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Katie.happens

Katie.happens

Joined June 2021

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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This one was a low pick for me, but I bet that‘s just because I‘m not the prime audience. Had I read it in high school, I think I would have been obsessed. It‘s got Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter energy. Truman approved. 🖤

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Such a cute Enemies To Lovers tale. Rowen and Neil have competed for the best grades, awards, and titles all through high school. Now on the night before graduation they are teaming up to take down the rest of the senior class in a grade wide scavenger hunt. And they are… enjoying hanging out?? What? And you‘ll enjoy hanging out with them too 🥳

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Too Good to Be True | Carola Lovering
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“There are three sides to every story.” But oof, that male lead is a conman in every one of them. •The first 3/4 of this book is engaging and fun. The last quarter transforms into a love-conquers-all Hallmark novel that doesn‘t match the theme of the rest of the book.

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Mehso-so

I have LOVED Sanger‘s other work, but this one couldn‘t pull me in the way the others did. It had all the right ingredients, but to me the finished product wasn‘t what I had hoped.

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The Final Girl Support Group | Grady Grady Hendrix
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Cat mamas don‘t take a relaxing reading baths without their sidekicks. Mine‘s name is Truman 📚

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The cutest little love story you ever did read. The writing is witty and funny. The joy and heartache of this novel will stay with you for days. 💛

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Honey Girl | Morgan Rogers
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Mehso-so

I was enchanted by Honey Girl when I first started reading it. I love an interracial relationship in books and in movies (it seems abuse is more tolerated sometimes than simply a couple that doesn‘t match 🙄). I loved the LGBTQA+ representation because I feel like there aren‘t many mainstream representations of such relationships either. However, by the end of the novel, the dramatic writing style wore on me a bit. A like not a love.

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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The Ex Hex is such a cute Halloween time read. It‘s adventures are very silly and spooky, never scary. The characters are sweet and well intentioned, the steaks are never so high that it is anxiety inducing to read. It‘s the perfect fall escape to a beautiful, old spooky town where witches run wild.

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Ariadne is the perfect Greek mythology read. The dual perspectives of Ariadne and Phaedra are both so engaging. It lags a little toward the end and I started to wonder how it would end knowing the myth. And that ending is fascinating. At first I was outraged, but after turning it over in my head I ended up reading the last chapter again and really liking the bold choices made by the author.

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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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I started out really liking Anna K. After a bit though, the brand name dropping and (intentionally) vapid narration started to remind me a bit too much of the Pretty Little Liars. I do really enjoy a retelling of a classic, though.🥂

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Mehso-so

I can see why a lot of people liked this novel. The writing style is so fun to read and quirky. Over all I just never really WANTED to see what would happen next. Once I was reading, I enjoyed it, but over all I couldn‘t stay hooked.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I finished it but felt the same and also gave it a “so-so” review. I never got that “can‘t put it down, gotta know what happens next”feeling. Disappointing, because I loved the first two books I read by Backman. A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry. I DNF Britt-Marie Was Here. 3mo
Katie.happens @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 me too! So many people loved it, I thought it was just me! 😂💛 3mo
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This Is Our Story | Ashley Elston
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Mehso-so

Five friends go on a hunting trip together, only four come back alive. What happened on that trip and who is responsible? The mystery of this short novel reals you in, but the steaks never really felt high enough. I was never really worried about the main characters, because it seemed clear that they were never really in jeopardy.

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The Body in the Woods | April Henry
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Mehso-so

I was obviously not the intended audience for this novel, but quite enjoyed it. The middle school drama slowed it down to me, but a teenager would really enjoy it.

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This story is so engaging! I saw a lot of reviews that liked the past timeline and did not enjoy when the book showed the future from Caroline‘s perspective. I really enjoyed Caroline‘s parts as well as Nella and Eliza‘s. All three women bring a much needed perspective to learn as much as we can about the mystery unwinding through the novel.

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Panpan

My husband and I purchased this one as a souvenir from our visit at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The stories did not end up being what I expected and I was disappointed in the lore as it was portrayed in this particular work. A better souvenir than a story, I guess. To the “just for decoration” shelf it goes.

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Magic Lessons is a fantastic read for autumn. Maybe it‘s the history buff in me, but I liked it better than the novel that inspired it, Practical Magic. It‘s moody and engaging, covers long spans of time like the original novel, as well as including the power of feminism in daily life that the original presented so beautifully.

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I started this novel knowing very little about it, and was so surprised by the turn it took. I thought it was a true crime style novel and to see it transform into a modern telling of Jane Eyre was a treat. Every character is some how intriguing and unlikeable at the same time. I couldn‘t put it down.

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Outlawed | Anna North
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I really loved the start of the book. It‘s a feminist western with a Handmaid‘s Tale twist. As the story went on it lagged a bit and by the end I wasn‘t as invested as I once was. I appreciated the LGBTQ+ representation and the writing was masterful. Overall I have to give it a Pick.

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Head Over Heels | Hannah Orenstein
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I LOVED this one. I read it in 2 or 3 sittings while my husband watched the Olympics. It‘s such an engaging look at the dark sides of being an Olympic gymnast, and how current gymnasts and their coaches are trying to change bad behavior that was once accepted.

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This novel leaves you with so many mixed feelings. The author has a true talent in being able to take dark themes and show so many sides and perspectives you‘re left wondering how you‘d handle such a situation. A great read right now if you‘re caught up in the Free Brittany movement and the dark sides of fame.

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Saving Hamlet | Molly Booth
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As a lover of Shakespeare based fiction, I was really looking forward to this one, but it wasn‘t particularly my favorite. If you‘re looking for a magically-travel-into-Shakespeare‘s-work type story I‘d direct you more towards Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors. Both similar stories but Saving Juliet has a bit more adventure.

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This is the first book in a long time that I‘ve given up on. I SO wanted to like it, but I just couldn‘t get into it. Well written, but too slow of a burn for me. I‘m so curious, has anyone read the whole series? What did you think? Am I missing out?

jenniferw88 I loved it! But then I like slow-paced books. 6mo
BookishMarginalia Maybe it‘s not the right time for this book. It happens! 6mo
Katie.happens @jenniferw88 so does my husband! I think my ADHD just couldn‘t take it. The whole first 1/3 was just conversations, but if the ending is what I‘m predicting, it was building toward a twist. I just wasn‘t into it by then 😔 6mo
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This book is one of my new favorites. I already have it in the pile for my husband and I to read together because as soon as I finished it I wanted to share it with someone. I could have devoured it in one sitting but tried to make it last. I was sucked in from the first chapter and that ending leaves you wanting more. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Mexican Gothic has very mixed reviews, I however, really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the spooky twist, I liked the personification of the house, the creepiness of the side characters. It was very Rebecca meets Hill House. As someone who has always had a very active imagination, it‘s a very entertaining read. It would be a great fall/Halloween story to check out for spooky season.

SamAnne I loved this one and the themes of colonialism, etc. Plus, I'm fascinated by mycelium! 7mo
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The Lovely Bones | Alice Sebold
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I finally finished The Lovely Bones after a few months of reading. It‘s beautifully written, but because of the subject matter, I had to take lots of breaks. I was thinking as I read that I knew someone who read this book in school in about 8th grade. As an educator, it seems a little heavy to teach for 8th grade. Anyone else read it in middle/high school? I‘m curious to know! Maybe I‘m just overly sensitive.

LapReader I read it in my 20s. It was hard going due to the subject matter. 7mo
Katie.happens @LapReader I had the same experience! I think if I‘d have read it as a teenager it would have messed with my head, just because it‘s so heavy. 7mo
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The Night Swim was the perfect rainy summer day read. A true fantasy for us True Crime enthusiasts who dream of solving murders with a successful podcast. #thenightswim #summerread #murdermystery

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Yes No Maybe So | Becky Albertalli
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Yes No Maybe So is Chicken Soup for the Soul. Especially if 2016-2020 was a hard time for you, everyone needs a reminder that they can make a change for good. #YAromance #YAlit #yesnomaybeso #bookofthemonth

SW-T Welcome to Litsy! Happy reading. 🙂 #litsywelcomewagon 7mo
aperfectmjk Welcome to Litsy! 🥳🎈🎉 7mo
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Eggs Welcome to Litsy ❤️🥳💙 6mo
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