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Katie.happens

Katie.happens

Joined June 2021

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The Heiress Gets a Duke | Harper St. George
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Positive masculinity: ✅ Female lead with agency: ✅ Sexy will-they-won‘t-they romance: ✅ I really love when female characters are active and in touch with their sexuality in romance novels, it makes the dynamic so much healthier and more fun to read.

Follow.my.read What a beautiful globe 🌎 3w
Katie.happens @Follow.my.read Thanks! We got it at Hobby Lobby and used it as our guest book at our wedding! ❤️ 3w
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What a quirky, funny, heartwarming novel. Klune has juxtaposed fantasy with what makes every day life worth living 💛

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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Hour of the Witch is probably one of my favorite reads this year. Certainly top 5. The characters do use old English vernacular, so it may not be for everyone. But for those of us that love historical fiction: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This was not my favorite Lucy Foley novel, but I can tell she was passionate about it which makes reading it more fun. It‘s a very slow burn and that ending is wild. 👀

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The ending was a little too neat and tidy for me, but it‘s about the journey, not the destination. And the journey of reading this book is so. Freaking. Fun.

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If you love character driven novels, you will like this one. I love books with lots of characters and perspectives, it draws me into the story and I don‘t get bored. But not for you if lots of characters in a scene is confusing or uninteresting for you.

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Hey this is pretty good. They should write 7 more and maybe make a tv show. People would flip.

kplovesbooks 😂😂 3mo
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Katherine Center is the queen of comfort reads. The novel is like a hug you can read, with a little action and adventure to keep you hooked ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Wow, Hawkins does it again. I love her modern takes on classics. The Wife Upstairs was a 4 and a half star read for me and Reckless Girls was too. I will check out anything she puts out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Jennette McCurdy is my new favorite writer. I laughed, I cried, I will read anything she writes forever. It is 1000% worth the hype. If you haven‘t picked it up yet, give it a chance, you won‘t regret it.

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I give this one a Pick because the duel timeline kept me interested and wanting to read. However, overall it‘s not my favorite small town mystery. I did appreciate how realistic the ending was and the grit of the characters.

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I give this one a Pick because the duel timeline kept me interested and wanting to read. However, overall it‘s not my favorite small town mystery. I did appreciate how realistic the ending was and the grit of the characters.

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Matilda / Matilda | Roald Dahl
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I finally read a children‘s classic. One of my students gave it to me and told me I was his Ms. Honey. He was such a blessing, I was so lucky to have him in class.

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A Rogue of One's Own | Evie Dunmore
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These novels are the perfect escape. There is nothing like a cloudy day with a cup of tea and a League of Extraordinary Women novel.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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My I-Finally-Read-The-One-Everyone-Else-Loves book. And yeah, it‘s good. 100% worth the hype.

kbibliophilific The cover too 😍 4mo
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Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I loved the twist on the narrative, I just wish there as a little more information on the world building. The way Neverland functions and the ability to get there and come back is quite important to the story, but never really explained. I was left with lots of questions, but I do think that was what the author was going for. To leave the reader in wonder.

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GALLANT. | V.E. Schwab
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This book has SUCH an interesting premise. It just didn‘t live up to how wonderfully it started. By the end I had to kind of give myself a push to finish it. The ultimate villain was very cool, I wish we could have seen more from him before the very end of the novel.

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really loved this book. I couldn‘t put it down. A quaint British college with a mysterious professor and even more mysterious followers? Sign me up. I thought I had the twist all figured out and still I was shocked by the ending. I just wish there was a little more finality to the end. After reading the whole book you still feel like you‘re missing the end of the story.

ItsAngel Can I just say how much I love that keyboard?! 😍 3mo
Katie.happens @ItsAngel it‘s on Amazon! I just searched “vintage keyboard” and you get a thousand color options! 3mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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The author herself describes this story as “utterly bizarre” and she‘s right. It‘s also thrilling, fast-paced, and really, really hard to put down.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Reid can write a family drama that feels like a mystery. Even the side characters are interesting and fully formed. I couldn‘t put it down until the last page. 100% worth the BookTok hype.

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What You Wish For | Katherine Center
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This book is all soft sand and comfy couches. It‘s warm, the steaks are fairly low, and the characters are quirky. The perfect relaxing summer beach read.

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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The beginning and end of the novel are so engaging. The middle lagged quite a bit for me, I was much more interested in one of the double narratives than the other, causing me to just give up and skim half of the novel until the time I‘d reached the end when it pulled me back. Still a pick, but almost a so-so for me.

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I got this for my husband for his birthday (because we stan Rachel Bloom in this house) but I read it before him because I was too excited to wait. Her writing is so unique and funny, you can hear her voice shine through in such an endearing way. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Rules of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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I always love a Practical Magic novel. The stories always tug your heart strings and the characters are so painfully human, you can‘t help but want them to find happiness.

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New obsession ⬆️⬆️⬆️ My only regret is that I waited until too late in the year to start it, it‘s perfect for a snowstorm read by the fireplace.

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Every Word You Cannot Say | Iain S. Thomas
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Pretty, pretty poetry 🖤

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Gymnastics + Murder Mystery + A cast of entirely unlikeable characters so it‘s impossible to choose a suspect because, honestly, they all had it in them.

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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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I only guessed 1 out of 3 twists. But I did find my newest obsession ⬆️⬆️⬆️

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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A beautiful tribute to the survivors of sexual assault. Halse writes with such love for the survivors who inspired the book. A short, five star read that will be near and dear to the hearts of women everywhere.

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One to Watch: A Novel | Kate Stayman-London
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Perfect for the Reality TV obsessed person trying to get back into reading. I would actually watch the Bachelorette if it went down like that!⬆️⬆️⬆️

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People who like horror movies would probably enjoy this significantly more than I did. However, even if you aren‘t a big horror fan, the mystery will keep you enthralled.

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Klytemenesta‘s stories are so rarely told. Most people don‘t even know Helen of Troy had a sister in the famous myths. To see the humanity breathed into the so often overlooked characters of mythology is always a treat.

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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
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A classic Whodunit? with characters that are just as mysterious as they are unlikeable. All the suspects seem equally able to fit any theories. You have to keep reading just to know if the one you chose is right.

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Rook | Sharon Cameron
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Rook is one of my absolute favorites. I read it every couple years and recommend it often. It‘s a post apocalyptic retelling of The Scarlett Pimpernel, a mysterious character who rescued innocent nobles from the guillotine. This time, our Pimpernel is 17 year-old Sophie and her older brother Tom who enjoy the thrill of a rescue and besting the leaders of the revolution.

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One Day in December | Josie Silver
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I liked the idea of how the novel started. It veered off course for me pretty quickly. I can‘t say I didn‘t like it, I was always eager to read it. However it always fell a little flat to me. I felt like there was a lot of telling me how close the characters were, without ever really showing the relationships in the story. And after 10 years of build up, the ending feels so abrupt.

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Once There Were Wolves | Charlotte McConaghy
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This novel is as beautiful and painful as the Wild that inspired it. Finishing it was like being on top of a snow covered mountain. The air hurts, but you don‘t want to leave the view.

WJCintron Love your description of it!! Thanks for sharing! I have it on my TBR! 10mo
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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When I was a teenager I loved historical romance. As I grew older, I began to see all the toxic tropes that so often came with the genre and took a step back. On a whim I picked up Bringing Down The Duke years after dropping the genre from my tbr. And what a delight! Finally a historical romance with a dramatic (but not toxic) couple. They are such fun to read about. You actually want to see them together and happy.

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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This one was a low pick for me, but I bet that‘s just because I‘m not the prime audience. Had I read it in high school, I think I would have been obsessed. It‘s got Sherlock Homes meets Harry Potter energy. Truman approved. 🖤

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Today Tonight Tomorrow | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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Such a cute Enemies To Lovers tale. Rowen and Neil have competed for the best grades, awards, and titles all through high school. Now on the night before graduation they are teaming up to take down the rest of the senior class in a grade wide scavenger hunt. And they are… enjoying hanging out?? What? And you‘ll enjoy hanging out with them too 🥳

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Too Good to Be True | Carola Lovering
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“There are three sides to every story.” But oof, that male lead is a conman in every one of them. •The first 3/4 of this book is engaging and fun. The last quarter transforms into a love-conquers-all Hallmark novel that doesn‘t match the theme of the rest of the book.

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I have LOVED Sanger‘s other work, but this one couldn‘t pull me in the way the others did. It had all the right ingredients, but to me the finished product wasn‘t what I had hoped.

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The Final Girl Support Group | Grady Grady Hendrix
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Cat mamas don‘t take a relaxing reading baths without their sidekicks. Mine‘s name is Truman 📚

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The cutest little love story you ever did read. The writing is witty and funny. The joy and heartache of this novel will stay with you for days. 💛

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Honey Girl | Morgan Rogers
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I was enchanted by Honey Girl when I first started reading it. I love an interracial relationship in books and in movies (it seems abuse is more tolerated sometimes than simply a couple that doesn‘t match 🙄). I loved the LGBTQA+ representation because I feel like there aren‘t many mainstream representations of such relationships either. However, by the end of the novel, the dramatic writing style wore on me a bit. A like not a love.

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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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The Ex Hex is such a cute Halloween time read. It‘s adventures are very silly and spooky, never scary. The characters are sweet and well intentioned, the steaks are never so high that it is anxiety inducing to read. It‘s the perfect fall escape to a beautiful, old spooky town where witches run wild.

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Ariadne is the perfect Greek mythology read. The dual perspectives of Ariadne and Phaedra are both so engaging. It lags a little toward the end and I started to wonder how it would end knowing the myth. And that ending is fascinating. At first I was outraged, but after turning it over in my head I ended up reading the last chapter again and really liking the bold choices made by the author.

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Anna K | Jenny Lee
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I started out really liking Anna K. After a bit though, the brand name dropping and (intentionally) vapid narration started to remind me a bit too much of the Pretty Little Liars. I do really enjoy a retelling of a classic, though.🥂

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I can see why a lot of people liked this novel. The writing style is so fun to read and quirky. Over all I just never really WANTED to see what would happen next. Once I was reading, I enjoyed it, but over all I couldn‘t stay hooked.

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I finished it but felt the same and also gave it a “so-so” review. I never got that “can‘t put it down, gotta know what happens next”feeling. Disappointing, because I loved the first two books I read by Backman. A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry. I DNF Britt-Marie Was Here. 14mo
Katie.happens @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 me too! So many people loved it, I thought it was just me! 😂💛 14mo
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This Is Our Story | Ashley Elston
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Five friends go on a hunting trip together, only four come back alive. What happened on that trip and who is responsible? The mystery of this short novel reals you in, but the steaks never really felt high enough. I was never really worried about the main characters, because it seemed clear that they were never really in jeopardy.

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The Body in the Woods | April Henry
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I was obviously not the intended audience for this novel, but quite enjoyed it. The middle school drama slowed it down to me, but a teenager would really enjoy it.