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Queenie
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
'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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Cupcake12
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#12booksof21
My February pick

Andrew65 A good choice. 3w
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perfectsinner
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Mehso-so

I mean, so-so. A woman goes through a breakup, has a breakdown and starts sleeping around, including an incident with a colleague that comes to bite her in the ass with getting fired. Her besties are there for her thru it all as she picks the pieces of her life and attempts to put them back together. Not an earth shattering book, but it was ok.

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PuddleJumper
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Mehso-so

I really struggled with this book. I've been reading it on and off for about a year and finally just powered through it. It just wasn't for me but I got it off my #shelfofshame 🤣

@Clwojick

Ruthiella Well done! So satisfying to cross it off the list. (edited) 1mo
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Michellesibs
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Queenie is annoying and imperfect, troubled, a closed book but within a few chapters I could feel her vulnerability and my heart hurt. The scene at the bus stop with Tom put a lump in my throat, I felt that rejection and from then onwards she was under my skin.
This is more than words on a page, this felt real, raw and we need more of it.
A fantastic slice of life that left tears in my eyes but a heart full of friendship and families.

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Thanks for the tag, @DarkMina ! I think this is my first theme day Q&A. ☺️. 1) A title might catch my eye on its own, but then I‘ll read a book‘s description (and probably look up reviews) before actually buying or reading it.

2) I enjoyed Queenie. Also Pachinko, and The Guncle (if we‘re not being super strict on the one word title). I don‘t know who to tag, but if you‘re reading this, please feel free to play along!

DarkMina You‘re welcome! 4mo
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 4mo
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Chars
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Mehso-so

Past neglect can hang like fog for years or generations. Current put-downs, rude remarks, and cruel patterns make self destructive behaviour the path needed to feel ok. Such weight rests on Queenie‘s shoulders. She sinks into it, yes, but there is no free-falling as friends, extended family, and counsellors - along with her own sense of self and spirit - create a floor to the downward spiral, a solid foundation to stand on.

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OriginalCyn620
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Glad I finally read this one! Very good, though Queenie kept making one bad decision after another, and I just wanted to shake her! But, I was rooting for her throughout the whole book. And I have to disagree with the comparison to Bridget Jones…this dealt with some serious issues and was much heavier.

#bookspinbingo

#pop21 - title starts with Q, X, or Z

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 5mo
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Anya09
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A re read ❤️. I really loved this book the first time I read it two years ago so now I‘m listening to the audio book.

SW-T A belated welcome to Litsy! Happy reading. 😁 6mo
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MallenNC
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I really enjoyed this book and finished it in two days after waiting a year to read it. The blurb comparing this to Bridget Jones does it a disservice though. It is a lot more serious than that. It reminded me more of Eleanor Oliphant. I liked that she faces real challenges on her own. I also loved her friends. (I would read a book about Kyazike for sure!) This was my June #BookSpin and is the fastest I‘ve ever finished a BookSpin pick!

OriginalCyn620 Awesome! This is on my list too! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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ahomelibrary
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I enjoyed the setting and realistic characterization of a young woman grappling with self-destructive behaviors and unresolved trauma. For me, MC is not likeable but uncomfortably relatable. The raw nature of Queenie‘s decisions and circumstances are realistic and resonate with me and I imagine many readers of similar age of MC or older. A good read that‘s quick but packs a punch. #DiverseReads #ContemporaryFiction

kspenmoll Great review ! I found the book to be raw & unsettling but beauty in there as well. 8mo
sharread Welcome to Litsy. ❤ 8mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy 📚📚 8mo
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My “stack” for #24in4.

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Kalalalatja
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A small pick from me, because I think it is a case of #ItsMeNotYou between me and Queenie. I was underwhelmed by this book, mostly because it took me quite awhile (for me) to finish it. This made it harder for me to be emotionally invested in Queenie and her experience. I did enjoy the humor of the book, but I felt like it only touched the surface on some of the heavier topics.

#Pop21 - A book whose title starts with Q

Cinfhen It was meh for me too!! Queenie was tough to “embrace” at times but great choice for #pop21 10mo
BiblioLitten Queenie grew on me. I almost gave it up but by the end I was rooting for her. But I haven‘t recommended it to anyone. 10mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @BiblioLitten I couldn‘t even really root for her, but I rooted for her therapist! 😅 the ending and felt too rushed 10mo
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vivastory
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While reading Queenie I had the fleeting thought that the discussions that Queenie has with her friends, most notably in her Corgis text thread, about her love life at times made the book feel like an episode of Sex & the City. So, I wasn't terribly surprised that my copy was blurbed by Candace Bushnell. Except for the fact that Carrie Bradshaw et al are white & race, specifically Black Lives Matter, plays an important role in Queenie.👇

vivastory Although the focus on this story is on her breakup with Tom & subsequent love life, the interweaving of personal matters (family dynamics, friendships etc) & broader social concerns (BLM, economic issues) is impressive in this debut novel. The final chapter is a bit uneven, but is easily forgiven in a book with many high points. And yes, Queenie makes several terrible choices in the book, as several reviewers have noted. (edited) 10mo
vivastory But 1) show me someone in their 20s who didn't act foolish 2) there is real character development & growth in the book,
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Kalalalatja Great review! I‘m reading it at the moment, but it is slow going. Hope to finish it this weekend 🤞 10mo
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sb3626
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I have had a busy day driving but we were able to look at the Wedding Venue that we loved and are almost set on a date. 😅😅😅 Got to end my night at home with my pup and finish Queenie. While this isn‘t really a book I can fully rate I find it truly amazing how much Queenie grew throughout this book.

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NeedsMoreBooks
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Thank you @Laughterhp for this book. Queenie is a new adult novel about the 25-year-old Jamaican-American Queenie Jenkins. This was an interesting book in terms of adding in text messages in the narrative. Queenie is having ahead time: breakup with her white boyfriend, consequent one-night stands, sexual and mental health, and her family. I enjoyed her friendships and her growth as a character but some parts seemed repetitive. Still a pick.

Laughterhp I‘m glad you liked it! 10mo
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Sargar114
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In case anyone is interested, Candice Carty-Williams added some thoughts about her writing Queenie over on Goodreads #sundaybuddyread

TheBookHippie People are fun. She isn‘t Queenie. Goodness. 10mo
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Cazxxx
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I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. It was funny, thought provoking and relevant. It drew me Into her story and had me rooting for her the whole way through. Although I did think it was aimed at younger people than me it was an enjoyable short read
⭐️⭐️⭐️

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#LitsySpringBreak #London
#WindsofMarch #FebruaryStats
@alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @thekidsupstair
@Eggs

I already shared February stats. And only Queenie was set in London. Important book for #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This London bus was a gift from a friend who moved to London.

#litsyfun

TheKidUpstairs I really liked Queenie! 11mo
maich @TheKidUpstairs I'm glad that you like it. For me was so-so. 11mo
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Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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Mehso-so

I picked this one up for the February #sundaybuddyread and I only had a vague idea of what was to come. This is about 25 year old Queenie Jenkins living in modern day London. The writing was good but the MC's life choices (and some rationale) were far from being healthy decisions, and that's frustrating as hell. This book did shed some light on beliefs one might experience in Jamaican families and had some strong characters & friendships. ⬇️

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick There were also a fair amount of douchebags along for the ride. Ultimately, Queenie's mindset from the start is what gives me reservations on making this a pick, but that's possibly more my own thoughts. I'll toss a minor spoiler below to clarify. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I mentioned this in our discussions, but one thing that I've seen in other books that turns me off happened here: Queenie was using sex as power with multiple men, but didn't enjoy it. Why do you continue to do things you're not enjoying?! If you're going to have a female character having lots of sex, I want them to enjoy it, dammit! It's a part of someone's character I just don't understand. 11mo
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TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I see girls do this over and over in my past 30 years of mentoring. It is a classic behavior of neglected and abused girls, it is one of the most heartbreaking things I see. Queenie portrayed it so real I was up at night trying to make my mind find an easier way to teach girls worth and value and control. Thanks for sticking with us. 🤍 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheBookHippie It's heartbreaking that so many young ladies go through all that. 💔 11mo
Cinfhen Lots of challenge prompts 🙌🏻💕I liked this one but agree, I wanted to both shake & hug Queenie 11mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
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Helen19
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I didn‘t know much about this before going in. Everything I‘d heard made me expect a light hearted, unlucky in love type romance. Nope! So much more than that, so much deeper and more important. And all the better for it. Great pick #sundaybuddyread

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DebinHawaii
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At times this book & Queenie frustrated me & I felt too old to relate but I found myself caught up in Queenie‘s story & rooted for her to make better/healthier life choices. The completely different set of life experiences than my own make it a book I‘d recommend to anyone trying to understand the life of a young woman of color. Discussions with the #sundaybuddyread group were illuminating. I‘ll be thinking of Queenie long past the final pages.

rjsthumbelina Definitely a book I will continue to think about, too! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review 🧡 11mo
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cwarnier
Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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#bookspinbingo @thearomaofbooks
I will end the month so close to a bingo, but with 6 books read! I will take that.
Overall I enjoyed reading Queenie, and participating in #Sundaybuddyread discussions each week. (Possible unpopular opinion coming)I know that I have a lot to learn about how people of color live and exist, but I also fee like the media gives such a negative connotation their lives. It makes it hard for people like me to be able⬇

cwarnier to distinguish fact from fiction and not judge them. I know that as a white person, I can be thought of as a person of “class“ and privileged when that is not the case.
I am overall glad that I read this book, and feel like I have learned a lot about how some people of color live, or are forced to live.
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TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 11mo
TheBookHippie The media feeds off what people want to hear and if they don‘t get push back they will continue. The fact that that‘s the narrative people want to hear and take comfort in so that their privilege can continue and they don‘t have to face their part of racism is a really massive issue. It‘s why I always tell people do not listen to sound bites, how have you been taught to think. Search and change the narrative in your head. Thanks for reading along. 11mo
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DanaManiac
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2.5 ⭐️
I just don't know about this one. Queenie had no respect or regard for herself or her body, which was painful to witness. She is from a Jamaican family and there is a tremendous amount of pressure in our culture regarding your behavior and how it reflects back on your family. She‘s afraid to go to therapy for this reason, but it doesn‘t stop her recklessness. I felt relief when it ended. I don't see how she is compared to Bridget Jones...

TheBookHippie I don‘t either see the correlation at all. I thank you so much for reading with us. It was a rough one. My massive hope is it‘s made some readers think and changes some long held narratives of racism in their lives that they may not have realized. 11mo
kspenmoll Good review- this was a tough one. 11mo
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Nicki_K
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐I loved this book- I had read reviews comparing it to Bridget Jones and whilst Queenie does have some struggles with her relationships and finding love-this book delves so much deeper than Bridget Jones ever did imo. It deals with racism, bigotry and Queenie's search to find how to love and accept herself and how she can complete herself instead of looking for love in all the wrong people. A great read with funny and thought provoking parts.

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TheBookHippie
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

I thank you for joining me in this read and sticking with it!!! So many issues. Hopefully I‘ve done them justice.

On to March!!!

GingerAntics I love this image, too!!! 💙💙💙 11mo
Karisa Thank you, @TheBookHippie! You hace done a fantastic and thoughtful job provoking our conversations once again. 💗💗💗 11mo
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TheBookHippie @Karisa 🤍🤞🏻 thank you. This one kept me up at night. 11mo
vlwelser Thank you! 😘 Also, I am super excited about the next book. 11mo
mollyrotondo Thank you for really great questions this month!!! 11mo
DebinHawaii Thank you for picking it & for the great discussion questions & your impeccable image pucks to accompany them. 🤗 11mo
JaclynW Thank you!! 11mo
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TheBookHippie
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD FINAL THOUGHTS

This book was hard to read at times for me, but I‘m glad I read it. I do think it classifies as a necessary read. Your thoughts?

Also no way I‘d let Cassandra back in my circle ! Would you?

Overall I don‘t think this was ever the Bridget Jones it said it was, you?

Did you learn anything ? Or gain new perspective ?

Her mom... I have mixed feelings about...

Anything else ??

Karisa Difficult read but also satisfying ending. It feels like Queenie and her mom still have more to finish together. Her mom is both likeable and detached as character. I kept wanting more from her mom for Queenie. 11mo
DanaManiac Very difficult. I almost didn‘t finish it because of the amount of secondhand embarrassment and anxiety I felt reading it. I am still wondering how this was like Bridget Jones... 11mo
Karisa @DanaManiac British accents? Awkward moments?? An office job? But mostly British accents... I think that's about as far as Bridget Jones comparisons. 11mo
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Sargar114 I agree @TheBookHippie. Tough read but an important one. I‘m glad we got to see a big part of the cycle (the downfall and the recovery), I think if it was just one or the other then it would be a much more problematic book. Cassandra is terrible and I hope she pays her back and never sees her again. As for her mom, it seems like they‘re on a path to rebuild their relationship. 11mo
AmyG Not a book for me. I am happy it‘s over. 11mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac I have to be honest it kept me up at night. 11mo
vlwelser I think it's an important read. But I think it's for a younger audience. If I had read this in my 20s i'd have a totally different take on this. 11mo
mollyrotondo I struggled at the beginning because of the dating stuff. But once the book started to reveal deeper personal and social issues it became an extremely important read to me. I did not understand why it was compared to Bridget Jones. It was really much more serious than Bridget Jones. 11mo
DebinHawaii I am glad I read it & think it was well done—especially for a debut novel. Definitely one that will resonate differently for a younger age group but I think a necessary read. Yes on the BOO! to Cassandra! 🤬 And for Bridget Jones part -set in UK & when Queenie journals her improvement ideas were the only things that I thought related & I definitely would not liken it to BJD based on those things. 11mo
JaclynW I don't think I get the Bridget Jones comparison... Maybe that person didn't actually read the book?? I'm glad I read this one. Although difficult at times, it was an important read and brought awareness to issues that we all should be thinking more about. I loved the new perspectives I gained. This is a great one for a book club because the discussion could be endless. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD FOURTEEN

Queenie moves out. At her dinner she sees people who love her, You think she‘s going to be okay ?

Karisa The party at the end with all of Queenie's biggest supports (and Cassandra, meh) was great. Down to earth and warm. Her grandparents and their interactions always crack me up. Reminds me of my own. Bubbly soft drink--we would've never told my grandpa if he'd been drinking accidentally 🤣 11mo
Karisa I think Queenie will be more than okay (not to say it'll be easy), but she's much stronger now. Also, having the secret struggles out gives those around her more ways to help. 11mo
DanaManiac I think Queenie will live up to the story behind name. 11mo
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Sargar114 I liked this scene (except for the Carissa stuff) because it showed the support system she has and why she‘ll be okay. 11mo
AmyG I think she will be fine. Remember, healig is not linear. She will have setbacks, but that‘s life. But sheis on a good path. 11mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac Me too I think she will thrive. 11mo
vlwelser Definitely. She will be just fine. I also like that she got her act together at work. 11mo
mollyrotondo She is on such a better path. She is going to be okay 👌 11mo
JaclynW I hope so! 11mo
DebinHawaii I think she will progress on the road to a better, healthier live although for sure she‘ll have set backs along the way. She has the tools & support she lacked before & she‘ll ultimately be okay. 💜 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD THIRTEEN

Cassandra really? Is she a friend ?

There is NO WAY I‘d let her back in my life, you?

Tattooedteacher When I saw her name again, I re-read it again and again hoping my reading comprehension was faltering. Nope. And no I wouldn‘t be able to let her into my circle again. But then again I‘m told I can be hard on friends. 11mo
Karisa Yeah, I could've done without that character at Queenie's last dinner. It made the scene more true to life though and gave Queenie a chance to flex her new growing self. 11mo
DanaManiac Cassandra comes back and she hasn‘t grown- surprise, surprise! I would let her stay at the dinner, but we‘d never be friends again. 11mo
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Sargar114 This was the part of the last scene I didn‘t love. But I enjoyed the “I‘ve come too far to be petty” part of it. I think you‘re right @DanaManiac she can stay at the dinner but will probably be kept at arms length. I couldn‘t believe the gall in Carissa to come back after the things she said 11mo
AmyG Ugh, Cassandra. A friend is a friend unless they screw you over. Enter Cassandra. 11mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac Exactly my thoughts. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 She made me throw the book... what a ________!!! Just no. Go now with your judge-mental righteousness pious self. Jeepers 🤯 11mo
vlwelser I would not let someone like that back into my life. 11mo
mollyrotondo Yeah I hold grudges like nobody‘s business. So Cassandra would be our! I don‘t think she deserved to be brought back into the group 11mo
JaclynW I was shocked at the return. I'm sometimes (maybe naively so) overly optimistic and hopeful. I love a good lesson learned and comeback. All that said... I'd be super cautious and totally make her prove herself before I opened my arms wide to my inner circle. Maybe that would never happen...? @mollyrotondo @Sargar114 @TheBookHippie @vlwelser @amyg @DanaManiac @Karisa @Tattooedteacher 11mo
DebinHawaii Yeah, I was mad she showed back up & with nary a crumb of humble pie & a worthy apology. She learned nothing & I hope Queenie does not let her back into the Corgis & her inner circle. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD TWELVE

Ted. Good. Thoughts ?????
Why does no one EVER believe women ?!

Tattooedteacher Unfortunately we aren‘t allowed enough characters for me to accurately express how I feel about that man. Maybe his sorry ass made an idiotic mistake, but he needed to step off a long time ago. I was so proud of Queenie for what she said to him in response to his kill-myself spiel. But then the email. Ugh! 11mo
Karisa Ted is exasperating. The gall of that guy. Yuck! Found myself cheering for Kyazike to hit him for Queenie 🤣 11mo
DanaManiac He is insufferable. The fact that he filed a harassment claim against Queenie when he was the one pursuing her... then had the NERVE to say he hopes for a second chance if things don‘t work out with his wife. In this fictional world, I think violence is the answer when it comes to Ted. 11mo
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Sargar114 Ted = 🤮 11mo
AmyG Ted‘s a douche. 11mo
vlwelser I didn't get why he couldn't leave her alone. He's so stupid. Putting stuff in writing. Making the initial accusation. He deserved to get fired. 11mo
mollyrotondo Ted is so gross and awful and is a typical privileged man who learns nothing from his disgusting actions. 11mo
JaclynW I second @Sargar114 🤮!!! 11mo
DebinHawaii I was rooting for Kyazike to hit him much harder. Such douchery & such a major arsehat. 🍑🎩 And, truly, truly stupid. If he hadn‘t have written the letter, he would probably still have his job. I was impressed with Queenie giving it to Gina. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD ELEVEN

Kyazike
“You can be any type of Black girl you want to be.”
How do you like Kyazike?

Karisa What a great line from a great friend! The Corgis are amazing! Queenie is so lucky to have those two. I love how Kyazike (and Darcy) had her own identity but still supported Queenie without trying to turn Queenie into her. She lets Queenie be herself 💗 11mo
DanaManiac It‘s a great line and it‘s something people need to hear more often. No people group is a monolith. It‘s great to have a friend who lets you be yourself. 11mo
Sargar114 This was my favorite line of the book. Kyazike and Darcy are such wonderful friends and a big reason why I think Queenie will be okay in the long run. 11mo
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AmyG Kyazike was a favorite. Very confident and honest. A good friend. 11mo
vlwelser Kyazike is a great character. She definitely has great insight into herself and Queenie. I thought this statement from her sort of summed her up pretty well. 11mo
mollyrotondo Kyazike was my favorite friend! 11mo
JaclynW Kyazike was awesome. A great character /friend. I loved the differences in the friends. Very complementary and well-rounded group. This was a great line, such wisdom in it. 11mo
DebinHawaii I think it was so important to hear that message from Kyazike, she needed the validation & support. I think Kyazike & Darcy are a good yin & yang of friendship & support for Queenie. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD TEN

Queenie: Back to dating why? Could you believe it?

DanaManiac Ugh. This ticked me off. It‘s like Queenie still doesn‘t understand that she has extremely poor judgment. The fact that she even ended up back at that guy‘s place tells me she is NOT ready to start dating again. 11mo
Sargar114 This annoyed me so much!!! Like, I get being lonely...but this is also how we got to this point in the first place!!! This was a book throwing moment for me. @TheBookHippie 11mo
Karisa Queenie tried to find someone better on the apps, but it felt like she was just settling. Then he ended up being just as bad as the rest. When she went to his place, I was yelling noooo! I feel like we need a sequel in which Queenie finally gets the guy she deserves and wants in her life. Yeah, I still want a little cheesy romance for her even though this book became more without it 🤣 11mo
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AmyG I‘m not surprised. She thought she was “better” or in a good place....backto her “go to” behavior. I‘ve seen this many times. She needs to be alone for a BIT...she needs to see that. Hopefully she will. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 Same 😝 11mo
vlwelser I think this proved that she may still not be ready. 11mo
mollyrotondo You don‘t NEED a guy Queenie! 11mo
JaclynW @vlwelser Yes! 11mo
JaclynW I cringed. A lot. This isn't what I had hoped for her. Get in a healthy place first yourself! 😬😳 11mo
Sargar114 As bad as it was though, it may be one of those things that she had to experience herself (with her newfound mental health survival tools) to recognize she wasn‘t ready. 11mo
ElizaMarie I love this picture :) 11mo
DebinHawaii I was yelling at her but while I think she needs to stay away from the apps for a while & maybe forever, I was happy to see her stop things before she had sex with him—the “old” Queenie would not have done that. Proof of her growth, even amid the setback. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD NINE

Queenie boss. Thoughts ?
Back to work -what did you think ?

DanaManiac I‘m glad she‘s back to work and that Gina acknowledged that Ted was in the wrong. I get how Queenie‘s bad behavior could give her a negative reputation, but slacking off at work and sexual harassment are two very different things, so I‘m still disturbed by Gina dismissing her when Ted filed a complaint. I am happy that they got rid of him though. 11mo
Tattooedteacher @DanaManiac Dana, I agree with her going back to work. I was glad that Gina dismissed Ted but I do so wish she would have listened to both sides professionally. She “picked” a side and shouldn‘t have regardless of Queenie‘s work behavior. 11mo
Sargar114 I‘m also glad she went back to work. Like Janet said, at least it was a place she knew and Darcy was there. I‘m glad Gina admitted she was wrong. I was cheering when Queenie gave her the letter. Perfect move, cause it definitely showed Queenie wasn‘t the pursuer. 11mo
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Karisa It's fantastic that Queenie has a new writing assignment that she enjoys but Gina's dismissiveness (of Ted situ and Queenie's more substantive article pitches) makes me wish Queenie had a new job altogether. Still it's progress 11mo
AmyG It was not hard for ehr to go back to work, to life. But she had to face things and use what she was taught to get through life...and do it well. I think she will thrive. 11mo
vlwelser I thought Gina was better in the second round. 11mo
mollyrotondo I really disliked Gina and also thought Queenie would be better off working somewhere else. But maybe she can get some really good important articles under her belt and then find a new job with a powerful magazine. 11mo
JaclynW I liked that Queenie went back to work. I think it's good for her to practice her newly acquired coping skills and to have something productive to do outside of personal life. Her boss is learning.... I'm going to be patient with her. I do think Queenie may need to move on if this job isn't a good fit for her. I hope Queenie keeps speaking out and creating the opportunities that she needs and desires. 11mo
Sargar114 @JaclynW I‘m cutting her boss a break too. I think after the complaint, you have to investigate which it seems like they did which is why she was allowed back. Now I think Ted should have been on leave as well but there seems to be some weird office dynamics here too 11mo
DebinHawaii I think that Gina & the company could have handled it better & should have investigated fairly more quickly than they did & also addressed Ted‘s behavior with more consequences BEFORE the letter was received. But the end of the day, Gina & they did the right thing to bring her back. I think going back ultimately helped her with her healing but I would like her to find a different & better position once she gets her confidence & performance back. 11mo
Helen19 I thought Gina‘s phone calls were rubbish! No real apology anywhere. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD EIGHT

Queenie‘s childhood ..did it shock you?
How is it playing out now do you think?
Can she overcome do you think ?
Can anyone ?

Sargar114 It was heartbreaking to read that. I think it explained a lot but also seeing her ability to be resilient makes me think she‘ll overcome. With the breakup with Tom and everything in her life coming to a head, it makes sense that eventually she‘d break down giving everything she‘s been through her entire life. But still, I think she‘ll get through this. 11mo
AmyG Queenie, sadly, had a difficult childhood. So many people do. And...this is the effect it had on Queenie. Work through your issues and you can, hopefully , change who you grow to be. Knowledge is power and the past doesn‘t have to write the future. It takes work and resources. Queenie was lucky to have found Janet and was willing to work with her. 11mo
vlwelser I felt bad for the mom in a sense. But I think that Queenie can continue to prove how strong she is. 11mo
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mollyrotondo Uhh this backstory was extremely heartbreaking. It definitely explains why Queenie wants love from a man (Tom) but would also seek attention from any man even men who are abusive. It also explains why she wouldn‘t want to talk about her issues. She was left alone as a growing girl so how would she ever learn it is okay to talk and it‘s okay to seek help. 11mo
JaclynW Oh man! The trauma this girl suffered was heartbreaking. It's one of the reasons why this book was hard to read. I do believe that humans are miraculous in their ability to recover from the harshest of circumstances. It will obviously shape her and be with her forever but I believe she can move forward and do well. @Sargar114 @AmyG @vlwelser @mollyrotondo 11mo
DebinHawaii Yes, such a sad story & it explains so much about Queenie & her actions & reactions. It‘s a lot of baggage & trauma to work through but it is good to see her making the steps to reclaim her life & move toward her future. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Such a sad upbringing. Sad that her grandparents or aunt weren't able to help Queenie during that period of her life. It won't be easy, but I hope she continues to grow so those demons don't settle in. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD SEVEN

Queenie getting money from her mom from the court case.
Enough ? Should she say/do more?

DanaManiac I think it‘s a good start. They are both just starting to deal with the past, so I‘m thinking this is just a first step. 11mo
Sargar114 Agreed @DanaManiac. It seemed like a starting out point to rebuild their relationship 11mo
Karisa It was a nice gesture and Queenie was right to accept it. I want more emotionally from her mom for Queenie, but it seems like it is asking too much of Slyvie at this point. 11mo
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AmyG Sylvie recognized that this would be a huge help to Queeni....and that Queenie deserved this as much as she did. What happenned had a huge effect on them both. 11mo
vlwelser I think this was good. It was meant to stick her back on her feet. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I hope it's a start and not the only apology she makes to Queenie. Perhaps get mother will assess her own past and actions now that she sees her daughter doing it, and hopefully they can come together. 11mo
mollyrotondo I thought this was a good step for both mother and daughter and I hope they can start to heal together 11mo
DebinHawaii I think it was needed and a good thing for her mom to do. I felt like the book was heading toward them forging a positive relationship. I was happy to see Queenie want to have it & happy to see her mom starting to eat & laugh at the party for Queenie. I think if they both continue to work towards it, they can have a good relationship in the future. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD SIX

What did you think of Queenie explaining being a Black woman to her therapist ?

DanaManiac She‘s right. I‘m very careful about the friends I keep because I have to have a space where I can just be angry or vulnerable without it being “a thing”. I don‘t have the luxury of crying at work about my cat or not seeing my boyfriend during lockdowns. I‘ve been at my job for almost 5 years and I don‘t share anything personal so there‘s no opportunity for anyone to think I want their opinion on my life. 11mo
Karisa I highlighted that part of the book because it felt so honest. It is a reminder to be quiet, listen, put ourselves in other people's shoes, and realize our daily realities as women are not all the same. I loved the part too where Queenie opened up to Diana about her life as a Black woman and Diana responds: “I know, cuz.” Diana smiled. “I hope I can grow up to be as strong as you are.” 11mo
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Sargar114 It was good for Queenie to be able to have the safe space to say those things but also good for Janet (and really me) to hear/read them. Janet can give her the tools to cope with most situations, but it will always be limited based on the experiences that Queenie has to go through that Janet never will. It seemed almost like a breakthrough moment for Queenie though. @DanaManiac 💕 11mo
AmyG Yes.. @Sargar114 agree. Janet needs to know how Queenie feels and part of what she goes through is as a black woman, not just a woman. 11mo
cwarnier I am glad she had a safe space to be able to express herself about all of this and how she felt. Too often we hold it in and that is not good for anyone. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm glad that Queenie shared those very real suspects of her life with Janet, and that Janet listened. @DanaManiac I wish you didn't have to distance yourself from colleagues for those reasons. Some people suck and I'm sorry. 💛 11mo
mollyrotondo I‘m sorry your workplace is like that @DanaManiac but it‘s good that you do have a space that you can express your true emotions. I also agree with @Sargar114 about it being a breakthrough moment for Queenie 11mo
JaclynW @cwarnier @mollyrotondo @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @TheBookHippie @Sargar114 @DanaManiac @Karisa @amyg I think it's so important that we all create a support system that helps us in the right ways to learn and grow. It definitely isn't good to bottle it up. It's not always easy to find that support system. I was glad to see that Queenie was beginning to find and realize her group. 11mo
DebinHawaii I am glad Queenie expressed herself & her experience with Janet, it shows the trust needed for them to work together. Hopefully Janet can really hear her & learn from Queenie too. 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD FIVE

The road to healing isn‘t linear.

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Tattooedteacher I agree with it. Having been in recovery for most of my adult life, I see recovery as a fully loaded closet. You open just a little and squeeze out only what you can handle. Sometime it‘s big and sometimes a little thing that you pull out. Then you examine it, turn it over, try to understand it and deal with it. Sometimes everything falls out of the closet and it‘s too much so you shove it all back in and lock the damn door for a while. 11mo
DanaManiac I think most roads in life are nonlinear- grief, healing, love. Being human is so very weird and complicated. We develop coping mechanisms before we even know what they are. Trying to create a safe space to unpack what your mind has squirreled away to keep you safe is...bananas. 11mo
Tattooedteacher @DanaManiac Well said. Good point on the coping mechanisms too. We have them and don‘t even realize it. 11mo
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Sargar114 Agreed @DanaManiac. I liked that we saw Queenie have some set backs, but bounce back from them using the tools she has learned. That seems to be an important part of recovery. 11mo
Karisa It reminds me of when I was trying to get my kids to sleep through the night. People talk about it like it's a singular event (maybe for some it is). Not for us. Make some progress then back to square one the next day. Over weeks, make more progress then back to wakeful nights. Eventually, things get better but have to keep growing and working at it. Not going to happen consistently until they are ready and supported 11mo
AmyG Life in non-linear...why shouldn‘t healing be? 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I agree with the others that it makes sense since life has bumps & detours. It would've ruined Queenie's story for me if she suddenly went to therapy and Queenie was suddenly better. 11mo
vlwelser The therapist is like the uh duh character. As in, she keeps stating the obvious. 11mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The realness of it was very good. 11mo
mollyrotondo Yes, healing does not just magically happen. It takes work and expected setbacks. That‘s why it‘s important to talk to someone while healing because it helps make the process seem not as scary and pushes us closer and closer to healing instead of keeping everything so bottled up 11mo
JaclynW @TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I thought it was very real as well. It's nice to see a more realistic view in a book. 11mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG So true! I am certain Queenie will have more backward steps but now that she is able to recognize her destructive behaviors & has some coping skills & a support network, I think she will be able regroup & keep moving forward when they happen. 11mo
Sargar114 @Karisa we are going through that right now with 4YO twins...😭🥱 11mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac very good explanation ... 11mo
TheBookHippie @Tattooedteacher I agree. I slam it shut on occasion as well... 11mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I did Nana boot camp for my grandson to get him on a sleep schedule 10 days of pure hell 🤣 11mo
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Queenie‘s name story ..thoughts ?

Tattooedteacher I think it was a very telling story. I think we learned more about her mother than we did Queenie. She had seen in Queenie the things that she couldn‘t see in herself. 11mo
DanaManiac That story felt like a self-fulfilling prophecy in some ways. I do agree that we learned a lot about her mom and just how beaten down she has been by her life circumstances. It made me feel like Queenie will get out of this okay. She‘s already ahead of the game in her family by wanting to sort out her issues, even though she was practically coerced to do so. 11mo
Sargar114 I loved it! At the beginning of the book, I thought Queenie‘s mom was going to be a terrible person, but turns out she was a victim of terrible circumstances. While she made bad choices and it had an awful affect on Queenie, you can really see the love and hope she has for her daughter and that was sweet to see; especially when Queenie recognized that as well. 11mo
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AmyG Queenie will not be her Mom. And it‘s a new day for both of them to be all who they can be....alone and together. @Tattooedteacher @DanaManiac @Sargar114 All good points! 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Bestowed upon her daughter with hope. 11mo
vlwelser I thought this was pretty cute. I wonder how common this name is in the UK. The only person I ever met with this name was a coworker from HK. 11mo
mollyrotondo @Tattooedteacher I agree that it showed a lot about Queenie‘s mom. She didn‘t see these strong traits in herself but has hope for her daughter. 11mo
JaclynW I loved the name origins. I came to really like the mom. She was so well intentioned and really cared. She made mistakes and she was well aware of those. She wanted to make things right. 11mo
DebinHawaii I liked the story & agree it told us a lot about her mom. I liked seeing them begin to form a new & positive relationship at the end of the book. 11mo
ElizaMarie I loved this part of the story is was so touching to see how much her mother had these hopes for her baby 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD THREE

Diana - she‘s quite something what do you think of her?

Tattooedteacher I think I‘m still having trouble with the fact that she‘s a teenager. Too often teens are still self centered... in their own world. Diana seemed to get it much of the time. 11mo
DanaManiac @Tattooedteacher I agree! It felt like Diana was wise beyond her years at times. 11mo
Karisa Diana is fearless! The author does a great job capturing her mixture of carefree teenage and wise young woman. Diana's so refreshing. I keep 11mo
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Karisa Oops... kept thinking she's what Queenie might've been if more supported and born just a little later 11mo
Sargar114 @Karisa you‘re spot on! 11mo
AmyG @Karisa Exactly what I was going to say! 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Diana is a good mix of teen girl and young woman. She comes from the same family so she understands some of the family stressors that affect Queenie. 11mo
vlwelser Diana is hovering between being still sort of a kid but also becoming an adult. She's pretty fierce but also foolish at times. 11mo
mollyrotondo Diana was a fantastic character. She‘s going to grow up to be a very successful and strong woman 11mo
JaclynW @Karisa yes! I agree! 11mo
JaclynW @mollyrotondo I thought so too. I was impressed by Diana. She was a fantastic character. 11mo
DebinHawaii I like her a lot. Definitely wise beyond her years but I think once Queenie gets a solid footing in her life, she‘ll be good for Diana too. I treasure my relationship with my (now grown) nieces. 11mo
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Darcy, what a wonderful friend. Thoughts about her at the party?

Tattooedteacher I truly liked Darcy. I was so impressed with her at every turn. She had the ability to be there for Queenie in just the right way. 11mo
DanaManiac Darcy is a good friend to Queenie. She cares, but is also good at having her own personal boundaries and being honest without being too harsh. 11mo
Karisa Yes! Darcy always understands Queenie's point of view. Darcy's warm and caring without overwhelming her. Did you notice when the book accidentally called her Cassandra near the end? 😳 11mo
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Sargar114 Haha I said this on the birthday party question, lol. Darcy is such a sweet friend. Like the others had said she recognized Queenie‘s need for space, but still made a point to check in so that Queenie knew she was available if needed. 11mo
AmyG We all need a Darcy as a friend. She was wonderful. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Darcy is a good friend. 11mo
mollyrotondo Darcy turned out to be the best friend for Queenie 11mo
JaclynW Darcy was the right kind of friend for Queenie. I was impressed. She's lucky to have that type of friend. 11mo
DebinHawaii Darcy is a great friend for Queenie as everyone has said—she supports her but doesn‘t smother her. 11mo
Helen19 I thought she was great, telling Queenie what she needed to hear as well as what she wanted to hear. The only thing I questioned was the comment about Kyazike being ‘too much‘ 11mo
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Queenie‘s birthday party what did you think ?

Sargar114 I thought it was sweet of them to surprise her...but I still wonder if anyone in her family really knows her, cause it didn‘t seem like something she would enjoy. That being said, it was nice seeing hers and Darcy‘s interaction. Darcy really is a sweet friend. 11mo
AmyG It was nice of them to all throw a party for her. They all care about her, though she seemed a bit overwhelmed. Cassandra...jeez....got what whas coming to her with guy. 11mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick As @Sargar114 mentioned, the party seemed more for them than Queenie. Also seemed extremely short. I was surprised that Cassandra showed up. I had to laugh at her misfortune though. Overall it was nice that the family & her friends came together. It was uncomfortable for her, but a nice reminder that she has people in her life who love her. 11mo
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cwarnier My first reaction was did she really enjoy it? Like stated it really did seem to be more about them then it did Queenie. 11mo
vlwelser I loved Darcy. And Diana is a trip. This made me happy. Queenie is starting to see the people around her more clearly. 11mo
mollyrotondo I thought it was nice of them to a have a party for her after the rough year she had. It was nice to see how good of a friend Darcy really is 11mo
DebinHawaii I think it was good for her even if it may not have been something she picked for herself. It‘s good for her to see she has a support system cheering her on (& Cassandra). 🙄Queenie is much for forgiving than I might have been. 11mo
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I cannot say enough good things about this book! Queenie is in her 20s and struggling with her self-worth and knowing who she is. As a result, she makes some questionable choices regarding romance and her employment. I thought the discussions about self-worth, racism, sexuality, and more were beautifully done! Also, I LOVED the mixed media elements and the flashbacks. Read for #sundaybuddyread

booksellerofyourdiscontent All of the reviews on this have been so enthusiastic. I might need to find a copy for myself. 11mo
rjsthumbelina @booksellerofyourdiscontent I loved it so much! It was such a good exploration of issues that are so important right now. 11mo
Sargar114 @rjsthumbelina it‘s funny, I started reading on kindle and the flashbacks were difficult to transition. I switched to Libby and it was a much cleaner format so made it easier to follow in the last half for me. 11mo
rjsthumbelina @Sargar114 it's funny that it wasn't formatted well on kindle, but it was on the free epub from libby! (Well, sebody paid for it, but not you. Lol) seems like the kindle version should have been easy to see where those breaks were; it was clearly marked on the physical ARC I was reading. I can understand why the flashbacks would confuse you in that case! 11mo
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A few weeks ago I picked 2cards for #tbrdeckofcards
3♣️ PoC MC = Queenie
10♣️ vampire = Lore & Lust
I already read Queenie for #SundayBuddyRead (will post review next week)
Lore & Lust I receive won in Dark Hearts Group on Facebook and can't wait to read.

@Clwojick
#challenge #ebooks #kindlebooks #poc #vampire #contemporary #kindle #cards #litsyfun #litsygame

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Kenyazero This is a fun shot! Enjoy your reading! 11mo
maich @Kenyazero thank you❤ Lore&Lust will be for your LGTBQ+ bingo, it is slow burn fantasy mm romance. 11mo
Kenyazero @maich I'm very excited to see how you like it! 11mo
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Finished Queenie this morning, and while this book was frustrating at times I would definitely recommend it. Any book that can make me angry and make me laugh out loud is a good one. This was my #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks and #sundaybuddyread thanks to @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for hosting. Looking forward to our finale discussion. Unit then my lips are sealed.

perfectsinner This has been on my list for years. I wish I would have bought it when I saw it at Christmas a few years back 11mo
Cupcake12 I really enjoyed and I definitely get what you mean! 11mo
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

QUEENIE FINALE TOMORROW

EVERYONE WHO HAS READ THE BOOK WELCOME

No spoilers here please some peeps still reading.

🤍🤐

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🧡🧡 11mo
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vlwelser
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I admit that I didn't love this but I do think it's worth reading.

#SundayBuddyRead with @TheBookHippie and @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks final discussion tomorrow. Until then... 🤐🤐🤐

#BookSpin
@TheAromaofBooks

TheBookHippie 🤐🤐🤐 11mo
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WhiskeyMistress
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First of all, this book was not a comedy so I did not understand the blurbs that compared it to Bridget Jones. TW, mental health issues, childhood abuse, and violent sexual scenes abound. Some very heavy subjects are handled in this book. I understood most of the characters motivations, but that didn‘t make me like them. The dialogue was a bit amateurish, but the way it was broken up did make for a fun and quick read
⭐️⭐️ out of 5 stars
2/26/2021

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Final discussion Sunday!! Questions on @TheBookHippie page or follow #SundayBuddyRead 🧡🖤

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Karisa
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I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book. If I hadn't been reading along with #SundayBuddyRead, I'm sure I would have bailed when things took a rough turn. It isn't easy to read about someone hurting so much. However, the honesty here kept me rooting for the main character. The ending makes it all worth it and is not quite like anything I've read before. Love the acceptance of mental health being a priority in here too. 💗

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This is not one that I would have picked up and even at the beginning thought it was one I was going to like. I‘m glad I persevered (much like our heroine), as this ended up being a beautiful journey...while rocky for a good chunk of it, I‘m glad to have seen the whole picture.

Thank you to @TheBookHippie for picking this one and leading the discussion on #sundaybuddyread!
#bookspinbingo square #23 for february

TheBookHippie I have a few things to say 😜 see you Sunday !!!! 11mo
Sargar114 @thebookhippie Definitely a lot to chew on!!! 11mo
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Finally got my #bookspin together. Excited for the 2nd. #doublespin Definitely need to get started in The Count of Monte Cristo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 11mo
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