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Rachel.Rencher
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Pickpick

This was a very cute, low spice romance about two people from very different worlds. I loved the references to Crazy Rich Asians throughout - it felt like a much more toned down version of the series. Plus, there's a Corgi!

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shortsarahrose
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A quieter day here - just some time with my book, a latte, and a bagel 🥯 📖 and then a couple errands.

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rockpools
Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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Pickpick

Hi Litsy. I have horribly fallen out of posting this year, (not to mention actually finishing books 🙄), but I miss you guys, and am attempting to come back! I‘ve also just realised that tomorrow‘s a Bank Holiday, so I get a whole weekend (🎉🎉and probably 😴!)

So, Bookshops. It has taken me MONTHS to read this. I love the characters, I love the world, I love the setting (sleepy seaside town with a cafe and a bookshop that needs Serious Work 🤔.

rockpools If Viv would like to pop down and revamp ours, that‘d be lovely.), but I didn‘t love it like Legends and Lattes. The bookshop stuff was fun, the friendships felt real, but the deliberately awkward romance - meh - and the battley necromancer stuff 🤷🏻‍♀️. Kind of lost me in places.

Would I recommend? Yes. Will I read whatever Baldree writes next? Yes. But probably with lower expectations.
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julesG Great to see you here! 😘 I had similar thoughts on this book. It was good, but Legends&Latte was better. 😁 13h
Velvetfur Helloooo! 👋🏻 I too have been 'off' here for a while but have been getting back into it these past few weeks. Good to see you back! 😁 12h
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quietlycuriouskate It's nice you're back! 10h
squirrelbrain Hello! 👋 😘 9h
TrishB Hi Rachel 👋 good to see you! 9h
rabbitprincess Welcome back! I preferred Legends and Lattes as well for much the same reasons. Hope you have a great Bank Holiday weekend! 9h
marleed Welcome home! 3h
rockpools @julesG Hi Jules! I‘m hoping it was a ‘difficult second novel‘ and book 3 comes back stronger 😁 43m
rockpools @Velvetfur Hi Vikki, welcome back as well! 😊 I feel like I‘ve slightly forgotten how this works so.. 🤞 37m
rockpools @quietlycuriouskate Thank you Kate 😘 33m
rockpools @TrishB Hi Trish! Thank you. Good to be back. Now I just need to read stuff!! 31m
rockpools @rabbitprincess Thank you! I wasn‘t sure if it was just me being a bit slumpy. Good to know I‘m not alone. 30m
rockpools @marleed Aw, that made me smile. Thank you!☺️ 30m
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Rachel.Rencher
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Reading date on the porch tonight 🤍

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kimmypete1
Rainbow Black: A Novel | Maggie Thrash
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Pickpick

What a book!

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Mollyanna
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Pickpick

This was so fun! I loved seeing Viv and her coffee shop evolve. Hope there are more…

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TieDyeDude
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I feel like this book would have been better served if it tried to be a little less? There is a galactic empire and a rebellion. There are also inhabitants of a world caught in the crossfire, an AI that defected from the empire, and a commune of people trying to avoid the conflict. The threat of the empire is underdeveloped, the locals are a plot device, the AI is exposition-dumped at the end, and the rebels are all over the place. ⤵️

TieDyeDude The cover and the hype would lead you to believe that it is a queer love story, but it is not. It is a straight sci-fi story. There is talk about binders and a character with she/her pronouns has a beard, but this is a story with non-binary characters, not about non-binary characters. Which is great, and should be the norm, but the marketing felt misleading. 1d
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s really interesting… the cover definitely made me think it was a queer love story! 1d
Mimi28 I have this book out from the library right now but I haven‘t read it yet. 23h
TieDyeDude @Mimi28 I'll be curious to see what you think of it! 23h
Mimi28 Ok, I‘ll read it next. I was trying to read Station Eleven for the author a month but I just learned about a lot of triggers. I agree that non- binary books should be the norm. 23h
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Youreadmyeyes2
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I turned 40 this year and my goal is to read 40 books. Well on track so far!

My two most recent reads (above) were both ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ and recommended.

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Julsmarshall
Bookshops & Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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June (how is it possible?) #BookspinBingo list! Bring on summer reading! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Not ready for June!!!! 1d
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Cortg
Dear Wendy | Ann Zhao
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Pickpick

I‘m not the intended reader for this one, but it takes place at Wellesley College and I wanted to get a glimpse into campus life from a recent grad. Dear Wendy is one of many instagram pages on campus. A second page, Dear Wanda, pops up causing some feuding. It‘s also about friendship and sexual identity. I did recommend it to a colleague starting a queer book club because, though kinda overdone, it opens a lot of positive LGBTQIA+ discussions.