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Karisa

Karisa

Joined December 2018

☮ ❤ 📚 ♾ * I am a teacher and mom who loves Scifi/Fantasy (but reads widely). Goodreads me at www.goodreads.com/KBibayoff
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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
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Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
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Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Tempting. . . The copies looked like Bibles (gilded edges, ribbon bookmark, thin pages). I'm regretting not grabbing one. 😭

Kdgordon88 It‘s so pretty! ❤️ 21h
Tamra Oh that‘s awesome! 5h
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Loved this sweet coming of age realistic fiction set in 1980s! It felt so honest and raw. The main teenage characters felt like they could walk off the page, and the adults were loving, realistic, flawed people. Some lines read like poetry. Beautiful!

@BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ

kindergartenkat I loved this one too! 5d
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Fascinating combination of hopeful and horrific. I devoured this book in one day to see where it would lead. It's historical fiction centered around the end of WWII and the evacuations of thousands. Even though I've read many books set in WWII, this setting (Northeast German holdings) and side (Germans/Russians) was new to me.

@BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ

#Booked2020 @cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage #LiveandLearn

Cinfhen There was a lot to learn from this book!! Good choice 👍🏽 🤓 1w
Crazeedi This was so interesting, about something I'd never read anything about 1w
xxjenadanxx I love all her books, but this one is my favorite. 1w
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Marina_h I loved this book. I was surprised that I had never heard about this event before 1w
julesG I know I must read this book one day. But I'm afraid of opening this "wound". My grandfather was one of those refugees on the trek, aged 9. 1w
Karisa @julesG Wow, what a time to witness. It does read like dystopian fiction almost. I don't blame you for waiting on this one. @Marina_h @Crazeedi I was surprised too. History books never talk about it but so many people lost. There's a scene near the end where one character realizes that to avoid embarrassment, the government just won't report it. Chilling. 1w
Daisey Agreed! Ruta Sepetys is one of my favorite current historical fiction authors, and this is my favorite of her books. 1w
Crazeedi @julesG oh my that had to have been so horrible for him, I cant even imagine 1w
Crazeedi @Karisa I was shocked I never heard anything about it 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage Such a good book! 1w
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cariashley 🤬 1w
Butterfinger 😡 1w
Hoopiefoot 😡 1w
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Saga Compendium One | Brian K. Vaughan
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Wow... Gotta love it when a book lives up to the hype. Gorgeous artwork and epic, rich, complex story. This is one graphic novel that is not for kids while also being such a good read and raising interesting moral issues. Takes the genre up to a new level.

@BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ
#Booked2020 #CoverCrush @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen Great cover and wonderful review 💚 2w
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Last day to sign up. 🤗

Visit @Chelleo's page or check out http://bitly.com/bhm-swap for details and to sign-up.

#LitsyHappenings #LitsySwaps #Swaps @LitsyHappenings #bhmswap #blitsyhistorymonthswap

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Sex, drugs, rock and roll... This book is written like a documentary film covering a band's ups and downs through the (mostly) seventies. Made me feel like a part of the band or at least a fly on the wall!

@BookishMarginalia #LitsyAtoZ
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft #Booked2020 #Hollywood

Cinfhen Great choice for #Hollywood 🎬❤️ 3w
TrishB Oh I could use this and finally read it!! 3w
4thhouseontheleft Nice choice! 3w
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Takes a little to get going, but then just hold on for the ride! In a world filled with doorways to other dimensions, the possibilities are endless. This book seems simple on the surface but has left me thinking about some of its underlying issues. . .

Karisa How many people were out there in the past feeling alone and different but were really just ahead of their time/place? How much do people defer to corrupt power for safety's sake? How do people prioritize the loves of their lives? #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia 4w
Enchanted_Bibliophile This was my favourite book of 2019. I still get caught up in some of the deeper meanings this book hold. The more I think about it, the more I want to re-read this book. 4w
Robert6717 A little to get going and a lot to keep going ... Life is short and full of visible and invisible causes of pains and happiness... 3w
aartichapati I just read this one in the last few weeks, too! I appreciated the way it alluded to colonialism and racism and gender, even though they were not necessarily central to the plot. 3w
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Waiting to Be Read | Jonika Antoinette Haynes
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Jumping on board #LitsyAtoZ reading challenge hosted by @BookishMarginalia

Here's my #AbecedarianTBR. I'm not much of a longterm planner when it comes to reading, so that's just about as far as I've gotten. I think this book challenge will suit me just fine! (Rules are simple: one book per letter of the alphabet--either beginning of title or author's last name). 😊

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Talking with a reader friend and noticing the prevalence of otherworldly doors in books lately. Yes, always been in some books, but seems like more as of late.

Reading The Ten Thousand Doors of January, thinking back to some of my favorite reads from last year, and want to read Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby soon. All feature doorways to other places (assuming my tbr does). Maybe it's just the books in my collection?

thebluestocking I‘ve been noticing this too! I also thought of The Wayward Children series by Seanan McGuire, which is fantastic. 💙 4w
Karisa @thebluestocking I liked that series too! Especially the first one. Such a heartbreaking idea for a book. 4w
thebluestocking @Karisa It‘s so good!! 💙 4w
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My goal was 60 books, and I ended up completing 71. So many great books in 2019! Here's to an even better 2020!

Minispok 👏👏👏 4w
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Still a few hours to go until 2020 here. Thought I'd go ahead and post my #24b42020 status. 😊

Over 26 hours read. I finished 3 books, bailed on one, and have two in progress. Ten Thousand Doors of January = 50% read and Saga Compendium is 40% done (out of 1300+ pages😱). Happy New Year, everyone!

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick @Andrew65 @TheReadingMermaid @jb72

Andrew65 A great time. Congratulations 👏👏👏🥳🙌⭐️😍🎯🍾🥂 4w
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Saga | Brian K. Vaughan
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Just finished the first Saga. Wow! Rich worldbuilding and complex storytelling. Definitely a "grown up" graphic novel/comic book but also lots of fun trying to dig through the layers.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 Is this impulse or tbr? 1mo
Karisa @Crimson613 Oh sorry! Should've said tbr. 🤗 1mo
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Whirlwind of a read that's part dark fairytale and part YA. It focuses on an estate once filled with 12 sisters. They keep dying off but why? Beautiful imagery (the sea, balls, ghosts, gods) twirls around the edges of the mystery as one sister tries to stop the parade of deaths.

#24b42020 #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick @Andrew65 @jb72 @TheReadingMermaid

Andrew65 👏👏👏 1mo
Crimson613 Tbr or impulse? 1mo
Karisa @Crimson613 tbr 😊 1mo
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The Belles | Dhonielle Clayton
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The Belles is set in a world where most are born gray and plain. They, of course, value beauty/color with the only way to obtain being through magical young women called Belles. Wicked royals, lavish parties, jealousy, chaos ensues.

As a read, it was okay. I was expecting a YA, but it just felt like it was more suited for middle school. It did have some things to say about beauty and defintely more going on in this world to explore in sequels.

cariashley I was really disappointed with this one when it came out 😕 1mo
Karisa @cariashley I was hoping for more somehow too. Seems like her worldbuilding was good. It just became repetitive and seemed like somethings I had read before. Not much edge to it. 1mo
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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Powerful graphic novel about a horrible time in US history. It shifts between different events all from George Takei's point of view and centering around his family's time held in internment. He captures the complexity and injustice beautifully.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 (from my #tbr) #24b42020 (5 hours and counting)

Crimson613 16pts!! 12.27 1mo
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Here's my #tbr for this extended weekend's #24b42020 challenge! Hey, #TMSkellington, it's worth #wintergames bonus points for us too! Great excuse, er, inventive to read the weekend away! Yay! @Andrew65 @jb72 @Crimson613 @TheReadingMermaid

Crimson613 1pt!! 12-26 loving that tbr!! 😍😍 1mo
Andrew65 Good luck, and great to have you with us. Some interesting book choices. 1mo
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Pickles | Raymond Mendoza
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Hunting for the Christmas Tree Pickle has been a tradition at my mom's for the past at least 10 years. The grandkids take it very seriously (probably because Grammy tapes 5 bucks on it)! 😉 #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick #FamilyTradition

smilingshelves My husband's family does this, too! Only the prize is a restaurant gift card, rather than money. Glad to know there are more pickle hunters in the world! 1mo
Karisa @smilingshelves 🤣 pickle hunters 🤣 It is a cute tradition and surprisingly hard to spot. 1mo
Crimson613 21pts!! 12-26 oh wow, I've never heard of this before but it sounds fun!! 😆 1mo
Tamra What a great idea! We need to try it next year! 1mo
Bookish_Gal This is my favorite German Christmas tradition!! We hide a large one and a small one - different difficulty, different prize 1mo
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4 books for me which is a new record (not counting buying books for myself). All from fellow Littens! 🤗

📘 They Called Us Enemy (George Takei)

📗 The Only Woman in the Room (Heather Terrell)

📓 One Day in December (Josie Silver)

📕 House of Salt and Sorrows (tagged)

I've already finished one and about to dig into another as soon as I finish a library book. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Texreader 👏🏻👏🏻 1mo
Crimson613 6pts!! 12-26 oh wow you're quick!! I probably would have those still waiting to be read 😆 1mo
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Readathon: Occasional List : Geleentheidslys | Gauteng (South Africa). Education Media Service
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Ooh! Ooh! Count me in. On vacation this week and ready for some extra reading time. Great way to end the month/year/decade! @ReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72 #24b42020 #WinterGames #TMSkellington

Andrew65 I‘d forgotten it was the end of the decade! 😳 Great to have you with us. 😍👍 1mo
jb72 So glad you can join us! 1mo
Crimson613 1pt!! 12-26 i forgot it was happening already!! i'm hoping to participate but i'll see what happens xD 1mo
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Spotted on Instagram. 💗 to all today! #JoinIn

Laura317 This is lovely 1mo
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Stayed by late (with a Doctor Who marathon assist) but maybe still in true #Jolabokaflod fashion and finished off this sweet romantic read. Great, light somewhat holidayish book that spans 10 years and tortures its characters a bit. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 21pts!! 12-25 the torture is why im holding off xD 1mo
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Christmas Trees | Robert Frost
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Texreader That‘s so pretty!! 1mo
Crimson613 11pts!! 12-25 ohhhh so pretty :DD 1mo
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Guess Who? | Margaret Miller
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Doctor Who Christmas specials, new books from Litsy swaps, family around-- I'm in heaven! #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 6pts!! 12-25 1mo
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Ok, I might have jumped the gun on our Secret Santa opening but couldn't resist any longer. Wow! @Texreader this is a mountain of gifts! Thank you so much for all the chocolate (omg, how cute are they?!). The bookmarks and socks are so much fun (wearing them now). And the books! So perfect! I don't know which to read first (guarding one from my daughter). I am all set heading into the New Year! Hurray! 🎉 #TMSkellington #WinterGames @Crimson613

Texreader Yay!!! So glad you like everything. The Lammes candies are from an Austin candy maker and they are amazing. I hope you enjoy everything! 1mo
Karisa @Texreader Can't wait to try them all! You seriously know how to spoil a person! 💗 1mo
Crimson613 1pt!! 12-24 wow!!! that is an awesome gift box :DDD maybe i should have assigned her to me LOL those socks are so cute! 1mo
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Holiday Swap | Zara Stoneley
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Hurray for #JolabokaflodSwap and @FashionableObserver! Thank you, thank you, thank you! These are my favorite chocolates, and the card is beautiful. One Day in December seems like the perfect read for this month. I will be reading it today! You are so kind! Happy holidays!

Thank you, @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing this fun Litsy event!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I‘m reading One Day in December now and it‘s the perfect read for winter. Enjoy! I like seeing what everyone is opening for their swaps! 1mo
Karisa @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled That's what I'm doing too (checking out all the festivities on Litsy). The book is perfect because I'd borrowed it digitally from the library and run out of time before finishing. It's got a long hold wait. Now I have my own copy of it. 😊 1mo
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A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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Finished off the last story in this collection, "Just Like the Ones We Used to Know." It was all over the place (literally many towns, many rotating glimpses of characters). It centered around a planetwide "White Christmas" that was the delight of a few but a huge headache for many. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 21pts!! 12-23 1mo
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A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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These next two in the collection were just okay. "Newsletter" is about a woman whose family loves to try and outdo each other in their holiday missives. It has a little nod to classic scifi (Stepford, invasion of the body snatchers). "Epiphany" questions the line between religious zeal and madness but tends to wander along the way. #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

Crimson613 41pts!! 12-23 1mo
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So, we're not Jewish. However, seeing latkes everywhere on social media and the news during Hannukah had me craving this holiday treat. Here's a SunBasket recipe for them that I really like: https://sunbasket.com/recipe/root-vegetable-latkes-with-greek-yogurt-and-sauteed...

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick #FestiveRecipe

Caroline2 Thanks for the recipe link. These sound delicious. 😋 1mo
Crimson613 26pts!! 12-23 same! need to make these one day :D thanks for sharing, i've been super curious every time i read about them :9 1mo
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Thank You, Santa | Margaret Wild
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Woo hoo! Congratulations on your milestones, @Chrissyreadit! 2019 was a great year for books. If I had to choose on stand out to remember, I would go with Starless Sea. It's beautifully layered and magical. I'm looking forward to reading the new book by Emily St.John Mandel in 2020. Station Eleven was amazing; so expectations are high!

💗🤗Thank you for a chance in this #thankyougiveaway!

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Tradition | Brendan Kiely
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I've got a sweet helper today as we make our family's traditional butter cookies. We'll take them to Grammy's house tomorrow for all the grandkids to decorate on Xmas Eve. They'll be lucky to last through Xmas day! #WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick #FestiveTradition

Crimson613 21pts!! 12-23 Yum :D 1mo
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ChasingOm Gahhhh. I recognized the character and just could not remember. 😂 1mo
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A Lot Like Christmas | Connie Willis
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2 more scifi stories from this collection:

* "Cat's Paw" is a Sherlock Holmes meets Island of Dr. Moreau story set during Christmastime. Really the most holiday thing about it is his Watson type wanting to go to family for Xmas.

*"Now Showing" was more of a scifi philosophical rambling endeavor: What will movie of the future be like if consumerism reigns just small nods to Xmas.

#WinterGames #TMSkellington @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick

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