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Beyond the Point
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
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8little_paws
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
Mehso-so

Meh, I thought it was pretty predictable but it kept me entertained enough while walking/doing chores. I wouldn't recommend it though, it was too formulaic.

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Rissa1
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Pickpick

A story of friendship. Exactly the kind of book I would sit on a beach and read. #24b4monday @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid 🌞⛱️🌊 4w
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Rissa1
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"No one tells you that grief feels like fear—it amps you up, making you want to run for your life, even though there is nowhere to go, no place where death will be unreal. Grief chokes you and paralyzes you, making the most menial decisions feel impossibly huge."

My eyes filled with tears at the truth of this.
#mybabies #24b4monday

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Rissa1
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Today we are counting yard work as my workout. Raking gravel for my new place to stack firewood is hard work. My 7 year old daughter thought it was fun. I am realizing that I can count other things as physical fitness. This heart rate shows how much hard work taking was. #BFCr3 @wanderinglynn #learningtobekindtomyself

wanderinglynn Yard work is hard work! Way to go! 🙌🏻 4w
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Rissa1
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Cooking and eating dinner didn't allow much time added on to my record, but I am pretty proud of my almost 8 hours. #24b4monday @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65

Andrew65 Great total. 👏👏👏 4w
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Cityofamber
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
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Pickpick

I liked this book, however there were some things that brought down my enjoyment of it. The things I liked include are the friendships and how real they felt with the ups and downs, the grief was well done as was showing how life can go far from plans. What I didn‘t like was the timeline, she jumped ahead months/years but important things happened in between so she had to go back and tell us those things, it didn‘t flow well. #BOTM #BOTMBacklist

8little_paws Would you recommend it specifically on audio? I can get it via audio at my library and it's fairly high on my list. Or should I grab a paper copy instead? 3w
Cityofamber @8little_paws I liked the audiobook, just make sure you pay attention to the dates so you know when the jumped a few years/months ahead :) 3w
8little_paws Thank you! I was thinking of starting a new audiobook to listen to while I knit/crochet. Perhaps this'll be it. I find I can focus really well on audiobooks while crafting. 3w
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MelKelsey
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Bailedbailed

I read 112 pages before calling it quits. It wasn't engaging, the characters were too similar, and I'm not a fan of army stuff. Not for me.

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marleed
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Pickpick

If you were like me and expected this book to tell a profound tale of how 3 female West Point student‘s lives changed as their training adapted for leadership in a post 9/11 US Army, well, you‘d be wrong as was I. But you‘d realize this within a few pages and make a grab for your sisterhood hat. Think of this as Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants goes to West Point, and just enjoy a story of enduring friendship.

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PolaroidPoet
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
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Pickpick

I have found very few books that have captured the complicated dynamics of a female friendship so well. It spans many years similar to the Kate and Tully friendship in Hannah‘s Firefly Lane. I think the book jacket blurb misled me into thinking this story would be more centered around September 11 (which was glossed over in the novel), but it was a great emotional story. #botm #catsoflitsy

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MeesesPieces
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Pickpick

It was a great book about friendship, love, and tragedy! A long book but totally worth it!

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erank58
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Panpan

I may have enjoyed this had I known more going in. I thought this would involve a feminist look at women in today's military culture, but instead it read like a PG-rated Hallmark movie (which can be fun, just not what I expected). The relationships were unnatural, the diversity felt a little forced, and overall it just was fragmented. Still, this could be a great book for the right reader. GR: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2768175138 #botm

akckitty Here's hoping the next book is better! If your original thought of what the book was going to had happened, it'd of been great! 3mo
Hooked_on_books PG rated Hallmark movie! Oh no! 😱 3mo
erank58 @akckitty I hope so!! Now I'm off to find a book that actually deals with the topic I described since I'm so disappointed!! 3mo
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erank58 @Hooked_on_books 🤣🤣🤣 yes! Nothing wrong with lighter, happier books by any means, but when you go in hoping for a powerful hard-hitter, it's always somewhat frustrating 😂 I probably should have read other reviews before picking it up, sounds like alot of people felt the same way! 3mo
EmilyM Agree! 3mo
erank58 @EmilyM 👍 3mo
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hes7
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Pickpick

Either I read this book at the right time or the wrong one because it made me cry like few books have. The friendship it portrays, along with some guy-wrenching ups and downs, got me right in the feels, and I loved it. #botm #madeyoucry #30junebooks

akckitty That's awesome you had such a good read :) 3mo
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erank58
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Ugh. Just started this, and already I'm not a fan of how the author is incorrectly portraying Pittsburgh as a place that natives want to "escape." In reality, locals and transplants young and old are damn proud of their wonderful city and its schools, and this is coming from a Philly girl ?? I may be nit-picking, but it's a HUGE pet peeve of mine when authors fail to research local cultural norms #botm

Reggie Nick Cutter put his book Little Heaven in New Mexico and I didn‘t recognize anything about NM in what he wrote. Totally get it. 3mo
Bookwormjillk Love Pittsburgh! 3mo
Erinreadsthebooks In my opinion, if an author is going to choose to portray a city in a negative way without any justification, he/she should just create a fictional city in the same general area and go with it. Why risk irritating people who want to like your books? 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
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Crazeedi You are so correct! We western PA people are proud of Pittsburgh, our roots and our cultures! Shame on him!!! 3mo
Crazeedi And Pitt is a great school! So much has been researched there, so many accolades! Dang!! 3mo
Librarybelle I fell in love with Pittsburgh when I went there for grad school...it was the perfect city for me! And yes, I‘m not a fan when authors do this in a book. 3mo
actualdisneyprincess What the HELL. 💛🖤 3mo
ssravp That gets under my skin so much. I love my city. 🖤💛🖤💛 3mo
erank58 @ssravp you're not alone!! 💛🖤 3mo
erank58 @actualdisneyprincess I know right??? 3mo
erank58 @Librarybelle I went to school there too, and it will always have a special place in my heart! 3mo
erank58 @Crazeedi Pitt is a FABULOUS school--I went to Duquesne and I loved every moment I spent in the city! 3mo
erank58 @Erinreadsthebooks I think that's a really good point! Plus it allows for more creative space in the author's end 3mo
erank58 @Bookwormjillk 🖤💛 3mo
erank58 @Reggie ugh sounds we've shared similar feelings. Details like this really do matter and always affect the way I look at the overall story! 3mo
actualdisneyprincess @erank58 omg I went to Duquesne too!!! 😮😍 (edited) 3mo
erank58 @actualdisneyprincess too funny!!! Loved every minute of it :) 3mo
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peaknit
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
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I really treasure a handful of morning reading minutes.

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BlueStockingReviews
Beyond the Point | Claire Gibson
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BEYOND THE POINT is a moving story of female friendships at West Point. It is a delightful debut novel. The book magnificently captures women exhibiting strength, faith, forgiveness and perseverance, while encountering discrimination, pain and loss... https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/beyond-the-point

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ginnywriteswords
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Mehso-so

3/5 stars - It was a really good story with just decent packaging. I didn‘t love it, but I also didn‘t hate it. I liked the individual and collective stories of the three women. However, I didn‘t like the writing. Multiple flashbacks within chapters and different perspectives each chapter were too much for me. I hope Claire Gibson keeps writing, because I would like to see her evolve and grow as a writer over time.

jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 4mo
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jenniferajanes @ginnywriteswords You‘re welcome! Happy reading! I hope you love Litsy as much as I do. It‘s a great community! 4mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 4mo
ginnywriteswords @Eggs Thank you!! 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 4mo
ginnywriteswords Thank you, @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego! Love your handle. 🤣 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
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Laughterhp
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Pickpick

I really liked this book. Yes it‘s long, but it doesn‘t feel long. The book never drags and it always kept me interested. I enjoyed all the women‘s journeys, experiences and friendship. They all experience something different, but their experience at West Point keeps them connected. I‘m glad I picked this book from #BOTM

Soldier‘s story - #booked2019

Cinfhen Good choice.... 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I really considered this one ... 4mo
Crazeedi Sounds very good 4mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘m really enjoying this book! It‘s on the long end, but I started it Friday night and am already over 200 pages in! It‘s a pretty quick read. I don‘t know if it‘s going to get tougher when the ladies go into combat.

Relaxing now that the family is gone, hubby is watching hockey and I have my book. 💚

The Bruins are dominating! #bostonbruins #hockey #sundayreads

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Laughterhp
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#FridayNightReads - I told myself when I joined #BOTM again that I would read at least a book a month that I picked!

This was my April pick! I picked this up tonight and am already sucked in. I think I‘m going to use this book for a Soldier‘s Story for #Booked2019

Reviewsbylola Ooooh I was thinking of picking this one so I‘ll be curious to see if you like it! 4mo
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simplysteph
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I love this book, a bit heartbreaking 💔

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Laughterhp
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Here‘s my current May TBR. I‘m sure it‘ll change up halfway through the month, but I‘m always okay with that!

*Not shown are the ebooks and audiobooks that I‘ll probably end up reading and listening to.

#MayTBR

hes7 Beyond the Point‘s on my TBR, too. Enjoy! 5mo
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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

This book was ok for me. I didn't like how much it jumped in time. One chapter it is fall and the characters are at West Point and then all of a sudden it's summer in the next chapter. I also wasn't expecting all of the Christian references. #botm called it inspirational, but I didn't take that to mean religiously inspirational. Not that I have a problem with religion, but I am not a fan of Christian "inspirational" fiction. ⭐⭐⭐/5

felinesandfiction The "Inspirational" tag was the main reason I didn't get it. I worried the religion would be heavy and based on the reviews I think I was right. 5mo
EmilyM @felinesandfiction yeah.....I don't think I will be ordering anything that says inspirational anymore. 5mo
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DebinHawaii
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From last week's book tour but I remain behind in posting. I quite enjoyed this debut novel about three friends who meet at West Point in 2000 & form strong bonds before their lives pull them in different directions. The author grew up as an army brat at West Point & her passion & admiration for the female cadets rings through making the 500+ pages fly by. Paired with my recreation of a meal shared by Dani, Hannah & Avery in the book. Link👇🏻

DebinHawaii My review & recipe for Avocado Salsa that along with ahi poke, corn tortillas & mango was a dinner in the book is in my blog post here: http://kahakaikitchen.blogspot.com/2019/04/the-book-tour-stops-here-review-of_17... 5mo
Mdargusch 😋 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I think I‘m gonna move in with you if you don‘t mind. 🤤🤤🤤 5mo
DebinHawaii @MicheleinPhilly Come on over! 🤗😉 5mo
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tammysue
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Pickpick

WOW was I SURPRISED! Inside it‘s pages Claire Gibson created a captivating spell of awe and respect for female soldiers that kept me reading well into the night. I loved following alongside bff‘s Dani, Hannah and Avery‘s friendship, different personalities, good/bad choices. Don‘t let it‘s size intimidate you. It‘s short chapters made it a fast mover while it tore at my emotions along the way. Two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻 #botm

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Bookish_B
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Pickpick

This was between a so-so and a pick for me. Overall, I enjoyed it. I love a story of strong women who are figuring it all out; and complicated, flawed friendships. The thing I was not a fan of though, was the constant God and bible references. I had to stop a couple of times to try to google whether it was meant to be a religious book. No offense to anyone but that was just off-putting to me. Not my cup of tea. That aside, it is a good read.

Aswenson That wouldn‘t be for me either, good to know! 5mo
Bookish_B @Aswenson honestly, I debated whether to mention it or not because I have a low tolerance for it and maybe it's not that bad but then decided it was worth mentioning it. Just in case 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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lele1432
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After much deliberation, I finally chose my April #BOTM picks. They got me again. This is the 2nd time this year I filled 1 box, & used my 2nd account to fill another box! I think I only did that once at the end of last year.

The tagged book was a surprise pick. I didn't think I'd be interested, but was intrigued by Etaf Rum's endorsement. Thankfully Apple books has long samples. I loved the writing! Can't wait to receive my boxes. 😊 #bookhaul

TheNerdyProfessor Two accounts 😱😱😱 OMG. Genius. 5mo
lele1432 @TheNerdyProfessor lol yeah a while back I caught wind that some people had two accounts and I thought the same thing and created another one. 😊 Obviously most months I skip, but it's nice to have on those rare months (or maybe not so rare anymore? 🤔) when I want several books! 5mo
TheNerdyProfessor I have no idea how I would explain two boxes to my husband. I already have an overwhelming amount of books on my TBR 😂 5mo
lele1432 @TheNerdyProfessor I try to hide them from mine lol! When they come I try to go ahead and put them on a bookshelf before he sees. 😂 He challenged me to read 3 books for every 1 I buy, but I already had such a large TBR that it's not helping much lol. 5mo
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Mowen036
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Pickpick

Don‘t let the size of this book intimidate you! It‘s a fast read and oh my you‘ll have all the emotions. It follows 3 friends as they journey through West Point together and after. Deals with 9/11 and the war that follows.

A must pick up!

tammysue Happy you enjoyed it, Martha! 💖 Up next for me. 5mo
ReadWithWine On my TBR! 5mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Pickpick

I am happy with this pick from BOTM. It was a really unique view of army life from the start of the decision to go to West Point through the life that comes with that decision. I really liked the characters and the differences between them along with the storyline that followed the girls through the book. It was both uplifting and heartbreaking, but definitely worth reading.

Cinfhen Now I‘m regretting not ordering this book ~ there‘s always next month 5mo
Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen I liked it, but it is a bit long. I don‘t regret using my credit but on the bright side, if you get it as an add on next month it‘s only $10 😊 5mo
Cinfhen True!! 5mo
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DeeLew
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BOTM pick for April. I was ready to unsubscribe but I loved Daisy Jones and the Six so I figured I‘d give them another chance. #BOTM

Cinfhen Pretty photo 5mo
tammysue Great photo! 5mo
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bookishkris
Pickpick

Absolutely excellent. Reminds me of an adult version of Amy Effaw‘s wonderful Battle Dress (go right now and find a copy). I love the friendships, the camaraderie, the serious (and heartbreaking) and silly. Drew me in, kept me close, and tossed me out the other side. A book that will stay with me a long time.

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bookishkris
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I‘ve been in a bit of a reading slump, aided by my discovery of Portuguese knitting, which has made knitting a joy instead of a chore.

But I‘ve been looking forward to this book for months. Maybe this will break the slump?

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SaintEmmi
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What did everyone pick for their #BOTM ? I hardly ever get just one pick, but Beyond the Point is the only one that sounded like it would grip me. It‘s also a debut, which really excites me!

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mrozzz
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Pickpick

Claire Gibson wrote with an understanding of loss and friendship that surpasses many of her contemporaries. In 500 pages, she wove a tale covering 7 years from the end of high school & beyond as 3 young women playing basketball for West Point, establish a lasting bond made up of their faith, their dedication to their sport, their frustration with & ultimate respect for the Army, and the determination to be the best they can be for family/country.

Slajaunie 💚💚💚 6mo
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Gryffleclaw95
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My April #BOTM is picked!

What did you guys choose?

allthingskayla Normal People and Sky Without Stars. I loved Enchantèe. 6mo
hes7 I picked the same one and added-on a couple YA, too. 6mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m curious to see some reviews on Beyond the Point! 6mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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Fair point, no? 🤔

wordzie 👍 6mo
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LeafingThroughLife
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It‘s never too late for that #riotgrams “book and a mug” prompt that I missed, right? It‘s been a long, crappy week at work and this mug suits my mood going into Friday just about perfectly. It probably doesn‘t suit a book about female West Point cadets though. 🤔

AmyG Hahaha. That mug. 7mo
wordzie 😁😂...your mug though! 6mo
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kstadt929
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I really enjoyed the story of Dani, Hannah and Avery...how they came to choose West Point for college, how they came together, what adventures they had and challenges they faced, how they grew individually and as friends, how life changes and strengthens relationships with time...it was heartbreaking at times and heartwarming at others. I couldn‘t put it down tonight and highly recommend to fiction lovers out there when it is released in April ❤️

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kstadt929
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Love this ❤️ What a great description!

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kstadt929
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It is the perfect day to continue reading my ARC while I enjoy some hot cocoa + marshmallows + a peppermint stick in the lovely mug sent to me by @Slajaunie 💕 It even matches the cover of my book!

Slajaunie 😁❤️ 8mo
vaanshere Wow!!☕☕📓📓 8mo
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kstadt929
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Next up: new book and blueberry bread ❤️

BennettBookworm Omg STUNNING! 8mo
tracey38 Blueberry bread looks yummy! 8mo
LiteraryinLititz All of that makes me smile! 8mo
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TheSpineView
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Great debut novel with strong female characters. See my full review on my blog at www.thespineview.com
I am looking forward to read reading more from this author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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kstadt929
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Out of my 5 book stack, this one has the best opening. I love this! #24in48

Mollyanna Great opening! Looking forward to your thoughts on the book. 8mo
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TheSpineView
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This book is so much more than I thought it would be! It has taken my breath away. 💖

Crazeedi Beautiful 8mo
TheSpineView 😊 8mo
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TheSpineView
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I started this one late Sunday evening and I have read 75%. I thought I would like it but I am surprised at just how much. ❤📘

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kstadt929
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Super excited to win this copy from Library Thing Early Reviewers! It will be put on my TBR pile and started soon!!! ❤️ I love the gorgeous cover

Princess-Kingofkings I'll recommend this one too my daughter. 8mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

I picked this novel because my niece just graduated from West Point. The first third of the novel was great and just what I was hoping for, a good primer of the unique experience of West Point and follows the three main characters through their days in college. the plot got a little looser after that and, in trying to follow three threads, didn't quite flesh any of the three out as deeply or well as the first third. #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewer

looking_for_mikaela I keep seeing this on my feed and am nervous about reading it. As a grad of West Point‘s sister school in Annapolis, I‘m scared it will just disappoint. 8mo
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TheSpineView
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#bookmail A new ARC came today. I liked the synopsis. Hope it lives up to my expectations! Has anyone read this book yet?

Well-ReadNeck Reading it now. So far, so good! 9mo
TheSpineView @Well-ReadNeck That's good news!😊 9mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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Just got this ARC in from #LibraryThing #EarlyReviewers

My niece just graduated from West Point a couple of weeks ago 🎉 so the timing is perfect!!!

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mrozzz
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This afternoon I took another 1-day writing class with Catapult. I was the first one to arrive & was immediately drawn to a box labeled “Free Books”— these are the books I walked away with 🤗 #bookhaul

Picked out 2 memoirs & 2 novels, one of which is an ARC (tagged) from a debut author I met at a writer‘s conference and who is one of the most genuine, kindest people you‘d ever meet. Definitely take a look at the summary! It‘s out in April.

Reviewsbylola I just got I Should Have Honor! (edited) 12mo
mrozzz 👌🏻☺️ I‘m so excited for it!! @Reviewsbylola 12mo
Kristy_K I loved I Should Have Honor! 12mo
Well-ReadNeck Sweeeeeet! 9mo
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