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True Story
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
Inventive, electrifying and daring, True Story is a novel like nothing you've ever read before.After a college party, two boys drive a girl home: drunk and passed out in the back seat. Rumours spread about what they did to her, but later they'll tell the police a different version of events. Alice will never remember what truly happened. Her fracture runs deep, hidden beneath cleverness and wry humour. Nick - a sensitive, misguided boy who stood by - will never forget.That's just the beginning of this extraordinary journey into memory, fear and self-portrayal. Through university applications, a terrifying abusive relationship, a fateful reckoning with addiction and a final mind-bending twist, Alice and Nick will take on different roles to each other - some real, some invented - until finally, brought face to face once again, the secret of that night is revealed. Startlingly relevant and enthralling in its brilliance, True Story is by turns a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, each narrative frame stripping away the fictions we tell about women, men and the very nature of truth. It introduces Kate Reed Petty as a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction.
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This book is brilliant. Playing with narrative style, voice, and genre, “True Story” examines how trauma shapes us. Who gets to tell stories and why; what is truth, and does it matter? I picked it up on a whim and finished it in less than 48 hours - it is completely engrossing, incredibly creative, and leaves a powerful impression.

TrishB I thought it was very clever! 2w
ICantImReading @TrishB glad you liked it, too! I don‘t think I‘ve read anything quite like it before ☺️ 2w
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Cinfhen
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Like mother, Like daughter 😁My daughter is packing 3 books for our 2 night getaway #Relatable 😉Wishing everyone a lovely weekend & for those in the US, enjoy the long holiday weekend 🎉🎉🎉

DivineDiana What fun! 💖 1mo
BarbaraBB I hope she‘ll love True Story! 1mo
Megabooks N has great taste! 1mo
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LeahBergen
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I randomly grabbed this one off the shelves this afternoon and suddenly found myself on page 140. 😆

Thanks again for this lovely gift, @erzascarletbookgasm ! 😘

BarbaraBB I enjoyed this one so much! Just go with the ride! 2mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB agreed! I‘ve even read this twice. 2mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻 2mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻 2mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB @Megabooks @TrishB @Cathythoughts It was so compelling that I started and finished it today! 😆😆 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Glad to know it‘s so absorbing! 👍 2mo
youneverarrived Love when that happens 💕 2mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm I burned through it and really enjoyed it! 👏👏 2mo
LeahBergen @youneverarrived So do I! 😆 2mo
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twinkletoes74
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Bailedbailed

This book started so well but it went downhil pretty quickly for me. The characters were forgetful and very confusing.

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sophies_little_library
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1999. Two high school boys drive a drunk girl home. The story they tell about what they did will change over time, dividing the school and destroying her life. Years later, one descends into alcoholism; Alice becomes a reclusive ghostwriter; and their intertwined stories play out as horror fiction, a thriller, a series of emails, and film scripts, culminating in a stunning twist. It‘s an extraordinary commentary on power and truth.

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sophies_little_library
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Ooooo it‘s good…

BarbaraBB I loved this one! (edited) 7mo
sophies_little_library @BarbaraBB I‘ve just finished it and I‘m floored! I feel like I have to sit and absorb it - such a good ending 7mo
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LeahBergen
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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A mystery Book Depository parcel arrived today! Who do I thank for this lovely surprise?? 💕💕💕

vivastory What a nice surprise! I really enjoyed this one 8mo
quietjenn That's a lot of adjectives in that blurb! 8mo
LeahBergen @vivastory oh, good to hear! 👍 8mo
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LeahBergen @quietjenn Ha! You‘re not wrong there! 8mo
BarbaraBB One of my favorites this year! 8mo
LeahBergen @BarbaraBB Oh, good! I‘m excited to read it! 8mo
Rehesina This was so well written! I‘d like to talk to you when you reach the end of it! It made me so angry! 8mo
Cathythoughts Nice one 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘m glad it arrived on time for🎄. Enjoy! 😘 8mo
LeahBergen @Rehesina I‘ll let you know when I read it! 😊 8mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts It is! 🥰 8mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s from you! Thank you so much! I love it. 😍😍 Happy Holidays to you, my friend! 😘😘 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm You‘re most welcome.🤗 Merry Christmas! ❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen @erzascarletbookgasm And I obviously sent your gift book too late! I hope it will be a New Year gift for you. 😘😘 8mo
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JillR
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When Alice is passed out drunk it is rumoured that two boys sexually assaulted her. The book is split into sections with different narrative styles, some of which worked more for me than others. With touches of Ottessa Moshfegh and Lisa Taddeo‘s writing this was intriguing and definitely not what I thought I was getting. The jury is still out for me as to what happened and my thoughts on this one, the ending in particular, but I *think* I liked it

TrishB I enjoyed it 👍🏻 9mo
BarbaraBB Loved this one! So surprising 🤍 9mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Thanks for sending this one my way @BarbaraBB I‘m not sure what I was expecting and it took me wayyy too long to actually understand what was happening. I was engaged and I liked parts of the plot/ but in the end the wow wasn‘t so WOW for me. I don‘t think this would have worked for me on audio, so I‘m VERY GRATEFUL for the print copy. This is a total case of #FoMo / the want to read was better than the actual reading!! #CoverCrush ♥️

BarbaraBB I‘m sorry your underwhelmed! Your fomo might partly been due to my enthusiasm about this book. I loved it but maybe because I went it without expectations. Never mind. On to the next 🤍 10mo
TrishB @BarbaraBB I loved it too 😁 10mo
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Cinfhen Im super glad I read it @BarbaraBB @TrishB @squirrelbrain I just didn‘t LOVE IT- my expectations were slightly elevated 👻 10mo
Megabooks Sorry you didn‘t love it. I‘m with Barbara, Trish and Helen, though! 10mo
Megabooks This one just arrived from the library!! 10mo
Cinfhen I LOVED GC @Megabooks but it‘s VERY DENSE!! In a good way ~ are you doing audio??? Narration was great 🎧♥️ 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes audio 💜💜💜 cass Campbell! 10mo
Cinfhen 👍🏽 @Megabooks 10mo
KarenUK @cinfhen definitely! 😂I think we set you up to fail! 🤦‍♀️😉 10mo
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Cinfhen
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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#BookMail courtesy of my wonderful friend @BarbaraBB ❤️🥰🙌🏻So excited for the tagged book and the NYRB which I know is a beloved author of my favorite sisters @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi Feeling spoilt and very grateful 😊 Thanks, Barbara xx I LOVE the postcard but the wording got cut off😞It says “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” #TRUTH

Cathythoughts Lovely gifts 🎉 11mo
Megabooks How nice of @BarbaraBB 😁💜 11mo
Cinfhen Yes, so sweet @Megabooks @Cathythoughts 💝💝 (edited) 11mo
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BarbaraBB True Story is the perfect read to keep your mind off worrying about life and things, I can highly recommend it. And because of Steph and Emily I think you may like the Mitford too. 🤞🏽😘 11mo
Cinfhen I can‘t believe you bought me a new copy !!! That was SO unnecessary @BarbaraBB but I‘m really excited to jump in!! Thank you xxx 11mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️❤️ 11mo
Reviewsbylola Hons & Rebels is wonderful. I‘m actually about 1/3 of the way through a compilation of the sisters‘ letters. It‘s so dense though that I‘m taking a break. 11mo
emilyhaldi They are quite the fascinating family! (edited) 11mo
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vivastory
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“Because storytelling doesn't belong only to perpetrators, and neither does having fun.“
Incorporating emails, college application drafts, screenplays, text messages & more, KR Petty utilizes the malleability of the novel form to great effect in order to tell the story of the emotional, physical & psychological fallout of a possible sexual assault during a hs party. One of the themes of True Story is that there is no uniform way that trauma👇

vivastory survivors react to their trauma & to pressure them to do so is unfair & harmful for their recovery. In the case of our MC Alice, she finds it helpful to process her trauma through the filter of what she is passionate about: movies. Specifically horror movies. Yet, this isn't always purely beneficial for her either, as some of her posts about movies are met with misogynistic vitriol. This one has been making the rounds of Litsy lately, which is 12mo
vivastory what prompted me to pick it up & I am glad I finally did. A bit underrated. Side note: Although Twin Peaks is not mentioned in True Story, I feel confident that Alice would either be a fan or have interesting opinions of it, 12mo
Megabooks Great review! Agree re: Twin Peaks! 12mo
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Leftcoastzen Wonderful review! 12mo
youneverarrived Really want to read this now! 12mo
vivastory @Megabooks Thanks! Now I feel like watching Twin Peaks 🙂 12mo
vivastory @youneverarrived If you do I'll be curious to see what you think 12mo
Suet624 I am rewatching Unbelievable on Netflix and the first episode is brutal as far as how the young girl is grilled about her assault and her foster mother‘s suggestion to the cops that the story could be made up. Have you watched that show? 10mo
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vivastory
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Starting now. Motivated to read this after recent review from @BarbaraBB This #botm selection was picked by Mona Awad.

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll enjoy it! 12mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm intrigued so far! 12mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 12mo
Cathythoughts I enjoyed it as well 👍🏻 12mo
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Cathythoughts
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A great read … compelling & spooky ,I couldn‘t put it down. The twist at the end wasn‘t as I thought it would be… I think I got caught up in the hype about the ending & was ready for any possibility.
I really enjoyed the entire book .. a great read ! I read it yesterday afternoon & this morning & this afternoon .. a quick read for me 👍🏻 thanks @BarbaraBB @Megabooks ! I hope you like it @Cinfhen , look forward too your thoughts ❤️

BarbaraBB Glad you liked it, it is a good summer read don‘t you think? 12mo
Cathythoughts I do think ! Just easy & good 👍🏻 12mo
Megabooks Very good summer read! If you want to take a peek at the spoilers under @BarbaraBB ‘s review, you can see our discussion/participate. Glad you enjoyed it 😀 12mo
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Cinfhen Wow, Cathy!!! That was FAST!!! You were really hooked!!! I‘m looking forward to reading this one and all those spoiler tags @Megabooks @BarbaraBB have really PEAKED my curiosity 💕💕 (edited) 12mo
Cathythoughts @Megabooks Ahh thanks Meg ! I‘ll have a look. X 12mo
batsy Nice review! This sounds really interesting 🙂 12mo
Cathythoughts @batsy Thanks! It‘s an easy absorbing read 👍🏻 12mo
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BarbaraBB
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What a book. You should know nothing about it, just dive in, and get lost in a story that mixes horror, suspense, confession, epistolary and noir in a fantastic way. And the final twist is a great one. Such an original debut and highly recommended!

(Pic: Folegandros, Greece. The sky colored by fires on the mainland 🥲)

BarbaraBB @Cinfhen You should def read it! It‘s great. You want my copy? 12mo
TrishB I loved this one too 👍🏻 12mo
Cinfhen That‘s so sweet!!!! Yes, please!!!! Thanks 😍also sky is GORGEOUS so sad it‘s due to fires 💔💔 12mo
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Cathythoughts Lovely pic. Books sounds good … Im looking for something like this 👍🏻 12mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘ll be on it‘s way once I‘m home again 💜 12mo
Megabooks So glad you liked it! 12mo
Megabooks Which story was your favorite? Personally mine was To Us - the one with Quinn. So wonderfully dark! My least favorite part was when Nick was cutting hit hand off. Long story, but I‘m not a fan of amputations. It‘s a little different when your a vet and have a clearer picture! I positively love the ending. The only clue you have, if you caught it/look back is a line from when she‘s in Barcelona at the beginning and says ⬇️ (edited) 12mo
Megabooks Something like “this is my story and how I choose to tell it.” I definitely didn‘t notice it the first time, but very much the second! It‘s interesting that she writes Richard more as the monster from her memory than the more…meek?…guy he was in real life. Anyway, what are your thoughts?? 12mo
squirrelbrain I loved this one too! 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m happy to send you the back after I read it @Cathythoughts 12mo
Cinfhen And thanks SO MUCH, Barbara xx 12mo
BarbaraBB That is cool @Cinfhen another travelling book! @Cathythoughts 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I loved the part about Q too, so creepy, as well as the college application. But I did like the Nick-in-the-cabin part as well. I was completely surprised by Nick being invented by Alice! And I did miss the ‘this is my story‘ part. I was surprised by the monster Richard turned out to be but it made sense when I realized it was Alice‘s story. Such a great plot!! 12mo
Cinfhen Why not??? It‘s nice to spread #BookishJoy 12mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen That‘s so good of you Cindy , Thankyou so much X … but I had an afternoon off & got it on kindle … its hard to put down … but Thankyou 😘 12mo
Cathythoughts And for anyone reading these comments , this book is only 2.25 on kindle in this part of the world 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 12mo
Megabooks I always forget about the application part. That is a good one. And I liked how she started the book with Nick, as if were too painful to tell her own story. And how she incorporated the good and bad parts of Haley. (Not sure if that‘s how they spelled it. There are about a million ways - Hayley, Hailey, Haleigh, etc.) 12mo
Cinfhen Oh wow @Cathythoughts that‘s a bargain!!! I‘ll check the US kindle price 12mo
Cinfhen It‘s $11.99 on US Kindle @Cathythoughts so you really grabbed a deal ♥️ 12mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen I did ! I was delighted … still reading it … it‘s a good read. Thanks again for your kind offer X 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I didn‘t really understand Haley‘s role. Was she indeed one of the guys at the time of the assault? I didn‘t get that part. 12mo
Megabooks I thought Haley was the character embodiment of the friend who keeps trying to tell her story. The girl who reconnects with her after the assault. The one she met in NYC before she ran back to Spain and wrote the book. Haley was always trying to tell Alice‘s story in the novel and irl. 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Yes but did she feel guilty? Did she feel she betrayed Alice because she was with the boys that night? At first she seems to be there incidentally (being Nick‘s date), later Richard says she was always with them (“one of the guys”), which makes sense since Nick is Alice‘s invention. 12mo
Megabooks Excellent point. Was she a double agent? Trying to play both sides? She definitely had an agenda and seemed to need to use Alice for her own gain. (Like get your own ideas, bitch! Document your own life struggles!) I really liked the way Alice handled her interactions with Haley after meeting with Richard. I think I‘d be pissed if a friend tried to tell of my struggle with pain, even the friend had been with me through all of it. (edited) 12mo
Megabooks I‘m so seeing this from Alice‘s point of view that it‘s hard for me to sympathize with Hayley. Maybe her wanting to tell Alice‘s story was a way to atone for her guilt at being so close to the boys, but she wasn‘t hearing Alice at all. And if she really only got in touch after the “assault” what does that say? Was she being a friend then or just as you say, atoning for her guilt. Good question! Not sure if I even answered what you asked! 12mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I think you did. I think you‘re right about her having an agenda. And it might very well have been a kind of atonement. Great idea! 12mo
BarbaraBB Ooh I forgot. I‘m going to use this book for #pop21: A book from your TBR you meant to read last year @KarenUK @4thhouseontheleft @Kalalalatja @Megabooks @Cinfhen (edited) 12mo
KarenUK Loved this one too….. such a unique way to tell a story….💕📚 12mo
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Megabooks
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Alice is a reclusive expat living in Spain whose life was changed by a sexual assault in high school. Nick was lacrosse teammates with one of the guys who did it. Told in alternating vignettes over 16 years, they both fight and succumb to the fallout from that night. Still one of the most creative twists I‘ve read!

A hard review to write because I want you to read it, but I don‘t want to ruin it. Such an enjoyable reread. Thanks @BarbaraBB 😘

Cinfhen I started this in print last October but was having trouble concentrating and ultimately had to return to the library. I meant to try again but somehow I keep forgetting about it. I‘m curious to see what @BarbaraBB has to say 12mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it takes awhile to get the payoff, but I feel like it‘s worth it, and I, too, am very much looking forward to @BarbaraBB ‘s thoughts!! 12mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll keep you both posted! @Cinfhen 12mo
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Megabooks @BarbaraBB 👍🏻👍🏻 12mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this one and the twist was oooh!! 12mo
Megabooks @TrishB awesome!! It was a really great twist. 😀 12mo
Cathythoughts Oh great !! I just got this on kindle .. ready to settle down to it soon 👍🏻 12mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts fantastic!! It‘s really original! 12mo
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BookishTrish
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I literally could not put this one down. It‘s the literary horror thriller for the #metoo age I didn‘t know I was waiting for

BarbaraBB I‘m bringing this one with me on vacation. I bought it during last years hype but never got to it! 13mo
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BookishTrish
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After seeing this book EVERYWHERE for a while now I finally caved and got a copy. I‘m going in!

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TheEllieMo
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I am posting one book per day from my extensive to-be-read collection. No description and providing no reason for wanting to read it, I just do. Some will be old, some will be new. Don‘t judge me - I have a lot of books. Join the fun if you want.
This is day 199
#BooksToRead #TBRPile #TBRMountain

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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 23/21

It‘s about time I start reading Orkney, our #HolidayEscape #buddyread. Reviews have been extremely mixed so I‘m excited to find out where I‘ll stand.
Want is a gift from @Megabooks that has been on my TBR a long time. True Story got much praise last year and I‘ve meant to read it ever since. Let‘s hope I‘ll spend more time reading than last week!

Cinfhen I need to try True Story again- I borrowed it from the library in Philly but I had to return it before I had finished it. Im very curious to see how you‘ll feel about 1y
TrishB Enjoy whatever you get to 👍🏻 1y
Megabooks I enjoyed both True Story and Want! I hope you like both of them too! 1y
Megabooks @Cinfhen True Story is a great audiobook! 1y
Cinfhen Oh, good to know!!! Thanks @Megabooks xx 1y
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ReadingEnvy
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Reading Envy Podcast Episode 220: Pronunciations with Scott

Scott returns from a coastal vacation and three recent reads. We also discuss group reads via BookTube, the appeal of series, and more.

Listen and subscribe:
https://tinyurl.com/ReadingEnvy220

Centique So lovely to hear you guys loving on The Summer Book. I read it for the first time this year myself and yes, I‘m going to have that book close to me for the rest of my life. It is just so special. 😍 Also thank you for mentioning Interior Chinatown. I was struggling through it but I think I‘m going to put it down for a while. I feel relieved! 1y
ReadingEnvy @Centique I love it so much! 1y
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swynn
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Mixed feelings about this one, which is very creative-writing-workshop-y, but (for me) doesn't make the point it seems to want to make. Still, it reads quickly, and is not dull.

Ruthiella I‘m curious about this one! 1y
swynn @Ruthiella Don't let me scare you away! Others have loved it, and I enjoyed it -- it just didn't come together for me. YMMV 1y
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magyklyXdelish
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Mehso-so

I loved the message of taking control of your own story. I also thought the way this story was told many different ways was interesting, however this kept me from being attached. I wish this book had more Alice and less Nick.

This was my #BookSpin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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magyklyXdelish
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On to the next one. I really wanted to put a heavy focus on my BOTM books this month and it worked out that both my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin are BOTM.

Godpants I really enjoyed this one. 2y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

Not the best book of the year for me, but interesting. Reminded me a bit of Trust Exercise in the way the story is presented. There are two big secrets revealed at the end but I‘m not sure the journey was worth it. The fact that I listened to this as an #audiobook is probably this one‘s saving grace. I don‘t think I could have done it in print.

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Ghostnipps
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Panpan

This book was nonsensical for more than half of the story. It kept switching the writing style, and cutting off the characters mid sentence, as well as an unnecessary amount of short sentences. I did not enjoy how many sentences started off with “You” instead of the voice coming from the actual character. Like,

“You get a cup of coffee. You go to the train station.”

I wasn‘t a fan.

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Jeg
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At first I thought this was 4 different stories but not quite , they seem to intersect. The first one impacted me the most. Published this year.
#2020joybooks
@MrsMalaprop

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JennyM
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Flying through this one - refreshingly different.

Megabooks I really enjoyed this one!! 2y
JennyM @Megabooks it‘s so different and I‘m loving that! 2y
Leftcoastzen 👏🐶 2y
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aperfectmjk
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Well I bailed on this at 56%. It was just all over the place, there was no cohesion and I just couldn't get into it. I was enjoying it for about the first 20 to 25% but after that... I couldn't figure out how the timelines connected other than the characters. It was just weird to me. 🤷‍♀️

#bookspinbingo Digital Library Loan 12

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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aperfectmjk
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Up next for #bookspinbingo, Digital Library Loan #12. This is also a selection for the #gilmoreathon taking place on Instagram. I seen several good reviews for this one. Hopefully this will be a winner for me.

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Cinfhen
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#RoadTrippin Maybe I‘ll be able to read a few pages 🤞🏽

Megabooks Yay! You‘re here! 2y
KarenUK This one was a page turner for me.... and cleverly structured.. hope you enjoy! 2y
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BarbaraBB This one is on my November tbr too! Where are you road tripping towards? (edited) 2y
BarbaraBB And now I‘m into RHCP immediately 🎶Road tripping with my two favorite allies 🎶 2y
TrishB I enjoyed this one 👍🏻 hope you get some reading time. 2y
aperfectmjk I have this on loan. Hoping to start it soon. I want to finish White Ivy first. Anxious to hear your thoughts. 2y
Centique I just put something in the mail for you today - I‘m putting it in writing so we can measure how blinking LONG it takes to get there. Anything less than 8 weeks will be an improvement! 😂😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Well I read from page 16 to page 43 so I guess that‘s progress 🙈ugh, my headspace is BAD @TrishB @BarbaraBB @KarenUK @erzascarletbookgasm @Megabooks @aperfectmjk you‘re TOO SWEET @Centique Wedding planning during COVID is STRESSFUL and it involves LOTS of opinions which I‘m not used too dealing with. 😝I‘m NOT a happy camper.... 2y
TrishB Will the wedding be soon? My niece has had to move hers twice due to various changing restrictions. 2y
Centique @Cinfhen oh youch, wedding planning does sound stressful. Families and in-laws I‘m guessing. (Plus a pandemic 😬) Fingers crossed for you! 💕💕 2y
Cinfhen Cross the toes, too @Centique 🤪 2y
Cinfhen That‘s part of the stress @TrishB Adam‘s parents want to wait until COVID is gone and we‘re like that‘s impossible to know... the kids would prefer something on the small side ,maybe in May 2y
TrishB Oh good luck! That‘s all very stressful! 2y
BarbaraBB Oh that does sound stressful. May sounds reasonable though. Will you stay there until then?? 2y
Cinfhen No!!!!!!! I need a BREAK @BarbaraBB we have tickets to fly out next Wednesday ( November 18) 2y
BarbaraBB That is good, it has been quite an unnerving trip this time I guess. You might actually look forward to a bit of social distancing and staying at home 😉❤️. 2y
TrishB Your reading will be waiting for you 😁♥️ 2y
emilyhaldi Oof, I‘m sure wedding planning on this mess is a real mindf*ck 🤪 wedding planning is hard enough without a pandemic! Just remember you can‘t please everyone 🙃 We have invites to 2 weddings in May ‘21... hoping and praying that they really happen bc I could sure use some fun again 😩 2y
Reviewsbylola I had a small May wedding. Highly recommend going that route! Obviously mine was waaaaaay pre covid, but the planning was stress free because it was so small. And also because @annied did most of the planning. 😂🤪 2y
Cinfhen Thanks for the love Dargusch Girls xxx miss you 😘 Hope all is well @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola 2y
Cinfhen I‘m SO looking forward to being in quarantine when I get back @BarbaraBB I‘m done interacting with humans for quite some time🙈Hope you had a wonderful birthday 🥳 2y
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TrishB
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Well, I thought this was great! Loved the interweaving plots and how it all came together.
Read in an afternoon and haven‘t done that for a while!

Cinfhen I started this book yesterday, before the MADNESS descended on the house!! Since then I haven‘t had a second to pick it back up. But I can tell it‘s gonna be great 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen I hope the madness passes soon 😘 I definitely enjoyed it! Kept me engaged for the afternoon. 2y
Megabooks Loved this too. @Cinfhen are you reading the audiobook? Hope all is okay. 2y
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BarbaraBB So looking forward to this one. It‘s on my tbr for November! Great review. 2y
KarenUK Loved it too.... 👍 2y
Cinfhen No @Megabooks I actually have the library book and I wish I could just find some peace and quiet and read but it‘s been SO HECTIC (edited) 2y
Cinfhen I‘m a slave to the household these days...not complaining but it‘s KILLING my reading mojo 2y
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Godpants
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I think a lot of inventive stuff goes on in this one, and the balance between truth and fiction is played with throughout, but the end kinda fell flat. Overall I did really enjoy it. Also.. this multicover cover is SO COOL.

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Godpants
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I‘m seeing a lot of good reviews for this one, so I‘m excited to jump in this morning.

Megabooks Loved it! 2y
Godpants @Megabooks I‘m VERY into the style so far. 2y
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BookwormAHN
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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This is a weird book and the main character Nick is one of the stupidest males in all of literature. The story revolves around a group of high school students and a sexual assault that occurs during their senior year and the aftermath of it.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks
#Booked2020 #WineOrWhine There's actually a lot of drinking & complaining
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#LittensDressedInBlood @MidnightBookGirl

TheAromaofBooks I really don't like books where the MC is just plain dumb. (edited) 2y
Cinfhen This book has gotten LOADS of LitsyLove so it‘s refreshing to see another opinion. I‘m still curious to try it, but right now it‘s super expensive and it‘s unavailable on my online libraries. 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I LOL‘d at your description of that character—so frustrating! 2y
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Bookish_B
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I finished this and thought: What did I just read?! Wow. That was... different, in a good way. Quite a roller coaster of genres, points of view, feelings and writing. I enjoyed it but think it‘s the kind of book you either love or hate with little room in between. It will not be for everyone.

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KarenUK
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This is one of those books where the less you know going in, the better.
Just know that this is about truth, lies, rumors and their fall out. And about telling our stories, how they shape our lives, and who gets to tell them.
It‘s a mashup of style & format - part high school drama, part thriller/ horror/crime/noir told via straightforward narratives, emails, scripts and annotated essays.
Just know it‘s really good and I could not put it down.

KarenUK Also... look how different the UK and US covers are! 2y
JennyM This sounds intriguing. And it always amazes me how different covers can be for different countries. Would love to be a fly on the wall when they make those decisions 2y
KarenUK @JennyM Me too! These ones don‘t even resemble each other! I almost didn‘t read this because the US cover is so generic, but the UK one with the 4 genre covers on it that hints to the unusual mashup that this book is, would totally have caught my eye! 🤷‍♀️ 2y
BarbaraBB I‘ve just ordered this one. Reviews about it are amazing. And I prefer the UK edition too! 2y
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RidgewayGirl
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...a thriller, a horror, a memoir, a noir....

What does it mean when the worst happens and you don't remember it?

Just a wonderful examination of what it means when you don't control the story of your own life. Petty uses elements from different genres and formats to fantastic effect. This reminded me of Dana Spiotta's Innocents and Others. One of the best books I've read this year.

BarbaraBB That is quite a recommendation, coming from you! #stacked 2y
Ruthiella Yeah, I‘ve heard great things about this one too! 2y
batsy Intriguing review! Innocents and Others is also on my list. 2y
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Christine
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I needed an audiobook that would pull me in and be riveting enough to power me through all of the weekend‘s household tasks. This did the job! I liked the unique construction of the story and the genre mashup quite a bit. Really engaging on audio.

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erank58
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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Wow, what a ride--I went into this totally blind earlier tonight thinking it would carry me through the week, and ended up finishing it in one long sitting! It should be known that there are some pretty heavy trigger warnings for sexual assault in this, but it provides some excellent social commentary in a creative format. Highly reccomended! 4.5⭐

Cinfhen This book is popping up EVERYWHERE!!! Must get to it ♥️ 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, you must! 2y
Cinfhen Remind me @Megabooks is audio good or should I read it on my kindle?? 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen the audio was great! 2y
Cinfhen I just listened to a sample but I was having trouble following along.... maybe I need coffee first @Megabooks 🤪 2y
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Annie1215
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I really dug in to read this in one (with a snack break) sitting to kick off my #24b4monday goal. It was really unique and I appreciated the creative writing style. I always respect when an author can create space for you to pity a character while also knowing they‘re garbage. Great humanity throughout. Not sure how some of the more fantastical tangents landed for me, but still a great read.

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Annie1215
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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Here‘s what I‘m going to try to get through for my #24b4monday goal. Let‘s see how distracted I get 😬

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abookishbutterfly
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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Put on my cherry print socks and my husband told me I looked socksy. We both laughed. We are hysterical people.

Also, this is the bulk of my August book haul, not including two audiobooks, an eARC, and an online secondhand purchase I‘m waiting on.

What books did you get this month?

Soubhiville Too many! Lol. I‘m looking forward to Saving Ruby King by Catherine Adel West, Feedback by Mira Grant, and The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton the most from this month‘s haul. 2y
WhatWouldJaneDo I'm reading Empire of Wild right now and it is incredible! 2y
abookishbutterfly @WhatWouldJaneDo I‘m reading it right now too! 😊 2y
abookishbutterfly @Soubhiville I‘m hoping to read The Sun Does Shine before 2020 ends. Sounds like you hauled some good ones! 2y
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swishandflick
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I oscillated between feeling like this book was either madness or brilliance, and while it didn't end up firmly landing in either camp, it was ultimately closer to the latter. It could be considered problematic, and not everyone while take to it, but I think it's meant to be that way. One thing's for sure - it's certainly unique! #BOTM

(And if my review has you scratching your head, just wait until you get halfway through this book!)

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squirrelbrain
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This book is soooo good - I couldn‘t put it down. The blurb claims that it is a genre-defying mix of a campus novel, psychological thriller, horror story and crime noir, which is true.

I‘m still trying to process parts of it, what actually happened or didn‘t happen and how I feel about it.

Other than that, I‘m not going to tell you anything about it as it‘s one of those you should go into knowing nothing about.

#netgalleyreviewathon

squirrelbrain @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @TrishB @Caroline2 @jennym - *this* is what Bunny should have been. If you didn‘t love Bunny (I didn‘t) it‘s like a poor cousin compared to this very clever, also weird, also a bit ‘meta‘ book. Try this one instead.... 2y
BarbaraBB Oh this sounds good! I am going to look it up! Thanks for sharing! 2y
Cinfhen I added it to my cart yesterday!! Do u think audio would work?? 2y
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squirrelbrain Hmmm not so sure about audio @Cinfhen - trying not to give too much away but there‘s some sections that are annotated letters and also some play scripts so I don‘t think they would work. I know @oryx loved this one too recently - what do you think Emma, does it need to be read rather than listened to? 2y
squirrelbrain I hope you like it @BarbaraBB - better than Bunny anyway! 🤪👍😘 2y
Cinfhen Book is still pricey!!! So let‘s see what @Oryx thinks about audio?? I think @Megabooks read this too??? 2y
Caroline2 Sounds awesome....stacked! 😀 👍 2y
squirrelbrain @Cinfhen - that‘s a bit annoying that it is expensive.... I bet @Megabooks listened to it in less than 27 minutes! #speedfreak 🤣 2y
Oryx @squirrelbrain @Cinfhen I think some bits might be a bit annoying on audio - like the letters, where there is a bit of repetition (for a good reason) - I found I could look for the new text in those, but it could be a bit tedious if you have to listen to full thing each time. Although I think the multivoice cast would add something. 2y
Oryx Glad you enjoyed it Helen - I agree, completely unputtdownable. 2y
Oryx Also, if you had to pick a cover from the 4, which one would you choose? 2y
squirrelbrain I like the bottom left cover @Oryx , but not sure which genre that applies to - what do you think? 2y
squirrelbrain Great thoughts @Oryx - particularly on the multi-cast. I‘ve not yet listened to a book with more than one narrator (still an #audionewbie!) but I really want to try one out.... @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen I‘m still deciding on print vs audio / thanks for the feedback Helen & @Oryx and multi narrated casts are UH.MAY.ZING @squirrelbrain 🙌🏻 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I did the audio! It was great. Multiple narrators made it work! Lol...not quite 27 minutes @squirrelbrain 😂😂 2y
eraderneely Ok, when you say horror can you rate it on the scary meter? 0-5 creepy ghosties 👻 2y
squirrelbrain I definitely don‘t do horror and this was fine for me - don‘t want to give anything away but a cabin in the woods with some weird goings-on. More creepy than horror. @eraderneely 2y
eraderneely A creepy cabin in the woods with some weird goings-on sooooounds scary....will it really be ok? 2y
squirrelbrain As long as you‘re not planning to read the book whilst staying in a creepy cabin in the woods, Emily, you should be fine! @eraderneely 2y
eraderneely It‘s getting so much love, so I want to read it. Thanks for the advice! 2y
squirrelbrain Go for it @eraderneely - you won‘t regret it! 2y
JennyM Thanks for the rec @squirrelbrain #stacked! 😘👍 2y
LeahBergen Ooo, stacked! 2y
Oryx I think I like the same cover. I do like the horror one, but it's not as horror-y as that cover would suggest. 2y
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Oryx
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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This was a great, thought-provoking read. I found it really suspenseful in parts. It's the story of an event that happened to a girl in high school, and how the story and it's repercussions are experienced by different people. It's completely unexpected and for me, was totally gripping. First book in a long while that I've finished within 24hours.

Mitch What a strange and intriguing cover! 2y
Oryx @Mitch I really like the cover - it definitely sold the book too me initially. It's kind of reflecting the book, where the story is different depending on perspective - horror, noir, ya, thriller, memoir, etc 2y
Mitch @Oryx sounds really interesting and really difficult book to write! 2y
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JamieArc Someone posted this book a few days ago, and I thought she had purchased 4 different covers, and thought it was so interesting the covers were so different 😂 2y
Oryx @JamieArc so you can buy them with the individual covers from goldsboro books, which I think is exclusive to them. I'm not sure which one I'd pick! https://www.goldsborobooks.com/author/kate-reed-petty 2y
squirrelbrain I have this as a #netgalley ARC, hopefully I‘ll get round to it soon..... 2y
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Oryx
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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Finding this one really addictive reading so far. And I adore this cover. Chose your own genre.

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Well-ReadNeck
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I found this #metoo novel to be a bit problematic. But the varied form and fast pacing made it very readable. #ARC #Edelweiss

Well-ReadNeck Ultimately, the novel reveals that the woman wasn‘t assaulted but just gaslighted into thinking that she was when she was blackout drunk. She never said that she remembered the assault but the boys bragged that it happened. Twisty, yes. But I really think we need to show examples of believing the woman. But relevant to Chanel Miller‘s experience, for sure. 2y
Hooked_on_books I looked under your spoiler tag and am glad I did. This will be a definite no for me. 2y
Megabooks @Well-ReadNeck I can see what you‘re saying re: believing women. I hadn‘t thought about it that way, but I still really enjoyed the perspective of Nick and her taking control of her own story from her friend. I found that to be an important point as well. 2y
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Oryx
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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I've been so bad! Please can you all enable me and tell me it's fine and at least I'm not spending my money on drugs and stuff.

xicanti Cocaine would definitely be worse. 2y
ravenlee It‘s commendable of you to support the publishing industry during these uncertain times! 2y
Oryx @xicanti exactly! Thank you 😇 2y
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Oryx @ravenlee thank you! So true 😂 2y
JamieArc I have that copy of How Much of These Hills on the way and I can‘t wait to get it! 2y
MsMelissa You‘re all good! When my family tells me I‘m buying too many books (is there any such thing?), I always tell them that it‘s better books than drugs 😂 2y
Hooked_on_books You‘re supporting a valued industry that needs your help now to survive! You should have bought more! 😉 2y
Oryx @JamieArc Yeah it sound really good! 2y
Oryx @Hooked_on_books More you say? Hmmm. You make an excellent point. 2y
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Megabooks
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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Getting serious Fight Club vibes from this one. This novel definitely subverts what‘s true and what isn‘t throughout the narrative. Part 4 had me at the edge of my seat!

It starts as a “simple” story of teen drinking and sexual assault, but it brings in elements of horror fan fiction and filmmaking. 5⭐️

Two innovative novels in one day, lucky me! 🍀🍀 Be glad if you picked this up from #BOTM. The #audiobook is excellent @Cinfhen 👍🏻

Cinfhen I‘ll add it to my audible wishlist xx Thanks, Meg!! You haven‘t let me down yet 🙌🏻#AudioGuru 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen I hope you enjoy it if you‘re able to pick it up! 👍🏻 2y
TheAromaofBooks You're making fabulous progress!!! 2y
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Megabooks @TheAromaofBooks thanks! I‘ve finished 7 books this month - 2 before bookspin and 5 after!! 2y
Megabooks @britt_brooke you may like this one?? 2y
britt_brooke @Megabooks I loved Fight Club, so yeah, maybe. I‘ll stack it! 😁 2y
Megabooks @britt_brooke 👍🏻👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen Ahhhh, I was right!! You did recently read this - book is expensive should I go audio??? 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, yes!! Works well on audio and the twist reveal is fantastic!! 2y
Cinfhen sold!!! My yearly Audible renewed today... I‘m full of credits !!! 2y
Megabooks @Cinfhen enjoy!! I picked up 4 books at the 2 for 1 sale! 2y
Cinfhen Which 4? I bought 2 but added a few more to my Hoopla favorites 😊 2y
Megabooks I got two rereads @Cinfhen neither I‘ve read on audio (edited) 2y
Megabooks This one recommended by you @Cinfhen (edited) 2y
Megabooks And finally @Cinfhen (I probably could have tagged you once!) 2y
Cinfhen Hahaha, funny thing is I only got one notification!!!! I actually read Summer of ‘69 so I hope the narration is good. I‘m curious about Difficult Women on audio and your last one is EXCELLENT on audio.... it‘s our girl Bahni 2y
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abookishbutterfly
True Story | Kate Reed Petty
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True story: Tuesday is one of my favorite days, especially when a new release I‘ve preordered has come in at my local bookstore. I can‘t wait to dive into this one!

veritysalter I won it as an ARC from Quercus, it‘s so good, very hard to define and certainly leaves you thinking. Happy reading. 2y
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