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Olympus, Texas
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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"The Briscoe family is once again the talk of their small town when March returns to East Texas two years after he was caught having an affair with his brother's wife. His mother, June, hardly welcomes him back with open arms, and is no stranger to infidelity herself; she's tired of being the long-suffering wife thanks to her husband's many affairs. Within days of March's arrival, someone is dead, marriages are upended, and even the strongest of allies are divided. In the end, the ties that hold them together might be exactly what drag them all down. The Briscoes must reckon with their choices, their capacity for forgiveness, and the confines of family. An expansive tour de force, Olympus, TX combines the archetypes of Greek and Roman mythology with the psychological complexity of a messy family. After all, at some point, we all wonder: What good is this destructive force we call love?"--
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Kboltz
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Five stars! A family drama in a small fictional town in Texas, but we know better, all small towns have this drama. Great read! Loved Vera and I am glad that June finally made a decision for herself. I hope that Artie is ok!

Chelsea.Poole Loved this one! 3mo
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melissajayne
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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On its way to you @zenwldflwr #lmpbc

zenwldflwr Can‘t wait 3mo
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melissajayne
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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4⭐️ I really didn‘t know what to expect from the book, but I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. There is a lot to mull on and am glad I took a little longer to read it. It would probably be a really good book club pick. #2022 #fiction #retelling #myths #bookreview #bookstagram #familyfiction

Read this for #lmpbc and will be sending it to the next person in the morning.

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melissajayne
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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1) While I‘m not quite finished it yet (still have about an hour left to read of it), I have really enjoyed the tagged book.

2) I have really enjoyed the characters, as they are all deeply flawed in some sort of way and they feel really fleshed out, even though they are despicable individuals.

#two4tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Cinfhen
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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#AlphabetGame
Thanks to @MallenNC for putting this on her #NewYearWhoDisList I was introduced to this phenomenal debut. Battling brothers, sparring spouses & small town secrets make for a great debut. Loved it 🥰

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! ❤️📚 4mo
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TheKidUpstairs
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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@melissajayne sorry for the delay, this is on its way to you as of yesterday! All the best. #LMPBC

melissajayne Thanks. 4mo
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Deblovestoread
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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2022 Reading bracket July picks.

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Deblovestoread
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Another good week of reading. My least favorite was Excellent Women and my favorite was Olympus, Texas on audio. A close second was This Time Tomorrow.

AmyG Olympus,Texas sounds wonderful. 4mo
Cinfhen I really enjoyed Olympics Texas and 4mo
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Laughterhp
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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I‘m not sure what mythology story this is supposed to be retelling, but I really liked the story.

Its basically set over a week period. A murder happens, a lot of family drama and a lot of cheating.

Overall, it was an entertaining read and a nice listen on audio.

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TrishB
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Good family drama, enjoyed the read and the constant bad decision making. How can everyone be this dysfunctional 😁 ?
Loose #mythologyretelling #booked2022

Tamra 😜 I often wonder the same thing in real life. (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Definitely a loose retelling but I thought it as so well written - I can‘t wait to see what she writes next 7mo
TrishB @Tamra very true 😁 7mo
TrishB @Cinfhen I‘ll definitely read whatever she does next, very impressive debut. 7mo
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Julsmarshall
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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So good! The upside to your vacation fights getting cancelled and having to jump in the car to drive? Finishing 2 audiobooks! #audio #travelingreader

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CBee
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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What a drama-filled emotional ride of a book! I‘m a mythology nerd (especially Greek, though the author based characters on both Greek and Roman god and goddess names), and adore any sort of book (well-written of course) about a dysfunctional family. And WHAT family is more dysfunctional than the mythical immortal family of Olympus? Good stuff 🤓 Aaaaand I figured out who was who (mostly), so I‘ve fully solidified that I am still 100% nerd 😁😂

Branwen I loved this one! I was so excited when I figured out who each character was supposed to be! 😂👏 9mo
CBee @Branwen me too! I made a list of each character and which god or goddess they represented! 😂😂🤓🤓 9mo
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Cinfhen This was my choice too!! And I LOVED this book ♥️ 9mo
CBee @Cinfhen I LOVE mythology retellings!! 9mo
Cinfhen Me too!!! This was a “light” retelling but it was fun to figure out the connections🤓 9mo
CBee @Cinfhen figuring out who was who was my favorite part 🤓 9mo
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KellyK
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Cathythoughts
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Bailedbailed

I‘m fascinated with the Greek myths ... but I can‘t seem to enjoy books based on them. The blurb to this was promicing , but I‘ve got to bail, I‘m finding it all a bit dry , I wasn‘t enjoying the feel of the book. I did go to the last pages to get a sense of what happened. #unpopularopinion

Tamra I started this on audio and bailed. It didn‘t hook me either. 🪝 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tamra No , no hook 🤷‍♀️ 10mo
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TrishB
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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#bookmail - used copy hardback for Qb! Doesn‘t look like it‘s ever been opened. No delivery fee. #blameitoncindy ♥️

Cinfhen Yay!!!! That‘s a STEAL!!! I hope you love it 🙏🏼 10mo
squirrelbrain Ooh, I really want to read this too after @Cinfhen ‘s review. I‘m thinking I‘ll get it on Audible. 10mo
Cathythoughts Great deal👏👏👏 10mo
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Cathythoughts Sounds like a great read too , stacked 10mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @squirrelbrain @Cathythoughts it dies sounds really good 👍🏻 10mo
LeahBergen It does look brand new! 10mo
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Megabooks
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Swann brings the BC to the AD with this retelling of Greek myth. I haven‘t brushed up on my mythology in a long time, but you don‘t need to remember it to enjoy the drama of this extended clan in modern day, small town Texas. This novel proves that some stories are timeless yet still can have new life brought to them. The #audiobook narration is excellent!

Thanks for the rec @Cinfhen and @MallenNC 💜

#ThinkGreek #Booked2022

sherrisilvera I have a signed copy from the indie store that recently went out of business by me after 44 years. Glad to see it's a good one! 10mo
MallenNC I‘m glad you liked it! I‘m not very well versed in myths either but I liked the story. And the mythology added another layer. 10mo
Megabooks @sherrisilvera I‘m sorry that store went out of business, but I hope you enjoy the book. 👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
Megabooks @MallenNC yes! I think I remember the story of Artemis and Orion, but the other main storyline I didn‘t remember as well, but it seemed familiar. 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m glad you liked this one!! I was riveted!! It would make for a great TV adaptation 10mo
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Cinfhen
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A #SwoonWorthy debut!!!! I LOVED this loosely mythological based novel about the Briscoe family of Olympus, Texas. Patriarch Peter(Zeus) has three grown children with his wife June (Hedra) & 3 more from 2 other women. When prodigal son March returns to town after a two year absence the fates & furies wreck havoc on this Godlike family. SO MUCH DRAMA!!! Completely captivated. My FAVORITE book so far from @MallenNC #NYWD list 🙌🏻❤️

monalyisha 😍😍😍 10mo
Addison_Reads Great review. I really enjoyed this one too. 10mo
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MallenNC I‘m so glad you liked it! I almost didn‘t read it originally but someone‘s review made me want to, then I loved it. 10mo
alisiakae Sounds intriguing, and I love that cover! 10mo
squirrelbrain Great review, Cindy. It does sound intriguing doesn‘t it @4thhouseontheleft -and ticks a #booked2022 prompt… stacked! 10mo
NovelGirl82 Oh I want to read this!! 10mo
Megabooks I ordered this, but I may go with audio instead. As always, you‘re influencing me dear sis! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m so GRATEFUL to @MallenNC and @monalyisha because if not for #NYWD I would have missed this fabulous book!!! I think you‘d really like it @squirrelbrain @Megabooks @NovelGirl82 It‘s a quick read but packs a lot!!! I‘m not so up on my #GreekMythology but it‘s easy to feel it‘s influence @4thhouseontheleft 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Addison_Reads such a wonderful surprise of a book!! Amazing especially given it‘s a debut 💗 (edited) 10mo
NovelGirl82 @Cinfhen oh thanks! I picked up the hardcover at B&N yesterday, but I like to go back and forth when I have the audio! 10mo
Cinfhen Normally I do too @NovelGirl82 but in this case I was so absorbed in the story I just kept sitting & reading 💖but $5 is less than a Starbucks 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I already spent a credit on it. 😑 I‘m NOT going to look at the sale (I think) because I really don‘t need to spend more money!! @NovelGirl82 the audio is fantastic! 10mo
Cinfhen Uh oh @Megabooks I just unleashed the beast xxxx🥰🙌🏻 10mo
Cinfhen Share what u bought!!!! @Megabooks !! I saw the email but they were teasers 10mo
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Cinfhen
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Hoping to get in one or two more books this month from @MallenNC #NYWD list!! I‘m excited for this one 🧡🎊 #Booked2022 #MythologyRetelling

Cinfhen @BarbaraBB I‘m happy to start Diver‘s whenever you‘re ready. No pressure xx Thinking of you 10mo
Cathythoughts Great cover ! Nice photo Cindy 💫 10mo
BarbaraBB Thank you dear Cindy. I haven‘t read for a few days and am really aching for some quiet time with a book. Diver‘s seems a good one to start with. Tomorrow is fine for me if it suits you too? Xxx 10mo
Cinfhen Absolutely 💜 @BarbaraBB 10mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Cathythoughts and so far this book is FANTASTIC!! I can‘t believe it‘s a debut 💕🙌🏻 I can already picture it as a Netflix series 10mo
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Addison_Reads
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Great family drama where the members of the Briscoe family are based loosely on Greek gods and goddesses.

Swann explores themes of forgiveness and unconditional love as this family faces their past demons and their present troubles. The feel of small town life is captured very well and adds an extra layer of drama to the story.

You do not need to be a fan of mythology to enjoy this one, especially if you enjoy stories of dysfunctional families.

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Cinfhen
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Arrived today #BookMail ❤️I treated myself to one new book from my #NYWD list !! This could potentially be my #LastFirst book of 2021/2022 @vivastory @LeahBergen 😘 Looking forward to reading from @MallenNC

MallenNC I hope you like it! I enjoyed comparing the characters to the Roman gods they‘re based on (even though my knowledge of that is limited). 11mo
vivastory This book sounds very interesting. I think it'd be a good last first choice. Adding to my TBR 11mo
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Addison_Reads
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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It's a fuzzy picture, but I was trying not to disturb the sleeping puppies.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate. 💚 We aren't celebrating this year, but we're all enjoying a relaxing day at home without any stress, which is exactly what I needed today.

Nute Merry Christmas, Cassie!❤️🌟💚 11mo
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Chelsea.Poole
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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The members of the well-known, influential Briscoe family are modeled in the images of Greek gods/goddesses. I‘m not up on my greek mythology, so I wasn‘t sure I would enjoy this one. Wrong! I loved this family drama that first introduced characters so that I came to care for them and then the plot really gets going. Family secrets, tragedy, and much more. Can love truly be unconditional? I‘ve been thinking of these characters since finishing!

Crazeedi Sounds very interesting! And your food looks yummy!! 12mo
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Chelsea.Poole
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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My second #weeklyforecast and this time including last week‘s #bookreport
It was a great reading week, top reads were A Lie…and Love Lockdown.
Looking forward to these audios this week. 😊

Cinfhen The book you tagged is on my #NewYearWhoDis list!!!! So im super curious 😁SO MANY books here!!! Looks like you‘re in for another great week 12mo
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Bookboss
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Library stack!

Megabooks Charles Yu is great! 1y
Megabooks So is Fuzz! 1y
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BirdLaVie
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Mehso-so

I was intrigued by the concept of this book! Drawing inspiration from Greek Mythology to create modern day characters and explore the havoc they wreak. There were some thought-provoking hidden gems in this book that I really enjoyed; deep, insightful lines. Overall I found the pace to be slow, the premise to be disturbing (but still uninteresting somehow) and an ending that tied up loose ends a little too neatly.

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GinaKButler
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Time for a lighter read!

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MallenNC
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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There‘s quite a bit of sibling conflict in this novel based on Roman myths.

#PersonVsSiblings #ConflictedWorlds

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 📚🙌🏻❤️ 1y
Eggs Love Texas-Style 🎉🐂🦂 1y
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suvata
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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From the ModernMrsDarcy.com 2021 Summer Reading Guide #MMDSummerReading Guide:

“This spellbinding dysfunctional family saga set in small-town Texas is rife with allusions to classical mythology. Everyone knows everyone else‘s business in the fictional town of Olympus, especially when it comes to the notorious Briscoe family. The clan is “a walking collection of deadly sins,” and due to patriarch Peter‘s philandering…”

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GinaKButler
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Happiness is: a first purchase from our town‘s brand new independent bookstore!

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 1y
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MallenNC
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I really enjoyed this even though I only have a passing knowledge of the Roman gods that inspired the characters. It‘s like a season of the soap Dallas. The narrator was great too. She did a good job with the female and the male characters, which isn‘t always the case.

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amycollard
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Loved this one! It‘s full of the messy, dysfunctional families that make for good stories. And it took a turn there that I wasn‘t quite expecting. I‘m sure I missed a lot of the connections with Greek mythology but caught some of them. There were a few parts of it that were a little unrealistic but overall it was really well done and I‘m looking forward to see what this author does next.

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MallenNC
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I‘m really enjoying this audiobook even though I only have a vague understanding of the Roman mythology that inspired the story. I‘m finding reasons to listen since I‘m not driving much at the moment.

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Reviewsbylola
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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#bookreport

With how hectic this summer has been, I‘ve been bad about posting my weekly reading. This week included some really stellar reads. I finished Klara last night and loved it. It wasn‘t quite 5 stars for me but it‘ll stick with me for a long time. And whoaaaa was @Cinfhen right about Razorblade Tears. If every thriller was written that way, I‘d read a lot more them.

Cinfhen Yay!!! I‘m so glad you loved it!! Im always worried I may over-hype a book and ruin it with my enthusiasm 😁I thought this one that I see you just read was super adorable 1y
Cinfhen Klara disappointed me / I thought the beginning was so good but for me, it just fizzled towards the end 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1y
Cinfhen How‘s @emilyhaldi feeling??? How are the girls??? Send love to @Mdargusch ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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Reviewsbylola Loved The Guncle! And I do think the beginning of Klara was stronger. It started off as five stars for me but the second half wasn‘t quite as strong. The girls are doing very well and @emilyhaldi is too—won‘t be too long until baby boy is here with us!! @Cinfhen 1y
Cinfhen So exciting #BabyBoy 💙 Glad all are doing well😁 1y
Megabooks So good to see you back here!! 💜💜 1y
Reviewsbylola I imagined myself posting incessantly throughout the summer but so far that hasn‘t happened. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 😂 @Megabooks 1y
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Branwen
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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I AM SO EXCITED! Today was my last day of work for four whole days! My extra long weekend starts tomorrow! 💕📚 Won't be doing much other than reading, walking at the park, and snuggling kitties! Roxas and I are getting ready to celebrate! 😸

PS- I absolutely LOVE this book! 💕

PPS- I had to deal with a grown ass adult patron today who jammed 30 some pieces of paper in the hole puncher and broke it. 😒 I'm ready for a long reading weekend! 😂🤣

Leftcoastzen Oh boy . I just hate when people break stuff other people need to use too.😻Have a great weekend! 1y
Clare-Dragonfly That sounds so lovely! Have a great weekend! 1y
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Branwen
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Chaplin has decided that we should read this next! 😹 I've got a ton of library books to get through bevause all my holds came in at once again! Just started it this morning and it's good so far! 👍💕📚 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #chaplin

aa_guer2021 Such adorable disapproval! 😻😻 1y
RebelReader I really liked this one, but family dramas are my jam! 1y
Branwen @aa_guer2021 😹 @RebelReader I do too! And so far I'm really enjoying it! 😃 1y
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Reviewsbylola
Olympus, Texas | Stacey Swann
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Anyone else fall victim to the Amazon 3 for 2 deal? Just me?

Megabooks I‘m waiting for more books to be added 1y
vivastory I *loved* White Noise 1y
rjsthumbelina Oops! I slipped and fell and my finger hit the 'buy now' button...in my defense, there were 6 books I had been looking forward to picking up in the sale. #blameLitsy 1y
Reviewsbylola More books will be added?!? I don‘t know whether to be thrilled or scared. 🤣 @Megabooks 1y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Since it‘s prime day on Sat-Sun, historically they‘ve added more books as the week goes on!! I did just order 3 last night. 🤦🏻‍♀️ 1y
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KarinWestbrook
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Olympus, Texas captivated me from the very first page. This story is full of rich and fully developed characters and shows us how the decisions we make have ripple effects, not only in our own lives but in those of future generations.

What I appreciated about Olympus, Texas is that it showed humanity at its rawest; real characters dealing with real issues, often ones we do not want to look at. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4014706213

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Redhead_reads
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Very entertaining.

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 1y
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SW-T
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Giveaway. Enter for your chance to win a copy. Good luck!

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