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TaraTLK

Joined October 2016

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For You & No One Else by Roni Loren
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Seven Days In June by Tia Williams
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Ties That Tether by Jane Igharo
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When Tara Met Farah | Tara Pammi
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I do love a grumpy/sunshine. Highlighted quote says, There is a delicate balance to the universe. Grouchy, grumpy people like me will make the world a dull place if there are not sparkling, joyous people like you. So you see, if you do not return to your default setting as soon as possible, the world will become a depressing, dark place. You are like a superhero...

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Am I retroactively mad at everyone who told me this was a time slip subway story and failed to mention the amnesia? Yes, I am. Also a delightful look at family, and home, and horniness. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for amnesia, number in the title, or graduation.

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Ten Thousand Stitches | Olivia Atwater
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Come for the himbo fairy godfather, stay for the maid who learns how precious anger at injustice is. Also one of the best answers to try love's kiss I have seen.
Really enjoyed this. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for mistaken identity, superpower, title has a number in it, and/or dance

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A Taste for Love | Jennifer Yen
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Am I reading a lot of baking themed books lately? Yes. Anyway, a matchmaking mom decided to choose contestants for the baking competition based primarily on their eligibility to date her daughter? Said daughter is horrified, and also maybe finds one of the contestants not terrible? Shenanigans ensue. For #RippedBodiceBingo, can be used for food on the cover and graduation.

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So cute! Former reality star and football player/cupcake shop owner end up working together. When fans of the show catch wind, she says he's her new boyfriend. Impulsive vs. orderly matchup, however will that work out. For #RippedBodiceBingo - food on the cover.

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I personally felt this leaned a little more women's fiction, even though there is a satisfying romance. Amusingly in the author interview in back, Emezi said they liked the idea of you reading the blurb and being like no way, and then hopefully being convinced by the story. Well, lol, I didn't read the blurb, so it was all a surprise. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for fictional country and dance.

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A Taste of Sage: A Novel | Yaffa S. Santos
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A fun foodie romance about a chef who can taste emotions and goes by feel, who ends up working for a chef who is all about creating the same food. Definitely will make you hungry. Content note: One character gets pretty injured, though for those who like the sick/comfort trope, there is that.
For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for food on cover, bath, workplace rivals.

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American Royalty | Tracey Livesay
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While I personally don't think North Americans write Brits that sound very British, I did think this was an interesting look at two people from very different worlds trying to manage to handle public expectations. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for Bath, and dance.

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Some novels in verse, I like listening to the audio, but Dean Atta's work often does such interesting things visually, that I enjoy the text. This story of a teen who falls in love with an only partially out classmate and then goes to Scotland where he meets a wildly out teen and has to decide what he wants, is great. For #RippedBodiceBingo, can be used for bicycle and architect.

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Zyla & Kai | Kristina Forest
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Kristina Forest always writes such great YA romance, and this fractured timeline tale of teens with different views on relationships but find they agree about each other maybe is no different.
And, little morbid on the reference, but for #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for bicycle.

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Lord of Chance | Erica Ridley
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Cute historical about two folks who meet at the gambling tables at an inn in Scotland, and the discover that they have gotten oops married due to an unknown law, and then discover that maybe they bring out the best in each other. For #RippedBodiceBingo, can be used for Bath or property inheritance.

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A Lady for a Duke | Alexis Hall
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A story about two friends who went to war and came back changed, and well, kinda figure out that actually maybe they are in love with each other. The various meddling and not meddling family members were wonderful also. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for second chance, high tea, and ghosts.

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Kings of B'more | R. Eric Thomas
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Quote: Linus believed there were places in this world where the sky was higher, and Washington DC was such a place.
So, despite my DC self loving this quote, this book is, as the title suggests, a love letter to Baltimore. A story of two friends, who decide to have a Ferris Day before one moves away, and the delightful things that can happen when wandering a city in summer.

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Loveboat Reunion | Abigail Hing Wen
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I don't always love a sequel to something that was clearly intended to be a standalone, but the focus on Sophie and Xavier made this really interesting. For #RippedBodiceBingo can be used for second chance, college dorm, and if you count money as property, property Inheritance.

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She Gets the Girl | Rachael Lippincott, Alyson Derrick
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Just ripped through this book (okay, I like stopped for work. And snacks.) Two college students make a deal for one to be the other's dating mentor, but like while they are hanging out and even going on a practice date, maybe, they are aiming for the wrong people?

Content note: parental addiction and parental internalized racism.

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The Stand-In | Lily Chu
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This book was so fun. Chinese Canadian woman gets offer to pretend to be a Chinese actress at some glitzy events accompanied by her dear actor friend and co star and well, gosh what could happen?

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The Marvellers | Dhonielle Clayton
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I confess magical boarding school is not my jam. But this book was very cute, and I who usually skin over description am always amazed at how richly Clayton describes her worlds.
Ella is a conjurer and now the school for Marvellers is letting in conjurers.
Note: Ella experiences a lot of bigotry for being a Conjurer. She has incredible family support and some friend and teacher support, so I found it tough but not overly worrying. YMMV.

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You know how some retellings are just using the beats as a skeleton and some retellings feel like this is actually the real story told by someone who knew more? All due respect to Mr. Fitzgerald, this queer magical version told from the point of view of Jordan, who is a childhood friend of Daisy's manages the latter.

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I literally put this book down (okay, the e-reader) halfway through because these characters were so sweet, I couldn't bear the idea that they would be unhappy for a chapter or two. Just the cutest falling in love while on a fake dating reality show story.

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In the Key of Us | Mariama J. Lockington
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Middle grades can be such a ride as an adult reader, because you're like I'll be fine, sure it's a book about camp, and the different ways we handle grief and pressure, all while maybe experiencing your first crush. And then, I dunno you might find yourself tearing up at all these raw unfiltered feelings. Also camp friends are the best, and this captures why that can be.
Note: There are some microagressions directed at both characters.

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The Romantic Agenda | Claire Kann
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Okay but what if you took the vibes of My Best Friend's Wedding except made it a weird four friends getaway and the two not dating each other decide to fake date to see if that helps their friends realize they are not meant to be except the fake dating results in a delightful grumpy sunshine pairing? Also, like obviously the person who love your pins is the right person.

TaraTLK Puns not pins. Darn you, autocorrect. 4mo
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Totally understandable why this won the Audie award. The full cast reading is perfect for a story told as an oral history about a music duo who lost a band member to racial violence at an event and the different ways that affected their lives.

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Highlighted text says, "Little girls bodies are war zones with no allies. And women are made of whatever survives."
Oof, Ashley Woodfolk is so great at describing the push pull of relationships that feel good even as they kick you off kilter and spiral in ways that may not be good. A novel in verse about a first love that makes you reckless in so many ways.

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Winter's Orbit | Everina Maxwell
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Me: I don't really like long novels that are mostly about politicking
Them: What it we add marriage of convenience in space.
Me: I'm listening...and I finished it.
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Delilah Green Doesn't Care | Ashley Herring Blake
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I confess this book starts with one of my least favorite opening types (character is in bed with someone they can't remember the name of and pondering their life) so that may have contributed to it feeling like it took a while to get going, but these two folks who have been so burned by life just unable to not fall in love with each other was good stuff.

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Adored it. Competing on a cooking show means you get all the forced proximity, but less messy than a workplace romance. Made me so hungry while reading, but enjoyed this story of two folks finding love in the middle of this break from their lives.

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XOXO | Axie Oh
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So cute. What if you had a fun night with a cute boy and then he just got whisked away at the end? What if a few months later you transfer from LA to Seoul so you can be with your mom as she looks after your grandmother and it turns out said boy goes to your school. And is a K-pop star?

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Playing for Love | Jeevani Charika
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So cute! Sam and Luke both work run businesses out the same co-working space. Blaze and Bravura are team members in a competition. Luke has a crush on Sam. Bravura has a crush on Blaze. Such fun to read the I like their real life and their online persona but I didn't know they were the same person so my feelings were all conflicted.

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Ace of Spades | Faridah Abike-Iyimide
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Okay so I like forgot this was a thriller and started listening to it and the two narrators plus the writing were awesome so by the time I realized it was going to be a little scary (especially because as a reader you are like never trust the person who [redacted]). What if your school had a Gossip Girl, but they only seemed to care about destroying you and another student?

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I'm So (Not) Over You | Kosoko Jackson
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Oh gosh, just loved it. Actually laughed out loud and found the fake dating your ex and then like oops, what if it's not fake and all the fierce friends and family they each had who were all ready to jump in if someone was mean to them just great.

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Oh wow, delightful and heartbreaking. Reminiscent of A Monster calls. Lily and her mom and her sister move back in with her grandmother. Captures that middle grade thing of knowing there are all these hidden layers and traps in the things adults and older siblings say, but not quite understanding all the layers. A story of a girl who wonders if tiger stories her grandmother told her contain the secret to saving her grandmother.

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Yeah, turns out what I really needed this week was a story about people living in a crappy falling apart world, trying to figure out the best choices they could make for themselves and others.

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The audio of this includes readings and sound cues from cast members of "The Good Place", so while I don't think you need to watch five seasons of TV to appreciate this book, it wouldn't hurt. Basically, if you wish you could sit in on one of Chili's classes where he tries to sum up philosophy, this book might be for you. But also if you've ever just spent a bunch of time thinking about the ethics of tipping or something.

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Don't Hate the Player | Alexis Nedd
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Oh gosh, I loved the discord like game chats, the met as kids and suddenly ended up in the same high school but have nothing in common except we're on opposing teams for this massive esports championship, the girl who has backup plans for her backup plans trying to manage her parents and her secret gaming life. I enjoyed it all. (Content note: doxxing)

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Ana on the Edge | A. J. Sass
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This book was such an interesting tale of a skater hitting that space where things seem to get so much more complicated as you change from "girl" to "lady" in the sports world and realizing maybe the skating world doesn't have words for things that aren't a girl or a boy, but the rest of the world might.

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This is one of those books where it feels oddly true even thought I have never worked in that field or that office, or had a coworker get trapped inside the work slack. Fast paced. Actual LOL moments.

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Ophie's Ghosts | Justina Ireland
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This middle grade managed to get me to like POV's from houses, which my book club knows I usually really hate. This tale of a girl who can see ghosts working with her mom in a house that has quite a few, deciding to help one ghost with the mystery of her death is just lovely.

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Hunt the Stars | Jessie Mihalik
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Oops, I was gonna save this to read on the weekend, but well, instead I decided to scarf it up. Intergalactic intrigue and a space floof were apparently what I needed right now.

TheSpineView I enjoyed this one. Hope you do as well! 6mo
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Our Violent Ends | Chloe Gong
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I read book one in carefully timed chunks because the amount of stress was so hard. So I wasn't sure if I was in the mental space to tackle book 2, but wow, just dove into this. There is still all the double dealing and betrayal you'd expect from a 1920's set rival gangs retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but the themes of trying to figure out just what heck you are fighting to save, resonated.

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The style is a little rambley, but I ultimately found it charming and relatable as the character struggles with the realities of discovering jobs that don't love you back along with new locales where your interracial relationship sticks out more, and the microaggressions are a little more common.

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Gosh, I loved this quote. "To Sophie, books always carried secret messages tailored to speak specifically to her. They were like horoscopes, giving her exactly what she needed at the moment."

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Darling | K. Ancrum
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K. Ancrum is so great at writing about teenagers who exist at that place where they know just enough to recognize they are in trouble and also, that they are gonna need all their wits to survive. The Peter Pan story set in modern day Chicago when a charismatic stranger offers an adventure one evening and thing quickly spiral out of control, Wendy's going to have to figure out how to keep more than herself safe.

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So, I am of a similar age to Dave Grohl and grew up in the same area so, in addition to living up to it's title, the reminiscences of record stores, and tiny music clubs, and even one now defunct movie theater made this an especially fun listen. He has such a open heart, that you can have fun counting how many times something was the most amazing, most memorable experience. Also, I now really want his your manager to write a memoir.

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If You Love Something | Jayce Ellis
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I am very biased about Jayce Ellis books, but this book is such a collection of my fave things, DC area foodies, oops we're still married, merging dog families, we are totally fake back together except lol, we have never not been in love with each other. So pleased with this first entry into 2022 reading.

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Skin of the Sea | Natasha Bowen
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The audio of this was just fabulous. Mermaid Simi saves an alive boy, instead of shepherding souls and so they must go on a journey to appeal for atonement.

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Oh gosh, just steamed through this tale of a activist student and a goodie two shoes who accidentally team up to draw attention to some issues in the school and maybe, oops, fall in love on the process.

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Rise to the Sun | Leah Johnson
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Highlighted text: My best friend has always been the first person I run to when it's time to blow up my life.
Loved this book about music festivals and new and old friends.

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Oh gosh, a historical romance, but with magic. Really enjoyed this story of a woman trying to make it through her season without getting married, because marriage means stopping magic, but then meeting a really hot dude, whose sister is also determined to not marry and how they try to get all that they want.

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Beasts of Prey | Ayana Gray
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Halfway through this book I googled when the sequel was scheduled and apparently tricked myself into thinking it was sooner. Enjoyable and I think would appeal to folks who like the themes in Raybreaker of learning the things left out of the stories we've been told.

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Not Here To Be Liked | Michelle Quach
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Recognizing I am not the target audience, I appreciated that this book got into some of the nuance of sexism, looking at how it included rewarding less qualified boys and also expecting girls to not just be competent but nice. And how it happens even in places they think they are super liberal.