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The Animators
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
For readers of Meg Wolitzer and Adelle Waldman, and in the tradition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, comes a bold and vibrant debut novel about friendship, art, ambitionand the secrets we keep and the burdens we shed on the road to adulthood. She was the first person to see me as I had always wanted to be seen. It was enough to indebt me to her forever. At a private East Coast college, two young women meet in art class. Sharon Kisses, quietly ambitious but self-doubting, arrives from rural Kentucky. Mel Vaught, brash, unapologetic, wildly gifted, brings her own brand of hellfire from the backwaters of Florida. Both outsiders, Sharon and Mel become fervent friends, bonding over Ren and Stimpy, R. Crumb, and dysfunctional families. Working, absorbing, drinking. Drawing: Mel, to understand her own tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether. A decade later, Sharon and Mel are an award-winning animation duo, and with the release of their first full-length feature, the spitting, twitching tour-de-force of epic freaking proportions Nashville Combat, they stand at the cusp of success. But while on tour to promote the film, cracks in their relationship begin to form: Sharon begins to feel like a tag-along and suspects that raucous Mel is the real artist. When unexpected tragedy strikes, long-buried resentments rise to the surface, threatening their relationships with their families, their lovers, and each otherand hastening a reckoning no one sees coming. Advance praise for The Animators The Animators is a heartbreakingly beautiful, sharply funny, arrestingly unforgettable novel about love and genius, the powerful obsessiveness of artistic creation, and the equally powerful undertow of the past. Kayla Rae Whitaker writes like her head is on fire.Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner Awardwinning author of The Great Man An engrossing, exuberant ride through all the territories of lovefamilial, romantic, sexual, love of friends, and, perhaps above all, white-hot passion for the art you were born to make . . . I wish Id written The Animators.Emma Donoghue, author of Room and Frog Music Every artist must come from somewhere; this is something you try to outrun, even as home fuels the creative engine. The Animators is a novel about a pair of cartoonists, but its also about the complexity of creative friendship, about balance and jealousy, growing into yourself and living with your talent and trying to actually, impossibly get along in this cracked and unjust world. The result is unapologetic and raucous and compulsively readable; it is potato-chip-friendly and deeply, generously wise. Charles Bock, author of Alice & Oliver From the Hardcover edition.
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Readerann
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This is hard for me to rate. The parts about the animation process and artistic inspiration were fascinating, but I otherwise did not enjoy being part of Mel and Sharon‘s world. I guess it‘s a lukewarm ‘pick‘.
#ToB #TournamentofFavorites

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Jilly6183
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@britt_brooke sent me this book ages ago (thank you so much!) and I finally read it. It‘s a coming of age story of sorts, but a darker (and frankly more realistic) type, where two women work work through the trauma from their youth through their art. One of those books where you really love the characters in spite of (or because of) their flaws, and feel their pain deeply. Highly recommend.

britt_brooke Nice review! I‘m so happy you liked it! 💚 1y
GondorGirl I just grabbed this one at the thrift store because of liked the cover. Now I'm excited to read it! 1y
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Hooked_on_books
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The Animators is the portrait of a friendship and art partnership, starting when Mel and Sharon meet in college. Maybe it‘s the bright cover, but I was expecting this to be somewhat lighthearted and it isn‘t at all. It‘s heavy and deep with these two deeply flawed friends coming across as very real. It‘s terrific. #botmbacklist

rachelm I loved this book. One of my favorites 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Here‘s some #yellow from the BOTM shelf!

#CuriousCovers

Eggs 💛🌼🧡📒💛 1y
tracey38 I realized recently that there are a lot of yellow books out this year when looking at my books. 💛😊🌻🌞 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @tracey38 I love yellow 💛 such a happy color!! 1y
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ElizaMarie
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Thank you... thank you... @Laughterhp for this lovely gift! I am excited to read it :) You are so great!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 💛💛💛 2y
Laughterhp Yay! Glad it made it there! 2y
ElizaMarie @Laughterhp I got it sooner than I posted but I had it in my work bag and I couldn't snap a pic. But yeah. I am excited to start it soon! Thanks again for being so awesome! 2y
ElizaMarie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ooo I do too. It is very striking! 2y
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Scochrane26
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I forgot to post my answers to this yesterday!
1. I love strong friendships in books/movies. Harry, Ron, & Hermione. The group from Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Simon, Leah, Abby, Nick). Mel & Sharon from the tagged book. So many others...
2. I used to read 1 at a time, but lately, it‘s been 2. Usually a NF or audio along with fiction.
3. Miracle Springs, North Carolina
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

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violabrain
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Pickpick

This book was absolutely incredible. It‘s going to be hard to read anything after this. It is so beautifully constructed and it captures the creative process and what the relationship between creative partners feels like so well. I also appreciate that the blurb on the back of the book doesn‘t give anything away. It describes it, but it also doesn‘t even begin to… Very highly recommended.

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Ruthiella
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This messy but promising debut novel has two #fiercefriends as protagonists.

#FallFinds

Eggs Well-chosen 📚👏🏻🤗 2y
readordierachel I love this book 💚 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this. 2y
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Ruthiella @Eggs Thanks 😊 2y
Ruthiella @readordierachel It was a Tournament of Books favorite...so many readers were so passionate about it! 😀 2y
Ruthiella @erzascarletbookgasm It‘s a quick read read! Very plot heavy.😀 2y
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GatheringBooks
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#BeautifulWords Day 9: The story also raised a very important question in the process of creating art, regarding the authenticity and ownership of one‘s creation. Do we seek permission? But from who? Plus who owns the story anyway, when it is yours as well, to twist and tweak and transform in whichever way you choose, given the opportunity and the #wherewithal to create something out of it. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-ijo

OriginalCyn620 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
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bullbunny
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thank you so much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the surprise box I honestly do not deserve all this! This was the first book I put as a to read when I joined litsy.

The sanitizer smells waay better then the stuff we are currently using at work.

#litsylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You do deserve it!! I‘m happy it made it there safely! Enjoy! I‘ve got the book too and need to read it! 🥰❤️😘 2y
UwannaPublishme 😍🙌🏻 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Hey!! Checking on you!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope that you are ok!! Please let me know when you want to rejoin #LitsyLove! We miss you!! 2y
Chrissyreadit Just realized I had not “seen” you post in a while. Hope you are well. 2y
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Addison_Reads
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Last book read! 🎉 #BookSpinBonanza @TheAromaofBooks I finished all 20, which was 8500+ pages read. 😁

I'm glad this was my last read for this challenge because it is also my favorite read of the 20. I absolutely loved it! Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for gifting it to me.

Mel and Sharon are excellent characters trying to follow their dreams and deal with their demons. If you haven't read this yet, you should.

Desha Wow! Congratulations! 📚♥️📚 3y
vlwelser 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 3y
Scochrane26 This is one of my all-time favorites, & the author is really nice. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!! I need to read it!!! 🤷🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks YAY!! It's so exciting that you finished them all!!! 3y
Reggie Wow, congrats on all the book!!! 3y
readordierachel Yay! I'm so glad you liked it! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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#YellowCovers
#MarchMadness

💛📚💛📚

Eggs Beautiful 💛🧡💛 3y
thebluestocking Thank you so much for the sweet sweet package!! You could not have picked a more perfect book. 💙💙 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @thebluestocking you‘re very welcome!! Thank you for your kindness 😘❤️ I hope you and your family are safe and well! Sending love ❤️ 3y
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Scochrane26
The Animators | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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I got to meet the author last year—she‘s another Ky author. I read the book last December, & it quickly became a favorite. I love the characters & their friendship. #adventrecommends @emilyrose_x

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Addison_Reads
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So excited to get this in the mail today! 😁 Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @OriginalCyn620 for a fun photo challenge, #GratefulReads, and this awesome gift. 💚 I can't wait to read it.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!!! Glad it made it there safely!! Enjoy ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
OriginalCyn620 Enjoy!!! 3y
Scochrane26 That is one of my favorite books. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Found these at the dollar store today!!! #Bookhaul

TheLibrarian Wow. Those are some great finds! 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz Is that Daisy Jones and the Six?!! OMG! 🙌🙌 3y
Insightsintobooks Oh those are good finds! 3y
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AmyG 4 great hardcovers! 🙌🏻 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz have you read it? It‘s so good!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG have you read these?! 3y
Caroline2 Good haul!!! 😯 3y
Insightsintobooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I used to work at a Dollar Tree years ago and always got dibs on the books. Lol. 3y
AmyG I read Daisy Jones and I have The Animators. I love Dollar Tree! 3y
Suet624 Wow!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG it‘s hit or miss!! Hit today!! 3y
Lovesbooks87 Wow! Nice finds! 3y
readordierachel Awesome! The Animators is amazing. 3y
Soubhiville Whoa! Great score! 3y
Scochrane26 The Animators is a favorite. And Kayla Rae Whitaker is from my area & nice. Met her last year. 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I haven't😅I'm very late to the party I think lol I'm so tempted to head to dollar tree to get these goodies! Hopefully I'm as lucky! And I haven't heard of The Animators until now! I've always checked out the books at dollar store but have never been lucky 😭😭 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz I usually never find anything there!!! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz The Animators is supposed to be really good! It was a #Botm selection 📚 3y
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks pls keep your fingers and toes crossed for me! I'll try my luck this weekend 🤞😅 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 3y
Eggs Great haul! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs have you read these? 3y
Eggs Just Daisy 3y
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mcctrish
The Animators | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Becker
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Mehso-so

Is it fair to dislike a book just because you disliked the characters? I think the author did a fine job writing this but I couldn‘t stand either of the two main characters. Not sure why I even finished it but I feel bad saying that because it‘s not really a reflection of the quality of the book.

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Scochrane26
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1. Tagged
2. crunchy
3. Sunset
4. Either paying on my car or house (I would go for a fun thing like a trip to Europe, but it would prob take more than an hour to book it.)
5. 5th
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Mtroiano
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Beach read #1

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Jilly6183
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thank you again @britt_brooke for the #dollarscoregiveaway ! Such a nice treat to find when I got home from vacation. And thank you for the bookmarks, especially the @BookBabe design! ☺️

britt_brooke Hope you enjoy!! 💚 3y
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OrangeMooseReads
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thank you so much @britt_brooke !
Love the Vonnegut bookmark 😊 can‘t wait to read this.
#litsylove

britt_brooke So happy you like the bookmark, too! 🤗 3y
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Mtroiano
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Thanks again, Brittany! ❤️ I‘m excited to read this and I love the Parnassus and @BookBabe bookmarks!

Reviewsbylola Brittany is the best and so is this book! 🥰 3y
britt_brooke You‘re so welcome! Hope you enjoy! 3y
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Thanks, Steph! 🤗 3y
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britt_brooke
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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And the random winners are:

💛 @OrangeMooseReads
💛 @Mtroiano
💛 @Jilly6183

Please send your mailing information to brittany.seibert@gmail.com and I‘ll get these out (hopefully) in the next few days.

Thanks a bunch to all who entered my little #DollarScoreGiveaway ! 😙😙

OrangeMooseReads OH MY GOSH! I WON! Thank you 😊 4y
Mtroiano Yay!! Thank you! 4y
Jilly6183 Woohoo! Thank you! 4y
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britt_brooke @OrangeMooseReads @Mtroiano @Jilly6183 It‘s a good one. Hope you all enjoy!! 🤗🤗🤗 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Congratulations to the winners!!👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 4y
LeahBergen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
AmyG Congrats all 🎉🎉🎉 4y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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#dollarscoregiveaway @britt_brooke
Hahahaha...I can‘t tell you how long that took me bc I‘m a total spaz. This is very sweet, thanks for having giveaway!

britt_brooke 😆 There‘s no simple way to repost on here. Would be nice if there was. Thank you for entering!! 🤗 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @britt_brooke Thank YOU for being so generous🦋 (edited) 4y
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GypsyKat
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The lovely @britt_brooke is hosting a giveaway! I‘ve heard nothing but great things about this book, so this #DollarScoreGiveaway is exciting! 💛📚💛📚💛

JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s a kick!! I love dollar store book bargains 4y
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! It‘s a good read! 4y
GypsyKat @britt_brooke Thank you for hosting! It‘s been on my list for a while! 💛😘 4y
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GypsyKat @JanuarieTimewalker13 I don‘t even know where there is a dollar store near me, but this makes me want to go out and find one! 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 All of a sudden, within the last 2 years or so, there‘s a Dollar Tree and a Family Dollar all within 2 miles....and now a Goodwill ! 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 I just bought Jonas Jonasson‘s relatively new one (I think) something with Hitman in title...I loved the 100 year old man one. 4y
GypsyKat @JanuarieTimewalker13 I don‘t think I‘ve ever heard of that author, I‘ll have to check them out. 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh, he‘s good!! Swedish, like Eric Northman...ok, so I have a thing for Swedish men. Lol 4y
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OrangeMooseReads
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The wonderful @britt_brooke is having a giveaway! Go to her page and check it. Thanks for the chance to win!
#dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
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@britt_brooke is having the most generous #giveaway! 😍😍😍 Crossing my fingers because this one has been on my radar for a while. It has a lot of #LitsyLove. Quick, tomorrow is the last day to enter!
#DollarScoreGiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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lele1432
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the chance to win this #DollarScoreGiveaway! I remember this being a #BOTM pick, but I didn't end up choosing it. Fingers crossed I may finally get my hands on a copy! 🤞🏽#giveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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CoffeeNBooks
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Thanks @britt_brooke for the chance to win in your #DollarScoreGiveaway!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
Scochrane26 I LOVE this book, and the author is really nice. 4y
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babyruth2510
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@britt_brooke is awesome for hosting a giveaway. Check out her page for more info

#dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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jessinikkip
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A big thanks to @britt_brooke for the chance to wnter the #DollarScoreGiveaway

I always love finding books at the dollar store when they are so good!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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Cinfhen
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The super awesome @britt_brooke is hosting a super thoughtful #giveaway 💚💚💚 #DollarScoreGiveaway
Check out her original post for all the details 🎉I‘d like to try this one again...I had an ARC but I prematurely bailed 🙄some of my most trusted Littens loved this book, so I‘m calling a redo 🤞🏼🤞🏼Thanks for the chance, Britt😘

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Good luck! I liked it a lot, but it took a minute to get hooked. 4y
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LiteraryinLawrence
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I‘ve had this on my TBR for a long while. Fingers crossed that I could win a copy through the generous #dollarscoregiveaway from @britt_brooke 😁

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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Lynnsoprano
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@britt_brooke is doing an incredibly thoughtful #dollarscoregiveaway I never think to look for books in the dollar store. Usually I‘m going for something specific and don‘t browse. Clearly I need to change my habits. Thanks again, @britt_brooke

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
ValerieAndBooks You just reminded me I need to go there to get a laundry basket for daughter who is home for the summer...definitely will look at the books too 😉. The Animators is very good BTW. 4y
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youneverarrived
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the generous giveaway. I‘ve been wanting to read this one for a while 😊 #dollarscoregiveaway

BookishTrish Loved this book 4y
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
Pricel101 So fun!! One of the many reasons to love Litsy:) 👏🎉📖 4y
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wanderinglynn
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The awesome @britt_brooke is doing a #DollarScoreGiveaway of The Animators. Thanks for the opportunity to enter! ☺️

jewright I broke my leg and had to be off it for 9 weeks. I read about 30 books. 4y
britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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AmyG
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Thank you @britt_brooke for the wonderful #Dollarscoregiveaway! I have heard good things about this book. Great find!

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! It‘s a good read. 4y
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Skyrimir
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Thanks for hosting a giveaway! @britt_brooke #dollarscoregiveaway Check out the tagged litsy to see how to enter!

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Jilly6183
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Check out this generous giveaway from @britt_brooke . This is so sweet! #dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰🤗 Thanks for entering! 4y
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Mitch
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Thanks @britt_brooke for this cool #giveaway. Your so kind to take us Littens shopping with you! #dollarscoregiveaway 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

britt_brooke 🥰 Thank you for entering! 4y
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Mtroiano
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What a sweet, generous gal you are, @britt_brooke ❤️ Great find! #dollarscoregiveaway

britt_brooke 🥰 Thank you for entering! 4y
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britt_brooke
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Randomly found The Animators at Dollar Tree yesterday! I read - and loved it - last spring. So, I bought 3 copies to giveaway to 3 Littens. 💛

TO ENTER:

Make a new post using this photo, tag me @britt_brooke and use the hashtag #DollarScoreGiveaway

Open to ALL. Enter through Thursday May 30. Winners will be announced Friday.

Rachel.Rencher Whaaat? That's so cool. Was it at a Dollar Tree? I might have to go check mine and see if they have some! Also, how kind of you to think of others and do a giveaway. ❤ 4y
JoScho Love this and I adored this book! Great find! 4y
britt_brooke @Rachel.Rencher Yes - Go check your Dollar Tree. Maybe you‘ll get lucky! 4y
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britt_brooke @JoScho I loved it, too. Can‘t wait to see what this author does next! 4y
tpixie You're so sweet!! 🥳📚🥳 4y
TrishB How lovely 💕 4y
JennyM That is such a lovely thing to do Britt. I loved this book 💛♥️💛 (edited) 4y
krismlars Yay, $ store! This book is part of my BOTM backlog. 4y
britt_brooke @tpixie 🥰🤗 4y
britt_brooke @TrishB 🥰🤗 4y
britt_brooke @JennyM 🥰🤗 I loved it, too! (edited) 4y
britt_brooke @krismlars That infamous backlog! That‘s one reason I ended up canceling. I couldn‘t keep up and it stressed me out. 😆 4y
LeahBergen How nice! 😘 4y
sudi That's so sweet of you 😊😘 4y
Mitch That‘s so lovely of you. Thank you xx 4y
britt_brooke @sudi 🥰🤗 4y
britt_brooke @Mitch 🥰🤗 4y
AmyG Great find! I miss not living near a Dollar Tree. Thank you for the giveaway! (edited) 4y
Cinfhen I feel your pain @AmyG 😫😫😫😫😫nice find, Britt 💚💚💚 4y
britt_brooke @Cinfhen This is the first time my Dollar Tree has had anything good. 😬 4y
AmyG @cinfhen Ha! For sure. @britt_brooke It‘s the store, the area and if you get lucky. 4y
Cinfhen It‘s such a hit or miss and especially store to store but when you find a winner......it‘s the BEST feeling @AmyG @britt_brooke I once dragged Niki to 4 different stores on a Sunday.... I legit thought she was going to burst an artery 😂😂 4y
britt_brooke @AmyG So true! I usually check the 2 locations in my hometown when I visit and I usually find decent books there. 4y
ephemeralwaltz How nice!!😍😍 4y
GypsyKat What a great find! This is on my TBR list! ❤️ 4y
Megabooks This was my first bail of the BOTM challenge. The sexual abuse really got to me. The writing was beautiful, though. I‘m interested to see what she does next! Great find. 👍🏻 And very generous of you!! (edited) 4y
britt_brooke @Megabooks I understand. That part was tough and, I felt, unnecessary. 4y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! This was a BOTM I think, back in the day! Great find. Heck, I‘ll give it the old college try! (edited) 4y
britt_brooke @JanuarieTimewalker13 Yep, you‘re right! 4y
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Hoopiefoot
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Spending a weekend hiding in the mountains with my books and my hiking shoes. My kindle is hidden in the stack there just in case I run out of books 😊

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Christine
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Rarely are mom rewards so immediate: I ran into Dollar Tree for some last-minute necessities for the SpongeBob 20th Anniversary party my kids really thought we ought to have today (😂), and with only seconds to peruse the books section before checkout I found both the only Nickolas Butler I haven‘t read (having read his most recent last week) and the tagged, which has been on my TBR forever! 🥳

TheSpineView Score!💜📚 4y
merelybookish Book score and serious mom points for the party! 4y
AlaMich That‘s awesome! Plus, any excuse for cake, I always say!! 4y
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Christine @TheSpineView Yes, I felt that I hit a mini-jackpot. 🤓 4y
Christine @merelybookish The kids did enjoy it all, so a double win! :) 4y
Christine @AlaMich Agreed completely re: cake! We also just got my first-ever brand new oven last week, so I'm even more easily persuaded to impulse bake! 😛 4y
britt_brooke Ha! I‘m just seeing this. I found The Animators at Dollar Tree yesterday. I‘ve already read it, but couldn‘t help but buy a few copies to give away. It‘s by far the best book I‘ve found at my local Dollar Tree. 4y
Christine @britt_brooke Aww, that‘s a great idea to buy and give away! ❤️ (Did you love the book? I started it a long time ago but didn‘t love the audio narration, so I‘m looking forward to trying again in print!) (edited) 4y
britt_brooke @Christine I really liked it. 4 stars, but it took me a bit to get into it. Maybe you‘ll have better luck in print. 🤞🏻 4y
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Tanisha_A
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Suba! Thank you for sending an envelope full of love. I have never read Persuasion and i am thrilled to read it from that gorgeous edition. The premise of The Animators sounds exactly what i would be interested in reading. Love that adorable elephant diary, and your sweet note made my day! @batsy 💙

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I 💖 that card 4y
Tanisha_A @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego It's super cute! 😍 4y
batsy Yay! I'm so glad it arrived. Enjoy, friend ❤️ 4y
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Tanisha_A @batsy La la la la la! Thanks, friend. 💌 4y
TrishB Lovely 💕 4y
Tanisha_A @TrishB Yesss! 🥰 4y
WhatWouldJaneDo Persuasion is my fave Austen, I hope you love it! 4y
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wen4blu
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Up next. Hope this will keep me occupied on the long flight home.

readordierachel I adore this book. Enjoy! 4y
BookishTrish Heartbreaking 4y
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GirlWellRead
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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Character-wise, there was a lot going on and Mel became a caricature of herself. Whitaker tried to tackle too many things in one novel, which didn't work, especially when using first-person point of view. The book could've benefited from a solid substantive edit.

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LWagoner
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Pickpick

This book is a brilliant debut novel. It‘s a story of friendship, partnership, grief, loss, and of finding oneself. The story and writing flow effortlessly. This story grabbed me and would not let go.

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JoScho
The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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In the male-dominated field of animation, Mel and Sharon are a dynamic duo, the friction of their differences driving them: Sharon, quietly ambitious but self-doubting; Mel, brash and unapologetic. Best friends and artistic partners, they spent their twenties ensconced in a gritty Brooklyn studio. Working, drinking, laughing. Drawing: Mel, to understand her tumultuous past, and Sharon, to lose herself altogether.💚 this one
#letswork #princeofjuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is on my tbr shelf!! I‘ve just got to get to it! 4y
vkois88 I'm in the same boat as Misty! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks lol... it's been sitting on my shelf looking at me for month 4y
vkois88 Months 4y
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