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The Cheerleaders
The Cheerleaders | Kara Thomas
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From the author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters comes an all-new edge-of-your-seat thriller set in upstate New York about an eerie sequence of seemingly unrelated events that leaves five cheerleaders dead. There are no more cheerleaders in the town of Sunnybrook. First there was the car accident--two girls dead after hitting a tree on a rainy night. Not long after, the murders happened. Those two girls were killed by the man next door. The police shot him, so no one will ever know his reasons. Monica's sister was the last cheerleader to die. After her suicide, Sunnybrook High disbanded the cheer squad. No one wanted to be reminded of the girls they'd lost. That was five years ago. Now the faculty and students at Sunnybrook High want to remember the lost cheerleaders. But for Monica, it's not that easy. She just wants to forget. Only, Monica's world is starting to unravel. There are the letters in her stepdad's desk, an unearthed, years-old cell phone, a strange new friend at school. . . . Whatever happened five years ago isn't over. Some people in town know more than they're saying. And somehow, Monica is at the center of it all. There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, but that doesn't mean anyone else is safe. Praise for Little Monsters: "A disturbing portrait of how bad news and gossip can curdle when mixed together." --Oprah.com "A twisted story of obsession and manipulation." --Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett Praise for The Darkest Corners: "You'll be up all night tearing through the pages." --Bustle.com "Gripping from start to finish . . . with twists that left me shocked." --Victoria Aveyard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Red Queen
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kbuggle
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A pretty good YA read- saw most of the storylines toward the end coming, but still enjoyed this one about the deaths of five cheerleaders, and the sister who tries to figure out what might have really happened.

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Moonprismpower
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This was one of those books where I couldn‘t be sure who did it. I felt it was pretty good but although the mystery was intact and thought out pretty well I felt there was a little too much push for the protagonist, Monica to research the cheerleaders‘ deaths when there wasn‘t much to go on for clues. She was looking for an excuse I suppose. So I‘d recommend it as I did listen to it non-stop to see what happened.

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Butterflyamore
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It‘s a little later than usual but I finally got my November wrap up video up! I‘m excited to talk with you about the books I finished last month: https://youtu.be/1tCHRTxp5FU

#novemberwrapup #bookreviews #booktalk #wellread #readinglife #booked #bookpile #youtubeforbooks #booktube #happyreading #arcs

EadieB @Butterflyamore Sad to hear you didn‘t like The Other Woman as I have the ARC too however, I have read her Paula Maguire series and found the books very well written. I am interested in reading Darling Rose Gold, The Cheerleaders and Trace of Evil from your reviews. I‘ve read 13 from November but did not read any NF. My favorite reads are Whitethorn Woods by Maeve Binchy, The Third Twin and Night Over Water by Ken Follett - all 5 stars from me. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore The Other Mrs. by Mary Kubica is a psychological thriller that I know you will love! It was hard to put down, suspects galore, edge of your seat surprise ending. So check that one out! Really good! I have to listen to your movie YouTube as I was traveling home from Mexico when I got it the other day. Your tag today has reminded me to do that so I‘ll be back to you after I finish it. 2mo
Butterflyamore @EadieB I have been hearing lots of great things about The Other Mrs. I definitely want to read it! I‘ll probably wait until it comes out, as I‘m a little overwhelmed with ARCs right now and want to be able to read some of my other books, too. I did see one review state that they couldn‘t believe that the same mind that wrote the Paula Maguire series wrote The Other Wife. Maybe I‘ll reconsider my stance on not reading another one of her books. 2mo
EadieB @Butterflyamore I would definitely check out her Paula Maguire books! 2mo
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fakesteph
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So much happened in the first thirty pages that i wondered where the book had left to go. It had so MANY dark twists and turns. I enjoyed every minute of reading and will definitely be looking for more from this author.

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fakesteph
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One of my favorite parts of this book is slowly learning what really happened.

MidnightBookGirl You're posting!! I love it! 2mo
fakesteph I'm trying lol 2mo
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Butterflyamore
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I thought I‘d give you a behind the scenes look at one of my book photo layouts. Things don‘t always go smoothly. Sometimes family members try to eat my props.

Texreader Cute! 2mo
DimeryRene Ahhhhh!! My dog always sits on my stuff! 2mo
BookwormM Cutie 💓 2mo
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Butterflyamore
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The Cheerleaders is a well-developed mystery packed with emotional depth and a compelling storyline.

See my full review here: https://www.facebook.com/262384764521804/posts/373027430124203?d=n&sfns=mo

Or follow me on Goodreads. Link in profile.

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Butterflyamore
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“The cruelest people were the ones who seemed to coast through life, as if all that nastiness was a shield.”

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Butterflyamore
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I have social anxiety. The idea of joining a book group, although appealing, also terrified me. So when one of our favorite bookstores started one, I wrestled with my decision to join. I was ready to back out when my husband informed me that he was joining, too. My husband, who likes poetry and books on etymology, joined the book group for my sake. And here he is reading the latest pick, which is so far outside of his reading tastes. ♥️

TheSpineView I can't imagine my husband reading that book either! The thought of it makes me giggle! 😂 3mo
hermyknee 🥰🥰🥰 3mo
Butterflyamore @TheSpineView It is funny to see him with it, especially since it‘s so different than what I am used to, but more than anything, it touches me heart. 3mo
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wanderinglynn What an awesome hubby! 💜 3mo
Johanna414 What a keeper!
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JacqMac That‘s just a beautiful thing. 3mo
marleed That makes me smile! 3mo
LibrarianRyan And that book! Seriously that is dedication. I wanted more dead cheerleaders than I got out of that book. 3mo
Amiable What a good guy! He‘s a keeper. 👍🏼 3mo
Butterflyamore @LibrarianRyan Haha! Did you know that the book was inspired by the real life events of the “cursed” NY town, Dryden? I thought that was really interesting and sad. 3mo
LibrarianRyan @Butterflyamore No I didn't. Now I will have to go look that up. I gave it out Halloween 2018 after I read it and was not prepared for teenagers to trick or treat. 3mo
Eyelit 💜 3mo
Butterflyamore @LibrarianRyan I only know because the person who originally pitched it to the book group knew a lot of details about the real tragedies, and someone else said she grew up close to Dryden and gave us some links to check out online. I think you‘ll find the articles interesting! 3mo
Laughterhp That‘s great! I‘m thinking about joining a local book club and I am so anxious about it! 😬😬 3mo
Stacypatrice What a great husband!! 3mo
cherinium Wow! I have husband envy... 3mo
tracey38 Aww, that is so sweet! 3mo
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 I run a bunch of book clubs and belong to still more. They grow on you in a positive way. ☺️ 3mo
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BookDragonNotWorm
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Fast paced with a decent plot, good pacing and tension, interesting characters. I didn't connect with it as much as I had hoped, and a touch too unbelievable, but I did enjoy it, so a pick for me.

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Butterflyamore
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“No book buying November” was something I wanted to put into practice in my life. I‘ve failed miserably. More than once. I fear I will die before I actually read all of the books I currently own but I don‘t know how to kick the addiction! I went to pick up my copy of The Cheerleaders, which I ordered for book group through a local bookstore and I saw there was a buy one, get one free sale. What rational book lover could possibly resist that?

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mirsophie
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This book was like a cross between pretty little liars and glee. I loved the characters and elements in this book. Read this book if you want total creepy vibes and a great setting.

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Cammy1
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I quite enjoyed this. A nice little mystery in a high school setting with multiple strands weaving throughout the story. A good, tense and satisfying ending.

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monalyisha
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I was planning to rate this YA murder mystery a “so-so“ but it grew on me. I went in thinking it was going to be kind-of campy & fun (maybe it was the cover?) but it was actually very somber & emotionally-complex. Also, triggers galore. The prose isn't anything to write home about but the characters & plot are compelling enough. The slowly-revealed relationship between Jen & her secret suitor is so tender, young, & heartbreaking.

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monalyisha 1/2: I have some nitpicky qualms (use of the word “bitch“; distrust of a step-father figure who bears an eerie resemblance to my own (unshakable, upstanding, goodest of all good guys & a police officer, to boot); & the protagonist doesn't get any stellar last lines in the final chapter from her POV. But the biggest issue I had was resolved in an unexpected way. I thought I knew whodunnit but I was wrong! (edited) 6mo
monalyisha 2/2: I can recommend this one, as long as you're not looking for poetic or lyrical prose. Nothing about the feelings or the kind of abuse that takes place is simple or easy, & that feels real (& sickening). Despite the tough subject matter, I looked forward to my daily commute so I could find out more about what happened. (edited) 6mo
LibrarianRyan I 100% agree with you review. I felt much of the same way. 6mo
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monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Interestingly, I‘m going through reviews now & I keep reading that people thought the characters were flat. I didn‘t really feel that way. Also, I just attended a really thought-provoking talk about the difficulty of representing depression in a real way when books need driving action. If an MC is suffering from depression, forward motion & dimension aren‘t really on the table. Maybe that was part of what people were feeling. (edited) 6mo
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha I think for me it was talking it over with a group of kids. Originally I was meh, but the more I talked it over with teens that age, the more “real” they made it. Made the characters not so flat. The very very very end, I had figured out. The rest was a bit of a surprise. For me the biggest turn off was that it was not what I was expecting. I was expecting “scream” meets teenagers. And I got we were liars instead. 6mo
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Yeah, I definitely think it should‘ve been marketed a little differently. 6mo
YergiBear I enjoyed it, but will agree it wasn‘t quite what I had been expecting. I love the cover but I am not sure it quite fits. 6mo
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monalyisha
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I started listening to “The Cheerleaders” (set in the sleepy town of Sunnybrook) on my commute home this evening...but I‘m not so sure about it yet. 🤔

OnlyYoo This was a good Buffy episode 7mo
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ElizaMarie
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I also enjoyed this one. I like the mystery of it all. Very well worth the listen :)

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ElizaMarie
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So. Because I read/listened to Radium Girls so fast I downloaded two other books for my drive .

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OriginalCyn620
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I enjoyed this one, and was surprised by the twists at the end. Very good YA mystery/ thriller!
#LLB19 #bookpickedbylibrarianryan

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ThrillerQueen
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I really liked this book a lot. I hate giving in depth reviews because I don't want to ruin it for anyone so what I will say is this. I can totally relate to the narrator, and the desperation she feels. Which is probably why I liked it so much.

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ThrillerQueen
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My co-worker said this to me...

Bruh... do you even know how to read?

#bookdragon #booknerd #wordsformyears #whatever

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ThrillerQueen
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A little @ work listening. I needed a break from Ted Bundy, but maybe more murder wasn't the best choice! Oh well. It's not a long book.

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Stacypatrice
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😀📖☕️ Library Hold in - yay!! 😀📖☕️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Your letters always make me smile!! I love my super heroes! They fit me exactly!! Thank you for always being so sweet! I hope you are doing ok ❤️❤️ Hugs and love from Mississippi 😘 8mo
Stacypatrice @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks - Yay! I just mailed you one today. I‘m good 😊 Activate those Super Heroes as needed... they are always ready to save the day!!! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Stacypatrice thanks girl!!! 😘💗 8mo
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Book_yogi
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I really wish there were half stars because I feel 3 isn‘t quite enough and I would like to give it 3 1/2. The character development was a little thin at times but it was a fun, worthwhile read with lots of twists and turns.

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ashley_o13
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So good, so far 🤗

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Clwojick
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YASSSSSS! Now I have to add all of these to my TBR! Cruel Intentions, Bring It On, Save the Last Dance, She‘s All That, and Hocus Pocus were all watched a billion times in my childhood. This is amazing 😀

https://www.epicreads.com/blog/nostalgic-books-feels/amp/

Emilymdxn OMG BUFFY 10mo
LibrarianRyan Some of these that I have read are right on. But The Cheerleaders for Bring it on! No. Yeah. Cheerleaders is about the only connection. The book is a high drama with mystery and a bit sad. Bring it in is a redemption story and one about friend and girl power. Not a good match. 10mo
Clwojick @LibrarianRyan Any that you recommend? 10mo
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LibrarianRyan Warcross. And it matches Spy kids pretty well, except it‘s YA. 10mo
LibrarianRyan Also Stags is a great paring. It fits well. 10mo
Clwojick @LibrarianRyan Yay! Thanks. I‘ll definitely have to check those two out. War Ross has been on my list for quite a while too. 9mo
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Kappadeemom
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There are no more cheerleaders in Sunnybrook, cause they dead. 😳🗡

JoScho Lol yeah they dead! 10mo
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ashley_o13
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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Started this yesterday and it‘s really good! #currentlyreading

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my.books.in.squares
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Starting this one tonight. What are you #currentlyreading?

🙂

Lynnsoprano The Woman in Blue by Elly Griffiths. I love her Ruth Galloway mysteries and am trying not to binge read them. 11mo
Megabooks My library keeps recommending this book to me! How is it so far? 11mo
Megabooks Saw you‘re just starting in. I‘ll be curious to see your review! I‘m reading 11mo
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Crazeedi I'm reading this one, half way through and was liking it till now it's taken a crazy turn so I'm withholding judgment 11mo
Crazeedi And welcome to litsy!🎉🎉🎉 11mo
RadicalReader I love your username on here and your bio both lovely 11mo
TheLibrarian I enjoyed this book and hope you do too!! My current read is 11mo
CBee Welcome! I‘m reading 11mo
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wallacereads
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Although this is a mystery; I found it really sad. If you have siblings you may understand why.

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Bookladylinda
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I finished this book on Tuesday, it is my first YA Mystery book and I throughly enjoyed it. And I was surprised when I found d out who the killer was. Fantastic debut!

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Bookladylinda
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1. The Cheerleaders & Native Son
2. Tea & Hot Chocolate
3. Chai Tea Latte

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 12mo
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FeastOfFiction
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2019 Book 5: Hmm. Interesting. This book‘s element of mystery made for a good read. Lots of death and things going on throughout the story. My biggest complaint is the amount of over-dramatization from the main character. How many times can the blood drain down to your toes? A bit much. The author wrote a good story but made the teenage characters too dramatic. However a good mystery. 3.5/5 ⭐️

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ChasingOm
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Mehso-so

I‘m mad at the MC of my #monthofboyne read, so I put it down to read about murdered cheerleaders. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Unfortunately, the book was pretty formulaic and, while there were surprises, there wasn‘t anything that made me put the book down to say “what just happened??”
I‘m still not ready to pick “The Heart‘s Invisible Furies” back up quite yet, so I think I‘ll check another library loan off the list...

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Bookladylinda
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I‘m hoping to make a dent in this one today. What is everyone reading??

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FeastOfFiction
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Cold and lazy Saturday reading when I should be doing laundry. Oh well... 🤷🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️

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Mccartershanon
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Plot was okay but the characters were so flat, couldn‘t really get into it

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FeastOfFiction
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I‘m putting off the Stephen King for a little while. Reading this from my classroom library instead.

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Hoopiefoot
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Moving my office for the 3rd time this year. But at least it‘s a chance to spend time listening to this audiobook!

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TheDaysGoBy
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Overall, it was a good read. I‘m sure it would‘ve been a quick read too if life hadn‘t gotten in the way. Most of it was written in present tense which I don‘t feel like I see often. It was interesting unraveling the mystery of what‘d happened. Not sure I loved how the ending was laid out, but overall it was entertaining and held my attention.

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mommymendes
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It wasn't a horrible book but it just took FOREVER to get to the point. And then after All the twists and turns it wrapped up in the last 20 pages. Felt like it could have been more concise? Opinions?

FeastOfFiction I just finished it. I felt the same way. Did you roll your eyes at how over-dramatic Monica was? 12mo
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BookishTrish
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I wanted to know who did what and now I know. I‘ll probably forget in a few weeks...

Erinreadsthebooks This was a dnf for me. I really wanted to like it but I just didn't care. 12mo
LibrarianRyan I felt the same. 12mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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1. Teleport
2. I started it at the end of 2018 but life has been getting in the way of reading it. Getting close to finishing it now though.
3. Not officially. I have been trying to figure out how to balance reading and writing in my free time. Feels like it always ends up being one or the other
4. Once Upon a Time

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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BookishTrish
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Advice, please! I have nearly four hours of #audiobook to get through by tomorrow. The narrator sounds like a chipmunk on 1.25 speed. Any suggestions for getting more listening time in a day?

Mdargusch I always listen to my audio books at 1.50 speed and I get used to the voices after awhile. 13mo
Hestapleton I put on my audiobook while I meal prep or do chores around the house. I‘ve listened while I‘ve shopped. If I don‘t have anything to do, I‘ll put it on and go for a walk or cross stitch! 13mo
Lindy Did you finish it in time? 13mo
BookishTrish Juuuuuuuust. Danielle sent chocolate and I used it to bribe the children #Litsytotherescue 13mo
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BookishTrish
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Is it just me or is Ginny suspicious? @Callemarie

Callemarie This is where I'm going to show you how wonderful my memory is.... remind me who Ginny was. 13mo
BookishTrish She‘s the girl who helps Monica research the cold case of Juliana and the other girl‘s murder 13mo
LibrarianRyan I‘ll just sit here pretending I don‘t know the end. 😜 13mo
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FeastOfFiction @LibrarianRyan Didn‘t see that coming about Ginny. Kinda weird that she knew more than she let on. 12mo
LibrarianRyan @FeastOfFiction I wasn‘t surprised. I had guessed she was somehow involved. (edited) 12mo
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan I knew Ginny‘s dad was involved but for most of it (til we got more clues), I thought it was going to relate directly to the murders. I thought maybe he was a dealer. I also thought Tom‘s partner was going to have a part in it but he was just a red herring. I guessed maybe he‘d been the one to shoot the neighbor dude & that Tom was covering for him since he was a rookie & it would‘ve had more serious repercussions for his career. 6mo
LibrarianRyan @monalyisha ohhhh. Nice. 6mo
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Ha! It would've been nice were any of my guesses accurate. 😂 6mo
monalyisha @LibrarianRyan Ha! It would've been nice were any of my guesses accurate. 😂 6mo
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BookishTrish
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So far I prefer Jenn to Monica #audiowalk #NewYearwhodis @Callemarie

valeriegeary But that sky though.... 😍 13mo
Callemarie Ah you're kicking my butt in books right now haha 13mo
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Sharpeipup
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This was totally a #blameitonlitsy read. I knew NOTHING about it before I started it but enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks again for not steering me wrong #littens

BookishMarginalia Well, that‘s a category on #LittenLoveBingo #LLB19 🤓 13mo
Sharpeipup @BookishMarginalia Why yes it is! 13mo
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ashsbookmarks
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New book review is now live! The Cheerleaders was great. Go read it and tell me what you think. www.ashsscript.com
#bookreview #thecheerleaders #review #bookstagram #bookaholic #bookish #bookobsessed #bookworm #bookgragon #bookternet #book #books #ebook #bookhoarder #booknerd #bookblogger

Sharpeipup Just picked it up from the library. 13mo
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BookishTrish
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Back to work #audiobook

Slajaunie Sorry about that. 🙁 13mo
CouronneDhiver Looks the same as my ride. Lol 13mo
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