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Wri•ter \ˈrī-tər\: Neurotic librarian, lives in dream world, mutters to self, addicted to caffeine, edits compulsively, kills people for entertainment.

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

Birthday Girl

Birthday Girl by Penelope Douglas

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Wow! Penelope Douglas is something else. She writes messy characters that you adore, has solid and interesting storylines, and everything is always super steamy. I pretty much want to read everything she has written now, because Punk 57 was magnificent. And now this one. Whew!

Delicious. Better than cupcakes (obviously I’m biased, since I can’t eat cupcakes).

Book 402 read in 2018

Pages: 349



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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient (The Kiss Quotient, #1)The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a breath of fresh air, and I can’t even begin to say how much I enjoyed a story about an MC (Stella) who has an Autism Spectrum Disorder, written by an author, who is also on the Autism Spectrum. This makes me so happy, and on all those other days, where I’m angry about the world, humanity, and our (what seems like) constant decline back towards the dark ages, then I go and pick up a book like this and I’m happy about humanity and the progression of the world all over again.

Stella is neurodiverse, but it doesn’t stop her in any way from wanting to live her best and most fulfilling life, which includes a kick-ass job and figuring out how to navigate the complicated world of a relationship (SPOILLER ALERT–while Stella has her own unique relationship challenges, she still manages to do a better job with a relationship than I do half the time, because she does this amazing thing called—picks the right guy for herself on the first try and is constantly honest with him, which he respects–which is something many of us are not lucky enough or skilled enough to find/achieve).

This story is awkward and honest in the most uncomfortable and delightful sorts of ways. It’s like none of the other romance novels I’ve read this year, which means it continues to stand out in my mind, even after I moved forward and read 4 other novels.

I kind of think this is an everyone book, not just a book for romance readers, but the small exception will be that it does get scorchingly hot. There’s this slow burn that just grows and grows and grows until you feel like you might explode, so if you can’t handle that, followed by some sexy fun, then I think I actually feel sorry for you. Maybe you should read this anyway, in case you are wrong about what you can handle. There’s always hope.

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Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass, #7)Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

13 million rattled stars and all the fake gold I’ve ever won in every single game I’ve ever played in my entire life.

That’s exactly how you should end an epic 7 book fantasy series in a war torn land. I’d say more, but I’m still reeling.

Book 372 read in 2018

Pages: 980

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What If It’s Us

What If It's UsWhat If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

On the scale of Meh to Adorable, this is a puppy, riding a glitter unicorn into the sunset, in order to rescue a tie-dyed kitten from the licorice limb of a tree made from lollipops and daydreams, embedded deep into an earth of caramel walnut fudge, and watered with the drool of a million babies, who just discovered their toes for the first time.

If you can’t handle that, then you don’t deserve it.

Book 371 read in 2018

Pages: 437

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