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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Mehso-so

I can‘t imagine reading this 600+ page book. Listening to it at 1.75x still took over 10 hours! The first half was more interesting and engaging. Whereas the second half seemed to be a rushed “where are they now?” segment. This is a beautifully written book for fans of historical fiction. But too long for a more casual reader like myself.

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Pickpick

Among the many things I LOVE about LMM, as well as this book, is his attention to the details of the mundane. I appreciated this book for reminding me how there is so much in our world of which we can be grateful. Including giving love to Satsuki and Mei‘s dad! ¡Vamos!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Awesome!! 👍😁 2w
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Fall nip in the air. Good day for a new book!

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Lunch break and feeling good! Thanks, LMM!

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Reading this walking out from the library and I already have a huge smile on my face!

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Bailedbailed

I didn‘t read her previous bestselling book, and thought this spinoff would be a better, more relevant place to start. Not even a quarter way through and already know this is not the parenting book that will be helpful to me. Information feels extremely outdated.

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Pickpick

I burned through this one so quickly. Perfect blend of the styles of fiction, memoir, biography. Full of emotion and passion. It's hard to believe Hollywood could be so transactional when it comes to relationships and career. Makes me wonder how similar the current scene is to the time depicted in the book.

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Pickpick

This review is for a spin-off of this book "the gift of imperfect parenting. Brené is so Brené! I came across a couple of these "sessions" on Hoopla and dove in. Who couldn't use a couple of hours of wholeheartedness. I loved this one mostly because how relevant it is to me now in this point of my personal and professional life. Highly recommended for any parent or anyone who knows a kid or was once a kid.

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Pickpick

I feel like I‘ve been missing out on something special in Chris Erskine. I‘ve never read any of his columns and probably would never come across any if not for this book. A simple but heartfelt writing style that resonates with me. This book is filled with stories that reflect the way I wish I could write about the mundane but special aspect of my life. I will definitely start reading more of his work.

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Panpan

I force myself every now and then to read a book outside my usual favorite genres, thinking something will catch. I read 1/3 of it before realizing that there is a reason I have favorite genres.

Jenken1998 Beautiful and poetically written words but i had a hard time staying engaged. 1mo
alvingregorio @Jenken1998 I have to agree. The writing is stunning. I really wanted to like this one. 1mo
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Evening reading with my boy. 🥰

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Pickpick

Tremendously satisfying! The kind of pleasure that hurts my head a little, makes me close the book and say “hold up. Wtf?” On a personal level, this book couldn‘t have come into my life at a better time, just with the life experiences I‘m going through. If that isn‘t the chair at work, I don‘t know what is!!!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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WTF is happening?!? 🤯 Having a great time and laughing out loud trying to hold onto this crazy rollercoaster. I had to pause and recompose myself.

marleed It‘s so good. I gave up trying to figure out the end so I could just enjoy this 5* read! 2mo
alvingregorio @marleed I'm having such a good time. I just need to stop trying figuring it out too. 2mo
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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Panpan

The twists and turns were good enough to keep my attention. The story was fine. No WTF moments like I was hoping for. Beach/vacation read for sure but for me there are better ones out there. But now I know the difference between flotsam and jetsam.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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My vote for Karen Karen and Daisy Jones for the tv show. The audiobook production of this book is phenomenal. I can‘t imagine consuming this story any other way. The cast is amazing and turn up this mockumentary to 11. I‘m sure reading it would be fine, but I highly recommend the audiobook! This is the Rolling Stone and Behind the Music lovechild that hits me in the gut.

Bookzombie I agree! Audio is definitely the way to go on this one.
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alvingregorio @Bookzombie have you listened to any other audiobooks with this kind of production quality? 2mo
Bookzombie @alvingregorio This one was excellent. It‘s told in part as a podcast and the narration is great. I will have to ponder on others. 2mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I get it. 😪

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I didn‘t want this to end! It was raw and intimate. I remember watching “I am trying to break your heart” and wanting to know more about the band‘s history and this filled that hole. I‘m going to rewatch it again soon now with more context.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Terrific band! 👌 2mo
alvingregorio @GrilledCheeseSamurai While I was reading this book I reconnected with some earlier works. Consistently good! 2mo
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Starting this one after just finishing a training on trauma and chronic pain treatment. Something light to end a heavy day. 😝

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The Last Black Unicorn | Tiffany Haddish
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Picture says it all. 1:49am. 16% Batt. Just started the audiobook because I can't sleep.

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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Panpan

I wanted to like this so badly. It feels like a betrayal to give a negative review to a BookTuber. It feels personal because I feel like I know her from her videos. I'm happy for her for getting published but this was hard to get through. I can only imagine how much personal stuff she included in the narrative but it seemed too similar yet contrived. Sorry Christine.

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Dilly Dally Daisy | Mark Fearing
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I've been lagging on reviews and noticed that I have 15+ titles that I've finished but not have changed over to “READ“ Do you ever feel tempted to just not write anything?

GrilledCheeseSamurai All the time! 😬 3mo
Samplergal All the time. But one day I write like five. But I wish I had the initiative to write after reading. 🥺 3mo
C.Perone All the time! 3mo
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LiterRohde I just did that with a few. I rated them but did not write anything. I felt bad about it and might go back later. I just saw my reading pile getting bigger and bigger because I finished books put did not switch them to the read pile. 3mo
alvingregorio @GrilledCheeseSamurai feel relieved I'm not the only one. 3mo
alvingregorio @Samplergal there's just too many good books. And all my library holds happen to come together at the same exact time!!! 3mo
alvingregorio @LiterRohde maybe I'll get to the point I am with DNFing books. I feel no guilt or shame not finishing a book if it's bad. Hopefully I won't feel bad not writing even the shortest of reviews. 3mo
alvingregorio @C.Perone do you ever just mark them READ? 3mo
C.Perone @alvingregorio I've been tempted, but I force myself to write something, even if it's one word. 3mo
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The gang is back at it again and I love their chemistry! This second installment held my attention better than the first. I'm relieved how Brady was tied into the story but not as the centerpiece. This could be a completely independent story, but it makes sense to be happening in the same world with the same cast of characters. I can't wait to read the next one!

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#IMomSoHard | Kristin Hensley, Jen Smedley
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Sometimes dads need mommy pep talks too. Btw, I CAN do that High School Musical dance.

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Ball Lightning | Cixin Liu
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Trying to sneak a few pages in at work. Making the best out of no-shows.

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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“...you don‘t listen to the story. You listen to the pattern.” Words to live by!!!

rretzler I really enjoyed this book! 6mo
alvingregorio @rretzler I am having a blast with this one. Highly recommended. 5mo
rretzler The next one is good too! 5mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Emptied the kitchen sink while starting to listen to this one. Makes chores go by quicker!

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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2:30pm. Still in my PJs. Avoiding the pollen.

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Collapsing Empire | John Scalzi
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Loooong day at work. Collapsing with "Collapsing."

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I‘m crushing on this book hard! 🥰

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The Consuming Fire | John Scalzi
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That moment when starting a new book then realizing it's the second in the series. 🤦🏽‍♂️

LibrarianJen Been there, done that. 😳 6mo
alvingregorio @LibrarianJen the worst. I went to the library today to get the right one! Phew! 6mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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Pickpick

I‘ve been in a book slump and had to turn to Stevie to rescue me. I can always count on him to get me out of the dumps. This novella is a snapshot of the lives of a few people in a short period. It‘s amazes me how much can be packed in less than 200 pages. It‘s not epic by any means, but heartfelt and human.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Gonna finish this one then start a new one, while I wait at Starbucks for my car in the shop.

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Mehso-so

This book was required reading for an EMDR course I‘m about to take. I‘m still skeptical but looking forward to include this as a part of my practice. The book has a good overview about trauma and EMDR and lays out good arguments and support. The examples were helpful but I felt there were way too many.

JenReadsAlot I've had this on my shelf for years and still haven't read it. 7mo
alvingregorio @JenReadsAlot it‘s worth the read. You‘ll get the point halfway through, then it just repeats. 6mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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Tough week. Almost over. Book slump. Wine. Steve.

CouronneDhiver I feel that 🍷 7mo
alvingregorio @CouronneDhiver read 20 pages then took a nap! 7mo
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Mehso-so

More of the same from her original book. A great pep talk and empowering. A heavy emphasis on “Universal Intelligence” and laws of attraction, but a more realistic and grounded perspective. It takes work and she is not shy to remind you of your active role in your self-improvement.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Panpan

Made it halfway through this book before deciding to DNF it. The writing is beautiful and evocative, but the story was too passive for me and read like a drab diary.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Visiting my new niece and starting this one on Audiobook. Perfect way to sneak in a few minutes here and there during naps!

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*keeps nodding through the introduction * 🙌🏽 I already know I'm going to like this book.

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Bailedbailed

Just from the intro and first chapter, I know this is not the book for me. It is academic but not in a good way. I was hoping for more of a love letter to music listening, but feels more like PhD dissertation.

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Crying at a Starbucks. *sigh*

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Pickpick

Joking, not joking. In 3 easy steps, he shows how you can parent with the same outcome but with less stress. There are more truths and wisdom in than I expected, and would actually classify this as a legit parenting book rather than parenting humor book. Skip all the inset graphs (they‘re not that funny) and you can read this in one sitting.

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Poppy War | R F Kuang
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Umm...yeah....so this is AMAZING! Just when there was a lull and I was considering DNFing, the story punched me in the face.

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The Virgin Suicides | Jeffrey Eugenides
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This is my new favorite Eugenides book, though the only other one I read was Middlesex, of which the bar was set so high. The music, the sadness, and the intimacy were captivating. In reading the dust jacket, I expected the plot line to be boring and mundane. The pace was perfect and satisfying.

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Frantically updating all my read books before the year ends! I‘m months behind!

JoScho 😂😂😂 10mo
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Mehso-so

Live long, die fast. Yes that‘s another book, but same message. When I first started reading this book, it felt defeatist. As I read it more it became more realistic. When I finished the book, I came out of it feeling more balanced in the way I see aging, death, and dying.

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*In Jon Hamm‘s voice* REEEEETTTAAAAA! I liked Retta from Parks and Rec, but knew her only as much as the show let out. This memoir felt so humble, intimate, and so down-to-earth that I feel like she‘s one of my good friends. I listened to the audiobook (recommended) which added another layer of closeness, like we were chatting on the phone.

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Mehso-so

Impulse pick up at the library. It‘s probably safe to say that I‘m not the target demo for this book. I take inspiration and motivation from any source I can and this book gave some. It didn‘t break any new ground, but makes it more digestible for Millennials.

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Well of Ascension | Brandon Sanderson
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Mehso-so

This was missing the excitement of the first book. Maybe because the novelty of the amazing world building wore off. Or maybe the absence of the “will they or won‘t they” of Vin and Elend toned down some needed tension (The Office went downhill after Pam and Jim got together). Don‘t get me wrong, I‘m still enthralled by the Mistborn world and will read further.

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A sample of the many gems in this hilarious book!

RebL I have used this technique. I‘m not saying it‘s appropriate, just that I‘ve done it. 10mo
alvingregorio @RebL Everyone has done it. That's what makes it funny! We gotta do what we gotta do. Parents unite! 10mo
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I was just talking to a friend about this regarding when I went I went back to my hometown for my 20th high school reunion!