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Rachel Stratton



3.5 stars. I actually started this book sometime in 2021 then tucked it away after a few chapters. I’m not entirely sure why I did, but I decided to give it the attention it deserves. I used to work at a bookstore, so I loved reading about the strange bookstore that is Mr. Penumbra’s. I enjoyed that this book merged the old with the new (books/writing and technology). If you’re into: solving mysteries, code-cracking technology, secret societies, and books… then I say give this one a shot.

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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

Books | Robin Sloan

This book made me laugh and it also made me cry. I love TJR’s writing. Her characters are so well written; they are as real as the people I see every day. Evelyn Hugo is probably my favorite fictional character EVER - she worked hard for what she wanted, she sacrificed and suffered (physically + mentally), and struggled her way to the top to make a name for herself. Evelyn is a relatable character, in that she was an imperfect person with so much talent to offer, but couldn’t be her true self. While reading this, I got Marilyn Monroe vibes (I hate that word lol), but I can also see Elizabeth Taylor influencing this character. Bombshell. Brains. Beauty. I have always been so fascinated with old Hollywood, so if you have an interest in the Golden Years of Hollywood, then this historical fiction is right up your alley.

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Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Books | Taylor Jenkins Reid

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