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Nalbuque

Nalbuque

Joined September 2020

they/them comrade powered by reluctant hope and library audiobooks 📚🇧🇷🎧🔬🌿🛠🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 not terribly insightful but here‘s what I‘m reading!
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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Came for Kate Mulgrew‘s narration, stayed for the story. This was gripping, I wanted to just keep listening and altogether I finished it pretty quick. The audio was fire. I now wanna watch the series too!
Some parts were fairly graphic, and I did fast forward one particular scene. People who have to watch out for triggers might wanna skip this one, or at least look at its page on The Storygraph.

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Soviet Space Dogs | Olesya Turkina
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I‘m very excited for this ^.^

batsy What a cover 💜 3d
Nalbuque @batsy RIGHT?! the only reason I got it- ow that I‘m actually pondering the theme, I‘m afraid it‘ll be rather sad 😔 BUT there are many pics 🖤 2d
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Y‘all. I just dno. This was surreal. Crazy. It‘s a quick read, starts slow and kinda abstract, and then!!!! all of a sudden!!! I felt like the actual story bit was very short, but the build up created ambiance, and the book was a whole experience. I liked it!

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Aw this was a very sweet, easy read for me. Super cute book- as we‘d say it in Brazil it was sugary water 🥹

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This book made think a lot of an article by Anne Helen Petersen abt book covers (from 1 or 2 years ago)- bc I assumed it‘d be a romcom and it (mostly) wasn‘t. Recently, by the time I start reading a book I‘ve already forgotten its summary and am always surprised. This gave me F Backman or G Honeyman vibes, but in the 50s, and it was very good! BUT I did have to pause it twice to check out the “does the dog die” website, which put me on edge a bit.

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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The first 1/3 was a bit slow and confusing for me, but im glad I stuck with it. Rad story, and so so much development (characters, plot, social analogy) - in fact, this is probably why I didn‘t like the beginning- everything felt too “one note”, and then BAM the whole thing just happens! Maybe this coulda been written differently, I dno. I almost let it go but decided to stay after reading some reviews, so thanks y‘all, keep up the good work 🫡

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WOO it‘s almost Black History Month! This is my kick off #BlitsySwap post! But…I‘ve messed up a little bit. So, I‘m participating in one of the coolest Litsy swaps #BHMS by the lovely @Chelleo
I sent my package off this week and forgot to take a snap. But I can tell y‘all that it is headed to Suffolk, UK 💌📚✊🏽 things have been kinda crazy (way crazier than usual) and i think I coulda done a better job, but I hope this gives my match a smile😃

Chelleo Woohoo! The first package is an route! 2w
Nalbuque @Chelleo WAT?? No way! I thought I was gonna be so late, I was shooting for the Jan 15 date of departure you had suggested 😅 2w
Chelleo LOL…most matches are in the US so there‘s plenty of time but things usually start moving at the end of January. 2w
Chelleo Your #Blitsy package arrived safe and sound! 3d
Nalbuque @Chelleo fantastic!! In my rush I forgot to write the hashtags on the box, so I worried my match would be confused or even concerned oooops 3d
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Kiss Her Once for Me | Alison Cochrun
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Forgot to post this one! It was my last read of 2022 - perfect in the way that it‘s Christmasy and wintery in all the traditional ways. I couldn‘t quite get into it though. I‘m not a huge fan of romance books but I‘ll usually tear thru the sapphic ones… and I mean, I enjoyed parts of it… but halfway thru I just kinda got tired of it, as the plot is pretty predictable. If you‘re a hopeless romantic, go for it!

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Well, shit Jennette, I‘m glad your mum died too!!!
What a powerful, insightful book. I didn‘t rly know anything abt the author going in- just that she‘s a comedian- but I wasn‘t necessarily expecting comedy. But I sure af wasn‘t expecting THIS. It‘s a heavy read, but it‘s very much well written and it will hook you right in, just watch out for triggers.

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Hello, Molly!: A Memoir | Sean Wilsey, Molly Shannon
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Wow- did not expect this book to be so… full. Not being a huge Molly Shannon fan (prob saw her a few times on SNL and in newer shows), I thought this would be lighter and more abt random comedy. Sure, there was some of that, but also so much stuff that happened in her life, from losing her mum in a tragic accident when she was a wean, growing up kinda buck wild, and getting into a pure intense career. Quite the ride, def recommend.

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The Book Haters' Book Club | Gretchen Anthony
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Bailedbailed

I was expecting this would be about a book club or reading or such. It‘s more of a family drama thing- and they happen to own a book store. Found it hard to engage with - altho I will admit I was in a book rut when I tried this one on… not gonna say it‘s bad- but I didn‘t finish.

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Goodish, but couldn‘t get to the halfway point… would be open to returning to it tho!

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I‘m not a huge fan of short stories but some of these were absolute bangers. Some were just alright. Def worth a read tho- some rly cool surprises in there, in addition to the classics that comprise the second half of the book!

Chrissyreadit Just saw sign up for blitsy and immediately thought of you and how much I loved your package and how bad I am at sending letters… but think you‘re awesome! 2mo
Nalbuque @Chrissyreadit I just got the tag and signed up myself!! I‘m so glad you liked the package, I can‘t wait to send another one out :))) hope you get a great one next year as well! 2mo
Chrissyreadit I hope you love yours too ❤️ 2mo
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This was cute! Modern Mamma Mia spin in the big apple, including the musical element. What‘s not to love?!

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Can‘t go wrong with the Sec-Unit! I love it (them?) sm. There are more books in the series - currently on hold at the library - but I think this was the last one Wells was involved in? Looking forward to the next book but also a bit apprehensive abt it… but so far, can‘t rly fault this series!

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THE CIPHER | Kathe Koja
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I started this weeeelllll before Halloween - I‘ve gotten more into horror books in the past few years, and this was recommended on a Reddit thread I found. The idea was intriguing, and yeah, a lot of it was downright creepy and, in a way, scary. Like, I see how it gave people “the feels”, both in a psychological and physical way. But I was not into the writing, or the ambiance, setting, whatever. It felt so so old school, not in a good way. Nope.

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A Keeper | Graham Norton
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I like Graham Norton, and his writing did not disappoint! This had a lot more plot than the summary led me to believe, which was a nice surprise. I‘d read more stuff by him :)

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The Kiss Curse: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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meh. got to skip the line, and since I liked the Ex Hex I thought why not? But I dno, too much sop. Lots of kissing thoughts and charged looks, a little magic, and not much of a plot. The beginning was rough, but it did kinda pick up…just not enough 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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oooh this was a great binge listen :))

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Ok- don‘t hate me. I think most people would like this book (as The Storygraph reviews confirm), but I just don‘t think I like her style. I also didn‘t like Crazy ex gf, so there you go. I will say I enjoyed the first half (childhood and growing up stuff) a bit more than the second (more recent career).

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W h o a !
What a ride. This was long, and at (many) points confusing. But as you get to know the characters, this ‘who dunnit‘ is quite gripping, you just want to know more! It does get a little too complicated towards the end, but I was so into it, I didn‘t care. You‘ll find many twists here, but there‘s one in particular… that wow. Did not see it coming. And it‘s quite interesting, made me think of this book as a surrealist piece as well.So cool

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Woman in Cabin 10 | Ruth Ware
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This was okay. Up to like 70% of the way I was very scared it was gonna be one of those “and then she woke up and it was all a dream” stories 😂 but I dno, I‘ve been a bit annoyed at the narration for Wares books. Imogen is good and all, but I wish there was some more variety. All books kinda sound like they‘re the same after a while. I prob need a longer break from her

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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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Apparently I had started this book before and dropped it by chapter 3 lol. It managed to stick around this time, and listened to it quite quickly. The characters are pretty horrible but the story is packed with twists that kept coming up until the very end. Decent mystery/thriller.

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The Lost Daughter | Elena Ferrante
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Rented this one on a whim, after Libby suggested it. I was instantly attracted to the cover bc I love Olivia Colman. I can‘t imagine what this movie is all abt, but the book was gibberish lol. To me, at this time, obvs. It was dark and poetic at times but i was not enjoying it, so I bailed. It‘s not too long and I made it to just over 50%, I‘m sure it has many layers and meaning and whatnot… but it‘s not a genre I was looking for atm 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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A must must read. Thoroughly enjoyed and felt like I was a bit smarter after I finished it. Worth the library wait period, every month of it!

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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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They‘ve compared this to “Rdy Player One” but rly, it‘s much MUCH better. It‘s amazing to see teenagers have such an amazing understanding of the world…I know an adult wrote this, lol, but I do know the younguns today are incredibly aware of their surroundings, self, and others. When I was this age I was nothing of the like - but it makes me happy and proud I‘ve made such progress since then :))

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I like this series a lot, but gotta admit the first book was better. This had less of a story line (more like a discovery after another) and a lot of action… which is fine, just took me longer to read and it ended up confusing me quite a bit. Also, felt like the characters didn‘t rly develop as much as in the first book, and I dno, I think I‘d have liked to have more interaction between them. This is def a series that I‘ll go back to tho!

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The Fifth Surgeon | Faith Prize
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This wouldn‘t be my very first choice if I was looking to re-read a lesbian romance, but it did the trick ok. Pretty much what you‘d expect, and still I hoped it‘d be a bit better- like some of the other queer romances I‘ve read this year… I‘m not complaining, it was ok. There was a bit more drama on the romance side than I‘d like, rather than an actual plot (which I obvs prefer)

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Rogue Protocol | Martha Wells
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More of the murderbot series! I‘m loving these short pieces- if they were all chapters in a book I‘d go thru them in a minute. I‘m kinda enjoying how I‘m being forced to pace myself tho, and also how the books are basically independent. This universe is so great, and all the characters are so genuine, I can‘t get enough of it.

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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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The fact there was no wait for this book at the library was shocking. I rly enjoyed it! It was pretty wild while being very “downy to earth”, if that makes sense? I loved how they go over life as an immigrant, life in the big city, family relationships, change…there‘s just so much in there! Well worth a read and a ponder.

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Reprieve: A Novel | James Han Mattson
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I rly need to wait longer to post reviews, rather than finish a book and tell everyone abt it 😂 this is one that needs extra reflection time, there‘s just so much good stuff there. But also, as you‘re reading it, the story is so gripping that it‘s hard to rly ponder on the more serious matters bc you just wanna know what‘s gonna happen and confirm your guesses. Few proper scary bits, but the book has a dark aura altogether, so def 🔥horror vibes!

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Artificial Condition | Martha Wells
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Love how these are short lil works that I can finish in one shot while I draw or paint or whatever. I‘m totally engrossed in this universe and enjoying the characters, can‘t wait to get the rest of the series!

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Tracy Flick Can't Win | Tom Perrotta
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Thanks to my library for suggesting this as a skip the line copy! I did enjoy listening to it, but I didn‘t realize it was somewhat of a sequel! I never read Tom Perrotta but I‘ll prob be looking for other works by him, eventually.

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Bailedbailed

Made it maybe half way thru this, and by no means it was bad. I just lost interest, and had other books calling out for me. This is a chill memoir, with anecdotes abt animals, living in the country, and work in general. But mostly animals! Might get back to it some other time, rn I just wanted something more lively 🤷🏽‍♀️

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Warcross | Marie Lu
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Mehso-so

The tagged book I liked enough to read the sequel, which is the book pictured. Both were decent but reading the second one def made me see some holes in the plot and loose ends on the whole story. Also, it was a bit more focused on the romance, which is not quite my thing. Cool lil young sci-fi, but by the end of book 2 I was a bit sick of it.

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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This was my first Martha Wells and I hecking loved it!!!

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Afterparty | Daryl Gregory
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This book has a lot going for it, it just felt a bit “old-school”, writing-wise. And that‘s not even a bad thing, necessarily… but I dno, I guess maybe it‘s not my fave. Also, this prob didn‘t catch my attention as much bc all the other books I was concurrently reading were pretty amazing. I‘d try this again some other time, but it‘s def not on top of my list.

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Sankofa | Chibundu Onuzo
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So good!! Rly amazing view on family, race, identity, colonization, politics… lots of correlation with real world situations, and still such a unique story, with its own voice and personality. Onuzo is a brilliant writer, this grabbed me from the start and just kept improving.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I love Silvia Moreno-Garcia‘s books. There‘s always so much history and nuance in it. You can rly get a sense for how thing were during that era in Mexico. Well, I guess not that much since it‘s not the focus of the book, but it‘s still fascinating, especially paired with her world building (along with the mythology) and her characters.

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Fevered Star | Rebecca Roanhorse
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This was a random pick a while back and IM SO GLAD it came my way. Now it‘s gonna be months of suffering waiting for the next book. Worth it tho. The whole time I‘ve been reading this I kept thinking “I‘ve never read or seen GoT but I bet this is infinitely better”. SOMEONE PUT THIS WORLD ON TV!!! (and beyond!)

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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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I very almost didn‘t see this thru. The first half is very confusing and dragged for too long, but once it gets goin…wow. You realize this is more of a philosophical and metaphorical piece than an actual novel- the characters‘ musings are incredible to read, and there are so many layers to the interwoven stories and dialogues! Very much worth it. I got the audiobook and the narration was also on point!

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Oooohhh I‘m v happy I put the second book of the series on hold weeks ago! Just finished this one and 🔥🔥🔥

SamAnne I‘ve been trying to get to this one forever. 6mo
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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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If you like ya fiction, this book has everything you need. Even if you‘re not a ya person you should still give it a go, maybe just pretend it happens at a work place rather than high school? Lol
What a great book, coulda been longer or a series imo ♠️

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Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea | Maggie Tokuda-Hall
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Mehso-so

SO MUCH potential! I‘m giving it a so-so bc despite keeping me interested the whole way, some of this book was plain bad (it felt way too rushed, prob shoulda been a series; references felt a bit butchered, altho I admit I‘m not 100% familiar with the cultures this was supposedly based on; the writing was not great; etc)
It‘s just frustrating bc this coulda been great! Bonus points for diversity of characters but I def wish this was better :(

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Survival of the Thickest | Michelle Buteau
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Solid comedy memoir! Nothing groundbreaking,or revolutionary, but if you like Michelle Buteau, this won‘t be a let down!

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Great memoir written in the form of advice columns. Brammer is such a good story teller, even tho his stories are almost common place in the experience of someone growing up gay, he makes them feel new and fresh. The analysis and “take home message” he leaves us with on each chapter is inspiring 🤍 def recommend this short, funny read.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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Bailedbailed

That‘s it, I don‘t like the way he writes. The story sounded good, apart from some heavy bits that felt unnecessary to me… but I dno, it felt lacking in structure and pace. I prob made it to 35-40% and I was intrigued, but struggling, so I called it.

TheLudicReader I couldn't get through this one either. 7mo
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XOXO | Axie Oh
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Mehso-so

Cute but a bit too long! It read quite young, which I prob wouldn‘t have minded if it was a shorter book, but the narrative just felt tired after the 70% mark

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Mehso-so

I mean… pretty class cover and spot on title. I gotta say tho, the essay was slightly generic. The value of this book imo is mostly the intros from around the translations done around the world (and gathered here). You can find a lot of Springers work online so I‘ll prob stick to that. I will say that I wholeheartedly support the sentiment, the author‘s work, and PM press!

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The Long Walk | Richard Bachman
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Stephen King is not rly my vibe but I will say he‘s a very good writer and can relay that doom-feel super well. However, I was a bit on the fence with this one. I know it was published back in the day but I extremely dislike how he uses casual gay bashing and the n-word for effect. It bothers me and detracts from the overall experience 🤷🏽‍♀️
This was a cool premise tho and altho there‘s not much world building, I was so intrigued abt ⬇️

Nalbuque I was intrigued abt this world. We hear a lot of talking and characters thoughts, but we know very little abt what‘s actually happening in this universe. Made me want to know more. Also all the walkers felt multi dimensional, and were interesting and somewhat likeable. Worth a read but I prob won‘t go back to it (but many reviewers said they would!) 7mo
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