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holarosarita

Joined March 2017

Sorry I don't really read.
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Act Cool | Tobly McSmith
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Stop bugging mom about business college

khooliha 🗨🐈 2mo
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Hmmm

khooliha Florida People get Florida Powers 2mo
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Boy Howdy ⚖️

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Bright Wings | Billy Collins
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Me: I don‘t get poetry

Also me: aw, yeah, that‘s my shit

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A Song Below Water: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow

Also, pretty rude not to ask your gargoyle‘s name.

holarosarita You‘re a supe and you‘re a person, he‘s a supe and he‘s a person. You can‘t just call him Gargy! 10mo
holarosarita To his face! 10mo
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A Song Below Water: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow

I don‘t think I agree with Book Riot‘s assessment that this book is not about Black pain.

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Honestly, I KNOW all memoirs, especially of childhood, are an amalgamation of different memories to create coherent stories. Unless perhaps the author was a prolific journaler from an early age. But the cracks are really showing in this one.

holarosarita There were cracks before this. But it‘s really the Disney story that is getting to me. I‘m sorry, but you simply DON‘T leave Miami at 6 AM planning to get to the park at 10 AM, stop for a burger(????) along the way, get pulled over and actually escorted the police station, make friends with the lady there to get out of your ticket, check into your hotel, and THEN spend the day at Magic Kingdom and leave early the next morning. This is insanity. 10mo
holarosarita There‘s simply no way that all happened on one trip. In one day. 10mo
khooliha It's not possible! 10mo
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Since it came out, I have loved the 2018 movie adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle

And now that I‘m trying to read the original, let‘s just say the first page does not have me disappointed

khooliha Strong opener! (And I can't count how many times, as a child, I looked at my middle fingers and thought "They're pretty much the same length, yeah? Good enough for me, make with the wolf!") 13mo
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How to tell if your author‘s take on their main character is genuine 101: these are her SJW issues 😒

khooliha Good golly that's bad. Is it supposed to be bad? 13mo
holarosarita @khooliha I… don‘t think so. I think it‘s just a really bad faith take. But I‘m only about halfway through. So 🤞 13mo
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Late to the Party | Kelly Quindlen
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POV: it‘s April 2020 and you just put out a book with a side character named Rona

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khooliha Late to all sorts of parties! 1y
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Late to the Party | Kelly Quindlen
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Oh yeah, I work at... the restaurant... #sus

khooliha 👽 1y
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The Royal We | Heather Cocks, Jessica Morgan
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BI ERASURE

khooliha I am always, always shocked when coming across bi erasure. 2y
holarosarita @khooliha And this is a character that canonically took the prince‘s virginity. But now that she‘s known to have slept with a woman, she‘s obviously revealed her TRUE NATURE and will NEVER date another man 2y
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Mehso-so

This novel is beautifully written but surprisingly brutal. Everyone goes around ignoring each other‘s feelings in a way that is almost cruel and that makes for a very frustrating 500+ pages.

The plot goes nowhere and ends with a thud on a non sequitur. And the only two characters to have anything approaching a real arc (out of myriads) are two of the “bad guys.”

Wish my original pick for my #readharder2020 #doorstopper had worked out. 🤷🏻‍♀️

khooliha I am excited to hear if something/someone died every chapter. 2y
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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
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1. I don‘t think the blog stuff is realistic at all

2. It is genuinely upsetting reading about the Obama election from this remove

3. So many one-off characters!?!!???

But the story rattles along in a vey readable way, told from a not-too-common perspective in American literature. I‘m glad I read it.

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Americanah | Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
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This was supposed to be my #readharder2020 doorstopper published after 1950, written by a woman, but it‘s not over 500 pages! 😫

khooliha Oh nooooooo 2y
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All the Way to Havana | Margarita Engle
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My #readharder2020 pick for a picture book with a human main character from a marginalized community (though I suppose you could argue that the car is the main character)

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Mehso-so

So this was not really my thing. But I guess if you‘re only going to read one novella where Sherlock Holmes is Dr. Who and Watson is the TARDIS, this should be it.

My #readharder2020 sci-fi/fantasy novella

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Really could have done without the fat kid side character named Slopper. And I‘m not sure how many times you‘re actually allowed to pull the “but little did we know, life as we know it was about to change forever” method of creating a cliffhanger, but it‘s got to be fewer times than it is attempted here.

But still it was affecting. And that ending took me OUT.

Read for #readharder2020 prompt “a book about climate change”

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His Convenient Husband | Robin Covington
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Mehso-so

A little tone deaf at times and the switching back and forth between narrators made the flow a bit choppy and difficult to follow. Basically I‘d this is on or with any given smutty fan fic. But I‘ve read much better sports RPF than this...

Read for #readharder2020: a romance about a single parent

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His Convenient Husband | Robin Covington
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Uhhh, weirdly racial?

In the next paragraph he also says “every African American” he sees reminds him of his husband. So.

khooliha Uh, that's a real 🤔 2y
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Mehso-so

This book was BARELY saved from being a pan by the conclusion of the restaurant story started in the first chapter, dropped for the rest of the book, and returned to in the penultimate chapter. Otherwise I‘m not sure why anyone would read this weirdly braggy memoir. (Read for the #ReadHarder2020 prompt “a food book about a cuisine you‘ve never tried before”—which turned out to be mostly untrue)

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A memoir by someone from a religious tradition that is not your own: the details of Hasidic life feel like something you know of but you don‘t really KNOW, very enlightening #readharder2020

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A debut novel by a queer author: non-binary protag by a non-binary author! #readharder2020 #quarantinereading

khooliha I want to get this one when it drops in paperback next month! 2y
khooliha Also: I like these sheets! 2y
holarosarita @khooliha Thank you! It‘s a sweet book, after it gets over a few of its tropes. 2y
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Dress Codes for Small Towns | Courtney Stevens
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For the #readharder2020 prompt “a book that takes place in a rural setting.” This turned out to be a surprisingly nuanced take on queerness and its intersection with the small town church community. Something I never knew I wanted, but that I really loved!

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The LAST book in a series (okay, duology) for #readharder2020
I don‘t think these books are exactly For Me but I do think they‘re worthwhile if you like Siblings and Magic and Beauty so I‘d still tecommend.

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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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The book is good, but I really wish I hadn‘t read it as an audiobook (confirmed: not my thing!) and if I hadn‘t been told it was written in verse, I would have had no idea.

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Other Words for Home | Jasmine Warga
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A new adventure: an audiobook of poetry! (despite near-constant intake of podcasts, I don‘t listen to audiobooks at all) #readharder2020

khooliha The hardest of sames. I tried with recently Dodger, and it wasn't just Dodger's fault that I bailed. Also: very cute cover! 3y
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Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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I liked this very much. Bits of it were rather melodramatic. But, even so, I found the main character‘s reactions to those events to be realistic. And it‘s set a tumultuous and specific time and place that I had never give much thought to before. Plus the cover is so shiny!

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Burn Baby Burn | Meg Medina
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Now for a historical fiction novel not set in WWII #readharder2020 (specifically, set in 1977)

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This book suffers from a plague of people who WILL NOT talk about their feelings under any circumstances, and could use some more space for character development to help you catch with the 40,000 characters, but ultimately it was a quick, cute read and I liked it!

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What happens if you fill the cast of a YA novel with 100% disaster gays?

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Finished One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich on the runway and pulled out this, the only other book I brought on my trip, while sitting across from my very religious clients. 😬

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I still don‘t understand a damn thing about how Russians go about naming each other. But this is a good book.

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Going back a little to last year‘s Read Harder (which I never finished): a book written in prison. I‘ve always had a hard time with the Russians, so we‘ll see how this goes.

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A Fire Story | Brian Fies
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I teared up a couple of times because humanity is strange, and life is dangerous, and I lost my home once, and now I work in the business of helping people recover from hard times. It‘s a VERY good book if you want to think about any of those things.

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A Fire Story | Brian Fies
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Moving right along to a book about a natural disaster. #readharder2020

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I...really didn‘t actually like this very much. Although it comes to a proper conclusion, way too much time is spent on self-hate and boy drama along the way.

khooliha At least there were good animal illustrations. 3y
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snek

khooliha A very cute one! 3y
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🐌 content

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A child has gotten to this graphic memoir. #librarybook

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Now for something that won‘t take 12 hours to read. #agraphicmemoir #readharder2020

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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I‘m sure the reason I didn‘t finish this when I tried to read it as a child is that I found it way too preachy. But now from a more removed vantage and not so much caring about other people‘s standards of being “good” I rather enjoyed it.

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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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Important life lessons from Jo March.

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There‘s not too too much intrigue to this mystery story, but I liked it anyway. The characters were enjoyable and believable and I want to go back to Hawaii SO BAD.

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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Hey now, you‘re an all star

AllieLovesBooks 😂🤣😂 3y
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On to a mystery where the victim is not a woman! (Only one apparent victim so far and he is definitely a man.) #readharder2020

khooliha How important are snow cones? I hope the answer is "very." 3y
holarosarita @khooliha The family runs a shave ice stand. I‘m hoping for a “they just found a sticky multicolored puddle next to the body—the perfect crime...” reveal. 3y
khooliha @holarosarita It turns out I, too, want that. Keep us posted! 3y
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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I found this to be a very compelling read even though it‘s a bit more ephemeral than I usually go for (the plot and the prose just sort of float along). But it started to go downhill for me after it switched back to Boy‘s point of view in the last section (I‘d really rather hear from Snow at this point). And then that final reveal? Eeeeeesh. This probably still would have been a pick, if not for that.

khooliha Yeah, that final reveal -really- put me off and pretty much completely soured a book I was loving otherwise. 3y
holarosarita @khooliha big big bummer 3y
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Boy, Snow, Bird: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Reading this for the retelling of a fairy tale by an author of color prompt, since this is allegedly a retelling a Snow White. #readharder2020

khooliha I am interested to hear what you end up thinking of this one! 3y
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Bottle Grove: A Novel | Daniel Handler
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This was almost a bail. I just don‘t like Daniel Handler‘s writing style for his adult works. I was maybe 14 the last time I tried to read one, so I thought maybe I was too immature for it. But nope! I just don‘t like it.

khooliha That is a very cute cover! Alas for the contents. 3y
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Cursed | Karol Ruth Silverstein
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I‘m glad I read this. I feel like the high school angst of it all was a little overblown (are kids really this awful?), but overall a good quick YA read that gave an authentic feeling perspective on living with chronic pain.