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kissmehardy

kissmehardy

Joined January 2021

Trust me - I'm a librarian.
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Felicity Faircloth is my favorite MacLean heroine of all time. I love her lockpicking ways and refusal to take no for an answer. Devil really got more than he bargained for here! #historicalromance

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Woof. This book was wrenching in all the best ways. I loved the lyricism of Salama's thoughts and the romance she shared with Kenan. Best have some tissues nearby for this one. #yalit

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I don't think the marketing copy on this book quite reflects the content. It's much more slice-of-life than I expected, which ultimately wasn't bad, but I kept going "When are they gonna set off and head for Ruthy already??" If you like books that are more character- than plot-driven, this one will give you a lot to absorb. #historicalfiction #sorta #sliceoflife

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This book had a lot of plotlines going, but I was fully along for the ride. Appreciated that all perspectives got considered and explored, though I did find it hard to forgive Luke for how negatively he saw Marnie's whole business model. He might not have been wrong, but he was certainly annoying about it. Still, it was an engaging, satisfying read! #womensfiction #contemporaryromance

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I have no idea why this book was SUCH a slog, but God, it sure did take me forever to read it. The characters are all interesting enough, but the storylines don't mesh nearly soon enough, and the detail about Viking life was maybe a little overdone. If you're a Norse geek, this is for you, but casual readers beware. #yafantasy

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God, Sera and Mal's story is compelling. I think the fairly unique structure has a lot to do with it - not often we see two people repairing their existing marriage! And when you add the Dangerous Daughters, Caleb Calhoun, and Ladies Lilith and Felicity, things get wildly fun. Best installment in this series! #historicalromance

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The Getaway | Lamar Giles
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People have been RAVING about this book to me, and I get why. The action went from 0-100 in nothing flat, and I appreciated all the conflicting motives and interests for the characters. I wish the ending had been a little more resolved, but I suppose it reflects how life would really be in that situation. #yalit #yadystopia

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The Drowned Woods | Emily Lloyd-Jones
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What a pleasant surprise! I loved the motley crew coming together, the Welsh mythology, the casual bisexuality, the double-crossing, and most especially Trefor. So basically all of it. I loved all of it. #yafantasy

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Whiteout | Dhonielle Clayton, Nicola Yoon, Tiffany D Jackson, Angie Thomas, Nic Stone, Ashley Woodfolk
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I wasn't into every single one of the romances here, but I loved the story overall. The way all the relationships interconnected was so well done, and the little details they shared without the characters realizing they were shared were perfection. What situation can these 6 think up next? #yalit #yashortstories #ish

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Alec and Lily's connection felt more like lust than love to me, but I loved Lily befriending all the best women in London, and the happy ending is what they both deserved. Too bad Alec was too much of a cabbagehead to figure that out sooner! #historicalromance

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The Winners | Fredrik Backman
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🎶 I get so emotional, baby / Every time I think of Beartown Hockey 🎶

What a finale. So many threads woven so intricately, so much PAIN, but also so much joy. Backman writes the realities of life, both good and bad. #contemporarylit #litintranslation #wearethebears

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Loved all the adventures, even if I wish the dynamic between King and Sophie was like 2% more tender. But that's a personal taste thing - on the whole, this is such a well-crafted and sensual book! #historicalromance

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Talk Santa to Me | Linda Urban
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This was good but not especially so. I loved all the teens and what they were trying to do for the children who wrote to Santa's Intern, but some of the stuff with Aunt Carole felt underbaked, as did the Sam Spinek plot. Like one plot thread could have been dropped to tighten this up and make it really fun. #yalit #yesitsjanuary

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I'm not saying I reread this because I'm a sucker for heroes like Clayborn and love the antics of the Belles, but I'm not not saying that either. #reread #historicalromance

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The Weight of Blood | Tiffany D. Jackson
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This started slow, but I was certainly hooked by the end. All the ways structural racism affected the characters was fascinating, and I was never sure how everything was going to play out, even with the podcast interludes. Deserves the hype! #yalit #yahorror

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Spare | Prince Harry the Duke of Sussex
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Oh, sir. Even allowing for author bias, this book is moving and enthralling. And it's not a hit job, imo! Growing up in the royal bubble is both exactly like and nothing like I can imagine, and his anger with how he and Meghan were/are treated is so understandable. I hope they have peace now. #memoir #nonfiction

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Oh, this was a good cap to the series/universe. Lots of mysteries solved, some new plot twists that put details in fresh context, and Ronan Lynch getting a happy ending. I want to start the whole 'verse over again now! #yalit #yafantasy #squashonesequashtwo

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Right Where I Left You | Julian Winters
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I enjoyed this one, but it didn't hook me like I expected it to. Isaac's almost willful resistance to embracing new things or changing his mind got old after a while, as realistic as it made him. I loved the Six, though, and the character development was ultimately pretty good! Maybe it'll hook other people more than it did me. #yalit #yaromance

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Nine Liars | Maureen Johnson
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Oh Nelly, this one got me. I loved this take on an English country house murder, and regardless of *waves hands* events, I still kind of want to be in The Nine? Stevie Bell might just be my favorite fictional detective. #yalit #yamurdermystery

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Lark's voice was so painfully teenage, which I mean in the best way. Their journey to loving themselves and realizing how to treat others and be treated as they deserve in return is so well-done, and the depth of the characters felt so real and modern. Really worth the read. #yalit

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Inside Bridgerton | Shonda Rhimes, Betsy Beers
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This was so interesting! I love the backstory on how shows get made, and Shonda and Betsy clearly gave their all to this one. Now I just need s3! #nonfiction

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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How has anyone on the entire planet ever stopped screaming about how good of a person Anne Elliot is and also WENTWORTH'S LETTER???? #classics

Sharv_Sona Wentworth‘s letter is *chefs kiss* 3w
kissmehardy @Sharv_Sona Wentworth's letter absolutely wrecked me. SO good! 3w
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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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Rainbow Rowell could write me the phone book and I would say thank you. I love her characters, I love her sentences, I love how seen I feel when reading her writing. What a perfect story collection. #shortstories #yalit

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I Was Born for This | Alice Oseman
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This was such a unique storyline! I loved how Angel and Jimmy's perspectives interacted and shifted. Oseman seems to really understand both fan and celebrity life, and she's so good at building deep platonic relationships. #yalit

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I swear, I enjoy Sally Rooney's writing and how she conveys physicality and setting so simply yet effectively, but GOD do I want to smack most of her protagonists. Too! Much! Interiority! Serves! No one! #contemporarylit #literaryfiction

SamAnne ❤️ 4w
CarolynM It was the refusal to communicate that frustrated me in this one. 4w
kissmehardy @CarolynM I find that most of Rooney's protags would be better served by actually having a genuine conversation with a loved one at least once rather than assuming ironic detachment above all else. 4w
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First book of 2023! I'm in love with this entire concept, and Skye and Maya were the most fun. I don't know if it got as deep as it could have, but overall, it didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. #yalit #yaromance

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Spells for Lost Things | Jenna Evans Welch
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Ugh, my HEART. Willow and Mason had me from the jump, and I was so invested in their journeys toward their respective mothers. And the sense of magical realism was fun, too! #yalit

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Well Traveled | Jen DeLuca
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I love how expansive this series has gotten! Lulu and Dex were made for each other, and the way their story developed was fresh AND fun AND sexy AND emotional, just as I like it. #romcom #contemporaryromance

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A Scatter of Light | Malinda Lo
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Brb weeping. This was so lushly written and true to life, and I LOVED the update on Lily and Kath. I wouldn't call it a romance, but it's absolutely romantic, and the growth journey Aria goes on is one of the best. #yalit

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Bloodmarked | Tracy Deonn
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If I just scream, is that enough of a review? I would die for Bree and Alice and Nick and William and I am in DISTRESS. #yafantasy

Liatrek So much distress after that ending🙂 I think screaming is totally valid lol 2w
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So, This Is Christmas | Tracy Andreen
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You can tell this author has written Hallmark movies, because she's damn good at them. Just over the top enough to be fun, and a great slow burn between Finley and Arthur. The perfect way to cap off Christmas! #yalit #yaromance #yachristmasromance

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The way I didn't see a single one of these plot twists coming, my God. What a tragedy. What beautifully complicated characters. This was good, y'all. #yalit #yathriller

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The way I inhaled this book!!! Celine and Brad were perfect foils, and the whole concept was just pure rollicking fun. I want more in this universe! #yalit #yaromance

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Sam: A Novel | Allegra Goodman
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This was an interesting if frustrating read, but it was frustrating because I was invested in Sam, not because of poor writing. I liked tracking how the style of her thoughts changed as she got older, and it was fascinating to track the details of her life that were present yet never verbalized. #literaryfiction

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You see, if /I/ knew I had lupus and it had already killed my twin tragically young, I would not go an entire school year without regularly checking in with a PCP, but what do I know??? Sometimes we just have to suffer in life!! (Also, can we please get over the "rude boy is actually misunderstood and really cares deeply about this quiet, insecure girl" trope? I'm begging here.) #contemporaryromance #exceptnotreally #noHEA #alsobarelycontemp?

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Did I absolutely rip through this book? Yes. Was I also a little nonplussed by the way the drama went from 0 to 100 at the end? Also yes. But maybe I just prefer books where the characters actually make attempts to change before the last couple of chapters. The sex was hot, though! #contemporaryromance

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Stateless | Elizabeth Wein
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Elizabeth Wein could write the phone book and I would read it obsessively. The intrigue! The flying! The light, amateur espionage! I already want 17 more books about Stella, Tony, and Sebastian. #yalit #yahistoricalfiction #arc

KristiAhlers Can‘t wait to read this one! 1mo
kissmehardy @KristiAhlers It's pretty good! CNV remains my all-time favorite, but Wein didn't phone this one in 1mo
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The Lies We Tell | Katie Zhao
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Another one where I felt like the story didn't go deep enough. The focus on anti-Asian racism was timely, but there was at least one plot hole that made the mystery not work for me. I did appreciate that this story was set at UMich without being set at UMich, tho. (Thatcher Graduate Library #iykyk 😂) #yalit #yathriller

kissmehardy Okay, upon reflection, I may have just solved the plot hole? But I still don't love it. 1mo
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The Chandler Legacies | Abdi Nazemian
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For all the messaging this book had about writing as a mechanism for telling a deeper, personal truth, I expected it to dig far deeper into its own characters. I was invested in them all, and I loved the setting, but some of the pain points felt only touched on, not fully processed. This was good, but it could have been better. #yalit #yahistoricalfiction #darkacademia #almost

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How to Excavate a Heart | Jake Maia Arlow
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This was just great! Shani had a distinct voice, and I loved how she went from wanting to be a "Jewish nun" to learning how to balance romantic relationships with friends and work. #yalit #yaromance

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God, I just love how all the threads intersect in this universe. Cassie's spent more time creating these people than I've spent thinking about actual alive humans. #yafantasy #reread

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Well Met | Jen DeLuca
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Remains one of my favorite romance novels. Simon and Emily's chemistry is just SO good, and I love how they want to make each other better. And nothing beats a Ren Faire! #contemporaryromance

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Meh. I appreciated Poppy fighting to be seen as the sister she was and not as the surrogate mom, but I inherently don't trust stories in which 30+ year olds never curse. (Not that they have to swear like sailors, but not even a "damn it"? Unrealistic.) Also, Sam got a little too patriarchal for my personal taste. #contemporaryromance #christmasromance

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Oh, this was fun. Cassie and Erin stayed ignorant of their feelings very slightly longer than I personally prefer, but I loved their not-dating ways and how they made each other better. And I didn't expect some of the twists with Parker! #romcom #contemporaryromance

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The plotline of this was fine, but as a metro-Detroiter, the way the city was described was unbearable. No specific details, and all of 2 Black characters?? Tell me you've never spent time in Detroit without telling me you've never spent time in Detroit. If you're looking for stories featuring foster families, note this one down, but otherwise, give it a pass. #yalit

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The Sunbearer Trials | Aiden Thomas
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The energy of this book was incredible, my God. And the way I CALLED THAT SOMETHING WAS HINKY WITH A SPECIFIC CHARACTER, I AM SCREAMING!!! #yafantasy

Liatrek Love the cover! Adding to TBR 2mo
kissmehardy @Liatrek You won't regret it! I heard it described as PJO meets The Hunger Games, and that's not wrong. Plus it's very queer-normative. 2mo
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Simon telling Izzy the plot of Star Wars as a bedtime story remains my actual favorite thing. And I just love how Clary develops when she goes to spy on Team Evil! She's got a lot to grapple with there - good thing she's a quick study. #yafantasy #reread

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Idyllic as always, even with the massive thunderstorm and all the Ensuing Drama at the end. What a good introduction for Nan the Van. #womensfiction #contemporaryromance

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The Santa Suit: A Novella | Mary Kay Andrews
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Absolutely perfect. Didn't try to bite off more than a novella can chew, and I just loved how Ivy blew into Tarburton like a whirlwind and made everything better (and got a love interest in the process). #christmasromance #christmasfiction

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Jumper | Melanie Crowder
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I loved how this book focused on being a smokejumper, since I've never read anything like that before, but starting in medias res only to hop back in time didn't work for me as a framing device. Still an interesting read, though! #yalit