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rkeo

Joined November 2018

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Not fun for an adult.I felt like the author was trying to one-up himself constantly, challenging himself to make the next event/character more over-the-top than the last. It was almost as if he had a thousand ideas for different books that he rolled together into one hot mess. Despite my negative feelings while reading, I found myself wishing it had been around when I was 10/11. I would have loved it and the entire crazy world the author created.

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Hollow Kingdom | Kira Jane Buxton
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The apocalypse told from the POV of a human-loving, domesticated crow? Yes, please.

This is the funniest book I've ever read. I was literally laughing out loud every page. But it's more than just humorous. The prose was beautifully written (so poetic). There were so many brilliant, heart-wrenching parts. I even cried at one point. It was a story of overcoming your worst fears to save the ones you love, and it was wonderfully done.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Great review! Definitely going to check this out. Apparently I already stacked it here, but forgot about it! 1mo
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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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My August reads! Still have some reviews to write. As a teacher, the start of the school year is kicking my butt and putting me behind!

TeachEm I‘ve been meaning to read “Where The Crawdads Sing.” 2mo
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3.75⭐ This book has so much potential, but was blandly executed. The author claims this is not a YA novel, yet nothing about it is more mature, complex, or dark than a typical YA fantasy novel. All PG-13 action and easy prose. The plot is good but not great, & the characters a tad underdeveloped & predictable (though likeable enough to root for them). I'm curious to see how the series ends, but I'm not dying to pick up the sequel anytime soon.

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Eerie. Bizarre. Otherworldly. Reading this makes you extremely uncomfortable, yet awes you with the superb, simple prose. The characters are haunting & layered. I was left with a very unsettling, indescribable feeling when I finished reading this, perhaps because I was so drawn in to the mind of the main character. Her craziness slowly unfolds, drags you in, and makes you feel crazy, too. How haunting when the horror isn't paranormal, but human.

sarahljensen It's such a great read! 2mo
Addicted_to_books Sounds like a great book to read for fall! 2mo
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Panpan

I would give this book zero stars if I could. It has a predictable plot and bland characters, not to mention being full of bad alien invasion cliches and a cringy, unconvincing "romance." I only finished it so I could write a review in good faith and warn everyone not to read it. It is honestly the worst book I've ever read. I would honestly rather gouge my eyes out than read its sequel. I'm off to mourn all my lost time I spent reading this book.

Creadnorthey Felt very much the same way. 2mo
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Mehso-so

This was entirely done in letters from one character to the next, and I'm sad to say I was underwhelmed. All of the characters seemed to have the same personality and blend together. A lot of details were obviously thrown in for the reader's sake, too, so it was awkward reading them trying to be passed off as something that would have been written in a letter. The premise and context were good, but the execution was a little disappointing.

ImperfectCJ So glad to know that someone else was underwhelmed by this one, too. 2mo
rkeo I think it would've been more charming as an actual book, with maybe letter chapters interspersed to get a more personal feel. 2mo
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No Longer Human | Osamu Dazai
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The synopsis of this book calls it poignant, and I can't think of a better adjective. The entire story evokes a deep sense of despair. His social anxiety and self-doubt were present from early childhood, and it's made clear how deeply internalized his depression and alienation became. The narrative did an excellent job highlighting the torment that comes with putting on a happy facade that's at odds with how you feel inside.

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N.K. Jemisin can do no wrong. To quote another reviewer, Rana, on Goodreads, "Was there any doubt that this would be f***ing fantastic?" This is a collection of world-class speculative fantasy and sci-fi that eerily parallels modern society, highlighting the many race and class issues that still persist in the 21st century. If you haven't read anything by this author, you are seriously missing out on one of the best writers alive.

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Baby Teeth | Zoje Stage
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Although this is probably more of a solid 3-star read, I'm giving it 4 stars because it was a 4-star experience. Despite my frustrations with some of the characters and how they unrealistically handled situations (and other pitfalls), I was fully engrossed due to morbid curiosity. I've read books way more twisted and disturbing than this, but somehow, I was still on the edge of my seat 90% of the book. It was fun enough to earn the extra star.

SW-T Belated welcome to Litsy 😊 2mo
rkeo Thanks! I've only recently started figuring it out! Haha 2mo
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This was a fast, fun read. Although I would have liked it more as a longer narrative, it was unique and had enough suspense to be entertaining. It's neither intellectual nor deep, but I think that was the author's intent. A beautiful serial killer and her enabling sister aren't as affected as they should be, so it makes sense the story was somewhat superficial. Bonus points for the ending going in a different direction than I expected.

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There's times like this when I give five stars even when the story isn't my favorite, but I'm able to recognize and appreciate when the author pulls off a great literary work. I liked the story well enough, but I was more impressed by the many great aspects of the book. There was great, descriptive nature writing, emotionally-triggering events & characters, and the author's ability to transport the reader into every moment of the book. Beautiful.

Princess-Kingofkings Well said ~ I felt as if I could picture each scene. Wherever I see the book cover, an image of a scene comes to mind. 🚣🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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Rosewater | Tade Thompson
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A speculative sci-fi story about an alien invasion, alien-enabled psychic abilities, and (so much) more set in futuristic Nigeria? There wasn't a lot of room to go wrong. There were so many layers to this story, and it was so well written (and often hilarious). The plot was unique, the characters were great, and the science behind everything was so well researched that it made the crazy world seem plausible. My expectations were exceeded tenfold.

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Evil, eating Earth! What a finale! It was slow-going for a while, but it was all worth it for the world building and that ending. We got backstories on Hoa and the obelisks, and everything else came together to finish the best series I've ever read. N.K. Jemisin is a goddess. What. A. Mind.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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This story felt really raw and real. The characters' emotions and behaviors were all believable, making you fully invested in the story. This book has everything: issues of race, injustice (political and personal), love (parents and children, husband and wife, friend and friend), and life in general. All these elements are tied together with excellent prose for an excellent read.

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Mehso-so

What a letdown. The topic kept my interest enough to finish (the only female and youngest competitor to ever win the Mongol Derby). The race is physically grueling and nearly impossible, yet the only emotion the author gave off was boredom. It read like she was just passively trotting along, allowing her mind to wander and give us mini flashbacks of her life that were irrelevant and snooze-worthy. You will NOT experience what the race felt like.

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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This book is perfect if you're looking for mindless entertainment and to be transported somewhere unlike anything most of us are used to. There are enough dramatic, over-the-top characters, subplots, and scandals to keep you engaged the entire book. I felt like I was eavesdropping the entire ride, so it was pretty fun. Don't expect any depth or anything life-changing. It's a good, fun escape if you tend to read more serious novels.

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Heavy is the perfect title for this memoir. That's the only word I can even think to describe it, for it was heavy in so many different ways. I was torn between feeling like I was supposed to read his story and feeling I didn't have the right to do so.

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This book isn't one you can, or should, read quickly. It has to marinate in your mind as you slowly build up a tolerance to it, all the while questioning whether you can even stomach it or figure out what the hell is going on. With a non-linear, nested narration, you'll be frustrated until you realize how genius it all is when it starts making sense. The worldbuilding is unparalleled, and the story, setting, and characters are all unique. Badass.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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This was a beautiful love story between Achilles and the exiled prince, Patroclus; a love story that did an excellent job painting the multi-layered human side of the demi-God Achilles. We see him through Patroclus' eyes for all he was: complicated and flawed, and worthy and capable of the greatest love. Regardless of how many times you've read Homer's original, you'll be pleasantly surprised, and emotionally destroyed, by this rendition.

kaysworld1 This book is sensational x 3mo
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Boy Swallows Universe | Trent Dalton
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This is a coming-of-age story, but unlike any I've read before. It's a story of lifetime trauma, and the main character deals with it in a relatable way: with a lot of humor and a lot of second-guessing yourself and your sanity. I loved every chapter of Eli Bell's quest to uncover what makes a person good or bad. With excellent writing, a unique plot, and gut-wrenching depth, this is easily a 5-star read. The hype is justified.

BookwormM I adore this book so good 4mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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I'm still completely blown away and in awe of what I've just read. I've never experienced anything like this one. I have no criticism, for it is flawless. Anything I can say will just pale in comparison to how mesmerizing the whole experience was. I've never considered myself a mythology fan, but I am completely sold now. Sign me up for anything and everything this author puts on paper. I'm ready for another ride.

Yoricke_SouthAfrica I finished this book last night, and wholeheartedly agree with every word. What a wonderful, amazing book. I enjoyed absolutely every word. I'm still on a Circe-high! 4mo
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Friday Black | NANA KWAME. ADJEI-BRENYAH
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About a quarter of the way through. These short stories are excellent and eerie, like racially-charged Black Mirror episodes. I don't want to keep reading because I don't want them to end.

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This book has become one of my all-time favorites. I was fully invested and engrossed in the story and all the characters, and I just couldn't get enough of it. Although much of the dialogue is humorous, you will find yourself either furious or crying throughout a lot of the book due to the injustices, torment, and heartbreak the main character suffers over his lifetime. I can't say enough good things about this one. Read it.

DebinHawaii I have had this one in my Kindle for ages and know I need to read it as it gets so much love on here! 😉 3mo
rkeo I recommend it to anyone who will hear me. 3mo
rkeo Also, if you can get the audiobook, it was even better. I read at home and listened I'm the car, and for the first time in my life, I enjoyed the audiobook as much, or more, than the book. The narrator is an Irish actor, and it added a flare of authenticity I couldn't do myself in my head while I read. 3mo
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