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Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio, and the narration was excellent, but the story was mediocre for me. It was entirely conversation and introspection. Excellent psychology and analysis, but I must prefer novels that tell a story via action and place (and interaction), rather than one that consists of discussion about a single event that happened at the beginning. I was bored and unengaged.

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Arcadia: A novel | Iain Pears
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Challenging read, and disappointing in parts, but I still go around recommending this. I began the hardback, then borrowed the audiobook and overlapped the two, which helped me keep the complex plot straight. The improvisational talents of all characters were unrealistic to me, though it made for some entertaining reading. Pears did an excellent job of developing place and characters - no small feat in this story!

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What She Left Behind | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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I actually stayed up late and finished this one - I was able to finish it in 2 days, which is rare for me. So it was a good balance of easy to read, fast-moving, and interesting enough to keep me engaged. I did think many of the schoolmates were one-dimensional and too conveniently used as plot devices instead of being interesting characters in their own right. Worth a read though, if the summary sounds interesting to you at all.

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Pickpick

This book was FUN. The culinary descriptions were utterly delightful, and the uniqueness of the story was engaging. The gore and violence was a touch outside of my comfort zone, but not too much for me. While I didn‘t agree with everything, it was thought-provoking and the characters were still appealing.

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Mehso-so

While I could relate very strongly to feelings of rejection that she discusses, I found most of the book unhelpful, largely in the way of ‘I already knew that...easier said than done.‘ Oh well. I guess I should have known it wasn‘t going to be that easy to resolve this struggle.

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Playing Catch-Up | A. B. Guthrie
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Totally co-opting the tagged book for my purpose of admitting that I tend to read in spurts and then post in spurts. I just posted reviews for books that I‘ve read over the past 6 months or so (or maybe even as far back as a year). 🤭 And that‘s not even all of them. I still have a handful on my tbr list that I‘ve finished reading. Anyone else have this trouble?

Centique Oh gosh, that‘s admirable! I never wrote any reviews until I discovered Litsy so that was MANY years of reading that I‘ve lost any record of 😳 Now I feel like I can‘t start the next book until I‘ve rated it on GR at least. 6mo
Meglet @Centique Well, that‘s one way of making sure you keep up! On my end, this is all Litsy-contained - I read books off my TBR list and then they stay on that list until I review them. I‘m not much of a social butterfly, even with Litsy, and so it goes. I have begun adding books to my “already read” list if I see ones mentioned in my feed that I recognize having read and remember at least some of the details. 6mo
Centique @Meglet that‘s a good tip to look out for already read 😊👍 6mo
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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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This writing. ❤️💔😭

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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So much of this book was so hauntingly and terrifyingly beautiful. I felt disappointed by the ending, and I‘m still trying to figure out why. Maybe it was too quiet and too...just...there...and maybe it was supposed to be. Maybe that‘s the point. But it wasn‘t what I expected or wanted. I think I need to read it again.

Tamra Loved it, in a despairing way. 6mo
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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The book club discussion was necessary for me to understand and appreciate some of the characters and to rate this a full pick. Prior to that, I was thoroughly disgusted with the father. The characters were fantastically developed, I LOVED the house (castle), and the comparisons of American and English mannerisms, language, and other quirks were some of my favorite parts. This might be a movie worth seeking out.

Tamra I loved the novel and the movie was ok. 6mo
Meglet @Tamra, so the movie might not be worth seeking out if it proves troublesome? The movie never measures up to the book, does it? 6mo
Tamra @Meglet if you can watch it for free via streaming or library, go for it! I enjoyed the novel better, only because you can only fit so much in. 😏 I watched it streaming - but I can‘t recall the channel - Netflix, Hulu, Amazon. 6mo
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Bailedbailed

I really wanted to love this book. It sounded so great at the outset. But 100 or so pages in, I just didn‘t care. For all the fun the authors had putting it together, they did a poor job of writing an engaging story. I was still confused about who the characters were, what was going on, and why.

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A.k.a. Haunt Me Still, the followup to The Shakespeare Secret (a.k.a. Interred With Their Bones) has more of the same glories and pitfalls as the first. The Shakespeare scholarship is still fascinating to me. The characters were better developed in this one, the mystery and adventure worse (or less present). Different enough to not feel like a copy of the first‘s plot, but more bizarre and “out there.”

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Interred with Their Bones | Jennifer Lee Carrell
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I need something in between pick and so-so for this one. It was fun and intriguing, and I will even likely read it again since it was gifted to me and I found all the Shakespeare scholarship fascinating, but it fell short of being great. I think I just had too hard of a time understanding some characters‘ background and motivation and it felt like the author was trying too hard to insert action and adventure that at times didn‘t make sense.

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The Four Loves | C. S. Lewis
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Lewis can get a bit boggy at times for me, when he‘s trying to logically untangle something challenging and complex, but The Four Loves is a beautiful read. It contains one of my favorite quotes (“The only place outside Heaven where you can be perfectly safe from all the dangers and perturbations of love is Hell”) and the part on friendship love is fantastic. We really should talk about brotherly love more.

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Pickpick

The epistolary format in this isn‘t my favorite. I think I enjoy atmospheric and setting descriptions, and feeling immersed in a place, more. Given that, the LORs were quite good at filling in most of those details. Yes, I‘ve worked in academia, and yes, this is good for many chuckles and winces. As cynical and dry as the professor is, it didn‘t get unbearable. Very well-balanced. Done quite well, but I won‘t return to it.

RaimeyGallant Nice review! 7mo
Meglet @RaimeyGallant Thank you! 6mo
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Love & Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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I probably would have adored this in my YA days. Reading it as an older adult, it wasn‘t perfectly satisfying, but it was still enjoyable. The teen characters didn‘t annoy me and the adults weren‘t too dumbed down. The diary flashbacks explaining Lina‘s mom‘s story were weak, and the ending climax and resolution felt a bit forced. That said, it was a fun trip through Italy, and when I visit, I‘ll pretty much be a 16-year-old girl about it.

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Lake House | Kate Morton
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This is the kind of mystery I love. Fantastic setting and character descriptions - I felt immersed. I avoid suspense because I dislike gore and cruelty, so this, lacking both, satisfied me. Just the right level of mystery, suspense, and frustrating, disagreeable, but still empathetic characters for me. I will go back for more of Morton‘s work.

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The Last Ember | Daniel Levin
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Fun read. Excellent pacing (hard to put down!) and the mystery / puzzle details mostly believable and follow-able. Some near-misses too convenient, some character actions confusing (come out of nowhere or change direction abruptly or missing good motivation). Revolves around Christian, Jewish, and Islamic history in Rome & Jerusalem. I was drooling over all the ancient archaeological sites. Enjoyed the ending, especially that of Mosè.

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The Eyre Affair: A Novel | Jasper Fforde
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I‘m one who usually hates inside jokes (and the winking and sniggering)...probably because they usually fly over my head. Somehow, this book managed to be enjoyable instead of making me feel flustered and embarrassed. It was still a bit over my head, but I felt if I stretched, I could grasp most of it. Couldn‘t quite wrap my mind around some of the sci-fi phenomena, but it was a job well done for making something like this palatable to me.

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Book Scavenger | Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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Often I have no patience for “childish” antics or behavior in YA books that may be appropriate or true to character. In this book, I didn‘t get annoyed. I liked the plot and puzzle (and the idea of book scavenging!). Good pace, interesting puzzle, good balance of action and character development. Didn‘t like the treatment of a bullying character - too one-dimensional and the main characters thought it fine to return the meanness.

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Pickpick

Listened to the audiobook and quite enjoyed the narrator, but found Flavia truly obnoxious in parts, especially at the beginning. I suppose I should appreciate that being true to character, but this is my biggest problem with books - if I can‘t empathize with the main character, I don‘t fully enjoy the book. I didn‘t fully dislike F, but I thought she needed taken down a few notches. P.S. What makes a mystery “cozy?”

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Started this on audiobook and it wasn‘t engaging enough to hold my attention. Too drawn-out, I think, and just not exciting enough for audio. Will try in print before giving up on it.

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Pickpick

I finished this several weeks ago and couldn‘t bring myself to finalize the end by reviewing. (See post re: book hangover.) I think “epic” is entirely appropriate here. I‘m now in the hold line for the audiobooks and movies. (It says something that as old as these books are, those lines are still 20+ long!) Harry, Ron, Hermione, I will be back soon. Thank you for such a wonderful adventure.

marianac.16 ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO REVIEW HARRY POTTER ITS SO FRICKIN GOOOODDDD 1y
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Pickpick

I thoroughly enjoyed this one because it was so utterly unusual for a historical romance, in some great ways. Male lead not promiscuous? And is a reader who loves to throw out Shakespeare references? Addressing actual difficulties of a several-years-old marriage? Honest discussions of sex? The narrator‘s intonation irritated me at first, but once conversations got going, I thought her accents were great (and learned some correct pronunciations!).

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Pickpick

I thought it was great. Blunt, and if you‘re not already at least leaning toward anti-culture and classical education, it will probably rub you the wrong way. I‘ve got a thing for beauty and truth and wisdom, and this book does too. As much as it disparages modern society, it‘s full of hope, which was my favorite part.

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The Christmas List: A Novel | Richard Paul Evans

What are your recommendations for the best bookish presents (specific items that you love), or the best sources for bookish presents?

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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https://bleeckerstreetmedia.com/themanwhoinventedchristmas

I don‘t know what is with the flood of movies about books and authors, but I‘m not complaining. This looks worth venturing out to see.

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I‘ve had book hangovers before, but this is one of the worst. I was having a really hard time focusing on anything else while I read this one, so I allowed myself to consume it in 3 days so I could go back to being a responsible adult, but now I just want to go back and read it all over again. Yeah, I‘d say Harry‘s world really sucked me in.

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Pickpick

It‘s a pick. I read this one so quickly, I never even got it on my currently reading list. I think I‘d still call 5 my favorite, but I‘m immensely enjoying the evolution of the story. I would say this is the only book in the series that ends in major cliffhanger style - while they‘ve all had some bits unresolved, this one really left me dangling.

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Pickpick

My book club debated whether it‘s too blatantly moralizing, but I think it‘s done so well that I don‘t mind. A lot of interesting facets to the book (education, justice versus mercy...) in addition to the main focus on racism. Great sympathetic and interesting characters and well-described settings add to the richness of the book.

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This one killed me. Real laughter, real tears, and so many times I was yelling at the characters for being dense or immature or foolish. At the beginning, I didn‘t enjoy it much because I was so frustrated with Harry and Sirius and Dumbledore, but the laughter and tears saved it. My favorite one so far.

Now I simultaneously need a huge break and need to read the next one RIGHT NOW.

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1. Gone With the Wind, I believe.
2. Straight to the point
3. All the ways. Cream & maple syrup. Milk & pumpkin syrup. Frozen blended w/peanut butter. Black if it's really good coffee.
4. Don't make me choose! Tazo Wild Sweet Orange is pretty good though.
5. Where there are no distractions or interruptions.
6. Always loved it.

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These books are getting hefty! I'm still enjoying the series, and I'm getting really curious about Snape. Intense ending to this one. The series takes a noticeably darker turn here, but they don't keep getting darker and sadder, do they? It's been fun to talk about them with my son; I'm tickled it's something he and I both enjoy.

Cayuse These are great books, but be aware that the story matures along with the characters... whether that makes them “darker” or not is a function of personal taste. I always enjoyed how the story evolved, but no great conflict is ever resolved without cost. 2y
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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1. A Facebook post from Wind City bookstore
2. Earlier than I can remember. Probably infancy, from being read to.
3. Anne of Green Gables. (Ask me later and my answer will be different!)
4. The Abolition of Man
5. Gardening and baking
6. The Great British Baking Show
7. Winnie the Pooh
8. Book club. Nothing hashtagged.
9. Nope. Library for me.
10. My parents, for reading to me and letting me read, and all the good authors I've read.

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Charlotte's Web | E B White
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A book that can make me cry over a spider is superbly written. I so dearly love juvenile literature that doesn't talk down or belittle its readers, but that is still simple and good. Both my 3-year-old and 10-year-old enjoyed it (as did I). Hearty pick!

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Love, Lies and Spies | Cindy Anstey
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Mehso-so

Sweet and fun. Meandering at times, jumpy (lacking smooth transitions) at others. Many characters also could have been developed more. If you like light YA, you'll probably enjoy it. P.S. Keys have nothing to do with the story, other than the general association with spying. But it's a pretty cover!

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I feel Annie's pain (see image). I got impatient with the story too. But I was fond enough of the characters to stick with it. I didn't find it hard to keep up with the 2 story lines. Likable characters, fun place setting (old British house, old British pub), indulgent fantasy involving secret library. Not as lovable as A Paris Apartment, which comes down entirely to relating to that book more (& feeling more understood by it).

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A Paris Apartment | Michelle Gable
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I loved it. I cared so much, and I understood the feelings...and the characters, they cared so much for each other, and paid attention, and understood, and took care of each other. And the food! And the antique furniture! And Paris! Paris has never been my favorite, but while reading this book, I loved it. Such a success of writing. I didn't just read this, I lived it.

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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
Mehso-so

I did appreciate Emma's development through the book. But I felt that Austen was trying too hard to make her point (of mockery, or simply illustration of conventions she disliked) and went on and on until I was muttering, "I get it already!" And Knightly isn't my favorite Austen guy. He's too good. I think that's the point, but it makes me suspicious. No book crush this time.

enidkeaner I've heard a lot of people say they found Knightley boring, so you're totally not alone. Knightley's been my favorite precisely because he's so steady but I can see how others find him fairly boring or too good. 2y
Meglet @enidkeaner Now that you say that, boringness might be part of it - he's not terribly interesting. But I was thinking more that, as far as favorite leading men go, I don't like him much because I would always feel so inferior...never good enough. 2y
enidkeaner I can see that. I think Austen didn't make him as flawed as say, Darcy, but I always did find him a bit flawed. He lectures Emma often and can come off as a bit of a know it all, I think. Funnily enough he's the only Austen hero I think I could deal with as a person - the others are interesting to read but I think would annoy me as actual people. 2y
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch

"Human nature is so well disposed towards those who are in interesting situations, that a young person, who either marries or dies, is sure of being kindly spoken of."

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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch

Ok Littens, I'm about 40% of the way through Emma, and so far like it way less than Pride and Prejudice. If I want another Austen to love as much as P&P, which one should I read next?

AmandaL I've only ever read Pride and Prejudice. 2y
sprainedbrain Emma is my least favorite... P&P is my favorite, but I liked Persuasion and Northanger Abbey a lot! 2y
enidkeaner Aw! Emma is my absolute favorite Austen! P&P is second. Personally I don't think you can go wrong with any of her novels, other than Mansfield Park. 2y
Meglet @enidkeaner I'm determined now to find a book we both like! 2y
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Emma | Jane Austen, James Kinsley, Adela Pinch
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"...a School...not of...anything which professed, in long sentences of refined nonsense, to combine liberal acquirements with elegant morality...and where young ladies for enormous pay might be screwed out of health and into vanity - but a real, honest, old-fashioned boarding school, where a reasonable quantity of accomplishments were sold at a reasonable price, and where girls might be sent...without any danger of coming back prodigies." Zing.

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Brideshead Revisited | Evelyn Waugh
Mehso-so

I'm torn on this book. Had I read it by myself, it probably would have been pan or bail - the story is depressing and I found little to care for. But I read it with a book club and it led to a phenomenal discussion. So pick for excellent book club read and inspiring conversation; so-so for my own personal taste.

enidkeaner Aw! Brideshead is probably my favorite modern novel. Sorry it didn't work for you! 2y
Meglet @enidkeaner I know... :( The same for one of the other book clubbers - she LOVES this book. I just really struggle with self-absorbed, or self-indulgent, or immoral (or even amoral) characters, and with liking a book where everything in it makes me so sad. I'm trying to get better at that! 2y
enidkeaner @Meglet life's way too short to read what bums you out! I can understand struggling with the characters - I think it's common for people to need to like characters to keep going or feel connection. For me I just need to be able to care what happens to them, so spending time with awful (literary) people isn't difficult. That and the style of the book is totally my wheelhouse! 2y
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Pickpick

Big pick because it made me happy to read it. Some small quibbles: why did everyone willfully ignore the sneakoscope? Why did Hermione want to take so many classes, and why did McGonagall support that? And I felt a bit swamped by the cascade of information and answers at the end. I like getting all my questions answered, so I appreciate Rowling's attempt. It was just a bit much all at once.

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Lewis is a master of logical argument. The book is a defense of natural law, or foundational moral principles, not because they can be deduced or proven but because they are axioms of civilization. Made me want to be able to argue / defend like he does. It's a short read too- he's concise.

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The Clasp: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
Bailedbailed

I made it halfway through the book, began to suspect that this was going to be some kind of retelling of the short story The Necklace, and gave up. Still don't care for the characters at all. Self-absorbed, unethical, and this is what passes for witty now? Reminded me way more of The Nest than of The Madwoman Upstairs (so if you liked The Nest, you'll probably like this one). I guess there's a slight literary element to it, but not fun at all.

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The Clasp: A Novel | Sloane Crosley

I'm a third of the way through this book, the adventure has yet to begin, and the characters are highly unlikable. I'm beginning to feel like anything popular and new and even mildly critically acclaimed is going to have self-absorbed, unlikable characters and good gosh, can people not just be nice and mildly quirky and intelligent anymore?

LiteraryinLititz Ugh. It's really hard for me to get through books like that. 2y
Meglet @LiteraryinLititz do you have a hard time deciding when to bail too? I hate wasting my precious reading time on disappointing books, but I still have such a hard time bailing. 2y
LiteraryinLititz @Meglet You know, in recent years I'm much more willing to bail on books. Sometimes even if I appreciate that it's a well done book, it's still not my cup of tea. And if it's not well done, it's even easier to bail on! 2y
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Mehso-so

The writing was good. I liked reading about food, and different characters were interesting. The overall story just had too many gaps though. If I wanted to make up my own story to fill in the blanks, I'd write my own books. I didn't see enough clues given in each chapter to piece together what happened in between each one, so overall the story felt very incomplete.

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Mehso-so

I contemplated bailing in the beginning. It does get better, and it's a sweet story that appeals to my book love and affection for intellectual puzzles, but it was...flaky, maybe?...for quite a while. I'm not sure if it's a fair assessment to say it was too millennialist for me, but something about a lot of the characters, and the way the main character dialogued (internal and external) was just meh.

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The cover of this glows in the dark, y'all. I've stared at it a few different times, trying to decide if it's a puzzle of its own.