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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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From the Academy Award(R)-winning actor, an unconventional memoir filled with raucous stories, outlaw wisdom, and lessons learned the hard way about living with greater satisfaction "Unflinchingly honest and remarkably candid, Matthew McConaughey's book invites us to grapple with the lessons of his life as he did--and to see that the point was never to win, but to understand."--Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck I've been in this life for fifty years, been trying to work out its riddle for forty-two, and been keeping diaries of clues to that riddle for the last thirty-five. Notes about successes and failures, joys and sorrows, things that made me marvel, and things that made me laugh out loud. How to be fair. How to have less stress. How to have fun. How to hurt people less. How to get hurt less. How to be a good man. How to have meaning in life. How to be more me. Recently, I worked up the courage to sit down with those diaries. I found stories I experienced, lessons I learned and forgot, poems, prayers, prescriptions, beliefs about what matters, some great photographs, and a whole bunch of bumper stickers. I found a reliable theme, an approach to living that gave me more satisfaction, at the time, and still: If you know how, and when, to deal with life's challenges--how to get relative with the inevitable--you can enjoy a state of success I call "catching greenlights." So I took a one-way ticket to the desert and wrote this book: an album, a record, a story of my life so far. This is fifty years of my sights and seens, felts and figured-outs, cools and shamefuls. Graces, truths, and beauties of brutality. Getting away withs, getting caughts, and getting wets while trying to dance between the raindrops. Hopefully, it's medicine that tastes good, a couple of aspirin instead of the infirmary, a spaceship to Mars without needing your pilot's license, going to church without having to be born again, and laughing through the tears. It's a love letter. To life. It's also a guide to catching more greenlights--and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green too. Good luck.
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BookingitwithSandra
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All the wisdom of the world with that same laidback way of putting people at ease comes flying out of Green Lights by Matthew McConaughey.

This book is a much needed read and the interviews he does for this book are also enlightening. If you need more, YouTube your way to his interviews. I especially liked the one with @jordan.b.peterson.

#memoir #autobiography #matthewmcconaughey #greenlightsbook #wisdomgained #humorous

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Bookish_Gal
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Definitely get the audio book if you‘re going to get his book. Great for a 8 hour road trip.
This is not a memoir or biography, as McConaughey will say in the opening. This is a funny and authentic story of this is where my life went when nobody knew me. He does an amazing job changing his voice and stalling to state “bumper sticker”. Inspiring and laugh out loud funny. McConaughey was a crazy boy growing up crazy childhood. Country boys be boys

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MizzGraham
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One of the best audiobooks I‘ve ever listened to. I laughed, was inspired, and really wanted to keep listening even after it ended. Recommending this one to everyone, for sure.

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MizzGraham
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Erin.Elizabeth10
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Another memoir! This was a well-balanced memoir where he shared about his family, growing up, world travels, his career, faith, and more. I enjoyed the inside look, and he has good stories! I actually realized I‘ve never seen one of his movies 🤦🏼‍♀️ But now I want to watch a few!

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Lizthewiz
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I‘ve always liked Matthew McConaughey as an actor. His book did not disappoint.

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Joysiam
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I really enjoyed reading this!

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Medusa13
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I loved it

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ErraticElle
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I did NOT expect to like this so much. Part humor, part philosophy, Greenlights is an interesting memoir that caught me terribly off guard. He has often seemed cocky to me, but McConaughey is humble & honest in his storytelling. Listening to the audiobook is 100% the way to go. His delivery is flawless & the warm, throaty cadence of his voice is ridiculously soothing. McConaughey is a fantastic storyteller & this is well worth the read.

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JenlovesJT47
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I LOVED the first half of this audiobook. That man has such a sexy voice and an easygoing personality. But halfway through it got muddled and he started coming off as a bit arrogant and out there. Still, if you are going to read this then I‘d recommend getting the audiobook. At least he is very pleasant to listen to! 😆3⭐️

#audiobook
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SoapboxEdits
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He‘s lead an interesting life, to say the least. I know this is a book about Greenlights, but I did feel like everything was made out to be too easy. A “red light” was explained in broad strokes then turned into a green light. But the details of what turned it, the hardships, the deep, raw emotions, were missing. It was a quick and easy read, light and entertaining.

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KristiAhlers
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For the publishing year 2020 I‘ve chosen this gem! I‘ve always been a huge fan of this man and reading this book you hear his voice and it comes across as if he‘s sitting beside you telling his story. We learn where the Alright Alright Alright comes from and I love it as it makes sense! Highly recommend this one. #19822022 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle Glad you like this one! 11mo
CoverToCoverGirl Loved this one! His narration was superb. 11mo
KristiAhlers @CoverToCoverGirl right?! I inhaled it in one sitting. It was like he was sitting right with me talking 11mo
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SoapboxEdits
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Finally picked this up. I was going to get it as an ebook, but when I saw the content in hardback, I knew I needed it. It was a Valentine‘s gift to myself. 😅

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Roary47
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Hello #GroupS #LMPBC Here is what I already have on my shelves. Would either of these be something you would want to read? @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @fredthemoose @mnjacques @suvata

fredthemoose Yay! Excited to do this! I would@love to read the Mr. Rogers book. I listened to Greenlights but wouldn‘t mind a second go. 11mo
fredthemoose Crying in H Mart is one that‘s been on my list for awhile. But I like a lot of biography/memoir—presidents (most maybe a little chunky for 1/month), musicians, chefs, celebrities, writers, random people with interesting stories… 11mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Either of these choices would be great for me!! Crying In H Mart is on my list too @fredthemoose 11mo
mnjacques I would love to read the mr. rogers book too! 11mo
Roary47 I‘ll start off Mr. Rogers so everyone is reading something new. Crying in H Mart has intrigued me too @mnjacques @fredthemoose @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks 11mo
fredthemoose Is everyone okay if I start with Crying in H Mart then? @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @mnjacques @Roary47 (edited) 11mo
Roary47 @fredthemoose I‘m good with it. 11mo
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rather_be_reading
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All 275 books!

she.hearts.horror Beautiful 13mo
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rather_be_reading
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Fav NonFiction of 2021

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rather_be_reading
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Top 10 of 2021

Jensol77 Totally agree with Four Winds 13mo
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nikirtehsuxlol
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Listening to this 💎 gem 💎 on CD. I don‘t know if these stories are true but the audio version is an EXPERIENCE 👍

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Addison_Reads
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#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

I listened to this book and I highly recommend it that way for others because McConaughey does such a great job narrating.

This isn't a memoir, which I didn't realize when I started. The short stories about his life are at times fun, uplifting, sad, tense, and a whole range of other emotions. He also offers insight to how he lives, like words of wisdom for life.

Much more enjoyable than I expected.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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MaggieCarr
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Loved these snippets into his history and current way of life. The book style is definitely unique, almost like a mashup of memories while also interrupting himself and these stories with blurbs, poems, thoughts and declarations. Many of which resonated with me in some way. Kinda bummed it wasn't a longer read.

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freeatlast1137
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I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed this book. I had never been the greatest fan of Matthew McConaughey, and my only interaction with him was at ACL many years ago and he was dancing to a band right in front of my view of the band. I was annoyed to say the least.

But listening to this it makes me realize that he worked hard for his good luck and green lights to be where he is at today. It‘s a fun audiobook narrated by him.

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Ms_Ashley
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Southern, God-fearing, rebel, ruled by outlaw logic, grounded, but a loose canon when the situation calls for it! A risk taker and deep thinker, ready to grab and opportunity and chase a wet dream (spoiler), lol. Masterful!!

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AvidReader25
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I‘m not a huge McConaughey fan but our upcoming Texas trip & many rave reviews made me pick up the audio version. I could have skipped his advice sections, but his crazy stories were excellent! From bird CPR to floating down the Amazon to taking meetings while driving cross country, he shares his wild stories with his trademark relaxed attitude & optimistic glee at the unexpected nature of life. Incredibly entertaining even if you don‘t know him.

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Gina
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel bestselling week ending in Sept 4th...

Greenlights has been on this list for 12 months. I don't read celebrity books but I need to know what is so special about this one.

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OneCent76
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Matthew is such a good storyteller. I listened to the book and he narrates it which made this book 100x better. It's not a memoir or a self help book, but stories from his life mixed in with bumper sticker wisdom. This book got me out of a reading slump. Greenlight.

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fredthemoose
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I went back and forth between really enjoying this and being a little irked by it. This is his story and he tells it well (the audiobook is great), but some of the places where he tried translating his experience into general guiding principles fell flat. I‘m not sure how broadly his experience as a happy-go-lucky golden boy with financial resources translates, and he didn‘t really acknowledge that it might not, but beyond that, a fun listen.

BookBosomed1 I echo this review. I stopped 1/2 way through bc the Southern golden boy who has a very privileged lifestyle narrative was irritating me. If he‘d been transparent and reflective about all of that, I might have been more open to the message he was trying to communicate. (edited) 1y
fredthemoose @BookBosomed1 totally agree! As a story it was fun. As a life manual, well, not many of us can work for two months and then go on a road trip or to the Amazon or Africa to find ourselves for weeks at a time. 🤷‍♀️ 1y
OneCent76 He started out saying it wasn't a memoir or a self help book... also, he was telling stories from his life. I'm not sure it was needed to preface everything with "I know I'm a privileged sob". It was kind of understood lol 1y
fredthemoose He might have said that, but telling stories from his life IS a memoir and the description calls it a “guide to catching more greenlights,” which had a self-help essence. Overall I enjoyed it (I gave it a pick!) but it would have landed better for me with a little more recognition that the ways he was able to “get relative” with difficult situations might not be broadly applicable. 1y
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TamTracy
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I‘ve always loved Matthew McConaughey as an actor but also heard a lot of stories about how he lived his life unconventionally. I loved hearing these stories first hand and what he‘s learned throughout his life. I listened to the audiobook because I love hearing authors (especially with a voice like his) read their story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

CoverToCoverGirl Fantastic audiobook! 1y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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You really must LISTEN to the audiobook read by McConaughey! What a complete and entertaining delight! Loved it.

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KateD1
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I always post pictures of books, but since getting this cute stinker, my reading has gone down.
I finally finished Greenlights. It was pretty good, thought I‘ve heard that audio is the way to go with it.

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I was listening to Mayim Bialik‘s Breakdown podcast with McConaughey and she made this book sound so interesting (and well he did too) so I put a hold on the library audiobook. It already came in and OMG you have to LISTEN to him read this. It‘s been a total trip already and I‘m just about one hour in.

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CRR
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Alright alright alright. Good book. Interesting stories. Part travel journal, part motivational speech, and part philosophical manifesto. Interesting for sure. Fun read.

shmreads I loved this book too! This and Black Box (Shiori Ito) has been two of the best reads for me this year. 1y
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The.Great.Catsby
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I LOVED this book.
I won't lie. There were some parts that were super cringey for me and I wanted so badly to fast forward. But like everything in life, that passed. Greenlight.
I want to meet Matthew, but there's a huge chance I wouldn't like him.
This book took me through quite a range of emotions. He really is funny, and I'm glad he narrated the book. I never really thought of him as a serious actor. But clearly, I'm here for the romcoms.

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The.Great.Catsby
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Really enjoying this book so far 💚

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sharread
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Oh my this audio book was amazing. Matthew is one of my favorite actors. He's the narrator of the audio book. His life is so fascinating and he's so open and honest about personal things. I felt like he was in my home having a laid back conversation. His laugh is adorable. 5 ❤❤❤❤❤ big hearts. #BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Memior

BeaG I loved it! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
sharread @BeaG ❤❤❤ 1y
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booklover3258
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My review of this book can be found on my YouTube Vlog at:

https://youtu.be/y1yfNpu6qUI

Enjoy!

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Roxanareads
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My July reading selections

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Roxanareads
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I enjoyed listening to Matthew McConaughey read his memoir. It was funny, honest and eye opening. I learned so much about his upbringing, experiences and work wide travel. The pictures and notes included in the book just added to it even more.

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KimM
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OMG, this book! I don't normally read celebrity memoirs because, I mean, why? But this book is great. Matthew certainly has had an exceptional life and truly has a unique outlook. Highly recommend for road trips. Get the audiobook. He narrates it. 5 ⭐s. Read for Jul2021 Bookclub.

SamAnne What made you pick this one up? I‘m like you with celebrity memoirs. I don‘t read them. But at the moment I am completely I am completely sucked into Brandi Carlile‘s memoir Broken Horses. Loving the audio. She sings acoustic songs at the end of every chapter! (edited) 2y
KimM @SamAnne My bookclub chose it! 2y
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Catsandbooks
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1. NF- was Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey
2. 👍🏼 especially as an audiobook his voice is wonderful
3. Fantasy and romance
#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 👏🏻📚🤗📖 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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So I am very torn. I often say that we shouldn't judge a biography by decisions that the author made in their life, but this usually goes for lives we cannot imagine, there are many things here I am going to judge him on. Having his brother pretend to be blind to keep his dog around (disabled advocate's have talked about this enough for people not to brag about this behavior) or the gross night he met his wife and coursed her against her wishes👇

ChaoticMissAdventures I did like the layout of the book though the bumper stickers and stuff is going to get annoying if it went on much longer. I liked that he talked about his childhood journals. I disliked how he almost glamorized his parents abusive relationship, & never once talked about his privilege even when speaking on BLM. But if you need some mediocre white man energy it is here in spades. 2y
SamAnne Love your last sentence. Hard pass. 2y
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triplem80
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I was surprised by how much I really enjoyed this book! I'm not a Matthew McConaughey fan -- not that I dislike him, just a little ambivalent? But this was an incredibly entertaining listen. It made me laugh out loud multiple times (although I'm not sure he's being intentionally funny). It was just what I needed for a hellish commute!

Also, knocks off the #colorintitle prompt for #Booked2021!

@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘m not an uber-fan either, but I‘m definitely going to listen to this one…nice choice😄 2y
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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This week's #tbrpile also listening to the tagged on audio library loan. Slowly catching up with the #ThornBirdsReadAlong the writing was a bit too much like Gilead which I finished today so I had trouble with the first chapter or so of TB but ready now!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful reading area! 💛💛 2y
corireadslife I love your reading area!! #goals 2y
TheSpineView 👍📖🤩 2y
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pinkpistachio
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Matthew McConaughey is an intellectual and a master in storytelling. He bares his soul in these pages and illuminates the inspiring, beautiful and heartbreaking aspects of life that make it worth living. It is an ode to our humanity. Audiobook must!

“We cannot fully appreciate the light without the shadows.”

“I‘m not perfect; no, I step in 💩 all the time and recognize it when I do. I‘ve just learned how to scrape it off my boots and carry on.”

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Coleen
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Audio all the way on this one, baby! Can‘t imagine this being as good in any other format.

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Gina
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Greenlights has hung on for months now. I don't read celebrity books but I am kinda curious...hummm

marleed I enjoyed it! 2y
Gina @marleed was it a page turner? 2y
marleed He‘s had an interesting life. The book has some great snippets of life lessons and advice. I did make me think... if he runs for governor, I hope he‘s got more than one liners. But I do find his common sense impressive. 2y
Gina @marleed oh that is interesting. Thank you! 2y
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JenReadsAlot
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I might be in the minority with this one. More annoying at times than enjoyable #bookspinbingo square for May! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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DieAReader
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#NutsInMay #Challenge2021

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Loved every minute!

CoverToCoverGirl I knew you would! It was fabulous! 🙂🤓 progress on #Challenge2021 👏👏 (edited) 2y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
DieAReader @CoverToCoverGirl You know me well🥰♥️ 2y
DieAReader @Andrew65 🥰♥️ 2y
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Tkgbjenn1
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I used to think this guy was a talentless, shallow, pretty boy, without depth. A “Mimbo”, the male version of a “Bimbo”. Just not the sharpest tack on the bulletin board. Then In saw “Dallas Buyers Club” and realized how wrong I was. And he has made quite a few movies with depth after that. I became a fan. Yes he has a unique eccentric character and that has its appeal. The book shows his depth with the McConoughey style. Really enjoyed it.