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ItsAnotherJen

ItsAnotherJen

Joined September 2016

"Fiction gives us empathy: it puts us inside the minds of other people, gives us the gifts of seeing the world through their eyes." ▪Ravenclaw▪INFJ▪
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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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This was an incredible book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ What I got out of this was what I was hoping for in The Priory of the Orange Tree. I was totally engrossed in the story. Such a great reading experience. There is a lot of world building but I didn't find it overwhelming or confusing. It was interesting to see it all come together. It's not a light read, there's some really tragic moments. I'm looking forward to seeing what the next book has in store.

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Feels Like Summer | Wendy Francis
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I'm currently switching back and forth from the ebook to the audiobook of this.. and the voice the narrator uses for the 3 year old is hilarious. Over the top childish lisp. I just wish I could share a clip of it to everyone to "enjoy" ?
Eta: surprisingly good summer read, def prefer reading it over listening! It had a murder mystery vibe which I wasn't expecting..I was initially drawn to the title and cover and didn't read what it was about. 4⭐

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Other Birds: A Novel | Sarah Addison Allen
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I really enjoyed this! Great characters.❤
Reminds me of a few truths I've come to believe. 1-everyone has a story, all we see when we meet people is the tip of an iceberg
2-some people come into our lives when we need them most
3-life contains magic, mysteries that we can't explain
4-living has it's ups and downs, the bravest thing to to persevere through the dark times to get to the light

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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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This is not my usual 5 star read. I always try to mix up my reading with some mystery/psychological thrillers so I don't get burned out with the rom coms and fantasy/magic reads. This was so hard to put down. It hooked me from the beginning with the stories behind 3 young girls under the care of their deranged foster mother. The ending, more specifically, the last chapter - was absolutely great. Recommend! Bonus is that it's in Kindle Unlimited.

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This was trippy. I didn't even know how to rate it! It is a fast read, and started to feel like a weird freaky horror movie. Towards the end, I was super confused as to who was narrating. The pronouns were changing and then..well, I had to turn to Google to have the book explained to me. Decided on 4 stars. It did suck me in and did not turn out how I thought it would.

TheBookgeekFrau The trippiest book I ever read (and really liked)! 2w
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Sweet Filthy Boy | Christina Lauren
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Since I've had such great luck with Christina Lauren, I'm going to try out this series! Let me know if you've read them and what you thought! Looks like the perfect easy summer read. 🌞🏖📚

KadaGul I heard👂 great things about Unhoneymooners. I'll be reading that for Summer ⛱️🍉🌻🕶️ Reading 📚Challenges. 3w
willaful This is a pretty good series. Just an FYI, it's much raunchier than their later works. 3w
ItsAnotherJen @willaful There are a lot of steamy scenes, but there is just something about her writing that sucks me in! I'll be trying the 2nd one after I get caught up on all the Libby holds that came on all at once 2w
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The Teacher | Freida McFadden
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This was too ick for me. I'm a substitute teacher for high school/jr high and this made me feel physically sick. A grown ass man who works with teenaged children needs to control himself or work in a different environment. Or both. Just no. I should never of even started reading this. ?? I suggest skipping this "psychological thriller" if you have any triggers around married adults in a position of power/trust going after teen girls.

Tamra Ugh just no. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Her books have gotten a little ick for me too!! 1mo
CoffeeK8 Thanks for your review, I‘ll steer clear 1mo
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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I went into this blind. All I knew was that a lot of people have read this and a lot of people were recommending it. I naively assumed from the title, that this was a generational story about women. Nope. This was a intense, heavy, scary at times, sad story about a woman who was a nurse in the Vietnam War. Her experience there and her experience afterwards trying to survive after arriving home. I'm so glad I read this. Such an important story.⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Life's Too Short | Abby Jimenez
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Really enjoyed this! Abby Jimenez falls into the same category (for me) as Ali Hazelwood, Christina Lauren, Colleen Hoover, and Emily Henry. When I'm looking for a romance...these authors don't disappoint. I would say this probably is my favorite of Abby Jimenez's books that I've read. Has all the right elements and I really enjoyed the characters and their journey. Wasn't sure how it was going to end, kept my fingers crossed the whole time. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This was so bad it was good. It's exactly like those Lifetime movies where everyone is crazy and there's a lot of screaming and accusations getting thrown around. Just look at the cover. Maybe it actually is a Lifetime movie.
If you need a very easy book to read at the end of those days that your brain is fried, this fits the bill. Entertaining and not very long. Not my fav of Frieda McFadden's but I'll give it 4 stars.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I love so bad it‘s good as a description. My favourite genre of movies tbh 🤣😉 was it well executed? No - but I had an absolute blast! 2mo
ItsAnotherJen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag exactly! Sometimes it's nice for a change of pace 2mo
Christine This is a very good review! 🤣 2mo
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The Husbands | Holly Gramazio
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A really entertaining book centered around the idea that if Lauren can get her husband to climb up into the attic, a new husband climbs back down. Her world instantly shifts with each new husband. Her job changes, the decor in her house changes, her bank account changes. Her relationships with family and friends changes. Sometimes she lives with the husband for a few days, a few weeks, or sometimes it's minutes. A good 3.5 star read.

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Whoa. This was so good!!! Disturbing at the end for sure, but such a great read. A dystopian, post-apocalyptic world terrorized by angels. I should not of put off reading this. It's been one of my kindle unlimited books that that I've marked to read for a long time and kept passing over. I don't recommend the audio version. I switched over to try it out, and immediately switched back to reading.
A quick one day fast-paced read! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Half a Soul | Olivia Atwater
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Loved this one! Another cozy fantasy read full of magic and that witty bantering between characters that I enjoy. Imagine putting Emily Wilde in the Bridgerton world.
I'm looking forward to reading more of this series!

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All This Twisted Glory | Tahereh Mafi
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So many pages in which nothing actually is happening. That's my major angst with this book. There lot of interesting character developments throughout. A few are HIGHLY interesting. I see what is coming and can't wait until it happens. By the end, it gets so good and then it stops. 😐 Like, why?! I obviously know why..it's a rhetorical question. You have to wait until the next book. 😩
4.5 stars
A few hundred more pages would of bumped it to 5!

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Excellent. Highly recommend. Beautifully written, unforgettable characters. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ All the stars

CoverToCoverGirl I wasn‘t a fan of the writing style and nearly DNF‘ed this .. I‘m so glad I carried on, it really was excellent. 3mo
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Mister Magic | Kiersten White
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This was unlike any book I've read in a while. I didn't really know where it was going and was constantly guessing at the outcome. 5 of the 6 child stars of a wildly popular children's program 'Mister Magic' reunite to do a reunion podcast 30 years later. There's no record of the show or evidence of it even airing although there is speculation of it and what happened the 6th member of the cast deep in the depths of internet chat groups.
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I'm thinking the audiobook version was def not the way to go for me. The constant angst - the yelling, cursing, anger. Ugh. It was too much. I experienced ptsd. Aunt Nadine was pretty hilarious. I had to laugh at some of the insults she was throwing around. It was much needed comedic relief in this ocean of negativity and anger. What menopausal women has Nat Cassidy been around to write these characters? Who hurt him? 😅
This wasn't for me. ⭐⭐

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 4mo
ItsAnotherJen @dabbe love the hashtag! Is this a new movement? If so, I support it wholeheartedly 4mo
dabbe @ItsAnotherJen Nah. It's just me reminding myself to bail/pan books if they're not reaching me––and a fun way to support others. Life's too short, and there are too many other fabulous books out there, right? 🤩 4mo
ItsAnotherJen @dabbe Absolutely 💯 ❤ 4mo
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Wellness | Nathan Hill
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I feel like I've been reading this book for months. It's never going to end.

ETA: Okay, you're right! The last part was very good. It was enough to make me happy I stuck with this. But it was a JOURNEY. ⭐⭐⭐

AmyG The last 200 pages were good. 4mo
JamieArc I finished this a few days ago after reading it for months as well! The last couple hundred pages did pick up. 4mo
ItsAnotherJen @AmyG @JamieArc you were right 🎉 4mo
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In a Single Moment | Imogen Clark
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A nice easy book to get sucked into! The idea of two baby girls born on the same day going home from the hospital with the wrong family is definitely not a new one. But I needed an audiobook and it sounded interesting. Luckily, this was on Kindle Unlimited and after starting it, I immediately switched to reading it. Much faster. I really enjoyed it and the ending was not what I expected but exactly right for these eclectic characters! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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I love the Emily Wilde world filled with fantastical creatures, magical charm, and new adventures! The first book hooked me immediately and this second book did not disappoint. I always fall the hardest for the first book in the series, but this was one of the better 2nd books. I'm 100% reading the next because I'm invested in Emily and Wendell. Such a unique relationship and I'm here to see how it ends! ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

PirateJenny I'm in the middle of this now and also loving it! 4mo
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These books are addictive. I feel like I'm one of the last to the Zodiac Academy party. Unless they start getting bad, I'm going to do nothing but go from book to book. These books get enormous. 😳 Actually it's the 8th book that has me shook at how big it is.
Book 1-436 pgs||Book 2-475pgs||Book 3-561pgs||Book 4-724pgs||Book 5-886pgs||Book 6-823pgs||Book 7-716pgs||Book 8-1242pgs||Book 9-to be released in April
Currently on Book 3. Wish me well..

thegirlwiththelibrarybag 💪🏼 good luck! Those are some hefty paperbacks! 5mo
ItsAnotherJen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag Thanks! 😅 I'm also reading A Court of Wings and Ruin, which is 700pgs. I keep getting distracted with this series though 5mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @ItsAnotherJen, some book series are made to binge! Always good when you find them a few books in because waiting is tough!! 5mo
ItsAnotherJen @thegirlwiththelibrarybag This definitely fits in that category! Binge worthy for sure! 5mo
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This Woven Kingdom | Tahereh Mafi
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So much better than I expected! I read much of the Shatter Me series and knew the author was excellent. I've had this book for a while and kept putting off reading it because I wasn't in the right mood to tackle such a large book. I started it yesterday, and finished today. Couldn't put it down! I neeed the next one. I wish I could go right into it. Ugh. So sad. Now I have to do things I put off yesterday when all I wanted to do was to read. 5⭐

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The House Witch | Delemhach
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If you loved the vibes of Legends & Lattes and/or The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches you will love this as well. It's a cozy fantasy with whimsy, magic, and comedy. All the good things! It's a bit long (658 pgs), and that is why I was fluctuating between a 4-5 star read. But I went with 5 stars because of how delightful of an escape I felt it gave me. I will definitely be reading the next one. Def noticing a theme of my 2024 fav reads!

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Breen is a middle school teacher not loving her dull boring life and very controlling mother. She discovers her mother has been keeping a lot of secrets from her. She finds out the truth about her father and herself after going to Ireland for the summer.
Very unusual for me to rate TWO books five stars only 7 days into the year. Maybe my goal this year should be to read more slowly and to choose even more books about magic? Such a fun world here!

Ruthiella Great start to 2024 reading! 5mo
AnnCrystal Oh, that looks way too good ☺️👍! 5mo
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I really really liked this! 🤗
I just love books with magic in them. Finding out that there is another book in the series coming out in a week or two is so exciting. I may have to buy that one.

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#bestof2023 📚
9 books out 268 got a five star rating this year!

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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The ending was excellent! Really looking forward to the next book. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it was difficult to get into this one. Maybe it was the timing of trying to read it during a busy holiday season? Not sure. However the ending was very good and made up for the sluggish first portion. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I've been on a lucky streak with books lately. This is one I listened to on audio and really liked. Sally is a sketch writer for a tv show (exactly like SNL) who falls in love with a famous singer who is a guest host. One of the most realistic, relatable, funny love stories I've come across. It made my cooking and cleaning for Christmas fly by! I hope this gets made into a movie because it would be so good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Tress of the Emerald Sea | Brandon Sanderson
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What an experience! The world that Sanderson has built here is a bit insane. Seas of different colored spores that react to water in (sometimes) horrifying ways? The humor in this book is constant, something that took me by surprise for some reason. It's quite fun! The whole book. I think it's a little long and wordy but I'm glad for the experience once I got used to the style. If you loved fairy-tales as a kid, you will love this.
3.5/4 stars

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Hello Beautiful | Ann Napolitano
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This would make a great book club book. So much to discuss! I really enjoy books about complicated families and the beautiful up/down relationships between people as they navigate life. Everyone has a story. Everyone has a multitude of reasons for why they are the way they are.
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The Love of My Life | Rosie Walsh
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This isn't a thriller or a mystery exactly, more of a love story with a LOT of twists and turns! I would say it is a solid 4 ⭐ read. I had to keep reading to find out exactly what Emma's story was. The characters were interesting. I knew the love that Emma and her husband Leo had for each other was true. I was hoping that the story wasn't going to be a clichéd mess by the end, that's always a disappointment. Some beautiful writing, I enjoyed it!

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Super cute and enjoyable Christmas romance. I'm trying to enjoy more light-hearted holiday reads this month to help get more in the spirit of Christmas. This was exactly what I hoped it would be. I liked the characters and the humor.

LiseWorks This one is on my list too! 7mo
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Honor | Thrity Umrigar
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"Maybe, in the end, that‘s all that love was—doing the hard thing. Not roses and valentines and walks on the beach, but simply being present, day after ordinary day. The extraordinary romanticism of ordinary life."
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The Change: A Novel | Kirsten Miller
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Such an empowering book! A group of women discover they have powers once they are middle aged, find out that there are quite a few girls that have gone missing in their town. They band together to find who is at fault. I loved these strong female characters! Such badasses. Very inspirational story that I will recommend especially to women 40+.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! 7mo
GondorGirl This was such a good book! 7mo
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The Seven Year Slip | Ashley Poston
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I loved this! I haven't read a book I couldn't put down for a while. I missed that feeling. This was a great way to spend my Saturday. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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So very good! I've heard a lot of great things about this book and they are all correct. I loved it. A quick and satisfyingly delightful read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

LiteraryinLawrence I just borrowed this from the library! 8mo
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This was a nice change of pace after reading quite a few psychological thrillers and darker books in the spirit of Halloween. A sweet romantic comedy that reminded me of turning on a Hallmark movie and getting sucked into the story and rooting for a happy ending for the main characters. I def know how it feels to come from a small town and feeling judged by who you were at 17 every time you're back. This is a chunky book at 532 pgs but worth it!

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There are so many 5 star reviews of this book. So many. Did I like it? No. And that's okay. Everyone is different. We all can like what we like. That's the beauty of life. I thought this book would be right up my alley. Sounded interesting. Yet I did not like anything about it. The bulimia, the abuse, the sexual depravity. I'm fascinated to read all the positive posts. It's as though we all read different books. Oh well, on to the next.

jdiehr I think I'll unstack this one... 8mo
RamsFan1963 I feel the same way about Fourth Wing, everyone seems to love it but me. 8mo
GondorGirl Ugh. I loved both of this author's other books, but this one was HORRIBLE. I didn't like any of the characters and the sex stuff was really cringy. I only finished it out of spite. 8mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I absolutely loved Station Eleven so was excited to read this. It was such a different reading experience. Like waking up from a dream over and over. It all came together at the end in a way that made me want to reread the book for clues.
I didn't see the forest for the trees.
Prob not for everyone, but I liked it because people seem to talk about simulation all the time these days. The peek into the future and time travel aspect was fun as well.

Kimbono “Like waking up from a dream over and over.” What a perfect way to describe the experience of reading this book. 8mo
GondorGirl The thought process that went into writing this book is kind boggling! 8mo
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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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Violent, confusing, powerful, and creative. I don't really know what to think about this book. I really liked parts of it. Other parts I really didn't like. The little bit of romance thrown in was not enough, and seemed almost disjointed. Something didn't flow correctly throughout. The ending threw everything off. Then again, nothing about this world was making sense. So it didn't really surprise me. I kind of want to know what happens next.

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Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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A lovely heartwarming story. I'm so glad I came across this, it was exactly what I needed. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Perfect Child | Lucinda Berry
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Soo disturbing. I'd say this is a good Halloween type pick because it freaked me out. 😦 The ending was disappointing because it didn't really end, but I was forewarned because I read other reviews where they mentioned it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Adelaide: A Novel | Genevieve Wheeler
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A very real book about a woman and her journey in a very unhealthy relationship and coming to terms with mental illness. There were many times I wanted to yell at Adelaide. To save her. It was not a light book. It's a relatable and realistic story unfortunately. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Reading this was icky and frustrating. I enjoy liking the main character in the books I read. June was not a likeable character. Noone was a likeable character. I feel like deleting all my socials. That is what this book did for me. Highlighting the power of social media and the disturbing yuckiness in the publishing industry. Racism and plagiarism. Ego and internet trolls. 😖😦 ⭐⭐⭐

rachelk Oh no! I just started this. At least it was a “lucky day” at the library and I didn‘t buy it. (edited) 9mo
ItsAnotherJen @rachelk Maybe you'll like it? There are a lot of people who rated it high. I might not of been in the right mood for it. 9mo
TieDyeDude It certainly is a read that challenges you. I did find the characters frustrating and difficult, but I can't say I hated them. 9mo
ItsAnotherJen @TieDyeDude I didn't hate them either. Just not exactly likeable. 9mo
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The Hotel Nantucket | Elin Hilderbrand
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Surprisingly, this is only the 3rd book by Elin Hilderbrand that I've read. I really do enjoy her books! Her style of writing is easy to get lost in. There are a variety of characters in this one. Like, a lot of characters. 😬 Lots going on! They all intertwine at the hotel, where most of them work at. I liked the character of Grace, the ghost. That was a unique twist.⭐⭐⭐⭐

MissyD This is on my TBR. I read The Beach Club And didn‘t care for it. 🤷🏼‍♀️. Could have been my mood at the time. 9mo
ItsAnotherJen @MissyD I haven't read that one. I've only read 28 Summers and Barefoot before this one. She has written a lot of books! 9mo
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Thunder and Rain | Charles Martin
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It was hard to decide on a rating for this one. A 5 star rating is one I give out to those books that I fall head first into and don't want to ever set the book aside until I finish it. This wasn't a book like that. Although it was such a good story. I sped through the beginning and then couldn't read more than a little of it it at a time through the rest. But it's good. I got a lot out of it. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫
I loved Hope and Tyler Steele so much.
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I don't think I've read any book by Freida McFadden that I didn't enjoy. I did not see the ending turning out that way. Took me completely by surprise! ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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This is a very different kind of book. I kept thinking that it reminded me of Stanger Things in certain parts. Makes you question what is real, what isn't real. Is there some kind of dark power at play here? Is it all made up in the minds of two teenagers? Some kind of overactive imagination? Interesting and unique story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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He Loves Lucy | Susan Donovan
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Do you have a genre that is a guilty pleasure? Reading a book about a woman that goes on a fitness journey to lose weight is totally mine! To be honest sometimes (more often than not) they are awful and eye rolling. Sometimes they are inspiring. I get in a bored funk about exercise, and I love the parts in the books where they find their self confidence through working out. They spark my drive to continue getting my own workout in each day.
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AileenRR I haven‘t anything like this and I‘m interested. Please recommend a favorite? 10mo
ItsAnotherJen @AileenRR hmmm..maybe try Love, Lies, and Weight Loss by Jax Burrows and see what you think! 10mo
AileenRR Thanks! I‘ll take a look at that one 😊 10mo
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If He Had Been with Me | Laura Nowlin
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I regret reading this. It's very YA and I felt my age.