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I'm a stressed out mom that works way too much and uses reading as my escape time. I've been really enjoying picking up books that I know absolutely nothing about other than the title and giving it a go. This book roulette has been helping me push my boundaries and read books I likely never would have picked up before.

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The Chaos Machine (AudiobookFormat) 5 stars

We all have a vague sense that social media is bad for our minds, for …

Very information heavy in a good way.

5 stars

This was a really fantastic informative piece. It covers how social media has changed from its origins, heavily focusing on facebook and youtube with twitter and even reddit thrown into a mix. Max does a great job explaining how the algorithms that these companies have utilized helped to desensitize and encourage people to adapt far right thoughts and lifestyles. There is also coverage of how social media algorithms have helped encourage people to find underage children attractive. Nasty stuff, but the information needs to be out there. The Trump and Bolsonaro elections are covered, of coarse, with the Trump coverage leading up to January 6th. He also covers how social media played crucial roles in protests and talks about the negatives that came along with the positives.

A lot of what was in here, I already knew. But there were a lot of holes that were filled. I knew facebook …

stopped reading Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lord of the Flies (EBook, 1954, Perigee) 4 stars

The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on …

DNFing 🤷

I read this in high school and enjoyed it a lot. It was the only required reading that I ever actually did. It just slogged on this time, though, and I have too many other books I would like to read instead of putting more time into a reread of this.

Hunting Party (2019, HarperCollins Publishers Limited) 3 stars

In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New …

Audiobook made this more enjoyable

3 stars

Rating of the story: 2 Rating of the audiobook :4 So 3 stars it shall be!

Yay another book where I find the MCs insufferable. The while group consisted of frenemies. Which is fine, but it was very easy to pick up on from the get go.

I did figure out who did it early on, but that doesn't bother me. There were so many red herrings thrown into the book that it made it cumbersome to get through.

The audiobook was great, though. The voice actors they used did a great job, and it was extremely helpful to have a different actor for each character due to the amount of POVs.

I didn't really like how the POVs were handled though. You have more people in the group that do not have a POV and it took out a lot of the mystery for me. I feel like if …

A Man Called Ove (2014, Atria Books) 5 stars

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a …

This book. Oh, this book.

5 stars

I adored this book. So much.

It was a lighter read which was really nice since the overall theme of the book could be a little heavy.

Ove is a widowed old curmudgeon of a man who is very abrasive and unlikeable to most when they first meet him. And he wants to end his life to be with his wife again. And all the pesky neighbors keep getting in the way.

This book was very much like an onion. Backman did a great job of peeling back the layers of Ove throughout the book so you could start to see how he thinks and that he's not just the cranky man he has the reputation for being.

I laughed a lot through this book. And cried at the end.

I have given this book many hugs.

A Man Called Ove (2014, Atria Books) 5 stars

A grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a …

Death is a strange thing. People live their whole lives as if it does not exist, and yet it's often one of the greatest motivations for living. Some of us, in time, become so conscious of it that we live harder, more obstinately, with more fury. Some need its constant presence to even be aware of its antithesis. Others become so preoccupied with it that they go into the waiting room long before it has announced its arrival. We fear it, yet most of us fear more than anything that it may take someone other than ourselves. For the greatest fear of death is always that it will pass us by. And leave us there alone.

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