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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

Kind of a sequel to, but also a deepening of Everything Happens…

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AileenRR
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Of course it‘s not as good as the first book, but I liked it anyway. The story was in turns slow and overly dramatic, but I liked seeing Ari‘s growth and the development of his relationships. And I liked being reminded of how much I like reading about good, smart kids.

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What Alice Forgot | Liane Moriarty
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This story had me reflecting on how I, and my life, have changed in the last 10 years.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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During this re-read, I realized that Camilla is as big a part of this story as Eliza is in Hamilton. They‘re the ones who made (a large part of) the story happen. Camila Morrone looks like she‘s just right for the part of Camila Dunne. So excited for the show! 💖

marleed I reread this book immediately upon finishing realizing the fate of the characters, and the book is really told in memoriam for her to her daughter. I‘m curious to see if the show will be told in real time where Camille might be a bit different than what the band remembers her to be when talking to her daughter. 1mo
AileenRR @marleed Ooh, that‘s something I hadn‘t considered 🤔 1mo
marleed @AileenRR my mother died many years ago when I was two so I have no direct memories of her. All the stories I heard had me convinced my mother was canonized a saint and people just weren‘t told! I went out of state to her alma mater for college (one of had to!) and while there met someone who finally told me a less than perfect story of her. I was thrilled and it made her more real than all the stories that came before it! 1mo
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marleed So my second pass through this book made me think that if I was the daughter interviewing friends of my mother when she was alive, the stories would be most certainly tilted to my mother‘s favor. So no wonder everyone likes Camille best - she‘s been canonized! 1mo
AileenRR @marleed I love that you shared this point of view! And I‘m glad you got a more complex glimpse into who your mom was 😊 1mo
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Yearbook | Seth Rogen
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Mehso-so

The beginning was charming, but the rest of the book was filled with alcohol and drug shenanigans that I couldn‘t relate to and didn‘t find particularly fun or funny. The story at the end was pretty good though. And it was narrated by a full cast, so that was cool.

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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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Mehso-so

Meh. I guess it‘s not my type of humor 🤷🏻‍♀️

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

I thought her story was interesting enough (difficulties finding the right job and partner, struggles with fertility), and I enjoyed reading on the whole, but there was something about the style (or voice?) that I didn‘t love 🤔

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

Meh. Some interesting background trivia about the movies and the actors. I ended up rewatching When Harry Met Sally earlier this week, and am planning to rewatch You‘ve Got Mail tonight 💖

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AileenRR
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Pickpick

I admire the characters for their wit. I can‘t think fast enough to banter in real life they way they do in books.

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

I read it for the forward by Mindy, which was fine. I ended up really enjoying the parts about his undergrad years at Berkeley. Also, I thought there‘d be more Hollywood gossipy bits, so that was a let down.

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AileenRR
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I love food memoirs and I liked this one. Maybe a teensy but slow in the middle, but finished strongly.

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Mehso-so

I‘m guessing this one is much better in paper rather than audio. I spaced out quite a bit and didn‘t care enough to rewind. My favorite parts were the bits with the best friend; those felt warmer and less distant than the rest of the book.

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AileenRR
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Took a minute to get into it because there are so many unlikable characters. It ended up being pretty satisfying.

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AileenRR
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LOVED this ♥️♥️♥️ Didn‘t think the author could top Daisy Jones, but then I read Malibu Rising and then this one. I think I have a new favorite author for sheer entertainment!

marleed Me too. I love the voice she gives to her characters! 4mo
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AileenRR
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The more I read Sam Irby, the more I like her 😊

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved this a lot, even though there were a few side characters that I couldn‘t keep track of in the audio form, and I wanted an epilogue (like I do for everything). Great book for ending 2021 and beginning 2022 💖

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The Guncle | Steven Rowley
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Sweet and sad and hilarious. Loved it!

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AileenRR
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Re-listened and fell in love with these families all over again.

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AileenRR
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Something thoughtful to listen to on a cold December day. I was in the mood for something slightly substantial and this was perfect.

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AileenRR
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While I was initially frustrated with the characters (just tell her! speak up!) I grew to love them. Worth the listen.

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Wow, No Thank You | Samantha Irby
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Much better read with the eyes than with the ears. In turns funny, cringey, gross, and full of heart.

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

A calm, quiet, slightly disturbing listen through the eyes of a female AI. Glad I read it, but probably won‘t re-read. It did make me interested in looking into the author‘s other books.

marleed I read this just after finishing The Remains of the Day and it just didn‘t live up to my experience inside the earlier book. 6mo
Vansa I didn't like this book at all! I found the resolution completely ridiculous, honestly. And the narrative voice was just irritating. The basic core is so profound-what is it about us that makes us .."us" and not merely one among others.It wasn't explored well at all.It felt like a mashup of Remains of the day and Never let me go,done badly. 6mo
AileenRR @marleed @Vansa I‘m really going to have to look into his earlier works if they‘re that much better 6mo
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Isn't It Bromantic? | Lyssa Kay Adams
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So I fell in love with Vlad in this book, but never quite warmed up to Elena 100%, but I like her a lot. Not my favorite in the series because I hate big misunderstandings. Also, the neighbor Claud was too much for me. Still, yay for Vlad! Glad he figured out his gluten intolerance 👍🏽

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AileenRR
Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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I love this because of the way it‘s making me think about my approach to living. It‘s inspirational. I don‘t love the ending; I wanted a long, drawn out epilogue where the author tells how every character we‘ve met is doing. But would still recommend.

jenhugh63 I think I like that he left it open ended though. It feels sort of on theme. 6mo
AileenRR @jenhugh63 You‘re right, the ending is completely on theme w the book. I‘m just greedy and always want more 😬 6mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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Wonderful listen on a gray, rainy day.

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AileenRR
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Didn‘t think I was going to like this one since I usually like YA books featuring kind, smart, obedient kids and this heroine is NOT that. But she changes, and the secondary characters, particularly her dad, make up for her brattiness.

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Sister BFFs | Philippa Rice
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Mehso-so

Not a fan of the way the lips were drawn. A portrayal of a mostly loving relationship between sisters who seem to be best friends, but the really know how to poke at each other. It was ok.

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Baby: A Soppy Story | Philippa Rice
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Mehso-so

I think I would have appreciated this one more if I‘d read the original Soppy first.

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Be More Chill | Ned Vizzini
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Mehso-so

Listened to the book because my teenager likes the musical based on the book. It was ok. Apparently the musical is more dramatic 🤷🏻‍♀️

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AileenRR
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Don‘t know if I‘d recommend it, but I liked it a lot, in large part because I love reading about how rich people live. When I came across the name of a hotel or shop or artist, I‘d Google it so I could better picture this world. It also helped to be forewarned that the story would not end happily.

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Accidentally Engaged | Farah Heron
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Didn‘t like the relationship between the 2 main characters. Big let down because the premise was so good. The heroine was a downer. There were too many lies and secrets. The best part for me was the growth in the relationship between the heroine and her sister.

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Autoboyography | Christina Lauren
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I love it when characters have loving, supportive, healthy families. Better the 2nd time I listened to it (spaced out a lot the 1st time).

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AileenRR
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This series has been consistently good so far.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Mehso-so

As in most essay collections, I liked some more than others. Felt smart reading it and had to look up the meaning of a few words. I thought it would deal with more superficial topics like the cosmetic industry, but religion, rape, and the roles of the wife are interesting too.

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AileenRR
Eat A Peach: A Memoir | David Chang
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Listened to this twice and I still missed bits. I need to read this with my eyes. I came in not knowing much about the author. Now I‘m a fan.

Megabooks I couldn‘t read this as an audiobook. Much better in print IMO. 8mo
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AileenRR
The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Mehso-so

This one was ok. Fine. Pretty good. I did LOL once towards the beginning. I usually like enemies to lovers, but I guess there was too much of the enemies part and not enough shown of the transformation to friends and lovers. I mean, it was there, but just not enough for me. Would probably be better on paper vs audio.

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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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Pickpick

Nice romance with a good heroine. If such technology existed and if I wasn‘t already married, I‘d definitely submit my DNA sample to find a soulmate.

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AileenRR
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Pickpick

Lovely sequel. Actually teared up at one point. Looking forward to book 3 💖

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AileenRR
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I don‘t think I‘ll be recommending this one to others, but I really enjoyed listening to the parts about the personal relationship between the authors. Edit: I liked it a lot more after a second listen and would definitely recommend to others.

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The Dare | Elle Kennedy
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Solid ending to the series. Likable hero and heroine. After spending 8 books in this world I‘m ready for something totally different.

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The Play | Elle Kennedy
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Didn‘t think I‘d like this one very much considering I didn‘t like the hero or heroine, but I was wrong 🤷🏻‍♀️

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The Risk | Elle Kennedy
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The best of the Off Campus/Briar U series ♥️ Brenna and Jake‘s story was more involved and full of heart than the others.

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The Chase | Elle Kennedy
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Mehso-so

My least favorite so far in the Off Campus/Briar U series, which was surprising because I love the hero and heroine already from their appearances in previous books.

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

Spaced out a bunch listening to this one, but still heard lots of interesting things.

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The Goal | Elle Kennedy
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Prickly heroines aren‘t my favorite, but the happy ending was very satisfying.

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The Mistake | Elle Kennedy
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Caught some of the Twilight marathon on TV yesterday, and now there‘s a hilarious Twilight reference in my book 😆

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AileenRR
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An easy, interesting listen.

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The Friend Zone | Kristen Callihan
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Completed the series. I‘m gonna miss these sweet football players and their women 💖

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The Hot Shot | Kristen Callihan
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Book 4 in the series. My favorite so far; finally got book 2 from the library and I have high hopes. I‘m really loving how these new romances don‘t rely on annoying misunderstandings. The characters are more emotionally mature and actually TALK to each other 🙌🏽

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The Game Plan | Kristen Callihan
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3rd in a series. I had to skip book 2 because my phone didn‘t support the format, but it seems that the series gets better as it progresses. I‘m wanting a big, burly, sweet man for myself.