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Betty
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
A stunning, lyrical coming-of-age novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl, with only the compass of her father's imagination, must navigate racism, sexism, and the dark secrets that will haunt her for the rest of her life. "A girl comes of age against the knife." So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. Born in a bathtub in Arkansas in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty, racism, abuse, and violence--both from outside the family, and also, devastatingly, from within. After years on the road, searching in vain for a better life, the Carpenters return to their hometown of Breathed, Ohio, in northern Appalachia. There, they move into a sprawling wreck of a farmhouse that local legend says is cursed. The townsfolk decide the Carpenters are cursed, too: "My mother gave birth to eight of us," Betty tells us in her frank, wry voice. "More than one would die for no good reason in the prizewinning years of their youth. Some blamed God for taking too few. Others accused the Devil of leaving too many." But Betty is resilient. Her father's inventive stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination and even in the face of tragedy and death, her creativity is irrepressible. Against overwhelming odds, she may be the first member of her family to break the cycle of abuse and trauma--and escape.
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Mitch
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The writing is stunning - but it‘s wrecking my heart 😢😢😢😢

#newyearwhodis

vivastory I've been meaning to read this. I loved The Summer that Melted etc 1h
Mitch @vivastory her writing is beautiful she clearly deeply loves the land and I can picture every scene so vividly. Which then makes it hard when it takes dark and harrowing turns ☹️ 1h
vivastory I've heard nothing but great things about it, but I've also heard that it's heartbreaking. Will definitely prepare myself 57m
TrishB This is on my list for this week! 13m
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Mitch
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Just starting this today - from @Chelsea.Poole #newyearwhodis list. I have a ritual before starting every new book - hunting for the perfect bookmark !

squirrelbrain I do just the same with my bookmarks! The book is great, although also 😡😢 2d
monalyisha Love this! 2d
Mitch @squirrelbrain im steeling myself for heartache! 2d
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LeahBergen I have the bookmark ritual, too! @Mitch @squirrelbrain 2d
Mitch @LeahBergen 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2d
Tera66 Me too! 15h
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Mitch
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Love that new book feeling-anticipation and excitement for what‘s to come and who we‘ll be meeting, predicting the tears and joy to be found within. My next #newyearwhodis book and I‘ve heard nothing but fabulous things. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

monalyisha Oh, wow! The writing - already! 😍 2d
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jenniferw88
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slategreyskies Congrats!! ✨ 2w
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 2w
Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Such a compelling book ♥️ 2w
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jenniferw88 @Cinfhen yeah, it would have been 5 ⭐ if there hadn't been cat abuse, hence the .75 of a ⭐ 😂 2w
ozma.of.oz Yay! Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 2w
Ladygodiva7 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2w
BarbaraBB Yay! Congratulations! On to the blank sheet of 2022! 2w
Clwojick Amazing! Way to go! 2w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fabulous!! 2w
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Chelsea.Poole
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#12Booksof2021 March is Betty.

Cinfhen I loved this book too!! It was really heartbreaking 💔 3w
youneverarrived Really need to get to this one 3w
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Reagan
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Halfway exactly! Was up really early so treated myself to some beautiful and tragic reading. Making steady progress of this, not too quick because I need time to process. Hoping to finish up this week though!

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Mitch
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So this is going to be my January reading pile. Thank you SO much @Chelsea.Poole for giving me so much to choose from. Patrick Radden Keene was on my list last year and his new one looks fab, I listened to The Stacks interview Amanda Montell and she sounds very fab and Betty I know nothing about! Amazing list thank you Chelsea #newyearwhodis2022

Oryx Betty is really good 2mo
ncsufoxes Loved Betty 2mo
Scochrane26 I loved Empire of Pain but it will make you mad. 2mo
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Mitch @Scochrane26 it might be my third book for January rather than my first! 2mo
Mitch @Oryx @ncsufoxes It totally missed my radar so excited to have discovered it via @Chelsea.Poole 2mo
Chelsea.Poole This makes me so happy! Those are three excellent books. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. Agreed with @Scochrane26 Empire of Pain is maddening and really just so well done. 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Oryx @ncsufoxes some of the scenes in Betty feel like they‘ll be forever imprinted in my mind. Felt so vivid. 2mo
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Reagan
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This feels very much like that moment in The Office where they have the fire drill. 🚨 it‘s happening! It‘s happening 🚨

So far so good but with ominous undertones and despite my best efforts I saw a comparison to Bastard Out of Carolina which is like a combo of these emojis😭🤩 and filling me with a lot of dread.

Chelsea.Poole LOVE Betty but 😭 and your dish looks great! 2mo
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aperfectmjk
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This was excellent. It's been a while since I've enjoyed a novel through and through. I highly recommend this one! 👏

#bookspin #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

ncsufoxes I read this book over the summer & loved it. Although there were difficult subjects, it was such a good book 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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jhod
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Thanks Emma @Oryx I bought this one for @TrishB for her birthday but don't have it myself so a great choice, many thanks!!! 😀

TrishB It‘s a great choice 😁 2mo
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Book 124

I listened to Betty by Tiffany McDaniel. This book is a fictionalized-version of the author's life growing up in the 1960s with a Cherokee father and an Appalachian mother. I'm not a sensitive reader, but I had to take some breaks from the explicitly-written, depressing stories
Betty is a beautiful writer and all her family members are rich and compelling/abhorrent characters. The voice acting was notable. Well-done! A must-read author.

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There is such great beauty in this book.

The stories told by a Cherokee father are his way of saying, "I love you," to his kids.

The children listening and holding those stories in their hearts are them saying, "I love you, too."

There is such great sadness and evil in this book.

Child molestation, rape, incest, animal cruelty, suicide.

I would warn you not to get attached to any of the characters, but you won't be able to help it.

TrishB Lovely review ❤️ 4mo
Chelsea.Poole So tragic but so wonderful! Great review 4mo
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Bookboss
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I love book mail!

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OneCent76
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I picked this book because it is set in southern Ohio. This is a very hard book to read. There is 1 scene with kittens that was so horrible I almost stopped reading. So much sadness that happened with this family.

jenniferw88 I just got past *that* kitten scene - 😭😭😭. Luckily my cat was next to me! 3w
OneCent76 Yes that was SO hard to read! 2w
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jenniferw88
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Do I need more books? No.
Am I going to take advantage of Buy One Get One Half Price? Yes!

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EatSleepRead
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Mehso-so

This is beautifully written but really heavy stuff here. If you are looking for a happy/light read, this isn't it.

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Amor4Libros
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Only words I have to describe this book: Beautiful and heartbreaking.

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britt_brooke
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March: 19
YTD: 63

Top row were all ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️, Betty being my overall favorite. Honorable mention goes to A Good Girl‘s Guide to Murder (books 1 & 2). It was a pretty fantastic month!

#marchreads #marchwrapup

MsMelissa Are you on track for a record reading year? 63 books so far is impressive 👏🏻 10mo
britt_brooke @MsMelissa Thanks, friend! 🥰 I‘m way ahead of my goal, and at this pace, it‘ll be a record year. Every year since I joined Litsy has been a record year, though. 😂 We‘ll see! 10mo
Gissy Impressive!!! 📚📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏👏🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 10mo
britt_brooke @Gissy 🥰🤗🥰 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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All the stars for Betty. I loved this novel set in Appalachia, southern Ohio to be exact — which is exactly where I am. Betty is a young girl who “comes of age against the knife” suffering racism, trauma (often secondary but no less horrific), and learning how to fit into her world alongside her family. Betty‘s father is her sun, and the source of hope for her. Sections featuring her father feel like magical realism but actually aren‘t. Cont ⬇️

Chelsea.Poole Also, I read this over several weeks. Normally I fly through audiobooks, but I‘m glad I took the time to slowly digest the print version of Betty. This one felt similar to books published decades ago that I have fond memories of, in a style I don‘t encounter often these days namely 10mo
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh, Betty girl, you‘ve had such a sorrow-filled existence. This is more than a coming of age, it‘s the character study of a poverty-stricken Appalachian family. McDaniels renders life to these bodies with lush, poetic, truly beautiful writing. You experience every single line. You feel this family‘s suffering; HER family‘s suffering. But there‘s deep, abiding love, too. Easily one of my top reads of the year. Chills.

Cinfhen Beautiful review!! This book broke me 💔 And knowing Betty is the author‘s mom 😭😭😭 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! 💚 I‘m still emotionally recovering. Holy hangover. It‘s absolutely devastating to know it‘s rooted in truth. I read how supportive her family was, even allowing the use of real names. I hope this brought some peace to those still around. 10mo
Cinfhen Tagging @Chelsea.Poole who just finished this book as well 😥 10mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen thank you! I haven‘t done much reading on the real family but to know so much of this was inspired by truth just makes it that much more painful 😣 10mo
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🎧🧩 Just wrapped up this super fun 90s puzzle! Totally bought it for Beavis and Butthead. Lots of faces + nonstandard pieces made this much tougher than I originally expected. 😅

Enjoying the tagged book so far, but damn, is it sad.

#audiopuzzling

vivastory Nirvana 🤘 10mo
britt_brooke @vivastory Cobain and Tupac being next to each other hurt my little heart. #RIP (edited) 10mo
vivastory That is def. rough. I was listening to Tupac last week. 10mo
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CBee The 90s - my decade 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 10mo
mommyincolor Where did you get it? I MUST have it!!! 10mo
britt_brooke @CBee The best! 10mo
britt_brooke @mommyincolor I found it at Hobby Lobby for $18. It was a totally random find. Amazon has it for like twice that. (edited) 10mo
booksbrewsandbooze That‘s awesome! 10mo
bookaholic1 I love the puzzle 10mo
britt_brooke @booksbrewsandbooze Thanks! 💚💚 10mo
britt_brooke @bookaholic1 Thanks - it was such a fun one! 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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I‘m on Chapter 19 ... my current Audible walking book
And I do love the connection to nature & Betty‘s Dad‘s wisdom... but something isn‘t clicking for me with this one. The narrator isn‘t helping , but it‘s more than that , I‘m not connecting with the characters .... I‘m calling it a day #unpopularopinion ... I do wish Betty all the best in the future & I‘m a little curious about how her life pans out , but not enough to read on.

Cinfhen Awww, that‘s a shame, Cathy. It‘s a hard read and honestly it gets BLEAKER!!!!! I was really invested but I read this one, so maybe print was a better option 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I think print might have worked better for me ... although I thought I‘d get over the narrator if I got involved enough in the story ... alas , it just didn‘t work ... 11mo
Cinfhen Unto the next .... 💗🎧 11mo
Cathythoughts @MsMelissa Yes! 😂 this is the one ! I bailed... relief at last #Teambail 10mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Sometimes it can take me WEEKS to read a print book. Audiobooks so perfectly fit into my busy work and home life that I always end up neglecting REAL books. Makes me sad, but I do try to carve out time on the weekends to dedicate to reading print titles. Lemon muffins with black tea and Betty ☕️♥️🍋🌞

Kappadeemom Lemon muffins 😋 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Failed miserably at the #buddyread timeline; so many forces working against me! But I‘ve finally found some quiet time to get with Betty, alongside sourdough biscuits with honey, lemon drop tea and the snow falling outside. ♥️❄️🍯🍞🍋 ☕️

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Reviewsbylola
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I‘m pretty sure this book broke me. I feel emotionally wrung out. I need to look up some interviews with the author now, a la @Cinfhen , to see how much is rooted in fact. Betty feels absolutely real to me, which seems to be McDaniel‘s intent with the tribute to her mother in the beginning of the book.

I‘m ready to kick off the discussion whenever everyone else is! @Squirrel @Chelsea.Poole

emilyhaldi Damn you‘re so fast!! Will I like this one? 11mo
Reviewsbylola Yes I think so! @emilyhaldi (edited) 11mo
Chelsea.Poole I need to prioritize Betty over all others!! Gonna start a fire under my own butt 🔥 to get going with this! 11mo
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Daisy Johnson‘s blurb on the front of this book says she was ‘consumed‘ by it, and that‘s exactly how I felt. It is a heartbreaking tale of growing up in a broken, dysfunctional family; very difficult to read but equally as difficult to put down.

Whilst ostensibly a tale about the titular Betty, it reads as a love story to her father Landon. Spoilers below for my fellow #buddyreaders who haven‘t finished yet.

#booked2021 #appalachiannoir

squirrelbrain @cinfhen commented early on that this read like a memoir and, whilst billed as a novel, I would say from the bonus content at the end that 90% of it must be true. Makes it even more heartbreaking. 💔 (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen I agree, Helen!!! Wonderful review 11mo
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Cinfhen Right, Betty gets in the car with Fielding Bliss at the end of the novel?!?? 11mo
squirrelbrain No I haven‘t read that one @Cinfhen - it‘s definitely on my list now though. Yep, that‘s the end of the novel and then there‘s a section called ‘Behind Betty‘. 11mo
Caroline2 Great review. Stacked. 😉 11mo
Reviewsbylola Hoping to finish by tomorrow. I‘m about half way through! 11mo
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 11mo
Cinfhen So I don‘t have Behind Betty in my #BOTM copy 11mo
Oryx It's really immersive, isn't it? And you just get so attached to the family. 11mo
squirrelbrain Completely @Oryx - I was rooting for them, but knowing that nothing would end well. 11mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘m looking forward to it 👍🏻❤️ 11mo
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Cinfhen
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If you‘re looking for an action packed book/ skip this one. But, if family drama, magnificent prose and heartache is your thing, this book DELIVERS. I haven‘t read McDaniel‘s debut The Summer That Melted Everything but I have a feeling it‘s loosely connected to this story. Either way, I can‘t wait to find out. Thanks for the mini #BuddyRead @Reviewsbylola @squirrelbrain @Chelsea.Poole tag me when you‘re done reading, so we can DISCUSS 💔💔💔

Cinfhen It‘s very good @Simona @Cathythoughts but MUST HAVE TISSUES 11mo
squirrelbrain I honestly just finished this 10 minutes ago too! Will post my review in a bit..... 11mo
Cathythoughts Great review! I just got it on kindle 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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Cinfhen Stephanie called the twist about LeLand on page 189 @squirrelbrain - how much of this book do u think was true!?!!?? 11mo
Cinfhen Keep me posted @Cathythoughts 🤞🏽🤞🏽 11mo
Kalalalatja Stacked! 11mo
squirrelbrain I saw that ‘twist‘ very early on @Cinfhen 😟 My copy has ‘bonus content‘ which is the author describing her family. Does yours not have that? Betty was / is the author‘s Mum. There are photos of Betty, her sisters, Alka, Landon and Lint. The only ‘character‘ not mentioned is Leland. The rape of Alka by her Dad is not fiction. If you haven‘t got that bonus content I‘ll think of a way to get you a copy.... 11mo
Crazeedi A book set in Appalachia? Yes, I'm definitely interested 11mo
Cinfhen I don‘t have that info @squirrelbrain ☹️my copy was from BOTM / I knew Betty is the author‘s mum and her sisters and grandparents were all real. Was her brother Trustin real? Did they all die? I saw a photo of Lint as a youngster on her website but not of Trustin. It‘s such a sad story. Landon was my favorite 🙌🏻❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s very sad @Crazeedi but I think you‘ll appreciate the author‘s writing 11mo
squirrelbrain Hmmm, there‘s about 25 pages of it @cinfhen so I can‘t really photograph and post on here. I‘ll see if I can photograph it and email to you.... It doesn‘t mention Trustin either. 11mo
Cinfhen Don‘t worry about it @squirrelbrain im sure I can Google and find all the info xxx 11mo
squirrelbrain I just did some Googling and found out she was 17 when she wrote this book - amazing! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Just got to the part where Alka killed all of the cats. What the FUCK?!? 😭😭😭 11mo
Cinfhen I know!!! That‘s when I wrote you that she is definitely UNHINGED @Reviewsbylola 😿😿😿😿😿😿 11mo
Cinfhen @squirrelbrain she‘s super talented as was/ is Betty and Landon too with all of his storytelling 11mo
Megabooks I just checked the audiobook out of the library. Excited to read the spoiler comments eventually. 11mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, your library is AMAZING @Megabooks I bet the audio is going to be fabulous (edited) 11mo
squirrelbrain I know @Reviewsbylola - that was really disturbing wasn‘t it? (edited) 11mo
emilyhaldi I think I need to read this based on your review + @Reviewsbylola. I loved this one! 11mo
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to read Summer @emilyhaldi but my heart needs to heal a bit 💔💔 11mo
Chelsea.Poole You guys, I have FINALLY finished Betty and MY HEART! 😭 10mo
Cinfhen Im so glad you made it to the end @Chelsea.Poole 10mo
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Pg 345 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭reading through tears 💔 this book is sadder than Shuggie Bain
I wasn‘t expecting such a tear-jerker @Reviewsbylola @squirrelbrain @Chelsea.Poole

squirrelbrain Oh no, I‘m on 310.... preparing myself.... 11mo
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Cinfhen I think you‘re gonna like this one @Cathythoughts even though very little actually happens / it‘s just these people start to become cherished 11mo
Reviewsbylola You‘re way ahead of me! I think I‘m around 250. We‘re heading home early from our trip though (big snowstorm hitting tonight 😭) so my goal is to have it finished by tomorrow! 11mo
Cinfhen Drive safe @Reviewsbylola xxx 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Finally getting a chance to sit down with Betty with breakfast this morning! I‘ve only made it to chapter two, but so far I‘m finding it lyrical and very familiar. I‘m from southern Ohio, where this is set 🌳 ♥️

Cinfhen Your avo toast looks DELISH 💚but be prepared for this book to slay you 💔💔💔 11mo
squirrelbrain What @Cinfhen said! Yummy looking toast, but this book is a toughie. 😟 11mo
Cathythoughts Stacked ! 11mo
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Between Shuggie, Betty and Phuc Tran I‘m beginning to wonder how so many kids can endure family traumas??!! My heart hurts💔 😿😿😿

TrishB Three in a row!! You definitely need some recovery time. Fully recommend a serial killer novel 😁 11mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @TrishB Nothing like a good serial killer to make me feel better 😘 11mo
squirrelbrain Maybe something fluffy next time, or yes a serial killer might lighten the mood a bit @TrishB ! 🤣 11mo
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AmyG I had just read Good Mrning, Monster about 5 people who survive horrible childhood trauma. Go read a cozy mystery....worked for me. 🙌🏻 (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen My next audio is meant to be this one @squirrelbrain @AmyG which I think is a lighter read 11mo
AmyG That looks like a fun read. 11mo
Cinfhen My hopes are high @AmyG witches, LX and the 80‘s!!!! Sounds fabulous 🙌🏻 11mo
Reviewsbylola Ugh, I used to work with kids in the court system. Many of their stories were too tragic to even imagine. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole @AmyG I read Good Morning Monster and ugh!!! So heartbreaking. Those stories will definitely stay with me. 11mo
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I‘ve already been down the Google rabbit hole @Reviewsbylola @Chelsea.Poole @squirrelbrain I needed to know more about this family. This reads more like a memoir than a novel. I‘m hooked and I‘m only on page 70.

Cathythoughts Sounds good .. looking forward to your review 👍🏻❤️ lovely picture 💕 11mo
Cinfhen Have you read Glass Castle @Cathythoughts because that‘s the vibes this book is sending....would you agree @squirrelbrain @Chelsea.Poole @Reviewsbylola ??!??? 11mo
Cathythoughts I havnt read Glass Castle! I will look it up .... 👍🏻 11mo
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squirrelbrain I got up to page 67 last night before bed - how funny is that?! And I completely agree that it reads like a memoir, and it has definite Glass Castle vibes. 11mo
Chelsea.Poole Ugh! I was going to start Betty when I got off work yesterday but my son had a small accident and totally derailed all plans 😔 Hoping to start this morning! 11mo
Cinfhen Hope he‘s ok @Chelsea.Poole BTW: Book is SO SAD 😭 11mo
Reviewsbylola Yes, I was wondering how much is fact vs fiction! I‘m on page 125 but going out of town until Monday so my reading will probably slow! 11mo
Reviewsbylola And yes, it has vibes of The Glass castle. Spoiler for chapter 9 below. ⬇️ 11mo
Reviewsbylola Wtf is up with the mother?!? Writing hag on Betty‘s face really upset me. Like the poor kid didn‘t have enough against her already. I get that mother is clearly depressed/unhappy. I‘m wondering if she takes it out on Betty because Betty has such a close relationship with Landon. It‘s clear mother is neglectful but I would be curious to know if she bears that type of resentment toward her other kids or if Betty bears the brunt of it. 11mo
Cinfhen The mom is legit unhinged @Reviewsbylola and I have a horrible suspicion that 99% of this book is fact 😭😭It keeps getting darker and darker 11mo
Reviewsbylola Spoiler for content on p. 189 ⬇️ 11mo
Reviewsbylola Do you think Leland was actually fathered by Alka‘s father?!? The way he looks exactly like him makes me wonder. I know the rest of the kids have a lighter complexion than Betty, but the fact that Leland is blonde seems like the theory is highly probable. Alka knew she was pregnant, which is why she was so forward the day she met Landon. And now Leland is a pedo too. 🤮 11mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhhh, that‘s a great theory!! I mean it‘s sick AF but Yesssss!! That seems to fit @Reviewsbylola good call ☎️ 📞 11mo
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OK, you convinced me Cindy @Cinfhen .... I‘m going in! Didn‘t take much persuading did I?

I love the cover of this book, but had forgotten I snagged a signed copy, so thought I‘d show that instead!

Cathythoughts Sounds good... I‘ll be looking out for your review 11mo
Chelsea.Poole Maybe I should join you all! I‘ve been meaning to get to this for awhile! 11mo
Reviewsbylola Yay! Glad you‘re joining us! @Chelsea.Poole do it!! 11mo
squirrelbrain Yay! Do join in @Chelsea.Poole - I‘ve only just started but loving it so far! 11mo
Cinfhen Yay!! It‘s a mini #buddyread / I didn‘t get to far last night but I‘m loving what I read so far @Chelsea @Reviewsbylola @squirrelbrain 11mo
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Cinfhen
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Great dedication 🥰and notice the #BookishCoincidence ( the date Feb 12) I think im gonna like this book @squirrelbrain @Reviewsbylola

squirrelbrain Ooh that‘s a bit spooky! 11mo
Reviewsbylola 😱 omg I didn‘t even notice! I loved that she gave this tribute to her mom. 11mo
LeahBergen So cool! 11mo
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Cinfhen
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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I‘m thinking of starting this one later tonight/ feel like joining me @Reviewsbylola ???
#Booked21 #AppalachianNoir

squirrelbrain Ooh I‘ve just bought this too.... 11mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m down! I just started a new book this morning but what the hell, I‘ll put it aside. 11mo
Cinfhen Do u want to join us @squirrelbrain ?!? Im about to pick it up @Reviewsbylola after I clear the dinner dishes 🤪 11mo
squirrelbrain Hmmm, I‘m already on with 4 books but it is rather tempting.... 🤔 11mo
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ClairesReads
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In spite of the fact it needs trigger warnings for basically everything, the horrifying things that happen in this novel never felt gratuitous, dramatic, or sensationalised. It‘s a story of complex and broken families, and the cruelties of human existence. McDaniel‘s skill is in the strong evocation of place, and her interrogation of the ripples left by trauma by exploring the worst experiences in the the same thoughtful manner as the everyday.

britt_brooke Excellent review! I‘m reading this now and am completely immersed. 10mo
ClairesReads @britt_brooke thank you! I hope you continue to enjoy it 😊 10mo
britt_brooke @ClairesReads I loved it. Five stars! I just read her first book, too, five stars as well. Definitely a must-read author for me going forward! 10mo
ClairesReads @britt_brooke oh excellent I picked up a copy of her first book too- I‘m even more excited to read it now 10mo
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Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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‘A girl comes of age against the knife‘ is this book in a nutshell. There are a lot of trigger warnings for this one but Betty and her resilience and love for her family pulls you through. The last chunk or so broke my heart in so many pieces. A tough but worth it read for me. I gave this one 5 stars

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TheNerdyProfessor
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Hands down, Betty is the most beautiful, devastating book I have ever read. It literally broke my heart. And yet, the ending was so graceful and poignant. This one won't be easy to let go of as it follows the main character Betty through her coming-of-age in applachian Ohio. As much about family and identity as it is about the violence women are born into and often unable to escape. There are a lot of TW, so take heart when reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

LadyCait84 Just received this in the mail today...looking forward to being emotionally destroyed by it! 12mo
squirrelbrain I just received it in the mail too @LadyCait84 - I‘ve heard such good things! 12mo
Godpants This book broke my heart. I‘m glad you liked it too! 12mo
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LiteraryinLawrence What a review! 12mo
Addison_Reads Great review! 12mo
Jenni3014 I have this on my shelf but it‘s very intimidating after reading such intense reviews of it. I‘m not sure I can handle having my heart shattered just yet. 12mo
TheNerdyProfessor @Jenni3014 I actually read other books while reading Betty to give my heart a break. usually I only read one at time but this one I wanted to savor as well as digest slowly (it's a lot to take in at once) 12mo
Jenni3014 That‘s really great advice! Thank you! I think I can manage it that way. 12mo
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#bookmail! Last year I bought hardly any new books, and I hardly ever buy hardbacks so I‘m inordinately excited by today‘s parcel. ** happy dance ** The top and bottom books are signed copies too!

These are definitely all #blameitonlitsy purchases, or maybe I should blame certain specific Littens..... you know who you are... @Oryx @TrishB 😁

But now I have the dilemma of where to start.....

BarbaraBB Lovely! And we‘ll deserved. 12mo
TrishB A lovely treat for yourself and great choices 😁 😘 12mo
Kalalalatja I didn‘t really buy books last year, either, and I‘m really starting to feel the NEED to buy new books, even though I don‘t really read print books at the moment 😅 12mo
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squirrelbrain Exactly @Kalalalatja - I have around 200 unread books on the TBR shelves so didn‘t need any more.... but it‘s so nice to treat ourselves once in a while - go for it! 😁 12mo
Oryx That's a good stack. And I'm currently reading the Jane Harper one on audio too. 12mo
eraderneely Gorgeous! I‘m leaning back into hardbacks right now too. 12mo
squirrelbrain How funny @Oryx - I was going to listen to the Harper on audio but then I needed to spend Qb more for free delivery so I spent another (cc on that book! 12mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain I've currently got £24.00 worth of books sitting in my waterstones basket. Waiting for my next 'must have' to get over that £25 mark... 12mo
squirrelbrain Can you not add a bookmark or similar @Oryx ?! 🤣 12mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain I do need to get a birthday card... Hmmm 12mo
Megabooks Yay, Helen!! Enjoy!! 😃😃 12mo
Caroline2 Good stack! I just got the signed edition of Harper too! you know what that means.... BUDDY READ!!! 😀 12mo
squirrelbrain I just emailed you about that @Caroline2 ! 😘 12mo
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FelinesAndFelonies
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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For his birthday, my husband bought me a new bookshelf for my BOTM books. We already had the cat but Hallow likes to feel important. #catsoflitsy #teamblackcat #prettykitty #catsy

BookishMarginalia Awwww! 12mo
CoverToCoverGirl He looks like my Shady. 12mo
FelinesAndFelonies @CoverToCoverGirl I just love black cats! Hal is the second coolest cat in our house. 12mo
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Oryx
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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Beautiful book. Based on the life of the author's mother, it's a heartbreaking, hopeful, and beautifully written. Her writing conjures up such perfectly clear images, I feel like I've lived alongside this family. It's one that will stick with me for a while I think.

Oryx @squirrelbrain I know you were interested in this one - definitely think it's worth reading. 12mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great - I‘m feeling a book-buying splurge coming on! 12mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain signed edition half price at waterstones... 😇 12mo
squirrelbrain Now who‘s being a book-enabler?! I suppose it‘s only fair after the last time.... 😁 12mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain 😄 payback 12mo
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Oryx
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I'm really liking this book - I love Betty and her family. However I'm pretty sure I'm heading for some serious heartbreak with this one.

BookishMarginalia I love your pic! 12mo
squirrelbrain Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts.... I think I might get this one for #booked2021 #appalachiannoir 12mo
Oryx @squirrelbrain so far, I'd definitely recommend it. 12mo
LeahBergen Cute bookmark! 12mo
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StacyStanton
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel

Just started this book. So far I am really enjoying it. Any thoughts from those who have finished it?

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Oryx
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Sunday with a disappointed dog

Caroline2 Great photo!!! 😆 12mo
Crazeedi Funny!!😅 12mo
squirrelbrain Poor Daisy! 🤣 12mo
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BookBelle84
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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"I'm still a child, only as tall as my father's shotgun" #firstlinefridays #catsoflitsy #aliceinwonderland

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TheNerdyProfessor
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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New day, new book. I've heard great things about this book. After the first couple of chapters, I felt unsure but I'm on page 60 now and fairly certain I'm going to fall in love with this one.

Godpants This book broke my heart. It‘s amazing. 12mo
FelinesAndFelonies If you finish this before mine arrives, I request that you forward me your copy. 12mo
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swishandflick
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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This book is haunting in its brutality, and stunning in its prose, both cruel and beautiful in equal measure. I'll be thinking of Betty and her family for some time ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

PS: ⚠️ It's not an easy read, by any means, so beware if you're sensitive to trigger warnings (I've tagged some in a spoiler comment below).

PPS: Moxie says hi!

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squirrelbrain Hi Moxie, you little cutie! I think I‘m going to get this for #appalachiannoir on #booked2021 - so many great reviews! 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Moxie! 😻😍 12mo
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Soubhiville Please post all the baby pictures of this adorable fluff! I‘m living and adoring vicariously. ❤️❤️❤️ 12mo
Bookwormjillk That kitty 😻 12mo
Suet624 Gorgeous kitty. 12mo
TheRiehlDeal I just want to clone Moxie and take the clone home with me. 😂 A little part of me dies inside (in a good way) when I see Moxie. Such a cutie! 😻 12mo
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theshrinkette
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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"A girl comes of age against the knife."

Holy shit was this a gorgeous, engrossing story. A coming of age story honoring the author's Cherokee heritage, a story of survival in the midst of poverty, racism, and the violence faced by women across generations. Absolutely heartbreaking, but I couldn't put it down. McDaniel's writing is stunning.

cleoh I‘ve heard amazing things about this one! Currently on hold at the library. 12mo
Librariana Janani! Good to have you back in this neck of the woods 😊 12mo
theshrinkette @Librariana Ana! Yup, committing to spending more of my social media time here than anywhere else this year ☺️ 12mo
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angel1
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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My first bookmail of the year was pretty amazing!! What a way to start 2021🎉❤😁 #botm #bookmail

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Godpants
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December Round up 2: another solid batch. Two Can Keep a Secret is maybe the only one that didn‘t impress me. Betty is one of the best books I read this year.

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Reviewsbylola
Betty: A novel | Tiffany McDaniel
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Now is the time of year when I start to spontaneously come up with reading goals and challenge ideas. I‘ve decided I‘m going to do a #botmbacklistchallenge. My goal is to read all the BOTM selections that have been languishing unread on my shelves. Some for multiple years. The list is a total of 17 books, and I have a feeling quite a few of them will be bails. 🤷🏼‍♀️

If anyone else is interested, feel free to join.

Laughterhp I always say I need to do this and then never do it. 13mo
Catsandbooks Oh I definitely need to do this! I have an overflowing cart full! 😂 Will you post reminders? 13mo
mdm139 I am going to do this too. I have more than 30! My goal is four a month. 13mo
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amywithbooks I really enjoyed The Chestnut Man! 13mo
LeahBergen That‘s sounds like a challenge that‘s actually doable. You‘ve got this! 😄 13mo
BarbaraBB Your bailing reviews are always fun to read 🤣 but there are some good ones among the ones I‘ve read. I loved Chestnut Man too and Lovers and Writers. 13mo
Kalalalatja I‘m always here for a bail review like @BarbaraBB 😂 13mo
Megabooks 5 of those I liked! My backlist is down to 11. 🎉🎉 I read 40 BOTM books that I purchased this year (between both accounts) plus trimmed my backlist some. 👍🏻👍🏻 13mo
BarbaraBB Okay and I didn‘t like Swing Time and was disappointed by A Neatly Normal Family so I suggest (for @Kalalalatja and my sake) that you start with those 😉 13mo
eanderson I need to do this. I have a ton I need to read! 13mo
Reviewsbylola Lolol Swing Time hasn‘t been read because I know, deep down, that it‘s got very strong bail potential. 🤪 @barbarabb @Kalalalatja 13mo
MicheleinPhilly I need to read 7 of those. 😂 13mo
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