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Queenie
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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'Inspirational, funny and wise' - Kit de Waal Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Stuck between a boss who doesn't seem to see her, a Carribbean family who don't seem to listen (if it's not Jesus or water rates, they're not interested), and trying to fit in two worlds that don't really understand her, it's no wonder she's struggling. She was named to be queen of everything. So why is she finding it so hard to rule her own life? A darkly comic and bitingly subversive take on modern life, QUEENIE will have you nodding in recognition, crying in solidarity, and rooting for this unforgettable character every step of the way. Perfect for fans of Dolly Alderton, Bryony Gordon and Dawn O'Porter, and anyone who loved Fleabag and Dear White People. ******** Praise for QUEENIE: 'Candice gives so generously with her joy, pain and humour, that we cannot help but become fully immersed in the life of Queenie - a beautiful and compelling book.' - Afua Hirsch 'Even in 500 words I knew that there was something special... fresh and honest and set in a world that I want to know more of.' - Jojo Moyes
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librarian365
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Beautiful day, beautiful spot to switch to a new book.

#24in48 #readathon #debut

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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#Orange
#ColorMePretty

I love orange 🧡🧡🧡

Anyone read these?!

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Unbury Carol has been on my TBR list forever! I really should get to it. 🧡 23h
CouronneDhiver Best colour ever. Just sayin‘ 21h
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CouronneDhiver I love it and yellow 💛💛 20h
emmaturi Queenie is really good! 7h
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emmaturi oh good!!! 🧡🧡🧡 6h
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Starfire29
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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So, I am just going to say straight off the bat: This Book Is Amazing. As a woman of color. Especially an Afro-Caribbean woman it is so refreshing to read a story of a character that reflects a lot of the things that I go though. Queenie as a character is so fleshed out and relatable that it is easy to see her in women that you know. This book is lovely and really hones in on how important taking care of you as a person is before anyone else.

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Samplergal
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What a wonderful book! A cross between Bridget Jones‘ Diary and the Bell Jar ? I loved Queenie and her dysfunctional life but cheered for her growth. She made me smile as well as cry. A perfect read for right now.

BooknerdsLife Great review! 🤗 Stacked! 4d
Dragon Hmmm , sounds like an interesting combo, stacking! 😀🐉 4d
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TrishB
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Loved this. Queenie starts off quite annoying and you just want to shake her a bit. Then it subtly morphs into the realisation of mental health concerns, which I think are well explored and genuine. Throw in a few social issues to discuss along the way, by the end I loved Queenie a lot.

cathipink Read this over the weekend. I really liked it. I love the way authors are exploring different ways to talk about abuse, racism, and their effects (although I know there have been all kinds of books for decades). 5d
All_Booked_Out Can‘t wait to read this one! 5d
TrishB @cathipink I agree totally - we should all be shocked by ‘casual‘ racism, yet it seems like an everyday thing ☹️ 5d
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TrishB @All_Booked_Out hope you enjoy it 😁 5d
Cathythoughts Oh great review! I have started it on Audible, must get back to it 5d
TrishB @Cathythoughts power through the first bit where sometimes she is annoying. The second part is great! 4d
emmaturi Really enjoyed it too! 7h
TrishB @emmaturi 👍🏻 5h
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ElishaLovesBooks
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This is not your average “main character makes bad decision after bad decision book.” There‘s more depth than typically found in this genre and I really liked how this author developed Queenie as a character. And of course I loved all the British details included as well. I was rooting for Queenie the whole time. 😊

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TrishB
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Today‘s #bookhaul
What a lovely Friday 😁
@Caroline2 @Melissa_J - no Gortner in whole shop! Will be on next months list.

youneverarrived Three Women sounds really good. Look forward to seeing what you think 👍 1w
erzascarletbookgasm 👍Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on these when you get to them! 1w
cathipink What a great stack! Hoping to get Queenie from my library this weekend. 1w
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Cathythoughts Exciting 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
batsy Nice 😍 The top two books are TBR! 1w
TrishB @youneverarrived @erzascarletbookgasm @cathipink @Cathythoughts @batsy I probably want to read one of these next! Just can‘t decide which one 🤷‍♀️ 1w
eraderneely Great haul! 1w
Caroline2 Ohhhh good haul tho! 😯 👏 1w
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ElishaLovesBooks
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Hoping to start this one today! Loving that I have time to spend with family but there‘s less time to read than I would like! #visitingtheparents #vacation

emmaturi I just started this and like it a lot! 2w
ElishaLovesBooks @emmaturi Yay! It looks fun! 2w
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eraderneely
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My #top6reads of the first half of 2019 - 3 fiction, 3 nonfiction.
This has been such a weird reading year for me. I‘ve struggled much more than usual to get into any books. So I was pleasantly surprised to find there were a handful of books I had really enjoyed.

squirrelbrain I think I‘m going to buy Dreyer today! 3w
eraderneely @squirrelbrain I‘m so excited for you! (what a terribly bookish thing to say) 3w
Smarkies Consumed looks like an interesting read. 😁 3w
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Megabooks 3 of those were very close to making my cut! Great choices! 3w
Cinfhen I‘m intrigued by your choices as well!! And My Sister made my list too!!! Thanks for sharing 3w
TrishB Consumed looks interesting and I‘ve stacked Queenie before and need to buy! 3w
Cathythoughts Just started Queenie.. ♥️👍🏻 3w
eraderneely @Smarkies @TrishB I really enjoyed Consumed, but it may have been more from a “I recognize that phenomenon” than it actually being that incisive. 3w
eraderneely @Cinfhen I saw it on a lot of people‘s lists! 3w
eraderneely @Cathythoughts curious what you think 3w
eraderneely @Megabooks Kiese Laymon‘s book is high up my TBR 3w
Cathythoughts I have it on audio ... so far so good. I‘m a bit slow with the audio these days though ( I think I‘m associating it too much with house work 🙄🤣 3w
Nute I‘m in that same place. I haven‘t been able to get into reading lately. I finally decided to reread Harry Potter and that is helping.🙂 7d
eraderneely @Nute rereading a favorite often helps. I‘m struggling to keep up with my 2 book clubs at the moment, so I feel guilty reading anything that‘s not “on task” 😬 7d
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Bookpearl
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Mehso-so

Still trying to process this one...the one thing I‘m sure of is the amazing time the book Pearls had discussing this and of course the wine.

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sammisho
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Mehso-so

I think this book shed some interesting light on how some black woman struggle with feeling like they are not the "right" kind of black. Also, I appreciated the book normalizing therapy and mental health in the black community. Queenie is a black woman in the UK, me, a black woman in the US, and I could relate to many of Queenie's experiences, yet I don't think I really related to Queenie as a character.
#pop19 A debut novel

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ErinC
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I‘ll be honest, I really did not like Queenie the first half or so, but she grew on me and so did the book. She‘s incredibly flawed but I appreciate that she by the end readers learn that her biggest flaws are her self esteem and mental health, not her narcissism and bad choices. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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sammisho
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Weekend plans

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sammisho
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Starting a new book while at the driving range.

The role of golf/gymnastics/soccer mom can be exhausting but at least it gives me some time to read!

merelybookish Agreed! Speaking as a karate/swimming/music mom 4w
sammisho @merelybookish. we will miss it someday, right?! 4w
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maleahrae
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This one was rough to read at times. And I didn't always connect with Queenie. But I loved the narrative of someone struggling with and finally accepting help with mental health. Especially someone from a culture that doesn't typically acknowledge mental health issues. #botm

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Starfire29
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Starfire29
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Finally starting this gem 💎

Blerdgal_Fenix How was it? 4w
Starfire29 @Blerdgal_Fenix sorry for getting back to you so late. There are so many words I could use to describe this book the one that comes to mind the most is amazing. It is an incredible story. Honestly one of the best books I‘ve read this year. 💜 3w
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tholmz
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I really liked it, I didn‘t LOVE it.

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mgdenmark
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
Mehso-so

A struggle to finish. A bit inconclusive. I get the point, but writing could have been better. Then again, it‘s from the perspective of a black female from the UK. I‘m a black girl from America. Our views may be different.

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mcctrish
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I LOVED Queenie! I read that it was a Bridget Jones meets Americanah story and I haven‘t read Americanah but I have to now! I devoured this book, alternating from cringing to crying to laughing to cheering and repeat. Love yourself, find your tribe, forgiveness, don‘t give up, apologize, ❤️

hjreviews Loved Americanah! And Queenie. Very very different books, but both amazing 1mo
laurenslibrary I was trying to decide if I was gonna have a glass of wine tonight! Since its a national holiday I guess I have to! 1mo
mcctrish @hjreviews Americanah has been on my radar for a while and I will totally read it this summer 1mo
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mcctrish @laurenslibrary you totally have to ?( I need a rosé emoji ) 1mo
suzisteffen I found this book so agonizing! Loved Americanah. 1mo
suzisteffen Agonizing as in Queenie‘s life was so painful even as she tried to make jokes of it. SO painful. 1mo
mcctrish @suzisteffen I liked very much the point that a person can only bear so much and getting help doesn‘t mean you are weak 1mo
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mcctrish
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I‘m having a glorious warm day filled with sunshine, visits with friends and lots of reading

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GirlMeetsBook
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Not quite finished, and not quite sure what I‘m feeling about this one. Have you read it? What did you think?

rdkate In the middle and feeling the same as you, really struggling to like this story and character 1mo
GirlMeetsBook @rdkate keep going. I found Queenie became more relatable later on. I feel like the story is an important piece of literature; own voices, perspective that‘s missing from the general offerings in publishing, and all that. So I think it‘s valuable but... she was a tough character to sympathize with sometimes. 1mo
rdkate @GirlMeetsBook you were right! Right after I posted the comment I started to like it! Tough book, but agree with your assessment! 1mo
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Courtneyjo_reads
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I may or may not have a book problem😅 currently reading Harry Potter! The other two books are books I checked out from the library 📖

Not pictured: BOTM box books of A Nearly Normal Family and A Woman is No Man

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ReadosaurusText
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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I am super enjoying this book, and love how the author is using text messages really intentionally as their own literary device.

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eraderneely
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If Eleanor Oliphant had a Jamaican family and was much more self destructive.
I loved this. But you have to be ok with characters making terrible decisions

Andrew65 Interesting! 2mo
xxjenadanxx Ugh that lake looks like exactly where I want to be. 2mo
eraderneely @xxjenadanxx it looks significantly warmer than it actually is. Coat + hat + blanket. 2mo
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xxjenadanxx @eraderneely that‘s ideal too lol. I live by the beach in Florida and it‘s WAY TOO HOT. 2mo
Cathythoughts Sounds great. I have it stacked from your earlier post 👍🏻 2mo
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Tashreads
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#pink 💗💗💗

JennyM ♥️ 2mo
BookwormM Love Boy Swallows Universe 2mo
BooknerdsLife So beautiful 💖😍 2mo
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strandbookstore
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Summer reading, here I come! ☀️📚🏝🌈 What are you reading this summer? Our picks: www.strandbooks.com/summer-reads-2019

charl08 All the books! 2mo
Pricel101 I spy Normal People- highly recommended! 2mo
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eraderneely
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Really enjoying this so far. I wish there were contemporary novels set outside of London, but I‘ll just have to enjoy this one while I wait.

Cathythoughts I see this gets the thumbs up from Kit de Waal too .... stacking 😘👍🏻 2mo
TrishB I‘m waiting for an offer to show up in this one! 2mo
eraderneely @Cathythoughts @trishb I‘m really enjoying it! 2mo
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suzisteffen
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This book is being marketed as a comedy, or “women‘s literature,” & OK, I guess there are amusing moments, but mostly the moments are painful, terrifying, horrible, &/or unfair. Queenie, the main character, goes through A LOT in this book, & I eventually had to move from 🎧 to 📚 because I read faster than I can listen and I NEEDED to see Queenie in a better, safer place. Which, dear reader, does sort of happen by the end. But only sort of. 4⭐️.

marleed Good review! I liked this book too but was so uncomfortable during parts. 2mo
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ReadosaurusText
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Next up! I‘ve been so excited to read this. 🤗

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heyitsMacall
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Pickpick

Wow! I‘m sorry I waited so long to read this. I loved spending time in Queenie‘s head. The ending was most satisfying.

akckitty Thanks for this post! It reminded me that I wanted to read / buy this one soon :) 2mo
heyitsMacall @akckitty for sure! It was a quick one too 😍 2mo
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suzisteffen
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Just started listening to the audiobook on the commute. 1.5x as always. Great reader, amusing book that nonetheless has some very serious undertones - so far, anyway, an hour and a half in. Here's the Observer review: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/16/queenie-candice-carty-williams-rev...

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AbominableBG
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"I wish that well meaning white liberals would think before they said things... "

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AbominableBG
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Pickpick

Queenie's likeability comes from her ability to make the same stupid mistakes we all make and continue to make. Candice Carti-Williams does an amazing job of addressing mental health and mental wellness in this novel. She accomplishes this task with a combination of wit and unhindered honesty. This is what a happily ever after in the real world looks like and I'm here for it. Also... I love the read as well!

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lowellette
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A Londoner has to deal with her past trauma as well as continual microaggressions. Loved the narration on the audiobook.

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marleed
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This was an interesting and at times uncomfortable read. It inspires me to place my old Bridget Jones atop my #TBRR.
But my newfound Littens, for love of Baby Jesus, if this book is turned into a movie remind me not to go with my grownup son!

BooknerdsLife Now that‘s intriguing! I‘m curious about the book!!! 😱📚 2mo
marleed @BooknerdsLife it‘s one of those fingers in ear, sing lalalalala emoji type books! 2mo
BooknerdsLife @marleed OOOOH 😱😱 I‘m scared! 😆 2mo
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Amor4Libros
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Took me forever to finish, but I really enjoyed it! 4🌟 #BOTM

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SW-T
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Mehso-so

Hard call on pick or so-so with this one.

Pro‘s: a lot of important topics covered. She gets help, starts to makes changes, learns to stand up for herself.

Con‘s: some things weren‘t really resolved. Although she eventually went to therapy, some topics felt glossed over or got resolved because other people did things. Possibly time constraints but it left things feeling incomplete.

Overall, not bad, but a library read rather than a purchase.

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Amor4Libros
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Still reading this. My Mom passed away a week ago and I‘ve just been numb and going through the motions. Picked up a book again to just not think for a while. Hug your Mom and tell her you love her as much as you can... 💔

candority I‘m so sorry. Sending lots of love your way ❤️ 3mo
JenReadsAlot I'm so sorry for your loss... 3mo
xicanti I‘m so sorry. 3mo
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Chrissyreadit I‘m so sorry. 3mo
SW-T I‘m so sorry for your loss 😢 3mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your loss 3mo
Sarah83 Sorry for your loss 😪😪😪 3mo
BookishMarginalia Big hug 💜 2mo
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SW-T
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1. In Praise of Slowness; Queenie; Liquid Rules
2. The Rules of Love and Grammar
3. Carnations and hydrangeas

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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AshleyC816
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I totally get the comparisons to Bridget Jones, but this one felt much deeper to me. It covers some really serious topics, but still keeps things light enough that you can get through the tough bits. Definitely recommend this one!

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stephothebesto
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Having a hard time with this one. I understand Queenie is suffering from suppressed childhood trauma, but her choices are cringe worthy and painful to read. Has anyone read it? Does it get better?

suzisteffen It‘s so painful! Ahhhh. I‘m in the middle - people keep saying she makes better choices and gets more help as the book goes on, but WOW OUCH ARGH. 2mo
stephothebesto @suzisteffen 😬 I don't think her choices get THAT much better. I won't judge you if you bail, but I'm also here if you want to comment all your reactions 😊 2mo
suzisteffen @stephothebesto thank you! Finished! I mean ... the choice to stay at her grandparents after her mum gives her that check?! The choice to first drink with, then go home with, then stay and debate Courtney86?!?!!!! Honestly think she could also have sued her workplace for what they did to her. Ugh! SO, I guess I‘m really glad she went to therapy; I am no fan of her grandmother; and Tom needs to take a header into an empty pool. Not to mention TED. 2mo
stephothebesto @suzisteffen lol to the Tom comment. He was so lame. And what about Guy - YIKES! He was atrocious and every interaction was beyond cringey. Every time I see this compared to Bridget Jones it bothers me... That was light and silly and had gratifying consensual sex, albeit with a jerk. But they are NOT comparable. 2mo
suzisteffen @stephothebesto they wanted to report her sex partner to the police for harming her! NOT THE SAME. Guy - how could Cassandra? She can never apologize enough IMHO. 2mo
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Lizpixie
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#BookMail Pt1 Kicking off this weeks mail with a beautiful edition from Waterstones.com. The colours are like bubblegum, I absolutely love it! Queenie is a young Jamaican/British woman in London, working at a newspaper & trying to fit in with her mostly white coworkers. After breaking up with her boyfriend, her life gets a bit messy until she realises she needs to work on who she is & who she wants to be. Been compared to Bridget Jones Diary👸🏽

Rissreads I just bought this today! 💚 3mo
readordierachel Ooh, love the colors! 3mo
NamasteReading oh this cover is gorgeous! 2mo
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NamasteReading
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Choking is dependent on the choker, and how long his nails are.

This book is REEEALLLY funny, to me.

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bookandbedandtea
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Pickpick

This is between pick & so-so for me. It was certainly well written & I remained eager to find out if Queenie was able to help herself & allow others to help her too. But I didn't like any of the characters which always frustrates me. Also, based on a number of reviews, I was expecting a different story so was always waiting for her to make different choices. I'm glad that it ended with her starting to learn that it's ok to take care of herself.

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bookandbedandtea
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It's Been A Good Day For Books part 2: thought I was going to be watching my grandbaby today but I'm not so I get to read while I eat lunch!

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NamasteReading
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starting this one, my last day of my Momcation. 💛🧡

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MicheleinPhilly
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I don‘t think I have ever read anything quite like this. Queenie is a remarkable character that you will laugh with, cry with, judge, and empathize with. Also discusses mental health in a really fresh, honest way that was all too relatable.

4🌟

FeministBookClub I really loved this one too! 3mo
TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 3mo
Kalalalatja If I hadn‘t stacked this from your last post, I would do it now! 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Would this be good for a book club discussion? @TheBookHippie (edited) 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheBookHippie Absolutely! There is a lot to unpack in this one. You think it is going to be a piece of “chick lit” but it has so much depth. 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly awesome!! Thank you!! 3mo
Megabooks Sold!! 3mo
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MicheleinPhilly
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Weekending.

“Bridget Jones‘s Diary meets Americanah”???

#yesplease

saresmoore Ooh! I‘m intrigued. 3mo
Kalalalatja Now that‘s a blurb! 3mo
Suet624 Really? Well that sounds interesting! 3mo
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