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alisonrose

Joined March 2016

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren

People are like plants: they grow toward the light.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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The NYT blurb on the front described this book as “thrilling” which I feel like might be overselling it just a tad, but I assume it will at least be interesting! #nowreading

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A recurring thought I had while reading this is what a fantastic & singular place it must be, inside Jemisin‘s mind. The world & lore she created here is amazing, & I love how everything came together by the end. The commentary on humanity & identity is brilliant too. I admit I‘m still not 100% sure of the how & why of the whole plot, & I did find Syen‘s sections a bit tedious at times. But I‘m definitely eager to get to the 2nd book soon! 4/5 ⭐️

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“Home is people ... Home is what you take with you, not what you leave behind.”

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Now she understands that his use of the slur is deliberate. A dehumanizing word for someone who has been made into a thing. It helps. There‘s no inflection in Alabaster‘s voice, no emotion, but it‘s all there in his choice of words.

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His skin is almost white, he‘s so paper-pale; he must smoke and curl up in strong sunlight.

[🙋🏻‍♀️☀️💨]

cherinium I can relate! 5d
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Excited to start this series! I read her Inheritance trilogy and while I really liked the first book, the second and third were both a bit of a slog for me. But I know this one is very highly regarded and has won a fuckton of awards, so I feel pretty confident it‘ll be a better overall reading experience. #nowreading

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Untitled | Unknown
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Books read: 14
Pages read: 4,355
DNF: 0
Women authors: 13
POC authors: 7
Best: The Radium Girls
Longest: Come, Thou Tortoise (412 pages)
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3 adult fiction
4 young adult
2 middle grade
4 nonfiction
1 play
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⭐️: 0
⭐️⭐️: 1
⭐️⭐️⭐️: 8
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 4
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: 1

(#nonfictionnovember stats: 4 books; 1 3-star (How Paris Became Paris) 2 4-star (Dancing With the Devil... & Eloquent Rage) & 1 5-star! (The Radium Girls)

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Mehso-so

This book takes on A LOT, tho how well it does so varies quite a bit. Appreciate the focus on Julia‘s struggles w/depression & anxiety, especially how she didn‘t even realize that‘s what it was at first. And I liked that she stick to her guns about what she wanted in life. However, damn this girl is the queen of fat-shaming, slut-shaming, girl hate, etc. I get that might be typical for her age, but wish we saw some character growth there. 3/5 ⭐️

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There are days I feel like I‘m being held together by string. Other times I feel entirely unstitched and unhinged.

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I had a similar feeling when I read an Emily Dickinson poem. I was too excited and threw my book across the room. It was so good that it made me angry. People would think I‘m nuts if I try to explain it to them, so I don‘t.

[Come to Litsy, Julia! We won‘t think you‘re nuts. We‘ve all been there!]

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Some of the top shelves on Goodreads for this one are: realistic fiction; coming of age; latinx; and mental health. SIGN ME UP. #nowreading

WriterAtHeart I throughly enjoyed this novel! I hope you do as well! 1w
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The Painted Drum: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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While the writing in this book is beautiful & evocative at times, and a couple of the characters were well drawn, for some reason I just couldn‘t get into the story or care much about it. There was something about the overall writing style that just didn‘t work for me, and the shifts in time & place & people didn‘t come together well, IMO. I wish we had stayed with Faye & Elsie the whole time, TBH. Not terrible but not a notable one for me. 2/5 ⭐️

xicanti This has been my experience with Erdrich, too. It‘s like, her prose is lovely but it just doesn‘t FLY. 1w
alisonrose @xicanti Yeah, I can‘t really put my finger on it but there‘s just something lacking 1w
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The Painted Drum: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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I‘ve read one other book by Louise Erdrich and liked it well enough, but it wasn‘t very memorable or striking. But this sounds like it could be more up my alley. I mean, the synopsis says that it “explores the often fraught relationship between mothers and daughters” and that‘s a major buzzword (buzzphrase?) for me. #nowreading

Tamra I generally haven‘t been a huge fan, but this one is one of my favorite books! (edited) 1w
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The Wives | Tarryn Fisher
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They put up the December BOTM selections super early, and I was glad to see two that I wanted! Also, they have Red White and Royal Blue and i was like, uhhhhh that came out in May??? But I guess it‘s a hardcover exclusive to BOTM as it originally came out in paperback. Anyway, looking forward to both of these!!

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An absolutely incredible work, from start to finish. I knew next to nothing about this aspect of recent history, and I‘d imagine I‘m far from alone in that—a terrible shame. What these girls (many started work as teens) & women endured b/c of the deceit, negligence, & greed of the radium companies was horrific, & their stories ought to be known by everyone. Moore brilliantly & thoroughly gives them their due respect. Required reading, IMO. 5/5 ⭐️

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[Lawyer‘s final brief:] “Language can coin no fitting words of odium with which to condemn the cool, calculating Radium Dial Company [...] I cannot imagine a fiend fresh from the profoundest depths of perdition committing such an unnatural crime as the [RDC] did. My God! Is the radium industry utterly destitute of shame? Is the [RDC] utterly dominated by a beast? ... It is an offense against Morals & Humanity & just incidentally, against the law.”

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😡😡😡😡😡

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Sadly true, much of the time. 🙇🏻‍♀️

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Another employee who [lied about her age]—though the company must have known—was Mary Vicini, a sweet Italian girl who had come to America as a baby. She was only thirteen in 1922 but nonetheless made it into the coveted workforce. In truth, the nimble fingers of prepubescent girls suited the delicate work of dial-painting; records show that some were as young as eleven.

LikelyLibrarian This book was fascinating!! 2w
alisonrose @LikelyLibrarian I‘m totally into it! 2w
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Wars are hungry machines — and the more you feed them, the more they consume.

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My final selection for #nonfictionnovember — for the TRUE prompt, which I suppose could apply to any nonfiction (except James Frey‘s book & most of the crap put out by far right pundits), but I interpreted it as being the truth behind a story or an episode of history that has been largely unknown. This is about young women working in radium-dial factories who were essentially poisoned by the work, which the companies tried to cover up. #nowreading

rwmg I'm considering it as my choice for my bookclub next year 2w
alisonrose @rwmg it‘s really incredible! 2w
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Well, I read the whole thing in a day, so I guess that tells you I enjoyed it! A really fun and wild end to this trilogy, and for me a stronger book than the second. Definitely a few 🤯 moments, and some great twists. I do still have a bit of a hard time with Jude and Cardan‘s relationship and wish this had been a little longer to give that process more depth, but even so, it was still INTERESTING. I‘ll just add—🐍🐍🐍🐍🐍 holy crap, LOL. 4/5 ⭐️

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“It‘s ridiculous the way everyone acts like killing a king is going to make someone better at being one,” Vivi says. “Imagine if, in the mortal world, a lawyer passed the bar by killing another lawyer.”

[Yo Netflix, 10/10 would watch that series kthx]

hermyknee Same! I was just thinking what a great tv series it would make 2w
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When I go to sleep, it is with a bitterness in my throat, one I haven‘t felt in a long time, one that comes from not being able to affect the things that matter, even though they are happening right in front of me.

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“All power is cursed,” I say. “The most terrible among us will do anything to get it, and those who‘d wield power best don‘t want it thrust upon them...”

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After filming my unboxing (it‘s pretty amateur, LOL, but you can watch it over on Instagram if you want! I‘m alisonrose711 over there) for the @owlcrate limited edition box for #thequeenofnothing I just couldn‘t wait to actually read the book, and I have a feeling I might just blow through the whole thing today. (Also, hi #booksnake! 🐍)
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hermyknee I watched your unboxing video on IG. Loved it! 2w
alisonrose @hermyknee Thanks!!! I did my best, LOL. It was a really great box! 2w
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Hello, Mallory | Ann M. Martin
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(From King Lear to the BSC. I contain multitudes.) I liked this one a little more than most of the other BSC books I‘ve reread thus far—it doesn‘t have the boring side bits that have nothing to do w/the main plot. I also appreciated that Martin introduced Jessi & didn‘t shy away from the racism her family faced in their new town, tho I do wish Mallory had been a bit bolder when she witnessed it. But still, an important one for kids to read! 3/5 ⭐️

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King Lear | William Shakespeare
Mehso-so

While the writing & characters & all the mishegas are particularly notable in this one, I admit it‘s not one I totally enjoyed. I mean, Lear is just a sad, narcissistic old douche, for one thing. And almost everyone around him is trash, too. Which is fine but makes it a little difficult b/c you have no one to root for. Plus, TBH I felt a bit lost at times; the plot was just a little too much. But it‘s still Shakespeare! So still worth it! 3/5 ⭐️

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King Lear | William Shakespeare

So white, and such a traitor?

#ShakespeareOnTrump 😬

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King Lear | William Shakespeare

O sir, to willful men
The injuries that they themselves procure
Must be their schoolmasters.

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King Lear | William Shakespeare

Striving to better, oft we mar what‘s well.

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I def learned a hell of a lot about Paris and its history, so obviously that‘s a plus for a nonfiction book. A lot of it was fascinating & written in an accessible way, & I loved the art & maps from the time period (17th to 18th centuries). The author did have a tendency to repeat herself by rearranging words, & I wish there was a bit more depth on some topics, bit less on others. But it‘s fun & informative & a good one for any Francophile. 3/5 ⭐️

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I definitely want to be super annoying and start referring to sidewalks as TROTTOIRS from now on.

KendallHershey Lol I support this resolution 2w
alisonrose @KendallHershey 👍🏻 🚶‍♀️ 2w
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Then came the siege, and those who had censored the press left the city more or less to its own devices. Parlement repeatedly issued decrees warning printers that they had to ask permission to publish, but in such hectic times, formal procedure all but ceased to exist. A press more free than ever before sprang up almost as quickly as those barricades. Its focus was the here and now, delivered the sooner the better.

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At the same time, something less tangible was also invented: “Paris” as one of those rare words to possess a true mystique and be imbued with a particular atmosphere and an aura of desirability.

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My next selection for #nonfictionnovember, for the DESIGN prompt. I have never and—unless they invent 1000% safe and painless teleportation—will never visit Paris (or.........anywhere else), but I‘ve always had such a strong affinity for it and everything else to do with France. Je t‘adore de loin, et je suis content d‘avoir des livres qui m‘aident rêver. (I probably made a few errors there. C‘est la vie!) ???? #nowreading

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This was a sweet and fun read, definitely the kind of thing I needed. I love that drag culture is getting a moment in the sun here, and I would love to be friends with Deirdre, so long as she knew my ass is never getting on a stage. It‘s definitely a debut and is a little rough in parts, and some of the dialogue was a bit much, but I enjoyed it and will certainly check out whatever the author writes next. 3/5 ⭐️

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She did, however, give me a once-over and a wink. I thought it best to reciprocate with what I hoped was a flirtatious smile, but which I‘m sure looked more like a blend of pre-sneeze and constipation.

🤣🤣🤣

LoverOfLearning Omg. 😂💀😂 3w
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Untitled | Unknown
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1a) I was born 3 weeks late.
1b) I only have 2 first cousins.
1c) I played clarinet in middle school band.

2) Pachinko by Min Jin Lee—thought I‘d LOVE this one but ended up DNFing it.

3) Hmmm...well, I met Rachel Maddow and she‘s written a couple of books!

4) That‘s a hard one, I‘m really sensitive to both...but I guess cold because you can always bundle up more, but if it‘s hot, it doesn‘t matter how little you wear, haha 😆

#litsylearn

Alora Hello!! 💙💙 Thank you for playing! 😁 love your answers lol 3w
Alora Is the lie that you were born 3 weeks late?! 3w
alisonrose @Alora Nope, that‘s true—just ask my poor mom, LOL 3w
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Alora Awe, I was thinking maybe it was a trick and you were early lol. I was 3 weeks early 😂 3w
alisonrose @Alora LOL! Nope, the lie is playing clarinet.....I actually played the flute ☺️ 3w
Alora Awesome! I miss band lol 3w
alisonrose @Alora I do too! I loved the marching and parades and such ☺️ 3w
Alora Thats awesome! I wasn‘t in a marching band unfortunately. I wish! Just a high school music band. We played in music fest and won a few times. We also got to play at the rock n roll hall of fame! 2w
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[Okay, the author just used the “I released a breath I didn‘t realize I was holding” line BUT it was right after the character left a Porta Potty which is the only acceptable time to use it, so I forgive them.]

Karisa 🤣🤭 3w
rubyslippersreads 🤢😂 3w
alisonrose @Karisa @rubyslippersreads 😬🚽🙅🏻‍♀️ 3w
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The tents dotted the far corner of the Weeds, and the rides occupied the rest of the space. Surprisingly, Charles loved rides. Unsurprisingly, I hated them. I couldn‘t see the point of scaring the crap out of myself. Life is terrifying enough as it is.

👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻

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I wanted something fun and this definitely looks fun. This whole cover makes me smile. Hopefully the story inside will, too. #nowreading

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Mehso-so

I‘ve never gravitated toward courtroom-drama style thrillers, but interestingly in this book, the courtroom scenes were the most enjoyable. The author did well to make it authentic, and dramatic but not overly so. Also thought the multi POV made sense. But all the different flashback/memory scenes started feeling repetitive by about the last third, & I grew really annoyed w/a few characters. Writing was strong tho, & I liked the conclusion. 3/5 ⭐️

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Heard a lot of good things about this one, plus it says “for fans of Celeste Ng” so 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻 #nowreading

Cathythoughts Great book 3w
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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World | Ashley Herring Blake
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What an absolutely delightful, lovely little book. I‘m so glad that young queer & questioning kids have books like this to help them figure themselves out. Ivy is a very well written character, very authentic. 12 is such a confusing age, where sometimes you still want to be a little kid but others you want to be a cool teenager, & then to add in all she was going through...I wanted to hug her a million times. A very sweet & important story. 4/5 ⭐️

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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World | Ashley Herring Blake

What if I really just like her as a friend? She‘s fun and makes me laugh and she‘s smart. But that doesn‘t mean I have a crush on her. Or does it?

[THE EVER-PRESENT LESBIAN DILEMMA]

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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World | Ashley Herring Blake

The sky was still clearing, the clouds rolling back to reveal the blue underneath. Funny how that blue was always there, even when the rest of the earth was screaming and breaking into pieces.

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Ivy Aberdeen's Letter to the World | Ashley Herring Blake
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I‘m in the mood for a sweet middle grade read, and considering this is also about queer girls, I think it‘ll be just what I need 💖🏳️‍🌈 #nowreading

BlameJennyJane And that cover!! Queer middle grade reads are so needed. #representationmatters 4w
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