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angieinwonderland

angieinwonderland

Joined December 2017

Fangirl in a fandom world/Reader/Tattoo collector/Slytherin
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Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt
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This book was good and it kept me sufficiently intrigued. I didn't love it but it did entice me put a few more of her books on my list.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I didn't expect to love this book enough to read till 2:30 am but here we are. Emily Henry masters dialogue. So many good lines! And quite a bit of laughing out loud.

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I had wanted to read this for awhile and I am glad I got to it. Truthfully, there was a spell in the middle that lagged but I pulled through it and dived back in. The characters were well written and wholly developed the story was terrific but I am still stewing in my feeling about the ending and trying to find the right words to do this book justice.

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I rarely give Non Fiction 5 stars but this book deserves it. It validated some assumptions I had as my grandmother lives through dementia and even gave me study tips for the teen. I am so captivated by neuroscience so it was a fast and easy read.

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Enchanted April | Elisabeth Von Arnim
Bailedbailed

Unpopular opinion: I get that this is a popular read and the premise was so promising to me but I couldn't get past the writing and slow build to the plot. I recognize the classical style of writing though I suppose I don't enjoy it enough to get immersed.

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Surviving Savannah | Patti Callahan
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This book is one of the ones that lingers past the time of snapping the book closed. It is a story that makes you miss the characters immediately, once you realize you won't reunite tomorrow.

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Like every other Kate Quinn book I've read, the starting slowly reels you in until almost a visible midway point that immerses you fully. This one also added in frustration, exasperation, and feelings of outrage for good measure. Such a good story.

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This story sucked me right in. Though there are a lot of links that are "too good to be true," it all still works because you want them to be true so badly. I think it is a matter of right story at the right time for me. It was my first from this author, but it won't be my last!

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The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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It took me a while to read this because I couldn't get into it. The writing didn't get me rooting for anyone or invested in the plot. The storyline seemed promising, but I think it would be a better movie than a book.

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Mrs. March: A Novel | Virginia Feito
Mehso-so

It is hard to be immersed in such a character driven story when you don't like the character at all. I finished it based on curiousity into the lifestyle at that time and to the credit of the writing that lured me on even if it didn't engross me.

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I had been unsuccessfully avoiding books where the protagonist loses their mom so soon after losing mine. Then this one matched me with the distanced father dynamic but instead of running away, I let the story envelop me like a comfortable blanket. I was all in.

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Hell of a Book | Jason Mott
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This is definitely a Pick for me. Debating between 4 or 5 🌟. His use of the perfect witty words had me chuckling. The whole time reading it, I think I know where it is going but never 100% sure. It was a bit disjointed for me but at the same time so poignant that it literally felt like my heart was cracking in half.

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January was a solid reading month. When there are restrictions on your social life, you read about others people's lives instead. Had to tag one book so I chose my most recent read. Sorry the picture is cut off though....def new at this.

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Holy Sh!t!!! What a mind-f*&$!!! So many emotions followed by the common "omg there's only 34 pages to tie this sh!t together" anxiety. 5 ?

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As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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Reading this with spiked mocha, kleenex in close reach, two months after losing my mom, never before having to believe something with 100% certainty than I do of Chapter 35. Will the following chapters hug me as fiercely?

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The Winter Wives | Linden MacIntyre
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That ending didn't provide any clarity whatsoever for me. I really have no idea where everyone stands and I didn't like any of the characters to be honest. It was a "what was that" upon finishing the book. I hear alot of people loved it so this may be the first read for me that I really didn't get the hype.

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I read this after just losing my mom Oct 5th so I am not sure if I wasn't fully engrossed or if my mind needed breaks so it took me a bit longer to read than it normally would. I liked that it took place in my home town and included references to places I know. It was good and there are some very well crafted beautiful lines throughout.

Pageturner1 sorry for your loss ❤️🙏 6mo
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While in Vancouver....(Island actually) but still. It is nice to be in some of the settings while on vacation to be able to picture it fully.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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This isn't a book to read. It is a whole experience.

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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Consider me fully absorbed though my mind seems to be racing back and forth between the stacks of a library in Paris and the water.

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This book will have you laughing to tears and possibly crying with real tears. Either way, it was deemed extremely distracting to read in the presence of others or in public. So, if you have some alone time in your immediate future, reserve this book for then.

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Got my pre-order today. Gotta love when you are already hooked 2% in. That's a prologue!

BookingitwithSandra It‘s a great book, right? The prison opening- drew me in deep! 12mo
angieinwonderland Hook, line and sinker. 12mo
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This was my first Fiona Davis book and she hooked me early on. I picked this for my first March Women themed choices and it had 3 generations of stories and mystery surrounding books and from the perfect setting! Not to mention my own added intrigue as I read the last 30% racing against a low battery!

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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Another 5 🌟 story from Kristin. It was a slow burn type of story but the background needs to be there. It gave me so many feelings but mostly anger, educated me about an Era I never knew about and left me in tears by the end.

It also really gave me meaning to the song Sixteen Tons by Johnny Cash. The bolded lyrics there are heart wrenching in how true they are and now so eloquently explained in this novel.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I was feeling tortured today when I got my pre-order but had to keep working.

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The Perfect Guests | Emma Rous
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The build up in thrillers where you are trying to figure out the links and connections before the author is ready to...sometimes I'm just as impatient as Gemma wanting to get on the new sofa 😉

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Outlawed | Anna North
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I wavered between so-so and pick on this one. With the aid of the Reese Book Club Outlawed Spotify Playlist for the added ambiance, and the premise having so much promise it nudges me into the pick category.
I didn't enjoy the amount of religious aspects but did understand why they were important to the setting of the book and foundation of the characters.
It didn't completely captivate me, but I did want to find out their stories.

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Mehso-so

While I can definitely see the appeal in the plot and characters, it was too long that it felt like a chore in some places. All along I wanted to be sucked in and figured 3 🌟 but after finishing it, decided on 3.5 🌟 because the last chapters redeemed it.

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This book invoked all the emotions in me. It made me look up the settings , read the author's note when I normally may only skim it and do further research. Excited to read this author's other works as the writing style captivated me from the first page.
New year prompted a new author to discover and Marie Benedict did not disappoint.

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I hated every main character in this book. They were atrocious and mostly despicable = good character development. Heavy all the way through and packed with all the social issues. I'm happy to be done with this though I found myself finishing it. Turning to something lighter and hopefully funny. I feel like I need a cleanse.

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Black Apple | Joan Crate
Mehso-so

This was a promising plot. I give it 3 stars for the Canadian element, for bringing some terrible behavior to light whether "well intentioned" or not, and tackling the religious piousness. I wanted and needed more. Also the French words thrown in added nothing. I felt the ending was rushed and lacking.

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And the award for best chapter title goes to....

This book appealed to my love of all things books related but I had no idea I would be diving into such a thought provoking journey.

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I wanted to love this book with the complex plot and mixed emotions. I didn't love it but it is better than so-so but not fantastic so I had to write the review rather than rate it as so so and leave it at that. It is a good read, just not everything it could have been.

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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I like it already 😉

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I'm actually not even done this book. As a matter of fact, I've only just finished the 2nd chapter but I already have all the 5 🌟 feels while I read parts of this with a lump in my throat. Her ease with adjectives gives every sentence a feeling....and they all have punch. One would think a rating at the onset of chapter 3 would be awfully presumptuous, except for those that have read it.

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The Henna Artist | Alka Joshi
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Starting this read today in our old faithful reading spot.

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Reading to escape!

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The Swap | Robyn Harding
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This is exactly the book I needed to end my slump. Picked it up from my tbr pile at 7 pm and finished at 12:27! Read it... Tomorrow 😉

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Mehso-so

I have been counting the days till I could read this since last year. Maybe that long of a hype period is too long for any book to live up to, maybe it's because I am trying to read dystopian in the middle of a pandemic and it is too heavy but this book took forever to get through the storyline, rushed the climax to a point that confused me how we got there and then ended it as it got good. Emotional that it it me differently.

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Perfect weather for this book and this tea latte. So far so good on both counts :) Escaping from reality is what keeps me going through this and this book is living up to expectations.

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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I have been in a major book slump lately starting with The Power that I will get back to but dnf'd for now. I am super excited to read Nine Perfect Strangers because I believe this will spin me right out of this awful situation!

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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I almost ditched this book twice. I thought I was in a reading slump but this was the contributing factor. The characters weren't likeable, their actions made no sense and your questions aren't answered at the end.

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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Started this book today so I could read in Central Park! My reading mecca 😂 📚 🏞 😍 🗽

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The House Girl | Tara Conklin
Mehso-so

Ibwanted to love this book because the summary screamed potential. I found it good but not great. There was alot to unpack in this story with all the complex storylines but felt like none of them got the full attention they deserved.

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. 4y
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I was really psyched to read this before it came out. The story line was ok but it was so choppy that I found myself wondering if I skipped pages every once in awhile because I didn't follow very well. I did read it all but I don't recommend it.

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This book was just a tragedy from beginning to the soul crushing middle and the end that implies everything will be fine but really leaves you with a deserted feeling. The end angered me for so many reasons.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I ran the gamut of emotions! It was easy to really get into their characters and feel what they felt whether it was the character or the setting of Alaska! It is hard to write a proper review without giving up too much. It is a solid 4 🌟 story.

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The Taster | V.S. Alexander
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Thus was yet another historical fiction piece that engaged me the whole way through. I found myself invested in the main character Magda. I cheered her on through the uplifting parts and sat reading anxiously through the horrific ones.

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The build up was slower than I would like but I see why it had to be. There were lumps in my throat through the last half easily. I am not sure how I feel about the ending because I didn't feel like it was an ending. Hoping for more!

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
Mehso-so

This book had alot of the twists of a good thriller. The plot was very obvious unfortunately however, it entertained me along the way.