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Joined August 2018

Reader, reviewer, dog parent, and memory collector.
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After I Do: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Back Talk: Stories by Danielle Lazarin
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Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
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Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
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Thank You Friend | Tammy L. Bicket
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Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the package. I got it after I returned from a family vacation. You have made my year ❤️❤️

For everyone who has sent me mail, I am sorry for being MIA. Family visits and other things. I appreciate the #litsylove group and am slowly getting back into my rhythm. Thank you for your patience and understanding 💖💖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You‘re very welcome!!! Enjoy and remember no worries!!! 💗😘💗 4d
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Happy Mother‘s Day ❤️

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Unpopular opinion- I did not like this book. Told from the POV of a group of adolescents boys, the story is about the five Lisbon girls who love in the same neighborhood. The boys are obsessed with the girls, remembering details, memories, and interactions. Cecilia, the youngest attempts and later commits suicide. The remaining 4 sisters commit suicide later. The meticulous descriptions are gorgeous but it felt flat as I didn‘t get the girls‘ POV.

Megabooks It‘s a rare instance when the movie is better than the book. 💙 Sofia Coppola 3mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Megabooks I should see it then, thanks 😊 3mo
Megabooks It was still be on Amazon Prime, if you have that. 3mo
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Rissreads I felt the same as you about this book, everyone else in my bookclub loved it! 😬 2mo
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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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Thank you Cassandra for hosting the #OscarMeterTurnsFive giveaway. This is my 5-year old reading buddy who decided to pose in the sunshine.

Leftcoastzen So pretty!🐶 3mo
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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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Finally completed reading these two which were a Christmas gift. In my defense , I was traveling for 4 months. Hadn‘t read anything by Nnedi Okarofor so absolutely loved these two. Now to read the last part of the trilogy 😎 #newfavourite #sciencefiction

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This was a cute romantic YA. I saw the Netflix TV series before reading but I still enjoyed both. The story is about Lara Jean who writes letters to the boys whom is in love with. She never posts them. Unfortunately, they are posted and the story follows Lara Jean trying to salvage the situation, her relationships with her sister‘s ex-boyfriend, and her own crush. It is a sweet story and the adaptation is not bad. Quick read.

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I liked this book. It has 4 intertwined stories, each dealing with love and relationships. Daisy has just started dating, JoJo is trying to win her husband back, Adam is jobless, and Dylan has an illness that makes him home bound but he is in love. The stories are set in London, and show the crazy things people do for love. It is a romance novel but not mushy. I liked it.
Thank you, Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Sacred Games | Vikram Chandra
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I really wanted to like this book. Excellent plot of an underworld gangster , Ganesh Gaitonde, who is chased by Inspector Sartaj Singh, with detailed background and character development, that still felt too long. There seemed to be long descriptions and hurried action. It was reading like an epic where both the characters are grey. The ending was abrupt. The Netflix adaptation scratched the surface and has some major changes.

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Following three generations of women in the Wise-Arnold household, this novel has all the elements of a feminist text- perceptions of women across a century, identity, relationships, freedom and history, and the repercussions of choice. The feminist movement can almost be seen in the lives. Sections are relatable, poignant, and tragic. I would have preferred some more space devoted to Evelyn and her daughter Laura in balance to her daughter, Grace

Tanisha_A Nice review! 🙂 4mo
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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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The novella won the National Book Award and am not sure about it, midway between a pick and a so-so. Apollo, a Harlequin Great Dane is left to the author who has never had a dog. He was left after his owner committed suicide. The themes include owning and having a relationship with a dog and cats, suicide, the literary and academic worlds, friendship, and womanizing, among many literary quotes. Not everyone‘s cup of tea, loved the 🐶 sections.

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Unpopular opinion but I did not like this as much as it was recommended. This is my first French so maybe her other books are better. The story is narrated by Toby who considers himself lucky. He has an incident at the beginning and then there is an investigation of a different incident that happens at his uncle‘s house. The characters are relatable and the plot is not bad but it is very slow, focusing a lot on the atmosphere than the pace.

Cinfhen I read my first French a few weeks ago and wasn‘t much of a fan, either 🙄 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Cinfhen Cindy, that makes me feel much better 😁 5mo
Cinfhen I know!!! I always feel “vindicated” when others share my dislikes 😂😂 5mo
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The Palace of Illusions: A Novel | Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
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This is a retelling of the Indian epic, the Mahabharata, from the viewpoint of the female protagonist, Draupadi/ Paanchali. These kind of retellings are my favorite so absolutely loved this. Darupadi is the queen of Hastinapur who has five husbands. Lot of family politics, power dynamics, boons and gods, philosophy, and relationships make this a delightful read. Draupadi is a very human and realistic character as are the others.

Tanisha_A I have this one my TBR since forever. It sounds super interesting! Nice review! 😃 5mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Tanisha_A ! 🥰 5mo
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I picked this on a recommendation. It deals with the author‘s journey on dealing with her anxiety and her auto immune disease. It provides causes and some doable suggestions on conquering anxiety. Some of these suggestions can be implemented even if you are not anxious. I liked it but I am not a very anxious person. Someone who has anxiety will be a better judge of this book. However the overall ideas and solutions were excellent. And, octopus!

DoonTheGoon 💙🐙😍 5mo
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The Air You Breathe: A Novel | Frances de Pontes Peebles
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This was a part of #BOTMbuddyread organized by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks .Written from the point of view of Dores, it describes the rise of her friend, Graca as Sophia Salvador, the singer. Loved the ups and downs of their personal and professional lives, Dores as a queer character, and their tumultuous friendship. Graca is a difficult character to love. It also has a rich background of Brazil and Hollywood and beautiful songs as a narrative device

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!! Loved the book! ❤️ 6mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks couldn‘t join in the discussions because of the crazy time zone that I am in 🙃 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @NeedsMoreBooks it‘s ok!! You can always comment whenever you can on the questions!! 6mo
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Is it just me or are does anyone else also read the book after watching the movie? I did not get an opportunity to read before seeing but I still enjoyed reading this Swedish thriller. The girl with the dragon tattoo is Lisbeth Salander, a freelance surveillance agent and a hacker. She and Mikael Blomkvist, a journalist, are entrusted with solving the disappearance of Harriet Vanger. The book is a bit slow but it is excellent.

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This was the first book that I completed in 2019. I steer clear of romances but this was a really sweet story between Lewis Harley, who opens an antique shop after a near fatal event and Bonnie Brookland, his employee who is caught in an unhappy marriage. There are a fair amount of twists and turns but it was a sweet story, those ones that leave you with a smile and feeling good about the world.

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This was a part of #BOTMbuddyread organized by @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Completed this in December but a busy life and traveling made it impossible to post a review. Loved this book. It is based on the real Margaret Fishback. Set on the last day of 1984, the narrative entwines with Boxfish‘s own life as she takes a walk and meets really interesting characters. The novel throws up questions on feminism, identity, office and the home, and life.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review!!! 6mo
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NeedsMoreBooks @Crazeedi you too! ❤️ 7mo
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The Giveaway Box | Michael Dostillio
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Joined Litsy 3 months back and I am so glad that I did. I had stopped reading for fun as I was reading books on literary theory and doing research for my PhD. Life was stressful and I slowly stared reading to be my sane normal self. Litsy helped me to find a community of like-minded people as well as recommendations which I would not have otherwise included in my TBR list. Thank you @erzascarletbookgasm for the #festivebookishbox giveaway!

erzascarletbookgasm So glad you‘ve found Litsy! Thanks for entering, your name‘s in the hat 👍🙂 7mo
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Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Finally completed this. The descriptions of the circus are gorgeous. It is a long read and the pace is slow but it is so easy to get lost in the book. It is about a circus that is only available in the night and can arrive anywhere. The circus is the venue for two magicians who compete faints each other, Celia and Marco. I really enjoyed the characters, especially Bailey, Widget, & Poppet.

BookNerd9906 Loved this book! ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
IndoorDame This was a favorite of mine! 8mo
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Zee3 Such a great book! 😍😍 6mo
NeedsMoreBooks Yes @Zee3 ❤️ 6mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Was gifted by @LiteraryAries as a part of a swap and finally read it as a part of #BOTMBuddyRead. It is a retelling of the story of Circe, the witch, from her perspective. I had only remembered her as the witch who turns Odysseus‘s men into pigs. But this story is much more than that. The pace is slow but it is a must read if you like strong female chars eyes, mythology, and history.

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Picked this up because of the intriguing title and am so glad that I did. Nikki signs up to teach creative writing to a group of Punjabi widows in Southall, London but the stories take their own course. There is also a subplot focusing on a murder. The novel also raises complicated questions on the position of women, immigration and racism, sexuality and censorship, aging, and family honor. This book is a good balance of seriousness and fun.

Zee3 Putting this on my tbr! 6mo
NeedsMoreBooks Tell me how you like it @Zee3 😊 6mo
Zee3 @NeedsMoreBooks definitely! It might be a while before I get to it 6mo
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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This historical fiction chronicles the life of Evelyn Hugo, a Hollywood actress, her life, her relationships, and her connection to Monique, who is tasked with writing Hugo‘s biography. A recommendation of you like old Hollywood and historical fiction. The plot has some interesting twists and shows Hugo as an imperfect human being who made some hard choices. It also explores questions about femininity, sexuality, and fame.

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This was an absolutely delightful haters who turn to lovers romance book. I don‘t read romances but this was a quick funny read. Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeton Hate work in the same office, each other, and are up for the promotion of the same position. Written from Lucy‘s perspective, it follows her relationship with Joshua whole residing questions on family and the definition of success.

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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In this dystopian story, women are allowed to speak 100 words in a day and cannot work. It follows Dr. Jean McClellan who will do anything to save herself and her daughter from the repressive American government. Other characters included her colleague, Lorenzo, her husband, and three sons. The author‘s background in theoretical linguistics is evident in the project that Jean has to work in. Fast paced. Read it!

RaimeyGallant Already on my tbr. :) 8mo
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Courtneyjo_reads Currently reading this one and I am LOVING it 8mo
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Courtneyjo_reads @NeedsMoreBooks I just finished this and I loved it!!! 8mo
NeedsMoreBooks Yay @Courtneyjo_reads! I am glad you loved it. Have you read ? 8mo
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This was the third book in the Miss Peregrine‘s Peculiar Children series. It continues Jacob and Emma‘s hunt for Miss Peregrine and their peculiar friends. Lot of vivid descriptions and adventures as well as new characters. The ending seems to end the series so I am curious to read the latest book.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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This set is on my wishlist to own, having read the books from the library. Thank you @wanderinglynn for hosting the magical giveaway #OctHPGiveaway

wanderinglynn Thanks for entering! ☺️ 9mo
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Reminder ❤️🧡

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Started reading because of the gorgeous cover. It is a beautifully written YA magic realism novel on the life and family history of Ava Lavender. Ava lives in Seattle with her mother, twin brother, grandmother, and family dog. There are some elements of magic realism and a lot of descriptions of baked goods, which made me hungry. It is a quick read and has an encouraging message of hope and persistence, although there are some tragic sections.

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Trick or Treat | Kerry Greenwood
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Thank you for the #giveaway @kellyann28
My favorite candies are Snickers, Toblerone, Twix, and 3 Musketeers. #TrickorTreatGiveaway

kellyann28 Thanks for entering! 🎃🎃 9mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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1. The Hate You Give
2. Around 30, I guess. I have just started reading for fun after a long time and actually recording the titles 🙄
3. I got my PhD! And we bought a house.
4. Traveling home after 3 years. Thank you @Ddzmini and @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Congrats on your PhD and your new house! 👏🏻🥂 And thanks for playing! 👋🏻😀 9mo
AileenRR Wow, you‘ve had a big year! Congratulations!!!💐💐💐 9mo
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emilyrose_x The Hate you Give was my favourite book of this year too 😊 9mo
TheBookAddict 👋🏽🙂 congrats on the PhD and the house! 9mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @TheBookAddict 😊🙌🏼 9mo
Ddzmini Congratulations 🍾🎈🎉🎊 9mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you @Ddzmini ! (edited) 9mo
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1. The bed with pillows and the dog.
2. Chocolates.
3. Books by Enid Blyron and J.K. Rowling. Also Tintin and Asterix comics. #TuesdayTidBits @ConfessionofaBookaholic @JenlovesJT47

kellyann28 Thanks for the tag! I need to do this ❤ 9mo
RaimeyGallant 1 and 2 pretty much the same except cats! 9mo
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Nute J.K. Rowling always drenches me in warmth and fussiness.🧡 9mo
NeedsMoreBooks @Nute 💕💕 9mo
JenlovesJT47 🧡🧡🧡 9mo
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New week, new book 😊

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In the second book of Miss Peregrine‘s Peculiar Children, the Hollow City refers to WW II London. The peculiars and Jacob are on a quest to search for the last ymbryne who will restore Miss Peregrine. They encounter a menagerie, hollows, wights, Gypsies, and other peculiar children. This was a sold follow-up and an unexpected twist in the end. There are also ideas of superiority, the devastation of war, and the idea of community. Recommend.

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I read this book in between others and I think that was a bad decision as I found some parts repetitive. This memoir chronicles Gay‘s journey, her rape at twelve and how that affects her self, her identity, her body weight, and how the last affects everything. I had no idea that people go through so many problems and anxieties with even the smallest things we take for granted. It has a lot of trigger warnings but still a recommendation.

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Birthday Party - A Play | Harold Pinter
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@Ddzmini is having a #birthdaygiveaway #birthdaysurprise 🍰🎂 My favorite birthday activity, apart from eating cake and talking to family and friends from home, is doing laundry 😂. Also I see my birthday to reflect on my resolutions and create new ones for the upcoming birthday age year.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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This was easily one of the best books that I have read this year. It educated me on the daily struggles and problems that the African-Americans face as well as how it seemed that they live in a completely different world. The book is heart-wrenching and eye-opening, and yet funny in parts. It follows Starr who witnesses a cop shooting her friend and how that event impacts her. The characters are extremely believable. Can not recommend this enough.

emilyrose_x I agree. I this is one of the most powerful and thought provoking books I have read in a long time! I would recommend it to absolutely anyone 10mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Loved this book! 9mo
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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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The novel follows an Indian-American Muslim family through flashbacks and multiple narratives. Rafiq and Tariq have three children: Haida, Huda, and Amar. All the characters, except Huda, are nuanced. However, at times it seemed as if the author was checking off a list: minor politics, gender roles, identity politics, and the idea and a search for home. The novel also focuses a major section on Islam and how that affects the characters. Recommend.

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This book completely lived up to its hype. Eleanor Oliphant thinks but is obviously not fine. This made made me sad and happy and desperate and hopeful. It is beautiful and funnily written and Eleanor‘s journey to self-realization is poignant. Raymond is the perfect friend and all the other peripheral characters are well-created. It made me realize how we take normal and routine for granted. Read for a quick reality check or simply for Eleanor.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This was an excellent book detailing the story of the Nigerian immigrant Ifemelu and her struggles in the US. Also accurate descriptions of race relations in the US. Her struggles with her countries, both Nigeria and the US can be applicable to the majority of immigrants. The novel also charts her reactions hip with her high school sweetheart, Obinze and how it has its ups and downs. A wonderful group of characters and can‘t recommend it enough.

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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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Recommended by a friend, this was a slow read. However, Detective Sergeant Manon Bradshaw is a flawed believable character. Had guessed the ending but it was still a good read simply because of Bradshaw and her relationships with the other police officers in Cambridgeshire police team, as well as the person missing, Edith Hind. Also the ambience of the novel and the place adds in to the gloom of the text.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Thank you @LiteraryAries for the amazing book and the cute note! Looking forward to reading this #JustaBookSwap @TheBookKeepers

TheBookKeepers Omg amazing score!! I adore Madeline Miller & very much enjoyed reading Circe myself! 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks @TheBookKeepers It was on my TBR but I hadn‘t bought a copy. Now I am super excited to start 😊 (edited) 10mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz Great read! Enjoyed it immensely! 9mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @NeedsMoreBooks how you'll enjoy it as much as I did! 😊 9mo
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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Faingirl is a YA novel based on Cath, a freshman who is obsessed with Simon Snow (similar to Harry Potter) and is also a huge fan fiction writer. It has some standard plot twists but it seemed to drag on in certain parts. I understand why the novel is interspersed with the original and Cath‘s fiction but that was still slightly irritating. Cath has a twin sister, Wren, an interesting roommate, and believable family ties. Not bad for a quick read.

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You | Caroline Kepnes
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This is one creepy book. It is narrated from the perspective of a stalker, Joe who refers to his victim, Guinevere Beck as “you”. I have never read anything like this so I liked it but both the characters are horrible and manipulative. It also is relevant in terms of how social media and technology can be used and misused. Worth a read if you like psychological thrillers, although the ending can seem morally wrong.

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@Avanders is hosting a free book giveaway. Head over to her page for more details 🍁🍂

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This is one of the best books on immigration that I have read recently. It‘s told from multiple perspectives, Alma Rivera who has come to the US with her husband for seeking care for her special needs daughter, Maribel. The other narrator is Mayor Torro, the son of their next door neighbor in the US who has a crush on Maribel. Some sections hit too close to home for me. The story is beautiful, heart-wrenching, and tragic. Read it for authenticity.

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Starfish | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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Starfish is a Bildungsroman, focusing on the life of Kiko, a half-Japanese teenage girl and the complex relationship that she shares with her narcissistic mother. The story follows her relations with her childhood friend, her two brothers, and her father who has a new family. I picked the book up because of the gorgeous cover and it is an excellent debut novel. The other themes include mental health, biracial identity and the importance of family.

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@kellyann28 hosting an interesting giveaway— a blind date with a book. How fun is that? 😊 Interested in a rom com with lists and projects. ☺️ #BlindBookGiveaway #LitsyHappenings #Giveaway.

kellyann28 Yay! Thanks for entering! Good luck 🙂 10mo
NeedsMoreBooks Thank you Kelly for hosting this! 😊 10mo
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This was an interesting book, complete with an alternate universe, snippets of history, the fragility of relationships, ideas about mental health, all mixed in a fantasy story on how Miss Peregrine has a home for gifted children and the extent that she would go to protect them. And yes, there‘s a quest, and a forgotten island. Looking forward to completing the series and watching the movie.

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If you are looking for a quick read which is interesting, has a local contemporary feel, and still explores dynamics of a mother-daughter relationship, then this is a good book. Bernadette goes missing and her daughter, Bee searches for her. The story also explores the artistic temperament and consequences of choices. Locations- Seattle, WA and Antarctica. Loved the narrative strategies of letter writing, interviews, reports, and news articles.

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