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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag @Scochrane26 so glad to have met you here!!
March 2016!
My friend Tim told me about Litsy. He‘s an irl friend who knew I was a big reader and I am forever grateful!
Waaaayyy more!
@Cinfhen “Two Sally Rooney‘s!!” 🤣 Definitely contemporary/literary fiction and all types of nonfiction and forever grateful to @LitHousewife for getting me into audiobooks!
Shout out to #botmchallenge 2017 @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi and @L_auren 👇🏻

Megabooks I just want to say how much all of you, whether I‘ve known you 3.5 years or 3.5 months, mean to me, especially now. This community we continue to build doesn‘t exist other places and I want to say Thank You to you all!! 🍾🥂 3w
Eggs Thank you to you as well — hope all is well with you 💕🌺 3w
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LauraBeth 😘 3w
Reviewsbylola BOTM challenge was the best ever!!! 3w
Megabooks @Eggs Thanks Sherri! Just excited for surgery on Monday! 3w
Megabooks @LauraBeth Back at ya and the fur kids! 😘 3w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola We definitely did the best year, that‘s for sure!! 3w
Eggs Oh Meg I‘ll pray for you and hold you in my heart and hope your surgery goes well. I know it‘s been a long road 🌺🌺 3w
Megabooks @Eggs Thank you so much! I appreciate it 💜🥰💜 I‘m just excited to start my recovery! 3w
Cinfhen Oh WOW!!! You are literally THE #OGofLitsy along with @liberty !!!!!!! March was inception/ I showed up in April 😜 and yes!!! #TwoSallyRooneys 😘 3w
Megabooks @Cinfhen I was the end of March so we‘re probably within a week or two of each other! I was on book Twitter all the time before Litsy and my friend that told me about here works for Twitter, so that kind of backfired lol! 🤪 Your emails had me smiling all morning yesterday. Thank you!! 🥰🥰😘 3w
LeahBergen 😘😘😘 3w
Megabooks @LeahBergen 🥰🥰😘 3w
Cinfhen And yours had me smiling all night 😉 3w
emilyhaldi Wow I had no idea you were an OG of Litsy!! 🙌🏻 Its been great getting to know you here 😄❤️ 3w
Megabooks @emilyhaldi Same here!!! 🥰😁😁 2w
Megabooks @L_auren I need a post on Instagram! What have you been reading? Any 5⭐️s? 2w
L_auren @Megabooks Remind me why we‘re not connected on goodreads?? I‘ve only had 5 5-stars this year but just had two. The End of Loneliness, and Goodbye to All That (Botton) goodreads the only place I‘ve been keeping up to date!! Just got back from honeymoon (married 10/4) so my Instagram has been neglected. It will be mass updated soon though!! I miss it 2w
Megabooks @L_auren because I‘m not on goodreads!! 😂😂 congratulations!!! 🍾 🎉🥂 best wishes for many happy years together!! I hope you had fun! Where did you go? I‘ll have to look up those two books. 👍🏻 2w
L_auren @Megabooks oh yeah!! Thank you so much 😊 We went to Iceland, Sweden, and the Azores (off Portugal). Big trip and lots of fun! 2w
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@Reviewsbylola and @emilyhaldi I thought we were bad with our three accounts a piece in 2017, but this definitely puts my collection to shame!! #botm #botmchallenge

📷 bluestockingbookshelf on Instagram

Copwithabook Ooo I‘m jealous. I‘ve got a small obsession with BOTM 2mo
Reviewsbylola This could be me if I didn‘t purge all of my BOTM. It was taking over my very limited shelf space! 2mo
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Megabooks @Reviewsbylola You purge your BOTM?!? Steph, that‘s totally sacrelig! 🤪🤪 (edited) 2mo
8little_paws I purge my BOTM if I've read it and didn't really like it (it happens occasionally!) 2mo
Megabooks @8little_paws I should probably purge more often. I did in grad school. I‘d basically sell books to be able to buy books! 🤣 it didn‘t hurt that there‘s an awesome used bookstore in Knoxville. 2mo
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DebinHawaii
The Possessions | Sara Flannery Murphy
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#LilithJuly
"And I would be the one
To hold you down
Kiss you so hard
I'll take your breath away
And after I'd wipe away the tears
Just close your eyes dear"

It might be a bit of an obvious choice with the title, but this is the first book I thought of for #Possession. I love the cover. Although many didn't like this book & I didn't love it, I did appreciate the unique premise & its bleak beauty & somewhat dystopian vibe.??

KarenUK Such a good cover 😍 4mo
Megabooks This was a surprise pick for me in the #botmchallenge! 4mo
Cinfhen I remember when this was a #BOTM selection!! It‘s one I passed on but the cover is still memorable 💄 4mo
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This book was originally part of #botmchallenge 2017, and ever since then, I didn‘t feel like I gave it a proper shot. So now I‘m going to try it or #indigenousauthor for #booked2019. I‘m feeling a little dystopian. 🤞🏻🤞🏻 I like this cover more than the creepy sonogram!

Reviewsbylola God speed my friend. 😆 I bailed. I really wanted to like it. I thought the synopsis was cool and Erdrich is a good writer. But I think she needs to stay away from dystopian. 5mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I bailed too, but somehow I remember it being a BS reason, like a book I was waiting for came in at the library? Idk. I‘m going to give it another try! 🤔 5mo
4thhouseontheleft I really like Louise Erdrich, but I‘ve never heard of this one! (edited) 5mo
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emilyhaldi Curious to see if you like this better now that you're not drowing in the #botmchallenge 😅 5mo
Megabooks @4thhouseontheleft it came out in 2017. I just don‘t remember it well, but it seems like a big departure from what she usually writes about. 5mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi I look back on that year, I don‘t know how I read so much. I was reading 20 books a month. I don‘t think I ever turned on the TV! 5mo
L_auren LOVED THIS ONE 5mo
Megabooks @L_auren Awesome! Maybe I will, too! 5mo
Cinfhen I think I want to try this one again. I bailed the first time 5mo
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Pickpick

I wanted this book to be beautiful. I remembered it as beautiful. But it‘s messy because life as an addict and life with an addict is chaos.

I was not a fan of My 600 lb Life when I first read this for the #botmchallenge, but Greg and GJ‘s lives mirror so many parent-child relationships you see on that show. Sometimes I can‘t bear to watch people fall deeper into their addictions and dysfunction, though.

#BFC #BookFitnessChallenge Book 2/8

L_auren I liked this book. I also used to like My 600 Lb Life but after a while it bummed me out too much 6mo
Megabooks @L_auren This season has been especially horrible. I don‘t know if I can keep watching. 6mo
Bookwormjillk Yikes, sounds troubling. Good work on the challenge though. 6mo
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wanderinglynn I watched an episode, but it‘s not my show at all. But yay for you for getting another book done for #BFC! 🙌🏻 6mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk It‘s a hard read. I read it so differently each time. It‘s really heartbreaking. 6mo
Megabooks @wanderinglynn Thanks. I enjoyed the first 4-5 seasons of 600 lb because Dr. Now was so much more positive, but he yells so much, and there‘s this terrible counselor that just has them talk about painful stuff and doesn‘t seem to follow up. I looked her up through the licensing board in Texas, and I had never heard of either of the schools she went to. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
Megabooks @Bookwormjillk Thank you re: the challenge!! 😁 You, too @wanderinglynn 😁👍🏻 6mo
Caterina Sounds like a tough read! Good job getting 1/4 of the way there with your book goals! 6mo
Megabooks @Caterina Thank you! I‘m so glad you‘re feeling well enough to go walking! Good day! 😊💙👍🏻 6mo
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Pickpick

This was a great choice for a #BOTMchallenge reread. I fully blame @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola and @emilyhaldi for my newfound true crime addiction!

C‘mon please Accommack County, #gimmeshelter! So many old, deserted places were burned down by Charlie and Tonya, including the Whispering Pines resort, pictured. It‘s great that no one died, but I really feel for the volunteer firefighters called out night after night during the arson spree. 4⭐️

Mdargusch I 🖤 true crime! This one had me googling and stalking on FB! 6mo
emilyhaldi I‘m due for a good true crime read!!! The best! 6mo
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Megabooks @emilyhaldi Try this one. Cindy recommended it, and I‘m enjoying it. 6mo
Megabooks @Mdargusch oooo...find anything juicy?? I‘m not on fb. This is a really fascinating book!! 6mo
Cinfhen I just requested a whole slew of new True Crime books from NetGalley 😬 @emilyhaldi @Megabooks so far I‘ve been approved for 6mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Someday I‘m going to get on Net Galley! It sounds fun! (edited) 6mo
EadieB @cinfhen @megabooks @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch
I just requested this month from LibraryThing this true crime book to review:
Trace: Who Killed Maria James? by Brown, Rachael
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Mdargusch Sounds good @cinched. I‘ll be waiting for your review. 6mo
Mdargusch I will be waiting for your review too @EadieB 6mo
EadieB @Mdargusch Gotta wait for it to come in the mail so might be awhile! 6mo
Reviewsbylola True crime rocks! And could their pictures be any creepier?! Holy hell! 😣 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I know! I don‘t know which is worse, the Halloween picture or the mugshots? That is some eyeliner!!!! 6mo
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Final Girls | Riley Sager
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Looking at the #Clues in another #BOTMchallenge book...I went back and listened a second time CAREFULLY to this book. There was only one clue as to who the killer was. That frustrated me. I like books that lead you along, not ones that come up with wacky endings.

I could say the same about Before the Fall as well. Just a bunch of silly red herrings! Sigh.

Gimme some #Clues! #StarTrekSummerMay

Jinster This a thousand times! There is no point to a story if it doesn't provide information. 6mo
emilyhaldi Yeah, this book didn‘t do it for me. Especially after all the hype! 6mo
Megabooks @Jinster Yaaasss! Agree!! 6mo
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Megabooks @emilyhaldi The blurb from King on the front. Seriously?!? 6mo
Reviewsbylola That‘s so interesting. I remember being blown away by the ending of this one but I completely agree with you. With a good thriller, I would expect to be able to go back and connect the dots on a reread. 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola The only clue was Coop‘s ring being in a picture in the first final girl‘s house. The sorority girl. That‘s it. Smh. 6mo
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#ThrowbackSaturday #HowFarIllGo #botmchallenge #MayMovieMagic

Oh, Emily, Steph, and Lauren, look what I checked out!! This one of my favorite nonfictions from 2017!

The prompt works because of how far we went reading all 60 #botm back then. It was fun. 😁👍🏻😁 Also, how far will these arsonists go! Six fires in one night with only volunteer fire departments. Just the whole story is crazy!

Reviewsbylola Tonya is one crazy bitch! 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola if I could put a truth sticker here, I would! 6mo
Cinfhen Was this one of your firsts?!?!!?? Such a crazy story 6mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen it was one of my first true crime books! 6mo
emilyhaldi I still can‘t believe we were crazy enough to do that challenge 😜 6mo
Megabooks @emilyhaldi Lol! I don‘t think I‘d do it again, but I‘m glad I did it once. Kinda like reaching the summit of Everest. 😂😂 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola I had totally forgotten about the “club clothes” store she ran out Charlie‘s shop and that all she wore was panties and a bra to the bar one night!! 😳😳😳 6mo
L_auren @emilyhaldi @Megabooks @reviewsbylola I think that was the best year of books of BOTM thankfully!!! But never again! 6mo
emilyhaldi So true!!! @L_auren this year or last, I probably would have had to quit the challenge based on the BOTM choices 😜 6mo
Megabooks @L_auren @emilyhaldi @Reviewsbylola 16-17 were definitely the best years. I stopped last year because a) the books sucked, and b) the bindings were super cheap! I‘m back to reading more ebooks now, so I don‘t think it‘s worth the expense, even though I like getting packages! 😉 6mo
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The Sisters Chase | Sarah Healy
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As far as #BOTM picks, this one was pretty mediocre. Not bad, also not a favorite. It instantly sprang to mind though when I saw today‘s #maymoviemagic prompt, #behindthewheel.

Mary and Hannah are two sisters set adrift, driving across the country to try to find a place to put down roots after their mother does in a car crash.

Cinfhen This is one I did not read. There were a lot of mediocre titles that year you took the #BOTMchallenge🙄 6mo
rohit-sawant Nice pick! 6mo
Reviewsbylola They‘ve gotten even more mediocre imo. 😆 @Cinfhen 6mo
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gradcat Good pick, funny convo....bitter Betty? 😂 6mo
Reviewsbylola I‘ve nicknamed myself Bitter Betty in regard to my newfound dislike of BOTM. 😆 @gradcat 6mo
Megabooks I agree about it being mediocre, but I barely remember it. @Cinfhen There were generally 1-2/5 so-sos or pans for me a month, but I‘m still so glad I did it! 6mo
Reviewsbylola Me too! @Megabooks I think we picked a great year to do it. I wouldn‘t be nearly as enthusiastic now. 6mo
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola That‘s a definite negatory! It‘s better than last year but not as good as 16-17!! 6mo
gradcat @Reviewsbylola Love it! 😍 6mo
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