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Kenziejo

Kenziejo

Joined September 2016

Sunshine Lover. 🌻 Horseback Rider. 🐴 Middle School Teacher. 🤪 Just a girl trying to find some time to read. 💁🏻‍♀️
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Back to #Bookspin and #BookspinBingo after taking a few months off to finish up my masters program. So happy to get back to reading!

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Last Light | Claire Kent
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I loved this post-apocalyptic romance. If you liked Daryl and The Walking Dead, then this book is for you. Four years after the world falls apart, Layne has lost everyone she loves. Trying to find a new, safe place to be she runs into Travis - the man who used to fix her car. They team up to try to find survivors.

😍 it's available in #KindleUnlimited. There's even another book set in the world that I plan on reading soon.

#KU

LiseWorks Must read this, love Walking Dead, I don't know too many people who are fans of the show. LOVE Daryl 2mo
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I'm so glad I picked this book up even after disliking Beach Read by this author. This book made me feel all the feels. Poppy and Alex are definitely in my top 5 favorite fictional couples.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BooksNBowls I loved them so much! The banter, the angsty required, yet unrequited love, and overall bad timing of it all. Ugh I loved it! 2mo
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Well Matched | Jen DeLuca
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I had been highly anticipating this addition to the series ever since I read the first book and it did not disappoint.

5 adorable and perfect stars.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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I could not be more excited for these two #BOTM options! I've been highly anticipating both of these releases.

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I'm very late to posting my #bookspin and #bookspinbingo list for this month, but I'm still playing along!

TheSpineView Looks good!🤩📖 4mo
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I reorganized my historical romance shelf because I had ordered a historical romance mystery box on ebay. (Highly recommend doing this if you like discovering new historicals. The person I purchase from lets you ask for specific types of books.) This book had been calling out to me since then, so I finally picked it up. It's been really good so far. And I just love the cover. 😍

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After hearing all of the hype surrounding this book, I finally had to give it a try. Not a favorite romance, but it was a lot of fun. I found the language barrier and navigation of their different cultures to be entertaining. I will definitely read more of this series. (I've actually already read book 2 🤭). I really enjoyed discovering the world Ruby Dixon is building.

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I finished these short stories last night - officially completing the Ivy Years series.

Sarina Bowen is a favorite author of mine, so I'm very glad that she has many more books and series to jump into after this one. Another book of the #bookspinbingo list.

As a side note, I've just discovered continuous scrolling on kindle. I don't know how I've gone without. I read so much faster compared to turning the page. 🤩

CarolynM I'm a fan too. So looking forward to her new one coming out next week🙂 4mo
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Once and Always | Judith McNaught
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I was once an innocent, kind reader headed into this book. I enjoyed the first 100 pages or so, unknowing what was to come. I started to get frustrated. Surely, the MMC wasn't actually going to act this way. Then I became absolutely angry cause yes, yes he was.

In short, I hate this book. But, on a positive note, I have read my #bookspin book for the month. Lol

Scochrane26 I‘ve noticed after rereading romances like this one in the last few years (from when I was a ya in ‘90s) that the more modern ones have more feminism & consent. Older ones are much more questionable. I like Sherry Thomas & other popular present-day authors. (edited) 5mo
TheAromaofBooks 😬 I just read a couple of the reviews for this one. I can make some allowance for older romances where the dude is a little pushy, but this sounds way over-the-top, like how could anyone think this was romantic?? 5mo
Kenziejo @Scochrane26 I will have to look into Sherry Thomas. Thanks! 5mo
Kenziejo @TheAromaofBooks Right? It blows my mind that Goodreads had such a high rating for it. 5mo
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Once and Always | Judith McNaught
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We got our first snow day of the year! Spending the day reading and lounging around. Currently reading my #bookspin book and using my beautiful Gone With the Wind bookmark made from an old VHS tape.

#teachersoflitsy

Saknicole Seriously, great bookmark! 5mo
Kenziejo @Saknicole Thank you! I have a few different VHS tape bookmarks and I think they all look so cool! 5mo
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Wolf Gone Wild | Juliette Cross
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I'm fast, but I'm not that fast...

I thought this book was due back to Libby tomorrow, so I was going to binge read it tonight. I'm only 15% into it. I can't even extend the loan because people are waiting for it. Guess I'm buying it. 🤷‍♀️🙈

#SadReaderThings

TheSpineView Hate when that happens! 😫 5mo
LiteraryinLawrence Boooooo ☹️ 5mo
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SilversReviews Darn!! 4mo
MizzGraham I love Juliette Cross!! 4mo
Kenziejo @MizzGraham I am about 30% into this book now, and I'm really enjoying it. This is my first book by Juliette Cross. 4mo
MizzGraham @Kenziejo I read them all! She‘s one of my new favorite authors 🙏🏼 4mo
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Famine | Laura Thalassa
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First book of 2022 is a 5 star read. This is the third book in the four horsemen series, and this series has never let me down. 5 stars all the way around. I can not wait to read the final book, Death. If you like reading fantasy romance, I highly recommend this series.

It's avaliable in Kindle Unlimited.

One book down for #bookspinbingo

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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My #BOTM selections for the month of January! This is my birthday month, so I picked up In A Holidaze for free. After having such a fun time reading The Unhoneymooners last year, I've been collecting a lot of Christina Lauren's books.

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I'm a little late (as always), but here is my #bookspin and #bookspinbingo list. I'm excited to join back in after a few months off of bookspinning.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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This is the most I've read in a year. My goal is 100 books for this next year (and my physical TBR pile 🙃). Since I'll be finishing up my masters degree in May, I'm hoping I'll have more time to read.

Happy New Year everyone!

Simona Happy New Year 🍾🥂 5mo
Bookzombie Congrats! Happy New Year!🎆 5mo
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The Marionettes | Katie Wismer
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The Marionettes is a NA vampire/witch book that was pretty fun to read. It is set at a school, and gave me slight Harry Potter vibes. There were some annoying aspects, such as the lack of conclusions. If you want ANY answers for the plot lines here, you'll have to read on in the series. 🙄 The book could have also beniffited from some more explanation of the world. However, I still had a good time reading it.

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I have seen this making the rounds on Twitter and thought I'd give it a try over here. 12 months to read 12 books recommended by 12 friends. So recommend away. And try it for yourself! I'd love to recommend books to you!

#12Challenge

Butterfinger I recommend The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman. 5mo
Kenziejo @Butterfinger Awesome! Thanks for the recommendation! 5mo
MelAnn (Anything by Mayne)! 5mo
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I finished this short story a few days ago on my drive to work. It's available on Kindle Unlimited and in Audible. The narrator, Rebecca Lowman, is my favorite audiobook narrator. I will listen to anything she reads. I enjoyed this short story, but I think it was too soon for me to read a book about covid. It was such a strange experience hearing about the pandemic in a story. I need to be transported to a world without a pandemic. Lol

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This cover is definitely a win but a lot of the story seemed surface level so I struggled to connect to the characters. Marly's parents have both died recently, so there are heavy grief topics here as Marly tries to figure out her life without them. There's a dash of a romance as well. I did enjoy the photography, hiking, camping, and traveling aspects of the book. I just thought the main story was missing a little bit of magic for me.

#Netgalley

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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How cute was this? If you love the baking shows and Hallmark holiday romances, this is for you. Another #BOTM success. 😍🎄🎁

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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My #BOTM selections for December! The Holiday Swap sounds like fun, and I'm giving Emily Henry a second try after not really enjoying Beach Read. 🤞

mdm139 I didn‘t like Beach Read either. Hoping this one is better. I had the other four books. 6mo
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Beginning this book I received from #Netgalley. I'm hoping I love the book as much as I love this cover. 😍

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Everytime I see my beautiful collection of Harry Potter books I just want to drop everything to do a Harry Potter reread... 😍

Sharpeipup I said something similar yesterday! 6mo
WJCintron WANT!!! 😍 6mo
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This book did not get better, it actually became much worse. There was a scene at the end where I audibly said "wait... what?" Because it was just so out of character and ridiculous. Disappointed because I like the small town, island vibes, but I will not be continuing this series. Another book finished for #bookspinbingo

Sharpeipup Agreed! 8mo
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My current read. I'm enjoying this for the most part. The main character can be a little annoying, so I'm hoping that goes away. I'm not a fan of how she tells others "don't judge me so easily" then proceeds to quickly judge others.

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I skimmed the majority of this one. Cute concept, but bad execution. I was just bored and had hit my eye rolling limit about 5 chapters in. The way the male character constantly talked about all the "attractive" women all the time drove me nuts. However, the cover is adorable and it was free for Kindle so I can't complain too much.

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Better late than never. With my master program and the school year starting up, I barely have time to think. Normally I make my #bookspin list a challenge of books that have been on my shelves a whole. However, I'm doing myself a favor and picking easy reads this month.

#bookspinbingo

Sorry I'm late @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Never too late to BookSpin!! Glad to have you along!! 9mo
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 | Christopher Paul Curtis
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Back to work this week and my final year of my masters starts next week. 😥 I love teaching, but not much beats summer break with plenty of reading time.

#teachersoflitsy

Tamra I agree! I‘m in a similar boat, but we can cling to the light at the end of the tunnel. (edited) 9mo
Kenziejo @Tamra Yes! Good luck to you! 9mo
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After much debate, I finally made my #BOTM selections.

Aims42 I also got ‘Not a Happy Family‘ 🙌🏻 Haven‘t started it yet, but it sounded good (edited) 10mo
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I've had Heartstopper volume 3 on hold with Libby for FOREVER, and I finally had the chance to read it. 😍😍 This series has to be the cutest books ever written. I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of these characters on screen.

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My #bookspin and #bookspinbingo TBR for the month. I kept my list from last month and just replaced the books that I had finished.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 10mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Another #BOTM success and my #bookspin book for the month. I really enjoyed this tale. What a wild ride. That cover has quite a creepy feeling to it.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 10mo
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Property of Drex #1 | C. M. Owens
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Recently, I have been finding so many successful reads with my kindle unlimited subscription. This motorcycle club romance was one of them. This first book ends on a cliff hanger, so I immediately picked up and read book 2. Book 3 and 4 focus on different couples and I can't wait to read their stories. If you're looking for a good motorcycle club romance, look no further.

#kindleunlimited

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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This is my first Christina Lauren book, and I'm having so much fun! I've already laughed out loud multiple times within the first few chapters.

I'm going to need to pick up more books by this author team!

ICantImReading I thought this one was so fun!! My favorite by them is “Love and Other Words” 🧡 10mo
Kenziejo @ICantImReading I'll have to check that one out next! 10mo
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The Fifteenth Minute | Sarina Bowen
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This was the final full-length book left in the Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen (one of my all time favorite authors). I have given every one of these hockey romance books 5 stars. Three novellas left to read to finish the series completely. 😭❤

If you're interested in this series, each book is included in the audible plus catalog. I really enjoyed the audiobooks I did listen to.

CarolynM I like Sarina Bowen's books a lot too, especially the hockey ones. My favourite is still 10mo
Kenziejo @CarolynM I agree. That one is amazing. 10mo
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Stray Dogs #5 (of 5) | Tony Fleecs
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I finally finished the Stray Dogs comic book series and it was so good! Definitely my favorite comic book of all time! Lady and the Tramp meets the Silence of the Lambs in this scary, thrilling, and heartbreaking tale of brave pups.

I've started a blog, and if you want to read my full review you can do so here: https://bookkenz.com

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie I know this is the last one in the series but thought u should know about it. It sounds like it's right up ur alley! 10mo
mabell Congratulations on starting a blog! 🎉 10mo
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie It really does look up my ally
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Kenziejo @ElizaMarie It's so good! 10mo
Kenziejo @mabell Thank you! 10mo
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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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The Sun Down Motel is one of my favorite creepy books. And it just so happens that there is actually a motel not too far away from where I live called the Sundown Motel. I think I'll pass on staying there. 😬😂

Suet624 Yeah, good call. 11mo
AmyG Ha! Looks a bit like how I imagined the motel would look. 11mo
Susanita Yeah it looks a little sketchy! 11mo
Branwen 😱😨😱😨😱😨 11mo
SeaToSkyes That's so cool but also creepy! 11mo
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My list for #bookspin and #bookspinbingo is ready to go!

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 11mo
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While I wanted to enjoy this one, I just didn't. This is actually the first #BOTM book I've read that I haven't liked. At times I felt like I was reading a Zootopia fanfiction with all the rabbit references and similar worldviews. (Positive you can be anyone you want to be in the world versus negative/reality/life sucks)

The writing/author aspects were interesting though.

Aims42 “Zootopia fan fiction” 🤣🤣🤣 Sorry it was a ‘pan‘, but your review is great!! (edited) 11mo
Annie1215 I was also disappointed by this one 11mo
The_Heeler_Booklife I didn‘t like this one either. I did like her new book though. 11mo
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56 Days | Catherine Ryan Howard
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Maybe I went overboard this month, but I'm quite excited for each of these selections! #BOTM

One thing I love about book of the month is how I'm always finding (and lots of times loving) books I had never even heard of before.

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I've been seeing everyone's awesome #bookreport posts. What apps do you guys use to create those? I've been trying to find a good app for all these bookish posts. Thanks in advance!

Soubhiville I like Pic Collage. It‘s pretty easy to use and it‘s free. 11mo
DGRachel I use Pic Collage, too. 11mo
rubyslippersreads I also like Pics Art, especially all the stickers. Lots of them are available without a subscription. 11mo
Kenziejo @Soubhiville @DGRachel @rubyslippersreads Thank you! I'll give those a try! 11mo
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The Mindf*ck Series | S. T. Abby
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I finished all 5 of these books in two days. This series was just so good. Serial killer out for revenge ends up dating the FBI profiler assigned to her case. Gets a little too unrealistic toward the end but so much fun. Warning: includes very graphic and difficult topics. Please look up trigger warnings.

Available on Kindle Unlimited #KU #kindleunlimited

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Bunnicula (Anniversary) | Deborah Howe, James Howe
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Finished my #bookspin pick for this month. How adorable is this story? I wish I read this during my childhood, but I'm glad I got around to it eventually.

Book modeled with the lovely (Lady) Sir Hopps a Lot.

CoveredInRust (Lady) Sir Hops A Lot is everything. 😍 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
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I heard about this book on the #booksunbound podcast and immediately ordered it. Then I received it in the mail yesterday and I immediately read it. It was adorable. This YA book tells the love story of Lea and Gabe through 14 perspectives other than their own (their creative writing professor, friends, siblings, a bench, a squirrel). It's a slow burn but man I was invested. My only complaint is that the writing was a little elementary. 🤷🏼‍♀️🙈❤

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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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My June #bookspin and #bookspinbingo list is prepared. I have put only middle grade books on the list this month because I am taking part in #whateverthon and joined teamed Middle Grade Monarchs. ❤ Most of these middle grade books have been on my shelf for a while, so I'm excited to finally read them.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 12mo
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I'm joing @monalyisha on her #booktrade adventure. Let me know if you're interested in any of the books in my #bookstack , and post your own stack to play along! (Check out @monalyisha posts for more info.)

I have plenty of books to #unhaul 🙈, but I'll start with this stack and see how it goes. Edited to add: I live in the United States.

Birdsong28 I also have some books to get rid of. If you are interested look at my profile page for more details. 😀📚📖 12mo
monalyisha Thanks for joining! ✨ 12mo
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Truth Or Beard | Penny Reid
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One of the many free amazon books I have picked up over the years (also, included in my audible membership). While I didn't love this book as a whole, I certainly loved different parts of it. I'm excited to continue on in the series!

Also, my #bookspin book for this month. Me? Finishing my #bookspin book on the 3rd of the month? Who is this girl? #bookspinbingo

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 13mo
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My #bookspin list is ready for the month. I'm feeling confident about finally getting a bingo!

@TheAromaofBooks

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