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    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

    dear reader, It is only halfway through February and this is my book of the year, I’m pretty convinced of it. I loved this book. This book consumed me. My friend Maya recommended it — she recommended it frequently and fervently and I should have listened to her sooner — and any time I wasn’t reading the book I was texting Maya about how I wished I was reading the book (ok, not like, all the time, but basically). This book sent me into a weird spiral of grief when I finished it because I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to just…read another book, how I was supposed to carry…

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    The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

    dear reader, I devoured this book. I’d heard so many good things before I finally picked it up, so I had pretty high expectations, and I was not at all disappointed. Former starlet Evelyn Hugo has had seven husbands, but has never told her story, and has lived as a recluse in her older years. When she’s finally ready to tell the story of her life, she specifically requests relatively unknown magazine reporter Monica. Monica knows there must be some reason behind why Evelyn chose her, but she decides to seize the opportunity to push her career forward. She listens to Evelyn’s story of forbidden love, profound friendship, and success…

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    Pulp by Robin Talley

    dear reader, I love reading realistic fiction, historical fiction, and young adult books. I recently read Pulp by Robin Talley and it was a lovely blend of all three. In 1955, 18-year-old Janet is learning how hard it is to be gay in the age of McCarthyism. She knows how she feels about her best friend Marie, but it isn’t until she discovers books about women falling in love with other women that she realizes she isn’t alone. As she explores her relationship with Marie and reads more books, she is inspired to write her own story; but she has to do so while trying to protect her secret and…

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    The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

    dear reader, I’ve had The Cheerleaders on my to-read list for awhile, and when I was poking around in my library’s ebook catalog the other day, I saw that it was available. I’d been in something of a reading drought, so I went for a book that I knew would be compelling without being too much work. I checked it out and got to reading within three minutes of deciding it would be the book to break my dry spell — the perks of the ebook. In The Cheerleaders, five cheerleaders from the same squad die within a few months of each other. The cases are solved, the squad is…

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    Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

    dear reader, Oh my. It has been awhile since I’ve written a review. I’m trying to get back in the groove, so I’m going to play catch up on some books I’ve read over the holidays. I wouldn’t bother if I didn’t really, really want to recommend them to you, but I do, so I will. Sometime in December I read Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I really loved it. I’ve always been kind of a sucker for spy / action books. I love sleuthing, trickery, subterfuge, etc etc. This book really delivered in these areas. PLUS, the main characters are two super skilled and wildly impressive young women!…

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    Artemis by Andy Weir

    dear reader, In the few months since I’ve been writing book reviews for this blog, I have had the great, unexpected fortune of only writing reviews about books toward which my feelings were unequivocally, sometimes aggressively, positive. For this reason, I didn’t have to think too much about what I would do when the time came to write a less enthusiastic review. Part of me wants to just not review it. You know, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. But, on the other hand, sometimes we read books we don’t love. And that’s fine. They’re not all going to be winners, and one…

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    The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

    dear reader, I took kind of an unintentional hiatus over Thanksgiving break, but I’m back now! Hi. Last week, I finished The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull. I was given an ARC by the publisher, Blackstone Publishing. Before I started reading it, I wasn’t exactly sure which book I was going to read next. I took like 3 books with me so I could skim the few pages of each and see what was speaking to me. What happened instead was I started The Lesson and kept reading till I had finished half the book. When an alien ship lands over Water Island, the citizens have to deal with the aliens…

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    Circe by Madeline Miller

    dear reader, “He does not mean that it does not hurt. He does not mean that we are not frightened. Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk on the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what it means to be alive.” love, danielle . . . Alright, just kidding, that’s obviously not my whole review. But it could be, right? Were those few lines not so beautiful that you were immediately convinced you must read this book? Circe is probably best known for her appearance in Homer’s The Odyssey. In this book, though, she tells her own…

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    An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

    dear reader, Earlier this week, I finished Hank Green’s debut novel, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. It’s been awhile since I’ve read any of his brother John Green’s work, but I was always a fan. I wondered if Hank would sound like John, since many of their other projects are collaborative and because it seems that Hank turned to John a lot for support and advice through his process. I am maybe slightly surprised and happy to say that Hank’s novel felt distinct from all of John Green’s works that I’ve read. They’re both YA, so they share some commonality, I guess, but overall I think Hank did a good job…

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    November TBR

    dear reader, Happy Halloween & almost November. I’m kind of astounded at how quickly October went by, but I don’t mind. I love this season. From spooky times to Thanksgiving to snow and cold and Christmas—this is my time of year. Sweater weather is my sweet spot. This was my first month really getting into the groove of my blog and my bookstagram (catch me @colburn_danielle). I’m loving getting back into reading and finding ways to be creative with taking pictures and talking about the things I read. I finished my last book of the month yesterday (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green!) and I’ll be getting a review…