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nichollinlove

Joined May 2019

Lover of books, horticulture, coffee and babies, both with and without fur 📖🌻🐶👨‍👩‍👦‍👦
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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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As second books go, this one held it's own against the "second book curse". Alina's narrative drug a few times for me but the story was really pretty good. A lot of times you get romance focused fantasy in YA, but Alina is often too busy being a badass to have time to worry too much about her love interests. I like the change of pace and the tone she sets for younger readers.

I ship Alina/Mal on the run forever. Ruin and Rising up next!

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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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Things I want in a romance book:

1. Some spice (a little or a lot, give me SOMETHING)
2. Escapism (I want to enjoy the ride I know I'm on - AKA Hallmark movie endings with tricky yet manageable shenanigans)

This book has both, along with a good plot and well rounded characters. Hazelwood's Author's Note says that most of her books are set in academia and I'm sold. Can't wait to pick up another of hers and leave reality behind for a bit.

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This book has all the charm, sincerity, wittiness and a little more gloom than Cerulean Sea. I absolutely love that my heart swells and aches, I want to shed tears for both joy and sadness.

This book is like A Christmas Carol meets Beetlejuice, but more pleasant. I got the exact experience I was hoping for. The audiobook was excellent with well defined character voices.

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LiteraryinLawrence Great review! I loved this one too, though I think Cerulean Sea is still my favorite. 2w
nichollinlove @LiteraryinLawrence I agree! Cerulean Sea is still my favorite of the two. I didn't want to take away from the worth of this book by saying that in the review 😅 I added more Klune to my holds list through the library. 2w
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I flew through this book. As my third TJR book, I have to say, I am never disappointed in her writing. I am fully immersed in her stories and they feel SO REAL that you can't help but feel like you've just had a memory lapse of history and find yourself Googling characters to be sure they didn't actually exist.

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perfectsinner Just finished it too 🙃 3w
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Nightbitch | RACHEL. YODER
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I had no idea what to expect going into this. Nightbitch was entirely relatable when it comes to her insight on motherhood and womanhood. The meaning behind the feral half of this book is also valid for many of us.

I won't lie, I was definitely uncomfortable at different times. I understand why the author deemed them necessary too. I couldn't have accepted another ending for this book. Nightbitch full circled her woman vs. mommy.

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nichollinlove It was hard to decide whether or not I felt like (as a mother) I was being mocked. As if moms are inherently blood thirsty or dogs. If it hadn't ended with "performance art" and everything being a dysphemism for woman/motherhood I think I would have hated the story. Especially after the cat scene and I don't even like cats ? 3w
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A Shadow in the Ember | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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I will admit that the beginning of the book was feeling VERY FBAA (similar story lines/scenarios) and I was feeling disappointed by it. However, it really picked up and became it's own story somewhere around halfway through and just like the FBAA series, this first book really gets into the thick of it as it's ending. The cover is doing wonders for me now that I've read the whole book! Can't wait for book two!

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For the Wolf | Hannah Whitten
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I thought this would be more Little Red Riding Hood but really is closer to a Beauty and the Beast rewrite. It's YA in the sense that it's a pretty mild and muted story and honestly a bit confusing at times but I think I like it enough that I'll listen to the second one, For the Throne, as well.

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Thank you @wanderinglynn for gifting me all this! That was very kind of you to step in for my #HauntedHollowSwap box! I'm so excited to read all three of these books, I'll have a hard time picking which to read first. 🧡🖤

wanderinglynn Yay! I‘m so happy it arrived. Thank you for being so awesome. 🧡🧡🧡🎃 1mo
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The Witch's Heart | Genevieve Gornichec
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Angrboda, mother of monsters, has taken residence in my bookish heart. I've said it before here, but I love retellings. I love Mythology. Norse Mythology is something I have only explored with Gaiman. I could see the threads between his retellings and hers. The story got both emotional and tightly wound, making for a spectacular end. The audiobook narrator is a perfect fit for the story, truly. I will likely reread this in print.

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Plot Twist | Bethany Turner
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This was a clever idea for a story. The writing is good, the way the story comes together is good, the "plot twist" is even good. The MC is borderline awful though and by the time I got to the end of the book I was questioning why these people wasted 10 years of their lives waiting for the other one to openly say that they loved them?! Maybe it was just poorly executed? I felt cheated by the story even though I got the happy ending.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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I had a slow start to this one but that's probably because I watched the Netflix series first. I do like the book better (unsurprisingly 😅). I love the characters and the story. The writing was better than I think I expected, a pleasant surprise there. I will definitely be finishing the series and reading more by Bardugo.

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Clare-Dragonfly Her writing just gets better from here. 2mo
nichollinlove @Clare-Dragonfly it seems like that's the nature of things usually. I have a hold on the second book and on Six of Crows so I'm all in 😆 2mo
Nutmegnc @nichollinlove @Clare-Dragonfly Slow start with a killer payoff. I‘ve read them all and seen the series. TOTALLY worth the slow build. 1mo
nichollinlove @Nutmegnc I just started the second book! 🤞🏻 4w
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There are many thoughts and emotions present throughout the whole book. I've never gained so many equally important perspectives from one story. The tragedy compounded in ways I didn't know before this book. I had to pick up a lighter book several times in between this heavy hearted story but I am beyond grateful to have experienced it. The audio is amazing with a 45 person cast. May we never forget.

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britt_brooke Excellent review! I had the same response. So moving. 2mo
JenReadsAlot Agreed. 2mo
Suet624 This really was a fantastic audiobook. 2mo
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A Hallmark Christmas movie but if it were done by Food Network.

Sometimes I need a simple, palate cleansing, cute story that's light and without much resistance or conflict. We know how it ends, we know what to expect and there's comfort in that laid back, easy read. This books is definitively that. I really enjoyed watching Hadley and Max play out.

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Nute I love a simple story from time to time.☺️ 2mo
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I have got to stop being a sucker for covers 😆 This story had so much potential and it just didn't follow through on any front. With the madwoman in the title, I was disappointed that she didn't carry over from the focus on the Bronte novels to the focus on the Bronte heiress. Especially with the foreshadowing of her father fulfilling a separate Bronte history. I feel burned by the lack of connectivity in this book. So much wasted potential!

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kspenmoll Got this from the library. Your review makes me want to just not bother!!! 2mo
nichollinlove There's a big review on Goodreads by a user named Ammiryam for this book and they articulate the feeling I'm left with very well. There were parts that I really enjoyed, they just never came together. Maybe you'll have a better experience, I know many others have. 2mo
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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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I like Greek Mythology. I like retellings. I even like smut. This book was just not the one for me. I think the biggest reason I finished it was because it's easy consumption, I was just flying through the pages so I didn't DNF it. I think the level of spice in this one is probably really perfect for others that can overlook an OK story/writing.

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The Bad Seed | Jory John
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My 5 year old got his Scholastic order today at school. We read The Bad Seed together for the first time and I must say, it's all too relatable. I had a misguided childhood and spent a lot of years working out trauma and depression. I'm better now, not perfect but better. This book gets me. I was a bad seed as well. 🌰🖤

BennettBookworm Love this story, and if you haven‘t read Good Egg and Cool Bean those are equally excellent!! 2mo
nichollinlove @BennettBookworm We have Good Egg but bought a bundle with all three so Cool Bean is on the list for us! Such a surprisingly adorable set. 2mo
EatSleepRead My boys love that one :) 2mo
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With anxiety and awkwardness in tow, I mailed my very first Litsy swap box today for #HauntedHollowSwap! It should arrive at its mystery destination in 3 days! Now that I've done it once, I'm excited to participate in more swaps in the future!!

#HHS21 @wanderinglynn I've fulfilled my end of the deal to not make you more twitchy 😆🧡

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🖤🎃😆 2mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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This one has been my favorite in the series so far. I love Nesta's redemption and she has always deserved it. Maybe I've always felt most akin to her too. I've had my share of depression and trauma, it is a spectacular thing to claw your way out of it and take possession of yourself. I honestly hope the next book is on another character as I feel Nesta and Cassian are finally wholly complete.

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Geemom1118 Beautiful picture 🍁🍂🎃 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Love your photo! I agree this book is awesome. My only wish was for Az/Cas/Nesta together - hehe 2mo
nichollinlove @ShelleyBooksie SJM left a lot of options open for Az. There were vibes with multiple women ? I think SJM is afraid to write a threesome. Especially with the way she uses "mate". I would be here for it though! Feel the same way about FBAA with Cas/Poppy/Kieran. 2mo
ShelleyBooksie Yes!! 2mo
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1. The cooler temps. 🙌🏻

2. Pumpkin Beer (Southern Tier, Sam Adams, Blue Moon and Fat Heads all have good ones)

3. Fridays! My youngest doesn't have preschool so it's our day to do special things.

4. Today I'm grateful that we are FINALLY getting the carpet installed in our basement. We've haven't had use of our basement since July because of water damage. It's the last piece to get us back to normal!

Thanks, @Eggs for including me! 🧡

Eggs How wonderful getting your basement back 🧡🧡 2mo
fredamans I tagged you then saw this post. 😊 2mo
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Magical Realism + Historical Fiction is perfection when done right and this book is the perfect example. I just finished the audio and after seeing other reviews, realized that the print book has photographs and other additives that authenticate the story. I really feel like I would have been even more tied to this beautiful story if I had read it in print. I think this book will be my second ever reread. Ivey is an amazing storyteller.

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Prairiegirl_reading After I read (and loved) The Snow Child I ran out and bought this. It‘s been on my shelf ever since 😞 I think it‘s because if I read it there won‘t be anymore of her books to read for the first time. 2mo
nichollinlove @Prairiegirl_reading I had no idea she only had two books out until earlier today. I am in a similar state to Madeline Miller, just patiently awaiting a new title 😓 2mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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The book was a bit difficult to start but became increasingly engaging pretty early on. I have so many thoughts but will only share a few that won't give anything away. Piranesi is an unreliable narrator and really proves that much at the end. I also think his given name really fits the Imaginary Prisons art, right down to the very end with his last realization at the park. There's just so much to think about.

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nichollinlove This would be an excellent book club read. A lot of interpretation left to the reader. 2mo
Clare-Dragonfly My online (text-only) book club read this and definitely had an interesting discussion! 2mo
nichollinlove @Clare-Dragonfly I can only imagine the discussion! It could really go as deep as your mind will create. 2mo
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My #HauntedHollowSwap This or That. I'm such a PG13 Halloween lover 😆 My anxiety is just about unbearable when I'm in a haunted houses, reading scary books or watching scary movies. I can laugh about it later or find holes in the plots to make it less intense but in the moment I am a mess and I don't enjoy it. 😅 I will forever be the mom begging my kids to go through the corn maze instead of the haunted house.

wanderinglynn I‘m with you. I‘m more of a Casper the friendly ghost type scare. 🙌🏻🎃🖤👻 3mo
UwannaPublishme Ha! I‘m in that PG13 Halloween club too. 😆 3mo
nichollinlove It's good to see I'm not alone! @wanderinglynn I really like the Casper rating and will have to use that as my referring spooky scale from now on! 2mo
wanderinglynn Thanks! Who doesn‘t love Casper?! 👻 2mo
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I don't really like to do "bad" reviews. This was my first graphic novel and I really can't decide if it's just the format or if one of the books I loved from 5th grade just hasn't aged well with me. There were a few parts that I enjoyed but overall it wasn't for me. I'm highlighting two parts I liked from the book and choosing to leave the bad behind. Aunt Beast is a mood for me.

IamIamIam I'm listening to this and I hadn't read it as a kid but it's definitely not something I would have enjoyed then. My son was listening with me today & seemed interested so maybe we can try this as he's a super reluctant reader. Don't give up hope on graphic novels just yet! 😁 3mo
terryduncan5719 I loved this as a kid too! I don't even want to try to read it now! Don't want to lose the magic!😁 3mo
PaperbackPirate I reread this as an adult and it was such a disappointment. Loved it as a kid. 😕 3mo
nichollinlove @IamIamIam I won't! 😁 there are others on my list. I think the story just hasn't aged well for me 2mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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There was a lot to like about this book. I love the alternate timeline that has so much of our own history peppered in at all the right places. I love the all female band of misfits, outcast for not being the perfect specimen, even when it was the church's God that was in control of that imperfection. It was a little slow moving at some places but all in all I really liked the story.

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Libby1 This looks good. I looked at the description, which talks about the Hole in the Wall Gang. Where I live in Northern Ireland a “hole in the wall” is the term used for an ATM! The Hole in the Wall Gang is also a troupe of comedic actors here! If I read the book I‘ll have to block all those associations from my mind. 3mo
nichollinlove @Libby1 There's a bit of mixed meaning for both "Hole in the Wall Gang" and their leader "The Kid" here in the states too. The gang is associated with a 70s/80s Vegas mafia/mob group and The Kid is more of the era of the book - mid to late 1800s cowboy Billy the Kid. Though they explain why they call themselves that and I think it helps place their gang name to this story. 3mo
Libby1 Excellent! Thanks for the explanation. 3mo
nichollinlove What I wrote doesn't read well but those are two separate thoughts ? The book explains their gang name and why The Kid is just "The Kid" as well. 3mo
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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book. It was genuine, funny, heartfelt and always teetering on the brink of being dark. The audio was great (and quick). Similar to House in the Cerulean Sea by the sweet, weird, sad and magical beauty of it all not so much by actual content. I will definitely be reading more from Wilson.

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Some #spookyaesthetic for the #HauntedHollowSwap! ?

Leggings/Jeans and a sweatshirt with my hair down is a vibe I live for all year round ? And people seem to care less that I have my nose in a book when it's the "off" season. This is my first Litsy book swap and I'm very excited to participate. Sometimes the world needs a little extra joy in it, the #HHS will help me bring some. Thanks @wanderinglynn for all the ways you bring this together!

wanderinglynn Awesome collage! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 3mo
BeeMagical Totally feeling this vibe!👏🏻👏🏻🎃 3mo
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Tales from the Hinterland | Melissa Albert
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The only thing I'd change about this book is the order in which I chose it! It almost would have been better to read this one before the other two. All three books are outstanding though and this collection of stories is like squeezing the last bit of juice from the orange. I love love love the dark Brothers Grimm vibes.

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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I love mythological retellings. Ariadne isn't the emotional ride that either of Miller's books are but is worthy of existing next to them on the shelf. Ariadne and Phaedra both offer a different perspective than history has given them already in this book. After looking up the multiple stories that exist historically for Ariadne, I appreciate Saint's route and her ending for Ariadne.

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nichollinlove So many women exist entirely in a way that they are given to exist and not in the ways they want to exist. If you're hoping to find a story of a woman that exists however she wants, this is not that story. This is the story of a woman that survives in the life she is given with no thought to what she may have wanted otherwise. 3mo
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The Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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You always know that things like literature shape civilization throughout time. This book is a better look at one instance of that with the publishing Dr. Zhivago during a tumultuous era.

There's quite a bit of character focus changes and setting changes, it was hard to keep up with in the beginning until I was familiar with the rhythm. A full cast is always a win for me but I still think I would've started off better with a print book.

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Gods & Monsters | Shelby Mahurin
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This series has proven to be my favorite. The writing is really good for the YA genre, the story is very good and the characters, I have fallen in love with. This finale was everything I wanted it to be and more. I read it slowly and I'd be lying if I said I didn't shed some tears. I really felt like I was stepping away from a life at the end. I am ever hopeful Mahurin has more stories to share.

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I finally read July's free Prime read. I was excited to read it but I didn't love it. I didn't love the characters or the execution of the story. It's got all the right vibes and meet cutes. So much of the story feels forced together and "made", not authentic. The whole "magic of found objects" theme that whole story rides on is without purpose in the end and it makes you wonder why the heck it's been so prominent the whole time.

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peanutnine I picked this for July as well but haven't had a chance to read yet 4mo
nichollinlove @peanutnine I hope it flows better for you! I think that sometimes a book just doesn't work for me because I'm not in the mood for it. 4mo
peanutnine @nichollinlove I totally get that! 4mo
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Fable (Fable #1) | Adrienne Young
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I finished this book over breakfast and I am surprisingly blown away by it. I had no idea it was a Pirate book but for being a tale as old as time, it's a refreshing and adventurous YA pick. It was always pounding forward and focused heavily on Fable's experience with the world. Major Peter Pan vibes, maybe even a little COBAB. Somehow, the cleanness of the book also enhanced it (and I love romance and smut, truly).

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Q84 I've just started this audiobook 4mo
nichollinlove @Q84 You'll have to let me know how the narration is! 4mo
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Historical Fiction, WW2, Poland. Based on a true story about a 16 year old girl and her 6 year old sister that hide 13 Jewish people in their home. I am so absorbed and I'm 51% through the audiobook. The narrator is fantastic. The audiobook is free on Hoopla. If this story continues to be THIS good, I'm buying a copy and donating it to my SIL's high school ELA classroom library. Her kids will love this story. It's suspenseful and easy to digest.

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This was a Prime First Reads and I'm so happy I picked it. Kelly Harms gives me a little perspective on my "momness" each time I pick up one of her books.

Working Mom VS Stay At Home Mom in this body swapping Freaky Friday remix. We moms are always trying to prove our place in society and our worth to ourselves and those around us. More proof that we need to lean in on each other instead of competing or judging.

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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You can time travel but there are rules. In a bittersweet twist, we see that you cannot change the things that happen but you can change how you deal with them.

A short, adapted, Japanese audiobook, it makes for a quick check off a book challenge. It's character driven so it's not for everyone but I really enjoyed the takeaway.

My only negative note is that I really wanted a story on the ghost woman but didn't get one.

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IuliaC Lovely review! The ghost woman's story is in the sequel 😃 I very much enjoyed both books! 4mo
nichollinlove @IuliaC I just realized there was a sequel! I'm exited to listen to it and am happy to hear her story is in it! 4mo
Avanders I know!!! I super wanted a story on the ghost too! Happy to hear it‘s in the sequel 😁😁 4mo
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Camp | L. C. Rosen
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YA/Queer/Contemporary .. Romance maybe? I love all the topics discussed in this story. Especially the part where they address one kid's homophobic parents. It reads a bit teenager-y but has a bigger purpose and I think both straight and queer people can find value in this book. There is one sex scene but I really think it's appropriate content for 16 year old readers. They're thinking about it or doing it anyway.

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nichollinlove I wanted to add that this was picked up by HBOMax for a series as well. There's potential there to do something really amazing with a show. 4mo
Reggie I love love loved this book. I got my nails done for the first time last month inspired by the kids in this book. 4mo
nichollinlove I can only imagine how fierce they were! Hopefully something aspiring Unicorn Trampocalypse! 💜 4mo
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DivineDiana @Reggie Good for you! 👏🏻 💅🏻👍🏻 4mo
Reggie @DivineDiana @nichollinlove I alternated a neon green with black on every other finger. I wanted one finger hot pink but I wussed out. Lol, maybe next time. 4mo
DivineDiana @Reggie I love the neon green and black combo! 💚 🖤 4mo
CarolynM Loved this one💖 4mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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I've been away since October. My dog, my best friend's husband and my mother have all passed away in that time frame. It's been hard. I couldn't read, or focus. I've just started picking up books the past few weeks. I'm happy that I've found reading again.

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I am excited that Hoopla has updated the face of their audiobooks. I'm deeply invested in The Hazel Wood too. Really excited to be here with you all again. 💜🧡💜

Lauram I‘m so very sorry for the loss of your loved ones. 💜 It‘s good to see you back. 6mo
aperfectmjk Wow! I can't even begin to imagine how difficult that has been for you. I hope you've had a good support system. ❤ 6mo
Jas16 I am so sorry for your losses. Sending lots of love 6mo
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BookNAround So much loss. I‘m so very sorry! 6mo
Eyelit Sorry for your losses. Take good care and glad to see you back 💜 6mo
AmyK1 I‘m so sorry. 6mo
JenReadsAlot So sorry for your losses. 6mo
quietjenn I'm sorry about all you've been going through 💙 6mo
Catsandbooks So sorry for all your losses! Sending hugs! 💕 6mo
Librarybelle So sorry for your losses 💙 6mo
bookaholic1 Sorry for your losses❤ 6mo
JessClark78 Sorry for your losses. ❤️ 6mo
Tera66 💙 6mo
DivineDiana My sincere condolences for your loss. Hopefully, your return to reading will nurture you. ❤️ 4mo
Wife So many losses 💔. My condolences 💐. Litsy is so nurturing. Welcome back📚 4mo
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A Dog's Purpose | W. Bruce Cameron
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Last night I lost my favorite reading partner, Tatum. She was so much more than a dog to me. She loved our peaceful reading sessions away from the two wild boy toddlers. She always attempted to lick away my tears if I were crying. She had saint like patience. She was strong and stark and sweet. I really love the theory of A Dog's Purpose and hope more than anything that my sweet Tatum is a bleary eyed puppy somewhere warm in this world. ❤❤❤

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Such a sweet girl - all my love to you. ❤️ 13mo
CaffeineAndCandy ɪ'ᴍ sᴏ sᴏʀʀʏ ᴛᴏ ʜᴇᴀʀ ᴛʜɪs. ᴡɪsʜɪɴɢ ʏᴏᴜ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴘᴇᴀᴄᴇ. 13mo
Kdgordon88 I am so sorry for your loss. 13mo
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Aims42 I‘m sorry, sending you some extra love today! 💕💕💕💕💕 13mo
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Pachinko covers roughly 100 years of one family's lineage and experience through Korea and Japan during times of colonialism, World War 2 and beyond. Moving through a time that was premodern to something that resembles life as it is now, the reader can see how many things have changed but many ideas and practices have not. A big story, with much to tell. There is a lot of shock and sadness. There's also a lot of honor, heart and sacrifice.

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BittersweetBooks Just picked this up from the library, I‘ve heard such great things! 13mo
daisyheadmaesie Great review. This has been on my list for a while now! 13mo
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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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This book had the audacity to shove my own misogyny in my face! Seriously, I found myself wondering why Afi wouldn't just settle down and take the bait and why she was so hard on Eli. Wait.. what? Yep, this book is just that good. I had a hard time putting it down, reading it in two days. I have a lot of reflecting to do on how to better be a woman that supports women. The story is addictive, frustrating, relatable and empowering.

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Reggie Well then, stacked! 14mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Interesting! I am on chapter 9 and am mad at Afi. I think because of my own rejection of traditional marriage, I just keep thinking "Girl, RUN". But I remind myself that culturally she is tied to doing what is best for her whole family not just herself. 14mo
nichollinlove @ChaoticMissAdventures I'm very interested in knowing your take on it when you are finished! I don't want to say too much to ruin what's ahead for you. 14mo
Kaylamburson Yes, @nichollinlove I struggled with the same problem! I wanted her to just be happy using their relationship for money and status. What is wrong with me? Of course she deserves true love! Powerful ending. 13mo
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Blood & Honey | Shelby Mahurin
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"If you are unafraid to look darling, you are unafraid to find."

Living my best "basic broad" life over here. The outside world is absolute chaos so I burrowed back inside today. My kids and I enjoyed the perfect, cloudy, fall Ohio day and made pumpkin muffins. I'm finishing the night with a few Pumpkin Wheat beers, a cheap fall candle and a few more chapters of Blood & Honey.

I don't want this book to be over ? Mahurin is just so TALENTED. ?

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Somehow this book about magical being misfits evokes raw and real human experiences and emotions. There's something to take away from each and every character and you do so with a wholesome smile for a lot of it.

This book is officially in my lifetime top 5 favorite. I loved everything about this book and crave more! I really hope Klune write more about Marsyas Island, Linus, Arthur, their little monsters and all their adventures.

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Jari-chan You're so right! Great review ❤️ 1y
runswithscissors007 I went to stack it.... turns out i already did ..... better get on with it! Thanks for the review! 1y
Suet624 Not one I would generally read, but your review has convinced me to try. 1y
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mom2bugnbee I have it on hold from my library! 1y
Sarahreadstoomuch I can‘t shut up about this at work - and even included it in one of my book discussion group‘s reading lists for this year♥️♥️♥️ 1y
nichollinlove @Suet624 I hope you do try it and fall in love with it as I have. @Sarahreadstoomuch I don't usually share my books orher places but I did this one. Hoping to convince others to pick it up! It's so easy to love this book. 1y
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"You can keep telling girls to be polite, to keep a level head and it'll all work out in the end. But don't be surprised when they figure out that you've been feeding them lies. Don't be alarmed when they grow tired of using their voices and playing by your rules. And don't be shocked when they decide that if they can't win a fair fight, they'll just have to fight dirty."

A great book to start my spooky reading season with.

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I loved this book so much that I preordered a signed copy of the next in the series. It helps that she's also giving away goodies with the pre-order 😉

I can see how this book fits into New Adult. I love that it's a darker fantasy with a touch of gore and a lot of grit. I think the writing is MUCH better than a lot of YA fantasy I've read.

And of course, these characters. I love everything about our innocent Reid and our heathen Lou.

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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My imagination feasted on this novel. Rich colors, characters and culture. I listened to the audiobook (Sneha Mathan narrates) and I had such a hard time turning it off to go about daily life. It really pulls you in and keeps you there. Definitely a favorite of 2020.

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I finished this book with both a heavier heart and a better mind. I want to be better and to do better as a human and for other humans. This book was a perfect jumping off point.

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A really great book to read with your kids. A really great read for middle grade kids that may feel like they don't yet have a tribe or don't belong. A book everyone can find a piece of themselves in.

These inseparable brothers learn that they neither have to look identical nor share the same DNA to be bonded and family. It merely takes love and light to drive out the dark.

I'm excited to read these stories with my own little goblins.

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Such a Fun Age | Kiley Reid
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The phrase "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." immediately came to mind when I finished this book. I laughed, was horrified, embarrassed, a bit heartbroken, and sometimes smitten.

This book is full of layers that you will be peeling through long after you've read it. Reid is a brilliant writer and her characters are distinctive, believable and solid. Lewis narrates them all flawlessly and really brings the story to life.

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nathandrake1997 One of my favorite books of the year so far ♥️ 1y
Cathythoughts Such a good book 1y
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This is my first book on the topic of AIDS/HIV. The uncertainty and the stigma around this disease were both at their peak in the 80s. This book covers multiple sides of what that looked like then.

This book is really a coming of age story for a young girl dealing with grief, loneliness and guilt. Struggling to find common ground with family and understand her adored uncle.

A gorgeous, albeit sad, YA novel.

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marleed This YA novel is is a couple years old and gave me awesome TTWIH vibes! 1y
nichollinlove @marleed I added it to my TBR. It was on my radar once upon a time and somehow fell off. Thank you for the rec, I'm hoping to read it soon. 1y
perfectsinner On my list 1y
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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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So much of the historical fiction I read is set in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The Mercies is set in the early 1600s and has such a different vibe. It's bare bones and raw, white knuckle sadness and strength. A witch hunt with no witches and a whole lot of truth in between. I honestly loved the way the story tied up for Maren and could feel her strength vibrating through me.

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LyndyG This is the next book I was planning to read! I‘m so excited now! 1y
nichollinlove @LyndyG I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! 😍 1y
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