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fredthemoose

fredthemoose

Joined July 2021

I read a lot of nonfiction, social science, and American history, with enough fiction and lighter stuff to keep it fun.
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Great Circle | Maggie Shipstead
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Question for those who‘ve read this… I‘m a quarter of the way through the book and there‘s been more than enough abuse and neglect of the female characters for my liking. Marian is just meeting the benefactor for the first time. Should I be bailing? I‘d rather not listen to 450 more pages of women being treated like objects and shown no actual care…

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Pelosi | Molly Ball
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A great read for anyone interested in books on American history, politics, or badass women.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Story of the world‘s wealthiest woman and the man she gave hundreds of millions of Euros to, maybe willingly, maybe by being taken advantage of. Lots of interesting bits, but also lots of details that could be hard to follow.

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Trust | Hernan Diaz
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⭐️ That was such a long slog for so little payoff. A story within a story. I didn‘t care about the characters and wasn‘t interested in the first version and thought about ditching it then but kept going because of all of the acclaim. Surprise surprise, the rich guy had a different take on his story than the fiction author, and there were other nuances beyond that, but the characters and story still weren‘t interesting. Not worth the time to me.

Vansa Have seen very similar opinions about this book!! I kept well away. I really wonder at literary critics sometimes and the terrible books they rave about 2mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Nothing earth shattering but perfectly enjoyable.

Suet624 You‘re so right 3mo
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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 I really enjoyed this. It was long, and there were a lot of different subplots that wove together, some more successfully than others, but I love the characters and was happy to get to spend another book with them.

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Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Unpopular opinion, but this one just didn‘t hold my interest. The Man Who Died Twice became available from the library, so I downloaded this one to listen to it first. It wasn‘t necessarily bad, but I had a hard time keeping track of all of the characters on audio, and ultimately found myself not really caring, so I bailed…

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was great—loved the more bite-sized essay format. Keefe is a fantastic writer and long form journalist. A couple of the essays slugged a bit, or maybe I just wasn‘t that interested in the topic, but I devoured most of them.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I think this officially broke me out of a bit of a sad slump. I enjoyed this story of a woman chemist in the mid-20th century. I liked that the book included a love story but wasn‘t a love story, and that it dealt with real tragedies and traumas without delving into misery porn territory. There were some unrealistic/fantastical elements, and some worked better than others, but overall I liked the characters and the book!

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was cute. Driven literary agent is dumped multiple times in ways reminiscent of Hallmark movie tropes and her sister suggests they take an extended vacation in a town that was a setting for one of the MC author‘s bestsellers. Romance, self-discovery and evolving family relationships ensue.I didn‘t love People We Meet on Vacation, but I‘m glad I gave this one a go!

Sarahreadstoomuch Reading this now! 4mo
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I‘ve been in a real slump the past few weeks but just got this from the Audible sale. I‘m an hour in and it‘s good so far! 🎉

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Essays about the evolving and growing thoughts about love and relationships of a woman in her late 30s. Some warm and interesting essays, but also some that are just a lot longer than they needed to be. I saw Roxane Gay‘s review of it on Goodreads and she was like “girl, we get it, you broke up with a bunch of men” and that sums it up better than anything I can come up with.

charl08 🤣🤣 3w
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Bailedbailed

I work with statistics and would love to understand some things better, but I think I sold myself short on this one—I already had a pretty solid handle on what was presented in this book, so I bailed. Could be good for someone without much exposure to statistics, but even then, the writing came off to me as being really self satisfied. Glad I was able to return it.

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Oh William!: A Novel | Elizabeth Strout
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I didn‘t love this. MC is an older woman whose second husband recently died. Book is a lot of the story and her musings about her relationship with her first husband, who she maintains a friendship with and who she supports through a rough transition. Some of the writing is good, but I just didn‘t really like the characters or care much what happened to them. I read a review that said it‘s a short book that felt long, and I agree. ⭐️⭐️💫

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Impulse download after hearing the author on a podcast. There were some interesting and useful insights, along with some things I‘d encountered before. I‘d guess most people who are interested could find something useful in here.

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Oh my god, get to the point!! This book is supposed to be centered around a road trip, but I‘m close to 3 1/2 hours in and there‘s not a vehicle in sight. Let‘s get this show on the road!!

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Evidence of the Affair | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Great short listen from TJR told through a series of letters between the spouses of two people having an affair. Free with Audible membership and worth the 80 minutes!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ the author and her husband buy a second home in serious disrepair and fix it up. I enjoyed a lot of the practical things about cleaning and renovating the house. The emotional journey and the bits about the house telling her what it needed worked less well for me. I‘m sure money was tight, but that hits different for a couple raising a family and buying and renovating a second home on one income. Between a soft pick and a so-so.

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Lives and loves of several people in a small town in Maine over many years. The writing and characters are really good, but I didn‘t realize going in that this is a series of essays/short stories that are each meant to stand alone, although many of the same characters show up. I was getting frustrated trying to keep track of everyone and finally realized I didn‘t really need to. Enjoyable, but maybe a soft pick.

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#AlphabetGgame #LetterB

This is maybe not the highest brow book I could have chosen, but I picked it for exceeding my expectations. As I remember it, the author documents her journey of digging herself out of a life hole and building one she loved in a way that seemed practical and real and not full of cringey platitudes.

Thanks for the tag @CaitZ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Whew—there was a lot there! Starts as a biography of John Maynard Keynes and the development of his work and theories and their application in his lifetime, and then moves into his legacy and and impact of his work, and the evolution of different macroeconomic and political schools@of thought through the second half of the 20th century through the 2008 financial crisis. Really interesting, but dense! I‘m sure I missed a lot.

hollyvoncount This is giving me flashbacks to my macroeconomics class. 😅 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ I got an assist on my August #LMPBC book when I found a great audio version for free on Audible! I connected more with the first half where there was more of a story and a plot. The second half was more meditative and seemed to hint at rather than describe a lot of the behavior, and I felt less connected to or invested in the characters at that point. Worth a read if you‘re interested in classics.

Twainy Oh no. I have this clothbound classic. 6mo
fredthemoose @Twainy It‘s worth a read (or just keeping around for display purposes!)—I just wasn‘t that invested in most of the characters by the end and didn‘t care one way or another what happened. 6mo
Twainy I‘m a character reader … I enjoyed the Big Finish radio plays … I bet it ends up a display piece. 6mo
Kitta @Twainy this is one of my favourites! Everyone is different though so I‘d say give it a chance. 6mo
Twainy @Kitta 😁 6mo
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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Three friends‘ lives are upended when an old friend of one of them joins the group and exploits their weaknesses and insecurities. Sort of an Anglo-Nigerian Gossip Girl/Sex and the City. The narration in the audiobook was great. Strong pick!

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Slaughterhouse-Five | Kurt Vonnegut
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have no idea how to review this! It was my #LMPBC pick for a group reading classics and I had no idea what to expect. A largely satirical anti-war novel with some really fantastic writing. I have a hard time with fantastical stuff in books and there was a bit of that, but it moved fast and was a great read. A strong pick—I‘ll definitely add more Vonnegut in the future! @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks it‘s on its way to you!

Leftcoastzen An all time favorite! 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Memoir of a man completing the bucket list left for him by his younger brother who died of motor neuron disease (ALS in the US). The love between the brothers was truly touching, but many of the list items and flashbacks to his brother‘s illness in the middle of the book sort of merged together without adding much else to the overall story. Most of it could have been expressed in a beautiful long essay. Not sure it needed 345 pages.

fredthemoose @Roary47 @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @mnjacques I finally finished my last LMPBC book from the last round! It was great reading with you all. @Roary47 I‘ll get this in the mail to you later this week! 6mo
Roary47 Yay! That one is not my book though. I had the Mister Rogers. 💛 6mo
fredthemoose @Roary47 Oh, shoot—you‘re right. I think this is supposed to go to @mnjacques 6mo
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Roary47 @fredthemoose @mnjacques @BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I feel like I didn‘t get one. I read this one, mine, and crying in h mart. What am I missing? We‘ve had issues with our mail so just want to make sure it‘s not missing 😭 6mo
fredthemoose @Roary47 Hollywood Park was the 4th, and it was really good! I held things up and sent both that and the Mr. Rogers to @mnjacques at the same time at the end of June (I think?? 😬). Hopefully it makes its way to you eventually! 6mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks Yes. Hollywood Park was my choice, so I hope it gets to you @Roary47 and then back to me eventually! @mnjacques Let us know! 6mo
Roary47 @fredthemoose no worries at all I was just worried it was lost. I hope I get a chance to read it. I‘ll keep checking the mail, but let me know if I need to bully my post office. 6mo
mnjacques I have them and am in the process of reading them! Sorry it‘s taking me so long like kinda got hectic 6mo
fredthemoose @mnjacques I got@this in the mail to you today! 6mo
sherrisilvera I am midway and struggling to continue 6mo
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The Nineties: A Book | Chuck Klosterman
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed this. The 90s overlapped with my adolescence through young adulthood. I remembered most of what was in here and enjoyed having it put in some context. It‘s definitely through the lens of what was covered by mainstream media, which was dominated by white voices, but does acknowledge that at the beginning. I‘d be interested in talking about it with younger adults who don‘t remember much of the 90s.

MatchlessMarie I really enjoyed this one too 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really enjoyed this, based on Tina Brown‘s diaries from her time as the Editor in Chief of the resuscitated Vanity Fair in the 80s. She was (is) a career badass who also seems like someone who would be a delight to work or socialize with.

DivineDiana I had the pleasure of seeing her live at an author talk a few years ago. She was fascinating! 6mo
fredthemoose @DivineDiana oh, I bet she was a kick! That sounds super fun. 6mo
DivineDiana It was. I so enjoy author talks! 6mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was fun, and very much in keeping with my current streak of gossipy nonfiction. I know very little about Anna Wintour except for the character based on her from The Devil Wears Prada., but thought the author did a nice job of fairly portraying her and putting some of her decisions in context. If you also enjoy gossipy nonfiction, this is worth a read!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️ This one ran hot and cold for me. I appreciated the overall message of it being okay to meet yourself where you are and manage expectations while struggling. But some of her approaches stressed me out, like just leaving clean, unfolded laundry in a pile on the laundry room floor until someone wants to wear it. Some of her ideas suggest resources a lot of people don‘t have, and I wondered what her husband was doing while she was drowning.

WaterVixxen You have to find what works for you. It took me time a bad adjusting too 6mo
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Powell's Books | Portland, Oregon (Bookstore)
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When in Portland…

Leftcoastzen 👏👍🙀 6mo
AmyG 🙌🏻 6mo
RaeLovesToRead Ooh! And nice jigsaw! 😍 6mo
Suet624 Love, love, love 6mo
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Narrated by a young, talented MC going through a mental break down. The POV was interesting but because it was through the MC‘s thoughts, sometimes things jumped around and weren‘t explained or made explicit to the reader, and I often found my mind wandering elsewhere.

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⭐️⭐️ Unpopular opinion, but this did not work for me at all. I did a lot of eye rolling and mentally telling the MC to grow up. Friends to lovers is one thing, but I had a hard time with the MC being so wrapped up in a person she typically sees for a week once a year. There was a little growth at the (very) end (hence the second ⭐️), but by then it was too late to salvage any good feelings toward this book.

BookNightOwl I loved this book. I found it so funny. Hope your next read is better. 7mo
TheBookHippie Yuk yuk I loathe this author and totally realize it‘s an unpopular opinion🤣 7mo
Vansa Oh,I hated this book!And all of this author's books-completely shallow,and filled with contempt for other women and romance novels.Heres my rant review for this book,in case you're interested,I've been too generous with 3 stars,it deserves negative stars!https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4012178102 7mo
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 WTF was that? I enjoyed the book, but the ending left me asking the MC, “What are you doing???” It was 4 stars until that. Worth a read.

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⭐️⭐️💫 Meh. I love Trader Joe‘s, but didn‘t love this book. It‘s a history as told by the founder, who sold the company and left in the 80s, close to 2 decades before I ever went in one, so a lot of the descriptions feel very dated. The focus is mostly on the business considerations, but I‘m not sure who the target audience is. It feels too businessy to be of general interest, but not businessy enough to be a business book. 🤷‍♀️

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Dancing with Myself | Billy Idol
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Enjoyable celebrity musician memoir. He does a great job reading the audiobook. A lot of sex and drugs. He would have been a handful to be close to, but he seemed to come out the other end in a better place and to be pretty self aware with the passage of time. Thanks for the recommendation, @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick !

Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick YAY!! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Sometimes I think I have strange taste and get reluctant to make a recommendation. I've owned the physical book but since I've been tearing through audiobooks quickly the last few years I had to splurge and hear his voice. I feel like there's no better way to experience Billy's life than with his narration. 7mo
fredthemoose @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick the audio for this one was 100% the way to go—it was great hearing it in his voice! 7mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Forgot I put this one on hold, but it was great company while working in the yard this afternoon. It‘s a memoir in the form of letters to her two young daughters. If you like her comedy, and celebrity memoirs, it‘s worth picking up. The epilogue from her husband was a little weird, like “I‘m your parent, too!” I just saw that they split up, which is sad and makes me see some of what she wrote in a bit different light. Still good though!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The You‘re Wrong About (podcast) deep dive on this started me down a rabbit hole of books and movies about the British royal family and I finally came back around to the book that started it. If that‘s a topic/genre that interests you, this is worth a read!

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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Another great essay collection from David Sedaris. More related to current events (guns, COVID, BLM) than most of his other work, and it sounds like a more honest portrayal of his dad after his recent death. Definitely worth reading if you‘ve enjoyed his other work.

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What should I read??? Completely uninspired by everything right now.

I like memoir, nonfiction, and some fiction but I‘m not sure how to further specify which kinds—I‘m not big on sci fi, fantasy, or horror, but like most others.

What have you loved recently??

Blueberry My moods have been shifting alot lately also. I have been switching around between mystery, nonfiction, feel good, favorite authors, ... 7mo
Graywacke I really wish I had a good answer for you. Slumpy reading moods stink. 😕 7mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick My preferred memoirs are by celebrities but A Very Punchable Face by SNL's Colin Jost was cute & Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol had some great moments. If you're an audiobook listener, both of these were great! 7mo
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jenniferw88 If you don't mind the occasional f-word, I'm currently listening to this, and she's hilarious 😂 7mo
bibliothecarivs My first thought was this one, which blurs the lines between memoir and fiction. 7mo
bibliothecarivs I also recently gave 5 stars to Educated by Westover (memoir), The Last Duel by Jager (history), Matrix by Groff (historical fiction), and Uprooted by Lyon (folklore/nature/memoir). 7mo
fredthemoose @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Awesome! Thank you! I‘ve been “aware” of both of those, but neither made it into the immediate TBR, but I‘ll add them! 7mo
fredthemoose @jenniferw88 I do not mind the occasional f-word in the slightest! This looks great. Thanks for the recommendation! 7mo
fredthemoose @bibliothecarivs oooh—I‘d never heard of that one! I just added it to my stack! Thanks! 7mo
Maria514626 Have you read is one? It‘s one of my all-time favorites. (edited) 7mo
EvieBee @Maria514626 This sounds great! Checking out at the library today. 7mo
Maria514626 @eviebee I hope you like it! I force it on everyone. 😁😁😁 7mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Interesting exploration of two competing schools of thought around the use of indiscriminate vs. precision bombing in WWII and the promises, challenges, and consequences of each. Originally developed as an audiobook, the audio includes original interviews from people who were involved and historical broadcast material.

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I think my impression of this suffered from reading it right after The Gifts of Imperfection. There‘s a fair amount of overlap. I‘m on board with premise about the value of vulnerability, but GoI just resonated with me more.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ The characters are well written and there‘s so much grit, perseverance, strength, hope, and love. It‘s a vivid portrayal of survival that motivated me to learn more about the Dust Bowl and Great Depression. But it also had some real misery porn tendencies and unrealistic scenes. Compelling, but a soft pick.

JuniperWilde Good review - 7mo
britt_brooke Nice, honest review! 7mo
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I have a little bit of resistance to Beene Brown for not better reason than so many people like her, but I enjoyed this and thought there were some interesting insights here.

jimfields3 Your reason resonates with me, too! I find Brown thought-provoking, and this is in my TBR pile. Thanks for your feedback! (edited) 7mo
EvieBee Hmm. Same reason I haven‘t read her yet! Seems like a good place to start! 7mo
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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

#LMPBC Group V - what do you think of Lolita, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, or To Kill a Mockingbird for a pick? Have you read all of those? I also haven‘t read any Vonnegut and would happily take suggestions, or could take an overflow from the list posted by @TheAromaofBooks

BeckyWithTheGoodBooks I haven‘t read Lolita or any Vonnegut! Those would work for me! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm fine with Cuckoo's Nest or Vonnegut... I believe @Eggs has read a decent amount of Vonnegut over the last couple of years so she may have some suggestions for a good starter book (??) if that's the way we decide to go!! (Sherri, isn't that the author that your brother loved so you were reading some of his books? I can't remember for sure!!) 7mo
fredthemoose @britt_brooke you‘re also a Vonnegut fan if I remember correctly—any suggestions for a group of Vonnegut newbies? 7mo
britt_brooke @fredthemoose You can‘t go wrong with Slaughterhouse-Five! I think it‘s probably the best for easing into his style and humor. 💚 I love when friends know me for my Vonnegut love, so thank you. 💚 7mo
Eggs God bless you mr rosewater, and slaughterhouse 5 @TheAromaofBooks Yes you remembered correctly! 7mo
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This was okay. Endearing look at Mr. Rogers, who truly seemed like a lovely man, but maybe a little too fawning. There was no conflict or struggle—I found it pleasant but not compelling. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This was fun. Interesting background on the most prominent women in the British Royal family, done in a way that didn‘t feel over the top salacious or gossipy. If this seems like something you might like, it‘s worth a read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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This was exactly the right book at exactly the right time for me. Instead of hacks for how to be more productive, it offered an opportunity to step back and think about what you most want to do and how to accept that we can only do so much and that to do what matters most to you, some other things will need to slide. Loved it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Hollywood Park: A Memoir | Mikel Jollett
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I loved this so much. An intimate and honest memoir of a childhood that began in a cult and then moved to the home of a narcissistic and emotionally abusive mother, the forging of family bonds with a father, stepmother, and extended family, and years of struggle, growth, and healing. It was so good and I want to talk to people about it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

EvieBee Sold! I remember listening to an author interview and it sounded like a fab memoir. 8mo
fredthemoose @EvieBee totally worth a read! I had it sort of peripherally on my TBR and then it was a pick for my LMPBC group and I‘m so glad that put it to the top of the list for me! 7mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Meh. This was fine. Had some potentially useful frameworks and things to think about, but really seemed geared toward people with a certain background (knowledge workers in the private sector with a lot of savings/assets and easily marketable skills/side hustles that they are thinking about building on for a career transition). For people in other circumstances, there was less that seemed directly applicable.

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Dial A For Aunties | Jesse Sutanto
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⭐️or maybe no stars? This might be an unpopular opinion, but this book was TERRIBLE. Poorly written (all telling, no showing), asinine plot with a million holes, the characters weren‘t likable or compelling and made truly bizarre decisions. I think the reader was supposed to root for the MC, but she and her family were so callous and kept doing terrible things to cover up for terrible things that I wanted her to go down.