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Joined January 2017

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The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
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Bailedbailed

Okay I'm finally giving up 😂😂😂 I have a problem DNFing books/series which is why I continued with the second book after disliking the first, and now the third... But this series is actually making me hate reading, so its time to say goodbye, and bail on it.

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Shadow of Night | Deborah E. Harkness
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Panpan

If I thought I didn't like A Discovery Of Witches, I absolutely detested this book. To be completely blunt, this was utterly pointless. The main characters set out to do one thing, to look for a teacher for Diana, and the author proceeded to completely ignore that excuse for a plot and show off all she knows about the 1600's, just in case we forgot that she's a historian. Poor dialogue, character regression, no plot equals zero interest.

Bookboss I DNF‘d A Discovery of Witches. I love fantasy, and it sounded right up my alley. I found it to be Twilight for thirty-somethings. 3h
larah17 @Bookboss that's exactly it - but still, even though it's like an older twilight, it's still very immature or something. Just not a good time. 3h
BarbaraJean Thank you for validating my decision to bail on this series halfway through this book! 😬 2h
SauerPatch I‘m glad to read your reviews, I‘ve had my eye on this series for quite a while and will keep this in mind if I ever get around to cracking it open. 2h
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Panpan

Okay... I know this book is super popular. But I did not like it. Boring, tired characters, adults who can't control their tempers and are very suddenly angry at each other for no reason like moody teenagers, very little semblance of plot, writing which was full of clichés and never ever sucked me in to the story... GUYS. I have had full on rants about this book 😂 I'm not a critical reader by any means, but this book ain't it, chief.

Erinreadsthebooks I hated it 😩🙅‍♀️ 3h
larah17 @Erinreadsthebooks I just really don't understand why it's popular! It's terrible 😂 3h
Bookish.SAM I read this ages ago, and started out with high hopes... I ended up super disappointed, never read any others in the series and am always so surprised at how people loved it. (edited) 3h
larah17 @Bookish.SAM I rarely don't finish series once I start so I ended up hate-reading the second and have now given up on the third 😂😂😂 3h
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A Discovery of Witches | Deborah E. Harkness
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I'm excited to start this one, I've heard a lot about it since the TV show came out! Has anybody read it? If so, what did you think? 🧙‍♀️

JaneyWaneyB This book is brilliant and by far my favourite in the triology. It won't disappoint. Enjoy! 🧙‍♀️ 1mo
larah17 @JaneyWaneyB oh good, I'm glad to hear it! Really looking forward to getting into it 😁 1mo
MellieAntoinette Re-reading this trilogy for the third time in prep for Time‘s Convert. Soooo good! 1mo
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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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Pickpick

This was a super quick read that kept me hooked. While it did fall prey to some mystery tropes, I didn't mind, as I was having so much fun trying to figure out what was happening.

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Mehso-so

I, like 99.9% of people, really like Tom Hanks. I loved his writing and would absolutely read a novel written by him. My lack of interest in this was, I believe, more because I am coming to the conclusion that the short story format isn't something I enjoy. If I like the short story, the length is never enough; if I dislike it, even 20 pages is a slog.

JoyBlue You've described my feelings about it exactly! 1mo
larah17 @JoyBlue I'm glad someone else feels the same! I wish I could have got into this but I just couldn't! 1mo
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Pickpick

I will never get over the way that Karin Slaughter is able to create characters, set up your opinion about them, and then tear the rug out from under you. I did predict the ending but that didn't bother me, as the twists and turns throughout the book more than made up for it.

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Pickpick

I found this very interesting as the case happened quite close to my home, and I had never heard of it. I thought that it was well researched and nicely written.

Libby1 You‘re near Dublin? Hello from someone near Belfast! 😊 1mo
larah17 @Libby1 I'm actually out West so even closer to the (literal) scene of the crime!! Hi there 😊 1mo
Libby1 Excellent! Have a good day. 1mo
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Pickpick

In a series with multiple points of view, there are always going to be some you don't like. Unfortunately, I've always found Danaerys to be incredibly boring. However, now more and more characters are travelling towards her, meaning that a big focus of this book was around that area and I just didnt care about any of it. I still enjoyed the stories happening in the Seven Kingdoms and the North.

nolongerinuse I felt the same when reading these books. On my rereads I skip Dany's chapters. 1mo
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Pickpick

This is a book of the speeches Greta has made over the last year. I don't really have anything to say about it except that I'm a little bit in awe of her, she's a badass, and you can see her fury in these speeches.

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Pickpick

This book dealt with the characters that weren't in the previous book - those in the North and across the Narrow Sea. It was entertaining and I enjoyed reading it, but I don't feel like it progressed the story much for any of the characters.

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A Feast for Crows | George R. R. Martin
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This hadn't quite got the exhilarating high of the action from Blood and Gold, but still such a solid read! This book was based mostly on the characters from King's Landing and the South, and it just seemed all so well connected and tied together.

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Pickpick

This is the best book in the series so far. There's action right from the offset. I had to close the book and stare at a wall multiple times to keep myself from shouting at it. There are twists on every page, and deaths on every second page. It was excellent.

KathyWheeler This is my favorite of the series. 3mo
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Pickpick

I'm really enjoying this series. I'm surprised by the characters that I have come to like (Jaime), while there are some I still dislike (Danaerys) and some I will always look forward to (Tyrion, Arya) but overall I am so into these books.

KathyWheeler I was so shocked that I came to really like Jaime! He grows so much throughout these books though, and you see so many sides of him. 3mo
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Pickpick

These books are so enjoyable. Even though I have watched the first few seasons of the show, I was never bored, with the exception of the Danaerys chapters - I just find her dull!

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This cracked me up. 😂

Amiable Ha! 😀 4mo
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A Game of Thrones | George R. R. Martin
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Pickpick

It's completely on brand for me to only get to these books now, when all the hype is over 😂

kaysworld1 I'm doing the same Hun wait till the hype dies down then read them. I'll understand them better than before. X 5mo
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The Street Lawyer | John Grisham, Michael Dean
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Mehso-so

This was much more slow paced than I expect from a John Grisham thriller and while there's nothing wrong with that, I was hoping for more of a high-stakes, run-for-your-life type of deal.

3 stars

#MOUNTTBR2019 22/36
Goodreads 40/52

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Pickpick

A little slow to start but it's a solid and atmospheric historical murder mystery, set in an isolated monastery, that kept me guessing about the culprit.

3 stars

#MOUNTTBR2019 21/36
Goodreads 39/52

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Pickpick

This was super enjoyable - love these ladies 😊

4 stars

Goodreads 38/52

UnabridgedPod This was so good on audio!! 5mo
larah17 @Unabridged oh I must listen to the audiobook! 5mo
UnabridgedPod @larah17 The format was fascinating—part of it is them reading the book at live shows. Loved it! 5mo
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I don't know how much I really learned from this book, but it sure as hell makes me feel better about saying no to things that I don't want to do! At no stage did the author come across as rude or selfish in not giving a f*ck, but rather self-assured, honest and polite, which is a tough line to walk when trying to declutter the things you care about. I very much enjoyed this.

Goodreads 37/52

megnews I felt I had already learned this lesson but enjoyed the book just the same. I‘ve recommended it to people who have a hard time saying no even when they want to. 6mo
hjreviews I‘ve seen a lot of good things about this book, but have previous read, the subtle art of not giving a fuck, and am worried they‘re going to be almost the same book. Has anyone read both? 6mo
larah17 @megnews I was the same! Not so much educational but I did like her take on it a lot. @hjreviews I wonder too, I haven't read that other book but I have it on my TBR! 6mo
Buechersuechtling I‘m not yet sure but I think my library has the German edition. I just put it on hold, so thanks for this “carrot” 🥕. 5mo
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It Ends with Her | Brianna Labuskes
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Mehso-so

I liked this thriller fine, I enjoyed the writing and I definitely didn't see the twists coming, but my issue was with the main character, Clarke, who is written as an unlikeable character, but God she really grated on me. Her penchant to go full rogue cowboy FBI agent at every single opportunity when that was CLEARLY ALWAYS THE WORST IDEA aggravated me to no end.

#MountTBR2019 20/36
Goodreads 36/52

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Mehso-so

I didn't mind this thriller, but I had some issues with the realism throughout. While this usually wouldn't put me off a book, I couldn't help but repeatedly note how the characters were completely unrealistic, and everything tied up a little too nicely at the end. Overall though, it kept me reading until the end without getting bored.

#MountTBR2019 19/36
Goodreads 35/52

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Pickpick

Another enjoyable thriller from Shari Lapena. I definitely didn't predict most of the twists so I found this really entertaining, and as usual for a thriller, couldn't put it down so ended up reading it in one sitting.

#MountTBR2019 18/36
Goodreads 34/52

JanuarieTimewalker13 I haven‘t read a thriller in ages. Stacking! 6mo
larah17 @JanuarieTimewalker13 it's a good one, also her other book The Couple Next Door, both solid thrillers 😁 6mo
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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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A very enjoyable political thriller, I didn't find it hugely suspenseful but I liked the story and the characters enough to fly through it!

#MountTBR2019 17/36
Goodreads 33/53

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An Anonymous Girl | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This was a JOURNEY - an excellent psychological thriller that really had me hooked from the very beginning. I found myself genuinely anxious in places. I'll certainly be checking out the other books that this author duo have written together!

Goodreads 32/52

KristenDuck This one just became available on libby for me! Can‘t wait to start 6mo
Jeannineth But that ending though...I found it hard to believe. 6mo
larah17 @KristenDuck I hope you enjoy it! @Jeannineth that's admittedly very true 😂 but I enjoyed it overall so I'mma let that one slide 🤣 6mo
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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The Outsider is everything I want in a book - a great mystery, really interesting characters, and a hint of the supernatural. The story begins with the horrific death of a child, and the arrest of a local coach and hero for his murder. There is a multitude of evidence for his guilt, but video footage shows him 70 miles away at the time of the murder. I was kept guessing throughout, there was no let up of tension, and I loved it.

Goodreads 31/52

Magpiegem Oooh this sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation 😊 6mo
larah17 @Magpiegem honestly one of my favourite books of the last few months! I hope you enjoy it too 😁 6mo
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Mehso-so

This was the result of picking a book completely at random, where I told myself I had to read whatever I pulled. While I haven't read the Twilight series in years, it was kind of interesting to revisit that world and read all of the backstory that Stephenie Meyer invented.

MountTBR2019 16/52
Goodreads 30/52

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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This was a really solid thriller, where a couple, having left their baby at home next door while attending dinner at the neighour's, come home to find their baby missing. Some twists I predicted, others I didn't, and overall I enjoyed it and was kept guessing until the end.

#MountTBR2019 16/32
Goodreads 29/32

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Pickpick

This is a great conclusion to the duology. The characters are so well developed, and the story is really clever and interesting. This duology definitely has a different feel to the Grisha trilogy that preceeded it, it's much less of a classic fantasy, it's unique, and it's so worth the hype that it receives.

Goodreads 28/52

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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It took me a little while to get into this story but I‘m so glad I stuck with it, as it definitely deserves the hype. I became very attached to all of the characters, and was really rooting for all of the friendships and relationships going forward into Crooked Kingdom. It‘s a completely different feel of a book from the Grisha trilogy that precedes it, it‘s much less of a standard fantasy, and it‘s completely unique.

Goodreads 27/52

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Good Omens | Gaiman, Neal
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I wish I could say otherwise, but I didn‘t enjoy this book at all. I didn‘t find it funny, I thought the story dragged, and I wasn‘t interested in any of the characters. I also disliked that random characters were thrown in for a page or two, without any real point. However, I do think this could translate well to TV, so I might watch the upcoming series, but the book didn‘t work for me.

Goodreads 26/52

TracyReadsBooks I had the exact same reaction about the book (especially disappointing as I am a huge fan of Neil Gaiman‘s writing) and the tv show. I agree it might be more fun to watch than it was to read. 6mo
Susannah I totally agree with you. I DNF‘d the book. I‘ll be watching the show, though! ☺️ 6mo
larah17 @TracyReadsBooks @Susannah I'm glad I'm not the only one, I thought everyone loved this book!! 😅 6mo
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Graceling | Krintin Cashore
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This was a pretty standard YA fantasy for me - enjoyable and had interesting aspects to the magical world. I really liked the characters overall and I‘ll continue with the series, even though I believe the main characters change between books.

Goodreads 25/52
MountTBR2019 15/36

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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I really, really enjoyed this series. This book might have been my least favourite, partially because of Alina's character, wavering between complete powerlessness (the beginning) and having an unnatural, all consuming desire for more and more power, but it still really delivered a great story and great characters - Nikolai is the best, Mal actually isn't the worst, and the Darkling has more scenes - it's the best of all aspects!

Goodreads 24/52

booksensation I‘m in the second book of this series! Can‘t wait to finish it 8mo
larah17 @booksensation I really enjoyed it, and the sequel duology Six of Crows, you should totally go for that after! 😁 7mo
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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I didn't find this second book in the series as gripping as the first, whether that's a matter of a lack of Darkling scenes (there can never be enough), or frustration with Mal being an absolute moron sometimes. That being said, I still really enjoy this story and world, and we got an absolute gift in Nikolai. He is the best. I can't wait to read King of Scars now, a whole book about Nikolai? Yes please.

Goodreads 23/52

KirstieE Yes to everything you just said ! 😂 7mo
larah17 @KirstieE 🤣🤣🤣 7mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I really liked this book, both as a standalone novel and as the introduction to the Grisha world. The world and magic system are so interesting - while elemental magic is something that I've seen countless times, the author really makes it seem like something new. It has plenty of YA tropes, such as the orphaned, "chosen one" protagonist and a love triangle, but honestly, it does them well and I enjoyed the hell out of it.

Goodreads 22/52

BookHoarder32 Love the new covers 8mo
larah17 @BookHoarder32 they‘re so, so beautiful 😍 7mo
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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I listened to the audiobook of this last week, LOVED IT, ordered the entire series off Amazon, and am immediately rereading this in physical format before I can move onto the second in the series... is it weird that I can‘t bear the thought of not having read the series in a consistent format? 😂 also LOOK HOW PRETTY 😍

LoverofLit So pretty! 😍 I absolutely loved these books and the whole cast of characters in them. 9mo
larah17 @LoverofLit I love it so much! I really can‘t wait to continue with the series and get on to Six of Crows 😁 9mo
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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen McManus
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This was really enjoyable, but I wasn‘t as invested in the mystery as I was in the author‘s previous book. I did love the characters and the romance, overall it was still great 😁

Goodreads 21/52

BookDragonNotWorm I agree completely! 😀 9mo
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My first reread of Harry Potter in about 6 years, and I still adored it. I was very struck by how obviously aimed this first book is towards children, I had almost forgotten! And it‘s going to be interesting to note how the tone changes as I read through the series.

Goodreads 20/52
#popsugarreadingchallenge A reread of a favourite book

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I love Phryne Fisher. I don‘t know what to say about these books anymore except they are delightful. Phryne is working on solving a murder while also searching for a missing army veteran, and does it with F.L.A.I.R.

#MountTBR2019 14/36
Goodreads 19/52

Dolly I‘m watching the tv series right now. Fun! 9mo
larah17 @Dolly I adore the TV show, it made me want to read the books ☺️ 9mo
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This was an interesting and very frustrating story of an English girl who went missing in Japan, and the weird and terrifying discoveries that were made during the ensuing search. I enjoyed the writing as it was not written in the dense manner that some true crime can be.

#MountTBR2019 13/36
Goodreads 18/52

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A Clockwork Orange | Anthony Burgess
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Mehso-so

3 stars

This was a very strange reading experience. The nadsat language really distanced me from the story - I kept having to stop and think about what a certain word meant - but as most of the story was fairly awful subject matter, maybe that was for the best.

#MountTBR2019 12/36
Goodreads 17/52
#BOOKED2019 Food or Beverage on Cover

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I really enjoyed this novel about a dysfunctional family who all travel home when their father dies. It‘s laugh-out-loud funny in parts, and just a really solid read.

Goodreads 16/52

SheReadsAndWrites I love this book. 9mo
larah17 @SheReadsAndWrites it was a random library pickup for me and I‘m so glad it was! 9mo
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This was a fairly enjoyable romance about a professor looking for a wife based on a wife questionnaire he has compiled, and the girl who is totally wrong for him on paper. Quick and cute.

Goodreads 15/52

tpixie This was a fun, quirky read. 9mo
larah17 @tpixie agreed 😊 glad you liked it too! 9mo
tpixie ♥️ 9mo
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The first section was interesting, describing brainwashing using several real-life examples. The second section, going into detail on neuroscience, was too much for me, and I skimmed through the rest, including the third section which I didn‘t think added much to the book. I think the author did a great job of explaining complex ideas, but had I not skimmed, this book would have taken me the rest of the month to read 😂

Goodreads 14/52

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I loved this, and read it super quick, in about an hour and a half! While this wasn‘t my favourite of the series so far it did contain my favourite quote:

“Phryne nodded. His arm was strong and he smelt delightfully of oranges. She was beginning to have designs upon him.” 🍊

#MountTBR2019 11/36
Goodreads 13/52
#popsugarreadingchallenge A book featuring an amateur detective
#BOOKED2019 Female detective

Tanisha_A I am watching the series on NF. Delightful! 😃 10mo
Cinfhen Well done💟 10mo
larah17 @Tanisha_A it‘s excellent, I watched that before reading the books and loved it! And the CLOTHES 😍 @Cinfhen thank you! I started it at 10 pm on Jan 31st, and I was determined to finish it before Feb 😂 10mo
Cinfhen #Goals!!!!! 10mo
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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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I‘m sorry to say that I wasn‘t a fan of this book. I know that it is hailed for focusing entirely on Jack, the 5 year olds perspective, but personally, it just wasn‘t for me; I just couldn‘t connect at all with the childish, disjointed descriptions.

#MountTBR2019 10/36
Goodreads 12/52
#POPSUGARreadingchallenge A book based on a true story

MallenNC I didn‘t love this one either. I appreciated what the author was going for though. 10mo
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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I am SO DANG PROUD of myself for finally reading Jane Eyre - and what‘s more, reading 2/3 of it today! I enjoyed this more than I expected to; once I got through the first 50 pages or so I found it quite a quick read.

#MountTBR2019 10/36
Goodreads 11/36
#POPSUGARreadingchallenge A book that includes a wedding
#RoryGilmore

Reviewsbylola I read this one for a college course and really liked it. 10mo
DGRachel One of my favorite classics!😍 10mo
MallenNC It's my favorite classic. The beginning is a little tough, I admit! Glad you enjoyed it. 10mo
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Tashaxlynn I‘m reading it this semester and I‘m really looking forward to it! 10mo
larah17 @Reviewsbylola @DGRachel @MallenNC I‘m glad you all enjoyed it, I haven‘t read many classics but it‘s up among my favorites for now anyway 😁 @Tashaxlynn I hope you like it! I can only imagine that there would be so much in it that could be studied and analysed 😊 10mo
MallenNC @larah17 There are a lot of classics I haven‘t read either. I struggle with long boos so that makes me avoid many of them! But Jane Eyre is my favorite of the ones I have read. 10mo
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Martin Misunderstood | Karin Slaughter
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This was a weird little book, very different from the thriller I previously read by this author. I liked it, but I‘m struggling to categorize it - part mystery-thriller, part black comedy...total oddity!

Goodreads 10/52

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The Commitments | Roddy Doyle
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It took me a little while to get used to the writing style in this book (which is about 95% dialogue with an almost complete lack of narration) but when I did, this was fairly enjoyable. The dialogue is quick and witty and written as it would sound in a Dublin accent, so really there‘s no wonder it was made into a movie as the book is absolutely made for it!

#MountTBR2019 9/36
Goodreads 9/52
#BOOKED2019 Set in Ireland/Irish author

CarolynM Love this one and the whole Barrytown trilogy. My favourite is 11mo
larah17 @CarolynM I‘ll have to check out the others! 😁 11mo
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