove 30 miles out of the way yesterday to visit the Page and Palette book store in Fairhope,AL. Lovely store!

JulieAnn You were in my neck of the woods! I‘m just across the Bay from Fairhope. That‘s a lovely little area isn‘t it? 2y
Reecaspieces @JulieAnn yes!! We had never been. Beautiful town. Reminds me of Oxford,MS. 2y
Gina Niceeee. I really enjoyed The Other Einstein 2y
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JulieAnn @Reecaspieces I‘ve never been to Oxford. Now I have another place to put on my list! 2y
Reecaspieces @Gina I did too. Which is why I bought a signed copy 😁 2y
Reecaspieces @JulieAnn yes! And it has a fabulous book store too. @SquareBooks 2y
Gina Awwwwww SWEET! 2y
JulieAnn @Reecaspieces Awesome! Thanks for the info! 2y
SilversReviews Love Karen White's books. 2y
TNbookworm Love me some Karen White! And I really enjoyed The Other Einstein, really good book! 2y
minkyb Love book store road trips! 2y
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5⭐️ A fabulously sparkling southern book about new and unexpected friendships and the keeping of secrets. l was so impressed by the depth of Karen White‘s character development and the breadth of the story she tells. This story was both immediately engaging and entertaining. Can‘t wait to read more Karen White books! https://lharvey250.tumblr.com/post/160782352374/the-night-the-lights-went-out-ka...

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Laalaleighh
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I thoroughly enjoyed the way the writer made all of the character‘s lives here so interesting that I forgot it was even a mystery til 3/4 of the way in. Recc‘d for: anyone who feels like immersing themselves in a southern-fried Big Little Lies. Also, anyone who every now and then find themselves missing those little things that make the south such a unique place. Just make sure to have some sweet tea and biscuits handy. You can thank me later.

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Still loving this book(and it‘s intermittent blog posts!). I especially appreciate the above passage. I would give it five stars and some 🙌🏼🙌🏼 emojis- but instead I think I‘ll go with true stereotypical millennial style and give it five avocados of approval 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑

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Cinfhen Great passage 🙌🏻 2y
OSChamberlain 😂😂😂 2y
saresmoore “They” think they can stereotype the most self-aware, intentionally ironic generation?? Nerds. I‘m gonna create a fair trade avocado cocktail and host a Netflix binge watching drinking party anyway! 2y
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mrsmarch And just WHO was giving out "participation awards" to all the little kids so no one's feelings would be hurt?! The parents of those millennials! They're complaining about a phenomenon because they feel guilty for doing wrong by their children but I think millennials will improve the world by leaps once they become the leaders. 2y
MarriedtoMrT I'm giving your post 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑. Love it! 2y
Laalaleighh @Cinfhen @OSChamberlain 😹😹😹 right?! 2y
Laalaleighh @saresmoore 😹😹😹 that sounds amazing! I want invites to this party please!!! 2y
Laalaleighh @mrsmarch yesss! (And none of us cared about those participation trophies anyway. If I could go back and refuse them so that people would stop talking about them, I would. We only took them home Bc we didn‘t want to hurt the adult‘s feelings 🙄)I also think that millenials are going to vastly change the world for the better once we are in charge. I‘m really looking forward to it! We were almost all raised to be empathetic, and that is everything. 2y
Laalaleighh @MarriedtoMrT 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 mmmm now I want Avo-toast. 😊 2y
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Aaaaand it's partially epistolary. Fave format. Insta win. Thank you boyfriend for your great taste in book covers. 😻

tjwill What's your favorite epistolary book? I need a good recommendation. 2y
Laalaleighh @tjwill one of my favorite books is slightly epistolary, and has a really interesting skewed timeline aspect done by an author that really knows how to do an ending is Stone's Fall by Iain Pears. For something lighter, I personally really enjoyed Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple. On a more YA theme Eliza and Her Monsters is one of my favorite YA contemporary novels I've read. One I haven't read but plan to soon: Possession by AS Byatt. (edited) 2y
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maximoffs EPISTOLARY TWINS 2y
Laalaleighh @steverogers YESSSS 👯 2y
Laalaleighh @Lcsmcat ooh that sounds intriguing! Stacking! 2y
Kaylamburson This was a fun book! I definitely enjoyed it and all of the blog posts. 2y
tjwill @Laalaleighh Thanks for all the recommendations! I recently read Eliza and Her Monsters, and I loved it. 2y
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