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Joined January 2019

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High Heels and Haystacks | Erin Nicholas
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The premise is silly (identical billionaire triplets find love in a small town). But I've enjoyed sillier. This just didn't work. The first was ok (w/a lot of suspended disbelief), the second had slightly unlikable protagonists, and the third I couldn't even finish. (Hero was a horse's ass. Heroine was a bitch. They might deserve each other; I don't deserve to read it happening.)

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Panpan

This was not a good book.
The plots are a mess, the main characters are semi-dimensional (the side characters are worse), there are multiple problems with POV.

Avoid

#ReadHarder - a book written in prison
#ReadHarder2019

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Pickpick

Interesting.
Thought provoking.
But...

I'm not sure I read this as deeply as it requires. While reading, I had a few nitpicks with his presentation (there were placed where it felt like data was missing to make the comparison he needed to arrive at the result) and several with his conclusions. I definitely didn't end up where he did

But in general it was a very well structured, well written, thoughtful read.

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Panpan

Did you know that businesses work better when people aren't raging jerks? And therefore you should avoid hiring them?

Mind-blowing. Who could have imagined.

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#ReadHarder2019 - a business book

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My Name Is Red | Orhan Pamuk
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Panpan

Long book, long review.
Glad to be done with it.

#ReadHarder - a book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
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CorLie In order to get through it, I listened to parts on audiobook. The narrator exacerbates all of the problems with the written version. 2mo
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Loved this. Really interesting retellings of Maori myths and legends. I highly recommend it.

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#ReadHarder2019 - OwnVoices Oceania

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Go Read This Book Now!!

I'm not done, (50%ish) but so far, this book is amazing. Retellings of Maori myths by authors I need to read more of.

#ReadHarder - could work for mythology or OwnVoices Oceania

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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This book was full of really cool ideas. Those ideas need a much better writer or a much stronger editor. The structure didn't work. Too many scenes were there for no reason. Some pivotal moments were glossed over. The supporting characters were poorly integrated. The author has a tin ear for dialogue & has difficulty mixing tones. And the denouement is aggressively stupid. The end, merely trite.
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Start of the prologue of my next #ReadHarder book. It's a good start.

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Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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This was really difficult for me to read. A lot of the main character's hard/"bad"/uncomfortable moments and thoughts hit *way too close to home*.

It's a good read. And I recommend this one.

#ReadHarder2019
#ReadHarder - A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse

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Wow.
This is the story of how usually smart men with too much money for conned out of a ton of it. And a bit about the woman who conned them. And sadly not enough about the people who actually got hurt as a result. Still- great book. It read much more cleanly than most nonfiction (a lot less dithering) and I really enjoyed reading it. Recommend.

Macnjen So compelling! Read this in 3 days. 4mo
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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This was interesting.
I loved the main characters, especially the narrator. It's an era & POV & characters that aren't "the usual" which made it difficult in some ways. (I was expecting a reveal that was intentionally not there).

I think a kid who reads this needs to discuss it, because there's a lot to unpack, especially for someone who doesn't already know the historical context.

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#ReadHarder2019-Diversity award winning book

CorLie At the same time, I wouldn't trust any of the the teachers I had growing up (even the better ones who meant really well) to handle the topics about race and race relations in this book. So "pick," but a challenging one. 5mo
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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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The ways we explain our world when we're younger....

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One Crazy Summer | Rita Williams-Garcia
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I've been fortunate enough to do some traveling, and this is one of the best parts. When I first saw the Colosseum, I turned into an actual slack-jawed yokel. This thing I'd read about was really real, and I was really there, really seeing it. It was amazing.

Above picture is the dampener in Taipei 101. Not quite the Colosseum, but still books-to-reality cool.

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Break from the book challenge because this book looked somewhat interesting. It wasn't. About 1/5 was decent, if not novel, advice. Over a half was obviously recycled advice blog posts*, strung together to kind of form a point of view. The rest was gimmicky filler. All of it was **TRYING TOO HARD** to be edgy or relevant or millenial or something.

Basically, someone got a contract for a 250 page book and only had 30 pages of content.

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Kim and Kim #1 | Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre
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I'm not there audience for this ... I'm a little too old and a little too "square" to really get it.
But it's s good book. I'll recommend it - especially if you're younger and cooler than I am.

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#ReadHarder2019 - A comic by an LGBTQIA creator

Weaponxgirl I enjoyed this but I found the story arc wasn‘t the cleanest or easiest to follow overall. It did make me laugh out loud once mind you and that‘s always a bonus 6mo
CorLie @Weaponxgirl same. I did laugh, which is great. Thanks for the recommendation! 6mo
Weaponxgirl @CorLie I forgot I recommended it 😆 I‘ll do even better in the future I swear! 6mo
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Kim and Kim #1 | Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre
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I hate dreams like that. They always make me feel really awful about myself and my failure to realize my potential.

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Kim and Kim #1 | Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, Claudia Aguirre
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My Name Is Red | Orhan Pamuk
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My Name Is Red | Orhan Pamuk
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Not sure it's not true...

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Lumberjanes #1 | Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson
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Free Comic Book Saturday is this Saturday, so I'm going to the comic book store to pick up my free ones and to get something for #ReadHarder - A comic by an LGBTQIA creator.
I think Lumberjanes would work, but are there any other suggestions?
#BookRiot @bookriot
#ReadHarder2019

Weaponxgirl Hope you don‘t mind some spamming now...if you like superhero‘s then 6mo
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Weaponxgirl I have more if you want them 6mo
CorLie @Weaponxgirl Thank you so much!!! I'll definitely pick those up on Saturday. And definitely let me know if anything else should be on my radar. 6mo
Weaponxgirl @CorLie a lot of those probably won‘t be included in free comic book day unfortunately but there‘s a lot more out there now at last 😁 6mo
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My Name Is Red | Orhan Pamuk
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Just started this as my next #ReadHarder book. It's strange and it'll take a while to get my head around it... But in the meantime, there are some very nice turns of phrase

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The Taming of Mei Lin | Jeannie Lin
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Well, that was dreck. Almost every common criticism of romance novels in one book.

Pity, as I was really looking forward to the idea of this one.

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#ReadHarder2019 - An historical romance by an AOC

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I liked this one. Chic-lit/coming of age, but from a slightly different perspective and background than the "usual" one. And that specificity let it to being unique whole still making some of the themes very relatable. The main character has a distinct voice that for in with her background and added to the story.
I liked this one.
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#ReadHarder2019 - A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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So true

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Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Hollywood Homicide | Kellye Garrett
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I'm not a cozy mystery person (gave them a try one summer. Just not my genre.) But this is a solid one. Relatable main character, love interest, quirky best friends, etc. If you like this type of book, you'll like this book. If you're me, it's still a pretty nice read.

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#ReadHarder2019 - a cozy mystery

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Pickpick

I liked it, I think.
It started strong and then went somewhere weird and then mostly came back... But a bit too quickly and I'm not sure that I came back with the main character or the book.
Still, interesting for anyone who is feeling out of step with "normal."

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#ReadHarder2019 - A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Where was this book when I was a teenager???!?!?!!!

This was lovely. Everything I want in a good sci-fi. I don't want to give anything away, so nothing about the plot. Just a strong recommendation.

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#ReadHarder2019 - book by an AOC set in space

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The Boy Is Back | Meg Cabot
Mehso-so

Actually, I read the whole series, because this want to much of a stretch for me.
The first three were solid. Not great, life changing literature, but pleasantly good, enjoyable books.
The fourth was not. The story was ok, but the structure didn't work. It feels like the author didn't understand the media she was imitating (text messages, Facebook, Amazon, newspaper etc). Stop after the third book.

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#ReadHarder2019 -an epistolary novel

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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Remember that book of myths that you found in the library in 4th (or 7th) grade? Not the assigned reading, but the storytelling one? This is that book.

It isn't until the end that it feels "new" in any way. But they are good stories, well told, and it was a perfectly nice read.

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#ReadHarder2019 - a book of mythology or folklore

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Faces in the Crowd | Valeria Luiselli
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I don't know what I think about this book. It would be a great book club book and prompt a lot of discussion as to what it was about and whether it was about anything or just navel gazing.
It switches perspectives and time periods and storylines and realities so that you are never quite sure where you are. And then it ends.
And now... Let me know what you think.

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#ReadHarder2019 - An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America

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Pickpick

I really liked this one. The writing style worked for me.
It is rambling road trip travelogue told by a deeply unreliable narrator. And it has amazing energy and momentum.

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Another out of context quote...
But that's the feeling of the whole book. The writing has so much energy. Even the moments of reflection aren't still and quiet, they're bursting with thought and motion.
I'm really enjoying this

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New Erotica for Feminists: Satirical Fantasies of Love, Lust, and Equal Pay | Caitlin Kunkel, Brooke Preston, Fiona Taylor, Carrie Wittmer
Mehso-so

It was clever, but not really laugh out loud funny.
I would have liked to see the ideas flushed out a tiny bit more, so they weren't just the punchline, but the entire story.

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#ReadHarder2019 - a humor book

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I appreciate poetry; I don't really love it. This collection didn't change my mind. And yet I've posted three quotes. And it did make me laugh and cry and think - which is, I guess, what you ask from a book of poetry.

So while it is not my thing, it is good. Some of his lines are startlingly beautiful.

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A collection of poetry published since 2014

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Persuasion | Jane Austen

At the beginning of the year, I found a reading list challenge that *said* 2019. And it had books I wanted to read (or re-read).
But apparently it was the 2018 challenge with an updated date, but not updated books. And some time earlier this week, they updated the books... And I don't want to read these new ones.

So reading Persuasion anyway.
Defiantly.

#penguinclassicsbookchallenge
#classicsclub

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls 1 | Akiko Higashimura
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I didn't love it, but it was a good start to a series. Unfortunately for me, it was not a $100 start to a series, which is how much the rest of the volunteers would cost me... So I likely will not find out how it ends and whether Rinko figures her stuff out.

#ReadHarder #ReadHarder2019 -A Book of Manga

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Tokyo Tarareba Girls 1 | Akiko Higashimura
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Reading manga for #ReadHarder challenge.

Arguably this should never not be true, but it can be shocking when all of a sudden you look around and there's no one to help you up.

#ReadHarder2019

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
Mehso-so

This didn't quite work for me.

It's a heist/western combo. The Western part works, but there heist doesn't have the momentum that it needs. I want the feeling that there villain/antagonist is one step ahead of me, but that the heroes are two steps ahead of them and I need to keep reading to catch up with everyone. This villain was too mustache-twirly. The heroes were too naive. The plan was blah.

#ReadHarder #ReadHarder2019 Alternate History

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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Sometimes you get a good feeling about a book from the very first page. The quote jumped out at me.

Just starting River of Teeth for the #ReadHarder challenge.
#ReadHarder2019

UnidragonFrag This is a really good one! 10mo
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This wasn't the book that I was expecting. I'd heard so much about this book, even used it as a metaphor, but never actually read it. It's much more complex and deeper than I'd anticipated. (After all, "The Importance of Being Earnest" it's just a beautiful piece of fluff).
I'm not entirely sure what I feel. The book is brilliant and the prose is lovely. I'll want to read it again some year.

#PenguinClassicReadingChallenge2019

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Quote taken wildly out of context, but it's still a good line.

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"All at is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril."

From the preface

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Mehso-so

This was my first book for the #bookriot #readharder2019 challenge. Non-violent True Crime.

It was ok. I guess. I'm not really a fan of true crime, so this was outside my comfort zone (which is the point of the challenge); I don't really know what to look for.
The narrative was easy enough to follow. The author is a decent writer, (though his descriptions of people often bordered on creepy). I was just never really drawn in.

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