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KarenUK
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As a NON non-fic reader, I always dread those prompts in challenges. But this ended up being the perfect ‘meet-cute‘ of prompt vs book vs this reluctant NF reader! As an unashamed romantic, a huge fan of film journalism, who inhaled film magazines in my 20s cover-to-cover, and now religiously listens to movie podcasts ‘film spotting‘ and ‘the next picture show‘ , I heard about this book on one of those, and knew it was for me. (Cont. in comments.)

KarenUK It‘s charming, gossipy behind-the-scenes stuff, about iconic rom-coms from When Harry met Sally to present day. Definitely my wheelhouse! #booked2022 #writtenbyajournalist @Cinfhen @barbarathebibliophile @alisiakae 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds GREAT!!! Glad you found the perfect book 😘😘 2mo
CarolynM Stacking for sure! 2mo
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Chelsea.Poole
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8 #writtenbyajournalist
24 #mclivingwithaids
12 #murdermystery
11 #nauticalnovel
16 #aboutsisters (and brothers!)
15 #setinahotellodgeorinn (vacation lake house? 🤷🏼‍♀️)
#Booked2022

Cinfhen Well done!!! Don‘t forget to fill out the form….which I currently can‘t locate 🤪it‘s been one of those weeks 2mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen done! Thanks! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I see you in the entries. 👏🏻🙌🏻 2mo
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alisiakae
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Trying to come back to participating in the #WeeklyForecast now that the number of books I read in a week is climbing again!

Two of these are for my last 3 remaining #Booked2022 prompts, #blackcentricimprint and #writtenbyajournalist. Shara Wheeler is my fun read for the week.

Librariana I really enjoyed I Kissed Shara Wheeler and I hope you do as well! 😊💜 3mo
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CaitZ
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A collection of essays that explore the darker side of life. Sharlet photographs and interviews people who exist on the edge of "society". He relates their lives with compassion and empathy. It was dark and sad and I had to take breaks from it, but it was interesting. #Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist 2nd book finished for #20in4 Readathon @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Andrew65

Cinfhen Sounds like a tough read but impactful 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
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BookwormAHN
The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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This was an interesting book. Douglas Preston went to Florence Italy to write a fictional crime novel & ended up getting mixed up with the real monster of Florence case. A case that was compared to London's Jack the Ripper & helped inspire Thomas Harris' Hannibal.
#BBRC #GrowUp #TrueCrime @LibrarianRyan
#Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
#BFC2022 @wanderinglynn
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

DGRachel I really enjoyed this book. So much so that when I accidentally left my copy on a plane (unfinished) I had to buy another (hardcover) copy so I could finish it. 😂 5mo
BookwormAHN @DGRachel I don't blame you 😸 5mo
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Cinfhen This was a fabulous read!! Great pick 😎 5mo
Roary47 Awesome! 5mo
LibrarianRyan Nice. 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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sprainedbrain
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I listened to this because I wanted to better understand Russia‘s backslide (again) into a totalitarian regime. Gessen tells the story of the last 30+ years from the perspective of four different people, all born around the time when Russia should have become a democracy. Very well-written and smart, but also sad and terrifying.

Audio is narrated by the author, and they talk FAST. I had to slow down from my usual 2x. 😅

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

sprainedbrain This was also my #WrittenByAJournalist book for #Booked2022. 5mo
DisneyFan Stacked, thanks for review! 5mo
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DivineDiana
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Ever since I was a teen and devoured fashion magazines, my dream job was to be the editor of Vogue Magazine (USA). It was Anna Wintour‘s dream job as well. This is a well researched book about what it takes to make that happen, and what is necessary to hold on to that crown. Her father was a prominent journalist, and she wanted him to be proud. A peek into the life of corporate wealth where your wildest ideas come to life. I loved it! #booked2022

DivineDiana Photo of Anna Wintour at the Met Ball 2022. 6mo
Cinfhen Great photo and review 💜 6mo
merelybookish I don't care much about fashion but I enjoy Odell's newsletter. Had made.me interested in this book. 6mo
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DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! Excited for you! Enjoy your family! 🥰 6mo
DivineDiana @merelybookish Thank you for that information! I will sign up for her newsletter! 🙂 6mo
batsy She's an intriguing character. This sounds like a fascinating read. 6mo
DivineDiana @batsy She certainly is! 6mo
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rockpools
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A low pick for this #BusinessBook looking at the power of deadlines.

I guess it‘s more organisational behaviour that self-help (despite the subtitle). Cox, a journalist, goes into several companies to uncover how they approach deadlines - new restaurants, an Easter lily farm, a ski slope at the start of the season, a tech pitch battle, Black Friday and disaster relief.

The stories themselves were Interesting - the logistics

rockpools of making your lilies bloom to a changing deadline, or covering a resort in man-made snow 🤯! And it gave me stuff to think about - soft deadlines, right-to-left planning, using deadlines to revise and improve…

It did feel like it was written by a journalist- I‘m not entirely sure it achieved what he intended as a whole book. And the author at times came across a tad patronising.

So interesting content but not a gripping read.
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TrishB I missed a chance! A book about deadlines. The things that drive you crazy in work. Or the people that never meet them. 6mo
rockpools @TrishB 😁 There‘s still a gap in the market for you to write the definitive book on all of these things! I seem to have become one of those people that never meet them in the last couple of years… 😕 6mo
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TrishB 😂😂 I can imagine the roll of eyes if I said I was writing a book on this! 6mo
rockpools And, in today‘s ‘I‘d be dangerous if I could remember what I was doing‘ moment: #Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen 6mo
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❣️ 6mo
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andrew61
Crisis | Frank Gardner
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Frank Gardner is security correspondent on BBC news + was paralysed after an attack in Saudi.His 1st novel, is a rip roaring thriller borrowing a lot from his knowledge of the security services. A dynamic ex soldier now mi6 operative has to stop a weapon devastating London,a revenge attack from Colombian lord, v boys own but enjoyed it. My bk for#20in4
#writtenbyajournalist #booked2022 @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Andrew65

Cinfhen Wow! What a backstory - that‘s unbelievable 6mo
Andrew65 Sounds great. Well done👏👏👏 6mo
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BarbaraBB
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One of my African favourites so far for. These are the memoirs of NYT journalist Helene Cooper, who grows up in #Liberia. When the country falls apart after the coup of 1980, she and her family flee to the US. Her less privileged half sister Eunice stays in a country that for years suffers under crazy dictators who recruit child soldiers  and drug them to fight for.. well, for whatever. ⬇️⬇️

#ReadingAfrica2022 ??

BarbaraBB Cooper tries to forget about where she came from, but the Liberian girl within her needs to go back, in search of Eunice. There is so much I never knew about this country, that I have come to love from afar. I‘m in awe of its proud people, always hospitable and dressed up, even on the ruins of civilisation. 7mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! This sounds WAY BETTER than the book I read for #Liberia 7mo
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BarbaraBB @Cinfhen It‘s fantastic. So informative in a extremely well written and personal way. 7mo
Librarybelle Look at all of those prompts used! 7mo
Lcsmcat An incredibly powerful book! 7mo
Graywacke Ooh. Glad to see this title. I listened to her book on Liberia‘s inspiring female president, and it was terrific. 7mo
sarahbarnes Sounds very good! And I love the lilacs! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Lcsmcat @Graywacke Terrific and powerful indeed. I am so glad I discovered it. 7mo
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