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EKonrad

EKonrad

Joined April 2016

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The God Game | Danny Tobey
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Such a fun, fast-paced read! Would help anyone get out of a reading slump!

Full review at http://erinkonrad.com/2020/01/14/the-god-game-book-review/

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#Netgalley #arc

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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One of those books that felt like a gift to read.

Full review at: http://erinkonrad.com/2019/12/31/american-dirt-book-review/

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#Netgalley #arc

Cathythoughts Can‘t wait for it to come out here 👍🏻❤️ 3w
EKonrad @Cathythoughts Hope you like it too! 😊 3w
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Saint X | Alexis Schaitkin
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Not a thrilling page-turner by any means, but still an interesting look at how the death of a teenager affects her sister and the person accused of her death. The story reminded me a lot of the Natalee Holloway case from 2005. #arc

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Full review at http://erinkonrad.com/2019/12/17/saint-x-book-review/

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Mehso-so

An immigrant story that would have been better with stronger editing. Too long and a boring middle. 😢

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Such an important book that blew me away with its honesty and in-depth research.

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#Netgalley #arc

Full review at: http://erinkonrad.com/2019/11/27/hello-i-want-to-die-please-fix-me-book-review/

kspenmoll This sounds like such a valuable, intense read. You sold me! Great review. (edited) 2mo
EKonrad @kspenmoll I definitely found it to be valuable. Hope you do too! 😊 2mo
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Such a good time revisiting Olive!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc #Netgalley

Full review at https://erinkonrad.com/2019/11/17/olive-again-book-review/

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Interesting book about the subject of fear and how we deal with the things we‘re most afraid of. It had a very memoir-style instead of straight research (which I wanted more of). Full review on Goodreads. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #arc #Netgalley

Laura317 Just the cover gave me anxiety. No spiders!! 2mo
EKonrad @Laura317 I know, right?! 2mo
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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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A smart, insightful novel with a fascinating take on the 'white savior complex.'

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Full review at: http://erinkonrad.com/2019/11/06/such-a-fun-age-book-review/

#arc #goodreads

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After the Flood | Kassandra Montag
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Turns out I would not survive in a post-apocalyptic world where the globe is flooded! Such an excellent book though! Action packed and beautiful writing to boot! #arc @WilliamMorrowBooks

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Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Uh...this is one of the coolest things that‘s happened to me!!! I‘m obsessed!

Hooked_on_books Wow! 🤩 3mo
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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Definitely one of my fave books I've read this year!

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Full review: erinkonrad.com

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Loved this historical fiction novel set in WWII with strong female characters. Surprised to see some bad reviews out there but it definitely kept me interested the whole time.

Full review on Goodreads

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Coates' first novel is a wonderful mix of historical fiction and magical realism. I was completely entranced by the story of a slave named Hiram, who learns he has a power to transport himself away from danger.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley #arc

Full review at erinkonrad.com

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The Babysitters Coven | Kate M. Williams
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Fun YA read described as Babysitters Club meets Buffy. Will definitely check out the next book in the series when it comes out.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley #arc

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A fascinating (though super depressing) take on the ethical issues surrounding climate change.

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#Goodreads #arc

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Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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A jolly book centered in London during WWII with a feisty female protagonist.

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Full review on Goodreads

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An absolute must-read for true crime fans!

Full review at erinkonrad.com

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#NetGalley #arc

Suetara I just checked this one out from the library. Looks fantastic. 5mo
EKonrad @Suetara Hope you like it as much as I did! 😊 5mo
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise - super timely focus of a woman politician trying to succeed against a misogynistic opponent. However, I HATED the ending! ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

Full review on Goodreads

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Untitled | Unknown
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9,000, baby! Hooray!🎊🎊🎊

MrBook Congratulations! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🥳🥳🥳 5mo
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Great collection of short stories centering around Jamaicans and Jamaican immigrants in the US. My fave story was loosely inspired by Rihanna!

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Thirteen | Steve Cavanagh
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A fun, twisty legal thriller that's a perfect summer read!

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Full review at: http://erinkonrad.com/2019/08/06/thirteen-book-review/

#Netgalley

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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken
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A great YA dystopian novel that kept me guessing the whole time. Love the premise and the characters! On to the next in the series! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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#Botm for August! Yay!

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A must-read for anyone who loves this show (or Broadway musicals in general!)

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Full review at https://erinkonrad.com/2019/07/27/come-from-away-book-review/

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Mehso-so

Couldn‘t connect to this one as much as some of her earlier work but it‘s still a powerful collection.

⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

Full review on Goodreads

gradcat Love that cover with the Ouija thingy! ♥️ 6mo
EKonrad @gradcat Yeah, there are some cool illustrations in the book too. 👍🏼 6mo
gradcat So, is it short stories or poems? The idea of illustrations sounds great—too bad the book didn‘t exactly live up to the illustrations. 6mo
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EKonrad @gradcat It‘s a collection of poems. I actually wish there had been short stories too! You might like the book more than I did because of some of the artwork. 🤷🏽‍♀️ 6mo
gradcat Thanks for the info...it‘s very helpful! ♥️ 6mo
EKonrad @gradcat Any time! 😊 6mo
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Fruit of the Drunken Tree | Ingrid Rojas Contreras
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Gorgeously written with powerful prose and strong, female characters. Full review on Goodreads.

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My Squirrel Days | Ellie Kemper
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It's hard to classify - not really enough grit or substance for a memoir, but maybe could be viewed as more of a collection of humor essays. The chapters jump around; I liked getting a look at different areas of her life, but it felt way too scrambled to keep jumping back and forth to different times. Of course, Kemper is very funny but I don't think her self-deprecation and bubbling energy really come through successfully. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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If you're at the very beginning of your freelance writing career or if you're trying to determine if it's the right career for you, this book can be super helpful. It explains the traits you need to succeed as a freelance writer and offers the basics. Someone with more experience in the field might not find any meaningful insights and some sections can feel a little repetitive, but overall it's a great look into the industry. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

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Mehso-so

Gorgeous writing but it missed the mark for me. Not enough action in the plot and repetitive thoughts about belief in God. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

Full review on Goodreads

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Absolutely loved this beautifully heartbreaking read set in South Africa. A definite recommend! #NetGalley

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Full review at: https://erinkonrad.com/2019/06/29/if-you-want-to-make-god-laugh-book-review/

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I'll Never Tell | Catherine McKenzie
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Some confusing POV stuff, but still a good suspense read. #Netgalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review on Goodreads

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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Kinda predictable and pretty schmaltzy, but heartwarming and still a good read!

Full review at erinkonrad.com

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*ARC provided by @StMartinsPress*

Jas16 That sums it up beautifully 7mo
EKonrad @Jas16 Thanks! 😀 7mo
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Mehso-so

This book centers around self-help strategies that can fall into place much like the process of making kintsugi art. I appreciated the structure - a little bit of info about kintsugi, suggestions for empowering and discovering your best self., and exercises to do to try out the techniques. I especially loved the inclusion of photographs of beautiful kintsugi art pieces. But I wasn‘t crazy about the repetition. #Netgalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Dark and full of twists...just how I like em‘!

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Kinda obsessed with this latest read. Funny, smart, and inspiring! Check out my review:

http://erinkonrad.com/2019/05/31/sorry-im-late-i-didnt-want-to-come-book-review/

5 stars! #NetGalley

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Stone Mothers | Erin Kelly
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I found that the beginning was frustrating to read - there's a lot of talk about a mysterious event but no details on what that is until at least a quarter of the way in. There was some suspense that I enjoyed, but I would definitely not classify this as a thriller. Overall, it really came down to the structure of the novel not working for me - I liked the idea for the story, just not the execution. #NetGalley ⭐⭐⭐

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This book (recently retitled “Suicide Tango“) did elicit strong emotions for me - unfortunately, they weren't positive. The writer completely missed the mark on accurately describing mental illness, a working therapist-patient relationship, and how people actually experience suicidality. I get that the author was trying to write a satire, but that form has to be based in reality to work. Instead, this felt completely irresponsible. #NetGalley

LiteraryinLititz Oh wow. I just read a summary this morning of a study on the correlation between the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and an increase in teen suicides. Just another reminder that how we represent mental health and suicide is so important. 8mo
EKonrad @LiteraryinLititz You‘re absolutely right! That‘s why this book infuriated me so much! 😡 8mo
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The Book of Life | Deborah Harkness
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Officially finished this trilogy! This one was actually my favorite of the three. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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If, Then: A Novel | Kate Hope Day
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This novel just completely missed the mark for me. I was expecting a sci-fi angle or even magical realism. It's set up to make it seem like there might be a parallel universe at play since the main characters start seeing people who aren't really there. However, this concept is never fully drawn out. I was also disappointed with the lack of a true plot. The only exciting things happened after 80% of the book was already done. ⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

Megabooks Weird... 9mo
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Loved this! Excited to move on to the second book and to watch the new show!

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Dragon 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
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I admire Gates' mission to improve the lives of women around the world. The best parts of the book are her stories of the women she's met who have endured incredible hardships but are still eager to create better lives for themselves and their children. I think this is a great read for anyone interested in charity work or in how they can inspire positive change in the world. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Goodreads

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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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Such a powerful and moving read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Full review at erinkonrad.com

#NetGalley

Christine I just finished this too and also found it to be a 5-star read. ❤️ 9mo
EKonrad @Christine So glad you liked it too! Have you read anything else by that author? 9mo
Christine No, but now I must!! You? 9mo
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EKonrad @Christine Same!! 😊 9mo
CathyJ Just started this one! 9mo
EKonrad @CathyJ Hope you like it! 😊 9mo
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Sabrina and Corina: Stories | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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Definitely obsessed with this short story collection! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

My full review: erinkonrad.com

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readordierachel This sounds great! And that cover is incredible 😍 9mo
EKonrad @readordierachel I know! I died for the cover alone! 😊 9mo
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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Locke does an incredible job of transporting the reader to the Deep South - where racial division and violence run rampant. This novel follows the story of a Texas Ranger who becomes involved in a double homicide investigation. Anyone looking for a fast-paced thriller might find this boring, but readers who appreciate a fully-realized and inhabitable setting will enjoy Locke's work. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

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Crux | Jean Guerrero
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Complicated parents are one of my fave memoir genres, and Guerrero certainly has plenty of interesting stories about her father - a Mexican American immigrant who might have been experimented on by the CIA or is potentially a schizophrenic addict. This memoir is at its best when Guerrero examines her roots which allows the reader to be swept away by the mysticism and magic of Mexican culture (alongside the often brutal violence). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I was completely into some of the essays, and then felt a little blah about some other ones. She covers a huge range of topics - everything from Disneyland to "The Sopranos.” I also felt like I had a harder time with some of her writing style choices - her syntax forced me to concentrate really hard, instead of the reading feeling effortless (although this probably has more to do with me than her). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #NetGalley

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There are a ton of great elements to this memoir - honesty, humor, heart. Rannells does a great job recounting tales from his youth. My only complaint about this book is that it felt like it ended right before the part of his life that I'm most interested in. I would have loved to get Rannells' take on actually making it in the industry (and I would have killed for some celebrity gossip). Perhaps he is thinking about writing another book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Best. #Bookmail. Day. Ever. 😃

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This was a gorgeous book with lots of stunning pictures of delicious foods. However, most of the recipes seemed really complicated to me (as someone who doesn't have a whole lot of cooking experience), so there weren't a lot of recipes that seemed doable. With a great blend of different cuisines from all over the world, I'll certainly be recommending this cookbook to my fellow pescatarians (who are better cooks than me). #NetGalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Every once in a while a main character comes around that steals my heart. Anne Griffin has provided me with that with Maurice Hannigan, an elderly Irish man who decides at the end of his life to look back on how he got where he is. He contemplates the twists his life has taken by toasting five of the most important people in his life. I won't soon forget Maurice - in all of his heartbreaking glory. #NetGalley ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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