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reclusivepigeon

reclusivepigeon

Joined August 2016

Permanently exhausted librarian | English major | Hufflepuff | she/her
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The Secret History by Donna Tartt
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Languages of the World by Asya Pereltsvaig
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Return of the Thief | Megan Whalen Turner
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I read the first four books in this series over a decade ago and I‘m really glad I returned to finish it off. I didn‘t understand the allusions to Greek mythology my first time reading as a kid, so my experience was much more enjoyable this time around. I loved the moral ambiguity of the characters and the politics of the court and war. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Here's to Us | Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
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“That man is a goddamn bunion on the foot of my life” is pure poetry 👌🏻

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How Do You Live? | Genzaburo Yoshino
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Made it through the semester and I‘m still alive 😮‍💨 So with my sweet, sweet free time I was finally able to finish this beautiful book. It was gentle and thoughtful and just altogether a very wholesome book. I really hope that schools will start to pick this up because the lessons taught in here are so valuable.

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How Do You Live? | Genzaburo Yoshino
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I‘m not even two chapters into this book and it‘s already dropping deep thought on me. I love it.

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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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I can‘t really say that I enjoyed this book, but I appreciated it. Even though I live only 10 miles from a reservation and went to school along side indigenous students, I was completely ignorant of Native American history, the criminal justice system, everything. This book addresses the extreme rates of violence against Native women and the flawed jurisdiction laws, leaving many perpetrators walking free.

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This book was so wholesome and made me feel way too many things. Also, I cannot resist the found family trope no matter how hard I try. It gets me every time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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College has officially dominated my every waking moment when I‘m not at work 😮‍💨 however, the reading for my Multicultural American Lit class almost feels like a break

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I think this is hands down the best dark academia book I‘ve read. Not all the characters were straight up awful which was so refreshing. While the mystery was extremely predictable, I still really loved the book. The complete immersion of Shakespeare was just 👌🏻 I‘m really glad my Shakespeare class is starting in a couple weeks because I now have a fierce craving for his plays, specifically Macbeth ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Odyssey | Homer
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I absolutely loved this translation of The Odyssey. Emily Wilson did such a good job modernizing the language while still retaining some lyricism by writing the verses in iambic pentameter. I also appreciate that she broke free from the language commonly used in past translations that was influenced by sexism and colonialism. The introduction and note at the beginning were fascinating. Just everything was overall enjoyable and easy to read. 4⭐️

readingjedi This sounds like a translation I need to read. 5mo
reclusivepigeon @readingjedi This will now be the only translation I will recommend. I really appreciated that Wilson made the language accessible instead of stuffy and pretentious so that anyone can enjoy it. 5mo
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She Who Became the Sun | Shelley Parker-Chan
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A queer historical fiction set in 14th century China during the Mongol rule with heavy military and political themes and a dash of fantasy. I especially enjoyed the examination of gender identity and moral ambiguity. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Shadow of Night: A Novel | Deborah Harkness
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I just couldn‘t deal with this series any more. The romance is so toxic and stupid that it made it impossible to read. And since this one takes place in Elizabethan England, it gave Matthew the excuse to be even more sexist, possessive, and controlling towards Diana. I‘m not a fan of promoting unhealthy relationships. This series is just dark academia Twilight. And that‘s not a compliment.

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I grew up reading Brandon Sanderson‘s Alcatraz series and The Rithmatist, both of which I enjoyed, but then never bothered with any of his adult fantasies. I read Elantris for book club and now I‘m upset with myself for sleeping on this author like I have. This was insanely good. Needless to say, I will now be bingeing Sanderson‘s adult novels.

LazyOwl I've read a lot of Sanderson but I haven't read this one. Will have to add it to my TBR. 6mo
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Any Way the Wind Blows | Rainbow Rowell
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I love these characters so much ❤️ This was a wonderful conclusion to the trilogy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Maidens: A Novel | Alex Michaelides
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Mehso-so

I really enjoy how Michaelides incorporates so much Greek mythology and tragedy into his books. This was definitely interesting and a page turner, so I have to give it credit for being enjoyable. However, this was more predictable than The Silent Patient and the ending felt rushed and quite meh in my opinion. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Ariadne | Jennifer Saint
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Jennifer Saint did an amazing job with this retelling. I enjoyed the examination of how all too often women are forced to pay the price for the arrogance and selfishness of men.

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This was such a beautifully written book! It definitely deserved the Newbery ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

LoverOfLearning I do believe it is a 2017 Newberry Award winner 😊 inreally want to read this book! Definitely gonna get a copy soon. 7mo
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I really enjoyed this retelling of The Great Gatsby from Jordan‘s perspective. I found her character very interesting in the original, so I was glad to have her be the main focus. Vo‘s writing style was gorgeous and she incorporated magic into the story so well that it felt like it was always meant to be there.

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Mehso-so

This was good and I found the message extremely applicable. However, as I have found with all self help books I‘ve read, it was just too repetitive. I think if this were an essay it would have been more effective.

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These books give me life. They‘re so wholesome 🥰

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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😭 this book was beautiful and it wounded me 😭

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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I adored this book! It was so nice to see familiar stories told from the perspective of the women that had been brushed aside. Even with such short chapters and rapidly changing perspectives, Haynes manages to add depth, personality, and humanity to each character.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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The short chapters we get from Calliope‘s perspective as the bard tells the stories of these women have all been absolutely incredible.

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A Thousand Ships | Natalie Haynes
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The Ghost Bride | Yangsze Choo
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This was surprisingly good! I didn‘t care for The Night Tiger, but I really enjoyed this one. The Malaysian and Chinese mythology regarding the afterlife was really cool and the author did an excellent job narrating it. And I now have the strongest urge to watch Spirited Away…

Liatrek I loved this audio book! 9mo
Cathythoughts I love this cover. I already have it stacked 9mo
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Mehso-so

I felt like this would have been more effective had it been half its length. Way too repetitive. But there were some good concepts.

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Rule of Wolves | Leigh Bardugo
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You have no idea how INSANELY happy the end of this book made me. I‘m so ready for more 😁

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I had a little too much fun reading this as reference for the Shakespearean Insult bookmarks I made at work...

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Iliad: A New Translation | Caroline Alexander
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I really enjoyed Caroline Alexander‘s translation. It was easy to read and flowed very well. I know from an academic viewpoint there will be some that complained she did not keep the verses in dactylic hexameter, but that didn‘t matter to me. If you want to read The Iliad for pleasure, this is a great translation to choose.

SamAnne This translation is on my TBR list for this year. 10mo
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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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This started out extremely slow, but after about 50ish pages it picked up and I couldn‘t put it down. Incredibly fascinating and engaging.

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A little slow to start, but it picked up and was very interesting. I enjoyed the elements of Russian folklore very much!

KCofKaysville I picked up a free copy and hope it's good! 11mo
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Mehso-so

While the book was interesting and the writing was well done, the romance kind of ruined it for me.

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I‘m so happy to see Chong again. “The Cave of Two Lovers” is my all time favorite Avatar episode. It was also interesting to have an early glimpse of lavabending. I really hope we get to see more of Sun‘s character in some later graphic novels.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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This was a low pick for me. While I appreciated the strong female protagonist, the book just felt like your typical YA fantasy. There wasn‘t anything original, but it was enjoyable (mostly thanks to Miles‘s character).

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I feel this 90% of the time and I don‘t even drink 😂

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This was so wholesome 🥺

LazyOwl 💕 This book has all the feels. 12mo
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Meh.

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This was really interesting, I couldn‘t put it down! And with so many moving parts in the story, it had me guessing until the end. (Also, glossy library books will never look good in photos 😕)

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I absolutely loved Stephen Fry‘s retelling of the Greek myths. He adds a lovely narrative and humor to the stories and his narration was really enjoyable. Now I have to read his Heroes and Troy because my Greek mythology obsession is hitting hard...

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Untitled | Unknown
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It was a pretty good reading year for me 🎉 my favorites this year had to have been Madeline Miller‘s The Song of Achilles and Circe!

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Heartstopper | Alice Oseman
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So cute 🥰

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This. Book. As someone who has suffered from clinical depression most my life and had a number of years where I was suicidal, this book was everything. Life is difficult and overwhelming, but it is also beautiful. None of us are fully aware of the small things we do that have such a huge impact on others. We are all important and worthy. Hopefully we can all get to the point where we can shift our perspectives to see how vital we truly are.

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Untitled | Unknown
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We‘re getting a graphic novel centered around Suki! I‘m so happy someone is finally appreciating her 😭

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Before the Coffee Gets Cold | Toshikazu Kawaguchi
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I had a hard time with the first story, but the last three were good. I liked the concept of a cafe seat that allowed the occupant to time travel, however the execution was lacking. I suspect it may have been the translation that made the writing seem a little cheap.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Jones
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I‘m so glad I picked this up. I love the movie adaptation, but I have to say that Howl and Sophie‘s banter in the book is my favorite.

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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I knew how this was going to end. But it still destroyed me. My only complaint is that Achilles‘s heel was never mentioned... Do yourself a favor and read Madeline Miller‘s Greek mythology retellings. Both of her books have been 👌🏻

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Nimona | Noelle Stevenson
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Snap.

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Clearly binge reading all my graphic novels tonight. This one was extremely relevant... also the art was 😍

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Oh this needed to be longer. Absolutely amazing. I can‘t wait for the next one! And season 4 😊

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie have u seen this one yet? 1y
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie ooo another good one!
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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Had to reread this beautiful book today to get in that cozy autumn mood 🍂

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Mehso-so

This was a pretty interesting read. However, it was quite repetitive. I felt like it could have been shortened significantly or just kept to the original essay. Nonetheless, there were some good points made.