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kissmehardy

kissmehardy

Joined January 2021

Trust me - I'm a librarian.
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I love a romance that subverts some of its tropes. Sadie and Julius stayed competitive with each other even as they realized their feelings, and he wasn't the sole catalyst for her development, all of which I loved. If you want TATBILB but with hate mail, this is for you. #yalit #yaromance

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The Getaway List | Emma Lord
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I always love Emma Lord, and this book was no exception. I really appreciated how she dove into all the characters' motivations and fears, and the parallels between Riley running toward and Tom running away were so well done. Still had her trademark humor, but this one felt a little deeper than the rest. #yalit

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In the Wild Light | Jeff Zentner
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God I'm glad I #reread this. Cash's voice is SO distinct and poetic, and I just love how he and Delaney still get to be silly teenagers as they adjust to Middleford and make new, equally silly friends. A masterwork. #yalit

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Gaaaaah. The perfect blend of speculative and historical. I would do anything for Laura and Freddie, and the way the Faland reveal crept up slowly was just masterful. Showed the realities of the war without being completely fatalistic. A+. #historicalfiction #speculativefiction

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Ruined | Sarah Vaughn
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Oh, this was fun. Very sweet, lots of goofy illustrations for quick jokes, and a good storyline for both Catherine and Andrew and all their loved ones! Some of their tension felt a little over amplified, but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. #graphicnovel #historicalromance

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How You Get the Girl | Anita Kelly
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Going to devour all of Kelly's backlist IMMEDIATELY. This was the perfect blend of tender and sexy and focused on mental health AND relationship development and I ate it up like I was starving. #contemporaryromance #romcom

KristiAhlers I legit can't keep this author stocked at my bookstore. And there is a reason for that she writes with all the feels 1w
kissmehardy @KristiAhlers Your clientele has excellent taste! 1w
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Was this the absolute best book ever? No. Was it still a solid, fun, lighthearted #retelling of Grease as a historical romance? Hell yeah. Dane and Sandrine had my heart, and the ways the Grease story was adapted for the time just made me giggle. Can't wait to see what's next! #historicalromance

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Kantra is SO GOOD at modern #retellings! I loved all the nods to the original Wizard of Oz - they were made with love, even when they were jokes, and the ways the story was updated made sense. Dee has my heart and I'm so glad she learned to reach for what SHE wants. #womensfiction

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Passing | Nella Larsen
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Man, this slim little book sure packs in a lot of story. It's interesting how Irene and Clare are almost two sides of the same coin, and how that interplay affects the action at the end. I see why this one has lasted! #classics

Tamra It‘s so powerful! 2w
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Yours from the Tower | Sally Nicholls
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Love a good #epistolarynovel! Polly, Tirzah, and Sophia had such unique situations, and their friendship felt lived in - like they existed before the span this novel is set in. Realistic depictions of the time without being overly forgiving or radical, and the letters from others were such a treat! Tbh, where's Theo and Albert's book?? #yalit #yahistoricalfiction

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Midnight Ruin | Katee Robert
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I never really warmed up to Charon, personally, but that's really the only quibble I had with this book! Robert has done great work with exploring character motivations, developing relationships, building the overarching political intrigue, and, you know, keeping things sexy. #contemporaryromance #greekmyths #retelling

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Funny and engrossing, even when I didn't recognize a specific song! Harvilla has a distinct voice and a real passion for music, and I loved his leaps from song to song and topic to topic. #nonfiction

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Plan A | Deb Caletti
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This was a masterclass by Caletti. Ivy was palpably real, even when her reactions were infuriating, and the "abortion road trip love story" was equally tender, scary, and eye-opening. A fascinating exploration of choices or lack thereof. #yalit

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I just love the way Wren phrases things in this book. And the whole concept is right up my alley! Swoony romance, action, a road trip through Europe - what else do you need? #reread #yalit #yaromance

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I'm always impressed when people can write multiple POVs and make all of them distinct! Seeing how all the storylines were going to connect and lead to changes was fascinating, too. Spare but lovely. #contemporaryfiction #indigenouslit

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The Enigma Game | Elizabeth Wein
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Do we know what happens to Jamie if we've read CNV? Yes. Does it still rip my heart in two? HARD YES. And the dream team of Jamie, Louisa, Ellen, and Jane is so good!! Gotta love mistaken identities and doing all you can to fight the Nazis. #reread #yalit #yahistoricalfiction

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Mad Honey | Jodi Picoult, Jennifer Finney Boylan
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Another hit from Picoult (and I assume Boylan, I've just never read her previously)! I was a little frustrated with Olivia's doubt of Asher, but it did track for her experiences, and all of Lily's chapters were absorbing. A nuanced picture of gender and the legal system. #contemporaryfiction

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Rose Under Fire | Elizabeth E. Wein
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There aren't as many quotes from this one that stick in my brain like there are in CNV, but that's not actually a complaint. Rose's story is just so solid, mixing the horrors and the humor perfectly, and telling a part of history that doesn't see the spotlight as much. An excellent expansion from the original book! #reread #yalit #yahistoricalfiction

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A soft pick for me personally, but that's a me thing. Loved the country music setting, loved the cameos from Jefferson and Annie (You'd Be Mine hive rise!!), but the "erotic poetry" account threw me, and Craig and Lorelai took FOREVER to pull their heads out of their butts. Still, I get why other people rave about it! #contemporaryromance

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No book is as clever or as heartbreaking as this one. No book ever hits this consistently. No book raises me high and crashes me down like this one. #yalit #yahistoricalfiction #favoritebook

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American Royals IV: Reign | Katharine McGee
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Soap operatic in all the best ways. Gave everyone the most fitting ending while stepping on the gas until the absolute denouement. I just loved it! #yalit #alternatehistory

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The Seven Year Slip | Ashley Poston
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The plot progression worked better than the character progression, imo, but I was hooked all the same! What a fun, fresh concept for a story, and what a love letter to food and connecting with others. #contemporaryromance

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What a great read! I love how the nonlinear narrative worked and how all the plot threads came together at the end. Cecily was a fascinating if VERY naive character early on, and I was just so happy that she got her happy ending. Probably a good book club book! #historicalfiction

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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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How come I'm exactly like Cath in every way except for meeting the love of my life as a college freshman?? This book always knows my heart. #reread #yalit

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The Happy Couple | Naoise Dolan
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I appreciate a novel with clear sentences and dry humor. Dolan did a great job distinguishing each character and detailing their quirks. They also each got to be flawed without one of them being The Ultimate Villain. Good view into a specific batch of humans and their tangled relationships. #literaryfiction #contemporaryfiction

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Just as sexy and funny and thrilling and perfect on a #reread. I need more people to care about their romcoms as much as Ally Carter does, thanks. #contemporaryromance #romcom #actionromance

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Daughters of a Dead Empire | Carolyn Tara ONeil
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Always here for an Anastasia story, especially one that doesn't exonerate or condemn EITHER the Romanovs or the Bolsheviks. It was lovely to see Anya and Zhenya slowly learn that their original worldviews weren't the full picture, and that the most important part of a revolution is rebuilding when it's over. Love! #yalit #yahistoricalfiction

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Picked this up because the stage musical is premiering soon and I'm glad I did! Not necessarily a surprising story, but a well-told one, and an immersive one as well. Jacob might be the only person who ever successfully ran away and joined the circus! #historicalfiction

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Iris Kelly Doesn't Date | Ashley Herring Blake
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IRIS AND STEVIE. 😍 Oh, I love how they complemented each other. Blake really knocked it out of the park here between the romance, the friend groups, and the queer Shakespeare adaptation. And I love how the Bright Falls series came full circle by the end! A stellar sapphic story. #contemporaryromance

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The Roughest Draft | Austin Siegemund-Broka, Emily Wibberley
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I just loved how Nathan and Katrina kept circling around their characters' lives, because they're right: truth does exist in fiction, even if not exactly as it does off the page. And the fact that Wibberley and Siegemund-Broka are ALSO married coauthors added a fun level of meta! Interesting pacing, but not bad, and GREAT characters. #contemporaryromance

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Absolutely fascinating as both a portrait of Deaf culture and as a story in general. Loved all the perspectives and political issues and budding romances. Really made me think about the world! #contemporaryfiction

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The Scarlet Veil | Shelby Mahurin
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God I missed this 'verse. I will say I felt like it took a minute for the events to actually have stakes (no pun intended), but I loved Célie getting her own say, and I'm always a sucker for vampires (pun definitely intended). And the EPILOGUE. Can't wait to see where this goes!!! #yalit #yafantasy

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Every Summer After | Carley Fortune
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Percy's "betrayal" of Sam is WAY overhyped, but it totally fits her character that SHE would consider it so momentous. And I just loved Barry's Bay and the years the story stretched! Gonna need a sequel for Charlie, pls. #contemporaryromance

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First book of 2024! Gorgeously written - I sped through because I was so invested, but I already want to savor a reread. Love a time travel love story! #scifi

BookmarkTavern I love this one! ❤️ 2mo
kissmehardy @BookmarkTavern I get the hype! 2mo
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An excellent companion novel! Love Flora and her ever-reframing perspective, and both Gordon and Baz are great foils for her. Great realistic fiction. #yalit #yaromance

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Divine Rivals | Rebecca Ross
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Oh, this hit. Delicious romance, heartbreaking warfare, an interesting mix of "our" world and a created fantasy realm. And the ending!! Dear Lord!! #yalit #yafantasy #yaromance #yaromantasy

Mccall0113 Wasn‘t it great?!? 2mo
kissmehardy @Mccall0113 I loved it! A good historical fantasy is right up my alley. 2mo
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As usual, I appreciate that RaeAnne Thayne always delivers a well-developed, realistic closed-door romance where the characters still acknowledge they're sexually attracted to one another. It's not a crime to say it, y'all! And it's a nice festive read, of course. #reread #contemporaryromance #christmasromance

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Been a few years since I've read this one - so glad I still enjoyed it! Loved that Clara's growth got a real focus, and the duel Sugar/Plum villains were a clever touch. Clara and Nicholas also have top notch development. ❤️ #yalit #yafantasy #retelling

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Dash & Lily's Book of Dares | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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It's not Christmas until I #reread this book. I really ought to annotate my copy some year. #yalit #yachristmaslit

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Once Upon a December | Amy E. Reichert
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SUPER fun concept! Plenty of unexpected plot twists, and a beautiful romance between Jack and Astra. Still a pleasant Christmas read, but a little off the beaten track from the rest. #christmasromance

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Tapping Out: Poems | Nandi Comer
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Beautiful use of language, and I loved the lucha libre theme thing the book together. One to savor! #poetry

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SO adorable and heartwarming. I love all the updates Farmer made to the movie without losing the spirit at its heart. Clara!!! Bailey and Maria!!! I just die. #christmasromance

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I want to live in this universe specifically. All of the magic and mishaps of a Hallmark movie, and I just adore all the Eloise references! I do think the misunderstanding trope got blown out of proportion, but I'll let it go. #reread #christmasromance

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Amusing and interesting! Loved to see how Alcott pulled from her lived experiences to tell stories outside of Little Women, and a couple of her jokes did have me rolling. #essays

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The Burnout: A Novel | Sophie Kinsella
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I wanted very slightly more out of the final misunderstanding, but GOD did this book have my whole heart otherwise. Sasha and Finn were so real, and their struggles with burnout were a little TOO relatable. And the whole Rilston crew! I will never stop laughing! #romcom #contemporaryromance

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The Book Club Hotel | Sarah Morgan
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Props to Sarah Morgan for having 4 POV characters that felt equally interesting and all got development! I really loved how all these stories intersected, and the setting was absolutely idyllic for this time of year. Read this for all the cozy family vibes. #womensfiction

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Technically a #reread, but I remembered next to none of the details and was awed all over again at how tight and eerie this mystery is. We love to see a smart girl win! #yalit #yamystery

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Happy to take every scrap of the Heartstopper universe I can get. Loved that Tori, Charlie, and Oliver all had perspectives! Short and satisfying. #yalit #yanovella #heartstopper

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Three Holidays and a Wedding | Marissa Stapley, Uzma Jalaluddin
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Instant classic. Loved the interfaith festivities, the PINNACLE of quirky small towns, and the budding romances and best friendships of Maryam and Anna. Nothing more appropriate for the time of year! #romcom #holidayromance

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I really loved this book! The combination of Jewish culture and chronic pain management (two things I'm new to) made for interesting reading, and Ethan and Avi's romance had me HOOKED. So tender! So sweet! We love breaking cycles and romcom hijinks!! #contemporaryromance #romcom