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AlizaApp

Joined September 2016

The books are great and so are my nails 💅🏼
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Three Women | Lisa Taddeo
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This non-fiction books sets out to explore female sexuality through three case studies. But they are all white and straight and cis, and all their stories are centered on underlying trauma. Valid and interesting viewpoints, but not at all what the book says on the tin. And why must all female desire be associated with trauma??

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Wayward Son | Rainbow Rowell
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I liked this sequel maybe even more than Carry On. But I care about Baz a lot (A LOT) more than Simon? Enjoyed the new characters, especially the Vegas vampires, and the Ren Faire was delightful. But I wished for more romance, and several Baz spinoffs.

sprainedbrain Yay for team Baz! 🙌🏻 7d
saresmoore I‘m also Team Baz! @sprainedbrain This just came in at the library for me! 😁 7d
readordierachel I liked this too! Would read all the Baz spinoffs 😍 6d
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Bunny: A Novel | Mona Awad
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Like Heathers but if everyone was a millennial in an MFA program in New England. And also many animals were harmed in the making of this story. A weird fever dream of a story, but I like that in a novel.

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White is for Witching | Helen Oyeyemi
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Thank you so much @BethM for this amazing #basicwitchswap package! I am so excited about these books and for a very cool looking new tarot deck! Very excited for some witchy fall reading (and eating) 🧙‍♀️🖤

@sprainedbrain @Meaw_catlady

Meaw_catlady Ooh lovely !! Happy Halloween ! 🖤🖤🖤 2w
BethM I‘m so glad you like it! 2w
sprainedbrain What a great collection of gifts! 🖤 2w
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My #basicwitchswap package went out this morning @BethM 🧙‍♀️🖤🔮📚 Sorry about the ghost, I tried!

@Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain

BethM I think it‘s a pretty good ghost! 2w
sprainedbrain I love your little ghostie! 👻 2w
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The Wedding Party | Jasmine Guillory
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Charming third book in this series, and a solid enemies-to-lovers romance. I did not quite buy Theo and Maddie as enemies but also everyone was delightful so I did not mind. A delight!

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Lovely and lyrical novel, from a young man to his illiterate mother, talking about his first love and addiction and the struggles of being a first generation American and mixed race. I inhaled in one sitting.

Emilymdxn I felt exactly the same, it was an incredible novel. Lovely picture too - your nails are brilliant! 3w
AlizaApp Thanks @Emilymdxn 💅🏼 and glad you liked it too! 3w
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Graphic memoir by George Takei about his family‘s internment during WWII, and in general about discrimination against Japanese-Americans during that time which is not really discussed or taught well in American history. Moving but also manages to be uplifting.

mrp27 Ohhh I want to read this one so bad. Glad to see it got a pick! 3w
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Lost Children Archive | Valeria Luiselli
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A blended family of documentarians sets out from New York to the Southwest, as the narrator considers what it means to live in America, a country that exists because of genocide and where the border is a war zone, and what we owe to the places we are born and live and die.

Sace Stacked! 4w
Emilymdxn I loved this book so pleased it was a pick for you too 4w
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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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A fun thriller about a husband and wife who casually commit some murders as a form of couples therapy.

Cathythoughts I thought it was a good read 👍🏻 4w
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The Parisian | Isabella Hammad
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Historical fiction set in British mandate-era Palestine. A man from Nablus goes to France to study medicine right before WWI breaks out, and sees his homeland transformed from Ottoman outpost to failed independence movements. At times it seems like peace was almost within reach, but of course it never happens.

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Mostly Dead Things | Kristen Arnett
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A woman takes over her father‘s taxidermy shop in central Florida, in this novel about family legacy, queer relationships, and the nature of art. Quirky and comedic, but still deals with real issues in an appealing way.

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Received my #basicwitchswap package today! Thanks @BethM I am so excited to open! 👻🖤🧙‍♀️📚

@Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain

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Fleishman Is in Trouble: A Novel | Taffy Brodesser-Akner
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Loved this book! It seems like maybe it‘s about a Jewish doctor in New York going through a divorce, but it‘s actually maybe a feminist manifesto. Cannot recommend enough, especially to anyone who has ever wondered whether they could “have it all” (whatever that even means anymore).

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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A very sweet fall rom-con graphic novel, about two best friends on their last night in the pumpkin patch they have worked at all their autumns in high school. Made me want to wear a sweater and wander through a corn maze 🍂🎃💖

jmtrivera Sooo good! 1mo
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A young widow in a small Maine town bonds with a former baseball player who rents out her spare room when he needs to get away for a while. They agree not to talk about the things bothering them (her late husband, not what he seemed; his baseball career, which is not ready to leave behind), which of course means that‘s all they talk about. A sweet and witty romance.

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How Could She: A Novel | Lauren Mechling
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Really enjoyed this novel about three women in their late 30s in New York navigating relationships and their changing friendships with each other.

AmyG Every time you post....I check out your nails. They are always so beautiful.💅🏻 (edited) 1mo
AlizaApp Thanks @AmyG !! 💅🏼 1mo
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How Could She: A Novel | Lauren Mechling
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Really enjoying this book, about three women in their late 30s living in New York and how their friendships have changed over time.

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I liked but did not love this murder mystery set in Depression-era Oklahoma.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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As amazing and breathtaking as everyone says. A love story, but not in the way you think. A young Irish couple come together and split up over the course of high school and college; despite each of their desires to break away, they can‘t seem to stay away from one another.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Thank you thank you @SamanthaMarie for this delightful package of cozy fall goodies for the #cozyswap! The candle smells so good, the socks are super cute, and these are some great candy selections! Plus I have not read any of these books yet, so I am ready for a cozy night in ❤️🍂🧡🥰💛📚

And thanks to @Avanders for organizing!

SamanthaMarie Yay!!! I'm so glad you like it all. :) I hope you have a very cozy night. It was so fun to put together the package for you. :) 2mo
BethM Hazel wood is fantastic. 2mo
Avanders Oooh so nice!! And those socks are amaaaaaazing ♥️🍁🎃☕️📖🔪♥️ 2mo
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Women Talking: A Novel | Miriam Toews
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A group of Mennonite women decide whether to flee or stay after it‘s discovered that some men in their community have been raping them for years and blaming the devil. A short but devastating book that touches on limits of faith and what makes a good person.

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Memoir about a single mother‘s struggle to make ends meet. She deals with homelessness, abusive relationships, indifferent family, and several kinds of government assistance. She is very clear on how much is costs to be poor and how hard it can be to make it on your own. Really moving and also has incisive social commentary.

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The Lost Night | Andrea Bartz
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A thriller about a woman in New York revisiting the night a decade ago when a friend died, after questioning whether it was really a suicide after all. I liked the way the book examined the flimsiness of memory and captured the certain magic and manic feeling of being 22 or 23, just out of college and figuring out adult life for the first time.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Sweet romance between a neuro-diverse main protagonist and a Vietnamese immigrant/ mail-order bride. Not sure it was really any more nuanced than her first book, but I had fun reading.

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My #cozyswap package went out Monday, I am just behind on posting! This package of goodies is headed south for the fall 🍂📚🧡👻 @Avanders

Avanders 👏🏽👏🏽♥️🍁☕️📖🔪🍂🎃🖤 2mo
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Magical realism short stories from the author of Swamplandia. I had already read the title story in the New Yorker, and liked it, but the other new ones were great.

rachelsbrittain Glad to hear they're good! I still need to read this collection 2mo
readordierachel Awesome. I just snagged this from the library. 2mo
Avanders Hiya lady — just checking in on your #cozyswap package .. less than a week to open date! 👏🏽👏🏽 Have you sent yours? (Sorry if I missed it!) 🎃♥️ 2mo
AlizaApp @Avanders it went out yesterday I am just behind on posting 🙈 coming soon I promise! 🧡🍂📚 2mo
Avanders No worries!! And thanks & yay!! 🎃♥️🎃♥️🎃 2mo
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My #cozyswap package arrived yesterday! Can‘t wait for Sept 23 to open @SamanthaMarie @Avanders 🍁👻📚

Avanders 📖☕️🔪🎃♥️🎃 2mo
SamanthaMarie Woohooo!!!! 🍁🍂🧡 2mo
Sungem How do u get started in these swaps ? This is such an awesome idea 2mo
AlizaApp @Sungem check out @litsyhappenings for all kinds of fun events and swaps! 2mo
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A Jewish woman in 1960s Baltimore rebels against her family and finds herself drawn to a series of murders in the city. A noir that centers on race relations and old school newspaper jobs in a changing city and industry. I loved it.

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Deaf Republic: Poems | Ilya Kaminsky
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Gorgeous poetry collection about language, community, identity and conflict. More like a story in verse, though many of the poems could still stand on their own.

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Deaf Republic: Poems | Ilya Kaminsky
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This collection is really a full story told through verse, about silence and complicity. I liked them all, but the open was the real knockout.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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A black woman working at the FBI in the sixties is being ignored and passed over for serious work, until some CIA agents comes calling with an appealing opportunity. Suspenseful and intriguing thriller.

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Very cute rom-com between the prince of England and the president‘s son. Sweet story and fun writing. Great beach read!

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Really enjoyed this story, about the aftermath of a hit-and-run in a small California desert town. The victim is a Moroccan immigrant, and issues of identity come up for his family and others in town. I liked the subtle romance, the intersecting viewpoints, even the resolution of the mystery which was both surprising and not.

TheNerdyProfessor I just finished this same book this week. I gave it ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 2mo
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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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Quirky and charming YA retelling of Jane Eyre but where everyone can talk to ghosts. Slight redemption for Bran, the least interesting Bronte sibling.

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Queenie | Candice Carty-Williams
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A British-Jamaican woman deals with a tough breakup, toxic friends, and her own mental health during a year that seems bad but also includes a lot of personal growth. The message is important, and of course representation matters....which is why I was a little annoyed that the only Jewish character was a literal moneylender. Can we not do that anymore please?

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Absolutely loved this book of essays about music and identity and also life. The emo ones especially struck a chord with me, but so many excellent points here. Highly recommend.

BethM Hi new swap friend! (edited) 3mo
AlizaApp Hi @BethM so excited! 🎉 3mo
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No YOU‘re crying over a Fall Out Boy essay on a plane

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Two cities on a small, tidally-locked planet have very different ways of surviving in a place where full day and full night are unlivable and everyone lives in permanent twilight. A revolution, alien creatures, creative use of linguistics, full-scale world-building all made for an interesting and thought-provoking read.

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When a Michigan couple is sent to jail for stealing from their own charity, their sisters and daughters must try to deal with the fallout. Touches on eating disorders, abuse, and fraught mother-daughter relationships. I liked it but on some level it felt incomplete; I wanted more from almost all the characters.

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The Dreamers: A Novel | Karen Thompson Walker
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In a secluded coastal college town, a mysterious sickness is spreading that causes people to fall into comas. The sleepers seem to be dreaming but it‘s survivors we follow as they try to figure out how to stay awake and alive. I liked many of the characters but was underwhelmed by the resolution.

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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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Really loved this powerful book of poetry. Feminist in a pull-no-punches way, intersectional without shoving it down your throat. Made me think about legacies both small and culturally.

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If They Come For Us | Fatimah Asghar
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Powerful book of poetry on belonging and identity and family and loss. I thought the poems about partition (between India/Pakistan/Bangladesh) in the ‘40s were especially moving.

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Gingerbread: A Novel | Helen Oyeyemi
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Fairytale and magical realism combine charmingly in this sort-of retelling of Hansel and Gretel? Inspired by, at least. Enjoyed it but was not blown away the same as I was with Oyeyemi‘s other books.

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Memoir about growing up queer and biracial and with famous (and notorious) family members. Honest about the brutalities of middle school and eating disorders and the unexpected ways to make a family.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved loved loved this (fictional) oral history about a (fictional) ‘70s rock band and the disastrous making of their one perfect album, driven by the combustible tension between the two singers. I imagine some combo of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Rumours” and the Velvet Underground & Nico. So many perfect details. I devoured in one sitting.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A fake oral history about a fictional 70s band with a DGAF female lead singer is 100% my shit, thanks for asking.

marleed Haha - Yes! 3mo
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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The last days of the Romanov family in exile, from the perspective of Anastasia. But in this version there is magic and romance with one of the guards, because YA. I liked the idea but the execution lacked world-building and left me with a lot of questions.

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Sky Without Stars | Jessica Brody, Joanne Rendell
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Les Mis in space! The first in a YA series that I will definitely keep reading.

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The Monster of Florence | Douglas Preston
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A thing that I love in crime writing is when the reporter becomes a part of the story, which is what happens here. While investigating a decades-old serial killer in Florence, the reporters also find themselves targeted by authorities for daring to challenge the Italian legal system‘s accepted bureaucratic obfuscation. They name who they believe the killer to be, and also expect that nothing will come of it.

JamieArc This is one of the true crime books I recommend most, especially for the author‘s commentary in the afterward about the Amanda Knox case. 4mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book was fascinating. 4mo
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