Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily’s side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.

This publishes September of 2018.

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Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Bookish Worlds I’d Want to/Never Want to Live In

Let’s start with the ones I would want to live in or at least visit.

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Narnia

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The Shire

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Wonderland

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Hogwarts

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Oz

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Here are a few that I wouldn’t want to live.

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The OASIS

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Panem

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Westeros

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

My review of these books are HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations.

It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

My review of these books are HERE!

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CURRENTLY READING

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It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations.

 

Weekend Wrap Up #40

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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What I Watched

 

I enjoyed watching the Great American Read and was inspired to read a couple books on the list.  If you are interested in watching the episode, voting, or seeing the list check it out HERE!  You have all summer to vote.  The winner will be announced in the fall.

Which book do you think will win?

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What I am excited to watch

 

The Cormoran Strike series written by Robert Galbraith  (aka J.K. Rowling) starts on June 1st on Cinemax.  I love this mystery series and hope the show is just as good as the books.

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CURRENTLY READING

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It is a companion novel to Dumplin’, which follows supporting characters from the first book in the months after Willowdean’s star turn in the Clover City pageant.

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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Anthologies are a great way to discover new authors without having to commit to a whole book.  I picked this one when I saw Jason Reynolds had contributed to this anthology because I have heard great things about his books.  I loved his short story and will definitely be checking out his books.  I also enjoyed Nicola Yoon’s story which didn’t surprise me since I really enjoyed her first two books.  Most of these stories were about characters that feel like they don’t fit in anywhere and the topics ranged from discrimination based on religion, race, and gender.

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I enjoyed parts of this book.  The premise of reading about how the main character devoted his life to writing a dictionary intrigued me however, there were some very dull sections in the book.  Fortunately, it was a short book, 200 pages, and it did include some great relationship drama.  I did learn how much work it is to write definitions for a dictionary because cultures and time changes the way we look at things.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

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I received this from NetGalley

17 Dogs, 3 Generations, 70 Years
There’s one constant
… the family dog.

Follow the Walsh family as they lead you through the incredible and inspirational tales of their favorite family relatives. Curl up with these engaging stories of miracles, joy, and life’s struggles, as Bob, Samantha, and Kevin Walsh share their truly amazing journey.

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I received this from NetGalley

This is Noah Oakman → sixteen, Bowie believer, concise historian, disillusioned swimmer, son, brother, friend.
Then Noah → gets hypnotized.
Now Noah → sees changes—inexplicable scars, odd behaviors, rewritten histories—in all those around him. All except his Strange Fascinations.

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I bought this book because I loved it so much when I read it a few weeks back for NetGalley.

It’s been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy’s grandmother in Australia. Now that she’s back, Livy has the feeling she’s forgotten something really, really important about Gran’s house.
It turns out she’s right.
Bob, a short, greenish creature dressed in a chicken suit, didn’t forget Livy, or her promise. He’s been waiting five years for her to come back, hiding in a closet like she told him to. He can’t remember who—or what—he is, where he came from, or if he even has a family. But five years ago Livy promised she would help him find his way back home. Now it’s time to keep that promise.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY La La @ La La in the Library

This weeks prompt is…

Do yo remember the first book you read by yourself?

My answer…

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I am not sure what my first book to read by myself was but I do know that the first books I ever read were the Dr. Seuss books and this one was my favorite.

Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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In October, an illustrated version of The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be released.  HOWEVER, there will be two different illustrators! The one shown below will be released in the U.K. by Bloomsbury.

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And the other one, shown below, will be released in the U.S. by Scholastic.

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I am bummed that these are illustrated by two different people.  All of the other illustrated editions of the Harry Potter books are by the same illustrator even though the covers may be different.  These are pricey books so I will have to choose which one I want.  Based on the covers, I am leaning towards the U.K. version.  How about you? Which one will you choose?

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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This was a fun action and thriller story with a strong female main character.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment: completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language. On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the bond that connects us all: words.

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Best Character Names

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Calpurnia Tate

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Scout Finch

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Ebeneezer Scrooge

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Forrest Gump

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Huckleberry Finn

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Sherlock Holmes

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Bilbo Baggins, Frodo Baggins, Legolas, Aragorn, Gandolf just to name a few.

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Cersei, Daenerys, Arya, Sansa, and Tyrion

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Hermione, Luna Lovegood, Rubeus Hagrid, Voldemort, Albus Dumbledore, Newt Scamander, Dobby, Hedwig, among many, many others.

It’s Monday! What Are YOU Reading?

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IT’S MONDAY! WHAT ARE YOU READING? IS A PLACE TO MEET UP AND SHARE WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN, ARE, AND ABOUT TO BE READING OVER THE WEEK. IT IS HOSTED BY KATHRYN AT THE BOOK DATE.

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WHAT I READ LAST

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Majime is tasked with a career-defining accomplishment: completing The Great Passage, a comprehensive 2,900-page tome of the Japanese language. On his journey, Majime discovers friendship, romance, and an incredible dedication to his work, inspired by the bond that connects us all: words.

Weekend Wrap Up #39

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @The Caffeinated Book Reviewer It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. Here is what I have been up to this last week.

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I got up early Saturday morning to watch the Royal Wedding.  My friend and I had tea and crumpets and even sported our own fascinators. Anyone else watch Prince Harry get married?

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WHAT I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO

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Which book do you think will win?

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WHAT I AM WATCHING

lttlewomenThis is also airing on PBS.  The first episode aired last Sunday and I really enjoyed it.  Looking forward to the next episode.

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CURRENTLY READING

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BOOK BLURB

Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when your dad is a Secret Service agent and your best friend is the president’s son, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie’s dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. No phone. No Internet. And not a single word from Logan.
Until Logan shows up six years later . . .
And Maddie wants to kill him.
But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate. Maddie knows she could turn back- and get help. But the weather is turning and the terrain will only get more treacherous, the animals more deadly.

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Saturday Situation is put on by Pure Imagination. It is were we review our latest reads. Be sure to check out theirs as well.

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Four stars

Nora escapes her small island town to go to medical school and become a great doctor.  After she is brutally attacked, she decides to go home for the summer to her roots and face the townspeople that she left 15 years ago.  This was my second book by this author and I love her writing style; there is a bit of humor and a bit of mystery.  The main character’s dad mysteriously disappeared when she was a child so she is trying to figure out why.  Her mom won’t give her any answers and her sister is in jail.  I loved the main character.  She was strong and stood up for herself, even when she had everyone in the town against her.  Even though the end is a smidge predictable, this is the perfect summer read.

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Four stars

This was a fantastic YA mystery/suspense book.  I don’t see many YA mysteries out and about so I was thrilled to get to read this one.  This was definitely a page turner.  I am pretty sure I read this book in 24 hours; I just couldn’t put it down! There is a HUGE twist at the end that I totally didn’t see coming.  Highly recommend this one.

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Stacking the Shelves is put on by Tynga at Tynga’s Reviews. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves. Here are the books I have added to my TBR list this week.

I received all 3 of these from First to Read

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Book Blurb

Two Truths and a Lie. The girls played it all the time in their tiny cabin at Camp Nightingale. Vivian, Natalie, Allison, and first-time camper Emma Davis, the youngest of the group. The games ended when Emma sleepily watched the others sneak out of the cabin in the dead of night. The last she–or anyone–saw of them was Vivian closing the cabin door behind her, hushing Emma with a finger pressed to her lips.

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Book Blurb

Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with her mother’s sudden disappearance. In 1977, she is a college coed considering a marriage proposal. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother, yet the prospect is dimming. So, when Willa receives a phone call from a stranger, telling her that her son’s ex-girlfriend has been shot, she drops everything and flies across the country to Baltimore. The impulsive decision to look after this woman and her nine-year-old daughter will lead Willa into uncharted territory–surrounded by eccentric neighbors, plunged into the rituals that make a community a family, and forced to find solace in unexpected places. A bittersweet, probing novel of hope and grief, fulfillment and renewal.

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Book Blurb

A tough, thoughtful, and savvy opportunist, Gael is determined to live life on her own terms. Raised in Dublin by single-minded, careerist parents, Gael learns early how a person’s ambitions and ideals can be compromised— and she refuses to let her vulnerable, unwell younger brother, Guthrie, suffer such sacrifices.
When Gael’s financier father walks out on them during the economic crash of 2008, her family fractures. Her mother, a once-formidable orchestral conductor, becomes a shadow. And a fateful incident prevents Guthrie from finishing high school. Determined not to let her loved-ones fall victim to circumstance, Gael leaves Dublin for the coke-dusted social clubs of London and Manhattan’s gallery scene, always working an angle, but beginning to become a stranger to those who love her.

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The Book Blogger Hop is put on by The Coffee Addicted Writer . There is a weekly prompt featuring a book related question.

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION IS SUBMITTED BY Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

This weeks prompt is…

What were your worst movies based off of books?

My answer…

ERAGON

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 2)

Can’t Wait Wednesday

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Can’t Wait Wednesday, is hosted by Wishful Endings  to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. 

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I know this has been on a lot of people’s Can’t Wait lists but I still had to include it on mine.  I enjoyed the first two books in the trilogy.  I hope that this new trilogy will be good.

Book Blurb

A Map of Days catches up with Jacob Portman returning to his Florida home after helping save “the peculiars” from a monstrous threat. After traveling to 1940 and back, Jacob, love interest Emma, their protector Miss Peregrine and their friends are trying to blend into their new environment in the present day — which means beach visits and doing their best to be normal.

Publishes October 2nd 2018

 

Tell Me (Top Ten) Tuesday

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Tell Me Tuesday is a weekly blog feature put on by La La in the Library.  It is where we discuss what we have been, currently are, and will be reading.  What are you reading? Tell me.

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WHAT I READ LAST

Check out my reviews HERE!

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This was a sweet story about two teenage boys who shared everything and promised to be together forever.  But as the years went by and one got married, it seemed impossible they would ever connect again.

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CURRENTLY READING

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Book Blurb

One step forward. Two steps back. The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back.

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WHAT I AM READING NEXT

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Book Blurb

Gabe and Elyse both make the mistake of falling for the wrong person, and falling hard. Told in parallel narratives, this twisty, shocking story shows how one bad choice can lead to a spiral of unforeseen consequences that not everyone will survive.

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toptentuesday

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN TUESDAY TOPIC IS…

Books I Disliked/Hated but Am Really Glad I Read

BUT…

I am not usually glad I read a book I disliked. However, I don’t like it when books make me cry even though I enjoy them so here is my TT books that made me cry.

 

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