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sebrittainclark

sebrittainclark

Joined January 2017

book nerd | software developer | co-host of Unassigned Reading | www.unassignedreadingpod.com
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1. My Best Friend's Royal Wedding

2. Evening reading.

3. It's been a while since I followed an author on Twitter, but the best author twitters I follow are Sam Sykes and Myke Cole. Even if you don't read their books, their tweets are 10/10.

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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4/5

This was a nice historical romance. I loved how chapters from the characters' penny dreadfuls were interspersed and contributed to the plot. It was a fun read that I couldn't put down.

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Tweet Cute | Emma Lord
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5/5

This is such a cute YA book about friendship and relationships. Pepper and Jack get their respective family businesses into a Twitter feud. Everything is made even more complicated by the fact that they've been taking anonymously to one another on an app Jack created for students at their school. It's a very sweet book, and I loved reading it.

#netgalley

Lovesbooks87 I can't wait to read this one! 2mo
EricJames1 That actually does look really cute 2mo
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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5/5

It's been a while since I've read a historical romance, and this was such a good one. The main character is a suffragette determined to sway a Duke to their cause. It's a very fun book and I really enjoyed reading it. I can't wait to read more from this author.

#romantsy

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Not the Girl You Marry | Andie J. Christopher
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5/5

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is one of my favorite rom-coms, so I wasn't surprised to love this book. It's a great, modern retelling of the story.

I loved all the characters and thought there was a lot of potential for sequels about the side characters, that I would love to read.

#netgalley #romantsy

xxDragonfly I love that film, intrigued about this book now! Thanks for the review, this book is going on my wish list 🤗 2mo
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The Bromance Book Club | Lyssa Kay Adams
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4/5

This is a super sweet, fun romance. Gavin and Thea's marriage is in trouble and he's willing to go to any length to save it, including joining a romance book club. I liked the different perspective of this book, about repairing a relationship instead of building a new relationship. The book was really sweet, and I enjoyed the historical romance chapters interspersed throughout.

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River of Teeth | Sarah Gailey
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5/5

I can't believe it took me so long to read this novella.

It imagines the south as a wild west where the marshes are filled with hippos. The characters are all really fascinating, and the plot had me completely immersed in the world. I can't wait to read the sequel!

cathysaid “Man-eating hippo mayhem is my new favorite mayhem.“ 😂 There's a sentence that will likely never be used again. 3mo
rachelsbrittain Can't believe you haven't already started the sequel with that cliffhanger! 3mo
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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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4.5/5

Jasmine Guillory writes such good romance. I love how all the conflict arises from the characters' insecurities about themselves and their relationships. It just feels so realistic and relatable.

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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5/5

This series continues to be super fun adapted as a graphic novel. I really loved the extra scene that didn't exist in the podcast because it adds more depth to the director early on and hints at what's to come in a way the podcast couldn't

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Good Luck Charm | Helena Hunting
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4/5

A fun, sweet romance. I really enjoyed the characters and am a little disappointed that it isn't a series (yet) because I would definitely read more.

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The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited! | Clint McElroy, Griffin McElroy, Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, Carey Pietsch
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The best possible result, in honor of today's new release.

https://bookriot.com/2019/07/16/adventure-zone-quiz/

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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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4/5

This is a super cute book. The romance is sweet and all the characters are great. The prologue gave me excruciating amounts of second hand embarrassment, but it was worth it despite that.

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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🦉 The Wind in the Willows

🦉 The Sword in the Stone

🦉 Fireflies by Owl City

#manicmonday @joscho

JoScho Thanks for playing 😊🖤🦉 4mo
hardyboys Uptown funk 😂 4mo
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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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4/5

This book starts good and builds to an insane finale that I could not put down. It's very clearly inspired by Will and Kate, and the British royal family. It's another very fun royal romance.

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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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1. The Royal We and An Unkindness of Ghosts

2. What a Dragon Should Know

3. The Unhoneymooners and The Royal We

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Magic for Liars | Sarah Gailey
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This week on Unassigned Reading, we've got beach read recommendations for your summer vacations.

We both had a bit of a theme with our recommendations. This is a slightly different format than usual, but we really enjoyed doing it.

http://unassignedreadingpod.com/book-talk-beach-reads/

#podcast

chaoticgoodhufflepuff I loved Magic for Liars! And I just started listening to Aloha Rodeo! 4mo
sebrittainclark @chaoticgoodhufflepuff those were both @rachelsbrittain recommendations, so I need to read those 4mo
Laughterhp I didn‘t know you had a podcast until you advertised with a BookRiot podcast! I subscribed, but haven‘t listened to any yet!! 4mo
sebrittainclark @Laughterhp I hope you enjoy listening! 4mo
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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3/5

I mostly enjoyed this book. The characters were good and the plot was fun, if much sadder than I would have expected from the description and cover.

There was some 'love cures all' stuff that bothered me a little, which I'll talk about in the comments to not spoil stuff. I enjoyed it, but it's not a book I would feel comfortable recommending to everyone.

sebrittainclark So a big part of the story is Kristen's infertility. As soon as I saw that, I knew this story would end with her pregnant. I understand that with her condition it's possible to get pregnant, but it just would have been really nice for the girl to get the guy and not have a miracle pregnancy afterward. It's a common thing in romance books, so I want shocked. I just really wanted something different. 4mo
sebrittainclark Kirsten also has OCD. And I had mixed feelings. On one hand, she describes it as a monster in her brain, which really rang true for me. On the other hand, when Josh is around 'the monster goes away'. Which is frustrating because no amount of love for my fiance has made my OCD go away. 4mo
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The Friend Zone | Abby Jimenez
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Me right now.

#romantsy

brit91 Me all the time!!!🤣😂 4mo
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1. Beaches, Bungalows, and Burglaries

2. Iced coffee ❤❤❤

3. And as one, her kinsmen yelled back, “For The Beast!” (What a Dragon Should Know, which is one of my many stress rereads)

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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It was hard to pick just 6, but these are the standouts so far this year. Half I read in the past month because June was a pretty good reading month for me.

#top6reads

rachelsbrittain So many good ones! 5mo
swishandflick Born a Crime!!! Such a great book. 5mo
nelehelen Love love born a crime! 5mo
monalyisha Oh! I‘m happy to see the Charlie Jane Anders on here! I loved her first book. (edited) 4mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Today feels like a very appropriate day to share Unassigned Reading's June episode all about what might be the sweetest, happiest, most fun book we've read so far this year: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston.

http://unassignedreadingpod.com/book-club-red-white-and-royal-blue/

#podcast

Crinoline_Laphroaig I just want to live in this world. Can't wait to listen to your Podcast! Downloaded for after crazy busy Holiday. 5mo
HOTPock3tt I adored this book!! ♥️Gonna check out the podcast!! @Crinoline_Laphroaig Me too! I wish I could live in this particular world!! 5mo
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Hooked | Elizabeth Hunter
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4/5

A fun romance for Tayla, a fashion loving accountant, and Jeremy, the rock climbing comic shop owner. I love this series. It's super sweet and all the characters are great.

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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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3.5/5

This is very fun romance. Sports romances are a new sub-genre for me, but I really enjoyed this book especially since the author was drawing on her own experience as the wife of a NFL player.

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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5/5

I'm such a sucker for a good pride and prejudice retelling, and this was definitely among the best.

I loved how much this adaptation focused on prejudice and judgement, and I thought the characters were all great reimaginings of the classic characters, particularly the Mr. Collins of this adaptation (I find I often judge adaptations on how good the Mr. Collins is because there's just so much potential there).

rachelsbrittain Yassssss loved this one! 5mo
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Fix Her Up: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
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4/5

This is a super fun romance. It includes a fake relationship which is one of my favorite things in a romance novel. I loved all the secondary characters as well, and can't wait to read their stories too!

#romantsy

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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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A not spoilery selection of the texts I sent @rachelsbrittain last night about this book. I need everyone to read this so I can discuss everything.

rachelsbrittain It's a lot 5mo
MellieAntoinette Oh my word, I‘m gonna have to re-read Also, kind of wishing my sisser would read with me!! 5mo
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Fix Her Up: A Novel | Tessa Bailey
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1. Fix Her Up and Intercepted

2. Dungeons and Daddies (d&d campaign)

3. Well, I sent @rachelsbrittain A LOT of texts about Kingsbane last night

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain You did in fact. Also Dungeons and Daddies is the best-- why is there not a new episode out yet??? 5mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I love D&D actual Play podcasts! I had never heard of this one! I‘m going to go download an episode now! 5mo
sebrittainclark @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I started listening pretty recently, and I love it. The whole premise of their campaign is really good. 5mo
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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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I'm on #Wizardsunite if anyone wants to add me.

jen_the_scribe I sent you an invitation! I'm Cattiebrie618 on there. 5mo
RealLifeReading Invite sent (username bakkwa) 5mo
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DaveGreen7777 I just sent you an invite, I‘m Bookwyrm7777! 🤓 5mo
tjwill Just sent a request! 5mo
Lauram Request sent. I‘m Laurmel 😄🧙‍♀️ 5mo
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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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5/5

What the heck was this book? I'm left with way more questions than answers, and was emotionally wrecked by the end of the book. I also have a lot of spoilery thoughts about how time travel works in this universe.

It's great, it stressed me out a lot, and I don't know how I'm going to wait another year for the sequel!

Geeklet I‘ve had this one and the first one since they came out and I still haven‘t read them. Would you recommend just waiting until the third one comes out? Wait, is it just a trilogy or will it be longer? 5mo
sebrittainclark @Geeklet I'm pretty sure it's a trilogy. I definitely think I would have benefited from rereading the first book before starting the second. There's so much going on in this series, it's easy to lose track of the secondary characters and minor plot lines between books. 5mo
Geeklet @sebrittain Hmm, I might just wait until the last one comes out then. No rush. Thankies! 5mo
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rachelsbrittain I told you I had more questions than when I started it!! 5mo
sebrittainclark @rachelsbrittain so many questions! 5mo
BooknerdsLife @sebrittain LOL Maybe I should wait til the last book comes out to start this series! I tend to forget the plot especially when this one sounds so complicated 🤣 5mo
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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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1. Kingsbane and The Wise Man's Fear

2. Red, White, and Royal Blue

3. Going to a wedding

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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4/5

This is a super cute romance. It was a very timely read because I'm planning my wedding and Maui honeymoon right now. I'm definitely going to have nightmares about wedding food poisoning, but my buffet will not have seafood, so hopefully we're safe.

I got a little frustrated by how the sisters in the book treated each other, especially since they were described as being really close, but in the end everything works out. I really enjoyed it.

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Listening to audiobooks while I #crochet is my new favorite thing.

sebrittainclark The first few chapters of this book might be the worst thing to listen to while planning a wedding. I'm going to have nightmares. 5mo
julesG #audiocrochet is soothing. 5mo
Larkken @julesG agreed. Nothing better than a satisfying pattern working up during a good story 5mo
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dreamnthegarden I've got to get some more yarn soon and try this 5mo
llwheeler Love #audiocrocheting! And gorgeous colours 💛 5mo
sberley this is my happy place 5mo
sebrittainclark @julesG @larkken @dreamnthegarden @llwheeler @sberley this is a new hobby for me. I'm glad to see so many others enjoy it too. 5mo
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Wise Man's Fear | Pat Rothfuss
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1. Wise Man's Fear

2. Good Omens

3. Probably Season 2 of Outlander now that it's on Netflix

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Oana7 @sebrittain 1.Vanity Fair 2.Outlander season 2 3.Game of Thrones season 8 5mo
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4/5

As someone who didn't receive much of a sex education, I picked up this book to try to educate myself as an adult. I feel like I learned so much about how female sexuality works from reading this book. I'm going to be recommend this book to a lot of people.

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4/5

This is a super quick, fun read with advice for introverts ranging from useful to outlandish. I'm definitely guilty of executing more than one of the milder escapes, and I think any introvert is going to see themself reflected somewhere in this book.

The illustrations are very cute and add a lot to each escape scenario.

#netgalley

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4/5

Another great book in a great series. I loved the characters and all their internal conflict. The romance built slowly between the two and it was just super well done.

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Intercepted | Alexa Martin
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Why yes, I did go to the library even though I'm currently reading four books.

rretzler 🤣 6mo
tjwill Such is reader life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6mo
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4/5

This is a very cute, fantasy retelling of Little Women where every member of the March family is a witch. It's been years since I've read Little Women, but there were a number of scenes in the graphic novel that I recall something similar in the novel. I thought the art in particular was very cute.

It could have been a little longer to better explain the magic system and to wrap things up in the end, but it's still a fun story. #netgalley

Clare-Dragonfly OMG I need this. 6mo
rachelsbrittain This sounds adorable! 6mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This year's #rippedbodicebingo was just released. Since I finished Red White & Royal Blue earlier today, I've already got one square complete.

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Kingsbane | Claire Legrand
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1. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. Kingsbane

3. Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

OwlReader Thanks for the follow and all the likes!! 6mo
rachelsbrittain Yess Kingsbane!! 6mo
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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5/5

This book is super sweet. It also forced me to embarrassed pause and unpause when the emotions got too realistic, which I view as a sign of a very talented writer. It was felt like I was reading about a happier alternative universe or alternative present.

I loved it, and it was the perfect book for me to read right now.

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4/5

This was such a fun look into Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi's relationship before The Phantom Menace. My only complaint is that I wish there had been more than a couple of vague references to The Jedi Apprentice series, but I do get that it doesn't really fit with the current canon.

It's a fun read. And the audiobook narrator does a great job with the different voices.

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I'm getting a little concerned whether or not I can finish all my books.

Birdsong28 You can do it!! 📚📖 6mo
MelissaSue81 Did you know if you click on that little progress bar, Libby will estimate how much longer it will take you to get through the book you've started? Super helpful!
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sebrittainclark @MelissaSue81 I did not! It says I can finish it in just under 7 hours. Hopefully I can find 7 hours in the next 3 days! 6mo
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It's a long weekend, so I feel like I can still post this

1. Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray and The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

2. "Whoever wrote the Jedi Code, thought Qui-Gon Jinn, never had to deal with the Hutts."

3. "A book is a dream you hold on your hands." - Neil Gaiman

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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3.5/5

This is the fictionalized life of a bee. It's a little weird and took me a while to get into, but I did enjoy it. It really imagines, based on the facts we know about bees, what their society might look like in terms of politics, religion, and relationships.

(I took this photo in my grandmother's gorgeous garden)

#readharder #readharder12

mrozzz Great photo! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Beautiful flowers! 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin Those blooms are beautiful. Lovely pic!👍🏽 6mo
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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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I don't usually travel with library books, but I am determined to finish this book this weekend.

SW-T This was a different read for me, but I ended up liking it. 6mo
BooknerdsLife Oh i loved this book & that‘s a cool cover! 😍🐝 Hope you enjoyed it too 6mo
Melissa_J I thought The Bees was such a great book! I didn‘t expect to like it as much as I did, but who knew a story about bees would be so interesting? 6mo
Larkken Wow, the synopsis is crazy! What an interesting premise 6mo
rachelsbrittain You can do it 😄 6mo
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We just released an episode of Unassigned Reading where we review 13 books in 19 minutes! Check it out

http://unassignedreadingpod.com/book-talk-all-books/

📚 Lady from the Black Lagoon
📚 We Set the Dark on Fire
📚 King of Scars
📚 Black Leopard, Red Wolf
📚 An Extraordinary Union
📚 And the Ocean Was Our Sky
📚 Educated
📚 Heretics Anonymous
📚 The Wedding Date
📚 Hurricane Child
📚 On the Come Up
📚 The Only Harmless Great Thing
📚 Becoming

ReadingRover Which is the opened illustrated one in the upper left corner? 6mo
ReadingRover @sebrittain I knew I needed to get that! I‘ve been meaning to! 6mo
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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5/5

This is such a great follow-up to The Kiss Quotient. It's has an awesome romance between Khai and Esme with a few cameos from Michael and Stella. If you liked the Kiss Quotient, you'll probably enjoy this as well.

I can't wait to read her novels about Michael's sisters next.

baes I can‘t wait to get started on this. 6mo
HOTPock3tt I just started this! I ADORED the kiss quotient and liking this one so far too!!! 6mo
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Whichwood | Tahereh Mafi
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1. The Bees, Wise Man's Fear, The Phoenix Project (making slow progress)

2. Whichwood

3. Dahlias

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

Rachel.Rencher Dahlias are my favorite, too! I had them for my wedding bouquet. 🤗 7mo
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4.5/5

I love Alyssa Cole and I love the Reluctant Royals series. This was such a fun book, and Nya might be my favorite character out of the series.

I'm sad this series is over, but I'm really excited to see what happens with her next Runaway Royals series. I really hope we get more about Shanti and Sanyu in that series.

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