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Samplergal
Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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Pickpick

This book will be polarizing. You will love it, as I did, or you will throw it in the DNF pile. Either way, you‘ll admit, this author can write about gritty topics that will reside in your head for a while. ❤️

TheLudicReader You had me at polarizing. 5d
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Daisey
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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I finished out November with 16 completed books. I enjoyed them, but I doubt any will make my best reads for the year. I think In Cold Blood for #ReadColdBlood probably tops the list due to vivid writing and good discussion. Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth was also an unexpectedly wonderful read.

For my weekly #BookReport, I finished 6 books and will share those specific titles tomorrow as I decide what to read next.

#ReadingStats #MonthlyStats

JazzFeathers Wow! That's a great result. 6d
Daisey @JazzFeathers Yes, I was surprised when I looked at the total. I didn‘t realize I had read that much. 5d
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ErikaB
Still Life with Crows | Douglas J Preston
Mehso-so

The only thought going through my head during the later scenes in the caves was, “Do these guys get paid by the word?” My enduring crush on Pendergast will keep me coming back to the series. I also enjoyed the introduction of Corrie Swanson, but I‘ve come to accept that this is an audio only series for me, as I‘m somewhat concentration deficient at the moment and it‘s easier for me to listen than actively read it.

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readordierachel
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Pickpick

There's no denying that Capote can write. I was continually struck by his language, his skillful pacing, & his characterizations of even the minor players. But the horror & bleakness of the events sometimes overwhelmed me. Perhaps that's why I don't typically read true crime. Also, I was constantly wondering about the liberties Capote took to craft this "nonfiction novel." ?

readordierachel ...What's true? Am I being manipulated? What are the ethics of mining a tragedy in this way? In the end, it was worth reading & I might seek out more information about his writing/research process, but I might be done with true crime in this vein. Thanks for the readalong! @merelybookish @batsy @Daisey @Texreader #readcoldblood 2w
Addison_Reads I felt similar to you once I finished this one. I read it for the first time last year and at times I had to stop and go watch cartoons to clear my head. 😉 It is a well crafted book though. 2w
merelybookish Great description of what it's like to read this book! We all seem to have arrived in similar places with it! Perhaps none of us read much true crime! 2w
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8little_paws Yeah I really struggled with this book and I understand that it's genre breaking for its time--however the genre's been nuanced and perfected since then. There was too much blending of fiction and reality here for this 2019 reader. 2w
Daisey After the additional reading I did, the blending of fact and fiction is definitely my biggest difficulty with this book. Where is the line between fiction and nonfiction? Most of it is fact, but there are clear examples of invention and fictionalization. This led to a greater feeling of manipulation. 2w
readordierachel @Addison_Reads I hear you. I've watched a lot of Steven Universe the last few weeks so cleanse my palate. 🙃 2w
readordierachel @merelybookish I wonder if true crime officianados feel differently 🤔 2w
readordierachel @8little_paws Yes, that blending was too much for me, too. Keep my peanut butter and chocolate separate, please. (Not really, but you get it 😉) 2w
readordierachel @Daisey Makes sense. You know, for some reason I don't mind being manipulated as much if it's total fabrication (ie, fiction). But in a "true" account it's annoying. I feel like this book has endured partly because of all these questions surrounding it. 2w
batsy Nice review! "Am I being manipulated?" was a key question for me, as well. All art involves some form of manipulation, for lack of a better word, but with a true account the stakes are raised. And when it involves crime, then I start thinking about a writer's responsibility. Glad I read it with you guys and that we can have this discussion :) 2w
Reggie It‘s funny how much I like horror but one time I tried to read Helter Skelter about the Manson murders and I just couldn‘t do it. I started having nightmares where he was trying to murder me and my brother. So I understand this. Great review! 1w
readordierachel @batsy So true. And I don't necessarily mind being manipulated, if it's done well and is fiction. You're exactly right about the raised stakes of something true. This has been a really thought-provoking read. I'm glad we read it too 🙂 1w
readordierachel @Reggie Yikes!! And I know what you mean! I kept thinking about Laws of the Skies, actually. Parts of that were so incredibly gruesome, and although I didn't delight in that or anything, I was pretty unfazed (don't know what that says about me but there you have it). But this I just couldn't stomach. 1w
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Godpants
The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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Mehso-so

Maybe it was just overhyped for me, but this one didn‘t feel like one of the best of the year to me, despite the high praise it‘s getting. It‘s fine, I‘ve just read a lot more interesting stuff.

marleed I agree. 2w
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readordierachel
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Squeezing in a few pages before my gym class starts. Hoping to finish this up today.
I'll be honest, good as this book is, I'll be happy to move on to something else.

Librariana I would imagine the subject matter would wear on me mentally, too based on the little I know about the title. Your brain probably needs a break! Hope your next read is cozy and lovely 😊 2w
Qpri I felt the same way through the second half of this book! 🙌 2w
readordierachel @Librariana yes, exactly! Thanks 😊 2w
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readordierachel @Qpri It's just so sad, isn't it? 2w
Qpri @readordierachel 100% agree! I couldn‘t wait to get out of the misery 2w
JSW That book killed true crime for me. Which, TBH, I was ok with. It was so dark, so ugly, so hopeless. Stay strong!! 2w
batsy That's how I felt towards the end, as well. It's a lot to process plus the book itself was kind of winding down for me (could have been shorter, imo 😬) 2w
readordierachel @JSW Only 20 pages to go! Yes, it's so ugly and hopeles. I'm not a big true crime person in general, because I find it too upsetting. I think this might be my last, too...about violent crime for sure. 2w
readordierachel @batsy I'm with you. It treads the same horrific ground over and over. 2w
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Godpants
The Wolf Wants in | Laura McHugh
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My hold for this finally came through to see it made some end of year best of lists. Enjoying it so far.

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Daisey
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Pickpick

I‘m so glad I joined in the readalong for this book! I‘m not a big true crime reader, but I truly appreciated this story and the discussion so far. Truman Capote is a fantastic writer, making you feel that you‘re right alongside as events are happening. At the same time, I‘m really curious as to how much his own involvement at the time influences the story and the actual accuracy of some aspects, although it‘s impossible to ever know for sure.

batsy Yes! Nice review. Capote's writing is so vivid. 2w
readordierachel I'm really curious about that, too. Great review! 2w
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readordierachel Can't wait to hear what you think of that one! 2w
CafeMom This reminds me to ask my son if he likes the book. His English class is reading this now. 2w
merelybookish Glad you joined us. I'm also not a true crime fan so it was interesting to read this one that seems different from how I imagine typical true crime reads. But that difference is also what potentially makes it problematic. 2w
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batsy
In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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Pickpick

I can understand why this nonfiction novel broke boundaries & continues to affect readers. Capote's writing is assured & beautiful even for such a heavy subject. Like @merelybookish I'm curious about his writing process. It left me wanting to know more about Capote as a writer & the form of male violence this book looks at. My only issue is that my attention sometimes flagged when reading, but I reminded myself that this isn't "entertainment". ⬇️

batsy True crime always raises these questions for me; as a reader I'm pulled in by the narrative momentum, but then I feel uncomfortable when I think about the implications of reading about what happened to real people as though it's a crime novel. I sense that Capote wrestled with these questions as a writer. Thanks for giving me the motivation to read this @merelybookish @readordierachel #readcoldblood Good to read with a group @Daisey @Texreader 3w
Cinfhen Wonderful review 3w
erzascarletbookgasm You make me want to read this! 👏 Great review, as always. 😘 3w
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twohectobooks I‘ve had this one on my tbr for quite a long time. Good to hear your perspective! 3w
Billypar @batsy Excellent review! I haven't read In Cold Blood, but I felt the same way after Killers of the Flower Moon. I just finished Maggie Nelson's The Red Parts, which raises some interesting questions about the range of responses to violent crime, referencing true crime writing when she refers back to her prior book, Jane. 3w
Oldschool_millenial I read this book senior year of high school and we talked about Capote's process. My English class also watched the movie "Capote" (stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, highly recommend). I think it is mentioned in a note in the book that, remarkably, he didn't use any recording devices nor take notes when he interviewed people. He relied on his (allegedly) remarkable memory. 3w
Texreader I‘ve been “flagging” too while reading it. Glad I am not alone. 3w
Hamlet There‘s an excellent but neglected film with Toby Jones called “Infamous” that covers the same ground as the Philip Seymour Hoffman film. Also, it‘s worth looking at George Plimpton‘s oral biography called “Truman Capote” (which interviews many persons who knew him, supporters & critics) along with Gerald Clarke‘s biography, “Capote.” 3w
Reviewsbylola Your insight is so valuable. As an avid true crime reader, I totally get where you‘re coming from. And ICB is so interesting because of the relationship Capote formed with the murderers and how is suffused itself into his writing. It‘s clear he had a soft spot for Perry, so it leaves questions for the reader to grapple with. Did Perry deserve Capote‘s empathy? 3w
batsy @twohectobooks Thanks! I'd love to know your thoughts when you read it. 3w
Reviewsbylola @bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-558929e4127a" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://medium.com/@bedcloud/the-destructive-bond-between-capote-and-smith-55892... This is a very interesting read. 3w
batsy @Billypar Thank you! Killers of The Flower Moon is in my list, but I'm steeling myself because I know it's a tough topic. I'm so keen to read The Red Parts as well! 3w
batsy @Oldschool_millenial That is pretty amazing! I've heard a lot of about Capote in relation to this book because of how popular it is, but I realise I don't know many details, as such. I hope to watch Capote at some point. 3w
batsy @Texreader I'm glad to know I'm not alone, too! I think I struggled a bit after the first half. 3w
batsy @Hamlet Thank you for that! I've made note about Infamous but didn't know which books to check out, so I appreciate the recs! 3w
batsy @Reviewsbylola Thank you for that link. I'm going to check that out. I appreciated how Capote tried to humanise people that we might be inclined to think of as pure evil. At the same time, I'm sure his relationship with Perry would have affected how he portrayed him...there's always that risk of getting too close. 3w
Suet624 Didn‘t Harper Lee help him write this book? 3w
youneverarrived Excellent review 🙌 3w
merelybookish Wow! Great review and discussion! 3w
readordierachel Fabulous review, Suba! I'm having that same kind of discomfort. Even as I appreciate what a feat this novel is, I'm reminded of why I don't read true crime. 3w
readordierachel @Suet624 Yes! She help with the research, and I believe she helped edit the book as well. 3w
batsy @youneverarrived @merelybookish Thank you, ladies ❤️ 3w
batsy @readordierachel Thank you! I think this is why I haven't made much progress on true crime myself. I'm fascinated by a lot of true crime books but the ones about murder and rape are tough reads. 3w
batsy @readordierachel @Suet624 I learned on Litsy that this book sheds a bit of light on this 3w
Suet624 Thanks! Stacked. 3w
Daisey @Reviewsbylola Fascinating article! Thanks for sharing. @batsy As always, great review! I also agree I‘m going to be continuing to do some more reading and watching to go along with this read. 2w
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LibraryCin
The Persian Pickle Club | Sandra Dallas
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Mehso-so

The book was pretty slow, but did pick up about half-way through when the body was found, and as a few other more exciting/interesting things happened. Overall, it‘s all about the women‘s friendships. The first half, I was about to rate it 3 stars (ok), but upped it just a bit once it got more interesting in the second half.