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BeautyNBks

BeautyNBks

Joined October 2020

Always look for the beauty in books.
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Beauregard "Bug" Montage is the man. This book has nonstop action and doesn't let you go until the last second. Blacktop Wasteland read like a great action movie and the narrator brought the author's words to life.

SA Crosby is a masterful storyteller. If you want car chases, shootouts and intrigue, this is the book for you. Mr. Crosby will be an automatic read going forward.

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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
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This book was so raw and forces you to have a visceral reaction. I was fighting with how man stars to give this book because I HATED Kenna or felt like I should hate her.

It is so true that you cannot judge a person if you have not walked in their shoes. We are all guilty of making snap judgments to only later on need to change our opinion of someone or situation.

Colleen Hoover had me shedding a few tears too. Just read it for yourself.

WJCintron I Loved it!! That's a f***ing pigeon of a book! 😂 😉 3mo
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The Love Hypothesis | Ali Hazelwood
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My January reads. The Love Hypothesis was a definite standout.

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Single Black Female | Tracy Brown
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Read this book! There are some heavy topics addressed in this book but at its core it's about a motherhood, relationships and finding love.

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The Fastest Way to Fall | Denise Williams
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Mehso-so

This is my second book by Denise Williams. I did enjoy this one but not as much as How to Fail at Flirting.

Britta was relatable and I appreciate a story with a curvy girl front and center. Wes could receive an honorable mention as a book boyfriend but something was missing. It is worth reading and there was a HEA ending.

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White Smoke | Tiffany D. Jackson
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The level of awesomeness that is Tiffany D. Jackson is on full display in this book. I'm not a scary movie or horror genre reading person but when Ms. Jackson pens a novel it's a must read for me. If you want your spine to tingle and your heart to race, READ THIS BOOK ASAP!!

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Dial a for Aunties | Jesse Q. Sutanto
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I hollered out loud the whole time reading this book. Picture an Asia version of Weekend at Bernie's with a wedding thrown into the mix. Meddy, the main character her mother and aunties need their own series now. Do yourself a favor and read this book ASAP.

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Wonder | Christina C. Jones
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March was a pretty good reading month.

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Sweatspants Season | Danielle Allen
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This was a 4 star read for me. Super hot chemistry between the two main characters: Carlos and Akila. There is nothing sexier than an intelligent and chivalrous black man!

Reggie Holy toxic masculinity, Batman. Carlos‘s friend was such trash. I really liked this one. Need to read more from her. 1y
BeautyNBks @Reggie I agree! I'm going to work my way through all her books 1y
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Adore You | Nicole Falls
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My February book wrap up.

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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The Pushed grabbed me right away. I like books with short chapters. I feel like the story moves faster when authors don't drag it out. Violet, the little girl from this book reminded me of the child from Baby Teeth. She was CLEARLY disturbed. I wished we had gotten more. The book left many unanswered questions.

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I Think I Might Love You | Christina C. Jones (Romance author)
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This book is laugh out loud funny. Christina C. Jones is a masterful storyteller. She writes such relatable characters. Black love is real! You will cry real tears from laughing so hard. This is a series about 3 sisters and this is book one. Can't wait to dive into the other two sisters' books.

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Daughters of Jubilation | Kara Lee Corthron
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This is hands down the best book of 2021 so far for me. It's YA historical fiction but it's filled with black girl magic called "Jubilation" set in the Jim Crowe south. Do yourself a favor and read this one.

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Cinderella Is Dead | Kalynn Bayron
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All of my Libby holds came in all around the same time. I don't know where to stay.

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Here are some of the 12 books I read for the last month of 2020. Some of them were cut off.

The ones that were cropped out of the picture are:
Tiffany Sly Lives Here Now - Dana L. Davis
Saving Ruby King - C. Abel West
Real Love - A. House
The Cousins - K. McManus

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Saving Ruby King: A Novel | Catherine Adel West
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Mehso-so

Saving Ruby King had some major triggers. This is a great book for a book discussion. There are lies, murders, and church scandal all rolled into one. There were A LOT of characters that were interwoven and keeping everyone straight was a bit confusing.

There are some parts the drag on and then other parts weren't fully developed. I absolutely hated Ruby's father, Lebanon. That man was horrible.

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Dear Justyce | Nic Stone
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Even though this book is a work of fiction, the trajectory of Quan's life is by no means fictional. My heart broke for Quan and all the Quans' of the world who feel they have no hope, options or a sense of community. This book needs to be required reading in all middle and high schools. We are failing our black and brown youth miserably. Justyce believed in Quan and became his advocate and was responsible for creating a village for Quan.

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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Mehso-so

Karen McManus wrote One of Us Is Lying and I have been chasing the high of that book ever since. I was impatiently waiting for the release of her new book.

This book didn't excite me. It was just okay. I felt like I was suspended in time waiting for something to happen. Intrigue, mystery, suspense and some questionable deaths are usually a recipe for a great YA but not this time. Milly was very perceptive and looked out for her cousins.

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Cassie is making me want to strangle her! It's just one bad decision after the other. Ugh!!!!

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How To Fail at Flirting | Denise Williams
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Just wow. I was expecting this cute rom-com girl meets boy type of story. How to Fail at Flirting introduced us to Dr. Naya Turner a professor who specialized in mathematics. Naya was just like me in certain respects. Naya steps out of her comfort zone and meets the handsome Jake. Nay's ex Davis resurfaces and he's awful. The last half of the book had me on high alert. Heart beating fast and staying up well past midnight so I could finish.

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A Little Bit of Karma | ReShonda Tate Billingsley
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My November 2020 reads.

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A Little Bit of Karma | ReShonda Tate Billingsley
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Shannon is really getting on my nerves with all the bitterness towards her soon to be ex-husband!

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The Invisible Girl | Lisa Jewell
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I read more books on October than I thought.

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ImPerfectly Happy | Sharina Harris
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Mehso-so

I give this book a solid 3.5 stars. It started off pretty good. We meet Sienna, Raina, Nikki and Kara and the four girlfriends get together to reevaluate their lives. They had some bumps along the way. I appreciate when black authors normalize therapy in books. Sharina Harris did a good job with character development with all the main characters involved.

Towards the end, the story started to drag. It is a decent option for a bookclub.

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Real Men Knit | Kwana Jackson
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Real Men Knit provided just the right distraction from the chaos currently happening in our world. Real Men Knit felt like a warm hug and never let me go This was such a refreshing story and I adored the entire cast of characters, including Kerry's best friend Val. I would totally like to see this becoming a series with each brother and Val getting their own stories.

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Thickerella | Tanzania Glover
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Thickerella had me from the first page. Hands down one of the best romances I have read this year. Tillar's character resonated deeply with me.
I appreciated that the author created a strong black character who had flaws, deep insecurities but continued to work through her struggles and came out on the other side. Tillar had the worst family EVER! Her mother Michelle truly triggered me and I wanted to jump into my Kindle and give her the business.

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Smash It! (Smash It! #1) | Francina Simone
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Smash It started off really strong. I am all for a thick black girl rocking her natural hair and wanting to make changes in her life. I love YA books but I have to constantly remind myself these are kids when they make bad decisions. It comes with the territory. This book is funny and filled with a boatload of teen angst with a dose of body shaming from Olivia's mother.

riversong153 I have to remind myself that every time I read YA! I‘m so hard on those poor kids! I have to take a step back and remember! 2y
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Natavia has the most amazing paranormal imagination. Her stories suck you in but I just wish she had better editing. In some places, the story was a bit disjointed but overall I liked it. I will read more of her paranormal books in the future.

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The New Husband | D.J. Palmer
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OMG! What. Did.I.Just.Read. This was the third book of 2020 that has earned 5 stars from me. The New Husband had me hooked from the first chapter. This is how you write a psychological thriller.

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The Boyfriend Project | Farrah Rochon
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There are a few authors who are able to grab my attention from the first page. Farrah Rochon accomplished this for me in The Boyfriend Project. How have I lived my entire reading life and not experienced a Farrah Rochon novel? This injustice will be corrected immediately.

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Party of Two | Jasmine Guillory
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Jasmine Guillory keeps writing these love stories that make you feel your feelings. You have to read the book to find that gem. I know that when I read a Jasmine Guillory book I am in for the time of my life and making new friends. She writes these characters that I want to know in real life.

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The Wives | Tarryn Fisher
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This book had potential but was so disappointing. It was written like a very bad Lifetime movie. The Wives did not live up to the hype at all!!!

BooksCoffeeNurse @BeautyNBks Sad to see you didn‘t like this one. I enjoyed it. ☺️ 2y
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The Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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In my Oprah voice, I LOVED this book! You have to listen to the audio version read by the author to get all of the nuances. I don't even like poetry but the poems by Xiomara had me amazed.

I felt those poems. Xiomara's fight with her mother over her journal had me hating her too! I was sorry it had to end.

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Any book written by Elizabeth Avevedo should be experienced in audiobook form. It was refreshing reading about a teen mom and we learned more about her than just her struggle of being a young mother. Emoni Santiago wants to be a chef and listening to all of the dishes she made had me hungry. I cannot say enough good things about this book. I say just listen for yourself. Any book Elizabeth Acevedo writes will be an automatic read for me.

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The Secret Women: A Novel | Sheila Williams
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I gave this book a solid 3 stars. The story centered around 3 women who met during a yoga class. Dede, Elise and Carmen form a friendship and bond over the loss of their mothers. Honestly Carmen had the most interesting story. She found out after her mother's death a life changing secret. Carmen's story was riveting and I had so many questions.

Dede's mother needed her own book and Elise's story was just meh for me.