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Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo
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Very #unpopularopinion I‘ve read half & Im bailing . This did start off strong & I had high hopes ( great reviews) ... but , alas , not for me. This seemed YA to me ... maybe my imagination, as I believe this writer has YA books too... I loved the setting - Yale, secret societies , Magic & there were some lovely bits of writing here and there , but not for me 🤷🏻‍♀️

TrishB Can‘t force it! 2d
Cathythoughts @TrishB So true Trish, I really wanted to like it ... but as you say - you can‘t force it 👍🏻 2d
saresmoore The premise sounds like something I would like, but your review makes me think probably not. I‘ll see if I can get a library copy because now I just want to find out for myself! 2d
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Balibee146 When you know, you know 👍👍 2d
Cathythoughts @saresmoore I‘d be very interested to hear your thoughts whenever you may get there 👍🏻♥️ 2d
Cathythoughts @Balibee146 You just do ! Don‘t you 👍🏻👍🏻 2d
merelybookish I guess Stephen King's blurb is wrong! 😆 2d
Cathythoughts @merelybookish oh dear 😂yes , for me anyway 1d
batsy Oh dear! The premise does sound enticing as @saresmoore points out. I'll try to rein in my expectations if I do decide to give this a go :) 1d
Cathythoughts @batsy yes! I had my own idea of what it would be like .... sometimes when I go in like that I‘m pleasantly surprised & delighted with whatever way it all goes. This one fell a bit flat for me .... that‘s the way it goes 😁👍🏻 plenty more books out there 🙃 plenty of fish in the sea 😆 (edited) 1d
batsy @Cathythoughts Haha, yes! Plenty of fish 😂 #infiniteTBR 1d
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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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#unpopularopinion and I think it was because I tried the audiobook first. The narrator made Sunny so whiny (which I think she might be but not to the extent the narrator made her out to be.) Also, the audiobook doesn‘t tell you that at the end of the chapters, you‘re reading excerpts from another book in this world. I felt confused and when I received the ebook, I only made it about halfway through before bailing.

Laughterhp I definitely struggled while reading this book. I had to keep reminding myself it was middle grade. 3d
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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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*Sigh* #UnpopularOpinion incoming...
I wish I hadn‘t read this. I hadn‘t expected it to be anywhere near as good as The Handmaid‘s Tale, but I had hoped for better than this. It just felt cheap, like it was written to cash in on fans of the show. Parts felt very YA (which is something I usually do not like and this was no exception), I found the plot twists painfully obvious, the ending underwhelming, even the writing felt ⬇️

shadowspeak17 lackluster. I ended up rolling my eyes and saying, “Seriously?” far too often... 😔 I really wanted to like this, but in the end I found it disappointing and unnecessary.

#booked2019 #politicalintrigue #catsoflitsy #Ember
BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree with your assessment. But, hey, at least it checks off a prompt! 5d
Come-read-with-me @shadowspeak17 Thanks for the honest review. It‘s hard to speak so frankly in a less than positive way about a book that many people are celebrating. Great observations on your part - this book is an acquired taste for many readers. 5d
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Cinfhen I applaud your review and had very similar feelings. I‘m glad I read it because I wanted to see if this book really could live up to the hype, which for me, it did not. I also felt this was a total sell out. But good for Margaret Atwood for at least writing her own ending. 5d
shadowspeak17 @BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m glad I‘m not alone in my opinion. 😅 Yes, just five more prompts to go! I think I might actually complete the challenge this year. 😬🤞🏽 4d
shadowspeak17 @Come-read-with-me Thank you! I‘m really glad the people on Litsy tend to be kind when someone goes against the popular opinion on a book, otherwise I doubt I would have posted a review for this. 4d
shadowspeak17 @Cinfhen That‘s part of the reason why I read it too, to see if it would live up to the hype. I honestly didn‘t really expect it to, so my expectations weren‘t actually that high going in. But of course I hoped to be pleasantly surprised. Yes, good for Atwood, and I‘m glad lots of people have enjoyed the ending she gave this story even though I don‘t happen to be one of them. 4d
Cinfhen Same!!! Oh well!! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @shadowspeak17 Am I the only one scratching my head about the Booker Prize for this book? 🤔 4d
Cinfhen Not at all @BarbaraTheBibliophage it‘s not fair to Bernadine Evaristo who actually deserved to win!!!!!! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen I‘m anxious to read Evaristo‘s winning book. Sad she couldn‘t have all the glory. The judges bowed to book politics! 4d
Cinfhen I think so @BarbaraTheBibliophage which is disappointing 4d
shadowspeak17 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Definitely not. I don‘t get it either. I haven‘t read Evaristo‘s book, but the split prize feels like a total cop out that‘s not fair to either author. 😕 3d
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The Absolutist | John Boyne
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I like stories set around the Great War, and after hearing good things about John Boyne‘s other books, I thought The Absolutist would be perfect for me. The depiction of war was brutal and extremely effective, but the secret the main character carries was awful—and not in a chilling, war-is-hell way; rather the secret was held too long, unexpected, and involved an action seemingly entirely out of character. Surprisingly disappointing. ⭐️⭐️-1/2

Susannah After reading through previous reviews of this book, I see my so-so review makes me a party of one. Ah, such is life. 😉 #unpopularopinion 6d
Cathythoughts Such is life 👍🏻. I did love it .... but we are all different, thank god !! 6d
Dolly I loved Ladder to the Sky. Haven‘t read this one as there are soooo many war books. 6d
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I'm not a fan of the kind of satire used in this collection: once I saw what each story was driving at, they just seemed more like dreary exercises, no matter how much violence, fantasy, or dark comedy was piled on. The ones with less overt satirical elements and fantasy were oddly dry, as if they'd been edited to death. I liked one story: 'The Hospital Where', which reads like a real nightmare: wish more were like that one!

ReadingEnvy I bailed on this one. 3d
Billypar @ReadingEnvy I should have. But it's rare that I don't like a story collection. I kept finishing stories and thinking 'but maybe I'll like this next one...' 😁 3d
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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#unpopularopinion time. This wasn‘t my favorite Ruth Ware. The twists, though really good, were revealed very late in the book and TBH, I got bored waiting for them to happen. Wasn‘t quite satisfied with the ending either.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Pretty pic!! 🎃🍂🧡 1w
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman

Everything I loved about Beartown was just beaten to death in the sequel. I finished it out of love for the characters, but really just wish Backman had left it alone. All of his insightful observations about human nature grew tired very quickly this time around. Very disappointed. #audible #audiobook #unpopularopinion #nosequelneeded 🏒🏒🏒

Aswenson Totally agree! 1w
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Ducks, Newburyport | Lucy Ellmann
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I have finally finished this 1000 pages of absolute drivel. The photo shows you a typical page if you like the rhythm? Which most people seem to you will love this. If like me you just see a page of random 💩 punctuated by a repetitive phrase then don‘t bother reading as this is what you get for 1000! Pages.

Full rant here https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2914062168

Branwen I couldn't get through ten pages if this book! 🤣😂 I returned it to the library the next day! 🙊 2w
wanderinglynn That IS annoying! 😖 I‘d return it too. 2w
Hooked_on_books Bravo to you for finishing it! When I read about this book, I decided it would drive me completely insane and reading your posted page shows that I was right! I‘ve come to understand that the Booker committee and I do not have the same taste. 2w
RachelO I can‘t believe you actually got through it! 2w
Sace That would drive me nuts. That's way too much repitition on one page. 2w
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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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I couldn‘t divorce this book from The Handmaid‘s Tale (book or TV). It‘s impossible to read book 2 without taking book 1 into account. I despise Aunt Lydia more than ever. The daughters are so meh. More Offred, please, because she‘s the character with gravity and a resister‘s heart. And Gilead was pale in comparison, especially with the series. 3 reluctant stars.

Full review http://www.TheBibliophage.com
#unpopularopinion #damnyouFOMO

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I am not a fan of this format. I would have rather listened. I did enjoy hearing a different perspective on the war. I enjoyed the movie much more.
#unpopularopinion #bookbingo an epistolary book or book of letters #readharder. Task 1 epistolary novel