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Best Books: For Kindergarten Through High School | Donna L. Hess
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This valuable resource: lists and comments on hundreds of books for recreational reading, kindergarten through high school; includes an annotated list of books for analysis and discussion; concludes with guidelines on how to evaluate a book's literary quality and moral tone. - Back cover.
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2018 was a busy year—graduated with my masters, moved out of state, started my first full-time job, and got married—but I still managed to read 157 (according to Goodreads) books! I highlight my top ten on my blog. What were your favorite reads of 2018?

Reviewsbylola Amazing. Also, what an exciting year for you! 🎉🎉 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Very impressive! 9mo
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Drop a comment below and tell me what your favorite book you read in 2018 was! I‘m hoping to grow my TBR even more 📚

KarenUK The Heart‘s Invisible Furies by John Boyne, & This Must be the Place by Maggie O‘Farrell... 9mo
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collegecatlady @KarenUK The Boyne is one that I‘m going to read for #booked2019 so I‘m looking forward to that! 9mo
BarbaraJean Contemporary fiction: 9mo
BarbaraJean Nonfiction (letters/bookish): 9mo
hes7 One of mine 9mo
HOTPock3tt A treacherous curse. It‘s book #3 in the Veronica Speedwell series... 9mo
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Such a good list @batsy! I have read some of them already (green) but since we agree of almost all of them I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. #NewYearWhoDis Thanks for the great match @monalyisha

saresmoore Aaand screenshot again! 9mo
Moray_Reads @saresmoore this virtual swap is terrible (amazing) for the tbr! 9mo
jenniferw88 You may want to leave #9 as it will be coming to you for #lmpbc in February! 9mo
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Moray_Reads @jenniferw88 I did note that, a fortunate coincidence! 9mo
saresmoore Even just seeing what others have posted has made me rethink my reading challenge selections for next year! 9mo
LeahBergen I like this list! 👍🏻 9mo
batsy Hope you have some good reading :) My reading was rather unbalanced this year; almost all fiction. 9mo
Moray_Reads @batsy mine too. It always is. But I LOVED the NF books I put on your list 9mo
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Settling in to watch The Great American Read on PBS 🤗

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Welp I've fallen in love. Two floors of great books, little hidden fairy doors, and wrapped up "blind date" books marked up like your high school notebooks. Savoy books in Westerly RI was so so good. #getindie

Dragon Fairy doors! Such a cool bookstore! 2y
Texreader That‘s wonderful!! 2y
Quasifesto @Crowcrumbs Fairy 🧚‍♀️ Doors! 2y
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I'm stuck at the vet this morning waiting to get some test results back for my kitty Gus (he's been pretty sick lately so we're hoping today helps us figure out why) but I forgot my book at home! Anyone have any recommendations (book or otherwise) to help keep me entertained?

Cinfhen Hope your fur baby feels better soon 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Awww. Feel better Gus! I'm rooting for ya. 2y
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My favorites from 2017 #bestbooks #topreads2017 #fiction

Andrew65 Some great books! 🙌 2y
Texreader Oooh! A few faves of mine are on there! 2y
robinb Welcome to Litsy! 😊 2y
Cinfhen Love seeing people's choices!! I'm looking forward to trying 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks - this saves me a TON of time! 2y
annahenke Yes, me too! Appreciate the share! 2y
Pamwurtzler Thanks! That‘s a good list. 2y
tysephine This is the most meta list I've ever seen. I love it! 2y
minkyb Good one! 2y
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Couldn‘t just pick one..the list is long and it appears that I‘m a bit of a serious serial reader😳

🎁 Penn Cage - Greg Iles
🎄 Lady Darby - Anna Lee Huber
🎁 Darkest London - Kristen Callahan
🎄 War Of The Roses - Conn Iggulden
🎁 Ghost Ops - Lisa Marie Rice
🎄 Highland Pleasures - Jennifer Ashley
🎁 Coughlin Trilogy - Dennis LeHane
🎄 Insurrection Trilogy - Robyn Young


Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I still have to read Mississippi Blood!! Love Penn Cage!!! 2y
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@LibrarianRyan has put together our first Litsy Awards! Please visit the link below to nominate your favorites of 2017. Nominations open until Saturday, December 9th. #litsyawards


I learned that out of 135 read this year only 13 were published in 2017 and 7 of those were comics. 🤓

OSChamberlain This is so cool! 2y
Cinfhen Fun!!! 2y
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I nominated some books for the #LitsyAwards have you?
Go over to @LibrarianRyan for the link.

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LA Times Book editors best NF books of 2017...again, I‘m not familiar with some titles...I‘ve read 3/17 with Hunger being my favorite from this list 🙌🏻

Cinfhen @Booksandcooks have you read any/ most of these ?!?! 2y
TrishB NF not my thing but I loved Hunger too. 2y
emilyhaldi Oooohh I need to read that Shirley Jackson book! 2y
Reviewsbylola I loved Flower Moon and Emmett Till was good too. 2y
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Los Angeles Times book editors top 19 Fiction of 2017! I haven‘t even heard of some. I read 6/19, I own a few others which I hope to get to in 2018....From this list, my favorite so far is Sing Unburied Sing....The NF List is up next....

LauraJ I‘ve heard of them all thanks to the local indie bookstore, but have only read six. 2y
Cinfhen Oh wow!!! That‘s impressive...which 6 have you read? @LauraJ do u have a favorite? 2y
PenguinInFlight I really want Lincoln in the Bardo. That‘s high on my Christmas list. 😍 2y
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TrishB Read 2 and not heard of most of them. Book tbr is piling up even further.... 2y
Reggie @TrishB I feel like you‘re on this boat, and there is so much rain. The boat is filling up and filling up. The rain never ends. Lol 2y
TrishB @Reggie exactly 😁 2y
Cinfhen There are a few on here I do want to read, but you‘re both right....it never ends @TrishB @Reggie 2y
emilyhaldi Wow interesting, I‘m on that boat with @Reggie ! I just ordered American Martyrs as part of my bookoutlet haul 👍🏻 2y
Reviewsbylola Surprised about Wonder Valley. We‘ll see what I think of The Power. 2y
Cinfhen Damn @emilyhaldi I missed the Oates on BookOutlet 2y
Cinfhen I think The Power might make my top 10 fiction @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @TrishB I still haven‘t read Lincoln @PenguinInFlight I‘ve had it on my shelf for over a year!!!!! 2y
TrishB I‘ll let you make your mind up on Lincoln (we do think differently occasionally 😁) 2y
Cinfhen Occasionally @TrishB 😉 2y
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I know Goodreads hasn‘t started their end of the year lists yet, but what‘s the best book written this year that you‘ve read so far and would recommend?

What should I be reading before the end of the year lists and voting does start?

Jess7 Confessions of a Domestic Failure was excellent 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto I have my fingers crossed so tight that they do another huge ebook sale for these this year. 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Ashley_Nicoletto I love those! I got some great ones last year at that time! 2y
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PacingTheCage The Hate U Give. Just finished and wow 2y
idrinkandiknowthings Loved this one if you haven‘t read it already! 2y
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @dltpacngthecage I haven‘t read that one yet, but it is on my list to squeeze in yet this year! 2y
Kaylamburson My favorite book of 2017!! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fiction choice was same as @Soubhiville - definitely 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Nonfiction is a toss up between The New Jim Crow, On Tyranny, and We Were Eight Years in Power. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im in the @Soubhiville @BarbaraTheBibliophage club with The Heart‘s Invisible Furies 2y
BookwormM Autumn by Ali Smith 2y
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10 Years in 10 Books! #readathon
These were my favorite books of each of the last ten years. It got harder the further back I went because I had read more books in each of the published years.

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I may finally attempt my first 24 hour challenge with #eclecticreadathon, since that weekend is my summer staycation @EclecticReaders @Merethebookgal

Merethebookgal Nice! 😃 2y
EclecticReaders Woohoo! 2y
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In good news, I finished my @bookriot puzzle from the Best Books of 2016 Box. This kept my family thoroughly entertained during the holidays and kept our minds off the passing of Carrie Fisher, an idol amongst my sci fi loving family.

rachellayown That's so cool! 3y
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I have a bookish gift card to spend. Fellow Littens, what were your most un-put-down-able books of 2016?

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Countdown before the New Year - hoping to hear your favorites of 2016! There is no way to pick just one very best book, so how about some categories? For today, post your pick for winner of the "High Entertainment Value" award and add the #highentertainmentvalue tag so we can find it easily. I'm guessing lots of suspense/thrillers or fantasy for this round. Tomorrow's award: Most Informative. Looking forward to seeing what y'all loved this year!

Zelma Great idea! 3y
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