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  • The Hotel Nantucket

    10/10

    The Hotel Nantucket

    I think possibly the most enjoyable book so far this year. The luxurious details were just a delight. This book brought me peace and joy and my god if that isn’t getting expensive these days. Plus I obviously loved the anonymous influencer character.

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  • Twice in a Blue Moon

    8/10

    Twice in a Blue Moon

    This was cute. Not great, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time. Ending was a little limp.

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  • The Lion’s Den

    5/10

    The Lion’s Den

    I disliked the narrator so much I have no idea if the book was any good. I used an Audible credit (the audio quality is so much better than Libby, so I still use it for all my audio books) so I felt committed even though I should have returned it. I hate listened to all the bad accents. Don’t be like me. Read it or skip it.

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  • Float Plan

    6/10

    Float Plan

    Didn’t care for this one though. It was kind of a bummer – she’s mourning her boyfriend who died by suicide and not very steamy…so…yeah. I came for lighthearted smut. I imagine a teenager who loves to be in their feelings would like this though and it’s not too raunchy.

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  • The Soulmate Equation

    9/10

    The Soulmate Equation

    Read this to take a break from all murders. It’s basically if The One was a romantic comedy. And honestly since they hardly even make romcom movies anymore – reading them has almost felt nostalgic. Light and easy – recommend!

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  • Then She Was Gone

    8/10

    Then She Was Gone

    Not a thriller – more suspense, but I really enjoyed. Great character development and was very engaging. I blew threw it. Skip if PPD is a trigger. While it doesn’t have to do with young children it really hit that ‘am I being a good mom’ nerve for me because it was so poignant.

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  • Local Woman Missing

    8/10

    Local Woman Missing

    Listened on audible – should have read instead. Otherwise this was a good one! I like that it has a lot of different stories going on. Solid character development.

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  • Never Saw Me Coming

    9/10

    Never Saw Me Coming

    Loved. An original story for sure. Incredibly gripping and entertaining. I guessed the ending towards the end, but it didn’t make it any less interesting.

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  • Golden Girl

    8/10

    Golden Girl

    Loving this. Engaging but relaxing.

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  • Project Hail Mary

    9/10

    Project Hail Mary

    Fear not people who also struggled through Rocks for Jocks in college – this is still funny and absolutely engrossing. I think this is the second sci-fi book I’ve ever read, and the bar is set WAY too high. Worth the hype. Don’t care if they make it into a movie because I already know it could never compare. Yes, I will go back and read The Martian.

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  • In My Dreams I Hold a Knife

    8/10

    In My Dreams I Hold a Knife

    I liked this! It’s a little Scooby Doo in the way any college reunion whodunnit is bound to be, but it was entertaining and a thriller without being too dark or heavy. Not making any top 5s for me, but I enjoyed reading it.

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  • Jar of Hearts

    7/10

    Jar of Hearts

    I didn’t like this nearly as much as Little Secrets (which was fantastic). It’s darker and more disturbing, but a little too ridiculous. She writes her characters really well. There’s never some idiot walking into a dark basement while home alone, but this one is still a meh for me.

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  • Ali’s Well That Ends Well

    6/10

    Ali’s Well That Ends Well

    I really loved her first book. Enough so that every time she writes another, I will buy it. This one really missed the mark for me. It’s entirely about her time during lockdown, which is just a bummer. I did appreciate she wrote an entire chapter about her neighbor who didn’t check on her while she had Covid. I appreciate that level of pettiness. But otherwise just a depressing reminder of what those two years looked like. Plus I used an Audible credit it and it was only four hours.

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  • The Golden Couple

    9/10

    The Golden Couple

    Finished this (on Audible) in under a week. I really liked it. It’s far fetched in the way that any thriller with a lot of characters and twists is going to have to be. But I REALLY REALLY appreciated the two main characters (women) were smart and didn’t do anything obviously stupid. No sexual violence or stuff with children. I would say if you try to stay away from most trigger warnings, this is a safe bet.

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  • Book Lovers

    7/10

    Book Lovers

    Meh. This book was surprisingly weepy – the main character keeps telling us she has it so together but cannot get a grip. It was all VERY on the nose. And for a book that seemed to be self referential about romance tropes it didn’t have any that added to much sexual tension. The man and woman literally are not rivals as promised. I think it would be cute as a movie if you found people with great on screen chemistry. The book isn’t bad, it’s just very watered down for my taste. It’s giving a lot of ‘Jack would have also fit on the floating door’ and other non-problem problems.

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  • Funny You Should Ask

    8/10

    Funny You Should Ask

    Cute and light romance. Would be a great beach read. Read in less than a week so clearly held my attention.

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  • The Palace Papers

    9/10

    The Palace Papers

    Tina Brown scares the shit out of me so it’s a good thing I really really liked this book. It’s just so juicy. Also great on Audible. She’s unfair and mean and a fabulous writer.

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  • Just One Look

    5/10

    Just One Look

    Blew through this in two days. It has the obsessed alcoholic woman trope, but she’s not so helpless in this one. No violence or major triggers (kids, sexual violence, etc.)

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  • Little Secrets

    10/10

    Little Secrets

    Fantastic. Good characters and I never saw a thing coming with this one.

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  • Too Good To Be True

    8/10

    Too Good To Be True

    I liked this. Told through three perspectives. The journal entry storytelling was lazy at first but I understood why it happened that way. I appreciated the female characters were nuanced. Worth it. Quick read.

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  • The Power Couple

    9/10

    The Power Couple

    A different kind of thriller. Complex characters. No wimps. Started out very good and about halfway through got excellent. Couldn’t put it down the last third.

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