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alvingregorio

Joined October 2016

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Steelheart (The Reckoners, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
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Supernova Era | Cixin Liu
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I seem to be in the minority here on Litsy. Another brilliant story from Cixin Liu. Although I was a little disappointed with Ball Lighting, it was extraordinary compared to other current SF. Supernova Era has reached close to the “Remembrance of Earth‘s Past” status for me. I could easily see how this could be its own trilogy. But I hope that it doesn‘t, as this book ends at a perfect place.

SamAnne Really want to read the Three Body Problem. 2y
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Mehso-so

It‘s frightening to take a peak of a lifestyle that is right around the corner from me, yet is a different world entirely. I became increasingly stressed out until the end. I was relieved when it was over.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Great premise, but it was too drawn out, in the wrong directions. It could have been a lot more engaging.

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Panpan

It was interesting enough for me to finish. It was like a more entertaining version of a textbook. Informative, but not a must read.

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Top 10 Games You Can Play in Your Head, by Yourself: Second Edition | Sam Gorski, J. Theophrastus Bartholomew, D. F. Lovett
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Guided daydreaming with prompts. Let‘s go!

slategreyskies My son has this book. It looks cool! 2y
alvingregorio @slategreyskies it is really good. You should give it a try 2y
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The Burning God | R. F. Kuang
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Worth the ride! This was the perfect ending for a fantastic trilogy. I was anxious from thinking of potential ways it could be screwed up. I was so relieved, satisfied, yet sad that this saga has concluded.

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This is a warm cozy blanket on a cold rainy day. My world seems a bit brighter after reading this lovely story.

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The Burning God | R. F. Kuang
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Bucket ready.

Booknerd222 I still need to read Apollo‘s series but I‘m not ready for the tears!! 2y
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Mehso-so

It‘s difficult to rate this trilogy. First one was amazing. I loved the characters and was looking forward to seeing them again in the second. I was disappointed that the story went another direction which made me rate it lower. This book went yet another direction and on its own merits was an okay book but was another disappointment for the series.

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The Last Emperox | John Scalzi
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A satisfying conclusion to the trilogy! I‘m just so sad that it‘s done. This one didn‘t disappoint with some suspenseful plot twists and turns. I had to put the book down a few times to absorb what had just happened. Recommended.

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The Last Emperox | John Scalzi
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Hell yeah! Let‘s do this!

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Mehso-so

The story is predictable but satisfying . The characters are interesting and the read was supersonic. The low rating has to do with the unfortunate luck of being read after an amazing book. I will likely read the sequel.

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I couldn‘t connect or relate to this one. I kept trying to apply it to parenting, as a “leader” of children. And some of it could be, but this book definitely has a target audience and I‘m not it.

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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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Wow. I was expecting to labor through a sophomore slump so that I could quickly get to the final book. But hot damn! Crescendo to the very end, of which many parts I actually screamed out a “Hell Yes!” Or a F- yeah!” Bad ass women taking charge. Best book I‘ve read this year.

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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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Reading The Consuming Fire, during a consuming fire. Stay safe everyone!

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As a therapist, I adored this book and will definitely recommend this to all my therapist friends. It made me appreciate and recognize all the complex yet subtle work we do. It has rejuvenated my therapist pride. As a reader, I loved the parallel development of all the “characters” giving me such a feeling of satisfaction about life with all its struggles, heartaches, and joys.

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Overstory | Richard Powers
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book despite its long page count. I might have enjoyed it more as two books, skimming through the first one then coasting delightfully through the second. The slow pace matches the tone of the book, so I give it 3 stars.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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Mehso-so

A very quick read with characters of surprising depth. Each of their stories are fascinating case studies of generational trauma. I‘m uneducated about the Native American population so this provided me with some local history.

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How To | Randall Munroe
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Like the previous book, this one was ridiculously entertaining. Who thinks like this?

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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Cute and a perfect length to tell the story it needed to tell. If the synopsis grabbed your attention then you‘ll like the book.

Cinfhen Cute graphics 3y
alvingregorio @Cinfhen hahahaha Thanks. “respect my authoriTAH“ 3y
Cinfhen Ha 😂 3y
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Ugh. My 8-year old daughter says this all the time.

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Mehso-so

It's weird to classify this one. I'm not sure if I enjoyed it, but there was an interesting phenomenon of curiosity that kept me going. I was amazed how outrageous premises could be normalized in a few pages then it's business as usual.

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The Magicians: A Novel | Lev Grossman
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Too long to be about nothing. The pace was slow and the build up left me disappointed. It plateaued in the first third and didn't holdy attention.

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I listened to the audiobook, which I recommend if you decide to pick this one up. That doesn't necessarily mean that I recommend this book. The content itself would get a two star rating; it was interesting but wasn't illuminating as his previous books. The reason I gave it 3 stars is because of the audiobook production which was an extended podcast episode, including interviews with the referenced people and music (some by Janelle Monae ;) )

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Panpan

I read reviews comparing it to “A Little Life” but less brutal. I see the similarities and it is heart wrenching. However, there were too many parts that I feel like I could have skipped over and it would have not changed a thing.

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Relevant for work and life. Sneaking in a few pages before I start my day.

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Relatable 😕

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Mehso-so

I read this because I had recently seen the musical, loved it, but wanted more. More background, more details. The premise of the book (and series) is unique and fresh. There are numerous examples of creative explanations and narrative interweaves for the original Oz story. But unless someone convincese otherwise, I don't think I'll move forward in the series.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this collection of essays the way I enjoy a mug of hot chocolate after a long day. I don‘t have it often, it‘s not my first choice, but it‘s comforting nonetheless. The footnotes sometimes made me chuckle more than the essay itself.

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These are just the footnotes!!!🤣

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This is 95% of my job. Feels weird to read this RIGHT after work.

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Dragon Republic | R F Kuang
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Mehso-so

I was excited to read this, as the first one was action-packed and fresh. This book suffered from my high expectations. It was an unfair set up for disappointment because the story did become more developed and I still care about the characters. I‘ll read the last one with the hopes that this book was a thorough set up for an epic conclusion.

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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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I didn‘t realize that I was a Kendrick fan until I reflected on all the things she has done that I truly love. Up in the Air. Last Five Years. Trolls. In interviews, she comes off as quirky and down to earth. It‘s more of the same in this book which makes me like her even more.

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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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Crushing hard

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Panpan

It‘s not that I disliked this book. It‘s just a different package for a similar message that have been better conveyed in other texts. It‘s for a New Age demographic that hasn‘t been exposed to other teachings. I am not in that demo.

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Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel | Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul
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I‘ve been wanting to see the musical for the longest and was about to see the touring ensemble. Unfortunately there were no more good seats. But then I discovered a YA adaptation of the musical and was all in. Not having any exposure other than listening to the music I went in without expectation. The tension in the story held throughout and I was satisfied with the conclusion (which could have been easily disastrous)

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Another must-read book in my collection of work-related topics. As a budding EMDR therapist, this book provided a lot of practical guidance for resource development that I‘ve immediately incorporated into my practice. But this also has great value to the layperson to help develop skills to better deal with feelings of depression and anxiety.

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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Driving to Southern California fora wedding. 6 hours. I relented and bought the audiobook.

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Dragon Republic | R F Kuang
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Trying to slow down my morning...with fictional opium.

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Nods. Yes. Nods. Yes. Nods violently. YES! A fun book that I can relate to. And more importantly reminds me that I‘m not alone in this life stage. “we‘re all winging it. Just some are doing it more confidently” (paraphrased). I love witnessing her evolution as a person and parent through her books. I am a huge fan of Bringing up Bebe and appreciate her continued documentation of her life cycle.

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The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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The story is familiar, but its execution feels more complex, nuanced, and mature. Its depiction of war is accurately horrifying. There‘s one scene where I had to close the book to take a break. I‘m definitely going to read the next one.

Cinfhen I believe this book falls under the category of #SilkPunk @erzascarletbookgasm #Booked2020 3y
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Mehso-so

Although I didn‘t grow up in a city, there was a lot of emotions I could identify with as a child growing up. The joy, pain, excitement, and fears of wanting to belong are even true in adulthood, though we work so hard to hide it. This book reconnects you to those feelings.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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I can‘t imagine reading this 600+ page book. Listening to it at 1.75x still took over 10 hours! The first half was more interesting and engaging. Whereas the second half seemed to be a rushed “where are they now?” segment. This is a beautifully written book for fans of historical fiction. But too long for a more casual reader like myself.

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Among the many things I LOVE about LMM, as well as this book, is his attention to the details of the mundane. I appreciated this book for reminding me how there is so much in our world of which we can be grateful. Including giving love to Satsuki and Mei‘s dad! ¡Vamos!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Awesome!! 👍😁 3y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Fall nip in the air. Good day for a new book!

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Lunch break and feeling good! Thanks, LMM!

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Reading this walking out from the library and I already have a huge smile on my face!

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Bailedbailed

I didn‘t read her previous bestselling book, and thought this spinoff would be a better, more relevant place to start. Not even a quarter way through and already know this is not the parenting book that will be helpful to me. Information feels extremely outdated.

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I burned through this one so quickly. Perfect blend of the styles of fiction, memoir, biography. Full of emotion and passion. It's hard to believe Hollywood could be so transactional when it comes to relationships and career. Makes me wonder how similar the current scene is to the time depicted in the book.

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This review is for a spin-off of this book "the gift of imperfect parenting. Brené is so Brené! I came across a couple of these "sessions" on Hoopla and dove in. Who couldn't use a couple of hours of wholeheartedness. I loved this one mostly because how relevant it is to me now in this point of my personal and professional life. Highly recommended for any parent or anyone who knows a kid or was once a kid.