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Necessary People
Necessary People | Anna Pitoniak
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One of them has it all. One of them wants it all. Only one of them can win. Stella Bradley is beautiful, rich, and very good at getting herself into trouble. Violet Trapp is smart, self-aware, and laser-focused on escaping her humble background--especially after Stella gives her a glimpse into a world of glamour and wealth. They are best friends, and from the moment they meet in college, they know their roles: Stella in the spotlight, and Violet behind the scenes. After graduation, Violet moves to New York and lands a job in cable news, where she works her way up from intern to assistant to producer, and to a life where she's finally free from Stella's shadow. Until Stella decides to use her connections, beauty and charisma to land a job at the same network. Stella soon moves in front of the camera, becoming the public face of the stories that Violet has worked tirelessly to produce-and taking all the credit for it. But Violet isn't giving up so easily. As she and Stella strive for success, they each reveal just how far they'll go to get what they want--even if it means destroying the other person along the way. Set against the fast-paced backdrop of TV news, Necessary People is a propulsive work of psychological suspense about ambition and privilege, about the thin line between friendship and rivalry, about the people we need in our lives--and the people we don't.
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CassieLovesBooks
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Quick read, caught me off guard a few times!

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Book_ish
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Efing Violet!!! Necessary People Violet, NECESSARY PEOPLE!!!! 🤦🏽‍♀️

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TheRomantiCate
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Mehso-so

Truly a ‘meh‘ book... overall well-written, but all of the main characters are awful and complete unlikeable... it truly just shows the worst aspects of “being ambitious”... it‘s not the worst, but I have read books of similar plots that have managed it much better than this one. ⭐️⭐️

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Book_ish
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I missed Day 4 yesterday because I took the kids to Six Flags but I am back today with my Day 4 #7covers7days #7days7covers #covercrush pick!

Being that most people are already doing this I‘m not going to tag anyone today but feel free to join in, I‘m loving seeing my feed full of gorgeous covers!

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SarahHarts_books
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My little books buddy Mayvne is doing such a good job "helping" me finish up reading my book! ?? #puppiesoflitsy

tammysue 💗😊 4mo
Reecaspieces ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
brit91 Sooo cute!!!💖💖💖 4mo
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JohannaRose She‘s so cute! 🥰 4mo
SarahHarts_books @brit91 Thank you! She's 9 weeks old 😊 4mo
SarahHarts_books @JohannaRose Thanks! She is so fun! And such a sweetheart!!😍💖 4mo
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cjbooklover
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Mehso-so

I was not impressed. I was expecting a twisty thriller and this was not it. Honestly, the sad thing is my favorite part was Violet‘s big story. I did not care for the references to sex or the language. I am disappointed I wasted my time on this. I think it does reveal that we all will do terrible things to succeed. @jenniferajanes I would not recommend reading it. There are much better books out there.

jenniferajanes After discussing it with you further, I think I‘ll spend my weekend reading time on a different book. Thanks for the heads up! 😘 4mo
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jenniferajanes
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Here‘s the proof! @cjbooklover is hogging Necessary People, which *I* checked out from the library. She‘s also got The Silent Patient in her lap because she wants to read it before I turn it in. 😂😂😂

My younger daughter is in the kitchen fixing herself a snack, listening to Pride and Prejudice on #audible. 😍

#raisingreaders

Crazeedi Guess you need to be on your toes! So nice to see moms and children who read together. I go to my daughters and we'll spend the afternoon together reading. 4mo
jenniferajanes @Crazeedi That‘s awesome! Yes, I hope we all have many more years of reading together. 🥰 4mo
Crazeedi @jenniferajanes you will, you'll always share what books you're reading, share them etc. Books keep families together!😉❤ 4mo
jenniferajanes @Crazeedi 😍❤️📚 4mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Mehso-so

I'm fickle. This one felt like a combo of so many other similar storylines I've read over the past couple of years. Nothing felt original and I didn't really care what happened to the characters. 🤷🏼‍♀️
Twenty somethings, jealousy, ambition, tv news, and something sinister beneath it all.
*pictured with a shot of the river across a block away from my house.
#audiobook #summerreading

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MicheleinPhilly
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I inhaled this over the course of 24 hours. I seriously hope that someone has optioned this because it would make a DYNAMITE summer soap. There was just so much bitchy fabulousness that I could not look away. 4🌟

swishandflick Agreed!! 5mo
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JoScho
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The haves and the have nots-Violet comes from nothing and works her ass off while Stella is privileged and given everything she wants. This one is a dark story of loyalty, jealousy, and friendship. Quick and easy read.

hermyknee I read this one super fast, too! 5mo
MicheleinPhilly Just got my library notification for this! 5mo
JoScho @MicheleinPhilly yay! Enjoy 💕 5mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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Cathythoughts This one sounds good. I‘ll look out for your review 👍🏻 5mo
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GloVerdino
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Mehso-so

I want to give this one 3.5 stars and it‘s somewhere between a pick and so-so. I feel like there could have been more build up and tension with Violet and Stella‘s relationship. I also wanted to hear more about Violet‘s past. At times it reminded me of #fashionvictim but didn‘t quite go that far

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GloVerdino
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I was just about to get up to make something for breakfast when my baby girl decided she wanted to snuggle Mommy. I guess I‘ll just have to stay here and finish my book, and starve

brit91 Awwww💖💖💖💖 5mo
Molly_the_mezzo What a cutie pie! 5mo
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GloVerdino
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Time to start getting caught up with my BOTM books, I‘m a couple months behind!

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ambam1987
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Money. Jealousy. Ambition. Power. Murder. All behind the scenes in a network newsroom.

I couldn‘t put this one down- so different from most of my normal reads!

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ambam1987
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What‘re you reading this summer? #beachbagreads

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hermyknee
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My reading slump is officially over. This book was wild! So as not to spoil anything, I‘ll stop there 🤐

(And yes, I have taken this book with me pretty much everywhere over the last three days! Pictured above, you can see us spending time at the dog park 😅)

#botm #bookofthemonth #necessarypeople

swishandflick Yay, glad you liked it!! 😄 6mo
TheRomantiCate I‘m reading it now!! 6mo
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hermyknee
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This one is for @MrBook ! #BookNLunch
I had to take a picture because this is probably the prettiest lunch I‘ve ever eaten. #FlowerChild

#botm #bookofthemonth #necessarypeople

Bklover That looks heavenly! What all is on that plate? 6mo
hermyknee @Bklover it was really good! It was quinoa, some other grain, portobello mushrooms, chicken, sweet potato, arugula, avocado, and some sort of sauce thingys. I was a little overwhelmed by the menu, so the girl taking my order told me what was most popular, and I got that! It was really good. 6mo
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Bklover Well, it looks like you chose well! Looks delicious! 6mo
MrBook Whoa! 😳 That looks awesome!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻😋 6mo
Chrissyreadit Yummmm! 6mo
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hermyknee
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hermyknee
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Friends who read together... #botm #bookofthemonth #necessarypeople #hownottodiealone #maybotm

Necessary People has got me hooked.

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hermyknee
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Having a bit of book ADD (if that‘s even a thing?) - the other book I was reading/ listening to started to feel like a chore, so I‘m switching to my May #BOTM pick - nothing like a good thriller to get you out of a reading rut, right?

This one has great reviews on Litsy, so I‘m excited to get started!

#thriller #bookofthemonth #frienemies

TheBookStacker I always choose thrillers when I‘m in a rut. 6mo
JoScho I am excited for this one too! 6mo
The_Heeler_Booklife You don‘t want to see my goodreads to see how bad I jump around because I am needing something different or a new book came out and I really wanted to read it. 6mo
RaimeyGallant Absolutely a good way to avoid reading ruts. 6mo
hermyknee @TheBookStacker @JoScho @allthingskayla @RaimeyGallant yes! And I think I made the right choice - I just started it yesterday and I‘m already almost finished! 6mo
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swishandflick
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I inhaled this today! A slow burning (but super effective) tale of two frienemies, their ambition, and how it affects them both. I couldn't even tell you what I was hoping for by the end, but my heart was beating just a little too fast in a good way. Really happy with this #BOTM pick 👏🏽

hermyknee Oh good! I picked this one, too! 6mo
Victoriahoperose I enjoyed it too. Agree 💯 with your review!! 6mo
MarriedtoMrT I love this picture! And the print on your top. 6mo
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erzascarletbookgasm I always love to see your smile! 😘 6mo
swishandflick @hermyknee Hope you love it as much as I did! 6mo
hermyknee Ahhh I just finished this one! It‘s wild! 6mo
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CandiReadsBooks
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We all have that one friend that constantly competes with us, wants all of the attention and thinks they‘re doing you a favor by being friends. Stella is that person. The novel was an interesting take on the interdependence of friendship, especially when one friend starts irritating the other as in Violet‘s case. All she wanted was something of her own and to step out of Stella‘s shadow

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TorieStorieS
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This May #BOTM read tackles the drama of the newsroom and also of unbalanced friendships in quite the page-turning fashion! I really couldn‘t set this down! And it made me thankful that I didn‘t pursue news networks with my journalism major! The plot has its predictable moments, but the characters feel real and in #TheEnd, I felt satisfied... despite some vile actions! #MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen It‘s a great cover ~ glad to hear book is good 😊 (edited) 6mo
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen I love it when I enjoy both, as I‘m definitely guilty of judging books by their cover.... 😬 6mo
gradcat I stacked this one. It sounds really interesting, and my undergraduate degree is in journalism, too. (edited) 6mo
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TorieStorieS @gradcat I hope you like it as much as I did! 🤞 And yay- I took a class on broadcast journalism and this felt very accurately portrayed! 6mo
gradcat Me, too...but I‘m sure I‘ll like it...whenever I get to it! 😂 I‘m so behind on my TBR! 6mo
TorieStorieS @gradcat I hear ya! My TBR is totally out of control!!! 🤣 6mo
rohit-sawant Great review! 🙌🏼 6mo
TorieStorieS Thanks, @rohit-sawant ☺️ (edited) 6mo
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Kappadeemom
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I enjoyed my BOTM for May. #frenemies

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ThrillerQueen
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Getting started on this tonight, I hope it's good. I have been reading a lot of not so great books recently.

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swishandflick
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Whew! After much deliberation, I've finally decided which *physical* books will be coming with me on the cruise. A couple of #BOTM picks, the only Karin Slaughter I haven't read yet, and some others that have been staring me down from my shelf. Not pictured are 15 freshly downloaded Kindle Unlimited and Libby picks. Suffice it to say that I'll not be lacking options on vacation! 😆🛳🏖

KirstieE Have a fun trip !! 7mo
swishandflick @KirstieE Thank you! 🤗 7mo
baes Where the Crawdads Sing ❤️❤️❤️ Have fun in your trip! 7mo
Leftcoastzen Have fun!Happy reading. 7mo
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Kappadeemom
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Trying to read with the Dorkie on my lap 😇

DGRachel So cute!😍 7mo
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KatieDid927
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I liked this even more than I thought I would. It‘s a very thought-provoking story examining friendship and ambition. #BotM

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Matilda
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rachaich So true. Existing also isn't the same as living 🙁😐🤔 7mo
Matilda @rachaich very true. 7mo
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readingismyselfcare
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Wow! This book! I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked it, but I'm so glad it did! It told the story of a side of friendship we don't see often. Jealousy...ambition....WTF moments! It was a slow burn for sure, but before you know it, you're in the story and can't stop. This is a story that will be with me for a long while. I highly recommend! #botm #triller #thatcoverthough

BlameJennyJane Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 7mo
victoriachille Omg igot this too!! Def gonna read it next 7mo
readingismyselfcare @victoriachille so good! I can't wait to see what you think! 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🌸 7mo
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readingismyselfcare
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I had a hard time picking a book this month, but this one called to me. It's been a slow start, but I'm at the point where I don't want to go to bed! Hoping it continues on this path and can't wait to see what happens! #botm #stayuptoolate

Satellitestar I saw this on book of the month but picked something else. Maybe an add on in June! (edited) 7mo
readingismyselfcare @Satellitestar oh! What did you get? I had a hard time deciding, but kept going back to this one. 7mo
Satellitestar @readingismyselfcare The Buried and Flight Portfolio as add on. Still haven‘t started either, added them to the ever growing stack! 7mo
readingismyselfcare @Satellitestar I haven't done a lot with my stacks yet....but I know my to read stack will be big! 7mo
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Victoriahoperose
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I liked this book and don‘t regret getting it for my BOTM pick, but it was definitely a slow burn. I felt like it took a long time to develop and get to anything exciting. The author did a good job of supplying an unreliable narrator and unlivable characters which really made the book interesting. I felt like there could have been more explanations and ideas explored, but overall, I liked this one. #botm

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Lovesbooks87
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#botm came today! After they brought out the BFF program and I saw I wasn't part of it because I paused my account I was going to cancel. But when I went to cancel my account I saw that I was a BFF after all Do i decided Keep my account for a little bit longer. Am kinda sad that I didn't get one of the cool BFF book markers in my box!

Librarybelle Unless mine is stuck in one of my books, I did not receive one either! The tote is nice, though. 7mo
Lovesbooks87 @Librarybelle it is really nice! 7mo
BookwormAHN If you would like it I'll send you my bookmark 😺 7mo
Lovesbooks87 @BookwormAHN thanks but that's okay. It was nice of you to offer! 😊 7mo
BookwormAHN Okay 😸 7mo
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Kimberlone
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Yay! Love my new tote 😍

Was genuinely surprised to see my #BOTM box in front of my door when I came home from work tonight. When I checked the tracking today it still said “departed Las Vegas.”

LiteraryinLititz That‘s a great tote! 7mo
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TheRomantiCate
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My #BOTM arrived today and I seriously have mixed feelings about this one... I wasn‘t 100% sold on it because it sounds like a very familiar plot, but I am an optimist so fingers crossed it‘s a good one!! 🤩🤩

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TheLibrarian
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#BOTM box arrived with my free tote!! The book pocket is cool but I‘m not a fan of them labeling it book pocket.

marleed Heaven forbid you put a cellphone in that pocket! 7mo
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rather_be_reading
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Whoot whoot!! My May Book of the Month has arrived!! Cant wait to use the tote!
#botm

ThrillerQueen My shipping notification still just says "on it's way to USPS" but I am super excited about the tote and my copy of Necessary People! 7mo
rather_be_reading @ThrillerQueen oh no! i love the tote already! 7mo
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Jolly
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All the BOTM I‘ve received so far! Currently reading Necessary People & The Silent Patient.

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guinsgirlreads
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Got my #BOTM box yesterday!

Mdargusch I love that tote! Pockets are everything! ❤️ 7mo
guinsgirlreads @Mdargusch Right! ❤️ 7mo
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Skyrimir
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Got my #botm! Also, this bag they send you after 12 boxes as part of their new customer appreciation is really nice! Sturdy and there‘s a zippered pocket inside.

BookishMarginalia 6 boxes to go! 7mo
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Butterflyamore
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Necessary People was my Book of the Month pick for May and The Astonishing Color of After was my add on. I‘m very excited about both of these books!

If you do BOTM, what did you pick this month?

Kimberlone I also picked 7mo
GloVerdino I also got necessary people, but I displayed some self-restraint and did add any extra books this month! 7mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Awwww #BOTM, you‘re my BFF too. ❤️❤️

Jilly6183 I have one more month to go! 7mo
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guinsgirlreads
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BOTM box. I suppose if I weren‘t trying to do it at work, I wouldn‘t have missed seeing ‘The Killer Across the Table‘ which I am none too happy about and dying to read. 😒😡😱 Hopefully next month!!

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What did you guys choose for your May book for Book of the Month?! Thanks @felinesandfiction for posting this collage! I chose "Necessary People" because I just LOVE thrillers and cant get enough.

Rachel_nyc I‘m leaning towards The Buried to meet my non-fiction quota as well as adding Egypt to my Around the World challenge but Necessary People sounds like a fun one! 7mo
Laughterhp I got The Flight Portfolio. I almost picked the Bride Test, but I‘m very picky about my Romance novels! 7mo
MaceyT15 I went with How Not To Die Alone. It's outside my usual thriller/mystery preference, but I'm trying to branch out! So excited!! 7mo
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hermyknee Necessary People! 7mo
BookwormAHN I got The Flight Portfolio 7mo
EmilyM The Flight Portfolio for me! 7mo
PSreads73 I haven‘t decided yet. The only one I‘ve ruled out is The Bride Test. The Buried could be really good but may be a bit too heavy for something I‘m not sure about. 7mo
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Kimberlone
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Not sure if this a new thing, or just new to me. Apparently you can qualify for #BOTM BFF once you‘ve ordered 12 boxes. I‘ve been a member for almost 2 years, but often skip, so I only qualified this month. Perks include a free tote bag when you join, free add-on during your birthday month, and free choice of the Book of the Year finalists.

Wasn‘t super excited about any of this month‘s choices, but the tagged book is what I decided on for May!

8little_paws I'm in this too and super psyched for the bag 7mo
Kimberlone @8little_paws me too! Who doesn‘t love a tote bag? 7mo
TheLibrarian I‘m in it too. My birthday month is May but no free book ☹️ Maybe because I ordered my May box in April? 7mo
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MaceyT15 I think the BFF program is new. I just saw it this morning. Just curious, I don't see anywhere in my account where it asks for my birthday. I'm not quote at box 12 yet, so perhaps they don't ask until that point. Anyone else notice this? 7mo
Kimberlone @MaceyT15 once you choose the box that qualifies you for BFF, you are prompted to opt in, choose your free gift ( tote bag) and then enter your birthday 7mo
Kimberlone @TheLibrarian maybe once your birthday month hits, the free add on will then be available? 7mo
MaceyT15 @Kimberlone thanks much!! What a great incentive for members!! ❤ 7mo
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angel1
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Starting the month off right by getting bookmail....Goodreads win!!😬

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Matilda
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My current cover obsession #bookmail

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