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chuckstar158

chuckstar158

Joined May 2016

The Denasaurus Rex. I review books with photos. Find me @denareviewsbooks on #Instagram.
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed it until the end and then I was completely over it. Too cliche, unlikeable main character. I know Kate's mother has just passed away but I sort of wanted her to pass too.

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I really felt like this could be non-fiction. Evelyn is an amalgamation of a number of stars of yesteryear but she felt real and fleshed out to me. I loved her, I cried with her, and I got angry with her.

marleed I love your pic! And Evelyn! 4mo
chuckstar158 @marleed You are so sweet! ❤️ 4mo
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Mehso-so

Interesting premise but the plot took a few too many liberties for me to believe it. Ironic considering the premise is about being honest.

Sharpeipup New hair color? 4mo
Bklover Love this review! 4mo
chuckstar158 @Bklover Thank you! 4mo
chuckstar158 @Sharpeipup You got it! Lighter for summer hair and she talked me into pink. It wasn‘t hard to do. 😂 4mo
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Pickpick

A schmaltzy, sweet beach read. I was happy to see the plot take the turns and twists that it did. Maybe it was my frame of mind but this one was just what I needed right now.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I saw so much of myself in Mrs. Obama. I don‘t say that to inflate my ego but it very much humanized her to me. A great memoir. Also, new hair alert! 😂😉

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Love the hair! ❤️ 5mo
chuckstar158 @chaoticgoodhufflepuff Thanks! Me too... I let her do whatever she likes with color and I ended up with pink hair!💗 5mo
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this outing from JoAnn Chaney. It's twisted, delicious, really messed up, and I can't wait to see what she writes next.

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Pickpick

The soul of this architect squeed in delight the entire time. The face was more stoic.

Chrissyreadit 🤣 5mo
tpixie ♥️🤣♥️ 5mo
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Pickpick

I'd never heard of this Reign of Terror on the Osage before picking up this book and I was shocked. Fascinating history and I'll always remember thinking, upon looking at his picture, "yup, he looks like the kind of guy who'd do something like this."

Megabooks Completely agree! 5mo
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The Black Stallion | Walter Farley
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Pickpick

Just wonderful and brought me back to my childhood. Bonus points for introducing it to my ladybugs. *Happy sigh*

Hooked_on_books I love the backseat photobombs! 😂 5mo
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This passage. This book. ❤️

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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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I'll officially read whatever Samantha Downing writes. This book is f*cked up and I like that. A predictable twist and turn here but I was absolutely sucked in and wondering how it was going to resolve itself.

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Pickpick

A delightful brain scrub/beach read centered around Joe and Barack's post WH days. I smiled a lot.

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Panpan

I just can‘t. It‘s just too stupid but admittedly, I did finish it. I, then, proceeded to roll my eyes so hard that I‘ve now seen the inside of my own skull which is a shame because I do like the author‘s other works.

Bklover 😂😂😂 9mo
IndyHannaJones Ohhh I want examples! 9mo
TK421 I wanted to make a drinking game from this book. You drink a shot every time the main character makes a bad life decision. 9mo
Kmase505 I can‘t understand the ending with Megan for the life of me 8mo
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Pickpick

This book caught me unaware and I was just... moved. I was expecting lighter fare but got a really insightful, tender, rewarding journey.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Not Moriarty's strongest outing by far but not terribly offensive either. I didn't see the big twist coming and that's refreshing but I can't say that I was thrilled about it either.

Megabooks Love your review! 9mo
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What You Don't Know | Joann Chaney
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Well, that was disturbing in all the right ways. Being a Denver resident and familiar with the areas that the author mentioned added to the high eek quotient.

riversong153 💜💜💜 your reviews 9mo
Becker Wish I could double like this😁 9mo
CouronneDhiver You‘re back!!! 👋🏽 These photo reviews are amazing 9mo
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chuckstar158 Thanks @riversong153! 💜💜💜 9mo
chuckstar158 You are too sweet, @Becker! ❤️ 9mo
chuckstar158 Thanks @CouronneDhiver! I‘m so behind that I‘m wondering if I should bother catching up. 😂😂😂 9mo
Well-ReadNeck ❤️📸😂 9mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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See you all when I resurface as I can‘t see to put this one down. ❤️

ReadingRover I‘m reading this one right now too! 10mo
chuckstar158 @ReadingRover I‘m actually annoyed that I have to go out in a half hour for the night. 😂 10mo
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Happy Jólabókaflóð, Littens. ❤️?

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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Mehso-so

I found this one frustrating. These poor main characters had zero chemistry and instead of recognizing that, they insist on "do overs" throughout the entire book to move the plot along. Won‘t age well with the number of current pop culture references either (my pet peeve). Wonderful supporting characters kept me going though.

Sharpeipup Love your hair in this one! 12mo
chuckstar158 @Sharpeipup I‘d just had it done so you know I had to take advantage of the opportunity. 😉😂 12mo
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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I was uncomfortable reading this book. The language, the scenario, the plot devices but I found myself not being able to put it down. Very satisfying character arcs.

cassiopia I just love your facial expressions. 12mo
chuckstar158 @cassiopia Thanks! ❤️ 12mo
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Catching up on old reviews: Frightening & convincing. There's really not any new bombshells that haven't been revealed before or that the news has already covered but I really took to Woodward's descriptions of the players. I felt like I got to know the personalities and how they interacted with the other members of the administration but I dislike any moment in my life that makes me feel bad people I've come to loathe. That happened... a lot.

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Mehso-so

It was interesting enough. Felt like it dragged on forever... like today‘s cardio. 😂 I put it down for a year though if that means anything.

LauraBeth Your posts crack me up 😂 14mo
JamieArc Your reviews are amazing. How do you not have all the followers??? 14mo
chuckstar158 @LauraBeth Thanks! ❤️ 14mo
chuckstar158 @JamieArc I know, right?!? 😉😂 14mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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I love, love, love a good suspense thriller mystery book. I didn't expect this to have such lovely, strong characters, pass the Bechdel, the Mako Mori test, or whatever standard you consider, and give me goosebumps. I devoured it.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Best post ever!! 😂 I felt the same way reading this! 14mo
chuckstar158 @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Thanks! I really liked this one. 14mo
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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Panpan

What. A. Laughable. Dirge.

Just head-shaking, infuriating plot devices and awful characterizations. It got a star for a good beginning and that I actually finished it.

CouronneDhiver You‘re back! Love these photo reviews 14mo
chuckstar158 @CouronneDhiver Yay! I got really sick for a few weeks so I have lots to review and didn‘t want to even consider taking a picture. 😂 14mo
JamieArc I just finished reading this and was looking for others‘ reviews. Yours. Says. It. All. 14mo
chuckstar158 @JamieArc ❤️❤️❤️ 14mo
Heatherfeather Just finished this and, um, yeah. Agree. 13mo
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Pickpick

I had issues keeping the mommies apart at first but then it really piqued my curiosity. An easy, entertaining beach read that made me wonder if I was annoyed by their "need to be perfect" mommyness or just one of the tribe.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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A multi-generational saga about a Korean family set over the course of the majority of the 20th century. I didn't know much about the history of these people and really enjoyed this book. The cons are that it's long, occasionally felt it, and there are many, many, many characters. Some of which I didn't get enough information about and some of who's stories were cut off abruptly leaving me with resolution issues.

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Sunburn | Laura Lippman
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Mehso-so

I fear I'm not in the majority with this review but insert eye roll here for this one.

Polly. She's horrible. She's a convicted murdered, skilled liar, first-class grifter, & an amazing f*ck. So great, in fact, that men abandon all hope & common sense falling madly in love with her. When she abandons her husband & child while on a family vacation, we're supposed to care why?

Contrived. Unbelievable. Tired tropes. Barely a decent beach read.

RebL And yet... now somewhat compelling. 😏 1y
chuckstar158 @RebL 😂😂😂 1y
SomedayAlmost I am a fan of the “unlikable” female character with secrets, As we see enough perfect moms on Instagram & Pinterest lol. 😉 but you would probably like her Tess Monaghan books better. She is also known for vivid, spot-on depictions of the Baltimore area, so folks from there might care more. 😉 But hey, to each her own. (edited) 1y
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I will officially read anything that Celeste Ng writes from this day forward. Another wonderful, nuanced character portrayal that had me riveted. It had too many unresolved issues for my personal taste. I just wanted more. Ng is just so wonderful at creating real characters... no one is entirely good or entirely bad. I'll chew on it for awhile and if I figure out who's good and who's bad, I'll let you know.

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I laughed. I cried. I was emotionally obliterated by this novel and I can hardly believe that people are still carrying on with their lives as if I haven't just lost my heart to Cyril and every single character in this book and the sheer hangoverness has reduced me to run-on sentences.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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I needed these kids in my life. I fell for each one and their struggles and their triumphs. I wanted to hugs them and cheer them on. One minor gripe at the end but all is well for this quick YA read.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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...and then I was a total fangirl for Caroline Kepnes and she signed my “You”.

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Providence: A Novel | Caroline Kepnes
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New acquisition from Denver Comic Con. I‘m debating the merits of starting this one late at night considering Kepnes‘ other work. 😂😳

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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I geeked out a little at @Neuvel at Denver Comic Con today with @Kleonard.

Neuvel Wasn‘t me. No idea who that porg person is 1y
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Only Human | Sylvain Neuvel
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Mehso-so

For the yokits love of it all.... I was so looking forward to this one. This was my third favorite of the trilogy, if that helps.

AmyG It was the least favorite for me too. But a decent trilogy. 2y
chuckstar158 I totally agree, @AmyG 2y
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I loved this book. It's layered, nuanced, and crushing. Full flesh-out, well rounded characters who are full of flaws and bright spots and culpability. Ugh... my heart.

GoldenGirl I've been putting it off bc emotional books take me over mind, body, and soul! 2y
chuckstar158 @GoldenGirl Me too... it was put off for years to make sure I was ready for all those feels. Serious book hangover after that one! 2y
Notafraidofwords Did you see the ending coming ? 2y
chuckstar158 @Notafraidofwords Yes and no. I was so surprised by things along the way that I knew the end couldn‘t be what I originally thought it would be. If that makes any sense... 😂 2y
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I am never surprised to learn about the serious sides of comics but Steve Martin's memoir is beautifully written and concise. Not one to over inflate himself or his achievements. I found him deep and funny and highly philosophical.

Note: I listened to the author's narration on Audible and he's just a delight. Some one liners never get old.

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I love this book so much that I want to finish it but I want to savor it. I keep putting it down and picking it back up. I just can‘t quit you. 💗

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The Other Woman | Sandie Jones
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When friends give you advanced copies of books as surprise presents. I 💗 you, @Kleonard !

Kleonard I hope it‘s good! XOXO 😘 2y
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I was expecting salacious and what I got was a look back at a man's life, the challenges he's faced, and how they've shaped him.

James Comey is compelling writer and his journey is full of humor, pathos, dignity, and candidness. I found myself liking him, as a man, a lot, understanding the moments that found him between a rock and a hard place, and a dutiful civil servant who put the country before himself to the best of his ability.

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Farenheit 451 | Ray Bradbury, Cid Knipel
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Timely and frightening, classics are classics for a reason. Generally they were wasted on my high school self, I rediscover them every so often.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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This entire passage about music just lit me up on the inside. This novel has such wonderful quotes.

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I didn't expect the direction it went in and I was pleasantly surprised. Just wonderful and I look forward to picking up the next Robin Sloan... which turns out was already on my TBR list.

MrBook Love it when you do these posts! 😆👏🏻🙌🏻 (edited) 2y
chuckstar158 @MrBook Oh good because I‘m a few books behind... 😂 2y
Notafraidofwords Love your reviews!!! 2y
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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Delightful and romantic. I just love a historical fiction with a fantastical slant. Some lagging moments and some language I didn't think was necessary to drive home the point but overall, a recommend.

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Set aside the genius political trolling maneuver by John Oliver, a great little message that you have a voice, you can use it, and that love is love.

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I like a book where I say, "Well that was pretty f*ed up." Alice is in need of a good therapist after all that.

An enjoyable story that was day time only reading for this delicate flower.

Special stalkery photobomb appearance from the author!

RadicalReader @chuckstar158 truly love incredible novels that make you confirm your beliefs without a doubt that an excruciating amount of therapy is what‘s needed for the main characters 1y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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When a 700 page book flies by, it's a good one. My favorite of the year so far. Compelling storytelling that is still haunting me.

rather_be_reading love it! 2y
Becker I‘m only 5 chapters in but this is a ride so far. Your picture story says it all. 2y
chuckstar158 @Becker ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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The Nix | Nathan Hill
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Status: Sunday

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What's not to love about Simon, his friends, and his angst? A teenage story for the current day. ❤️

Notafraidofwords Love your reviews! 2y
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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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Mehso-so

Ok. Hardly the standout at a time when YA Dystopian was all the rage. I have so many questions...none of which were addressed or answered. I wouldn't continue with the series except that I apparently bought the second one too.

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Love Letters of Great Men - Vol. 1 | Ludwig Van Beethoven
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While Byron was quite the cad, this passage from a love letter to Lady Caroline Lamb is why he‘s still one of the greats. Happy Valentine‘s Day, Litsy. ❤️

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