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danimgill

danimgill

Joined December 2016

library worker, procrastinator, dog lover. she/her.
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All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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An absolutely gorgeous graphic novel and a cool take on the Hades/Persephone myth. Can't wait for volume two!

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Delilah Green Doesn't Care | Ashley Herring Blake
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This was a delightful, fun, and steamy queer romance! All the characters felt like fleshed out three dimensional people and I appreciated the balance between Delilah and Claire's romance and their other interpersonal relationships/issues.

I didn't think the timeline of events was super realistic for everything that takes place but I loved everything else about the story! Including this cover, isn't it great? 😍

Out February 22 📸

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Love, Lists, and Fancy Ships | Sarah Grunder Ruiz
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Back on litsy to gush about my best friend's book finally being out in the world 💕

If a heartwarming Below Deck-inspired women's fiction/romance hybrid that focuses on family, love, and finding joy in the face of grief sounds good to you then you'll want to get your hands on this one!

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After having to bail on The Extraordinaries by TJ Klune (wasn't holding my attention) I turned to the other superhero fare in my #staycationstack and devoured this series about Kate Bishop! Idk what they'll do with her in the movies but I hope she's characterized like this, these were a lot of fun.

My husband accidentally taught the pup this couch maneuver and now it's her favorite place to be for maximum sunbathing/neighborhood watching 😆

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I appreciated the candor and the darkly humorous tone of this short memoir (book two of my #staycationstack) but I didn't think it was great. It was very obvious she was suffering from PPD but she only mentions it once right at the end. She thanks her therapist in the acknowledgments but doesn't talk about the therapy process in the book. I think that would have been really valuable information to include that might help another postpartum parent.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Book one of my #staycationstack down, and my first cozy mystery! Unfortunately I didn't love it. I thought the concept was good and loved the diversity aspect but I never felt like I connected with anyone. Everybody seems to brush off death and trauma in a really cavalier way and it didn't sit right with me or make anyone feel like a fleshed out character. But again, baby's first cozy, maybe that's common in the genre and I just don't know enough.

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Devil in Spring | Lisa Kleypas
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Think I've got a big enough staycation stack? 😜

DivineDiana Enjoy! 🙂 7mo
RebelReader I always worry there will be a dud in the stack so I must have backups! 🤪 7mo
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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Some sunny days call for patio reading, others are 90+ degrees and call for reading on the couch in the air conditioning. Luckily I have the best possible company for the second kind today!

ozma.of.oz The best kind of company! 🐾 7mo
rachelsbrittain Aww look at that cozy pup! 7mo
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Very Sincerely Yours | Kerry Winfrey
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I liked this one but didn't love it, unfortunately. Teddy was so helpless at the beginning which is the point, but was incredibly frustrating to read. If I hadn't already heard it got better after a bit I probably would've DNFed. Her relationship with Everett is cute though and I liked the You've Got Mail vibes they had going on. Out June 15 💌

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The Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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I should have DNF'd this - I only pressed on because it was an ARC but it wasn't worth it. All the characters (with the exception of Deb) are toxic people that I just didn't care about. I found the double whammy of the POV shift and the present/past timeline structure confusing, especially because Dylan and Addie's voices aren't that different. Some heavy topics are dealt with in some not-great ways, and the ending was a rush to wrap things up.

DivineDiana Thank you for an honest review. While I like the title, I am glad to know that I should pass on this one. 🙂 8mo
Jas16 Well that is disappointing. Looks like I will be skipping this one. 8mo
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The Road Trip | Beth O'Leary
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My mom gave me this mug as a belated birthday present and while I like to think it's not true she's probably not wrong 😆

Working my way through my #netgalley shelf and wishing I could stay home like this all day and read to catch up on it.

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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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It took me a little while to really get into the swing of the story but I ended up falling in love with August and Jane and the whole wonderful queer found family cast of secondary characters. I think some people who loved the straight-up contemporary romance of RWRB might have trouble with the speculative time slip element of this one but I personally love a time travel shenanigan (thank you, college Doctor Who phase).

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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this latest offering from Christina Lauren (In A Holidaze really didn't do it for me). The premise of a soulmate-finding DNA dating service was fun and interesting and I liked all the characters, even if it took Jess and River a little while to grow on me. They had well-written chemistry though, and I was charmed by all the secondary characters in Jess's life.

Jas16 Planning to start this one tonight so I am really glad to see you enjoyed it. 9mo
danimgill @Jas16 I'm late to respond but I hope you're enjoying it! 9mo
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The Soulmate Equation | Christina Lauren
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Perfect weather for the bonus day of this three day weekend! Madeline doesn't want to share the picnic blanket with me as I read but she's on high alert to protect us from any squirrels or birds who get too close.

I'm loving this arc from Christina Lauren! The DNA soulmate service is such a fun concept and I like both Jess and River as characters so far.

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This was a fun murder mystery with a great premise: a struggling romantic suspense author is overheard talking about her latest book in Panera and gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire! Hijinks ensue, murder happens, and Finlay has to solve everything in order to keep writing her next book. I had a few complaints but I did like the book overall and would probably read the next one whenever it comes out.

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Yes & I Love You | Roni Loren
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This was such a good contemporary romance! I was glad to see a protagonist with Tourette's (excellent rep according to one of my best friends who also has it) and I thought the character development for both Hollyn and Jasper was really well done. The book probably could have been a little shorter but I was all in for the fake dating-adjacent arrangement, the characters, and their sweet (and very steamy!) chemistry.

AkashaVampie I have this on audio... I really need to get to it. 9mo
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Twice Shy | Sarah Hogle
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I picked this up both because I liked Sarah Hogle's last book and because I am a sucker for the grumpy one loving the sunshine one and it did not disappoint! The slow burn, the forced proximity, the fun writing style, and the wonderful character growth were all done so well. There were a few scenes/subplots that probably could've been dropped but overall it made me feel like I had gotten a warm hug by the end and that's all I can really ask for.

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At first I was bummed about the rainy day we had today (that might be snow overnight? I'm over you, March) but the gloomy atmosphere after work turned out to be the perfect ambience for this fairy tale of a novella. I was utterly confused at first but fell into the story relatively quickly, and I think Nghi Vo has a gift for wonderful prose. I never felt truly immersed in the story's world but I still liked it and will read more from this author.

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Accidentally Engaged | Farah Heron
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Cover? So fun. Premise - fake engaged plus cooking competition plus #ownvoices? Sign me up! Execution? Ugh.

The leads were cute but there were way too many side plots and characters, none of which felt real. This book did not need to be 350 pages - a lot of dead weight could have been cut for a stronger, more character-driven story.

Also, Nadim's foot fetish really threw me for a loop in this relatively non-spicy book so. There's that too.

AileenRR Agree. Just finished this and agree with you 100% 3mo
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Accidentally Engaged | Farah Heron
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Tea and a TBR stack: what will get me through the rest of the workweek edition 😆

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The Dating Plan | Sara Desai
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Fake dating is my kryptonite, so I obviously enjoyed many of the tropey shenanigans here, but I wanted to like the book as a whole more than I actually did. Daisy's characterization felt at times a little too ~nerdy and quirky and not like other girls~ and some of the obstacles thrown in her and Liam's way (especially towards the end) were over the top in an unbelievable way rather than in a fun romance way. Out March 16.

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I thought So You Want to Talk About Race was excellent so of course I had to pick up Ijeoma Oluo's latest. This was a well-researched and well-written book about a tough subject - the negative consequences of white male supremacy in this country. Oluo has a great accessible and authoritative writing voice and while the subject matter makes this no easy read, she made it very readable.

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We Could Be Heroes | Mike Chen
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I liked this superhero flavored tale of friendship and figuring out who you are and what you stand for! The plot lost some steam in the middle but overall I enjoyed spending time with Jamie and Zoe and wanted to figure out their mysterious origin stories right along with them.

Cinfhen Love the flowers 💐 11mo
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Honey Girl | Morgan Rogers
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So I've seen this talked about like it's a frothy romance and let me tell you, it is not. There is a romantic element to it with the getting to know her Vegas wife thing but this is squarely a contemporary coming-of-age-at-28 story about a queer biracial woman who pushed herself nonstop to get her PhD and now doesn't know what to do next. It deals with some heavy topics, and the prose is beautiful if a little much with the poetics sometimes.

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This was a really good collection of short stories, even if I did think the novella was the weakest of the bunch. Thematically it was timely and interesting but structurally I was more impressed by her shorter pieces.

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Allie Brosh has had a lot happen to her since Hyperbole and a Half so this book was often darker and more introspective. But I liked it! She still had plenty of stories and illustrations that made me laugh out loud (the way she captures that derpy dog expression kills me every time) and I could appreciate her struggles even if I haven't been through the same things.

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Eh, this standalone entry in the series was just okay at best. I may or may not come back to the series as she adds to it, I loved the first few but the last couple have felt like a step down to me. At least it was a quick read!

monalyisha Oh no! I have this waiting for me. My favorites have been Down Among the Sticks and Bones, & In An Absent Dream. 11mo
danimgill @monalyisha I hope you enjoy it when you get it! This was definitely just a case of it not clicking with me, the writing itself was as good as ever. I loved those two as well! 11mo
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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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Sadly I didn't end up liking this one. She does the same concept much better in The Guest List, honestly. Here the time dragged and basically all the POVs sounded the same and I only wanted to know who did it so I could be done with the book.

But look how cute my reading partner is! She's still getting used to us/the house but we've spent the last few mornings chilling like this after my husband leaves for work so I think she's settling in okay.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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We adopted a rescue dog yesterday!! She's still very anxious in the house so she's not quite photogenic yet but this moment of zen totally makes up for the tough night of sleep last night. Using my extra morning time to try to read and relax with this sweet girl, hope she gets used to this part of the routine quickly!

dariazeoli Yay! Love it when a rescue finds her forever home 🐶 12mo
Crazeedi What a precious friend you have, I know you are going to be so happy, what a great thing you've done 12mo
Eggbeater Congratulations! 🐾 My rescue ended up rescuing me in the end. 12mo
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Megabooks Fantastic!! 12mo
Jas16 Yay! That is wonderful! 12mo
JoScho Yay! Rescue dogs are the best!!! 12mo
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A Lady's Formula for Love | Elizabeth Everett
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Cute concept - Victorian era bodyguard romance between a widowed scientist who runs a secret female science society and the man assigned to protect her - but overall pretty poor execution. The romance itself was good, but the external plot was underdeveloped and there were too many side characters that didn't add much to the story. It's supposed to be first in a series but I can't think of a single other character I want to know more about.

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The Cousins | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This was a decent YA mystery but nowhere near as gripping or urgent-feeling as her first book. I liked the characters and wanted to find out the answers to the mysteries in their family's past but I never found myself truly wrapped up in the plot.

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I definitely enjoyed the author's first book about Broadway, Razzle Dazzle, more - it felt more narratively driven and tightly edited. This one focused on the 90s as well as a bit on 2001 and the impacts of 9/11 on Broadway. Overall it felt like it meandered too long between a smaller amount of information in the same amount of space as the first book and I didn't feel as engaged the whole time.

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Mara Wilson's narration was fantastic as always but the plot of this one left a lot to be desired for me. It was an interesting idea to give the faceless old woman a backstory but not completely necessary, and the plotline of her past meandered so much it didn't always seem worth it. Things picked back up toward the end though and I couldn't stop listening in the final few chapters.

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Doing some #audiopuzzling on my day off! It's been years since I've listened to Welcome to Night Vale but I'm enjoying Mara Wilson's incredible narration on this as always.

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Spent a very lazy rainy Saturday with this cute historical romance! Tessa Dare is always good for a light read, and this one about a governess who wins the love of her two charges and their hot guardian really warmed my Sound of Music shipper heart.

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The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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Honestly between a pick and a so-so...overall I liked this blend of sci-fi and domestic thriller - Sarah Gailey always has great unique concepts! I just felt like we spent too much time in Evelyn's internal world and not enough time on the kind of fast-paced action I expect from a thriller. Out February 16.

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The author's bio says two of her influences are Nancy Drew and Jane Austen, and that's totally the vibe of this historical romance mystery. I loved Kate's empowered widowhood reporter life, and she had great bantery chemistry with Andrew, the lead detective. The romance aspect is much better done than the mystery, which was a little clunky tbh, but overall it was a fun time.

JulietReads Love the title. 😆 12mo
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The concept for this book - escalating the villainy of gentrification to thriller levels - is great and timely as ever but the execution was off for me. It feels like nothing happens for the longest time and then suddenly it's the last 20% and the action picks WAY up only to abruptly end. The Brooklyn history is interesting and the social commentary is on point, I just think it could have been less uneven.

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Started my year off with this ARC, which publishes in a week! The things about it that were good were very good - the magic system and setting of a pseudo-Victorian London city, the cast of characters, and the f/f romance between con artist Dellaria and titled half-troll fellow bodyguard Winn - but the pacing was tough. After an exciting first chunk of the book the plot drags as the ladies scheme and plan to find the villain.

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For a biography overloaded with detail despite the framing of it as "ten pivotal moments" in Emily Dickinson's life, it's wild that at literally no point does the author mention that there are many Dickinson scholars who have written about her queerness. It's fine to disagree but to not even scratch the surface of a subfield of study about her seems like a glaring omission. Otherwise this was a perfectly fine book if a little bloated.

Mitch Oh such a shame - a very promising title ! 13mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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I can't believe I'd never actually read this classic before! It was the perfect festive #serialreader pick. Merry Christmas to everyone celebrating! 🎄

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Finally read this one as I wait on the holds list for her new book, and it was just as delightful as I remember her webcomics being back when I used to read them! Her chapters on depression are incredibly well done, and her essays about her dogs and her and her sister's childhood antics had me giggling.

sprainedbrain I love that book! 😆 13mo
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Honestly somewhere between a pick and a so-so - I would've liked more solid worldbuilding and more librarian-ing in the whole "mercenary librarians" thing, but I liked the characters and cared about what happened to them.

Eyelit Agreed! 13mo
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My fiance has never been a big reader but he's suddenly on a book kick! My new favorite thing is both of us cozying up with a book together at the end of the day. We're clearly both in a dystopian fiction space right now but with slightly different flavors - tabletop rpg/sci-fantasy for him, sci-romance for me.

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As a fan of Rachel Bloom and Crazy Ex Girlfriend I was always going to like this memoir so my "pick" was kind of a given. Her writing voice is so strong I felt like I could hear her narrating despite reading the print version. Not every essay hit the mark, as usual for a collection like this, but overall I really enjoyed this book. I hope she'll write another, but mostly I can't wait to see what her next TV/theater venture will be!

ShyBookOwl I love that the cover reminds me of The Babysitter's Club (or any other 80s-90s coming of age books, really). I'm in s3 of Crazy Ex-girlfriend and it just keeps getting better. 13mo
danimgill @ShyBookOwl yes!! I couldn't put my finger on what it was about the cover I liked but that's totally it. Enjoy the rest of CXG! I wish I could watch it for the first time again haha 13mo
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Would Like to Meet | Rachel Winters
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Yesterday we added yet another houseplant to our collection and I finished this mediocre romcom...one of those was clearly more exciting than the other 🤣

I thought the concept for WLTM was fun, with Evie setting up movie-inspired meet-cutes all over London in the name of a good script, but I thought the whole thing was way too contrived. None of the characters felt especially real, which meant the emotional connection just wasn't there for me.

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Alix Harrow has a wonderful way with words but for both of her books now I've struggled with the pacing. The core of the story and the three main characters here are promising, and I loved all the history and folklore woven into the worldbuilding, but the plot meandered so much I almost DNFed more than once.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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Nothing says festive like finishing a book about space necromancers after putting up some Christmas decorations, am I right?

The concept for this book was amazing, and I was definitely drawn in by Gideon's snarky, no-fucks-given narrative voice, but the pacing left a lot to be desired. The beginning drags, the middle really picks up, and then the final act is pretty rushed. I'll definitely read the sequel but will be hoping for a more even read.

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Honestly this is somewhere between a pick and a so-so for me; it builds to an intriguing enough portal fantasy but it took a long time to get there. I liked the writing style enough to request Alix Harrow's new book though!

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First of all, this cover 😍

This was a beautifully empathetic found family contemporary fantasy that was exactly what I needed to read right now. So heartwarming I feel like I could bake cookies on my chest, and the narrative style was fun and gave me Good Omens/Hitchhiker's Guide-type vibes. Highly recommend!

LiteraryinLawrence Yessss. Ugh, I love this one so much! 1y
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