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This is a reminder that the July #LiteraryCrew #BuddyRead for July is the tagged book. Tagging those who have expressed interest in joining. Open to everyone - if you‘re also interested, comment below!

We‘re a low key group that reads the title throughout the month, and I post discussion questions at the end of the month. I‘ll also post checkins periodically.

CoffeeNBooks I have a copy of this on my bookshelf, so I'm going to try to join you all in reading this. 4d
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JuniperWilde I read this last yr and liked it a lot. SMK is an exceptional writer. I love her nonfiction writing. She isn‘t afraid to stand up to the forces that try to hold women down. 4d
Librarybelle @JuniperWilde I have heard so many good things about this one, and one of my friends loved this book! 4d
Jerdencon I read this years ago - it was a great book‘ I‘ll def join in the discussion! 4d
Librarybelle Sounds great, @Jerdencon ! 4d
PurpleyPumpkin I've had this on my shelf for years! About time I got around to reading it. 🙌🏽 2d
Librarybelle Yay, @PurpleyPumpkin ! So glad you can join in again!! 2d
JuniperWilde @Librarybelle it‘s reminds me of Nightingale and the Alice Network. But she has her own style of writing that is so compelling and layered with strength and humility. 2d
Librarybelle @JuniperWilde A wonderful review…thank you for sharing your thoughts! A friend of mine thought this was such an excellent book. 2d
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Yet again, I‘m late to the #buddyread party😂🤦‍♀️but better late than never. I loved reading everyone‘s comments from Sunday!
For a romance to be successful, all I need is 3 simple things to be right…Am I rooting for the couple to be together? Is the chemistry/banter great? And are the supporting characters fun and/or interesting? And this was a yes, yes and yes! An enjoyable read, perfect for summer. #summerheat
#pop2022 #romancebyabipocauthor

squirrelbrain Fab review! 6d
BarbaraBB So true! 6d
Christine I love your criteria! 6d
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Would anyone be interested in a monthly #buddyread or a #bookclub with discussion about #lgbtq books? I lean toward f/f or enby rep but we could all decide a book together and read it together!
I have a list of books on my TBR I'd like to get to, and if you do too, maybe we can work something out :D

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Would anyone be interested in a monthly #buddyread or a #bookclub with discussion about #lgbtq books? I lean toward f/f or enby rep but we could all decide a book together and read it together!
I have a list of books on my TBR I'd like to get to, and if you do too, maybe we can work something out :D

PageShifter I'm interested 1w
PuddleJumper I'd be interested 1w
ozma.of.oz Oh absolutely! 1w
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BkClubCare Maybe? Only because I sign up for more than I can ever participate in but I would appreciate being included. 1w
MoonWitch94 Me 🙌🏻 1w
kaysworld1 Yes count me in 📚 1w
TheBookWitchON I'm interested. 1w
Kenyazero Yes! 1w
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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My current buddy read, an enjoyable and my first adult fantasy read. Morally gray characters here I come 🥲
#hollyblack #bookofthenight #fantasy #charliehall #posiehall #mystery #juneread #mondayread #buddyread

Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Loved this! 🔥 There‘s just something about a teenage connection, drifting apart, and then exploring that again years later. That always gets me in the feels! I‘m not a big romance person or reader but Shane and Eva had me feeling alllll mushy…so intense! A great read to kick off the summer!

#SummerHeat #BuddyRead
Thanks for hosting!

Cinfhen I‘m glad you enjoyed this one…jump over to discussion @BarbaraBB page when you get a chance 💗💗💗 1w
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Lisey's Story: A Novel | Stephen Book
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Have you ever looked under the dust jacket of this one? Crazy! I‘m starting today, reading roughly 20 pages a day, although I always finish out the chapter! I‘ve never seen any other cover, so if you have one that‘s different, be sure and tag me so I can see it! #LosersClub #StephenKing #StephenKingInOrder #KingFromTheBeginning #ConstantReader #ReadAlong #BuddyRead #BookDiscussion #ghosthostpost

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Addison_Reads I've always loved the artwork under the dust jacket. 💚 1w
tpixie Wow this is gorgeous!! That‘s such a nice surprise. That‘s one of the reasons I don‘t like hardbacks as much as paperbacks- because once you take the paper cover off , usually the book itself is boring. 1w
BarkingMadRun @tpixie yes! Usually some dark color underneath with no personality 1w
BookwormAHN Wow 🖤 1w
KathyWheeler That‘s lovely. I don‘t have a hardback copy. Mine was an Advanced Reader‘s Copy that I got at the American Library Association conference before the book was released. 1w
BarkingMadRun @KathyWheeler that‘s so cool! 1w
Sparklemn Lovely! 💛 1w
ErinSueMreads It's easily the wildest book on my shelf! 5d
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Final question! #summerheat #buddyread

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TheLudicReader I would call those seven high school days ridiculous. I wanted to be all in on their adult relationship but it was hard to really buy into it once I knew that they spend that week drunk and high and/or passed out/asleep. So, they trauma bonded. Can you build a healthy relationship on that? 1w
Cinfhen Yessssss @TheLudicReader this is where the book lost me. It was NEVER romance or love they shared in HS. That was a very unhealthy situation involving tons of questionable activities and decisions. It bothered me that it was written as if they have this “great love” - 1w
TheBookHippie Romantic no. Forming a lasting memory I can believe. I can even believe the attraction then and now. 1w
TheLudicReader @Cinfhen and, really, this book tries to be more than the sum of its parts…but the parts are so clunky that it was just a ultimately a trashy read and, honestly, I didn‘t think that was what I was getting when I started to read. 😢 1w
BarbaraBB They were very vulnerable at the time and harmed by circumstances. I didn‘t think it was romance but - call me a romantic 🥰 - I like to think their trust and mutual respect at the time built a foundation which they both held close for the years to come. When they met again it was clear at once 💕 1w
TrishB I didn‘t think that was romance, dependence and vulnerability maybe but not healthy. 1w
TheBookHippie @BarbaraBB I can believe romance now after having that experience and being attracted to one another then and now again and giving it a go. Life is messy. White horse man saves woman is more far fetched to me than this story. 1w
Cinfhen An attraction, obsession, lasting memory -YES, YES, YES but a great love, romance?!?? NO!! I understand they were both coming from a vulnerable place @BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie and yes, when you‘re 15/16 these events will affect you deep into your adult years. So I guess I was rooting for them 1w
TheBookHippie @Cinfhen I know a couple like this 14 & 16 had kid one, both come from massive trauma -massive, they‘re 30 & 32 now married- a success story. Out of the 314 teen moms I mentored -this is the only one still with her love. 1w
peaknit I think it was a pivotal moment in their lives and somehow was responsible for their success. I would not call it romance. It was the start of their recovery in some sense, sadly they almost missed one another and it clearly impacted them deeply. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s so sad @TheBookHippie so are you saying massive trauma tears you apart or holds you together?!?! 1w
Cinfhen Ahh, I like your take on the relationship @peaknit “it was the start of their recovery” I can buy that!! 1w
jenniferw88 I agree with @peaknit 1w
DGRachel I agree with @peaknit 💯 here. What they had in high school was definitely not romantic, but I love the idea that it was the impetus for individual healing. I also loved that they didn‘t fix each other. They did the work on their own and could come together as people who had grown. 1w
Megabooks @TrishB 💯💯 agree with you! Same with you @Cinfhen !! 1w
Megabooks @peaknit I can see what you‘re saying. There‘s something to having a history with people going back to childhood or adolescence. There are pivotal moments in growing up that can‘t be recreated with someone you meet at 30. 1w
peaknit @DGRachel YES, this. That they healed on their own, found success and came back together with a new story to tell, thank you for mentioning that. I think it is really why this relationship could have a future perhaps (in my imagination anyways lol) (edited) 1w
vlwelser Not sure I buy that it was romantic. But something about that bond seemed to change them both for the better. Like the first time they felt cared about or something. Maybe I'm reading into it too much. 1w
DebinHawaii I agree with @peaknit the start of recovery & maybe finding your “person” only to have it ripped away but not romance/romantic. I was more into the present day scenes than the past. 1w
Bookwormjillk My kid just turned 14 so I had trouble with this part honestly. I only half listened 🙈🙉 1w
BookwormAHN As an adult their hs relationship was definitely not romantic but I can see how to extremely screwed up teenagers could consider it one. I did like their relationship now and seeing how they are handling their demons. 1w
AnneCecilie No, I don‘t find their seven days in HS romantic, but I really like @peaknit way of looking at those days. 1w
BooksNBowls When you‘re in a traumatic situation or circumstance with someone I think it‘s easy to confuse love with something else. Like survival, codependency, lust even. They both needed each other right then, for whatever reason. I definitely preferred their adult chemistry and was happy they were managing to have a healthy relationship with each other. 1w
CarolynM My main problem with the book was that it told us there was an almost instant connection between them & that it magically reappeared the minute they set eyes on each other again. I don‘t believe that. I need to be shown the growing connection as the couple get to know each other. 1w
Chelsea.Poole I‘m surprised at myself but I was all in with their early relationship. I think because I had such an impactful first love that was also rocky, it brought up some things for me. Though there was no trauma at home for us, I can imagine that would make those teenage feelings so much more intense. @vlwelser I think you‘re onto something. *Feeling cared for* 1w
Cinfhen I absolutely agree @BooksNBowls @BookwormAHN @AnneCecilie @Chelsea.Poole that such an INTENSE experience as a teen has a much greater impact moving forward and though that relationship wasn‘t healthy it did connect Shane & Eva to each other. I was glad to see them reunited but like @CarolynM it was a bit too insta. I do think their adult relationship felt more stable. 1w
Cinfhen Honestly who hasn‘t fantasized about being reunited with their HS “love”??? 1w
BarbaraBB @BooksNBowls Very well said! 1w
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen right!? Though most of us can see our High school/first loves won‘t work out in relationships as adults, it‘s an irresistible idea and why this book worked well, for me at least. 1w
Vansa My replies are all super late!I didn't find their relationship,either in school or as adults romantic at all,really.Unhealthy codependency and lust when they were young,and as adults I have no idea why they're even attracted to each other-the characters really need therapy to figure out why they haven't grown up.Completely agree with @TheLudicReader,it was a trashy read!Badly needed editing.Also,the writer really doesn't like working class people! 1w
Cinfhen I think there‘s a good argument for both sides of this book, between those who loved it and those like @Vansa who had a more difficult accepting Shane & Eva as destined lovers. I feel somewhere in between. Which is why this was a so-so read for me. (Not a book I‘d recommend) 1w
BarbaraBB @Vansa What made you think that? I have forgotten a lot already about the book but can‘t remember she dislikes working class? 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Their week in high school was not romantic. It was a connection (& perhaps attraction) that they both longed for at that time. It may have led to them healing & becoming better versions of themselves, then romanticizing their time together. As adults, I think they've alienated themselves from others & may feel the pull for now, but I don't see this as a full, healthy HEA. @Cinfhen Thanks to FB, I don't need to see my HS love. I'll pass. 😉 1w
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 hilarious @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick !!!!!!! I‘m not on FB but I feel like I may need to do some stalking 👀😂🙌🏻 thanks for joining us!!! 1w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Question 4 of 5. #summerheat #buddyread

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TheLudicReader Nothing. 🙄 1w
Cinfhen Haha @TheLudicReader I agree, it was just another plot device but I think people who suffer from migraines or have other hidden illnesses would probably say the author did a good job of describing that debilitating pain. 1w
TheLudicReader @Cinfhen you know how you can see all the moving parts of something, this book was like that for me. 1w
TheBookHippie I think it was wonderful to see this. It‘s good to see yourself in a book especially something that is so hard to describe to people. I think it helped form who she is and understand her drive. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I admit I almost felt the pain. But I also agree with @TheLudicReader that it didn‘t add much to the story 1w
Cinfhen I think the author threw A LOT of hot button topics into the pot and just stirred it all up @TheLudicReader @BarbaraBB @TheBookHippie 1w
TrishB I never got the relevance to the story really. But was good to have a character trying to cope with such issues. 1w
peaknit I think it may have provided a “good reason” to self medicate as a teen which somehow justified the drug use more than just being an addict? Her issues felt possibly like fibromyalgia and possibly added mental health issues as she was an adult and trying to do all of the things she felt she was expected to do. 1w
DGRachel As someone with chronic migraines, I absolutely loved this element to the book. I think the author did an excellent job of showing the struggles of living with a debilitating but invisible illness and she did it respectfully. I appreciated that so much. 1w
TheLudicReader I think I read in the notes that the author herself suffers from debilitating migraines. 1w
vlwelser There was a lot going on in this book. I think the author was also making a point here. But it adds to the character and makes her more real. 1w
DebinHawaii It might have not been necessary but It made me feel for Eva & for Audre. I think it was good for putting a spotlight on chronic pain & invisible disabilities & the fact that we really don‘t know what many people face everyday because we don‘t see it. 1w
Cinfhen That‘s so true @DebinHawaii I never thought about how her invisible disability effected Audre 1w
BookwormAHN Me and my Mother both suffer from migraines. My Mother's are the chronic kind fortunately mind aren't but they are still nasty and made Eva's very relatable. 1w
BooksNBowls I think the purpose was to give Eva more depth, explain why she got so bad off on the drugs. My mom has rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. It has crippled and blinded her. It‘s absolutely awful. I get bad headaches as well, nothing like what she experiences in the story, but I found myself relating to her a lot. Her feelings, her raw thoughts in the midst of an episode. Maybe Tia wanted to make her relatable to the readers. 1w
Chelsea.Poole Yes, @TheLudicReader I believe the author deals with migraines as well. I thought it added more dimension as @vlwelser mentioned. 1w
BarbaraBB @DebinHawaii You are right, and I think it added to their relationship like @BookwormAHN and @BooksNBowls point out too. I didn‘t think of it that way. Thank you all. 1w
Vansa This was the only bit about the book I liked-Im all for more authentic migraine rep.It disproportionately affects women(which might explain the lack of research into treatment),its easy to dismiss but for the sufferer it's terrible.I get migraines too but not as bad as the ones she gets,luckily.However, people are generally sympathetic-in the beginning of the book,why doesn't she just tell her fans she's suffering??Instead of scoffing at them?(1/2 1w
Vansa (2/2)she's so contemptuous of her fans,calling them pathetic silly women,and that's so strange!Why is she so snooty about what she writes? 1w
Cinfhen Good point @Vansa she definitely had a bad attitude towards her fans 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Clearly the invisible illness is one of two driving forces in Eva's life, so her addiction, parenting style, business interactions...it's all affected by that. I appreciated that the author shed some light on an invisible disease since I don't have direct experience with it, but like @Cinfhen said, it feels like too many ingredients in one pot. @Vansa YES! Those silly fans allow her to live a comfortable life & support her daughter. 1w
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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Question 3 of 5. #summerheat #buddyread

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jenniferw88 Yes, but I was relieved when she changed directors etc! Should have been produced by poc in the first place! 1w
BarbaraBB @jenniferw88 I was so relieved when she did. I felt for Eva because she didn‘t really have a choice and had to go along with that stupid idea. 1w
TheLudicReader I think she‘d been sold a bill of goods about how the movie wouldn‘t find an audience if it featured poc actors. Geesh, has no one been watching Bridgerton? 1w
TheBookHippie @jenniferw88 I so agree with you. 1w
TheBookHippie I think this happens so often and it‘s so damaging to everyone. 1w
TrishB @TheLudicReader or Hamilton! 1w
peaknit Sadly. I understand it, and recognize she was also in a tough spot feeling writers block for the future but wanting to provide well for her daughter. She was willing to sacrifice her autonomy for that. I was happy she gained confidence as she allowed herself to be vulnerable with Shane, and ultimately not just place nice. 1w
Cinfhen OMG!! Exactly @TrishB @TheLudicReader @jenniferw88 @TheBookHippie but I can appreciate how badly Eva wanted her book to be turned into a movie that she was willing to whitewash the characters. I‘m sure it‘s very frustrating for POC to have to see so many characters portrayed only one way/ one color. That‘s definitely the beauty of Hamilton and Bridgerton 1w
DGRachel What they all said.⬆️ 😂 (Sorry I‘m late to the party - I took a nap) 1w
Cinfhen Welcome @DGRachel hope you had a good nap 😘 1w
DebinHawaii I agree—I understand & sympathize with the choice that Eva felt she had to make to get her movie made & was glad Cece came through & got it where it needed to be. I think things have gotten slightly better in the whitewashing with Hamilton, Bridgerton & Jordan Peele with his horror movies but it is definitely still a problem. 1w
vlwelser I think the author was definitely making a point here and message definitely received. The whole idea of it was ridiculous. But you also get the other side with the author/artist tempted by a lot of money and what that brings with it. 1w
Bookwormjillk Like so many others I understand, but am glad she ultimately went another way. 1w
BookwormAHN Okay, so I also get why she played nice but I would have lost my 🤬 mind. 1w
AnneCecilie I can understand Eve and her wish to reach as many as possible with the movie and not be seen as niche. But I‘m glad she didn‘t and found people to make the movie that will be true to her books. 1w
BooksNBowls I think since POC don‘t get as many opportunities, people expect them to just be grateful for what they get and many may actually feel like that themselves and compromise to achieve their “dream” still. Like maybe they feel it‘s better than failing completely. Also once Hollywood deems you “difficult to work for” it‘s really hard to recover from that, especially POC. I‘m glad she touched on this controversial topic. 1w
Chelsea.Poole So difficult, and this book does a great job of showing this issue. Of course authors want their work portrayed on screen in the way they originally imagine it but also want to make money and have a hit. It‘s so wrong that the business churns out whitewashed films. But like others have mentioned above, some recent hits have shown that there‘s hope for change. 1w
Cinfhen Again, agreed @BooksNBowls @Chelsea.Poole @AnneCecilie @BookwormAHN @Bookwormjillk @vlwelser @DebinHawaii another example of how this author added depth to the story. It‘s an unfortunate occurrence that up until recently wasn‘t being addressed. Eva was in a tough spot. 1w
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen After reading all the comments I realize too there‘s much more depth to the story than I gave it credit for. 1w
vlwelser @BarbaraBB @Cinfhen She covers a lot of ground for a book that's labelled as "romance". I like that she packed all of this stuff into a normal sized book. 1w
vlwelser And thank you 2 for hosting and picking this book that I maybe wouldn't have read otherwise. 1w
Cinfhen Thanks so much for joining us @vlwelser we enjoyed hearing your thoughts and ideas 💕 1w
Vansa @vlwelser you know,that's quite unfair to romance novels,a lot of them have depth,and cover issues.Beverly Jenkins,Jasmine Guillory,or Courtney Milan as well-one of her heroines has a mother who's a political refugee because of her belief in Falun Gong.ive even read Harlequin category romances where the protagonist was an amputee who's leading her life perfectly well.I would actually say that this book is a lot shallower than most romance novels. 1w
Cinfhen I don‘t think @vlwelser was disparaging “romance” novels @Vansa unfortunately romance novels seem to get an unfair rap and I think a lot of us readers were expecting a “lite” read and this book tackled some heavier topics. I‘m glad to hear that romance novels are tackling more serious topics than the old school dime store paperbacks. 1w
BarbaraBB @Vansa I think @Cinfhen is right. We‘ve been talking a lot about the reputation of “romance” without differentiating between the genre. We learned much more about the genre than we thought on forehand. That‘s what @vlwelser is acknowledging. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I understand how Eva could feel beaten into submission to whitewash her characters but I'm so happy she stayed true to herself and her product. Some fandoms are pissed when an actor doesn't have the exact build or eye color of a book character and they really thought that with 14 books in the series, fans weren't going to lose their shit over the whitewashing?! Like @BooksNBowls said, they wanted to toss her a crumb & be happy about it. 1w
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