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AlizaApp

Joined September 2016

The books are great and so are my nails 💅🏼
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A murder mystery set at an exclusive summer beach town in Fire Island. This was a fun beach read!

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Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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In this fun graphic novel set in the future, a non-binary person on a bachelor weekend must contend with a group of former friends who can‘t get their pronouns right, and also a mysterious murder cult.

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Poverty, by America | Matthew Desmond
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A look at the systemic ways that America and American institutions have not just failed poor people, but created the conditions to sustain their poverty.

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James McBride has done it again - I love the way he weaves together so many disparate storylines into one cohesive narrative arc, where even tertiary characters feel fully realized. In the poor neighborhood of a small town in Pennsylvania early in the 20th century, the Black and immigrant Jewish communities come together to protect a Deaf boy. A beautifully realized novel.

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This novel is told from a different perspective each chapter, which leaves it feeling more like a set of loosely connected stories with overlapping characters. Not a bad thing! I love Brandon Taylor‘s writing and the way he writes about bodies existing and moving through life. A solid and slightly melancholic read.

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Another delightfully weird collection of short stories from Kelly Link.

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Whisky Business | Elliot Fletcher
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An opposites-attract romance where an actress in need of a break heads back to her family‘s land in Scotland, only to find the distillery being run by a grumpy local man who would rather she had stayed away.

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Role Playing | Cathy Yardley
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A fun romance where the meet-cute is a case of mistaken identity. I liked that the couple was in their late 40s, and that one of them is demisexual.

StaceGhost I looooved this book! And her Fandom Hearts series, too 💗 2w
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Silver Nitrate | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Absolutely loved this most recent horror-thriller from the always-excellent Silvia Moreno-Garcia. Set in 1990s Mexico City, a film sound editor and her best friend (a former soap opera star with a tragic past) befriend an aging director of cult horror movies, who believes his last film is cursed and only they can help him. Creepy and atmospheric and cool.

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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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Convicts are given a chance to get out of prison early if they compete in a brutal reality show where they fight to death in arenas. A striking commentary on the prison industrial complex in America, and also on race and the justice system. Very highly recommended.

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Quietly Hostile | Samantha Irby
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Another excellent essay collection from Sam Irby, this time focused on her life married in the Michigan suburbs. A quick and fun read!

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A romance in which a scientist hires herself out as a fake girlfriend until she runs into her favorite client‘s brother in a professional setting and her side gig is in jeopardy. To be honest the context feels flimsy…professional fake girlfriend with no sex does not feel like a real thing. Still fun though!

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A historical fiction set during the 1930s Chicago World‘s Fair, where a performer is seeking revenge on a man who wronged her family in Italy when her estranged cousin shows up, on the run from mobsters and begging for help.

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Ok so I think I liked the premise more than the book itself. An actress returns for the final season of the hit tv show that made her a star after her planned movie career does not pan out. But going back means she must also reunite with the former costar she used to date, even though they hate each other now. Or do they?

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Payback's a Witch | Lana Harper
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Absolutely adored this romance. A witch travels home after being gone a long time intending to avoid the man who broke her heart…only to join forces with some other wronged women. Love AND vengeance? Sign me up! Also enjoyed the witch tournament as a bonus.

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The Quiet Tenant | Clemence Michallon
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The story of a deeply disturbed man told from the point of view of three women in his life: a woman who has a crush on him, his teenage daughter, and the woman he has kidnapped and living in a shed behind his house. A real thriller.

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Business or Pleasure | Rachel Lynn Solomon
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In this romance novel, a ghostwriter in Seattle hooks up with a visiting actor (without realizing he is famous), only for him to be bad in bed. Then he hires her to work on his memoir and she starts giving him sex lessons. I usually think this trope is cheesy but here it worked well. A fun romance!

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Started this YA series, set in 1890s Paris, where a group of misfits work as treasure hunters. And also there is magic! I like the “found family” trope and I like heists, so this worked for me. I will definitely keep reading the series.

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The True Love Experiment | Christina Lauren
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Another lovely romance from Christina Lauren, this one centered around a documentary filmmaker helping a romance novelist find love via…reality TV. If you liked the show Unreal, this is for you.

BarbaraBB That view 😍 4w
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We Could Be So Good | Cat Sebastian
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Whoops this is me, I am ink-stained wretch 😇

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We Could Be So Good | Cat Sebastian
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A very sweet and charming queer romance, set at a newspaper office in 1950s New York. I loved the setting and the writing. Very much recommended!

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Dr. No | Percival Everett
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Fun satire about a mathematics professor who studies nothing, and is an expert on nothing, and gets talked into helping a supervillain break into Fort Knox to steal…nothing.

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The Killer Inside Me | Jim Thompson
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Omg what an amazing package of goodies!! Thank you so much @quietjenn for this excellent book selection (which I can‘t wait to read) and these treats (which I have already started eating)! The candle smells great and am loving all the socks, especially the adorable little grim reapers. Happy Halloween! #hhs #hhs2023 @wanderinglynn 🎃🖤🎃

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🖤👻🧡 4mo
quietjenn Hooray! I'm so glad that you like it 💀 4mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Received my #HHS package a few days ago, sorry I‘m behind on posting. Can‘t wait to open next week! @quietjenn @wanderinglynn 🎃🖤👻

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 4mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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My #HHS package went out this weekend, and should arrive by Thursday! @wanderinglynn 🎃🖤🍂

wanderinglynn Yay! 🎃👻🧡 4mo
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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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Ok I picked thrillers but I do also love cozy mysteries!! This was a tough call. #HHS23 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn 🎃👻🙌🏻 6mo
wanderinglynn Just checking in! How‘s your #HHS going? 5mo
AlizaApp @wanderinglynn waiting for one more item, will ship this week! 5mo
wanderinglynn Awesome! Thanks for the update! 🎃👻🧡 5mo
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Romantic Comedy | Curtis Sittenfeld
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A sweet and smart romance set an SNL-like show, where Sally, one of the writers, notices how the schlubby male comedians keep landing much hotter and talented girlfriends. And then…Sally herself seems to hit it off with one week‘s musical guest. But how can she trust that the formula works in reverse? Anyway I loved this whole thing.

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A true crime podcaster goes back to teach a class at the elite New England boarding school where she was once a student, only to revisit the case of a murdered classmate that she had long since considered solved. A great critique on true crime as a genre (though I do love it), and on the way communities can be complicit in violence even when they are not aware they‘re doing it.

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Happy Place | Emily Henry
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A sweet second-chance romance. A couple about to get a divorce have to pretend to still be together on an annual getaway with their college friends. I like Emily Henry‘s writing! This was not my fave of hers, though it was still a fun beach read.

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The Guest: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Ok jumping on board for the “it book” of the summer. A young woman running out of options tries to scam her way to a better life in the Hamptons, not realizing that she will never really belong in that world even though she looks like she could. I enjoyed the voyeuristic element but it did make me very anxious about her complete inability to accept reality.

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The Survivalists | Kashana Cauley
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A lawyer in Brooklyn moves in with her new boyfriend and his mysterious roommates, who are definitely doomsday preppers but also maybe something more nefarious.

she.hearts.horror I just started this and so happy I did. Aretha is hilarious. Thank you ☺️ 5mo
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Lone Women: A Novel | Victor LaValle
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A tense and excellent horror-Western hybrid. Addie moves to Montana in the 1910s with few belongings except a well-locked steamer trunk that seems to result in mysterious deaths whenever it‘s opened.

SamAnne Loved this one! 6mo
she.hearts.horror I started it and then stopped. I have to start again. 5mo
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A beautifully written memoir about college and music and friendship.

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Greek Lessons | Han Kang
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A nearly blind professor of Greek bonds with one of his students, a woman who has stopped talking and then lost custody of her child. I like Han Kang‘s writing and the way she explores physical manifestations of mental anguish.

IndoorDame Cover love!!! 7mo
DimeryRene Oh my gosh. I love her. 7mo
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Birnam Wood | Eleanor Catton
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An environmentalist action group and a wealthy and paranoid developer clash at a nearly inaccessible New Zealand farm. Well-written as always but I did not love it as much as The Luminaries.

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Historical fiction based on a true story about the short life and marriage of Lucrezia de Medici. The novel takes place in two timelines: in the present after she‘s been married young to a handsome duke she does not trust, and her past growing up in Florence. Gorgeous writing and a story that kept me engrossed the whole time.

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A cute romance, between a fisherman and a socialite forced to move from LA to a small town in the Pacific Northwest to prove that she has more substance than style while running the local bar that had belonged to her late father. Lots of fun!

Suet624 Those characters look like Mutt and Alexa from Schitts Creek! 7mo
AlizaApp @Suet624 I think that was the inspiration! 7mo
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I was resistant to this prequel because I did‘t care about Snow as a character, but I am glad to report I was wrong. As great as the rest of the hunger games books, but with a focus on the 10th games - so different at first but fascinating to see the later version (the Katniss version) evolve. Very excited for the movie this fall!

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A noir in which a formerly punk nun (lots of tattoos and cigarettes) sets out to solve a series of crimes, including arson and murder, that happen at her convent.

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Nora Goes Off Script | Annabel Monaghan
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A sweet (and PG-rated) romance between a screenwriter who writes a movie based on her own recent divorce, and the actor who plays her husband after he comes to spend a few days filming at her house.

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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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In a dystopian and racist surveillance state, a young boy runs away from home to find his mother, a poet and revolutionary. Beautiful writing, as always, but the future had never seemed quite so close as what‘s already happening.

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I love a cute romance that is set in a DC that feels like my city and there are no politicians. That being said, I accidentally read this series out of order, so this is the first one but I read it second. Still fun!

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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Absolutely loved this sequel to Ninth House, in which Alex and friends try to open a portal to hell in order to save Darlington. The sequence in which they each live through each other‘s worst moment was truly brilliant writing. I can‘t wait for the final book in the trilogy.

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Shrines of Gaiety | Kate Atkinson
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In 1920s London, Nellie Coker runs a string of nightclubs and tries to keep her six children in line, even though threats come from every side to take down her empire. I enjoyed the period details and the writing, as always, but it was not my fave Kate Atkinson.

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A Very Merry Bromance | Lyssa Kay Adams
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I love this series! I read this one slightly out of season (😆) but found it just as delightful. Colton, the famous country singer, is trying to convince immigration attorney Gretchen to give him another chance.

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Scattered Showers | Rainbow Rowell
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A sweet and lovely collection of romantic short stories. It was lovely to get more Simon and Baz and to see Regan from Fangirl get her moment. But my favorite one was about two college students falling love over mix CDs ❤️

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Interesting short story collection from the same author as Severance. Most stories have an element of magical realism or fantasy/sci-fi, though some stories felt more fully realized than others.

Reggie Loved Peking Duck. Whose story is whose? Who gets to tell it. And how she expected the other Asian guy to be her ally and he just crapped all over it. I love that story. 10mo
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I could see the build-up to Charlie‘s eating disorder and I think the writer did a great job showing them dealing with his mental health. Another sweet addition to this series, and looking forward to volume 5.

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In an Indiana affordable housing building, the lives of several tenants intersect. There is some violence but also some lovely moments of connection.

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So glad to be back in the world of Elfhame for this spinoff series starring Oak and his childhood friend Suren. They are on a quest and don‘t quite trust each other - as is typical for faerie. I enjoyed both points of view and can‘t wait for the sequel!