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swishandflick

Joined June 2016

After almost a decade in NYC, I'm back in the south y'all! 📍East TN // Ravenclaw // INFP
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Sign Here | Claudia Lux
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What the hell (pun intended), at first I wasn't stoked by the #BOTM choices, but I ended up deciding to snag this one. At least it gives a more Autumn/October creepy vibe 😈

JamieArc I‘m looking forward to the reviews on this one. 4d
EKonrad Picked this one too! Sounds so intriguing! 4d
Megabooks I‘m so tempted to get this anyway too! 3d
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Hester: A Novel | Laurie Lico Albanese
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Bit of an "oopsie" on the #BOTM app right now. That's not the cover for Hester (unless mine is the only one glitching?).

Picks are live btw! But I'm not stoked about a single one. I may skip and feel out my first month with Aardvark ?

reading_rainbow I‘ve got the same glitch! 5d
suvata I think I ordered Hester. Mine did the same. 5d
ChaoticMissAdventures Ohh I look on the website because I am old. This was not what I saw 😂. Both are options though. I picked 5d
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No Time for Goodbye | Linwood Barclay
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Damn, I love it when I randomly stumble on a new-to-me author and I just get more and more excited to devour their backlist! This is my third book of his and, while not my fav of the three I've read so far, I was still completely hooked and completely off balance the whole time. Let me put it this way, I love crime fiction. And the last two times I was this excited about discovering a new auther it was Karin Slaughter and Michael Connelly 👏🏽 4⭐️

Bklover I think this has a sequel - 6d
marleed I love reading down an author‘s backlist. …story here… My new grandchild is named Canon after a very specific camera his late grandpa always carried and son now uses professionally. Since his birth 10 weeks ago, I‘ve read the word ‘canon‘ in print numerous times when talking about someone‘s body of work - music, comedy, writing. I text them new examples every couple weeks. Cracks us up - I only thought of it as a word for the canon of saints. 5d
MyNamesParadise I loved this book so much back when I read it around the time it came out! So good! 5d
swishandflick @marleed I love that! What a unique and fun name! Agreed that it would make me chuckle as it comes up in other contexts though. One of those situations like once you're thinking of something you start seeing it everywhere. 4d
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Ooh, this was a good one! A well paced, multiple POV mystery, and one twist that actually shocked me. A lot of layers, but I enjoyed watching the story unfold. 4.5⭐️

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The House in the Orchard | Elizabeth Brooks
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For those that might have been waiting for #Aardvark on iOS to launch - it's now live! Woohoo! I went all in on my first box, couldn't help it 😂

eanderson I‘m trying decide if I want to commit to any of the books. I‘m not sure about them. Night ship does sound good though! 1w
ICantImReading I‘m excited to hear what you think of their boxes! 1w
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Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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This prompt from #Aardvark is kind of fun, not that I have a happy love life to report, unfortunately.

So mine would probably be either:
- Must Love Cats
- Swiping Right: A Horror Story

What about you? 😂

BookedByTwilight The Girl Who Just Wanted to be Loved One Day! 1w
marleed It Was Good While It Lasted 1w
marleed Or maybe …. It Was Good and then It Was Gone 1w
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Kerrbearlib The Things We Don‘t Talk About 1w
swishandflick @MoBee You and me both girl! 1w
swishandflick @marleed Awww *hugs* 1w
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Find You First | Linwood Barclay
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I'm 2 for 2 with this author and excited to keep plugging my way through his backlist! In this one, a wealthy man recently given a fatal genetic diagnosis decides to try and find his biological offspring (the result of a long ago sperm donation). But as he tracks them down it's clear someone else is too... because the people on the list are starting to meet foul play, one by one. I enjoyed the ride and give extra points for plot originality! 4⭐️

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Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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Folks on Instagram have been commenting on the lack of diversity in Aardvark's first month of books and this was their response (personally I think it's a good one). As a fledgling company, I hope folks give them a chance to get up and running before casting judgement! (I feel like i'm starting to become the #Aardvark fan club captain on Litsy 😂)

marleed That is a wonderful response to criticism. 1w
BarbaraBB I am happy with you as their ambassador! 1w
DogMomIrene I‘m thrilled you‘re their unofficial ambassador! I‘ve been limiting my social media time, so I just learned about Aardvark yesterday and signed up for their updates. I‘m hoping people give them a chance to get up and running too. They ship to Canada! So many subscription boxes either don‘t or charge a lot. Come on Tim Apple😉 1w
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swishandflick @marleed I agree! Feels genuine too 👏🏽 1w
swishandflick @BarbaraBB Haha, yay! I'm not even an official member yet since I'm an Apple user, but I have a really good feeling about them and just wanting to spread the word 😆 1w
swishandflick @DogMomIrene Totally agree! While us Apple folks have to wait a bit longer, their October picks are in my last post if you want a heads up before the iOS app goes live! 💕 1w
Hooked_on_books I think theirs is a great response! People are so quick to criticize without having all the information, and this response does a beautiful job of showing how much more complex things can be than people realize. 1w
LiteraryinLawrence I agree. Nice way to address it and hopefully they come through in the winter. 4d
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The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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Following up on my last #Aardvark post, apparently the Android app has been accessible for some folks so we have confirmed spoilers for their inaugural box! The Marsh Queen speaks to me, personally, so I'll probably sign up and give them a go once the iPhone app is finally live! What do you think?

eanderson I‘ve been following your posts… I‘m intrigued and kind of want to try it out. 2w
swishandflick @eanderson I'm so excited to give them a go! 1w
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Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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This #Aardvark social post made me laugh. Apparently the only thing they're waiting on before launch is their apps to be approved. I personally don't mind the wait, I'm excited for BOTM to have a little competition and to see how this goes! 👏🏽

Jemgirl2014 I just used my old Samsung Note to sign up and order. lol I got “The Swamp Queen”. The book was a little more than what I would have paid with BOTM. I will probably buy from this club sparingly. We shall see. 😊 1w
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Thistlefoot | GennaRose Nethercott
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Thoughts on this #BOTM clue being Thistlefoot?

mdm139 I was also thinking Sign Here for the devil‘s trident 2w
swishandflick @mdm139 Another good guess! 2w
JamieArc It kind of seems like what else could it be? 2w
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I'm a little underwhelmed by the #BOTM Book of the Year finalists (at least among those that I've actually read). So I'm voting for Black Cake in the hopes that it will be a finalist so that I can get it for free 😬

JamieArc I felt the same thing! So I voted for True Biz in the hopes that I would be able to choose it. Probably not how we were SUPPOSED to vote, but glad I‘m not the only one 🫣😆 3w
swishandflick @JamieArc if it helps, True Biz would have had my vote if I could only choose from the ones I've read 😆 3w
Sargar114 Wow…it feels way too early for book of the year!!! 3w
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Leftcoastzen I really liked Black Cake! I have the Towles & the Zevin sitting here unread. 3w
Hooked_on_books I found as I was heading toward quitting BOTM that I would vote for the same reason, which of course isn‘t supposed to be the point. But I suspect it‘s a common method. 3w
Cinfhen I did the same and voted for the same book as you, Ashley!!! But I did LOVE Lincoln Highway and the Zevin @Leftcoastzen - if either won I‘d be ok with it!! 3w
kbuggle I always choose a book I want to read and haven‘t yet 😬 give me that freebie! Let‘s make it worth it! 😉 3w
swishandflick I feel like back in the day they only let you vote for books you had purchased specifically through BOTM and a lot of people complained because the book they wanted to vote for as BOTY was something they read through another avenue. But now it's funny since they introduced the BOTY freebie bc a lot of folks use it to pad the vote for a pick they want 😂 @JamieArc @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @kbuggle 3w
swishandflick @Sargar114 I know right!! Like dang, we haven't even gotten to sweater weather yet 😂 3w
JamieArc @swishandflick I mean, makes sense to me 😬😬😂 3w
Cinfhen I‘m not complaining- I like the freebie and I love that you can choose from the final list of five!!! I‘ll take it!!! 3w
swishandflick Did y'all also get the survey from BOTM asking about how you voted for Book of the Year, whether or not you had already read what you voted for, and if you selected it because you wanted it to be one of the finalists for the freebie? I think they're onto us 😂 @JamieArc @Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen @kbuggle 1w
kbuggle @swishandflick ha! I did not, but that‘s funny. Obviously I am voting for something I haven‘t read so it can be worth it!! 1w
JamieArc @swishandflick I don‘t think I received that 😳. Is there a spy among us 👀 😂 1w
swishandflick @kbuggle @JamieArc I wish I had taken screenshots because I was very hesitant to answer honestly lest they mess with our strategy, haha. But the questions were like "Have you read the book that you voted for?". "Is this a book you purchased through BOTM?", and then there was a multiple choice question like "what was the primary reason you voted for this book" and one of the answers was "because I wanted it to be a finalist for the freebie" ? 1w
Cinfhen I did get the survey and I was thinking somebody on Litsy ratted us out!!!! 1w
swishandflick @Cinfhen it definitely wasn't me, scout's honor 😆 1w
Hooked_on_books That‘s hilarious! I quit a while ago, so no survey for me, but if they track picks from the last years, I‘m guessing they‘re seeing freebies lining up with voting. If they let you have a free book out of all the books for the year then they‘d get votes that are much more likely to match what people actually loved. 1w
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Another #Aardvark hint - feels like this one is possibly Ithaca!

While this book (if it is indeed the book this hint refers to) is not my personal cup of tea, is anybody else low-key stoked for Aardvark to launch??

LMJenkins I just heard about this for the first time yesterday and yes I am very intrigued. 3w
DisneyFan Isn‘t it just a copy of BOTM? I feel like it‘s not offering anything different but let‘s see I guess. I‘d love to see more non-fiction, ebook options, and a bookmark with each book, lol. 3w
swishandflick @DisneyFan it's definitely a similar model as BOTM, but in my opinion BOTM has started to fall into the trap of "subpar thrillers" being their schtick. So if Aardvark is offering books I'm more drawn to, that's the bonus for me! Also they immediately offered access for Canada customers (something that BOTM has been asked for for a long time, and as soon as Aardvark ce on the scene they suddenly changed their tune). (edited) 3w
DisneyFan @swishandflick omg thank you for saying this! Im a BFF and I also felt their selection has been lacking lately. But I was afraid of saying something because everyone seems to love it and I didn‘t want to sound judgmental about other peoples reading choices. I‘m glad I‘m not only one feeling this way. (edited) 3w
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Take Your Breath Away | Linwood Barclay
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I *really* enjoyed this! I was hooked from the get-go, off balance for most of the ride, tricked and tricked again by all of the smoke and mirrors. I couldn't read it fast enough because I just had to pull back all of the layers. I love it when a thriller actually feels fresh and atypical! My first book by this author, but you best believe I'll be grabbing more of his work 👏🏽
4.5 ⭐️

vivastory I read this recently and really enjoyed it. I really liked his book 3w
LKK526 I was on the fence about this one and you pushed me over😀 3w
SilversReviews This was very good!! 3w
MyNamesParadise I love his work!! This one was really good!! I recommend No Time for Goodbye by him! It‘s older now but it was such a good read!! 3w
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Maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think Aardvark is making #BOTM nervous. This makes it sound like their loyalty program will now have more perks... and the first "perk" they announce is that you can opt to *pay* $32 for a water bottle that doesn't even have any bookish branding? SO underwhelming.

They also added a lower tier "friend" status but added nothing new for those of us who have been members or BFF's the longest? I don't get it.

KristiAhlers I agree. I got the same “spam” kinda email today as well. Nothing wrong with a little competition. BOTM has gotten complacent since they were the only game in town as it were for so long 3w
Aims42 I had the same thoughts reading their email 🙄 3w
JamieArc Whoa. I didn‘t see that price. I‘m guessing they‘ll see the error of their ways soon with that item/pricing. 3w
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JamieArc Weird. I went to look for it and can‘t find it anymore. It was in the Boutique when I looked earlier today… 3w
Megabooks That plus suddenly opening to Canada with aardvark in Canada. 3w
LMJenkins I haven‘t heard of Aardvark. Off to see what it is…. 3w
swishandflick I know right! The subject of the email being "it's the best time ever to be a BFF" was laughable. Why, because we can now buy this overpriced water bottle? Haha @KristiAhlers @Aims42 @JamieArc 3w
swishandflick @Megabooks I was thinking the same thing! People have been begging for #BOTM to ship to Canada for so long that the timing feels suspicious. 3w
swishandflick @LMJenkins On its surface it has a very similar premise as BOTM. Monthly picks, lower price for add-ons, etc. So far they seem to look promising! I've made a few posts with some of their suspected October picks (they haven't officially launched yet) if you want to check that out. 3w
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This is out of my area of expertise. Any librarians, teachers, or folks with general children's books knowledge that can help? She's teaching 5th grade, but many of her students have learning disabilities so she said somewhere in the 3rd-5th range could work well. The library at the school she's at doesn't have many contemporary options so we're hoping to bulk up her classroom library in the hopes of getting kiddos excited about reading! ❤️

Bookwormjillk My kids really liked the I Survived series. My son was slow to learn to read, and those were the first books that really made him want to try. 3w
j.rye I‘ll tag some of my 9 year old‘s favorites 3w
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j.rye Right now is a great time to buy from scholastic (book fair season). I can share our school‘s code to get the special pricing. They‘ll deliver to an address of your choosing! 3w
EatSleepRead My kids loved the DogMan books, Captain Underpants, The Bad Guys. My older son had difficulty with reading initially and anything that was more of a graphic novel was less intimidating to him.
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swishandflick @j.rye Thank you!! Oh man, that would be amazing. My email is ashleyandthecity@gmail.com if you want to reach out that way ❤️ 3w
swishandflick @j.rye Thank you so much! 3w
MaureenMc I second The Bad Guys series. Also: 3w
ChaoticMissAdventures I love Jacqueline Woodson for her younger kids - The Day You Begin, for the 5th graders 3w
Gissy @LibrarianRyan can give you excellent recommendations. She is always posting amazing children‘s book reviews 3w
LibrarianRyan @Gissy Thank you Gissy. so all exccelent suggestions so far. Let me add some. Anything from Rick Riordian Presents. The books not written by him, but for his imprint are all fantastic, and each series or book is written by own voices afuthors. So like Race the Sun, is written by an indigious author. Tristan Strong punches a hole in the sky - follows african american folk tales. Etc. Always a great starting point. Also anything by the ⬇ 3w
LibrarianRyan following authors - Reina Telgemier, Stuart Gibbs, Avi, Max Brailler, Keeper of lost cites (they are big (size wise)). The wings of fire books. Anything by Chris Grabinstein, Alan Gatz, Big Nate, Who Is series, Kate DiCammilo, Gordon Korman, etc. Also consider GN for reluctant readers. there are so many good ones. New Kid, Emmie and Friends, Kattie the cat sitter, wingbearer, Real Friends, and Kelly Yang.

I know this is a lot, but it will ⬇
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LibrarianRyan Grow. If you are interested, I can send your friend a box of book for her class. I am getting ready to weed my library some and I always save my “read“ books for when a teacher or school or library needs them. If interested just email me at MissRyanAF@gmail.com 3w
swishandflick @LibrarianRyan Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I'm gonna double check with her before I share her address but I can't imagine that she'll pass that up so I'll email you soon! ❤️ 3w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I loved this book SO MUCH. But I think some of that is because I saw a lot of myself in Nora, navigating the weight of familial responsibility (even when rooted in love), and my personal history with both NYC *and* the Blue Ridge Mountains as it happens. Add in some classic Hallmark movie tropes, and BOOM. I have no complaints.

Though if my own "happily ever after" could hurry up and happen in a bookstore aisle it would be much appreciated ?

gossamerchild I loved this so much, too. I appreciated how she flipped the "city girl/country boy" trope. 3w
JenReadsAlot You and me both! Lol 3w
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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It's a rainy, lazy day, I'm reading a good book, and my sweet Moxie decided to climb under the blanket and snuggle (peep that sweet paw!). Today is a good day (I just hope I don't have to use the bathroom anytime soon 😹)

sarahbellum That paw! 😻 3w
jlhammar Adorable! 3w
Leftcoastzen 😸👍 3w
LauraJ Looks like a perfect day 😻 3w
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Sharing this #aardvark update from one of the book groups I'm in on fb. Looks like we have 2 confirmed picks and 2 of the top contender guesses for one of the clues they gave (I personally am hoping for The Butcher and the Wren which was my guess)

I'm gonna go ahead and say it - I'll be subscribing to give this subscription a try! The tagged book sounds right up my alley. Anyone else thinking about giving Aardvark a go?

jlhammar I'm definitely tempted. I was planning to get the new Kidd and The Other Side of Night also sounds good. 3w
Megabooks I‘m on the fence still. There are three books I really want that are out currently, and I‘m not sure I want to subscribe unless they choose a book I already want. But I may change my mind…🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️ 3w
swishandflick @jlhammar Those both have my attention too!! 3w
swishandflick @Megabooks Definitely fair! Certainly can't hurt to see if things launch well too before diving into a new subscription. But for some reason I'm hyped, haha 3w
LMJenkins I think I‘ll definitely give it a try unless there is a big commitment to lock in to further months. Right now I am a member of Literati and Book-of-the-Month club and I think I‘m going to drop Literati. I hate to, because some books I‘ve never heard of come up but I find that they just get added to my TBR pile and a lot of times I‘m paying for a paper back instead of a hard cover. 3w
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Butcher and the Wren | Alaina Urquhart
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Ok so this new Aardvark subscription has me more and more intrigued. So far they've posted these two clues for their first box. Any guesses?

I think the top clue could be the tagged book? And the second could be The Night Ship? Maybe?? But I stink at emoji-based clues so I'm curious what y'all think 🕵️🏽‍♀️

#aardvark (fun fact - their website says the name is because it's the first word in the dictionary 😂)

jlhammar I wonder if the other one is 4w
Megabooks I signed up for their email list but haven‘t heard anything. 4w
swishandflick @Megabooks These were posted on their Instagram account! But it looks like they're planning to announce their October picks mid-Sep 😄 4w
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swishandflick @jlhammar That's what I'm starting to think too! 4w
JamieArc I saw a photo of the actual boxes and love them. I may sign up because Fomo… 4w
swishandflick @JamieArc Aren't they gorgeous!! I feel like I'll have to give it a shot, especially if they have good book choices 👏🏽 4w
lele1432 I definitely think one is The Night Ship! This one seems to be the only one that fits the second clue. I‘m excited to see what they have to offer! I may close my second BOTM account lol. 4w
Breanne1 Oooh I‘m very intrigued! I signed up for their email list… 3w
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Enter the Aardvark | Jessica Anthony
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PSA: there's a new book club subscription service on the way! The concept seems very similar to #BOTM, 4-5 picks each month, etc (although this one's available for Canada peeps, FYI!). I'll be interested to see what kind of picks they offer, and why they chose the name Aardvark, haha.

What do you think? Is anyone's interest piqued? #Aardvark

KristiAhlers I‘m always down to explore stuff like that. You had me at books 🤣 4w
JamieArc It looks like BOTM is going to be expanded to include Canada. In a fb group, someone posted a forthcoming announcement that had Canadian images. Did you see that? 4w
wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 4w
swishandflick @JamieArc I hadn't seen that yet! But it wouldn't surprise me, they've had people begging for Canada access for a long time. 4w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Thanks for sharing! I've joined their mailing list so I can check it out once they're up & running. 4w
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The Lies I Tell | Julie Clark
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I enjoyed this! An easy, quick read that was a perfect poolside pick. Nothing too fussy or twisty (though a few plot points broke this out of the overly typical mold). A solid read all-around, though I can say I'm glad to have gone the library route rather than purchasing through #BOTM 3.5⭐️

PS: the background pic was my reading view for the day 😍

kspenmoll Beautiful view! 1mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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This resort in Mexico has quickly become one of my go-to happy places when I need a getaway. This trip is a solo, lay out with this view and a book, drink some cocktails, eat yummy food, and recharge kind of vibe ☀️

Leftcoastzen Enjoy! 1mo
5feet.of.fury Looks gorgeous! 1mo
Librariana Northern México is my birthplace and I haven't been back in... gosh... more than 15 years!? My tía (aunt) would often take us to Mazatlan and I have such fond memories of being out on the beach 🥰 Hope you're thoroughly enjoying your vacation and its locale! 1mo
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JenReadsAlot I would love to chat with you about travel some day if you want? 1mo
swishandflick Thank you, it certainly is a gorgeous spot to read and relax for a few days!! @Leftcoastzen @5feet.of.fury @Librariana 1mo
swishandflick @JenReadsAlot Anytime!! One of my favorite topics outside of books, haha 🤗 1mo
JenReadsAlot Great! It's also what I do besides reading. 1mo
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I chose Other Birds for this month, and added on The Devil Takes You Home because it's been on my mind ever since I didn't add it to my box last month. I also finished the challenge finally, and picked these cute magnets 👏🏽 #BOTM

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This was a cute, quick beach read. But I wasn't blown away. I do think the concept was interesting and the characters had potential, so maybe I'll continue on with the series eventually (a few things felt unfinished, which makes sense). ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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I can see why this has gotten mixed reviews. But Slaughter has set her own bar so high, particularly with her Will Trent series. And while I readily admit that this isn't her best, she's still such a superior writer to the average crime fiction content, I still can't give this anything but a pick. I was surprised that she did a sequel to Pieces of Her (and wish it had been more obvious that this isn't a standalone) but was still hooked! 4⭐️ #BOTM

5feet.of.fury Agree on all points. Ultimately I liked it, too. 1mo
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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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Some September #BOTM spoilers for you!

Eggs I know I‘m choosing the tagged 😎 1mo
CBee A lot of Littens like Sarah Addison Allen! I‘ve never read anything of hers 🤷‍♀️ I *should* skip as I have the biggest BOTM backlog…. But I probably won‘t 😂 1mo
swishandflick @Eggs @CBee That's the one I have my eye on too! 1mo
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Megabooks Thanks for the tag! Lots to look into! 1mo
DisneyFan I think I‘ll do The Attic Child. I‘m a BFF now and next month is my birthday month, so I think I can choose a second one too. Will see what my choices are, since I‘m not sure how it all works. 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much for these l!!! I‘ve been waiting patiently to see what you‘d uncover 😉 I really liked her previous novels so I‘m excited about the add on - 1mo
Cinfhen And this one sounds fun 1mo
Lizpixie #stacked the tagged book. I didn‘t know she had a new one coming out🙌🙌🙌 1mo
Chrissyreadit @CBee SAA is one of my favorite authors of all time- do you like charming and a little magical? 1mo
Chrissyreadit I May be a little too excited for the tagged book. 1mo
Breanne1 Thanks for sharing these with me 😊 I loved Sarah Addison Allen books a long time ago maybe I‘ll dip back in. Most Likely intrigues me… 1mo
jlhammar Yay! I was hoping for these today. Thank you! I‘m interested in Killers of a Certain Age and need to do some research on the others. There are a few here I‘ve not heard of. 1mo
CBee @Chrissyreadit oh yes! I love that. I‘ll definitely pick this one up then. 😊 What other books of hers are good? 1mo
Chrissyreadit @CBee one of my favorite books: 1mo
CBee @Chrissyreadit stacked! Thanks 😊 1mo
Beachesnbooks Definitely want Love on the Brain but am intrigued by Other Birds! 1mo
BookBosomed1 Excited about the tagged book! 1mo
marleed Ohhh, I think I have to go with the tagged. It sounds great! 1mo
TheBookStacker Crazy that Carrie Soto isn‘t a pick! 1mo
jlhammar Uh-oh, just doing a bit of research and I really want 4! At first I was thinking Other Birds, Killers of Certain Age and The Attic Child, but then I learned that The Most Likely Club is about a group of women who graduated high school the same year I did (1997). Sounds like it might be a fun read. Hmmm, what to do.... 1mo
SnowEcho Eep!! 1mo
SnowEcho @TheBookStacker I definitely agree. I guess I have to find another way to read it! Buying or library (if I can get it on hold!) EDIT: I preordered it at the local bookshop. Aug 30! (edited) 1mo
DogEaredBooks I am so excited for so many of these! I think maybe the best month in a while (for me)!! 1mo
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The Therapist | B A Paris
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Personally, I put B. A. Paris in the same bucket as Peter Swanson. I'm never totally blown away, but they always seem to scratch the itch when I need a quick, outlandish, page-turner of a thriller. I was certainly entertained by The Therapist. There were enough believable red herrings to keep things from being too obvious, and even as I started to suspect "whodunnit" there were added layers to the twist that had definitely NOT occured to me ?

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Looks like I'm with the minority here, but I didn't care for this at all. I wanted to like it, and for the first 25% or so I really thought I would, but in the end the only word that comes to mind is tedious. I'm not a gamer, but I don't even think that had anything to do with it. I just found the dynamics between various characters to be too dysfunctional and disappointing. I mostly just feel apathetic about the whole thing 🤷🏽‍♀️ #BOTM

fredamans I am with you 100%. 1mo
swishandflick @fredamans Whew! Glad to not be alone on this island 😂 1mo
fredamans @swishandflick No worries, I have snacks. 😉 😂 1mo
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The Resemblance: A Novel | Lauren Nossett
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Excited about this Goodreads win, this one sounds awesome!

Detective investigating the suspicious death of a frat boy, skeletons in the closet, the twisted, sordid history of Greek life at the university? Sign me up 👏🏽

quirkyreader Yea, enjoy the giveaway book🐸 1mo
Sharpeipup Good to know someone who won! 1mo
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Out of the Clear Blue Sky | Kristan Higgins
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I so enjoyed this book! On the eve of their son's graduation, Lillie's husband abruptly leaves her to be with the wealthy newcomer in town. One POV is even told by said "other woman", which seemed odd at first and then became super entertaining. Lillie can't help but throw a few hilarious, harmless pranks their way (letting a skunk into their house for one, haha) but ultimately discovers she's way better off. A perfect beachy escape! 4⭐️

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Girl A | Abigail Dean
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I remember when this was a #BOTM pick and folks had a lot of negative things to say about it. I think the problem is honestly that it was mismarketed as a thriller. To me it felt more like *dark* contemporary fiction, the exploration of how a group of siblings were each impacted by their incredibly traumatic childhood. Told through the eyes of Girl A, Lexi, who's forced to revisit the trauma after being made executor of her mother's will. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

batsy Yeah, I didn't get why it was marketed as a thriller too. I thought it was very good, and pretty devastating. 1mo
MicheleinPhilly The marketing was WAY off but I enjoyed this too. 1mo
jlhammar Totally agree about the marketing. I thought this was very good. 1mo
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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This book deserves every bit of praise I've seen and then some! I loved these badass women, I loved the writing, I loved every second. 👏🏽 #BOTM

Erinreadsthebooks Me, too! I thought it was great. 1mo
Megabooks 💯💯💯 agree! 1mo
5feet.of.fury 💕yes! 1mo
jlhammar Such a fun read! Glad you enjoyed it. 1mo
LazyLibrary Just finished this tonight and it really was a fantastic read! 1mo
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PSA: Book Outlet is having a sale on fiction books! Looks like they have some good ones available! There are also some solid former #BOTM picks available (Razorblade Tears for one!). I apologize in advance for further enabling your TBR addiction, haha.

www.bookoutlet.com

marleed I just submitted my four choices for my IRL 2023 bookclub, and Island of the Missing Trees was one of my four choices! 1mo
Megabooks @marleed that was a 5⭐️ read for me! I hope they pick it. 1mo
marleed @Megabooks Me too - I wish I could campaign for it because I‘m sure they‘d love it. I‘m only able to submit 4 books for consideration so I consider: 1. Did I get something meaningful out of it since I‘ll be rereading. 2. Do I think the majority will find something meaningful. 3. Did I nominate one lighthearted book that meets 1 and 2. Last year only one of my nominations was selected :( 1mo
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Dragon Loved Razorblade Tears 👍💚🐉 1mo
Megabooks Why did you have to tell me this? 12 books 🤦🏻‍♀️ #SorryNotSorry 🤣 1mo
swishandflick @Megabooks 🤣 I'm also sorry not sorry! Lol. Hope you found some goodies! 1mo
Breanne1 Seven books later 😂🤣😂 Thank you for telling us about this! 1mo
marleed Btw, I bought 9 books - they should give you a commission! 1mo
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Cat Therapy | Charlie Ellis
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This week was a doozy. I got my wisdom teeth out (eep), had a bad reaction to the pain meds (double eep), and then my apartment flooded 😩. Needless to say, I've been exhausted and unable to do anything but lay here and try to cheer myself up with Ted Lasso. BUT my sweet Moxie must have known I needed some love because she willingly climbed under the blanket to cuddle me for HOURS! My fellow cat peeps can appreciate just how rare that can be 😻

kspenmoll Oh no! I hope you are feeling better- but a flooded apartment too?! Sending 💙 2mo
JenReadsAlot Rare like a unicorn in my house! Sure hope you feel better soon! 2mo
inthegreensandblues What a sweetie.🥰 I hope things turn around for you soon 2mo
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allureofbeauty What a sweet baby. I hope you feel better soon. 2mo
staci.reads Oh man. Hope you are on the mend soon. Also, I just started watching Ted Lasso a few days ago 🙌 2mo
CBee Good grief! When it rains it pours - I‘m so sorry! Moxie definitely knows - what a sweetie. Hope you feel better soon! ♥️ 2mo
Leftcoastzen Bad week! Cats are good little nurses , they know what you need! Plus , Ted Lasso!Be a Goldfish, happiest animal on earth! 2mo
diovival When kitty decides it's lap or cuddle time there's nothing to be done but stay put. It's like an unwritten house rule, “So sorry. I can't move, the cat's on me.“ 2mo
Bklover Feel better soon!!🐱❤️ 2mo
Megabooks Sorry you‘ve had such a rough time! 2mo
TrishB Hope you‘re on the mend soon. 2mo
eeclayton Feel better soon 💜 2mo
Itchyfeetreader Poor you - hope things look up for the rest of the week 2mo
Jess Sending positive energy your way. Sorry it has been a tough week. 2mo
MaureenMc 💗 2mo
TheRiehlDeal Sorry you‘re going through so much. Hopefully things turn around quickly for you. 2mo
Breanne1 Hope things start to settle and you feel better soon!! 2mo
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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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Emily Henry's covers always make me happy 💖#coverreveal

robinb Oh wow!!! Love it! 💓 2mo
kspenmoll Can‘t wait! 2mo
Jemgirl2014 I‘m trying to buy less physical copies outside of my BOTM but this gorgeous cover is making me want to own the hardback so badly. I agree. She has the best covers! 😊 2mo
Kimberlone Eeek! 2mo
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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Can I just say that I am LOVING this book so far. It feels like it's been a while since I started a #BOTM pick that immediately gave me the "oh snap, this may go in the favorites pile" feeling. These are the BOTM moments that I stick around for - when they hit me with a book I might not have read otherwise and it's amazing!

PS: no spoilers please, I'm not too far in yet and trying to savor it ?

vivastory I love that feeling. I suspect that Iglesias' The Devil Takes You Home will surprise me too. 2mo
BookBosomed1 I started this last night, and I stayed up way past my bedtime reading it! 2mo
5feet.of.fury So good! 2mo
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BrittanyReads I want to add this to my box so bad!! But I am holding out in hopes it's a nominee for Book of the Year! 🤞🤞 I see nothing but love for it! Enjoy! 2mo
KristiAhlers If you love it now you‘re going to be Def making room on a keeper shelf! 2mo
jlhammar Such a fun read! So glad you're enjoying it as much as I did. 2mo
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The Reluctant Countess | Eloisa James
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Gosh, I'm on a roll or something! This win is from the wonderful @EloisaJames (haven't seen her around Litsy in a while but in case she sees this - HI!!). Always happy to have the opportunity to read one of her books ❤️

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First Born | Will Dean
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I waffled between a so-so and a pan, but ultimately had to swing to pan because the more I think about it, the more irritated I get. On the positive side (✅), I did not guess the twists right. On the negative side(❌), the twists felt like they were there for more immediate shock value, and it didn't feel like the rationale behind certain convoluted motivations were ever fleshed out enough to explain the WHY of it all. Bizarre. #BOTM

ICantImReading I completely agree!! 2mo
TheLudicReader Yep, this was disappointing. 2mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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You know, I think what I like most about Blake Crouch's books that he takes super complicated scientific concepts and somehow distills them down into something that the average person can not only follow, but comprehend for the most part (😂), while at the same time not treating the reader like a total idiot. I was hooked 90% of the way through, but the ending let me down a smidge. Overall a successful #BOTM pick for a lazy Saturday! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

AnnaDesourdy Taking this one on vacation and I'm so excited!! Hope the end doesn't ruin it! 2mo
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Such a Pretty Girl | T. Greenwood
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I'm excited about this win, this book sounds right up my alley! 👏🏽

JenReadsAlot I tried to win this one too! Looks good! 2mo
Breanne1 You need to play the lottery!!! 2mo
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Devil in Disguise | Lisa Kleypas
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Add me to the list of peeps who picked this up without completely realizing there are a ton more books before it in a series (sometimes Libby doesn't flag that accurately!). But it didn't matter, I loved the characters and the chemistry, and I will gladly go back and get the backstory on everybody else soon ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Jemgirl2014 I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ that series! 2mo
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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Feeling pretty "eh" about this one. I like that Swanson always seems to try new things. But had I known that this was inspired by Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None" I would have been a lot less likely to read it, as I seem to be one of the few folks not into her stuff (and I will never be able to get the original title of that book out of my head). Anywho, this is a fast paced, quick read with a bunch of people to keep track of. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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August #BOTM picks! Some really good choices imo!

Personally, I've got my eye on the Slaughter (duh) and The Devil Takes You Home. I've got a huuuuge backlog of books right now, so we'll see if I can control myself or if another ends up in the cart 😂

Megabooks Thanks for the tag! I planned to pick up the Marra so hopefully there‘s a main pick I want too! 2mo
Breanne1 Thanks for the tag, I‘m always so grateful that you include me 😄 I think I‘ll have to go with Daisy Darker!! But others from this list have peaked my interest. 2mo
jlhammar Thanks, Ashley! Wow, this is going to be a really hard month for me. I'm kind of interested in all of them and that rarely happens. Deciding on only 3 will be tough. Grateful for the heads-up so I can do a bit of research. For sure adding-on the Marra, but torn on the other two. 2mo
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Kangaj1 The Slaughter book is a book 2. Does anyone know if they must be read in order? I adored the Jamie Ford book! 2mo
marleed Ohh, I was hoping you‘d have a post on this. I have a list of new books I want to read coming out in August, and 4 made it to your post. I think I‘ll go with Daisy Darker, the Karin Slaughter, and the Jamie Ford (predicted as the ReadWithJenna) pick. 2mo
vivastory I love these picks!! I will definitely be picking up the Iglesias. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I wish they offered more nonfiction—even memoirs. 2mo
TheBookStacker I think I‘ll do The Devil Takes You Home and the new Marra 2mo
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The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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If you're an Elin Hilderbrand fan this will not disappoint. The Hotel Nantucket has recently been renovated and reopened to great fanfare, lore, and suspicion from the island locals. It's a classic, character driven Hilderbrand beach read (with a few twists, given that one perspective is from a ghost who passed in a fire at the hotel many years back). A very enjoyable vacation read that I'm just getting around to posting a review for! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

marleed I feel like I‘m close personnel friends with this community. I still don‘t know why someone from the Hilderbrand Nantucket‘s has not invited to stay and participate in the annual winter stroll! 2mo
swishandflick @marleed I feel the same way!! 2mo
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I walked into PetSmart for cat food today, got blindsided by an adoption event, and came THIS CLOSE 🤏🏽 to bringing a sister for Moxie home. I just get sooooo nervous about how Mox will react (especially now that she's finally adjusted from the move) and don't want to totally freak her out. I managed to talk myself off of the ledge... this time... but any tips for how to introduce a new cat into the home without traumatizing your current baby? 😭

Addison_Reads I had a 16 year old cat and I was terrified of introducing her to a new cat because everything made her nervous. I found a stray though and had to figure it out. What worked best was keeping the kitten separated in another room for a few days. I would take the blanket the kitten slept on and let my older cat sniff it. Then I moved the kitten out in a carrier for a few hours before they formally met. (edited) 3mo
RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻😻😻 3mo
Soubhiville Cat introductions are always tough. Best way I‘ve done it is to keep the new baby in its own room for 3-5 days and allow them to sniff each other and get used to the idea of another cat under the door before they ever actually interact. Let them see each other at a distance before ever being able to touch. Hopefully that will be enough that once you let them approach each other the hissing will be minimal. For the first week I‘d separate again ⬇️ 3mo
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Soubhiville When you aren‘t home. I‘ve had 8 cats in different combos and this has always worked well for me. (edited) 3mo
mdm139 You did better than me. My dog needed an emotional support dog so today we got a dog. 3mo
EatSleepRead My experience has always been if you bring home a kitten, the other cat feels less threatened and it goes okay. Might take a few days and then they accept (and usually love) have more company. We adopted a cat that was a year old last time and that was a rocky experience. Lol. In the end it has worked out though.
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Gissy But that cat is so pretty! Adorable! 😻 3mo
Skyrimir In my experience it‘s much easier to bring a kitten into a house with older cats than it is with bringing in an older cat. My first cat got used to the kitten in a few days. My two current cats who came in older took 6 months of keeping them separated and monitored! They are friends now, but that was a lot of work! 3mo
swishandflick That's good to hear! Moxie can be super skittish though, have you ever had something like that be the case when bringing in a kitten? I keep hoping that having a bud to keep her company while I'm not home will be a good thing, I'm just so nervous that it will backfire @Skyrimir @EatSleepRead (edited) 3mo
swishandflick @Gissy @RaeLovesToRead I knowwww, I held her for like 30 minutes before I talked myself out of pulling the trigger for now 😭 I just know someone will snap up that sweet baby quickly. (edited) 3mo
swishandflick Good advice, thank you so much! @Soubhiville @Addison_Reads 3mo
swishandflick @mdm139 congratulations!! Is this your only current fur baby or are you adding to the pack? 3mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Every cat is so different! My very first cat I thought she needed a friend, brought a new cat home and the original cat wasn't having it. She would pull back the covers on the bed and pee in it. But when she passed the 2nd cat did actually need a friend. She got super lonely and stopped eating until we brought someone new in for her. Best thing is take it SUPER slow. Separate rooms for 1-2 weeks w/ slow intro. 3mo
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The first twist was super obvious, but the others less so. I really enjoyed this one! Just not nearly as much as Jar of Hearts. #BOTM

PS: today's reading view doesn't suck 🔆

MartinaLove Love the color of your nails! 3mo
KristiAhlers And this is me stacking for a bookstore run. 3mo
Karisa Wow! What a beautiful view! 🌊 3mo
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BarbaraBB Gorgeous! Where are you this time? 3mo
swishandflick I know, it was so lovely! I'm in Mexico (Playa del Carmen) 😄 @Karisa @BarbaraBB 3mo
swishandflick @MartinaLove Thank you!! 💅🏼 3mo
BarbaraBB Great! I was there in the early 90s, nothing there but some cheap hostels with hammocks ❤️ 3mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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These are the picks I went with for my July #BOTM box! 👏🏽

jlhammar I went with Crouch and Zevin too! Added the new Sager for my third. 3mo
Avanders I did the exact same as @jlhammar 😁 3mo
swishandflick I wish I like Sager as much as everyone else does, but I always feel underwhelmed 😭 @jlhammar @Avanders 3mo
Avanders Huh I‘ve only read 2 so far, but they both just hit me kinda right… even Survive the Night, which I think wasn‘t a fan favorite? 🤷🏽‍♀️ But I‘m also not the hugest thriller reader, so maybe I just don‘t know about the better ones out there 😂 (edited) 3mo
jlhammar @swishandflick @Avanders I'm not a Sager superfan, but I did enjoy his last two (Survive the Night and Home Before Dark) so fingers-crossed this new one will work for me as a quick, suspenseful summer read. I haven't read Final Girls or Lock Every Door and didn't really care for The Last Time I Lied. 3mo
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It might be time to buy a lottery ticket! 😂

fredamans Congrats! 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice win. I entered this giveaway, too! 3mo
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July #BOTM picks!

Jemgirl2014 I‘ve had my eye on “ The Bodyguard “ Yay! 3mo
Breanne1 I had purchased First Born from the UK, it‘s VERY good!!! 3mo
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Cinfhen Ohhhhh, thanks!!! I‘ve been waiting😉I read two and have an ARC of one. (edited) 3mo
Kimberlone Wow there‘s actually more than one I want to get!! 3mo
JamieArc I am currently reading My Sweet Girl by Jayatissa and I am hate reading it. So while the premise of You‘re Invited sounds good, I am cautious. 3mo
Megabooks Love the Zevin and the Crouch!! 3mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I‘d choose those two too! 3mo
Beachesnbooks interested in the gabrielle zevin! 3mo
swishandflick @Breanne1 Good to know!! 🤗 3mo
swishandflick @Cinfhen Your reviews always bump things to the top (or bottom) of the list for me, haha 3mo
swishandflick @Kimberlone I know, and we don't even know what the extras are yet 😱 3mo
swishandflick @JamieArc Oof, that's really good to know, thank you! Might add that to my library list instead 😂 3mo
swishandflick Those are the two on my list for sure! @Megabooks @BarbaraBB 3mo
Cinfhen Haha!! I really loved both of these… the Zevin and 3mo
Cinfhen And I still have to read 3mo
staci.reads Yay! I'm so excited for Upgrade! 3mo
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