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samantharoberts

samantharoberts

Joined June 2018

Pharmacist | Book-lover
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I (finally) caved and started the ACOTAR series.. and i am amazed it took me this long to read. I absolutely loved it! This had me branching out into the fantasy/romantasy genre. It almost reminded me of an adult fairytale - (Beauty and the Beast -esque). Can‘t wait to start the next book in the series ☺️

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The Temple of Fortuna | Elodie Harper
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The perfect ending to an amazing trilogy. The beginning was a bit slow, but it picked up quickly and I read the last 2/3 of the book in one sitting. I‘m going to miss this series!

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I couldn‘t put this book down! Friendship, betrayal, forbidden love, drama - it just had everything I was looking for to pull me out of the reading slump.

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Iron Flame | Rebecca Yarros
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Mehso-so

I struggled with rating this one. The problem for me is that the MC, Violet, is so incredibly unlikeable to me. She‘s self-centered and self-serving. She also has an immaturity about her that‘s insufferable. I also don‘t like the “teenage” Andarna this book, which is upsetting because I loved her in Fourth Wing. The twists and imagery of certain scenes saved this book, in my opinion.

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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Really enjoyed this book! Interested to see where the rest of this series will go.

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I really enjoyed this book by “The Holistic Psychologist”. A lot of these chapters resonated with me, and there are a lot of topics she discusses that are things I happen to be working through in therapy myself. I can see how it might not be for everyone, but I personally got a lot from it and even will probably revisit certain chapters again.

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Mehso-so

The title/description of the book is very misleading. I was expecting more stories from people who experienced a deeper connection with their loved ones who passed, or more stories of the afterlife. Unfortunately, it was mostly an essay of a 6th generation “deathcare” (as he calls it) worker who no longer wants to work in this business but fears he will disappoint his family. A little disappointed, but still got a few nice stories out of it.

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The Wolf Den | ELODIE. HARPER
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Loved reading this historical fiction set in ancient Pompeii. It was surprisingly more heart-warming than I imagined it to be, with a lot of scenes about friendship, forbidden love, and survival. The ending even managed to surprise me! So pleasantly surprised.

Deblovestoread Sounds good! Stacked 📚 6mo
JenReadsAlot I visited Pompeii in September so think I need to check this out! 6mo
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The second I finished Verity, I knew it would be my favorite book of the year 🫢 excited to see what this year‘s bracket will look like! #readingbracket2023

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Mehso-so

I was disappointed that I didn‘t love this book. Normally I can‘t put BOL books down, but this one I found myself struggling to get through. The characters are unlikeable, the storyline is a little dull, and it didn‘t flow very well. Also, Lucas‘ lines were so choppy and awkward. I‘m not sure if this was to portray his accent, but it didn‘t read nicely and almost caused me to give up on the book entirely.

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Eight Nights of Flirting | Hannah Reynolds
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Surprisingly enjoyed this book. It was (of course) predictable, but loved the banter between characters and there were a lot of funny scenes. It was the perfect comforting read for a cold day while watching Christmas movies in the background ❤️

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A Princess for Christmas | Jenny Holiday
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Mehso-so

A cute, hallmark-esque book with some steamy love scenes and funny moments. I don‘t mind a bit of a cheesy/predictable story (especially for a holiday-themed romance), but I have a hard time sticking with a book that has cheesy dialogue between the characters - which is why this book is a so-so pick for me. Also, the book haphazardly switches POV in the middle of chapters and it was a bit confusing.

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It‘s 1938, and a young woman selling face cream out of a New York City beauty parlor is determined to prove she can have it all. Her name is Estée Lauder, and she‘s about to take the world by storm. Loved this story of Estée Lauder as told by her fictional friend, Gloria. Wonderful story of friendship, love, betrayal, and self-discovery.

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Finding Tessa | Jaime Lynn Hendricks
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Great suspenseful thriller with plenty of twists and surprises. There were a few surprises that I didn‘t see coming, but did figure out the last “shocking twist” which ruined the ending a bit for me. Still a great read!

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Wrong Place, Wrong Time | Gillian McAllister
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Surprised myself with how much I liked this one! Telling the story backwards was such a unique idea. Perfect blend of secrets, time-travel, discoveries, and familial bonds. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a good suspenseful thriller read.

ShyBookOwl This was great!! 8mo
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The Love Wager | Lynn Painter
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Great story if you just need a good laugh and looking for a quick read. Lynn Painter writes great “palette cleanser” books for between my psychological thriller reads.

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Better Than the Movies | Lynn Painter
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Have been loving these quick, light-hearted reads lately. Of course the storyline was predictable, but still couldn‘t put it down. 💛

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Mr. Wrong Number | Lynn Painter
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Perfect book to pull me out of my reading slump and escape from reality for a few hours - it was a cute story and even laughed out loud a few times 🥰

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The True Love Experiment | Christina Lauren
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Loved it! Perfect summer RomCom ❤️💜

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Too Late | Colleen Hoover
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I read this book in a single trip to the beach. I will say that certain scenes/chapters are pretty graphic and uncomfortable to read. Also, the characters weren‘t very likable in my opinion. I still enjoyed the book and couldn‘t wait to figure out what happened. Still doesn‘t beat Verity though!

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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I had lower expectations for this book after reading some of the other reviews, but I have to say I loved it! I read the entire book in a day (similar to how I devoured the Netflix series). So happy that I gave it a shot 😊

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Ready for July 🦩🩷

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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Mehso-so

I was really excited to read this, but it missed the mark for me. The characters weren‘t very likable, and it was a little hard to follow. At least it will look nice on my shelf 😊

dabbe Your nails match perfectly with the cover, so there's that! 🤩🤩🤩 13mo
samantharoberts @dabbe yes! Very aesthetically pleasing 🩷💛 13mo
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Girl, Forgotten | Karin Slaughter
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Great story with many twists that kept my interest! I read it on the plane to a work trip, and I finished the whole book in 2 sittings. This is my second book by this author and I‘m loving her stories

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Nice book to thumb through and read different sections when you‘re ready/able. I‘m still coping with the sudden loss of my dad, especially with Father‘s Day right around the corner.. thank you to everyone for your kind words of comfort and support. It means more than you know 🤍

TrishB One day (sometimes an hour) at a time ❤️ it‘s hard and unpredictable. Take care. 13mo
Mollyanna Grieve at your own pace. There is no timeline. And remember to take care of yourself ❤️ 13mo
Ruthiella ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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Mehso-so

This was a fun, easy read (which is just what I was looking for). But it was a bit too unrealistic and the characters were unlikeable, in my opinion.

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Last week, my life turned upside down when my dad died very suddenly. While I‘ve been trying to come to terms with the fact that I will now have to adjust to life without having my dad by my side, and that he won‘t be here for my 30th birthday, this has been undoubtedly the hardest thing I‘ve ever had to go through. Trying to find books to help me understand the grieving process, and how to cope🤍🕊️

IndoorDame I‘m sorry for your loss ❤️ 1y
Bookwormjillk I‘m very sorry for your loss 1y
JenReadsAlot So very sorry for your loss. 1y
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Mollyanna Sending comforting thoughts. I am so sorry for your loss. 1y
TrishB So sorry for your loss 💔 1y
CBee So very sorry to hear this. As someone who has experienced the same not too long ago, my heart goes out to you 💔 1y
AmyG I am so very sorry for your loss. 😢 1y
AmyK1 I‘m so sorry 😞 1y
Susanita I‘m so sorry 😢 1y
Reggie The Currently Reading Podcast just did a kind of book recommendation on grieving episode because one of the hosts just lost her father a month ago. That might help. And I‘m sorry about your dad. 1y
TEArificbooks I‘m so sorry 1y
Ruthiella I‘m so sorry to hear that. You have my condolences. ❤️ 1y
Deblovestoread I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔 1y
dabbe Sooo sorry. Keeping you in my thoughts. ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
DaveGreen7777 I‘m so sorry for your loss! 😔 Sending healing energy your way! 1y
Chelsea.Poole I‘m so sorry to hear this. I read this book last year in which the author writes about losing her dad. It may or may not be for you but here is the title in case 1y
JessClark78 I‘m so sorry for your loss. 💔❤️ 1y
BookNAround I‘m so sorry. Such a devastating loss. 13mo
kspenmoll I am so sorry you lost your dad- sending you love. 13mo
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The No-Show | Beth O'Leary
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Definitely not the story I was expecting! It was more of a romantic mystery (rather than a romcom), with a surprise twist. I did think it was a little drawn out at times, but overall it was a great read 😊

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The Do-Over | Lynn Painter
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I loved every minute of this lighthearted romantic comedy! It was entertaining from beginning to end and even made me laugh out loud. I‘m definitely going to save this one to re-read on a rainy day 😊

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February was a stressful month for me, so it wasn‘t the best for reaching my reading goals. I still managed to find some great reads, though! Hopefully I‘ll come out of my reading funk in March and catch up on my goal 🤗

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Just checking to see if you got your package ❤️ 1y
samantharoberts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I did!! Thank you so much I‘m so excited to read it 😍 1y
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The Dead Romantics | Ashley Poston
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Perfect Valentine‘s Day read 💕

Saknicole 😍 1y
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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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It was a close call for January‘s favorite, but I had to go with Verity. I‘ll be interested to see how far it makes it on the bracket this year!

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Read a couple of really fantastic books this month! Hoping February is just as lucky 🧡

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Didn‘t quite make a bingo, but still found some great books I loved this month 🥰

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Post-traumatic | Chantal V. Johnson
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Read this as part of a book club, otherwise I probably would have bailed. I started off loving this, but then all of the body shaming/body issues & jokes about SA and violence was just too much for me. It felt uncomfortable to read the character making light of so many dark issues.

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Panpan

I understand I‘m in the minority here, but wasn‘t really a fan. Maybe it‘s because I‘ve been reading more fast-paced thrillers lately. I really tried to love this book, but was disappointed in the slow pace. The majority of the story felt like filler. You could really just read the very beginning + the end and still completely understand what happened in the story.

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So glad I read this!

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Mehso-so

Interesting read about Pan Am during the Mad Men era. I think the description was a little misleading, as the recounting of the former stewardesses was a smaller portion of this book than I anticipated. There was a lot of historical events mentioned as well as the history of Pan Am itself. Maybe I wasn‘t in the right mood to read this right now. Maybe I‘ll give it a re-read later this year to see if I feel the same way.

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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Wow… I have no words 😳

..except I will say I couldn‘t put this down - though I was slightly disappointed in the ending

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I'm Glad My Mom Died | Jennette McCurdy
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Very intense memoir of Jennette‘s dark experiences as a child actor, abusive mother, nickelodeon, eating disorders, alcohol, and sex. I never knew much about Jennette before this, and hadn‘t watched any of her shows, but I‘m really glad I gave this book a read.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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A few people recommended this to me, and I thought it would be one of those overhyped, predictable books. However, I was pleasantly surprised! I read it in less than a day because I just couldn‘t wait to find out what happened. I will say SOME aspects were predictable, but there were still one or two twists that got me 😜

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Really cute and fun story! - I even laughed out loud during some parts! Great start to the New Year 🎉

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Mehso-so

Read this entire book on my way to a work conference in Orlando (which was amazing!) - I couldn‘t wait to read how it ended. I love TJR books, though this one wasn‘t necessarily in my top favorites

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🙋🏼‍♀️Guilty!

AmyG All. The. Time. 😬 2y
keys_on_fire Yup, 😆 2y
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I actually enjoyed reading this book for the most part, but some of the parts felt a little icky and uncomfortable (I‘m guessing that‘s the point, though) loved the lyrical writing and this beautiful 25th anniversary edition with gold foil roses on the cover!

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Between a pick and a so-so for me, I decided to give it a pick since I read it in less than 24 hours to try and figure out who the guilty one was! I will say there are plenty of twists, but none of the characters were truly likable and it was a far-fetched, unrealistic story. Still very entertaining and perfect read for October

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1. Chai latte ☕️
2. Apple picking (and reading thrillers/cozy mysteries)
3. Practical Magic 🧙🏼‍♀️

#wondrouswednesday

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Fantastic Agatha Christie-esque mystery! Perfect for this rainy October weather 🎃🕵🏽🔍

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Tell Me Lies: A Novel | Carola Lovering
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Got this book so I can read it before watching the show, and wow! Considering how busy I‘ve been lately, I didn‘t think I‘d have much time to read - where there‘s a will, there‘s a way! Intense story about a toxic relationship, battles with mental health, and even a twist snuck in there. Can‘t wait to watch the show now!

MyNamesParadise I may have to check this one out! 2y
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How To Fail at Flirting | Denise Williams
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This was so much fun! I enjoyed it more than I thought I would

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