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Melismatic

Melismatic

Joined July 2018

I like mysteries where I can‘t guess the ending, strong leading ladies, and unreliable narrators. 💕 Mystery, Horror, & YA. Goodreads.com/melismatic
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Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare
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Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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I‘m not much for “cozy mysteries” but considering the seriousness of this plot, it didn‘t feel cozy. Much of the seriousness felt tossed off with food descriptions and attempts at sarcasm or flippant humor. It was hard to take any of it as a light read, the lead character in particular. I‘m definitely not this genre‘s prime demo….but this wasn‘t for me.

slategreyskies Oh, that‘s disappointing! I was planning on reading this one, but now I‘m not so sure! :) 2d
Melismatic @slategreyskies a lot of ppl really loved it - I just couldn‘t get over how more description was given to the food than the characters. 😂 2d
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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The hype is real - esp if you‘re an only child/close with your mother. A tear jerker. TW: cancer, family death

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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I can‘t recommend this title enough - it was fantastic. Gritty & intense for YA — it follows a young Native woman who agrees to become an informant after two local tragedies regarding meth addiction happen in her community. It‘s a thrill ride and even tho it‘s long, no detail is superfluous. Also expanded on Native traditions & culture. TW: death, addiction, rape.

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Mehso-so

This was Top Choice of Mysteries per Goodreads for 2021 and I‘m throughly underwhelmed. Way too simplistic of a plot for a mystery (in my opinion). That being said, the writing was good and kept me listening. Just wish the plot was twister. Not my jam, per say. The final third was a big misfire - but until then I was pretty on board.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Mehso-so

This is equal bits Handmaid‘s Tale & The Hunger Games, with a magical twist. A part of me wishes it was less about a love story, because it diminishes the feminist theming to a degree. But for YA, it‘s fast paced, honest, sometimes quite gory. 🌺

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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If you loved Bunny (as I did), I think you‘ll like this. Not as left-field bizarre but heavy on the “what” and “is any of this really happening” that Awad does so well.

Definitely liked this more than the play it pays homage to - All‘s Well That Ends Well - but I think it makes sense to read/get the gist of that play before reading. Odd? Yes. Satisfying? In its own way. #ShakespeareReadalong

rachelm I liked this one 1mo
merelybookish Starting this one today! Interested to see how it reimagines that pretty awful Shakespearean plot. 3w
Melismatic @merelybookish enjoy! It gets wild! 3w
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All's Well | Mona Awad
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About to start my 100th (& probably final) book of 2021. What a crazy year. 🙈🤷🏻‍♀️😂

DivineDiana 👏🏻💯 📚 1mo
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City of the Beasts | Isabel Allende
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Mehso-so

Wildly inventive & totally unrealistic YA novel about two kids on an expedition in the Amazon. For YA, it does speak on topics of drugs, death, and treachery in a pretty matter of fact way, but that could be the translation. Overall, wasn‘t really my thing. #AuthorAMonth

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Mehso-so

The first pick for the brand new book club at my workplace. I thought this was a tad overhyped — but would probably work best as a movie.

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Like a lot of folks, I discovered Schitt‘s Creek during the quarantine. It was such a reliable source of joy, I didn‘t want the series to end. This coffee table style book is full of bts photos and interviews with the cast — very cute if you love the show.

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No Gods, No Monsters | Cadwell Turnbull
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to love this bc the concept of monsters living amongst us juxtaposed with current events is such a good idea. But the shifting POV made the narrative really difficult to follow.

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The Prince of Mist | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I really enjoyed this. It felt like a spooky episode of Are You Afraid of the Dark or Goosebumps with actual real life consequences. May need to find the rest of the series now….. #AuthorAMonth

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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I love Moriarty‘s books. Even when the plot is a bit meh (the case here), the writing and characters are so warm and real, it‘s easy to get lost in her little melodramas.

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Sondheim is a mad scientist genius. 🥧 🔪 🐦 🇬🇧

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I feel like the hype around this was overblown. It felt repetitive, confused, and rife with plot holes. While the plot‘s base is sufficiently creepy, so much is unexplained with any kind of real richness. The characters are super one-dimensional. I kept expecting a twist and it never came. This wasn‘t for me, but as a Halloween-week read…meh. 🍄 🏠 🌹 🐍

Patchshank I didn't care for it either. 3mo
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Plot wise, this had a lot of info that didn‘t lead anywhere — but Jewell‘s writing sucks you in turning this into a super fast read. Even when I knew where the story was going, I was still excited to hear how this ended. I could read all of this authors work. 💍 🚌 🚲

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This was a quick read so I wouldn‘t call it very in-depth — more like an overview of different modern cults & “cult adjacent” and the language they use to draw people in. It was definitely interesting and presented in an easily understandable way.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome decorations!!! ☠️👻🎃 3mo
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I vacillated back & forth about how I felt on this book. Ultimately — it was far too long and the parts more about Henry felt far more heartbreaking & nuanced than the parts about Addie herself. Much of this read like Phantom of the Opera to me — except the Phantom continued a charade of “choice”. It was difficult to feel empathy for Addie (to me), overall she felt quite selfish. Still, it‘s a pick for Henry/the writing itself. #AuthorAMonth

Chrissyreadit Is this your house? It‘s fantastic! 3mo
Melismatic @Chrissyreadit I wish! No - but my neighborhood goes crazy with the decorations! So fun to walk around and see. 🧟‍♀️ 3mo
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Seeing this live on Broadway (mere months before the pandemic shut it down for almost 2 years) was truly incredible - in fact I believe it was their first performance after winning a Grammy. Picked up the lyrics book at a shop in Midtown a few weeks back when I made my first return trip to Broadway. 🥀

Suet624 I was able to watch this from its inception in Vermont on a tiny handcrafted stage, then I saw it Off Broadway. It‘s spectacular and Anais Mitchell‘s singing is always beautiful to listen to. I always get teary when I hear Why We Build The Wall. It‘s so powerful. https://youtu.be/LBGUqMyyvnI 3mo
Melismatic @Suet624 incredible! 💕 3mo
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Mehso-so

This short story prequel to The Near Witch didn‘t really shed any new light on Cole…so other than Schwab‘s warm writing, it doesn‘t really add much to the story (beyond the royalty angle, which I wasn‘t expecting). However, if you haven‘t read The Near Witch, I think it spoils it a bit so best to read after. #AuthorAMonth

Photo is from a local Palestinian cafe that just opened a few months ago. It‘s so pretty! 😍

DivineDiana Love the mural! ❤️ 3mo
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The Near Witch | V. E. Schwab
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I‘m surprised by the low rating — I loved this as a quick spooky YA read. In my head, I pictured this akin to a Tim Burton/Roald Dahl piece. Spooky but with an edge and a dash of whimsy. I‘m surprised no film iteration came of it — Cole gave me similar vibes to Thackery Binx when I watched Hocus Pocus as a child. 👻🧟‍♀️ #AuthorAMonth

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This was my first introduction to Schwab‘s writing — I totally get the hype now. I can already tell this month will be fun. 🎃#AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville Oooo, I hadn‘t heard of this one! 4mo
Melismatic @Soubhiville it‘s a novella prequel(?) to the Vicious series. 4mo
DGRachel Vicious was my intro to VE Schwab and I think that duology will always be my favorite of her work, even though the other books I‘ve read are also fantastic. I just love Victor Vale so much. 🖤 4mo
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Mehso-so

There are glimmers of greatness in this but overall it felt a bit like a slog to push through with little payoff. It‘s set up like a mystery but the “misdirect” is obvious and murky at best.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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Suitable for Falloween 😱 This YA horror mystery is the first of a “historical fantasy” series. The main girl is strong & empowered, but the mystery is pretty obvious very early on and there is a lot of “romantic tension” that tends to get repetitive rather than endearing.

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The Deck of Omens | Christine Lynn Herman
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Mehso-so

This didn‘t click as well as the original. To be honest, if it and the first book, The Devouring Gray, were one novel, I‘d probably like it more. The “twist” was obvious (even for YA) and the stakes were assumed to be so high and yet were easily defeated by children. Very Stranger Things, but in a less fun way than the original.

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The perfect touch of autumnal magic in this book to make the slide into Fall feel seamless. Loved this more than Practical Magic, to be honest, because it felt more authentically magical (& feminist).

#AuthorAMonth

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Rebecca | Daphne Dame Du Maurier
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Sent these two off for new homes at a brand new Little Free Library near my apartment. This one was started by a former Girl Scout, now in high school who has become a bit of a local activist. You love to see it. 😍 Figured Du Maurier & Ms Elphaba would be welcome. 💪🏻

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September, September | Shelby Foote
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Cannot believe it‘s been 20 years since that horrible day when we lost so many. But now in our second September of the pandemic, it also feels like this was centuries ago, given how divided our nation is.

Spied the memorial lights last night from Brooklyn Bridge Park. 💖

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Practical Magic | Alice Hoffman
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This was both more whimsical and more sassy/saucy than I was expecting. I think I would have liked it more if the climactic event wasn‘t resolved with ease. I‘ve never seen the film — is it pretty faithful to the novel?

Definitely getting me in the fall/spooky headspace. 🎃 🧙🏻‍♀️ 👻

#AuthorAMonth

WanderingBookaneer This is my least favorite book in the series. 5mo
Melismatic @WanderingBookaneer I just started the prequel and I already like it more. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 5mo
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This is such a brilliant YA series - a melding of fantasy & modern realism/activism. The first book centered on two best friends, one being a Siren. The second book, this one, is centered around the “mean girl” from the first book, an Eloko. I hope the author continues it with more magical characters.

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No One Is Talking about This | Patricia Lockwood
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The narrative is stream of consciousness - and is centered around a social media influencer than comes across as vapid until her life is altered. Perhaps this is a statement on how life is becoming more and more “online”…but it came across half baked to me. Did make me chuckle a few times though.

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This sequel to Wicked Fox is less rife with Korean mythology stories, which I missed. But the love story at the heart of it felt less K-drama and more adult/complicated which I appreciated,

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Heartfelt poetry that often read like vivid prose.

slategreyskies This looks really good! Stacked!! :) 5mo
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Bailedbailed

I got through the first story and felt pretty meh but could only stay awake for half of the second before cutting my losses. I couldn‘t keep straight the plot and the narrator was choosing unsettling cartoon voices for certain characters. No thanks.

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Mehso-so

Not Sager‘s best….by a long shot. Plays like a tropey bad 90s horror movie (maybe that‘s what he was going for?) & plays fast and loose with gaslighting and mental illness. But a quick read (that honestly could have been quicker, much of the prose was very repetitive) & like all of Sager‘s books, it‘s campy fun.

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All's Well | Mona Awad
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Just watched a fab Zoom panel with the author thru my local bookstore. This book sounds really fun — a story-within-a-story take on Shakespeare‘s All‘s Well That Ends Well, which coincidentally I just finished with the #ShakespeareReadAlong group.

I loved ‘Bunny‘ so much - I‘m ready to devour all of this woman‘s books. 👻

merelybookish That is intriguing! A fun play to rewrite since it clearly has so many issues. If you read it, give us an update! 5mo
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All's Well that Ends Well | William Shakespeare
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite from the Bard - but definitely a thinker. Literally everyone in this receives the opposite of a “happy end” (except I suppose the King?) — maybe that‘s the irony intended? All‘s well that ends well, so force/fake a happy ending to make yourself believe all‘s well? Hmm.

#ShakespeareReadAlong @Graywacke @merelybookish @GingerAntics

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yea, this was a tough one. 5mo
Graywacke Yeah, strange one. 5mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

Greek tragedy & short chapters make it a quick page turn but there are a lot of plot holes here…not to mention unresolved gaslighting & everyone seems to want to kiss the main character without her consent. Like…maybe this author doesn‘t know how to write women characters? 🤷🏻‍♀️

I thought The Silent Patient was a little more complex but this was more fun to read. I will say, read Patient first. 💐

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Moon Lady | Amy Tan
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This is definitely more middle-grade — the story gets “real” at parts with animal blood and a child falling overboard. But the imagery & culture breathed into this parable really makes it sparkle. #AuthorAMonth

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Cute little children‘s story - applicable for all young ages. #AuthorAMonth

Soubhiville I loved this one too. 6mo
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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Reorganizing my apartment while starting a new read.

bookishdawg Amazing print! 👏🏻 6mo
BookDadGirlDad Love the print!! I have several similiar. 6mo
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Tender Is the Flesh | Agustina Bazterrica
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I suppose you need to like horror/have a strong stomach — but if you‘ve watched/like The Walking Dead, it‘s about along those lines…but with more cannibalism. An interesting dystopian take on government corruption and the horrors of humanity.

Cathythoughts I loved this one 6mo
SamAnne I checked this out from the library and then couldn‘t bring myself to read it….I may try again. 🙄😳😬 6mo
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I was pleasantly surprised by how deep this book was. A film actor attempts Shakespeare on Broadway as his marriage implodes and in the end he learns a lot about his own selfish tendencies (or does he?).

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It‘s my 3 year #Litsyversary!

Happy anniversary, fellow “Litsy Leo” fam (is that a thing? I‘m making it one.)

Leftcoastzen Congrats!🎉🍾🎈 6mo
julesG Happy Litsyversary 🎂🎉🎈 6mo
Mollyanna Happy Litsyversary 🥳🥳🥳 6mo
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Mem | Bethany C Morrow
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Mehso-so

While the theme/idea is interesting (sci fi take on preserving your memories, good it bad, by extracting them out of you in the form of a human-like copy of you), the plot felt jumbled & jumped around making it difficult to follow despite being so short.

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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I feel like I held my breath when I started this and didn‘t let it out till I finished. The type of thriller that borders on true horror, because of its familiarity and how close it knocks on your own door.

This is intense, involves trauma/death of children, and is *not* for everyone. But was incredibly well written.

ChaoticMissAdventures That ending though 😳👏 6mo
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The Devil Finds Work | James Baldwin
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Mehso-so

Critical essays on race as it relates to popular films of the day. I feel I would have gotten more out of this had I seen more of these films but even for the ones I hadn‘t seen, Baldwin‘s essays were impactful.
#AuthorAMonth

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So much of this is beautifully romantic prose - juxtaposed with anger, frustration & pain as a result of racism & police brutality. But the ending admittedly felt pretty jarring. Perhaps that was the point. #AuthorAMonth

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The End of Men | Christina Sweeney-Baird
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Mehso-so

Elements felt a little too real given the world we currently live in but once the world building was established the story didn‘t go much further and felt very stream-of-counciousness.

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This had a slow start & the interview style grated on my nerves (mainly bc people don‘t really talk like this conversationally) — but the political bend/Editorial aspects gave the story real life.