Speed of Life – review

Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3/5 Stars

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Young Adult, Contempory, Social/Family Issues

Big thank you to NetGalley and HMH Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.

Synopsis: Crystal and her twin sister, Amber, have a plan for their lives. They’re going to work hard, make some money and take care of their baby, Natalie, until Crystal receives an opportunity she can’t pass up and derails everything.

My Thoughts (no spoilers)

First, I’ll start with the things I liked about it and move on to what I didn’t.

I loved the character of Crystal, she felt very real to me. She had an interesting passion with cars and restoring them and it was unique and unusual to see that. With what I do know about old cars, the author really made an effort to make it authentic.

I also liked the bond that Crystal and Amber had, as twin sisters, they really looked out for each other and balanced each other’s needs well. They both worked really hard to take care of Natalie. 

The story was easy to read, it only lagged a little in the middle where it seems like nothing was happening but I never felt like not picking it up. It was a pretty quick read for me.

Unfortunately, it didn’t blow me away, there were some things I didn’t enjoy about it that kept it from giving it more stars.

I felt like everything was wrapped up too perfectly. The life that they grew up in would suggest that things should have been a little harder for them, it seemed to me like both girls kept having these perfect things fall right in their laps. Everything just kept working out with very little effort. I found it unbelievable. 

With this being said, the idea that any of the characters in the story would consider dropping out of their senior year of high school with the deal they had going baffled me… 

The male characters in the story annoyed me. I never connected to any of them, they were just kind of there to move the story along but had no real depth or development. Han especially bothered me, mostly towards the end at his acceptance of his situation without question. Maybe it’s because they’re teenagers but I found the whole thing to be wrapped up in a nice bow instead of the messy situation it really was.

Who would I recommend this to: If you love contemporaries, and sweet endings, you’ll probably love this. Also, if you like anything about old cars, this will be a big plus for you!

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If you have any plans to read this, or have read this and want to share thoughts, let me know! I’d love to chat about it

Thanks for reading 🌺

Until next time, bye!

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Top 5 Wednesday – August 31

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group with weekly topics and it is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. Be sure to check out both those links for all the info.

This weeks topic is Books You Will Not Read… Ever

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1.  Girl Online By Zoe Sugg

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this book and it being ghostwritten, which if you don’t know what that means, it’s when another person writes most of the book with the “author” and usually gets credit for it. I will say I don’t know the specifics with this and if the other person was credited or not but I have no desire to read this. I don’t really know why YouTubers are writing books unless they are actually wanting to be authors, but Zoe Sugg is a fashion blogger so I don’t really get it.

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2. After By Anna Todd

This was a book that was found on Wattpad and published. It was originally a One Direction, specifically inspired by Harry Styles, fan fiction. I have heard it is a very unhealthy relationship, and personally being a One Direction fan, I can’t picture Harry in this story being such an awful person. I could be completely wrong and it’s not even that bad, but I just don’t have a desire to find out. 

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3. The Darkest Power series By Kelley Armstrong

I read the first one in this so long ago, and I really liked it, but I just can’t seem to make myself want to finish this series. It was so long ago and I know I’d have to re-read the first one to remember. Every time I see them for sale I want to pick them up but I never do. I think it’s a sign to give up on this one.

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4. The Asylum series By Madeline Roux

Honestly, I thought the first was so bad that there’s not way you could ever get me to read the others. It was predictable, the photos were fake, the main protagonist was so awkward and said the most unnecessary lines the whole time. I probably should have DNFed it.

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5. Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined By Stephanie Meyer

Seriously… Do I need to explain this one. It’s just an unnecessary story…

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That’s it for this weeks Top 5 Wednesday

What are some books that you will never read?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, 🦄

Rapid Fire Book Tag

This tag was originally created by Kate at GirlReading and I was tagged by my lovely friend Michelle at MichEllisLife.

This is just a simple little tag with bookish opinion questions, so here we go 🙂

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– E-Book or Physical Book?  I prefer physical books because I really love to smell my books while I read them. 

– Paperback or Hardback? Hardback, they’re sturdier.

– Online or In-Store Book Shopping? Online is cheaper, but I like to see the actual copy I’m getting so it really depends on the book I guess.

– Trilogies or Series? Trilogies

– Heroes or Villains? Villains are way more interesting.

– A book you want everyone to read? Any Frances Hardinge book, this needs to happen…

– Recommend an underrated book? Trial by Fire By Josephine Angelini. I have seen so many people unhaul this in videos and posts because they just bought it on a whim and didn’t think they’d ever read it. Please read it! It is so good, it has an amazing world and the characters are interesting. Just stop unhauling this people!  

– The last book you finished? Mystery Girl by Paul Tobin, it’s a graphic novel about a woman who literally knows the answer to any mystery she’s asked about. Pretty crazy, it was pretty good.

– The Last Book You Bought? Half Bad by Sally Green, e-book was on sale, I don’t even know anything about it lol

– Weirdest Thing You’ve Used as a Bookmark? A tissue

– Used Books: Yes or No? If it’s in good condition, it doesn’t matter.

– Top Three Favourite Genres? Fantasy, Thriller, Adventure

– Borrow or Buy? Borrow, then if I love it, buy

– Characters or Plot? Um… Both? I need it to be well rounded.

– Long or Short Books? It doesn’t matter, depends on my mood.

– Long or Short Chapters? Short, please, always short. It just makes my life easier

– Name The First Three Books You Think Of… Between Shades of Gray by Ruth SepetysKenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizziTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

– Books That Makes You Laugh or Cry? Laugh

– Our World or Fictional Worlds? Fictional

– Audiobooks: Yes or No? Yes, all the way

– Do You Ever Judge a Book by its Cover? Yes…

– Book to Movie or Book to TV Adaptations? Movies, tv shows never seem to do it justice.

– A Movie or TV-Show You Preferred to its Book?  The Devil Wears Prada

– Series or Standalone’s? Depends, if the story is good I’d want more but there are some series out there that have been dragged out too much. 

Thanks for the tag Michelle, this was fun!

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Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye 🐯

Top 5 Wednesday – Most Unlikable Characters

Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads Group and is hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes

This weeks topic is Most Unlikeable Characers but not villains. Just a main or side character that is generally unlikeable without being mean or evil.


1. Celaena Sardothian from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas 

My number one shouldn’t come a surprise to anyone who knows me and knows how much I really like the story of this book but cannot stand the main character… She is one of the most selfish and arrogant characters ever. Plus, up to this point, she still hasn’t proven she’s good at much but intimidation so I’m still waiting, maybe she’ll make a comeback in the later books… But I’m not holding my breath.

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2. Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. 

She was really whiny and even though she was accomplishing a lot of things she didn’t think she could throughout the book, she never really grew as a character. I’m on the fence about the sequel, I kind of want to know what happens but I’ll probably wait until a few people review it before I decide.

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3. Beck from You by Caroline Kepnes. 

Beck is the complete opposite of me and the type of girl I want to smack in the head for not paying more attention to her surroundings. As much as the main character of this book makes me cringe, it’s even worse when I read the things that should have been such huge red flags for her. I mean, even just the simple task of turning off the phone she lost might have been so helpful but she’s just an idiot… Ugh, just 😡 

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4. Clary Fray from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.

What a pitiful excuse for a heroine, I get that she is thrown into this world that she doesn’t know and has to learn all this stuff in order to stay alive. As the series goes on, she gets more and more desperate and insecure. I just never connected to her.

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5. Simon Lewis from City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

While we’re on the subject, I’m not a fan so Simon either for similar reasons. I never really understood why he was necessary other than needing a love triangle.

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What are some characters you find unlikeable? Let me down below or post a link to your post if you’ve done Top 5 Wednesday this week also!
Thanks for reading 💜

Until next time, bye!

Book Courtship Tag

This tag was originally created by Leah at Hi I Love Books and I was tagged a while back by Michelle at MichEllisLife.

Here are the questions:

Phase 1 – Initial Attraction: A book that you bought because of the cover?

Phase 2 – First Impressions: A book that you got because of the summary?

Phase 3 – Sweet Talk: A book with great writing?

Phase 4 – First Date: A first book of a series which made you want to pick up the rest of the series?

Phase 5 – Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night?

Phase 6 – Always on my mind: A book you could not stop thinking about?

Phase 7 – Getting Physical: A book which you love the way it feels?

Phase 8 – Meeting the parents: A book which you would recommend to your family and friends?

Phase 9 – Thinking about the future: A book or series you know you will re read many times in the future?

Phase 10 – Share the love: Who do you tag?

Here we go!

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Phase 1: Inital Attraction/Cover buy

Treasure Darkly By Jordan Elizabeth
I don’t really even know what this is about honestly, I think it’s about a war and it’s very steampunk? But it’s gorgeous so… Lol

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Phase 2: First Impressions/Summary Buy

Schizo By Nic Sheff
I bought this because I had a few dollars left of credit from selling some books to my local used book store, this was sitting on a staff recommendations shelf. It is told from the point of view of a boy who has schizophrenia and he thinks he’s getting better while in reality he is not. I have a thing for books about mental health and this I just had to have after reading what it was about. I actually haven’t read this yet either so I hope it’s good.

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Phase 3: Sweet Talk/Great Writing

The Lovely Bones By Alice Sebold
I thought this book was beautiful. If you haven’t heard of this, it follows Susie Salmon who is murdered, not a spoiler, and follows her watching from heaven while her family and murderer deal with her death and move forward in their lives. I just thought she wrote it out well and I read this while I was still in High School and absolutely fell in love with it.

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Phase 4: First Date/Great first in a series

The Maze Runner By James Dashner
I listened to this series on audiobook, I contribute that to why I like it so much because I know people who read the book have trouble with the unique language that they use but it was easier to listen to. I devoured this series, I loved the first one so much that I listened to them back to back and I rarely do that even if I love something. I don’t like the movies so much, but the books are awesome!

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Phase 5: Late Night Phone Calls/Book that kept you up

I don’t have an answer for this… Fun fact, I am not one of those people who can’t stop reading at night. I never have said to myself “just one more chapter”. If I’m tired, I will usually try to finish the chapter I am in but I have been known to *gasp* stop in the middle if it’s night and I need to sleep 😦

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Phase 6: Always on my mind

You Are Mine By Janeal Falor
This is an underrated indie book that I go back to a lot. It’s one that has stuck with me since I read it a couple years ago. It’s about a world where men are warlocks and they own women. Serena is sold by her father to a man who is a horrible human being. The women in this book are treated like dogs or worse, but something happens and she ends up going to a completely different man. She learns things about the world, life, love and herself in this book and I reference it in my head a lot when I read other books.

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Phase 7: Getting Physical/Book that feels good

The Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer (Paperback)
I am assuming this is about the cover of a book and not how the book itself makes me feel. The paperbacks of this series are so soft and they have those little shiny parts that are all smooth… I love them!

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Phase 8: Meeting the family/book I would recommend to family and friends

A Monster Calls By Patrick Ness
It’s such a beautiful story, I can’t tell you anything without spoiling it. It’s a great book to just go into not knowing much anyway. Just make sure you have tissues, you will cry.

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Phase 9: Thinking about the future/Book or series to re-read in the future

The Luxe By Anna Godbersen
This is a guilty pleasure for me, I’ve been wanting to read it again for a while so I think I might plan to do so next year. This is like gossip girl at the turn of the century and I loved it so much. I really want to go back, and I hope I love it again the second time 🙂

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Phase 10: Share the love/tags

Uh, I suck at this… I’m not going to, so if you see this, it looks like fun, go do it! I usually do it that way anyway so…

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Let me know if you have done this or plan to do this, comment with a link so I can see your answers!
Thanks for reading 🐬

Until next time, bye!

Mid Year Book Freakout Tag

This tag was created by Chami at Read like Wildfire and Ely at Ely Jane.

I was tagged by Michelle at MichEllisLife

Thank you, and I know it’s been a while and I don’t have a good excuse except being lazy 😦 

So here we go 🙂

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2016?


More Happy Than Not By Adam Silvera
I thought it was so real even with the small sci-fi idea he added. The characters were real and went through issues that people actually go through. It wasn’t all wrapped up in a pretty bow and I loved it so much!

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2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2016?


Firewalker by Josephine Angelini
Love it, it was better than the first one. She has created such a cool world for her witch story and I can’t wait until I can finish the series later this year!

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3. New release you haven’t read yet but you want to?


Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
I was in the minority, it seems, of the people who loved Red Queen and I had this preordered to get the signed copy… This came out in February and I still haven’t read it, but I really, really want to!

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4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year?


Of Fire and Stars By Audrey Coulthurst
This book is about a girl who becomes engaged to a prince and then falls in love with his sister. I have heard so much about this and it just sounds amazing so I am definitely looking forward to this in November.

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5. Biggest disappointment?


Passenger By Alexandra Bracken
Big shocker there… I didn’t like this book, it wasn’t what I thought it would be so I was pretty disappointed. 

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6. Biggest Surprise?


The Lie Tree By Frances Hardinge
I went into this not knowing a lot about it, I had wanted to read one of her books for a while and decided to pick this up when I saw it at my library. I loved it so much I ended up buying every book she had out. The story was so different and cool, it really just kept me interested. I can’t wait to get into some of her other books. 

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7. Favorite new (to you) author?

I’m going to stick with my above answer and say Frances Hardinge

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8. Newest fictional crush?


Scarlet By Marissa Meyer
I guess I really like Captain Thorne from the Lunar Chronicles series. I don’t know why I always seem to pick the cocky sarcastic characters to love… Save for Chaol from Throne of Glass, it is my vice I guess…

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9. Newest favorite character?


The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
Puck, definitely Puck. She’s so sassy and she knows what she wants and doesn’t let anyone tell her she can’t have it. I loved her, wonderful character. 

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10. Book that made you cry?


The Raven King By Maggie Stiefvater
If you know about this series, you’ll know why this made me cry and that’s all I’m going to say… Like I sobbed, I had to take a minute, and honestly I didn’t think it would hit me that hard but it did so.

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11. Book that made you happy?

See above answer, we waited so long for it to come out after being delayed so many times. So I was beyond happy to finish the story of the Raven Boys.

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12. Most beautiful book you’ve gotten so far?


All of my France’s Hardinge books, they’re the UK versions and they all go so beautifully together. I just adore them!

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13. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh man… I had originally planned to read books off my shelves and also to finish some series that I had only read one or two books in… and I have failed miserably so far 😦

The two sequels in the Madman’s Daughter trilogy by Megan Shepherd 

The two released sequels in the Lockwood and Co. series by Jonathan Stroud

In the End By Demitria Lunetta 

The last two books in the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull

There are more but I need to at least finish a few of these so I can accomplish my goal.

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The questions on the creators videos were a little different from each other, and so there were a couple I didn’t answer because I didn’t have an answer for them. But be sure to check their videos out!

I’m going to tag 

Jen at Combustible reviews

Kendra at Reads and Treats

And Jessica at  Novel Cravings

Thanks for reading 😎

Until next time, 

Bye!

Bookshelf Tour part 3/3

Part 1
Part 2

125. Fateful by Claudia Gray

126. Spellcaster by Claudia Gray

127. The Brothers Grimm: 101 Fairy Tales

128. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

129.The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

130. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

131. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

132. Fearscape by Simon Holt

133. Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

134. Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King

135. The Shining by Stephen King

136. The Paradise War by Stephen Lawhead

137. Mystic City by Theo Lawrence

138. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

139. Jellicoe Road by Marina Marchetta

140. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin

141. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

142. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

143. A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis

144. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

145. Cress by Marissa Meyer

146. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

147. Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull

148. Keys to the Demon Prison by Brandon Mull

149. A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

150. Seeds of Rebellion by Brandon Mull

151. Chasing the Prophesy by Brandon Mull

152. The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull

153. Arcade Catastrophe by Brandon Mull

154. Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull

155. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

156. The Spindlers by Lauren Oliver

157. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

158. Another Little Piece by Kate Karyus Quinn

159. Slice of Cherry by Dia Reeves

160. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

161. The Titan’s Curse by Rick Riordan

162. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

163. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

164. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

165. Schizo by Nic Sheff

166. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

167. A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

168. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

169. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys: Short Story Collection by Various Authors

170. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

171. Dracula by Bram Stoker

172. The Whispering Skull by Jonathan Stroud

173. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

174. The Unnaturalists by Tiffany Trent

175. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

176. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

177. A Tyranny of Petticoats: Short Story Collection by Various Authors

178. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

179. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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These are my son’s books, the ones I really liked the most and so I keep them on my shelf so he doesn’t destroy them when he’s “being too quiet” in his room lol.

180. The Numberlys by William Joyce and Christina Ellis

181. Once Upon a Cloud by Claire Keane

182. Disney Planes: Look and Find – Fire and Rescue

183. And Away We Go by Migy

184. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

185. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? By Mo Willems

186. The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

187. Press Here by Herve Tullet

188. Firebird by Brent McCorkle, Amy Parker and Rob Corley

189. The Bicklebys’ Birdbath by Andrea Perry and Roberta Angaramo

190. Oscar and the Mooncats by Lynda Gene Rymond and Nicoletta Ceccoli

191. The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

192. A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce

193. Captain Abdul’s Little Treasure by Colin McNaughton

194. Away in my Airplane by Margaret Wise Brown and Henry Fisher

195. Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda

196. The Lorax by Dr. Suess

197. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

198. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

199. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

200. If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

201. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

202. If You Take a Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

203. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

204. If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond

205. Read With Me Bible

206. The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

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These last few are random, some are just really old copies, a couple are research… Blah, blah 🙂

207. I’m A Believer by Micky Dolenz and Mark Bego
208. Total Control: The Michael Nesmith Story by Randi Massingill

209. The Bobbsey Twins Own Little Railroad by Laura Lee Hope (Published 1951)

210. The Bobbsey Twins in the Country by Laura Lee Hope (Published 1950)

211. The Bobbsey Twins at School by Laura Lee Hope (Published 1941)

212. The Ideal Woman by Mary R. Melendez, M.D. Ph. D (Published 1915)

213. Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary by Gail Jarrow

214. North Brother Island by Christopher J. Payne

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Wow, that is a lot of books… And still growing I’m afraid, as always lol

I hope you enjoyed my bookshelf tour, it was a lot of work but fun to see exactly how many I have on my shelf. 

Do you see any favorites?
Thank you for reading!

Until next time, bye 🐶