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Sara_Planz

Sara_Planz

Joined March 2016

Blogger and book reviewer. Find me on Booktok and Instagram @saraplanzreadz
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Lies and Weddings | Kevin Kwan
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I LOVE KEVIN KWAN! I am absolutely obsessed with his Cities books. "Sex and Vanity" and "Lies and Weddings" can be read as stand alones but I suggest reading them as a series as they build upon each other perfectly. The characters are fantastic, and the over the top personalities are so much fun! You get to travel the world with them, wrapping yourself in the soap opera of it all, and fall in love all at the same time.

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The Rom-Commers: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Katherine Center is hands down one of my favorite authors. I love her books so much! They are funny, realistic, witty, and relatable, and The Rom-Commers resonates on all those points. This reads like some of the great rom-com movies from people like Nora Ephron and Nancy Meyers (and frankly if this doesn't get turned into a movie, I will be shocked). I am in total and complete love with Charlie Yates right now.

Kerrbearlib Stacked! Sounds like a great book! 4d
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When Michael Crichton passed away in 2008, he left behind an unfinished manuscript. His wife, Sherri, took those notes to James Patterson to complete it. And what a team the two of them make! This books lives up to all the anticipation surrounding it. This is your fun summer thriller! Fast-paced, well researched, and full of tension and adventure, Eruption is what I call the perfect "popcorn book" and it reads like a summer blockbuster.

Suzze I really enjoyed it! I used to devour Crichton back in the day, so I hoped this would live up to my memories of his writing in his heyday. It did. JP did a good job! 1w
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Having read the first two books years ago, I finally got around to reading "Any Way the Wind Blows." I reread the first two to refresh my memory. While this series has been described as "Harry Potter-esque", I found it to be mature and one that really dives into the magical world. The romance is realistic, angsty, and has excellent representation. My favorite book in this trilogy was "Wayward Son" because who doesn't love a good road trip book.

Booksblanketsandahotbeverage Awesome! I still need to read the third one 1w
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One Cursed Rose | Rebecca Zanetti
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This is the first book in the Grimm Bargains series and it is a dark and sexy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. You have an morally grey alpha man and a bas-ass heroine involved in a high-tech and high-stakes business world, giving us a story filled with intrigue and boiling hot chemistry. I really liked how the author mixed the power of gemstones along with the reach of social media influence to create the plot line for the story.

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This is a well plotted social commentary filled with insight, emotion and quite a few "a-ha" moments for myself as I was reading it. It really got me thinking about how relationships play out in this modern age. Do we put more effort into our online relationships, or should we be focusing most on our face to face interactions? This would be an excellent read for a book club discussion to really dive into these topics.

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Long Island | Colm Toibin
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The story of Eilis has stayed with me for all these years. For me, Eilis is one of the most well-written characters I have ever read and her continued story was so deeply personal to me. To see this book revisit her family, her friends, and of course Jim, was an absolute roller coaster of emotions. Tóibín is a master of character development and storytelling, and with this ending, I hope it leaves the possibility of a continuation of this story.

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Pink Slime | FERNANDA. TRIAS
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This translated novel is a powerful example of a literary dystopian novel. Not only does it delve into the climate change issue, but it also explores government inaction, class and wealth. This is not a big action book in the face of the destruction of the world, this is a quiet and thoughtful look at what could happen to the average person in this situation, when we battle to survive but also hold onto a past that no longer exists.

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Honey: A Novel | Isabel Banta
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This debut novel has a fly on the wall feel, as if we were looking in on the events that happened at that time. But instead of the world we got from the press and the publicists, we get an insider look at the music industry, the talent that fed it and the success and damage done in the process. Image, backstory, and marketing all carefully crafted to push the narrative that the label was looking for, regardless of the collateral damage caused.

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Loved this so much! As someone who was diagnosed with OCD, I am finding myself searching out books that reflect this experience and Everybody's Favorite definitely did. Although I am older than the author, her experiences growing up and self-deprecating humor regarding her OCD were right on the nose and incredibly relatable. Honest, witty, and emotional, Everybody's Favorite is a great way to reflect on the moments that brings us to adulthood.

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These stories explore the idea of "darkness" in all the forms it comes. While all of the stores resonated with me, "Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream" is a story that had me completely engrossed. The joy of this collection is its ability to dance from genre to genre with a similar thread through each story, putting King's nuance as a writer on full display. I've grown up on his writing, and as I approach my 50's, his books continue to affect me.

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I have truly fallen in love with this book and Joe-Nathan. Positively uplifting, emotional, and lovely, this is quite frankly a novel that this world desperately needs right now. I love that it was written in a way that allows us to see the world through Joe's eyes and as someone who was diagnosed with OCD, this is the first time I truly felt "seen" in a novel. I so appreciated how well this is handled, with care and understanding.

Injeanious Great review! Now I need to get it! 2w
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VERY BAD COMPANY. | EMMA. ROSENBLUM
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I love a good "rich people problems" book and the fact that it was set in a tech thriller/mystery made it all the more fun for me. Manipulation, drama, lies, and gossip - checking all my boxes for a bingeable good time. The narrator was fabulous, keeping me engaged the entire time.

Ruthiella What other books would fit this genre? 🤔 These are more maybe upper middle class dysfunctional family books, but have you read The Nest by Cynthia D‘Aprx Sweeney or The Vacationers by Emma Straub or (edited) 1mo
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Yulin Kuang has written a romance novel that goes so much deeper than your typical fare. She has taken the enemies to lovers trope and built a story that hits the reader emotionally, intellectually and romantically of course. Delving into serious issues like mental health, suicide, and trauma, Kuang is able to take these difficult issues and give us something that feels modern, true and thoughtful.

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With the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, this book serves as a window into the beginnings of her reign as well as the turmoil preceding it. Seeing everything leading up to her coronation laid out, the reader is able to see how much pressure she was under to bring constancy back to the monarchy. Her father's dedication to his role that ended up killing him, her mother's guidance, and Philip's love all allowed her to become that beloved figure.

rubyslippersreads Looking forward to this one. 👑 1mo
LeahBergen This sounds great! 1mo
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Sweet Nightmare | Tracy Wolff
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I have am a huge fan of the Crave series so I knew I wanted to pick this one up. What I loved about Crave was the way the characters and their backstories were built prior to the action and drama and I felt Sweet Nightmare didn't deliver in the same way. I didn't feel an attachment to the characters because of it. While the action and turmoil is definitely on point and over the top, it almost overwhelmed the characters and the storyline.

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Under the Bridge | Rebecca Godfrey
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Under The Bridge, now a series on Hulu, is a must read for any true crime fan. I had never heard of this case prior to the book and series, and once I read the book, I was completely wrapped up in it. The tragedy of it, the warped mentality that caused it, along with the effects on the families and the community as a whole makes for a true story like no other. I found the in depth research and interviews extremely compelling.

LeahBergen I thought this was really well done, too. 1mo
Tamra I‘m going to look for it on Hulu! 1mo
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The Burning | Jens Liljestrand
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The tension and anxiety of the setting and the people affected hits you right from the get-go. You see how society can both work together and collapse at the same time in the face of disaster. Let's delve into the characters because they really drive the story. These are not the heroic and good people that many of these type novels revolve around. They are selfish and make really bad decisions, making the situation worse.

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Dust Child | Que Mai Phan Nguyen
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Alternating betweenqq 1969 and 2016, author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai explores, family, love, country, and how the past can alter our present. The new novel The Women is getting a lot of attention right now due to its Vietnam setting, and this novel really takes you into the heart of the conflict and how it affected the Vietnamese specifically. Deeply emotional and heart wrenching.

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One Perfect Couple | Ruth Ware
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Ruth Ware is such a great thriller writer and this one did not disappoint. This is a modern take on the locked room mystery trope. Using reality tv as a backdrop and social media elements to make the characters relatable, the author takes a trope we all know and gives it fresh life. With "And Then There Were None", "Lord of the Flies", and "Animal Farm" vibes throughout, Ware weaves together a story that keeps you guessing until the very end.

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Isn't there a little explorer in all of us? The idea of seeing a place that has been visited by so few calls to that adventurous spirit. For some, that place is the literal top of the world, Everest. "Everest, Inc." takes us into the Himalayan climbing world, shedding light on its humble beginnings and the brave people who conquer the highest peaks in the world. .

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I love presidential history, no matter the political party, and have been collecting signed presidential biographies for years. I find the thought processes and decision making skills of the most powerful people in the world fascinating and this book made me feel like I had a front row seat to those moments. I loved how Stephanopoulos crafted the story of the POTUS right alongside the staffers who kept this nerve center running 24/7.

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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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I have greatly enjoyed Ali Hazelwood's STEM romance books. With this being her first paranormal romance, I was definitely intrigued and I can say that I was not disappointed. What I love most about Hazelwood's writing is how well (and how smart) she writes her characters. While romance is obviously at the heart of this book, Hazelwood gives us a mystery and political intrigue that gives the plot a realistic feel in this shifter novel.

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Second chance romance is my favorite and I loved this! Is it because I related to this story? Absolutely! I married my high school sweetheart 20 years after we graduated and this book went through all the same issues we had. The struggles, the miscommunications, the long distance aspect, and that fear of not destroying the friendship, are all perfectly written by the author. I received this in both physical and audio and loved the audio so much.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 😍 2mo
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How fun was this book? While this is obviously written for children, I learned so much from author Erin Spencer, who is a marine biologist. Filled with gorgeous pictures, fun facts, and activity suggestions, readers have a chance to learn about not only the different species of octopuses, but also learn about the scientists who study and help us understand them better. Definitely an excellent volume to have for animal lovers of all ages.

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Amor Towles became one of my favorite authors with "A Gentleman in Moscow" so I knew that this book would capture my heart in the same way. The strength of Towles writing is simply the power of character. He creates characters that you feel like you have known your entire life, filled with heart, depth, emotion and flaws that very few writers today can create this well. The Lincoln Highway is a love letter to youth and the joys of adventure.

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A Fate Inked in Blood | Danielle L. Jensen
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This is a fantastic take on Norse mythology! I loved the forbidden romance and the slow burn definitely paid off. I especially enjoyed Freya as her character grew throughout the story. She is an excellent example of a strong female main character done well. And how can you resist the force that is Bjorn. Filled with lots of adventure, battles, and backstabbing (along with a twist that leaves the reader with an exciting cliffhanger)!

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The Writer's Block | Las Vegas, NV (Bookstore)
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Happy Indie Bookstore Day!

Las Vegas might not be a literary town but The Writer‘s Block proves that readers rock! Love this place!!

Bookboss I love this bookstore! 2mo
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Salman Rushdie is one of my all-time favorite authors, so when I turned on the news that morning in August of 2022, my heart sank to the floor. To see a voice like his attacked in that way was horrifying and I am thankful for his recovery and for his continued literary contributions. This was an incredibly powerful recounting of the event, and I was struck by how close he brought us into his emotional and physical states along the way.

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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This book is epic in both page count and its sheer literary scale. This examination of a family at literal crossroads in their own lives as well as in the culture of America at that time is like no other book I have ever read. Franzen explores themes of family, fidelity, coming of age, and religion just to name a few and he does this by weaving together a story about people who belong to each other but want to belong to themselves as well.

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Charles Spencer pulls back the curtains on the boarding school experience with his new book "A Very Private School". Recalling his own story along with his classmates‘, he starts with his early years as a child, one where he was very happy being with his family every day. But the tradition of sending your children away for school impacts him and at age 8, he is sent to Maidwell. Using his own memories, he shows us the horrors he had to face.

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Living in Las Vegas, I seek to escape the high rolling city as much as possible. The Sierra Nevadas calm my soul and appeal to me like no other place on Earth. Brent Underwood truly captures the lore, soul and call of this area. It might not be an easy place to live, but it sure as hell is worth it.

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Nightwatching: A Novel | Tracy Sierra
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This is an intense debut novel, not just because of the mystery intruder aspect, but because of the way the mother is treated by the authorities, the public, and her own family after it is all over. You get the high tension of the actual event, occurring second by second within that small space, but then you get the second act that actually felt more terrifying to me as a woman.

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The Paradise Problem | Christina Lauren
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A fun summer romance that I highly recommend! Some of my fav tropes - fake relationship, second chance, slow burn! The Christina Lauren writing duo always deliver great romances that are fun and have something to say at the same time. I loved the family nature of this book, showing both the good and bad sides of families, something that all readers can relate to. The book is funny, touching, sweet, and filled with the intelligent banter.

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Here is a romance for all my fellow outdoorsy girls! You‘ve got the unique birding angle (which I loved), a cinnamon roll in the form of John, fake dating, and spicy fun times. Plus, as a middle aged reader, seeing someone close to my own age was fabulous!! This book will be the perfect addition to your summer reading list. Bring your binoculars and fly away with this fun romance.

peanutnine I can't wait to read this one, it looks so fun! 2mo
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Mary Austin was an American writer and one of the early nature writers of the American Southwest. Her book, The Land of Little Rain, written in 1903, describes the fauna, flora, and people of the region between the High Sierra and the Mojave Desert of southern California. As this area of the country is not far from where we live in Vegas, I decided I would like to go and see these areas and visit her home in Independence, CA.

LeahBergen It‘s so pretty! I love visiting the homes of authors. 2mo
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Plastic | Scott Guild
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This might be the weirdest book I have ever read and I could not put it down! This book was disturbing, funny and thought provoking all at the same time - a unique work of social commentary for sure! Scott Guild takes on corporate overreach, corrupt governments, and both the upside and downside of the online world in such a singular way that the reader cannot help to see our own current state of affairs reflected right back at us.

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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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I loved every character in this book! I felt like I not only had a wonderful reading experience, but that I learned so much about the world of adoption, through the eyes of the birth parents, adoptive parents and the children. By giving the reader multiple timelines as well as allowing us to understand each character, Laurie Frankel really knocks this novel out of the park! Family is truly the center of this story.

marleed I loved all the characters in this book, too!! 3mo
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I absolutely adore P. Djèlí Clark and this book did not disappoint! It's full of adventure, great characters, awesome world building, and lots of humor. What I love about Clark is that he can pack a lot into a shorter story. If you read Ring Shout, Master of Djinn, or any of his short stories, you know this is true. Thank you to Tor for an early copy of this book!

TieDyeDude I can't wait for August! 3mo
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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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How can you describe this book as anything more than a masterpiece? Nearly 55 years after it was first published, Morrison's story of Pecola is unforgettable and tragic, one that everyone should experience at least once. Everytime I read a Morrison book, I come away with a different perspective, insight, another "aha" moment, and The Bluest Eye is one that hits me that way with each rereading.

TheBookHippie One of my absolute favorites! 3mo
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The Sleepwalkers | Scarlett Thomas
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This is a uniquely written book, told in the form of letters, notes, journal entries and cell phone recordings, some of which end quite abruptly. Filled with twists, turns and secrets, this is a slow building story, but as the mystery and tension piques, the reader will be quickly turning the pages to find out more. I loved how the author uses the multiple POVs and the unreliable narrator trope to deftly keep you guessing.

Ruthiella Awesome! I love Scarlett Thomas and preordered this. 😃 3mo
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Beyond That, the Sea | Laura Spence-Ash
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The story of these two families is one I will not soon forget. This book is a wonderful example of how historical fiction can be when it is done well. Spence-Ash weaves a story using real events with one that reflects on family, love, grief and compassion. I fell in love with the characters in this book as they grew in their stories. The multiple POVs and the over 3 decades long story really allows the reader to become a part of both families.

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James: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Percival Everett takes the story of Huck Finn and rewrites it from Jim‘s perspective. James is not the illiterate slave in Twain's book, but an educated, intelligent, and complicated man. James is given a complete backstory, showing us a man who feels and loves deeply, who struggles with his lot in life, the joy and the anger he feels, often at the same time. I know it is only March, but I am comfortable saying that this is my book of the year.

mcctrish I just watched a CBS Sunday morning interview with Percival. We just watched American Writer last weekend and I had heard about this retelling of Huck Finn but hadn‘t put the 2 together. I am totally buying this book 3mo
AmyG Ooooo wow. I just picked this up. Look forward to reading it. 3mo
tpixie @Sara_Planz I just finished Huck Finn to prep for this book. I‘m starting this today. This is a perfect summary. Chapter 2 and James‘ Language Class with the kids- what an incredible interpretation! 3mo
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What a smart work of historical fiction! Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, based this on an actual relative of hers, Lady Margaret Montagu Douglas Scott. Ferguson worked on this for nearly two decades, doing research, digging into that time period, and you can hear Sarah's voice in the character. Margaret is such an inspiration. She is not afraid to speak up even if it costs her dearly, as she will never compromise what she wants.

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The Comeback | Lily Chu
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For all the lovers of K-Pop and K-Dramas and if you read Chu's previous novel "The Stand In", you will find this one to be a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the build up, the drama, and the sweetness of this story. Ari is a fabulous strong FMC character and Jihoon is literally the personification of a cinnamon roll. Getting an inside look at what it takes to be a pop idol was an added bonus.

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We all know her as "The Mistress of the Dark", but what about the woman behind the persona. Peterson takes us all the way back. From a terrible burn incident at 18 months old that nearly cost her her life, to being a 17 year old showgirl in Vegas, to a stint making films in Europe, to learning the ropes of comedy as a part of The Groundlings, she never let fear or doubt get in her way even though success was just out of her reach.

UwannaPublishme I loved this book too! 🙌🏻 3mo
Sharpeipup I really enjoyed this one! 3mo
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On 90210 in the 90s, we got the full spectrum of teenage stereotypes. Were you a Kelly, Brenda, Brandon or Dylan? Who would you want to date? While the good guy/girl was the right choice, that "bad boy/girl" was always a temptation. The character of Dylan was that "bad boy". But if you looked deeper at the character, Perry was able to perfectly toe the line of raging rebel and sad boy, making a mark on the viewers who fell in love with him.

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Chita: A Memoir | Chita Rivera
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Chita Rivera is an American treasure, having won 3 Tony Awards, received the Kennedy Centers honor and was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Her career spans decades, starring in some of the most memorable shows of all time - West Side Story, Chicago, and Bye, Bye Birdie. Chita holds nothing back as she talks about her childhood, career, lovers and family, and she does this with the wit, humor, and charm that she is known for.

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Savor It: A Novel | Tarah DeWitt
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I love a good small town romance and this one uses the "fake dating" trope so well. Sage is a wonderful character and how can you resist Fisher. Both characters have in-depth backstories, are highly relatable, and the side characters in the book, especially Sage's brothers, really make you feel like you are a resident of Spunes. Filled with fun and sexy scenes, lots of food references, and some of the sweetest farm animals in the world.

kspenmoll Nice review! 3mo
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This was a powerful look at the sin of slavery and how communities are still affected by it today. McGill uses his nights in those cabins to show the impact to the story of the people who suffered under slavery, but also to help the reader understand the bond that the enslaved people had to each other. I really enjoyed when he discusses the meetings he had with historians and preservationists, seeing how each group tells the story.

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