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Sara_Planz

Sara_Planz

Joined March 2016

Blogger and book reviewer. Find me on Booktok and Instagram @saraplanzreadz
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For someone like me that lives in Las Vegas and also works with the history of this city, Elvis is literally the king of our town. It‘s not uncommon to see Elvis impersonators walking down the street and his music is heard playing everywhere. This book is a wonderful journey through his career and his music. Taken from the Graceland archives, there are photos and documents that bring a personal touch to this beautiful book.

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Coronation Year: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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In our current times with the Queen's passing and Charles' ascension to the throne, this is the perfect time for a novel like this. Harkening back to the joy so many felt when Elizabeth was crowned, this book wraps all of that into a mystery that will keep the reader guessing. This book completely immerses you into the atmosphere of the Coronation Year and will make you want to brew a cup of tea and enjoy a scone while reading it.

jlhammar Looking forward to this! I really enjoyed The Gown. 1w
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What I love most about Grady Hendrix, and every novel he puts out, is that I find myself screaming and laughing in delicious delight at the exact same time. I believe the exact words I said repeatedly while reading this was "OH HELL NO!", as I rapidly kept the pages turning. Hendrix creates such well developed characters, truly bringing you into this family's world to make you feel like you have a bird's eye view of everything that is going on.

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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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I was incredibly struck by how relatable this memoir was for me. Harry's struggle with his familial relationships and with finding his place in the family as well as in the world at large. This book chronicles his time as a young man who is forever changed by the tragic loss of his mother, to his ups and downs as an adolescent, to his pivotal time in the armed forces, serving his country and finding his passion for service.

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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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For fans of Dolly Parton, you will immediately hear her voice coming through with all of the tidbits about the life of a music legend. That was what I really enjoyed most about this novel. The thriller aspect is actually quite minimal, focusing more on the rise of a new voice in the music business. Overall a solid, quick read that was fun and entertaining.

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I received a lighted book nook kit for Christmas from my husband and I am so pleased with the results! It was challenging to craft but I did it!! This is such a beautiful addition to my bookshelves. Has anyone else made one of these?

readingjedi No, but I would love to! I'm quite clumsy - would something like this be beyond me? 4w
Sara_Planz @readingjedi I‘m quite clumsy too, and a bit impatient. I really had to take my time and use good glue. But if I can do it, I think anyone can. Well worth the work. 4w
readingjedi @Sara_Planz Oh, well now I REALLY want to give it a go! Yours looks amazing! 4w
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Bibliomania It's beautiful, very well done 😍 4w
nanuska_153 Instagram ads have been tempting me with these! Now I'm even more tempted! 4w
AmyG That is the lovliest. 4w
TieDyeDude Love it! I have had a couple on my wish list, haven't pulled the trigger on them yet 😁 4w
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The Light Pirate | Lily Brooks-Dalton
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What I most loved about this book was the exploration of Wanda's "gifts". She is truly the light of the dark til take action now, but is also an exploration of the strength that humanity can draw on when faced with catastrophe.

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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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Sometimes you just want to revisit a story and this was one that I‘ve loved for a long time. I decided to listen to this one on audio, read by the author Neil Gaiman. What a pleasure to return to this world in the author‘s own voice. To listen to this story that so clearly comes from his heart added an emotional layer that drew me in even further than ever before.

5feet.of.fury I love his audio books. 1mo
wanderinglynn I could listen to Gaiman read stories every day. 1mo
Sara_Planz @wanderinglynn same. I could listen to him read the phone book lol 1mo
Sara_Planz @5feet.of.fury they are so delightful 1mo
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Flight | Lynn Steger Strong
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I love a good family drama novel, especially ones featuring brothers and sisters. This is a highly character driven novel, focusing on the family and their struggles. I particularly liked the way the book was written. You were able to read the characters internal thoughts, but watch them immediately switch to the "brave face" when surrounded by their family.

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An incredible anthology by 15 of the top YA authors, reimagining classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumplestiltskin. These fresh takes reflect modern times with representation and diversity. I also enjoyed how these tales gave the characters we already know and love interesting backstories to lend a different view to these tales.

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One's Company: A Novel | Ashley Hutson
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This book was a welcome surprise for my end of year reading. The author takes us on an emotional journey through Bonnie‘s life and the idea of what healing can be. I didn‘t expect to be so moved by this book, considering it is classified as absurdist fiction. A fabulous novel that will have you looking at your own comforts in life and how they play a role in our own paths to healing.

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Maame | Jessica George
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What a journey the reader takes with Maddie as she navigates family tensions, cultural differences, the online dating world, and the friendships that bring us through even our worst times. With each generation, the idea of the "coming of age" novel changes to reflect the times, and this debut novel perfectly captures the world as it is today, with heart, humor and tremendous insight and wisdom.

ErikasMindfulShelf Loved this one! 1mo
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Maame | Jessica George
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What a journey the reader takes with Maddie as she navigates family tensions, cultural differences, the online dating world, and the friendships that bring us through even our worst times. With each generation, the idea of the "coming of age" novel changes to reflect the times, and this debut novel perfectly captures the world as it is today, with heart, humor and tremendous insight and wisdom.

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Stella Maris | Cormac McCarthy
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After Holiday Book Haul at Barnes and Noble. That 50% off hardback sale was irresistible!!

Graciouswarriorprincess I almost bought the Light Pirate! That sale is so hard to resist but I already bought too much! 😂 1mo
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Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brought you all the books you could ever want.

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Fleishman Is in Trouble | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Just finished this one on audio and I watched the Hulu adaptation at the same time. I‘m mad at myself that I didn‘t read this one sooner. This book is highly engaging, relatable, and everything else a great novel should be!!

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Promises of Gold | Jose Olivarez
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A truly powerful collection of poems exploring the idea of love. And not just romantic love, but love for family, friends, community, and culture. Additionally, it also explores capitalism, immigration, and religion. This book is written in both Spanish and English, allowing you to delve into the meanings in both languages, and is broken into several parts to create a flow that adds to the experience.

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How does the Royal Family keep everything under control? Things like handling the press, public engagements, and just general day to day operations of the Institution. Enter the Courtiers, the behind the scenes palace staff who assist in everything from advising to serving as the private secretaries for the senior members of the Royal Family. This is a fascinating look at how the role of courtier has changed throughout the generations.

LeahBergen I just received this one in the mail and I‘m looking forward to it! 2mo
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This book features stories like "My Evil Mother" and my personal favorite, "The Dead Interview", where Atwood "interviews" George Orwell via a spiritual medium. "Impatient Griselda" is a pandemic story featuring an octopus shaped alien telling a fairy tale to its human audience in a quarantine room. With this variety of stories, Atwood shows her ability to explore different genres with her incredibly engaging writing style.

Leftcoastzen Well you knew cuz I saw your post when I was posting mine. 2w
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A powerful story about family, tradition, and loss. Each character's story is woven into the next, highlighting the connections that families create. What I found most compelling was the stories about the women in this family. Characters like Mitra, Olga and Sali portray the power that women truly have when they are supported by each other, often in the face of domineering men. This book will be at the top of all "must read" lists next year.

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Dial A For Aunties | Jesse Sutanto
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This is a screwball romantic comedy mixed with a cozy mystery. I lost track of how many laugh out loud moments there are. Ma and the Aunties are so much fun as they each have their own ideas how to get rid of the body. The family relationship is the heart of this book. I love seeing families that would do anything for each other and the Chans definitely protect their own! If you want a lighthearted, fun book, this is the one for you!!!

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The Highland Fling | Meghan Quinn
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Take Bridget Jones, mix it with Outlander and Scottish legends and you have this book. First of all, this book hits one of my favorite tropes, grumpy/sunshine and it's told from both Bonnie's and Rowan's perspectives, which I love. Laugh out loud funny, charming, and heartfelt, this book also delivers deliciously spicy scenes. The fact that it is set in a small Scottish adds wonderful atmosphere as well. A read as hot as a buttery and a coffee!

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A historical fiction novel based on the first love of Theodore Roosevelt and Alice Hathaway Lee, complete with real love letters between the two. We know a lot about his political years but what about those years in college that made him into the force he ended up becoming. This is a story of love and loss.

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The Mistletoe Motive | Chloe Liese
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This super adorable Christmas novella features inclusive characters (demi-sexual, neurodivergent, T1 diabetes), and some of my favorite tropes including enemies to lovers, grumpy!/sunshine, slow burn, and some very fun sexy times. Imagine You‘ve Got Mail meets the Grinch and you‘ve got a fun holiday read that will keep you as warm as peppermint hot chocolate!!!

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Trespasses | Louise Kennedy
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What I found so provocative about this book was how the political turbulence and violence is juxtaposed against the day to day life of people living in Northern Ireland at that time. Seeing it played out in the lives of the characters in this book really punctuated the reality of those times. Kennedy brilliantly uses conflicts between religion, class, and family to drive home this story, making it one of my favorite reads of 2022.

Cinfhen Fantastic review!!! I‘ve already stacked but you make me want to actively seek out this book. 2mo
andrew61 Great review, perfectly expresses power of the book. 2mo
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This is an unflinching look at Matthew Perry‘s life in his own words. His brutal honesty about his battles with drugs, alcohol and medical issues were heartbreaking, but his resilience and hope to find sobriety on the other side is what gives this book balance. Perry‘s path can serve as a cautionary tale while also giving hope to those who might be battling their own demons, and I applaud his courage in sharing these struggles so openly.

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How Sweet It Is | Dylan Newton
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If you didn't get enough romance this spooky season, this book is for you. Spicy, funny and entertaining, "How Sweet It Is" is a wonderful romcom that readers will want to take a "stab" at.

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This might be the warmest, fuzziest fantasy novel I have ever read! Viv is a battle worn orc looking to follow her dream of opening a coffee shop in the city of Thune. And the people she meets along the way help her create a place where you want to pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of coffee and companionship. I challenge you to get through this book without craving a latte, cinnamon bun or a croissant. I certainly couldn't!!!

intothehallofbooks This sounds delightful! 3mo
CogsOfEncouragement This sounds so fun. I plan to get this from my library in the new year. 3mo
Leftcoastzen He was coming to my local indie but got Covid. Had to cancel book tour . His book is getting lots of nice reviews. 3mo
rachelsbrittain I loved this one so much! 3mo
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Queen: Her Life | Andrew Morton
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The book is well researched and shows us how The Queen‘s sense of duty and love of country is frankly unmatched by any other member of royalty. She understood her role and tried to live up to the standard she was raised to embody. With her recent passing, this book is a welcome look at the history of a woman that intrigued the world for decades.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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The world that Kingsolver brings us into is brutal at times, diving in depth into the opioid epidemic, poverty, and literal destruction of this region of the country by the greedy corporations looking to plunder the natural resources. While these issues are raw and cutting, Kingsolver mixes this with the love for one's family. Demon Copperhead takes us from the road to Hell to where we were meant to be all along.

Viji Absolutely loved this book! 3mo
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Good Omens | Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett
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The writing duo of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman is nothing short of a literary dream team. Aziraphale and Crowley are Heaven and Hell's version of the Odd Couple, but for me, Adam is the heart of this novel. As the Antichrist who was misplaced at birth, he shows that free will is what makes us all human, the good parts and the bad bits.

CogsOfEncouragement I enjoyed reading this with a friend a couple months ago. Loved the dry wit. 3mo
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My Killer Vacation | Tessa Bailey
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True crime meets grumpy/sunshine meets instalove meets spicy sexy times!! This book is funny, smart, and introduces a fun mystery element to the mix. And when it comes to the spice, Tessa Bailey brings it again (that church scene alone will require multiple cold showers). If only all vacations could be this fun and exciting!

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Sam Heughan takes us on a journey across the 96 mile West Highland Way in Scotland. Planned on a whim, completely overpacked (although those walking sticks did come in handy), and requiring multiple days of travel in less than ideal conditions, Sam reflects on his love for the outdoors, his country and his career. His insights into his own life are interwoven along his path over those many miles, ending at the top of Ben Nevis.

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What I love about this memoir is how Ralph weaves his own life with his onscreen persona Daniel Larusso. I also liked how he feels himself to be a keeper of this story because of how much it means to so many fans. That integrity comes through in spades and helped capture the dedication he feels to the characters and its overarching message. With such a iconic role to live up to, Macchio really does handle it with grace, reverence and gratitude.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I received this wonderful box today in the mail! I love the tiny cast iron pan.

TrishB That looks lovely ❤️ 3mo
DisneyFan What is this box? Looks wonderful! 3mo
TNbookworm Lodge cast iron, made near my hometown 🙂 3mo
Sara_Planz @DisneyFan the publisher sent it to me. It was a nice surprise. 3mo
Sara_Planz @TNbookworm I was so excited about the cast iron mini skillet!! 3mo
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Tom Felton started as a young child actor starting in films like The Borrowers and Anna and the King, but when he is cast as Draco Malfoy, he spends 10 years in the Wizarding World, trying to navigate fame and his teen years. Tom takes us on this journey with him as he talks about his beloved family, his school years, the nuances of the entertainment industry, and the famous people he worked with and learned from.

Kimberlone This is on my TBR! I follow Tom Felton on Instagram and he posts lots of HP related content, especially leading up to the book release! 3mo
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As a former bookseller, novels about bookstores can either can either have a huge impact on your soul or leave your wanting. The Storied Life of AJ Fikry not only had that impact, but this has become one of my favorite stories of all time. AJ is a character that has found his way into my own heart along with ncredible cast of characters that surround him. AJ is truly the heart and soul of this novel. Fair warning, have the tissues ready!

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It is a fascinating look into the career of an actor and how often they are juggling multiple roles. He also didn‘t hold back on his thoughts about other actors, films, and the entertainment industry in general, both the good and the bad. I thoroughly enjoyed this and felt like I got an inside look at one of the most iconic character actors of our times. Alan Rickman is greatly missed by so many who have loved his performances for decades.

Meshell1313 Added! Love Actually is only my most favorite movie of all time! 4mo
Lizpixie Just got my signed hardcover yesterday from Waterstones! Can‘t wait to start it, I‘m keeping it for #NonFictionNovember 4mo
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Ana Takes Manhattan | Lissette Decos
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What a fun romp! The author is a reality TV producer herself, and her first hand knowledge of the industry adds to the story. The men Ana dates are all fun to get to know, and I really loved her friendship with her best friend Gia. I liked how the author showed that friendship has multiple sides, the good and the bad. But what I really liked was seeing how Ana grew as a person, not only in her love life, but in her career as well.

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Black Paradox | Junji Ito
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TW: Body horror and suicide.

I don't read a lot of manga but I absolutely love Junji Ito. His horror stories and the illustrations that go with them are incredibly gorgeous and disturbing at the same time. Ito is the master of combining horror, sci fi, and social commentary all into one.

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As a Pittsburgher, I was aware of my city's steel production past, but I was unaware of our roots in the flatboat industry. From the research Buck did, to the actual construction of the flatboat "Patience", to the journey itself, this book was un-put-downable for me. There's danger, excitement and a real sense of this country in this book, along with a small side of "We are going to die."

suvata Sounds interesting 4mo
Megabooks This was fascinating! 4mo
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This is the bar that all dark academia books should strive to reach for. It takes historical fantasy and executes it flawlessly. RF Kuang has created a world where magic and politics collide to show the cruelty of colonization and to lay out how loyalties can be tested in the process. This book is thoughtful, gut wrenching, inspiring, and will challenge you on your own view of the world, which is what great literature should always do.

Cinfhen S‘mores 😋 4mo
Cinfhen Great review 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yum 😋 and awesome photo!! 4mo
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Pretty cool book mail today! I was sent excerpts of Flea‘s audiobook on VINYL. This is too unique!!

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Book mail today and what a surprise! The new Margaret Atwood collection!!!

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No Job for a Man: A Memoir | John Ross Bowie
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This book was highly entertaining, emotional, and honest about the difficulties of working in the entertainment industry, but what struck me most was John's openness about his wins, struggles, and lessons learned, not just professionally but personally. It is refreshing to read memoirs that aren't just rosy pictures of success and happiness, but are road maps that show all the detours and difficult paths that lead to the destination.

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A Merry Little Meet Cute | Julie Murphy, Sierra Simone
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This is Christmas with a generous helping of spicy!!!! It's so much fun, super cute and romantic, and laugh out loud funny. Bee and Nolan are adorable together and those sex scenes are the 5 alarm steamy variety. I love that they were obviously physically attracted to one another, but their emotional connection led to a very strong relationship. Great queer representation, and sex and body positive to boot.

Emilymdxn This sounds like exactly what I need for my December winter games reading lists! 4mo
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A fun retelling of Frankenstein centering on sister of Victor Frankenstein, Angelika. As the assistant to her "man making" brother, she decides to make what she considers to be her perfect man as romance has never been Angelika's strong suit. Thus begins a madcap adventure filled with heart and family that pays homage to the original Mary Shelley.

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Layla | Colleen Hoover
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Just like Hoover's book Verity, this one keeps the pages turning as the questions start to pile up. It is a creepy thriller that takes a bunch of twists and turns. Just when you think you have it all figured out, Hoover throws you completely off. This is a fast paced read and honestly a good book as we enter into spooky season!

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid is the unrivaled queen of writing strong female characters who make no apologies about who they are, and Carrie Soto is another example of this. This book sucked me in immediately. I cannot even count the times I said the following out loud whilst reading: "Hell yeah", "Get 'em Carrie", "You've got this". There may have been occasional fist pumping pauses as well.

Dragon Convinced me -stacking 💚🐉 5mo
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Cara Romero needs to find a job for the first time in a long time and has to meet with a job counselor to keep her benefits. Instead of focusing on getting a job, Cara starts telling the counselor her life story over a twelve session span, and we get to know her through her life journey. She is a daughter, a mother, a friend, and we really find out who she is through these relationships.

charl08 I love that cover. 5mo
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