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Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham
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Someday, Someday, Maybe is a likeable rom-com about a struggling actor in New York. The audiobook is read with aplomb by Lauren Graham (although the aplomb with which it's written by Lauren Graham gets a little tiring). Perhaps the definition of a 2- ...more
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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
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Started reading this on a train journey and, indeed, it's a really good 'train' book: episodic enough that you can stop reading at any point, but engaging enough to keep the boredom at bay even in a distracting environment.

I was expecting something h
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Victorians Undone by Kathryn  Hughes
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DNF. Victorians Undone is trying so hard to be chatty and commercial (even adopting a snarky, 'amusing' tone when recounting one woman's lifetime of miscarriages -- zing!). But, the trouble is, it suffers exactly the same deadening levels of historic ...more
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Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
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DNF. There are some lovely flourishes of writing here, but the story is so slight and the pace so slow. Really hard to stay engaged with a story that is, in essence, about cleaning.
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Troublemakers by Catherine Barter
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About halfway through this and it's lovely: well-rounded down-to-earth characters, lots of emotion, and themes typically untrodden by YA fiction.

Tick-tick to teenage protag Alena getting interested in politics.

Tick-tick-tick to Alena having shambolic
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It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario
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It's What I Do is easily among the best books I've read this year. As a memoir of a conflict photographer, I was worried it might feel too worthy or be too rough-and-ready in its prose style. In fact, although it deals with weighty subjects, it never ...more
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Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
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I really liked the opening chapters on early human history (tell me more about Neanderthals, *chinhands*), but a few chapters in and it's become akin to cod philosophy from your blowhard uncle who just loooves to 'play devil's advocate' and argue aga ...more
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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
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Funny, candid and, yes, even a little bit ~deep~, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo feels more substantial than your average sleb memoir.

Downside: it's still a sleb memoir and Amy's life isn't honestly THAT interesting. One to read if you're a fan.
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The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne
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Sometimes, when I'm in a masochistic mood, I listen to the Story Grid podcast. In it, Shawn Coyne coaches Some Guy through the process of writing his first novel.

It's jargon-y and self-congratulatory and so, so, so annoying.

But it's also probably the
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