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Melismatic

Melismatic

Joined July 2018

I like mysteries where I can‘t guess the ending, strong (and flawed) leading ladies, and unreliable narrators. Goodreads.com/melismatic
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The Devouring Gray | Christine Lynn Herman
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Fave panel at #BKBF — dubbed “We Came to Slay”. Featured the tagged book‘s author (on the left), Hafsah Faisal (middle) & Kat Cho (right). I got to meet all three - so kind & sweet! Can‘t wait to dig in to all 3 books - starting first with the tagged bc it seems like the perfect #Halloween book!

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We Hunt the Flame | Hafsah Faizal
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#BookHaul from #BKBF (Brooklyn Book Fest) today — sans the tagged book which I already had. The author was at a really fun panel and was so kind. Also met N.K. Jemisin who is a total badass. No ARCs tho. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Mehso-so

So the sequel was imaginative - familiar to the original but unique in adding modern twists like cell phones (which made me cackle) & a *lot* of Gen Z slang. Plot holes abound & the minimizing of Sarah & Mary in particular was a total disgrace. But they tried. And oh, the nostalgia. 🧙🏻‍♀️

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Book Fair Day | Lynn Plourde
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#BkBF I‘m ready for you! Goals: get into a panel I‘m excited for with an author on my #TBR, grab an #ARC or two, and cross off more options for #LitsyAtoZ.

Birdsong28 😍😍😍😍. ❤️The bag 📚📖 1d
Melismatic @Birdsong28 my fave! @strandbookstore always has the best totes! 22h
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This pop up art gallery of strong #WomenForEquality was a pretty cool sight to see en route to the movies tonight. 💪🏻

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I Am the Messenger | Markus Zusak
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When your book breaks fourth wall...

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The first part of the book is basically a recap of the beloved film — which honestly ties Beetlejuice as my fave Halloween film. The audiobook feels a little jarring here because the cadence doesn‘t match on some of the iconic lines (esp with Binx, my childhood crush 😂) but I like the added little “filled in” inbetween scene moments.

MrBook 😂👏🏻 This is a classic! 6d
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I Am the Messenger | Markus Zusak
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I am taking #LitsyAtoZ very seriously. Only picked this one out to cross Z off my list. #LetterZ #Z

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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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A fun quick read - not bad for her debut. I liked the way details were given as breadcrumbs, forcing you to draw your own conclusions and guess the real enemy.

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This hold came thru so I guess it‘s officially #Halloween season! 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Lovesbooks87 Reading The Testaments now and it is amazing! 1w
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✅ A cop out but Hogwarts would be pretty cool...
✅ Perfect sweater weather (sweatta weatha), a cool and crisp 62 degrees & sunny
✅ He took me to get a slice of pizza then wanted to go to his house to “watch a movie”. On a first date. Like.... 😒
✅ Nope & nope. I want a pet but my building doesn‘t allow. 😭
✅ Sending love to all on my follow list! 🤗

#FriYayIntro @howjessreads

AkashaVampie Haha... I did the same thing for # 1 but chose The Isle of the Lost (Descendants). 1w
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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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That last paragraph hit me hard.

As someone who struggled with being not popular but not unpopular in high school, that one hit home. 🙅🏻‍♀️

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Bonfire | Krysten Ritter
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“The villains always get better outfits.” 🦸🏻‍♀️

The reviews on here for this make it seem like it‘s mediocre but I‘m pleasantly surprised so far. 🤷🏻‍♀️

JulietBooks Forget morals! Just look at the outfits. 🤦‍♀️ lol 2w
Melismatic @JulietBooks lol I‘m much the same. The line made me laugh tho. Lol 2w
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Back on the Audiobook hustle.

rachelsbrittain I'm so excited for her late night show 2w
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Underground New York Public Library | New York, New York (Bookstore)
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New York City, I love you. You‘ve been my home for the past decade, & my fave vacation destination as a child. I became a woman here. It‘s crazy to believe 18 years ago I was a high school freshman worried I might never see you again. I love you, I love you. I‘ll #NeverForget.

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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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That ending!! 😱 I could totally see ‘Shadow of the Fox‘ becoming an ace Netflix series. I loved the Japanese integration, the supernatural lore, and the ‘Wizard Of Oz‘ like cast of unlikely friends. Need Part 2.... 🦊

Moving on to another #BOTM I‘ve had *forever*.

BookishGirl06 Well the second book is currently out. I can‘t wait for #3 next March 😊 2w
Melismatic @BookishGirl06 hoping it‘s at my local bookseller, if so I‘m picking it up this weekend 😂 2w
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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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I‘ve got 20-some odd pages left and it‘s clear I‘m going to have to find the second book in the series because I won‘t get an ending to this adventure in Book 1 😭

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It | Stephen King
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I had the “bloody” milkshake. I thought ‘Part 1‘ was the stronger movie overall but damn, Bill Hader/Ritchie Tozier was a riot. #It

vivastory I'm going to watch this at an Alamo Drafthouse tomorrow 2w
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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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Unexpectedly, this is the perfect way to ease into #Halloween season (my fave time of the year)....

I‘m really enjoying these characters. May need to seek out the rest of the series.

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Snapped up this baby from my #TBR list — hardcover! — for a $1 used at my local bookstore. Can‘t wait. #bookhaul

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A whole chapter devoted to #KPop — a specialty of mine. I took this photo of #GirlsGeneration (who is the focus of this book‘s Kpop chapter & was the “biggest” group in the genre at the time - 2011). I saw them and many of their labelmates at Madison Square Garden - the majority of the artists I saw haven‘t been back to New York since. 😭 Also, many of the members of the group have since left the company. Photo is of the original 9 gal lineup.

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Merchant of Venice | William Shakespeare
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Today was my first experience with the Merchant of Venice — I‘m surprised it‘s not performed more often! Racist interactions with Shylock notwithstanding, Portia is kind of a badass feminist (s)hero! 💃🏻💍

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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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Saving for later to look up more about the *oni* — it‘s so interesting that so many cultures have different supernatural creature features/lore to scare & disturb.... 👹

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The more I read/hear about Lou Pearlman —the man who “put together” #NSYNC & the #BackstreetBoys & went on to defraud them of hundreds of millions of $ — the old feelings of anger I felt as a teenage superfan of NSYNC come right back up. What a monster. Even his quotes in this book make him sound like a sociopath. 🤬

Anyway - reading about the rise of #boybands made me want to find this photo I took of NSYNC on tour in 2000. I was 12 then. 😭💃🏻

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Shadow of the Fox | Julie Kagawa
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Trading one read book for another “red” book 😂 - this one has sat on my shelves too long. Let‘s remedy that (and tackle a letter in my #LitsyAtoZ in the process)!

BookishGirl06 I loved this. Hope you love it too. 3w
Melismatic @BookishGirl06 🙌🏻 hope so! 🤗 3w
Caffeinated_Reader It‘s SO GOOD!!! The 2nd book is amazing as well, enjoy 😊 3w
Melismatic @Caffeinated_Reader 🙌🏻 so excited!! 🤗 3w
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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Mehso-so

Not quite the Girl Powery trope fest it was described as. I‘ll give it points for interesting (albeit at times confused) world building and the ending felt refreshingly truthful — but fair warning, the love story is a trash fire. 😂

TheBookKeepers I think the over hyped the MC badass-ness for sure. 2w
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The Taming of the Shrew | William Shakespeare
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Nothing makes #Shakespeare come alive like seeing it performed in person. A local troupe was performing the tagged play in the middle of a local park in #Brooklyn. So fun...and funny despite the play having some serious misogynistic undertones. Petrucio was played by a local pro wrestler and he was incredible! 😂💃🏻📜

Makes me want to read more of the Bard. What‘s your fave?

Melismatic @TheBookHippie love Macbeth! I‘ve never read Windsor! Adding to the stack.... 1mo
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Here we goooooooo...

If you‘re a nerd for pop music/90‘s baby, this book will be right up your alley. I know so much music trivia already, but getting let “backstage” so to speak is super amusing & interesting. Did you know Ace of Base got their first big hit bc their demo got stuck in their future producers car radio, driving him nuts hearing it over & over until he came up with a new arrangement? 😂 Next up: BSB & Nsync. Hello, childhood.

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Happy Weekend! I took myself out to breakfast & got some reading in, too... 🥰

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Me, summed up. This is gonna be golden.

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As a child, when I first saw #IntoTheWoods, my favorite part to act out was the gory “cut off your toe” bit at the end of Act I. I always assumed that was something Sondheim added...lo and behold it was pure Grimm all along. 😂🤷🏻‍♀️🦶🏻 “And when you‘re his bride you‘ll have such a life you‘ll never need to walk!” “And only one prick, it‘s my thing about blood!”

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“And she took one look at my beautiful garden and told your father what she wanted more than anyyyyythhhhing in the world was greens, greens, and nothing but greens, parsley, peppers, cabbages & celery, asparagus & watercress & fiddlefern & lettuce. He said alright but it wasn‘t quite because I caught him in the autumn in my garden one night....” Witches Rap, #IntoTheWoods #sondheim

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This was a Pick —- if you are a film fan of the #MCU‘s adorable new Spider-Man, Tom Holland. This non-fiction sorta-memoir was written by his dad, a struggling/mid-level comic who had appeared on UK television in the 90‘s, using the juxtaposition of Tom‘s surprising success with his father‘s fervent desire for it. If you‘re a fan, dig in.

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Not a book but an awesome new #podcast that offers daily digestible chunks of info about women in history! It‘s called Encyclopedia Womannica — highly recommend. Each download is only 5-7 minutes long and there‘s 50+ entries to catch up on! Each month has a theme, too, and August‘s is Villainesses: women who were wrongly or rightly vilified. 💁🏻‍♀️👩🏻‍💻

DivineDiana Subscribed! Thanks for the tip! 👍🏻 1mo
Melismatic @DivineDiana hope you enjoy! 1mo
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I‘ll be honest - my innocent crush on Tom Holland might be getting out of hand. 😂

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I‘m the biggest nerd for Sondheim‘s Into the Woods...I‘ve always wanted to dive deeper into Grimm‘s fairytales. This one is...creepy. (But aren‘t they all? 🧟‍♀️)

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A to Z | Sandra Boynton
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A solid chunk of the alphabet is taken care of for my #AToZ challenge... #LitsyAtoZ 16/26

Missing: J, K, L, O, P, Q, R, V, X, and Z.

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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Hard not to think of #HarryPotter when I see some of these names. 💁🏻‍♀️🧙🏻‍♀️

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Wicked Saints: A Novel | Emily A. Duncan
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It might be a mistake to start this one bc the back cover suggests it‘s pretty similar to the book I just finished but my goal is to plow through my (#YA heavy) #TBR...and this cover is 😍. This will be my 20th book of the year! 💪🏻

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Mehso-so

It took nearly 2 months but I‘ve finished.

The second half far outweighed the first half so if you can push yourself that far, it‘s worth it. It‘s too long...but consistently felt like details were skipped over. I also would have appreciated a more fleshed out look at the gods & their powers. 💁🏻‍♀️👩🏻‍💻❤️👑✨🧟‍♀️

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It took 300 pages for Zelie to put her guard down...but once she did, I‘m starting to see this story for the modern metaphor it could be. Esp given the influx of mass shootings in the US this week. Ooof.

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I love this glass bottle — via @owlcrate . & it‘s true. 🤗

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I don‘t want to quit you...because I hate to quit anything — esp since I‘ve had trouble finishing any book these days! Too busy. 😴 New Goal: I‘m powering through. My #TBR is too long to keep wasting time.

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I was so excited for this but I‘m currently 200+ pages in and feeling kind of underwhelmed. I know so many people dig it....does Zelie get more likable? My fave character at this point is Tzain.

Merethebookgal This one was just okay to me. If you don‘t love it now, it doesn‘t get much better tbh 3mo
staci.reads Same. I thought it was okay. Didn't live up to the hype for me. 3mo
TheReadingMermaid Hey darlin 👋😊 I was just checking up on you because I haven't received any books for a couple of months now for our postal book club. Is everything okay? Are you okay? 2mo
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Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid Hi love! I‘m doing great - hope you are, too! I actually haven‘t received any books yet...I sent you my pick a while back. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid Uh oh! Let me check on Julie 2mo
TheReadingMermaid So glad you are well hon ❤️😘 2mo
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The Shining | Stephen King
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These dresses were featured in the current #Camp exhibit at #TheMet and when I saw it, my King brain swooned...even if it is just for the movie. 😆💁🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

CouronneDhiver Neat! 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Does anyone else use the #Bookly app? I started it to track how long I was reading/how often but their recent updates are so fun! 🥰

bookworming I do and I love it! 3mo
Elizabeth2 I love Bookly! 3mo
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This came thru on my Audiobook yesterday! Happy early [Redacted: Harm to Ongoing Matter] of July!

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Which should I choose? I don‘t know where to start! #shelfie

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The highest of recommendations! 🥰

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