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New Books Hitting Shelves This Week

Nice Girls

What did you do?

Mary used to be such a nice girl. She was the resident whiz kid of Liberty Lake, Minnesota—the quiet, chubby teen with the scholarship to an Ivy League school. But three years later, “Ivy League Mary” is back—a thinner, cynical, restless failure who was kicked out of Cor­nell at the beginning of her senior year and won’t tell anyone why. Taking a job at the local grocery store, Mary tries to make sense of her life’s sharp downward spiral.

Then beautiful, magnetic Olivia Willand goes missing. A rising social media star, Olivia is admired by everyone in Liberty Lake—except Mary. Once Olivia’s best friend, Mary knows better than anyone that behind the Instagram persona hides a willful, manipulative girl with sharp edges. As the town obsesses over perfect, lovely Olivia, Mary wonders if her disappearance might be tied to another missing person: nineteen-year-old DeMaria Jackson, whose case has been widely dismissed as a runaway.

Who is the real Olivia Willand, and where did she go? What happened to DeMaria? As Mary pries at the cracks in the careful facades surrounding the two missing girls, old wounds will bleed fresh and force her to confront a horrible truth.

Maybe there are no nice girls, after all.

My Sweet Girl

Ever since she was adopted from a Sri Lankan orphanage, Paloma has had the best of everything—schools, money, and parents so perfect that she fears she'll never live up to them.

Now at thirty years old and recently cut off from her parents’ funds, she decides to sublet the second bedroom of her overpriced San Francisco apartment to Arun, who recently moved from India. Paloma has to admit, it feels good helping someone find their way in America—that is until Arun discovers Paloma's darkest secret, one that could jeopardize her own fragile place in this country.

Before Paloma can pay Arun off, she finds him face down in a pool of blood. She flees the apartment but by the time the police arrive, there's no body—and no evidence that Arun ever even existed in the first place.

Paloma is terrified this is all somehow tangled up in the desperate actions she took to escape Sri Lanka so many years ago. Did Paloma’s secret die with Arun or is she now in greater danger than ever before?

The Love Hypothesis

As a third-year Ph.D. candidate, Olive Smith doesn't believe in lasting romantic relationships--but her best friend does, and that's what got her into this situation. Convincing Anh that Olive is dating and well on her way to a happily ever after was always going to take more than hand-wavy Jedi mind tricks: Scientists require proof. So, like any self-respecting biologist, Olive panics and kisses the first man she sees.

That man is none other than Adam Carlsen, a young hotshot professor--and well-known ass. Which is why Olive is positively floored when Stanford's reigning lab tyrant agrees to keep her charade a secret and be her fake boyfriend. But when a big science conference goes haywire, putting Olive's career on the Bunsen burner, Adam surprises her again with his unyielding support and even more unyielding...six-pack abs.

Suddenly their little experiment feels dangerously close to combustion. And Olive discovers that the only thing more complicated than a hypothesis on love is putting her own heart under the microscope.

The Actual Star

The Actual Star takes readers on a journey over two millennia and six continents —telling three powerful tales a thousand years apart, all of them converging in the same cave in the Belizean jungle.

Braided together are the stories of a pair of teenage twins who ascend the throne ofa Maya kingdom; a young American woman on a trip of self-discovery in Belize; and two dangerous charismatics vying for the leadership of a new religion and racing toward a confrontation that will determine the fate of the few humans left on Earth after massive climate change.

In each era, a reincarnated trinity of souls navigates the entanglements of tradition and progress, sister and stranger, and love and hate—until all of their age-old questions about the nature of existence converge deep underground, where only in complete darkness can they truly see.

The Actual Star is a feast of ideas about where humanity came from, where we are now, and where we’re going—and how, in every age, the same forces that drive us apart also bind us together.


Come of age in the credit crunch. Be civil in a hostile environment. Go to college, get an education, start a career. Do all the right things. Buy an apartment. Buy art. Buy a sort of happiness. But above all, keep your head down. Keep quiet. And keep going.

The narrator of Assembly is a black British woman. She is preparing to attend a lavish garden party at her boyfriend’s family estate, set deep in the English countryside. At the same time, she is considering the carefully assembled pieces of herself. As the minutes tick down and the future beckons, she can’t escape the question: is it time to take it all apart?

Assembly is a story about the stories we live within – those of race and class, safety and freedom, winners and losers.And it is about one woman daring to take control of her own story, even at the cost of her life. With a steely, unfaltering gaze, Natasha Brown dismantles the mythology of whiteness, lining up the debris in a neat row and walking away.

Apples Never Fall

If your mother was missing, would you tell the police? Even if the most obvious suspect was your father?

This is the dilemma facing the four grown Delaney siblings.

The Delaneys are fixtures in their community. The parents, Stan and Joy, are the envy of all of their friends. They’re killers on the tennis court, and off it their chemistry is palpable. But after fifty years of marriage, they’ve finally sold their famed tennis academy and are ready to start what should be the golden years of their lives. So why are Stan and Joy so miserable?

The four Delaney children—Amy, Logan, Troy, and Brooke—were tennis stars in their own right, yet as their father will tell you, none of them had what it took to go all the way. But that’s okay, now that they’re all successful grown-ups and there is the wonderful possibility of grandchildren on the horizon.

One night a stranger named Savannah knocks on Stan and Joy’s door, bleeding after a fight with her boyfriend. The Delaneys are more than happy to give her the small kindness she sorely needs. If only that was all she wanted.

You Got Anything Stronger?

Remember when we hit it off so well that we decided We’re Going to Need More Wine? Well, this time you and I are going to turn to our friend the bartender and ask, You Got Anything Stronger? I promise to continue to make you laugh, but with this round, the stakes get higher as the conversation goes deeper.

So. Where were we?

Right, you and I left off in October 2017, when my first book came out. The weeks before were filled with dreams of loss. Pets dying. My husband leaving me. Babies not being born. My therapist told me it was my soul preparing for my true self to emerge after letting go of my grief. I had finally spoken openly about my fertility journey. I was having second thoughts—in fact, so many thoughts they were organizing to go on strike. But I knew I had to be honest because I didn’t want other women going through IVF to feel as alone as I did. I had suffered in isolation, having so many miscarriages that I could not give an exact number. Strangers shared their own journeys and heartbreak with me. I had led with the truth, and it opened the door to compassion.

When I released We’re Going to Need More Wine, the response was so great people asked when I would do a sequel. The New York Times even ran a headline reading “We’re Going to Need More Gabrielle Union.” Frankly, after being so open and honest in my writing, I wasn’t sure there was more of me I was ready to share. But life happens with all its plot twists. And new stories demand to be told. This time, I need to be more vulnerable—not so much for me, but anyone who feels alone in what they’re going through.

A Lot Like Adiós

After burning out in her corporate marketing career, Michelle Amato has built a thriving freelance business as a graphic designer. So what if her love life is nonexistent? She’s perfectly fine being the black sheep of her marriage-obsessed Puerto Rican-Italian family. Besides, the only guy who ever made her want happily-ever-after disappeared thirteen years ago.

Gabriel Aguilar left the Bronx at eighteen to escape his parents’ demanding expectations, but it also meant saying goodbye to Michelle, his best friend and longtime crush. Now, he’s the successful co-owner of LA’s hottest celebrity gym, with an investor who insists on opening a New York City location. It’s the last place Gabe wants to go, but when Michelle is unexpectedly brought on board to spearhead the new marketing campaign, everything Gabe’s been running from catches up with him.

Michelle is torn between holding Gabe at arm’s length or picking up right where they left off—in her bed. As they work on the campaign, old feelings resurface, and their reunion takes a sexy turn. Facing mounting pressure from their families—who think they’re dating—and growing uncertainty about their futures, can they resolve their past mistakes, or is it only a matter of time before Gabe says adiós again?

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OP you're the best! I wanna check out Apples Never Fall
negl I saw that cover and went "Did someone publish reylo fanfiction???"

note to self: find The Actual Star at some point in the future.
Yes, that is def Reylo fanfic, the main character’s name is Adam!
Ong it’s totally Reylo fanfic 😂


1 month ago

Yes! Curiosity got the best of me and I searched the original and I don't know how it got published. Multiple times does the lead use 'oh poop' and the general plot seems to be one party must be so naive and unrealistically clueless or else this story can't function.


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Damn, they're not even trying to be subtle.
I saw that book in a sponsored post and my first thought was Reylo but in a lab. Glad to see I wasn’t the only to immediately jump to that conclusion.
Literally my first thought! I don't know about the actual book, by that cover art was 100% done by a Star Wars/Reylo fanartist. I recognize the art style.
Happy with myself for saying no and not adding it to my To Read pile.
I just googled the author and "Reylo" because I was curious, got to the AO3:

But no Omega wants an Alpha who can’t knot them when they’re in heat.

No ma'am.


1 month ago

yep. if you go like 3 reviews in on Goodreads someone goes into the ff. it was never ABO though.
Apples Never Fall and Nice Girls have been on my list for awhile now. Glad they're finally out!

People either love The Love Hypothesis or hate it. I haven't seen any reviews or ratings in the middle lmao

I finished Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney a few days ago and I think I liked it a little more than Normal People. I didn't love it though.
The Actual Star sounds interesting!

I am waiting until I’ve read more books and get more off my shelf but I have a gift card to a bookstore so I’ve got an informal list going for when I’m gonna treat myself.

1. My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh
2. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
3. Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez

Will add more as I decide haha
Scarborough is very good.
Glad to hear! Always interested in books set in Toronto. I keep taking it out from the library and never having time so I figured I’d buy it.
i really disliked #1 :x


1 month ago

Just wanna say I really loved My Year of Rest and Relaxation. If you're in the mood for an "unlikable" narrator I think you'd enjoy it.


1 month ago

nice girls is now added to my tbr.
This week I read The Charm Offensive and I loved it so much. Now I am onto The Ex Talk.

I had picked The Love Hypothesis as my BoTM but then saw all the comments about it being basically fanfiction so I am hesitant to read it now. :(
Ooo yay, I just got The Charm Offensive from the library!
Read it! I read the original and it's adorable. It's a send-up of academic culture mixed together with a romcom.
It really sounds right up my alley. I'm not big on Star Wars anyways so I probably wouldn't have even picked up on it being fanfic.
I finished The Charm Offensive this wknd! I really liked it. Charlie was so sweet and Dev was so patient and kind. I wish we could have a longer epilogue though.
I just finished Dave Holmes's memoir Party of One: A Memoir in 21 Songs and I really enjoyed it. I related to a lot of it surprisingly and it's weirdly inspiring me. He was 27 when he tried out for the Wanna Be a VJ contest so that gives me hope there's something new and exciting around the corner as a lost 28 year old.

I've read a lot of memoirs this year that have slowly being making me feel better about my own life and experiences.

Also I cannot believe that Reylo fanfic is an actual book 🤦
A surprising amount of romance is just fanfic with the serial numbers filed off. Sometimes, like this, you can still guess the fandom.
Oh totally! I just always feel a little embarrassed for the author when people can tell that their book is just fanfic with the serial numbers filed off.

Omg Dave talking about the shower rangers was horrifying


1 month ago

I'm almost done with City of Dreaming Books. I'm also reading a Swedish book about dieting (as in how it doesn't work etc), as well as a Swedish graphic novel about our obsession with female beauty.
Oooh what's the comic called?
Inne i spegelsalen by Liv Strömquist.


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I’m sad to say that I didn’t like Witches Steeped in Gold. I was bored and confused.

I’m reading Ace of Spades now and it’s SO good and addicting.

I liked You Had Me At Hola be her so I’ll check out the new one.

I’ll also check out The Love Hypothesis even though I’ve never watched the new Star Wars and I don’t know shit about Reylo 😂. (It’s apparently based off them…or something. Fanfic to book type ish idk)
Oooo! I read Ace of Spades the wknd before last! I really liked it! It gave me Fall and Dark Academia vibes.
Nice Girls and Assembly sound interesting!
I finished Things have gotten worse since we last spoke last night and

Currently reading Misery but to be completely honest, not feeling it.
I feel like Misery takes a little bit to get going. But I enjoy kinda slow, claustrophobic stories.
I'm enjoying the character development and pacing but I kinda hate Paul lol I wanna know more about Annie tbh.


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I have Things have gotten worse since we last spoke. Haven't started it yet but I'm so curious about it!


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omg 'Things have gotten worse since we last spoke'. I read it all in one sitting and at the end I was like


[Spoiler (click to open)]It was completely batshit but the relationship felt too rushed for me and the dialogue (even for early 2000s chat convos) felt off.


1 month ago

I finished A Fatal Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and I loved it. My only critic was that the author has a weird side tangent about the American death penalty that left me uncomfortable. I couldn’t quite understand the tone of the comment. It was about how those found guilty in Ancient Rome would be ripped to shreds with glee, but nowadays in America the Govt both “protects” those on death row but also kills them. I would have considered it a critique on our death penalty but it was sandwiched in between talking about how much of an amazing spectacle watching POWs and others kill each other in weird war games and fights to the death…

It was odd and I didn’t quite like it.

Now I’m on an Ancient Rome kick. I have SPQR and Evil Roman Emperors to listen too lol. Along with The A.B.C Murders on audiobook and to finish reading The Library of The Dead (both for a readathon).
Quite a few of her comparisons I felt were \inaccurate because they came from a very British perspective, like regular comments about how state murder is reprehensible to modern sensibilities. Those lines play better in countries without the death penalty. The point to me was a critique of the American death penalty because Romans were straightforward about it and embraced the spectacle of killing those they had judged deserving of death, whereas the cognitive dissonance of America doesn't make sense to the rest of the modern world because the play at civility is ridiculous. The cruelty and barbarity of 21st century America is no different than 1st century Rome, except that it's less honest.


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I think I understand the point your making, but her stance confused me because it felt more like a condemnation of America for giving inmates; even those sentenced to die, rights. Since she brought up the party people had when Ted Bundy was killed. That plus including it with the talk about how POWs were forced to be part of naval battles and get ripped to shreds by bulls in elaborate plays, and also talking about how slaves weren’t even “alive” made if feel much more like she wants us to just outright kill anyone convicted tbh. Tbh an editor should have told her to take that out bc I don’t think she was making the point she thought she was…

Idk. It was very much “I’m a white academic and I’m gonna give a snarky take on something I don’t understand, but think I do.”


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Re: ancient Rome, I really enjoyed the Masters of Rome series by Colleen McCullough, if you are into historical fiction


1 month ago

i just read 'the highland fling' and the main character was really annoying
holy shit i finished that a few days ago bc my bff was raving about it and i hated it 30 pages in. i went into a fit of rage when bonnie and her friend didn't know what half-ten meant. they were so dumbed down
lol yes that was absolutely ridiculous

bonnie was terribly written
i finished sally rooney’s new book, “beautiful world, where are you”, in two sittings and i absolutely loved it. it’s typical rooney: pretentious white people who cannot communicate their feelings, but i found that less frustrating than in her previous two books (which i still loved!), and i liked that the friendship between the two female main characters basically formed the heart of the story, which is also why i prefer “conversations with friends” to “normal people”.

i just started zaina arafat’s “you exist too much” and i like it so far!

Started reading Jealousy by Scarlet Biriko. Its a yaoi 😈

Has anyone read Long Bright River?

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