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Sara_Planz

Sara_Planz

Joined March 2016

Blogger and book reviewer for Books a Million. Find me on Booktok and Instagram @saraplanzreadz
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Book mail today and what a surprise! The new Margaret Atwood collection!!!

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No Job for a Man: A Memoir | John Ross Bowie
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This book was highly entertaining, emotional, and honest about the difficulties of working in the entertainment industry, but what struck me most was John's openness about his wins, struggles, and lessons learned, not just professionally but personally. It is refreshing to read memoirs that aren't just rosy pictures of success and happiness, but are road maps that show all the detours and difficult paths that lead to the destination.

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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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This is Christmas with a generous helping of spicy!!!! It's so much fun, super cute and romantic, and laugh out loud funny. Bee and Nolan are adorable together and those sex scenes are the 5 alarm steamy variety. I love that they were obviously physically attracted to one another, but their emotional connection led to a very strong relationship. Great queer representation, and sex and body positive to boot.

Emilymdxn This sounds like exactly what I need for my December winter games reading lists! 1w
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A fun retelling of Frankenstein centering on sister of Victor Frankenstein, Angelika. As the assistant to her "man making" brother, she decides to make what she considers to be her perfect man as romance has never been Angelika's strong suit. Thus begins a madcap adventure filled with heart and family that pays homage to the original Mary Shelley.

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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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Just like Hoover's book Verity, this one keeps the pages turning as the questions start to pile up. It is a creepy thriller that takes a bunch of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Hoover throws you completely off. This is a fast paced read and honestly a good book as we enter into spooky season!

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the unrivaled queen of writing strong female characters who make no apologies about who they are, and Carrie Soto is another example of this. This book sucked me in immediately. I cannot even count the times I said the following out loud whilst reading: "Hell yeah", "Get 'em Carrie", "You've got this". There may have been occasional fist pumping pauses as well.

Dragon Convinced me -stacking 💚🐉 3w
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Cara Romero needs to find a job for the first time in a long time and has to meet with a job counselor to keep her benefits. Instead of focusing on getting a job, Cara starts telling the counselor her life story over a twelve session span, and we get to know her through her life journey. She is a daughter, a mother, a friend, and we really find out who she is through these relationships.

charl08 I love that cover. 4w
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Love on the Brain | Ali Hazelwood
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Enemies to lovers is such a fun trope for me, and this one works. I loved how the sexual tension between Bee and Levi is brought to a boil. Hazelwood delivers THREE spicy scenes that are red hot! The banter between Levi and Bee is witty. sharp, and laugh out loud funny. The supporting cast makes for fun reading as well. It is an overall fun, smart read that will have you swooning til the last page.

KristiAhlers I really enjoyed this one as well. Love her quirky, nerdy characters. They are totally relatable! 1mo
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Hamnet | Maggie O'Farrell
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This is a story about Agnes, and the author makes this point by never using Shakespeare's name. This is a tale about motherhood and the role of a wife in those times. This reimagining is empowering, tragic, hopeful, and it is written in such an engaging and captivating way. I think it also helps the reader understand grief and how it can affect people's relationships with others as well as with themselves.

DivineDiana Loved this! So creative! 1mo
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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is my most anticipated read this month. What book are you looking forward to reading in September?

TrishB New Stephen King and new Kate Atkinson 😁 1mo
Chelsea.Poole I just got this one from the library! 1mo
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Kimberlone I just started the audiobook for this one! 1mo
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marleed This was it for me too! 1mo
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I think what I loved most about this book is its fun take on all of the romance tropes: snowed in, epistolary, mistaken identity, second chance, and one of the most unique versions of a love triangle I have ever encountered. For fans of audiobooks, the romance genre, and anyone chasing their HEA. The witty banter between the characters will have you laughing, and the emotional connections between them come through the pages in a heartfelt way.

Zuhkeeyah Great review! Definitely adding to my stack. 1mo
MrsK I just saw an interview with Whelan about her career as a narrator for audiobooks. Added the book to my TBR immediately after 😊. 1mo
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QOTD: Do you like reading outside? Just minutes from my home in Nevada we have the most beautiful parks in the mountains and I love heading up there for some reading. Where‘s you favorite outdoor place to read??

Sharpeipup Love reading outside as long as weather allows 1mo
Soubhiville I love reading outside, and have a nice back patio for it. Unfortunately I live in central TX, and this summer it‘s been too hot to be out for more than a few minutes at a time. 😢 Looking forward to some fall outdoor reading! 1mo
Adventures-of-a-French-Reader This morning in San Antonio, I read a little bit outside, but after an hour, decided to go back in because of the mosquitoes... That's the problem here: if there is no rain, the summer is super hot, but as soon as rain arrives and the temperatures drop a tiny bit, it's the mosquitoes that spoil the fun... 1mo
intothehallofbooks I love reading on my back porch early in the mornings on the weekends and in the evenings on weekdays. Especially in fall! 1mo
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Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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A small English village, scary woods that no one wants to enter into, a family that keeps to itself, and a church that's been closed up for years. This fantastical tale strikes the right balance of creepy, gothic horror, and suspense. This book also gave me serious Bronte vibes and I loved how the author created the perfect atmosphere for the setting and the story. Are the legends told simply folk tales or are they the truth?

ju.ca.no Sounds intriguing! 1mo
CaitlinR I‘m in! 1mo
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The Mist | Stephen King
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I read this one years ago and wanted to revisit it. I forgot how terrifying this story is. The suspense, psychological stress and the flat out horror of The Mist still hits me just as hard. What sticks with me most is the dual evils of this story. Just like other great works of horror, King really forces you to look inside and ask yourself "what would I do if I was in this situation?" I think that is what I appreciate most about horror.

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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This is simply one of the most honest memoirs I have ever read. Jennette McCurdy is straightforward and open about her life as a child actor and a struggling daughter. The relationship she had with her mother is difficult, and you can really understand why she is still dealing with her own complicated feelings about their relationship after her mother's death. I applaud her bravery and openness in her struggles and her successes.

ItsAnotherJen Oooh this is on my tbr!! I've heard only good things about it. 2mo
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A Broken Blade | Melissa Blair
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Keera is a total badass but she also has her flaws, including guilt that she tries to tamp down with too much alcohol, much to her disservice. And a promise she made long ago to someone important still haunts her even now. There are some fun twists that will also keep you guessing all the way til the end. Overall, this is a solid start to a new series and I look forward to the next volume in this story.

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Why did I wait so long to read this book??? I actually read it on audiobook and found it to be so endearing and empowering, heartbreaking at times, but incredibly powerful. I understand now why this book continues to spark discussion and remains so popular! Totally worth the #bookstagram and #booktok hype!!!

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Poster Girl | Veronica Roth
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This book is a mystery set in the near future, dystopian Seattle-Portland megalopolis. Sonya‘s family was a member of the Delegation, a government that used a device called the Insight to constantly surveil society. But when a revolution happens, Sonya loses her family and freedom. The new government offers her a deal: find a missing girl, and Sonya goes free. But what she discovers isn‘t what she was expecting.

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Poster Girl | Veronica Roth
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Just received this is a nice swag package from the publisher! About halfway through and I‘m liking it so far.

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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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This was so cute and the perfect end of summer read. Loved the back and forth between Hannah and Jack, and of course the fake dating trope is forever my favorite. Several laugh out loud moments will keep you engaged til the end.

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This may be the most powerful book I have read this year because of my own personal history with hurricanes in Houston, TX. Our home flooded during Harvey and I will never forget having to walk out of our neighborhood in chest deep water with our three cats and the little we could salvage on an air mattress. So this story hit very close to home and actually helped me further work through the trauma that Harvey caused.

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This is one of the most inventive books I have read in a long time. I really do recommend reading this as a physical book because of the way it is formatted to tell Art's story with Mercy's red notations. This book will have you wondering which character is recalling things accurately. Who is Mercy? What is she hiding? Is Art crazy or does he see something no one else can see? The Pallbearers Club is a clever twist on what a horror novel can be.

KristiAhlers Right? I really enjoyed this book! 2mo
Kimberlone I won this as a Goodreads giveaway but haven‘t read it yet. Your review makes me more excited! 2mo
LeahBergen This one has me intrigued! 2mo
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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I figure since cats and books go together I would introduce everyone to our new cat, Stardust, or Dusty for short. Stardust was living at the Neon Museum, where I work in Las Vegas. She‘s a welcome addition to the three cats we already have and we love her to pieces!!!

KristiAhlers She‘s so cute! 2mo
DivineDiana She‘s a beauty! 😻 2mo
Johanna414 She's gorgeous! 2mo
LeahBergen Hello, Dusty! 💓 2mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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This book is a perfect blend of thriller, sci fi, dystopian and philosophy all rolled into one. I think the most unique thing about this book was the way that the battle between good and evil results in many shades of grey. Blake Crouch asks some of most important questions of our time, makes a real emotional connection between the characters and the reader, and uses smart writing to keep the pages turning.

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Cool art books are one of my passions and this one definitely hit the mark for me. The Napkin Art of Tim Burton gives the reader an inside view of the design ideas of this groundbreaking director. Beautifully illustrated, this is a collection of doodles Burton did on bar napkins around the world. It leaves you inspired and will encourage you to create on surfaces you have available (he even leaves a page inside for you to create your own).

5feet.of.fury That‘s so cool! 3mo
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This book is about relationships, friendship and family. It will make you smile, laugh, cry and will fill you with nostalgia for the golden age of video games. I loved all the nods to literature in this story as well. Gabrielle Zevin is known for writing characters that will stay with you for a long time, and this story is no different.

KristiAhlers Right? I truly enjoyed this one a great deal 3mo
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American Royalty | Tracey Livesay
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Imagine if you will not Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, but Megan Thee Stallion and Prince Harry falling in love. Mix in one of my favorite tropes, enemies to lovers, and you have a fun summer read and a total steam fest!!!

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Enemies to lovers is totally my weakness, and this one delivers all the feels. Alex and Henry are relationship goals and I really wanted to be in their group of friends! This book's dialogue is smart and witty and sharp, weaving international relations, politics, social issues and sexy times all into one. This book definitely lives up to the hype!

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Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the 60's trying to do serious work and also be taken seriously by her male colleagues. She has encountered every level of misogyny possible but keeps pushing forward as best she can. She falls in love with another chemist but tragedy strikes. In a twist of fate, she finds herself as the host of a daytime cooking show that challenges the norms and ideas of what women are capable of at that time.

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Waiting for Darkness | Tony R. Reyes
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Cruz is a surgeon in Texas living a good life with his wife Michelle. His life changes one night when he is transformed into a creature of the night, a Darkling. I loved that Cruz was given time to mourn everything he lost. It added to the emotional depth of the character. Vengeance and bloodlust drive him until another one like him enters his life. Told through an alternating timeline, Cruz finds more than the creature who created him.

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"The First to Die at the End" packs just as much of an emotional punch as "They Both". This prequel opens on the night before Death-Cast goes live and there are so many unknowns. How will it affect those who do and do not receive that call? Valentino and Orion are the perfect characters to help answer this question. With heartwarming cameos from characters that we love, this book will fill the hole left in your heart from "They Both".

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Nightcrawling: A novel | Leila Mottley
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This debut novel had me from the first chapter. This is an intense story about a 17 year old girl named Kiara who has had to deal with too much in her life. Her father has passed, her mother is in a halfway house, and her brother Marcus is an aspiring rap star who has focused only on his career, not on their mutual survival in Oakland. Kiara thinks she has found a solution in the world of sex work but the consequences of this are far reaching.

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Book of Night | Holly Black
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Just arrived today! The Owlcrate special edition of Book of Night!!!!

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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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David Sedaris has been one of my favorite essayists for many years. This collection hits a bit differently, and honestly that is fine with me. While there are plenty of laugh out loud moments (gunderwear, book tour themes, etc) that we have come to expect from Sedaris, this collection is extremely introspective. His humor and tone may seem a bit darker with this book, but I find it appropriate for the subject matter tackled.

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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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Summer can now officially start. The new David Sedaris arrived today!!! He is always one of my “must buy” authors! Happy-Go-Lucky looks sooooooo good! The cover is so perfect!!

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This May End Badly: A Novel | Samantha Markum
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A fun YA rom-com that blends together the enemies-to-lovers and fake-dating tropes into a long-running prank war between two rival boarding schools: Weston, which is all girls, and Winfield, which is all boys.

Doe is the master of pranks at Weston, and she is determined to win with her classmates. In a surprise twist, it is announced that the two schools will be merging next year, and the prank war goes into overdrive.

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This Beauty and the Beast retelling is a slow burn romance, building the relationship between Izzy and Beau in a manner that allows them to get to know each other, and get to know themselves. Also can we talk about all the food references! Baking and breakfast and that amazing SNACK CABINET! This book was a lot of fun and a definite must read for romance readers. Pack this one in your beach bag (along with some snacks) and get whisked away!!!

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Straub explores the idea of going back in time as your younger self. This book has a lot of heart, emotion, and her signature style of wit, charm and quirk. Leonard is a strong father figure, and the bond between Sam and Alice is a great example of female friendship. This is a time travel tale filled with heart, love and the importance of family and friends throughout your life, most importantly that relationship between a father and daughter.

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The Ivory Key | Akshaya Raman
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I love my Book Dragon from Doty Island Studios. Today, Mortimer is protecting this stack of gorgeous YA books.

Dragon 💚🐉 4mo
xicanti Mortimer is lovely! 4mo
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My latest blog post for Books-A-Million just dropped and I would really appreciate it if y‘all could click on the link and hit the love button at the top of the article. Enjoy my recommendations and yay books!!! Thank you in advance!!

https://bit.ly/3sZRwgK

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PaperbackPirate I 💗 your article. Adding Hidden Pictures to my stack. (edited) 4mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I loved this dark reimagining of the classic Peter Pan tale. Michalski creates a sinister and manipulative version of Peter Pan. The author also works the fairy tale into modern times, mixing it with magical realism in an entertaining way. The surprising twists along the way kept the pages turning. If you like a good retelling and Peter Pan, then I think you will really find this one to be a satisfying take on this iconic character.

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Hotel Magnifique | Emily J. Taylor
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Sometimes magic isn't what you think it is. This YA Dark Fantasy in the magical realm leads us to a mysterious hotel that can come and go as it pleases. This is a dark magical novel that is lush, extravagant and richly detailed. The world building was well done and the fast pace of the storyline kept the pages turning. I can see why some are comparing this to the Night Circus and Caraval. I would add in a dash of Howl's Moving Castle!

Dragon Sounds intriguing- stacking 💚🐉 5mo
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Our Crooked Hearts | Melissa Albert
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This would appeal to fans of the The Craft, Practical Magic, and Charmed. Told from the alternating POV of Ivy and her mother Dana, this explores Dark Magic, female friendship, along with the give and take of complex mother/daughter relationships, all wrapped up in a mystery. Ivy knows her mother has secrets and after a mysterious run-in with an unknown girl, Ivy begins to try to put together clues to her mother's past, as well as her own.

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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Mallory was a track star and is now a recovering addict after she became addicted to Oxycontin from an injury and a car accident. She is sober now and lands a job as a nanny for the Maxwell's. Ted and Caroline and their son Teddy invite Mallory into their home with open arms. Teddy loves to draw, but his pictures get more disturbing as time goes on. I love the use of Teddy's pictures throughout the book. It really added to the story.

EvieBee Okay, that sounds awesome! Checking the library. 5mo
MyNamesParadise This will come in for me at the library eventually! It sounds really good! 5mo
kspenmoll Love all your photos! 4mo
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Hidden Pictures: A Novel | Jason Rekulak
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Starting this one today! I loved “The Impossible Fortress” so I knew I wanted to pick this one up when it came out!

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As someone who has only a passing familiarity of Greek mythology, I came into this book with a blind spot as to the basis of this novel. I was worried I would not be able to follow the story. Miller's take on the Achilles legend was wonderful. The love story of Achilles and Patroclus is tender and will pull you right in. I also loved that this book was written from Patroclus' perspective. The ending of this book is definitely Kleenex worthy!

sprainedbrain One of my favorite books ever. ❤️ 5mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I cannot believe I have not made time to read this yet. Starting it today!!

5feet.of.fury 💕 loved this one 💕 great photo! 5mo
Soubhiville I also loved this one. 5mo
LoverOfLearning Brilliant and perfectly written book! 5mo
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Young Mungo | Douglas Stuart
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Young Mungo is the story of a teen growing up in Glasgow. Mungo is named after the saint of the town, but Mungo struggles with family issues and his own budding sexuality.

Mungo meets James, a young man in the neighborhood who races pigeons. They build a deep friendship and fall in love.

This novel is traumatic and raw, but completely engrossing. Douglas Stuart creates characters that triumph over the brutality that they are forced to endure.

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Random | Penn Jillette
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Just got a digital arc of this. Looking forward to starting this one today!!

5feet.of.fury Neat! 5mo
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This book combines the fake dating and enemies to lovers trope in a perfect and sexy way. This is a slow burn, but trust me, it is totally worth the wait. I love how real Lina is. Her self-doubt and awareness of her past mistakes make her a very real and modern character. But Aaron's unconditional love for her brings her past all of that. Sweet, sexy, contemporary and feminist.

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