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Zakia

Zakia

Joined May 2016

Word archaeologist. Teacher. Language Arts Lover
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East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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Bag Of Bones: A Novel by Stephen King
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One of my summer reads... it is awesome! If you haven't read it yet PLEASE GO OUT AND GET IT!!

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And so the 26 volume saga begins... #amreading One Rainy Day in May.... on a rainy day in May. Life imitates art.

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East meets West - I embark on a journey that so far is excelling itself in telling the complicated story of the birth of modern day Istanbul. Istanbul is an impossible cocktail of Muslim, Jewish and Christian cultures - and we all know how to get along. Therefore it is only apt that I sit in my English garden, drinking Greek coffee while reading about the birth pains of a secular Turkish republic. So far, Charles King has mesmerised me. 🇹🇷

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Came across this on NetGalley and just HAD to read it. Can't remember the last time I was so engrossed with a non-fiction book. An absolute gem. Erin Brokovich meants Marie Curie...

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An absolute gem! Can't recommend it enough. #fantasyandmagic

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Fight Club 2 (Graphic Novel) | Chuck Palahniuk, Cameron Stewart, David Mack
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Palahniuk is a drug. Every now and then, you need a quick hit of his surreal world... I'm so glad Tyler Durden is back. This is one imaginary friend you DO NOT want in your life. Or maybe you do... Depends.

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JoeStalksBeck He is a drug! Everything he writes is pure brilliance 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Atwood is given license to play around with Shakespeare's The Tempest, and turns it into a 'play within a play'... seriously, this woman can never do wrong. Reading this at a time when the RSC are releasing the most immersive, CGI version of the play was the best thing I ever did. Plus, Atwood has made me think about the characters in ways I never thought I could.

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Tales of the Peculiar | Ransom Riggs
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This was a Christmas gift from a dear librarian friend/colleague of mine that I read in one sitting... what a wonderfully peculiar and refreshing collection of short stories! Riggs has cleverly grafted the mythos of the peculiars to the real world. The stories (like real myths and legends) have variable endings due to the vernacular nature of folklore and its penchant to morph according to the needs of its audience.

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faelinwolf This was my favorite illustration! 3y
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Hag-Seed | Margaret Atwood
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Every year I set myself a reading target (50 books) and this year I've successfully met it. 2016 has been a productive reading year. I may have fallen short of last year's target, but with a few days left to go I reckon I can get a couple more in. I hope it has been a great year for all my bookworm friends here on @Litsy too!

Do you set yourself any reading targets? I'd love to know how people manage/ set out their expectations for the new year!

Soubhiville My yearly goal is 75- about a book per week, plus an audiobook every 2 weeks during my work commute. I usually come pretty close. 😊 3y
Marchpane 50 books is a typical target for me. I'm thinking I might switch to page count target next year though as that's a more consistent measure. 3y
Zakia @Marchpane I've thought of that too. 200 pages a week seems viable. 3y
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Zakia @Soubhiville That sounds great! I've never set an audiobook target before. Might be an interesting one to get into... though I've been listening to a series recently and can't track it on goodreads because it's a podcast :( 3y
Mcoun I do set goals and I try to increase it a little bit each year. I'm going to be about 10 books short of my goal this year, largely because I read a few really long books. I think a page challenge would be much better. I wish that GoodReads had that as an option. (edited) 3y
Zakia @Mcoun You can still keep track of how many pages you have read... it's an option on the stats page. If I do a page challenge, that's how I intend to keep track :) 3y
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Deadpool vs. Carnage | Cullen Bunn
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Soo much fun! Deadpool's oneliners cracked me up... Gotta love a bit of Deadpool! Gotta take a much needed power nap now. My total number of books are up to 8. Wow... I actually did it!

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Not quite what I was expecting, but a good read nonetheless.

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For the next 2 hours of #readathon... comic books! This will bring my total to 4 books.

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Shawshank Redemption | Stephen King
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King at his best. A well-written story that carries you through to the end. Perfect for the #24hourreadathon #88pages #score

RealLifeReading One of my favourites! 3y
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“She‘s lived in Plato‘s cave, staring at the shadows on the wall. Now she‘s been turned around to face the fire.” #24hourreadathon #book1

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“I love you, Miss Justineau. I‘ll be a god or a Titan for you, and save you.” - Melanie

HeatherBookNerd Just finished that book. So good! 3y
Zakia It's so different than what I anticipated... and the prose just keeps getting better and better. 3y
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Fight Club 2 #5 | Chuck Palahniuk
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I probably have this convo every other week with a student... I make the exact same expression. #feelingchuckspain

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Fight Club 2 #4 | Chuck Palahniuk
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It's 'Write Club'... can you guess who's running the show? Lol

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Fight Club 2 #3 | Chuck Palahniuk
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'The dog, Mr Palahniuk?' - the world needs more Tyler Durden. #tylerdurdenlives

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As always, engrossing. King's prose is easy on the eyes (and brain).

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Now that's what an English undergraduate wants to see! All books Q9... Happy days were had rummaging through the Halcyon Bookstore shelves. I saved a mint on all the texts I needed. Call me crazy, but there is nothing more relaxing than walking into a shop that has mini Everest's of books teetering precariously on every available surface. Some really nice rare editions to be found here too #getindie #greenwich #royalgreenwich #boroughoflondon

MrBook You're not crazy in the least! 😊😎👍🏻 3y
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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My local haunt... Situated in Rochester (Dickens' country) in Kent, England is literally England's largest rare and secondhand bookstore. If I wander down Rochester High St, my feet always end up taking me here! Picked up a rare copy of A Christmas Carol. I love to look through the leather-bound editions of Byron, Keats and Dickens! There's a gorgeous set of Shakespeare folios for anyone who's interested! #getindie #rarebooks #victorian #dickens

Libby1 I LOVE Rochester. If I remember correctly there's also a place there called The Little Dorrit Tattoo Parlour! 3y
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A promising start.

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😂😂😂

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Loving this biography of Coco Chanel! I've fallen for Boy... Balsan is such a terrible bore :(

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Tenderness | Robert Cormier
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Doesn't look like much, but August will be the month I truly get my 'read' on! Lol

Jellybeanbon The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand is one of my top 5 favorites. I still want to check out the Anthem. 4y
britt_brooke Nice graphic! 👌🏻 4y
Zakia @Jellybeanbon Don't you find her political rants off-putting? I got a bit of it in Anthem and it kind of spoiled it for me. 4y
Zakia @britt_brooke thanks! 4y
Jellybeanbon @Zakia hmm I think there was so much going on in The Fountainhead that it didn't bother me. I'll have a go at The Anthem and let you know what I think. 4y
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Doth my eyes deceive me? Or is this the voice of Beatrice mine ears heareth? #muchadoaboutnothing

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On Beauty | Zadie Smith
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The summer 2016 TBR pile. Basically the next 5 weeks of my life...

MrBook Nice stack!!! 4y
Josie I loved the Dean Koontz Frankenstein series!! I read them all back to back last year! 4y
Zakia @MrBook Thanks! I just hope I can get through it! 4y
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Zakia @Josie They are the best! I hope this one is as good as the others. TBH I think it is the best modern Frankenstein book yet. 4y
MrBook You have my undying support in your literary endeavor 😊👍🏻. 4y
Josie @Zakia I completely agree!! I really loved all of them! Once it was finished it was very satisfying! Good luck with your stack! You can do it!! 4y
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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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One step closer to 'I' instead of 'we'. Really enjoying the serial reader at the moment :)

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A cheeky little Casablanca reference keeps yer reader on their toes 😋

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Dollar, dollar bill y'all! #thuglife #shakespearestyle

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... This novel will ruin my summer vacation... I know it.
I want the noose, I want the scorch burn!
I'm ready for the ride. Let's go! ☠☠

abhisynthe Interesting. Actually there are 3-gods: brahma for creation, shiva for destruction, Vishnu for order. Kali is the female embodiment of destruction - but more like someone who purges. Nonetheless - love aronofskys delivery of the surreal 4y
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Truth. Always write what is truthful... Therein lies beauty and grace. Art always finds a way to validate our lives, no matter how fleeting, small or graceless it may seem to us. Art is a mother's bosom with room enough for all and eye enough to see and bring out those hidden angles of beauty.

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Tenderness | Robert Cormier
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Amazing! I never thought I'd feel sympathy for a serial killer... But Cormier is so skilled, he actually made me feel sad for Eric. Definitely a good one!

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Alice | Christina Henry
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No character development. No nice imagery. Very boring.

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Almost choked on my morning coffee! 😂😂😂 #evilbuttsmoke #icouldsmellthevilinit
Bonus points for those that can also spot something else about the passage ;)

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Tenderness | Robert Cormier
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The total absence of a conscience has always fascinated me.

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I've always said that crazy is better than normal.

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East of Eden | John Steinbeck
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I dub thee, 'On the Merits of being a Servant' by John Steinbeck #interesting

MrBook The thing with Steinbeck is that one cannot quite a single sentence. Nah, nay. Such would be unjust. A literary genius. 4y
Zakia @MrBook True. I could@have quoted the whole chapter... he's too good. 4y
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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Started off really well, with beautiful description of how magic might really 'feel' like... but the narrative went a bit stale towards the end. If there had been more Baba Yaga in this rather than silly trees that capture people's souls, it would have been a superior novel. More Baba Yaga!

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Back on this again.
Every 'narrative junky's' nightmare... #thefearisreal

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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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Trialling Serial Reader with Ayn Rand... And loving it! They really know where to cut it off so you want more❤️

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik

Can't put it down... I'm in big trouble. I have marking to do! 😱😱😱😱

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Persepolis Two | Marjane Satrapi
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The second instalment is just as engrossing a the first - Can't wait to read volume 3. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Persepolis Two | Marjane Satrapi
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Sound advice from grandma!

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The Fireman | Joe Hill
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Signed copy from Waterstones, Greenwich - WHOOP! Thank you @joe_hill - your story so far has brought back memories of a 10 yr old me, sitting cross-legged leafing thru her father's copies of The Unexplained. The photos of Spontaneous Human Combustion always scared the life out of me!

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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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Iran was once a prosperous, forward-thinking country. Marjane Satrapi's autobiographical account coincides with the deathroes of the Pahlavi reign (last Shah of Iran) and the onset of islamic fundamentalism in her country. Through her eyes, we witness Iran metastasising to what it is today. 🌟 ☮☯☪

abhisynthe I remember reading 'lajja' by tasking nasrin a long time ago. This seems like a perfect follow up. 4y
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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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Reality is weirder than fiction...

Leelee.reads Been wanting to read this for quite a while - your post put it back on my radar. Thanks! 4y
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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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The brainwashing of the young... how often I see/ hear this from the mouth of babes in my line of work. Today's political climate of hate against certain religions and beliefs means children have no hope of knowing the right thing if their parents have nasty, crooked ideas.

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Picked up this quick read in the library with the kids today. Excellent!

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The Midnight Palace | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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Zafon knows his craft: great to see him channeling Mary Shelley here. Quality description, so vivid!

BookswithTea Love him! Shadow of the Wind is one of my favorites! 4y
IndyHannaJones I love him! Read Marina! So good! So friggen creepy and sad. 4y
Zakia @Hyaeger @BooksTea Shadow of the Wind is def his masterpiece. Isn't Marina the one with the puppets? So creepy. 4y
BookswithTea @Hyaeger @Zakia I have Marina but haven't read it yet! I have read the other two in the "shadow" series (waiting for the supposed fourth book) and one of his other YA - Prince of Mist (I think that's the title) which was also good! 4y
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