Saturday, 1 February 2014

My Weekly Book Haul + Giveaway Winners: 31/01/2014

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Friday Finds is something that was started over on ShouldBeReading and Stacking the Shelves over at TyngaReviews, I am in love with all of these as I love finding other blogs to follow and books to read through these! So check them all out and see what you find, Stacking the Shelves has a lot of participants as well which is great. This is basically a way for me to show what books I have received, borrowed or bought each week. All book covers and their summary come from back of book or Goodreads.
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I have to admit to having an amazing book haul as far as library books go. I work in the library and we spent the last of the budget this month and all the new books arrived. As I am in charge of the young adult/teen books, I had hundreds of beautiful books to choose from. I went a tad crazy and have had to split them up.


Physical Haul

Christmas Pre-Orders


FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Cath and Wren are identical twins, and until recently they did absolutely everything together. Now they're off to university and Wren's decided she doesn't want to be one half of a pair any more - she wants to dance, meet boys, go to parties and let loose. It's not so easy for Cath. She's horribly shy and has always buried herself in the fan fiction she writes, where she always knows exactly what to say and can write a romance far more intense than anything she's experienced in real life. Without Wren Cath is completely on her own and totally outside her comfort zone. She's got a surly room-mate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words ...And she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. Now Cath has to decide whether she's ready to open her heart to new people and new experiences, and she's realizing that there's more to learn about love than she ever thought possible ...

The boyfriend pre-ordered the paperback for me as a Christmas present, and now it has finally arrived. I can't wait to finally read this, have heard nothing but amazing things.


The Unbound (The Archived, #2)The Unbound by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books. Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Last summer, Mackenzie Bishop, a Keeper tasked with stopping violent Histories from escaping the Archive, almost lost her life to one. Now, as she starts her junior year at Hyde School, she's struggling to get her life back. But moving on isn't easy -- not when her dreams are haunted by what happened. She knows the past is past, knows it cannot hurt her, but it feels so real, and when her nightmares begin to creep into her waking hours, she starts to wonder if she's really safe. 
Meanwhile, people are vanishing without a trace, and the only thing they seem to have in common is Mackenzie. She's sure the Archive knows more than they are letting on, but before she can prove it, she becomes the prime suspect. And unless Mac can track down the real culprit, she'll lose everything, not only her role as Keeper, but her memories, and even her life. Can Mackenzie untangle the mystery before she herself unravels?

I still need to read The Archived, but I will make sure to read both soon - they look sooooo good!

Borrowed from Library:

Crewel (Crewel World, #1)Crewel (Crewel World, #1)
Crewel by Gennifer Albin

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 
That's what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret - she wants to fail. Gifted with the ability to weave time and matter, Adelice is exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, power and beauty, the ability to embroider the very fabric of life. It also means entering a world secrets and lethal intrigue.
But unlike the others, Adelice isn't interested in controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have and will do anything to hide her talent from the Guild. But when she slips up during her final test, her gift is identified. Now she has one hour to eat her mum's overcooked dinner. One hour to listen to her sister's school gossip and laugh at her dad's stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything is OK. And one hour to escape. Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back...

If it wasn't for all the wonderful reviews I have seen of this, I never would have picked it up - the UK cover is hideous.

A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy, #1)A Breath of Frost by Alyxandra Harvey

Emma Day and her two cousins, Gretchen and Penelope, are uninterested in their debutante lives. All the boring balls, tiresome curtsying and polite conversation leave much to be desired. Then a girl is found dead, frost clinging to her lifeless body, and the murder is traced to Emma. As their world is turned upside down, Emma discovers more about herself and her cousins, from her connection to the murders to the secrets of her family legacy. Now the girls must embrace their true Lovegrove inheritance in order to stop the chaos, even if that means risking their lives. Dangerously handsome Cormac Fairfax wants to help Emma – but, with secrets of his own to hide, can she trust him?





Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers studies the rich like her own personal science experiment, and after years of observation she’s pretty sure they’re only good for one thing—spending money on useless stuff, like the porcelain dolls in her mother’s shop.

So when Xander Spence walks into the store to pick up a doll for his grandmother, it only takes one glance for Caymen to figure out he’s oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and that he’s one of the first people who actually gets her, she’s smart enough to know his interest won’t last. Because if there’s one thing she’s learned from her mother’s warnings, it’s that the rich have a short attention span. But Xander keeps coming around, despite her best efforts to scare him off. And much to her dismay, she's beginning to enjoy his company.

She knows her mom can’t find out—she wouldn’t approve. She’d much rather Caymen hang out with the local rocker who hasn’t been raised by money. But just when Xander’s attention and loyalty are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn’t a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she’d ever realized. And that Xander’s not the only one she should’ve been worried about.



Six Months LaterSix Months Later by Natalie D. Richards


She has everything she's ever wanted. But not her memory...

When Chloe fell asleep in study hall, it was the middle of May. When she wakes up, snow is on the ground and she can't remember the last six months of her life. 

Before, she'd been a mediocre student. Now, she's on track for valedictorian and being recruited by Ivy League schools. Before, she never had a chance with super jock Blake. Now he's her boyfriend. Before, she and Maggie were inseparable. Now her best friend won't speak to her.

What happened to her? Remembering the truth could be more dangerous than she knows...


Things I Can't Forget
Things I Can't Forget by Miranda Kenneally



Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…


This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her.



Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…


Do these need to be read in order? I've got number one & have managed to borrow 3 & 4 but want to know if they are better/need to be read in order.

Racing SavannahRacing Savannah by Miranda Kenneally

They’re from two different worlds.
He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.
With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…


Perfect Escape
Perfect Escape by Jennifer Brown



Kendra has always felt overshadowed by her older brother, Grayson, whose OCD forces him to live a life of carefully coordinated routines. To Kendra, the only way she can stand out next to Grayson is to be perfect, and she has perfection down to an art -- until a cheating scandal threatens her flawless reputation. 

Behind the wheel of her car, with Grayson asleep beside her, Kendra decides to drive away from it all -- with enough distance, maybe she'll be able to figure everything out. But even in the midst of the road trip's flat tires, gas-station food stops, and detours to quirky roadside attractions, eventually Kendra must stop running and come to terms with herself, her brother, and her past.


Thousand Words
Thousand Words by Jennifer Brown



Ashleigh's boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he'll forget about her while he's away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh's friends suggest she text him a picture of herself -- sans swimsuit -- to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits "send."

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone -- until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he's the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh's photo -- and didn't look. 


I read and loved Jennifer Brown's The Hate List, so I am really looking forward to this.


Received for Review:


Nantucket Red (Nantucket, #2)
Nantucket Red by Leila Howard



Cricket Thompson's lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she's headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn't anticipated. It's hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn't just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she's been trying to ignore-her own heart


I am so happy Netgalley accepted my request after a day, I really thought they would make me wait forever to see if I got this one. I got the first one for Christmas and can now read them back to back, which for someone as impatient as me, that's an important thing! 


Sunrise (Ashfall, #3)Sunrise by Mike Mullin


The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.


Again, I requested this because I have the first two and want to read them all back to back. Netgalley has been amazing this week. 

The Truth About AliceThe Truth About Alice
The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.  Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It's written all over the "slut stall" in the girls' bathroom: "Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers" and "Alice got an abortion last semester." After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they "know" about Alice--and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there's only one person to ask: Alice herself.

I LOVE the purple cover!


Also On The Blog

My Top 20 Non-Disney Animated Movies Part ONE
My Top 20 Non-Disney Animated Movies Part TWO
Impostor by Susanne Winnacker: Review 4/5
Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton: Review 2.5/5
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson 2/5
Anything to Have You by Paige Harbison 1/5

Giveaway Winners

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71 comments:

  1. Great haul! I need to read The Archived and The Unbound too!

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  2. Wow! What a haul!! Haven't read any of these but hope you enjoy them all!

    My STS won't be up til Sunday. Stop by then if you can!

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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  3. You're going to love Fangirl, The Distance Between Us, and Six Months Later! (At least, I hope you do.) I want to read Racing Savannah, as well. :) What an awesome haul in general!

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    1. Thanks :) I'm looking forward to them all, I hope I love them too.

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  4. I loved Fangirl, The Distance Between Us, Six Months Later, and Crewel (and you're right, that UK cover is not good). Hope you enjoy them too! And Nantucket Red sounds good, I read the first one but unfortunately got rejected by NetGalley...after only a day (at least they were quick). :) Have fun reading! ~Pam

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    1. I prefer when NG are quick about their rejections... I've still got some requests just sitting there, that I probably asked for back last year. Glad to hear such great things about all these books :)

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  5. LOVED Fangirl! I think it is a great read for basically anyone. And I have not read The Distance Between Us, though I really want to do so! It has been on my contemporary radar for so long :)

    Have an awesome weekend!

    Check out my STS post!

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    1. I can't wait for Fangirl, I've heard nothing but amazing things :)

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  6. You're right. This is a FABULOUS haul!! You work at the library?!! Awesome job. ;) I think I'd like to work at my library, except they have no idea about books sometimes...they aren't very savvy about YA books and it drives me bonkers. *sigh* Still. Your books all look gorgeous and delicious and....yum. Just yum. My StS!

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    1. I know what you mean, it's why I love being in charge of YA at our - I make sure our stock is amazing! But, the temptation to constantly borrow books is really bad.

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  7. You've got some great books! I want to check out quite a few of them. I hope you have a great weekend! Happy Reading :-)

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  8. Wow! You have some amazing finds, I just learned of a bunch to add to my TBR list for this week! Also, super jealous of your job.... :) The Distance Between Us, Six Months Later and both the Jennifer Brown books look really interesting. I’ll definitely have to check those out. Thanks for sharing!

    -Jenn
    Tale of Two Doxies
    www.taleoftwodoxies.blogspot.com

    If you get a chance, my Stacking the Shelves

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    1. It definitely is an amazing job, but it makes my TBR list endless. Thanks for checking mine out :)

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  9. Thanks for running the giveaways, I can't wait to received the Susan Ee books, I've been eyeing them up for such a ling time..... thank you, thank you, thank you! xxxxx

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    1. Congrats on winning, can't wait for you to get the books :)

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  10. Those giveaways were great, congratulations to the winners! :)
    You'll love The Distance Between Us, I adored it, it was fantastic! :D
    I'm also so so jealous of you having Fangirl, I need to get hold of it!

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  11. Amazing haul of books! The Distance Between Us is fantastic. I am dying to give Fangirl a go, and ERMEHGERD, Sunrise! I've been purposely avoiding requesting it because I have too many books to read, but oh god I need it.

    Books of Amber

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    1. Glad to hear great things about TDBU! I can't wait for Fangirl, I've heard so many amazing things. :)

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  12. Awesome haul! I really loved A Breath of Frost. Enjoy all your new books.

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    1. Glad to hear good things about that one, I've really looking forward to it :)

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  13. Fan Girl is one I really want to read. I got Sunrise a couple weeks ago. And Crewel was one I loved! Great haul!
    Check out my STS

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    1. I've heard so many amazing things about Fangirl, I can't wait :)

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  14. Nice haul this week.

    I have Fangirl on my to read list, along with Eleanor and Park.

    Enjoy your reads and please feel free to check out my haul post at http://thewanderingbookworm.wordpress.com/2014/02/01/book-haul-1-february-2014/

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  15. Such a great book haul!!! If I worked at a library I would be checking out so many books, which is why it's good I don't work in a library. I have enough unread books as it is, it wouldn't help matters if I would check out 6 or 7 books a week from the library.
    I heard Breath of Frost was suppose to be an amazing book. If it was any where near how great the cover is I guess it would be a good book.
    I hope you like all of your new books :D
    My StS
    http://kimberlysnovelnotes.blogspot.com/2014/02/stacking-shelves-71.html

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    1. That's the exact reason that it's bad I work in a library - it makes my TBR pile endless!

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  16. You got so many awesome books! I'm really looking forwarding to getting my ARC of Sunrise. I hope you enjoy all of these awesome books! Here's my STS: http://unearthlyreviews.blogspot.com/2014/02/stacking-shelves-6.html Happy Reading! :)

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  17. Great haul! Fangirl is great and I LOVE Crewel! Hope you love all of these!

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    1. I can't wait to read Fanigrl, have heard nothing but good things :)

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  18. Wow, great haul! The Distance Between Us has been on my TBR list for ages :) Hope you enjoy them all!

    My StS .
    Zareena @ Books and Books

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  19. Yup, the UK cover for Crewel is just plain weird looking, but A Breath of Frost <3. While I do like the purple cover for The Truth About Alice, I really like the other one, it just looks a lot softer. Hope you enjoy them either way. :)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. I like them both, I think they are really pretty but purple is my favourite colour ;)

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  20. Ooh, so many books! I ADORE Fangirl, and might be kind of obsessed with it. And I've been meaning to read The Archived for ages, since everyone says it's so good! Plus The Unbound is out now. :) Isn't the new cover for The Truth About Alice gorgeous? I'm so excited for it!

    Happy reading!
    My STS
    Rachel @ Paper Cuts

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    1. I can't wait to get to Fangirl, I've heard so many amazing things!

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  21. We must be kindred spirits, most of these are on my TBR! And Fangirl? I am in LOVE with! Looks like a brilliant haul this week!

    Happy Reading;)

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    1. Thanks! I can't wait to read Fangirl, have heard nothing but amazing things.

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  22. Some great books there. Racing Savannah was okay. Not what I excepted.

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    1. I haven't read any of the authors books yet, so I'm excited to try them :)

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  23. Quiet a few of your books are on my TBR, especially The Distance Between Us. Enjoy your reads. Thanks for stopping by my StS

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  24. I heard many great things about some of your books, I hope you'll like them all. Happy reading!

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  25. I liked Crewel and I agree with not liking the UK cover. I still have to read the sequel. Enjoy your new reads!

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  26. Fangirl, Crewel and The Distance Between Us were some of my top reads from last year. I hope you love them too!
    Great haul! :)

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  27. What a fantastic pile of books. I think I want to read every one of them!! And I'm so envious of your job!! :D

    Have a great week.

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  28. The BEST and WORST think about working in a library -- sooo many books! I can relate. Thanks for stopping by Annette's Book Spot. Enjoy!

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    1. "thing" (not think.) Sorry. Didn't take time to proof....

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    2. I know, and I end up having to return most of them without even finishing them!

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  29. Distance Between us is awesome, I hope you love it too. I have a few of these, including The Truth About Alice, but I haven't read them yet.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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    1. I hope I love DBU too, it looks really great! :)

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  30. Enjoy all your books! I really want to read Fangirl! And The Unbound is AMAZING! Thanks for stopping by The Cover Contessa!

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  31. Ooh I hadn't heard of Crewel but it sounds really good...need to add that to wishlist straight away...nice cover as well. Enjoy your books and thanks for visiting my blog!

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  32. Ahhh man. You are so lucky to have a decent library that gets some new releases. I would not nearly spend as much as I did on books if mine was like this. AGHHH. Jealous!

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    1. Heehee, well I buy in our YA books so I make sure the stocks good ;)

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  33. I have heard good things about Fangirl, hope that you enjoy

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    1. Me too, I've seen a lot of amazing reviews recently. :)

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  34. Oohh this is a lot of books! Amazing ones, too. I really want to read The Distance Between Us and Racing Savannah. Never got around to reading them but they sound awesome. Hope you enjoy them :)
    Thanks for stopping by!

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