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129 reviews

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

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emotional lighthearted mysterious reflective relaxing sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

The way it was written was really not for me, but it’s a fun plot/premise.
The Happy Couple by Naoise Dolan

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dark emotional funny lighthearted reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Exciting Times by Naoise Dolan

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adventurous emotional funny hopeful reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

Fantastic writing style, you root for the characters even when they’re behaving badly
If I Told You Once by Judy Budnitz

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adventurous emotional reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

A beautifully written folklore novel
The Guest by Emma Cline

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dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

The Paper Palace by Miranda Cowley Heller

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dark emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

The End of Drum-Time by Hanna Pylväinen

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adventurous challenging emotional mysterious reflective sad slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

How I Won a Nobel Prize by Julius Taranto

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dark emotional funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

A fun read, the point gets lost in over-analysis of the character motivations, and there’s a little **too** much detail around the physics. However, enjoyable none the less
The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 10%.
Just don’t love this sort of retelling, didn’t find the premise compelling 
Beautiful World, Where Are You by Sally Rooney

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dark emotional funny hopeful reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

My least favourite of her books so far, the author self-insert was so obvious as to be distracting. The romance felt shoe-horned in, unlike “Normal People” in which it is both compelling and heart wrenching. You didn’t really know why the characters wanted to be together. However, her prose is always fantastic.