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Kristy_K

Kristy_K

Joined February 2016

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Just Another Missing Person | Gillian McAllister
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This was so fun figuring out the truth. Well written and fast paced. I will definitely be adding McAllister‘s other books to my tbr.

#botm

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Mehso-so

This book had a bad case of telling not showing. It‘s part mystery, part an interest piece on small town politics, & part fictional exposé into a cult like organization. While they did all sort of interconnect, none were particularly fleshed out well as there was mostly info dumping & not a lot of investigation & discovery. I was curious to see what the truth was, but I found the constant telling of events & beliefs to drag on & wished for more.

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The Unquiet Bones | Loreth Anne White
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I was hooked by the plot &how well White wove so many POVs 2 tell a story. Jane a cold case det. lands a case of some bones found under an old chapel. Signs point to a teen, Annalise, who disappeared in 1976. We‘re sucked into the lives of the Shoreview Six, Annalise‘s friends, though no longer close, hold many secrets about the night she disappeared.
There was a good balance between the police procedural & the unraveling of the Shoreview Six.

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I‘m not going 2say there was anything groundbreaking here, but I‘ll say it had great reminders of the things we should be doing when experiencing stress or burnout. (It‘s amazing when stuck in a stress cycle how easy it is 2forget that something as easy as eating regular meals can help.) It‘s a straightforward, easy 2read book, w/good prompts &helpful tips. I do think it helped me w/a few reminders &can see this being a good gift for a new adult.

GlassAsDiamonds Agreed - I found it realy useful trying to come out of burnout and have recommended it a bunch but you‘re right, the hidden formula to Life, The Universe and Everything isn‘t hiding in it. 🤣💛🤣 5d
Kristy_K @GlassAsDiamonds I found it the perfect book for me to read right now. A lot of great reminders that I think we can all use! 4d
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Mehso-so

I felt this started out strong but as it progressed it sort of lost its way. Told in both non-linear &multiple POV, we are brought into Mary‘s life as she fights w/her soon 2 be ex for custody of her son. When he is suddenly murdered &an old friend, Willa, reappears, she gets suspicious. Mary isn‘t the strongest character, but Willa is a good unreliable source. However, character development &plot could have used some shoring up &strengthening.

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Mehso-so

While a mystery, this reads more like a contemporary family drama. I was pulled into the Parson‘s lives &their search for their dad as well as their somewhat difficult family dynamic. Eugene has Angelman Syndrome &as the last person 2 see their father, I felt for both him &the others as he had seemingly no way 2communicate what happened.
Mia as a narrator grated on me. Her endless tangents & immature decisions made it hard 2 enjoy or stay engaged.

Jas16 Mia drove me crazy too. 3w
Megabooks Oh yeah. She was a super annoying narrator! 2w
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Kristy_K @Jas16 @Megabooks Glad I‘m not the only one who felt that way! 2w
fredthemoose I just finished this and agree! Especially the beginning and end. I did better with the middle where there was more happening and less emphasis on Mia‘s musings and her pop psychology lessons. 2w
Kristy_K @fredthemoose Yes, the middle was definitely the strong point of the book! I got through that portion a lot quicker than the rest. 1w
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I‘d seen Limón‘s poetry books in stores for a while and finally picked one up. I loved the many subjects she touches on, showing heart and pieces of herself in each of her poems.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#poetry

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I saw someone describe Cosby‘s writing as gritty, and I think that‘s an apt description. This was a great police procedural that is so much more faceted than just a typical mystery novel. I probably wouldn‘t had picked it up if not for #LitsyTOB24 and so I am grateful for that.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one! 3w
Megabooks So glad you liked this, too! 3w
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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It‘s hard these days for a mystery-suspense novel to surprise me, but there were definitely a twist or two in here I didn‘t see coming. And I guess I should have known, given the title of the book. So many people love Alice Feeney as an author, and now I can see why. I read over the weekend and was the perfect escape from a tough week.

Hooked_on_books I‘m one of those who loves her. I‘m glad this worked for you! Good choice for the prompt. 1mo
Kristy_K @Hooked_on_books I‘m glad I finally read her as I own another one of her book too! 1mo
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
brittanyreads I really enjoyed Daisy Darker by her! 1mo
Librarybelle I need to read her books! I have a few, but they languish on my tbr stacks! 1mo
Kristy_K @brittanyreads That‘s good to here! I have that one on my shelves as well. 1mo
Kristy_K @Librarybelle She‘s a frequent author for BOTM and I bought her books a few times until I told myself to stop until I read my backlog lol. 1mo
Librarybelle I have her books through #BOTM ! They look so good! 1mo
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I, Robot | Isaac Asimov
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I can only imagine how futuristic and ahead of its time this sounded when first published. AI and robots becoming free-thinkers? We‘ve seen a burst of AI books hit the shelves over the past few years (or it seems that way to me), so I decided to read the one that‘s been sitting on mine for years. And I loved it.

Aimeesue That cover is absolutely perfect. 🩶 1mo
Kristy_K I know! I found it back when Book Depository was around and I wish I would have bought the rest of Aimov‘s books when I had the chance. 1mo
Readerann I was surprised at how much I liked this! 1mo
Kristy_K @Readerann Same, I didn‘t think I would enjoy it as much as I did! 1mo
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This was such an interesting way to tell a story. We learn about Ever by hearing from the perspectives of those close to him: his grandmother, mother, cousin, and so on. Each voice and story is unique and gives insight into both their lives and struggles but also how they shaped Ever and how he helped shape them.

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This is one of those books that grows on you as you read it and gets better with each turn of the page. Anyone close to their dad is guaranteed to shed a few tears.

A great first pick from my #auldlangspine match @JackOBotts that I probably wouldn‘t have picked up otherwise!

BarbaraBB Loved this one 1mo
TheLudicReader This was my favourite book in 2023. 1mo
Kristy_K @BarbaraBB @TheLudicReader I‘m glad it was put on my radar as I totally missed it last year. 1mo
JackOBotts @Kristy_K I‘m glad it grew on you & you enjoyed. 1mo
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Bye, Baby: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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Mehso-so


More than anything this is about toxic relationships &mental health issues. We already know the big reveal: Billie takes Cassie‘s baby. What‘s left is the why &if Billie gets caught. The book focuses on self-centered people & many in need of therapy.

I enjoyed the writing &pacing, &most of the characters were well written, albeit unlikeable. However, I couldn‘t stand the ending. I hated it so much I actually dropped a 1/2 star from my rating.

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Huckleberry Finn | Mark Twain
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I went to see The Jim Irsay Exhibit in LA last night. He‘s the Colt‘s owner but his passion is collecting pop culture & American artifacts (especially classic rock items). Here‘s his small collection of books! There‘s a concert at the end with some famous classic rock musicians. The exhibit travels, is free, & I would definitely recommend looking into as the American history section in particular was amazing.

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Right on Cue | Falon Ballard
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Right on Cue is a story about two characters who star in a rom com so of course it‘s filled with cheesy, sweet, & sexy moments as well as a few poignant talks & angsty misunderstandings. Which is exactly what I would expect and I enjoyed every minute. Emmy and Grayson were great characters, and I do love an enemies-to-lovers trope. I know miscommunication is a common construct in romance, but it was the one thing I could have done without here.

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This is my 2nd novel by Lawhon & I am in love w/ her prose, her strong female characters, & her wonderful storytelling. This is the story of a midwife named Martha Ballard who in 1789 not only tends to the birth of her town‘s babies, but is also called to testify in the rape of a woman that has her investigating on her own. Based largely on the true life of Martha, I was completely engrossed w/ the story. She was independent, smart, & empathetic.

Librarybelle This is good to know this one fits that prompt! I have it from #BOTM , so I‘ll have to keep this one in mind! 2mo
tpixie Great review. I‘m looking forward to reading this this year. 2mo
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Kristy_K @Librarybelle It wasn‘t pre-planned but a nice surprise to get a prompt done! 2mo
Kristy_K @tpixie thank you!! 2mo
Bluebird I‘m reading this now and enjoying it! 2mo
Kristy_K @Bluebird It was so good! 2mo
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The Guest | B.A. Paris
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The Guest mixes the slow deterioration of a relationship w/suspense. Iris &Gabriel are having a hell of a year. Both are carrying secrets &are unwilling to lean on the other. What was once a solid relationship is now unraveling during a time when circumstances should be bringing them together. Gabriel finds a dying boy, a friend comes to stay w/them accusing her spouse of adultery, their new neighbors have a shady gardener, &that‘s just the start.

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Saga Volume 11 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I honestly have no idea where this series is going, but I think that‘s exciting. Fiona Staples‘ artwork is amazing as always.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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“She wondered, did everyone have such a fraught relationship w/the places they came from? Did anyone else have a grandmother who might as well have been a legend, a myth, a series of miracles that took the shape of an old woman?”

This was hard to follow, I‘m not sure I understood it, but somehow I think I still liked it? I‘m not a fan of magical realism but this was really more a mix of a family saga & fantasy w/beautiful writing.
#52bookclub24

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Mehso-so

Longer review here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5650870828

I think for me, I‘m a little tired of authors using mental health issues as a way of having unreliable narrators, especially on suspense/thrillers. Other than that, an enjoyable read.

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Wild Decembers | Edna O'Brien
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Finished the year strong with 17 books!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
A Fate Inked in Blood

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Takeover
Resurrection Walk
Locking Up Our Own

#decemberstats #monthinreview

Reggie Great Job! 2mo
Kristy_K @Reggie Thank you! 2mo
Gissy Yes!!!!📚📚📚🥳🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏 2mo
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Informative. Well-written. Thought-provoking.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Resurrection Walk | Michael Connelly
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Personal Librarian | Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray
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I‘ll admit I struggled a little at first with this book, but after the half way point, I was engrossed. I like when historical fiction introduces you to a real person or event that may not be well known and so The Personal Librarian was perfect in that aspect. I‘d not heard of Belle de Costa Greene, but her story was amazing and deserved to be told.

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A Fate Inked in Blood | Danielle L. Jensen
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1) This year I eased back into reading as I‘d been in a 2yr slump. I set a goal of 30 &ended up reading over 160 books, so I‘d say my slump is over!
2) December has been a month of disappointing reads; the tagged book is my only 5 ⭐️ read this month.
3) I want to finally start Sarah J. Mass‘ Crescent City series, but I‘m also nervous as expectations are high!

Thanks for the tag! @eeclayton
Tagging @JackOBotts if you want to join & anyone else!

IndoorDame That‘s awesome! Congrats! 2mo
Kristy_K @IndoorDame Thank you! 2mo
JackOBotts Amazing slump recovery! 🙌🏼 2mo
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eeclayton 160 books, wow, that's awesome! 2mo
Kristy_K @JackOBotts @eeclayton It was like falling in love with reading again and I definitely neglected other things to read instead lol. 2mo
Eggs @Kristy_K I can relate to that - awesome comeback👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Where You End: A Novel | Abbott Kahler
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Kat wakes up from a coma w/amnesia. The only thing she remembers is her twin, Jude. Jude &her sis escaped from a cult &while she has to relive that trauma, she does what she can to prevent Kat from having to. Jude‘s chapters are told in the past, &as the details come to light, you can see why she wanted to keep it from Kat. However, since we get the present (1983) told from Kat‘s POV, you will also begin to question what is the truth along w/Kat.

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Excited to be joining #auldlangspine for the first time and being matched with @JackOBotts . I‘ve read The Radium Girls (and loved it) and am currently reading The Personal Librarian, so I‘m excited to see how the rest on this list turn out! I‘m probably going to start with This Time Tomorrow or Unmasked.

I added a little about me here as well.

Thank you @monalyisha for putting this together!

JackOBotts @Kristy_K ~ Ted Lasso was a favorite over here, as well. Such a feel good, warm hug of a show. 💜 I hope you enjoy This Time Tomorrow & Unmasked. 2mo
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I feel like such a negative Nancy over my last few books, each one striking my pet peeve nerves.

The sad thing is, the story itself is good. The suspense and mystery part actually had me interested and glued to finding out the truths, but the repetitiveness/rehashing of thoughts and scenes and constant cliffhanger chapters made it difficult to stay focused as I skimmed a lot in order to get back to the meat of the story.

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I enjoyed the plot and the fantasy world (great detail, exciting potential story lines); however, I found both Talasyn and Alaric underdeveloped and two-dimensional. Both needed more fleshing out in order to not be so flat and boring. They also felt a long younger than their actual ages.

⭐️⭐️💫

#arc #netgalley

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I couldn‘t stand Jia. She was a selfish, immature character and I could rant a long time about all the things she did. But honestly, every character was insufferable and I don‘t have time to rant about each one.

As for the plot, this is the second book in a matter of months that I‘ve read that centers around a locked room mystery. Judging from both, it‘s clear they‘re not for me.

#arc

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A solid slow burn romance.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Annie moves to LA to write for movies when a new acquaintance, Fiona, dies by suicide. However, she believes it was murder and she enlists in Fiona‘s friends (the Ambassador‘s Club) to help solve the case.

It did not read like historical fiction, both in the vernacular used and the culture portrayed. It felt disingenuous to the time. This takes place in 1943 but you could have told me this happened in the 1990s and I would have believed it.

⭐️⭐️

Bluebird Too bad! Love the cover and the premise. 2mo
Kristy_K @Bluebird I know! I was really looking forward to this one but it ended up being disappointing. 2mo
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The Intern: A Novel | Michele Campbell
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Mehso-so

A little different than what I was expecting, not necessarily in a bad way. It‘s a pretty quick read but with no real twists or surprises.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#botm

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Takeover | Cara Tanamachi
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If you liked Love Interest by C. Gilmore, then this needs to be on your tbr! Nami & Jae are high school rivals who reunite when Jae‘s company Rainforest (read: Amazon) looks to acquire Toggle, Nami‘s tech startup that is struggling. Jae represents big corporation & everything Nami doesn‘t want for her family-like business, & while she‘s determined to stop her partners from selling, she can‘t help reengaging with Jae. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Kristy_K Enemies-to-lovers is probably my favorite romance trope and this one is great. Both Nami and Jae toe the line of insults and flirting and they soon fall for each other. Nami was a strong, intelligent, woman with great convictions. Jae was a confident, smart man who had a humorous side that made me laugh. Together their chemistry was so fun to read. 3mo
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A Fate Inked in Blood | Danielle L. Jensen
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It‘s been a while since a fantasy has grabbed me & pulled me into the story, but I found myself totally engrossed in this Norse based fantasy.

This had all the elements I love: a heroine finding her strength and her way, tension & chemistry amongst the characters, forbidden romance, never knowing who you can trust, & the perfect blend of action & plot. The ending leaves us with the perfect set up for book 2 & I cannot wait to see what happens.

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The It Girl | Ruth Ware
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I loved the premise of this story: Hannah‘s roommate and friend is murdered in college. Years later the convicted killer dies in prison, but when new evidence comes to light, it causes Hannah to rethink if the right man was put behind bars. Sounds intriguing, but omg Hannah annoyed me. She had no spine and was not very bright. Overall I enjoyed the plot, but wished for a different main character.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#botm #mystery #suspense

LiteraryinLawrence I totally agree with you. I often like Ruth Ware but this character was super annoying. 3mo
Kristy_K @LiteraryinLawrence This was my first book by her and I‘ll definitely read more, but Hannah really did get on my nerves. 3mo
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The MS-13 has been gaining notoriety more and more over the years, so it‘s no surprise this book hit shelves in 2020. If you‘re looking for a book which gives you an intimate look inside MS-13, I suggest This Is for the Mara Salvatrucha; however, if you are looking for sociological insight into them, then this books delivers.

3:5⭐️

#arc

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Buried Deception | Amanda McKinney
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When I read romantic suspense novels I look for a mix of mystery and chemistry between characters, and Buried Deception had both. While there were some small inconsistencies and a few trigger warnings to be aware of (see comment). I found myself speeding through this to try to figure out who did it and how Easton and Mia would fare. Overall, very enjoyable and I look forward to the next book in the series.

⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

#romanticsuspense #book1

Kristy_K Trigger Warnings: rape, sodomy, sexual assault, mental health issues, male MC bring a little stalkerish 3mo
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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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I know this book has suspense & murder, & maybe I should have been tense or stressed about what was to come, but it was just so fun to read!

It‘s told from multiple POVs: letters from Ruth (the heiress) to her adopted son; Cam, the adopted son; Jules, wife of Cam; & various articles. I love unreliable narrators & they were certainly present here.

Family drama, secrets, & the unruly rich make this a juicy suspense novel that‘s hard to put down.

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Someday, Maybe: A Novel | Onyi Nwabineli
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Low pick. I enjoyed this, but I thought I was going to feel more emotions than I did.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

#botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 🧡 3mo
Kristy_K @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s what originally made me buy the book! 3mo
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In November | Cynthia Rylant
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A great reading month! 10 books rated 3.5⭐️ or higher.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Bright Red Fruit
A Taste for Poison

Hoping this momentum and good reads continue into December.

#novemberstats #monthinreview

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The Fake Mate | Lana Ferguson
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Mehso-so

I believe this would fall into the #romantsy category, although it‘s heavy on the romance, & the only fantasy is that they are werewolves. Although Noah and Mackenzie do shift once in the book, the majority of the time it was just lots and lots of talking and thinking about being a wolf. The rest of the book is sex. Or that‘s how it feels.

There are funny parts and if werewolves are your thing, then definitely check this out!

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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Every year I say I‘m going to, but since I live alone, I always end up procrastinating until it‘s too late.

2. Christmas lights! I love driving around and seeing all the lights on houses and trees, etc.

3. Any song by Celtic Thunder. My grandparents always had them on when I came over and I love the memories I have when hearing them. ❤️

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs I love the memories that music gives us! 3mo
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Full Disclosure | Camryn Garrett
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An incredibly important YA novel about a teen who‘s HIV+. It was informative and moving. Navigating HS is hard enough & Simone has the added fear of someone telling her secret when anon notes begin showing up with that threat.

I loved when she showed her vulnerability & when others embraced her. She has a strength & determination that‘s admirable; however, at times I felt she was judgmental & rude toward her friends who were supportive of her.

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I think the blurb by Kathy Reich says it best: ”A fascinating tale of poison and poisonous deeds that both educated and entertains.” This had a great mix of science and true crime. I learned and I (surprisingly) laughed.

#science #truecrime

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I think your enjoyment of this book will be decided on how you like the pacing & how quickly you figure everything out. This started out really slow for me & I figured out the whole book within the first few chapters. It felt like the mystery & suspense was forecasted loudly, leaving no secrets or twists to be discovered. However, the writing was good, the characters largely despicable and unlikeable, & the atmosphere felt dark & foreboding.

Kristy_K Trigger Warnings: Rape, statutory rape, degradation of a minor, sexual assault of a minor, exploitation of a minor 3mo
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3.5 ⭐️

A historical fiction novel with a dash of mystery, I found this to be intriguing and a fast read. Taking place in 1905 leading up to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, we follow Sophie, a mail order bride caring for a widow‘s daughter as he travels for work. But things come to head when she discovers some secrets and the earthquake strikes, altering the course of her life.

#historicalfiction

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Bright Red Fruit | Safia Elhillo
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This is a beautiful coming-of-age &self-discovery novel told in verse. Samira‘s voice is so raw &real. A Sudanese-American, she tries to navigate being 16 in a country different from her culture, w/ a mom who struggles w/her being a teen in the US. After posting on a poetry site, Horus (25) reaches out, making her feel seen. As the secret relationship grows, she desperately tries to be the adult she isn‘t &Horus plays on her insecurities &needs.

Gissy Beautiful cover😍 3mo
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A wonderful memoir. Georgina is relatable, open, and humorous. She held a light to a lot of the toxic and harmful culture of ballet, but also allows the beauty of dance to shine through. I found her inspirational and admired her talent and dedication, even more so with being the first Asian-American soloist for her company.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#memoir #ballet