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jouleian

jouleian

Joined May 2018

Sorry, but about 98% of my page is nothing but reviews and the percentage is probably gonna maintain. 📚📚📚 #SorryNotSorry
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Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips
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Sure Signs of Crazy by Karen Harrington
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The Poisonwood Bible | Barbara Kingsolver
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This book is VERY backhandedly political and towards the end you have to have patience with it bc it's stops being funny after Ruth May. If you are into that sort of that I do recommend it, otherwise steer clear.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book is a bit of a slow burn and rather backhandedly political. Outside of that with a little patience it really is a good read. #WouldRecommend

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Girl: A Novel | Edna O'Brien
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This is a mentally taxing book. A good one and an in formative one. It is also not for everyone.

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Everything You Are | Kerry Anne King
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book surprised me. At times I found it a bit rushed and a few too many loose ends and plot holes but nonetheless it was heartwarming and a charming story. #wouldrecommend

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The Testaments: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ all I can say is Aunt Lydia you sly sly fox...nothing but respect for that woman. She gave life and she damn well took it. #amustread

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I never got the chance to read this one in high school so I read it now. It was a really good book and it was seriously on point with how politics evolves and how a well meaning theology can become rather insidious.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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The first part of this book is a bit odd...but you really have to stick with it (pun intended) to understand Susan who hilariously turns into a real person. Thanks to her brother's friend Rob (who she swears isn't attractive and is boastingly tall) and her friend Kate who is...well Kate. This book is a recommend. Especially if you like quirky. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Man with One of Those Faces | Caimh McDonnell
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This book is absolutely hilarious. I'm honestly not sure which one of the lot is the funniest, but Paul's deadpan reaction to everything and his sarcasm alone is worth the read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was a lite read with amazing dialogue and awesome characters. If you're looking for a good romcom this, is ,it! #recommend

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ The characters were well rounded even though one or two of them didn't make any sense as to why they were there. And even though the ending was on point, I felt like I was on a scavenger hunt trying to find pieces of the plot most of the time. Idk how to feel about this one, except it's a personal experience. And I agree it does give off that 'Bridget Jones Diary" vibe.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was a slow burn and you have to have a bit of patience with it in the beginning but it's so very worth it. It's a beautiful story. #highlyrecommend

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Alright I know I'm hella late to this party but man O man did I love this book. (And no I have not seen the movies.) I loved the plot, the characters, and Lizbeth the most. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ On to the next!

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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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Nothing like a favorite Neil Gaiman book and licorice to get one out of a crap mood ♥️♥️♥️ #Litten #NeilGaiman #FavoriteBooks #LiftedMood

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⭐⭐⭐⭐ I was rather surprised by how much I liked this book. And even though I figured out the ending I did appreciate the build up and I did love the characters and I did like the unique ending. #WouldRecommend

Ps- Alexander was my favorite.

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I got this as an audiobook and bc it's written in prose I think it would be better if this one was read and not read to me. So I'm putting this one back on the shelf until I can get my hands on a copy.

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Mehso-so

⭐⭐⭐⭐ Alright, here we go...I enjoyed the short stories individually but I didn't really enjoy the book as a whole. I kept getting involved with these characters and then getting emotional whiplash every time the stories switched to a new one. The writing was amazing, I just couldn't handle being jerked around.

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Untitled | Unknown
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Unusually unrelated book post BUT, this past Saturday he popped the question 💗💘🥰.
#LoveHim #SoExcited #Engaged

Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.
Thanks, Management.

SarahHarts_books Yay!!🎉🎉 congratulations!! So happy for you girl!! 😍💖💖 6mo
jouleian @SarahHarts_books Thank you so much 😁😁😁 6mo
TheSpineView That's wonderful! Congrats! 6mo
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The Ha-Ha: A Novel | Dave King
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 This book was well written and the characters very likeable. I just sincerely didn't like the premise of the book, I felt like I was dropped in the middle of someone's life and was never really given the first half of the conversation....

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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????? I got this as an audiobook and I'm very glad I did bc it was a full cast. This book, oh this book. It was a true love story and a perfect example of "three sides to every story: mine, yours, and the truth." I simply LOVED THIS BOOK. #recommended

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everybody wants somebody to hold up the right mirror." - Daisy Jones

This line gets me...

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Ok, I'm glad I have this as an audiobook bc it's amazing this way. I think reading it off the page this might not have worked as well for me. But this is pretty awesome. #BlameitonLitsy #greatbooks #music

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I really just couldn't get a hold of this book. It started off with one plot that branched out into a bunch of dead end tributary storylines that I didn't find useful at all. This book might be for someone else, but for me it was a DNF.

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This book is amazing, but you do have to play close attention bc her stories are a bit tangential. But what I loved most about this book was that she explained mental illness with such elegant clumsiness, and decadent truth. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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This book really gets me.at first it took me a minute to realize what she was doing with the integration of her stories between the serious posts. But I get it now and I think I love this all the more, especially Victor and her parents. ❤️❤️❤️ #litsy #MentalHealth #MentalIllness

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Taking a break and filling my mind with some "laugh at life" salve. #brainbreak #litsy #mentalhealth

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was charmingly hilarious, very well written, and you can't help but fall in love with Don. A must read. It's lighthearted and fun ❤️ #HighlyRecommend

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Ghost | Jason Reynolds
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This book was a good read and I really liked the characters BUT I felt like I didn't really get a chance to know them bc this was such a short story. I also, bc I have read another story by this author, am beginning to dislike the open endings he's so fond of. I like that he leaves it up to the readers but sometimes closure is needed to complete a story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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This was beautifully written in verse, I had it as an audiobook read by the author, so I got to hear it as intended. The ending was definitely something to think about seeing as how it was open ended and leaves it up to the readers judgement as to what happens.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was definitely gripping, to the point that I jumped right into the sample of the next one to see if it was worth finishing the series. I would highly recommend it if you like books that are well written, well rounded, and that you can't get ahead of.

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Holyshit....I can see why Angie Thomas endorsed this book. It is nothing shy of amazing. The best review I can give you is to READ IT. You WILL NOT be disappointed. #AMAZING

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Red Rising 01 | Pierce Brown

Sweet baby Jesus...I can see why people get the Hungry Games vibe...BUT...this book is pure gold (pun intended) I've nearly finished the first book in one sitting. I just can't get enough.

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone

Do far this book is beautifully written and the characters are three dimensional and the story snatches you by the shirt. Definitely a solid read thus far. #Political #BlackFiction #Amazing

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Dear Martin | Nic Stone

Got my hands on this shorty, taking a break from the pedophilia of Lolita and The Real Lolita. I am 9 chapters in and loving it. It helps that it falls in that realm of social justice that I've acquired a taste for and that Angie Thomas recommends it.

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Well, now that I've finished Lolita...I figured I could try my hand at this. And the gross part is she is actually mentioned in Nabokov's novel by name, towards the end.

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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov
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I'm torn as to how to rate this. This book definitely has five star writing and characterization BUT when you get down to brass tax it is simply over romanticized incestuous pedophilia. And as a mother of five I cannot condone that.

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Red Rising 01 | Pierce Brown

This book is pretty amazing. I can see The Hunger Games undertones but it's not so overbearing to the point that it feels redundant.

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown

I got my hands on this one due to the fact that it showed up via happenstance on Litsy. It's got mixed reviews, they lean more towards good. So far I'm really into it. It does give off a Hunger Games Fanfic feel to it, I hope this one doesn't turn in to a carbon copy like The Mars Room did with OITNB. I will say, while I understand the dialogue I wish it wasn't so redundant. Seems every character opens their mouth and it's the same one talking.

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Lolita | Vladimir Nabokov

I'm not entirely sure how in the Sam Hell (amazing book btw) to feel about this book. Its written beautifully and Humbert Humbert is rather entrancing, but I CANNOT stand how he bounces back and forth between first and third person. Idk...#SoConfused

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ After The Hate U Give, I expected a LOT from Angie Thomas. And by God did this woman ever deliver. She is AMAZING, and this is another rare book I gave SIX stars. There is no other way to describe this book other than READ IT.

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Standard Deviation | Katherine Heiny
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⭐⭐⭐ This book was well written and had it's funny moments, BUT it was just a pinhole view of a family's life and it was rather chaotic and tangential. It felt like I only got the middle of the story and never got the beginning or ending. I really wanted to like it and at moments I did, but this book was just too far left field for me.

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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner
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⭐⭐ This was a DNF for me. It reminded me too much of an inverse version of OITNB and that more or less bothered me. I get that the author's style is suppose to be cold and detached, but bc of that it makes it hard to believe that she genuinely loves her son. This one wasn't for me.

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This is yet another book written like a Jane Austen novel, BUT it suited the story VERY well. This is a different side to things and I think Adam is my favorite. It's a bit slow in the beginning but it eventually wraps you up with it's charm. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ I would recommend it.

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The Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book was amazing, and the ending was expectedly unexpected. Core and Dove are nothing short of brilliant and they say not one word.

LoverofLit Agreed. I finished this last week and teared up at the end and then it just...finished. Such a great book. 10mo
jouleian @LoverofLit this book was simple and still simply amazing. Core and Sean are what love is. 10mo
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The Mars Room: A Novel | Rachel Kushner

I can see why a lot of people say this sounds like OITNB...

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Love & Other Carnivorous Plants | Florence Gonsalves
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This book gets 5 stars from me. I really liked Danny, and even though it got a bit angsty for me at times her humor really made all of the bad easier to swallow. It made all of the things that hit home easier to bear/bare (and yes I mean both). I highly recommend this book. Dandelion Theory all the way.

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The Untethered | S. W. Southwick
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I very rarely have a DNF, mainly bc I try to finish a book no matter what. But good Lord, this book was some form of cruel and unusual punishment. I tried I really did, but the angsty, pedantic, and overly decadent characters eventually eroded away at my nerves and I gave up about 67% of the way though the book. I tried...I think the writing style is what might've held me for so long. Let's just say I FINALLY 'unteathered' myself from this book.

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Things That Make White People Uncomfortable | Dave Zirin, Michael Bennett

Before the forward was even done, this book has my attention. I love it. It's already reminding me of 'The Hate U Give'.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ This one gets only four stars. I did like the plot, the characters were very 3 dimensional BUT Moorse is just so damn irritatingly ambitious and yet he's got this Clockwork Orange sympathy angle to him. It took me a minute to finish it bc it does get slow. But I will hand it to the book, the ending is rather satisfying.

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne

Moores has this Clockwork Orange vibe about him. You totally want to hate him, but you feel bad for him because he's such a loser.

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When We Caught Fire | Anna Godbersen
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ This got only four stars bc although the story and plot was nice, most of the characters seemed out of a Disney movie. It is also written like a Jane Austin novel, though the style fit the time period used. It was a pleasant story, I would recommend it but with the warning that you have to warm up to it.