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Joined January 2017

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This was a great book with which to start the new year. Very entertaining and a joy to read!

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Loved it, then hated it, then loved it. I think I‘ve settled on loved it. Beautifully written. Some of the best characters I‘ve ever read - even if they are despicable. The quality of the writing redeemed it in my eyes, but I don‘t know if I‘ll be reading anymore gothic novels. But I could see myself reading this again. Can you tell I‘m torn?

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Panpan

I love books as much as the next person (maybe more than most people), but this was just too much for me. The story itself wasn‘t great. If this wasn‘t such a short book, I don‘t think I would have finished it.

marleed That cover though! 1mo
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Brooks is one of my favorite authors. All of her novels are beautifully written and meticulously researched. The story was completely engrossing. I‘ve seen a few reviews stating that the ending was far-fetched, and while I agree, I was ok with it.

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An absolutely fascinating read. My interest is usually focused on Tudor England, but this book makes me want to read more about medieval England and the Plantagenets. The lives of these women were so much more complex than what we would usually think possible for women of this era. It makes you want to cheer them on 700 years later.

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A lot of fun. The romance was steamy, the ghost story spooky. Here‘s hoping the next book is the story of another of the hero‘s family.

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Super interesting and very easy to read. If time travel is ever invented, remind me never to visit a medieval castle.

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Mehso-so

The supernatural element served no real purpose to the plot. Seems to me to only be a way for the author to distinguish his novel from all the other WWI novels hitting the market recently. Ignoring the ghosts, the mystery was... ok.

JazzFeathers I quite agree. I really liked it in the beginning, but then everything went... nowhere, really 😟 2mo
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Loved it. We need more books about girls saving the world. Will definitely be continuing the series!

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Romeo and Juliet meets Doctor Who. What‘s not to like? I think the novella length was perfect for this story. It left you wanting more without feeling like you missed out on anything.

rachelsbrittain Completely agree. I really enjoyed this one 2mo
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Who Slays the Wicked | C. S. Harris
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It was a dreary day in Chicago yesterday, but I managed to start and finish the latest Sebastian St Cyr novel. Perfect read for such a day.

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So much fun as always. Can‘t wait for the next even though it is the last in the series. Hopefully there are more 🤞

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Took a bit for this one to pick up, but once it finally did I couldn‘t put it down. I loved the dual plot lines and followed each other millennia apart. I‘m already looking for more reads about the Amazons.

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Mrs Dalloway | Virginia Woolf
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Spectacular. I‘ve never read stream of consciousness before. At times the style was difficult to follow, but the seamless transitions between characters‘ points of view was beautifully done.

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Royal Flush | Rhys Bowen
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My favorite so far. This is such a fun series and the love interest is looking much more promising than he did in the first book.

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A Poisoned Season | Tasha Alexander
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Decent way to spend a Sunday.

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Come for the romance, stay for the friendships (the male friendships were absolutely delightful).

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Her Royal Spyness | Rhys Bowen
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Fun, easy read. Not sure what I think of the heroine‘s love interest at this point, but we‘ll see.

JazzFeathers Why? What's wrong with the love interest? 6mo
S.Web @JazzFeathers He just wasn‘t that fleshed out yet. Seems like just a pretty face at this point. I read the prequel novella first, which was written after the 4th book, and there were some hints of an interesting back story for him so I‘m optimistic going forward. 6mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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So good I could cry. I checked this out from the library, but this is definitely going on the to buy list. Need to owe this one so I can reread it continuously.

AileenRR Pretty sure I need to buy my own copy, too ♥️ 6mo
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The Good Soldier | Ford Madox Ford
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I‘ve read two of Ford‘s novels now and they were both so good. It‘s so surprising to me that Ford has basically been forgotten at this point. His books deserve to be more widely read.

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I thought Consuelo Vanderbilt was fascinating and would like to read more about her, but I did not like this book. I didn‘t think it was particularly well written, and I think the decision to cover 40+ years of such an interesting person‘s life in 350 pages was a mistake.

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So good! Going to the store today to buy the second one 😁

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Where the Dead Lie | C S Harris
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Love this series. I own the next one, but we just moved, and I can‘t find the box it‘s in 😭

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I‘m big fan of the trope of following a painting or another artifact through time and seeing how it has affected the lives of the people who have interacted with it. I went into this with fairly high expectations. It was good, not great, and I think my love of this trope might be skewing my opinion slightly higher than I would otherwise rate it.

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The Remains of the Day | Kazuo Ishiguro
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So unbelievably good. I loved the slow unraveling of Mr Stevens‘ perception of his past.

Samplergal I just finished that myself. I bought it when it was published ( had a WALDEN Books price tag on it!). That‘s a longtime to wait to read something so good. 11mo
rachelk Yes! I read this for the first time recently and it‘s one of my favorite books now. 9mo
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I read this in one sitting. It was completely engrossing and I couldn‘t wait to reach to end to solve the mystery. Only problem was I didn‘t like the end. I think it was a little too optimistic for me 😑. This falls in between “pick” and “so-so”.

Andrew65 Would agree with your review. 11mo
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Star Wars: Ahsoka | E. K. Johnston
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Recently watched Clone Wars and fell in love with Ahsoka. This was my first Star Wars novel, and I loved it. Can‘t wait to read more!

PSreads73 I started reading this last night. About 80 pgs in. I love it so far. 8mo
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A Wallflower Christmas | Lisa Kleypas
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Not great. There was at least one moment with the hero that was unsettling in a very Trump "grab me by the..." kinda way ?

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I loved this book. It was so well written and the story was so captivating. I cannot wait to read the next one.

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Good end to the series. Not great though. I definitely think the 4th book was the best. I'm going to miss this world, hopefully the author will return to it at some point.

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Finished my first audiobook the other day. The narrator was amazing! The book itself was ok. The heroine was horrible to begin with but she developed as a character. The second half of the book was cute. Not sure if I'll continue the series...

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What can I even say? Isabella is my hero. I love her relationships with everyone in this book. Andrew, Tom, Suhail. They're all just so perfect ❤️❤️❤️

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Soooo gooood! This series just keeps getting better!

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Snow day!!! Which means I was able to finish this beauty this morning. These books are so much fun! The fictional world is growing on me and I can't wait to read the next one!

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Eternal Life | Dara Horn
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I loved this book. The book is more quiet and contemplative then the blurb would lead you to believe. This makes me what to read more about Jewish history.

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I really enjoyed this. I thought some of the changes to bring this story into the present day worked better than others (the Bachelor type show was funny, but the entire Jasper plot line was useless). I really liked that Mary's happy ending was addressed too.

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A lot of fun and I can't wait to dive into the next one. I'm irrationally disappointed that this takes place in a made up world instead of our own though. I think I like the idea of there being undiscovered dragons hidden somewhere in our world.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I loved this!!! Jude and Cardan are amazing. Only one full year until the next one 😑

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Imprudence | Gail Carriger
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I finished this during my time off from work over the holidays. It's one of those books that's a perfect vacation read. So much fun.

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Seduce Me At Sunrise | Lisa Kleypas
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Fun read, but I'm glad I decided to get it from the library.

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Prudence | Gail Carriger
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I actually finished this yesterday, so this was the last book of 2017 for me. It was a good, fun read for the holidays.

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Book haul from just one of my Christmas gift cards.

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Mine Till Midnight | Lisa Kleypas
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Good, not great. I'm super excited for the second one though!

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Definitely not an easy read and a little long winded at times, but worthwhile for any Tolkien fan interested in what influenced him to write the Middle-earth legendarium. Also, the more of Tolkien's works you've read the better. There was a lot of discussion about Tolkien's poetry that was lost on me. I would suggest reading at least The Hobbit, LOTR, and The Silmarillion before reading this.

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I got this as a free kindle book from amazon a few days ago. If the deal is still going on, everyone should grab it. It was so much fun! The villains are completely over the top, but the main couple is so cute so they make up for it. Loved it and can't wait for the next book in the series.

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The Magnolia Story (with Bonus Content) | Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
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I've read this one because I've been in a bit of a slump lately and I wanted a quick read to get me going again. I love their show but I don't think the book really added much to their story.

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Children of Hurin | J R R Tolkien
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Love. I'm so excited for the new Amazon series! I just really hope they do whatever they use as the source material justice.

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A great read for anyone interested in The Great Gatsby or Fitzgerald. There was a lot of great information and I loved how much the author loved Gatsby.

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I'm only through the introduction and I already want to reread The Great Gatsby and everything else Fitzgerald has ever written!!

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The Sebastian St. Cyr books are so much fun and so easy to get hooked on. I've been rereading the series from the beginning but I'm considering skipping ahead to where I left off years ago. I'm dying to see some of the plot twists played out!