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SassyBookworm
The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Bailedbailed

I tried but just couldn‘t finish this book. She writes like how I feel a squirrel would think…just here there and all over the place. I‘m sure it was great for her to get out all of her feelings and emotions but the book really needed a better editor to help her make this work.

#SassyBookworm😏 #DNF

CallMeIshmael I have had this feeling about this, I‘ve seen nothing but good reviews but they are more focused on her abuse and not the actual book. Thanks for sharing 5d
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ElizaMarie
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Bailedbailed

So I got 10% in and well the whole way the characters talked to each other was so weird and unnatural. I know this one isn‘t a good distraction . #DNF

dabbe #hailthebail! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
5feet.of.fury Her books in general are… not well researched.. the one I liked tho was 1w
ElizaMarie @5feet.of.fury I liked that one as well. So I had some high hopes. It just seemed so unnatural and weird the communication between the two MCs 7d
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SheReadsAndWrites
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Bailedbailed

I tried. I tried so hard. I gave it 160 pages. 🙈 And I WANTED to LOVE it. The author seems lovely - I adored her author's note. The writing is great. It was just...sloooow. The mystery moved slow. The relationships between the women moved slow. I couldn't slog through anymore. An unpopular opinion, I'm sure. And I'm sad about that! ☹️ But I DNF. #sadtoleave #dnf

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GingerAntics
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Bailedbailed

DNF
I‘ve read three books trying to avoid this book. It‘s just not happening. It‘s not me, it‘s you. This just did not live up to the hype. I‘ll probably be passing on future Bill Bryson books. I just don‘t get his popularity. He‘s just not my cup of tea. My A&P book was way more exciting to read, honestly.
#BillBryson #TheBody #Audiobook #busbook #DNF #boring #fatphobia #nonsense #snore

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Kristy_K
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Bailedbailed

My second DNF of the month and the week. I just felt that this was maybe a little sensationalized about complete strangers telling her their secrets and her responses to them. I seem to be easily irritated this week by people‘s decisions, fictional (The Wishing Game) or in reality (this one).

#dnf #botm

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intothehallofbooks
Zombie | Joyce Carol Oates
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Pickpick

I wanted something shocking, and this absolutely delivered. A short read, and writing style takes a little time to get used to. But I‘m astounded at how well Joyce Carol Oates wrote the mind of a sex-obsessed serial killer. It‘s jarring, how believable her writing is here.

Also, I can 1000% see Jeffrey Dahmer in this story, especially after seeing the Netflix show.

Thank you so much for the recommendation @tjwill - I was truly horrified by this!

DivineDiana I never #DNF a book,with this one exception. Much admiration for Joyce Carol Oates, but the horrific details were too upsetting. (edited) 5mo
tjwill I‘m glad it was what you were looking for! @DivineDiana I probably would have stopped too but I really wanted to know if there was justice served for what he had done. You have to be in the right mindset for it. JCO definitely has a way with embodying a character, even a disturbing one. 5mo
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CatLass007
The Handmaid's Tale | MARGARET. ATWOOD

I think today is a day for another #unpopularopinion I read The Handmaid‘s Tale when it was first published. Actually, I only tried to read it. If I had known what #DNF meant back then that‘s what I did. It seems like everyone thinks this is one of the greatest books ever written. I understand that it was groundbreaking. It seems more prescient now than ever. But I just didn‘t like the book. I‘ve never read another #MargaretAtwood book. (cont)⬇️

CatLass007 But I‘ve been thinking about giving her another try sometime this year. So I am requesting recommendations. #TheBlindAssassin is what I‘m leaning toward right now. 7mo
Prairiegirl_reading I have heard the blind assassin is her best. I tried edible woman way back when and swore I‘d never read another but I read oryx and crake a few years ago and I liked that.It‘s pretty dark though. Dystopian. It‘s the first in a trilogy. I liked it enough to continue the series even though I ended up thinking it was the best of the three. 7mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards I think Handmaid's Tale feels a lot more stilted than much of Atwood's other work because she's writing it as if it were the recovered manuscripts being debated at an academic conference many years after the fact. I agree that Blind Assassin and Oryx and Crake are closer to her normal storytelling style. 7mo
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CatLass007 @Prairiegirl_reading @SaunteringVaguelyDownwards Thank you for your comments and opinions. I value the thoughts and thoughtfulness of all my Litsy friends. 7mo
TheKidUpstairs What kind/genre of books do you generally lean towards? One of the things I love about Atwood is that she writes in so many different genres, so even if some of her books don't work for you, it doesn't mean that none of them will! A few of my favourites: Alias Grace (historical fiction), Oryx and Crake (dystopian society/speculative fiction), The Robber Bride (literary fiction about complicated friendships), The Penelopiad (mythology retelling). 7mo
TheKidUpstairs @Prairiegirl_reading I did the same thing, with the exact same books! I hated Edible Woman and thought I just didn't like Atwood. Until a friend forced Oryx and Crake into my hands and I read it in a weekend! 7mo
Daisey I didn‘t enjoy The Handmaid‘s Tale either, but I‘m more of a historical fiction reader and really enjoyed Alias Grace. 7mo
CatLass007 @TheKidUpstairs I like almost all genres. I don‘t really care much for romance when it‘s the only focus of the book. I outgrew Barbara Cartland, Danielle Steele, and Harlequin Romance when I was still in high school. I‘ve even enjoyed the occasional Western (anything by Robert B Parker is an automatic read and even re-read, I tried some of the authors with whom the estate contracted, and they were a disappointment). SFF, mystery, biography… 7mo
CatLass007 Also, what exactly is speculative fiction? It all seems like science fiction to me. I think dystopian fiction is just a sub-genre of science fiction. Okay, I confess, I‘m old and out of touch. 😆 7mo
TheKidUpstairs @CatLass007 LOL, it does seem like so many different ways to say the same thing, doesn't it! Yes, I think speculative fiction is another sub-genre of science fiction. I guess I think of it as “If the science being done now continues to its possible conclusion, this is where we could end up“. If that makes any sense. One of those things I don't really know the definition of, but I know it when I read it 😆 7mo
TheKidUpstairs @CatLass007 None of her books (that I've read) really focus on romance as the main storyline, which is nice. Her more contemporary (well, contemporary to the time she wrote them) literary fiction works tend to focus more on relationships between friends and family - The Robber Bride and Cat's Eye are two of my favourites for that. Alias Grace is my all time number one (historical fiction with an unreliable narrator thrown in). 7mo
TheKidUpstairs Unpopular Opinion: I did not like Blind Assassin. I know lots of people who loved it, but it just didn't do it for me, and I'm not sure it's one of her more accessible works (not that that's necessarily a bad thing) 7mo
CatLass007 @TheKidUpstairs Thanks for the, not a definition, more like a connotation. I wasn‘t really referring to romance in Atwood‘s books. Just romance in general, e.g. Bridgerton. 7mo
CatLass007 And I don‘t really care for anything with zombies. I tried listening to Peter Clines‘s Ex-Heroes and I was quite disappointed. At least Audible has a return policy. 7mo
CuriousG Alias Grace is good, and I also liked Oryx and Crake 7mo
CuriousG One of my favourites that never gets discussed is HagSeed. It is a contemporary take on The Tempest. 7mo
KathyWheeler @CuriousG You‘re right! I never realized that HagSeed rarely gets discussed when Atwood‘s work is talked about, but I loved it. 7mo
CatLass007 @CuriousG @KathyWheeler I‘ve never seen HagSeed mentioned in any discussion of Atwood‘s work. I think I‘d remember that title. 6mo
KathyWheeler @CatLass007 There‘s a series of books by Hogarth Press that are modern takes (very loosely) of Shakespeare plays. HagSeed is Atwood‘s contribution to that series. 6mo
CatLass007 @KathyWheeler I noticed that when I looked up the book on Audible. I guess I‘ll have to add them to the infinite wish list. 6mo
rwmg If you're uncertain about Atwood, I would definitely recommend the Penelopiad (a re-telling of the Odyssey) because it's short.

My understanding is that speculative fiction is a catch-all term to cover science fiction, fantasy, superhero, and supernatural/paranormal fiction, and probably other genres/subgenres as well.
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CatLass007 @rwmg I looked at the Penelopiad and I enjoy mythology so it‘s something I‘m considering. Last year I listened to both Circe and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Both were excellent. 6mo
SaunteringVaguelyDownwards @CatLass007 Speculative fiction is an umbrella category to describe genres where the narrative is generated by speculation. It includes science fiction (what would the world look like in the future if...?), fantasy (what would the world look like if magic/dragons/witches/etc existed?), and historical fiction (what would the world be like if X event had been different?) 6mo
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Kristy_K
Gilded | Marissa Meyer
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Bailedbailed

DNF at 37%

I was never a fan of Rumpelstiltskin but I love retellings. After really enjoying Heartless (not so much the Lunar Chronicles), I decided to give Gilded a try. Unfortunately it wasn‘t for me.

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DogMomIrene
Tatouine | Jean-Christophe Rhel
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Bailedbailed

Spent almost 2 hours listening to this One eRead Canada Selection and I can‘t seem to find a plot. Summary says it‘s relatable, and captures “daily struggles and small triumphs of modern existence with humour”. Umm, I couldn‘t find any of that. Reads like the stream of consciousness of an ADHD person who doesn‘t know they‘re ADHD. Way too overstimulating of an interior monologue on someone‘s dreary life. Just bizarre. #DNF

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TheHungryBookworms
Imaginary Friend | Stephen Chbosky
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Bailedbailed

Dnf it. Couldn't do it. I was halfway, and I had enough. Maybe someone else would like it, but it was just not for me.

ElizaMarie I can see how this would be a #DNF book. I enjoyed it but... it took a bit part of me to muster through some of it, then it would get better, then a lull and then better. But I was determined! Ha. Hope your next book choice is a great one! 9mo
TheHungryBookworms Lol. Yeahi I had one book that I was determined to finished and it took me 2 years because I hated it. Since then I never force my self to read something I dislike till the end. 9mo
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