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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Fun audiobook with a really talented voice cast. There wasn‘t anything super special about the story, so I‘m not sure it would have been as enjoyable in print. Because of the interview format, the character development was a bit one-dimensional, but I liked getting the different perspectives.

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Panpan

Not a fan of this one. Plot and motive seemed way too thin for me. And it was very slow for a thriller. Add to that a crew of unlikeable characters and plot holes galore! This is my least favorite Ware book so far.

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The Test | Sylvain Neuvel
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Comments comparing this novella to a Black Mirror episode are spot on. I got the same kind of uncomfortable, disturbing feeling after reading this that I get from watching those episodes. It‘s all kinds of messed up and I couldn‘t put the book down until it was done!

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson
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All the stars for this book (and the series thus far). My favorite fantasy series and it‘s not even halfway done, but I have no doubts that Sanderson will deliver. I love the complexity of the characters, the depth of the world, and the substance of the action. Now, how do I follow this up?

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I usually struggle to stay engaged with nonfiction, but this book definitely resonated with me. I am very much an introvert, and I‘m also intrigued by all kinds of personality studies. I‘d probably be a psychologist in my alternate life.

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Leviathan Wakes | James S. A. Corey
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I was recommended to watch the series, so of course I had to read the book, too! Listened and watched them in tandem, which was a neat experience. I liked both, but this is one of the rare cases where I like the television series more than the book. Gasp! I feel kind of dirty just for saying it. But, Naomi is way more badass in the show, and I think overall, the show has better representation of female characters. Will continue the series.

wanderinglynn I just got this book, but I didn‘t realize it was a show too. I‘ll have to check it out! 👍🏻 1mo
mutlee @wanderinglynn It‘s on Amazon, called The Expanse. I believe it originally aired on SyFy, but Amazon picked it up for additional seasons. There are 3 seasons out now. 1mo
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Mehso-so

Some beautiful writing and poignant scenes, but it didn‘t really resonate with me like it seems to have with others.

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Mehso-so

This isn‘t really my genre, but since I found my last Ware audiobook entertaining, I thought I‘d give another a go. I liked this one a little more than The Woman in Cabin 10. The mc was more likeable and overall plot seemed more plausible. I liked the dark, gothic setting. Definitely wanted to see how it all played out, but there wasn‘t anything especially striking about the novel to me.

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Mehso-so

I was definitely entertained, but the more I think about the plot, the more problems I have with it. It started to lose me towards the end.

marleed That happens to me sometimes too! When I finished Little Fires Everywhere I thought I liked it. The more I thought about the author having a slant toward Maya‘s character the more it bugged me. Now I have to remind myself that I did like it upon finishing! 2mo
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Loved this! I know Eleanor is a very eccentric character, but I felt she was one of the most real and relatable characters I‘ve read in a while. Funny and heartbreaking. I had trouble putting this down and want more. Also, loved hearing it read with a Scottish accent!

julesG Yeah, I've just started. 2mo
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Failed Future | Elise Kova
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My favorite book in the spin-off series so far! I thought it had good pacing, necessary character dev for Vi, fun new platonic relationships, and lots of plot twists. Fans of the original Air Awakens series will really like this one. It makes me want to go back and read all those books again.

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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I love mythology (and pretty much everything Gaiman), so this was perfect for me. And I actually didn‘t know much about Norse Mythology. I‘m glad I picked up the audiobook for this one bc a) Neil Gaiman‘s voice is awesome, and b) I would have butchered many of the pronunciations in my head. Probably should be required for lit students. Why was I only required to read Greek/Roman? So many allusions from the Norse!

AutumnRLS I loved this. Thor is such a dope. It made me laugh every time! 2mo
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Panpan

I really expected to enjoy this book, but it just didn‘t work for me. On multiple levels. My biggest issue was with the writing. I could have overlooked some of the trite prose if there was something unique to the story, but it was typical, traditional fantasy with all of the expected tropes. And, I didn‘t like Eragon the character. He lacked depth...and a personality.

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Oathbringer | Brandon Sanderson

I just love this series so much!

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The Shape of Water | Guillermo Del Toro, Daniel Kraus
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What a lovely story! The alternating POVs worked really well, even seeing the mental decline of the despicable Strickland. I‘m ashamed to admit I haven‘t seen the movie yet. It‘s on my list, but I don‘t get much time for adult movies. Looking forward to enjoying the story in another medium.

ShyBookOwl This was a rare case wherein the alternating POV didn't work for me. I think I wanted the story to have a fairytale-esque or magical realism to it, but I felt Strickland's militaristic POV kind of overtook that potential. Good book, just wasn't what I was looking for. I preferred the movie. 3mo
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Mehso-so

This is my least favorite Groff book. I enjoyed listening to her prose. I think it reads aloud well. And I like the structure and pacing. But the story itself was a bit boring, which kind of made it drag when the characters aren‘t likeable either. Kind of like Florida, there were parts that really spoke to me and parts that were just meh.

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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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I really liked the Japanese folklore and world-building. Maybe I‘m ready to try some Manga. Maybe. But, I thought the dialogue was weak and felt really discordant with the setting. That turned me off a bit, but I still want to read the sequel.

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Saga, Volume 3 | Brian K Vaughan
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Love it! Enough said.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Mehso-so

Cute, superficial, light “read”. Not really my thing, but I thought I‘d step out of my comfort zone a bit. I haven‘t seen the movie yet (I know, I‘m way behind on movies), but I‘d like to check it out to compare.

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Eye of the World | Robert Jordan
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I love big, epic reads, so this was enjoyable for me! However, I think I would have rated it higher if I would have first read it years ago. I‘ve read so much good fantasy lately that has much more unique world building and more dimensional character development. It‘s such a slow burn, that I‘m guessing I‘ll get more of that in subsequent books. I appreciated the detail and history and look forward to learning more.
#buddyreadWoT

magicalshelves I felt the same about this series. I ended up abandoning it around book 5 because I got annoyed with how the women were being portrayed. 3mo
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Florida | Lauren Groff
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As always, Groff‘s prose is beautiful. I didn‘t like this as much as her other books, but short stories aren‘t really my thing. Just as I get invested, they end. But I did like the recurring mother character. And I related as a northerner living in the south. Descriptions of north Florida are spot on!

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Florida | Lauren Groff

“She buries her failure in this, as she buries all her failures, in reading.“
Yep, that's me!

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Eye of the World | Robert Jordan

Reading Chapter 19 is like watching a scary movie. I keep wanting to yell at the trio “Don‘t do it!” #buddyreadswot

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I really enjoyed this one! It was perfect for an audiobook. Not too dense and a great narrator. The side characters are wonderful and the themes are pretty deep for a middle grade book. I‘d like to read this again with my kids when they are older.

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Untitled | Unknown

Just tried the web version of Litsy for the first time and imported my Goodreads files. Very cool! Thanks for the upgrades!

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Winter of the Witch | Katherine Arden
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Life‘s been crazy, so I‘m behind in reviewing this book, but I absolutely loved it! I loved the whole series, but this one felt more magical than the others. After some unsatisfying endings of other series (lol), this made my heart happy.

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Edgedancer | Brandon Sanderson
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It was so good to get back to Roshar! I love the series, and this novella did not disappoint. Lift is a lot of fun, and I liked exploring a different part of the world.

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The Emperor's Soul | Brandon Sanderson
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This deserves a second read. I feel like there was so much packed in this novella, and I‘m sure I missed some vital info. But, I still really enjoyed it. It explores so many themes in such a short piece. I especially liked the exploration of what constitutes art. Next time I need to read it instead of listen.

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Prince of Thorns | Mark Lawrence
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I needed the change of pace into something very dark and violent. I like that the anti-hero was unapologetically bad. Jorge is no bad boy with a heart of gold; he‘s straight up evil. Looking forward to continuing the journey.

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Evermore | Sara Holland
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Well that was disappointing. I really enjoyed the first book, but I felt like everything that was done right in that book was done wrong in this one. The main character started to annoy me and became the typical whiney YA heroine. The cool blood time magic concept became a minor detail. The visions were boring and the ending was anticlimactic. This just didn‘t work for me.

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Sky in the Deep | Adrienne Young
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I enjoyed this book. I did find the writing style a little awkward at times, but not enough to dissuade me from the story. I found this more fulfilling than a lot of other ya I‘ve read recently. I liked that the mc was both tough and emotional. I don‘t think you have to be one or the other.

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Mehso-so

This was a quick and entertaining read. I think it had a lot of potential, but there was too much going on and not enough development to really make this stand out. Doesn‘t help that I read it right after Spinning Silver (which I thought was fabulous)!

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I loved it! It was pure magic! So many good things to say about this one, but a few of my favorites: the magic of math (and knowledge) for Wanda, especially how it tied in with knitting; the theme of family, in the loosest sense of the word; the bonds made by the three main characters; and the atmospheric writing.

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Everless | Sara Holland
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Pretty typical YA fantasy book. But, I think it was better executed than many of its counterparts. I loved the blood-time currency concept and appreciated the focus on friendship over romance. I think I need to take a YA break soon, but I‘d definitely recommend this one over a lot of others I‘ve read recently.

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Mistborn: Secret History | Brandon Sanderson
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This was a fun addition. I love the extra cosmere clues. But, the story itself was a bit boring in comparison to others in the series. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read it sooner after I finished the trilogy and was still yearning for more.

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The Hangman's Daughter | Oliver Ptzsch, Lee Chadeayne
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I needed to switch things up, so I decided to try out this one that‘s been in my Kindle library for a long time. I liked the setting, history, and characters, but the “mystery” was rather predictable and the prose was sluggish. Maybe it was a translation issue or maybe the original was just as chunky, but it didn‘t quite grab me. I did love the illustrations though! I‘d like to read more ebooks with interactive graphics.

toofondofbooks I've read all the books in this series. They get better and i got really attached to the characters. 5mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Disturbing. I like dark, but this just made me feel icky. The characters are all unlikable and super twisted. It was rather predictable in parts, but I don‘t think the murder mystery was really the point. It‘s good when a book can evoke strong emotions, and for that, I rate it highly, but I wouldn‘t say I actually enjoyed it.

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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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I really liked the premise of this book. It‘s a little dark and fantastical. There‘s some rich world building, and enough unanswered questions that I want to read more. My main complaint is that the character development is lacking and the dialogue doesn‘t flow well. I‘ll have to see if the second book remedies some of these faults. Intrigued enough to continue.

jackilynn I was not the biggest fan of the Bone Witch but I figured I would attempt book 2 before I completely gave up on the series. I enjoyed book 2 way more than book 2. 6mo
mutlee @jackilynn Good to know. It had so much potential! 5mo
jackilynn @mutlee I just realized my brain was faster than my fingers and my comment is a mess. Ooops. Was supposed to say I enjoyed book 2 more than book 1. Stupid typos. 5mo
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The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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It was definitely a bit slow, but I liked it. The setting and atmosphere really drew me in, and the mystery picked up the pacing toward the end. Thought provoking and well executed.

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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Well, this was scary! Interesting premise. It gave me lots to think about. I really enjoyed the first two-thirds, but what happened to the end? It was an absolute mess!

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Calamity | Brandon Sanderson
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This has been an entertaining series, but I was a little disappointed in the ending . Sanderson usually kills it at the end, but this fell flat for me. Too convenient.

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Firefight | Brandon Sanderson
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I didn‘t find this one as engrossing as Steelheart. Maybe because some of the novelty wore off, or maybe because of the slower plot. But, the ending is where it shines! Sanderson is a great closer!

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Shatter Me | Tahereh Mafi
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I enjoy romance as part of a storyline, but this was a little too much romance for me. I appreciated the experimental writing, and liked how it reflected the main character‘s mental state, but that also got to be a little much for me.

GondorGirl I just finished this one today and I agree- the romance was TOO MUCH. The style works for me, but the whole 'I've been in love with you since childhood, even though we've never spoken' thing was over the top. I think I'll wait a bit before reading the second book. 6mo
mutlee @GondorGirl I just realized I didn‘t provide a review for the next two in the series. They only get worse. It‘s like a bad soap opera. Entertaining in the sense that it‘s so cheesy. 6mo
GondorGirl @mutlee So, only read them if I'm in the mood for cheese. Got it! 😁 6mo
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Flame in the Mist | Renaee Ahdieh
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Quick audiobook. I loved the setting and found the story intriguing. But I thought it got very repetitive at times. And some of Mariko‘s choices really irritated me. For someone who prides herself on intelligence, she does some really stupid things.

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The Hod King | Josiah Bancroft

The rich “learn lessons.” The poor commit crimes. “Mistakes” are generally considered a mark of the middle class.

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The Hod King | Josiah Bancroft

“My sense of being, my identity, whatever you want to call it, it doesn‘t reside in my parts. It lives in my past, and in the continuity of my present thoughts, and in my hopes for the future. I‘m more afraid of losing a memory than a limb.”

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The Hod King | Josiah Bancroft
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I cannot express my love for this series enough! It is so good! The writing, the characters, the world-building, the plot, the inventiveness, the themes. The third book did not disappoint. It is just as good as the others, and I felt it really shined in the structure. I definitely recommend this hidden gem.

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War Storm | Victoria Aveyard
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Hooray, it‘s finally over! I thought about bumping this up to a so-so because it was slightly better than the middle books, but the anticlimactic ending ruined it. The plot is basically the same in all four books. The characters are all annoying and have no idea who they are or what they want. The series just didn‘t work for me and I would have DNF‘d after the first book if I wasn‘t scrapping the bottom of the barrel of my library‘s audio books.

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The Hod King | Josiah Bancroft
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“But the heart is a cat; it does what it pleases.”

Ain‘t that the truth!

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Red Queen #3 | Victoria Aveyard
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Not sure why I torture myself with this series. I guess bc I‘m running low on audio options from my library. I like to know how things end, so I‘ll probably complete the series, but I wouldn‘t recommend it to anyone.

Kimberlone I think I started the second book couldn‘t make myself finish it. 7mo
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