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A Million Little Pieces | James Frey
At the age of 23, James Frey woke up on a plane to find his front teeth knocked out and his nose broken. He had no idea where the plane was headed nor any recollection of the past two weeks. An alcoholic for ten years and a crack addict for three, he checked into a treatment facility shortly after landing. There he was told he could either stop using or die before he reached age 24. This is Frey's acclaimed account of his six weeks in rehab. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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From a book on my TBR shelves. Day 18: #million #quotsyjan20

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Little one had her girl scout meeting at the library today; so to the for sale section I went! Pretty excited for Scar Tissue as I also have Flea‘s memoir on its way from Amazon 🙌🏻

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I‘ve not read the book but know the summary of it, interesting. Despite the controversy of this ‘memoir‘, the book has been adapted into a movie. Read about it and see the trailer here: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/08/a-million-little-pieces-trailer-pos...

#augustabc #loathsomeliar

Amor4Libros I didn‘t know this was being made into a movie, looks good! I remember when Oprah praised this book so much that a friend and I read it and were blown away. I read it again a few years ago, it‘s that good. I‘ll definetely watch the movie 6mo
BoleyBooks This was the only book I ever returned to the store. I could not get into the stream of consciousness format. 6mo
Eggs I‘ve always wondered about this one...I vaguely remember the controversy. Nice choice! 6mo
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marleed I read this book just prior to the interview and was deeply impacted. Then the interview, then the controversy. It‘s seems so odd now that I was so saddened by the aftermath . It has changed how I read memoirs. In his defense, when he wrote the book he didn‘t set out to call it a memoir nor could he anticipate it would get that attention. Even still, I read differently. 6mo
DivineDiana @marleed I too read it before the controversy. Unsettling. 🙁 6mo
marleed @DivineDiana I took the controversy so personally which seems so silly now. Upon reflection, much much later, I feel sorry for the author because he was caught up in a publishing world he was no way prepared for. Actually, the aftermath might make a great movie! 6mo
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As a novel this book is very well written, however, it's marketed as a true story for some reason??? Weird. I figured it out relatively quickly that there was no way this book was 100% accurate. But I enjoyed the story and writing style, if nothing else, the book has emotion.


While I thought the book was interesting, it shouldn‘t have been presented as a memoir or an autobiography if most of it was made up.

tpixie I totally agree I bet Oprah was just humiliated when she found out the truth about this 8mo
MySharonaK @tpixie I bet she triple checks every book now 8mo
tpixie @MySharonaK lol yes!!! 8mo
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BooknerdsLife Totally agree with you! Would like it just the same as fiction 8mo
BooknerdsLife @tpixie LOL 😂 8mo
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(Day 16 - #Rehab)

*I cannot hear that word, rehab, without thinking of poor James Frey, author of the tagged book (purportedly a memoir, however the “facts” didn‘t quite add up), who was very nearly knighted by Oprah. But that was before she found the book to be a pack of ... well, semi-truths? Or semi-lies? Anyway, Frey was then publicly and shamefully dumped from her book club.

Cinfhen Ha!!! #GreatMindsThinkAlike check out my post for this prompt 😂💕 9mo
gradcat @Cinfhen Oh no, you didn‘t! 😂 Yes, #GreatMindsThinkAlike ... going to check your post now! 9mo
JamieArc I remember watching this episode of Oprah when he got called out publicly. 9mo
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gradcat @JamieArc Me, too! It was excruciating to watch!! 9mo
Mdargusch Such a scandal! 9mo
Reviewsbylola Publicly shamed is putting it mildly. 😆😆 9mo
emilyhaldi How funny that this is one of those events that everyone remembers?!? 9mo
gradcat @Mdargusch @Reviewsbylola Thanks again guys for commenting...and it IS rather telling of Oprah‘s power that we all remember this...I agree @emilyhaldi !! 9mo
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#AnglophileApril From my TBR...James Frey caused quite a literary uproar when he released his “memoir” about time spent in #rehab only to be called out by internet snoops as a fraud. Nobody was angrier than Ms. O who had endorsed his memoir and chosen it for her bookclub. I think it‘s a fine line labeling something from memory as NF or fiction. Although in Frey‘s case I believe he flat out lied about key story points. *images from Google *

LeahBergen Ohhhh, DAMN! I remember that interview so well. 😆😆 9mo
Cinfhen O was PISSED!!!! @LeahBergen 9mo
TrishB I somehow missed this at the time! Just been reading about it 🤷‍♀️ 9mo
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FashionableObserver Why didn‘t that fool call it “creative nonfiction” or something? It takes some balls to try to scam Auntie Oprah. Scamming the rest of the world...maybe. Ms. Winfrey?! I. Would. Never! 🤣 9mo
Megabooks I think this was the beginning of the end for Oprah‘s book club. At least in that iteration. 9mo
Cinfhen Agreed!!!!! @FashionableObserver #CreativeNF sounds so much better than #BigFatLiar 😜 I think the public rallied behind O after she publicly shamed and kicked James Frey out of her bookclub @Megabooks This was a HUGE story in the states @TrishB but it was during our #MommyYears 🤪 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen wasn‘t it like a year or two (if that) later that she stopped choosing new books and started choosing classics?? Then the show ended and contemporary picks started again in the magazine? 9mo
Cinfhen That could be @Megabooks Hows the foot feeling? 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I just looked on Wikipedia, and she did start picking more classics than usual after 2005, but not exclusively. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oprah%27s_Book_Club Thanks for asking about my foot. 😊🥰 It‘s feeling better now that I‘m in bed, but I had a busy day yesterday, which was rough. Nothing like kicking back with a good book for the body and soul!! 💕💕 9mo
tournevis I found this whole affair quite boggling at the time. In French (mostly but not only in France proper), there's a whole genre called auto-fiction which is basically what this guy did. It's you, but events are changed, invented. It's not about facts. I always thought the problem was the book was wrongly marketed and he fuelled that. I remember a critique on Radio-Canada asking why people were confused about the fictional bits, as if self-evident. 9mo
Cinfhen I find most memoirs are probably ״exaggerated״ to some degree but I guess it‘s because he presented the entire story as factual @tournevis when he outright embellished and denied. Supposedly he claimed he spent 87 days in prison when in fact it was 8 hours. 9mo
tournevis @Cinfhen I know, I get that. It's precisely auto-fiction. The English-language book business needs to adopt that genre too. 9mo
Mdargusch Boy this sure brought up some controversy! Poor Oprah. 😂 9mo
Cinfhen I agree @tournevis it‘s a good term 9mo
Reviewsbylola I always think this is so interesting. I wasn‘t invested in this book personally so I didn‘t have a reaction about the fabrication. But if the allegations about Augustan Burroughs fabricating Scissors is true (which I don‘t believe they are), that would be disappointing. 9mo
Reviewsbylola But yes, I agree most memoirs are likely exaggerated to some degree. 9mo
gradcat Omigosh! You‘ve storyboarded it! Ha ha, I love this! 👍❤️🥰 9mo
Cinfhen I HATED like REALLY REALLY HATED that memoir @Reviewsbylola and I‘m 99% sure it‘s BS!!! 9mo
Cinfhen There are very dysfunctional families BUT that shit was another whole level @Reviewsbylola 9mo
Cinfhen I think memoirs in general are very tricky @gradcat @Samplergal and that‘s why im a little skeptical about 9mo
Megabooks I am skeptical about Educated as well!! I do not see how that could all be true!!! 9mo
gradcat I pretty much take everything I read which purports to be true with...well, may be not so much skepticism as to say a grain of salt...but let‘s say I‘ve learned that the printed word is sacred no more, so to speak.... 9mo
mrp27 I remember this well, I was managing a bookstore at the time and the nasty customer returns are still fresh in my mind. As if I was personally responsible for the fiasco. Anyway, #unpopularopinion I blame Oprah. She should have vetted her pick better. Frey was wrong to lie but with her resources it should never have happened. P.S. I've never read the book. 😬 9mo
Cinfhen Oh wow @mrp27 I‘m sure people were really nasty🙄 of course Oprah blamed the publisher but I agree, there were plenty of people who could have verified information throughout this process. It wasn‘t until 2 years later when Oprah selected the book that it even began to gain such popularity. 9mo
Cinfhen @CarolynM recently wrote a great review about Educated @Megabooks 9mo
mrp27 I've ready many a Oprah book pick and have loved/hated many of them. I think what she's done for reading is awesome but oh boy did I hate dealing with her book picks on a bookstore/bookseller level! Fun times. 😝 9mo
emilyhaldi This was sketch AF 9mo
marleed Oh my gosh I remember this well. I had finished the book just days before the interview and somehow took the controversy personally which I know now was just silly. I now read any memoir as auto-fiction. As I read Educated and the Glass Castle my eyeglasses were James Frey tinted. 9mo
Cinfhen I like your new approach!!! I found Educated too much to accept as fact but for some reason Glass Castle seemed authentic as crazy as it was!!! Auto fiction is a good term though and should be used more often. @marleed 9mo
marleed Maybe we can market James Frey tinted glasses to B&N ;) 9mo
Cinfhen Great marketing strategy 🙌🏻❣️ @marleed (edited) 9mo
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Mynameisacolour I loved A Million Little Pieces💙 My friend Leonard is really good too! 10mo
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A memoir that is full of lies is a #badselfportrait. #NoFemmeber

MoniqueReads305 I couldn't remember if this was the book that caused a lot of controversy years ago after being spotlighted by Oprah. I'm still curious to read it though... 1y
MommyWantsToReadHerBook I couldn't deal with the content, and when I found out it wasn't all true I dropped it like a hot potato! 1y
JamieArc @MoniqueReads305 It was! I vividly remember watching the episode where he admitted it on Oprah! (edited) 1y
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Cinfhen I‘m sort of intrigued by this book.... 1y
Cinfhen Great choice for the prompt 1y
Eva2 I read it after the author was on Oprah. I ,therefore, read it as a work of fiction. With that in mind, I think it is actually well written and quite a good read. 1y
Billypar Bad self portrait minus the 'self' part 😬 1y
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I have not read Frey's "memoir," but I find the discussions surrounding it interesting.
@Cinfhen @Billypar

Cortg I haven‘t read it either, but it‘s on my shelf and I plan to get to it eventually! I‘m curious. 1y
Billypar This is one of those things where I feel like I know something about it- but it's just at the level of, 'he made it up'. I don't even know what the 'it' is, and I'm sure there's a story behind the publication through its ultimate exposure as a fraud. 1y
vivastory @Billypar What I find interesting is he wrote it as a novel & was unable to find a publisher, but when he claimed it was a memoir it suddenly had a lot of success. When people found out that it wasn't completely true they were angry, Oprah even demanded an apology. What I find interesting is that people felt like they had been cheated out of an a voyeuristic experience. The whole tragedy porn problem. 1y
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vivastory @Billypar What intrigues me though is the idea of what can move people the most: factual documenting of experience, or an artfully constructed narrative? 1y
Billypar Yeah- similar phenomena to the film Fargo, and I think the Coens were less interested in fooling people than to play with that idea- why does it matter? And the flip side that you alluded to- the artfully constructed memoir is more of a recent trend from what I've heard, and you wonder why that was never considered something for that form to shoot for. I feel like at the root of everything is this suspicion that you can't find truth in fiction. 1y
Billypar Yeah- similar phenomena to the film Fargo, and I think the Coens were less interested in fooling people than to play with that idea- why does it matter? And the flip side that you alluded to- the artfully constructed memoir is more of a recent trend from what I've heard, and you wonder why that was never considered something for that form to shoot for. I feel like at the root of everything is the suspicion that you can't find truth in fiction. 1y
Cinfhen Nice discussion guys @Billypar @vivastory I haven‘t read this one yet but I agree with what Scott wrote. This guy was vilified for admitting parts of his “memoir” were untrue or creatively enhanced and people were soooooo angry because they felt cheated. The reading public had no problem with his writing or storytelling ~ it was the marketing/ branding label that pissed them off. Now I‘m curious to read this. 1y
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After I read Lush by Kerry Cohen, a friend suggested I dig into this story of addiction next. Lots of controversy around whether it‘s accurate. Some parts are completely fabricated. But with an addict going through the throes of withdrawal and recovery, it‘s probably difficult to see things clearly and recount them either way. My mom is a psychiatric social worker, so she‘s been in these scenarios of violence, abuse and confusion. A happy sorry.

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I saw this was an Oprah Book Club Pick but want to hear from you all what you thought about this one!

Stacy_31 I have it but have not read it yet. Interested to hear opinions from others, as well. 1y
AmyG I really liked this. Just know he “elaborated” a bit on he truth. It was a bit of a scandal back in the day. But it was a really good book. 1y
CBee Really good book. But also what @AmyG said 😬 1y
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Victoriahoperose I personally feel like the problem with this is that Frey took a lot of creative license when he wrote about his struggle with addiction. Non fiction is about perspective and still writing something that people will read. What I come back to with this is how many people were inspired by this book and found peace and help from reading it. I have a ton of opinions on this one, but I honestly believe that Frey‘s story is worthwhile. 1y
Annl I tore through the book, but felt a little cheated. 1y
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Just keep on mind that it was said to be non fiction, but turned out to be mostly fiction. It was big scandal even Oprah called him out on her show, cuz he essentially lied to her face. I agree with @Annl ☝️ ate it up, then felt cheated. 1y
BookaholicNatty @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @AmyG I will have to see if I can look that clip up online of Oprah and him (edited) 1y
BBooks I couldn‘t finish it, I bailed with only a few chapters left. And I went in knowing it was fiction as it was well after the Oprah debacle. I could not believe anybody took it as non-fiction. However, there‘s one thing that addicts do and that‘s LIE, so there‘s that. In the end, for me it was nails on a chalkboard and I just had to bail 1y
cathysaid I enjoyed it. I suspect some others do the same and don't get caught. By no means am I excusing the misrepresentation but viewing it from pure entertainment value, it fits the bill. 1y
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I did struggle through this book a little. The writing style was hard for me to get used to and it was really dark, as I am sure addiction truly is, but there were some parts so slow and vulgar I almost wanted to skip ahead. I think a lot of that is due to a blunt description of someone struggling with addiction, but still hard to read nonetheless. I did appreciate his honesty even if I didn‘t always agree with his opinions or conclusions.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I liked this book until I found out that the author lied about it being a memoir. 2y
lindseytailored @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego oh yeah. I totally get that! We trust authors to be honest and it‘s a put off to violate our trust like that. 2y
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This book sucked me in and wouldn‘t let me go! I was so bummed James duped us all. I wish him well but it totally wasn‘t cool.

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Okay Litsy in celebration of my 10k litfluence I am doing a giveaway for these books (or some of them)🎉🎉🎉. If you'd like a chance to win, share this post with the hashtag #brilliantglows10kgiveaway and tag me to tell me which book you'd like a chance to win. 📚📚📚 since it's Christmas time and lots of us are going to be very busy the next few days I will do the draw for 3 winners Dec. 28th. Complete list of books in the comments😃 #giveaway

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Space Oddity makes me think about drugs which makes me think about A Million Little Pieces which makes me think I really loved this book because
1) I remember loving it
2) I never mailed Random House page 163 for a refund
3) It still sits on my shelf

#spaceoddity #septembowie

MicheleinPhilly That smackdown was one of my favorite things ever at the time. You don't lie to Oprah!!!! 2y
Reecaspieces I enjoyed this book as well 2y
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Hollie I did not read this book, but I remember seeing this Oprah episode! I'm curious, what was on page 163? 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly 😂😂 you don't lie to the Queen! 2y
LauraBeth @Hollie I'm not sure! I think that Random House randomly picked that page as proof of purchase 2y
JacqMac I liked the book, too. And I didn't feel guilty about it. 😊It's also still on my shelf. 2y
Reecaspieces @LauraBeth haha me too!! It was good as well!! 2y
Cinfhen Ha! I love the American Idol reference 😂😂😂🎶I'm totally excited for the reboot💙❤️ 2y
LauraBrook Same here, still love the book, still happy to own my copy! 2y
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The thing I remember most from the book is the description of his #teeth trauma. Sticks with you! After I read it...the scandal happened. I'll say no more because...spoilers. #JuneBookBugs

Reecaspieces Scandal aside. This book is delicious 3y
Librarianaut @Reecaspieces I couldn't put it down!! It was so visceral... 3y
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Coleen Scandal or no, James Frey is a great writer. ☺ 3y
Librarianaut @Coleen oh, I agree!! 3y
Dineanddish That part was hard to forget. Even with the scandal this remains a favorite. 3y
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I enjoyed this NOVEL. I read it 1000 years ago before it was an Oprah Pick and his whole lying scandal came out. I think it is a great work of FICTION, a marvelous tale of redemption. My only objection to this book is that it does not realistically portray what it is really like to recover from an addiction using the 12 steps. It is much more intense and serious than Frey depicts. | This book is currently on the free shelf in my laundry room.

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Creating a fictional memoir in which he fabricates arrests, jail terms, and fatal train accidents (among other easily disprovable claims) makes James Frey an idiot, who also happens to be an American. #characters2017 #americanidiot @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan 🤓👍. Your right. It was such a big deal when it came out that this was fake. The scandal. The Oprah scandal! 3y
kelseynicburke @LibrarianRyan she was not happy! 3y
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Remember the controversy around this one? Oprah was MAAAD.

#lies #maybookflowers

Reecaspieces But it is a really good read. Lol 3y
Caroline2 I read it after the controversy so it didn't bother me! I thought it was a really good book! But I can kinda understand Oprah getting upset if she was lead to believe it was a biography! I wonder how that happened? Did the author lie or the publisher??? 🤔 3y
Reviewsbylola I read this afterward too. And while I understand he blatantly lied, I always take memoirs with a grain on salt anyway. I guess I figure as long as I'm entertained, who cares if it's factual. 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
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RealLifeReading Yes!!! Still haven't read it! 3y
TheKidUpstairs @Caroline2 I always wondered that too; did he do it all himself or was he pushed to "embellish" more and more by a publisher looking for a hit? 3y
TheKidUpstairs @Reecaspieces I don't remember much of it, but I do remember enjoying it! 3y
TheKidUpstairs @Reviewsbylola definitely a good idea to take memoirs with a grain of salt. I think most people want their lives to seem more exciting than they are. Human nature! 3y
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Not a bad read but not a good one either. The format took awhile to get used to and I found it very repetitive at some points. At the times I felt like bailing an interesting part would pull me right back in. This was the kind of book that I was wishing I was reading something else but had invested enough time that I felt I had to finish. #notmyfav #cantwinthemall

TheBookStacker Corgi 😍 3y
EvieBee ❤️❤️ 3y
Erika13137 @TheBookStacker @EvieBee84 Juno sticks pretty close to library books. She loves to smell all the places they've been. 😊 3y
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Just starting this book before bed and realized the book cover goes with my sheets...#camouflagebook 🤓

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While on our walk this evening we came across our streets little free library box and found this ol' gem. I say old because I was working at Chapters bookstore 12 or so years ago when this came out! It was a huge hit and I never read it. As I was only 16ish at the time, YA was more my game. Looking forward to this read to see what all the hype was about. #freelibrary #amillionlittlepieces

TheBookStacker Wasn't this the book that the guy ended up saying he made up half the stuff that happened to him? 3y
Erika13137 @TheBookStacker I recall hearing some noise about that. Let's call this a semi non fiction book 😜 3y
Claudia9498 Either way, @Erika13137 , hope you enjoyed it. I had heard he made some of the stuff up or was based on a friends experience (a friend he made while in rehab) . I'm sure it holds relatable truths to someone's life. I enjoyed it. It had some grotesque parts that were hard for me to get thru , but ...WHAT. A. STORY. Hope you "enjoyed" it. 3y
Erika13137 @Claudia9498 I haven't finished it yet but that Dentist part was BRUTAL! Other than that it's an interesting read. The format took awhile to get used too. 3y
Claudia9498 @Erika13137 Yes!.. I cringed!... You're right the format took me awhile to get used to as well. I've never read anything written that way before. But once you get used to it, it's all good. 3y
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Day 70: "It has always been a fault of mine, but it is the way I am. I never look back. Never." #shoes by #stevenbystevemadden

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Sometimes skulls are thick. Sometimes hearts are vacant. Sometimes words don't work.

Mariposa_Bookworm I must say that despite all the controversy that surrounded the book, I enjoyed this one. It was really really good. I have have the sequel, My Friend, Leonard, somewhere buried on my shelves. 3y
Marie_KN The sequel is also very good! 3y
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Finishing up this today. No, not a real memoir, but still a very good book!😉

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There is no fear. Absolutely no fear. When one lives without fear, one cannot be broken. When one lives with fear one is broken before one begins to live.

DivineDiana Like the quote but I still remember all the controversy over this book. He lied to Oprah! 3y
Thessalia @DivineDiana I was working at Borders during the hay day and then backlash of this book. I have never been able to read this book as a result of both. 3y
DivineDiana @Thessalia I read it when Oprah chose it for her Book Club. If I hadn't read it at that time, I would have done the same. 3y
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HiddenGemBooks @DivineDiana @Thessalia that's why I just posted this one quote. He has some little literature gems throughout the book, but I don't support it as a whole, if that makes sense..😐 3y
DivineDiana @cookiejanester And it's a good one! Not to mention a gorgeous photo as well! 3y
HiddenGemBooks @DivineDiana true! Thanks so much 😊 3y
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Apologies! I'm a bit late with my #day9 photo of the #augustphotochallenge. I wasn't close to my books yesterday and I really wanted to rather submit a photo. So this is SOME of my all-time favourite books. It's really quite difficult to choose just a few but after sitting in front of my shelves for a while I decided that this is a pretty good mix.

LauraBeth Despite the controversy - I still ❤️ A Million Little Pieces 3y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Golem and the Djinni has been on my TBR for ages! 3y
Laalaleighh @elkeo same! I can see it sitting on my shelf from here!! 3y
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Jellybeanbon @LauraBeth I agree with you. I read the whole book in one sitting and it has stuck with me. I didn't enjoy the sequel though. 3y
Jellybeanbon @elkeo @Laalaleighh you have to read Golem and Djinni. It's probably my favourite book of the last 5 years. 3y
Laalaleighh @Jellybeanbon I will move it up my TBR!!! 3y
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July is a wrap and I finished out with 10 books. Nothing stood out as spectacular this month. Most were good- average. Many were continuations of series I started last month, so I'm happy to have some closure to those.

Karen3 What book journal is this? I have been searching for something like this. 3y
Livelovebark @Karen3 it's a personal size planner insert download from Etsty. I scrolled through my purchases to find the shop and it seems to have disappeared 🤔 3y
Karen3 Oh bummer. I will keep searching. 3y
DivineDiana Reading champ! 3y
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UGH I know I was kind of raving about this book yesterday but after reading on a bit, it went downhill pretty quick. Maybe it's just me but I felt it became repetitive and the writing style really started to grind on me. Maybe try reading it again some other day, but for right now, I'm leaving it.

CaitlinSiem We studied this book in a writing class in college. He wrote it as NF and Oprah raved about how wonderful it was, then he came out stating it was actually fiction. Quite the scene was made about it. I didn't care for it personally either. 4y
DivineDiana @CaitlinSiem His dishonesty changed my opinion of the book. 3y
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I'm really enjoying this book right now. I'm 1/5 of the way through it and even though the writing style is a bit strange and there is a bucket of controversy around the author, I'm finding the way he talks about dependency and addiction enlightening

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I read this as a based on true story. Assuming the "meat & potatoes were true, the butter & salad were embellished" kind of story. His writing style was not my favorite & his attitude through the 1st half irritated me immensely. But overall I enjoyed his story and his transformation into sobriety.

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The amount of unnecessary capitalization on every page drives me nuts... And is rather distracting 😒

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I don't care if this book is a work of fiction or non-fiction. It rocks! When I read it, I could not put it down!

HardcoverHarlot Same!! 4y
adverse 👍🏻 4y
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It is such a shame about the controversy surrounding this book because true story or not it is beautifully, beautifully written. It tells the story of an addict in a way that will touch your heart.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ignoring all the bad publicity etc around this book it still is a fantastic story. I read this book in one sitting and would still recommend it.

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Even with all the fiasco that followed the popularity of this book, it was still a good read.

tojuxtapose He's a brilliant writer, even if he did embellish a bit. 4y
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I don't care if this book is a true story or not. I like cursing just as much as the next person but when profanity is used to disguise bad writing it just annoying. Try Mary Karr.

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