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I Have Some Questions for You
I Have Some Questions for You | Rebecca Makkai
In the riveting new novel from the author of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist The Great Believers, a woman must reckon with her past when new details surface about a tragedy at her elite New England boarding school A fortysomething podcaster and mother of two, Bodie Kane is content to leave her past in the past--the family history that marred her adolescence and the murder of one of her high school classmates, Thalia Keith. Though the circumstances surrounding Thalia's death and the conviction of the school's athletic trainer, Omar Evans, are the subject of intense fascination online, Bodie prefers--needs--to let sleeping dogs lie. But when she's invited back to Granby, the elite New England boarding school where she spent four largely miserable years, to teach a course, Bodie finds herself inexorably drawn to the case and its increasingly apparent flaws. In their rush to convict Omar, did the school and the police overlook other suspects? Is the real killer still out there? As she falls down the rabbit hole she was so determined to avoid, Bodie begins to wonder if she wasn't as much of an outsider at Granby as she'd thought; if, perhaps, back in 1995, she knew something that might have held the key to solving the case. One of the most acclaimed American writers working today, Rebecca Makkai has reinvented herself with each of her brilliant works of fiction. In I Have Some Questions for You, she has created an irresistible mash-up of a classic boarding school novel, a transfixing mystery, and a deeply felt examination of one woman's reckoning with her past--how our perceptions of who we were shape who we are, and how we can learn to let go. Timely, hypnotic, and populated with a cast of unforgettable characters, it is her finest achievement yet.
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Centique
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I really enjoyed this - went in with low expectations as some reviews weren‘t great. I do see that it is long and she does squeeze a lot of current hot topics in there. For a while I thought, oh this is a literary work about a woman in mid life crisis - not a mystery really. And then the mystery ramps up again and becomes the focus. I loved the setting, and the protagonist remembering her old school days. ⬇️

Centique It holds up to light violence against young women, through all the possible perpetrators, and doing this while inside a “mystery genre story” (which so often start with a dead young woman) was an interesting angle. 2d
CarolynM This is this month‘s book from my subscription service. I had been feeling a bit disappointed. You‘ve made me feel better about it. I‘ll try to get to it soon😬 2d
Reggie I probably won‘t read this but I have noticed all the pans and soso‘s. I‘m glad you liked it, Paula. 2d
Centique @CarolynM I hope you like it too. 🤞🤞 2d
Centique @Reggie I think it helps sometimes to have your expectations lowered! Hope you‘re having a good week 😘 2d
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Cailey_Mac
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Really enjoying my March #bookofthemonth pick! I have two others I‘d like to get through before the April picks drop, so we shall see!

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Megabooks
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Panpan

I did end up finishing this on audio. It wasn‘t totally terrible, but it was way too long. I‘m with others that this true crime podcast within a book is played out. And I don‘t get the point of the Me Too storyline with Bodie‘s husband. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ Just for the sheer amount of time I wasted, this gets a pan. Needed better editing. 💯💯💯

AmyG Yes, the story with Bodie‘s husband. It was weak. 5d
Megabooks @AmyG exactly! What was the point of including it? Didn‘t seem to tie with the main point of the book at all. 5d
Jess Ugh. This depresses me. I loved all her other books and was looking so forward to this one. I‘m only 100 pages in but can already see what you mean. 5d
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AmyG @Jess It‘s not a bad book. I really enjoyed it. But….it wasn‘t as strong or tightly written as I was expecting or even hoping for. The bar was high. 4d
Cinfhen Yup!!!! 💯 4d
Cinfhen Although NOT a pan for me, just wayyyy too long 4d
Megabooks @Jess yeah, I hope you end up enjoying it more like @AmyG and @Cinfhen but I found it to be a very frustrating reading experience. @Cinfhen I remember you giving it a so-so, and I considered rounding up to that, but I was just so exasperated by the end…🤷🏻‍♀️🙄 4d
Cinfhen Exasperated is a fair description!!! 4d
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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I LOVED this. The kind of absorbing read where I couldn‘t wait to get back to it. I adored the way it was written - how she wrote to “you”, the imagined sections of different suspects committing the crime, the motif scrutinizing violence against women. There are many layers, like the reliability of memory, #MeToo, cancel culture, and wrongful incarceration. Makkai has some questions for all of us, and there are no easy answers. #BOTM

jlhammar Fantastic review! I agree completely - so smart, so many layers and so absorbing. I also thought the ending was well done and all the more impactful for being realistic. (edited) 1w
ICantImReading @jlhammar thank you so much! Yes - the way the ending wasn‘t all wrapped up in a tidy bow made it much more impactful! 1w
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ICantImReading @JanuarieTimewalker13 I hope you enjoy it! 💙 1w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you!💐 1w
Branwen This is my absolute favorite book of the year so far! 1w
ICantImReading @Branwen It‘s funny you say that, I actually was just thinking about that today - I think this is also my favorite book of 2023 so far!! 1w
Branwen @ICantImReading YES! That's so awesome! 💕 1w
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KarenUK
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A fun read. A podcaster returns to teach a class, at the fancy boarding school of her childhood where she was an outsider and her once roommate was murdered. Reads like a mystery, layered with interesting takes on the #metoo movement and grooming, collective memory, race and privilege, the exploitative nature of true crime, wrongful imprisonment and so much more. Sharp and nuanced, I found the ending unsatisfying but all the more realistic for it.

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Sophronisba
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I just read the last 300-odd pages of this in one sitting and now I have a slight book hangover.

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perfectlywinged
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Very excited to start this book which is already feeling less like The Secret History and more like the podcast Serial.

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Breanne1
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I really enjoyed this literary thriller that takes a critical look at perceptions and memories. I know some may not like it but I also really enjoyed the realistic conclusion. It rooted this story for me and made me enjoy it all the more. #botm

jlhammar Yes! I felt exactly the same. Great read. 2w
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

Makkai is a talented writer and there‘s a lot going on here but it took wayyyyy too long for this book to make an impact. Better editing would have elevated this from so-so to SO GOOD. There are traces of her previous writing style but the whole podcast troupe is starting to wear thin for me. A professor returns to her boarding school 23 years after her roommate there was murdered to teach a mini class on podcast production. 👇🏽

Cinfhen With the help of her student sleuths and the advantage of age, Bodie begins to realize the wrong person was convicted in her roommate‘s murder. Lots of social commentary on elitism, memories, misogyny, race, cancel culture and the infatuation with true crime and dead females. Too bad this book dragged because there was a good book buried inside these pages. 2w
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes I just shake my fist and rage and demand to know WHERE IS THE EDITOR?? 😂 2w
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Cuilin Glad it‘s not just me. I started it but not picked it up again. 2w
AmyG @TheAromaofBooks Ha….that crossed my mind with this one. 2w
TrishB Yes I think it could have been a good book and I‘m all about the messaging- but even that got lost! Well done for finishing, I‘m queen of the #miserybail I think! 2w
BarbaraBB Very insight review, thanks! 2w
Cinfhen Absolutely better editing could have fixed this book and about 3 dozen other books I‘ve recently read @TheAromaofBooks @Cuilin @AmyG @TrishB @BarbaraBB oh well!!! 2w
squirrelbrain I agree completely - it would have been so much more effective had some of the padding been cut out. 2w
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Sophronisba
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“What‘s as perfect as a girl stopped dead, midformation? Girl as blank slate. Girl as reflection of your desires, unmarred by her own. Girl as sacrifice to the idea of girl. Girl as a series of childhood photographs, all marked with the aura of girl who will die young, as if even the third grade portrait photographer should have seen it written on her face, that this was a girl who would only ever be a girl.“

#SundaySentence

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AmyG
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A woman revisits the murder of a classmate at her boarding school (HS) when she teaches a class there during the summer.

I liked the beginning and the last third of the book. The middle became a bit tedious. Overall, I liked it. I really wanted to love it. 😕

#TBRTarot @CBee

CBee Glad it was a like! I‘m curious to read it now 🤔 2w
AmyG @CBee I‘d be curious what you think. 2w
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Megabooks
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#MyWeekInBails

Normally I like Makkai; normally I like an addiction memoir, but about halfway into each, I started just dreading going back. The Makkai was slow and dull. I just couldn‘t bring myself to care about any of the characters. Stash was equally about divorce and addiction, and I just wasn‘t enjoying it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG I can only say that at 59% in the book-the Makkai story seriously got better. A long way to go, but I am racing through the last 20%. 2w
Cinfhen I‘m at 70% in the Makkai and it‘s STILL REALLY DRAGGING IMHO - im just too invested at this point to quick - but it‘s a disappointment 2w
Megabooks @AmyG really… 🤔🤔 I‘ll consider going back then, but I think I‘m going to continue with the new book I started this afternoon. I need a 24 hour break for sure. I just wasn‘t feeling Bodie or Granby… 😒 2w
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Megabooks @Cinfhen wow! Two very different opinions! I may get back on the library list for the audiobook. I don‘t have any holds left now, but I should get some space freed up soon. 2w
Cinfhen I do like the audio but I know you‘re not wild about Julia Whelan - as a #BorrowNotBuy it‘s ok but o still think it‘s a bit of a disappointment 2w
Megabooks @Cinfhen yeah, it will definitely be a library book for me if I also try the audio. 2w
ChaoticMissAdventures This is so interesting to see. Makkai's Great Believers is 1 of my all time favorites, but I bailed on this one at 25% because I was just bored. I don't think I can justify dragging myself through 60-70% of a boring book for the good 30% at the end. It's too bad I know she worked hard on it. 2w
Megabooks @ChaoticMissAdventures 💯💯💯 relate to this!! Music for Wartime is an all-time favorite short story collection, but I agree this wasn‘t her best. 2w
JenReadsAlot I need to be a better book bailer! Lol 2w
AmyG I get it. I actually am not sure I actually like Bodie as a character. 2w
TrishB I bailed on the Makkai at 120 pages, so slooooooow. 2w
Megabooks @TrishB yes!! I make it to 220, but it wasn‘t worth the struggle! 2w
cariashley Aw man, I just got the Makkai in the mail from #botm. I loved Great Believers so will keep my mind open! 2w
Megabooks @cariashley definitely keep your mind open, but perhaps go in with low expectations. 🤔 Sometimes that helps me be surprised by enjoying it! 2w
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ErikasMindfulShelf
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This was a great book. A mystery that kept you turning the pages, but also so much more. About all the things women in this world have to endure.
I also loved her book The Great Belivers. What other book my Rebecca Makkai should I read?

Jess You really can‘t go wrong. She is fabulous. I loved 2w
jlhammar I thought so too! Glad you enjoyed it. I agree with @Jess - all her books are great, including her short story collection 2w
ErikasMindfulShelf @jlhammar Thanks! I definitely want to read more of her books. 2w
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AmyG
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I lloked up from my book and saw this guy. ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🦌 ❄️ 2w
dabbe Pure awesomeness. ❣️ 2w
Leftcoastzen Awww! Beautiful! 2w
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CoffeeNBooks Oh wow! That's awesome! 2w
RaeLovesToRead 🥰🥰 2w
tpixie Amazing 🦌 2w
squirrelbrain Beautiful! ❤️ 2w
Magpiegem Oh my goodness! So lucky to have such gorgeous wildlife nearby! 2w
batsy Wow 😍 2w
LeahBergen Aww! ❤️ 2w
AmyG Thanks everyone. It truly is amazing to see them right outside your door. 2w
5feet.of.fury Aw so pretty! 2w
youneverarrived Beautiful 2w
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jlhammar
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“It was the one where she walked around in her skin and her bones for the rest of her life but her body was never recovered. You know the one.”

This was one compelling and satisfying read. A slow- burn mystery that thoughtfully examines so much—true crime, misogyny, systematic racism, privilege, memory, the stories we tell ourselves. Another great Makkai! I‘ve read and enjoyed all of her books, all quite different from each other. #BOTM

willaful I loved The Borrower but for some reason haven't read any more of her. But she's on my #bookspin list! 2w
TrishB Glad you enjoyed 👍🏻 2w
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Cinfhen
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Really enjoying this one - Bodie Kane a professor of film returns to her boarding school to teach a course in podcast production. During her time at the school her roommate was found dead under suspicious circumstances. Now Bodie has her students re-examining the mysterious case Julie Whelan‘s narration is spot on. .

squirrelbrain Glad you‘re enjoying it! Did you see that @TrishB just bailed? Hopefully you‘ll get past that slower bit…. 2w
jlhammar So am I! Kind of sad I'm almost finished. Really good. 2w
TrishB It‘s just not doing it for me 🤷‍♀️ 2w
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ChaoticMissAdventures I am going to have to try again. I bailed on the arc but am seeing people like it so maybe it was me. It was just so slow. 2w
TrishB @ChaoticMissAdventures I had the same thought! 2w
Cinfhen It is moving rather slowly @ChaoticMissAdventures and at times I‘m frustrated with the author‘s slow burn approach but I‘m enjoying the audio narration so that‘s helping. I‘m just hoping for some BIG REVEAL soon @jlhammar @squirrelbrain @TrishB because I still have 4 hours left on audio!!! 2w
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TrishB
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Bailedbailed

Currently winning the prize for biggest disappointment/hype. I‘m so bored after 120 pages. I have very little reading time at the moment and I don‘t want to be bored when I can read.
I trust @squirrelbrain judgement that it picks up at about 50% but I can‘t make it to that.
I loved The Great Believers and wanted to love this. Don‘t be put off by me, you may love it of course.

squirrelbrain Oh no, sorry you didn‘t like it! 😞 2w
jlhammar Bummer, but definitely better to move on to something else if it isn‘t working for you. I, thankfully, am really enjoying it so far. Maybe I‘m just in the right headspace for it. Should finish-up today. 2w
TrishB @squirrelbrain @jlhammar I think it is right time and place! I‘m probably going to be an outlier on this one! But that‘s books for you. 2w
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AmyG I totally understand what you are saying. I loved it in the beginning and then yes, it got slow, repetitive and a bit “draggy”. I am almost halfway and waiting for it to pick up. 🤞🏻 2w
squirrelbrain It does pick up again @AmyG - maybe at around 50 - 60%, I can‘t quite recall…. 2w
MicheleinPhilly Oh no! I‘ve really been looking forward to this one. 2w
AmyG @squirrelbrain I remember you saying this and thatis why I am sticking it out! 🤞🏻 2w
TrishB @AmyG @MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain I have to admit to zero patience atm too. 2w
JillR I‘ve had a few hyped/disappointing reads lately too. Never seems to happen with books I‘ve seen recommended through Litsy, but I confess I sometimes get distracted by the hype elsewhere! 😳 2w
MicheleinPhilly I hear you. I‘ve barely read a thing lately. 😔 2w
TrishB @JillR I think I may have overhyped myself too as I loved her other one. 2w
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly it‘s very annoying! 2w
squirrelbrain @AmyG - I hope you can get past it, otherwise I hold myself wholly to blame! 😬🤣 2w
AmyG @squirrelbrain Ha….you are not to blame! I would have read this anyway….but now I look at the percentage read to see how close I am to it getting better. 🤣 2w
AmyG And at exactly 59%….it started to really pick up. You were spot on @squirrelbrain 🙌🏻 2w
squirrelbrain Phew! @AmyG 😁 2w
TrishB @AmyG @squirrelbrain you‘re both very patient readers 😁 I, unfortunately, am not. 2w
Christine Same re: all of what you said here! I came to Litsy for “permission“ to DNF this one and I'm considering it granted now. I just can't get into it and am not even enjoying the writing. 😕 (edited) 2w
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HeatherBookNerd
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A murder podcast host gets pulled back into a 20 year old case from her own past — the murder of her roommate at her boarding school when she was a teenager. Looking back now as an adult, and digging into the memories of her fellow classmates, she sees events in a new light. It‘s a slightly long-winded but totally engrossing mystery, with a heaping side of social commentary on cancel culture, violence against women, and classism.

jlhammar Great review! I‘m almost done with this book. It‘s a good one. 2w
sarahbarnes I can‘t wait to read this one! 1w
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AmyG
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1. Leggings, a big sweater or sweatshirt and my slippers
2. 4 …. TBR Tarot, audiobook, Friends you Meet on Vacation and the Sunday Buddy Read book

#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

TheSpineView ❤️ leggings. Thanks for playing 2w
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britt_brooke
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ This focuses on the unraveling of Thalia Keith‘s death, and cleverly, the mystery also acts as a vehicle for addressing various crimes against women. To me, that was the most interesting part. I‘m just over the podcast trope, so overall, this was fine. I didn‘t really like Bodie, so that hindered my enjoyment. Second person narration is so hard to pull off. Makkai does it well structurally, but I‘m not sure it was effective in this story.

HeatherBookNerd I liked it, but it didn‘t completely blow me away. I did not love the second person narration. 2w
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd Yeah, I‘m not sure it was the best decision for this story. I‘m happy you liked it overall. 🙂 2w
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AmyG
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Ha!

Cinfhen Love when that happens 🤩 3w
Bookwormjillk Nice! 3w
LaraReads Love that! 😅 3w
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Soubhiville 😲 wow! 3w
Blaire So fun!! 3w
britt_brooke I was listening to this when it said Friday, March 3rd and almost posted. Fun coincidence! 3w
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Beachesnbooks
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March TBR! I've got a few ARCs and 2 BoTM picks on here, and a mix of short and long titles.

CSeydel I loved Blackout! 2w
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JenReadsAlot
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#bookmail #botm was fast this month!

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britt_brooke
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Walking my boy before the severe weather hits Nashville. My sons are even out of school today due to the weather threat. It‘s already super windy. If you‘re in the path of this, stay safe, y‘all!

#audiowalk #dogsoflitsy

tpixie Great walking buddy! Stay safe! I hope the trees down all break! 3w
britt_brooke @tpixie That‘s a big concern! Lots of mature trees in our neighborhood. Thankfully, we removed the huge one that was super close to our house a couple of years ago. 3w
squirrelbrain Stay safe! 3w
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Dragon Love those beautiful eyes- stay safe 💚🐉 3w
britt_brooke @Dragon Thank you! 💙 3w
tpixie @britt_brooke oh! Good safety thinking! 🌳 3w
britt_brooke @tpixie 💙🐾 3w
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jlhammar
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Filled my box this month. Very excited for all of these! I‘ve been eagerly anticipating Makkai‘s newest so hoping to get started on that this weekend. #BOTM

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AmyG
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I decided to check my ipad and compare with actual shelves….and BEHOLD….the book I actually want to read. 🤣 (we have a winner. Left to right it is)

#TBRTarot @CBee

CBee Woot! I ordered that one for my BOTM add on! 3w
AmyG @Cbee we shall have to discuss when we both finish it. 3w
CBee @AmyG most definitely! I still want to read The Great Believers too, have you read that one? 3w
AmyG I loved The Great Believers. @CBee (edited) 3w
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JenReadsAlot
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1. To escape after a long day at work, to learn and to travel when I can't!
2. Tagged and I preorderd the new Peter Swanson book.
3. Fiona Davis
Thanks @TheSpineView @Eggs #wondrouswednesday @peaknit @Kshakal @RaeLovesToRead

RaeLovesToRead Thanks for the tag!! 🥰 3w
TheSpineView 👍😊😘 3w
Eggs Wonderful 🧁 3w
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marleed
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When a book has a pile of characters within its pages, I‘m happiest inside all their hearts and minds. By my definition this should be a miss for me since I‘m only given the opportunity to really know Bodie. But I kind of loved this book when at 40 and 44 she‘s forced to look back at her boarding high school girl self to consider not only who she was and who she became but also her long unconsidered peers and teachers.

SamAnne So looking forward to this one! 3w
carmd Looking forward to starting this 3w
Reggie Great review. 3w
swishandflick Now I'm even more excited that I added this to my BOTM box! 👏🏽 3w
marleed @SamAnne @carmd @Reggie @swishandflick Somehow I love caked out on the library line before BOTM dropped. It would have definitely been one of my choices, otherwise. 3w
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TrishB
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#bookmail
These arrived yesterday- I have so many coming this week and I need to read them all now!

Cathythoughts Exciting week ahead 👏🏻😁 4w
squirrelbrain Ooh a signed copy! ❤️ 4w
merelybookish Two striking covers! 4w
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TrishB @Cathythoughts @merelybookish they look fab don‘t they! 4w
TrishB @squirrelbrain always a nice surprise 😁 4w
sarahbarnes I‘m very interested in the Makkai! 4w
britt_brooke I have both of these out from my library right now! 🤩 3w
TrishB @sarahbarnes not got to it yet ofc! 3w
TrishB @britt_brooke enjoy 😁 3w
sarahbarnes Lol it will happen! 3w
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Mitch
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This book just captures the zeitgeist - an intelligent, well written and thought provoking book that tackles #metoo issues. It‘s brimming with moral entanglements, messiness, gray areas and biases. It‘s also a plot twisting page turner, with flashbacks, red herrings and a caste of interesting characters confined in a ‘locked room‘ type location. Loved it!

squirrelbrain Great review! ❤️ 4w
TrishB That‘s me off the fence then. 4w
AmyG I just started this last night. I couldn‘t wait any longer! 4w
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Mitch @AmyG I couldn‘t put it down! 4w
Mitch @TrishB it was really good ! 4w
Mitch @squirrelbrain Thank you 🙏 4w
SamAnne Can't wait! My library just ordered this. Loved The Great Believers. Good review. 4w
AmyG I started it because of you. I fly to Michigan tomorrow and can‘t wait for uninterrupted plane reading. 4w
ErikasMindfulShelf Can‘t wait!! 4w
charl08 Requested it at the library. Thank you! 4w
thewallflower0707 Well, now I‘m excited! 4w
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Branwen
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When you've been loving on a book so hard you inadvertently match your outfit to it! 😂📚💕

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Branwen
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I know I've talked about this feeling before, but it makes me super happy, so I'm going to bliss out about it again. 💕📚 I love, love, LOVE that feeling you get when you start a new book and you just KNOW immediately in your heart that it's going to be special. As soon as I read this first page I just fell so completely head over heels in love with this book! It doesn't happen with every book, but when it does, it's just the best damn feeling!

Rachel.Rencher I know what you mean!! 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Yup! It REALLY is! 😁💞 1mo
Suet624 It‘s a wonderful and exciting feeling. 💕 1mo
AnneCecilie I know exactly what you mean. It‘s an amazing feeling. 4w
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TheBookStacker
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Eeeeeeek!! Still sick but able to read so happily diving into thi!

BarbaraBB Great cover 😍😍 1mo
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Mitch
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This is soooo the right bookmark for this book - I just can‘t stop reading!

IndoorDame 👏👏👏 1mo
AmyG I am so thrilled to read this. I just got this book…waiting for the right time to read, undisturbed! 1mo
Mitch @AmyG it‘s a page turner! I‘m hooked! 1mo
jlhammar Love the bookmark! So glad to hear you‘re enjoying this. Looking forward to it. 1mo
SamAnne Looking forward to this one! 1mo
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Branwen
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Happy pub day to Rebecca Makkai's newest book! 🎉🎉🎉 I just seem to love everything she writes, so I'm super excited for this! 💕📚

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squirrelbrain
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Bodie is a successful podcaster who returns to her former boarding school to teach a class. As one of the students asks to make a podcast about Bodie‘s former room-mate, who was murdered during Bodie‘s time there, Bodie has to ask herself if that is what she hoped for all along.

I really liked this but I‘m giving it 4 stars rather than 5. Parts of it seemed really slow; in fact I had to check how long the physical book was as it felt ⬇️

squirrelbrain VERY slow in places. Bodie had an interesting back story that didn‘t seem to fully connect with the rest of the story. There were a few too many characters. 1mo
squirrelbrain I did like; the references to many other murdered / abused women. Bodie had her own ‘me-too‘ issues with something her ex-husband did, that fitted in nicely to the story. Always love an academic setting. I usually prefer my endings to be nicely wrapped up in a bow and this one wasn‘t, but it worked. 1mo
squirrelbrain #netgalley Published in the UK next week 1mo
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Cinfhen Did you do print or audio?!? 1mo
squirrelbrain I read a digital print copy @Cinfhen - in places the % just didn‘t seem to be going up and I‘m a fast reader! It picked up though later. It was never boring though, just seemed a bit slow. 1mo
Cinfhen I find too many books now tend to drag. Editors need to tighten their books 🤨 1mo
BarbaraBB Seems very interesting. Is it as good as 1mo
Megabooks I‘m hopping my library gets it, but I‘m planning to buy it if they don‘t. I do find her books bit slow paced in general. 1mo
squirrelbrain Can you believe I haven‘t read The Great Believers?! @BarbaraBB I‘ve heard so many good things about it, and this one feels quite ‘ordinary‘ when compared to what I‘ve heard about Believers. Indeed, I‘ve just seen a review included in the Crime / Mystery section of The Guardian newspaper; it‘s not ‘literary fiction‘ by any means. 1mo
squirrelbrain @Megabooks - see my comment to Barbara. It might be a #borrownotbuy. I really liked it, but it certainly wasn‘t ground-breaking or unique. 1mo
Librarybelle I like this cover way more than the US cover! 1mo
BarbaraBB It sounds completely different from her earlier work. Fascinating. And I can enjoy a good thriller so am stacking! 1mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain I have a copy of The Great Believers but haven‘t read it yet. I really do wish there was more time in the day! 1mo
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Returned from my bike ride to find Rebecca Makkai‘s new novel from @VikingBooks I‘m a big fan. It‘s on sale this Tuesday. Visit rebeccamakkai.com to learn more.

Cinfhen Nice perk 😁enjoy!!! 1mo
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#300KBirthdayGiveaway #litfluence @wanderinglynn
Congratulations on this incredible achievement! I always enjoy your posts and I love your reviews! The one book I would love to receive is tagged above. I know it won't be released until 2/21 but I would happily wait. If I had to choose a book that's already been published it would be White Oleander, it's an all time favorite of mine that I have just never purchased. 🎉 CONGRATS AGAIN! 👏

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 2mo
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jlhammar
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Time for an Oh Reader tea break! Was so excited to have the new issue arrive yesterday. Tagged is one of the new and upcoming titles in the “Oh Reader‘s TBR” feature. I love Makkai so can‘t wait (out Feb 21).

JamieArc I usually get these from Barnes and Noble but I should really get a subscription. 4mo
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Sophronisba
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Cover reveal for Rebecca Makkai's newest, due in February. I adored Great Believers so I am really excited to read this one!

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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Out 2/21/2023

And a hunt for an ARC begins.

jlhammar Yay, so exciting! I hadn't heard about this one yet. I've really enjoyed all of her books. 8mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @jlhammar she is so fantastic, I follow her on twitter where she has been talking about writing this for a bit now (mixed in with her deep dive of zillow houses lol) I am super exciting, it sounds like it is totally different book for her. 8mo
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I am so excited!!