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swishandflick
The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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Oof, I don't even know where to start. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things was by far my favorite book in 2016 so the bar was set *extremely* high, and sadly, as much as it physically pains me to say it, I didn't enjoy this at all. Gentry's whole medieval speech angle felt forced, tedious, and exhausting. I feel like I just got caught in the crosshairs of a drive-by Renaissance fair. This will be a love it or hate it book, for sure #BOTM #WTF

Cinfhen Hahahaha!!! Perfect review 🤣🤣🤣 5mo
vivastory "the cross-hairs of a drive by Renaissance fair" surely deserves an award for best line in a review ?? 5mo
Megabooks I completely disagree but wonderful review! 5mo
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MicheleinPhilly Unstacked! 5mo
Cinfhen I think you‘re either gonna love the character of Gentry or hate it! I thought he was wayyyyyyy too gimmicky and reading through his dialogue was annoying @Megabooks @swishandflick also given how popular and fantastic her debut was, this book was too far off the mark for me🥺I‘d still try another by her but this book (for me) was disappointing #KeepingItReal 5mo
swishandflick @Cinfhen Agreed! Although All the Ugly and Wonderful Things wasn't her debut, she has two other lesser-known books! 5mo
Cinfhen Oh, thanks for sharing!! Are her other books good?? 5mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I liked it much more than Ugly Wonderful, mainly because of the lack of creepy pedophilia vibes! 5mo
swishandflick @Megabooks I can totally get that. I personally felt the opposite despite it being controversial. To each their own! Curious to continue seeing reviews for this book, bc I definitely feel like Gentry as a character will be polarizing. (edited) 5mo
swishandflick @Cinfhen I read Lie Lay Lain a while back and really enjoyed it though I couldn't tell you details. Haha. I haven't read her other one yet, but I have it on my shelf somewhere so it may be time to dig it up 😄 5mo
Cinfhen Both her other books sound intriguing and I feel like I see a bit of a theme / quirky characters & kidnappings 🤪 5mo
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Cinfhen
The River | Peter Heller
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Mehso-so

Another #UnpopularOpinion 😝I found this book slow and torturous😩like being up a creek without a paddle 🚣🏽‍♂️I was expecting a nature thriller but instead I got 2 dudes in a canoe and some geo fracking 🤪#WrongReaderRightBook #BackToTheLibrary

britt_brooke 😆 I haven‘t read this, but I love your review! 5mo
The_Shelf.ish_Life That‘s how I felt about it too! It took me 2 weeks to read a 200 page novel 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
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Crazeedi How is your vacation? Still having a great time? 5mo
Cinfhen Vacation is going great @Crazeedi so much fun with friends & family but haven‘t been doing too much reading 😒 5mo
Cinfhen I hear ya @The_Shelf.ish_Life 😩😩😩I wanted to like this book...but it just dragged on 😝 5mo
MrBook 😆👏🏻 Good review! 5mo
TrishB I‘m glad I only paid 99p 😁 5mo
Cathythoughts I‘m also glad I only paid 99p 👍🏻 5mo
Cinfhen 99P is perfectly acceptable price @TrishB @Cathythoughts and you guys might enjoy 😊 I was just expecting more of a thriller and I found it a bore 😠thanks @MrBook Hope you‘re doing well xx 5mo
Crazeedi @Cinfhen of course not! You can read when you get home, soak up all the love of family and friends now, take care💖 5mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @Crazeedi xx hope your summer is going well 5mo
MrBook @Cinfhen Splendidly, thank you! ☺️🤗 5mo
BookBabe Gee. I might be the right reader for this though. 🙂 For obvious reasons, I adored his book 5mo
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Cinfhen
East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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Question 3 Part 4
#EoE
What connection is Steinbeck making between Alice in Wonderland and Cathy?

Reviewsbylola This is a great question. Alice was in a fantasy world and I feel like Cathy wanted to be a part of that. She had a lot of issues and clearly became more unhappy and disenchanted with the lies she was telling herself. Alice seemed like an escape in that sense. 6mo
CarolynM Really, I've no idea. I could be mean and say he was just trying to give Cathy a bit of humanity before killing her off...or do I just think that because I was a bit annoyed by his treatment of the female characters? I know we have to make allowances for the period but still... 6mo
mrp27 I'm still thinking about that one. For me it just symbolized her mind going. 6mo
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Cinfhen Great answer @Reviewsbylola @mrp27 part of me felt like it was another “gimmick” like Steinbeck adding in all the not so subtle Bible allegories @CarolynM but still, there must be in his writer‘s mind some strong reason. Was Cathy really Alice or was she The Queen Of Hearts?? And was Adam& Charles Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum!!?? 🤷‍♀️I‘m curious (heehee, no pun intended) 😉 6mo
mrp27 @Cinfhen Ha! Ha! I agree that there is a reason he put it in but I can't decipher it. I finished the book this evening so I'm still ruminating... 6mo
Susannah I wonder if the reason we struggle to figure out why Steinbeck had Cathy compare herself to Alice is because it‘s a poor comparison. I don‘t see it unless we are to think that both Alice and Cathy existed in a state of arrested development and ultimately sought oblivion, which is either really pretentious or freshman lit class symbolism. Either way, 🙄. 6mo
Cinfhen That‘s great @Susannah #KeepingItReal ♥️ 6mo
UwannaPublishme @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola 😂Can‘t figure this one out except as you said, Cathy‘s twisted mind may have found relief by escaping into this fantasy world. Maybe since Steinbeck‘s mother was such an avid reader, he felt the need to somehow include this classic??? Who knows! 🤣 6mo
staci.reads Overall, I didn't like the way he wrote Cathy's death at all. It seemed completely against her character. Nothing about her death seemed to match the way he had developed her to that point. 6mo
staci.reads @CarolynM I struggled with his female characters too. Yes, he's a product of his time, but this went beyond depicting traditional gender roles. 6mo
Cinfhen Cathy‘s death was really bothersome, I agree @staci.reads and the whole Ethel dimension didn‘t really make sense to me either. I think Steinbeck really saw women in only 2 ways and I don‘t think that was a product of the times 🥺 6mo
Susannah I agree @staci.reads. The exits of really integral characters—Charles, Samuel, Cathy, Aron (and Dessie and Tom too)—all seemed abrupt to me. Cathy made a ridiculous effort to live life her way, it seemed odd that she‘d give up at that point. It felt a bit like Steinbeck needed her out of the story and thought this was the most expedient way. 6mo
rubyslippersreads I agree with everyone who thought Cathy‘s suicide was out of character (although foreshadowed throughout the book, with her constantly touching the little vial). I think the Alice thing was an escape mechanism from her extremely troubled childhood. And I don‘t think Alice would want Cathy in Wonderland with her! 😏 6mo
Cinfhen The more we discuss @Susannah @UwannaPublishme @rubyslippersreads @CarolynM the more flaws I‘m finding with this novel 🙄maybe I should quit while I‘m still ahead or soon my “pick” is going to change😉 6mo
DebinHawaii Steinbeck definitely had the whole madonna-whore complex with his female characters which did make the female characters especially one-dimensional. I found the Alice in Wonderland references odd although I agree with @CarolynM that it might have been for a bit of humanity or sympathy. I didn't find Cathy's suicide out of left-field. I feel like her responses to feeling threatened throughout the book were always dramatic fight or flight or... (edited) 6mo
DebinHawaii ...both as in fight, then flight so as her strength ebbed & she felt things closing in on her with the Ethyl/Faye thing & even her fantasy of having Aron visit her in NYC & not know her past falling through, it seemed like the last big '"flight" to me. 6mo
CarolynM @DebinHawaii Yes, excellent point about the flight. 6mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

This was a free Amazon Prime First Read selection for July. I feel a little apathetic marking this memoir as somewhere between a Pan & a so-so. While I can admire Sarah Vallance for sharing and relating her calamitous accident it did not make for an engaging story. The entire retelling felt devoid of any emotion. It was a rather dull read, and I found myself skimming pages. #SorryNotSorry #KeepingItReal

Kaila-ann I picked this one too but haven‘t read it yet 🤔 6mo
Cinfhen I seem to be in the minority @Kaila-ann hopefully you‘ll feel differently 🙏🏻 6mo
lele1432 I almost picked this one as well and now I'm glad I didn't lol. I've seen some other reviews echoing yours. (edited) 6mo
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Cinfhen Which two did you end up choosing @lele1432 ? This was my other July pick 6mo
lele1432 I almost got that one too lol! But decided to wait until it's on Kindle Unlimited. I got this one 6mo
lele1432 And this. It sounded pretty interesting. 6mo
Cinfhen I almost chose that one ☝🏾 @lele1432 it really does sound interesting 6mo
lele1432 Yeah! I'm going to try to get to it before the end of the month lol. 😅 6mo
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writerlibrarian
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Panpan

It's a long, an heteroclite bunch of things that make a kinda nasty soup of cliches on race, women, drugs you name it it's there. I was taken a bit by surprise because this series had a better than average outlook with these subjects. Big herring... the add on of cocktails recipes. When the bath bubbles fragrances, lunch picnic food and child abuse are on the same level it's time for me to reconsider if I'm still on board with the series.

writerlibrarian Now question for @Cinfhen or @BarbaraTheBibliophage or @4thhouseontheleft could this count as #booked2019spring #nightoriented because I do not have the stomach to read what was my choice. But me, being a completist and read in order freak I read this one before. Big mistake, huge. ☹️ (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen Sure!!!! Dark is night oriented !!!!! Clever💫wouldn‘t want all that reading time go to waste 😂 8mo
writerlibrarian @Cinfhen 🥰 this was a waste of precious reading time. I did finish it because it had the paralyzing effect of watching a train wreck. Thanks. (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen 😂😂😂#KeepingItReal 8mo
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Cinfhen
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Time for my first #BFC “weigh” in😜Week 1
If I‘m #KeepingItReal I had some successes and a failure too 😔

My scorecard:
Fitness Goals - 1 ( need to improve during week 2)
Nutritional Goals - 3 ( can do better but off to a good start)
Book Goals - 4 (I finished 3 physical books & I‘m in the middle of 2 audio books 🤓🎧 tagged book is really good)

Overall Week 1 score 2.75

Doing some #AudioCooking ~ weekend guests 😜

TheSpineView Awesome! 8mo
wanderinglynn A great week 1! 🙌🏻 8mo
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bewareofwords Way to go for Week 1! 🤗 8mo
BookwormAHN Great job 👏🏻 8mo
britt_brooke 🙌🏻 8mo
LauraBeth Sounds like you did a pretty good job to me! 8mo
guinsgirlreads Great job this week! 8mo
Bookwormjillk 👏👏👏 8mo
Cinfhen Thanks for the positivity @Bookwormjillk @guinsgirlreads @LauraBeth @britt_brooke @BookwormAHN @bewareofwords @wanderinglynn @TheSpineView I‘m just disappointed in myself that I gave up so easily when the fitness portion of the challenge was too difficult. #NoPainNoGain I need to sweat it out a little more and build up my strength/ breathing 8mo
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BarbaraBB
Dystopia | Richard Christian Matheson
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Post 2 of 2 (see below)

lauren.lerner 👀 8mo
Megabooks I was thinking about using The Circle for #booked2019 #socialmediafocus, but I can‘t decide since I haven‘t liked some of his other books. @Cinfhen Did you like it, Barbara? 8mo
Cinfhen I did not like The Circle @Megabooks but others did. It didn‘t work as dystopian for me and I thought the MC was a dishrag!!!! 8mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen That sounds like a Dave Eggers MC! 😂😂 8mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks I liked the first part, then it spun a bit out of control imo. But it has its strong points and describes a really possible (and scary) scenario for our future. I‘d give it a try if I were you! 8mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Exile | Gregory Erich Phillips
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Lunch and a book. Doesn‘t get much better than that!
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#lunchandabook #bookblogger #arcapril

Cinfhen Both book and lunch look good😋 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen The lunch was pretty good. The book‘s writing isn‘t all that great but I‘m curious about the story. 9mo
Cinfhen Love that you‘re #KeepingItReal Hope book picks up 🙏🏻 it‘s hard to get pass poor writing 9mo
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GatheringBooks
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#AnglophileApril Day 2: This pageturner has a lot of #RumorHasIt vibe. Most reviewers tend to liken the plot to that of Gone Girl – and I can see the parallels, particularly with the unreliable narrators whose memories are dubious at best. I naturally accompanied my review with traintrack photos while I was in Birmingham and London in 2015. My review: https://wp.me/pDlzr-axE

Demibom Train tracks give me the creeps. But the book looks promising 10mo
Cinfhen Those stations look so depressing, no wonder she was such a heavy drinker 😂😂😂 sorry my UK Littens, but they NEED to spruce up your outdoor stations 🚉 (edited) 10mo
emilyhaldi Lolol @Cinfhen 😂 10mo
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Mdargusch 😂😂😂 @Cinfhen 10mo
Cinfhen Just #KeepingItReal @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi geez even Far Rockaway was a hell of a lot nicer 😂😂😂 10mo
Reviewsbylola Lmao @cinfhen. I expected to be blown away by this book but it was just ok for me. 10mo
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Kaye
Moonshiner's Daughter | Mary J. Messer
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1. I‘m not one for taking photos. I took this today, 1-2-19, but I guarantee it looked the same out my front window in 2018. I‘ve got nothing else for you.
2.Just read. No pressure.
3. WORST - I had a blood clot in my leg and they found a hole in my heart. BEST- The blood clot didn‘t kill me AND I still HAVE a heart. I‘m glad they could find one.
4 BREATHE.
5. I just finished it so I put on the second one that I‘m reading now.
#humpdaypost

Megabooks High five on living through your medical 2018! That is some serious stuff! 💚💚 I hope you have a healthy 19! 13mo
Tanisha_A I love your resolution. Mine would be the same. 13mo
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Kaye @megabooks. Thank you. 🌹. Unfortunately, I‘m old and I have several chronic ailments. It makes you learn to appreciate each day. So out of the bad , comes some good, I suppose. (edited) 13mo
Kaye Thank you @Tanisha_A 🌹 13mo
Tanisha_A @kaye 🌷 13mo
TrishB I love your approach, let‘s appreciate every day 💜 13mo
Reggie You make me smile, Kaye. Lolol 13mo
Cinfhen Nice!!! You‘re always #KeepingItReal ❤️🙌🏻 13mo
julesG I like the way you look at it. 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Love your positive attitude! 💪 13mo
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