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Zuhkeeyah

Zuhkeeyah

Joined May 2021

Guilty of eating the last cupcake. Always talking about books. StoryGraph: zeebookdragon // Instagram: cozywithbooksandtea
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Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
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The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones, The New York Times Company
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#bookspinbingo is ready to go! I had to make a mini adjustment after I listed a book twice (oops), so I swapped it for an additional #nonfiction2022 space.

Happy reading everyone!

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October #bookspin list ready!

My kindle has been living on airplane mode for weeks now and I really need to read clear it out hence the “Kindle Stowaways“. All the named books are physical copies living in my “read this soon“ pile. Basically, this is a very ambitious list.

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Meh. No #bookspinbingo but a great reading month nonetheless. I did manage to read my #doublespin.

Kept my nonfiction streak alive with two books this month. Both were powerful memoirs.

I finished A Desolation of Peace just in time for it to be announced as the Hugo Award Winner.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Fantastic month!!! 4d
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I‘m a little surprised at how many prompts I was able fill for #booked2022 this quarter. I‘ll send in the official form later today.

@Cinfhen @alisiakae @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen AH.MAY.ZING!!!!! Way to go!!! 4d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job! I see you in the entries. 👏🏻🙌🏻 3d
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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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I have complicated feelings about this book. Nic Stone does a fantastic job of showing the why behind black men looking for non-traditional families. What I struggle with is the amount of aid Quan receives while in juvie (she mentions this in the afterword): psychiatrist, teacher, etc. These are not usually options, especially when in an adult prison which is where too many teenage black men end up. Still, it is a story of hope against all odds.

Zuhkeeyah Another great read for #authoramonth 5d
TheBookHippie I had those same reservations. 5d
Zuhkeeyah @TheBookHippie I understand why she included them. The alternative would‘ve created a very bleak picture, but kind of it felt like she was selling a lie. 4d
TheBookHippie @Zuhkeeyah I‘ve been advocate/mentor for at risk youth for 32 years. I felt she was selling a lie, it reminded me of people trying to tell me how it should be or “what‘s right” - it‘s not though and I have to deal with what is. I‘ll never forget a woman acquaintance who had to deal with the juvenile justice system for the first time, IT‘S not FAIR, she yelled at me. I asked her if she‘d listen to me ever …oh well I thought you were exaggerating… 4d
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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A powerful read that dives into the implicit bias against young black men. Justyce grew up in the hood, but is a straight A student at a prestigious school on the other side of the city. None of that matters when an officer aggressively misinterprets a situation, leaving Justyce to question: does it matter what he does if it doesn‘t change how the world sees him?

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Thank you for the all birthday wishes last week! #litsylove ❤️

September has been a busy month which included a family reunion and a visit to my parents. I was also able to see my kitty (who has been claimed by my parents 🙄). So all good things.

I‘m ready to get back into writing reviews. Apologies in advance for a flood of book reviews.

#catsoflitsy

RaeLovesToRead Beautiful kitty! 🥰🥰🥰 5d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Don‘t forget to use #LitsyLoveReads with your reviews!! ❤️ 5d
Zuhkeeyah @RaeLovesToRead Thank you! 🥰 4d
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Pogue That graphic is beautiful 4w
Zuhkeeyah @pogue Thanks! I used the Canva app. It‘s free and has tons of options. 4w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 4w
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I did not stay on track this month. At all. Genuinely impressed I even managed a #bookspinbingo. On a positive note, I did catch up on #bookspin and #doublespin from previous months.
Also, I read FIVE nonfiction books! I, who until this month had read a total of 4 this year, read a whole five nonfiction books. A mix of memoirs, educational deep dives, and even a self help book. They were great and I hope to continue this trend.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Sometimes the reading fates take us in different directions than anticipated... still a fabulous month!! 1mo
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Down to the wire with my September #bookspin list! Most of the books listed are living on my kindle (which is currently on airplane mode). I really want to read those before venturing back to the land of Libby.

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
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Hayley goes on a journey among the caretakers of the dead to learn what happens to our physical selves once the heart has stopped. To this end she interviews embalmers, a former executioner, mass fatality investigators, and so many more. This book opened my eyes to the many people our lives can intersect with after death along with the importance of these individuals in guiding both the living and the dead. Please read the content warnings.

EvieBee This sounds great! Recently checked out a copy from the library. (edited) 1mo
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On the podcast, I enjoy Suruthi and Hannah's breakdowns of behaviors and environmental factors that created the perfect crime/murder storm. The book was all of that and more. When it comes to true crime, I'm always curious about the why part of the crime. I like how they took apart cases each chapter to provide an example for each topic.

Zuhkeeyah A big thank you to @FashionableObserver for lending me her book! I apologize for taking so long to read it. 1mo
FashionableObserver I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! It was a pleasure to pass it on! (Sorry it took so long for me to send it! 🥴😂) 1mo
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The Prisoner | B.A. Paris
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Welcome to the mind games. Amelie and her billionaire husband, Ned, are kidnapped in the middle of the night. Who took them and why?

In classic B.A. Paris style, the twists and turns kept me guessing. I was hooked from the very first line. Everything goes as expected right up until it doesn‘t. While I enjoyed this fast paced thriller, a critical point in the plot left me with a lot of questions.

Zuhkeeyah Thank you St. Martin‘s Press for the ARC! 1mo
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Woman of Light: A Novel | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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A story told in two different eras. Both are full of loss and a desire to be more than what society allows. I enjoyed this story but I did not connect with Luz. She often stood at a crossroad and somehow managed to take no path. I wanted her to be a more active participant in her life. I wanted her to clearly lay down lines and make bold decisions. That said, the writing is beautiful and full of imagery.

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Evelyn Hugo has finally decided to sit down with a reporter and tell her whole life story. The good, the bad, the worst. To the gossip rags, she is a woman unable to settle with just one man, but there is always more to every story than the words printed by those looking to sell papers. I couldn‘t decide whether I admired her or disliked her which added to the fascination. Evelyn knew what she wanted and found a way to get it.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Marcellus was an unexpectedly thoughtful individual. I enjoyed his sassy observations of humans and his penchant for late night snacking in the sea cucumber exhibit. The strong bond between Tova and Marcellus brought changes to both their lives. Tova, a widow who cleans the aquarium at night, finds herself planning for a future alone, not realizing she‘s had family in her friends all along. I love a good curmudgeon-y main character.

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#alphabetgame @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

The tagged series was the first manga I fell in love with and will forever be my favorite ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing! 2mo
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#alphabetgame

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows
Exit Strategy
Emma

Thanks for the tag! @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
I love seeing all the book recs!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have this one!! 2mo
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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I loved this book. It was light, full of humor, and just all around good feelings. Hannah‘s initial reaction to Jake is pretty much what I would do meeting Chris Hemsworth (x2 because the accent makes him a double threat). Anywho, if you‘re in need of a pure hearted romcom with a smidge of tension, I highly recommend this one.

August #doublespin complete! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Magic! I love elemental styled magic that has at least some limits.
2. Diana‘s magic in The All Souls trilogy is a favorite

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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#bookspinbingo board is ready for action!

#bookspin is Loveless by Alice Oseman
#doublespin is any of my romance mood reads

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Trapped on Treasure Island | Floyd Gottfredson
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Congrats! @Sharpeipup You have made it ashore with the most important items: books. Happy reading! #trappedonanisland

Thanks for hosting @aperfectmjk

aperfectmjk Oooh... Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo... soooo good. 🤗 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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New month, new #bookspin list! Happy reading everyone!

@thearomaofbooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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Bingo! | Rosemary Wells
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I am really proud of how well I stuck to my list this month. Being more general with a few spaces definitely helped lead to the multiple bingos. I managed to read both my #bookspin and #doublespin this month.

My top three reads: The Measure, Honey and Spice, and A Closed and Common Orbit

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!!! 2mo
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Lu | Jason Reynolds
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Lu the leader. He knew he stood out and did so with pride and flair (so many gold chains). Lu had a good heart that wanted things to be fair. He was willing to lead by example and do the hard things.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Sunny | Jason Reynolds
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Sunny‘s Dear Diary entries were entertaining and heartbreaking at the same time. His description of dancing had me wanting to move.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Patina | Jason Reynolds
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Patina runs because her Momma can‘t. She has always been the one to be relied on before going to live with their Aunt and Uncle. Now she has to learn to rely on others as part of the relay team.

Patina‘s story was my favorite of the Track series. It was beautiful how much she loved her little sister.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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Castle Cranshaw, a.k.a. Ghost, has only thought of running as a means of very literal escape. After finding himself on the Defenders track team, Ghost realizes that running can take him places he had never dreamed.

The growth of purpose in Ghost from the first pages to the last was great to see. He found a place where he could thrive as himself.

#authoramonth @Soubhiville

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#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

“It‘s a widely known fact that most moms are ready to kill someone by eight thirty AM on any given morning.”

ShyBookOwl 😅 2mo
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I stumbled on this memoir after reading True Biz. Nyle DiMarco is the first deaf contestant and winner of ANTM (season 22). Within a year of that victory, he went on to win DWTS. In his memoir, Nyle talks about the challenges of both experiences while reminiscing about growing up deaf in a world shaped for the hearing. He speaks proudly of his 4th generation deaf legacy and how his mother always championed him in an outdated deaf schooling system.

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Dating the Duke | Emma Hart (Fiction writer)
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Adelaide is spending the summer tutoring the Duke of Worcester‘s daughter at their home in the English countryside. Both are struggling to ignore their growing attraction to the other. The frank conversations about their mutual feelings was unbelievably refreshing. Emma Hart‘s sense of humor always hits just right for me. I‘m a sucker for witty banter. This is an easy rollercoaster of a romance novel.

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THANK YOU! ❤️ @Hazel2019

These beauties arrived today and my nerd heart is very happy. Cannot wait to dive in!

Hazel2019 You‘re welcome! Hope you enjoy! 🌺 ☀️ ❤️ (edited) 2mo
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The Dark King | Gina L. Maxwell
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Bryn arrives at Nightfall, a popular hotel and casino on the Vegas strip, ready to enjoy a relaxing weekend away from real life. Instead she wakes up the next morning married to Nightfall‘s owner, Caiden, with no memory of any wedding ceremony taking place. No simple annulment can break the soul deep tie between Bryn and the Dark Fae king. I enjoyed the spicy bedroom scenes, but got frustrated over Caiden‘s terrible communication skills.

Zuhkeeyah If you‘re a Fifty Shades fan, you will absolutely enjoy this kinky read full of magic and fate.

Thank you to Entangled Publishing via #NetGalley for the ARC!
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The Kiss Curse: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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Gwyn Jones is part of the original witch legacy that enhances magic within the town of Graves Glen. When Wells Penhallow arrives in town and sets up shop directly across from Gwyn‘s own witchy themed store, it‘s instantly an all out war full of underhanded schemes and steamy kisses. I was enchanted from the start by the promise of an enemies-to-lovers romance. There were unexpected twists to the book that added mystery to the spicy romance.

Zuhkeeyah Thank you to Avon and Harper books via #NetGalley for the ARC! 2mo
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The Measure | Nikki Erlick
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If a box arrived on your doorstep containing a string that represented the length of your life, would you open it?

When boxes arrive overnight to all individuals over 22 years old, everyone has to struggle with a momentous decision: to open or not to open. This book was a fascinating read on humanity and how quick we are to segregate ourselves into groups. I loved how every single moment wove the various narratives together in subtle ways.

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THANK YOU!!! ❤️ @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Professional_Book_Dragon

This was the best Friday surprise after a not-so-great week. I‘ve been itching to read this book so thank you very much for my own copy.

#litsylove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re welcome!! I hope this week is better ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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A Memory Called Empire | Arkady Martine
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Mahit, Lsel Station‘s newest ambassador, arrives in Texicalaan in response to urgent summons from the empire deeming her predecessor unfit to continue his duties. As Mahit attempts to unravel Yskandr‘s political web, she finds herself pulled deeper into the tangled web he has weaved during his tenure. It‘s one of those books where you know something is coming but it manages to surprise you all the same.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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The War of Two Queens | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I‘m still deep in my feelings after finishing this and rereading the ending multiple times. Did I enjoy this? Absolutely. Am I excited for the next book? Absolutely. Was there a very sexy scene I wanted more from? Absolutely. I love this series and am very impressed with the author‘s planning of book releases. The prequel series is a teaser for what‘s to come with Poppy and Casteel. This continuation managed to create more questions than answers.

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#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

1. Jennifer L. Armentrout because I‘m obsessed with the Blood and Ash books

2. Firekeeper‘s Daughter is such a good read

3. Today I‘m grateful for friends who check in just because 🥰

Thanks for the tag @MoonWitch94 😁

Eggs Thank you 🙏🏻📚🥰 3mo
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I really wanted to like this book more than I did. The basic premise was fun and interesting. Nisha was fine. She was trying to make the best of a not great situation. It was Dr. Dil that I could barely tolerate. He pushed Nisha into publicly dating. She clearly stated why the only person who would lose if things failed was her and he just kept going for what would work for him. This Taming of the Shrew retelling just didn‘t sit right with me.

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#two4tuesday

1. Not really. I have beautiful coffee table books I‘d love to artfully placed someday in the future. They‘re currently buried on my singular bookshelf.

2. TV. If I get hooked on a series, reading takes a backseat until I finish.

Thanks for the tag! @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
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Weather Girl | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Soft pick for me. I liked it, but I wasn‘t overwhelmed with love for this book. There was a lot of body positivity and great mental health representation. It felt a little forced all around. The relationship between Ari and Russell was heartfelt. They were both adults carrying past hurts and choices. I wanted more though. Not sure I can even articulate where, but it just felt unfinished at the end.

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Congrats on 100K! @Nessavamusic 🥳👏🏾

#100KGiveaway

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1. I remember exactly where was when the tagged book broke my heart 😭

2. Science fiction/fantasy. I love when there‘s fantastic world building with new rules and new species.

3. Oh man. The hardest question to ask a bookworm. One of my favorites is Kushiel‘s Scion by Jacqueline Carey.

#wondrouswednesday @Eggs

Eggs Thanks for joining in 🥰📖🤗 3mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I loved this book. A moody editor and a witty agent butt heads in this enemies-to-lovers romance. Nora‘s exes have fallen into every Hallmark trope. Charlie can‘t seem to take a joke. Somehow these two snarky personalities clash in the best way. The fact he was game with Nora‘s interesting reading material offer in the coffee shop made me a Charlie fan very early on. The sisterhood between Libby and Nora was hilarious, sweet, and complicated.

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#two4tuesday @TheSpineView

1. Absolutely

2. Almost went with Murderbot (who I adore), but these big, blue aliens have been wormed their way into my heart (😉)

TheSpineView Sounds good! Thanks for playing! 3mo
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This is the first book of the Wayfarers series and I‘m hooked. The unbelievable creativity behind the world building and the wide variety of creatures within was mind boggling. I enjoyed all of it. My favorite part was how this group of misfits brought together by chance had become a tight family. They annoyed each other, they stood up for each other, they were there when it counted. I‘m ready for my next space adventure with the Wayfarer crew.

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Just as I Am: A Memoir | Cicely Tyson
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Cicely Tyson brought grace and humanity to the stories of Black women in the middle of the Civil Rights era. A child of West Indian immigrants, she worked hard to carve out independence and achieved unbelievable success. I loved this backstage view into her life full of friendships with leading ladies and men. Her method of activism was to use her presence to raise others up: Dance Theater of Harlem, a Performing Arts School, among many examples.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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The title captures the essence of this book perfectly while also misleading the reader into assuming they‘re going to get a rote boy meets girl story. I finished this book and promptly started it again. This book is a powerful tale of hidden depths and resilience.

WJCintron I also LOVED this book. She is amazing!! 3mo
Reggie Ughhhh, it destroyed me when she had the baby and asked Ryle those three questions…😭😭😭. I loved this book. 3mo
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#thoughtfulthursday
Thanks for the tag! @MoonWitch94 😊

📚 I wish there was a plan. The most I do is keep series together.

📚 On my lone bookshelf (owned books) and a windowsill (borrowed books).

📚 Paperback is preferred, but I‘ll cave on a good ebook deal.