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Time and Again | Jack Finney
Mehso-so

This book was fine. It was a very interesting concept. But the details were a bit hard to follow. Overall I liked it, but I won't read any more in the series.

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Mrs. Saint and the Defectives | Julie Lawson Timmer
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This book was so great. I really liked it a lot.

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
Mehso-so

What a weird book. I'm still not sure if it was supposed to be funny. But I found it that way.

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Meh. This was a little much for me. I grew up very religious and also overweight and there was, IMO, a lot of shaming for both in here.

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I loved how this ended. Excellent.

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So weird. Just... weird. Gave it ⭐️⭐️⭐️because the concepts are original and the characters memorable. But. This is a weird book.

Laru79 Interesting! I have this on my TBR pile, so clearly I need to get reading to see the weirdness 2y
MarauderErin So weird. I really enjoyed it...but yeah, just totally bizarre. 2y
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This story is BANANAS.

Mommamanzi Just started it! Pretty excited about all the positive reviews it has. 2y
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I loved the movie, but felt like I missed a lot. After reading the screenplay I love the whole thing even more. I wonder if it would be overkill to watch the movie and follow along in the screenplay...

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I really liked this! Such a cool idea of time and space travel. And the characters were real in a way that I liked. A fun read.

MarauderErin Agreed!! 2y
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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Meh. Not my fave. It was beautifully written, but the premise was off-putting to me. YMMV.

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This was a cute chick lit read. I liked trying to decipher the inspiration for the pseudonyms.

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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I'm adding this essay because of its importance. I first heard it in pieces in a Beyoncé song, like many. But the entirety of it is beauty and important.

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I Let You Go | Clare Mackintosh
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Triggers for domestic abuse, child loss.

I'm not sure I liked this book so much as that it was very well written. I haven't hated a character so much as I hated Ian since Dolores Umbridge in HP and Big Jim Rennie in Under the Dome. I read a lot of mysteries and crime books and the twists kept me on my toes. The audiobook is very well done.

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The relationships in this book got to me this time around. I sobbed when Fleur tells off Mrs. Weasley, when Tonks tells off Lupin, when Olympe seeks a hug from Hagrid straight away, and when Ginny tells Harry her thoughts near the end. My heart really needed the love Dumbledore believes in right now.

JennaAZ I need to re-read this one. It's been too long. 2y
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Meh. Granted, Where'd You Go, Bernadette was a hard act to follow, but I didn't like this one so much. It felt disjointed, and I was confused and kept having to go back.

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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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I liked this. I didn't love it like I did Simon, but perhaps it's because teenage girl drama gives me anxiety and not good flashbacks and also the whole "fat girl" thing made me want to shake Molly. But it was a great book to read in Pride month, and I definitely want more from this universe.

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I was hesitant to try this series, despite many respectable people I care about loving it, because I'm always skeptical that I will love a fantasy series other than HP. But I am hooked. Can't wait to keep going.

MarauderErin It is SO GOOD. 3y
vandeblogger Oh, I LOVED that series! I need to reread it soon. 3y
JennaAZ Loved it. I've been thinking I should reread it, too. 3y
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Mehso-so

I feel weird recommending this book. The subject matter isn't great, but the writing is excellent. It's a beautifully written book about a horrible situation. Family secrets, small-town rumors, and lies galore. Trigger warnings for child abuse.

Laru79 Thanks for the review, I have this on my TBR pile, so am intrigued to see how I find it 3y
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I adored this book. The author doesn't use quotation marks for dialogue, but the story underneath is not confusing, just poignant and beautiful.

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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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Excellent. So well written. Real characters. Real relationships. Real parents. Real kids.

JennaAZ Really want to read this one. 3y
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I love this one every time I reread it. Harry is a petulant, angsty teen, and Dumbledore acts like one. But there is also so much love. And I love love.

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Don't You Cry | Mary Kubica
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This book was fine. Engaging, surprising, but the wrap up left something to be desired.

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue | Melanie Benjamin
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I enjoyed this well enough. I fell into several Wikipedia holes trying to find out more about the key players in the book. I didn't like this one as much as The Aviator's Wife.

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I super enjoyed this.

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On grief: "The only difference is that I'm getting used to the pain. It's like discovering a great hole in the ground. To begin with you forget it's there and you keep falling in. After awhile, it's still there but you learn to walk 'round it."

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The Book of Mormon: The Only Book That Matters | Trey Parker, Robert Lopez, Matt Stone
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Pretty sure the tour comes back this way next year. And I can't miss it this time. 😍

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Same. Git. I can't get behind him, even knowing what I know.

JennaAZ I wish we used the word git in the US. Such a great word. 3y
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Choose Your Own Autobiography | Neil Patrick Harris
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Great. NPH is delightful as always.

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43% of the way through my ebooks, and starting book 5. Crazy that the last three make up more than half.

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Usually my least favorite. But I got choked up a lot during this reread.

JennaAZ This one always surprises me with how much I like it. It might be the one that the movie does the least justice to. 3y
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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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Okay, so trigger warnings for... everything. But I super enjoyed this and could have KICKED myself for spoiling the ending (by googling it. That's how I roll). Because I should have just let it play out. I listened on audio and really enjoyed the reader. Now I need someone's HBO log in info so I can watch the miniseries. Anyone?

Jess7 Loved this book! 2y
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Best.

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The Secrets of My Life | Caitlyn Jenner
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I really enjoyed this. Candid, honest, and better than I expected. Love or hate Caitlyn Jenner, she has a platform and means. And she seems to be honestly trying to figure out how to separate her new image from the Kardashian fame and do Good.

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Guys, this was a little woo woo for me. But the author read the audiobook, and she seems like a real true person, who is hardworking and believes what she is saying. And having a little more faith in myself and putting a bit more positive energy into the world won't hurt. So sure. Let's do it. I AM a badass.

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The Secrets of My Life | Caitlyn Jenner
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This section hit home. And is so true. I was not my best self while going through my divorce. And I like myself now, a LOT, but my dealings with my ex-husband bring out a passive-aggressive, angry part of me I don't like.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Read this.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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RBG, man. So freaking amazing. (This book is taking me a very long time to read. I am trying to make sure I am thoughtfully absorbing as much as I can.)

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This book was fine. I stayed engaged with the lives of the characters. I wanted more of the supernatural stuff than I got. But it was fine.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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I loved this book.

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All Our Wrong Todays | Elan Mastai
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Chapter 56 of this book is just "fuck" and "shit" over and over again for more than a minute. I am cackling at my desk.

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So good.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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I love how her automatic is "she (or he)", when the automatic for most is the opposite. #equalrights

Lea 🙌🏻 2y
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I super enjoyed this book. It was ridiculous and engaging. I listened to it on audio and even with many characters and timelines it was easy to follow.

RaimeyGallant I loved it too! #LitsyMindMeld 2y
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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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My new life's goal is to be the kind of person RBG would call a "very good thinker."

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Panpan

I did not enjoy this book. At all. It took me a long time to get into it, and even then I was just turning pages, waiting to feel a connection to the characters. I wanted to love it. But did not.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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So beautiful. I loved this book.

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I really liked this! Can't wait to see the movie. I will say that without a technical brain some (most) of the research details went over my head. But I really liked this book for (finally) recognizing the women who did so much for aeronautics.

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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Recommend! A good story about people who might lose their way and need to find it again. Feels real, like these are people who you know. Lots of moving parts (but not too many) that keep the story going.

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This was a nice change of pace for me. Just a book about real people and family dynamics. I liked it!

ErinBumG I love Anne Tyler. She writes such simple things so richly. She's one of my favorites. 3y
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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Holy shit what a mindfuck.

reganparks Oh, I have this, I should read it. 3y
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