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TheBookWasBetter1983

TheBookWasBetter1983

Joined December 2017

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The Last Letter | Rebecca Yarros
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If ever there‘s a book I could get lost in and connect with so much, it‘s this. I was told this would be emotional but I wasn‘t expecting to feel so much. I wept the last 50 pages and will definitely have an emotional hangover tomorrow. Rebecca Yarros writes in a way that I felt the characters inside me. All of them. Ella. Ryan. Chaos. Beckett. Maise. Colt. I felt a part of each of them as I uncovered their story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Written in verse poetry, we learn how she uses her voice to uplift and advocate for women and men who need to let their own stories be heard. My very favorite moment of her story is when we learn why she writes and why she writes for teens “...I wrote for the kids who didn‘t have those people [supportive adults]/children with scars....celebrated writing for the kids/the world doesn‘t want to see”. She speaks, so we can shout.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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I was so excited for her new book and heard she tried to introduce more of a thriller genre in this book.
I kinda had the twist figured out but I wasn‘t sure how it would transpire. But then it did transpire....only to have yet another plot twist. The kind that you wonder “what just happened?”. Totally thrilling, romantic, dealing with emotions...taking her writing to a new level. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️5 STAR perfection!

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Home sick from work. Chicken soup and a good book will help me to feel better 🤧🥣📚 not too far into The Lost Girls of Paris but it has sucked me in already!

Lovesbooks87 Hope you feel better soon! 9mo
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 9mo
irre Feel better 9mo
AmyG Feel better 9mo
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4.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
written to bring attention to stereotypes, love, what it all means, and how to learn to give second chances. Set in 2002, Shirin, 16-year-old and Muslim, navigates the world post 9/11. She learns to block out the hate in her white privileged towns and schools, until she meets Ocean. Ocean, Shirin, their families, and peers, learn from each other, about appearances, stereotypes, and not caring about what others think.

Lovesbooks87 Loved this book. Powerful read! 9mo
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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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Headed back to work tomorrow—I‘m an English teacher—and I don‘t wanna. So I‘m going to get lost in my book today to forget about tomorrow.

CindyMyLifeIsLit So sorry 😢! Enjoy your day and your book, though. 11mo
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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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Gotta read before I watch.

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The Darkest Minds | Alexandra Bracken
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Haven‘t read dystopian in awhile! Looking forward to this one.

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I've Got My Eyes on You | Mary Higgins Clark
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Mehso-so

2.5 ⭐️⭐️ The idea was there but it fell flat.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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What a psychological thriller! I did have some of it figured out but not everything. If you liked Behind Closed Doors by J.A. Paris, you‘ll love this!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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So many layers to this tale, yet every single POV and conflict mold together for this fast-paced heart-wrenching book. Brought together due to poor teenage choices, Nina, Lyla, and Tom manage to work together to save each other and others along the way.

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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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Super excited about this!!

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Nope. Didn‘t see that end coming AT ALL! This story of a missing baby examines the mystery of “where is Baby Midas?” along with the pressures of motherhood. I really like this book because of the mystery and thriller genre but also because of the analysis of motherhood and striving to be “the perfect mother” as society pressures females to be.

KateFulfordAuthor Melissa: If you like family explorations, may I recommend you take a look at my debut? /Kate 11mo
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Perfect Mother | Aimee Molloy
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Vacationing in Branson and Table Rock Lake 📚🌳📚
Two days at Silver Dollar City with the kids and I just wanna sit and read with an ice cold beer.

Redwritinghood Me too! Just drove across Table Rock Lake a few hours ago. I‘m heading home tomorrow, though. 1y
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New deck furniture came today. Breaking it in.. 📚📚📚📚

britt_brooke Nice!! 1y
CathyJ I really enjoyed that book! 1y
TheBookWasBetter1983 I just finished! That ending took me by surprise!! 1y
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New deck furniture came today. Breaking it in.. 📚📚📚📚

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The Breakdown | B A Paris
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B.A. Paris knocks it out of the park again. I‘ll admit, the middle was a little slow and I was wondering why we were learning about Cass‘s daily activities...but then, BAM. It hits and it was a race to the end. I did not see it coming!!!! 4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Breakdown | B A Paris
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Wow!!!! This was a little slow in the middle but it just picked up and now I‘ll get nothing done the rest of the night so I can finish!!!! 😰😰😰

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 1y
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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an unfortunate truth of our world today. A must-read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Dreams of Falling | Karen White
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Lifelong friends who share a devastating secret. Hooked by page 5. Can‘t wait to see where this takes me!!!

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Mehso-so

I found this terribly slow. Though there was were some small surprises, I had things figured out pretty quickly. This was just ok for me... pretty “meh”.

CathyJ This was the same for me. 1y
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Struggling a little. I‘m about 50% done and it‘s feeling rather slooooooooow. I hope it picks up!!

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Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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Just started this but I love the cover ❤️❤️❤️📚📚

TheFunkyBookworm Reading this one now- really enjoying it! Taking a break from cleaning to sneak in a few more pages... lots of mixed reviews on this one- looking forward to hearing what you think! 1y
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel

“How did you teach your small human that it‘s what‘s inside that counts when the truth was everyone was pretty preoccupied with what you put on over the outside too?”

A family of all boys discovers their youngest, Claude, isn‘t like the other boys in the way he wants to dress and how he identifies his gender.

rjsthumbelina I just bought the ebook since it was on sale! Are you enjoying it? 1y
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This Is How It Always Is | Laurie Frankel
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“How did you teach your small human that it‘s what‘s inside that counts when the truth was everyone was pretty preoccupied with what you put on over the outside too?”

A family of all boys discovers their youngest, Claude, isn‘t like the other boys in the way he wants to dress and how he identifies his gender.

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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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Cute little summer pool read! ☀️☀️☀️

Lady.Literary I LOVED this one 😭😭😭 1y
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Love & Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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Completely cheesy teenage love story. Lina visits Italy to live with her father, but what she discovers is more than she could have ever imagined.

“‘You know, people come to Italy for all sorts of reasons, but they stay for the same two things...Love and gelato‘”

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Love and Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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Summer reading 📚☕️☀️

Literary_Siren I‘ve been seeing this book all over Litsy. 1y
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The One | Kiera Cass
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I was quite hesitant to start reading this series. I‘m so glad I did! A little Hunger Games,and a little The Bachelor for Edge-of-your-seat dystopian romantic fiction. The issues that Cass introduces in The Selection series aren‘t lighthearted and clearly well developed to reflect the 21st century society.

Summer Guilty Pleasure!!!

pari91 I love the series 😃 1y
Hannah_Haymond I kinda adored this series. It did feel a good blend of themes, and she‘s a fun writer. 1y
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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History is a mirror and we‘re all just older versions of ourselves; children disguised as adults.

rjsthumbelina I read this and totally missed this quote! I was speed reading bc it was due back to the library though. Lol 1y
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Sometimes I Lie | Alice Feeney
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Wow! I‘m about 55% done and I can‘t stop reading. It‘s categorized as Psychological Thriller and that is no lie.

ErinC I love that we both are reading the same book! 1y
Lovesbooks87 I loved this book. It was filled with twists until the very end! 1y
overtheedge Loved this too....keep me guessing.... 1y
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The Elite | Kiera Cass
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Guilty pleasure poolside ☀️📚

TheBookStacker I just downloaded the first book it was on kindle unlimited! Starting it once I finish 1y
TheBookWasBetter1983 I love this series!!! 1y
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Ran a 20k yesterday (12.4 miles) so today calls for resting the legs. Also, I love me some #RuthWare!

DimeryRene I‘ve just started this. Love Ware. 🖤🖤 1y
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You Me Everything | Catherine Isaac
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A book with ALL THE FEELS 😍😍😍 put this on your summer #TBR! A little cliche but a plot unlike I‘ve read. An unconventional love story.

emilyhaldi Nice review... And cover!!😍 1y
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The Elite | Kiera Cass
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I‘m a high school English teacher and the Selected series was suggested by the teenagers. I didn‘t really want to read it...but with some reluctance, I started in on book 1. Finished book one over the weekend. Moved on to something else and have literally been thinking about America and Maxon like they‘re my friends....so book #2 can wait no longer! 👑👑👑

BiblioTori I love this series! I made my friend read it (she was completely disinterested at first) and she fell in love with it. It‘s not what you expect it to be at all. 1y
Bronte_Chintz I‘ve avoided these as well. You may have tempted me to give them a go! 1y
TheBookWasBetter1983 @Bronte_Chintz I try to read what the kids like to read but stay away from most dystopian books and series. I looooved Hunger Games though, so I thought I‘d give it a try for some light, but enjoyable summer reading. 1y
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Bronte_Chintz @TheBookWasBetter1983 The same! 👍🏻 I shall have to think about adding it to my list! Thanks! 1y
BookaholicNatty Stacked!!!! 1y
TheBookWasBetter1983 @BookaholicNatty you‘ll have to come back when you read this series and let me know what you think!! 1y
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You Me Everything | Catherine Isaac
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Starting out strong. Think I‘m going to love it!!!

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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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Between a pick and a so-so. It was slow at times but really makes you think about what‘s going on inside other people‘s houses. Not everything is as it seems... Waxman included some tough topics—body image, breast cancer, infidelity, and intertwined the serious topics with wit and sarcasm, making the Protagonist, Frances, seem real. I just want her to be my bestie! 3.5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen For heavy topics it felt light and I enjoyed her writing!!!! 1y
KateFulfordAuthor If you need another recommendation, may I point you to my People‘s Book Prize nominated debut? Sassy female narrative, laugh out dialogue and a pacy plot. Check the link in the bio for 2 free chapters, reviews and more. 1y
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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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Good summer read and a good reminder that “behind every closed door is an open secret” 🤫🤫

theresidentromantic Your leggings are everything, I want them 😍 1y
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Other People's Houses | Abbi Waxman
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I thought this was going to be a heavy read with heavy issues. It‘s the exact opposite. Dealing with life in a suburban neighborhood, we learn what really goes on in other people‘s houses. And Frances is a snarky and I just want to be her mom BFF!!! I‘m about 1/2 done and hope to finish this weekend!

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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I read the majority of this is one night. I usually don‘t pick up a Romantic Comedy, but this one hit the spot. I literally had butterflies for Alexa and Drew while I was reading. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 5 STARS!!!

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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Something light and fluffy for a Mother‘s Day read ☕️📚

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Safest Lies | Megan Miranda
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Could have been about 50 or even 100 pages shorter. Some of the events didn‘t connect for me. I was a huge fan of her book All the Missing Girls and had big hopes for this one....it was just ok.

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Boston Girl | Anita Diamant
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1985. Ava is interviewing her grandmother about “how she became the woman she is today.” The American born daughter of Jewish Russian immigrants; the only daughter born in America. With interjections to remind us Addie is being interviewed by her granddaughter, it feels as if the reader is witnessing the interview. A historical fiction story of a woman fighting for all women when females we‘re quite so empowered and independent.

Chelster91 I adored that book! Such a quick read and so satisfying! 2y
TheBookWasBetter1983 Satisfying. I agree!!! 2y
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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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More Simon!!!
Leah is not your stereotypical teenage girl in her suburban town. She beats to her own drum (she what I did there?) and just wants things to be as low key as possible, except for her sexuality. That is something she knows for sure, even though it‘s still a secret, even to Simon! Read Leah on the Offbeat for more coming of age drama about relationships, friendships, sexuality, and college decisions.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4 Stars

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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Play for the boys 🏃🏼‍♂️🏃🏼‍♂️
reading for momma 📚📚
Sunshine for all ☀️☀️☀️

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Leah on the Offbeat | Becky Albertalli
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Hoping to get more of Simon! Leah was pretty great so I‘m looking forward to a book from her perspective!

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Sunshine. Iced Tea. Reading on the deck!!

Aims42 Perfection!! 2y
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I almost stopped reading at the beginning because I thought this book was only about Hockey. While the story was driven by hockey, the book wasn‘t *actually* about hockey. We start out reading “...the end of March, a teenager picked up a double-barreled shotgun....” kept waiting for that moment and it happens for a reason that unfolds in the almost 400 pages before it. Beautifully written. This one will stick with me.

Libby1 I agree completely. 2y
Jess7 Are you doing #LitsyBuddyRead with us? It‘s our pick this month on the @LitsyBuddyRead page. The final discussion is next Sunday. 2y
TheBookWasBetter1983 @Jess7 no.... but I‘d love to!!! How do I get involved?? 2y
Jess7 I‘ll add you to the list to tag next week. We‘ve had weekly discussions every week for each week‘s suggested reading on @LitsyBuddyRead . Check out the prior posts to see how it works. The actual weekly discussion posts are marked spoiler. You have to click to them to discuss. #litsybuddyread 2y
LitsyBuddyRead Final discussion post is up. 2y
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In Search of Us | Ava Dellaira
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This is captivating and so hard to put down! I‘m only about 40% through and I‘ve been attached to the characters since page 1.

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Only Child | Rhiannon Navin
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You guys. This was a punch in the gut, ugly cry book. It‘s raw and realistic from the perspective of a 6-year-old who survived a school shooting with fatalities. The writing is beautifully written considering the age of the narrator, random thoughts of a 6-year-old and all. I do think some of the actions and thoughts of the boy are slightly unbelievable but most were true to the narrator‘s development. 5⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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