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Let’s Talk | Try A Chapter January 2020

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Hello and welcome to another Try a Chapter post! So looking at my TBR I noticed there were a few books I wasn’t so much drawn to read as of late and I wanted to either unhaul them or reignited my want to read them. So, the best way for me to make a decision is to read a the first chapter of each of these books and decide if I am going to keep them on my owned TBR, or unhaul them and send them to a friend or donate. Now, on to the books!


Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Honestly, I felt like skipping ahead and I was only reading the first chapter. Which, for me is a bad sign. I was already bored, which is a huge shame because it sounds really interesting, but it didn’t personally pull me in at all. I am going to unhaul this.

Outside the Gateby Molly Gloss

This is a very interesting take on a Dystopian for sure. It is a quite short story, not even 100 pages, but the way it was narrated it moved very slowly for me personally. With it being so short I thought it would move quickly, but 12 pages felt like 50. I am going to unhaul this one as well.

Loki: Where Mischief Lies by Mackenzi Lee

This shows great potential for me, we are placed right into an event. It flows nicely and it seems more alive than the previously two I tried to read. This seems to feel bigger in a way. I am going to be keeping this one on my owned TBR.

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Eh, I didn’t think what I read was bad, but it wasn’t great either. A very middle of the road first chapter. I think I am going to unahul it because honestly I don’t see myself picking it up.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

All I have to say is WOW. This book really starts off with something heart wrenching and devastating. It can be very triggering to some though, trigger warning for suicide. Reading that first chapter, I need to know more about what has happened in this world. Due to this, I am keeping this book on my owned TBR.

Skin Deep by Liz Nugent

When you start a book talking about Rigor mortis …. I am going to continue reading it. I don’t know why I even put it in this list, I love Liz Nugent, I think just wanted an excuse to read part of it honestly.

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Uh, wow, this book is so imaginative. I don’t want to say too much, but I really want to continue reading this so much so that I am pretty sure it is going to be my next read after my required reading this month. KEEPING!

Winter at Death’s Hotel by Kenneth M. Cameron

This seems like a really interesting read, but I am not pulled into this book. I am not really interested in Mrs. Arthur Conan Doyles wife playing Sherlock. I much prefer Bradley Harpers spin on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I was first gifted a copy for a blog tour, it was great I even bought the second on that just came out a few months ago. As for this one, I am going to unhaul it.

The Glittering Hour by Iona Grey

It started off too poetic for my tastes and I didn’t really care honestly. I wanted to already start skipping ahead. This book just isn’t for me. I decided to unahul it.

The Widow of Pale Harbor by Hester Fox

I need to oread this right away as well. It really pulled me in right off the bat. It has a palpable atmosphere coming right off the page. I really want to know what happens at Pale Harbor and soon! I am keeping this on my owned TBR.


Keeping: 5

Unhauling: 5

Somehow this ended up being a 50/50 split. I ended up removing 5 books and keeping 5. I have to admit, the ones I am keeping I am really thrilled about getting too again. It is funny how we can be so pumped about a book, but then just leave it on our shelves and almost forget why we got it in the first place.


Have you read any of these books?

Should I give any of them a second chance?

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Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter November 2019

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So, earlier this month I posted an unhaul where I got rid of a huge number of books from my shelf. Well, now I am going to be doing a try a chapter to really target the books on my TBR shelf. Now, I have noticed that my reading taste is changing again and stuff I normally feel I would like, I am not enjoying anymore. So, I thought I would read the first chapter of a couple of books and decide if I want to keep them or add them to the donation pile.


The Bone House by Emily Lloyd-Jones (standalone)

The start was pretty interesting, but already had a cliche that kinda lost me. I really liked the idea of this book, but big sister who has to take care of family after an event is played out in my eyes and I bores me. I think I am going to pass on this, unhaul. 

Peace and Turmoil by Elliot Brooks (series)

I read the preface and the first chapter since the preface was only a few pages. I have to say I am intrigued as to what is going to happen, but there seems to be interesting family dynamics in here that I hope the author explores more. I am a little torn on this, because the writing style isn’t really mine. I decided to unhaul this book after reading the first chapter of the others. 

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (series)

I think I am going to like this one, I really liked how the story started with folklore of sorts, but also a bit of grim foreshadowing. It seems like it is going to be very interesting and atmospheric. While it is promising, it didn’t really pull me in too much, but I am intrigued. After reading the others, I decided to unhaul. 

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore (standalone)

I think this is the one  I am most interested in and I think I am going to be jumping into this a reading it right away. I really like the personality of the main character and the fact it is a historical fiction is just a wonderful bonus. Keeping

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson (series)

This book seems so unique and really started with a bang. This is another one I know I wont be able to put down long. The writing is amazing and from what I read in the prologue (13 pages) is very imaginative and unafraid to be emotional. Keeping

Dear Haiti, Love Aline by Mika and Maritza Moulite (standalone, BookCon was 2019 Gift)

I really like Alaine’s voice, she seems like a really awesome character. I also had no idea this book was written in a diary type format, which I am totally here for. I ended up reading 21 pages, I didn’t stop at the first chapter oops. Keeping

Middlemarch by George Eliot (standalone)

It is really hard to tell if I am going to like this book or not, the main reason being the formatting and mistypes I already found in the first chapter. It made it a but hard to read. I am going to give this another try, but with an audiobook. Keeping


Keeping: 4

Unhauling: 3


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Should I give any of them a second chance?

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Hauls & Unboxings

Book Unhaul | November 2019

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Hello and welcome to my book unhaul. So, with the end of the year coming I really like to take the time to go through my owned TBR and read pile and decide if I really am going to read some of these books in the new year or reread them in the future.

If you are unfamiliar, I have a challenge of sorts when it comes to my owned tbr to help keep it in check and from getting completely out of hand again. My TBR used to be over 100 and now I sit around 35 most of the time. I do this by saying to myself if I don’t read it within a year of buying it, I need to unhaul it. At this time I actually read all the books I bought before January 2019, so I am doing very well with this. On the other hand my owned and read shelf is a little over the top and I am running out of room quick. So, I would like this time to reevaluate my shelves so I can donate books during the holiday season to libraries and other charities.

If you want to see my most up to date owned TBR list you can check that out here:Bookish Luna’s Owned TBR Shelf 


-Books I Unhauled-

All of the books in this pile I read and honestly some of these were not easy to unhaul such as A Very Large Expanse of Sea and the Teddy Roosevelt trilogy. But, if I am being honest with myself, I wont ever reread these. I do have one negative memory with Carry On, when it came out I was in the hospital for a decent chunk of time and I read it there, and quite honestly I can’t bring myself to reread it.

Here are a few classics that I read and enjoyed as well. Pet Sematary is going because I don’t like the edition and I want a better one. The others I wont ever reread personally and A Little Princess also has a bad association with it, so I don’t really want the reminder around.

I really enjoyed the books in this pile apart from A Delusion of Satan, I got it on vacation a few years ago when I went to Salem, LOVEE Salem would go again, but it was just awfully written. Also, same is true of the Salem’s Witch House. Once again it was hard to get rid of the Teddy books and also the Eleanor Roosevelt books because I have had them for so long. Washington Black, Stalin’s Daughter, and The Underground Railroad are only going because a good friend wants them. If they were not wanted, they would be staying with me.

So, the top is the original serialized edition of The Green Mile, which is a wonderful story.  I am only getting rid of them because they are falling apart and I would not be able to reread them. Doctor Who Fairy Tales were cute to read, but I have not reached for them for years. All of the books in this pile were once again really good, but I just wont reread them if I am honest with myself.

The same is true for this pile, apart from three book. a majority of these were read and loved, but I am not going to reread. The three books I just unhauled without reading were Wicked Saints, His Perfect Wife, and The Flight Portfolio because I never saw myself really wanted to read them even though they sound awesome.

61 books Unhauled!


Would you have kept any of these books?

What is the last book you unhauled?

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Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter May 2019

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Hello and welcome to me realizing that my reading tastes have changes a ton in the last 6 months. I feel like every time I turn around my reading tastes have taken a 180 and I am DNFing books left and right. When this happens I sit in front of my shelves and do an unhaul. This round I was able to easily get rid of 10 books with no problem, but there were 4 books I was very much on the fence about keeping. Due to this I decided to do a try a chapter post. Without more of a delay, here are the books.

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His Perfect Wife by Natasha Bell, I feel like I would like this book, but I have not reached for it since receiving it from the publisher. I have not really been fully in the mood for a thriller as of late so that is why I want to read it before unhauling. I feel like I may really like her writing style.

The opening narration kinda had the vibe of someone who is watching from above and I can’t figure out if the wife was already dead or just being the narrator for kicks. Well, I read a little more and it turns out she is not dead and just said she just made those things up. I am kinda still on the fence about this book. I am think I am going to keep it for now and see if I am in the mood for it when I want to read a thriller.


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I have no idea why, but the opening sentence of the book made me laugh and I cannot take it seriously. I did not really enjoy the set up to the story so I am going to have to let this one go. 


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3.The Far Field by Madhuri Vijay, this was my BOTM pick for December. I mainly picked it because it was set in Southern India and travels around various counties within Asia not because of its synopsis. I want to read more books set around the world, but I want to like the idea of the plot as well. I am hoping that this will surprise me and I end up wanting to keep it

I already want to know more after reading the first chapter. I know about her parents kinda, I know that someone is dead and it might be connected to her. I want to know how her family dynamic is tied to the fate of a man from a small village on a mountain.  I am going to keep this book and read it!


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Searching for the Amazons by John Man, I love learning about the amazons the only problem is I forgot this book was sitting on my shelf, which means I am not thinking about it in the slightest. Which, is a but concerning if you ask me. I am hoping that reading the first chapter will lead me to wanting to read it.

I did not enjoy the narrators voice, for some reason I was very bored by it. I don’t see myself picking it up again in the near future if ever so I am going to have to let this one go. 

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So I decided to unhaul 2 books, I am still iffy about 1, and I am really excited to read another. Talk about being all over the place! Anyway, thanks for reading and are there any books on this list you think I am wrong about? Should I give any a second chance with chapter 2?

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Hauls & Unboxings

Book Unhaul | March 2019

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Hello everyone, since I managed to acquire a ton of books I decided to revise my shelves to see if there were any books I was willing to part with and make room for some new arrivals. I don’t know about you, but I have done quite a bit of unhauls in the past few years. With everyone I do I find that it is harder and harder to get rid of the books on my shelf. I think it is because I have really gotten my reading tastes down and because I have already removed the “easy” books.

This round I found that I was able to still get rid of quite a few, 13 in fact. But, I had to make quite a few hard decisions. Since some of these have great memories attached to them and I did quite enjoy many of these as well. I just had to realize, I was never going to reread any of them.

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-The Reasons-

The Silent Companions: I was given this book for free from my local indie bookstore, which was really nice of them. I just realized that I was never really going to be in the mood to read it, even though it sounded really interesting. It has made the cut for many unhauls already, but this time I realize that it was always in the maybe pile, but I never picked it up to read.

in a dark, dark wood: I really loved this book and Ruth Ware is one of my auto buy authors. Just for me it is really hard to reread a thriller and I would rather donate this book and allow someone else to experience this wonderful book!

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink: This book was also hard to part with, I really enjoyed reading it, but ultimately I think it would be better passed on to someone else who would love to read it since I would not be rereading it.

Fresh Ink: I am not a big anthology person so I knew I would never reread this. I am going to be passing this on to a friend who loves reading collections from various authors.

Everything’s Eventual: I have so many Stephen King books I love and I would rather just have the ones I love instead of just having all of his books if I am honest.

The Winter People: I loved this book, I just will never reread it in the future. I would rather allow someone else to read it.

East of Eden: I read this and I was eh about it. I will be donating it.

Faithful: Love this author, but I have never really been in the mood to read this book.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: I picked this book up for the BN book club, I lost it, found it and realized I didn’t care about it at all. I never finished it and I don’t really care to. It wasn’t a bad book. I just didn’t care.

The Broken Girls: Another amazing books that I want to share with others, I just wont ever reread it.

The Book of Essie: I realized I was more into the idea of this book than actually reading it. Which, is a huge shame.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things: I think I was not in the right mood to read this book, but I thought it was okay and I am passing it on to my friend Reg!

The Wicked Deep: This is another book I really loved the idea of this book and I read the first few chapters and enjoyed it. I was just never really pulled in enough to keep on reading. I think it was just the mood I was in when I picked it up, but I know I am not going to pick it up again and I would prefer not to waste a good book.

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Those are the books and the reasons why I am unhauling them. Do you agree with my decisions? What is the last book you unhauled?

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Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter September 2018

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Hello everyone, as of late I have been getting more and more uninterested in the books on my TBR. I am not sure if it is because I am more excited about the new edition to my shelf, my tastes are changing once again, or I wasn’t actually as  interested as I once thought. So, because I want me TBR to be filled with books I am actually excited about I want to do another Try a Chapter where I read the first chapter of a few books and decide if I want to keep them on my TBR or unhaul them. I hope you enjoy!

Previous Posts: Let’s Talk | Try a Chapter April 2018Try a Chapter | August 2017, and Try a Chapter | June 2017.

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The Books

The Honey Farm by Harriet Alida Lye

The Honey Farm

  • goodreads rating: 3.23
  • pages: 328
  • genre: Fiction/Thriller

Outcome: I previously tried to pick up this book for the original OWLs readathon back in April. I only made it to page 24 before I changed it out for another book. I didn’t unhaul this book at the time because I just thought it was a slow read because I was in such a rush to read… if that makes any sense. Anyway, after giving this book another try I am still not totally thrilled. So I am going to be unhauling this book.

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother by Danielle Teller

All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella’s Stepmother

  • goodreads rating: 3.79
  • pages: 376
  • genre: Fantasy/Fiction

Outcome: This is a story that is dedicated to the evil step-mother in Cinderella. I have always loved the story of cinderella. Mainly due to the Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella movie from 1997, that cast was just amazing. Anyway, I picked up this book because I thought it would be interesting to have another option of the evil step mother. Well, as it turns out I am not as interested as I thought. So I am going to unhaul this book.

Tin Man by Sarah Winman

Tin Man

  • goodreads rating: 4.02
  • pages: 214
  • genre: Fiction/Contemporary

Outcome: While I really wanted to like this book, the first 15 pages I found to be a bit dull. I don’t know, I just was not feeling it too much. It pains me because the description has so much promise and the cover is beautiful. Anyway, I am going to unhaul this book.

The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

The Dutch Wife

  • goodreads rating: 3.8
  • pages: 384
  • genre: Historical Fiction

Outcome: While I do love historical fiction and I do enjoy hearing different views and the possible different experiences individuals had during the war. I was not to thrilled with this one. There was no real build and then wham big things happened without real explanation. I didn’t like being thrown into it like that and not really knowing more about the backgrounds of the characters. I am deciding to unhaul this book.

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Impossible Knife of Memory

  • goodreads rating: 3.92
  • pages: 416
  • genre: Young Adult/Contemporary

Outcome: I originally picked this book up because it was on sale on Amazon and I heard from a few people that this an emotional and powerful read. For these types of book, I have a hard time picking them up mainly because I read as an escape and why would I want to escape into an emotional roller coaster? Even with this I picked the book up, but it has been months and I have had no thought about it since. Since reading the first chapter I can say the writing is well, but I don’t think this book is something I will read any time soon even though it is interesting. So I am going to unhaul this novel.

Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

Tropic Of Cancer

  • goodreads rating: 3.71
  • pages: 318
  • genre: Fiction/Classic

Outcome: I got this book from my aunt, she said she wanted to know my thoughts about it and she did not share  hers. I feel like this is an experiment on me for some reason. Anyway, I decided to throw this book in her because I wanted to make the decision now if I was ever going to read it or let it turn to dust on my shelf. Well, I have to admit that this novel is just all over the place. It is overly descriptive, yet talks in circles and all over the place at once. Because of this I am going to keep it because I am very intrigued. What is this book?!

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Tag | Book Unhaul Challenge

TagTimel12:17I have been seeing this tag everywhere and my shelves are currently at full capacity so I thought it would be a great time to complete this tag. This was created by BooksandLala over on youtube, her channel is amazing! At the end of this post I will share her video with you incase you would like to watch for yourself. This tag has 10 prompts, for each prompt you have to get rid of at least one book. So in theory I should have space for ten  more books on my shelf when this is all done.

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a book you rated low 

The Red Pony by John Steinbeck

The Red Pony

I just didn’t really like it, I felt it was boring and even though it was only 100 pages it seemed to drag, a lot.

a book you changed your mind about 

The Female Persuasion by Meg Wolitzer

The Female Persuasion

This was the first book that came into my head and it did not take long. The more and more I think about this book the less I like it. It seems very generic and is a story I have read a few times. So, I am unhauling it.

a series you won’t be completing 

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season (The Bone Season, #1)

This was a very hard one to admit. I really enjoyed book 1-3 of this series. But, it is time to admit to myself that I am not going to continue on with this series. I am no longer interested in stories like these. I am unhauling books 1 and 2, but I am keeping book 3 since it is a signed edition and I want to keep it for memories.

a book you DNF’d (did not finish) 

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

The Pisces

I read 3 pages and decided I didn’t really want to read this.

a book you have multiple copies of 

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The only multiple copies of a book I have are old editions of Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and I am NOT getting rid of those. I mean look at the picture, you cannot tell me that is not an adorable picture and an adorable family!

a book you’ll never actually get to 

West by Carys Davies

West

I got this as a blind date with a book from my local bookstore. It sounds interesting, but I know I will not get around to it any time soon.

a book you bought because of the hype 

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aparix Sweeney

The Nest

This book is very hyped up over the years, I picked this up because of a book club which kinda fell through due to my schedule and honestly I don’t see myself reading this on my own.

a book you bought because of the cover 

The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

The Wicked Boy: The Mystery of a Victorian Child Murderer

This was a total cover buy for me. It is beautiful. Oddly, this prompt was one of the hardest because I never really cover buy all that often. But, it was a cover buy. I read it earlier this year and I enjoyed it. But, it is one of those books you can only read once. I did a review for this book, you can read that here:  REVIEW | The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale

a book you don’t know anything about 

Never Caught by Erica Armstrong Dunbar

Never Caught: The Washingtons' Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge

This was a completely random pick up in the history section in my bookstore. I ended up really enjoy  it, which is a total win. The only reason I am unhauling this book is because I want to pass it around to my friends and tell them to give it to someone else after they have finished reading it. Maybe that isn’t really an unhaul? I don’t know. Anyway this was great and I am sad to see it go, but happy to pass it along.

a book you didn’t buy

My Lady’s Choosing by Kitty Curran & Larisa Zageris

My Lady's Choosing: An Interactive Romance Novel

I got this for my birthday as a joke from my friend. I realized that I read it once and I would never really pick it up again. I am thinking about wrapping it up as a present for her to see what story she chooses and have a little bit of fun with her. So here is a fun book to unhaul! DividerSo those are the books I deiced to unhaul for this challenge. Some of these were very easy to get rid of while others were a bit harder to part with. I think the easiest one to unhaul is The West, due to it being a blind date with a book. I never actually picked it even though I bought it. The hardest book to unhaul was The Bone Season. It was hard to admit to myself that I really was not going to finish the series and acknowledge that my reading tastes have changed so dramatically.

I think my two favorite books to unhaul are My Lady’s Choosing and Never Caught. Mainly because I get to pass the books around and share them with others. My Lady’s Choosing is a perfect joke gift for my friend. Then on the other hand Never Caught was so good that I want to share it with a bunch of people. I kinda want everyone who has read it to sign it so the last person to get it gets to see the names of everyone.

Anyway, thanks for reading. I hope you have an awesome day.

P.S. Lala’s video is below if you want to read it and the question of the post.

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Try a Chapter | June 2017

BlogSo my TBR is starting to make me a little uneasy. I am not sure if it is because it is half way though the year or I just feel like I need to cut it down a bit. Either way I decided to do “Try a Chapter” to see if some of the books on my TBR are actually something I would enjoy or the description tricked me into thinking it would be something great to read.

 

A Little Life

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition.

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Conclusion: Keep

Already a chapter in and I want to know what is going to happen to the character. Even though this book is longer I feel like it is going to go fairly quickly because it is so character driven, or at least seems that way at this point.


Annihilation

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

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Conclusion: Unhauled

This book/series sounded so good. There was a mystery, science and exploration. Sadly, the writing was annoying. For me it took to long to get to the point. Even though I only read the first chapter I already started skimming, which is not a good sign. I do not mind slower books if they actually build up to something now and again, but this did not do it for me at all.


The Circle

When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency.

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Conclusion: Unhauled

Sadly, this was not for me. I really, really wanted to read this then watch the movie. It seems that this book is not for me, I think I will rent the movie so I can see what everyone is talking about. I can’t quite put my finger on the reason I do not want to read it, but I know I do not.


 

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