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It's Groundhog Day! | Steven Kroll
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In honor of Groundhog Day here are three of my favorite rereads from January (get it?😀)
#rereads #romantsy

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The Worst Guy | Kate Canterbary
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What I‘m reading this weekend. Both main characters are circling 40.
#weekendreading
#popsugarreadingchallenge
#romancelandia
#coverlove
#pop22
#romantsy
#romance
#kindleunlimited

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The Sun Down Motel | Simone St. James
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“The night it all ended, Vivian was alone.” #firstlinefridays #firstlinefriday

ShyBookOwl Loved this one!! Enjoy 6mo
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The Ex Hex: A Novel | Erin Sterling
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#FirstlineFridays . “Never mix vodka and witchcraft.” #botm #firstlinefriday #romantsy

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 7mo
ShyBookOwl Great photo and great first line! 7mo
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#firstlineFriday #firstlinefridays
“She was found on a January day in a field where the junipers grew, wound in a blue blanket with her name carefully stitched along the border with silk thread.”

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Wrong | Jana Aston
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Yet another romance that uses an abortion to show how selfish and awful a female villain is. This author is now on my DO NOT READ list.

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The Book of Magic | Alice Hoffman
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It‘s #firstlinefriday.
“Some stories begin at the beginning and others begin at the end, but all the best stories begin in a library.”

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It‘s the last day of #bannedbookweek2021. This graphic novel has been challenged many times for the following reasons: #pornographic #lgbtq #druguse #sexualviolence #sexualsituations #readbannedbooks kids! #freedomtoread #bannedbooks #bannedbooksweek

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I‘m combining #firstlinefriday & #bannedbooks2021 today. First line: He‘d stopped trying to bring her back. Reasons book is challenged: #offensivelanguage #vileprofanity #coarselanguage #sexuality #readbannedbooks kids!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome photo 🧡 8mo
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Invisible Man | Ralph Ellison
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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#bannedbooksweek2021 continues! This book has been challenged due to #violence #sexualcontent #obscenelanguage. #readbannedbooks kids!

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Lady Chatterley's Lover | Lawrence, D. H.
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If you‘re gonna post about a banned book why not start with a biggie? #bannedbooksweek2021 #obscenelanguage #smut #obscene

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My Policeman | Bethan Roberts
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“I considered starting with these words: I no longer want to kill you—because I really don‘t—but then decided you would think this far too melodramatic.” #Firstlinefridays

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#Firstlinefridays

Look in the terrible mirror of the sky
And not in this dead glass, which can reflect
Only the surfaces—the bending arm,
The leaning shoulder and the searching eye.

From Blanche McCarthy by Wallace Stevens.
#poetry #poems

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When the stilt-walker approached, Sesily Talbot realized someone was toying with her. #firstlinefridays #firstlineFriday #romance #romantsy

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Dirty English | Ilsa Madden-Mills
Bailedbailed

I DNF‘d this one at 14%.
After all the BS happening this past week in Texas, reading how a female character is a shitty human because she wanted an abortion just rubs me the wrong way. There are a million ways to show or tell us (this author loves to tell rather than show) someone is rotten, but this is the way you decide to go? 🤬 #romance #romantsy

So, I bailed & the author is going on my do not bother reading list. 🤷🏼‍♀️

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“If menopause were on Yelp it would have one star.”
#nonfiction #firstlinefridays #firstlinefriday @ShyBookOwl

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It started with a prayer. #firstlinefridays #libraryhaul
#nonfiction

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak

The impoverished always try to keep moving, as if relocating might help. They ignore the reality that a new version of the same old problem will be waiting at the end of the trip— the relative you cringe to kiss.

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The Book Thief | Markus Zusak
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“First the colors.” #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

Nutmegnc That‘s an amazing first line. And a great book!! (edited) 7mo
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The Highwayman | Kerrigan Byrne
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Mehso-so

I know a lot people ❤️ this book but it really is just a meh for me. #YMMV #romantsy

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Mehso-so

Tessa Bailey just is hit or miss for me, and this one is a big old miss. Which is a shame because I like the premise. (Why can‘t I post an image?) #YMMV #romantsy

Jemgirl2014 I like to use the web version.when I'm having trouble posting pictures on the app. 9mo
Loreen @Jemgirl2014 good idea! I‘ll have try that. 😀 9mo
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The Highwayman | Kerrigan Byrne
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#Firstlinefriday @ShyBookOwl

Blood ran down Dougan Mackenzie‘s forearms as he crouched against the ancient stone wall separating the grounds of Applecross Orphanage from the wild mountains beyond.

This book is bananas. 🍌🍌🍌

#historicalromance

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Paris by the Book | Liam Callanan
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Once a week, I chase men who are not my husband.
#firstlinefriday
@ShyBookOwl

tpixie It was a pretty good first line 3d
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Pickpick

What a fun read. It‘s like Mary Poppins shows up in Regency England and saves this family from all their bad decisions and gives them all what they really want at the end. HEAs for all!
*Now, their is antisemitism (think Fagin and Shylock) that knocked me out of the story. So be prepared for that. Due to this nonsense, I gave this book 3.5 stars rather than 4.5.

Loreen After watching Peaky Blinders, that science makes Sophy look a bit stupid and foolish. 10mo
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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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TJR is hit or miss for me, but this is a definite hit. It‘s a fab beach read. I mean, how can it not be? TJR tells us from the jump that there is gonna be a fire. And I think she does a great job of ratcheting up that tension. Nina‘s story arc is good & I like how it pays off. The big ‘80s teen movie party is….fine. But there is one thing that Bothers me enough that I must rant about it. It‘s a spoiler, so I‘ll stick it in the comments.

Loreen SPOILERS! Okay, I think TJR takes away the importance of that fire, and everything she says about fires by not burning down the family owned restaurant & home. To make a fresh start for everyone in the family, all of her siblings, it all should burn. Not just the house where Nina lived with her stupid ex husband. It all should burn! (edited) 10mo
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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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#bookmail is the best mail. And I am looking forward to reading my selection for #botm. Only one thing is really bothering me. This book is set in 1994 and is listed as historical fiction. 🙄🙄🙄

Tamra 😅 10mo
BookishMarginalia 🤔🤨 10mo
MicheleinPhilly 🙄🙄🙄 The author is probably 25. 10mo
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BrittanyReads Yeah, that didn't sit well with me either 😅😅 10mo
Loreen @BrittanyReads it‘s just so annoying. 10mo
The_Heeler_Booklife I must be historic since I was born in 1995! 😂 10mo
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What I‘m reading this morning…#SpringandFall #coffee

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Today in sh*t that makes me feel old: this book is categorized as historical fiction and takes place in the year 1983.

MicheleinPhilly I saw a post the other day that a book classified as HF was set in 1993 or 1994. 🙄 11mo
Loreen @MicheleinPhilly good grief. 1993? 😳 11mo
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What I‘m reading today for my virtual book club.

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Neon Gods | Katee Robert
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Mehso-so

It‘s another so so retelling of the Hades & Persephone myth. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I found it all to be rather flat. #YMMV. Is it tacky to suggest a better retelling in a review?

BrittanyReads Not at all! I love when people recommend a similar/better book! 11mo
Loreen @BrittanyReads I guess I should edit and add the book to this post. 😬 11mo
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The Night Strangers | Chris Bohjalian
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Pickpick

It‘s an interesting story but I‘m not sure he hits that ending. It‘s a bit 🧀 #horror #witches #StephenKingvibes

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Panpan

This book is like eating a jar of marshmallow fluff. The first two spoonfuls are yummy. But by the bottom of the jar you are unsatisfied and full of regrets. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #ymmv

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Managed | Kristen Callihan
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I #reread this over the weekend. It‘s one of my favorite grumpy hero & sunshine heroine #romance. #romantsy #mttbr

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Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian
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Pickpick

It‘s a good vacation read. Light and frothy. 🤷‍♀️ #beachread #coverlove #botm #mttbr

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Act Your Age | Eve Dangerfield
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Well, this is a first for me. And I‘m not gonna lie. It took a lot for me to finish this book. But it was worth it for the emotional payoff. If you are triggered be sure to check the reviews online to see what‘s what. #romantsy #erotic

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The Night Strangers | Chris Bohjalian
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I‘m trying to finish this so I can start the #20booksofSummer21 challenge tomorrow. #horror #ghoststory #mttbr

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Now You See Her | Jacquelyn Mitchard
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Panpan

Just Not my jam.

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Almost Moon | Alice Sebold
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Bailedbailed

I hate this book. I DNF‘d this at 100 pages. And am happy I did.

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That Kind of Mother | Rumaan Alam
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Mehso-so

I wanted to like this one, but I just didn‘t care about the main character. 🤷🏼‍♀️
#mttbr

DivineDiana Too bad. 😕 12mo
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Pickpick

This book is another that surprised me. Very interesting examination of divorce laws and one woman‘s experience of it. If you are a fan of #nonfiction reads, you may want to give it a read.

#mttbr

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Whiskey: A Novel | Bruce Holbert
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To my surprise, I really like this book.

#mttbr

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Broken Angels | Gemma Liviero
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Bailedbailed

I received this book in a #GoodReadsgiveaway.
This book is so depressing. I bailed about 100 pages into it and haven‘t looked back. I think a lot of people really like this book, so YMMV. 🤷🏼‍♀️
#DNF
#mttbr

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Pickpick

This book is not a feel good kind of book. It‘s informative, helpful, and a book a everyone with elderly parents needs to to read.
#nonfiction
#mttbr

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The Hogwarts Library | J.K. Rowling , Inc. Scholastic
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Another Harry Potter collection of stories. Except this time the books are by J.K. Rowling. The books are a mixed bag. I like some more than others. Fantastic Beasts & Beedle the Bard are great fun to read. But Quidditch Through the Ages was a boring and confusing. I really think Rowling had a difficult time figuring out quidditch and how it works in the books and it shows in Quidditch Through the Ages.

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Mehso-so

Like all collections of essays, it‘s a mixed bag. Some essays are great and others are….not. For me this was like reading 200 level college philosophy course textbook. So I gave it only 2 Stars on GoodReads.
#nonfiction
#mttbr

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Pickpick

I really like this cookbook. It‘s readable and lovely and full of good information that has improved my cooking. I give it 5 Stars. Samin Nosrat‘s voice is so strong and fun to read. It really is like watching the Netflix series based on this cookbook. And the illustrations are just fantastic. So it totally makes sense to me that this book is highly rated on GoodReads. I‘m looking forward to re-reading and trying the recipes in the coming months.

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I love the title of this book, the cover of this book, and the way they get to the HEA in this book. ❤️ #reread #romance #coverlove #romantsy

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Runaway Girl | Tessa Bailey
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It‘s probably me, not the author. Lots of people love her books. I just can‘t read romance novels with heroes in the military because writers get it wrong almost every time. And I keep trying to read them and am disappointed every time. So. 🤷‍♀️