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EKonrad

EKonrad

Joined April 2016

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Pickpick

One of the best thrillers I've read in a long time! Definitely signing up for Emiko Jean's fan club right now! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/05/10/the-return-of-ellie-black-book-review/

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Mehso-so

I love magical realism, but this book had several missteps that were hard for me to get past. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/04/19/the-cemetery-of-untold-stories-book-review/

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Pickpick

Absolutely loved this memoir! Lieu's mother died at the age of 38 after a botched plastic surgery operation; she writes about how this event impacted the rest of her life. So moving! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/04/17/the-manicurists-daughter-book-review/

Amor4Libros I felt the same way with this one! 2mo
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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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Panpan

I might be in the minority here, but I thought this book was awful. The premise could have been interesting, but the execution was really poor. ⭐️

Full review: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/04/10/the-sleepwalkers-book-review/

Ruthiella Have you read Scarlett Thomas before? I like her, but she‘s kind of an acquired taste… 2mo
EKonrad @Ruthiella I haven‘t. I usually like writing that is a little out there, but maybe she‘s just not the right writer for me. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 2mo
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Not in the database yet - This memoir was absolutely fantastic - such interesting insights from the mind of a sociopath. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/04/01/sociopath-book-review/

AmyG Released tomorrow. I am so buying this. Sounds fascinating. (edited) 3mo
Erinreadsthebooks This one keeps showing up in my various feeds. Intriguing 🧐 3mo
EKonrad @AmyG @Erinreadsthebooks I hope this book gets the hype it deserves. Gave me a whole new perspective on this diagnosis. 🧐 3mo
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Panpan

This memoir just didn't do it for me - I wanted more of a deep-dive into race relations from a white-male perspective, but it was just autobiographical details from this dude who basically failed upwards. ⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/03/24/the-right-kind-of-white-book-review/

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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The Many Lives of Mama Love | Lara Love Hardin
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Pickpick

This was such an incredible memoir from an immensely talented writer. I can definitely see why Oprah picked it for her book club! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/03/18/the-many-lives-of-mama-love-book-review/

And I'm adding my copy to my Pango shop, if anyone wants to purchase it: https://pangobooks.com/bookstore/ekonrad

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 3mo
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Not sure why this book isn't in the database yet, but “Jaded“ by Ela Lee was a definite 5-star read for me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/03/15/jaded-book-review/

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Three books for the price of one - don‘t mind if I do! Love getting my birthday book and Book of the Year selection for #botm. 💕

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Say Hello to My Little Friend | Jennine Capo Crucet
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I'm usually all for weird writing, but this just didn't work for me at all. ⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/02/27/say-hello-book-review/

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The House of Eve | Sadeqa Johnson
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This historical fiction read wasn't a slam-dunk for me, but I did appreciate the insight into the colorism and classism present during the late 1940s. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/02/20/the-house-of-eve-book-review/

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Pickpick

Chung is quickly becoming one of my fave short story writers. I love her style, and there were several truly wonderful stories in this collection. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/02/06/your-utopia-book-review/

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Set for Life: A Novel | Andrew Ewell
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This book was endlessly frustrating with an MC I couldn't stand. Couldn't wait for it to be over. ⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/02/03/set-for-life-book-review/

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Never had an easier time picking a Book of the Month! So excited for The Women! #botm

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The Bullet Swallower | Elizabeth Gonzalez James
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Mehso-so

This book didn't quite live up to my expectations - not enough magical realism and a separate storyline that kept taking me out of the action. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/01/22/the-bullet-swallower-book-review/

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Panpan

I was so intrigued by the premise of this book, but it completely fell flat for me. The writing style was frustrating, and the mystery wasn't all that thrilling. ⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/01/16/maude-hortons-glorious-revenge-book-review/

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The Deluge | Stephen Markley
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Pickpick

This book was a true masterpiece, IMO. Beautiful writing, though completely terrifying! A true investment since it's 880 pages, but well-worth it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2024/01/11/the-deluge-book-review/

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Didn‘t hit my total of 136 from last year but it was still a wonderful year of reading! ☺️📚✨

Ruthiella 119 is amazing! 👏👏👏 6mo
TieDyeDude 💪🎉 6mo
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Of course I had to hit up the Barnes and Noble sale yesterday. The endorphins I get entering a bookstore can‘t be matched! ☺️

Bluebird Nice stack! 6mo
EKonrad @Bluebird Thanks! Can‘t wait to read them! 6mo
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Mehso-so

There were some flaws with this book, but it wasn't a terrible read. I did appreciate learning about Oneg Shabbat, which was a group of people that tried to document Jewish people's lives in the Warsaw ghetto during WWII. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/24/we-must-not-think-of-ourselves-book-review/

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Pickpick

So glad I took a break from contemporary reads to pick up this classic! When a spooky carnival comes to town, two 13-year-old friends must fight to save themselves in a true tale of good vs. evil. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/18/something-wicked-this-way-comes-book-review/

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The Helsinki Affair | Anna Pitoniak
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This espionage thriller was missing the thrills for me. Action didn't pick up until 87 percent in, and the ending had way too many loose ends. ⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/09/the-helsinki-affair-book-review/

Desha Im reading it right now…about a third in…and I‘m wondering if I should continue as it‘s not holding my interest! Your review makes me think maybe I should DNF…🤪😂 (edited) 7mo
EKonrad I very rarely DNF but this book kinda made me wish I had! 😂 7mo
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Pickpick

Wish I was taught more in my own education about what occurred when schools were ordered to desegregate, but this book was so educational and eye-opening.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/05/a-most-tolerant-little-town-book-review/

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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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Pickpick

Was such a fan of “The Power,“ so I was excited to give this a read. It did not disappoint! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/11/02/the-future-book-review/

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Pickpick

This was obviously going to be a must-read for me: short stories, Jordan Peele, African American writers, and horror. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 stars

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/10/29/out-there-screaming-book-review/

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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Pickpick

Ward is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. This novel, about a young enslaved woman who connects with the supernatural, is both heartbreaking and powerful. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/10/19/let-us-descend-book-review/

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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Pickpick

This memoir was powerful but did remind me a lot of “Educated.“ Sinclair is a poet, and it shows in her lyrical work, but this definitely could have benefitted from stronger editing. #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/09/21/how-to-say-babylon-book-review/

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The Museum of Failures | Thrity Umrigar
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Loved the character development in this book and the plot itself was remarkable. I was just a little turned off by the slow pacing. #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/09/16/the-museum-of-failures-book-review/

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How to Say Babylon | Safiya Sinclair
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So excited to read this! And getting #bookmail is always fun! 😊

Thanks for the #arc, @simonbooks

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Not Forever, But For Now | Chuck Palahniuk
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Used to love his writing (as disturbing as it is), but this one just ended up being pretty boring to me. He still has his signature shock factor, but I needed more of a plot. #arc

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Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/09/02/not-forever-but-for-now-book-review/

TheBookgeekFrau Oh no. I'm all set to buy this on Tuesday 🙁 10mo
EKonrad @TheBookgeekFrau It‘s totally possible you could love it. Everyone‘s taste is so different! 😊 10mo
TheBookgeekFrau @EKonrad So true! 😊 10mo
TieDyeDude I used to be all about Palahniuk, but I haven't even read the last few of his books... 10mo
EKonrad @TieDyeDude Same! Probably won‘t read another one now. 😬 10mo
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So excited to get this #bookmail today! Was obsessed with The Power so feeling pumped to read this.

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My favorite time of the month! Excited to check out this one. ☺️

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The Last Word: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Pickpick

I guessed a few of the twists in this one, but it was still a fun thriller that kept me interested. Also, the plot made me rethink ever leaving a one-star book review ever again!!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Why does seeing the confetti make me so happy when I ship my BOTM box?? (Plus, I love that it was hearts for this title!) ❤️❤️❤️

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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I completely fell in love with this book and these characters. Was so sad when it ended and I had to leave them behind!

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Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2023/03/21/hello-beautiful-book-review/

AmyG I have been hearing good things about this book. 1y
EKonrad @AmyG Hope I haven‘t hyped it up too much but I loved it! 😊 1y
AmyG Ha! It‘s not just you. 1y
peaKnit I‘m just about to finish and I feel I am already mourning the end…it feels like one of those rich stories that only comes around once in awhile for me. 1y
EKonrad @peaknit Absolutely! I was so sad to say goodbye to these characters at the end. 1y
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Just started selling books on the Pango app. Everything is getting so expensive and I thought this might be a way to make a couple extra bucks. Anyone have any tips for actually selling??

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Love when my birthday month arrives - nothing more exciting than free books!!! 😄
#botm

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A new record for me! 😊 Can‘t wait to see what my TBR holds for 2023.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Eyelit 📚🎉👏 1y
Suet624 Fantastic! 1y
Megabooks 👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
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Cursed Bunny | Bora Chung
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I would definitely recommend this collection to anyone who loves magical realism (especially when it strays to the dark side). But beware: there are some major trigger warnings – especially if you‘re squeamish around blood or gore.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/12/06/cursed-bunny-book-review/

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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This was perfection. Cried at least three times and have completely fallen in love with this book! Tahir has such a great grasp on the impacts of trauma and her storytelling is impeccable. Can't wait to see what she writes next.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mehso-so

This was gonna be a four-star read until...I read the ending. Hated it with a passion!

⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Here's my full review: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/11/19/i-am-the-light-of-this-world-book-review/

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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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This fantasy/magical realism YA novel completely has my ❤️. Can‘t wait to read more titles from this writer!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review on Goodreads

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Pickpick

Thought this book was absolutely fascinating! Maybe not everyone's cup of tea but it had a huge impact on me (as good books should!). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/08/23/all-the-living-and-the-dead-book-review/

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Serotonin boost activated! ✨✨✨

Blueberry Oh yum! Mochi donuts 2y
EKonrad @Blueberry I‘d never had them before! So good! 😊 2y
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I remember reading “Go Ask Alice“ back in the day - the story behind it is super crazy! This was a definite ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ read for me! #arc

Full review: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/08/08/unmask-alice-book-review/

UwannaPublishme I remember reading Go Ask Alice. Who knew! 2y
EKonrad @UwannaPublishme I had no idea and was just intrigued by the subtitle. It‘s a crazy true story! 2y
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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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Absolutely stunned this was written by a teenager - such brilliance! So glad Oprah picked this for her book club so it might get a little more attention.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc

Full review on Goodreads

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Definitely not for people who feel squeamish when reading about violence or forensics, but true-crime fans will enjoy trying to solve the case on their own. #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/04/30/trailed-book-review/

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I think I may have found a new favorite book! ❤ A 5 ⭐read for sure!

Here's a link to my full review: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/04/10/lessons-in-chemistry-book-review/

KristiAhlers I just picked this one up about 5 mins ago. 2y
EKonrad @KristiAhlers Hope you like it! 😊 2y
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Pickpick

This true-crime story was absolutely riveting! I'm worried it's going to fly under the radar because I haven't heard too much buzz about it, but it was sooo good! #arc ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/03/29/the-other-dr-gilmer-book-review/

DogMomIrene I think this one will be my next audiobook. Sounds so good! 2y
EKonrad @DogMomIrene Hope you enjoy it - I thought it was fascinating! 2y
Megabooks So glad you enjoyed it too. Definitely deserves more buzz! 2y
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Mehso-so

This was such an interesting premise - having writers compose a letter to a stranger who impacted their life in some way. However, the collection felt bogged down about halfway through with stories that were too similar. Perhaps a shorter compilation would have been better. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐.5 #arc

Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2022/03/26/letter-to-a-stranger-book-review/