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essayareayaitch

essayareayaitch

Joined April 2017

give me all the happily ever afters. even better if it's an epistolary novel
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Is there a way to bail on a book for now? I can see myself reading this book if it comes my way again, but for now, I'm over it. Interesting content, but it reads too much like a textbook for my taste.

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Did no aeronautical engineers/students survive? What about the text books. I don't understand. (Yeah, the apocalypse is not for me)

violabrain Keep reading and you‘ll understand. :) 1mo
Megabooks No gas. 1mo
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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Got to watch the musical last night, marking the fourth time I've been lucky enough to watch. Though they were the highest up I've been to date, it was definitely my favorite production to date.

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Station Eleven | Emily St John Mandel
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I probably should have read this before Severance. Not because it might compare unfavorably, but because I was not a fan

Megabooks This is my all time favorite book! It‘s fantastic! 1mo
TNbookworm I love Station Eleven so much, great book! 1mo
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Just got to the part where his English class is working on Walden/Thoreau. Didn't like that no when I covered it in college. Still don't like it today. He was not roughing it out in the woods, he was on a friend's private property. Fairly certain all he did was be lazy and reflect

tpixie Is this what the movie is based on ? That‘s coming out? 1mo
essayareayaitch @tpixie yes, the movie is based on this book. Based on what I've listened to do far, I'll not sure it'll make a good movie. The descriptions are what make the book decent, and I don't think the lushness will translate to screen 1mo
tpixie @essayareayaitch thanks for input. I thought the movie was based off this. It would be a good time to get it off my TBR! 1mo
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Just finished reading The Right Swipe. Towards the end there's a cameo by Jia, and a blurb about how Rhi's brother was marrying into rich Kane family. All I could think was wait, I don't remember reading this book. Did I do one in the series? I thought I read them all. Get access to Internet. I did checkout the book before. Open book, apparently I never finished it, as it opens to chapter 7. Time to read about Eve and Gabe

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Enjoyed. I liked how it incorporated two contemporary issues, that usually don't go together. Part of me wishes that we knew more about Samson's family, but that's just nosy me. Saw in the acknowledgement that it's the beginning of a new series. Can't wait until we get more books. Liked the small cameo from Jia. #Romantsy

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Library haul. Not much to look at, but The Goldfinch is 26 discs, so this is going to take a while. But now I can take myself off all the Libby waitlists, and can listen to it uninterrupted (well, gaps aren't any longer than usual)

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Hitched | Lili Valente, Pippa Grant
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Of the three Happy Cat/O'Dell brother books so far, my last favorite. Well written fake-real marriage for inheritance trope, but the private investigator bit was meh. Some people might say this was far fetched, but have you read their other books, particularly Pippa's? Cute read. Can't wait until Clint's book. Also hoping we get a book featuring Savannah

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Emily comes to town to help her sister while she recovers from an accident. She gets volunTOLD for the local Ren Faire. Simon is the one person org committee for the Ren Faire. Not exactly enemies to lovers, but it falls into that trope. It's more love story than romance. Quick, cute read. Note that I have #BotM copy so I think I'm missing an excerpt to sequel, as copyright page indicates except to Well Played

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Also picked this book up as my next non fiction read. Not sure when I'll get to it. #AsianAuthor

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Picked up the book today. It's going in my TBR. I'm hoping that it'll make a good filler until the next Embers book is released.

TheBookKeepers Cannot wait for the next Ember installment! I read this book recently and really loved it!! Definitely worth having on your shelf! 1mo
essayareayaitch @TheBookKeepers the wait for the next Embers book is killing me. I'm still upset at my friend for not telling me the first book was the first book of a series in progress. 1mo
TheBookKeepers Haha I know! I recently got my husband hooked on it too! I steadily stalk Sabaa's IG page for updates!! Can't come soon enough 1mo
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This book is mentioned everywhere. This is a blurb from Well Met by Jen DeLuca. I really need to move this book up my TBR

gossamerchild Oh, Station Eleven is fantastic! 2mo
Megabooks My all-time favorite book! 2mo
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I had high hopes for this book. It sounded right up my apocalyptic alley. Only it for it to be less apocalyptic and more some sort of religious allegory I don't understand.

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Bob is annoying me. He's got some sort of savior complex.

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Left my iPad at home so that I'm forced to read this book instead of an eBook from the library. Having trouble with focusing

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Playing House | Ruby Lang
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I like how the author provides recommendations for other books in the same location/setting

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Enjoying something that Lucky misses about California

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Yes, I did go buy a paperback copy though I own the hardcover. 1. to support the bookstore. 2. To support the author. 3. Feared that if I loaned the author signed hardcover out, I'd never get it back. Easier to replace the paperback

Megabooks I have two identical copies of 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Spectacles. So hot

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Peacock Emporium | Jojo Moyes
Bailedbailed

Had trouble following (I'm not sure why), and bailed after the first few chapters. I did read the end to see if there was incentive to keep reading, and there wasn't. Not sure why I devoured Me Before You, After You, and Still Me, but I've bailed on all her other books

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Read this quote, and it made my runner heart happy.

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Well, this book is unlikely to make me crave Asian food, which is a nice change. Or pizza (Thanks The Wedding Date)... I skipped to the end, and it looks to be ices/shaved ice and hard candies. So I'm good

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YA Romance. Modern retelling of Roman Holiday, featuring a K-Pop star that reminds me of Britney Spears's song Lucky. Coincidentally, the name of the heroine.

Also, this was the first book from this author that I was excited to read from beginning to end. I bailed on her second book (the food truck one), and it took forever for me to get through her first (fake boyfriend trope, based on K-Drama)

#YA #Romantsy

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Cravings. Didn't have time to go to Chinatown on the way home, so 85° will need to be a substitute. Might go to In-N-Out later this evening

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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I don't remember much of the story, but Mrs. Obama has a way of speaking/reading to you that you imagine she's right there in front of you. I did enjoy listening to her talk about hey parents, how growing up on the Southside shaped her, and her time as First Lady. When she got to the parts regarding Pres. Obama's book(s) it made me want to get those books (I have both, but they are lost in a long forgotten TBR)

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Audiobook. Read by the author. Was expecting more of an expose about Scientology, and her life as a Scientologist. Finished the book with more questions, unlike other religions I'm been curious about, too afraid to do an internet search. The Tom Cruise stuff was fascinating. Might have taken the long way in a few errands to finish that story. Also, I figured the stuff would have been true, otherwise, I imagine Tom would have prevented publishing

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Wildcard | Marie Lu
Mehso-so

Unlike Warcross, there wasn't a months long waiting list. Now I know why. While I couldn't put Warcross down, Wild Card dragged on. Sure there was more action. But I really wanted to more about Zero, and why he was out to get Hideko. Was hoping there would be more complications in regards to Emika/Hideko.

Still, satisfactory dystopian fiction.

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Warcross | Marie Lu
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It's like Hunger Games meets Ready Player One. I'm so there for it. Halfway through the novel, I was like, I can't wait to see this book adapted to a movie or mini series.

Emika hacks/glitches her way into the War Cross Opening ceremonies. When she tries to steal an artifact, she is exposed. Next thing you know, War Cross creator, Hideko, has a job offer - he wants to hire her to figure out a security issue.

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River of Stars | Vanessa Hua
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It took ages to start, and then I had trouble finding the time to finish. In all fairness, the book did have a slow start, but once it found it's groove, rapid finish. Well worth it. You'll cry, you'll laugh. It's another book in the Bay Area (also China, and SoCal, but whatevs) that will make you hungry.

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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Magical. Frenemies to lovers. My go to book recommendation for over 5 years (since everyone's read it, new go to is Book of Essie). Own the eBook, but grabbed the physical book so I could share with others when I saw it in the Little Free Library

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Mehso-so

My thoughts on this are slightly complicated. Not sure if it's because I didn't read the other books on this series. If you can get past some of the "high school"ness (I know it's YA), it is fairly decent

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Mehso-so

Another book that takes place in the Bay Area, and made me hungry. Luckily good from South East Asia is easier for me to obtain than South Asian. IMO, not as good as The Kiss Quotient. Felt like the author rushed out the book - it's alluded to quite often that Khai has money, but nothing really mentioned. Also, how does Esme afford an apt on month to month in Silicon Valley working as a waitress? Am I working in the wrong field?

essayareayaitch So many additional opinions about this, and how rushed it seemed. Still excited about Quan's book next 3mo
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This book made me hungry. Craved Indian food for days. Cute take on P&P. First time I read Sonali Dev, will not be the last time. Especially if she writes more about this family.

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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Prepare for a binge of reviews. I enjoyed it. Fun read. TV heartthrob crush + frenemies. My favorite scene may be the CVS scene. There are some sad parts, but overall, light hearted.

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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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Enjoyed. Standalone, but it helps if you've read The Wedding Date first; unlike The Proposal, Alexa (and Drew) play a bigger role. Much better than The Proposal (Carlos (and Nik make cameos)) I do love me a dislike/enemies to lovers trope. Enjoy getting into Theo's insecurities, and seeing more behind "bitch" Maddy. Plus learning why she became a stylist.

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This book has restored my love for YA. CJ feels like she's a disappointment to her mom. She's low achieving because she hasn't found her passion. I'm trying to save her family's florist shop, she discovers something about the person her school is named after, and she starts a group to try to change the name. *There is a teen pregnancy and abortion scene (non-graphic)*

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Virtually Yours | Sarvenaz Tash
Mehso-so

This book was very nearly a DNF. I think part of the issue was that Miriam seems to be a sleep - never really moving forward; obsessed with the past. It's like girl, wake up. Get over there guy that bike your heart, make new friends, it's college.

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Fake It Till You Break It | Jenn P. Nguyen
Mehso-so

One of my favorite tropes (fake dating), but I was not feeling it. Maybe it needed more plot development? The sub-plot regarding Jake and how brother seems to be random... As in you didn't know Jake has a brother until we learn of this problem. There should have been mentions of him in childhood stories, but they were all Jake and Mia.

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Overall recommend. It left me with questions regarding adopted children, and I know each child's story is personal. Also, was surprised author's adoption was not transcontinental.

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Hey Ladies! | Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss
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I can't believe I'm panning an epistolary novel, but I am. There's the bride, and then there's her alpha MoH. All about the bride and wedding. Didn't care if anyone had financial problems with any of the events, or in general. My favorite charger was Grace. Possibly followed by Morgan.

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Hey Ladies! | Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss
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Kill me now, these women seem so self centered, how did they even end up as friends?

Megabooks I checked this out on hoopla and ditched it after about 20 pages! 4mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It took me forever to finish, but once you get over a certain point (for me it was finishing Aurora), the book flies. Kept imagining that this book was actually a transcript of a VH-1 behind the scenes special, but it really was a "book". Not a fan of all the drug references, but I do like the reality of the book. Also, I'm glad Karen for what she did at the end.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is the third time the book has been checked out to me (yay for multiple library systems). I've got nine days, and I don't think I'm making progress. This book might need to be a DNF, and I'm not ready to be okay with that, but I'm not completely feeling the book

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When You Read This | Mary Adkins
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It is an epistolary novel. That's usually enough to get the highest rating from me. Quick read.

I would have probably fired Carl.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
Mehso-so

Not the book I expected, but it was probably my own fault for not reading synopsis, and depending on people's recommendation. I expected more of a criminal case, and how the arsonist was caught. Not the history of the library, and libraries, interspersed with the fire, and "here's a tidbit about Harry Peak". History of library interesting, the fire and case not so much.

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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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I like being tortured? Love/Hate with this one. Loved the book, hate the wait. More tears. Yay to the 'ships I've been rooting for since Torch. Laia has grown more confident since the first one; still seems easily persuaded, but finally starting e opinions, and not annoying. The Blood Shrike, why are you so noble. This better pay off in Book 4

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All the tears as I got towards the end. Didn't want to finish the book, because I learned that it was not a Trilogy, but a quartet. So I was trying to make the audio last as long as possible, still finishing 😂😭

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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Picked the audio based on a friend's recommendation of the book. Ms. Tahir is a gifted writer, and I quickly finished the book, only to get to the end and realize it was the first in a series. (At the time I finished the other two had not been released yet)

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Listened to audio version. Gretchen is hard to relate to at first. She's basically whiny, and has the "why me", let's not get too invested in something temporary thing going on. But she slowly starts to accept the, and makes changes without realizing. Then she gets over herself. Wish she got over herself earlier, but glad it happened.