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ilyssa.g

Joined September 2018

"We accept the love we think we deserve." Huge Harry Potter fan
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An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
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Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
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Becoming by Michelle Obama
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Poet X | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Just finished this and loved it! Such a realistic portrayal of being a young Latina growing up in NYC. I found it extremely relatable. It kept me intrigued. Each poem was so well-written. It's such a unique book. Definitely one of the best books I have ever read!

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My first completed #juneread. I greatly enjoyed it. I love reading about her. She's such a cool, strong, relatable character. She's one of my favorite #marvel characters. I would love to see a movie based on her graphic novels. I look forward to reading the next one!

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Speak | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Met Laurie Halse Anderson!

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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Just finished this last night! It's probably the last of my #mayreads. It was so eloquently written. I enjoyed reading the perspective of a narrator whose best friend died from suicide. The book featured a wonderful range of emotions, such as anger and sadness. It felt as if I was reading a true story and not fiction. It has so many great lines in it. It will stay with me for a while. I look forward to reading more books by Sigrid Nunez.

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Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Rise of Alpha Flight | Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas
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Finished this yesterday! It was a great read after watching Avengers: Endgame! This was the first graphic novel I read about Captain Marvel. She is a fun, intriguing character! I love reading #marvel graphic novels and comics!

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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My first #mayread I loved it! It was fast-paced and intriguing! It feels as if you are reading the story of a true rock band. The imagery is phenomenal. I love that all of the characters have realistic flaws. The book shows the struggles of finding oneself, dealing with addiction, and connecting with others so realistically. One of my new #favoritebooks!

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Captain Marvel, Volume 1: Rise of Alpha Flight | Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas
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Unintentionally matched my shirt to the current book I'm reading while waiting to see Avengers:Endgame tonight. #marvel

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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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Just finished this for my #feminist #bookclub! I loved it! Roxane Gay is a very eloquent writer. She made such a variety of great points about feminism, race, and discrimination throughout the book. I love how honest she is about herself and society. I'm excited to read more by her!

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It's been a while since I've finished a book because of school but I finally finished this one! I loved it! It was very well-written. It's a great prequel to the show. It was interesting to read more about Eleven's mom and the experiments prior to the events of the show. This book showed just how truly evil Dr. Brenner is. I would definitely read more from this author!

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I love this #graphicnovel series! Spider-Gwen is a greatly enjoyable character. The volume was both action-packed and emotional. I love how realistic her character development is. I look forward to reading the other volumes in the series!

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Happy International Women's Day!!!

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Exit West: A Novel | Mohsin Hamid
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Read this for the book club @MrBook and @BookBabe run. I enjoyed the plot of the story and the metaphor of doors. However, I found it to be extremely repetitive and did not enjoy the writing of it. I did not feel any emotional connection to it. Overall, I have read much better stories and books on migration.

MrBook Great discussion though, eh? 😁 It certainly was a different book, lol. @BookBabe and I love having you out! 🙌🏻🤗 4mo
ilyssa.g @MrBook and @BookBabe I loved the discussion of the book! It was nice to see different views on it. I love going to the club! I'm excited to read the next book and see you guys next month! 4mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Such a great book! Angie Thomas is truly a phenomenal author! I loved the entire plot. There are many emotional, relatable moments. It truly feels as if you are reading an actual 16-year-old's story. The character development is amazing. The entire book kept me intrigued. I'm very excited for this to become a movie! I would highly recommend!

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Two Can Keep a Secret | Karen M. Mcmanus
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Just finished this and loved it! The synopsis makes it seem cliche; however, it was a great mystery book that leaves you guessing what the secrets are until the end. It's definitely a page-turner. McManus did a wonderful job writing unpredictable twists. I look forward to reading what she will write next!

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This Side of Paradise | F.S. Fitzgerald
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My first F. Scott Fitzgerald book. I got this book from the Christmas book exchange from the #bookclub @MrBook and @BookBabe wonderfully run. A very well-written book! Truly, one of the most well-written books I have ever read. The development of Amory Blaine was wonderful to follow. I loved and underlined many quotes. This book will surely stay with me.

CoffeeNBooks This one's on my list to read this year! 5mo
ilyssa.g @CoffeeNBooks I hope you get to read and enjoy it! 5mo
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Room: A Novel | Emma Donoghue
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Just finished this! I thought it was very well-written. The topic of the book is very difficult to read about; however, Emma Donoghue did a phenomenal job of realistically portraying the entire story. The five-year-old narrator, Jack, makes the story unique and even more powerful. Even though, it is an emotional read, I would highly recommend it!

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Number the Stars | Lois Lowry
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Completed #reread for the #bookclub I help facilitate. Still love it as much as the first time I read it!

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My first completed read of 2019! I really enjoyed it! Spider-Gwen was a fun, intriguing character to read about. I found her to be extremely likeable. This leaves me wanting to read more of her adventures. I hope to also see her more in future Spider-verse movies.

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The Husband's Secret | Liane Moriarty
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My last read of 2018 and my first Liane Moriarty book! I enjoyed it! I didn't see the twists, specifically the connections between the three main characters, coming. The characters were very realistic. The book had just the right amount of detail that made it very easy to picture all the events. I'm excited to read other books by Liane Moriarty.

BookBabe Nice! This is also the first book I read by her. I really enjoyed it too. I‘ve read a few others by her since… I think the one I like best of those is 5mo
ilyssa.g @BookBabe That's great! I have to read Big Little Lies. I've seen the show and loved it! I'm definitely going to read it very soon! 5mo
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The book was difficult for me to get into at first, but I ended up loving it! It's so different from other books I have read. Aristotle and Dante are very realistic, well thought out characters. It was refreshing to read the story of a Latinx character's journey through mental health and identity.

AileenRR I loved this one so much! I was crying by chapter 3 💙 6mo
ilyssa.g @AileenRR Me too! I cried so much during this book! Most books don't make me cry but this one got me so emotional. 6mo
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Runaways: The Complete Collection Volume 2 | Brian K Vaughan, Brian K Vaughn
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My favorite #graphicnovel series! I love the characters and story lines. This volume especially kept me intrigued.The show based off the series is also great. This volume left me very excited to read the next one!

Marilyncjackson My husband loves this one. I think it‘s good too. The story is done well. 6mo
ilyssa.g @Marilyncjackson That's great! I agree that it is done very well! 6mo
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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Finished this book last night! I absolutely loved it! It is now my favorite read of the year and one of my favorite reads of all time! It is so well-written and emotional! The character and story development are amazingly well-done I now understand why it is so highly recommended! I am very excited to read more Kristin Hannah books!

Nute Wonderful review! Kristin Hannah is a favorite author of mine. She is an amazing storyteller, and well-deserving of such accolades. 6mo
ilyssa.g @Nute Thank you! This was my first Kristin Hannah book. I look forward to reading her other books! 6mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Just finished this! I thought it was very well-written. It was very realistic and kept me intrigued. I didn't particularly fall in love with any of the major characters, but I loved some of the other characters, such as Ruby and Robert. It would make a wonderfu TV mini-series. It's definitely very thought-provoking and a book that will stay with me.

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 7mo
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Perks of Being a Wallflower | Stephen Chbosky
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Got another #bookishtattoo today

BridgetteM Love it! 7mo
ilyssa.g @BridgetteM Thank you! 7mo
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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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Finished this yesterday after watching the movie first! It's rare that I love both the movie and book so much. It was a nice, quick read! I loved it! The whole book kept me interested. Even though, there were a lot of characters, they each had distinct characterization. I'm very excited to read the sequel!

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Persepolis | Marjane Satrapi
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Just finished this! I loved it! The art is great. The story grasped me from the very beginning. I loved how Marjane Satrapi showed not only the challenges she faced but her personal growth. I would highly recommend to anyone!

RaimeyGallant Sounds wonderful. 8mo
RaimeyGallant Love the cover art. 8mo
ilyssa.g @RaimeyGallant The art is so beautiful throughout the book! There is also a movie based on the book with the same style of art. 8mo
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The Upside of Unrequited | Becky Albertalli
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I really enjoyed the book! Becky Albertalli does a great job of capturing the mindset of a seventeen-year-old with anxiety. Like Becky's other books, the story is cute, and the characters go through highly realistic issues. It was a nice quick read!

LilMrmd79 I just discovered Becky Albertalli this year and flew through all her books. 6mo
ilyssa.g @LilMrmd79 Me too! I read 3 of her books this year! I loved all of them! I haven't read the one she did with Adam Silvera yet. 6mo
LilMrmd79 @ilyssa.g After I finished the 3, I pre-ordered What If It‘s Us and read that one too and loved it. You can totally tell right away which chapters / character is hers. 6mo
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My read for #worldmentalhealthday
This book has helped me to get through so much!

LilMrmd79 I love Jenny Lawson! Got to go to a meet and greet book signing when her coloring book came out. 6mo
ilyssa.g @LilMrmd79 That's awesome! I would love to meet her one day! 6mo
LilMrmd79 @ilyssa.g It was awesome...I just felt so awkward though. 😂 But at the same time, that‘s the time and place to be awkward. Among others that always feel strange too. 😉😂 6mo
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ilyssa.g @LilMrmd79 Lol. I love that in all her books, she talks about awkward yet relatable things. I wish more authors were as real as her 6mo
LilMrmd79 If you don‘t already make sure to follow her on Twitter, Instagram and especially GoodReads because on GoodReads she posts when she has a new blog entry and her blog is hysterical. Here‘s a post from years ago: https://thebloggess.com/2011/06/21/and-thats-why-you-should-learn-to-pick-your-b... 6mo
ilyssa.g @LilMrmd79 I follow her on Goodreads and her blog. I'll follow her on Instagram now! She's so funny! 6mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Love the book and now just saw a screening of The Hate U Give movie! It was so amazing! It was very faithful to the book! It's one of my fav movies of all-time! I would highly recommend for everyone to see!

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ilyssa.g @Wife Thank you! 9mo
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Loved it so much! One of the best books I've ever read. The characterization, plot, and development were outstanding! I cannot wait for the sequel!

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 9mo
ilyssa.g @RaimeyGallant Hi! Thanks for the welcome and tips!!! 9mo
LauraWeasley Oh, I still have to read this! All the good reviews are a bit intimidating, though... 😁 9mo
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ilyssa.g @LauraWeasley I would highly recommend it! I thought it was so entertaining and well-written! 9mo
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RaimeyGallant My pleasure. :) 9mo
ilyssa.g @Eggs Thank you! 😊 9mo
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Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you.🙂 9mo
ilyssa.g @Nute thank you!!! I look forward to getting to know you too! 9mo
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