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Release | Patrick Ness
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"They're your parents. They're meant to love you *because*. Never *in spite*."

Though it's my least favorite Ness novel so far, "Release" is interesting, relatable, and has a lot of great points about sexuality, religion, friendship, and love. Just...try to get past the weird ghosty parts?

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"You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking."
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I'm not a big autobiography reader, but part 1 of Maya Angelou's life story is a huge eye-opener to the prejudice against black people a decade ago and how that prejudice is clearly still around today.
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The book moves pretty slowly, but there are interesting aspects that makes the book worth reading. ⭐3.5/5⭐

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Zom-B | Darren Shan
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My first audiobook was ridiculously disappointing. This zombie novel is mostly boring, super racist, and annoying. The only good parts are when zombies are eating people, because those scenes are really well written.

Other than that, don't waste your time... This has been on my TBR since 2013; so glad to get it off there. Definitely not wasting my time on the sequels.

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Horrorstor: A Novel | Grady Hendrix
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Anyone else have panic attacks getting lost in an Ikea? 🙋 Well, this book takes that fear to a whole new level... Something creepy is happening at night in this Ohio Ikea knockoff store, but it's not due to vandalizing kids---it's actually something far worse.

Don't read this in the middle of the night like I did... It goes from boring to some-lady-just-gouged-out-her-eyes creepy. Definitely a fun, unique take on the haunted house trope.
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Jinjer Dude I read it in the dark and had the “army of frogs” outside my window near the creek!!!!😱 14mo
readem_andweep @Jinjer creepy!! Lol 14mo
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Finally finished the Southern Reach trilogy 🎉🎈🎆 Haven't read a series in a long time, but it felt good.

If you're looking for all your burning Area X questions to be answered, this book isn't for you. But you'd be stupid not to finish this amazing series.

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To Be or Not To Be | Ryan North
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If you've never wanted an RPG-style "Hamlet," why are we friends? ?

Absolutely adore this choose-your-own-adventure re-imagining of my favorite Shakespeare play. With over 100 different outcomes and the choice of playing as Hamlet, Ophelia, or King Hamlet (yes, as a ghost!), this book offers endless hours of fun.

All the fun of a "Hamlet" RPG without turning on your Xbox ?

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Authority: A Novel | Jeff VanderMeer
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"Authority" delves into Area X from outside the border, at the Southern Reach HQ. The new director, who goes by Control, learns about the history of Area X and the mysteries surrounding it. What he doesn't realize is that he's running out of time, and he's nowhere near any kind of answer.

The sequel to "Annihilation" is a slow going journey, but it's worth it to have some questions finally answered. Onward to book 3...

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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"Idaho" is misplaced in the mystery genre---rather, it is a sad story about how a gruesome murder and an unsolved disappearance affect various lives in Idaho. The "why" of it all is never truly revealed, and it leaves a disappointing feeling after 300+ pages.

The writing is nice and the story is interesting, but if you go into it (like I did) expecting a mystery, you will be let down (like I was).

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Four women---a surveyor, an anthropologist, a psychologist, and a biologist---are tasked with exploring, mapping, and gaining intel on Area X, a mysterious stretch of land full of strange mysteries and absent of any civilization. Area X changes everything these women knew about the world, and about themselves.

One of the best books I've read in a while. Love love love it. Can't wait to read the next two!!!!

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I love treating myself 📑❤📑

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The Book of Joan: A Novel | Lidia Yuknavitch
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"The Book of Joan" is a dystopian re-telling of the Joan of Arc story. The novel flashes back and forth between a wartorn Earth and its few survivors, and a safe haven floating above the planet where the rich have devolved into pale white, hairless, sexless beings.

Where it lacks in worldbuilding and plot, it somewhat makes up in poetic writing and gut-wrenching sympathy towards the characters. ToB read number 3 complete.

3.5/5 stars

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Tournament of Books book #3 was a success! "Dear Cyborgs" is unlike any other book you've read. It's got a unique structure with alternating chapters between parallel universes (or maybe past and future?) and a team of superheroes detailing their covert missions but also drinking lemonade and pondering existence in a very "Republic"-esque way. It's weird and confusing, but amazing.
Check out my full review here: lyssamariereads.wordpress.com

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Wow. My first DNF of the year and actually my first DNF in a long time. My co-worker lent it to me because she loved it. It's been on my TBR. Well, it just wasn't for me. It read more like a blog than a novel and just seemed boring. It was just about random, silly instances in her life. I dunno. I related on one level because I understand having a mental illness and all, but at the same time, it just didn't interest me.

KCCOkatey I kind of feel the same way, I‘m half way through and it definitely feels like a blog, I couldn‘t really put my finger on why I didn‘t love it at first. There are some really laugh out loud moments, but I‘m feeling like it‘s kind of dragging for me to whip through it. 2y
readem_andweep @KCCOkatey it definitely had it's funny moments, but I just couldn't get through it. Kudos to you for making it! 2y
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The Animators: A Novel | Kayla Rae Whitaker
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I thought this was just going to be a silly book about women making cartoons. I was wrong. My heart has been ripped out and I feel like I've lost a close friend. What a journey! You need to check out this books. I'm definitely fighting for this in the Tournament of Books this year...

Check out my full review here: lyssamariereads.wordpress.com

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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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Ending 2017 on a positive note!!! Thanks to Epic Reads for this ARC of Maureen Johnson‘s upcoming mystery/suspense. And it‘s like 2 mysteries for the price of 1—a kidnapping/murder mystery in 1936 alternating with the present-day murder of a young YouTube star. Definitely a promising new YA series set at a boarding school for the gifted. I love it! Bye 2017 👋 Get this book in 2018!

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Love dogs? Puns? History? If so, I highly recommend this re-imagining of American history, detailing the birth of our nation and summarizing the 45 presidents as dogs. Yes, you read that correctly: dogs. And it is as witty as it is enjoyable. Every president is given a dog breed and their name is blended with that dog! Beginning with George Welshington and concluding with Dobernald J. Dump, this is one book you won‘t want to miss! Factual AND fun!

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Gaiman is forever one of my favorite writers. He brings his usual unique voice and feelings of mysticism and wonder to “The Ocean at the End of the Lane,” a memory story filled with monsters, but also friends. If you love fantasies and dark fairytale-esque stories, this one is for you 👌
And check it out: my very own ocean, though it is frozen this time of year.

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As I‘m at the laundromat with my nose in this book, hoping no one will look at or speak to me.

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The good: Ralph‘s character arc, Simon, coming-of-age story, conversation on humanity and rules/authority, the writing, the last 50 pages.
The bad: No plane crash scene, Simon, slow, the first 150 pages.

Thank you, that is all...

3/5 stars

Check out my full review here: https://lyssamariereads.wordpress.com/2017/12/09/lord-of-the-flies-book-review/

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“He wanted to explain how people were never quite what you thought they were.”

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Happy November, guys! I‘m kicking this month off with a review of John Green‘s long-awaited novel about a missing billionaire and a 16-year-old girl named Aza who struggles with her mental illness. Her thought spirals and invasive thoughts may be invisible to everyone else, but they‘re all Aza can think about, see, and hear. This book is as gripping as it is real. You truly feel Ada‘s anxiety page after page. Check out my book review in my blog!

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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow | Washington Irving
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Happy spooktober, everyone! And happy reading 📖🎃

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What starts out as a simple childhood story about the creepy recluse next door, steadily turns into a legal case calling into question racism, gender roles, social status, and the human condition. A classic novel that‘s as timeless as the lessons it teaches. So glad I finally picked up this novel! Find my full review at https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/10/19/to-kill-a-mockingbird-book-....



#harperlee #classics #historicfic

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My Sister's Keeper | Jodi Picoult
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Seen the movie? Forget it.
This novel is as heartbreaking as it is honest. Told in alternating POVs, “My Sister‘s Keeper” details how illness affects everyone involved, not just the afflicted. Picoult creates real characters, engaging dialogue, and a story that will bring you to tears.
Find my full review here: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/10/04/my-sisters-keeper-book-revi....
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Marla I agree, don‘t watch the movie. I‘m still ticked off about the ending. Loved the book. 2y
readem_andweep @Marla I‘m glad someone agrees — I hate when movies change the endings! 2y
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The Scarlet Letter: a romance | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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No no no no no... While most people in the world read this in school, I did not. I read it here and now, of my own volition, because it's a classic and I'm an English major and I had to. I pretty much hated this book. I wanted to DNF it so bad. I understand why it's taught in school, but wow, I do not like Hawthorne. No thanks, never again ✌️At least I can say I read it!
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#notworthabookreview #worstof2017 #classics #nope

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Ready Player One | Ernest Cline
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"Ready Player One" is a gamer's paradise. This sci-fi adventure novel takes you on a nerdtastic journey through '80s movies, TV and, more importantly, video games. We follow Wade as he spends all his time in a virtual reality MMO, trying to find the supergenius creator's hidden Easter Egg. Talk about a nerdgasm. Read my full review: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/09/04/ready-player-one-book-revie....
#sciencefiction #yalit #games

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Want to read 350+ pages through the lens of a 5-year-old product of rape? Yes? Then this book is for you! But it wasn't for me. The story was slow and the only unique aspect was the POV and that bit only annoyed me. I had high hopes for this book and was let down. Check out my full review: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/09/03/room-book-review/.
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#emmadonoghue #room #realisticfic #adultfic #contemporary #letdown

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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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There's no other way I'd want to spend my Sunday -- except maybe reading a different book. Not sure how I'm feeling about this one, guys.

kellyannprz The song on your phone is such a good one, though! 2y
readem_andweep @kellyannprz Ahhh I agree! I'm falling in love with his album all over again ❤️ (edited) 2y
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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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A whirlwind of a story about two lovelorn teens, an out-of-control space war, a deadly crazy-virus, and an AI gone rogue. What more could you want? A cross between Star Wars and Dead Space, this is the perfect book introducing us to The Illuminae Files series. It's told through a variety of documents, IMs, emails, and more. Check it out, along with my full review: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/illuminae-book-review/.

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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This book is gorgeous. It's like a novel, poem, play, and piece of artwork all at once.

ItsAngel I tried reading this once before but had a lot going on and so it just didn't stick. I feel like I need to give it another go...soon. 2y
readem_andweep @ItsAngel You definitely should give it another try! I blew through most of it in one sitting. It's very good, very suspenseful, lots of action. Hope you like it! 2y
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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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Sylvia Plath's only novel serves as a semi-autobiographic glance into Esther Greenwood's journey through depression. Through nonlinear storytelling, we follow Esther from college, to New York, back home again, and finally a mental asylum. This is one heartbreaking novel you won't want to put down. Check out my full review here: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/08/20/the-bell-jar-book-review/
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#depression #feminism #classics

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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"I took a deep breath and listened to the old brag of my heart. I am, I am, I am."

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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"If neurotic is wanting two mutually exclusive things at one and the same time, then I'm neurotic as hell. I'll be flying back and forth between one mutually exclusive thing and another for the rest of my days."

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Of Fire and Stars | Audrey Coulthurst
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A fantastical story where the princess falls in love not with the prince, but with another princess. Denna and Mare's love is not written on paper, but in the stars. Though a lack of character development and worldbuilding hinder this story, the romance between the two princesses and the mysterious murders will keep you reading. Check out my full review here: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/08/15/of-fire-and-stars-book-revi...

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Of Fire and Stars | Audrey Coulthurst
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A brilliant, philosophical story about a future world where "I" does not exist. We are one, and individuality is a sin. Reminiscent of Yevgeny Zamtatin's "We," "Anthem" is a quick but powerful read. Check out my full review here: https://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/anthem-book-review/.
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#aynrand #anthem #classics #philosophy #dystopian

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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A haunting origin story about the Queen of Hearts from "Alice in Wonderland." You know how it's going to end--tragically, of course--but you can't stop reading it. Check out my full review here: http://theultimatebookgeek.wordpress.com/2017/07/25/heartless-book-review/.
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#heartless #marissameyer #aliceinwonderland #yalit #fantasy #retelling

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Heartless | Marissa Meyer
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52 Likes | Medeia Sharif
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So, I read an ARC of this. And it was so, so bad. First of all, the narrator isn't flushed out enough, isn't relatable, and I just couldn't connect with her at all. Or any of the characters, for that matter. 0 emotional connection with this book that's about an awful, horrible, emotional topic. Also, the mystery aspect is too easy to solve. And the writing was not good -- very amateur. The dialogue was way off. Everything about this was way off.

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Everyone compares this to "The Fault in Our Stars" and they need to stop. It's similar on the surface, but very different. It's a decent book about a sick kid. It's sad and it's heartwarming. The plot is ok, the characters are all right... It's basically a physical representation of a sigh.
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I Don't Want To Be Crazy | Samantha Schutz
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Trigger Warning ⚠️ If you have anxiety or a panic disorder, be wary while reading this. I have anxiety and related to this book on a deep level, so it made me quite anxious while reading. It is a great book, though. There's tons of stuff in here to help graduating seniors of both high school and college. It's a wild ride and it's so good. A very relatable poetry memoir.
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1. Wine 🍷
2. Neither -- I buy based on the synopsis! 📚
3. Beach 🏖 Fewer bugs, more sunlight
4. Realistic novels 📖 I used to love fantasy, but these days I enjoy the opposite
5. Mr. Darcy 👰🤵

#bookishwouldyourather @Kalalalatja

Kalalalatja 👍👍 2y
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The Beginning of Everything | Robyn Schneider
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Filled with sharp wit and endearing sarcasm, this contemporary YA novel appeals to fans of John Green and Ned Vizzini. The narrator was brilliant and a great character overall. Interesting story and surprising ending.
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This contemporary YA tackles a myriad of mental illnesses in a great, heartbreaking story. It's a bit of a slow read, but it packs a punch at the end. This book made me cry, and that makes a for a good book!
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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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Stylized as a children's book, this story jam-packed with metaphors, lessons, and tears. Love love love this book!
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Fangirl: A Novel | Rainbow Rowell
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Perfect for anyone 1) Interested in writing, 2) In college, 3) A fan of fanfiction, or 4) A combination of the three. Rainbow Rowell has the ability to write a compelling story and completely absorb her readers.
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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Wish I had a copy of this 😭😭😭 I love Rainbow Rowell and everything she writes!!!
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Dark Inside | Jeyn Roberts
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It has its faults, but "Dark Inside" is crazy action-packed adventure worth reading. The story was captivating and unique. A great YA dystopia for post-apocalyptic lovers!
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Olivay | Deborah Reed
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The cover is probably my favorite part of this novel 😂 It's a decent thriller -- the premise was interesting but it was definitely lacking an enticing delivery. The main character was kind of obnoxious, and the mystery wasn't that mysterious. I don't know, despite all its shortcomings, it's not too bad.
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