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The Queen of the Night
The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
"A story that dazzles and surprises right up until the final page." --J. Courtney Sullivan From a ferociously talented writer, praised as "the fire, in my opinion. And the light," by Junot Diaz, comes a blazing portrait of one woman's rise from courtesan to world-renowned diva. Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singer's chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all.  As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. In order to survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress's maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.   Featuring a cast of characters drawn from history, The Queen of the Night follows Lilliet as she moves ever closer to the truth behind the mysterious opera and the role that could secure her reputation -- or destroy her with the secrets it reveals.  
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sidherinn
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#AlltheBooks!TBR Binge listening to the back episodes of All the Books! and this was clearly a favorite, so I figured I would start here with my growing list of must reads from the show.

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Nicki_McCall
The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee

After wanting to read this for a couple of years, I am struggling to stay with it.I'm two-hundred pages in.

TheBookKeepers It‘s definitely a slow burn read. I could only digest a little a day, but ended up absolutely loving the story once I did finish!! 2w
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sprainedbrain
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Look at me, finishing a BOTM from like 3 years ago already! 😂

This book is full of big: drama, intrigue, opera, romance... I was completely immersed in it and at times thought I never wanted it to end, and then in the last third or so, I decided it was maybe going on a bit too long. Beautiful imagery, strong writing, and a captivating story that did wrap up very nicely.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

This was my night-oriented title for #Booked2019. 👍🏻

Cinfhen It‘s STILL on my TBR!!! So you‘re definitely a few steps ahead of me 🎉 2mo
RebL This book makes me feel so fahnsy, like put on classical opera and my tiara fahnsy. 2mo
sprainedbrain @RebL 😂😂😂 2mo
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Sweettartlaura Did you know that this photo is real, and it‘s of the woman the ... Countess(? it‘s been a while, so I may be forgetting her title in the book) ... is based on. She was a real-life figure, & quite scandalous. She was also the most photographed woman of her day. 2mo
4thhouseontheleft Great review! 2mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, great review. I still have this on my shelf and almost used it for this prompt. You‘re making me want to read it now. Except for the fact it‘s so long and I just finished a huge chunkster. 2mo
sprainedbrain @Sweettartlaura Yes! The Comtesse de Castiglione... I sort of fell into an internet rabbit hole reading about her and the Empress Eugenie. Very fascinating! 2mo
sprainedbrain @BarbaraTheBibliophage It is a chunkster, no doubt! 2mo
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Girlintinyhat
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I thought this book was breathtakingly beautiful. The way the author described every scene, every moment, every breath was surreal in its beauty. I loved it from start to finish but I did feel that it went on a little too long, there was a whole section towards the end that I felt easily could have been removed, I felt it was too many cruelties lined up one after the other. A solidly beautiful book with some caveats.

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Melissa_J
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It‘s #AHardDaysNight for mid-19th century opera sensation Lilliet, whose career is put at risk by secrets from her earlier in her life. I have yet to read this one, but it sounds great, and I love this cover.

#AnglophileApril

Lcsmcat I enjoyed this one! 3mo
Melissa_J @Lcsmcat oh good! It‘s been on my TBR forever, so I should try to read it soon. 3mo
Mdargusch Great choice. 🎶🎶🎶 3mo
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Cinfhen I want to read it too!!! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I really wanted to love this one but it was too long imo. 3mo
Melissa_J @Reviewsbylola hopefully I won‘t feel the same way! I think I‘m going to try to read it soon. 3mo
emilyhaldi I've heard great things about this one 👍🏻 3mo
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Lcsmcat
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Four of the divas who have sung the title role. The book was over the top, but then so is opera. 😀 It was a lovely romp, and now the aria is stuck in my head, although the MC actually sang other roles and only performed the title aria once.

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Lcsmcat
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And yet, we all want to sing it! #currentlyreading

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GingerAntics I love how the argument for why women are wicked is because they have too much power, yet they revel in denying women power. Still trying to figure out how that works out. 4mo
wordzie ❤😁 4mo
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Lcsmcat
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I‘ll just leave this right here.

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Lcsmcat
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I started this one at lunch after bailing on the last few ebooks I sty. I hope it lives up to the hype.

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BridgetteM
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Queen of the Night was my third #newyearwhodis book. Thank you to @amb for putting this on your list! The MC is an orphan from America who makes her way to Paris in the mid to late 1800‘s. The novel covers her remarkable life from circus performer, to courtesan, to royal maid, to opera singer. There‘s love, betrayal, and political intrigue, too. It was a little too long, but that was my only complaint.

Reviewsbylola I really wanted to love this one but I found it pretty slow. 6mo
BridgetteM @Reviewsbylola It did get slow at times. I listened to the audiobook, so that helped me power through those parts with minimal issues. 6mo
amb I also did the audio on this one, it‘s why I didn‘t notice the length. 6mo
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BridgetteM @amb I‘m really glad I did the audio version because of all the French words. The narrator did a great job with them! 6mo
amb @BridgetteM I‘ve read a couple more books from your list but haven‘t done the reviews yet, so behind! 6mo
BridgetteM @amb Totally understandable! 6mo
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nosferatoos
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4/100 in 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣9️⃣: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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nosferatoos
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One of my reading goals for this year is to actually take a break on my lunch at work. The last semester was a nightmare that involved students having to eat their lunches in our classrooms because of truly unprecedented circumstances. But that meant that we didn‘t get lunch breaks at all for several months. Now that I do have 30 minutes to myself every day, I can actually get some reading done and it‘s pretty nice. #teacherstruggles

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Cinfhen
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#MusicalNewYear I have not read the tagged book, I really want to based solely on the cover(s)❣️❣️#Masquerade 🎭 I‘ve seen mixed reviews and the size has been putting me off. Am I missing out??? Thoughts!?!!!

merelybookish I didn't love but lots of descriptions of pretty dresses. 6mo
Cinfhen 😉😂Pretty dresses is not enough for me to commit to a 600 page book @merelybookish what didn‘t work for you!?? Thanks for the feedback 6mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen I don't quite remember. But I think I found it kind of long and repetitive. And I got tired of description of dresses. 😛 But I know some people love it... 6mo
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Cinfhen Fair enough!! @merelybookish This might be better as an adaptation!! Because visually it seems incredible 😍 6mo
TrishB This is a book that looks just my thing - but I just keep ignoring it! 6mo
merelybookish @Cinfhen Yes! A visual feast. She sings and has disguises and flits around Europe in beautiful gowns. Netflix needs to get on it! 6mo
TheBookStacker I loooooooooved this book so much. 6mo
Cinfhen It does sound good @TrishB and looks like it‘s a pick from @TheBookStacker 😂😂❤️ 6mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB @Cinfhen I have read this and it is very long and goes off on tangents at some points but if you stay with it then it is worth it. 😀📚📖 6mo
Cathythoughts It does look amazing ♥️✨✨ 6mo
JennyM I bailed, and was gutted to not enjoy it. 6mo
LauraBeth I have the same comment as yesterday - I haven‘t read it either but will be reading it this year for a reading challenge! 😀 6mo
amb I loved it, was completely drawn into the era by it 6mo
irre I liked it but didn‘t love it. 6mo
Hestapleton I‘ve got an ebook copy (so the size can‘t freak me out) and I‘m tackling it for a reading challenge this year, like @LauraBeth 6mo
Cinfhen Sometimes REALLY HEFTY books scare me even more on a kindle @Hestapleton because when I see location 9754 and I‘m only at 33% the panic starts to rise 😂😂 6mo
Cinfhen Really mixed opinions ~ has me extra curious now @Birdsong28 @Cathythoughts @JennyM @amb @irre I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts @LauraBeth @Hestapleton 6mo
xicanti I'm kind of glad to see other haters have commented, because I bailed on this and everyone else I know thinks it's the bee's knees. It sounds like my ultimate book, but I found it went in odd narrative circles and I didn't care enough for the characters to put up with that. Plus, Chee uses dashes instead of quotation marks, and that often distances me from the narrative. 6mo
DivineDiana On the TBR! 😉 6mo
Reviewsbylola I thought of this one too. I usually love historical fiction based on famous people but this was such a slog. You‘re not missing out, don‘t worry. 6mo
Cinfhen My inner gut told me to hold off @Reviewsbylola @xicanti but I‘m still slightly curious 6mo
emilyhaldi Too many "meh" reviews for me to pick this one up ??‍♀️ 6mo
Centique I enjoyed this but I did find it a slog in parts. I think for someone who likes historical fiction, loves sumptuous description and enjoys a long ride through a life - this is perfect. A pick for me but I reckon you‘d much prefer 6mo
Cinfhen I think that‘s why I put this off for so long... everyone says it‘s too long @Centique 6mo
vivastory I've been meaning to read this one too, & The Crimson Petal 6mo
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Mitch
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Megabooks He is wonderful on Twitter, and I like his books! 😁 8mo
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LauraBeth
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#Booked2019 Spring
Night-Oriented Title - Can‘t believe I still haven‘t read this!
Cli-Fi - to the South Pole 🐧
Indigenous Author - double dip with Reading Women Challenge
Features a Musician - Punk.Goddess
Social Media Focus - because I‘m probably gonna be publicly shamed one day 😂 I need a manual for what to do.
Food or Beverage on Cover - they‘re small but there. I read her other book set in Paris a few years ago and loved it!

TrishB I may have just screen shot because I‘m dithering about whether to join in! 8mo
4thhouseontheleft Interesting selection!! @TrishB You definitely should join in! ☺️☺️ 8mo
LauraBeth I‘m with @4thhouseontheleft - stop dithering and join in! 🤗 8mo
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TrishB You see that‘s what I respond to - a direct order!! It‘s done now 😁 @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage 8mo
Cinfhen Woohoo!!!! We got you at a weak moment!!! @TrishB welcome to the party💕💕💕 (edited) 8mo
Cinfhen I read this one earlier this year...it‘s really tough. Her writing is gut-wrenching 8mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen part of the reason why I wanted to do the challenge this year is that I need to be stretched a bit in my reading life. Heart Berries isn‘t a book I‘d necessarily pick up on my own because I‘d be like, “Well that‘s just going to be too sad...” and yet Heart Berries is probably also the kind of book that I‘ll be glad to have read. (edited) 8mo
LauraBeth @TrishB 🙌🙌🙌 8mo
TrishB @Cinfhen completely taken advantage of 😁 I‘m already sat here with a notebook!! 😘 8mo
Cinfhen It definitely sad @LauraBeth but it will also leave you feeling changed, in a good way. I love the approach your taking with your challenges xx 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m SUPER EXCITED to see what YOU come up with @TrishB 😘😘 8mo
LauraBeth Agree with @Cinfhen - can‘t wait to see what you select @TrishB! 8mo
TrishB @Cinfhen @LauraBeth I have a new notebook and another 10 days off work! Going to try and do from my ridiculous tbr....my daughter has already given me the cli-fi one as it‘s her thing!! 8mo
LauraBeth Ooooh @TrishB - now I need to know what your daughter picked for Cli-Fi! 8mo
TrishB This one - only one so-so review on Litsy, daughter liked it but said it was quite ‘hard‘ but that was 2 years ago when she was 15 😁 8mo
LauraBeth The description sounds good! @TrishB 8mo
Cinfhen I‘m thinking of reading this one @TrishB @LauraBeth although both of your picks sound really good. 8mo
TrishB @Cinfhen that one sounds good 👍🏻 8mo
LauraBeth @Cinfhen I‘m all for a book that uses the word phantasmagoric in the description! 🙌 8mo
Cinfhen Ha!!! Those publishers know how to sell a book🙄 8mo
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britt_brooke
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DAY 10: My library‘s fall book sale started today. I nearly #lost my shit a few times because people are annoying (I‘m sure folks thought the same about me😝). But, I snagged this random assortment for only $13, so it was well worth having strangers in my personal space for 15 minutes. 😆

#nofemmeber

LauraBeth Nice haul! 🙌 8mo
BarbaraBB Great haul. One of my all time favorites: 8mo
saresmoore Excellent work! I‘ve been known to lose my friendly veneer when there‘s a choice classic to be had. Some professor lady just missed out on a beautiful copy of My Antonia last spring, bless her heart. Can‘t wait to put on my game face for the sale next week! 8mo
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britt_brooke @saresmoore 😆😆😆 8mo
TheWordJar Great haul! 8mo
REPollock ZOMFG SO MANY GREAT BOOKS 8mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB Really looking forward to reading it! 8mo
britt_brooke @REPollock Thanks!! I got pretty lucky! 8mo
Leftcoastzen I see some strange behavior and rudeness at many sales , but the books cheap keep me coming back. 8mo
Billypar I don't think I've experienced a frenzied bookstore sale before. I have had two occasions where I was browsing in a used book shop, and put a book down that I'd decided to buy but didn't want to carry around, only to find it got snatched up later! 😓 8mo
Reviewsbylola Great haul!! I got that same edition of Funny Girl from my library‘s book sale last year. 😂 8mo
Cinfhen LOVE this post!! Nice buys💚 8mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thanks! 💚 8mo
MicheleinPhilly I missed your birthday! 🤦🏻‍♀️ Happy Belated! 8mo
britt_brooke @MicheleinPhilly Thank you! 🤗😙 8mo
kspenmoll Some great books in This haul! 8mo
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Amandajoy
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📚 The Queen of the Night
🖋 I‘ve only read one book by a Q author 🤷🏼‍♀️
🎥 Quantum of Solace
🍴 Quinoa

#manicmonday #letterq #qisadifficultletter

JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 9mo
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amb
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I know I‘m late to the party on this one, but dang was it good! Sweeping historical fiction set during the 2nd French empire follows an American orphan from rags to riches to rags to riches. There is also a mystery element to it, which I adored though the mystery was answered long before the book was over. The picture it paints of the life of a courtesan as well as every other stage was heartbreaking at times but I‘m sure accurate.

erinreads Loooooved this book! 9mo
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Linsy
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This book was thrilling! I‘m not sure I loved the ending, but I sure enjoyed the ride. Worth the hype!

#bookreview #librarybooks #riotgrams #screamathon

Beachesnbooks I agree about the ending, but I loved most of it. 9mo
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REPollock
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The tagged book is my recommendation, about an opera singer in Second Empire France with a VERY checkered past about to catch up with her! Loved it so much, I have given away literally 20 copies at this point.

Congratulations @DivaDiane on your milestone!!! #2x2giveaway #giveaway

DivaDiane This was recommended by another Litten too! It must be amazing. Thank you for entering! 10mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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Finally finished this chunkster! This takes place over a long period of time about the life of an opera singer. It was an odd story but very compelling. I did have to really try and keep all the characters straight, but it was worth it. I know this wouldn‘t be for everyone, still I loved it.

LaurenReads I loved this book! 10mo
Ash.on.the.line @LaurenReads It was a great one! 10mo
Reviewsbylola I expected to love it but there just wasn‘t enough oomph for me. 10mo
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Birdsong28 I thought it was a bit odd myself but good. 📚📖 10mo
Ash.on.the.line @Reviewsbylola I can see that. There wasn‘t much oomph, it was more character driven. 10mo
Ash.on.the.line @Birdsong28 Yes it was, I find myself enjoying the odd stories more and more lol! 💜 📖 10mo
Birdsong28 @Ash.on.the.line I had to read it in chunks, I couldn't read it all in one. 📚📖 10mo
Ash.on.the.line @Birdsong28 same here. It was a lot of story in multiple story lines. I had to look up a few details while reading to keep things straight. 10mo
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lauren.lerner
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It‘s been a minute since I did a #friyayintro so here we go....

1. Black Panther??‍♂️, closely followed by Thor Ragnarok⚡️
2. Dinner out with my spouse, ordering tons of delicious food to share — which we will be doing tomorrow night to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary! ??? #l2n2wed
3. 1️⃣3️⃣
4. I tried so hard with this book but got totally stuck & never went back ¯\_?_/¯

Happy TGIF, y‘all!

IljaRianca Congrats on your anniversary! 11mo
lauren.lerner Thank you, @IljaRianca!! 11mo
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Mc_cart_ny
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About two months ago we moved to Atlanta. Mid-May to mid-June was a crazy time for us, my husband moved to ATL to start his new job, I quit my job, gave birth to our second child, and two weeks later my mother-in-law and myself spent twelve hours driving a two year old and two week old down to our new house (that we bought without ever seeing in person!). It's been crazy but we're settled now and now I have these beautiful built-ins!

Mc_cart_ny Oh! And I tagged Queen of the Night because 1. It's awesome and you should read it. And 2. My mom and Aunt stayed up until 2am decorating my built-ins for me, they are truly the Queens of the Night!! 11mo
Reecaspieces Lovely! Good luck in your new endeavors 11mo
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Read66
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Strong characters and well written story although just a bit too long in my opinion.

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Enjoyed the depth the story went into I felt immersed in the story and the characters. Thank you #Netgalley for the proof copy.

#Penquin

Crazeedi I started this book last year, then put down, will have to revisit 13mo
Birdsong28 @Crazeedi I must admit it took me from Jan to finish this as I had to read other books inbetween just to let things sink in as it was so detailed it bogged me down a bit. So you do need to have a rest inbetween!! 📚📖 13mo
Crazeedi @Birdsong28 thanks! I dont feel so bad now! I'm going to finish it sometime soon 13mo
Birdsong28 @Cinfhen Here is my review 😀📚📖 6mo
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azulaco
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1. Blue
2. The Crown
3. The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee. My husband and I were just talking last night about how the best books are the ones that get you interested enough to stop reading and Google stuff!
4. Ketchup and mustard
5. Final Cub Scout pack meeting of the school year with my older son, to include the Raingutter Regatta. And manic housecleaning, unfortunately. #momlife

Good reading wishes to all! #friyayintro @jesshowbooks

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writerlibrarian
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So, game day. Stanley Cup Final. Vegas vs Washington. 🌸 vs Ovi. My ♥️ is with Fleury but I have a soft spot for Ovi. So either team wins I'm okay with it. Forgot my Alexander's book at work so it's opera for reading.

writerlibrarian Well, it's on. Vegas go on PP. They draw first blood. 1-0 Vegas. Caps tie on a deflected shot. 1-1. Nicki on an Oshie pass. Back to back goals from the Caps . 2-1. Wild Bill gets the goal with less then 2m to go. We are tied. 2-2. 2nd period is on. Knights add a goal and take the lead. 3-2. Caps tie it on a turnover and a really lovely play. Caps get their first PP. Caps big line opens the 3rd with a goal. 4-3. Vegas 4th line ties it up. 4-4 (edited) 14mo
writerlibrarian Reavo gets its second goal of the playoffs. 4th line pulls Vegas ahead. 5-4. Washington gave it all but Vegas scores in an empty net. (edited) 14mo
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Ash.on.the.line
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When you get bookmail but you didn‘t realize how much of a chunkster it was! 😂 I don‘t know if the pic does it justice but I really didn‘t know it was this big! Still I‘m excited to read this!

erinreads It‘s so so so so good! 💕💕 1y
Ashley_Nicoletto I have this on my TBR too and the size is the main thing keeping me from reading it. 🤣 1y
cariashley @Ashley_Nicoletto me too! @erinreads does it feel as long as it looks? 1y
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Ash.on.the.line @erinreads That‘s what I‘ve heard so I‘m excited! 😊 1y
Ash.on.the.line @Ashley_Nicoletto that‘s what I do with my big books too! 😂 I‘m trying to get to some each month! Hopefully this one soon!! 1y
erinreads @cariashley not at all! I loved it from the very beginning though, so it went by so fast for me. 1y
cariashley @erinreads I definitely need to move it up on my list! 1y
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writerlibrarian
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End game for Washington. Might be the end of the road for Ovi. Queen of the Night is quite good. Also, i have a toothache how charming. I have an appointment on Wednesday.

erinreads DC sports teams know how to let me down every year. 😭😭 Hoping for a miracle tonight! 🤞🏻 1y
erinreads ALSO The Queen of the Night is SO good. Enjoy! 💕 1y
Susanita Go Caps! 1y
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writerlibrarian @erinreads So far it's good. Wishing you a miracle. 👊🏻 1y
writerlibrarian @Susanita They need to win this one. 1y
writerlibrarian Oshie get the. Caps on the board, finally on a PP. 1-0 Washington. Caps had one more. 2-0empty net goal and Washington lives to fight another day. (edited) 1y
Susanita Now I‘m yelling at the announcers for saying game sevens instead of games seven. 1y
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writerlibrarian
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Opera, Paris. This one has been in my TRP for months. Now is the time. I need a different alternate book to my Alexander the Great non fiction. Another Alexander but totally different.

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Centique
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This is a huge and intricate confection of a book. If you love ballet or opera, the lush costumes and settings, the over the top passions, this might be for you. Lilliet Berne is an opera singer in 19th century Paris with plenty of secrets - a newly written opera threatens to reveal her past. Lilliet has been wearing a false persona - but then again, no-one around her is quite what they seem either. It dragged a little for me in the middle ⬇️

Centique At the halfway point I hadn‘t yet felt the heart of the characters but by the end that made sense to me as a purposeful move. It‘s about artifice and entrapment, so the protagonist herself doesn‘t find her own truth until the end. A little overlong but it was delicious to be inside this setting. (edited) 1y
rohit-sawant Great review! 1y
Centique @rohit-sawant thanks R! 😘👋 1y
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alisonrose
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Reader, I skimmed it. Ok so - love the overall story, and Chee‘s writing is absolutely gorgeous (except why no fucking quote marks on dialogue????). The saga he crafted is incredible. But. But. As a lot of others have said, it was just too long. It dragged a lot in places and went on and on at times when it felt unnecessary. And I admit to getting confused about characters w/no real names and a bit tired of the narrator‘s shit occasionally. 3/5 ⭐️

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The animal will be tender with you, and you with it, but the animal never forgets that when what it wants for survival requires your death, it will become unafraid to kill you. And so you cannot forget this, either.
It is, on reflection, good training to be a courtesan. A woman of any kind.

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sandra888
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an extraordinary read. im no opera buff but it seemed to me this book read dramatically & thematically like an opera.

at 500+ pages in hardcover, it was also ~really~ heavy! 😁

definitely recommend for historical fiction fans.

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alisonrose
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Why is it so loud when you cry from grief? Because it must be loud enough for the missing one to hear, though it never can be.

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alisonrose
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Pretty sure every time someone somewhere adds this book to their Goodreads shelves, @Liberty suddenly feels happier without knowing why ☺️ #nowreading

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REPollock
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Graduation gifts, because the historical fashion research in this is on POINT.

Shhh, don‘t tell my grad students!

AmyG What a lovely gift. I have yet to read this. 1y
REPollock @AmyG I loved it. It‘s an operatic picaresque of a novel (intentionally) so be advised: it‘s Big Drama. 😄 1y
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kricheal
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Starting this next on #primereading

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sofiaga
Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Kindle on board

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sofiaga
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On my way to the beach. There is nothing like starting a new book on the bus

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Well-ReadNeck
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Great book on Kindle Daily Deal today!!! #kindledeal

TheLibrarian I‘ve been “reading” this book for 7 months now... 1y
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TheBookKeepers
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This book is dense in size as well as details, and I loved it all!! The story is too intricate for one sitting, so if u read it plan to take ur time sifting through its beauty! I had absolutely no prior knowledge of #opera, & thought the author did an impeccable job keeping me informed & the storyline was easy to follow. If you enjoy #historicalfiction , #scandalous stories, & #twistyplots then this is the book for you! #thebookkeepers #bookreview

CMB I want to read the book, but I really want to read the book by this pool!!! 👍🏻 1y
TheBookKeepers Hehe one of the few perks of apartment living! @CMB ❤️ 1y
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Whew, finally finished listening. That took a month! I was really drawn in for most of it. There are certainly a lot of twists and turns, but it was just too long. So much unnecessary inner dialogue. I like, as a reader, to be able to fill in some blanks. And the ending was inconclusive considering how much detail the rest of it had.

CMB Thanks for the insightful review. Details like this are persuasive for me when I consider adding to the already-too-long TBR list! 😉 1y
sdbruening Glad it was helpful! 😊 1y
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Rebonkula
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Ok people. I am getting my literary life together; trying to read allllll the books I missed last year (and before that!) that sounded really really good!

Any recs are WELCOME! Bonus points if it‘s not on my thousand book list. What are your favourites? I‘ll try anything! ❤️

Richryan52 @Rebonkula At the risk of sounding immodest, if you are a Sherlock Holmes fan, consider The Vatican Cameos. I‘m biased because I wrote it 1y
Rebonkula @Richryan52 don‘t be ridiculous! That‘s not immodest at all! Thank YOU for actually writing my rec! I‘ll add it to the list! ☺️ 1y
Richryan52 @Rebonkula I hope that you enjoy it 1y
monalyisha I think I spy “Priestdaddy” on there! Just read that. And when you‘re done, start it over again. 😅😍 I loved it SO. MUCH. (It‘s also great on audio!) 1y
Rebonkula Yessss! I have it on hold at the library! I can‘t wait to get my grubby little hands on it! ❤️ 1y
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True dat

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bookriot
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Day 5 of the #Riotgrams Challenge: royalty! (Photo by Rioter @Liberty ) 🎼🖤🌹

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Liberty
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Day 5 of the @bookriot #Riotgrams Challenge: royalty! My Queen (who is 2 years and 3 days old today.) 🎼 🖤🌹

Ubookquitous One of my favorites reads in 2016 1y
Velvetsun Reading now, after your rave review on All The Books. Love it. 💚 1y
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