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Jex

Jex

Joined June 2016

mostly fiction, a bit of science
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You‘ll (of course) recognize a lot of these (fictional) characters. And you‘ll want to look up and see what exactly an adjudicator does and how you can become one that has a heart. Excellent debut novel.👩🏻‍⚖️

EllieDottie I loved this book! 3mo
Jex @EllieDottie yeah it‘s kinda crazy that it hasn‘t gotten as much press as it should! 3mo
jenniferajanes Welcome (back) to Litsy! ❤️📚 (edited) 3mo
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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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Gah tore through this one in an all-night binge. Delicious. 🔮

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The General in His Labyrinth: A Novel | Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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I couldn‘t remember if I read this one in my late teens tear through as many of Marquez‘s books as I could get my hands on. It doesn‘t matter, it‘s all beautiful. Someday I‘ll read one of his in its original, untranslated 🤞🏽

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Just gutted. So many times while reading this I had to set the book down I was laughing so hard. Happy that this was the first of his I've read. Highly recommend. Will probably be my go-to rec for everyone in 2017. ✨🖤

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The correct response to every man's sentence beginning with, "Actually..." ?

BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect!! 3mo
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Under the Midnight Sun | Keigo Higashino
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This book!! What a glorious, sweeping, slow burn of a mystery. I'm loving the depth of characters from Asian writers lately. Did not understand the comparison to Les Mis before starting but that's pretty spot on (+ murder).

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Halfway thru this on audio and it is SO GOOD. 👍🏽

RaimeyGallant Loved this one. :) 2y
Jex @RaimeyGallant yeah I liked it more than I thought I would. I think audio made it even better! 2y
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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Tore through this on the beach. STUNNING. Definitely going to pick up her first book as well. Funny/sad to pick up on the stereotypes I've overheard growing up from Japanese family and friends of other Asian cultures (and of the Japanese themselves). Really glad to have read something about this chunk of history that I knew nothing about. 👌🏽🍥🍚

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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Keep forgetting I have Audible credits! Getting to this one finally ✌🏽

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🖤🖤🖤🖤

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Do Not Say We Have Nothing | Madeleine Thien
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Heart-wrenching, haunting, lovely. This story is mesmerizing, and made me want to listen to all of the piano and violin in the world. And appreciate that I have the freedom to do that. At a loss for other words because the calendar years in this book are so recent they can't be considered history.

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The Yid: A Novel | Paul Goldberg
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A day late but who cares. Just started this last night with only the review from my FIL of, "it starts out really slow." Couldn't disagree more and definitely didn't think a book about Jewish resistance in 1950s Russia would make me laugh out loud. Can't wait to see where this one goes but I'm rooting for the characters fiercely. #recommendsday

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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Favorite sci-fi? Impossible task! But this is one of my absolute favorites that has stayed with me. I truly love the evolution woven through the story and the characters are so well-written. Plus written by a lady❤️. #READATHONBLOB #heartsforever

emilyhaldi This was the first sci-fi book I ever remember reading and I was surprised by how much I loved it! Definitely want to re-read soon. 3y
Jex @emilyhaldi lucky! I just read it last year and couldn't believe I hadn't ever heard of it!! I've given it to several people so I have someone to talk to about it :p 3y
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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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🙏🏽 So so good, so many highlighted lines.

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Jerusalem | Alan Moore
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Just getting started on this one. Slightly intimidated even though I'm always on the hunt for giant epics. 🏔

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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Listening to this one on audio. Highly recommend doing it this way as Noah's narration is superb. 👌🏾

MrBook I've had many people tell me the audio is better. 👍🏻 3y
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Geek Love | Katherine Dunn
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This bit tonight 🙄🤔😂

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Flew through this one in a fever-dream and can't get this sentence out of my head. 👌🏽

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The Border of Paradise | Esme Weijun Wang
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This book! I don't want to give anything away but you should read it. I don't think I've been as captivated by a set of characters since A Little Life (and yes, a similar level of darkness pervades this story and their lives).

It started out so differently than how I saw it continuing. The writing is haunting and Wang has done a brilliant job showing the inner thoughts of those with mental illness and their accompanying heartache.

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Heartbreaker: Stories | Maryse Meijer
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This book was so deliciously creepy. Eerily beautiful and one story in particular I don't recommend reading at night 🤐

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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Haven't spent anywhere near enough time this summer reading peacefully at the beach. This book flew by. Similar to Sleeping Giants it read a teensy bit too much *movie* for me (picturing Matt Damon and Penelope Cruz basically) but still enjoyable all around.

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This is being added to my handful of recommendations for friends. Loved the beginning of crime-solving psychology brought to life in such a creepy, fun way.

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The Fifth Season | N. K. Jemisin
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Okay, starting out strong with the dedication, N.K. 🙌🏽

readinginthedark Automatic respect for this author. Might have to read the book just because of this, since I haven't even read the description yet. :) 3y
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Loving Lab Girl so much! You get to live in Jahren's bubble of her and her lab partner navigating the semi-monotonous but rewarding world of lab / academia. For me, it's relating the "if onlys" of why I both miss and don't regret leaving the lab world.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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"Tiny but determined, I navigated the confusing and unstable path of being what you are while knowing that it's more than people want to see." ?

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I wanted to like this book, I really did. But the narrator came off as icky and sad. I couldn't help thinking through the entire story, "If a guy stalks you this hard, please call the police, that is not a healthy love."

Stephkesey I threw this book across the room. I never want to read another book by an old male author fantasizing his way into a relationship with a young woman. Gross. 12mo
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The Queen of the Night | Alexander Chee
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Engrossing, dream-like, dark, and fascinating from cover to cover 😍

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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This made me 😬 Also Sleeping Giants is *so good* #latetothebandwagonbutstilltrue

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The Sparrow: A Novel | Mary Doria Russell
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Could not love this book more. Science, philosophy, imagination. One of my go-to book recs for people.

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