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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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This is probably one of the most original stories I have read in a long time. What a genre mash-up: romance, time travel, spec fic, historical fiction just to name a few! And it shouldn't work, but it totally does. It does so well. I am smitten with all the characters in this novel, especially Graham Gore. Your heart will swoon, you will laugh from the fish out of water moments, and you will cry from the pain the characters experience.

julesG Oh, got an eARC the other day. Looking forward to getting to it. 🙈 #MountARC 21h
Chelsea.Poole Great review! 17h
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The List | Yomi Adegoke
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With the #MeToo movement, women are feeling empowered to speak out against men who have harassed or been violent to them. Careers, relationships and reputations destroyed for bad behavior that has finally come back on the perpetrators. This book is written from both perspectives, allowing the reader to get inside each of their mindsets as the situation plays out. You get an up close and personal view of the damage done.

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Piff the Magic Book | Piff The Magic Dragon
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I have been a fan of magic since I was a little girl, and living here in Las Vegas has given me the chance to see some of the best magicians in the world. And in Valentine‘s Day, my husband took me to see Piff the Magic Dragon. You may know Piff from America‘s Got Talent or Penn and Teller‘s Fool Us. He has a fabulous show at The Flamingo on the Las Vegas Strip AND he has an equally fabulous book of magic.

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While this is being comped to Daisy Jones and the Six, I also would use this as a readalike for fans of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. This had more of a mystery feel as opposed to a dishy tell-all story, and I actually really liked that! I also enjoyed how the author builds the relationships with the characters slows, just as Mari had to build her relationships with Anke and the other players in the story to gain their trust.

Dragon Stacking ❤️🐉 6d
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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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Holy forkballs this book was so disturbing and so good! If you are squeamish, you may find it difficult to get past the idea of cannibalism, but if you can, the message of this book comes through loud and clear. The dehumanization of certain individuals, the blight of factory farming, capitalism coming above everything else, and the fragile state of the world due to our own gross abuse of our environment.

all_4_kb I remember this book…. 1w
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Wow, wow, wow!!! This is one of the best pieces of historical fiction I have ever read. Kristin Hannah expertly takes the reader into a tumultuous and dangerous time, putting us directly into the heart of the war. It is also deeply intimate and personal, allowing us to see examples of the friendships formed and the love affairs that happen while under such intense conditions.

Bookwormjillk I am really looking forward to this one 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can‘t wait to read this one! 1w
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I am embarrassed to say that I bought this book when it first came out and never got around to reading it until now, having viewed the film adaptation of this a week ago. What an incredible story! I actually preferred the way the book was set up, as it allowed me to better understand all the characters and the conspiracy itself. David Grann is a master storyteller, and has the ability to discuss history in a way that keeps the pages turning.

kspenmoll Totally agree with what you say about the book. Not sure I want to see the movie. 1w
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Key goes in depth into the affair itself, his own failures as a husband, and his struggle with his faith, and he does this with introspection and humor. As someone who went through a devastating end to my first marriage, I appreciated seeing my own feelings reflected by the author. Modern marriage along with the temptations of the world is an increasingly difficult thing, and Key's acknowledgement of these issues is what resounded most with me.

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Little Monsters | Adrienne Brodeur
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I love a messy family story and this one hit all the right notes for me! Using the story of Cain and Abel to create a realistic portrayal of family, Adrienne Brodeur builds a complete portrait of a family that is flawed yet strong at the same time. I loved the multiple POVs from each main character as it let me see their own internal monologues, justifications and thought processes.

kspenmoll I enjoyed everything about this novel! 1w
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Are you watching the big game today? Rooting for anyone or just in it for snacks and commercials? Since the game is here in Vegas, the entire city is psyched! I work at The Neon Museum and our signs were used for the cover of the Super Bowl program!!!

Here are a couple great reads about Sin City. Chronicles Of Old Las Vegas gives the history of Vegas from the beginning through present day, and Haunted Las Vegas is a spooky good time!

Ruthiella You are on the spot! 🏈 2w
kspenmoll This is great!!! Yes we will be watching & having our game day chili , chicken wings & cornbread. 🫕 🌶️🍗🌽 🏈 2w
Graywacke Rooting for the snacks, and maybe a little for Mahomes. Cool recommendations! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Go Chiefs!! ❤️🏈🤍 2w
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Fruit of the Dead | Rachel Lyon
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This is a dual POV book from both Cory's and Emer's perspectives and what a story it is. You have the power struggle between mother and daughter coinciding with the temptation that Rolo offers. This dynamic makes for great storytelling and character development, paying homage to the original myth. This book also delves into sex, addiction, exploitation, and other more modern issues setting this firmly in current times.

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Great use of tropes in this book: grumpy vs. sunshine, enemies to lovers, and workplace romance, which are some of my favorites. I loved the competition that they had with one another as they try to save the hotel. So many fun misunderstandings, comedies of errors, and missed opportunities making for a slow burn and well developed relationship between the two. A sweet romcom that readers will enjoy!

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Gothikana | Runyx
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Dark academia, supernatural occurrences, and a gothic atmosphere combine together with some very spicy romance to create a fun read! I loved Corvina and her backstory, especially her relationship with her mother, and Vad is a strong, forbidden, dark, romantic character. I loved the multiple references to other gothic authors (especially Poe), and the images throughout the book added to the whole experience.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🖤 🥀 4w
emz711 I loved it too! Whose got recommendations of something similar? 5d
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My Name Is Iris: A Novel | Brando Skyhorse
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This near-future work of speculative fiction really struck a chord with me. It puts a spotlight on issues like immigration, sexism, racism, and xenophobia through an incredibly original storyline. Skyhorse perfectly captures the way that fear of “the other” can be used to create distrust amongst people in their own communities. I could feel the anger welling up inside of me as I read this because I recognize these tactics being used today.

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Leslie F*cking Jones | Leslie Jones
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Before I even go into this review, I gotta tell you I love Leslie Jones! She is one of the funniest women in the business and one of my all-time favs on SNL. She's killing it on The Daily Show and her social media is the best. And this memoir embodies the reason why I admire her so much...she worked her a** off to get to where she is. She doesn't take the edge off of anything she went through, making this feel like you are sitting with her.

intothehallofbooks I love her too! 1mo
UwannaPublishme Love Leslie! 🙌🏻 1mo
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The Orchard: A Memoir | Adele Crockett Robertson
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This is the memoir of Adele Crockett Robertson, also known as "Kitty", found by her daughter after she passed away in 1979 and published in 1995. It documents the years she worked tirelessly to save the family apple orchard during the Great Depression. While decades have separated us from this history, the story itself is timeless.

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No One Can Know: A Novel | Kate Alice Marshall
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An excellent family thriller that will keep you guessing til the very end. So many secrets, clues and misdirections, multiple POVS and timelines, and plenty of drama to make this a well plotted story. Loved the small town setting, the house itself (which felt like a character of its own), and the unreliable narrator to wrap everything into a thrilling ride.

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Erasure: A Novel | Percival Everett
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With the arrival of the movie adaption, "American Fiction", I knew I wanted to read the original story prior to viewing and I am so glad I did. I was not prepared for how much I loved this novel. This may be one of the best satires I have ever read, but also includes family drama and a clear eyed view of the publishing industry in general.

Tamra How fun! I really loved it so I definitely want to see the film. 1mo
sarahbarnes I ended up seeing the film this past weekend and loved it. I still want to read the book! 1mo
Tamra @sarahbarnes based on the trailer I saw, it appears like a departure but the essence is there. I hope you like the novel. 1mo
sarahbarnes @Tamra that‘s really good to know. I‘ve loved the other books of his I‘ve read so I‘m looking forward to this one. 1mo
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The Apology | Jimin Han
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This story spans several decades, family members and countries in an epic way. Filled with family love, historical references, family trauma, plenty of drama and a fair amount of humor, Han delivers a wonderful story about family and the secrets we keep in order to protect them, or so we think. I loved how matter of fact Jeonga is and the squabbling she has with her sisters is so realistic and part of what gives this book so much heart.

Catsandbooks @Texreader adding to the list! 🙌🏼 1mo
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Argylle: A Novel | Elly Conway
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I had to pick this one up because of all the buzz around it. With a movie based on it coming out in a couple weeks, to the rumors of this being written by Taylor Swift under a pseudonym, to the mysterious identity of author Elly Conway, this has been one on the minds of a lot of people. I wanted to of course read the book before I see the movie.

vivastory I hadn't heard the rumors about it being written by Taylor Swift. I'm really looking forward to the movie 1mo
marleed I‘m so curious about the upcoming movie because I didn‘t read the book as comedic or snarky but I have the impression the movie is both. I also wonder if the book was published solely to create buzz for the movie. If so, it‘s rather genius advertising! 1mo
Amiable Oh my, that kitty face! 😻 1mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sweet kitty 🐾 1mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful kitty!😻 1mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
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What a fresh take on a modern marriage! I love the topics this book delves into: polyamorous relationships, raising kids, work/life balance and following our passions. This novel takes a look at all of these ideas without turning it into a messy drama, just lots of self-discovery and personal growth. If you are looking for a book club read, this may be one to consider as there is a lot to dig into and discuss.

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The Lamar and Hayden Valley areas are known a the American Serengeti. The open plains, the wildlife, the understanding of America as an amazing landscape. If you have seen this, it can be hard to believe that we almost lost it in the late nineteenth century. George Bird Grinnell is one of the men we can thank for saving this precious resource. He recognized that without proper conservation, the American West would be plundered into devastation.

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Romantasy is top of mind for many of us right now. With that being said....THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE! This book is everything I want and love in this genre. A strong FMC, a fantastic love interest, vampires, family drama and a war that could could destroy it all. The plot is smart and moves at a good pace, the dialogue and banter is some of the best, and the world building is well done without overwhelming the storyline.

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As with any true crime book, I also feel it is important to tell the story of the victims, which I think the author took great care with. The brazen nature of his murders, and the fact that he was able to continue for so long taking as many people as he did was both disturbing and chilling. True crime readers will find this takes you right into the heart of a cold blooded killer.

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The Princess of Las Vegas | Chris Bohjalian
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As someone who lives in Las Vegas, I am always up for a book set in the city I love, especially the way Bohjalian uses the extraordinary Red Rock Canyon area as a second setting throughout. It's clear that Bohjalian did extensive research into not only the city itself, but also the crypto industry and unsavory politicians who are on the take. This multi faceted thriller incorporates all of that into a fast-paced story.

ChrisBohjalian Thank you, thank you! Gobsmacked! 👑👑👑👑👑 2mo
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Two young boys, Jim and Will, start to figure out that not everything is as it seems at the carnival, and the merry go round is proof of just that. Along with Will's father, they must battling for le the evil that Mr. Dark brings, by proving that friendship and love can defeat anything. Bradbury's rich writing still rings true and in my opinion, has only gotten better with each reread.

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Every Duke Has His Day | Suzanne Enoch
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This was such a fun romp! A sweet romance, a little bit of mystery and a good read for pet lovers! Opposites attract and the grumpy/sunshine tropes are always fun for me, and Bitsy and Michael are exactly that. This was a cute romcom to kick off my 2024 reading!

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What an incredible book! Two families that experience loss, pain, and love that never dies. Not only does this book deal with the main plot point of a kidnapping, but it also delves into the trauma of losing a child, family bonds, indigenous culture, mental illness, and the joys and cruelties of love. This is a powerful story and it was both Norma's/Ruthie's quiet strength and Joe's own troubled life that drew me in.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! This cover 💜 🫐 2mo
Megabooks Excited to read this! 2mo
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I could not believe how much I became engrossed in each characters' story as well as in the setting that Sidik Fofana depicts them in. The powerful messages come through with each resident, with issues like poverty, crime, affordable housing, and education being brought front and center for the reader. These short vignettes, these slices of life, will stick with you long after you finish reading this collection.

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A powerful book of poetry inspired by The Wiz, I Done Clicked My Heels Three Times is a collection of verse about Chicago, black womanhood, and becoming an adult on your own terms. Just like in The Wiz, the poems reflect leaving home, finding your own way, and the return to your roots a changed person. Lyrical, powerful, and thought provoking, Byas' strength is in the intersection of her storytelling and relatable voice.

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I Hear You're Rich | Diane Williams
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Definitely a collection outside of my normal reading box, however I found these short stories to be extremely interesting. Flash fiction is a new genre for me and it has provoked my interest enough to seek out further collections going into 2024. Quite a few of these were really engaging for me, and I look forward to digging deeper into this style of writing and reading.

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This was such a moving story for me. The love and loyalty this family has for each other is incredibly powerful. Three siblings who suffered loss in their youth forged a powerful bond that seems unbreakable even by the most traumatic of circumstances, now have to continue to save and protect each other. I really enjoyed getting to know all the characters.

MyNamesParadise I loved her first book so much that as soon as I saw this was coming out I got it! I haven‘t read it yet though but I hope to tackle it soon! She has a book coming out the beginning of 2025, so it‘s still a bit of a wait. 2mo
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The Cat Who Taught Zen | James Norbury
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A beautifully illustrated tale of a cat on a path towards wisdom and the characters that are encountered on the way. Inspired by zen philosophy, author James Norbury takes us along on the cat's trek, and shows us that wisdom comes from not only from the quest, but also from the obstacles and the friends we make through our lives. No matter where we are in life, knowledge can still be gained, and we see this through the cat's own self-discovery.

Jari-chan Aw, fluffy kitty! 😻 2mo
Soubhiville Gorgeous photo! 2mo
dabbe Hello there, beautiful floof! 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
Leftcoastzen Beautiful kitty!😸😻 2mo
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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You have to love the unreliable narrator trope! This will likely be THE thriller of 2024. Fast paced, kept me guessing the entire time, and I loved the whole atmosphere of the story. Who wouldn't want to go to a private Greek Island with your rich friends, I mean other than the murder stuff. Written in the form of a Greek tragedy, the suspense builds and I loved the pacing and the quick chapters. This "locked island" whodunit is a lot of fun!

janeycanuck I‘ve been on the fence about whether or not to put this one on hold. The Silent Patient was great but The Maidens fell a bit flat for me. I think you‘ve convinced me to get on the holds list! 2mo
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Big Swiss: A Novel | Jen Beagin
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I am on a roll with the "messy life" books recently and I cannot get enough, especially when they have lots of humor like this one! I love flawed characters like Greta and Big Swiss, but I truly enjoyed getting to know why these characters are battling so many demons. Quirky, witty, honest, and raw, "Big Swiss" is the ultimate fly on the wall story.

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Set for Life: A Novel | Andrew Ewell
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Oh how I love a messy life and marriage novel! Characters making a cavalcade of bad choices, acting selfishly, and creating complicated relationships result in a novel about stories: the ones that are real and the ones that we tell ourselves. Is our narrator just down on his luck, overlooked by others, or is he the one responsible for his own ennui and eventual downfall? Thought provoking and full of drama.

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Thomas Smallwood is a name you might not know from the abolition movement. This is a man who not only bought his own freedom, but was the one who named The Underground Railroad. Born a slave, Smallwood educated himself and found work as a shoemaker in DC. From there, he worked with Charles Torrey to get other enslaved people to freedom in the North from the DC and Baltimore areas.

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Buckle your sleigh belt!! Yet another spicy and sweet holiday story from Julie Murphy and Sierra Simone. ! But it is not just about the heat. This one digs deep into family issues, self-discovery, letting go of your past, and moving forward. The star of this book for me was definitely Winnie. What a journey her character took as she worked through her past and found herself and her true love.

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I purchased my copy of this when it was first published and I saved it specifically for my end of the year reads, because I knew that this would be my favorite book of the year and indeed it is. This was a reading experience I have not had in a very long time. There is no other way to say it: this is simply a perfect book. This is a beautifully crafted story that delves into issues that could not be more relevant today.

Tamra I need to get a print copy; I tried the audio and it didn‘t work for me. I think it likely requires more focus than I give an audio book. Your review is inspiration! 3mo
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Bookstores? Small town? Second chance romance? Sign me up!! While this is the second book in the series it can be read as a stand alone. Sweet, romantic, with just the right amount of tension and spice, you will be cheering for Rosie and Evan to find their HEA.

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What a journey! These young men worked their tails off to achieve what they have and I am blown away by both the talent on display and commitment to achieving their dreams. This is the perfect gift for the BTS fan in your life or for someone who enjoys reading about the music industry in general.

ChasingOm I‘ve been saving my copy for winter break! Three more weeks… 🤩 3mo
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Jackie: Public, Private, Secret | J. Randy Taraborrelli
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I finished this book on the same day as the anniversary of assassination of JFK. The effect of his death on Jackie is one of the biggest takeaways I had from this in depth and personal biography. But her dedication to her children and her family is truly what kept her going. Jackie's story and her image still resonate with us all these later and this biography will help readers better understand her place in history.

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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The much anticipated second book of The Empyrean series, Iron Flame, continues the story of Violet Sorrengail as she begins her second year at Basgiath War College. I found this to be full of action, Dragons, and a bit more spice than the first one. And Xaden is the book boyfriend of the moment. Cannot wait for the next one because it ends on a massive cliffhanger. Pay no attention as I seek out a candle that reminds me of leather and mint....

Meshell1313 🤣 great review! Couldn‘t agree more! 3mo
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Mercury: A Novel | Amy Jo Burns
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Amy Jo Burns weaves together each character and draws them all together in a single event that changes them all forever. Combining masterful character development, emotions and family connection, Burns creates a mystery, a love story and a saga all rolled into one.

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Thxere is something about every one of Jeff Zentner's books that make him a top author for me. The amount of heart and humanity that he puts into each of his characters is what truly does it. His YA books are some of the best out there and his first adult novel is right there with them. Zentner explores grief, politics, addiction, and second (and third) chances at love and life. Sure to be one of the best books of 2024!

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Actor Megan Fox delivers with a new collection of poetry about love - mainly the dark and heartbreaking side of it. Over the course of more than 70 poems, Fox takes us through the range of emotions that love can evoke in us, but concentrates on how we often lose who we are in the process. Fox chronicles all the ways in which we fit ourselves into the shape of the ones we love, even if it means compromising ourselves.

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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Jesmyn Ward, in my opinion, is one of the greatest American writers of our time. This novels stands with other classics from Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Ralph Ellison. This book will take you down deep with Annis as she struggles to survive the horrors of slavery in the South, but also give you the glimpses of hope and freedom that she takes solace in. The power of ancestors, womanhood and the spirits around us makes for a compelling story.

Tamra I‘m listening to this one now and it‘s heavy! 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this author!! ❤️❤️ 3mo
Sara_Planz @Tamra it is. It has the heaviness of The Bluest Eye 3mo
Sara_Planz @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks she‘s just incredible 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Sara_Planz I started reading Mother Swamp by her last night (at the band concert 🤫) and her words are so powerful!! It‘s a short story. 3mo
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This twisty thriller is one that will keep the pages turning. Characters that keep you guessing if they are a "good guy" or a "bad guy", a murder mystery, all set in the hustle and bustle of London made for good fall reading. If you like a fun thriller, this will definitely fit the bill.

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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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The Future holds a lot of meaning for people. It could have both positive and negative connotations. It could be infinite or finite. It could lead to peace or war. But what does The Future mean for those people who actually have the power to change the world? That's the heart of the new novel by Naomi Alderman.

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Explorers have always been a special kind of person. In the early 1900's the pursuit of the North Pole was one that literally gripped the world. Two men, Robert Peary and Frederick Cook, battled to reach the Pole first and tell their stories, marking their place in the annals of history as being "The One" who made it to the top of the world. And telling that story fell into the hands of two New York newspapers, the Herald and the Times.

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