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Alone with You in the Ether: A Love Story By Olivie Blake Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250888181
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Published: Bramble - October 24th, 2023

Two people meet in the gallery of an art museum. Reagan is bipolar and hates routine. Aldo overthinks and needs routine. When the two meet, they agree to six conversations out of boredom and curiosity.

This book is about so much. It’s about love. It’s about mental health. It’s about trust. Alone With You in the Ether dives into two complex minds and leaves you curious and wanting more. I love this book and can’t recommend it enough!


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The Hop: A Novel By Diana Clarke Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780063089112
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Published: Harper Perennial - July 9th, 2024

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As my mother stated after reading, this read like the Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo (I haven't read that however, so I can neither agree or disagree). This book was extremely different from anything else I've ever read. Each chapter is written in interview style, and Clarke does a great job of making each chapter converse with the one prior (given each chapter is a different perspective). The Hop is witty and charming, and I believe so many different readers would enjoy this book. The characters are very likeable and easy to root for.


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The Secret History (Vintage Contemporaries) By Donna Tartt Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

College student Richard transfers to a very private and prestigious school in Vermont. When informed he can't take Greek due to its teacher being very private and particular with his students, Richard makes it his goal to be a part of this group. Once in, he meets and befriends these five students and despite feeling off about them, he continues to go forward with Greek and becomes a part of this exclusive group. However, the life these student's live is far from what Richard expected. This book is full of "corruption and betrayal" and evil.


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Bunny: A Novel By Mona Awad Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525559757
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2020

Bunny by Mona Awad follows college student Samantha as she goes through her last year at a prestigious MFA program for writing students. She is a dark, imaginative writer with a hatred for her workshop group, which consists of the Bunnies - a group that seems to move and think as one. Until one day, she gets an exclusive invite to the Bunnies' "smut salon" where she begins to be swallowed by the Bunnies' world, losing her touch with reality.

To me, this read like Mean Girls/Heathers meets cult. I absolutely loved this book. It was very different than anything else I've ever read and I mean that in the best way. This book kept me engaged from beginning to end and I already want to read it again.


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Adelaide: A Novel By Genevieve Wheeler Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250280848
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Published: St. Martin's Press - April 18th, 2023

“She didn’t want to die, per se, she just wanted to stop existing. Stop being. And, as frightening as it was, Death felt like the only avenue by which to get there.”

This is one of the first lines in Genevieve Wheeler's book, Adelaide, which follows twenty-six year old Adelaide Williams as she navigates a "situationship" with the man of her dreams, Rory Hughes. However, she soon realizes he may not be as perfect as she thought when he disappears for days, sometimes weeks, at a time, only to come back when convenient for him. When Rory's entire world is shaken, Adelaide gives her all to keep him together, sacrificing her own happiness at times.


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Stone Cold Fox By Rachel Koller Croft Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593547502
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Published: Berkley - February 14th, 2023

This heist style romance follows an ambitious woman, who goes by the name Bea, sets her sights on marrying the heir of the wealthiest family in America. Learning how to con a man through her experiences growing up with her mother, Bea goes through great extents to keep her identity hidden and to keep Collin Case in love with the version of her she shows him.

Stone Cold Fox was an absolute banger of a debut novel. I would reread it in a heartbeat. There wasn't a single character I found unnecessary, and I thoroughly enjoyed every part of this novel. While readers root for Bea, they still will have no problem reading about the antagonists of the novel. I find that lots of the time I hate the antagonists, but Rachel Koller Croft makes you look forward to reading about the characters you 'hate' as much as you enjoy reading about your favorites.


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Little Rabbit By Alyssa Songsiridej Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781639731657
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - November 14th, 2023

Our unnamed narrator begins a relationship with the choreographer and discovers a world of submissive sex and belonging. As she grows into this relationship and begins to discover what she wants out of life, she battles with her previously existing friendship with her roommate Annie who is skeptical of our narrator's new relationship as she knows her to be a queer woman who only enjoyed dating other women. The narrator also battles with figuring out what she wants out of life, what she is looking for in a partner, and who she wants to be.

A beautiful debut novel. I couldn't put it down!


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Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead: A Novel By Emily Austin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982167363
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 28th, 2022

In this “fun, page-turner of a novel” (Sarah Haywood, New York Times bestselling author) that’s perfect for fans of Mostly Dead Things and Goodbye, Vitamin, a morbidly anxious young woman stumbles into a job as a receptionist at a Catholic church and soon finds herself obsessed with her predecessor’s mysterious death.


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My Dark Vanessa: A Novel By Kate Elizabeth Russell Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062941510
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

A beautiful and heartbreaking examination of what being groomed does to someone's mental state. Fun fact: this book took the author two decades to write because she wanted to make sure that there was no angle at which someone could romanticize this relationship between teacher and student.

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault and Grooming (very descriptive) 


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Dogs of Summer: A Novel By Andrea Abreu, Julia Sanches (Translated by) Cover Image
By Andrea Abreu, Julia Sanches (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781662602450
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Published: Astra House - August 8th, 2023

If someone asked me the plot of this book, I wouldn't be able to say anything other than, "it's about a girl who is infatuated and in love with her best friend," and it is simply that along with a character study and a vivid sense of place. What made me want to keep reading this book was for it's beautiful, lyrical prose. I found this book to be extremely enjoyable to read and at times, comical.


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In the Miso Soup By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by) Cover Image
By Ryu Murakami, Ralph McCarthy (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780143035695
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Published: Penguin Books - March 28th, 2006

In the Miso Soup follows Kenji, a tour guide in Tokyo's red light district, where he shows tourists, the hottest spots to experience Tokoyo's nightlife. Frank is an American tourist who hires Kenji for three nights, but his behavior is strange - strange enough that Kenji begins to believe that his client is the serial killer currently terrorizing the city.

Such a great read! This was my first encounter with Ryu Murakami's work, and it definitely makes me want to read more by him!


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Tender Is the Flesh By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by) Cover Image
By Agustina Bazterrica, Sarah Moses (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781982150921
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Published: Scribner - August 4th, 2020

Working at the local processing plant, Marcos is in the business of slaughtering humans—though no one calls them that anymore.

His wife has left him, his father is sinking into dementia, and Marcos tries not to think too hard about how he makes a living. After all, it happened so quickly.