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alisonrose

Joined March 2016

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan

“You are welcome, of course, to choose your own path, but in doing so ask yourself what is just. Look at the truth of this matter, and ask yourself what is rightful.”

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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The main thing I‘ve heard about this book in reviews is that the first half is wonderful and the second half gets messy and incongruous and confusing. But it has a super intriguing synopsis and a 4.01 average rating on Goodreads, so I‘m gonna take the chance and see where I end up. #nowreading

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I only got one BSC book from the library this time instead of my usual three, because I was having trouble finding others through the inter-library loan system. Hopefully they‘ll show up at some point! This one was a good read for any kid who has had to move or had a friend move away. Stacey showed how you can be both excited about moving but also sad about leaving what you know. I wish there was more focus on that & less side plot stuff. 3/5 ⭐️

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Twelfth-night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare
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This is definitely a silly and fun little romp, and I think the use of a Fool in this play is better than other appearances. There‘s also some good ol‘ Shakespearean innuendo to enjoy. I admit the concluding scenes are a bit hard to follow; I had to reread the summary a few times to keep all of the misdirection straight. Definitely one I‘d want to see a performance of, in order to really get the full measure of it. 4/5 ⭐️

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Twelfth-night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare

Foolery, sir, does walk about the orb like the sun; it shines everywhere.

[Ain‘t that the truth!]

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Twelfth-night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare

I do I know not what, and fear to find
Mine eye too great a flatterer for my mind.
Fate, show thy force. Ourselves we do not owe.
What is decreed must be, and be this so.

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Twelfth-night: Or, What You Will | William Shakespeare
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My Shakespeare pick for this month! This is one I haven‘t read before, but I know it‘s a fun one 🎭 #nowreading

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❤️ I live in the northern SF Bay Area in California
🧡 39
💛 LOL well...I‘m very low-income now, especially compared to my previous job, and so I‘ve had to cut back a bit, but since buying books is the only money I spend for “entertainment” I make it work (with help from my wonderful parents)
💚 Very single and happily so, forever
💙 She/her
💜 It‘s just my first and middle names ☺️🌹

Thanks @JoScho for the fun post! #gettingtoknowyou

JoScho Thanks for joining in ❤️ 2d
alisonrose @JoScho 👌🏻💜 2d
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
Mehso-so

A little torn—I love a story about a young immigrant trying to make her way in a new place & make a life for herself within the strict confines she finds herself in. Ana is brave and bold and admirable in many ways. But the writing style felt a little...young? Granted, she‘s 15, but it felt a bit too simple. And I was a little uncomfortable with how different identities are portrayed. Still a quick & enjoyable read, with some NY nostalgia. 3/5 ⭐️

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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz

I‘ve trained all my life. Pretend, pretend, pretend. Pretend the whippings didn‘t hurt. Pretend I was listening. Pretend to care about the stories Juan told me and that I loved him. Pretend that I was happy about leaving my house in Los Guayacanes.

To hell with pretending. Yes, I say. Yes.

Chrissyreadit This sounds intense. 3d
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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz

I look at my feet. I hold back my tears, slump my shoulders, and retreat just enough to show deference. I have learned a lot from growing up with animals.

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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz

My flaming pink dress feels brighter, more vulgar. The white lace barely covers my chest. Juan stares at the curled ribbons in my hair as if I am a present to be undone.

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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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I love that this cover is so simple and yet has these couple little details that draw your eye. Also I do love me a book about a woman escaping a shitty dude, and I‘ve heard many rave reviews about it. #nowreading

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I hadn‘t posted a nowreading for this because I was just reading it for work—this is a book we published. I‘m neither an educator or parent, but I wanted to read it to better explain it to customers & I think it‘s a really important topic. Montessori education is well-suited for helping kids w/varying exceptionalities, and the ideas & practices in here would be great for schools to adapt. Wish it were more in depth but still is very useful 4/5 ⭐️

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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There‘s a lot of truth here about long friendships b/t women, how they change as we do, yet in some ways stay so constant. I appreciated the honesty about the main characters‘ flaws & mistakes. But both Tully & Kate often went beyond flawed into just straight up shitty or aggravating, & the tone could be fairly heavy-handed & a bit Lifetime Movie-ish at times. Still an overall enjoyable read, including fun/cringey memories of 80s fashion 😆 3/5 ⭐️

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah

“I did not say that faith was easy; merely that it was necessary.”

[Sidenote: Kristin Hannah really loves the semicolon. I‘m on page 268 and I‘m pretty sure there‘s been at least that many semicolons.]

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah

Thoughts—even fears—were airy things, formless until you made them solid with your voice, and once given that weight, they could crush you.

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah

(Yikes. Wasn‘t expecting a sexual assault on the page less than 10% into the book 😧 Trigger warning for anyone who wants to read this. It‘s quick but jarring.)

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Firefly Lane | Kristin Hannah
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I‘ve only read one of Kristin Hannah‘s books (The Nightingale, of course) and I‘ve been meaning to pick up another ever since. This one sounds very promising—I do love a good “complex female friendship over many years” story! #nowreading

KathyWheeler If you like it, there‘s a sequel: 1w
Crazeedi I didnt know if I would be interested I this, though I did live nightingale 1w
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An impressively strong collection, especially for a debut! I appreciate that each story is of reasonable length (hate when a “story” is like 3 pages) & each has a substantive plot, a full exploration. Characters & settings are quite varied, yet the theme of alienation—intentional or forced, painful or restorative—connects them beautifully. Two stories didn‘t quite work for me, but overall this was great & I look forward to more from her. 4/5 ⭐️

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The look of despair on Freyn‘s face was not unfamiliar to him. Freyn had clearly believed with all his heart that whatever dream he saved himself for all these years, like a virgin bride, would reward him by promptly coming true. The younger man could be Van Jorgen years back, living in blissful ignorance of the pain of the world, only to have it pour over him in a molten wave.

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I‘m not a big short story reader, but I‘ve found a few amazing collections over the years, and this one is beloved by both @Liberty and @thereadingwomen so I have a good feeling about it ☺️ #nowreading

Eyelit So many people I know have recommended this book! It sounds pretty awesome! 1w
Christine Loved this one! ❤️ 1w
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Second Sight | Aoife Clifford
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This was a quick and engaging read, and I thought this version of “charming small town that‘s actually kinda toxic” was done very well. Also appreciate that there were a number of ways the mystery could have gone, yet I still definitely didn‘t see the correct one coming. However, part of the reason is it did feel a bit...outlandish? Just a smidge over the line of believable for me. But the writing was sharp & I‘ll read more from the author. 3/5 ⭐️

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Second Sight | Aoife Clifford
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A lovely online friend sent me an extra ARC she had for this one, and it sounds great. I‘m especially drawn to the fact that it‘s a mystery where the main character is a civil lawyer instead of a detective or something. And it‘s Australian, and it seems like we‘re getting a lot of terrific literature out of Australia lately! #nowreading

Lizpixie I loved this one. Read it a few weeks ago👍 2w
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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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Truly fascinating—the author nailed the concept of telling the story thru the perspective of a bee w/o making it corny or silly. The bees basically have human characteristics, speech, & motivations, but we still get 100% bee life & behavior. It‘s hard to explain but I thought she did what she set out to do very well. It did get a little repetitive after a while, & be warned there is some bee-on-bee violence. But a terrific & singular read. 4/5 ⭐️

BookNAround I really liked this one a lot. 2w
ladyneverwhere I loved this book, but it was so so weird! And you're right, it's incredibly hard to explain. 2w
alisonrose @BookNAround 👍🏻🐝💗 2w
alisonrose @ladyneverwhere Right?? Like.....”Well, it‘s about life in a beehive, and there‘s some super violent murder, and bees apparently learned English from classic novels or something....and it‘s REALLY GOOD!!!” 2w
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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull

...the veil of scent parted to reveal the doors to the Chapel of Wax, from whence the Queen herself walked out, her ladies behind her. She was clothed in a mantle of pure white waxen lace, so light it flowed like air around her. Her divine fragrance was now blended with the wild air that had blown through the broken and ravaged hive, and when she smiled on her daughters, bright and steady waves of love and reassurance flowed through the air.

alisonrose The writing in this book is whimsical as fuck and I‘m here for it 2w
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Untitled | Unknown
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Hello, Littens! I‘m trying to bring in a little extra money as finances are super tight the next couple weeks. I was hoping to sell some unhaul books. They‘re all basically new—a few are from an overstock sale so might have a pen mark on the edges, but otherwise they‘re good condition. (NF=nonfiction) $12 for hardcover, $10 paperback (includes media mail postage). First come first served. If interested, pls email arparker711@gmail.com. Thanks!

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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I feel you, homebody bee. 🏡🐝

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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This book is not just about bees. It‘s told from the perspective of a bee. Third-apian perspective. I‘m so here for it because 1) bees are a cute and fun aesthetic, & 2) like most people, I read about bees dying off and what it portends for humans and I‘m like ARE YOU OKAY BEE CAN I HELP YOU WHAT DO YOU NEED LET ME CARE FOR YOU. So I wanna read this bee book to expand my bee empathy even more. Plus it sounds fucking fascinating. 🐝🐝🐝 #nowreading

Texreader My dad was a hobby beekeeper and so I grew up around bees and love them. I hope to be a beekeeper when I retire. 2w
alisonrose @Texreader that‘s so cool! 2w
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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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MY HEART!!! This was intensely beautiful & brave & uplifting and so much more. I love the way the author structured it, allowing us to grow along w/Eric & Morgan year after year. And watching Morgan struggle to be her true self, to let herself even consider it, to wrestle with turmoil & hope all at once, just hit me so hard. I‘d love to put this book in every trans kid‘s hands. But I also HIGHLY recommend it to everyone. Please read it. 5/5 🌟

sprainedbrain Yes! Great review of a great book. ❤️ 2w
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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo

I eat dirt a few times, but it‘s not like I haven‘t gotten my ass kicked before, and at least now I‘ve got a helmet, and the adults will step in if things get out of hand. Where were the adults before? How many of them stood up for me when people knocked things out of my hands, punched me in the stomach, spat on me, called me a f——?* And now they‘re cheering? I don‘t know who‘s more of a hypocrite - me or them.

Long live football.

alisonrose (*The word isn‘t censored in the book, but I chose to do so to avoid triggering anyone.) 2w
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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo

...and my breath hiccups as I realize how big everything is, and how small we are, and how in the whole span from the first star, to the end of everything, this moment will never be seen again.

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Birthday: A Novel | Meredith Russo
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I really liked Meredith Russo‘s first book, and have heard nothing but wonderful things about this one. And of course my queer ass had to go for this U.K. paperback edition with the rainbow edges 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈 #nowreading

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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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I know this is a well-loved modern classic, but it just didn‘t work for me on a number of levels, one being that I personally have a very difficult time reading about such blatant and seemingly condoned hatred and violence against women. The anti colonialism storyline was powerful but didn‘t even come up until about page 140, and the book is barely over 200 pages. Characters were either awful people or flat. Just not the book for me. 2/5 ⭐️

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I managed to catch it right on the dot! Thanks, all you lovely Littens! 😊💗📚

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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe

Jeez, I know it was written in a very different time and place but this is misogynist AF. I feel like it ought to be subtitled, “A novel of toxic masculinity.” 😳

Caterina I read this book years ago and adored it, but I was also a teenager who didn't know about misogyny or feminism yet, so now I'm wondering if I would hate rereading it! 2w
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Things Fall Apart | Chinua Achebe
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I‘ve heard so much about this book over the years, and have seen a wide array of reviews for it. Sounds like it will certainly be informative and insightful at the very least! #nowreading

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
Mehso-so

I definitely appreciate that there were some truly unique elements to this story, and that the basic plot wasn‘t overly convoluted. The descriptions of scenery and magic were fun and evocative. However, I also found that a lot of the story was fairly derivative, and this was a great example of why NOT EVERY YA FANTASY NEEDS A ROMANCE. It wasn‘t believable at all and they had zero chemistry. It was exciting at times, but draggy in between. 3/5 ⭐️

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

She now understood that the world wasn‘t kind to young women, especially when they behaved in ways men didn‘t like, and spoke truths that men weren‘t ready to hear.

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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson

He snapped the notebook shut. “I know all of this must be very frightening for you, but try not to agitate yourself. Excitement will only worsen the inflammation.”

She stared. “The—what?”

“The inflammation of your brain, Miss Scrivener,” he explained patiently. “It is quite common among women who read novels.”

😒😒😒😒😒😒😒😒

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September Fair | Jess Lourey
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Books read: 14
Pages read: 3,922
DNF: 0
Women authors: 13
POC authors: 6
Favorite: Cantoras by Carolina de Robertis
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7 Adult fiction
1 Young adult fiction
1 Middle grade fiction
2 Plays
3 Nonfiction
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⭐️: 1
⭐️⭐️: 1
⭐️⭐️⭐️: 5
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 6
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 1

alisonrose Pretty good month as far as my ratings go! 3w
JenFowler Good job!! Which was the 5 star? 3w
alisonrose @JenFowler the one noted as my favorite 😊 Cantoras! 3w
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Sorcery of Thorns | Margaret Rogerson
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Among people I follow on Instagram and Booktube, the ratings really run the gamut for this one, but it involves magic, books, and a “mysterious demonic servant,” so it sounds promising to me! 🔮📚😈 #nowreading

alisonrose This is the Owlcrate exclusive edition, in case you were wondering about the pretty purple cover, which I LOVE. 3w
Asthecroweflies I really liked this book. 3w
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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HELL YES I was hoping this might be one of the #BOTM selections this month!! (And good thing too, because the other four were 👎🏻 for me, sigh.)

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As I thought, this little novella had a lot to say, about faith and the different forms it takes, how its presence or absence can affect each of us in unique ways, and how goodness and badness are not necessarily tied to either. The two men who are the central characters have come to their present realities in believable ways. I do wish we got more from the two younger characters, especially Leni. But this was a lovely quick read. 4/5 ⭐️

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From time to time, they would go into the forest and observe its behavior. The forest: one great creature seething with life. A man could learn all he needed to know just by watching nature at work. Everything was written there in the forest, continually, as if in a book of inexhaustible wisdom. The mystery and its revelation. Everything, if you could learn to hear and see what nature had to tell and show.

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This is a tiny little book—only 124 pages—but it sounds like it could pack quite an emotional and philosophical punch. #nowreading