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Mehso-so

While this short story collection had a few standouts, including the title story, overall it was more #MehThanYeah. The idea was creative: each story took place in subsequent years and were supposed to connect, but I spent longer trying to find the thread among them than actually enjoying them. I think it is one that may end up as a pick when I reread it, but for now it‘s a 3⭐️ so-so.

Cinfhen I‘m intrigued so #BorrowNotBuy ☺️ 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen 👍🏻👍🏻 10mo
Jess That‘s too bad. I loved The Rib King so was hoping this was going to up there. 10mo
Megabooks @Jess maybe I didn‘t get it, but I‘m going to try again at some point. 10mo
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Deblovestoread
Untitled | Unknown
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Although this book was more #mehthanyeah for me it is what came to mind for today‘s prompt #Motivates. Nora is motivated to continue living after being offered a chance to view her life in different what might have been scenarios. #MayCharacters Day 2

Eggs Excellent choice-I enjoyed the audiobook of this one ☝️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love the cover!! 2y
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MicheleinPhilly
The Kindest Lie: A Novel | Nancy Johnson
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Mehso-so

Sadly Cindy I found this more #MehThanYeah. There is a good story in here but I think the author just tried to do too much and the disparate strands didn‘t successfully coalesce. Ruth frustrated the hell out of me and her reckless decisions towards the end of the novel didn‘t endear me to her struggle. #BorrowNotBuy #BOTM

Cinfhen Damn! Wasted credit 🙄thanks for tagging me in your review 😘 2y
Megabooks Thank you! Her decisions seemed to make no sense to me. I‘m glad I didn‘t continue. 2y
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Cinfhen
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Here‘s two more @jenniferw88 #JennyIs30 I completed #CATS and #Feminism 😺💪🏽💄Really LOVED the tag book but my cat book ~ Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs was more #MehThanYeah and a #BorrowNotBuy

Chrissyreadit Yikes! You‘re fast at this game! 😁😘 3y
jenniferw88 Ooh! Nearly a BINGO! 😂😊😘 3y
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jenniferw88 I enjoyed that one. If you enjoy it you might like this one for 'classic' - it's similar in style & short! 3y
Cinfhen Thanks, Jenny!!! I‘ve noted it down as a potential classic @jenniferw88 😘 3y
Whatever101 That's a bummer about Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs. (I did buy that one on sale during the holidays.) At least I know it will work for a bingo square. 😀 3y
Cinfhen I bought it as an Audible deal @SeaBreezeReader so it wasn‘t the biggest monetary investment 🤪maybe it‘ll be better in print 3y
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SLibrarian5
Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so



I liked the idea and audio format of this book, but I think this story was just not for me. I did love Karen, she was my favorite, and I‘ll watch the TV adaptation, too.

#booked2019

#featuresamusician

@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I think all the hype ruined this book for me! It was more #MehThanYeah but I‘d be curious about the TV adaptation too 3y
SLibrarian5 @Cinfhen Hyped books are either a hit or a miss for me, there is no in between. 😅 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I enjoyed this one, but agree. The hype overtook it! 3y
SLibrarian5 @BarbaraTheBibliophage At least I got to listen to it before the TV adaptation. The holds list at my library is going to be so long! 😳 3y
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julesG
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#BookReport & #WeeklyForecast @Cinfhen

Forecast:
Still working on Crooked Kingdom and my #ARCs, just packed The Twelve Dates of Christmas into my bag for reading on the tram/bus. There will be #Jolabokaflod reading, but I don't know which books yet.

Report:
Had a slow reading week. I watched too much TV. 😉

Cinfhen TV is allowed in “moderation” 😉 3y
julesG @Cinfhen 😁😁 I had to finish The Rook, although I still have to read the book. Then I watched Carnival Row, people were raving about it. I thought it was more #MehThanYeah. And then I stumbled upon Tin Star and since I #lovehate Tim Roth I had to watch the first season. 3y
ljuliel Litsy is a ghost town. Not sure if it‘s broken or no one is posting. 3y
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julesG @ljuliel Probably no one around to post, everyone's out shopping. Or all are posting Wintergames stuff. Don't worry. It'll get busy again in a few days. 3y
Sace @julesG my husband and I watched the first episode of Carnival Row but haven't felt the burning need to see the next episode. 3y
julesG @Sace I'm glad I'm not the only one. So many of my friends liked the series, all I could see were plot holes. 🙈🙈🙈 3y
ljuliel Yes, you‘re probably right on that. I un- muted winter games yesterday just to see if there was anyone around. 5 minutes of that, and the mute button got clicked again. Right now, it‘s so quiet in here, you can picture a windy old west ghost town. All you see is a tumbleweed rolling down the road and you can hear the wind whistling. 3y
Sace @ljuliel I've noticed fewer posts, but that's because I mute a ton of hashtags. There still seems to be lots of conversations on the posts I do see. 3y
julesG @ljuliel 😂😂😂😂 I am actually glad for the quiet. I managed to check back 13hours of Litsy posts before my tea got cold. 😁 It's weird though, how much is going on for the games and how little else gets posted at the moment. 3y
julesG @Sace That's what I've noticed too. There is more conversation on "normal" posts. 3y
ljuliel @Sace I‘ve got it narrowed down to book related posts , which are few and far between. I guess lots of people have things to do during this week . 3y
Sace @julesG we watched the first episode after watching Going Postal and CR suffered by comparison. We liked GP so much more. 3y
julesG @Sace Oh, I'll have to give that a try, Going Postal I mean. Thanks for the tip. 3y
Sace @ljuliel ah... I guess I'm just not on enough to notice an extreme slow down? Tbh, I mute so much and I unfollowed many "games not books" folks that I've gotten used to the slower pace. It's kind of nice. 3y
ljuliel @julesG Yes it‘s a bit sad or frustrating that it‘s a book group but you can scroll through hundreds of posts without seeing a single book review anywhere. Sure hope things get back to normal. I‘m already counting up how long it takes before they start the Valentine games. 🙄🤨. @sace (edited) 3y
Sace @julesG it's based on the Terry Pratchett book. (If it's another MoreMehThanYeah I apologize! 🤣) 3y
julesG @sace @ljuliel It is nice to have a slower pace here. I should mute more # in future. 😁 3y
julesG @Sace And here I was not daring to write that it sounds very Pratchett. 🥴 3y
Sace @julesG @ljuliel I guess I've always been a little more interested in quality over quantity? As long as I get to have a couple bookish conversations a day I am content. Also, when you're actually reading it takes up more time, so fewer posts. If one is spending all their time posting to hashtags when does one read? 🤣🤣🤣 (I hope that didn't sound ugly...I don't mean it to.) 3y
Sace @julesG I'm a huge proponent of muting 😁 3y
julesG @Sace Naaah, my thoughts precisely. 3y
ljuliel Nope, doesn‘t bother me a bit. I just remember when the majority of posts were book related. I agree , quality is better than quantity. 👍🏼 @sace 3y
Sace @ljuliel I'm trying to do my part by sticking to book/reading habits related posts. 😁 I understand the frustration though. 3y
Sace @ljuliel I'm only speaking from my experience...but one thing that has always bothered me about online interaction is the "followers factor" (for lack of a better descriptor.) Sometimes I feel like people just want a following so the goal is numbers. Since I would be perfectly happy to interact with the same 10 people I tend to not join ALL THE THINGS. I've been down that road and I didn't enjoy myself. It's me not them. 3y
ljuliel @Sace I think my concern is that this book group will go the way of countless others from the past. They all seemed to be very active for a few years, then membership dwindles , people stop posting, and they fizzle out. I‘ve gone back into GR , but it doesn‘t seem to have the attraction it once did. 3y
Sace @ljuliel what are some others that have fizzled? I was on GR for years and I just can't with it anymore. Are you on LibraryThing? 3y
ljuliel Well, if I go WAY BACK , AOL used to have a really nice area devoted to just book groups. They were really active. That was back in the late 90s I think. Then there was a really nice book forum type group which was run by folks from the UK, but everyone was welcome. It was super busy , but it fizzled due to lack of members ( plus the owners had to pay a fee to keep it open). I think the remainder of them went to FB.I liked Shelfari. It‘s gone. . (edited) 3y
ljuliel @Sace ☝🏼. 👉🏽I‘ve never gotten the hang of LT. The setup reminds me a bit of GR. You know, the way the messages are, etc ? I‘ve never gotten involved enough with it to have an opinion otherwise. (edited) 3y
Sace @ljuliel I know many people still mourn Shelfari. LT to me is much nicer and less clunky than GR. I am not a member of many groups, just ROOT and Litsy. I would encourage you to check out the 75 Books Challenge and the Category Challenge 2020 groups. Both are super active. LT allows for a lot of personalization of your homepage, library etc. Clearly I am biased. 😏 3y
Sace @ljuliel FB *shudder* hell no. 3y
julesG Now I feel like I should spend some time getting to know LT beyond the basics. 3y
julesG @Sace @ljuliel Yahoo used to have good groups, too. But it all fizzled out with FB. I hate FB, just check in once in a while. 3y
Sace @julesG I dumped FB in July of 2016. Never looked back and so much happier for it. 3y
ljuliel Yes, I forgot about the Yahoo groups, Jules. Those are more that are probably gone, I‘d guess. I never got super involved with them. I‘ve never had an interest in FB. To me, it sounds as if it‘s not a place I‘d like to get involved in. @Sace I may wander around in LT to take a closer look. Thanks for the rec. 😊 3y
Sace @ljuliel you've got all kinds everywhere, but my impression has always been that LT has some folks that are pretty serious about their books 🤣 I think it suffers in comparison to other places because of design, but they are really working on some design upgrades without losing the focus on books. Again, I am biased and generally feel LT can do no wrong. 3y
Sace @ljuliel I'm Sace over there too. Feel free to add me as a friend. 3y
ljuliel Thank you @Sace I think Andrew65 is also pretty active over there. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is just my two cents worth opinion... I don‘t think I would have the friends I do today if if this were strictly a book reviewing app. I enjoy, as I know others do as well, getting to know people. Facebook is nothing but drama. So why not talk about books and get to know each other?! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 3y
Daisey I read through your conversation when I noticed the “quiet” comment. My feed is also flooded with Winter Games at the moment, but I don‘t want to mute because I do enjoy some of it. Instead I‘m spending some time today searching out other specific hashtags I don‘t want to miss, like the Weekly Forecast and the Tolkien readalong. It is amazing the posting time I can scroll through with a specific hashtag. 3y
julesG @Daisey The tags are really helpful. I enjoy scrolling through them. 3y
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Cinfhen
Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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Mehso-so

The last 200 pages didn‘t match the first 300 pages and ultimately this isn‘t the book I was hoping for.
I also feel this book is dated. Had this book been published in 2019, I don‘t think it would have received the same accolades and awards. Happy to have read as it‘s been on my shelf for years. Thanks @emilyhaldi @sisilia for the #SexyBuddyRead

More #MehThanYeah. After further consideration back to 3 stars 😉

Centique Fair enough. I loved it but thought it was a bit dated too - and the first section was my favourite as well. 👍 3y
emilyhaldi 3 stars sounds fair 🙃 I agree with you that it's definitely a bit dated. The Greek characters are fun and different for now but I'm yet to hit the sad part... I am happy to finally be reading this book after so many years of wondering what all the fuss is about!! Thanks for the motivation 🤗 3y
Cinfhen Thanks @emilyhaldi and @Centique if this wasn‘t a buddyread I may have bailed, so I‘m just happy that I finished this one. 3y
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EmilyM
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Mehso-so

Full disclosure: I am not the right audience for this kind of book, so I have an #unpopularopinion. The best thing about this book was the setting, which was almost like a character, itself. I felt the book was too plot driven and not character driven enough for my taste. The writing didn't stand out for me--very much a typical thriller read, and I am not a fan. I thought I'd give it a try, but it was more #mehthanyeah ⭐⭐⭐/5

JazminDennis I felt like the characters could have been more developed and I felt like there were a lot of loose ends. 3y
EmilyM @JazminDennis I agree on the characterization! 3y
EmilyM @JazminDennis I will say I liked the setting of The Bartholomew. 3y
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Simona
Golden Child | Claire Adam
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Pickpick

The main question in this story set in Trinidad is - who would you choose/save? The father of the two boys is in this situation, and the story is mainly told from his perspective. Besides this personal drama also runs the story of the place itself - dealing with poverty, violence, corruption, limited opportunities ...
Solid 3⭐️

#Booked2019 #NewIn2019

Cinfhen Solid three?! So more #MehThanYeah?? #BorrowNotBuy??? 4y
alisiakae The book blurb has left me on the fence about reading this one. But I like your review! 4y
Simona I love your # @Cinfhen It‘s meh book and in the borrow category. There is nothing serious wrong with the story @4thhouseontheleft but at the same time, there also isn‘t something extra good ... the overall subject, moral dilemma, is interesting topic, but that is all... 4y
Cinfhen That‘s how I rate a three star book, Simona... Ok but nothing worth owning!!! 😜😜😜 4y
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TrishB
The Feed: A Novel | Nick Clark Windo
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Mehso-so

More #mehthanyeah
Fell flat for me in the middle and realised I‘d lost interest. Flipped to the end - then wanted to know how it ended up like that - then didn‘t like why/how it happened. If you‘re still avidly reading dystopian stuff then you may enjoy! This was an offer from Foyles last week and picked by son for next read!!
Apparently it will be a new telly series 🤷‍♀️

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