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Silvertongue

Silvertongue

Joined January 2018

PhD student trying to keep my love of reading alive and active!
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The Divine by Asaf Hanuka, Tomer Hanuka, Boaz Lavie
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Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
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The Pillow Book of Sei Shōnagon by Sei Shōnagon, Ivan I. Morris
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This quick little thriller started my week off with a bang! Although it takes awhile to uncover all of Anna‘s past, the wait isn‘t terrible as the present story is still pretty exciting. The culprit was kind of out there and weird (mainly chosen for the shock value), and it sounds like the author is also pretty out there too (a la New Yorker article/expose), so unsure if I want to support him in the future.

MaleficentBookDragon I know what you mean. As someone who has had cancer (as well as my sister, mother, and brother in law having it) plus my dad dying from cancer, I felt I could not support him. I gave his book away without reading it. 4mo
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Peril at End House | Agatha Christie
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Wow Christie never ceases to amaze!! There were sort of two layers of twists, which was absolutely fabulous. The ending....lovely and unexpected! It was also really nice because Poirot was especially methodical in keeping track of the suspects, making it really easy for a reader who might want to put the book down sometimes to stay on top of all the characters :) really enjoyable!! One of my favorites of hers!

dragondrool I loved this one! 4mo
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Okay this book literally saved my life while I was trapped for 12 hours in the Atlanta airport due to a layover gone wrong. It totally made me forget about my terrible situation; my only negative is that it wasn‘t longer... I wish we could have gotten to see more interplay between Korede and Ayoola after their past was explained. Loved the mix of absurdity of the murders with the serious sister relationship and family ties. Would highly recommend!

Silvertongue Dang it forget to snag a pic before I returned it to the library, but it‘s a fabulous cover! 4mo
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Truth is literally stranger than fiction in this recounting of the ride and downfall of the medical testing company Theranos. What I wouldn‘t give to see the unfiltered thoughts that were going on in Elizabeth Holmes‘s head throughout everything, although this will probably never happen. Such a fast and engaging read! Friendly to those with and without a science background!

janeycanuck Did you see the story that just came out about her dog? There‘s a podcast series about her, too - it‘s called The Drop Out, have you checked it out. 5mo
Silvertongue I did see the story about her dog/wolf haha. Ridiculous! I haven‘t checked out the podcast yet! Have you? What did you think of it? @janeycanuck 4mo
janeycanuck @Silvertongue I‘ve downloaded it but not listened yet. The book is still on my TBR and I want to read it before starting the podcast. I‘ve heard good things about it, though. 4mo
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It gets better and better every time I read it! What a fantastic end to an amazing series!
Also, I had so much fun at Harry Potter trivia! My team got third in the week about half blood prince and fifth at deathly hallows (and we had been first at the half!) so much fun; hoping to do more trivia in the future, esp book related trivia!

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I can‘t believe how emotional the scene still is when Harry sees his parents‘ grave even after I‘ve read the book so many times!

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Bridge of Clay | Markus Zusak
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Picked up these two bad boys from the library today! Just started on Bridge of Clay — has anyone else read it? It‘s off to a pretty weird start so far... do things start to make sense eventually?

TrishB My friend just started this and texted me to say she was lost at the beginning ! I loved it 💕 5mo
Silvertongue @TrishB thanks for your input! I‘ll keep at it! I‘m glad to hear you loved it — had high hopes for it (the book their and I am the messenger are some of my favorite books!) Best of luck to your friend :) 5mo
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A bit scandalous for me to be reading the series out of order, but I need to be fully prepared for trivia night in my town that‘s based on the HBP book and movie! Trivia night is this coming Monday — wish me luck! :)

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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It was a mix of both high (waited to borrow from library for ~9 months) and missed expectations for me. I just don‘t think that St. James pulled off the two different storylines well enough — potentially the time gap between them was just too large. I really only liked the past girls. The ending sentiments were nice but came out of no where IMO. And the ghost story on top of everything was just too much! Simplification would have helped

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You & a Bike & a Road | Eleanor Davis
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A beautiful book full of comics detailing the adventures and reflective moments that the author had while biking from Arizona to Georgia. Although the art style is rough and simple, the stories Eleanor Davis told in these comics touched me greatly. I loved especially her comics on TX, as I did undergrad there and miss it. Very true, raw and full of nature. It felt like she bared herself to the world through these comics and it was so beautiful!

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Wooo!! Had such a great weekend—learned a lot from the #24in48 I did last year so I definitely had a wider variety of books to read and tried my best to save books for this weekend that I was most interested in reading. Overall finished two audio books, one novel, three graphic novels and am halfway through my last read. Also made it over my personal goal of 20 hours woo!! Hope everyone had as much fun as I did 😊

LauraJ Solid effort! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 6mo
GypsyKat You did great! 👏👏👏 6mo
Jas16 🙌🏽 6mo
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mariaku21 That's fantastic! 🎉🎉🎉 6mo
Megabooks 🙌🙌🙌👍🏻👏🏻🎉📚🥳🎊 6mo
Librarybelle Great job! 6mo
hes7 Nice! 🎉 6mo
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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Starting my last #24in48 read woo!

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I learned a lot about what the re-reduction program in 1970s China was like. I also liked the crazy situations the boys got into. I didn‘t like how poorly “The Little Seamstress” was treated in the text—how the boys wanted to culture her and how the narrator was only interested once she became more cultured. Also she had no name :( BD Wong read character voices weird, esp. women. Nearly a pan for how much I felt like she was treated like an object

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Going to best my last years time of 17:15, but it‘ll be a close call to see if I make it to the full 24. Weird story, but enjoying having the flexibility of the audio book! #24in48

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Twists and turns abound over all the pages of this novel! Can‘t say anything without spoiling it all, but literally didn‘t see anything coming. Very exciting and fun puzzle of a read. Will definitely keep an eye out on Turton‘s future publications. Happy to have read this nearly all in one go during #24in48! Much easier to keep track of characters. Would not recommend audio of this book—it would be way to hard to keep track of everyone

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Ooooh boy what a fun ride! I actually loved the audio read by Imogen Church—she had such distinct voices for the six main characters and there was a lot of tension in the scary scenes. V fun! Still weird how Nora was so distraught about events from ten years ago and how well she remembered everything...seems to be a common theme for Ware. Also wrapped up a bit too quickly. But still so fun! Also my first finish of #24in48 yay!!

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A #shelfie for the hour 12 #24in48 challenge! I am 5 hours and 30 minutes in, which is pretty good! I had a ton of books on hold from the library come in this week, which was perfect timing for the readathon! Hoping everyone is having a grand old time; best of reading to you all!

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My first #24in48 read!! Cleaning up from a party I held tonight that luckily ended right before midnight :) good luck to all participating! Let me know what you‘re most interested in reading this weekend!

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Doing my first audio crochet! So relaxing, yet so exciting. Loving Imogen Church‘s audio of this book—all 6 characters are easily, audibly distinguishable! Very nice. But laughing at how dramatic Nora is when discussing her friendship and school life at 5—who really remembers that much?? Also making my first big crochet project—a ribbed scarf!

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Yasss my metal queen came to me in book form!! So this is just a cutie little book in which Retsuko (from the Netflix show Aggretsuko) gives some useful and some ridiculous advice about how to survive your office job life! Cue lots of metal and raging. Super cute but doesn‘t really reference or advance the show at all. A fun present for big fans! (But needs more Gori—she‘s my favorite but was only in this book once!)

LauraJ Huge fan 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤 6mo
Silvertongue @LauraJ Yessss those hearts are perfect! Metal in my SOUL 🖤🖤 6mo
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Lost Boy | Christina Henry
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This was really close to a pick for me! I loved how everything tied together and that by the end of the book, the characters and location were exactly the same as they were in the classic Pan. Jamie was also beautifully flawed—great character to read!
BUT why did Sal have to be such a plot device with a tragic ending? Really just there to push Jamie over the edge into not loving Peter anymore and to help him grow up. She deserved better!!

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Bird Box: A Novel | Josh Malerman
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I was surprisingly blown away by this book! My heart was racing during multiple scenes and I read the whole book in two sittings. I can‘t remember the last book that made me feel like that! Also reallly happy that there indeed was a box full of birds in the book and that it totally made sense (the title had a big part to play in me not picking this up sooner). Can‘t wait to watch the movie soon!

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For the title, there sureeee was a lot of focus on Achilles in this book... wished we could have had more unique storylines involving more of the Trojan “bed girls” in the camps (as well as the working women). Also wished Briseis wasn‘t so dang perfect—she was a pretty boring narrator. Would definitely recommend Madeleine Miller‘s myth retellings before this book.

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Sawkill Girls () | Claire Legrand
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Excited to be starting this title today! Looks like I‘m always down for a scary read, no matter what the season 😈

JoScho Same! 7mo
Slajaunie Me too!! 7mo
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Persephone | Loic Locatelli-Kournwsky
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I‘ve been really into Greek myth retellings this year, esp. the Persephone myth (any Lore Olympus Webtoons fans out here?) and this one didn‘t fail to disappoint! Loïc was more just briefly inspired by the original story, but it was so cool to see where he went with it. Loved Demeter as a BA mage but also really appreciated Persephone‘s storyline, which gave her such agency and purpose. She‘s a v strong heroine! Art style is great for Ghibli fans!

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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Absolutely lovely. I love how many questions are left unanswered, but how perfect an ending it was. The Netflix adaptation was quite good too!

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It‘s pretty slow paced in the beginning and Toby is massively oblivious to everyone‘s struggles around him and is pretty whiney for most of the book, but supporting characters really get to shine through at the end of the book. French also throws out a bunch of twists that leads to a melancholy ending that has me contemplating all of the deeply hidden motives and reasonings for action. I‘ll remember this one for a long time!

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Congrats on #200k!!!! This graphic novel has been on my to read list for a couple of months; would love to get my hands on it! Thanks for hosting this fun giveaway :) #MonstersGiveaway

britt_brooke ☺️ Thanks for entering! 🤞🏻💚 1y
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This One Summer | Mariko Tamaki
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A beautiful novel that accurately captures the friendship between two preteen girls who vacation on the same lake in the summer—all the growing up drama, giggles and discovery. It feels very slice-of-life, so sort of meandering in the beginning, before reaching a climax that felt too dramatic to me in relation to the rest of the book. The beautiful art and nostalgia of childhood summer kept me attentive throughout. Can‘t wait for summer weather~

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The Golden Compass | Philip Pullman
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My name is Katy, but I took inspiration from one of my favorite childhood heroines, Lyra Silvertongue, when choosing my Litsy handle. I just reread His Dark Materials last year when prepping for La Belle Sauvage, and was touched when, in one of the short stories, it was revealed Lyra adopted the last name that Iorek had gifted her. I love that polar bear king too!
Such a fun idea @Chelleo !!!!!

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Tangerine: A Novel | Christine Mangan
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A fun and easy psychological thriller! It‘s a fast read, but I liked how Mangan started explaining Alice and Lucy‘s backstory pretty quickly, so you weren‘t waiting forever. The backstory took multiple chapters to tell, which made it exciting when you finally could piece everything together. Tangier was a real character in this novel; very beautifully described. While there were some twists, i just don‘t I‘ll remember it well in a year or so

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Loving my book outlet haul that came in today! Have somehow resisted the urge to buy for them for some time, but a recent sale got me hooked again. Excited to get so many more of my favorite Shakespeare editions, even though those will be on my shelves for awhile 😊

Lcsmcat A new #ShakespeareReadalong of Cymbeline just started this week. Check out @readinginthedark and @Jess_Read_This if you‘d like to join us. It‘s an act per week so it fits in easily to whatever you‘re already reading. 1y
Jess_Read_This Thanks for mentioning us @Lcsmcat 😊 We‘d love to have you join the readalong @Silvertongue 💐 (edited) 1y
rubyslippersreads Welcome to Litsy! ❤️ your Maneki Neko! 😸 1y
readinginthedark Yes, so far the Cymbeline discussion has been really interesting because not many of us have read it before! 😊 1y
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😸 1y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Wooo!! I‘d say this was a very successful first #24in48 readathon. Read two books in full, and finished a partially stated play and audiobook. Also got a little into Alias Grace; haven‘t read a new Atwood in a couple of years; looking forward to it! Amazed at how much time I do have to read; want to do more of it and less of TV and phone scrolling in weekends to come. Thanks for such a fun event @24in48 !! Looking forward to the July one already!!

Lacythebookworm Nice! Can‘t wait for the July edition! 🎉🎉📚 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
GypsyKat You did great!!! 👏👏👏 1y
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The Rose and the Dagger | Renée Ahdieh
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Very fun! Adieh writes a beautiful and believable love story between Khalid and Shahrzad in which I became very invested. I did think the ending was rather weak—everyone turned out to be nice and get along, and only one semi-minor good guy died. Was looking forward to a big battle, and had been optimistic about the familial betrayals that were developed midway through the book. Still fun overall and definitely want to read other things by her too!

RaimeyGallant Sounds intriguing. :) 1y
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I listened to a terrible audio version—weird voices and read so slowly. It was nice by the end Tess was taking more action and standing up for herself, but more than half of the novel she was so frustratingly pitiful. Hated that most of the drama was from lack of communication. I have no idea how to process the ending; so unexpected and sudden. Wouldn‘t recommend; too many terrible characters. Happy to have this done after nearly 2 years! #24in48

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The Rose and the Dagger | Renée Ahdieh

Starting the second day of #24in48 with some nice YA to get myself going. Read the first book in the series nearly two years ago; excited to see how it will finish!

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I really appreciated reading about the horrors and hardships the Okinawans endured during WWII. I had no idea how terrible the whole situation was for them. However, I found characters in Luz‘s time to not be well fleshed out (poor Jake, king of info dumping), and they didn‘t sound all that realistic to me. Some descriptions were weird, as was the ending. Would be interested in some nonfiction books on this subject. #24in48

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9.5 hours read in the first 24 of my first readathon...actually not too shabby. Probably will not make it to 24, but have a fun time and can‘t wait to see what I‘ll get through tomorrow! #24in48

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Wowwwww Tess stops up for herself!!! It‘s great, and finally!!!! #24in48

swishandflick I love Davina Porter - how was her narration of this one? 1y
Silvertongue @swishandflick I thought it was just okay—I liked her descriptive narration, but her Tess voice was breathy with an accent that got on my nerves, and Clare and Alex sounded similar. But I think I‘m pretty picky with narrators, and I‘m not sure if this was the best novel to audiobook for me (very little action in some parts), so if you love her and are okay with hearing slower books, you should definitely give it a chance! 😊 1y
tpixie @swishandflick Davina was better than 2 other versions on RBDIGITAL 1y
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A little more than 5 hours in, woo!Taking a break from Above the East China Sea and switching to audio—Tess of the d‘Urbervilles~ #24in48

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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So beautiful. I loved how Benjamin was not heavy handed in explaining how all the characters felt with the date pressing down on them; it was fun imagining how each sibling must feel. Wished there had a bit more magical realism elements in the novel, but still so happy to have read it

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Taming of the shrew | William Shakespeare
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Ughhhh so frustrating to read, for the obvious reasons. I did appreciate my edition of the play, by Folger. Lots of good contextual notes and an modern perspective essay at the end. Yasss to Bianca and the widow #secretshrews #24in48

swishandflick Definitely Shakespeare at his most misogynistic. Two summers ago in NYC there was a Shakespeare in the Park version of this - with an all female cast. It was absolutely fabulous! 1y
swishandflick Welcome to Litsy, btw 😄🎉 1y
Silvertongue @swishandflick that sounds amazing! Okay I would definitely see this play if performed by a cast of women; thanks for opening my eyes to the possibilities! 😊😊 1y
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What a plucky protagonist! Flavia‘s got that great, dry, British sense of human with excellent word play and I love her love of chemistry. Great cast of supporting characters; hoping they get a little more two-dimensional later on. Mystery was fair--liked the British stamp details, but the whodunit was pretty obvious. Bradley also spends almost too much time laying the scene of Buckworth and the town; it was a little distracting from the mystery

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