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AileenRR

AileenRR

Joined May 2016

Horned Serpent/Gryffindor
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I loved listening to Kelly gaining a new understanding and appreciation for her mother. Liked it so much I had to buy a paper copy for easy re-reading.

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The Middle Place | Kelly Corrigan
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Re-read my 1st Kelly Corrigan. Not as good as her more recent works, but it‘s where I fell in love with Kelly and her family 💖

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Mehso-so

I need to love a protagonist because they are super kind, or smart, or just make me want to be better and more like them. Elio was not this protagonist for me. Still going to watch the movie, though.

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Beautiful imagery, but I think it would better on paper than on audio. It was hard for me to keep track of time jumps while listening.

Louise I can imagine that this book could get confusing on audio! The print version is also challenging in some respects, but it does eventually come together for the reader. My lasting memory, though, is the mood of the book. 1mo
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I adore Kelly Corrigan 💖 This one had my throat aching with tears and I had to take a break halfway through. Time to reread her others!

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Did not expect this one to be so spiritual.
I guess I liked it, but because a couple of friends had raved about this one so much, I was surprised there were parts that I absolutely hated. A lot. I was angry.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Funny, smart, and HELLA ROMANTIC ♥️ This was so fun to listen to! I loved every character ♥️

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Cried while driving 2 days in a row while listening to this one. I liked it more than The Hate U Give.

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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this one but it felt like a lot was cut out. Like, a LOT.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Listened to the audio and had to go to YouTube to watch her DNC speeches. Then I had to borrow my sister‘s paper copy for all the parts I missed. Such a cool lady.

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So this cannot be substituted for regular whipped cream, but it‘s good in a different way. Probably better suited to fruit desserts. I love this book and am gonna need to buy a copy since the library wanted theirs back.

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Loving this so far but I had to take a break because I‘m crying and the lump in my throat hurts too much.
This is a library copy and I know I‘m gonna need to buy my own; only halfway through and several times already I‘ve wanted to break out a highlighter or fold down a page.

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I fell in love with John Ambrose McLaren 💖

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Relistened in preparation for the movie. I love Daniel and Natasha more than ever ❤️

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I liked it, but I think I would have liked it more if I didn‘t already get the bulk of the information from her Happier podcast.

GlassAsDiamonds I‘m currently feeling this! Massive fan of hers but I‘m tempted to DNF just because it all seems like info I already have from the podcast..? 4mo
AileenRR @GlassAsDiamonds You totally won‘t be missing anything if you don‘t finish. I listened to the audiobook and ended up spacing out a lot because I felt like I already knew a lot of it. 4mo
GlassAsDiamonds @AileenRR good to know, thanks!! I am sorely tempted!!! 4mo
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P.S. I Like You | Kasie West
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise: falling in love with an anonymous pen pal, sneaking notes, fun stuff! But I was bored. I liked the 3rd quarter the best, when they didn‘t know that the other knew. Once they revealed themselves to each other I got bored again.
And listening to song lyrics being read rather than sung is the worst 👎🏽

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I think I liked it better than the movie? But I‘m not sure how much I would have liked it if I hadn‘t seen the movie first. I kind of liked that Book!Peter starts off as kind of a jerk. I like watching characters grow. And apparently I need to expand my vocabulary beyond “like” and “kind of” 😜

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Mehso-so

Just read this for the 1st time. And now I guess I‘m gonna be sad the rest of the day.

KristenDuck Haven‘t read this yet but my boyfriend warned me I‘ll cry! 6mo
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Book Boyfriend | Claire Kingsley
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Really did not like the voice of the female audiobook reader. Don‘t think it matched the personality of the heroine. Also, the story was very thin. Will not read the rest of the series.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I watched the movie 1st, and I think that made me like the book more.

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Mehso-so

Lots of pretty pictures, but not a whole lot I want to try. She likes to use things w a licorice flavor: anise, tarragon, caraway, Pernod, licorice powder...not for me. These Eggs in Crispy Potato Skins look good, though.

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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Fun book! Would reread even though I don‘t like inconclusive endings.

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Lots of smiles and tears while reading this one. The author has such a talent for detailing teenage boys that I can‘t help but fall in love with them. But, as usual with this author, I‘m left feeling blue at the end.

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Mehso-so

Made the potato soup, fatayar (meat pie type thing), and ricotta pancakes. All 3 were fine/good. Not super impressed. I think I‘m done with this cookbook.

KendylChamberlain I have this one but havent read it yet... I have one for you.... Bread and Wine, I forget the author but her book is more about the friends and family around the table. Short stories and lots of great recipes. I actually pulled a Julie and Julia thing where I made 95% of the book‘s recipes! They weren‘t all good but I posted my journey on IG and my friends said it was fun to watch! Plus I got more than a few new recipes in my cook book! 8mo
AileenRR @KendylChamberlain Bread and Wine sounds great; thanks for the rec! 8mo
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The salad and dessert sections look particularly good

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@daniwithtea was right; I definitely liked this one better than Kitchen Confidential, which was written 10 years prior. I found it more interesting, and I liked that the ending was kind of an apology for the 1st book.

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Kitchen Confidential | Anthony Bourdain
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Never got around to reading my paper copy, but the audio version was pretty good company in the car. I liked it enough to download his 2nd book.

daniwithtea I just finished re-reads of both this and Medium Raw (both on audio), and Medium Raw is much better. (I wrote a paper on him for my Stories and Creative Leadership class last semester, so I‘ve read just about everything!) 10mo
AileenRR @daniwithtea Ooh! Now I‘m really looking forward to Medium Raw 😊 10mo
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More Happy Than Not | Adam Silvera
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Aaron wants to get some memories erased and become straight. There‘s a twist! And still, I wanted an epilogue.

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My 1st book since getting stuck reading Love, Simon fanfic for the past 2 months.

Romance wasn‘t a big part of this story which makes sense since they‘re anticipating their death. Lots of sweet and funny moments. Mateo is a really special kid 💖 But really, I NEEDED an epilogue. (photo taken from Hypable)

RaimeyGallant Nice review. 10mo
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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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The cover doesn‘t match the story at all. The story has a kind of pretty, feminine thing going on, amidst the protagonist‘s insecurities. Cameos from Abby, Nick, and Simon from Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. I‘m still obsessed with Movie Simon and Book Blue 💖

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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I LOVED the Simon and Bram parts 💖 But I‘m glad I started this off with low expectations because while I‘m glad I read it, Leah is not a fluffy cinnamon roll like Simon.

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Watched the movie 3x this past weekend and then immediately read/listened to the book. Seems like it would be a light read but what an emotional roller coaster! I thought the book was funnier, sweeter, more romantic, and less cringy than the movie. And I loved the movie.
The movie tie-in edition of the book has an interview with the author, movie director, and actor Nick Robinson (Simon).

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Mehso-so

Read by the author which kind of works in this case since she‘s a performer. Audiobook had lots of fun ad libs, but I still found myself spacing out at times. I also downloaded the ebook so I could see the pictures.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Not something I would have ordinarily have chosen but a friend recommended it and I‘m glad she did 😊. The story goes back and forth in time making it tricky for an audiobook, so I went to the library and got a paper copy.

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Boy Toy | Sarina Bowen, Tanya Eby
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The heroine was understandably insecure about dating a younger man. The hero was smart, mature, and sweet. And no annoying misunderstandings to separate them! It‘s the 3rd in a trilogy but I didn‘t read the 1st 2 and it was fine.

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Before I Fall | Lauren Oliver
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Mehso-so

Hated the ending 👎🏽 SPOILER: I can accept death as an ending, but I need it to be hopeful and this one wasn‘t hopeful enough. I needed to know what happened to Sam‘s friends and family and Juliet.

Zelma Not being snarky at all, but you might want to add the spoiler tag to this. 13mo
AileenRR @zelma How do I do this? 13mo
AileenRR @Zelma wait! I just found the button 👍🏽 13mo
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Makes me laugh every time! Because I‘m 12 😂

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I wanted to love the instructional section that takes up the 1st half of the book, but it was very wordy and a chore to get through. Love the 2nd half with the recipes. Best Caesar dressing I‘ve ever had!

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Mehso-so

Lovely midwestern family stories based around food. I liked parts 1 and 3 best which were about the author‘s immediate family. Part 2, which centered on her grandparents, had some sweet stories but I found myself tuning out a lot.

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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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Came across this book when I did a search for “magical realism novels” and now I have a new favorite author 😊 A family story with some magic and romance 💖

mcipher She is amazing! I love her books. 13mo
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Had been looking forward to reading this one for a while (her Caesar salad is named Julia‘s Caesar 😂) so maybe my level of excitement was too high. I liked it, but not as much as I had anticipated.
The Broiled Anything with Garlic and Parsley Butter was good, but the Rice Pilaf with Roasted Cabbage was only ok (maybe I don‘t like saffron?). Will try her Kinda Sorta Patas Bravas tomorrow night.

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Kiss the Girl | Tara Sivec
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Adorable modern retelling of The Little Mermaid. Ariel was a little too aggressive for me but I got used to her.

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Sisterhood Everlasting | Ann Brashares
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So hard to listen to the first half, especially when the girls were just waiting and waiting for Tibby. I did love the ending though, and the descriptions of the farm ❤️

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Losing It | Cora Carmack
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My 1st New Adult novel and I didn‘t like it. Thought the heroine was annoying. Maybe New Adult isn‘t for me?

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I love these girls and it was hard to listen to them going through their hardships. But I know that the next book will be even tougher 💔

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Funny modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I don‘t love the whole stripper storyline but Belle and Beast were wonderful characters 💖

mcipher This sounds so cute and funny! I‘m curious to try it now. 14mo
AileenRR @mcipher I thought so, but I‘m also wondering if I liked it so much because I thought Cinderella‘s story, which came before, was trash? 14mo
mcipher 😂 Maybe? Was it that bad?! 14mo
AileenRR @mcipher These women are stripping! Instead for getting a job at the mall or something! I guess I‘m really judgy? Or maybe I wasn‘t in the right mood or frame of mind for this type of book 14mo
mcipher I kind of love it. So trashy! 😂😂 I‘m totally reading this and possibly also getting a little judgy about it. 14mo
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Modern retelling of Cinderella. I didn‘t love the main characters. And I had a hard time getting on board w the stripping. I kept think that if it was me I‘d try to get a job at Safeway or Starbucks or anywhere before resorting to stripping. But then again I‘ve got body issues. I did like meeting Belle and Ariel and have high hopes for their stories 😊

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Hold You Close | Melanie Harlow, Corinne Michaels
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Worst book I‘ve read in a while. Hated the immature main characters.

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Lots of good looking dishes to try, but this orecchiette with bacon, lemon, and cream seems particularly kid friendly. I do wish there were more pictures in the book though. I prefer a picture for each dish.

Lauram I do too. That pasta looks really good. 14mo
AileenRR @Lauram it WAS good 🐽 14mo
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When Lois is almost 12 years old her aunt presents her with a life manual from her deceased father. Predictable but sweet 👍🏽

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