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Vladimir
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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A provocative, razor-sharp, and timely debut novel about a beloved English professor facing a slew of accusations against her professor husband by former students--a situation that becomes more complicated when she herself develops an obsession of her own... "When I was a child, I loved old men, and I could tell that they also loved me." And so we are introduced to our deliciously incisive narrator: a popular English professor whose charismatic husband at the same small liberal arts college is under investigation for his inappropriate relationships with his former students. The couple have long had a mutual understanding when it comes to their extra-marital pursuits, but with these new allegations, life has become far less comfortable for them both. And when our narrator becomes increasingly infatuated with Vladimir, a celebrated, married young novelist who's just arrived on campus, their tinder box world comes dangerously close to exploding. With this bold, edgy, and uncommonly assured debut, author Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the boundaries of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart. Propulsive, darkly funny, and wildly entertaining, Vladimir perfectly captures the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the nuances and the grey area between power and desire.
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RealLifeReading
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Having breakfast (coffee and homemade fa gao 发糕) with Vladimir and feeling the need to cover up this rather naughty cover

BennettBookworm This made me LOL! 1d
britt_brooke Pretty photo still! 😂 1d
Christine 😆 1d
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TheLibrarian
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Panpan

Normally not something I‘d pick up and I should listen to my instincts/judging a book by it‘s cover. It‘s not atrocious to the point of not finishing it, but it was irritating and just meh.

britt_brooke I panned it, too. 3w
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AlizaApp
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

An English professor whose husband - also a professor - is being investigated for alleged sexual abuses finds herself attracted to a hotshot new writing professor at her small upstate New York college. The way she writes about aging and desire was brilliant. I couldn‘t put this one down.

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Sarahreadstoomuch
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Bailedbailed

Tried out this audio today…. Just didn‘t feel right for right now. Maybe I‘ll come back to it later.

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FelinesAndFelonies
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

I wasn't sure I would like this one based on the reviews. I'm grateful I didn't let them scare me off. I thought this was a really interesting book. It explores the topics of privilege, power, feminism, sexuality, and age in a thoughtful way. I thought this was a bravely written book in a world of #metoo feminism. I'd love to hear your thoughts! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

CarolynM I thought it was interesting, but I didn‘t feel like I understood a lot of the narrator‘s behaviour. 5mo
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Cathyloves2read
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
Pickpick

This book portrays relationships from a different angle than most are used to. Neither of the couples depicted in the story had a traditional marriage. I found it very interesting. I‘m not sure that I particularly liked any of the characters. They were all very odd. This book is different than any I‘ve ever read. I recommend it.

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lele1432
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

An interesting character study with an academia setting that raises questions concerning power dynamics and consent, as well as aging, unrealized goals, loneliness, and selfishness. Despite the cover, the “obsession” of Vladimir doesn‘t come into play until about 3/4 in, and then it kind of goes off the rails. It will leave you uncomfortable and at times appalled, but I believe that‘s by design. Rebecca Lowman was a great narrator! #botm #pop22

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Sydneypaige
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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This book is an academics playground.
The description & early sentences of the book misleads towards Lolita vibes, and it is in the obsession sense, not the underage sense. It‘s reminiscent of The Picture of Dorian Gray - debates art and morality and beauty in a provocative way. It is about power dynamics and consent and sex and agency in relationships and systems. It leaves a bit of an icky feeling behind, an intent I‘m sure the author intends

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CarolynM
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Pickpick

This book deals with sexual politics in the wake of #metoo & illustrates resulting moral & ethical questions including how we understand past events & behaviour in the light of changed ideas about right & wrong. All of that was very interesting & the writing is good but I found the narrator irritating & her behaviour bizarre. It makes a change to centre-stage female sexuality, but not necessarily for the better. A low pick. #Bookspin

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 7mo
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emmaturi
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

Another really good book, set in US, a professor is facing charges of inappropriate relationships with former students. In the meantime his wife is increasingly getting obsessed by Vladimir a writer. The only thing I don't like is the cover.

CarolynM Yes, the cover really is awful. Interesting book, though. 7mo
Astridoodle Right!! Awful cover! 7mo
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Melismatic
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

Short, well written. Are the characters likeable? No. Are they familiar, especially in this politically charged moment? Yes. Speaks volumes on the fine line between selfishness and loneliness and our society is plagued with miscommunication and trauma. Especially white Americans. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Don‘t let the cover (which really doesn‘t speak to the story inside) fool you.

CarolynM Great review. I found a lot of the narrator‘s behaviour positively bizarre, but there was a lot to think about. 7mo
Melismatic @CarolynM super bizarre but even more uncomfortable how she rationalized it all. 🫣 7mo
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kbuggle
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

Very behind on posting books I've been reading, so apologies for the multiple posts in a row..

Despite the creepy cover, I enjoyed this read.. messy relationships set against an academic background. #botm

FelinesAndFelonies Yeah. I find this cover really gross. 5mo
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Avanders
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Thanks for the tag @MaleficentBookDragon ! 😘😘
#WondrousWednesday @Eggs

> 🙋🏼‍♂️✍🏽🤤😤🏊🏻‍♂️… I‘m only about 1/4 in… 🤷🏽‍♀️

> I‘d love a sequel to Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. I know, it‘s nonfiction, but the number of times I think, I just want more of that…..

> The last book I finished was Buried in the Stacks, ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Tagged some folks to play! 🦋🦜

Eggs Thanks for playing and sharing 🙏🏻📚👍🏼 8mo
BethM Which buried in the stacks- Carlisle or brooks? 8mo
Avanders @Eggs 😁😘 8mo
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Avanders @BethM ooh didn‘t think there might be more than one! It‘s 8mo
DaveGreen7777 Thank you for the tag! 😊 8mo
Avanders @DaveGreen7777 fo sho! 😄 8mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m visiting your page and just saw this tag! Sorry I missed it 😘😘😘 7mo
Chrissyreadit Or maybe I didn‘t? I just didn‘t heart the post? I‘m scatter brained. 7mo
Avanders @Chrissyreadit 😂😂 I definitely do that!! 😘😘 7mo
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emmaturi
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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I started this today, only one chapter in. Although I really don't like the cover! #currentlyreading

Suet624 That cover! Who thought that was a good idea? 8mo
emmaturi I know, seriously why would you want that as a cover! No idea @Suet624 8mo
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wallacereads
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

I guess the key to garnering a lot of attention for a somewhat mediocre book is to slap this cover on it.

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rachelm
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Pickpick

Did I mainline this audiobook in less than a day? Yes, and my gosh, what a ride. The main character‘s voice is fascinating. I‘m a sucker for campus novels, and this one is as good as it gets for that genre. Love the examination of sex and age and bodies and the changes of mores over time.

sprainedbrain Great review! 10mo
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britt_brooke
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ The character study of an unnamed middle-aged female professor who is 1/2 of an open marriage where neither party acts like they give a shit about anything but themselves. How fitting because I gave zero shits about these people nor what did/didn‘t happen. Impressive writing, dreadful story. Most repelling cover since A Little Life. Apparently the image represents the woman‘s objectifying gaze, so at least there‘s an explanation.

Leftcoastzen I‘m glad I found your take on it! Prevents me from spending the time on it. 10mo
5feet.of.fury 🤣🤣 10mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen Glad to be of service! 😂 10mo
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ravenlee That cover seems like it should have a 70s-porn soundtrack. 🤢 10mo
britt_brooke @ravenlee 🎶 Bow chicka wow wow. 🎶 10mo
Cinfhen Hahaha @britt_brooke I kind of liked this one ☝️🤷🏼‍♀️I don‘t think you‘d hate it @Leftcoastzen but I could be wrong!! 10mo
Cinfhen It did get to be a bit much at one point though…. Now that I‘m thinking about it 10mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Definitely polarizing! 10mo
Leftcoastzen @Cinfhen is it because I have a pretty high tolerance of unlikable characters?😂 10mo
Cinfhen Hahaha, no I think the writing was actually pretty good @Leftcoastzen and it‘s more about aging or being recognized but it did go bat shit cuckoo towards the end. Id say #BorrowNotBuy 10mo
Cinfhen Yes, I completely respect why some panned the book 10mo
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rather_be_reading
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Book 65

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Twainy
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

🎧 This book was just not for me. It read like a slice of life of a couple in their late 50‘s that were ok with extramarital affairs. Oh & they‘re college professors (student affairs).

The narrator is the wife & she‘s worried about her appearance & wanting men to be attracted to her & worrying that they aren‘t, comparing herself to younger students & she‘s horny/masturbating all the time.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ 👇🏻

Twainy It‘s the charismatic hubby on trial. He is involved in a court case, accused of inappropriate relations with 7 former students.

Vladimir might be the focus of the narrator‘s attention but he‘s not the focus of the book, the narrator‘s life is. Billed as dark humor, it felt pathetic & anticlimactic.

Just a sad look at 2 older people‘s lives … a little disappointing…
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lele1432 I‘m glad I‘m getting this through the library. I‘m not sure if it will be for me either. 11mo
Twainy @lele1432 I was thinking .. I‘d buy it next month if I liked it but it wasn‘t for me. I love the library! 😁 11mo
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akfreeborn
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I really enjoyed this surprisingly literary look at campus sex scandals, aging, power and marital relationships. Both husband and wife are respected professors until inappropriate relationships are called out. All from the perspective of an ambitious 57 year old professor it has a little crazy ending but it is really well done. This seems to be somewhat divisive but if you picked this for content and nor the cover you might very well like it.

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cariashley
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

An interesting concept and voice but I felt it dragged on too much for a short book. I never fully understood the narrator‘s obsession and it goes a bit batshit there at the end. #BOTM

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JenReadsAlot
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

I mean the book was better than the cover.... lol

Tamra The cover is quite off putting to me, but maybe that‘s the point?? I‘m guilty of judging a book by its cover. 😔 11mo
JenReadsAlot @Tamra I do the same and I mean this is a terrible cover! 11mo
BiblioLitten The cover made me cringe😶 11mo
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britt_brooke 😂😂 You‘re not wrong. (edited) 10mo
JenReadsAlot @britt_brooke Right?! Terrible. 10mo
britt_brooke @JenReadsAlot So bad. 🙈 10mo
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Rissa1
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

I did not love this. In fact I would rate it 2.5⭐. I can relate to some of the narrators feelings but at times this felt bizarre.

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Chelsea.Poole
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Pickpick

The emphasis of sexuality from the cover art as well as the descriptions of the novel I read led me to think this was going to be focused on the affairs/sex and power in the workplace. However, it was much more inward-looking, as our main character considers aging, recognizes her own vanity, and reflects upon her relationship with her grown daughter. A reversal of #metoo/lolita..I‘m not sure. But I did enjoy this novel.

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NikkiCureton
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Bailedbailed

I did not enjoy this one at all and DNF. Just did not connect to the narrator/story and ultimately couldn‘t stick with it. By the way, this cover is so cringeworthy… 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Jemgirl2014
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I'm reading “Vladimir“ right now. Wondering if anybody else finds the narrator's daughter annoying. I just want to slap her. There is no way I'd talk to my mother in such a disrespectful manner. She's such a brat! She's not the only one though. The author has done a great job of making some really unlikeable characters. Now that my rant is over I must say that I'm really enjoying this book! 😄

marleed You are not wrong about the daughter. I wonder if raising a child in an open-marriage situation would somehow level the playing field in a parent child relationship - like maybe the daughter heard rumors of her parents‘ infidelities through her schooling and grew up with some certain level of disrespect toward her parents. Haha - the author could have another story there! 11mo
Jemgirl2014 @marleed You could be on to something. There is so much resentment on Sid‘s part. The dynamic between her and her mother is very interesting. I feel like the narrator doesn‘t feel like she‘s enough when it comes to being a mother and as a result, she lets her talk to her any kind of way. Plus, I‘m noticing that the narrator doesn‘t allow Sid to be accountable for any mistakes she makes. Like her mess ups with Alexis. 11mo
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marleed
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Oh, this cover - how can we forget this cover!? If you like books in an academic setting, if you like character studies, if you wonder how/why any open marriages succeeds - read this book. It‘s a great read. I often consider perspective better in fictional #MeToo stories when my personal opinion about IRL people involved aren‘t involved which was another reason to thumbs up this book!

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sprainedbrain
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Pickpick

I seem to be in the minority, but I love this cover and absolutely requested it on NetGalley for that reason. Happily, I loved the book, too. 😉

Full review on my blog: http://sprainedbrain.blog/2022/02/18/review-vladimir-by-julia-may-jonas/

I did the ‘ole audio/kindle combo for this one because it was compulsively readable and I didn‘t want to stop. Narration is excellent, print is great.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Megabooks I love the cover too. 👍🏻 (edited) 11mo
Howard_L I enjoyed your review. Still reading the book and am impressed with it so far. 10mo
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Addison_Reads
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#BlameItOnLitsy because otherwise I never would have read this book.

Highly entertaining, fast paced, with a wide range of characters to keep you invested. I loved the point of view of the main character and I felt her voice is one not often explored in literature. The ending surprised me because it's not the direction I saw things going.

There's also a mention of Stephen King's Misery in this one. 😀

sophies_little_library So excited to read this! 11mo
vivastory The Lockwood book is on it's way to you. It should reach you by the middle of next week. 🙂 11mo
Addison_Reads @vivastory Thank you again! I'll let you know when it gets here. 11mo
Addison_Reads @sophies_little_library I look forward to seeing what you think about it. 11mo
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jdiehr
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Pickpick

About 2/3 of the way in I thought, nothing much has really happened outside of the main character's fantasies.

Then the last third of the book things happened - unexpected things!

This is a book full of characters who possess little to no moral compass.

An entertaining page-turner with an eye-catching cover 😄

#botm

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ICantImReading
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

A bold and lacerating look at female desire, aging, and power with a really intriguing (and sometimes cringey) protagonist who I know will linger in my mind for awhile. This was especially interesting to me as someone who works with college students. By the end it made me feel unsettled and bleak, but I can‘t deny that I was riveted. #BOTM

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Megabooks
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I like that the narrator of this novel is NOT a highly self-aware millennial. 😂

Our middle aged narrator is married to a professor embroiled in a sex scandal at the college where they teach. Vladimir, a sexy youngish writer, is brought into the department, and our MC is hot and bothered, but her fantasy is as much about being untied from her husband‘s scandal as about Vlad himself. The ending is abrupt but still an enjoyable book. #botm ⬇️

Megabooks ⬆️ y‘all like how I made my ending abrupt?? 😂😉 To me, this book was as much a fantasy about escape: escape from marriage, escape from boredom, escape from sanity, as it is about anything tangible. Even the ending is itself an escape, both for the protagonists and for the author from having to create something a little less deus ex machina. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I still liked it though. #DarkAcademia #Booked2022 @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft (edited) 12mo
marleed Your pic! 12mo
Cinfhen Great review!! Love the throw pillows!!! Agreed, the female narrator was a welcome change in terms of female characters. This book might stay with me longer than most. I bumped it up a bit for the audio narration. 12mo
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BarbaraBB Very good review! I‘d almost read it but for that cover 😂 (edited) 12mo
Megabooks @marleed I wanted to be a little fun! You have to with that cover! 😂😂 11mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks! Yes, Lowman is a great narrator‼️, but it was good in print, too. 😁 11mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB 😂😂 I kind of like its sauciness. Maybe I have a secret thing for chest hair! 😉 11mo
BarbaraBB 😂 Maybe that‘s it! 11mo
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Cinfhen
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This is the perfect example of don‘t judge a book by it‘s cover. This book is way meatier than expected and quite literary as well. The unnamed narrator is a 58 year old professor at a small liberal arts college where her husband has been accused of numerous cases of sexual assault. What she‘s unaware of is how the allegations will affect her. A true page turner with some unexpected surprises. #Booked2022 #DarkAcademia

TrishB I looked at this and thought I could not read this on the bus! Definitely judging by the cover 😁 12mo
Cinfhen Maybe on your kindle ☺️but I‘d wait for a #DailyDeal @TrishB xx 12mo
Bklover From various reviews this sounds good, but good grief the cover is awful! 😆 11mo
Cinfhen The cover is really deceiving @Bklover - I get why the author/ publisher wanted to take this approach but it takes away from the book‘s literary qualities 11mo
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Cinfhen
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#AudioSouping Really engaged with this audiobook #DarkAcademia

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reading_rainbow
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Wow. I was completely enthralled by this author‘s writing and found myself reaching for a pencil to underline passages. Do not let the cover fool you, this is not a romance. This book was interesting and thought provoking. I wish I could articulate better but what a fresh unique read. This one is a keeper and I look forward to more work from this author.

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swishandflick
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This was the perfect reminder that I shouldn't judge a book by its cover! I went in a little bit blind to the plot, but with low expectations fed by preconceived notions, only to be pleasantly surprised by its level of depth. Equal parts provocative and thought provoking, I was riveted from start to finish. I still don't necessarily regret not having this cover on my shelf though 😉 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #BOTM

Yossarian I‘m still not going to read it . . . Solely because of the cover. 12mo
swishandflick @Yossarian The cover is bad, no doubt. Haha. I borrowed it from the library on my Kindle 👌🏽 12mo
Kimberlone I‘m excited to read this one. I find the cover hilarious and I love it! 12mo
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Leftcoastzen Brown paper wrappers!😄 12mo
robinb 😎This cover initially led me to believe it centered around a Russian 1970s porn star (or gigolo). 😂 12mo
Breanne1 Maybe I‘ll sneak this one in to my ebooks so it‘s not on my bookshelf 😜 12mo
LKK526 I admit the cover was off putting. But I‘ll give it a try 12mo
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Cinfhen
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squirrelbrain Sounds fab, but not out here until May…. 12mo
Cinfhen I‘m listening via scribd @squirrelbrain 😊 12mo
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TheLudicReader I am really looking forward to this one. 12mo
Cinfhen Audio is FABULOUS @TheLudicReader 🤩 12mo
swishandflick I'm currently reading and loving this one too! Far more than I expected I would. 12mo
Simona I still need a dark academia book … stacked! 12mo
Cinfhen I thought based on the cover this book would be cheesy @Simona @swishandflick but it actually has some real meat & depth!! 12mo
KarenUK Oooh sounds good! 👌 12mo
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reading_rainbow
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Relate to this so much🖤

Tamra I do too! 12mo
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swishandflick
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I'm glad I went the library route for this #BOTM pick! My hold came in almost immediately, I don't have to look at the cover on my shelf, and I saved a credit. win/win/win 😂

Bookzombie 😂 12mo
Larkken Ha! So much there. 😅 (edited) 12mo
marleed Hahaha - I was thinking of putting this on hold rather than ordering from botm - mostly so my grown-ass kids wouldn‘t show up while I was reading and say, Ohhh so this is why you‘re always reading! 12mo
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cariashley
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#BOTM for February ordered! I usually hem and haw a lot more but just went for it this time. The cover is indeed ridiculous, can‘t wait to see my husband‘s reaction when I take it out of the box 😆

marleed Haha - you‘ll have to report back! 12mo
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ICantImReading
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At first I didn‘t like the cover for Vladimir, but it has really grown on me 😂 I can appreciate something that takes a risk and elicits strong reactions. I hope the content is as provoking as the cover!

I‘m excited to try out another Agatha Christie mystery before watching the movie! I might also get “The Christie Affair” on Audible 🧐 #BOTM

BrittanyReads I'm sooo tempted to get the BOTM edition of Nile!! I already own two copies though. Haha I just read it and it's so good! Can't wait to see the movie! 12mo
marleed I‘m feeling the same way about that cover. My first reaction was, just no! DotN with the Christie Affair - how cool is that! 12mo
ICantImReading @BrittanyReads hahaha I love that, so glad to hear it‘s good!! A BOTM bookshelf is just so satisfying since they‘re all the same size 😆 I have the BOTM edition of “And Then There Were None” and can see why she‘s the mystery queen! 12mo
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ICantImReading @marleed yes, I thought that would be a fun pairing!! 😃 12mo
BrittanyReads Ohhh!! That's so exciting! And Then There Were None is my favorite of hers so far! Orient and Nile are close seconds! 12mo
Kitta I‘m tempted by Vladimir but hate the cover 😂 12mo
ICantImReading @Kitta I totally get it 😂 someone posted a link to a video discussing the creative process for choosing this cover and it helped me to start thinking differently! It‘s certainly memorable! 😆 12mo
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jdiehr
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I saw something on Litsy...
Then I read about it in People Magazine...
and had no hesitation choosing it for my Book of the Month.

Something salacious this month ❤️‍🔥😄

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reading_rainbow
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Yay!! Excited about reading lovey cutesy fun reads this month (watching lovey cutesy fun movies too) just really feeling February this year✨ Also very excited about Vladimir, sounds really interesting🖤
#BOTM

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TheBookStacker
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I know a lot of people hate the cover but I find it hysterical and I‘ve heard some good things about this book, and as soon as I saw the plug for Peach Blossom Spring being for people who loved Pachinko I was sold. #botm

AmyG I just won Peach Blossom Spring from Goodreads. 12mo
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reading_rainbow
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You guys are getting my hopes up that this is going to be a #BOTM pick for February! I‘ve wanted this book since I saw a little video on the creative process of picking and creating the cover, Link down below if ur interested👇 I thought it was cool (I did love cover option Number 4 tho)

https://youtu.be/UULrqMJtDQE

BrittanyReads Thanks for sharing!! I liked 4 also! Interesting video. TBH I hate that cover but after seeing other possibilities, it's def not the worst of the bunch hahah The cover has got people taking about the book, so it seems to being doing it's job! I'm on the fence if that will be my pick 12mo
reading_rainbow @BrittanyReads definitely has people talking 😂 I love the retro vibe but I can definitely see why it would make a person cringe lolol 12mo
ICantImReading This is SO interesting!! My first reaction was to cringe at this cover, but I‘m really growing to appreciate it! I love that it‘s bold and different and definitely has people talking. This will absolutely be my BOTM pick! 😊 12mo
cariashley Omg that video!!! So fascinating. Just picked this as my BOTM! 12mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Word on the street is that this book is a #BOTM pick for February. The synopsis sounds interesting but that cover is 😖🙈

ICantImReading Agree this looks really good, but I would need to burn the cover! 😂 12mo
Kimberlone I love the campy cover! 12mo
sprainedbrain I totally requested this one on NetGalley *because* of the cover. 😂 12mo
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akaGingerK
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Mehso-so

A pretty messed up female narrator, lots of literati references, hints at potentially dark directions for the plot.

Just the worst cover. I was told the inspiration was reversing the male gaze of a book cover like Lolita, but it really lands at “dated romance,” which isn‘t necessarily the same reader #ARC

akaGingerK Despite the initial Taddeo‘s-Animal pull of the compellingly awful main character, this book ultimately shies away from the darker outcomes, but also didn‘t give the catharsis of ‘getting away with it.‘ I became invested, but I don‘t feel like it quite stuck the landing. 12mo
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Lauren.Archer
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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Mehso-so

The first two-thirds of this book I was completely engaged, but then Jonas completely lost me in the last pages. Reality almost felt like a fever dream to me and I kept asking what I am reading? This could be just my experience, but be forewarned, not everything appears as you might think it should be

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Kimberlone
Vladimir | Julia May Jonas
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These are all books I have recently won from Goodreads giveaways. Ive also won a few straight to Kindle books. I had no idea how good the chances are to win these giveaways…if I had known I would have started entering years ago!

My bf keeps questioning me about getting more books in the mail, and I have to convince him it‘s okay because they are free!

Kimberlone I have to say the cover for Vladimir is very enticing….😏😉 1y
EvieBee I used to check the giveaways daily and used to regularly win quite a few. I started up again and already won a Peter Swanson! 1y
BkClubCare Wow! 1y
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Tera66 At one point I had a whole book shelf of just my Goodreads wins. 😊 Congratulations 📚 1y
Crazeedi That is awesome! What is the book to the very left?? And I'm thrilled you're part of #TeamGameSleighers!! 1y
Crazeedi @Tera66 wow, how did you manage that? I've only ever wondered a couple and mostly kindle 1y
Kimberlone @Crazeedi the one to the left is The Sisters Sweet; I think I may have just gotten lucky, but also the more you enter the better your chances, I think, so I just try to enter any that I might be interested in! (edited) 1y
Tera66 @Crazeedi They used to be easier to win, they changed the rules awhile back for the people that list the contests. And so not as many are listed and it's been harder. And I don't enter as many as I used to since it automatically adds them to your TBR. It felt like I was winning at least a book a week at one time😀 1y
Crazeedi @Kimberlone thank you! I know I used to enter more, but kinda forgot to do after while. The cover of the book looks interesting! 1y
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