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Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened, by Allie Brosh

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funny lighthearted medium-paced

3.5

this book is a quick read. a collection of short stories really. the drawings are funny. the dog stories did have me laughing as they felt so relatable. I also really enjoyed her cake and hot sauce stories.

some of the stories were just meh though. and there are some poor word choices that didn't age well.

overall relatable and silly. a good light read.
Several People Are Typing, by Calvin Kasulke

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funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

2.5

 this is literally slack messages as the whole book. no narration. I read it really quickly, maybe like 2 hours?

this felt like being at work. I've used slack for years and I am in marketing. I've worked in an agency and totally find those conversations accurate. however, everything else about this was so silly & dumb. not in a bad way! it felt like a seth rogan or will ferrell film.

despite really relating to the work aspects of this book I dont think it was meant for me. its not my kind of humor. it also felt like being at work after hours. I wish all the emojis were the actual picture and not the code for it. it did make it hard to comprehend at times. 
When She Returned, by Lucinda Berry

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dark mysterious sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

 after the first few chapters this book is really fast paced. something is revealed every chapter. it felt realistic, but nothing surprising about the cult. a satisfying ending, but not super happy. cult leader is very charles manson-esque personality meets david koresh (waco). 
The Book of Cold Cases, by Simone St. James

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.0

this took a wrong turn for me. it's a fictional true crime book, but with a paranormal element. however, I just don't think true crime and paranormal go together. it lost me at that point. the writing felt very meh, the characters felt like caricatures. the overall "crime" and background were fine.
Kingdom of the Feared, by Kerri Maniscalco

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mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

very fast paced. happy ending to the trilogy which I am thankful for. some things felt rushed or unsure how they just ended. not all questions were answered, which is something that I don't want. overall happy to wrap this trilogy up.
Parable of the Sower, by Octavia E. Butler

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dark reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.5

 while very eerie to read about the dystopian future she created I just didn't connect with it as strongly as others had. I think it was just too sad. and maybe that's the point. 
The Last House on Needless Street, by Catriona Ward

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dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

its hard to say much without spoilers so I will just say I loved this. I was guessing until the very end. creepy but not over the top. felt very authentic. I read through it so quickly. 
Moon of the Crusted Snow, by Waubgeshig Rice

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dark mysterious tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.0

this was very slow going to get to the action although the last 50 pages went very fast. it didnt feel very chilling or suspenseful at first. the ending was predictable. but I enjoyed reading from an indigenous perspective. 
Resist Me, by Lauren Connolly

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lighthearted tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

this one was just ok. it was sort of if the roles reversed in the first book. very easy read. as I am not taiwanese or black I am not sure how accurate her portrayal of either race was, but it didn't feel icky which I am taking as a good sign. happy ending, fake marriage trope, and another cute pit bull. 
Rescue Me, by Lauren Connolly

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lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

equally as cute and cheesy as #2 but I just liked the characters more in #2. this definitely had me grinning and I love a happy ending. I'd recommend it :)