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The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo
by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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This novel tells the story of famous Evelyn Hugo, American actor and heartthrob, marrying and outliving seven husbands along the way. This book was well written, but seemed to move a bit slowly as the pages carefully outlined many details from all seven marriages. Although the historical context was interesting, I found myself wanting to know how it ended and then was somewhat disappointed with the concluding details. Overall, this book left me with questions and wanting a bit more information and clarity.

Reminders Of Him
by Colleen Hoover

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Kenna returns to town after spending five years behind bars. A tragic accident killed her boyfriend and she paid the price in more ways than one. Now, all she wants to do is connect with the daughter that she never had the chance to know. However, this seems to be impossible with her daughter’s grandparents, who are less than fond of her, and her boyfriends best friend who acts as a protector over her little girl. However, lines become fuzzy and twisted as the story continues. Along the way, feelings grow and the past needs to be reconciled with. Great read that makes you think about forgiveness, mistakes and the power of love and moving forward together.

Notes On Grief
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Notes on Grief is an exquisite work of meditation, remembrance, and hope, written in the wake of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's beloved father’s death in the summer of 2020. As the COVID-19 pandemic raged around the world and kept Adichie and her family members separated from one another, her father succumbed unexpectedly to complications of kidney failure. Another very short one, I read this in one half-hour sitting. It packed quite a punch, though. As an enjoyer of the author's other works, I felt like this was one of her weaker ones, but also, having never lost a close family member, I imagine that I didn't understand a lot of it. It was beautifully written but I loved her other work so much that this one fell short.

Sweet Bean Paste
by Durian Sukegawa

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Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record and drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, he spends his days in a tiny confectionery shop selling dorayaki, a type of pancake filled with sweet bean paste. But everything is about to change. If you know me, you know I'm a sucker for Asian fiction in translation. This book was simple, with a sweet and profound message. The writing and the translation was very good, and the character development was lovely. However, I didn't feel emotionally attached to any of the characters, so it only gets four stars.

The Lost Bookshop
by Evie Woods

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For too long, Opaline, Martha, and Henry have been the side characters in their own lives. But when a vanishing bookshop casts its spell, these three unsuspecting strangers will discover that their own stories are every bit as extraordinary as the ones found in the pages of their beloved books. And by unlocking the secrets of the shelves, they find themselves transported to a world of wonder… where nothing is as it seems. This book is an interesting read, the plot had potential to be a good story but there were some downfalls in the writing. The book follows along with three characters and two timelines. The characters are not fully formed and timelines don’t make a lot of sense. I enjoyed reading this but I don’t know I would recommend to anyone else to read.

We Came to Welcome You
by Vincent Tirado

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Received an ARC through a Goodreads giveaway! I LOVED this book! Sol and Alice find what they think is their dream home in a gated community, only to find creepy occurrences and insistent neighbors trying to "help" them fully integrate into the community. This was SO Jordan Peele-coded, reminding me of elements of Get Out. There was some great underlying commentary on cultural identity, racism, homophobia, and xenophobia, with one HELL of a plot. I really enjoyed how it was written too!

Mister Monday
by Garth Nix

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With a weapon-wielding hero and a villain who doesn't make Mondays any nicer, Nix's Keys to the Kingdom launch is imaginative and gripping. After an action-packed crescendo to the book's middle -- when Arthur finally learns his destiny -- Nix keeps the drama going and doesn't let it fall. I really enjoyed this YA book. I often have trouble with middle-grade and YA stories, which is totally fair because I am not the intended audience. But I loved this world and the magic, and the asthma rep. The main character has severe asthma, as do I. I've never read a book where the main character is asthmatic, which was cool and I think very well written. I'm very excited to continue the series, and I already picked up the second book 'Grim Tuesday'.

Eagle Drums
by Nasugraq Rainey Hopson

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In the story Pinja and his family are trying to get food and supplies to help get through the winter. Pinja must go to a certain mountain where he can find a special type of rock called obsidian. With this he can sell it to people to get either food or supplies. On his journey he sees how tall the mountains are, and he knows that he can’t climb it. He comes across a seller named “Eagle Drums”. He said, “you can have a free bird to help you through the journey and guide him if he needed it”. Pinja got the bird, and he noticed that it was an Eagle. He named it “Eagle Drums” based on the kind of bird it was and the seller who gave it to him for free. On his journey he faced many challenges such as harsh rain, strong winds, and cold temperatures. He had a hard time getting through the three different challenges but that did not stop him from continuing his journey. Once he got closer, he rode the large bird to the top of the mountain. When he got up there, he saw many guards protecting the obsidian. Turns out that many people are trying to get it because it has a high value to it. Pinja did not know what to do, but he came up with an idea.

In The Wild Light
by Jeff Zentner

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Cash and Delaney are growing up in an Appalachian town riddled with poverty, addiction, and illness. Delaney secures a scholarship for both of them at an elite prep school in Connecticut and they begin to find their spot in a new environment. Whether our family is blood or chosen, it doesn’t contain any less love. I would highly recommend this young adult novel.

Coal Black Lies
by Cindy Sproles

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Coal Black Lies is the second book I have read by Cindy K. Sproles and it did not disappoint. There is just something about her storytelling that makes you not want to put down the book until the very last page. When Joshua lost his daughter in a horse accident he was ready to lay down his life. Until the Lord brought hope back into his and his wife's lives, in the shape of a little girl found wandering the field. This book was filled with intrigue, danger, hope and love. You could feel the love of the Lord through the steuggles and triumph in the character's lives. I couldn't put this story down once I started, I loved it so much. I immediately fell in love with little Aughtie abd how she brought so many families together. It showed how the Lord uses anyone He wants to show His love and peace. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.