Meh. Alfred Hicks was a bad dude who sort of fell through the cracks historically. He‘s interesting, but this book wasn‘t so much. I didn‘t like the author‘s style or the structure of the story. Other people probably will, but it wasn‘t for me. #ARC
1. I hate having to pick just one! Gummies, dark chocolate, Chicago style popcorn, salted caramel, donuts...
2. I love watches. I own too many.
3. Buffy, Bob‘s Burgers, Rick & Morty, Veronica Mars, Parks & Rec
4. Pinocchio, Wall-E, Dazed & Confused
6. Cafe du Monde coffee
7. Beach, BBQ, baseball
1. An emotional connection, character development, beautiful storytelling and prose.
2. Shot glasses from travels and Funko Pops
3. Hmm, probably Betty Crocker. Has a lot of classics.
4. Right now Rupi Kaur but I also love Langston Hughes and Emily Dickinson.
1) Blue 💙
2) Literary fiction, fantasy 🦄
3) Besides reading? Theatre going, baseball spectating and traveling ✈️
4) Salty/sweet, fruity candy, dark chocolate 🍫
5) Buffy, Bob‘s Burgers 👨🏻
6) Oh wow. Hard to pick just one. Probably Jane Eyre.
This book reminded me why I can be picky about historical fiction. The story of Jewish refugees in Shanghai during WWII was new to me, but ultimately I would have preferred a non-fiction book. This story felt exploitative. The plot twists were manipulative and disappointing, the violence was excessive bordering on pornographic even given the time period and it was 100 pages too long. Too much description that didn‘t move the story forward. #ARC
1. Selfie in my baseball shirt I just happened to be wearing the day the Mets signed Jacob deGrom for five more years! 🙌🏼
3. #ctlitsymeetup and other CT adventures with @j9brown !
4. Right now pretty all over the place. Warm, sunny and humid one minute then cold and rainy the next.
5. Not sure? Probably fast food on the road to CT.
The rest of my goodies from my #MythsAndLegendsSwap package! I LOVE the tote! I LOVE the book sleeve! I even LOVE the post-it‘s! The snacks are absolutely perfect! Thank you thank you thank you @cobwebmoth !!! And thank you @MeganAnn for hosting such a fun swap!
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1) A tie between Disney World and New Orleans, although I don‘t visit either in the summer because it‘s way too hot! 🥵
2) Ice cream and popsicles🍦
3) The 3 Bs: beach, baseball and bbq 🏖⚾️🌭
4) Iced tea and ice cold beer 🍺
5) My customized Poolside Bags straw tote with embroidered Vonnegut quote, “So it goes”
6) The beach, or anywhere with AC 😅
I love a great short story collection and this book delivered. I did find the stories a little uneven with some packing a punch of brilliance while others were quickly forgettable, but overall this was an excellent read. I look forward to what she writes next.
1. Frostbeard candles. (Not my pic, was too lazy so stole one off Google.)
2. Nope, not a tattoo gal.
3. Pins and totes. Can‘t have too many. I could use a nice book sleeve.
4. Frostbeard again! If I get you in a swap, chances are you‘ll get one. (Ran out of room in the MALS box tho! 😩)
5. I‘ve loved all the themes I‘ve participated in. I would love to see a swap centered around the classics or feminism.
I loved this. I MAY have found the introverted book nerd with anxiety and daddy issues who has trouble dating and lives alone with a cat in a major metropolis protagonist a tad relatable, but the story was also really fun. I loved the humor and references. Some parts were a little cheesetacular but it was worth it. Definitely right up my alley. #ARC
I dug this one. The story and characters grabbed me early on and I was along for the ride. It was hard nit hearing the music while reading since it‘s fictional, so I heard Fleetwood Mac‘s “Gold Dust Woman” and “The Chain” in my head instead. I didn‘t love the ending just because it wasn‘t to my taste but others probably will. I‘m def interested in the upcoming adaptation. A solid 4.5/5 ⭐️.
Thank you so so much @madamereadsalot1 for my amazing #SFFS package!!! I‘ve been wanting to read Good Omens so badly! The candle smells amazing! I‘m so excited to try the local coffee and treats! So perfect! Also, those socks omg. I‘m going to have to hide them from Dobby superfan @j9brown ! You‘re the best, had so much fun doing this swap with you as my partner! 🤗😘 #scififantasyswap @Avanders
Excellent memoir from the youngest rider to win a race I wasn‘t even aware existed! I loved her writing style and humor. Some parts around the middle did feel a touch overwritten, but I greatly enjoyed the journey. #ARC
I didn‘t love it. Marianne in particular was an interesting character and I enjoyed the examinations of miscommunication and how that can impact our relationships, but I didn‘t enjoy the story overall. I also get annoyed at attempts to Americanize books written in English from other countries. It went from “soccer” to “football” in the same paragraph. Publishers, please stop doing this. Just leave the original text. #BotM
1. I remember them often and then quickly forget. I should keep a dream journal, my therapist would love that! 🛌
2. Ooo great question. Probably a unicorn. Named Glisten. 🦄
3. Another good one. Hermione Granger. 🧙🏻♀️
4. Hogwarts 🏰
The story was executed very well and I liked her style, I just didn‘t connect to it at all. Without giving too much away, the story was bleak to the extent that I didn‘t enjoy it or understand the statement it was trying to make. However, I did like it enough to be interested in future works of hers.
2. The stage adaptation of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. It‘s the only adaptation better than the book. Seriously.
3. Goodreads. There‘s so much other mess going on on Instagram it‘s easy to get distracted. Plus Goodreads with the great giveaways.
1. There are things about the ‘90s I miss but I wouldn‘t want to bring back the hardships and oppression of past eras.
2. Any kind of paper. I read my Kindle very rarely and I can‘t do audio at all. Puts me to sleep.
3. Younger, 35 in September!
This was a slow burn, which is weird because we jump time periods, but it‘s masterful. The characters are nuanced and fascinating and while some twists I saw coming it didn‘t diminish my enjoyment because of the pace of the narrative. I didn‘t realize how much it hit me until it was done. Bravo. #ARC
March wrap-up! Lotsa ARCs and new releases in March. #marchwrapup
Excellent courtroom drama, but one that‘s been pretty over hyped. It didn‘t live up to the hype for me. I figured out the end game pretty early on, so I liked it but didn‘t love it. Also, I get the name change but I personally think Miracle Submarine was a better title. 🤷🏻♀️ #ARC
The most important thing for me when judging thrillers is if they surprised me, and this one definitely did. I didn‘t always like the characters and the Greek mythology references were waaay too heavy-handed but I loved the psychotherapy aspect and that I had no idea what was coming, so for me it lived up to the hype.
It‘s always nice when a book exceeds my expectations. A story about a soccer league in Beverly Hills doesn‘t seem like it could be that compelling but the author created a novel that was funny, poignant and relatable. Appearances aren‘t always what they seem. #ARC
(won in a Goodreads giveaway)