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Cinfhen
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The beauty of print / never need to depend on battery life! IRL bookclub book - already heard back from one of the ladies - she hated it!! This is a re-read for me & surprisingly I‘m liking it less. Maybe because I think I remember the who/why/how ???

Cathythoughts Interesting! I remember enjoying it at the time. Not a book I‘d choose to read again though. 2w
Cinfhen Hopefully the other ladies in bookclub won‘t hate it @Cathythoughts 2w
JoyBlue Ooh—I hated it, but mine was definitely the #unpopularopinion. Almost all of my Goodreads friends absolutely loved it. Luckily, there are plenty of awesome books for all of us, and we don't have to like all the same things. 1w
Cinfhen Our bookclub is very opinionated, so no one will be holding back their feelings. It‘s the type of book that every time I put it down I‘m not interested in picking it back up @JoyBlue 1w
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julesG
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Mehso-so

#audiobook

#UnpopularOpinion

This would have worked much better as a short story or novella. It felt unnecessarily blown up by purple prose that bogged the initially creepy plot down.

Low So-So

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xicanti
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I finally finished this massive Tor.com anthology yesterday! Now I want to spin around in a field singing about how I‘m free, like Elsa!

Alas, the book ended on a dull note with five stories inspired by the same John Jude Palencar painting. I ain‘t wild about his work (yeah, I know; major #unpopularopinion), and I wasn‘t wild about any of these stories. Sadness.

At least I had tteokbokki to see me through the last one.

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DGRachel
People of the Book | Geraldine Brooks
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Mehso-so

This is an #unpopularopinion, I know, and it is a reflection of my preferences, not the quality of the book itself. The concept is fascinating-the history of an ancient religious text seen through the eyes of the people, predominantly women, who handled it through the centuries. It‘s well written, but the audiobook narration is jaw-clenchingly awful and I HATED Hanna, the manuscript conservator (⬇️)

DGRachel Since it is her work with the Haggadah that unearths the little items that opens the doors to the history of the other women, the reader is subjected to a chapter filled with her life drama in between each of the historical chapters. My other issue, and truly this is just a preference, is that I typically avoid Literary Fiction. It‘s a genre that I rarely enjoy since it is so often filled (⬇️) 3w
DGRachel with misery. This is no exception. It‘s an emotionally heavy book. I wanted to bail almost the entire time I was reading but I promised a friend I would finish. There‘s a rape scene that was almost my breaking point. I can see why this book is so loved. It just wasn‘t for me. 3w
Graywacke @DGRachel it‘s not universally loved ☺️ (I‘m not a fan) 3w
CarolynM It‘s not something that has ever appealed to me and judging by your review I think I‘ve been right to avoid it. Thanks for the validation🙂 (edited) 3w
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keys_on_fire
Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Bailedbailed

I can‘t put my finger on what it was that couldn‘t capture my attention. I read until page 180 because I just kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but realized I was putting off reading other things because I was fighting this one. Maybe I‘ll try again some other time…
#unpopularopinion

Susanita I couldn‘t get into this either, and I‘m not entirely sure why. 4w
keys_on_fire It‘s always comforting to find someone with a similar opinion 😂 @Susanita 4w
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Cinfhen
Signal Fires | Dani Shapiro
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Pickpick

I‘m a huge fan of Dani Shapiro‘s nonfiction writing, so I was very excited to pick up a copy of her newest book, a fictional story spanning several decades. This wasn‘t the book I was expecting, but it very much felt like a Dani Shapiro story. I liked it but I didn‘t love it. Parts felt contrived, plus it had a magical realism quality that I didn‘t really care for. #GoodNotGreat Audio read by author was ok. Light pick

AmyG Thank you for the review. 1mo
Cinfhen If you read it @AmyG I‘d love to hear your thoughts!!! I think my opinion is definitely an #UnpopularOpinion 1mo
rmaclean4 I have been wondering about this one. Thanks for the review. 1mo
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Cinfhen Sure @rmaclean4 it might work well for you but I was a little disappointed ☹️ 1mo
AmyG Not sure how fast I will read it. 1mo
Megabooks I‘m sorry it was disappointing. 🫤 1mo
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Cinfhen
Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion I did not enjoy this book. It was slow, overly politicized, teetering between reality and dystopia and ultimately a huge disappointment. This book read as middle school, I felt like I was being talked down to. Everything was spelled out - with little room for my own interpretation or thoughts.
The ending was rushed and forced. Many others have loved this book, so clearly I just didn‘t connect well with the story.

Vansa After the sanctimonious nonsense that was Little fires everywhere, I don't bother reading Celeste Ng anymore! 1mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh, I‘m kind of glad to hear I‘m not the only one who isn‘t under the spell of Celeste Ng @Vansa - I agree her last two books haven‘t been as strong as her haunting debut. 1mo
squirrelbrain Oh dear - actually I‘ve seen a fair few ‘average‘ reviews in the UK press, but I‘ll still give it a go… 1mo
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Cinfhen You might feel differently @squirrelbrain I was just disappointed that I pre-ordered the book before reading any reviews 1mo
jlhammar Good to know. Glad I made a call to jump ship on the audiobook early on. I was getting the sense that I might feel similarly. 1mo
Cinfhen I clearly missed something though @jlhammar because there are so many 5 star reviews on GoodReads 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
Megabooks That‘s an excellent point that there‘s very little room left for the reader‘s own imagination. 1mo
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bthegood
Witch Please | Ann Aguirre
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Panpan

#unpopularopinion
I'm not much for rom-coms, but the premise sounded fun and it seemed like a good read for #Scarathlon2022 - a witch falls in love with a mundane and must navigate family issues to be with her true love
-it is very repetitive, a lot of description about things that don't move the story along, the characters are so insecure it actually bugged me -
only finished because great #wordsearch -🎃
Make a great day everyone

AmandaBlaze I've been thinking about going back and finishing Big Bad, which I bailed on. It was a great word search book; I just could get into the alternate Buffy-verse world. 1mo
bthegood @AmandaBlaze I understand - as I stated if it weren't for points this would have been a bail, but it wasn't hard to read or finish - if it had been longer and was going to eat up too much time I might have bailed regardless of the point possibilities 😂 1mo
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RamsFan1963
I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Bailedbailed

No. Nope. Uh-uh. Sorry not for me. It's a hard pass on this one. I only got about 10% into but I knew it wasn't something I wanted to continue listening to.
#unpopularopinion

CBee I‘m almost done with this on audio. I can totally see why you bailed - it‘s a tough read and honestly, gotta love Jennette but she really reads it WAY too fast. And soooo much trauma 😳😳😳 2mo
Graywacke Hmm. I was interested. Kudos for cutting out early. 2mo
Megabooks Yes! Wish I had bailed! 2mo
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julesG
Fairy Tale | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion

I didn't really like it. I might have bailed after the first third, but it was a #buddyread.

Anyway, I think the first third is good, and the Fairy Tale part was predictable. A YA novel with a bit of an edge. 😬

Spoiler-ish info in comments

#Gladstonerds @scripturient @Leniverse @Oryx @squirrelbrain

PS: story does not contain a black cat, but #ShadowCat thinks it should have. 😉🐈

julesG Getting rid of the baddie felt anticlimactic, very deus-ex-machina. 2mo
squirrelbrain I already said to @TrishB that I preferred the first part, before the ‘fairy tale‘ kicked in…. Haven‘t finished yet though! 2mo
RaeLovesToRead SHADOW!! ☺❤❤❤ 2mo
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Graywacke Cute little 🐈‍⬛! 2mo
sarahbarnes Omg this cat is beautiful! 😻 2mo
TrishB Well you finished 😁 2mo
Caroline2 Yeah I nearly bailed too. I just couldn‘t get into the fairy tale world at all. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Kangaj1 I absolutely loved the book, and your cat is gorgeous! 2mo
Balibee146 Love your cat one of mine looks very similar. I'm just about to read the last chapter and have really enjoyed it 2mo
julesG @RaeLovesToRead @Graywacke @sarahbarnes @Kangaj1 @Balibee146 Thanks. I think #ShadowCat just grew half an inch from all that praise and love. He's a very introverted cat and camera shy. 2mo
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