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Joined April 2017

give me all the happily ever afters. even better if it's an epistolary novel
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A Million Junes by Emily Henry
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This book has restored my love for YA. CJ feels like she's a disappointment to her mom. She's low achieving because she hasn't found her passion. I'm trying to save her family's florist shop, she discovers something about the person her school is named after, and she starts a group to try to change the name. *There is a teen pregnancy and abortion scene (non-graphic)*

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Virtually Yours | Sarvenaz Tash
Mehso-so

This book was very nearly a DNF. I think part of the issue was that Miriam seems to be a sleep - never really moving forward; obsessed with the past. It's like girl, wake up. Get over there guy that bike your heart, make new friends, it's college.

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Fake It Till You Break It | Jenn P. Nguyen
Mehso-so

One of my favorite tropes (fake dating), but I was not feeling it. Maybe it needed more plot development? The sub-plot regarding Jake and how brother seems to be random... As in you didn't know Jake has a brother until we learn of this problem. There should have been mentions of him in childhood stories, but they were all Jake and Mia.

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Overall recommend. It left me with questions regarding adopted children, and I know each child's story is personal. Also, was surprised author's adoption was not transcontinental.

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Hey Ladies! | Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss
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I can't believe I'm panning an epistolary novel, but I am. There's the bride, and then there's her alpha MoH. All about the bride and wedding. Didn't care if anyone had financial problems with any of the events, or in general. My favorite charger was Grace. Possibly followed by Morgan.

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Hey Ladies! | Michelle Markowitz, Caroline Moss
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Kill me now, these women seem so self centered, how did they even end up as friends?

Megabooks I checked this out on hoopla and ditched it after about 20 pages! 1mo
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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It took me forever to finish, but once you get over a certain point (for me it was finishing Aurora), the book flies. Kept imagining that this book was actually a transcript of a VH-1 behind the scenes special, but it really was a "book". Not a fan of all the drug references, but I do like the reality of the book. Also, I'm glad Karen for what she did at the end.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is the third time the book has been checked out to me (yay for multiple library systems). I've got nine days, and I don't think I'm making progress. This book might need to be a DNF, and I'm not ready to be okay with that, but I'm not completely feeling the book

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When You Read This | Mary Adkins
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It is an epistolary novel. That's usually enough to get the highest rating from me. Quick read.

I would have probably fired Carl.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
Mehso-so

Not the book I expected, but it was probably my own fault for not reading synopsis, and depending on people's recommendation. I expected more of a criminal case, and how the arsonist was caught. Not the history of the library, and libraries, interspersed with the fire, and "here's a tidbit about Harry Peak". History of library interesting, the fire and case not so much.

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A Reaper at the Gates | Sabaa Tahir
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I like being tortured? Love/Hate with this one. Loved the book, hate the wait. More tears. Yay to the 'ships I've been rooting for since Torch. Laia has grown more confident since the first one; still seems easily persuaded, but finally starting e opinions, and not annoying. The Blood Shrike, why are you so noble. This better pay off in Book 4

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All the tears as I got towards the end. Didn't want to finish the book, because I learned that it was not a Trilogy, but a quartet. So I was trying to make the audio last as long as possible, still finishing 😂😭

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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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Picked the audio based on a friend's recommendation of the book. Ms. Tahir is a gifted writer, and I quickly finished the book, only to get to the end and realize it was the first in a series. (At the time I finished the other two had not been released yet)

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Listened to audio version. Gretchen is hard to relate to at first. She's basically whiny, and has the "why me", let's not get too invested in something temporary thing going on. But she slowly starts to accept the, and makes changes without realizing. Then she gets over herself. Wish she got over herself earlier, but glad it happened.

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Reading the book as a pick, even though I need to DNF. Must return to library. Some parts are tedious - long descriptions. Other parts to by quickly.

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This excerpt is split between two pages on the ebook, but it's about the Cupertino, California Whole Foods location. Anyone that has visited that location knows how accurate this description happens to be.

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Mehso-so

This book was heading towards DNF, as it is due to be returned to the library, and not enough time. Slow going. If you are Chinese (maybe all Asians), you'll understand when I say that this book is all about saving face. Part keeping up with the haves (it didn't really sound like there were have nots).

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Mehso-so

It's not the book that I thought it would be. This book would be better if it contained links to the highlights that Mr. Thompson keeps referring to, or if I was a highlight junkie. I was hoping it would be more like an expended long form article/column. Instead it is like a an expanded beat writer's column. Well written, just not for someone that only watches basketball in passing.

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Mehso-so

Thought I wrote a review already. Pros - epistolary (I do love the epistolary) Con - at some point (July), the POV goes from first person to second person. It really bothered me. Also I wished there was more (like an epilogue), at the same time I was glad to reach the end. I can't begin to imagine how difficult it is for caretakers of those with memory loss.

essayareayaitch It's going to be a movie. Can I be excited for this movie, and the adaptation without having liked the book? YES I can. Totally see it being a movie 2w
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Attachments: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Loved it. Then again, I haven't met an epistolary novel that I didn't love

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So here's the thing, I didn't actually like the book. I didn't hate the book. It definitely falls into the so-so category. However the rapport, and possibly most of the ad-libbing between Nick and Megan made it fabulous. Part of me wants to pick up the physical book to see how much was ad-libbed, and how much was written. Made me want to listen to humor/comedy albums a la Mrs. Maisel

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Eleanor and Park | Rainbow Rowell
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The good, the bad. The happy. The sad. So many emotions while listening to this book. So much they was implied. One day, I hope they reconnect. This book was my first Rainbow Rowell book a few years ago, and then I read her complete backlist. Patiently waiting for her next novel

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Quick read. Or maybe it's because it was the second time I read it. Plus the pressure to finish before it was due at library. Loved the variety of games the couple played, even though they were probably ask in Lucy's head. Wish there were Josh POVs, just so we could get his thoughts when they played some of the games.

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The Proposal | Jasmine Guillory
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Mehso-so

The book started out on a strong note - a proposal at Dodgers stadium. But it pretty much went downlhill from there. I just didn‘t seem to bond with Nik. Liked The Wedding Date much better. Glad we got to see Drew and Alexa briefly.

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Starting this book today, and there's all that college bribery scandal happening

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In NYC to watch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and was able to stop and visit @strandbookstore

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If I didn't know this company was real, I wouldn't belove that this was non-fiction. This is one those books I wish was my own personal copy, because there were so many passages I wanted to highlight.

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I've avoided listening to any interviews with Elizabeth Holmes, but the more I read about her fake voice, the more I want to listen to one compared.

LauraBeth I went down an Elizabeth Holmes rabbit hole after reading this book - fascinating! 5mo
essayareayaitch @LauraBeth I know I'm going to go down a rabbit hole. 5mo
ReadingSusan I finished the book and listened to the Dropout podcast and finally heard her voice and was like wow I get it now. 5mo
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Mehso-so

Had high hopes for this novel, but it turned out to be meh. I did like that it was epistolary (well, diary/journal entries), and it was a fairly quick read. One thing that was annoying was the change in narration. At one point in novel, it goes from talking about Dad in the third person, to Dad being a second person.

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I just wanted to highlight the use of FoMO

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Putting down the book I own to start the book that a co-worker unexpectedly loaned me. I'm excited to start this.

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Time to start reading this so that I can start listening to Books and Boba podcast again. Paused my listening in August when I realized the next book that they were talking about had been sitting on my TBR list for over a year. (Started listening to Books and Boba in April 2018, so I had some episodes to catch up on)

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The Earl I Ruined | Scarlett Peckham
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Overall, I enjoyed the book. It's one of my favorite tropes. While Constance was more developed in this novel (a bit scary how her brain works), I wish we saw more development of her character. Can't wait for the third book in the series

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While I finished this book, I would have preferred to bail. I kept on reading going that there would be more, but there never was. The characters were not likeable. The ones that might be likeable, you just don't get enough time with.

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@kellyann28 is holding a #blindbookgiveaway. I'd like to receive the rom com/lists/unique package. Umm, is it The Kiss Quotient? I hope so

kellyann28 Thanks for entering! I can tell you, it is not the book you asked about! 10mo
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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
Mehso-so

Sabby, is so insecure it's annoying. Or, maybe because the book is focused on her relationship with Tobias, and she's insecure about that relationship, she reads as completely insecure. However, if you can get over that, the book isn't so bad. I really wish there was more about her relationship with Jessica. Someone posted a quote about them growing apart. It spoke to me as I feel that my friends and I are growing apart due to life.

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Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Starting this book. So far a quick read. Hopefully I can get through it this weekend.

Update 1: it's taking so much effort to not abandon it and start one of two books that I picked up Friday. It's a fast read, but it's also not holding my attention.

Update 2: I started to guess last night (somewhere around chapter 7), that all the guests are dead. And it appears to be confirmed at the end of Chapter 9.

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Ghosted: A Novel | Rosie Walsh
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Bailing for now. Sarah is just too annoying, but I do want to find out what happen 19 years ago

Bakingbookworm I‘m thinking of bailing. The MC is horribly weak and whiney. I‘ve heard there‘s a big twist but not sure that‘s enough for me to keep going. I‘m 1/2 through the book. 11mo
essayareayaitch @Bakingbookworm yes, I wanted to get to the twist. However, even a partial epistolary novel couldn't hold my interest. I'll probably check it out from the library again in the future, but I was really over it 11mo
Bakingbookworm @essayareayaitch That‘s how I‘m feeling. I just don‘t care what happens. I have Signe Pike‘s upcoming novel that I‘m eager to read so I‘ll be taking this one back to the library. 11mo
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When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri
Mehso-so

I had high hopes, and then the book sort of fizzled. The book was well written, but I feel that both Katie and Cassidy had some flaws that needed to be addressed, but were just good over. It bother me that Katie was such a weak character, as in she was a doormat. I do like their initial meeting, as in when they first met, not their accidental meeting that evening. It was suck a meet-cute

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When Katie Met Cassidy | Camille Perri
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Just started, and if the rest of the book is like this quote, I'm going to love it. Wish me luck

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A Million Junes | Emily Henry
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Starting on my Book of The Month backlist. Hopeful this will be in the vain of Sarah Addison Allen

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Most Dangerous Place on Earth | Lindsey Lee Johnson
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High school. The most dangerous place. I couldn't related to this book. Maybe because I didn't grow up in a small town? Or because my high school was so large? Or because cyber bullying wasn't a thing when I grew up (which wasn't that long ago, but I did go to school pre-Facebook)

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Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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Disappointing, as I had expected more from the book. Thought it would have been about how a young writer stumbled on her Watergate, and would bring down a tech bro. But it was really about a bunch of characters with low self esteem.

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Mehso-so

This is one of those times I wish there was a rating between pick, and so-so. Hopeful that the second book I'm this series provides more back story. Read the ebook version, multiple narrators/perspectives, but there isn't a clear distinction of change, you find it out after the break.

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Mehso-so

Thoughts based on the audio. Heard many great things about it, so I decided to give in and listen. I'm meh about the book. I understand it's not going to have a happily ever after, but I need some sort of conclusion. Many little story lines, but there really want enough focus on any of them. Better than Everything I Never Told You, so there's that.

Joyfulmimi Exactly 9mo
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Smolder. I love how Lavinia has hidden depths. From the first two books, she seemed almost shallow, but you know that an Eloisa James heroine cannot be show, so I was waiting for Lavinia's hidden talent to be revealed. This was a really quick read. I am excited about the next book in series. Also hope that we see Elissa again

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Loved. I wish we had more information about Michael before he became an escort. And maybe more about how family Dynamics in general. My favorite awkward scene was when Stella went to his family home got the first time for dinner. Beware - there were quite a few sex scenes, which I wasn't expecting (then again, Stella hired an escort). (Not offend by then, just wasn't expecting them)

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Book of Essie | Meghan MacLean Weir
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The book summary made me think it was going to be a YA romance. Not sure why I thought that. Turns out it wasn‘t, but so much better. As someone that doesn‘t watch “reality” TV, I enjoyed what felt like a behind the scenes look. Book is written from three points of view, however it is mainly Essie‘s story, and how she escapes from her family. I wish Liberty had been fleshed out a bit more, but overall satisfied. I do wish we had more Lissie too

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I enjoyed the overall story, but I think I need to re-read one, or more of the first 3 books again. Did the current Duke of Langham have two older brothers that pre-deceased him, with the second brother dying before the previous Langham? Or was it an older and younger brother, and both pre-deceased him? It just doesn‘t make sense about the previous McCalpin. Or is McCalpin not honorary title for heir?

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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Picked up without knowing it was a book about Louisa. Though, the title makes sense. Might be my favorite (epistles in the last few chapters are just a bonus), as Louisa seems to really find herself. Not as frustrating as the other two novels (after reading Still Me, this is what I wanted After You to be about)