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KelsiTaylor

KelsiTaylor

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Probably one of the most beautifully written books I‘ve ever read. This book covers so many topics, ornithology, grief, identity, immigration, belonging, and it doesn‘t gloss over any of them. They‘re all handled and discussed beautifully. 10/10
Thanks for the recommendation @kera_11 . I‘ll probably give this back at some point.

kera_11 I want it back immediately 1mo
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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Finished falling down the Emily Henry rabbit hole and I absolutely love all of her books. They‘re so fun and the MCs are just the best

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Truly one of my new fav book couples, they‘re so funny and cute.
January‘s life is falling apart so she moves in to her dad‘s beach house for the summer, only to learn that her neighbor is her old college writing nemesis, except she never really hated him. Both of them in a writing slump, they challenge each other to write a book in each other‘s preferred genre and help each other do research for it. And no one is going to fall in love.

kera_11 IVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU TO READ THIS finally !!!! 1mo
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Blood of Olympus | Rick Riordan
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Always have to do a reread of these. Truly my favorite series that‘s ever existed.

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Frankenstien | Mary Shelley
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“My reign is not yet over- you live, and my power is complete”
I‘ve only ever seen the Frankenstein movie so I was very pleasantly surprised and shocked that the original monster does in fact speak. I have many many thoughts on this book and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. I know she‘s credited with one of the first science fiction novels ever but I think this book is so much more complex than she‘s given credit for.
9/10

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I absolutely loved this book as much as the first one. I loved that all the lady pirates were back in this book and that our MC Charlotte was just as badass as our first heroine but with more ✨magic✨

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12/10. That‘s it. That‘s the review.
Romy‘s life has always been different. She was born on a spaceship, living entirely in space with just her parents. Until they both die, leaving Romy completely alone, hurtling away from Earth, running a spaceship. Years pass, then Romy learns NASA is sending another ship to meet with hers. Messaging the other ships captain, J, she finally feels connected to another person again. Except J might be lying to her.

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I read this whole series in one day so it definitely was interesting! A little more slow burn than I expected. I definitely would‘ve liked it better when I was younger but I still quite liked the series and dynamic between Jude and Cardan!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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“This was the first time I came face-to-face with Alicia Berenson. The rest, as they say, is history.”
It may only be March but this is probably going to be one of the best recommendations I get all year so thank you so much @Mariasimon. This book is absolutely wild and so fun to read. Please check trigger warnings before reading.

LoverOfLearning I definitely enjoyed it as well! 4mo
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Hook, Line, and Sinker | Tessa Bailey
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This book released today but I was lucky enough to get it a few days ago and I loved it! I loved this series so much and was so happy with Hannah & Fox‘s story and everyone‘s endings.

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A Song of Wraiths and Ruin | Roseanne A. Brown
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The world building was a bit hard for me to get into as the magic system didn‘t make sense to me but this book was still good! CRAZY twist that I did not see coming, truly horrendous but I probably won‘t read the sequel.

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Please check trigger warnings before reading this book.
This book covers a lot of family trauma and how times of crisis are particularly exacerbating. I liked the narrating from different POV‘s but wished we could‘ve heard from the main character‘s daughters. Some points were a bit underdeveloped for me but I still really liked this book and would definitely recommend it.

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Freshwater | Akwaeke Emezi
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This will easily be one of my favorite books of the year. This book is so beautifully written and wonderfully melancholy.
Ada was born with “one foot on the other side”, hosting gods and goddess inside her body from the day of her birth. After a traumatic event makes the other selves more prone to keeping control of Ada‘s body to help protect her, Ada feels herself fading into the background and losing control of her own mind.
11/10

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Beasts of Prey | Ayana Gray
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“Underneath him, she curled her body into a ball, and he used his arms and chest to cover as much of her as he could. Ultimately, he knew the gesture wouldn‘t do much against the beast‘s wrath, but maybe while the thing was busy eating him, she could run.”
You will never convince me that even though this book is about magic and monsters and gods and identity crises, it is ABSOLUTELY a romance.

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Monday's Not Coming | Tiffany D. Jackson
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Mehso-so

This book is devastating to read. I really liked the premise but wasn‘t a big fan of the jumping of timelines and how some of these friends trauma seems to just be glossed over. Still definitely worth a read.
Claudia is the only person who notices that her best friend Monday is missing and no one even attempts to look for her…until her body is found a year later.

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I absolutely LOVED this book! Cinderella meets Crazy Rich Asians. Izumi is hilarious and so open and real, I read this book in one sitting.

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Six Crimson Cranes | Elizabeth Lim
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I really liked this book! The consistent pace made it super easy to fly through and I‘m excited for the sequel!

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Legendborn | Tracy Deonn
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Bree witnesses a demon attack her first night on campus and unlocks a hidden memory. She‘s seen magic before; the night her mom died and someone stole the memories of what happened from her. She‘ll do whatever it takes to find out what really happened to her mom and what connection she has to magic, including infiltrate The Knights of the Round Table and take them down from the inside. She might even convince King Arthur‘s descendent to help her.

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Pied Piper | Nevil Shute
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These will definitely be the last Nevil Shute books I read. Pied Piper isn‘t as bad as the last one in terms of racism and terminology, still a bit white savior-y for me.
An Old Captivity is definitely a skip. He‘s back to all of his racism and sexism, but with a bit of a magical realism twist I wasn‘t expecting from him.
He‘s still going to be a no for me.

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Iron Widow | Xiran Jay Zhao
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In Huaxia, male pilots sacrifice women to help pilot their ships and fight their enemies. Until one pilot sacrifices the wrong woman, leading to her sister delivering such swift vengeance, she becomes what everyone fears-a female pilot capable of sacrificing men instead, but she‘s not as easy to kill as they thought.
Zetian is one of my favorite main characters EVER. Absolutely everyone should read this book.

kera_11 this sounds awesome, add it to my shopping cart pls 5mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I can‘t even tell you how many times I cried reading this book. This book is beautiful and haunting and so full of love. Took until the last chapter of this book to realize the author is the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, so amazing!!

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Round the Bend | Nevil Shute
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I would rate this book 0 stars but my Grandpa asked me to read it as it‘s his favorite book so I will give it a 1. Yes it‘s a “product of its time” but tries to be enlightened with unpopular takes for the time on racism, religion, and colonialism, all while the main character does not exhibit the ideals he pretends to be enlightened about. A gross simplification of Eastern philosophy and religion. Absolutely do not recommend

CarolynM Yeah, Shute's politics were pretty awful. Some of the stories are good, but I'd definitely advise you to skip this one 5mo
KelsiTaylor @CarolynM is the rest of his writing the same way because the narrator just felt so condescending? 5mo
CarolynM It's such a long time since I read them I probably didn't perceive them as condescending in a way I might now. 5mo
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King of Battle and Blood | Scarlett St Clair
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What can I say, another book that is not a standalone like I thought. Our protagonist Isolde is quite funny and fun plot line that was a bit predictable but still a really good read.

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This book was absolutely perfect. Lady pirates, assassination attempts, flying houses and one of the funniest heroines ever

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Plain Bad Heroines | Emily M Danforth
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Book 1 of 2022☑️
I truly don‘t know if I actually understand what happened in this book but I kind of like that the ending seems up to each reader‘s interpretation. The dynamic between Merritt, Audrey, and Harper is a bit confusing but overall fun to watch unfold.

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“There can be magic in the ordinary”
Very glad my sisters pushed me to move this up my TBR, a fantastic book.

kera_11 I love being right 6mo
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These Hollow Vows | Lexi Ryan
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I will not be reading another book EVER AGAIN until I can wholeheartedly confirm it‘s a standalone or a finished series. Waiting for this sequel till next summer might actually break me. I love all of the characters and I can‘t wait to see what Brie does in book 2. I hope she fucks up everyone that‘s been manipulating her. Every single one of them.

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The November Girl | Lydia Kang
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Finished this book 2 hours before November ended so we‘re gonna call it a success! I absolutely loved this book and the main characters who are so real.
Anda is the Witch of November; the storms that make Lake Superior especially deadly in November around Isle Royale. Hector is running from his life and in need of somewhere to hide. Maybe an island everyone abandons during the storm season wasn‘t his best choice, especially since he‘s not alone.

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Our Violent Ends | Chloe Gong
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“To have and to hold, where even death cannot part us”
Just spent the past 6 hours realizing I don‘t think I‘ve actually ever read Romeo and Juliet and now I don‘t think I ever will because I know I will never love them more than this version of them.
This book is absolutely amazing and an incredible way to wrap up the series. I can not wait for Chloe Gong‘s next retelling!

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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I am OBSESSED with this book. Yadriel‘s family won‘t let him do his ceremony to become a brujo because he‘s trans and they don‘t think Lady of Death will accept him, so he does it by himself and raises a spirit to prove himself. Except, he raised the wrong spirit, and this one won‘t leave just yet. Now Yadriel has to help Julian tie up lose ends without his family finding out what happened.
Their dynamic is amazing and beautiful to watch unfold

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“i am the water.
i am the wine.
i am the very magic that turns one into the other.
meanwhile, he isn‘t shit.
why would I bother with someone who simply cannot compare?”

Sallyconroy @KelsiTaylor I‘ve noticed a lot of the books you & your sisters post have beautiful covers. 8mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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This book was so fun! The characters are all so funny and relatable. A great book to put you in the Halloween mood

Sydneypaige Ah I waiting for this one!! 8mo
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This Poison Heart | Kalynn Bayron
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IF I START ONE MORE BOOK THAT I THINK IS A STANDALONE BUT IS ACTUALLY AN UNFINISHED DUOLOGY, I‘M GOING TO LOSE MY SHIT!!!! This book is absolutely top tier, so many twists, amazing characters, and the coolest magical powers of all time🥀

kera_11 Remind me to read this after the second book drops 8mo
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Starting October off with a bang! There are only a handful of Final Girls and they meet for therapy every week in secret to help cope with the tragedies that made them Final Girls. Until one week, one of them doesn‘t show up

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Probably my favorite trio of sisters ever. Their stories are so fun and relatable.

kera_11 You mean besides us right? @Sydneypaige 9mo
KelsiTaylor @kera_11 I said what I said 9mo
kera_11 Honestly I‘m not mad, I understand 9mo
Sydneypaige I mean I‘m a bit offended 9mo
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Poison for Breakfast | Lemony Snicket
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“Nobody knows anything at all… No one knows why I am clumsy. I don‘t know why cactuses are poisonous or why so many people have been forced into prison camps and other terrible situations. I can‘t even figure out what‘s wrong with people who like poached eggs.”

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Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J Maas
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I truly never thought I would finish this series, these books are stupid long but I did it. For now obviously since we all know she‘s going to write another book to round out the endings for the Bat Boys

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“Commence me taking hundreds of boob photos, and studying them closely, and thinking most of those don‘t even look like boobs.
And I thought, “This is not something Emily Dickinson or Walt Whitman would have done. Or is it.”

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No better time to finish a book than when the power is out! I truly think I‘m obsessed with Tessa Bailey‘s writing. Main character Piper is big Alexis Rose energy, so funny!

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Absolutely my favorite dual POV story ever. 19 yr old Sadie is hunting the man who killed her little sister. Podcast host West is hunting Sadie, trying to find her before it‘s too late. This book is going to haunt me for a long time

kera_11 Oooo this sounds really good, pls bring it with you 10mo
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A very interesting read considering the 90s is put on a pedestal for feminism and equality when all that really came out of it was reclaiming the word bitch apparently

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The Cruelest Mercy | Natalie Mae
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Quite possibly my favorite duology that I‘ve ever read. I finished the whole thing in less than 24 hours and I don‘t regret a minute of it. Zahru is one of the realest protagonists ever and I absolutely adore her

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“I hope that once someone rips everything useful out of me, I will still haunt them.”

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House of Hollow | Krystal Sutherland
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“I was ten years old the first time I realized I was strange…It was, of course, not the last.”
I read this book in one sitting, it was CRAZY. Iris and her two sisters go missing for a month when they‘re children and none of them can remember what happened to them. 10 years later, and her sisters again, have disappeared into thin air.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Definitely one of my favorite couples in a romance book ever, they‘re just so cute. We love the representation for a autistic main character who is just so funny

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“I never fixed myself, I am my own arduous endeavor
I light myself in fire for everyone”

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I don‘t know how to sum up this book other than it‘s review of, “Difficult to quote in a family newspaper.” Paul is a shapeshifter and changes their body and identity whenever and however they want.
A new take on queer-ness that I‘ve never read before. Maybe not my favorite protagonist ever but definitely worth the read to see their adventures.

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Tigers, Not Daughters | Samantha Mabry
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I read this book in one sitting and I absolutely loved the story-telling! Follows 3 sisters in their grief after their 4th sister falls out a window to her death… and then starts haunting them. I will now be disappointed if my sisters don‘t haunt me in death.

Sydneypaige I got you 👻 11mo
kera_11 already on my to do list 👻 11mo
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“Her home is the burrow of a bibliophile hobbit— low-ceilinged, close-walled, and brimming over with books.”
This is probably one of my favorite love letters to books that I‘ve ever read

DrexEdit ❤️ that quote! ☺️ 11mo
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“We are the Apocalypse…dead blondes and bad mothers, harlots and abominations, witches at the gate of light and darkness; we are the end of the world that was, and the first sign of the world to come, in the age after patriarchy, when monsters rule the earth.”

DrexEdit And I 😍 that lamp! 😃 11mo
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