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Hello!

What are you reading these days?

I recently finished the newest Emily Henry titled Funny Story which I really liked. I'm currently reading A Better World by Sarah Langan about a family that are "lucky" to move to a company city where life is better - better food, better air, safer but things aren't really what they seem. So far so good.
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I also liked Funny Story!

I finished The Weekend Retreat by Tara Laskowski. It was fine.

Now I have Recursion by Blake Crouch.
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I finished The Mandibles by Lionel Shriver. Honestly, kind of hated it. It struck me as a Republican rant thinly disguised as a story.
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Oh wow, I can't believe you went from 5 stars to hating it, Spudd!

I finished Strange Sally Diamond. It was entertaining enough and I gave it 3.5 stars. But the main drama here is something that has been done SO. MANY. TIMES. It's hard to be original, though she managed to throw in a few things I hadn't read before. And the main character is neurodivergent, which also has been done way too often. Still, overall a solidly entertaining book, if a bit too disturbing. I'm just old and bored with fiction, as I'm sure I've mentioned 257 times already.

I'm still reading (more like skimming) Hamnet. It's very boring, but I'm still curious about it. If that makes sense. I hope to finish it today or tomorrow.
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Finished Hamnet. It's the kind of writing some people call lyrical. I call it flowery. Read if you're in the lyrical team. I mean, I'm not a heartless robot. I can enjoy lyrical/flowery. If it has, you know, a plot. 2 stars.

Then I read a sci-fi thriller called Cold Storage, by David Koepp. It was fast-paced and fun, if you're into that kind of thing. I think Spudd is probably the only one around here who would enjoy it. 3 stars. 4 for the fun, but it's very cheesy.

Not sure what's next. I'm in the mood for something light, maybe a rom-com.
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I am now reading The Three-Body Problem. I'm having a hard time with all the Chinese names, keeping the characters straight. It's starting to get interesting, though. I'm about 10% into it.
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Someone told me to watch The Three Body Problem which I think is on Netflix? You'll have to let us know how you like it Spudd.

I just finished Daughter of Mine by Megan Miranda. 3.5 stars. It was 4 stars yesterday but I slept on it and dropped it 0.5 stars. Some of the twists were like...DUDE, really? I think I probably need a break from thriller world as it's all the same, rinse and repeat these days. I do love the authors I'm reading and their new stuff is going on hold for me but maybe I need more of a break than what I did the last few weeks.

I have Real Americans by Rachel Khong. I have no idea what it's about but I really loved her debut Goodbye Vitamin so I'm looking forward to this. This is not thriller but more lit fic whatever that means these days.
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I'm curious about the 3-body problem, but I think I'm too stupid for it. Let us know how it goes, Spudd.

I started a Lynn Painter for my rom-com craving, but couldn't get into it. It was Mr Wrong Number, I think. Shame, I really loved her Better than the Movies last year. Then I read The Whispers. Sort of hated it. Character-driven novels very rarely work for me, especially when most of the characters are horrible people, like in this one. I only finished it because there was a child between life and death (not a spoiler, it's in the synopsis), and I had to know if he would live. But don't let me stop you, Rowan gave it 5 stars! I have a feeling Blush might like this. Spudd I think might agree with me.

Now I'm reading Mariana by Susanna Kearsley. This author sounds right up my alley on paper, but I'd tried 2 of her books before and couldn't get into either of them. I'm thoroughly enjoying this one, which makes me wanna give the 2 others a second chance. She writes historical fiction with a touch of ...fantasy? Paranormal? Idk, stuff I'd normally roll my eyes at, but it's working for me this time. I was expecting a little more adventure and less romance, maybe, but overall, I'm really enjoying it. I like her style and the whole Britishness of it (though the author seems to be Canadian.)
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I can't believe I haven't updated.

Books in May: Recursion by Blake Crouch. 4 stars.

A Friend in the Dark by Samantha M Bailey. Ugh. The second half was better than the first and thankfully it was very short. Do not recommend.

The Engagement Party by Darby Kane, only slightly better.

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North. 4 stars (time travel, intrigue, not my usual thing but good).

The Honey Don't List by Christina Lauren. Cute enough. 3 stars.
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I finished the Three-Body Problem last night. It got a lot better once I got into it. But it ended on a cliff-hanger! :phbtt! Apparently it's a trilogy and that was just book 1. SO ANNOYING.
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