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The Hate U Give
it was amazing
One of the best reads of 2017, the writing overflows with wit and insight, and the story is absolutely gripping.
Persuading Austen
really liked it
PERSUASION is my favorite Jane Austen, and I’m a perpetual sucker for a good retelling. This one fit the bill nicely, with its crazy family dynamics, banter between friends, a swoon-worthy romance, and the ultimate hope of second chances…
The Couple Next Door
really liked it
A fun thriller with zany twists and an intriguing mystery at its core.
The Summer That Melted Everything
it was amazing
Poetic and heartbreaking. I’ve got a soft spot for gothic literature, and this hit the right buttons for me.
Everything We Left Behind
it was amazing
What a wonderful follow-up to the equally beautiful EVERYTHING WE KEEP! Emotionally engaging with twists and turns that keep you guessing, it’s a perfect cocktail of family drama, romance, and suspense. James is a complex protagonist, an…
The Marriage Lie
it was amazing
Belle’s writing packs a visceral punch in this terrific twisty suspense. Iris is a compelling protagonist–vulnerable and relatable while still tough and self-assured–and the plot is engrossing. By the time I was halfway through, I had …
Everything, Everything
really liked it
Whimsical, fun, and incredibly poignant all rolled into one.
In a Dark, Dark Wood
really liked it
What a good read! The setting was creepy and enthralling, and I enjoyed the pacing and flow of the story. I backtracked to this one after adoring THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10, and I admit it’s hard not to draw comparisons between the two. I fou…
Swing Time
really liked it
This was my first Zadie Smith novel, and although I’ve heard it’s not the best place in her body of work to start, I liked it a lot. True to reputation, Smith’s prose sparkles, illuminated by layers and layers of ways to think about the …
My Not So Perfect Life
really liked it
As she is for so many readers, Sophie Kinsella remains one of my go-to authors for a feel-good, make-me-smile read. And in that spirit, this one completely hit the mark! I loved that the story was a little different from the rom-coms she…
Firefly Lane
really liked it
Heartfelt and emotional. The story arc didn’t hold a lot of surprises, but I enjoyed the writing, the look across the decades, and the exploration of choices women must make.
Are You Sleeping
it was amazing
This book is soooo good. And the title is completely appropriate, given it’s a propulsive read that kept me up late two nights in a row. Josie is an engaging protagonist, complex and flawed. I especially loved the way Kathleen Barber wov…
One Perfect Lie
really liked it
For me, this book could almost be divided into two distinct sagas. The first half was chilling and unexpected, psychologically fascinating. Then there was an abrupt turn slightly before the halfway mark, and it shifted into more of a sol…
Between the World and Me
it was amazing
Absolutely everyone should read this book.
The Wild Woman's Guide to Traveling the World
it was amazing
This book is warm, sharp, and a ton of fun. Rich descriptions of the sights and smells of Hong Kong, Macau, and New York City made me feel like I was traveling the world right along with the narrator. And Sophie’s questions about pursuin…


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