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Melismatic

Melismatic

Joined July 2018

I like mysteries where I can‘t guess the ending, strong leading ladies, and unreliable narrators. 💕 Mystery, Horror, & YA. Goodreads.com/melismatic
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New kitty alert! 😻💖 We‘re deciding to call her “Greycie”.

I really enjoyed this book. It was arguably a little too lengthy/meandery for the storyline but that only heightened the tension for me. #AuthorAMonth

Suet624 💕💕💕 3d
Leftcoastzen So cute!😻 3d
AmyG She is beautiful ❤️ 3d
Soubhiville Aw baby! 2d
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Murder on Lenox Hill | Victoria Thompson
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Mehso-so

Book club pick. Plot is pretty boilerplate mystery but TW for rape. Ending was also quite obvious but well written that you enjoyed the two lead characters dynamic.

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This was fab - a Korean-inspired fairytale fantasy with elements of the Little Mermaid & Cinderella, but with a heroine that‘s smart & brave. 🌸 🐉 🧜‍♂️ 👑 🎟

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This is a narrowly a pick simply because I was hoping it‘d be spookier. So much of the plot was told as exposition, which I suppose puts the reader in the place of the governess at the center of the story…but made it feel quite slow. #AuthorAMonth

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Was inspired to finally read Rachel‘s memoir after seeing her literally kill in this comedic play on Broadway a few weeks back. I loved her memoir (though if you‘re looking for a thorough breakdown of her career/SNL days this isn‘t the book) because it feels a bit like a close friend telling you stories over brunch.

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Hello, Molly!: A Memoir | Sean Wilsey, Molly Shannon
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Mehso-so

I enjoy Molly‘s characters on SNL - while this does provide some insight to who she is as a human, the bulk revolves around the complicated relationship she has with her father on a somewhat surface level.

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Wahala: A Novel | Nikki May
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This was pure camp - a soap opera-y Sex & the City meets Big Little Lies featuring four Anglo-Nigerian friends. I can picture it as a television series. Loved the background on Nigerian culture and the characters are imperfect and flawed in a human way. The inciting action is a little ridiculous but it‘s a page-turner for the pure froth of it all. 🇳🇬

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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Panpan

I wanted to love this but it just wasn‘t for me. It was repetitive, anti climactic, and would expand on details that had no baring on the plot but rush through important events that could be fleshed out & embellished upon. I vacillated btwn a So-So & Pan, but ultimately this was a chore to push through.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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This is a narrow Pick but I really loved the nuances about Cuban history and the push-pull for exiled Cubans. The second love story felt forced to me, especially the ending.

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Jailed for Freedom | Doris Stevens
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Went and saw this new musical at the Public (starring Phillippa Soo of Hamilton fame) — it was based upon the tagged memoir, following the American suffrage movement. Well-written and clever, pulls at your heartstrings & makes you laugh (and cry). I need to find a copy of Doris‘ book now….

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All My Rage | Sabaa Tahir
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This was some fabulously emotional YA - well written, well paced, and heartbreaking for all three POVs. This should be a television series stat. Follows two teenage best friends who are a little in love with each other — their own secrets and traumas, and a matriarch who risks everything for them both.

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Cackle | Rachel Harrison
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Mehso-so

Not really sure why this is labeled “horror” — it‘s not. “Cozy horror” (if that‘s a thing?) at best (unless you‘re afraid of 🕷?). It reminded me of some of Grady Hendrix‘s novels - scary elements with a ton of humor and overall, a positive message.

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There is little here to connect to the actual David Bowie but for a children‘s story centered around being comfortable in your own skin, it‘s cute enough.

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Mehso-so

There was so much potential here but the opportunities to explore darkness and set up interesting unreliable narrator twists was ignored in favor of tropes and needless repetition (“Stop! Stop! Stop!”). It gets a so so just because I flew through it wanting to know the end, hoping I‘d be surprised. I wasn‘t.

LitLaur Yes! 👏🏻👏🏻 I thought I was the only one super-annoyed by the “Stop. Stop. Stop!” Ugh. 2w
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I‘m reading so much historical fiction this year! I enjoyed this, altho I do feel the end was a bit rushed. Tells the story of two women who were once close and grew apart over the course of 80ish years on Jeju Island in South Korea. The women were Haenyo - or female divers who were often the main income providers for their families.

#AuthorAMonth

wanderinglynn Great photo! 2mo
Soubhiville Pretty cardinal! 2mo
Melismatic @wanderinglynn thank you! ❤️ 2mo
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A memoir about grief & loss during the pandemic…by an SNL power player? Yes. Highly recommend the audiobook as its read by Cecily herself and you can hear the vulnerability in her voice. It‘s painfully relatable for all of us, even if you haven‘t lost someone, and beautifully written.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Finished this with hours to spare while traveling Upstate to spend time with family.

Not typical King but excellently written. Looking forward to the alleged television series of it — I was rooting for Billy the whole way. My only complaint was the excessive references to The Shining, which didn‘t add anything. 🤷🏻‍♀️

AmyG It‘s a series? Maybe? 🤞🏻 2mo
Melismatic @AmyG yes! I‘ve read it‘s in the works 2mo
TheNeverendingTBR He has these connections in almost all of his books. 2mo
TheNeverendingTBR I really liked this one too 👌 2mo
Melismatic @TheNeverendingTBR yeah, and i feels more like a wink and a nod - if you get it, it‘s fun. This time felt really hammer over the head lol 2mo
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This was one of the storefront windows at the Brooklyn Heights Barnes & Noble. 🇺🇦

cariashley Wow. 💙💛 2mo
KateReadsYA That's powerful and beautiful 2mo
squirrelbrain 💙💛 2mo
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Violeta | Isabel Allende
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I was never a Historical Fiction person, but I do enjoy when it feels accessible & relatable to now, rather than feeling stuck in a time period I cannot relate to. This follows a century long life of Violeta, spanning The Spanish Flu, military occupation in Latin America, and modern times.

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Mehso-so

I liked this but I think it tried to be too many things. It‘s Coming of Age/Race Justice YA, but also Sci-Fi dystopia that verges on confusing. Minus that choice, I feel like this would be a great YA choice.

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💖 wish I had read this in high school

#AuthorAMonth

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Reckless Girls: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Panpan

Wouldn‘t recco — it all feels a bit dramatic and the lead character is both gaslit and insufferable. This plot idea felt half baked, in my opinion.

What isn‘t half baked? These halfmoon cookies my boyfriend had sent from my hometown in Upstate New York to us as a Valentines Day surprise. 😍💖

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Mehso-so

This was poetically written but hard to follow. It‘s centered around a man displaced following a hurricane and has supernatural elements as well. If it wasn‘t so short, I might have bailed.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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I liked this but for all the build up it was a bit anticlimactic. I loved all the red herrings (even if it was obvious they were such) and the writing helped make up for the thin plot. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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West Side Story: A Musical | Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents
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One of my all time fave musicals. (The new film was fabulous and more true to the feel of the original musical than even the original film from the ‘60s in my opinion.) So many lines that are so true & layered, esp Action‘s quip here.

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Letter To My Daughter | Maya Angelou
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A quick lil series of essays with golden nuggets of truth, advice, and insight. 💜 #AuthorAMonth

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I love Gab Union. I read her first book as I began work at the corporate for New York & Company (where she has a successful line). Her sequel is also fab - she‘s a great story teller and runs the gamut of funny & vulnerable. I‘d recommend this for the last real essay alone. While I think the original was the stronger of the two books, this is still great. 💖

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Romeo & Juliet | William Shakespeare
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Mehso-so

First time re-reading since the 9th grade some 20-ish years ago. While I appreciate the language and phrasing more, I still find R & J‘s relationship under developed to the point that it feels less tragic and more pathetic in its pointlessness.

TheKidUpstairs I know it's often talked about as this grand, tragic romance, but I've always seen that pointlessness as the point (if that makes sense). The tragedy of the story comes from the pointless nature of two teenagers falling in puppy love, killing themselves because they can't be together. Tragic because they're teenagers not allowed to be teenagers, rather than tragic because great love was thwarted. 3mo
Melismatic @TheKidUpstairs 100% agree! When looked at through that lense, it‘s a much broader cautionary tale rather that the “love story” many categorize it as. It never felt like a love story to me, either. 3mo
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A clever ‘Gone Girl‘ esque (tho not as crazy/gory) version of ‘Jane Eyre‘ (what a sentence). It‘s a bit predictable if you love the genre — but it‘s short, fast paced, and it‘s popcorn fun (as none of these characters are likeable).

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Practical self help is the best kind. This book is not technical, scientific, deep, or intensely emotional. It provides little, achievable suggestions for being kinder to yourself.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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I really loved this book - even tho it‘s not something I‘d typically gravitate toward. Featured two distinct timelines (that related), expertly showcasing how history repeats itself. All of the characters were truthfully human and believable in their flaws. Definitely recommend!

Kitty pictured isn‘t mine, but a sweetie I cat-sat over Christmas. 😻 #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville He is cute! 4mo
Melismatic @Soubhiville right?! So sweet too - jumped right into my lap for cuddles. 4mo
Texreader What a little doll! ❤️🐈 4mo
Lesliereads I am really enjoying this book right now 😻 4mo
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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I‘m not much for “cozy mysteries” but considering the seriousness of this plot, it didn‘t feel cozy. Much of the seriousness felt tossed off with food descriptions and attempts at sarcasm or flippant humor. It was hard to take any of it as a light read, the lead character in particular. I‘m definitely not this genre‘s prime demo….but this wasn‘t for me.

slategreyskies Oh, that‘s disappointing! I was planning on reading this one, but now I‘m not so sure! :) 4mo
Melismatic @slategreyskies a lot of ppl really loved it - I just couldn‘t get over how more description was given to the food than the characters. 😂 4mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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The hype is real - esp if you‘re an only child/close with your mother. A tear jerker. TW: cancer, family death

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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I can‘t recommend this title enough - it was fantastic. Gritty & intense for YA — it follows a young Native woman who agrees to become an informant after two local tragedies regarding meth addiction happen in her community. It‘s a thrill ride and even tho it‘s long, no detail is superfluous. Also expanded on Native traditions & culture. TW: death, addiction, rape.

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This was Top Choice of Mysteries per Goodreads for 2021 and I‘m throughly underwhelmed. Way too simplistic of a plot for a mystery (in my opinion). That being said, the writing was good and kept me listening. Just wish the plot was twister. Not my jam, per say. The final third was a big misfire - but until then I was pretty on board.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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This is equal bits Handmaid‘s Tale & The Hunger Games, with a magical twist. A part of me wishes it was less about a love story, because it diminishes the feminist theming to a degree. But for YA, it‘s fast paced, honest, sometimes quite gory. 🌺

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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If you loved Bunny (as I did), I think you‘ll like this. Not as left-field bizarre but heavy on the “what” and “is any of this really happening” that Awad does so well.

Definitely liked this more than the play it pays homage to - All‘s Well That Ends Well - but I think it makes sense to read/get the gist of that play before reading. Odd? Yes. Satisfying? In its own way. #ShakespeareReadalong

rachelm I liked this one 5mo
merelybookish Starting this one today! Interested to see how it reimagines that pretty awful Shakespearean plot. 5mo
Melismatic @merelybookish enjoy! It gets wild! 5mo
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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About to start my 100th (& probably final) book of 2021. What a crazy year. 🙈🤷🏻‍♀️😂

DivineDiana 👏🏻💯 📚 5mo
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City of the Beasts | Isabel Allende
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Wildly inventive & totally unrealistic YA novel about two kids on an expedition in the Amazon. For YA, it does speak on topics of drugs, death, and treachery in a pretty matter of fact way, but that could be the translation. Overall, wasn‘t really my thing. #AuthorAMonth

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The first pick for the brand new book club at my workplace. I thought this was a tad overhyped — but would probably work best as a movie.

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Like a lot of folks, I discovered Schitt‘s Creek during the quarantine. It was such a reliable source of joy, I didn‘t want the series to end. This coffee table style book is full of bts photos and interviews with the cast — very cute if you love the show.

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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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I really wanted to love this bc the concept of monsters living amongst us juxtaposed with current events is such a good idea. But the shifting POV made the narrative really difficult to follow.

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The Prince of Mist | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I really enjoyed this. It felt like a spooky episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark or Goosebumps with actual real life consequences. May need to find the rest of the series now….. #AuthorAMonth

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I love Moriarty‘s books. Even when the plot is a bit meh (the case here), the writing and characters are so warm and real, it‘s easy to get lost in her little melodramas.

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Sondheim is a mad scientist genius. 🥧 🔪 🐦 🇬🇧

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I feel like the hype around this was overblown. It felt repetitive, confused, and rife with plot holes. While the plot‘s base is sufficiently creepy, so much is unexplained with any kind of real richness. The characters are super one-dimensional. I kept expecting a twist and it never came. This wasn‘t for me, but as a Halloween-week read…meh. 🍄 🏠 🌹 🐍

Patchshank I didn't care for it either. 7mo
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Plot wise, this had a lot of info that didn‘t lead anywhere — but Jewell‘s writing sucks you in turning this into a super fast read. Even when I knew where the story was going, I was still excited to hear how this ended. I could read all of this authors work. 💍 🚌 🚲

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This was a quick read so I wouldn‘t call it very in-depth — more like an overview of different modern cults & “cult adjacent” and the language they use to draw people in. It was definitely interesting and presented in an easily understandable way.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome decorations!!! ☠️👻🎃 7mo
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I vacillated back & forth about how I felt on this book. Ultimately — it was far too long and the parts more about Henry felt far more heartbreaking & nuanced than the parts about Addie herself. Much of this read like Phantom of the Opera to me — except the Phantom continued a charade of “choice”. It was difficult to feel empathy for Addie (to me), overall she felt quite selfish. Still, it‘s a pick for Henry/the writing itself. #AuthorAMonth

Chrissyreadit Is this your house? It‘s fantastic! 7mo
Melismatic @Chrissyreadit I wish! No - but my neighborhood goes crazy with the decorations! So fun to walk around and see. 🧟‍♀️ 7mo
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Seeing this live on Broadway (mere months before the pandemic shut it down for almost 2 years) was truly incredible - in fact I believe it was their first performance after winning a Grammy. Picked up the lyrics book at a shop in Midtown a few weeks back when I made my first return trip to Broadway. 🥀

Suet624 I was able to watch this from its inception in Vermont on a tiny handcrafted stage, then I saw it Off Broadway. It‘s spectacular and Anais Mitchell‘s singing is always beautiful to listen to. I always get teary when I hear Why We Build The Wall. It‘s so powerful. https://youtu.be/LBGUqMyyvnI 7mo
Melismatic @Suet624 incredible! 💕 7mo
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