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Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Rain

    Haha! I’m thankful I’m not the only one who disliked THE GOLDFINCH. I read it with my book club and they were gushing over it and I kept saying, but it was so awful! It was like the author tried to fit as many filler words into the novel because she wanted everyone to know how intelligent she was. Agreed, so pretentious.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes! I just don’t get her. But to each his own!

  2. emmaclaire

    I haven’t even tried The Goldfinch because so many of my favorite reading people said not to bother! I haven’t chosen many books I don’t like, thankfully, but again, I usually choose titles that have been recommended to me by like-minded readers. I didn’t like The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink, even though it was well-received and they even made a movie out of it. I have to say I didn’t like Game of Thrones the first time I picked it up, but a few years later I gave it another try and loved it – couldn’t wait for the subsequent books to come out, but ,of course, I’m still waiting…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Sometimes you have to be in the right mood for certain books. There are a lot of books I’d normally like but for some reason couldn’t get into them so I gave up. But a few I picked up again later and liked it…

  3. Diana

    I loved the Help but stopped reading Exit West a little more than half-way through. Looking forward to some of the books above, thanks so much.

  4. Beth Sher

    I loved The Help and I really liked Where’d You Go Bernadette! Just goes to show everyone’s tastes are different. One book I really disliked was Olive Kitteridge – it also got great reviews.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Yes! Everyone is different. You just never know what will speak to you…

  5. Marianne

    Just finished reading Arrowood what a great story. I am now reading I am Watching You by Theresa Driscoll. So far it is great. Really like your book reviews please keep them up. When do you find the time to read so many books? I tried reading The Help but could not get past page 50.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks! Arrowood was a good book!
      I read on the bus and at night before bed. When I workout on the elliptical during my lunch break at work I read then, too. I can’t read and run on the treadmill at the same time, so I usually don’t read on run days.

  6. christi in ma

    I liked the first 2/3 of Where’d Ya Go Bernadette – but I listened to the audiobook and I liked the narrator a lot (the actress who played Luke’s sister Liz on Gilmore Girls).

    I did not like The Red Tent at all even though I know people loved it.
    I got through about 50 pages of The Nightingale and haven’t gotten back to it.

    I’m getting better at quitting a book when I don’t like it instead of powering through. Most recently, The Heart Collector and The Aviator’s Wife. I’ve also learned now to steer clear of most of those free Kindle First /Amazon books because they are almost always lousy!

    I need a good book. I’m trying to make myself read the books on my Kindle but it’s just a slog sometimes. I just saw you gave Everything We Keep 1 star. That’s another free Kindle First book!) I haven’t gotten around to. Maybe I’ll just skip it.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I agree with you on the free kindle books. The Kindle Unlimited sounded like a great idea to me, especially since I read so much, but they were never books I wanted to read! Always terrible. LOL

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