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kissmehardy

Joined January 2021

Trust me - I'm a librarian.
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Before Takeoff | Adi Alsaid
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The first-person plural narration in this book was certainly a choice, and sometimes it felt like Michelle and James were having incredibly deep conversations for being literally in the middle of real life Jumanji, but I really enjoyed their characters and the glimpses into so many different lives, so. If you want something different, give this a go! #yalit

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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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I haven't read this for years, and it holds up. Annemarie really feels 10, and the situations are realistic without being too frightening. A classic that deserves the acclaim! #childrenslit #classics

BooksNBowls I loved this book! I think I read it in 4th or 5th grade and I still remember it. ❤️ 4d
kissmehardy @BooksNBowls It's worth reading again as an adult! I did love it as a child too. 💙 3d
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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This book is ridiculously charming, if a little short on believable romantic developments. The Mortmains and the Cottons have such VITALITY, though. #classics

Tamra Such a feel good book! 4d
kissmehardy @Tamra Absolutely! 4d
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Kiss & Tell | Adib Khorram
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So enjoyable! I loved Hunter and really felt for his struggle for authenticity and some room to breathe, and I appreciated the focus on intersectionality. Somewhat reminiscent of Check, Please, which is an absolute bonus. #yalit

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Very Bad People | Kit Frick
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A truly excellent thrill ride. Not sure I loved the denouement, but the open ending was fun, and I was fully immersed in the setting. #yathriller #yalit

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Ugh, this made me want to up sticks to a charming English village. All the local personalities were so good! And I loved the literary focus, of course. #womensfiction

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I Must Betray You | Ruta Sepetys
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It could be because I was just TEARING through this book, but I felt like some of the emotional beats shifted awfully quickly. It's probably how people actually felt under communism, tho, and I was 1000% invested regardless. Cristian and Liliana have my whole heart. #yalit #yahistoricalfiction

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Tbh, Caleb is not my favorite leading man, but I am Actually In Love with Sesily and the Hell's Belles, so it's still got full marks from me. #historicalromance

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See You Yesterday | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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I am SCREECHING about how much I love Barrett and Miles!!! Who knew being stuck in a time loop could be so good for your personal development and also your love life? This is only my second RLS book, but she's an auto-read for me now. #yalit #yascifi #yaromance

Desha I love RLS so much! I will have to read this one too! 😊 2w
kissmehardy @Desha The only other one I've read is Today Tonight Tomorrow, but SYY met my high expectations from it! 2w
Desha @kissmehardy That‘s good to know! 👍🏻📚💛 2w
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Love Radio | Ebony LaDelle
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I just loved this book. Dani and Prince both go on such moving journeys, and the constant reminders of the power of community - and very specifically Black community - were so important and well-crafted. And the romance was excellent too! #yalit #yaromance

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This Rebel Heart | Katherine Locke
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Adored the lyrical prose, the casual queerness, and the exploration of a moment in history I knew nothing about. The fantastical elements were an excellent touch. #yalit #historicalfiction #magicalrealism

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The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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So glad this got chosen for my book club! We're going to have a lot to discuss from this for sure. The start was a little slow for me, but oh, my heart was hurting by the time I finished. #literaryfiction #workintranslation

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Oh my God, I loved everything about Flora and Joel's story, but LORNA. MY HEART. GOOD LORD!!! #womensfiction

marleed I think this was my favorite book on Mure Island! 3w
kissmehardy @marleed I need a reread before I can decide! This one was lovely, though. 3w
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Mom: You got to the sad part!

Me: IT'S ALL THE SAD PART, MOM. 😭💙

#reread #historicalfiction #thriller #favoritebook

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Golden Girl | Elin Hilderbrand
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This was so freaking good. I loved the whole conceit, and the characters were just developed incredibly. Possibly my favorite Hilderbrand. #womensfiction

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Haven't read this in years, and I'm glad I picked it back up again! Clay has such an engaging voice, and I love the mystery of Manutius and his codex. Fun to track how different 2022 is from this depiction of 2008, too. #fiction #reread

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Vespertine | Margaret Rogerson
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Good GOD I love this book. The revenant is so funny, and the way Artemisia's relationship with it develops has me deep in my feels. And I love how friendship is so important in this book! And there's no romance! JUST SO GOOD!! #reread #yafantasy #horridnun

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The way I INHALED this! Oh my God, Kat and Preston were sizzling from the jump, and I just loved how this man had to break himself down to deserve her. Tbh, I really didn't love Katherine's dad, though, justified as he may or may not have been. #historicalromance

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The Lady Gets Lucky | Joanna Shupe
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The VIBES between Kit and Alice, holy crap. I missed having Harrison and Maddie around from book 1, but I thought it was cool how this book was actually more concurrent with the previous one than directly after. #historicalromance

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Battle Royal: A Novel | Lucy Parker
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I love both of these cautious, tender dweebs with my whole entire heart. All of the character work is so good! Can't wait for Pet's book!!! #reread #contemporaryromance

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Full Flight | Ashley Schumacher
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SUFFERING. I knew this book was gonna hurt me just from the description, but I still was not prepared. Such good character work, such a tragedy at the end. But at least you can also see the hope. #yalit

robinb I absolutely LOVED this one! And yes, heart wrenching but also beautiful. 1mo
kissmehardy @robinb I think I preferred Amelia Unabridged, but this was fully worth the read! 1mo
robinb @kissmehardy I did prefer AU (not as heartbreaking!). This author is now officially on my automatic read list because of those two. 1mo
kissmehardy @robinb Mine as well! 1mo
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Nothing Happened | Molly Booth
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God I love a Much Ado #retelling. Ben and Bee had the energy, and I love that the Hero/Claudio characters were sapphic! The "death" of Hana was a little weak, but given the setting update, it still worked. #yalit

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The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
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Absolutely plowed through this. All the characters who got to come back! The found family of it all! Oh, my heart. #fantasy

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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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Oooh, I do not love how someone's death was relegated to like 2 sentences, but Diana and Matthew's Time Traveling Shenanigans had my whole heart. All the people we got to meet! #fantasy

Littlewolf1 I love this whole trilogy… But you‘re right about the death, there should‘ve been more said. 1mo
kissmehardy @Littlewolf1 I'm glad that book 3 is expanding on it, at least! 1mo
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YES. Oh my God, how did it take me this long to get to this book? I love all the plot threads, I love Diana and Matthew, I love the Bishops' haunted house and Ysabeau's French fortress, I LOVE IT ALL. #fantasy

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A Mirror Mended | Alix E. Harrow
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Not sure if I enjoyed this one as much as the first. The big life lesson Zinnia had to learn was a lesson I thought she would have learned years ago, but as I've never lived with terminal illness, I could be mistaken. I think I also just missed Charm. 😭 #fantasy #fairytales #retelling

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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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I'm not usually a novella person, but I loved this! Zinnia, Charm, and Prim actually got some reasonable character development, which is normally why I shy away from novellas. And all the Easter eggs/references! I almost screamed when I got to "Harold, they're lesbians." #fantasy #fairytales #retelling

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Literally read this in like an hour and a half. I LOVE Alice actively depicting a healthy support system for these boys, and I would kill and die for Tori Spring. Also, Nick was IN THE SHOWER. 😂 #yagraphicnovel #yaromance

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God, I love the Paris trip. So much good development. So many lovely moments. Not sure if Youssef and Nathan getting together or Charlie going gaga for Nick speaking French is my favorite thing, but I just adore it all. #yagraphicnovel #yaromance

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Postcards from Summer | Cynthia Platt
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This book is thick, but it is worth it. The dual timeline narrative worked so well, and I never mixed up Emma and Lexi's voices. Just when you think you're past the curveballs....another one hits. Superb work! #yalit

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The Heir Affair | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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So glad Cocks and Morgan went back for a second glimpse at Bex's life. The plot twists hit even on a #reread, and I love the addition of Daphne to the Lyons party and the Queen becoming a Cubs fan. #womensfiction

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Mehso-so

Of all the ironies, I had to read this for my book club. The character work is good, but I never truly cared about Marie's story. That stream-of-consciousness style of nattering on just isn't for me. #fiction

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A couple of moments felt a little more like a Russian culture lesson than a romance novel, but I loved the chemistry between Anya and Seb nevertheless! #historicalromance

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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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I just love this book more every time I read it. The comedy is spot-on, the romance is beautifully developed, and Bex, Nick, and their friends all feel so real, even when the situations are so beyond what us commoners can expect. Simply majestic! #reread #romcom #satire

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Kate in Waiting | Becky Albertalli
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A #reread was the perfect choice. I adore Kate and Andy's friendship being the central relationship, and Matt and Noah are both beans. The high school theater rep is so accurate, too! Becky never misses. #yalit

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Aetherbound | E. K. Johnston
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GOD I love this book. I love how lovingly it treats Pendt and Ned and Fisher. I love how bodily autonomy and kindness are the ultimate goal. I love the irreverence of Pendt's narration. I love it all! #reread #yascifi

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The Heiress Hunt | Joanna Shupe
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Y'all. I get the Joanna Shupe hype now. I'm no Gilded Age expert, but the period FELT right, and all the characters were so well-drawn. And Harrison and Maddie's steamy moments! Whew! #historicalromance

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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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The prose was occasionally more purple than I strictly prefer, but I really loved Viola and Gracewood (re)discovering each other! The details of Viola being trans during the Regency were well thought out without ever being A Big Deal, which may have been my favorite part. Or maybe it was Gracewood owning his power. Or both. #historicalromance

CarolynM Yes, the prose was rather overwrought at times. Unusual for Alexis Hall. 2mo
kissmehardy @CarolynM I think people get self-conscious when writing historicals sometimes and try to make their sentences "fancier" to "fit" the period when it's really not necessary. Hopefully future books will be less stilted! 2mo
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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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So many of my kryptonite tropes! God I love Rowan and Neil and their obsessions with besting each other that absolutely aren't masking their massive crushes on one another. And the romance novel vindication! Just so good. #yalit

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I LOVE how this was based on real events! The whole concept of the sewing circle made my heart happy, and I loved seeing Grace and Violet come into their own. Wasn't fully sold on Landon and Violet's story, but I'm head over heels for Grace/Hugh and Cressida/Ben. #historicalfiction #makedoandmend

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I need y'all to understand that I let out a YELP when I got to the last chapter of this book. OBSESSED with City People Nora and Charlie FINALLY getting the love and appreciation they deserve. And the banter! Emily Henry never slumps! #contemporaryromance #betheshark

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The Identicals | Elin Hilderbrand
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The perfect #reread to kick off summer. The characters are realistically flawed without being melodramatic, and the setting is jealousy inducing. #womensfiction

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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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I am OBSESSED with Chloe and Shara and their power trip of an unintended courtship. And their friend group! What an ode to finding/unrepressing yourself. #yalit

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A Show for Two | Tashie Bhuiyan
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The writing was solid and I loved Mina and her development, but I didn't believe in any of the central dramas? Like, Emmitt was an a-hole for no reason, and I felt like Rosie and Anam blew their problems with Mina way out of proportion when crap hit the fan. Still, I was invested enough to finish, and I was happy to see Mina start achieving her dreams. #yalit

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Sure, it was a #reread, but I still inhaled this book. I just love the sense of character, especially given the oral history style. And the hint dropping! #historicalfiction #rocknroll

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Bloomsbury Girls: A Novel | Natalie Jenner
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There were some moments where I felt the character development was told instead of shown, but GOD was I rooting for Evie, Grace, and Vivien the entire time. Loved all the female support networks! #historicalfiction

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Were either of the stories in this #omnibus incredible? No. But I needed predictable whump and these delivered. #contemporaryromance

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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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A perfectly decent #historicalfiction novel, if not the best I've ever read. I loved Grace's transformation into a shop owner and ARP warden. Just wish the side characters had been characters, not foils for various life lessons.

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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I canNOT wait for my book club's discussion of this. Love me some theological sci-fi and a found family, no matter how painful. #scifi #speculativefiction

kspenmoll Great book! 3mo
Tamra Such a great novel - echo @kspenmoll 3mo
kissmehardy I concur with you both, @kspenmoll and @Tamra ! 3mo
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Tamra I didn‘t enjoy the sequel as much, but I know others did. 3mo
kissmehardy @Tamra I'm not sure I want to read the sequel. This one wrapped up nicely, if not with closure for every storyline. I don't want to ruin that. 3mo
Tamra @kissmehardy good choice! 3mo
CuriousG I waited years after I read The Sparrow to get up the courage to read Children of God as I was terrified it might ruin this novel. There are parts of Children of God that I loved even more, there were parts I wasn't a huge fan of, but overall am glad I read it. I think the time between was good though - I would not have wanted to read them back-to-back. 3mo
kissmehardy @CuriousG Good to know! I'll definitely give it some time, then. 3mo
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Not terrible, but not a total winner for me. As much as I loved the Goodnight Moon connections, I could never suspend my disbelief enough to allow fictional Aunt Ruby to have created portions of the story instead of MWB herself. But June was a compelling character, and I was invested enough to finish! #womensfiction