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Victoriahoperose

Joined May 2016

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Dark Corners: A Novel | Megan Goldin
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I really liked The Night Swim and I was excited to read this one. It started off super strong and I couldn‘t put it down and then about halfway through it started to lose me and I had a hard time finishing it. It was good, but I didn‘t feel like it had much that was unexpected or exciting. I felt like I knew exactly what was going to happen the whole time and that made it a little bit slow.

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Rebel Rising: A Memoir | Rebel Wilson
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I really enjoyed this one. I found it to be extremely relatable and fun to read and genuine. It was an easy book to get through and the author did a great job of making her life accessible and engaging for the reader. If you like Rebel Wilson, you‘ll love this book.

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Whispers | Ashley Audrain
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I didn‘t like this one as much as her first one. I feel like I got lost in the varying view points. I had a hard time keeping track of everything and even caring about all of the characters. The twist at the end saved it a little bit for me, though and I would definitely read her next book when she writes something else!

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Stolen | Jay Marie
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There wasn‘t a whole lot of depth in this dark romance but it did leave me wanting to know what happens next even though I think I know, so I did buy the next book to see. It wasn‘t terrible, but definitely not a five star read for me. Super steamy scenes and I liked the FMC so I will be interested to read the next one.

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Loved the concept. It reminded me of Knives Out in some ways with the family drama and the fortune and the outsider. Really cool concept and not at all what I expected. This was definitely fun and I‘m excited to see what‘s next. If did get a little slow toward the end which is why it wasn‘t quite 5 stars for me.

dabbe 💚💙💚 1mo
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Love these authors. Introduced to some new ones in this collection. Definitely a great mix of stories in this book!

dabbe That cover! 🤩😱🤩 2mo
vivastory Oh, this will be great. Weinman is a fantastic editor. 2mo
LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 😳 2mo
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She Started It | Sian Gilbert
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This one was okay. I thought it was predictable, but a pretty good revenge story in a lot of ways. The ultimate mean girls get their just desserts in this book. I think the author could have cut this down. It didn‘t need to be as long as it was and the characters were all super unlikable, so it was hard to really care too much about any of them. Interesting story with unreliable characters and some fun twists.

Lsmoore43 I need to read this. It was a BOTM choice for me too. 2mo
Victoriahoperose @Lsmoore43 interested to see what you think when you read it. I don‘t know if I‘m being too hard on it or not lol. I just thought it was a bit slow. 2mo
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The Truth about the Devlins | Lisa Scottoline
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This was definitely one that started out really strong, but fell off for me. I really always enjoy this author because I live in the area and she does really great with describing the setting and making it a part of the book. I thought it had some really strong elements that were interesting and kept me guessing and the dynamics kept me intrigued, but it did fall a little flat for me at the end.

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Cloistered: My Years as a Nun | Catherine Coldstream
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A bit slow in parts. Interesting for me because I grew up Catholic and went to Catholic school my entire life. It gave a lot of insight about religious life and what it means to be a nun. I just felt like some of it was not as engaging as I thought it would be and I found it to be a little bit boring.

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The Last Chance Library | Freya Sampson
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Super cute and fun to read. I wouldn‘t say it‘s my absolute favorite, but it was entertaining. It was pretty predictable and reminiscent of other books with similar characters and stories. I did like all of the literary references and June was a really fun character to follow. Nice ending and generally sweet book to read.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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Meet Me at the Lake | Carley Fortune
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I love this author so much. Her books are sweet and fun and just a touch steamy. The atmosphere is always so perfect for a summer read. I really enjoy the characters and the overall ambiance of her writing. This book was just a lot of fun. I loved the main characters and their story and really genuinely wanted more by the end. Loved this one!

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The Island | Adrian McKinty
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Just okay for me. This started out really strong and I was really invested and then it just fell off for me. It didn‘t really feel like there was much to it that was super unique for this type of a story. It felt a bit predictable and the ending fell flat for me. It was interesting to a certain point, but I didn‘t love this one.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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Super sad to hear a lot more about what Britney Spears went through in her life and how mistreated she was. It‘s a really heartbreaking story, but it‘s satisfying to hear about what she overcame and how positive she is about the future. I really enjoyed this and am hopeful for her and her family.

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Hooked | Emily McIntire
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Super steamy Peter Pan retelling. I really enjoyed this one. It was a lot of fun to read and definitely lots of interesting additions to the classic story. If you like dark romance and fairy tales, this one is for you!

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This is probably one of my favorites by Stephen King. Some of the scenes in this book will stick in my head for the rest of my life and haunt me. This was such an excellent book and so underrated. I remember watching the movie when it came out and reading the book years ago but I am glad I revisited and read it again to remind myself of the story. Definitely one of my top favorites by him.

TieDyeDude This may have been the first King book I read. My mom had the original 6 volumes (which I stole when I moved out and still have), which made it a little less intimidating. 4mo
Victoriahoperose @TieDyeDude absolutely!! I completely agree. 4mo
ElizaMarie One of my favorites! How was the audio? I had read it in the original monthly novellas. But.. this is one I want to revisit. 4mo
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Victoriahoperose @ElizaMarie absolutely 💯💯💯 recommend the audio. I felt like I was totally in it again. It was excellent. Highly recommend. 4mo
RaeLovesToRead Haven't read the book, but there is a scene in the film that was so powerfully upsetting that I can't watch it again 4mo
Victoriahoperose @RaeLovesToRead yes. That was hard and it‘s crazy because I was reading it and forgot about that part and then when it happened I felt so uneasy and upset by it, not gonna lie. It definitely got to me. Super disturbing. I didn‘t realize how much I forgot about until I was rereading it!! (edited) 4mo
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Just okay for me. I liked the concept, but I felt like it was all over the place. It felt a little disjointed in spots for me. It definitely reminded me of Ready Player One in some ways. The game and the references to current pop culture were similar to that vibe. It was fun, but it wasn‘t as good as I had expected.

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The Ghost Tree | Christina Henry
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I loved how this started and the way it progressed. It really built up a lot of suspense throughout the book, but there was a lot that just seemed like it didn‘t flow together and it didn‘t work for the story. I just wanted more development of the story. Overall, it was creepy and interesting, but I didn‘t love the story.

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Meh. Not for me. It was just okay. A little much for me in parts. I just didn‘t like the tone and a lot of it just didn‘t sit well with me for some reason. Not my fave.

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The Widow | Kaira Rouda
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I just thought this one was super slow and I just couldn‘t stay interested. It took me forever to get through it and I hated all of the characters. There just wasn‘t enough to make it worth it for me in the end.

dabbe #fanofthepan, 🤩🤩🤩 + 🖤🐾🖤 4mo
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Part of Your World | Abby Jimenez
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I hope all of this author‘s books are as good as this one. I loved this so much. What a fun story with so many memorable moments and great characters. I loved the setting and the story and everything about it. I absolutely cannot wait to read the next book and get another glimpse into this world. Definitely hoping it‘s just as good!

ErikasMindfulShelf You will not be disappointed! 4mo
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Finding Me: A Memoir | Viola Davis
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Excellent. Definitely a must read about Viola Davis‘ life and work. Truly inspirational and well written/ spoke. Loved this one.

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Super cute and super fun. Who doesn‘t love Dolly Parton? I enjoyed this light read and loved it in audiobook because she has such a fun way of engaging the audience. Definitely a great book to lift your mood!

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This was really cute and different. I enjoyed the story and the way it was written. I definitely thought it was a unique idea and a good one on audiobook for sure. Fun little romance story to listen to!

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Hold Still | Nina LaCour
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This one was just okay for me. It was pretty bleak and I just thought the beginning started so different than where it went through the book. I just felt like this was really disjointed in spots and I felt myself losing interest frequently. I liked the characters a lot, but overall, it didn‘t offer anything new to this topic and fell a little flat for me.

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Elvis and me | Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, Sandra Harmon
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I honestly didn‘t know a whole lot about Elvis before I read this and I thought it was really interesting to hear Priscilla‘s perspective about his life and their relationship. Lots of really interesting stories and I learned a lot about the king of rock.

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Warrior Girl Unearthed | Angeline Boulley
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I may have to reread this one but overall just okay for me. Started strong and then lost my interest. I loved the culture and the characters but it took awhile to get going and once I got distracted it got hard to get back into it.

Karisimo The first one was much better! 5mo
Victoriahoperose @Karisimo I completely agree!! 5mo
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Pageboy: A Memoir | Elliot Page
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I loved hearing about Elliot Page‘s life. I think he is an absolute spectacular actor and I can‘t think of many things he‘s been in that I don‘t love. This book was so scattered, though and I didn‘t really love certain parts because I was getting confused on why it kept going back and forth. I just think it needed a little bit more structure and focus. But, still really interesting!

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This was a really deep and informative book about mental health and a family‘s struggle with the things they went through. Very interesting and also sad, but definitely very real and relatable.

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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I absolutely loved this book even more than I thought I would. Learning about Matthew Mcconaughey‘s life and how he wound up in some of his most famous roles was so interesting. I loved the tone of this book. It was so much fun listening to this one. He is a very engaging narrator and I looked forward to listening to this one every time I got a chance.

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The Project | Courtney Summers
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Super scattered and hard to follow for me. The timelines jumped all over the place and I couldn‘t keep track of what was going on which made me lose interest. I loved the cult part of it and thought that would be enough, but it just wasn‘t for me.

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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I really wanted to like this one, but it was so slow. Nothing really happened to keep my interest for how long it was. I feel like I dedicated so much time reading this and was just dissatisfied with the way it came together. It just didn‘t offer new to this type of dysfunctional family genre that is so popular and it was just way too long for me to not really be super interesting.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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I just couldn‘t get into this one. I think it‘s really just the genre for me is so hit or miss and this one just did not grab my attention at first and I just had such a hard time getting into it. Not really my cup of tea, but I can see how some people would enjoy this one!

dabbe #fanofthepan! 🤩🤩🤩 5mo
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What an important book. This was so beautifully written and truly unique. I don‘t think I‘ve really read anything like this before. I love Clover and how insightful she is. The growth in this book is so beautiful and touching. This book is one that really makes you think and reflect and will inspire you to live each moment like it‘s your last.

kspenmoll 😻 5mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 5mo
Victoriahoperose @kspenmoll thank you!! It was a really beautiful book 😊 5mo
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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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I‘m giving this book 5 stars because it is the first book in a long time that made me stop halfway and react to what I read. At first, I wasn‘t sure about reading a book about Covid. We lived through it and that wasn‘t fun and I didn‘t want to relive it in fiction where I go to escape, but this wasn‘t what I expected at all. Really unique story with a really interesting twist. I am surprised at how much I liked this book.

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I really enjoyed this book even more than I thought I would. It wasn‘t super suspenseful, but I was sucked in from the very first page. I loved the relationship shops that were built and then the mystery of the whole story. So many mysteries to solve and none of them were what I expected. I highly recommend this one even though it isn‘t super action packed.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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Definitely tough to hear about all of Matthew Perry‘s struggles with addiction and his health, especially after his passing. This was really interesting book to hear about his life and what he went through and some backstory about his career. I really enjoyed this one, even though it was tough to know that he passed away shortly after he wrote it.

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The Babysitters Coven | Kate M. Williams
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This was just okay for me. It had an interesting idea mixing different tropes together from horror, but it was honestly a bit silly most of the way through. I know the idea was probably to poke fun at the genre or even the fact that it is set in the present, but it was a little over the top in a lot of ways and drug on at points. Cute, but not really something I loved.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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The Last Word: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I really liked this for the most part. It started out really strong and kept momentum but then kinda got lost about halfway through. I thought it could have been a little bit shorter than what it was. The author got caught up with the story within the story and in parts it made the story drag. But, the suspense level was good and the twists were entertaining.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This was such a quick read and kept me completely sucked in from the first page. If you were a fan of shows (books) like Pretty Little Liars or Revenge, then you will love this one. The setting with the vacation island for the rich and the cousins reuniting there to find out family secrets was a lot of fun and lots of twists and turns kept the story going until the very end!

BooksNBowls This is a standalone? 5mo
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I believe so! I don‘t think I saw another one listed. I just checked Goodreads and it doesn‘t look like there is a second one if I‘m reading it right 😊 5mo
BooksNBowls @Victoriahoperose I didn‘t know if it was connected to the One of Us is Lying series or not! I really enjoyed those, I‘ll have to check this one out! ☺️ 5mo
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Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls I read them too! So good. Definitely no connection! Can‘t wait to see what you think when you get to it!! 5mo
BooksNBowls @Victoriahoperose for sure!! Thanks! Happy Valentine‘s Day, btw! 🫶🏻 5mo
Victoriahoperose @BooksNBowls you too!! 💕 5mo
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This was pretty interesting. I liked the way the format was in lists and it was brief. It was a little bit repetitive in parts, but I do think a lot of what the author wrote about very motivational and thought provoking. I think for anyone who needs a push to reset the way they are thinking, this is a great book to remind you of the things we probably already know but need to hear again.

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Dear Edward | Ann Napolitano
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This was a really powerful and mostly sad book about a boy who is the lone survivor of a plane crash and his life after dealing with this trauma. It is written in alternating timelines of during the flight and after and it incorporates stories of the people on the plane and Edward‘s life after. It was really well written and interesting to read the varying viewpoints. This is definitely a book that will be hard to forget.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🐾 ❤️ I just bought this one! 5mo
Victoriahoperose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you like it!!! 5mo
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Darling Rose Gold | Stephanie Wrobel
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This is very timely with the controversy over the Gypsy Rose Blanchard case getting so much attention recently. One would have to assume that some of the parallels are no coincidence even down to the names and parts of the story. It‘s an interesting take on what would have happened if the story had ended differently. I‘m not sure how I feel in the end of this one because both characters are unlikable in their own ways but sympathetic, as well.

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Divine Rivals | Rebecca Ross
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I wasn‘t sure if I would like this book because fantasy isn‘t my normal genre that I gravitate to, but I took a chance and I‘m glad I did. I suspect that this book (series) is going to be very big and we will be hearing a lot more about it. I think I loved it so much because it wasn‘t typical for a fantasy book with heavy world building, etc. This felt real and like it could be something that would happen. I loved it and can‘t wait to read book 2.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! 📚 5mo
Victoriahoperose @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you will not be sorry!! I am so shocked that I devoured this book like I did!! 5mo
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The Turn of the Screw | Henry James
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For a book that is horror, I thought this was really dry. I struggled to pay attention with this one, but I know so many great stories have come from this. I like the concept and the overall story, but it was slow for me and a bit boring.

monkeygirlsmama This was on my TBR way back when and I have no idea if I actually read it or not. Guess I'll have to treat as not and give a go one day. I've always heard good things, but I know everything varies depending on the reader and the day. Sorry it wasn't such a hit for you. 5mo
Victoriahoperose @monkeygirlsmama it‘s so funny because my mom loves this book so I was excited to read it, but it just fell flat for me. Maybe you will enjoy it more!! 5mo
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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Every time I read a book by Katherine Center, I say it‘s my favorite by her when I finish. I find myself saying that again, but I‘m sure I‘ll change my mind when I get to the next one. This book was excellent. Strong female character with a somewhat predictable ending, but broke the standards of most romantic comedies that you read. I loved everything - writing, story, characters and would love if she made it a series. I need more.

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This was pretty fun and nostalgic to read about the different books that have been turned into movies and tv shows, a lot of which I have read or seen or both. It really read like a college essay, just spouting information. It wasn‘t really something that was super engaging, but I did appreciate it and enjoyed it. A reluctant pick for me. It was good, but nothing spectacular for me.

TieDyeDude Thanks for the review. I have been tentative about this one, but I think I'll check it out with reserved expectations 🙂 5mo
Victoriahoperose @TieDyeDude yes!! It was good but it had the potential to be a bit boring. Luckily it was short. I‘ll be interested to see what you think!! 5mo
Deblovestoread Sounds like a good #borrownotbuy and my library has it. 💜 5mo
Victoriahoperose @Deblovestoread yes!! I‘m glad I borrowed, also!! 5mo
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The Initial Insult | Mindy McGinnis
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I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. It was super dark. I think I need to read the second one now to really know what to think. The characters are really interesting. Each of them has something different to break your heart and the book itself is just very bleak. I did not expect it to end the way it did which is probably why I am conflicted on how I feel about it as a whole.

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Love, Pamela | Pamela Anderson
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This was a really interesting memoir. It definitely was very similar to the documentary but got into a little more detail about Pamela‘s life before she met Tommy Lee. With all of the different takes on her past, I found it really interesting to hear about everything in her own voice. Her story is sad in a lot of parts, but also inspiring to learn about how much she overcame in her life to end up strong and reflective about it today.

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Well Played | Jen DeLuca
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I didn‘t love this one quite as much as the first book, but it was really cute. I liked how it centered around a different character, but still kept the same people from the first book and followed more of their storyline, as well. Stacey and Daniel are a really cute relationship to read about and I‘m excited to see what happens in the next book!

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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I liked this story a lot but the format was tough to get through in parts. Not a lot of chapter breaks and the last chunk of the book was a long one. Although, I did like how each chapter was written differently. I liked the relationship between Sally and Noah and the characters in this book. It felt very real to me and I enjoyed the fact that for a romance about a celebrity and a writer, it wasn‘t over the top for the most part.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 5mo
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