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KendallMorganHall

KendallMorganHall

Joined May 2016

Toronto, Canada. Writer/publishing assistant - Twitter: KendallMHall Bookish Instagram: @kendallmorganhall
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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
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Erinreadsthebooks "Is this thing on? ? Hello, high school students, college students, people writing an important email, Stephen King once said, "To write is..." ??? 4mo
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I‘m halfway through this book and I‘ve already purchased all of her other books 📚🤦‍♀️👍 Her narrative style is so crisp and her voice so unique. I‘m absolutely loving and savouring this book. Premise: a young woman with seemingly everything going for her decides to drop out of life and sleep as much as she can for a year with the aid of prescription pills given to her by a shady doctor.

Erinreadsthebooks One of my very favorites!! I love her! 4mo
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This book is a must-read for all young women, but my dad is reading it and enjoying it too. I related to this book on almost every level. Abbi talks about how to be creatively fulfilled, but also how to be a boss in a creative industry. I especially liked the chapter on letters, but I won‘t spoil it here. Premise: she takes a solo road trip after a breakup, but the book is so much more than that. Please pick up a copy today.

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Hey! I‘m back after an extended absence with this amazing book. I‘m only half way through it, but the writing is phenomenal. If you are in Toronto on March 20th there is an event for this book at Henderson Brewing Co.
Great to be back!!

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The Middleman | Olen Steinhauer
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New book mail. Always exciting. I look forward to reading it and reviewing it on kendallsbookreviews.wordpress.com (and here of course). It is a nice thick one and the back cover says, “Dear 2018, You Have Your Thriller,” which sounds really promising. 🙂

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How to be Famous | Caitlin Moran
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I liked the characters in this book (especially Zee) even the unlikable ones. I found the writing to be a little over-the-top at times, especially the dialogue, which was sometimes too witty to be authentic, but overall I really enjoyed this book. Read my full review at kendallsbookreviews.wordpress.com

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Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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I love the descriptions of the home front during WWII and especially the roles women played in the workforce. This book was incredibly well-researched. I found the character of Emmy to be a little much at the beginning of the book but she matures as a character. Read my full review at kendallsbookreviews.wordpress.com

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I really enjoyed this book about how food effects the brain long-term. I didn‘t learn anything groundbreaking (saturated fat is bad for our brains, eat lots of vegetables, minimize sodium by not eating processed food, reduce sugar, one glass of wine a day is ok but not more, get 7-8 hours of sleep - no more or less - a night, etc) but I liked the light tone of the book. It wasn‘t judgmental and didn‘t advocate any drastic diet changes.

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This book takes a look a commonly held beliefs about nutrition and then claims to give a definitive answer to whether these beliefs are true/false or inconclusive. I didn‘t find his analysis any more convincing than that of people saying the opposite and it is worth noting a) he is a health writer not a doctor b) this book was published in 2012. He does make a powerful argument for being skeptical about health articles/not always trusting experts

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A jingle about critical thinking: “Experts are people too. They have biases like me and you. Before you follow them over the hills, find out who pays their bills.”

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Brave | Rose McGowan
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This is an important book to read. Rose deals honestly with her rape by one of Hollywood‘s most powerful men and the systemic way in which she was silenced in Hollywood. She compares it to her childhood, which was spent in a cult. Rose has had an undeniably hard life and it is difficult to watch her be dismissed as ‘crazy‘ by the media because she is on the bipolar spectrum (something she is honest about in the book). This book is powerful.

KendallMorganHall I‘d like to add that none of us can know how reliable a narrator Rose is. i certainly did not take everything said in this book as fact but I also didn‘t disbelieve her. The message is what I found powerful and that is that women need to stand up, fight, and be brave in face of a system that has so long been rigged against them. 1y
tjwill Great review! Stacked! 1y
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The Perfect Girl | Gilly Macmillan
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This was my third Gilly Macmillan book. It wasn‘t my favourite, but I think that is just because I liked What She Knew and Odd Child Out so much. I love how readable Gilly Macmillan‘s books are. I‘ve never taken more than three days to read one. And they are filled with twists you don‘t see coming.

Jess7 I own both The Odd Child Out and What She Knew and haven‘t read them yet! I enjoyed this one though. What did like better about her other two novels that was better this one? Also - which one of the other two did you like better and why? I want to read one of them soon. 🤗🤗 1y
KendallMorganHall Hi Jess. I think the characters in her other two books are better developed and the books themselves are more original. I liked Odd Child Out the most, and that happens to be the one I started with, however What She Knew is the first book in the Jim Clemo series so that seems to be the more logical place to start. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I hear she has a fourth book coming out this year. I‘m so excited! 1y
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The Floating World: A Novel | C. Morgan Babst
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I‘m having trouble getting into this one but I loved the description and really want to love it. Has anyone here read it? I‘d love to hear what you loved about it? Note: when I searched for it there were a few blurbs but no reviews.

8little_paws Just finished it, it was horribly edited. Too many plotlines, the plotting of the book was a mess. The characters were hard to empathise with. 1y
KendallMorganHall I‘m so glad to hear you say that! So it is not just me! I‘m going to give it another shot but I‘m finding it really confusing to get into. 1y
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What She Knew: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
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I‘ve been going through all the Gilly Macmillan books recently and loving them. This is the first book in the Jim Clemo series. It centres around a child abduction in which the mother is blamed by the court of public opinion. Macmillan‘s books are definitely worth a read if you like thrillers and mysteries.

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“You just want to get your home to the point where a drop-in guest doesn‘t send you into a tailspin of panic, and where you can live your everyday life without being disgusted or depressed by your surroundings.”

RebL If only... 1y
Pamwurtzler Sound like something I could use! 1y
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I‘d love to be hardcore enough about my diet to attempt this, but getting rid of all grains, beans, dairy, etc is too much for me. I still found it to be an interesting read, but i‘ll read anything about nutrition. I don‘t see anything wrong with a book that encourages you to eat mostly plant food, I just personally couldn‘t give up quinoa or beans or cheese or a bit of milk in my coffee. Has anyone tried this diet?

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This book was totally worth the wait. I‘ve been looking forward to this book since I read The Dry (the first book in the Aaron Faulk series) and Force of Nature didn‘t disappoint. Plot: on a corporate nature retreat one of the women goes missing and the other women have slightly different stories about what happened out in the wilderness. I can‘t recommend this book, or The Dry, enough.

No_One Sounds really good! 🙂 1y
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Worthwhile reading for anyone who wants to write detective fiction or who reads a lot of detective fiction and want to think more critically about why they like it.

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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I‘m not sure how, but I never read this book as a child. I wouldn‘t say fantasy is really a genre I‘m drawn to as an adult, but I really liked this book and can see why people feel so attached to it. It will be interesting to see the movie when it comes out. I must admit I looked up who was playing each character so I pictured them while I was reading - especially the characters played by Oprah, Reese, and Mindy.

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Odd Child Out: A Novel | Gilly Macmillan
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What a fantastic book. I can‘t wait to read the first one (although this book can be read as a standalone).
Plot: When Noah (a 15-year-old boy with cancer) falls into a canal and almost dies, did he fall or did his Somali best friend push him? Neither boy is saying. Noah can‘t (he‘s in a coma) and Abdi won‘t say a word. Detective Jim Clemo is in charge of figuring out what happened that night. A well-written mystery/thriller.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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A pretty good thriller with a twist you probably won‘t see coming. It is interesting that the author “Liv Constantine” is actually two sisters.

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Otherworld | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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I wasn‘t sure if I was going to like this book (written in part by the actor Jason Segal), but I ended up really enjoying it. It has a Hunger Games feel in places, if Hunger Games had been a video game. There are some smart lines (some of them pretty funny) and it ends up being a pretty quick read.

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Well-crafted characters who come alive on the page are the main reasons to read this book. A main theme in the book is “what makes a mother?” I gave this one 4/5 stars on Goodreads. It lost a star because the teenage angst of some of the characters got a little grating at times, but otherwise it is an intensely readable book. I‘m going to circle back and read Celeste Ng‘s “Everything I Never Told You,” which somehow I missed out on reading.

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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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This book is dark in places and potentially triggering. I was surprised that it was well-written though. Sometimes actresses get book deals more because of their name then their actual ability to write. If you like semi-dark thrillers this might be right up your alley. I liked that the protagonist was an environmental lawyer. I haven‘t read a book like that in a while but it is very relevant in the era of Flint.

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I mean, it is a good book. Don‘t get me wrong. I just didn‘t love it. I‘ll read the same Agatha Christie 30 times and be engaged every time but once was enough for this book. I‘ve heard crime novelists rave about this book and I just didn‘t get that excited about it.

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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I loved this book! The premise: A Japanese business man goes to an unnamed South American country to hear his favourite opera singer sing at a birthday party the government is holding for him for his birthday hoping to lure his business to the country. Then they all get held captive. I know it sounds a little strange but this is a very readable and well-written book. I couldn‘t put it down.

RebelReader My favorite Patchett novel! 1y
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Bellevue Square | Michael Redhill
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What a weird, weird, weird book. I don‘t know what to say about it without including spoilers like crazy. I wish I was in a book club so I could hear other people‘s take on the ending. I would definitely recommend this one, but it is probably not for everyone.

Reggie You had me at weird weird weird. Lol 1y
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Admittedly, I‘m the target audience of this book in that I fervently think Trump is dangerous. This book talks about tyranny in general terms and how to prevent it from taking hold but makes frequent references to Trump, which his supporters will resent. I, however, found it educational and engaging. It is also a read-in-a-day kind of book

Suet624 I feel such dread whenever I listen to Snyder speak on the subject. He knows his stuff. 1y
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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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I thought I would love this book. It was on so many Best of the Year lists, and I would still love to talk to someone who loved if about why they enjoyed it, I just couldn‘t devote any more hours to it when there are so many better books to read.

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The Bookseller: A Novel | Cynthia Swanson
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I heard this is going to be made into a movie with Julia Roberts so I started it this weekend. It is good so far.

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What is your favourite spy novel or non-fiction book about spies during WWII?

Laura317 Ooh! Following this one! 2y
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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This book was absolutely captivating. I honestly could not put it down. It is about a drought in Australia, a childhood secret, and a murder-suicide (or was it?) and has a truly satisfying ending.

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Frida Kahlo | Gerry Souter
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"Her paintings formed a visual diary, an outward manifestation of her inward dialogue that was, all too often, a scream of pain."

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"Pierrot had never considered that. He had been a child for his whole life, so it seemed reasonable to expect that he would continue to be one for the rest of it."

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"All anyone could afford was indignation."

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I love spy novels and I had never read an Ian Fleming novel so I started with the first James Bond story. The misogyny was hard to take but the story itself and the writing were both good.

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I can see why this book was so popular. It sent me on a full-blown cleaning and tidying streak. It says that if something does not bring you joy then you should give it away or toss it out, which I think is a little strong, but I have managed to part with a lot that was not contributing anything to my life and was making my living space cluttered.

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This has been my favourite diet book in a while. It breaks things down so that everyone is at least one "eater type" (but usually a combination of two or three) out of ten possible choices. I confirmed i'm an emotional eater but i'm also an intuitive eater and a conscious eater. I found this book very interesting and I learned how to shift towards adopting other eater types to help me lose a few pounds. Very interesting.

minkyb This does sound interesting! 2y
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I love a good historical fiction mystery. This one is about a girl named Darby who is sent to secretarial school in NYC and stays at the Barbezan hotel, which was also home to a lot of models in those days. She befriends an employee of the hotel, Esme, who introduces her to jazz and a young chef named Sam. Then we find out that Darby's face was slashed one night and something terrible happened to Esme. This is a very engaging book. I recommend it.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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"I lived inside my head. I still live onside my head. To this day you can leave me alone for hours and I'm perfectly happy entertaining myself. I have to remember to be with people" - Trevor Noah, Born a Crime

I'm madly in love with Trevor Noah and quotes like this just deepen my crush.

melbeautyandbooks Yes! I just finished this book and he is awesome. 😊❤ 2y
Suet624 I read this quote a few minutes ago in the book. I loved it too. 2y
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The Assistants | Camille Perri
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This book is very good for what it is. It is a light novel about low-level employees at a huge media company who decide to steal from their boss to pay off their enormous student loan. I enjoyed it well enough. It is a nice distraction from the news and the real world which is all you can ask for from a book. Question: what is a better/more correct term for "chick lit"? I absolutely hate that expression. Thank you

cariashley Ugh I hate the term chick lit too. And I don't like "women's fiction" either. I like just "contemporary fic" bc why does it have to be gendered? 2y
KendallMorganHall Very very good point. I think I use a gender term when I know my female friends would love it but my male friends wouldn't read past the first page. But having.said that, I probably won't use the term chick lit again. 2y
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Diet books are my not so secret guilty pleasure. I love reading them to inspire me to get back on the treadmill or start eating less packaged food and more whole foods. I love them even though they generally all say the same things over and over again. Lindsay Vonn's book didn't have anything brand new to say in terms of diet or exercise, but I liked the way she said it. I listened to the audiobook but i'm going to buy the book for the exercises.

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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Eligible was a lot better than I expected. I was curious to see if the author could produce an elevated retelling of Pride and Prejudice. The resulting book is more like an American Bridget Jones' Diary, but the author takes on reality tv and modern dating with a lot of humour. This book is long for its genre and it dragged in some places and was predictable in others, but I still enjoyed it overall.

minkyb Thoughtful review. Thanks. 2y
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The library finally got an ebook copy of this the day after I broke down and bought it on audiobook. Go figure. But i'm really enjoying it. Had a binge listen last night and got 30% of the way through. It even gave me nightmares, which is the sign of a well written thriller.

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I don't see a lot of cookbooks on here so I feel weird posting this but this is a great cookbook for sneaking green vegetables (not just leafy greens) into your diet. Highly recommended!

Jenshootsweddings I love seeing cookbooks posted! 🙌🏻 3y
TheBookAddict Don't feel weird. We appreciate all kinds of books. Not many people post about cookbooks, but we still like to see them. This one looks interesting. I definitely have to check it out. 😊 3y
Readingrobin I've posted cookbooks. I run a cookbook book club at my library. 3y
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Dolly 💕 3y
BookishMarginalia Yes, keep posting cookbooks! We love all books here! 3y
DebinHawaii I post about cookbooks and love to see others do the same. Keep it up! 🍴📚❤️ 3y
Laura317 Oh yes! Post away!!! 3y
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Adult Onset | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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"Duncan has been working on a family tree for years now, tracing the first of their forebears to board a plague ship from Scotland for the New World. Why are people so pumped about nth degree relatives they've never met, when they can barely cope with the ones they know?"

Suet624 I liked the one book I read of hers. How is this one? 3y
Coleen I am also curious. 3y
KendallMorganHall I really really like it so far! 3y
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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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Couldn't help but pick this up this morning. It is one of those easy-read thrillers like "The Widow" or "Girl on the Train." I'm liking it so far.

Baileeandme I really enjoyed this book! 📚❤ 3y
Cinfhen @LeahBergen I didn't forget you, I sent this book back to the states with my daughter. She was meant to mail it all week, but was busy with work 😬Hoping it will get to you this week! IT's a FUN, NO -BRAINER💕😊📚 3y
LeahBergen @Cinfhen Squee!!! You are awesome! 😘😘😘 3y
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Adult Onset | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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"Nowadays people torture one another with online pictures of their golden-retriever lifestyles and tweets about must-see plays in New York with one word titles, new restaurants in Toronto with four tables, human rights abuses in China and the truth behind the down duvet industry."