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The Female of the Species
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
Edgar Awardwinning author Mindy McGinnis delivers a dark and riveting contemporary YA novel that blends the unflinching honesty of Laurie Halse Andersons Speak with the relentless pacing and alternating perspectives of Gone Girl. A stunning, unforgettable page-turner. Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesnt feel bad about it. Three years ago, when her older sister, Anna, was murdered and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows bestthe language of violence. While her own crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she cant be trusted among other people. Not with Jack, the star athlete who wants to really know her but still feels guilty over the role he played the night Annas body was discovered. And not with Peekay, the preachers kid with a defiant streak who befriends Alex while they volunteer at an animal shelter. Not anyone. As their senior year unfolds, Alexs darker nature breaks out, setting these three teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.
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GondorGirl
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Three years ago Alex's sister was raped and murdered by a man who went free.

Three years ago Alex killed that man.

I expected this to hurt, but didn't expect it to hit me as hard as it did. Alex is a complicated heroine. Yes, she has violent tendencies. Yes, she flat out murdered a man. But I still spent the entire book cheering for her. In the end, I was left crying in the work bathroom, and this book will probably haunt me for a long time.

GondorGirl TW: animal violence, sexual assault, graphic physical violence, underage alcohol use. 2mo
That-Bookish-Hiker I didn‘t expect this book to pack a punch either but after reading it, it became one of my fav books. I love this book and Alex character. 2mo
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GondorGirl
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ChasingOm I loved this book. 2mo
GondorGirl @ChasingOm I finished it at work today and cried in the bathroom. It destroyed me. 2mo
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stuck.in.the.stacks
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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Today we are introducing a new feature called "Stocking the Stacks" in which we will be sharing the books we have acquired recently (be they physical, ebooks; ARCs or Backlist).

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2019/11/17/stocking-the-stacks-my-recent-book-haul/

Check out what Haley picked up recently and let us know about your own book hauls!

#bookhaul #newbooks #stackingtheshelves

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azulaco
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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Mehso-so

This was good in some ways, weak in others. I liked Alex‘s take-no-prisoners reaction to sexism - like wow, this girl is intense. Too intense to be believable, sometimes. I also liked how the girls in the book and some of the boys got woke to everyday sexism and misogyny, and banded together against it. But ultimately I found the characters shallow, and the motivations unbelievable, especially Alex. Worth a read but not outstanding.

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hes7
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Panpan

No, no, nope. This book is aimless and disturbingly ridiculous, and the “examination of rape culture” doesn‘t offer anything useful. There‘s a lot of love for this book, but I just don‘t get it. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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hermyknee
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Mehso-so

Trigger warnings: animal cruelty, rape, violence

This was a fast-paced, but very difficult book to read. Some of the scenes were too graphic for me and I had to skip over paragraphs. It has multiple perspectives, so there is strong character development throughout, but I don‘t really know how I felt about the characters at this point. It‘s a fast read & it‘s difficult to put down once you‘ve picked it up. However, it is a tough book.

2.5⭐️

JoScho Yeah I got this one from the library when it first came out and returned it without reading because of the animal cruelty-I just can‘t. 7mo
hermyknee @JoScho yes, it was almost a bail for me for that reason 7mo
hermyknee @JoScho okay. The writing was good, but I‘m changing my rating to a so-so because now that it‘s two days later I don‘t know if I‘m glad I read the book or deeply disturbed by it. I don‘t think I‘d recommend it to any of my students, so so-so. 7mo
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JoScho Good to know I‘m not missing anything. It sounded so good in theory. 7mo
That-Bookish-Hiker @hermyknee I must have blacked out the animal cruelty when I read it cause I don‘t remember it at all. 7mo
hermyknee @That-Bookish-Hiker I overcame it! It was a totally engrossing book so I‘m glad I had it on the airplane with me! 7mo
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hermyknee
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Started this one at the pool today! Thank you so much @That-Bookish-Hiker for sending it to me!! 💚

Soubhiville I liked this one a lot. Enjoy! 💚 7mo
That-Bookish-Hiker I hope you enjoy it as much I did! 7mo
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hermyknee
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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This is my pretty pile of #green books! #colormepretty @Sweetkokoro

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hermyknee
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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Cristal! You are such an amazing friend & I am so grateful we‘ve gotten to know each other! I can‘t wait to pull myself out of debt and come up to visit you again! Thank you thank you thank you for this sweet birthday gift! This Wednesday Addams Funko is perfect, I‘ve been needing a koozie for my #topochico and I‘m super excited to read this book - the cover is so badass. I really appreciate you so much, @That-Bookish-Hiker ♥️♥️♥️

That-Bookish-Hiker Yay! So happy you liked everything. 😊 8mo
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Robothugs
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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#downphoto Endless possibilities of fun downtime messages with this. 😹

Cinfhen This one gets my vote!!!!!! 9mo
ladym30 This photo is adorable❤️ 9mo
Robothugs @Cinfhen @ladym30 Thank you! This is one of my top favorite photos I have of her (her name: Kyte). 😻 It completely embodies her personality. Sassy meow 😹 (edited) 9mo
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JennyM Love it!!!! 9mo
ladym30 @Robothugs Pretty and sassy! Great combo😍 9mo
Purrfectpages Love this picture! 9mo
Robothugs @JennyM @Purrfectpages Thank you! ♥️😻 9mo
hermyknee This is such a cute picture!!! 8mo
Robothugs @hermyknee Thank you! ♥️ 8mo
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saheffernan
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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What an incredible book broaching subjects often talked about under the cover of darkness, or in a light that points fingers in all the wrong directions. This book is dark and scary but also so real because this is the world teenagers live in. To speak up or not speak up vigilante justice because technicalities or influence mean more than you as a person do.

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StellarDoc
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Boys will be boys. 😡

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knotmagick
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
Pickpick

This one was a gut punch, but in many ways it was exactly what I needed.

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Wow!!! I‘m not saying another word, bc it‘s best to go into this book not knowing anything. Powerful, highly recommend!

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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Starting this today💪🏽

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kellyann28
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This is between a pick and a so-so for me. It's a book about a girl that deals with men who are involved in rape culture. It was a bit slow to start out but the middle to end really takes off and is a good read. My opinion seems to be a little outside of the norm as this book is absolutely beloved on Litsy and GR.
✔: #pop19: Author with the same letter for first & last name

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kellyann28
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Tonight I'm choosing to read and be lazy instead of cleaning up my daughter's mess. For such a highly rated book on GR I'll admit I'm having a BIT of a tough time getting into this.

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HelloImJez
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This made me giggle!

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HelloImJez
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I've only just opened this book and the acknowledgments page has already hit so hard.

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HelloJennyReviews
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While I'm in Ohio I wanted to find a book that takes place here so VIOLA! This book is amazing and I hope everyone gets a chance to read it.
#book #books #halfpricebooks #ohio

Erinreadsthebooks So good!! 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 14mo
ProfReader Welcome to Litsy!! 14mo
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kellyann28
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Major book mail today! A couple going out as gifts, a couple for my #booked2019 and #pop19 challenge!

bullbunny I have the tagged book, been meaning to read it. Let me know how it is! 1y
kellyann28 @bullbunny Will do! It has been on my TBR for awhile so I'm excited to finally get to it. 1y
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Victoriahoperose
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Hi Group C! I‘m so excited to do this and see all the exciting books we share with each other. Here are a few I was thinking of for mine? Have you read any of these or do any stand out? I want to pick something that we all haven‘t read and want to read 😊 (I am very adaptable - so I can go back to the drawing board if we don‘t like these ones!) #lmpbc

whippoorwill815 I haven‘t read any of these! I would be cool with whatever you pick 😊 I will pretty much read anything ! 1y
Victoriahoperose @whippoorwill815 oh good I‘m glad these are new titles for you. They all look good. I don‘t know how I will choose 😂😂😂 1y
OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read any of these either, but if you‘d like a vote for one of them, I‘d say Vanishing Girls. But I‘d be cool with whatever the rest of the group thinks, or whichever you choose! 1y
Victoriahoperose @OriginalCyn620 I‘m digging that one too! It‘s been on my shelf forever begging to be read 😂😂😂 1y
cwarnier They all look great. 1y
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mandapants
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How was my book? GREAT. Fantastic writing. Compelling characters. I loved it. Picked out up without knowing anything about it cause I liked the title & cover...I was totally drawn to it. And it payed off!!

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LostAtTheLibrary
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This book was my first by Mindy McGinnis and I was blown away. I finished in 2 days! I like be how gritty and real the characters spoke and interacted, it wasn‘t forced or overwritten.
There were some pretty gruesome parts and at some points I had to physically put down the book to digest my feelings but isn‘t that what a great literary work does to you?
The message this books sends out about female sexualization at all ages is so important!

Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 2y
LostAtTheLibrary Thank you!!! Can‘t believe I never know a Haven for bookworms existed! 2y
RaimeyGallant Nice review. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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Eggs Welcome 🌸👋🏻 2y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 2y
Chelleo Welcome to Litsy! Here are direct links to #Litsytips: http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU. There‘s lots of fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! Check out @LitsyHappenings for details. 2y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍🏻📚 2y
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Sleepless_Aria
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Dear lord, this book.

Not only was it incredibly thought-provoking, witty, and well-written, it was a total takedown of the way our society is built around stereotypes and sexism.

Me to Alex throughout the whole book: PREACH. 🙌 YES GIRL. UR AMAZING. UR MY ANTI-HERO I LOVE YOU.

I loved this book.
I wanted to fricking cry at the end. T_T
Totally would recommend.

#thefemaleofthespecies #ya #mindymcginnis #contemporary #girlpower #theFEELS

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Hooked_on_books
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Alex‘s sister Anna was murdered years ago. She deals with this in an…unusual fashion. She also doesn‘t relate well to others until she is befriended by Claire and catches the eye of Jack. This is a dark, brutal novel that does not shy away from violence, murder, and sexual assault. It‘s riveting.

Erinreadsthebooks I love this book! 2y
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Kaylamburson
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This is an intense YA book. I didn‘t expect all of the gruesome graphic details that are in this revenge thriller. It‘s well-written minus a few times it switched tenses inexplicably. The book will make you question justice and vengeance, but it‘s also a story with a powerful friendship storyline. The relationship between Claire and Alex is one of my favorite aspects of this book.
Trigger warning: sexual abuse, murder

Soubhiville I loved this book. 2y
Erinreadsthebooks Great book! 2y
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jwashreads
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I didn't do so badly for May! 10 full books read (forgot to write down The Serpent's Secret), two finished, AND I've started (but not finished): The Crown of Embers, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Rat Queens! My favorite for May was definitely the tagged book! Such a moving atory about rape culture and a tormented sociopathic-leaning young girl. It was amazing!

Christine11 Nice! Your handwriting is lovely! 😊🌸💛 2y
jwashreads @Christine11 oh thank you!! I was much more careful writing this than I am anything else! 2y
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bullbunny
The Female of the Species | Mindy McGinnis
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I wanted to share a shot of a box of goodies i got, that i now took a picture of. Of a exchange way back in decemeber 😅

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MiyakoBunny
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5🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟This is how a YA book should actually 🤔nah-scratch that how a book 📖 should be written! This was a powerhouse of a novel & a feminist one at that. The Author‘s male & female dynamics were so on point. I was very much impressed and inspired throughout. I was shouting Yes! That‘s how it‘s done! Yes! Yes! Yes! Finally! Throughout this novel that‘s how impressive it was. 🙌🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😻

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MaggieCarr
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Mehso-so

Every middle American highschool has the same sterotypes. Add in a teenage vigilante, and you get the premise behind "The Female of the Species" in a town where everyone knows everyone and secrets aren't hidden well and everyone is waiting to leave for college.

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Bexicans
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Evening plans. I got the glass from the Library of Congress gift shop. I got the beer from the gas station. I got the book from the library. And, just so I include everyone: table is IKEA. Lol.

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GondorGirl
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Here's my haul from the #OhioanaBookFestival. The stack on the left is what I brought from home (and got signed!), and the three on the right are what I bought today. What a fun event!

#OhioMeetup

Deidre-Dee-OfficialBookworm Oh wow! These look really good. 📚😁 2y
Reviewsbylola Nice haul!! I almost got The Summer That Melted Everything But I was trying to be good. 😎 2y
GondorGirl @Reviewsbylola The author made a silly face at me, so I had to stop and check out her book... and it sounded REALLY good! 2y
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Mdargusch It was fun to meet you today! 2y
Chelleo Great list of titles here! 2y
emilyhaldi Nice!!! Great meeting you 😄 I loved this book 2y
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ShidotheCat
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Incredibly unusual and dark as all hell.

Trigger warnings for mentions of rape and assault and lots of murder.

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ShidotheCat
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Here we go! Book one of my library book haul!!! So excited!

#thefemaleofthespecies #mindymcginnis

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Soubhiville
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Wow. I was drawn into this fast and hard, and it was great. It‘s about rape culture, and while it‘s about high school students it‘s definitely not YA. It‘s brutal. It‘s a gut punch. It‘s going to take a while to process. I would recommend it, with the obvious trigger warnings. There is also some animal death, in a farm setting.

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Soubhiville
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Now that‘s a killer first line! I‘m a few chapters in and enjoying this. Seems like it‘ll be a quick read.

kaykay521 Loved this book! 😊 2y
RaimeyGallant I love how-tos. ;) 2y
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MartinaLove
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4/5 ⭐

Sometimes you read a book that will stick with you forever. You read about characters that you will think about everyday, a story that makes you sad. I have read a few of these books and The Female Of The Species just became on of them.

A though, sad, heartbroken and an unforgetable story.
It was a hard one to read but I believe it's a story that needs to be read by everyone.

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MartinaLove
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I don't know which one to read first. The struggle is real. Lol 🦊🐘🐹🐈🐕🐷🦌🐐🐓
Which one do you suggest I read first?

Notafraidofwords I read both. I say Jones ! 2y
MartinaLove @Notafraidofwords Thank you for your suggestion! :) That book sound like a really good read! 📖 2y
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Booksnchill
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@kamoorephoto your book is winging its way back to you- its final voyage! Thanks to my great fellow #SkulliEs and my #LMPBC- loved this ride with you all! @Alicia @SkeletonKey

kamoorephoto I‘m going to cry when I finally get it back!!! 😭 @Booksnchill @SkeletonKey @Alicia @suvata 2y
Booksnchill @kamoorephoto you have lots of notes to read!! 2y
SkeletonKey 😭 2y
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Kleonard
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What an engrossing novel. Rape culture gets a dark examination through this lens.

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Booksnchill
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@SkeletonKey received the final book for the #SkulliEs- bittersweet but goodness- so many notes- cannot wait to have a “conversation” with everyone through their notes! @kamoorephoto lovely booksleeve and a great idea for keeping it all safe through the mail! @Alicia

SkeletonKey Hope you enjoy!! I‘m sad we‘ve come to the end too. 2y
Alicia Yay!!!! Such a bittersweet ending! This was such a fun journey! 2y
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kamoorephoto @SkeletonKey @Alicia @Booksnchill Can we all go get coffee now or a drink??? 😭 2y
Booksnchill @kamoorephoto @SkeletonKey @Alicia 🥃🍷🍺🍹🍸🍾🎉📚💀💀💀💀 2y
Alicia @kamoorephoto my best friend actually lives in Seattle so I go there at least once a year!!! 🤔📚 2y
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Mccartershanon
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Stunning. See my spoiler free review here: https://youtu.be/NS8CKOuQiqs 💕📚

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SkeletonKey
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I‘m almost done with this, @Booksnchill !! Prepare yourself for a wild ride 😮

#skullies @kamoorephoto @Alicia @suvata #markup

Booksnchill I have been- I read some reviews!🤪 2y
Alicia I‘m still almost done with Loving Day too!!!! This past month has been so insane! I haven‘t even had time to be on Litsy much!! 😢😢 2y
SkeletonKey @Booksnchill - Should be able to get it to the post office on Wednesday!! @Alicia - No worries! Hope things calm down soon though ☹️ 2y
Booksnchill 👍👍👍 2y
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StaceyKondla
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I may have gone a bit crazy with Book Outlet again 😬😬😬

tomes4gnomes The struggle is real. Temptation, thy name is Book Outlet! 2y
StaceyKondla @tomes4gnomes - indeed! My addiction! 2y
hes7 I think it's inevitable. Too many great deals! 2y
CouronneDhiver Story of my life 2y
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MartinaLove
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My TBR pile for the 24in48 hours readathon this weekend. 📚📖 It's ambitious, but they are short books. 😄
If you want to participate you can search them @24in48 and click on the link to sign yourself up. 😁

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Allison3
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Mehso-so

This book was heavy and sort of hard to relate with personally but I finished the book within the day. This book dealt with sexual abuse, rape, murder, mental illness and finding who we are. I found it challenging to read some of the time but enriching all the same.

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Beachesnbooks
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#boutofbooks wrap-up! I finished 4 books and read from two others. It was a great start to kick off my reading year 😄

RealLifeReading Nicely done! 2y
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