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TaraTLK

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Joined October 2016

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A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena
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A Match Made in Mehendi | Nandini Bajpai
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Really cute story about family, making your mark, and choosing your path. CW: school bullying, including an outing

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In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
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Text: "But the nature of archival silence is that certain people's narratives and their nuances are swallowed by history. We only see what pokes through because it is sufficiently salacious for the majority to pay attention."

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Star Wars: Resistance Reborn | Rebecca Roanhorse
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Text:...many of us have dubious beginnings, but it is how we end that counts. -Poe Dameron

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Sick Kids In Love | Hannah Moskowitz
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Really enjoyed this look at chronic illness. I share neither of these conditions but the descriptions of how they impact your decisions and how it has to be neither celebrated nor mourned were great. Plus really great love story.

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Know My Name: A Memoir | Chanel Miller
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Content warnings abound, but this was a wonderful big picture look at how the justice system prioritizes privelege. Miller is a wonderful writer and talks about using writing to help heal.

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Nothing to Fear | Juno Rushdan
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I love this series so much. This one got a little more violent in places (understandlable given the subject matter) but wow.

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Ice Cream Lover | Jackie Lau
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Not quite representative, in that the book is overall happier than this, but this quote was just one of those yes, that moments you have when reading. Text says: Grief isn't linear, it isn't constantly decreasing in strength.

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A Dream So Dark | L.L. McKinney
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A really enjoyable follow up to A Blade So Black. There are three narrators for the audio for this one and while the narration was great, one narrator was using a far more Southern tone for the American characters. Amusing but not distracting from the story.

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Took me a while to read this, not because it wasn't great, but because it sparked so many ideas that there were some days I needed a more relaxing read. Great look at how we can better set up gatherings from dinner with friends to corporate workshops to provide better results.

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Lush Money | Angelina M. Lopez

I do love a story where the characters are like yes, we have all these rules so it will be just sex no feelings. Oh noes, I have feelings.

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I Love You So Mochi | Sarah Kuhn
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Text: How do uou tell if you're having an existential crisis or if you're just terrible at making decisions?

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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I have become one of those people. Sped it up by accident, now I'm used to it.

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Trick Mirror | Jia Tolentino
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Text: I began to realize all my life I had beeen leaving myself breadcrumbs. It didn't matter that I didn't always know what I was walking toward. It was worthwhile.

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The Unleashing | Shelly Laurenston
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I love large teams of complicated women so this book worked so well for me.

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Every Last Breath | Juno Rushdan
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The DC and DC area details are just delightful to me. The relationship is resolved but the big bad is not, so good thing the next one is out already.

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I really like Syme's approach and find it useful in assessing ourselves, and looking at why change is hard, and figuring out how to get past the resistance.

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Hot Dog Girl | Jennifer Dugan
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Enjoyed this bisexual twist on the I will fake date friend so my crush doesn't suspect anything when we all hang out except oh noes, my best friend is like the best.

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American Fairytale | Adriana Herrera
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Fun entry into the oops that guy I hooked up with is now the big donor I have to work with. Enjoyed watched two people used to take care of things figure out how to and how to not take care of each other.

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The Magnolia Sword | Sherry Thomas
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My #RippedBodiceBingo prize pack arrived. Soany goodies.

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Oh wow. When you have to stop to savor a line.
Text: "They don't let you have any whole, you know. If you don't follow the pattern. You have to find your happiness in bits and pieces. But it can add up to something beautiful." Aunt Kelmarsh, The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Oh wow. The audio for this is just excellent.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🖤🧡🖤 5mo
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One Day to Fall | Therese Beharrie
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Such a great story about two folks who find each other on an emotional day and see the best parts of each other while both being cranky.

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Along for the Ride | Mimi Grace
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So cute. For #RippedBodicBingo counts for Road Trip.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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A great one to read in audio since the full cast and the podcast parts work great that way. Not an easy book but glad to have read it.

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As la Vista Turns | Kris Ripper
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A story that made me both laugh and cry as the series wrapped up with a perfect bookend since the first was a grumpy/sunshine from the grumpy POV and this is a grumpy/control freak sunshine from the sunshine POV. For #RippedBodiceBingo counts for on page atheist, wine and spirits, and/or FF contemporary.

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Playing House | Ruby Lang
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Nerdy urban planners bantering about the thing they love while also, ahem, discovering mutual pants feelings for one another is really just my jam.

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This is one of those stories that sounds bonkers but is great. She hacks into his system and then he shows up and is like you're gonna show me how you broke my security and also I need a fake fiancee. Because of course he does. As with the best Presents, the acknowledgment and discussion if power dynamics is fab. For #RippedBodiceBingo - takes place in multiple countries, wine and spirits.

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If It Makes You Happy | Claire Kann
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Oh wow. This book. It's full of complicated messy friend and family relationships set in a small town with Gilmore Girls like summer traditions. Note: there is some fatphobia directed at the main character, she has a great support system but tough to read.
For #RippedBodiceBingo Sassy Grandparent.

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Hired | Zoey Castile
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Really enjoyable story set in New Orleans. For #RippedBodiceBingo could be used for heroine smells like a flower, wine and spirits, and/or tarot.

TaraTLK Costumes too! Forgot that one. 6mo
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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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Modern very loose retelling of Pride and Prejudice. The machinations hit a particular spot for me (as someone who has worked in HR type stuff) but very enjoyable overall. For #RippedBodiceBingo there is neighbors, smells like a flower, sassy grandparents, title includes character's name, wine and spirits, and some costumes.

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Repeat | Kylie Scott
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So I love a good amnesia story and will put up with a lot of shenanigans on the part of the loved ones since how often does amnesia really happen, but there is a lot of controlling behavior happening all over this story.
For #RippedBodiceBingo eloping

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I really enjoyed it. For #RippedBodiceBingo - heroine smells like a flower (there are vanilla flowers), wine and spirits, and eloping.

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Fun fake dating story. It does have a bit of the not like other girls stuff. And for #RippedBodiceBingo someone smells like flowers.

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One Life to Lose | Kris Ripper
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Cam was dealing with some routines that could use shaking up and some grief so this story was both heartwarming and heartbreaking as he navigated possibilities with Josh and Keith. And that murder plotline really does its thing in this installment.
For #RippedBodiceBingo - on page atheist.

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Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love | Anna-Marie McLemore, Sangu Mandanna, Phoebe North, Adi Alsaid, Rin Chupeco, Elsie Chapman, Caroline Tung Richmond, Sandhya Menon, Karuna Riazi, S. K. Ali, Jay Coles, Rebecca Roanhorse, Sara Farzian
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The whole anthology was a delight but this quote especially struck me.

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Warcross | Lu Marie
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Really great in audio.

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So delightful. And #rippedbodicebingo name on the cover.

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Rebel | Beverly Jenkins
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So enjoyable. For #rippedbodicebingo will work for sassy grandparent, and with some loose definitions
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eloping.

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I Wanna Be Where You Are | Kristina Forest
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For #rippedbodicebingo will help with the road trip square and/or the prom square. Eli and Chloe are technically across the street neighbors not next door, so depends how you feel about that. Light YA romance about childhood friends who fell out and then road trip and rediscover each other.

TaraTLK Oh, show business too. 7mo
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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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TaraTLK I have this in both e and audio and I keep going back and forth to savor. 7mo
TaraTLK Okay, for #rippedbodicebingo this could be used for sassy grandparent, prom, and/or takes place in multiple countries. 7mo
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Some really good stuff on how to make the most of opportunities that do come your way with clear recognition of ways the system prioritizes some.

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In Other Lands | Sarah Rees Brennan
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Portal fantasy is not usually my jam and this one had me laughing, and then getting exceedingly sucked in and worried for Elliot and his abrasive, snarky, delightfully curious self.

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In Pieces | Sally Field
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Such a great opening.

a.bookish.byrd I loved this quote, too. I am just finishing this book today. (edited) 12mo
TaraTLK Yeah, it grabs you. S 12mo
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A Royal Wedding | Jeevani Charika
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I read this under the title Christmas at the Palace. The romance is resolved fairly quickly but it was fun and I enjoyed the extended look at how the characters made things work.

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I listened to the audio and it was a great look into how sometimes having achieved success still means you need to re-evaluate your life.

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Running with Lions | Julian Winters
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Fun book about former best friends now at the same soccer camp dealing with attraction to one another.

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Monday's Not Coming | Tiffany D. Jackson
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After the Wedding | Courtney Milan
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