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WWW Wednesday, 24-August-2022

24 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I made some better progress in Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner this week. Nothing incredible, but I kept reminding myself to pick it up so I got through it. I’m enjoying it a bit more now so I’m going to stick with it and see where it gets me.
I started Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols and am enjoying it so far! It has an interesting premise and I can tell there’s a lot of mystery to it which I’m curious to see develop.
I had put in an ILL for my next physical book (see below) but it was too slow to come in so I’ve picked up The 158-Pound Marriage by John Irving. Irving is a perpetual favorite of mine so I’m excited to read one of his earlier works and see what I think of it.

Recently finished: I found a stride in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton and wrapped it up on Friday. The ending grabbed me more than I thought. It’s quite different from the movie, which I’ve seen more recently than I reread it so I was intrigued because it felt like reading a new book for a minute. I’ll work on a review eventually but this one might be a while.
I wrapped up Dollface by Renée Rosen, too! I even found time to write and post a review. I impress myself. Please check it out. I gave the book Three out of Five Stars.

Reading next: I put in an ILL for Hotel Iris by Yoko Ogawa but it didn’t arrive before I wanted to start it. I’ll pick it up when it does come in, probably putting Irving on hold. It shouldn’t be too much longer, but I can’t figure out how to look up the status.

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Book Review: Dollface by Renée Rosen (3/5)

22 Aug

When you have a manuscript for a 1920s novel, you read a lot of other 1920s novels. I had this one my list for a while and I picked up a copy years ago but never got around to reading it. I had Google Playstore credit that was going to expire so I bought a copy on audio. You get to it when you can, am I right?

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Cover Image via Amazon

Dollface by Renée Rosen

Summary from Amazon:

Vera Abramowitz is determined to leave her gritty childhood behind and live a more exciting life, one that her mother never dreamed of. Bobbing her hair and showing her knees, the lipsticked beauty dazzles, doing the Charleston in nightclubs and earning the nickname “Dollface.”

As the ultimate flapper, Vera captures the attention of two high rollers, a handsome nightclub owner and a sexy gambler. On their arms, she gains entrée into a world filled with bootleg bourbon, wailing jazz, and money to burn.  She thinks her biggest problem is choosing between them until the truth comes out. Her two lovers are really mobsters from rival gangs during Chicago’s infamous Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refuses to lose.

The heady life she’s living is an illusion resting on a bedrock of crime and violence unlike anything the country has ever seen before. When the good times come to an end, Vera becomes entangled in everything from bootlegging to murder. And as men from both gangs fall around her, Vera must put together the pieces of her shattered life, as Chicago hurtles toward one of the most infamous days in its history, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.

This book felt to me like it contained just a little bit too much. There were elements that were there just to fit history in my mind, rather than adding to the story. I wished Evelyn’s character was simplified. I wished Basha and Dora were combined into one character. I wished there weren’t so many nick names for the gangsters. It felt like the story covered far too much time but it was also so compacted that I was surprised at how young Vera was in the end. It felt like Hannah’s age and antics at any age were just to fit the story and not really reflective of a child at that age. But here I’m complaining. Overall, I liked the story and liked Vera’s character. She seemed like a girl caught up in the whirlwind of being young and excited with just enough reality to bring her back down.

Vera was a fun character to follow. Her attitude reminded me of myself in my early 20s, but her daughter brought her closer to my current state of motherhood. I think she was caught up in glitz and glamor and realized very quickly how fast that could go away. She did seem rather weak willed at times, and that frustrated me in a heroine. In many ways, she was strong and independent, but then she’d do something silly for a man and I’d throw my hands up.

Shep was my favorite character to follow. I felt he was the most consistent throughout and we also had some fun little details of his personality that I loved. Putting his clothes under the mattress so he didn’t have to iron them was hilarious. I felt like he really loved Vera and I felt bad for him being two timed when she was with Tony. I kept wanting him to come back when he ‘went away’ because I felt like he always added something fun.

Some of Vera’s comments about motherhood hit me hard. I would find myself thinking “YASSS” when she mentioned feeding or sleep deprivation or just needing to get out for a minute. This is one of the first books I’ve read since my baby was born that had a new mother in it as well. It was refreshing and it helped me connect more with Vera.

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Renee Rosen Image via the author’s website

I liked the beginning and end of the book, but I felt like the middle had a lot of bits that could have been cut or trimmed. Vera’s relationships with Shep and Tony were fun to watch develop and the way that they wrapped up was a great rollercoaster. I enjoyed seeing the decisions Vera had to make and how she navigated them.

There were parts in the middle that seemed more like padding than story. Vera bootlegging, joining the Jewish Women’s group, and Evelyn’s relationship with Izzy were all, ultimately, not very influential in the overall plot and I think they could have been cut.

My audiobook was narrated by Rebekkah Ross. I thought she did well at giving Vera a voice. I could feel her pain and her joy at different times. Vera started the story very young and a bit naïve which I think Ross addressed well. As she experienced more loss, violence, and danger, her attitude changed and Ross developed this well.

Vera was living a dream until that dream crashed around her. She’d glamourized a lifestyle that many have idealized and longed for, ignoring the dirty sides of it. Gangsters are very iconic of the 1920s but many forget that their lives were accompanied by violence and danger. Being a Gangster Moll made you an icon, but it wasn’t sustainable. We often idealize a lifestyle of someone who is rich or famous. But those lives don’t last and they’re not always as happy as they might appear.

Writer’s Takeaway: It felt to me at times like Rosen was trying to hard to put historical events into her novel that she didn’t focus on the core story. Knowing that the story would end in the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre didn’t leave a lot of mystery about how it would all wrap up. If she’d been able to invent an event or had used imagined gangsters, it would have felt less predictable. I have to imagine she’d learned so much about these historical figures and wanted to include all she could. It’s something I’ve been really aware of in my 1920s novel as I edit it and want to make sure I’m focusing on the story more than the history.

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but it didn’t blow me away at all. Three out of Five Stars.

Until next time, write on.

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WWW Wednesday, 17-August-2022

17 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: Not much in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton again. We’re more set in our new routine, but I had a bit of a cold and didn’t want to read much before bed when I could close my eyes for a few extra minutes of rest.
I shold have Dollface by Renée Rosen
wrapped up by next week. I’m enjoying this one and I’ve been able to keep moving through audio at a good pace.
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can tell I’m not enjoying Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner. I keep finding other things to do than read this when I could pick it up so it’s been slow going. I have this problem with ebooks often, where there are so many other things I could do on my phone that I don’t read. It’s caused me to drag out books I don’t enjoy as much for months and months.

Recently finished: Nothing this week but I should have something here soon!

Reading next: I’m looking forward to Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols. I should start it next week!

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WWW Wednesday, 10-August-2022

10 Aug

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I didn’t make much progress in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton this week. We’ve changed around Baby’s bedtime a bit and we’re still adjusting to the new flow of our evenings. I hope to get back into a groove of reading this soon.
I keep moving through Dollface by Renée Rosen
at a good pace. This will be the next one I finish, I’m just not sure how soon it will be.
I’ve only read the first chapter of Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner
so far. It’s a little more odd than I was expecting or remembered of Faulkner. This was his first publication so maybe that’s why it’s different from what I remember. Either way, it hasn’t captured my attention so I’m not rushing it.

Recently finished: Nothing new this week, unfortunately. I’d been flying through books so it’s odd to have finally slowed down. I hope I can get back into a rhythm soon.

I was able to post my review of Malorie by Josh Malerman on Monday! Please take a look if you care to. I enjoyed the book and read through it very fast! I gave it Four out of Five Stars.

Reading next: I still plan to pick up Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols on audio as soon as I need to.

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Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 3-August-2022

3 Aug

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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Currently reading: I’m still moving forward in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton though I’ve slowed down for sure. I know this story so well that I’m not motivated to find out what comes next which I think is keeping me from pushing forward as fast as I would with a new read.
I made some pretty good progress in Dollface by Renée Rosen. I’m about 3/4 done now so I’m hoping this one wraps up soon and I’ll get to a new audiobook shortly!
I started Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner as an ebook. I’m a little hesitant to dive into this one because I remember not being a huge fan of Faulkner in high school. Though I think knowing there was a project at the end deterred me from enjoying it. I’m not far in now and so far, it seems a little dense to be reading while the Baby is falling asleep, but we’ll see if that changes.

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Recently finished: I flew through Malorie by Josh Malerman much faster than I expected to! It was a thrilling pace and I enjoyed a lot about this book. Malerman has been knocking it out of the park for me this year and I’m loving that. I’m working on the review still. I gave it Four out of Five Stars

I was able to post my review of Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri! I’m not great at reading and reviewing graphic novels so this was a bit of a challenge, but I still enjoyed it. I gave the series Three out of Five Stars.

Reading next: 
My next audiobook is going to be Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols. It’s been a bit since I’ve read anything in space so I’m looking forward to this one!

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WWW Wednesday, 27-July-2022

27 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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44510181Currently reading: I made a little progress with Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton but with a sick Baby at home, I’ve been collapsing into bed at night instead of reading before I shut off the light. Hopefully, things will turn around and they’ll be on the mend and I’ll be back to reading.
I’ve been keeping a good pace with Dollface by Renée Rosen. I’ll be on this one for a while, but it’s not going to be here forever. I’m hoping once my partner is fully recovered, I can run more and it will move faster.
I picked up Malorie by Josh Malerman a little sooner than I thought I would. It was a struggle to read a comic while holding the baby, so I picked this up to have something where it was easier to change font size. It’s a good adventure so far. I’ll see if I can keep up the pace!

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Recently finished: I did wrap up Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri! I enjoyed the backstory of Maxim and the adventure in this book, but I’m still not sure comics are a format for me. I tend to read the text and turn the page without really looking at the art enough. I’m not good at slowing down and appreciating that much. I’m a bit backed up on reviews but I know I’ll get to this one soon!

I was also able to post my review of Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). I absolutely loved it and gave it Five out of Five stars. Please pop over and read my thoughts!

51mXdAaJ+lLReading next: It’s hard to guess what I’ll need next, an ebook or an audiobook. If it’s an ebook, I’ll probably pick up Soldiers’ Pay by William Faulkner. I’ve had this on my list for a while and while I own a physical copy, I’m likely to get to an ebook sooner.
If it’s an audiobook, I’m likely to go for Vessel by Lisa A. Nichols. I’ve had this on my list or ages so it would be great to finally knock it out!

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You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 20-July-2022

20 Jul

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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91m+9RkhGfLCurrently reading: Because of a push to finish other books, I didn’t make much progress in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton. I’m hoping to get back to it a bit more now. I love this story and it’s helping me practice some new vocabulary and utilize some language skills I haven’t had to use for a while.
I made a respectable amount of progress in Dollface by Renée Rosen. Some of the book has been predictable, which is a bit of a shame, but I’m still enjoying the setting and some of the characters. I hope I can keep pushing forward in this one.
I was able to start Shades of Magic: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri. Reading a comic on my phone hasn’t been as hard as I thought! Yes, it’s a bit of pinching and zooming, but it’s still very doable while rocking a baby to sleep. I believe there are three volumes out and I’m hoping to read all three before I write a review.

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Recently finished: I stayed up way later than I should have to finish Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). It was hard to concentrate at work one day with this hanging over my head so I figured I’d be better of with a late night to wrap it up and I’m glad I did in the end. It was a great ending. I’ll have a lot more to say in a review but I’m not sure how soon that will be up. I hope soon! I gave the book Five out of Five Stars.

44510181Reading next: It’s crazy to think I’ll need another ebook so soon, but I’m flying through this comic! I think I’ll pick up another Josh Malerman book next, Malorie. I know I just read one of his books, but I had a lot on my TBR and I feel like I’m flying through it lately! Just got to keep rolling.

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Until next time, write on.

You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 13-July-2022

13 Jul

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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15850930Currently reading: I made okay progress in Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton but have stalled out because I’ve been prioritizing my ebook. It’s probably better for my eyes to read this one before bed, but my heart is telling me to pick other things.
I’m absolutely loving Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). I’ve read it while feeding the baby, while rocking them, before bed, and at any spare second I have. This is my first time reading a Strike book instead of listening and I was worried it would feel slow but this is quite the opposite.
I was able to start Dollface by Renée Rosen on audio and I’m making descent progress. I’m not quite yet at the main action so I’m waiting to see what that will look like. I’m enjoying the ride so far!

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Recently finished: I was able to wrap up Into White by Randi Pink late last week. It was okay, but it had some elements too it that took me out and there were times I felt the book was trying to do too much. My review went up on Monday. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.

I also finished another review! I posted my review for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling on Thursday. This was a bit of a disappointment, but I hadn’t enjoyed the movie so I wasn’t expecting a lot. I gave it Three out of Five Stars as well.

91m+9RkhGfLReading next: I’m nervous to do this, but I’m going to try reading a comic on my phone. I’m going with Shades of Magic Vol 1: The Steel Prince by V.E. Schwab and illustrated by Andrea Olimpieri. I’m nervous about the small screen and large pictures and how that will go. I hope well, but we’ll see!

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You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 6-July-2022

6 Jul

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

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51807232Currently reading: I’ve stalled some on Into White by Randi Pink. My partner had surgery and I’m not getting much time to myself between him and baby needing something all the time. I’ll get back to this when I can but life is getting in the way.
I have been able to make some time before bed to read Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton. I’ve tried to make this a priority to read a few pages and it’s going better than expected!
I’ve been able to make a routine of reading Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) while I rock the baby to sleep and it’s working well! I’m almost 20% of the way through already. This is the first Strike novel I haven’t listened to and I feel like I’m reading it in Simon Vance’s voice anyway.

Recently finished: Nothing new finished, I’m afraid. With how big of a week I had last week, I’m not surprised. I did get my review of True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Caray posted. It was an OK read, but didn’t blow me out of the water. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.

15850930Reading next: I’m looking forward to Dollface by Renée Rosen for my next audiobook. It’s been a while since I read a 1920s novel so I’m looking forward to that.

Leave a comment with your link and comment (if you’re so inclined). Take a look at the other participant links in the comments and look at what others are reading.

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You can follow me on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. I’m available via email at SamAStevensWriter@gmail.com. And as always, feel free to leave a comment!

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WWW Wednesday, 29-June-2022

29 Jun

Welcome to WWW Wednesday! This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words. Just answer the three questions below and leave a link to your post in the comments for others to look at. No blog? No problem! Just leave a comment with your responses. Please, take some time to visit the other participants and see what others are reading. So, let’s get to it!

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The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
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51I9OngSemL._SX328_BO1,204,203,200_Currently reading: I’m making decent progress with Into White by Randi Pink but not flying through it like I thought I might. The story is fine, maybe a little heavy handed at times. There’s a lot that’s unique about this story, but there’s also a lot that seems cliche and predictable. We’ll see how it wraps up.
I finally started Rebeldes (The Outsiders) by S.E. Hinton! I know it will be slow because it’s a lot of concentration for me to read in another language. It does help that this is written for a YA audience so the reading level is appropriate for me. We’ll see how it goes.
I needed a new ebook and settled on up Troubled Blood by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling). I know there’s controversy surrounding this book so I’m a little apprehensive to see what that’s all about. I’m not very far in yet and trying to remember what had happened in the previous book still. I hope it comes back to me soon.

KellyRecently finished: I know it may seem hard to believe, but I finished True History of The Kelly Gang by Peter Carey! I remembered the end of the Ned Kelly movie I’ve seen so I knew I was getting close to a good conclusion in the book and powered through the ending. It was enjoyable and it feels so good to finally have finished it!
I flew through Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling. I remembered that screenplays move quickly, but I forgot they moved this quickly! I had a good chunk of time on Friday and wrapped this up quickly! The review might be a bit delayed, but I’ll get to it soon-ish.

AND I wrote two reviews! This has been one of my most productive weeks since the little one was born. I reviewed Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati on Monday. This was an okay read for me, but it didn’t get me excited enough to want to read the (eventual) third book in the series. I can happily put this one to rest. I gave it Three out of Five Stars.
I also reviewed A House at the Bottom of a Lake by Josh Malerman this week, my review going up on Tuesday. This was a fun, quick read that I powered through while rocking baby to sleep. Four out of Five Stars from me.

15850930Reading next: I’ve just started so many books that it’s hard to think about this! It will probably be an audiobook that I need next. I got a copy of Dollface by Renée Rosen when I needed to use up some Google Play Store money and I think I’ll grab that next. It’s been a while since I enjoyed a 1920s novel!

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