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kissmehardy

kissmehardy

Joined January 2021

Trust me - I'm a librarian.
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Great concept, shaky execution. Some of the phrasing and anachronisms just FEEL like a young person's attempt at sounding historical or poetic to me. But I love Juliette as a character, and I'll probably get to the sequel just for closure! #yalit #historicalfiction #historicalfantasy

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I've been rewatching the show and I forgot just how different the plotlines got at points. I love how book!Daphne is slightly more tomboy-ish than show!Daph, but let's be real, the best character has always been Violet. #historicalromance #reread

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The Enigma Game | Elizabeth Wein
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Buckets of BLOOD, will Silver and the rest of Pimms going down ever not SHATTER me? Also, I want more about Ellen and Louisa navigating the war! #yalit #reread #historicalfiction

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The Pearl Thief | Elizabeth Wein
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I LOVE JULIE BEAUFORT-STUART SO MUCH. 😭😭😭 Oh, what a perfect prequel. Establishes so much of the Julie we know and love from CNV, but also a cracking good mystery. #yalit #historicalfiction

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The Life I'm In | Sharon G. Flake
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Whoops, forgot to post about this one when I finished! I loved how strongly I could hear Char's voice, but I've never read The Skin I'm In, and I think it hindered me from fully appreciating this story. Char's road to recovery felt realistic and thoughtfully written, tho. #yalit

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Another #reread. I just love how richly Lily's world is drawn, and how much she feels for Kath. I fully believe they make it in the long run! #yalit #historicalfiction

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I love how Holmes interprets the messaging behind all of these style choices. Clothes DO speak for us, and it's fascinating to see behind the curtain a little. #nonfiction #fashion #royals

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The ending was a little abrupt for me, but I really loved Maddie and Will's instant connection and ease with each other. Excited to see where this series goes! #historicalromance

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In the Midst of Life | Jennifer Worth
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This book really made me stop and think about both my personal and society's greater attitudes toward death and dying. While this book doesn't have the anecdotal feel of her Call the Midwife memoirs, it still has the accessible writing and historical context, which is the important part. #nonfiction

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I really liked a lot of the conversations around race and class that were held in this novel, but I wasn't absolutely over the moon about it, and idk why just yet. Quinn was a fantastic character, tho, and I loved Livvy and Imani. #yalit

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This had a killer concept and some great character work. I also really appreciated how much TJR tried to make both guys heroes - there wasn't one immediate, cleancut answer as to who was right for Emma, and that was the whole point. #womensfiction

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The Girls I've Been | Tess Sharpe
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Another #reread, for both personal and professional reasons. I still love the con artist aspect of this story, as well as Wes, Nora, and Iris being the EPITOME of found family. Not for people who can't read about child abuse, tho. #yalit #yathrillers

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Felt like a #reread to kick off 2022. I appreciate that this book is romance-lite - it makes the female friendships even more developed and nuanced. #historicalfiction

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The Sky Blues | Robbie Couch
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First book of 2022: complete! I really loved the depictions of friendship and intersectionality here, and the way the school rallied around Sky was just beautiful. Can't wait for more from this author! #yalit

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Haven's Secret (The Powers Book 1) | Mariko Tamaki, Melissa Benoist, Jessica Benoist
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This was cute! Appreciated the inclusion of a cool librarian, and the idea of the twins having powers was cool. Maybe not the best developed fantasy I've read, but not one I regret reading. A good way to cap off my reading in 2021 - 241 books total! #mglit #mgfantasy

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Daughter of the Deep | Rick Riordan
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I never want to hear anyone say they can't include diversity in their fiction when Rick Riordan is out here doing this. Also I WANT TO BE ONE OF ANA'S CLASSMATES HOLY CATS. #mglit #housedolphin

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ADRIAN!!! Oh, I love that he got his own adventure and FOUND MONTY AND FELICITY!!! Such a realistic portrayal of anxiety, too, which was both good and painful. I love this disaster family. #yalit

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Mind the Gap, Dash & Lily | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I would read about these two forever. Their coming of age moments are so good, and I love how they always factor each other into their plans without being Obsessive Teenagers about it. #yalit #christmasfiction

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I'm glad WWI is getting more airtime after the glut of WWII fiction we've had recently! All of these characters are so well realized and compelling, and I'm obsessed with Hera and her plans for the future. #historicalfiction

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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I love that even though Dash and Lily have some growing pains in this story, they don't have a stereotypical break up/reunion plot. Their determination to be with each other is one of my favorite things. #yalit #christmasfiction

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(Litsy doesn't have this listing yet - WTF?) Amanda Gorman punched me in the face and torso throughout this collection, and I relished it. So much poignant phrasing that resonated with me so deeply. #poetry

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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There's a reason I read this every year. I love persnickety Dash and cheerful Lily and how they discover each other through means they never would have anticipated. #yalit #christmasfiction

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Carols and Chaos | Cindy Anstey
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A lovely Regency lark. Kate and Matt have such good chemistry, and the counterfeiting side plot is a thrill. #historicalromance

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A couple of these stories suffer from the short story curse of too much happening and not enough room to develop it, but all of them got me in the holiday spirit! #yalit #christmasfiction

CogsOfEncouragement I borrowed this from the library two years ago. I read all twelve, and enjoyed five. My favorite was “It‘s a Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown” by Stephanie Perkins. 1mo
kissmehardy @CogsOfEncouragement I loved that one too! My favorite might have been "Midnights" by Rainbow Rowell. 1mo
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Skin of the Sea | Natasha Bowen
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I liked this book but did not love it, and I'm still processing why. Excellent world-building and use of African history, spirituality, and mythology, but I never felt invested in the characters or their bonds with each other, except Kola and his twin siblings. More time could have been spent fleshing everyone out, I think. #yafantasy

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Does Neil know that I would kill and die for him? #christmasfiction

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Light Perpetual: A Novel | Francis Spufford
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I both liked the conceit of this book and didn't at all understand why it was necessary for framing the story. Since this book is about divergent paths and choices in life, I suppose that's fitting. #historicalfiction

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Where She Went | Gayle Forman
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If I Stay could have remained a standalone, but God am I glad it didn't. I love the messy, imperfect healing process that ALL the characters had to go through and Mia and Adam's well-deserved happy ending. #yalit

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If I Stay | Gayle Forman
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Ugh, always a gut punch. Forman does such a good job of balancing the present and all of Mia's memories. Her family feels as real as my own. #yalit

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Girl, Woman, Other | Bernardine Evaristo
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I love how all of these stories intertwined, usually in ways I wouldn't have predicted! A fascinating look between generations and a reminder that someone's surface doesn't show their totality. #contemporaryfiction

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The Next Together | Lauren James
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Every time I read this book, I am reminded of how criminally underrated it is. Multiple timelines! A love story I root for with my whole heart! Terrible 2010s humor! What else do you need?? #yascifi #wherearetheothertimelineslauren

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A Snake Falls to Earth | Darcie Little Badger
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Selfishly, I wish Nina, Oli, and the gang were guaranteed a reunion, but I really loved this story all the same! The two converging plotlines were great, and I loved the near-future setting. I'd take another book about them all! #yalit

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Something to Talk About | Meryl Wilsner
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This book always gives my heart a hug. I love Emma and Jo fumbling their way toward each other, and Wilsner's devotion to making sure their original boss/employee relationship never becomes predatory or weird. Such an underrated gem! #contemporaryromance

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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MA'AM????

(This book punched me in the face twice and I said thank you. Also Jodi really captured the early pandemic emotions and it both hurt and comforted me.)

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All of Us Villains | Amanda Foody, Christine Lynn Herman
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MAKE THIS THE NEXT MAJOR HOLLYWOOD FRANCHISE PLS AND THANKS. This is a magical, morally gray Hunger Games full of shifting character allegiances that had me SCREAMING by the end. Run, don't walk. #yafantasy

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Duke, Actually | Jenny Holiday
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I am OBSESSED with Max and Dani helping each other discover what healthy love looks like. And also introducing an aristocrat to McDonald's. #romcom #christmasromance

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My Family for the War | Anne C. Voorhoeve
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Not sure I buy the framing of Bekka as Ziska's most treasured friend, but the rest of the story was so unique and poignant! #yalit #worksintranslation

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Romancing the Throne | Nadine Jolie Courtney
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Not my absolute favorite royal romance, but a solid entry! I appreciate Charlotte's growth as a character and the nods to the real royals that are there if you know but not obnoxious. #yalit

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A Princess for Christmas | Jenny Holiday
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Everything about this book is my catnip. A princess of a made-up Hallmark country falls in love with a salty New York cabbie! A Christmas ball! Banter! God bless. #romcom #christmasromance

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For All Time | Shanna Miles
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Loved the concept, but the historical sections were stronger than the present/future sections for sure. Or maybe I just don't understand science talk in fiction. Not quite a so-so from me, but not an unreserved pick, either. #yalit

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RaeAnne almost always uses the "kind woman who falls in love with a bajillionaire who wants to rope the moon for her" trope and it WORKS ON ME EVERY TIME. #contemporaryromance

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Muted | Tami Charles
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Pages 373-75 of this book punched me directly in the face. I really thought I knew how it was gonna end! #yalit

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The English major in me really appreciated the YA adaptation here - I'm too intimidated to pick up the adult version! Very factual and accessible, and the guide for how to make changes in your own life at the end was reasonable and necessary. #yanonfiction

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Holy crap, THIS is a classic of the genre?? The concept was fine, sure, but the pacing was garbage and the characterization was...interesting. If it weren't for Jessica and eventually Alia, I wouldn't have made it through. #scifi #whoaddedthistothecanonijustwannatalk

BarbaraTheBibliophage Love the hashtag! Because I absolutely struggled my way through this book. It‘s one of my husband‘s favorites, and I 💯 questioned him on that. Turns out he read it when he was in his twenties. That‘s about the mindset … and you‘re right, Herbert‘s writing needed a vicious editor. Did you know it was first sold in auto parts stores? The only people who would put it on the shelf. Explains a lot … 2mo
kissmehardy @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'm STILL in my twenties and I couldn't handle it! It feels very amateur and underdeveloped. 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @kissmehardy Well … I didn‘t mean to insult people in their 20s. 🤪 Just been around the mindset of men in their 20s a lot and this reminded me of how they often think. I agree with your assessment of the book—amateurish for sure. 2mo
kissmehardy @BarbaraTheBibliophage I totally see what you meant! 2mo
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Little Thieves | Margaret Owen
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Really fun and well-developed, but I found some of Vanja's wisecracks a little too modern for the setting. Still, it was a beautifully told story. #yafantasy #retelling

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Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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DO YOU EVER CRY ALL THE TIME FOREVER???? Ben and Arthur's reunion was perfect, and I think I Stan Dylan and Samantha now? I'm emosh. #yalit

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What If It's Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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God, the highs and lows felt so real in this book. Becky and Adam did an incredible job creating these characters and helping them all finally connect by the end of the book. Ben/Arthur forever! #yalit

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Everything about Elisabeth and Nathaniel's vibe was my favorite. Love these two feral kids and their accidental quest to save the world. #yafantasy

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Together for Christmas | Debbie Macomber
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All of these stories suffered on one level or another from the classic Novella Curse: not enough development to pull off what I assume these authors actually wanted. The Thayne story was my fave (shocker), but the Novak couple had great chemistry and the Macomber had a fairly interesting plot. She and Roberts both can't write young people to save their lives, tho. #christmasfiction #romance

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Okay but now /I/ want to spend a magical Christmas in Edinburgh saving a bookstore and falling in love with a dendrologist! #christmasfiction #womensfiction

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