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JenicaDawn

JenicaDawn

Joined December 2016

Books are my thing. I talk about them a lot on firewhiskeyreader.com if you want more thoughts!
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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
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I find this story so intriguing but the one bad thing about listening to fantasy is that it feels like it takes FOREVER to get to answers about basic world building things. Anyone else feel that way?

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I still haven‘t got a clue what to say about this book. What do you say about a book that‘s technically perfect but made you miserable to read? People look down on romance novels, but my God, there‘s too much sad in the world for you to have to read about it too.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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One chapter in and I‘m already feeling all the things. 😬 Jones has beautiful prose balancing all the feels. Also the narrator for Roy has a great voice!

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Indigo | Beverly Jenkins
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Listening to #Indigo written by the Slayer of Words herself seems like a great way to kick off Black History Month. Also, if you‘re looking for a classic in genre fiction for Book Riot‘s Read Harder challenge, Indigo is absolutely a classic romance!

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My #TBR for #FeministLitFeb and #BlackHistoryMonth is full of books I‘m so excited to finally read.

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The Namesake | Jhumpa Lahiri
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My latest audiobook is one I think should have been required reading in high school. I keep thinking about how little diversity was in my high school reading requirements and have grown increasingly annoyed. But I‘m trying to do better now and read some of the amazing women of color who were left off my school lists.

ShannonOffDuty I've been trying to do the same. We missed out on a lot of good stories from WOC. But this particular book was so-so to me. I still appreciated the perspective though. 5y
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I‘m actually almost through with this audiobook and I am pleasantly surprised at how much I‘m enjoying this!

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Having the worst sort of anxiety night so casually listening to Simon in hopes it will make it better.

DebbieGrillo Hope it helped! 5y
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Can‘t stop won‘t stop listening to this series. Beyond obsessed.

OceanCityMama Best audiobook series ever. 😍 5y
JenicaDawn @OceanCityMama I‘m not sure how I‘m going to wait until January for my next Audible credit for book three! 5y
OceanCityMama @JenicaDawn that's going to be rough, haha. Maybe check with the library, it could be on Overdrive by now, maybe? At least you were smart to wait until the third one was out, I waited over a year in between and now I'm stuck waiting again for book 4 😭 5y
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I love this audiobook narrator, but I‘m a little exasperated by the fact that that Monty is so annoyingly self-absorbed. I‘m struggling because I think he‘s suffering a lot so I get that he‘s feeling a lot of things and trying to hide from his feelings, but it‘s difficult. But yay for narrators with British accents are excellent. 😂

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The Diviners | Libba Bray
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Obsessed with this audiobook!

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Meant to post this ages ago. You know, like around Halloween? 😂 anyway, these books are gorgeous and Harry Potter will always be home.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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This book absolutely deserved the National Book Award nomination. It is remarkably well crafted and beautiful. It became a favorite immediately because once I started reading I couldn‘t stop. #YALit

CatLass007 Read the description on Litsy. Since I‘m a fan of THIS IS US, It definitely has been stacked. 5y
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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This book. I agree with Angie Thomas: A must read.

I posted a review on my blog (link in bio) that I‘m actually quite proud of, though it‘s more philosophical than anything else. Have you read this yet? #YALit

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Some of my favorite books by women in a black and red aesthetic because I just finished #TheNightCircus and Harry wears red and black at Hogwarts. #readathon #ReadingWomen

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Stay With Me | Ayobami Adebayo
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This book is bringing up some intense emotions and I‘m not trying to have children or in any kind of a relationship so I imagine those that can identify with either of those things are finding it even more emotional. I think our society does entangle a woman‘s worth and her ability/willingness to have children, but not to the level as Yejide‘s family in Nigeria in the 80s. I for one am relieved because I don‘t know if kids are in my future.

CathyJ This book was an emotional roller coaster for me. I cried a few times. Love books that do that to me. 5y
JenicaDawn @CathyJ books that make me cry are my favorite until I‘m driving and can‘t see anymore because bad things are happening to my favorite characters! In other words, I totally get it. I‘m going to have to finish this one doing chores around the house and not in the car though! 5y
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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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My #Spookathon TBR because Spookathon has begun! I‘m starting with Eliza and Her Monsters and, um, I am 202 pages into this book and I‘m trash for it. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. I have one issue with it, maybe two, but they are so negligible it‘s not even disturbing my enjoyment. #YALitsy #YALit

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Naked in Death | J D Robb
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The scene this morning. Loving this book but also mildly terrified of it.

CoverToCoverGirl Wonderful series! 5y
JenicaDawn @CoverToCoverGirl I can‘t wait to continue it! It left me terrified and in love with Roarke. 😂 5y
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Blue Lily, Lily Blue | Maggie Stiefvater
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I cannot leave this world right now even though I‘m in the midst of four other books too. So I‘m just going to chill in my comfy chair with a new cup of coffee and my fuzzy blanket. #YALitsy

flip58 Loved this series. One of those series I started as an ebook and wished I had in print. 5y
JenicaDawn @flip58 I stared in ebook too! This is the first I got in print and now I‘m listening to the fourth one because I didn‘t want to get a hardcover copy of The Raven King. 😂 5y
flip58 I can relate 5y
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Justice Ascending | Rebecca Zanetti
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Broke the spine of this book because I kept freaking out reading it. I don‘t know if you‘re all struggling today the way I have been (seriously, can we agree that no more bad things are allowed to happen?), but I‘m diving into all the romance novels until my heart feels well enough to start writing emails to my Senators and Congressman again. Take care of yourselves. 💕

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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Having all the thoughts about this book and wishing it had been around when I was in high school. Have you read it yet? #YAlitsy #feminism

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Landslide: True Stories | Minna Proctor
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This memoir essay collection felt like a unique approach to the genre in the way it wrestled with the fact that our own memories and perceptions of events are not always congruent to the others who also experienced the same events alongside us. I struggled to relate to Proctor in some segments, but I always felt the memoir was well-crafted. #nonfiction #memoir

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Windfall | Diksha Basu
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Currently reading and finding it extremely intriguing!

EllieDottie I love that cover!! 5y
JenicaDawn @EllieDottie it has such pretty colors! 5y
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Landslide: True Stories | Minna Proctor
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I'm a little more than halfway through this book and it's so fascinating. I love the way Proctor examines and thinks about narrative and how she reflects on the fact that others view the stories about our lives differently based on their own perspective. Non-fiction is not my favorite, but I am enjoying it!

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I had an ARC of this one and woah buddy. Thrillers/mysteries aren't my usual genre because I'm a scaredy cat, but I adored the end of this book. I thought the last line was perfect. I would definitely recommend to anyone who doesn't mind being a little scared and won't be triggered by child sexual abuse.

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Reason I love Tessa Dare #5630: This quote. But also because her books are so fun and funny and they let you escape when the world just feels like a terrible place. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated curling up with this book and how much better I felt afterward. This book is the romance I needed and I hope it can be that for you too. #romantsy

JoRead I love it when an author manages to introduce modern occurrences into historicals. #NeverthelessShePersisted 5y
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Bad Romance | Heather Demetrios
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This book felt like I was reading a combination of two of my relationships and two of my best friends and I desperately wish this book had existed when we were in high school. I hope this book helps people in similar situations. This quote was one in particular that I identified with because it's a pattern I'm still struggling to break. #YALitsy

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Bad Romance | Heather Demetrios
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This cover is absurdly gorgeous. I love it so much. Also, the story inside... I'm already feeling so many things and I'm on page 64. Like... woah. #YALitsy

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Not Otherwise Specified | Hannah Moskowitz
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How did I miss this brilliant book in 2015? I loved everything about this book. Etta has such a unique and strong voice and despite dealing with a lot of really heavy topics, this book is really just about Etta. I highly recommend! #YAlitsy

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My favorite quote, making me so excited for Fall, in an excellent graphic novel adaptation of Anne of Green Gables. Though sometimes it felt rushed, I think it definitely hits the highlights of the book, and the art is beautiful. Also, after having read Kindred in graphic novel form, I'm a huge fan of this concept.

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This is such an odd book. I have no idea what to think, but I really do not like Yeong-hye's husband. He's the worst.

Crystalblu A totally self absorbed idiot! Could not stand him! 5y
JenicaDawn @Crystalblu I know! I wound up really not liking the book overall, because I hated the brother in law almost as much. 😠 5y
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Dress Codes for Small Towns | Courtney Stevens
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So thrilled to have an ARC of this and am absolutely adoring it. It's definitely one I'm going to need my own finished copy of though, because I have to know my favorite quotes made it through! #YALitsy

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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I'm so intrigued by this concept and the writing is so lovely. I feel like I'm the last person to read this book so I'm excited to be able to talk about it with people soon!

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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This book was so incredible. It packs a lot into less than 200 pages!

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I finished this book last night and I'm still so emotional about it. 😭 This book is so profoundly impactful and difficult to process and it's one I think I'll re-read to further grapple with some of the topics it hits on. I cannot recommend it enough though!

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Queens of Geek | Jen Wilde
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I loved this book so much that I had to pair it with one of my Queens who got me through high school, college, and law school. Aka, Taylor Swift.

This book has so many perfect passages explaining Taylor's anxiety, which I related to so much. I loved it so much. ❤️ #YALitsy

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When Dimple Met Rishi | Sandhya Menon
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I got book mail today and I am SO EXCITED.

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Devoured this yesterday and y'all... this is incredible. It was so funny and relatable. Truly excellent.

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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It took me three bookstores to finally find this book, but I did it! It's here! It's mine!! I'm so excited to read this!

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I definitely didn't succeed at #24in48, but considering the bar is on Tuesday/Wednesday, I feel like I still did pretty well! I'm very invested in #TheGoldfinch at this point and have somewhere between 19/20 hours to go at regular speed, I think?

GypsyKat You did great! 👏👏👏 5y
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Moral Defense | Marcia Clark
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Why can't we have books where lawyers don't make professional responsibility seem like a joke? And books where we don't fat shame people and equate fat to bad? I enjoyed this book overall, but I also have a great deal of frustration with it. So mixed feelings overall. But on the bright side, I'm now past the three hour mark for #24in48. 🙈

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Starting this monster on audiobook for #24in48. I've heard so much about this book. This is my first audiobook downloaded from Overdrive too. Thanks to public libraries for this!

JenicaDawn Discovering I actually had no idea what this book was about nearly two hours in... It is fascinating though. 5y
JenicaDawn When you still have almost 20 hours to go in this book... 🙈 5y
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A Night Like This | Julia Quinn
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I'm honestly so obsessed with Julia Quinn and I do so adore Daniel. 😍#romantsy

EloisaJames You know she's on Litsy? @JuliaQuinn 5y
JenicaDawn @EloisaJames I didn't!! Thank you! 5y
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Vixen in Velvet | Loretta Chase
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I've read these books in backward order, which has been interesting, but this series is excellent! I'm especially fond of Leonie's story (this one), although knowing Clara's story made reading Sophy's much less taxing on my emotions. 😂 #romantsy

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My American Duchess | Eloisa James
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My first book on the cruise and it was a good one! It had been on my TBR for ages and thank goodness I finally picked it up from the library! The characters were amazing and it was delightfully long. I highly recommend! #romantsy

EloisaJames I'm so glad you enjoyed it! And that it was right there in the library to find. 6y
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The Wise Man's Fear | Patrick Rothfuss
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Currently listening to The Wise Man's Fear at the beach waiting for it to be time to head to the cruise ship. I can't wait to actually have time to read again thanks to law school being over. 👏🏼

sprainedbrain I just loved those books on audio! 6y
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Lord of Scoundrels | Loretta Chase
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I feel like everyone loves this book, but I am STRUGGLING. Dain is driving me up the wall with his insistence at interpreting everything Jess does as manipulation. It's not unrealistic, but I'm about to throw the book out the damn window if he doesn't start growing up at some point! 🙄 #romantsy

JenicaDawn Literally right after I posted this, he started getting it together and by the end, I wanted another three hundred pages. 😂 6y
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Dukes Prefer Blondes | Loretta Chase
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Everything about this book makes it a must read. Mr. Redford is a barrister and has made enemies that want him dead. Lady Clara has been brought up to marry a Duke and is feeling rather stifled by her life when she decides to help Bridget find her brother Toby. The ensuing adventure that brings the hero and heroine together is amazingly delightful. I highly recommend. Also, the cover is gorgeous. #romantsy

flip58 Love Loretta Chase 6y
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Deep Dark | Laura Griffin
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I had to take a pause because this book is so intense. I think this book really walks the line between having romance as the genre and mystery/crime/suspense as the main genre. The hero is Reed, a jaded, divorced detective and the heroine is a 24-year-old, Delaney Knox, who works for the Delphi Center. The murder that connects them turns out to be a serial killer and it looks like there's a connection to Laney's attack. So good. 😬#romantsy

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Hold Me | Courtney Milan
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Y'all... Today is the one year anniversary of NC's HB2 and also the best day to shove this book in everyone's face. Maria is a trans woman who has this blog that everyone loves about the apocalypse. She's also girly and wonderful and Jay is super judge-y. But then he realizes she's Em. READ THIS RIGHT NOW ALL OF YOU. #romantsy