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Golden Child
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love Rural Trinidad: a brick house on stilts surrounded by bush; a family, quietly surviving, just trying to live a decent life. Clyde, the father, works long, exhausting shifts at the petroleum plant in southern Trinidad; Joy, his wife, looks after the home. Their two sons, thirteen years old, wake early every morning to travel to the capital, Port of Spain, for school. They are twins but nothing alike: Paul has always been considered odd, while Peter is widely believed to be a genius, destined for greatness. When Paul goes walking in the bush one afternoon and doesn't come home, Clyde is forced to go looking for him, this child who has caused him endless trouble already, and who he has never really understood. And as the hours turn to days, and Clyde begins to understand Paul's fate, his world shatters--leaving him faced with a decision no parent should ever have to make. Like the Trinidadian landscape itself, GOLDEN CHILD is both beautiful and unsettling; a resoundingly human story of aspiration, betrayal, and love.
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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#Moon 🌙📚🌝
#GratefulHarvest

Eggs Beautiful 🌔 1mo
Bklover Oh good grief I thought it was a half donut at first!😜🙄 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bklover haha!! It may be!! 🤣🤣 1mo
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Soubhiville
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

Strange coincidence that this is the second book set in Trinidad I‘ve read this month!

Peter and Paul are twins. Peter was born first and Paul‘s birth was difficult, he was born with the cord around his neck, and the Dr told his parents he might not ever be normal because of oxygen deprivation. So Paul was brought up being told he was the R word.

This is a dark tale, as Paul goes missing at the beginning of the book. It‘s mostly flashback.

Soubhiville Content Warnings: racism and other discriminations, constant use of the R word, sexual assault, violence, more. 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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OriginalCyn620 📚🌙📚 1y
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TheEllieMo
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the whole, I like Adam‘s style, although she does have a tendency to be a little too detailed describing everyday actions sometimes. But after a lengthy lead-up, the ending felt rushed, and overall I‘m left feeling unsatisfied.

5th book crossed off my #BookSpinBingo card, and first book down for the #SuperSeptember readathon.

Andrew65 Not good, but well done 👏👏👏 1y
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1y
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Jilly6183
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

I liked Adam's style and will be interested to check out her next book. However, this book felt rushed. I felt as though I barely got to know the characters because there was little to no background. The violence was both gratuitous and vague. It didn't provide much insight or history about Trinidad. It felt like an early draft and really could have benefitted from fleshing out more details.

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GerardtheBookworm
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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A guy wrenching debut of poverty and family desperation. Set in Trinidad, a set of twins are born to a poor family. One is a gifted prodigy while other is born with special needs. As the "golden child" is favored and eclipses the less fortunate sibling, a crime involving the pair will leave their parents making a questionable sacrifice that will haunt them

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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OriginalCyn620 💛💛💛 2y
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Soubhiville
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Thank you dear Misty for sending this book, some cards, and note sheets for me, and for including some tissue paper for Froedrick. His morning is made! ❤️💚❤️

Merry Christmas my lovely friend!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Haha!! I love it!! 😽😽😽❤️❤️❤️Merry Christmas!! 2y
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 💕🐱 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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#Moonlight
#Fallisbooked

I‘m pretty sure that‘s a half moon 🌙 on the cover of my tbr book 📚📚 AND my birthday card from @Mitch 🥰

Loving all the birthday love!!

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🌙 2y
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thebluestocking
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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This has been a slow reading week for me, as I have been distracted by life. But I hope to jump back into the tagged book today. #fridayreads

What are you reading on this fine Friday?

[The hashtag #fridayreads was started on Twitter by Bethanne Patrick.]

CouronneDhiver Same! Slow week in reading but I‘m trying to get back in the rhythm 3y
thebluestocking @TrishB Cool! She‘s a fascinating character. 3y
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thebluestocking @CouronneDhiver I hope you find the right book! 3y
Geeklet I have a long day at work ahead of me but I hope to read a few chapters before bed. 3y
RamsFan1963 Let's see....Crazy Horse and Custer by Stephen Ambrose, 1000 Books To Read Before You Die by James Mustich, finishing up It Devours! by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor. Also listening to The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli. 3y
thebluestocking @Geeklet I hope you get to! 3y
thebluestocking @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hopefully the reading picks up for us both! 3y
thebluestocking @RamsFan1963 You‘re a reading machine! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz I just found out about coxmicology 😅 not good not good... And just started tagged book. So darn good omg Shd I hide away and ignore my kids from now on till I'm done??? 😅😅😅 3y
thebluestocking @Jee_HookedOnBookz It is dangerous! I haven‘t read Paper Girls. But I‘ve been working my way through Saga and Giant Days. 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @thebluestocking just noticed my typo 😅 comiXology 😅 I've not heard of Giant Days! Will check it out ☺️ Thank you! Will also be checking out Saga! 3y
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Currey
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Slow, removed and heartbreaking story of what choices a father makes to give hope to only one of his twin sons. A rare insight into Trinidad in the 1980‘s and its disintegration into corruption and poverty. The book has gotten very mixed reviews because the plot‘s crucial points are played out in the mind of a man we, the reader, can not understand. Haunting. #trinidad #sjpbookclub

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KatieDid927
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

The story was executed very well and I liked her style, I just didn‘t connect to it at all. Without giving too much away, the story was bleak to the extent that I didn‘t enjoy it or understand the statement it was trying to make. However, I did like it enough to be interested in future works of hers.

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KatieDid927
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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1. Tagged!
2. The stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It‘s the only adaptation better than the book. Seriously.
3. Goodreads. There‘s so much other mess going on on Instagram it‘s easy to get distracted. Plus Goodreads with the great giveaways.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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KatieDid927
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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1. There are things about the ‘90s I miss but I wouldn‘t want to bring back the hardships and oppression of past eras.
2. Any kind of paper. I read my Kindle very rarely and I can‘t do audio at all. Puts me to sleep.
3. Younger, 35 in September!
4. Nope.
5. 👍🏼

#friyayintro @howjessreads

Megabooks 1. Very true! 3y
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BookNAround
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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A devastating tale of siblings, parental love and expectations, corruption, and greed, this has gotten mixed reviews but is well written and affecting. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-golden-child-by-claire-adam.html

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GirlWellRead
Golden Child | Claire Adam
Panpan

Told mostly from Clyde's perspective, there is a complete lack of growth and trajectory. There's not much of a story and what little there is, is lacking in character development. I wanted more of the twins—they are perfect opposites, two halves of a whole. As mentioned, the ending is devastating, detached, and abrupt. Given the length of the story, there was certainly room to flesh out the characters and explore more depth of the plot.

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Tameeka
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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I can see why the reviews on this are so mixed. All I can say is you will have STRONG feelings should you choose to read it.

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ReadingEnvy
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

Golden Child is a debut novel by Claire Adam, who grew up in Trinidad where the novel is set. It is about a set of twins, one who seems destined for great things while the other suffers from issues occuring during his birth. Most of the novel revolves around when one son goes missing. ⬇️

ReadingEnvy Overall the storytelling is a slow burn. There are some side stories that didn't seem to matter as much as I thought they would, and despite the title I found myself surprised by the ending. I would have liked to get to know all of the characters better. The placeness of the writing is the best part. 3y
charl08 I heard her speaking about the book on a BBC books programme: interesting premise. 3y
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mdm139
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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It is cool and cloudy, one of my favorite weathers after snow and rain. It is perfect weather for a wood fire and a good book. The smell of the fire is also one of my favorites after the smell of rain and snow.

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Austink1
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Heading to the California State Capitol today with my daughter‘s 4th grade class! So far all is quiet on the bus. I just might get a few pages in. #fieldtrips

CarolynM Hope the trip went well🙂 3y
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Severnmeadows
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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BBC Radio 4 - powerful - as it says, Betrayal, love and terrible choices. #R4radiodrama

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DivineDiana
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Oh joy! I received this book on my doorstep! Did not receive a notification of a win, but it must be from a contest that I entered. 🤔
#bookmail

MicheleinPhilly I love when that happens! 3y
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TelevisionNeighbor
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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After A Place For Us, I want to read everything out of SJP for Hogarth. I finished earlier today and I don‘t know how to rate it. It‘s so crushing. It‘s going to bother me for a while. It‘s a very fast read. I don‘t think I‘ve ever read about Trinidad before, so I feel like I‘ve learned something about that place through this novel.

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JPeterson
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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I won a GoodReads giveaway! I guess I really should pay more attention to my email, since this completely surprised me. 😊

#bookmail

Aims42 Congrats!!! 🥳🎉🎉🎉 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I won a book recently too!! I didn‘t get an email m, but hey that‘s ok!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
JPeterson @Aims42 Thanks! 3y
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JPeterson @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome! I actually liked how it was a surprise book mail! 😄 3y
DivineDiana I just received it too! No notification, but I‘m thinking Goodreads too! 👏🏻📚👏🏻 3y
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Simona
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Pickpick

The main question in this story set in Trinidad is - who would you choose/save? The father of the two boys is in this situation, and the story is mainly told from his perspective. Besides this personal drama also runs the story of the place itself - dealing with poverty, violence, corruption, limited opportunities ...
Solid 3⭐️

#Booked2019 #NewIn2019

Cinfhen Solid three?! So more #MehThanYeah?? #BorrowNotBuy??? 3y
4thhouseontheleft The book blurb has left me on the fence about reading this one. But I like your review! 3y
Simona I love your # @Cinfhen It‘s meh book and in the borrow category. There is nothing serious wrong with the story @4thhouseontheleft but at the same time, there also isn‘t something extra good ... the overall subject, moral dilemma, is interesting topic, but that is all... 3y
Cinfhen That‘s how I rate a three star book, Simona... Ok but nothing worth owning!!! 😜😜😜 3y
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DebinHawaii
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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My finished Red Lentil & Tofu Dal--a simple & nourishing vegan soup is on the blog for #soupersundays. It's not the prettiest soup, but it is delicious. Here with rice & one of my current reads, an #ARC for an upcoming book tour. I've only just started it & see some mixed reviews on Litsy so we'll see.
Link to soup recipe is below. 😋🍲

RealLifeReading Sounds great. I love lentils but can't get anyone else in the family to agree with me 3y
LeahBergen Dals are never very pretty but I love them! 3y
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hes7
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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“A deeply affecting debut novel set in Trinidad, following the lives of a family as they navigate impossible choices about scarcity, loyalty, and love.”

If you‘ve been thinking about reading this #BOTM choice, I‘m hosting a #giveaway of it on my blog. Stop by and you could win! http://bit.ly/2TKjyJD (ends 2/13/18, US addresses only)

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TorieStorieS
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Panpan

This was my #BOTM add on for January- and honestly, I wish I had skipped it! But I‘m incapable of passing up a twin story... but this book, set in #Trinidad is frankly brutally depressing and completely unsatisfying. It moved quickly for me- but that had more to do with the oddly large font size than the actual pacing. Character development is lacking and the ending is just deflating...

erzascarletbookgasm Oh no, the blurb sounds good. 3y
TorieStorieS @erzascarletbookgasm I know!! I was really disappointed!! But maybe you will enjoy it? I would recommend getting it from the library though!! 3y
BookNAround Sorry you didn‘t like it. I thought it was well done. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3y
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TorieStorieS @BookNAround I did finish it- so I wouldn‘t say I hated it... but it was too brutally sad for me! I‘m glad you liked it though! 😊 3y
BookNAround @TorieStorieS Definitely sad. I felt so badly for Paul all the way through. And I didn‘t understand Clyde‘s position but since I don‘t live in a culture like Trinidad‘s I guess there‘s no way I could understand. I‘m kind of like Father Kavanagh in that. 3y
TorieStorieS @BookNAround Yeah- I wish that there had been more of a firm timeline with the setting- I was so curious to know what year or even just decade it really was! But Paul and his last days were just too much for me to not have any satisfaction of justice... Father Kavanagh was an interesting character though and I wish there had been room for more of his development in that country over time! 3y
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BookNAround
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Ozzie is sniffing my next review book to see if it‘s edible or otherwise interesting to him.

Crazeedi Hello sweet Ozzie !! You are precious ! 3y
Copwithabook My cat likes to chew on my books 🙀 3y
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kellyann28
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Panpan

This book was SO slow. The story itself is sad and I'm sure all too real. There was a lot of slang in the book, which is fine if you know what it is, but I do not and it kind of takes me out of the story because it's not explained. There's no real connection to any of the characters for me.

Victoriahoperose I agree with you all the way. I was disappointed with this one. 3y
kellyann28 @Victoriahoperose Yes, there was a lot of opportunity for the actual story itself, but it just didn't come out well! 3y
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EmilyM
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Mehso-so

This book fell very flat for me. I was expecting more character development and a conflict that was not so black and white--the conflict, in my opinion, should have been more drawn out. Instead it was brushed over and almost unbelievable. I also didn't feel like I cared about the characters all that much. ⭐⭐⭐/5 #botm

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j9brown
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Moving and haunting.

#botm

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Victoriahoperose
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Panpan

That was disappointing. Way too slow for me and dry. It was all over the place and by the end I wasn‘t even sure what happened really. Not my fave from #botm. But, it‘s okay. I liked my other book from them 😊

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8little_paws
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Pickpick

A story of parental love told in the context of a missing twin, how the stories were create become reality. This book, set in Trinidad, has a very strong sense of place and community. Despite being about a missing child, this book isn't as plot driven as you'd think. If you're looking to settle into a book that'll take you away this is a good option. Ending did feel a bit rushed, but I can see how elements of it were very effective.

Gramworth I just finished this one a few days ago. My husband is from Trinidad which is why I chose it. He‘s reading it now and he told me the school the twins go to might actually be his old school. It‘s on the same street! 3y
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8little_paws
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Already 2 chapters in! Just in today.

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kellyann28
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Got some book mail today! Two #BOTM picks and my #LMPBC ! 📚📚📚
@TheBookKeepers @johanna414 @ConfessionofaBookaholic

kellyann28 @hermyknee I've heard such great things about it! I MAY use it for next round of LMPBC if I can wait that long. 3y
hermyknee 💙💚💖 3y
TheBookKeepers Oh yay!! Glad ur lmpbc pick made it!! ❤️ 3y
ConfessionofaBookaholic Good I‘m glad it made it! 📚 3y
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Jess7
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Thanks #hogarthbooks and #sjpforhogarth for this free book! This book sounds really good and I think it‘s a #botm pick. Have any of you read this yet?

Also — I‘m obsessed with these cozy socks! They‘re from Books-A-Million. I picked them up at the store near where my parents live. Do you wear cozy socks when you read? What‘s your favorite brand? I need more! I‘m in love!

#goldenchild #claireadam #arc #bookofthemonth #cozysocks #booksandsocks

BookNerd9906 I don‘t know what to pick?!?!?! 3y
WellReadCatLady Those socks look so cozy! 3y
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Slajaunie 💚💚💚 cozy socks 3y
Jas16 I really liked it. 3y
GloVerdino My sister got slipper socks from Old Navy and I‘m in love with them! 3y
Melissa_J I love cozy socks!! Chapters/Indigo (Canada‘s big book seller) has been selling them for a few years, and they change the colours/patterns with the seasons. 3y
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Leigh0906
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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New Years #bookishresolution- buy more books from indies. So, no more #BOTM and more getting on first name basis with the employees at the local bookstores 😝

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8little_paws
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Oh hey! I got a free add on this month (I think because I purchased a 3 credit botm gift for my mom this christmas) so i'm making it rain this January!!
Also really interested in golden state, i'm going to see how reviews are for that one and maybe add it on later or get from library.

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kellyann28
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Okay so I signed up for #BOTM (against my better judgement on spending money). I think I am going for this one! The tags are "heavy" and "sad" and I am a glutton for punishment with these types of books.

TheNerdyProfessor I LOVE BOTM. I've been a member for 2 years now and am delighted to say it's always the highlight of my month when they announce new books 😂 3y
kellyann28 @TheNerdyProfessor I noticed a lot of the books that I want to read this year were offered for BOTM at one time or another so I figured why not! 3y
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ErikasMindfulShelf
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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#BOTM spoilers. I‘ve read Golden Child and Maid which were both ok. What are you picking?

Victoriahoperose I read The Silent Patient. It was really good! 3y
8little_paws Torn between maid, golden child, and tiger. Will likely read the other golden from library 3y
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TheNerdyProfessor A lot of these sound good to me. I was thinking Maid or Golden Child but now I'm not sure because you said they were ok. Worth the read? 3y
ErikasMindfulShelf @TheNerdyProfessor Out of the two I would go with Golden Child. 3y
The_Heeler_Booklife I‘m going with The Silent Patient and The Night Tiger. 3y
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theokiereader
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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#golden is the theme as the #botmspoilers are out!! A tough day in homeschool means I haven‘t gotten the chance to look through the descriptions yet. What are you going to choose? #botm

TheBookStacker The only one I seem drawn to is 3y
8little_paws YAAAAAAAAS thanks for posting! Time to research these.... 3y
The_Heeler_Booklife I‘m going with The Silent Patient and The Night Tiger. 3y
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8little_paws This is going to be a tough one. I want the night tiger, maid, and the two goldens. Gonna have to do a little more thinking on this. 3y
TheLibrarian The Silent Patient, The Night Tiger, and Golden State. 3y
theokiereader I think I may go with Maid. None of the choices excite me this month. 3y
BookwormAHN I'm going with The Night Tiger and possibly The Silent Patient. 3y
Reviewsbylola Maid is the only one I know of. I‘ve read it—it‘s fantastic. I‘m so happy for the author that it was chosen for January. 3y
theokiereader I ended up putting both Maid and The Silent Patient on hold at the library. I‘ll probably end up making Maid my BOTM 3y
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Suelizbeth
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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ARC from Bookbrowse. Golden Child is set in Trinidad and the descriptions of the country, culture, and environs engulf the story. The father of twin boys is ultimately faced with an impossible decision, and they all must deal with the consequences. Claire Adam is an exceptional writer. Her style is spare and succinct and clear and heart wrenching. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jas16
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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When one of his twin sons does not come home by nightfall Clyde originally thinks he is out misbehaving. After all it is Paul, the difficult one, who is missing. Clyde has placed all his hopes on the prospects of Peter, Paul‘s brilliant brother, as he struggles to keep his family afloat. As morning comes and Paul has not returned Clyde faces a torturous realization. Switching perspectives and periods of time, this is a gut punch of a novel.

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