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review 2018-11-12 21:57
I came very close to hating The Hating Game
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

I am very close to being a complete outlier on this one, a handful of friends seem to have had the same issues I did but the vast majority LOVED this story.

I Buddy Read this with others who loved it, so for their comments/thoughts and more of mine - The Hating Game BR

I finally finished and honestly, it was a struggle for me. I don't want to yuck people's yum but the general tone of this didn't work for me personally.
What didn't work for me:
-The tone, only having Lucy's pov made it hard for me to read Josh the way I think the author wanted me to.
-Their hating game, came off immature from Lucy's pov, Josh seemed dickish instead of shy (he was rude to the hotel staff, I didn't enjoy his shyness coming off as rude/mean/abrupt to the extreme that people cried after talking to him and feared him.
-The many, many, many reminders of Lucy being short/little but wait, she eats like a NFL O-lineman!
-The fat-shaming is truly cringe worthy here
-Their chemistry, one or two lines between them worked for me, other than that, their first kiss where Lucy honest to god thinks Josh is going to hurt or kill her before he kisses her was uncomfortable.
-Lucy solves Josh's decades old feud with his father, something his mother who knows how to handle his brusque father and loves Josh oh so much and misses him like crazy, couldn't step up and do, once.

Suffice to say Lucy genuinely fearing Josh at many points, his shyness that came off as making hotel employees cry after dealing with him, and their "flirting/foreplay" of back and forth actual HR sexual harassment complaints, didn't personally jive with me. It all felt immature and forced.

Books with similar stories that I really liked - Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie and Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

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text 2018-11-11 20:03
24 Festive Tasks - Armistice Day
A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway
The MacGregor Brides - Nora Roberts
The MacGregor Grooms - Nora Roberts
River's End - Nora Roberts
Public Secrets - Nora Roberts
Rebellion - Nora Roberts

Diwali

 

Book: I had this one already planned and in my hands as I needed to get it through my base library's ILL system. I will be reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Pray for me....

 

Task #3

I can say that I am definitely a veteran of the works by Nora Roberts/JD Robb. She was my gateway to romance and adult books. I first read NR's The MacGregor Brides when I borrowed it from the public library at age 12. I had already exhausted my library's Sweet Valley High and Babysitters' Club books and nothing really grabbed me. So the librarian, who knew me well as I was at the library every week, decided to hand me this book and the follow up, The MacGregor Grooms. I inhaled these books, reading them a few times all the way through by the time the due date arrived. 

 

From there, I read (out of order) the rest of The MacGregor series (my favorite being Rebellion), then moved on to whatever was available at the library or the used book store (mostly her category romance). During my first deployment, I read River's End and Public Secrets, starting me on her romantic suspense. During my second deployment, I read the first of 47 In Death books. And here I am, 27 years later and still borrowing NR/JD Robb from the library, with a few books on my physical shelf.

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text 2018-11-10 17:19
Reading Update: 50%
The Hating Game: A Novel - Sally Thorne

Oof, not liking this one as much as everyone else. So many raving reviews but my discontent with 1st person pov is part of the problem again.

 

More comments/quotes: Buddy Read The Hating Game

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text 2018-11-09 08:00
Friday Reads - November 9, 2018
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World - Rachel Ignotofsky
Poppy Field - Michael Morpurgo,Michael Foreman
Let the Circle Be Unbroken ( logan 2) - Mildred D. Taylor
Princess Elizabeth's Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal
A Gentleman's Game (Romance of the Turf) - Theresa Romain
Love's Unfading Light: Historical Christian Romance (Eagle Harbor Book 1) - Melissa Jagears,Naomi Rawlings,Roseanna White

My kids' school had their fall book sale; Sophia got a My Little Pony Early Reader book, Joshua got a Beast Quest book and a box of rocks (comes with a booklet to explain the different rocks). Then I picked up for both of them Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World and Poppy Field.

 

This weekend we will be out adventuring around our town, taking in the different activities going on for Remembrance Weekend. On Monday I am taking a trip to London to see Chicago the Musical; since I am not driving, I hope to get some reading while traveling. Glad I got my flu shot this week. 

 

With the Festive Task game underway, I am trying to catch up so I can add up my points for the doors opened so far. I am halfway through Let the Circle Be Unbroken and Princess Elizabeth's Spy, so they are the priority right now. Then it is on to A Gentleman's Game and Love's Unfading Light.

 

Happy Veterans' Day to my brothers and sisters in arms. Happy reading to everyone! See you all on Tuesday.

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review 2018-11-07 19:01
Cardboard SF: "The Devil's Game" by Poul Anderson
The Devil's Game - Poul Anderson


(Original Review, 1980-11-09)


THE DEVIL'S GAME of course, is "follow the leader" played by seven people in a South American paradise for a prize of 1 million, tax free dollars. The prize will be split among everyone who lasts through the game. The challenge for each player is to devise tasks which will force the other players out of the game, either through failure to perform the task, refusal to perform the task, or death resulting from the task.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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