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Valley of the Dolls
Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
The All-Time Pop Culture Classic!Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straightfor Anne, Neely, and Jennifer, it doesnt matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These three women become best friends when they are young and struggling in New York City and then climb to the top of the entertainment industryonly to find that there is no place left to go but downinto theValley of the Dolls.
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Reading.w.Dee
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GerardtheBookworm
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Snort a line of coke while you drown in a sea of vodka and whiskey bottles while wearing your sables and furs, it's the trashiest, campiest novel of it's time. Valley of the Dolls! Three women seek fame and fortune but find depravity and decadence as get caught up in the sex, drugs and rock and roll but with the celebration of prescription meds (dolls)! So wig snatch and catfight your way into Jackie Collins reality show oblivion and read this!

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Eggs
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
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I totally love the 1970‘s-80‘s “soap opera” feel to this book. I find reading books from various eras unique in how writing as well as everything else changes. This was a solid and entertaining read.

5feet.of.fury One of my all time faves 5mo
KristiAhlers @5feet.of.fury I totally understand why! Really good read. 5mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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#OnThisDay in 1966, Valley of the Dolls was first published. Initially rejected by many publishers, it went on to become the best selling book of the year, leading author Jacqueline Susann to declare "The 1960s will be remembered for Andy Warhol, The Beatles, and Me!” But Susann would rather you skipped the movie adaptation, she didn't mince words when she called it a "piece of shit!" #HistoryGetsLIT

Crazeedi I'll never forget reading this in my teen years 10mo
Singout I remember pulling it off the library shelf in my teen years and deciding it wasn‘t for me… 10mo
5feet.of.fury I love LOVE this book. They wrecked the ending with the movie SO badly. 10mo
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swynn
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Mehso-so

This was the bestselling novel in the U.S. in 1966. It's an over-the-top show-business soap opera, frequently bizarre, like a sequel to Sunset Boulevard directed by John Waters. I loathed the first 100 pages for its annoying characters and its awful prose. But then I started feeling its momentum toward spectacular disaster and could not stop until the book did and am now left with a bewildering just WTF did I just read?

#NutsInMay
@Andrew65

Ruthiella That‘s pretty much how I felt about it too. Befuddled, though often entertained. 2y
Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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Wow! Very good...I can see why it‘s a pop culture classic. Glad I finally read it!

#bookspinbingo #bookspin

#booked2021 - characters are frenemies

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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The tagged book is my #bookspin pick for this month and the other is my #doublespin. Very excited!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2y
5feet.of.fury Loved Valley of the Dolls, I haven‘t read it in a long time but I think about it a lot. 2y
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swynn
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Heck yes I'm in for #BookSpin #DoubleSpin #BookSpinBingo ! Bring it on, May flowers.

@TheAromaofBooks

CaffeineAndCandy Pretty 💜 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
UwannaPublishme I‘ve got Valley of the Dolls on my list too! 👍🏻 2y
swynn @UwannaPublishme 👍 Hope we both like it! 2y
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OriginalCyn620
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From my tbr! 🖤🖤🖤

#blackcover #forevernovember

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this on my tbr for ages now. Hoping to get to it over Christmas. Look forward to hearing what you think of it? 😀 2y
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Gaylagal2
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1. When I was a teenager I snuck this book from my Mom to read it and it was wonderful! Mom laughed years later when it told her about it 😁
2. Gore Vidal
3. Valkrie (not my fav, but a really great movie)
4. Van Halen
5. Ventura Highway - America

#manicmonday #LetterV @JoScho

Leftcoastzen Nice picks! 2y
Gaylagal2 @Leftcoastzen Thanks!🤙 2y
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AmyG
Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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- tagged book
- Kurt VONNEGUT
- Veep
- Vetiver
- Viola Lee Blues - Grateful Dead

#ManicMonday #LetterV @JoScho

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Andrew65
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Time for one of the classics. #FlyHighJuly #BlackandPinkCovers

Leftcoastzen WooHoo! 2y
Eggs The best💗🖤💗!!! Read the book, saw the movie !!! Classic and campy 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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oddandbookish
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This book took me on a wild adventure and I loved every second of it.

This book is a cult classic and I can definitely see why. There is something oddly intoxicating about it. Like it‘s kind of trashy but at the same time so ahead of its time. It‘s kind of ridiculous at times but still manages to convey a message to readers.

Full review: https://oddandbookish.wordpress.com/2020/06/01/review-valley-of-the-dolls/

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EadieB
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This was a very popular book in the 1960‘s.

Dolls: red or black; capsules or tablets; washed down with vodka or swallowed straight—for Anne, Neely, & Jennifer, it doesn‘t matter, as long as the pill bottle is within easy reach. These 3 women become best friends when they are young & struggling in New York & then climb to the top of the entertainment industry—only to find that there is no place left to go but down—into the Valley of the Dolls.

Crazeedi Yep read that book when it was published 3y
Crazeedi I was very young 3y
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GerardtheBookworm Wig snatching, pill popping, drug use, sex and alcohol? This is camp classic😅 3y
Eggs I recall Patty Duke in the movie! Great choice Eadie! 3y
EadieB @Eggs Thanks! 3y
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Eggs Blast from the past! 💊 🍹 🍸 💄 💅🏻 3y
TheSpineView @Eggs Yes! I think I am dating myself!🤣 3y
Eggs I know I am...read it and watched the movie-so melodramatic 3y
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youneverarrived
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Final quarter of #booked2019 complete 💚 thanks again @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage for putting this challenge together. I‘m already looking forward to next years ✨

💊 Book about addiction - Valley of the Dolls
🥇 Soldier‘s story - The Things they Carried
🆕 New in 2019 - The Dutch House
👻 POC paranormal - Kindred
🖥 Public domain - A Christmas Carol
🏛 Political intrigue - The Testaments

BarbaraBB Great choices! 3y
IamIamIam Whoo hoo!!! 🎉🤗😁 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job!! On to 2020!! 🎉🎉♥️♥️ 3y
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Cinfhen Yay!!!! Another challenge slayer ⚔️Did you have a favorite read or prompt?? 3y
youneverarrived @Cinfhen I genuinely liked them all in this quarter 😀 3y
Cinfhen 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 3y
andrew61 Great choices. 3y
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youneverarrived
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This was like watching a reality TV show with all the friendships and drama but where you get to see what goes on behind the scenes too; all the low points of being a ‘star‘ (and there is a lot of them in the latter half). I‘m glad to have finally read it after it being on my tbr for years 💕 #booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

writerlibrarian What a great choice for that prompt. 😄 3y
IamIamIam I'm so glad you liked it!! I may have to revisit this! We love the film Beyond the Valley of the Dolls but it's so ridiculous...😂😂 3y
readordierachel I need to pick this up soon. Sounds like a fun one! 3y
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youneverarrived @IamIamIam haha I can imagine 😂 3y
youneverarrived @readordierachel it was a fun read despite the melodrama. I really liked it. 3y
Cinfhen I read this recently I thought it was a blast!!! So campy and addictive 💊 3y
youneverarrived @Cinfhen yeah exactly that 👌 3y
tpixie I‘ve always hated to read this also! 3y
Suet624 Always great to get a book off your TBR. 3y
Pricel101 I hate reality TV but totally enjoyed this 🤷‍♀️ not ashamed to say gossipy, behind-the-scenes reads are fun! 3y
youneverarrived @Pricel101 I have to be in the mood for reality TV but I‘m not a big fan of it either. I‘d rather read a gossipy book like this than watch it on the TV. 3y
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youneverarrived
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Yoga and a bit housework done now time to sit and read 😁

BarbaraBB Sounds perfect! 3y
Pricel101 I sneaky read my mum‘s copy when I was in high school 😈 pretty shocking for the times, enjoy!! 3y
youneverarrived @Pricel101 😂 I can imagine it being really shocking when it first came out! 3y
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youneverarrived
Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann
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This was one of my #fivestarpredictions books which I‘m trying to make an effort to finally read and it fits a #booked2019 prompt so perfect time to start. It‘s one I‘ve wanted to read for years. #MrBook1inaMillion #24B4Monday #LitsyPartyofOne

Andrew65 Enjoy 😊 3y
MrBook Oh, wow! I need to read this classic. 3y
IamIamIam I loved this!!!! 3y
youneverarrived @IamIamIam I‘m really liking it so far! 3y
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Bertha_Mason
Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann

"Why did warm Coke taste like a laxative?"

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Bertha_Mason
Valley of the Dolls | Jacqueline Susann

Jennifer (the one Sharon Tate played in the movie) is bi in the novel! Fucking u.s. film industry, straightwashing everybody.

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erinreads
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This book is exciting and trashy and all kinds of depressing, and I might have really loved it. The ending made me SO depressed and there was some hard to swallow language and fat shaming in it that I can‘t bring myself to give it 5 stars on Goodreads JUST YET. #Booked2019 #bookaboutaddiction #spoileralert #its💊💊

mcipher It‘s so of its time - you gotta let some of the blatantly awful go and remember that things were different then. It‘s so trashy and good!!! 3y
Cinfhen Good choice 🙌🏻 3y
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Buddy reading with my cat, apparently. #valleyofthecats #damnfinecooper #catsoflitsy

AlaMich He looks appalled at the goings-on in the book! 🙀 3y
Sace Love his expression! 😂 3y
mcipher That must be a racy page! 😆 3y
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Leftcoastzen 😂❤️😻looks like my face when I read that book! 3y
Cathythoughts I‘ve never read ... stacking 👍🏻 3y
CoffeeCatsBooks Oh, your kitty 🐱 looks like my 1st Tigger! 😻 3y
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
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#7days7covers #covercrush A very late day 7

Post a cover you love every day for a week, no explanation required.
It's been so much fun - perfect excuse to go digging through allll the books (as if we need an excuse!) And I've absolutely loved seeing everyone else's selections, and I would very much like MORE please! So if you haven't joined yet, please do!

OrangeMooseReads That is a much better cover than the copy I have. 👍🏼 3y
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reading_rainbow
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day 2 💕💊
#7days7covers #covercrush

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Sg1224
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#7days7covers major #covercrush. Those pages....❤️. Day 3

britt_brooke 😍 3y
lele1432 Thanks! Ooohh pink pages?? 😍 3y
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kelli7990
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This is my review for the book #valleyofthedolls which was my #tbrjarpick for July. This fulfills the #bookishbingo prompt “A Debut Novel”.

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kelli7990
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I started this audiobook last night. I haven‘t made any more progress today but at least I got started on it. The first chapter is 6 hours long but I have 4 hours left in it now.

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kelli7990
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I finished listening to 𝐑𝐮𝐥𝐞𝐬 𝐎𝐟 𝐂𝐢𝐯𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 by 𝐀𝐦𝐨𝐫 𝐓𝐨𝐰𝐥𝐞𝐬. My next #tbrjarpick to listen to is 𝐕𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐲 𝐎𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐬 by 𝐉𝐚𝐜𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐮𝐬𝐚𝐧𝐧. ⁣

Here‘s the synopsis for this audiobook:⁣
“At a time when women were destined to become housewives, Jacqueline Susann let us dream. Anne, Neely, and Jennifer become best friends as struggling young women in New York City trying to make their mark.”

DakotaWilde That's a great idea 3y
emilyhaldi I loved Valley of the Dolls!!! 💊💊💊 3y
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Carleneishere
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I not only lightened my hair for the first time EVER, but sitting in the chair gave me three hours of only slightly interrupted reading time!

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Carleneishere
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Finally starting this classic! My Daisy Jones hangover has me clamoring for some mid-century drug addicts...

marleed I‘ve always wanted to read that. Love your logic! 4y
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rohit-sawant
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Crossing some overdue reviews off the list starting with this one!
The story revolves around three women in the entertainment business, each grappling with demons of their own the more success they attain. JS doesn‘t hold back & some chapters are like a raw wound. She uses the celebrity culture to peel back the layers & reveal the flawed & tragic, unpalatable & pitiable. The overall tone has a modern feel & crackles with witty dialogue. ⬇️

rohit-sawant Beneath the surface sensationalism, it delves into societal expectations, sexuality, objectification, self-deception, addiction, plus a variety of relevant themes, all the while keeping you hooked throughout. A part towards the end left me depressed for quite a bit, other parts left me enraged & heartbroken. A timeless and compulsive read. 4y
Tanisha_A Awesome review! 4y
rohit-sawant @Tanisha_A Thank you! 4y
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merelybookish Wow! I'm sold! 4y
EadieB I read this when it first was published in 1966. I was in high school. lol 4y
batsy Yep! You sold me 👍🏽 4y
Weaponxgirl Great review, I loved fed this book especially since at first it looks like a light read and then you get in and you are going “damn” 4y
readordierachel Fabulous review! 4y
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rohit-sawant
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“But honest, honey, if I had your looks I‘d head straight for John Powers or Conover.”
“Who are they?” Anne asked.
“They run the top modeling agencies in town.”
“I think I‘d rather work in an office,” Anne said.

#YoungAndBeautiful (Featured in The Great Gatsby)
#MayMovieMagic
@Cinfhen

LeahBergen I should really get my act together and start posting for this month! 4y
rohit-sawant @LeahBergen No rush! Jump in whenever it's convenient! 4y
rretzler Wow. I can‘t believe it‘s been 50 years for this. I took it out of my mom‘s nightstand and read it when I was about 10. 😝 4y
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Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
Cinfhen Such a fun book! Loved it 4y
gradcat I did the same as you, @rretzler , but I can‘t remember how old I was. I feel like snickering like a child just thinking about it! 4y
Caroline2 I love that song! 🥰 4y
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rohit-sawant
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Starting with the tagged book next and rereading some Lovecraftian stories. 🐙

Reviewsbylola Love Valley of the Dolls! 4y
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Valley of the dolls 99p on the Kindle. Another love or hate cult classic I haven't read yet.

jillannjohn I read this so long ago! I think it was my mom‘s book! 😳 4y
gentlepet An absolute all time fave of mine! Like eating an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting with zero regrets 🥰 4y
zsuzsanna_reads @gentlepet That's what I've heard! 4y
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Prettytears
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About Life: “When you‘re climbing Mount Everest, nothing is easy. You just take one step at a time, never look back and always keep your eyes glued to the top.”

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Prettytears
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“Everyone should at least try to do the thing he wants to do. Later in life situations and responsibilities force people to compromise. But to compromise now . . . it‘s like quitting before you start...
No one should give up a dream without giving it a chance to come true.”

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SiriuslyWeasley
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I love it when Half Price Books has a sale!! This is today's rather eclectic haul. I read 'Valley of the Dolls' and 'Manson...' in high school, but I'm looking forward to reading them from an adult perspective. I've also developed a longing for 'Mad Men' era fiction, so two of these should hit the mark! Happy Saturday!! 😊📚

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Leftcoastzen
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Some more from 1st box from my sale.The Cat‘s Table is autographed.And a Hardcover Pym ! Yay ,sale!
😀📚📚

catiewithac Blind Date is very interesting. Fictionalizes the Manson murders. 4y
Crazeedi I read Valley as a teenager, it was considered so risque!!! 4y
LeahBergen That Pym! 😍😍 4y
batsy Oooh! Nice haul. I love those Pym covers. 4y
Leftcoastzen @Crazeedi I was too young to read it so I hid it from my mom!😁 4y
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Skeebies05
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1. Little Women
2. The English Patient
3. The Good German
4. Clive Owen, Tom Cruise ( I know, I know I cant stop) Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Evans. Penelope Cruz, Kate Winslet, Jessica Chastain, Amy Adams
5. A cheat bc its already been made ( badly) I think an updated version is in order.
@SailorMoon #frideas

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Skeebies05
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Im wrapping up the movie now. After reading the book, the movie does not do it justice. I really did not like it all. 🤷🏽‍♀️

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I loooooooved this! It was just the kind of escapism I wanted. Of course these ladies and men are just terrible.

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I am in need of “trash” ( although I dont really consider any book trash). I have never read this one and i‘m excited. Tennis and reading before a Monday.

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Howseldomtheydo
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I am never going to make my #goodreadschallenge if I keep whiling away my time on #twitter #goodreads

LauraBeth I read that thread yesterday and had to stop after discovering the entire universe hates Jane Austen, Harry Potter, Murakami and Stephen King. I felt personally attacked 😂😂 4y
Naj Having read that thread I feel like the only person to actually like The Catcher in the Rye. Also, Stephen King being the Nick Cage of books made me snort-laugh. 4y
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