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AlizaApp

AlizaApp

Joined September 2016

The books are great and so are my nails 💅🏼
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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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A fantasy novel written for me basically. Set at the end of the 15th century in Iberia, at the home of the Sultan of Granada, which is about to fall to Spain and its inquisitors. All the characters are speaking Spanish and Arabic (which, 💖). Fatima, a concubine, is faced with a difficult decision when she realizes the inquisition is after her best friend Hassan, the royal cartographer whose maps are magic. Also there are jinn. High recommend.

Bibliogeekery Great review! 1w
CouronneDhiver Love that cover! 1w
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Kafka on the Shore | Haruki Murakami
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This surrealist novel tells the story of a teenager who has run away from home, and an old man who can talk to cats, and how their lives converge. I really enjoyed it, though not sure why I have ended up with several recent reads that have a strong Oedipal storyline?

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The Cassandra | Sharma Shields
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The Cassandra myth of Greek legend but set at the nuclear plant in Hanford that developed the atomic bomb. I knew to expect a tragedy but still was taken aback several times. I liked unsentimental Mildred as a main character.

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Everlasting Rose | Dhonielle Clayton
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I enjoyed this second book in the Belles series, which continued the world-building. In this world, beauty is a commodity and only Belles have the magic. I felt the ending closed out the story but am told there is another book coming that will focus on Edel, one of the side characters, which I would definitely read.

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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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My #summersantagoespostal package went out today! The postal workers weirdly would not let me take photos (🙄) so here is a pic of the post office instead! ☀️📚👋🏼

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VanChocStrawberry That‘s weird. Huh. 2w
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The Golden State: A Novel | Lydia Kiesling
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A woman in crisis in rural Northern California. Daphne is taking a break from her life with her toddler daughter while her Turkish husband is stuck in visa limbo and she reflects on the remnants of her own family and inheritance. I loved the writing and the details about Turkish linguistics.

BarbaraBB I really liked this one too 💕 2w
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Everything Under | Daisy Johnson
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A genderbent, queer retelling of Oedipus, which left me feeling deeply unsettled but in a good way.

readordierachel Sounds great! 3w
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Books v. Cigarettes | George Orwell
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Some of George Orwell‘s collected essays about books, reading, and being in school. Short and fun and, of course, still relevant.

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Books v. Cigarettes | George Orwell
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George Orwell on working in a bookstore and choosing books over cigarettes and movies. 😍📚

RedLeaves Love that nail colour! 💙 4w
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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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The first in a YA trilogy about what people will pay (also spiritually and emotionally) for beauty. In a world of gray people, only the Belles and their magic can make people beautiful. Great world building and lots of compelling characters, especially the unstable princess. Can‘t wait for book two!

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Summer Santa | Ward Maia
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My #summersantagoespostal package arrived!! Thanks @mirsophie I am so excited!! 📚☀️🎅🏼🎉😍

@BookishMarginalia

BookishMarginalia 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm So early! Efficient! 1mo
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The Overstory | Richard Powers
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Reading this book made me feel very emotional about trees 🌲🌳🌴

Emilymdxn I loved this one too! So glad you liked it 1mo
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The New Deal | Jonathan Case
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Fun graphic novel about Depression-era hustlers and schemers working at the Waldorf-Astoria.

jmtrivera That looks fun! 1mo
Reviewsbylola Gorgeous cover! 1mo
AlizaApp @jmtrivera it was! And it belongs to @Nitpickyabouttrains if you want to borrow! 1mo
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Fence | C S Pacat
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Really enjoyed this graphic novel about a young fencer trying to get on the team at an elite boarding school. He is illegitimate and his father, a famous fencer, has never acknowledged him, but has another son playing for a rival school.

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Last Night in Nuuk | Niviaq Korneliussen
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A group of friends and their intersecting lives in Nuuk. The first Greenlandic novel I have read! Everyone is queer and parts of the story are told through texts and diary entries.

Clare-Dragonfly “Everyone is queer” = automatic stacking😄 1mo
AlizaApp @Clare-Dragonfly great policy 👍🏼 1mo
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Short stories from the author of “Cat Person” (which is also included in this collection). Some have more of a fantasy element than I anticipated, which was nice. But some did not quite work for me. I really liked the one about a little girl‘s birthday party gone wrong.

readordierachel I really like the cover 1mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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In this second Angie Thomas YA, Bri wants to be a rapper but after her song goes viral for the wrong reasons she has to decide how far to take it. I liked the way she showed how white teenagers are allowed to be performative while POC are always taken at face value. Maybe not as transcendent as THUG but I still really enjoyed it.

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An absolute gem of a novel. Sally Rooney is as amazing as everyone says. A Dublin college student and her best friend are drawn into the orbit of a local writer and her actor husband. Lust, poetry, and French cooking ensue. Very highly recommend.

BarbaraBB This year‘s favorite for me so far 💜 2mo
AlizaApp @BarbaraBB one of mine too for sure! 2mo
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I was most interested in set gossip from Freaks and Geeks and Dawson‘s Creek, and Busy did not disappoint. The chapters about her childhood in Arizona and struggles starting her own family were also really moving.

TheBookStacker I just got the audiobook of this can‘t wait! 2mo
Kloves2read @AlizaApp I still watch Dawson's Creek! I have all six seasons on DVD. One of my guilty pleasures. 2mo
Kloves2read @AlizaApp Team Pacey! ❤ 2mo
AlizaApp @Kloves2read yes I have been thinking about a rewatch. Team Pacey for sure! 2mo
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Your Duck Is My Duck: Stories | Deborah Eisenberg
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A short story collection that I enjoyed while I was reading it, but I did not especially love any one particular story.

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Normandy Gold (complete collection) | Megan Abbott, Alison Gaylin
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Always here for Megan Abbott and very into this 70s noir set in DC. A small town (female!) sheriff comes to DC to search for her missing estranged younger sister. Big yes.

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Saga Vol. 9 | Brian K. Vaughan
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The last Saga in a while, since the writers are going on hiatus for at least a year. So of course it ended on a cliffhanger 🙄

Ekkross Oh of course it did 😫 2mo
GypsyKat This is my favorite graphic novel series! ❤️ 2mo
DGRachel On the bright side, I read an article that said this was the half-way point of the series, so we have something like another 50 issues to look forward to, once they come back from hiatus. 2mo
AlizaApp @DGRachel ok that actually DOES makes me feel a little better... 2mo
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I have been meaning to get to this poetry collection for a while, glad I finally did.

Clwojick What a stunning cover 😍 2mo
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Power by Adrienne Rich, because it‘s still National Poetry Month.

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Sabrina | Nick Drnaso
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One of the best graphic novels I have read in a while. A woman goes missing and is suspected to be dead, and her ex-boyfriend goes to live with a childhood friend in Colorado to process his grief and despair. But it‘s also really about how a conspiracy theory forms, how an online mob can turn on you, how easy it is to troll someone you don‘t believe to be a real person.

Theaelizabet This was a gut-wrenching read. 2mo
AlizaApp @Theaelizabet it really was, in ways that I was not expecting 2mo
8little_paws This book gave me the CREEPS. So well done . 2mo
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All The Answers | Michael Kupperman
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A graphic memoir where the author comes to terms with his father‘s unhappy youth, as the most famous contestant on the Quiz Kids game show in the 1940s and 1950s. Moving and thoughtful meditation on family and memory.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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A woman who is most likely on the autism spectrum finds meaning in her life by working at a convenience store, but struggles to explain her life choices to other people who she considers “normal” in ways that she doesn‘t understand.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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Very into the observations in this novel that casually eviscerate the idea of what “normal” people should think and care about.

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The end of the series was cute. I was rooting for Lara Jean and Peter, but I am also glad that Lara Jean will get to figure things out on her own in college. Also nice way to wrap things up for all the other characters. Overall a very and romantic YA series.

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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I don‘t usually read a ton of romance, except that recently I guess I sort of have? Anyway this one was charming. The trope - fake relationship turns real - is not new, but I loved the fabulous (and racially diverse) characters and the fun, breezy writing.

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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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Really loved these short stories, with their slight edge of sci-fi or even magical realism. I liked the weaving in of African history, and the sense that some of the more futuristic elements are more than feasible in our reality.

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Nice and creepy Victorian gothic novel about a school where children who stutter learn to channel the voices of the dead. Told through letters, documents, photos, and other ephemera.

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Starts out being about how the Trump team was unprepared for the transition and does not understand the US federal government, but ends up being more of a love letter to civil servants and the great work they do, and how amazing public servants are especially during difficult times.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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A man born a slave in Barbados falls in with an eccentric scientist who leads him on a surprising new life that crosses the world from the Arctic to Amsterdam and Morocco. A powerful message about the inadvertent — but still pernicious — racism of Good White People. I really liked this one.

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This sequel, for To All the Boys, is just as charming and delightful. Can‘t wait for book three and rooting hard for Lara Jean and Peter ❤️

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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I love the way Susan Orlean does a deep dive. Here she uses the LA library fire of the 80s to explore modern libraries and how they have changed and what libraries mean in society. Needless to say, I got my copy from the DC Library. ❤️📚❤️

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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liar and Gossip Girl. Four teens try to solve a murder they are accused of after a boy they all had reasons to hate dies in an after-school detention. A fun YA thriller that I devoured in one sitting.

jmtrivera Isn't it great? Soooo much fun. 3mo
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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Thoroughly wrecked by this gorgeous and elegiac novel. It follows two timelines: 1980s Chicago, where a group of gay men are being decimated by AIDS, and 2015 Paris where Fiona, the sister of one of the victims, searches for her missing adult daughter. I cannot stop thinking about this book. #HalfBloodBingo

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Renegades | Marissa Meyer
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I won‘t lie, this was a bit of a slow starter for me. Nova might side with the villains but I never really bought her as a bad person, and even the rest of the Anarchists didn‘t seem so bad. I like the slow-burn romance with Adrian and the other renegades are fun. I will keep reading the series.

jmtrivera I actually like that about the so-called villains. They're probably not villainous at all, but perception is everything. Frighteningly real, if you think about it too long! 4mo
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A millennial in New York experiences the fall of civilization while thinking about her immigrant parents, the life of a city, and the point of having an unfulfilling office job. Clever and observant. #HalfBloodBingo

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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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Absolutely loved book 2 in this series. Holly Black has built an amazing world of faeries and humans and all kinds of other creatures, one that is both discomforting and appealing. Jude is so great and although I feel I should not be rooting for her and Cardan, I am anyway. Can‘t believe I have to wait a whole year for book 3! 😱 #HalfBloodBingo

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Beneath a Starlet Sky | Amanda Goldberg, Ruthanna Khalighi Hopper
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Thank you thank you thank you @Endowarrior21 for this amazing package of Valentine‘s Day books and treats! I just finished the Throne of Glass series so I am especially excited about that tea towel, the socks are adorable, and I can‘t wait to dig into these books! ❤️❤️ #cupidgoespostal

Thanks @BookishMarginalia for organizing!

CouronneDhiver Oh wow! That‘s a great bunch of gifts 😍 4mo
Endowarrior21 Your welcome 4mo
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Her family story was interesting, but I am not sure I needed another story about poor/overlooked white people right now. And I was sort of thrown by the central conceit in which she addresses the whole book, in the second person, to a hypothetical daughter she never had when she was a teenager. (She was never pregnant, it‘s just to illustrate how she escaped the cycle of poverty.)

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Volume 2 of the Runaways is still charming. Doombot shows up, Victor has great hair, Molly has a nice storyline. I always want more Gert and more Nico. #HalfBloodBingo

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Cupid's Secret | Buck Kalinowski, Kim Miller
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Received my #CupidGoesPostal yesterday from @Endowarrior21 and so excited to open! ❤️📚

👋🏼 @BookishMarginalia

jmtrivera Your nails are just always the best. So pretty! 4mo
AlizaApp Thanks @jmtrivera 💅🏼 4mo
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Playing Cupid | Jenny Meyerhoff
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My #cupidgoespostal went out to Canada from DC today! @BookishMarginalia 📚❤️🥰

CouronneDhiver Yay!!!👏🏽👏🏽 4mo
BookishMarginalia Could you send me the tracking info so I can pass it along to @LeahBergen ? Thanks! 4mo
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I loved many of these poems, about family and shared history and otherness. Can‘t wait to read Ocean‘s novel, which will be out later this year. #HalfBloodBingo

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From “Someday I‘ll Love Ocean Vuong” by Ocean Vuong. This whole poetry collection was filled with killer lines.

TrishB I loved this collection too 💕 4mo
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Winter: A Novel | Ali Smith
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I liked this one more than Autumn. A man pays a young woman to pretend to be his girlfriend to fool his aging mother on Christmas, but really a meditation on family and growing up and obligations. Rom-com premise but not really the point here. Really enjoyed it. #HalfBloodBingo

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Coyote Doggirl | Lisa Hanawalt
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Cute graphic novel about a half-coyote, half-dog cowgirl who goes on adventures with her horse.