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The Other Black Girl
The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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booksaremyfavorite
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Mehso-so

Not what I thought it was going to be. It was okay but I wouldn‘t recommend it to all of my friends.

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Bookwormjillk
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Pickpick

I thought this was going to be a workplace drama and it very much wasn‘t. Once I got over that I enjoyed it. #MarvellousMay book 2/6

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 1mo
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Linsy
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Pickpick

What a ride! I went into this one pretty blind, so I thought I was being paranoid about the new girl, but apparently not enough! I did not see that coming. I hated the ending at first, but now I'm starting to think that it was the only interesting choice. If you like a little thriller thrown into your contemporary fiction (in the book industry), this one is for you!

I got mine from Libby, but had to snap a pic at the airport bookstore. 📘❤️✨

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eraderneely
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Mehso-so

I loved the setting of this book and would love more books from this author in the publishing world.
For me, the global conspiracy bit didn‘t work. I would rather it had been just Nella competing with Hazel who is potentially malicious.
This is the second book this year that I think is trying to do too much, especially to be thriller-y. I don‘t know if that‘s just me, but I just want more of these characters living their lives not more “plot”.

squirrelbrain Great review! My thoughts exactly - the larger story was just a bit ‘off‘ for me. 2mo
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paisleyjess
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Panpan

The pacing and timing of the storyline is really slow moving and the style of writing is to jump backwards in time several times within a chapter so it made it really hard to keep interest in the main timeline.

BookLineNSinker I agree with you on this one.. so far out there... 2mo
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DimeryRene
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I am slightly confused, but very invested!!

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bookwrm526
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Pickpick

A little slow paced for what I typically think of as a “thriller”, but really well-written, interesting premise. I enjoyed it.

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emmaturi
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Mehso-so

I wasn't sure whether to choose pick or so-so. I found it interesting premise Nella working as the only Black girl in a publishing company and then comes Hazel another Black girl and Nella is happy. But then things start to happen and Nella doesn't know if Hazel is helping her and trying to get rid of her. I thought the ending was a bit unbelievable but and I found it a bit confusing too. In the end decided it's a so-so for me.

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SW-T
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Pickpick

The movie Undercover Brother came to mind a couple times. Instead of delivering mind altering chemicals through food, it‘s hair products. Microagressions, office politics, respectability politics, and more were covered. Had some small issues (uneven pacing in spots for example), but overall a good read. Just enough darkness to provide atmosphere but not enough to lose sleep over. Would certainly try this author again.

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Nalbuque
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Pickpick

I love this sm. Yknow how often times you get all this social and economic critique in the sci-fi and fantasy genres? Now we‘re mainstreamly getting those vibes from horror/thrillers and I am here for it!!! Ps. If you liked this book do yourself a favor and watch “Bad Hair” (on Hulu and other sites maybe). So good.

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Skeebies05
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Mehso-so

I don't know ya'll. There was a lot of hype last year. I finally got around to it and it wasn't for me. It was too long or the plot was too slow, I'm not sure which.

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5feet.of.fury
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Nella is working in publishing. the only Black woman in her office until Hazel arrives. Excited to have an ally in the office to help with racially insensitive opinions of their colleagues. Quickly, Hazel fails to back up Nella. Hazel explains it away as code-switching, but it‘s clear OBG is trying to set herself ahead of Nella.
Cutthroat office culture + respectability politics are central.
Then I got to the Shani chapters +things took a twist.🛸

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5feet.of.fury
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Consider this the before photo for my yard clean up ? but what a nice dayyyyyy #roséandreading

tokorowilliamwallace Quality view for relaxing, reading, drinks, and passing time! I love front and back porches and looking at all the old houses. 4mo
5feet.of.fury @tokorowilliamwallace yesssss! Thanks! Theres a lot of goodies in this neighborhood. My house was built in 1850 and reno‘d in 1940 with some here and there updates, it‘s prewar in almost every sense. It‘s older than potato chips. As a concept. Def needs a facelift, but I‘m hyped for the spring! 4mo
Suet624 Those houses look like houses in my area. Where do you live? 4mo
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5feet.of.fury @Suet624 Webster, Ma 4mo
Suet624 @5feet.of.fury ahhhh, I live in Vermont in a 1800‘s house too. Houses around me look like those in the photo. Have you ever been to Sunderland or Deerfield? I have a friend that I visit there often and those houses are so colonial on the main street. 4mo
5feet.of.fury @Suet624 I don‘t get out that too often, but I have! My area there will be newer construction, 1800s, 1970s, reno‘d, historical, historical but dilapidated all right next to each other 😂 4mo
Megabooks Looks lovely!! 4mo
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5feet.of.fury
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Not too far into this yet, but the corporate/cubicle culture politics and “diversity” is embarrassingly familiar.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Mehso-so

At times this was a confusing read, there were extra characters that seemed out of place and the pacing was weird. Overall a great premise though and I will probably read more in the future from Harris.

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stretchkev
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Mehso-so

Taking on interoffice politics, microaggressions, abject racism, and black hair care within the publishing industry was interesting for sure. I think as topics goes and feel and atmosphere it fits the horror genre. But the story is let down by a confusing narrative structure and stilted dialogue. The ideas are there, but for me the writing doesn't quite match the concept.

Addison_Reads I felt the same way about this one. I am curious to read more from her in the future because she has great ideas. 4mo
5feet.of.fury I was really enjoying it and then got to a certain point and was like “wait, wtf is this book about??” 😂 👩🏾‍🔬 3mo
stretchkev @5feet.of.fury For sure not the best transition to horror ever. In retrospect, not sure what this story was trying to be. 3mo
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traa
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Pickpick

A slow-burn social horror that immerses you in the feeling that *something is not right*

Linsy Love that bullet journal! 2mo
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Kshakal
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Mehso-so

I have some seriously mixed feelings about this book… I liked the premise and it grabbed me from the get but something about it was off… I don‘t know if it was the characters or the pacing or what??? I am glad I read it but not sure I would recommend it.

CaitlinR Useful review! 4mo
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Kshakal
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My snow day plans today!! 🤓🤓🤓

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logophile1
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I have to work today, and even though I'm only 40 pages in, all I want to do is curl up on the couch and not put this book down until the very last word on the very last page. 😳❤

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Magpiegem
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8/22 I finished this book yesterday and I had to let my feelings about it settle before reviewing. I loved the premise, it is original and definitely for our time. I really liked the MC. Harris did an excellent job of giving white women like me a view into the experience of black women in the work place. But the pacing was very off and it felt as though the plot and extra characters either needed fleshing out or cutting back. Overall a pick ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Kshakal
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I can‘t decide if I love or hate this book!

Magpiegem I‘ve just finished it and I feel the same! 4mo
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Magpiegem
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I‘m 80% through this book and I have absolutely no idea what‘s going on! Which, as I‘m usually moaning about guessing the ending too early should be a good thing… I just hope I know what‘s happening by the end!

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LKK526
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Thanks for the likes. Don‘t like to give away too much of plot because I figure if you are a Litsy lover, you can read a recap for yourself. Been reading voraciously since I was 5 and I like to share my thoughts with book lovers everywhere.

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LKK526
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Pickpick

Read this a few months ago. Really liked it. Not what I expected

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Magpiegem
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My plan for Feb- finish a couple of books I started last November and then got sidetracked by Christmas (including this one), read my two #roll100 books, and complete two of my #booked2022 prompts (probably author born in Africa and set in a hotel). That should keep me going!!

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Michael_Gee
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Pickpick

Oh wow, I blew through this. I had to force myself to take breaks but only when absolutely necessary. Litsy reviews are all over the place! Several mention pacing issues, which I agree with. I thought 75% had the tension of a thriller but then there‘s a reveal to the reader not shared with the MC, and it slows down. Still, I loved it. It‘s so paranoid and tense and heartbreaking. Looking forward to this w/end when I get to talk abt it w/friends.

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Michael_Gee
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She‘d even done a little writing, just to have something to do while drinking. 🍷

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KarenUK
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Pickpick

I had some issues with the pacing, but was so glad to read something that took risks, and had something to say. The ‘Devil wears Prada‘ meets ‘Get Out‘ comparisons make sense, and the ending definitely planted it it firmly in the #socialhorror category. Nella was super relatable (for most of the novel 😉) and it handled the issues of code-switching and micro-aggressions really well. Not perfect but would definitely read this author again. #pop22

Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻 great review and prompt use. I wasn‘t a fan of the pacing either. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
Cortg Nice! I‘ve seen a lot of mixed reviews about this one. Glad you enjoyed it! 5mo
KarenUK @Megabooks Thanks Meg. I think this could have been a great novella, rather than an OK book… 🤷‍♀️but I‘m always glad to read something bit different 😊 5mo
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Cinfhen I liked this until it went a bit off the rails but nice use of prompts!!! 5mo
Cinfhen If you‘re doing #Booked2022 I think it works for #BlackOwnedPublishingHouseBlackCentricImprint 5mo
KarenUK Thanks for the idea, but I don‘t think it does…. ☹️…. Did some research. Looks like it‘s an imprint of Simon & schuster with no black ownership…. But I‘m definitely doing booked2022 ! 💕 @Cinfhen I was going to read one from Roxane Gay‘s tiny press (edited) 5mo
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vlwelser
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Pickpick

There's something really freaking brilliant about this. It's not being described as satire but I have no other explanation for it.

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 5mo
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vlwelser
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I got a new stool / table for my reading nook. It is way more fab in person.

Attached is the #audiobook I was listening to while I put it together.

And obviously my naked Pooh bear says hi.

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Kshakal
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I think I am a nonfiction audiobook gal… I listened to the Betty White book and loved it… tried this one and just wanted to lose my self in the words in a way I couldn‘t by listening… so I stopped and requested the in print book from the library!

JenReadsAlot Nonfiction for me on audio too! 6mo
KellyK I prefer to listen to non-fiction. 6mo
Kshakal @JenReadsAlot @KellyK let me know if you have any must listens! 😊 6mo
KellyK Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile was terrific! She included a concert at the end - unexpected and wonderful! 🎵🎶🎵 6mo
JenReadsAlot Lots of memoirs! 6mo
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tmjg1978
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Mehso-so

Couldn't figure out what direction it was going in as characters and plots were introduced. I did enjoy and appreciate how the various microaggressions were put forward, and I loved the relationship between Nella and Malaika! This aspect kept the book rooted in reality for me. Until the ending started to untold. I wasn't a fan of it at all. It was definitely different, with a twist I didn't see coming. It held my interest until I figured it out.

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BookLineNSinker
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book at first and I was invested in Nella and wanted her to be successful but there were nefarious forces working against her. I learned a lot about cultural diversity in this book too. I just thought that the end was so convoluted and unbelievable but it is fiction so anything can happen. Just okay for me.

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KarenUK
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Starting this for my #irl but currently #zoom bookclub…. Also hoping it might work for #socialhorror for #pop22 ????

canbku Loved this one! 6mo
Cinfhen I think this would work for #SocialHorror 👍🏽 (edited) 6mo
KarenUK @cinfhen Yay! 6mo
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BarbaraBB Definitely fits the prompt. Looking forward to what you‘ll think. I was a bit underwhelmed but there‘s much Litsy love for it! 6mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB this was a book that I bailed on which I rarely do. Glad to hear your thoughts on it. 6mo
BarbaraBB @Suet624 You hardly bail indeed. I must get bank to your review to see why. But I wasn‘t a fan either. 6mo
Suet624 @BarbaraBB I listened to it which is never a good idea for me. Fiction just doesn‘t translate well. But it seemed too predictable. 6mo
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Julsmarshall
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You know it‘s good when you get up early to finish it over breakfast.This debut is tightly written, suspenseful and fast moving. Exploring racism and the workplace, it doesn‘t turn away from the ugly bits. The Devil Wears Prada meets Get Out was an apt description! Scary and timely, this book was quite unlike anything I‘ve ever read. I look forward to more from Ms. Harris! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks #Pantone2022 #Skydiver @Clwojick

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 6mo
Clwojick Stacking! 6mo
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MaleficentBookDragon
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Thank you so much @Ahw06 for this book and all my favorite chocolates! Plus Pocky! And I did not realize that Bones made cocoa; can‘t wait to try it.
Happy Holidays. #jolabokaflodswap

Ahw06 You‘re welcome! Enjoy! 🎄☕️ 6mo
BethM I can‘t wait to hear how the hot cocoa is! It‘s brand new. 6mo
mcipher I just finished this book, it‘s so good!! 6mo
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JamieArc Like @mcipher I recently finished this book and really liked it too! 6mo
Bklover Ooh I‘ll bet that cocoa is yummy- their coffee sure is! 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Bklover I love their coffee. My current favorite is Army of Dark Chocolate. 6mo
Bklover Oh I love Army of Dark Chocolate! I currently have developed a strange affinity for Peaches and Scream, which I think is odd- peaches and coffee just don‘t sound like they‘d want to hang out together! Frankenbones is another I love! 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Bklover I don't like many flavored coffees but I LOVE all the names of al the Bones coffees. Maybe I should just get all the mugs. Hmmm.... 6mo
Bklover I love those hand thrown mugs!! They are expensive though. I think lots of people like the Army of DC one because it‘s out of stock a lot! I got my daughter the Oh, Fudge one for Christmas on one of those sale days before Christmas. Sorry- apparently I‘m feeling chatty today. 😉 6mo
MaleficentBookDragon @Bklover @Avanders gifted me the Shark Bite one and I ❤️ it. 🦈 6mo
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Amandajoy
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Thank you @sprainedbrain for the goodies! I love the ribbon you used, I think I may use it as a bookmark. I think I‘m going to go have some of the chocolates with my coffee. (I sent the same ones ☺️.) Thanks for setting this up @MaleficentBookDragon

sprainedbrain Yay! Merry Christmas! 🎄 (edited) 6mo
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NovelNancy
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Part mystery, strong character development and a realistic reflection of daily microagressions women of color experience. An excellent woven, well written novel which will give me much to think about for a long time. Also a book I think would be a good re-read due to its complexity.

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ICantImReading
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Smart and original, this social horror novel really made me think. It‘s a bit slow at first, but takes an unexpected and sinister turn. I thought the commentary on workplace politics, microaggressions, white fragility, the weight of racial trauma, and white supremacy was so clever and creative. #botm #botmbacklist #botmbacklog

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Hilary427
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I wasn‘t sure how I felt about this one when I finished it…it was a slow start, but by the end I couldn‘t put it down. It was not what I expected, and I felt like there were a lot of loose ends, but it was definitely a page turner once I got through the first half!
⭐️: 3/5

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Dcueto
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This book, tho. It got me from page 1

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youneverarrived
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Although the ending felt really abrupt and it was a slow build up I really enjoyed reading this. It felt sort of thriller-esque in the way a lot of the information was kept until near the end. It was a quick, page turning read in between heavier books. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BookBabe Where did you take this picture? The background is beautiful! 7mo
youneverarrived @BookBabe it‘s York where I live ♥️ 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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Mehso-so

I liked the concept but the book was so slow and there were so many details that didn‘t add anything to the story that I didn‘t even care anymore by the time I got to the end - even though it was cool and surprising.

I can understand why this book didn‘t make the #ToB22 shortlist yet I am very happy to have read it. Thank you Cindy for sharing it with me.

squirrelbrain I liked the start of this, but then it all went a bit weird! 7mo
youneverarrived I‘ve just finished this too! I liked it but the ending felt abrupt 7mo
Cinfhen Agreed @squirrelbrain but I‘m glad you enjoyed it, Barbara xx fun pic ❤️ (edited) 7mo
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BarbaraBB @squirrelbrain @youneverarrived @cinfhen At times it felt very slow and at others abrupt indeed. It was an interesting debut and I am curious what she‘ll come up with next. 7mo
Megabooks This was an odd duck! Great review. Too slow paced for me, especially for the length. I love this family pic! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks It‘s cute right? 7mo
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Addison_Reads
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Mehso-so

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

There is so much in this book that I loved, but it took so long for the story to really pick up that it ended up being a so-so for me. There is a very creepy vibe throughout the whole story, but nothing really happens until the very last part of the book.

Maybe my expectations were just too high with this one. 😕

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 48/21

Two more books from the #ToBLonglist and one to finish #Booked2021, #ReadingAsia2021 and #FoodAndLit. Let‘s do this!

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, TREES!!! Curious to hear your thoughts 7mo
Cinfhen That one did not work for me, at all!!! 7mo
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Cinfhen Your other one sounds great 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen The Trees is great (I'm 50 pages in), I always enjoy Everett so much. I also am liking The Other Black Girl although the details are driving me crazy; at times I want to shout 'get to the point girl'!😂 7mo
Cinfhen I was enjoying TOBG too until it entered crazy town 😉 7mo
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I haven‘t reached that point yet I think. 7mo
arubabookwoman Trees just arrived in my library Libby account. I have 21 days to read it. 7mo
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cdreincarnate
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Pickpick

Loved it!

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This had me laughing out loud while my stomach was in knots. A slow burn thriller with a lot of depth, Harris has created something unique here. She doesn‘t pull any punches while delving into office politics, internalized and systemic racism, and tokenism. Black women‘s hair is also an important and creative plot device. I really enjoyed this and find myself thinking about its meaning as much as I would reading a non-fiction anti-racism tome. 4⭐️

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Thank you for a very fun round of #LMPBC @Erinreadsthebooks @MadDashReading @shellleigh33! This was my first time participating and I had a great time!! 8mo
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Lauranahe
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This was a page-turner! It was suspenseful, and it made me uncomfortable; gave me Get Out vibes. And as a white woman who knows nothing about Black hair, I learned some things about hair care. Can Jordan Peele go ahead and make this into a movie??

babyruth2510 It would make a good movie. I agree with it having Get Out vibes 8mo
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Avanders
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I‘m not sure why there seems to be such…disappointment surrounding this book. I thought it was so well done. It was a slow burn, a creeping discomfort, a surprise, a heartbreak…(no spoilers ;)). Definitely a pick for me. I‘ll note, though, that the 1st 85% I listened to on audio—the readers are so good. Maybe that elevated it for me?🌟🌟🌟🌟

Now, heading to the PO to send #cbbc #coffeebeanbookclub (try 2!) & #allhallowsreadswap packages! 👏🏽👏🏽

ChaoticMissAdventures I enjoyed this too! 9mo
Chelleo I enjoyed it up until the end…🤷🏾‍♀️ (edited) 8mo
Avanders @Chelleo I can see that … that was the heartbreak for me… that she was lost. But even in that, I appreciated the Stepford Wives hopelessness of it too… I haven‘t looked into it, but am definitely curious about the author‘s … what she hoped the takeaway would be 🤔 8mo
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