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White Oleander
White Oleander | Janet Fitch
Astrid is the only child of a single mother, Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet who wields her luminous beauty to intimidate and manipulate men. Astrid worships her mother and cherishes their private world full of ritual and mystery - but their idyll is shattered when Astrid's mother falls apart over a lover. Deranged by rejection, Ingrid murders the man, and is sentenced to life in prison. White Oleander is the unforgettable story of Astrid's journey through a series of foster homes and her efforts to find a place for herself in impossible circumstances. Each home is its own universe, with a new set of laws and lessons to be learned. With determination and humor, Astrid confronts the challenges of loneliness and poverty, and strives to learn who a motherless child in an indifferent world can become. Oprah Winfrey enjoyed this gripping first novel so much that she not only made it her book club pick, she asked if she could narrate the audio release.
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Eggs
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Ingrid is #acharacteryoulovetohate. For starters, she‘s a murderer, and generally unlikeable and egocentric

#gratefulreads

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
@OriginalCyn620

TheBookHippie I just reread this. 2d
Megabooks Takes me back to college! 2d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🖤🖤 2d
OriginalCyn620 Yes! 🙌🏻🖤 1d
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morevna
White Oleander | Janet Fitch

"Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay."

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morevna
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"If you expect to find people who will understand you, you will grow murderous with disappointment. The best you'll ever do is to understand yourself, know what it is that you want, and not let the cattle stand in your way."

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rather_be_reading
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Fan girl moment!!! Janet Fitch is following me!! One of my all time favorite books is White Oleander!

CaliforniaCay So cool! Love that book and the movie ❤ 3w
HOTPock3tt Lucky!! 😃I ADORE white Oleander!! ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Cedricsmom Hey fangirls! Miss Janet is a generous person who does live Writing Wednesday podcast on her Facebook page. All are welcome. Come check her out. She's also on YouTube. 3w
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JacqMac
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That is a great book. 4w
TheReadingMermaid It was a great movie too. Did you ever see it? 🧟‍♀️ 4w
JacqMac @TheReadingMermaid I did. It‘s very good, too. 4w
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Eggs
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There were some obnoxious characters in this one: Starr the stripper/alcoholic shrew. Marvel, the mean foster mom. Ingrid, the hostile narcissist. And yet Astrid thrives...

#obnoxious #augustabc

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Eggs
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Pickpick

Exquisite writing. Hard to read at times, the heartbreak of Astrid‘s critical childhood years in the foster system. But it is still a 5 star 🌟 book: I‘ll be thinking about this one for a long time ...

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️

ShyBookOwl Loved this movie. Haven't read the book. Stacked! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ♥️♥️♥️ beautiful photo 3mo
tammysue I need to read this again. Is so good! 3mo
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perfectsinner
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Book haul #3
13 books for two dollars! 📚😃👍
I've already read White Oleander, but it was on my want to own list, so I had to snag it!

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Eggs
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suvata
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This was a very powerful and unforgettable story about a toxic relationship between a mother and daughter. It‘s actually a pretty sad book but once I started, I couldn‘t put it down. Wow! It‘s like a punch in the gut. 5-stars!

Lcsmcat I remember having that same reaction when I read it. 4mo
Victoriahoperose I love this book so much. One of my favorites. She wrote another book called Paint it Black that I loved also! 4mo
suvata @Victoriahoperose oh, thanks. I‘ll have to find it 4mo
Wife 🌹 4mo
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suvata
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I am a little backed up on my reading. I am just now getting around to a book that @Wife sent me last October. Oh well, you know what they say, “better late than never“. I‘m sure I am going to enjoy it.

Wife I hope you love it. It‘s a favorite of mine. 🌹 4mo
suvata I will let you know 😎 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“We strive for beauty and balance, the sensual over the sentimental.”

#B&WBooks
#JazzyJune

Eggs Lovely 🖤💟 5mo
StayCurious Cool pic! 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you 🖤🖤 5mo
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KarenUK
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#WanderingJune #Californication
I missed this book when it was an Oprah pick in ‘99. One of the best books I‘ve read so far this year.
The writing is gorgeous, particularly the descriptions of California. Ingrid‘s poetry just seeps into the prose. As a character she‘s captivating- Narcissistic, manipulative and the world‘s most awful mother! It‘s a heartbreaking story of a her daughter‘s coming of age, in a foster system that repeatedly fails her.

Cinfhen I totally agree with your entire blurb. This book was lush and poignant and heartbreaking. Stunning prose 5mo
BarbaraBB I did read this one in the 90s and know I liked it but I don‘t remember much of it! 5mo
youneverarrived I really liked this one too. 5mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Bookhaul $3.25 at Salvation Army!

White Oleander
The Girls of Atomic City
Commonwealth
The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

📚📚📚

wordslinger42 My mom, grandma, & I all have those types of lilies planted, too 😊 So beautiful! 6mo
AmyG I enjoyed White Oleander and Henrietta Lacks. Nice haul! 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @wordslinger42 thank you 💗💗💗 6mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I‘ve read White Oleander, but not the others... ❤️ 6mo
umbrellagirl Great choices. I loved Commonwealth! 6mo
kspenmoll Henrietta Lacks will draw the nurse in you in. Loved it; got a chance to hear the author & grands speak/present at UConn. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @kspenmoll that‘s awesome!!!! 💗💗 6mo
Llanphear I love white oleander! ❤️❤️ 6mo
kspenmoll @umbrellagirl agree, Another great novel 6mo
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HOTPock3tt
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Thanks soo much @Wife for my birthday gifts!!!!! 😃♥️🎉 shocked how well she captured my obsessions!!! White Oleander, The Tudors, Witches lol 🤣 even down to the candies!!! So super happy to finally have a copy of White Oleander!!! 😍The book hangover was REAL!!!! 😂took a quick picture at work so I could hurry up and dive into the candies!! 😁

Wife I‘m glad you like everything. Sad 😢 that we didn‘t have time to chat because we were so busy. Hope your real birthday was good 🥳 7mo
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GatheringBooks
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#QuotsyMar19 Day 13: A #jewel of hatred. I have not read the book yet, unfortunately, nor have I seen the film. Is it any good?

ItsAngel I haven‘t read it but have watched the movie. Very dark movie. Not dark in a gruesome sort of way but dark in a lonely and twisty way. If that makes sense. 8mo
tpixie I read the book ages ago for a book club. We all loved it. 8mo
PaperbackPirate I read the book a long time ago but I remember I liked it! 8mo
gradcat The book is fantastic, much better than the movie, imho.... 8mo
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nicpears
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Pickpick

This book was a nice surprise. I went into it knowing nothing except that it had been made into a movie that I hadn't seen. Thoroughly entertaining and full of strong women characters.

Nute I love this book! 5mo
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Elma
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I haven't read the book yet, but I loved the movie.
#flowers #literarylove
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved it!! Read it years ago ❤️ 9mo
vkois88 I've heard good things about both! 9mo
Tianarose Amazing book! The movie is fairly true to the book. 9mo
BookwormM Loved it 9mo
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AnansiGirl
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A few days late as it was tough thinking of a villainous character.

Ingrid Magnussen though not poorly written, her narcissistic personality definitely qualifies her as a villain. She is ferocious with her manipulation towards her daughter Astrid even while serving a prison sentence.

#lovehate @ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

ErinSueMreads Yikes! Sounds like a great choice! 9mo
AnansiGirl @ErinSueG so much yikes with Ingrid and her cruelty. (edited) 9mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Pickpick

Nothing at all like what I expected but so, so good. Characters I will remember forever.

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Paperback.Propensity
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Books I can't wait to read

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Paperback.Propensity
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#ampersandjan19 "Anticipation"
I cannot wait to read White Oleander

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KarenUK
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Pickpick

This beautifully written book passed me by when it was an Oprah pick in 1999. So I was pleased a friend picked it as a bookclub selection for next month.
The writing is so gorgeous, and Ingrid‘s poetry seeps into the prose. My only hesitation to recommend this would be the heaviness of the story. There really is so little lightness to balance this heartbreaking story of a young girl‘s coming of age, in a foster system that repeatedly fails her.

Jeannineth I loved it. I listened recently on an audiobook narrated by Oprah. 10mo
Mdargusch Oprah books are always so emotional. 10mo
BookBabe I remember when this came out. EVERYONE was buying it, reading it, talking about it. Sounds like a great read, it‘s on my TBR! 👍🏻 10mo
KarenUK @bookbabe I know you love audiobooks, so just an FYI, only an abridged version is available- though Oprah does a beautiful job reading it. I switched to print, as they leave out major plot developments! (edited) 10mo
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DivineDiana
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Ingrid Magnussen poisons her boyfriend when he leaves her for another woman. #cellblocktango #hehaditcoming #musicalnewyear

gradcat I absolutely loved this book...the movie with Michelle Pfeiffer was pretty good, too! 📖 🎥 👍🥰 10mo
DivineDiana @gradcat I need to see the movie! 👍🏻 10mo
gradcat It‘s kind of old (but so am I, shhh!), so I hope you can find it. It cam out in 2002. Good luck! 🍀 10mo
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kristincatastrophic I love this book. I read it in high school not long after it came out amd it blew my mind. One of the very first "adult" books I ever read. Sorry, I couldn't help but share that 10mo
Crazeedi @kristincatastrophic I remember the first *adult* book I read too 10mo
DivineDiana @gradcat 👍🏻😉😀 10mo
DivineDiana @kristincatastrophic It certainly is a memorable read! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 10mo
ravenlee My college roommate freshman year moved in with a music dictionary and this book. Over the whole year I saw her read about ten pages. But Oprah told her to eead it so she tried! 10mo
DivineDiana @ravenlee I‘m glad she tried! I think Oprah has done a magnificent job of encouraging people to read! 💗 10mo
vivastory Haven't read this one. Sounds good though! 10mo
Cinfhen This is an excellent book @vivastory ‼️‼️‼️ definitely read it xx Cindy & Oprah BOTH give it their stamp of approval 😊 10mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen 👏🏻😉❤️ 10mo
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KarenUK
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#nextup An #irlbookclub pick.....
I think I may have seen the movie years ago? 🤷‍♀️
I‘m only about 10 percent in, and I‘m loving it..... high hopes for this one...

BarbaraBB Everyone is mentioning IRL today, but what does it stand for? 10mo
KarenUK In Real Life/ in person... rather than on line... @BarbaraBB (edited) 10mo
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HOTPock3tt
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#SongsThatRemindMeOfBooks
Poet Ingrid Magnussen be like “Can I turn you on by my WORD SPELL? Look into my eyes... Think I want you? Can‘t tell 😈 Me I keep it sexy, so I can‘t FAIL. Keep it gangsta for the cowards, so I give ‘em HELL!”😎

#WhiteOleander #Eve #WhosThatGirl #IngridMagnussen

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Reviewsbylola
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I‘ve usually got a stack of books by my basement door waiting to be taken down to the shelves we have down there. And with our laundry down there, I make multiple trips a day. But as much as I #trytoremember to take the books down with me, I never do. Now I‘ve just made the problem worse by putting a book basket by the door. 😂 At least they look cuter now and are more contained. #winterwonderland

Scurvygirl Baskets... the procrastinators worst enemy. I‘m feel your pain. 11mo
TrishB It‘s like the pile at the bottom of the stairs for me! Everyone just steps over it! 11mo
Cinfhen I love books in baskets 🧺 better than stacks on the floor 😜 11mo
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HOTPock3tt
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📚White Oleander (Janet Fitch) & Written in My Own Hearts Blood (Diana Gabaldon)
📚 Ruth Ware (the only W author whose book I‘ve finished...)
📚 the Wizard of Oz!! ♥️ & the Wiz!! ♥️
📚 Waffle Fries (from Chick-fil-A! 🙃)

#ManicMonday #LetterW @JoScho

Lovesbooks87 How could I forget about those delicious waffle fries! (edited) 11mo
JoScho Always from Chick-fil-a! 11mo
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overtheedge
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Pickpick

This was inspiring and profound, but very disturbing in parts. Beautifully written, it reads like prose, the diction and wording wonderfully done. Fantastic moving novel.

Full review goodreads.com/overtheedge

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overtheedge
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This is bringing up all kinds of emotions inside me. Some good. Some not so good. I am almost finished and have been putting off the last 40 pages or so.....I am afraid to find out the fate of Astrid.....

Ruthiella On paper this is a book I normally would not hav picked up but I really loved it. 11mo
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GripLitGrl
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TheSpineView
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#quotsydec18 @TK-421
Prompt: Neon

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TheKidUpstairs
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"Her fingers moved among barnacles and mussels, blue-black, sharp-edged. Neon red starfish were limp Dalis on the rocks, surrounded by bouquets of stinging anemones and purple bursts of spiny sea urchins."
#QuotsyDec18 #Neon @TK-421

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Lcsmcat
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“Her fingers moved among barnacles and mussels, blue-black, sharp-edged. Neon red starfish were limp Dalis on the rocks, surrounded by bouquets of stinging anemones and purple bursts of spiny sea urchins.”
#neon #quotsydec18 @TK-421

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HOTPock3tt
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Wow! The authors‘ poetic use of language; Characters that are so well developed they seem to individually leap off the page. The enigmatic villain I was secretly rooting for. This book was quite an experience.I didn‘t want to finish it too quickly, I wanted to enjoy the journey.
Thanks Vickie @Wife for recommending! I still cannot believe how much of an impression this book has left on me. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Trigger warning: Strong Language at times

BarbaraTheBibliophage Hmmmm. Why‘d you tag me on this lovely review?? 🤷🏼‍♀️ 11mo
HOTPock3tt @BarbaraTheBibliophage Only because you mentioned on Litsy before that you also loved this book! At least, I thought you did 🤔lol! 🤣 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @HOTPock3tt Oooh!! That makes sense. I wasn‘t sure if it was related to #Booked2018 challenges. 😝 I‘m glad it affected you so. I read it so many years ago, and still remember how it hit me in the gut. 😘 11mo
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HOTPock3tt Lol no prob! 😘 I‘m struggling to catch up on my personal reading goals this year, so I haven‘t joined any challenges at all. And this book REALLY hit me too... I can already tell I‘m setting myself up to be disappointment by the movie 😝lol @BarbaraTheBibliophage (edited) 11mo
Wife I‘m glad you liked it🌹Let me know what you think of the movie. 11mo
HOTPock3tt @Wife I didn‘t just like it, I was completely blown away!! 😱 and I will be owning my own copy... heck I might buy a couple of them lol 11mo
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julesG
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Astrid and Ingrid live in #California.

Ingrid, Astrid's cold-hearted mother, is a true #IcePrincess.

#NoFemmeber @Billypar @Cinfhen

#YesFemmeberInNovember

Wife Good one!🌹 12mo
Billypar Ooh very nice tie-in🏆 California and ice do not go together naturally 😀 12mo
Billypar I just noticed the second hashtag...nice! 🙌 12mo
HOTPock3tt I recently started this on audiobook... (edited) 12mo
Cinfhen Nice!!! #multitasking with a great book❤️ 12mo
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Sarz
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4.5 ⭐
My sister and I were obsessed with this movie when we were kids. I didn't realise it was a book until recently, but of course I should have assumed! The book is just as good as the movie.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been meaning to read this one for a long time! 12mo
nu-bibliophile Have that in my bookshelves as part of my tbr ! 12mo
Tropic.of666 I read the book first and thought the movie was terrible! But they did cast the perfect actors for Astrid and her mother, and Renee Z, of course! 11mo
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suvata
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@Wife My husband and I were out of town and when our mail got delivered yesterday you could‘ve knocked me over with a feather. What a pleasant surprise! You are far too generous and everything you sent was absolutely perfect. I did not have any of the books although they were on my TBR and all the other little gifts were so special. I was like a kid on Christmas morning unpacking it. Really, ask my husband. Thanks again And, yes, I love Halloween.

Wife You‘re welcome 🎃 13mo
AmyG How nice!! 13mo
suvata @AmyG @Wife #LMPBC people are the best!!!!!! 13mo
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Jeannineth
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Astrid has my heart. ❤️💙

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Excellent book. 13mo
Branwen Yes! This book is so amazing! 13mo
LauraRenae Still one of my absolute favorites after about 15 years ❤️ 13mo
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MelAnn
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Love the imagery of this one...
#Quotsy #QuotsyOct18 #spice

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sahilbert
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Mehso-so

I had seen the movie long ago, but only recently read the book. It was okay. I probably would have appreciated it more when I was younger.

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Wife
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After finishing my last audiobook, I want to listen to something I know that I love. This is a “keeper” and I have read it in print at least 3 times. #audiopuzzling

However, while I totally love hearing Oprah read (she can tell me a story any day!), it is an Abridged version!😠

Dear Scribd, Please mark abridged selections clearly! And start identifying the “expiring soon” selections. I do plan to let them know my thoughts, just venting here.

monalyisha I love this one, too! 💖 1y
CGKOENS I'm LOVING that puzzle!! 1y
readordierachel Neat puzzle! 1y
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TofuandBooks
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Loved the movie but never read the book until now. Just blown away. The entire book was like one epic heart breaking poem. Definitely will read again.

monalyisha Yes!!! I love this one, too. 🖤 1y
VHJess My favorite book of all time for just the reasons you described! ❤️ 14mo
TofuandBooks @VHJess that‘s awesome ❤️ 14mo
TofuandBooks @monalyisha it really is amazing! 14mo
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Chellebearss
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White Oleander is not something that I would normally pick up for myself, which is why I really enjoyed taking part in the Pop Sugar Challenge. The challenge made me reach outside my normal genres and find books that I ended up really enjoying, and some I really loved. This was one that will stick with me for a while. It was beautiful, sad, dark and very engrossing. Recommended 4.5🌟
🖤 #96of2018

4thhouseontheleft Which prompt did this one fill? 1y
Chellebearss @4thhouseontheleft 41 from the year I graduated (1999) 1y
BookwormM I loved this one 1y
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DivineDiana
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As I began to write my review, I realized that this would also work for the #heyjune challenge #ifIfell . Ingrid is a poet, single mother and a free spirit. Her relationship with men is love them and leave them, until Barry. She allows herself to fall in love and the repercussions are devastating. Powerful story of a mother/daughter relationship. This was a reread for me after many years. I have not seen the movie.

Mdargusch Great choice! 👍🏼 1y
Cinfhen Nice interpretation ~ such a good book 💖 1y
Cinfhen Have not seen the film either. 1y
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DivineDiana @Mdargusch @Cinfhen Thank you! ❤️❤️ (edited) 1y
GypsyKat Well done! 1y
Reggie I‘ve seen the movie but not read the book. The movie was great. 1y
DivineDiana @Reggie Thank you for the recommendation! I‘ll look for it, and I think you would like the book as well! ❤️ (edited) 1y
youneverarrived I really liked this! Need to watch the film too. 1y
rather_be_reading this is one of my all time fav books! 1y
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ACEbookworm
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This book was exhausting in the best way possible 😂 So close to giving this 5 stars but I hated the ending and felt it dragged in places ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 👍📚 1y
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DivineDiana
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This is the physical book that I am reading. The main character, Astrid (a foster child) is living with a beautiful woman, Claire, and her husband Ron. Claire believes her husband is having an affair, and she is extremely needy of his love. Drama ensues. #shelovesyou #heyjune

Cinfhen This was such an intense read! 1y
ReadingRover I have to read this over the summer for my book club. 1y
DivineDiana @Cinfhen It is. 🙁 1y
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DivineDiana @readingrover Enjoy! Well written! 1y
Wife One of a very few books I have kept! #keeper 1y
DivineDiana @Wife 👏🏻I have a tendency to keep a lot! 😉 1y
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