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  1. I just finished both of these exact two books! Invisible Girl was OK. It didn't really grip me either. The characters were just OK. I really enjoyed The Girl in the Mirror. The plot is a little like that show Sarah Michelle did where she played twins, the one that was canceled quickly. Great characters (I loved Iris, the main POV character), fun setting, good twists.
  2. The Witch Hunter by Max Seeck. I thought this was going to be a paranormal/horror thriller, and it kind of was, but mostly it was a police procedural/thriller. It started out strong, with a great suspense/horror sequence, and the first half was quite tense. But eventually it became kind of run-of-the-mill. Female detective scarred from her past, scary criminals, crazy serial killer, yadda yadda yadda. The book was all right, but I doubt I'll be picking up more in the series. Next up: Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell.
  3. Love & Olives by Jenna Evans Welch (she has others in this loosely connected series, Love & Gelato, Love & Luck). I liked Love & Gelato...but Love & Olives annoyed me from the start. I cannot stand books or other fiction (like TV shows) where simple communication could solve all the problems. Also, the love interest is supposed to be quirky and charming but I only found him annoying. And I wanted to slap the shit out of Liv's dad because he up and abandoned her when she was a child. Everything comes out at the end in a big information dump and by then I didn't care anymore because everyone kept lying to Liv when she should probably have been told the truth years ago.
  4. My daughter has read some of the Ramona books. I really do love reliving my book youth through my children. In addition to Ramona, I've recommended to them Harriet the Spy, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Matilda, The Witches. My son is starting on Watership Down. I reread them myself, too. These "children's" books are just as magical now that I'm, er, older as they were when I was 10, 11 years old.
  5. Willem and Maxima apologize for their Greece vacation Sigh. Will rich people ever think they have to play by the rules like the rest of us? What made them think this was a good idea? Oh yeah, let's just jet off to Greece while the poors are busy locking down and losing their jobs.
  6. Aw. I have Invisible Girl on hold at the e-library and it did sound good. I may still give it a whirl.
  7. So one neat twist to the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels and the Netflix series: they've apparently revived interest in the original books, which are being reprinted (with new covers) and are in stores now! We were at Target the other day and my daughter got The Ghost at Dawn's House. They also had a bunch of other books. It's so much fun that I can bond with my daughter over this!
  8. I have this on my list. Glad to hear it's worth the wait.
  9. Just finished Naomi Novik's new one, A Deadly Education. It's the start of the Scholomance series and it's a really promising first book for the series. Like many books that are first in a series, it's a lot of worldbuilding and the actual plot takes awhile to get going. But the characters are great, the worldbuilding is intricate and it's a fun concept of a dark, scary magic school.
  10. Chrissy Teigen is pretty open about her life, she puts everything on social media. Some people might not feel comfortable with that, but she and her husband clearly do. And if sharing her tragedy brought her some measure of comfort, then it was the right thing for her to do. Yeah. I guess that this is like, "don't tell anyone until your second trimester because if you miscarry then you'll have to talk about it and you'll be miserable." But maybe some women do want to talk about it and share their grief. They say 1 in 4 women have had a miscarriage, which is a lot. But you don't hear about it like that because we don't really talk about it much. Because women are supposed to grin and bear it on their own.
  11. So thanks to these posts I read a couple of Riley Sager books! Home Before Dark was wonderfully creepy. I also read The Final Girls; I think I liked Home Before Dark better, but Final Girls was still pretty good. I'm putting the rest of his books on my list to read in a few weeks at Halloween time because they have that perfect atmosphere for that time of year, my fave for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.
  12. I tried this one like three times. Mine glares at me occasionally too. Anyway, despite being a pretty big fan of YA (even if the tropes sometimes make me roll my eyes), I had never read One of Us is Lying. I finally rectified that -- and I loved it! So much that I quickly read the sequel too. Both books have a great cast of characters, an interesting mystery and a fun teen noir setting. The author takes some of those eye-rolling tropes and freshens some up and turns some of them on their heads. I look forward to her next book.
  13. The second book of my road trip was Majesty, the sequel to American Royals, by Katharine McGee. I wasn't going to read Majesty because I was meh on American Royals, but it was available from my e-library and I wanted something that didn't require much thought. I actually liked Majesty much more than American Royals. The characters are more likable and have a bit more depth than they did in the first book. And the relationships make more sense, they are deeper, they involve the characters actually getting to know each other rather than fleeing romance at first sight. There will clearly be another novel in this series. I hope it's more like the second book than the first.
  14. I always put books on my Goodreads list and then realize months later that...I've got a long list of books to read on Goodreads! At least it's a resource I can use when I'm in a reading funk (when I remember that it exists).
  15. I haven't, but I'm putting her books on my Want to Read list on Goodreads. They sound pretty good, particularly for Halloween time. Nice and creepy.
  16. Weekend road trip! So far I read We Are All the Same in the Dark by Julia Heaberlin. It was very creepy, gothic style, great atmosphere. An interesting twist but not a "gotcha" twist, and a good mystery. I would definitely recommend it.
  17. One advantage Harry and Meghan have in LA is that it's filled with celebrities so they're not as big a deal there as they were in the UK. Also the American paparazzi are not quite as...rapacious, say, as the British tabloids are. The American paps will get in celebs' faces and whatnot, but the American tabloids themselves are generally not quite as nasty.
  18. Just finished The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, a new YA that's kind of like Knives Out. I wasn't expecting a whole lot but I was pleasantly surprised. A solid main character (good characterization all around actually) and a fun mystery/quest with puzzles and riddles to entertain the reader along the way.
  19. That's why I said it depends on what their involvement is, it could be just behind the scenes. Reese Witherspoon has her own production company but it is different from Brad Pitt in that she is a very visible face of her company and acts in her own projects (like Big Little Lies and Little Fires Everywhere).
  20. I think the problem is that Harry and Meghan say they want their privacy but then sign a big deal with Netflix. If they want a Hollywood lifestyle, more power to them. If they want a glamorous red-carpet lifestyle, then don't bitch about cameras in your face all the time. Now, that said, it's entirely possible they will only be involved in behind-the-scenes production of whatever they make for Netflix, and won't be out mugging for the cameras or anything like that.
  21. Meghan talks about the importance of voting and making a change Cue a massive meltdown, of course, people saying she and Harry should be stripped of their titles.
  22. One thing I really enjoyed about the finale and the final season overall was that the team did not treat moving on as though it was this tragic end to everything. That's how life is. You have phases and you move on. People grow, change jobs, get married, have children. But so often TV shows act like breaking up a team or changing jobs is the end of everything. And the way AoS ended was nice because everyone was fulfilled and happy, not just because they were agents with the team but in whatever they were doing afterward.
  23. The characters and the relationships on this show were top-notch. I loved how they all knew each other, trusted and truly believed in each other and were a family for all intents and purposes. Mac telling Yo-Yo that she's a good agent regardless of her powers. Daisy saying she has a sister, Jemma Simmons. May and Yo-Yo trying to get into Yo-Yo's mind together and both being all "this is the worst thing ever." And they were all likeable, and genuinely liked each other. Despite all the insanity they were always going through, they always reacted in a very understandable, human manner. And that goes back to what I always say about television and movies -- if you have good, likeable characters, that goes a long way to making a good show or movie.
  24. I read this one and it's a different kind of read than the one the synopsis promises. I was expecting something a little lighter and more fun. Just finished The Night Swim by Megan Goldin and it was a decent read. It has rave reviews on Goodreads/Amazon so I borrowed the e-book from the library. It wasn't a bad book by any means, but again, the synopsis/marketing make this book out to be something it's not. It didn't really tick all the thriller/horror vibes for me. And there are twists, but they're kind of meh.
  25. Martin Henderson has got to be one of the worst Darcys ever. Seriously, that's the guy you pair with Aishwarya? Milquetoast is the best word I could use to describe him.
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