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I'll Be Gone in the Dark
I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer | Michelle McNamara
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Christy2318
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I think if she had been able to finish it, it would have been 5 ⭐️s for me but since others had to finish it from her notes, it was a bit disjointed. Still a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. I purposefully didn‘t read much when they caught him because I knew I wanted to read this. But I googled after I finished & I have questions. It‘s so strange that he just stopped. Now I have to go watch or read something fluffy so I can sleep. #truecrime

Megabooks She died in the middle of completing it I believe. 3d
Cathythoughts Great book ... scary stuff 3d
LoverOfLearning Definitely one of the top 3 creepiest true crime books over read. Gave me the shivers reading it. 2d
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reading_rainbow
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Not bad. It mostly made me frustrated. I hate this man with a passion and I hate how he lived his whole life free and I hate how Michelle devoted so much of her life and didn‘t even get to see the bastard caught. It has also made me nervous at night and grateful for having very loud and unfriendly dogs.

reading_rainbow I probably would have enjoyed it more if I had read it prior to JJD‘s arrest 1mo
EvieBee I read it prior and it scared me to death. The not knowing part. Chills. 1mo
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reading_rainbow
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Starting a true crime club with my sister 🔪🔫🔎

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BkClubCare
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I listened to this in May 2018; have yet to watch the doco. Posting now to fit the #SerialKiller day for #Scarathlon #PhotoChallenge.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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#scarathlon #photochallenge #truecrime @Linsy

Boyfriend and I have been watching the documentary for this. I have read the book and listen to a few podcasts, but I am always surprised at how women accept that this is the world we live in and men are utterly dumbfounded.

Chrissyreadit I love your chair- and completely agree. Unfortunately there are women who also turn a blind eye to what is happening to them. It breaks my heart. 3mo
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5feet.of.fury
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So good, so tragic.
McNamara, with assists from armchair detectives chronicle the quest for “the EAR” who committed at least 13 murders, 50 rapes, and 120 burglaries across California between 1974 and 1986.

Really good as an audio book. Perfect narration and pacing.

Side note: I noticed a lot of similarities between the Golden State Killer and the killer in Cornwell‘s Postmortem.
#Scarathlon
#TeamSlaughter

Tera66 I need to give this another shot. I just need to suck it up and quit being a scardy cat.🐈‍⬛ 4mo
Clwojick The documentary is amazing too! I highly recommend it! 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Tera66 def thought every bump in the night was the Golden State Killer last night 🙃 usually stuff like that doesn‘t get to me, but I understand! It‘s worse when it‘s true. 4mo
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5feet.of.fury
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After the terrible last listen, decided to start a sure thing on today‘s commute #Scarathlon2021 #TeamSlaughter #truecrime

Tera66 I tried to get through this when I first got sent to work from home and kept getting too freaked out. Can't wait to see what you think, I may try it again. 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Tera66 only an hour and a half in but enjoying it so far! 4mo
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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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@TheAromaofBooks I won‘t be done with either of the books I‘m reading now in time to join #bookspinbingo in October, but maybe in November. I‘m just excited to finally understand how it works! I tagged this book because it‘s so far outside of what I usually read, which I think is part of why I‘m excited to read it. It‘s also one of the few books on this list, that I don‘t think I‘ve already posted about at some point. Haha

BookBosomed1 I don‘t understand how bookspin works. Will you explain it to me please? 4mo
BookBosomed1 @Megabooks thank you! 4mo
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TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I will go ahead & tag you with October's numbers & if you decide to read them you totally can!! And that way you will already be in the loop for November, too!! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks @BookBosomed1 - I host the #BookSpin challenge so please just let me know if you have any questions!! And if you'd like to join, tag me when you post your list!!! 4mo
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 @TheAromaofBooks sounds great! Thank you 😊 Also, the fact that I sort of struggled through writing some of this list, tells me I “need” more books. Haha 4mo
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jpj7474

The pursuit of this serial killer in CA is interesting. How he escaped detection for so long over the course of so many crimes. But equally as interesting is how McNamara with no background in law enforcement became so engrossed in this pursuit, to the point that it destroyed her. It's an unforgettable story even if you're not heavily into the true crime genre, which I'm not.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I haven‘t read this one, but I hear it‘s terrifying 😱💔🖤 Who has read it?

#Death
#ConflictedWorlds

ShelleyBooksie I had to dnf it- it is SO well written that it is terrifying. 6mo
JackOBotts It was a phenomenal read…the HBO miniseries documentary is equally intense and remarkable… 6mo
wideeyedreader I listened to the audiobook! I wouldn‘t call it terrifying, but I listen to/read quite a bit of true crime so that may be why. A very good read either way! 6mo
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Eggs Great choice! But I think it would haunt me bc it‘s true crime not fiction. True crime can be more evil and terrifying than anything you could make up IMHO 6mo
AmyG I was a bit scared while reading this. Lock all your doors first. 6mo
DGRachel I read it right after I‘d adopted Bailey and she would randomly bark in the night while I was reading it. I was almost convinced someone was living in my attic crawl space. 6mo
Dcueto I‘ve read it and enjoyed it! 6mo
booksellerofyourdiscontent I am listening to it. McNamara‘s story integrated with the history of the crimes makes it compelling. 6mo
Michael_Gee I recently read it. It‘s very well written! 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading I‘m too chicken!!! 6mo
EKonrad I read this when it first came out and I still think about it! Terrifying but so well-written. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JackOBotts I‘ve watched the first episode 😱 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I agree… I‘m just looking for something different to pass the time looking at these 4 walls 🤯 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG and set the alarm!! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @DGRachel that would scare me! I live in an 88 year old house with lots of creaks!! 😱 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Michael_Gee awesome!! Thank you! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @EKonrad ok so I‘ll read it next based on everyone‘s input!! 6mo
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Ericalambbrown
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This book is so good. It‘s obvious McNamara painstakingly researched the cases. Throughout there are places marked with ‘Editor‘s Note‘ that sadly remind the reader that the author did not survive to see the book published. McNamara was a rare talent - capable of conveying the horror in an oddly sterile manner without sensationalizing and dehumanizing the victims. She never gives into the gore for shock value. Excellent true crime read.

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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book is painstakingly researched and incredibly insightful.

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K.Wielechowski
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Follows Michell McNamara‘s years-long hunt for the Golden State Killer.
It was strange listening to the book knowing GSK/EAR/ONS is in prison for his crimes. I kept waiting for his name to pop up but it never did. It‘s so sad that McNamara never got to see him arrested but she played a huge part in keeping the case alive.
Wonderfully written true crime that focuses more on the people than the crimes.

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BoleyBooks
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Tackle the TBR 🤓📚 #boleybooks #michellemcnamara #illbegoneinthedark #bookbeast #bookjoy #readwithme
What are you reading? 😊

LoverOfLearning This was an excellent and terribly creepy read 7mo
Ericalambbrown This book is so good and HBO companion series is beautifully and respectfully done - the victims are given a voice without sensationalizing and exploiting them. Patton Oswalt produced and appears in it as well. 7mo
BoleyBooks @LoverOfLearning yes, it‘s scary to know that individuals like this are out there for so long.😳 7mo
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BoleyBooks @Ericalambbrown I did watch and that‘s how I knew to grab this copy. I feel so sad that she didn‘t get to see all of her hard work pay off....may she Rest In Peace now. 😔 7mo
Ericalambbrown @BoleyBooks there is apparently a new episode out there that was recently added, too. Did you see that? I‘ve not watched it yet so I didn‘t know what that was all about. 7mo
LoverOfLearning @Ericalambbrown oh I'll have to check into this 7mo
BoleyBooks @Ericalambbrown I must take a look, thanks for the info. 7mo
LoverOfLearning @Ericalambbrown yep! Watching it right now!! Thanksa 7mo
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Brooke_H
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For any fans of this book or the adaptation series, HBO just released an extra episode!

Leftcoastzen Thanks for the tip! 7mo
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NatalieR
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This is definitely one of the best written true crime books I‘ve ever read. It‘s so touching how so many people contributed to the book‘s completion. Michelle McNamara was such a talented writer and selflessly dedicated to finding this monster. I believe, without question, the Golden State Killer wouldn‘t have been caught without Michelle‘s work. #MountTBR

Prairiegirl_reading I love the idea of this book but I‘m way too chicken to actually read it! She definitely contributed to catching him. 7mo
BiblioLitten @Prairiegirl_reading This was supposed to be my next read but I chickened out too. 7mo
BiblioLitten Beautiful picture 😍 7mo
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JenReadsAlot @Prairiegirl_reading @BiblioLitten I checked my doors and windows a few times reading this! It was great, but terrifying! 7mo
Blueberry And sad that she died before finding out they would had catch him. 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Great shot 📸👍 7mo
NatalieR @JenReadsAlot @Prairiegirl_reading @BiblioLitten 😆The book definitely reminded me to be mindful about security! It‘s an excellent book. I highly recommend. 7mo
NatalieR @BiblioLitten Thank you! 😊 7mo
NatalieR @Blueberry So tragic! 💔 7mo
NatalieR @erzascarletbookgasm Thanks!! 😀 7mo
CaramelLunacy I am in the middle of this one (it's slower going because I can only read this when it's light outside) 7mo
NatalieR @CaramelLunacy 😂 I totally understand! 7mo
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kimmypete1
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Cathythoughts It is !! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Michael_Gee
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JenReadsAlot
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Thanks for the tag @Kshakal
1. True crime and a good psychological thriller
2. Tagged - I even checked my doors and windows!
#two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 9mo
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allureofbeauty
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I have about 15% left of this book. What are you all reading today?
#truecrime #illbegoneinthedark #michellemcnamara #mystery #thriller #selfie #audiobook

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Lizpixie
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Bk7 of March & Bk3 of #MarvellousMarch is finally done! I was having trouble sticking to a book & ended up watching some true crime docos which led me to a reread of this fabulous book. I read a lot of true crime & I can honestly say this is in my top 3. Such a pity she died before this psychopath was caught. #NonFictionBingo #ByAWoman #PennyPerPage #328c #Pop21 #ReadItAgainSam #CloakDaggerChal #BookspinBingo #BookishBingo

Lizpixie And it matches the beautiful Roses my daughter bought me for my birthday!🌹 10mo
LeahBergen This was such a good read! 10mo
Cathythoughts This was really good !! Please can I ask you what your other 2 top true crimes are ... ? Whenever you get a minute 👍🏻 10mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 10mo
Lizpixie @LeahBergen @Cathythoughts it‘s so awful she didn‘t get to finish it, if it‘s this good unfinished, how good would the end product have been! My other top true crime books are 10mo
Lizpixie @Cathythoughts and a recent Australian true crime about the disappearance of a teenage girl in 1977 on the northern beaches of Sydney 10mo
Lizpixie Honourable mention goes to the one that started my true crime obsession 10mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou! I did read Helter Skelter before. .... So I‘m stacking Barronjoey Road & will get that one soon ❤️👍🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts Oh stacking Ruby Ridge too 👍🏻 10mo
Andrew65 One I‘m wanting to read 👏👏👏🙌 10mo
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rachelk
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‘The East Area Rapist‘ later dubbed ‘The Golden State Killer‘ (by McNamara) is the subject of her well written, relentlessly investigative true crime book. Sadly, she did not live long enough to complete the book or to see the killer apprehended. However, her notes were posthumously pieced together to complete her work. It was done very well.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t wait to read this one!! 11mo
sarahlandis Looooved this but it actually really terrified me 11mo
rachelk @sarahlandis Yes, she did a great job but one true crime book a year is probably enough for me 😬 11mo
rachelk @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It was definitely engrossing! 11mo
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bookish.mum
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February TBR

I'm taking part in a readalong for I'll Be Gone in the Dark, and Honeybee is a book I would like to read this month too! I'm mostly a mood reader so haven't decided on any other books to read just yet!

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lost.in.a.book
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At times disturbing but mostly just heartbreaking for the victims. Great true crime book.
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mariaku21 This was such a good read. I couldn't put this one down! 12mo
LatrelWhite It was excellent!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 12mo
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Jgotham
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1. My mom and dad are big readers but different genres. Dad prefers history and war stories and mom reads true crime.
2. Yes! Sometimes I buy them books for a birthday I want to so I can borrow later 😆

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 12mo
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BookishTrish
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Celebrating one of the last book‘s I read last year: an insanely intense combination of true crime and memoir about a citizen detective. I literally didn‘t sleep for four days afterwards. #12bestof2020 #12booksof2020

wanderinglynn If I read the bottle correct, that‘s Prosecco. Love Prosecco 😋🥂 Enjoy! 13mo
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Wanders.In.Stories
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This is what my local library has me reading for book club...three me right out of my comfort zone and I‘m GLAD! Riveting and well written

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BookishTrish
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I tore through this book. It‘s as much a look at our obsessive need to solve the puzzle as it is about the cold case itself. I found it INTENSE and unputdownable.

Soubhiville The Netflix show is excellent too if you‘re interested . 13mo
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Nicki_K
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐One of the best true crime books I have ever read!! It was mesmerisingly written. Michelle's research and determination to solve this case was fascinating to read. If you only read 1 true crime book ever make it this one. #michellemcnamara #illbegoneinthedark #truecrime #tea_sipping_bookworm #greatreads #goodreads #litsy #bookqueen #bookstagram

Cathythoughts Such a good book 13mo
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BookishTrish
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A glass of port and a true crime documentary before I settle in for the night with the tagged book.

CoverToCoverGirl Enjoy your evening! 13mo
Cathythoughts Good book 👏🏻 13mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
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Thank you so much @Marmie7 for the wonderful #creepychristmas package!!
I can‘t wait to dive into these books with a nice mug of peppermint tea!

Thanks @teebe for hosting this year‘s swap!

teebe Great items and books! 🖤 13mo
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Traci1
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I'd never heard of the East Area rapist prior to reading this book. It was a fascinating, if disturbing, true crime story that was extremely well researched and investigated by McNamara. It's unfortunate she never got to see her book published or the killer caught before she died.

#12booksof2020 - Day 6 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Keep looking at this one! 13mo
monkeygirlsmama This was a very well researched and written book. I agree it's tragic she never got to see how the story came to a conclusion. 13mo
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keepingupwiththepenguins
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I‘ve heard some readers say that this book is less captivating now that the “case is solved”. I would argue that, if that‘s the case, you‘re reading it for different reasons than I am. I read this book to learn about a woman‘s pursuit of justice, to understand how fifty years can go by without an answer being found. I‘m not here to gawp at a cold case. Full review: https://keepingupwiththepenguins.com/ill-be-gone-in-the-dark-michelle-mcnamara/

Chrissyreadit Nice blurb! 13mo
jb72 I thought the book was very good. The author did a lot of research and kept the case going all those years. If it wasn‘t for her pushing, I‘m not sure it would ever have been solved. 13mo
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Redwritinghood
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This book gave a lot of detail on a serial rapist and murder that many people weren‘t aware of until recently. Unfortunately, it is an unfinished manuscript and that shows. Nevertheless, a fascinating story. 3⭐️

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ZoeJane620
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Decent book. This author dedicated her entire adult life to researching this serial rapist/killer so I give her a lot of credit for her thorough research but the book was put together after the author‘s death and it‘s kind of all over the place and a bit difficult to follow.

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Kappadeemom
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I want to finish this BUT there‘s a Tom Petty Tribute Band playing so.......:🤷‍♀️😜

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Kappadeemom
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My book club read! I can barely put it down. This guy was so diabolical 👹

Traci1 One of the best books I read this year. 14mo
RaimeyGallant Such an amazing read 14mo
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Beck9lol
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I listened to this on audio and it was a little all over the place for me. Given the author passed away before it was finished and people helped piece it together, I totally get it. I think this would have been better in print, but the narrator can do a good creepy voice. Catching the Golden State Killer was the author‘s one goal and she didn‘t live to see it happen, but helped keep the spotlight on this dangerous murderer. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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jenniferw88
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5 🌟

15pts for #teamreadnosedreindeer #wintergames2020 @StayCurious as it was a #tbr book left over from November, takes me to 45pts.

Anyone looking for a book with pictures for #booked2021, this would work! @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Caroline2 Oh I‘ve had this book on my shelf for a while now. Glad to hear it‘s good. 👍 14mo
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing xx 14mo
StayCurious Yay! Don't forget the extra point for participation! 14mo
jenniferw88 @StayCurious I haven't! 😂😂😂 14mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Ah—good point! Thanks! 14mo
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jenniferw88
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#bookreport week 28/11/20 @Cinfhen

Finished In the Garden of Good and Evil and Northanger Abbey
Hibernated Confessions
Started Tagged and Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Cinfhen Nice 💚🙌🏻 14mo
Caroline2 Yeah. I was underwhelmed by confessions. 🙄 14mo
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NeedsMoreBooks
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This book traces the crimes and clues of the Golden State Killer. I am usually wary of true crime for the part few years but this book is an excellent read. It can seem slow at times but definitely a worthy read. #NFN20 #NFN2020

Crazeedi It was a good one 1y
Clwojick I loved this one. 1y
rsteve388 I.keep meaning to read this 1y
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NeedsMoreBooks
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Thank you for the tag and the questions @MoonWitch94 #ThoughtfulThursday

🦃 I am thankful for friendship and sunshine this week.
🦃 Reading the tagged book for #NFN20
🦃 There was a lump on our dog‘s gums that was resolved on its own without surgery or medication. We were afraid that it might be cancer.

MoonWitch94 Oh I‘m so glad your pup is okay! 🤎 1y
ReadingRachael Glad that your doggie is ok ❤️ 1y
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marleed
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True crime and cold cases are not on my radar so I was an hour into this book before I googled to realize this book was published posthumously for the author. It completely changed my reading perspective. It is a reminder how acts of tragedy can negatively affect even people unknown to the victims.

Cathythoughts Good book 👏🏻 1y
Tineke This book is on my wishlist. I didn't know that either, so I googled it and I also discovered her husband was an actor who has worked in lots of shows and films, some very well known, like Two and a half men. 1y
marleed @Cathythoughts @Tineke I was really glad I stopped and researched the author before continuing! 1y
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ElizaMarie
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I read this book a while back and really enjoyed it :) so I‘m working on the documentary and am already really enjoying it :)

#NonFicNovember2020
#NFN20

Leftcoastzen I thought both were great! 1y
ElizaMarie @Leftcoastzen I really loved this book. But you are right they are both great (so far) 1y
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Sargar114
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I can see why this is so highly rated. I listened to the audiobook version which probably wasn‘t the greatest because I got distracted and missed some details but overall really was enthralled with the chase, so much so that I jumped at the slightest sounds. So I think it had the desired effect. Using as a free space on my October #bookspinbingo board for completion of my best month yet thanks to ⬇️

Sargar114 Listening to a short story (Little Man by Michael Cunningham) as read on the Lavar Burton podcast, like an adult reading rainbow! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 1y
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Sargar114
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Enter Paul Holes! I‘m really enjoying this and hoping to finish it tomorrow. Audiobook is not my favorite format because I get distracted quite easily and stop paying attention. But I know I‘m listening enough because I jumped when my husband moved a chair while I was listening this morning.

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Traci1
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October was a fantastic success thanks mostly to #scarathlon.

Total Read: 30
Owned Books: 18 (yay!!)
Print Books: 20
Audiobooks: 10

Best: I'll Be Gone in the Dark, Bone Houses, and Addie LaRue

Worst: Haunted House Murder, Monster's Ring, and Dead but Not Forgotten

suvata Awesome month 1y
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