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britt_brooke
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⭐️ Even the amazing Bahni Turpin couldn‘t save this one. Nothing felt believable. To elicit fear, there needs to be *some* plausibility. It was very surface-level; just gory, not scary nor suspenseful. I didn‘t care about the teenaged victims or the killer‘s (weak) motive. Maybe it‘s better on screen, but someone will have to let me know because I‘m not giving it two more hours of my life.

LibrarianRyan Dont give it the two hours. I didn't care for the book either, I read it when it first came out, but thought maybe Netflix would make it better. Nope. 3mo
MrT I agree with the above. I didn't even finish the book and the film was standard unimaginative slasher movie nonsense. 3mo
vivastory Message me on GR & tell me what you really thought 😂
Seriously though, I thought the beginning had some creepy moments but it's been largely forgettable & the trailer for the movie doesn't look like anything too special
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britt_brooke @LibrarianRyan @MrT Thank you for the validation! 😅 3mo
britt_brooke @vivastory 😂 I‘m so mean. I totally hate-read it until the end, so I could write a scathing review. Funny thing is I loved her Anna and the French kiss books. I guess I‘m a sucker for YA romance, but not thoughtless slashers. 😅 I mean, why would the killer fuck with his friend‘s brain. Just gore for gore‘s sake. Made no sense. So dumb!! 3mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 #HardPass And I totally looked under the spoiler tag 😉 3mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen 😂😂 I can‘t stop thinking about how bad it was. 3mo
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DGRachel
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I was waiting to see if I would finish anything today before posting but it‘s now a quarter after four and I haven‘t read a single page. I‘m guessing I‘m not going to finish anything else. Still I had a really good week. I finished four books, bailed on one, and have three in progress. The audiobook of Dracul is dragging, but The Invited has sucked me in. 🖤 #bookreport

DGRachel @Cinfhen I loved the concept and the core story, but there was too much graphic violence against dogs. I suffered through the first round, thinking it had to be over soon, but it kept going. I fast forwarded the audiobook during the scenes near the end. 4mo
Cinfhen #HardPass!! Thanks for sharing 4mo
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Megabooks
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Do you remember inflating the word count in your high school essays by the saying the same thing twice but phrasing it differently? Imagine a whole book of that. She would say the same thing twice yet in different ways. 😏

While taken as a whole arc the story of Vitale‘s addiction and sobriety is interesting, the actual writing is atrocious! I can‘t recommend this #AudiblePlus title. 👎🏻

llcoolnate hahah I got the joke 👌🏻👌🏻😝 4mo
Megabooks @llcoolnate 😂😂👍🏻 4mo
Cinfhen #PetPeeve #HardPass Thanks for the honest review!!! 4mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen good idea! 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think Molly has a UTI. ☹️ the soonest I could get her in with my vet is tomorrow. She definitely doesn‘t feel good. 💜 I feel so bad for her. 4mo
Cinfhen How‘s Molly????? Poor pup 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen she did have a uti at the vet today. ☹️☹️ she got an antibiotic injection, and she seems to be feeling better. (There‘s an antibiotic injection for skin infections and uti‘s in dogs that last 2 weeks and is soooo much better than doing pills!!) I ordered a bunch of stuff for her from chewy. New treats, 3 different toys, 2 kinds of bone…no, she‘s not spoiled!! 😂😂 4mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 I‘m now familiar with Chewy!!! I keep asking Niki to tell me which is Herzy‘s favorite bone treat - apparently it‘s only available on Chewy. I wanted to send one to Molly after her surgery 🐾🐶♥️ I‘m so glad to hear there is a quick shot antibiotic for her!! Glad she‘s on the mend ❤️‍🩹 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen awwww!! Thank you for thinking of us! Chewy is fantastic because you get the convenience of online without the worry of counterfeit like on Amazon. A friend got counterfeit food on Amazon and I got counterfeit toys. Ridiculous!! So glad chewy is there. 4mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t know that was a “thing” on Amazon 😣I HATE dishonest people!!! Im going to ask Niki about that bone, again. It‘s like a brain toy/ bone treat 4mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that sounds really cool!! She likes bones and loves food. 😁😁 Molly had mostly hand me down toys, so I think she‘ll appreciate her own. And yes, counterfeiting sucks!!! The only other new toy besides Hairy is a counterfeit crocodile that I had to resew myself after she destroyed it in 10 minutes!! It was supposed to be the same brand/type as Hairy, and it wasn‘t even close. Fortunately I know a really secure stitch. Thanks vet school! 4mo
Cinfhen 🙌🏻 - Herzy can chew through a toy in seconds too!!! Unfortunately for Niki & Adam it ends up in the garbage 🗑 😜 4mo
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britt_brooke
Cheeking My Meds | Francis Coco
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⭐️⭐️ This self-published memoir needed heavy editing. Francis CoCo was admitted to a psychiatric hospital at age 14. This is her story of that time written decades later, but in present-tense as her teenaged self. An unstable family undoubtedly played a big part, but she claims to have never known why she was there, so there‘s no real resolution, and I‘m left wondering, what‘s the point? Nonetheless, I hope it was therapeutic to get it on paper.

Megabooks How are y‘all? 💜 5mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Hanging in. 💚 V improves everyday and seems generally to feel pretty good. The rest of us have mild symptoms. 😕 Pretty sure we all have it. Will test Wednesday. Thanks for checking on us! 5mo
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Megabooks @britt_brooke will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!! I hope things continue to improve 💕 5mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks, friend! 5mo
Cinfhen #HardPass I‘m not a fan of self published works 😝Not being nosey, but hope you‘re all ok 💚 5mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Same! It was a book club selection by one of my friends. It was awful. 5mo
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Megabooks
Jesus Land: A Memoir | Julia Scheeres
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Some people who claim to serve the Lord do anything but. Julia‘s parents had four biological white children and two adopted Black ones. While the white kids were grounded, the Black ones were beaten when they misbehaved. (At times to the point of bones breaking.)

When the two youngest get sent to “Christian” reform school in the Dominican Republic, things get even worse. I wish I could say this has a happy ending...😭😭

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Megabooks ⬆️ I use Christian in quotation marks about both the parents and the people at the reform school because, to me, true Christians are not abusive (especially to children) and racist. TW in the next comment under spoiler tag 9mo
Megabooks Adult on child abuse, rape, incest, attempted gang rape, suicide attempts, graphic talk of abortion, animal abuse 9mo
Kdgordon88 Sounds like an incredibly tough read and one that would make me angry. 9mo
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TrishB Sounds very sad 😢 9mo
BarbaraBB This sounds so harsh 9mo
Megabooks @Kdgordon88 @TrishB @BarbaraBB it was an incredibly sad and tough read. While I was reading it, I kept waiting for things to get better, but in the end, it left me depleted and emotionally wrung out. I‘m listening to a less emotional book about women scientists now. 👍🏻 9mo
BarbaraBB Like yourself! 9mo
britt_brooke Such a difficult read. 💔😔 Off topic, but have you read her book about Jonestown? It‘s worthwhile. 9mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke nope, but I just read you‘re review and stacked it! 9mo
Cinfhen Wow! This book sounds AWFUL!! #HardPass 😞 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it was a hard read, but it was amazing to see Julia‘s strength and resilience through all of her trials. She‘s one incredible woman! 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m sure!! 9mo
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Megabooks
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A biography of the Sackler family (Perdue Pharma/OxyContin owners)? I am here for it!!! #newrelease #nowlistening #audiobook

Cinfhen Ohhhh, one of the bookclub ladies just put this book forward for upcoming bookclub. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts.... 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen ooo!! Will definitely tag you!! 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen i will say it is not “book club length”. The audiobook is over 18 hours, and the storygraph just told me it is 820 pages! 10mo
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Cinfhen Yeah, you‘re 💯 correct!!! That‘s gonna be a #HardPass for bookclub guidelines 10mo
Cinfhen Although sometimes we chose a #BigBook as a summer read, when we skip a month or two...so who knows?!?!?! 10mo
kspenmoll My husband just got this. The author wrote such an amazing book previously 10mo
Megabooks @kspenmoll that‘s on my TBR, but I haven‘t read it yet! So far, this is really good! (edited) 10mo
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Kalalalatja
Red Pill | Hari Kunzru
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Yeah, that didn‘t last long. I don‘t really care enough to write a lot. I‘m just mad this is the play-in that got picked for #tob21. Seriously, The Resisters was so much better!

vivastory I agree. I honestly didn't even have an opinion on this until the final 15-20 pages 11mo
Kalalalatja @vivastory where the last pages worth it?? 11mo
vivastory No. 😂 I'm a firm believer that an ending doesn't make or break a book. I did LOVE the ending, but it wasn't enough to redeem an overall frustrating experience. 11mo
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BarbaraBB Well that‘s a no go for me then. 11mo
sarahbarnes I‘m mad about The Resisters, too. I‘ve gone back and forth about reading this one. 11mo
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britt_brooke
Glass Hotel | Emily St John Mandel
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⭐️⭐️ Too much going on ... yet not enough. That‘s to say, a lot of boring stuff happens to a lot of dull, abysmal people. The meandering “what ifs” and reimagined lives lack emotion. I didn‘t believe any of it, if you know what I mean? No connection. I felt similarly about Station Eleven. And the ghosts felt misplaced, like a total afterthought. I‘m just not a fan of this author.

MelissaSue81 Hmm. I think i was So-so ish on this book. I really liked Station Eleven, but this one, I really just wanted the story to focus on the siblings and all the parts about the other people were blah to me. If it had just stuck with Vincent and her brother whose name I currently can not recall 🤣, i think I would have liked it. The old rich guys did nothing for me. 2y
britt_brooke @MelissaSue81 I‘d have preferred more focus on the siblings, too. The other characters were not interesting at all. The way Mandel ended up using the brother (Paul 😉) seemed almost pointless in the whole scope. (edited) 2y
MsMelissa I really enjoyed this one myself, although I was in the right mood for it. I can totally see it being a so-so or pan for me if I‘d read it at a different time. 2y
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vivastory I might read this one...in like 5 years when I run out of other things to read 😆 2y
britt_brooke @Book_Fiend_Melissa Timing is a good point! 2y
britt_brooke @vivastory 😂😂 I almost tagged you. #hardpass 2y
callielafleur I'm really enjoying this one, I love the author's writing style. Very ethereal. That's the best part about books though- all of the different readers and their varying tastes! 2y
britt_brooke @callielafleur Absolutely! If we all loved the same things, life would be so boring. I‘m happy you‘re enjoying it! 2y
Sresendez12 I felt the same way! I kept reading because I just knew I would finally reach that aha moment where everything tied together and made sense. That moment never came for me, yet most everybody in my book club loved it 2y
britt_brooke @Sresendez12 Exactly. I kept waiting and ... nothing. You need a new book club. 😆 Just kidding!! I know we can‘t all love the same things. 2y
CallMeIshmael Boo! Just kidding, I did enjoy it but I see what you are saying. But you still need to give station eleven another shot (edited) 2y
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael Not gonna happen! 🙈😂 2y
CallMeIshmael @britt_brooke you‘re killing me smalls 2y
britt_brooke @CallMeIshmael 😆💁🏼‍♀️ 2y
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DGRachel
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Bailedbailed

I keep trying to tell myself to consider the time period in which Kerr sets his Bernie Gunther novels, but the sexism and treatment of women is just gross. I‘m bailing 2 hours into the audiobook. I don‘t remember the first book in this series being so bad. #hardpass

SamAnne Sometimes it‘s just more than one can take. 2y
REPollock Ugh I gave up on those books too. And stopped dating the man who recommended them to me bc really pal? SMH. 2y
DGRachel @SamAnne @REPollock Yeah, I got to a part that seemed like it was going to turn rape-y, like gaslighting kind of, she‘s offering herself to me without saying anything and everyone knows she wants it (even though she probably doesn‘t$ and I was like “I‘m out”. 2y
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Samplergal
Catch and Kill | Ronan Farrow
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OMG! At this rate I will be still reading this book in 2020. The audio is Ronan “acting” in voices, russian accents, falsetto. It‘s all I can do to keep this going. DO NOT get the audiobook. Go for print. Publishers??? What were you thinking???? #nfNovember

Addison_Reads Thanks for the heads up. I had this audiobook on hold, but I'll go put the ebook on hold instead. 2y
Samplergal @Addison_Reads I am never one to complain about the reading of a book. I‘ll listen to most anything. This is distracting from the story. Thinking about asking for my money back on this one. 2y
Cinfhen I tried a sample and had to stop after 35 seconds!!! #HardPass 2y
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Scochrane26 I‘ve only run across a couple of audiobooks I hated. Sorry this one is so frustrating, but your posts about it are funny. 2y
Amie I've encountered this with other nonfiction audiobooks and I hate it. I don't understand why a narrator would use an accent or different voices for a nonfiction book. It makes sense in fiction, but in nonfiction it almost comes across as mocking because the narrator is imitating a real person's manner of speaking. 2y
mklong Totally agree! Not only is it annoying, at times it comes off as condescending or making the women sound whiny, which I know is not his intent. 2y
ljuliel Poor narration can just about kill a good book. 2y
Samplergal @ljuliel it‘s killing it for me. It‘s bad. 2y
ReadingSusan Omg I loved the accents so much 🤣 It made the difficult subject matter so much easier. 2y
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