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BarkingMadRun
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In Florida for a race weekend and a tropical storm hit! Luckily the big race is tomorrow, tonight is just a 5k and the rain stopped. But I finished this but of fluff, and crossed of a book with sugar in the title for the #popsugarreadingchallenge

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lele1432
The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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Mehso-so

This had a great premise, but as other reviewers noted, kind of fizzled towards the end. The idea of an organization forcing child kidnap for ransom was intriguing, & I even liked the background on who was behind the chain. But I wasn't drawn in by any characters except maybe the kids, the bad guys were a bit cartoonishly evil, & by the end the chapters were too short & jumped around too much. Lots of suspension of disbelief required. 2.75⭐️s

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OriginalCyn620
Dancing with Myself | Billy Idol
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this memoir as I was a huge fan of his in the 80s. I learned a lot about Idol that I didn‘t already know.
#popsugarreadingchallenge #bookbyamusician

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LoverofLit
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Pickpick

This book was so charming. I loved basically all the characters, even the vapid and self-involved ones. I rooted for Bee through the whole book and loved seeing an intelligent and quirky mother raising her daughter to be intelligent and quirky. The theme of motherhood and selfishness was refreshing and honest. Bernadette was unapologetic in her personality and I couldn't have admired her character more for it. Highly recommend!

LoverofLit #pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge A Book Made Into a Movie in 2019 3w
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LoverofLit
Shit My Dad Says | Justin Halpern
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Pickpick

This book was hilarious. Full of funny nuggets of wisdom from a father that while at times is brusque and an oddity, really loves his kids even when they baffle him. I highly recommend listening to this one!
#pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge
A Book About a Family

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LoverofLit
1984 | George Orwell
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Panpan

Unpopular opinion 😬 Don't take away my book lover cool kid card!
#pop19 #popsugar2019 #popsugarreadingchallenge
A book that inspired a common phrase or idiom

kricheal 😂😂😂 I love your review. I'll take 1984 but I'll give you back Station Eleven 😵(didn't hate it, just didn't see what was so great about it). 3w
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lele1432
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Mehso-so

A twisted domestic suspense novel that I enjoyed for the first 3rd, despite some juicy, yet unpalatable plot points, but it ended up devolving into a repetitive & disappointing work with quite a few noticeable plot holes. Stephanie changed from a neurotic mommy blogger with ugly secrets to a bumbling, people-pleasing idiot, & I found Emily's motives & control over people unbelievable. I still really want to see the movie! 2.5⭐️s

ElizaMarie I really enjoyed the movie. It was aesthetically pleasing 4w
lele1432 @ElizaMarie it looks so good! The casting seems perfect. 4w
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lele1432
Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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Panpan

Here I am with another #unpopularopinion. Zuri was insufferable; hyper-sensitive when she felt disrespected, but proudly judged & disrespected anyone she felt was "bougie" & not black enough. Too many 1-dimentional caricatures of nasty rich folk who presumably didn't like Zuri b/c she's hood, & her hood status made her "realer" than anyone else. Writing was juvenile, unrealistic, & full of stereotypes. The love story felt forced & dry. 1.5⭐️s??

lele1432 I'm disappointed b/c this could've been an excellent illustration of class dynamics, but ended up losing all credibility with me. We got a bunch of broad-stroke interactions that were so exaggerated it almost felt like satire. Zuri's behavior is never addressed & doesn't change. She thinks blacks who speak proper are corny, yet she's well-read & aspires to go to Howard. Her character had too many incongruities. Narration was great tho. 1mo
SW-T I wasn‘t crazy about Zuri either for basically the same reasons. 1mo
lele1432 @SW-T yeah something was just off about her character. I couldn't really root for her. 1mo
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lele1432
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Pickpick

Finding this hard to rate! I loved Ma's depictions of NYC, American consumerism, & millennial corporate life. The ennui she portrayed that can result from the mundane tasks of product development was spot on. Even in the midst of Shen fever, corporate climbers tried to hold onto irrational career ambitions. I didn't like the post-apocalyptic storyline as much. It felt like too much going on, & I tired of Bob. Nancy Wu's narration was good. 3.5⭐️s!

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lele1432
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Pickpick

My 1st Ruth Ware & Imogen Church (narration) & I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it! Highly atmospheric & indeed spooky, this was a proper mystery with a dash of psychological horror, featuring a luxurious old Victorian (possibly haunted?) smart house with a bad history. The reality of the situation was sad all around, & the family dynamics added a richness to the character dev & the plot itself. Church's narration was PERFECTION. 4.5⭐️s!

vivastory Wonderful review! (Although I disagree) 😂 1mo
lele1432 @vivastory haha thanks so much! I'm definitely going to read the book you suggested! 😊 1mo
vivastory I hope you love it! 1mo
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