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Joined January 2017

I read a little bit of everything, but I love historical fiction, mysteries, and historical romance.
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The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
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I‘m not always a short story fan, so some of these were hits and some were misses for me. Excellent writing to be sure. I would love to see her write a full length novel.

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The Paying Guests | Sarah Waters
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It took awhile to get into this one - the first 200 pages definitely could have been edited down significantly. It does pick up eventually and the last half of the book made it worth it. The writing was amazing though. You get such a sense of the atmosphere of post-WWI London. Tension and lies, on both a large and small scale, are huge themes in this book and are exquisitely wrought. A great psychological study. Will be reading more by Waters.

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Eva Leigh writes amazing romance heroes. Noel was so charming, and is right up there with Sebastian from Leigh‘s previous book as one of my favorite heroes. I also loved Jess, and they were great as a couple. My only quibble is the HEA felt a little rushed at the end. Can‘t wait for the book in the series, luckily it comes out next week.

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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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A fun read but nothing special in my opinion. I did go into this with the mistaken impression that the heroine would end up with someone else. I spent the first 65% of the book waiting for her to realize she‘s been crushing on the wrong brother for a decade. I think that prevented me from connect with the hero and really rooting for their romance 🤷‍♀️

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ What a great memoir. I‘m glad I finally read it. Michelle Obama is such a graceful and thoughtful person, both in the way she carries herself and in her writing. I can‘t wait to see what she does next and I hope we get another memoir from her sometime in the future.

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I really enjoyed this. I felt it was different enough from The Song of Achilles that both retelling are worthwhile reads. I didn‘t mind that a portion of the novel was from Achilles‘ POV. I think that made sense for this story, but I‘m excited for the sequel where hopefully the entire book will be from Briseis‘ POV.

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The Odyssey | Homer
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I really enjoyed this new translation be Emily Wilson. It was very readable. There was also a very helpful introduction that puts the Odyssey into context of both Ancient Greece and modern classical studies.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Madeline Miller can take ALL my money. Absolutely loved Circe and Miller‘s take on The Odyssey. I hope we don‘t have to wait long for her next book.

CortexVortex Same! I can hardly wait for her next book. 11mo
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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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Madeline Miller can take my money.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I knew very little about the plot going into this and was expecting a gothic romance similar to Wuthering Heights. Boy, was I surprised. But in a good way. I ended up really enjoying this and loved Jane.

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Beautiful writing, but this reminded me of The Starless Sea. Incredible prose but so melodramatic.

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I really enjoyed the script style format of this one. I thought it was really inventive and a perfect example of form and function working in harmony to enhance the reading experience. The plot was a little unruly, but overall definitely a pick for me.

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I can only imagine the reaction to this when it was first published. Almost 30 years later though, its contents have largely been covered elsewhere. This edition contained transcriptions of Diana‘s tape which was the best part in my opinion. Very interesting to read Diana‘s actual words.

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Historical fiction at its best! This novel tells the story of Llewelyn the Great and his wife Joanna, rulers of Wales in the early 1200s. The characters felt so real and just jumped off the page. Can‘t wait to read the next one in the series!

Kdgordon88 One of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors! 12mo
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A Study In Scarlet Women | Sherry Thomas
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A fun gender-bent take on Sherlock Holmes. The mystery was a little sloppy, but I still be giving the second book in the series a try.

lahousewyfe I liked Charlotte so much! The sharp mind contained in this fluffy wrapping charmed me, and I devoured the whole series. A fun read for this season. 😀 12mo
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Undercover Bromance | Lyssa Kay Adams
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The way sexual assault was handled in this book was really problematic, almost unforgivably so. I‘m still deciding if I want to read the next one in the series or call it a day with the Bromance Book Club.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I finished this almost a week ago and I still tear up thinking about that ending! 😭😭 One of my favorites of the year, and I immediately bought a physical copy for my shelves when I finished.

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Last Ones Left Alive | Sarah Davis-Goff
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Zombie apocalypse novels aren‘t really my thing; I read this because it was a recommendation from my MIL. I felt this one could have done with some more world building. I would have liked some background in how the apocalypse happened and some history of the Banshees, the army of women that fight the zombies.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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A bit of a rocky start, but Carty-Williams pulls it together in the end. Deals with heavier topics than you would expect from the blurb, but still has its humorous moments.

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Fantastic and beautifully written. I loved how the story moved through time and was told from multiple perspectives. I wish we had seen more from Reese‘s and Adele‘s POVs because they were such interesting characters.

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Not nearly as good as the first one. The basic premise is that the heroine must to historical research to figure out how to save her boyfriend from a family curse. There are some side plots, but they end up not mattering. It was a fun book to read for the season, but there are probably better witchy books out there.

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My Own Words | Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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What a giant. Highly recommend for anyone interested in RBG. Her writing provides insight into who she was as a lawyer and justice. She was so obviously extremely intelligent and thoughtful.

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I loved Quinn‘s series set in ancient Rome so I was really looking forward to reading one of her new novels. The Alice Network fell flat for me. The two timelines didn‘t work. Eve was the much more interesting character, so much so that it was hard for Charlie‘s storyline to stand up in comparison.

SamAnne I wasn‘t keen on this one either. 14mo
Nute I‘ve read books like that where I was compelled more by one character‘s storyline than the other. 14mo
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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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So good!! The themes of self-love and self-acceptance are so impactful. A fantastic and incredibly important novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Underground Railroad | Colson Whitehead
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Maybe it‘s because I read Beloved so recently, but this one just didn‘t hit me the same way. Part of it was that I disliked the choice of making the Underground Railroad a literal railroad. If I ignore that, I would probably have bumped this up from 3 to 4 stars.

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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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Work and life have been super stressful recently and I‘ve been on a rom-com kick to help cheer me up. This one certainly helped do the trick. Very cute and fun! I loved the idea of using romance novels as a guide to wooing women. Hilarious!

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I really enjoyed this one. I felt the emotional baggage each character had to overcome was realistic and well handled. I just wished some of the chapters were from Gus‘s perspective. I love when we get the guy‘s POV.

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Super fun read. I‘m definitely in the minority here, but I did enjoy Get a Life, Chloe Brown more. Still, this was great, and I‘m pumped for the Eve‘s story.

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Contemporary romance isn‘t usually my thing, but I loved this! Red might just be my favorite hero ever. I can‘t wait to read the next books about Dani and Evie. I hope Chloe and Red show up in those again.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is definitely one of my new favorite authors. While I enjoyed Evelyn Hugo more, this novel was great. I loved the personal narrative format where we get glimpses of the past from conflicting points of view. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I was certainly hooked while reading this, but I don‘t think it is one that is going to stick with me. My main criticism is that I felt this lacked depth. It was a relatively simple story of good vs evil without any self doubt on either side. Noemi had her moments, but she easily overcame them. The most interesting internal conflict would have come from Francis, but as a secondary character this wasn‘t really explored.

atla I‘m with you on this one. I found myself not caring if I picked it up again, so stopped reading it about halfway through. 1y
AvidReader25 Great summary of this of this one. 1y
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A ton of fun! I love a tough heroine who knows what she wants. I‘ve already dived into the second book in the series and I can‘t wait to see how the hero of the 3rd book is redeemed.

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There There: A novel | Tommy Orange
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This one definitely took a little while to digest after finishing. The writing was excellent. I‘m amazed by how I was able to emotionally connect with so many characters over such a short book. I really enjoyed seeing these characters through short vignettes that eventually weave together at the climax. Can‘t wait to see what Tommy Orange does next.

Tanisha_A I agree - this is really a big book for only 250 or so pages. Loved it 1y
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Wow. This is deeply important and incredibly impressive in scope and depth of research. I think this was a good starting place for further learning as it provides a solid foundation on the history of racism in America. And further learning is required. Obviously, and unfortunately, one book can‘t cover everything in detail on this subject.

marleed I‘m so glad I read this. I‘m discovering it is an excellent foundation as I continue to read and educate myself on #BLM. 1y
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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This rom-com was exactly what I needed right now. It was light and funny and a joy to read.

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I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting to. I‘m glad I didn‘t know too much about the plot going into as it added to my enjoyment of this book. For anyone who has read this, my reading experience was pretty much summed up in the last line of the book. I also loved Evelyn. She wasn‘t always a great person, but she was a badass who took what she wanted from life and didn‘t apologize for it.

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Passing | Larson, Nella
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How good is this novel!?! This is an amazingly well written classic about an intense female friendship complicated by one‘s decision to “pass” as white. And that ending!?! So good and it should be required reading. I found this one through the Novel Pairings podcast, which I also highly recommend!

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The City We Became | N.K. Jemisin
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This book was so fun and so alive! The city and each of the avatars felt like they were ready to jump off the page. Some of the explanation for fantasy elements was overly complicated, but it‘s easy to look past based on the world building. I can‘t wait for the next book in the trilogy.

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Several beautiful short stories were included in this collection. The stories with women as main characters tended to be my favorites, and I would put Roman Fever at the top of the list.

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Lily of the Nile | Stephanie Dray
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A juicy, soap opera about Cleopatra‘s daughter, Selene, and her time in Rome as a political hostage after her mother‘s death. Magic played a large part in the plot, and I have mixed feeling on that. While interesting, does the use of magic diminish the actual accomplishments of Selene? Worth the read, but I haven‘t decided if I‘ll continue the series.

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I couldn‘t put this book down. I had to keep reading to see how things would play out for the main characters. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Trail of Lightning | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I‘ve always enjoyed the gods-walk-among-us trope, and while I still read and love the Rick Riordan books, it‘s nice to read an adult version of the trope. There was a lot going on in this book. It‘s a fantasy as I mentioned. It‘s also a post-apocalypse novel. And there is a little bit of a romance element. I really enjoyed it all. I liked both main characters, and I loved learning about Navajo myths.

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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This book is a masterpiece. The writing is so incredible and so powerful. I need to read more Toni Morrison ASAP.

Nute Yes! A brilliantly talented author! 14mo
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A fascinating read. The book provides a good overview of the impact that humans have had on the earth all the way back to the very beginning of our species. This certainly isn‘t an uplifting work, but we should all be concerned about what we are doing to the planet and the effect that we are having on life around us.

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This was such a joy to read. While the book deals with some serious themes, the overall tone is hopeful and just really sweet.

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Liszt's Kiss: A Novel | Susanne Dunlap
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One of those books that when any character makes any kind of decision at all you ask yourself “Why? Why would you do that!?”. Logical choices are thrown out the window for the sake of the plot and added drama.

JazzFeathers Jeez. Why do authors still write these things? 2y
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This is one of my favorite series and the latest installment does not disappoint. This is #15, and I‘m still as invested in these characters and their storylines as ever. Can‘t wait for the next one!

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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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This was a lot of fun to read and I was hooked right from the beginning. The hero and heroine were irresistibly cute together. I can‘t wait for the next book in the series, but I think I‘m looking forward to Hattie‘s book the most.

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A highly readable and fascinating work on the history of real life Amazons - that is nomadic female warriors from the Scythian peoples at the edge of the Greek known world. Mayor presents compelling evidence in the form of grave goods, art, and historical documents to support her theory. She also uses this theory as a lens through which to evaluate classical Amazon myths and the folklore surrounding historical female warriors.

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A thoroughly enjoyable cozy mystery for a Sunday morning.