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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors
Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors: A Novel | Sonali Dev
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Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Franciscoa compelling, heartwarming romance between two strangers from completely different worlds, and a poignant exploration of cultural assimilation, identity, and the meaning of the word home. Only in a family like the Rajes could San Franciscos most acclaimed neurosurgeon be considered the black sheep. Dr. Trisha Raje has developed groundbreaking technology and won the respect of her peers and the life-long gratitude of her patients. Still, her large, close-knit familydescended from old Indian nobilityhas certain rules to uphold. Trusting outsiders is frowned upon. Disloyalty of any kind is unacceptable. Trisha never intended to jeopardize her brothers political aspirations, yet her long-ago actions inadvertently did just that. At last she has a chance to turn that around. Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha beforepeople who judge his background and find it lacking, who put pedigree above character. He may need the lucrative, career-making job the Rajes offer, but he has little time for Trisha, especially when he learns that shes the arrogant surgeon who wants to perform an untested procedure on his sister, Emma. As the two continually clash, their assumptions shatter like spun sugar on one of DJs stunning desserts. Drawn to DJs steadiness, humor, and passionas well as his extraordinary foodTrisha begins to reexamine her view of the world, while challenging his beliefs about the nature of family. But theres a past to be reckoned with before they can hope to savor a future bursting with delicious possibility.
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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

The Wedding Setup isn't on Litsy, so I'm reviewing under a different Sonali Dev novel.

Sometimes romance short stories feel rushed to me, but The Wedding Setup was perfect. Ayesha's grief and her relationships with Emmett, Bela, and her mother were all so well done is so few pages. It was a quick, emotional read, and I loved it.

#wgwordsearch - 1
@Jadams1776 #AVeryMerryBingo - Jingle Bells
#TeamGameSleighers #WinterGames2021 @StayCurious

Jadams1776 🎅🏻📚🎉🎄 5mo
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Johanna414
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Bailedbailed

I've started and put this down a few times, and I've finally decided it just isn't going to work for me. After 100 pages I don't care for either of the main characters and Trisha's family dynamics are annoying. Out to the little free library it goes!
@TheAromaofBooks this was my August #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't a match!! 9mo
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BookBr
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What a lovely read! Fluffy and frustrating and fun on one hand, and a deep examination of family ties, race, and how the world perceives us on the other. Just like the original, you can‘t help rooting for the characters even at their most foolish. And, of course, the requisite happy ending — perfection! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookBr
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BookBr
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Hoping for something a little more light-hearted after my last brain-scrambling read...

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GreenGrl87

If I didn‘t read [...] I wouldn‘t know how to believe that there was more to the world than this.

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booksaremyfavorite
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Pickpick

The title is what got me to pick this book up and read it. It was a bit lengthy and could definitely have been told in fewer pages but overall it was a good read.

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Scochrane26
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Pickpick

Finally got around to reading this P&P reimagining & enjoyed it. A few nit picky things about it, such as the characters dwelling on the same thoughts several times, which made it a little long. Several storylines are involved, & you get to know the whole family. I already bought the next one—i know the characters now, & it‘s based on Persuasion, another fave Austen for me. Using this for the prompt of a retelling in my library‘s challenge.

AvidReader25 This one is on kindle sale right now and I almost bought it! I might have to grab it now. 1y
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Sharpeipup
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Enjoying a few hours of early morning reading. ☕️

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UnabridgedPod
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In today's episode of the Unabridged Podcast, Ashley, Sara, and I chat about our Book Club pick for February, Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. I love this retelling of Pride and Prejudice SO much, and we had a great conversation about the strengths of this book.⠀

If you're interested in chatting about this one, we're having an IG chat on Monday, February 15—let me know if you 'd like to join!

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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

Despite some pretty annoying flubs (like violating privacy regulations...) this is an overall pick. I‘m a big fan of Dev and am delighted she‘s rewriting the Austen works. While this certainly isn‘t the best retelling I‘ve read, I liked that our heroine was a damn smart doctor!

(And I think this is my last super-delayed review for #pemberlittens)

4thhouseontheleft The HIPAA violations bothered me too! 1y
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GreenGrl87
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#BlitsyHistoryMonth #BHMS

1. Sci-fi, fantasy, horror
2. Bookmarks (especially magnetic ones), mugs, and stickers
3. Backlist
4. Black mermaids, enamel pins, earrings
5. Both!

riversong153 Thanks for participating! 1y
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MallenNC
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Pickpick

I finished my first book off @Amandajoy ‘s #NewYearWhoDis list. I enjoyed it a lot! The best things were that it isn‘t a straight retelling (only inspired by Austen), the way the Wickham character is handled, and that both main characters really cared about their careers. And the food descriptions! The negative was that it felt long for the amount of story, but it is still a strong pick and I‘ll definitely read the series.

monalyisha Fun! 1y
Amandajoy Yay! It made me really want to go cook some of the dishes mentioned. 1y
MallenNC @Amandajoy I only have very basic cooking skills but I definitely would love for someone else to cook those recipes for me! 1y
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MallenNC
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Made a good start on my first pick from the #NewYearWhoDis list by @Amandajoy and I‘m enjoying it. I didn‘t realize until I started that this author wrote Bollywood Bride, which I read a few years ago. I‘m looking forward to seeing where this retelling goes.

Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC She has two books that follow the Jane Austen books. The second one is out but the third one comes out this year. 1y
MallenNC @Graciouswarriorprincess That‘s good timing for me then, to have all three available soon. 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess @MallenNC Yes. Follow her on Instagram. 1y
ChasingOm I love these books! The second is 1y
Amandajoy Yay! This made me want to cook Persian food. 1y
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DanaManiac
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Pickpick

4 ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This was an enjoyable retelling of Pride and Prejudice. It was definitely slow in some parts, considering the fact that we knew how everything would turn out. The suspense over the drama with Julia was drawn out a bit long before it was revealed, but it definitely made things interesting between all of the family drama. I do think that some parts of the resolution were a bit too 'tidy' but it was nice nonetheless.

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4thhouseontheleft
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I finally have power again!

Comment any remaining thoughts you would like to share about the book! Would you recommend it to other #PemberLittens? While it's not one of my favorite adaptations, I would still recommend it to other Austenites!

@OriginalCyn620 @AmandaJoy @DAB @katy4peas @kdgordon88 @chrissyreadit @janeycanuck

DAB Yes I would. It does have the essence of Ausen all over it. I like the spin. 2y
janeycanuck I wouldn‘t tell someone to stay away from it but I think there are better retellings. The best part of this is the gender-flip, which I did appreciate. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Our 2nd discussion question! #PemberLittens #buddyread

I think Austen would really appreciate the aspects of the story that tackle class strife and perceptions of privilege. And the food. Because who wouldn't like all the delicious food descriptions? 😆

@OriginalCyn620 @AmandaJoy @DAB @katy4peas @kdgordon88 @chrissyreadit @janeycanuck

OriginalCyn620 Since I DNFed this one, I‘m not sure how to answer! 🤔 (edited) 2y
4thhouseontheleft @OriginalCyn620 🤣 maybe Austen would politely ignore its existence? 😜 2y
Amandajoy I think she would have liked it. I found it delightful and a bit snarky, with the gender reversal a slight comment on societal norms. Seems very Austinesque. 2y
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

Good: flipping traditional gender roles; updating a classic. Bad: overly long and a little whiny. Overall: average/adequate read.

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4thhouseontheleft
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It's time for our #BuddyRead discussion of Pride, Prejudice and Other Flavors! Here's a discussion question to get us started.

Let me know if I forget to tag anyone who wanted to join in on the discussion!
@OriginalCyn620 @AmandaJoy @DAB @katy4peas @kdgordon88 @chrissyreadit @janeycanuck

#PemberLittens

DAB Initially this threw me off when I first got started. 2y
4thhouseontheleft @DAB I like that the gender roles were swapped, but the fact the “Lizzie” character was named Darcy was confusing at first for me. 2y
Amandajoy I enjoyed the gender flip aspect. I liked how she poked at stereotypes with Trisha coming off as cold to start with. Which to be fair is how P&P is set up. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Mehso-so

I liked that this was a gender swapped retelling of P&P, with “Lizzie” cast as the talented chef DJ Caine (despite the D standing for Darcy), and the role of Darcy is accomplished neurosurgeon Trisha Raje, who also happens to come from an aristocratic Indian family. Yay for desi retellings!

The medical surgical plot was a big miss for me, and I cringed at every HIPAA violation and ridiculous portrayal of what it‘s like to be a surgeon. ⬇️

4thhouseontheleft I don‘t like when novels portray romances that clearly ignore ethical violations. There‘s some very loud ableism happening here too. Finally, the Yash-Julia storyline felt like a miss, but won‘t get into the why without a spoiler warning. #PemberLittens #buddyread #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2y
janeycanuck 💯💯💯!!! Telling her cousin about Emma‘s case made me want to throw the book across the room, but I refrained because I was listening to the audio and I‘m not keen on buying a new phone right now. I enjoyed the gender switch, too, it was what kept me reading. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft @janeycanuck my hubby‘s a surgeon, and we‘ve been together since he was pre-med, so I‘ve been around surgeons half my life! 🤣 There were so many 🙄 moments, I could tell the author hadn‘t done a whole lot of research on that front. Like having Emma be transported an hour to the ER, and then be rolled straight into a 10 hr surgery, it just doesn‘t happen like that, she wasn‘t a trauma patient. 2y
janeycanuck @4thhouseontheleft my closest connection to a surgeon is watching Grey‘s Anatomy and even my eyes rolled in a few places. Can‘t imagine how frustrating it was for you!! 2y
OriginalCyn620 Kudos to you for finishing...I just couldn‘t! 😂 2y
DAB Great looking forward to it. 2y
TheAromaofBooks I haven't read this one yet, but I always get annoyed with the “romance conquers basic professional ethics rules“ - I gave up on one “romantic thriller“ where apparently since she was the girlfriend, it was cool for the cop to bring her along to various crime scenes & let her ramble around “finding clues“ ?!?!?! 2y
Amandajoy The HIPAA violations were a little distracting, but I tended to roll my eyes and then move on. I loved this retelling of P&P. I think the food descriptions really got me! 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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If this book was written in 2020, that would probably say COVID-19. Covid would be a good reason to hide away from family in quarantine from the CDC for 2 weeks. 🤷🏻‍♀️😔 #pemberlittens

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OriginalCyn620
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Bailedbailed

Probably an #unpopularopinion, but I just couldn‘t! For a P&P retelling, it felt like more of a family drama than a romance. I don‘t care so much about hard ass parents, several siblings, cousins, grandmothers, etc...too many characters to keep up with. And I don‘t need to be told repeatedly that the the MC, Trisha (who is the worst, IMO), is an outcast in her own family. Tell me once or twice, then start telling me why! If I felt like there👇🏻

OriginalCyn620 was more of a balance between the family drama and romance, I might would‘ve stuck with it. But Trisha and DJ have barely had any interactions and when they have, they seemed to have brought out the worst in each other. Sorry, #PemberLittens, but this one wasn‘t for me! (edited) 2y
TheAromaofBooks P&P retellings can be very hit or miss!!! 2y
4thhouseontheleft I‘m about 1/3 of the way in and feeling about the same. I have just enough interest in some of the characters (not Trisha or DJ) to keep going. (edited) 2y
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DAB

This was a good book. What can I say about its Pride and Prejudice angle? That portion was very mixed up and the adaptation was not very straight forward. Love the ethnicity of the book strong character.

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DAB

I really hate when you are waiting for the author to get to the point and they spend two page talking about a picture.

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OriginalCyn620
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Started this one on Monday but didn‘t get too far, but today, I made more of a dent. Starting this book was one of my goals for #OutstandingOctober...I‘ll see if I can finish it as well during the readathon!

Also, looking forward to the #PemberLittens buddy read discussion later this month!

Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
Eggs Love that centerpiece 🍁🧡🎃 2y
DAB I am on it. Can't put it down. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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The alternating between #Screamathon and #PemberLittens reads is going quite well!

Next up, another P&P retelling. I‘ve decided to focus on authors of color this month for my Pride & Prejudice adaptation reading. Enjoying this one with a pumpkin spice iced latte. #buddyread

emz711 That looks delicious and candy corny! 🌽🌽 2y
4thhouseontheleft @emz711 It does look a bit like candy corn, I didn't even notice that! The bottom part of the glass is tinted orange. 😁 (edited) 2y
emz711 @4thhouseontheleft haha! Not real pumpkin!? 2y
4thhouseontheleft @emz711 nope, just the pumpkin pie spices 😄 2y
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DAB
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I totally forgot how much I totally enjoyed these. A blast from the past. Praline in New Orleans.

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DAB
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Southall does have a good Punjabi influence according to Google. I mentioned this because this author speak of it and so did the author of Erotic stories of Punjabi widow. Like a good reader I had to make sure that no plagiarism was going on here. Not true. I was having Deja vu moments as I listen to this book.

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DAB

“He did that because it was what he wanted. You provide the solutions. In the end, the patient's decision is not on you.“

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DAB

This is definitely a different kind of variation on the original. There is a greater search that is needed in comparison to Pride and Pride Prejudice and zombies. But I will not despair. Wickham has shown up. Darcy is about. Not too sure who Lizzy is. Can't wait for out discussion.

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DAB

It is getting better. Still waiting for the Pride and Prejudice angle.

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DAB

This book is not off to a good start. I am not used to any of my Jane Austen character being so unsure of themselves. I hope this does not continue because it is becoming a downer.

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DAB
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Just could not let the day end without starting another Pride and Prejudice adaptation.

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Amandajoy
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Working from home this morning, and I should not have started reading! Now I want to try finishing the last 150 pages before I do work, because it‘s so good! This is why I don‘t read before work.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have the same mug!! Love it! 2y
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Amandajoy
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Ha ha ha! I love this!

Texreader 🤣🤣 2y
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MeganAnn
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Thanks for the tag @MaleficentBookDragon
1. Indian Royalty Gender Reversal P&P
2. Books + Coffee are essentials in my life. And hugs from my son + husband.
3. Hmm... I want to visit every time, every place and learn as much as I can from the people I meet. If I have to stay in my same location when time traveling, I would maybe choose 1900. If I get to go anywhere in that time, then I would go see some ancient civilizations!

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Great responses🤗👏🏻📚👏🏻Thanks for joining in! I like the sound of this Calm app 2y
ferskner Hi Megan! Just checking up on whether you've received your #cozyswap package yet. 2y
MeganAnn @ferskner our mail person just dropped it off! I‘ll post a photo shortly. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft
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Trying to set up a #PemberLittens #buddyread for this book! Tagging those who expressed an interest in reading it. I was thinking a discussion the last week of Oct?

Amandajoy Sounds good. I‘ll get to reading! 2y
janeycanuck Sounds great. I‘m really looking forward to this one. I‘ve got it on audio and I love Sonali Dev! 2y
Chrissyreadit See I have this one too!!! I need to go home and take one day for each book!! 2y
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DAB I was going to put this off but it is on my desk so I am in. I will put it at the head of my reading list. 2y
katy4peas I‘ll jump in! Thanks! 2y
MeganAnn I just got this one from the library! I‘m in 😊 2y
Kdgordon88 Sounds good! 2y
OriginalCyn620 I‘m in! 😊 2y
kspenmoll This is a great pick for you all- I really enjoyed it! 2y
4thhouseontheleft @kspenmoll would you like to join the discussion when it happens? 2y
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DAB
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💐 💐 💐The #PemberLitten are awesome. Just borrow this pick from @sprainbrain. Thanks for doing some of my leg work. 💐

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iread2much
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This is a fun take on P&P, and it is set in the most expensive part of the Bay Area, so that‘s interesting. Darcy in this book take on the role of a poor but very talented chef trying to save his sister with brain cancer. The part of Lizzy, played by Trisha, is a prideful, arrogant, snobbish and brilliant neurosurgeon who is trying to save Darcy‘s sister. It‘s a really good read, a lot of fun, and a sequel which I‘m excited to read. 4 stars

UwannaPublishme 🐶❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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ScientistSam
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Pickpick

This was hands down my favorite Sonali Dev so far, and just a thoroughly delightful read. Loosely inspired by Austen, rather than a strict adaptation, it explores race, wealth, and class - and of course, miscommunication and love - in the US. The hottie male chef ("Lizzie") and brilliant female neurosurgeon ("Darcy") have great chemistry and interesting back stories. 5❤️

#romantsy

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Lauren.Archer
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This had a slow start for me, but about a third of the way in I was sold. This was a fun retelling.

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Julsmarshall
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Pickpick

Difficult characters, complicated families and life or death situations make book compelling and intense. This one took a bit to get into so it was close to a so-so for me but the strong ending made it a pick. I liked it enough that I will definitely seek out the next one in the series. Overall, a good addition to the world of Austen-inspired stories. #ReadHarder #challenge #2 #MountTBR

Eyelit I‘ve had this on my list forever - sounds like I need to move it up 😄 2y
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Julsmarshall
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#currentread Liking so far . . .

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BekaReid
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this one! I especially appreciated the fact that it was not a P&P retelling but rather inspired by Jane Austen and themes she explored - imbalanced power dynamics, assumptions, and preconceived opinions. Very well done!

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AutumnRLS
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Next Romance on the TBR pile.

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sebrittainclark
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Pickpick

4/5

I thought this was a great Pride and Prejudice retelling. I thought it did a great job of getting to the heart of the novel and bringing it into a modern romance.

umbrellagirl Sounds good! 2y
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llwheeler
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#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

1. Tagged and LotR and Dune (still - my phone is auto suggesting them now lol)
2. So many! I reread a lot up until uni, esp Robin McKinley, LM Montgomery, Narnia... Then I didn't much for years, but I'm getting back into it now. Tolkien is my current reread.
3. Brunch with friends and then some shopping. I bought books of course. And now a quiet evening at home, good dinner, some reading, some TV. A great day 🙂

rachelsbrittain That sounds lovely! 2y
llwheeler @rachelsbrittain it was very lovely 😊 2y
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llwheeler
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Netflix removed the drama I was watching 😮 noooo

Luckily there's #LitsyPartyofOne! Starting off with this book that looks fun.

Lynnsoprano Every time I start a series on Netflix, they take it off!😡 2y
llwheeler @Lynnsoprano this is the first time it's happened to me when there's episodes I still haven't seen! No fun. 2y
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