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BriannaT

BriannaT

Joined January 2019

Just a teacher trying to spread her love of books.
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The Luminaries | Susan Dennard
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The November OwlCrate book. While some parts might have been a little predictable, I still got into it. I hate the feeling when you have like forty pages left and you realize “either this book ends terribly or there‘s going to be a sequel because too much needs to happen before everything is resolved.” I‘m so happy it wasn‘t the former, but my instant gratification state of mind near the holidays hates waiting!

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Dragon's Promise | Elizabeth Lim
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A great continuation (and finale) of Shiori‘s journey! The reread of Six Crimson Cranes was a good idea. There‘s so much I can say about this book but I will just type this: I am in love with Takkan.

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Dragon's Promise | Elizabeth Lim
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I loved Six Crimson Cranes, so I was happy to buy the sequel! I was so excited to read it last week, only to realize I had forgotten a good chunk of the first book 🤦‍♀️ I just finished a re-read of Six Crimson Cranes, so I‘m ready to dive back in!

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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A special shoutout to my friends on here for encouraging me to keep going with the series! I loved this one waaaayyy better, and the character development is superb. We see Feyre going from a broken woman, suffering from her choices made in times of desperation, to a much stronger and confident person. That and she finally gets the love that she deserves. Will read the next book in the series now, without a doubt!

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“Maybe if Brianna brings a friend on this cruise, she won‘t spend so much time reading.” - my mother, incorrect. Thanksgiving break was fun! I have to say that the shift in POV and time period in this book took some getting used to, but I liked the twists the writer threw in.

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The Daughter of Doctor Moreau | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I really like the way Moreno-Garcia sets a scene, both in this novel and in Mexican Gothic. In a jungle oasis, Carlota‘s father, Dr. Moreau, creates hybrids of human and animals. This book deals with the question of morality in science, but also has a little romance. I like the character of Carlota, especially how she stays true to herself at the end of the story.

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I wanted to like this book about books more than I did. Liesl Weiss has to step up in the library after her boss has a stroke, but then an important manuscript goes missing. I feel like I was expecting a bigger mystery than there actually was, with more twists and turns. I also felt that so many of the female characters didn‘t get the ending they deserved.

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The Wolf Den | ELODIE. HARPER
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I liked the writing style of this book as we see ancient Pompeii through the eyes of a prostitute. I‘m so tempted to say so-so just because it made me a little sad, but that‘s the point. So much of the ancient world can be glamorized in film and books, but this one reminds us of the harsh realities of the time.

IndoorDame Epic cover! 🤩 3w
BriannaT @IndoorDame I agree!! 2w
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I finally caved and read this book! It‘s weird though; because this series is so popular and I‘m into book-related things on the internet, I think I know more about the series than I should. I like the characters, their journeys, and the ending of this book, but I also know that things… don‘t stay this way, even though I don‘t know how. Do I just stop here where I like the ending? Or keep going with the rest of the series? Things to ponder.

5feet.of.fury Relatable. I read the 1st 3, and I know some of what happens forward and I‘ve been contemplating just staying here where I‘m happy. I liked the 1st one, loved the 2nd and 3rd though. 4w
BriannaT @5feet.of.fury I‘ll probably soldier on with reading the books because curiosity will eventually get ahold of me, but maybe not for a little while just to mentally prepare myself lol 4w
KateReadsYA Ooo girl continue, the happy ending does not truly end here. The real happy ending is wayyyyy better. 4w
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BookBelle84 Book 2 is the best of the series! 4w
BriannaT @KateReadsYA @BookBelle84 ok I‘m even less nervous now! 4w
KateReadsYA I totally agree with @BookBelle84 it's been my favorite read this year. And the last book blew me away. I didn't think I'd like it and I loved it too 4w
BriannaT @5feet.of.fury @KateReadsYA @BookBelle84 ok I just want to say I finished book two and you guys were completely right. Tamlin who? I have never jumped ships so fast in my life 😂 2w
5feet.of.fury @BriannaT 💚🦇 so worth it, right? Glad you enjoyed! 2w
KateReadsYA @BriannaT oh girl we all switched up hahaha 🤣 I hope you finish the series 2w
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Out of My Heart | Sharon M. Draper
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I couldn‘t wait so I started and finished the sequel to Out of My Mind after my reread. This book is all about Melody going to a summer camp for kids like her, and how she builds friendships (and a crush!) there. I honestly could read 5000+ pages of Melody just having a good time at an inclusive summer camp (with or without a plot) because I‘m just so happy for her - having her experience real FUN is so wholesome and heartwarming.

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Out of My Mind | Sharon M. Draper
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This is one book I think everyone should read, even if it makes me ugly cry! I got it from the library when I first read it, but I took advantage of the scholastic book fair at my school to get my own copy, and the sequel!

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The Whispering Dark | Kelly Andrew
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Latest OwlCrate book, and another shiny + enticing cover. It gave me The Ninth House vibes - Delaney has a gift for the supernatural, and she attends a college where she can put her gift to work. While there are aspects of the plot that I think could be explained better, the secrets to uncover in the book and its slow burn romance kept me turning the pages. I was also entrapped by how Andrew wrote about emotions, and feeling things in your bones.

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I am so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved this book! I thought it would be a little dry, like other academic writings that analyze myth, but this was entertaining and made me laugh so many times. It made me look at important figures in a different light, and I learned some new things too. I don‘t think you have to be a myth buff to enjoy this book, as long as you have a good sense of humor and a ready mind it‘s a good read.

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Seatbelts, everyone! Taking a break from reading to hand out candy. Happy Halloween!

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I‘m always down to read a book about books! I was iffy on another one of Patrick‘s books, but I liked this one better. Liv works as a cleaning lady for Essie, a famous writer, and when the author dies, Liv is entrusted to finish her final novel. I like Liv‘s growth in this book as she gets more confident, and how her own story is tied to this eccentric author.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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While I appreciate a good build-up, and Moriarty does a great job establishing her characters, I feel like it took so long before anything really happened. The most thrilling parts of the book were near the end and weren‘t very long. I think fans of her writing style would enjoy this book, but I wanted more of the mystery that I saw in her other books. Also (nothing to do w the book) I hate how the cover is smaller to put the quote in the side.

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I had to take my first sick day since March, but at 7pm when I could handle the outside world I got volume 3! Now to inhale soup and hope I can go back to work tomorrow.

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Go Hex Yourself | Jessica Clare
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I‘m so glad I picked this up after the Christie Affair - I needed a funny, light read as a little break. In this book, Reggie gets a job as an “assistant” without realizing magic is real, and she‘s actually become a witch‘s familiar. It also has my grumpyxsunshine trope as sparks fly between Reggie and her boss‘ nephew, a warlock who can‘t believe his aunt hired a rando off the street. It made me laugh, and I needed that!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one 💜🖤 2mo
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What was the real story behind the brief disappearance of Agatha Christie? I had some mixed feelings about this book, but I think it would make a good book club book - not a “read it so we can all love it together” but “read it so we can have in-depth discussions about morals and plot.” A good book for thinking, even if you may not like the thoughts.

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The Depths | Nicole Lesperance
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Wanted to show off the hardcover art + the art on the inside jacket! This book had mystery, adventure, a little romance, and some horror (not too much to ward me off, and I‘m a weenie!). Addie is reluctant to come to Eulalie Island, and soon finds the island is beautiful, dangerous, and alive. She faces the mystery of the island‘s previous residents, as well as the dilemma of what the island wants from her. Fans of Mexican Gothic would like this!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 🖤📚 2mo
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The Depths | Nicole Lesperance
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I‘m getting Mexican Gothic vibes from this book with an island being alive. Look at this design on the inside cover!!!

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The Depths | Nicole Lesperance
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I fully blame the new Disney video game for slacking in my reading 😅 This is the exclusive edition I got with OwlCrate, and I‘ll have to post more updates as I read because the inside cover art is beautiful!

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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This months OwlCrate box came with a cute tote bag inspired by a book I read recently(ish)!! And it came with a little lantern!! I have no idea why, but every time I see a lantern on display somewhere I have the oddly specific urge to pick it up and use it to navigate a dark and definitely enchanted place like a book character. NOW I CAN! Even if it‘s just my room with the lights off 😅

Chrissyreadit I love it! I think lanterns are magical too. 3mo
BriannaT @Chrissyreadit it gives off main character energy!! 3mo
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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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Maybe this makes me sound kind of dumb, but this book was a little hard to follow at times. It was another one of those situations where the main character(s) don‘t know the whole or true story of the situation they‘re in, so that might have something to do with it. I liked it, but I‘m in no desperate rush to read the sequel.

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I‘m a fan of Gardner‘s DD Warren books, so I picked this up at a thrift shop. Our heroine here isn‘t a cop, just a woman who wants to help find missing kids. She goes to Boston to investigate the disappearance of Angelique Badeau, and it soon becomes clear this is unlike any other “case” she‘s taken. While I highly doubt a civilian would be able to work with the police on a case like this, it was still a gripping read.

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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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After hating Ready Player One, I read this all in one sitting! The Love Hypothesis had me in a chokehold with how obsessed I was, so I was eager to read another book by Hazelwood. There are a LOT of similarities between the two books, but it actually didn‘t bother me because it‘s my type I guess? I get why some people would be annoyed by that, but I‘m forever riding the high of grumpyxsunshine!

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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You ever read a book and know it was written by a male for other males? This book would be a hit for all the guys who, when hearing someone likes video games, immediately asks “ok well if you‘re a fan, name all five orchestras on the soundtrack” or something like that. The actual plot wasn‘t too bad, but I just couldn‘t shake the feeling that the book perpetuated that gatekeeping. Not for me.

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Unwind | Neal Shusterman
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I vaguely knew about this book because a classmate did a project on it at UF, and I am so happy I read it!Just like Dry by Shusterman, “it‘s giving me anxiety but I can‘t stop reading it.” After a war on reproductive rights (too real, amirite?), it‘s decided that people can‘t abort, but “unwind” children between 13-18, giving their organs and body parts to other people. This book follows 3 kids escaping the process. Made me audibly gasp in places.

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The Drowned Woods | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Another book from Owl Crate and another pick! Happy I signed up for it. Part romance, part myth, and part heist - the last Water Diviner and her mentor create a ragtag team to fell the cruel king who once employed them. Some of the names were not easy - it‘s based on a Welsh tale, after all - but that didn‘t take away my enjoyment of the story!

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The Drowned Woods | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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Do you ever read a name in a book and you don‘t know how to pronounce it so you just mumble?? 😂 This story is based on a Welsh folktale, so some names are a little hard, but it‘s not stopping me from loving the book so far!

Aims42 Yes, totally do that 🙋‍♀️ 3mo
BriannaT @Aims42 glad it‘s not just me!!! 3mo
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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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Such a cute cover! My sister watched the movie Matilda so often while we were kids that I can probably quote most of the movie, I just never read it till now. It‘s on my little scratch-off 100 Book Bucket List, so when I saw it in a lending library box, I snatched it up!

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Memoirs of a Geisha | Arthur Golden
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I was so surprised by how easily I was sucked into the world of this book! I didn‘t think I‘d like it as much as I did, but it had a dramatic plot and a good number twists. One big disclaimer though - keep in mind it‘s written by a white guy and his portrayal of Geishas and their lives was highly contested/disliked in Japan. A great read, but actually look up any information if you want to know the truth.

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The Woods | Harlan Coben
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Paul Copeland was a teen working at a summer camp when four campers were murdered, including his sister. Twenty years later, Paul learns that one of them escaped, only to be murdered in the present day. What really happened on that night in the woods? This book was easy for me to get trapped into, and it was a real page-turner! Coben is so good at hitting the reader with a final twist in the last few pages.

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The Woods | Harlan Coben
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Came across this in my book and it made me feel so old 😂

vivastory Remember they even had different tiers? For true movie nuts you could keep like 5 out at a time 😂 4mo
BriannaT @vivastory How times have changed 😂 I also remember people saying it would make blockbuster go out of business and I didn‘t believe it! 4mo
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The Lovely Bones | Alice Sebold
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I opened this book to find out the main character was murdered on my birthday, so that was fun! This book reminded me of Ask Again, Yes and The Last Romantics - it was a story about people living their lives. This book was about Susie‘s family and how they dealt with her murder as she watches them from above. I thought it would be a bit more of a thriller/mystery, but I still liked reading it.

5feet.of.fury Agree, when I read it I was ready for a mystery… instead it was therapy 😅 4mo
BriannaT @5feet.of.fury Glad it wasn‘t just me sitting and wondering when they were going to catch the guy! Lol 4mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Excuse me I feel absolutely targeted by this book. Two well-written, independent characters with sharp and sarcastic wit fall for each other in this romance novel. And they both work in books!! Nora talks about books and bookstores the way I feel about them, and she has so many one-liners that genuinely made me laugh. Also, is it weird that romance novels have made me realize I have a type? Because I am swooning for the same kinds of men here.

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The Unexpected Guest | Agatha Christie
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So - the book itself was good even if I figured out the ending, and it was a nice light read. I‘m just so happy because I finished it - this marks the 50th book I read this year, which was my yearly goal! I was in such a depression for most of last year that I just couldn‘t pick up a book. I didn‘t hit the 50 I wanted to; I don‘t think I made it to 30. I‘m in such a better place now, and I‘m so glad I‘ve come so far!

Aims42 Congratulations on your reading milestone!! 🥳🤩👏 4mo
BriannaT @Aims42 thank you! 4mo
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The Last Anniversary | Liane Moriarty
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I enjoy Moriarty‘s mysteries; the ones I‘ve read involve multiple POVs that connect in the end. This one fell a little flat for me because I guessed the ending, and I wasn‘t a fan of one “piece” of it - it felt like a character was settling. It was still well written, but I also want to say it has suicidal thoughts and things of that nature. I may not need a trigger warning, but it‘s something I would mention when recommending/lending a book.

5feet.of.fury I have been trying to read this for a while. I‘m finding it hard to get into. Maybe this is a sign. 4mo
BriannaT @5feet.of.fury Maybe! I found Big Little Lies by her easier to get into and it was worth it. But then again I‘m weird and I‘m afraid to DNF anything because then I “let the book win.” 🤦‍♀️ 4mo
5feet.of.fury @BriannaT I usually persevere but sometimes you gotta draw the line 😂 I have Big Little Lies on the shelf and I loved the adaptation, I feel like I would love her writing but… this might not be the one to start with 4mo
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I have so many other books to read before this came but it was so pretty I couldn‘t resist! A morally gray seer, Violet, has had to lie about her visions to keep the kingdom at peace, but things take a dark turn when she learns either she or the prince will die before Summer‘s end. She finds Prince Cyrus two faced and nauseatingly charming, but his temper is a good match for hers in a battle of wits. Hate can be similar to love, after all…

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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I‘m a weenie and I don‘t do ANY scary things but this was $1 at Hot Bins and it‘s one of those “classics” so I gave it a shot. It wasn‘t like “boo” type of scary but “The Yellow Wallpaper” type of spooky if you get my drift.

Kristin_Reads Great review! 2mo
BriannaT @Kristin_Reads thank you! 😊 2mo
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I swear to god this book better be as good as it is pretty because I am losing it

RaeLovesToRead 😍😍😍😍 5mo
5feet.of.fury Wow! 🤩 5mo
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Ok I caved and bought an OwlCrate subscription and I know we‘re not supposed to judge a book by it‘s cover but it‘s beautiful??????? And the book came signed and this cover is exclusive to owlcrate. I‘m not sponsored by them or anything but ITS PRETTY!!!!

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For me, this book went from “oh she‘s quirky and socially awkward” to “oh my gosh what happened?” It‘s a tough book to describe - Eleanor is trying to navigate her social life and plan a future romance, but it‘s her past that needs addressing. As she finds herself making real connections and friendships for the first time at age 30, she has to face the truth in order to move on. While she has a lot of trauma, she is still lovable and relatable.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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I am a teacher making the most of her time off and I got to indulge in reading a book in one sitting - it‘s been awhile since I‘ve done that! I couldn‘t put this one down, even if the corpse stuff took some getting used to and I guessed the ending. There‘s a sequel involving Dracula and I‘m interested in it purely for the Thomas/Audrey duo.

Johanna414 I thought book 2 was even better than book one! 5mo
BriannaT @Johanna414 that‘s good to hear! I legit just bought 10 books on a trip and now I apparently need to buy one more! Worth it though. 5mo
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Other than one scene from the lesser-known movie The Pagemaster, I was unfamiliar with this story until I went to Scotland. I learned a lot about Stevenson and Deacon Brodie, the real life inspo for the book, so I was eager to read it. It was surprisingly short and easy to follow, but the real “reveal” of the plot wasn‘t as dramatic as I expected it to be. I am still happy I read it and I understood the duality of man Stevenson addressed.

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Maggie Moves on | Lucy Score
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This was fun to read and I‘m a fan of the trope of sunshine + realist, but the ending is the reason why this isn‘t a full pick. This may make me sound like a cynic, but sometimes I don‘t like it when a book has a “perfect” ending. I love it when characters overcome their differences to be happy, but not proposing to your 3 months girlfriend right after you make up. Plus, every relationship mentioned in the book works out and they all get married.

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I was super excited to find this book at a farmer‘s market - it‘s a Canadian first edition print! I love a good myth retelling, especially from a woman‘s point of view. In particular, Atwood focuses on not only Penelope, but her 12 maids that Odysseus killed. These women who were nameless, innocent, and get glossed over. I‘m satisfied with their ending in this book, and there were some powerful quotes too.

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My trip to Canada is almost done and I wanted to take a picture of all the books I bought this past week! Also I‘m sharing a hotel room with my mom so I had to take this picture while she was in the bathroom so she was not fully aware of the number of books I got. Yes I‘m 27 and I shouldn‘t care, but here I am.

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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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Got this for just Q9 in Scotland! I‘ve read stories about a woman pretending to be a man to get by, but this book is about a trans man and gender identity - Zhu Chongba becomes a man to earn a great fate, and she goes through many monologues about her gender and how she feels about it. The plot and characters were good, but I didn‘t get the “can‘t put it down feeling” from it. This is the first trans book I‘ve read, and I think I learned from it.

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The Secret of Chimneys | Agatha Christie
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I‘m in Canada to visit family and this is one of the books I brought. Not my favorite standalone novel, and one of the “twists” at the end felt too convenient rather than being well-written.