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What to Read When
What to Read When: The Books and Stories to Read with Your Child--and All the Best Times to Read Them | Pam Allyn
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Read Pam Allyn's posts on the Penguin Blog The books to read aloud to children at the important moments in their lives. In What to Read When, award-winning educator Pam Allyn celebrates the power of reading aloud with children. In many ways, books provide the first opportunity for children to begin to reflectively engage with and understand the world around them. Not only can parents entertain their child and convey the beauty of language through books, they can also share their values and create lasting connections. Here, Allyn offers parents and caregivers essential advice on choosing appropriate titles for their childrentaking into account a childs age, attention ability, gender, and interests along with techniques for reading aloud effectively. But what sets this book apart is the extraordinary, annotated list of more than three hundred titles suitable for the pivotal moments in a childs life. With category themes ranging from friendship and journeys to thankfulness, separations, silliness, and spirituality, What to Read When is a one-of-a-kind guide to how parents can best inspire children through reading together. In addition, Pam Allyn includes an indispensable Readers Ladder section, with recommendations for children at every stage from birth to age ten. With the authors warm and engaging voice throughout, discussion questions to encourage in-depth conversations, as well as advice on helping kids make the transition to independent reading, this book will help shape thoughtful, creative, and curious children, imparting a love of reading that will last a lifetime. These Penguin Young Reader's Books are referenced in What to Read When Sylvia Jean: Drama Queen by Lisa Campbell Ernst (Penguin Young Readers Group: 2005) Two Is For Twins, by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, illustrations by Hiroe Nakata (Penguin Young Readers: 2006) Remember Grandma? by Laura Langston (Penguin Group (USA): May 2004) Soul Looks Back in Wonder compiled by Tom Feelings (Puffin Books) Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey (Penguin Books USA, Incorporated: December 1957) When I was Young in the Mountainsby Cynthia Rylant illustrated by Diane Goode (Penguin Young Readers Group: January 1993) Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs by Tomie DePaola (Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Books, Inc.:1973) Good Night, Good Knight by Shelly Moore Thomas, illustrations by Jennifer Plecas (Penguin Young Readers Group: 2002)
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Librarybelle
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I‘m terrible with sticking with #tbr lists for the month. The closest I can come to a true #OctoberTBR is the hope to finish up at least some of the books that I have been reading for at least a month. They‘re all great books, but I‘m also getting distracted by other shiny books.

It‘s my hope to also include some mysteries and thrillers and other books that won‘t give me nightmares - totally #TeamSqueamish ! #FallIsBooked

MallenNC I so relate to not sticking to a TBR and being distracted by shiny new books! 2w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I can‘t stick to a list either 🤷🏼‍♀️🤣 2w
Sace Oh yeah. Planning my reading is just setting myself up for failure...or at least guaranteed to make my reading feel like a chore. 2w
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Librarybelle Glad I‘m not the only one who struggles, @MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks and @RestlessFickleBookHoarder ! 2w
Sace Not at all. I've thrown all tracking and planning out the window and just reading wherever my mood leads me. Im not reading as much, but I'm enjoying it more. 2w
OriginalCyn620 I think we all get distracted by shiny new books! 😂 2w
Librarybelle @OriginalCyn620 Hazard of being a reader - #somanybooksnotenoughtime ! 😂 2w
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TheBookbabeblog84
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Working my way through the Unread Shelf project and August‘s prompt is Allow Bookstagrams (and Littens) to pick your next read! Drop me a comment with your pick ♥️. #unreadshelf #books #bookaddict #reader #helpmepick

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Lea
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The @bookriot mods said in this case #ownvoices is anyone from that country writing about people in that country. They are the minority based on publishing being mainly US/UK. Thanks for your help!!!

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Nessavamusic
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A ton of my favorite authors/series are on the docket for November. Sort of cheating one I finished today, but it counts yeah?!
I‘m also just 2 books away from my 2018 Goodreads #readinggoal

ValkyrieAndHerBooks 🙌🏼🎉Go Ness! Get that goal! And I‘m loving your November TBR! 12mo
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AJTimberlake
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When I have this many books on my TBR, I think it‘s time to do some combing
#nextproject #tbr

Crewgurl Excellent idea!! 12mo
BooknerdsLife I Love This Savage Song! 12mo
AJTimberlake @BooknerdsLife I‘m so excited for it but my copy is with my fiancé in another country so I won‘t get to it for 6 months :( 12mo
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BooknerdsLife @AJTimberlake Wow! 6 months? Hope you get to see your fiancé soon :) xx 12mo
AJTimberlake @BooknerdsLife unfortunately. He is in NY and I am in South Africa. We get married in March 😊 12mo
BooknerdsLife @AJTimberlake Awww Congratulations to you both!!! 🎊🎊🎊💕 12mo
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Jobe
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This is our Lilly. She has a question for you. #dogsoflitsy

Redwritinghood 👋🏻 Lilly! (edited) 12mo
JoScho Love her! 12mo
EmilySchneider7 Hi Lilly! (edited) 12mo
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Lel2403 Eeny meeny by M J Arlidge...love Lilly (edited) 12mo
Jobe @JoScho She‘s super sweet. 12mo
Jobe @Lel2403 thanks 12mo
JennyM One you might like, Lilly. 12mo
Jobe @JennyM ha! Cute 12mo
ladym30 Such a sweetie! 12mo
Jobe @ladym30 😀 12mo
Karkar Hi sweetie! I am reading 12mo
Jobe @Karkar thanks 12mo
Jobe @Mollyanna thank you 12mo
Erofan Hi Lilly! 🐕❤ I'm reading 12mo
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Eggs
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Happy Sunday reading 📚

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Bronte_Chintz
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Finally jumping on the ARC bandwagon and I have these to read to start me off. I‘m hoping for some good reads out of them.

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Cathythoughts
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I‘m starting a new one later today ... I need a change of pace & have narrowed it down to these 2 .... what do ya think Littens ?? !! Which one ?!

MicheleinPhilly I‘ve heard that My Absolute Darling is brutal so I would pick the other. 1y
Cathythoughts @MicheleinPhilly thanks 👍🏻. I‘m kind of leaning that way myself. A good thriller, I think ... 😉 1y
TrishB I just enjoyed a good, quick thriller 👍🏻 the other one is brutal definitely! 1y
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Cathythoughts @TrishB Thanks Trish , quick ( well maybe not as quick for me 😬😁) thriller is winning (edited) 1y
JennyM In the dark 1y
Cathythoughts @JennyM have you read it ?! I can‘t put it down 👍🏻 1y
JennyM @Cathythoughts no, but it looks good. Great to hear it is a good pick xx 1y
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WellReadCatLady
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I‘ve been singing this song to my #tbr books 📚 #imareadthatbitch

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CoffeeNBooks
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Check out @TheReadingMermaid's page for a fun way of deciding which books from your TBR list to read in August with #MakeMeReadIt! Let your Litsy friends vote on what you should read: pick books from your TBR pile, post a picture, and people vote on what you should read. The book with the most votes is what you read first, the next most votes is what you read next, etc. Voting happens in July for August reading. 📚

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Beckys_Books
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73 Books to Read While the Sun Is Out and the Days Are Long https://nyti.ms/2xzldLa

The lists include thriller, cooking, true crime, movies & tv, romance, travel, music, the great outdoors, and sports. Surely something for everyone!

Chrissyreadit 😢 link did not work. 1y
Beckys_Books @Chrissyreadit you are right. It took me to a broken link page and I pasted it.there and it worked. Not sure if it is because I accesses it through the app? 1y
BarbaraBB Too bad the link doesn‘t work. Or maybe it is better for me. 1y
Lindy @BarbaraBB Yes, that‘s what I was thinking. I already have more book on my TBR than I will ever read. 😉 1y
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Emily92Bibliophile
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Guys, i need some Audiobook help. Today is the anniversary marking my Dad‘s unexplainable death 9 years ago. Even with it being 9 years, this day still carries a lot of hard memories.💔 I have been stuck in a reading rut the past couple weeks, & need good Audiobook recommendations- preferably on SCRIBD so I don‘t have to pay. Nothing sad or horror is all I ask.

MrBook ? *biiiiiig hug* I almost cried reading this ?. Maybe the funniest audiobook @BookBabe & I have read is "The Rosie Project". "The Martian" is excellent. "Ready Player One" as well. 1y
CouronneDhiver If you haven‘t read it already, ‘Born A Crime‘ is quite good! 1y
BookBabe *big hugs* Ditto what @MrBook said. 💔I‘m enjoying Tom Sawyer on audio right now. It‘s charming! 1y
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JoScho Sending love ❤️ I also really enjoyed Ready Player One 1y
kspenmoll Hugs to you; take care today.💕 1y
Emily92Bibliophile @MrBook @BookBabe @kspenmoll for the kind words. Also thanks to y‘all and @JoScho @CouronneDhiver for the wonderful Audiobook Recommendations- all have been added to my TBR! 1y
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MicrobeMom
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After a most excellent day with my mom getting pretty toes, having brunch and seeing a movie, I must decide what to read next. So many choices!!! #whattoreadnext #TBRlist

C.Perone Soooo many good titles to choose from! 1y
JoScho Oh lots of choices! 1y
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TheReadingMermaid
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What do y'all have in your TBR pile? Show me those stacks!!!
📚😍📚🤩📚
#TBRTuesday @Syndelle777

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FantasyChick
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Plus 2 more on my Kobo and 1 on my phone. I think I may have a problem 😬
#currentreads #commitmentissues #moodreader

RainyDayReading I feel your pain. I am such a mood reader and at the moment have huge commitment issues 😅 2y
FantasyChick At least I'm not alone @RainyDayReading 😉 Somedays I wonder how I keep all these books straight lol. 2y
RainyDayReading @FantasyChick You are definitely not alone! You keep them straight by being a bad ass reader 😜 2y
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Smangela
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Did anyone enter Gabe de Almeida of Page Habit‘s giveaway? I was a winner and he‘s sending me a book! I was allowed to pick but my brain 🤯🤯🤯 at the thought of trying to narrow it down so I asked him to send one of his favorites. I‘m so excited to see what he picked.

I‘m playing catch-up after I was out of town for a week. I‘ll be posting a link to a NEW amazing generous giveaway he‘s hosting in a little bit ♥️♥️♥️

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Sarahr875
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Help! I need recommendations!

Jess7 Lack of kindness, understanding, acceptance: 2y
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Jess7 The US election and the result that is Donald Trump - 2y
Jess7 The reality of today and what might lie ahead: 2y
Sarahr875 You guys are amazing! 2y
Cinfhen Haven‘t read but I‘m hoping to start 2y
Sarahr875 @Cinfhen Just Mercy looks so interesting. I had actually decided on that one before posting this, but the audiobook is unavailable right now so I needed more ideas while I waited! 2y
Cinfhen That‘s too bad, but now you‘re getting so many awesome suggestions! Another one I hope to read is 2y
Sarahr875 Thank you @RebelReader and @minkyb I am now excited for this category!! 2y
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Bourriquet76
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What next? Finished Born a Crime last night. Need a new ebook choice. Can‘t be the wizard ones as I still haven‘t read Dorothy Must Die yet.

Andrew65 Beartown is getting good reviews and I‘ve just enjoyed The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society Which is a delightful and quick read. 2y
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JackOBotts
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1. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
2. Beartown, Fredrik Backman
3. The Heart‘s Invisible Furies, John Boyne
4. & 5. #LMPBC selections 3 & 4 (surprise selections chosen by @MoniqueReads305 & @Jerdencon . @mariaku21 ‘s choice was 👍🏼).

#2018Reads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks #1 will be our February #BotmBuddyRead if you want to join us!! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Jerdencon I read and loved #1 and 2 and can't wait for my next LMPBC! (Although I'm in the middle of the 2nd one!) 2y
mariaku21 I'm tempted by your #3 choice, I've heard good things. I'm currently in the middle of ny #LMPBC selection from @MoniqueReads305 2y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor Yesssss. Gentleman in Moscow is on my list!! Thanks for sharing! 2y
JackOBotts @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Maybe! My book club chose A Gentleman in Moscow for our January meeting. I need to get started. 📖 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JackOBotts you can still join us for discussion if you want!! 📚😊 2y
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Itchyfeetreader
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Been offline for a bit between work and hols offline. Now we're t the beach and my only decision for the day is what to read next

Mommamanzi Sounds perfect! Enjoy!!! 2y
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dariazeoli
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I got almost 4 hours of read time in for #litsypartyofone today! Now I'm making lists.

These are all the hard copy books I currently own and haven't read yet. I'm thinking about a 2018 A to Z challenge to whittle down this stack!

Please don't ask about my ebook collection 😳 More lists are in my future!

#TBR

ReadingEnvy You have very neat writing! 2y
Sweettartlaura Check out #MountTBR to whittle those stacks, virtual & physical, down in 2018. 2y
dariazeoli @ReadingEnvy Thank you! This is me trying hard. It's usually chicken scratch 😉 2y
dariazeoli @Sweettartlaura Thanks - that's a good idea! 2y
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BookishJess
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The hardest part of finishing a book for me is picking what to read next... I'm easily overwhelmed by choices 😬

Leaning towards picking up The Son. I do love a good epic family saga.

TheLibrarian I'm the same way. So hard to pick your next read!! 2y
EvieBee Me too! Sometimes it's fun and other times causes anxiety. 2y
Lindy The audiobook is excellent: 2y
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Karkar So many good ones to choose from! I would go with The Son too! 2y
Clwojick Sometimes I spend hours reading the back covers of all my TBRs trying to pick one. Then I generally run out of time to actually read it. 🙈 2y
BookishJess @TheLibrarian @EvieBee @Clwojick At least I'm not alone! It doesn't help that I never can tell what genre I might be in the mood for. @Lindy @Karkar I'll be starting The Son soon! Glad to hear it's a good one! @TheBookStacker That one has been on my Kindle for so long 🙈 I really need to get to it soon! 2y
Lmstraubie If you're looking for something light-hearted and sweet read this one 2y
BookishJess @Lmstraubie I might have to save that one for something lighthearted after Father of Lies! 😬 2y
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JacqMac
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Hmmm... now that I've finished Gone With the Wind, I don't know what to read next. Too many choices! Maybe I'll tidy the TBR shelf and see what grabs me....

Libby1 The Essex Serpent! I haven't actually read it yet but I just can't wait. 2y
Texreader Oh what gorgeous stacks! 📚❤️ 2y
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Kimlayman7
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Reagan-reads An oldie but a goodie, and the sequel comes out soon! 2y
Billypar One Hundred Years of Solitude in honor of 100 books? 2y
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Kimlayman7 @Birdsong28 I just bought that one! 2y
Kimlayman7 @Reagan-reads I loved that and did not know there was a sequel - so exciting! 2y
Kimlayman7 @Billypar oohh - good idea! 2y
maich Congrats🎉🎉😍 2y
SilversReviews WOW!! CONGRATS!! 2y
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Nebula_of_Books

What do you use to organize your TBR list? Goodreads? Litsy? Paper list? I NEED HELP!!!

Matilda Excel sheet honestly and goodreads. 2y
Rachel.Rencher I use Litsy and my phones notepad 😂 2y
Nebula_of_Books @Matilda How many books are on your TBR? I feel like I may have a problem here haha 2y
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ReadingEnvy Every book I want to read ever is in GoodReads but that's in the thousands. I have a google doc to keep track of review copies especially those that expire. 2y
Matilda 1,000+ ! I created an already-purchased shelf in GR so I don't accidentally buy something twice. And my excel sheets are for books I want to read by a certain time or have to read for specific things etc. 2y
Nebula_of_Books @ReadingEnvy @Matilda I started a google doc tonight but man it's a lot 2y
Matilda I do it as much to be organized but if it crosses into reading time than I don't bother lol 2y
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ABookishLife
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I have reader's block!!! I don't know what to read next!!! 📚

moranadatter The Hate U Give. 3y
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howjessreads
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😂😂😂 Story of my life.

RadicalReader @jess.how absolutely the truth what a wonderful quote truly powerful Ana completely accurate 3y
candyflossramparts 😂😂😂 3y
Larkken Haha. Truth!! 3y
Smangela Omg yes haha they need to be more specific 3y
Lmstraubie 😂😂😂 3y
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howjessreads
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This is my best attempt at a perplexed selfie. And no, I won't show you my camera roll. 😂😂😂 BUT - ironically, given that today is #lovetolisten day for #17booklove, I don't have an audiobook going at the moment, and I'm gonna go for a walk in about an hour. Quick! Send me the two best audiobooks you've listened to lately! Bonus points for light memoirs or fiction. I can't handle heavy right now. Thanks!!

Krisjericho I love memoirs, and I enjoyed Mara Wilson's recently. Scrappy Little Nobody and Year of Yes were good, too. Oh, and Amanda Palmer's book. That's just the ones I've listened to this year. 😂 3y
Marla I love the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones. I'm all caught up with the series and I'm depressed I have to wait to have the characters in the car with me. 3y
tjwill I'm listening to Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody now. Super light and fun. Recently, I loved Trevor Noah's Born a Crime. Not as light, but so fantastic. As far as novels go, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline was a great audiobook, narrated by Wil Wheaton 3y
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Oryx A walk in the woods, Bill Bryson 3y
MyNamesParadise Anna Kendrick's Scrappy Little Nobody. I don't usually read light things. 3y
howjessreads @MyNamesParadise @tjwill @Krisjericho Thanks for the recs!! I just finished SLN on Friday actually. 😃 You're right, it was so fun! 3y
howjessreads @Marla I just requested the first one!! Thanks! 3y
Lmstraubie Love this picture! 😁 I'm a little late, but I second Born a Crime. Also, if you were a fan of Gilmore Girls I recommend Talking as Fast as I Can. 3y
howjessreads @Oryx Ooh, I read that years and years ago. A reread (listen) is a great idea! 3y
howjessreads @Lmstraubie I never did watch Gilmore Girls, so I was wondering if I'd like that one... 3y
Lmstraubie I definitely think it helps to know the show. I never watched Lauren Graham in any of her other shows, but her personality is similar to Loralie Gilmore. 3y
Smangela I'm late to the post but loved this on audio: 3y
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RiaWritten
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I have like 3 coupons I wanna use. Recommend me things!!!!

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Lmstraubie
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Decisions, decisions! Which one to choose??? #recommmendsday #whattoreadnext #litsybookclub

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MeganAnn
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Littens help! What book do I bring with to read next for the thanksgiving holiday? Im in the mood for the kind of book that draws you in completely and won't let go until you finish. Something beautiful and enchanting. I'm nearly done rereading the book I'm sending for #secretsantagoespostal #wintersolsticebookexchange so I can get lots of ideas for what to send with it (and I have some great ones so far!), but can't decide what to read next.

bookishkris I couldn't put The Witches Daughter down, if that helps. 3y
Lindy Stardust fits your description. 3y
CareBear Wow this is a great stack! I would vote either of the Neil Gaiman books or Ready Player One. 3y
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SusanInTiburon I second Stardust. 3y
EmilyAnne I read ready player one in a day, handed it straight to my sister and she finished it in a day. If that helps 😬 3y
DivineDiana I also devoured Ready Player One, but I wouldn't call it beautiful. ?More like "electric fun ride" with undercurrents of social justice. 3y
TheBookAddict They all look good and are on my TBR list, but I'm currently reading American Gods and it's good. It's weird, but good. So I vote for American Gods. 3y
Yournewfriendsams I gotta vote Ready Player One. I read it in one day. 3y
moranadatter Adding to the Stardust love. 3y
DivineDiana Not sure what you decided, but Ready Player One was a fun read. As a bonus, it expanded my views on public education. 3y
MeganAnn Thanks for your help everyone! I finally got a chance to get to my next book and decided on Ready Player One thanks to your comments. I devoured it! @bookishkris @Lindy @SusanInTiburon @CareBear @BookishTrish @EmilyAnne @DivineDiana @Lacythebookworm @TheBookAddict @Yournewfriendsams @kmdartist 😄 next up is Stardust as the second most popular choice! ☄ 3y
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I-read-and-eat
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I need your help Littens! In a month me and my boyfriend are going on a holiday. We only take carry-on luggage so we can take only one book each. My boyfriend is not a big reader so I need some recommendations, his taste in books is very limited. He likes Tolkien, A Song of Ice and Fire and read some of Robin Hobbs books. So fantasy and historical fiction. Curious to see what you guys come up with!

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LeahBergen He may like 3y
I-read-and-eat @tricours We have Rothfuss on the shelfs, so far he hasn't picked it up, maybe I need to push that one more 😉 Blade Itself seems like something he would read, thanks! @NovelGirl82 Sadly he does not like Paolini, I however loved that series. He is so strangely picky, very hard to find something he likes. @LeahBergen That sounds like a book he might read. Thanks for the recommendation! 3y
bookishnerd Has be read Brandon Sanderson? His books are worth checking out! 3y
NovelGirl82 Sanderson would definitely be worth checking out! 3y
tricours I would at least de-recommend Sanderson's Elantris, I couldn't even finish it! 3y
Tsubame A friend of mine loves the books from Diana Gabaldon! I was surprised that he's so much into them x) He is a history nerd and says that her books are incredibly well researched and likes he style a lot. So maybe as another guy your boyfriend might like her books too? ^^ 3y
I-read-and-eat @bookishnerd @NovelGirl82 Never heard of him but I looked up the books and they sound good! @tricours Curious about what you didn't like about it, was is the style? @Tsubame I'll have him check then out. He loves history! Thanks all for the great recommendations I have him take a look at them and hope he likes it. But I am pretty sure I'll buy most for myself anyway 😁 3y
tricours Are you on Goodreads? My review of it sums up all my dislikes, but it's too long to post here! https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1267160598 3y
I-read-and-eat @tricours I'll check that out! 3y
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