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amyrohn

Joined March 2018

Brooklyn, NY | Publishing girlie | Bubble tea enthusiast | KPop stan | Goodreads: amyrohn
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Station Eleven: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel
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Land of Milk and Honey by C Pam Zhang
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Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Flying to LA today, so I had to pick a good airport book!

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Chain-Gang All-Stars | Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah
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Mehso-so

I was so interested in the concept, the world, and the themes, which is why I‘m so disappointed I didn‘t love this as much as I was expecting to. The writing itself is where I struggled, and this took me 2 whole weeks to get through. There were way too many POVs, and they switched between 1st and 3rd person and that bugged me. I also wasn‘t sure what I was supposed to take away from the ending. I wished I loved this as much as everyone else does.

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Woken Furies | Richard K. Morgan
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Mehso-so

This is definitely the weakest of the trilogy and kind of a disappointing ending. I liked the setting, the new tech, and the overall story, but everything else was a let down comparatively. 2 separate plots mashed into one book, lots of casual misogyny (fridging is the whole basis for this book), an unoriginal religious angle, and an underused double sleeve. It feels like all my complaints in the first 2 books were dumped into this one. 3/5 ⭐️

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Broken Angels | Richard K. Morgan
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This is a much different book than Altered Carbon in terms of genre (this is more a straightforward military sci fi) but I still had a good time! The introduction of Martian archaeology was so interesting and I loved the extended world building, and I liked the dynamics between Kovac‘s crew. Some parts dragged but it was intriguing enough throughout, though the writing itself was sometimes a bit too vague and jumbled. 4/5⭐️, a solid book 2!

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Altered Carbon | Richard K Morgan
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I reread this in conjunction with my rewatch of season 1 of the show and it‘s been long enough that it felt like reading for the first time again! This is such a great sci fi detective noir that sets up a really interesting society where you can basically become immortal by “resleeving” your consciousness in a new body. Takeshi Kovacs is a really great character to follow. This remains one of my all time favorite books. 5/5⭐️

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Decided to have some fun and make a tier list of all the books I read in 2023! Deciding what goes in each tier was easy but the specific order was surprisingly difficult in places.

BookmarkTavern Nice! 🤩 2mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Now that I‘ve finally read this, I can understand why everyone went nuts over it but it just didn‘t do anything for me. I didn‘t like the writing, I didn‘t like the characters, I didn‘t like the convoluted plot twists and the endless red herrings. There was so much suspension of disbelief required for the last couple of chapters to make sense. Unfortunately this one got hyped a little too much for me. Hopefully book club will be a good time.

TheLudicReader I agree. I found it easy to read, but endlessly ridiculous. 🤣 2mo
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Going through all my stats for 2023 and I was able to read 100 books in a year for the first time ever!! It doesn‘t seem like a lot compared to some people I know but it‘s my new personal record and I think that‘s neat 😊 Here‘s to a wonderful reading year in 2024!

Librarybelle Congratulations! 2mo
TieDyeDude 🎉 🤘 More than me :D 2mo
tpixie That‘s amazing! Congrats!!!! 🎉 2mo
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dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
Amor4Libros Fantastic!!! 🎉🎉 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence That‘s so exciting!! 2mo
Reggie It‘s awesome! 2mo
Kristy_K Congrats!! 2mo
BookmarkTavern Congrats! 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
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A little late in posting this but we‘ve got a winner for my #2023readingbracket !!! The Wager, to no one‘s surprise, takes the top spot. I could tell since I read that it would be hard to beat, and indeed it was! This was my first time making a bracket like this so I‘m excited to do it again in 2024!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Feels like I‘m the last person in the world to read this but thanks to book club I‘ll finally do it! Cheers to the last train ride from Philly of the year.

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Paleontologist | Luke Dumas
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Two words: ghost dinosaurs

CaliforniaCay Enough said. Stacked! 🦖 3mo
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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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Choosing my top read for November was actually way harder than I thought it was going to be since I had so many 5 stars this month, one of them being the new Murderbot novel, and those books have been dominating this year. In the end, The Future won it out with its complexity and sheer scope of topics. Very curious to see what will win in December, and for the whole year! #2023readingbracket

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Bookshops and Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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This one was just as cozy and fun as the first one, and I enjoyed getting some more insight into Viv‘s character. I loved that this one was centered around books, and as always I loved the aspects of found family and finding your purpose. I‘ll read anything this author puts out at this point. 5/5⭐️

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The Brothers Hawthorne | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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I‘ve been disappointed by some YA mystery spin offs this year, so I‘m really pleased that I liked this one and it was on par with the rest of the series. Parts of the mystery follows the plot of the main trilogy, and we‘re split between Grayson and Jameson‘s POVs. Because were following both of them and the chapter are short, it felt disjointed at times, like I was reading 2 books that got smashed together, but overall it was a fun time! 4/5⭐️

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System Collapse | Martha Wells
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Once more, with feeling: I Love Murderbot ❤️

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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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It took me a month but I finally finished Doctor Sleep! I‘d seen the movie when it first came out so I knew all the major plot beats already, but I did still enjoy focusing on Danny and his journey with alcoholism and recovery. I don‘t think this one is as scary as The Shining (I couldn‘t sleep with that book in my room it scared me so bad), and I could‘ve done without the very unnecessary slurs, but overall it was a good background read. 4/5⭐️

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Let Us Descend | Jesmyn Ward
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This book is so stunning and beautifully written. It‘s also definitely a hard story to read, as it follows a young enslaved girl as she is sold in the American South in the years before the Civil War. There‘s elements of magical realism which lend themselves to the lyrical quality of the writing. This isn‘t my usual genre so maybe that‘s why I didn‘t connect with it as much as I could have, but I think on a reread I would savor it more. 4/5⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love this author ✍️ 💛 3mo
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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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The Future explores the world of tech, billionaires, environmental activism, and luxury bunkers, and boy does the read deliver. It‘s clever, fast-paced, and intriguing, and even plays with the form by introducing a Reddit-esque thread about survival prepping. It‘s more speculative than sci-fi, but the world is still very fleshed out. I‘m so happy I enjoyed this one since my expectations were so high! 5/5⭐️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Great review! Stacked! 4mo
GondorGirl My audiobook hold just came in and I've got quite a drive tomorrow! 🥰 4mo
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The Future | Naomi Alderman
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I didn‘t love The Power when I read it a few years ago, but this one has been at the top of my highly anticipated list for a while so I‘m excited to dive in!

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Fell a bit behind on this so here‘s my update for August, September, and October! August was kind of slim pickings since my only 5 star was a reread and I don‘t count those for this, but September and October were fairly easy to pick. It‘s looking like The Wager might pull out the win for this year! #2023readingbracket

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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | Stephen King
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Happy Halloween from me and my current spooky read 🎃👻

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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This was a very straightforward memoir and I really enjoyed it. The writing style felt conversational and authentic to Britney‘s voice. The first half kind of bounced all over the place a bit with the timeline and felt kind of vague with some details, but that‘s my only critique. It‘s extremely readable. It‘s a really heart wrenching look at her life and I was really moved when she started talking about the conservatorship. ⬇️

amyrohn The things she went through are truly so horrible and my heart goes out to her, and it‘s really conveyed well on the page. I like the fact that it‘s short and sweet and just says what it needs to say. Yay for Britney! 4.5/5⭐️ 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I agree. Vague on most of the details but so full of heart and so vulnerable. Finished it in one day. I‘ve never been a huge fan but I wanted her side of the conservatorship story. Her devoted fans must be over the moon. It gave me goose bumps when she thanked them for the free Britney movement. 4mo
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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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Shockingly I ended feeling pretty middle of the road for this one. I think I would‘ve liked it more if the primary focus was the fantasy, because that was the most interesting part to me. I just couldn‘t buy into the romance at all and had a hard time constantly going from “I might die today” to “omg he‘s so hot!!” There was some decent character development and intrigue, and I‘ll probably read book 2, but I wanted more than the book gave. 3/5⭐️

amyrohn I was also cackling at the Gauntlet just straight up being the American Ninja Warrior course 😂 4mo
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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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She‘s here! So excited!

Birdsong28 Can't wait for my copy!! 4mo
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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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Half of my friends absolutely love it, the other half absolutely hate it 🤣 Time to see which side I‘ll be on!

TheSpineView I'm on the lovers side. Enjoy! 4mo
RamsFan1963 I'm firmly in the haters camp on this one. 4mo
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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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This exceeded all my expectations. Based on the real life murders of two sorority women by Ted Bundy, Bright Young Women focuses its fictionalized account on the women who lost their lives and those who fought to bring him to justice. This book is so expertly crafted, aiming to correct the misguided notion that The Defendant was brilliant and cunning, a narrative that was spun to cover up the police‘s mistake in letting him escape. 5/5⭐️

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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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I got to meet the author a couple weeks ago and she was so sweet! I‘m about halfway through this one and I was expecting it to be good, but it‘s exceeding all my expectations and I‘m blown away at how amazingly written it is.

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Finished this in about 24 hours so I think it‘s safe to say my slump has been beaten! This series is so charming and I‘m sad we won‘t get another one for a little while. Now that we‘re at book 4, I‘m reading these for the characters a bit more than for the mystery, and this one was a little more emotional than I was expecting, but a good read nonetheless. 4/5⭐️

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Been in a reading slump the past couple of weeks, time to try and get out of it!

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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This was so fun and action packed and scratched my swashbuckling itch! I liked Amina and her character motivations a lot, as well as her relationship dynamic with her crew. This was very plot focused so I think the characters suffered a bit because of that, and the story got a little off the rails in the second half, but overall I had a great time and this was just the escapist read I needed. Very excited for the next one! 4.5/5⭐️

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The Adventures of Amina Al-Sirafi | Shannon Chakraborty
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I‘ve been in a real seafaring and swashbuckling mood lately so let‘s keep it going!

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British naval history isn‘t something I thought would be so fascinating, but Grann has proved he‘s an incredible storyteller. This could‘ve strayed into textbook territory very easily, but it was quick and efficient and I was engaged the entire time. It certainly helps that this is an event where multiple people wrote everything down, but Grann still painted a picture of interesting characters and their hardships in an intriguing way. 5/5⭐️

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Driving down to North Carolina today, time to read about mutiny!

dabbe LOVED this one! Can't wait to read what you think! 🤩 6mo
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What do you do when you‘re having a tough week? Read a childhood favorite and watch the US Open, of course 😊

Jess I hope the week gets better for you. Enjoy the US Open today. There are some great matches on today! 6mo
amyrohn @Jess thank you 🥰 6mo
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Zero Days | Ruth Ware
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Today‘s reading plans!

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I feel like the outlier since everyone else seems to love this, but this ended up being disappointing for me. I liked the gothic atmosphere of the house and the overall premise, and the beginning was compelling. But everything else fell flat. The pacing/timeline was bonkers, no likable characters, and too many outlandish twists. There also seemed to be some reused elements from previous books. I‘m sad since I‘ve liked his other works. 2.5/5⭐️

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The Deep Sky: A Novel | Yume Kitasei
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In this sci-fi thriller debut, a mission to a new planet goes awry when an explosion knocks them off course. Asuka, the only surviving witness, has to prove her innocence and keep the crew from turning on each other. For a debut, this was pretty solid! The first half had a lot of pacing issues and the characters weren‘t as fleshed out, but overall it was entertaining and also surprisingly heartfelt. 3.5/5⭐️

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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As a publishing girlie, books about the industry are like catnip for me. Was it a little on the nose at times? Yes. But have I also either witnessed or heard from coworkers about a lot of similar instances that happen in this book? Also yes. Overall I was thoroughly entertained and am eager to read more R. F. Kuang since this was my first from her. 4/5⭐️

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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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It‘s time

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Fugitive Telemetry | Martha Wells
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Kicking off the second half of the reading bracket with the most recent installment of the Murderbot Diaries (is anyone shocked lol)! I sped through the whole series and this one is my favorite so far. I

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Untitled | Unknown
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Even though I hit a slump right around the middle of the month, July still ended up being pretty good! All but 2 of these were 4 stars and above, so even though I had a 1 star in there, I‘d still say that‘s successful. I‘m all caught up on Murderbot and am supremely upset that I have to wait until November to read the next one (but at least it‘s another full novel!) #wrapup

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Mehso-so

This will lead to some great discussions in my book club, but the read personally felt a bit dull. This climate apocalypse book feels very mystical and surreal, and the narrative voice was distinct, but all the biblical references and countless thematic elements made this feel a bit too clever. It‘s layered in a way that made me go “oh god there‘s more?” Millet clearly has a lot of talent in her craft, it‘s just not my personal taste. 3/5⭐️

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I think this is another soft pick. This just wasn‘t as much of a favorite as his other 2 cozy books, and I can‘t really figure out why. I do think the pacing was all over the place, and I wasn‘t really into the romance in this one. Maybe I‘m just not into sentimentality right now, which this book was full of. Or maybe I‘m reading too much about robots and AI and humanity right now and need a break. I‘d still recommend this one, though. 3.5/5⭐️

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Hell Bent | Leigh Bardugo
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The fourth Murderbot book took the crown for June, but it wasn‘t enough to beat Hell Bent, which has dominated the first half of my reading year. I‘m eager to see if anything can knock it from the top spot!

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Untitled | Unknown
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My June wrap up! I got through 9 books this month, and it helped that 1 was a reread, 2 were novellas, and most of the others were speedy to get through.

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I love Murderbot. That is all.

rachelsbrittain Same. 8mo
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I have way too many thoughts about this than can be expressed in the Litsy character limit, but I really enjoyed this one. Snow is an utterly fascinating character and being in his head was so interesting. Seeing the origin of the Hunger Games was fun, and the themes of authoritarianism and control were good to dig in to. My only complaints are that it was a bit too long, and the ending felt rushed. Can‘t wait for the movie! 4/5⭐️

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I‘m finally heading back to NYC so here‘s my obligatory “here‘s what I‘m reading on the train” post! Am I reading this solely because the trailer for the new movie looked incredible? Yes. Am I having a great time with it so far? Also yes.

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Hairpin Bridge | Taylor Adams
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Of the 3 Taylor Adams books I‘ve read, I think this one is his weakest, and I‘m disappointed that I didn‘t like this one as much as the others. The multiple POVs were disjointed and the action scenes were unrealistic and repetitive. It was definitely very intense and thrilling and had some entertainment value, but ultimately it wasn‘t my cup of tea. 2/5⭐️

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A bookseller finds himself at the center of an FBI investigation because someone is using his list of 8 perfect murders as their calling card. I liked the premise and that it‘s an homage to classic whodunnits, but in the end I was underwhelmed. It‘s slow and purposeful, but doesn‘t have a lot of tension. I didn‘t really connect with the writing style, and the characters were too underdeveloped for me to actually care. 3/5⭐️