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angieinwonderland

angieinwonderland

Joined December 2017

Fangirl in a fandom world/Reader/Tattoo collector/Slytherin
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The Spare Room: A Novel by Andrea Bartz
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The Blue Iris by Rachel Stone
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The Reformatory by Tananarive Due
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I am not familiar with Greek mythology, so this book was a learning curve, which means it took a week to read it. I loved the themes that poked through without being too obvious. The writing was fantastic.

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Summer Romance | Annabel Monaghan
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This was truly an entertaining read with levels of multitude. Her stories are romances for the every day woman which makes each character so relatable. This is another winner from this author that proves her status as an auto-buy author for me.

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Paradise Problem | Christina Lauren
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A truly funny book with plenty of spice. I had to actually put it down right at the typical 3rd act breakup point for a couple of agonizing hours but devoured it once I was finally reunited. Another winner from them.

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Paradise Problem | Christina Lauren

I picked this read because it was the opposite genre of the book I dnf'd. I am on page 60, and I have already lost count of how many times I have laughed out loud! Not a surprise from this powerful duo, but it is a delight.

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First off, I pictured the author as the younger protagonist for this one. I don't do that often, but this one was strong. Then, at a time, when both stories' actions were coming to their climax, I wasn't drawn in like I should have been. This was between a Pick and a SoSo, but the very end made me lean toward Pick.

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This was a wild and wacky read. I often laughed out loud, I cringed, and at times felt like my heart and Enid's heart were one... well, certainly our minds. I'm pleased with the protagonist's closure on some matters, but I was shocked when I turned the last page to the acknowledgments. It was abrupt.

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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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The second book of the duology was action-packed and filled with mythology. I loved Iris and Roman and many of the secondary characters. For some reason, one of my favorite things was the subtle way the reader is told the significance of the title when sometimes the titles or themes are overly repeated or stressed.

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The Mother Act | Heidi Reimer
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What a fantastic and uncomfortable must-read. It is also structured and pieced together in a way that completely works with the story and typical story structure that isn't noticed by the reader. It will give you a lot of feelings but will help you process those complex leftover thorns from a complicated mother daughter relationship.

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Summers at the Saint | Mary Kay Andrews
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Don't let the cover fool you into thinking this is a fluffy read. The plot moves through many different serious subjects, making the HEA hard earned and bittersweet. It kept me reading far too late into the night.

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Divine Rivals | Rebecca Ross
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What's not to love about a love story brought on by magically linked typewriters and wardrobes? But the agony!!! It kept me fraught through the rest all the way to a cliffhanging ending that will likely put me through much of the same for 484ish pages of the sequel.

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The House on Biscayne Bay | Chanel Cleeton
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This book is a bit different from this author, and she built this mystery well. I was constantly falling for all the hints and suspected everyone. I really liked the female protagonists in both timelines, their feelings up and down, and human. The Gothic tale was such an entertaining read.

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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Another winner from Emily Henry. Her dialogue/banter makes all her books deliciously easy to devour in one sitting. The way she describes the everyday mundane activity is her superpower. I am convinced her similies are what make her writing so relatable across such a vast audience. You know exactly what each feeling she describes feels like.

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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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I really liked each character separately and enjoyed seeing their individual journeys. Together, their bond is impressive, heartwarming, and endearing. There were a few twists and turns that wound up tightly at the end and explained a few things, but the open ending makes me nervous and uncomfortable at numerous possibilities for this genre. Convinced Sally is trying to give us panic attacks.

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The Cherry Robbers | Sarai Walker
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It is hard to convince anyone how empowering the book is as you relay one plot point after another, but it truly is. It had all the frustrations women feel and felt through the ages, wrapped up in a harrowing tale that made me grip the reading chair with worry, gasp in well expressed grief and wallop when battles are hard won.

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The Matchmaker's Gift: A Novel | Lynda Cohen Loigman
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This story was exactly what I needed to get me out of a reading slump. I read this after a heavy book. It truly was love and light. The magical realism was sprinkled through in such a plausible way to give hope and make natural talents sparkle and glimmer.

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A very twisty turny tale. Though I figured out a few of the plot lines, I still enjoyed the book. The characters were complex and sometimes annoying, but in that way that humans can be, and at times, they could be so relatable.

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Expiration Dates | Rebecca Serle
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This was a cute story that did dive deeper, which was great. But I didn't feel as much magic in the notes, which made me wonder when the explanation would come. It was still a pick, but I feel something is missing.

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I love books with an artistic, fraught protagonist. I also especially love the story of a woman reclaiming her own strength and power in middle age. I wanted to be friends with Johanna from page one. I loved how messy it got and how strong she remembered she was.

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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This was a trip. For a while, I was certain to be disappointed by finding out it was all a drug induced haze. Thankfully, I was wrong, and I have to admit that even though I dream quite vividly, I started dreaming of the circus from the day I started reading it.

dabbe I still want to go there!!! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
angieinwonderland I feel like I did while I read it, but even in my sleep, I knew it wasn't as good as going there. 3mo
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Family Family: A Novel | Laurie Frankel
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This storyline was a tad inconceivable, but it was told well and had me laughing out loud a few times. It talked about the nastier side of representation and how the best intentions can be misconstrued and how scary it is to have and express opinions when you are famous because it all goes awry fast. Then you get canceled. I really enjoyed it and read it on a rainy weekend.

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Another romance to remind me to STOP with the whole story "I don't enjoy romances." This one was rich with many delights. 20s fashion and music world in Harlem, going your own path, found family, and a sense of deep romantic love running through. The magic element was the cherry on top. Once the big surprise came out, I was able to predict the ending, but that was ok. It was a beautiful ending plus epilogue.

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The Phoenix Crown: A Novel | Kate Quinn, Janie Chang
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I love historical fiction that tells womens' stories. And though I do read a lot of stories about wars, I love it when I find one that centers around other events. I learned a lot about San Francisco earthquake and fires and enjoyed all four of the womens' stories. The two authors co-wrote a very enjoyable book that was seamless to read.

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This was a long read for me. At first, it was because the protagonist was driving me crazy but I was so damn intrigued already. But I was rewarded for accompanying Esther through the journey because it was breathtaking with the poetic prose. The descriptions dreamy, the story symbolic.

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It took quite a while to finish this short beauty because I kept stopping to take notes and letting the creative energy in this book inspire me. It is a book I will need to re-buy in hard copy to come back to as often as I need.

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Hemingway's Girl | Erika Robuck
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I liked the uncertainty the writer gave the reader until the end. I chose this book as I visited Key West, where it is set. The terms of endearment were creepy, but that was not the author's doing but rather a true account within this story.

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This was such a great read about women's stories. I especially love the morally grey characters that have such an enriching back story. The characters' voices were strong and individual and had me empathizing with each of them.

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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Another masterpiece by Kristin Hannah that put my heart through a blender. The range of emotions through this epic, and I am going to believe what I want of the open ending. Now I am just sad that I'm done!

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Mrs Van Gogh | Caroline Cauchi
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This is a fantastic account into how Van Gogh died a starving artist to now having exhibitions of his art juxtaposed with quotes and letters from him. This is a wonderful story about a woman who made that all possible. I love how each part is named after one of his paintings. It also reminds me how happy I am to not have been born in that time as a woman.

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Wilderwomen | Ruth Emmie Lang
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I breezed through this one in two sittings. It was an engrossing story with loveable characters. It felt like a metaphorical journey the author was sorting through, and I was here for it.

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Becoming a Matriarch | Helen Knott
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I didn't think it was possible to read a story that mirrored mine so very closely, right down to the new fear that our broken hearts will surely fail any day now. Tears streamed down my face while I read this, as I suspected they would.

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The Magic All Around | Jennifer Moorman
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It took me almost a week to read this story because of the way she writes grief so clearly and it burrowed in deep. It was both heartbreaking and heart mending for me, but without the added bonus of cake lol

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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This was a smart cat and mouse story. One you don't realize is being played on you as well. It was very well done. There were parts that I felt I had to get through to get to the other side, but it made it a slower read for me.

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I read this in one day and cursed all the tasks that stood between me and this book. I love the characters. The settings and descriptions were rich in all senses.

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Every single character's bad decisions grated on me. It took a while for me to get through it. The story itself is interesting, but this isn‘t my favorite of hers.

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Medusa | Jessie Burton
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This was an empowering retelling. With retellings, there isn't as much surprise in the storytelling, but this was enjoyable as a story in itself. The theme was easy to decipher and was relatable for sure. The novella length also made the pacing of the story perfect.

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That was a wild ride. The cover is beautiful. My favorite part was telling my husband about it and watching his expression when he finally says "but falcons hatch" and I said "yes, she already knows she will likely not make it. They've already developed beaks inside her." He just kept blinking! Lol I want to know the insides of all the decisions the writer made.

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Bailedbailed

After 5 days I found myself on page 89 of 291 and knew I had to bail. I really wanted to love this. Maybe I put too much "first book of the year" pressure on it but I cannot continue.

BkClubCare I don‘t seem to have good luck with first books… 5mo
angieinwonderland Must be the pressure. Though I had a few 5 stars for a few years in a row, so I guess I was due. 5mo
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Starling House | Alix Harrow
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That was not what I was expecting, though I am not sure what I was expecting beyond the "haunted house," likely due to a lack of imagination on my part. The writing was simply delicious.

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This historical fiction read was unlike many and had many intertwined subplots that the author miraculously kept going. It was so friggin maddeningly wild to read about the antiquated laws back then, especially towards women. Hence, the need to swiftly take justice in your own hands in such an amazing fashion.

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Three Holidays and a Wedding | Marissa Stapley, Uzma Jalaluddin
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I liked the multi faith component a lot. I disliked some of the miscommunication tropes, but these stayed true to real life. I enjoyed the fact that there were so many moving parts. And mostly, I love how much it reinforces the idea that there is no war on Christmas....all faiths can wish each other blessings for the season no matter which holiday they celebrate in their faith.

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The Last Caretaker: A Novel | Jessica Strawser
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I enjoyed every single layer of this complex story. I like the social elements. The relationships between characters aren't an easy given, and the fact that there is no automatic or easy romance made the important plot issues stand out as they should.

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What a wonderful twisty, turny story. As the author says in her acknowledgments, it is very meta. How she kept that plot together with all the authors and their retellings weaving in and out blew my mind.

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Skipping Christmas | John Grisham
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I chose to read this one because I've been wanting to skip Xmas myself. This reads like it was written in the 80s, complete with the stereotypical male author writing women and it was icky all the way through.

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The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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I am not into the amateur sleuth trope, but Nita does it well twice now. It had an intricate plot, but it sometimes the backstory pulled me out of the story. I have to admit I didn't guess the culprit, so there's that.

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This was not your typical Christmas book. I liked it a lot for that reason. I was reading this in a constant state of "oh no what's going to happen" and completely relieved by the happy ending. The picture of life with and without technology was well done. I may even borrow a phrase from that simpler time "don't borrow trouble" as it seems to still hold as wise advice.

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Another lovely heartwarming cozy Christmas read from MKA. I enjoyed the community of characters as well as the main characters' relationships, but I especially love the HEA.

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It was slower to get into, but when it took off, I was all in. A story about the sacrifices of mothers and a woman's place in the world whether you fulfill the mother role or don't and the judgment they face while trying to juggle it all.

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The Wise Women | Gina Sorell
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This was a great reflection on a woman's sense of feminism and how she could have misconstrued it altogether. It was interesting to see how each woman tried to find her own way, convinced it was logical and using the lessons of the generation before, only for all their ideals be challenged and turn their lives upside down.

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Smart Women | Judy Blume
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Eeesh this didn't age well.

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When Women Were Dragons | Kelly Barnhill
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I thought I would remember what I wanted to write about this, but it was too much of an emotional roller-coaster to have held onto such things. It was sorrow, it was rage, it was inspiration, it was love and beauty.