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KarenUK
Big Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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Complete fluff, but in a good way. Part cozy mystery, chick-lit & romance… influencers, high-school mean girls, a celeb wedding, and a coastal vibe, perfect to throw in a beach bag. But what made it for me, were the moments when our plus-size heroine was at her most relatable. Faking confidence, patronizing asides, aiming for body-confidence yet still being hurt by the so-called well-meaning insults disguised as compliments. All too familiar 🤦‍♀️

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Cortg
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I love Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby. With that said, I really enjoyed this modern retelling in graphic novel form. The images and watercolors are stunning and seeing the story unfold was a nice treat! #pop22 ~ A Modern Retelling of a Classic #Booked2023 ~ Proper Name in Title

Cinfhen Ohhhhh, this sounds incredible!!! #stacked 13mo
BarbaraBB Good choice! To me this seems a hard prompt! 13mo
Cortg @BarbaraBB Oooh, I'm looking forward to see what book you choose for the prompt! 13mo
Cortg @Cinfhen If you get around to reading it, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 13mo
Larkken I bet watercolors would be fantastic with this story! Love it 13mo
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Cortg
Life After Life: A Novel | Kate Atkinson
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I finished #pop22 😀
~ a book about the afterlife (I did not attempt the advanced 😳)
I love the idea of this book and exploring reincarnation. It was a good spin on a WWII story. I didn‘t love the book, but didn‘t hate it. I did find it a bit confusing and repetitive, and then it just ended. Maybe I‘ll give the sequel a try since I have a copy of that as well. I think reading my physical copy would have been the better bet on this one.

squirrelbrain I agree; I found this one a bit confusing and repetitive. Congrats on finishing #pop22! 14mo
KarenUK 👏👏👏👏👏 - I loved this one! 🤷‍♀️ 14mo
BarbaraBB Well done! Right on to #pop23 😀 14mo
Cortg @barbararbb Bring it on! #pop23 14mo
Cortg @KarenUK Curious. Did you read 14mo
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KarenUK
Three | Valrie Perrin
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Forgot to review this. #pop22 #setinthe80s
Love this author! Gorgeous writing, the characters written with such empathy and depth, and a compelling plot, full of love, betrayals, tragedy and secrets. It‘s a story of 3 friends, inseparable in childhood, separated by a series of events in their teens, as the narrative moves back and forth in time. Ultimately this is about friendship in all its complexities, evolutions and endurance. Just fantastic.

ChaoticMissAdventures Excited to hear! I read one of hers this year and it is making my favorite books of the year 14mo
CBee @ChaoticMissAdventures always happy to see someone else loving Fresh Water as I do!! 14mo
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Cortg
Their Eyes Were Watching God | Zora Neale Hurston
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Loved this story! There are a lot of themes running throughout, but finding a love was my favorite, and that ending! #pop22 ~ a book with a misleading title
I have one more to complete for the challenge and I‘m halfway done!

KarenUK You can do it!!! 💕 14mo
Cortg @KarenUK Thanks for the encouragement! 14mo
squirrelbrain Yay - you‘ll just squeeze in! 😁 14mo
Cortg @squirrelbrain Thanks! I have 1/4 to go 😊 14mo
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KarenUK
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Megabooks Yay!! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
RaeLovesToRead 😊👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Bravo!!! 1y
Deblovestoread Well done 🎉🙌🏼 1y
Cortg Congrats!!! 🙌🏼 1y
squirrelbrain Wow, you did the advanced as well?! Congratulations! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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KarenUK
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I‘m finally done!!!! Just before I start all over again! 😂🤦‍♀️ #pop22 @cinfen @barbarabb @megabooks @squirrelbrain @jenniferw88 @alisiakae @cortg @laughterhp @RaeLovesToRead It was so fun to share the journey with you all x

Megabooks Congratulations!! 🥳🥳 1y
RaeLovesToRead Great work! 1y
CarolynM Congratulations 🎉 1y
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Laughterhp Congrats! 1y
Cortg Congratulations! It‘s been a fun reading year! 1y
squirrelbrain Yay! You‘ve got a few days breathing space and then off we go again! 🤣 1y
BarbaraBB Congratulations 🎈 it is a great collection of books! 1y
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KarenUK
To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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The writing is excellent of course, each of the stories capturing humanity and compassion. Each story(or should I say book!) echoed the others, with common names, themes and location-an NYC of the past and future, imagined and real. Characters often have little agency, complicated love, struggle with family, illness, grief. But after investing so much time, I ended up feeling a little like I was at arms length from what the book was trying to say.

BarbaraBB I can relate to your review very much! Kudos for finishing Booked and - almost - Pop! 1y
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squirrelbrain Great review! Nearly there with the challenges….! 1y
KarenUK I don‘t know what possessed me to leave 2 chunksters to December, when @) I work in retail, and b) I have page count phobia!!! 🤦‍♀️ #imsuchadumbass 😂 @squirrelbrain @BarbaraBB 1y
Cortg Great review and I totally agree! I have 2 books to go. Next year I want to finish the challenge before December 🤣 1y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great review!! 1y
Reggie Do you think Charlie made it to the UK? 1y
Reggie Great review, btw. 1y
KarenUK I really hope she did…. I little glimmer of hope, but I don‘t know… it all seemed a bit bleak. @Reggie 1y
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