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Joined May 2016

Just a girl who loves books and the Beatles 😊 Instagram: @_booksareallyouneed Blog: http://booksareallyouneed.wordpress.com
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Our Dark Duet by V. E. Schwab
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Anna Karenina by Leon Tolstoi
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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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Persuasion is definitely a classic worth reading. It has a great balance of humour mixed with angst and regret. Austen questions the superficial ideas of the class system and also allows us to consider if we should be led by other people‘s advice. We follow Anne Elliot who has already had an experience that could be the focus but instead this novel shows what comes after and explores the idea of whether we should move on from the past.

Bookish_B One of my favorites 😊💗 2y
booksareallyouneed @Bookish_B I can totally understand why, it is a brilliant book! 2y
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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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I loved this book. It was beautiful, so imaginative and weird and wonderful. The characters were vivid and the writing was stunning. My criticism would be it moved too slowly in the middle and it needed something to keep interest going, and the ending wasn‘t quite enough to redeem it. I think the stakes needed to be higher; I didn‘t feel invested enough. It was very good, just not quite Daughter of Smoke and Bone good. Still worth reading.

brendanmleonard I love that cover! 2y
booksareallyouneed @brendanmleonard ikr, isn't it beautiful? Plus the edge of the pages are blue 😍 2y
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Untitled | Unknown
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#meetthelittens @maich
Thought this would be a bit of fun!
1. East Anglia, England
2. Jane Eyre
3. The Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy
4. Back to the Future
5. Sherlock
6. The Beatles
7. Blue
8. YA Fantasy or Historical Fiction (or classics)
9. I just finished at my school so I will be going to sixth form in September
10. Sadly, no

maich 👏👏👏 2y
Miche The daughter of smoke and bone was so good! 2y
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Some purchases today. I really REALLY want to read Middlemarch, but I am slightly terrified of not finishing it...

Libby1 It's ok if you don't finish it on the first try! It'll be there waiting for you when you're ready for it. 😊 2y
booksareallyouneed @Libby1 I think you have encouraged me to pick it up sooner than I might have, it is easier if you don't put pressure on yourself to finish it and instead just enjoy what you can! Thanks :) 2y
Libby1 That's fab, @booksareallyouneed ! 😃 2y
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Gemina | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This book completely lived up to the expectations created by Illuminae and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions and action.The amount of times I was shocked by a twist is unbelievable. The characters weren't replicas of the Illuminae characters-they were original and inspiring. They challenged their stereotypes and were all round awesome. All in all, please read this. It is incredible and unique, and I have high hopes for the final book.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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This book is everything I hoped for and so so so much more. It is clearly cementing Laini Taylor as one of my favourite authors of all time, I can't get over how incredible all of her work is that I have read. ❤️

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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Overall this was a cute, heartwarming contemporary with some elements of computer coding, art and Indian culture. Dimple and Rishi‘s characters just contrast so beautifully together. This combined with themes of pursuing your dreams makes a delightful read, perfect to read in the summer. There are also some wonderful friendships and family relationships which add greater depth. It was slightly predictable, but I would without a doubt recommend it.

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Really enjoying this! Maybe not as much as Cress and Winter but it's still really great!

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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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This was so adorable! I loved the characters, and how they all had such realistic issues such as Lincoln not really knowing what direction to go in with his life. However, it wasn‘t perfect, it got quite slow in the middle so I think the pacing could have been better. It wasn't at the high standards of Eleanor and Park or Fangirl, but I would still recommend it if you are looking for something light and easy to go to during exams or whatever.

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Current read, such a beautiful cover. I'm quite liking it so far, although after reading a few reviews I'm a bit sceptical of whether I will really enjoy it by the end.

celtichik This is my weekend read as well! 3y
booksareallyouneed @celtichik Awesome, hope you enjoy it!! (edited) 3y
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Flame in the Mist | Rene Ahdieh
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Yet another book to add to my growing pile of 'books to read after exams are over'

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I wasn't a huge fan of this book. I found the characters to be boring, although I did like Feyre‘s passion for art and I liked Lucien. There were some problematic aspects involving Rhysand, and I also thought the pacing was off. There was a lot of telling and not showing and there should have been more diversity in this novel, that was definitely missing. However, I am interested enough to read ACOMAF, hopefully it is a step up from this one.

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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6 books I have obtained today- the top three lent to me, the bottom free I got second hand

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Painted this plate, inspired by one of my favourite series, Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor!

Suzze Nice! 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi

This is a book everyone should read. It captures entire lives in single chapters, it provides a window into the slave trade and colonialism, covering 300 years of history, but also showing you how people lived that history, showing the ups and extremely low downs of this family‘s life and giving each name on the family tree a story and giving history a voice. READ IT! It is incredibly captivating and rewarding, it will stay with you for life.

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Delivery! Thank you so much for the recs everyone, I can't wait to read this! And I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but I have to admit, it looks stunning.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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lol I love this filter although it is a bit over the top 😂
I'm being lent this series by my uncle, and they are actually US copies. My uncle bought them in the US when he was there for work (I live in the UK)
I was wondering, are all paperbacks in the US really floppy? Here in the UK they are way more stiff and don't naturally fall open, so I was surprised by the feel of these, and I was wondering if it was normal in the US.

Ms.Story Having lived in both the US & UK, I'd say that not all paperbacks are floppy like the ones you describe here. 🙂 3y
booksareallyouneed @BrittanysBookshelf oh ok. I do prefer the floppy ones actually, as I hate bending the spine and I'd say it's a lot easier to accidentally do on the stiffer books. 3y
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Has anyone read any of these books? If so, which one should I get the soonest? I am planning to buy one of them, but I can't decide which one 😕

BookishMarginalia Hands down, Dark Matter. So good and so engrossing. 3y
Texreader Dark Matter 3y
mdemanatee The Raven Boys! 3y
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Foragingfantasy I really liked the bear and the nightingale, Raven boys was great too! Dark matter was pretty good. 3y
KirstieE The diabolic was really good! 3y
TbrandBeyond Loved Dark Matter ❤️ 3y
booksareallyouneed @NovelDescent Glad to hear it, because that is the one I bought in the end! ☺️ 3y
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I am pretty sure this is taking top spot of the trilogy for me. I couldn‘t put it down, despite it being 600+ pages long I just raced through it. I loved the intensity of it, but there was also humour and everything was balanced so perfectly, there wasn‘t a dull page. Add writing dripping with beauty and gorgeousness and you have a winner. I will read anything Laini Taylor writes, she is incredible, and this series is for me now a firm favourite.

DeborahSmall Great review. I finished days of starlight and blood last week. It's an amazing trilogy. I'm not ready to finish it yet so keeping this one for next month 💕 3y
booksareallyouneed @DeborahSmall Thanks! Yeah I also left a bit of a gap between the second and third books just so it didn't have to end! But I still have Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor to read, so I am looking forward to that :) 3y
DeborahSmall I ordered a signed copy of Strange the Dreamer yesterday. My lovely friend @ScorpioBookDreams sent me a sticker she got from Amazon when the book was released ❤️ 3y
booksareallyouneed @DeborahSmall That's amazing!!! I hope you enjoy the book 😊 3y
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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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Just bought this beautiful edition of Anna Karenina from the gorgeous St Ives Booksellers! I can't wait to read this soon!

scripturient I recently bought Crime and Punishment in this edition. So pretty! 3y
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I'm loving this so much, I don't want the series to end!!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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This was sooo disappointing. The characters were so one dimensional, all of the female characters relied entirely on men, and didn‘t show any capability of independence or intelligence, which is just wrong. The plot was very predictable, and a lot of details were blatantly copied from the Night Circus, one of my favourite books. And the writing was unbearable. Basically it fell flat for me, which was disappointing as I so thought I would love it.

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I would definitely recommend this book! The amount of historical detail was incredible, and it was so original and imaginative. I loved the atmosphere, Regency England worked well with monsters and magic, and what was going on beneath the surface of the characters‘ reserved exteriors. There such a wide range of vocabulary used, the writing was a pleasure to read. However, it did get boring in parts, due to unneeded length.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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My delivery arrived! I am unbelievably excited to read both of these! Sadly I am not liking Caraval AT ALL, so that makes me want to get to these even more!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Omg thanks everyone! I can't believe this!!!

Lizpixie Congrats❤️🎉❤️ 3y
TrishB 😀🎉👍 3y
moranadatter Congrats!🎉🎂 3y
DebinHawaii Congratulations! 🎉👍🎉👍😀 3y
DivineDiana 👏🏻📚😘📚🎉 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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April tbr. Also on my tbr is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and Homegoing by Yaa Gyssi which I have ordered, and should be arriving soon! Also Red Rising by Pierce Brown, which is on my kindle. I am being way over ambitious but it's the holidays so I might as well try. Even though I have tons of revision to do...

TaylorMay Heads up. If you read A Court of Thorns and Roses you will want the next book and it is so much better than the first. A rare occurrence but amazing none the less 3y
booksareallyouneed @TaylorMay yes, I have heard that a lot! I actually bought both books so I will have it ready if I am desperate to read it straight after ACOTAR! It seems like Sarah J Maas is brilliant at writing second books, in my opinion Crown of Midnight was a lot better than Throne of Glass!! 3y
TaylorMay Oh yeah! She is just amazing. The Throne of Glass series gets better and better with each book. I cannot wait for the next books in both series. ❤ 3y
Elisa I second what @TaylorMay said 🙂🙂 3y
booksareallyouneed @Elisa Haha I'm so glad to see so much love for the series, I'm so excited to read it! 3y
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This novel was enjoyable and captivating. The characters and friendships were very strong, and I liked how Flora‘s voice was used to give an emotional impact and make us feel involved. The twists definitely kept it moving, and I couldn‘t put it down! However I do feel that the pacing was off, and also the repetition of events in Flora‘s mind could be better managed to make it less tedious to read about. Overall I enjoyed it, I would recommend it.

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Literally two of my favourite albums EVER. This makes me so happy :)

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Quite simply, this is a book everyone should read. I'm not going to write a review as I don't think I could do it justice, just go read it!! Also, as soon as I finished it, I just wanted to go back to the start and read it again, but sadly my tbr doesn't allow time for that :(

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This book is so beautiful! Just started it yesterday, so far so good!

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Gilded Cage | Vic James
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I think the whole book was kind of bland, the idea was there, it was the aspects that make you really care that were missing. I loved the concept, but I didn‘t feel connected or invested in it at all. There just wasn‘t enough depth to the characters. It bored me. I came very close to DNFing, but it picked up just enough for me to reach the end. I wouldn't recommend this. It fell flat, the premise was excellent but as a whole it didn‘t pay off.

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This book was entirely absorbing thanks to the outstanding balance of all the different ingredients: fantasy, romance, humour, etc. set off with a spark of originality. It genuinely kept me turning pages and gripped me and pulled me into the streets of Prague to roam among monsters. The characters were a pleasure to read about and all in all this is one of the best YA fantasy books I have read, very highly recommended.

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby
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New books!!!! But I have a slight problem in that I'm buying books faster than I'm reading them... But I'm not complaining!

Lizpixie That's a great problem to have though. You should see my tbr wall.👀 3y
booksareallyouneed @Lizpixie haha my tbr is ENORMOUS. But I integrate my tbr books with books I've read so it's less noticeable 😂 3y
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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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I think this book was nearly-flawless, portraying important issues, and I would recommend it to everyone. It is very important, a page-turner and an emotional rollercoaster. Lily is a pleasure to read about, an inspiration yet also relatable, not too perfect. The characters were all formed so well. I did have a problem with how predictable it was, a few instances in the first quarter, but overall I think it is outstanding, highly recommended.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I would say this is a must-read. This is because of the sheer originality of it and also how it just contains the essence of humanity and our thirst for survival. The book is just stunningly beautiful, each page organised to perfection, carrying the words to tell their story. It is simply artwork. Also, you won‘t want to stop reading! Full review at https://booksareallyouneed.wordpress.com

LitLogophile Great review!😊 3y
Stacywill8 I loved it, too! 3y
booksareallyouneed @Stacywill8 good to hear! 😊 3y
Mimi_is_magic This isn't the end of us so everyone knows and don't make the same mistake #iamadumbo 3y
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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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#bookmail so excited to read these new releases! I got the rose on the inside cover of Caraval, there are 4 different designs you could possibly get for the UK edition. I think this is such a cool idea!

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New purchases :) I really enjoyed the throne of glass series (but I haven't read EOS yet) and I have heard such great things about these, especially ACOMAF. So excited to get stuck into this series 😊

398.2 It's a great series to get "stuck in" ? 3y
booksareallyouneed @398.2 Good to hear! I'm excited XD 3y
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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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READ THIS BOOK! Just do it! It‘s short, yet not lacking in depth. Atmospheric, dark, unexpected…I think I am just proving I cannot do this book justice. I haven‘t by any stretch of the imagination captured what is so great about this book, but it is better that I don‘t say anymore about it, the less you know before reading it the better. I will not waste any more of your time when you could be reading this book.

Suzze I so loved this. I'd stand in the teen section at work telling browsers to buy it. 😁 3y
booksareallyouneed @Suzze haha that's great! So glad you also loved it! 3y
DimeryRene Yes! I just read this and loved it! 3y
booksareallyouneed @DimeryRene Yay! Glad you loved it too! 3y
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The Winner's Curse | Marie Rutkoski
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I am hesitant to recommend this one and I feel like I can‘t judge it without reading the whole trilogy and considering how well it sets up things. That is what I felt this book was for- setting up what is to come, and it didn‘t really stand out alone. The pacing was off, the love triangle I could bear, but it wasn‘t enough alone to carry my interest forward. However, the last quarter gave me a taste of what is to come- and it sounds good.

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Bought these music biographies today. 👍🏻

TrishB Hubby has these 😀 his main reading love are music biographies! 3y
booksareallyouneed @TrishB oh cool! I don't read a lot of biographies, I'm just obsessed with the Beatles so yeah 😂 And I am interested to know more about Bowie and listen to his music more. 3y
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The Winner's Curse | Marie Rutkoski
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Just started this one and also I got a new bookshelf! Using this one for YA books and then others will go in my old bookshelf. :)

398.2 Ya for new bookshelf! 😀 3y
BookNerdBritt Love this trilogy! The first book is my fave 😍 3y
booksareallyouneed @BookNerdBritt I'm glad to hear it! I hope I like it as much as you did :) 3y
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Radio Silence | Alice Oseman
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Despite the few problems I had concerning the writing and some unrealistic decision making, this book was a page-turner, relatable and full of diverse, interesting, realistic characters. The journey Frances went on throughout was engaging and relatable and her and Aled‘s friendship was wonderful to read, the definite highlight of the novel. I would recommend this book, as long as you don‘t have much of a problem with a quite simple writing style.

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Radio Silence | Alice Oseman
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This book is brilliant so far, Frances is such a wonderful character 👍🏻

Mimi_is_magic Decided to start reading it I see 👀📖 3y
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#bookmail just arrived! This was only released few days ago, I hope to read it soon although that is unlikely seeing as I have an enormous tbr pile as well as a mountain of homework!

BookNerdBritt I love that cover! 3y
booksareallyouneed @BookNerdBritt Ikr, it's so gorgeous 😊 3y
Ali-Reads I loved that book so I hope you enjoy as much as I did. 3y
booksareallyouneed @Ali-Reads I'm so happy to hear you liked it! I hope I enjoy it too 😊 3y
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Outrun the Moon | Stacey Lee
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This is definitely a book that people should read. It sends vital messages about what matters in this world, and the power of events to change our outlooks on life. The characters really brought it to life, especially Mercy who was an inspiration, and who we could all learn something from about how to live life. The plot was slightly predictable, but this didn‘t detract too much from the book, and doesn‘t prevent it from getting 5 stars from me.

BookNerdBritt I loved this book! 3y
booksareallyouneed @BookNerdBritt Yes, it was so great! I'm glad you also loved it 😊 3y
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Will be starting this very soon, when I have finished Outrun the Moon. I can't wait to read it, it sounds like an outstanding book.

McFarchie ❤❤❤ this book 📚 3y
Minervasbutler It really is. MA has never let me down yet! 3y
Foragingfantasy It's so good! 3y
booksareallyouneed @McFarchie @Minervasbutler @Foragingfantasy I'm so glad to hear so much positivity about this book! Just finished my other book so I am going to start this one this very minute 😊 3y
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Outrun the Moon | Stacey Lee
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I love this book so far, probably more than Under a painted sky, but we shall see 😊

BookNerdBritt I also enjoyed this one more than Under a Painted Sky. 3y
Mimi_is_magic Nice effect. It's very effective. 3y
booksareallyouneed @Mimi_is_magic There isn't actually an effect 😂😂😂 3y
Mimi_is_magic Oh 😂well then nice picture 👍😂 3y
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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I would recommend this book for anyone who wants an entertaining and original, yet nostalgic, journey back into Wonderland. However don‘t expect another Lunar Chronicles, because although this was good, it didn‘t quite reach the expectations that those books set. But it's still worth a read and I look forward to reading whatever Marissa Meyer releases next.

For the full review, see my blog set up today: https://booksareallyouneed.wordpress.com 😊

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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I'm loving Marissa Meyer's new book, it's just so much fun.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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My Goodreads Old and New Classic challenge 2017 :) looking forward to reading these in the new year!