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Sunshine131

Sunshine131

Joined July 2019

Intersectional feminist, fiction enthusiast. So many words, so little time. (;
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Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
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The Music of What Happens | Bill Konigsberg
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I read this in one night after my boyfriend recommended it to me, and I don't fancy there's any other way. Packed with lovable and real characters it deals with masculinity, race, and consent against a beautiful backdrop of two boys trying not to fall in love. Even the cover is stunning. Read this one and want more by Bill Konigsberg? Try The Porcupine of Truth by the same author. Enjoy!

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I desperately want to read this book as it's been recommended by just about everyone, and apparently I'm not alone. I guess I'll have to wait till all the buzz around it dies down, or just bite the bullet and buy it. Thoughts?

ErinSueMreads I'm going to have to do the same thing. I met her the other night and she is totally amazong 2mo
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School for Good and Evil | Soman Chainani
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To be perfectly honest, this was the only one of the series that I 100% enjoyed. But with a fascinating background, complex main characters, and interesting, creative side characters, what's not to love? Agatha's journey is meaningful and reasonably paced and Sophie's transformation into a villian is a meticulous slow burn. The ending was satisfying, but it's best read as a stand alone, as the other books in the series erase the message.

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Midnight at the Electric | Jodi Lynn Anderson
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About to start this one after being wrecked (again) by A Fault in Our Stars. Really looking forward to it, hope it's as good as I expect! 😋

rjsthumbelina I found this one to be as emotional as TFIOS! 2mo
Sunshine131 @rjsthumbelina Oh no! I don't know if I can take that again! 😅 2mo
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It seems like it'd be kinda redundant for me to put a review here, cause everyone knows it's good, so let me summarize what I'd otherwise say: it's beautiful, it's funny, it's heartbreaking, and it'll make you cry. Probably a lot. But read it anyway, even though it might hurt you, because it's worth it. Because it leaves you with something important, too.

violabrain When I finished this book, I immediately read it again from the beginning. So good!!! 2mo
Sunshine131 @violabrain If I hadn't been so excited about reading my next book (midnight at the electric) I would have done the same thing! (: 2mo
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Dear god, this book. Where do I even begin? Well, with the obvious. You should read it. And read it again. And put it on a special place on your bookshelf so you can see it every morning, so it can remind you about the magic of the world, the magic of people, of healing, of best friends, of love. If it doesn't break your heart, I don't know if you really have one. By far my favorite John Green book. 5/5 stars. 💛

Turtle image by linocut. Thanks!

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Getting ready to start reading this classic! I've read it once before, but I'm on a bit of a J Green spree and I'm not sure I fully processed it the first time. I'm ready to cry. 😞 Why do us readers do this to ourselves? Wish me luck!

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Eh. Seriously, just eh. I didn't hate it, and it wasn't horrible, but I wasn't particularly attached to any of the characters or the main couple. I did enjoy some of the messages about family and some of the banter between the characters was solid, but that's about it. I think if it was a longer book and a little more thoughtfully written it really could have been great, but compared to many other romances I've read recently, it's just so-so.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I didn't think I was a huge memoir person, but this book made me wonder if I should read more. While some parts were painful to read, it is all well phrased and thoughtful and I couldn't put it down. Tara Westover's story is heartbreaking, but also uplifting in a strange way, and as you here of good people who overcome terrible challenges, it's better than any fairytale could be. I recommend fully.

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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Maybe I'm being unfair, but compared to Ms. Albertalli's other books, I didn't find it quite so good. I'm reading again, and enjoying more this time, but overall Leah is less tough and more just... rude, especially about her moms new relationship. I didn't hate it, and I enjoyed the simple high school setting as well as the realistic build up to the main couple, who I won't talk about too much here, in case some a y'all decide to read it. 3/5

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Starfish | Akemi Dawn Bowman
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“Hearts aren't meant to be broken an infinite amount of times.“-
From Akemi Dawn Bowman's Starfish, one of my favorite realistic fiction books of all time.

Not much of a digital artist, obviously, but I thought I'd give it a try. Beautiful quotes deserve half-decent formats (;

Thanks to gustavorezende for the heart!

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Caraval | Stephanie Garber
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Mehso-so

Caraval, for me, fell flat. While I enjoyed Stephanie Garber's descriptions of not only the luscious, mysterious Caraval but also the surrounding world, the main character seemed 2 dimensional and predictable, and wasn't particularly interesting. The ending left me confused and disappointed, because, afterall, all that happens in it is only a game. Definitely recommend the other 2 books though! Much more interesting.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Not gonna lie, I probably love this book a little too much. But what‘s not to love? Leigh Bardugo has created a beautiful, real, sprawling world with complex, deeply flawed characters you can‘t not fall in love with. Her descriptions are so vivid you don‘t hardly have to close your eyes to see everything, and, frankly, she‘s got the best dialogue I‘ve ever read. In case you can‘t tell, this is my favorite book. Do yourself a favor and read it. 😉

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Beyond sweet, beyond perfect. I don‘t think I disliked a minute of this book. It was comfortable and real, with characters you fell for again and again. Simon is, by far, one of my favorite protagonists ever. This book might just always stand out as my favorite piece of LGBTQ+ fiction ever. Becky Albertalli is one to watch.

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I Hate Everyone But You | Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin
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There‘s something comforting about a book that tells you everything, doesn‘t play with any mysteries or language designed to make you feel small. And there‘s something comforting about this I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin. While the writing itself doesn‘t blow you away and nothing quite caught me by surprise, this true to life story about friendship and finding yourself is enjoyable and rings true. 4/5 stars.