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Book One: The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess


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My favorite character who was the sassiest one – Eve Rosen


What this book is about:
A propulsive tale of ambition and romance, set in the publishing world of 1980’s New York and the timeless beaches of Cape Cod.

“So are you a writer too?” He asked… “I’d like to be. But it’s hard until you know what you want to say.”

Karen Dukess

My thoughts:
I was super excited to read this book when I came across the synopsis.

Well it fell flat for me.
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The story line had lots of promise. I ultimately liked how the book party ended. But I felt the ending of the actual book left a lot to be desired. Also, the title is deceiving, as the Last Book party happens in at the end of the book and lasts about one whole chapter 🤷‍♀️
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What ever falls between good and terrible, that is where this book fell for me.
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One thing that I loved is when a book your reading makes mentions of real books she was reading. I love when a character is reading a famous book and talks about it, or reference somehow how it molded their experience.
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Qotd: What do you call books that are just meh for you? 


The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Book Review
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
#romanceopoly read
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Quote: “But you’re wrong. Maybe you weren’t wrong two years ago. I’d say I love you, which must have sounded insane.” She drew in a breath. “But it’s not insane now, Gaëtan. Maybe it’s the only sane thing in all of this. Love, I mean.”
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What this book is about:
France, 1939 – In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France … but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne’s home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates all around them, she is forced to make one impossible choice after another to keep her family alive.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can … completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking her life time and again to save others.
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My thoughts:

All the stars in the universe and beyond.

This book. I loved the story between the two Sisters and how they each experienced WWII. How both fought battles and supported the resistance in their own ways.

I haven’t had a book that made me cry. This book brought on the full on wails.

The ending. Do yourself a favor and read this book!! Then when you get to the ending DM me because I want to talk to you about this great book.

Sassiest character – Juliette ——‐—————————–
Qotd: What books would you give all the stars too?



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Book Review: The Girl He Used to Know

by Tracey Garvis Graves

Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
#2 of 285 of #backlogtbr2020
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Quote: “Life isn’t easy for anyone. We all have challenges. We all face adversity. It’s how we overcome it that makes us who we are.”
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What this book is about:

What if you had a second chance at first love? Annika Rose likes being alone. She feels lost in social situations, saying the wrong thing or acting the wrong way. She just can’t read people.

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My thoughts:

Trigger Warnings: pregnancy loss, anxiety, high functioning autism

I really enjoyed this book! I empathized with Annika so much. I do not have high functioning anxiety and autism but anyone should empathized with this woman. I certainly have had anxiety that was crippling in social settings.

And to find someone who loves her beyond her HFA and adores her for it?! That there is just an amazing love story.

I loved how this book started with the future and gave glimpses into their past relationship.

Also the last 100 pages whoa…. just whoa. I was on my seat reading as fast as my eyes could manage!!! Sassiest character – Annika

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Qotd: What books have you read and thought wow I am a lot like this character?

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Book Review
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Sass-o-meter 3.5/5💜s
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Quote: “There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways that they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That a tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words.”
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What this book is about:

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway – a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will. Despite themselves, however, Celia and Marco tumble headfirst into love – a deep, magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.

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My thoughts:

Wow. Okay then Erin. Where do I even start with this book?

I truly enjoyed this book, the writing lead me to feel as if I was walking around in the circus itself and wished we had something like this in real life!

I wish more time was spent on the love story it felt as it didn’t start until the last half of the book and left me wanting more than a quick… oh yah the love story part smashed in amongst the other bits.

I do recommend this book! Beautifully written – but if your not into a slow-paced book with a ton of characters – who you don’t know their purpose until the very end. Then add this to your TBR.

Sassiest character – Tsukiko
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Qotd: What stories have you read/listened to that have stayed with your soul?

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


🎉Book Review🎉
Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
Sass-o-meter 5/5💜s
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Quote: “Evie, don’t you dare back out now. Go get your Hugh Grant.”
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What this book is about:

After seven years as an assistant, 29-year-old Evie Summers is ready to finally get the promotion she deserves. But now the TV and film agency she’s been running behind the scenes is in trouble, and Evie will lose her job unless she can convince the agency’s biggest and most arrogant client, Ezra Chester, to finish writing the script for a Hollywood romantic comedy.

The catch? Ezra is suffering from writer’s block–and he’ll only put pen to paper if singleton Evie can prove to him that you can fall in love like they do in the movies. With the future of the agency in jeopardy, Evie embarks on a mission to meet a man the way Sally met Harry or Hugh Grant met Julia Roberts.
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My thoughts:

The entire premise of this book is just yasssss.
The main character takes all the classic meet-cutes and recreates them! Somehow Evie finds love, finds herself and overcomes her own writing block.

Win-win super cute book with tons of references to all my favorite meet cute movies.

Sassiest character – Evie
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Qotd: What is your favorite romcom movie?
Aotd: Notting Hill

Thank you to Netgalley – I received this book in exchange for an honest review.



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The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


🥀Book Review🥀
The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewel
Sass-o-meter 3.5/5💜s
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Quote: ““All books are good,’ he said…’They weren’t bad books,’ Phin countered patiently. ‘They were books that you didn’t enjoy. It’s not the same thing at all. The only bad books are books that are so badly written that no one will publish them. Any book that has been published is going to be a ‘good book’ for someone.’
I nodded. I couldn’t fault his logic.”
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What this book is about:

Be Careful who you let in.

Twenty-five years ago, police were called to 16 Cheyne Walk with reports of a baby crying. When they arrived, they found a healthy ten-month-old happily cooing in her crib in the bedroom. Downstairs in the kitchen lay three dead bodies, all dressed in black, next to a hastily scrawled note. And the four other children reported to live at Cheyne Walk were gone.
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My thoughts:

TRIGGER Warnings: Rape, Incest, Child Abuse

Well then. I was really wanting to love this book. I started and stopped a couple of times to pick up other reads.

I was anticipating the hype around this and also this was my first time reading a Lisa Jewel book.

I really enjoyed her writing style. But this book wasn’t my most favorite. I didn’t care for the plot twist or the explaining of what happened. Also, Henry is just creepy as shit. NO. And poor LUCY what the heck?!

Sassiest character – Henry
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Qotd: I just started getting into the mystery-thriller genre. What are your favorites?



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September Reads

Book Two


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The Companions by Laura Purcell


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“You have written of these ‘companions’ as you call them. You say you were afraid of them. But do you know what really scares us? It is not the the things that go bump – or even hiss – in the night. Our fears are much closer than that. We are afraid of the things inside us – be the memories, sickness, or singular urges.”


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What this book is about:
When newly widowed Elsie is sent to see out her pregnancy at her late husband’s crumbling country estate, The Bridge, what greets her is far from the life of wealth and privilege she was expecting . . .
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My thoughts:
Dude. If you scare easily this book will stay with you forever. Kinda like how to this day I check the toilet prior to sitting down, that’s IT.
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I adore historical books… this one delivers perfectly and addresses so many issues of the time. IE a man must make your decisions. < this is always a hot button for me.
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This is a Victorian Thriller with super creepy things that have caused me to look around to make sure I don’t see companions in my house. < excuse me while I remove all pictures off my walls! >
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Funny story- Leonadro Decatrio’s cat box is in my bathroom. No joke I jumped out of my bed last night because he was scratching in his cat box and it sounded like the creepy thing in this book. 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️



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My favorite character who was the sassiest one – Hetta



Qotd: What book have you read that kept you up at night?



#bumpinthenight #heebyjeebies #companions #hisshisshiss #laurapurcell #groupreadalong