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alisonrose

alisonrose

Joined February 2016

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar
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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar

Sukie‘s secret ambition is to marry a gentleman in possession of a good trade but poor health, who will die very shortly after the children are born and leave her be. In such circumstances nobody could blame her for entering into business herself, and thus thriving.

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The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock | Imogen Hermes Gowar
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This #nowreading is brought to you by @SavidgeReads who gushed about this book on YouTube enough to get me to pick it up even though the synopsis didn‘t originally grab me. But now that I‘m finally getting around to reading it nine months later, it actually sounds a lot more intriguing!

rwmg It took me a while to get into it but turned out a lot better than I thought it was going to be. 20h
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Overall this is an engaging, thoughtful read, both poignant and funny, and also really informative. I liked how well he balanced his personal anecdotes with explanations about apartheid, racial groupings, and education. He‘s lived quite a life, one most of us could hardly begin to imagine. I did take issue with a couple parts, but still definitely enjoyed the reading experience. 4/5 ⭐️

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

Hm. Not here for his take on the name Hitler & how to view the Holocaust vis-à-vis other genocides and atrocities. I get that many black ppl in SA haven‘t known exactly who Hitler was so using his name wasn‘t shocking, but it‘s 1000% ok for others, esp. us Jews, to be repulsed by it. And there‘s no need to almost downplay the Holocaust as he does to gain deserved recognition for horrors against SA or the Congo. Don‘t do Tragedy Olympics shit, FFS

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Trollkonstnaren A valuable lesson we all have to learn. 2d
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

Oof. If you haven‘t read this but plan to, be aware that there is a brief but graphic depiction of the killing of two cats on page 96 😞

TheBee ☹️ 2d
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah

My father, Robert, is white. Swiss/German, to be precise, which Swiss/Germans invariably are.

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Bklover Love this book❤️ 3d
Jadams1776 I have to revisit this one. It‘s so good! 2d
alisonrose @Bklover @Jadams1776 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 2d
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I‘ve wanted to read this basically since it was first published, but in the past few months I‘ve seen a number of people on Booktube/Litsy/Instagram etc read it and praise it, so it feels like about time! (And before you suggest it—yes I know the audiobook is everyone‘s fave, because of his narration and the languages and such, but I don‘t do audiobooks, they don‘t work for me, I‘m fine with reading it in print, kthxbai)

Reagan-reads 🙌🏻 I prefer print most of the time as well. 3d
erzascarletbookgasm I read this in print too. Loved it. 3d
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Grace and Fury | Tracy Banghart
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This was...okay. Not terrible but also not that notable among YA fantasy. I did like that the worldbuilding & backstory was simpler & not 50 layers of convoluted BS. But somehow the chapters w/Serina were kinda boring even tho you have ppl fighting to the death (a trope I‘m tired of TBH), & Nomi is supposed to be smart & yet didn‘t see the most obvious “twist” ever. Will wait to see what others think of the next one, I might still try it. 2/5 ⭐️

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Grace and Fury | Tracy Banghart
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(Testing to see if I can post pics yet)

alisonrose HUZZAH! It‘s fixed! Anyway here‘s my #nowreading that I started last night 3d
Lovesbooks87 This book was so good. Can't wait until the sequel comes out! 3d
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Grace and Fury | Tracy Banghart

It isn‘t a choice when you don‘t have the freedom to say no. A yes doesn‘t mean the same thing when it‘s the only answer you‘re allowed.

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Grace and Fury | Tracy Banghart

TBH I‘m not expecting much from this one. I got it in an Owlcrate box last year and it‘s not something I would have picked up on my own because it sounds a bit formulaic. But hopefully it‘ll at least be a fun fast read! (And apparently even though plenty of people I follow are posting just fine, Litsy doesn‘t want me to add an image. Which is annoying because the Owlcrate exclusive cover is really cool! 😠)

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Another thoughtful and engaging read from this author! I so love seeing this portrayal of teen motherhood — Emoni is allowed to be both mature for her age but also still the teen she is, and she just feels so real. I like that other teen moms might read this and see someone showing their lives respect rather than disdain. The dialogue is spot on, which matters a lot to me in YA, and I appreciate the depth in the various relationships. 4/5 ⭐️

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo

Okay, I‘m enjoying this a lot BUT three times now, she‘s used that super cliché phrase “I let go of a breath I didn‘t know I‘d been holding” ???

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo

And I know I should love the freedom, but I don‘t think I‘m ready for all the safety nets to be cut loose. Doesn‘t she know I still need her? That I still wish someone would look at the pieces of my life and tell me how to make sure they all fit back together?

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With the Fire on High | Elizabeth Acevedo
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I loved The Poet X, way more than I expected to. And I‘ve heard nothing but enthusiastic praise for this one too. Plus, look at the naked hardback!!! 🍊🥭🍃

KathyWheeler Oh my! That‘s just lovely! ❤️ 7d
alisonrose @KathyWheeler Right?? And the hardback is all shiny and glossy. Such great design! 7d
marleed Do pretty! 6d
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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Such an emotional and heavy read, truly heart wrenching at times, but beautifully written. The way the author wove the present and past together was really well done, though I admit I did have a little trouble following at times and keeping everyone clear in my mind. I loved how much we learn about Iran, its modern history and the people, and how honest it felt whether her views were positive or negative. Love the queer rep, too, mais oui. 4/5 ⭐️

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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi

I think of my body as my only country, my only homeland, and I will draw its contours the way I want them.

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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi

I‘m always chasing after the present. But the present doesn‘t exist. It‘s only an intermission, a temporary respite, which might at any moment be swept away, destroyed, pulverized, by the escaped djinns of the past.

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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi

Because to really integrate into a culture, I can tell you that you have to disintegrate first, at least partially, from your own. You have to separate, detach, dissociate. No one who demands that immigrants make “an effort at integration” would dare look them in the face and ask them to start by making the necessary “effort at disintegration.” They‘re asking people to stand atop a mountain without climbing up it first.

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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi

“Yes, of course—in a few months,” I‘d said, in a voice so phony that every time I think about it I want to run far away and die.

[The perma-mood of crippling anxiety.]

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Disoriental | Négar Djavadi
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Europa editions have some of the most beautiful covers ever. The simplicity, the colors, the French flaps...love it. Haven‘t seen many people talk about this one, but what I have seen has been pretty universally positive!

ManyWordsLater Great one for pride month! 1w
alisonrose @ManyWordsLater 👌🏻🏳️‍🌈☺️ 1w
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Man, life was rough as shit back in ancient times. And then you gotta have a chorus around to poetically narrate everything. I really enjoyed all three plays, Oedipus the King the most, probably. I appreciate that these are shorter plays, although I think Antigone could have been longer and more......in-depth? But I‘m not going to act like I can do drama better than an ancient Greek, LOL. 4/5 ⭐️

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[Me, to like 99% of dudes.]

akckitty pretty much lol 2w
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Dang, they didn‘t mince words, them ancient Greeks.

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You‘re in love with impossibility.

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Been a long time since I‘ve read any ancient literature......like since JC about 20 years ago, heh. Had this on my shelves for a while (on the recommendation of @JeansThoughts ) and decided to finally give it a go.

Sweettartlaura I love that you‘re reading a play ❤️. I did that a couple weeks ago & it was SUCH a treat 🥰 2w
alisonrose @Sweettartlaura I‘ve also started a project of reading all of Shakespeare‘s plays (or rereading, for a bunch of them). Plays are great because they‘re fast paced and quick reads ☺️ 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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This was SO MUCH MORE than I expected! It was fun & funny & breezy, but also surprisingly deep & profound. The story felt so believable too, that this could totally happen & would probably be a lot like this, b/c princes & First Sons are still just ppl with their own identities, after all. Loved Alex & Henry, June, Zahra, all the cast. Loved the sweetness & seriousness mixed. Just wonderful, beyond what I anticipated. A rare & happy 5/5 ⭐️ for me!

alisonrose Also I almost started crying near the end because of what COULD HAVE AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN and it was so nice but also TOO SOON because 2016 will always feel like it just happened. 2w
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

“But way worse people with way bigger problems than me get elected all the time.”

[Ain‘t that the fucking truth 😒]

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

Fucking CACKLING at Henry referring to the US as “off-brand England.”

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston

Well, he gets told he‘s great a lot. He just doesn‘t often get told he‘s good enough.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Ewoks and Princess Leia‘s cinnamon-bun hair were pretty much the only things I liked about Star Wars, so I‘m on Team Henry here.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I like Zahra.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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I‘m having a really tough time this weekend (well, this week/month/year/decade, TBH) and tomorrow is gonna be awful and my cat is sick and everything is hard and bad. So I really need a light, fun, happy book, and like the morose little Eeyore I am, I had very few options on my TBR shelves. Very glad I just bought this and hope it‘ll do the job!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Reading is the best escape!! I hope your kitty feels better❤️ 2w
Cinfhen Sending hugs 🤗🤗🤗🤗 2w
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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Cross Her Heart: A Novel | Sarah Pinborough
Mehso-so

General consensus among my GR friends was right—this was not great. I read it in basically a day so it held my attention, & I like an unreliable narrator. But this was reeeeally slow for the first third, then got so convoluted & bogged down w/unsubtle hints & ostensible red herrings that...weren‘t. Reveal was pretty trite & there were some corny TV cop show lines. But I loved Behind Her Eyes, so I‘m willing to try one more from her, maybe 😬2/5 ⭐️

Megabooks I was undecided about this, and you‘re making me glad I haven‘t read it yet. 2w
alisonrose @Megabooks it‘s not terrible, and I did see some really positive reviews on GR! But it‘s just so slow and meandering and then didn‘t pay off for me. Have you read Behind Her Eyes? 2w
Megabooks I did like Behind Her Eyes. That twist was crazy! 2w
alisonrose @Megabooks Yeah I loved the twist! I know a lot of people haaaaaated it though, and it seems like people like one book or the other but not both 2w
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Cross Her Heart: A Novel | Sarah Pinborough

God bless Google in all but medical situations.

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Jerdencon So true!!! 2w
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Cross Her Heart: A Novel | Sarah Pinborough
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Wait, chips are French fries. Who the fuck eats fries with lasagna? That sounds like dinner at a frat house. Are they drinking PBR with it?

Martyn_J_Pass 😂😂😂 2w
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Cross Her Heart: A Novel | Sarah Pinborough
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A lot of my friends on Goodreads—including people who loved and people who hated her previous book—really detested this, LOL. But I loved Behind Her Eyes so I‘m willing to give it a chance!

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Mehso-so

One reason I‘m not usually drawn to fiction anthologies is it‘s so hard to rate them b/c of how varied your feelings on the different stories can be. I loved a couple (Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore & Healing Rosa by Tehlor Kay Mejia), liked a bunch, but was bored by a handful that just felt really simple with no, like...point to them? And very little queerness. But I am glad this book exists & appreciate the effort all around. 3/5 ⭐️

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Now I understood what my grandmother had wanted, for me to keep my heart soft but the edges of me hard enough to survive the world as it was.

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No better time than Pride month to finally pick this one up! I don‘t know if I‘ve read a fiction anthology of any kind since JC, but this has some great names on the jacket and it‘s historical queer fiction, so YES PLEASE. 🏳️‍🌈👌🏻

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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I do love the silliness and mischievousness of this one, and it didn‘t disappoint on that front. I like picturing how the fairies might have looked on stage back in the day, too. I do wish he‘d gone a little more into the “wait, who loves who” stuff, because it just goes so quickly. Also modern yikes moments regarding comments about darker skinned women, but I suppose there‘s no avoiding that sort of thing from this time/place. 4/5 ⭐️

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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SHORT GIRLS WILL FUCKIN‘ FIGHT YOU 💪🏻

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare

We will meet, and there we may rehearse most obscenely and courageously.

[I resolve to do more things “obscenely and courageously.”]

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A Midsummer Night's Dream | William Shakespeare
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I‘ve been wanting to start a project of reading (or rereading, as the case may be, like with this one) every Shakespeare play. Thought I‘d kick it off with a little whimsy ☺️🧚🏼‍♀️🎭

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie
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While I often enjoy multi-POV books, I think this would have worked better as either a single (Isma) or dual (Isma & Aneeka) POV. I wasn‘t drawn in by the men‘s sections, they didn‘t feel as well crafted as the women. The story is powerful, esp. the parts about grief, about what it means to be family and to love or lose each other in such devastating ways. But it was uneven and lost me a bit with the dudes. Still def a worthy read, tho. 3/5 ⭐️

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Home Fire: A Novel | Kamila Shamsie

Grief changed its shape to fit your contours—enveloping you as a second skin you eventually learned to slip into and resume your life.