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Victoriahoperose

Victoriahoperose

Joined May 2016

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Mehso-so

I really liked the concept of this. It blended historical fiction and the idea of reincarnation well. The problem I had with it was that it was a bit slow in parts and wordy. Overall, I think it‘s really worthwhile to read, because it is so different. I just found parts of it to be a little bit boring.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Some of the science-y bits went over my head - but I loved it overall. Very different, I agree. 15h
Davor I DNF'd it few years ago because I found it a bit slow for my taste, even though I loved the idea behind it. Maybe I should give it another chance 🤔 15h
TheAromaofBooks I tried to read this a while back and just couldn't get into it. It's one of those that I sometimes wonder if I should try again! 8h
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Any Man | Amber Tamblyn
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I was thinking of Any Man by Amber Tamblyn or Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now by Dana L Davis for my pick but I have a few others that look good. Which one do you guys think? I have other options if we don‘t like any of these!! #lmpbc

whippoorwill815 They both sound good! I would probably choose Any Man as this is a topic that interests me. 2d
ambam1987 Tiffany Sly lives here now looks good! 18h
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NOS4A2 | Joe Hill
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I really liked this book. It was pretty scary and definitely very unique. The author did a really good job of blending reality with the supernatural and I enjoyed that a lot. I do think this could have been cut down a bit. By the middle of the book, I felt like it was getting a bit repetitive and slow. But, I still enjoyed this book and would recommend it! I am excited to check out the show!

Lisas.Library I watched the show and really enjoyed it. Now I need to read the book. Let me know what you think of the show 👍🏻 2d
Victoriahoperose @Lisas.Library I will!! 2d
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Wow thank you so much @Endowarrior21 ! This box is amazing. I love the books and all the goodies stuffed in them. Thank you for the teas and the tasty sauce in my box. I love to cook so that is going to come in handy! The little crossbody purse is adorable! I love it “rebel against reality read”. Stickers, and socks and candy! All of it is awesome. Thank you times a million. #mysterymessageswap (notice how my cat is scoping out my goodies, lol)

gradcat Really beautiful! Love how your cat would like her presents now! 😂🎁😺 2d
Victoriahoperose @gradcat I know. He will not leave my stuff alone. I guess I have to share lol!! 2d
gradcat Well, he might think he‘s sharing with you, right? 2d
Victoriahoperose @gradcat 😂😂😂😂😂 this is so true lol 2d
Erofan 😻 2d
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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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I usually really enjoy this author‘s books. Full of suspense and twists. I also really enjoy the Philadelphia settings in her books since this is where I live! I liked the varying time lines and the characters. I definitely recommend this one!

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Summer Blonde | Adrian Tomine
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This was an interesting graphic novel collection of short stories. I liked the writing and style and artwork. The subject matter was mostly dark but very deep and thoughtful. It really made me think after reading.

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Challenger Deep | Neal Shusterman
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This book was so good. I really don‘t want to say too much because I feel like it could be spoiled very easily. Very tough subject matter, but excellent writing and insightful perspectives all the way through. I highly recommend this one. #lmpbc

book_em_danno Awesome cat 3d
Erofan 😻 3d
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Pickpick

I got this one from a Goodreads giveaway. I enjoyed it. I really Ike‘s her first book and I like the way she says things and what she has to say in general. I love her attitude and experiences , but not sure if we needed a full second book by her with such similar subject matter.

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Pickpick

This was a really interesting book. I loved the fact that it had varying perspectives and kept up with each view being from a strong female character in the book. I wish there was more detail given about the crime and the influence and reasoning behind it. Overall, it was a book that made me think and I enjoyed it!

readingjedi I love the title! 6d
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Relentless | Karen Lynch
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Mehso-so

This was a typical YA supernatural story. Werewolves and vampires and fairies and different realms. It was good, but there wasn‘t anything extra unique or that grabbed my attention more than other books in this genre. Just okay for me.

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The Island: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t my favorite book by Elin Hilderbrand. It was a bit slow and cliche for me. I was hoping for it to move better and be more captivating. It‘s not a bad summer read, but it wasn‘t really great for me.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Book haul today! $10 for all of these (40 books total)!!!!

Jeralyn I'm so jealous. Book shopping sounds so good to me right now😂😂 1w
Victoriahoperose @Jeralyn there was a book fair and it was $5 for a bag! So happy we went 1w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I am super satisfied by my BOTM pick this month. This was really good. I wasn‘t sure if it was going to live up to Dark Matter and I think it definitely did. Blake Crouch comes up such crazy and unique ideas for his books and I wonder a lot how he does it. This book is about our memories and how important they really are. Loved this book. #BOTM

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Wow I really loved this book. Thank you so much to @StMartinsPress for this advanced copy. This was so full of feminism and love and insight about living life. A lot of it was idyllic, but I honestly enjoyed that part of it. Sometimes you need things to come together in some way and that‘s how I felt about this book. Beautiful writing and excellent story. #thingsyousaveinafire #stmartinspress #ARC

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Love and Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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I really enjoyed this book. It was fun to read and the setting swept me away with the story. I loved all of the characters and the storyline just went so smoothly. This is a perfect summer read and something that will just make you happy. #booked2019 #foodonthecover

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The Revenant | Hugh Zachary
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Mehso-so

I really liked the old fashioned ghost story vibe of this story and the way that it mixed historical fiction in with the haunted house story. I expected it to be a little more scary and suspenseful than it was and it fell a little flat by the end. You can definitely tell the this one is an older book, also which is interesting, but in some areas a little irritating.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Just got my #mysterymessageswap package from @Endowarrior21 ! Can‘t wait to open it on the 15th!

Endowarrior21 Enjoy 😁 2w
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Mehso-so

I feel a little bit unsure of this book. I didn‘t love it or hate it, but I did find the meaning behind it interesting. The characters were pretty unlikable, in my opinion and the story got a little too much with the time line jumping forward constantly. I liked the message behind it about love and what we need from other people, but I don‘t think I really liked the ending.

KatieDid927 I completely agree. 2w
Freespirit I keep putting off reading this one...so many varied reviews! 2w
Jenken1998 @Freespirit I haven't requested either...bc of all the hot and cold reviews. 2w
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After Anna | Alex Lake
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Mehso-so

This was a bit slow for me and the ending disappointed a little bit because I found it predictable. The characters were annoying in my opinion and I got frustrated by the end with some of the implausibility. Not terrible. I just didn‘t love it.

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For Better and Worse | Margot Hunt
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Mehso-so

This was such a strong start and I was really hooked and then it got to the build up and fell flat. It was just okay for me. I really didn‘t love the ending and it was so disappointing because I was really looking forward to reading this one. It wasn‘t bad - a quick read, but not my favorite.

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So funny. I loved the essays in this collection. I found them to be very relatable and I laughed out loud so many times while reading this book. Great writing and very entertaining! (Bonus - I was trying to get my cat to match the cover lol)

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Untitled | Unknown
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So sorry I am posting a day late! My #mysterymessageswap is on the way. I hope my match likes everything. I had fun putting it together! Thanks @TheReadingMermaid for hosting this awesome swap!

TheReadingMermaid You are very welcome sweetheart! I'm so glad everybody is having fun with this 😊 2w
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Super excited for this BOTM pick this month. I hope it‘s good. I loved Dark Matter! Anyone else get this one?

vivastory 🙋 I read, & loved, Dark Matter a few weeks ago 2w
Victoriahoperose @vivastory I loved it too! So excited for this one! 2w
TheLibrarian One of my picks and I‘m super excited! 2w
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Pickpick

I thought that this was a little bit predictable which was a bit disappointing for me, but overall I really liked it. The story kept me interested until the end and I really liked the characters in this. Lots of twists and it was suspenseful. I enjoyed this thriller.

Tadams4 Such a wonderful review! 3w
TheAromaofBooks Every time I read one of Swanson's books, I can barely put it down when I'm reading it. Then, when I'm finished, I realize that he actually used loads of coincidences and I didn't really like any of the characters and I kinda already knew how it was going to end... but when I'm actually reading them, they are sooo addictive! 3w
Victoriahoperose Thank you @Tadams4 ! @TheAromaofBooks I agree with you. I did like the characters, but I definitely found it predictable. 3w
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Pickpick

Very insightful and fun motivational book. A lot of inspirational ideas in this and the writing was very relatable and fun!

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More News Tomorrow: A Novel | Susan Richards Shreve
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Mehso-so

This book was interesting because it spanned such a large amount of time in a very short book. The characters fell a little bit flat for me which made a bit of the book slow. This was good, just not great for me. #goodreadsgiveaways

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The Lightning Thief | Rick Riordan
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Mehso-so

I liked Percy Jackson and the story was fun, just not quite enough for me to want to commit to the full series for this one. Not bad, but just maybe not my favorite genre.

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Mehso-so

I thought that this was a collection of Audrey Niffenegger‘s stories, so I was a little disappointed that it was just an anthology of other works. It was good. Some I have read and some were new for me. I just think maybe she could have chosen some better stories for this collection. I don‘t think I agree that these are the best in this genre.

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Windfall | Jennifer E. Smith
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I really enjoyed this book. Everyone has thoughts about what would happen and what they would do if they won the lottery. This book really gives a fun and inspiring view of what is possible. I loved that this was YA because it is such a positive message and really put a smile on my face.

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I really love this author so much. This was a really entertaining and sweet YA book with a lot of really great characters. I loved the story and would definitely recommend this one if you are looking for a feel good, light read.

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Sail | James Patterson, Howard Roughan
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Panpan

Not a fan of this one by Patterson. It was just really boring for me and super scattered.

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I really enjoyed this book just as much as the first one bit kept my interest and had some suspense and mystery. The cultural aspects were so intriguing and I‘m really hoping that they adapt a movie for this one, too!

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The Disenchantments | Nina LaCour
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Mehso-so

Meh. This was really slow. I was hoping it would be more entertaining and fast paced. I liked the band and all the interesting things between them after they finish their senior year of high school. I just thought it would have more endearing moments. #booked2019 #featuresamusician

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job on the prompt—even though it was meh. 4w
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Panpan

So sad. This BOTM pick was not for me. So slow and just hard to get into. The story just didn‘t hold my attention. They can‘t all be awesome!

BookishTrish I‘m nervous to read this one because I loved her last book so much 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh no! I had this one out from the library but just felt it wasn't the right book for me right now, so I returned it. Guess I had a good feeling about it then?! Too bad it didn't work out for you. It was one I was looking forward to - but looks like it can be pushed down the TBR. 1mo
Victoriahoperose @BookishTrish I‘m going to have to try that book and see if I like it better! @Penny_LiteraryHoarders maybe you will like it more than me, I just couldn‘t get into it!! 1mo
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Anyone else reading this from BOTM? I‘m getting my hair done and brought it with me and I am finding it a bit slow/dry. Has anyone read it and can tell me if it gets better?

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The Elementals | Francesca Lia Block
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I loved this book. I usually really enjoy this author and this book was not a disappointment. She tells such dark stories in such a beautiful way. This story about a missing girl and her friend‘s search for her is both suspenseful and exquisite. I really enjoyed this book.

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The Switch | Sandra Brown
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I‘ve never read anything by Sandra Brown before and really enjoyed this book by her! Lots of suspense and twists and a really great storyline. It was captivating and had a lot of really interesting elements - twins, cults, murder. I liked this and will definitely read more by this author!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This is my favorite book of hers!! 1mo
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Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel) | Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack
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I know this didn‘t great reviews, but I actually liked it for the most part. Some of it was a little much, but I enjoyed the artwork and the storyline. It was fun to see another part of the story and the characters.

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The Big Fix: Hope After Heroin | Tracey Helton Mitchell
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This was such a moving story about a woman‘s struggle with addiction. She gives her perspective of what she went through in her life and empowers the reader to be strong in troubling circumstances. I really liked how she told her story and talked about not only her life living with her addiction to heroin, but also her life after she stop using drugs.

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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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Mehso-so

For such a short book, this was slow. I thought the description was really good, but it felt so much longer than it was. I see why I didn‘t read this earlier.

rretzler I‘m so glad someone else feels the same. 😁 Sometimes I think we need to rethink our definition of what books are literary classics. 1mo
Victoriahoperose @rretzler I agree with you 💯!! 1mo
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I usually really like Aimee Bender, but this collection wasn‘t my favorite. I think there were too many stories and I wanted fewer stories with more development. Not bad, but I didn‘t love any of he short stories like I‘ve loved her other work.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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This was a really interesting book about World War II and the lives effected by the horrors of this time. It tells the story of two women with very different experiences and lives and is a very interesting story not only about the time during the war us also the after effects.

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Necessary People | Anna Pitoniak
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I liked this book and don‘t regret getting it for my BOTM pick, but it was definitely a slow burn. I felt like it took a long time to develop and get to anything exciting. The author did a good job of supplying an unreliable narrator and unlivable characters which really made the book interesting. I felt like there could have been more explanations and ideas explored, but overall, I liked this one. #botm

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Hearts Anonymous | Jonathan Dunne
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Meh. This was just okay for me. W story about time travel and romance but with a contemporary setting. It was an interesting and unique story with a plot that I wasn‘t expecting. But, I felt like the writing needed some work especially in the dialogue. Overall, it was interesting, but not exactly my favorite.

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This book was amazing. The story is unbelievable and the writing is beyond exceptional. It‘s a story of survival, Hope, love and bravery during the Holocaust. I really loved this story and I know this is one that is going to stay with me.

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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I was really in the middle on this one but ultimately decided it was a pick because of how original the concept was and the fact that the author took such a big risk with his writing this story because of how strange and confusing it was. The description was very good and the story was interesting. A bit long and slow in parts, but overall, I liked it. #lmpbc

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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Excellent short book in verse with an impactful message. I highly recommend - especially on audio.

valeriegeary I just started reading this!! 1mo
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The Guest Room: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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This was a really interesting book about sex trafficking and all of the scary things surrounding this nightmare that effects so many people. It really came together well and wasn‘t overly complicated. It was readable and easy to get sucked into. Definitely a compelling book.

whippoorwill815 I listened to this on audio on a road trip last summer and went in pretty blind and ended up really liking it too! 1mo
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The Other Woman | Sandie Jones
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I loved this book! I didn‘t put it together before the end which was really excellent because it definitely took me by surprise when the story unfolded. The characters were so interesting. You can feel the emotions in this book. I felt so strongly about the characters by the end and really became invested in the way everything turned out. Great twist and the story was impossible to put down.

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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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This was a denser book - a bit of a slow burn, but very well written. It shows the culture of Native American people during a time or strong divide. It centers around an attack and the violence and racism that influence the hatred behind the attack. This was a really deep book with strong characters. #indigenousauthor #booked2019

Cinfhen I‘m having trouble with my indigenous author pick. Every book I‘ve started is “heavy” and I‘m not feeling it yet🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Victoriahoperose @Cinfhen have you read the book I tagged? It‘s good - a little lighter in some ways. 1mo
Cinfhen Yes!!! And it was sooo good, despite all the controversy surrounding him. 1mo
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