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abookishbutterfly

Joined September 2018

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Found Shadows by P. T. Hylton
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History of Fear by Luke Dumas
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The Lioness: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
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Memphis by Tara M Stringfellow
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Take Your Breath Away by Linwood Barclay
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Negative Space by Lilly Dancyger
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Shadow Girls by Carol Birch
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The Haunting Season: Nine Ghostly Tales for Long Winter Nights by Andrew Michael Hurley, Natasha Pulley, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Laura Purcell, Jess Kidd, Imogen Hermes Gowar, Elizabeth Macneal, Bridget Collins, Sara Collins
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The Plague Stones | James Brogden
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If I had not been so devoted to having something of value to offer to the discussion for my buddy read group I would not have finished this book.I thought it was incredibly boring and rather corny.

The only scene I found frightening was the opening one. That‘s not because of how it was written. It‘s because I, like Toby, am an asthmatic and the idea of not having access to my inhaler during a break in is terrifying for me.

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The Damage Done: A Novel | Michael Landweber
Mehso-so

Despite all that I loved, the slowed pacing in the second half and the tidy ending did affect my overall view of the story. I was particularly dismayed that the author took so much time to develop this profound look at human beings in an unprecedented situation only to take what I felt was the easy way out as things concluded.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4184004778

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While the setup for this novel is a humorous one, it captures the grim reality of a person struggling with mental illness. It will not have readers cackling on the floor. It does not offer heartwarming hope. I believe, however, some will find bits and pieces of themselves inside these pages, as I did, and I hope that others will learn from this apt illustration of two paralyzing mental illnesses.

jlhammar Great review! I loved this one. A favorite from last year. 2d
abookishbutterfly @jlhammar Thank you! I‘m glad that you loved it, too. 2d
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Mouth to Mouth: A Novel | Antoine Wilson
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I feel Antoine Wilson captured the essence of Jeff‘s character incredibly well. Reading this was almost like reading a case study on one who falls under the antisocial personality disorder umbrella, except with more intrigue and better flow. I truly enjoyed this masterful psychological suspense!

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4280503661

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The Boys | Katie Hafner
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The Boys included a cast of wonderful characters and the narrative, overall, is so gentle. It‘s easy to feel settled in it, even if that one aspect is a bit jarring. The people who were good to Ethan - they filled my heart with immense joy.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4703649079

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The Foundling does seem to be a well-researched exploration of some disgusting practices and beliefs. If you can get past Mary‘s horridness, you‘re sure to benefit from its accuracy.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4344903445

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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES
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Perhaps what made this work so well for me was the memoir aspect. This isn‘t a book about crime written from a neutral outsider, but from the heart of someone who had firsthand experience with each brutal scene. Holes was undeniably affected by these crimes, despite how he learned to cope on the job, and his empathetic nature toward the victims and their loved ones shined through in the narrative.

TieDyeDude 😍 Love the bat plush! Sounds like an emotionally draining book 1w
abookishbutterfly @TieDyeDude Thanks! It was definitely a tough one! 1w
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Unmasked: Memoir | PAUL. HOLES

“Law enforcement is often guilty of placing less of a priority on cases in which the victim‘s death resulted from an illicit activity. But it was simple for me: everyone is someone‘s child. They mattered.”

MyNamesParadise I recently got this book and will get around to reading it eventually! 2w
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Funny, relatable, encouraging, touching, and, at times, profoundly heartbreaking, Hold On, But Don‘t Hold Still is an intimate confession of the real and raw aspects of Kristina Kuzmič‘s life as a woman, single parent, and mother.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3080433135

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Mehso-so

It‘s a sad day when you‘re really enjoying a book - when you enjoy roughly 75% of it - and then things go downhill.

Today was a sad day.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4098542524

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Siren Queen | Nghi Vo
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Unfortunately, I thought the execution was incredibly dull. I expected intrigue. I expected horror. Instead, I got something that barely held my attention and failed to feel as unsettling as I‘m sure reality was/is. I convinced myself that the slow beginning was leading up to something spectacular and persevered into a sense of extreme dissatisfaction.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4451926388

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I will grant that the book made me laugh out loud a few times (more often in the beginning) and that I did get teary eyed toward the end, although commercials have made me cry so I don‘t automatically equate these leaky tear ducts of mine with a quality story.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4701685225

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I really enjoyed my time spent with these remarkably bright creatures. I was in love with Marcellus from his opening lines and could have easily read a whole book from his perspective. I did, however, love the story tucked between his layers. It‘s definitely a book with heart. Or three (like an octopus).

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4436679577

Bette I just started…good to know you enjoyed it. 😊 3w
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The Fourth Monkey | J. D. Barker
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Had this story simply been a race against time to decode the serial killer‘s game and find his latest victim before she lost more than just an ear, I might have liked it a bit more. But I thought the serial killer journal entries were incredibly cheesy. I suspect they were meant to be creepy. This just didn‘t work for me at all.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4691080314

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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~April Wrap Up~

A Forgery of Roses ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Elsewhere ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Into the Drowning Deep ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Dark Harvest ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nine Lives ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Upgrade ⭐️⭐️

Magic, Lies, and Deadly Pies ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Take My Hand ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Catch and Kill ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Crenshaw ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Howl ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Unplanned Life of Josie Hale ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Parable of the Sower ⭐️⭐️

The Soulmate Equation ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Just Like Mother ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Fourth Monkey ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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This story was a lot of fun and I laughed out loud several times. The tension between River and Jess was just right and they were both likable enough that I could root for their union. I loved that Jess was a single mom with some genuine heartaches of the past to work through, along with concerns about how a relationship might affect her child, should things get serious with River.

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Just Like Mother | Anne Heltzel
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This book filled me with such unease from the start. Although the horror mounts slowly, the dread is ever-present. This isn‘t necessarily a twisty book, as the ones you should fear are evident early on, but it still manages to fling a few shocks at the reader on its way to the big finish.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4367693454

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Creepy cover 😱😱 1mo
abookishbutterfly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It really is! I feel bad for my mail carrier because there was a sticker with that same image on the outside of the package when it arrived! 1mo
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The story was cute, but it wasn‘t something I fell madly in love with. I expected it to tug at the heart a bit, but it didn‘t accomplish that for me. Still, the friendships were sweet, I laughed a few times, and there was a little bit of character growth to celebrate.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4537027140

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson
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I can‘t really take any piece from my review for summary here so here‘s the link: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4339115876

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson

“Sometimes you can scream night and day and folks still won‘t hear you.”

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson

“They‘re talking about me - calling me a liar, saying I made the whole thing up, saying I went into the sprawl that night and let something attack me for attention - but not one of them has bothered to talk to me. They say I‘m the liar, but they‘re the ones making up stories about what happened that night. They don‘t care about the truth.”

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson

“A water moccasin‘ll bite you if you try handling it. It ain‘t personal; it‘s just their nature. I got nothing against them snakes, but I know to steer clear.”

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Howl | Shaun David Hutchinson

I think I like Mr. Hilliker. He promotes critical thinking.

“However, you should get into the habit of being specific. Rather than calling an idea crazy, describe what about it you find challenging.”

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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I was completely captivated by this powerful novel. Admittedly, I was oblivious to the horrific reality illustrated in the book. I‘m thankful I was able to learn about it through this story and the real case named in the author‘s note, as I feel this is a very important piece of history that all Americans should know about.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4233281763

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez

“Good intentions, we now knew, did not excuse the wounding.”

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow

“In the end, the courage of women can‘t be stamped out. And stories - the big ones, the true ones - can be caught but never killed.”

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Acne: A Memoir | Laura Chinn
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If you‘re interested in this upcoming memoir, I have a giveaway going on my Bookstagram right now: https://www.instagram.com/p/CcgBrKartBl/?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez

“Sometimes love can kill you, just like hate. You love too hard and you can lose yourself in other folks‘ sorrow.”

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This definitely falls into the cozy mystery genre, which is often one I struggle to get into, but this concept really appealed to me and I felt pretty invested from the start. I can‘t say that I was madly in love with the story as a whole, but I did enjoy it.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4664286135

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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I found this to be a propulsive read and, although I wish all books were as addicting as Nine Lives, I suppose I‘d never get anything else done if they were. I devoured Nine Lives in (roughly) a twenty four hour timespan. I was just that glued to it!

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4299218372

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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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I couldn‘t help but feel that each newly introduced dynamic was something I‘d seen before, making this feel like a mash up of familiar stories from movies and books. I do understand that everything that‘s been done has likely been done before. I appreciate the author‘s creative efforts with the material, as well as his emphasis on society‘s lack of compassion.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4527313060

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Elsewhere: A Novel | Alexis Schaitkin
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Elsewhere is a beautiful piece of literature that made me sad, made me hope, and made me understand things in a way I hadn‘t before. It shocked me countless times, and shocks can be difficult to experience when you‘ve read so many books. I applaud Schaitkin for creating something so peculiar and so real all at once.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4578687071

Nute Nice review! I‘ll try to stay on top of its release date. 1mo
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Negative Space | Lilly Dancyger

“Heroin is insidious - it doesn‘t destroy all at once. It rots a person, slowly, from the inside out, so by the time you can see the damage, it‘s often too late.” 😥

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I will confess that I did struggle a bit with the pacing early on. There were many aspects of the slow, methodical build that I could appreciate, but I did begin to grow impatient as I waited for the actual horror, which didn‘t surface until over a quarter of the story played out. Once the focal point came into view, I was satisfied with both the unsettling intensity and the emotional pull, which quickened the pace immensely.

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson

“The awful thing about loneliness… is that it isn‘t always cured by other people.”

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Dark Harvest | Norman Partridge
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Dark Harvest was captivating, especially after the 20% mark. The writing painted a fantastically eerie atmosphere. I loved the small town + weird ritual trope, as well as the “Who‘s the monster here?” dilemma.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4390664190

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A Forgery of Roses | Jessica S. Olson
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The writing, of course, was wonderful, and the mystery in A Forgery of Roses was completely impossible for me to figure out, which is a rare delight for me these days. I loved the representation of an anxiety disorder and chronic illness (focused on GI disease). These issues are, I know, near and dear to the author‘s heart, and as a sufferer of both, seeing them well portrayed made my heart happy.

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Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow

“That kind of silence isn‘t just wrong. It‘s dangerous… It sends a message to victims that it‘s not worth the anguish of coming forward. It sends a message about who we are as a society, what we‘ll overlook, who we‘ll ignore, who matters and who doesn‘t.”

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Mehso-so

The information is presented in an accessible fashion with clear definitions of the terms used. While much of this was deeply intriguing, I did find it to be frustratingly repetitive at times, especially in the last several chapters.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2693530437

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A Forgery of Roses | Jessica S. Olson

“You are not weak because you are not stone. In fact, I would say you‘re stronger because you feel things so acutely. The internal battles you fight everyday - you‘ve conquered far more than you give yourself credit for. Despite what they‘ve made you believe, you do not need to apologize for the things that make you different. And you shouldn‘t have to pretend to be someone you‘re not.”

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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I did find that I could relate to many of the hard-hitting aspects of this novel. Not all, of course, but I felt for the characters, regardless of how familiar the circumstances were. I especially loved Misbah‘s chapters & I think Tahir‘s execution with this particular character was brilliantly done, circling me back to the beginning when I‘d felt so little; where I now suddenly felt so much.

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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March Reading Wrap Up

Suburban Hell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Red, White, and Royal Blue ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Possums Are Not Cute ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Summer That Melted Everything ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After We Were Stolen ⭐️⭐️

Revival ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Girl Upstairs ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

Under the Whispering Door ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Monster ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ordinary Monsters ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

A Rip Through Time ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

All My Rage ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Schizophrenic Christianity ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

WJCintron 😃 🙌 🙌 2mo
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“If any human being stops seeing any other human being as a real person, and instead sees him or her as an “It,” then a normally caring, compassionate person can be persuaded into ignoring or even committing wrongs against the blank face, the It. So to get people to stop directing care and concern outward, the sociopath leader has to start depersonalizing large groups of people.”

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A Rip Through Time: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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While I may not have loved every aspect, I thought this was a good beginning for a series, and I imagine future books will center more around mysteries now that the setup is out of the way. There is a chance I‘ll continue to seek this one out, as I have plenty of questions I‘d love to see answered as things progress, and I‘ll be interested in seeing how Armstrong resolves the biggest issue (Mallory‘s time traveling) when it all comes to an end.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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You may already know this, but my husband and I got married in a small secondhand bookstore four years ago. Our tradition (hindered only by 2020) is to go book shopping there every year on our anniversary. This stack mostly represents my used book haul from our special place, although we did make the impulsive decision to go to Barnes and Noble, as well, where we treated ourselves to one brand new book each and I chose String Follow for myself.

Suet624 Happy anniversary! 💕 2mo
jlhammar Great tradition! Happy Anniversary! 2mo
wanderinglynn What a fabulous tradition! Happy anniversary! 🥂 2mo
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swishandflick Love that! 2mo
Emilymdxn What a gorgeous tradition! And happy anniversary 🥰 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence Loving that tradition! Great stack! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence So my husband and I had our first date in a bookstore. We lived 4 hours apart so it‘s a store neither of us had been to that was located halfway… and it turned out to be a horrible bookstore! Every year we go back but usually see the same books from the previous visit and can never find anything we want to read. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
Ruthiella Happy Anniversary! 🥳 🥂 2mo
abookishbutterfly @LiteraryinLawrence A horrible bookstore? That‘s so sad! I hope one day they actually have some new and exciting books when you visit. Miracles can happen, right? 2mo
Nute Happy Anniversary!🥳 What a lovely way to celebrate your wedding date every year! 1mo
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A Forgery of Roses | Jessica S. Olson
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My gorgeous preorder gifts for A Forgery of Roses arrived today. The package included a signed bookplate, as well.

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J.M. Miro has woven a remarkable tale here. One that, despite its length (almost 700 pages), never failed to captivate me. Not a single word in this stands as filler. I fell in love with these characters and even found myself, at the very least, feeling sympathy for the more villainous ones. That‘s how finely nuanced everyone is in this book.

My full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4501345867

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“Most human beings are entirely swayed by their very first impressions. If the first impression is good, it is a normal human trait to reinterpret all successive impressions of a person to keep them consistent with the first. If we get a good first impression, we tend to discount or entirely disregard the small inconsistencies we pick up later.”

Which makes red flags so easily ignored or explained away.

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Relentless | Dean R. Koontz
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If you‘re looking for an affordable book subscription service in the US, I recommend checking out Used Books Monthly. They surprise you with books based on your preferences and you can get a one book, two book, or four book monthly subscription. And when I ended up getting books I already owned, they were very reasonable in offering to replace them at no extra cost to me.

My referral link: https://www.usedbooksmonthly.com/refer/Cynth-OVQGIRUS

Johanna414 That's a great idea! If they had a sci-fi/fantasy option I'd subscribe right now! 2mo
abookishbutterfly @Johanna414 Science fiction and fantasy are both on the survey for genre preferences when you subscribe to the two book package. I‘m not sure why they don‘t include them for the one book option, but you can select multiple genre preferences two books and add more specific preferences in a comment box. 2mo
Johanna414 Perfect- thanks! 2mo
abookishbutterfly @Johanna414 You‘re welcome 🙂 2mo
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Monster | Walter Dean Myers
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The screenplay format was not very appealing to me so I chose the full cast audiobook instead. It was still a bit confusing at times, especially with the flashback cut-ins, but it certainly provides the reader with a lot to think about. Despite not loving the format Walter Dean Myers chose to deliver this story in, I think the topic is important and the message is potent.