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Caterina
The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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BethM Love this! 2w
Soubhiville What a fun puzzle! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love it 🧩 ❤️ 2w
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Caterina
The Poppy War | R.F. Kuang
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One print book, one audiobook (#AuthorAMonth #AAM), and one ebook (#CampNetGalley #NetGalley #ARC)! I think I'm officially back to reading, after six months of barely reading at all. 😊📚

#WeekendReads @rachelsbrittain
@Soubhiville

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Caterina
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Pickpick

This is a GREAT beach read, fast-paced and easy to read. I hated the entitled, self-centered unreliable narrator and enjoyed rooting for her downfall. The critiques of the racist, toxic publishing industry and online book world (Twitter, etc.) added something deeper to the book, although part of me wishes the book were far more complex - maybe with multiple versions of the narrative like Hernan Diaz's Trust. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ #AuthorAMonth #AAM @Soubhiville

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IndoorDame
Yellowface | R F Kuang
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#AAM When I read Babel last year I thought it was a captivating and original fantasy story, but the themes behind it seemed incredibly heavy handed, and as the conclusion approached it began to seem more and predictable. Overall I feel really disappointed when I think back on it, so I was reluctant to start this one. Surprisingly, I had a hard time putting this down and listened to it in one day. I found it much more nuanced than Babel, 👇🏼

IndoorDame and much more enjoyable even though there wasn‘t a single likable character. This one also started to loose me in the conclusion, but not because I was annoyed with the author, more because I didn‘t think it was as strong as the rest of the narrative. I definitely see a progression in Kuang‘s writing and would read a future book by her which is a great surprise. @Soubhiville 3w
Soubhiville I‘m glad you liked this. I‘m halfway through Babel now and while I like it, I feel like it‘s starting to drag a bit. 3w
IndoorDame @Soubhiville I feel like it helped that this one didn‘t take itself as seriously, so it was easier for you to take it seriously (also that it was shorter) 3w
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gossamerchild
BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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Oof, this was NOT a good reading month. The rain clouds over my #aam mean it was a #dnf, which is my second of the year. I was doing so well, too! Oh well. On to the next month!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 3w
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PurpleyPumpkin
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Pickpick

I read this mystery earlier this month and really enjoyed it! It was a smart police procedural that didn‘t dwell heavily on the violent bits but provided enough detail to convey how tragic and horrible the crimes were. It kept me guessing right to the end! Adam Lazarre-White excelled as the audiobook narrator. Glad I read this for June‘s #AuthorAMonth pick! 5/5⭐️
(June 27, 2024)

Soubhiville So glad you loved it! Overall this author has been a real hit! 3w
PurpleyPumpkin @Soubhiville Yes, I‘ve been reading everyone‘s reviews and they‘ve been pretty positive! I‘m glad I got to read this author‘s work. He wasn‘t on my radar. Another win for #AAM!🙌🏽 3w
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IndoorDame
Untitled | Unknown
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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. I started the year wanting to read more physical books from my shelves, focus less on challenges & the like, & spend more time with each book.

2. I‘ve been making a categories list for #bookspin & #doublespin & choosing titles at the start of the month for those, participating in #aam #sundaybuddyread & #hashtagbrigaide. Everything else is mood reads.

3. Lifelong learning, armchair travel, endless entertainment.

Eggs Your strategy and reading benefits make me feel peaceful ☺️ 1mo
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CBee
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Pickpick

I wish I‘d been able to sit and read this all at once - it‘s that type of book, and it‘s that good. Action packed, violent, gritty, with lovable characters that you can‘t help but root for. #authoramonth (omg I actually participated 😂) #aam #readyourkindle

Soubhiville Woo hoo! 1mo
vivastory This remains my favorite SA Cosby novel 1mo
CBee @vivastory I think it might be mine too - though I still have to read All the Sinners Bleed! 1mo
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Larkken
Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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The anger in the tagged is incandescent and it pulled the novel to my number one spot in May. It asks, aren't you also tired of all the talk surrounding perpetrators of crimes against women that be moans the "promise" of these "bright young men?"

Also enjoyed : Diavola, Station Eleven (#AAM), and SGJ's latest. And it looks like I'm all caught up on Twain so I can properly enjoy James! But I'm doing badly on #bookspin picks yet again + no bingo ?

Larkken I really thought I'd like the Taylor (#readyourebooks) more than I did? But I'll still try the next St Mary's since I've already bought them all 🤣. Hopefully the next has less sexual assault/other blame stuff that made this more heavy than romp... 1mo
CBee Great review! I thought Bright Young Women was really well done too 👍🏻 (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Great progress for May!! 1mo
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dabbe
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#AuthorAMonth @Soubhiville
April's #aam, and it took until June to finish. So deep and heart-wrenching in parts, I couldn't fly through it. Nao, the Japanese girl who is the main narrator of her own diary, is a character who will stay with me. I just felt at times that the author tried to do too much, and I could have stayed with Nao and her story more than Ruth's, the woman who finds her diary. The writing itself was magnificent.

Soubhiville Good job sticking with it! 1mo
dabbe @Soubhiville 🤩🤗😀 1mo
willaful I often find myself frustrated with dual narrations, wanting to just stay with one. 1mo
dabbe @willaful Agree 💯. This one even adds a third at one point, the letters of Nao's uncle. It's also challenging when the POV changes; one is 1st-person and the other is 3rd. It makes one want to know who that 3rd omniscient voice is. 1mo
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