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Arvena

Arvena

Joined January 2018

Reading is my superpower :)
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Seven Year Slip by Ashley Poston
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The Reading List: A Novel by Sara Nisha Adams
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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Pickpick

Masterfully written story with compelling plot and stunning twists and turns. Plenty of sorrowful topics, but the book is great.

LiteraryinLawrence What a cool cover! I read this and liked it but it had a much more traditional cover. 4d
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The Cat That Saved Books | SOSUKE. NATSUKAWA
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Mehso-so

A book about the love of reading and the love of books ;) The cover is charming and the premise is great! But for my taste - too much philosophy and predictability. Reading this book felt like something was lacking and quite boring...

IuliaC 😻❤️ 1w
ShelleyBooksie Who is this adorable kitty? 1w
AnnCrystal 💕😻💝. 1w
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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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Pickpick

Not so funny Funny Story :) It is a good, descent read, but I wouldn't call it rom-com.

willaful The publishing industry really pushes the “rom-com“ image lately; it does a disservice to a lot of authors. 2w
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Yours Truly | Abby Jimenez
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Mehso-so

So much miscommunication.. Whole story felt unconvincing.

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#AprilWrapUp #AprilReads 2024

Total books read: 7
physical book(s): 3
e-book(s): 1
audiobook(s): 3
Female Author(s): 6/7
New Author(s): Rebecca Ross, Hiro Arikawa, Meg Wolitzer and John Marrs
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 0/0

Gissy Great📚📚📚😍👏👏👏 1mo
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Ruthless Vows | Rebecca Ross
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Pickpick

This was a lot more war-plot focused and more sadness packed, but the characters were well crafted, the writing was engaging.
A great sequel and conclusion to the story :)

angieinwonderland Just about to start this on the heels of finishing Divine Rivals. Thanks for confirming the ongoing agony. 3w
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Pickpick

This book was good. Bittersweet, emotional, endearing and sad. Loved the sarcastic cat narration.

IuliaC 😻🩷 1mo
IuliaC I love this photo! And the book is good too 👍 1mo
AmyG Beautiful photo! 1mo
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RaeLovesToRead 😻😻😻 1mo
AnnCrystal 😘💕😻💝. 1mo
UwannaPublishme Great pic! Great book! 😻🙌🏻 1mo
Yuki_Onna Your cat 😍 How precious!!! Loved this book - I bawled my eyes out so many times. 1mo
Smrloomis 😍😍😍 3w
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Divine Rivals | Rebecca Ross
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Pickpick

The plot, the family drama, the war, the myths, the rivalry turning to love - engaging and well-written. And the ending! So, into the sequel :)

maich Beautiful cover and amazing story❤️ 1mo
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Wife | Meg Wolitzer
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Panpan

I was so disappointed after all the praises to this book. Totally mediocre and wearying book about practically nothing. Characters were unlikable people, their behavior was stupid and incomprehensible...

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Mehso-so

There was a lot going on! A book within a book, lots of secrets and quite interesting story line, but the story was unrealistic and at times cringe-worthy. Everything felt forced.

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The One | John Marrs
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Pickpick

It was't quite what I expected, but it was an original modern story. It was crazy, dark, ridiculous and twisty. I really didn‘t like all the characters, but the story was (mildly) compelling :)

Cathythoughts I just finished it too. I thought it was good , compelling. 2mo
BarbaraBB Me too! 1mo
BkClubCare Fascinating cover art 1mo
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Happily Never After | Lynn Painter
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Pickpick

The chemistry between main characters was fantastic. The banter was funny. Snarky and breezy writing. It was not as perfect as Better than the Movies, but it was a good rom-com 😄

julieclair Sounds fun! Added to my stack. 2mo
CaramelLunacy I loved Better Than the Movies, so am hoping to pick this one up 2mo
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#MarchWrapUp #MarchReads 2024

Total books read: 4
physical book(s): 1
e-book(s): 1
audiobook(s): 2
Female Author(s): 4/4
New Author(s): Abby Jimenez, Ashley Elston and Sariah Wilson
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 0/0

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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Pickpick

Gripping, twisty and entertaining. Brilliant storytelling. Clever and scheming characters. Well worth a read or listen!

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Part of Your World | Abby Jimenez
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Mehso-so

This was my first read from Abby Jimenez and I sadly, I didn't like it as much as I wanted to. So cheesy. And most of the characters annoyed me.

Rachel.Rencher This is my least favorite of years. I read Happily Ever After Playlist first which is actually book 2 and it's SO good. 2mo
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Bride | Ali Hazelwood
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Mehso-so

The story felt cliché and formulaic, characters' names - terrible. I didn't hate this book, but I didn't like it also :)

mcctrish I‘m getting it from the library for this reason, I can‘t not read it but I don‘t have to buy it 2mo
RobES Completely agree 💯 2mo
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The Exception to the Rule | Christina Lauren
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Fun and cute set of novellas :)

charl08 Yes! I skipped the royal one, as not my jam, but loved the others. 2mo
Mshookquilts I‘ve only read the 1st one so far, but it was fun. 2mo
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#FebruaryWrapUp #FebruaryReads 2024

Total books read: 6
physical book(s): 1
e-book(s): 2
audiobook(s): 3
Female Author(s): 5/6
New Author(s): Rebbeca F. Kuang, Shauna Robinson, Sarah Morgenthaler and Ben Guterson
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 1/1

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Winterhouse | Ben Guterson
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Pickpick

Interesting story, smart characters, whimsical surroundings and beautiful cover. What an enjoyable middle grade mystery set in a very atmospheric hotel!

Karisimo this author has new one out this month that also looks to have a fabulous setting! 3mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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Mehso-so

A book about flaws of twitter discourse and publishing industry. It's different and bizarre. For something being called as one of the best books of 2023 - I had really high expectations, but maybe too high :)

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The Mystery Guest | Nita Prose
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Pickpick

Cosy and lightheaded murder mystery with satisfying ending :)

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Mehso-so

A small town story about a reluctant reader discovering a world of books :) It wasn't amazing, but the book was light-hearted and easy read :)

Crazeedi How are you? I hope your year is going well! 3mo
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Catalina and Aaron :)

#SundayFunday
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BookmarkTavern I haven‘t heard of this book! Thanks for posting! 4mo
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The Tourist Attraction | Sarah Morgenthaler
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Panpan

I found this book boring and dragging... A lot of cringy moments and clichés🤦I just did not like this author's sense of humour 🤷

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#SundayFunday @BookmarkTavern

I do have just one (for now :) ). It's an open book as a flower blossom

BookmarkTavern Oh that sounds beautiful! Thanks for sharing! 4mo
IuliaC Beautiful! 4mo
AvidReader25 Mine sounds similar! 3mo
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The Heiress: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Pickpick

Brilliantly smart and captivating. The story is filled with intertwined secrets and family drama. Entertaining and immersive.

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Pickpick

Full of fluff & Christmas spirit. Cheesy and entertaining small town holiday romance.

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Snowed In | Catherine Walsh
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Pickpick

Cute, funny and the characters have great chemistry! Nice entertaining story :)

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Pickpick

A feel-good Christmassy and magical story with some beautiful writing. Predictable but heartwarming story; warm, hopeful and enjoyable.

Dilara The book's cover is very pretty 💜 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great cover 💚🖤 5mo
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📖Happy New 2024 Year to all the Book Dragons! 🐉

bthegood Happy new year 🎉 5mo
IuliaC Happy New Year! Best wishes! 🥂 5mo
tpixie Happy New Year 📚🎊🎆🎈📚 5mo
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Happy New Year! My top read for the year! #readingbracket2023 @chasjjlee

tpixie Fun! 5mo
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#bestof2023

The top 5 books of 2023! My favorite fiction novels of the year!

Total books read: 58
Female Author(s): 39
New Author(s): 16

AvidReader25 I just finished the TV show version of Lessons in Chemistry and it was so good! 5mo
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#firstlast
@BookNAround
The first book of 2023 was The Mothers by Sarah J. Naughton.
The last book of 2023 was The Winners (Beartown #3) by Fredrik Backman.

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#DecemberWrapUp #DecemberReads 2023

Total books read: 4
physical Books: 1
e-books: 1
audiobooks: 2
Female Author(s): 3/4
New Author(s): Kerry Winfrey, Catherine Walsh
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 0/0

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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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Pickpick

Slow paced, thought-provoking, exhilarating, depressing, detailed observation of human nature, great emotional impact and splendid character development. Very sad...

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Mehso-so

It has its cute moments and has festive vibes, but the whole book felt like it was dragging and forced. This novel doesn‘t particularly stick out, but it was still quite enjoyable read :)

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The Burnout: A Novel | Sophie Kinsella
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Mehso-so

This is quite entertaining romantic comedy that strikes a balance between laughter and heartfelt moments. There are some really good takeaways about priorities, boundaries & self-care. But overall, this was more like a one time read... It feels like I've outgrown Sophie Kinsella which I'm totally bummed about...

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Faking Christmas | Kerry Winfrey
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Mehso-so

I just wanted more from this book... Nothing about this story appealed to me. The story didn‘t made sense and characters were obnoxious.

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#NovemberWrapUp #NovemberReads 2023

Total books read: 5
physical book(s): 2
e-book(s): 1
audiobook(s): 2
Female Author(s): 3/5
New Author(s): Nina Simon, TJ Klune
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 0/1

Gissy Some of those are in y wish and tbr....waiting for me😳 6mo
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Mehso-so

To me this book felt over the top with sweetness, went into overkill with the morality lessons... I feel like I should have liked this more...

Caroline2 Me too! 🤷‍♀️ 6mo
TheLudicReader I started reading this a couple summers ago and just couldn't get into it...not sure I will pick it back up based on this review. 6mo
willaful I tried twice, couldn't do it. 6mo
monkeygirlsmama I feel like I read or tried to read this awhile back, but maybe not the same book. Will have to investigate further. Either way, sorry it wasn't as enjoyable as you'd hoped. 6mo
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Check & Mate | Ali Hazelwood
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It‘s a cute and smart story of young love 😊

britt_brooke Reading this now. Adorable! 6mo
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Before We Say Goodbye: A Novel | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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Mehso-so

Very repetitive, very similar to previous installments, but still touching, sad, compassionate and bitter sweet.

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Mehso-so

A crime solving mother-daughter-granddaughter trio was well done. It was a decent mystery too, but characters felt like caricatures. And I kept waiting for the story to get engaging and then it finished :)

SheReadsAndWrites I struggled with it too! I wanted so much to love it but bailed. 😬 7mo
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Pickpick

There is much to learn in this book and it is heartbreaking to read. I found this to be a unique story, very inspiring. This book is beautifully written and well researched, creative, and tells an important piece of my history.

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#OctoberWrapUp #OctoberReads 2023

Total books read: 5
physical book(s): 2
e-book(s): 1
audiobook(s): 2
Female Author(s): 4/5
New Author(s): -
Non-Fic/Memoirs: 0
MG/YA: 0/1

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American Royals IV: Reign | Katharine McGee
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Mehso-so

There was a slight feeling like reading 4 very similar books, but still it was a nice wrap-up of the series.

marleed I do love the cover art in this series! 7mo
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Younger Wife | Sally Hepworth
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Pickpick

Amazing family drama! I wasn't fond of the ending - too much doubt left - but there is no doubt that Sally Hepworth is a fantastic storyteller.

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Pickpick

Emotional, touching, sad and bittersweet, also funny and twisty. This series keeps getting BETTER and BETTER!

Deblovestoread Really looking forward to this one! 8mo
majkia oh good to hear it keeps getting better. 7mo
Bklover I have the first one and I REALLY need to read it!! 7mo
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The Wrong Family | Tarryn Fisher
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Mehso-so

The story felt slow, pointless, and meandering with Tarantino style massacre and open ending...

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My Darling Husband | Kimberly Belle
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Mehso-so

There is a lot of action, but not much suspense. There isn‘t much substance... It wasn't a bad story, just not a “wow“ :)