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MissCarrieLou

MissCarrieLou

Joined May 2016

Trying to read with a toddler in tow! 📚🐛 👦🏼
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Too Hard to Forget | Tessa Bailey
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I've hit my goal of 100 books read this year and at the end of the year I'm going to see exactly what percentage of them are by #TessaBailey. I discovered her this year and am just obsessed. Full length, novella, even audio (which I do NOT enjoy), I've not read one yet that I didn't love. They hit you right in the feels, but they are also suuuuper sexy. Ms. Bailey knows how to write a dirty talking hero like no one else. #WhenInRomance #romantsy

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Webtoon | Dewayne Rocky Aloysius
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Another night on graveyard, and so far I have read like......30 installments of this #webtoon, Miss Abbott and the Doctor. It's basically a historical romantic comedy with a bit of enemies to lovers in the beginning. Sooooo good, so sweet, very romantic, very funny. The language is modern, but it just lends to the cuteness. I am not a #comic / graphic novel person and I'm so hooked. #webtoons #romance #romanticcomedy #historicalromance #romantsy

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MissCarrieLou
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When you're a hospital switchboard operator working the graveyard shift, you have plenty of time to read all the romance! #TessaBailey is another author I discovered this year and she has not disappointed yet. While this is packaged as a light, sexy read, there are some heavy things going on, so it's hitting me right in the feels. But don't worry, the hero is still the signature Tessa Bailey dirty talker. 😍 #romantsy #romance

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Trying to kill time before our scheduled parent teacher conference. He actually let me read a whole book to him before he was distracted by the toys again. #library #librarylove

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Hello! 👋 I'm back on Litsy after a looong absence! I've missed you all! Got a new kitty and a new (to me) author that is definitely one of my favorites now. 💗 #romance #roniloren #wheninromance #romantsy

Texreader 😻😻😻 Welcome back! 14mo
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Devil in Spring | Lisa Kleypas
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As long as this spot stays shady, I am not moving! ☀️📚#romantsy #summerreading

EloisaJames I'm very jealous 3y
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Any Duchess Will Do | Tessa Dare
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I should probably be studying, or cleaning, or...something....oh, well! 💗 #romantsy

ChasingOm I've never had the Cream Ale, but I LOVE the Root Beer! 3y
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A Week to Be Wicked | Tessa Dare
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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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How did I wait so long to read this?? Can't wait for the new TV adaptation in a few months!

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Still just in the preface and already I want to pull out a highlighter! 🙌 #ReadHarder2017

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For the #ReadHarder2017 challenge to read a nonfiction book about technology. At first I was very 😴 about this task, but then I saw this on a list of options with a #feminist twist, and then I was more 🤗. Hehe.

RealLifeReading Sounds interesting! Stacked! 3y
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The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life | Wes Allison, Stephanie Bogdanich, Molly R. Frisinger, Jessica Morris
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I love this book so much already. Lol. And it's 1.99 on Kindle today! #vegan

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Herland: Easyread Comfort Edition | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Of course a #feminist utopia would include what so far appears to be a #vegan diet. 😍🌱😉 Hehe, love it.

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Lady Killer | Joelle Jones
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I'm not really a #graphicnovel reader, but when I hear a main character described as, "Betty Draper meets Dexter," I am there for it 100%. Can't wait for volume 2!

Betty Just now ordered it. 3y
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Loved this magical, sensual book. One of the things I liked most about it also contributed to what I disliked most- the narrator is the great-niece of the main character Tita, and the book is written like a collection of family stories. I loved that, but I also felt like that kept me from really getting to know the characters as well as I would have liked. The author could have doubled the length and got more in depth and I'd have been in heaven.

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First book for #ReadHarder2017!

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Roman Crazy | Alice Clayton, Nina Bocci
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Pure fantasy, in the best possible way. #romantsy #romance #swoon

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Security: A Novel | Gina Wohlsdorf
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So I know I just said yesterday that I was having to take lots of reading breaks....but I finally decided to sit down (in the daytime!!) and try to read more than just a couple chapters. And I loved it! Still scary but the last half became more thriller & suspense-like. There's a great romance building during all the horror, and I want to say more but I can't without spoiling it. Highly recommend, even if you're a big baby like me. 😊

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Security: A Novel | Gina Wohlsdorf
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I can usually read creepy books and not get too scared, but if I was reading a hard copy of this and not on kindle, it would be going in the freezer! I have to take reading breaks with it, so it's taking me longer than usual to finish. I knew there was going to be a killer on the loose in it...but people kept comparing it to Hitchcock, so I had to read it...I just thought it'd be more Rebecca, less Psycho, not the other way around! 😳

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Younger | Pamela Redmond Satran
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I am so in love with the show Younger and was so excited when I realized it is based on a book! Unfortunately it just didn't have the same sparkle as the show. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have the show to compare it to. (Also, TV Josh, tattoo artist > Book Josh, video game developer)

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All Chained Up | Sophie Jordan
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Hey Littens! I've been absent for a couple months now, took the leap and separated from my boyfriend, and I just didn't feel like being on much of my social media stuff. I was in a reading slump for a little while too, and it's the romance novels that got me out of it. I need lightness, love, happy endings- something I can count on amidst all this uncertainty! #romantsy #romance

BookishMarginalia Welcome back! (And Yey! For having the courage to do right things for yourself that are very difficult💜) 3y
LiteraryinLititz Good for you for doing what was right for you even though it was (is) hard. Hang in there! 3y
Megabooks Welcome back!! Glad to have you. 3y
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MissCarrieLou
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Sarah MacLean and #vegan peanut butter cups...yeah don't feel like adulting today. 😬

Eyelit Great combo! I didn't know vegan peanut butter cups existed - must investigate. 😃 3y
MissCarrieLou @Eyelit They are so good! And this brand makes vegan versions of snickers and almond joys, too! 😀 Also the dark chocolate pb cups by Justin's are vegan! 3y
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I've read a lot of romance novels, but Alec is one of the first heroes I really fell in love with! Big and strong and kind with a painful secret in his past, he had a perfect match in Lily, who refused to let her own so-called "mistakes" keep her from what she wanted and deserved. And having the heroine really go after her guy (more than once!), and not just sit back and wait for him to come to his senses was a breath of fresh air. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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😍😍😍 I really hope he's a bookworm forever and ever. 📚🐛💗

LauraBeth Awww ❤️ 3y
AWahle He's got a head start! My kids always knew they could talk me into getting them a new book or taking them to the library. At 18 and 20 they are still voracious readers. 3y
britt_brooke 💙💙💙 3y
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Rooms | Lauren Oliver
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Soooo I'm only on page 16 and I already am pretty meh about it. Has anyone read this and loved it? Think I'm going to take a break from it for now!

scripturient I didn't exactly love it but liked it. It didn't leave a very lasting impression though. :) 3y
JacqMac I liked it, but it was a little slow. No lasting impression here either. 3y
MissCarrieLou @scripturient @JacqMac Thanks guys! Definitely setting it aside for now. :) 3y
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Good as Gone | Amy Gentry
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Ooh I really liked this! I flew through the first half or so, then the alternating narrations kind of threw me off for a bit, but once I just let myself be utterly confused by some of the chapters I enjoyed it again. I kind of figured out how it was going to end, but there were enough twists and unreliable narration that I didn't see it all really fall into place until almost the very end.

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A big crumbling castle, a spunky heroine with crazy curly hair, a handsome, emotionally damaged (of course), blind hero, and throw in a long suffering valet, a sweet vicars daughter, a slightly psychotic ermine, and a legion of obsessive fairly tale fans-- these are the makings of a romance novel that I loved so much more than I expected to! I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

annahenke Great review! 3y
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Landline | Rainbow Rowell
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Just gave this three stars on Goodreads- this was only my second Rainbow Rowell book, and Eleanor & Park set the bar pretty damn high. But it was still an enjoyable read, and I loved that bittersweet feeling of looking back at the beginning of a relationship, seeing where it all began.

Merethebookgal This is the last book of Rowell's I have left to read (besides her short story Kindred Spirits) and I've loved all of them! 3y
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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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I need your help you beautiful Littens! I want to read more #poetry, but I am a total novice. I always felt like I didn't "get" it, but I read Milk & Honey and really loved it, so I want to expand my horizons more. I'd prefer women poets, but if there's a male poet you just love, please let me know! ???

BookishFeminist Maya Angelou 🙌🏾 3y
Hobbinol I like the mid century confessionalists: Anne Sexton and Sylva Plath, but I've been meaning to discover more poetry by Louise Gluck. I recommend you try on many poems the way most people do shoes. Some poets are difficult to walk a long way with. 3y
Humanatea Walt Whitman has my heart, and Claudia Rankine is fantastic too 3y
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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My #monthlystats for August! My number of books read jumped a little bit thanks to all the romances I devoured this month! Haha. #auguststats

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I actually accidentally flipped to this part twice when I was trying to decide if I should pick this up at the bookstore. I've been slowly savoring this book and just arrived at this part when I really really really needed the assurance.

Bibliogeekery Glad the assurance came at the right time. I found a lot of comfort and resonance in this book when I read it as well. 3y
MissCarrieLou @Bibliogeekery I'm really loving it. And I just found out they now have a Dear Sugar podcast that I've been obsessively catching up on! 3y
Bindrosbookshelf The audiobook was amazing and read by the author 😍 3y
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Where Dreams Begin | Lisa Kleypas
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Still on my romance kick, and I really enjoyed this one. I loved the fact that the heroine wasn't a virgin, but a widow with a child! I think I'm going to take a little romance break for now, though, at least until I finish some books that I've stopped in the middle of; plus reading all these love stories while my relationship is heading toward some sort of end soon, is sometimes a great escape, other times puts me in a bad mood when I finish.

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Nine Rules to Break & A Rogue By Any Other Name were my first Sarah MacLeans, such a one-two punch of awesomeness.....and I found this one just didn't sweep me away like the others. The whole, "you're better off without me, I'm no good, I'll ruin you" thing just went on and on for way too long. This hero had things in his past that certainly made it understandable...I just wanted the cute, nerdy heroine to have more sexy fun. Haha.

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Set your DVR! It's Robert Montgomery (💗💗💗) day on Turner Classic Movies and late late tonight (2am EST) they're airing Mr. & Mrs. Smith, one of Carole Lombards final movies and one of her best. And it was the only true comedy Alfred Hitchcock ever made- and Carole played director for his requisite appearance in the film! 😊

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So I ended up reading 3/4 of the book last night and handed my phone off to the toddler this morning so he could watch YouTube videos and let me finish it! Haha. Big happy sighs. I loved this one. And the secondary characters were fantastic, too, and made me even more excited to read the rest of this series. ❤️

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Devoured the first quarter of this book in the bathtub with some wine, and have moved to the couch for a vegan ice cream sammich and some more Sarah MacLean! 💗 Perfect way to wind down after working all weekend, and I'm pretending the house didn't fall into shambles in my absence. 😬

RealLifeReading Ice cream sandwich...👍 3y
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Holy crap what an awesome, disturbing book! Megan Abbott is an amazing writer, I wish I could craft a story the way she does. I definitely won't ever watch a gymnastics competition the same way again!

Jillsandypants I'm just about to start this book! 😁 3y
MissCarrieLou @Jillsandypants I hope you like it! This was my first contemporary of Megan Abbotts. I read some of her noir-ish ones when I was in my early 20's and really liked them. 3y
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Dammmmmiiiitttttttt why do I have to go to work now??!! 😭

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Read a few chapters this morning then just now basically ate a whole bag of chips. 🙄 Something is wrong with me.

JacqMac That sounds like something I would do. I read this one for inspiration. It didn't work. lol 3y
SusanInTiburon Sounds like you have a life! 3y
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Devil in Winter | Lisa Kleypas
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Those outfits are very impractical and there is no scene like this in the book. 😆 Oh well. I got on a bit of a romance kick apparently, going right from the Sarah MacLean I finished yesterday right into this one! I used to read a lot of Lisa Kleypas, and now I remember why. So good. 💗😍💗😍💗

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I don't know how I've not read any Sarah MacLean books before, but count me on the bandwagon! This had just the perfect amounts of heat and heart to keep me reading even as the house turned into a mess around me. Haha!

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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😭💗😭💗😭💗😭💗😭💗.....that is all. Also, why isn't there a sequel?

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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Barely started and I already love this book and the descriptions are just perfect! I too was built like I ran a medieval pub in high school....and now after one kid even more so. 😂😭

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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars with a big dose of Gossip Girl- like everyone else has said, but it is so true and it is so good. Need the next one, stat! (Image by Henry Leutwyler, New York City Ballet)

jessberk13 As soon as I finished this I bought the sequel, I couldn't wait even five minutes! Sequel was done in mere hours. I need more!! 3y
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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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Currently reading, and currently listening to! Yay #NationalBookLoversDay!!! 💗📚💗📚💗📚

Jillsandypants I love these podcasts!! 3y
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Any book about Carole will be a pick for me, but I didn't feel super into this book all the time, although I think part of that was because I read almost half over the course of almost a week and a half just at night during my sons bedtime. So I didn't get fully immersed. But I still enjoyed it, and I appreciate that the author devoted some chapters to who the other plane crash victims were and brought them all back to life along with Carole.

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Gone Girl | Gillian Flynn
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Okay...I was drawing a blank for today's friendship theme for the #AugustPhotoChallenge...so I picked Amy and Noelle?! Lol. I remember reading a comment by someone after either reading the book or seeing the movie that they wondered (SPOILER ALERT, although by now that shouldn't be an issue.) if Amy was going to go back to pretending to be Noelle's friend when she came back, and I thought about how awkward that would be. Lol #BookPhotoChallenge

TheSpinecrackersBookClub Hah! What an unique choice 3y
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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Minimalist cover for today's #AugustPhotoChallenge. I love this book. 🐚 #BookPhotoChallenge

LauraBeth That's a great book 😀 3y
TheSpinecrackersBookClub The colour of the book is so pretty. 3y
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So the book chapters go back and forth between the plane crash and the treacherous hike to look for survivors, and Carole Lombards biography. They are now getting closer and closer to intersecting, as I am up to the end of Carole's war bond tour and her deciding she wants to fly home instead of taking the train as planned. It is very stressful and so so sad. 😢

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Tiny Pretty Things | Sona Charaipotra, Dhonielle Clayton
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Ballet counts as a sport, right?????? Because that's all I've got for this photo theme. 😁💃🏻 #augustphotochallenge #bookphotochallenge

TheSpinecrackersBookClub I definitely think it counts. 3y
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