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Dirty John, Christopher Goffard

You’ve probably heard of Dirty John. Goffard wrote about him in the LA Times and then made a podcast about it. As someone who loves learning about wild things humans do, I was intrigued. But let’s start with the intro.

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The Jane Austin Society, Jenner

I won an ARC! Yay! I never win, so that’s fun! An ARC is an advanced readers copy of a book that an author or publisher will send you in advance of its publication. The goal is to read and review and rate to help generate excitement for when it comes out. And I was sent a copy of The Jane Austin Society from debut author Natalie Jenner.

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A Rage In Harlem, Chester Himes

Good Lord. A Rage in Harlem. Chester Himes. What a wild ride this one was. And all the better since I listened to the audio version read by all around icon Samuel L. Jackson.

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The Flatshare, Beth O’Leary

After the hot mess express that was Normal People, I decided to switch it up. I’d been wanting to read O’Leary and The Flatshare for awhile and my library hold finally went through so I moved it up the TBR pile. And I am so thankful I did!

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Normal People, Sally Rooney

Alright. Let’s kick off 2020 with a bang. First book of the year was Normal People from Sally Rooney and it was terrible. I cannot believe I’ve heard so much about it and the TV is getting all this hype. It was not a good book. Which I feel bad about saying. I imagine Rooney poured herself into this book. But it was bad on all fronts and I promised to always be honest.

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There There, Tommy Orange

Last read of the year! And Orange packed quite a punch with There There. This story gives us a glimpse into what modern life is like for Native Americans in Oakland. And what happens when someone starts shooting during a powwow.

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The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Lee

Y’all, when I tell you I am shook. She is shook. I knew nothing about Lee or The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue. I picked it up on a whim. But it covered so many topics and was such an enjoyable read. I loved the characters, namely Monty, it was an interesting plot. You have to read it.

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The Dutch House, Ann Patchett

I feel a bit like I have just finished a long swim. Like I’ve been moving in a steady pace, up and down, up and down, over and over, and I just reached the end. The glide through the quiet under water world finished. I’m a little tired after the swim, but not exhausted. Mostly, it gave me a lot of time to think. That’s what I felt like with Patchett and finishing Dutch House.

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Carry On/Wayward Son, Rowell

“You were the sun, and I was crashing into you. I’d wake up every morning and think, ‘This will end in flames.”

Rainbow Rowell, Carry On
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Semicolon, Ceceila Watson

Y’all. I am here to tell you that Watson is a goddess and you should definitely read Semicolon. Yes, even you in the back who don’t care about grammar. And you over there who only read fiction. Even y’all.

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